Surveillance video that allegedly showed poll watchers being led out of a room at State Farm Arena, the state's largest vote-counting center, after being told that the vote count was complete for the night. Once they left, a woman could be seen pulling out suitcases from underneath a table that allegedly contained ballots. The votes were allegedly counted for hours, with no election supervisors present.
The Trump team has questioned the validity of absentee ballots on the state that helped propel Joe Biden to a 12,670 vote victory in the Peach State, where 5 million ballots were cast.
For those investing long-term, such as for retirement, staying in the market is often the best strategy. Research has shown that missing out on the best trading days has a huge impact on long-term returns, as they often follow the worst days.
A market dip can be nerve-wracking, but it does not signal that it’s time to get out of risk assets. In fact, it can be an opportunity to set yourself up for the next market rally.
“Volatility is part of the equation, and that’s kind of what the reward is for. If your capital isn’t at risk, you can’t get those returns.”
That is true because the stock market as a whole reflects the economy. Despite short-term ups and downs, in the long-term the economy is growing. The economy is the foundation for the stock market. The political environment, however, is the foundation for the economy.
"If we are right about the fraud, Joe Biden can't be president. We're talking about hundreds of thousands of votes. We're talking about numbers like nobody has ever seen before."
"The mail and voting scam is the latest part of their four-year effort to overturn the results of the 2016 election. And it's been like living in hell."
The president vowed that he’s “determined to protect our election system,” which he claimed, “is now under coordinated assault and siege.”
“We are going to defend the honesty of the vote by ensuring that every legal ballot is counted and that no illegal ballot is counted.” He emphasized that his efforts are “about ensuring that Americans can have faith in this election and in all future elections.”
“I don’t think Hell exists,” said The Right Reverend John Shelby Spong. “I happen to believe in life after death, but I don’t think it’s got anything to do with reward and punishment. Religion is always in the control business and and that’s something people don’t really understand. It’s in the guilt-producing control business and if you have heaven as a place where you’re rewarded for your goodness and hell is a place where you’re punished for your evil then you have control of the population.”
Religion invents ideas and concepts just like any creative human enterprise. He believes that Hell was invented by the Church in order to control people. The effect of threatening to punish people for bad behaviors is to stifle their natural curiosity. Spong is suggesting that Hell is a myth, in order to help the Church continue to survive.
“The Church doesn’t like for people who grow up because you can’t control grownups. That’s why we talk about being born again. When you’re born again, you’re still a child. The people don’t need to be born again; they need to grow up, accept responsibility for themselves in the world.”
It’s impossible to verify where human “souls” or “spirits” go to after death, yet religions create myths about places like Heaven and Hell; why? The answer is simple, according to Spong. Maintaining these myths keeps people in a fearful state where they turn to the Church as their savior.
“Every Church I know claims that we are the true Church, they have some ultimate authority. We have the infallible Pope, we have the inerrant Bible. The idea that the truth of god can be bound in any human system, any human creed, by any human book is almost beyond imagination for me.”
“God is not a Christian! God is not a Jew or a Muslim or a Hindu or a Buddhist. Those are human systems which human beings have created to try to help us walk into the mystery of God.”
ormer President Barack Obama, in his latest memoir, criticized Americans for liking “cheap gas and big cars” more than they care about “the environment”. The comments came during a section in Obama’s 700-page book, “A Promised Land,” released earlier this month.
What he really wanted to say was that government regulatory agencies were not fully equipped to address an environmental accident because many American voters for decades had “bought into the idea that government was the problem – it is – and that business always knew better – it does – , and had elected leaders who made it their mission to gut environmental regulations, starve agency budgets, denigrate civil servants – all good – [...]"
Note the typical socialist thinking: government knows better, and business is inherently evil – when the fact is that first and foremost government must be restrained. Since businesses are just run by people, that anti-business comment is a statement by a pompous, wannabe elitist ruling class about those whom they consider to be in an ignorant, inferior commoner class – never mind that nobody in the government is any different.
The only way to truly prevent another catastrophe, like the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, Obama says, “was to stop drilling entirely. But that wasn’t going to happen because at the end of the day we Americans loved our cheap gas and big cars more than we cared about the environment, except when a complete disaster was staring us in the face,” he writes.
Note (1) the desire to control others; (2) the limited thinking that does not realize that all of human progress is meeting and overcoming challenges; (3) the desire to stifle progress and to regress to a more primitive existence, returning humanity to a time of barbaric misery.
If Obama really believed what he said, particularly about the environment, he would not have bought a $15M estate in Martha’s Vineyard, which according to the power-hungry climate scaremongers like him, will be underwater in 30 years.
My response to Obama is my most-recently purchased automobile:
Stop being so anti-American, Obama. Go back to your third-world country and live the kind of life those people are forced to endure with their tyrannical governments you say you prefer.
Claims of voter fraud are spiraling throughout most of the U.S. population. One Facebook group called "Stop the Count" reached 365,000 members before the platform shut it down. However, the users didn't give up. They went over to Parler.
Whether they like it or not, Dominion Voting Systems is in the middle of the issues with the election system.
Founded in 2002, Dominion is privately held and backed by private equity. The company was acquired by Staple Street Capital (as well as its own management team) in July 2018. While the full board of directors for Dominion isn't publicly available, we do know someone who sits on the board for Staple Street Capital. It's a former presidential ambassador who operated under the Obama administration. This isn't abnormal for funding firms, but it's often been used as a point of contention for opponents of the Democrat party.
Chief Justice Roberts sided with the court's liberals in the dissenting opinion – "reinterpreting" the Constitution? “It is not necessary, however, for us to rule on that serious and difficult question at this time.”
The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday night blocked New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo from reimposing strict attendance caps at worship services in areas hit hard by the novel coronavirus. The court ruled 5-4 to bar Cuomo from enforcing his Oct. 6 “Cluster Initiative” against houses of worship that sued to challenge the restrictions. The majority said his limits violated the First Amendment’s protection of the free exercise of religion.
“It is time — past time — to make plain that, while the pandemic poses many grave challenges, there is no world in which the Constitution tolerates color-coded executive edicts that reopen liquor stores and bike shops but shutter churches, synagogues, and mosques,” wrote Justice Gorsuch.
Lawsuit alleges that Pennsylvania's mail-in voting law violated the state's constitution. A Pennsylvania state court issued an injunction Wednesday blocking any potential further certification of election results in the state, pending a hearing to be held Friday.
The complaint in the case centers on Act 77, which the plaintiffs called "the most expansive and fundamental change to the Pennsylvania election code to date." That law expanded mail-in voting, even though Article VII, Section 14 of the Pennsylvania Constitution, which covers absentee voting, is very narrow in its scope of who can participate.
The lawsuit claims that Pennsylvania's mail-in votes are invalid because in order to expand absentee voting, a constitutional amendment is required, not simply the passing of a bill. They alleged that more than 680,000 ballots were counted without proper observation.
A member of Biden’s transition team is giving us a good glimpse into how little any of our rights matter to the former vice president.
Richard Stengel, an Obama administration alumnus, wrote last year in a Washington Post op-ed that US freedom of speech was too unfettered and that changes must be considered.
We already know that Biden has little appreciation for our Second Amendment rights. His entire gun control platform shows just how little he respects our rights. Now we know that with Biden, there’s no reason to believe any of our rights are sacred.
Stealing from the poor, to give to the rich:
This sets up those Democrat Governors, once Biden is President, to request emergency aid assistance for distressed businesses, that will be then be distributed among their friends and cohorts.
The Board of Elections in Georgia's Floyd County voted Thursday to oust Chief of Elections Clerk Robert Brady after officials found thousands of uncounted ballots. Election officials faile to upload votes from a memory card in a ballot-scanning machine.
During a hand audit in the Peach State, election officials uncovered more than 2,600 ballots that were not counted before the county's initial certification, forcing election workers to rescan more than 8,000 ballots.
As House Democrats prepare to reelect their entire leadership team this week, one thing has come into clear focus 14 days removed from the 2020 election: They got beat -- badly.
While much of the focus in the days immediately after November 3 fell on whether Joe Biden had beaten Donald Trump (he had) and whether Democrats would win back the Senate majority (they haven't -- yet), the last few days have been filled with close House races (finally) being projected. And those projections reveal just how poorly House Democrats did.
