WATCH LIVE: President Trump holds MAGA campaign rally in Virginia at 9PM

Tonight President Trump is holding a campaign rally at Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport in Virginia tonight at 9PM. You can watch it below:
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Shy cat decides to start taking flying leaps onto her foster mom! 💜 pic.twitter.com/53j135oTI4
— The Dodo (@dodo) September 25, 2020

She’s so happy to swim in the lake, she can’t stop biting the water 😍 pic.twitter.com/3VoSpXuSzn
— The Dodo (@dodo) September 24, 2020

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Pro-Mob Brianna Keilar flat LIES about McEnany and the press are HAVING FITS OF ECSTASY over it.

Brianna Keilar, like most of CNN, loves riots, murder, and mayhem. And not just in the cliché “bleeds it leads” kind of way. Not just the “chopper nine is tracking a police chase” way. CNN and especially Brianna Keilar like the violent mob and riotous destruction for its own sake.
They think it will get rid of Trump. They think that praising it makes them good liberals, the good kind of white people, not the bad kind. Their racist condescension toward people they consider to be of a “lower class” has them on TV every day trying to mimic sad wisdom and grave earnestness.
Keilar is the distilled perfection of this rich white lib syndrome. She’s happy to defund the police because her neighborhood has guards and security. She loves the “outpouring” of the mob because the mob doesn’t go where she gets her $40 a cup coffee while her poodle is having its hair did.
And this week the TV airhead, who hasn’t figured out her single digit IQ doesn’t impress people (probably because you’d need a double digit one to figure that out), reprimanded the black Attorney General of Kentucky for not being woke enough.
Which is the most perfect white lady thing you can possible do: tell a black guy he’s not as black as you are.
Attorney General Daniel Cameron gave an outstanding set of remarks to the press as he made the controversial Breonna Taylor grand jury announcement, and afterward Brianna Karen-ar bitched him out on CNN.
“What do you think of … Attorney General saying ‘mob justice is not justice’? He said it becomes revenge,’” she asked her guests. “Because that word the mob, and the president having said if Joe Biden wins the mob wins, that’s what he says, we know this is very politically loaded language, it’s already been seized by people on both sides of this debate, about what we are seeing in this fight for criminal justice reform in this country.”
McEnany called out Keilar.

Notice that McEnany didn’t blame Keilar or her sick, twisted comments. She just gave the example of how the irresponsible media’s evil rhetoric isn’t reflected by reality that takes place just hours later.
“You have a right to peaceful protest as outlined and the First Amendment. And the Attorney General Daniel Cameron said, ‘If we simply act on emotion or outrage, there is no justice. Mob justice is not justice. Justice sought by violence is not justice, it just becomes revenge.’ And you contrast his message with that of CNN’s Brianna Keeler who said, ‘I question the judgment of the Kentucky Attorney General saying that mob justice is not justice. We know that this is very loaded language.’
That’s an appalling statement from Brianna Keilar at CNN, and what is outrageous about this take is that mob justice is not justice. Hours later after this comment was made on CNN, two police officers were shot. This is not justice. This has nothing to do with politics. It has everything to do with the value of human life and the safety and security of our American cities.”
McEnany is right. Keilar’s statement was appalling. It was even worse than McEnany politely put it, because Keilar was pandering and was trying to make it about Trump instead of about Breonna Taylor.
Now Keilar is done making it about Trump and is instead making it about herself.

“Yesterday White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany implied that I am responsible for two police officers being shot in Louisville.”
No. She didn’t. She sure as shootin COULD have, but sorry, Brianna, that’s not what she said. She said you praised mob justice and hours later the shallow and hollow emptiness of your words was DEMONSTRATED by mob justice claiming two cops lives.
You know that, but you want to be the story so you pretend you don’t. And the rest of the media wants to bash Trump and be the good guys fighting the bad Trump guys, so they are pretending with you.
Here’s more of her lying. This part of the clip is from Twitter and was shared endlessly by people who none of us here at Right Scoop give a lick about, so I’m just embedding the video and not their lame tweets.

I can’t hardly even believe my ears that a person from CNN had the outright chutzpah to complain about quotes being taken out of context. That’s their entire game plan for the next week of trashing Amy Coney Barrett! it’s literally their number one resource!
But to complain about it WHILE she’s doing it to McEnany? That’s a whole new level.
She also went after Cameron again, emphasizing his being a Republican before accusing the black Attorney General of being a racist.

CNN is depraved and indifferent. They’re privileged snobs. They’re pro-mob justice and pro-riot. And Brianna Keilar is a dumb liar and the proof is right on the dang video. But the liberal left that we hilariously call our press eat it up.
You know what Keilar didn’t do in her rambling “pushback” against McEnany? Condemn the killing of the two police officers. Nor in the original commentary bashing the Kentucky AG for not being woke enough did she condemn rioting and mob justice.
WELL I’LL BE, HOW DO YA LIKE THAT?
You couldn’t prove in court that Keilar thinks the mob killing cops is bad. Those are the facts. Everything else is just noise.

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It’s (going to be) Amy Coney Barrett!! GOOD! We figured that (of course) but now Drudge and CNN know, too!

Tomorrow President Donald Trump will announce his nominee for the Supreme Court, and that is almost 100% certainly going to be Judge Amy Coney Barrett.
Redstate, Hot Air, and Twitter are reporting that CNN and Drudge have come around to realizing, and perhaps confirming through sources, that Barrett is The One.
Good.
This is of course what most of us have expected and felt pretty sure about all week. And even though it ain’t totally in the bag yet, the fact that the MSM is facing facts — now that they’re done trying to treat her religious beliefs like some kind of voodoo, Game of Thrones, Handmaid’s Tale, oogie boogie for a few hours — is a pretty good sign that’s what the President is going to do.

And that is a very good thing, y’all.
Here’s CNN’s, err, scoop.
President Donald Trump intends to choose Amy Coney Barrett to be the new Supreme Court justice, according to multiple senior Republican sources with knowledge of the process.
In conversations with some senior Republican allies on the Hill, the White House is indicating that Barrett is the intended nominee, multiple sources said…
Barrett has been the leading choice throughout the week, since Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died. She is the only potential nominee known to have met with the President in person, according to two of the sources. One source said Trump was familiar with Barrett already and he met with her since she was a top contender the last time there was a Supreme Court vacancy, when the President chose Justice Brett Kavanaugh instead…
“She was the plan all along. She’s the most distinguished and qualified by traditional measures. She has the strongest support among the legal conservatives who have dedicated their lives to the court. She will contribute most to the court’s jurisprudence in the years and decades to come,” according to a former senior administration official familiar with the process.
So there you go. Here’s a Fox News report on Barrett.Watch the latest video at foxnews.com
Excellent news. Tomorrow we’ll know for SURE sure but for now this’ll do.
Updates:All the haters are confirming. They can’t wait to try to Kavanaugh her.

CONFIRMED: A senior White House official tells me President Trump is expected to nominate Judge Amy Coney Barrett as his nominee to the Surpreme Court.
(CNN and CBS are also reporting this.)
— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) September 25, 2020

One thing they forget in all these plans. Kavanaugh got confirmed. Libs, your tactics are repugnant so they don’t work.

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Sen. Mike Lee: Lawmakers Have Themselves to Blame for Judicial Overreach

The Supreme Court has been politicized in recent decades as it delves into social disputes usually left for other political branches of government, and Congress has themselves to blame, Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) told The Epoch Times.
“I actually think we’re a significant part of the problem,” Lee said in an interview with “American Thought Leaders” broadcasted on Thursday night. “We’ve been under reaching. … For decades, we’ve been delegating out our power, we’ve been passive in response to executive and judicial overreach, but even worse, we’ve enabled, we facilitated, we’ve even created, in many instances, that judicial and executive overreach.”
Lee said Congress has in many instances surrendered their legislating authority to the executive branch of government. This has led to the executive, the judiciary, and administrative agencies expanding their reach in order to fill the void left by lawmakers.
“The far more common type involves a delegation to the executive branch. We pass a law that says, in effect, we shall have good law in area X and we hereby delegate to commission or department or division Y the power to make and interpret and enforce rules carrying the force of generally applicable federal law in that area,” Lee said. “And from that moment forward, that division or department, or commission, is the lawmaker, and is also the law enforcer.”
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This comes as President Donald Trump and Senate Republicans engage in a fierce battle to fill the vacancy in the nation’s top court left by liberal Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. If Trump is successful in confirming a nominee onto the bench, it would ensure a conservative lean for years to come.
The president and Senate Republicans have made considerable efforts to change the composition of the judiciary, by nominating and confirming younger conservative judges, in order to shape the long-term direction of the country.
This move has drawn much criticism from progressives in the country. Since taking office, the Senate has confirmed 218 federal judges nominated by Trump, including 53 appellate judges, and two Supreme Court justices.
The Utah senator said people have taken more interest in and have become more emotional about court decisions in recent decades because judges have taken a more prominent role in resolving certain social disputes, taking debatable matters beyond disputes, and tackling questions that are ordinarily left for the political branches of government. The federal government and states have also played a role by asking courts to resolve their political disputes.
This has ultimately resulted in a public perception that the courts are politicized. Lawmakers, and even the president, have also added fuel to the flame with some of their remarks.
Earlier this year, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) received widespread criticism when he appeared to threaten two of the Supreme Court justices, Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, during a speech at a nearby pro-abortion rally, saying that they may face consequences unless they rule the way he wants. He made the speech on the day the court was hearing oral arguments in a case challenging Louisiana’s regulation of abortion providers.
Trump, similarly, has referred to some federal judges as “Obama judges.” His remarks received pushback from Chief Justice John Roberts who defended the independence of the judiciary.
“The judiciary is supposed to be the least dangerous branch because it looks in the rearview mirror,” Lee said. “It doesn’t look forward. In other words, it’s not there as a policymaking body. It’s not there to say this is how things should be and must be and we’ll be moving forward. It’s there to look in the rearview mirror in the sense of saying, as of the date in question, the law said X.”
He believes judges are there to decide what the law said at a particular time and what particular words meant at the time they were passed into law, or put into the U.S. Constitution. This would make issues in dispute less controversial and less of an emotional exercise.
“If instead, the judiciary is out there looking for ways to radically change our culture, or to decide controversial issues of social policy. Yeah, you’re gonna have a lot of emotion behind it. I think that’s unfortunate. It’s also unnecessary,” he said.
The Trump administration and Senate Republicans have decried the impact of judicial overreach or judicial activism on a number of crucial policies. This is particularly seen when a single federal judge rules beyond the scope of a particular case, in some orders known as nationwide injunctions.
Nationwide injunctions are a fairly new concept that initially emerged in the 1960s. Scholars have not found an example of judges issuing nationwide injunctions in the first 175 years of the Republic, according to former Attorney General Jeff Sessions. The use of nationwide injunctions to block federal policies have become increasingly frequent after Trump took office in 2017. In the three years of his office, the administration has seen more than 55 nationwide injunctions issued against them.
In contrast, an average of 1.5 such injunctions were issued per year against the administrations of Presidents Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush. Meanwhile, the administration of President Barack Obama faced about 20 nationwide injunctions—or an average of 2.5 per year—during its eight years, according to Attorney General William Barr.
As part of the road to fix the perception of the court, Americans need to change the way they understand what judicial power is, Lee said.
“It’s not there, to come up with a set of rules to govern society there. They don’t come up with rules. They decide what the rules that have already been written say,” Lee said. “That distinction between those two things is when we’ve overly politicized the court, that’s why we’ve got such a problem today.”

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Sen. Doug Jones Says He Will Not Support Supreme Court Nominee Before Election

Sen. Doug Jones (D-Ala.), considered one of the most vulnerable senators, said he will not support a Supreme Court nominee before the election.
“I regret that I will not support the confirmation of any Supreme Court justice nominee, regardless of who it might be … before the outcome of the Nov. 3 election has been determined,” Jones stated in a Facebook Live event.
Jones previously said that he might be willing to support President Donald Trump’s nominee before November.
He will face off against Trump-backed GOP candidate Tommy Tuberville.
Jones won the Senate seat in 2017 in a special election, filling former Sen. Jeff Sessions’s (R-Ala.) seat. Jones was the first Democrat to represent Alabama in the upper chamber in decades.
In that election, Jones defeated Republican Alabama Supreme Court Judge Roy Moore in December after women alleged that Moore was engaged in sexual misconduct.
Tuberville took the opportunity to criticize Jones over his decision.
“President @realDonaldTrump previously released a list of proven conservatives he would consider for the court,” Tuberville wrote on Twitter. “And I can guarantee that Doug Jones opposes every one of them, including the female candidates and the two Alabamians, Bill Pryor and Kevin Newsome.”
Meanwhile, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), considered another moderate Democrat, said he also will not support nominating anyone before the November election.
Among Republicans, Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), both said they want to wait until after the election is over before a Supreme Court nomination is held.
However, Murkowski later loosened her stance and said she would not rule out voting to confirm the president’s nominee.
“I know everybody wants to ask the question, ‘Will you confirm the nominee?’” she told reporters near the Capitol. “We don’t have a nominee yet. You and I don’t know who that is. And so I can’t confirm whether or not I can confirm a nominee when I don’t know who the nominee is.”
Last week, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died at age 87 after a bout with cancer. Trump said he will nominate a new Supreme Court justice on Saturday at 5 p.m.
“Sadly, what was then a hypothetical is now our reality, but my position has not changed,” Murkowski also said. “I did not support taking up a nomination eight months before the 2016 election to fill the vacancy created by the passing of Justice Scalia.”
Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) this week announced he will vote in favor of Trump’s pick, giving Republicans a slight edge.

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Pennsylvania County Blames Contractor For Discarded Ballots

A Pennsylvania county on Friday blamed a contractor for the discarded ballots found by FBI agents this week.
The nine military mail-in ballots were found in a dumpster in Luzerne County, as were four absentee ballot envelopes that were empty, federal officials said.
County officials began sending out absentee ballots to military members and overseas voters on Aug. 25, the county said in a new statement on Friday.
Luzerne County manager David Pedri’s office said the county’s elections bureau historically hires contractors to help with various tasks in the months leading up to an election, and this year was no exception.
One of the contractors, who began work on Sept. 14, was tasked with sorting mail received by the bureau.
Two days later, “it was discovered by Luzerne County Elections Director Shelby Watchilla, that this contractor incorrectly discarded into the office trash [absentee] ballots,” the statement said.
“Ms. Watchilla immediately began an internal inquiry and informed her direct supervisor.”
The contractor was removed from service and told not to return.
After an internal inquiry was completed, Watchilla contacted the county’s office of law, which informed her that the matter needed to be reported to the proper authorities. The county district attorney’s office was soon contacted for investigation and assistance.
All garbage from the bureau from Sept. 14 to Sept. 16—the days the contractor worked—was placed in a dumpster and secured by county staff.
FBI agents later searched each bag of garbage from the entire building, with assistance from county officials and Pennsylvania State Police officers.

The FBI headquarters is seen in Washington on Feb. 2, 2018. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
Any item of concern was taken into custody by the FBI.
Elections staff were not aware for whom the ballots were cast until U.S. Attorney David Freed’s office announced that seven of nine discarded ballots were cast for President Donald Trump.
Freed’s office initially said all nine were for Trump but later issued a revised statement downgrading that number.
When FBI agents return the ballots, the county will attempt to contact the voters involved and process the votes, according to the new statement. It encouraged people who have mailed their ballots to the county to check their status at the Pennsylvania Department of State website.
Because of what happened, county officials plan on providing “supplemental extensive training” to both full-time staff members and contractors.
In addition, a security camera in the bureau will help officials “actively monitor and ensure that all staff are strictly adhering to proper procedures and protocols,” the county said.
Mail-in ballots will start being sent to the general public in Luzerne County on Oct. 5.
The county’s announcement came after Freed directed Watchilla to fix the issue that the federal investigation uncovered.
“Our interviews further revealed that this issue was a problem in the primary election—therefore a known issue—and that the problem has not been corrected,” he said. “While the assigned investigators are continuing their work including reviewing additional discarded materials, it is imperative that the issues identified be corrected.”
The investigation into what happened is ongoing, according to federal officials.

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WATCH: Mark Meadows destroys FBI Director Chris Wray

White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows destroyed FBI Director Chris Wray over his assertion that he hasn’t seen widespread mail-in voter fraud:

With all due respect to Director Wray, he has a hard time finding emails in his own FBI, let alone figuring out whether there’s any kind of voter fraud.” — White House Chief of Staff @MarkMeadows on FBI Dir. Christopher Wray saying he’s seen no evidence of widespread voter fraud pic.twitter.com/W5PUfpnWCn
— CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) September 25, 2020

“With all due respect to Director Wray, he has a hard time finding emails in his own FBI, let alone figuring out whether there’s any kind of voter fraud.” OUCH!

One of MSNBC’s producers (former CNN) responded to the clip accusing Meadows of lying about mail-in voter fraud to undermine the election:

Mark Meadows is lying and misdirecting. There is no evidence of widespread voter fraud. He is lying — without evidence — to undermine confidence in elections.
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) September 25, 2020

This is a garbage take. Instead of debunking it myself, let’s hear again from the top law enforcement official in the country:
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“Well we haven’t had the kind of WIDESPREAD use of mail-in ballots that’s being proposed!” That’s really the point. All of these leftists like Griffin keep crying that there’s no proof of widespread voter fraud related to mail-in ballots. But we’ve never done mail-in voting on a scale that’s being proposed now. It’s all deception on their part to justify the use of something that will result in widespread voter fraud. And everyone knows it.

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Florida AG Wants Bloomberg Investigated

Florida Restaurants Can Now Operate With No Restrictions, Governor Says

Biden Says He Will Bring DOJ’s Civil Rights Division to the White House

China Evergrande Shares, Bonds Suffer Sell-Off on Cash-Crunch Concern

Former Congressman Ron Paul Appears to Suffer Medical Emergency During Live Cast

Huawei Lab Building in China Catches Fire, Killing Three

Release Grand Jury Transcripts in Breonna Taylor Case, Family Lawyers Tell Kentucky AG

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Mail-In Ballots Found Discarded in Pennsylvania

Discarded mail-in ballots cast by military members for President Donald Trump were discovered in Pennsylvania. It’s the second lot of discarded ballots found this week. The FBI and local police are investigating the incident.
Early voting started this month in many states, and already, mail-in ballots are being found discarded. It’s one of the biggest concerns surrounding election integrity this November.

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Trump Admin Proposes New Rules to Limit Student Visa Length

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on Thursday proposed a new rule that would place fixed time limits on student visas, breaking with current policy that allows visa holders to stay as long as they maintain their status as students.
Currently, international students are granted a “duration of status” (D/S), meaning that the length of their authorized stay within the United States is not dictated by their visa expiration date. Under the D/S framework, which has been in place for 20 years, foreign nationals can stay indefinitely, so long as they remain enrolled in school and follow the rules associated with their student visa.
The proposed DHS rule, which is now open for public comment for 30 days, would replace the duration of status with a maximum four-year period of authorized stay for international students. The fixed four-year term is notably shorter than the typical time needed to complete a typical PhD program, which can takes six year or longer, meaning that a PhD student would have to apply for an extension of stay mid-program.

Chinese students wait outside the U.S. Embassy for their visa application interviews in Beijing, China., in a file photo. (Alexander F. Yuan/AP Photo)
If the new rule takes effect as written, foreign students would only be eligible for two-year visas if they are born in or citizens of countries with a student visa overstay rate greater than 10 percent. According to the latest DHS Overstay Report (pdf), about 60 percent of Asian, Middle Eastern, and African countries fall into that category. Countries with the largest number of student visa overstays, such as China, Brazil, and India, would not be affected by the proposed rule.
The two-year visa limit also applies to citizens and people born in countries on the U.S Department of State’s State Sponsor of Terrorism List, namely Iran, North Korea, Sudan, and Syria.
In addition, the proposed rule would limit the time students can spend in English language training to no more than two years over a lifetime and impose limits on the number of times they can change programs at the same degree level or move to a lower degree level. It would also shorten the 60-day grace period during which students may remain in United States beyond the completion of their program of study to 30 days.
The changes are necessary, according to the DHS, because the current D/S policy allows foreign nationals to stay on a student visa, but doesn’t require them to be periodically assessed by immigration officials on whether they are complying with the rules relevant to their student status or whether they present a national security concern.
“An open education environment in the United States offers enormous benefits, but it also places research universities and the nation at risk for economic, academic, or military espionage by foreign students,” the DHS says in its proposal, adding that the new policy would help mitigate those national security risks by ensuring an immigration officer directly and periodically vets applicants for extensions of stay and, in so doing, confirms they are engaged only in activities consistent with their student status.

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Biden Says He Will Bring DOJ’s Civil Rights Division to the White House

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has made a number of pledges that will see the Justice Department shift vastly from the one under President Donald Trump, especially in the area of civil rights and policing.
Biden this week told reporters that, if elected, he plans to bring the DOJ’s civil rights division into the White House as a way to “elevate its standing” and will ensure that the division’s presence will be elevated in the department so that it will have “access and transparency” into all police department activities across the country.
“I’d make sure there’s a combination of the Civil Rights Division having more direct authority inside the Justice Department and be able to investigate, than in fact it has now,” he said while speaking at an economic summit for black business people in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Wednesday.
Trump and Biden have offered divergent views on civil rights issues, especially in relation to law enforcement. Since taking office, the Trump administration has rolled back a number of Obama-era civil rights enforcement tools and limited the role of the federal government in these areas while focusing the department’s energy on upholding constitutional freedoms.
The Trump administration has repeatedly expressed support for police officers and has committed resources and funding to assist in reducing violent crime across the country. Trump and Attorney General William Barr have both condemned calls to “defund the police” and are against limiting legal protections from civil lawsuits against police officers. Trump’s Justice Department has reinstated the death penalty and has instructed federal prosecutors to charge defendants with the most serious and provable crimes.
Yet the Trump administration is open to police reform and has taken steps to address issues of police misconduct, which officials have said are often isolated instances. Trump signed an executive order on police reform in July, which encourages the use of the latest standards for use of force and sending social workers to some police calls geared toward homeless people and people with mental health and addiction problems.
The Justice Department has also launched several civil rights investigations to see whether officers in recent shootings involving African Americans violated any federal laws. Moreover, Barr believes that there is work to be done to restore the confidence of black communities in law enforcement but does not believe police departments are systematically racist, as has been claimed by a number of politicians and groups.
The Biden campaign, in contrast, has highlighted “racial, gender, and income-based disparities” in policing and the criminal justice system as a priority area to address, pledging to bring back the Obama-era pattern-or-practice investigations and consent decrees to address allegations of systemic police misconduct.
Biden has previously said that he does not support defunding police departments but is in favor of conditioning funding such as Byrne grants to departments based on their willingness to adopt reforms. Byrne grants are “the leading source of federal justice funding to state and local jurisdictions,” according to the Justice Department.
“If they don’t eliminate chokeholds, they don’t get Byrne grants; if they don’t do the following, they don’t get any help,” Biden said in an interview with NowThis in July.
The Democrat nominee has also vowed to award $300 million in grants to focus on community-oriented policing, through the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) program. The Trump administration has also awarded multiple grants to the COPS program, with a recent focus to allow local and state agencies to hire more law enforcement professionals and expand community policing initiatives.
On the other issues, Biden has pledged to eliminate the death penalty, to decriminalize the use of cannabis and expunge all prior cannabis use convictions, and to make it easier for individuals to sue police officers for civil claims by limiting qualified immunity. He is also advocating to broadly use clemency for certain nonviolent and drug crimes.
“There will be a new enthusiasm towards enforcing civil rights allegations and violations,” Professor Jeff Swartz told The Epoch Times. Swartz teaches criminal law and criminal procedure at Western Michigan Cooley Law School and is currently on the Biden campaign’s legal team for the west coast of Florida.
Swartz, who served as a county court judge for Miami-Dade County, Florida, said that he believes a Biden DOJ will make “some real efforts” in enforcing the federal civil rights statute, which poses some challenges for prosecutors.
“The statute right now is very narrowly drawn, it is very difficult to enforce it,” he said. “Because it is so narrowly drawn, prosecutors have to jump through tremendous hoops to prove things that are very difficult to prove … in particular, in the criminal justice area.”
Swartz said a potential Biden DOJ would also bring some uniformity in the way police departments are investigated in order to ensure that “there is not at least discernible systemic racism or bias in the way that the police do their job,” through reinstating consent decrees.
These agreements between the Justice Department and a police department with allegations of misconduct allow for greater federal oversight over the targeted police department, but were criticized for tying down local police departments and making their work more difficult.
John Feehery, a Republican strategist and columnist, told The Epoch Times that he believes prosecutors would be more active under a Biden DOJ but their enforcement would go beyond seeking accountability in policing. He said prosecutors would likely have a large appetite in enforcing environmental and voting issues, and cases against corporations. He added that this would likely make businesses go on the defensive, which could result in a slowdown of the economy.
“If businesses have to hire lawyers instead of hiring employees, you know, they don’t invest in economic growth, they invest in trying to protect themselves from lawsuits,” he said.
Feehery also said Biden, who he believes isn’t really anti-police, is likely trying to appeal to the far-left by pushing his police reform agenda. Communities could see a decline in public safety as a result, he said, as police officers may lose their confidence in the government providing the support needed. A number of police departments have already seen a drop in morale amid the George Floyd protests and calls for defunding police.
Meanwhile, Trump has chosen to run on a law-and-order platform as his re-election strategy. He promises to fund and hire more police and law enforcement officers, increase criminal penalties for assaults on police officers, prosecute drive-by shootings as domestic terrorism, bring violent extremist groups like Antifa to justice, and end cashless bail.
A number of police organizations have endorsed Trump for re-election including the nation’s largest police union, the Fraternal Order of Police, and New York’s Police Benevolent Association, which represents tens of thousands of New York City police officers.
Criticisms of Trump’s DOJ
Biden has sought to contrast how he would run his DOJ with Trump by stating that it would be “totally independent” of him. Trump’s DOJ has received criticism for a number of decisions involving politically sensitive high-profile cases involving Trump associates, such as former political adviser Roger Stone and former national security adviser Michael Flynn, as well as the dismissal of U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Geoffrey Berman.
Critics have accused Barr of acting as the president’s personal attorney and politicizing the DOJ. Meanwhile, many former DOJ employees have also expressed concern over the cases.
Barr defended his decisions to intervene in those cases, saying that he was never directed by the president to get involved and that his decisions were influenced by his responsibility to uphold the rule of law and to apply a consistent standard of justice across the board.
Last week, the attorney general delivered a rebuke toward some federal prosecutors who he says are too invested in prosecuting prominent public figures, rather than serving justice to the people.
Barr said it was thus important to have layers of supervision to evaluate the conduct of individual prosecutors in order to ensure that the “fair-handed administration of justice” is being delivered.
“Individual prosecutors can sometimes become headhunters, consumed with taking down their target. Subjecting their decisions to review by detached supervisors ensures the involvement of dispassionate decision-makers in the process,” Barr said.
On Wednesday, Biden leveled criticism at the Justice Department during his speech, calling it the “Department of Trump,” while taking issue with the department’s decision to defend Trump against rape accuser and columnist E. Jean Carroll.
Biden said that he would stay out of prosecutorial decisions and leave it up to his attorney general, implying that that’s not the case with Trump. “The Justice Department, under my administration, will be totally independent of me. I will not direct and who to prosecute, how to prosecute what to prosecute,” he said.
Swartz said this would be “bringing morale back to the department,” which he believes, after talking to former DOJ employees, had taken a hit due to discontent under the direction of the current administration. He said that if Biden is elected, he would “recreate the type of Department of Justice that we had for decades” before Trump came into office.
Meanwhile, Feehery said he expects Biden to have a “cozier relationship” with the DOJ because bureaucrats are likely to be less adversarial toward political insiders. He said Biden’s career in Congress, on the Judiciary Committee, and in the White House would likely mean that there would be more people who would be politically loyal to him in the department.
“I think that [Attorney General] Barr has been trying to get control over the bureaucracy, [while] I think Biden will be much cozier with the bureaucracy,” he said.

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Former Congressman Ron Paul Appears to Suffer Medical Emergency During Live Cast

Former Texas Congressman Ron Paul appears to have suffered a medical emergency during a live interview, a video posted on Twitter suggests.
“It has to be liquidated. We have to get rid of that. It’s a burd—,” Paul said before freezing up and struggling to complete the sentence.
The Ron Paul Institute did not respond to a request for an update on its founder’s health.
Paul represented Texas in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1997 to 2013, 1979-1985, and 1976-1977.
He ran for president as a Libertarian Party in 1988 and as a Republican in 2008 and 2012.
Paul gained a diverse following due to his fierce criticism of federal spending, the Federal Reserve, and the U.S. tax policy. He openly criticized the military–industrial complex, and the wars on drugs and terror.
Well wishes for Paul poured in on social media.
Rep. Chip Roy (R-Texas) wrote on Twitter, “Prayers up for Dr. Ron Paul, and the whole family. Godspeed.”
“I wouldn’t be working in politics today if it wasn’t for Ron Paul and his 2008 campaign for President. Probably a lot of other people with similar stories. Prayers up for him,” Republican strategist Andrew Surabian wrote on Twitter.
Paul, 85, has been described interchangeably as a libertarian and a conservative. He is a staunch defender of constitutional rights, including the right to keep and bear arms. He was one of only three Republicans to vote against the Patriot Act, which vastly expanded the U.S. government’s surveillance powers in response to the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

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WATCH LIVE: President Trump lays out his “Black Economic Empowerment: The Platinum Plan”

Today President Trump is going to lay out his Black economic empowerment plan at 2:40PM in Atlanta, GA and you can watch below:
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Lost baby goat sprints back to his mom the second he finds his family 💜 pic.twitter.com/bGqlq62MJi
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“There has to be a price to pay” – Pelosi threatens Republicans over SCOTUS nomination

The despicable Nancy Pelosi today threatened Republicans, saying “there has to be a price to pay” if Republicans move forward with the SCOTUS nomination:
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Gayle King immediately asks Pelosi about the ‘arrows’ in her ‘quiver’ that she claimed to have before, suggesting they are running out of time. Pelosi just played it off with a dumb joke, claiming it was simply a figure of speech. Yes Nancy, we all know you don’t really have a quiver full of arrows.

