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DC police has surveillance video of Secret Service shooting: sources

Washington D.C. Metropolitan Police have surveillance video of Monday’s shooting near the White House, Fox News has learned, but it is unclear, at this point, whether that footage will be released.

American taxpayers footing NYC's bill to house the homeless in boutique hotels

Since the novel coronavirus began desecrating through New York more than five months ago, Mayor Bill de Blasio's administration has been filling the City's high-priced hotels with the homeless in a bid to ease the burden on the shelter system, and to curb the spread of the novel pathogen – ensuring that individuals have their own room and space to socially distance.

Minneapolis leaders not delivering on promises to help rebuild, say frustrated business owners

A Minneapolis man, whose business was burned down during riots in the city sparked by the death of George Floyd, told Fox News host Laura Ingraham on Monday that city officials said they would help business owners rebuild, but have not delivered on that promise. 

Bankruptcies on track for 10-year high...


Bankruptcies on track for 10-year high...


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Small Business Optimism Tumbles as Virus Uncertainty Climbs

A tough month for small businesses as the reopening proves bumpier than initially expected.

Trump Changes Date of Tulsa Rally

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 11: U.S. President Donald Trump walks to Marine One in the rain on the South Lawn of the White House on June 11, 2020 in Washington, DC. Later today, President Trump was scheduled to meet with pastors, law enforcement officials and small business owners at a church in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 11: U.S. President Donald Trump walks to Marine One in the rain on the South Lawn of the White House on June 11, 2020 in Washington, DC. Later today, President Trump was scheduled to meet with pastors, law enforcement officials and small business owners at a church in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

12-Year-Old Girl Lured to Swedish Asylum Home and Raped

A young man has been arrested in the municipality of Österåker after allegedly luring a 12-year-old girl and her friend to an asylum home and raping her.

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A young man has been arrested in the municipality of Österåker after allegedly luring a 12-year-old girl and her friend to an asylum home and raping her.

Democratic convention speakers announced as Biden VP decision looms

With presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden expected to announce his running mate at any moment, the Democratic National Convention revealed more details Tuesday about the lineup of events and speakers at this year's event.

Dwarf planet Ceres has an 'ancient ocean' with salt water, researchers confirm

Researchers have discovered that the dwarf planet Ceres has an "ancient ocean" with salt water, which means the space object may still be geologically active.

Chad Wolf: 12 Riots in 10 Days Since Feds Left Portland

Acting Department of Homeland Security Chad Wolf tweeted Monday that in the ten days since federal law enforcement officials had been withdrawn from their posts in Portland, Oregon, local police had declared twelve official riots.

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PORTLAND, OR - AUGUST 10: A protesters slaps his shield while marching toward the Portland Police Bureau North Precinct on the 75th day of protests against racial injustice and police brutality on August 10, 2020 in Portland, Oregon. Crowd sizes began growing again last week as protesters regularly march on city and county law enforcement buildings. (Photo by Nathan Howard/Getty Images)

Report: Seattle Police Chief Announces Retirement in Wake of Cuts

On Monday, Seattle’s KOMO reported that Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best has announced that she will retire from the Seattle Police Department, effective September 2. In an email to the Seattle Police Department obtained by KOMO, Best said, “This was

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SEATTLE, WA - JULY 01: Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best addresses the press as city crews dismantle the Capitol Hill Organized Protest (CHOP) area outside of the Seattle Police Department's vacated East Precinct on July 1, 2020 in Seattle, Washington. Police reported making at least 31 arrests while clearing the CHOP area this morning. (Photo by David Ryder/Getty Images)

Jayapal: Biden 'Is Movable,' and 'I Will Be Pushing Him'

During an interview aired on Monday’s broadcast of Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show,” Congressional Progressive Caucus Co-Chair Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) stated that 2020 Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden is “movable,” and cited the Biden-Sanders Unity Task

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Nolte: Washington Post Falsely Declares Portland 'Calm' After Trump Pulls Feds

The far-left Washington Post attempted to blame President Donald Trump for the riots in Portland by falsely declaring the Democrat-run city "calm" after federal law enforcement retreated from the city.

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PORTLAND, OR - AUGUST 1: A protester burns an American flag in front of the Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse in the early morning on August 1, 2020 in Portland, Oregon. Friday was the second night in a row without police intervention, following weeks of clashes between federal officers and protesters in Portland. (Photo by Nathan Howard/Getty Images)

Food Stamp Usage Climbs by 5.9 Million Since Coronavirus Pandemic Began

An additional 5.9 million people in the United States are on food stamps since the coronavirus pandemic began in March 2020, according to the latest data from the USDA.

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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 19: Seniors shop for groceries during special hours open to seniors and the disabled at Northgate Gonzalez Market, a Hispanic specialty supermarket, on March 19, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. Northgate Gonzalez Market is opening all of its Southern California locations one hour early, from 7:00-8:00 a.m., exclusively for senior citizens and disabled customers, amidst panic buying in some stores during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab Resigns over Beirut Explosion

Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab resigned on Monday afternoon, following the resignations of several other top ministers and effectively bringing the current Lebanese government to a close.

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In this photo released by Lebanon's official government photographer Dalati Nohra, Lebanese President Michel Aoun, left, receives a letter of resignation from Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab, at the presidential palace, in Baabda, east of Beirut, Lebanon, Monday, Aug. 10, 2020. Lebanon's prime minister stepped down from his job on Monday in the wake of the disastrous Beirut port explosion that triggered public fury, saying he has come to the conclusion that corruption in Lebanon is "bigger than the state." (Dalati Nohra via AP)

Lebanon: Mass Resignations Fuel Reports Prime Minister Will Step Down

Reports in multiple Middle Eastern outlets suggested on Sunday that Lebanon's Prime Minister Hassan Diab may soon step down following the mass resignations of nine lawmakers and four of the nation's 20 ministers. A third of ministers must resign for the government to collapse.

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In this photo released by the Lebanese Government, Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab, gives a speech at the Government House in Beirut, Lebanon, Saturday, March. 7, 2020. Lebanon's prime minister said Saturday the government will suspend payment of $1.2 billion in loans, marking the crisis-hit country's first-ever default on its sovereign debt. (Dalati Nohra/Lebanese Government via AP)

Ivanka Trump, officials unveiling $122M investment for women empowerment initiative

Top security officials and American corporate leaders will unveil $122 million in new programs and partnerships for the administration’s Women’s Global Development and Prosperity Initiative Tuesday afternoon, according to a White House official.

Jamie Dimon: The stock market doesn't reflect Americans' pain

The stock market's huge run-up in recent months doesn't capture everyday Americans' pain. That's why the government and Big Business should act to help ease the burden on the least fortunate, said JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon, in an interview with CNN Business.

Lawmakers up the ante in push for sustained cash payments amid coronavirus: ‘Magic money tree’

Sen. Ed Markey drew backlash from fiscal hawks like Sen. Ted Cruz on Monday after tweeting an ambitious coronavirus stimulus plan that would involve much larger checks paid much more frequently than other proposals -- but it's hardly the first time such an idea has been floated as legislators trip over themselves to propose sweeping cash handouts to help Americans in dire financial straits during the pandemic. 

Lindsey Graham Actually in Trouble in SCarolina?


Lindsey Graham Actually in Trouble in SCarolina?


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MAG: Highest-Paid Actors Of 2020...


MAG: Highest-Paid Actors Of 2020...


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REPORT: COMCAST Bans Laura Loomer From Sending Texts, Emails to Voters...


REPORT: COMCAST Bans Laura Loomer From Sending Texts, Emails to Voters...


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Coronavirus live updates: Russia plans phase three trials of world's first approved vaccine, offers little safety data

The coronavirus has infected more than 20 million people around the world as of Tuesday, killing at least 736,200 people so far.

Half of U.S. elementary and high school students will study virtually only this fall, study shows

The study by Burbio found that 52% of students will go to school only virtually and just 25% will attend every day.

The Choice in 2020: President Trump Who Created the GREATEST Economic Recovery EVER vs. Joe Biden Who Was Behind WORST Economic Recovery Since the Great Depression

This election is the first to pit the candidate with the worst recovery ever (President Obama’s Vice President Joe Biden) with the candidate with the greatest recovery ever (President Trump).

In July 2011 we reported that President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden’s economic recovery was the worst in US history.

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Barack Obama’s economic recovery is even worse than we thought.

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The Obama-Biden recovery was the worst ever since the Great Depression.

The Wall Street Journal reported, via Memeorandum:

Two years ago, officials said, the worst recession since the Great Depression ended. The stumbling recovery has also proven to be the worst since the economic disaster of the 1930s.

Across a wide range of measures—employment growth, unemployment levels, bank lending, economic output, income growth, home prices and household expectations for financial well-being—the economy’s improvement since the recession’s end in June 2009 has been the worst, or one of the worst, since the government started tracking these trends after World War II.

Profits Thrive in Weak Recovery Bright Days for the Bottom Line Keeping a Watch on the Bellwethers In some ways the recovery is much like the 1991 and 2001 post-recession periods: All three are marked by gradual output growth rather than sharp snap-backs typical of earlier recoveries. But this recovery may remain lackluster for years, many economists say, because of heavy household debt, a financial system still damaged by the mortgage crisis, fragile confidence and a government with few good options for supporting growth.

There are bright spots. Exports, particularly of manufactured and agricultural goods, are improving, in part because of booming developing-country economies and the weaker dollar. They are expected to pick up in the second half of the year as the temporary shock fades from Japan’s earthquake and tsunami. In a hint of this, the Institute of Supply Management on Friday reported an uptick in manufacturing for June. Higher corporate profits, stock prices and business investment also are supporting the expansion.

More… This is frightening.

The Foundry posted this chart showing the weak employment numbers during the Obama years.

Now compare this with President Trump’s miracle economic recovery happening now.

We reported Monday morning that the US is in the greatest recovery in US history right now. The statistics are record breaking!

The St Louis FRED reports that July’s Unemployment is now down nearly 5% since the economy was shut down as a result of the intentional shut down due to the China coronavirus. The unemployment rate reached 14.8% and now it is down to 10.2%, a decrease of nearly 5% in only three months:

The FRED also reports that there are now 139.6 million Americans working. In April the FRED reported that there were only 130.3 working Americans. This increase in working Americans in only three months is record shattering. Nearly 10 million more people are working now than in April. The total number of Americans working is now more than any month since September 2014 and before:

Today the S&P 500 opened at 3,360.77 – this is now near its all-time high set in February this year. The markets are all nearly back up to all-time highs set in February this year!

The markets have never grown so much in such a short period of time. This is record breaking!

Overall, more new jobs were created in the past three months than any time in history and the markets have grown more in the past three months than any time in history. This is the greatest recovery ever – a far cry from the horrible economic recovery of the Obama-Biden years.

The post The Choice in 2020: President Trump Who Created the GREATEST Economic Recovery EVER vs. Joe Biden Who Was Behind WORST Economic Recovery Since the Great Depression appeared first on The Gateway Pundit.

UK: Accused jihadi bride now back in the country and collecting taxpayer-funded benefits

UK: Accused jihadi bride now back in the country and collecting taxpayer-funded benefits
Non-Muslims paying for the upkeep of Muslims is a Qur’anic dictate: “Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, (even if they are) of the People of the Book, until they pay the […]

Trump Campaign Launches Ad Ripping Biden on Taxes, Immigration

A new ad by President Donald Trump's reelection campaign slams Joe Biden on taxes and immigration. The ad launches Tuesday in five early-voting states - Arizona, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and Wisconsin - according to Axios, which attributes the information to a senior...

MLB Salaries Plummet to 24-Year Low Amid Pandemic

Major League Baseball's eye-popping salaries took an astonishing dive during the coronavirus pandemic to their lowest level in nearly a quarter-century, according to a study by The Associated Press.

In Swing-State PA, So Much the Same, So Much Different

ERIE, Pennsylvania - The signs of normalcy at first glance are everywhere when you breeze past the entrance to Presque Isle State Park along the shores of the great lake from which this town draws its name.

Why Is Gregg Popovich Lying About Michael Brown?