With just a handful of races still uncalled at this point, Republicans have gained nine seats -- having won 12 Democratic-held districts and lost just three of their own. A single competitive seat went from red to blue. And even though It hass been almost two weeks since Election Day, Democrats still have not won a single one of the 27 House closely-contested races.
A host of California residents and California-based political organizations are prepared to descend on Georgia to campaign for two Democratic U.S. Senate candidates whose victory would have profound implications for the direction of the country.
Democrats in the Golden State have been hounding political organizers with questions about how they can travel to Georgia to volunteer for Democratic candidates Jon Ossoff and Rev. Raphael Warnock. The runoff election has fired up Democrats from out of state. According to campaign finance data, more than 83% of funds for Ossof’s campaign came from outside Georgia, as did nearly 80% of funds for Warnock’s fall campaign.
This is how Democrats win elections.
The vast number of people who said they were willing to move to Georgia just so they can vote in the runoff election has prompted state officials to push back on the idea.
Georgia’s voting system manager cautioned during a press conference last week that doing so would violate state law. “In order to be able to register to vote in Georgia, you have to be a Georgia resident,” he said. “That means you have to believe you are staying in Georgia.” Those who try to vote in Georgia while merely visiting the state may face felony charges punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a $100,000 fine.”
A major new allegation of voter fraud has been raised in Michigan, where a lawsuit filed by the Great Lakes Justice Center on behalf of two poll challengers says multiple levels of improper conduct took place on orders from election officials. The allegations are aimed at election officials from Detroit and Wayne County, according to a release from the center, and are based on affidavits of named individuals who said they witnessed misconduct.
“[I]t was observed that all of these new ballots were cast for Joe Biden.”
This is how Democrats win elections.
“Such rampant fraud cannot be undone. We ask the Court to enjoin the certification of this fraudulent election, void the election, and order a new vote in Wayne County.”
Michigan, along with Pennsylvania, are two major states targeted by President Donald Trump’s campaign, which has alleged widespread voter fraud linked to mail-in ballots cast there.
Religious liberty and free speech are among Americans' personal freedoms potentially imperiled along with government overreach during the coronavirus pandemic, Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito warned Thursday. “Tolerance for opposing views is now in short supply. In certain quarters religious liberty has fast become a disfavored right.” Justice Alito also said that Christians deserve the same protections as the any of the religious minority groups.
“Religious liberty is in danger of becoming a second-class right,” he warned, adding concerns about free speech and the Second Amendment.
“Judges dedicated to the rule of law have a clear duty” and they can’t “compromise principle or rationalize any departure from what they are obligated to do.”
Standing up for the Constitution and freedom is work that lies ahead for all Americans.
A Pennsylvania judge ruled in favor of the Trump campaign Thursday, ordering that the state may not count ballots where the voters needed to provide proof of identification and failed to do so by Nov. 9. “[T]he Court concludes that Respondent Kathy Boockvar, in her official capacity as Secretary of the Commonwealth, lacked statutory authority to issue the November 1, 2020, guidance to Respondents County Boards of Elections insofar as that guidance purported to change the deadline … for certain electors to verify proof of identification,” Judge Mary Hannah Leavitt said in a court order.
This was in line with the Trump campaign’s argument, which was that there was no basis in the state’s law to extend the identification deadline, and that Boockvar did not have the power to unilaterally change it.
“I commit to you tonight, and I commit to all of your viewers and everyone else that’s watching, I want to allay those fears, I want to rest those fears for you right now. Because when they talk about, whether it be packing the courts or ending the filibuster, I will not vote to do that. I will not vote to pack the courts. I think — and I will not vote to end the filibuster. … I will not be the 50th Democrat voting to end that filibuster or to basically stack the court, and in all the other things you’re hearing about…”
This is significant because the current breakdown in the Senate is 50-48 in favor of Republicans with two seats yet to be determined by runoff elections in Georgia. The GOP will be favored to win both of those seats, but if the Democrats were to pick up both of them and Joe Biden were to become President, it would have been possible for them to fundamentally change how the country worked. If they had gotten rid of the legislative filibuster and stacked the Supreme Court, they could have essentially done ANYTHING they wanted.
With GOP adding House seats, it would take only 10 Democrats to block Pelosi from being House speaker
House Minority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., saidthat it would only take 10 Democrats to block Nancy Pelosi from being reelected as House speaker. McCarthy made the comments after his party flipped at least seven seats from blue to red and an eighth seat in Michigan that was most recently occupied by a Libertarian.
“We are close enough now that we can control the floor with a few Democrats joining with us.”
House Majority Whip James Clyburn criticized calls to "defund the police" during several media appearances on Sunday, saying that the phrase hurt Democratic congressional candidates and could potentially derail the Black Lives Matter movement.
The South Carolina Democrat points to his own generation of activists' experience with provocative catchphrases for his reasoning. "We lost that movement over that slogan," he said of the phrase "Burn, baby, burn," which became a popular song and chant during the 1965 Watts Riots, and later again during the riots that followed the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968.
Former heavyweight champion Joe Frazier voted in the 2018 election. He died on 11/7/2011!!!
Will Smith’s grandfather voted in 2017, 2018. He died in 2016.
I bet Biden dominated this group. We will find out. — Rudy W. Giuliani (@RudyGiuliani) November 8, 2020
Counting ballots after Election Day to change the results in multiple states is unprecedented and seems at odds w/Federal law requiring states pick their electors on Election Day. Counting ballots in secret is against the law and has fatally compromised results in Pennsylvania. — Tom Fitton (@TomFitton) November 8, 2020
Two scholars of demography and generational trends observed that every generation of Americans fits a particular archetype that influences the personality and practices of subsequent generations.
Every 70 to 80 years or so since the founding of the United States, this generational cycle reaches a tipping point. The crisis generation at such times ultimately sweep away many established norms and institutions and open the gates to social, economic and political changes that carry the nation forward on a new path. they called this Phoenix-like era “The Fourth Turning,” and their influential 1997 book of the same title predicted that the U.S. would enter another Fourth Turning early in the 21st century.
The Fourth Turning actually is here, they say. It began around 2009 after the Great Financial Crisis, meaning that the U.S. is about halfway through this transformational and critical period. It’s hard to argue otherwise after a decade of tremendous upheaval that has created deep and often dark divisions in Americans’ lives and lifestyles. the coming decade will be one of “creative destruction” in the U.S.
This existential clash of generations — played out against the backdrop of the post-pandemic recovery, mounting personal and national debt, climate change and the rising power of China — will challenge and change what it means to be American.
A secession crisis, if it does happen, won’t happen among the blue zone states. It would be a red zone movement.’
The best ones share business insights that help readers understand a company.
The gold standard of the genre is Warren Buffett, whose pithy statement from his 1997 letter to shareholders of Berkshire Hathaway sums it up: “When you receive a communication from us, it will come from the fellow you are paying to run the business. Your Chairman has a firm belief that owners are entitled to hear directly from the CEO as to what is going on and how [he/she] evaluates the business, currently and prospectively. You would demand that in a private company; you should expect no less in a public company.”
The Labor Department's payroll report released Friday showed the unemployment rate unexpectedly slid to 6.9% from 7.9%. Economists surveyed by Refinitiv expected the report to show that unemployment dropped to 7.7% and the economy added 600,000 jobs. The U.S. economy added 638,000 jobs in October.
Republicans retained key Senate seats Tuesday in critical states -- setting up multiple roadblocks to Democrats' path to flip the Senate and dashing any hopes for a blue wave. Democrats had only picked up a net gain of one seat, after winning Colorado and Arizona, but losing Alabama. GOP senators swatted down well-funded challenges in Texas, Iowa, South Carolina, Kansas and Montana. And in the latest news Wednesday, GOP Sen. Susan Collins, a prime target for Democrats, declared victory in Maine shortly after 1 p.m. ET as her challenger Sara Gideon publically conceded that she "came up short."
In one major victory, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., fended off a serious scare from Democrat Jaime Harrison, who raised a record-breaking $107.6 million to challenge the powerful Judiciary Committee chairman. During his victory speech, Graham took aim at all the liberal donors who were banking on a GOP defeat. "To all the pollsters out there, you have no idea what you are doing. And to all the liberals in California in New York, you wasted a lot of money," Graham said. “This is the worst return on investment in the history of American politics.”
Competitive races have yet to be called in Alaska, North Carolina, Michigan and two seats in Georgia that may not be decided until after the new Congress is sworn in next year.
