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Skip Bayless Says LeBron James Has 'Seriously Considered' Running for POTUS

U.S. presidential races have seen their fair share of unorthodox and out of the ordinary candidates in recent years. However, if a recent report is true, we haven't seen anything yet.

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Best Presidential Candidate in 40 Years: Michael Douglas Hits the Campaign Trail for Bloomberg

Actor Michael Douglas is hitting the Democrat primary campaign trail for former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

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Actor Michael Douglas, center, greets people before speaking in support of Democratic presidential candidate and former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg, not shown, at a Bloomberg campaign office, in Quincy, Mass., Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Marianne Williamson Backs Bernie Sanders: 'The Energy Is Unquestionably' with Him

Former presidential candidate and self-help guru Marianne Williamson (D) endorsed Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) on Sunday, appearing alongside the socialist senator at his rally in Austin, Texas.

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AUSTIN, TX - FEBRUARY 23: Marianne Williamson leaves the stage after endorsing Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) during a campaign rally at Vic Mathias Shores Park on February 23, 2020 in Austin, Texas. With early voting underway in Texas, Sanders is holding four rallies in the delegate-rich state this weekend before traveling on to South Carolina. Texas holds their primary on Super Tuesday March 3rd, along with over a dozen other states. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Michael Bloomberg: 'I'm Not a Big Fan of Everybody Having Guns'

By: Pam Key · Pam Key
Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a 2020 Democratic Party presidential hopeful, said Sunday on MSNBC's "PoliticsNation" that he was not a fan of everyone having a gun.

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NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 10: (EXCLUSIVE ACCESS, SPECIAL RATES APPLY) Former Mayor of New York City, Michael Bloomberg, speaks at the "Not One More" Event at Urban Zen on February 10, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Monica Schipper/Getty Images)

Voto Latino CEO: Dems Can 'Kiss Florida Goodbye' if Sanders Is Nominee

By: Pam Key · Pam Key
Appearing Sunday on MSNBC’s “AM Joy,” Voto Latino CEO María Teresa Kumar said Democrats could "kiss Florida goodbye" if Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) was the Democrats nominee in the 2020 presidential election.

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Appearing Sunday on MSNBC’s “AM Joy,” Voto Latino CEO María Teresa Kumar said Democrats could "kiss Florida goodbye" if Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) was the Democrats nominee in the 2020 presidential election.

China's recent air pollution levels may be telling a story about the coronavirus impact on its economy

All eyes are on China's progress in getting its factories to crank up again, after an extended shutdown in a bid to control the coronavirus outbreak.

Mayonnaise by the slice: Innovation or curse from the gods? - CNET

Mayo lovers and haters take to social media with equal parts excitement and disgust.

Q by Aston Martin's DBX has wild carbon fiber trim - Roadshow

The British automaker is revealing bespoke commission options for its new SUV at the Geneva Motor Show.

Aston Martin DBX gets fancier 'Q by Aston Martin' bespoke options - Roadshow

If the DBX's standard options list isn't enough, you can commission custom colors, trims and options for your new SUV.

Google explains why its apps won't be on Huawei's P40 phones - CNET

And don't even think about sideloading apps, Google says.

Judge Amy Berman Jackson fires back at Roger Stone, denying request for her recusal

Judge Army Berman Jackson, who presided over the case of former Trump adviser Roger Stone, denied Stone’s request that she be removed from deciding whether he can have a new trial, writing Sunday that his motion seemed to be "nothing more than an attempt to use the court’s docket to disseminate a statement for public consumption that has the words 'judge' and 'biased' in it."

Mother of a missing baby last seen in December says she knows who took her

The mother of a 15-month-old girl last seen two months ago and reported missing last week in Tennessee says she knew who had her daughter, and she was afraid to report her disappearance.

Man survives after driving off the top of a parking garage in California

A man drove his Jeep off the top of a six-level parking garage and landed across the street on a McDonald's in Santa Monica, California, authorities said Sunday.

Virgil: ‘Mask Off’ – Democrat Elites Prefer Trump to Sanders 

By: Virgil · Virgil
It’s an article of faith inside the Bernie Sanders campaign that the Democratic establishment is going to do everything it can to stop the Vermonter from winning the Democratic nomination this year.

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US Presidential Candidate and US Senator Bernie Sanders gives his response to US President Donald Trump's State of the Union speech to a room of supporters at the Currier Museum of Art Auditorium in Manchester, New Hampshire on February 4, 2020. - Democratic White House candidate Pete Buttigieg seized a shock lead in the chaotic Iowa caucuses, closely trailed by leftist senator Bernie Sanders, according to partial returns released on Tuesday after an embarrassing delay in reporting the results. (Photo by Joseph Prezioso / AFP) (Photo by JOSEPH PREZIOSO/AFP via Getty Images)

Susan Sarandon Heads to South Carolina to Support Sanders: ‘It’s Happening Guys’

Left-wing activist and actress Susan Sarandon posted a video to Twitter to let fans know she was headed to the Palmetto State to stump for Bernie Sanders in Charleston. "It's happening, guys, it's happening," she insisted.

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Actress Susan Sarandon speaks at a campaign rally for Democratic presidential candidate U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., Friday, Feb. 14, 2020, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)

Chinese hacking: 5 major cases of Beijing-linked cyber intrusion

Amid the growing political and economic influence of China, attention has turned to Beijing’s concerted efforts to collect data on Americans and steal scientific research.

Biden Claims Russian Bots Were Attacking Him On Facebook

Former vice president Joe Biden on Sunday claimed that Russians have spent a “lot of money” on bots to go on Facebook and claim that “Biden is a bad guy.”

But hang on. Biden later acknowledged “that the information came not from the intelligence community, but secondhand from his own staff,” Fox News reported.

“I’m the person most likely to beat Trump,” Biden said on CBS News’ “Face the Nation.” “The Russians don’t want me to be the nominee. They spent a lot of money on bots on Facebook and they’ve been taken down, saying Biden is a bad guy. They don’t want Biden running. They’re not — no one’s helping me to try to get the nomination. They have good reason.”

Pressed on the matter, Biden said, “I have not spoken to the intelligence community, but I think the intelligence community should inform the rest of us who are running what they told Senator Sanders. .. I was told that there are a lot of bots on Facebook, and they’ve been all taken down. … Fake accounts, yes, and they’re taken down, but I — I don’t know who — I didn’t get a call from Facebook, but I was told by my — my staff that’s what happened.”

Wow.

But there’s more. Biden went on to say that “the people that occupied my [campaign] office … maybe they were Russians. I don’t know, but they — they said they were Bernie supporters.”

Double wow.

Biden is having trouble lately discerning fact from fiction.

In the last few weeks, he’s been telling a campaign trail story that he was arrested in the 1970s in South Africa as he tried to visit Nelson Mandela in prison continues to unravel.

Biden says he was arrested in Soweto, a suburb of Johannesburg, a city in the northeast of the country. But at the time, Mandela was being held on Robben Island, near Cape Town in the southwest part of the country.

The two sites are some 900 miles apart.

Last week, the New York Times called Biden’s tale into question, and journalists have not been able to find any news reports or contemporaneous accounts mentioning an arrest.

“In at least three campaign appearances over the past two weeks, Joseph R. Biden Jr. has told a similar story as he tries to revive his campaign in states with more diverse voters. On a trip to South Africa years ago, he has said, he was arrested as he sought to visit Nelson Mandela in prison,” The Times reported in its piece.

“This day, 30 years ago, Nelson Mandela walked out of prison and entered into discussions about apartheid,” Mr. Biden said at a campaign event in South Carolina last week. “I had the great honor of meeting him. I had the great honor of being arrested with our U.N. ambassador on the streets of Soweto trying to get to see him on Robbens Island.”

Mr. Biden referred to his own arrest twice more in the next seven days, including at a campaign stop here on Tuesday where he spoke of getting arrested in South Africa between efforts to coax his wife to marry him. That proposal occurred in 1977, both Bidens have said.

Biden never mentioned the arrest in his memoir. The Times also said, “A check of available news accounts by The New York Times turned up no references to an arrest. South African arrest records are not readily available in the United States.”

Since then, no other journalist has found a contemporaneous account.

The Times reached out to Andrew Young, a former congressman and mayor of Atlanta who was the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations from 1977 to 1979. Young said he traveled with Biden on a trip to South Africa.

“No, I was never arrested and I don’t think he was, either,” Young, 87, told The Times.

Biden is adding new twists to the story each time he tells it, too. Last Sunday, he added more details about Mandela.

“After he got free and became president, he came to Washington and came to my office,” Biden said at a black history awards lunch in Las Vegas. “He threw his arms around me and said, ‘I want to say thank you.’ I said, ‘What are you thanking me for, Mr. President?’ He said, ‘You tried to see me. You got arrested trying to see me.’”

 

The post Biden Claims Russian Bots Were Attacking Him On Facebook appeared first on The Gateway Pundit.

Dow set to drop more than 300 points at the open as coronavirus cases outside China surge

As of 6:38 p.m. ET Sunday, Dow Jones Industrial Average futures were 323 points lower, pointing to an implied opening plunge of 316.41 points for the index on Monday.

Coronavirus live updates: South Korea reports another 161 cases, bringing total to 763

Seven people have died from the virus, according to the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Avengers: Endgame contains a minor Thanos error, according to VFX artist - CNET

Is this why Endgame missed out on best visual effects at the Oscars?

Former Democratic Candidate Williamson Endorses Sanders' 2020 Bid

Marianne Williamson, who made an unsuccessful bid for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, has thrown her support behind former rival Bernie Sanders, appearing at a rally in Texas with the progressive senator.