Six years ago, I bought the Michael Brown hands up, don't shoot narrative. I bought the act of Twitter activist Shaun King, too. Through King, I donated $1,000 to support Michael Brown's mother on an alleged overseas trip to speak about racial injustice. A lot changed over the subsequent six years. I spent an afternoon [...] More

The Facts Just Aren't Getting Through to Americans

The electorate is split into separate information bubbles. But unconventional messengers, appeals to patriotism, and even jokes can reach voters who don't want to listen.

Companies are talking about turning 'furloughs' into permanent layoffs

These permanent cost cutting initiatives are only going to widen the disconnect between Wall Street and Main Street

Best wireless mouse for working from home that's in stock - CNET

Increase your productivity with one of these wireless mice.

Xbox cloud gaming, formerly xCloud: Games, pricing and more you need to know - CNET

Microsoft's cloud gaming capability is coming in September in Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. It's time to start reading up on it.

CRB: The case for Trump

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The Claremont Review of Books has just published its new (Summer) issue. Thanks to the editors, I reviewed the issue in galley to pick out four pieces to roll out this for Power Line readers today (essay by Michael Anton linked below), tomorrow (essay by Angelo Codevilla), and Thursday (two book reviews). As always, I encourage readers to become subscribers (subscribe here) for the absurdly low price of $19.95 and get online access thrown in for free.

We lead off with Michael Anton’s essay “The Case for Trump.” Subhead: “There’s little wrong with President Trump that more Trump couldn’t solve.” The essay is adapted from Anton’s The Stakes: America at the Point of No Return (forthcoming from Regnery Publishing). Anton is the author of the influential 2016 CRB essay “The Flight 93 election” and former Deputy Assistant to the President for Strategic Communications on the United States National Security Council. He is a most astute observer of the political scene.

Defense pays off for SoftBank's Masa Son

Investors have piled into tech stocks during the coronavirus pandemic, sending shares in companies such as Facebook, Amazon, Google and Apple into the stratosphere as demand for their services increased.

THE CONWAY SHOW: George mocks Trump supporters suckered by lies...


THE CONWAY SHOW: George mocks Trump supporters suckered by lies...


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Mountain West Conference postpones fall sports, including college football

The Mountain West Conference announced Monday it was postponing all fall sports, including football, with the intention of moving them to the spring as Power 5 conferences debate whether to follow suit.

Nebraska may play football outside Big Ten if conference cancels season, coach says

Nebraska football coach Scott Frost said Monday the school is looking at all options, even playing outside of the Big Ten, should the conference cancel the season over the coronavirus.

MSNBC Tries to Rehab Disgraced Dem, Pretend She Was 'Victim' in Sex Scandal

At the end of MSNBC's Morning Joe on Monday, the Democratic Party apologists conducted a friendly chat with disgraced Congresswoman Katie Hill. To refresh your memory, freshman Representative Hill had to resign over leaked naked photos detailing her affair with a female staffer. But you wouldn’t know that from the interview, where Brzezinski tap danced around any hint of impropriety on Hill’s part: MIKA BRZEZINSKI: Joining us now, former Democratic Congresswoman Katie Hill of California. She's the author of the new book, She Will Rise: Becoming a Warrior in the Battle for True Equality, which comes out tomorrow. Katie, welcome back to the show. It's good to see you. So many questions. I'd love to hear about the journey and your thought process in terms of writing this book. What was the message you wanted to share? You want to know the message that she wants to share? Not a question about sex with the office help? That teed up Hill to attack America as sexist rather than accept the consequences of her own mistakes: But what I decided was in writing this book  I needed to lay out what is going to be my mission for moving forward. And that's supporting women getting elected for office and helping to dismantle the road blocks we all face, systemically, to facing misogynistic society and how we're going to be able to change that. The bottom line is that we need to elect more women up and down the ballot and for us to achieve change, that's what it's going to take. Really?! She wasn’t forced out because of a sexist society, she was forced about over a sex scandal with a staffer that was the exact kind of thing that any male politician would rightfully be condemned for, especially in the #MeToo era. But correspondent Kasie Hunt pitched another softball that Hill was the victim of sexism:  KASIE HUNT:  So Katie, do you regret at all stepping back? Do you feel as though the system in the situation that you found yourself in was more likely to push a woman out than perhaps a man? HILL:  I think the system was absolutely more likely to push a woman out than a man, and I feel like, you know, we see the double standards play out in so many different ways. We're seeing it play out in the vice presidential pick and the way that women are described -- the women who are in the running for that are described as overly ambitious or, you know, too in it for themselves. And you're just going to see that over and over again. But, yes, I think that the salaciousness of what happened with me and the fact that I was a woman, a young woman, all contributed to me feeling like I needed to step down. Hill made a series of serious mistakes, but MSNBC just wants to bring her on to engage in group therapy and desperately try to make her palatable again. Brzezinski called her a "victim of revenge porn." But now she's launched a podcast called....Naked Politics.   Safelite and Choice Hotels both sponsored this therapy session, go here and tell them how you feel about that. Read the full transcript below to learn more. MSNBC’s Morning Joe 8-10-20 8:54 AM MIKA BRZEZINSKI: Joining us now, former democratic congresswoman Katie Hill of California. She's the author of the new book "She will rise: Becoming a warrior in the battle for true equality" which comes out tomorrow. Katie, welcome back to the show. It's good to see you. So many questions. I'd love to hear about the journey and your thought process in terms of writing this book. What was the message you wanted to share? KATIE HILL:  Sure. I mean, this has been a crazy year for me, right? My brother died shortly after I resigned.  BRZEZINSKI: I’m so sorry. HILL:  Thank you. But what I decided was in writing this book  I needed to lay out what is going to be my mission for moving forward. And that's supporting women getting elected for office and helping to dismantle the road blocks we all face, systemically, to facing misogynistic society and how we're going to be able to change that. The bottom line is that we need to elect more women up and down the ballot and for us to achieve change, that's what it's going to take.  BRZEZINSKI:  And you were one of those women who were elected. So I guess, how much does your book address your departure and what happened during that time?  HILL:  Yeah, the first chunk of my book is really about what led to, you know, my resignation. What led me in my life to where I was, including the resignation. At the time, I felt like it was the best and the only decision for me to make for myself, my family, my constituents, my colleagues, my staff. And you know, I can't say that I regret it, but I also feel like there's a lot more that I can do by, you know, being on the outside and helping support dozens of women, maybe even over the course of time, hundreds of women to make it into office and be real leaders and help make the changes that we need.  BRZEZINSKI: Kasie Hunt? KASIE HUNT:  So Katie, do you regret at all stepping back? Do you feel as though the system in the situation that you found yourself in was more likely to push a woman out than perhaps a man?  HILL:  I think the system was absolutely more likely to push a woman out than a man, and I feel like, you know, we see the double standards play out in so many different ways. We're seeing it play out in the vice presidential pick and the way that women are described -- the women who are in the running for that are described as overly ambitious or, you know, too in it for themselves. And you're just going to see that over and over again. But, yes, I think that the salaciousness of what happened with me and the fact that I was a woman, a young woman, all contributed to me feeling like I needed to step down.  BRZEZINSKI: And Katie, how self-reflective are you about that experience? You were a victim of revenge porn. I'm personally glad you're fighting back. I'm glad you're back on television. I'm glad you're working on your career again and you haven't let it destroy you. You were reportedly threatened by your ex-husband that he would ruin you. And I'm glad you're fighting back. I just have to ask, though, do you regret, as pictures were released, anything about your life? It's totally wrong that the pictures were released, and that's worth fighting for, but anything about what happened in your life during that time, how self-reflective are you on a balanced level? Are there things you wouldn't have done looking back?  HILL: Of course there's things I wouldn't have done. Writing this book and being quarantined, there's been nothing but self-reflection. Probably the longest period in my life to have done that. Some of the mistakes are obvious, and I think when it comes down to it, the simplest way of describing it is that I allowed myself to get too close to my staff and to not draw, you know, the clear boundaries that you should have. And I think that was a trap that I fell into for a number of things I discussed in the book, including the relationship that I had with my husband. But the biggest guilt that I feel around it is the way this whole thing has impacted my staff and I hope that, you know, I can gain trust and forgiveness moving forward. That's part of the work that I do now. BRZEZINSKI:  Totally get what you're saying. The new book is "She will rise: Becoming a warrior in the battle for true equality." Katie hill, I've tried to reach out to you a few times. Your staff loves you very much. They were very protective and hung up on me, but in like a good way. So I do understand those regrets, and I wish you the best and come back. Good luck with the book. 

Why Big Pharma Is Fighting Trump Over Cheap Drugs

Whatever President Trump is for, the chattering classes are against it. Whatever he says, they will go to any lengths to prove him wrong. It's a form of mass psychosis. Anti-Trump New York Times ec...

Why Keeping Schools Closed Is the Right Decision

We wasted the summer, while President Trump sowed distrust and promoted heedlessness. What's left now is to see what can be salvaged.

Biden's Blueprint for a Pacifist, Socialist Republic

his has been a year of such astonishing and unforeseeable events that it seems to be taking some time for the full impact of what has tumbled onto the daily and political life of the United States to be assimilated. The year has been building steadily towards its November 3 climax like a Wagnerian opera, ...

China Has Become a Threat to World Peace

The parallels between 1930s Germany and 2010s China are profound. The free world's failure to contain the Nazi evil in Germany led directly to World War II. China may not be plotting a third world war, but the need to contain its evil is no less profound. Just as no one in 1938 could know for certain just how bad things would get over the next seven years, no one today can know for certain what is coming from China. Our goal should be not to find out.

China Has Become a Threat to World Peace

Democrats Are Failing Their Duty to Ensure Public's Safety

Portland, Seattle, Chicago, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York, and other major cities are experiencing a breakdown of order - violence and conflict that is a mixture of left-wing revolution, racial unrest, and old-fashioned crime. Whatever else they might have in common, all are governed by...

Beijing's Doublespeak in Hong Kong

The authorities insist freedoms will be upheld. Their actions show otherwise.

Beijing's Doublespeak in Hong Kong

How 'San Francisco Democrats' Are Taking Over the Party

Once a punchline, Bay Area liberalism has grown and changed into a national governing force-one that could propel Kamala Harris to the doorstep of the presidency.

Trump Has Handed Biden Debate Win by Lowering Expectations

President Donald Trump has made his view of Joe Biden's mental state and capacity very, very clear.

Thanks to Trump, Our Foreign Policy Is Recovering

The president has consistently favored disentanglement after 16 years of reckless hawkishness under Bush and Obama.

How Trump Unmade U.S. Foreign Policy

Trump tried to overturn U.S. foreign policy without offering a substitute. The result is a United States and a world that are worse off.

These two recent IPOs could be buys into earnings, traders argue

It's a busy few days for the newest stocks on Wall Street -- Casper, Lemonade, SmileDirectClub and Lyft are set to report earnings this week. Boris Schlossberg of BK Asset Management and Craig Johnson of Piper Sandler share which they favor.

SoftBank says it's considering selling or listing UK chip designer Arm

CEO Masayoshi Son confirmed that SoftBank is considering selling U.K. chip designer Arm or taking the company public.

Sustainable investment funds just surpassed $1 trillion for the first time on record

It comes amid growing investor interest in sustainable investment funds in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Mandalorian: Everything we know as Lucasfilm delays Disney Plus show's tie-in novel - CNET

Baby Yoda, Boba Fett and Bo-Katan: Here are the details about Jon Favreau's Star Wars show (which is getting a second season in October) and its publishing program.

Seattle Police Chief Quits After Department Cuts

Seattle's police chief says she is stepping down, a move made public the same day the City Council approved reducing the department by as many as 100 officers through layoffs and attrition.

Seattle Police Chief Quits After Department Cuts

Seattle's police chief says she is stepping down, a move made public the same day the City Council approved reducing the department by as many as 100 officers through layoffs and attrition.

US Representative Ilhan Omar Faces Primary Challenge on Tuesday

U.S. Representative Ilhan Omar, one of the first Muslim women elected to Congress and no stranger to criticism from across the aisle, faces a challenge from fellow Democrats hoping to unseat her in a primary election on Tuesday. "Her progressive politics is a platform of platitudes...

Dems Say Trump's Payroll Tax Break Weakens Social Security

President Donald Trump's move to defer Social Security payroll taxes could be taking him into treacherous political territory. His directive - aimed at boosting an economy shaken by the coronavirus pandemic - doesn't affect retirement benefits but impacts how they're paid for...

