Trump Administration Launches ‘Operation Legend’ to Stem Surge in Violent Crime

The Trump administration is deploying federal law-enforcement agents to Kansas City, Missouri, to help stem a recent surge in violent crime across the country as part of a program dubbed “Operation Legend,” Attorney General William Barr announced Wednesday.
The program is named after 4-year-old LeGend Taliferro who was killed while he slept when someone shot into his home on June 29 in Kansas City.
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said Wednesday that the new program is aimed at reducing violence, pointing to the current violence plaguing Kansas City. In a statement, the justice department said it was created as a result of President Donald Trump’s promise to assist cities that have hit by a recent string of violence.
McEnany said the program is also a response to a letter sent by Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas to Missouri Gov. Mike Parson, which said that the city is “at a crisis point.”

Attorney General William P. Barr Announces Launch of Operation Legend
— Justice Department (@TheJusticeDept) July 8, 2020

Kansas City was reporting 99 homicides as of Wednesday. With nearly half a year left, that puts the city on track to far exceed last year’s total of 150.
Under the program, Barr will, in the coming weeks, direct over 100 federal agents from the FBI, U.S. Marshal Service, Drug Enforcement Administration and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to the region to assist and work alongside state and local officials and law enforcement agencies to combat the surge of violent crime.
McEnany said they will be on the ground in the next 10 days.
Barr in a statement described the fatal shooting of LeGend last month as “a horrifying reminder that violent crime left unchecked is a threat to us all and cannot be allowed to continue.”
The 4-year-old was shot around 2:30 a.m. as he slept, and he died shortly later.

LeGend Taliferro, a four-year-old boy who was shot and killed on June 29th in Kansas City, Mo. (DOJ/Supplied)
McEnany noted that LeGend survived heart surgery as an infant before he “tragically lost his life.”
“We at the federal government want to make sure that never happens and use our resources to the fullest extent of the law to ensure individuals and young children like LeGend are able to live their lives and live so peacefully,” she said.
“President Trump has made clear: the federal government stands ready and willing to assist any of our state and local law enforcement partners across the nation responding to violent crime,” Barr said, noting that Kansas City is currently experiencing its worst homicide rate in its history.
Responding to news of the new initiative, Kansas City mayor Lucas said the effort “can be only one tool out of many” needed in addressing the problem of violent crime.
“As I said in my letter sent last week to Governor Parson that was cited by the White House this afternoon, ‘[W]e will continue to pursue a broad set of social services and other tools to address violent crime now and in the future,’” he said in a statement. “As mayor, I remain committed to working on all solutions to making our city safer and finding peace for all those impacted by violent crime.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Squad Dems Pressley and Tlaib Propose ‘Reforming’ Police… by Gutting All Law Enforcement

At its most basic level, government is pretty simple. It’s about society coming together to protect the individual from violence. Few duties are more important, and fewer still are easier to get right… in theory, anyway.
In practice, however, Democrats are not only failing at the most basic function of government; they’re abandoning it by design.

Consider a new proposal for “law enforcement reform” legislation backed this week by a pair of prominent House Democrats. The Washington Free Beacon has the scoop:

Reps. Ayanna Pressley (D., Mass.) and Rashida Tlaib (D., Mich.), both known as members of the House’s uber-progressive “squad,” backed the BREATHE Act, legislation that would strip federal law enforcement to the bone, disband the DEA and ICE, end federal funding for police, and “develop a time-bound plan to close all federal prisons.”
The bill would also, an official summary states, funnel unspecified amounts of federal money into massive new grant programs, which would be spent on priorities like school curricula on “colonialism,” pilot programs for a universal basic income, and reparations for prostitutes […]
The envisioned overhaul would also entail a number of legal changes. Those include banning facial recognition and predictive policing tools; ending mandatory minimums, life sentences, and “three strikes” laws; and repealing “federal laws that criminalize human movement and border entry”—effectively legalizing crossing the border. Some of the plans involve federal regulation of state law, like “repealing all existing State juvenile offenses”—a move that would likely face a substantial constitutional challenge.

Essentially, the proposal is a systematic dismantling of every major and necessary aspect of law enforcement in this country, practically designed not only to unleash domestic crime but guarantee its importation across the borders — and to teach children to despise their country at the same time we abolish consequences for the offenses they’re most likely to commit.
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What could go wrong?
The Free Beacon notes that that the BREATHE Act currently isn’t an actual bill, just a proposed outline for a laundry list of far-left wishes with some connection to policing. In that sense, it’s similar to the infamous Green New Deal, an environmental/economic plan cooked up by leftist activists, which Democrat officeholders quickly endorsed only to back away from once people started reading what it actually said.

As with the Green New Deal, the BREATHE Act won’t become law in its current form anytime soon, and odds are a number of Democrat early adopters will back away from it as soon as they realize just how poisonous its proposals would be among their constituents.
There is one difference this time, however: in just the two short years since the Green New Deal crashed and burned, the Left has somehow grown even more brazen — less concerned with how moderates will perceive them, less patient with the optical considerations of Democrat officeholders. And they have reason to be — while the GND was always a bit of a joke outside of far-left circles, Black Lives Matter has rapidly ensnared not just the Democrat Party and mainstream media outlets, but entertainment media and Corporate America, as well. BLM has more power to make demands than environmental extremists ever did.
And if they use it successfully, the very black Americans they claim to be fighting for will be among the first to pay the price — a point black conservatives have been making for years. As former Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke explained in 2015:

“The only reason we went on that lock-’em-up drive [against drugs] in the first place,” he suggests, “was black mayors who went to Congress and pleaded for help. Because of the violence, they pleaded with Congress for tougher laws on crack cocaine. Black mayors did that. Yet we’re made to believe it was white congressmen who wanted to throw these black guys in jail.”

How far we’ve fallen since then. Things are quickly changing for the worse, and it’s not at all clear that Republicans will be strong enough to stop it. If the Left succeeds in dismantling the most basic duty of government, all of us will suffer dearly.

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UK Court Rules Against Steele Dossier Author Over ‘Inaccurate or Misleading’ Claims

A British court on July 8 ordered Christopher Steele to pay damages to Russian businessmen who sued him over claims in one of the memos in Steele’s infamous dossier.
In a lengthy opinion, High Court of England and Wales Justice Mark Warby ruled that Steele and his company, Orbis Business Intelligence, failed to properly verify one of the claims in the memo before disseminating it and ordered Steele to pay more than $22,000 each to two of the three claimants.
Mikhail Fridman, Petr Aven, and German Khan filed a lawsuit against Steele in May 2018, challenging a series of claims he made in Memorandum 112 of his dossier. The judge determined that all of the challenged claims “are inaccurate or misleading as a matter of fact.”
The judge’s ruling against Steele was limited to one of the five claims challenged by the Russian businessmen. Steele took due care to verify the other four claims, the court found. 
“We are delighted with the outcome of this case and that Mr. Justice Warby has determined what we have always known to be the case – that the contents of Memorandum 112 are inaccurate and misleading,” Fridman said in a statement. 
“Ever since these odious allegations were first made public in January 2017, my partners and I have been resolute and unwavering in our determination to prove that they are untrue, and through this case, we have finally succeeded in doing so.”
The judge determined that Steele accurately recorded what he had been told by his source. Warby’s decision is the first legal defeat for Steele, who has faced a battery of legal challenges since the release of the dossier in early 2017.
“Orbis BI are grateful for Justice Warby’s clear and detailed ruling in this case and will ensure that our company’s data handling data handling procedures incorporate his various findings going forward,” Steele’s company said in a statement.
Steele’s dossier contained a series of memos claiming that then-candidate Donald Trump colluded with Russia to influence the 2016 presidential election. The Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee ultimately paid for Steele’s work. The FBI used the dossier in late October 2016 to obtain a warrant to spy on a former Trump campaign associate.
In Memorandum 112, Steele claimed that Fridman, Aven, and Khan—all associates of Alfa Bank—had shadowy links to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Steele was directed to research and write the memo by Fusion GPS, the company that hired him for the dossier work. 
The three men’s potential connections to Putin were of interest to Fusion GPS, the firm came into possession of information on an alleged link between Alfa Bank and Trump Tower. Linking Alfa Bank to Putin would thus bolster the overall thesis of collusion between Trump and Russia. 
The FBI investigated the alleged Alfa Bank–Trump Tower link and found no evidence of wrongdoing.
Last month, Fridman, Aven, and Khan lost an appeal of a dismissal of a defamation lawsuit against Steele in a U.S. court.
The British court proceedings yielded new details about Steele’s meetings with senior U.S. government officials during the 2016 election. The former British intelligence officer told the court that he became convinced that the FBI and the U.S. State Department worked closely together on the bureau’s investigation of the Trump campaign.
A growing body of circumstantial evidence now suggests that Steele’s dossier played a role in the opening of the investigation against the Trump campaign, codenamed Crossfire Hurricane. The probe morphed into the special counsel investigation headed by Robert Mueller, who, after a 22-month inquiry, concluded there was no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.

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Trump Meets Mexican Leader to Celebrate USMCA

WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump hosted Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador at the White House for the first time on July 8 to celebrate the launch of the new North American trade agreement known as USMCA.
The two leaders met to discuss the strategic cooperation between the two countries on both trade and immigration.
“The relationship between the United States and Mexico has never been closer than it is right now,” Trump said at the Rose Garden before signing a Joint Declaration with his counterpart. The Declaration aims to bolster economic and security cooperation.
He noted that “people were betting against” a good relationship between both leaders.
“Each of us was elected on the pledge to fight corruption, return power to the people, and put the interests of our countries first,” Trump said.
TheU.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) took effect on July 1, opening a new chapter in North American free trade. Known as T-MEC in Mexico, USMCA has strong labor provisions and promotes investment in the North American supply chain.
Trump called the agreement “the largest, fairest, and most advanced” and said that it would “bring countless jobs from overseas, back to North America.”
“Our countries will be very big beneficiaries. We are already seeing the fruits because it started,” he said.
The USMCA comes at a crucial time since it may encourage businesses to bring their production closer to home and advance economic decoupling from China. The pandemic has further accelerated the need to reshore to the United States, or nearshore to Mexico and Canada, supply lines, according to experts.
“This agreement is a great option to produce, create jobs, and foster trade without having to go so far away from our homes, cities, states, and nations,” Lopez Obrador said.
He pitched Mexico, saying his country has an “extremely valuable” asset, which is its “very young, creative, and responsible labor force.”
USMCA replaces the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which entered into force under President Bill Clinton in 1994.
The agreement contains new “rules of origin” on cars, which incentivize production in North America. It also promotes the use of high-wage labor, which is expected to make U.S. and Canadian workers more competitive vis-a-vis Mexican workers.
This is the Mexican president’s first foreign visit since he took office in late 2018. The 66-year-old leftist president traveled to Washington on a packed commercial plane, according to a Twitter post, showing him sitting in coach and wearing a facemask.
Lopez Obrador published a book titled “Listen, Trump” before his election in 2018 and labeled Trump as “erratic and arrogant” in his book. After he took office, however, both leaders publicly praised one another.
Trump touted Lopez Obrador for his cooperation in stopping the illicit cross border flow of drugs, guns, cash, and contraband, as well as human trafficking.
“We’re forging critical partnerships across the western hemisphere to combat the cartels and the smugglers, and to ensure safe, humane, and lawful migration. And we’ve been helped greatly by Mexico,” he said.
Lopez Obrador came under criticism in his country for traveling to Washington before the U.S. election, as some feared that he would appear to be supporting Trump in his reelection campaign.
Lopez said Trump had been “increasingly respectful” to Mexicans despite “ideological differences” and “insults” that had happened in the past.
He touted Trump’s support during the pandemic and for providing the critical medical equipment needed.
“You have not tried to treat us as a colony; on the contrary, you have honored our condition as an independent nation. That’s why I’m here to express to the people of the United States that their President has behaved with us with kindness and respect,” he said towards the end of his speech.
Before his meeting with Trump, Lopez Obrador laid wreaths at the Abraham Lincoln Memorial and Benito Juárez Statue, “historical figures who symbolize the best of politics and the struggle for liberty in both nations,” according to the Mexican Embassy in Washington.

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5 States, DC Sue Education Secretary Over CARES Funding for Private Schools

Several states are suing Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and her department in order to block a rule over the amount of federal relief funding set to be transferred from public schools to private schools.
Attorneys general of California and Michigan announced the lawsuit on Tuesday. They were joined by Maine, New Mexico, Wisconsin, and the District of Columbia. The plaintiff alleged that the Education Department’s rule siphons resources away from economically disadvantaged public school students and improperly diverted it to private school students, including those from affluent families.
Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul argued that DeVos’s guidance (pdf) in April goes against the intent of Congress in disbursing federal funds in the CARES Act, which made available over $13 billion to help K-12 students continue their education disrupted by the public health emergency.
“The funds allocated to schools in the CARES Act provide vital support at a time when schools have had to make significant changes to the way they teach students,” said Kaul, reported Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “Instead of ignoring congressional intent and diverting funds away from public schools, Secretary DeVos should follow the law.”
Most of the CARES Act money is being distributed to school districts using the Title I formula, meaning that districts with more students from low-income families are getting more relief money. In the June 25 rule, however, DeVos instructed districts to set aside a portion of the CARES money to support private school students based on total enrollments, rather than just the number of low-income students.
“Services under the CARES Act programs can be available for all all students—public and non-public—without regard to poverty,” the rule reads.
“It’s clear that the COVID-19 pandemic affected all schools. Likewise … it’s appropriate and reasonable for private schools to receive this funding,” she said. “The DeVos argument is that public schools can portion the funds any way they want within their schools, so private schools should be able to access those funds to serve all of their students, just like the public schools.”
The Education Department on July 1 published an interim final rule, providing school districts two options about how to spend the CARES money. In one scenario, they can distribute funds from CARES Act to all schools regardless of their low-income Title I status, but must also pay for “equitable services,” such as tutoring or transportation, for all private school students. In the other, they can fund only low-income private school students, while also restricting CARES Act funding to low-income Title I-designated public schools, rather than all schools.
Opponents to the idea that public schools have to share emergency funding with private schools remain unsatisfied. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, who leads the lawsuit, said Tuesday the new rule represents a “false choice,” arguing that the Congress never intended to make school districts choose between those options in the first place.
“Some of those private schools have already been able to access hundreds of billions of dollars from the CARES Act Paycheck Protection Program, unlike California public schools that can’t,” he said.

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Ex-NFL Player Burgess Owens Illustrates Absurdity of ‘Black National Anthem’ Plan with Mocking Suggestions

No one can say Burgess Owens doesn’t know how to make a point. The former college football standout and ex-NFL defensive back kept countless opponents from scoring points on the field during his playing career. As an outspoken conservative commentator from Utah and now Republican candidate for Congress, Owens, 68, has made plenty of them…
The post Ex-NFL Player Burgess Owens Illustrates Absurdity of ‘Black National Anthem’ Plan with Mocking Suggestions appeared first on The Federalist Papers.

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US Will Act to Deny China Access to Americans’ Data, Says Pompeo

WASHINGTON—The Trump administration will take steps to ensure the Chinese communist regime does not gain any access to the private information of American citizens through telecommunications and social media, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday when asked if the United States was planning to ban Chinese-owned app Tiktok.
Pompeo also praised U.S. technology giants Google, Twitter Inc., and Facebook Inc. for ‘refusing to surrender’ user data to the Hong Kong government and urged other companies to follow suit, after China’s establishment of a sweeping new national security law for the semi-autonomous city.
Speaking two days after he said Washington was “certainly looking at” banning Chinese social media apps, including TikTok, Pompeo said the U.S. evaluation was not focused on a particular company but that it was a matter of national security.
“The comments that I made about a particular company earlier this week fall in the context of us evaluating the threat from the Chinese Communist Party,” Pompeo said. He added that Washington was working to ensure that Beijing does not gain access to any private data or health records of Americans.
“So what you’ll see the administration do is take actions that preserve and protect that information and deny the Chinese Communist Party access to private information that belongs to Americans,” he said.

The logo of the Tiktok app. (Joel Saget/AFP/Getty Images)
U.S. lawmakers have raised national security concerns over TikTok’s handling of user data, saying they were worried about Chinese laws requiring domestic companies “to support and cooperate with intelligence work controlled by the Chinese Communist Party.”
On Monday, Tiktok told Reuters it has never provided user data to China. The app, which is not available in China, has sought to distance itself from its Chinese roots to appeal to a global audience.
Pompeo’s remarks also come amid increasing U.S.-China tensions over the communist regime’s handling of the CCP virus outbreak, which started in Wuhan, its actions in the former British colony of Hong Kong, and a nearly two-year trade dispute between the United States and China.
Pompeo reiterated the need for allies and the international community to help shape a global telecoms infrastructure free of the Chinese government’s influence.
“The infrastructure of this next hundred years must be a communications infrastructure that is based on a Western ideal,” he said.
By Humeyra Pamuk
Epoch Times Staff contributed to this report.

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Biden Says Some Funding Should Be Redirected From Police Departments

Presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden said Wednesday that some funding should be redirected from police departments as some activists and Democrats have called to “defund the police” in the wake of protests and riots across the United States in recent weeks.
Biden, 77, was asked by an activist about whether some police funding needs to be redirected.
“But do we agree that we can redirect some of the [police] funding?” Ady Barkan, the activist, asked Biden.
“Yes, absolutely,” Biden responded in a video published by NowThis. “One of the things that we also need to be doing is fundamentally changing way we deal with our prison system,” the former senator from Delaware added. “It should be a rehabilitation system, not a punishment system. We’re going to make sure you’re qualified for every single right you had before you went to prison if you served your time.”
Adding further, Biden said police departments do not need surplus military equipment, claiming that it leads them to “become the enemy” in a community.
Specifically, he also called for the ending of no-knock warrants and improving transparency in departments.
“This whole idea of no-knock warrants in drug cases is bizarre, it just invites trouble,” Biden said. “There’s a fundamental need for transparency and access to police records when they have misconduct charges against them.
Following calls to abolish or defund the police last month, Biden’s campaign and other top Democrats in Congress said departments shouldn’t be defunded. Numerous Black Lives Matter protesters have chanted the slogan or spray-painted it on buildings and monuments.

People paint the exterior of the Seattle Police Department’s abandoned East Precinct in Seattle, Wash., on June 19, 2020. (David Ryder/Getty Images)
“As his criminal justice proposal made clear months ago, Vice President Biden does not believe that police should be defunded,” Biden campaign Rapid Response Director Andrew Bates said several weeks ago. “He hears and shares the deep grief and frustration of those calling out for change, and is driven to ensure that justice is done and that we put a stop to this terrible pain.”
He said that Biden supports the “urgent need for reform,” including more redirecting policing funds to public schools, mental health and drug abuse treatment programs, and summer programs.
Trump 2020 campaign rapid response director Andrew Clark wrote—following Biden’s comments in the video on Wednesday—that it appears as if “Biden has changed his position on defunding the police.”
A staffer for Biden’s campaign, Andrew Bates, appeared to deny that the candidate has changed his position. “Biden is running on *more* COPS funding for community policing,” he wrote.
“I’d like to thank Donald Trump – for hiring an illiterate comms staff. Biden is running on *more* COPS funding for community policing,” Bates, Biden’s director of rapid response, shot back. “The same sentiment you’re taking out of context RE: local budgets is *in* the articles about him opposing defunding.”
Last month, President Donald Trump signed an executive order that encourages police departments to improve training, more certification and credential requirements for officers, information sharing on officials who have been subject to excessive use of force complaints, and co-responder programs that will send health professionals alongside officers during certain situations.
“I strongly oppose” the “radical” effort to dismantle and disband police forces, Trump said at the time, while noting that crime levels are at historic lows across the United States.

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Not All GOP Senators Will Attend the 2020 Republican National Convention

Several Republican Senators have said they will not attend next month’s Republican National Convention in Jacksonville Florida, owing to a variety of reasons.
Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine), Mitt Romney (R-Utah), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) have all said that they will not attend the GOP convention, as reported by The Hill.
Collins said she will not attend the National Convention because she is up for reelection. This year, Collins is in a race that could determine which party takes control of the Senate majority in the next term.
Romney, Grassley, and Murkowski’s office did not immediately respond to The Epoch Times to confirm their reasons for not attending.
Sens. Romney and Murkowski have had clashes with President Trump; Sen. Murkowski was against Obamacare’s repeal and the nomination of Supreme Justice Brett Kavanaugh and Sen. Romney voted to impeach Trump.
The three GOP senators are the latest Republican lawmakers to say that they do not plan to attend the convention in August.
“I’m not going to go. And I’m not going to go because of the virus situation,” Grassley told The Des Moines Register and others.
A Republican who is retiring this year, Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), also said Tuesday that he would not attend the National Convention.
“Senator Alexander is an honorary chair of the Tennessee Trump campaign, but he will not be attending the convention because he believes the delegate spots should be reserved for those who have not had that privilege before as he has had,” the statement said.
Republicans changed the venue of their convention due to concerns from the North Carolina Governor about social distancing during the pandemic.
The convention’s new location, Florida has been seeing an increase in its number of CCP virus cases over the last couple of months. According to the Florida Department of Health, “On July 6, 16.27 percent of new cases tested positive and there are a total of 213,794 Florida cases, with 3,841 total deaths related to the CCP virus.
Many other GOP senators have indicated that they plan on attending the event, barring any changes to the guidelines set by the CDC.
Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) told reporters in early July that he hadn’t yet made a decision on whether he was attending the convention.
“Yeah current state of affairs and exactly what my role would be and whether I’d really have any use or not, and what kind of social distancing, what kind of precautions are being taken,” Johnson told the TV station.
Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) told Ohio reporters last month that he wanted to decide closer to the date of the convention. “We’ll see where we are in late August,” Portman said. “If I go, I’m going to go taking precautions.”
Meanwhile, some spokespeople have confirmed their senator is attending, including Sens. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), Mitch McConnell (R-Ala.), and Mike Braun (R-Ind.).
Braun wrote in a tweet on July 7, “I campaigned with President Trump in 2018, where he helped expand our Senate majority- and touted his policies to Make America Great Again. I’ll be at the  @GOPcovention in Jacksonville with @realDonaldTrump where we will kick off the 2020 campaign to  #KeepAmericaGreat!”

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After Propelling It to National Prominence, Left Now Wants ‘Hamilton’ Musical Canceled

The darling of cultured American society — the hip-hop musical “Hamilton” — is under the gun because it places a Founding Father in too good a light.
The criticism and calls to “cancel Hamilton” come as Disney Plus released a filmed version of the play to great success last week.

#Hamilton Drives Up Disney Plus App Downloads 72% Over the Weekend
— Variety (@Variety) July 6, 2020

Variety reported the “Hamilton” movie features the original cast of the Broadway play, which debuted in 2015.
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The cast is made up of nearly all minority actors and performers.
In the title role of Alexander Hamilton is Lin-Manuel Miranda, who also wrote the script and music for the production, which won 11 Tony Awards in 2016, including Best Musical and Best Original Score.

Miranda’s story was based on the bestselling book “Hamilton” by Ron Chernow, who consulted on the play.
The show earned a Pulitzer Prize in Drama in 2016.
In other words, you cannot find higher artistic accolades than “Hamilton” received.
That was then; this is now.
CNN reported Tuesday that “‘Hamilton’ has been criticized by those who believe it doesn’t accurately portray the horrors of slavery and glosses over the role in it played by America’s founding fathers.”

The criticism “has broadened with the release of the film in the time of intense focus on the Black Lives Matters movement,” the news outlet added.
A Monday article in The Oprah Magazine described “Hamilton” as “problematic” and said many are calling for it to be “canceled.”
Miranda responded to some of the criticism, which Tracy Clayton, host of the Netflix podcast “Strong Black Legends,” summarized in a series of tweets.
She wrote, “im late w the hamilton criticism stuff & im clearly biased but.. i really like that this conversation is happening. hamilton the play and the movie were given to us in two different worlds & our willingness to interrogate things in this way feels like a clear sign of change.”

“i totally get the frustration about it being a play about slaveholders that is not about slavery. ive felt that in lots of things i watch, but i flex the same muscle i use when i listen to hip hop as a black woman. we enjoy problematic things all the time.”

i totally get the frustration about it being a play about slaveholders that is not about slavery. ive felt that in lots of things i watch, but i flex the same muscle i use when i listen to hip hop as a black woman. we enjoy problematic things all the time
— tracy clayton aka CHUBBA BEEF (@brokeymcpoverty) July 5, 2020

Clayton conceded being a fan (on the record) of both the play and Miranda and went on to note that “navigating history and historical figures is hard and messy. humans are flawed and messy, both the ones who lived then & the ones reading and writing about them now.”

Miranda responded, “Appreciate you so much, @brokeymcpoverty. All the criticisms are valid. The sheer tonnage of complexities & failings of these people I couldn’t get. Or wrestled with but cut. I took 6 years and fit as much as I could in a 2.5 hour musical. Did my best. It’s all fair game.”

Appreciate you so much, @brokeymcpoverty. All the criticisms are valid. The sheer tonnage of complexities & failings of these people I couldn’t get. Or wrestled with but cut. I took 6 years and fit as much as I could in a 2.5 hour musical. Did my best. It’s all fair game.
— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) July 6, 2020

It’s a shame that Miranda did not defend his work more forcefully.

One of the wonderful messages that comes from “Hamilton” is that what the Founders accomplished transcends race.
It’s powerful to see people of different backgrounds portraying these heroes, whose central message from the era, contained in the Declaration of Independence, animated and directed the American experiment in liberty for nearly 250 years:
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.”
Contrary to what’s being taught in The New York Times’ 1619 Project curriculum in 3,500 classrooms across 50 states, a primary cause of the Revolutionary War was not slavery.

Slavery was introduced in the British colony of Virginia in 1619, over 150 years before the founding of the United States.
The Declaration of Independence, which lists dozens of grievances the colonies had against the king and Parliament, makes just a passing reference to slavery by pointing to England’s efforts to “excite domestic insurrections.”
Also working against The Times’ narrative, almost all the states north of the Mason-Dixon Line had voted to abolish slavery by the end of the war in 1783.
By 1804, all the Northern states had passed legislation ending slavery.

No other governments in the world were taking similar action at that time. In other words, Americans led the way in the abolition movement.
Benjamin Franklin, one of the drafters of the declaration who had owned slaves earlier in his life, became president of the Pennsylvania Abolition Society after the Revolutionary War.
Many of the Founders, including John and Samuel Adams of Massachusetts and Roger Sherman of Connecticut, never owned slaves.
While it is true that Virginians Thomas Jefferson — the primary drafter of the declaration — and George Washington were both slaveholders, they came out in opposition to the institution and took action against it.

Hamilton — who served as a military aide to Washington during the Revolutionary War and fought bravely at the decisive Battle of Yorktown — became president of the New York Manumission Society after the war.
The group’s purpose was to end slavery, which New York voted to do in 1799.
Hamilton’s contributions to the founding of the United States also included being a delegate to the Constitutional Convention, authoring some of the Federalist Papers (written in support of the Constitution’s adoption) and serving as the nation’s first treasury secretary.
Pretty major stuff.

His life, however imperfect, is worthy of celebrating.
President Donald Trump described well the problem with the current culture, which dismisses the Founders as “villains,” in his speech at Mount Rushmore on Saturday.
“The radical view of American history is a web of lies — all perspective is removed, every virtue is obscured, every motive is twisted, every fact is distorted, and every flaw is magnified until the history is purged and the record is disfigured beyond all recognition,” the president said.

‘The radical view of American history is a web of lies; all perspective is removed, every virtue obscured, every motive is twisted, every fact is distorted, every flaw is magnified, until the history is purged and the record is disfigured beyond all recognition’#MtRushmoreSpeech
— Heather Champion (@winningatmylife) July 4, 2020

The Founders deserve our respect. They risked everything to launch a nation that became the most diverse and prosperous on earth: not by accident either, but by design.
As a wise president once said, the United States at its birth was “dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.”
And we continue to reap the blessings of that noble undertaking to this day.

Randy DeSoto is the author of “We Hold These Truths,” which examines the influence of the Declaration of Independence throughout American history.
This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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Don Lemon Ruins Left’s Racial Narrative by Admitting BLM Doesn’t Mean ‘All Black Lives Matter’

Conservatives have often been asked how we could conceivably have a problem with Black Lives Matter. The tacit assumption behind this question is that the organization means exactly what the three words in its name say.
Even the most desultory examination of the decentralized organization that guides the movement and some of the statements made in its name would be proof that this wasn’t true. If you need more, watch Terry Crews’ tense appearance on Don Lemon’s traveling CNN circus on Monday.

Crews was dragged on to CNN due to the backlash from recent tweets in which he criticized the Black Lives Matter movement, which is as close to a public secular religion as we have in these grim days.
“Are all white people bad? No. Are all black people good? No,” Crews said in a tweet Saturday. “Knowing this reality- I stand on my decision to unite with good people, no matter the race, creed or ideology. Given the number of threats against this decision – I also decide to die on this hill.”

Are all white people bad?
Are all black people good?
Knowing this reality- I stand on my decision to unite with good people, no matter the race, creed or ideology.
Given the number of threats against this decision-
I also decide to die on this hill.
— terry crews (@terrycrews) July 4, 2020

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“If you are a child of God, you are my brother and sister. I have family of every race, creed and ideology,” Crews tweeted earlier in the week. “We must ensure #blacklivesmatter doesn’t morph into #blacklivesbetter.”

If you are a child of God, you are my brother and sister. I have family of every race, creed and ideology.
We must ensure #blacklivesmatter doesn’t morph into #blacklivesbetter
— terry crews (@terrycrews) June 30, 2020

We can’t have that, so Crews was brought onto Lemon’s show for a public shaming. Instead of the usual celebrity response, which closely mimics a hostage video in form and tone, Crews fought back — and managed to draw out an unforced error from Lemon.
Lemon and Crews got in a debate over the meaning of Black Lives Matter — a movement, let’s keep in mind, that began after the acquittal of George Zimmerman in 2013 for shooting and killing Trayvon Martin.
Crews expressed consternation that the movement hadn’t spoken out about black children murdered in cities such as Chicago and Atlanta — a problem that has been foregrounded in recent weeks.
Lemon’s response? Those black lives aren’t what Black Lives Matter is about.

“What does that have to do with equality, though, Terry?” Lemon said. “I don’t understand what that has to do with equality.” Instead, that was all about gun violence and gun culture in the United States, he said.
Lemon went on to say that Black Lives Matter shouldn’t even care about these deaths.
“The Black Lives Matter movement was started because it was talking about police brutality,” the CNN host said, erroneously. “If you want an All Black Lives Matter movement that talks about gun violence in communities, including black communities, then start that movement with that name. But that’s not what Black Lives Matter is about.”

He went on to provide an analogy that was illuminating, if not perhaps in the way that he might have hoped.
“If someone started a movement that said Cancer Matters and then someone comes in and says, ‘Why aren’t you talking about HIV?’ it’s not the same thing,” Lemon said.
“But when you look at their organization, police brutality is not the only thing they’re talking about,” Crews said — something Lemon said he knew.
Did he, though?

For Lemon’s analogy to be totally correct, the organization wouldn’t be called Cancer Matters. It’d be called Diseases Matter. If you come in and talk about HIV — whoa, sorry. This was started because of cancer.
Now, keep in mind, Diseases Matter has started caring about other diseases. In fact, it cares about a lot of things that may be only tangentially related to diseases. But it doesn’t care about HIV right now, nor should it. Got that?
This is the invariable problem that Black Lives Matter runs into when the movement’s supporters try to fall back on the idea that its name is their mission. They care about meticulously curated black lives. If your life doesn’t score a narrative point, it curiously doesn’t matter. This includes the youngest victims of violence — a tragic consequence of recent upticks in crime in America’s cities.