But what she was really saying is that she has no ‘arrows’ at all and that she’s a fraud. There’s nothing she can do to stop the Senate from confirming a new Supreme Court justice.
I think when she says ‘there has to be a price to pay’, she’s just trying to get voters worked up to vote Trump and Senate Republicans out of office, as if they are doing something so gravely wrong that voters have an obligation to give them the boot. It’s absurd.
As a palate cleanser, here’s Ted Cruz schooling Democrats yesterday on why they are completely wrong:
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Trump’s Election Tweets Likely to Spark Volatility in US Treasurys: JPMorgan

President Donald Trump’s election-related tweets are likely to drive volatility in the U.S. Treasury market, according to the JPMorgan Chase & Co. analysts who created the Volfefe Index.
Named after Trump’s mysterious “covfefe” tweet from May 2017, the index seeks to gauge the impact of the president’s tweets on the world’s biggest funding market by tracking moves in interest-rate options.
“Presidential tweeting remains a statistically significant driver of volatility and options pricing in interest rates,” JPMorgan analysts Henry St John and Joshua Younger wrote in a note cited by Fox News. “Should the topic of those pronouncements turn to topics to which markets have been more sensitive ‒ Covid-19, the election, and geopolitics, for example ‒ it could be a bullish factor for volatility heading into November.”
Analysts at JPMorgan created the measure in September 2019, with Bloomberg reporting at the time that the analysts found the Volfefe Index accounted for a “measurable fraction” of moves in interest rate derivatives known as swaptions, with a larger impact on shorter-term government securities like two- and five-year Treasury notes.
Other analysts have also sought to gauge the impact of Trump’s tweets on markets, with Citigroup quantitative foreign-exchange strategist Sukrita Chatterji telling Bloomberg shortly after JPMorgan launched the Volfefe Index that Citi’s own analysts found that the president’s missives on Twitter were typically followed by a period of higher volatility in global currency markets.
Noah Hamman, AdvisorShares CEO, told Yahoo Finance in a Sept. 25 interview that Trump’s recent remarks about the possibility of a contested presidential election could also drive volatility in stocks.
“It’ll increase the volatility,” Hamman said, adding that while he hopes the result of the election will be “definitive” and it won’t be adjudicated by the Supreme Court, he added that, “people and investors are bracing for volatility.”
The VIX volatility gauge, often dubbed the Wall Street fear gauge, which tracks implied volatility in the benchmark S&P 500 equities index, shot up by about 10 percent on Sept. 23, the day Trump, at a press briefing, declined to endorse an orderly transfer of power.
When asked about whether he would “commit here today for a peaceful transferal of power after the November election,” Trump said it isn’t clear what will happen.
“We’re going to have to see what happens,” he said. “You know that I’ve been complaining very strongly about the ballots, and the ballots are a disaster.”
The president has often expressed concerns about voter fraud amid a surge in mail-in voting as well as nationwide riots and unrest.
Later, on Sept. 24, Trump said he’ll respect the November election results if the Supreme Court rules that Joe Biden won.
On the same day, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany added further clarity to the issue, saying at a press briefing that Trump “will accept the results of a free and fair election.”
Meanwhile, some experts contend that some U.S. stocks could face more volatility next week as Trump and Biden face off in their first debate ahead of the November election.
A perceived victory in Tuesday’s debate by Biden might boost stocks related to global trade and renewable energy, while a perceived victory by Trump could benefit fossil fuel and defense companies.
If one candidate emerges stronger on Tuesday, “the debate could be an individual stock and sector play,” said Jack Ablin, Chief Investment Officer at Cresset Wealth Advisors.
Many investors view Biden as more likely to raise taxes, and see a second term for Trump, who favors deregulation, as better for the overall stock market. At the same time, a Trump win could spark concerns over ramped up tensions between Washington and Beijing, as the president has taken China to task for a range of trade abuses, including forced technology transfers and intellectual property theft.
Reuters contributed to this report.

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REVEALED: FBI official on Team Mueller believed Flynn probe was really to “get Trump”, thought Russia collusion probe was baseless

Turns out there was one FBI agent on Team Mueller that didn’t believe the Trump/Russian collusion probe was valid and thought the Flynn investigation was just being used as a means to ‘get Trump’. This is a long read but it’s worth it.
FOX NEWS – An FBI official who served on Robert Mueller’s team said he believed the special counsel’s prosecution of former White House national security adviser Michael Flynn was part of an attitude to “get Trump,” and that he did not wish to pursue a Trump-Russia collusion investigation as it was “not there” and considered it to be a “dead end.”
FBI agent William J. Barnett made the comments during an interview on Sept. 17 at the Justice Department, before Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri Jeffrey Jensen, who was tapped by Attorney General Bill Barr to review the case against Flynn. Jensen has joined U.S. Attorney John Durham’s team in his review of the origins of the Trump-Russia probe. Those comments have surfaced in new government documents.
Fox News reviewed Barnett’s FBI 302, which was filed by the U.S. government early Friday as part of the Flynn case.
Barnett, during his interview, detailed his work at the FBI, and his assignment to the bureau’s original cases against Flynn and former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort. Barnett said the Flynn investigation was assigned the code name “Crossfire Razor,” which was part of the Crossfire Hurricane investigation — the bureau’s code name for the original Trump-Russia probe.
Barnett believed “predication” for the Flynn probe was “not great” and even wanted to interview Flynn and then close the case. But his request was denied by Andrew McCabe:
Barnett told investigators that he thought the FBI’s Trump-Russia probe was “opaque” and “with little detail concerning specific evidence of criminal events.”
“Barnett thought the case theory was ‘supposition on supposition,’” the 302 stated, and added that the “predication” of the Flynn investigation was “not great,” and that it “was not clear” what the “persons opening the case wanted to ‘look for or at.’”
After six weeks of investigating, Barnett said he was “still unsure of the basis of the investigation concerning Russia and the Trump campaign working together, without a specific criminal allegation.”
Barnett began asking agents what they thought “the end game” was in the Flynn investigation, and suggested that they interview Flynn “and the case be closed unless derogatory information was obtained,” but said he was “cautioned against” an interview of Flynn, due to concerns that it would “alert Flynn as to the investigation.”
Barnett, though, told investigators that he believed that Flynn’s position as White House national security adviser in the incoming Trump administration “offered an opportunity for the FBI to conduct the interview without alerting any suspicion and Flynn would see such an interview as being standard procedure.”
The 302 stated that Barnett ran the request to interview Flynn “up the chain,” but said the request was denied, and described the FBI’s investigation into Flynn as “top down”–meaning that “direction concerning the investigation was coming from senior officials,” specifically then-Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe, who Barnett believed was “directing” the Flynn investigation.
Barnett, at the time, said that he believed the investigation was “problematic and could result in an inspector general investigation.”
Barnett saw “no evidence of collusion” and didn’t believe the probe “was leading or headed toward prosecution”:
“Barnett still did not see any evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government,” the 302 stated. “Barnett was willing to follow any instructions being given by the deputy director as long as it was not a violation of the law.”
Barnett told investigators he believed the investigation into Flynn was a “check the box exercise, making sure all bases were covered, before the case was closed,” and said he “did not” think the case “was leading or headed toward prosecution.”

Barnett said Jeanne Rhee in the Special Counsel’s office “was obsessed with Flynn and Russia and she had an agenda”:
Nevertheless, Barnett said that he believed there were grounds to investigate “the other three subjects in Crossfire Hurricane, however, he thought Flynn was the ‘outlier.’” But Barnett, in the spring of 2017, gave a briefing on the Flynn investigation to a group of attorneys from the Special Counsel’s Office, including Jeanne Rhee.
“Barnett said he briefly went over the investigation, including the assessment that there was no evidence of a crime, and then discussed [REDACTED], which he thought was the more significant investigation,” the 302 stated.
Barnett told investigators that he thought “Rhee was obsessed with Flynn and Russia and she had an agenda.”
A day following the briefing, Barnett said he was contacted by former FBI agent Peter Strzok, who said “he really wanted Barnett to work with the special counsel’s office.”
According to the 302, Barnett told Strzok that he “did not wish to pursue the collusion investigation as it was ‘not there,’” Ultimately, though, Barnett decided to work with Mueller’s team, “hoping his perspective would keep them from ‘group think.’”
Barnett believed Team Mueller had a “get Trump” attitude and they wanted to be part of a ‘big successful prosecution”:
Barnett added that he believed the appointment of Mueller in May 2017 “changed everything,” and described the situation pertaining to the special counsel’s office as “‘upside down’ with attorneys drafting search warrants and getting agents to simply act as affiants,” the 302 stated.
“Barnett thought there was a ‘get Trump’ attitude by some at the SCO,” the 302 continued.
One example Barnett shared was comments made by the president, saying investigators “needed to ‘get to the bottom’ of a matter. One of the SCO attorneys said Trump wanted to ‘cover it up.’”
Barnett “corrected it saying, ‘no, he said get to the bottom of it.’”
Barnett also said that “another example,” was when the president fired FBI Director James Comey, which he said was interpreted as “obstruction when it could just as easily have been done because Trump did not like Comey and wanted him replaced.”
But Barnett went on to tell investigators that it seemed that the attorneys on Mueller’s team “wanted to be part of something ‘big,’ a successful prosecution.”
“There was a lack of letting the evidence lead the investigation and more the attitude of ‘the evidence is there we just have to find it,’” Barnett’s 302 stated.
“Barnett believed the prosecution of Flynn by Mueller’s office was used as a means to ‘get Trump.’”
Flynn pleaded guilty to making a false statement to the FBI regarding his communications with the Russian ambassador. Barnett said “some individuals” in Mueller’s office “assumed Flynn was lying to cover up collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.”
“Barnett believed Flynn lied in his interview to save his job, as that was the most plausible explanation and there was no evidence to contradict it,” the 302 stated. “Barnett believed the prosecution of Flynn by Mueller’s office was used as a means to ‘get Trump.’”
The government’s filing of Barnett’s 302 in the Flynn docket comes just days before Flynn’s team and Justice Department attorneys will present arguments before Judge Emmet Sullivan with the hopes that he will dismiss the case.
What’s even more maddening about all of this is that it adds to the proof that AG Barr was right to drop the charges against Flynn, yet the courts want to keep it alive.
Both the Trump/Russia probe and the Flynn investigation were completely bogus from the beginning and the media relentlessly pushed it on the country the entire time. This is one of the biggest reasons why Trump must be re-elected in November.

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Mueller Team Members Spoke ‘Comically’ About Wiping Phones, FBI Agent Says

Agents who worked on Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation joked about wiping their cell phones, according to an FBI agent who worked for the special counsel.
FBI Agent William Barnett told government investigators last week that he heard other FBI agents at the special counsel’s office (SCO) “comically talk about wiping cellular telephones,” according to a summary of the interview released as part of the court proceedings in the case involving former national security adviser Michael Flynn.
“Barnett had a cellular telephone issued by the SCO which he did not ‘wipe.’ Barnett did hear other agents ‘comically’ talk about wiping cellular telephones, but was not aware of anyone ‘wiping’ their issued cellular telephones,” the summary (pdf) states.
The FBI and the DOJ did not respond to a requests for comment.
SCO records released earlier this month show that at least 22 phones belonging to members of the Mueller team were wiped prior to being reviewed for records. The employees provided dubious excuses for wiping their phones, such as doing so “accidentally” or because they forgot their passwords. Two employees claimed their phones wiped themselves.
In addition to the 22 devices which were wiped, 44 phones contained zero records when reviewed by a records officer assigned to the Mueller team. Five other SCO phones contained only one record each, and four had fewer than 10 records per device, according to the log kept by the records officer over the course of more than 20 months.
The dearth of records on the cellphones is extraordinary considering the enormous scope of the investigation. The SCO interviewed approximately 500 witnesses, issued 2,800 subpoenas, and obtained 500 search warrants.
Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) has requested that the Department of Justice Office of Inspector General look into the wiping of the devices. Barnett could be viewed as a witness in the probe if he could name the agents who joked about erasing their devices.
The Mueller team used at least 92 phones over the course of its 22-month investigation of alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. The special counsel concluded the probe having found no evidence of collusion.
In his interview last week, Barnett told investigators that the SCO’s prosecution of Flynn was a means to “get Trump.” Barnett described his own frustration with the investigation as well as the aggressive campaign by the SCO attorneys to find evidence of wrongdoing by President Donald Trump or his associates. Barnett eventually asked to be removed from the case because he was sure it would become the target of scrutiny by the inspector general, according to the interview summary.
Of the 92 unique iPhones used by the Mueller team, only 12 were recorded as containing a significant number of records when they were reviewed.
Two well-known members of the Mueller team, FBI attorney Lisa Page and Deputy Assistant Director Peter Strzok, mentioned sending and clearing iMessages from their SCO iPhones on more than one occasion.
“Clear imsg …” Strzok wrote to Page on June 5, 2017, and again on June 8.
The records officer, who isn’t identified in the documents, noted that Strzok’s phone contained “no substantive texts, notes or reminders.” Page’s phone went missing under questionable circumstances after she left the Mueller team. When it was recovered more than a year later, the device was already wiped.
The iPhones that had no records belonged to some of the key members of the special counsel team, including Mueller himself, deputy special counsel Aaron Zebley, FBI attorney Kevin Clinesmith, and Andrew Weissman, a prosecutor.
Clinesmith pleaded guilty in August to one false statement charge in connection to an email he forged while serving as the primary FBI attorney assigned to the SCO. He manipulated the email as part of the process for preparing a secret-court application for a warrant to surveil a former Trump campaign adviser.
Clinesmith, Page, and Strzok were among a group of officials who used government-issued devices to express intense bias against Trump while investigating the president and his associates. Messages from the trio offered the public an extraordinary glimpse into the nature of the investigation and now raise questions about why dozens of other phones from the Mueller team turned up wiped or devoid of records.
Strzok, who maintained an extramarital affair with Page, spoke of stopping Trump from becoming president, mentioned an “insurance policy” in case Trump won the election, and mused about impeachment around the time he joined Mueller’s team. Clinesmith wrote that he was “devastated” after Trump’s election victory and that his “name is all over the legal documents investigating [Trump’s] staff.”

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Texas Attorney General Announces 134 Voter Fraud Charges Ahead of 2020 Election

A county commissioner, his wife, and two others were arrested this week on voter fraud charges in Texas.
Gregg County Commissioner Shannon Brown, Marlena Jackson, Charlie Burns, and DeWayne Ward are accused of being part of an organized vote harvesting scheme during the 2018 Democratic primary, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, a Republican, announced.
The group targeted young, able-bodied voters to cast ballots by mail by fraudulently claiming the voters were disabled, in most cases without the voters’ knowledge or consent, officials said.
“It is an unfortunate reality that elections can be stolen outright by mail ballot fraud. Election fraud, particularly an organized mail ballot fraud scheme orchestrated by political operatives, is an affront to democracy and results in voter disenfranchisement and corruption at the highest level,” Paxton said in a statement.
“Mail ballots are vulnerable to diversion, coercion, and influence by organized vote harvesting schemes. This case demonstrates my commitment to ensuring Texas has the most secure elections in the country, and I thank the Gregg County Sheriff and District Attorney for their continued partnership. Those who try to manipulate the outcome of elections in Texas must be held accountable.”

Gregg County Commissioner Shannon Brown, bottom left, his wife Marlena Jackson, top right, DeWayne Ward, top left, and Charlie Burns, bottom right, were charged with voter fraud in Gregg County, Texas. (Gregg County)
A grand jury returned 23 felony counts against Brown, a Democrat, 97 counts against his wife Jackson, and a combined 14 counts against the two others, according to indictments obtained by The Epoch Times. Counts include illegal voting, fraudulent use of mail ballot applications, and unlawful possession of ballots. If convicted, defendants face jail time, some up to 99 years.
Brown’s office didn’t respond to a request for comment. The other defendants couldn’t be reached.
Brown won the 2018 primary election by just five votes over his challenger, former Longview City Councilwoman Kasha Williams, out of 2,089 cast.
Brown rode nearly 500 absentee ballots to the win. Williams received less than 200.
The investigation was triggered by a complaint filed in 2018 by Rev. D.J. Nelson. A message left at Nelson’s church wasn’t returned Friday.

A worker files election material in El Paso, Texas, on March 3, 2020. (Cengiz Yar/Getty Images)
“In the state, 9 percent of the ballots cast were absentee,” Nelson told KETK shortly after filing the complaint. “So 9 percent statewide, but in Gregg County it was 32 percent.”
Gregg County Elections Administrator Kathryn Nealy told the Longview News-Journal later that year that mail-in ballots in precinct four were being looked at for a long time.
“They use this same group of people every election, because they get paid for it,” she said. “I can’t repeat the names, but there is an organized group out there who thinks that this is their job.”
Nealy declined to comment when reached by The Epoch Times.
State Sen. Bryan Hughes and state Rep. Jay Dean, both Republicans, said in a statement that the indictments followed a monthslong investigation.
“Voting by mail is an important tool for our over-65 and disabled citizens,” Hughes said in a statement. “Mail-in ballots are also most vulnerable to cheating and fraud. We must protect Texas election integrity, and we will.”

Customers prepare packages at the downtown El Paso United States Postal Service Post Office in El Paso, Texas, on April 30, 2020. (Paul Ratje/AFP via Getty Images)
Dean added, “The alleged account of voter fraud appears so clearly to be a problem in our districts, but we are encouraged by the attention it has brought to the issue, both here and statewide, and by the opportunity to fix this problem.”
Gregg County, which has 71,729 registered voters, sits in east Texas near the border with Louisiana.
The indictments come amid concerns about fraud in what will be an unprecedented utilization of mail-in voting in the Nov. 3 presidential election.
Mail-in ballots, many cast for President Donald Trump, were found discarded in Pennsylvania this month while trays of mail, including absentee ballots, were discovered in Wisconsin.
Also this month, Paxton successfully petitioned the state Supreme Court to stop Harris County officials from sending over two million mail-in ballot applications, alleging the effort “would create voter confusion and jeopardize the integrity and security of our elections.”

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Charles Barkley speaks an uncomfortable truth: Breonna Taylor shouldn’t be “lumped in” with George Floyd

Charles Barkley said something last night that you won’t hear many on the left saying and it’s sure to drive people on the left mad:
NY POST – Basketball legend and NBA analyst Charles Barkley defended Louisville police this week, insisting that the shooting of Breonna Taylor shouldn’t be “lumped in” with other high-profile shootings of unarmed black people.
On the Thursday night TNT pregame show for game four of the Western Conference Finals between the Los Angeles Lakers and Denver Nuggets, Barkley sounded off about his thoughts on the case.
“I don’t think this one was like George Floyd or Ahmaud Arbery and things like that,” Barkley said, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
“I feel sad that this young lady lost her life. I think this one was — the no-knock warrant is something we need to get rid of … across the board. But I am worried to lump all these situations in together.”
“And I just feel bad that the young lady lost her life,” he added. “But we do have to take into account that her boyfriend shot at the cops and shot a cop. So like I say, even though I am really sorry she lost her life, I just don’t think we can put this in the same situation as George Floyd or Ahmaud Arbery.”
Well he’s wrong about it being a no-knock warrant, but he’s right about the rest. Her boyfriend did begin shooting at the cops after they had already knocked and announced themselves, breached the door and were visibly inside the apartment. And I really appreciate that he has the courage to say this when most of the left, including the media, is more interested in keeping people riled up and angry because they hope it will turn into votes against Trump.
Shaquille O’Neal also agreed with Barkley, saying ““I have to agree with Charles, this one is sort of lumped in,” O’Neal said. “You have to get a warrant signed and some states do allow no-knock warrants. And everyone was asking for murder charges. When you talk about murder, you have to show intent. A homicide occurred and we’re sorry a homicide occurred. When you have a warrant signed by the judge, you are doing your job, and I would imagine that you would fire back.”

Again Shaq is wrong on the no-knock warrant, but he’s right that these officers were just doing their job and had a right to defend themselves.
Barkley continued, also slamming the stupid idea of defunding the police:

Charles Barkley on defunding the police “Who are black people supposed to call Ghost Busters when we have crime in our neighborhood? We need to stop the defund or abolish the police crap” pic.twitter.com/uEIsnX729g
— gifdsports (@gifdsports) September 25, 2020

He also pushed back against the nationwide movement to defund police departments.
“I hear these fools on TV talking about defund the police and things like that,” Barkley said. “I’m like, wait a minute, who are black people supposed to call? Ghostbusters? When we have crime in our neighborhoods?”
Predictably, this triggered several on the left:
“I didn’t know I could be this disgusted by Charles Barkley,” Democratic strategist Adam Parkhomenko wrote.
“What is Charles Barkley talking about???????????????” journalist Britni Danielle wrote. “This [Brianna Taylor’s death] isn’t like Ahmaud Arbery and George Floyd. You’re right. It’s not, because she was at home, asleep in her bed. TF???”
She wasn’t asleep in her bed. That’s another BLM lie. She was standing beside her boyfriend who began shooting at the police after they breached the door.
I know we’ve criticized Barkley in the past for saying dumb stuff, but we’ve also praised him in the past for daring to speak truth when it went against the narrative of the left. And this is another one of those instances. Kudos to both Barkley and Shaq.

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‘Why Bother?’: Pelosi Reiterates Biden Should Skip Debates With President Trump

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) again called for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden to skip his first debate with President Donald Trump, scheduled for next week.
“I just think that the president has no fidelity to fact or truth and actually in his comments the last few days,” Pelosi said on CBS News Friday. “No fidelity to the Constitution of the United States. He and his henchmen are a danger … to our democracy.” She added: “Why bother?”
The Trump campaign didn’t respond to a request for comment.
There has been rampant speculation about Biden’s health in recent months, with some observers noticing the 78-year-old former vice president has slowed down in recent days. President Trump, meanwhile, has focused on Biden’s lack of public appearances, his relatively light schedule, and lack of questions from legacy news outlets.
“Supposing he never campaigns and he wins, you know how badly I’m going to feel? I’m working hard, and you’ve got to work hard,” Trump said of Biden in Jacksonville on Thursday evening.
Biden’s campaign also called a lid, or a memorandum for reporters covering his campaign meaning there will be no further availability for public statements, at 9 a.m. on Thursday.
“Sleepy Joe Biden just closed down his campaign for the day (Again),” Trump wrote on Thursday. “Wants to rest! He is a very LOW ENERGY INDIVIDUAL, and our Country cannot make it in these exciting, but complex and competitive times, with a Low Energy President !!!”

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during his ‘The Great American Comeback Rally’ at Cecil Airport in Jacksonville, Florida, on Sept. 24, 2020. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Biden and Trump will face off on Sept. 29 in a debate moderated by Fox News’ Chris Wallace.
Pelosi first said Biden should skip all the debates about a month ago, but Biden refused to consider boycotting them and proposed being a “fact-checker” during the contests. If Biden were to opt-out, Trump and his campaign would be provided more ammunition to attack Biden for not making public appearances.
“Don’t tell anybody I told you this. Especially don’t tell Joe Biden. I don’t think that there should be any debates,” Pelosi said in a news conference in late August. “I do not think that the president of the United States has comported himself in a way … that has any association with truth, evidence, data and facts.”
Wallace and Fox News said they would feature 15-minute segments on six topics, including race and policing, election integrity, both candidates’ records, the CCP (Chinse Communist Party) virus pandemic, the economy, and the Supreme Court seat that was left vacant after Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death last week.
“The president is constantly prepping,” said Mark Meadows, the White House chief of staff, in comments to reporters this month. “We obviously will be well prepared for the debates. We’re not taking it for granted.”
Zachary Stieber contributed to this report.

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Mark Levin RIPS the NY Times for smearing him over speaking the truth about COVID-19 deaths

The New York Times attacked Mark Levin yesterday for speaking the truth about the real number of COVID-19 deaths:
When the coronavirus death toll in the United States passed 200,000 on Tuesday, matching projections made by White House experts this spring, many of the right-wing media personalities who had mocked the estimates as overblown were quiet.
The death toll, tracked by Johns Hopkins University and a New York Times database, is most likely an undercount, many public health experts believe. At least 266,000 more people have died in the United States during the pandemic than would have been the case during a typical year.
Mark Levin, the host of a syndicated radio show and a Fox News program, declared on Twitter on Wednesday that “THE U.S. DID NOT SURPASS 200,000 COVID-19 DEATHS.” As evidence, he cited data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showing that 94 percent of the reported deaths involved underlying health problems and that 6 percent of the people who died had no illness or medical condition other than Covid-19.
Mr. Levin was one of several popular radio hosts who have used the C.D.C. statistic to make a case that the pandemic death toll was inflated, a false claim that was also promoted by a supporter of the QAnon conspiracy theory and amplified by President Trump in a post that Twitter removed last month.
Health experts have repeatedly debunked that interpretation of the data. Earlier this month, Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, the country’s leading infectious disease expert, tried to clear up any misconceptions during an appearance on “Good Morning America.”
Notice how they not only attack Levin for pointing out exactly what the CDC said, but also tie him to QAnon? This is a hit job if I ever saw one.

Levin fired back this morning:
I get so tired of these sleazy know-nothing “reporters” like the New York Times clown Tiffany Hsu. The CDC data is clear. I did not make it up. It states that 6% of the now over 200,000 of those who died of the coronavirus died just from the virus, while 94% had comorbidities — that is, 94% had life-threatening underlying issues such as severe heart disease, diabetes, etc. (The list of comorbidities is also provided by the CDC.) Obviously, 200,000 individuals did not die solely or even primarily from the coronavirus, but some subset of that number died from the coronavirus. That’s simple, basic logic based on what the CDC data reports. But for Tiffany Hsu and her employer, the New York Times, the 200,000 number is a milestone; it is just too politically significant to let a “right-wing radio star” dare to challenge. And, of course, she mentions QAnon in the same sentence, which I have absolutely no knowledge about and absolutely nothing to do with, just to create smoke, distract from the point, and attempt to denigrate me. It won’t work. But this is how the Holocaust-denying, 1619-project, anti-Semitic New York Times deals with a very serious topic. Moreover, Tiffany Hsu wouldn’t have known what I posted on my social sites but for the fact that she follows the Soros-connected Media Matters kook website, which took great offense at my post, given its war on the truth.
Tiffany Hsu also quotes Dr. Fauci (yes, the same man who has been wrong about models, data, masks, and the threat of the virus from early on), who did not generate this data but is the go-to guy for the media on all things. Fauci said: “That does not mean someone with hypertension or diabetes, who dies of COVID didn’t die of COVID-19, they did.” Now, think about what Fauci said. The CDC looked at every death certificate (approximately 180,000 at the time). Fauci didn’t look at anything but the same aggregated numbers the rest of us are looking at. And yet, his statement in no way supports the conclusion that every single one of the over 200,000 individuals who died, died as a result of the coronavirus. It is an absurdly misleading statement. Where is his “scientific evidence” for such a conclusion. There is none. Tiffany Hsu, her employer, and too many others who pretend to be reporters rather than advocates have no idea either. Then she further stretches and quotes a South Carolina health office that draws the same conclusion as Fauci. That’s it. That’s the best she can do to attempt to counter the undeniable facts and only rational conclusion — that to say over 200,000 people have died from the coronavirus is factually and scientifically false. Folks, this is a matter of basic facts versus propaganda. It says a lot that a hack for the New York Times, would follow the lead of a radical leftwing website, which publishes trash all the time, rather than honestly approach the data and the science. You can draw your own conclusions but it seems obvious to me.
This piece by Tiffany Hsu is the same kind of garbage we’ve been getting from Facebook and the reason they crippled my page. Even if someone like Levin quotes directly from what top sources have said, like the CDC, he’s accused of misinterpreting the data and smeared because of it. These self-appointed arbitrators of the truth want to destroy the reputations of people on the right so that people won’t listen to them anymore and future Donald Trump’s won’t get elected.
That’s what this is really about.

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Hawley’s Bill to Let People Sue Big Tech Platforms Blocked in Senate

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) on Thursday blocked a bill that would have let Americans sue large technology companies for enforcing terms unfairly or unequally.
Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) introduced the legislation and tried to get it passed with unanimous consent, which avoids a vote but allows any single senator to stymie its passage.
“There are a group of people who seem intent on influencing the people’s choice, on manipulating it, on shaping it according to their own preferences. And I’m not talking about China or Russia or Iran,” Hawley said on the Senate floor in Washington.
“I’m talking about a group of corporations, the most powerful corporations in the history of this nation, the most powerful corporations in the history of the world. I’m talking about big tech.”
The senator argued that Facebook, Twitter, Google, and other platforms are heavily relied upon by Americans and that the companies running the platforms are increasingly ramping up censorship against both President Donald Trump and his supporters.
“For months, the tech platforms have been engaging in escalating acts of censorship, political censorship, aimed at conservatives. They censored the president of the united states. They have banned pro-life groups from their sites. They have tried to silence independent conservative journalists like the Federalist. … Joe Biden isn’t censored. Pro-choice groups aren’t discriminated against. … No, big tech targets conservatives for censorship for a simple reason. They don’t like conservatives. They don’t agree with conservatives. They don’t want to see conservatives get elected,” he charged.
Hawley’s bill would amend Section 230 immunity, which currently protects platforms against lawsuits.
Wyden objected, blocking its passage.
The Democrat, who co-wrote Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, said the intent was to protect “the little guy, the person who didn’t have power, the person who didn’t have clout.”

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) speaks during a hearing in Washington, June 30, 2020. (Susan Walsh/Pool/Getty Images)
“This law is hugely important to movements like Me Too and Black Lives Matter, because it gives Americans the opportunity to see the messages that they want to get out. We’ve all seen the videos. Frankly, the establishment media I don’t think would have even run a lot of it because they would be sued. So the original interest in this was making sure that the little guy had a chance to be heard. That’s the interest today. That’s what the senator from Missouri wants to throw in the trash can,” he argued.
Wyden urged Hawley to support a different piece of legislation, a bill he’s offered called the Mind Your Own Business Act that would make tech executives personally liable if they repeatedly lie.
Hawley responded by saying Wyden described “a world that doesn’t exist.”
“He says section 230 protects the little guy. Section 230 protects the most powerful corporations in the history of the world. Google and Facebook aren’t the little guy. Instagram and Twitter aren’t the little guy. You know who is left vulnerable by those megacorporations? The people who don’t have a voice, the people who when they get de-platformed don’t have an option,” he said.
“If you’re silenced by Google, Facebook, or Twitter, what is your option? None, nothing. You can’t be heard. You can’t go to court. You can’t do anything.”
Google, Twitter, and Facebook didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.
Later Thursday, Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), the ranking member of the Senate Commerce Committee, blocked subpoenas that Chairman Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) planned to issue Friday to the chief executives of Facebook, Twitter, and Alphabet, Google’s parent company.
“I am happy to work with my colleagues to hold further substantive, bipartisan hearings on how platforms like Facebook, Google, and Twitter need to improve. But I will not participate in an attempt to use the committee’s serious subpoena power for a partisan effort 40 days before an election,” Cantwell said in a statement.
Because of the senator’s move, Wicker scheduled a vote on the subpoenas for Oct. 1.
The chairman wants to compel the CEOs to testify before his committee about Section 230.

