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Matt Walsh: People Who Are Confused About "What A Woman Is" Are "Unfit For, Frankly, Most Unemployment"

Fri, 03/22/2024 - 13:01
From Thursday's edition of 'The Matt Walsh Show' on Daily Wire: "So you're confused about that and we have to ask what else are you confused about? Because if you can be confused about something as basic as that, about who you are, what you are, about what a woman is, and so on -- if you can be confused about that, then you could plausibly be confused about anything, which makes you unfit for this job, and it makes you unfit for, frankly, most employment. Because, I mean, there may be some jobs out there where it doesn't really matter if you're grounded in reality or not while you do it. Oh, yeah, there are some jobs like that. But any job where the reality actually matters, seriously, you're seriously called into question."

RealClearPolitics: Biden Impeachment Hearings, Shohei Ohtani Gambling Scandal, Are Democrats Taking RFK Jr. Seriously?

Fri, 03/22/2024 - 00:29
On Thursday's edition of the RealClearPolitics radio show (Monday through Friday at 6:00 p.m. EDT on SiriusXM's P.O.T.U.S. Channel 124), Andrew Walworth, Washington bureau chief Carl Cannon, and RCP president and co-founder Tom Bevan chat about independent presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. What are his chances and who will he pick as a running mate? They also discuss the Biden impeachment hearings in the House and the Shohei Ohtani gambling scandal. Next, Carl Cannon talks with Gerrick D. Wilkins, author of the new book, "Unshackling Democracy: Embracing Term Limits, Empowering Citizens" Finally, Tom, Carl, and RCP national correspondent Susan Crabtree discuss California's Proposition One anti-homelessness initiative.

Don Lemon: Was Elon Musk Comfortable Sitting In Front Of A Gay Black Guy Like Me?

Fri, 03/22/2024 - 00:22
Ex-CNN host and short-time "X" content producer Don Lemon talked to tech journalist Kara Swisher about his interview with Elon Musk that led to his exit from the social media platform. Lemon posited that Musk was threatened by him being a gay black man and asked Swisher to affirm his theory. SWISHER: It sounds crazy I don't think you were boring I don't think your questions were boring but he was bored and so he got irritated... DON LEMON: I've got to ask you this because you've brought it up. People have been asking me what I meant by when I said he did not like answering questions or being held to account from people like me. Some people took it to be a racial thing, I meant someone who has a different worldview. But since people raised it, and you said what you said, do you think that he was uncomfortable? I didn't want to go there. Do you think he was uncomfortable sitting in front of a gay black guy? SWISHER: Probably more gay than black I would think. I hate to say that but I don't know. I don't think he likes control beyond himself and so it doesn't matter who's exerting it. I don't think he much likes Joe Biden either.

Indicted Dem Sen. Menendez: I Will Seek Reelection As An Independent If I'm Exonerated

Thu, 03/21/2024 - 23:32
Indicted Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) announced on Thursday he would seek another term in the Senate as an independent candidate. "I will not file for the Democratic primary this June. I am hopeful that my exoneration will take place this summer and allow me to pursue my candidacy as an independent Democrat in the general election," Menendez said. In his video statement, Menendez acknowledged the disappointment but indicated he has no plans to step down from Congress. "I know many of you are hurt and disappointed in me with the accusations I'm facing," he said. "Believe me, I am disappointed at the false accusations as well. All I can ask of you is to withhold judgment until justice takes place. Until then, I will continue to work my heart out each and every day, as I have for the past 19 years to fight for New Jersey, for you, your family, in a more prosperous, secure future."

Attorney General: Apple's Monopoly On Smartphone Software "Knowingly, Deliberately Degrades Quality, Privacy, And Security"

Thu, 03/21/2024 - 17:50
U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland announced Thursday that the Department of Justice, joined by 15 states and the District of Columbia, is filing a lawsuit against Apple for abuse of "monopoly power" in the smartphone software industry. "As any iPhone user who has ever seen a green text message or received a tiny, grainy video can attest, Apple's anti-competitive conduct also includes making it more difficult for iPhone users to message with users of non-Apple products," Garland said. "It does this by diminishing the functionality of its own messaging app and by diminishing the functionality of third-party messaging apps." "By doing so, Apple knowingly and deliberately degrades quality, privacy, and security for its users." "As a result, iPhone users perceive reliable [non-Apple] smartphones as being lower quality because of the experience of messaging friends and family who don't own iPhones is worse. Even though Apple is the one responsible for breaking cross-platform messaging. And it does so intentionally," he said. ATTORNEY GENERAL MERRICK GARLAND: In the form of a 30% commission on the price of any app downloaded from the App Store as well as on in-app purchases, Apple is able to command these fees from companies of all sizes. Apple has also suppressed the emergence of programs like cloud streaming apps including gaming apps as well as super apps that could reduce user dependence on Apple's own operating system and expensive hardware. And as any iPhone user who has ever seen a green text message or received a tiny grainy video can attest, Apple's anti-competitive conduct also includes making it more difficult for iPhone users to message with users of non-Apple products. It does this by diminishing the functionality of its own messaging app and by diminishing the functionality of third-party messaging apps. By doing so, Apple knowingly and deliberately degrades quality, privacy, and security for its users. For example, if an iPhone user messages a non-iPhone user in Apple messages, the text appears not only as a green bubble but incorporates limited functionality. The conversation is not encrypted. Videos are grainy and users cannot edit messages or see typing indicators. As a result, iPhone users perceive reliable smartphones as being lower quality because of the experience of messaging friends and family who don't own iPhones is worse. Even though Apple is the one responsible for breaking cross-platform messaging. And it does so intentionally. For example, in 2013 a senior executive at Apple explained that supporting cross-platform messaging in Apple messages, quote, would simply serve to remove an obstacle to iPhone families giving their kids Android phones, close quote. In 2022, the Apple CEO was asked whether Apple would fix iPhone to Android messaging. The questioner added, "Not to make it personal I can't send my mom certain videos." Apple's CEO responded, "Buy your mom an iPhone." In addition to selectively controlling app distribution and creation, we allege that Apple is violating the law by conditionally restricting developers' access to the interface needed to make an app functional on the Apple operating system. For a product like a smartwatch or digital wallet to be useful to an iPhone user, it must be able to communicate with the iPhone's operating system. Apple creates barriers that make it extremely difficult and expensive for both users and developers to venture outside the Apple ecosystem. When it comes to smartwatches, Apple not only drives users to purchase an Apple watch, which is only compatible with an iPhone, it also uses its technical controls to make it harder for someone with an iPhone to use a non-Apple product.

