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THE HIGHLANDS TEA PARTY MEETING – JULY 23, 2019 -Kevin Roberts – Candidate for County Commissioner District #1




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Kevin Roberts

Kevin Roberts of Avon Park, chairman of the Champions for Children Foundation, has filed to run for Highlands County Board of County Commission, District 1.

After so many years in the non-profit realm, Roberts feels he has now been called to serve.  He has always been a champion for children and youth, and now feels he can be a champion for Highlands County residents.”  He feels that he is “totally” prepared and just thinks that it is a logical step for him at this time in his life.  Kevin worked with the Department of Children and Families for 18 years and in a management position for seven of those years.
He then worked for the Board of County Commission as director of Human Services for 16 years, where he gained “tremendous insight” into the workings of county government.  It overlapped his 23 years’ with the Champion for Children Foundation, which he founded, from June 1994 to the end of April 2017, when he retired.
Now, just two years later, he’s got the itch to work again.  He feels that the Lord laid it on him to continue public service to others.
He knows that the contentious nature of an elected office, whether in the campaign or working with the public, will not be easy but If he wanted the easy route he’d just sit on the sidelines.  Knowing he would not be satisfied doing that he chooses to help instead. Roberts earned a bachelor’s degree in 1972 and marred his wife, Debbe, that same year. They have three wonderful daughters and have been happily married for 47 years.

JuLY 30, 2019Rep Pigman – 2019  FL Legislative session update.
August 6, 2019Armando Escalante Constitutional Convention
September 24, 2019 Karen Schoen – Knowledge is Power
October 01, 2019Tom Trento and Dick Manasseri – Trump reelection, United West, SCS and pending visit to Israel.

Vice Chair Bob Gilmore – Talking Points
Chairman John Nelson – Talking Points
Tina Altic AFP Regional Representative

Hope this week finds everyone in good health.
Please let myself or Bob know if you or any member is going in for
surgery, or have other issues we should put in our prayers.

VACATION SCHEDULE: The Highlands Tea Party will be taking the following week off:

We are working to make America better, the grassroots are the base
for positive change in this nation, but we all need to pitch in whether it be:

  • Writing letters to senators, many we try to set up for you to make it easy,Sign up for NumberUSA send the faxes, they
    are all written, and you can add your comments.  It’s to easy folks let’s use it!
  • Making phone calls to Legislators, not just the ones that represent us, all on
    the list we send out.
  • Writing letters to the editors. you folks have to be the voice that fires back at
    these Left-Wing progressives in the local paper, they will only accept so many
    of my letters each month WE NEED TO SPEAK UP AND ANSWER THEIR LEFTIST
    PROGRESSIVE SPIN!.  Please Let me know by email if you send a letter.
    John Larsen Letter to Editor – 1/23 – Citizens of the U.S are to be protected
    Jack Nelson Letter  to Editor – 1/10 – Walls vs Technology: What Does America Say?
    Jack Nelson Letter to Editor –  2/19 – Rebuttal – Who really had the Highest National Debt.
    John Nelson Letter to Editor – 2/26Rebuttal – To the “MAGA CURSE ” published 2/16
    Bill Rees –  Letter to Editor -02/22 – Rebuttal – Stop Selling Guns across from the HIgh School
    Jack NelsonGuest Column – 03/04 – What is the Root of the Problem
    Jack NelsonGuest Column – 03/20 – What Can we do to resolve school shooting
    Millie Richmond Guest Column – 03/16 – Listen to our Story
    John Larsen Letter to Editor – 03/21 – Without Exception our Framers were Christians
    John Nelson Guest Column  – 05/14- New Rick Scott bill deprives Americans of Critical Medicines
    john Nelson Letter to Editor  –  05/19 – Assault is grossly misused word

Education is the key – This is The Tea Parties Objective!
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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s policies are “toxic” to the Democrat Party.

New Poll Showing AOC’s Damage to Dems Proves Trump’s Tweets Are Genius

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Poll Alexandria Ocasio Cortez Destroying Party

A new poll reveals freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is destroying the image of the Democrat Party, proving President Donald Trump’s tweets calling out Ocasio-Cortez and her cohorts were brilliant.
President Trump was roundly derided by globalists and media figures from both sides of the aisle for calling out Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) via Twitter, though his genius is proven by a poll released by Axios revealing Ocasio-Cortez’s divisive rhetoric and brainless commentary is destroying the Democrats’ image.
Axios reported that “Democrats are sounding the alarm that swing voters know and dislike socialism, warning it could cost them the House and the presidency,” and that “The poll is making the rounds of some of the most influential Democrats in America.”
Axios revealed that the May poll focused on group of freshman congresswomen referred to by President Trump as “The Squad”, and “included 1,003 likely general-election voters who are white and have two years or less of college education.”
According to Axios, the poll is potentially devastating to Democrats.
From Axios:
The findings:
Ocasio-Cortez was recognized by 74% of voters in the poll; 22% had a favorable view.
Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota — another member of The Squad — was recognized by 53% of the voters; 9% (not a typo) had a favorable view.
Socialism was viewed favorably by 18% of the voters and unfavorably by 69%.
Capitalism was 56% favorable; 32% unfavorable.
“Socialism is toxic to these voters,” said the top Democrat.
Today, President Trump tripled down on his remarks, saying that Democrats would rather “run for the hills” than tackle the anti-America, anti-Israel, pro-socialism “Squad” of Democrats who are derailing their party.
Big League Politics reported:

President Donald Trump observed Tuesday that the Democrat party is completely afraid to confront the radical bigoted statements of the left-wing congresswomen who have seized media attention worldwide.

Trump made a concerted play to confront the congresswomen directly on Twitter, proving that the media and the Democrat party is terrified of criticizing that extremist group.

Louisiana congressman Ralph Abraham offered to purchase plane tickets for Ilhan Omar and her compatriots so they can leave the country. President Trump suggested that the junior Democrats perform humanitarian or political work in other countries in the Third World. Trump refused to back down from his comments, pointing out that the crew of Democrats have said anti-American and anti-Semitic things. Trump gained strong support in the Senate from Steve Daines and Lindsey Graham.

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Sean Hannity

HERE WE GO AGAIN: Rep. Omar Says US Must Support Those Who ‘Fight for Liberation of Palestine’

posted by Hannity Staff – 3 hours ago

Controversial Congresswoman Ilhan Omar continued to focus on the “liberation of Palestine” over the weekend; telling a group of supporters in Philadelphia that the US needs to celebrate “non-violent” resistance against Israel.

Ryan Saavedra @RealSaavedra
“In the situation of Palestine, what we are doing right now is having hypocrisy in not celebrating non-violent movements there and condemning it,” said Rep. Omar.
“That’s what we’re dealing with in the Halls of Congress. That is in the media, in regards to people who are not-violently wanting to resist and fight for the liberation of the Palestinian people. That hypocrisy needs to end,” she added.
Ilhan Omar made national headlines earlier this year for a series of anti-Israeli controversies; accusing American politicians of holding a secret allegiance to the world’s only Jewish State.
Omar also defended Rep. Ocasio-Cortez’ recent controversial Holocaust remarks last Friday; saying people are “in camps” and being “concentrated,” therefore they are “Concentration Camps.”
“When you look at what is taking place, people are being put in camps. And when you think about the definition, if we separate it from death camps, I would say these are camps and people are being concentrated in them. And so that’s the general definition,” Omar said during a recent interview.
“I think a lot of people are conflating what a death camp looks like or a specific removal of people. These people are coming to the border. We are removing them from the border. We are placing them in camps. Some of them are being removed from communities and being put in what we’re calling detention centers — but are essentially camps,” she added.
Ocasio-Cortez flat-out refused to apologize for her recent remarks regarding the President’s immigration policy Friday; doubling-down on her stunning comparison between detention centers and ‘Concentration Camps.’
“As long as the @GOPLeader supports jailing children and families on the border, I will continue to hold him to account for it. That’s why I’m calling on Rep. McCarthy to apologize for aiding and supporting the separation of children from their parents,” posted Ocasio-Cortez on social media.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez @AOC
Yad Vashem, the official Israel Holocaust Center in Jerusalem responded this week to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’ recent comments; urging the far-left lawmaker to “learn” about concentration camps.
@AOC Concentration camps assured a slave labor supply to help in the Nazi war effort, even as the brutality of life inside the camps helped assure the ultimate goal of ‘extermination through labor.’ Learn about concentration camps,” posted Yad Vashem.


There is absolutely no difference between most Democrat members and the four radical so-called freshmen

Trump Proves that Pelosi & Four Progressive Radicals Aren’t Fighting Each Other, But Fighting FOR Each Other

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Trump Proves that Pelosi & Four Progressive Radicals Aren’t Fighting Each Other, But Fighting FOR Each Other

It was never supposed to happen this way.  The Fox Hunt is supposed to unmercifully run the poor, tired outnumbered-by-hounds fox, to ground.  But on Sunday, forced into the role of the fox,  President Donald Trump turned things around and ran an avaricious huntress to ground.
Showing no signs of battle fatigue from continuing worldwide smears and heaped on hatred, the president left Nancy Pelosi behind flailing uselessly in the dust, winning the fox hunt hands down before it could even get underway.

It’s now Monday and most of the media are yip-yipping away, harping on about how the president told four of House Speaker Pelosi’s “progressive”  freshman members to go back to their countries of origin to fix the corruption plaguing those nations before they lecture the United States.

Other than flagrantly showing themselves disloyal to the Republic, it makes puny difference that three of the four radical progressives were born in the U.S.—because as anti-American radical activists they put their mother countries first even after being sworn in to defend America and even though the pay checks they cash are 100% American.

But the chased down fox was never supposed to leave the huntress back in the dust, yipping and yapping in shock and surprise.

Most mainstream and social media missed the main point of the president’s Sunday tweet about the four radicals.

“In the tweet, Trump referred to them as “progressive Democratic Congresswomen” whose home countries are collapsing from corruption and said they should return home to aid those who are suffering. (Fox News, July 14, 2019)

“He also said their departure would please Nancy Pelosi and suggested she would even cover the cost of their travel.”

Pelosi would never cover the cost of their return because they are critical to the fate of the Democrat Party.

“Trump’s tweets prompted a backlash from several members of Congress, including Pelosi and Michigan’s Rep. Rashida Tlaib. (Fox News)

“The Speaker of the House responded to Trump’s tweet shortly thereafter and said the issue was not about policy but about race, claiming the president wants to “make America white again.”

“She also called Trump’s comments xenophobic and asked for an end to all ICE raids, in favor of bipartisan immigration reform.