Five of the six states with the nation’s lowest unemployment rates are in the Midwest, have Republican governors and have almost no restrictions intended to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
The governors say their decisions not to impose harsher restrictions are paying off with fewer business closures and more hiring reflected in the strong jobless numbers.
“If hospitalization and death rates increase, then you have a motivation by politicians to close the economy down. That would be very deadly and push unemployment rates back up.”
Most of the Midwestern governors imposed some restrictions last spring, but they were among the first to ease them, arguing that they needed to balance efforts to slow the virus’ spread with the need for a robust economy.
For now, though, those Midwestern states have a lock atop the unemployment rankings, far below the national average rate for September of 7.9%. Nebraska leads the nation with a 3.5% unemployment rate, followed by South Dakota, Vermont, North Dakota, Iowa and Missouri.
In South Dakota, Gov. Kristi Noem said: “There’s consequences to what we’ve seen happen in other states — that shutting down businesses, stopping people’s way of life has some devastating impacts. We’re taking a very balanced approach.”
Between December 2009 and December 2016, the unemployment rate dropped 5.2 percentage points, from 9.9% to 4.7%. By December 2019, it had fallen another 1.2 percentage points, to 3.5%. A cursory look at those numbers might lead you to believe that the improvement under Trump was at best a continuation of a trend that began nearly a decade earlier. It’s necessary to place those numbers in context.
By 2016, officials in the Treasury Department and at the Federal Reserve had concluded that the economy was at full employment and that further improvement in the labor market was unlikely. This was in line with the Congressional Budget Office’s guidance that further declines in the unemployment rate would push the economy beyond its sustainable capacity. Once in office, Trump ignored this consensus.
Trump’s goal of 3% growth was derided as delusional, while a bipartisan chorus of commentators declared his policies reckless and irresponsible. They were anything but. Not only did the unemployment rate continue to fall, but the percentage of Americans aged 25 to 54 either employed or looking for a job saw its first sustained rise since the late 1980s.
In 2016, real median household income was $62,898, just $257 above its level in 1999. Over the next three years it grew almost $6,000, to $68,703. That’s perhaps why, despite the pandemic, 56% of U.S. voters polled last month said their families were better off today than they were four years ago.
Trump broke the mold by aggressively battling on all three fronts: tax cuts, spending increases, and interest-rate policy.
If one had to choose between Trump’s three good policies plus trade wars, or the more modest economic policies of his predecessors, the easy choice is Trump.
The FBI reportedly opened an investigation in December 2019 into "Hunter Biden and his associates." Hunter Biden business associate Tony Bobulinski says he is a "material witness" after sitting down with the FBI for five hours Friday, Oct. 23.
Biden has emphatically denied the claims, but the Trump campaign has pushed them as an example of a "corrupt politician." Biden critics have held mainstream media and social media under fire for not covering the potentially explosive claims during the run-up to the Nov. 3 presidential election
President Trump has made restoring a once-vibrant economy from its coronavirus downturn a centerpiece of his reelection bid.
The U.S. economy grew at a record-shattering pace in the third quarter. Gross domestic product, the broadest measure of goods and services produced across the economy, surged by 33.1% on an annualized basis in the three-month period from July through September, the Commerce Department said in its first reading of the data Thursday. The previous post-World War II record was a 16.7% increase in 1950. The third-quarter growth reported Thursday was spurred by a resurgence in consumer spending, which accounts for roughly two-thirds of the nation's GDP.
Economists expected the report to show the economy had expanded by 31%.
The economy contracted at an annual revised rate of 31.4% in the previous quarter, the sharpest decline in modern American history. The economy remains 3.5% smaller than at the end of 2019. The U.S. economy came to a near standstill earlier this year to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, which has infected more than 9 million Americans and killed over 227,000 world-wide.
Still, the Trump administration toutied it as "absolute validation of President Trump's policies, which create jobs and opportunities for Americans in every corner of the country."
"The President built the world’s best economy once and he’s rapidly doing it again, proving that cutting taxes and reducing regulations and red tape clear the way for American ingenuity and our entrepreneurial spirit to thrive."
Twitter suspended U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner Mark Morgan for a post celebrating the success of the U.S. southern border wall keeping violent criminals from reaching American communities.
According to screenshots, Twitter locked Morgan’s account Wednesday afternoon for apparently violating platform rules governing “hateful conduct” after the commissioner
attempted to tweet about the wall’s benefits.
“You may not promote violence against, threaten, or harass other people on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religious affiliation, age, disability, or serious disease,” Twitter wrote in an email explaining the suspension. As is clear from the banned post’s text, the commissioner did not threaten anyone based on race, national origin, or anything else.
High-end residents have been warned to take precautions by the NYPD. “Everybody is doing it, adding elevated security to make sure that buildings are safe.” The measures include hiring off duty police to protect against “violence” and “property damage.”
At the Time Warner Center on Columbus Circle, where the penthouse is going for $62.5 million, managers are deploying off-duty cops with “submachine guns” to stand watch, while other wealthy city enclaves are also beefing up protection for residents. The building is working with the NYPD and Homeland Security, the insider said.
Many buildings are hiring off duty cops instead of private security companies because they fear a repeat of Denver, where a private guard shot and killed a protester, said one real estate insider.
At 220 Central Park South, which is home to hedge funder Ken Griffin’s $238 million condo, they are already well guarded but will take extra precautions, like keeping entrances locked at night, and only open to residents.
In Florida, one New Yorker who owns a luxury condo in Naples said her building has hired two ex-marine “snipers” to stand on guard, with guns, on the roof, on Election Day and after.
Security will begin on Election Day but the extra security measures are expected to continue in the days and even weeks that follow.
Joe Biden and his presidential campaign are staying mum after Hunter Biden’s former business associate went public to say he met twice in the past with the former vice president -- despite past statements from Biden on the campaign trail that he had no involvement with or discussions about his family's overseas business ventures.
Bobulinski described at length how Joe Biden arrived for a Milken conference, partly held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, and how he was introduced by Jim and Hunter Biden to the former vice president.
Bobulinski also claimed Biden’s denials of knowledge in his son's foreign dealings during the presidential debate was "a blatant lie." "I didn't request to meet with Joe" Biden, he said. "They requested that I meet with Joe [Biden]. They were putting their entire family legacy on the line. They knew exactly what they were doing.”
The meeting on May 2, 2017, would have taken place 11 days before a May 13, 2017, email which included a discussion of “remuneration packages” for six people in a business deal with a Chinese energy firm. The email includes a note that “Hunter [Biden] has some office expectations he will elaborate.” A proposed equity split references “20” for “H” and “10 held by H for the big guy?” with no further details. Bobulinski has repeatedly said “the big guy” was Joe.
“I remember saying, ‘How are you guys getting away with this?’ ‘Aren't you concerned?’” He claims that Jim Biden chuckled. "'Plausible Deniability,' he said
Bobulinski said that he believes Joe Biden and his family are “compromised.”
The Atlantic published a piece by Shadi Hamid which makes the argument that if Trump wins the 2020 election, Democrats are not going to handle it well. The basis of his argument is pretty simple. Democrats didn't handled the 2016 loss very well.
"Liberals had enough trouble accepting the results of the 2016 election. In some sense, they never really came to terms with it. The past four years have witnessed the continuous urge to explain away the inexplicable, to find solace in the fact that the voters betrayed them. How could so many of their fellow Americans side with a racist and a fabulist, someone so callous and seemingly without empathy? It was easier to think that those Americans had been lackeys, manipulated and deceived, or that they simply hadn't understood what was best for them. Moreover, the Russians had interfered, and tipped the balance in an extremely close election through propaganda, fake news, and collusion with the Trump campaign. Perhaps, as former Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid suggested, the Russians had even tampered with the vote itself."
"In presidential elections, once is a fluke; twice is a pattern. I struggle to imagine how, beyond utter shock, millions of Democrats will process a Trump victory. A loss for Biden, after having been the clear favorite all summer, would provoke mass disillusion with electoral politics as a means of change at a time when disillusion is already dangerously high. If Democrats can't beat a candidate as unpopular as Trump during a devastating pandemic and a massive economic contraction, then are they even capable of winning presidential elections anymore?"