AG Garland On Biden's Classified Documents: The Idea That I Would Censor The Special Counsel's Report Is "Absurd"

Thu, 03/21/2024 - 17:42
Attorney General Merrick Garland defended not editing or censoring special counsel Robert Hur's report following his investigation of President Biden's handling of classified documents. At a press briefing on Thursday, NBC's Ken Dilanian told Garland that the White House was unhappy with Hur's report and wished he "stepped in" to edit the report. "The idea that an attorney general would edit or redact or censor the special counse's explanation for why the special counsel reached the decision that the special counsel did - that's absurd," Garland told Dilanian. KEN DILANIAN, NBC NEWS: On the special counsel Robert Hur's report, you've personally have come under a lot of criticism in particular from the White House, anonymous officials who say you should have acted to keep him from characterizing the president's memory the way that he did in that report, that you should have stepped in. What's your response to that? ATTORNEY GENERAL MERRICK GARLAND: I haven't -- no one from the White House has said that to me. When the president announced my nomination, he said to me directly and then to the American public that he intended to restore the independence and the integrity of the Justice Department and that he wanted me to serve as the lawyer for the American people, not the lawyer for the president. I sincerely believe that's what he intended them and I sincerely believe that is what he intends now. DILANIAN: But did you think that that was appropriate, the language that [Hur] used to characterize the president's mental state? GARLAND: Look, I said from the very beginning that I would make public the report of all the special counsels appointed during the period of my service. That is consistent with the regulation which requires a special counsel to explain what the special counsel's decisions are. It's consistent with the precedents, the full disclosure of all special counsel reports in the entire 25 years in which the regulation has been in effect. It's consistent with the common practice with the previous period of the independent counsel statute. The idea that an attorney general would edit or redact or censor the special counse's explanation for why the special counsel reached the decision that the special counsel did - that's absurd.

ABC News: Daniel Penny Trial For Subway Chokehold Death In October "Right In The Time Of The Election"

Thu, 03/21/2024 - 17:28
ABC's Aaron Katersky reports that the politically charged trial of Daniel Penny, a man accused of negligent homicide for putting an aggressive homeless person in a chokehold on a subway train, will take place in the final month of the 2024 U.S. presidential election. AARON KATERSKY, ABC NEWS: Daniel Penny is going to stand trial beginning on October 8. That trial is expected to take anywhere from one month to a month and a half and it is expected to include a lot of video of the actual chokehold that ended up killing Jordan Neely, a man experiencing homelessness on an F Train when... he put him in a chokehold that prosecutors say lasted well beyond the duration when he no longer posed a threat. And that is why Penny is charged with manslaughter and negligent homicide. He has pleaded not guilty to those charges. Again, October 8 now for a trial, which puts it right at the time of the next election, and this has been a politically charged case.

Hannity: Democrats Trying To "January 6th The Country To Death" While They Work To Throw Trump Off The Ballot

Thu, 03/21/2024 - 17:16
FOX News Channel host Sean Hannity on Wednesday commented on former President Donald Trump's "bloodbath" comment and the 2024 Democratic strategy to win the presidency. HANNITY: Isn't that why they -- they have to take out of context something like the bloodbath comment? It was clear the president was talking about the automobile industry. There's no ambiguity at all if anybody has an ounce of intellectual honesty in them, seriously. But that's what the -- that's what they want to talk about. They will demagogue abortion, that's what they want to talk about. They'll -- they'll January 6 the country to death, democracy in peril, while they themselves try to allow Democratic officials to kick people off the ballot for something they've never been accused of, let alone convicted of. So, to me, the one thing they don't want to talk about is, are you better off than you were four years ago? Because there's no good answer for them.

Psaki: Third-Party Candidates Are A "Huge Problem" For Biden Campaign, RFK Jr. Is A "Real Threat"

Thu, 03/21/2024 - 17:09
Thursday on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," former Biden press secretary Jen Psaki sounded the alarm about independent presidential candidates. JEN PSAKI: These third-party candidates are a huge problem. If you look at RFK, it's the name recognition issue. There are still states in this country where the Kennedy name is beloved, where they may not know a lot about the fact that he is an anti-vaxxer conspiracy theorist. They don't know that yet. There is an aggressive effort that the campaign has been working with the Democratic National Committee on, to run on this, but it needs to be broad. People need to be shouting it from the rooftops because this is one of the biggest threats to joe biden being reelected, is these third-party candidates. ... Michigan is a state where RFK Jr is polling at 10%. This is a place where Joe Biden needs to win, and RFK Junior is making a real threat to that. So it's good we're talking about it. It is a real threat. They're aware of it, but more needs to be done and more people need to be talking about it and aware.