“New York congresswoman, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez flipped the script on Trump in her Twitter reply and blamed him for the corruption and lawlessness at the southern border and accused him of purposely instilling fear while being driven by anger.

“Meanwhile, Tlaib tweeted out a call for impeachment in response to Trump’s comments and said he represents the real crisis, not the immigration issues on the southern border.”

Fox made a point of identifying the radicals as American-born:

“Ocasio-Cortez, who is Puerto Rican, was born in the Bronx, New York, and raised in suburban Westchester County. Pressley, the first African-American woman elected to represent Massachusetts, was born in Cincinnati. Tlaib, who along with Omar became one of the first two Muslim women ever elected to Congress, was born in Detroit.

“Omar is the first Somali native elected to the House and despite being born in Somalia, she spent much of her childhood in a Kenyan refugee camp as a civil war tore her country apart. She is the only one of the four not to be born on U.S. soil.

“The Washington-based Council on American-Islamist Relations (CAIR) condemned Trump’s comments and issued a statement through their National Executive Director Nihad Awad:

“Trump’s latest racist tweets echo the bigoted shouts of ‘go back where you came from’ heard daily by American Muslim women and children, immigrants and members of other minority communities across our nation. It is sad to see the occupant of the Oval Office transition from empowering and encouraging racist taunts to actually using them himself,” Awad said. “If Trump shouted the same thing at a Muslim woman wearing hijab in a Walmart, he might be arrested.”

“Omar has fundraised for CAIR, the influential civil rights group for Muslims. CAIR has been condemned by conservatives, who say the group unfairly labels its critics Islamophobic.”

“So interesting to see ‘Progressive’ Democrat Congresswomen, who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe, the worst, most corrupt and inept anywhere in the world (if they even have a functioning government at all), now loudly……” Trump said in the first of three tweets on the topic. (Washington Examiner,July 14, 2019)

“Matt Wolking the deputy director of communications for Trump’s 2020 reelection campaign, got in on the action as well and said the media was already mischaracterizing the president’s comments. (Fox News)

“Anyone who says the president told members of Congress to go back to where they came from is lying,” he wrote on Twitter. “He told them to “Then come back and show us how it is done.”

“Last week Pelosi was caught in a public feud with her four progressive freshman members: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Tlaib, Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., and Ilhan Omar, D-Minn. Ocasio Cortez had been publicly acrimonious in her responses to Pelosi and accused the speaker of giving her busy work to keep her quiet and out of the way.

The truth is that not only did foxy President Donald Trump leave vociferous Pelosi flailing uselessly in the dust on Sunday, he shed illuminating light on the truth:  The truth that Omar, Talib, Pressley and their leader Ocasio Cortez are in fact ”progressive Democratic Congresswomen”.

Fox Trump proved that the Gig is Up, Madam Pelosi

Nancy Pelosi and the four are not fighting each other—they are fighting for each other. The four progressive Democratic Congresswomen’s act ever since being elected has been to make it appear that Pelosi and fellow Democrats are moderate compared to them. There is absolutely no difference between most Democrat members and the four radical so-called freshmen.  They are one and the same.
Fox Trump proved that the Gig is Up, Madam Pelosi.
Meanwhile, President Donald Trump will keep outrunning you right up to Election 2020. And for over half the country—and still counting—that’s something worth celebrating
Related: Trump doubles down on ‘go back’ tweets amid outrage, calls on ‘Radical’ reps to apologize
President Trump doubled down Monday after taking heavy fire for inflammatory tweets calling on Democratic congresswomen to “go back” to where they came from—even though most of his intended targets were born in America—as he called on those same lawmakers to “apologize” and chastised the party for defending them.
“When will the Radical Left Congresswomen apologize to our Country, the people of Israel and even to the Office of the President, for the foul language they have used, and the terrible things they have said,” Trump tweeted Monday. “So many people are angry at them & their horrible and disgusting actions.”


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NO “RED FLAG” GUN GRAB! SIGN Petition to my Congressman and Senators

From National Association for Gun Rights

Dear Fellow Patriot,
With growing high-profile GOP support, the threat of a “deal” over so-called “Red Flag” Gun Confiscation Order legislation is growing by the day.  If passed, government goons could burst into your home and seize your guns with ZERO due process.
You don’t get to defend yourself in court or even see what you’re accused of. All that has to happen is someone complains about you!  It is already happening in California, Maryland (where a terrified gun owner was shot dead at home just after 5 am) and a few other extreme anti-gun states. But the politicians in Washington are in a rush to make it a NATIONAL law.*Including Senator Marco Rubio
That’s why I’m counting on you to please sign your NO “RED FLAG” GUN GRAB petition right away!
We will deliver your petition to your lawmakers at our expense before any “Red Flag” bills are voted on in Congress.
For Freedom,

Dudley Brown
National Association for Gun Rights

Petition to my Congressman and Senators

WHEREAS: So-called “Red Flag” Gun Confiscation laws violate the Second amendment and Fourth amendment to the United States Constitution by confiscating legal firearms from law-abiding citizens without due process; and
WHEREAS: Already we’re seeing the dangerous repercussions of this policy. Last October, one Maryland father was shot dead on his doorstep when law enforcement pounded on his door at five in the morning demanding he surrender his legally possessed firearms; and
WHEREAS: By relying solely on baseless accusations and anonymous complaints as “evidence” this law can be easily abused by violent ex-spouses, stalkers, or criminals who seek to disarm their potential victims leaving women defenseless to protect themselves and their children; and
WHEREAS: A national “Red Flag” Gun Confiscation law would be a grave mistake, one which will put the lives and safety of law-abiding gun owners and law enforcement needlessly at risk to serve a rabid anti-gun political agenda.
THEREFORE: On behalf of Second Amendment supporters, I urge you to vote “NO!” on any gun control scheme that reaches the floor of the Senate, including so-called “Red Flag” Gun Confiscation Legislation.

Trump threatens the world elites, and that’s why they hate him.

RUSH: Now, I mentioned earlier in the program that a British diplomat, the ambassador to the United States, had written some scathing memos for British diplomats to read sharing his observations of Trump and the Trump administration. Somebody leaked them to the U.K. Daily Mail. The U.K. Daily Mail ran a gigantic story on this, and the Brits have since apologized for this.
But I want to break down some of the things the guy wrote, because it is a teachable moment. But the U.K. today said that it will formally apologize to the White House after leaked confidential memos revealed its ambassador to the U.S. described the Trump administration as inept and dysfunctional.
A spokesman for the Prime Minister Theresa May told reporters: “Contact has been made with the Trump administration, setting out our view that we believe the leak is unacceptable. It is, of course, a matter of regret that this has happened.”
The trade minister, Liam Fox, said he’s gonna apologize directly to Trump’s daughter Ivanka, whom he is expected to meet while he is in Washington. He told the BBC radio, “I will be apologizing for the fact that either our civil service or elements of our political class have not lived up to the expectations that either we have or the United States has about their behavior, which in this particular case has lapsed in a most extraordinary and unacceptable way.”
We’re talking about Sir Kim Darroch. And Britain has launched an investigation into who leaked the emails from this guy that he had sent to others. Liam Fox said, “I hope if we can identify the individual, either the full force of internal discipline — or if necessary the law — will be brought to bear because this sort of behavior has no place in public life.”
Now, what’s fascinating about this is that they reacted so quickly to this and that nobody in the U.K. wants to back it up publicly. They want to apologize for it and get rid of it. Here’s the upshot of this. Sir Darroch, who is, again, U.K.’s ambassador to the United States, said that Trump is inept, uniquely dysfunctional, his career could end in disgrace — this is a series of memos that he sent to the prime minister and others at Number 10 Downing Street.
And this is a key quote from one of the leaked emails. “This ‘America First’ administration could do some profoundly damaging things to the world trade system: such as denounce the W.T.O., tear up existing trade details –” By the way, these memos are two years old up to the present. I mean, it’s a lot of leaked data. Could “denounce the W.T.O., could tear up existing trade details, launch protectionist action, even against allies. It could further undermine international action on climate change, or further cut U.N. funding.
“He said that Trump’s ‘spontaneous’ missile strike on a Syrian airbase in April 2017 had won him ‘the best headlines of his brief time in the Oval Office,’” that’s how old some of these leaks are, “but warned that ‘a less well judged military intervention is not inconceivable.’”
So what this is rooted in — and again these leaked memos go all the way back to the early days of the Trump administration. And it’s rooted in a bunch of European elites, just like their American counterparts, having a cow over the concept of make America great, Make America Great Again, keep America great. This somehow poses a gigantic threat to them. It poses a gigantic threat to the world order that they have all set up and think that they administer for themselves.
And, of course, this world order requires that the super power United States subordinate itself to lesser nations, that the United States be willing to act as a piggy bank, that the United States, because of it’s wealth and power and size assume the responsibility of defending Europe. This is only fair. It is only just while the nations of Europe allocate their resources to other more pressing needs. And this is a world order that everybody’s accepted, that the United States takes it on the financial chin and that this concept of Make America Great Again threatens everything.
And these guys are paranoid about it, they literally get paranoid over the whole concept of making America great again, because it totally upsets their established order. They do not understand it. To be afraid of that, just like their U.S. counterparts are, the American left, the Washington establishment, they likewise are also threatened by this concept and haven’t the slightest idea how it resonates with the American people.
There’s nothing wrong with America being great. America being great does not threaten anybody, except America’s enemies. And the U.K. is not one. Europe is not an enemy. Europe is an ally. Making America great does not diminish Europe. But these people don’t see this this way.
They look at Trump as somebody who wants to take the United States out of the world order, out of all preexisting agreements and do nothing but make the United States a lone island in the world doing everything possible and everything necessary to make it great at and to the expense of others. That’s not what it means.
As Trump has said, he thinks every leader of every country ought to have that attitude about his or her own country. That Angela Merkel ought to be trying to make Germany great again, that Theresa May and the Brits should be trying to make the U.K. great again. What in the world be wrong with it? When everybody is working toward that goal, it’s best for every citizen in these the countries.
These guys don’t see it this way. They are threatened by the concept of America being great because to them it means nationalism. It means white supremacy, which is a big crock and hoax. And it means America as all alone and in it for itself and nobody else.
So you boil it all down, what it really means, when they hear Trump talk about Make America Great Again, it’s like their bank is shutting down. It’s always all about money. And these people are afraid the great American federal reserving is shutting down, the bank is shutting down, Trump’s gonna choke off payments, Trump is gonna start making ’em pay their dues to NATO and this kind of thing. It’s gonna cost them money.
The idea of an American which is the solution to the world’s problems, getting better, getting stronger, the idea that that threatens supposed small D democrats, how in the world can that possibly be? We do not conquer. We do not take. We do not steal. We do not move in on other countries and conquer them. We liberate people. It’s the exact opposite of this paranoia.
So this guy starts writing his memos on the basis that Trump poses a threat to this established order, this America first administration could damage world trade. No. It’s gonna fix it. The World Trade Organization deserves to be denounced. The World Trade Organization is the organization set up that was to decide against the United States in trade disputes as an element of fairness. The big guy needs to lose some. America needs to lose now and then. We can’t win everything. It’s not fair. We’re too big.
So the WTO comes along and sides in trade disputes with smaller nations. And this is the way the world order was set up. And this is what we’re supposed to accept. And every previous president to Trump did. It’s how we kept the peace supposedly. Kept the peace, we’re talking about our allies here. And they worry about upsetting trade deals. Trump is doing that, but he’s improving them. There isn’t any protectionism going on here. The tariffs raise is about leveling and taking care of preexisting problems.
But then this guy later on in his memos tells people, “Don’t write Trump off.” In one of the most sensitive areas of the leaked documents, Sir Kim writes, “We don’t really believe this Administration is going to become substantially more normal; less dysfunctional; less unpredictable; less faction riven; less diplomatically clumsy and inept.”
In other words, we don’t think this can ever get better, not with this guy Trump there. This is gonna remain inept, abnormal, dysfunctional, unpredictable, and driven by factions. All of this means nothing more than these people are threatened by an ally. Normal to them is the United States not acting like and not really being the world’s superpower. It’s a little bit more complicated than that, but for the purposes of making my point I’m putting it that way.
“One account of a Trump rally says that there is a ‘credible path’ for Trump to win a second term in the White House – but describes the crowd as ‘almost exclusively white.’” So a white ambassador to the United States from the U.K. looks at a Trump rally and sees what he doesn’t see. He says it’s all white.
They’re not all white at Trump rallies by any stretch of the imagination. So he’s no different than a Washington establishmentarian. And this just illustrates what Trump has been up against since day one, not just here but throughout the great halls of the European Union.
RUSH: There’s a lot more in these leaked emails from Sir Kim Darroch, the U.K. ambassador to the United States, but this is the remaining big finale. “But while warning Whitehall that Trump’s White House could collapse under the weight of scandal, he also urged the British Government not to write Trump off. The president, he noted, has been mired in scandal most of his life but has always survived.” He seems unperturbed by scandal.
Let me tell you something. You do not know what this guy is saying. This guy is voicing a shocked disbelief of every Trump opponent. They can’t believe that he survived all this. They can’t believe he hasn’t gone crazy. They can’t believe he’s survived the Access Hollywood video. They can’t believe that he survived the allegations of colluding with Russia.
And by survive, I mean they can’t believe he hasn’t lost his mind. And I’m not exaggerating. They’ve been trying to drive him crazy. They’ve been trying to drive him crazy psychologically, self-esteem, beat that down. They can’t believe the guy’s still looking younger, still out there on message, on point, still with as much energy as ever. They are in shocked disarray.
And this guy is letting us know that the same type of elites, pointy-headed academics in the U.K. feel the same way. “The president, he noted, has been mired in scandal most of his life, but has always survived. Sir Kim Darroch,” the leaker — well, he’s not the leaker. He’s the author of all these analyses. “drew a parallel with The Terminator, a 1984 science fiction film featuring Arnold Schwarzenegger as a cyborg that is almost impossible to destroy.”
Wait a minute. We’ve just come from inept, embarrassing, clumsy, incompetent to now being somebody they can’t destroy? “Trump may,” it says here, “emerge from the flames, battered but intact, like Schwarzenegger in the final scenes of The Terminator.”
It shocks me this guy would deign to admit he watched such a thing. I’ve never known an establishment type to admit they watched Terminator movies. When do they have time to leave the club and their port and cigars to go watch Terminator movies? It’s so beneath them. But yet that’s the analogy.
“Looking to the future, Sir Kim warned ‘there are real risks on the horizon’ and that Trump ‘will do or say things we oppose.’”
(gasping) The shock of it all. The arrogance of it all. The disrespect of it all. That Trump is going to say things and do things that we oppose. And we cannot tolerate this.
They’re scared to death, folks. They’re scared to death because Trump literally poses a threat to their way of life, the threat to their cushy, establishment existence which does not require performance to survive, does not require being good at what they do to survive, does not require accomplishment to survive. It maintains a pecking order based on membership. And Trump is threatening every one of them throughout the entire western alliance. Gotta love it.