Albany Jewish Community Center Cleared After Bomb Threat

Police evacuated the Albany Jewish Community Center on Sunday afternoon after an email containing a bomb threat was sent to someone connected to the JCC earlier in the day, ABC News 10 reported.Law enforcement officers conducted a thorough search of the building and the day...

Albany Jewish Community Center Cleared After Bomb Threat

Police evacuated the Albany Jewish Community Center on Sunday afternoon after an email containing a bomb threat was sent to someone connected to the JCC earlier in the day, ABC News 10 reported.Law enforcement officers conducted a thorough search of the building and the day...

WSJ: US Alarmed of Chinese Military Researching in US

The case of a Chinese military lieutenant coming to Boston University to conduct research is raising red flags on China using American universities to spy on the U.S., despite Beijing's denials, The Wall Street Journal reported.

Country singer Lindsey Renee Lagestee dies

Lindsey Renee Lagestee, the 25-year-old lead female vocalist of the country music band Dixie Crush, died days after being hit by a car on her way to a Valentine's Day performance in Chicago, the band said on Facebook.

Jewish center cleared after bomb threat; NY governor says other centers threatened

Police cleared the Jewish community center in Albany, New York, on Sunday after a person affiliated with the center received an emailed bomb threat, authorities said.

A baby in Florida has been missing for weeks. Now police are offering an $8,000 reward

It's been weeks since a newborn baby in Florida went missing. Officials are now offering an $8,000 reward to locate the baby boy.

Israel hit with Palestinian rocket barrage after Gaza border confrontation with militants

Palestinian militants fired approximately 30 rockets into Israel on Sunday evening, Israeli military officials said, near the end of a tense weekend that also saw Palestinian militants apparently trying to plant a bomb at the Gaza border, along with Israeli strikes hitting targets in Gaza and Syria.

Clyburn to give influential Democratic presidential endorsement days before South Carolina primary

South Carolina Rep. James Clyburn on Sunday said he'll endorse a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate after Tuesday night's Democratic debate -- just three days before the state's primary, a key early contest in the party's nomination process.

Sanders leads Democratic field in new national poll

A new national poll finds Sen. Bernie Sanders is well ahead of the field of Democratic presidential candidates as the party's nominating process nears the fourth contest of this cycle.

6 takeaways from Bernie Sanders' huge win in Nevada

Bernie Sanders solidified his status as the leading candidate for the Democratic nomination with a commanding win Saturday in Nevada.

Trump Trolls Mueller Amid Reports Kremlin is Helping Bernie Sanders’ Campaign, ‘Bob Will Get to the Bottom of it!’

President Trump trolled Mueller on Sunday amid reports the Kremlin is helping Bernie Sanders’ campaign.

U.S. officials informed Democratic socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders that Russia is trying to aid his presidential campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination.

When asked by reporters about it, Bernie said he was briefed on the news ‘about a month ago.’

“President Trump and lawmakers on Capitol Hill have also been informed about the Russian assistance to the Vermont senator, according to people familiar with the matter, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive intelligence,” the Washington Post said.

Trump trolled Mueller and the 13 angry Democrats who investigated ‘Russian collusion’ for two years.

“Are any Democrat operatives, the DNC, or Crooked Hillary Clinton, blaming Russia, Russia, Russia for the Bernie Sanders win in Nevada. If so I suggest calling Bob Mueller & the 13 Angry Democrats to do a new Mueller Report, Democrat Edition. Bob will get to the bottom of it!” Trump said in a tweet on Sunday.

Are any Democrat operatives, the DNC, or Crooked Hillary Clinton, blaming Russia, Russia, Russia for the Bernie Sanders win in Nevada. If so I suggest calling Bob Mueller & the 13 Angry Democrats to do a new Mueller Report, Democrat Edition. Bob will get to the bottom of it!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 23, 2020

Of course we now know the senior intel briefer “overstated” the assessment of 2020 Russian interference.

All joking aside, President Trump makes a great point.

If Russia is ‘interfering in the 2020 election to help Bernie,’ why wasn’t he spied on by the FBI?

Why was Bernie’s campaign briefed on intel the Kremlin was trying to help his 2020 campaign?

The entire US government was unleashed on Trump’s 2016 campaign on fake, Hillary-funded intel claiming Trump was colluding with the Russians.

The post Trump Trolls Mueller Amid Reports Kremlin is Helping Bernie Sanders’ Campaign, ‘Bob Will Get to the Bottom of it!’ appeared first on The Gateway Pundit.

And Here it is…Senior US Intel Briefer “Overstated” Assessment of 2020 Russian Interference

In a leak to the New York Times last week, intel officials warned House lawmakers that Russia was interfering in the 2020 campaign to try to get Trump reelected.

Less than 24 hours later the hoax fell apart.

Catherine Herridge reported on Friday that after pressed for evidence to back up claims Russia was backing Trump in 2020, NOTHING was offered to the DNI.

CATHERINE HERRIDGE: Source familiar w/house briefing @CBSNews says briefers pressed for evidence to back up claims Russia “trying to help POTUS in 2020.” Asked if there was signals intelligence – such as phone intercepts or “SIGINT” – to back up claims, source said briefers had none to offer #DNI

Source familiar w/house briefing @CBSNews says briefers pressed for evidence to back up claims Russia “trying to help POTUS in 2020.” Asked if there was signals intelligence – such as phone intercepts or “SIGINT” – to back up claims, source said briefers had none to offer #DNI

— Catherine Herridge (@CBS_Herridge) February 21, 2020

Now this…

The Intel official, Shelby Pierson “overstated” the IC’s formal assessment of Russian interference in the 2020 election, according to CNN.

The US intelligence community’s top election security official appears to have overstated the intelligence community’s formal assessment of Russian interference in the 2020 election, omitting important nuance during a briefing with lawmakers earlier this month, three national security officials told CNN.

The official, Shelby Pierson, told lawmakers on the House Intelligence Committee that Russia is interfering in the 2020 election with the goal of helping President Donald Trump get reelected.

The US intelligence community has assessed that Russia is interfering in the 2020 election and has separately assessed that Russia views Trump as a leader they can work with. But the US does not have evidence that Russia’s interference this cycle is aimed at reelecting Trump, the officials said.

“The intelligence doesn’t say that,” one senior national security official told CNN. “A more reasonable interpretation of the intelligence is not that they have a preference, it’s a step short of that. It’s more that they understand the President is someone they can work with, he’s a dealmaker.”

One intel official said Pierson’s characterization was “misleading” and a national security official said Pierson failed to provide the “nuance” needed to accurately convey the US intelligence conclusions, reported CNN.

Pierson is a senior official in the ODNI who was ‘providing her view of the intelligence.’

Pierson’s inaccurate information was then leaked to the New York Times which caused a firestorm — and Democrats wonder why Trump doesn’t trust the intel community!

Thankfully President Trump just appointed Richard Grenell as Acting DNI to “clean house.”

One of Devin Nunes’ senior advisors, Kash Patel, the author of the 2-page FISA memo, was chosen as Grenell’s senior advisor to do a top-to-bottom review of the Office of the Director National Intelligence.

The post And Here it is…Senior US Intel Briefer “Overstated” Assessment of 2020 Russian Interference appeared first on The Gateway Pundit.

The Jihad Murder in Florida You Heard Nothing About

The Jihad Murder in Florida You Heard Nothing About
My latest in PJ Media: A 17-year-old, Corey Johnson, murdered a 13-year-old, Jovanni Alexander Sierra, and stabbed two others in Florida in 2018, and this week it was reported that the victim’s family is suing the Publix grocery store chain for selling Johnson the knife, as the sale violated a Florida law that prohibits the […]

Drug Shortages Loom Due to Coronavirus

The coronavirus outbreak in China could lead to a shortage of some 150 prescription drugs, two sources familiar with a list compiled by the Food and Drug Administration told Axios.

Wow: NYT Warns 'Teflon Candidate' Sanders Will Get More Scrutiny, Citing Controversies

Though The New York Times is undeniably liberal in its reporting, it has been distinctly cool in coverage of the most left-wing Democratic candidate, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT). It was obvious back in 2016, when reporters tried to pester Sanders out of the race against Hillary Clinton. Is it principled ideology on the part of reporters, or partisan fear? Either way, the paper fired a shot across Bernie’s bow Sunday with a story bluntly warning Sanders he better watch out, then laid out why, even using an old insult to Ronald Reagan: “Sanders, the Teflon Candidate, Faces New...

Attacks on Trump’s Fed Nominee Reveals the Central Bank’s Fatal Bias

Last week, the Senate Banking Committee met to consider the nomination of Dr. Judy Shelton to the Federal Reserve Board. The hostility toward Dr. Shelton was bipartisan—senators challenged her independence from President Donald Trump and characterized her thinking as too far outside the mainstream to trust with the nation’s economy.

Yet whether or not Dr. Shelton is “independent” of Trump is a red herring. The Fed is the most political and politicized agency in Washington, as evidenced by the work of its Washington staff to vilify Dr. Shelton. Moreover, the Fed’s willingness to facilitate the Treasury’s massive fiscal imbalances seems to be without limit. The biggest threat to Fed independence is the increasing tendency by Congress to treat the agency as a piggy bank whose resources can be tapped to fund pet projects, seemingly at zero cost to the budget.

The real objection to Dr. Shelton is that she is a conservative who believes in free markets and, yes, has good things to say about gold as a monetary asset. Since FDR did away with the gold standard in 1933, the U.S. economy has been on a relative currency standard based on, well, nothing. For this reason, it is possible to compare the dollar favorably to fraudulent “crypto currencies” such as bitcoin. The only difference between the dollar and the bitcoin as a means of exchange is that the former has been declared legal tender in the United States and has gained a huge following offshore.