James Carville: Biden Doesn't Need To Do The "Wetwork" In 2024, "People Like Me" Can Do That For Him

Thu, 03/21/2024 - 16:47
James Carville volunteered himself and other Democratic political operatives to take over the "wetwork" for President Biden's 2024 re-election campaign during an interview Wednesday night on CNN. "President Biden is not the best attack politician I've ever seen in my life, and leave it at that. But there are a lot of people to do what I call, quote, the wetwork, unquote," Carville told CNN's Anderson Cooper. He defined "wetwork" as "a CIA term to take a guy out" but explained, "It is paid TV and stuff like that." "He doesn't need to do the wetwork. People like me and other groups in the party need to do that, [Biden is] not very good at it," the former Clinton campaign manager said. "I don't think people want to hear that from him. He can cruise along at a better altitude."

Rep. Moskowitz: I Wore Putin Mask At Impeachment Hearing "Because If I'm Going To Be In A Theater, I Might As Well Dress Up"

Thu, 03/21/2024 - 03:23
March 20, 2024 - Congressman Jared Moskowitz joins CNN's The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer to discuss the House Oversight Committee's impeachment inquiry into President Joe Biden. WOLF BLITZER, CNN HOST: Joining us now, that key House Democrat who attended today's hearing, Congressman Jared Moskowitz. Congressman, thanks so much for joining us. You were goading the chairman, Jordan, on the lack of evidence, but now Republicans are planning to invite President Biden to actually testify. Are they simply going to push ahead on their impeachment effort right now? What do you think? REP. JARED MOSKOWITZ (D-FL): Well, I mean, first, thanks for having me. I was trying to show that there's not going to be an impeachment, right? We've been at this for 15 months, right? If they believe that the president has committed a high crime and misdemeanor and they've proven that, then they would call for the vote. If they haven't called to the vote, then that would mean obviously that they haven't proven that, which is why it would continue. But it's never going to happen, Wolf. They know they don't have the votes. They're unfortunately just, you know, giving, red meat to their base on this, and they are not being truthful. They don' t even have to votes. Republicans here, a number of them, don t want to vote for impeachment. And they only have a two-vote majority. And so now they're inviting Joe Biden, more political theater, which is why I wore the mask, because if I'm going to be in theater, I might as well dress up. And, so, you know, it's just a shame that this is what we're wasting taxpayer money on, rather than solving the problems with Ukraine and Israel, rather than trying to help the American people bring down the cost of living. This is the 118th Congress has decided to spend their time on after, of course, they've removed their speaker and impeached the cabinet secretary. Moskowitz in Putin mask: Moskowitz at Congressional hearing:

Habba: Judge Is Trying To Ruin Trump And His Family By Forcing A Fire Sale He Can't Undo