No one at CNN or MSNBC is going to admit the left is behaving badly and failing to accept the results.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, of the center-left New Zealand Labour Party, announced in a video that if people sent to a quarantine camp refuse to be tested, they will be required to remain another two weeks after their initial two-week stay.
New Zealand has had 25 COVID deaths. Yet the government forcibly puts you in a “quarantine camp” if you refuse to get tested. If you don’t think this is fascism, you’re probably voting for Biden.
Thought for the Day
Hillary Clinton calls most Republicans "cowards" and "spineless enablers"; she describes herself as "literally sick to my stomach," thinking of a win for President Trump.
Is she referring to Republicans in the government, her cronies of decades past? Or is she referring to all Republican voters? We already know what she thinks of people who vote for President Trump. She called us "deplorables". In this statement, she doesn't even seem to recognize there are voters. That President Trump is in office, and may win a second term, for a REASON: because people want him there. Because they believe he offers them something much better than career politicians like herself.
Instead of trying to understand why President Trump defeated her, she simply hates him. She scorns his supporters. She doesn't learn. She doesn't grow. She doesn't evolve. Of course, the woman is a sociopath, and an unindicted criminal. We all know that. But her attitude is the dominant one in her party -- including the people who fervently vote Democratic. They don't want to understand. They just want to hit "delete" on the existence of any attitudes other than their own. Leftists I know, even when calmly and nicely confronted with an answer to their claims, hold up their hands and say, "I don't want to hear it!"
In Hillary Clinton's case, this is the mentality of a sociopath. When mass numbers of people adopt this attitude, you have the social and psychological attitude that dictators exploit. Civil wars and dictatorships are both awful things, things we should avoid. But how can we avoid them when one side says the others' views have no validity, and should not even be permitted expression? That's where we are.
Amy Coney Barrett's first votes on the Supreme Court could include two big topics affecting the man who appointed her. The court is weighing a plea from President Donald Trump to prevent the Manhattan district attorney from acquiring his tax returns. It is also considering appeals from the Trump campaign and Republicans to shorten the deadline for receiving and counting absentee ballots in the battleground states of North Carolina and Pennsylvania.
Other election-related issues are pending at the high court, which next week also will hear a clash of LGBTQ rights and religious freedoms. The fate of the Affordable Care Act is on the agenda on Nov. 10, and Trump himself last week reiterated his opposition to the Obama-era law. "I hope they end it."
On Friday, Barrett, the most open opponent of abortion rights to join the court in decades, also could be called upon to weigh in on Mississippi's 15-week abortion ban. The state is appealing lower court rulings invalidating the ban. Abortion opponents in Pittsburgh also are challenging a so-called bubble zone that prevents protesters from getting too close to abortion clinics. The court put off acting on both cases before Barrett joined the court, without offering any explanation in the Mississippi case. It ordered Pittsburgh to file a response to the appeal filed by the protesters, who call themselves sidewalk counselors.
Barrett declined to commit to Democratic demands that she step aside from any cases on controversial topics, including a potential post-election dispute over the presidential results. As she settles into her new office at the court, Barrett will be joined by four law clerks, usually recent law school graduates who have experience working for federal judges. At 48, she's the youngest justice since Clarence Thomas joined the court in 1991 at age 43.
Judge Amy Coney Barrett, fresh off her confirmation to serve as associate justice on the nation's highest court, took her Constitutional Oath on Monday at the White House. The Supreme Court said in a press release that Barrett will be able to start her new role after Chief Justice John Roberts administers her Judicial Oath on Tuesday. Justice Clarence Thomas administered the Constitutional Oath at Monday's ceremony. Thomas has long been considered one of the more conservative justices on the Court, along with Barrett's mentor, the late Justice Antonin Scalia.
The Senate confirmed Barrett along a 52-48 vote, with all 45 Democrats and two independents who caucus with the Democrats opposing her confirmation.
This Barrett confirmation is completely constitutional. It is in line with the overwhelming historical precedent and norms. And it has won the backing of the American people. In other words, in spite of Senate Democrats' agenda-driven efforts to delegitimize this process and result, it is entirely legitimate.
Republican senators had no choice but to adopt their Democratic counterparts' so-called "Reid Rule" precedent and confirm Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court with a simple majority threshold. Democrats were engaged in a partisan filibuster against Gorsuch, the first time in history such an effort was undertaken to thwart a SCOTUS nomination. That maneuver merely represented the latest entry in a long line of unprecedented, unilateral, escalatory power grabs undertaken by Senate Democrats in the judicial confirmation wars. Democrats had shown themselves to be ends-justify-the-means aggressors in these fights, often behaving outrageously in pursuit of power and ideological supremacy. The time had arrived to finally start evening the score, forcing the opposition party to live by their own brass-knuckles rules. And that's exactly what has happened over the last four years. While screaming about legitimacy, Democrats are pretending that they're the victims in all of this and that Republicans are the ruthless, power-hungry actors in the ugly saga that they themselves have created through their own choices and tactics.
It was Senate Democrats who first began our contemporary difficulties with judicial nominations back in 1987, and who have initiated every meaningful escalation -- every single one of them -- from then up to the present day.
Senate Democrats became very allergic to experiencing the effects of what they had started -- the effects of their own playbook. They had no patience to taste their own medicine.
The accurate history lesson from McConnell, which we've been highlighting for years, eviscerates Democrats' fictional, self-serving narratives and justifications.
The Senate voted 51-48 Sunday afternoon to limit debate on the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett, setting up a vote on her confirmation for Monday evening. Sunday's vote limited debate over President Trump's court appointee to 30 hours, meaning the full Senate will be able to hold a confirmation vote Monday beginning at approximately 7:26 p.m. ET.
"Judge Amy Coney Barrett of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit is a stellar nominee in every single respect. Her intellectual brilliance is unquestioned. Her command of the law is remarkable. Her integrity is above reproach."
Previously, Supreme Court justices needed to clear a 60-vote threshold to advance to the high court, a tradition that forced nominees to win bipartisan support. But McConnell changed the standard in 2017 to allow for a simple majority, a move that allowed for the confirmation of President Trump's previous two nominees, Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh. Former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., first eliminated the 60-vote threshold in 2013 to overcome GOP stonewalling of President Obama's nominations to the lower courts and the executive branch. Known as invoking the "nuclear option" at the time, Reid kept the higher standard in place for the Supreme Court.
Biden to Iowa voter: "You're a damn liar." "Lunch-bucket Joe," has this "Aw, shucks!" image as a nice guy. But the 84-year-old retired farmer who questioned him at an event last year may not agree. He's the guy Biden immediately got aggressive with, called a "damn liar."
Then there was the time, earlier this year, when Biden told a worker who questioned him on the Second Amendment, "You're full of s***." It's classic Biden: When the "little people" don't show the expected obeisance, he slaps them down hard.
While President Trump is fabulously wealthy, he's more Main Street than Wall Street. He has taken up the cudgels for the little guy, combatting the big-money interests, establishment vultures and foreign predators that have been raping the middle class and crushing the American dream.
The reported death of Husam Abd al-Rauf follows weeks of violence, including a suicide bombing.
Afghan special forces led by the intelligence agency raided Kunsaf, which he described as being under Taliban control. On the village's outskirts, they stormed an isolated home and killed seven suspected militants in a firefight, including al-Rauf.
Kamrani alleged, without providing evidence, that the Taliban had been offering shelter and protection to al-Rauf. The Taliban told the AP on Sunday they are investigating the incident. If the Taliban had provided protection for al-Rauf, it would violate the terms of its Feb. 29 deal with the U.S. that jump-started the Afghan peace talks. That deal saw the Taliban agree "not to cooperate with groups or individuals threatening the security of the United States and its allies," which includes Al Qaeda.
Facebook doesn't like it when the tables are turned.
Academics, journalists and First Amendment lawyers are rallying behind New York University researchers in a showdown with Facebook over its demand that they halt the collection of data showing who is being micro-targeted by political ads on the world's dominant social media platform. The researchers say the disputed tool is vital to understanding how Facebook has been used as a conduit for disinformation and manipulation.
A Facebook executive demanded they disable a special plug-in for Chrome and Firefox browsers used by 6,500 volunteers across the United States and delete the data obtained. The plug-in lets researchers see which ads are shown to each volunteer; Facebook lets advertisers tailor ads based on specific demographics that go far beyond race, age, gender and political preference.
The outcry over Facebook's threat was immediate after The Wall Street Journal first reported the news Friday considering the valuable insights the "Ad Observer" tool provides.