The Fed’s Board of Governors in Washington, which was created two decades after the advent of the central bank, is a decidedly New Deal institution where only left-of-center views are tolerated. Some brave souls working at the regional reserve banks manage to pursue a relatively conservative line, but ideas like the gold standard and, more importantly, holding the Federal Reserve Board accountable for its actions are unwelcome. As Walker Todd noted in his classic 1995 monograph “The Federal Reserve Board and the Rise of the Corporate State,” the Fed has a long history as a proponent of economic policies that are antithetical to democratic, free markets:

The Federal Reserve Board led the way in Hoover’s rethinking of liberal orthodoxy in the crucial year running from the summer of 1931 through the spring of 1932. The outcome of the Board’s endeavors was an astonishing array of economic recovery initiatives that scholars have classified, retrospectively, as corporate statist in nature, involving direct Federal Government assistance to private industry and business-labor cooperation enforced by governmental intervention. These changes persisted and generally were amplified during the Roosevelt administration’s first year (the “First New Deal”); the departure of Eugene Meyer as governor of the Board in early 1933 apparently did not diminish the Board’s willingness to pursue the planning initiatives undertaken during the First New Deal.

Not only did the Fed actively assist the FDR administration during the 1930s with its confiscation of gold, it became the guardian of liberal economic orthodoxy. Within the administrative state, the Fed exists as the analog of the Soviet-era economic planning agency GOSPLAN, exercising control over the government’s economic research budget and thereby stifling a free exchange of ideas when it comes to monetary policy.

The anti-conservative tendencies of the Federal Reserve Board are well known within the system. Paul Volcker, for example, led the rescue of the big banks in the 1980s by allowing an expansion of off-balance sheet lending. He took extraordinary measures to prevent the nominations or appointments of respected economists and free market advocates like W. Lee Hoskins and Jerry L. Jordan to head other Reserve Banks. Both Hoskins and later Jordan were appointed to the Cleveland Reserve Bank’s presidency after Volcker’s departure in 1987.

Hoskins in particular was the antithesis of Volcker, an unrepentant exponent of conservative, sound money theory who advocated making zero inflation a national goal. He eventually left the Cleveland Fed to become president of the solid Huntington Bank in Columbus, which interestingly was among the last institutions to approve new bank loans for Chrysler in 1992.

In the 1990s, Hoskins and other free market exponents believed that ill-managed banks should be allowed to fail and that federal deposit insurance was hurting rather than protecting the financial system by allowing banks to take excessive risks that were in effect subsidized by the American taxpayer. Dr. Shelton agrees with these views. But this perspective, which represented mainstream American economic thought before the New Deal, is at odds with the Volcker view of avoiding “systemic risk” via public subsidies for large banks and other more generalized types of government intervention in the marketplace.

Dr. Shelton represents a breath of fresh air in an institution that for too long has been in the grip of a strange, neo-Keynesian, socialist tendency that is far from the American mainstream. The malady affecting the Fed today is its consistency in following failed policies such as “quantitative easing” and other types of direct market intervention. The unwarranted and poorly argued attacks on Dr. Judy Shelton are typical of the faulty reasoning and intellectual bias that seems to infect the media and Congress, particularly the Republicans, on the topic of Fed independence.

Members of the Senate, for example, take issue with the fact that Dr. Shelton might change her mind after considering new data. The bigger issue—and as someone who worked at the Fed of New York during the Volcker and Corrigan eras, I can speak from first-hand experience—is that conservative views on matters of money and political economy remain unwelcome.

So bravo to President Trump for nominating an intelligent and thoughtful conservative woman to the Fed Board of Governors. And shame on the media and Senators Richard Shelby and Pat Toomey for not defending this courageous lady. When asked to respond to written questions for this article, neither Toomey nor Shelby responded. Is this really the same Pat Toomey who chaired the Club for Growth? Why does he now believe that a candidate for the Fed cannot have views that diverge from the mainstream?

In the world of central banking and economics, the tyranny of the consensus has become unbearable. The world is currently held hostage by a group of unelected central bankers who have decided that they must save the world from deflation via hyperinflation and open market purchases of private stocks and bonds. Despite the accumulating evidence that these policies are not helpful and may in fact be damaging to the global economy, no dissent from the Fed’s monetary gospel is tolerated—even by Republicans, who in theory should know better.

Christopher Whalen is an investment banker and chairman of Whalen Global Advisors LLC. He is the author of three books, including Ford Men: From Inspiration to Enterprise (2017) and Inflated: How Money and Debt Built the American Dream (2010)He edits The Institutional Risk Analyst, and appears regularly on such media outlets as CNBC, Bloomberg, Fox News, and Business News Network. Follow him on Twitter @rcwhalen.

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Farming Isn’t an Information Age Skill

Hwilc pe gepuht betwux woruld crœftas heoldan ealdordom?
Eorptilp, forpam se yrpling us ealle fett.

 [Master] Which do you think, amongst the world-crafts, holds the most authority?

[Pupil] Agriculture, for the farm feeds us all.

— Œlfric’s Colloqy

There’s an art to making hay.

When executed properly, haymaking enables farmers to feed animals with the nutrients of preserved grass through cold winters. My great-grandfather, like many farmers of his time, used to cut and stack hay with horsepower and human hands.

Knowing when to cut the hay was the first of his considerations. Protein and energy concentration in the grass often declines as the plants mature, and so waiting too long can result in less nutrition. “[O]ld-timers used to talk about cutting hay around the Fourth of July,” Farming Magazine notes, “when they said, ‘it was stout and had some bottom to it.’”

After my great-grandfather cut his hay crop, he would “ted” it (fluffing it, thus allowing air and sun to dry its undersurface), and then gather it into “windrows”—long rows of cut hay, left to dry in the field. Weather is another important consideration for haymaking: hot weather helps the hay cure quickly, but rain can ruin the drying process. Experienced farmers know when hay is ready to be stored by its feel alone. I’ve watched a farmer out in his field, sifting through the cut grass, gauging its readiness.

Back before modern machinery simplified the process, farmhands and neighboring farmers used pitchforks to gather the dried hay onto a “slip.” They would attach a sling full of hay to the cable of a “hay derrick,” a hoisting apparatus that lifted it up to the barn loft. There, my great-grandfather would tightly stack the loose hay. Stacking was a crucial skill, and required a great deal of expertise: if the farmer didn’t arrange and compress it properly, the hay could get moldy.

The entire process requires acumen, savvy, and hard-earned wisdom. It was, in the old-fashioned sense, a “craft”—indeed, as Alexander Langlands puts it in his book Crœft: An Inquiry into the Origins and True Meaning of Traditional Crafts, agriculture is the “most fundamental of crafts.”

But many moderns know nothing of the savvy and skill required to execute just one of the many tasks that occupy a farmer. This was abundantly clear in a speech given by former New York City mayor (and now presidential hopeful) Michael Bloomberg. In it, he describes farming thus: “I could teach anybody, even people in this room, to be a farmer. It’s a process. You dig a hole, you put a seed in, you put dirt on top, add water, up comes the corn.”

In its surrounding context, Bloomberg is attempting to describe our supposed “progress” from an agrarian to an industrial society, and finally to today’s information economy. In his telling, human society has continued to advance—and the work of today’s “information worker” is far more skilled and intellectually demanding than the aforementioned putting a seed in the ground. “[T]he skill sets that you have to learn are how to think and analyze,” Bloomberg says. “And that’s a whole degree level different. You have to have a different skill set, you have to have a lot more gray matter.”

Bloomberg’s comments stirred the ire of many farmers and farm advocates, who protest (correctly) that he knows nothing of the intellectual difficulties and demands of farming. But interestingly, many responded to the video not by arguing for the dignity of farming in its ancient and modern methodologies but rather by arguing that farmers are information technology workers, too.

One responder to the video said, “The man has no clue how much information and technology goes into agriculture and skilled trades careers. Humans flipped from 98% to less than 2% agricultural in a couple of centuries for a reason.”

Dairy farmer Sarah Lloyd said in a Journal Sentinel review, “We have people here in the Midwest working really hard in high-tech areas across the economy. Come visit us in Wisconsin, is what I would say.”

These responses are woefully insufficient, because they are at root agreeing with Bloomberg’s designation of the ancient manual labor aspects of agriculture as backward or intellectually undemanding. This simply is not the case. If anything, agriculture—like many industries impacted by the rise of more sophisticated technology—has lost some (though assuredly not all) of its craftsmanship over time, because the skills we humans once completed ourselves are now automatically performed for us.

Consider, then, the farmer planting a seed in the soil.

Prior to the tractor that planted seeds in perfect rows via GPS systems, the farmer’s ability to perform this simple act was predicated on a variety of things: first and foremost, his or her knowledge of the soil. As Langlands puts it, “The baseline craft of farming, the foundation on which all rural crafts are built, is undoubtedly that of digging; understanding the soil, how it behaves, how it gives life, and the expense in energy needed to work it.” Farmers had to know the health and fertility of the ground prior to planting seeds in it. They had to study its intricacies, measure its acidity, and know the amount of humus, clay, or sand it might contain.

Farmers were also responsible for a wide variety of equipment, which—prior to the growing stringency of modern copyright laws—they repaired and maintained by themselves. They were responsible for teams of horses, which required training and care. They had to know their seeds: when they ought to be planted, how deep and how closely together, whether they would increase or draw nutrients from the ground.

And farmers did not usually plant just one crop in their fields. Monocropping is a rather modern invention, enabled by our use of fertilizers, herbicides, and pesticides. Before such items were available, farmers used diversification, crop rotation, and grazing in order to preserve soil fertility, keep yields high, and hold weeds and pests at bay.