Black Lives Matter is about a specific set of policy goals, all of them progressive in bent. The whole battle over whether you prominently declare that black lives matter or include a hashtag in your social media posts has nothing to do with whether black lives do indeed matter. It’s also not about police brutality or outrage over George Floyd. “Black lives matter” is a truism.
You can loathe police brutality and believe George Floyd was murdered and still believe saying that phrase is weighed down with certain baggage you don’t want to carry. You run a high chance of being “canceled” for it — Crews is going to have a fun time when he returns to “America’s Got Talent” —  but it’s logically consistent.
Meanwhile, in trying to shame Crews’ remarks on Black Lives Matter, Don Lemon managed to admit what it’s about for him. Like so many other supporters of the movement, it’s not black lives.
This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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Trump Threatens to Withhold Money From Schools That Don’t Reopen

President Donald Trump on Wednesday said he may cut off funding to schools that don’t reopen from lockdowns imposed by governors across the nation.
Most schools in the United States remain closed amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Democrats believe it would be “bad for them politically if U.S. schools open before the November Election, but [it] is important for the children & families,” Trump, a Republican, wrote on Twitter.
“May cut off funding if not open!” he added.
The president noted that schools in a number of countries, including Germany, Denmark, and Sweden have reopened, and asserted those countries are not experiencing problems linked to the reopenings. A Dutch research institute said this week that children play a minor role in the spread of the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus, which causes COVID-19.
Trump said a day prior that he would pressure governors to reopen schools.
Secretary of Health Alex Azar said at a White House roundtable on Tuesday featuring students, administrators, teachers, and health officials that schools can reopen safely.

An aerial view of the empty schoolyard at Tenderloin Elementary School in San Francisco, Calif., on March 18, 2020. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
“It’s really simple practices of common sense. It’s social distancing. It’s wearing face coverings when you’re in a setting that you can’t social distance. And it’s practicing good, personal hygiene. The tools are there to bring our kids back safely, to protect our teachers and our staff, and it’s time to do it now,” he said.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Dr. Robert Redfield said all schools are encouraged to do what they need to reopen.
“CDC never recommended general school closure, throughout this pandemic. We see schools as a vital part of this society, and we think as you measure the different risk, we would see the great risk to our society is to have these schools closed,” he told people at the roundtable.
The CCP virus primarily spreads respiratory droplets released when infected people talk, cough, or sneeze, the health agency says on its website. It’s also believed to spread when someone touches a contaminated surface and then touches their nose and mouth.
Recommendations for schools include having students wear face coverings, teaching proper handwashing techniques, and urging students and staff members who feel sick to stay home.
Trump said in another social media statement that he disagrees with the CDC on their reopening guidelines for schools.
“While they want them open, they are asking schools to do very impractical things. I will be meeting with them!” he added.
A number of health experts are recommending schools reopen to in-person instruction, including the American Academy of Pediatrics.
The group said in a policy statement that it “strongly advocates that all policy considerations for the coming school year should start with a goal of having students physically present in school.”

Two children wait near their parents for the beginning of fireworks near the Washington Monument on July 4, 2020. (Roberto Schmidt/AFP via Getty Images)
“The importance of in-person learning is well-documented, and there is already evidence of the negative impacts on children because of school closures in the spring of 2020,” the group said.
School administrators told Trump during the roundtable that they’re ready to open.
“We’re ready to go,” said Jeff Beardon, superintendent at Forsyth County Schools in Georgia. “We’ve been planning and preparing all summer [and] we will have guidelines in place. Our students need to be back at school.”
Others aren’t sure if schools should reopen in the fall.
“How do I keep my 55-year-old teacher from getting sick, who has diabetes and maybe some underlying health problems and they’re not discussing that and that’s what they need to discuss now,” Pat Gardner, president of the Sarasota Classified/Teachers Association, told WUSF.
Florida’s Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran said this week that schools must reopen in August.
Gardner said that teachers “are scared to death” and want to know whether there will be government funds to buy masks and face shields.

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Trump Impeachment Witness Alexander Vindman to Retire From Army

Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, who testified in the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump, is retiring from the Army.
“Today I officially requested retirement from the US Army, an organization I love. My family and I look forward to the next chapter of our lives,” he wrote in a statement.
As a former White House national security official with a specialty in Ukrainian affairs, he was escorted from the White House premises earlier in the year, coming months after he provided testimony about Trump’s July 25, 2019, phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenksy. Some of Vindman’s testimony was disputed by his superior, Tim Morrison, in the inquiry.
Trump was eventually acquitted by the GOP-controlled Senate after the House voted to impeach him along partisan lines.
Vindman’s lawyer, David Pressman, said that Vindman is leaving “after it has been made clear that his future within the institution he has dutifully served will forever be limited.”
“The President of the United States attempted to force LTC Vindman to choose: Between adhering to the law or pleasing a President. Between honoring his oath or protecting his career. Between protecting his promotion or the promotion of his fellow soldiers. These are choices that no one in the United States should confront, especially one who has dedicated his life to serving it,” Pressman said, according to The Hill.
The Department of Defense and White House haven’t responded to requests for comment.
Earlier this month, Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) confirmed she will block every single military promotion unless Secretary of Defense Mark Esper promises not to block the promotion of Vindman.
“Our military is supposed to be the ultimate meritocracy. It is simply unprecedented and wrong for any Commander in Chief to meddle in routine military matters at all, whether or not he has a personal vendetta against a Soldier who did his patriotic duty and told the truth—a Soldier who has been recommended for promotion by his superiors because of his performance,” she said in a statement.

Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) participates in a mock swearing-in with then-Vice President Joe Biden during the opening day of the 115th Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington on Jan. 3, 2017. (Joshua Roberts/Reuters)
Earlier this year, Trump said the military might “take a look at” whether Vindman should face punitive measures after he was dismissed from his position. But Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy said in February there are no plans to investigate him.
“We brought him back. So he’s got basically a bridging assignment for a couple of months within an [headquarters of the Department of the Army] assignment, and then he will be heading to a senior service college this summer. There’s no investigations into him,” he told reporters at the time.
Vindman testified in November 2019 that he raised concerns about the Trump-Zelensky call. Morrison, his boss at the National Security Council, later told the House Intelligence Committee that other staffers viewed Vindman as unreliable and prone to leaking information. Meanwhile, he confirmed Vindman didn’t keep him “in the loop at all times” when he asked by the Republican counsel. Vindman also did not immediately speak to Morrison about his concerns about the July 25 phone call, Morrison asserted.

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Trump confirms he’s considering ban on TikTok

In an interview with Greta Van Susteren, Trump confirmed that his administration is considering a ban on the social media app TikTok:
AXIOS – President Trump, speaking to Gray Television’s Greta Van Susteren, confirmed SecState Mike Pompeo’s comment that the administration is looking at a U.S. ban on the popular app TikTok — owned by a Chinese company, ByteDance.
“It’s something we’re looking at. Yes,” Trump said.
Van Susteren: “Why would you ban it?”
Trump: “Well, it’s a big business. Look what happened with China with this virus — what they’ve done to this country and to the entire world is disgraceful. And we are looking at numerous different things. TikTok’s one of them — one of many.”

Trump obviously doesn’t want to get too specific. But I think the concern is all the user data, including location data, that China has access to on Americans via this app.
As we told you before the company says it isn’t sharing data with the Chinese government, but I don’t think anyone believes them. And Trump citing how China acted regarding the coronavirus in terms of pushing it onto the world is all part of that mistrust.

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Mexican President to Hold First Meeting With Trump as US Election Looms

WASHINGTON—Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador will meet with his U.S. counterpart, President Donald Trump, for the first time on Wednesday.
The meeting is ostensibly meant to celebrate a new North American trade deal, but friction over illegal immigration and energy investment in Mexico could surface as the two men get together on Wednesday afternoon.
Lopez Obrador is being joined by a delegation of business officials, including Mexico’s richest man, telecoms magnate Carlos Slim. They will dine on Wednesday evening with Trump and American business executives at the White House.

President Donald Trump speaks with Border Patrol Chief Rodney Scott (R) as they participates in a ceremony commemorating the 200th mile of border wall at the international border with Mexico in San Luis, Ariz., on June 23, 2020. (Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images)
Ongoing Mexican support for Trump’s immigration policies is likely to feature prominently on the agenda, as well as how to mitigate coronavirus disruptions and keep goods flowing between the neighbors, whose economies are deeply entwined.
It is unclear if Trump will address disputes between U.S. companies and Lopez Obrador’s government, which is rolling back a 2013-14 opening of the energy industry in favor of a state-led model, and has called a number of major contracts into question.
A senior Trump administration official said Mexico’s government had pledged to uphold those contracts.
“So, we are certainly hoping that they will keep their word,” the official said in a briefing with reporters.
The trip, Lopez Obrador’s first foreign visit since taking office in late 2018, saw him travel commercially to Washington. One video posted on Twitter on Tuesday showed him wearing a face mask and flying coach on a packed plane.
The summit was pitched to mark the July start of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), which replaced the North American Free Trade Agreement that Trump has called a “nightmare” that cost American jobs.

Mexico’s Treasury Secretary Arturo Herrera (L) Deputy Prime Minister of Canada Chrystia Freeland (2L) Mexico’s President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (C) Mexico’s top trade negotiator Jesus Seade (2R) and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, hold the documents after signing an update to the North American Free Trade Agreement, at the national palace in Mexico City, Mexico, on Dec. 10. 2019. (Marco Ugarte/AP Photo)
But the two-day gathering was scaled back to a single day after Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau declined to join, amid new U.S. threats of tariffs on Canadian goods.
Lopez Obrador’s critics and some U.S. Democrats say Trump wants to use the meeting to drum up support among Hispanic voters ahead of the Nov. 3 presidential election. Opinion polls show Hispanic voters favor Trump’s Democratic challenger, Joe Biden.
Lopez Obrador will not meet Biden during the trip.
By Arshad Mohammed

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State Department: International Students Welcome on Campus if Classes Aren’t All Online

The U.S. State Department on July 7 said that foreign students are welcome on campus in the United States this fall semester provided that colleges do not hold all classes online.
It follows the release of guidelines by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on Monday that said international students will be required to leave the country or transfer to another college if their schools offer classes entirely online come fall 2020.
In a press release published Tuesday, a spokesperson for the department said Homeland Security plans to make “temporary modifications” to F-1 and M-1 nonimmigrant visa requirements for the fall 2020 semester. The visas are for academic and vocational students.
“This will allow a mixture of both in-person and some online coursework to meet the requirements for nonimmigrant student status,” the release states.
This “temporary accommodation,” the spokesperson said, will provide greater flexibility for nonimmigrant students to continue their education in the United States, while allowing for “proper social distancing” on open and operating campuses across the country.
“The United States has long been the destination of choice for international students, and we are pleased that many international students who had planned to study this fall in the United States may still have the opportunity to do so.”
The department noted that foreign students will still have to obtain the appropriate visa and may be subject to other visa processing or travel restrictions due to the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus pandemic.
“Students should check with the local U.S. embassy or consulate for information specific to their country,” the spokesperson added.
News that foreign students could be forced to leave the United States if classes are held entirely online caused many U.S. colleges to scramble Tuesday to modify plans for the fall semester.
The announcement blindsided academic institutions grappling with the logistical challenges of safely resuming classes, particularly after the federal government had granted exceptions to the rules limiting online learning for foreign students when colleges and universities in March rushed to shutter campuses and move to online classes as the pandemic prompted lockdowns.
There are more than a million foreign students at U.S. colleges and universities, and many schools depend on revenue from foreign students, who often pay full tuition. The State Department issued 388,839 F visas and 9,518 M visas in fiscal 2019, according to the agency’s data.
According to NAFSA: Association of International Educators, during the 2018-2019 academic year, foreign students in the United States contributed nearly $41 billion to the national economy.
ICE said institutions moving entirely to online learning must submit plans to the agency by July 15. Schools that will use only in-person learning, shortened or delayed classes, or a blend of in-person and online learning must submit plans by Aug. 1.
In a statement, Lawrence Bacow, president of Harvard University—which recently announced that all classes would be taught online—said the university is “deeply concerned” by the ICE guidance for international students issued Monday.
“This guidance undermines the thoughtful approach taken on behalf of students by so many institutions, including Harvard, to plan for continuing academic programs while balancing the health and safety challenges of the global pandemic,” Bacow said.
The guidance, he said, imposed “a blunt, one-size-fits-all approach.”
“We must do all that we can to ensure that our students can continue their studies without fear of being forced to leave the country mid-way through the year, disrupting their academic progress and undermining the commitments—and sacrifices—that many of them have made to advance their education.”
President Donald Trump, meanwhile, described the decision by Harvard University to conduct courses online in the coming academic year as “ridiculous.”
“I think it’s ridiculous, I think it’s an easy way out,” Trump said during a roundtable in Washington on reopening schools. “I think they ought to be ashamed of themselves.”
Reuters contributed to this report.

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Prominent Leftist Professor Misrepresents Frederick Douglass’ Speech, Leaving Out Key Lines and Ignoring Context

In order to paint American history as wholly evil, leftist academics are often forced to rewrite history to further their own narratives.
On Saturday, Independence Day, that’s exactly what Ibram X. Kendi did.

Kendi, a far-left academic, the founding director of the Boston University Center for Antiracist Research and the best-selling author of “How To Be an Antiracist,” shared an “abridged” version of one of abolitionist Frederick Douglass’ most famous speeches: “What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?”
As it turns out, Kendi’s “abridged” version of the speech made some pretty shocking omissions.
Namely, he left out most of Douglass’ praise for the Founding Fathers.
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Kendi tried to use the sentiments of a free black man talking about slavery in 1852, over ten years before President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, to help describe the turmoil that America is going through today:

Perhaps the greatest anti-slavery speech ever uttered is “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July,” by Frederick Douglass, in 1852. I wanted to make the speech more accessible. Here’s a thread with an abridged version of the speech we should reread every #FourthofJuly. 1/
— Ibram X. Kendi (@DrIbram) July 4, 2020

Kendi’s “abridged version of the speech” was criticized by many other Twitter users, including Dr. James Lindsay, a mathematician and political commentator:

The gall of this fraud to compare this nation in 2020 to how it was in 1852 and to use it to compare his own wayward and cynical mission to that of the great abolitionist Frederick Douglass. They do fancy themselves highly, these Critical crusaders, don’t they?
— James Lindsay, deviant in chief (@ConceptualJames) July 4, 2020

“The gall of this fraud to compare this nation in 2020 to how it was in 1852 and to use it to compare his own wayward and cynical mission to that of the great abolitionist Frederick Douglass. They do fancy themselves highly, these Critical crusaders, don’t they?” Lindsay wrote, referring to critical race theory, the academic school of thought pushed by Kendi that has played a major role in heightening current racial tensions.
At a time when proponents of the “systemic racism” narrative such as Kendi seem to be hypercritical of the Founding Fathers, it was noticeable that Kendi left out several lines that Douglass had spoken in praise of them.

“The signers of the Declaration of Independence were brave men. They were great men too — great enough to give fame to a great age. It does not often happen to a nation to raise, at one time, such a number of truly great men,” Douglass said.
“The point from which I am compelled to view them is not, certainly, the most favorable; and yet I cannot contemplate their great deeds with less than admiration. They were statesmen, patriots and heroes, and for the good they did, and the principles they contended for, I will unite with you to honor their memory.”
While Kendi did note in his thread that Douglass said he was “not wanting in respect” for the Founding Fathers, his omission of the majority of Douglass’ praise for them is far from surprising.

On May 4, Kendi showed his distaste for the Founding Fathers in an article for The Atlantic titled: “We’re Still Living and Dying in the Slaveholders’ Republic.”
“Narcissism has cursed America long before Donald Trump, long before the red hats, long before the white sheets, long before the gray coats, long before the slaveholding founding fathers of the Confederate States of America and the United States of America,” Kendi wrote.
While the ongoing protests across the country rage on in the name of the Black Lives Matter movement, many of the Founding Fathers have had their statues toppled.
Instead of desiring to build upon the legacy of the men who founded this country, many on the left now want to tear it down.

Maybe if more protesters and rioters on the left had read the words of Frederick Douglass, one of the most prominent black thinkers of all time, then perhaps they would change their collective tune.
“They were statesmen, patriots and heroes, and for the good they did, and the principles they contended for, I will unite with you to honor their memory,” Douglass said in 1852.
They’re words that today’s American left would do well to remember.
This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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Trump Rebukes Fauci’s COVID-19 Assessment, Says US in ‘Good Place’

President Donald Trump on July 7 rebuked Dr. Anthony Fauci‘s assessment of the national response to the CCP virus pandemic, saying the United States is in a “good place” in its fight against COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus.
The president said he disagrees with remarks from Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), who said Monday that the status of the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus pandemic in the country is “really not good” as cases continue to surge nationwide.
“We are still knee deep in the first wave of COVID-19 infections,” Fauci said in a Facebook and Twitter livestream interview with National Institutes of Health Director Dr. Francis Collins on Monday.
“I think we are in a good place,” Trump said during an interview on the “Full Court Press” news show on Monday. “I disagree with him. Dr. Fauci said don’t wear masks, and now he says wear them.”
He added that the nation’s top immunologist has “said numerous things” including disagreeing with Trump’s ban on travel from China, which was enforced at the end of January.
“I didn’t listen to my experts, and I banned China,” the president said. “We would have been in much worse shape.”
“So we’ve done a good job,” he added. “In two, three, four weeks, by the time we next speak, I think we’re going to be in very good shape.”
Trump, however, acknowledged a recent surge of recorded CCP virus cases in states such California and Florida, but said “many other states are in very fine shape.”
On Sunday, Florida surpassed 200,000 cases, recording its highest number in a single day on July 4 with 11,458 cases—surpassing New York’s highest daily surge of 11,434 in mid-April.
In California, 10,000 positive cases were reported on Tuesday—a record rise for a single day that also surpassed the number of contact tracers recently trained by the state to detect and prevent potential outbreaks. Last month, CCP virus infections in the state more than doubled with over 117,000 new cases.
Cases of infection were overall on the rise in 34 states over the past week, with 12 recording an increase of more than 50 percent, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. Three states—Kentucky, New Hampshire, and Vermont—are reporting a decline in cases.
Trump last week encouraged Americans to wear masks in public amid the rise in cases across the United States.
“I’m all for masks. I think masks are good,” Trump told Fox News Business, adding that he doesn’t necessarily support a nationwide mandate for Americans to wear masks. There are “many places in the country where people stay very long distance,” Trump said.
“If I were in a group of people and I was close, I would. I have. People have seen me wearing one, if I’m in a group of people where we’re not 10 feet away,” the president said. “Usually I’m not in that position and everyone’s tested because I’m the president and they get tested before they see me, [but] if I were in a tight situation with people, I would absolutely,” he added.
Trump said people “should” wear the masks if they “feel good about” doing so.
Venus Upadhayaya, Jack Phillips and Reuters contributed to this report.

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Kanye West Confirms He’s Running for President, Asks Biden and Trump to Drop Out

Rapper Kanye West insisted in a new interview that he is running for president and asked President Donald Trump and presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden to drop out of the race.
West created a stir on July 4 when he announced he’s running for president in 2020. He had previously said he was targeting 2024 for a presidential bid.
The 43-year-old told Forbes in a new interview that he is running, and he’s looking to win.
West is running under a new banner called the Birthday Party. His running mate is Michelle Tidball, a preacher in Wyoming, where West bought a ranch.
West is being advised by his wife, Kim Kardashian-West, and the mogul Elon Musk. West said he offered Musk the position of heading NASA.
He acknowledged that most filing deadlines have passed but said he’s consulting experts to see whether the COVID-19 pandemic would let him file after some of the deadlines.

Kim Kardashian arrives at the Serena Williams fashion show during Fashion Week in New York. (Seth Wenig/AP Photo)
The rapper has been an open supporter of Trump in the past but said he no longer supports him.
The Trump administration “looks like one big mess to me,” West said. “I don’t like that I caught wind that he hid in the bunker.”
Still, West is refraining from running as a Republican, instead joining the race as an independent. And he had some praise for the Republican. “Trump is the closest president we’ve had in years to allowing God to still be part of the conversation,” West, a Christian, said.
Both Trump and Biden should bow out of the race, West said.
Neither campaign responded to a request for comment.

President Donald Trump meets with rapper Kanye West in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington on Oct. 11, 2018. (Sebastian Smith/AFP/Getty Images)
West harshly criticized Biden, pointing to the former vice president’s claim that black people who support Trump aren’t black. Biden later apologized for what he said.
“A lot of times just like political parties they feel all Blacks have to be Democrat. This man, Joe Biden, said if you don’t vote for me, then you are not Black. Well, act like we didn’t hear that? We act like we didn’t hear that man say that? That man said that,” West said.
Assumptions that West is running to draw black votes from Biden is a form of racism and white supremacy, West said.
“That’s what the Democrats are doing, emotionally, to my people. Threatening them to the point where this white man can tell a Black man if you don’t vote for me, you’re not Black,” he said.
West says he’s pro-life, against the death penalty, supports innovation, and wants to reinstate “the fear and love of God” in schools.
He would also like to end what he described as police brutality.

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Sen. Kelly Loeffler, WNBA Co-Owner, Opposes League’s Plan to Promote ‘Black Lives Matter’

A U.S. senator who co-owns a women’s basketball team says she opposes the WNBA’s plan to promote “Black Lives Matter.”
“I was incredibly disappointed to read about efforts to insert a political platform into the league,” Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.) wrote in a letter to Cathy Engelbert, the commissioner of the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA).
“The lives of each and every African American matter, and there’s no debating the fact that there is no place for racism in our country. However, I adamantly oppose the Black Lives Matter political movement, which has advocated for the defunding of police, called for the removal of Jesus from churches and the disruption of the nuclear family structure, harbored anti-Semitic views, and promoted violence and destruction across the country,” she added.
The political movement isn’t aligned with the values and goals of the league and the Atlanta Dream, the team she co-owns, Loeffler asserted.

Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.) walks through Statuary Hall with other senators to the House Chamber for President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address in the Capitol in Washington on Feb. 4, 2020. (Charlotte Cuthbertson/The Epoch Times)
The letter was obtained and published by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Loeffler shared the media outlet’s story about the letter on social media.
Loeffler told supporters that the league should stand for and unite around the American flag, “not divisive political movements like BLM that unapologetically seek to defund the police.”
Black Lives Matter, which started in 2013, is pushing for defunding police departments across the United States.
The group also says on its website: “We disrupt the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure requirement by supporting each other as extended families and ‘villages’ that collectively care for one another.” Supporters of the movement have called for toppling Jesus statues and removing his likeness from churches. Houses of worship have been damaged during protests and riots in recent weeks, some of which are linked to Black Lives Matter.

Layshia Clarendon attends the premiere of ‘Battle of the Sexes’ in Los Angeles, Calif. on Sept. 16, 2017. (Jean-Baptiste Lacroix/AFP via Getty Images)
WNBA Reaction
Reaction around the women’s league was harsh, with many condemning Loeffler.
Layshia Clarendon, who played for the Dream from 2016 to 2018, said she can’t believe she ever visited Loeffler’s house and shared a meal with her.
“It’s actually really hurtful to see her true colors. I had no idea while I played for ATL she felt this way. Happy to own us as long as we stay quiet and perform,” Clarendon wrote in a social media post.
Renee Montgomery, a WNBA player who isn’t playing this year so she can dedicate time to so-called social justice reform, told Loeffler: “I’m pretty sad to see that my team ownership is not supportive of the movement & all that it stands for.”
“I was already sitting out this season & this is an example of why. I would love to have a conversation with you about the matter if you’re down?” she wrote on Twitter.
The Women’s National Basketball Players Association (WNBPA) said Loeffler should be removed from the league.
Engelbert, the league’s commissioner, said in a statement late Tuesday that the league is based on the principle of equal and fair treatment of all people.
Loeffler, she said, hasn’t served as a governor of the Dream since last year and isn’t involved in the team’s daily business.
Loeffler didn’t respond to a request for comment on the situation.

WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert speaks at a news conference in Washington on Sept. 29, 2019. (Patrick Semansky/AP Photo)
Loeffler’s letter came a day after WNBA and its players’ association announced the season would begin in late July with a weekend of games centered around the Black Lives Matter movement.
Teams will wear special uniforms featuring the names of people killed in instances of confirmed or alleged police brutality, including Sandra Bland and Breonna Taylor.
Throughout the season, players will wear warm-up shirts that say “Black Lives Matter” on the front. The back of the shirts will state: “Say Her Name.”
“Black Lives Matter” will also be prominently displayed on courts during games.
“We are incredibly proud of WNBA players who continue to lead with their inspiring voices and effective actions in the league’s dedicated fight against systemic racism and violence,” Englebert said in a statement.
The league also announced the creation of a social justice council and a new platform, called The Justice Movement.
“The mission of the Social Justice Council is to be a driving force of necessary and continuing conversations about race, voting rights, LGBTQ+ advocacy, and gun control amongst other important societal issues,” the WNBA and WNBPA said in a joint statement.

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John Solomon reports DOJ activity suggests Durham preparing indictments

Last night John Solomon was on with Lou Dobbs and reported to him that he’s seeing and hearing about activity behind the scenes at the DOJ that indicates Durham is preparing indictments and plea bargains:
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Solomon said nothing is final until until it really happens and noted how frustrated people have been waiting for prosecutions in this case.
But he says that activity that he’s seen personally does indicate that Durham is preparing to prosecute people. He says he’s also heard from defense lawyers on the prosecution side that the coronavirus is slowing things down a little with regard to grand juries.
Solomon predicted that we should see these indictments come to fruition around labor day.
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Jeff Van Drew Wins GOP Primary in New Jersey, Will Face Amy Kennedy

The U.S. representative who switched parties last year won the Republican primary for his seat on July 7.
Rep. Jeff Van Drew (R-N.J.) said he switched from the Democrat Party because of its leftward shift.
“I believe that this is just a better fit for me. This is who I am. It’s who I always was, but there was more tolerance of moderate Democrats, of blue-dog Democrats, of conservative Democrats. And I think that’s going away,” he said in the Oval Office after meeting with President Donald Trump.
Van Drew received nearly 81 percent of the vote, with over 50 percent of precincts reporting, cementing a win in his bid for re-election.
Van Drew, 67, faced only one challenger after another switched the district he was running in.
The congressman thanked Trump “for his unwavering support and Republicans throughout South Jersey for the confidence they have placed in me to be their nominee.”

(L-R) Rep. Jeff Van Drew of New Jersey, who has announced he is switching from the Democratic to Republican Party, shakes hands with President Donald Trump in the Oval Office of the White House on Dec. 19, 2019 (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
“Our Republican Party in South Jersey came together and is united as we head into November,” he added in a statement late Tuesday.
Amy Kennedy, the wife of former Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-R.I.), won the Democrat primary for New Jersey’s 2nd Congressional District.
Kennedy, in her 40s, had just under 60 percent of the vote with about half the precincts reporting.
She launched her bid in January, calling Trump and Van Drew “symptoms of a bigger sickness infecting our country and our politics.”
“Doing what’s right shouldn’t be complicated. Treat one another with respect, show some compassion, and look out for others,” she said in a campaign video.

Amy Kennedy, Education Director of the Kennedy Forum, and wife of former Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-R.I.), speaks during an event in New York City in 2016. (Jemal Countess/Getty Images)
In a statement after her win was announced, Kennedy thanked her family, community, and other South Jersey residents.
“I am ready to fight with you. I am ready to fight for you. I am ready to take on Jeff Van Drew,” she said.
The district went for Trump over Democrat Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election.
It sits on the southern edge of New Jersey and includes Ocean City and Cape May.
According to election handicapping websites, the district leans Republican.

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Ilhan Omar Busted Funneling Large Amounts of Campaign Cash to Her Husband’s Company

Looks like Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar, who always rails against the supposed corruption and wickedness of the United States of America, is fairly corrupt herself.
Of course Rep. Ilhan Omar is a Democrat so getting away with blatant political corruption is sadly to be expected I guess.

Turns out more than one third of her campaign cash goes to, wait for it, her new husband Tim Mynett’s political consulting firm to the tune of more than $878,000.
Via Fox News:
When U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar got remarried in March following her divorce, the Minnesota Democrat tied the knot with a man who was a member of her political consulting team.
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Now, campaign data show Omar has paid Tim Mynett’s consulting firm a total of more than $878,000 since 2018 — including $189,000 just weeks after the couple announced they were husband and wife, the New York Post reported.
In the first quarter of this year, Mynett’s E Street Group has received more than $292,000 from Omar’s campaign for digital advertising, fundraising consulting and research services, the Star Tribune of Minneapolis reported in April, citing data from the Federal Election Commission (FEC).

Payments for 2019 totaled more than $500,000, the Star Tribune reported.
Omar’s campaign is her husband’s firm’s biggest client by far, Open Secrets data suggest – with E Street Group receiving about one-third of all the Democrat’s campaign cash, the Washington Examiner reported.
The arrangement is possible because of a 1960s federal anti-nepotism statute that prohibits members of Congress from hiring relatives for government jobs but does not block family members from doing campaign work, a former chief ethics lawyer from the administration of former President George W. Bush told The New York Post.
“It should not be allowed,” attorney Richard Painter said. “I think it’s a horrible idea to allow it, given the amount of money that goes into these campaigns from special interests.”
Mr. Painter is absolutely correct, this type of political corruption should not be allowed to ever happen, and must be exposed so every voter in America and in Omar’s district is aware of it.

Rep. Omar, who allegedly married her brother, is a well known liar and cheat so this is not completely surprising or unexpected.
What is surprising and sad, is how her hometown media, the Star Tribune is silent on this issue and any issue involving Rep. Omar’s corruption.
This is exactly why only Republicans should be elected to higher office. When a Republican is in office the media highlights anything and everything he or she says or does.
Just imagine for a moment that Ted Cruz was caught funneling large amounts of campaign cash to his wife. Would the media be silent or scream about it non-stop for many, many news cycles?

So if you want transparency and accountability in government, vote Republican.

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Rep. Ilhan Omar Just Called for Completely ‘Dismantling’ the US ‘Economy and Political Systems’

Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar has called for the complete dismantling of the American way of life, which she described as a “system of oppression.”
When speaking Tuesday in Minnesota alongside the Minnesota People of Color and Indigenous Caucus, Omar ripped into the United States as a predatory entity that targets minorities.

“As long as our economy and political systems prioritize profit without considering who is profiting, who is being shut out, we will perpetuate this inequality,” the Democrat and “Squad” member said.
“We cannot stop at criminal justice system. We must begin the work of dismantling the whole system of oppression wherever we find it.”

Congresswoman Ilhan Omar says we can’t stop at the criminal justice system and we must dismantle other systems of oppression like the US economy and political system.
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) July 7, 2020

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Omar’s comments apparently advocating for the dismantling of the entire American way of life were immediately pounced on by a number of prominent conservatives.
The Trump campaign also commented on her remarks.

“This is who Joe Biden takes orders from,” the Trump War Room Twitter account said.

This is who Joe Biden takes orders from.
— Trump War Room – Text TRUMP to 88022 (@TrumpWarRoom) July 7, 2020

The eldest son of President Donald Trump immediately called for former Vice President Joe Biden to respond.
“Does @joebiden agree with his supporter @ilhanmn that we need to dismantle the United States economy and political system?” Donald Trump Jr. tweeted.

Does @joebiden agree with his supporter @ilhanmn that we need to dismantle the United States economy and political system? 🤔
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) July 7, 2020

Others also laid into the Democrat on Twitter.