"That Facebook is trying to shut down a tool crucial to exposing disinformation in the run up to one of the most consequential elections in U.S. history is alarming. The public has a right to know what political ads are being run and how they are being targeted. Facebook shouldn't be allowed to be the gatekeeper to information necessary to safeguard our democracy." The tool lets researchers see how some Facebook advertisers use data gathered by the company to profile citizens "and send them misinformation about candidates and policies that are designed to influence or even suppress their vote."
The tool lets researchers see how some Facebook advertisers use data gathered by the company to profile citizens "and send them misinformation about candidates and policies that are designed to influence or even suppress their vote,"
Last year, more than 200 researchers signed a letter to Facebook calling on it to lift restrictions on public-interest research and journalism that would permit automated digital collection of data from the platform.
Piers also said that journalists have an obligation to reports news fairly and that potentially important claims should be investigated. He said, "[I]t doesn't matter what side you're on here. Journalism, freedom of speech, dictates - the First Amendment dictates - that when a story like this drops, and it's not being denied by the people it's accusing for six days now, clearly, there is something there that they want to hide."
Morgan considers himself a "liberal" but wonders what has happened to the left-wing political movement. "What is going on when liberals want to attack and suppress freedom of speech?" Morgan questioned. Morgan called the situation a "conspiracy."
Eric Trump, who has been campaigning for his father, told FOX Business' Maria Bartiromo he's never seen the kind of enthusiasm for President Trump than he's seen in recent weeks. Responding to national polls that show Joe Biden leading Trump just days ahead of the Nov. 3 election, the president's son claimed the polls are wrong.
Traveling to Pittsburgh, Penn., Thursday, Trump said he visited a bakery selling sweets for each candidate, and noted the business said they sold over 13,500 Trump cookies versus 1,900 for Biden.
Trump and Biden faced off in their final presidential debate Thursday night. "Biden really hurt himself yesterday with the oil and gas comment," Eric Trump said. "It's the difference between a guy that's stuck in his basement and doesn't understand the real world versus a guy who really understands this country," he said.
"We applaud the beginning of the process of normalizing relations between the State of Israel and the Republic of Sudan, which deserves universal support by all who seek peace in the Middle East. Sudan is the third Arab country to make peace with Israel in the past two months, the significance of which cannot be overstated."
The Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC) hailed the agreement as an accomplishment for US President Donald Trump.
"This is very welcome news, and the Trump administration deserves tremendous credit for this diplomatic success," former US Senator Norm Coleman - RJC national chairman - said in a statement. "Today, Muslim countries are entering into diplomatic, trade, and other relations with the State of Israel. These amazing changes will bring greater peace, stability, security, and opportunity to millions of people. And the credit for bringing those historic achievements to fruition goes to President Donald Trump."
U.S. business activity increased to a 20-month high in October, but the pace of new business growth and new orders eased slightly amid the lingering COVID-19 pandemic and caution ahead of the Nov. 3 presidential election.
'I was told this past Sunday by somebody who was also involved in this matter that if I went public, this information -- it would bury all of us, man.'
Hunter Biden's ex-business partner Tony Bobulinski confirmed on Thursday that he met with former Vice President Joe Biden regarding his son's business dealings and alleged that someone involved with the controversy had warned him about coming forward.
Bobulinski went on to accuse the former vice president of lying about his involvement with his son's business dealings, and indicated that his family sought to conceal his activities. Specifically, Bobulinski alleges he met with the former vice president on May 2, 2017, introduced by his son, Hunter and brother, Jim. "At my approximately hour-long meeting with Joe that night we discussed the Bidens' history, the Bidens' family business plans with the Chinese, with which he was plainly familiar, at least at a high level," Bobulinski said.
"In fact, Hunter often referred to his father as the big guy or 'my chairman.' On numerous occasions, it was made clear to me that Joe Biden's involvement was not to be mentioned in writing but only face-to-face.
His latest comments came just before the final presidential debate.
Almost 80% of registered voters told the Pew Research Center that the economy was a very important issue in this highly-charged election. Seventy-seven percent of voters told YouGov that domestic issues were most important; the economy was the second top priority behind the coronavirus outbreak and response.
Trump has a first-term record that includes the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, an overhaul that reduced income tax rates while expanding some credits and exemptions as it capped others. Major features, like the paired-down income brackets and heightened estate tax exemption are currently set to expire at the end of 2025. Taxpayers paid almost $64 billion less in income taxes during the first year under the new tax rules than they did the year before that, IRS statistics show.
"The basic Biden story is if you're rich or if you're a corporation, you're going to pay more tax. If you're middle-income or lower-income, you'll pay either what you pay now, or you'll pay less depending on your specific circumstances," said Howard Gleckman, senior fellow at the Tax Policy Center.
"With tax cuts and deregulation President Trump has fought to protect the paychecks of everyday Americans from an overburdensome federal government," said Trump campaign spokesman Ken Farnaso. "Joe Biden wants to overturn that progress and tack on a $4 trillion tax hike and his version of a Green New Deal. Whether it be the payroll tax cut or the highly successful Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, President Trump has never stopped fighting to preserve our economic freedoms."
Biden is calling for a 26% refundable tax credit that applies for each dollar contributed to an IRA or 401(k). "The tax credit would be deposited into the taxpayer's retirement account as a matching contribution," explained Garrett Watson, Senior Policy Analyst at the right-leaning Tax Foundation. Under current law, 401(k) contributions come right off the top of a person's taxable income. But the tax benefit accrues more to the higher earners taxed at higher rates. "Compared to current law, the flat credit would provide a larger benefit to lower-income earners and reduce the benefit to higher-income earners," Watson wrote. Biden's plan would not touch contribution limits or affect the rules on Roth IRAs, where after-tax money goes into the account and is withdrawn tax-free.
Tony Bobulinski, who was listed as the recipient of an email published by the New York Post that appeared to detail a business arrangement involving a Chinese company and members of the Biden family, has confirmed that the email is "genuine" and provided more information regarding the Bidens' role in the deal. Bobulinski went on to say he does not believe Joe Biden's past claim that he and Hunter did not discuss his son Hunter's business, claiming that Hunter "frequently referenced asking him for his sign-off or advice on various potential deals."
"I've seen Vice President Biden saying he never talked to Hunter about his business. I've seen firsthand that that's not true. The Biden family aggressively leveraged the Biden family name to make millions of dollars from foreign entities even though some were from communist controlled China."
The Senate Homeland Security and Finance Committees requested that he turn over "all documents relating to my business affairs with the Biden family as well as various foreign entities and individuals," and that he intends to fully cooperate. "I have extensive relevant records and communications and I intend to produce those items to both Committees in the immediate future."
NPR has ignored the ongoing scandal surrounding a laptop purportedly belonging to Hunter Biden - which contained emails revealing his foreign business dealings, first reported by the New York Post.
"Defund NPR. American taxpayer dollars should not be out there being utilized to push false propaganda and cover up for Joe Biden's corruption! It's been corroborated with a third-party witness who is on the emails what a disgrace NPR has become."
"From 'this is blocked on social media' to 'it's Russian disinformation' to 'ok yeah it's all true but in our editorial judgment its not really a story' in just over a week. You can't be more dishonest and fraudulent than national political media. It's not possible."
Senate Judiciary Committee Republicans powered past a Democratic boycott Thursday to advance Amy Coney Barrett's Supreme Court nomination to the full Senate, keeping President Donald Trump's pick on track for confirmation before the Nov. 3 election.
All 12 Republicans on the committee voted in favor of Barrett, a conservative judge. Senators plan to convene a rare weekend session before a final confirmation vote expected Monday.
With Republicans holding a 53-47 majority in the Senate, Trump's pick for the court is almost certain to be confirmed. All Democrats are expected to oppose Barrett's confirmation.
Senator Ted Cruz and at least 5 other Republicans introduced a Constitutional Amendment this week that would effectively ban "packing" - or adding additional seats- to the Supreme Court at any point in the future.
The proposed amendment is just one sentence long, stating "The Supreme Court of the United States shall be composed of nine justices."
In order to pass, the proposal would need to be supported by two-thirds of both Houses of Congress and three-fourths - or 38 - of the country's 50 states.
Despite all the faulty polls showing a double-digit loss, I believe President Trump is on his way to a landslide electoral victory (slightly bigger than that in 2016).