Langlands notes that in Exmoor, a region he has studied as an archaeologist, “A remarkable seven-course rotation seems to have promoted cycles of wheat, barlet and legumes interspersed with years of grassland pasture. In this system, if the fertility of the soil was in question, perhaps because of poor yields, a field could be reverted to grassland and grazed by livestock…in years of corn surpluses, for example, a greater number of fields could be put down to grass for grazing, and for longer periods. This would allow the farmer to build fertility for future years in what we might consider today a form of investment.”

Many farmers, in our own time, are re-adopting these ancient methods of crop rotation, cover cropping, and rotational grazing—suggesting that perhaps Bloomberg is wrong in his assumption that all the changes of the past millennia are inherently good. Many in the agricultural industry are realizing that there is indeed an ancient wisdom to the practices of indigenous and peasant farmers, ancient sheepherders, and cattle grazers. They suggest that perhaps, in our widespread embrace of technology, there are some forms of wisdom we have lost.

The skills of a farmer would take pages to write down. Their practices used to include fleecing, milking, butchering, curing, drying, swathing, pond-making, beekeeping, and horsemanship. Today’s farmers must still build an enormous knowledge of horticulture, animal husbandry, meteorology, and soil science. Many of them know how to care for a cow with mastitis, how to help birth a lamb, and, yes, how to tell if hay is ready for baling simply by its “feel.” Farmers in my state, which is in the arid West, must know how to irrigate, a discipline that requires intricate knowledge of the soil, evaporation levels, the technology and equipment involved, and more. They must know how to handle and maintain huge, complex pieces of equipment. They must determine what to grow in what years, and where, and how to make a profit off their crops (no mean feat in this time of trade wars and low commodity prices).

I have been interviewing farmers and writing about agriculture for nearly seven years now. Every year, I grow more intimidated by the amount of work and skill required to be a farmer. Michael Bloomberg has probably never heard of a “steckling,” has no idea the work and skill required to grow a biennial crop. He has not studied the various grazing methodologies—continuous grazing, mob grazing, rotational grazing, strip grazing, creep grazing, and multi-species grazing­—that farmers and ranchers debate, study, and implement.

But Bloomberg’s dismissal is part and parcel of our culture’s disdain for manual labor or “blue-collar work.” Matthew Crawford captures this disdain well in his book Shop Class as Soulcraft: in the 20th century, the “intrinsic satisfactions” of various forms of manual work were “degraded by automation.” Henry Ford’s assembly line served to sever “the cognitive aspects of manual work from its physical execution. Such a partition of thinking from doing has bequeathed us the dichotomy of white collar versus blue collar, corresponding to mental versus manual.”

But this dichotomy falls prey to two big errors, Crawford argues: “First, it assumes that all blue-collar work is as mindless as assembly line work, and second, that white-collar work is still recognizably mental in character. Yet there is evidence to suggest that the new frontier of capitalism lies in doing to office work what was previously done to factory work: draining it of its cognitive elements. Paradoxically, educators who would steer students toward cognitively rich work might do this best by rehabilitating the manual trades, based on a firmer grasp of what such work is really like.”

In our own time, Crawford writes, parents still don’t want their children to become plumbers, because they still accept this dichotomy. Even though a plumber commands a good deal of knowledge and wisdom (and can charge a good deal of money) in the execution of his or her craft, he still faces a cultural condescension (as does the farmer) that we must reckon with in our time.

“Skilled manual labor entails a systematic encounter with the material world, precisely the kind of encounter that gives rise to natural science,” Crawford suggests. “From its earliest practice, craft knowledge has entailed knowledge of the ‘ways’ of one’s materials—that is, knowledge of their nature, acquired through disciplined perception.”

Langlands argues similarly in his book, suggesting that our abandonment of manual, physical crafts has weakened our understanding of the world, led to a harmfully consumptive society, and cheapened the vital connection between body and mind captured so beautifully in the old-fashioned crœfts. “We have become detached from making, and it isn’t a good state for us to be in,” he argues.

According to Langlands and Crawford, having only 2 percent of the American workforce on the farm is not a net benefit of the information economy—it’s a bug. It signifies a loss of connection between the consumers of food and the makers of it. Only this kind of a widespread disconnect could lead a politician like Bloomberg to display such complete ignorance of both the ancient and modern workings of the farm. Our understanding of intellect and knowledge was once a deeply embodied thing, a principle that was not just tied to a computer or code, but to the very pragmatic workings of wood species and soil types, “the right angle, the plumb, and the level,” weft and warp, shoe and harness, seed and sward.

We should not view the past through the lens of snobbishness or disdain. Rather we should seek to understand and appreciate the skill and artistry of manual labor. As Crawford suggests, we should “publicly recognize a yeoman aristocracy: those who gain real knowledge of things, the sort we all depend on every day.” It is this sort of humble respect for craft that undergirds a healthy society—and signals a wise politician.

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Box Office: 'Sonic' #1 Again, 'The Call of the Wild' Opens with $24M

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The hedgehog edged the sled dog by a nose at the box office.

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This image released by Paramount Pictures shows Sonic, voiced by Ben Schwartz, in a scene from "Sonic the Hedgehog ." (Paramount Pictures/Sega of America via AP)

Police: Body Found Hanging from Tree in NYC's Central Park

The body of a man was found hanging from a tree in New York City's Central Park in an apparent suicide early Sunday morning, police said.

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A woman leans on a tree in Central Park as New Yorkers and tourist take advantage of the unusually warm weather for winter in the city on January 8, 2013. Temperatures are expected to reach the upper 50's over the weekend. AFP PHOTO/TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP via Getty Images)

'That Was a Great Fight': Trump Says He May Invite Fury and Wilder to the White House

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WATCH: Patriotic FedEx Driver Picks Up, Folds Downed American Flag

A FedEx driver in Freehold Township, New Jersey, is being praised for his quiet act of patriotism that took place February 7.

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Anonymous Donor Pays Off Mortgage for Cat Rescue

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Tammy Nemec and her 80 rescue cats were on the brink of homelessness when their lease ran out at their former rental home. Then the community and a Good Samaritan stepped in and turned things around.

VIDEO: Soldier Deployed in Iraq Helps Police Catch Burglary Suspects

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Weekend Caption Contest™ Winners Week of February 21, 2020

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Rep. Collins on push for FISA reform: 'We need to restore the American people's trust in it'

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Fans will pack Staples Center Monday to honor Kobe Bryant and his daughter

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White House: Net Neutrality Repeal Raises Annual Incomes by $50 Billion

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After a meeting voting to end net neutrality, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai smiles while listening to a question from a reporter, Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Calm Down, Grenell Is a Strong Choice

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UK taxpayers pay $155 million to fund “Palestinian” schools teaching jihad and calling for murder of Jews

UK taxpayers pay $155 million to fund “Palestinian” schools teaching jihad and calling for murder of Jews
What an incredible scam the “Palestinians” have perpetrated upon the world. Find out just how deep it goes, and how successful it has been, in The Palestinian Delusion. “Jihadi textbooks in schools funded by £100 million of OUR cash as foreign aid goes on science material that teaches physics in Palestine by showing a slingshot […]

White House: Drug Prices Dropped 11 Percent Under Trump

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U.S. President Donald Trump gives a thumbs up as he walks toward Marine One while departing from the White House on May 16, 2019 in Washington, DC. President Trump is traveling to New York to attend a fundraiser. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

U.S. President Donald Trump gives a thumbs up as he walks toward Marine One while departing from the White House on May 16, 2019 in Washington, DC. President Trump is traveling to New York to attend a fundraiser.   (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

David Frum: Fat Trump 'Can’t Pick Up a Ball, Never Mind Throw It'

By: Pam Key · Pam Key
David Frum, a writer and editor for The Atlantic, said on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” Sunday that President Donald Trump was “the fattest presidents ever.” Frum said, “One of the things Donald Trump tried to spread in 2016 was the idea

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Tennessee doctor convicted in region’s first ‘Opioid Strike Force Takedown’

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St. Louis shooting leaves 6-year-old boy dead and 9-year-old girl critically injured

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Buttigieg flags 'irregularities' in Nevada caucuses, but state party pushes back

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MSNBC Suggests FBI Should Track Young White Men Online, Radicalize Them, Provide Resources for Creating Explosives, Then Arrest Them

In a shocking segment, MSNBC’s Katy Tur suggested that the FBI should be tracking young white men online to radicalize them, provide resources for creating explosives, and then arrest them.

Tur was comparing young white men to ISIS terrorists in an interview with Frank Figliuzzi, the former Assistant Director for Counterintelligence at the FBI.

Just MSNBC suggesting the FBI should be tracking young white men online to radicalize them, provide resources for creating explosives, and then arrest them. pic.twitter.com/6xq60MZNT1

— zyntrax (@zyntrax) February 23, 2020

“When you’re looking at ISIS or you’re looking at radical Islamic terrorism, I covered a number of stories where the FBI would track young kids or young men and they would talk to them online and say ‘you know, here’s how you build a bomb,’ or ‘here’s where you get your bomb making materials,’ and they track that person as that person radicalized and then arrested them before they could do anything bad,” Tur said. “Why is the same not being done for white extremists or is the same being done and we just don’t know about it?”

Figliuzzi responded that it is “time to ask that question” and to “wrestle with it” because politics “does enter in.” He then mocked people who would defend the First Amendment and claim that this is the act of “thought police.”

New Jersey’s annual Terrorism Threat Assessment report, released Friday, raised the threat of “white supremacists” higher than ISIS or al Qaeda.

The network seems to believe that everyone who does not support Democrat establishment candidates is a dangerous racist — not only if you are right-wing, but even if they are leftists.