Is this not a violation of her oath of office? Is anyone in charge here anymore?
— Dave Rubin (@RubinReport) July 7, 2020

What is it called when a sitting member of U.S. Congress calls for the “dismantling” of the U.S. economy and the entire system???
— Dinesh D’Souza (@DineshDSouza) July 7, 2020

I reject communism.
— Tom Fitton (@TomFitton) July 7, 2020

Omar supported self-avowed democratic socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont in the Democratic primary. She is now supporting Biden’s candidacy.
While Biden was viewed during the primary as a moderate Democratic alternative to Sanders, he is essentially tied to Omar and others in the party’s more radical wing, and has not yet released a statement condemning or supporting Omar’s Tuesday comments.
The comments from Omar are her latest attack on American institutions.

Since May, when George Floyd died while in police custody in her district in Minneapolis, Omar has been a vocal proponent of defunding the city’s police department.
Omar shunned ideas of reforming the department during an interview on CNN last month, stating, “you can’t really reform a department that is rotten to the root.”

Ilhan Omar again supports dismantling the Minneapolis Police Department, this time on CNN:
— Kyle Hooten (@KyleHooten2) June 15, 2020

“A new way forward can’t be put in place if we have a department that is having a crisis of credibility, if we have a department that’s led by a chief who’s suited for racism, if we have a department that hasn’t solved homicide — half of the homicides in Minneapolis police departments go unsolved,” she told CNN.
“There have been cases where they’ve destroyed rape kits. And so you can’t really reform a department that is rotten to the root. What you can do is rebuild,” she said.
Omar did not have any clear answers on what would replace the department, or who would enforce the rule of law in the city.
This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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US Hits CCP Officials With Visa Bans Over Tibet Access

WASHINGTON—The Trump administration fired a new shot at the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) on Tuesday by imposing travel bans on party officials it says are restricting foreigners’ access to Tibet.
While waging concurrent battles over Beijing’s policies in Hong Kong, western Xinjiang province, global trade practices, and aggressiveness in the South China Sea, the administration hit an unspecified number of CCP officials with visa restrictions, limiting or entirely eliminating their ability to travel to the United States.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the restrictions in a statement that accused the CCP of systematically obstructing the travel of foreign diplomats, journalists, and tourists to Tibet, an autonomous region of China.
“The United States seeks fair, transparent, and reciprocal treatment from the People’s Republic of China for our citizens,” Pompeo said. “We have taken several steps to further this goal. Unfortunately, Beijing has continued systematically to obstruct travel to the Tibetan Autonomous Region (TAR) and other Tibetan areas by U.S. diplomats and other officials, journalists, and tourists, while PRC officials and other citizens enjoy far greater access to the United States.”
The statement did not identify the officials that have been targeted or give a number of those affected but said the ban would be applied to Chinese government and communist party officials who are found to be “substantially involved in the formulation or execution of policies related to access for foreigners to Tibetan areas.”
“Access to Tibetan areas is increasingly vital to regional stability, given the PRC’s human rights abuses there, as well as Beijing’s failure to prevent environmental degradation near the headwaters of Asia’s major rivers,” he said.
President of the International Campaign for Tibet, Matteo Mecacci, said in a statement following the announcement: “Through this decision about sanctioning Chinese officials responsible for denying access to Tibet to Americans, the U.S. is sending Beijing a clear message that it will face consequences for its human rights abuses and continued isolation of Tibet from the outside world.
“At the same time, the U.S. government is letting the American people know it will stand up for their rights against China’s discrimination, including the rights of thousands of Tibetan American citizens who simply want the freedom to visit their family members and their ancestral land,” he added.
Congress and the Trump administration passed the Reciprocal Access to Tibet Act in 2018.
The action comes after many years of U.S. administrations condemning China for its restrictions on foreigners’ travel to Tibet, where human rights activists say Beijing has engaged in a decades-long campaign to suppress local culture, the Buddhist religion and minorities. Permission to travel to the region is rarely granted, and visitors are subject to strict regulations when it is.
The CCP crushed a Tibetan uprising in 1959, forcing the spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, and over 80,000 Tibetans into exile in India and other countries.
By Matthew Lee. The Epoch Times contributed to this report.

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Washington School Reopening Guide Suggests Returning ‘Students of Color’ to School First

The state of Washington is planning on reopening its schools for face-to-face instruction in the fall but will prioritize “students furthest from educational justice” if all students aren’t able to come back at once.
These students include “students with disabilities, students with 504 plans, English learners, students who are migratory, students experiencing homelessness, students who are in foster care, students of color, students experiencing poverty and students who were not equitably served through continuous remote learning in spring 2020.”

According to the guidelines, these students were impacted the most by the loss of in-person learning.
The guidelines also ask the districts to “attend to students who fit into one or more of these identified populations and then integrate supports.”
A Frequently Asked Questions document associated with the reopening guidelines said that “students furthest from educational justice and those who require in-person services to fulfill their basic education needs should be districts’ highest priority.”
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The school districts do not expect to be able to accommodate all students due to new health and safety requirements.
The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction released the guidelines in June, but Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee said they may need to reassess the guidelines if there is another coronavirus case spike in the state, KREM-TV reported.

“We cannot guarantee that school will open in fall. But for now, this guidance provides a path that schools, educators and families need to plan for the coming months and the fall,” Inslee said at the time.
“Kids need to be learning but they also need to be safe and healthy.”
The OSPI said that districts should continue to prioritize the identified student populations “furthest from educational justice.”
“The impacts of fear, hatred, and systemic and structural racism within institutions cannot be ignored, and they yield tragic outcomes,” the guidelines read.
“Washington’s public education system must engage in anti-racist capacity building, leadership, and resource allocation.”

The guidelines add that it is the duty of public schools to prepare students for their next education pathways, careers and civic engagement.
“Washington must create the conditions for each student to be educated in racially literate, culturally sustaining, positive, and predictable environments that intentionally prioritize the instruction and development of social-emotional skills, and mental health in addition to our primary focus on academic content,” the guidelines read.
The Washington Education Association, which represents teachers in the state, released a statement expressing concern over some of the new guideline’s safety measures, KREM reported.
“We question if social distancing guidelines can truly be met in many schools across our state, given typical class sizes,” the statement read.

Schools are also considering canceling field trips, staggering arrival and dismissal times, and limiting nonessential visitors.
This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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ABC Blames ‘Luxury Car’ for Killing White BLM Protester, Excludes Fact That the Driver Was Black

Liberal activists, especially those in the media, are masters at skewing language in order to further their narratives.
Guns, for example, are often the “killers” in homicides where the alleged perpetrator or perpetrators are among race or class groups which are inconvenient in furthering those narratives.

That is especially true if the victims of the crimes are also among the media’s desired demographic — which includes racial or other minorities.
As a former establishment media social media manager, I know the rules.
There is an unspoken general rule for social media managers in newsrooms: If a minority person commits a crime, the reporter more often than not focuses on the weapon that was used in crafting the story.
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If a potentially dangerous criminal is on the lam, omit a description if that suspect happens to be non-white.
In similar crimes, ones where the perpetrators of violence are white, it is the individual, or the individual and the object, who are guilty.

Objects used to hurt other people are personified through subtle language when headlines are crafted, and it is done to tell you a story about how dangerous white Americans, especially white American males, are.
That logic now also applies to cars, or so it seems.
ABC News demonstrated that on Twitter this past weekend.
Two demonstrators, who were participating in a Black Lives Matter protest and who found an interstate in Washington state an appropriate place to demand justice for perceived social and racial inequities, were struck by the driver of a car.
Authorities say 24-year-old Summer Taylor and 32-year-old Diaz Love were struck by 27-year-old Dawit Kelete in the early hours of July 4 while both protesters were standing on I-5 in Seattle, according to The Associated Press.
Taylor later died, and Kelete has been arrested and was being held on bail.

But the apparent problem for ABC News is that Kelete is a black man.
What did the fine people running the far-left legacy network’s Twitter account do?
It looks very much like they improvised.
“A young protester has died from injuries she suffered when a luxury car plowed into her and another woman during a Black Lives Matter protest Saturday on a Seattle freeway that has been shut down for days due to the civil unrest, police said,” ABC News tweeted Sunday.

A young protester has died from injuries she suffered when a luxury car plowed into her and another woman during a Black Lives Matter protest Saturday on a Seattle freeway that has been shut down for days due to the civil unrest, police said.
— ABC News (@ABC) July 5, 2020

The car was described as a “white Jaguar” in an ABC News story linked in the Twitter post.
In the absence of a white driver, or a weapon to sensationalize, the network narrowed in on the car.

Is there anything more privileged than a white Jaguar?

Here are two pictures of the suspect vehicle that struck two protesters on I-5 this morning. Investigation into motive and point of entry in to I-5 are still under investigation.
— Trooper Rick Johnson (@wspd2pio) July 4, 2020

The social media caption was so blatantly skewed that ABC News was roundly criticized by those who saw right through it.

I guess ABC used “luxury” car because they couldn’t say Black driver hits White BLM protester
— Black, White & Grey (@NBfromLB) July 5, 2020

If the driver was white you can bet they wouldn’t have written “luxury car”. When they can’t use race they use class to add fire to their narrative. So unbelievably biased.
— Kevin Hermes (@bluemangos) July 5, 2020

If you can’t divide through race, divide through class, status, or money.
— Matthew Wilson (@mtwilsonlaw) July 5, 2020

“Black man strikes white protesters who were standing in the middle of an interstate” wouldn’t have helped to shape any opinions in favor of the left’s endorsement of the Black Lives Matter movement.
It is difficult to even find an image of Kelete posted online by a verified Twitter account.

ABC News certainly hasn’t posted one, though journalist Andy Ngo did:

Summer Taylor, a non binary Black Lives Matter activist who was hit by a car while protesting on the I-5 freeway in Seattle, has died. Dawit Kelete, who is black, is accused of being the driver & was arrested.
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) July 5, 2020

The social media caption ABC decided on was also more than likely no error.

Maybe the network hoped its followers would associate luxury cars with wealthy white males.
Perhaps the Disney-owned activist news organization hoped those simply skimming the post would make such an assumption.
It isn’t that far-fetched.

The media, broadly speaking, wants to tell you a story.
It’s just not always the real story.
They want to tell you a story that is framed in a way that furthers their narratives and their interests.
This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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WATCH: Tucker Carlson EVISCERATES Tammy Duckworth and Ilhan Omar for anti-Americanism…

Tonight Tucker Carlson eviscerated both Tammy Duckworth and Ilhan Omar for their recent anti-American statements.
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Tucker criticized Duckworth last night for her false statements about Trump’s speech last week, and apparently she saw the segment. But instead of arguing against the substance of his criticism, Tucker said she simply used her army wound to suggested he didn’t have the right to criticize her.
He invited her to come on the show and debate the topic, but one of Duckworth’s lackeys told him he’d have to apologize for his criticism before she would come on. LOL!
Tucker also went after Ilhan Omar for saying just today that she was working to dismantle our country – you know, because oppression. Tucker said more than anyone, Omar should love America for saving her from a Kenyan refugee camp and elevating her to national office. But clearly she doesn’t.
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‘Tell My Family I Loved Them’: Ohio Officer Relays Heartbreaking Message as He Lies Dying

In four words, Toledo, Ohio Police Chief George Kral summed up the sacrifice made by officer Anthony Dia: “He died protecting Toledo.”
Yes, he did. Those words speak powerfully to who he is. It’s Dia’s last words, however, that should tell you just what the loss of another officer means:

“Tell my family I loved them.”
Dia died on the Fourth of July when he was shot while checking on an intoxicated man in a Home Depot parking lot, according to Fox News. He spoke his last words over police radio after he was hit.
When the 26-year-old officer “approached the male to check his safety,” the suspect began walking away, according to witness accounts.
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According to Shalene Houke, who saw the shooting happen, Officer Dia asked the man to stop.
He kept walking, however, and Dia followed him behind the store’s plant racks. Then the suspect turned around, shooting at him. Dia returned fire, but he was hit.

Houke, along with a friend, rushed to help the officer.
“He was young, and he was scared,” Houke told the Toledo Blade.
Dia slipped into unconsciousness while Houke watched.
“He bled out, pretty much. They did what they could with lifesaving measures, but there was nothing they could do,” Jayme Dia, the officer’s wife, said.
Dia left a gut-wrenching message for his family, according to his wife: “The last thing he said over the radio was, ‘Tell my family I love them.’”

“He lived for his family, and he loved, just loved, being a police officer,” she said.
The accused murderer, 57-year-old Edward Henry, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound after running into a forest area. He had three bench warrants out for an incident last August in which he allegedly exposed himself to a woman and threatened her to keep her from calling police.

Dia wasn’t just a family man who died for Toledo; he also brought a unique perspective to the Toledo police.

“He had such a passion for it, and he cared. He really cared,” said family friend Barbie Rudess. “With him being Muslim, he experienced some tough times, but he loved all. It did not matter what race, what anything. He just loved all and loved everyone.”
“He was not only therefore one of Toledo’s bravest and best police officers, he’s also someone who contributes to the diversity that makes our country and our city so great,” Toledo Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz said.
The mayor added that “to my dying day, I will never forget the sight of Officer Dia being wheeled out of the hospital on a gurney, his body wrapped in an American flag, flanked by about 30 Toledo police officers saluting and weeping.”
“It is our nation’s birthday,” the mayor said. “And our nation’s motto is, ‘E pluribus unum.’ From many, come one. We live in divided times. We must come together as one. We are one human family, one American family, and one Toledo family. And today our family is in mourning due to the loss of one of our family members.”

Officer Dia is the kind of man you want your children to emulate, allegedly killed by a man who was everything we should condemning.
There were plenty of officeholders willing to sing his praises. But where was the outrage beyond that? Where were the celebrations of a short life well lived, of a man who left behind two young children and a wife?

@GovMikeDeWine starting today’s briefing honoring Toledo Police Officer, Anthony Dia. The 26 year-old, father of 2 was killed in the line of duty July, 4.
— Megan O’Rourke (@Megan247Now) July 7, 2020

Dia is unpopular right now because police are unpopular right now. Nobody particularly hates a dead cop, but they just shrug aimlessly.
A policeman as a hero? The horrors.
But we’re willing to portray them as cold-blooded killers, usually killers who prey upon unarmed minorities for sport.
Yet this is who the police are. We can point to Dia as a man who was an exemplar of what a police officer should be. He was a man who took on a great responsibility and died so that the citizens of Toledo could be safe.

“My son died a hero,” said his father, Younes “Tony” Dia, according to WTOL-TV.
“And if he was given a choice, ‘Hey, do you want to die in bed sick, do you want to die in a car accident, or do you want to die like this — a martyr — Anthony would choose this box. One hundred percent. He wouldn’t want to go out any other way.”
This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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‘It Makes People Cry’: Watch NYC Official’s Insane Rant After White Colleague Holds Black Baby on Lap

There’s no particularly good conversation that includes the angry exclamation, “Read ‘White Fragility!’”
In case you haven’t read the book, “White Fragility” is Robin DiAngelo’s 2018 bestseller, now given new life by the wave of protests touched off by the death of George Floyd.

It’s basically “Whiteness Theory for Dummies,” a book-long discussion about how fragile white people allegedly are and, among other things, how their “pillars of whiteness” had been erected to protect them from racial stress. If that sounds like academic jargon, that’s because it is, although it’s been dumbed down for public consumption.
However, one of the central messages the book tries to get across is that if you’re white and you get called a racist, you might get angry or challenge the person calling you racist — which is just more evidence you’re a racist insulating yourself from racial stress. I mean, why else would you say something like that?
I mention this just because it’s a good window into the online meeting of New York City’s Community Education Council District 2 on June 29 and how it devolved into an insane shoutfest between several council members that’s going viral a week after it happened.
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I know, that doesn’t sound particularly interesting to begin with. However, while all happy bodies of local governance are alike, all unhappy bodies of local governance are unhappy in their own way. When it comes to the Community Education Council District 2 — hereafter referred to as the CEC D2 for obvious reasons — there seems to be a whole lot of sniping involved. Some of that seems to be because some of the board members have embraced the jargon of the “White Fragility” crowd.
So, a bit of background, as per The Federalist: Council member Thomas Wrocklage, at the previous meeting, had brought along his daughter, who is a toddler, and his friend’s nephew. Wrocklage is white; so is his daughter. His friend is black; so is her son. The topic was school integration. During an argument over the topic, Wrocklage said that “my living room’s integrated right now.”

If Wrocklage wanted comity, that wasn’t the best idea. He faced accusations of racism from members on the council and roughly 100 parents sent a letter to the council president, Maud Maron, with complaints about Wrocklage. There was also sniping on social media.
The next meeting wasn’t a terribly pleasant one. It turns out that by the 40th minute, participants hadn’t been able to yell themselves out of steam. This led to an angry exchange between Council Members Benjamin Morden and Robin Broshi.
Morden asked why they were dealing with this incident when students had come to them complaining about racism in their schools. Instead of dealing with trying to figure out a way to investigate the racist incidents, Morden said, they were instead navel-gazing and wondering if individual council members had done enough anti-racism training to uproot their own prejudices.
Broshi said some parents had even accused her of not doing enough to deal with “racism” among her fellow CEC D2 members.
“‘You don’t call out the racism when it happens!’” Broshi said she’d been told, during a heated response to Morden 41 long minutes into the meeting.

“I spent a full year getting tweets from you people saying, ‘It’s toxic whiteness,’ I’m a white supremacist, I’m racist,” Morden said.
“Ben, it’s not about you and me,” Broshi responded. “We all do racist things. We have to learn … about that. It’s hurtful.”
The argument about racism then leaned into the line everyone’s going to remember from this dumpster conflagration: “It hurts people when they see a white man bouncing a brown baby on their lap and they don’t know the context!” Broshi said. “That is harmful! That makes people cry. That makes people log out of our meetings … I’m getting pressure for not being enough of an advocate, and I take that to heart and that hurts me.”

After a bit more shouting, enter Wrocklage:
“I would like to know before this meeting adjourns how having my friend’s nephew on my lap was hurtful to people and was racist,” he said.
“Tom, I’ve explained it to you,” Broshi said. “You can Google, you can read a book. Read a book. Read Ibram Kendi. Read ‘White Fragility.’ Read ‘How to Talk to White People.’ It’s not my job to educate you! You’re an educated white male! You can read a book!”
“My friend is going to educate you, Robin,” Wrocklage responded.

Wrocklage, by the way, isn’t exactly some sort of MAGA-aberration in deep-blue New York City. On his Twitter account, he comes across as a Good Liberal, rarely tweeting but doing so in support of Pete Buttigieg during his run for the presidency — including this retweet of one of Buttigieg’s debate zingers:

Pete Buttigieg: “Let’s not equate age with wisdom. We have the oldest president in American history. How is that working right now?”
— The Hill (@thehill) February 19, 2020

This is a case of the left eating its own in the name of the new secular religion of self-flagellation for whites.

There are several things you can take away from this meeting, apart from the obvious fact that social distancing is a good idea for the CEC D2. (Watching their meetings on Zoom is a spectacular byproduct if you’re amused by cultural multi-car pileups, although it’s more than a bit frightening if you think about having a kid their decisions affect.)
I’m sure Broshi and the others on the council didn’t want to become object lessons in a wider cultural debate, but they are now. While no other video on their YouTube account had more than a few hundred views, as of Monday morning, the video of the 85-minute-long Great Whiteness Reckoning had 77,000 views.
It’s a fascinating look-in on a body where everyone in the middle has essentially been steamrolled. Maud Maron, the council president, tried her best to appeal to both sides. Later in the meeting, she was chastised by another council member for not “doing the work” to get appropriately jargonized.
“You can say, ‘Racism is wrong, we’ll denounce it,’” Council Member Shino Tanikawa said.about the 53:20 mark in the meeting. “But the bottom line is how you act. And your actions have not shown to me that you understand what racism is at a structural and institutional level.”

Ah yes — critical theory, the last refuge of a scoundrel. At least Tanikawa was relatively calm and rational about her embrace of the language of “White Fragility.” That approach wasn’t favored by the rest of the meeting.
In this I don’t exempt Wrocklage or Morden, although I’ll say this much: Nobody was able to answer their questions, which were factually sound.
The other side talked past them, telling them the answers were to be found in those foundational texts listed as their secular bibles. The jargonistas weren’t going to educate them. They needed to do the work! You read their opinions for them and then you come back and tell them why they’re right.
Just don’t come back and tell them you disagree. That’s even worse. Remember — in the world of “White Fragility,” it’s all about admitting that you’re in the wrong. If you don’t, then you’re even more wrong.

A horrible fate awaits any individual that volunteers for and gets elected to CEC D2 without watching this first. Apparently, a white person can be racist by holding his friend’s black baby. It’s not just the comment he made. The very sight of it is problematic for the very white Robin Broshis of the world, who apparently are unwilling to learn from the black person who left the baby in the white person’s care.
An even worse fate awaits any student who needs allegations of actual racism addressed by the council when its members can’t stop assuring themselves they’ve read enough Ibram Kendi and worn the hair-shirt of their own making long enough to address those concerns.
Maybe the kids can read “White Fragility” in the meantime.
This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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REPORT: Washington Redskins may have new name already picked out…

As we told you last week the Washington Redskins have undergone the process of picking a new name to appease the critics that claim the use of the name ‘Redskins’ is ‘racist’. It turns out they may have a new name picked out:
WAPO – “We came up with a couple of names — two of them I really like,” Redskins Coach Ron Rivera said Saturday, one day after the team announced it is undergoing “a thorough review” of the name the franchise has had since 1933.
Rivera declined to reveal the possibilities but said he believes the most important criteria for a new name is that it is respectful of Native American culture and traditions and also is a tribute to the military. He indicated Snyder agrees with that sentiment. Warriors could fit the bill.
On his podcast Friday, The Team 980’s Kevin Sheehan said he had it “on pretty good authority” that the leading contender for the replacement name is Warriors.
“I don’t think that’s a reveal by any stretch,” Sheehan said. “I think people do know that the Redskins have marked Washington Warriors just in case and that this has been the way. … I would bet big money on the Warriors being the new name for the football team.”

I’ve heard worse. That’s actually not too bad for a name change.
Also the name ‘warrior’ is akin to the name ‘Redskins’, or at least it can be. It does bring to mind images of Indians charging into battle.
I do hate the fact that they are capitulating to the mob, but I get it. Fedex, who owns the naming rights to the stadium, has a lot of influence. Also bowing to the BLM mob is in vogue.

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Wray Details Threat From China, Their Goal is to be “Only Superpower by any Means Necessary”

Watch as FBI Director Christopher Wray spills the beans on the threat from China and what their goals are:

Read the Three things that Every American Needs to Remember About China by FBI Director Christopher Wray::WRAY: “I speak of the threat from China, I mean the government of China and the Chinese Communist Party.
To understand this threat and how we must act to respond to it, the American people should remember three things.
First, we need to be clear-eyed about the scope of the Chinese government’s ambition. China, the Chinese Communist Party believes it’s in a generational fight to surpass our country in economic and technological leadership.
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That’s sobering enough, but it’s waging that fight not through legitimate innovation, not through fair and lawful competition, and not by giving their citizens the freedom of thought and speech and creativity that we treasure here in the United States.
Instead, China is engaged in a whole-of-state effort to become the world’s only superpower by any means necessary.

The second thing the American people need to understand is that China uses a diverse range of sophisticated techniques, everything from cyber intrusions to corrupting trusted insiders.
They’ve even engaged in outright physical theft, and they’ve pioneered an expansive approach to stealing innovation through a wide range of actors, including not just Chinese intelligence services, but state-owned enterprises, ostensibly private companies, certain kinds of graduate students and researchers, and a whole variety of other actors working on their behalf.
To achieve its goals and surpass America, China recognizes it needs to make leaps in cutting-edge technologies, but the sad fact is that instead of engaging in the hard slog of innovation, China often steals American intellectual property and then uses it to compete against the very American companies it victimized, in effect cheating twice over.
They’re targeting research on everything from military equipment to wind turbines, to rice and corn seeds.
Through its talent recruitment programs like the so-called Thousand Talents Program, the Chinese government tries to entice scientists to secretly bring our knowledge and innovation back to China even if that means stealing proprietary information or violating our export controls and conflict of interest rules.”

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BREAKING: Couple who painted over BLM road mural charged with HATE CRIME

The couple we told you about last weekend who painted over a Black Lives Matter street mural in Martinez, California is being charged with a hate crime, according to the DA’s office for Contra Costa County:

BREAKING: The #Martinez couple caught on video painting over the approved #BlackLivesMatter mural on #FourthofJuly are being charged with a hate crime, according to a release from the #ContraCostaCounty District Attorney’s office.
— KCBS 106.9 FM/740 AM (@KCBSRadio) July 7, 2020

Here’s the press release so you can read it:

I understand the ‘vandalism’ charge and the other related charge. But a violation of civil rights? That I don’t get.
If they had attacked the person or people who had painted the mural, then yeah, I could see it. But all they did was vandalize the BLM mural.
Also, this is the same DA who refused to charge a man after he “assaulted an officer by tossing back the tear gas canister, resisted an officer, refused to disperse and violated a Walnut Creek curfew put into place to temporarily get people off city streets after 6 p.m.” The officers were trying to disperse a mob in Walnut Creek. DA Becton claimed there wasn’t ‘sufficient evidence’ and refused to press charges. Is it any wonder why after reading this press release above? She’s all in on the BLM movement.
Talk about selective prosecution…

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LA City Councilman Jose Huizar Arrested by FBI for Corruption

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Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar, 51, was arrested on June 23 at his Boyle Heights home by the FBI for allegedly conspiring to accept roughly $1.5 million in bribes from a Chinese real estate developer trying to curry his favor. Huizar faces 20 years in federal prison.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office revealed on June 23 that the FBI raided Huizar’s Boyle Heights home in 2018, during which time agents seized approximately $129,000 in cash that was stashed in his closet. Some of the money was concealed in red envelopes with Chinese characters. The charges include bribery, honest services fraud, extortion, and money laundering. 
Last month, Huizar’s former special assistant, George Esparza, agreed to plead guilty to a racketeering charge. Court documents filed in connection with Esparza’s plea agreement contend that Esparza helped facilitate more than $1 million in bribes from a Chinese real estate developer who was looking to build a skyscraper in Huizar’s district, The Los Angeles Times reported. In addition to the bribes, the tycoon provided nearly $600,000 to settle a 2013 sexual harassment lawsuit against an unnamed councilmember. In 2014, Huizar settled a sexual harassment lawsuit against him by a former employee, but the terms were never disclosed.

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WATCH: Man at Costco flips out after being confronted for not wearing a mask, gets cancelled…

A man at a Florida Costco flipped out after being confronted for not wearing a mask:

Florida man at Fort Myers Costco in “Running the World Since 1776” shirt flips out on elderly woman who asked him to wear a mask and man who defended her #BecauseFlorida (via @profjaffar)
— Billy Corben (@BillyCorben) July 7, 2020

 The man was reportedly escorted out by Costco staff…

This occurred at the Gulf Coast Town Center location on 6/27 and one of the customers targeted said: “To give Costco the credit, they escorted him out and made me wait inside and monitored him until he left and then they send someone with me to the care to make sure I’m okay.”
— Billy Corben (@BillyCorben) July 7, 2020

 The top video is only 17 seconds, so we don’t know what was said before that and whether or not the people actually ‘harassed’ this man or not. But he clearly loses his temper and freaks out and the man and woman. You can hear the woman with him, who was wearing a mask, yelling ‘Dan’ twice to try and get him to stop. The video has over 8 million views.
Apparently Dan was an insurance agent and his agency got wind of the video and fired him:

Thank you to everyone for their comments and messages raising awareness about a former employee at Ted Todd Insurance. He absolutely does not represent our values and no longer works at our agency. We are working with Allstate to release a statement shortly. Wear a mask. Be love
— Charley Todd (@CharleyTodd) July 7, 2020

Thank you to everyone for their comments and messages raising awareness about a former employee at Ted Todd Insurance. Their behavior in the video is in direct conflict with our company values and their employment has been terminated.
— Ted Todd Insurance (@TedToddAgency) July 7, 2020

Threatening behavior and intimidation go against our core mission to be trusted advisors in our community. We are also committed to immediately reviewing our internal existing culture at TTI. We ask that further feedback be sent to [email protected]Charley ToddCEO
— Ted Todd Insurance (@TedToddAgency) July 7, 2020

This is social media culture. If you act like an ass to someone with a camera, it’s very likely to get you fired. And all over not wearing a mask.
In another video that’s gone viral, a woman was denied entry at some establishment somewhere because she wasn’t wearing a mask. And she went nuts in her own weird way too:

On this episode of Karens gone wild. Meet I am Legend’s own Zombie Karen!!
The establishment wouldn’t let her in without a mask and she straight turned into a live human I am Legend zombie!! I laughed from a good healthy place at this one!!! 🤣🤣🤣#karensgonewild
— Makesha Williamson (@KeyJackOfTrades) July 3, 2020

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The U.S. Navy shakes up the carrier Ford program after latest setback

WASHINGTON –The officer overseeing the deployment of the carrier Gerald R. Ford was fired Wednesday, the latest jolt to the trouble program that has been operating under a microscope as technical problems with nearly two dozen new technologies bundled into the lead ship.

Capt. Ron Rutan was removed by Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition James Geurts last Wednesday in connection with his “performance over time” in the role as program manager for the ship.

“Based on the recommendation of PEO Aircraft Carriers [Rear Adm. James Downey] due to performance over time, ASN RDA Geurts reassigned CVN 78 (PMS 378) Program Manager Capt. Ron Rutan to Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) staff, and selected Capt. Brian Metcalf, previously LPD 17 program manager and Executive Assistant to COMNAVSEA, as his relief, effective 1 July,” according to a statement from Naval Sea Systems Command spokesman Rory O’Connor

The Navy said the change was made to get “fresh eyes” on the effort to get the new aircraft carrier through its post-delivery test and trial period, which will go on through the rest of this year before the ship heads into full-ship shock trials, where live explosives are set off next the ship to see how it handles battle damage.

“While there is no perfect time for leadership transitions, it is prudent to bring in renewed energy now to lead the CVN 78 team through the challenges ahead,” the statement reads. “Capt. Metcalf’s proven program management acumen and extensive waterfront experience will be a tremendous asset to the CVN 78 team in the months ahead.”

News of Rutan’s removal was first reported by USNI News.

The Ford has had a witches’ brew of technical problems and accompanying delays and setbacks since construction of the ship began in 2005. Much of the trouble is the result of trying to pack too much new stuff in a single new hull, and Rutan’s firing shows the problems are still vexatious, said Jerry Hendrix, a retired Navy captain and analyst with the Telemus Group.

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“Obviously the problems on the Ford are still beyond the managers’ ability to control them,” Hendrix said . “And while this may be a blow to Capt. Rutan’s career, it sounds like they just needed to move on to someone who will take a different approach and brought a different perspective. It may be more about getting to the next guy as it is removing the current guy.

“Look, I don’t think it’s possible to overstate the complexity of the Ford program.”

The ship, conceived in an era when the Defense Department was looking to make giant steps forward in military technology while it had no direct peer competitors, packed at least 23 new technologies into the lead ship. Those included a complete redesign of the systems used to arm, launch and recover the ship’s aircraft.

All those systems have, in their turn, caused delays in getting the Navy’s most expensive-ever warship to the fleet, which was originally to have deployed in 2018, but now will likely not deploy until 2023. The Ford cost the Navy roughly $13.3 billion, according to the latest Congressional Research Service report.

Trials and tribulations

The latest hiccup came in the form of a fault in the power supply system to the electromagnetic aircraft launch system, which is replacing the old steam catapult system on the Nimitz-class carriers. The fault curtailed flight operations on the ship for several days while the crew and contractors tried to identify the issue.

Prior to the latest EMALS issue, the Advanced Weapons Elevators – which are designed to reduce the time it takes to get bombs armed and to the flight deck for mounting on aircraft – became the center of a firestorm and contributed to former Secretary of the Navy Richard Spencer’s firing last year.