The Democratic Socialists of America Helped Elect Them. Now What? BETTER WAKE UP AMERICA SOCIALISM IS ON THE MARCH!

DSA chapters across the country are navigating relationships with politicians like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

BY Emma Whitford

On April 9, soon after five members of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) had secured seats on Chicago’s City Council, the Chicago DSA electoral working group gathered in a concrete office building on South Ashland Avenue to talk about what comes next. The chapter’s priorities for the new aldermen include addressing lead in drinking water and eliminating the Chicago Police Department’s gang database.
“We’re the first chapter in the country to have the lucky problem of having five aldermen who we are trying to keep accountable,” says Sarah Hurd, 24. Hurd, whose blond hair is streaked pink and purple, joined DSA in the summer of 2017 and now co-chairs the branch’s electoral working group. (A week later, the lucky problem would grow, when DSA member Rossana Rodríguez-Sánchez won a council seat by 13 votes after a mail-in and provisional ballot count.) Hurd hopes to “work out the kinks of making sure membership has a say in legislation without unwieldy processes.” That night’s discussion was brief, the prelude to a longer conversation about the branch’s strategy to campaign for Bernie Sanders, but member Steve Weishampel, 33, proposed a committee to “coordinate our communications with elected officials.”
DSA’s nationwide membership has grown nearly tenfold since the 2016 presidential election, but another measure of its traction is the number of new DSA-endorsed elected officials: at least 60, the organization estimates, from county school boards to Congress. Across the country, DSA chapters are learning in real time how a fast-growing, multi-tendency organization can work with the politicians it helps elect, balancing an uncompromising vision of a socialist future with the mundane challenges of everyday organizing.
They have been largely independent in this work. In 2018, DSA’s National Political Committee (NPC) adopted an electoral strategy that member Allie Cohn, 48, of Knoxville DSA, describes as decentralized, “as opposed to the NPC saying, ‘This is what you’re going to do electorally.’ ”
With guidelines in place, Hurd has a vision of collaboration—between DSA, the politicians it endorsed and other groups on the Left. “I think it’s kind of like just viewing ourselves on the same team,” she says.
For Kara Gloe, a 38-year-old-mother of four in Moorhead, Minn., involvement in DSA preceded electoral politics. In early 2017, she helped write the bylaws for Red River Valley DSA—which also encompasses Fargo, N.D. When Gloe decided to run for school board that summer, her fellow chapter members knocked on doors and helped her trounce her 12 opponents. “I don’t know if I would have run without the help I was counting on from DSA,” says Gloe.
Gloe’s victory is significant in a region where the term “socialism” is often met with confusion or antagonism. “There is definitely an effort to villainize the word,” says member Courtney Schaff, 28, who lives in Fargo. “And we are doing our best to reclaim it, before it gets too scary.” It helps to have Gloe in office, who answers “Why would you call yourself that?” with “You know Bernie Sanders?”
Gloe is frank about the fact that her hectic schedule—raising four kids between the ages of 6 and 14 and attending half-a-dozen monthly school board meetings—makes attendance at DSA meetings difficult. “I had some guilt after the first election about dropping off the face of the earth with DSA after these people rallied around me,” she says.
But DSA was forgiving, and Gloe still keeps up with the chapter’s socialist feminist working group over a group text and strives to put socialism into practice in office. Since her election, she has organized two annual peanut butter and jelly sandwich fundraisers to cover the debts of families that are past due on their school lunch payments.
“We’re family,” says Schaff. “Kara is part of the genetic makeup of our chapter. She’s in the marrow of our chapter. And that lends to a very organic line of communication back and forth.”
Another one of Red River Valley DSA’s endorsed candidates, the Native American activist Ruth Buffalo, was elected to the North Dakota State House in November 2018. This April, the chapter set a new endorsement threshold—67% of the vote from a quorum of meeting attendees—and created its first endorsement committees, which will be tasked with writing candidate questionnaires, and assessing any candidate’s viability, volunteer needs and alignment with chapter priorities.
“I think we were lucky that our first endorsement was with someone that we have such great care and trust for,” says Schaff. “Now we are starting to think more intentionally about accountability.”
Pittsburgh DSA garnered national attention in May 2018 when two of its endorsed candidates, Summer Lee and Sara Innamorato, decisively beat incumbent state Reps. Dom and Paul Costa, members of a prominent Democratic family, in the primary. The In These Times headline read, “Socialists and Progressives Just Trounced the Democratic Establishment.
But Pittsburgh DSA and the new state representatives have since drifted apart. Lee did not respond to requests for comment for this story. Innamorato confirmed that while she still pays DSA dues, she does not attend meetings. “There are amazing advocates, policy experts and labor organizers who happen to also be DSA members and are interested in electoral politics and legislative strategy,” she says. “Those are the people I keep in contact with as a legislator.”
The disconnect goes back to last spring. Following Lee and Innamorato’s victories, tensions brewing within the chapter over the primacy of electoral politics boiled up. Instead of turning, as Chicago has, to discussions of how to work with the candidates they had just elected, Pittsburgh DSA focused its attention inward. In June 2018, the chapter hosted a bylaws convention and voted to change its leadership structure. Members of a less electorally focused group took over and some who prized electoral work decamped. Daniel Moraff, 27, who both managed Lee’s campaign and was active in DSA, has let his membership lapse, saying that the chapter has become “internally focused.” (Full disclosure: Moraff has written for In These Times.)
Carl Redwood, 66, a Pittsburgh DSA member, longtime socialist and veteran of the anti-Vietnam War movement and African Liberation Support Committee, says disagreements are to be expected. “We had meetings where people brought pistols back in the day,” he says. “The key thing around DSA, is there’s a lot of different tendencies. This whole big tent idea is a good thing.”
But the chapter has struggled with cliquishness and a lack of internal communication, several current and former members told In These Times. An email from DSA’s national grievance officer to Pittsburgh DSA member Arielle Teer, 31, in late 2018 describes “what many feel is a toxic environment.” Some current and former members contacted for this story would not speak on the record, concerned about reprisal.
Asked about the impression that the chapter has moved away from electoral work and become fractious and siloed, Becca Tasker, Pittsburgh DSA’s communications coordinator, says, “Not everyone is going to agree about the best ways to build a mass movement for socialism, and Pittsburgh DSA believes that we should utilize all the tools we have to build this movement. This means focusing on a large variety of tactics and focuses, including electoral work.”
The chapter’s other projects include an abortion access fund that has raised $20,000 for the Western Pennsylvania Fund for Choice, and solidarity work with the University of Pittsburgh graduate student union and with striking United Electrical locals in Erie and Wilmerding. On April 27, DSA participated in a Potluck for Palestine.
David Greve, 31, is a strong believer in electoral work and still active in the chapter. He says he recently spoke to Innamorato about the chapter’s affordable housing organizing. Greve believes “there still is an opportunity to build a very strong relationship with [our office holders], one that matches with our other goals.”
In November 2018, Pittsburgh DSA adopted new, stricter endorsement guidelines that require endorsed candidates, if elected, to attend one chapter meeting a year, speak with the electoral committee every two months, and work with the branch to draft legislation.
Meanwhile, participation in the chapter is down. While Tasker says paper membership is close to 1,000, meeting attendance dropped to roughly 80 people over the winter from a spring 2018 peak of 120.
In April, 109 people attended a meeting to consider the chapter’s first endorsement of the year, for 2019 District Attorney primary candidate Turahn Jenkins. Unable to endorse because of a lack of quorum, the chapter issued a recommendation encouraging members to vote for Jenkins. However, Pittsburgh DSA will not be able to campaign for him.
Chapter member Candice, 31, draws a direct line from the Pittsburgh DSA’s internal dysfunction to what she sees as an unfortunate retreat from electoral work and other critical community work. (She asked that her last name be withheld for personal reasons unrelated to DSA.) Simply put, she says, “You can’t be a socialist if you are not willing to socialize.”
Rep. Lee has taken her grassroots work elsewhere. In January, she launched a progressive political action committee, UNITE PAC, that’s attracted electoral-minded DSA members. Pittsburgh City Paper reported this winter that Lee, the first black woman from southwestern Pennsylvania ever to serve in the state legislature, hopes UNITE will inspire more candidates to follow in her footsteps.
