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Tlaib wins Michigan Democratic primary, declares jihad Squad ‘here to stay, and it’s only getting bigger’

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 19:00

Further proof the Democrat party is off the rails – enemy of the people.

Tlaib wins Michigan Democratic primary, declares Squad ‘here to stay, and it’s only getting bigger’

‘If I was considered the most vulnerable member of the Squad, I think it’s safe to say the Squad is here to stay, and it’s only getting bigger’

By Marisa Schultz | Fox News August 5, 2018:

Rep. Rashida Tlaib declared victory Wednesday morning in her primary election in Detroit and proclaimed her win shows the progressive Squad is coming back to Congress stronger and bigger.

Tlaib, one of four members of the freshman Squad, beat Detroit City Council President Brenda Jones in the 13th District primary, The Associated Press called Wednesday morning.

“Let it be known that in the 13th District, just like in communities across our country, we are done with establishment politics that put corporations first,” Tlaib said in a victory statement. “If I was considered the most vulnerable member of the Squad, I think it’s safe to say the Squad is here to stay, and it’s only getting bigger.”

Tlaib said her win was an endorsement for progressive policies, such as “Medicare-for-All” and a Green New Deal.

“Voters sent a clear message that they’re done waiting for transformative change, that they want an unapologetic fighter who will take on the status quo and win,” she added. “We have a resounding mandate to put people before profits.”

MELTDOWN: Crazed CNN Host Throws Fits After Mercedes Schlapp Drops Truth Bombs on Mail-In Voting

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 18:30

More perfidy and malfeasance from CNN. Brianna Keilar is a disgusting disgrace. It is fortunate that CNN is in last place were they belong.

On @CNN today @brikeilarcnn told me loudly and repeatedly that The Heritage Foundation studied voter fraud and that "they have found that there is no fraud."

Here's a link to Heritage's database documenting thousands of voter fraud incidents:https://t.co/A3yoGhpWuu#FakeNews

— Mercedes Schlapp (@mercedesschlapp) August 4, 2020

MELTDOWN: Immature CNN Host Throws Fits After Schlapp Drops Truth Bombs on Voting

By NewsBusters, August 5, 2020

Tuesday afternoon’s CNN Newsroom brought us another example of how personalties on the Jeffrey Zucker-led network and his puppets were anything but civil, fair, mature, serious, and sober. For this installment, Brianna Keilar tossed one fit after another at Trump 2020 senior adviser Mercedes Schlapp for having the gall to articulate the difference between absentee and mail-in voting and voice concerns about the latter.

Showing an incapacity to behave like an adult, Keilar repeated threw down her pen, pounded her table, told Schlapp she doesn’t know what “facts” are, condescendingly wondered if she could ask questions, insisted Schlapp wanted to “sow doubt” to discourage voting, and told her that what she told her over the course of nearly 15 minutes was “crap.”

So let’s try to get through some of this. After stacking the deck with a lead-in from former conservative journalist-turned-Zuckerbot Kaitlan Collins, Keilar asked Schlapp why Trump trusted Florida’s voter system but not the rest of the country.

Schlapp calmly explained that “it’s different on a state-by-state basis” because “there’s a big concern about the universal mail-in voting that the Democrats really want to push through,” but Keilar interrupted to restate the question.

Thankfully, Schlapp laid it all out in plain English why cases like Nevada are harmful in addition to the New York Board of Elections’s failure to count ballots from their primaries. Keilar claimed she was “causing a lot of confusion,” but you be the judge (click “expand”):

SCHLAPP: [S]o let me take a state like Nevada. Well, let’s take the state of Nevada which, in the dead of night, these Democrats pushed forward this law that, as we know that, even come election day, you could still cast a ballot three days later if you don’t have a postmark or seven days later if you have a postmark. Let’s say, Brianna, you

Trump warns election result could take ‘two months’ because of mail-in voting

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 18:00

Mass mail-in ballots must be stopped. It guarantees that voter fraud will take place. Voter fraud is the only way Joe Biden can win. The Democrats must not be allowed to cheat President Trump out of the election this November. Watch the video on voter fraud from PragerU below.

Trump warns election result could take ‘two months’ because of mail-in voting

By Fox News, August 5, 2020

President Trump said Monday that it could take two months for Americans to see a result from November’s presidential election — a comment that came amid a tense back-and-forth over the merits of universal mail-in voting during an interview with Axios journalist Jonathan Swan.

The comments during the “Axios on HBO” interview come as the debate over universal mail-in voting — which a number of states are doing despite Swan incorrectly asserting otherwise several times during the interview — has reached a fever pitch. Universal mail-in voting is a relatively novel practice in the U.S. in which states are mailing ballots (not applications for ballots) to all voters whether they request one or not. While a handful of states did this before the coronavirus pandemic, the list has grown this year amid health concerns.

Some states, like Maryland, are mailing absentee ballot applications to voters rather than the ballots themselves. And such voting, requiring an application to get an absentee ballot, has long been common in the U.S. What is new is states mailing ballots to voters unprompted.

“We went through World War I, you went to the polls, you voted. We went through World War II, you went to the polls, you voted. And now because of the China virus, we’re supposed to stay home, send millions of ballots all over the country, millions and millions,” Trump told Swan during their wide-ranging conversation. “You know, you could have a case where this election won’t be decided on the evening of Nov. 3. This election could be decided two months later.”

Trump raised new alarms about the alleged danger of election fraud in an interview with #AxiosOnHBO, warning that "lots of things can happen" with voting by mail if the presidential race isn't decided on election night.https://t.co/u2fx7XrRTM

— Axios (@axios) August 4, 2020

Inauguration Day is about two-and-a-half months after Election Day. Swan replied that there is nothing necessarily wrong with having a delayed result, as long as the result is correct.

“It could be decided many months later,” Trump said. “Do you know why? Because lots of things will happen during that period of time. Especially when you have tight margins, lots of things can happen. There’s never been anything like this … Now, of course, right now we have to live with it, but we’re challenging it.”

The president was referencing the lawsuits the Republican National Committee (RNC) and his campaign are bringing against some states over universal mail-in voting or other, similar issues.

Trump on Monday threatened legal action against a universal mail-in voting plan in Nevada. Republicans, who oppose universal mail-in voting, have worried it could lead to ballot harvesting, ballots for dead people or ballots for people who’ve moved being fraudulently filled out, as well as ballots being lost in the mail, and more.

Leftism is a toxic and despicable ideology

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 17:15

Leftism forces some to be ashamed of what they think, and others to shame those who think.

It teaches white people to hate their race, girls to hate acting like girls, boys to hate their sex, women to hate their femininity, men to hate their manhood, Americans to hate their country, westerners to reject their history, Christians to hate their religion.

It threatens Mercedes with “cancel culture” invented by the Nazis.

It pushes the bourgeois to feel guilty for their comfort, the rich to hate their wealth, and the poor to be frustrated for having nothing.

It demands resentment against the policemen who protect, and forgiveness for those who assault.

Leftism demands that parity between men and women, but denies the existence of the sexes; that women be freed, but obey the laws of Islam; that the criminals of today be forgiven, but that we pay for those of the past.