In January 2019, Spencer announced he’d told the President that if the weapons elevators aren’t functioning by mid-summer, then he should fire him. But within months Spencer had to admit that the weapons elevators would not be finished until the end of 2021 or maybe 2022, which he blamed on Huntington Ingalls Industries for not communicating adequately.

Making the Ford deployment ready was a focus of former acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly, who likened the ship to an albatross around the Navy’s neck.

“The Ford is something the president cares a lot about, it’s something he talks a lot about, and I think his concerns are justified,” Modly said. “It’s very, very expensive, and it needs to work.

“And there is a trail of tears that explains why we are where we are, but right now we need to fix that ship and make sure it works. There is nothing worse than having a ship like that, our most expensive asset, being out there as a metaphor for why the Navy can’t do anything right.”

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Over 100,000 ‘Essential’ Border Crossings Per Day Spiking COVID Numbers in California

The United States and Mexico announced last month they were extending an agreement to halt nonessential border crossings into each country amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Nonetheless, some of the hottest coronavirus hot spots in the U.S. right now are in border counties, and there appears to be a clear reason: Over 100,000 people per day are crossing legally into California alone.

Imperial County is at the top of that state’s list with approximately 3,900 cases per 100,000 residents, which is over three times more than any other county in California.
Imperial, with a population of just 181,000, is located on the border just to the east of San Diego County.
Abutting it to the south is Mexicali, Mexico, population 1.1 million, which has been experiencing a severe COVID-19 outbreak.
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“Now we have a surge [of coronavirus] in the Imperial Valley because the situation is so severe in Mexicali,” Carmela Coyle, president of the California Hospital Association, told The New York Times.
In an email obtained by The Western Journal, Coyle shared with hospital CEOs around the state that the medical facilities in Mexicali, as of late May, were full and “using crisis standards of care.”

In response, people were coming over the border into the U.S.
Both hospitals in Imperial County — El Centro Regional Medical Center and Pioneers Memorial Hospital — “have been overwhelmed with COVID patients,” Coyle said.
El Centro Regional is a small community hospital with 20 emergency room beds, 20 intensive care unit beds and 161 beds overall.
Pioneers Memorial, about 15 miles to the north of El Centro, has 107 beds total.
Coyle made an appeal to California hospitals to accept patients from the border region.
In a tweet late last month, California Gov. Gavin Newsom acknowledged the dire situation and announced he was working to reinstate a shutdown order for Imperial County.

NEW: Yesterday CA conducted over 76k #COVID19 tests.
Positivity rate: 5.7% over 7 days.
That rate in Imperial County, however, is at 23%. Hospitals there are overwhelmed.
So today we’re working with the county to reinstate a stay at home order.
We have to take this seriously.
— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) June 26, 2020

What he did not mention in the tweet is the reason COVID-19 cases are spiking in Imperial County is patients coming over the border.
Mediaite columnist John Ziegler responded to Newsom’s tweet with a map of California.

Uh, perhaps King @GavinNewsom and his subjects should look on a map to where Imperial County is, and he should be forced to admit what is clearly actually happening there…
— John Ziegler (@Zigmanfreud) June 26, 2020

The Western Journal spoke with a doctor working at the El Centro Regional Medical Center who confirmed many of the patients the hospital is treating are believed to be Mexicali residents.
“What’s annoying about it is they’re saying, ‘OK, Imperial County is the highest per capita and shame on you, you haven’t gotten your numbers under control. We need to go back to stage 1, and you guys just need to close everything down again,’” said the physician, who agreed to be interviewed on a condition of anonymity.

“But what they’re not recognizing is that we’re drawing from a population of 1.1 million.”
“According to a nurse who lives in Mexicali, she said on the social media they were basically saying, ‘If you have COVID, don’t even bother going to the hospital in Mexicali. Go across to the U.S.,’” the doctor said.
By California law, hospitals are not permitted to ask questions regarding citizenship, the physician said.
The people El Centro Regional is treating, many of whom speak only Spanish, could have both Mexican and U.S. citizenship, while others are Mexicali residents who have work permits to enter the U.S.

The towns of El Centro and nearby Calexico are big agricultural communities, so many Mexicans cross the border to work in that industry and others deemed essential.
The doctor recounted that Newsom came down to the area last month and made the decision rather than surge medical capacity into the region, patients would be sent all over the state, both by air and land.
Janette Angulo, director of the Imperial County Public Health Department, testified before a California Senate committee June 30 that over 500 patients had been shipped out of the county over the previous two weeks to other hospitals.

“The logical question is what is causing the surge of cases and hospitalizations in our county?” she asked.
“Without a doubt, Imperial County is a highly mobile population. Even with international crossing restrictions, over 20,000 people are still crossing the international border from Mexicali into Calexico on a daily basis for work, health care and other business,” Angulo said.
Susan Fanelli, with the California Department of Public Health, testified that 10 to 15 patients are being transferred daily out of Imperial County.
Fanelli also highlighted that the 1.1 million population of Mexicali is contributing to the COVID-19 spike.

“We have about 25,000 traveling across the border in every day… in their essential workforce has put a big strain on Imperial County,” she said.
Neighboring San Diego County is faring better because of its much larger hospital infrastructure, but it is also seeing a larger influx of 75,000 to 80,000 border crossings per day and many new coronavirus cases, according to Fanelli.
The health expert said 60 to 70 percent of the county’s hospital admissions for COVID-19 in areas close to the border are those who traveled to Mexico or were connected to a family member who went to Mexico.
San Diego County took about half the hospital transfers initially from Imperial County.

“The impact of the border is great in both areas” of Imperial and San Diego counties, Fanelli said.
The doctor from El Centro Regional told The Western Journal that San Diego County has dried up as a place to send the hospital’s COVID-19 patients, and now they are being sent as far away as San Francisco and Sacramento by life flights, costing up to $100,000 each.
“We send them there, but we don’t tell them how they can get back again,” the physician said.
It creates many issues, including potential end-of-life decisions, with no family nearby with whom to confer.

The doctor does not blame Mexicans for seeking treatment in the U.S. but argued that rather than seeding all California with new cases, a better solution would be to surge capacity at the border, as was done in New York City.
Tim Thompson, founding pastor of 412 Murrieta Church in Riverside County (which is adjacent to Imperial), reached out to Samaritan’s Purse to see if the aid organization would be able to set up either in Mexicali or El Centro.
“It’s not that I don’t want these people to get help. People need held, they need help,” he told The Western Journal. “If we’re a position to be able to help them, we should.
“But you don’t help by stripping them away from their family, putting them on a plane or helicopter and saying, ‘We’re going to take you somewhere else,’ and they don’t even know where they are going and how they’re going to get back.”

Samaritan’s Purse confirmed by email to The Western Journal that it sent an assessment team to Mexicali and El Centro, but it said that, per policy, it would not reveal the details of discussions with authorities and why no green light was given to move forward.
Adolphe Edward, CEO of El Centro Regional, told The Western Journal he would be glad to have the Christian aid organization set up a field hospital in the area.
He indicated the state of California is in the process of setting up an alternate care site in the Imperial Valley with an 80-bed capacity to help with overflow from both El Centro and Pioneers hospitals.
“If I were king for a day, I would actually make sure that we have the 80 beds at the alternate care site staffed to keep family members here in the county or close to the Mexicali border, if they live across, and care for them here,” Edward said.

“I don’t really want to transfer anybody out of the county. My preference is to care for the patients closer to home.”
Last week, Thompson interviewed Dr. Jeff Barke for the pastor’s online program, “Our Watch,” during which they discussed the situation at the California-Mexico border and in the Golden State generally.

Thompson argued it is not fair to Imperial County and others, including potentially Riverside, to shut them down, because cases are increasing there, in part, because of border crossings.

“If we have to shut down everything here, then shut the border down, like we were told it’s shut down,” he said.
Imperial County is not alone in experiencing a cross-border COVID-19 influx.
In Arizona, the county with the highest rate of cases per 100,000 residents is Santa Cruz, with more than 4,300.
Like Imperial County, the entire population of Santa Cruz, 46,000, is dwarfed by the Mexican border city immediately to the south, Nogales, Sonora, with 212,000 residents.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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Cyber Command will get a new version of its training platform this fall

U.S. Cyber Command’s new training platform is slated to deliver the second iteration this fall providing additional capabilities and user capacity, program officials said.The Persistent Cyber Training Environment (PCTE) is an online client that allows Cyber Command’s warriors to log on from anywhere in the world to conduct individual or collective cyber training as well as mission rehearsal. The program is being run by the Army on behalf of the joint cyber force and Cyber Command.

Officials delivered the first version of the program to Cyber Command in February and the environment was used for the first time in Cyber Command’s premier annual tier 1 exercise Cyber Flag in June. The second version is expected to include additional capabilities, including allowing more users to conduct team or individual training.

“Things like to be able to schedule, have a calendar to be able to auto-schedule things, to be able to allocate resources because right now it’s you can get in and you can do it but how do you deconflict? If you’re running a team based event across x number of services how does somebody else come in and do an individual training,” Amit Kapadia, chief engineer for the program, told C4ISRNET in an interview. “Do you have the right infrastructure underneath?”
Kapadia added that during the COVID-19 pandemic, there was a surge in platform use due to the remote working, thus, by the end of this year, the program seeks to push additional compute and network capabilities.
Leaders are targeting final testing in September and then a roll out in late fall for version 2.0.

The program has also sought to deliver incremental capability along the way through what it calls cyber innovation challenges. These are competitions to awards and layer new technologies onto the platform.

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There was a notice informing industry of the fourth such innovation challenge released recently. Officials told C4ISRNET they expect to release a formal solicitation around August, with plans to award contracts by the end of the year or early next year.
The officials noted that just like with the previous innovation challenges, there could be multiple vendors awarded and specifically non-traditional defense vendors. Moreover, they also anticipate to continue these challenges for the foreseeable future even when a vendor is selected to be the integrator for PCTE through what’s known as the Cyber Training, Readiness, Integration, Delivery and Enterprise Technology (TRIDENT), a contract vehicle to offer a more streamlined approach for procuring the military’s cyber training capabilities. The contract is valued at up to $957 million. This approach, officials said, prevents vendor lock and ensures the program is at the tip of the technological spear.
The fourth cyber innovation challenge seeks to ask industry for assistance in traffic generation – which means emulating fake internet traffic on the platform – and assessment, which was a key requirement directly from Cyber Command.
“I would say what we’ve been driven towards right now are high priorities coming down from [Cyber Command commander] Gen. [Paul] Nakasone and Cyber Command for things like CMF assessment,” Kapadia said. “They want to be able now … all these reps and sets that are happening within PCTE, how am I assessing the performance of the individuals in my teams.”

An integrated and agile approach
Since the platform was delivered to Cyber Command in February, command leaders have officially taken the burden of running training exercises from the program office, freeing it up to focus on pursuing new technologies and fixes as well as the overall acquisition.

In the past, the program office worked with specific units to conduct training events in order to stress the platform and gain valuable feedback. Now, Cyber Command has created what is called the Joint Cyber Training Enterprise, which is the non-material companion to the PCTE platform and seeks to operate and synchronize training hosted by PCTE for the joint force.
“The JCTE is a lot like the combat training center ops group where they are managing the platform, they are running the platform, they are running the training,” Lt. Col. Thomas Monaghan, product manager of cyber resiliency and training at Program Executive Office Simulation, Training and Instrumentation, told C4ISRNET. “So we delivered the platform to them and they’re using it I would probably say on a weekly basis. They’re doing cyber training events that we don’t manage that anymore. We don’t stand them up. The platform is being used, we’re able to concentrate on specific capability, platform enhancements.”
JCTE has formalized the cyber training and use of the environment while also coordinating which cyber mission force units need to conduct which types of training, something the program office wasn’t equipped to do.

Monaghan said his office is in almost hourly, or at least daily, contact with JCTE to better understand what users like, don’t like or needs to be fixed.
“We’ve got the program office, we’ve got the user community, we’ve got the operational arm of the user community, which is JCTE, we’ve got the Army capability manager codifying the requirements all working together. We literally talk to each other at least daily,” Monaghan said. “That direct feedback loop is one continuous circle of information. That’s the only way a program this robust can be successful.”
Program officials said they gained valuable insights from the recently concluded Cyber Flag, which created roughly six months worth of data.
They explained that while not every element worked exactly as planned, the nature of the program allows for incremental and ongoing adjustments to be made. By leveraging specific flexible acquisition tools, the program is not as rigid as other typical military platforms, such as tanks.
“It’s a perfect one for PCTE because it created that box basically saying in laymen’s terms we have no idea what this specifically looks like but we have some eye level things that it should do,” Liz Bledsoe, deputy product manager, told C4SIRNET, regarding the types of acquisition mechanisms PCTE is being run under.

Monaghan added: “That’s the way the platform and the program were structured when the requirements were written, some of them were listed as evolving or threat based or capability … They’re ever evolving, ever enhancing based off the needs of the cyber mission force.”

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NGA looking to academia and industry to boost research efforts

The National-Geospatial-Intelligence Agency issued a new Broad Agency Announcement July 6, giving researchers and academics a new pathway to present intelligence solutions to the agency.NGA is responsible for delivering geospatial-intelligence to war fighters, policy makers and the intelligence community. Under this announcement, the agency is looking for solutions from industry and academia to help them accomplish that mission.

“The release of this BAA will help accelerate our research endeavors and provide NGA with the ability to expand and diversify its research performer base, while giving us better flexibility and agility in research contracting efforts,” said Cindy Daniell, director of research and NGA, in a statement.
The BAA is seeking research and development concepts that address one or more of the following topics: Foundational GEOINT; advanced phenomenologies, and analytic technologies.
Foundational GEOINT – The creation of always accurate, high-resolution, continually updated representations of the earth’s properties, available on demand.
Advanced Phenomenologies – The use of novel methods and efficient strategies to deliver spatially, spectrally and temporally resolved data from a growing number of traditional and non-traditional sources.
Analytic Technologies – The ability to leverage new data sources and new analytics techniques to add geospatial intelligence to multi-intelligence analytics in an effort to address emerging threats and mission domains.
More details on each technical domain can be found in the BAA.
According to the announcement, NGA plans to make multiple awards, which may take the form of procurement contracts, grants, cooperative agreements or other transactions for prototypes and follow-on production. The agency will be issuing response dates for individual topic areas within the three stated technical domains periodically. A COVID-19 rapid response topic will be one of the first items posted under the BAA according to NGA.

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Amazon blocks advertising for book criticizing the ‘transgender craze’ among female students…

Amazon is refusing to allow advertising for a book that both explains and criticizes the ‘transgender craze’ among female students:
CBN NEWS – A new book out this summer by author Abigail Shrier documents a transgender trend you might not have heard of: cluster outbreaks among female friendship groups in middle school, high school, and college.
Shrier wrote the book Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters to highlight how the transgender movement is hurting women by trying to normalize the idea of girls and young women having life-changing surgeries.
“This is the new anorexia,” Shrier told CBN News. “Girls in distress are deciding with their friends that the source of their distress must be gender dysphoria. They’ve decided it’s severe discomfort in their biological sex.”
“Now we know that isn’t so because it doesn’t look like gender dysphoria, but my book explores the medical, the psychological and the cultural conditions that allowed this to skyrocket among this population,” Shrier explained.
It’s a topic you would think many parents would want to read about—but Amazon has decided it’s not appropriate.
Amazon informed Shrier’s publisher, Regnery—that it can’t run a paid ad for the book and explained—that the book “contains elements that may not be appropriate for all audiences, which may include ad copy/book content that infers or claims to diagnose, treat or question sexual orientation.”
The author of the book, Abigail Shrier, says that seemingly out of nowhere two percent of students now claim to be transgender, and that it’s mostly female students. She said it used to be a very tiny percentage of students and attributes the increase to ‘social contagion’.

I would tend to agree with her. I think since being gay or transgender has become ‘normal’ in society, with many influential people protecting it and nurturing it, including companies like Amazon, young people are just trying whatever flavor they like as an answer to the distresses of their youth. Maybe some are just curious, but having been a youth myself at one time, I know quite well the travails of growing up in a public school system and it’s only gotten worse since I was young. It’s now in the proverbial ‘water’ and I think that’s why numbers are increasing like they are.
You can watch short interview she did with CBN News below:
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House panel would block Pentagon from extra sway over nuclear weapons budget

WASHINGTON ― House appropriators on Tuesday approved a spending bill that would block plans from defense hawks to give the Pentagon a stronger hand in crafting nuclear weapons budgets.

The House Appropriations Committee passed their Energy-Water bill, which contained the provision, by a voice vote. The $49.6 billion spending bill contained $13.7 billion for nuclear weapons accounts ― a $1.2 billion increase over fiscal 2020 that’s still $1.9 billion less than the president’s request.

Lead Republicans voiced opposition to the bill, arguing that Democrats had not consulted with Republicans on pandemic emergency funds in the bill and that Democrats included policy riders the White House will seek to cut. The top Republican on the House Energy and Water Development, and Related Agencies Subcommittee, Rep. Mike Simpson of Idaho, said the bill “still shortchanges funding for the nuclear weapons program.”

“While I acknowledge the increase above last year, we must also acknowledge that the threats we face today are not the same threats we faced in the years immediately following the end of the Cold War,” he said. “We must adequately fund the activities necessary to maintain a safe, reliable and effective stockpile.”

The bill would bar funding for the Pentagon-led Nuclear Weapons Council, and would prevent it from assisting with the budget of the National Nuclear Security Administration, a semiautonomous agency under the Energy Department.

The Senate Armed Services Committee’s version of the annual defense policy bill would allow the council to edit the budget request after the Energy Department crafts it and before the request is submitted to the White House budget office. The move was seen as giving the Pentagon extra sway to boost warhead programs and nuclear weapons laboratories.

Its introduction came after Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette clashed with SASC Chairman Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., who backed a budget request for the larger number than Brouillette sought.

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The Energy-Water spending bill contains language ordering no funds “may be used in furtherance of working through the Nuclear Weapons Council to guide, advise, assist, develop, or execute a budget for the National Nuclear Security Administration.”

Separately, the proposed bill would ban the Trump administration’s reported plan to resume nuclear weapons testing. The bill would prohibit funding “to conduct, or prepare to conduct, any explosive nuclear weapons test that produces any yield.”

“Critically, the bill would prevent the Trump administration from using any funds to carry out its dangerous and short-sighted plan to resume nuclear testing,” House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita Lowey, D-N.Y., said in a statement.

The Trump administration was reportedly discussing whether a “rapid test” could aid it in negotiations with Russia and China, as the White House seeks a trilateral nuclear weapons pact.

The defense appropriations bill introduced Tuesday would also bar funding for explosive nuclear weapons tests.

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US Army’s Future Vertical Lift program will transform industry, so we must get it right

It is rare when technological innovation delivers change that fundamentally reshapes military operations. Helicopters made one of these rare breakthroughs after World War II. The ability to support land operations with vertical lift aircraft fundamentally changed how militaries moved on the battlefield. However, the shape of military operations supported by today’s helicopters reflect their capabilities and limitations in terms of speed, range and lift capacity. The Army’s Future Vertical Lift efforts are designed to reshape military operations by surpassing the limits imposed by today’s systems.

It is less commonly appreciated, however, that future vertical lift, or FVL, aircraft may do just as much to reshape the vertical lift industry as they do military operations. To deliver the capabilities FVL requires affordably — in development, production and sustainment — industry will have to leverage new design and production techniques that deliver critical components with high quality and moderate cost.

Key parts such as rotor blades and rotor heads are big cost drivers. Designing these parts for FVL means redesigning the supply chains and manufacturing processes that produce them. For the smaller companies that make up the lower tiers of the supply chain, this will require them to fundamentally change how their production process works.

We recently completed a study that looked at the implications of the Army’s Future Vertical Lift project for the industrial base. What became clear in this review is that there are both opportunities and risks in making the transition to FVL. Substantial investment is required by both the Army and industry, and not everyone in industry will make it. However, this transition also offers significant opportunities to leverage emerging technologies such as additive manufacturing, robotics, artificial intelligence, digital twins and data analytics to achieve the Army’s objectives.

The Army’s management will be key in ensuring that industry is able to get the most out of new design and production methods, reconfigured supply chains, and a reshaped workforce. The Army’s key tools for managing the transition include its ability to provide an addressable market for the industrial base that attracts the necessary FVL investment, and its ability to align industry incentives with the Army’s core goals.

The addressable market for industry is not just the Army’s future programs, but also the sustainment of legacy platforms. For much of the supply chain, the sustainment market is a huge part of their bottom line. The Army’s total vertical lift-addressable market for industry is roughly $8-10 billion annually over the next decade. Although there are some concerns whether that level of spending is feasible while procuring two vertical lift programs simultaneously, previous research by the Center for Strategic and International Studies found that future attack reconnaissance aircraft and future long-range assault aircraft can be accommodated at historical Army modernization funding levels.

Of that $8-10 billion annual vertical lift spending, operating and support costs will provide the largest share, while research and development as well as acquisition total a little more than $2 billion annually.

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Given the size of the addressable market, the biggest challenges and risks in transitioning to a new vertical lift industrial base are not among the big prime contractors, but among the smaller suppliers in the industrial base who can’t be sure that investing in FVL today will generate the necessary returns tomorrow.

Unlike the bigger prime contractors, these lower-tier suppliers have a much different risk appetite and may struggle with making the upfront investments to build components in new ways. Supporting the supply chain in making this transition is critical to meeting the Army’s cost and schedule objectives, which highlights how important incentives are in the Army’s approach.

The Army’s biggest incentive to industry is to provide predictability by keeping FVL program requirements consistent and clear through the development process so that industry can plan and invest. To date, the Army has done this. It should continue to do so.

Additionally, the Army can incentivize industry to make upfront investments now that deliver cost savings later. Given that sustainment costs account for 68 percent of rotary-wing costs, these investments are critical. Furthermore, it is in the Army’s interest to sustain competition throughout the development process as it moves closer to picking winners. Competition is the strongest incentive for industry.

Finally, the Army should be cognizant that incentives will change as FVL moves from development to production, and its management approach will need to evolve.

The Army has the key ingredients in place for FVL if it successfully guides the industrial base through this transition. While that is a tall order, our analysis of the Army’s FVL plans suggests they begin on solid ground and are well-informed by the technological and affordability realities. One final factor in FVL’s success will be sustaining congressional support by being clear and consistent in communicating and executing the Army’s plans.

Andrew Hunter is the director of the Defense-Industrial Initiatives Group and a senior fellow with the International Security Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He previously served as a senior executive in the U.S. Defense Department and as a professional staff member of the House Armed Services Committee. Rhys McCormick is a fellow with the Defense-Industrial Initiatives Group at CSIS.

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Report: Prison Officials Pulling Out All the Stops To Keep Ghislaine Maxwell Alive

Ghislaine Maxwell, an associate of convicted sex offender and accused child sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein, is being watched closely in a federal detention center to ensure she stands trial, according to a new report.
Maxwell, now known to the federal Bureau of Prisons as inmate 02879-509, is currently being held at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, New York.

She was brought there Monday from New Hampshire, where she had been arrested last Thursday, according to the New York Post.
Last summer, Epstein was charged with sex trafficking, but he was found dead in his cell in Manhattan’s Metropolitan Correctional Center a month after his arrest. The death was ruled a suicide, although many have expressed doubts about that determination.
After his death, officials with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York sought to find Maxwell, who is accused of partnering with Epstein to operate a global network that resulted in the sexual abuse of underage girls.
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Maxwell faces four counts of sex trafficking minors and two counts of perjury.
The Post quoted a law enforcement source as saying officials want to ensure Maxwell does not die in prison.

“They want to make sure she’ll stand trial,” the source said, adding that the federal Bureau of Prisons does not want another “black eye.”
According to the source, Maxwell will have top security every moment of her detention.
Guards will be with her every time she leaves her cell, the source said, and a surveillance camera will be focused on her cell.
Reports that guards did not keep to their rounds and that video equipment malfunctioned emerged after Epstein’s death in the Manhattan facility operated by the Bureau of Prisons.
Maxwell could be arraigned as soon as Thursday. At that time, Judge Alison Nathan will decide if Maxwell will remain locked up or go free on bail.

Homer Venters, a former chief medical officer for New York City’s jails, has said the Brooklyn facility is “ill-equipped” to deal with COVID-19 and did not meet standards for infection control practices, according to Bloomberg.
Venters said he was “concerned about the ongoing health and safety of the population” at the MDC.
Cheryl Pollak, a federal magistrate in Brooklyn, has criticized the prison where Maxwell is being held.
“Some of these conditions wouldn’t surprise me if we were dealing with a prison in Turkey or a Third World Country,” Pollak said in 2017, according to NBC News.

Prosecutors have said Maxwell “poses an extreme risk of flight,” according to WABC-TV.
Maxwell has three passports, is wealthy with lots of international connections, and has “no reason to stay in the United States and face the possibility of a lengthy prison sentence,” they wrote.
According to the charges against Maxwell, she was involved in the sexual abuse of three girls, including one who was 14 at the time of the alleged abuse.

Here is the fed’s case against Ghislaine Maxwell
— New York Post (@nypost) July 4, 2020

In addition to the charges against her, authorities have been seeking Maxwell in order to get a fuller understanding of Epstein’s alleged trafficking network, giving her leverage to strike a deal with prosecutors.
This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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Republican National Convention Participants Will Be Tested Daily for New Virus

People attending the Republican National Convention will be tested for the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus on a daily basis, a Republican familiar with the matter told The Epoch Times.
“The plan for administering testing and other health protocols will be rolled out in the coming weeks. We are committed to holding a safe event, and will be closely coordinating with state and local officials in the months ahead,” Republican National Committee spokeswoman Mandi Merritt said in a statement.
The convention is scheduled for Aug. 24 to Aug. 27. Portions of the convention will take place in Charlotte, North Carolina while the other parts will happen in Jacksonville, Florida.
President Donald Trump is scheduled to give a speech accepting the party’s nomination on the last day of the convention in Jacksonville.
RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said last week that all attendees would be tested.

Attendees are body temperature screened prior to a political rally for President Donald Trump in Tulsa, Okla., on June 20, 2020. (Michael B. Thomas/Getty Images)
“We’re going to test everybody,” McDaniel told Fox News. “We’re going to have temperature checks, we’re going to sanitize.”
Results for some tests can be returned in as rapidly as 15 minutes while other results take hours to process.
A rising case count in Florida has prompted renewed criticism of the event, which is expected to draw thousands to various Jacksonville venues.
Florida reported 7,347 new cases of COVID-19, the disease the CCP virus causes, on Tuesday.
The positivity rate for tests has also climbed in recent days, as has the number of people in hospitals, with the average of daily hospitalizations hitting 380 on Monday. Hospital capacity remains strong.
Duval County, which includes Jacksonville, has seen 9,711 positive cases out of approximately 957,755 residents, and just 70 deaths with COVID-19 so far.
Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis told reporters on Tuesday, “As we’ve seen more traffic in hospitals in the past few weeks, we’re seeing a smaller number of residents of long-term care facilities admitted.”

Florida Gov, Ron DeSantis speaks during a press conference in Miami, Fla., on June 8, 2020. (Eva Marie Uzcategui/Getty Images)
“Those residents of the long-term care facilities, when they’re admitted, they have a much, much higher rate of mortality. So to see that decline, that is something very, very positive.”
DeSantis was at a hospital in Miami that the state converted to a 150-bed nursing home dedicated to COVID-19, the 12th such facility in the state. The governor has focused on the older population, which is more vulnerable to the new disease.
Two older GOP lawmakers—Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), 86, and Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), 80—aren’t attending the RNC.
Dr. Stephen Hahn, commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, was asked on Sunday whether it was safe to hold Trump’s speech in Florida.
“I think it’s too early to tell. We will have to see how this unfolds in Florida and elsewhere around the country,” Hahn said during an appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry, a Republican, issued an order on June 29 for people to wear masks both inside and outside when social distancing isn’t possible.
Curry’s order came after hundreds of doctors said in a letter that the Republican National Convention would be “unequivocally provocative of disease, predictably harmful, and medically disrespectful to the citizens of this city, much less the rest of the country.”
They said they want the event postponed. If not, they said, it should be “significantly reduced” in terms of crowd size.

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White House Silent on Signing of Veto-Proof Hong Kong Sanctions Bill

The White House remained silent as of July 7 about whether President Donald Trump would sign the veto-proof bill authorizing the U.S. government to sanction a broad range of people and entities tied to the Chinese Communist Party’s de facto takeover of Hong Kong.
The House and Senate passed the Hong Kong Autonomy Act on July 1 and 2 respectively in response to the Chinese Communist Party’s implementation of a draconian national security law in Hong Kong. 
Five days later, amid an intensifying crackdown in Hong Kong which included the banning of books, the White House was yet to respond to requests to clarify if and when the bill would be signed.
A senior administration official, without addressing the singing of the bill, told The Epoch Times that the “administration continues to implement the President’s directive to end Hong Kong’s special status and take strong and meaningful action against CCP officials involved in smothering Hong Kong’s freedom.”
As an example, the official pointed to the visa restrictions on Chinese officials and their families issued by the State Department on June 26 and the ban on defense equipments and dual-use technology exports to Hong Kong announced on June 31.
“The United States will continue to take strong action against CCP officials complicit in the evisceration of Hong Kong’s freedom,” the official said.
The bill directs the U.S. government to issue mandatory punitive sanctions on foreign persons and financial institutions involved in degrading Hong Kong autonomy. Once enacted, it would be a “death sentence” for financial institutions, according to Gordon Chang, a China expert and author.
“This bill authorizes the government to cut off the sanctioned banks from their dollar accounts. That’s a death sentence to an international bank. This is extremely severe,” Chang told The Epoch Times.
According to a former senior Department of Defense official, bills of similar significance to the one before the president undergo close vetting before the president’s signature. The White House could be going back to the bill’s sponsors in Congress to clarify certain points and fix non-substantive errors. 
No lawmaker in the Senate or House opposed the measure.
“I don’t know,” Sen. Ron Johnson, the chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, told The Epoch Times when asked about the delay from the White House. 
“I personally think we ought to be pushing back hard on China in terms of what they’re doing. Going back on agreement they had with the British, when the British turned over Hong Kong with China, the violation of the civil and I would say human rights of the citizens of Hong Kong,” Johnson added. “I hope the president signs that soon.”
White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows told reporters on Monday that the president is considering an executive order on China. Peter Navarro, the White House director of trade and manufacturing policy, on Tuesday declined to share details about the order. 
The Department of State, in response to a question about its June 26 visa restrictions tied to the developments in Hong Kong, declined to provide specifics, including if any CCP officials or family members have been denied entry to the United States.
“We have already identified a number of officials under this new policy, and will continue to consider others,” a State Department spokesperson told The Epoch Times. “Visa records are confidential under U.S. law, therefore, we will not discuss or disclose individual applications of this visa policy.”
The CCP issued a threat to retaliate with visa restrictions of its own, prompting a harsh response from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
“The Chinese Communist Party’s threats to retaliate by restricting visas for U.S. citizens exposes once again how Beijing refuses to take responsibility for its own choices,” Pompeo said. “If China wants to regain the trust of Hong Kongers and the international community, it should honor the promises it made to the Hong Kong people and to the United Kingdom in the U.N.-registered 1984 Sino-British Joint Declaration.”
Zachary Stieber contributed to this report.t

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Britain lifts ban on Saudi weapons exports

LONDON — Britain has lifted a yearlong ban on the export of military equipment to Saudi Arabia, the government announced July 7.

Weapon sales to Saudi Arabia were banned in June 2019 after a U.K. Court of Appeal ruled that the government may have contravened international humanitarian law by approving weapon sales to the Saudis that might have been used in the civil war in Yemen.