US Appeals Court to Rehear Ex-Trump Aide Flynn's Bid to End Criminal Case

A U.S. appeals court on Tuesday will consider whether a federal judge is obligated to honor the Trump administration's request to drop the criminal case against President Donald Trump's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn. The hearing is the latest skirmish between...

US Appeals Court to Rehear Ex-Trump Aide Flynn's Bid to End Criminal Case

A U.S. appeals court on Tuesday will consider whether a federal judge is obligated to honor the Trump administration's request to drop the criminal case against President Donald Trump's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn. The hearing is the latest skirmish between...

Huge crack appears in hill after 5.1 mag in NC. What does it mean?


Huge crack appears in hill after 5.1 mag in NC. What does it mean?


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Seattle Police Chief to Resign as Council Pursues Ambitious Plan to Cut Budget...


Seattle Police Chief to Resign as Council Pursues Ambitious Plan to Cut Budget...


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Biden Weighs VP Pick After Search Committee Wraps Up...


Biden Weighs VP Pick After Search Committee Wraps Up...


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The Kiwi media mogul challenging online giants...


The Kiwi media mogul challenging online giants...


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Ohio State's Ryan Day: Canceling the football season right now 'would be a mistake'

Ohio State football coach Ryan Day said Monday he doesn’t think the season needs to be canceled as rumors swirled about the Big Ten Conference putting fall sports on hold due to the coronavirus.

Tech smarts: How to tell if someone blocked your calls

In the time of quarantine and social distancing, our phones keep us connected to the people we care about.

AOC to make prime-time appearance at Democratic convention

A senior Democratic official confirmed to Fox News that Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez will make a prime-time appearance at next week’s Democratic National Convention.

Hilary Tisch, daughter of Giants co-owner, dead at 36

Giants co-owner Steve Tisch announced Monday the death of his daughter Hilary Anne Tisch following a bout with depression. She was 36.

MSNBC skips coverage of Chicago riots during prime time, CNN airs less than 3 minutes

Mass destruction took place in the heart of Chicago in the early hours on Monday morning as looters raided the shopping district and other stores across the city, but MSNBC and CNN offered little to no coverage of the unrest during their network's most-watched shows. 

LINCOLN PROJECT expands Republican target list, winning Trump ire...


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Tim Cook Hits Billionaire Status With APPLE Nearing $2 Trillion...


Tim Cook Hits Billionaire Status With APPLE Nearing $2 Trillion...


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QAnon supporter in Georgia heads into tight runoff...


QAnon supporter in Georgia heads into tight runoff...


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RUSSIA CLAIMS VAX VICTORY


RUSSIA CLAIMS VAX VICTORY




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Omar faces tough primary test... Developing...


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French privacy watchdog opens preliminary investigation into TikTok

TikTok, owned by China's ByteDance, is already under investigation over privacy concerns by U.S., European Union and Dutch authorities.

News Briefs – 08/11/2020

Here are some news stories that might be of interest. Most articles will be more or less summarized in the headline. You can skim the headlines and summaries, and click the links if they are of interest. Keep in mind, many of these reports are products of the Fake News, so although they will be what people are hearing and talking about, there is no guarantee any one of them is necessarily correct, and we have had cases of outright lies make it onto these pages, especially about President Trump.

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QAnon groups have millions of members on Facebook, documents show.

A private plane flew from South Bend Indiana to Washington DC, sparking speculation Biden may be looking at Buttigieg as a potential running mate.

Kamala Harris unfollows Joe Biden on twitter as VP announcement approaches.

More than 100 Black leaders and celebrities urge Biden to pick Black woman as VP.

Michelle Obama supporters urge Biden to pick former first lady as running mate in an open letter. This would make sense.

Court ruling involving Victoria’s Secret founder could spill more Jeffrey Epstein dirt. Judge orders release of correspondences from attorneys for celebrity lawyer Alan Dershowitz and Victoria’s Secret founder Leslie Wexner.

Mika and Joe do not look ebullient in this video as they discuss all the polls showing Biden winning. Looks like they are sitting by Sleepy Joe’s hospice bed as he begins his final decline.

Some other observations on the Epstein show Surviving Jeffrey Epstein – Epstein would ask some of the girls about their families, ostensibly as an ice-breaker. These were girls who were probably grabbed as opportunities without enough background, and he was doing a threat assessment, to see if their parents might be dangerous. I remember the daughter of some rich and powerful person a year or so back describing meeting Epstein, and him closing in on her, and immediately asking about her family, and once he saw her family was rich, he backed off and never did anything remotely inappropriate.

We are hearing about the American girls, but there were rafts of foreign girls who didn’t speak English funneled in from Europe as well that we have not heard so much about.  They may have been the vast majority of the operation’s targets, and who knows where he handed them off to once they were groomed. My impression is, this was not a network that serviced Epstein and his friends, so much as Epstein was an employee preparing girls for the network to use throughout the world, while living under the assigned cover of a billionaire.

Jeffrey Epstein was banned from contributing philanthropically to MIT due to being a registered sex offender against minors, so Epstein bought influence at MIT by funneling the money through Bill Gates’s personal bank accounts and other rich associates. I almost get the impression they were funneling that money so they could determine what scientists were funded, and what research was being done, possibly to control and stifle scientific advancement in the non-Cabal world according to dictates from the network’s Management.

It looks like Acosta didn’t just back off from prosecuting Epstein when warned he was “with intelligence,” but rather he actively worked with Epstein’s lawyers to cater fully to them and Jeffrey. One participant said in an email with Acosta he was happy to have finally worked everything out for “reasons” he “will not put in this email.” I got the impression the person who wrote that was not normally an enthusiastic Cabal drone, but rather was made afraid by having to deal with this Cabal-related issue because now Cabal was lurking over their shoulder, and finally getting away from it would allow them to stop feeling afraid. And whoever it was just assumed Acosta would know exactly what he was talking about.

The show never mentioned that Acosta had said Epstein was associated with intelligence, and there was no mention of the Mossad rumors, so it was actively hiding the most interesting part of the story – that there was much more than Epstein. It also made a hard effort to connect Epstein and Donald Trump by showing some document with “Trump Organization” at the top as they talked about Epstein’s flight logs, implying Trump flew on Epstein’s plane (even though he never did), and showing pictures of events with Epstein and Ghilsane posing next to Trump for a photo-op, and with Trump giving the State of the Union in the backdrop. So the show is as much cover-up as anything. It is also sad to see the girls all surrounded by Cabal lawyers, not understanding they are still not free and plotting their own courses

A model target was moved by Ghilsane into an apartment owned by Epstein’s brother, where Epstein kept models he was grooming. This girl said she was very uneasy there because she always felt watched and listened to, so much so she moved out. Obviously in retrospect the whole building was probably put up with cameras and microphones, and any guys who dated those models and went home with them were giving up video, and if the models married rich later, their husbands could be leveraged with the threat of public release of videos of their wives sleeping with other guys in their younger model days.

Most fascinating may be that neither Epstein nor Ghilsane appear to have had any real skill beyond grooming kids. Epstein supposedly didn’t even know calculus when he taught it briefly. An investor in the area Epstein claimed to operate claimed if there had been somebody as big as Epstein claimed to be, he would have known of him, and he never heard of him. He said if Epstein was investing, he might have been blackmailing $500 million dollar sums from billionaires he entrapped, to put in an S&P 500 Index fund, and taking a cut of that, but he was not doing anything like he claimed. And yet here were these two people, Jeffrey and Ghilsane, maybe 115 or 120 IQ’s, with little actual schooling in any skill, and they were living the billionaire lifestyle, complete with multiple private jets, private islands, multiple elite-level residences, personal chefs cooking first class meals just for them, and every pleasure anyone could possibly want in this world. But at the end of the day, they were just employees. Which makes you wonder, what is it that is really at the top of this thing? What are they being used to produce for the people at the top?

A “veteran insider” at DHS claims two different federal agencies have investigated Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Ankara) for months, but decided not to prosecute her for immigration fraud, despite clear and readily available evidence that she married her own brother as part of an elaborate immigration scam.

Seattle City Council approves plan to defund police department, slashes jobs and salaries.

Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best to resign after defunding of department. Local Police Chief needs to be an elected position, like Sheriff. Once they are under the thumb of a mayor or other political cuck, you’re finished.

California sees a massive increases in shoplifting, grand theft, receiving stolen property, forgery, fraud, and writing bad checks after turning all of them into minor misdemeanors so long as you don’t steal more than $950 per day through them. I now wonder if this was the start of trying to degrade the US experience to stymie Donald Trump’s reelection.

New York law says there can be no evictions by any landlord until Andrew Cuomo says the Corona-panic is over.

Howard Dean tweeted support for Beijing’s decision to impose economic sanctions on 11 U.S. legislators and human-rights activists, including Republican senators Josh Hawley, Marco Rubio. and Ted Cruz.

Donald Trump leaves abruptly during a press conference after a shooting outside the White House. Sounds like a 51 year old black guy wanted to get killed by Secret service from reports. He approached an officer, told him was armed, walked away, made a drawing motion, and then assumed a shooting stance opposite the officer, who plugged him in the torso and put him down, wounded.

Lebanese prime minister announces resignation of government.

A man who beat, raped and murdered two moms as their young children listened to their screams in a Westchester County home invasion is about to be freed by the state parole board.

Top Chicago prosecutor Kim Foxx’s office has dismissed more than 25,000 felony cases – including murders, shootings, sexual assaults and Jussie Smollett’s ‘hoax’ attack.

Kasich says supporting Trump is not consistent with Biblical teachings, while Biden ‘is a man of deep faith.’

Marco Rubio looks to extend period for casting Electoral College votes, giving states more time to select electors. Inherent to Rubio’s action is the assumption that mail-in voting is a given, and thus we will not know who won for some time.  This will give Cabal time to try and make up votes and adjust the outcome. Historically Republicans would win on election night, only to see the margin whittled away as time went on and recount after recount happened, until the Democrat was ahead, at which point the vote-counting would stop. So this definitely will work to Cabal’s advantage.

Facebook threatens ‘climate-change extremists,’ insisting on a policy ‘that will prevent the public from ever countering radical viewpoints,’ like the idea the planet’s temperature may not be entirely due to man’s activity.

Wall Street’s many campaign donors are lining up behind Joe Biden, according to the New York Times. If it is true, (and it may not be), it is just a measure of how fixed the system is, and how the fixers don’t want to lose control.

There has been anomalous activity on the San Andreas fault over the last 10 days, now we have a big preshock cluster right on the Salton sea, 9 in the last hour, 2 over 4.0.

Fox News looks at what happens if the election fails to produce a clear winner. Short answer – the House selects a President, however each state’s raft of representatives gets only one vote, so all of California gets one vote, just like Wyoming. Presently there are 25 overall Republican states, 24 Democrat states, and one tied state. But a number of them are only one swing vote away from switching, and they say to expect horse-trading.

Massive fire breaks out in a British industrial park. No idea if it is involved, but Cabal will have some sort of central control centers/data-farms hidden somewhere, and if Cabal is being taken down, they will be targeted.

Braves’ finances hit hard, with a 95% drop in revenue. And they didn’t even kneel. But by all means, lets keep players on other teams kneeling.

In one Indian state, Ivermectin is to replace Hydroxychloroquine in treatment of Covid-19 patients.

Chinese firms delisting from the NYSE and Nasdaq amid growing US pressure.

Another round of layoffs at Warner Brothers, including a bloodbath at DC comics. Cabal funds must be getting short if they can’t keep subsidizing their lesbian midget non-binary anti-cis-hetero superhero space romance graphic novels.

Space Force members called ‘Space Warfighters’ in new doctrinal publication.

Stocks extend winning streak to 7 days as Trump signs executive orders for coronavirus relief.

Trump: Convention speech may take place at Gettysburg battlefield, in a nod to the Civil War we are in.

Trump signs bill to expand funding, eligibility for housing grants for disabled veterans.

Spread r/K Theory, because this is the Second Civil War

Twitter Briefs – 08/11/2020

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Headline Brief is here.

President Trump’s twitter feed (May not display properly on the main blog, unless you load this brief’s page by clicking on the title):

Tweets by realDonaldTrump

Don Jr’s Tweets (May not display properly on the main blog, unless you load this brief’s page by clicking on the title):

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This might be part of an interesting strategy to force vote by mail:

If schools and churches remain closed, buildings which are normally used as polling places, where are we gonna vote on Nov. 3?