It teaches disgust for one’s own Nation and tolerance for those of others, rejection of capitalism but buy on Amazon and get the last iPhone, hatred of religions and respect for Islam.

It teaches white women to hate the white man and love the black man; black men to hate the white man and love the white woman; black women to live without a man, neither white nor black; white children to live with two fathers or two mothers, and black children to live without a father and mother.

New York Attempted Murderer Carries Out THREE SHOOTINGS After Being Freed WITHOUT BAIL

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 17:00

Deranged de Blasio is busying painting BLM street graffiti. I kid you not. That and checkpoints – not for crime, for COVID.

Related: Former NYC Commissioner Says de Blasio Has “27 Police Officers” a Day Guarding BLM Street Mural as Violent Crime, Murders Soar

As Murder and Crime EXPLODE, Watch Racebaiters SHARPTON and DE BLASIO Paint BLM In Front of Trump Tower

Gang member carries out three shootings after being freed without bail: prosecutors

By Vincent Barone, NY Post, August 5, 2020 |

A Brooklyn gang member, released without bail in May on an attempted-murder charge, participated in at least three drive-by shootings after he was freed, federal prosecutors allege.

Darrius Sutton, 23, was initially arrested in connection with a May 16 shooting in the courtyard of an East New York building that left a man seriously injured.

Despite the attempted-murder rap, Sutton was set free without bail the same day of his May 20 arrest. The Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office said the lone witness in the case recanted.

“At the time of arraignment, the sole eyewitness had recanted so we did not have sufficient evidence to keep the defendant in custody,” a spokesman for the DA said in a statement. “The investigation is continuing and we hope other witnesses come forward.”

Less than two months after being sprung, the purported Bloods gang member allegedly joined others in three drive-by shootings this summer.

The gunplay took place between July 13 and 14 and were just a few of the six shootings in which Sutton participated over the past year, federal prosecutors allege.

Sutton was seen on surveillance-camera footage in one of the attacks, on April 20, when he snuck up behind a rival gang member and shot him three times from the back in broad daylight, prosecutors allege.

EnlargDarrius Sutton, aka Blizz Meecho, in a grey sweatsuit and red bandana

U.S. Department of Justice

The victim narrowly escaped death.

“The defendant’s violent spree over the last year has left at least seven individuals with gunshot wounds,” federal prosecutors wrote. “That these events did not lead to seven deaths is entirely fortuitous — the videos described above make clear that the defendant shoots to kill.”

Sutton is now being held in federal custody pending his trial after being arrested again last week, days after law enforcement officials executed a warrant at his East New York apartment. He faces up to 10 years in prison on federal charges for criminal possession of a weapon by a felon.

Shortly after he was released in May, the suspect appeared in a hip-hop music video, uploaded to YouTube, for the song “Crime Rate” by Brooklyn Rapper BK Eaz, prosecutors said.

The video is an homage to rising crime in New York City in 2020. At one point, the rapper Billy DntShootEm refers to Sutton by his alleged alias, “Blizz Meecho,” as he makes a gun-like hand gesture.

“Meecho say get him, I got him,” he raps.

 

Pompeo Blasts Feinstein For Praising China: ‘There’s Something Not Quite Right,’ Is ‘Not Consistent With America’s National Security’

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 16:00

The Democrat Party is corrupt and virulently anti-America. No rational American should support this party in any way.

The tide is turning– not only here in the United States but all across the world. The threat from the Chinese Communist Party is becoming clear, and nations that are like-minded are beginning to come together to push back against this and to protect our freedom and democracy. pic.twitter.com/wE2TgJwpxg

— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) August 3, 2020

Pompeo Blasts Feinstein For Praising China: ‘There’s Something Not Quite Right,’ Is ‘Not Consistent With America’s National Security’

By Daily Wire, August 3, 2020

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo slammed Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) during an interview on Sunday for her recent remarks praising communist China, saying that her comments undermine American national security interests.

Fox News host Maria Bartiromo brought up Feinstein’s remarks during “Sunday Morning Futures,” noting that Feinstein had praised China as growing into a “respectable nation.”

“Why do some in Congress not say the same thing that you have been saying, that this administration has been communicating?” Bartiromo asked. “There doesn’t seem to be an all-out agreement within the Congress on this.”

“Maria, I saw the statement from Senator Feinstein. I found it perplexing,” Pompeo responded. “I saw statements from senior American CEOs of the big tech companies this week saying they hadn’t heard or seen about intellectual property theft in the United States. That’s — that’s crazy talk.”

Pompeo was referring to remarks several tech CEOs made during a congressional hearing last week where Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was the only CEO that acknowledged that China steals technology from U.S. firms.

“I mean, I was particularly struck by Dianne Feinstein, because didn’t she have a driver for 20 years that we ended up finding out was a Chinese spy?” Bartiromo later pressed.

“You will recall, she meets with some frequency with Foreign Minister Zarif there too,” Pompeo responded. “There’s something not quite right.”

“I mean, and this is not consistent — this is not consistent with America’s national security,” Pompeo continued. “In either case, these are adversaries that intend harm for the citizens of her state of California. And I wish that she would not engage in this kind of rhetoric and these kind of meetings that undermine America’s efforts.”

FOX NEWS HOST MARIA BARTIROMO: Well, I mean, this week, Dianne Feinstein praised China as a respectable nation, she said.

Why do some in Congress not say the same thing that you have been saying, that this administration has been communicating? There doesn’t seem to be an all-out agreement within the Congress on this.

SECRETARY OF STATE MIKE POMPEO: Maria, I saw the statement from Senator Feinstein. I found it perplexing.

I saw statements from senior American CEOs of the big tech companies this week saying they hadn’t heard or seen about intellectual property theft in the United States. That’s — that’s crazy talk.

Here’s the good news. The good news is, we’re getting nearly every member of Congress aligned along the administration’s policies on China. When we voted about Hong Kong freedom, there were over 400 votes in the House and nearly every vote in the Senate. The same with respect to what’s taking place in Western China, the human rights violations.

I think the tide is turning, I think not only here in the United States, but all across the world. The threat from the Chinese Communist Party is becoming clearer and clearer. And nations that are like-minded all across the world are beginning to come together to rebalance, to push back against this, to protect our freedom and democracy.

I talked at the Nixon Library about this being a battle not between the United States and China, but between authoritarianism and freedom. That’s the fight the world needs to be engaged in. I hope we get every member of Congress on board on the side of freedom.

BARTIROMO: I mean, I was particularly struck by Dianne Feinstein, because didn’t she have a driver for 20 years that we ended up finding out was a Chinese spy?

POMPEO: We did. You will recall, she meets with some frequency with Foreign Minister Zarif there too. There’s something not quite right.

BARTIROMO: Mm-hmm. Well, we will certainly keep watching that.

POMPEO: I mean, and this is not consistent — this is not consistent with America’s national security.

In either case, these are adversaries that intend harm for the citizens of her state of California. And I wish that she would not engage in this kind of rhetoric and these kind of meetings that undermine America’s efforts.

