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News Briefs – 02/26/2021

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.

Tweets by DonaldJTrumpJr

No Q. You can see Q’s posts aggregated live, and new ones which may have gone live after our print deadline at http://www.qanon.pub

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Former President Donald Trump plans to lay out his vision for America and give his assessment of Biden administration policies during his speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). One of the stranger anomalies is that he is not talking, not issuing statements, or rallying his troops.

Kash Patel says Trump gave in to pressure from the IC and did not declassify all the material he could have because of IC complaints. All bullshit. Whatever the intel thing is targeting the American people, it views them as the enemy because they are the only threat to its power, and that would extend to Trump as well after his four years of mayhem and exposure. The shit they are talking about declassifying is meaningless compared to what is out there. I have no idea what it means, but I know everybody talking like the Russia stuff is the big game is either not aware of the real issues, or they are covering them up. If there ever is a Civil War, the real opposition to the American people will be the IC, and whatever has taken it over. Future rebels will either understand the intel game and its full capabilities, and maybe have a chance, or they will be destroyed.

Lindsey Graham tells Greg Kelly,  ‘I don’t think Joe Biden’s in charge.’ His argument was he felt AOC and Pelosi are in charge.

President Joe Biden is reportedly considering “every tool” at his disposal to crack down on Second Amendment rights as left-wing activists are pushing him to deal with the issue of gun violence by declaring a national emergency and using executive orders. On the bright side, this happening will tell us once and for all where we stand.

Trump’s tax returns have been handed over to Manhattan prosecutors.

Manhattan prosecutors subpoena Bannon financial documents relating to an investigation of the We Build The Wall project.

New reports shows a much more aggressive FBI program to spy on Trump, with undercover informants recording, targeting for intelligence on numerous GOP figures, and a search for “anyone in the Trump campaign” with ties to Russia who could acquire dirt “damaging to Hillary Clinton.”

Ex-Olympics gymnastics coach John Geddert dies by suicide hours after being charged with sex crimes and human trafficking. If he actually killed himself, and wasn’t Epsteined. He reportedly worked closely with Larry Nasser, the sex-abusing sports doctor for the team. I’d love to know how many physicians, coaches, and others who do not have pedophilia problems went to work every day and did their jobs as conscientiously as possible at high schools, and YMCAs, and other studios, and were never able to get higher up the ladder, as they watched all these pedos and sex fiends seemed to effortlessly congregate at the highest echelons of the sport. Do you think they all rose that high by chance? I wonder if there was a Ghislane Maxwell type who you would find in the backgrounds of photos at all those competitions.

The U.S. government is taking new steps to speed up releases of unaccompanied children to parents or other sponsors as the Biden administration grapples with a growing number of underage migrants arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border. I wonder what they are using the children for. It didn’t take them long to get them flooding in again, and disappearing into the country. If the story is real, which you never know these days.

Illegal alien charged with raping 11-year-old girl in North Carolina. It is not a democrat administration if you don’t have stories like these.

The family of a Latino father of three is worried that his health condition will worsen if he remains in Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody. And we are back to these sob stories too.

BiteLabs grows meat from celebrity tissue samples and uses it to make artisanal salami. Artisanal cannibalism.

Biden launches air strikes in Syria. On Twitter, Rand Paul condemns it.

Leftist activist launches $65 million effort to fight Conservative media and push progressive news. I am kind of amazed I was ever so stupid I thought any of these people were spending their own money. But it is shocking to think of how almost all of these expenditures are cases of money laundering by those who do not wish to be known.

Lady Gaga’s dog walker is shot, and the singer’s two dogs are stolen.

Interesting – an earlier photo in the house Chambers, away from protesters, believed to be of the Capitol Cop who supposedly shot Ashli Barrett, shows him looking elsewhere, while holding his Glock pointed at other officers, with his finger on the trigger. Cops generally try to drill that trigger discipline into officers, and would fail an officer out for such an infraction in training. It is possible he was just absent minded, or didn’t pay attention to his training. But it is curious, especially since his shots would have been fired at Ashli Babbit while she was in front of numerous other officers who could have been hit after the bullet exited her. So he had no concept of minding what was behind his target either. Interesting also, is they are now saying it was definitely not David Bailey, the Capitol Cop involved in the Steve Scalise softball shooting. However it was another Black Capitol Cop, involved in a seemingly staged event, wearing a similar beaded bracelet. I wonder if the bracelet is a sign of membership in a group. Also they say there are credible threats on his life and he in hiding, but no civilians know who he is. Which could point to another group with access to secret information engaging in tit for tat violence.

On twitter – China claims CCP doctors only gave exams to Biden staffers who consented to anal penetration, and the tests were not mandatory.

Transgender PA Health Secretary Levine questioned on missing Pa. nursing home data in federal confirmation hearing. Literally he killed a bunch of innocent people right after saving his own mother by pulling her out, and this is the new highest ranking health official in the land.

Democratic New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham reportedly used thousands in taxpayer funds to purchase groceries, liquor, and dry cleaning for her personal use.

Police Chief tells Congress that Trump supporters want to blow up the Capitol. Whatever is going on behind the scenes, they aren’t about to tell us. And why wasn’t Trump giving the State of the Union in January before the inauguration, as would have been customary?

Oddly enough this twitter account says Biden was invited already to give the State of the Union on Jan 23rd, and he didn’t show up for unknown reasons, and the media is covering it up.

Dow skids 560 points to mark worst day in a month as surge in interest rates unsettles Wall Street bulls.

Democrats introduce a bill to ban body armor. Amazing to me they would consider banning a purely defensive tool.

Brave has fixed a privacy issue in its browser that sent queries for .onion domains to public internet DNS resolvers rather than routing them through Tor nodes, thus exposing users’ visits to dark web websites.

‘Everything has been criminalized,’ says Neil Gorsuch as he pushes for stronger Fourth Amendment protections. This has to do with Police entering a home without a warrant when in pursuit of a suspect, which makes me think this might be a meme to convince you that your Fourth Amendment protections are so great you can commit a crime and the Police can only follow you to your door, and it is debatable if they are allowed in. Meanwhile as you read that, a room full of Glowies down the street is scanning the audios in all the houses around them and looking through the walls and hacking cameras in the houses, just as part of normal duties to monitor the people in the neighborhood. Sooner or later surveillance is going public, and it will make all of these articles look ridiculous. Understand Goresuch almost certainly knows about it already, because according to Scalia the entire Court was under surveillance. But nobody talks, and everybody keeps to the script. Except Scalia, who of course ended up dead.

Leaked emails confirm the UN gave names of dissidents to the CCP.

New book which tells women how to become a “bitch” because men won’t stay with submissive women, tops the best seller list. All of the hype is fake, and it is all designed to trick women into being reduced to r-strategists.

Mr. Potato Head’s ‘makeover’ will leave him gender neutral. When I was really young, I kept falling into subjects that required categorization. Dinosaurs, model rockets, fish/aquatic ecosystems, and eventually guns, and martial arts. I realized later on my brain had developed from all of that, a system of mental cubbyholes from that early activity. When I got into school subjects, I found I could pick up a lot of material cold and store it, well organized and accessible, in that mental cubbyhole system. r/K Theory in politics was a result of just looking into all those cubbyholes and seeing where similar pieces were stored alongside each other. Notice, they are destroying even the most fundamental cubbyhole-building system in kids, by eliminating even the two sex cubbyholes. If the left could have its way, they would destroy all cubbyhole organization in kids, by denying all differences and delineations everywhere. On the bright side for them, that molds the world’s reality to be processable by imbeciles who cannot store categorizable data.

Under Armour forced white employees to undergo ‘antiracist’ reeducation program.

Ghislaine Maxwell has offered to give up her UK and French citizenship in exchange for bail.

Senate Parliamentarian rules against including minimum wage increase in Covid bill.

Freedom Caucus members urge Cheney to step down from GOP leadership role after latest anti-Trump comment.

From Twitter – Federal judge rules CDC order temporarily halting evictions during pandemic unconstitutional.

Spread r/K Theory, because not every day is a happening day.

China's economy could double in size by 2035 — and surpass the U.S. along the way

China would surpass the U.S. as the world's largest economy around 2027-2028, said an economist from the Bank of America.

Survey Finds Democrats’ Greatest Concern Is Scary Trump Supporters

A new poll has found something that is at the same time disturbing and hilarious.

It asked people about their greatest concerns.

Republicans listed traditional issues like the economy and illegal immigration. The number one issue for Democrats was how scared they are of Trump supporters. Seriously.

The Blaze reports:

Survey: GOP is concerned about policy issues, while Democrats are most concerned about ‘Trump supporters’

A new survey found that while Republican voters are mostly concerned with policy issues, Democratic voters are primarily concerned with Trump supporters and the growth of various “-isms” in the country such as “systemic racism” and “white nationalism.”

The survey, conducted by Echelon Insights last week, found that the top concern among Republican voters was illegal immigration, with 81% of respondents reporting that they are very concerned about the issue. Following behind is the lack of support for police in the country, with 79% being very concerned, and high taxes, an issue that 77% said they were very concerned about.

Republicans also did express concern over issues not necessarily related to specific policy — such as liberal bias in the media, the general moral decline of the country, and socialism — but those concerns did not top the list.

Among Democratic voters, however, non-policy-related issues were of greatest concern. In fact, the No. 1 “problem” causing concern for Democratic respondents was not an issue at all, but a group of people — Donald Trump supporters — at 82%.

A lot of this can be blamed on the media.

This is actually pretty incredible

It also shows how effectively the Democrats/media have marginalized the Bernie Bros and other substantive leftist concerns by instead spending their time dehumanizing Trump supporters https://t.co/wHggxBDuW3

— Will Chamberlain (@willchamberlain) February 25, 2021

Of issues we asked ONLY of Democrats, their biggest concern is Donald Trump's supporters. pic.twitter.com/4MpbmtfB6u

— Kristen Soltis Anderson (@KSoltisAnderson) February 24, 2021

It’s just absurd.

Cross posted from American Lookout.

The post Survey Finds Democrats’ Greatest Concern Is Scary Trump Supporters appeared first on The Gateway Pundit.

That Was Then, This Is Now

(Steven Hayward)

Democrats are the master of “situation ethics.” Now that President Biden has bombed an Iranian-backed militia in Syria, let’s revisit some Tweets that have aged worse than a poorly corked cheap Burgundy (be sure to check the dates):

First SpaceX Starship moon passenger teases update on #dearMoon project - CNET

The first civilian with tickets on a SpaceX Starship to the moon has a #dearMoon update on March 2.

NASA leaves hidden message on parachute of Mars rover

Amateur puzzle fans delighted this week when NASA revealed it had hidden a secret color-coded message on the parachute for the Perseverance rover that landed on Mars last week.

Russian diplomats exit North Korea by hand-pushed trolley

The Russian Foreign Ministry posted images on its Twitter account that showed diplomats from the country and family leaving North Korea on a hand-pushed trolley due to Pyongyang’s COVID-19 travel restrictions.

Our Man in Winston-Salem

“You watch, he’s going to win.” That was U.S. Senator Richard Burr of North Carolina, election eve 2016. As he sat in his house on Pine Valley Road in Winston-Salem, Burr was bullish on Donald J. Trump’s chances of capturing the White House. Longtime aides and family members rolled their eyes. OK, whatever you say.

Burr had good reason to believe. The 60-year-old former appliance salesman was on the same ticket with Trump, running for his third term as a Republican from the Tar Heel State. For more than a year, Burr watched voters turn out with building intensity. In tiny places down east such as Rose Hill, Trump rallies would be scheduled for 12,000 supporters; 25,000 would show up. And the first 5,000 of them waited in line for two hours.

The crowds listened as Trump gave away the game, one Burr had spent a career playing. The Manhattan real estate developer ridiculed George W. Bush’s presidency, railed against bipartisan trade deals that closed thousands of American factories, attacked policies that favored illegal immigrants over U.S. citizens, and picked apart spymasters and their benefactors for shoddy track records and pushing a fraudulent war in Iraq.

Burr could admit some of these inconvenient facts (in 2004 he said that NAFTA was “a net loss for North Carolina”) but he resented Trump’s lambasting of the Bush family and GOP orthodoxy. He realized, though, that it was in his best interest not to make waves and to focus on winning his own race. The evidence at GOP headquarters in Forsyth County was clear: Everyone who came in asked for a Donald Trump yard sign. Every other person asked for a Donald Trump and a Richard Burr yard sign.

Burr’s campaign style harkened back to his days in sales. He would slide into his Acura and drive from place to place, spend half the day walking up and down Main Street in little towns across the state. Talk to voters, shake hands. When they asked why he wasn’t in one of the big cities such as Charlotte, Raleigh, or Greensboro, Burr would answer, “That’s not where my people are.”

If Burr grew tired, he checked into a Comfort Inn. “Can I get access to the conference room?” he would ask the front desk clerk. Sometimes at two o’clock in the morning, the senator would get up out of bed and go print something he needed for the next day’s campaign schedule.

Now, in the most unpredictable campaign in modern American history, Burr seemed to be coasting to victory against a liberal state rep from Raleigh, Deborah K. Ross. As the days to the election dwindled, the man at the top of the ticket was catching tailwinds, too. Hillary Clinton’s line that Trump was a sinister, shadowy figure tied to Russian president Vladimir Putin wasn’t getting traction with voters.

On election night, Burr made his way to nearby Forsyth Country Club where his supporters gathered. Phillip Phillips’ song “Home” played over the sound system: “Hold on to me as we go/As we roll down this unfamiliar road/And although this wave is stringing us along/Just know you are not alone/’Cause I’m going to make this place your home…

At 10:32, Burr bounded up on the podium in the dining room to celebrate victory. His supporters cheered. “Wow!” he said. “This one is better than all the rest… This is a victory for all those who have believed in me, and those who have continued to have confidence in the fact that my values match your values.”

Burr thanked his family, and quoted from a sermon delivered by his father, the late Rev. David Burr, who pastored the First Presbyterian Church in Winston-Salem from 1962 to 1986. “He said there’s always work to be done by the living and it’s our responsibility to get in on the action. He taught me to do my part. I intend to carry out my duties through this next Senate term, as I’ve tried to do to the best of my ability for the past 22 years.”

The usual GOP tropes followed. “We will not retreat in the cause of freedom”; “we have freedom coursing through our veins”; “we live in the greatest land known to mankind.” It should have been a freewheeling, relaxed night for a man who announced months earlier that this would be his final race, but Burr read from a script. He seemed uneasy.

Just as Burr said, “We don’t know what we might face in the nation ahead,” Trump was coasting to critical victories in Florida, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.

“Life is and always will be a circle,” Burr continued. “People are born, they live their lives, hopefully making a difference, and then their lives come to an end and they’re replaced by a new generation.”

At 2:30 a.m., the networks declared the winner of the presidency. Chyrons spread across every channel: DONALD TRUMP ELECTED PRESIDENT. With that news, Richard Burr was forced into a decision, one that would define his character and chart a divided course for the nation.