Thu, 03/21/2024 - 03:15
Trump legal spokeswoman Alina Habba discusses the bond fine against the former president on 'The Story' with FOX News host Martha MacCallum. MACCALLUM: A significant development the Georgia election interference case against former President Trump. Judge Scott McAfee allowing an appeal of his ruling to keep DA Fani Willis on the case after allegations that she had an improper relationship with the former special prosecutor whom she appointed to the case, Nathan Wade, who is now off the case. McAfee says that the case will proceed as usual. Trump's attorneys say that they feel "optimistic" that the appeal could lead to that case being dismissed. We will keep track, that is the Georgia case, to keep all of these things in their proper silos here. And how about this case in New York, the clock ticking on the $454 million judgment against former President Trump in his civil -- in his New York civil fraud trial. His assets could be seized five days from now by Attorney General Letitia James unless he secures a bond or an appeals court pauses this judgment. The former president posting on True Social, a lot of things, this is one of them. He said, "I would be forced to mortgage or sell great assets, perhaps at fire sale prices, and if and when I win the appeal, they would be gone." Jonathan Turley on why he calls this case against Trump mob justice, but first let's go to Alina Habba, an attorney for former President Trump. Alina, good to have you with us. Thank you for being here today. Tell me a little bit about where you are in this process because in terms of the appeals happening or the appeals court deciding, the Appellate Division deciding that perhaps they're going to make some modifications to this judgment. ALINA HABBA, DONALD TRUMP'S ATTORNEY: Right. Well, our argument in front of the Appellate Division is that forcing him to sell price properties such as Trump Tower, iconic properties like 40 Wall Street, to pursue his appeal is manifest injustice, and it deprives him of that due process that we are all entitled to. So imagine, you can't reverse selling off Trump Tower on a fire sale at a discounted price, we can't fix that if we went on appeal. So it's complete injustice. And only a handful of sureties, as we stated, are approved by the United States Department of Treasury to even underwrite bonds of this size. So of those, even those very limited handful amount, they're limited to policies with even single bonds up to maybe 100 million, none of them except hard assets. They require cash or cash equivalents such as marketable securities. The ask of Judge Engoron is completely ridiculous, he knew that. Or if he didn't know that, he should have educated himself on it. But it is intentionally to interfere in the election, to hurt President Trump, to try and ruin his company and ruin a person and a family whose private company, not public company, has made the skyline of New York change forever and made so many jobs, created jobs and taxes to New York. It's a disgrace, Martha. So we're waiting on those reasons that we stated in our appeal and many more but that's just a summary of what we're waiting on the Appellate Division to do. MACCALLUM: Alina, do you have any sense of whether or not the Appellate Division is sympathetic to this argument and what their timeframe might be to respond to it, because five days is not that much time? HABBA: No, it's not that much time. And we pressed the fact this is urgent. And I will say the Appellate Division has been great in looking at these things in a timely manner. There were days where we've taken things to the Appellate Division and waited to be heard, and they heard us. They definitely, we can tell, have listened to our arguments fairly. You know, don't forget, this case, the judge had a trial where he disregarded the Appellate Division that shortened the statute of limitations here and said this case was limited and that he just disregarded it. So that in itself showed to me just put his nose -- this judge put his nose up to the Appellate Division, disregarded the rule of law, disregarded the higher court. And in that alone, they should take that into account, let alone the other injustices that we saw for those 11 weeks in trial. MACCALLUM: Understood. Alina, I want to play something for you quickly from "The View" and get a quick thought from you on this, and then I'm going swing over to Jonathan Turley. So let's play what -- how excited the hosts of "The View" are about all this. Watch. (BEGIN VIDEO CLIP) WHOOPI GOLDBERG, HOST, THE VIEW: Is Letitia James going to go like put a chain on Trump Tower? JOY BEHAR, HOST, THE VIEW: Nobody wants to lend him the money, in this country anyway. Who knows what's going to happen with Russia and Saudi Arabia? SUNNY HOSTIN, HOST, THE VIEW: I can't wait to see the chains on Trump Tower actually on Fifth Avenue. (END VIDEO CLIP) MACCALLUM: Yes, what's your response to the glee around the table on this, Alina? HABBA: They're poster women for Trump derangement syndrome, and they should seek help. That's my thoughts on that. I mean it's pathetic. Why would you want the country to be in demise? People that think like this, the hatred, I hope they go to church and pray on that whoever they pray to. Because I don't hold hatred like that towards anybody, frankly, and I think that people to say disgusting things like that on national television and not care about the people that work there, not a care about the jobs that they create, is a really sad state of affairs. MACCALLUM: Yes. Is there any effort on the part of your team to secure this money through another country, Saudi Arabia or Russia as Joy Behar seems to think? HABBA: Well, there's rules and regulations that are public. I can't speak about strategy, that requires certain things and we have to follow those rules. Like I said, this is manifest injustice. It is impossible, it's an impossibility. I believe they knew that. I think that's why mid-trial, frankly, they changed their ask from $250 million to the ridiculous amount of money that they have asked for. I think everything is done intentionally. I do not doubt that the witch- hunt that the election interference goal is what was ringing steady and loudly, and true throughout all these trials, frankly. And we're seeing it. It's the demise of our country, not the demise of Trump. So we'll handle it as we always have, and keep our heads up, and keep working hard. MACCALLUM: OK. Keep us posted on the effort. We look forward to speaking with you again. Thank you very much, Alina. Alina Habba for joining us today. HABBA: Thank you.