Antisemitic Far-Left ‘Activist’ Cori Bush Projected To Oust Longtime Missouri Rep. Lacy Clay

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 15:30

Another pro-Israel Democrat bites the dust. Rep.William Lacy Clay was primaried by the pro-BDS and pro-BLM radical Cori Bush in MO-1. This district is a Democrat Party strong hold. As such, Bush will most certainly enter congress next year with fellow Israel-hater Jamaal Bowman. The “Squad” is enjoying quite the expansion this election season. AIPAC  and the Jewish Democratic Council of America continue to be totally ineffective in supporting pro-Israel Democrats.

Democrats kicked out another pro-Israel Democrat Member of Congress (who @USJewishDems refused to support) to nominate a pro- #BDS candidate who wants to end sanctions on Iran, but supports sanctions against the only majority Jewish country in the world. https://t.co/wZMTlmH9Gh

— RJC (@RJC) August 5, 2020

Progressive Activist Cori Bush Projected To Oust Longtime Missouri Rep. Lacy Clay

By NPR, August 5, 2020

Cori Bush, a nurse and Black Lives Matter activist, has ousted longtime Missouri U.S. Rep. William Lacy Clay in a Democratic primary, The Associated Press projects.

It’s the latest example of a progressive challenger topping a long-tenured Democratic incumbent.

Clay has represented the state’s 1st Congressional District, around St. Louis, since 2001. He succeeded his father in representing the district.

The younger Clay topped Bush by 20 percentage points in the 2018 primary, but Bush’s profile has risen since then, partly because of a documentary that also profiled New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Bush raised $562,309 for this year’s primary challenge — not too far behind the $740,525 Clay raised.

Bush was endorsed by Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders; Justice Democrats, a group closely aligned with Ocasio-Cortez; and Jamaal Bowman, who dispatched with longtime New York Democratic Rep. Eliot Engel earlier this summer.

Clay’s backers, including fellow members of the Congressional Black Caucus, maintain he’s “no moderate Democrat,” citing, for instance, his support of “Medicare for All.”

The district is very liberal, so it’s likely Bush will win November’s general election. In 2018, Clay topped a Republican challenger by 63 percentage points.

scoop, possibly: here’s where Rep. Lacy Clay has decided to take the campaign in its final days facing a challenge from progressive activist Cori Bush pic.twitter.com/vHXLbosLhw

— Suburban Lifestyle Dream (@NickTagliaferro) August 1, 2020

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WATCH: Biden freaks at cognitive test question: ‘Why the hell would I take a test?’ ” You took a test where you’re taking cocaine? Huh? Are you a junkie?’

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 15:00

OMG classic crazy.

Biden pushes back on cognitive test question: ‘Why the hell would I take a test?’

By: Brittany Shepherd, Yahoo News•August 5, 2020

WASHINGTON — Presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden shrugged off a question Tuesday about taking a cognitive assessment test, which President Trump has challenged him to do — while misrepresenting what the test measures.

In an exchange with CBS’s Errol Barnett during a wide-ranging, multi-moderator interview at a conference of Black and Latino journalists, Biden balked at Barnett’s question about whether Biden had even taken an exam.

“No, I haven’t taken a test. Why the hell would I take a test?” responded Biden, who then posed a rhetorical analogy.

“C’mon man,” he chided Barnett. “That’s like saying, ‘You — before you got on this program you took a test where you’re taking cocaine or not, what do you think? Huh? Are you a junkie?’”

BIDEN: "No, I haven't taken a test. Why the hell would I take a test? C'mon man. That's like saying you, before you got in this program, if you take a test where you're taking cocaine or not, what do you think huh? Are you a junkie?" pic.twitter.com/f6UMPJq381

— Trump War Room – Text TRUMP to 88022 (@TrumpWarRoom) August 5, 2020

Barnett followed up by asking Biden what he would say to Trump, “who brags about his test and makes your mental state an issue for voters?”

“Well, if he can’t figure out the difference between an elephant and a lion, I don’t know what the hell he’s talking about,” said Biden with a laugh. “Look, c’mon man, I know you’re trying to goad me, but I’m so …  looking [forward] to have an opportunity to sit or stand with the president on the debates.”

Trump has repeatedly boasted about his mental acuity after taking the Montreal Cognitive Assessment, which is commonly used to screen for dementia. In a recent interview with Fox News journalist Chris Wallace, Trump said he received perfect marks and said that Biden “could not answer those questions.”

“Let’s take a test right now. Let’s go down, Joe, and I will take a test. Let him take the same test that I took,” the president said.

The test does not measure intelligence and is not meant to be difficult for most people. The questions can include a simple memory test and drawing the hands on a clock. During the interview, Wallace said he took the test himself after he saw Trump tout it.

“Well, it’s not the hardest test,” the Fox host told Trump.  “They have a picture and it says, ‘What’s that?’ And it’s an elephant.”

Communist De Blasio Imposes CHECKPOINTS To Enforce Killer Cuomo Quarantine Order

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 14:38
COVID is over. But the Democrats have weaponized it to take control, impose totalitarian regulations, and punish the American people for free will.

What to Know

  • New York City has recorded just two confirmed COVID-19 deaths in the last four days, yet another sign of the progress Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the city — and state — must work hard to maintain
  • Slipping compliance at home compounds the growing national threat; New Jersey is seeing a small uptick in new COVID-19 cases. The state’s transimission rate climbed from 0.87 a month ago to 1.48 on Monday
  • Nationally, the U.S. death toll has topped 157,000 and diagnosed COVID cases are approaching 5 million, by NBC News estimates; latest virus projections expect up to 7,500 deaths each week for the next 4 weeks

Mayor Bill de Blasio said New York City would start implementing checkpoints across the five boroughs to help enforce Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s quarantine order for travelers from viral hotspots, citing the ongoing national COVID threat.

The measure announced Wednesday is the first significant effort by New York City specifically to help enforce the 14-day quarantine for travelers from 34 states and Puerto Rico. In revealing it, de Blasio said the state was “absolutely right” to impose the travel restriction in the first place. Cuomo announced it in late June.

“We don’t want to penalize people. We want to educate them, make sure they’re following the rules,” de Blasio said. “If they need support, we want to support them.”

New York City snapped its three-day streak of zero confirmed COVID deaths Wednesday, recording one each in Brooklyn and the Bronx, though it continues to see progress from a devastating stretch in April that cost hundreds of lives a day.

Statewide COVID hospitalizations fell to 564, down from a peak of 20,000 in April, while the daily test positivity rate remains at 1 percent over a seven-day rolling average. The five boroughs have that same low positivity rate, which is one of the lowest in the nation and a far cry from the 59 percent daily rates it saw in April.

Cuomo marked the somber note of progress with a stern reminder: Don’t let up yet.

“Our progress is thanks to the hard work of New Yorkers – even after two and a half months of reopening, the numbers have continued to go down,” Cuomo said Wednesday. “But we learned from this crisis that nobody is safe until everybody is safe, and an outbreak anywhere is an outbreak everywhere. Surging infection rates across the country threaten that progress, so we must continue to wear our masks, socially distance and stay New York Tough.”