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Ok, let’s talk about President Trump “refusing to commit to a peaceful transfer of power”

Two days ago President Trump called on the idiot Playboy reporter in his daily news conference, who essentially asked if he would commit to a peaceful transfer of power if he loses:
Q Mr. President, real quickly: Win, lose, or draw in this election, will you commit here, today, for a peaceful transferal of power after the election? And there has been rioting in Louisville. There’s been rioting in many cities across this country — red and — your so-called red and blue states. Will you commit to making sure that there is a peaceful transferal of power after the election?
THE PRESIDENT: Well, we’re going to have to see what happens. You know that. I’ve been complaining very strongly about the ballots. And the ballots are a disaster. And — and —
Q I understand that, but people are rioting. Do you commit to making sure that —
THE PRESIDENT: Oh, I know. I know. Yeah, no, we want —
Q — there’s a peaceful transferal of power?
THE PRESIDENT: We want to have — get rid of the ballots and you’ll have a very trans- — we’ll have a very peaceful — there won’t be a transfer, frankly; there’ll be a continuation.
The ballots are out of control. You know it. And you know who knows it better than —
Because of this exchange the media has gone into overdrive pushing Trump’s response as an “unprecedented attack on America’s election.” Seriously. Just watch the first 20 seconds of this NBC Nightly News intro from last night:
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Lester Holt introduces the nightly news show saying “Tonight President Trump’s unprecedented attack on America’s election. The president again today casting doubt on the legitimacy of the upcoming vote after refusing to commit to a peaceful transfer of power if he lose to Joe Biden.”

He then goes on to breathlessly introduce their segment on this, which of course was at the very top of the show, by saying:
“In a year and a season where shock is hardly in short supply, what may be among the most stunning words spoken by an American president are loudly resonating tonight. President Trump’s refusal to commit to a peaceful transfer of power should he lose the election. The President dangling doubt over one of the most powerful rights of American democracy.”
And this way overhyped reporting was after White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany addressed this yesterday afternoon, saying “The President will accept the results of a free and fair election. He will accept the will of the American people.”
I was at my mom’s when I heard Lester Holt say this yesterday and I just couldn’t believe how grave they were making this sound. I had a visceral reaction to it and couldn’t contain my objection to Holt’s panicked reporting as my mom patiently tolerated my outburst.
I can’t speak for what exactly Trump was thinking when he answered the question the way he did, but I can tell you exactly what I was thinking. THE QUESTION WAS OFFENSIVE! The question presupposes that Trump is some wannabe evil dictator who will try and hold on to power at all costs. It comes from the demented minds of people who virulently hate Trump and come up with the worst conspiracy theories about him, and it couldn’t be further from the truth.
Trump is not a lawless president and never has been. I know that’s what Democrats and their kin were worried about in 2016, but it never came to fruition. Every time Trump has received a negative court ruling, stopping him from doing something he wants to do, he lawfully fights it with an appeal. If there’s an injunction involved, Trump complies with it until he can get it overturned. This is the opposite of what Obama did, who was held in contempt of court for violating a judge’s order. Now he was a lawless president!
So when Trump answered the question the other day, I was more offended at the question than I was at his answer. Reporters have been trying for months to get Trump to commit to conceding the election in, one way or another, so they can pressure him with his own words after the results come in, assuming it’s close or he’s behind. That’s what this is really about. Well, that and the fact that they want him out so bad they are already dreaming about it.
But as Kayleigh pointed out yesterday, questions like this are really more fitting for Joe Biden and Democrats who have told him not to concede the election under any circumstance, because they plan to litigate the hell out of it to try and legally push Slow Joe over the finish line. But don’t hold your breath for reporters to ask him about this. The last tough questions he got from the press was during the primary. Now that he’s their candidate to go against Trump, they won’t do anything to make him look bad. He’s untouchable.

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Federal Judge Suspends Trump Administration’s Census Deadlines

A federal judge ruled on Thursday that 2020 Census counting can continue through Oct. 31, blocking the Trump administration’s end-of-September deadline.
Judge Lucy Koh, ruling in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, issued a preliminary injunction in the case, arguing in the decision documentation (pdf) that a shortened schedule would have an adverse impact on political representation and the distribution of federal funding.
The once-in-a-decade headcount is used to determine how $1.5 trillion in federal spending is allocated each year and how many congressional seats each state gets. Prior to the outbreak of the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus, data collection for the 2020 census was scheduled to end on Aug. 15. Due to challenges posed by the pandemic around field operations, it was extended to Oct. 31, but in early August, the Census Bureau announced it would move that deadline up to Sept. 30, arguing that it would otherwise be unable to meet a Dec. 31 statutory deadline for submitting the collected data to Congress. Koh’s injunction also suspends the Dec. 31 deadline.
Civil rights groups and local governments sued the Census Bureau and the Commerce Department, which oversees the agency, in a bid to halt the 2020 census from stopping at the end of the month. Attorneys for the plaintiffs said the shortened schedule would overlook some residents in minority and hard-to-count communities, leading to an inaccurate count. They argued that “an inaccurate apportionment would violate their constitutional rights to representation” and that the plaintiffs would incur additional costs to mitigate the undercount.
Government attorneys argued that, if field operations for collecting census data are extended by another month, they will be unable to meet the end-of-the-year deadline for turning over the numbers.
Koh said in the ruling that, “the balance of hardships tips sharply in Plaintiffs’ favor,” and that an injunction is in the public interest.
“The hardship imposed on Defendants from a stay—missing a statutory deadline they had expected to miss anyway—would be significantly less than the hardship on Plaintiffs, who will suffer irreparable harm from an inaccurate census count,” Koh noted in the ruling.
Attorneys for the Census Bureau and the Commerce Department said during the hearing they would likely lodge an appeal.
President Donald Trump, in a presidential memorandum in July, sought to exclude illegal aliens from the apportionment base following the census, but a federal court in New York blocked that initiative. The memorandum did not change who would be counted in the 2020 census, which counts every person regardless of whether they are authorized to be in the United States or not, but it directed Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, who oversees the Census Bureau, to provide Trump with a second tally that excludes “aliens who are not in a lawful immigration status.”
That order followed a decision last year by the Supreme Court to block the administration’s plan to include a question about citizenship status on the 2020 census, which now does not inquire about immigration status.
Trump has long sought to curb illegal entry into the United States, including by pushing for his signature U.S.-Mexico border wall. Estimates as to the number of people living in the U.S. without legal authorization range from 10.5 million to 12 million, according to the Brookings Institute, with a Dec. 2018 report from the Department of Homeland Security (pdf) estimating that, in January 2015, there were 12 million illegal aliens residing in the country.

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DOJ Directs Pennsylvania County to Change Practices After Discarded Ballots Found

The Department of Justice directed the Pennsylvania county where discarded ballots were found to change its practices before the upcoming election.
U.S. Attorney David Freed said in a letter to Shelby Watchilla, director of elections for Luzerne County, that the nine discarded ballots all originated with members of the military.
Two of the ballots had been recovered by elections staff, reinserted into what appeared to be their appropriate envelopes, and resealed. One was linked to an envelope that was recovered, potentially tying it to a specific voter. The six others were simply removed and discarded, and can’t be attributed to a specific voter.
In addition to the military ballots, investigators found four official, bar-coded, absentee ballot envelopes that were empty.
The majority of the discarded ballots and envelopes were found in a dumpster.
Protocol dictates how election officials should process military ballots, including securely storing the ballots—and not opening them—until Election Day. Opening any mail-in ballot violates the law.

A man casts his ballot in the primary election in Philadelphia, Penn., June 2, 2020. (Joshua Roberts/Reuters)
“The preliminary findings of this inquiry are troubling and the Luzerne County Bureau of Elections must comply with all applicable state and federal election laws and guidance to ensure that all votes—regardless of party—are counted to ensure an accurate election count,” Freed wrote.
“Even though your staff has made some attempts to reconstitute certain of the improperly opened ballots, there is no guarantee that any of these votes will be counted in the general election. In addition, our investigation has revealed that all or nearly all envelopes received in the elections office were opened as a matter of course. It was explained to investigators the envelopes used for official overseas, military, absentee and mail-in ballot requests are so similar, that the staff believed that adhering to the protocol of preserving envelopes unopened would cause them to miss such ballot requests.
“Our interviews further revealed that this issue was a problem in the primary election—therefore a known issue—and that the problem has not been corrected.”
Investigators are still probing what happened. The investigation includes reviewing additional discarded materials.
In the meantime, Freed urged the county election official to correct the issues. Both he and Luzerne County District Attorney Stefanie Salavantis, a Republican, are available to meet with Watchilla, he told her.
“Please be assured that the investigators will carefully preserve all documents collected in connection with this investigation. Our goal, that I am sure you share, is to ensure that every properly cast ballot is counted,” Freed said.
County administrators alerted the district attorney’s office last week about issues with a small number of mail-in ballots, Salavantis said in a statement. Based on the information, her office launched a probe and consulted with the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Mail-in primary election ballots are processed at the Chester County Voter Services office in West Chester, Penn., on May 28, 2020. (Matt Rourke/AP Photo)
At the request of the district attorney, federal officials took over the case on Monday.
“The investigation is in its early stages and we are confident that it will be successfully resolved so it will not have an impact on the integrity of the election process,” Salavantis said.
At the time the investigation started, county officials had not started sending out regular mail-in ballots. But military members and overseas citizens are able to request and receive special write-in absentee ballots before printed ballots are ready, according to the state of Pennsylvania.
Seven of the nine discarded ballots were cast for Trump, officials said.
FBI agents, working together with the Pennsylvania State Police, have conducted “numerous interviews” and recovered and reviewed physical evidence, the Department of Justice said in a statement. Election officials in the county have been cooperating with the probe.
In an updated statement on Thursday that was sent to The Epoch Times, Chief County Solicitor Romilda Crocamo thanked the district attorney’s office, state police, and federal officials for quickly accepting the request for a probe and for their professional work on the investigation.
“The County will continue to work in cooperation with the authorities throughout their review,” he said. “Due to the fact that this is an ongoing investigation, it is not appropriate for the County to provide further comment at this time.”

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Sen. Lee: Trump Likely to Pick Barrett for Supreme Court Vacancy

President Donald Trump will likely choose Judge Amy Coney Barrett for the Supreme Court vacancy he’s seeking to fill, Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) told The Epoch Times.
“I’ll be surprised at this point if he chooses anyone else. She seems to be exactly what he’s looking for,” Lee said in an interview with “American Thought Leaders” published on Thursday night.
Barrett, 48, is a circuit judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, a position the Senate confirmed her to in 2017. She is a former law clerk to late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.
“She’s been educated and trained in the mold of not only her former boss, Justice Scalia, but my former boss, Justice [Samuel] Alito, and, and Justice Clarence Thomas. Those are the kinds of justices he’s been promising to nominate,” Lee said.
“And she is a textualist originalist, she views her role as a judge as involving the interpretation of the law based on what it says based on what words are used, and how those words were understood publicly at the time of their adoption, either into the Constitution or into whatever statutes being interpreted. It’s exactly the kind of justice President Trump wants, and that the country needs right now. So I think it will be her and that it should be.”
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Trump wants to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died last week, with a woman.
Trump has confirmed two of the five names on his shortlist: Barrett and Barbara Lagoa, 52, a former Florida Supreme Court justice who now serves as a circuit judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.
Carrie Severino, chief counsel and policy director of the Judicial Crisis Network, told The Epoch Times that both women have shown the courage that’s a hallmark of a Trump nominee, pointing to Lagoa’s recent refusal to recuse herself from a voting rights case despite pressure to do so.
“She was able to stand firm,” Severino said.
Judicial Crisis Network works to confirm judges that are dedicated to adhering to the Constitution and the rule of law. The group helped confirm both of Trump’s Supreme Court nominees, including Brett Kavanaugh.
Barrett’s qualifications include “her commitment to the Constitution and the rule of law,” with a well-developed record as a scholar and a judge, Severino added, describing her as the perfect nominee.

U.S. Circuit Judge Barbara Lagoa, of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, is shown in this official undated photo released by the Florida Supreme Court. (Florida Supreme Court/AP Photo)
Allison Jones Rushing, 38, a circuit judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, is also rumored to be under consideration.
Like Barrett, Rushing faced a faith-based inquisition during her confirmation hearings, but displayed confidence and calm, according to Severino.
“The fact that she was willing to stand up for her principles speaks a lot to her courage,” she told The Epoch Times.
Trump plans to announce his choice at 5 p.m. on Saturday.
Within a week or two of the nomination, the Senate Judiciary Committee will start its work on the nominee, including hearing from her and other witnesses.

Allison Jones Rushing speaks during her confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee to be a judge on the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals on Capitol Hill in Washington, on March 21, 2019. (C-SPAN via ap)
About a week after that, the committee will vote on whether to advance the nominee to the full Senate, Lee said.
With just over a month left before the Nov. 3 election, some Democrats, and a smaller number of Republicans, are pushing to delay consideration of a nominee until they can see whether Trump wins reelection or Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden unseats him.
Barrett’s choice would also help in that matter, the senator said.
“Judge Barrett was confirmed by the U.S. Senate, and has been a judge since then, just about three years ago,” he said.
“There was a pretty comprehensive background check done on Judge Barrett, a significant paper record and file created in connection with that investigation. They can update that in supplemented for any additional information they might need, within a couple of weeks’ time. That still gives us time to then hold a hearing process that will take the better part of a week, and ask questions of her in person and in writing, and vote on the nominee in committee and get it to the Senate floor. We can do all that between now and the election.”

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White House Urges Peaceful Protests, Denounces ‘Mob Justice’ In Wake of Louisville Unrest

The White House denounced the latest outbreak of protest-related violence in Louisville, Kentucky, urging peaceful demonstrations and cautioning against rhetoric in the media that could fuel calls for “mob justice.”
Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany made the remarks in a Sept. 24 press briefing, in which she addressed a range of issues, including clarifying that President Donald Trump “will accept the results of a free and fair election,” and criticizing Democrat actions that she said “sow chaos and discord,” like mulling impeachment as “punishment” for Trump intending to exercise his constitutional authority to nominate a Supreme Court justice.
McEnany was asked about what the president’s message is for the family of Breonna Taylor, who died in March from bullets fired by police when they returned fire while serving a no-knock warrant at her Louisville home.
“Our hearts go out to her. It was a horrible tragedy that happened,” she replied, adding, “and that our hearts also are with the two police officers who were shot last night in the Louisville riots.”
Two Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) officers were shot Wednesday in downtown Louisville and sustained non-life-threatening injuries amid growing unrest surrounding the handling of the officer-involved shooting case of Taylor.
A grand jury on Wednesday determined that Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly and Detective Myles Cosgrove were justified when they opened fire on Taylor and her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker. Taylor’s boyfriend told police he heard knocking but didn’t know who was coming into the home and opened fire in self-defense, striking one of the officers in the leg. Detective Brett Hankison, who fired several shots into Taylor’s apartment from outside, was indicted on three counts of first-degree wanton endangerment.
Riots broke out in multiple U.S. cities following the grand jury decision.
Kentucky’s attorney general, Daniel Cameron, at a press conference following the grand jury announcement called the incident a tragedy and urged calm.
“The decision before my office is not to decide if the loss of Breonna Taylor’s life was a tragedy—the answer to that question is unequivocally yes,” Cameron said.
“If we simply act on outrage, there is no justice—mob justice is not justice,” he later added. “Justice sought by violence is not justice. It just becomes revenge.”
Protests that broke out after the grand jury announcement at one point became violent, with police spokesman, Sgt. Lamont Washington, saying that 46 people were arrested.
McEnany, at the briefing, noted the situation in Louisville, saying there were reports of vandalism and arrests.
“The Trump administration urges calm and reminds those who wish to have their voices heard to do so peacefully. You have a right to peaceful protest, as outlined in the First Amendment,” she said. McEnany then referred to Cameron’s statement urging people not to resort to “mob justice,” before taking aim at a CNN reporter for challenging the attorney general’s words.
“And you contrast his message with that of CNN’s Brianna Keilar, who said, ‘I question the judgment of the Kentucky Attorney General saying that mob justice is not justice.’ We know that this is a very loaded language. That’s an appalling statement from Brianna Keilar at CNN. And what is outrageous about this take is that mob justice is not justice,” McEnany said.
She continued, “This has nothing to do with politics, it has everything to do with the value of human life and the safety and security of our American cities and across the country, we’ve seen our police officers come under fire in the line of duty … Our police officers deserve our respect and the violence that is being committed towards them … is outrageous.”
She called the words of Keilar “outrageous, irresponsible, and we should never hear statements like that followed by hours later two police officers being shot.”
Keilar later responded in a tweet: “The Breonna you should be talking about today is not me, @PressSec.”

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Democrats to Unveil Bill Proposing 18 Year Term Limit For Supreme Court Justices

Democrats in the House of Representatives are preparing to unveil legislation next week that would limit the length of time a Supreme Court justice could serve to 18 years.
News of the bill, which is being sponsored by Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.), comes as President Donald Trump prepares to announce his nominee for the vacant seat on the Supreme Court at 5 p.m. on Saturday.
The legislation—the Supreme Court Term Limits and Regular Appointments Act—would allow every president to nominate two justices per four-year term, and is an attempt by House Democrats to reduce partisan warring over vacancies.

We need term limits for the Supreme Court. Every president should have an equal chance to appoint justices.
Our entire democratic system shouldn’t hinge on the shoulders of individual Supreme Court justices.
— Rep. Ro Khanna (@RepRoKhanna) September 24, 2020

“We need term limits for the Supreme Court. Every president should have an equal chance to appoint justices,” Khanna said on Twitter. “Our entire democratic system shouldn’t hinge on the shoulders of individual Supreme Court justices.
“It would save the country a lot of agony and help lower the temperature over fights for the court that go to the fault lines of cultural issues and is one of the primary things tearing at our social fabric,” he added.
A spokesperson for Khanna told Fox News in an emailed statement that the congressman is expected to introduce the bill next week, along with Rep. Joe Kennedy (D-Mass.) and Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA.).

End the filibuster.Eliminate the electoral college.Expand the court.Term limits for SCOTUS.Lower the voting age.Expand the franchise.
Take your government back.
But first — VOTE.
— Joe Kennedy III (@joekennedy) September 22, 2020

Justices do not currently have term limits. On average, the tenure of Supreme Court justices stands at more than 25 years, partly due to rising life expectancies.
According to Gabe Roth, the executive director of judicial transparency group Fix the Court, the legislation is the first attempt to limit the tenure of Supreme Court justices by statute.
According to a recent PBS survey commissioned by the group, 77 percent of Americans support term limits, while 22 percent oppose it.
The bill states that current justices would be exempt from the 18-year term limit. Justices appointed under the proposed rules would become “senior” upon retirement and rotate to lower courts.
“That’s perfectly consistent with their judicial independence and having a lifetime salary and a lifetime appointment,” Khanna said.
The president said Tuesday evening that filling Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat before the election is essential given the court’s role in resolving cases related to mail-in voter fraud. Ginsburg passed away on Sept. 18.
“We need nine justices. You need that. With the unsolicited millions of ballots that they’re sending—it’s a scam, it’s a hoax. Everybody knows that. And the Democrats know it better than anybody else,” Trump said in response to a reporter who asked if confirming the justice would, as some Democrats said, “tear the country apart.”
“So you’re going to need nine justices up there. I think it’s going to be very important,” the president added. “Because what they’re doing is a hoax, with the ballots. They’re sending out tens of millions of ballots, unsolicited—not where they’re being asked, but unsolicited. And that’s a hoax, and you’re going to need to have nine justices.”
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has said he will move forward with confirming any nominee the president puts forth.
Ivan Pentchoukov and Reuters contributed to this report.

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BLM mob threatens reporter to STOP filming them or they’ll break his camera

A Star Tribune reporter was in Minneapolis tonight filming the BLM mob as they marched, when they began threatening him if he didn’t stop filming:

Protesters chanting “no more pictures” as they march along S. 4th Street along US Bank Stadium. An organizer just came up to me demanding I turn my cameras off. She threatened to snatch my camera me if I didn’t comply.
— Aaron Lavinsky (@ADLavinsky) September 25, 2020

This isn’t the first time we’ve seen this. Remember when two mobsters from Black Lives Matter in Wisconsin beat up a gay Democrat who was on their side for filming them? They want to destroy the city without consequences, so they are bullying some of these reporters to stop filming them.
And in this case it worked, sadly:

Folks, I’m backing off. Multiple people threatening to take and break my cameras. Been berated most of the night by a small group of organizers and anarchists.
— Aaron Lavinsky (@ADLavinsky) September 25, 2020

I don’t blame this reporter or any reporter for backing off. It can be very scary when a soulless mob begins to target you.
I just have one question for the mobsters and the media. If all these ‘protests’ so peaceful, then why do these BLMers resort to these tactics? Why are they so afraid of being caught on camera just peacefully protesting? It can’t be because they might be seen with Black Lives Matter and lose their job or something. Because society has embraced the movement. Companies everywhere have made supporting BLM a part of their business.
No, the reason is what we mentioned earlier. They want to burn and pillage and not get caught; they want to destroy without being destroyed. They are cowards who can’t actually make a compelling case for their destructive, marxist movement, so they lie about cops and use violence and force to cower people into submission. It’s despicable and if it doesn’t get stopped, the mob will come for all of us.
(By the way, the photo at the top was from a video he shot a couple hours earlier. I don’t know if these are the people who eventually threatened him or not. Just pointing that out to avoid confusion.)

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Trump Forgives Romney Because ‘He’s Being Very Nice on the Supreme Court’

President Donald Trump said on Thursday night that he is “no longer angry” with Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) because of the senator’s support for confirming a Supreme Court justice before the election.
“Do you see what’s going on with the Republican Party, how unified the Republican Party is? Right? Now we’re unified,” Trump told a crowd of supporters in Jacksonville, Florida, on Sept. 24. “It’s a beautiful thing to see. Thank you, Mitt. Thank you. Appreciate it. Even Mitt’s onboard. No, it’s a good thing to see.”
Romney was the only Republican senator to vote in favor of convicting Trump during the impeachment trial. The Utah Senator voted for convicting Trump on the abuse of power charge, but voted to exonerate the president on the charge of obstructing justice. Trump spotlighted the vote, but said he’s no longer upset thanks to Romney’s stance of the Supreme Court confirmation.
“Of course when they did the impeachment hoax, we had 197 to nothing in the House and 52 to a half, that was Mitt,” the president said referring to the impeachment vote counts for Republicans in the House and Senate.
“But that’s OK, I’m no longer angry at Mitt because he’s being very nice on the Supreme Court. He’s doing the right thing. I just want him to do the right thing.”
The president is scheduled to announce a female nominee for the Supreme Court on Saturday. The appointee, if confirmed, will fill the seat left vacant by the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who passed away last week.
Republicans hold a thin but reliable majority in the Senate, so Romney’s support is crucial for moving the nomination forward quickly. The Democrats promised to pull out all the stops to attempt and derail the process until after Election Day.
Romney has frequently criticized Trump, but fell in line with fellow Republicans shortly after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced that he would move to confirm any nominee put forth by Trump.
“The Constitution gives the President the power to nominate and the Senate the authority to provide advice and consent on Supreme Court nominees,” Romney said in a statement. “Accordingly, I intend to follow the Constitution and precedent in considering the President’s nominee. If the nominee reaches the Senate floor, I intend to vote based upon their qualifications.”
Trump has said that having a full Supreme Court bench would be crucial for resolving any election-related legal challenges.

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Primary Source of Steele Dossier Was Suspected Russian Spy, Attorney General Reveals

The Washington-based Russian national who supplied former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele with most of the unverified claims in the infamous Russia dossier was himself investigated by the FBI on suspicions of being a spy for the Kremlin, according to documents released by Attorney General William Barr on Sept. 24.
Though he is not named in the documents released on Thursday, Igor Danchenko was identified in July as the primary source for the Steele dossier. The FBI investigated Danchenko from 2009 to 2011 because he “may be a threat to national security,” according to an unclassified summary (pdf) of the probe provided by Barr to Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.).
Despite knowing about the counterintelligence concerns with Danchenko, the FBI failed to disclose the fact to the secret surveillance court in as part of an application to surveil former Trump campaign foreign policy advisor Carter Page.
“To me, failure of the FBI to inform the court that the Primary Sub-source was suspected of being a Russian agent is a breach of every duty owed by law enforcement to the judicial system,” Graham said in a statement.
The FBI opened a full investigation into Danchenko after they learned he was an associate of two known FBI counterintelligence subjects. In 2006, he was in contact with the Russian embassy and a known Russian intelligence officer, according to the summary. During the interactions, Danchenko told the officer that he wanted to one day enter into the Russian diplomatic service. He also contacted the officer seeking a reply “so the documents can be placed in tomorrow’s diplomatic mail pouch.” One associate interviewed by the bureau noted that Danchenko “persistently asked about the interviewee’s knowledge of a particular military vessel.”
The FBI began the process of seeking a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant to surveil Danchenko, but cut the process short and closed the investigation in late 2010 after learning that Danchenko had left the country and had not renewed his visa. The closing documents noted that the FBI would consider reopening the investigation if Danchenko returned.
“This is the most stunning and damning revelation the committee has uncovered,” Graham said.
The investigation of the Trump campaign, codenamed “Crossfire Hurricane,” identified Danchenko in December 2016, two months after securing a warrant to spy on Carter Page. The Steele dossier played a crucial role in the bureau’s decision to seek the spy warrant.
Steele claimed that he based the vast majority of his dossier on reports from Danchenko, who, in turn, had a network of sub-sources.
The Department of Justice inspector general determined that the FBI’s FISA applications were riddled with errors, some of the most egregious of which had to do with Steele falsifying and overhyping what he had learned from Danchenko. Steele also presented rumors from Danchenko as credible claims.
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The FBI interviewed Danchenko for three days in late January 2017. During the interview, Danchenko disputed some of the claims attributed to him in the dossier and told agents that the allegations Steele had presented as credible were merely bar talk.
Despite learning of the issues with the dossier, the FBI—and subsequently special counsel Robert Mueller—went on to renew the spy warrants on Page. Instead of telling the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) about the major issues with the dossier exposed during the Danchenko interview, the bureau repeated the claims Danchenko had disputed and simply said that he was “truthful and cooperative.”
After the release of the inspector general’s report and a severe rebuke from the FISC, the FBI conceded that it shouldn’t have sought to renew the warrants.
In addition to playing a central role in the spying on Page, the dossier appears to have featured in the FBI’s decision to investigate the Trump campaign, a mounting body of circumstantial evidence suggests. The Hillary Clinton campaign ultimately paid for the dossier, a fact the bureau also omitted in its FISA applications.
The Department of Justice released a heavily redacted copy of the electronic communication summarizing the January 2017 interviews with Danchenko (pdf) on July 17. Despite the extensive blacking out of personal details, the length of the redactions as well as other details in the document made it possible to triangulate on Danchenko.
A Twitter user who goes by the pseudonym “Hmmm…” was the first to identify Danchenko as the source after locating the man’s resume, the details of which match exactly with both the redacted and unredacted portions of the declassified document. Danchenko locked down his social media profiles shortly after internet sleuths mentioned his name.
Danchenko’s identification is the latest of many severe blows to the credibility of the Steele dossier. While the inspector general’s report described Danchenko as a Russia-based source, Danchenko in fact lived in Washington for more than a decade, including at the time when he provided information for Steele’s dossier.
Danchenko’s resume, LinkedIn profile, and FBI interview paint a picture of an ordinary business analyst who connected with Steele when he was eager to earn an income.
None of what Danchenko told the FBI or what is in the public realm suggests he had access to the inner workings of the Kremlin. Danchenko told the bureau that he relied on conversations with childhood friends and other acquaintances for the information he passed on to Steele.
The leadership of the FBI, including then-Director James Comey, believed the dossier was so significant that they pushed to include it in a classified annex of the seminal January 2017 Intelligence Community Assessment on Russian interference in the U.S. election. Three intelligence agencies assessed at the time that Russia interfered in the election to hurt Clinton and help Trump.
The FBI’s investigation of the Trump campaign evolved into the special counsel probe by Robert Mueller. After a large-scale, 22-month inquiry, Mueller found no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.

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JUST REVEALED: Christopher Steele’s main source for dossier was investigated for being “national security threat” and the FBI KNEW IT!

You can’t make this stuff up. The primary source for Christopher Steele’s phony Russian dossier was actually investigated by the FBI during the early Obama years for being a “national security threat” and a “Russian spy” who reportedly offered to pay Obama-connected people for ‘classified information’ if they got jobs in the administration. And the FBI knew all of this in 2016 and still used the dossier to get a FISA investigation:

#Durham BREAKING: The primary sub-source for the Steele dossier was deemed a possible “national security threat” + the subject of 2009 FBI counter-intel probe. According to new records, those facts were known to Crossfire Hurricane team in December 2016. @LindseyGrahamSC pic.twitter.com/I6Gp4fv98C
— Catherine Herridge (@CBS_Herridge) September 24, 2020

 Kimberley Strassel explains it:

1) BREAKING, per @CBS_Herridge and extraordinary. So Christopher Steele’s main source for the dossier? He was the subject of a nearly two-year long FBI counter-intel investigation (2009-2011), under suspicion of being a Russian spy and a “threat to national security.”
— Kimberley Strassel (@KimStrassel) September 24, 2020

2) Early in Obama admin, subsource “reportedly attempted to recruit two individuals connected to an influential foreign policy advisor” to Obama. Said if they got jobs in the administration and access to classified information, he could help them “make a little extra money.”
— Kimberley Strassel (@KimStrassel) September 24, 2020

3) FBI says he had previously contact with the Russian Embassy and Russian intelligence officers. Thanks to @paulsperry_ we know the name of this subsource, and that he for a period at this time at Brookings, Democratic think tank.
— Kimberley Strassel (@KimStrassel) September 24, 2020

 THE KICKER:

4) But here’s the real kicker, per these documents out from @LindseyGrahamSC The FBI KNEW about this prior CI investigation into the source in DECEMBER OF 2016. It KNEW it was relying on information from a suspected Russian spy!
— Kimberley Strassel (@KimStrassel) September 24, 2020

5) The same FBI said to be concerned about Russian interference in election, was using information from a suspected Russian spy to probe a presidential campaign. The same FBI claiming Carter Page a Russian agent, was making that case based on info from a suspected Russia agent.
— Kimberley Strassel (@KimStrassel) September 24, 2020

6) Most importantly: It never told the FISA court about this CI investigation. It withheld that information and continued re-upping its applications to surveil Page and the campaign. It vouched for information supplied by a suspected Russian agent.
— Kimberley Strassel (@KimStrassel) September 24, 2020

7) The name of this subsource, and the realization of the FBI’s prior suspicions, should have ended the entire probe. Instead the FBI doubled down, hid things from the court, kept going. This again raises urgent need to know who knew what, and when.
— Kimberley Strassel (@KimStrassel) September 24, 2020

8) And people wonder why #Durham is looking into all this? Also, extra-credit question: Wasn’t it Mueller’s job to find sources of Russian disinformation? How do you miss the guy potentially feeding it directly to the FBI?
— Kimberley Strassel (@KimStrassel) September 24, 2020

No wonder so many FBI agents purchased professional liability insurance. They knew the crap would hit the fan if anyone ever looked into all of this because their entire investigation was corrupt.
I’ll note that Durham isn’t just looking into this madness, but he’s also comparing their investigation to how the DOJ handled an investigation of corruption into the Clinton Foundation:

Durham has sought documents and interviews about how federal law enforcement officials handled an investigation into allegations of political corruption at the Clinton Foundation https://t.co/K31tF7jJVP @WRashbaum @nicole_hong
— Adam Goldman (@adamgoldmanNYT) September 24, 2020

And you wonder what’s taking him so long? It sounds like he’s being very thorough!