Kavanaugh Classmate: I Was Extorted To Change My Story, I Don't Recall The Party Christine Blasey Ford Claimed I Did

Thu, 03/21/2024 - 03:08
Fox News anchor Martha MacCallum previews her Fox Nation interview with Mark Judge about Christine Blasey Ford's sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh on 'The Story.' MACCALLUM: So I'm here in Washington today because earlier I interviewed Kavanaugh's former classmate who we heard so much about in those days, but he never came forward to speak. And his name is Mark Judge. Blasey Ford claims that he was there. He was the witness when the sexual assault happened, she says. He says he does not remember any party as described by her or the attack that she described. And here is what he told me about the way he's very suspicious about why they picked him to have been in the room that night. Because he says he has no memory of that, and he claims that people around her essentially, this is his hunch, we're looking for someone who could turn some dirt on Brett Kavanaugh. Watch this. (BEGIN VIDEO CLIP) MARK JUDGE, KAVANAUGH'S FORMER CLASSMATE: Her initial letter describing what happened, I'm referred to as Mark G. Judge. Mark G. judge is a byline I used as a journalist when I was younger. Nobody calls me Mark G. Judge, they call me Mark Judge, unless you have researched my past and you found that. (END VIDEO CLIP) MACCALLUM: And when he refers to his past, he's talking about the fact that he had a long history of alcoholism, that he, you know, had a lot of difficulties in his life. He wrote about them in a book, Jonathan Turley is still here with me, watching some of this. He wrote a book called "Wasted" about his years at Georgetown prep. And all of this made him, he claims, a very ripe suspect for being somebody who was in that room. I'm curious, you know, what you think, Jonathan, when you watch "The View," and there are so many questions raised in this case, but nobody at that table said to her, you're the only person that you pointed to, Leland Kaiser said she won't -- she wouldn't back up your story. Nothing challenging whatsoever around that table. TURLEY: Well, we all lived through this hearing. MACCALLUM: Yes. TURLEY: And what was troubling about the hearing was that you basically had accusations, you had no concrete proof, and that presented for Justice Kavanaugh the obligation to disprove the negative. And, obviously, you can't do that. You could say, look, there's -- no one recollects this happening, including your -- the person who interviewed today. But that's not enough in today's politics, right? And you certainly capture that on "The View" where you have a host saying, I looked at the man and you weren't applauding enough. You know that, in order to ratify that you are sensitive, you're supposed to applaud like seals every time the host expects you to. One can be very sympathetic to both of these parties. And I got to tell you, I might be a chump. But when Justice Kavanaugh, then judge Kavanaugh testified, I felt he was very convincing. When Dr. Ford testified, I thought she was very convincing. I actually didn't leave that hearing saying, I think I know who's lying here. But that's the point that is you have this in equipoise, you had it -- you didn't have any evidence to tip one way or the other. And what people want to say, well just make all presumptions in favor of one side. But of course, we can't do that if you believe in fairness. MACCALLUM: Yes. This is another soundbite from my discussion with Mark Judge earlier today. He has a lot of suspicions about how he was, as I said before, sort of looped into this and he believes that it is not just her contention, that that he happened to be in the room. So watch this. (BEGIN VIDEO CLIP) JUDGE: I got a call from a California number. They were brilliant enough to leave a message. You like effing with people, Mark. I like effing with people too. You better change your story. So they were directly trying to extort me, directly. MACCALLUM: Who is they? JUDGE: I don't know. It was a California number, it was on my phone. I gave the information to my lawyer who gave it to the FBI. That's where it stopped. (END VIDEO CLIP) MACCALLUM: So a lot of questions obviously, about who you know about (inaudible) research, about digging into -- he claims that by the time the announcement came around that Kavanaugh was going to be, you know, Supreme Court justice or confirmed for it, they were already -- there was already just like loaded weapons for bear. TURLEY: Well, that's the problem is you have this guy who just became road kill. He didn't do anything. He was just convenient. They picked him. And what was left of him was a residue. And it's wonderful that he can speak now through your interview, because we've only known a caricature from that hearing. MACCALLUM: Well, you'll see a lot more. My talk with Mark Judge, it was very interesting. And it is the full circle of this story because now we're hearing again from Christine Blasey Ford. And there are sympathetic things on both sides of this story. And it certainly left its mark on our society. Jonathan, thank you very much, Jonathan Turley for joining us.