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Until 2017, when Burr became chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, I hadn’t given a serious thought to his career since he got elected to the U.S. House in 1994. Why should I? For most of a decade, Burr was a standard-issue, post–Cold War GOP congressman. Ran for and won a Senate seat in 2004, focused on constituent services, reelected twice.

The idea of Burr overseeing all of the spy agencies called to mind Our Man in Havana, Graham Greene’s darkly comic 1958 novel that parodies espionage bureaucracies. Greene writes about a vacuum cleaner salesman, James Wormold, who gets approached by a British intel officer. “We must have our man in Havana, you know,” the officer says. London is setting up the Caribbean network and wants Wormold to spy for them. The salesman accepts the offer because he needs additional income to support his extravagant teenage daughter. He makes up information about Russian threats, draws diagrams of vacuum cleaners that he says are missiles, creates fake agents from names in the phone book, and then packages the reports to his spymasters. London is impressed.

If you ask former aides to name Burr’s chief accomplishment, they don’t mention his work with spy agencies. Instead, they cite things such as his maneuvering of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to benefit North Carolina. “Richard came up with the idea that if you’re going to drill off the coast, we want royalties and we want them coming in to help beach nourishment, the intercoastal waterway, and dredging,” a longtime aide says. “This made the environmentalists say, ‘Wait, we’re going to get a pile of money for this?’”

As much as I love my home state and still follow politics there, I had never heard that Richard Burr got this money coming in, or that it mattered. The media always gets things backwards or misses the real story. Other than Burr being a fellow Demon Deacon, to me he was just another D.C. Republican who sang from the same songbook that got him elected to Congress.

When Burr arrived in Washington in 1995, another Wake Forest alumnus and I met him in the bar at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill. Richard ordered a beer. “Bring it in the bottle,” he told the waitress, “makes me think I’m back home.” He struck me as the personification of Tom Wolfe’s good old boy. It never occurred to me that one day Richard would become so skilled at playing the game.

He wasn’t destined for the game, the United States Senate, or the chairmanship of a committee that oversees all of America’s spies. His father was a prominent preacher and president of the Rotary Club. Burr’s most overt connection to politics was ancestral—he’s a distant relative of Aaron Burr, who for many Americans has gained notoriety as the character in Hamilton who kills Lin-Manuel Miranda in a duel. Before that, Aaron Burr was vice president under Thomas Jefferson, a fate that would cause him to become one of the most reviled figures in American history.

Richard’s dad was devoted to debunking the attacks against Aaron Burr, his ninth-generation cousin. Most of them stemmed from Jefferson’s determination to crush him because he was threatened by Burr’s appeal. Jefferson accused Burr of treason, without evidence (as we now say). Burr, he asserted, was guilty of “stoking a rebellion, deceiving and seducing honest and well-meaning citizens, under various pretenses, to engage in their various criminal enterprises.” In 1807, Jefferson had Aaron Burr arrested for “suspicious activities.” Of Burr’s guilt, Jefferson declared, “there can be no doubt.” Burr was put on trial. And acquitted twice.

“Aaron Burr has been given a bad deal,” Rev. Burr said to the Associated Press in 1987. At the time, he was president of the Aaron Burr Association. On the matter of the duel, Rev. Burr said, “Hamilton is the one who challenged Burr and Hamilton lost, obviously.” About whether Burr was a traitor, Rev. Burr said, “It’s taken some time for the real facts to surface… he was completely exonerated.”

With no proclivity for politics, Richard turned to athletics. At the R.J. Reynolds High School in Winston-Salem, he played football. Burr became a star linebacker and helped take the team to a district championship where he was selected Forsyth County’s offensive player of the year in 1973. His performances caught the attention of Chuck Mills, head coach of the football team at Wake Forest University, the “Demon Deacons.” Mills signed Richard to a football grant-in-aid to play in 1974.

Going into that season, Mills told the campus newspaper, the Old Gold & Black, “We honestly feel we are on the precipice of a solid and respected football program.” To anybody who followed sports on Tobacco Road back then, there seemed to be a specter hanging over Wake Forest. In an unguarded moment on local radio discussing the upcoming football schedule, Mills alluded to it. “Saturday, September 28, will be the best Saturday of the season,” he said, “because on the 28th, we don’t have to play anybody.”

Demon Deacons are accustomed to losing in athletics. In fact, in the 71 years before Richard joined the football team, Wake had only 25 winning seasons. In Richard’s freshman year, they lost game after game. By mid-season, the Deacs were listed on the Los Angeles Times “Bottom 10” rankings.

But Richard still looked promising. At 6’2’’ and 195 pounds, he was a solid player, big and fast, who stayed banged up. (My parents were friends with another player, Solomon Everett, and we attended many games.) Richard kept moving and sustained so many injuries and scars that teammates nicknamed him “Zipper.”

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There was a time when the giants of North Carolina politics, in both parties, were outraged over abuses from the national security state. Long before Sen. Sam Ervin became a folk hero for presiding over the Watergate hearings, the Democrat from Morganton led a crusade against Army spying on civilians. He was celebrated by Robert Sherrill, Washington correspondent of The Nation, for being “the closest thing we have to a Federal Ombudsman in the crusade against Big Brother.”

Sen. Jesse Helms, a staunch anticommunist, condemned FBI wiretapping and bugging as “the whole smelly mess of American politics.” In 1974, Helms said, “Bobby Kennedy tapped telephones of everybody in sight, including 38 Senators… let’s see who else has been doing it.”

In 1975, the Senate voted 82-4 to establish the Senate Select Committee to Study Governmental Operations with Respect to Intelligence Agencies, to launch a massive investigation into allegations of wrongdoing. Members included Sen. Robert Morgan of North Carolina, a graduate of Wake Forest University Law School, who took a special interest in the probe.

Morgan said he was drawn to the inquiry when he heard how I.R.S. agents had “engaged in a lot of illegal activities” to entrap taxpayers. “I remember a case of a banker from the Bahamas being in this country and they investigated,” Morgan said. “The I.R.S. wanted some papers in his briefcase so they literally set him up with a woman in Florida, in Miami, and then got him about half drunk, and while he was drunk with the woman, they robbed his briefcase, photographed the records, and put them back.”

The committee exposed espionage on U.S. citizens, such as opening mail, listening in on phone calls, and bugging bedrooms; interference in domestic politics; harassment and character assassination of civil rights leaders, Vietnam War protesters, and radicals; and subversion of foreign governments.

In August 1975, Committee chairman Sen. Frank Church of Idaho appeared on Meet the Press to explain why the committee was vital. “In the need to develop a capacity to know what potential enemies are doing, the United States government has perfected a technological capability that enables us to monitor the messages that go through the air,” Church said. “These messages are between ships at sea, they can be between military units in the field—we have a very extensive capability of intercepting messages wherever they may be in the airwaves… no American would have any privacy left, such is the capability, to monitor everything—telephone conversations, telegrams, it doesn’t matter.”

“If a dictator ever took charge in this country,” Church said, “the technological capacity that the intel community has given government could enable it to impose total tyranny and there would be no way to fight back because the most careful effort to combine together in resistance to the government, no matter how privately it was done, is within the reach of the government to know.”

Committee members were hopeful that what they launched in 1975 would be permanent. They wanted to inspire an enduring mission of “seeing to it that all government agencies… operate within the law and under proper supervision.”

* * *

In 1978, Richard graduated with a communication degree from Wake. He emerged into a state that was the headquarters of industry—tobacco, textiles, and furniture. Cannon Mills in Kannapolis produced half of the nation’s towels and a fifth of its bed sheets. Almost 35 percent of North Carolinians worked in manufacturing, more than any other state. Rev. Burr helped Richard get a full-time position with Carswell Distributing Co., which sold appliances in the Winston-Salem area. One of his first jobs was demonstrating kerosene heaters to potential customers.

Richard purchased a house on Polo Road, near the Wake Forest campus. The place needed a lot of work, and Richard had just the man for it, an undergraduate named Tom Fetzer. They met when both were students who landed jobs at The Hub Ltd., a men’s clothing store at Hanes Mall. Soon, Fetzer learned a key fact about his friend: “Richard Burr is the tightest man you have ever met.” Richard showed Fetzer his new house and said, “If you help me fix this place up, I’ll let you live here for free.” Fetzer agreed and moved in. “I went in as his indentured servant.”

The house needed a lot of work. “There was scraping paint, painting, all kinds of stuff,” Fetzer says. “One day Richard asked me to mow the backyard. I said, ‘Alright.’ So I’m out there mowing the backyard and, all of a sudden, my legs just catch on fire. I had hit a ground wasp’s nest that he knew was there—he just didn’t know where it was. Richard stood on the screened porch and watched me to find out where it was.”

Oil prices were high during the winter of 1979 and Richard’s house had an oil furnace in it. “But he never burned a drop the whole time we lived there,” Fetzer recalls. Instead, Richard purchased a wood-burning stove from his employer, put it in the basement, and it theoretically heated the whole house. “Well, I lived in the bottom floor bedroom and I would go to bed with a sweatshirt, a stocking cap, and ski gloves. You could see your breath in my room,” Fetzer says.

During the time they lived together, Fetzer, not Burr, was the one interested in politics. That summer, a prominent Republican lawyer, Fred Hutchins, hosted a fundraiser at his residence for John P. East, a political science professor from East Carolina University. He was running to defeat Sen. Morgan in the 1980 election, the same senator who exposed the spy agencies’ wrongdoings. Fetzer was friends with Hutchins’s daughter and Hutchins asked him to bartend for the event. It was there that Fetzer met Thomas F. Ellis, the top strategist for East and Helms, who had also helped engineer Ronald Reagan’s 1976 primary victory in North Carolina. “Come see us when you finish school,” Ellis told Fetzer. When classes were completed that fall, Fetzer went to Raleigh to meet Ellis and was hired for $850 a month to work in East’s campaign. In November 1980, East defeated Morgan by a little more than 10,000 votes.

For the next decade, Burr continued to work for Carswell as a salesman. He married a girl from nearby Salem College, Brooke Fauth, and they had two boys (Fetzer is godfather to their oldest son). Fetzer kept active in politics and in 1988, he challenged incumbent congressman David Price, a Democrat from the Triangle. “Even though George Bush won the presidential election I got soundly trashed,” Fetzer says.

During a Christmas visit to the Burrs following that defeat, Burr informed Fetzer he might run for Congress. “We were in his kitchen and I said, ‘What?’ He said, ‘Yeah, the boys are getting to be of age and I’m really worried about where this country is headed, what kind of future they’re going to have. It’s something I want to do.’ I never saw it coming,” Fetzer says. “But Richard turned out to be a natural politician.”

* * *

Between 1969 and 1975, North Carolina’s Fifth Congressional District was represented by a former pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals, Wilmer “Vinegar Bend” Mizell. After Watergate he was defeated by a 40-year-old mortgage banker and newspaper publisher, Stephen L. Neal, a Winston-Salem native.

I remember Neal as a centrist Democrat who was able to hold on through the Reagan and Bush landslides of the ’80s. In 1992, Burr declared against him. “We will run a campaign based on a theme of ‘It’s time to make Washington work again.’” (Has it ever?) He came to the Wake Forest campus, where I was a student, looking for support that fall. His pitch was that he was prompted to run by “lack of representation” from Neal. After a year in which the insurgent candidacies of Patrick J. Buchanan and Ross Perot revealed voter outrage toward the establishment, Burr’s anodyne message was ill-suited for the political climate.

When he spoke to a small meeting in the Benson Center that I attended, he said, “I truly believe we’re at a crossroads in America this year. America must choose between decay and prosperity. As long as our policy is anti-business… anti-growth, we are not going to change.” In addition to generic platitudes, Burr also expressed support for the line-item veto, something even Reagan couldn’t get passed despite pushing for it during his two terms.

Nobody on the national GOP level thought Burr stood a chance at winning, for good reason. Bill Clinton was running for president at the top of the Democratic ticket and Neal dismissed Burr as a “Japanese-appliance salesman.” (As a top North Carolina Democrat puts it, “At that time, Japanese products were not real welcome here in North Carolina.”) Sure enough, Burr went down to defeat.

“We thought we had a shot,” Chuck Greene says. He was just out of Wake Forest and worked as Burr’s western field director. “Actually, we didn’t do too bad. If you look at the final outcome, and it being a big Democratic year with Bill Clinton’s victory, and Steve Neal outraising us, to get to 47 percent, where we ended—we thought that was pretty good.”

For Republicans in Washington, the race put Burr on the map. As for Neal, he decided to get out while he was still ahead.

* * *

In 1994, North Carolina had a “blue moon election,” as it’s known in the state, a rarity where contests for the Senate or governor aren’t on the ballot. President Bill Clinton had grown unpopular in North Carolina and Hillary’s plan to overhaul health care had hit roadblocks. Sensing an opportunity to chalk up a win, then-House minority whip Newt Gingrich put the big GOP money behind him. Burr raised more than $600,000. For the first time since 1972, the Fifth District seemed winnable for Republicans. Neal announced his retirement and Democrats drafted state senator Alexander “Sandy” Sands as their successor to Neal.

While the GOP pushed Gingrich’s Contract with America as its nationwide theme, the biggest local issue was NAFTA. Burr declared his support for the free trade agreement and followed the party line that NAFTA would be a winner for the district. He also attacked Sands for raising his own salary while in the General Assembly. “That was technically not correct,” Sands recalls. “We voted as a legislature to adopt the budget which gives every state employee a certain percentage raise. It applies to everybody, and never went into effect until you got reelected.”

That November, Burr won with 57 percent. SALESMAN BURR HEADS TO WASHINGTON was the headline in the Charlotte Observer. There was a pullout quotation from Burr’s wife, Brooke: “He was always a leader. He was on the football team. He was in a fraternity. He never missed a Sunday at church.”

Before Burr was sworn into office, he met with his campaign strategist Paul Shumaker. “You have ten years to find a landing place for me statewide,” he said. His message to Shumaker was, I believe in term limits, and five terms is the most I am going to serve in the House. For the next few years, “We went through a process of preparing him to run statewide and building relationships,” says Shumaker.

It didn’t take Burr long to master the way people in Washington speak without saying anything. Appearing with a group of House Republicans in 1995 to announce the formation of a group called the Mainstream Conservative Alliance, Burr said the mission was “fiscal sanity.” He declared, “Solutions are bipartisan. We’ve got a long way to go in this institution, but this is the first step of one that I think will be many in the foreseeable future and I’m glad to be a part of it.”

Later that fall, Burr appeared at a Chamber of Commerce-sponsored event, the Washington Issues Seminar, moderated by Rep. Bill Hefner, an old-line Democrat and former gospel singer in the Harvesters Quartet, who represented the Eighth District. In the morning session, Hefner urged everyone to get their coffee and danish and settle in as he introduced the new congressman. “Richard’s a very articulate young man from Winston-Salem, and in just the short while that he’s been here, I’ve learned to have a great amount of respect for him.”