“The actual story is that this coalition is rising,” says Moraff. He and other former and current Pittsburgh DSA members believe that DSA got too much credit for its electoral work last year. In reality the chapter estimates it was responsible for only 15%–30% of doors knocked for Lee and Innamorato. The Sierra Club, local progressive Democratic clubs and other grassroots groups pulled lots of weight.
Teer, no longer active in Pittsburgh DSA, is now managing the Allegheny County Council primary campaign of Olivia “Liv” Bennett. Bennett has been endorsed by UNITE and did not seek DSA’s endorsement ahead of the May election. As a black woman, Bennett says she was inspired by Lee, who is “unapologetically black.” If elected, she hopes to expand police oversight boards across the county, hold polluting corporations to account, and improve conditions for transgender people incarcerated in county jails.
“I don’t know how much weight the DSA is carrying right now because they have a split within their ranks,” says Bennett. “I would love to see that rectified, because I felt like they were a very strong body.”
In New York City last summer, DSA members watched their underdog candidate—freshman Congress member Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who joined DSA midway through her campaign—catapult to overnight fame. It caused a stir when she showed up unexpectedly at a Queens branch meeting after her primary victory. “We all tried to play it cool to an extent,” member Aaron Taube, 29, recalls. “People came up afterward and talked to her and took photos with her.”
Then, in October 2018, Ocasio-Cortez attended a meeting just for DSA members in Queens. Attendees didn’t hold back. Ocasio-Cortez had recently tweeted that the late Sen. John McCain “represents an unparalleled example of human decency.” One attendee asked, “Did you agree that John McCain is a war criminal?”
Says Taube, “It’s rare that a [soon-to-be] sitting member of Congress would come before a socialist organization and take questions for two hours.”
From October through January, Ocasio-Cortez’s senior legislative advisor Randy Abreu hosted calls with housing and labor organizers in chapters, as well as DSA National Director Maria Svart and leaders from several other grassroots groups in Ocasio-Cortez’s district, such as Make the Road NY, Bronx Progressives and the Southeast Asian Organizing Center (DRUM).
The regular calls stopped when Abreu moved to Washington, D.C., as schedules got increasingly hectic. Still, Abreu says he emails policy questions directly to trusted DSA members for feedback, on issues like labor policy and expanding rent control. “It stems from the relationship from the primary, and that helps maintain the informality of it all,” he says. “It seems to be a very free-flowing and smooth relationship.”
Taube, however, notes the limitations of this informal relationship, saying, “I think we need to figure out a firmer procedure for when a member wants to propose that DSA ask Alexandria to do something.”
Thus far, accountability between DSA chapters and the politicians they endorse and campaign for has been based on goodwill and the glue of personal relationships. Now that chapters are beginning to explore more formalized structures, it’s clear that both electoral work and accountability will need to be, in some ways, coalitional. “Yes, DSA is a 55,000 member organization and that’s fucking phenomenal,” says DSA NPC member Allie Cohn. “But that’s still pretty small, relatively speaking.”
Detroit DSA electoral co-chair Jessica Newman says she has seen how powerful it can be when grassroots groups and the officials they elect work together.
In mid-January, Detroit DSA and other members of the Detroit Coalition for a Green New Deal, including Good Jobs Now, Sunrise Lansing, the Autoworkers Caravan and Breathe Free Detroit, staged a protest at a Detroit auto show gala against General Motors’ planned plant closures. Detroit DSA member and U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib, who had just taken office, joined in. “She shows up early to this demonstration and pulls out the bullhorn and just takes charge,” says Newman. “It was incredible to watch.”
Tlaib’s presence helped drive turnout, and hundreds of people came. “It’s not just getting people elected,” Newman says. “It’s building the movement.”
Update: On May 21, after this story went to press, all three of UNITE’s endorsed candidates won their primary elections: Olivia Bennett and Bethany Hallam for Allegheny County Council, and Pam Harbin for Pittsburgh’s school board. Turahn Jenkins lost his district attorney bid with 40.67 percent of the vote. 
Hannah Steinkopf-Frank contributed reporting to this story.


Democrat Game Plan for USA

Chronology of Venezuela’s Transition from Prosperity to Socialism – Socialists have same plan for USA.
1992: Venezuela became 3rd richest country in Western Hemisphere
1997: Venezuelans became 2nd largest purchaser of F-150
2001: Venezuela voted for a Socialist President to address “income inequality”
2004: Private Healthcare is completely socialized.
2007: All higher education becomes “free”
2009: Socialist banned private ownership of guns
2012: Bernie Sanders said “Venezuelans are living the American Dream better than Americans”
2014: Opposition leaders are imprisoned
2016: Food shortages become widespread
2017: Constitution and elections suspended
2019: Venezuelans massacred by their own government; Civil War begins…
It took them all of 27 years to totally bankrupt and destroy of the richest economies in the world,
how long do you thing it would take the likes of Bernie sanders and elizabeth Warren to do the same to America?

Trump Campaign to receive 90% of $5.9 Billion Dollar Fortune.

Home Depot Co-Founder To Anti-Trump Snowflakes: Uh, You Think Threatening Me Is Going To Stop My Support Of The President

Bernie Marcus home depot

Home Depot co-founder Bernie Marcus isn’t having any of the anti-Trump Left’s nonsense. The billionaire recently declared that he’s devoting some of his wealth to getting Donald Trump re-elected president of the United States. Of course, the Left went ballistic, calling for boycotts over these remarks and sending threats to a man who has given billions to philanthropic causes. That’s liberalism in 2020, folks. Marcus is undeterred, though angered by the recent insanity that’s been hurled at him over his support of the president. In a Facebook post, he noted such reactions are what you would see in Russia, China, or Argentina, not in the U.S. concerning the support of a political candidate. Second, he noted that he’s been retired from Home Depot since 2002 and that all this boycott would do is hurt the 500,000 workers employed by the home improvement chain.
Marcus is already rich, you progressive morons. He’s a billionaire. You’ll never win in trying to torch his wallet. Marcus also laid down the gauntlet, saying that with all their hollering and rage, he’s not backing down from his support of Trump. He’s a proud deplorable and makes a bet that he will do more to better people’s lives than these losers could in “40 lifetimes.”
Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump ·
Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump
….to your favorite President, me! These people are vicious and totally crazed, but remember, there are far more great people (“Deplorables”) in this country, than bad. Do to them what they do to you. Fight for Bernie Marcus and Home Depot!
I woke up this morning thinking it was going to be another great day. I’ve been celebrating with friends, family and the community since I turned 90. I’ve told you about the gracious gift of $117 million that was collected and given in my honor to four charities that mean a lot to me. All that happiness blew up because I said in a newspaper interview that I have supported and will continue to support Donald Trump.
Negative stories… vicious threats, without cause, to boycott the company that has enabled my foundation to give billions to support autism, medical research, education, heart and neurological issues like stroke, and to help our veterans. The company that I retired from in 2002 and have not had a business relationship with in almost 20 years. A company that has employed more than a half-million people. The people who work there are affiliated with both political parties or no party at all. They are of all religions and all colors and backgrounds. Why would people want to hurt them?
All because I give my voice and some of my money to our President. Am I in China? Argentina? Russia? That’s what it feels like to me.
It saddens me that our country has come to this, where I, as a private citizen, cannot express my feelings. It angers me and it saddens me, but it sure as hell is not going to stop me. If you thought it would, you’ve got the wrong guy.
In the next ten years, God willing, I will accomplish more to save this world than my critics will do even if they had forty lifetimes.
We cannot retreat, folks. The economy is booming. Every sector of the economy added jobs last month. The stock market has reached all-time highs under this administration. The small business and investment community’s confidence has reached their highest levels in years. Why should we trash that? We should we downplay that? Well, because the liberal media and their minions got their marching orders: ‘orange man…bad.’ The Left has become increasingly unhinged after 2016. You can’t have a reasonable conversation with them. So, screw them.