Sen. Van Hollen: Biden Is "Getting Dragged Into The Planning Of A Rafah Invasion" By Netanyahu

Thu, 03/21/2024 - 03:05
DEMOCRACY NOW!: We speak with Senator Chris Van Hollen of Maryland about the U.S. response to Israel's brutal offensive on Gaza, which has killed over 32,000 Palestinians. Van Hollen expresses strong frustration with the Biden administration, which needs to do a lot more to hold Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accountable. Defying Biden's warnings against a full-scale ground operation in Rafah, Netanyahu continues to promise an invasion of the city, where 1.4 million forcibly displaced people from across Gaza are sheltering. At the end of the day, Prime Minister Netanyahu simply ignores the president of the United States, and so we need to do more to make Netanyahu accountable for our requests, says Van Hollen, who warns Biden against getting dragged into the planning of a Rafah invasion and becoming complicit in Netanyahu's actions. The senator also discusses U.S. funding of UNRWA and Israeli leaders blocking aid for Gaza. For goodness' sakes, lift the restrictions that are in place that are creating this humanitarian disaster in Gaza. AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now!,, The War and Peace Report. I'm Amy Goodman. In Gaza, the Israeli military's brutal attack on Shifa Hospital, the largest hospital in Gaza, is continuing for the third day. Dozens have been killed, others forced to evacuate amidst intense bombardment and shelling on the hospital and surrounding area. Tens of thousands of wounded and displaced Palestinians have been seeking shelter at Shifa. The Israeli army said in a statement it had, quote, eliminated 90 people at the hospital and detained 300. Among those arrested was Al Jazeera journalist Mahmoud Eliwa. His arrest comes two days after another Al Jazeera journalist, Ismail al-Ghoul, was beaten, stripped naked and detained in the cold for 12 hours before he was released. Elsewhere in Gaza, 24 people were killed in an Israeli attack at the Kuwait Roundabout, where Palestinians had gathered for aid. Another 27 were killed in an Israeli attack on the Nuseirat refugee camp in central Gaza. Among those killed yesterday was Raed al-Banna, the director of police investigations in northern Gaza, responsible for securing and facilitating the entry of aid trucks into northern Gaza. His death comes one day after Israeli forces killed another senior police officer in Gaza, Faiq Mabhouh, who was in charge of coordinating aid distribution in the north. This comes as the World Health Organization warned Tuesday many infants in Gaza are on the brink of death due to the lack of food. Meanwhile, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu repeated his determination to invade Gaza's southernmost town, Rafah, where some 1.4 million people from across Gaza have been forcibly displaced. On Monday, Netanyahu agreed in a phone call with President Biden to send a team of Israeli officials to Washington to meet with Biden administration officials, after Biden urged him to find an alternative approach to a full-scale ground invasion of Rafah. But on Tuesday, Netanyahu told a parliamentary committee that while he would listen to U.S. proposals out of respect for Biden, he said, quote, We are determined to complete the elimination of these Hamas battalions in Rafah. There's no way to do this without a ground incursion, he said. The official death toll in Gaza is approaching 32,000, with over 74,000 people wounded. For more, we're joined by Democratic Senator Chris Van Hollen of Maryland. In January, he traveled to the Egyptian side of the Rafah border crossing. He's joining us from Kensington, Maryland. Senator Chris Van Hollen, welcome back to Democracy Now! Thank you so much for joining us. Can you talk about Netanyahu's threat to launch a full-scale ground invasion of Rafah, and what you want Biden to tell him? SEN. CHRIS VAN HOLLEN: Well, Amy, it's good to be with you. Since my visit to Rafah in January, things have gotten even worse. The situation - the humanitarian situation in Gaza is even more catastrophic. And now, as you said, Prime Minister Netanyahu has said he's going to ignore President Biden's requests and launch a full-scale invasion of Rafah. You know, President Biden was right, in my view, to say that that would be a red line, that you can't cross it. And so, now it's going to be very important that the president and the Biden administration back that up and make it clear that they will hold the prime minister accountable. As you know, the Netanyahu government is going to be sending some officials to Washington this week to discuss how they might go about this Rafah invasion. And I'm very worried, Amy, that the Biden administration will simply get dragged into the planning of this, something that is bound to go terribly wrong, based on what's happened already in the months of war in Gaza, and then somehow become complicit in Netanyahu's actions in Rafah. So, I would warn the administration not to get sucked into this, because we've seen time and again that at the end of the day, Prime Minister Netanyahu simply ignores the president of the United States. And so we need to do more to make Netanyahu accountable for our requests. AMY GOODMAN: I want to play some of what you said on the Senate floor in February about the withholding of humanitarian aid to Gaza. SEN. CHRIS VAN HOLLEN: Kids in Gaza are now dying from the deliberate withholding of food. In addition to the horror of that news, one other thing is true: That is a war crime. It is a textbook war crime. … And that makes those who orchestrate it war criminals. AMY GOODMAN: So, are you clearly calling Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a war criminal? SEN. CHRIS VAN HOLLEN: Well, Amy, I'm calling those who are responsible for these actions, having committed a war crime. And at that moment, it was the moment that we first learned - I learned from Cindy McCain and others - that kids had gone from being on the verge of starvation to having died of starvation. And Smotrich, who is the finance minister, was holding up thousands and thousands of pounds of flour at the Port of Ashdod, flour that could reach starving kids and others in Gaza. Ben-Gvir was calling on, you know, folks down at Kerem Shalom, protesters, to continue to protest, and saying that the police officials should not intervene, and allow the blockage to continue. So, ultimately, my view is that we're going to have to look into all of this, but for now we just need to do what President Biden has said needs to be done, which is, for goodness' sakes, lift these restrictions that are in place that are creating this humanitarian disaster in Gaza. We just learned yesterday that the highest number of people facing catastrophic hunger at any time, at least in recent history, are in Gaza today. AMY GOODMAN: In February, the Senate passed a bill that includes $14 billion for Israel's assault on Gaza, along with $60 billion for Ukraine, $8 billion for Indo-Pacific allies like Taiwan. The bill also strips U.S. funding for UNRWA, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees. You have been very critical of that, yet you voted for the bill. Why? SEN. CHRIS VAN HOLLEN: Well, in my view, Amy, we desperately need to get the Ukrainian people the weapons that they need to rebuff Putin's assault. And this was the only way forward to accomplishing that. That bill also included $9 billion in humanitarian assistance for people around the world, including $1.4 billion for humanitarian assistance to help those suffering in Gaza. The UNRWA provision is incredibly problematical. But in that bill, which was a supplemental one-time bill, it would not have disrupted the annual U.S. appropriations for UNRWA, which are actually being discussed and debated as we speak with