— Paul Sperry (@paulsperry_) August 11, 2020

Media attack on NYPD is pretty complete – they wrote articles about callous cops standing by as a girl was injured in a girl gangfight raging nearby, but left out the violent crowd attacking them as they advanced into it:

#FactsMatter https://t.co/D561pL8tM5

— NYC PBA (@NYCPBA) August 10, 2020

NEWS: Ghislaine Maxwell's attorneys ask for her to be moved to the general prison population.

Maxwell has spent 40 days in solitary confinement under 24-hours surveillance. Prison guards take notes on everything she does.

PDF: https://t.co/aqJaOkp23G

— Ivan Pentchoukov (@IvanPentchoukov) August 11, 2020

BREAKING: Ex-Justice official says Durham could exploit a loophole in the department's rule, memorialized in memos dating to 2008, that allows for action closer to the election as long as it's not taken "FOR THE PURPOSE OF" affecting an electionhttps://t.co/DL0yeJmLz9

— Paul Sperry (@paulsperry_) August 11, 2020

BREAKING: None of the Justice Department's "Election Year Sensitivities" memos contain any language specifically prohibiting prosecutors such as Durham from announcing case developments or issuing reports of findings within "60 days" of an electionhttps://t.co/Ez8w2pR26Z

— Paul Sperry (@paulsperry_) August 11, 2020

Swecker says he's confident his old colleague Durham has uncovered crimes. And the lack of media leaks coming from Durham's office is a telltale sign he is building a serious corruption case.https://t.co/DL0yeJmLz9

— Paul Sperry (@paulsperry_) August 10, 2020

BREAKING: Swecker named former FBI attorney Kevin Clinesmith — as well as former deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe — among officials most vulnerable to possible criminal charges in Durham’s investigation of the investigators.https://t.co/DL0yeJmLz9

— Paul Sperry (@paulsperry_) August 10, 2020

-Microsoft is only western company China permits to operate inside its borders (Bing, LinkedIn)
-Founder of Bytedance is Microsoft Alumni
-Microsoft’s site says: “our most complete subsidiary and largest R&D center outside the United States is in China.”https://t.co/EHcl3HI98C

— Bowen Xiao (@BowenXiao_) August 10, 2020

FEC Commissioner: 'Substantial Chance' We Won't Know Winner On Election Night

This confirms many Americans’ fears about mail-in ballots: the winner likely won’t be declared on election night — and she said “this is okay” that we may have delayed results.https://t.co/m01roT89km

— Sara A. Carter (@SaraCarterDC) August 10, 2020

“No Gun”#ChicagoRiots pic.twitter.com/wyuSyzdB3U

— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) August 11, 2020

Cities must start deploying their SWAT units to these looting sites or looters will become more and more emboldened. Zero tolerance for looting https://t.co/0q4xsNcxJl

— Paul Sperry (@paulsperry_) August 10, 2020

Gov. Cuomo has rejected calls for an independent investigation. Why is that? https://t.co/AblR0iK7N5

— Joe Concha (@JoeConchaTV) August 11, 2020

According to the Daily Beast, misgendering is violence but looting, rioting and stealing is not. You can’t make this shit up. https://t.co/sI32RLgyjA

— Chris Barron 🇺🇸 (@ChrisRBarron) August 11, 2020

BREAKING: Health officials have now determined the COVID-19 death rate for those under 70 years old is just 0.04% — less than the common flu

— Paul Sperry (@paulsperry_) August 11, 2020

BREAKING: Democrats fear a positive "October Surprise" economic report showing GDP rebounding just before the election. The initial report on real GDP growth in the third quarter is due to be released on Oct 29, and early forecasts show growth rocketing back at a 15% annual clip

— Paul Sperry (@paulsperry_) August 11, 2020

AG Barr Is On The Front Lines, Fighting the 'Resistance' Fundamentally Set On Changing America Forever

Our nation is witnessing this unrest in major cities by groups, like Antifa, which Barr described this Sunday on Fox as utilizing "guerrilla warfare"https://t.co/pMgrdIqCTd

— Sara A. Carter (@SaraCarterDC) August 10, 2020

It's the site where the tide of the Civil War turned https://t.co/S9vXGLOJxP

— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) August 11, 2020

Spread r/K Theory, because you can’t claim to be of science if you call a boy a girl.

SoftBank swings to profit after record loss as Vision Fund recovers

SoftBank is back in the black with a $12 billion profit after important Vision Fund bets recovered.

Coronavirus breaks out again in New Zealand after 102 days

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Tuesday that authorities have found four cases of the coronavirus in one Auckland household from an unknown source, the first cases of local transmission in the country in 102 days.

NJ man injures cop, 3 others during chaotic crime spree: police

A New Jersey man was arrested on Friday after he spit blood at an officer, caused two car accidents, and attempted to sexually assault a woman during a rampage that left a cop and three others injured, according to authorities.

Russia first to register coronavirus vaccine worldwide, Putin claims, saying his daughter has had it

Russian President Vladimir Putin claimed Tuesday that Russia has developed the first coronavirus vaccine.

Nancy Pelosi Admits China Wants Joe Biden To Be Elected President (VIDEO)

During a recent appearance on CNN, Nancy Pelosi admitted that China would rather have Biden elected president in November.

Does she realize this is not a good thing? Does she know Trump has been making this point for weeks?

She has a real talent for saying the quiet part out loud.

The Federalist reports:

Nancy Pelosi Admits ‘China Would Prefer Joe Biden’ Be Elected

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) publicly admitted that she is aware of China’s preferences for the elected President of the United States in this November’s election.

“China would prefer Joe Biden,” she said on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday.

While Pelosi recognized that China prefers that Trump lose the November election, she claims that the threat they present is “not equivalent” to the interference conducted by Russia.

“Russia is actively, 24/7 interfering in our election,” she said. “They did so in 2016, and they are doing so now.”

See the video below:

"China would prefer Joe Biden." – Nancy Pelosi pic.twitter.com/gI1RHmFNOu

— Francis Brennan (@FrancisBrennan) August 9, 2020

Does Pelosi have any idea how this sounds?

Nancy Pelosi admits that our intelligence concluded China prefers Joe Biden be President over Trump. Voters need to ask themselves why China wants Joe. China sent us COVID and lied about how dangerous it was so they could hurt us. Now they want Joe. Why? pic.twitter.com/VhKVt71EGZ

— Robby Starbuck (@robbystarbuck) August 9, 2020

…they already know they can bribe his son. pic.twitter.com/z6sjoy44yD

— Eric Trump (@EricTrump) August 10, 2020

Nancy Pelosi said, “China would prefer Joe Biden” to be president.

Here's why:

-Biden led the effort to grant China “Most Favored Nation” status & supported their membership to the WTO

-Biden was the leading pitchman for the TPP which would have killed 450k U.S. jobs

— GOP (@GOP) August 10, 2020

China would obviously prefer Joe Biden.

They could walk all over him and the rest of America as a result.

Cross posted from American Lookout.

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A Defense of Our Founding Ideas

It’s not just statues and American history that are under attack. The most essential ideas from America’s founding are under siege and on trial.

Robert R. Reilly, the director of the Westminster Institute and widely published author, joined “The Right Side of History” podcast to discuss his new book “America on Trial: A Defense of the Founding.”

Reilly discusses the deeper origins of the American Revolution—rooted in Western thought, philosophy, and religion—and explains why America’s current success and survival depends on embracing those ideas rather than abandoning them. Listen to the interview on the podcast, or read a lightly edited transcript:

Jarrett Stepman: We are now joined by Robert R. Reilly, the director of the Westminster Institute and widely published author who has a new book, “America on Trial: A Defense of the Founding.” Thank you so much for joining us.

Robert Reilly: Delighted to be with you.

Stepman: Obviously, your book is quite timely right now, as we’ve seen so many attacks, I think, on America and what it stands for really coming from seemingly all sides. We’ve had a summer of attacks on statues and a lot of, I think, inability from especially America’s elite to really defend what this country is all about.

You really break down, in your book, in such a great job, what has made the United States good, great, and successful, and in a large part because of its connection to a larger Western tradition. And you define this Western tradition based on three cities: Jerusalem, Athens, and Rome, which I thought was very interesting. Can you explain what exactly that means?

Reilly: Yeah, sure. I tried to examine what were the necessary presuppositions for there to be such a thing as the American founding. In other words, what was the lineage of the ideas that made such a thing conceivable in the first place? And that lineage took me back to ancient Athens, ancient Israel, and the dawn of Christianity, because each of them contributed something indispensable.

To date, monotheism was a startlingly unique revelation amidst the sea of polytheism and pantheism, simply extraordinary that the Jews said that their God was one, startling enough right there. No. 2, that their God was transcendent, that is outside the world, though through his providence, he could act in the world.

Second of all, that he was all good, that everything he made was good. And the one thing he made especially well was man who, as Genesis says, was made in God’s image and likeness.

Well, that was quite a revelation, again, unique in the ancient Middle East, and it imbued man with a certain dignity and an inviolability which is quite extraordinary. In fact, I think you could say any claim to human rights today, in some sense or another, is owing to that revelation in Genesis that people are made in God’s image and likeness.

From ancient Athens, you have philosophy, reason, the gifts of the Greeks, in that they thought that reason is capable of apprehending reality and its essence, of knowing what it really is. As distinct from simply having opinions about things you could know the truth of them. And this truth was not, let’s say, contingent. This is, you could come to know what’s true everywhere at all times for all people.

And one of those most important things you could come to know is, what is good and what is bad? What is just and what is unjust?

How could you come to know these things? Because you could apprehend the nature of man and what virtue is as opposed to vice, and how the end of man is in the perfection of his nature, which is rational, and therefore his apprehension of the good and of the ultimate good, which is God, defines the end of that nature.

That was, again, a startling contribution that broke the grip of tribal man on his conception of things.

If you want to know what tribal man looks like, look at what the United States is devolving in today with all of the identity politics that it’s based on race, or it’s based on gender, it’s based on anything but the common apprehension that we all are human beings and share the same nature, and also have within us the image and likeness of God, which is the source of the respect which we owe each other.

Anyway, that’s jumping ahead. And then, Christianity enters the picture, universalizes the truths of the Jewish religion because Judaism, let’s say, had a universal God, but in still a tribal religion. Christianity has a universal God and is a universal religion. Anyone can be a Christian.

It enhanced that understanding of the sanctity of man, due to the image and likeness of God in him, makes him the object of God’s infinite love, and states the ultimate end of man—which is to share in God’s life—is reached outside of the political order, that the political order does not contribute to man’s salvation.

Each person has an individual relationship with this transcendent God and is to reach his destiny through his faith in him and the gift of God’s grace.

The state is forever devalued after the advent of Christianity. The state can no longer subsume the total man. This, to say the least, was revolutionary.

The “Our Father” was a revolutionary prayer. For Christ to say, “My kingdom is not of this world,” was revolutionary. To say that, “Give to Caesar what is Caesar, and … to God what is God’s,” was also shocking.

It’s said the people who heard Christ say this were amazed by it, and well, they might have been, because no one had said it before. And it too, … once again, it meant there was a secular realm and there was the sacred realm. And it was on the basis of this teaching that eventually within the West, the notion of dual sovereignty grew up, or what was called the two swords, the secular sword and the spiritual sword.

And you had the same individual under these dual sovereignties. And this is what first created the space for the development of constitutional rule.

That’s probably too long an answer, but it’s such a profound subject. All of these ingredients had to be there for the development of democratic, constitutional government and all of the principles without which it won’t develop.

And that, of course, begins with the equality of mankind, the understanding that sovereignty is invested in the people, that God doesn’t directly appoint a king or a ruler of some kind. Rather, it is that that ruler is consented to by the people, if that ruler is to be legitimate.

Therefore, the requirement of consent is a natural development from the apprehension of the equality of all people and the notion of popular sovereignty. Out of this come the other things that what touches all must be approved by all. They must have the opportunity to consent in all the things which affect them.

This turns into the right to vote, the right to representation, and also, by the way, something that was universally accepted by the time of the Middle Ages was the right to revolution, should the ruler turn into a tyrant.