ICE Raids have started

ICE deportation raids underway in New York City, ‘number of jurisdictions,’ official say

A nationwide crackdown to apprehend thousands of illegal immigrants across the country began late Saturday in the nation’s largest city and several other places, according to an official.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) resumed its previously announced plan to apprehend thousands of illegal immigrants who’ve been given orders to leave the country, targeting people in at least 10 cities.  The ICE raids began late Saturday and into the early morning hours on Sunday in “a number of jurisdictions,” not just New York City, a senior administration official confirmed to Fox News
In an exclusive interview on “FOX & friends,” Acting ICE Director Matt Albence said while he couldn’t speak to anything specifically from an operational perspective, the overarching concern when the agency conducts any sort of enforcement operation is “the safety and security of both our officers that are conducting the operation as well as the public.”
“We are doing targeted enforcement actions against specific individuals who have had their day in immigration court and have been ordered to be removed by an immigration judge,” Albence told Fox News’ Griff Jenkins. “We are merely executing those lawfully issued judge’s orders.”
Albence, who said using the term raid does everyone “a disservice,” added the agency is focusing on people who had had the opportunity to make an asylum claim in front of an immigration judge and chose not to do so or didn’t appear for their first hearing. The acting director added that ICE gave those individuals the opportunity back in February to arrange for an orderly process to be removed from the country, but only 3 percent of people responded to letters that were sent out. “At this point, we have no choice but to go out and execute those lawfully-issued removal orders from an immigration judge,” he told “FOX & friends.”
In addition to the enforcement operation, ICE also released a report on Sunday meant to illustrate the necessity for removing those who have committed crimes.
A senior administration official told Fox News that ICE raid began late Saturday and into the early morning hours on Sunday in "a number of jurisdictions" across the country.
A senior administration official told Fox News that ICE raid began late Saturday and into the early morning hours on Sunday in “a number of jurisdictions” across the country. (File/Charles Reed/U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement via AP)
The first of what will be quarterly “Declined Detainer Reports” details incidents from the second quarter of fiscal year 2018, where law enforcement agencies arrested undocumented immigrants, ignored ICE requests to hold them until federal authorities could pick them up, and then those individuals were arrested on new charges. The report features highlighted cases, including ones where the arrests were for rape, murder, assault, burglary, car theft, drug possession, and DUI.
In the cases described in the report, three of the individuals were eventually caught by ICE and removed from the U.S., one is believed to again be in law enforcement custody while ICE awaits action on a new detainer, and 12 are believed to still be at large.
In one such case, ICE said an illegal immigrant had been arrested and released 10 times by San Francisco police between February 2018 and January 2019, despite ICE issuing detainers. Each of those arrests included charges related to either burglary or a stolen vehicle.
“That individual is a one-man crime spree,” Albence said on “FOX & friends.”
The immigration sweeps were expected to start Sunday, but New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said Saturday on Twitter that ICE agents had already taken action in New York. De Blasio said the raids in New York City took place in parts of Brooklyn and Manhattan.
“Receiving reports of attempted but reportedly unsuccessful ICE enforcement actions in Sunset Park and Harlem,” the mayor said. “@NYCImmigrants and advocates are connecting with residents and distributing resources door to door.”
Advocates are coaching them on their rights, including instructions not to respond if agents knock on the door unless shown a warrant signed by a judge. The Democratic mayor has said his city would not cooperate with ICE.
Mark Morgan, acting commissioner of Customs and Border Protection, told “FOX & friends” on Sunday that the raids were about “enforcing and maintaining the integrity of the system.”
“This is about the rule of law,” Morgan said. “Those individuals who remain here illegally, especially those who’ve received due process more than any other nation in the world would provide someone that came here illegally, to including those with final orders, that there are consequences to those that remain here illegally. That’s what today is about. “
Morgan, the former head of ICE, differed to disclose details about the raids. But he blasted mayors of cities who pushed back against the crackdown, calling their actions “unconscionable.”  “This is about going after individuals here illegally,” he said. “Any city, any law enforcement agency that resists, does not cooperate, they’re actually putting those cities in higher danger.”
On Friday, Albence said targets were on an “accelerated docket” of immigration court cases for predominantly Central Americans who recently arrived at the U.S. border in unprecedented numbers. Similar operations occurred in 2016 under President Obama and in 2017 under President Trump.
The operation will target people with final deportation orders on 10 major court dockets, including Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, and Miami. Albence said that doesn’t mean arrests will be limited to certain areas. Authorities will go where their investigations lead, even if it’s five states away from where the case is filed.
Trump said authorities were “focused on criminals as much as we can before we do anything else.” “It starts on Sunday and they’re going to take people out and they’re going to bring them back to their countries or they’re going to take criminals out, put them in prison, or put them in prison in the countries they came from,” the president said. The Obama-era family operation in 2016 resulted in about 10 percent of those targeted being arrested, and the 2017 effort had a lower arrest rate, according to Albence.
Flyers in English and Spanish are shown stacked at a nearby restaurant before immigration advocates gather them and hand them out, Thursday, July 11, 2019, in the Little Havana neighborhood in Miami.
Flyers in English and Spanish are shown stacked at a nearby restaurant before immigration advocates gather them and hand them out, Thursday, July 11, 2019, in the Little Havana neighborhood in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
Other operations that have targeted people with criminal arrest records have yielded arrests rates of about 30%, aided by access to law enforcement databases.
Administration officials have said they are targeting about 2,000 people, which would yield about 200 arrests based on previous crackdowns.
Trump has said on Twitter that his agents plan to arrest millions of immigrants in the country illegally.
Fox News’ Kevin Corke, Ronn Blitzer, Hollie McKay, Sam Dorman, and The Associated Press contributed to this report.


Money does not grow on trees: “Sure it does,” replied AOC confidently, “we have hundreds of trillions of trees. We simply cut them down, make wood pulp, print paper money, Government can afford anything. You just do not understand economics


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Satire (An Exclusive Interview with Hugh Betcha)
When Alexandria Occasionally-Coherent wants to create news, she calls for a press conference. But when she wants to grab a headline she does what every smart politician does—she calls ace reporter Hugh Betcha of the mighty Canada Free Press. Hugh, who walks with kings and princes, is widely respected on both sides of the aisle in Washington, and recently won the coveted MSNBC “Conservative Reporter We Most Admire 2019” award was happy to oblige. Occasionally-Coherent, author of Move Over Grandma—The Socialist Case Against Speaker Pelosi (Marxist Press, 2019), and We Can Just Walk—The Case Against Gasoline, (Little Golden Books, 2019), was anxious to announce her reparations plan for the country.

“So you want to pay blacks whose forebears were slaves—is that right?” asked the reporter “isn’t that discriminatory? How about other groups who have been oppressed in the past?”

“Well that is exactly right,” Occasionally-Coherent replied, “this country has oppressed so many groups that it would be unfair to pay only blacks who descended from slaves; so I am expanding eligible groups in order to be all inclusive.”

“So how much are you going to pay and to whom?”

“Well, I think $5,000 in oppression payments sounds about right—for each person who has descended from someone who has been oppressed in the past,” Occasionally-Coherent replied.

“You mean even relatives of Japanese Americans who were interned during World War 2?”

“Well yes, I hadn’t thought of that, but they should receive an oppression payment as well.”

“Native Americans such as Elizabeth Warren,” Hugh inquired, “certainly the United States oppressed them too. Should they not receive oppression payments as well?”

“Yes of course—them too.”

“And Hispanics?”

“Yes if they have any relatives who were oppressed in the past, say when our country stole Texas from Mexico, they would be entitled to oppression payments.”

“How about LGBT persons whose forebears were oppressed in the past—pay them too? Certainly you do not want to forget them.”

“Of course, “replied Occasionally-Coherent, “they should receive an oppression payment as well.”

“Okay,” pressed Hugh, “how about Americans who are descendants of persons oppressed at several levels?”

“What do you mean?” asked Occasionally-Coherent.

“Well, for example a gay black person whose great grandmother was Native American—what then?”

“I had not thought of that,” Occasionally-Coherent conceded, “to be consistent and fair,
he or she should receive three units of oppression payments or $15,000—one for descending
from a slave, one for descending from a gay person who was discriminated against and one for his/her Native American blood.”

  “But,” said Hugh, “isn’t this going to cost billions of dollars—assuming that you get past all the logistical problems with identifying these folks, documenting their heritage and determining all the possible permutations as in the case of multiple oppression levels? Money does not grow on trees you know.

“Sure it does,” replied AOC confidently, “we have hundreds of trillions of trees. We simply cut them down, make wood pulp, print paper money, and Government can afford anything. You just do not understand economics.”

This Democratic Party infighting is great news for President Donald Trump. The longer it continues, the better his chances will be to win a convincing re-election victory in 2020


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During the eight years Barack Obama served as President of the United States, the Democratic Party was united. He was the coalescing force that held the party together. By bringing in Hillary Clinton as his Secretary of State at the start of his administration, Obama healed the wounds from the bruising 2008 presidential race. During his re-election campaign of 2012, Obama was not challenged for the Democratic presidential nomination and he won another term as President.
The Democratic Party unity started falling apart during the 2016 presidential race. The party was split between the progressive supporters of socialist U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders and the more traditional Democrats who backed Hillary Clinton. The split intensified after it was revealed that CNN political analyst Donna Brazile gave Clinton questions in advance of a debate. It was also discovered that Clinton’s campaign basically controlled the Democratic National Committee’s fundraising operation and had a lock on super delegates prior to her securing the party’s nomination.
Basically, Sanders never had a chance to win the party’s nomination in 2016. While many of the Senator’s followers eventually supported Clinton in the general election, a sizeable number either flipped to Trump, voted for the Green Party candidate Jill Stein or boycotted the election altogether and did not vote. It was certainly a contributing factor in Donald Trump winning the presidential election and shocking the political world by securing 306 electoral votes in the biggest upset in U.S. history.
As a new presidential election has begun, the Democrats are splintered among almost two dozen candidates. The members of the more traditional wing of the party are backing former Vice President Joe Biden, while the progressives are either supporting Sanders again, U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), U.S. Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) or one of the other left-wing candidates.
While Biden was the initial favorite in the early polls, his lead has been dramatically reduced since a poor debate performance. He has also been hurt by a string of gaffes that have exposed his flaws as a candidate once again. Biden has never been a very good presidential candidate and suffered overwhelming losses in his previous races in 1988 and 2008.
To blunt the criticism and stop the loss of support, Biden is working tirelessly to switch his positions on an array of issues to satisfy the angry progressives who don’t trust him or any old guard Democrat. For example, Biden withdrew his four-decade support of the Hyde amendment, which prevents federal dollars being spent on abortions. Biden changed his position after being condemned by Hollywood stars like Alyssa Milano and other progressives.
The Democratic Party split is apparent on many levels. New progressives are not only more liberal than Biden, Clinton and others among the elite of the Democratic Party, but this new movement also includes more women, more minorities and are younger.
The multi-faceted rupture is also quite apparent among Democrats in Congress. Relations are horrible between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and the four progressive “women of color” who were elected in 2018: Congresswomen Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Rashida Talib (D-MI), and Ayanna Presley (D-MA).
These progressive women are not very supportive of Pelosi because they feel she has been too moderate and has been targeting them for unfair criticism. Ocasio-Cortez also questioned whether the Speaker assigned her to active committees and sub-committees to keep her “busy.”
This conflict reached a boiling point over disagreements related to a bipartisan border spending bill. The group of four, which Ocasio-Cortez calls her “squad” voted against the bill. Pelosi said that despite “their public whatever and their Twitter world” they only mustered four votes in opposition to the bill. According to Pelosi, this “squad” is only “four people” without much support in Congress, although they have a large social media following.
This insult led Ocasio-Cortez to label Pelosi a virtual racist. In an interview with The Washington Post, she complained that Pelosi’s criticism was “just outright disrespectful…the explicit singling out of newly elected women of color.”
The division will surely continue because Pelosi represents the type of Democratic Party Ocasio-Cortez and her “squad” are trying to destroy. It is the same schism that is apparent in the presidential race.
If Biden wins the nomination, with Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) as the top Democrats in Congress, the progressives will be completely shut out of the power positions in the party once again. At that point, there is real potential for the party to split apart. The progressive wing does not want to be appeased; they want control of the Democratic Party.
This Democratic Party infighting is great news for President Donald Trump. The longer it continues, the better his chances will be to win a convincing re-election victory in 2020.