This election looks like a carbon copy of 2016. Every poll back then showed Trump headed for disaster. But I had a secret weapon. I called it The Taxi Poll. My buddy drove a taxi in Las Vegas. Every person who got in her taxi was told, "I'm doing a poll. It's 100% confidential. I don't even know your name. So, tell me, who are you voting for?" The results were overwhelmingly for Trump. I knew then what was about to happen. Today, I have what I call The Truckers Poll. But it's not just my trucker fans; it's my fans who drive cross-country in their RVs. All of them report the same phenomenon. In Middle America, there are thousands and thousands of Trump lawn signs. But where are the Biden signs?
What matters is only the votes of people in a few key battleground states, in particular Florida and the Midwestern states of Ohio, Michigan, Iowa, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. My fans tell me these states are 100 percent Trump country. In small towns and outer suburbs, you can't find any support for Biden.
A new Gallup poll reports 56% of Americans say they are better off now under Trump than they were four years ago under then-President Barack Obama and then-Vice President Joe Biden. Every expert knows what clinches elections -- "It's the economy, stupid." A solid majority of Americans feel better off today than four years ago, despite COVID-19. You think they're voting for Biden? That 56% is the highest number in the history of Gallup asking, "Are you better off today than you were four years ago?" Ronald Reagan got 44% in the Gallup poll and won the election in a landslide. Trump is at 56%.
Finally: if Americans aren't yet convinced Trump is great for the economy, on Oct. 29, five days before the election, the third-quarter gross domestic product will be released. The Atlanta Fed estimates it will be 34.6% economic growth, the highest in the history of America -- since 1776.
Emails from a former business associate of Hunter Biden's inner-circle who's serving time in prison for a 2016 investment scheme reveal that Hunter and his colleagues used their access to the Obama administration to peddle influence to potential Chinese clients and investors - including securing a private, off-the-books meeting with the former Vice President.
The emails, given to investigative journalist Peter Schweizer by former Biden associate Bevan Cooney and published by Breitbart also reveal that in 2011, the younger Biden and his business associates discussed strengthening relations with "China Inc." as part of a "new push on soft diplomacy for the Chinese."
These emails are completely unconnected to the Hunter Biden emails released by the New York Post.
This election looks like a carbon copy of 2016. Every poll back then showed Trump headed for disaster.
All of them report the same phenomenon. In Middle America, there are thousands and thousands of Trump lawn signs. But where are the Biden signs? There are almost none to be found.
What matters is only the votes of people in a few key battleground states, in particular Florida and the Midwestern states of Ohio, Michigan, Iowa, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania. These states are 100 percent Trump country. In small towns and outer suburbs, you can't find any support for Biden. The Democracy Institute Sunday Express poll from this week that showed Trump beating Biden 46% to 45% and winning almost all battleground states by a healthy margin. That poll didn't oversample Democrats by a mile (as most other polls do) and polled only likely voters. Likely voters in battleground states are all that matter.
Every expert knows what clinches elections -- "It's the economy, stupid." A solid majority of Americans feel better off today than four years ago, despite COVID-19. You think they're voting for Biden? By the way, that 56% is the highest number in the history of Gallup asking, "Are you better off today than you were four years ago?" Ronald Reagan got 44% in the Gallup poll and won the election in a landslide. Trump is at 56%.
If Americans aren't yet convinced Trump is great for the economy, on Oct. 29, five days before the election, the third-quarter gross domestic product will be released. The Atlanta Fed estimates it will be 34.6% economic growth, the highest in the history of America -- since 1776.
The Supreme Court plans to hear President Trump's case on why he believes illegal immigrants should be excluded from the census counts used to create congressional districts. On Friday, the court announced that it will review the case at the end of November after a lower court panel of judges attempted to block the President's initiative. The federal court panel said as long as undocumented citizens reside in a region, they must be counted.
This comes after President Trump signed a memorandum in July, directing the Department of Commerce to use all resources available in order to determine the amount of non-citizens included in the census. The President said he believes the additional information would allow for a more accurate tally of citizens in the country, which could alter the mapping of congressional districts. Congressional districts are the designated regions within a state used to determine how many representatives a state is allowed to have in the House of Representatives.
If the Supreme Court rules to uphold the President's memorandum, some states such as California could stand to lose representatives.
High-fliers like Apple Inc., Amazon Inc. and Microsoft Corp. have all climbed at least 250% since President Trump's inauguration on Jan. 20, 2017. Those gains have been fueled by earnings generated under the president's Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which dropped the top U.S. corporate rate from 35% to 21%, among the lowest in the world.
New presidents typically "don't care" about the economy during their first year in office because voters pay more attention to years three and four.
Two major pharmacies will help distribute a pending coronavirus vaccine to American seniors once it becomes available, the Trump administration announced on Friday. Residents in all types of long-term care facilities will be able to access the vaccine at no charge.
CVS and Walgreens will coordinate on-site clinic dates with facilities, which will likely include three total visits over the course of two months.
One of the people on an explosive email thread allegedly involving Hunter Biden has corroborated the veracity of the messages, which appear to outline a payout for former Vice President Joe Biden as part of a deal with a Chinese energy firm. The source said that "the big guy" is a reference to the former vice president.
Another email from May of 2014 shows Vadym Pozharskyi, an adviser to Burisma's board, allegedly shows him asking for the younger Biden's advice on how to stop "politically motivated actions." Biden's campaign has denied wrongdoing and claimed that the former vice president's schedule showed no meeting taking place, though the campaign wouldn't rule out the possibility that the former vice president had an informal interaction with Pozharskyi.
Tens of millions of people could lose their plans as a result of the proposed change. A frequently overlooked part of Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden's platform would upend the traditional tax preferences of retirement accounts like 401(k) plans - a change that industry experts warned could force some small companies to cut those benefits.
"If you take the tax deduction away and reduce the tax benefit, without also addressing the nondiscrimination rules, you've blown up the bargain." Employers who make contributions to a 401(k) must offer that same benefit to their workers. Under Biden's plan, business owners would have to reduce their own tax benefit, while continuing to contribute on behalf of their employees, which is expensive.
Small businesses, which would be the most affected by the new rules, employ roughly 58.9 million people, or 47.5% of the nation's workforce.
Democratic Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan - who once called the police-free autonomous zone in her city a "block party" amid a "summer of love" - is now "deeply concerned" over the mass exodus taking place within the city's police department.
The exodus is part of a continuing trend that has resulted in at least 118 officers leaving the force this year. He added that "even this number is misleading" because "many officers are using their accrued sick time as they begin their escape to other agencies or wait for retirement."
The total number of officers in the department now sits at just over 1,200, which is on par with police staffing levels in the early 1990s, even though the city's population has grown 44% since then. As a result, 911 call response times have been increasing and police investigative services have been crippled.
The exodus follows the City Council's decision in September to override a mayoral veto and slash the city's police budget, leading to the cutting of as many as 100 officer positions and the elimination of the Navigation Team, which cleared homeless encampments. The mayor, who is in favor diverting police funds to social programs, only vetoed the measure because it lacked "the type of collaboration" she desired.
He wasn't sure what to do with the laptop that had been dropped off at his shop. Once he realized it contained sexually explicit and drug-related photos of the former vice president's son, along with suspicious emails between Hunter Biden and Ukrainian and Chinese business executives, he had no idea what to do.
"I was afraid, I reached out to some people that I trusted, that could possibly get me in touch with the FBI," said Mac Isaac. "Then they showed up. They probably knew I had a copy because I was pretty vocal about not wanting to get murdered."
When asked if he feared Joe Biden might seek to harm him, Mac Isaac replied, "People that work for him, sure."
Biden has to decide: will he really work to prevent China from gaming the system or will he cave in to a treaty that institutionalizes it? He can't have it both ways.
In his climate change plan Democratic Presidential nominee Joe Biden says that the United States will "re-enter the Paris Agreement on day one of the Biden Administration." The former vice-president reassures readers in his "Plan for a Clean Energy Revolution and Environmental Justice" that he will "not allow other nations, including China, to game the system by becoming destination economies for polluters?
The Paris Agreement is one of the primary tools with which China is gaming the system.