And you find then, in the, say, 12th century, early 13th century, the development of ecclesiastical corporations, church organizations, which are ruled by these principles, the religious orders, like the Dominicans, church councils, and the early development of parliaments, not only in England but on the Continent.

Stepman: That was great. I think what’s very interesting is how these ideas were coming together very much in the Middle Ages, that you actually had a degree of liberty and limitation on the power of secular authority, so to speak, that you do have that dual sovereignty.

But something that I think is very interesting that you bring up is the rise of absolutism, starting really in the 16th century. How a lot of monarchies and governments started to become unmoored, in a sense, even from the law, and how that influenced the mind and thought of the Founding Fathers when, of course, the United States was created.

Can you explain that transition and how that influenced the Founders?

Reilly: Yeah. I think that that was, of course, a very profound transformation that began in the late Middle Ages with, let’s call it a distorted theology, which led to a distorted metaphysics, which inevitably affected political order.

Now, let’s just quickly take that at the theological level.

Thomas Aquinas voiced what was the general opinion in the understanding of God, that in him the will follows upon the intellect. In other words, reason rules. God is, above all things logos, which means reason. So reason rules, and the will executes what the reason has conceived.

Now, William of Ockham famously flipped that relationship and said, “No, no, the will rules and reason follows.” So the traditional notion, the notion at the heart of the Middle Ages, was the intellect.

The intellect directs the will. The will then acts in accord with reason. When you get this down to the human level, it means that rational laws are first conceived and then enforced.

Now, when you flip that relationship and say, “No, God is pure will and power, unbound by anything, certainly unbound by any rational notion that man may have,” that he is not really understandable, because God can will anything, the result of this when it’s devoted to the human level is that … This is called, by the way, the technical name in theology is voluntourism.

So you have a voluntourist God, an imitation of a voluntourist God. Man’s reason then becomes the servant of the will rather than its director. So the will rules, the primacy of the will, not the primacy of reason. Now, that becomes the foundation for absolutism in the political realm.

First of all, in the divine right of kings, as expressed by Robert Filmer and James I in England, was that the sovereign is absolute, receives his powers from God alone, God directly appoints him. There is no popular sovereignty or consent of the people. The ruler is accountable to no one except God.

The ruler is above the laws he makes for his people. He is unaccountable. He cannot be held to account. There is no right to revolution. Of course, there’s no right to consent or representation. And therefore the ruler can rule arbitrarily according to his will. He is not held to reason. Law is no longer reason. It is simply the expression of the ruler’s will.

Now, this development was aided by the fracture of Christendom, when Martin Luther, who was under the profound influence of William of Ockham, decided to dissolve all the church corporations and left man at that time no longer under the dual sovereignty of both church and state.

The church was dissolved as an effective organization, so the prince became the head of the church. Understandably so, this considerably enhanced the power of the ruler.

It is to the prince that Luther turned for the reform of the church. Luther posited that the ruler was directly appointed by God. There was no right to revolution against the ruler, at least for a good deal of Luther’s teachings. He later changed his mind, but one can see how the rule of absolutism was enhanced by this.

You then have a secular form of absolutism proposed by Thomas Hobbes in England, who sort of dispensed with the religious side of it, except insofar as he made the head of the state the head of the church also.

He also made the ruler absolute on secular grounds, with his conception of the state of nature of man be a war of all against all. And the only way this war could be stopped is by having an absolute sovereign with absolute powers who also would rule without the consent of his subjects.

Now, these notions together were repugnant to the American colonists when they became subject to rule without their consent. At that time in the 18th century, starting in the 1760s, the British Parliament asserted in the Declaratory Act that they could rule the colonies in all matters whatsoever, unconstrained and without the consent of the colonists.

Those colonists understood themselves as possessing the rights of Englishmen, No. 1, when—through the royal charters—they had such rights.

But when there was no appeal on the grounds of English constitutionalism to some remedy, to the absolute rule under which they were placed by Parliament and George III, they saw that they had to make a higher appeal, and that higher appeal was to the rights of man based upon natural law, and that ruling them without their consent, it was offense against justice, and it defined tyrannical rule, against which they had the right to revolution, which they then exercised.

So to understand the colonists and the way they talked and the things to which they appealed, you have to see as they were reconnecting themselves with that ancient lineage, with that ancient heritage, and restoring the primacy of reason, restoring the rule of reason and the understanding of man as a rational creature whose consent in his rule was required by his very nature.

And therefore you find the magnificent articulation in the preamble of the Declaration of Independence that lays out those principles under the laws of nature and of nature’s God, and that man is endowed by his creator with certain inalienable rights. That’s very powerfully a natural law document.

So the American founding was a restoration. It required a revolution for that restoration to take place, and then they gained themselves the opportunity, for the first time in history, through reflection and choice, founding a regime based upon those principles. That’s the uniqueness of the American founding.

It was also unique in its constitutional makeup of the dual sovereignty of federalism, of the role of the federal government and the autonomy of the states in certain matters.

Stepman: Following up on that, I wanted to ask about, you talked about how the principle of constitutional rule sort of emerged in the Middle Ages, was rejected for a long time, up until the founding.

There were several times throughout the existence of the United States that there were factions who in some way rejected it, be that I guess maybe the Confederacy, maybe an emergence of the Communist Party, even in the 20th century.

I wonder if you could maybe reflect on how what we’re seeing today, not just with these massive demonstrations and rejection of history, but even this rejection of having a free flow of debate, how what we’re seeing today, is it unique from previous rejections of constitutional rule?

Reilly: Well, yes and no. Obviously, the principles of [the] United States as articulated in the declaration and instantiated for the most part in the Constitution were controversial from the beginning. That’s why there was a war.

They were generally accepted within the United States, but of course, within the United States, there was that sort of original sin of slavery. We make sure to say, however, that slavery existed everywhere. Slavery was the norm. In human history for millennia there was slavery.

So the existence of slavery was not unique. What was unique was the articulation of principles which led to the elimination of slavery. First and foremost, the statement that all men are created equal, which, by the way, though, it is an ancient principle. It’s not a new one.

So it was hoped that evil institution would slowly die out within the new United States. It was eliminated rather immediately. In the 10 years between the declaration and the Constitution, all of the states north of the Mason-Dixon line and north of the Ohio River either eliminated slavery outright or put in place measures that led to its elimination.

And of course the Northwest Ordinance, which set forth how the new territories would be ruled, that constituted a large part of the Midwest and the Upper Midwest, forever forbad slavery. And the Constitution provided for the opportunity to pass a law in 1807 or 1808 that would forbid the foreign slave trade. And indeed, when at that time, the United States Congress passed a law banning that trade, and 12 years later, they made it a capital offense.

So there was a general understanding. Certainly it was understood at the time of the founding that slavery was an evil, by almost everyone. The point was what to do.

Slavery was an institution that had existed from time and memorial. “How is it that we do get rid of it?” Unfortunately, that, of course, was a problem that was only finally resolved with a brutal Civil War, in which the founding principles of the United States were defended and finally applied universally. …

Again, that took considerable time through the civil rights movements and other things that black Americans could finally assume all of the rights which men by their nature have.

That’s not the only source of contestation over the principles. Certainly in the 20th century, we know rather dramatically that the equality of all men was explicitly rejected by Nazi Germany, which was based upon a race theory of history and the superiority of the Aryan race and the necessity to eliminate Jews and enslave Slavs and Gypsies and so forth. It couldn’t have been a more direct denial of principle of equality.

And the other expression of that, which turned out to be far more damaging because it lasted so much longer, was that of the Soviet Union and the communist assertion of a class theory of history, so all people were not created equal in the Soviet Union.

The proletariat was superior. And of course, the vanguard of the proletariat, which was the party, exercised absolute power and the kulaks and the bourgeoisie were physically eliminated, clergy was physically eliminated, etc. Excuse me.

By the way, you see an early premonition of these things in the French Revolution, which I, in one chapter of the book, compare to the American Revolution to show how different they were.

The French Revolution was the manifestation of the radical enlightenment principles that man could be perfected through his own means, and usually those means required the absolute power of the state and the elimination of Christianity.

The French Revolution undertook a brutal de-Christianization campaign in France through the confiscation of church properties, the exile of priests and nuns, the execution of priests and nuns, the elimination of crosses in graveyards, on church steeples, etc. The idea being that man, of course, was alienated from his own self by this religion, which made him a slave, you see, as Rousseau said, and therefore you’d be liberated if he could get rid of it, and get rid of it they tried to do.

… You invite the tremendous contrast between the American and French Revolution by simply asking, would such a de-Christianization campaign have been conceivable in the American colonies at the time? And the answer is of course not.

It was inconceivable. In fact, from most of the pulpits, the Revolution was preached. There was a tremendous compatibility … between reason and faith in the United States, as they were opponents in the French Revolution.

The American Revolution was not on the basis of a project to reach man’s perfection. It was a revolution made by almost a unanimously Christian population that knew that man was not perfectible through his own powers, that man is a sinner, that man must engage in contrition, that he must turn to God for forgiveness.

He doesn’t obtain any of these things through the state. Rather, the state must be kept on its own reservation to allow man’s religious life to be conducted freely. It wasn’t a project of self-perfection. Therefore, it didn’t make itself the enemy of Christianity or any other religion.

Therefore, you can look at such a simple thing as the dates on the American founding documents, 1789 for the Constitution, 1776 for the declaration. Not true in revolutionary France. They started with the year zero. You see, they were restarting history, or history was truly beginning with their secular project for man’s divinization.

Nothing could be more alien to the American Revolution, but you see in the French Revolution a foretaste of what would come later in the national socialist and the international socialist revolutions, which were in their different ways also secular projects for man’s perfection, but at least as man as they conceived him as the class man or the classless man, classless society, or the supremacy and universal rule of the Aryan race.

Stepman: Why do you think it is that the American Revolution was just a real exception among revolutions? Most revolutions ended in some sort despotism, the way the French Revolution did.

Reilly: Well, I think that’s because of the principles on which it was founded, which were anti-despotic, which did not allow for despotism.

The French Revolution, its principles more or less inevitably ended in despotism. It required despotism for its success. That was completely opposite to that of the United States.

And of course, you could point to the same thing in the Soviet Union or Nazi Germany or Pol Pot’s Cambodia, the communist revolution in China. The first thing they have to do is get rid of religion. The enemy is religion. Anything that points man to a transcendent, which means to a standard higher than that standard set by the state, is the enemy of the state and the state’s project cannot be reached or executed without the elimination of religion.

Again, the United States was quite the opposite. It was a founding by largely Christian people who wanted a state that was compatible with how they conceived their spiritual life to be and that they wanted a state that was constitutionally reigned in in terms of their free exercise of religion.

And today the United States is being transformed into a Leviathan, which is the name Thomas Hobbes gave to this absolute sovereign that he proposed, and that can be seen in the attempted restrictions on the exercise of religion in the United States by certain sectors of the American government, whether federal or state.

They think that the suppression of religion, or at least it’s restriction, is necessary for their progressivist view of the uses of government, because they’re more in tune with the French Revolution than the American one and they think the state should be the vehicle for the transformation of man into whatever view of man they have.

Just to give you a little taste of it, I live in the Commonwealth of Virginia and the COVID virus has been an interesting experience in what it has revealed about the character of certain of our rulers and how they use the close to absolute power they have assumed for themselves in light of this virus.

And here, I’m not speaking against any sensible precautions taken to deal with this virus, but the governor in this Commonwealth assumed upon himself the power to say what was an essential activity that would be allowed to continue and what were nonessential activities that wouldn’t be allowed to continue, at least for a period of time.

And quite surprisingly, the exercise of one’s religion was found nonessential, so close the churches, close the synagogues. However, abortion was found to be an essential service. That must be permitted, but the exercise of your religion wasn’t.

I think that reveals something special in the character of certain political rulers in the United States and what Leviathan will look more and more alike, the more powers that are assumed by the government.

Stepman: Absolutely. And that kind of leads to my final question here, which is, America really is on trial in many ways right now, maybe even Western civilization in general. It seems that the ideas that you’ve written about in this book really have few defenders in this country’s leading intellectual and academic institutions.