Britain is one of the largest exporters of defense equipment in the world, largely thanks to Saudi Arabia’s purchase over more than 30 years of Tornado and Typhoon combat jets as well as Hawk jet trainers. Raytheon Paveway IV precision-guided bombs, partly built in the U.K., are also among the list of recent significant sales to Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia leads a coalition of Middle Eastern nations in a protracted and bloody war against Iranian-backed Houthi rebels trying to seize Yemen.

In an action brought by anti-arms trade campaigners, the court ruling forced the British government to reassess whether previous export licenses had been issued on the correct legal basis, given alleged violations of international humanitarian law by the Saudi military, specifically reported airstrikes that hit civilian targets.

“The incidents, which have been assessed to be possible violations of international humanitarian law, occurred at different times, in different circumstances and for different reasons,” said International Trade Secretary Liz Truss.

“In retaking these decisions, I have taken into account the full range of information available to the government. In the light of all that information and analysis, I have concluded that, notwithstanding the isolated incidents, which have been factored into the analysis as historic violations of international humanitarian law, Saudi Arabia has a genuine intent and the capacity to comply with international humanitarian law,” she added. “On that basis, I have assessed that there is not a clear risk that the export of arms and military equipment to Saudi Arabia might be used in the commission of a serious violation of international humanitarian law.”

Truss said exports will resume after the government completes the court-ordered review of defense export licences to the Middle East’s largest buyer of military equipment. The ban only halted new approvals for weapons sales. Work on existing deals, like BAE System’s deals to support Typhoon and Tornado jets, have continued unaffected.

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The British government will now “begin the process of clearing the backlog of licence applications for Saudi Arabia and its coalition partners that has built up since 20 June last year,” Truss told Parliament. “It may take some months to clear this backlog.”

In a statement, BAE said: “We note that the UK Government has implemented a revised methodology regarding licences for military exports. We continue to provide defense equipment, training and support under government to government agreements between the UK and Saudi Arabia, subject to UK Government approval and oversight. We work closely with the Department for International Trade to ensure our continued compliance with all relevant export control laws and regulations.”

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HERE WE GO: White House wants another trillion dollar stimulus…

The White House reportedly wants another trillion dollar stimulus package to continue getting us through the pandemic:
MYFOX8 – A top aide to Vice President Mike Pence said Tuesday the White House is looking at a second stimulus package totaling around $1 trillion.
“There’s obviously been a lot of stimulus put in the system over the last couple bills and so the price tag for us would be that,” Marc Short, Pence’s chief of staff, said during an interview on Bloomberg Radio.
Bloomberg’s Saleha Mohsin first reported the possibility of a $1 trillion package.
Mohsin noted provisions for the next round of relief could include changes to unemployment benefits, a back-to-work tax credit for workers returning to their jobs, a payroll tax cut, liability protections and tax decisions for companies for workers’ restaurant and entertainment expenses.

Mark Meadows…
This report follows White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows signaling support Monday for additional stimulus while noting there are proposals beyond the direct checks sent to taxpayers earlier this year.
“I think the president’s been very clear that he’s supportive of another stimulus check,” White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows said Monday. “And yet at the same time, we want to make sure that we’re addressing things in a real, systemic way, whether that is making sure that the take-home check for every American is greater with a payroll-tax deduction, whether it’s making sure that we provide incentives for American manufacturing to be brought back from abroad.”
Mitch McConnell…
At the end of June, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the Senate will consider a second stimulus package in July.
“As you’ve heard suggested, I said back in March we would take another look at this… probably in July… take a snapshot of where we are, both on the healthy front and the economic recovery front, and decide at that point what needs to be done further,” McConnell said last week.
You know what this means. If the White House wants a trillion dollar stimulus, the Democrats will make it at least two trillion by the time it’s all said and done. Because, you know, money grows on trees and debt doesn’t really mean anything.

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North Korea Rejects Talks as US Envoy Arrives in Seoul

SEOUL, South Korea—North Korea on Tuesday said it has no immediate intent to resume a dialogue with the United States as U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun arrived in South Korea for discussions on stalled nuclear diplomacy.
In a statement released through the North’s official Korean Central News Agency, senior North Korean foreign ministry official Kwon Jong Gun also ridiculed “nonsensical” calls by South Korea for revived negotiations between the United States and North Korea, saying it has lost its relevance as a mediator.
The State Department said Biegun, who is also President Donald Trump’s special representative for North Korea, will discuss cooperation on a range of issues in meetings this week with officials in South Korea and Japan, including the “final, fully verified denuclearization” of North Korea.
Kwon’s statement came hours before Biegun arrived at a U.S. air base near Seoul. The U.S. Embassy said Biegun, members of his delegation, and the military air crew were being tested for COVID-19 at the base and would proceed to Seoul after confirmation that all had negative test results.

U.S. Special Representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun (C) arrives at Incheon International Airport in Incheon, South Korea, on Dec. 15, 2019. (Lee Jin-man/AP Photo)
Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un have met three times since embarking on high-stakes nuclear diplomacy in 2018. But negotiations have faltered since their second summit in February last year in Vietnam, where the Americans rejected North Korean demands for major sanctions relief in exchange for a partial surrender of its nuclear capability.
Amid the stalemate in talks, North Korea has repeatedly said in recent months that it would no longer give Trump the gift of high-profile meetings he could boast of as foreign policy achievements unless it gets something substantial in return.
North Korea has also been dialing up pressure on the South, cutting off virtually all cooperation and blowing up an inter-Korean liaison office in its territory last month, following months of frustration over Seoul’s unwillingness to defy U.S.-led sanctions and restart joint economic projects that would help the North’s broken economy.
“Explicitly speaking once again, we have no intention to sit face-to-face with U.S.,” Kwon said in the statement.

President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un shake hands before their one-on-one chat during the second U.S.-North Korea summit at the Metropole Hotel in Hanoi, Vietnam on Feb. 27, 2019. (Leah Millis/Reuters)
Some analysts believe North Korea will avoid serious talks with the Americans for now and instead focus on pressuring the South in a bid to increase its bargaining power before an eventual return to negotiations after the U.S. presidential election in November.

North Korean vice-minister of Foreign Affairs Choe Son Hui (C) arrives for a press conference at Melia hotel, following the U.S.-North Korea summit, in Hanoi, Vietnam, early on March 1, 2019. (Huy Phong /AFP via Getty Images)
Kwon’s statement came days after North Korean First Vice Foreign Minister Choe Sun Hui, whom Biegun has described as his potential counterpart when talks resume, insisted the North won’t resume negotiations unless Washington discards what it describes as “hostile” policies. She criticized the Trump administration for considering diplomacy with the North as “nothing more than a tool for grappling its political crisis.”
Without naming him outright, Kwon also took a jab at Moon, who in a video conference with European leaders last week expressed hope that Trump and Kim would meet again before the U.S. elections.
“(Choe’s) statement also mentioned the meddlesome man who had again indicated his intention to arbitrate between the DPRK and the U.S.,” Kwon said, referring to North Korea by its formal name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.
“We feel sorry to see (the South) trying so hard to become the ‘mediator’ but it may try as much as it wants if it cherishes so strong wish to try it to the end. Time will show whether its efforts will succeed or it will only suffer a loss and ridicule.”
Biegun is to meet with South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-Wha and other South Korean officials on Wednesday before leaving for Japan on Thursday, Kang’s ministry said.
By Kim Tong-Hyung

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Marcellus Wiley drops a TRUTH bomb on his critics trying to shame him over BLM criticism

Last night Tucker Carlson played Marcellus Wiley’s criticism of Black Lives Matter, which we originally posted here. Apparently one of his critics thought they’d shame him by telling him he’s being used by Tucker Carlson now to ‘justify their hate’:

Congrats to @marcelluswiley… this is who you’re aligned with now… you’re the latest black face they can use to justify their hate. Congrats 🤡
— MichaelJordan23 (@MJ23Facts) July 7, 2020

 But Wiley wasn’t ashamed at all. Rather, he dropped a truth bomb on them, saying “I’m never scared where the truth takes me. You should take a ride with me someday, it’s so empowering…OR…you can stay scared and stay still!”

I’m never scared where the truth takes me. You should take a ride with me someday, it’s so empowering…OR…you can stay scared and stay still! #enjoytheecho
— Marcellus Wiley 🧢 (@marcelluswiley) July 7, 2020

I love it when people stand up for what they believe and don’t kowtow to the mob.
Another critic of Wiley’s accused him of misrepresenting BLM by conflating fatherhood with ‘patriarchy’:

So it just ‘slipped their mind’ to not have the word “father” follow the word “mother” in their family structure? 🤯🤦🏿‍♂️ If that’s the pillow you want to lie on, do you! 💯🙏🏿 #enjoytheecho
— Marcellus Wiley 🧢 (@marcelluswiley) July 7, 2020

What Wiley is referring to is where it says this in the BLM mission statement:
We make our spaces family-friendly and enable parents to fully participate with their children. We dismantle the patriarchal practice that requires mothers to work “double shifts” so that they can mother in private even as they participate in public justice work.
He’s right. They completely omit it. And as he pointed out in his earlier comments, they also say “We disrupt the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure requirement…” They clearly have a problem with fatherhood and the nuclear family.
 In very much related news, Tucker interviewed former Wiley colleague Jason Whitlock last night on this very issue:
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Stop buying Turkey’s F-35 parts already, lawmakers tell DoD

WASHINGTON ― A bipartisan group of lawmakers is urging the Pentagon to more quickly stop buying F-35 fighter jet components from Turkey.

Sens. James Lankford, R-Okla.; Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H.; Thom Tillis, R-N.C.; and Chris Can Hollen, D-Md., wrote in a letter to Defense Secretary Mark Esper on July 6 that the Pentagon’s plans to buy parts from Turkey into 2022 undercuts U.S. pressure on the country over its purchase of the Russian S-400 Triumf air defense system.

The U.S. formally removed Turkey from the multinational program in 2019 over the S-400 deal, and it ended training on the jet for Turkish pilots. Furthermore, the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act barred the transfer of F-35 aircraft to Turkey. The U.S. has warned that Turkey’s use of the S-400 could compromise the stealthy F-35.

But Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment Ellen Lord told reporters in January that it would allow prime contractor Lockheed Martin and engine-maker Pratt & Whitney to honor existing contractual obligations with Turkish manufacturers for F-35 components. That means Lockheed would receive Turkish parts through the end of Lot 14, with those planes set to be delivered to customers in 2022.

Turkish manufacturers were involved in building more than 900 parts for the F-35, and Pentagon officials said in November that it had found replacement suppliers for nearly all of them. Moving production from Turkey to the U.S. was projected to cost more than $500 million in nonrecurring engineering costs.

The lawmakers pointed to Turkey’s authoritarian drift under Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and to human rights violations in Syria and Iraq. Though it wasn’t mentioned in the letter, CNN broke news last month that Erdogan had pressed U.S. President Donald Trump in frequent phone calls for policy concessions and other favors, worrying Trump’s national security advisers.

The lawmakers argued to Esper that continuing to buy parts violates the 2020 NDAA and its “clear diplomatic message to Turkey about the consequences of moving forward with Russian defense systems and technology.”

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“Based on recent revelations, it is clear that the Pentagon is not following its own timeline or the intent of Congress in this matter,” the letter read. “We encourage you to reexamine the present approach and take action to ensure an expedited removal of Turkey from the manufacturing line as required by law.”

Valerie Insinna contributed to this report.

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Halle Berry issues apology for wanting to play ‘transgender man’ in film after WOKE MOB BACKLASH

Over the weekend Halle Berry mentioned that she would be interested in playing the role of a woman who transitioned into a man in some unnamed upcoming film. The video cuts in and out, but the point is she was excited to play such a part:

Still trying to understand why Halle Berry would be interested in playing the role of a transgender man. Sigh!
— A.J Raven (@tempest071990) July 5, 2020

 The woke mob didn’t like this and went after her for it:

Trans actors for trans roles. When cis women play trans men and cis men play trans women, it perpetuates harmful, invalidating stereotypes (like the idea that trans people are just “playing dress up”). Please hire a trans man for the role @halleberry
— Chloë Goldbach (@chloegold1990) July 6, 2020

please reconsider @halleberry. trans men aren’t women playing dress up, and this would do a lot more harm than good.
— king crissle (@crissles) July 6, 2020

The Daily Beast called her out for even considering such a role and ‘misgendering’ it in the process.
So yesterday, after tons of backlash, CIS gender Halle Berry apologized to the woke mob for ever considering such a role:
— Halle Berry (@halleberry) July 7, 2020

The mob wins.
What I find interesting about this is that his backlash is all about trying to normalize that which isn’t normal. If a non-transgender can play the role of a ‘transgender’, then they say it looks like ‘dress-up’ and makes transgenderism look ‘invalid’. They treat this the same as if a white person wanted to put on blackface to play the role of an African American in film. But it’s not the same thing at all, not even remotely. God creates men and women of all skin colors, but he doesn’t create men to be women and women to be men. Which is why so many of us recognize it for what it is, a mental disorder. They can’t stand that characterization and thus want to brainwash people into believing it’s some kind of natural evolution or something. And it sadly appears to be working.

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Inside the ‘Mischaracterized’ Proposal to Swap Columbus Day for Juneteenth

A proposal to trade the Columbus Day federal holiday for one on Juneteenth was spurred by fears that the latter would be approved by the Senate as a federal holiday with no debate, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) told The Epoch Times. “I didn’t want an 11th day for government workers to get paid and the […]

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McConnell Opens Door to More Pandemic Stimulus Checks for Low-Income Americans

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said that the next round of pandemic legislation may include more stimulus payments to help, namely, low-income Americans.
When he was asked about whether more direct payments would be included, the Kentucky Republican said it “could well” have them. He then said that certain people who make less than a certain amount per year have been hit the hardest by the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus pandemic.
“I think the people who have been hit the hardest are people who make about $40,000 a year or less. Many of them work in the hospitality industry. The hospitality industry, as all of you know, just got rim-racked—hotels, restaurants—and so that could well be a part of it,” McConnell told reporters.
It’s not clear if McConnell was suggesting whether the $40,000 income would be the cut-off point for the stimulus payments.
McConnell’s suggestion of a more targeted approach to sending out direct payments may find bipartisan support.
“I think the next round we’ve got to be more targeted to those who are really in need. So I hope we can target this a little bit better to those who have been hit hard because of COVID-19,” Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) told reporters of a second stimulus payment.
Elaborating further on the timeline, McConnell said he would put forward his own legislation after the Senate returns on July 20.

President Donald Trump’s name is seen on a stimulus check issued by the IRS to help combat the adverse economic effects of the COVID-19 outbreak, in San Antonio, Texas, on April 23, 2020. (Eric Gay/AP Photo)
“I’ll be unveiling something which will be a starting point in a few weeks and we’ll be dealing with the administration and the Democrats,” McConnell said.
“I can’t comfortably predict we’re going to come together and pass it unanimously like we did a few months ago,” he added. “The atmosphere has become more political than it was in March, but I think we will do something. The country needs one last boost.”
He reiterated that the next stimulus legislation will likely be the last.
“This will have to be the last rescue package, because we now have a debt the size of our economy for the first time since World War II. We cannot keep doing this,” McConnell said.
The new comments came several days after the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that nearly 5 million new jobs were added in June. But during the pandemic, more than 40 million people have filed for unemployment as governors implemented statewide stay-at-home orders, leading to the closure of numerous “non-essential” businesses.
The House and Senate left for a nearly three-week recess starting last week. They will return on July 20, coming just days before expanded unemployment insurance payments of $600 per week are set to end

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Pompeo says US looking at a ban on TikTok

Pompeo said last night that the US is looking into a ban on TikTok, the social media video app that millennials are crazy about:
TIMES OF ISRAEL – US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday that Washington was considering banning Chinese mobile apps such as TikTok, after India blocked the popular platform and Australia said it was weighing a similar move.
Asked during an interview with Fox News about the Chinese apps, Pompeo said: “We are taking this very seriously and we are certainly looking at it.
“We have worked on this very issue for a long time, whether it’s the problem of having Huawei technology in your infrastructure — we’ve gone all over the world and we are making real progress getting that out,” he added. “We had declared ZTE a danger to American national security.”
“With respect to Chinese apps on people’s cellphones, I can assure you the United States will get this one right too,” Pompeo said, but added that he didn’t want to go into detail to avoid “getting ahead” of US President Donald Trump.
“But it is something we are looking at,” he continued.
He warned the public to be careful while using TikTok, cautioning that their information could end up “in the hands of the Chinese Communist Party.”

Times of Israel points out that TikTok has denied sharing user data with the CCP. But of course they would say that, just like China lied about the coronavirus and the atrocities they committed trying to purge it from their land.
If the US does ban TikTok, liberals will be hardest hit. We reported last night that some TikTok liberal users are trying to use the platform to sabotage Trump’s New Hampshire rally this weekend.
The only thing I will miss if TikTok gets banned is my favorite new TikTok user, the beautiful @elilandia_. She’s Venezuelan and loves to speak out against BLM and commies.

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Removal of Confederate Statues Inserted Into Funding Bill

A House panel on Monday released a funding bill that includes a directive to remove all Confederate statues and busts from public areas in the U.S. Capitol.
The House Appropriations Committee included language directing the architect of the building “to remove statues or busts in the U.S. Capitol that represent figures who participated in the Confederate Army or government, as well as the statues of individuals with unambiguous records of racial intolerance,” a summary released by the panel said.
Statues of three men—Charles Aycock, John C. Calhoun, and James Paul Clarke—were specifically mentioned, while the bust of a fourth, Roger B. Taney, was also singled out in the draft (pdf).
The statues and bust should be kept in storage until arrangements are made to return them to the states that sent them to the capitol, according to the bill.
Aycock, a Democrat, served as the governor of North Carolina from 1901 to 1905. The statue was given by the state in 1932.

House Legislative Branch Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) speaks in Washington on May 28, 2020. (Anna Moneymaker/Pool/AFP via Getty Images)
Calhoun, a Democrat, of South Carolina was vice president from 1825 to 1832. His statue arrived in Washington in 1910.
Clarke, a Democrat, was a U.S. senator representing Arkansas for 13 years. His statue arrived in 1921.
Taney, who switched from the Federalist Party to the Democratic-Republican Party, was the chief justice of the Supreme Court for nearly three decades. A statue of Taney was removed from outside the Maryland State House in Annapolis in 2017 by order of Gov. Larry Hogan, a Republican.
Each state sends two statues to be presented in the U.S. Capitol and the law at present forbids removal of the statues without the state’s approval.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) started pushing to remove Confederate statues last month, saying they “pay homage to hate.”

Two women take pictures in front of the statue of US Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger Brooke Taney in a photograph before it was removed, in Annapolis, Md., on Aug. 16, 2017. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), chairman of the Joint Committee on the Library, argued that states have already started replacing some of the statues in question. He later blocked a bill that would remove all Confederate statues from the capitol.
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) in March introduced legislation with Rep. David Trone (D-Md.) to remove the bust of Taney and replace it with a bust of Thurgood Marshall, former associate justice of the Supreme Court.
The representatives noted that Taney wrote the majority opinion in the Dred Scott v. Sanford case, which said African Americans couldn’t be citizens of the United States.
“In Maryland we made the decision to remove a statue of Taney from the State House grounds, reflecting his shameful contribution to the evil system of slavery and its defense, and we ought to do the same here,” Hoyer said in a statement.
Hoyer said a vote on the legislation will take place later this month.

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Trump admin hunting down leaker of Russia/Afghanistan bounty intel and they are getting close…

This morning Politico reports on how the Trump administration is getting close to finding out who leaked the Russia/Afghanistan bounty intel to the media:
— SEARCHING FOR LEAKERS … THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION has opened an internal investigation to try to uncover who leaked intelligence about Russians paying the Taliban bounties to kill American soldiers. The administration maintains the story is overcooked and the leaks cherry-picked despite a steady stream of follow-ups from media outlets across the globe.
THE ADMINISTRATION has interviewed people with access to the intelligence, and believes it has narrowed down the universe of suspects to fewer than 10 people.
THE ADMINISTRATION has said it would search for leakers in its ranks on many occasions. Notably, they vowed to find out who wrote an anonymous op-ed in the NYT almost two years ago. They said they’d find who leaked the president’s calendars in February 2019. Most of these probes fizzled out or faded away.
BUT, THE ADMINISTRATION seems a bit more worked up about these leaks, due to the highly classified nature of the intelligence.

The Trump admin “believes it has narrowed down the universe of suspects to fewer than 10 people.”
That’s a significant number considering how many people are in the intelligence world. I hope this investigation doesn’t ‘fizzle out’ and they actually find who leaked it and we all learn their name.
And of course they go to jail for a long time.

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How the Army is approaching Joint All-Domain Command and Control

As the U.S. Army’s program executive officer for intelligence, electronic warfare and sensors (IEW&S), Brig. Gen. Rob Collins is responsible for ensuring the soldier can detect, recognize and identify the enemy.Collins’ vast portfolio includes airborne and terrestrial sensors, position, navigation and timing devices, biometric solutions, and the TITAN ground station program, which will take data from aerial, terrestrial and space sensors to distribute essential data to shooters.

The officer has a long career working in this arena: He previously served as project manager for the Army’s Distributed Common Ground System and before that as product manager for the Warfighter Information Network-Tactical (WIN-T) Increments 2 and 3.
Collins has been tapped to be the new head of the Army’s Program Executive Office – Command, Control and Communications (Tactical) where he will oversee the Army’s network modernization efforts and work with the network cross functional team at Army Futures Command, although that transition hasn’t taken place yet.
In a wide-ranging interview with C4ISRNET’s Nathan Strout, Collins discussed the various efforts he’s led at IEW&S, the lessons he’s learned there, and how the Army is approaching multi-domain operations. Below is an excerpt discussing the Army’s Joint All-Domain Command and Control-related efforts.
This interview has been lightly edited for clarity and brevity.

C4ISRNET: How has your office helped the Department of Defense’s shape its approach to JADC2?
BRIG. GEN. ROB COLLINS: Enhancing deep sense and linking sensor to shooter is fundamental to our Army multi-domain operations concept, and really, the future of large-scale ground combat operations. And specifically for our PEO, we’ve been active partners in JADC2 efforts, working closely with our network (cross functional team) and our PEO C3T partners and the Assured Position Navigation and Timing cross functional-team in particular and the ISR task force at large, which is led by the G2.

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We’re working on integrated architectures, multi-functional sensors that are integrated within the network for both (data) transport and mission command, and really solutions that are tailored to meet the unique requirements of our Army ground force. And when I say that, [I meant that they are] really at scale and they can meet the mobility requirements of our ground force. We operate at a scale and at an expeditionary mobile fashion which makes the Army a little bit unique. I’ll tell you, the collaborations that we’ve embarked upon with the (program officers) really assisted in some common design principles and components to assist in interoperability and really enabling sensor to shooter.
Most recently within the PEO, we really helped the Army with some deep sensing ground stations — TITAN circuits if you will — that participated in some sensor-to-shooter threads in a training exercise [outside the continental United States]. So that really informed our approach. Across the PEO moving forward we’ve identified a lot of collaborative areas for experimentation demonstrations, tech maturity and really focused in on sensor integration and really data — how do we share data best across the battlefield?
C4ISRNET: From the outside, it seems like TITAN will be an essential piece to the entire JADC2 concept, especially for the Army. How are you approaching redundancy and survivability to that system?

COLLINS: TITAN is certainly a significant focus area in the modernization effort. It’s a key component for our deep sense capability and really being scalable and expeditionary as an intelligence ground station and supporting commanders across the multi-domain operations battlefield framework. And we’re really looking at TITAN to be kind of a LEGO approach that can be tailored based on the echelon it supports.
And yes, one of the tenets is that it’s going to leverage a multi-layered approach, a robust set of nodes from space, from high-altitude aerial to terrestrial sensors and assist with target nominations and link fires, command and control, informed by all the multi-disciplines of intelligence. And really as it connects all these various feeds, hundreds of thousands of intelligence feeds, it’s going to employ artificial intelligence and machine learning to rapidly synthesize that information into meaningful info at the speed of battle — sometimes what we say is time can almost become a weapon in and by itself.
Part of the analysis is taking a look at primary and alternate communications, what we call PACE, as part of the design, and I’ll tell you TITAN is going to consist of a number of assured communications capabilities designed in the PACE plan, from Beyond Line-of-Sight communications, common tactical network components, direct downlinks, software-defined radios, and other IT and non-IP options that really span the gambit of the security domain. So we understand the criticality of PACE and it’s one of these that we’ll work closely with our network and APNT CFT partners as we continue to refine and define the concept.
C4ISRNET: Speaking more broadly, a key function of JADC2 is being able to network with the other services and pull in their information to your shooters. When you look to the other services, what are the platforms, networks, or developments that you’re excited to see feed into TITAN and other Army systems?

COLLINS: We’re always looking for opportunities to leverage national and other mission partner information, and that can span a number of sense capabilities, certainly within space. We certainly watch all things that are going on within low earth orbit, capabilities that will provide a lot of opportunity. Across the joint force there are a number of areas — certainly within the Air Force — that have the ability to do deep sense with aerial platforms at altitude, so we watch that closely. And I would just tell you, even in the commercial arena even as far as the geospatial information there is a lot of collect capability.
TITAN is really adopting an open systems architecture kind of baked in from the beginning (where it can take data from multiple sources), whether it’s a (science and technology) effort—which could come from the Army or another agency — for intelligence warning capability or detect/assess/decide-type capability, or if it’s leveraging a mission or national partner capability as I mentioned for deep sense, or really even adopting a commercial capability like geospatial collect or adopting a high performance data platform.
C4ISRNET: The Space Development Agency frequently notes that the Army is the biggest customers for data collected from space. Can you speak a little bit about how you’re looking at their architecture and tying into their transport layer?
COLLINS: At least on the ISR side, we work closely with many of our partners as we look at opportunities to be able to leverage investments that they’re making into the space sense capability, and certainly some of the things we have to be conscious of are the responsiveness to our tactical command. If they have intelligence requirements (we need to be able) to provide those back so we can get the persistent stare or the on-demand access that we need for the tactical war fight.

We certainly are also aware as we push that information down, some of the impacts that it may have on the Army networks that often operate on disconnected, intermittent, limited bandwidth environments, so to the extent that we can do processing as far forward at the point of collect and sense so we can only distribute the information that’s absolutely necessary, we’re working those concepts to do that. And that’s where the artificial intelligence and machine learning comes into play.

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WATCH: Terry Crews battles Don Lemon on what Black Lives Matter is really about…

Last night Terry Crews was on with CNN’s Don Lemon to discuss a tweet he posted saying that Black Lives Matter needs to make sure it doesn’t morph into Black Lives Better. Apparently Crews took a lot of heat for that tweet (which I couldn’t find) and responded with this one:

Are all white people bad?
Are all black people good?
Knowing this reality- I stand on my decision to unite with good people, no matter the race, creed or ideology.
Given the number of threats against this decision-
I also decide to die on this hill.
— terry crews (@terrycrews) July 4, 2020

That’s where the interview begins:
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In the interview Crews criticizes BLM for not really caring about all black lives, noting the epidemic of black on black crime that they say nothing about. He also suggests that there’s a supremacist ideal in the movement and that he doesn’t want to just move from ‘one oppressor to the next’.
Don Lemon then smugly lectures Crews, telling him that BLM isn’t about black on black crime, that it’s only about police brutality and that if he wants to start an All Black Lives Matter group, then he should do it. But that’s not what BLM is about.
Crews tries to explain to Lemon that the BLM group is about more than just police brutality, but Lemon won’t listen, talks over top of him and essentially cuts him off saying he’s run out of time in the interview.
I must say I’m quite happy that Crews is standing his ground on this because he’s right about BLM. As Marcellus Wiley pointed out the other day, they stand against the patriarchy, the nuclear family and so-called white supremacy. They aren’t just about police brutality, no matter what Lemons says, and I’m glad Crews is speaking out. I’m also glad Crews’ Twitter bio refers to him as a “servant to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” That explains a lot about him and his honesty on this topic.

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Congress Looking at Narrowed Perimeters for Distributing Remaining PPP Funding

Lawmakers are considering stricter perimeters for small businesses to qualify for the second round of PPP funding. Lawmakers will iron out the specifics of these restrictions upon returning from recess on July 20.
Congress extended the deadline for small businesses to apply for the potentially forgivable loans from June 30 to Aug. 8. Approximately $130 billion in allocated funding has not been used.
The $670 billion PPP fund was created by Congress in March to provide pandemic relief to small businesses with 500 or fewer employees. These loans are forgivable if the businesses use funds for payroll costs and expenses such as interest on mortgages, rent, and utilities.
Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) chairman of the Small Business Committee was recently asked by reporters about including a method to measure which businesses qualify for additional PPP funds.

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) talks to reporters after the Senate voted on the budget agreement at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, on Aug. 1, 2019. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
“I think everyone understands that’ll have to be a part of it in the second round … So I think that’ll most definitely, in my view, be a part of it,” said Rubio.
Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) told The Hill she also agrees that additional restrictions would be included in the second round of PPP aid.
“It would have a revenue-loss test … and it would probably also have a lower number of employees” as a ceiling to qualify, Collins told The Hill about the next coronavirus bill.
Collins indicated that it was their goal to have a draft by the time lawmakers return to Washington on July 20.
Since implementing the pandemic relief for small businesses, lawmakers have been looking at ways to improve the program to ensure those businesses that most need the funds actually get them.
Lawmakers recently changed the loan application date, since the effects of the pandemic continue to be felt and businesses are still not fully reopened. Congress also changed the allocation that the Treasury had established using 75 percent of the funds for payroll to 60 percent after businesses’ needs were taken into account.
The PPP has gotten bipartisan praise as being successful, but it has also come under fire because, during the program’s initial stage, some large corporations disclosed that they were able to use loopholes to qualify for funds.
“We have all heard the stories — stories of big businesses with thousands of employees that found loopholes to qualify for these loans, universities with massive endowments accepting these loans, and even small businesses taking these loans when they haven’t seen a downturn in their revenue,” said Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.).
Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) said he supports using the remainder of the money in the PPP to create a new round of the program but wants a more targeted approach.
“Let’s try and direct future financial aid to those workers those businesses that truly need it, and particularly those businesses that really are viable, can reopen, might need more capital, we just need to be smarter about how we approach it moving in the future,” Johnson said on CNBC.
The pandemic required, “we had to do something massive I think, by and large, that worked, but now we need to focus and really direct what we’re going to do in the future, based on what we’re dealing with right now,” added Johnson.
Lawmakers are currently negotiating ways to repurpose the leftover funds that would help smaller, hardest-hit businesses to tap into a more targeted second round of assistance. Senate Democrats have introduced a bill to permit small businesses to take out a second loan if they have 100 employees or fewer, including sole proprietorships and self-employed individuals, and have used up an initial PPP loan, or be on pace to exhaust the loan.
“The first round was to get money out quickly to save small businesses. The second round needs to be targeted to those small businesses that really need the help. That’s why our legislation targets it to small businesses under 100 workers, those that have economic needs that can be demonstrated,” said Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.), the top Democrat on the Small Business Committee.

Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD) at the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, on Jan. 16, 2019. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Cardin and Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) are working with Rubio and Collins on what the second round of PPP should look like.
Similarly, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), chairman of the Senate Small Business Committee, told reporters on June 30 that he’s working on a more targeted approach for the $130 billion.
“My preference is that we hold on to the $130 billion that was in use and rather than having a revert, using that to fund the second round of assistance to small businesses. Obviously we’ll have to be more targeted at truly small businesses,” Rubio told reporters.
“I’m very concerned that a lot of minority businesses, particularly black-owned businesses already struggling to begin with, have access to capital.”

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Truth About BLM Democrats and the Media Want to Hide, Summed Up by One Cartoon

The Democrats and the media portray the Black Lives Matter movement as something pure and holy when nothing could be further from the truth.
BLM is nothing more than a far left front group dedicated to the destruction of America as we know it.