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FBI and CIA Analysts Working Trump Probe Took Out Professional Liability Insurance After 2016 Election, Text Messages Show

FBI and CIA analysts who worked on the investigation of the Trump campaign in 2016 were so concerned about what scrutiny of their work by the incoming administration may turn up that they took out professional liability insurance, according to text messages between FBI analysts released on Sept. 24.
“We all went and purchased professional liability insurance,” an FBI analyst wrote to a colleague on Jan. 10, 2017.
“Holy [expletive]. All the analysts too?” the colleague responded.
“Yep. All the folks at the agency as well,” the analyst wrote, referring to the CIA.
The conversation then shifted to what could happen if the Trump’s administration discovered the details about the probe via a leak to the press.
“The thought was if that piece comes out… and Jan. 2o comes around… the new [attorney general] might have some questions… then yada yada yada… we all get screwed,” one of the two analysts, who are not identified in the documents, wrote.
“Don’t think it will happen now, but just in case… this could be a very very unpredictable 4 years,” the analyst added.
The two analysts were working on the investigation into Trump’s incoming national security adviser, Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, according to a supplement filed in the Flynn case on Sept. 24.
Other text messages between the analysts show that both conceded that nothing of substance was turned up in the Flynn inquiry. The pair then expressed exasperation after the case was ordered to stay open after a Jan. 5 White House meeting during which President Barack Obama personally discussed the Flynn case with FBI Director James Comey.
“So razor is going to stay open??” one of the analysts wrote, referring to Crossfire Razor, the codename for the Flynn investigation.
“Yep. Crimes report being drafted,” the other analyst responded.
One of the analysts then wrote that FBI officials were “scrambling for info to support certain things and it’s a mad house.”
“These documents provide information long known to the agents and others at the highest levels of the Department of Justice and the FBI; information long concealed by the Special Counsel and FBI,” Flynn’s defense team wrote in a filing accompanying the new records. “This evidence shows outrageous, deliberate misconduct by FBI and DOJ—playing games with the life of a national hero.”
The Department of Justice has requested to drop the charges against Flynn after discovering that the FBI had no reason to conduct the interview during which he allegedly lied to the agents. Flynn later pleaded guilty to lying, but has since withdrawn his guilty plea. In a unique twist, the prosecutors and the defendant are now in agreement while in a standoff with the judge, who has refused to allow the charges to be dropped until a court-appointed third party argues in favor of rejecting the request.

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WATCH LIVE: President Trump holds campaign rally in Florida at 7PM

Tonight President Trump is holding a campaign rally in Jacksonville, FL where another huge crowd awaits. It begins at 7PM and you can watch it below:
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Thank you Jacksonville, Florida. See you all TONIGHT! #MAGA pic.twitter.com/thHRd9UwXv
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 24, 2020

Tiny runt pittie puppy grows up wrestling with her blind cat sister 😍 pic.twitter.com/91u59RAldT
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New FBI texts expose the internal FUROR over their handling of “Crossfire Hurricane”

It turns out FBI agents were so worried about potential prosecution over their questionable handling of “Crossfire Hurricane” that they actually bought liability insurance, according to new texts revealed today that expose the internal furor over the handling of the phony Russia investigation.
From The Federalist:
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agents tasked by fired former Director James Comey to take down Donald Trump during and after the 2016 election were so concerned about the agency’s potentially illegal behavior that they purchased liability insurance to protect themselves less than two weeks before Trump was inaugurated president, previously hidden FBI text messages show. The explosive new communications and internal FBI notes were disclosed in federal court filings today from Sidney Powell, the attorney who heads Michael Flynn’s legal defense team.
“[W]e all went and purchased professional liability insurance,” one agent texted on Jan. 10, 2017, the same day CNN leaked details that then-President-elect Trump had been briefed by Comey about the bogus Christopher Steele dossier. That briefing of Trump was used as a pretext to legitimize the debunked dossier, which was funded by the Democratic National Committee and the Clinton campaign and compiled by a foreign intelligence officer who was working for a sanctioned Russian oligarch.
“Holy crap,” an agent responded. “All the analysts too?”
“Yep,” the first agent said. “All the folks at the Agency as well.”
“[C]an I ask who are the most likely litigators?” an agent responded. “[A]s far as potentially suing y’all[?]”
“[H]aha, who knows….I think [t]he concern when we got it was that there was a big leak at DOJ and the NYT among others was going to do a piece,” the first agent said.
While the names of the agents responsible for the texts are redacted, the legal filing from Powell, quoting communications from the Department of Justice (DOJ), states that the latest document production included handwritten notes and texts from Peter Strzok, Andrew McCabe, Lisa Page, and FBI analysts who worked on the FBI’s investigation of Flynn.
Agents also said they were worried about how a new attorney general might view the actions taken against Trump during the investigation. Shortly after then-Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) was confirmed to be Trump’s new attorney general, congressional Democrats, media, and Obama holdovers within DOJ immediately moved to force Sessions to recuse himself from overseeing the department’s investigations against Trump.
“[T]he new AG might have some questions….then yada yada yada…we all get screwed,” one agent wrote.
I’d love to know if Peter Strzok was one of the ones who bought liability insurance. From the way it sounds, he must’ve!
They also discuss some agents “having a scope way outside the boundaries of logic”:
The FBI agents also discussed how the investigation’s leadership was consumed with conspiracy theories rather than evidence.
“I’m tellying [sic] man, if this thing ever gets FOIA’d, there are going to be some tough questions asked,” one agent wrote. “[A]nd a great deal of those will be related to Brian having a scope way outside the boundaries of logic[.]”
“[REDACTED] is one of the worst offenders of the rabbit holes and conspiracy theories,” an agent texted. “This guy traveled with that guy, who put down 3rd guy as his visa sponsor. 3rd guy lives near a navy base, therefore…[.]”
Below is a couple of screenshots of the text messages tweeted out by Sean Davis, one of the authors of this piece:

At one point, FBI officials noted that they were in huge trouble if anyone ever FOIA’d the FBI for records, or if a new AG came in and figured out what they were doing.
So what did Obama holdovers do? They forced Sessions, the new AG, to recuse himself. https://t.co/RXjFKGNjBS pic.twitter.com/sV8INCfqBK
— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) September 24, 2020

Remember the illegal WaPo leak of top secret information about Flynn’s phone calls?
One FBI agent suggested the leak came from the “WH seniors” or “PDB staff” working for James Clapper.
And he laughed about doing nothing about it because he didn’t care. https://t.co/RXjFKGNjBS pic.twitter.com/tbaLBFhCvQ
— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) September 24, 2020

You can read more at the Federalist, including more screenshots of revealing text messages…

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GOP Report Warns of Election Chaos, Possible ‘Constitutional Crisis’

Two senior Republicans in Congress are warning that widespread problems with mail-in voting coupled with Democrats’ efforts “to change state election laws and procedures at the last minute” for partisan advantage could be setting the stage for “an unprecedented constitutional crisis” in the upcoming Nov. 3 presidential election.
The report, titled “How Democrats are attempting to sow uncertainty, inaccuracy, and delay in the 2020 election,” was published on Sept. 23 and was prepared at the request of Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), the senior Republican member on the Judiciary Committee, and Rep. James Comer (R-Ky.), the senior Republican on the Oversight Committee.
The report warns that eleventh-hour changes to state election laws and procedures, many of which were made through the courts, have disrupted long-established procedures for in-person voting.
Marc Elias of the high-powered Democratic law firm Perkins Coie, who has a long history of successfully challenging electoral integrity programs in court, is litigating election law cases in at least a dozen states. Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is also part of the effort to change the laws through the courts.
“Some Democrat-run states have belatedly changed election administration procedures and moved to all-mail balloting—meaning that as many as 44 million total ballots will be mass-mailed to registered voters with no assurance the ballots reach the right person,” the report states. “This expansive and late shift to all-mail voting will create conditions ripe for election crime, errors, inaccuracy, and delay.”
All-mail balloting, which shouldn’t be confused with absentee balloting on a limited scale, “raises serious questions about election integrity,” the report states. “To begin, states have notoriously inaccurate voter registration lists—one estimate suggests that voter registration rates exceed 100 percent of the eligible populations in 378 counties across the United States.”
The Commission on Federal Election Reform determined in 2005 that voting by mail “remain[s] the largest source of potential voter fraud,” the report states, adding that in October 2012, The New York Times reported that “votes cast by mail are less likely to be counted, more likely to be compromised and more likely to be contested than those cast in a voting booth.” The same month, The Washington Post reported that “it may still be possible to steal an American election, if you know the right way to go about it.”
The rapidly implemented package of changes to voting rules gives many states no room for error as they administer their first election with huge numbers of mail-in votes, the report states.
In the approaching election nine states—California, Colorado, Hawaii, Nevada, New Jersey, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Vermont, as well as the District of Columbia— will carry out all-mail elections. This will be California’s first try at an all-mail vote, the report states.
But even states with a track record in all-mail election have encountered difficulties. In the 2012 and 2018 elections, “the state of Oregon could not account for 871,000 ballots sent out—or one out of every eight ballots that the state mailed out.” Nationally, the U.S. Election Assistance Commission determined that 28.3 million mailed ballots disappeared in the four federal elections held between 2012 and 2018.
Many mail-in ballots are likely to be sent out based on “inaccurate and outdated voter registration rolls,” the report states. In 2012, Pew determined that almost 24 million voter registrations were “no longer valid or significantly inaccurate.” Although laws require that voter rolls be cleaned up from time to time, local officials have had to deal with Democrats and activists complaining that doing so constitutes voter suppression and deliberate disenfranchisement.
According to The Washington Post, at least 84 percent of American voters will be able to cast ballots by mail this election. Currently, more than 198 million Americans who are eligible to vote will be able to vote by mail. “Thirty-four states and the District of Columbia already allowed anyone to vote absentee. But many of these places are making the process easier,” the newspaper reported.
Activists have been working for a long time to change election laws, J. Christian Adams, president and general counsel of the Public Interest Legal Foundation, told The Epoch Times.
“The left has been building up to this for years. They have poured hundreds of millions [of dollars] into developing the infrastructure and talent. 2020 is their payoff.”
The Epoch Times reached out to the Democratic National Committee for comment but hadn’t received a reply as of press time.

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Trump Unveils His ‘America First’ Healthcare Plan

WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump on Sept. 24 laid out his vision for health care, which focuses on providing “better care, more choice, and lower costs.”
“Under the America first health care plan, we will ensure the highest standard of care anywhere in the world,” Trump said during his remarks on his healthcare policies in Charlotte, North Carolina.
“My plan expands affordable insurance options, reduces the cost of prescription drugs, will end surprise medical billing, increases fairness through price transparency, streamlines bureaucracy, accelerates innovation, strongly protects Medicare, and always protect patients with pre existing conditions.”
Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar earlier announced that Trump would sign several executive orders to address concerns about pre-existing conditions and surprise medical bills.
“The President is declaring that it is the policy of the United States to provide protections to ensure that Americans with pre existing conditions are protected, regardless of whether the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional and its protections for pre-existing conditions invalidated,” he said during a press call on Sept. 24.
Azar said that the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare, signed into law by President Obama failed to serve American patients with pre-existing conditions.
“They may have the ability to purchase a plan, but it may be utterly unaffordable, given that premiums, more than doubled in the four years following the ACA implementation,” he said.
“If the Supreme Court strikes out all or a large part of the Affordable Care Act, what the President is making clear in this executive order is that it is the policy of the United States that people who suffer from pre-existing conditions will be protected.”
In an executive order, Trump is also taking action to protect patients against surprise medical bills. He would direct Secretary Azar to work with Congress to get surprise medical bills legislation passed by Congress.
If Congress fails to pass legislation by Jan. 1, Azar said the administration would consider executive and regulatory actions to address the problem. Azar declined to comment on the details of the actions.
“What the President is saying is that all the relevant players, hospitals, doctors, insurance companies had better get their act together and get legislation passed through Congress that protects patients against surprise medical bills from anybody—hospitals, or doctors,” he said.
Trump signed executive orders this summer aimed at lowering drug prices. Azar said drug price inflation has been flat since the president launched his blueprint in 2018.
The administration has also mandated hospitals to provide patients transparent information on health care prices.
“Starting January 2021 any American who needs a hospital service will be able to learn what it will cost them before they receive the service,” Azar said.
According to Seema Verma, the administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Trump’s “America First plan” would empower patients rather than bureaucrats, drug companies, health insurers, and monopolies.
“Seniors’ premiums have gone down by 34 percent since 2017, a 14 year low,” she said during the call. “In some parts of the country premiums have gone down by as much as 50 percent. Premiums for Part D, Medicare prescription drug benefits have decreased by 12 percent since 2017.”
“No president has ever achieved this level of price reduction,” she said.
The president’s executive orders come as he moves to nominate a replacement for the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
If Trump is able to fill Ginsburg’s former seat, the survival of the ACA will be at risk, as the law—or large sections of it—is more likely to be struck down.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi accused Trump of filling the seat in a hurry to overturn Obamacare.
“What they’re saying is, we have to put somebody there—they’ll never replace Justice Ginsburg—we have to fill that seat, so that we can overturn the Affordable Care Act,” she said during a press conference on Sept. 24.
“People have to know why this matters to them in their lives. If you have a pre-existing condition of which 150 million families in America do, say goodbye to the benefit,” she said.

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Senate Passes Resolution Committing to Peaceful Transfer of Power

The GOP-controlled Senate passed a resolution on Thursday reaffirming their commitment to a peaceful transfer of power if Joe Biden wins the presidential election in November, coming after President Donald Trump made comments that suggest a Supreme Court battle may ensue over the results of the election.
The resolution, offered by Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), passed by unanimous consent.
“It’s a shame that we have to come and reaffirm our commitment to our country, our Constitution, and who we are as a people,” Manchin said in part.
The resolution reaffirms “its commitment to the orderly and peaceful transfer of power called for in the Constitution of the United States.”
President Trump told reporters at the White House on Wednesday that he will have to “see what happens” when he was asked if he would commit to ensuring a peaceful transition of power if he loses. Trump also said that mail-in voting could lead to rigging and delays.
“Get rid of the ballots and you’ll have a very peaceful—there won’t be a transfer, frankly. There will be a continuation,” Trump told reporters. “The ballots are out of control. You know it, and you know who knows it better than anyone else? The Democrats know it better than anyone else.”

In this July 8, 2019, file photo, Sen. Joe Manchin, (D-W.Va.), speaks at a roundtable on the opioid epidemic at Cabell-Huntington Health Center in Huntington, West Virginia. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
But he told Fox News on Thursday that he will respect the election results if the Supreme Court weighed in.
When asked by Fox News’ Brian Kilmeade about if the Supreme Court rules that Biden is the winner after a contested election, Trump replied: “I would agree with [that], but I think we have a long way before we get there. These ballots are a horror show. They found six ballots in an office yesterday in a garbage can.”
A number of top GOP senators on Thursday said the presidential transition will be orderly and consistent with U.S. historical precedents.
“The winner of the November 3rd election will be inaugurated on January 20th. There will be an orderly transition just as there has been every four years since 1792,” McConnell said in a statement on Thursday.
And Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) told Fox News Thursday that Republicans will hold a “peaceful” transfer of power, adding that if the results of the election are in doubt, the Supreme Court “will decide and if the Republicans lose, we will accept that result. But we need a full court.”

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WATCH LIVE: President Trump discusses his America First vision of healthcare for the nation at 4:30PM

Today President Trump is discussing his America First vision for healthcare at 4:30PM and you can watch below:
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FBI investigating MILITARY mail-in ballots voting FOR TRUMP that were ‘CAST ASIDE’ in Pennsylvania

The FBI announced today it’s investigating that thing we are told religiously by CNN is a thing that never ever happens: problems with mail-in ballots.
A smug reporter (is there any other kind?) at the White House briefing today asked Kayleigh McEnany “So, Kayleigh, yesterday when the president said, ‘Get rid of the ballots, there won’t be a transfer, frankly, there’ll be a continuation,’ which particular ballots is he talking about wanting to get rid of and why does he think that will help him get elected?”
Kayleigh stomped that noise.
“The president wants to get rid of mass mail-out voting, and that’s not because of — he’s said clearly that that could go either way; it could damage either candidate’s chances, because it’s a system that’s subject to fraud. In fact, in the last twenty-four hours, police in Greenville, Wisconsin found mail in a ditch and it included absentee ballots. And also, I can confirm for you that Trump ballots, ballots for the president were found in Pennsylvania and I believe you should be getting more information on that shortly. Here in the last 24 hours they were found cast aside.”
The FBI and the U.S. Attorney have confirmed they are investigating. See press release below the video.

Here’s the release.
HARRISBURG – On Monday, September 21, 2020, at the request of Luzerne County District Attorney Stefanie Salavantis, the Office of the United States Attorney along with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Scranton Resident Office, began an inquiry into reports of potential issues with a small number of mail-in ballots at the Luzerne County Board of Elections.
Since Monday, FBI personnel working together with the Pennsylvania State Police have conducted numerous interviews and recovered and reviewed certain physical evidence. Election officials in Luzerne County have been cooperative. At this point we can confirm that a small number of military ballots were discarded. Investigators have recovered nine ballots at this time. Some of those ballots can be attributed to specific voters and some cannot. All nine ballots were cast for presidential candidate Donald Trump.
Our inquiry remains ongoing and we expect later today to share our up to date findings with officials in Luzerne County. It is the vital duty of government to ensure that every properly cast vote is counted.
It’s a real thing. It has happened here and it can happen elsewhere. This thing where the media decide something CANNOT be true after Trump says it is true is destructive toward Democracy and the continued general welfare of the American people. That makes the American press not just the enemy of the people, but of democracy itself.

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Pelosi Not Considering Another Trump Impeachment, Says Its Not ‘Worth the Trouble’

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said she is not considering pursuing impeachment charges against President Donald Trump as a way to delay confirming his nominee for the Supreme Court.
“I don’t think he’s worth the trouble at this point,” she told reporters Thursday. Exactly one year ago on Sept. 24, 2019, Pelosi announced impeachment charges against Trump, leading to a monthslong inquiry in the House before the Senate voted to acquit him on several charges in February 2020.
During an interview on ABC News’s “This Week” program earlier this week, Pelosi was asked if she and House Democrats would attempt to impeach Trump or Attorney General William Barr to delay confirming a Trump nominee. She demurred.
“We have our options. We have arrows in our quiver that I’m not about to discuss right now. But the fact is we have a big challenge in our country,” Pelosi said. “This president has threatened to not even accept the results of the election.”
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), one of the faces of the socialist wing of the Democratic Party, said she wants to see impeachment proceedings against Attorney William Barr.
“I think Barr should have been impeached a long time ago, and he’s absolutely unfit for office. Now, whether that leads to impeachment proceedings or not, I think it’s a question between the House Judiciary Committee and the state of their investigation as well as the speaker’s judgment,” she told the Washington Examiner. “I don’t think [Trump] filling [a Supreme Court seat] is an impeachable offense, but I do think he’s committed plenty of other impeachable offenses.”
This prompted House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) to announce that he would pursue an attempt to oust Pelosi.
“The president is supposed to move forward, and they will. The Senate is supposed to take the action, and they will—it’s their constitutional right and they are following through,” he told reporters in Washington.
“I will make you this one promise, listening to the speaker on television this weekend, if she tries to move for an impeachment based upon the president following the Constitution, I think there will be a move on the floor to have her no longer, or the question of her being speaker. She may think she has a quiver. We do, too.”
But some Democrats in Congress said it would be a poor choice to impeach Trump to delay the Supreme Court nomination.
“Foolish idea,” Kaine said Monday on “MSNBC Live” when asked whether he supports impeaching Trump or Attorney General William Barr in an effort to delay the nomination process. “I can’t see virtually any Senate Democrats agreeing with it,” he added.
After Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death on Sept. 18, Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnel (R-Ky.) said they would move to vote on his nomination the vacant seat. It prompted Democrats to cry foul, saying they should wait until the November election is over.
Zachary Stieber contributed to this report.

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Russian Billionaire Who Wired $3.5M to Hunter Biden Got Contract From New Orleans Museum

A German company owned by the Russian billionaire who wired Hunter Biden $3.5 million received a contract to build part of the World War II Museum in New Orleans, according to a fact sheet on the museum’s website.
Elena Baturina, the widow of former Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov, bought German structural membrane manufacturer Hightex in early 2015, according to Russian-language news reports. In April 2017, she announced that Hightex will build part of the Canopy of Peace for the World War II Museum, according to several Russian-language media outlets.
Three years earlier, on Feb. 14, 2014, Baturina sent $3.5 million to Rosemont Seneca Thornton LLC, a company co-founded by Hunter Biden, the son of former Vice President Joe Biden, according to a report released by Senate Republicans on Sept. 23. The wire was accompanied by a note stating “Consultancy Agreement DD12.02.2014.”
The Canopy of Peace project at the WWII museum has been plagued by delays largely due to issues stemming from a different contractor, according to The New Orleans Advocate. As of this August, half of the material from Hightex was yet to be shipped to the project, which was at that point eight months behind schedule. The museum did not respond to a request for comment.
Joe Biden hosted a fundraiser at the museum during the early stages of his presidential campaign in August 2019.
While there is no evidence of a link between Baturina’s wire and the contract awarded to the museum, questions about both transactions may emerge because the Senate Republicans discovered Baturina’s payments after they were flagged due to her “reported criminal activity.” Baturina did not respond to a request for comment sent to the email of a think tank she founded.
A year after sending $3.5 million to Biden’s company, between May 6 and Dec. 8, 2015, Baturina wired more than $241,000 to the same company. The money was then forwarded to BAK USA LLC, a Buffalo-based tablet manufacturer which would eventually go bankrupt claiming it is $39 million in debt.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo had praised BAK USA when it received a contract from Microsoft in early 2016. Before BAK USA went bankrupt, New York State handed the firm a tax abatement allowing it to operate tax-free for 10 years. The firm has since re-incorporated and appears to be in the same line of business.
Three months after the last wire to BAK USA via Hunter Biden’s firm, Baturina announced that she had purchased $10 million in real estate near the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, according to a press release. She intended to convert the zoning of the assets to accommodate for residential units, a process which requires a lengthy approval process.
Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) led the effort behind the report released on Sept. 23. The Baturina transactions are a small part of a larger report that also documented links between Hunter Biden and foreign nationals from Ukraine and China.
Hunter Biden accepted a well-paid position on the board of a Ukrainian gas giant while his father served as the Obama-administration’s point man on Ukraine. The report found that senior officials raised red flags about Hunter Biden’s role, which the administration repeatedly ignored.

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FBI Finds Discarded Military Mail-in Ballots Cast for Trump

Discarded mail-in ballots cast for President Donald Trump were discovered in Pennsylvania, authorities announced Thursday.
“At this point we can confirm that a small number of military ballots were discarded. Investigators have recovered nine ballots at this time. Some of those ballots can be attributed,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced.
Federal investigators launched a probe into potential issues with mail-in voting in Luzerne County on Monday, including the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the FBI.
FBI agents working with Pennsylvania state police have conducted numerous interviews and reviewed physical evidence, the attorney’s office announced on Sept. 24.
County election officials have been cooperating with the probe.
Shelby Watchilla, the Luzerne County elections director, didn’t return a voicemail.
According to the county’s website, military and overseas voters can register and request an official absentee ballot at any time prior to a primary or election.
Matt Wolking, a Trump campaign spokesman, said on social media about the discarded ballots, “Democrats are trying to steal the election.”
Trump has repeatedly warned of potential issues with ramping up mail-in voting to unprecedented levels this election, as have Attorney General William Barr and other officials.
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany told reporters in Washington on Thursday pointed to issues that have cropped up with mail-in voting, including a botched election in Paterson, New Jersey and various criminal allegations in the state of California.
“In 2016, you had 1 percent of ballots thrown out, absentee ballots, that amounted to 319,000 votes thrown out. And if you have the entirety of the country voting by mail, you can imagine that number would be many folds higher than that,” she added.

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Facebook CENSORS The Right Scoop, cripples our page over bogus claims!

This week Facebook has censored The Right Scoop and crippled our reach over three posts going all the way back to July. They’ve also put a label on us so that people wanting to follow us on Facebook will see an alert suggesting that we having a history of sharing ‘false news’.
Here’s the three posts they targeted:
This was posted two months ago on July 28:

Note that this post they censored was my post about Big Tech censoring a July press conference on Hydroxychloroquine!
This was posted on August 31st:

All I did in this post was quote the New York Times. But apparently quoting MSM publications is no longer good enough.
This last post, which I’m sure you recognize, was posted earlier this month.

All I did was report on the interview this Chinese virologist had with Tucker. I didn’t make any claims about her arguments being true or false, because I’m not a virologist and honestly, I don’t know. But apparently reporting on this interview is FORBIDDEN by Facebook, who censored Tucker’s Facebook post of his own interview.
Here’s what really bothers me about this, other than my page having been crippled and my reputation tarnished by our Big Tech overlords. Facebook censored me for these posts all at one time, this week. They didn’t gradually warn me about each post as they came out. It all happened this week with less than two months before the election, which reeks of Facebook trying to put their thumb on the proverbial scale of the election. This is what I believe is happening and I’m sure I’m not the only one, because Facebook has no accountability and they can do whatever the hell they want.
Which is why I’m starting a new TRS subscription via email, because I clearly can’t depend on Big Tech anymore and I refuse to let them smother my page out of existence. This new subscription (which replaces the old one) will allow you to receive our post notifications in your email either immediately, daily or weekly. Your choice. Just add your email to the form below and you can customize your delivery when your confirm your email.

 You will also see this on the right-hand sidebar, but I may continually put it at the bottom of each post until I build up my subscriptions.
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Trump Praises Barrett After House Republicans Push Her for SCOTUS Pick

President Donald Trump said good things about Amy Coney Barrett on Thursday, just hours after House Republicans encouraged him to choose her for his next Supreme Court nomination.
“She’s an incredible person, brilliant and everything else,” Trump said on Fox News Radio.
Barrett, 48, serves as a circuit judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit, a position she was confirmed to by the Senate 55-43 in 2017.
Trump is announcing his nomination for the Supreme Court vacancy on Saturday.
He has narrowed down his options to five, all women. The vacant seat was held by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg until her death last week.
Other than Barrett, Trump has confirmed only one other candidate: Barbara Lagoa, a federal judge in Florida.
“She is on my list. I don’t have a meeting planned, but she is on my list,” Trump told reporters at the White House in Washington on Wednesday.
The president is scheduled to hold a rally in Jacksonville on Thursday evening.
Trump said on the radio that he does not know yet if he’ll be meeting with Lagoa.
“But there’s been tremendous false reporting. Just not intentionally or anything but they have me meeting with people that I really wasn’t meeting with,” the president added.
Unconfirmed reports say Trump met with Barrett at least once in Washington.

Then-Florida Supreme Court Justice Barbara Lagoa, left, and U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit Judge Amy Coney Barrett in file photographs. (Florida Supreme Court and Notre Dame University/Handout via Reuters)
Trump told reporters earlier this week that Barrett is “very respected” while Lagoa is “highly thought of and has got a lot of support.”
On Thursday, he portrayed himself as impressed with all five women on his shortlist, but particularly drawn to one.
“I think in my mind I have one that I, I like them all. I mean, to be honest, I could put any of the five, they’re all genius,” he said.
Trump’s praise of Barrett came after five House Republicans wrote a letter to the president, urging him to pick her.
“We are confident that Judge Barrett, if nominated and confirmed to the Supreme Court, will respect and defend the original text of the U.S. Constitution, as intended by America’s founding fathers,” Reps. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.), Jim Banks (R-Ind.), Peter King (R-N.Y.), Steve King (R-Iowa), and Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) wrote.
“Her presence and critical vote on our nation’s highest court will help restore the balance of the separation of powers between the executive, legislative, and judicial branches.”
Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), who is pushing for future Supreme Court nominees who believe the landmark abortion case Roe v. Wade was wrongly decided, told a reporter in Washington this week that Barrett “meets that standard.”
Asked about Lagoa, he added: “I don’t know the answer to that. She doesn’t have as much of a record in some ways as others” on Roe v. Wade.

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Mnuchin, Pelosi Agree to Restart Stimulus Talks: ‘Let’s Pass Something Quickly’

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Thursday that both he and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) have agreed to continue negotiations over COVID-19 relief to break a stalemate.
“I’ve probably spoken to Speaker Pelosi 15 or 20 times in the last few days on the [continuing resolution],” Mnuchin told the Senate Banking Committee, referring to the resolution that will extend funding the government until December. He said that he and Pelosi have “agreed to continue to have discussions about the CARES Act,” referring to the stimulus bill that was passed in March that included—among other things—direct payments, expanded unemployment benefits, and small business loans.
“If the Democrats are willing to sit down, I’m willing to sit down anytime for bipartisan legislation, let’s pass something quickly,” Mnuchin added.
The House speaker, in her weekly news conference, said she expects negotiations with the Trump administration to continue shortly.
“We’ll be hopefully soon to the table with them,” Pelosi said, adding that Democratic leaders will soon introduce their proposal to outline their priorities.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) holds her weekly press briefing on Capitol Hill in Washington, on Aug. 13, 2020. (Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images)
Talks between the White House, Pelosi, and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) collapsed in early August. Republicans did not agree with several Democratic proposals such as the HEROES Act, which included more than $900 billion in federal funding to state and local governments, stipulating that there are too many non-pandemic related measures included.
The two sides have remained more than $1 trillion apart in the negotiations. Pelosi has repeatedly said that Democrats will not pass a measure worth less than $2.2 trillion, which Mnuchin and other White House officials have rejected.
On Thursday, Pelosi said that because the joblessness rate is still relatively high, the problem has grown since August, saying that Democrats will be seeking more money for additional programs.
“Some of the needs in terms of the coronavirus are increasing … so we’re going to even need more money, or else we’re going to have to cut some more things down further to stay [at $2.2 trillion],” she added. “But I’m eager to hear what [the White House negotiators] have to say when they come.”
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), speaking on the House floor Thursday, said that he is “very hopeful that we will have either an agreement or a bill that we can pass.”
And earlier this week, Mnuchin and Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell both said that to further U.S. economic recovery, more stimulus is needed. Mnuchin, in particular, singled out direct stimulus checks.
Both the House and Senate are slated to be in session next week, although meetings on the stimulus deal have not been announced.