Burr strode to the front wearing his horizontal striped tie and congressional pin, shaking a few hands as he moved along. He joked about trying to work his way through Gingrich’s reading list. Referring to the 53 Republicans who got elected nationwide with him, Burr said, “This is not a partisan class,” even though what had happened was considered a political revolution and the first time the GOP would have control of Capitol Hill since 1952.

Before signing off, Burr acknowledged another participant in that morning’s affair, Albert R. Hunt, Jr., then the Washington bureau chief of the Wall Street Journal, and also a graduate of Wake Forest, class of 1965. Hunt was one of the most prominent mediocrities in all of Washington journalism, always a reliable source of useless conventional wisdom and left-wing takes. Outside the Beltway, reporters marveled at how Hunt kept his job. But Burr took a different approach. “I don’t think there’s an individual who has a better grasp of what’s happening in the city,” he said. When I heard that line, I knew Richard was well on his way to punching all the right tickets for success in D.C.

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“Are you familiar with Wilkes County?” Neal Cashion, the former mayor of North Wilkesboro, asks me. He’s describing the long odds he faced in 1996 when he tried to unseat Richard Burr. “I’ve lived here all my life. Hell, when you live here and you’re a Democrat, you have to fight the weather, the devil, and the Republican Party—and just about in that damn fashion, to tell you the truth about it.” I checked, and the last Democrat to carry Wilkes County for president was Andrew Jackson, in 1832. Cashion says Governor Jim Hunt asked him to run to fill the Democratic ticket. “They needed a full slate that year,” he says.

He recalls putting some $100,000 of his own money into the race, and getting a little help from the Democratic Party, but it was impossible to persuade big business to give him a listen. Cashion called the Miller High Life plant in Rockingham County to ask if he could tour and meet the workers, and executives said, no, we’re for Richard Burr, we can’t let you in here.

“The Clinton-Gore bunch came out against tobacco so, you know, it was kind of like standing on the corner raising money,” Cashion recalls, “wishing in one hand and taking shit in the other and seeing which fills up first.”

Burr and Cashion did meet for one debate, in Winston-Salem. “I probably did a pretty good job,” Cashion says. “That was my first ever debate as any kind of a candidate. In a small-town race you don’t have that type of thing. That’s where Burr kept bragging about being a Presbyterian minister’s son. They made a video of it.”

How did you size up Richard Burr? I asked. “He was very polished, very familiar with the issues, he was in Newt Gingrich’s pocket.”

Cashion says, “I’m not a Richard Burr fan. I always thought his daddy was a nice fella. He used to come up here and preach in our church some. His son didn’t like staying a Presbyterian for one reason or another.” The Burrs now attend Centenary United Methodist Church in downtown Winston-Salem, known more for the social climbing of its members than the teachings of its reverend.

“I grew up in my grandfather’s house and my grandfather was a big Presbyterian,” Cashion says. “And you always hear about, ‘Well, we got to do this for the preacher, we’ve got to help the preacher’s son do this, we’ve got to help the preacher’s wife do that, we’ve got to help the preacher’s daughter’—always wanting to do something for the preacher’s young’uns, all the time having to take up a collection. And it made me think, Burr bragged about being a Presbyterian minister’s son and the first time he gets a chance he changes his religious affiliation to something else. I thought, damn, what a traitor. It’s the damn truth. He sucked on the Presbyterian teat for years, and then spit it out for some reason.”

With the district leaning more Republican, Burr carried 62 percent of the vote and secured his place in Washington. Neil Cashion says he’s happy these days just watching the Golf Channel.

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In February 1999, a small group of businessmen who supported Burr asked him to run for governor. Shumaker talked Burr out of it by saying they were looking to protect their own business interests. “My job is to protect your interest,” Shumaker told him. “You’re not ready for this, nor is this your issue set.”

Burr stayed in Congress and, after 9/11, grew to believe that spies were the first line of defense against the jihadists. He took a spot on the House Committee on Intelligence, where he sat next to Nancy Pelosi and questioned top intelligence officials. In October 2002, he voted in favor of the war in Iraq and became a strong supporter of President George W. Bush. He began to view the FISA court and the Patriot Act as tools spies could use to beat back the terrorist threat.

When top political aides in the Bush White House went looking for potential U.S. Senate candidates to run for 2004, Burr impressed them as being someone they could rely on. (“Their main criteria were people who would do what they wanted,” says longtime North Carolina political strategist Carter Wrenn, who worked for Helms and East.) Karl Rove says he talked to the Burrs—“he does not make a political decision without his wife, Brooke, she’s very smart”—and told them that if Richard decided to run, “we’re in, money, marbles, and chalk.”

Burr never had to worry about an election again. His commitment to deal-making was viewed in the Senate as serious-mindedness and earned him plaudits from Teddy Kennedy and Harry Reid. Among GOP Senate leadership, Burr was the workhorse guy. There’s no drama with him, he’ll put his head down. During Barack Obama’s presidency, Burr turned to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and the spy agencies for guidance on next steps. McConnell groomed Burr to take the place of the retiring vice chairman on the Select Committee on Intelligence, Senator Saxby Chambliss of Georgia (one of Burr’s close friends).

While the tobacco, textiles, and furniture industries that once filled little cities all across North Carolina closed, Burr grew to love the briefings and the collegiality with the spymasters. He even refused to condemn waterboarding. In 2013, during an interminable hearing with CIA director John Brennan, Burr joked, “I’m going to try to be brief because I notice you’re on your fourth glass of water, and I don’t want to be accused of waterboarding you.” He said he considered any effort to hold hearings on CIA torture as an attempt to smear the Bush administration. When a staffer for Sen. Dianne Feinstein discovered that the CIA was spying on committee computers, Burr didn’t seem to be bothered by it. Living in the world of espionage—“It’s what he gets up and breathes for,” says one former aide.

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If Donald Trump’s trip down the escalator in 2015 revealed anything, it was that he did not belong to The Club. As Gore Vidal describes in his 1967 novel Washington, D.C., “No one was ever quite sure who belonged to The Club since members denied its existence, but everyone knew who did not belong.” Burr knew right off that Trump was not a member, nor would he ever be. This was reinforced when Trump said the espionage business was a waste of money and incompetent, insofar as they missed the end of the Cold War, 9/11, WMD, and the rise of China.

I spent a year conducting the Playboy Interview with former NSA and CIA director Gen. Michael Hayden when Trump was running for president. The last spymaster to sit for a Playboy Interview was William Colby in 1978. Colby’s more than 10,000-word interview maintained the tradition of publicly staying out of domestic politics. Hayden’s did not.

In August 2016, Hayden and other former national security officials, from the Nixon to the Bush administrations, signed an “open letter” that was publicized through every media outlet in the world. “Trump has dangerous qualities in an individual who aspires to be President and Commander-in-Chief, with command of the U.S. nuclear arsenal,” they wrote. “We are convinced that he would be a dangerous President and would put at risk our country’s national security and well-being. None of us will vote for Donald Trump.” Trump responded by saying that people such as Hayden were the same ones who brought us the war in Iraq and allowed Americans to die in Benghazi.

Days after Trump was elected, President Obama ordered our 17 intelligence agencies to conduct an investigation and write a report about alleged Russian interference in the election. The report was released to the public on January 6, 2017. It said that all of the spy agencies were in agreement that “Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an influence campaign in 2016 aimed at the U.S. Presidential election.” The document was a tool meant to undermine the legitimacy of Trump’s election.

With six years remaining in his political career, Burr was in the position to correct the narrative that the election was stolen by Putin for Trump, as chairman of the Select Committee on Intelligence. He refused to push back and decided that he was going to undertake the same investigation that Obama had ordered, except this time run it through the Senate committee.

A few days later, BuzzFeed published the notorious “Steele Dossier,” written by a British spy, Christopher Steele, who hated Trump and was paid by Hillary’s campaign. The document portrayed Trump as a Russian stooge cavorting with prostitutes in Moscow. Despite its lack of evidence, it circulated among top U.S. spies, who seemed to relish reading and disseminating it. Over Twitter and in person, President Trump attacked the dossier and the espionage apparatus that generated it.

This “antagonism, this taunting to the intelligence community,” as Rachel Maddow described Trump’s response, caused Hayden, Brennan, NSA director James Clapper, CIA deputy director Michael Morrell, and FBI director James Comey to double down against the president. They broadcast their antipathy for him through a myriad of channels, continued spying on Trump and his advisors, and sought to neutralize him through leaks. Their anger was telegraphed in the interview Sen. Chuck Schumer gave Rachel Maddow shortly after Trump was sworn in. “Let me tell you,” he said, “you take on the intelligence community, they have six ways from Sunday of getting back at you… From what I am told, they are very upset with how he has treated them and talked about them.”

On March 29, 2017, I watched as Burr appeared on the podium in the Senate Radio-TV Gallery studio. He was sweating as he announced his probe. “Our mission is to earn the trust and respect of the intelligence community so they feel open and good about sharing information with us because that enables us to do our oversight job that much better,” he said.

For the next three years, Burr said he was overseeing “one of the biggest investigations that the Hill has seen in my tenure here.” He didn’t really “oversee” it. He put a longtime aide, Chris Joyner, who had also worked as a lobbyist for the American Petroleum Institute, in charge and ceded considerable authority to the committee’s vice chairman, Sen. Mark Warner, Democrat, of Virginia. In public, Burr bragged about the extraordinary number of witnesses he and the committee questioned. In reality, some vital witnesses never even laid eyes on Burr.

Tom (I shall disguise his real identity) got subpoenaed by Burr and Warner for “documents related to Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. elections.” Tom was ordered to appear in person at the committee or go to jail. Tom hired a lawyer, complied with Burr’s request, and appeared on Capitol Hill for what he thought was going to be an interview with Chairman Burr. “Not only did I not see Burr, but the staff played a game with me where they pretend, ‘Oh we’re so bipartisan, you won’t even be able to guess who works for whom.’ You’ve got all these people in the room with various agendas and in between questions they run outside and leak to the press. A bunch of really shitty, untalented people. In the intelligence community, they’re looked down on as losers and wannabes, people who couldn’t get into the agencies.” In the end, Tom spent close to $250,000 on lawyers and his life was ruined.

Burr and Warner released five volumes of a study that concluded that Russia did what they had been doing since the Bolshevik Revolution—though in 2016 they were so stupid they spent $100,000 on Facebook ads, some of which appeared after the election. Out of some 200 witnesses, none could swear to having any evidence that the Trump campaign colluded, conspired, or coordinated with any member of the Russian government.

While committee staff members were investigating Trump and Russia, FBI agents caught the committee’s director of security, James A. Wolfe, leaking classified and disparaging information about Trump and others close to the president to reporters, including one with whom he was having sex. (“I always tried to give you as much information that I could and to do the right thing with it so you could get that scoop before anyone else,” Wolfe texted the reporter in 2017. “I always enjoyed the way that you would pursue a story like nobody else was doing in my hallway.”) After Wolfe pled guilty to lying to the FBI and was set to be sentenced to prison, Burr, Warner, and Feinstein wrote to Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson and beseeched her to give Wolfe leniency. In December 2018 she sentenced Wolfe to two months in prison and fined him $7,500.

At the end of Our Man in Havana, Wormold confesses. His “intelligence” has been a scam. There is no threat. The spymasters in London need to keep this quiet. Determined to avoid embarrassment, they give Wormold an award, the Order of the British Empire, and a prestigious teaching post at headquarters.

Soon after President Trump left office in January, officials at the Department of Justice contacted Burr. For almost a year, they’d investigated him because following a private briefing from intel agencies in early 2020 regarding the coming pandemic, he liquidated his stocks. The Burrs were spared some $250,000 in losses. We won’t be charging you with any crimes, Justice officials at long last informed him.

“The case is now closed,” Burr announced in a statement. “I’m glad to hear it. My focus has been and will continue to be working for the people of North Carolina during this difficult time for our nation.”

John Meroney is contributing editor of Garden & Gun and consulting producer of the upcoming CNN Originals documentary series, The Woman Who Took Down the KKK.

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UNREAL: Singer Demi Lovato Condemns Gender Reveal Parties as 'Transphobic'

Here’s one of those stories that prove that celebrities truly live on another planet. While most of us worry about things like bills, lockdowns, and crime, celebrities are there to warn us about the next great evil: gender reveal parties. On February 24, singer Demi Lovato, who identifies as "queer," reposted a lengthy Instagram piece entitled “Why Gender Reveal Parties Are Transphobic.” Written by an LGBTQ activist/author/speaker known as Alok Vaid-Menon, the nine-page post claims that “it’s both insincere and incorrect to pretend that gender reveal parties are not transphobic.” Further on the post reads: This is not about being politically correct, it’s about being correct. The refusal to acknowledge this stems from a misunderstanding of what transphobia is. Transphobia is not just prejudice or violence against an individual trans person, it is a belief system that presumes non-trans people to be more “natural” than trans people. Only individual people can self determine [sic] their gender. We’ve now gone past the point of “politically correct” to claiming that more than two genders is factually “correct,” no questions asked. With the way this post views transphobia, it’s no wonder they think pink cups and blue balloons are practically evil. It makes about as much sense as anything else these people believe. The post then devolves into the usual screed that “there are boys with vaginas and girls with penises and that there are people who are neither boys nor girls.” On the other hand, “The gender binary...naturalizes cultural myths as ‘biological facts.’” Apparently, "The idea that sex is based on genitalia is inconsistent with science,” except for the about 90% of gender dysphoric/confused children who end up basing their gender on their genitalia and sex chromosomes by puberty. Shockingly, science doesn’t seem to be these celebrities’ strong point. This radicalism sadly isn’t new for Lovato who has previously gone mad with Trump Derangement Syndrome. It’s ironic that the post reads, “We condemn gender reveals not because of our identity, but because of reality” when celebrities like Lovato deny reality themselves. Whether it’s denying Trump's 2016 election win or biology determining our gender, it’s like celebrities want to acknowledge everything but reality. With the state of things these days, people probably wish that transphobic gender reveal parties were the biggest issues right now. Instead, they have to live in the real world where people like Demi Lovato call them “transphobic” for eating a cake with blue icing while demanding they do it socially distanced, pulling their mask up between bites. How’s that unity coming?