MSNBC recently claimed that “racist liberal whites” support Democratic socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders. Contributor Jason Johnson made the charge last week during an interview on SiriusXM radio.

“I do find it fascinating that racist, liberal whites seem to love them some Bernie Sanders. [They] consistently and always have a problem with any person of color who doesn’t want to follow the orthodoxy of their lord and savior, Bernie Sanders. The man cares nothing for intersectionality. I don’t care how many people from the island of misfit black girls you throw out there to defend you on a regular basis, it doesn’t mean your campaign is serious,” Johnson said.

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Matthews: Sanders Win in Nevada Is Like France Falling to the Nazis

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Nigeria: Muslims attack Christian villages, murder 32, burn down four churches

Nigeria: Muslims attack Christian villages, murder 32, burn down four churches
Will the Islamophobia never end? “At Least 32 Christians Killed in Nigeria,” International Christian Concern, February 18, 2020: 02/18/2020 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that Fulani militants attacked three Christian villages in Bokkos Local Government Area of Plateau State, Nigeria on January 26 and 27. During this attack, […]

YouGov Poll: Majority Expects Trump to Be Re-elected

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CNN's Avlon: Trump Shows 'Profoundly Racist' Nostalgia by Touting 'Gone with the Wind'

On Sunday's Reliable Sources, fill-in host John Avlon showed a clip of President Trump at a rally in Colorado mocking the awarding of Best Picture to the South Korean film Parasite. He uncorked a smug little 45-second commentary mocking Trump for touting Gone With the Wind, which is "profoundly racist by today's standards." Avlon also suggested the president is somehow like a "washed-up movie star who loses touch with reality."

Fact Check: Experts Unconvinced Russia Hacked Burisma to Harm Joe Biden

Amid the latest claims that Russia is meddling in the 2020 campaign, a charge from last month has been recirculating in the news media in recent days that the Russian are working to damage Joe Biden’s presidential bid.

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Former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter golfing in the Hamptons with Devon Archer, who served on the board of the Ukrainian natural gas company Burisma Holdings with Hunter.

Tyson Fury stops Deontay Wilder in seventh round of WBC heavyweight title rematch

Tyson Fury stopped Deontay Wilder in the seventh round of their heavyweight rematch in Las Vegas Saturday to claim the WBC version of the world title.

Woman Delivers Her Own Baby, Saves Truck Driver from Fire Days Later

A woman who delivered her own baby in the emergency room on Monday wound up saving a truck driver's life from a fire on Thursday, just days after she gave birth.

A tanker overturned and caught on fire in the intersection of I-465 and I-70 on Indianapolis' east side on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020.

A tanker overturned and caught on fire in the intersection of I-465 and I-70 on Indianapolis' east side on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020.

U.S. Marines Raised American Flag During Battle for Iwo Jima on This Day in 1945

United States Marines raised the American flag atop Mount Suribachi during the battle for Iwo Jima on this day in 1945. 

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FILE - In this Feb 23, 1945 file photo, U.S. Marines of the 28th Regiment, 5th Division, raise the American flag atop Mt. Suribachi, Iwo Jima, Japan. After acknowledging they misidentified some of the men shown in an iconic image raising the U.S. flag at Iwo Jima during World War II, the Marines said Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016, they were also mistaken in listing the names of those who raised an earlier flag amid intense fighting on the island. (AP Photo/Joe Rosenthal, File)

Democrat Antonio Delgado Disparages Trump's 'Inhumane' Immigration Policies

Rep. Antonio Delgado (D-NY) decried President Donald Trump's immigration policies as "inhumane" and xenophobic, according to a report released Saturday.

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Democrat Antonio Delgado speaks after it was announced that he defeated incumbent Republican John Faso at a democratic watch party in Kingston, N.Y., Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Ohio Market Owners Accused of $10 Million Food Stamp Fraud

Two former Somali specialty market owners in Columbus, Ohio, are facing more than $10 million in food stamp fraud charges, authorities say.

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Two former Somali specialty market owners in Columbus, Ohio, are facing more than $10 million in food stamp fraud charges, authorities say.

VIDEO: Elderly Couple Rescued After Getting Lost in Woods, Surviving on Puddle Water

An elderly couple was rescued Saturday after they became lost while hiking in Marin County, California, on Valentine's Day.

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Maryland High School Teacher Compares Donald Trump to Nazis and Communists

A history teacher at Loch Haven High School in Towson, Maryland, has come under scrutiny over a classroom lecture that compared President Donald Trump to the German Nazi Party and the communists of the Soviet Union.

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NEW YORK, NY - JULY 26: Dozens of protesters gather in Times Square near a military recruitment center to show their anger at President Donald Trump's decision to reinstate a ban on transgender individuals from serving in the military on July 26, 2017 in New York City. Trump citied the "tremendous medical costs and disruption" for his decision. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Daredevil Mike Hughes Dies in Rocket Crash While Filming Science Channel Series

BARSTOW, Calif. — A self-styled daredevil died Saturday after a rocket in which he launched himself crashed into the ground, a colleague and a witness said.

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FILE - In this March 6, 2018, file photo, "Mad" Mike Hughes reacts after the decision to scrub another launch attempt of his rocket near Amboy, Calif. The self-styled daredevil died Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020, after a rocket in which he launched himself crashed into the ground, a colleague and a witness said. (James Quigg/Daily Press via AP, File)

Dick Morris: 'Bernie Will Get Massacred by Trump'

By: Pam Key · Pam Key
Former Bill Clinton adviser Dick Morris said on 970 AM New York City’s "The Cats Roundtable" that Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) "will get massacred" in 2020 by President Donald Trump.

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Former Bill Clinton adviser Dick Morris said on 970 AM New York City’s "The Cats Roundtable" that Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) "will get massacred" in 2020 by President Donald Trump.

Dick Morris: Hillary Clinton Will Get the Nomination in a Brokered Convention

By: Pam Key · Pam Key
Former Bill Clinton adviser Dick Morris predicted on 970 AM New York City's "The Cats Roundtable" that failed 2016 candidate Hillary Clinton can take the Democratic nomination at a brokered convention.

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Biden claims Russian bots were attacking him on Facebook

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Ryan Newman confirms Daytona 500 crash gave him head injury

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Buttigieg campaign calls on Nevada Democrats to address alleged irregularities in caucuses

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California man who drove away from scene of woman's 'suspicious' death detained after slow-speed chase

A California man has been detained after driving away from the scene where police were investigating a woman's “suspicious” death and setting off a slow-speed chase, investigators said Saturday.

How Bernie Sanders Dominated in Nevada

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How Bernie Sanders Dominated in Nevada

Mike Bloomberg, American Julianus

I see that Mike Bloomberg is angling to become the Didius Julianus of our day. Historians refer to 193 A.D. as the Year of the Five Emperors. Julianus became the second contestant in that sweepst...

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Ruling Class, Not Russia, Is Attacking Our Democratic System

Our democratic system is in fact under attack. That much is true. But it's not the Russians who are attacking it. It's not even the Chinese. It's being attacked by our own ruling class. They're undermining democracy because they have no choice.

Ruling Class, Not Russia, Is Attacking Our Democratic System

How the Good War Went Bad

Winning in Afghanistan was always going to be difficult, but avoidable errors have made it impossible.

How the Good War Went Bad

We Must Spend Heavily on Green New Deal, Medicare for All

Facing existential challenges, we must spend heavily on a Green New Deal, Medicare for All and similar plans

We Must Spend Heavily on Green New Deal, Medicare for All

Our Founders Didn't Intend for Pardons to Work Like This

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Our Founders Didn’t Intend for Pardons to Work Like This

Pete Buttigieg Gives Advice to a Prepubescent 9-Year-Old Boy About How To Come Out As Gay

Mayor Pete Buttigieg gave advice on coming out as gay to a nine-year-old child in Denver during a campaign stop on Saturday night.

Surely this prepubescent child did this on his own, without the prompting of his parents — we’re expected to believe that, anyways.

“Thank you for being so brave,” the child asked in a question, which was read by Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold. “Would you help me tell the world I’m gay, too? I want to be brave like you.”

Buttigieg told the child, Zachary Ro, that it didn’t seem like he needed advice on bravery, since he said it in a room full of people.

Powerful moment (better audio): 9 year old Zachary Ro of Lone Tree asks @PeteButtigieg how he can be brave and tell people he is gay too pic.twitter.com/1aUbYM8cDM

— Joe St. George (@JoeStGeorge) February 23, 2020

“I don’t think you need a lot of advice from me on bravery, you seem pretty strong,” Buttigieg said. “It took me a long time to figure out how to tell even my best friend that I was gay, let alone go out there and tell the world. And to see you willing to come to terms with you who you are in a room full of thousands of people you never met, that’s really something.”

“Let me tell you a couple things that might be useful. The first thing is that it won’t always be easy, but that’s okay because you know who you are and that’s really important because when you know who you are you have a center of gravity that can hold you together when all kinds of chaos is happening around you,” Buttigieg added.

The candidate continued on to say that “the second thing I want you to know is that you will never know who’s taking their lead from you, who’s watching you and deciding that they can be a little braver because you have been brave.”

The audience then broke out into a chant of “love is love,” according to a report from the Colorado Sun.

“It was exciting, and I felt really happy,” Zachary told the Sun after the rally. “I was glad I was able to tell everyone in the audience that I’m gay.”

The campaign claims that his question was picked from a bowl of them submitted by attendees at random.