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Mary Trump Sues Relatives, Including President, Over Fraud Allegations

President Donald Trump’s niece sued the president and several other family members on Thursday, alleging fraud.
Mary Trump alleges Trump and his siblings bilked her of financial earnings and properties she stood to gain through inheritance.
Following the death of her father, Trump’s brother, in 1981, both Mary and her brother, Fred Trump III, gained minority interests in the Trump property empire.
The minors had no knowledge or understanding of the assets, which were controlled by Trump, his sister Maryanne Trump Barry, and his surviving brother, Robert Trump, who died this year, according to the lawsuit. Irwin Durben, appointed to act as Mary’s trustee, was also allegedly part of the scheme.
“By the 1990s, Defendants were maneuvering to take control of Fred Sr’s empire” as the Trump’s father, Mary’s grandfather, approached his nineties, the suit states.
“Gripped with Alzheimer’s dementia, Fred Sr. was increasingly prone to bouts of confusion and memory loss and progressively less able to participate in the management of the Trump family business,” it continued.
“His decline presented Defendants with an opportunity to position themselves to profit from his impending death. And while at first they competed with one another—with palace intrigue reminiscent of the HBO series Succession—ultimately Defendants worked together to consolidate their power and advance their own interests at the expense of everyone else, including Mary.”

This combination photo shows the cover art for “Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man”, left, and a portrait of author Mary Trump. (Simon & Schuster, left, and Peter Serling/Simon Schuster via AP)
Three fraudulent schemes were carried out against Mary, her lawyers wrote: defendants siphoned value from Mary’s interests to entities they controlled, hiding what was happening through bunk business transactions; they depressed the value of Mary’s interests; and forced Mary to the negotiating table by threatening to bankrupt Mary’s interests.
Mary Trump is seeking in excess of $500,000 in compensation, as well as attorneys’ fees and punitive damages.
An attorney for the president, who is being sued in his personal capacity, did not respond to a request for comment.
Mary Trump recently published a book about her dealings with her family.
Over 1 million copies have been sold, according to publisher Simon & Schuster.

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Biden Campaign Defends Lack of Public Appearances Amid Trump Attacks

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden on Thursday defended calling another lid, meaning the candidate will not appear in public in person.
Biden’s campaign has called a lid in the morning nine times this month.
“More often than not, there’s an inverse relationship between how panicked editors are about something and how much voters care,” Biden campaign spokesman Andrew Bates wrote on Twitter.
“This is almost universally true when it concerns process & it *is* universally true when it has to do with both inside jargon *&* process – e.g, ‘lid.’”
“Hello to the introspection-allergic and chronically wrong tiny percent of America who have proudly chosen to learn nothing from this election cycle in the name of ease, clicks, and above all, luxurious self absorption,” he added.
Bates also shared a tweet that stated a lid means Biden’s travel pool, or gaggle of reporters covering him, won’t see him, but it does not mean that he won’t be seen by the public in virtual events.
Biden, 77, stayed at his home for months starting in March, citing the harsh restrictions imposed across the country because of the COVID-19 pandemic. His campaign restart lagged behind President Donald Trump’s, and his schedule has remained less full than his rival, though he has been opting for more virtual events than Trump, who prefers campaigning in person.

President Donald Trump speaks to reporters during a news conference in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington on Sept. 23, 2020. (Tom Brenner/Reuters)
Some defenders of Biden pointed to how he told reporters on Wednesday morning that he had not started to prepare heavily for the upcoming Sept. 29 debate, the first between him and Trump.
“I’ve started to prepare but I haven’t gotten into it really heavily. I will beginning tomorrow,” Biden said.
Biden spent time campaigning in Charlotte, North Carolina on Wednesday.
Trump took to Twitter after the lid was called to goad his challenger, saying: “Sleepy Joe Biden just closed down his campaign for the day (Again). Wants to rest!”
“He is a very LOW ENERGY INDIVIDUAL, and our Country cannot make it in these exciting, but complex and competitive times, with a Low Energy President !!!” Trump added.
Tim Murtaugh, the Trump campaign’s communications director, said Biden is “invisible” with just 39 days before the election.
Trump paid his respects to deceased Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Thursday morning before traveling to Charlotte for a speech. He also had a rally planned in Jacksonville, Florida.

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Bipartisan Senate Bill Will Require Digital App Companies to be Transparent about Country of Origin

Sens. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) unveiled legislation on Wednesday that would require digital app companies to list their country of origin.
The American Privacy Protection (APP) Act will require that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) ensure that all companies that release applications reveal the country of origin and where data collected by the smartphone app is stored.
“Apps backed by our adversaries, including TikTok and WeChat, pose huge security risks to Americans’ data and security,” Scott said.
“American consumers should know where the apps they download are created, and where the data being collected is stored,” he added. “I’m proud to join Senator Cortez Masto today to introduce the APP Act and make sure Americans have the information available to protect themselves from this risk.”
Cortez Masto in a written statement said that the bill was crafted at a time of heightened security concerns about apps made by countries that have not been transparent with the United States, naming China and Russia as examples.
“As smartphones play a bigger role in Nevadans’ everyday lives, consumers are increasingly sharing their personal data with unknown app developers — sometimes with companies in Russia, China or elsewhere, that might share Nevadans’ personal data with those governments,” Cortez Masto said.
The senators’ bill comes after President Donald Trump signed an executive order to require U.S. app providers to stop offering China-based apps TikTok and WeChat.
Trump in September approved a partnership deal in principle that would allow TikTok to operate in the United States after signing an order for China’s ByteDance to divest the video app.
“I have given the deal my blessing,” Trump told reporters at the White House on Sept. 20 before departing for a campaign rally in North Carolina. “I approved the deal in concept.”
In August, Trump signed an executive order requiring that TikTok be bought by a U.S. company within 45 days or be banned from the United States.
In 2019 Scott teamed up with Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) to introduce a resolution encouraging Americans to buy made-in-America products to support the American economy, and help strengthen the U.S. supply chain.
Scott has been vocal about the Chinese Communist Party’s malicious intent toward the United States and the security risks attached to doing business with the economic giant. The senator has gone so far as to say that the United States should stop all business ties with the country.
In February Scott wrote in an August press statement, “Stop buying anything made in China. De-list Chinese companies from stock exchanges. Re-shore the supply chain and support American jobs. Indicate products’ place of origin for online shoppers. Refuse to publish Chinese propaganda in newspapers. Reevaluate relationships with Chinese researchers at universities and hospitals. Cancel travel plans to China. Cut ties with Confucius Institutes at universities.”
Eva Fu contributed to this article.

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“BIDEN 2020” – Home of Trump supporters targeted, three cars and garage TORCHED and destroyed over Trump sign

The home of a Minnesota family who supports President Trump was despicably targeted by Biden thugs this week who set their cars on fire and burned down their detached garage:

Here’s more from Fox 9:
Federal authorities are helping investigate a suspicious fire at a home in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota that had a large “Trump 2020” sign.
Police and firefighters were called to the home on the 6900 block of Morgan Avenue North shortly before 4 a.m. Wednesday on a report of an explosion, according to the Brooklyn Center Police Department. Firefighters quickly extinguished the fire, but a detached three-car garage and three vehicles were destroyed as well as a large “Trump 2020” sign. Luckily, no one was injured.
Security footage shows the moments homeowners Dennis and Deana Molla ran outside to find their garage and several cars on fire.
“If we didn’t wake up, I feel it could have gotten to our house,” Dennis said.
Police also said officers noticed fresh spray paint on the garage that included “Biden 2020”, “BLM” and a capitol letter “A” with a circle around it – a symbol for “anarchy” – before the garage burned down.
“We live in the greatest country in the world and the greatest thing about America is we have the right to say what we want to say and not be attacked for it, and that’s totally been violated,” Deana added.
The couple said this is the first time they’ve ever put a political sign up, and with two small children at home, they say this likely is the last time.
“If It’s really because of the flag, I wouldn’t have gotten it. I don’t want to deal with this at all,” Dennis said.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the FBI are helping investigate the fire, which authorities have deemed suspicious.
All of this destruction over a Trump 2020 sign in their yard. This is just vile.
And notice the negative effect it had on this family, with the father saying he will never put another political sign in his yard because he doesn’t want to deal with this. Who can blame him? But this is exactly what the left wants, to silence people with whom they disagree. And it looks like they succeeded here.

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Trump, Melania Pay Respects to Late Justice Ginsburg at Supreme Court

President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump on Thursday paid respects to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died last week, setting up a contentious Senate fight to replace her.
The president and first lady arrived at the Supreme Court building in Washington as Ginsburg lied in repose. Trump has held off on announcing his Supreme Court pick until Saturday and also offered words of praise for Ginsburg, who is considered a liberal and feminist icon.
“Today, our nation mourns the loss of a titan of the law,” Trump said on Sept. 18 after her death was announced by the court. “Renowned for her brilliant mind and her powerful dissents at the Supreme Court, Justice Ginsburg demonstrated that one can disagree without being disagreeable toward one’s colleagues or different points of view.”
After lying in repose at the Supreme Court, her casket will then be taken to the National Statuary Hall of the United States Capitol on Friday, where she will lie in state. A ceremony will then be held for invited guests.
Photos showed Trump wearing a blue face mask decorated with the presidential seal. Several other top White House officials were seen observing the casket, including White House counsel Pat Cipollone and national security adviser Robert O’Brien.
When Trump arrived, crowds of people shouted at him and said to “vote him out” and to “honor her wish.”

President Donald Trump (C-L) and First Lady Melania Trump (C-R) pay their respects to Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg as she lies in repose in front of the Supreme Court in Washington, on Sept. 24, 2020. (Alex Edelman/AFP via Getty Images)
After Ginsburg’s death was announced, it was reported by NPR that she dictated a statement to her granddaughter that her “most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed.”
On Wednesday, Trump said that he will work to fill the vacancy left by Ginsburg’s death before the Nov. 3 election so the entire court could rule on cases that might arise from the election.
“I think this will end up in the Supreme Court,” he said of the election results. “And I think it’s very important that we have nine justices.” Trump added that the nominating process should “go very quickly” in the Senate, as Republicans in the Senate “are very united.”
Trump stressed that it’s preferable to confirm the nomination before the election because Democrats are “pulling” a “scam” that will be challenged in the Supreme Court, without elaborating. “Just in case it would be more political than it should be, I think it’s very important to have a nine-justice” court, he said. Over the past several months, Trump has warned that mail-in voting could lead to election rigging and delays.
Democrat lawmakers accused Trump of wanting to place a conservative justice in the court so it could hand the election to him. Meanwhile, some Democrats have threatened to “pack the courts” with more justices if their party wins the presidency and takes a majority in the Senate, while also threatening to use delay tactics in Congress.
When asked whether impeachment is on the table, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) told ABC News’ “This Week” on Sunday that she will use “every arrow in our quiver.”
Republicans have signaled they plan to move quickly to confirm Trump’s nominee, while Democrats have objected, saying whoever is elected in November should fill the Supreme Court seat. At the same time, they have said that it is the president’s Constitutional responsibility to appoint a new judge.
Trump said he will make the announcement on his Supreme Court choice on Saturday at 5 p.m. He said he’s narrowed it down to five choices.

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[VIDEO]: Biden supporters throw TANTRUM when President Trump shows up to pay respects to Ginsburg

This morning President Trump and the First Lady paid their respects to Ruth Bader Ginsburg as she lie in repose at the Supreme Court. But Biden supporters refused to let them do it in peace:

President Trump went to pay his respects to Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Leftists threw a tantrum.
How disrespectful… pic.twitter.com/J9JWlzhzjh
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) September 24, 2020

The crowd of disrespectful Biden supporters started to boo as the President and First Lady stood there silently.
They then began to chant ‘honor her wish’, referring to the alleged deathbed statement from RBG on waiting until a new president is installed to appoint her replacement.

The whole scene was disgusting. Here’s a few responses:

This is genuinely gross
Something is wrong with the left https://t.co/eqnwESmCcR
— Will Chamberlain (@willchamberlain) September 24, 2020

These same people would also be pretending to be outraged if he hadn’t done it.
Toxic partisanship is a societal cancer. https://t.co/lQCXbdHqWR
— Jeff Charles, Black Maverick (@JeffOnTheRight) September 24, 2020

When Trump didn’t go to John Lewis’s funeral the left complained. He’s dammed if he does, dammed if he doesn’t. https://t.co/U2dbduJJeL
— Sam Jonesy (@JonesyLaird) September 24, 2020

It’s an awful look and sound. It is also true that it is politically helpful for Republicans when the left behaves so crazily for all to see, and not just because it reminds Americans of what was done to Justice Kavanaugh and his family. https://t.co/1Gc6qjjoRw
— Mollie (@MZHemingway) September 24, 2020

Sounds like Demons Screaming from Hell. https://t.co/2ITBl8u8ZM
— Jenn Jordan (@Jennlovesjeff) September 24, 2020

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Florida AG Calls for Investigation Into Michael Bloomberg Paying Felons’ Fines

Florida’s attorney general on Wednesday asked state and federal law enforcement to investigate possible election law violations after billionaire Michael Bloomberg, a former Democratic presidential candidate, helped raise more than $16 million for Florida felons to pay debts so they can vote in the upcoming election.
Attorney General Ashley Moody announced she sent letters to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the FBI, saying the move should be investigated.
“I have instructed the Statewide Prosecutor to work with law enforcement and any Statewide Grand Jury that the Governor may call,” Moody, a Republican, said in a statement. “Today, I sent a letter to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Federal Bureau of Investigation into potential violations of election laws,” she also said.
In her letter, Moody said Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis asked her to look into the effort.
“After preliminary reviewing of the limited public information and law, it appears further investigation is warranted,” Moody wrote in a letter to law enforcement, citing news reports about Bloomberg’s efforts.
A 2018 state constitutional amendment allows for felons who have finished their sentences to regain their right to vote. But they first have to pay any outstanding fines, fees, or restitution. Murderers and sex offenders did not regain the right to vote.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks at a news conference at the Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, Fla., on July 13, 2020. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
State CFO Jimmy Patronis Wednesday also called for an inquiry into Bloomberg’s effort and asked the Federal Election Commission to investigate whether the former New York City mayor is “breaking the law by giving direct cash for voters.”
“The right to vote is fundamental to our democracy and no American should be denied that right. Working together with the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition, we are determined to end disenfranchisement and the discrimination that has always driven it,” Bloomberg said in a statement on Tuesday after his efforts were announced.
Bloomberg spokesman Jason Schechter told news outlets that Moody’s letter is a “transparent political ploy is just the latest example of Republicans attempting to keep Floridians disenfranchised.”
Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) first raised the possibility of an investigation into the matter, telling Fox News that it could be a form of bribery.
“It’s not every felon. It’s just those which they have specifically identified as the Biden voters,” Gaetz said on Fox News. “That’s offering a bribe, an inducement, for someone to behave a certain way in voting.”

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[VIDEO] BLM thugs harass white couple at outdoor restaurant, threaten to KNOCK THEM OUT

Black Lives Matter thugs harassed a white couple at an outdoor restaurant last night in Florida, sitting down at their table and threatening to “knock out” the “old-ass boyfriend”:

Protestors are now going restaurant by restaurant to chant at diners on Beach Dr. in St. Pete. A lot of diners yelled back, starting multiple confrontations.
This one was the most significant. Protestors took over a couple’s table. Not sure why they were targeted specifically. pic.twitter.com/dzLM7KuCW9
— Josh Fiallo (@ByJoshFiallo) September 24, 2020

 Here’s more from the NY Post:
Protesters inflamed by the decision not to charge cops for Breonna Taylor’s death took their anger out on a couple dining in Florida — gatecrashing their table and threatening to knock the man the “f–k out.”
A man clutching a skateboard was filmed by a Tampa Bay Times reporter as he strolled up and sat with the couple at their outdoor table as dozens chanted at the edge of the St. Petersburg restaurant.
“No! This is my table,” the female diner told him, trying to push him from the chair — only to have three other protesters stroll over and join them.
The male diner hugged his wife as she said she was calling the police — as the initial dinner-crasher and another woman started hurling abuse.
“I ought to knock your old-ass boyfriend the f–k out,” the man threatened, as he derided the woman as a “wild Karen in her natural f–king habitat.”
The threatened man was filmed smiling in bemusement, as more protesters appeared to gather around the table — including one continually blowing a horn. The video quickly went viral, getting more than 1.8 million views on Twitter in less than 12 hours.
Reporter Josh Fiallo, who filmed the clip, said some diners had “yelled back” at protesters, “starting multiple confrontations,” but he was not sure why the couple filmed were targeted.
They were targeted because they were there and because they were white. Of this I have no doubt.

Something similar happened at a restaurant in DC where patrons were harassed by the mob:

Black Lives Matter activists harass restaurant patrons in Washington DC. This is the new normal. pic.twitter.com/roYDrHMPgY
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) September 24, 2020

 And it got worse:

Black Lives Matter activists destroy outdoor restaurants in DC, smashing bottles and flipping tables like that Japanese arcade game.
pic.twitter.com/KJwRAfX3KI
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) September 24, 2020

And worse:

BLM activists threw a smoke bomb into a restaurant patio in DC. Peaceful protesters. pic.twitter.com/LzB3pdsvSE
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) September 24, 2020

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McConnell: Presidential Transfer of Power Will Be ‘Orderly’ Following Trump’s Comments

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said the presidential transition after the November elections will be orderly and consistent with U.S. historical precedents.
“The winner of the November 3rd election will be inaugurated on January 20th. There will be an orderly transition just as there has been every four years since 1792,” McConnell said in a statement on Thursday.
His comment came after President Donald Trump declined an opportunity on Wednesday to endorse the peaceful transfer of power. The president has frequently expressed concerns about voter fraud amid a surge in mail-in voting as well as nationwide riots and unrest.
When asked about whether he would “commit here today for a peaceful transferral of power after the November election,” Trump said that it’s not clear what will happen.
“We’re going to have to see what happens,” he said. “You know that I’ve been complaining very strongly about the ballots, and the ballots are a disaster.”
A reporter then said that “people are rioting,” to which Trump replied: “Get rid of the ballots and you’ll have a very peaceful—there won’t be a transfer, frankly. There will be a continuation.”
Trump, since the start of the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus pandemic, has repeatedly assailed and raised awareness about the perils of mail-in voting, saying that it could lead to extensive delays or election fraud.
At the same time, the president said that the election could head to the Supreme Court, saying that the court needs nine justices on the bench to render an appropriate decision. Last week, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died at age 87, setting the stage for a precarious nominating process in the Senate amid threats from Democrats to “pack the courts” and invoke rules to delay the confirmation hearings.
Some GOP members of Congress, including Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah), attempted to compare Trump’s comments about the transfer of power to the regime of longtime Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko, who has faced historic protests in recent months over election results.
“Fundamental to democracy is the peaceful transition of power; without that, there is Belarus,” Romney wrote Thursday. “Any suggestion that a president might not respect this Constitutional guarantee is both unthinkable and unacceptable.”
Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), the third-highest member of the House GOP leadership, chimed in on his remarks, saying: “The peaceful transfer of power is enshrined in our Constitution and fundamental to the survival of our Republic. America’s leaders swear an oath to the Constitution. We will uphold that oath.”
Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) told Fox News Thursday that Republicans will hold a “peaceful” transfer of power, adding that if the results of the election are in doubt, the Supreme Court “will decide and if the Republicans lose, we will accept that result. But we need a full court.”

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[VIDEO] – Antifa Black Bloc terrorist tries to kill Seattle police officer by hitting him in head with a BAT

It was a war on cops last night in Seattle as one Antifa Block Bloc terrorist actually hit a police officer in the head with a bat:

Black bloc terrorist tries to kill a Seattle police officer by hitting him in the head with a bat. The Council and Mayor will say nothing. pic.twitter.com/L7Giudj8Ey
— (((Jason Rantz))) on KTTH Radio (@jasonrantz) September 24, 2020

 Here it is from a different angle. It’s harder to see but it’s there at around the 20 second mark and you can definitely see and hear the assault:

Earlier – assaulting officers (again) #Seattleprotests pic.twitter.com/K2Oqf8XZM9
— Kitty Shackleford (@KittyLists) September 24, 2020

 In Portland last night it was a war on cops again:

Protestor throws Molotov at police pic.twitter.com/i3afKRalAT
— Sergio Olmos (@MrOlmos) September 24, 2020

 Again, from another angle:

Baloo angle of the molotov earlier – it was massive. Portland Police carry fire extinguishers with them nowadays… #Portland pic.twitter.com/j9E2WEwDEd
— Kitty Shackleford (@KittyLists) September 24, 2020

 Here’s an instance where police officers were attacked with a firework and they responded by bullrushing the crowd:

Protestor throws firework at police, police bullrush crowd pic.twitter.com/BCa3iJdAHm
— Sergio Olmos (@MrOlmos) September 24, 2020

 And lastly….

>we’re going to find out where you live and fuck you up-Members of the Portland “press” #Portlandprotests pic.twitter.com/mI620cAC9e
— Kitty Shackleford (@KittyLists) September 24, 2020

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Feinstein ‘Surprised’ by Suggestion She’s Not Up for Supreme Court Fight as Top Judiciary Democrat

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said she was surprised by suggestions she be replaced as the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee ahead of what’s expected to be a brutal fight over President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee.
“I’m really surprised and taken aback by this. Because I try to be very careful and I’m puzzled by it,” Feinstein told Politico.
“My attendance is good, I do the homework, I try to ask hard questions. I stand up for what I believe in.”
According to the outlet, some Democrats fear Feinstein, 87, cannot properly represent the party in efforts to delay or stop Trump’s nominee in being confirmed.
A group of senators are pushing for Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), 75, or Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), 64, to take over as ranking member of the committee, one Democratic senator said.
Requests for comment sent to the offices of Feinstein, Durbin, and Whitehouse weren’t immediately returned. Durbin told Politico that he believes Feinstein can handle the ranking member position. Whitehouse added, “She’s a very distinguished lady for whom I have great affection.”

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) speaks during a hearing in Washington on Sept. 16, 2020. (Andrew Harnik/Pool/AFP via Getty Images)

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) speaks during a hearing in Washington on Aug. 5, 2020. (Erin Schaff/Pool/AFP via Getty Images)
Feinstein was ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee during the tense battle over Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination, which ended with Kavanaugh being confirmed in a narrow 50-48 vote.
Feinstein waited until just before the planned committee vote of Kavanaugh to release allegations from Christine Blasey Ford that Kavanaugh had sexually assaulted her while both were in high school.
The delay in disclosing the allegations, which were never substantiated, frustrated and upset many lawmakers.
Senators can only serve as ranking member on one committee. Neither Durbin nor Whitehouse are currently ranking members of any committees. Durbin was the Judiciary’s ranking member from 2015 to 2017. Both are members of the committee.
Feinstein told Politico that the efforts to replace her left her puzzled.
“I’ve been on the committee for a while. I’ve seen how the committee works and I’ve seen how other chairs on our side of the aisle work. I don’t see, to be very blunt and honest, I don’t see a big difference. I’m prepared, so that’s puzzling to me,” she said.
She also admitted that because Republicans appear to have enough votes to confirm Trump’s future nominee, there’s little Democrats can do, no matter who has the top post on the Judiciary Committee.
“Let me say this—I know it’s going to be a fight, I understand that.” Feinstein said. “I don’t have a lot of tools to use, but I’m going to use what I have. We can try to delay and obstruct but they can run this process through. That doesn’t mean that we won’t fight tooth and nail.”

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China-Born Pompeo Adviser Rejects Xi’s Multilateralism Claim: China Has No True Allies

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s principal China policy adviser, Anhui-born Dr. Miles Yu, made a rare public appearance on Sept. 22 to reject the “multilateralism” approach advocated to the world by Chinese leader Xi Jinping at the U.N. General Assembly.
Yu, who has been labelled the number one traitor to the Chinese race in modern history by Chinese state media, said that Xi’s comments stemmed from a “lack of self-awareness.”
He said China’s ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is “isolated” with no true allies, apart from North Korea and Russia, which is playing “hard to get.”
He also commented about the CCP’s lack of trustworthiness as shown by its “brutal and semi-fascist” actions in Hong Kong.
Yu made the comments while addressing an online discussion about the implications of the CCP’s actions in Hong Kong, hosted by Canadian think tank the Macdonald-Laurier Institute.
He stated: “Shared values—that’s the foundation for multilateralism.
“We (the United States) have countries like Australia, Japan, the UK, Canada, EU, NATO, and ASEAN organization countries—we all share the same values.”
He called on friends and allies all over the world that share the same values as the United States to “build an alliance of democracies to counter the China threat.”
“Just about every liberal democracy in the world recognizes China is a threat,” he said.
“Always keep in mind, China has none that can be trusted as a really true ally. So it’s very ironic yesterday to hear Xi Jinping at the U.N. to talk about China being the champion of multilateralism.”
Yu rejected Xi’s claim and called it “a complete reflection of lack of self-awareness.”
He said that the United States is “more multilateral than any other country in the world when facing the China challenge, which is global and existential,” but argued that “multilateralism has to have a goal itself.
“Parties, dialogues, and banquets [them]selves [are not] necessarily a kumbuya that will solve all the problems in the world,” he said, citing multilateral talks by previous U.S. administrations with five other parties that failed to move the dial on the North Korea problem.
He said that President Donald Trump had chosen a different approach, opting to talk to Kim Jong Un directly and having “neutralized him for a good three and a half years now.”
Yu went on to say that the goal for the United States regarding China and the region is the preservation of values like freedom and rule of law that have been extinguished in Hong Kong.
“China views the entire international system as this endless struggle between the Chinese socialism—socialism with Chinese characteristics—and the rest of the world. So they want us to forget the systemic, political, and ideological differences between the two systems,” he said.
Miles Yu, whose Chinese name is Yu Maochun, was born in China and came to the United States for graduate school in 1985. He is a professor of East Asian and military and naval history at the United States Naval Academy (USNA), and a key member of the State Department’s policy planning staff, which is known as the department’s internal think tank.
Many believe that Yu is the central figure in the Trump administration’s policy making regarding China. Secretary of State Pompeo described him as “a central part of my team,” while David Stilwell, assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs called Yu as a “national treasure.”
Yu’s tough stance against the Communist China has irritated Beijing.
The CCP has recently taken a series of actions to retaliate against him, as reported by The Epoch Times.
In July 2020, Yu’s old school, Yongchuan Middle School in Chongqing—a mega city in Southwest China—chiseled his name off its wall of honor. Yu had been recognized for ranking first in China’s national college entry test for the humanities in 1979.
Earlier this month, a group of elderly Chinese men with the same last name as Yu claimed that Yu is a “traitor to the Chinese nation” and removed his name from the genealogical chart of the “Yu Clan.”
Yu responded on his social media account, “Taking my name off a genealogical chart that I have never heard of, and never cared about, seems bizarre. The farce crumbles under the weight of its absurdity.”

Taking my name off a genealogical chart (族谱?)that I have never heard of, and never cared about, seems bizarre. The farce crumbles under the weight of its absurdity. https://t.co/ZHYifG9kEr
— milesyu (@milesyu10) September 19, 2020

A ‘Grand Experiment’
In the online discussion on Tuesday, Yu also described Hong Kong’s situation since 1997 as a “grand experiment that has failed miserably.” He said that Hong Kong was an “experiment to test the validity of [the] Chinese Communist Party’s trustworthiness” which has failed, revealing to the world that they cannot trust Beijing.
Beijing promised to maintain the “one country, two systems” for 50 years when the UK returned Hong Kong to Chinese rule it in 1997. But the communist regime has already gone back on its words, trying to impose communism and totalitarianism on the Hong Kong people.
Yu views the CCP’s “one country, two systems” as a “bankrupt idea” because of its own “inner contradiction.” He pointed out that “national unification” for China would be meaningless without “political freedom.” He cited the reunification of East and West Germany as an example, and also the Korean Peninsula.
“People would not be united under a totalitarian regime,” he said.
He added, “I think the people in Hong Kong have chosen the system of freedom and the rule of law, not the system of communist autocracy in the name of natural unification.”
He said that Communist China’s brutal crack down on democracy and imposing its National Security Law in Hong Kong has seen its “one country, two systems” model completely lose its “exemplary effect on Taiwan.”

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Trays of Mail, Including Absentee Ballots, Found by Roadside in Wisconsin

Trays of mail were found along a Wisconsin road on Tuesday, including absentee ballots, local authorities said, according to reports.
Police in Greenville said three trays of mail were discovered near Appleton International Airport, according to WLUK.
The Outagamie County Sheriff’s Office was cited by the outlet as saying that the mail, found in a ditch, was turned over to the United States Postal Service (USPS).
An investigation has been launched into how the mail, which the sheriff’s office told the Washington Examiner was “mail going to the post office,” ended up in a roadside ditch.
“The United States Postal Inspection Service immediately began investigating, and we reserve further comment on this matter until that is complete,” USPS spokesman Bob Sheehan told WLUK.
It was not immediately known how many pieces of mail were involved in the incident.
Concerns about mishandled or missing ballots have arisen as more states are encouraging mail-in voting amid the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus outbreak.
President Donald Trump has criticized universal mail-in voting this November, claiming it opens the door to election fraud. He has distinguished between states that automatically send mail ballots to all registered voters and those, like Florida, that only send them to voters who request a mail ballot.
In remarks at a White House press conference Wednesday, the president denounced large-scale vote-by-mail initiatives, saying, “the ballots are out of control,” adding: “I’ve been complaining very strongly about the ballots. And the ballots are a disaster.”
Attorney General William Barr, in an interview on CNN several weeks ago, claimed that a system in which mail-in ballots are distributed widely is “very open to fraud and coercion,” calling it “reckless and dangerous,” and “playing with fire.” Asked about the lack of evidence for “widespread” fraud, Barr argued that this may be because “we haven’t had the kind of ‘widespread’ use of mail-in ballots that is being proposed.”

Attorney General William Barr speaks about an initiative to prevent online child sexual exploitation, at the Justice Department in Washington on March 5, 2020. (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times)
So far, nine states and the District of Columbia plan to hold universal mail-in elections, in which ballots are automatically mailed to all registered voters without the need for voters to first request a ballot. Colorado, Hawaii, Oregon, Utah, and Washington were the only universal vote-by-mail states prior to the pandemic. They have recently been joined by California, Nevada, Vermont, and the District of Columbia. In addition, Montana, North Dakota, and Nebraska let individual counties decide whether to mail ballots to all registered voters.