Barely Trying: CNN Finally Covers Cuomo Claims...But Gives It 96 Seconds in Two Days

After over 24 hours of silence, CNN decided to acknowledge on Thursday Lindsey Boylan’s sexual harassment claims against Prime Time host Chris Cuomo’s brother and Governor Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) and the latest blows in the state’s nursing home scandal, but only tossed scraps to the viewers they treat like small-brained proles with only 96 seconds over two news briefs.  Worse yet, neither brief came on any of CNN’s evening or primetime shows. Meanwhile, MSNBC ended their silence with a combined nine minutes and 45 seconds, but it only came from three shows (and, like CNN, none came in primetime). Boylan published her Medium post-Wednesday morning and then tweeted it out at 10:10 a.m. Eastern, but it wasn’t until 12:49 p.m. Eastern Thursday when Inside Politics host John King broke the ice with a 39-second brief. King followed suit of a CNN.com article from an hour earlier when he chose to frame it based on denials from Cuomo and his inner circle and not what Boylan had alleged. The other CNN mention came exactly four hours later on The Lead with host Jake Tapper tying Boylan’s Medium post to Cuomo’s coronavirus scandals (the latter of which he dared to call a “cover-up”). Here were those respective briefs (click “expand”): KING: Moving onto Andrew Cuomo denying sexual harassment allegations from another adviser. In an essay published on Medium, Lindsey Boylan, who once worked for the state’s economic development agency, alleges the governor kissed her on the lips following a one-on-one meeting in his New York City office back in 2017. Boylan also says the governor allegedly suggested they play strip poker, that allegedly happening when they were on a flight together in 2017. In a statement from Cuomo’s office, four staffers who were on that flight dispute Borylan's story. And the governor’s press secretary says her claims of inappropriate behavior are “quite simply false.” Borlen is running for Manhattan Borough President. She first accused the governor of sexual harassment on Twitter back in December.  (....) TAPPER: Problems are piling up for Democratic governor of New York Andrew Cuomo. His former Secretary Steven Cohen issuing a statement ahead of a state budget hearing that the department of justice’s inquiry into COVID nursing home deaths is a political, “game of gotcha.” And Cohen insisting there was no cover-up despite one of Cuomo's top aides confirming in a private phone call a few weeks ago that there was, in fact, a delay in reporting the data to state lawmakers, what some might call a cover-up. All of this while Cuomo is denying new sexual harassment allegations made by former aide Lindsey Boylan, who worked for the state’s economic development agency and is now running for Manhattan borough president. Boylan alleges that Governor Cuomo made unwanted advances toward her, including kissing her in 2018 and asking her to play trip poker in 2017. Cuomo's office said Boylan’s claims are, “quite simply false” CNN has been unable to corroborate Boylan’s allegations. She has refused to give further comment on the record. And again, after that, evening hosts Wolf Blitzer and Erin Burnett refused to mention Cuomo, and primetime hosts Anderson Cooper and Don Lemon followed the lead in helping Fredo and his brother keep their viewers from negative headlines surrounding the “Luv Guv.” The network also recently banned Fredo from reporting on his brother. MSNBC ended their blackout much earlier than the noon Eastern hour. Surprisingly, MSNBC’s Morning Joe broke the glass with a 76-second brief from co-host Mika Brzezinski in the 7:30 a.m. Eastern half-hour that told of Boylan “accusing him of pervasive harassment during her time working for his administration” and then largely stuck to excerpts from Boylan’s piece and the Cuomo administration’s denials. Weekday morning MSNBC Live host Stephanie Ruhle added another 65 seconds in the 9:00 a.m. Eastern hour with a similarly-worded brief and that was it for another four years until MTP Daily and host Chuck Todd took over. To Todd’s credit, he showed a seriousness to all of Cuomo’s growing scandals with a seven-minute-and-23-second segment focusing on what’s gone on over the last year, what possible consequences he could face, and whether he still has any prominent allies in the Empire State. In addition to his own prognosticating, Todd brought in someone on the ground in Albany in the form of Albany Times Union managing editor Brandon Lyons, who gave a thorough recap of Cuomo’s shrinking spheres of influence. To see some of their highlights, click “expand”): TODD: Moments ago, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's accuser deserves to be heard. This comes as a former adviser is coming forward with allegations calling pervasive harassment by the governor, which included kissing her....Boylan, who’s now running for Manhattan borough president, tweeted in December that the governor sexually harassed her but did not get into specifics at that time. Governor Cuomo's press secretary released a statement denying Boylan’s claims of inappropriate behavior. This came on the same day that House Republicans sent a letter to New York Congresswoman and house oversight committee chair Carolyn Maloney urging her to subpoena Cuomo to testify about COVID deaths in nursing homes. (....) LYONS: I don’t think it gets any worse for a sitting governor at this time for someone who had been really on top of his game last year. He had a national audience for his daily briefings. Many people believe that New York had really set the path for many states in how to deal with COVID and had been doing what people thought were so many things were right about it. The nursing homes and the states, like many other states, the policy to — the directive to have nursing homes accept COVID-positive patients has become an issue that will not go away. Initially, they — they dismissed this as a political witch hunt by the Trump administration and the Justice Department's Civil Division — but recently — recently that became an FBI investigation along with the Eastern District of New York. So it's very unclear that they are the same investigations. And in fact, the Eastern District investigation may be based on additional or other information. And then in the backdrop of all this, you've got now allegations of the governor's and his people, intimidating lawmakers, bullying lawmakers, and as you just noted, Lindsey Boylan —a former staffer with economic — you know, she comes forward in December, it's sort of died after her tweets about that. But she —  wrote this very detailed essay yesterday and it has now brought even Democrats saying this — this cannot be ignored. The question is, who's going to investigate it?  (....) TODD: Where does he go from here? I mean, is he — the Cuomo I know, I think, tries to keep going and will cling to this to keep running and not quit, or not — or keep trying to run for reelection. But what's the rest of the party going to do?  LYONS: It's a good question. Yesterday, we saw a lot of key Democrats, including the state Senate majority leader, issue statements condemning any form of sexual harassment. So they're not circling the wagons right now for the governor. Earlier today, his former chief of staff, his former secretary Steve Cohen, who is an attorney and also had been a member of the U.S. Attorney's Office in the Southern District, held an extraordinary conference call with reporters to essentially argue for the governor, to — to act as a character reference for him and say that through the years he had never seen this sort of behavior. But this is troubling for the governor. You know, I think, you know, on one hand you've got to deal with an FBI investigation. The administration has been subpoenaed. They're fighting on that front. You have the state legislature — the Republicans who are pushing for subpoenas of the governor and more of an investigation of the nursing homes and how that was handled[.] TODD: You know, Brendan, the three highest profile New York politicians after Cuomo — right — are the two senators and AOC. Kirsten Gillibrand was the first Democrat senator to call for Al Franken's resignation in the allegations against him. I can't imagine AOC or Schumer coming to Cuomo’s rescue here. I mean, he does appear to be on a New York Democratic island here. But following Todd’s example of what a Cuomo segment should look like, no one had the journalistic bona fides to utter Cuomo’s name, whether it was in the afternoon, early evening, or primetime. CNN’s cover-up of the Cuomo scandals was made possible by supportive advertisers such as (but not limited to) Farmer’s Insurance, Fidelity, Nutrisystem, and Uber. Follow the links to find their contact information at the MRC’s Conservatives Fight Back page.

CBS Refuses to Show Shipping Containers Biden Stores Migrant Kids In

On Thursday, the CBS Evening News was the only broadcast evening newscast brave enough to attempt to boast about President Biden’s latest moves on immigration, despite the revelation that he was storing migrant children in shipping containers. After touting Biden’s move to allow asylum seekers into the U.S., anchor Norah O’Donnell and correspondent Mireya Villarreal rushed past the “kids in containers” and just noted the outrage over the “facility.” Villarreal only reserved the last 22 seconds of her segment to mention how Biden was treating the migrant kids: Tonight, we've also learned that border crossings by unaccompanied minor, kids who come here alone and without their parents, is on the rise as well. And now the Biden administration is under fire from immigration advocates who are upset that they are opening up a facility just outside San Antonio, Texas. Reopening that facility to house those children. Combining the Thursday evening coverage with Wednesday morning’s shows, CBS’s total time on Biden’s kiddie kennels added up to 1 minute and 17 seconds. But at no point did they show off the Mobile Mini containers the kids were kept in. Of course, this was after they initially ignored the containers. According to an image shared by The Washington Post when they broke the story (though they called it a “migrant facility for children”), the containers appear to have dinged up outer walls, rusty air conditioners, and barred windows.     But instead of reporting on that, CBS tried to rehabilitate Biden’s immigration image. “And tonight, the Biden administration is allowing some asylum seekers who’ve been waiting at a camp in Mexico to cross into the U.S. to have their asylum request processed,” O’Donnell announced at the top of the segment. Ignoring the fact that the U.S. immigration system had been a mess for a long time and the asylum process normally took a long time, Villarreal falsely suggested it was Trump’s fault: These are the faces of some of the first asylum seekers in South Texas, dozens who were living in limbo in this Mexican border camp under what the Trump administration camp called the migrant protection protocols. Now, one step closer to having their cases heard, some waiting years. The Trump administration's policy sent more than 70,000 people back to Mexico, creating a bottled neck of cases. “Illegal crossings are also on the rise, with 3,000 arrests, on average, per day in January on the southwest border,” she added. “Coyotes are telling these families the border is open under this administration. Those illegal crossings further complicate the asylum process.” In another case of bias by omission from Thursday’s Evening News, the network was finished reporting the sexual harassment allegations against New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. After ignoring the story Wednesday evening, CBS This Morning shared it with viewers Thursday morning. CBS News really doesn’t like damaging Democratic politicians. CBS’s refusal to show how President Biden was storing migrant children in shipping containers was made possible because of lucrative sponsorships from IBM and Liberty Mutual. Their contact information is linked so you can tell them about the biased news they fund. CBS Evening News has also asked people to “text Norah” at this number: (202) 217-1107. The transcript is below, click “expand” to read: CBS Evening News February 25, 2021 6:41:49 p.m. Eastern NORAH O’DONNELL: And tonight, the Biden administration is allowing some asylum seekers who’ve been waiting at a camp in Mexico to cross into the U.S. to have their asylum request processed. It comes as border crossings are the largest they've been in a January in the past decade. CBS's Mireya Villarreal went to the border to find out what is happening. [Cuts to video] MIREYA VILLARREAL: These are the faces of some of the first asylum seekers in South Texas, dozens who were living in limbo in this Mexican border camp under what the Trump administration camp called the migrant protection protocols. Now, one step closer to having their cases heard, some waiting years. The Trump administration's policy sent more than 70,000 people back to Mexico, creating a bottled neck of cases. SAM BISHOP: Now people in the camp are remaining in place because they're currently being registered. VILLARREAL: Sam Bishop is a former Army veteran who said these migrants deserve a fair shot. BISHOP: There's a lot of fear in the U.S. about migration. But these are the people you don't need to be worried about. They're trying to do it in the right way. They’re trying to do it responsibly and in a manner that's consistent with our laws. VILLARREAL: Illegal crossings are also on the rise, with 3,000 arrests, on average, per day in January on the southwest border. (Speaking to a migrant mother) You have two? Some of the families we spoke with say they crossed the border with a smuggler. Coyotes are telling these families the border is open under this administration. Those illegal crossings further complicate the asylum process. ANDREA RUDNIK (Team Brownsville Volunteer): It seems very unfair to the people that are still in the encampment, because they have waited to go through a very legal process, and they've been there more than a year and a half now. VILLARREAL: Is this a by-product of just a system that has had a ton of Band-Aids but no true solution, no true fix? RUDNIK: That's true. And Mexico said that they would not accept families back with young children anymore. [Cuts to video] VILLARREAL: Tonight, we've also learned that border crossings by unaccompanied minor, kids who come here alone and without their parents, is on the rise as well. And now the Biden administration is under fire from immigration advocates who are upset that they are opening up a facility just outside San Antonio, Texas. Reopening that facility to house those children. Norah. O’DONNELL: Mireya Villarreal, thank you.

WATCH: WWII Veteran Awarded Purple Heart over 76 Years After Being Injured

A World War II veteran in Auburn, California, was awarded the Purple Heart this week more than 76 years after he was injured.

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VIDEO: Snowplow Driver Rescues Child Wandering in Sub-Zero Cold

A snowplow driver in West Bend, Wisconsin, saved a little boy who wandered away from home in freezing temperatures.

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VIDEO: Man Throws Hot Liquid into NYC Bus Driver's Face

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Police: Armed Conmen Posing as Plumbers Break into Home, Torture Victims

Two armed conmen posing as plumbers broke into a New York City residence, where they beat and tortured two people with a hot iron for 15 hours, police said Thursday.

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Boko Haram Invades Regional Capital with Bomb Attack

At least ten people were killed and 60 injured Tuesday after Boko Haram terrorists launched rocket-propelled grenades at Maiduguri, the capital city of Nigeria's northeastern Borno State, Nigeria's Premium Times reported.

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The wreckage of a car hit by an attack led by Boko Haram members is seen surrounded by residents of the Adam Kolo district of Maiduguri on February 24, 2021. - Boko Haram jihadists attacked the Nigerian city of Maiduguri in the volatile northeast, killing 10 to 17 people, including nine children who were playing football in a field, local militia told AFP February 24, 2021. (Stringer/AFP via Getty Images)

Democrats Rebuke Rand Paul for Defending Children from Transgender Knife

Democrat senators rebuked Sen. Rand Paul, M.D., for questioning a medical nominee about the safety and wisdom of trying to change children's sex via surgery and drugs.

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US Senator Rand Paul, Republican of Kentucky, speaks during a Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee nomination hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on February 25, 2021. (Photo by TOM BRENNER / POOL / AFP) (Photo by TOM BRENNER/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Sen. Tim Scott on the Democratic Party: 'It's a Socialist Party Now’

Thursday, Sen. Tim Scott (R-FL) sounded off on his efforts to help the GOP retake the Senate majority.

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Kasich: Trump's Popularity and Strength Are 'Fleeting Every Day'

By: Pam Key · Pam Key
Former Gov. John Kasich (R-OH) said Thursday on CNN's "Cuomo Prime Time" that former President Donald Trump's "popularity and strength" were fleeting every day.

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Governor John Kasich of Ohio speaking at the 2016 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland.

Exclusive-- Conservative Documentarian: Elections Are Not Won and Lost in the Days During an Election, but in Between Elections

"Elections are not won and lost in the days during an election; it's between the elections," advised Amanda Milius, director of The Plot Against The President, a documentary film based on Lee Smith's book of the same name on Thursday's edition of SiriusXM's Breitbart News Daily with host Alex Marlow.

New Hampshire Residents Go To The Polls In Presidential Primary

BEDFORD, NH - FEBRUARY 11: A voter walk to the voting booth at Bedford High School during the New Hampshire primary on February 11, 2020 in Bedford, New Hampshire. (Photo by Matthew Cavanaugh/Getty Images)

Paoletta: Amazon Prime Cancels Justice Clarence Thomas Documentary During Black History Month

Amazon Prime dropped Created Equal: Clarence Thomas in His Own Words, an acclaimed and popular PBS documentary on Justice Clarence Thomas, making it unavailable to stream during Black History Month.

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WASHINGTON - SEPTEMBER 29: Associate Justice Clarence Thomas poses with other justices during a group photograph at the Supreme Court building on September 29, 2009 in Washington, DC. The high court made a group photograph with its newest member Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Senate Parliamentarian Shoots Down Biden, Democrat Push to Hike Minimum Wage in $1.9 Trillion Coronavirus Bill

The Coronavirus package will fail to include the $15 minimum wage hike due to a parliamentarian decision, President Joe Biden announced on Thursday. 