Daily Percentage of Positive Tests by New York Region

With all of New York state in some phase of reopening, Gov. Andrew Cuomo is shifting his focus to monitoring test results on a daily basis across each region to identify potential hotspots before they emerge. Here’s the latest tracking data by region. For the latest county-level results statewide, click here

 

Source: ny.gov

Though Cuomo says the Empire State defied experts’ expectations infection rates would rise with the reopening, he fears “it’s only a matter of time” before New York faces some sort of viral resurgence. His goal is to minimize the impact when it happens.

Out-of-state travel from viral hotspots has already contributed to new clusters in New York and New Jersey. That threat compounds the one of slipping compliance locally. New York City’s infection rate hasn’t gone up because of the latter yet — and Cuomo is cracking down heavily on the bar and restaurant scene.

The same story of a sustained low infection rate can’t be said for New York’s neighbor across the river, though. New Jersey is seeing its highest transmission rates in six weeks as people continue to attend crowded house parties and flaunt COVID precautions that drove spread down in the first place.

Gov. Phil Murphy had put New Jersey “on notice” late last week and took action Monday, re-lowering the capacity on indoor gatherings from 100 to 25 people. The restrictions remain in effect “until further notice.” Murphy wants to see the rate of transmission reduce to a lower level over a seven-day rolling average.

A month ago, New Jersey’s rate of transmission was 0.87. On Tuesday, it was 1.41, meaning one infected person is infecting nearly one and a half other people. Cuomo would call that an outbreak. As he says, an outbreak anywhere is an outbreak everywhere. The New York governor was asked last week about whether he’d consider putting New Jersey on the quarantine list, given its recent uptick.

Prominent Left-Wing Harvard Professor Pushes Pelosi Coup Scenario Where She Seizes The Presidency

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 14:30

The Democrats can’t accomplish their malevolent, far-left goals without resorting to fraud, corruption, malfeasance.

For rational Americans who are scratching their heads at the latest Democrat putsch — a demented, incompetent candidate — it’s not about Biden.  Biden will never be president. They intend to get their Soros puppet in by any means necessary.

Leftist Harvard Prof Pushes Scenario in Which Pelosi Could Become President

It’s difficult to know when to take Laurence Tribe seriously.

By Western Journal, August 4, 2020:

Yes, the notoriously left-leaning Harvard law professor is one of our nation’s foremost constitutional scholars. You might not agree with him, but he’s been both massively prolific and influential in his work.

For better or ill, Tribe was the legal mentor of Barack Obama. He helped kill Robert Bork’s nomination to the Supreme Court through his testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee. He’s argued a not-insignificant number of cases before the high court. Conservatives may loathe him, but he’s one of the most important legal minds of the past century.

He’s also a man who’s come undone in the age of Donald Trump, using his Twitter account to spread misinformation about the president when he isn’t coming up with his own:

What if we were to learn that Trump suppressed scary information re COVID-19 (and the needed federal response) in January to postpone the economic turndown until it could no longer endanger his Senate acquittal? Retweet if you wouldn’t be surprised by his making that tradeoff.

— Laurence Tribe (@tribelaw) April 5, 2020

This is like watching the final years of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, when he became obsessed with the paranormal and convinced that fairies existed and had been captured on camera. The difference is that Doyle wrote “The Hound of the Baskervilles” and not “American Constitutional Law,” and he wasn’t being invited on MSNBC to talk about the existence of the fairies. (To be fair, that might have been a bit anachronistic.)

Laurence Tribe says there’s a “fail safe” built into the U.S. Constitution if Pres. Trump loses the election and refuses to leave office: “On Jan. 20, 2021 if there has not been a new president elected, at that point, Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House, becomes president." pic.twitter.com/vuvzll5ib3

— MSNBC (@MSNBC) August 1, 2020

Thus, if you heard the situation Tribe described on Joy Reid’s MSNBC show on Friday regarding what would happen if no presidential winner were declared by Jan. 20, 2021, due to delays or mail-in ballot difficulties —  that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi would take office as the next president — you were probably wondering whether this was Tribe speaking as a constitutional scholar or as a man who could use a nice, long rest.

The answer: It’s not as bonkers as you think, but the situation also isn’t as well-thought-out as you would expect from one of our top constitutional scholars.

“There is a procedure — it’s a very elaborate procedure — in every state for resolving disputes by the date of the so-called safe harbor on Dec. 8,” Tribe said.

“So, really, all of the efforts that Trump is making to both pretend that he can extend the date of the election, which everyone understands he can’t do that. That date is set at Nov. 3 by act of Congress. All of that is designed simply to cast doubt in the way that [Russian President Vladimir] Putin wants to, and the way that [former Trump adviser Steve] Bannon has tried to do from time to time on the ability of our system to work,” he said.

As for the part about extending the date of the election, Tribe is accurate — and everyone understands, by this point, that the election isn’t being postponed.

The question is what happens if the states haven’t decided winners by the inauguration date.

As for Putin and Bannon, this is Tribe we’re dealing with. There’s always something lurking behind the Trump presidency.

“They’re trying to make it look chaotic, but there’s a fail-safe mechanism built into the Constitution itself,” Tribe said.

“That is no matter how much dust he throws into the gears, at high noon on Jan. 20, 2021, if there has not been a new president elected, at that point, Nancy Pelosi, speaker of the House, becomes president of the United States.

“And all of these enablers … at that point would risk committing federal felonies if they were to exercise power which they no longer have because Trump would no longer be president,” he said.

Tribe went on to emphasize that “the default solution in our system is President Nancy Pelosi.”

“You have made, I think, a lot of people’s nights, Laurence Tribe,” Reid said, grinning. “President Pelosi, hmm.”

"You have made, I think, a lot of peoples' nights. President Pelosi, hmm."@JoyAnnReid on @tribelaw mentioning a 'fail safe' that Nancy Pelosi would be president if one is not decided by January 20, 2020. #TheReidOut pic.twitter.com/3HvGMv4Vdp

— The ReidOut (@thereidout) July 31, 2020

So, is Tribe right?

The answer reveals the problem with national mail-in voting: maybe, sort of, we don’t know.

First, in terms of Pelosi becoming president in the event of a delayed election: For once, Snopes’ rundown on the matter is pretty accurate. Trump would have to leave office on Jan. 20 — but Pelosi would have to leave earlier, on Jan. 3, as would all 435 members of the House.

Thus, the president would be the president pro-tempore of the Senate, next in line for the office. There would be 65 senators left sitting, a majority of them Democrats. They would likely select a Democrat to fill the Oval Office until the election was held. Of course, as WUSA-TV’s set of constitutional scholars pointed out, state governors could potentially fill those Senate seats.

That’s not going to happen, though, so the question is whether Pelosi would become the president if there were troubles counting mail-in ballots.

The answer, in that case, is a shrug emoji. We don’t know how and when congressional races will be decided. Two Democratic Party primaries for House seats in New York City alone are still being decided — and they took place on June 26.

Laurence Tribe’s answer, in short, isn’t nutty. It’s also not nuanced.

It should give us some of the frightening prospects that an election conducted by national mail-in voting might produce.