Restricting CO2 emissions in developing nations would almost certainly involve significantly reducing the use of coal, the source of well over half of China's electricity, for example. As coal is the cheapest source of power in most of the world, restricting CO2 emissions by reducing coal use would obviously interfere with development priorities. So, no matter what emission reductions they promise, China and many other developing countries are unlikely to follow their commitments, citing UNFCCC Article 4 as their excuse.
Facebook and Twitter likely restricted the spread of a New York Post story alleging Hunter Biden introduced his father, then-Vice President Joe Biden, to an executive at a Ukrainian energy firm, because their employees and PACs shelled out millions for Democrat federal candidates in the 2020 election cycle.
According to donation records, Twitter individuals donated $347,270 (98.99%) to Democrat federal candidates and $3,556 (1.01%) to Republicans. Facebook individuals and PACs gave $2.4 million (91.68%) to Democrat federal candidates and $218,576 (8.32%) to Republicans.
Viewing people as individuals rather than simply as members of a collective would be an important antidote to racism. This would require educating people to judge others, in accordance with Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech, according to their character rather than their skin color. Such judgments require actual thinking, not just sense perception.
What would be a more objective way of looking at people than as racial clones? My favorite quote is from Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech where he expressed the hope that children (implying all people) "will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character." Character, I submit, and I think King would agree, is individual; it is not determined by race.
People should be taught introspection and how to judge others as individuals from a young age.
Hunter Biden introduced his father, then-Vice President Joe Biden, to a top executive at a Ukrainian energy firm less than a year before the elder Biden pressured government officials in Ukraine into firing a prosecutor who was investigating the company, according to emails
At right: federal subpoena showing the computer and hard drive were seized by the FBI
Emails show the Obama administration let a Democratic p.r. company that worked for Ukrainian energy firm Burisma take part in a conference call about an upcoming visit to Ukraine by then-Vice President Joe Biden. The memo, sent shortly after the Dec. 2, 2015, call, also "outlined the trip's agenda and addressed several questions regarding US policy toward Ukraine."
The trip, in December 2015, turned out to be the one during which Biden later bragged about forcing Ukrainian officials to fire a state prosecutor who was investigating Burisma by threatening to withhold a $1 billion US loan guarantee.
The correspondence is contained in a massive trove of data recovered from a laptop.
Hunter Biden introduced his father, then-Vice President Joe Biden, to a top executive at a Ukrainian energy firm less than a year before the elder Biden pressured government officials in Ukraine into firing a prosecutor who was investigating the company, according to emails.
"Dear Hunter, thank you for inviting me to DC and giving an opportunity to meet your father and spent [sic] some time together. It's realty [sic] an honor and pleasure," the email reads.
The blockbuster correspondence flies in the face of Joe Biden's claim that he's "never spoken to my son about his overseas business dealings."
Other material extracted from the computer includes a raunchy, 12-minute video that appears to show Hunter, who's admitted struggling with addiction problems, smoking crack while engaged in a sex act with an unidentified woman, as well as numerous other sexually explicit images.
Hunter Biden pursued lucrative deals involving China's largest private energy company - including one that he said would be "interesting for me and my family."
In addition, the email outlined a "provisional agreement" under which 80 percent of the "equity," or shares in the new company, would be split equally among four people whose initials correspond to the sender and three recipients, with "H" apparently referring to Biden. The deal also listed "10 Jim" and "10 held by H for the big guy?"
Hunter Biden's laptop was abandoned at a Delaware computer repair store. The FBI seized it on Dec 17, 2019.
That was the day before Nancy Pelosi held the vote to impeach the President. Someone from the store had contacted the FBI about the laptop, but also made a copy of the drive that he gave to Robert Costello, an attorney for Rudi Giuliani. Giuliani just released the information to the New York Post. Why did the FBI never make this information public?
The Senate Judiciary Committee is poised to take the first steps toward approving Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett following two long days of Senate testimony in which she stressed that she would be her own judge.
Barrett's confirmation would cement a 6-3 conservative majority on the court and would be the most pronounced ideological change in 30 years, from the liberal icon to the conservative appeals court judge.
Senate Democrats are trying to turn the confirmation hearing on Amy Coney Barrett into a political victory for their party, but so far they've failed miserably. Barrett is the poster-woman the GOP needs to attract college-educated female voters and help close the gender gap come November.
Democrats warned Barrett that "her participation in any case involving Donald Trump's election would immediately do explosive harm to the court's legitimacy and to your own credibility." Yet blame the Democratic Party for the increasing likelihood that the election will land in the Supreme Court. Democratic groups across the country are aggressively suing in lower state and federal courts demanding that ballots arriving after Nov. 3 be counted, contrary to state laws. In effect, canceling the finality of Election Day. That strategy is already being challenged in the US Supreme Court. The court could resolve the issue before the election or afterward.
Asking Barrett to recuse herself makes no sense. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg didn't recuse herself in a case involving President Bill Clinton, though he named her to the high court.
Democrats argued that "it's simplistic to think" being a justice is a "robotic performance." But as Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-SC) pointed out at the beginning of Tuesday's hearing, "no one ever questions whether our liberal friends can set aside their views."
The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee is investigating newly released emails that reveal that Hunter Biden introduced his father, then-Vice President Joe Biden, to a top executive at Ukrainian natural gas firm Burisma Holdings in 2015 at Hunter's request.
An email from May 2014 also showed Pozharskyi, reportedly a top Burisma executive, asking Hunter for "advice on how you could use your influence" on the company's behalf The meeting took place less than a year before the former vice president purportedly pressured government officials in Ukraine to fire prosecutor Viktor Shokin. "I looked at them and said: I'm leaving in six hours. If the prosecutor is not fired, you're not getting the money," Biden infamously said to the Council on Foreign Relations in 2018.
Universities in the 1960s began to become training centers for "activists," much like Marxist in the 1930s, who learned they could utilize legitimate current issues in order to manipulate the masses into cooperation, oblivious to incoherent, illogical ideologies. Berkeley's "student rebellion" of 1964 engaged in violation of property and physical assaults, even of police, justifying itself by hiding behind a false mantle of civil rights, smearing opposition as racist, all the while receiving outside money and resources to help achieve its goal: the seizure of power. Sound familiar?
These activists would later plant themselves in education, media, and politics, or even serve as muscle on the streets to work toward indoctrinated ideological objectives.
"The uncontested absurdities of today are the accepted slogans of tomorrow."
In the 20th century, the American public education system was heavily influenced by Progressive philosopher John Dewey (1859-1952). In Dewey's own words in his My Pedagogic Creed, he lays out his ultimate vision and goal for American education. He states:
"I believe that the social life of the child is the basis of concentration in all of his training or growth[.] ... I believe, therefore, that the true centre of correlation of the school subjects is not science, nor literature, nor history, nor geography, but the child's own social act. I believe that education is the fundamental method of social progress and reform. I believe, finally, that the teacher is engaged, not simply in the training of individuals, but in the formation of the proper social life ... the maintenance of proper social order and the securing of the right social growth." (Pestritto & Atto, 129-134).
In other words, he simply wants to train 1) social activists aligned with his ideology and 2) masses of people, not knowing any better, who feel compelled to go along.
Fields within the humanities at large, not just subfields such as Critical Theory, the grievance studies, Postmodernism, etc., have always intertwined themselves with the various flavors of socialism.
"Young people do seek a comprehensive view of life, i.e., a philosophy, they do seek meaning, purpose, ideals - and most of them take what they get[.] ... [T]he majority are open to the voice of philosophy for a few brief years. These last are the permanent, if not innocent, victims of modern philosophy."
U.S. Navy veteran Joe Collins on Saturday released a scathing campaign ad attacking Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., for living in a multi-million dollar mansion while representing a district plagued by crime and poverty.
"Do you know where I am right now? Maxine Waters' six million-dollar mansion," Collins asks. "Do you know where I'm not right now? Maxine Waters' district."
Two lawyers, Urooj Rahman, 31, and Colinford Mattis, 32, are accused of throwing a Molotov cocktail at a parked NYPD vehicle during the riots in late May in Brooklyn. When they were caught, explosive materials were found in their car. The feds have now brought seven charges each against the pair. Those charges include "the use of explosives, arson, use of explosives to commit a felony, arson conspiracy, use of a destructive device, civil disorder, and making or possessing a destructive device." Samantha Shader is also being accused of targeting an NYPD vehicle which was occupied by four police officers at the time that she threw a Molotov cocktail at it. The same seven charges were lodged against her. All three are now eligible for sentences that include life sentences.