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The Coronavirus package will fail to include the $15 minimum wage hike due to a parliamentarian decision, President Joe Biden announced on Thursday. 

American Airlines Pilot Reports UFO over New Mexico

An American Airlines pilot reportedly spotted a "long, cylindrical object" during a flight to Phoenix on Sunday.

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Democrat Sheldon Whitehouse 'Biggest Hypocrite in Politics' on Dark Money

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) has served as one of the most vocal Democrat critics of "dark money's" influence in politics, but the Rhode Island Democrat appears to be a significant beneficiary of dark money.

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Malliotakis: A.G., Ethics Committee Need to Investigate Cuomo Harassment Allegations

On Thursday’s broadcast of “Fox Business Tonight,” Rep. Nicole Malliotakis (R-NY) called for an investigation by the state’s attorney general and the state Ethics Committee into the sexual harassment allegations against New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D). Malliotakis said, “I

GOP New York Mayoral Candidate Nicole Malliotakis Speaks On Mayor De Blasio's Travel Expenses

NEW YORK, NY - JULY 19: Nicole Malliotakis, Republican New York City mayoral candidate, arrives for a press conference outside City Hall, July 19, 2017 in New York City. She discussed what she described as 'the lack of transparency surrounding Mayor de Blasio's travel expenses.' (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Ocasio-Cortez Criticizes NYPD Use of Robotic Dog Drones

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez took to Twitter Tuesday afternoon for an indictment of "robotic dogs" used to aid police visibility on crime scenes.

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Survey: GOP Voters Are Most Concerned About Illegal Immigration to U.S.

Republican voters are more concerned about illegal immigration to the United States than any other issue, including the economic damage caused by the Chinese coronavirus crisis, a new survey reveals. 

Migrant Caravan Begins Journey To The U.S.

Republican voters are more concerned about illegal immigration to the United States than any other issue, including the economic damage caused by the Chinese coronavirus crisis, a new survey reveals. 

Granholm: Biden Admin. Wants to Put Some Benefits of Green Energy Investments into Places 'Hurt' by Move Away from Fossil Fuels

On Thursday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “All In,” Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm stated that the Biden administration wants to place 40% of the benefits in clean energy into communities that have “been hurt by the transition from fossil fuels to clean energy”

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Former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm speaks during the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing to examine her nomination to be Secretary of Energy, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on January 27, 2021. (Photo by Graeme Jennings / POOL / AFP) (Photo by GRAEME JENNINGS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Exclusive — RSC Chairman Jim Banks: ‘We’re Building the Consensus Conservative Agenda’ to Bring GOP Back to Power

Rep. Jim Banks told Breitbart News exclusively he intends to help flesh out the Trump agenda after the former president’s exit from office and to use that to help push the GOP more in the right direction.

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., left, poses during a ceremonial swearing-in with Rep. Jim Banks, R-Ind., right, on Capitol Hill, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019 in Washington during the opening session of the 116th Congress. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Zeldin: Cuomo Would Be 'Very Public About How He Absolutely Believes the Victim' if He Wasn't the One Accused

On Thursday’s broadcast of Fox News Radio’s “Fox Across America,” Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY) reacted to the sexual harassment allegations against New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) by stating that there are “several people who would be speaking out in

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Asian-American Hollywood Writers Blame Studios for Growing Anti-Asian Sentiment

Asian-American writers in Hollywood are blaming studios for contributing to the alleged rise in anti-Asian sentiment in the country, calling for them to put an end to ethnic stereotyping in TV shows and movies.

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Asian-American writers in Hollywood are blaming studios for contributing to the alleged rise in anti-Asian sentiment in the country, calling for them to put an end to ethnic stereotyping in TV shows and movies.

UN Begins Effort to Transport 300 Asylum Seekers to U.S. Per Day

United Nations agencies have begun efforts to return asylum seekers currently residing in Mexico under the Trump Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) back to U.S. soil. An estimated 25,000 asylum seekers are eligible for transfer under President Joe Biden’s cancellation of the MPP. The UN received 12,000 applications over a three-day period beginning February 19.

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United Nations agencies have begun efforts to return asylum seekers currently residing in Mexico under the Trump Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) back to U.S. soil. An estimated 25,000 asylum seekers are eligible for transfer under President Joe Biden’s cancellation of the MPP. The UN received 12,000 applications over a three-day period beginning February 19.

Past Biden, Psaki tweets criticizing Trump slammed after new Syria airstrikes

Past Twitter messages from President Biden and one of his top aides -- both criticizing former President Trump -- weren't appearing to age well Thursday after Biden ordered airstrikes against an Iranian-backed militia stronghold in Syria.

LIVE UPDATES: CPAC 2021 speakers on Friday will include Trump Jr., Ted Cruz

The annual Conservative Political Action Conference  (CPAC) is slated to run through Sunday and a number of high-profile conservatives will take the stage to share conservative ideas with the crowd. 

Potato Heads and Tater Brains

(Steven Hayward)

Not since Dan Quayle misspelled “potatoe” has there been such a fuss in the spud world as there was today. Word came out this morning that Hasbro, the maker of Mr. Potato Head, was going “gender neutral” with the famous toy. As usual, Twitter lit up with a lot of spuddering. Hasbro later clarified that they were not giving up the gender binary, but were only dropping the “Mr.” from the toy’s title, which I expect will not stop the yam-mering from the wokerati. (Woke-tatoes??)

Where will this lead? I can see Mr. Clean now, saying, “First, they came for Mr. Potato Head, and I said nothing, because I care not for starches. And then they came for Mr. Coffee, and I said nothing, because the conspicuous absence of a Mrs. Coffee kitchen appliance is further proof of misogynistic patriarchy. But then they came for me, and there was no one left to speak for me. Not even Mrs. Butterworth. Who, come to think of it, tasted great on potato pancakes. Though I preferred Aunt Jemima. Wait—she’s gone too? Help us Uncle Ben’s Kenobi—you’re our only hope!” Or maybe will just call them “potatx” now.

All this put me in mind of a very old Jay Leno bit from the mid-1980s:

Maricopa County Releases Junk Audit Reports – 12% Ballot Adjudication and Dominion Employee’s Use of Prohibited Orange External Drive Omitted from Report

Guest post by Mark

Maricopa County in Arizona recently released reports by two vendors who conducted election audits in early February. Witnesses working at the (MCTEC) Maricopa County Tabulation and Election Center testified that 12% of all ballots were being sent to adjudication. Numerous supervisors offered this data when struggling to assign this large amount of ballot files to adjudicators.

So one in eight ballots were being sent as a digital image to humans at computers. These adjudicators would review and could change the circles voters selected on these ballots. Changing a ballot is as easy as checking a box on a PDF form. But neither audit discloses this unusually high rate of adjudication or why it happened.

The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors provided both audit organizations a “test deck” of ballots. The audit by Pro V&V states they processed at least 1,549,703 ballot positions. If their test was truly replicating the election, then 186,000 of these ballots should have been sent to adjudication. But there’s no mention of this or any recurring scanner issues. Other than 2 ballot jams, their report simply says “Ballots were imported into RTR and adjudicated resulting in accurate numbers.” The reports are purposely void of any details. It should be noted the MCTEC center was staffed with anti-Trump zealots, just not as bad as the TCF center. These were the people adjudicating ballots.

There is a major difference between an investigation and an EAC accredited audit. With an EAC “audit” the vendors are given a strict scope of work by the customer. Anything outside these parameters is not investigated or disclosed. This 12% of adjudication would have created a tremendous amount of errors in the logs. Did these auditors choose not to disclose this? Or did their “test deck” not produce many adjudicated ballots? If so, why? No one knows because it was not in the scope of the audit. An investigation would get to the bottom of this. Investigators would compare “ballot images” against the actual paper ballots.

As another example, Maricopa instructed auditors to check devices for internet connectivity between July 6th and November 10th. So SLI looked at the logs of a couple of servers, some adjudicator workstations, and 35 of the 315 precinct scanners. They only checked the logs for signs of internet connectivity. No other analysis was documented because it wasn’t ordered by the Maricopa Board of Supervisors. It says no evidence of internet connectivity was found, but farther down discusses reviewing browser history and search terms. Analysts have noted that Dominion software allows logs to be edited, replaced, and completely deleted while leaving no audit trail of that users credentials.

These publicly released audit reports are noticeably void of dates, especially when software was installed. During the “investigation” conducted by Allied Security for Antrim County, they found the Dominion ImageCast Precinct Cards were reprogrammed. This software affects how ballots are read and tabulated. The programming was changed just before the election on 10/23/2020. Then two days after the election on 11/05/2020  it was changed to a compliant software version most likely to hide fraud. When an audit just checks the software version or hash numbers it could conclude this recently installed software was compliant and everything was OK.

SLI Compliance states they inspected many aspects of EMS (Election Management System) from the registry to the USB history. Several witnesses stated a Dominion employee used an orange external drive to back up the entire system. The device was removed at night, taken off-premise, delivered to someone, and reconnected to the servers via USB in the morning. The Dominion employee admitted there was no chain of custody and would not disclose his offsite handoffs. There is no mention of this USB activity or any EMS activity like this in either audit report. Again, this is the difference between and EAC accredited “audit” and a real investigation.

SLI Compliance states they audited all 9 of the ImageCast Central Count (ICC) high-speed scanners used at MCTEC. Witnesses testified that ballots were dropped off by Runbeck Election Services trucks on November 4th, 5th, 6th and daily until the 12th. Supervisor explanations on these deliveries was always the same: “Runbeck has high speed scanners.” Their facility is 6 miles away from MCTEC. But there is no mention of Runbeck or these offsite scanners in either audit report. Bryan Dandurand, VP of Operations for Runbeck, was contacted for further clarification and has not yet responded.

It’s likely there is more documentation from these audits than what is provided to the public. Only 14 of the 60 pages from SLI Compliance report contains useful information for the public. About 7 of the 10 pages in the Pro V&V report is useful. What’s noticeable is that EAC accredited audits never seem to look at known issues and whitewash the obvious. A real election investigation focuses on the known issues, looks at all aspects of information, and follows the evidence.

 

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Tom & Jerry on HBO Max: How to Watch, release date, cast - CNET

Tom & Jerry are back and you don't have to visit the cinema to watch.

Animal Crossing's cuteness soars with Sanrio crossover items, villagers - CNET

As if this Nintendo game wasn't cute enough: Get ready to say Hello, Kitty to six new amiibo villagers, all with Sanrio themes.

A Last Word On Electricity In Texas

(John Hinderaker)

The Texas blackout is over, and water has also been restored. It didn’t get as much press as the loss of electricity, but water pipes froze and broke across a wide swath of the state, causing inconvenience that for many was greater than the power outage. The ultimate source of both problems was the same: the relevant authorities failed to anticipate record-breaking cold.

One question that I have not seen asked is this: why didn’t the relevant authorities–the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, and whatever municipal governments and private contractors have been responsible for water pipes–anticipate a “worst case” cold snap such as what actually happened?

One obvious possibility is that they were so deluged with propaganda about “climate change,” which just means global warming, that they took elaborate precautions against record-breaking heat, but it didn’t occur to them to guard against unprecedented cold. Is this what happened? I don’t know, but back in the days when we had people known as “investigative reporters,” someone might have looked into it.

Yesterday the Wall Street Journal’s Editorial Board weighed in on the subject. The editorial is behind a paywall, so here are some excerpts:

Regulators have been warning for years that the grid is becoming shakier as cheap natural gas and heavily subsidized renewables replace steady coal and nuclear baseload power. “The nation’s power grid will be stressed in ways never before experienced” due to “an unprecedented resource-mix change,” the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) warned in 2011.

It added: “Environmental regulations are shown to be the number one risk to reliability over the next one to five years.” But the Obama Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) refused to consider how climate policies would affect reliability.

There is an enormous difference between energy sources that are reliable and can produce electricity on demand–coal, nuclear, natural gas, hydro–and those that are weather-dependent and therefore unreliable–wind and solar. If we want the lights to go on every time we flip the switch, we need to have enough reliable (not “Green”) electricity sources to meet peak electricity demand. This is not rocket science, but it is news, apparently, to “Green” activists, a category that now includes the entire Democratic Party.

[T]he Southwest Power Pool, north of Texas, and the Midwest power grid—both of which rely heavily on wind backed by gas—also experienced power outages last week due to surging demand, declining wind production and gas shortages. California relies on gas and imports to back up its solar power. But last summer California couldn’t get enough power from its neighbors amid a heat wave that strained the entire Western grid.

If we increase our reliance on wind power in the years to come, blackouts will become a common feature of American life. For policy purposes, the most immediately relevant takeaway from Texas’s electricity fiasco is that wind energy failed to show up for work. I am pleased that the Journal’s Editorial Board relied on data from my organization, the nation’s cutting-edge source on energy policy:

The wind lobby says Texas should have required thermal (nuclear, gas, coal) plants to be weatherized to withstand single-digit temperatures. Perhaps, but wind still performed the worst during the blackout, generating power at 12% of its capacity compared to 76% for nuclear, 39% for coal, and 38% for gas, according to a data analysis by the Center of the American Experiment.

How are liberals trying to defend the abysmal performance of wind turbines during Texas’s energy crisis? Absurdly, they argue that wind turbines “outperformed the forecast” and therefore can’t be blamed for the fiasco. This is an astonishingly dumb argument. First of all, what “forecast” are they talking about? ERCOT issues a forecast, every day, for electricity production from the various elements–coal, gas, wind, etc.–the following day. Why is this a “forecast” rather than a plan, as it would be in a state that gets its electricity from reliable sources? Because it depends in considerable part on the weather.

When the weather forecast says it will be windy, ERCOT’s daily forecast predicts a lot of electricity coming from wind turbines and less from conventional (i.e., reliable) sources. Conversely, when the weather forecast says there will be little or no wind, ERCOT predicts little electricity from wind turbines and more from coal and natural gas.

What happened during Texas’s energy crisis is that the weather forecast predicted almost no wind, and therefore hardly any contribution from wind turbines, exactly when the state needed electricity the most. What occurred instead is that a little bit of wind blew, so that electricity production from the turbines that didn’t freeze up, while pathetic, was a bit above the forecast. This chart, from my colleague Mitch Rolling, shows how minimal wind turbines’ contribution to Texas’s energy needs was:

Far from proving the merit of wind energy, Texas’s experience precisely illustrates why wind and solar energy, which are weather-dependent and therefore unreliable, are essentially worthless in any time of crisis. To depend on unreliable sources of energy when the grid is stressed and reliability is imperative is a recipe for disaster, as Texas has learned. Let’s hope the rest of the country takes away the right lesson.

Boehner tells Cruz to ‘go f—- yourself’ while recording audio book: report

John Boehner, the former Republican House speaker, reportedly blurted out, “Oh, and [Sen.] Ted Cruz, go f—k yourself,” while recording the audio for his upcoming book titled, “On the House: A Washington Memoir.”