I think [in] many cases, quite shamefully, the American left appears to be going almost completely in this kind of 1619 Project route, defining America as fundamentally racist and rotten and going really full bore into the identity politics, really the almost tribal ideas that you define in your book that’s very pre-modern in a lot of ways, but it also seems that there are some on the right even who have gone after the founding.

I think, notably, Patrick Deneen at Notre Dame, criticizing the founding as being the basis for you see the modern radicalism today and maybe the individualism and liberalism in modern America.

Can you address that and talk about is there any validity to this and explain also why you say that ultimately the founding is where we need to get back to, not a rebuke of the founding?

Reilly: Yes. I think you hit the nail on the head there that the problem we are facing today in identity politics is the retribalization of people.

Retribalization means they no longer accept the principle that all people are created equal. It’s precisely a rejection of that, and they need to take a good hard look at what tribal life was like.

The 1619 Project is so suffused with ignorance that it is interesting, just for that fact. The claim that the English brought slavery to the United States is true insofar as they restrict it to black slavery.

True enough, they brought black slaves, which they obtained in Africa from other black tribes that had first enslaved the people whom they bought to bring to the American colonies, but there was already slavery here, widely practiced amongst the Native Americans. They led tribal lives.

And as was the practice in tribal life everywhere, it didn’t have to be on the American continent. You could find it in the ancient world. You can find it today in the Middle East, in remote parts of Africa and South America. Where there’s tribal life, there’s almost always slavery and wars with the opposing tribes, the victor takes the members of the other tribes as slaves and the American Indians practice slavery. Slavery was already here.

Quite amusingly, the Supreme Court made this recent decision that the eastern part of Oklahoma ought to be given back to the tribes of that area. According to some ancient treaty, the other side of the question was that at the time of the Civil War, those tribal areas sided with the Confederacy. Why? Because the tribes, they had slaves and they wanted to keep them.

Keep in mind that tribalism almost is always accompanied with slavery. Why? Because the tribal mentality has no means through which to apprehend that all people are created equal. For them, slavery is a perfectly natural development.

As these people in the United States embrace tribal identities, whether it’s based on race or it’s based on some kind of transgenderism or what, but whatever particular identity they think trumps everything else, they’re descending into tribal life.

Now, the fact is there’s very little opposition to this from the intelligentsia of the United States, whether it’s in the media or the academy or at the upper reaches of the business world, because all of these people’s minds have been corrupted for several generations of miseducation, in which theories supporting this kind of thing and denying the principles of the American founding have been taught.

Progressivism itself, from John Dewey, from President [Woodrow] Wilson, they’re all denials of the principles in the preamble of the Declaration of Independence. They get in the way so they must be got rid of, you see.

One thing I want, I could quote and if you’ve looked at the book, you’ll see the incidences of the number of times the American Founders said the principles on which we are basing our enterprise have a transcendent source and they are immutable. Human nature is immutable. Therefore, these truths apply at all times to all people everywhere.

Now, if you believe that, if you accept that, you get to keep the republic, which the American Founders gave us. If you deny those principles, you don’t get to keep it because it can’t possibly survive in the absence of them. Those principles are denied in American progressivism. Obviously, they are denied in any form of moral relativism, of cultural relativism, and so forth.

I can just give one example that kind of helps make the whole thing clear. From President Barack Obama’s book “The Audacity of Hope,” let me read you this sentence: “Implicit in the Constitution structure, and the very idea of ordered liberty, was a rejection of absolute truth. The infallibility of any idea or ideology or theology or -ism and any tyrannical consistency that might lock future generations into a single on alterable course.”

The truth does not set you free, the truth enslaves you. So you must deny this truth. There are no transcendent immutable truths. That’s exactly what President Obama is saying. The rejection of absolute truth. I mean, it’s stunning to see it sort of in naked type, a statement so antithetical to the founding principles of the United States. When it reaches the highest office of the land, you know that we’re in trouble.

Stepman: Absolutely. Well, Robert, thank you so much for joining us on “The Right Side of History.” This is incredibly enlightening and I think, also, incredibly important for Americans now who believe very strongly in what this country stands for but are faced with an incredible challenge that comes from some of the most powerful institutions in this country.

It seems that you’ve done a great service to the many Americans who right now are looking for information for better understanding when they see and hear these attacks occurring so often.

I do recommend to listeners in our audience to pick this book up and grapple with the philosophy and the ideas that have been passed down to them by the founding generation that we have inherited and to better be able to articulate to our friends, our neighbors, our colleagues what makes us special.

Again, thank you very much, Robert, for joining us and talking about these things.

Reilly: You’re very welcome. As dire as the situation is, as bleak as it looks, we do have a path forward, and that is to return to the founding principles of the United States, to recapture these immutable transcendent truths by which we ought to conduct our lives.

Thanks very much for the opportunity.

Stepman: You’re quite welcome. And again, the name of the book is “America on Trial: A Defense of the Founding.” Thank you so much.

Reilly: Thank you. God bless you.

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As noted here, a prisoner released from an Alexandria, Virginia jail due to the Wuhan cornavirus killed the woman who testified against him on sexual assault charges. There had been no cases of the virus in that jail. In another local case, a Montgomery County, Maryland man released from jail for the same reason stabbed a 63 year old man to death.

These stories prompted Fox 5 Washington to take a poll. Viewers were invited to say whether prisoners should be released from jail because of the virus.

This kind of poll isn’t scientific, but the results left little doubt about public sentiment. At the time I saw the station’s report on the poll, about 500 people had voted. 98 percent of them said they oppose releasing prisoners because of the virus. And remember, this poll was of viewers in the D.C. area — one of the most liberal parts of the country.

Liberal, but not stupid. At least on this issue.

Unfortunately, judges and policymakers have no regard for public opinion on matters of crime and safety. In a 2015 poll, 1008 adults were asked the following question:

Thinking about the criminal justice system, which comes closer to your view — that we have too many drug traffickers in prison for too long, or that we don’t do enough to keep drug traffickers off the street?

By a 58-30 margin, respondents chose the right answer: “We don’t do enough to keep drug traffickers off the street.” Yet, a few years later, Congress voted overwhelmingly to reduce sentences for drug traffickers.

In a well-functioning democracy, legislators would not think seriously, given public sentiment, about enacting legislation that reduces the time drug traffickers spend in prison. In a well-functioning justice system, judges would not think seriously about releasing dangerous prisoners due to the corornavirus, especially prisoners in jails where there have been no cases.

But in our democracy and justice system, the elites are more than willing to cram unpopular policies down the public’s throat, and to place the public’s safety at risk in the process.

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Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best will be resigning on Wednesday morning, following the city council voting to defund the police amid massive unrest.

The news of Best’s resignation came one day after dozens of businesses were looted once again.

On Tuesday evening after news of her resignation leaked, Chief Best emailed Seattle police officers explaining her decision.

“It was a difficult decision for me, but when it’s time, it’s time,” Best wrote. “I am confident the department will make it through these difficult times. You truly are the best police department in the country, and please trust me when I say, the vast majority of people in Seattle support you and appreciate you.”

Best said that the mayor has appointed Deputy Chief Adrian Diaz as the interim Chief of Police.

#BREAKINGNEWS: Chief Carmen Best just emailed her resignation notice to Seattle police officers. pic.twitter.com/Y8y7etOXvU

— (((Jason Rantz))) on KTTH Radio (@jasonrantz) August 11, 2020

Q13 reports, “the council on Monday approved proposals that would reduce the police department by up to 100 officers through layoffs and attrition. Chief Best was vocal in her oppostion to the cuts, which came after councilmembers pledged to redirect money from SPD to community programs amid calls from protesters in the wake of George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis.”

The budget cut will slash nearly $4 million from the department’s annual budget — and the councilmembers promised to cut even more in 2021. The 7-1 vote faced objections from the city’s police chief, mayor and the Seattle Police Officers’ Guild.

As Gateway Pundit previously reported, one council member, lunatic socialist Kshama Sawant, voted no because the cuts did not go far enough.

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Why the Technocratic Deep State Hates Debates

Calls are mounting quickly to cancel the 2020 presidential debates, three of which are scheduled to take place between September 29th and October 22nd.

Some hide behind claims that coronavirus concerns make the staging of a debate too risky, though these are generally the same people who have endorsed mass protests and riots for the past three months straight. Others, such as former Clinton White House Press Secretary Joe Lockhart, advise that “trying to debate someone incapable of telling the truth is an impossible contest to win.”

In general, the consensus both Right and Left is that this is a position of fear: either fear that three controlled debates will be the final straw to break the COVID camel’s back, or fear that Biden might be trounced in a toe-to-toe contest with Trump—both on stage and, consequently, at the polls.

But there is more going on here. The more extreme debate-skeptic proposals tip the Left’s hand, and reveal concerns far more substantial than Joe Biden’s apparent senility. Funnily enough, so do the less extreme proposals: we ought to pay attention to the compromises offered, and consider what they reveal about the cancel camp’s priorities.

Just look at Alex Shephard’s anti-debate diatribe at The New Republic. Its headline leaves little doubt about its goal: “Let’s Cancel Presidential Debates Forever.” Forever. This isn’t about protecting the political prospects of one nominee who struggles to project a strong (or even competent) image. This is about fundamentally changing the way we elect presidents, and the way we conduct our politics.

This may seem like an overreaction, especially given the televised debate’s relatively recent arrival to the American political scene: everyone remembers from history class that the first were held in 1960 between Richard Nixon and John F. Kennedy; some readers may even remember watching the 1960 debates live. But what this late date fails to tell us is that TV debates, while new in form, are merely the modern means of delivering something that the American electorate has always needed: a reminder that politics is a flesh-and-blood affair, that in the president we are electing not a party but a person.

We hear a lot of panicked rhetoric about personalism in politics these days. The supposed cult of personality built up around Donald Trump is viewed with a kind of fearful horror, thought to be a novelty and hoped to be an aberration. But American politics—especially presidential politics—have been intensely personal from their earliest days. The first presidents, up through Monroe, were giants: men whose names were known, whose personalities were legendary, whose fierce performances in the debates on the Constitution would all have been remembered on the days of their elections.

Much of the mid-19th century, too, was marked by presidents whose personalities—and histories of conflict—defined both their campaigns and their tenures. Jackson, Tyler, Polk, Taylor, and even the short-lived Harrison (all but the politico Polk accomplished military men), were all elected far more on their reputations than on any platform. This is all to say that a politics of spectacle, performance, and persona is not a novel outgrowth of cable news and TV debates: it is a grand American tradition as old as the presidency itself, and inseparable from it.

In fact, it was really only in the second half of the 19th century, as the power and scope of the federal government expanded rapidly, that the presidency became more about the party than the person. It was then that the first generation of American technocrats found their way into the Oval Office: men like Grover Cleveland and Chester Arthur, who were capable policy-men and administrators, but who would have mustered roughly the same energy on a debate stage as a wet mop.

With a few deviations whose last name was Roosevelt—who were actually not so much deviations as combinations, simultaneously policy-men and personalists—this pattern continued almost uninterrupted until 1952, when national hero Dwight Eisenhower—a man with practically no policy at all—swept the electoral vote against technocrat Adlai Stevenson.

It was immediately after Eisenhower’s eight years in the Oval that Richard Nixon, his vice president, was defeated narrowly by the charismatic Jack Kennedy—not coincidentally, in a campaign that included the first-ever televised debates. Suddenly, with the back-to-back election of two charismatic figures over two policy-minded ones—Eisenhower had defeated Stevenson again by an even wider margin in 1956—America had reentered an age of presidential politics defined by the personal.

Once televised debates became a permanent fixture of the campaign in 1976, this historic transition became even more pronounced. In virtually every election since, the candidate who has won the election has been the obvious winner in the debates. This is not to say that elections have been won because debates have been won; it is simply to observe that the factors that contribute to debate victory—sharpness, image, projection of strength, etc.—have become decisive factors in our presidential elections, and the debates provide the people with an opportunity to evaluate candidates based on these factors.

Why the opposition, then? The personalist revival has been rising in tandem with an inverse trend: the constant expansion of powerful party establishments, and the extension of entrenched ideologues into nonprofits, into academia, into every corner of government and public life. This establishment, on the left and right, is the cozy home of the technocrats of our time. Call it the swamp, call it the deep state, call it whatever—this blob of technocratic and bureaucratic power is a serious counterweight to power of the chief executive, and not by accident. And in 2020, both the presidency and the so-called deep state are just about as powerful as ever.