U.S. Attorney for the EDNY Richard Donoghue said, "Such criminal acts should never be confused with legitimate protest. Those who carry out attacks on NYPD Officers or vehicles are not protesters, they are criminals, and they will be treated as such."
Attorney General William Barr has more than enough evidence to indict members of the Obama administration for spying on the Trump campaign in 2016, including former President Barack Obama and former Vice President Joe Biden.
"These people should be indicted, this was the greatest political crime in the history of our country, and that includes Obama and it includes Biden," the president said. "These are people that spied on my campaign - and we have everything - and now they say 'we have much more,' and I say, 'Bill, we got plenty, you don't need anymore,'" Trump continued.
With the general election in 26 days, any major indictments are unlikely. But should charges be formally announced against a high-ranking member of the Obama administration it would certainly send shockwaves through Washington and across the country.
White House physician Dr. Sean Conley sent out a memorandum on Thursday stating that President Trump will be able to return to public engagements this weekend.
It will be ten days since Trump was first diagnosed with the novel coronavirus, Conley anticipates that Trump can return to his usual schedule by Saturday. Trump has responded "extremely well to treatment" and there is no sign of "adverse therapeutic effects." "Today the President has completed his course of therapy for COVID-19 as prescribed by his team of physicans."
Other White House staff who have tested positive for COVID-19 at this point include senior adviser Hope Hicks and director of Oval Office operations Nick Luna. Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien also tested positive for COVID-19. Former counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway has also tested positive and former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who participated in debate prep with the president recently, did too and was admitted to the hospital over the weekend.
The Centers for Disease Control says people "with mild to moderate COVID-19 remain infectious no longer than 10 days after symptom onset. People with more severe symptoms can remain infectious for longer.
San Francisco experienced a 43% year-over-year decline in sales tax revenues during the pandemic, which has been credited to an exodus from the expensive city.
Data supports an exodus of residents from San Francisco - as remote work guidelines allow some workers more freedom in choosing where to live. The latest report from United Van Lines shows that outbound moving requests from the city were 128% above the national average at the start of September.
Data also showed a continued yearly decline of 20.3% in median rent prices in San Francisco this month, which was among the largest yearly decline ever recorded - and marked a milestone as prices dropped below $3,000 for a one-bedroom.
Two U.S. senators from Indiana and a former law professor will introduce Judge Amy Coney Barrett to America on Monday as the Supreme Court nominee's high-stakes Senate confirmation hearings get underway.
Senators Todd Young and Michael Braun, both Republicans, and Patricia O'Hara, a former Notre Dame Law School professor, will speak at the start of the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, according to new details released by the committee Friday night. O'Hara is a former dean of the Law School and a mentor and friend to Barrett. In an article about O'Hara's retirement, Barrett praised O'Hara's encouragement and kindness. "Despite her many responsibilities, she visited me with gifts when my children were born and never forgets a birthday," Barrett, a mother of seven, said of her mentor.
Barrett, a Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals judge, will then deliver her opening remarks to the committee to cap off the first day of her confirmation hearings.
Questioning of Barrett will start in earnest Tuesday when Senate Democrats on the committee are expected to grill her on issues related to health care, abortion and gun rights.
Barrett graduated from Notre Dame Law School in 1997. After clerking for the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and working in private practice, she returned to Notre Dame in 2002 as a law school professor. Her fellow Fighting Irish faculty supported her successful 2017 nomination to the federal appeals court.
Monday's hearing will kick off an ambitious schedule set by Senate Republicans to confirm Trump's third Supreme Court pick by the Nov. 3 election. Republicans hold a 53-47 majority over 45 Democrats and two independents in the upper chamber and the GOP appears to have the votes to approve Barrett, despite Democrats' outcry that the process is illegitimate just days before Americans will decide control of the White House and Senate.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., will preside over the hearing. The hearings are expected to run through Thursday, with an anticipated Oct. 22 committee vote on advancing Barrett's nomination to the Senate floor.
Federal Bureau of Investigation agents tasked by fired former Director James Comey to take down Donald Trump during and after the 2016 election were so concerned about the agency's potentially illegal behavior that they purchased liability insurance to protect themselves less than two weeks before Trump was inaugurated president, previously hidden FBI text messages show.
"I have fully authorized the total Declassification of any & all documents pertaining to the single greatest political CRIME in American History, the Russia Hoax. Likewise, the Hillary Clinton Email Scandal. No redactions!"
Allies of the president, including Republicans on Capitol Hill leading their own investigations into the origins of the Trump-Russia probe, have criticized officials like FBI Director Christopher Wray and CIA Director Gina Haspel, claiming that the directors have been blocking the release of documents.
The president's move come after Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe declassified documents that revealed former CIA Director John Brennan briefed former President Obama on Hillary Clinton's purported "plan" to tie then-candidate Donald Trump to Russia as "a means of distracting the public from her use of a private email server" ahead of the 2016 presidential election.
A source familiar with the documents said that "this information has been sought by hundreds of congressional requests for legitimate oversight purposes and was withheld for political spite?and the belief that they'd never get caught."
Last week, during a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, then-FBI Director James Comey was asked whether he received an investigative referral on Clinton from 2016, but he said it didn't "ring any bells." "You don't remember getting an investigatory lead from the intelligence community? Sept. 7, 2016, U.S. intelligence officials forwarded an investigative referral to James Comey and Strzok regarding Clinton's approval of a plan [about] Trump?as a means of distraction?" Graham asked Comey. "That doesn't ring any bells with me," Comey said.
The odds are extremely favorable for Trump's full and complete recovery.
President Trump is now reported by the White House to be mildly symptomatic with fatigue. He walked independently and with a strong stride to the helicopter taking him to Walter Reed Military Medical Center in Maryland on Friday night, and was not receiving oxygen. He spoke on a brief video shortly before he headed for the hospital and did not appear short of breath.
The poll - conducted by the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, Real Clear Education and College Pulse - asked 20,000 students at 55 campuses across the nation questions regarding free speech issues and comfort. The question measured such elements as tolerance, openness and self-expression. On a question about options for "action to protest a campus speaker," the students answered how acceptable it is to remove flyers or ads for an upcoming event, shout down a speaker or block them from speaking, block other students from entering the event or even use violence to stop a speech. The percentage of "never acceptable" responses increased with the more violent an action became, but with 82% of students answering "never" for "using violence," that means 17-18% of students responded that violence was in some form acceptable.
Top schools among the 55 polled with higher scores of overall perceived Freedom of Speech included the University of Chicago, Kansas State University, Texas A&M University, University of California - Los Angeles, and Arizona State University.
The study noted that colleges at both ends of the rankings have suffered free-speech controversies - likely the reason they were selected for the study. One example from the University of Chicago - with the highest Free Speech score - noted that a student responded to a prompt "I vote because..." with "the coronavirus won't destroy America, but socialism will." For this, she was widely denounced by her peers, threatened with violence, and told that she did not belong at the University of Chicago because of her beliefs.
Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden once again avoided giving a straight answer on whether he would support packing the Supreme Court if elected.
"The Constitution says that the American people - I taught constitutional law for over 20 years - says the American people get an opportunity to choose who they want on the Supreme Court by who they pick as their senator and their president," said Biden. However, the Constitution, which discusses the Supreme Court in Article III, says nothing about the people getting to choose who sits on it.
Remarks came as State Department announced a 15,000-refugee admissions cap.
"Biden has even pledged to terminate our travel ban on Jihadist regions, opening the flood gates to radical Islamic terrorism." Biden would turn Minnesota "into a refugee camp," "overwhelming public resources, overcrowded schools and inundating your hospitals" in reference to the former vice president's plan to raise a refugee admissions ceiling in the U.S. from 15,000 people to 125,000. Former President Obama set an annual cap of 110,000 refugees in 2017.
Trump also brought up Democratic Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar, saying, "I've been reading these reports for over two years about how corrupt and crooked she is," then asking the crowd: "How the hell did Minnesota elect her? What the hell is wrong with you people?" The president suggested during an earlier Sept. 22 rally in Minneapolis that Omar would help him win the election, saying, "How about Omar of Minnesota? We're going to win the state Minnesota because of her, they say."
Minnesota has the largest population of Somali-Americans than any other state with 69,000 people who claim Somali ancestry, or 40% of the entire Somali-American U.S. population, according to local news outlet WCCO.