In addition BLM is very selective about the black lives they seem to care about.
Here is the truth about the Black Lives Matter movement the Democrats and their media allies want to hide, brutally summed up by one cartoon:

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Does that about sum it up?
BLM only seems to care about black lives if they are taken by white people. Black on black violence? Not so much.

Black men are killing other black people at record rates but the Democrats and their media allies do not care.
Yet while BLM, Antifa, Democrats and the media are calling to defund the police, some are being a bit…hypocritical.
After Calling to Defund Police, Minneapolis City Council Leaders Hire $4,500 a Day Private Security Guards
Over the past two weeks the Minneapolis City Council has been very busy attacking their police department. First they unanimously voted to replace their police department with community-led public safety systems, whatever that means. Then just yesterday they furthered their agenda by unanimously passing an ordinance to replace their police department with a department of community safety and violence prevention.
It turns out that over this same period of time, the city council has hired private security to to protect three of their council members from “threats” at taxpayer expense to the tune of $4,500 per day. According to Fox9 News:

The City of Minneapolis is spending $4,500 a day for private security for three council members who have received threats following the police killing of George Floyd, FOX 9 has learned.
A city spokesperson said the private security details have cost taxpayers $63,000 over the past three weeks.
The three council members who have the security detail – Andrea Jenkins (Ward 8), and Phillipe Cunningham (Ward 4), and Alondra Cano (Ward 9)– have been outspoken proponents of defunding the Minneapolis Police Department.
So the average citizen will have a department of community saftey and violence prevention “prioritizing a holistic, public health-oriented approach” run by a director who “will have non-law enforcement experience in community safety services, including but not limited to public health and/or restorative justice approaches” for protection while their city council gets personal armed guards.

Apparently in Minneapolis it is security for some, the elite, those in office, but not for the public at large who pays the bill either way.

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Shootings Skyrocket in NYC; So of Course Mayor Bill De Blasio Blames (What Else?) COVID-19

In the most predictable development of the past month, violent crime is on the rise in New York City.
Shootings rose in every borough in the month of June, making for a 130% increase. Independence Day weekend alone saw a whopping 44 “incidents.”

What does Democrat Mayor Bill de Blasio have to say about all this? The Gothamist reports:

Mayor Bill de Blasio promised Monday to double down on neighborhood policing to reduce the shootings, blaming the uptick on a lack of employment due to the pandemic.
“Everything has been thrown off by the coronavirus,” de Blasio said. “Let’s be clear. People aren’t going to work. People aren’t going to school. Everything’s been disrupted. And most notably our court system is not functioning and it has to, but the message is the same. We are going to fight crime wherever we find it.”

Seriously? COVID-19 lockdowns have wreaked havoc on a lot of communities all across the country. If that alone is enough to make people trigger-happy, then why isn’t gun violence spiking nationwide? (Of course, to be fair, it’s also worth noting that few states’ lockdown policies have been as directly lethal as New York’s.)
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Maybe it’s just slightly possible that other factors are at work in the Big Apple… like, for instance, prosecutors letting “low-level” rioters get off scot-free, thereby emboldening the lawless to see what else they can get away with. Or the fact that de Blasio seems to consider peaceful religious assembly a greater menace than looting, vandalism, and intimidation.
For their part, the New York Police Department has its own theories as to the uptick in violence, from an increase in officers retiring to the “impacts of legislative mandates sending offenders no longer eligible for bail back to the streets where they are being regularly rearrested and contributing to overall crime in the city”:

The NYPD is enduring a round of deep budget cuts that have led to a class of 1,163 recruits being canceled. The department has also seen an increase in retirements. The NYPD’s facilitation of peaceful protest continues to utilize department resources. While the NYPD uses a lighter touch in regard to enforcement, offenders no longer eligible for bail are being rearrested: they have been rearrested for approximately 750 additional major felonies through June 26, compared with the population of those released in the same period a year ago.

All of this was entirely predictable. NYC’s leaders have simultaneously made it materially more difficult for police to do their jobs and emboldened and legitimized the voices demonizing them for trying. How can any community expect law enforcement to keep the peace under those conditions? How can de Blasio and company expect New York’s finest to sit there and take being expected to go out every night with media, politicians, and academia painting targets on their backs?
Answer: they can’t, not indefinitely. Expect things to continue to get much, much worse, which might actually be the only way things can get better in the long run — by forcing those demanding we abolish the police to experience what it’s like living in the world they want.

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CEOs of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google to Testify Before Congressional Panel

The CEOs of four of the largest technology companies in the world have agreed to appear before a congressional panel later this month.
Jeff Bezos of Amazon, Tim Cook of Apple, Sundar Pichai of Google, and Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook will face questioning from lawmakers in Washington on July 27 at noon.
“Since last June, the Subcommittee has been investigating the dominance of a small number of digital platforms and the adequacy of existing antitrust laws and enforcement,” House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) and Antitrust Subcommittee Chairman David Cicilline (D-R.I.) said in a joint statement.
“Given the central role these corporations play in the lives of the American people, it is critical that their CEOs are forthcoming. As we have said from the start, their testimony is essential for us to complete this investigation.”
The hearing is part of the Judiciary Committee’s probe of competition in the digital marketplace.
Lawmakers have been looking into the issue since last year.

House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) speaks in Washington on June 25, 2020. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Nadler, Cicilline, and Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.), the ranking member of the Antitrust Subcommittee, in September 2019 sent document requests to the four tech companies as part of the probe.
“The documents requested will provide the Committee with a better understanding of the degree to which these intermediaries enjoy market power, how they are using that market power, whether they are using their market power in ways that have harmed consumers and competition, and how Congress should respond,” Nadler said at the time.
The investigation is focusing on documenting competition problems in digital markets, examining whether dominant firms are engaging in anti-competitive conduct, and assessing whether existing antitrust laws, competition policies, and current enforcement levels are adequate to address these issues.
The investigation isn’t linked to the Trump administration’s efforts to curb the power of social media platforms, which are shielded from most liability under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act.
Those efforts are opposed by Nadler, who said in May that Trump was wasting taxpayer dollars dealing with “internet companies who are finally trying to address misinformation on their platforms.”

Google CEO Sundar Pichai testifies before the House Judiciary Committee at the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington on Dec. 11, 2018. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Twitter in particular has increasingly become involved in politics, hiding and placing warnings on some content that President Donald Trump has posted in recent months while taking no action against his presumed challenger, former Vice President Joe Biden.
The Department of Justice in mid-June unveiled a series of legislative proposals that are meant to update what the agency said was “outdated immunity for online platforms.”
Attorney General William Barr called the censorship of some content by tech companies “very disturbing,” adding: “These companies held themselves out as open to all comers. That’s how they built up all their membership and their networks, saying, you know, we have a wide variety of views. People can come in and post their views and their positions and their statements.”
“Then they have switched. Now they’re being more selective, and they’re starting to censor different viewpoints,” he said.
The Department of Justice is also conducting an antitrust review into the platforms, which started last year.
Janita Kan contributed to this report.

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US Calls Out Chinese Regime’s ‘Orwellian Censorship’ on Hong Kong

The U.S. Department of State late Monday issued a statement strongly condemning the Chinese Communist Party’s crackdown on free speech in Hong Kong, following reports that pro-democracy books have been pulled from libraries in the city.
“The Chinese Communist Party’s destruction of free Hong Kong continues,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement. “With the ink barely dry on the repressive National Security Law, local authorities—in an Orwellian move—have now established a central government national security office, started removing books critical of the CCP from library shelves, banned political slogans, and are now requiring schools to enforce censorship.”
“Until now, Hong Kong flourished because it allowed free thinking and free speech, under an independent rule of law.  No more.
“The United States condemns Beijing’s repeated failure to live up to its obligations under the Sino-British Joint Declaration, and these latest assaults on the rights and freedoms of the people of Hong Kong.”

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a news conference at the State Department, in Washington, on July 1, 2020. (Manuel Balce/Pool/AFP via Getty Images)
Hong Kong was handed back from British colonial rule to Chinese sovereignty in 1997 with the express guarantee under the Sino-British Joint Declaration that the city’s high degree of autonomy and essential freedoms would be preserved under the principle of “one country, two systems” until 2047.
However, after a national security law on Hong Kong became effective late on June 30, a growing number of Hongkongers are considering fleeing the city due to fears that the freedoms that had distinguished Hong Kong from China—including freedom of speech—are now no more.

The draconian national security law became effective late on June 30 after ceremonial votes by China’s rubber-stamp legislature. The legislation was written and passed behind closed doors without the consultation of Hong Kong’s legislature or local government.
The law gives Beijing sweeping power to target individuals for any acts of secession, subversion, terrorism, and collusion with foreign forces with maximum penalties of life imprisonment.
Under the new law, expressed political views that advocate for Hong Kong’s independence or liberation are illegal.
On July 1, the morning after the law was enacted, Hong Kong police arrested 10 people under provisions of the new law. In some cases, they were arrested for holding flags, banners, and flyers that had slogans supportive of Hong Kong independence.

Protesters chant slogans during a rally against a new national security law in Hong Kong on July 1, 2020, on the 23rd anniversary of the city’s handover from Britain to China. (Dale de la Rey/AFP via Getty Images)
On July 2, the Hong Kong government declared that the popular protest slogan “Liberate Hong Kong! Revolution of our times” is illegal because it “connotes” a pro-independent, separatist, and subversive message.
Public libraries have started to review books written by pro-democracy activists to see whether they violate the new law, and according to multiple reports, pro-democracy books have begun to disappear from libraries in Hong Kong.
The national security law also mandates that a new security bureau be established in the city. On July 3, Beijing appointed Zheng Yanxiong, known for his role in suppressing on 2011 anti-corruption protests in the southern village of Wukan, to head the new security bureau—which directly answers to the central government.
“We used to think of ‘secret police’ as something abstract. Now, it is a very real fear,” activist Nathan Law had said at a U.S. congressional hearing on July 1. Law fled Hong Kong to an unidentified location, saying that if he stayed, his “speech and appearance would put my own safety in serious jeopardy, given the circumstances.”
On July 4, Hong Kong police confiscated an American flag from a protester during a local demonstration celebrating July Fourth, citing breach of the new law.

Police remove a woman holding a US flag from outside the US consulate during a march to celebrate US Independence Day in Hong Kong on July 4, 2020. (Isaac Lawrence/AFP via Getty Images)
Hongkongers have been getting creative in voicing dissent in the wake of the new law. Examples include using CCP slogans in a satirical manner, relying on wordplay to communicate messages against the CCP, using Mao quotes for new Lennon walls, or simply holding blank pieces of paper.
The U.S. Congress on July 2 unanimously approved legislation that would impose sanctions on Chinese officials who violate Hong Kong’s autonomy, as well as banks that do business with those officials.
Eva Fu and Reuters contributed to this report

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Ocasio-Cortez Mocks Ted Cruz for Calling Dems Radical – So He Gives Her a List

Far-left New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez did not appreciate it when Texas Sen. Ted Cruz proclaimed that “Dems support the riots. The vandals. The anarchists. That’s their base. And they’re terrified to offend them.”
According to Ocasio-Cortez, the fact that Joe Biden, a so-called moderate, is the Democratic Party’s presidential nominee proves that her party is not radical.

Yes, that is precisely why the party nominated… Joe Biden
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) July 5, 2020

Cruz made it clear that he was not buying it.
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After referring to Ocasio-Cortez as “the base he’s terrified of,” the senator proceeded to ask her if she supported a series of radical positions including tearing down statues of the Founding Fathers and Abraham Lincoln, destroying Mount Rushmore, “defunding” the police, supporting the development of autonomous zones such as “CHOP,” and “ANTIFA mob violence.”

You’re the base he’s terrified of.
Do you support:
1) Tearing down statues of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson & Abraham Lincoln?
2) Destroying Mt. Rushmore.
3) Abolishing the police.
4) Acquiescing to “autonomous” lawless zones like CHAZ/CHOP?
5) ANTIFA mob violence?
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) July 5, 2020

Cruz definitely came up with a good list but he neglected to mention abolishing Immigration and Customs Enforcement, an idea that Ocasio-Cortez enthusiastically supports.
No matter who leads the Democratic ticket, the heart of the modern Democratic Party rests with these radical positions.
The idea of “tearing down statues of George Washington,” once an unthinkable proposal, has already received at least tepid support from mainstream Democratic politicians.
During an appearance on cable news over the weekend, Illinois Sen. Tammy Duckworth, a vice-presidential contender, said Americans should “listen to the argument” about removing statues honoring America’s first president.

Duckworth also seemed to imply that “destroying Mt. Rushmore” would be justified because it is located “on ground that was stolen from Native Americans.”
The fact that Duckworth expressed a desire to dress up as Mount Rushmore just five years ago indicates just how far left the Democratic Party has moved in that time.

All dressd up as historic figures.I just coverd myself in Stars&Stripes.Next year I’m going as Mt.Rushmore! #Murica
— Tammy Duckworth (@TammyforIL) July 4, 2015

As for “abolishing the police,” this nightmare scenario has already become a reality in New York City and Minneapolis, as both cities have decided to slash their police departments and budgets fully or in part.
Thankfully, polling has found the overwhelming majority of Americans reject this radical idea.
AOC’s tweet mocking Cruz for calling the Democrats radical fails to acknowledge that the “moderate” Biden has moved left in an attempt to appease the radical wing of his party.
After all, the Democratic nominee abandoned his support of the Hyde Amendment, which bans taxpayer funding of abortions, in order to please the rabidly pro-abortion base.

Speaking of abortion, Democrats have made it clear that pro-life voices are not welcome in their party.
Earlier this year, Illinois Rep. Dan Lipinski, one of the few remaining pro-life Democrats in Congress, lost his primary to pro-abortion challenger Marie Newman.
The Democrats’ enthusiastic support of Black Lives Matter indicates that they have no problem with the implementation of radical ideology. Nothing is more radical than working to “disrupt the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure requirement.”
Black Lives Matter supports doing just that, yet left-wing politicians in New York City and Washington, D.C., have still rushed to name streets after the organization anyway.

If Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez really wants to prove that the Democratic Party is not radical, she should try answering Cruz’s questions. The fact that she has not speaks volumes.
This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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Student Gets the Boot From Christian University After Posting Videos Critical of BLM

A college student in Texas has become the latest victim of cancel culture. It appears that Academia has absolutely no tolerance for any dissenting opinions on Black Lives Matter, whether among students or faculty members.
Ashleigh Brock, who attended the Baptist-affiliated Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas, posted some videos on social media criticizing the Black Lives Matter movement. A graphic in a Campus Reform article captured the essence of one of her videos accurately.

In the video, Brock acts out the reactions of people in three different scenarios: where a black person kills a black person, where a black person kills a white person and where a white person kills a black person.
In the first two scenarios, Brock’s facial expressions demonstrated indifference while in the third scenario, Brock put a graphic of fire in the background to reflect the violence that has broken out at Black Lives Matter protests.
In other words, the Black Lives Matter movement is hypocritical because it only seems to care about certain black lives.
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This did not sit well with one of the Black Lives Matter movement’s supporters. In a now-deleted tweet, the Twitter user raged: “There needs to be serious consequences for these actions (in actions I mean racism).”
Sadly, Brock did face “serious consequences” for exercising her First Amendment rights by expressing a politically unpopular position that many Americans agree with but may be too afraid to admit out loud.

As HSU President Eric Bruntmyer acknowledged in a video, “the student associated with this incident is no longer enrolled in Hardin-Simmons University.”
So, Brock was expelled from Hardin-Simmons University for refusing to bow to the Black Lives Matter movement, as the president of her former college so pathetically did in his hostage tape. Apparently, Bruntmyer has no problem tying himself to a movement whose leader wants to “burn down this system” if he does not get his way.

Bruntmyer slammed Brock’s social media post as “deeply disappointing and unacceptable” and “not reflective of the Christian values of our institution or the vast majority of our community.”
Yet, in another one of Brock’s social media posts, which also got the left all bent out of shape, Brock uttered a phrase that serves as the very foundation of Christianity: “All lives matter.” The video she made contrasting the three hypothetical reactions to losses of life was only meant to reinforce that point.

Unfortunately, the fact that Brock received such push back and the potentially life-altering consequence of expulsion should not come as a surprise. Just last month, a principal at a Vermont school lost her job for making social media posts critical of Black Lives Matter.
In the secular hotbed of Vermont and the most conservative parts of Texas, the message remains the same: “Criticize Black Lives Matter at your own risk.” In reality, conservatives in academia or anyone who deviates slightly from liberal orthodoxy, faces enormous risk.
As actor and comedian Rob Schneider told radio host Chris Stigall, “If you do criticize or tend to be not directly along a liberal stand, you can get murdered.” While Schneider’s statement may have been a bit hyperbolic, he was correct to point out that deviating from the left comes with consequences.

The cancel culture phenomenon is not limited to the United States. A high school student in England was expelled for daring to point out a biological fact: there are only two genders. Now, Ashleigh Brock has faced the wrath of the mob for proclaiming an equally true statement: “All Lives Matter.”
With all of the risks that come with holding conservative views on campus, it’s no wonder that Turning Point USA’s Charlie Kirk described conservative college students as “modern day culture warriors.”
The consequences of allowing liberals to capture academia in their long march through the institutions are more obvious than ever before. Should the cancel culture hawks that dominate college campuses ever obtain power in America, the First Amendment in the United States as we know it could very well be gone for good.
This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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Grassley Won’t Attend GOP Convention, Citing ‘Virus Situation’

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) said on Monday that he will not attend the Republican National Convention this year due to the CCP virus pandemic, commonly known as the novel coronavirus. “I’m not going to go. And I’m not going to go because of the virus situation,” Grassley said on Monday morning in a conference call […]

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Tiktokers and Liberal group trying to sabotage Trump rally in New Hampshire

A liberal group is trying to sabotage Trump’s rally, along with a bunch of millennial Tiktokers, this weekend in New Hampshire:
JTN – A liberal-leaning group and individuals are using social media to encourage Trump opponents to reserve tickets for the president’s upcoming reelection rally in Portsmouth, N.H., in an attempt to make the venue appear empty.
“Get your tickets and don’t go,” one Twitter user wrote Monday.
The “Make America Great Again! Rally” is scheduled for Saturday and follows one in late June in Tulsa, Okla. In advance of the rally, TikTok users reserved tickets and didn’t show up to reduce crowd size.
“If you have two minutes of your day to troll the president….Reserve two tickets and laugh knowing that’s two seats not filled,” another person tweeted about the New Hampshire rally.
“Just booked 2 tickets to Trump’s rally in NH that I won’t be going to,” a different user posted on Twitter.
Another user told his followers to put “incorrect information” in for the RSVP but use a real phone number.
Blue Revolution…
A liberal Facebook group called Blue Revolution, which has more than 60,000 members, posted the RSVP link for Trump’s rally scheduled for Saturday and encouraged its members to reserve spots.
“You know what to do,” the post reads. “Get couple tickets, comment ‘DONE’ below.”
A TikTok user posted a video on Monday about reserving tickets to the upcoming rally with graphics that read, “Make Trump sad again” and “Lets troll Trump like we did with the Tulsa rally!!!”

One Twitter users called the link to Trump’s Rally “supergross”, but she wants people to fake sign up:

This link is supergross and I’m sorry, but I need my Twitterfriends to know that TikTok is doing their thing again, so you can also get the seat you’re totally, for real, big blue wink, going to stand on this weekend:
— Erin Fitzgerald (@gnomeloaf) July 7, 2020

TikTok’ers are definitely trying to make this work:

I reserved my tickets, but forgot I had to count all the pieces of grass on my lawn that day. :((
— ✊🏽✊🏾✊🏿 (@___s0lis) July 6, 2020

I believe Brad Parscale has said they deal with this stuff all the time already. So I doubt it will work, but I’m sure they’ll give it the good old college try.

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BREAKING: Ben Shapiro OUT as Editor-in-Chief at Daily Wire

It’s just been announced that Ben Shapiro is leaving his role as Editor-in-Chief at the Daily Wire:
THE BLAZE – Popular conservative news and commentary site the Daily Wire is celebrating their five year anniversary with the announcement of a new editor-in-chief, the company’s co-CEO Jeremy Boreing told TheBlaze in a phone and email conversation Monday.
Ben Shapiro, the prominent conservative commentator and co-founder of the Daily Wire, will be stepping aside from his role as editor-in-chief and entering into a new role as editor emeritus.
Shapiro, who hosts the largest conservative podcast in the country, “The Ben Shapiro Show,” will remain a part owner of the site as well as the site’s featured talent, but will no longer drive its editorial direction.

His replacement…
Replacing Shapiro is John Bickley, who according to Boreing has been with the site since its launch as a writer and editor — and most recently as supervising editor — under the pseudonym, “James Barrett.”
Boreing added that the move has been in the works for some time as Bickely has been performing the essential duties of the role for roughly the past two years. Now what has been the reality of day-to-day operations is being formalized in title.
Shapiro said in a statement: “John Bickley isn’t just a tremendous editor and writer, he’s a principled conservative and an honest human being. I can’t think of anyone better to take over as EIC, and I look forward to seeing the new, exciting editorial direction of the site.”
In an email, Bickley stated that he is committed to the Daily Wire’s goal of becoming “the biggest alternative media company and counter-cultural outlet for news, opinion, and entertainment in the nation.”
He added that he is motivated, like Shapiro, by a philosophy of “facts over feelings,” and said, “that’s never going to change.”
Has it been five years already? Wow, time flies.
Well with anything, we wish Shapiro the very best. He’s a sharp conservative thinker and I’m sure he’ll do well in whatever he does.

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Understanding Russia’s quest to rid itself of foreign tech

On Dec. 2, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law requiring a range of hardware devices (phones, smart TVs, laptops) to have Russian, government-approved software preinstalled before sale. If it sounds like a big deal, it is — and it’s one spearheaded not by Russia’s security services but by Russia’s FAS, the Federal Antimonopoly Service.This legislation shouldn’t be understood in isolation. It’s part of a broader initiative to simultaneously limit dependence on foreign technology and to boost the competitiveness of Russia’s domestic tech industry, and it’s one the Kremlin is throwing more and more weight behind. Despite the Covid-19 crisis pushing the law’s effective date from July 1, 2020 to January 1 of next year, the Federal Antimonopoly Service recently clarified that its position hasn’t moved a bit on making this happen.
In short, security and economic worries continue to fuel the Kremlin’s digital decoupling focus — and policymakers in Europe and the United States ought to pay attention.
Security concerns are one visible driver for European industry and policymakers to watch. President Vladimir Putin and Kremlin leadership are of the belief that Western technology is a security threat to Russia, and that spans the internet once called a “CIA project” to the hardware used in Russian telecommunications equipment and the software used on Russian mobile phones. The overarching view is that an open internet ecosystem undermines Russian security, but that extends to end devices too.
This worry is reflected in myriad initiatives over the last two decades to assert “sovereignty” over cyberspace within Russian borders, especially since Putin returned to the presidency in 2012. This includes the passing of the so-called domestic internet law in 2019 and the Kremlin’s campaign to have data on Russian citizens stored locally within Russia. It especially includes Vladimir Putin’s high suspicion of internet platforms run by Western firms.

This all means that security decisions are a principal driver of Russian internet policy, and over the past few years, that has increasingly included actions to reduce Russia’s technological dependence on the West. In 2017, for example, Putin was quoted telling Russian tech producers about foreign software, “if you are going to bring in hardware and software in such quantities, then in certain areas the state will inevitably say to you: ‘You know, we cannot buy that, because somewhere a button will be pressed and here everything will go down.’” Last year, the Kremlin deemed its Microsoft Windows replacement acceptable for sensitive government and military communications. Reporting even indicates that executives at Chinese telecom Huawei have placed lowered reliance on Western tech at “the forefront of its pitch to Russian tech executives.”
From this perspective, it’s sensible and accurate that commentators have pointed to the mandated installation of Russian software on mobile phones as security-driven (e.g., by Kremlin worries about Western espionage and cyber threats) — and, for a country with strong state internet control and widespread surveillance, a security concern. A source at Apple, in but one example of corporate pushback on the law, stated the requirement “would pose a security threat and the company cannot tolerate that kind of risk.” It’s very possible surveillance protocols for the Russian government are baked into these apps as well.
But it’s also important to understand this push through an economic lens; it’s not just security behind the Kremlin’s strategy here.

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Even with visible security drivers behind the mandated installation of state-approved software on Russian devices, there are concurrently economic factors, and the two are in many ways intertwined. In part of his push for high-tech development in Russia, Putin has advocated for altering domestic laws and financial conditions “so that as many startups [and] innovative teams as possible can become strong, successful innovative companies.” Authorities want to help domestic tech firms operating both within and outside of Russia.

In this law’s case, its supporters have characterized it as helping domestic players compete with foreign giants that currently have a large hold on the market—which for Russia’s phone market is companies like Apple (United States), Samsung (South Korea), and Huawei (China). The idea is that pre-installation of domestic software could give domestic software producers a leg up. Entangled economic and security considerations mean that uprooting and ousting foreign tech from Russia, and reducing the country’s overall reliance on Western technology, cannot be done without ensuring there are domestically made replacements. Questions of digital decoupling, as seen in many other countries, are thus linked to both economic and security considerations.
So, will this work in promoting domestic innovation? Perhaps, but also perhaps not in the way Russia expects. Apple, for one, may very well pull out of the Russian market altogether once the law takes effect. If so, it’ll be important to watch how the Kremlin responds — and how that decision impacts Russia’s levying of additional restrictions on European and US tech companies in the near future.
It’s also important to consider the security factors at play here, as Putin is more than unlikely to abandon efforts to exert additional “sovereignty” over the internet and the digital domain more broadly within Russian borders. The Kremlin may have said the preinstalled software law isn’t isolationist and only revolves around antitrust enforcement — what a Kremlin spokesman called “practiced widely throughout the world.” But it’s clear that for Europe and other parts of the West from which Russian leadership sees cybersecurity and digital competitiveness risks, these kinds of policies are only going to keep coming — and this law is just one way to track this saga’s evolution.
Justin Sherman (@jshermcyber) is a fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Cyber Statecraft Initiative.

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Uh Oh: Portland Riots Force Police to Temporarily Limit Services to Emergencies Only

In the face of violent protests throughout the nation, the rallying cry by many perpetrating the mayhem is for police to be defunded or disbanded.
The people of Portland, Oregon, had a brief glimpse of that reality, as police were forced to ignore all but emergency calls after law enforcement was tied up responding to violent rioting over the Independence Day holiday weekend.

Public Information Officer Lt. Tina Jones provided hourly video updates on the situation on the Portland Police Bureau Twitter feed overnight Saturday into early Sunday morning, including announcing that the city would not be able to respond to certain calls for help.
“A riot declaration is still in order in downtown Portland,” Jones said in her 1 a.m. update and described the area of the city shut down by civil unrest.
“Several hundred demonstrators continue to march throughout the downtown area, and several arrests have been made,” she continued. “There are reports of several businesses with broken windows in the area, and several arrests have been made.”
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“It is important for everyone in the area to follow any lawful orders given by any law enforcement officer” she said.
“Those who do not follow lawful orders are subject to arrest, force, or munitions,” she said. “It is inadvisable to come downtown at this time.”

“PPB is handling emergency calls only city-wide at this time,” Jones announced. “Many calls for police service are holding in each precinct.”
“We want the crowd downtown to disperse so we can assist community members who need our assistance.”

1 a.m. Update on riot in Downtown Portland.
— Portland Police (@PortlandPolice) July 5, 2020

Many replied to Jones’ declaration with support for the police, but detractors shared anti-police rhetoric, blaming and villainizing the police and their tactics.

This is an uprising. You will not divide us with false distinctions between “good” and “bad” tactics. We stand united in tearing down this system. Also, do you honestly think they don’t have undercover cops and informants in the crowd? That’s naive.
— Nom Nom De Guerre and 1312 others (@Spronsenite) July 5, 2020

If you really wanted to respond to those calls instead of gassing and beating your people, you do it. Quit your jobs.
— Lucky Mud ❤️ 🖤🏴‍☠️ (@dreadpiratejene) July 5, 2020

When you make declarations and charge through the streetsThrowing tear gas and whatever else,By your asinine standards you are rioting–So call the damn cops on yourself.
— All Cops Are War Criminals (@Je_suis_proctor) July 5, 2020

“Police attack Americans on Independence Day”
— votebernie2020 (@2020Votebernie) July 5, 2020

According to The Oregonian, Sunday was the 39th straight day of rioting for Portland, which began with the death of a black man, George Floyd, in the custody of a white Minneapolis police officer in late May.

The PPB declared the riot at about 11 p.m. on Saturday as throngs of violent protesters hurled projectiles, pointed lasers and aimed fireworks at police, allowing law enforcement to use tear gas to disburse the crowds in accordance with a June court order meant to restrict such tactics to life or safety threats.
It wasn’t until about 4:30 a.m. on Sunday that the mob began to clear out, by then resulting with over 12 arrests, CNN reported.
Portland police had issued a similar restriction to in-person response in March to protect officers from COVID-19, but still were able to take reports via phone for situations which were not life-threatening.

However, for those wishing to report crimes or other non-emergency situations overnight during the holiday weekend, the department was unable to do anything for them as officers were tied up with the vandalism and violence taking place in city streets.
The calls to defund or disband police have only gotten louder as protesters inadvertently demonstrate exactly why a strong police force is necessary.
Many have stated that officers should concentrate on community policing, utilizing outreach and relationship building, but violent anti-police protests destroy that opportunity and demonstrate the necessity of force in one fell swoop.
The PPB was forced to prioritize resources for riots over the weekend, leaving them only with the ability to protect parts of a city under siege from a violent mob and nothing else.

What a pity for a rape victim or a citizen whose home was just burglarized to be left alone and afraid in the middle of the night while police confronted protesters elsewhere, unable to even take their call.
But that was only a small glimpse of the future if anti-police sentiment crystallizes into public policy, leaving citizens fending for themselves in a chaotic, crime-infested city so folks will feel better about race relations (or whatever the supposed goal is).
If those who wish to abolish police completely have their way, it is frightening to imagine what kind of dystopian nightmare cities will become.
This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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NYC Prosecutes Woman for Reporting Altercation After Letting ‘Low-Level’ Rioters Off Scot-Free

New York City is no place for sane Americans who just want to live their lives in peace.
As if the madness of the past month wasn’t enough of a warning sign for non-leftists to get out while they still can, consider the latest display of the Big Apple’s demented priorities, a Central Park altercation between Amy Cooper (who is white) and the unrelated Christian Cooper (who is black).

It seems Christian confronted Amy about her dog not being on a leash, and Amy responded by threatening to call the police and “tell them there’s an African American man threatening my life.” The whole sordid incident was caught on video back in May:

Oh, when Karens take a walk with their dogs off leash in the famous Bramble in NY’s Central Park, where it is clearly posted on signs that dogs MUST be leashed at all times, and someone like my brother (an avid birder) politely asks her to put her dog on the leash.
— Melody Cooper (@melodyMcooper) May 25, 2020

The next day, Amy issued a public apology:
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I want to apologize to Chris Cooper for my actions when I encountered him in Central Park yesterday. I reacted emotionally and made false assumptions about his intentions when, in fact, I was the one who was acting inappropriately by not having my dog on a leash.
When Chris began offering treats to my dog and confronted me in an area where there was no one else nearby and said, “You’re not going to like what I’m going to do next,” I assumed we were being threatened when all he had intended to do was record our encounter on his phone.