And, alas — sorry, Joy Reid, but President Nancy Pelosi probably won’t be happening.

That still doesn’t mean we might be opening Pandora’s Box.

Karen Bass Denies Links To Nation Of Islam, Despite Photos And Event Appearances, But Doesn’t Disavow Radical Group

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 14:00

 

Can you imagine if Vice President Pence was seen at an event hosted by the Ku Klux Klan? The MSM would hang him. Yet the MSM has no problem with Karen Bass attending events hosted by the Nation of Islam, who’s leader (Louis Farrakhan) is perhaps the most vile anti-Semite in the United States. Bernie Sanders may as well be the Democrat Party’s nominee. How can any Jewish American support the Democrat Party and sleep at night?

Nope https://t.co/bazWG6Pnct

— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) August 4, 2020

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EXCLUSIVE: Karen Bass Denies Links To Nation Of Islam, Despite Photos And Event Appearances, But Doesn’t Disavow Radical Group

By Daily Wire, August 4, 2020

  • California Rep. Karen Bass, a top contender to be presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s 2020 running mate, denied having ties to the Nation of Islam, despite photos and event appearances linking her to the group.
  • Bass has appeared at events and has been photographed with top Nation of Islam official Tony Muhammad, who praised her as one of the few members of Congress he trusts. 
  • Bass also attended a forum organized by the Final Call, the “official communications organ of the Nation of Islam.”
  • Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan has described Jewish people as “satanic,” praised Adolf Hitler as a “very great man” and blamed Jewish people for both the Holocaust and 9/11. 

Rep. Karen Bass, a top contender to become presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s running mate, appeared at Nation of Islam-linked events, posed for a picture with a top Nation of Islam official, and attended a forum in 2013 hosted by the organization’s official mouthpiece.

Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan has referred to Jewish people as “satanic,” blamed them for the Holocaust and the Sept. 11, 2011 terrorist attacks, and once praised Adolf Hitler as a “very great man.” Farrakhan has also denounced interracial marriage, which he said has “mongrelized” the black race.

The Nation of Islam holds that white people were created 6,000 years ago as the result of a selective breeding program by a black scientist called Yakub.

“This teaching of the birth of the White race has been central to the belief system in the Nation of Islam and it has been met with hostility and profound resistance by its critics, who have most commonly termed it ‘hate teaching,’” the Final Call, the Nation of Islam’s official mouthpiece, states on its website.

But Bass, a California Democrat, appeared alongside Tony Muhammad, the director of the Nation of Islam’s Western division, at events in 2014 and 2015. Bass is seen posing with Muhammad in a photo posted online by Mablean Ephriam, the former host of Fox television program “Justice With Judge Mable.”

She attended an anti-police brutality event in April 2015 along with Muhammad and other Los Angeles-area activists, video shows. Dr. Mauluna Karenga, the founder of the holiday Kwanzaa, also spoke at the rally.

In 2002, Waters appeared at a Nation of Islam conference where Farrakhan defended Palestinian suicide bombers. “We have Maxine Waters here,” Farrakhan told attendees of the California conference, describing her as “our great congresswoman from this area.”

Waters hasn’t disavowed Farrakhan or the Nation of Islam.

Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison’s ties to Farrakhan began in the 1990s and continued for years after Ellison entered Congress in 2006, despite his statements to the contrary. The Washington Post in March 2018 awarded Ellison four “Pinocchios” — its worst possible fact check rating — for claiming that his relationship with Farrakhan ended before he entered Congress.

Islamic State Media Center Urges Muslim In The West To Set Forests, Factories, Agricultural Fields, And Buildings On Fire

Tue, 08/04/2020 - 19:00

Sounds just like MSNBC, CNN, NYT, et al.

Seriously, the enemies of America all sound remarkably the same.

Pro-ISIS Media Center Urges Muslim In The West To Set Forests, Factories, Agricultural Fields, And Buildings On Fire

MEMRI, August 4, 2020:

On July 26, 2020, the Pro-ISIS Al-Hayat Media Center uploaded an animated video titled “Incite the Believers” to its Telegram channel. The narrator called upon Muslims living in non-Muslim lands to avenge their Muslim brothers using whatever weapons are available to them and to carry out Jihad and terror attacks, the video showed various kinds of weapons, including knives and firearms. The narrator said that Muslims should use commonly available items to carry out their attacks and specifically giving the example of fire. He elaborated that fires such as forest fires have killed many non-Muslims and caused hundreds of millions of dollars of damage. He encouraged Muslims to start fires in a fashion that doesn’t draw attention to themselves and to dispose of all forms of evidence as they leave. The video urged viewers to set fire to forests, factories, agricultural fields, and buildings. The video showed a man marking a location in California on a map to set ablaze.

Narrator: “My brothers, all Muslims in every place, under the rule of any sect of kufr, we know that you aspire to avenge for your brothers – who the kuffar and murtadeen [apostates] bombed with their fire and destroyed their cities and villages and imprisoned them in their jails. You look around yourself and you do not find in your hand a weapon that you can use to subdue the enemy of Allah. We know that you are eager to fulfill what your lord, the mighty, the great giver has commanded you from jihad against the mushrikeen [polytheists] and instilling fear in their chests through various methods of terrorism and infuriating them, healing the hearts of the believers. But you cannot find a way to achieve that. The criminals have prevented you from making hijrah [emigrating] to the fields of jihad and the people of the battlefront, and we are sure that if you knew how and found a weapon, you will not delay in fulfilling your duty to support the Muslims and do jihad against the mushrikeen.

“You look around yourself again, keeping an eye [out] for a solution and not searching for a problem. You take in your hand all the means to kill and destroy and consider what you can use easily and without drawing attention to yourself and making the result be death, destruction, and heavy losses to your enemies; yes, my brother, it is that weapon that is in reach of every hand, and even children are proficient in using it. And people have used it since ancient times to harm their enemies. Yes, it is fire.

“To become more convinced of this option, try looking at the losses caused by fires in the lands of the Crusaders every year. Fires in every forest and fields, cities and villages completely destroyed, people displaced, armies of firefighters and civil defense personnel are working continuous days to no avail. The disaster does not stop there, but causes hundreds of millions of dollars in losses sometimes. And look at the human losses caused by fires among the kuffar; sometimes, they exceed the numbers of those lost in major strikes by the mujahideen in which they used guns and explosives. Now, rise up and start working.

“After putting your trust in Allah, the great, truly consider the results of what you intend to do. You will need to monitor well for a place you can set a fire without drawing attention. Consider that the fire you will set after your withdrawal from the place will be so great, that the efforts made to extinguish it will cost your enemies greatly and perhaps they will not be able to put it out. To expand and consume fertile and dry land, their profits will be destroyed and their lives lost. On your way back from the place of your blessed attack, safely dispose of all that can be used as evidence that it is you who lit that fire. Perhaps they will be suspicious about you, monitoring your locations. But, there’s no evidence you intended to [do] that, and nothing with which to hold you accountable for it, except for matchsticks or a lighter, where the pocket is nearly empty of them. Trust in Allah and proceed in this matter. Remember that the longevity of an act is sometimes more important than its strength or what was announced about it. Do not be hasty in goodness, because something is better than that. Invade for the sake of Allah, and seek help from Allah. We ask Allah to help you, give you recompense, and bless your jihad.”