Establishment pol Joe Biden’s primary win over the dully demagogic Bernie Sanders might be considered an intraparty victory of the technocratic element over the personalist. Donald Trump’s meteoric rise to the top of the GOP is exactly the opposite. In order to secure their measured success and expand it into a long-term political program, progressive technocrats must defend Biden from Trump’s tornado of personal energy.

Protecting Biden from debate, even catapulting him into the Oval Office—these are just steps along the way. “Cancel presidential debates forever” points to a much more ambitious agenda: one in which platforms, establishments, data—a billion things that make no sense and bear no interest for the average American voter—eclipse the presentation and persuasion of a bona fide human being as a candidate for office. In turn, these things will eclipse the importance of the person even in the office. The new technocrats want FDR’s administrative leviathan, without his human touch.

This is made apparent by the plans offered in the name of compromise. There is a massive push from the left to institute some form of real-time fact-checking if the debates are to go on at all. We cannot have any illusions about just whom a quasi-factual live analysis, overseen by a less-than-impartial mainstream media, would serve to benefit. It would not, as its proponents suggest, offer an unbiased counterbalance to erroneous claims by the debaters. It would simply offer an inhuman, coldly analytical counterbalance to the human narrative presented by the candidates. That’s a hell of a win for the technocrats.

Or we can just get rid of audiences, for good. Shephard writes that the presence of an audience contributing authentic reactions as the debate proceeds “underlines the fact that what is happening is a spectacle, not anything of substance.” Like Walter Mondale’s claim, brought up in a 1984 debate, that “President Reagan offers showmanship, not leadership,” it’s a silly mistake to think that the two are mutually exclusive—and it’s suggestive of a dry, sterile view of politics and human affairs on the part of the accuser. It has apparently not occurred to these people that a quadrennial contest for occupation of the most powerful office in the history of mankind might just be worthy of a little spectacle, a little drama, a little fight—and that some members of the public might be entitled to a ringside seat.

The anti-personalists would be perfectly happy to literally remove the great mass of people from this decisive moment in the political process, leaving two men alone to talk policy in an otherwise empty room, overseen by a panel of bureaucrats authorized to enforce the approved version of reality over and against any possible objections. Makes you wonder what they’ll do with the government, if we let them take a crack at it.

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‘Attempting to Commit Murder’: Nets Refuse Condemnation of Antifa

NewsBusters was among the first to call Antifa’s terroristic siege of the federal courthouse in Portland, Oregon what it was: an attempt to commit murder by trapping federal agents inside and burning it to the ground. But last Thursday, Democratic Mayor Ted Wheeler, who had joined the rioters on the front lines, backpedaled hard and echoed the obvious, saying, “You are attempting to commit murder.” To that condemnation, the broadcast networks were silent; when only weeks earlier they were boosting the rioters as standing up to Trump. Back on July 23, this author documented how coverage of the Portland riots largely evaporated on evening newscasts of ABC, CBS, and NBC. They didn’t want viewers to know that rioters they had been touting for days had barricaded federal officers inside the courthouse and tried to set it on fire. While the broadcast networks refused to share Wheeler’s new condemnation for the violence, Fox News Channel’s Special Report didn’t shy away on Friday. Chief correspondent Jonathan Hunt shared this soundbite of the Mayor: When you commit arson with an accelerant in an attempt to burn down a building that is occupied by people that you have intentionally trapped inside, you are not demonstrating. You are attempting to commit murder. “There have now been 70 consecutive nights of protests that began as a Black Lives Matter outcry over the killing of George Floyd, but how now, according to the mayor of Portland, completely lost sight of that cause,” Hunt said. “According to Portland police, the protesters also threw rocks, bottles, and other projectiles at officers.”     With the network evening newscasts moaning about a large rally of freedom-loving bikers happening in South Dakota over the weekend, they refused to cover how a new group of leftist extremists was taking to Portland’s streets. According to Hunt’s reporting, they went by the very communist sounding name, “Pacific Northwest Youth Liberation Front” and their slogan was "No cops, no prisons, total abolition." So, much for the networks’ June gaslighting and Orwellian doublespeak about what “defund the police” actually means. In wrapping up his report, Hunt recalled that Wheeler had blamed the violence on the federal officers guarding the courthouse. “Mayor Wheeler had hoped that the violence might dissipate after federal agents, whose presence he had decried as causing some of the most intense clashes, were largely withdrawn from Portland streets last week. At this point, that seems to have been, at best, wishful thinking,” he quipped. By Monday, Washington Examiner homeland security reporter Anna Giaritelli wrote: “A senior official at the Department of Homeland Security claimed a federal courthouse would have been burned down if federal police had not been there to defend it from rioters.” That’s who the networks sided with in the “literal war” on the streets of Portland. The networks’ refusal to share Mayor Wheeler’s condemnation of attempted murder was made possible because of lucrative sponsorships from GEICO on ABC, Amazon on CBS, and ADT Security Services on NBC. Their contact information is linked if you want to tell them about what they’re funding. CBS Evening News has also asked people to “text” anchor Norah O’Donnell at this number: (202) 217-1107. The transcript is below, click "expand" to read: Fox News Channel’s Special Report August 7, 2020 6:2147 p.m. Eastern SHANNON BREAM: Portland's mayor is condemning the action of rioters in his city, saying some of them were trying to commit murder and are being used as props for the Trump reelection campaign. Chief correspondent Jonathan Hunt reports tonight from Los Angeles. [Cuts to video] JONATHAN HUNT: There have now been 70 consecutive nights of protests that began as a Black Lives Matter outcry over the killing of George Floyd, but how now, according to the mayor of Portland, completely lost sight of that cause. MAYOR TED WHEELER (D): When you commit arson with an accelerant in an attempt to burn down a building that is occupied by people that you have intentionally trapped inside, you are not demonstrating. You are attempting to commit murder. HUNT: Protesters again tried to set fires near the east precinct of Portland's police department last night, as they had Wednesday. According to Portland police, the protesters also threw rocks, bottles, and other projectiles at officers. Thursday's protest had been promoted on social media by a group calling itself the Pacific Northwest Youth Liberation Front, with the slogan, quote, "No cops, no prisons, total abolition." There was less violence than the night before. Police did not declare a riot and did not deploy teargas as they had Wednesday. But Portland's mayor, a Democrat, has had enough and warned the protesters that they are simply helping President Trump's reelection effort. WHEELER: You are creating the B-roll film that will be used in ads nationally to help Donald Trump during this campaign. If you don't want to be part of that? Then don't show up. [Cuts back to live] HUNT: Mayor Wheeler had hoped that the violence might dissipate after federal agents, whose presence he had decried as causing some of the most intense clashes, were largely withdrawn from Portland streets last week. At this point, that seems to have been, at best, wishful thinking. Shannon. BREAM: Jonathan Hunt, thank you.

Politico Laments GOP 'Stoking Fear' of Black Lives Matter as 'Radical Leftist Mob'

The leftist press are always coming to the defense of Black Lives Matter. Conservatives daring to criticize them as looting, rioting, and crime are on the rise are desperate fearmongers. On Monday, Politico reporters Laura Barron Lopez and Alex Thompson penned an article titled "Facing bleak November, Republicans look to stoke BLM backlash." That was mild language compared to the lede:  Facing possible electoral calamity, Republicans are now turning to a familiar playbook: stoking fear by trying to redefine the Black Lives Matter movement as a radical leftist mob looking to sabotage the white, suburban lifestyle. Republicans are using two lines of attack: the Trump administration, candidates in safe red seats and right-wing social media channels seek to label the entire movement “Marxist” and anti-family as they try to energize their conservative base. It's always fascinating to see reporters use "stoking fear" even as their favorite politicians are "stoking fear" about massive coronavirus surges and Russian election interference. But they can't quite deny that the BLM founders said they are trained in Marxism and issued an agenda promising disrupt the "Western-prescribed nuclear family structure." Instead, they try the usual lame tactic of saying the BLM movement is far too complicated -- "a decentralized ecosystem" -- to nail down as menacing. This is the same game they play with Antifa. Oh, they're so disorganized:  Though Black Lives Matter is a decentralized ecosystem that encompasses more than 150 organizations, Trump’s allies are trying to wed the entire movement to the personal beliefs of a pair of self-described Marxists who formed the Black Lives Matter Global Network in 2013, in the aftermath of the killing of Trayvon Martin. Many other supporters and leaders organizing under the Black Lives Matter banner — which is now considered to be the largest racial justice movement in the history of the country — don’t identify with Marxism. Later in the piece, they acknowledged the conservative argument is based in reality, even if they don't like it:  Conservative critiques are based on the fact that two founders of Black Lives Matter Global Network, Patrisse Cullors and Alicia Garza, are self-declared Marxists — a description Cullors used in a 2015 interview. Republicans have also criticized language on the network's website which says one of its missions is to “disrupt the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure requirement.” Garza and Cullors first made the #BlackLivesMatter hashtag go viral after the acquittal of Martin's killer. Their group also owns BlackLivesMatter.com and has been an advocate of defunding the police. Then they turn to a BLM member to claim that the conservative critique isn't really succeeding:  Melina Abdullah, a Pan-African Studies professor at California State University, Los Angeles and head of BLM's LA chapter, wrote the passage on the nuclear family that is featured on the BLMGN website. Abdullah explained that it is an “affirmation of the African principle that it takes a village to raise a child. It's invoking the idea that all of us are responsible for our collective children.” Republican efforts “to assail that statement actually has opened up an important conversation within the Black community,” Abdullah said. “It hasn't had the backlash that I think that they wanted it to have.” As usual, leftist journalists seek to paint radicals as the mainstream, and conservatives as the extreme: "With just under three months until the election, Black Lives Matter has won mainstream support across racial and partisan lines that would have been almost unthinkable six months ago." The future always has a liberal bias at Politico.

'It Made My Blood Boil’: PBS’s ‘Arthur’ Rolls Out Creepy Anti-Racist Propaganda For Kids

Apparently Elwood City, Arthur the aardvark’s hometown, has a racism and police brutality problem.  During a recent episode of longtime PBS Kids favorite “Arthur,” two of the show's central characters discuss seeing a video of police killing a black person and discuss their feelings of anger and confusion over it. PBS’s embrace of Marxist Black Lives Matter propaganda involved the publicly-funded network producing a two minute clip of “Arthur” chiding our “racist” country on August 4. During the clip, Arthur the aardvark and his best friend, Buster the rabbit, talked candidly about the horrors of “racism” against “black people” because of a recent viral video of police brutality. They spoke about how “scary” it was to witness the George Floyd video, essentially, and then get a lesson from one of their adult mentors how racism “boils” their “blood.” The fun kids’ show opened their anti-racist lesson with a distressed video chat between Arthur and Buster. The titular character asked the rabbit, “Did you see that video?” to which his friend replied, “Yeah, I just watched it. It was awful! I can’t believe someone would be hurt like that, just because they’re black.” Uh, what? Isn’t every single character in Arthur some sort of woodland critter? Hearing Arthur and Buster talk about “black people” makes no sense. But, ideology is everything, so on with the propaganda. “Racism is so unfair!” the main character lamented into the camera, adding, “No one should ever judge someone by the color of their skin.” Again, viewers got to envision the George Floyd incident within the context of a children's cartoon about animals, as Buster asked, “But how could it happen here, in Elwood City, outside the Sugar Bowl?” Man, it was so real for these guys, too. Then the real lefty programming began. “Buster, it happens everywhere!” Arthur explained. “I was talking to Mrs. MacGrady the other day and she said there’s a really long history of black people not being treated fairly in this country.” Oh, wow. They’re really going for the “America is a racist country” in Arthur’s universe.  Buster then responded by declaring, “It has to stop!” Though we’d recommend that the characters and animators at PBS watch this universe’s version of the George Floyd body cam footage to see that the victim resisted arrest for a long time and realize it offers no evidence that racism was involved either.  And there are also a few crime stats these yungins’ could look at to dispel their fear at the great BLM lie. Anyways, both Arthur and Buster video chatted with their mentor Mrs. MacGrady, the school cafeteria lady, about how to deal with the issue. She tells the boys, “Yes, I saw [the video] too. And let me tell you, it made my blood boil.” Buster then added that it made him feel “scared” especially since it happened in his neighborhood. So, PBS is promoting fear and anger over myths about police? Perfect for impressionable children. Mrs. MacGrady then mentioned how racism is “like a disease” and explained that “if you don’t treat it, it’s just gonna get worse.” Then she touted divisive BLM mantras, like telling the boys, “it’s not enough to say, ‘I’m not racist, it’s not my problem.'" We don’t know, PBS, but you seem only a hair shy from telling kids to go to “peaceful” protests. Why are we the people funding this garbage?