respect to the foreign operations bill for this month. So, in my view, that bill, the supplemental bill, was necessary in order to make sure that we got weapons to help the folks in Ukraine repel Putin's brutal assault, and we could revisit, as we are now, the UNRWA issue. Now, I am very worried, as we speak, that Republicans have insisted that in the current appropriations bill, that we no longer fund UNRWA. This would be a huge mistake. AMY GOODMAN: I wanted to turn to - well, you have independent Senator Bernie Sanders opposing the bill, joined by two other Democratic senators who broke ranks with the party: Jeff Merkley, who went with you to the Rafah border crossing, and also the other Vermont senator, Peter Welch. This is Welch on the floor of the Senate. SEN. PETER WELCH: I voted against the supplemental for one key reason: I cannot, in good conscience, support sending billions of additional taxpayer dollars for Prime Minister Netanyahu's military campaign in Gaza. It's a campaign that has killed and wounded a shocking number of civilians. It's created a massive humanitarian crisis with no end in sight. It's inflamed tensions in the Middle East, eroding support among Arab states that had been aligned with Israel. And, of course, it has severely compromised any remaining hope - almost all remaining hope - for the two-state solution, that we all know is ultimately essential for peace in the Middle East. AMY GOODMAN: Senator Chris Van Hollen, do you disagree with your fellow colleague? You have been so outspoken on this issue, as well, though took a different stance on voting for the bill. SEN. CHRIS VAN HOLLEN: I don't agree - I don't disagree with what Peter said about the situation. But, as I said, if the Senate had not passed this piece of legislation, Ukraine would fall to Putin. So, you know, these are difficult choices that we made. I think that allowing Ukraine to fall to Vladimir Putin would be a historic mistake. So, what I've done, Amy, is focus on making sure that we try to hold up - excuse me - hold up the arms transfers at the time they are noticed by the Biden administration, until the Netanyahu government meets requirements with respect to allowing humanitarian assistance in and other criteria, which is why a group of us, including Peter and others, wrote to President Biden just a little while ago, saying, Mr. President, please enforce current law, which is the Humanitarian Aid Corridors Act, which says that if a country is essentially preventing or restricting humanitarian assistance from getting in, then you have to, Mr. President, not allow offensive weapons to be provided, as long as that situation continues. So, there are other mechanisms we have that we should be using right now to address that situation. AMY GOODMAN: I'm wondering if you can respond to Donald Trump, the former president, who was speaking on Sebastian Gorka's podcast and also put out a statement. He's facing widespread criticism. This is part of what he said. DONALD TRUMP: When you see those Palestinian marches, even I, I'm amazed at how many people are in those marches. And guys like Schumer see that, and, to him, it's votes. I think it's votes more than anything else, because he was always pro-Israel. He's very anti-Israel now. Any Jewish person that votes for Democrats hates their religion, they hate everything about Israel, and they should be ashamed of themselves. AMY GOODMAN: He called Democrats antisemitic. Also, his son-in-law, former adviser Jared Kushner, I want to turn to what Jared Kushner just said. Jared Kushner is talking about weighing in on Israel's war on Gaza, saying Israel should move Palestinians out of Rafah, which he said contains valuable waterfront property. Your responses to what many are saying is the front-runner in the presidential race right now, Donald Trump, and his son-in-law, who was one of his top advisers? SEN. CHRIS VAN HOLLEN: Well, Amy, this is - here we go - Donald Trump again. Donald Trump thinks you cannot be pro-American without being pro-Donald Trump. He equates the two. In his mind, it's heresy if you don't believe and say you want Donald Trump leading our country. In the same way, you know, he thinks if you don't support all the policies of Netanyahu and Smotrich and Ben-Gvir sometime, you're opposed to Israel. The reality, as we all know, is you can be very pro-American without supporting Trump policies. In fact, I would argue that it's a duty of ours as Americans to make sure that we defeat Trump's heinous policies here at home. Similarly, you can be pro-Israel and the people of Israel and understand the trauma after the atrocious October 7th attacks, without supporting the policies of the Netanyahu government - AMY GOODMAN: And yet - SEN. CHRIS VAN HOLLEN: - of Ben-Gvir and Smotrich and this extreme right. AMY GOODMAN: And yet, Senator, many people are extremely frustrated, Democrats and progressives, with President Biden. You have expressed criticism. I mean, the fact that the Biden administration has approved, really secretly, just keeping it right under the threshold, over a hundred U.S. weapons sales to Netanyahu, to Israel, to carry out these attacks on Gaza that have killed at this point near 32,000 people, and have engaged in food drops from the air and building a pier, because Israel is using those very bombs to attack the people of Gaza, and that gets in the way of food trucks. Are you equally critical of President Biden and what he's doing, and what your final words would be for him, as, increasingly, young people, people of color, Arab American population and many Jews are utterly frustrated with and say they won't vote for the Democratic candidate for president, President Biden? SEN. CHRIS VAN HOLLEN: Well, Amy, you're right. I've expressed my strong frustration with the Biden administration for, essentially, not backing up the president's demands and insistence that the Netanyahu government change course with actions - for example, implementing the Humanitarian Aid Corridors Act or, right now, in the coming days, making sure they enforce the provisions of National Security Memorandum No. 20 with respect to the responsibilities of the Netanyahu government to allow aid into Gaza. So, I do believe that the Biden administration needs to do a lot more. I have said that when you insist on the Netanyahu government doing one thing and then don't back it up, it does weaken our credibility, and it essentially sends a message to others around the world that you can do what Netanyahu is doing, which is, you know, ignore American requests without any consequence at all. So, I have expressed that frustration. I'm continuing to push the Biden administration to do more. And I really hope that the Biden administration will change course. Again, I hope, in the sense that I hope they won't get sucked into a major invasion in Rafah. And I think that they need to make sure that in the coming days - and Sunday is the real deadline - that they will enforce the provisions of National Security Memorandum 20, because, in my view, there's no way to determine with a straight face that right now the Netanyahu government is facilitating, and not arbitrarily restricting, directly or indirectly, humanitarian aid into Gaza. And we can see it with our own eyes. We can hear it from the people who are on the ground. So, it's really important that the Biden administration enforce those provisions, or, in my view, their credibility will be - will be even more undermined. AMY GOODMAN: Senator Chris Van Hollen, we want to thank you so much for being with us, Democratic senator from Maryland. Thank you. When we come back, investigative journalist Shane Bauer on his journey to the occupied West Bank, where he met with Israeli settlers who were recently sanctioned by the Biden administration for violence against Palestinians. Back in 20 seconds.