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Sen. Rand Paul to Send Report on Hunter Biden to DOJ for Possible Criminal Probe

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said he plans to send the joint Senate report on Hunter Biden to the Department of Justice so lawyers there can review it for potential criminal activity.
“I think riding on Air Force Two and doing business is illegal, I think that is against the law and probably a felony. I think it’s illegal to take money from a Russian politician’s wife, $3.5 million, was it reported accurately?” Paul said during an appearance on Fox News’s “The Story” on Wednesday.
“I think the only way to determine the actual legality of this is to have it referred to the Department of Justice, so I’m gonna send the report over. I don’t know if the whole committee will vote for it but I’m sending the report tomorrow, to the Department of Justice, and we’re asking for a criminal referral.”
Paul is a member of the Senate Homeland Security and Government Oversight Committee.
The committee and the Senate Finance Committee jointly investigated the actions of Hunter Biden, 50, during the time Biden’s father, Joe Biden, was vice president and heading U.S. efforts to reform Ukraine.
Biden is now the Democratic presidential nominee.
The interim report released Wednesday by the committees showed Hunter Biden engaged in “questionable financial transactions” with associates and foreign individuals, including the wife of the former mayor of Moscow and people with ties to the Chinese Communist Party.

Democratic presidential nominee and former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a campaign speech in Manitowoc, Wis., on Sept. 21, 2020. (Mark Makela/Reuters)
Requests for comment sent to a lawyer who represented Hunter Biden during his Arkansas paternity case and the Biden campaign weren’t immediately returned.
Biden campaign spokesman Andrew Bates described the investigation as subsidizing “a foreign attack against the sovereignty of our elections with taxpayer dollars—an attack founded on a long-disproven, hardcore right-wing conspiracy theory that hinges on Sen. [Ron] Johnson himself being corrupt and that the senator has now explicitly stated he is attempting to exploit to bail out Donald Trump’s reelection campaign.”
Johnson chairs the Government Oversight Committee.
Johnson has said the investigation into the Bidens and the counter-intelligence probe known as Crossfire Hurricane “would certainly help Donald Trump win reelection and certainly be pretty good, I would say, evidence about not voting for Vice President Biden.”
Paul said on Fox that government lawyers would be the ones deciding whether to pursue charges against Hunter Biden.
“We want to see if there’s a criminal investigation that’s justified. Here’s this evidence. Look at it. You’re the lawyers for the government, you decide if you have enough to prosecute,” he said. “But I think we should refer this for a criminal investigation.”

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House Democrats Introduce Bill to Curb Presidential Powers

House Democrats have announced a new bill that, broadly, seeks to bolster congressional power with respect to the executive, and which Democrat lawmakers say aims to “prevent future presidential abuses, restore our system of checks and balances, strengthen accountability and transparency, and protect our elections.”
The sweeping legislation, called the Protecting Our Democracy Act (pdf), includes measures to restrict presidential pardon power, enhance Congress’s enforcement authority with respect to members of the executive branch, tighten financial disclosure requirements related to gifts or profits that public servants receive while in office, and reinforce Congress’s ability to enforce subpoenas.
Other proposals include stronger congressional oversight of presidential emergency declarations, measures to strengthen Congress’s power of the purse, greater protections for whistleblowers, and measures to reduce political appointments in executive agencies by raising qualification requirements in hiring and imposing tenure caps on acting heads of agencies to no more than 120 days.
The Democrats introducing the legislation, led by Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), the Intelligence Committee chairman who led the impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump, said in a statement that the bill has been spurred by the president’s allegedly “lawless” actions.
“Our democracy is not self-effectuating—it takes work and a commitment to guard it against those who would undermine it, whether foreign or domestic. It is time for Congress to strengthen the bedrock of our democracy and ensure our laws are strong enough to withstand a lawless president,” the group stated.
Calling it a “once-in-a-generation moment,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), in announcing the initiative on Capitol Hill, told reporters that “Congress has a sacred obligation for the people to defend the rule of law and restore accountability and basic ethics to the government. And that is exactly what we’re doing” with this package.
“It is sad that the president’s actions have made this legislation necessary,” she added. “As with other things, he gives us no choice.”
Democrats have long accused Trump of abusing his power, including when he took executive action to appropriate Pentagon funding to help build a wall at the U.S.-Mexican border, or when the administration ignored congressional subpoenas.
The measure, which takes aim at Trump, is unlikely to pass the Republican-controlled Senate if taken up before the Nov. 3 election.
The White House did not reply to a request for comment on the Democrat bill or the presidential abuse of power allegations made in the accompanying press release ahead of the filing of this report.

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Tesla Sues to Block ‘Unlawful’ Trump Tariffs on Chinese-Imported Goods

Tesla Inc. is suing the federal government and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to block the Trump administration from collecting tariffs on certain items the electric car maker imports from China.
The California-based electric vehicle and clean energy company filed its lawsuit Monday in the U.S. Court of International Trade, arguing that the Trump administration’s tariffs on the goods are unlawful. It seeks a cancellation and refund of the duties it has already paid, with interest, Bloomberg first reported.
The tariffs were “arbitrary, capricious, and an abuse of discretion,” Tesla’s filing said. U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Mark Morgan is also named as a defendant in the suit.
It comes after Lighthizer’s office in 2019 blocked Tesla’s request for relief  from duties of 25 percent on the company’s Model 3 electric car computer and screen. U.S. trade officials said at the time that the items use technologies that are of strategic importance to Beijing’s national security programs.
Tesla  said it would suffer economically due to the higher costs imposed by the tariffs.
“Increased tariffs on this particular part cause economic harm to Tesla, through the increase of costs and impact to profitability,” the company wrote in its request for relief last year. “Due to the complexity of the Model 3 Car Computer and the demanding timelines necessary for Tesla’s exponential growth, Tesla is unable to find another manufacturer to meet our requirements.”
Some $200 billion worth of goods, known as list 3, are currently being hit by a 25 percent duty, while another group of Chinese-made goods worth $120 billion, known as 4A, are subject to a 7.5 percent duty.
List 3 went into effect 2 years ago, while list 4A was hit by the tariff last year. The goods range from electric goods to raw materials.
The company in its lawsuit argues that both sets of items should be declared void, but did not specify which duties it was challenging, or how much it has paid so far, reported Fox Business.
The Epoch Times has contacted Tesla and Lighthizer for comment on the suit.
Lighthizer’s “imposition of List 3 and List 4 duties was arbitrary and capricious because USTR did not provide meaningful opportunity to comment, failed to consider relevant factors when making its decision, and failed to draw a rational connection between the facts found and the choices made,” attorneys for Tesla argued in the lawsuit Wednesday.
In a tit-for-tat trade war, the Trump administration beginning 2018 imposed a series of tariffs on Beijing, before reducing them after a phase one trade deal between the two nations was signed in January 2020. The Trump administration has kept tariffs on $375 billion worth of Chinese goods.

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Florida AG Requests FBI Probe Into Bloomberg’s $16 Million Felon Voter Donation

Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody on Wednesday requested an investigation into $16 million in donations to felon prisoners made by billionaire Michael Bloomberg.
In a letter to the special agent in charge of the FBI field office in Tampa and the commissioner of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Moody said that a preliminary review of public information by her office suggests that a further inquiry is required.
Bloomberg donated $16 million to a group that is paying off felon prisoners’ debts so that they can legally vote in the election on Nov. 3.
“After preliminarily reviewing this limited public information and law, it appears further investigation is warranted,” Moody wrote. “Accordingly, I request that your agencies further investigate the matter and take appropriate steps as merited.”
The letter cites a statement from the Florida Department of State Division of Elections that says “even otherwise innocuous offering of an incentive simply to vote could run afoul” of the law “depending on the circumstances.”
The former Democratic presidential candidate has helped raise more than $20 million so that felons who completed their prison sentences can vote in the upcoming presidential election. Bloomberg also has pledged $100 million to help Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden win Florida.
“The right to vote is fundamental to our democracy and no American should be denied that right. Working together with the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition, we are determined to end disenfranchisement and the discrimination that has always driven it,” Bloomberg said in a written statement.
A federal appellate court ruled on Sept. 11 that, in addition to serving their sentences, Florida felons must pay all fines, restitution, and legal fees before they can regain their right to vote. The case could have broad implications for the November elections. Florida has 29 electoral college votes that are crucial for President Donald Trump’s hopes of staying in the White House.
Under Amendment 4, which Florida voters passed overwhelmingly in 2018, felons who have completed their sentences would have their voting rights restored. Republican lawmakers then moved to define what it means to complete a sentence.
In addition to prison time served, lawmakers directed that all legal financial obligations, including unpaid fines and restitution, would also have to be settled before a felon could be eligible to vote.
The Florida Rights Restitution Coalition had raised about $5 million before Bloomberg made calls to raise almost $17 million more, according to Bloomberg staffers.
The money is targeted for felons who registered to vote while the law was in question and who owe $1,500 or less. That accounts for about 31,100 people, the staffers said. In a state that decided the 2000 presidential election by 537 votes, these votes could be critical in a year when polls show Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden in a dead heat.
Organizers for the group say they aren’t targeting people registered with a particular political party.
The group said that other donors include John Legend, LeBron James, Michael Jordan, MTV, Comedy Central, VH1, Ben & Jerry’s, Levi Strauss & Co., the Miami Dolphins, the Orlando Magic, the Miami Heat, and Stephen Spielberg.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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BREAKING: Car plows through a group of BLM protesters after they surround vehicle in Denver!

A group of BLMers surrounded a vehicle in Denver during tonight’s protest, but the driver was determined not to be a victim and ended up plowing right through them:

Car hit a protester pic.twitter.com/dtETwNoHPT
— Shelly Bradbury (@ShellyBradbury) September 24, 2020

These idiots never learn. I mean it’s a freaking car. Nine times out of ten the driver has the upper hand.
Here’s another angle:

Goddamn it!!!Another car as a weapon, in #Denver at the peaceful #BreonnaTaylor #protest pic.twitter.com/aEOZ7AKEnC
— Fritz “Familia” Kopf-Meister (@tommythefamily) September 24, 2020

I honestly don’t blame the driver. There’ve been enough of these incidents that went bad that I wouldn’t sit there either.
Of course, now the driver will likely be subject to harassment and death threats, as I’m sure they got the license tag and will probably show up at their home or something. I hope that’s not the case but it’s what I would expect.

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Trump Points to Disastrous Ballots When Asked If He Will Commit to ‘Peaceful Transferal of Power’

President Donald Trump on Wednesday refused to commit to a peaceful transfer of power in the event he loses the election on Nov. 3, pointing to the Democrat’s push for widespread use of mail-in ballots.
“We’re going to have to see what happens,” the president told reporters at the White House in response to a question about whether he would commit to a peaceful transfer of power. “You know that I’ve been complaining very strongly about the ballots, and the ballots are a disaster.”
Trump and Attorney General William Barr, among others, have long criticized the prospect of a mass mail-in election, saying that it opens the door to voter fraud. At least 100 million U.S. voters will receive either mail-in ballots or ballot request forms ahead of the 2020 election.
The president appeared to suggest that doing away with mail-in ballots would alleviate his concerns about the integrity of the election and the transition of power.
“You’ll have a very peaceful—there won’t be a transfer frankly,” the president said. “There’ll be a continuation. The ballots are out of control. You know it, and you know, who knows it better than anybody else? The Democrats know it better than anybody else.”
Former Vice President Joe Biden, the Democratic presidential candidate, responded to Trump’s remarks when queried by a reporter later in the evening.
“What country are we in? I’m being facetious. I said what country are we in? Look, he says the most irrational things. I don’t know what to say,” Biden said.
The former vice president has previously said that his campaign has retained 600 lawyers to wage election-related legal battles across the United States. Trump’s former election opponent, Hillary Clinton, has urged Biden to not accept the results of the election if Trump wins.
Trump had similarly declined to commit to a peaceful transition in 2016 when he campaigned against Clinton. At a presidential debate, he responded to a question about the event of an election loss by saying he would “keep you in suspense.”
Trump also refused to prematurely commit to accepting any election results in a July interview with Fox News.
“I have to see. Look … I have to see,” Trump said. “No, I’m not going to just say yes. I’m not going to say no, and I didn’t last time either.”
The president has previously predicted that a mass vote-by-mail election would result in the outcome of the election being delayed by weeks or months. A number of state election officials are already preparing voters for this eventuality as though it is now unavoidable.
Without mentioning Trump by name, Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) criticized any suggestion of a challenge to the peaceful transition of power. Romney was the only Republican senator to vote to convict Trump at the impeachment trial last year.
“Fundamental to democracy is the peaceful transition of power; without that, there is Belarus,” Romney wrote on Twitter. “Any suggestion that a president might not respect this Constitutional guarantee is both unthinkable and unacceptable.”
Days before announcing his nominee to the Supreme Court, Trump said the bench should have all nine judges for the event of a legal challenge to the election.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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This has to be the WORST headline of the night on the riots in Louisville

They may be other really bad headlines on the riots in Louisville tonight, but this one by Reuters has to be near the top of the list:

Demonstrations in Louisville wore on past nightfall in defiance of a 9 p.m. curfew and remained mostly peaceful until several gunshots rang out in the midst of a skirmish between protesters and heavily armed police https://t.co/lvEd2XalpJ pic.twitter.com/L8GrPNrwCg
— Reuters (@Reuters) September 24, 2020

The first major problem with this headline is they say the ‘demonstrations’ after nightfall remained ‘mostly peaceful’ until gunshots rang out… Seriously? Did they not see the video of rioters throwing objects at police in front of the Hall of Justice? Did they not see all the fires being set?
If that isn’t bad enough, Reuters makes the shooting of two police officers sound like a ‘tit for tat’, saying “gunshots rang out in the midst of a skirmish between protesters and heavily armed police.” Right, it was a just a skirmish. The police officers must’ve started it with their non-lethal munitions, trying to get these rioters to disperse. Geez.

The media in this country is ridiculous. I fully expect Reuters to delete this tweet, so here’s a screenshot of it for when they do:

Here’s a few responses to the Reuter’s headline:

Two cops shot but Reuters goes hard with the “mostly peaceful” lie. Shameless. https://t.co/4xlVVd2Udq
— (((Jason Rantz))) on KTTH Radio (@jasonrantz) September 24, 2020

“Mostly peaceful” until there were several gunshots.
This almost has to be intentional at this point. https://t.co/KgIDFim4Dj
— (((AG))) (@AGHamilton29) September 24, 2020

Um, it wasn’t a shootout, left-wingers were shooting at police. Shootouts involve both sides. https://t.co/xlNSamrO1L
— Derek Hunter (@derekahunter) September 24, 2020

Mostly peaceful gunshots https://t.co/00LIH5zVKU
— Comfortably Smug (@ComfortablySmug) September 24, 2020

Enemy of the people https://t.co/SoXurfaqa6
— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) September 24, 2020

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IDENTIFIED: Woman who rented U-Haul handing out weapons and shields in Louisville may have Soros ties

It turns out that the U-Haul we reported on earlier passing out signs, shields and weapons for rioters in Louisville was rented by a George Soros-connected “Bail Disruptor”.

Unloading the riot shields from the Uhaul #Louisville #BreonnaTaylor pic.twitter.com/F9KqzRB5lM
— Brendan Gutenschwager (@BGOnTheScene) September 23, 2020

According to GWP, a U-Haul employee leaked the logs that show Holly Zoller was the one who rented the truck:

Here’s Zoller’s bio which shows she works for the “Bail Project”:

Here’s a photo of her on the U-Haul:

Here’s visual evidence of Holly Zoller inciting a riot in Louisville, KY pic.twitter.com/0mEimvLIt1
— LeftyCrypto🌹 (@LeftyCrypto) September 23, 2020

Now how do we get from here to Soros? GWP posted this screenshot of the woman who is the Community Outreach Director the Bail Project and it clearly states she was/is a Soros Justice Fellow:

Is Soros funding this group? I don’t know. But it’s a good possibility that he’s funding a group who is funding a group who is funding THIS group, as that seems to be the way he likes to work.

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BREAKING: Two officers SHOT in Louisville during Breonna Taylor riots [VIDEO]

A police officer was shot during the riots in Louisville tonight, as shots rang out that sent police officers running for cover:

BREAKING:
Shots fired and an Officer down in Louisville
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— Tayler Hansen (@TaylerUSA) September 24, 2020

As you can see from the video, one police officer is telling everyone to take cover after more shots rang out in the second half of the video.

An officer can be seen pointing and saying that an officer is down. Later an officer confirms “we got one down.”
It sounds to me like someone began firing a high-powered rifle at police officers.
Alex Salvi from OAN reports that police have confirmed that two officers were shot and transported to the hospital:

BREAKING: Louisville Police have confirm TWO officers have been shot and transported to the hospital. (@WPMT) https://t.co/OesHP1GsRL
— Alex Salvi (@alexsalvinews) September 24, 2020

All this over another justified police shooting that BLM lied about all year long. This is what they and their media enablers want. I pray these officers will be ok.

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Trump Gives 9 Companies ‘Pledge to America’s Workers Presidential Award’

President Donald Trump on Wednesday awarded nine U.S. companies with a “Pledge To America’s Workers Presidential Award” under the administration’s initiative to create and maintain jobs for Americans through promoting education and training opportunities for Americans.
Advisors to the president, Ivanka Trump and Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, on Wednesday hosted a ceremony—the first of its kind—to present the awards.
The new presidential award “recognizes the demonstrated excellence and commitment to the education and training of an organization’s workforce.” According to the White House, the award was created in July 2018 to call on the private sector to invest in advancing the nation’s current and future workforce.

Senior White House Advisor Ivanka Trump speaks during the Pledge To America’s Workers Presidential Award in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, on Sept. 23, 2020. (Joshua Roberts/Getty Images)
“Through the White House’s Pledge to America’s Workers, the Trump administration challenged the private sector to make a major investment in the education and training of their workers to ensure Americans have the skills necessary to remain the best in the world,” the president’s daughter said in a statement.
“We have seen that challenge begin to be answered with over 16 million job training pledges committed to date. On behalf of the President, I am honored to award nine extraordinary organizations the Pledge to America’s Workers Award for their commitment to the exceptionalism of the American worker and for their steadfast resolve to equip their employees with the tools to succeed in the jobs of today and tomorrow.”
Ivanka Trump shared photos of the ceremony on Twitter.

When POTUS took office he called on the private sector to step⬆️ their investment in 🇺🇸workers.
As a direct result they’ve committed to 16M+ new job+training opportunities w/more to come!
Awarded 9 of them today who showed excellence in their #PledgetoAmericasWorkers commitment pic.twitter.com/B9jgIAf5DY
— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) September 23, 2020

The award program is administered by the Department of Commerce with support of the Department of Labor, and on behalf of the National Council for the American Worker. The national council was established and tasked with developing a strategy to grow the workforce via an executive order that President Trump signed in July 2018.
“Every day, we are lifting our forgotten Americans off the sidelines, out of the margins, and back into the workforce,” Trump said at the time. “We need talented people. We need people with training.”
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Since the order’s signing, more than 440 companies and organizations have signed the “Pledge to America’s Workers,” which has contributed to more than 16.3 million new education and training opportunities for American students and workers over the next five years.
“Every single pledge is a commitment to the promise of every individual and his or her potential,” Ivanka Trump said in July 2019.
The executive order also established the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board, which works directly with the national council. The Board brings members from the private sector, educational institutions, and state and local governments to help create more jobs by “improving jobs data transparency and skills-based hiring and training, advancing opportunities for lifelong learning, and promoting multiple pathways to family-sustaining careers.”
“President Trump wants all Americans to have equal opportunities in the job market based on their skillsets,” Secretary Ross said in a statement on Wednesday.

Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross and Senior White House Advisor Ivanka Trump stand during a group photo with the winners of the Pledge To America’s Workers Presidential Award in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, on Sept. 23, 2020. (Joshua Roberts/Getty Images)
“The American Workforce Policy Advisory Board highlights learning and employment records as key technological indicators for workers, employers, and educational institutions to build a skills-based labor market,” Ross said. “IBM, Salesforce, and Walmart are providing learning and employment records in diverse fields such as cybersecurity, nursing, and retail in order to open more doors for Americans.”
The companies awarded for “excellence in workforce education and training” are:
American Hotel & Lodging Association – 130,000 opportunities pledged
Associated Builders and Contractors – 500,000 opportunities pledged
Lockheed Martin Corporation – 8,000 opportunities pledged
National Retail Federation – 250,000 opportunities pledged
Northrop Grumman Corporation – 7,500 opportunities pledged
Oberg Industries, LLC. – 225 opportunities pledged
Textron Inc. – 22,240 opportunities pledged
Volkswagen Group of America – 15,000 opportunities pledged
Zurich North America – 40 opportunities pledged
In another commitment to creating more American jobs, the president earlier this year signed an executive order that directs the federal government to “open the playing field to all” by giving higher priority to a job applicant’s skills than merely having a formal qualification.
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[VIDEO] Louisville police officers ATTACKED by rioters, one falls to ground when hit in head with large object

A fairly large group of Louisville police officers came out a few minutes ago and began putting out small fires at the Hall of Justice, when they were attacked by the mob who began throwing objects at them:

Police officers just came out of the Hall of Justice to put out the fires. One officer was hit with something and fell to the ground. Some in the crowd cheered.
Officers retreated back into the building pic.twitter.com/JNBbbtoT1s
— Shelby Talcott (@ShelbyTalcott) September 23, 2020

Something large and white was thrown at about 25 seconds and hit one officer in the head. It was probably a block of ice. He fell backwards to the ground and you could hear one woman yelling ‘good one, good one!’ Disgusting.
The police then began to retreat back into the building after they extinguished the fires holding their shields high to protect them from more objects being thrown at them.
As I understand it from a live report I just saw moments ago, police in Louisville have gotten more aggressive in dispersing rioters.

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WATCH LIVE: Multiple live streams of Louisville, KY in the wake of Breonna Taylor ruling

As you know, two of the three police officers involved in the death of Breonna Taylor were vindicated today and there are protests in Louisville, Kentucky as all eyes are watching to see what happens. Below are some live streams of the protests in the city that are likely to get very ugly:
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This should suffice for now, but if I find other good ones I’ll post them here.
Hopefully all will be well tonight and we won’t end up with the rioting that we’ve witnessed so many times this year. 

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Eric Trump Must Testify in New York Probe Before the Election, Judge Rules

NEW YORK—A New York judge on Wednesday ordered President Donald Trump’s son Eric to make himself available by Oct. 7 to be interviewed under oath for a state probe into financing for properties owned by his family’s company.
Justice Arthur Engoron of the Manhattan Supreme Court said Eric Trump, an executive vice president at the Trump Organization, offered no grounds to delay his deposition by the office of New York Attorney General Letitia James until after the Nov. 3 presidential election.
At a hearing, Engoron said Trump’s argument that he was too busy working on his father’s re-election bid was unpersuasive, and said he was not “bound by the timelines of the national election.”
Lawyers for Eric Trump did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Engoron also ordered the Trump Organization to turn over some financial documents James sought.
James has been conducting a civil probe into “potential fraud or illegality” concerning whether Donald Trump and the Trump Organization overstated the value of assets to obtain loans and tax benefits.
Her probe began after Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen told Congress the president had inflated some asset values to save money on loans and insurance, and deflated other asset values to reduce real estate taxes.
James originally subpoenaed Eric Trump’s testimony on May 26. A scheduled July 22 deposition was canceled as Trump changed his legal team. His new lawyers were seeking a further delay until Nov. 19 or later.
Matthew Colangelo, a lawyer for James, said the threat of “personal inconvenience” to Eric Trump did not justify waiting that long.
“Mr. Trump shouldn’t be able to profit from his own dilatory conduct,” Colangelo told the judge.
James’ probe has focused on four properties: the Seven Springs Estate in Westchester County, New York; 40 Wall Street in Manhattan; the Trump International Hotel and Tower in Chicago, and the Trump National Golf Club in Los Angeles.
In a statement, James said the judge’s order makes clear that “not even an organization or an individual with the name Trump” can dictate the parameters of her “lawful investigation.”
There has been no determination any laws have been broken.
The investigation is separate from a criminal probe by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, who is seeking eight years of Donald Trump’s tax returns through a separate subpoena.
Vance has said in court filings he might have grounds to investigate Donald Trump and the Trump Organization for tax fraud, and that his probe related to reports of possible insurance and bank fraud by the company and its officers.
A federal appeals court is scheduled to hear Trump’s appeal on Friday of an order letting Vance obtain his tax returns.
Trump is a Republican, while James and Vance are Democrats.
By Jonathan Stempel

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Chinese Leader Xi Jinping Thinks US State, Local Officials Are ‘Weak Links’: Pompeo

Chinese leader Xi Jinping believes sub-national-level officials are a “weak link” that can be exploited to advance the regime’s interests in the United States, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Sept. 23.
In a speech at the Wisconsin state capitol, Pompeo urged U.S. politicians from state to municipal level to be alert to the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) “influence and espionage activities.”
“Know that when you are approached by a Chinese diplomat, it is likely not in the spirit of cooperation or friendship,” Pompeo said.
The secretary said the CCP has for decades “deployed friendly language while stealing from our innovators, building military strength, and co-opting our elites.”
For instance, he offered a “translation” of Xi’s remarks in August to a group of government economists and sociologists in Beijing: “We must actively develop cooperation with all countries, regions, and enterprises willing to cooperate with us, including states, localities, and enterprises in the United States.”
Pompeo said, “Xi knows that the federal government is pushing back again the CCP’s malign influence,” so he “thinks you’re the weak link.”
For Xi, “‘cooperation’ and ‘opening-up’ means the CCP wants to create arrangements that only benefit the CCP,” Pompeo added.
The ultimate goal of the regime’s malign influence activities is to “make Americans receptive to Beijing’s form of authoritarianism,” he warned.
CCP Pressure
The state secretary said the CCP’s efforts to sway state and local officials have intensified over the years.
He cited the example of a Californian state senator who in 2017 sought to introduce a measure denouncing the regime’s persecution of Falun Gong, a spiritual practice suppressed by the CCP since 1999.
“These are the folks who have suffered so tremendously under the CCP’s crackdowns on religious freedom,” Pompeo said.
The Chinese consulate in San Francisco wrote to the Californian legislature, saying the senator’s resolution might “deeply damage the cooperative relations between the State of California and China, and seriously hurt the feeling[s] of Chinese people and the vast Chinese community in California,” according to Pompeo.
As a result, “the California State Senate bowed to the CCP pressure campaign and shelved the proposed bill,” he said.
The secretary also referred to a Chinese official’s attempt earlier this year to get Wisconsin Senate President Roger Roth to support a resolution supporting the regime’s CCP Virus containment efforts. A consul of the Chinese consulate in Chicago, Wu Ting, emailed Roth twice to seek his backing. The attempts backfired, prompting an angry Roth to reject the proposal and instead introduce a resolution condemning the CCP’s coverup of the outbreak.
“The reality is that most every state legislature in the country has probably received a letter from the CCP like Senator Roth’s as part of a coordinated propaganda campaign,” Pompeo said.
He also raised another example involving Wu, when she forwarded a letter from her husband, the Consul General in Chicago, to Wisconsin congressman Mike Gallagher’s district director.
The letter was “full of CCP propaganda and disinformation about the pandemic,” Pompeo said.
“But what really caught my eye was her declaration, ‘We are firmly opposed to racial discrimination and xenophobia against the local Chinese community and stigmatization of China and the Chinese people over the virus.’”
He decried this as an attempt by the CCP to “drown out American cries for accountability with shouts of racism.”
“America’s righteous anger at the CCP over its handling of the coronavirus has nothing to do with race, and everything to do with citizens dead, children kept from school, and jobs lost,” the state secretary said.
Pompeo added that the regime wants “to foment the kind of strife we’ve seen in Minneapolis, and Portland, and Kenosha,” where race-related protests and violent rioting have erupted in the past months.
“That’s disgusting. We can’t let that happen.”

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Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Top Democrats Unveil an Anti-Corruption Reform Package

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Chairs of various House committees on Wednesday unveiled an anti-corruption package that updates the post-Watergate reforms, with most crafted in response to the actions taken by President Donald Trump and his administration.
The Protect Our Democracy Act is a 158-page document that includes reforms, such as who the president can pardon. Pelosi said, “Our chairs have crafted a robust reforms package that can stand up and prevent an assault on our democracy, including abuse of the pardon power.”
The legislation was offered by critics of President Trump including, Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), Oversight Committee Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.), Budget Chairman John Yarmuth (D-Ky.), House Administration Chair Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), House Foreign Affairs Chairman Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.), and House Ways and Means Chairman Richard Neal (D-Mass.) and other top members of House committees.
“Our democracy is not self-effectuating—it takes work and a commitment to guard it against those who would undermine it, whether foreign or domestic,” the seven House committee chairs unveiling the bill said in a statement. “It is time for Congress to strengthen the bedrock of our democracy and ensure our laws are strong enough to withstand a lawless president.”
The Democrats referred to President Trump’s pardon of Roger Stone, whom they say was a close associate to Trump and under the reform would be prohibited.
“This package is future-focused, intended to ensure checks and balances, not only during this term but for any future president,” said Pelosi at a press conference on Wednesday.
The White House did not immediately respond to The Epoch Times for comment.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) prepares for a markup hearing on a series of bills on Capitol Hill in Washington on Sept. 10, 2019. (Patrick Semansky/AP Photo)
The package also includes a provision that authorizes the House and Senate to be able to enforce subpoenas. Nadler criticized the Trump administration for not complying with past House subpoenas.
“For example, the administration has defied congressional subpoenas time and again in investigations on topics ranging from manipulation of the census, to obstruction of justice, and even during the impeachment process,” said Nadler. “Congresswoman Madeline Dean’s bill, which provides an expedited streamlined process for the House and Senate to enforce the subpoenas in the courts, and to ensure that we can conduct proper oversight,” Nadler added.
Another provision in the package is a bill that gives additional anonymity to whistleblowers and protection from retaliation. Chairwoman Maloney said, “We are witnessing a president who retaliates against whistleblowers and inspectors general, obstructs investigations to root out waste, fraud, and abuse and openly mocks the law. It must stop.”
“(The bill) give[s] whistleblowers the opportunity to challenge retaliation in court and prohibit disclosing a whistleblower identity,” Maloney continued.
The package includes another bill that would restrict who the president can appoint to a federal position and another that would punish officials for violating the Hatch Act by fining them $50,000 if they do not abide by the rule.
Chairman Yarmuth introduced a bill that would require the president get Congressional permission before withholding any funds, and require more transparency and oversight of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).
“I introduced a bill called the Congressional Power of the Purse Act, and that is Title V of the Protecting Our Democracy Act, has three major tenants it restores Congress’s central role in funding decisions. It increases transparency and accountability on the behalf of the administration through OMB. And it strengthens existing budgetary law in a number of ways.”
Chairwoman Lofgren said, “An important aspect of these reforms is to protect our elections from foreign interference.”
Lofgren’s bill requires political campaigns to report any interference by foreign governments in the election process. It seeks to prohibit “opposition research, and private polling.”
“Today is the latest step in our critical effort to hold this president and all presidents accountable. This bill is the culmination of many works many months of work by the Caucus to identify the most crucially needed reforms to our laws to constrain a lawless president,” said Rep. Schiff.
The legislation has no chance of passing, although Schiff said, “I think these reforms will have bipartisan support next year.”