Shock: NYT’s Dive Into Race Hoax at Smith College Questions Lefty Race Doctrine

As the saying goes about a broken clock.... The New York Times has earned a reputation as Woke Central, with a radicalized cohort of young staffers pushing out centrist writers guilty of word-crime or anti-woke inclinations, a list including James Bennet, Bari Weiss, and Donald McNeil. So it was a welcome surprise to see, on Thursday’s front page, a balanced story on yet another racial controversy within another feverishly progressive milieu: Smith College in Massachusetts Reporter Michael Powell returned to the scene of an alleged racist incident at the painfully progressive school in “Tensions Simmer Over Race and Class at Smith – College Struggles With Identity After Bias Complaint.” One saw that headline deck and was prepared to grind through another presumption of white-on-black racism. Instead, Powell offered a balanced 2,800-word analysis of what happened, bringing class as well as race into the mix, offering facts which leave accusing student Oumou Kanoute coming off not well at all. Perhaps a liberal copy editor on the headline desk didn’t approve of the story’s tone? At any rate, Powell began (click “expand”): In midsummer of 2018, Oumou Kanoute, a Black student at Smith College, recounted a distressing American tale: She was eating lunch in a dorm lounge when a janitor and a campus police officer walked over and asked her what she was doing there. The officer, who could have been carrying a “lethal weapon,” left her near “meltdown,” Ms. Kanoute wrote on Facebook, saying that this encounter continued a yearlong pattern of harassment at Smith. “All I did was be Black,” Ms. Kanoute wrote. “It’s outrageous that some people question my being at Smith College, and my existence overall as a woman of color.” The college’s president, Kathleen McCartney, offered profuse apologies and put the janitor on paid leave. “This painful incident reminds us of the ongoing legacy of racism and bias,” the president wrote, “in which people of color are targeted while simply going about the business of their ordinary lives.” (....) Less attention was paid three months later when a law firm hired by Smith College to investigate the episode found no persuasive evidence of bias. Ms. Kanoute was determined to have eaten in a deserted dorm that had been closed for the summer; the janitor had been encouraged to notify security if he saw unauthorized people there. The officer, like all campus police, was unarmed. Smith College officials emphasized “reconciliation and healing” after the incident. In the months to come they announced a raft of anti-bias training for all staff, a revamped and more sensitive campus police force and the creation of dormitories -- as demanded by Ms. Kanoute and her A.C.L.U. lawyer -- set aside for Black students and other students of color. But they did not offer any public apology or amends to the workers whose lives were gravely disrupted by the student’s accusation. Powell implied, rather too nicely, that student Kanoute’s weaponized account was a tissue of falsehoods: This is a tale of how race, class and power collided at the elite 145-year-old liberal arts college, where tuition, room and board top $78,000 a year and where the employees who keep the school running often come from working-class enclaves beyond the school’s elegant wrought iron gates. The story highlights the tensions between a student’s deeply felt sense of personal truth and facts that are at odds with it. Those tensions come at a time when few in the Smith community feel comfortable publicly questioning liberal orthodoxy on race and identity, and some professors worry the administration is too deferential to its increasingly emboldened students. As a bonus, Powell demonstrated how useless the so-called American Civil Liberties Union has become in this era of all consuming racial guilt: Rahsaan Hall, racial justice director for the A.C.L.U. of Massachusetts and Ms. Kanoute’s lawyer, cautioned against drawing too much from the investigative report, as subconscious bias is difficult to prove. Nor was he particularly sympathetic to the accused workers. “It’s troubling that people are more offended by being called racist than by the actual racism in our society,” he said. “Allegations of being racist, even getting direct mailers in their mailbox, is not on par with the consequences of actual racism.” So much for “innocent until proven guilty.” This followed Powell’s deep dive into another case of weaponized hypersensitivity in academia, a full-page story on a seemingly obscure but vital issue: “Blind to Hate, Or Sounding Right Notes? – A musicology journal stirs a fight over race and free speech.” Powell’s piece makes quite a change in tone from the paper’s original August 2018 coverage, “All I Did Was Be Black’: Police Are Called on College Student Eating Lunch.” Daniel Victor faithfully took the now-discredited student’s word as absolute truth: “The encounter was the latest example of a black person encountering unwarranted police scrutiny in recent months.”

Italian mafia employs new strategies during COVID-19 lockdown: report

Italy's mafia reportedly provided stimulus for some struggling small businesses in the country and there is concern that these establishments will become beholden to these mobsters. 

The 'Equality Act' Will Change Society for the Worst

According to the Equality Act, religious nurses, doctors, and hospitals unwilling to kill an unborn child could be legally discriminating.

Is Censorship the Answer?

This February marked the 25th anniversary of Section 230, which was enacted into law as part of the Communications Decency Act of 1996. Establishing rules that influenced how the Internet has grown an

Biden Must Protect--Not Promote--Democracy Abroad

To address the threat of resurgent authoritarians, the world's democracies need to commit to bold action.

Deb Haaland Is Everything the Biden Admin Needs to Be

No Biden cabinet pick has so much potential to frame this administration's vision and to inspire support for transformational change.

Dems' Open-Borders Agenda Hurts Migrants--& the Nation

I've been a registered Democrat for as long as I can remember. I always associated my party with compassion, unity, a country we can all call home. But lately, I find myself torn and confused. And ...

U.S. partners in Asia may not wait around as Biden prioritizes domestic issues

In recent years, Asia-Pacific countries have signed two mega trade agreements — the CPTPP and RCEP — that exclude the U.S.

Pfizer Begins Tests to Determine Effectiveness of COVID-19 Booster

Drug maker Pfizer has begun trials to test the effectiveness of a third, or booster, dose of its vaccine against the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19 and its variants, the company has announced. The study will use participants from the pharmaceutical firm's Phase 1...

Twitter Exploring Paid Subscriptions, New Policing Methods

Paid subscriptions for certain content and new ways for users to police postings were among new features being explored by Twitter as the company attempts to grow its user base and revenue significantly in the next three years.

Twitter Exploring Paid Subscriptions, New Policing Methods

Paid subscriptions for certain content and new ways for users to police postings were among new features being explored by Twitter as the company attempts to grow its user base and revenue significantly in the next three years.

McConnell Says He Would Support Trump If He's Nominated in 2024

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Thursday that he would "absolutely" support Donald Trump if he were the Republican Party's nominee for president in 2024.His remarks, in a Fox News interview, marked an about-face from less than two weeks ago, when he delivered an...

Trump to Plot Strategy Forward for GOP, Former Adviser Says

Former President Donald Trump will plot a strategy forward for the Republican Party during his upcoming speech to the Conservative Political Action Conference, according to former advice Jason Miller.

Ohio Is First State to Sue Census Bureau for Data Delay

Ohio on Thursday became the first state to challenge the U.S. Census Bureau's decision to push back the release of 2020 census figures so more time can be spent on fixing any inaccuracies in the data.

Ohio Is First State to Sue Census Bureau for Data Delay

Ohio on Thursday became the first state to challenge the U.S. Census Bureau's decision to push back the release of 2020 census figures so more time can be spent on fixing any inaccuracies in the data.

Biden revokes Trump order that cut funding for ‘anarchist’ cities after riots

President Biden this week revoked several executive orders issued by President Donald Trump, including one that called for a review of funding given to so-called “anarchist” cities.

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Biden Orders U.S. Military Strikes Against Infrastructure Used by Iranian-Backed Militias in Syria

President Joe Biden ordered his first military airstrikes on Thursday, targeting "multiple facilities" used by by Iranian-backed militia groups in eastern Syria, according to the Pentagon.

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ABC Claims Cuomo’s Harassment Was a ‘Joke,’ CBS and NBC Move Past

It took 24 hours for ABC News to finally give any sort of airtime to the sexual harassment claims against corrupt New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) on either of their major newscasts. On Thursday’s World News Tonight, when did they finally report on the claims, they took the accuser out of context and claimed Cuomo had “joked” about wanting to “play strip poker” with the female accuser. And after only covering it that morning, CBS News and NBC News were done giving the story oxygen and ignored it on their evening newscasts. Instead of giving the sexual harassment claims any airtime, NBC Nightly News copied what ABC did the previous evening and talked about an airliner that reported a UFO. That meant the CBS Evening News and NBC Nightly News still haven't acknowledged the allegations. Spending only 39 seconds on the harassment accusations, ABC correspondent Erielle Reshef bundled them in with an update on the Cuomo’s nursing home deaths scandal. “It comes amid new allegations of sexual harassment against Cuomo by former staffer Lindsey Boylan,” she told viewers. Speaking about Boylan’s published account of that happened, Reshef appeared to mischaracterized what Boylan wrote and claimed she said the Governor was joking with one of his advances. She also touted the defense Cuomo was getting: In a blog post, Boylan alleging several unsettling episodes including a 2017 flight where she says the Governor joked, “let's play strip poker.” Four staffers who were on the plane pushing back saying the conversation never happened. The governor's press secretary in a statement saying, “claims of inappropriate behavior are quite simply false.”     At no point in Boylan’s writing did she say Cuomo was joking, or even imply it. So, Reshef was lying when she claimed that's what Boylan said. “I should have been shocked by the Governor’s crude comment, but I wasn’t,” she wrote. Boylan even seemed disappointed in how she responded at the time. “‘That’s exactly what I was thinking,’ I responded sarcastically and awkwardly. I tried to play it cool. But in that moment, I realized just how acquiescent I had become.” It was also the first time since Cuomo’s February 15 press conference that ABC had said anything about the nursing home deaths scandal. Ignoring the families of victims rallying against Cuomo, the federal investigation into his actions, and possible Congressional subpoena, Reshef downplayed the bipartisan effort to strip him of power. She simply said, “Lawmakers now considering stripping Cuomo of his COVID emergency powers after his aide admitted hiding nursing home deaths for fear it would be politicized by the Trump administration.” Reshef ended her report by noting this wasn’t the first time Boylan has come forward with her allegations against Cuomo. “And, David, Lindsey Boylan is now running for office here in Manhattan. Governor Cuomo denied her allegations when she first tweeted them back in December,” she said. Now the question is: Why didn’t you or ABC give airtime to allegations back then, Erielle? Answer: They didn’t want to damage Cuomo’s already dingy reputation. ABC’s misinformation about the sexual harassment allegations was made possible because of lucrative sponsorships from Allstate and Facebook. Their contact information is linked so you can tell them about the biased news they fund. The transcript is below, click "expand" to read: ABC’s World News Tonight February 25, 2021 6:31:53 p.m. Eastern [Opening tease] DAVID MUIR: Governor Andrew Cuomo under fire, growing backlash tonight for his handling of COVID-related nursing home deaths, and now sexual harassment allegations from a former top aide. Fellow staff members defending the Governor tonight. (…) 6:44:12 p.m. Eastern MUIR: And we’re going to turn next here to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo facing a growing backlash over his handling of COVID-related nurses home deaths. And tonight, he also faces sexual harassment allegations from a former top aide. Here’s ABC’s Erielle Reshef. [Cuts to video] ERIELLE RESHEF: Tonight, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, once hailed for his leadership at the start of the pandemic, now under fire. Today, his office defending its decision last Spring to return COVID patients to nursing homes, which critics claim led to a high number of deaths. Cuomo saying he was following federal guidance. DR. HOWARD ZUCKER (New York Health commissioner): All the data has shown not just New York but across the country that this is not what brought the infection into the nursing homes. RESHEF: Lawmakers now considering stripping Cuomo of his COVID emergency powers after his aide admitted hiding nursing home deaths for fear it would be politicized by the Trump administration. New York's attorney general revealing those deaths were underreported by up to 50 percent, meaning that seniors who died in a hospital were counted in hospital tolls, not nursing homes. GOV. ANDREW CUOMO (D-NY): We should have done a better job of providing as much as information as we could. RESHEF: It comes amid new allegations of sexual harassment against Cuomo by former staffer Lindsey Boylan. In a blog post, Boylan alleging several unsettling episodes including a 2017 flight where she says the Governor joked, “let's play strip poker.” Four staffers who were on the plane pushing back saying the conversation never happened. The governor's press secretary in a statement saying, “claims of inappropriate behavior are quite simply false.” [Cuts back to live] And, David, Lindsey Boylan is now running for office here in Manhattan. Governor Cuomo denied her allegations when she first tweeted them back in December. David. MUIR: Erielle Reshef reporting tonight. Ariel, thank you.

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A woman carrying a child on her shoulder waves a rainbow flag during the opening event of the annual Gay Pride parade in the Israeli city of Tel Aviv, on June 3, 2016.
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Maryland teacher’s aide Mark Schack was caught on camera masturbating during an 8th grade virtual lesson earlier this week.

When Schack spoke with FOX 5 reporters he said it was not on purpose and that it was just dumb luck that students were able to see him.

Schack is currently suspended – but is not out of a job.

The New York Post reported:

A teacher’s aide in Maryland masturbated during a Zoom call with eighth-graders — but insists he thought the online lesson had ended.

Marc Schack, an assistant for special education students at Shady Grove Middle School in Gaithersburg, told the Bethesda Magazine Wednesday he was unaware his self-love session had been captured on the virtual call until being interviewed.

“I thought I was logged out when class was over,” Schack told the bimonthly mag. “I had no clue that Zoom was still on. Why would I do that? That’s my job. I had no clue that Zoom was on. I mean, that’s just crazy behavior.”

A 13-second clip — later posted on social media – shows Schack gaze at his screen before standing up, taking a few steps away and beginning to pleasure himself, according to the report.

The post Maryland Teacher Seen Masturbating During Zoom Lesson with 8th Graders – Says It Was “Dumb Luck” After He Is Caught (VIDEO) appeared first on The Gateway Pundit.

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BREAKING: Senate Parliamentarian Says Including $15 Minimum Wage in Democrats’ COVID Package Violates Budget Rules

NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 10: Low wage workers and supporters protest for a $15 an hour minimum wage on November 10, 2015 in New York, United States. In what organizers are calling a National Day of Action for $15 and hour minimum wage, thousands of people took to the streets across the country to stage protests in front of businesses that are paying some of their workers the minimum wage. Home care workers, employees in retail and fast food restaurants say that the current minimum is not a living wage. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

The Senate Parliamentarian on Thursday ruled that including $15 minimum wage in Democrats’ COVID package violates Senate budget rules.

Parliamentarian says including $15 min wage in Dems’ COVID package violates budget rules. Bad news for progressives but ought to ultimately smooth passage of the bill https://t.co/i1miZNF6df

— Igor Bobic (@igorbobic) February 26, 2021

The Huffington Post reported:

Democrats’ push to pass a $15 minimum wage in their $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package violates Senate rules, according to the Senate’s parliamentarian, who delivered a likely fatal blow Friday to the effort to give tens of millions of workers a raise.

For weeks, Democrats have been waiting for a ruling from the Senate parliamentarian, who oversees Senate procedure, on whether they can raise the minimum wage through the budget reconciliation process, the legislative maneuver that will allow Democrats to pass legislation with a simple majority.