Trump and TGP Were Right: Obamagate Started in 2015 – Judicial Watch Provides More Support for this Today

We were the first to report at The Gateway Pundit that the Deep State was spying on candidate Trump in 2015. President Trump tweeted the story the following day and the fake news mainstream media immediately attacked him for promoting a conspiracy theory.

Now we know that we were 100% correct and so was President Trump

Thank you President Trump for sharing our story. You were right!

In June of 2018 The Gateway Pundit posted an article identifying unredacted words in previously redacted texts between corrupt cops Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, two individuals supposedly having an affair and key players at the top of the FBI involved in spying on candidate and then President Trump.

The discovery came from an individual on Twitter who was later removed from Twitter, named Nick Falco, who identified a word uncovered in a Senate text that was previously redacted by the corrupt DOJ.

In our post we noted that hidden in the information released by the Senate at that time were unredacted Strzok–Page texts that showed that the FBI initiated actions to insert multiple spies in the Trump campaign in December 2015.

As we reported previously, according to far left LA Times, Comey stated in March of 2017 under oath that the FBI investigation into the Trump – Russia scandal started in July 2016.

We knew then without a doubt that Comey lied about this.

Intelligence expert Tony Shaffer tweeted Falco’s tweet –

 

I'd call this evidence of collusion and wrongdoing… https://t.co/CcTrao5bZE

— Tony Shaffer (@T_S_P_O_O_K_Y) June 4, 2018

Falco’s tweet (soon taken down by Twitter) stated that the texts released from corrupt FBI investigator Peter Strzok to corrupt FBI attorney Lisa Page state the following :

BOMBSHELL- From DECEMBER 2015–The word LURES is redacted by FBI but not OIG; OCONUS LURES; OCONUS= Outside Contiguous US LURES= In this context LURES = SPIES – multiple – Is this an admission that the FBI wanted to run a baited Sting Op using foreign agents against Trump?”

1) BOMBSHELL- From DECEMBER 2015–The word LURES is redacted by FBI but not OIG

“OCONUS LURES”

OCONUS= Outside Contiguous US

LURES= In this context LURES = SPIES – multiple

Is this an admission that the FBI wanted to run a baited Sting Op using foreign agents against Trump? pic.twitter.com/OtLxlOEGsV

— Falco (@Nick_Falco) June 4, 2018

We provided additional information showing that Obama’s spy, Stefan Halper, was awarded a contract in September of 2015.

We also pointed out that the problem with Obama spying on Trump before July 2016 is that it was against FBI rules and contradicted public statements:

Retired assistant FBI director for intelligence Kevin Brock also has questions. Brock supervised an agency update to their longstanding bureau rules governing the use of sources while working under then-director Robert Mueller. These rules prohibit the FBI from directing a human source to perform espionage on an American until a formal investigation has been opened – paperwork and all.

Brock sees oddities in how the Russia case began. “These types of investigations aren’t normally run by assistant directors and deputy directors at headquarters,” he told me. “All that happens normally in a field office, but that isn’t the case here and so it becomes a red flag. Congress would have legitimate oversight interests in the conditions and timing of the targeting of a confidential human source against a U.S. person.” -The Hill

The problem with Comey lying about the start date of the Trump counterintelligence campaign before Congress is that it is against the law.

President Trump tweeted out a follow up to our post the next day undoubtedly referring to our report:

Wow, Strzok-Page, the incompetent & corrupt FBI lovers, have texts referring to a counter-intelligence operation into the Trump Campaign dating way back to December, 2015. SPYGATE is in full force! Is the Mainstream Media interested yet? Big stuff!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 6, 2018

The mainstream media was interested. They were interested in accusing President Trump of tweeting a conspiracy story. The fake news media denied the fact that spying on candidate Trump occurred in spite of evidence showing this happened and then slammed the President and the Gateway Pundit for posting the tweets from Nick Falco.

To this day Wikipedia (which supports crazy far-left and dishonest positions in anything related to President Trump) calls this work, a conspiracy and “Spygate” a conspiracy.

Wikipedia calls the above story a conspiracy and the Gateway Pundit a conspiracy media outlet. However, they don’t call CNN, NBC, MSNBC, CNBC, ABC, The New York Times, Washington Post, and the many other far-left sites conspiracy outlets for pushing the Trump – Russia collusion for more than two years.

The liberal media and Wikipedia omitted the facts. For example, they state that the texts were released previously, yes they were but, THEY WERE REDACTED. Wikipedia is far-left when it comes to US politics!

US Intelligence and the Justice Department, including the FBI, were indeed spying on candidate Trump in 2015.

We now know, for instance, that corrupt DOJ attorney and number four at the DOJ, Bruce Ohr, set aside time to meet with Christopher Steele in his calendar in early October of 2015. Steele is the alleged author of the fake Steele dossier used to obtain a FISA warrant to spy on the Trump campaign, transition team and Presidency. Ohr’s calendar shows this meeting :

Based on his calendar and his wife Nellie’s testimony, we know that Bruce Ohr lied in front Congress. Ohr lied about Nellie’s start date with Fusion GPS. The demoted and disgraced DOJ attorney Bruce Ohr stated in his testimony before Congress that Nellie started with Fusion GPS in November of 2015:

General Flynn’s attorney Sidney Powell gave us another clue in September of 2019.

In her filing with the court, she requests that the US government provide her and her client, General Mike Flynn, documents related to Deep State spy Joseph Mifsud from an event in late 2015 –

Notice that Powell refers to “302s” regarding the dinner event in 2015 that General Flynn attended, which means that the FBI was interviewing Mifsud as early as 2015 and knew EXACTLY who Mifsud was. Notice also that the timing of this event was at the same time as Strzok’s text in December of 2015!

Today Judicial Watch released more text they received from a FOIA request that provide more support:

Judicial Watch today released 168 pages of records from the U.S. Department of Justice including a handwritten timeline of meetings going back to 2015 connected to Peter Strzok and Lisa Page and Steele/Fusion GPS, as well as a list of records the DOJ sent to Congress related to their investigation into the FISA warrants involving the Clinton-funded dossier.

So we now know that Joseph Mifsud, the same individual that spied on George Papadopoulos in 2016, was also involved in setting up General Flynn with Russians in late 2015 and we know Deep State Lovers Strzok and Page were connected to Fusion GPS in 2015 as well.

Thank you President Trump for retweeting our report. Time proved us right again.

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NY City Police Pelted by Mob with Ice Bottles and Projectiles After They Come to Rescue Little 11-Year-Old Girl from Assault in Harlem (VIDEO)

An 11-year-old girl was beat, slapped, punched, kicked and shocked with a stun gun after she was assaulted by five other girls in Harlem last night.

The girl was beaten and bloody but the New York Post said police let the violence play out.

Wouldn’t you think the violent girls would get the blame for this?

The New York PD later responded to the media attacks with a video.

Despite one newspaper's account, our officers who came to the assistance of an 11-year-old girl being assaulted in Harlem on Sunday did not stand by. They were met by a large crowd that hurled projectiles at them and had to reposition, then called for additional officers. pic.twitter.com/aeZ1zNnqrJ

— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) August 10, 2020

Mike Cernovich has it right.
Imagine if the mainstream news just reported honestly 20% of the time!
Think of what a change that would be.

Imagine the lies the press gets away with with no one is watching.

Is even 10% of "news" real? https://t.co/AKzpSzuZZQ

— Cernovich (@Cernovich) August 11, 2020

The post NY City Police Pelted by Mob with Ice Bottles and Projectiles After They Come to Rescue Little 11-Year-Old Girl from Assault in Harlem (VIDEO) appeared first on The Gateway Pundit.

Moving Companies Report Surging Demand for People Leaving NYC

Moving companies in New York City say they can't keep up with demand for those relocating out of the metropolis despite coronavirus infection numbers significantly decreasing. Fox network affiliate WNYW said New York City-based OZ Moving has seen a 30% increase in...

Moving Companies Report Surging Demand for People Leaving NYC

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Statement from U.S. Secret Service on Officer Involved Shooting Outside White House

The U.S. Secret Service issued a report on the officer involved shooting that ocurred Monday outside of the White House while President Trump was giving a press conference. The president was escorted out of the press room until the incident was resolved.

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US President Donald Trump is being removed by a member of the secret service from the Brady Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, DC, on August 10, 2020.

Liberty University names acting president after Falwell placed on indefinite leave

Liberty University in Virginia announced Monday that its board had chosen Jerry Prevo to serve as the acting president of the University after its President Jerry Falwell Jr. was placed on indefinite leave.

Howard Stern Advises Ellen DeGeneres to Change Her Image and ‘Just Be a Prick’

By: Ben Kew · Ben Kew
Radio legend Howard Stern urged Ellen DeGeneres to cut her cutesy image and "just be a prick" following allegations that she oversaw a toxic work environment on the "Ellen DeGeneres Show." 

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Report: U.K. Study Shows 'Very Little Evidence' of Virus Spread in Schools 

There is "very little evidence" the coronavirus is spreading in U.K. schools, a study, described as one of the largest in the world, found.

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WARMINSTER, PA - MARCH 24: Fourth graders at Longstreth Elementary School pledge allegiance to the flag March 24, 2004 in Warminster, Pennsylvania. An atheist parent, Michael Newdow, of Sacramento, California is scheduled to be heard by the Supreme Court today to defend his position that the "Under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance is unconstitutional. If the Supreme Court upholds and expands their original ruling, which affected western states, all U.S. children will be affected. (Photo by William Thomas Cain/Getty Images)

China Retaliates with Sanctions on U.S. Lawmakers and NGO Executives

China announced sanctions against 11 Americans on Monday to retaliate for U.S. sanctions against 11 Chinese officials involved in the oppression of Hong Kong, including Hong Kong chief executive Carrie Lam.

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FNC's Dean: I Was Removed from List to Testify on N.Y. Nursing Home Policies, Think Cuomo Was Behind It

On Monday’s broadcast of Fox News Radio’s “Brian Kilmeade Show,” Fox News Senior Meteorologist Janice Dean, who lost both her in-laws to the coronavirus, said that she was removed from the list to testify about New York’s nursing home policies

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Pelosi: Trump Executive Orders Were to 'Bolster Stock Market' Not Help Hungry Children

By: Pam Key · Pam Key
Monday on MSNBC's "The ReidOut," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said President Donald Trump's executive orders addressing the economic crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic were an "illusion" meant to bolster the stock market and cut benefits to children who are "food insecure in our country."

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Monday on MSNBC's "The ReidOut," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said President Donald Trump's executive orders addressing the economic crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic were an "illusion" meant to bolster the stock market and cut benefits to children who are "food insecure in our country."

Vice: Indians Bring Caste Discrimination into 'Every U.S. Company'

Hundred of Indians are reporting caste-based discrimination by Indians employed by American tech companies, following the filing of a lawsuit against Cisco, according to Vice. Under the headline, “Silicon Valley Has a Caste Discrimination Problem,” Vice reported: In the weeks since the

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Hundred of Indians are reporting caste-based discrimination by Indians employed by American tech companies, following the filing of a lawsuit against Cisco, according to Vice. Under the headline, “Silicon Valley Has a Caste Discrimination Problem,” Vice reported: In the weeks since the

Teachers Union's $500K Ad Calls for Coronavirus Stimulus Funds

The American Federation of Teachers launched a $500,000 ad campaign Monday blaming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., for holding up funding to get schools safely reopened during the coronavirus pandemic, according to The Hill. The new coronavirus stimulus bill...

Teachers Union's $500K Ad Calls for Coronavirus Stimulus Funds

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Ocasio-Cortez to Speak at Democratic Convention

The New York legislator will introduce Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders in a moment intended to reach out to progressive voters.

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