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NYC: Muslim accused of killing 8 in vehicular jihad says of jail officer that he’ll “cut this animal head off”

NYC: Muslim accused of killing 8 in vehicular jihad says of jail officer that he’ll “cut this animal head off”
“Saipov later told the jail’s disciplinary committee he had told the officer that if he dared to open his cell, in two minutes ‘other guys will be picking up your dead body,’ and that he wanted to ‘cut this animal head off,’ prosecutors said.” Where did he get these ideas? “When you meet the unbelievers, […]

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Has Bernie Sanders ever lavished the kind of praise on the United States that he has heaped on the old regime of the Soviet Union, the dictators of Venezuela, or the Communist masters of Cuba? Has he ever praised the United States, period? When it comes to the United States versus its enemies, the guy is on the other side. It’s probably past time to take Sanders seriously and take a look at the kind of foreign policy he is most likely to pursue. It is certainly past time to get a clue about the deep meaning of Bernie Sanders.

AEI’s Marc Thiessen and Danielle Pletka take up the subject of a Sanders foreign policy in their latest What the Hell is Going On? podcast (embedded below). They title this episode “WTH is going on with Bernie Sanders? What having a democratic socialist as president would mean for American leadership abroad” and provide this introduction:

After visiting Moscow in 1988, Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders praised the Soviet system and established a sister city relationship with his hometown of Burlington, Vermont. Throughout his time in office, Sanders regularly hobnobbed with and supported Communist, anti-American and anti-Israel leaders.

The Washington Post’s [Global Opinions columnist] Josh Rogin joined the podcast to discuss Sanders’ foreign policy record and what having a democratic socialist as president would mean for American leadership abroad. He also touches on the broader Democratic field, explaining how their proposed national security policies differ from those of Donald Trump.

Sanders’s 1988 honeymoon trip to the Soviet Union in fact included stops in Moscow, Leningrad, and Yaroslavl. Looking back at Sanders’s trip last year in the Washington Post, Michael Kranish reported: “Returning to Vermont, Sanders held an hour-long news conference in which he extolled Russian policies on housing and health care, while criticizing the cost of both in the United States — and boasted that he was willing to criticize his homeland.”

Kranish’s account concludes:

Sanders, meanwhile, was so enthused by the trip that he soon began planning his next foreign venture: a visit to Cuba the following year, during his last month as mayor.

“Under Castro, enormous progress has been made in improving the lives of poor people,” Sanders said before leaving, while noting “enormous deficiencies” in democratic rights. While he failed in his goal to meet Fidel Castro, he returned home with even greater praise than he had for the Soviet Union.

“I did not see a hungry child. I did not see any homeless people,” Sanders told the Burlington Free Press. While Cuba was “not a perfect society,” he said, the country “not only has free health care but very high-quality health care . . . The revolution there is far deeper and more profound than I understood it to be. It really is a revolution in terms of values.”

AEI has posted a transcript of the podcast here. I have taken the heading of this post from a comment made by Danielle Pletka deep into the podcast. There is lots to disagree with here — the participants disagree among themselves — but it’s time to take up the subject.

The Trump Show: Welcome to Season Four!

(Steven Hayward)

So, I’ll have to admit—Bernie Sanders becoming the (almost certain) Democratic nominee is not the plot twist I was expecting for Season 4 of the Trump Show. And with Trump departing shortly for India, where I predict he will be very popular, some genius meme maker offers us this pick-me-up:

Nassar victim slams University of Michigan for 'choosing corruption' in response to 'Doctor Drop Your Drawers' case

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Trump suggests 'calling Bob Mueller' after Sanders win following Russia report

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Rep. Ratcliffe on Russia reportedly trying to interfere with 2020 election: Dems 'leaked information that’s not accurate'

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Woman Forcibly Removed From Sanders Event After Asking If Democratic Socialist Will Give Up ‘Your Planes’

“Never trust a socialist with a summer house.” — Colin Quinn

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For a socialist, Sen. Bernie Sanders is doing pretty darn well. He’s a millionaire, he’s got three houses (including a lakefront home with an acre of frontage), and he loves his private jets.

Oh, but don’t ever — ever — ask Bernie about his 1 Percent status.

On Saturday, a woman tried to do just that — and she got forcibly removed from a campaign event in San Antonio, Texas.

The woman — who was wearing a Trump shirt — shouted repeatedly at Sanders about his jet travel, even as he droned on about climate change (Sanders supports a policy being pushed by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez called the “Green New Deal,” which would cost an estimated $93 trillion over 10 years).

“Are you going to give up your planes? Your jets! You’re a hypocrite! Are you going to give away your jets?” the woman, identified by InfoWars as Martha Doss of activist group Just Another Channel, shouted to Sanders.

Outside of the venue, Doss explained that she wanted to highlight Sanders’ hypocrisy on climate change.

I was just saying if he was going to give away his jets, his planes, if he’s going to give them away, because he’s a hypocrite talking about climate change. He’s such a hypocrite,” she said. “He talks about climate change, I’m wondering if he’s going to give up his jets. How did he get here? He probably got here by a plane.”

When Bernie’s not at one of his three house or in first class, he’s flying in private jets.

“Bernie Sanders spent more on private jet travel in three months than his closest competitors in the Democratic presidential race,” the Washington Examiner reported.

“Federal Election Commission filings that the presidential campaigns submitted on Friday for October through December reveal that the socialist Vermont senator’s campaign spent $1.2 million on private air travel through charter flight companies Advanced Aviation Team and Apollo Jets.”

Sanders, apparently not a fan of the hoi polloi, has a long history of flying on private jets. In a single month in 2018, he forked out nearly $300,000 flying around on private jets.

“According to federal campaign finance reports, Friends of Bernie Sanders, the senator’s official 2018 Senate campaign committee, spent $297,685.50 with Apollo Jets, a private charter jet service headquartered in New York,” the website VtDigger.com reported. “The report does not break down the number of trips or where they were taken. The check was issued on Oct. 10, according to the report.”

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Buttigieg Campaign Says Nevada Caucus Was ‘Plagued With Errors and Inconsistencies’ After He Loses

The Pete Buttigieg campaign is raising alarms about the Nevada caucuses, saying that it was “plagued with errors and inconsistencies” after he lost.

Buttigieg was far less concerned about the massive irregularities in Iowa, where he claimed victory despite there still not being full results returned.

The Associated Press reports that the campaign sent a letter to the Nevada State Democratic Party on Saturday evening saying that the process of integrating four days of early voting into in-person caucuses held Saturday was “plagued with errors and inconsistencies.”

The letter claims that there was more than 200 reports of problems allocating votes. One of the biggest issues, they claim, is that the people who were running the caucuses did not appear to follow rules that might have allowed candidates to pick up more support during a second round of voting.

Buttigieg’s campaign is now calling for the party to “release more detail of the votes and address concerns before releasing final results,” according to the AP report.

Sanders won the Nevada caucuses by a clear landslide, with Joe Biden coming in second and Buttigieg placing in third.

“Buttigieg’s deputy campaign manager Hari Sevugan says in a statement that the campaign’s own data shows a ‘razor thin’ margin for second place and questioned whether the ‘irregularities and a number of unresolved questions’ could change the final results,” AP reports.

Following his loss, Buttigieg gave a speech warning against the party nominating Senator Sanders.

“Sen. Sanders, on the other hand, is ignoring, dismissing, or even attacking the very Democrats we absolutely must send to Capitol Hill in order to keep Nancy Pelosi as Speaker, in order to support judges who respect privacy and democracy, and in order to send Mitch McConnell into retirement. Let’s listen to what those voices are telling us,” Buttigieg said during his speech.

Buttigieg accused Sanders of promoting pie-in-the-sky ideological purity that would lead the party to lose in 2020.

“That is the choice before us: We can prioritize either ideological purity or inclusive victory. We can either call people names online or we can call them into our movement. We can either tighten a narrow and hardcore base or open the tent to a new, broad, big-hearted American coalition,” Buttigieg said.

Sanders is now expected to overtake Buttigieg in the delegate count.

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CNN Hysteria: Memes Drive ‘Voter Suppression,’ Are All Russian Ops

Though the segment blew up on Twitter because The Atlantic’s David Frum described President Trump as so “physically capable” that he couldn’t “pick up a ball,” the arguably more ridiculous part of that Sunday’s so-called “Reliable Sources” segment was when fill-in host John Avlon led the panel in a mini-freak-out about memes. Together, they claimed memes were responsible for voter suppression and were all part of a Russia election interference scheme.

MSNBC’s Matthews Faces Calls To Resign After Comparing Sanders Victory To Nazi Invasion

MSNBC’s Chris Matthews is being called on to resign from his nightly hosting gig after comparing Sen. Bernie Sanders’s win in the Nevada caucuses to the Nazi invasion of France in 1940.

“I was reading last night about the fall of France in the summer of 1940,” Matthews said during MSNBC’s live coverage of the caucuses on Saturday. “And the general, Reynaud, calls up Churchill and says, ‘It’s over.’ And Churchill says, ‘How can that be? You’ve got the greatest army in Europe. How can it be over?’ He said, ‘It’s over.'”

What the …?

Surprisingly, the analogy did not go over well, especially with Sen. Bernie Sanders, who is Jewish and had most of his family killed in the Holocaust.

“[N]ever thought part of my job would be pleading with a national news network to stop likening the campaign of a jewish presidential candidate whose family was wiped out by the nazis to the third reich,” Mike Casca, who serves as Sanders’s 2020 communications director, wrote on Twitter.

never thought part of my job would be pleading with a national news network to stop likening the campaign of a jewish presidential candidate whose family was wiped out by the nazis to the third reich.

but here we are. https://t.co/2G1bqZ6bkI

— mike casca (@cascamike) February 22, 2020

Others quickly piled on with the hashtag #FireChrisMatthews.

“Chris Matthews just compared Bernie Sanders, a Jewish man whose relatives were killed by the Nazis, to the Nazi army. He should be fired immediately. #FireChrisMatthews,” wrote one person on Twitter.