Charlie Hurt: A Good Economy, A Secure Border Is What Is Bringing Hispanic Voters To The Republican Party

Thu, 03/21/2024 - 03:01
'Washington Times' opinion editor on Wednesday's 'Special Report' reacted to President Joe Biden's current attempt to shore up support with Hispanic voters. "Well, certainly I think President Biden is one of those Democrats who is rightly terrified about what they are seeing," Hurt said. "It's kind of interesting to look at it from the Republican standpoint. You know, for decades we heard from Republicans that the only way to make inroads with the Hispanic community was with amnesty and other bills that were not -- that, you know, other efforts by that were not popular among a broader audience of Republicans, but, in truth, what actually brought is bringing Hispanic voters to the Republican side are all the things that matter to everybody else, which is a good economy of course you know, enforce laws, and a secure border. And, you know, what's really interesting when you get into these polls is when you look at the support for having secure borders among Hispanic voters it is in some cases higher than it is for the general population of the voters. So, I think it's really kind of a fascinating turn of events here. And President Biden is wise to be worried about it."

Bannon: Trump's Abortion Stance Is Wise, I Don't Think It Will Tip The Election One Way Or The Other

Thu, 03/21/2024 - 02:53
Conservative commenter Steve Bannon on 'Sid & Friends In The Morning' said the issue of abortion and former President Donald Trump's stance on it won't tip the election one way or the other. "I think President Trump is doing something like Solomon," Bannon said. "I think he's being very wise. He's being very judicious. He's getting a lot of input. You heard his answer right there. He'll come up with some sort of agreement. I don't want to call it a compromise but a way to look at this, I think he'll promulgate it in the next couple weeks. But I don't think this is going to tip the election one way or the other. The people that that's the number one issue, they're going to vote for Democrats all the way. You're not going to get any of them and I think it doesn't matter what you're compromise or new thinking is and I think to focus on that and to chase that is the way you lose."

Gingrich: Trump Should Ally Himself With Elon Musk And Layout A Space Program That Would Inspire Young Americans

Thu, 03/21/2024 - 02:38
FOX News contributor Newt Gingrich calls on former President Donald Trump to layout a space program with Elon Musk to inspire young Americans: "I think there is a country out there that would love to have a presidential candidate unifying vision or he should ally himself with Elon Musk and layout a space program for the next decade that would inspire every young American to believe they had a great dynamic future. If Trump will be positive and aggressive and go everywhere, African-Americans, Latino-Americans, Asian-Americans, Native-Americans, young people."

Gingrich: Trump "Is The Most Powerful Anti-Establishment Politician Since Andrew Jackson," A Threat To Every Corrupt Politician

Thu, 03/21/2024 - 02:29
Former Speaker of the House and FOX News contributor Newt Gingrich on Wednesday called the New York justice system corrupt and likened it to the Tom Wolfe book "Bonfires Of Vanities" in an interview with FOX News host Sean Hannity. On 'Hannity,' Gingrich said "Trump is a unique case because he is the most powerful anti-establishment politician since Andrew Jackson so he's an enormous threat to every corrupt politician in the country from Joe and Hunter Biden down through New York and on to California. And that's what we are witnessing." NEWT GINGRICH: I thank you need to back up a minute and take a long view. You have a totally corrupt New York system. It's crept corrupt the governor to the state legislature to the judges to the prosecutors. Basically it is the Sopranos running the government. It's totally corrupt. We were first given a brilliant insight into this by Tom Wolfe in a novel called "Bonfire of the Vanities" 40 years ago where he outlined the depth of corruption between the prosecutor and the judge. Nothing has changed, it just got worse. So let's start with this notion: New York is now a corrupt state. New York City is a corrupt city. Any business that does business in New York is stupid because you are at risk of a corrupt prosecutor and a corrupted Attorney General ripping you off. Now, Trump is a unique case because he is the most powerful anti-establishment politician since Andrew Jackson so he's an enormous threat to every corrupt politician in the country from Joe and Hunter Biden down through New York and on to California. And that's what we are witnessing. We're looking at the larger historical picture. This is a deeply corrupted state was [is] driving people out of the state. I think the latest number is 600,000 taxpaying New Yorkers have left. And you'll see it in the size of the state government's budget deficit. The same thing happened in California. The corruption of Sacramento is driving people out of the state and their budget deficit I believe this year will be $51 billion. These states are totally out of control. Donald Trump happens to be the example, but he's an example of a deeply, deeply corrupt system. HANNITY: Let me ask you about the election. The way I'm seeing things Joe Biden is losing his base in massive numbers, that to me that's an opportunity. Your thoughts? How would you seize on that opportunity? How would you take advantage of that opportunity? GINGRICH: This might surprise you. I think that the country wants ideas more than anger. I think that the country wants to see a presidential candidate in the big cities. I hope that Trump will plan for 7 or 8 or 9 speeches from Philadelphia to Baltimore to New York to Boston to Chicago to San Francisco. The voters of San Francisco 2 to 1 voted to require drug testing if you're going to get welfare. Now that is a big shift. And I think there is a country out there that would love to have a presidential candidate unifying vision or he should align himself with Elon Musk layout a space program for the next decade that would inspire every young American to believe they had a great dynamic future. If Trump will be positive and aggressive and go everywhere, African-Americans, Latino-Americans, Asian-Americans, Native-Americans, young people. Young people is the biggest drop in Biden support because all of a sudden they discovered being woke means you're not going to get a job, you're not going to buy a car, you will have to live with your parents, you have no future. They started figuring out that's not a very good deal. And of course today the Biden administration announced their plan to force every American to buy an electric vehicle whether they want to or not, a positive of which 2/3rds of the country is totally opposed to. And that just gives you 1 more example you have a left-wing which is crazy and a president who is suffering from cognitive problems and his family is totally corrupt.

Arizona Latino Voters to CBS News: Economy Was Better Under Trump, I Keep Waiting For Him To "Calm Down"

Thu, 03/21/2024 - 01:48
CBS NEWS: President Biden takes his campaign to Arizona, focusing on securing the pivotal Latino vote. CBS News polling suggests an advantage for Biden among Latino voters, yet the battle is far from over. "I keep waiting for Trump to somehow or another to calm down and then just the other day he mentions this thing about a bloodbath if he loses," said a man who voted for Trump in 2020.

Cenk Uygur to Don Lemon: I Want To Moderate A Debate Between You And Elon Musk On Race

Wed, 03/20/2024 - 23:48
In an interview with 'The Young Turks' host Cenk Uygur on Monday, ex-X host Don Lemon agreed to participate in a debate on race with Elon Musk and have Uygur moderate. Uygur challenged Musk to engage: "That would be amazing and I would love it." Uygur takes on criticism:

I think you would be pretty surprised by my opinions on this issue. And I've moderated many debates, including US House & Senate debates- and I don't let my opinions affect the moderation, which would defeat the point of a moderator.

- Cenk Uygur (@cenkuygur) March 20, 2024