He had every right to request that I leash my dog in an area where it was required. I am well aware of the pain that misassumptions and insensitive statements about race cause and would never have imagined that I would be involved in the type of incident that occurred with Chris.
I hope that a few mortifying seconds in a lifetime of forty years will not define me in his eyes and that he will accept my sincere apology.
Christian accepted it (albeit while milking the publicity to push the broader “systemic racism” lie):
“I do accept her apology. It’s a first step. I think she’s got to do some reflection on what happened,” Cooper said on “The View” Thursday. “Up until the moment when she made that statement and made that phone call, it was just a conflict between a birder and a dog-walker. And then she took it to a very dark place, and I think she’s got to sort of examine why and how that happened.”
Cooper added that he wanted to “move it a little bit beyond her, because it’s not really about her and her poor judgment in a snap second. It’s about the underlying current of racism and racial perception that has been going on for centuries, and that permeates this city and this country that she tapped into.”

In a rational city (especially one that could muster a smidgen of empathy for the broader racial tensions boiling over at the time) , both parties settling a dispute among themselves like this would be the end of it. Not in New York, though, where over a month later, the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office is pressing charges.
“Today our Office initiated a prosecution of Amy Cooper for Falsely Reporting an Incident in the Third Degree,” Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance Jr. announced Monday. “Our office will provide the public with additional information as the case proceeds. At this time I would like to encourage anyone who has been the target of false reporting to contact our Office. We are strongly committed to holding perpetrators of this conduct accountable.”
For those keeping score, this would be the same Cy Vance who announced in June that his office would not be prosecuting “low-level” offenders arrested during the Black Lives Matter riots:
Manhattan DA Cy Vance Jr. released a statement Friday, saying the DA’s Office is revising its policy regarding “arrests on charges of Unlawful Assembly and Disorderly Conduct during ongoing demonstrations against the use of excessive force and killing of George Floyd.”

Previously, it was the DA’s policy to “offer individuals charged with these low-level offenses an Adjournment in Contemplation of Dismissal, meaning their cases would be dismissed within six months,” according to the statement.
“Under the new policy, the DA’s Office declines to prosecute these arrests in the interest of justice,” the statement continued. “The Office will also continue to evaluate and decline to prosecute other protest-related charges where appropriate.”
That decision rightly angered many of New York’s finest at the time, resulting in the NYPD withdrawing its officers from the DA’s offices of several boroughs:
“It is a dereliction of duty to their oath of office,” Edward Mullins, president of the Sergeants Benevolent Association, told the Times. “More important than undercutting the work of the N.Y.P.D., it is undercutting public safety.”

Amen. It’s time to face facts, and the fact is that New York City is no longer the town Rudy Giuliani cleaned up twenty years ago. Public safety for all is out, and whether you can expect to enjoy the protections of the criminal justice system depends entirely on whether you align with the socio-cultural agenda of the powers that be.
And it’s only going to get worse from here. So to every conservative, Republican, or even moderate or apolitical New Yorkers who still live there, we send a simple question: what are you waiting for?

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Trump nominates 4 Air Force generals for new commands including NORTHCOM, Air Force Academy

President Donald Trump nominated four Air Force generals for new appointments on Monday, Secretary of Defense Mark T. Esper announced in a DoD release.Lt. Gen. Glen D. VanHerck was nominated for appointment to the rank of general and assignment as commander of NORTHCOM and NORAD at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo.

Lt. Gen. Richard M. Clark was nominated for assignment as superintendent of the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Maj. Gen. Tony D. Bauernfeind was nominated for appointment to the rank of lieutenant general and assignment as vice commander of SOCOM in Washington D.C.
Maj. Gen. Jeffrey A. Kruse was nominated for appointment to the rank of lieutenant general and assignment as director’s advisor for military affairs in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence in McLean, Va.
VanHerck currently serves at the Pentagon as director of the Joint Staff. In this capacity, he supports the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff as he advises the president and secretary of defense. If confirmed, he will replace Air Force Gen. Terrence O’Shaughnessy in overseeing responsibilities including aerospace warning and control, homeland defense, and civil support in North America.

As SOCOM’s chief of staff at Macdill Air Force Base, Fla., Bauernfeind assists the SOCOM commander and oversees personnel issues. If his appointment is confirmed, he will become the third highest ranking commander at SOCOM.
Clark is the deputy chief of staff, strategic deterrence, and nuclear integration at Air Force headquarters in the Pentagon. Here he provides guidance to the Air Force secretary and chief of staff on matters relating to nuclear deterrence. If confirmed he will become the twenty-first commanding officer of the Air Force Academy.

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Kruse serves as director for defense intelligence for warfighter support in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence and Security at the Pentagon. He oversees intelligence programs and policies necessary for combatant commands to conduct operations. If confirmed, he will be the first to fill a new position as military advisor to the DNI.
For each general to receive their appointment, the U.S. Senate must confirm the president’s nominations.
Correction: This story has been updated with the name of the current NORTHCOM commander.

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Black Georgia Democrat Spills the Beans: Party ‘Associated with Racism, Bigotry,’ Must Be Renamed

Vernon Jones is the kind of problem Democrats can’t afford.
He’s outspoken. He’s independent. And he’s black.

In a sane United States, Jones’ skin color should be the least important part of his politics, but in the hyper-woke world of Democratic ideologues today, where the most intense partisans rival the old South African National Party for their single-minded obsession with race, it’s a skin color that makes Jones’ message fearsome.
And in a tweet on the eve of the Fourth of July weekend, Jones proved why.
In a succinct 2 minutes and 19 seconds, the representative deconstructed the past of his own political party, then issued a challenge that its operatives make the “No. 1 platform” issue of the coming Democratic convention in August disbanding and renaming the Democratic Party.
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“It would no longer be called the Democratic Party,” Jones said. “Why? Because it’s associated with racism, bigotry and the Confederacy.”

If the Democrats are looking to eradicate every thing with a “racist history”, when will my party confront and apologize for its own?
If racist relics of the past must come down, shouldn’t we start with the Democrat Party?
— Vernon Jones (@RepVernonJones) July 3, 2020

Now, Jones is not new to driving Democrats to distraction.
In April, he became Georgia’s first elected Democratic official to endorse President Donald Trump for re-election.
That caused such a storm of controversy that Jones actually resigned his seat in the Georgia House of Representatives, declaring “I have left the plantation.”
Within days, Jones had changed his mind about leaving office, instead saying he would “not allow Democrats to bully me into submission.”

Just before reconsidering his resignation, Jones told a radio host he would not leave the Democratic Party because “somebody’s got to be in there to hold them accountable — hold them accountable to how they are treating black people, root out the bigotry.”
In his Friday tweet, Jones put that history of bigotry on full blast.
“What I see happening from the Democrats and the Left: banding together, going throughout this country unlawfully tearing down statues and removing monuments and changing the name of streets and buildings because they feel it’s associated with racism and bigotry and the Confederacy,” he said.
He pointed out that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has removed the portraits of four previous House speakers from the 18th century because of their ties to the slavery of the antebellum South.

(It’s worth noting that Pelosi has been in Congress for more than 30 years, including a previous stint as speaker. Taking the portraits down now, just ahead of the death struggle that’s going to be the November election, makes her look even more dishonestly shallow, cynically opportunistic and crassly hypocritical than usual.)
Yet Democrats, Jones said, keep carrying a name stained by a blood-soaked history – the party of slavery became the party of secession, the party of the Confederacy that in defeat became the party of the terrorist group known as the Ku Klux Klan.
Jones then cited the Democratic Party’s infatuation with Margaret Sanger – a founder of what became Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider and the organization that literally slaughters tens of thousands of black babies every year while they are still in their mothers’ womb.
According to LifeNews, approximately 20 million black babies have been aborted in the United States since the Supreme Court’s atrocious Roe v. Wade decision in 1973.

And Democrats claim to think “black lives matter”?
Finally, he slammed former Vice President Joe Biden’s message to African-American voters that if they’re unsure whether to support Biden or President Donald Trump: “You ain’t black.”
Jones had a response to Biden’s statement:
“Join me and others. Let’s challenge the Democrat Party, to have at their national convention, the No. 1 platform issue that they will disband and change the Democratic Party.”

Americans who are aware of what the Democratic Party has done to the country through its long history – particularly the maliciously virulent strain as it exists today in the form of Pelosi and the likes of Reps. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez and Ilhan Omar – cheered Jones’ post.

Wow. @RepVernonJones just made the mic drop statement of 2020! If he survives this one, he will go down in history as the “the Moses of modern times!” Live free, people! Break the chains of the past! @POTUS @realDonaldTrump #shadesofcourage #freestateofjones @TuckerCarlson
— Uncommon Velour (@joaneanna) July 3, 2020

Real question: Is there any current institution in America that has done more damage to the Black Community than the Democrat Party?
Dems have effectively destroyed the black family, they’re working on reversing integration and destroying black businesses now.
— Lance ‘Doc’ Pearson 🅙 (@DocLanceP) July 3, 2020

Wow. I can’t honestly say I have ever admired a Democrat until seeing this video. I knew they couldn’t all be so clueless. Thank you for proving it to me, Representative Jones!
— D Pappala (@dpappala) July 3, 2020

This one had a useful suggestion:

I think they have moved on to the Communist Party, all that remains of is the name
— Penny Deplorable ❌ (@PennyDeplorable) July 3, 2020

But this exchange probably sums it up best:

I agree…for white liberals.
— Vernon Jones (@RepVernonJones) July 3, 2020

“You are a serious problem!!!” one commenter, going by the name of “Kathleen,” told Jones.
“I agree … for white liberals,” Jones wrote.
Jones isn’t the first to dwell on the Democrats’ disgraceful past, of course. And he’s not the first to call on the party to disavow its disgraced name.

Just last week, the executive committee of the Republican Party of Connecticut voted to urge Democrats to do the same, for many of the same reasons Jones cited.
But Jones’ call is different — he’s a Democrat. He’s outspoken. He’s independent. And he’s black.
If Jones maintains his independence, and his obvious willingness to take on the sacred cows of modern liberalism — particularly as it relates to race —  he’s exactly the kind of problem for liberals that could put Donald Trump back into the White House for the next four years.
This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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Medal of Honor Monday: Army Sgt. Richard Enderlin

Musicians played a significant role during the Civil War, cheering up the men in the camps and preparing them to go into battle. But they also took on additional duties, some of which could be dangerous, and they took their roles as soldiers seriously.
As we commemorate the recent anniversary of the pivotal Civil War Battle of Gettysburg, we remember Army Musician Richard Enderlin, who transformed his role into that of an infantryman when a comrade needed help.

Enderlin was born in Baden, Germany, on Jan. 11, 1843, but he grew up in Chillicothe, Ohio. In November 1861, a few months after the Civil War began, he joined the Union Army as part of the 73rd Ohio Infantry, Company B.
About a year and a half later, he found himself in the thick of the fight during the three-day Battle of Gettysburg.
Enderlin had voluntarily joined the defense of Cemetery Ridge, thinking his unit was not directly engaged in battle. But it turned out that the ridge, which was roughly the center of the Union line, was a major focus of the Confederates who were trying to break through. 
Enderlin earned his Medal of Honor in the nighttime hours of July 2, 1863, when he rescued Pvt. George Nixon, the great-grandfather of a future president, Richard M. Nixon.
According to the National Civil War Museum, Nixon was seriously wounded and lay between Cemetery Ridge and the rebels’ position. 
After hearing Nixon’s cries of pain, Enderlin put down his instrument and picked up a rifle. According to his Medal of Honor citation, he “voluntarily and at his own imminent peril went into the enemy’s lines at night.” Despite the heavy volley of fire between the rebels and the Union, Enderlin dragged the injured man back to safety.
For his extraordinary courage, Enderlin was promoted the following day to the rank of sergeant. 

Unfortunately, Nixon did not survive the wounds he suffered. He died several days later and is buried at the cemetery at Gettysburg, which is now a national landmark.
Enderlin continued on with his role as a musician until he was injured in battle in the spring of 1864. He was then transferred to the Veteran Reserve Corps until he was discharged when the war ended.
The Medal of Honor was created during the Civil War, and more than 1,500 men who fought then earned the decoration. Enderlin was awarded the honor on Sept. 11, 1897. 
Enderlin went on to live a long life. He died on Feb. 11, 1930, and was buried in Grandview Cemetery in his Ohio hometown. Chillicothe also displays a memorial to Enderlin outside Yoctangee Park.
This article is part of a weekly series called “Medal of Honor Monday,” in which we highlight one of the more than 3,500 Medal of Honor recipients who have earned the U.S. military’s highest medal for valor.

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BREAKING: Georgia Gov calls in 1,000 National Guard troops to deal with lawlessness in Atlanta

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp has just authorized 1,000 National Guard troops to be deployed to protect and deal with the lawlessness in the wake of the George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor killings. Below is the first page or so of his executive order explaining why:

Notice that, aside from the killings, Kemp says that nearly 100 rioters vandalized and tried to burn down the Georgia Department of Public Safety building on Sunday morning.
He also mentioned in his order the deaths of Secoriea Turner and the death of a 53 year old man that happened near the Wendys where Brooks was killed (in self defense) by a cop. I’m glad he didn’t include Brooks in the first line of his order, where he mentioned Floyd, Abery, and Taylor. I expect that was intentional.

In the order Kemp authorizes 1,000 National Guard members to be used in a law enforcement capacity:

I’m glad he’s finally done this and hope that they can quickly bring order back to the state. The Democrat mayor of Atlanta has clearly failed to deal with it (probably all those ‘discussions’ she was having with them)
You can read the full order below:


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L3Harris building demonstration constellation for the Air Force

L3Harris has successfully launched a new demonstrator satellite for the U.S. Air Force, the company announced July 6.The small satellite is part of a constellation of end-to-end small satellites the company is developing for the Air Force. While the company declined to discuss launch details due to the classified nature of the program, L3Harris noted in a press release that it is the prime contractor for the “responsive constellation contract” and is responsible for designing, developing, building, testing and deploying the satellites.

“L3Harris has developed and supported various aspects of satellite missions over the last several decades as a component supplier or hosted payload,” said Ed Zoiss, president of space and airborne systems at L3Harris. “In collaboration with the U.S. Air Force, we pulled the pieces together to successfully plan, develop and execute an affordable, high-performance space mission, which is part of a responsive constellation contract.”
The Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicles Secondary Payload Adapter (ESPA) satellite system features a reprogrammable payload that will allow operators to change the satellites’ missions while on orbit. The payload will also utilize L3Harris’ High Compaction Ratio unfurlable X-band antenna to enable high-speed data communication.

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US approves $7.5 billion in foreign weapons sales in one day

WASHINGTON — It was a happy Independence Day for American defense companies, with the U.S. State Department announcing Monday it has approved almost $7.5 billion in potential foreign military sales to five different countries.

The potential sales, announced on the website of the Defense Security Cooperation Agency, involve UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters for Lithuania, E-2D Hawkeye aircraft for France, MV-22 Osprey aircraft for Indonesia, Stryker infantry vehicles for Argentina and aviation fuel for Israel.

DSCA announcements mean that the State Department has decided the potential FMS cases meet its standards, but is not a guarantee the sales will to happen in their announced forms. Once approved by Congress, the foreign customer begins to negotiate on price and quantity, both of which can change during the final negotiations.

Israel: The biggest price tag, at $3 billion, is 990 million gallons of petroleum-based fuel for Israel, including JP-8 aviation fuel, diesel fuel and unleaded gasoline. Vendors will be selected “using a competitive bid process through Defense Logistics Agency Energy for supply source,” according to the announcement. Israel operates the American-made F-35I Joint Strike Fighter, among other aviation assets.

France: The French request to purchase three E-2D Advanced Hawkeye aircraft comes with an estimated price tag of $2 billion. The aircraft is to replace France’s legacy E-2C Hawkeye fleet. In addition to the aircraft, the country wants 10 T-56-427A engines, three AN/APY-9 radar assemblies, four AN/ALQ-217 electronic support measure systems and one Joint Mission Planning System, among other technologies.

“The E-2D aircraft will continue and expand French naval aviation capabilities and maintain interoperability with U.S. naval forces,” the DSCA announcement read. “As a current E-2C operator, France will have no difficulty absorbing this equipment and support into its armed forces.”

Primary work will be done at Northrop Grumman’s Melbourne, Florida, location. There will be industrial offsets required in the future, but those have not been defined at this point. This is the first DSCA notification of an arms sale to France since at least September 2017, as the country prefers to rely on its domestic arms industry.

Indonesia: Indonesia was cleared to spend an estimated $2 billion to buy eight MV-22 Block C Osprey aircraft. Also included are 24 AE 1107C Rolls-Royce engines; 20 each of the AN/AAQ-27 forward-Looking infrared radars, AN/AAR-47 missile warning systems and AN/APR-39 radar warning receivers; and 20 each of the M-240-D 7.64mm machine guns and GAU-21 machine guns, among other gear.

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The potential sale is announced at a time when the U.S. is seeking to beef up both its presence and the capabilities of partner nations in the Pacific in order to blunt Chinese interests in the region. This is the first DSCA notification of an arms sale to Indonesia since at least September 2017.

“This proposed sale will support the foreign policy goals and national security objectives of the United States by improving the security of an important regional partner that is a force for political stability, and economic progress in the Asia-Pacific region. It is vital to U.S. national interest to assist Indonesia in developing and maintaining a strong and effective self-defense capability,” the DSCA notification read, adding the sale will “enhance Indonesia’s humanitarian and disaster relief capabilities and support amphibious operations.”

Primary work will be done by Bell Textron in Amarillo, Texas, and Boeing in Ridley Park, Pennsylvania.

Indonesia seeks the MV-22 Osprey, such as the one pictured here on Dec. 11, 2019. (Lance Cpl. D’Angelo Yanez/U.S. Marine Corps)

Lithuania: The Baltic nation of Lithuania plans to spend $380 million to procure six UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters. The standard U.S. configuration requested includes 14 T700-GE-701D engines, 12 M240H machine guns, night vision goggles, a number of radios and thousands of rounds of ammunition.

“The proposed sale of these UH-60 helicopters to Lithuania will significantly increase its capability to provide troop lift, border security, anti-terrorist, medical evacuation, search and rescue, re-supply/external lift, combat support in all weather,” per the DSCA. “These UH-60 helicopters will allow for interoperability with U.S. and NATO forces in rapid response to a variety of missions and quick positioning of troops with minimal helicopter assets. Lithuania intends to use these defense articles and services to modernize and expand its armed forces to provide multi-mission support in its region and combat terrorism threats.”

The Black Hawks will replace the nation’s Soviet-made Mi-8 fleet. The U.S. is helping fund Lithuania’s purchase through the European Recapitalization Incentive Program, or ERIP, a tool developed in 2018 alongside U.S. European Command to speed up the process of getting allied nations off Russian gear.

The State Department kicked in $30 million of ERIP funding to help complete that deal. So far, three of the eight countries to receive ERIP funds have used them to purchase Black Hawk helicopters.

Work will primarily be done at Sikorsky’s Stratford, Connecticut, location and General Electric Aircraft Company in Lynn, Massachusetts.

Argentina: The South American nation seeks 27 M1126 Stryker infantry carrier vehicles, with an estimated $100 million price tag. In addition to the vehicles themselves comes a pile of equipment, including 27 M2 Flex .50-caliber machine guns, radios and smoke grenade launchers. In addition, the vehicles come with special de-processing services outside of the continental United States as well as contractor-provided training.

“The proposed sale will improve Argentina’s capability to meet current and future threats by increasing operational capabilities and force availability,” per DSCA. “Argentina will use the Stryker vehicles to conduct stability operations in support of disaster relief and international peace keeping obligations.”

Primary work will occur at the General Dynamics Land Systems facility in Anniston, Alabama. This marks Argentina’s second FMS request of the fiscal year, after a December request for $70 million worth of support for its aging P-3C fleet.

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‘Regain Control of Your Own Streets’: Maryland Governor to Baltimore City Leaders

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan on Sunday urged Baltimore city leaders to regain control of their own streets after rioters toppled a statue of Christopher Columbus in the city over the weekend.
“While we welcome peaceful protests and constructive dialogue on whether and how to put certain monuments in context or move them to museums or storage through a legal process, lawlessness, vandalism, and destruction of public property and completely unacceptable,” Hogan, a Republican, said in a statement.
“This is the antithesis of democracy and should be condemned by everyone, regardless of their politics,” he added. “Baltimore City leaders need to regain control of their own streets and immediately start making them safer.”

Today I issued the following statement on events in Baltimore City. City leaders need to regain control of their own streets and immediately start making them safer.
— Governor Larry Hogan (@GovLarryHogan) July 5, 2020

Baltimore Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment from The Epoch Times.
Lester Davis, a spokesperson for Young, pushed aside Hogan’s criticism, saying it is “not productive and not helpful” in a statement obtained by The Baltimore Sun.
Violent demonstrators used ropes to topple the Christopher Columbus monument on Saturday night near the Little Italy neighborhood before throwing it in the city’s Inner Harbor. The statue was owned by the city and dedicated in 1984 by former Mayor William Donald Schaefer and former President Ronald Reagan.
Davis told The Sun the toppling of the statue is a part of a national and global reexamination over monuments “that may represent different things to different people.”
“We understand the dynamics that are playing out in Baltimore are part of a national narrative,” he said.

A statue of Christopher Columbus is lifted onto the back of a truck as people sing and celebrate at the Minnesota state Capitol in St. Paul, Minn., on June 10, 2020. (Evan Frost/Minnesota Public Radio via AP)
Rioters have taken advantage of protests triggered by the death of George Floyd, a black man who died in Minneapolis police custody on Memorial Day, and have called for the removal of statues of Columbus, Confederate figures, and others.
Statues of Columbus have also been toppled or vandalized in cities across the country, including in Miami, Florida; Richmond, Virginia; St. Paul, Minnesota; and Boston, Massachusetts, where rioters removed the statue’s head.
And in Rochester, New York, a statue of black abolitionist Frederick Douglass was torn down over the weekend.
President Donald Trump signed an executive order to protect monuments, memorials, and statues on June 26. And in another executive order on July 3, he announced that his administration will build and rebuild monuments to honor American heroes, including Douglass.
Willful destruction of federal property can be penalized up to 10 years in jail, he said in the June 26 executive order.
The Associated Press contributed to the report.

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DISGUSTING: Black Lives Matter mob harasses and attacks church members in Troy, New York

The Black Lives Matter mob harassed and assaulted members of Grace Baptist Church in Troy, New York last week in a despicable spectacle, both outside and inside the church. Best I can tell it appears to have happened on the 28th.
Below are several video clips from GBC’s twitter feed, mostly outside the church:

Why is the mob beating church members in Troy, NY for trying to enter church and escort black members through the mob?
“No justice, no peace”“Peaceful protest”
— Grace Baptist Church (@realgbctroyny) July 3, 2020

“Somebody call the fire department! They’re not following covid orders. You’re not wearing masks”….not wearing a mask.
”You’re not allowed to congregate in one area”…as they form a mob to block entrance to church members.
“A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.”
— Grace Baptist Church (@realgbctroyny) July 3, 2020

Isn’t racist to single out people based on their skin colour?
Apparently the gentleman in the winter boots thinks it’s ok if it’s a black church member who believes the KJV instead of the lying propaganda!
— Grace Baptist Church (@realgbctroyny) July 3, 2020

These young children were more mature than the thugs berating them and their mother as they walked into church.
Hear as pastor asks them multiple to stop blocking the church entrance. GBC men form a line to protect children.
— Grace Baptist Church (@realgbctroyny) July 3, 2020

 There were a few cops there at some point, as you can see in this video:

We will never back down from wickedness in Troy, NY!
— Grace Baptist Church (@realgbctroyny) June 28, 2020

 Here’s video of the men in the church escorting a black family through the circus into the church:

If black lives matter, why did this black family require guards to be escorted into church to be protected from the mob?
— Grace Baptist Church (@realgbctroyny) June 29, 2020

 This fight video appears to be from a mob member:

“We aren’t here for violence”…as they pull church members off the steps and punch them in Troy, NY.
Why is the media demonizing Bible believers while calling the mob peaceful?
— Grace Baptist Church (@realgbctroyny) June 29, 2020

 And then inside the church:

“Peaceful” protestors disrupt church service with profanity and violence while pastor gives the gospel message.
Troy, NY 2020.
— Grace Baptist Church (@realgbctroyny) July 4, 2020

 At one point the men of the church were singing Amazing Grace to the mob:

Singing “Amazing Grace” to the mob.
— Grace Baptist Church (@realgbctroyny) June 29, 2020

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Army on path to use space sensors to help guns on the ground see farther

WASHINGTON — The Army is on a path to use space sensors to help its artillery see and shoot well beyond current capability.The service has already wrapped up an effort to achieve this capability, which took place in Europe in February and March, Gen. Mike Murray, Army Futures Command commander, told reporters in a media call. Murray was discussing how Army modernization would proceed despite COVID-19 social isolation measures in April.

The Army will continue to build upon these early successes tapping into space assets to help guns on the ground hit long-range targets, an Army spokesperson told Defense News in a written statement.
Conducted through Futures Command’s cross functional team in charge of Assured Position, Navigation and Timing (A-PNT), the service was able to link space sensors with shooters in live-fire demonstrations in Grafenwoehr, Germany, on three separate occasions with the latest on March 23, the spokesperson wrote.
Over the course of the demonstrations, the team “successfully sensed and hit targets at ranges beyond line of sight using satellite capabilities that have not been accessible to ground forces until now,” the spokesperson said. The exercise showed the “Army’s ability to engage and defeat time sensitive targets with timely and accurate fires anywhere on the battlefield.”
Tapping sensors that can help guide missiles and munitions to targets deep into the battlefield is critical to the Army’s future long-range precision fires capability and key to operating across multiple domains. But achieving such distances requires connecting sensors and shooters that have never worked together before.

Long-Range Precision Fires (LRPF) is the Army’s top modernization priority as it plays a critical role in the future battlefield and will be a centerpiece in the service’s future Multi-Domain Operations doctrine currently in development.
The LRPT cross functional team will continue to push the capabilities to far greater ranges than previously capable or than those distances previously allowed prior to the United States’ withdrawal from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty in 2019.

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During the initial live-fire demonstrations, a unit conducted an operation using the weapons and ammunition associated with their mission — in this case the Army integrated the capability with the Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) and the M777 howitzer.
The demonstrations used high explosive rounds equipped with a precision guidance kit fuze fired from the M777 howitzer or MRLS launcher. The Advanced Miniaturized Data Acquisition and Dissemination Vehicle accessed various sensors and target data was transmitted through the Joint Automated Deep Operations Coordination System and the Advanced Field Artillery Database System for the technical and tactical fire direction processes, the spokesperson detailed.
The demonstrations gave “insight” into current capabilities “and their ability to link in novel ways to provide a capability down to the division operational level of combat,” the Army spokesperson said.

Originally, pre-pandemic, the Army had planned to work on the capability throughout the scaled-back Defender Europe 2020 exercise using space-based sensors to pursue deep targets that “have not been responsive to ground forces until now,” according to the spokesperson.
The APNT team will build upon the demonstrations by finding ways to reduce the sensor-to-shooter timeline to meet capability needs in the future anticipated operating environments.
Ultimately, the Army will integrate the capability into the future Extended Range Cannon and a “full suite of Army fires platforms.” The ERCA cannon has already reached ranges of roughly 40 miles in recent tests at Yuma Proving Ground, Arizona.
The service also plans to begin integrating with aviation platforms, the spokesperson said.

The demonstrations are feeding into a “targeting process multi-domain operational strategy,” according to the spokesperson.
The Army also plans to work on an architecture that connects both kinetic and non-kinetic assets from across joint, interagency and multinational partners.

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HORRIBLE: Trump supporters in DC accosted and harassed by BLM thug who stole their MAGA hats… [VIDEO]

A group of peaceful Trump supporters in DC to celebrate the 4th of July were harassed by BLM thugs, who reportedly took their MAGA hats and threw them over a wall:

PSA: If your America loving teen wants to go on a youth trip to DC TODAY to visit the @WhiteHouse-this will happen to them. The EMOTIONAL mother of this boy sent me this video just this am! Cussed at & accosted for their Trump hats which then were taken and thrown over a wall…
— CharlieNicole 🇺🇸 (@charlienicole) July 5, 2020

This is appalling. These people were there to celebrate the 4th of July by taking a trip to the White House, and they had to put up with this garbage.
If I had been in the group and the dude had been yelling and threatening me like that, it would have taken everything I could not to pull out a can of mace and spray him with it. That probably would have escalated the situation, but what is one to do when there’s an agitator harassing and threatening them? Especially considering they’d stolen their MAGA hats and threw over a wall…
In related news, BLMers were back out at the St. Louis couple’s home harassing them on Saturday:

Black Lives Matter Marxist Mob continues to harass and torment this St. Louis couple – the McCloskey’s had to board up their home.
— Amy (@MaybeAmes) July 4, 2020

What is this world turning into?

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US Can Continue Workplace Reopenings Safely Despite Rise in CCP Virus Cases: Labor Secretary

Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia said on Sunday that the United States can move forward in workplaces reopening despite more new COVID-19 cases being reported.
“Yes, we have new cases, we have to keep an eye on that,” he said during an interview with Fox News. “I believe that we can continue to reopen our workplaces safely. Our workplaces can be very safe places to be.”
“We can reopen while the virus is still there,” he added.
Scalia said he’s optimistic about the reopenings because of the job report.
U.S. unemployment rate fell to 11.1 percent as the economy added a record 4.8 million jobs in June, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Meanwhile, more stimulus measures are needed to keep the economy on track.
More discussion will happen toward the end of July about a phase four stimulus package that is supported by the president.
The president also wants a payroll tax cut, he said.

A customer walks out of a U.S. Post Office branch and under a banner advertising a job opening, in Seattle, Wash., on June 4, 2020. (Elaine Thompson/AP Photo)
According to governmental data collected by Our World in Data, the new deaths from the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus in America have passed the peak and show a clear downtrend, though new cases have grown slowly in recent weeks.
The Trump administration attributed the increase in new cases to increased testing.
“New China Virus Cases up (because of massive testing), deaths are down, ‘low and steady,’” Trump wrote in a Twitter post on Monday.

New China Virus Cases up (because of massive testing), deaths are down, “low and steady”. The Fake News Media should report this and also, that new job numbers are setting records!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 5, 2020

The labor secretary suggested that the rise in new cases could also partly caused by reopenings, but that the administration is in better shape to handle it now than a few months ago.
“We knew that as people came out of their homes, emerged from their basements and alike, we knew that cases would go up,” he said. “[but] we are far, far better prepared to deal with those cases now … We have the equipment, the hospital beds now to deal with the situation. So this is something that we can manage.”
However, he emphasized individual responsibility and precautions underscored by President Donald Trump and Vice President Michael Pence.
“It will get more challenging if people don’t take that seriously,” he said.

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Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot Tries to get Away With Murder, Blames ‘Covid’ for Spiking Murder Rate

Watch as Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot makes the absurd claim that the uptick in murder and violence in her city is due to Covid and not the anti-police protests in which she sided with the protesters.