House Democrats are expected to soon vote on a COVID-19 package that includes raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour in stages over the next four years. The provision also eliminates the tipped minimum wage, which currently allows employers to pay workers a lower base wage as long as the workers receive gratuities.

The proposal would give an estimated 27 million workers raises over the next four years. The current federal minimum wage is $7.25 and has not been increased in more than a decade.

The post BREAKING: Senate Parliamentarian Says Including $15 Minimum Wage in Democrats’ COVID Package Violates Budget Rules appeared first on The Gateway Pundit.

Gambino Crime Family's Elder Gotti, Peter, Dies in Prison

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The Shame of Joe Biden

(John Hinderaker)

Politicians are not, in general, renowned for honesty. Spin is universal and exaggeration goes with the territory. But actual lying–verifiable, damnable lying about an important public issue–is relatively uncommon. Unless we are talking about Joe Biden.

During the campaign, Biden absurdly alleged that President Trump had mishandled the COVID epidemic, and therefore had murdered the several hundred thousand Americans who allegedly died from that disease. The theory was that if Trump had done something differently–God knows what–the U.S. would have been the only country on Earth with zero Wuhan deaths. Reporters went along with Biden’s fantasy.

Since his inauguration, Biden has continued his assault on his predecessor by claiming, repeatedly, that little was going on with regard to vaccinations until he took office, and that the Trump administration “had no plan” to effectuate vaccinations. This, too, is a damnable lie. Biden repeated it today:

Joe Biden repeats false claim that there was no vaccination “plan” from Trump administrationhttps://t.co/vTX8ioOPVh pic.twitter.com/3lhoOgIexI

— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) February 25, 2021


Having had enough, the GOP responded via email:

Today, Biden again falsely claimed that they inherited a “mess…from the previous administration, which left us with no real plan to vaccinate all Americans.”

Let’s look at the facts.

The Trump administration’s Operation Warp Speed developed a vaccine in record breaking time and was already meeting Biden’s goal of 100 million vaccines administered in 100 days before Biden took office. His own HHS nominee even debunked his claim.

And take a look at the trendlines. As production was ramping up, more people were being vaccinated daily. That’s to be expected, especially as more people became eligible for vaccination. However, there was no change in the rate of increase after Biden took office. In fact, it has recently decreased.

* Doses administered on January 20, 2021 (Inauguration Day): 1.5 million
* Doses administered on February 24, 2021: 1.4 million

Here is the chart:

Operation Warp Speed was President Trump’s last and in some ways greatest gift to the American people. Not because COVID is a disease of unprecedented or even unusual virulence, but because shutdowns have devastated the lives of many millions of Americans, especially children. The fact that Joe Biden does not have the grace to acknowledge this, but rather continues to baldly defame his predecessor, is testimony to his low character.

There are a number of ways to look at Joe Biden, but my verdict is this: he is too stupid to be humble.

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TOYOTA building 'smart city' with self-driving cars, robots and AI homes...


TOYOTA building 'smart city' with self-driving cars, robots and AI homes...


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Cayman Islands, Morocco Placed on Terror-Financing Watch List...


Cayman Islands, Morocco Placed on Terror-Financing Watch List...


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CLAIM: Al-Qaeda now as dangerous as under Bin Laden...


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Hyundai recall is one of the most expensive ever

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Republican Wants to Require National Anthem in Wisconsin

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The national anthem would have to be played before all sporting events held at Wisconsin venues that received any public funding, from Green Bay Packers games at Lambeau Field to beer league softball games at local parks, under a bill that a Republican lawmaker introduced Thursday.

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Bill Allows College Athletes to Earn Money, Enter Draft Without Losing Eligibility

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Luka Garza #55 of the Iowa Hawkeyes attempts a shot while being guarded by Micah Potter #11 of the Wisconsin Badgers in the first half at the Kohl Center on February 18, 2021 in Madison, Wisconsin. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

Luka Garza #55 of the Iowa Hawkeyes attempts a shot while being guarded by Micah Potter #11 of the Wisconsin Badgers in the first half at the Kohl Center on February 18, 2021 in Madison, Wisconsin. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

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Cuomo finds his brand tarnished amid multiple crises...


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Dem Rep. Espaillat 'Not Comfortable' with $1.9 Trillion COVID Bill -- Any Bill that Size 'Will Probably Be Somewhat Embarrassing'

Representative Adriano Espaillat (D-NY) on Thursday said he is "not comfortable" with the Democrats' proposed $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package that includes money for transit projects, illegal immigrants, and other items not related to the virus.

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WATCH: Romney Questions Dr. Levine over Closed Schools, Slams Teachers' Unions

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Breaking: Biden Bombs Syria to Punish Iran for Attacks on US in Iraq

Joe Biden personally approved US airstrikes on Syria Thursday in response to recent Iranian-backed militia attacks on US forces in Iraq, Reuters was first to report. The Biden airstrikes reportedly targeted a facility in Syria belonging to Iranian-backed militias. (UPDATE at end, Pentagon statement.)


Two days after Biden took over the White House last month, U.S. troops were seen entering Syria from Iraq, signaling a reversal of President Trump’s efforts to end U.S. involvement in ‘forever wars’ in the Middle East.

Fox News reporter Jennifer Griffin posted more on Twitter, “Senior US official confirms the US military carried out a single airstrike in Syria against a single location used by Iranian backed militias- multiple facilities struck tonight. Pres Biden approved the attack. Strike designed to deter rocket attacks against US forces in Iraq.”

Senior US official confirms the US military carried out a single airstrike in Syria against a single location used by Iranian backed militias- multiple facilities struck tonight. Pres Biden approved the attack.
Strike designed to deter rocket attacks against US forces in Iraq.

— Jennifer Griffin (@JenGriffinFNC) February 25, 2021

On Tuesday Reuters reported an Iranian-backed militia in Iraq denied responsibility for a streak of three attacks on U.S. forces in recent weeks:

An Iran-aligned Iraqi militia group on Tuesday denied any role in recent rocket attacks against U.S. targets in Iraq, but said an attack against Saudi Arabia last month was justified.

It is a rare direct denial and the first time the Kataib Hezbollah group, one of the Iraqi factions closest to Iran, has commented on the most serious incident this year, a rocket attack in Erbil on Feb. 15 that killed a contractor working with U.S.-led forces.

…In the Feb. 15 attack, rockets hit the U.S. military base housed at Erbil International Airport in the Kurdish-run region killing one non-American contractor. Another salvo struck a base hosting U.S. forces north of Baghdad days later hurting at least one contractor.

Rockets hit Baghdad’s Green Zone on Monday which houses the U.S. embassy and other diplomatic missions.

More via ABC News (excerpt)

“The airstrike targeted structures in the eastern Syrian town of Al Bukamal that belong to Kataib Hezbollah and other Iranian-backed militias that have launched rocket attacks in the past against American facilities in Iraq, said the U.S. official. Another official described the airstrike as targeting a location through which smuggling occurred.”

On Tuesday, Jack Posobiec posted this observation on Biden and Syria, “One thing people aren’t picking up on is how focused the Biden White House is on Syria. They want Assad and his generals gone. This is taking up way more of their time than they are letting on publicly.”

One thing people aren't picking up on is how focused the Biden White House is on Syria. They want Assad and his generals gone. This is taking up way more of their time than they are letting on publicly.

— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) February 23, 2021

UPDATE: “American forces have struck at an Iranian-backed militia in Syria that launched rocket attacks against U.S. bases in Iraq, Pentagon Press Secretary John F. Kirby told reporters. President Joe Biden ordered the attack.”

American forces have struck at an Iranian-backed militia in Syria that launched rocket attacks against U.S. bases in Iraq, Pentagon Press Secretary John F. Kirby told reporters. President Joe Biden ordered the attack.

— James A. Garamone (@GaramoneDODNews) February 26, 2021

Pentagon spokesman John Kirby: “At President Joe Biden’s direction, U.S. military forces, earlier this evening launched airstrikes against infrastructure utlilized by Iranian-backed militant groups in Eastern Syria. These strikes were authorized in response to recent attacks against American and coalition personnel in Iraq, and to on-going threats to those personnel. Specifically the strikes destroyed multiple facilities located at a border control point used by a number of Iranian-backed militant groups including Kait’ib Hezbollah and Kait’b Sayyid al’Shuhada. This proportionate military response was conducted along with diplomatic measures, including consultation with coalition partners. The operation sends an unambiguous message: President Biden will act to protect American and coalition personnel. At the same time, we have acted in a deliberate manner that aims to deescalate the overall situation in both eastern Syria and Iraq.”

The following is a statement from John Kirby.

At President Joe Biden's direction, U.S. military forces, earlier this evening launched airstrikes against infrastructure utlilized by Iranian-backed militant groups in Eastern Syria.

— James A. Garamone (@GaramoneDODNews) February 26, 2021

Pentagon spokesman John Kirby @PentagonPresSec on Syria strike: pic.twitter.com/UtZin79PHV

— Molly O'Toole (@mollymotoole) February 26, 2021

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A woman shapes a Stetson hat for a client while wearing a mask at the manufacture store on July 20, 2020, in Garland, Texas, amid the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by VALERIE MACON / AFP) (Photo by VALERIE MACON/AFP via Getty Images)

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President Joe Biden's nominee to lead the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, dodged a question on whether he would push to provide United States taxpayer-funded healthcare benefits to illegal aliens. 

Gretchen Whitmer Administration Refuses to Answer Questions About Nursing Home Policy

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Gov. Gretchen Whitmer

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer

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Transgender Athletes High School

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Leonid Breshnev 1977

The Atlantic claimed that Republicans —  like the last Soviet-era holdouts in the Kremlin — are “growing more aggressive and paranoid” as the “dying” Republican Party is described as “more of a danger to the United States than to the world.”

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Sousaphone marching band

Sousaphone marching band

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Lowell High School San Francisco (Wikimedia Commons)

Lowell High School San Francisco (Wikimedia Commons)

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Chinese state media continued its efforts to deflect criticism of human rights abuses against the Uyghur Muslims of Xinjiang province on Wednesday, as the state-run Xinhua news service wrote a furious editorial denouncing all accounts of oppression against the Uyghurs as a “string of lies” fabricated by “anti-China forces in the West.”

China Muslim re-education center

This photo taken on June 2, 2019 shows buildings at the Artux City Vocational Skills Education Training Service Center, believed to be a re-education camp where mostly Muslim ethnic minorities are detained, north of Kashgar in China's northwestern Xinjiang region. - As many as one million ethnic Uighurs and other mostly Muslim minorities are believed to be held in a network of internment camps in Xinjiang, but China has not given any figures and describes the facilities as Òvocational education centresÓ aimed at steering people away from extremism. (Photo by GREG BAKER / AFP) / TO GO WITH China-Xinjiang-media-rights-press,FOCUS by Eva XIAO (Photo credit should read GREG BAKER/AFP/Getty Images)

House Passes 'Equality Act' to End Legal Recognition of Biological Sex

The House passed the Equality Act Thursday, which would eliminate the legal definition of biological sex, cater to gender ideology, and designate the protection for the unborn as "pregnancy" discrimination.

House Passes Equality Act

The House passed the Equality Act Thursday, which would eliminate the legal definition of biological sex, cater to gender ideology, and designate the protection for the unborn as "pregnancy" discrimination.

Demi Lovato Bashes Gender Reveal Parties as Transphobic: 'There Are Boys With Vaginas and Girls With Penises'

Pop superstar Demi Lovato has shared a message criticizing gender reveal parties as "transphobic," arguing in a lengthy Instagram rant (Lovato re-posted from another Instagram account) that the trendy celebrations fail to recognize "boys with vaginas" and "girls with penises." 

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LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 22: Recording artist Demi Lovato performs onstage during the 2016 Billboard Music Awards at T-Mobile Arena on May 22, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Oreo Cookie Brand Declares 'Trans People Exist' as Anti-1A ‘Equality Act' Works Through Congress

The official Twitter account of Nabisco's Oreo shared a post merely saying "Trans people exist" on Thursday, the day the House of Representatives passed the anti-First Amendment "Equality Act." 

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Transgender flag superimposed on an Oreo cookie.

Malliotakis: 'Hypocrite' Cuomo Wanted FBI Investigation, Polygraph for Kavanaugh

On Thursday’s broadcast of the Fox News Channel’s “America’s Newsroom,” Rep. Nicole Malliotakis (R-NY) blasted New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) as a “hypocrite” and pointed to his calls for a polygraph test and an FBI investigation into Supreme Court

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NEW YORK, NY - JULY 19: Nicole Malliotakis, Republican New York City mayoral candidate, speaks during a press conference outside City Hall, July 19, 2017 in New York City. She discussed what she described as 'the lack of transparency surrounding Mayor de Blasio's travel expenses.' (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Watch: Canadian Gay Couple Arrested on Mexican Beach After Kiss

Police arrested two Canadian men who kissed at a beach in Mexico, sparking outrage among tourists and human rights activists.

Cancun Beach Security -- Getty Images

Cancun Beach Security -- Getty Images

Texas National Guard to Give Coronavirus Vaccines to Homebound Seniors

At least 1,100 members of the Texas National Guard will give out vaccines to homebound senior citizens in rural and isolated areas of Texas to get the majority of Texans 65 and older vaccinated against the coronavirus by March, Gov. Greg Abbott announced Thursday.

Staff Sergeant Herbert Lins of the Missouri Army National Guard administers the Covid-19 vaccine to a resident during a vaccination event on February 11, 2021 at the Jeff Vander Lou Senior living facility in St Louis, Missouri. The Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis is hosting vaccination events in and around underserved communities in St. Louis as recent reports rank the state of Missouri as one of the lowest in vaccinations nationally. (Photo by Michael Thomas/Getty Images)

Staff Sergeant Herbert Lins of the Missouri Army National Guard administers the Covid-19 vaccine to a resident during a vaccination event on February 11, 2021 at the Jeff Vander Lou Senior living facility in St Louis, Missouri. The Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis is hosting vaccination events in and around underserved communities in St. Louis as recent reports rank the state of Missouri as one of the lowest in vaccinations nationally. (Photo by Michael Thomas/Getty Images)

Russia Jails Man for 8 Years for Sharing State Secrets with China

The Trans-Baikal Regional Court in Siberia has sentenced a Russian national, convicted of high treason for sending state secrets to a foreign power, to 8 years imprisonment in a "strict regime penal colony," a Wednesday statement from the court announced.