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White House Threatens To Veto House Bill Over Lack Of Critical Border Funding

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UPDATED 11:05 AM PT — Tuesday, June 25, 2019

The Trump administration is threatening to veto the House border funding bill. In a statement released Monday, the Office of Management and Budget criticized the Democrats’ $4.5 billion plan for not setting aside enough money for critical border programs. It goes on to call it a “partisan bill that under funds necessary accounts, and seeks to take advantage of the current crisis by inserting policy provisions that would make our country less safe.”
The overcrowding at some facilities has reportedly left officials with bare-bones resources to care for unaccompanied migrant children and migrant families. On Monday, the Border Patrol moved hundreds of migrants kids from a detention center in Texas after attorneys reported on the conditions of the holding areas for detained migrants.
The Department of  has warned if Congress fails to agree on legislation soon then it may run out of funding.
“So think (of it) like a government shutdown, because that’s what it is — we would be out of money for caring for these kids and the HHS shelter program, “said Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar.  “And that’s why Congress has got to act now, we got to get the House and Senate to just pass a unified package as quickly as possible…this is not political, this isn’t about immigration policy, this is just about getting these kids cared for getting it funded and moving on.”
This comes as both the GOP-led Senate and the Democrat-House consider bills to address the border crisis.

Migrants scramble across the Rio Bravo to surrender to the American authorities, on the US – Mexico border between Ciudad Juarez and El Paso, Saturday, June 15, 2019. (AP Photo/ Photo/Christian Torres)

Democrat lawmakers are struggling to address the situation at the border as they fight the urge to fund the president’s border policies. Politico reported that on Monday night the Democrats held a closed-door meeting where progressive and Hispanic lawmakers called to make changes to the bill, so that the president could not use the funds for the wall or other border projects. Congresswoman Ilhan Omar reportedly took a stand against any further funding for the border, saying “we cannot continue to throw money at a dysfunctional system.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi reportedly urged lawmakers to consider the implications if they fail at passing the bill as they fear the GOP-led Senate’s version for border aid will gain traction. Pelosi is hoping the her caucus’ border deal will be passed before this Thursday and the next week-long congressional recess.
Meanwhile, Republicans in the Senate are confident they have the upper hand with their deal. Senator Lindsey Graham is proposing a bill which would mandate migrants apply for asylum in Mexico or their home countries, hire hundreds of new immigration judges, and fix the Flores Agreement by allowing migrant children to be detained with their families up to 100-days instead of 20.

While the bill has been praised by the Trump administration, Graham and the bill’s co-sponsor — Senator Dick Durbin — said it won’t be ready for mark-up for weeks. This is well past the president’s two week deadline from last Saturday.

It’s unknown at this point which bill will get serious
consideration from President Trump.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., is questioned by reporters at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, June 18, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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On the roster: House Dems ready emergency border bill – Not so ‘Middle Class Joe’ – Senate Dems borrow House playbook for 2020 – Trump says rape accuser ‘not my type’- Extreme weather warning  

Roll Call: “House Democratic leaders sought to tamp down a rebellion among their party’s left flank Tuesday as they prepared for a floor vote on $4.5 billion in emergency funding for the surge of migrants at the U.S. southern border. Appropriations Chairwoman Nita M. Lowey, D-N.Y., offered a new manager’s amendment aimed at easing the concerns of Progressive Caucus and Hispanic Caucus members over the care of children who are in the custody of Customs and Border Protection. Her amendment would tack on requirements for CBP to develop standards for medical care, nutrition, hygiene and personnel training, as well as a plan to ensure access to translation services for individuals ‘encountered’ by U.S. immigration agencies. The move followed a late-night meeting Monday in Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office, where Democrats made clear their irritation with President Donald Trump’s immigration policies.”

Trump threatens veto – AP: “The White House is threatening to veto a $4.5 billion House bill aimed at improving the treatment of migrant families detained after crossing the U.S. southern border, saying the measure would hamstring the administration’s border security efforts and raising fresh questions about the legislation’s fate. The warning came as Hispanic and liberal Democrats press House leaders to add provisions to the legislation strengthening protections for migrant children, changes that might make the measure even less palatable to President Donald Trump. Though revisions are possible, House leaders are still hoping for approval as early as Tuesday.”

Pence takes lead on Latino outreach – AP: “Vice President Mike Pence is launching a ‘Latinos for Trump’ coalition in Miami, an effort by the Trump campaign to engage Latino voters in advance of the 2020 election. The event comes a day ahead of the first Democratic presidential primary debates, also being held in Miami, and a week after President Donald Trump officially kicked off his campaign in Orlando. This signals Florida’s significance for the president’s reelection hopes. The state is home to more than 2 million registered Latino voters, and the Trump campaign believes they have an opening with them because of the president’s economic policies, which they say have contributed to low unemployment rates among Latinos, among other issues. Republicans see an opportunity particularly in South Florida, where the sizable Cuban population tends to lean conservative.”

“[The power of raising armies] gave birth to a competition between the States which created a kind of auction for men.” – Alexander HamiltonFederalist No. 22

UPI: “When times were good, the dockworkers of Portus, the maritime port of Imperial Rome, enjoyed a surprisingly diversified diet. But new analysis of ancient animal and human remains – detailed in the journal Antiquity this week – suggests the diets of the city’s working class shifted as Rome fell into decline. Portus was established in the first century A.D. For four centuries, it served as the Romans’ gateway to the Mediterranean and a nexus of maritime trade. But archaeological analysis suggests the city had taken a defensive posture by the fifth century. Protective walls were built and warehouses, once a place to store imports from North Africa and elsewhere, were used to house the dead. … By the time the Vandals sacked Rome in 455 A.D., the diets of the port’s dockworkers looked a lot more like the diets of other peasants – more reliant on plant proteins, pottages and stews.”

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Trump job performance
Average approval
: 44.5 percent
Average disapproval: 52 percent
Net Score: -7.4 points
Change from one week ago: up 1.4 points
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WaPo: “[Joe] Biden points out on the presidential campaign trail that he was often the poorest member of the United States Senate, and for at least a decade has referred to himself as ‘Middle Class Joe.’ But since leaving office he has enjoyed an explosion of wealth, making millions of dollars largely from book deals and speaking fees that ranged to as much as $200,000 per speech, public documents show. … Since leaving the vice presidency, Biden has rented the McLean home and purchased a $2.7 million, 4,800-square-foot vacation house near the water in Rehoboth Beach, Del., to go along with his primary residence, the nearly 7,000-square-foot lakeside home he built more than two decades ago in Wilmington, Del. Biden’s accelerated income and the lifestyle it has financed have placed the former vice president in a much more rarefied world that the one he formerly occupied.”

NBC lays out debate rules – NBC News: “Politicians tend to be long-winded, but brevity will be the name of the game on the crowded stage in the first Democratic presidential debate in Miami on Wednesday and Thursday. Candidates will have 60 seconds to answer questions and 30 seconds to respond to follow-ups. And there will be no opening statements, though candidates will have a chance to deliver closing remarks. The two-hour debates will zip by quickly, with five segments each night separated by four commercial breaks. Ten candidates will face off each night on NBC News, MSNBC and Telemundo after a total of 20 candidates met the Democratic National Committee’s threshold for participation. With so many candidates, there’s only so much time to go around. ‘It’s a little bit of exaggeration calling it a debate,’ former Vice President Joe Biden joked in Iowa earlier this month. ‘It’s like a lightning round.’”

McConnell scoffs at vote delay for Dem debates – Roll Call: “Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made clear Tuesday that Democrats are going to have to filibuster the fiscal 2020 defense authorization bill if they do not want final votes this week. The Kentucky Republican opened the Senate with criticism of Monday afternoon’s statement by Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., that defense policy bill votes, including consideration of a key amendment regarding limitations on the use of funds for war with Iran, should be delayed until after this week’s Democratic presidential debates. ‘Postpone legislation on our national defense to accommodate the presidential race? In the middle of this ongoing crisis overseas? Come on. Come on,’ McConnell said. McConnell described his own reaction to Schumer’s request as ‘incredulous.’”

Moulton makes small ad buy during debates – WashTimes: “Rep. Seth Moulton won’t be on the presidential debate stage in Miami, but his campaign released new television ads on Tuesday, to air in early states this week, in which the Massachusetts Democrat says it’s time for a ‘new generation’ of leadership. In a 30-second TV spot, Mr. Moulton touts himself as ‘progressive’ and ‘practical,’ noting that he served four combat tours in Iraq and that he has spoken out against the war. … Versions of the TV ad are scheduled to air in Iowa and New Hampshire on Wednesday, and in South Carolina and Nevada on Thursday.”

Fox News: “President Trump has renewed his attacks on Joe Biden, this time questioning why former President Barack Obama hasn’t endorsed his former vice president. In a new interview, Trump wondered if there was a ‘big secret’ as to why Obama has not backed Biden. ‘How he doesn’t get President Obama to endorse him, there has to be some reason why he’s not endorsing him,’ Trump told The Hill. ‘He was the vice president. They seemed to have gotten along. President Obama not endorsing him is rather… a big secret.’ After the ponderance, the president accused Biden of lying when he previously stated he asked Obama not to endorse him. ‘Then he goes and lies and says, ‘I asked the president not to endorse me’… give me a break,’ Trump told The Hill.”