Lightfoot, like other Dem mayors are literally trying to get away with murder.
She has blood on her hands for promoting anti-police protests which naturally lead to an uptick in crime.
It is the golden age to be a criminal in the city of Chicago, best time since the days of Al Capone, and mayor Lori Lightfoot has blood one her hands.
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HILL: “At least five children died in a wave of gun violence across the U.S. over the holiday weekend. In New York and Chicago alone nearly 150 people were shot. CNN’s Shimon Prokupecz is in New York, but we start with Omar Jimenez in Chicago. So, Omar, the rise in violence, this comes in cities across the U.S., of course, we’re debating the role of policing and also wrestling with the Coronavirus pandemic all at once.”
JIMENEZ: “That’s right, Erica. Here in Chicago the public safety ecosystem’s as it’s being described, it’s been complicated as it tried to operate at the interception of Coronavirus and gun violence.
This is now a third week in a row where we’re seen children shot and killed here, children as young as 10 years old, 3-year-old, 1-year-old and even this past weekend a 7-year-old shot and killed as part of a weekend where we saw more than 60 people shot and over a dozen people killed. And part of the challenge that officials have described to me here is that they are dealing with the typical challenges of summer violence here combined with the fact of months of people being cooped up at home.
First responders, including police, have gotten infected with COVID or either died. Hundreds of detainees at the Cook county jail at one point or another have been injected or dead. Courts have had to close and all of it piles on top of each other and complicates the situation as Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot tells me they are all factors contributing to this grim reality.”
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JIMENEZ: “Compared to last year shootings up 40 percent, homicides up more than 30 percent. So just point blank, what is happening right now?”
LIGHTFOOT: “All of these forces are coming together at the same time and making it very difficult. The ecosystem of public safety that isn’t just law enforcement but is local, community-based, they, too, have really been hit hard by COVID and are now just kind of coming back online and getting their footing.”[clip ends]
JIMENEZ: “And what makes it almost doubly impactful in the worst way imaginable is many of the same communities that were being hit the hardest by the Coronavirus are also being hit hardest by gun violence. The way one family put it to me of a 3-year-old died, we now have the children carrying the caskets of children.”
HILL: “It’s just so awful. There are no words. Omar, thank you.”

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Israel launches Ofek 16 satellite to complete intelligence coverage

JERUSALEM — Israel launched its Ofek 16 reconnaissance satellite in the morning of July 6 as part of an ongoing program that envisions launching new satellites every few years.

The satellite was made with technology from Israel’s three largest defense companies, with Israel Aerospace Industries, the prime contractor for the space program, building the launcher through its Systems, Missiles and Space Group; Elbit Systems supplying its Jupiter Space camera; and Rafael Advanced Defense Systems supplying the full hydrazine propulsion system and third-phase propulsion for the launcher as well as thrusters for the reaction control system.

The Space Administration of the Defense Ministry led the development of the satellite and its launcher. Government-owned company Tomer and other firms including Rokar and Cielo worked on the effort alongside the ministry’s Directorate of Defense Research and Development.

Preparations for launch were kept on schedule despite the coronavirus pandemic.

The satellite is expected to provide technological superiority and intelligence capabilities essential to Israel, according to the Ministry of Defense. Having several advanced reconnaissance satellites in orbit will give Israel greater coverage at a time of rising security threats in the region. Once the satellite’s initial tests are completed, it will be considered operational and begin delivering images to the Israel Defense Forces’ 9900 Intelligence Unit.

Ofek 16 is part of a series of Israeli satellites first launched in 1988 that were designed to provide the country total control over its own defense and space needs. It is part of a constellation of imaging satellites and is similar to the advanced-generation Ofek 11 launched in 2016.

Elbit supplied the Ofek 16′s multi-spectral, high-resolution Jupiter Space camera, which is 1.5 meters long, weighs 120 kilograms and has a 700mm aperture. The resolution is 50 centimeters from an altitude of 600 kilomters, and the camera can photograph 15 square kilometers with each shot, according to Elbit.

The satellite also builds on the Ofek 5, which was launched with Israel’s Shavit rocket in 2002. Israel also maintains a series of larger Amos communications satellites.

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The military reconnaissance satellites compliment the commercial Eros A and B, which were launched in 2000 and 2006, respectively, and operated by ImageSat International. These are Isreal’s only two active commercial satellites. A third is reportedly on its way. Israel does not disclose the total number of defense satellites it has in orbit, but reports indicate there are at least five other active observation satellites.

Israel’s military satellites are launched westward to a low Earth orbit of several hundred kilometers. The country can’t launch them to the east because they would go over neighboring states.

Monday’s launch was carried out during a period of rising tension with Iran. For its part, Iran launched a military satellite in April.

Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz praised the launch as “an extraordinary achievement for the defense establishment, for the defense industries as a whole and for Israel Aerospace Industries in particular.”

Israel is one of 13 countries with satellite-launching capabilities. Israel has worked with a number of countries on satellite technology, including Italy and France. India to Azerbaijan have also sought cooperation with Israel on satellite capabilities.

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UN Report Exposes Iran’s Defiance of the United Nations

“Let’s never accept Iran’s usual violent behavior for fear of something far worse… Let’s never submit to extortion… Let’s uphold the mission of this body to address threats to international peace and security… Let’s continue the arms embargo on Iran.”
                                                                                                              -Secretary Pompeo, June 30, 2020
This latest report on UNSCR 2231 implementation, published by the United Nations Secretary-General based on an impartial evaluation of the available evidence, confirms what the United States has said all along: Iran continues to use its arsenal of conventional weapons to destabilize the Middle East and foment sectarian violence and terrorism across the region.
The report determines that the weapons used to attack Saudi Arabia in September 2019 were of Iranian origin. Iran intentionally misled the world by claiming that the Houthis were responsible for the attack last September. This new finding by the UN Secretary-General underscores Iran’s connection to the brazen attack on Saudi Arabia.
The UNSCR 2231 report also concludes that arms and related materiel seized off the coast of Yemen in November 2019 and February 2020 were of Iranian origin. The fact these items were seized outside of Iran is indicative of an arms embargo violation by Iran.
The report also details troubling ballistic missile activity that defies calls the Security Council has made repeatedly on Iran, and it notes equally troubling nuclear activity by Iran, which has ceased performing key nuclear commitments under the JCPOA.
Iran continues to defy the Security Council by providing arms to groups abroad in contravention of the arms embargo, including to proxy groups and terrorist organizations across the Middle East, such as in Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Yemen, and Bahrain. These groups use Iranian weapons, training, and funding to destabilize the region and spread violence. Failing to extend the arms embargo in light of this activity will risk greater violence and instability in the region. With fewer arms restrictions, Iran will transfer even more weapons.
In light of the report’s findings and Iran’s repeated violations of the arms embargo, the Security Council must act to exert greater pressure on Iran, not less. At no point in the last decade has Iran’s behavior shown it would be appropriate to lift the arms embargo.
The draft resolution circulated by the United States is consistent with United Nations precedent. The UN has maintained arms restrictions on Iran for 13 years. The resolution we have circulated would extend restrictions on Iran indefinitely, until its behavior changes. The embargo should never have been given an arbitrary end date under UNSCR 2231. The restrictions should not be removed until Iran demonstrates a credible change in its behavior.

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🔥🔥 Kayleigh McEnany SMOKES the media at the end of press conference [VIDEO]

Kayleigh McEnany just smoked the media at the end of her White House press conference today. I’ve got it cued up for you:
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I watched the entire press conference on Fox News. 75% of all the questions from the press were about Trump’s tweet this morning on the Bubba Wallace ‘hoax’ and the ‘flag decision’ which has contributed to NASCAR’s poor ratings. It was like one big tag team effort to hone in on that one tweet and try and paint Trump as some confederate flag waving racist. Seriously, Kayleigh had to give the same answer nearly 10 times because they kept asking about it over and over.
At the end of her press conference Kayleigh smoked them for it, saying:
“I’m a little dismayed I didn’t receive one question on the deaths in this country this weekend. I didn’t receive one question on New York City shootings doubling for the third straight week and over the last seven days shootings skyrocket by 142%. Not one question. I didn’t receive one question about 5 children who were killed.
I’ll leave you with this remark by a dad – it broke my heart – a dad of an eight-year-old lost in Atlanta this weekend. “They say black lives matter? You killed a child, she didn’t do nothing to nobody” was his quote. We need to be focused on securing our streets, making sure no lives are lost because all black lives matter, that of David Dorn and that of this eight-year-old girl. Thank you.”
Boom! Kayleigh just dropped the mic on their heads! Loved it!
Note that I would have posted the presser earlier but I didn’t realize it was happening until it was too late. But you can watch it from the beginning below if you missed it:
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Lebanon to sell outdated aircraft as Air Force eyes new trainers

BEIRUT — The Lebanese government plans to sell five outdated Air Force Hawker Hunter fighter jets and three Sikorsky S-61 helicopters in an attempt to reallocate the service’s resources, a government source has confirmed to Defense News.

“Lebanon has been in negotiations with many suppliers to procure primary training aircraft, on top of which Pakistan might supply Super Mushshak trainers to the Air Force, but the deal hasn’t been sealed yet,” a Lebanese official told Defense News on condition of anonymity.

Lebanon has seven aging Hawker Hunters, five of which have been nonoperational since 1990, and the other two out of service since 2011. Repairing them has proven difficult due to a lack of spare parts. Furthermore, the aircraft are equipped with outdated weapons systems that have poor accuracy when compared other technology in service with the Air Force, such as the Super Tucano and its advanced precision kill weapon system.

“Based on good management and investment of available equipment, the Air Force developed a plan to replace five Hawker Hunter planes with their spare with two primary training flights. This step also comes in the context of a plan to replace the existing Bulldog aircraft, which are specialized for primary flight training, and which are expected to be stopped from flying in the next five years,” the source said.

However, the Lebanese Air Force will keep two Hawker Hunters (one with double seats and the other with a single seat) with some spare parts in hopes they can be fixed up for future air shows.

Former Commander of the Lebanese Air Force Brig. Gen. Mahmoud Mattar told Defense News that the country’s limited economic resources are behind its decision to sell aircraft.

“The scarce economic resources prevent LAF from refurbishing and re-operating the Hawker Hunter fighters and the Sikorsky. Though, the technical capabilities to replace the spare parts and bring Hawker Hunter back to service and particularly for ground-attack missions are available,” Mattar said.

The aircraft are expected to be sold in a public bidding this year, the Lebanese source noted. The official added that interested parties will likely be “small companies or private clubs.”

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In 2009, the Lebanese Army received three Sikorsky S-70 helos as donations from Lebanese associations, companies and individuals for firefighting missions. Their operational capabilities have deteriorated due to lack of maintenance and spare parts.

“The refurbishment of Sikorsky helicopters will cost more than 70 percent of their initial price, which is a very high number from a technical evaluation point of view,” the source explained. “Adding to that, the cost of each flying hour has exceeded the threshold of $5,000 recently, which is also high compared to the cost of flying hours for firefighting missions carried out on the [Huey II helicopters].

“LAF won’t stop these [firefighting] missions, even after selling the nonoperational [aircraft]. It is replacing Huey choppers with Huey II for this reason, and has been refurbishing the AB 212 helicopters for such missions.”

The LAF has refurbished an Agusta-Bell AB 212 helicopter as part of a proof of concept, and will now begin a five-year project to revive the fleet with five operational helicopters.

The source noted that the decision to sell the jets and helos is not due to the state of Lebanon’s economy. “This is a project the Lebanese Army has been working on since 2018.”

Lebanon is experiencing an economic crisis that started at the end of 2019. The country has seen protests through major cities that began in October 2019, and the value of the national currency has deteriorated amid a rise in commodity prices.

The Army primarily depends on military aid to maintain its operational capability, and the official source insisted that the selling process won’t harm that.

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49 shot and 8 killed in NYC after Bill De Blasio and city council defund NYPD

After Bill de Blasio and the New York City council voted to defund the NYPD, 49 people were shot and 8 killed this weekend in NYC:

Here’s more from the NY Post:
The 4th of July weekend bloodshed in New York City continued Sunday night as at least seven people were shot, five fatally, in a span of about three hours, police said.
The first murder, which police were notified of at 5:47 p.m., claimed the life of a 21-year-old man in Brownsville, Brooklyn, cops said.
The victim was found with a gunshot wound outside a building on Christopher Avenue near Pitkin Avenue. He was taken to a Brookdale University Hospital Medical Center and pronounced dead, police said.
Three minutes later, police received another call of a person shot in the Claremont section of The Bronx.
There, a 29-year-old man was discovered by emergency responders with a gunshot wound to the chest.
The victim was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was declared dead.
At about 6:45 p.m. in Harlem, a 15-year-old boy was shot outside a building on Madison Avenue near East 111th Street, cops said. He was taken to an area hospital and is expected to survive.
Just after 8 p.m., three men were shot inside 306 E. 171st St. in The Bronx — two blocks away from the earlier fatal shooting.
A 22-year-old man who was shot in the chest and a 27-year-old man who took a bullet to the neck were pronounced dead at St. Barnabas Hospital, police said.
The other victim, a 29-year-old, was shot in the arm. He was taken to Lincoln Hospital in stable condition.
On Staten Island at about 8:47 p.m., police found a 45-year-old man shot in the head in a building on Gordon Street in Stapleton, according to police.
The shootings extended a violent weekend in the Big Apple, where 39 people were shot, three fatally, between midnight Saturday and 6:30 a.m. Sunday, sources said.
To quote a detective on Twitter to Bill De Blasio, “How is that 1 Billion in budget cuts working out for you?” Exactly. While BLMers and and their anarchists comrades tear down statues and cities, Bill de Blasio and his city council are busy tearing down the police.
And not just NYC, of course, but other Democrat cities are doing the same. Check out this photo of Minneapolis tweeted by former NYC police commissioner Bernie Kerik:

This is not Baghdad, this is not Mosul Iraq, this is not Falluja and it’s not Afghanistan! It’s Minneapolis, Minnesota, whose Democrat leadership wants to defund the police. Not even sure how much worse it can get.
— Bernard B. Kerik (@BernardKerik) July 6, 2020

Who needs police, right? Or do Black lives really matter?

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Woman in Biden Ad Attacks Trump’s COVID Response, Doesn’t Mention Her $27,000 PPP Loan

If you’re Joe Biden and you’re going to argue President Donald Trump hasn’t helped small businesses, and you’re going to do this in a campaign advertisement that highlights the owner of a small business, it helps if your people choose a small business that didn’t receive help from the federal government headed by Donald Trump.
If you have to pick someone who got assistance from a program signed into law by the president, it also helps to pick an individual who kept this information private. If conservatives discovered this information a month or two down the line, long after the message conveyed by the advertisement was absorbed into the body politic, the effect of the discovery is near zero. If you can find the information out via a quick Google search, well, that’s problematic.

I think this would go without saying, but apparently this reminder wasn’t relayed to the crack team currently being employed by the former vice president. His new ad features the owner of an eyewear shop in Philadelphia who got a forgivable Paycheck Protection Program loan.
Not only that, she gave an interview about it to BillyPenn, a Philadelphia-area news outlet, thus leaving a short trail of breadcrumbs for anyone willing to put in five minutes to discover it for themselves.
This is the advertisement, released by the Biden campaign on Wednesday:
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Small businesses are the backbone of communities across our nation, and we need to do so much more to help them. Donald Trump may have forgotten about them — but I never will.
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) July 1, 2020

“Small businesses are the backbone of communities across our nation, and we need to do so much more to help them,” read the copy on Joe Biden’s official Twitter account. “Donald Trump may have forgotten about them — but I never will.”
In the ad, owner Tiffany Easley — who wears a mask in what looks like an empty shop, showily proving an empty point — talks about her business woes at NV My Eyewear in Philadelphia.
“I always wanted to build something from the ground up. I saved, put in the hours, and put off vacations,” Easley says in the video.
“I opened NV My Eyewear three and a half years ago, and just as we were adding locations and employees, this pandemic brought everything to a halt. I had to permanently close one location and furlough my employees, and it’s my staff. They’re my family. It’s just heartbreaking.
“But what’s worse is that this president seemed to make everything else worse. Donald Trump and his administration left the American people behind,” she continued.

“The people that he is supposed to protect and serve. Small businesses, they need a partner in the White House, and that’s why I’m with Joe. I know he’ll help small businesses like mine get back on our feet. I spent my life building this business from the ground up. I want a president that’s going to build this country back better than before.”
The advantage of the video is that, save from the anecdotal evidence and information already known to every viewer, the ad is entirely fact-free. It doesn’t mention what Trump could have done better or how Biden will do so. Simply put, the ad’s fuzzy argument goes, Biden’s better, vote him.
Thus, the fact that the ad never mentions that Easley benefited a good deal from a bill signed by Trump doesn’t necessarily make it false, just wildly misleading:

NV My Eyewear is one of the businesses that got a payout from the first phase of the federal Paycheck Protection Program. Easley was awarded a loan of $27,000, which will be forgiven if she uses it to rehire staff, as she’s planning to do. #FakeNews
— Bbrown3979 (@bbrown3979) July 2, 2020

In an April interview with BillyPenn, Easley said she’d “lost at least 95% of my revenue for March, and I guess it’s gonna be the same thing for April.”
However, she was able to stay in business thanks to the PPP, one of President Trump’s signature COVID-19 relief packages.
“The reason she’s able to be optimistic about the future? For one, Easley is a woman of faith, she said. Also, she was able to score emergency financial relief from two different sources,” BillyPenn reported.

“NV My Eyewear is one of the businesses that got a payout from the first phase of the federal Paycheck Protection Program. Easley was awarded a loan of $27,000, which will be forgiven if she uses it to rehire staff, as she’s planning to do.”
The other aid came in the form of a $5,000 grant from a Philadelphia COVID-19 relief fund.
According to the Washington Free Beacon, the Trump campaign has called the ad “dishonest.” The Biden campaign and Easley didn’t respond to requests for comment, the Free Beacon reported.
One muffed ad doesn’t a spoilt message make, although the case of NV My Eyewear speaks to a larger issue in Biden’s messaging that presented itself when, in the early days of response to the novel coronavirus, he was asked what he would have done differently from the president.

The suite of changes he originally presented were materially identical to what Trump had done. Oh, but he’d have gone further. How? Don’t ask for details, because that’s not Biden’s forte. That this isn’t remembered more acidly is proof of the kinds of the passes a mediocre establishment Democrat will receive both from his own party and the media.
Biden’s small business proposals, such as they are, are likely to get the same kid-gloves treatment.
What’s his messaging here — that he wasn’t president when the coronavirus hit? That he would have given out more money in PPP money? He would have spent more money than the trillions that had already been spent?
The ad makes none of that clear.

Biden has called for student loan forgiveness, according to Forbes, and a stimulus package “a hell of a lot bigger” than the $2 trillion in the CARES Act, according to Politico.
These would have to be paid for, at least in part, through tax increases.
Those words aren’t featured in the ad, and for good reason: If you want one weird trick to get voters to recoil from Biden just as COVID-19 lockdowns have led to record unemployment, it’s telling them they need to pay more taxes.
Another weird trick to get investors spooked: Tell them that the American people will have less money to spend as we attempt the greatest economic turnaround in history.

Interestingly, Easley has appeared in one other interview recently. In a June 15 Philadelphia Inquirer story, she talked about the looting and rioting going on in a business corridor that served the black community in Philadelphia.
Easley told the newspaper residents in the neighborhood discouraged rioters from destroying NV My Eyewear as they had with so many other small businesses on historic 52nd Street in the City of Brotherly Love.
“I probably would have been devastated if my business was one of the properties,” she said. “I thank God that people remember me.”
If only there were a political party that believed in standing up against the rioters instead of saying that it was just property damage and it was time to defund our police.

If only there were a president who wanted to restore law and order so business owners like Easley’s wouldn’t have to worry about savage mobs destroying their livelihood.
I wonder if anyone’s going to tell her.
This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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India accelerates weapons purchases in wake of border clash with China

NEW DELHI — India has accelerated the domestic and foreign purchase of weapons in the wake of a border clash between Indian and Chinese troops.

Sino-Indo relations are suffering after a skirmish with Chinese troops on June 15 in Galwan Valley. India said 20 of its soldiers were killed, as were Chinese soldiers. Chinese officials have not confirmed any casualties.

The Defence Acquisition Council on Friday approved a collection of arms procurement projects worth $5.55 billion, including domestic efforts worth $.4.44 billion. DAC is an apex-level body that falls under the purview of the Ministry of Defence.

“In the current situation and the need to strengthen the armed forces for the defence of our borders, and in line with our Prime Minister’s clarion call for ‘Atma Nirbhar Bharat’ [self-sufficient India], the DAC, in its meeting of July 2 held under the chairmanship of Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, accorded approval for capital acquisitions of various platforms and equipment required by the Indian armed forces. Proposals for an approximate cost of $5.55 billion were approved,” the MoD said in a statement.

Under the approval, India will upgrade 59 of its MiG-29 aircraft and buy 21 more from Russia for about $1 billion. In addition, India will order 12 Russian-made Su-30MKI fighters from the local state-owned company Hindustan Aeronautics Limited for $1.53 billion.

The government has also approved several indigenous development programs, including ammunition for Pinaka multi-barrel rocket launchers; an armaments upgrade of BMP-2 infantry combat vehicles; software-defined radios; Nirbhay land-attack cruise missiles; and Astra beyond-visual-range missiles.

The government also approved the emergency purchase of Excalibur artillery rounds for M777 ultralight howitzers from the United States, Igla-S air defense systems from Russia and Spike anti-tank guided missiles from Israel.

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It’s also granted special financial powers that comes with a ceiling of $71.42 million to rapidly buy weapons. But these fast-track purchasing programs will still involve a multi-vendor competition. Twenty-five of these procurement programs are for the Army and the Air Force; 10 are for the Navy. The Army is likely to buy ammunition for its T-90 tanks, BMP-2 vehicles, air defense guns, artillery guns and small arms, as well as rockets, missiles and mortars. The Air Force is likely to buy air-to-air missiles, air to-ground missiles, smart bombs, chaffs, flares and precision-guided munitions.

As part of the procurement effort, Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Defence Secretary Ajay Kumar visited Moscow from June 22-25 and met with Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu, Deputy Prime Minister Yury Borisov and chief of Rosoboronexport Alexander Mikheev.

An MoD official said India requested the immediate supply of spare parts for Su-30MKI fighters, Kilo-class submarines and T-90 tanks, as well as the emergency purchase of missiles and specialized ammunition for Russian-origin fighter jets, tanks, warships and submarines.

Another MoD official said the Indian government plans to sign defense contracts with Russia worth $800 million to buy weapons and spare parts.

DAC-approved projects are expected to be awarded within a year, with technology induction starting after about three years. For fast-track and emergency purchases, induction is to begin within a month and be completed within a year.

Ashok Sharma with The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Harker takes over as acting Pentagon comptroller

WASHINGTON — Thomas Harker, the current U.S. Navy comptroller, has been named the acting comptroller for the Pentagon.

Harker was “designated the authority” of the undersecretary of defense (comptroller) role on June 26, according to a department spokesman, following the official resignation of acting Comptroller Elaine McCusker.

Harker will also continue to serve as the Navy comptroller, as job he has held since being sworn into office in January 2018. A 20-year veteran of the Coast Guard, Harker previously worked in financial management roles in the Department of Veterans Affairs as well as the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The comptroller is the top financial expert for the Defense Department, helping to oversee the creation of the department’s budget and to manage the annual audit of the Pentagon. Harker becomes the third person to fill the job during the Trump administration, although only David Norquist was actually confirmed by the Senate.

After Norquist was promoted to deputy secretary of defense in early 2019, McCusker, who had been confirmed as deputy comptroller, was named acting comptroller. Although she was announced as the nominee for the job, McCusker saw her nomination pulled following revelations that she had, in internal emails, questioned the legality of holding up weapons funding for Ukraine, a key issue in the impeachment of President Donald Trump.

With no official nominee announced for the comptroller spot and a dwindling Senate calendar, it is entirely possible that the comptroller role will be filled by an acting official for the entire second half of the Trump administration’s first term. The deputy comptroller role, empty since McCusker was elevated to acting comptroller, also remains without an announced nominee.

There are currently 14 Senate-confirmed roles filled by acting officials at the Pentagon; that number will grow by two at the end of the week, when Mike Griffin and Lisa Porter, the undersecretary and deputy undersecretary of research and engineering, respectively, depart the building.

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“They say Black Lives Matter. You killed your own this time…” – Father of 8-year-old killed in Atlanta

The father of the 8-year-old killed in Atlanta had a strong message for the Black Lives Matter protesters out near the Wendy’s in Atlanta:

“They say Black Lives Matter. You killed your own.” Secoriya Williamson, father of 8-year-old Secoriea Turner, addressed the public during a press conf. today after his daughter was shot and killed last night while riding in a car w/ her mother in Southeast Atlanta. @11AliveNews
— Natisha Lance (@NatishaLance) July 5, 2020

“They say black lives matter. You killed your own. You killed your own this time. Just because of a barrier…they killed my baby because she crossed the barrier and made a U-turn. You killed a child. She didn’t do nothing to nobody.”
The father said his daughter was killed for making a U-turn in a parking lot. He said she just wanted to get home to see her cousin.
This video really says it all. This is what happens when officials pretend a ‘protest’ is peaceful and benign and let it fester. We saw it in Seattle for the last three weeks and now we see it in Atlanta. Instead of “having discussions” with these anarchists the mayor could have forcibly removed them. But she didn’t.
This is what everyone with common sense said would happen if you let anarchists do their own thing and ‘occupy’ an area, that it would be harmful to black lives. Now this father is saying it from a broken heart. It’s well past time to shut these BLM and anarchist movements down. How many more will die until they do?

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Trump Considering Executive Orders on China, Immigration, Manufacturing

President Donald Trump is considering a number of executive orders, including one that would help reset the balance between the United States and China, chief of staff Mark Meadows said Monday. “We’re going to be looking at how we make sure China is addressed, how we bring manufacturing back from overseas to make sure the […]

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Supreme Court rules unanimously that states can force ‘faithless electors’ to vote with the state

The Supreme Court ruled this morning, in a unanimous decision, that state electors can’t just go rogue and choose to vote for whomever they wish, but can be bound by the state to vote with the people of the state:

BREAKING: #SCOTUS rules unanimously that states can punish faithless electors who decide to show up for the Electoral College vote and cast their ballots against the way their states voted.
— Shannon Bream (@ShannonBream) July 6, 2020

Here’s more from 12 News:
The Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday that states can require presidential electors to back their states’ popular vote winner in the Electoral College.
The ruling, just under four months before the 2020 election, leaves in place laws in 32 states and the District of Columbia that bind electors to vote for the popular-vote winner, and electors almost always do so anyway.
So-called faithless electors have not been critical to the outcome of a presidential election, but that could change in a race decided by just a few electoral votes. It takes 270 electoral votes to win the presidency.
Justice Elena Kagan wrote for the court that a state may instruct “electors that they have no ground for reversing the vote of millions of its citizens. That direction accords with the Constitution — as well as with the trust of a Nation that here, We the People rule.”
The issue arose in lawsuits filed by three Hillary Clinton electors in Washington state and one in Colorado who refused to vote for her despite her popular vote win in both states. In so doing, they hoped to persuade enough electors in states won by Donald Trump to choose someone else and deny Trump the presidency.
The federal appeals court in Denver ruled that electors can vote as they please, rejecting arguments that they must choose the popular-vote winner. In Washington, the state Supreme Court upheld a $1,000 fine against the three electors and rejected their claims.
In all, there were 10 faithless electors in 2016, including a fourth in Washington, a Democratic elector in Hawaii and two Republican electors in Texas. In addition, Democratic electors who said they would not vote for Clinton were replaced in Maine and Minnesota.
I’m glad the Supreme Court voted unanimously on this, as this is the way it should be. Otherwise chaos would rule the day in our presidential elections and people would lose confidence in the voting process and simply stay home rather than have their vote usurped by some rogue elector.
You can read the full opinion here:

Here is the 9-0 opinion from Justice Kagan in Chiafalo v. Washington
— SCOTUSblog (@SCOTUSblog) July 6, 2020

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Frederick Douglass statue torn down in New York

A statue of Frederick Douglass was torn down over the holiday weekend in Rochester, New York:

The base of a Frederick Douglass statue torn down overnight here in Maplewood Park. Bits of the statue scattered around the area. @News_8
— Ben Densieski (@BenDensieski) July 5, 2020

Here’s more from CBS News:
A statue of abolitionist Frederick Douglass was ripped from its base in Rochester on the anniversary of one of his most famous speeches, delivered in the city in 1852.
Police said the statue was taken on Sunday from Maplewood Park, a site along the Underground Railroad where Douglass and Harriet Tubman helped shuttle slaves to freedom.
The statue was found at the brink of the Genesee River gorge about 50 feet from its pedestal, police said. There was damage to the base and a finger.
In Rochester on July 5, 1852, Douglass gave the speech “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July,” in which he called the celebration of liberty a sham in a nation that enslaves and oppresses its Black citizens.
To a slave, Douglass said, Independence Day is “a day that reveals to him, more than all other days in the year, the gross injustice and cruelty to which he is the constant victim.”
Carvin Eison, a leader of the project that brought the Douglass statue to the park, told the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle another statue will take its place because the damage to the one that was pulled down is too significant.
The statue was one of 13 placed throughout the city in 2018, and this was the second monument to be vandalized, WROC notes.
Trump tweeted about this today, saying “This shows that these anarchists have no bounds!” Clearly this is true. These statues coming down aren’t about racism or the confederacy or ‘white supremacy’. It’s about hating America and wanting to tear it down.

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New Study Rates the Least Patriotic States in United States, Winners are New York, New Jersey

WalletHub recently released a study ranking the 50 states from the most patriotic to the least patriotic. While the three least patriotic states should not come as a surprise to anyone who follows politics, the list did have a handful of surprises.
According to WalletHub, “In order to determine where Americans have the most red, white and blue pride, WalletHub compared the states across 13 key indicators of patriotism. Our data set ranges from the state’s military enlistees and veterans to the share of adults who voted in the 2016 presidential election to AmeriCorps volunteers per capita.”

Broadly, the study classified the “key indicators of patriotism” into two main categories: military engagement and civic engagement. A state’s score on civic engagement played a much higher role in determining its rank on the list of most patriotic states.
Contrary to what Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan believes, creating an anarchistic autonomous zone in downtown Seattle is not a characteristic most people associate with patriotism.
Instead, the protesters populating the enclave known as “CHOP” that have demanded the fundamental transformation of America come across as the exact opposite of patriots.
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At a time when kneeling for the national anthem and embracing far-left ideology parroted by the Black Lives Matter movement have come to define the modern left, it should not come as a surprise that the three least patriotic states are the deep blue states of New Jersey, New York and California.
All three states voted for Hillary Clinton by double digits in the 2016 presidential election.

However, the fourth-least patriotic state in the Union may come as a bit of a surprise.
Texas has seemed synonymous with American conservatism and patriotism for many years, although the state did trend left in the 2016 presidential election. Yet the state still came in at #47 on the list.
Another big surprise was the presence of deep-red West Virginia in the bottom five. Looking at the methodology, there appears to be a reason that both states did not score so well. Both the Mountain State and the Lone Star State score in the bottom five when it comes to the share of adults who voted in the 2016 presidential election
Besides Texas and West Virginia, all of the other states in the bottom ten were either blue or purple states. As a whole, the study found that red states are slightly more patriotic than blue states. The study did not classify the swing states as purple states.
The patriotism scores in the bottom 10 ranged from a low of 22.12 to a high of 32.38 with a maximum possible score of 100.

As for the most patriotic states, they are mostly found in the red enclaves in the nation. This should not come as a shock. As an article for the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics pointed out, areas of the country with a high “military influence” tend to lean conservative.
However, the most patriotic state, according to WalletHub, is New Hampshire, a purple state that Hillary Clinton won by a razor-thin margin in 2016. New Hampshire had the fourth-highest share of adults who voted in the 2016 presidential election, which likely contributed to its high patriotism score.
Coming in at #2 on the list was one of the reddest states in the union: Wyoming. With the exception of blue Maryland, all of the other states in the top 10 were either red or purple states. Maryland’s presence in the top 10 was likely influenced by its high share of peace corps volunteers per capita.
The patriotism scores in the top 10 ranged from a high of 63.97 to a low of 56.57 out of a maximum possible score of 100. Even the most patriotic state did not come close to receiving a perfect score.

America would be a better place if more people embraced the “key indicators of patriotism,” which include volunteering, enlisting in the military, joining the Peace Corps, voting and volunteering. An increasing level of patriotism is a rising tide that truly can lift all boats.
This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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