Revolutionary Communist Party Leader Endorses Joe Biden

Tue, 08/04/2020 - 18:00

Shocka. Not.

Any American who votes for this communist deserves what will happen if the Democrats win.

Joe Biden needs the Communist and Marxist Left to win. As such, he will appease them as President.

Communist Party Leader Endorses Joe Biden

By: Breitbart, August 4, 2020:

Communist Party leader Bob Avakian has announced his support for former Vice President Joe Biden in the upcoming presidential election.

Avakian, the founder and leader of the Revolutionary Communist Party USA, told his followers in a statement on Saturday that they should vote for Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential election.

“At this critical hour, every appropriate means of non-violent action must be utilized to remove this regime from power,” said Avakian in his statement. “And if, in spite of mass protest demanding the removal of the Trump/Pence regime, this regime remains in power when it is time for voting, then — using all appropriate means to work for the removal of this regime must include voting against Trump.”

Avakian went on to clarify that he does not want his followers to vote for a third party candidate, and that their vote must be for Biden.

“To be clear, this means not a ‘protest vote’ for some candidate who has no chance of winning, but actually voting for the Democratic Party candidate, Biden, in order to effectively vote against Trump,” wrote the communist leader.

Avakian added that he still considers Biden and the Democrat Party “representatives and instruments of this exploitative, oppressive, and literally murderous system of capitalism-imperialism,” but that all of that needs to be disregarded for now, as ousting Trump is more important.

“But this election is different,” affirmed the communist leader.

“The question is not whether Biden and the Democrats represent something ‘good,’” Avakian continued. “Biden is not ‘better’ than Trump, in any meaningful way — except that he is not Trump and is not part of the move to consolidate and enforce fascist rule, with everything that means.”

“To approach this election from the standpoint of which candidate is ‘better’ means failing to understand the truly profound stakes and potential consequences of what is involved,” he added. “The fact is that there can be one — and only one — ‘good’ that can come out of this election: delivering a decisive defeat to Trump and the whole fascist regime.”

Bob Avakian has also endorsed violent fringe movements in the past, such as the Shining Path — a Maoist rebel movement that tried to overthrow the government of Peru by using guerrilla warfare — in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

In May — before the death of George Floyd — Biden called for “revolutionary institutional changes” in America.

Ex-NFL Player Tweets Libel About Jewish ‘Child Torture,’ ‘Human Sacrifice’

Tue, 08/04/2020 - 17:00

Some of the most prominent Black leaders in the United States are virulent Jew-haters. As such, anti-Semitism has now been normalized in the Black community. Sadly Twitter will permit this libel from Larry Johnson to spread, while it censors President Trump, Donald Trump Jr, and other conservatives for speaking the truth. By the way, the NFL has a severe problem with anti-Semitism. Like Jack Dorsey, Roger Goodell will in all likelihood do nothing about it.

Twitter permitted former NFL player Larry Johnson to spread lies about a “Jewish cabal” that carries out perverse crimes like “ritualistic child torture” and “human sacrifice/murder.”

By Yakir Benzion, United With Israel

Despite repeated appeals to common sense to get Twitter to shut down sources of anti-Semitic incitement, the social media giant continues to turn a blind eye to the phenomenon that helps spread hate messages around the world.

On Sunday, former NFL player Larry Johnson, who has an ugly history of posting anti-Semitic tropes and Holocaust denial, was at it again, tweeting that there is a secret “Jewish cabal” that carries out perverse crimes like “Ritualistic Child Torture” and “Human Sacrifice/Murder.”

While there were many responses condemning the anti-Semitic tweet, there was also frustration that Twitter continues to turn a blind eye when it comes to hatred directed at Jews.

“The fact that a former athlete can tweet that a subversive Jewish cabal exists to 140,000 followers and nothing is done by @Twitter is disgraceful,” tweeted Canadian legislator Anthony Housefather.

“Here a high-profile former athlete tells his 146k followers via a verified account that ‘the Jewish cabal’ performs well at ‘ritualistic child torture.’ It’s clear @jack [Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey] has no policy to root out antisemitism on @Twitter, only to respond with token gestures when pressure builds,” tweeted Algemeiner editor-in-chief and CEO Dovid Efune.

The anti-Semitism problem isn’t just from individuals on Twitter, but also reaches the highest levels.

Last week Israeli legislators were outraged after Twitter company official Ylwa Pettersson told the Knesset that Iranian calls to wipe out Israel were just “foreign policy saber-rattling on military-economic issues [that] are generally not in violation of our rules.”

And on Friday, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany slammed Twitter, saying the social media giant was showing blatant bias by targeting conservatives, especially President Donald Trump.

 

US Manufacturing Soars to 15-Month High

Tue, 08/04/2020 - 16:00

Despite the Democrats locking up Americans in their homes…..manufacturing soars.

Fasten your seatbelts. America is going to come roaring back, leaving the decaying, decrepit Democrat cities in the dust.

US Manufacturing Soars to 15-Month High: ISM

By Tom Ozimek, The Epoch Times, August 3, 2020:

Manufacturing in the United States, as measured by a key business activity gauge, surged to a 15-month high in July, exceeding economists’ expectations.

The Institute for Supply Management (ISM) business survey, published Aug. 3, shows that its topline manufacturing activity indicator, called the Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI), surged to a reading of 54.2 in July.

Readings above 50 indicate expansion, while those below mean contraction.

“The PMI signaled a continued rebuilding of economic activity in July and reached its highest level of expansion since March 2019,” Timothy Fiore, chair of the ISM Manufacturing Business Survey Committee, said in a statement (pdf).

Economists polled by Reuters predicted the manufacturing index would rise to 53.6 in July, so the higher-than-expected number is encouraging, particularly in light of April’s 11-year low of 41.5.

“In July, manufacturing continued its recovery after the disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic,” Fiore said.

Still, the slowing dynamics of month-over-month expansion in the manufacturing index, from 9.5 percentage point growth from May to June, compared to a 1.6 percentage point rise from June to July, fuel speculation about the sustainability of the economic recovery, especially in light of a recent surge in reported COVID-19 cases in parts of the country.

“Manufacturing is recovering from low levels and the outlook is uncertain, given the threat of repeated disruptions from virus outbreaks,” Rubeela Farooqi, chief U.S. economist at High Frequency Economics, told The Associated Press.

Another manufacturing sector gauge tapped by ISM in the survey is the New Orders measure, which soared to 61.5, up 5.1 percentage points from June.

“Orders starting to pick up. [An] increase of about 35 percent to 40 percent,” a chemical product manufacturing executive said.

“Incoming orders are slow. This is usually our busiest time of the year, but production is reduced due to lack of demand. Additional layoffs expected,” an executive at a furniture maker said.

Another gauge, the production index, showed 4.8 percentage point growth from June to July, coming in at 62.1, the highest reading of all the ISM gauges.