Chris Matthews just compared Bernie Sanders, a Jewish man whose relatives were killed by the Nazis, to the Nazi army. He should be fired immediately. #FireChrisMatthews https://t.co/Z6irGFuXK4

— Krishan Patel (@IAmKrishanPatel) February 22, 2020

“For once, I’m not being sarcastic here. I’m dead serious,” wrote another. “I’m really, really insulted by a major pundit on an allegedly liberal news network comparing a Jewish candidate’s overwhelming caucus victory to the French losing a battle with the Nazis.”

For once, I'm not being sarcastic here. I'm dead serious.

I'm really, really insulted by a major pundit on an allegedly liberal news network comparing a Jewish candidate's overwhelming caucus victory to the French losing a battle with the Nazis.

Get this lunatic off the air. https://t.co/HZXWl3ceS7

— Alex Kotch (@alexkotch) February 22, 2020

“Chris Mathews has been generous to me on a number of occasions, even blurbing my book. However, his constant references to political violence and today Nazism to describe Bernie Sanders campaign is beyond the pale. @HardballChris must resign or be fired from @MSNBC,” wrote another.

Chris Mathews has been generous to me on a number of occasions, even blurbing my book. However, his constant references to political violence and today Nazism to describe Bernie Sanders campaign is beyond the pale. @HardballChris must resign or be fired from @MSNBC.

— Arun Chaudhary (@ArunChaud) February 22, 2020

HuffPost’s Yashar Ali, also jumped in. “Probably true but there are a million other ways he could have made his point that don’t involve the holocaust.”

Probably true but there are a million other ways he could have made his point that don’t involve the holocaust https://t.co/14fFnuPBnt

— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) February 22, 2020

Said journalist Walker Bragman: “@HardballChris just compared Bernie Sanders and his movement to Hitler and the Nazis on national television. Sanders, who is Jewish and lost family in the Holocaust, is on track to be the nation’s first Jewish president. Enough with this. Matthews should not be on the air.”

.@HardballChris just compared Bernie Sanders and his movement to Hitler and the Nazis on national television.

Sanders, who is Jewish and lost family in the Holocaust, is on track to be the nation's first Jewish president.

Enough with this. Matthews should not be on the air. https://t.co/TBC9bOmdfa

— Walker Bragman (@WalkerBragman) February 22, 2020

Marie Harf Says Chris Matthews Should ‘Personally Apologize to Bernie Sanders’: Comments Out of Bounds

But never fear. Matthews, who famously got a thrill up his leg just listening to Barack Obama, is a card-carrying leftie. The whole mess will blow over quickly and Matthews will be just fine.

Lefties always get away with hateful speech.

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“She’s the Jeremy Corbyn of America… She’s So Boldly Saying They Want These Lunatic Policies” – Candace Owens DUNKS on Socialist Darling AOC (Video)

Conservative favorite Candace Owens joined Maria Bartiromo on Sunday Morning Futures earlier today.

Candace defended President Trump’s stellar economic record with minority communities and urged President Trump to continue his tweeting.

And she ended her segment with her perfect analysis of the current state of the Democrat Party.

Candace Owens: I appreciate people like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. People can hate her but thank goodness for her! She is the Jeremy Corbyn of America. Someone who boldly will outright say what they are after. Before I feel like the Democrats and the Socialists were good at hiding what they wanted. They want to steal your money. They were good at hiding that messaging. So they seemed much more normal. But she’s so boldly saying that they want these lunatic policies. Bernie Sanders is boldly out in the front saying, “Here’s what we’re going to do. You’re not going to have your private healthcare. We’re going to socialize healthcare.”

It’s thanks to that that the Democrat Party is now effectively splintered. There’s no way forward. The moderate Democrats are not going to get behind Bernie Sanders. That’s common sense. The socialist Democrats are not going to stand behind Mike Bloomberg. You think the socialists sat around complaining about a white billionaire from New York are going to get behind a white billionaire from New York? Of course not!

Via Sunday Morning Futures:

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Former Clinton Adviser Has Theory About How Bloomberg and Clinton Are Scheming for Her to Become Nominee

Dick Morris, a former adviser to President Bill Clinton, has a theory about how Michael Bloomberg and Hillary Clinton may be plotting for her to steal the nomination.

Their plan, he believes, is for Clinton to step in during a brokered convention.

“Here’s the deal that I think is going down. I think Hillary and Bloomberg have gotten together and cooked up a scheme,” Morris said on The Cats Roundtable radio show on Sunday.

Morris said that he believes Bloomberg will stay in the race until the Democratic National Convention even if he stands no chance of winning — simply to pull support from Senator Bernie Sanders, and prevent him from gaining an insurmountable lead.

“Nobody will be nominated on the first ballot, and it’ll go to a second ballot,” Morris said. “The problem is that the party establishment doesn’t have a candidate. They can’t do Bloomberg because he got killed in the debate. … Can’t do [Joe] Biden because he’s already lost the front-runner status. … [Pete] Buttigieg looks like a high school kid at the Model UN. … [Elizabeth] Warren is third, but she’s pretty far to the Left, and they’re not going to want to trust her.”

The Clinton insider said he believes that Clinton would enter during the second ballot at the brokered convention.

“And then Hillary begins to gain; the other candidates begin to drop out. And Hillary is the nominee. That, I think, is the establishment scenario,” he said. “Hillary is the only candidate that they’ll be able to come up with that can measure up to Donald Trump.”

Clinton has said that she has no interest in being Bloomberg’s running mate.

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Pope Francis: Populists' Anti-Immigration Policies Disseminate 'Fear and Hatred', Resemble Nazi Rhetoric

Pope Francis said Sunday that policies proposed by populist politicians to curb mass migration only serve to stoke hatred and fuel fear, comparing them to Nazi rhetoric.

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Pope Francis: War Is ‘Madness’

Pope Francis said Sunday that war is contrary to reason, is never normal, and therefore is “madness.”

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Pope Francis (C) speaks prior to leaving, along with Archbishop of Bari-Bitonto, Francesco Cacucci (R) and priest Giovanni Distante, the Basilica pontificia di San Nicola after a meeting with bishops during a visit to Bari, southern Italy, on February 23, 2020 to address a conference entitled "Mediterranean: Frontier of Peace" which sees the participation of some 60 Catholic bishops from 19 nations bordering the Mediterranean. (Photo by Alberto PIZZOLI / AFP) (Photo by ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP via Getty Images)

Graham reveals big questions he has ahead of Senate FISA probe

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Iran Reports Highest Coronavirus Death Toll Outside of China

Iran’s health ministry raised Sunday the death toll from the new virus to 8 people in the Middle Eastern country, amid concerns that clusters there, as well as in Italy and South Korea, could signal a serious new stage in its global spread.

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Italy: Lockdowns Fail to Stop Surge in Coronavirus Cases

ROME (AP) - Italy's number of cases of the new coronavirus leapt upward, with dozens of new confirmed cases reported in Lombardy, the northern region which includes the country's financial capital, Milan.

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Blago: Obama “Began the Whole Conversation” About His Vacant Senate Seat and Sent a “Middleman” to Me the Night He Was Elected President (VIDEO)

Former Illinois Governor Rod “Blago” Blagojevich told Fox News host Jesse Watters that it was Barack Obama who began the whole conversation about his vacant senate seat and he even sent a middleman to Blago on election night.

Blago was prosecuted, convicted and sentenced to 14 years in prison for trying to sell Barack Obama’s vacant Senate seat.

President Trump last Tuesday commuted Blago’s sentence after he served more than 7 years in prison.

“President Obama began the whole conversation because he sent someone to me as a middle man — a mediator — not unusual in politics on the night he was elected president to say that he would like to talk about his choice for the senate and to see what I might be willing to ask for,” Blago said. “Political horsetrading, not what those corrupt prosecutors said it was.”

Blago also said he may soon reveal secrets about Barack Obama and how he came up in the Chicago cesspool.

WATCH:

An unapologetic Rod Blagojevich appears on Fox News while Jesse Watters peppers him with questions attempting to implicate Barack Obama pic.twitter.com/X9CaFPpgd9

— Acyn Torabi (@Acyn) February 23, 2020

Barack Obama lied when he denied having any knowledge of Blagojevich’s efforts to sell his Senate seat after he won the presidential election in 2008.

“I had no contact with the governor or his office and so we were not, I was not aware of what was happening,” President-elect Barack Obama said in a statement in December 2008.

But Obama’s senior advisor David Axelrod contradicted Obama’s statements on Blago and his vacant senate seat.

“I know he’s talked to the governor and there are a whole range of names, many of which have surfaced, and I think he has a fondness for a lot of them,” Axelrod said in November of 2008 in a media interview.

Axelrod then walked back his statement to cover for Barack Obama.

“I was mistaken when I told an interviewer last month that the President-elect has spoken directly to Governor Blagojevich about the Senate vacancy. They did not then or at any time discuss the subject,” said Axelrod.

Barack Obama came out of this scandal unscathed even though it was his idea to sell his vacant senate seat.

The FBI also covered for Barack Obama and hid the 302 report summarizing their interview with Obama about Blagojevich.

WATCH the full interview:

Watch the latest video at foxnews.com

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MSNBC Contributor Says ‘Racist Liberal Whites’ Support Bernie Sanders

The mainstream media is endlessly claiming that President Trump is racist.

Now the MSM is claiming “racist liberal whites” support Democratic socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders.

MSNBC contributor Jason Johnson made the charge last week.