Booker open to meeting with notorious bigot Farrakhan – Fox News: “Sen. Cory Booker over the weekend expressed a willingness to meet with well-known anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan, raising eyebrows given his criticism just days earlier of 2020 presidential rival Joe Biden’s remarks about being able to work with segregationists. The New Jersey Democrat said many found Biden’s remarks ‘hurtful.’ But at a campaign event in Nevada on Saturday, Booker was asked whether he would meet with Nation of Islam leader Farrakhan. Booker appeared to downplay the possibility but did not rule it out, while making clear he is ‘familiar’ with Farrakhan’s beliefs. ‘I don’t feel the need to do that, but I’m not one of these people that says I wouldn’t sit down with anybody to hear what they have to say,’ Booker said about a potential meeting with Farrakhan. He then discussed his own awareness of Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam from when he was mayor of Newark, N.J…”

Poll shows one-third of Americans say abortion top 2020 factor – Monmouth University: “One-in-three Americans rank abortion as a top issue in deciding how they will vote in the 2020 election. Democrats are more likely than Republicans to feel this way according to the latest Monmouth University Poll. Many Americans say that Republican politicians are spending too much time on the issue of abortion, at both the national and state level, especially when compared to Democratic officeholders. Most Americans support access to abortion, including 32% who say it should always be legal and 31% who say it should be legal with some limitations. Another 24% say abortion should be illegal except for cases of rape or incest or to save the mother’s life and 10% say abortion should be illegal in all cases. … One-third of American voters say that abortion will be a top factor in their vote for president next year, including 2% who say it is the most important issue and 32% who say it is very important to them.”

Politico: “Senate Democrats want you to forget about Stacey AbramsSteve Bullock and Beto O’Rourke. Instead, they’re hoping voters can get pumped about Theresa GreenfieldCal Cunningham and Sara Gideon. After their highest-profile recruits passed on Senate campaigns, Democrats are relying on a collection of relatively unknown and untested candidates to retake the Senate in 2020 — a challenging task given a map tilted toward Republican territory. But what the recruits lack in name ID, party leaders say, they compensate for with their profiles: Several are women and military veterans, boasting the type of résumés that Democrats rode to the House majority last year. ‘These are sort of on the 2018 House model,’ Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said… Democrats need to net three Senate seats to win control of the chamber — four if they fail to win back the White House. But they’re competing in only two states that President Donald Trump lost in 2016…”

Schumer is recruiting for Iowa – Time: “At a time when Democrats are largely focused on the presidential primary, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is trying to clear the way for a woman challenging Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst. A source familiar with the situation told TIME that Schumer flew J.D. Scholten, the Democrat who gained a national profile when he came close to beating Iowa Rep. Steve King, to Washington in March to discuss his plans and later attempted to dissuade him from jumping into the race in a phone call. Few Democrats in the state have the statewide recognition to pull off a competitive bid for the Republican’s seat, but currently Theresa Greenfield, the president of a Des Moines real estate business, is the frontrunner for the nomination. She is backed by the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.”

Dems get a top-drawer recruit for Maine Senate – NYT: “Sara Gideon, the speaker of the Maine House of Representatives, said on Monday that she would challenge Senator Susan Collins, making her the most formidable opponent yet for a United States Senate seat that Democrats have identified as a target in the 2020 election. Ms. Gideon, a Democrat, said that her decision was spurred partly by the vote that Ms. Collins, a Republican expected to seek her fifth term, cast in support for Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court. … Ms. Gideon, 47, of Freeport, had sponsored legislation in Maine – signed into law this year – to expand abortion access by permitting health care professionals who are not physicians to perform the procedure. She was also behind an effort to expand benefits to families in poverty.”

Shaheen draws a crowd of would-be challengers – WMUR: “WMUR first reported Friday that retired Brig. Gen. Donald Bolduc of Stratham will announce his bid to challenge incumbent Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen on Monday at VFW Post 1631 in Concord. WMUR also reported first that former New Hampshire House Speaker Bill O’Brien of Nashua will announce his candidacy for the Senate seat on July 23. And a third Republican, attorney Bryant ‘Corky’ Messner of Wolfeboro, continues to seriously consider running for the seat, with an announcement anticipated in the coming weeks. Bolduc’s announcement, and the expected candidacies of O’Brien and Messner, have been anticipated since Gov. Chris Sununu announced in mid-May that he will seek a third term as governor and will not challenge Shaheen next year.”

Bernie allies announce House Dem primary targets – HuffPo: “Roots Action, a left-wing group led largely by supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), drafted a report on 15 House members it considers ripe targets for progressive primary challenges, arming the Democratic Party’s populist wing with a new organizing tool as it seeks to unseat a growing number of incumbents. … The incumbent House members its identifies are: Cheri Bustos of Illinois, who chairs House Democrats’ campaign arm; Jim Cooper of Tennessee; Jim Costa of California; Henry Cuellar of Texas; Eliot Engel of New York; Josh Gottheimer of New Jersey; Jim Himes of Connecticut; Majority Leader Steny Hoyer of Maryland; Derek Kilmer of Washington; Dan Lipinski of Illinois; Gregory Meeks of New York; Brad Schneider of Illinois; Kurt Schrader of Oregon; David Scott of Georgia; and Juan Vargas of California.”

ABC News: “President Donald Trump fired back at a woman who accused him of sexual assault saying ‘she’s not my type’ and insisting the incident ‘never happened.’ The accusation is the latest in a string of allegations against the president dating back decades, all of which he has denied. In response, E. Jean Carroll, who made the latest accusation, could only laugh. The writer, who said Donald Trump sexually assaulted her in the mid-1990s, told Anderson Cooper in an interview Monday night: ‘I love that. I am so glad I’m not his type. I’m so glad.’ Earlier in the day, the president, who also said Carroll was ‘totally lying’ that he sexually assaulted her, told The Hill during an interview in the Oval Office: ‘I’ll say it with great respect: No. 1, she’s not my type. No. 2, it never happened. It never happened, OK?’ Carroll had repeated the accusation a few hours earlier during a TV interview.”

Stephanie Grisham gets nod as press secretary, comms director – NYT: “Stephanie GrishamMelania Trump’s loyal and sometimes combative communications director, will replace Sarah Huckabee Sanders as White House press secretary, the first lady announced on Tuesday. She will also take on the added role of communications director, a job that has been vacant since the departure of Bill Shine in March. …  On the day Ms. Sanders’s announced her resignation, it had been 94 days since she held a briefing with the press, and some officials have argued it would be a powerful tool that would help elevate Mr. Trump above his Democratic opponent in the 2020 race. Ms. Grisham, who has earned the president’s trust, is expected to institute real changes to an office that has been in flux for two-and-a-half years. In the White House, she has emerged as a ferocious defender of Mrs. Trump, writing op-eds criticizing the news media for the way it covers her.”

Steve Dunlevy
, R.I.P. – NY Post

DOJ tries to save dubious deal for sex offender made by now-Trump cabinet official – AP

West Wing rivals talk down Mulvaney – Politico

Pergram: ‘Capitol Hill spending talks haunted by uncertainty’ – Fox News

“It just gets worse, if it’s possible; the intensity and volume level, the bombardment level just keeps going up.” – Lobbyist Larry O’Brien talking to Roll Call about the enormous number of congressional fundraising events in Washington this week, 118 by one count. 

House Approves $383 Billion Dollar spending package

House approves $383 billion spending package

Customs and Border Protection chief to step down


Acting Customs and Border Protection (CBP) commissioner John Sanders will step down next week as the federal government’s primary border enforcement official.
Sanders is slated to leave the agency on July 5, a CBP official told The Hill on Tuesday.
A federal official told The New York Times earlier on Tuesday that it was not clear whether Sanders’s resignation is connected to criticism of the agency’s handling of the influx of migrants at the southern border.
President Trump said he did not know Sanders personally when asked if he had called for the resignation.
“I didn’t speak to him. I don’t think I’ve ever spoken to him actually,” Trump told reporters. “No, we have some very good people running it. And, you know, I don’t know anything about it. I hear he’s a very good man, I hear he’s a good person. I don’t know him. I don’t think I ever spoke to him.”
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for further comment.
CNN obtained a copy of Sanders’s message sent to employees confirming his departure.
“Although I will leave it to you to determine whether I was successful, I can unequivocally say that helping support the amazing men and women of CBP has been the most fulfilling and satisfying opportunity of my career,” Sanders wrote, according to the outlet.
Sanders has led the agency since Trump named Kevin McAleenan, who previously held the role, to replace Kirstjen Nielsen as Homeland Security secretary.
—Updated at 2:53 p.m.


Shock Admission: Feds Drew Conclusions on DNC Hack Without Ever Obtaining Un-Redacted Docs from Security Firm
Comey, Clapper, Brennan

NEW YORK – The Obama-era intelligence community relied on three redacted reports marked as drafts from the private firm CrowdStrike to reach its conclusion that Russian agents hacked the servers of the Democratic National Committee, according to a U.S. government filing.