“Manufacturing outlook has improved greatly in June, as business has resumed at nearly 100 percent. We have implemented a number of safeguards that are costing extra money, but we are running,” an executive at a computer and electronics products maker said.

Other executives were downbeat in their responses to the ISM survey, which asks business leaders if their companies are performing better compared to the previous month.

“Overall business remains down almost 70 percent,” said an executive at a manufacturer of transportation equipment. “We are hanging on to as many employees as possible, but we will have to lay off 30 percent or more for at least two to three months until September or October.”

While factory employment improved in July, it remained in contraction territory. The Employment index showed a reading of 44.3. While up by 2.2 percentage points from June’s reading of 42.1, it suggests a continued trend of manufacturers shedding jobs, though at a slowing rate.

Manufacturing accounts for about 11 percent of the U.S. economy.

Poll: President Trump approval climbs to 51 percent

Tue, 08/04/2020 - 15:00

The POTUS is rolling. Inserting Bill Stepien as campaign manager was an excellent move. The campaign is much more focused. In addition, the return of the COVID-19 briefings have been tremendously effective for the POTUS. And now Team Trump is about to launch blistering new attack ads against Joe Biden in early voting states. If President Trump can maintain this focus from now until November, he will have no problem taking down Joe Biden and the Left.

Trump Campaign Manager Bill Stepien: Trump Is ‘Absolutely Not’ Losing To Biden https://t.co/C0YQGrltpW

— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) August 3, 2020

 

Poll: Trump approval ticks up to 51 percent

By The Hill, August 3, 2020

President Trump‘s job approval ticks up to 51 percent, up 1 percentage point from two weeks ago, according to a new Hill-HarrisX poll.

n an April 19 survey, Donald Trump’s job approval was at 50 percent among registered voters.

His approval has fluctuated only slightly throughout his presidency. Hill-HarrisX data shows his lowest recorded approval at 44 percent in a January 2019 survey and its highest approval at 52 percent in a April 2020 survey.

“President Trump’s approval rating is one of the really fascinating and hard to understand or hard to park facets of modern American public opinion,” Chris Jackson, Vice President of Ipsos, told Hill.TV.

“It has been remarkably stable over the last three years of his presidency with only moving a few percentage points up or down in any single moment in time despite a series of increasingly outlandish and wild events,” he added.

Jackson cited the impeachment trial and the current coronavirus pandemic as one of these events in which the President has seen his historically steady approval rating hold.

The Hill-HarrisX poll was conducted online among 957 registered voters on May 6. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.17 percentage points.

 

MSNBC Producer Quits, Pens Letter Calling Network A ‘Cancer’ That Stokes ‘Racial Division’

Tue, 08/04/2020 - 14:30

They know.

America’s worst enemies have a chokehold on the information battle-space. Imagine the Nazis broadcasting — ie NBC — during the war or Soviet Network News during the Cuban missile crisis.  That’s what American media has come to.

A former MSNBC producer wrote a scathing open letter explaining why she recently left the cable news network.

“July 24th was my last day at MSNBC. I don’t know what I’m going to do next exactly but I simply couldn’t stay there anymore,” Ariana Pekary wrote on her personal website. “My colleagues are very smart people with good intentions. The problem is the job itself. It forces skilled journalists to make bad decisions on a daily basis.”

Pekary provided a number of examples of why she wanted to leave the cable news network.

She quoted someone she described a “successful and insightful TV veteran” who said: “We are a cancer and there is no cure… But if you could find a cure, it would change the world.”

MSNBC Producer Quits, Pens Letter Calling Network A ‘Cancer’ That Stokes ‘Racial Division’

The Daily Wire,  August 4, 2020:

A former MSNBC producer wrote an open letter on Monday explaining why she left the far-left network a little over a week ago, saying that they are a “cancer” that is “stoking national division” by amplifying “fringe voices” and forcing “journalists to make bad decisions on a daily basis.”

The letter was written by Ariana Pekary, who Fox News noted described herself as an “integral member” of MSNBC’s “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell.”

“July 24th was my last day at MSNBC. I don’t know what I’m going to do next exactly but I simply couldn’t stay there anymore,” Pekary wrote. “My colleagues are very smart people with good intentions. The problem is the job itself. It forces skilled journalists to make bad decisions on a daily basis.”

Pekary said that at MSNBC it was “practically baked in to the editorial process” that decisions on what and who give coverage to were based on what would generate the most ratings for the network. She said that behind closed doors “industry leaders will admit the damage that’s being done.”

Pekary begins her letter by sharing quotes of what people said to her over the last couple of years as she pondered leaving the network due to the detrimental effect that it is having on society.

“July 24th was my last day at MSNBC. I don’t know what I’m going to do next exactly but I simply couldn’t stay there anymore,” Pekary wrote. “My colleagues are very smart people with good intentions. The problem is the job itself. It forces skilled journalists to make bad decisions on a daily basis.”

Pekary said that at MSNBC it was “practically baked in to the editorial process” that decisions on what and who give coverage to were based on what would generate the most ratings for the network. She said that behind closed doors “industry leaders will admit the damage that’s being done.”

A high profile TV veteran reportedly told her, “We are a cancer and there is no cure. But if you could find a cure, it would change the world.”

“As it is, this cancer stokes national division, even in the middle of a civil rights crisis,” Pekary said. “The model blocks diversity of thought and content because the networks have incentive to amplify fringe voices and events, at the expense of others… all because it pumps up the ratings.”

“Context and factual data are often considered too cumbersome for the audience,” Pekary later added. “There may be some truth to that (our education system really should improve the critical thinking skills of Americans) – but another hard truth is that it is the job of journalists to teach and inform, which means they might need to figure out a better way to do that. They could contemplate more creative methods for captivating an audience. Just about anything would improve the current process, which can be pretty rudimentary (think basing today’s content on whatever rated well yesterday, or look to see what’s trending online today).”

Pressure Mounts for Basement Biden to Skip Presidential Debates

Tue, 08/04/2020 - 14:00

They know.

They know. The Democrats know — he’s demented. They just need to steal the election so that Soros and co run finish the job.

As predicted, the media effort to help @JoeBiden get himself out of debating Trump is now in full swing. pic.twitter.com/cH8ghlKhEV

— Reagan Battalion (@ReaganBattalion) August 3, 2020

Pressure Mounts on Joe Biden to Skip Presidential Debates

By Breitbart, August 3, 2020

Joe Biden, the presumptive Democrat nominee, is under mounting political pressure not to debate President Donald Trump this fall.

In recent weeks, a bevy of political strategists, pundits, and even allies have intensified their efforts to push the former vice president’s campaign into reneging on the three customary presidential debates. Much of the effort has played out in the public eye, spanning across the editorial pages of the nation’s leading newspapers, network television, and even social media.

Some of the arguments utilized by proponents of jettisoning the debates center around Trump’s refusal to release his tax returns and the president’s proclivity for making untruthful or embellished statements.

“I worry about Joe Biden debating Donald Trump. He should do it only under two conditions. Otherwise, he’s giving Trump unfair advantages,” The New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman wrote last month, asserting that it was imperative for the incumbent to make his tax returns transparent and for both candidates to agree to the inclusion of a “real-time fact-checking team” for the debates.