“I do find it fascinating that racist, liberal whites seem to love them some Bernie Sanders. [They] consistently and always have a problem with any person of color who doesn’t want to follow the orthodoxy of their lord and savior, Bernie Sanders. The man cares nothing for intersectionality. I don’t care how many people from the island of misfit black girls you throw out there to defend you on a regular basis, it doesn’t mean your campaign is serious,” he said in a SiriusXM interview on Friday.

Blowback was immediate.

“I hope we can have political disputes without engaging in open racism and sexism. This misogynoir is disappointing, but not surprising from @DrJasonJohnson. I hope we can all encourage each other to be better,” wrote Briahna Joy Gray, National Press Secretary for Sanders.

“The island of misfit black girls”???!!! Haha OK now we know what this lil grifter is all about. Mask off indeed,” wrote another on Twitter.

“The island of misfit black girls”???!!! Haha OK now we know what this lil grifter is all about. Mask off indeed. https://t.co/ndVADsuSCF

— Cassie da Costa (@tooearnest) February 21, 2020

“This is a truly disgusting thing to say about strong women like @briebriejoy and @ninaturner, not to mention an entire movement of people that happens to be the most diverse coalition of any candidate,” wrote another.

This is a truly disgusting thing to say about strong women like @briebriejoy and @ninaturner, not to mention an entire movement of people that happens to be the most diverse coalition of any candidate. https://t.co/cgbFap8G9G

— Krystal Ball (@krystalball) February 21, 2020

After the outcry, Johnson apologized, saying his comments were “harmful and unnecessary.”

“Earlier this week in a conversation about the Sanders campaign and the behavior of his staff and supporters I referred to his campaign spokesperson as coming from the Island of Misfit Black Girls. It was a harmful and unnecessary comment and I apologize,” he wrote on Twitter.

Earlier this week in a conversation about the Sanders campaign and the behavior of his staff and supporters I referred to his campaign spokesperson as coming from the Island of Misfit Black Girls. It was a harmful and unnecessary comment and I apologize.

— Jason Johnson (@DrJasonJohnson) February 22, 2020

Watch Johnson’s interview below:

“Racist, liberal whites seem to love them some Bernie Sanders.

He cares nothing for intersectionality. I don’t care how many people from the island of misfit Black girls you throw out there to defend you.”@DrJasonJohnson on Bernie’s staff & supporters. MSNBC should sever ties. pic.twitter.com/abxZKsFhaA

— Samuel D. Finkelstein II (@CANCEL_SAM) February 21, 2020

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Canada-Born Rocker Neil Young Blasts Trump: ‘You Are A Disgrace To My Country’

Legendary rocker Neil Young has written an open letter to President Trump, saying he is a “disgrace to my country.”

Young, who was born in Canada, revealed last month that he has become a U.S. citizen and declared he plans to vote Democratic.

In his letter, Young said to Trump: “Your mindless destruction of our shared natural resources, our environment and our relationships with friends around the world is unforgivable,” he wrote. “Your policies, decisions and short term thinking continue to exacerbate the Climate Crisis. Our first black president was a better man than you are.”

Young also complained about Trump using his music at his rallies: “I hope you hear my voice. Remember it is the voice of a tax-paying US citizen who does not support you. Me.”

He closed out his latter saying: “US justice is ours — not yours[.] One of your opponents has answers I like. He is aiming at preserving our children’s future directly. He is not popular with the democratic establishment because unlike all the other candidates, he is not pandering to the industries accelerating Earth’s Climate Disaster, the end of the world as we know it. he is truly fighting for the USA. His initials are BS (Bernie Sanders). Not his policies. We are going to vote you out and Make America Great Again.”

The singer and guitarist recently made news when he announced he has deleted his artist page off the social media site, saying he’s had enough of the “false information regularly supplied to the public” on the platform.

Young, who has repeatedly ripped Trump, cited Facebook’s decision to sponsor the Federalist Society’s annual gala, which he describes as the “powerful right-wing organization behind the nomination of the conservative Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.”

“This turn of events, in addition to the false information regularly supplied to the public on Facebook, with its knowledge, has caused us to re-evaluate and change our policy,” Young wrote on his website, Neil Young Archives (NYA). “I don’t feel that a social site should be making obvious commitments to one side of politics or the other. It further confuses readers regarding truthfulness in coverage and message. NYA, no longer interested in further links with FACEBOOK, will be discontinuing use. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you.”

Read Young’s full letter below:

You are a disgrace to my country. Bragging about the U.S. economy does not disguise the fact that the numbers today are what you inherited almost four years ago.

Your mindless destruction of our shared natural resources, our environment and our relationships with friends around the world is unforgivable.

Your policies, decisions and short-term thinking continue to exacerbate the Climate Crisis.

Our first black president was a better man than you are.

The United States of America, my country, is not a green on one of your branded golf courses that you can ride around on and damage so that other players cannot shoot straight.

“Keep on Rockin’ in the Free World” is not a song you can trot out at one of your rallies. Perhaps you could have been a bass player and played in a rock and roll band. That way you could be on stage at a rally every night in front of your fans, if you were any good, and you might be…

Every time “Keep on Rockin’ in the Free World” or one of my songs is played at your rallies, I hope you hear my voice. Remember it is the voice of a tax-paying U.S. citizen who does not support you. Me.

I don’t blame the people who voted for you. I support their right to express themselves, although they have been lied to, and in many cases believed the lies, they are true Americans. I have their back.

U.S. justice is ours — not yours..

One of your opponents has answers I like. He is aiming at preserving our children’s future directly. He is not popular with the Democratic establishment because unlike all the other candidates, he is not pandering to the industries accelerating Earth’s Climate Disaster, the end of the world as we know it. He is truly fighting for the USA.

His initials are BS. Not his policies.

We are going to vote you out and Make America Great Again.

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Joe Biden Poses with Cher and Asks: 'Do You Believe in Life After Trump?'

Mere hours before suffering another political defeat in the Nevada caucus, Joe Biden posed for a photo with his celebrity endorser Cher and took a cheap shot at President Donald Trump. 

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Mere hours before suffering another political defeat in the Nevada caucus, Joe Biden posed for a photo with his celebrity endorser Cher and took a cheap shot at President Donald Trump. 

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Marc Short: 'There's Not Intelligence' Saying Russia Wants Trump Reelected

By: Pam Key · Pam Key
Vice President Mike Pence's chief of staff Marc Short said that there is not  U.S. intelligence that Russia is helping President Donald Trump's reelection.

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Marc Short, White House director for legislative affairs, listens to a question during an off-camera press briefing at the White House in Washington, Monday, July 10, 2017.

Biden: Trump Administration Likes Russia Interfering in U.S. Elections

By: Pam Key · Pam Key
Democratic presidential hopeful former Vice President Joe Biden accused the Trump administration of liking Russia interfering in U.S. elections Sunday on CBS's "Face the Nation."

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Ohio inmate falls through ceiling, lands in trash during failed jailbreak caught on video

An Ohio inmate’s brazen jailbreak attempt last month was caught on video when it came crashing down as she fell through the ceiling of a holding room and landed headfirst in a trashcan surrounded by cops.

Three people injured after Michigan night club stabbing

A stabbing incident at a nightclub near Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant left three people injured early Sunday morning, authorities said.

Berlin Freezes Rent as Population Boom Creates Housing Shortage, Cost Spike

BERLIN (AP) - Berlin is freezing the rents of 1.5 million apartments for the next five years starting this Sunday in a controversial move to control the exploding costs that have forced many to move outside Germany's capital city.

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BERLIN, GERMANY - DECEMBER 08: People waving Palestinian and Turkish flags gather in front of the Brandenburg Gate to protest against U.S. President Donald Trump's announcement to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel on December 8, 2017 in Berlin, Germany. Several thousand, mostly Muslim protesters attended the rally. Meanwhile Palestinians are clashing with Islraeli security forces in the West Bank. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

$18 Million in Meth, Heroin, Cocaine Seized at Texas Border Crossing

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers in South Texas seized more than $18 million worth of methamphetamine, heroin, cocaine, and marijuana in a single drug smuggling incident.

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$18 million in methamphetamine seized at South Texas border crossing. (Photo: U.S. Customs and Border Protection/Rio Grande Valley Sector)

Young Male Voters Back Swedish Populist Party, But Far Left Have Females

The populist Sweden Democrats (SD) are the most popular party with male voters aged 18 to 29 according to a new poll -- but female voters are largely on the opposite side of the political spectrum.

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People celebrate at the election night party of the Sweden Democrats in Stockholm, Sweden, after first exit polls indicate that the party will be third largest in the Swedish parliament after the Swedish general elections on September 14, 2014.

Venezuela: Maduro Declares State of Emergency at State-Run Oil Company

By: Ben Kew · Ben Kew
Venezuelan dictator Nicolás Maduro declared a "state of emergency" at the state-run oil company Petroleum of Venezuela (PDVSA) this week, warning that he needed to protect the country's energy industry from escalating "imperialist aggression." 

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro delivers a speech during the commemoration of the 14th anniversary of Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America Peoples' Trade Treaty (ALBA-TCP) during the XVI ALBA-TCP Summit, at the Convention Palace in Havana, on December 14, 2018. - ALBA countries are seeking to strengthen their ties to face US pressures and the advance of right wing governments in Latin America. (Photo by Yamil LAGE / AFP) (Photo credit should read YAMIL LAGE/AFP via Getty Images)

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro delivers a speech during the commemoration of the 14th anniversary of Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America Peoples' Trade Treaty (ALBA-TCP) during the XVI ALBA-TCP Summit, at the Convention Palace in Havana, on December 14, 2018. - ALBA countries are seeking to strengthen their ties to face US pressures and the advance of right wing governments in Latin America. (Photo by Yamil LAGE / AFP) (Photo credit should read YAMIL LAGE/AFP via Getty Images)
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