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WATCH LIVE: President Trump holds news conference at 6:00 PM

Today President Trump is giving a news conference at 6:00 PM and you can watch below:
WHITE HOUSE:
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 FOX NEWS:
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 WHILE YOU WAIT:

Blind dog was spinning circles in her shelter kennel for 6 years — then 😍😍😍 pic.twitter.com/48buSdX6yO
— The Dodo (@dodo) September 21, 2020

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BREAKING: Florida AG requests investigation into Michael Bloomberg vote buying operation

Florida’s attorney general has just sent a letter to the FBI and Florida’s Department of Law Enforcement requesting an investigation into Michael Bloomberg’s vote buying operation to pay for the fines of felons so they can vote .

CBS 12: Florida attorney general opens investigation into Michael Bloomberg’s pledge to help felons pay debts
— Josh Caplan (@joshdcaplan) September 23, 2020

 Here’s more from Washington Times:
Florida’s attorney general asked state and federal law enforcement on Wednesday to investigate possible election law violations after billionaire and former Democratic presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg helped raise more than $16 million for Florida felons to pay their debts so they can vote in the presidential election.
Attorney General Ashley Moody sent letters to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the FBI saying that further investigation is warranted. Gov. Ron DeSantis had asked Moody to review allegations that Bloomberg and the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition had violated the law by offering incentives for voting. DeSantis and Moody are both Republicans.
“I have instructed the Statewide Prosecutor to work with law enforcement and any Statewide Grand Jury that the Governor may call,” Moody said in a written statement.
Bloomberg announced this week that he raised more than $16 million to help pay off the financial obligations for felons so they can vote. While the coalition says it doesn’t target people based on their political affiliation, Moody is questioning whether the donation violates laws that prohibit giving people incentives to vote.

Jay O’Brien, a reporter for CBS 12, initially reported that the Florida AG ‘ordered’ an investigation:

BREAKING: Florida Attorney General orders investigation into @MikeBloomberg pledge to spend $16 million to allow convicted felons to vote in Florida. Comes after request from @GovRonDeSantis, a republican and Trump ally. #Election2020 pic.twitter.com/XgxGs53kut
— Jay O’Brien (@jayobtv) September 23, 2020

He then clarified saying “It looks like AG Moody opened her own review and then REQUESTED that both agencies open their own investigations after she concluded hers.”

To be clear, this note is addressed to two people: FDLE comissioner and FL FBI head.
It looks like AG Moody opened her own review and then REQUESTED that both agencies open their own investigations after she concluded hers.
— Jay O’Brien (@jayobtv) September 23, 2020

I don’t know if this means that an official investigation will be opened or not, since she’s ‘requesting’ it. It sounds like she’s requesting a third-party investigation over a potential conflict of interest since it deals with the election. I’ll update here when I get clarification.

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White House Calls for ‘Targeted’ Aid as Congress Stalls on Stimulus

WASHINGTON—Republicans and Democrats have been in a stalemate since July over the size and scope of a next coronavirus stimulus package. And now Wall Street is concerned that the current fight over confirming a replacement for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will diminish prospects for reaching a deal prior to the November election.
Testifying before the House Financial Services Committee on Sept. 22, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said that while the economy is recovering, “some industries particularly hard hit by the pandemic require additional relief.”
“I believe a targeted package is still needed and the administration is ready to reach a bipartisan agreement.”
Instead of passing a comprehensive stimulus, the White House has been pushing for a series of smaller bills that target the most damaged sectors of the economy. It also supports sending another round of $1,200 in individual payments.
White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany on Sept. 22 accused House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of being “unserious” and “engaging in political drama.”
During a press conference, McEnany said it’s possible for both sides to reach a deal, “should she become serious in these negotiations.”
Senate Republicans on Sept. 8 introduced a targeted COVID-19 bill, which included a continuation of the $300 per week in enhanced unemployment benefits through Dec. 27, liability protection for businesses, and more money for health-care funding, schools, and the Paycheck Protection Program for small businesses.
The White House accused Democrats of blocking the proposal. The bill failed to meet the 60-vote threshold needed to break the Democratic filibuster, a tactic used to delay or prevent legislative action.
“So at this point, the onus is really on Speaker Pelosi,” McEnany said. “We encourage her to send one-off bills, perhaps airline funding, or other elements that we could work through the process to get to the American people. It’s always been this President’s priority to do that.”
Democrats rejected a “piecemeal” approach to the coronavirus relief package and made it clear that they would not pass measures separately.
In May, House Democrats passed the HEROES Act, a more than $3 trillion aid bill, which included $600 per week in unemployment benefits through next year and support for state and local governments. Pelosi last week reiterated that a bill worth less than around $2.2 trillion would not pass in the House.
About a dozen moderate House Democrats may support a GOP resolution to compel a vote on emergency aid for small businesses, the Hill reported. The centrist Democrats may support a discharge petition allowing unused Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funds to be spent.
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) warned on Sept. 23 that moderate Democrats should not sign a discharge petition, as it would weaken the party’s negotiation position.
“I would hope that no Democrat would sign a discharge petition, which turns over control of the House floor to the other party, the minority party,” he told reporters.
Stimulus Uncertainty
Even though the economic recovery seems to have continued into August and September, analysts are worried that the expansion could lose steam if the policymakers fail to reach a deal on a fiscal package. They have already started observing some weaknesses.
“While retail sales continued to climb into August, the 0.6 percent increase that month was the softest gain in three months,” Michael Feroli, chief U.S. economist at JPMorgan said in a report.
He added that sales data excluding autos, gasoline, and construction materials “declined for the first time since April.”
“In August manufacturing output also posted its smallest monthly gain since the recovery began. And the downward trend for initial jobless claims filings—a measure related to layoffs—has become very modest in recent months.”
While the legislative stalemate over a relief package continues, Ed Yardeni, a veteran Wall Street strategist believes another round of large stimulus is unnecessary at this stage.
“I reckon that there is still enough of this government stimulus that will keep the economy growing, probably through September, October, maybe November,” Yardeni told CNBC on Sept 22.
“And hopefully along the way, we’ll see employment continue to pick up so the economy can grow on its own without necessarily needing another, or at least another big, stimulus package.”

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CBO Projects Massive Federal Deficits; House Dems Want Earmarks

House Democrats want to restore earmarks next year despite new Congressional Budget Office (CBO) projections that the federal budget deficit will reach $3.3 trillion this year and a cumulative total in excess of $13 trillion over the next decade.
Phillip Swagel, CBO’s Director, told the Senate Budget Committee Wednesday that the long-term outlook for the economy “is daunting, but at the same time the United States is not facing an immediate fiscal crisis” because interest rates remain at historic lows.
Swagel said the low rates minimize the government’s borrowing costs to fund its deficit spending, and CBO expects the rates to remain low “for several years as the economy recovers from the effects of the [CCP Virus] pandemic.”
The problem, according to Swagel, is interest rates will inevitably go higher, and possibly “abruptly higher,” with serious economic consequences.
“Federal debt is high, and it is projected to rise substantially, and over the long run actions are needed to address the nation’s fiscal challenges,” Swagel told the hearing.
“The federal debt held by the public is projected to increase to 98 percent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) at the end of this year,” he said. “That’s up from 79 percent last year and from only 35 percent in 2007, before the start of the previous recession.
“The debt is projected to continue to rise, reaching 195 percent of GDP by 2050, and that far exceeds the previous high of 106 percent just after the end of World War II.”
Swagel said “the challenge is continuous deficits drive up the costs of servicing the debt … the challenge of the fiscal outlook over the coming decade is that the current path is unsustainable.”
Budget panel chairman Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) told the hearing that “CBO’s updated budget projections confirmed what we all knew, that the economic disruption caused by COVID-19 and the federal government’s response have led to a surge in deficits and debt.”
Enzi echoed Swagel’s warnings about growing deficits mean higher borrowing costs for the government, lower output in the economy and more risk of a severe economic crisis. The Wyoming Republican, who is not seeking re-election, noted that interest payments on the national debt alone will be the biggest single expenditure in the federal budget by 2050.
“Deficit spending and the national debt were unsustainable before the pandemic,” Enzi said. “We must address these challenges before they become the next crisis or prevent future policymakers from dealing with new unforeseen emergencies.
“We cannot continue running trillion-dollar annual deficits forever. The longer we wait, the more severe the changes and challenges will be, and the fewer options we will have.”
Swagel told Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) that he agreed President Donald Trump’s delay of payroll taxes will have no effect on Social Security, contrary to claims of many Democrats.
Sen. Mike Braun (R-Ind.) asked Swagel if the status of the U.S. Dollar as the world’s reserve currency is a factor in keeping borrowing costs low. The CBO chief agreed, calling it “an extraordinary privilege.”
None of the panel’s 10 Democrats participated in the hearing. Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), the Democratic vice-presidential candidate was on the campaign trail.
On the other side of the Capitol, however, House Democrats were highly visible on budget issues Wednesday, proposing to restore earmarks, the  special-interest spending provisions that often benefit campaign donors, former staff aides, or relatives of individual senators and representatives.
Earmarks typically aren’t officially linked to the benefiting congressman and are often buried in huge appropriations bills or concurrent spending resolutions where they go unnoticed, despite collectively costing multiple billions of tax dollars.
Congress officially banned earmarks nine years ago, largely in response to former Sen. Tom Coburn, the Oklahoma Republican, who called earmarks “the gateway drug to federal spending addiction.” Coburn passed away earlier this year.
Democrats and some Republicans have quietly discussed ending the earmark ban in recent years, and two representatives who hope to be chairman of the House Appropriations Committee next year are openly promising to push for return of the controversial spending practice.
Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-Fla.) and Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio) are campaigning to succeed retiring appropriations chief, Rep. Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.) and are pitching an earmarks return to Democratic colleagues.
Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.), who is also campaigning for the appropriations panel chairmanship, has not explicitly committed to restoring earmarks, saying it is “premature” to do it now.
The Florida Democrat reportedly told colleagues earlier this week that “Members best understand the needs of our communities. The earmark ban ceded the power of the purse to unelected bureaucrats who are currently beholden to an erratic, lawless president.”
Lowey seemed poised in January to reinstitute earmarks on a limited basis, but then backed off despite encouragement from House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, the Maryland Democrat who spent 24 years on the appropriations panel and was an active earmarker.
Spokesmen for Wasserman-Schultz, Kaptur and DeLauro did not respond to The Epoch Times emails requesting comment.
Contact Mark Tapscott at Mark.Tapscott@epochtimes.nyc

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Trump Says He Wants a Nine-Justice Supreme Court for Potential Election Legal Battle

President Donald Trump on Wednesday said he prefers a Supreme Court with nine justices ahead of the November election and added that Republicans have plenty of time to confirm a replacement for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
“I think this will end up in the Supreme Court,” he said of the election results. “And I think it’s very important that we have nine justices.” Trump added that the process should “go very quickly” in the Senate, as Republicans “are very united.”
“One justice was picked in 19 days—19 days,” Trump said. “We could do four at that rate or five. And we have a lot of time.”
Trump stressed that it’s preferable to confirm the nomination before the election because Democrats are “pulling” a “scam” that will be challenged in the Supreme Court, without elaborating. “Just in case it would be more political than it should be, I think it’s very important to have a nine-justice” court, he said. Over the past several months, Trump has warned that mail-in voting could like to election rigging and delays.
Following Ginsburg’s death last week, there was uncertainty Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) would be able to clinch enough votes to confirm a new Supreme Court justice. But as of Tuesday, several key senators, including Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah), announced they would vote on Trump’s nominee.
But this week and over the weekend, Democrats have cried foul over the nomination move, accusing GOP members of Congress of engaging in hypocrisy after the Republican-held Senate blocked President Barack Obama’s nomination to the Supreme Court after Justice Antonin Scalia died in 2016.
Trump said he will make the announcement on his Supreme Court choice on Saturday at 5 p.m. He said he’s narrowed it down to five choices.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) assailed Republicans and McConnell on the floor of the Senate.
“By all rights, by every modicum of decency and honor, Leader McConnell and the Republican Senate majority have no right to fill it, no right,” Schumer said.
However, McConnell said that his current stance is not comparable to his position from 2016 because the Senate was held by Republicans, and the president at the time was a Democrat.
On Wednesday, hundreds of people lined up outside the court for a chance to pay their respects to Ginsburg.
“Her voice in court and in our conference room was soft. But when she spoke, people listened,” Chief Justice John Roberts said.
Ginsburg will on Friday become the first woman to lie in state in the U.S. Capitol when her casket is placed in National Statuary Hall.
Reuters contributed to this report.

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‘Y’all get ready to ****ing die!’: RIGHT after Breonna Taylor presser, ‘protesters’ unload WAITING trucks of riot supplies, threaten cops

The Attorney General of Kentucky held a presser announcing that one officer involved in the incident that led to the death of Breonna Taylor is being indicted, but on a charge that is specifically related to the shots that killed Taylor.
Instead, the police officer is facing three counts of wanton endangerment, relating to shots fired into an adjacent, occupied apartment.
The reaction among protesters, on social media, and in the press was immediate. MSNBC’s Joy Reid said it was a “black lives DON’T matter” ruling and went viral swiftly.

But maybe the swiftest “spontaneous” reaction was on the ground in Louisville, where the “protesters” were incredibly ready to go.

While the BLM crowd was marching in Louisville, a U Haul truck pulled up with shields and supplies for the group to use. pic.twitter.com/VestCPdyTk
— Julio Rosas (@Julio_Rosas11) September 23, 2020

Lol these people are so brave and justice-y. https://t.co/Jy999x8nHf
— Allie Beth Stuckey (@conservmillen) September 23, 2020

And the plan is definitely for things to get ugly as quickly as possible. That’s the PLAN.

One person shouted at Louisville police, “All y’all get ready to fucking die!” pic.twitter.com/dTHVDeKjCT
— Julio Rosas (@Julio_Rosas11) September 23, 2020

They came to riot. That’s what will happen.

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Sen. Murkowski Says She May Vote for Trump’s Supreme Court Nominee

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) left open the possibility that she’ll back President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee even though she opposes the Senate considering the nominee prior to the upcoming election.
“I know everybody wants to ask the question, ‘will you confirm the nominee?’” Murkowski told Alaska Public Media said outside the Capitol in Washington on Tuesday.
“We don’t have a nominee yet. You and I don’t know who that is. And so I can’t confirm whether or not I can confirm a nominee when I don’t know who the nominee is,” she added.
Murkowski and Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) are the only Republicans to state publicly their opposition to Trump and the Senate moving to replace deceased Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg before Nov. 3, arguing it’s too close to the election.
“For weeks, I have stated that I would not support taking up a potential Supreme Court vacancy this close to the election. Sadly, what was then a hypothetical is now our reality, but my position has not changed,” Murkowski said in a statement on Sunday, two days after Ginsburg died from cancer complications at age 87.
“I did not support taking up a nomination eight months before the 2016 election to fill the vacancy created by the passing of Justice Scalia. We are now even closer to the 2020 election—less than two months out—and I believe the same standard must apply,” she added.
Unlike Murkowski, Collins said she’ll vote against Trump’s nominee, no matter who it is.
If there is a vote, “I would oppose the nominee not because I might not support that nominee under normal circumstances, but we’re simply too close to the election,” Collins told reporters in Washington on Tuesday.

A makeshift memorial for recently passed Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is seen outside her childhood home in the Brooklyn borough of New York City, Sept. 21, 2020. (Brendan McDermid/Reuters)
Trump plans on announcing his nominee at 5 p.m. on Sept. 26.
Other senators thought to be possible swing votes, including Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah), have said they support the Senate considering Trump’s nominee before the election.
Some say they’ll approve whomever Trump chooses. Several are not going that far, saying they want to see who Trump nominates before deciding whether to support her.
Trump said he’ll be nominating a woman to replace Ginsburg.
Republicans hold a 53-47 majority in the Senate.
A simple majority is required to confirm Trump’s nominee.
The process will begin in the Senate Judiciary Committee, which has an 8-7 GOP majority.
If the committee advances the nomination, the full Senate will hold a vote on it sometime this year, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) told reporters.
Even if Republicans lose the Senate majority in the election, a lame-duck session will take place, enabling the party to vote on the nominee if a vote hasn’t taken place by then.

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Rand Paul calls Anthony Fauci to the CARPET in Senate Hearing: You’ve Lauded New York, they had worst death rate in the world!

Dr. Rand Paul brought the battle over misinformation and lockdowns right to Dr. Anthony Fauci in the Senate hearing today which also featured Dr. Robert Redfield of the CDC and Adm. Brett Giroir.
The battle between Paul and Fauci was the major takeaway from the hearing, despite the wealth of sound bites that were produced throughout.

The two sparred over lockdowns, the spread of disease, Sweden, the mitigation efforts, flattening the curve, and more, with Fauci getting snippy and tell Paul that he won’t “listen” when they tell him what to think, and with Paul challenging Fauci over his Cuomo fandom and more.
It was basically an epic match.
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New York Mayor Announces Over 9,000 City Staff Furloughs

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said Wednesday that another 9,000 city employees will be subjected to a compulsory five-day furlough in a bid to save the city $21 million, amid a broader drive to balance the budget.
Speaking at a press conference, de Blasio said both managerial and unrepresented employees would be among those who must take an unpaid week off between October of this year and March 2021, citing the need to confront the city’s budget crisis.
“As we know about this pandemic, it is hitting us on so many levels all at once—so many crises wrapped within the bigger crisis, and one of them, of course, is the challenge this city faces because of the economic crisis, because of the budget crisis,” de Blasio said.
New York City faces a $9 billion deficit over the next two years.
“The economy of New York City, which was the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic at its onset, has been hit harder than the nation thus far,” wrote New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer, in recent comments on the city’s adopted budget for fiscal year 2021.
“In New York City employment plunged by about 20 percent from February to April and grew by a smaller 3.4 percent from April to June,” he wrote, adding, “The FY 2021 Adopted Budget reflects the ravaging of the City’s economy and tax revenues by the pandemic.”
According to the most recent tax revenue projections from the Independent Budget Office, a nonpartisan agency that assists New York City authorities in their budgeting process, expected tax collections for fiscal years 2020 and 2021 have, since January, been revised downwards by $8.5 billion, while the forecast for 2022 has dropped by nearly $5 billion.
“We have to keep taking action to address this situation,” de Blasio said, adding, “none of them are pleasant, none of them are things we’d want to do at all in normal times.”
De Blasio called the latest round of furloughs a “difficult” and “painful” decision.
“It’s a difficult one because it will affect real people and their lives,” de Blasio said. “It will affect their families and these are the people who have been working non-stop for months trying to protect all of you and look out for the whole city.”
“It’s something very sad when the people who have worked so hard have to sacrifice further,” he said, adding that layoffs remain a possibility.
“We need to keep finding savings to keep bridging us to give us a chance to get something better than layoffs. No one wants to see layoffs, but unfortunately they’re still on the table,” de Blasio said.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks during a news conference in Manhattan, New York City on March 17, 2020. (Jeenah Moon/Reuters)
Last week, the mayor announced he and nearly 500 mayor’s office employees would be subjected to a five-day furlough. He warned that, without federal stimulus funds or additional borrowing authority from Albany, the city may have to lay off 22,000 municipal workers.
De Blasio also took aim at the federal government as well as Gov. Andrew Cuomo for so far failing to help bail out the Big Apple.
“Look, what would really solve this—federal stimulus—and it’s shocking that it still hasn’t happened, and hope continues to dim for anything in the next few months. And then long term borrowing—Albany, I continue to say it is a straightforward time-honored option, it is something that makes so much sense to stop this uncertainty, and we’re going to keep fighting for that as well,” he said.
The issue of whether New York City can borrow billions of dollars to cover red ink in the city budget will be decided in Albany, where legislation would have to be passed to allow borrowing to cover long-term expenditures.
Some fiscal experts have pushed back against calls to expand New York City’s long-term borrowing powers.
“There is no need for de Blasio to borrow,” said Stephen Berger, an investment banker who once served as the executive director of the New York State Emergency Control Board for the City of New York, in remarks to The City.
“You can take 4 [percent] or 5 [percent] out of the budget,” Berger added.
“Borrowing will likely be used to prop up unaffordable spending, leaving gaps in subsequent years,” said Andrew Rein, president of the Citizens Budget Commission, in remarks to The City. “This sets the stage for more borrowing, and more borrowing—the dynamic that got New York into so much trouble 50 years ago,” he said.

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Trump to Sign Executive Order to Protect Babies That Survive Abortion

President Donald Trump announced Tuesday that he plans to sign an executive order aimed at mandating medical care is provided to babies that survive abortion.
“We believe in the joy of family, the blessing of freedom, and the dignity of work. And the eternal truth that every child, born and unborn, is made in the holy image of God,” Trump said in a pre-recorded announcement shown at the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast.
“I will always protect the vital role of religion and prayer in American society, and I will always defend the sacred right to life,” he added.
“Today, I am announcing that I will be signing the Born-Alive Executive Order to ensure that all precious babies born alive—no matter their circumstances—receive the medical care that they deserve! This is our sacrosanct moral duty.”
The text of the executive order wasn’t immediately available.
The Susan B. Anthony List, a nonprofit that seeks to reduce abortion in the United States, praised Trump after the announcement.
“What a contrast with Joe Biden who picked as his running mate Kamala Harris who voted NO on the #BornAlive act which would ensure equal medical care for all infants born alive,” the group said in a statement on Twitter.
The Biden campaign didn’t respond to a request for comment.
Congressional Republicans have tried repeatedly to pass the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which would require medical workers who are present at the birth of a child who survives abortion to provide the same level of medical care they give to children born normally.

Democratic presidential nominee and former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a campaign speech in Manitowoc, Wis., Sept. 21, 2020. (Mark Makela/Reuters)
The act would also require medical workers to report violations to law enforcement authorities and penalize the killing of a born-alive child through fines or up to five years in prison.
Mothers of the children would be immune from prosecution or civil action.
Trump also said at the breakfast his administration was increasing federal funding for the neonatal research to ensure that every child “has the very best to thrive and to grow.”
And Trump told attendees that America is a strong nation because of Catholics and all people of faith.
Trump earlier this month said he would work to fully defund Planned Parenthood and other groups that supply abortions if he wins a second term.
Trump described himself as “the most pro-life president in our nation’s history.”
In response, Planned Parenthood Votes characterized the pro-life movement as the “anti-abortion movement” and called Trump’s promise one that would attack access to abortion.
Jenny Lawson, the executive director of Planned Parenthood Votes, said in the statement, “If it wasn’t clear before, it’s crystal clear now: A second Trump term would mean four more years of relentless, withering attacks on reproductive health care, including access to safe, legal abortion.”
Mimi Nguyen Ly contributed to this report.

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Senate Committee Alleges Hunter Biden Paid Women Linked to ‘Human Trafficking’

Democratic senators, Biden campaign dispute report as ‘right-wing conspiracy theory’
Former Vice President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, allegedly paid women linked to “prostitution or human trafficking,” according to the Senate Homeland Security panel in a report on Wednesday. Biden’s campaign and Senate Democrats dismissed the report as “a long-disproven, hard-core right-wing conspiracy theory.”
The GOP-controlled Homeland Security committee and the Senate Committee on Finance alleged, among other things, that the younger Biden made questionable financial transactions that opened he and his prominent family up to extortion and espionage concerns.
Hunter Biden “sent thousands of dollars” to individuals involved with “possible human trafficking,” which is associated with adult entertainment or prostitution, the report said.
“The records note that it is a documented fact that Hunter Biden has sent funds to nonresident alien women in the United States who are citizens of Russia and Ukraine and who have subsequently wired funds they have received from Hunter Biden to individuals located in Russia and Ukraine,” the report said. “The records also note that some of these transactions are linked to what ‘appears to be an Eastern European prostitution or human trafficking ring.’”
The report also noted there were reports regarding the younger Biden’s alleged involvement with prostitution services.
Meanwhile, the GOP senators asserted that the Bidens and other family members were able to enrich themselves via links with foreign companies and governments while the former vice president was in office. Their report also said the Obama administration was aware of these conflicts of interest but took no action when Hunter Biden assumed a lucrative position on the board of Ukrainian gas firm Burisma Holdings, which has long been accused of corruption.

Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden attend an NCAA basketball game between Georgetown University and Duke University in Washington on Jan. 30, 2010. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)
“Hunter Biden, his family, and [business partner Devon] Archer received millions of dollars from foreign nationals with questionable backgrounds,” said the report, adding that Hunter Biden went on a “$100,000 global spending spree with James Biden and Sara Biden” after receiving money from a Chinese national who was identified as an investor.
Senate Democrats blasted the report as being politically motivated in an election season.
Sens. Gary Peters (D-Mi.) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) said the GOP senators are using Russian disinformation to help President Donald Trump win reelection.
“Worst of all — the chairmen have amplified a known Russian attack on our election, and have used the credibility of the United States Senate to advance these discredited narratives, despite warnings from the Intelligence Community, the national security experts they interviewed over the course of their investigation, and Trump administration officials,” Peters said in a statement. “It is unconscionable that the chairmen are continuing to advance false information intended to undermine our democratic process at the expense of the bipartisan work we should be doing to protect our national security.”
Biden’s campaign hasn’t responded to a request for comment.
Andrew Bates, a spokesman for Biden’s campaign, told news outlets that Senate Homeland Chairman Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) was subsidizing “a foreign attack against the sovereignty of our elections with taxpayer dollars” by using “a long-disproven, hard-core right wing conspiracy theory” against Biden.

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Democrat Caucus: Republican’s Push to Fill Supreme Court Seat is to Repeal Obamacare

The House Democrat Caucus on Tuesday criticized President Donald Trump and Senate Republicans for hurrying to fill the Supreme Court seat before Nov. 3 election for one main purpose, to repeal Obamacare.
The Trump administration has filed a lawsuit to repeal Obamacare, also known as the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  The Supreme Court will hear the case on Nov. 10 in which the Justice Department argues, that the ACA is unconstitutional and therefore should be wiped out.
“Before the country has even had an opportunity to appropriately mourn Justice Ginsburg and send her off, they’re already trying to jam a right-wing conservative judge down the throats of the American people as part of a scheme to take away the health care of millions of Americans,” Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.), Chair of the House Democratic Caucus, told reporters in the Capitol on Tuesday.
Republican Senators have said they will vote for and approve a conservative judge before the election on Nov. 3. If the new GOP justice is confirmed, the high court would go from 5-4 to 6-3, in favor of conservatives.
Democrat leaders claim repealing the ACA is the main reason for GOP’s urgency in filling Justice Ginsburg’s seat.
“This fight for a Supreme Court justice really is about health care and the upcoming ACA hearing,” said Rep. Katherine Clark (D-Mass.), the vice-chair of the Caucus.
Meanwhile, at a press conference on the same day, Senator Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said that the Senate will vote on President Trump’s nominee who is likely to be a highly qualified woman. Sen. Thune (R-S.D.) added that the GOP is mainly looking for a nominee who will uphold the constitution and not take a political stand.
“Most of us came to the Senate, ran for the Senate, in a lot of ways for big moments like this, for an opportunity to fill seats on the Supreme Court in with nominees that believe in the constitution, the rule of law and want to ensure that it’s applied in the work that they do on the court,” Thune stressed at a press conference Tuesday.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) (C) speaks to the media on Capitol Hill in Washington on March 21, 2017. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
Ginsburg’s passing has sparked intense controversy, with Democrats saying that Republicans (who controlled the Senate in 2016) opposed former Democratic President Obama’s pick in 2016 for the supreme court.
McConnell and Senate Republicans argue 2020 is different from 2016 because the same party controls the White House and the Senate now. The GOP also argue that Democrats would do the same if they were in their position.
“What matters most to Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell and as our chairman put it, ‘the boys.’ His power, not saving lives or jobs, not preventing millions of Americans from spilling into homelessness, not defending our Constitution,” Clark said.
Some Experts estimate that repealing Obamacare would eliminate health coverage for close to 20 million people, while others say the ACA has significantly increased premiums for those privately insured, and close to 7 million have lost their health coverage under the ACA.
The members of the Democratic Caucus criticized the president for his handling of the pandemic and for wanting to repeal the ACA.
“They don’t have an alternative to the Affordable Care Act. They’re in court right now trying to declare it unconstitutional and they want to put a justice on the Supreme Court who will strip away the protections that millions of Americans, over 100 million Americans with preexisting conditions, currently have under law,” Jeffries said.
However, President Trump has argued that ACA is too expensive and gives little or no choice to people for the quality of care, choosing their doctor and drives up health care costs for the individual. Trump also criticized Democrats for wanting to socialize healthcare, which he said, would get rid of coverage for pre-existing conditions.
“And we are not going to hurt anything having to do with preexisting conditions. We’re not going to hurt preexisting conditions. And, in fact, just the opposite,” President Trump said at a town hall event Sept. 15. “We’re going to be doing a healthcare plan very strongly and protect people with preexisting conditions,” the president added.
When pressed by New Anchor, George Stephanopoulos about his administration’s court battle over repealing Obamacare President Trump responded, “Obamacare was a disaster. Obamacare is too expensive; the premiums are too high. It’s a total disaster.”
Trump told Stephanopoulos that his soon to be released healthcare plan will be better and cover pre-existing conditions.
The White House argues that replacing Obamacare will force insurance companies to compete for their customers, providing people with lower costs and higher-quality service.