Police officers wearing face masks patrol on the deserted Red square, with the St. Basil's Cathedral (L) and Kremlin's Spasskaya Tower (R) in the background, in Moscow on March 30, 2020, during a lockdown of the city to stop the spread of the epidemic COVID-19, caused by the novel coronavirus. - Moscow and its surrounding region imposed lockdowns on March 30, 2020, that were being followed by other Russian regions in a bid to slow the spread of the coronavirus. The enforcement of the strict new rules, which Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin suddenly announced for the capital late Sunday, coincide with the beginning of a "non-working" week declared by President Vladimir Putin last Wednesday. (Photo by Dimitar DILKOFF / AFP) (Photo by DIMITAR DILKOFF/AFP via Getty Images)

Police officers wearing face masks patrol on the deserted Red square, with the St. Basil's Cathedral (L) and Kremlin's Spasskaya Tower (R) in the background, in Moscow on March 30, 2020, during a lockdown of the city to stop the spread of the epidemic COVID-19, caused by the novel coronavirus. - Moscow and its surrounding region imposed lockdowns on March 30, 2020, that were being followed by other Russian regions in a bid to slow the spread of the coronavirus. The enforcement of the strict new rules, which Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin suddenly announced for the capital late Sunday, coincide with the beginning of a "non-working" week declared by President Vladimir Putin last Wednesday. (Photo by Dimitar DILKOFF / AFP) (Photo by DIMITAR DILKOFF/AFP via Getty Images)

LA County supervisor orders safety review for road where Tiger Woods crashed

Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn said Wednesday she has ordered a safety review of the road where Tiger Woods crashed this week.

Russell Wilson 'stormed out of the room' after ideas about Seahawks' game plan were dismissed: report

Russell Wilson’s relationship with the Seattle Seahawks appears to be coming to a head as a new report revealed the details behind the disassociation between the two parties over the course of the season.

US Capitol riot suspect called ex-girlfriend 'a moron' and she went to feds the next day, officials say

A Pennsylvania man was charged in last month’s Capitol siege after his ex-girlfriend provided the FBI with text messages – including one in which he allegedly called her a "moron" – and videos that he sent while participating in the insurrection, court papers show.

McConnell slams House Dems' election reform bill as 'wrong response' to lack of faith in elections

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on Thursday slammed House Democrats' sweeping election reform bill as "exactly the wrong response" to what he called the "distressing lack of faith in our elections," saying Democrats want to use their "temporary power" to "try to ensure they'll never have to relinquish it."

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Shockingly real Tom Cruise deepfakes invade TIKTOK...


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Trump's tax returns and related records turned over to Manhattan district attorney

• • Analysis: Republicans risk backlash as they unite against Biden's Covid relief plan

Doocy Smash: FNC Reporter Presses Psaki on Cuomo Sex Claims, COVID Scandals

Clearly on a roll since returning to the White House Briefing Room rotation on Tuesday, Fox News correspondent Peter Doocy continued his streak Thursday of asking the tough questions to Press Secretary Jen Psaki. This time, Doocy was dogged in seeking comment on the nursing home scandal and sexual misconduct allegations against Biden ally and Governor Andrew Cuomo (D-NY). Despite the fact that ABC had ignored it through Thursday morning (while ABC, CBS, and MSNBC waited until then with CNN first noticing in the noon Eastern hour), Doocy began his questions by invoking former Cuomo aide Linsdey Boylan’s claims in light of Cuomo chairing a virtual meeting of the National Governors Association with President Biden.     Doocy wondered if, given Boylan’s disturbing claims about Cuomo, the White House was “worried about this becoming a distraction from an important meeting about COVID response.” Psaki’s answer was standard for a spokesperson in that she insisted Biden “has been consistent in his position” that “[w]hen a person comes forward, they deserve to be treated with dignity and respect” and “[t]heir voice should be heard not silenced and any allegation should be reviewed.” Ruling? Pants on fire, Jen. Sure, one could say anyone and everyone should be “heard,” but as we’ve seen with Tara Reade versus Christine Blasey Ford, not all allegations are actually heard in the public square. Psaki might as well have followed up with the adage about a tree falling in the forest. Instead, she maintained that Cuomo would still attend given his role as “the governor of one of the largest states in the country that has been one of the hardest hit with millions of people still suffering from an ongoing pandemic and an economic crisis.” Doocy then pivoted to three questions about Cuomo’s nursing home scandal, including his own attempt to ask the question she refused to answer on ABC’s This Week about whether Biden still considers Cuomo to be “the gold standard” when dealing with the coronavirus. By that last question, a peeved Psaki insisted that Doocy of routinely engaging in disinformation (click “expand”): DOOCY: And to him being in charge of the governors and in charge of such big state, will the President talk to him about these accusations from Democrats in the New York Legislature that Cuomo misled the public about deaths in nursing homes throughout the pandemic? PSAKI: Well, this is a meeting and a conversation with a range of governors about how we can all work together to address the pandemic and get relief to the American people And that's what I expect the focus of the meeting to be on.  DOOCY: There are some Democrats in New York who want a — who want congressional hearings about these deaths in nursing homes. There was a Cuomo aide who told lawmakers in February that the Cuomo administration withheld the number of residents who died in hospitals from the public due the fear that it would be used against them by federal prosecutors. Is this something the White House thinks would be appropriate for a congressional hearing? PSAKI: It’s really up to Congress to determine how they want to review or have hearings on those reports.  DOOCY: And I know you're asked about this this weekend, but I'll try again: Does President Biden still think Andrew Cuomo is the gold standard for COVID leadership, and he's doing a hell of a job, which he has said about him? PSAKI: Well, first of all, I think to be fair, let's put all the comments in context, which sometimes is a missing from these conversations we have in here during interviews. At the time, which was I believe April of last year, the President spoke out and said positive things about a range of governors, Democrats and Republicans, who are stepping in when there was a vacuum of leadership at the federal level, when they were getting no information, when they were getting no help, and no guidance from the former Trump administration. He had — he made some positive comments about Governor Cuomo and his role in New York at the time, as he did about a range of governors.  Doocy closed with a query about an upcoming meeting on climate change between White House officials and airline executives, but fortunately for briefing viewers, Doocy closed out Thursday’s episode with a second round of questions that touched on the Biden’s American Rescue Plan, immigration, and the January 6 Capitol attack. Doocy started with the ongoing discussions concerning “a 9/11-style commission to investigate the January 6th insurrection” and Republican concerns about a partisan makeup of such a commission (which wasn’t how the 9/11 Commission was constructed). Of course, Psaki demurred, saying it was a congressional matter. Before closing with a back-and-forth about why Biden didn’t bring up his stimulus package in a Wednesday meeting with a group of Senate Republicans (which was about semiconductors), the FNC reporter returned to the well on immigration (click “expand”): DOOCY: And on immigration, why does the White House think There is this surge of unaccompanied children right now? Your critics are saying it's because you're not sending anybody back — any of these unaccompanied children back. Do you share that?  PSAKI: Well, I think there's a couple reasons. One, there's conditions that are in these countries that we have not done enough to help improve, and that's why there is funding in the President's immigration bill, and why one of the reasons we're eager to have it passed. We don't feel that sending unaccompanied minors — kids — back to take a dangerous journey is the right step to take, and that's not something that we're going to do in his administration, and it won't be our policy. But we always need to keep communicating more effectively about how this is a dangerous time to travel. This is a dangerous time for families to come, for children to come and we’ll continue to have work to do that more. To see the relevant transcript from February 25's briefing, click “expand.” White House Press Briefing February 25, 2021 12:53 p.m. Eastern PETER DOOCY: Thank you, Jen. The head of the group the President is gonna be with today, the National Governors Association, Andrew Cuomo is being accused of sexual harassment by a former staffer named Lindsey Boylan. She says that Cuom, while he was governor, gave her an unwanted kiss on the lips. He asked her to play strip poker. Is the White House worried about this becoming a distraction from an important meeting about COVID response? JEN PSAKI: Well, let me first say that the President has been consistent in his position. When a person comes forward, they deserve to be treated with dignity and respect. Their voice should be heard not silenced and any allegation should be reviewed. Governor Cuomo is also the governor of one of the largest states in the country that has been one of the hardest hit with millions of people still suffering from an ongoing pandemic and an economic crisis and our focus is to continue working with governors from across the country from a range of states on how we're helping people in their states. He also is still head of the National Governors Association, hence he’s at the event today. DOOCY: And to him being in charge of the governors and in charge of such big state, will the President talk to him about these accusations from Democrats in the New York Legislature that Cuomo misled the public about deaths in nursing homes throughout the pandemic? PSAKI: Well, this is a meeting and a conversation with a range of governors about how we can all work together to address the pandemic and get relief to the American people And that's what I expect the focus of the meeting to be on.  DOOCY: There are some Democrats in New York who want a — who want congressional hearings about these deaths in nursing homes. There was a Cuomo aide who told lawmakers in February that the Cuomo administration withheld the number of residents who died in hospitals from the public due the fear that it would be used against them by federal prosecutors. Is this something the White House thinks would be appropriate for a congressional hearing? PSAKI: It’s really up to Congress to determine how they want to review or have hearings on those reports.  DOOCY: And I know you're asked about this this weekend, but I'll try again: Does President Biden still think Andrew Cuomo is the gold standard for COVID leadership, and he's doing a hell of a job, which he has said about him? PSAKI: Well, first of all, I think to be fair, let's put all the comments in context, which sometimes is a missing from these conversations we have in here during interviews. At the time, which was I believe April of last year, the President spoke out and said positive things about a range of governors, Democrats and Republicans, who are stepping in when there was a vacuum of leadership at the federal level, when they were getting no information, when they were getting no help, and no guidance from the former Trump administration. He had — he made some positive comments about Governor Cuomo and his role in New York at the time, as he did about a range of governors.  DOOCY: Okay and then one war on climate change. There's been some reports about a meeting with airlines CEO next week. How important is it to the White House to reduce airline emissions is part of the overall climate agenda? PSAKI: I'm not actually familiar with that meeting. Do you know who it’s with? DOOCY: Gina McCarthy and some of the airline company CEOs. PSAKI: I'd have to look back into it. I don't have any more details on that meeting. I’m happy to. (....) 1:14 p.m. Eastern DOOCY: There are reports that if Congress launches a 9/11-style commission to investigate the January 6th insurrection, Nancy Pelosi wanted to have seven Democrats and four Republicans as part of the makeup. Would White House be satisfied with that, or would you rather see it more evenly distributed by party? PSAKI: We'll leave that up to Congress — leaders in Congress to determine what that will look like. DOOCY: And on immigration, why does the White House think There is this surge of unaccompanied children right now? Your critics are saying it's because you're not sending anybody back — any of these unaccompanied children back. Do you share that?  PSAKI: Well, I think there's a couple reasons. One, there's conditions that are in these countries that we have not done enough to help improve, and that's why there is funding in the President's immigration bill, and why one of the reasons we're eager to have it passed. We don't feel that sending unaccompanied minors — kids — back to take a dangerous journey is the right step to take, and that's not something that we're going to do in his administration, and it won't be our policy. But we always need to keep communicating more effectively about how this is a dangerous time to travel. This is a dangerous time for families to come, for children to come and we’ll continue to have work to do that more. DOOCY: And when the president had half a dozen Republican lawmakers in the Oval Office yesterday they came out, they shared, and they thought it was a good meeting. But they said the COVID-19 rescue package never came up. Why not?  PSAKI: Well, did they raise the COVID-19 rescue package?  DOOCY: I don't — the President says that he makes it a top priority.  PSAKI: Of course. DOOCY: He talks about it with great urgency. He could've brought about and I'm just curious why didn’t —  PSAKI: Well the meeting was about a supply chain executive order, something that there is a great deal of interest on and bipartisan support for. The only time the president talks about the American Rescue Plan is not in meetings in the Oval Office. He picks up his phone and calls Democrats, Republicans and others on a regular basis and I think he's used every opportunity has to make the case publicly to have those conversations, and it's probably why more than 70 percent of the public, including the majority of Republicans, support the plan.  DOOCY: That is not a signal that the president has conceded. He's just gonna pass the package with Democrats.  PSAKI: Hardly look, I think the President's view is that this is a package that will help get the pandemic under control. It will help put people back to work. If somebody has a better idea, by all means, bring it forward. We have not seen one. This is a plan that he remains committed to and he is hopeful that Republicans, many in Congress will follow what their constituents want on the American people clearly want this Rescue Plan passed. They clearly want money for vaccinations. They clearly want schools to reopen and funding to reopen schools and they clearly want direct checks, so hopefully members will listen to that, and we have plenty of time for Republicans to vote for the package.

The Case Against Reparations: Part 1

Last week, I testified before the House Committee on the Judiciary's Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties regarding H.R. 40: Examining the Path to Reparative Justice in America. In other words, reparations. This is the first part of the statement I submitted: "Reparations is the extraction of money from people who were never slave owners to be given to people who were never slaves." It is also interesting that we are having this hearing at a time when racism as a barrier to success has never been so insignificant. In 1991, Black Democrat and Harvard sociologist Orlando Patterson said: "The sociological truths are that America, while still flawed in its race relations and its stubborn refusal to institute a rational, universal welfare system, is now the least racist white-majority society in the world; has a better record of legal protection of minorities than any other society, white or Black; offers more opportunities to a greater number of Black persons than any other society, including all those of Africa." In 1997, Time/CNN did a broad survey of Black and white teens. Asked whether racism is a major problem in America, both said yes. But, when Black teens were asked whether racism was a big problem, small problem or no problem in their own daily lives, 89% said small or no problem. In fact, nearly twice as many Black teens, compared to white teens, agreed that "failure to take advantage of available opportunities" was a bigger problem than racism. During the 2008 race for the presidency, the major contenders were Democrats Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton; and Republicans Mitt Romney, a Mormon, and Sen. John McCain, who would have been 72 by the time he entered office, if elected. A 2007 Gallup poll found fewer Americans would refuse to vote for a Black person (5%); than would refuse to vote for a woman (11%); than would refuse to vote for a Mormon (24%); than would refuse to vote for someone who would be 72 upon entering office (42%). In 2007, the year before he was elected president, Obama spoke at a Black church on the anniversary of Bloody Sunday. He said: "The previous generation, the Moses generation (the generation of Martin Luther King Jr.), pointed the way. They took us 90% of the way there, but we still got that 10% in order to cross over to the other side." I thought that 10% remaining "to cross over to the other side" was a fair assessment. After all, a 2002 Fox News/Opinion Dynamics poll found that 8% of Americans believed that Elvis Presley was still alive -- or that at least there was "a chance." So, as to Obama's 10% remaining, I'm not sure how much more wiggle room we have left before running into the Elvis factor. The reparations argument is based, in part, on the belief that but for slavery, America would not have become the prosperous nation it is today. To the contrary, conservative scholar Michael Medved notes: It's not true that the U.S. became a wealthy nation through the abuse of slave labor: The most prosperous states in the country were those that first freed their slaves. ... At the time of the Constitution, Virginia constituted the most populous and wealthiest state in the Union, but by the time of the War Between the States the Old Dominion had fallen far behind a half-dozen northern states that had outlawed slavery two generations earlier. About the difference in wealth between the North and the South, Frederick Douglass, after escaping from a plantation in Maryland to freedom in Massachusetts, wrote: "But the most astonishing as well as the most interesting thing to me was the condition of the colored people, a great many of whom, like myself, had escaped thither as a refuge from the hunters of men. I found many, who had not been seven years out of their chains, living in finer houses, and evidently enjoying more of the comforts of life, than the average of slaveholders in Maryland." To be continued next week.
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