Ten “minutes before the scheduled conclusion of the debate this team report on any misleading statements, phony numbers or outright lies either candidate had uttered,” Freidman wrote. “That way no one in that massive television audience can go away easily misled.”

A similar sentiment was echoed on Sunday by Joe Lockhart, a noted Democrat strategist who served as press secretary for the Clinton-era White House, during an appearance on CNN.

“It’s a fool’s errand to enter the ring with someone who can’t follow the rules or the truth,” Lockhart said. “Biden will undoubtedly take heat from Republicans and the media for skipping the debates.”

The strategist added that any potential blowback over skipping the debate was “worth the risk, as trying to debate someone incapable of telling the truth is an impossible contest to win.”

Although much of the argument for skipping the debates has revolved around fears that Trump’s will use the forum to spread inaccurate information, some strategists and pundits have ventured further.

 

Portland Protests Grow More Violent as Feds Step Back

Tue, 08/04/2020 - 13:00

If you vote Democrat, you vote for this — nationwide.

Portland Protests Grow More Violent as Feds Step Back

Daybreak Insider, August 3, 2020′;

From the story: New violence over the weekend seems to undercut city and state leaders’ claims that it was the presence of the feds that had sparked the violence. Portland police also reported Sunday morning that they’re seeing demonstrators cloaking themselves as journalists to engage in the violence — a tactic the federal officers also faced, and one that complicates questions about press freedom and the ability to control the crowds (Washington Times).  A man was filmed burning Bibles in front of the federal courthouse in Portland (Washington Examiner).  Meanwhile, the Portland mayor, who has been excusing the violence, is drafting plans to revitalize downtown business.  But business owners fear it will likely be too little too late (MSN).

https://twitter.com/TheMorningSpew2/status/1289693960307277826?s=20

Russian Military Expert Felgenhauer: Russia Will Defend Armenia From The Turks Even With Nuclear Strike

Tue, 08/04/2020 - 12:00

The Ottoman caliphate redux.

Russian Military Expert Pavel Felgenhauer: Russia Will Defend Armenia From The Turks; If Necessary, Russia Will Save Armenia With A Nuclear Strike

MEMRI, August 3, 2020:

On July 29, Turkey announced the launch of joint large-scale tactical and tactical flight exercises involving Turkish and Armenian ground forces and air forces. The exercises, taking place July 29-August 10, include live firing and involve some 5,000 personnel, 150 units of military armored vehicles, up to 150 units of artillery and air defense systems, and up to 30 jets, helicopters and drones.  They are being held in Azerbaijan, in the areas of Baku, Nakhchivan, Ganja, Kurdamir and Yevlakh. Ground exercises are being held in Baku and Nakhchivan August 1-5, with artillery, armored vehicles, and mortars striking simulated targets.

It should be noted that earlier that month, on July 12, tensions rose once again on the Azerbaijani-Armenian border, when Azerbaijan’s Defense Ministry accused Armenia of attempting to attack Azerbaijan’s positions at the Tovuz section of the border with artillery systems. Starting from the afternoon on July 12, units of the Armenian armed forces, grossly violating the ceasefire on the direction of the Tovuz region of the Azerbaijani-Armenian state border, were subjected to fire on our positions using artillery mounts. There are losses on both sides. Currently, there are fights in this direction. Our units control the operational situation,” the Azerbaijan’s Defense Ministry reported.

However, Armenian Defense Ministry spokesperson Shushan Stepanyan reported on Facebook that on July 12 Azerbaijan had attempted to violate the Armenian state border near the Tavush region, but that all these attempts had been thwarted. “At about 12:30 today, servicemen of the Armed Forces of Azerbaijan, for reasons unknown to us, attempted to violate the state border of the Republic of Armenia in an UAZ vehicle in the direction of Tavush,” Stepayan said, adding that after a warning from the Armenian side, the Azerbaijani servicemen returned to their positions. Nevertheless, the Azerbaijani servicemen made a second attempt on the Armenian border, using artillery fire, but retreated, incurring loss in manpower.

The Azerbaijan-Armenia clashes continued for three days. Azerbaijan reported that 12 personnel, including a general, had been killed, and Armenia reported four servicemen killed.  Commenting on the escalation at the border, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said: “As you are aware, on July 12, Azerbaijan attacked our border positions in the Tavush region. The Armed Forces of Armenia did not only repel the attacks but also inflicted significant damage on the adversary. The Azerbaijani side suffered numerous casualties, including military equipment and weapons with highly advanced technology. This is an explicit victory of military strength, tactics, and the military-industrial complex of Armenia.

“The damage to the morale of the adversary was even stronger. The domestic political situation in Azerbaijan is not stable due also to these military activities. This is leading the Azerbaijani leadership to resort to new provocations in order to redirect the social dissatisfaction towards Armenia and Artsakh [aka the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic].

“Amidst all these developments, I would like to outline several important points. First, Azerbaijan initiated an attack against the sovereign territory of Armenia. I must stress once again that the military positions that were under Azerbaijani attack during the last two weeks are within the sovereign territory of Armenia. Thereby, the accusations by Azerbaijan presenting the Armenian side as an aggressor are merely nonsense.

“Azerbaijan launched an attack when Armenia was engaged in the Nagorno-Karabakh peace process, even though Azerbaijan was refusing to negotiate with Artsakh, the main party to the conflict. All the attacks by Azerbaijan have been decisively repelled, and the Armenian side further strengthened its positions along the border. The Azerbaijani myth that its army can defeat the Armenian Army, and thus Armenia and Artsakh should make concessions has vanished.

“For a long time we have been urging Azerbaijan not to talk with us from the positions of force, warmongering and threat of use of force. And now we can confidently say that Armenia has both rejected the threat of use of force on the diplomatic table and showed in the battlefield that those claims are unfounded and do not reflect the real balance of power. When saying the real balance of power, I do not only speak about the number of troops or armaments, but rather the overall quality of their military actions and the level of command.

“Now we can confidently state that the Armenian Armed Forces and the Armenian Army not only demonstrated high combat efficiency, but also reiterated their reputation of the most efficient and intelligent army in the region. And this is not merely a statement, but a conclusion based on a detailed analysis of the events that have been taking place since July 12. Our army has been and remains the source of national pride and once again reiterated its status in the Tavush region…”

Since July 17, both Armenia and Azerbaijan have noted that the border situation has been relatively calm. However, tensions remain high as the Turkey-Azerbaijan military exercises begin.

Russian military expert Pavel Felgenhauer said in an interview published July 29 that the Turkish army’s entry into Azerbaijan “under the pretext” of joint Turkish-Azerbaijani military exercises is a serious escalation of the situation in the region. He argues that there are already concerns that an escalation would lead to a large-scale confrontation between the pro-Armenia Russia and the pro-Azerbaijan Turkey, and says that if there is a military clash, Turkey will demolish both the Armenian and Russian forces located in Armenia. This, however would mean a declaration of war on Russia, which under such circumstances may resort to the force of nuclear deterrence.

Below is the interview, as published by Rosbalt.ru:

 

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