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Trump Announces New Restrictions on Cuba, Including Travel and Cigars

President Donald Trump on Wednesday unveiled new restrictions on Cuban exports and barred Americans from staying at properties owned by the Cuban regime as he courts the Cuban-American voter bloc in Florida ahead of the November election.
“Today, as part of our continuing fight against communist oppression, I am announcing that the Treasury Department will prohibit U.S. travelers from staying at properties owned by the Cuban government,” Trump said at the White House. “We’re also further restricting the importation of alcohol and Cuban tobacco,” he added.
The event was intended to honor Bay of Pigs veterans and commemorating the 40th anniversary of the 1980 Mariel boatlift that sent 120,000 Cubans to South Florida.
Trump added that Wednesday’s “actions will ensure U.S. dollars do not fund the Cuban regime.”
The Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control on Wednesday amended the Cuban Assets Control Regulations to prevent an American from lodging, paying for, or reserving lodging at properties that are owned by the Cuban Communist Party or family members of party officials. The agency announced 433 properties that were identified by the Department of State as being owned by the Cuban Communist Party officials.
The Treasury also imposed new curbs on imports of Cuban rum or cigars.
In his speech, Trump said he is a bulwark against communist or socialist regimes in Latin America, including Cuba, Venezuela, and Nicaragua. He also criticized the Obama administration’s efforts to normalize relations with the Cuban regime.
“The Obama-Biden administration made a weak, pathetic, one-sided deal with the Castro dictatorship that betrayed the Cuban people and enriched the communist regime. I canceled the Obama-Biden sellout to the Castro regime,” the president said.
“We will not lift sanctions until all political prisoners are freed, freedoms of assembly and expression are respected, all political parties are legalized and free elections are scheduled,” Trump added. “They will have to go through a lot but things are happening.”
Meanwhile, he said the Democratic Party is attempting to foster socialism or communism domestically.
“Today, we proclaim that America will never be a socialist or communist country,” Trump said.
Earlier this year, the Trump administration ordered Marriott International to wind down hotel operations in Communist-run Cuba. Starwood Hotels, now owned by Marriott, was the first U.S. hotel company to sign a deal with Cuba since the 1959 revolution amid the normalization of relations sought by former President Obama.
No Republican has won the presidency without Florida since Calvin Coolidge in 1924, and Trump will hold a rally in Jacksonville on Thursday.
Reuters contributed to this report.

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WATCH LIVE: Breonna Taylor grand jury decision to be announced by Kentucky attorney general at 1:30PM

The attorney general in Kentucky will be announcing at 1:30 the grand jury decision on what will happen to law enforcement officers who were involved in the death of Breonna Taylor. As this decision could spawn more violent riots, I’m posting the live stream here for you to know exactly what is said. Watch below:
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— The Dodo (@dodo) September 23, 2020

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BREAKING: Trump announces new executive order protecting babies born alive after a failed abortion

It’s being reported that President Trump announced a new executive order at the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast protecting babies born alive from failed abortions:

BREAKING!! President @realDonaldTrump announced at the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast that will be signing an executive order protecting babies born alive after a failed abortion. God bless our great President.
— Cath O’Neill (@cathponeill) September 23, 2020

Trump, speaking at the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast announces he is signing a “Born-Alive executive order” to “ensure that all precious babies alive, no matter their circumstances, receive the medical care that they deserve.” pic.twitter.com/AN3VNLljPG
— Jack Jenkins (@jackmjenkins) September 23, 2020

 Here’s more from Catholic News Agency:
President Donald Trump on Wednesday announced an executive order that would require medical care be given to infants who are born alive after failed abortion attempts.
“Today I am announcing that I will be signing the Born-Alive Executive Order to ensure that all precious babies born alive, no matter their circumstances, receive the medical care that they deserve. This is our sacrosanct moral duty,” said Trump Sept. 23, speaking in a pre-recorded video address during the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast virtual even.
The Born-Alive Infant Protection Act has been introduced several times in Congress, but has failed to become law. The bill stalled in the House of Representatives in 2019-2020 because an insufficient number of members signed a discharge petition which would have triggered a vote on the bill.
The full text of the executive order has yet to be released, but is expected to mirror the attempted federal legislation on the issue.
Trump also announced that his administration would be “increasing federal funding for neonatal research, to ensure that every child has the very best chance to thrive and to grow.” September is Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Awareness month.
The National Catholic Prayer Breakfast had been rescheduled from March 30 due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and was held as an online broadcast. This was Trump’s first time speaking at the event, although administration officials, including Vice President Mike Pence and former acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney, have addressed the breakfast in past years.
“I want to express my deep gratitude everyone who prays for me, for the First Lady, and for our great country,” Trump said.
The president also spoke of how he grew up near a Catholic church in the New York City borough of Queens, and had seen for himself the “incredible work” the Church does for the marginalized.
“I grew up next to a Catholic church in Queens, New York and I saw how much incredible work the Catholic Church did for our community. These are amazing people. These are great, great people,” the president said.
“Catholics of all backgrounds share the love of Christ with the most vulnerable, as they care for the elderly, the homeless, and neighbors in need. Our nation is strong because of Catholics and all people of faith,” he added.
This bill really should have passed Congress. Democrats don’t want to vote for it and don’t want to be seen not voting for it, so they killed the bill. While I’m sure Trump’s EO won’t be nearly as good as a new law would be, we’ll take what we can get and hope that Republicans can win back Congress in November and pass a law that goes even further, to fully protect the life of the unborn. Until then, kudos to President Trump for continually trying to protect the life of the unborn.

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‘How The Elites Created the National Populist Revolution’: Ryan Girdusky

For a lot of people, the term, “populism” has negative connotations. What explains the popularity of leaders like Donald Trump, Jair Bolsonaro, Narendra Modi, and Boris Johnson?
In this episode, we sit down with Ryan Girdusky, co-author of “They’re Not Listening: How The Elites Created the National Populist Revolution.”
This is American Thought Leaders 🇺🇸, and I’m Jan Jekielek.
American Thought Leaders is an Epoch Times show available on YouTube, Facebook, and The Epoch Times website. It airs on Verizon Fios TV and Frontier Fios on Channel 158.

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The Office of Internet Freedom Reborn at the U.S. Agency for Global Media

News Analysis
The U.S. Agency for Global Media (USAGM), which oversees U.S. government broadcasters such as Voice of America and Radio Free Asia, has re-opened its Office of Internet Freedom (OIF).
OIF, which began operations in 2016, had then been closed by leadership then in charge prior to the June 4 confirmation of current CEO Michael Pack.
“There is a critical need to support technologies that allow individuals to securely access and share information online,” the agency’s Aug. 18 press release says.
“Unlike prior USAGM leadership, which sidelined OIF,” Pack said. “I consider bolstering internet firewall circumvention to be a top priority. Blocking access to information is a horrible thing…That’s why we’re funding a range of internet firewall circumvention tools.”
With the announcement that OIF is back in business, Pack is moving to re-establish control over USAGM’s circumvention efforts, which had been challenged by a previous attempt to establish a shop called the Open Technology Fund (OTF) independent of USAGM control.
At least one issue central to this conflict within USAGM is a debate over whether to use open source or closed source technology. As Pack has sought to regain control, the USAGM and a key staff member have come under attack.
Circumventing Censorship
Mechanisms that censor the internet are principally used in authoritarian countries such as China and Iran.
Circumventing those mechanisms is a common goal of government agencies and non-profit organizations that attempt to empower citizens in repressive regimes by opening up access to the internet, but the means for doing so are often hotly debated.
One major point of contention is the use of open-source versus closed source software (often called “proprietary”).
OIF will begin its new existence by funding one of each type. Open-source Psiphon and Cisco’s closed-source proprietary ACI are the first beneficiaries of the revived OIF.
In exclusive remarks to the Epoch Times, Dr. Katrina Lantos Swett, a noted human rights expert and President of the Lantos Foundation for Human Rights and Justice, said that “the Lantos Foundation advocates for all classes of internet freedom tools to be funded, including circumvention tools.”
“Freegate and Ultrasurf are both large scale circumvention tools that have received U.S. government funds in the past, and we would be happy to see future awards go to field-tested technologies like these that have undergone rigorous security vetting.”
“We also believe all internet freedom technologies that receive funding should be thoroughly evaluated on an ongoing basis, to ensure that funds are being spent on the most effective tools available,” Lantos Swett said.
USAGM also includes under its funding and supervisory umbrella an entity called the Open Technology Fund (OTF). It, too, like OIF, has been in the business of supporting internet firewall circumnavigation tools.
OTF, however, has been firmly in the camp of using open-source solutions exclusively since its inception as a program within Radio Free Asia.
Going Rogue
OTF’s adamant exclusion of any internet freedom tools that are closed-source may have been one of the reasons that In September 2019, leadership of the program seemed to go rogue.
In September of last year, Washington, D.C. government records show that Libby Liu, at that time the head of RFA and the OTF program, incorporated Open Technology Fund as a domestic non-profit corporation under her own name.
Liu is listed as “Incorporator” under the “Beneficial Owners” listing of the corporation’s registration file.
Senior officials at USAGM maintain that Liu had no authorization from either the agency or from any government organization to spin OTF off into its own entity. OTF receives its entire budget from USAGM.
In addition, OTF vacated its affordable office space at USAGM headquarters and moved to an expensive office district in downtown Washington, D.C., on a taxpayer-funded lease, according to senior officials at USAGM.
In addition, according to officials, OTF did not leave a forwarding address. Officials at the USAGM say they had to search for the new offices themselves.
When Pack took office just over nine months later, he fired the heads of the USAGM networks, the OTF, including Liu, and some board members.
Now, a lawsuit seeks to invalidate those firings, and to unfreeze grant money, which dismissed officials claim is being withheld.
Senior officials at USAGM dispute the lawsuit’s claims that Pack did not have the authority to fire network directors and Liu at OTF.  In addition, senior USAGM officials say that money is not being withheld from the Open Technology Fund, stating that it is being paid on a revised schedule.
Open Source vs Closed Source Software
Some experts differ with OTF’s dogmatic rejection of closed source circumvention technologies.
CoreDNA, a Australian company that provides a unified cloud platform for digital businesses, according to its Website, says that “open source software is available for the general public to use and modify from its original design free of charge.”
“What it means is that a piece of software can evolve and be iterated upon by other developers anywhere in the world.”
Therefore, CoreDNA’s blog on the subject continues, open source software “should also come with a warning label.”
“Whilst an open and peer to peer oriented web is to be applauded philosophically, it can leave us vulnerable to rogue developers who choose to break things for their own benefit. Hence the need for a warning label.”
Closed source software doesn’t need that warning label.
The source code of closed source software “is not shared with the public for anyone to look at or change,” the company says.
Lantos Swett Weighs In
In her further exclusive remarks to The Epoch Times, Lantos Swetttold The Epoch Times  that “Internet freedom is the next frontier of human rights.”
Lantos Swett is also a former Chair and Vice-Chair of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) and teaches Human Rights and American Foreign Policy at Tufts University.
Lantos Swett said that there are “a few clear goals” that the foundation she leads strives to achieve.
“Open the internet to those in closed societies. Provide funding and tools to empower people to see beyond the censored views of their own totalitarian governments. Give them the freedom to learn, to organize and to thrive the same way we do in open societies.”
Unlike OTF and its supporters, however, Lantos Swett said that “we are proponents of Internet freedom in all its forms.”
“This encompasses both open and closed source technologies,” Lantos Swett said.
The key is to have “a large and flexible toolbox of technologies and approaches,” that not only protect a user’s privacy, including those under repressive surveillance, but that also and critically, “currently circumvent firewalls for millions of users in closed societies.”
It is funding for those circumvention tools that has had Lantos Swett concerned for years.
“Circumvention tools offer one of the most effective ways to bring down, for example, the Great Firewall of China,” she said.
“At the very least,” Lantos Swett continued, those tools can “punch large holes” into China’s infamous digital barricade.
Despite their effectiveness, however, recent years have seen “a trend of reduced funding,” and in some cases a “complete lack of funding” for large-scale circumvention tools, Lantos Swett added.
“We don’t view funding for internet freedom as an either/or scenario, where we have to fund only open source or exclusively circumvention tools. But we feel strongly that the latter should receive adequate funding to ensure that there is enough capacity to meet the demand coming from closed societies.”
“We also support the continuing development of new technologies,” Lantos Swett said.
Lantos Swett also weighed in on the controversy between USAGM and its erstwhile spin-off, the Open Technology Fund.
In The Hill in May, Lantos Swett wrote, “It is folly to think that the 2019 re-establishment of OTF as an independent nonprofit and the sole grantee of the USAGM’s internet freedom funds will lead to any meaningful change.”
When asked by The Epoch Times to expand on that statement, Lantos Swett wrote, “We have been advocating since 2009 to re-direct a portion of the US Government’s internet freedom funds” to what is now the USAGM.
Since then, despite potential breakthroughs, “we have equally often been disappointed when we have seen obfuscation, misdirection, and at times even blatant discrimination vis-à-vis decisions about funding.”
Despite “ongoing dialogue” with the former leadership of both USAGM and the Open Technology Fund that Libby Liu headed, “we have generally witnessed a lack of follow through on support for some of the most effective circumvention tools currently available.”
“When OTF was re-established as a non-profit in late 2019 under the same leadership, we had little confidence that we would see meaningful change and this fear was borne out.”
Lantos Sett is “cautiously optimistic”, however, that the changes at USAGM may result in “increased funding for circumvention tools, alongside continued funding for other types of internet freedom tools.”
“We welcome a move in this direction, but given what we have witnessed in the past, we’re going to reserve our judgment until we actually see what action the leadership at USAGM takes.”
“Again, our goal is to open up the internet in closed societies. We look forward to working with anyone who shares this goal, and we’re supportive of pursuing the full range of tools and approaches that hold promise for reaching it,” Lantos Swett concluded.
Attacks on USAGM 
Since the firings, USAGM and one member of Pack’s staff, in particular, have come under attack on social media and in the press.
Mora Namdar, Vice-president of Legal Compliance and Risk at USAGM, has been a key focus of disparagement on Twitter.
One Twitter user wrote,
“Nima Fatemi@mrphs Jul 24This is an absurd intimidation tactic being employed by Michael Pack and his disgrace of “acting VP for legal matters”; A new low standard for the US government. Big congrats to Mora Namdar for becoming a sock puppet for the fascists. #saveinternetfreedom”
The “tactic” to which Fatemi refers is likely the unscheduled visit which Namdar made to OTF’s new office, once its location had been identified.
Fatemi is described as an “independent security researcher, focused on encryption, privacy and censorship circumvention technologies,” on the website, https://dxfest.com/speaker/nima-fatemi/.
Pack came to Namdar’s defense in a press release and on Twitter.
“The attempts of those with money and power to disparage her are transparent, weak, and without merit. I am lucky to have Ms. Namdar on my team,” Pack wrote.
Pack tweeted on Aug. 21 that “The campaign being waged by individuals who seem more concerned about covering up corruption and past failures than working on behalf of the American people should outrage every American citizen. In particular, the personal and false attacks launched against Mora Namdar and other members of my staff working to advance freedom and human rights are totally without merit.”
“One can only surmise that OTF’s desire to foment scandal is to distract from its numerous serious lapses and unwillingness to be transparent about its activities.”
Namdar is a lawyer, a daughter of immigrants who fled Iran after the 1979 revolution, and a recognized human rights activist.
Namdar told The Epoch Times that “all of the people who have attacked me have never met me.”
“I’m an ardent supporter of rooting out corruption,” Namdar said.
Namdar has been heartened, though, by some of the responses to social media slurs directed at her.
“On Twitter, people I don’t know have jumped on the bandwagon to defend me.”
Pack, a Trump appointee whose nomination languished in the Senate for more than two years, had already withstood one spate of fierce media criticism earlier in the summer from Democrats and some never-Trump Republicans as a tool-in-waiting of the president who would pursue a policy of selective speech in favor of the administration.
The predictions of interference from the White House into the journalistic process at networks like Voice of America have to date not been realized.
In the meantime, on July 1, the Open Technology Fund posted a notice on its website titled “Pause in September Round.” The notice went on to say:
“Due to the current lack of clarity around the availability and timeline of the remainder of our FY2020 funds, we have decided to postpone the opening of the upcoming rounds of the Internet Freedom Fund and the Core Infrastructure Fund and will not accept submissions.”
It goes on to tell readers that “We are always available for your questions – feel free to contact team members directly or get in touch via hello@opentech.fund. ”
However, no one replied to our request for comment sent to that email address. In addition, the email address for press inquiries that is listed on OTF’s Website bounced back the message we sent to it. No phone number for the organization is listed on the Website. The LinkedIn listings for Libby Liu and Laura Cunningham, the principal director of OTF under Liu, do not include a Message function.

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House GOP Leader Threatens to Oust Pelosi If She Attempts Impeachment

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) on Wednesday threatened to introduce a motion to oust House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) if she attempts to impeach President Donald Trump or Attorney General William Barr to delay the Senate from confirming President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court pick.
Pelosi on Sunday was asked on ABC News about whether impeachment could be used as an option to prevent the Supreme Court nomination. She replied, “We have our options. We have arrows in our quiver that I’m not about to discuss right now.”
McCarthy made mention of Pelosi’s comment, saying Trump is correct in moving forward with a new Supreme Court justice nomination. It came after Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died last week.
“The president is supposed to move forward and they will. The Senate is supposed to take the action and they will—it’s their constitutional right and they are following through,” he told reporters in Washington.
He added: “I will make you this one promise, listening to the speaker on television this weekend, if she tries to move for an impeachment based upon the president following the Constitution, I think there will be a move on the floor to no longer have the question of her being Speaker. She may think she has a quiver … we do too.”
President Donald Trump on Monday said he would go ahead with the process to nominate a judge, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said he would hold a vote on his pick. Meanwhile, several key senators, including Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah), signaled they would vote for Trump’s pick.

House Minority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) at a press conference in the Capitol in Washington on Jan. 9, 2020. (Charlotte Cuthbertson/The Epoch Times)
Top Democrats have been highly critical of Trump and McConnell’s move, saying that McConnell blocked former President Barack Obama’s nomination of Merrick Garland after Justice Antonin Scalia died in 2016.
In an interview on Tuesday, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said in a televised interview that his caucus “will use every tool in the toolkit” to block the confirmation.
“Today, we delayed committees going into effect. We had the right to do that and we did it. Tonight, we’re on the floor taking up all the time on the floor to talk about how bad this potential nominee—and there will be many other things that we can use. You’ll see them in the days ahead,” he said.
It came after McConnell on Tuesday predicted that the Senate fight would be especially trying.
“Two years ago, a radical movement tried to use unproven accusations to ruin a man’s life because they could not win a vote fair and square,” McConnell said on the Senate floor, referring to the contested confirmation process for former Justice Brett Kavanaugh. “Now they appear to be readying an even more appalling sequel. This time, the target will not just be the presumption of innocence for one American, but our very governing institutions themselves.”

On Monday, McConnell repeated his own comments from February 2016: “The Senate has not filled a vacancy arising in an election year when there was a divided government since 1888, almost 130 years ago. He meant a Senate controlled by the party opposite to that of the president has not replaced a Supreme Court seat in a presidential election year for nearly 130 years.
Pelosi’s office has not responded to a request for comment.

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[VIDEO] Pelosi criticizes National Catholic Prayer Breakfast for awarding AG Barr and inviting Trump to speak

It was announced earlier this week that President Trump would be invited to speak at the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast event held this morning, during which AG Barr would be receiving an award:

BREAKING: President Trump will deliver remarks at the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast on Wednesday.
A fitting recognition of the President’s and Catholics’ shared commitment to the defense of human life, the dignity of workers, and the freedom to practice our faith.
— CatholicVote.org (@CatholicVote) September 21, 2020

AG Barr would be presented the Christifideles Laici Award, which highlights the “good works and those who serve the Church so well.” According to the website, the award reads: “In Honor and Gratitude for Fidelity to the Church, Exemplary Selfless and Steadfast Service in the Lord’s Vineyard.”

Trump was supposed to deliver his remarks after AG Barr received the award. I would have livestreamed it but it wasn’t made public.
Earlier this morning the despicable Nancy Pelosi, while at some liberal Catholic group meeting on Facebook, had the audacity to criticize the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast for giving this award to AG Barr and inviting Trump to speak at their event this morning:

Here’s a transcript of her comments:
I join you in expressing dismay that that National Catholic Prayer Breakfast would be honoring someone who doesn’t, you know – what would Christ do? We always say that. There’s a big difference in between what Christ would do and what they’re honoring this morning.
Pelosi is such a detestable person and Catholic. Earlier in her comments (not in this video) she mentioned how Jesus calls us to take care of the poor, the hungry and the naked in Matthew 25. Yet she is one of the staunchest advocates of murdering unborn babies, babies that God himself knit together in the wombs of all of these mothers. She tacitly approves of the violent riots and anarchy happening around the country, where life and property are attacked by thugs pushing for socialism. Her hypocrisy is colossal, yet she criticizes the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast for honoring AG Barr and having President Trump speak, both of whom have profound respect for the unborn and are vehemently against the lawlessness that is plaguing our nation?
I honestly don’t know how she can say this with a straight face, and I think it just demonstrates where her treasure truly lies.

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Cruz Blocks Senate Resolution Honoring Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) blocked a resolution honoring late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Tuesday, taking issue with the part that included her purported dying wish.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) introduced the resolution, which commemorated Ginsburg’s decades on the court, focusing on what she reportedly said to her granddaughter while on her death bed.
Schumer said the resolution originated with Republicans but that he added, “Justice Ginsburg’s dying wish, what she called her most fervent wish, that she not be replaced until a new president is installed.”
“So we simply have added to the exact same text of the resolution the Republicans gave us,” he continued.
“All the kind words and lamentations about Justice Ginsburg from the Republican majority will be totally empty if those republicans ignore her dying wish and instead move to replace her with someone who will tear down everything she built, someone who could turn the clock back on a woman’s right to choose, someone who could turn back the clock on marriage equality, someone who would make it impossible to join a union, someone who could take health care away from tens of millions of Americans, send drug prices soaring, and rip away protections for up to 130 million Americans with preexisting conditions.”
President Donald Trump plans to nominate Ginsburg’s replacement on Saturday and the bulk of Senate Republicans have said they’ll consider the nominee.
Cruz blocked the resolution, accusing Democrats of turning “that bipartisan resolution into a partisan resolution.
“Specifically, the Democratic leader wants to add a statement that Justice Ginsburg’s position should not be filled until a new president is installed, purportedly based on a comment Justice Ginsburg made to family members shortly before she passed,” he said.
“That, of course, is not the standard. Under the Constitution, members of the judiciary do not appoint their own successors.”

A mourner holding a sign that reads “Not all superheroes wear capes, some wore neck collars” stands outside of the U.S. Supreme Court where Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is lying in repose, in Washington on Sept. 23, 2020. Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) speaks during a press conference on Capitol Hill in Washington on Sept. 22, 2020. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Cruz then pointed to comments the justice reportedly made when the Republican senators in 2016 declined to consider President Barack Obama’s nominee, Merrick Garland.
“Justice Ginsburg is reported to have said, quote, the president is elected for four years, not three years. So the power he has in year three continues into year four,” Cruz told colleagues.
Cruz asked Schumer to modify his request so the resolution wouldn’t contain the portion about Ginsburg’s apparent dying wish.
Schumer declined.
“I believe Justice Ginsburg would easily see through the legal sophistry of the argument of the junior senator from Texas,” the New Yorker replied. “To turn Justice Ginsburg’s dying words against her is so, so beneath the dignity of this body. I do not modify.”

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House Democrats Push to Renew Efforts for More $1,200 Stimulus Checks

Some House Democrats are again pushing to renew efforts for a second round of $1,200 stimulus checks after broader talks have largely stalled.
“The economic impact payments must be made because the rent must be paid,” said Rep. Al Green (D-Texas) in a House panel hearing with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell. “If we do not do this, we will put persons at risk of being evicted at a time when we are having a pandemic that is still taking lives in this country,” he said.
It came after a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report found that millions of Americans are in danger of missing relief payments that were authorized under March’s CARES Act, which was passed to prevent further economic losses triggered by the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus pandemic.
The GAO said that the Treasury Department and the IRS have still failed to update information on how many eligible individuals have yet to receive their payments.
“The lack of such information could hinder outreach efforts and place potentially millions of individuals at risk of missing their payment. GAO recommends that Treasury, in coordination with IRS, update and refine the estimate of eligible recipients who have yet to file for an EIP to help target outreach and communications efforts,” said a news release from the agency on Monday.

Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell (L) and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin depart from a House Financial Services Committee hearing on the Treasury Department’s and Federal Reserve’s CCP virus pandemic response at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, on Sept. 22, 2020. (Caroline Brehman-Pool/Getty Images)
Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) also asked about more stimulus payments, asking, “Yes or no, do you believe another stimulus check could help stabilize the economy?”
“I do,” Mnuchin said in response. “The administration does support another stimulus payment.”
Talks on stimulus legislature in Congress have stalled, and with the current Senate fight over confirming a replacement for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the prospect of more relief seems unlikely in the near future.
House Democrats and Senate Republicans both put forward proposals that differ in cost and scope.
“We obviously can’t pass a bill in the Senate without bipartisan support,” Mnuchin said in the hearing. “Our job is to continue to work with Congress to try to get additional help to the American public.”
Tlaib then pushed the Treasury secretary to authorize more stimulus payments.
“I think you need to be very clear with the senators … that direct payments to individuals is critical to preventing economic collapse in our country,” Tlaib said.
Meanwhile, on Tuesday evening Mnuchin and House Democrats came to an agreement to fund the government until mid-December to avoid a shutdown. The Senate will likely soon take up the bill, as it has to be passed before the end of the month.

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Senate Democrats Try to Shift Focus From Proposal to Pack Supreme Court

Democrats in the Senate said they oppose talk of adding seats to the Supreme Court if their party gains control of the chamber and eliminates the filibuster.
Passing legislation to add seats would normally require 60 votes but could be accomplished more easily if the Senate moves to eliminate the filibuster, shifting the requirement to a simple majority.
Some Democrats have said they support eliminating the filibuster if their party flips the Senate in the upcoming election.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), the ranking member on the Senate Judiciary Committee, told reporters in Washington on Tuesday, “I don’t believe in doing that, I think.”
“I think the filibuster serves a purpose. It is not often used, it’s often less used now than when I first came, and I think it’s part of the Senate that differentiates itself,” she added.
Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), the second most powerful Democrat in the upper congressional chamber, said he wouldn’t go on the record with whether he supports or opposes the notion of expanding the court, but told reporters he doesn’t think discussing the matter helps his party amid Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-Ky.) push to consider President Donald Trump’s next Supreme Court nominee.
“You’ll notice it’s the arguments being used by Sen. McConnell on the floor now. We have all these threats of changes in the future if we go ahead with this filling this vacancy. I think we ought to focus on the nominee, that nominee’s beliefs, and what they’re likely to do on the court in the context of the Affordable Care Act,” Durbin said.
Sens. Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Doug Jones (D-Ala.), Marie Hirono (D-Hawaii), and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) also said the focus should be on Trump’s nominee, not the proposal to pack the court, The Hill reported.
A number of congressional Democrats had called for expanding the number of seats on the court as a form of revenge for Senate Republicans electing to consider Trump’s nominee so close to an election.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) announce the Green New Deal resolution at a press conference outside the Capitol in Washington on Feb. 7, 2019. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)
If the vote goes through, “when Democrats control the Senate in the next Congress, we must abolish the filibuster and expand the Supreme Court,” Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) wrote on Twitter.
House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) also called on the Senate to “immediately move to expand the Supreme Court” if Trump’s nominee is approved.
And Rep. Joe Kennedy (D-Mass.) said Democrats should add seats to the court.
Others didn’t explicitly reference the plan but warned that no move would be considered unavailable if the GOP moves forward with Trump’s nomination.
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany criticized their positions during a briefing Tuesday, saying: “The president is elected to a 4-year term. You cannot unilaterally reduce it to 3 years. The president is the president. Democrats cannot win their argument on the merits. They cannot win on precedent. So they must search and destroy.”
McEnany noted that Ginsburg herself came out in opposition to adding seats during an interview last year.
Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden refused to say this week whether he’d back the push to pack the court, using a similar argument that the Democrat senators did.
“It’s a legitimate question, but let me tell you why I’m not going answer that question, because it will shift all the focus,” which is what Trump wants, he said.

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WATCH: Matt Gaetz explains how Michael Bloomberg is interfering in presidential election in Florida with VOTE BUYING

Matt Gaetz was on with Fox Business this morning where he explained how failed presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg is now ‘interfering’ in the presidential election in Florida with vote buying:
Watch the latest video at foxnews.com

This all began earlier this year when the Supreme Court upheld a law in Florida that forced former felons to pay all of their court fines before they could exercise the right to vote.
Now Michael Bloomberg had decided to raise money and pay off the fines of these former felons so they can vote, and Gaetz is saying this is nothing more than vote buying and is illegal. Gaetz argues that Bloomberg and his donors are specifically targeting African Americans in hopes that this increases the votes for Joe Biden.
Gaetz also notes that he spoke with the Florida AG last night about this and that a criminal investigation could already be underway. Bartiromo agrees that this is highly suspicious and said if this were happening on the Republican side with one of the Koch brothers, the left would be losing their mind over this.
Watch the video for more…

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House Passes Bill to Avoid Government Shutdown, Sends It to Senate

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin came to an agreement on Tuesday night to avert a government shutdown at the end of September in the midst of several high-profile Congressional battles.
“We have reached an agreement with Republicans on the [continuing resolution] to add nearly $8 billion in desperately needed nutrition assistance for hungry schoolchildren and families,” Pelosi said in a statement Tuesday. “We also increase accountability in the Commodity Credit Corporation, preventing funds for farmers from being misused for a Big Oil bailout.”
Members of the House approved the deal by a measure of 359-57, with one member voting present. The legislation still has to be approved by the Senate and signed into law by President Donald Trump.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) previously said the Senate would not pass a bill that didn’t include funds for the Commodity Credit Corporation.
“To help the millions of families struggling to keep food on the table during the pandemic, Democrats have renewed the vital, expiring lifeline of Pandemic EBT for a full year and enabled our fellow Americans in the territories to receive this critical nutrition assistance,” said Pelosi, elaborating on the measure. “Democrats secured urgently needed assistance for schoolchildren to receive meals despite the coronavirus’s disruption of their usual schedules.”

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin speaks during a news conference to announce the Trump administration’s restoration of sanctions on Iran, at the U.S. State Department in Washington, on Sept. 21, 2020. (Patrick Semansky/Pool via Reuters)
It’s not clear now when the Senate will take up the bill, with just over a week left to go in the month. The continuing resolution will fund the government until mid-December.
A lack of an agreement on government funding would further complicate a fraught congressional session with less than two months to go before the presidential election.
Mnuchin and Pelosi previously stated that the resolution would not be tied to broader stimulus aid. Talks between the White House and Pelosi stalled last month over several outstanding issues, with Republicans saying Democrats’ bill—the HEROES Act—is too expensive. Meanwhile, the two parties were at odds over funding state and city governments as well as unemployment benefits.
It’s not clear when the two sides will meet again on stimulus legislature to offset damages caused by the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus pandemic.
Meanwhile, Congress is largely focused on the aftermath of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death last week. Trump and McConnell both have said they would attempt to nominate a new judge and appear to have enough votes in the Senate to confirm a new justice in the coming days. Democrats have cried foul, saying that a justice should not be nominated with only several weeks before the November election.

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