The U.S. government further admitted that it does not possess the un-redacted CrowdStrike reports about what allegedly happened to the DNC servers and that it relied upon DNC lawyers to generally characterize what was in the redacted sections.  These stunning admissions were contained in a U.S. government court response to a motion filed by attorneys for former Trump confidante Roger Stone, seeking to compel the government to release un-redacted CrowdStrike reports about the alleged hacks — reports the government says it doesn’t possess.
The Justice Department did not return a Breitbart News request from yesterday seeking comment on whether the FBI or any U.S. government agency has ever seen the full, un-redacted CrowdStrike reports on the DNC servers.  The DNC famously refused to allow the FBI to access its server to verify the allegation that Russia carried out a hack during the 2016 presidential campaign. Instead, the DNC reached an arrangement with the FBI in which a third party company, CrowdStrike, conducted forensics on the server and shared details with the FBI.
As this reporter previously documented, CrowdStrike was financed to the tune of $100 million via a funding drive by Google Capital.
Google Capital, which now goes by the name of CapitalG, is an arm of Alphabet Inc., Google’s parent company. Eric Schmidt, the chairman of Alphabet, has been a staunch and active supporter of Hillary Clinton and is a longtime donor to the Democratic Party.  It was previously reported that Perkins Coie, the law firm that represented the DNC and Clinton’s campaign, helped draft CrowdStrike to aid with the DNC’s allegedly hacked server.  On behalf of the DNC and Clinton’s campaign, Perkins Coie also paid the controversial Fusion GPS firm to produce the infamous, largely-discredited anti-Trump dossier compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele.
The January 6, 2017 U.S. Intelligence Community report alleging Russian interference in the presidential race says, “Russian intelligence gained access to Democratic National Committee (DNC) networks and maintained that access until at least June 2016.” The charge is not attributed, but no government agency ever assessed the DNC servers and instead the FBI relied on CrowdStrike.
Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller’s indictment of Stone specifically references CrowdStrike as providing the data on the Russian hack.
The indictment states:
  1. By in or around May 2016, the Democratic National Committee (“DNC”) and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (“DCCC”) became aware that their computer systems had been compromised by unauthorized intrusions and hired a security company (“Company 1”) to identify the extent of the intrusions.
“Company 1” clearly refers to CrowdStrike.
The charge document continues:
  1. On or about June 14, 2016, the DNC — through Company 1 — publicly announced that it had been hacked by Russian government actors.
  2. From in or around July 2016 through in or around November 2016, an organization (“Organization 1”), which had previously posted documents stolen by others from U.S. persons, entities, and the U.S. government, released tens of thousands of documents stolen from the DNC and the personal email account of the chairman of the U.S. presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton (“Clinton Campaign”).
“Organization 1” refers to WikiLeaks.
The indictment led Stone’s lawyers to seek the un-redacted CrowdStrike reports.  In its response, the U.S. government for the first time details how it received three CrowdStrike reports labeled “draft” detailing the results of the firm’s investigations into the DNC servers.
“Organization 1” refers to WikiLeaks.
“Although the reports produced to the defendant are marked ‘draft,’ counsel for the DNC and DCCC informed the government that they are the last version of the report produced,” says a footnote in the government filing.  Another footnote describes the extent of the redactions. One sixty-two page report contains redactions that appear on 12 pages. Another report is 54 pages, and has redactions on 10 pages. A third, 31-page report has five lines redacted in an executive summary section.
DNC lawyers voluntarily produced the redacted CrowdStrike reports for the FBI to assess, according to the lawsuit response.  The government relied on DNC attorneys to generally describe the themes of the redacted sections.
The document states:  At the time of the voluntary production, counsel for the DNC told the government that the redacted material concerned steps taken to remediate the attack and to harden the DNC and DCCC systems against future attack. According to counsel, no redacted information concerned the attribution of the attack to Russian actors.
The U.S. government response says it cannot provide Stone with the un-redacted CrowdStrike reports because “the government does not possess the material the defendant seeks; the material was provided to the government by counsel for the DNC with the remediation information redacted.”
In June 2016, The Washington Post reported on the Perkins Coie law firm’s involvement in bringing in CrowdStrike to investigate the DNC’s allegedly hacked server.  The Washington Post documented how Michael Sussmann, a partner with Perkins Coie who also represented the DNC, contacted CrowdStrike after the DNC suspected its server had been hacked. CrowdStrike then identified hacker groups allegedly tied to Russia.
The Post reported that Sussman called in Shawn Henry, president of CrowdStrike.
The Post reported:

DNC leaders were tipped to the hack in late April. Chief executive Amy Dacey got a call from her operations chief saying that their information technology team had noticed some unusual network activity. “It’s never a call any executive wants to get, but the IT team knew something was awry,” Dacey said. And they knew it was serious enough that they wanted experts to investigate.

That evening, she spoke with Michael Sussmann, a DNC lawyer who is a partner with Perkins Coie in Washington. Soon after, Sussmann, a former federal prosecutor who handled computer crime cases, called Henry, whom he has known for many years.  Within 24 hours, CrowdStrike had installed software on the DNC’s computers so that it could analyze data that could indicate who had gained access, when and how.

According to the Post, citing DNC officials, the “hackers” had “gained access to the entire database of opposition research on GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump.”
In testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee in January 2017, then-FBI Director James Comey confirmed that the FBI registered “multiple requests at different levels,” to review the DNC’s hacked servers. Ultimately, the DNC and FBI came to an agreement in which a “highly respected private company” — a reference to CrowdStrike — would carry out forensics on the servers and share any information that it discovered with the FBI, Comey testified.
A senior law enforcement official stressed the importance of the FBI gaining direct access to the servers, a request that was denied by the DNC.
“The FBI repeatedly stressed to DNC officials the necessity of obtaining direct access to servers and data, only to be rebuffed until well after the initial compromise had been mitigated,” the official was quoted by the news media as saying. “This left the FBI no choice but to rely upon a third party for information. These actions caused significant delays and inhibited the FBI from addressing the intrusion earlier,” the official continued.
CrowdStrike is a California-based cybersecurity technology company co-founded by experts George Kurtz and Dmitri Alperovitch.
Alperovitch is a nonresident senior fellow of the Cyber Statecraft Initiative at the Atlantic Council. The Council takes a hawkish approach toward Russia and has released numerous reports and briefs about Russian aggression.  Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, whose agency released the intelligence assessment on Russian hacking, is on the Council’s international advisory board.
The Council is funded by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Inc., the U.S. State Department and NATO ACT.
Another Council funder is the Ploughshares Fund, which in turn has received financing from billionaire George Soros’ Open Society Foundations.
Aaron Klein is Breitbart’s Jerusalem bureau chief and senior investigative reporter. He is a New York Times bestselling author and hosts the popular weekend talk radio program, “Aaron Klein Investigative Radio.” Follow him on Twitter @AaronKleinShow. Follow him on Facebook.
Joshua Klein contributed research to this article.

Immigration Judge Debunks AOC’s ‘Concentration Camp’ Claim

Fact-Check: Former Immigration Judge Debunks AOC’s ‘Concentration Camp’ Claim

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 10: Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) listens during a House Financial Services Committee hearing on April 10, 2019 in Washington, DC. Seven CEOs of the country’s largest banks were called to testify a decade after the global financial crisis. (Photo by Alex Wroblewski/Getty Images)
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Art Arthur, a resident fellow at the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) and former immigration judge, refuted Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s (D-NY) characterization of U.S. migrant detention facilities as “concentration camps,” calling her comments “offensive” and noting that Democrats had no objection to these same facilities when the Obama administration used them. What is truly “reprehensible,” Arthur said, is the refusal of Congressional Democrats like Ocasio-Cortez to provide the humanitarian funding requested by the Trump administration to alleviate the suffering of migrant children and families.

In an interview Tuesday on SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Tonight, Arthur addressed the controversial “concentration camp” comments Ocasio-Cortez made during a Q&A livestream discussion on Instagram:

An Expert on Concentration Camps Says That’s Exactly What the U.S. Is Running at the Border

The detention system for immigrants and asylum-seekers is in a dangerous place when it comes to human rights, and conditions are deteriorating fast.  esquire.com
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez @AOC
And for the shrieking Republicans who don’t know the difference: concentration camps are not the same as death camps.Concentration camps are considered by experts as “the mass detention of civilians without trial.”And that’s exactly what this administration is doing.
Arthur told Breitbart News Tonight host Rebecca Mansour that he had direct expert knowledge to refute Ocasio-Cortez’s claim due to his years of work as an immigration judge.
“I’m actually sort of an expert on this, given the fact that I was a judge at a detained court for eight years, and I had jurisdiction over a couple of other detained courts, as well,” he explained. “I would walk down the hall. I would have lunch in the dining hall with the correctional officers. I would work out in the weight room. It didn’t look like any sort of concentration camp.”
Arthur continued, “It’s simply a place for individuals to be detained pending their removal proceedings and then only if they can’t show they’re not a flight risk or a danger to the community. These are really the furthest thing that I can think of [from] anything that would be called a concentration camp. Quite frankly, it’s an offensive statement.”


“The purpose of immigration detention is not punitive, and that’s been established in case law for over a hundred years,” explained Arthur. “The purpose of immigration detention is to ensure that individuals actually appear for their removal proceedings. They also have a dissuasive effect, because if individuals are coming to the United States in order to live and work and make money in this country, and they’re detained until the time that their claims can be heard, people with bad claims aren’t going to come.”
Arthur went on, “People who have bad asylum claims, weak asylum claims, or no asylum claims at all — and especially those with fraudulent claims — aren’t going to come, at all, and what that’s going to do is give the good claims the opportunity to be heard more quickly.”
Arthur stated, “People can be processed through the system very quickly when there is sufficient time and sufficient space to hear their cases, and that’s good for two reasons. One, they can begin their lives in the United States. Two, if they have loved ones abroad who are also in danger or who are in danger because of their relationship to that individual, they can come to the United States quickly, too. It’s only when the system is overwhelmed by the bad cases that we have a problem.”
“Detention helps make that process move a lot more quickly, and ensures that individuals actually show up for court, and if they’re ordered removed, that they are removed,” said Arthur.
Detention facilities for migrants are indispensable, noted Arthur.
“If we did not have immigration detention, there would be nothing that would stop individuals from coming to the United States and simply being released in this country, and if that happened — we had 143,000 people enter illegally last month — we’d have a million people enter illegally a month,” Arthur stated.  Arthur added, “This wasn’t even a controversial issue under the Obama administration. For some reason, if Donald Trump does it, it’s bad, it’s evil, and it has fascist overtones. That really is what this comes down to.”
Recent derision of migrant detention facilities reflect political and partisan biases against President Donald Trump, assessed Arthur.
“I often say that what many people think about immigration really is what they think about Donald Trump, and I think that Representative Ocasio-Cortez’s statements reflect this,” Arthur said. “She just doesn’t like Donald Trump. She doesn’t like anything that he does, and so she’s opposed to this.”  Arthur continued, “But it’s worse than that, because the fact is, the president sent a supplemental request to Congress — I think six weeks ago — asking for money so that we could more humanely process individuals along the border, and Congress has been sitting on that request because they don’t want to give any more money — the Democrats in the House — don’t want to give any more money, at all, for immigration enforcement at the border.”
“The people who are suffering are the families and the children, and that’s what’s so reprehensible about all of this,” he said. “This isn’t even a discussion that we should have. If this were a tsunami in Sri Lanka, we would be sending money. This is a tsunami on the border, and yet people sit around and they don’t even talk about it. They don’t do anything about it. This is the time for action. People have put themselves and put their children in the hands of criminals. Those people have suffered on the way to the United States.”
Arthur added, “You can read the bipartisan report issued by the Homeland Security Advisory Council to hear about the horrible traumas that these children have gone through on the way to the United States. The president is asking for money so that we can humanely process these people — and especially the children — and get them sorted out to sponsors or alternatively return them to their families back home. And yet nothing gets done. I can’t understand it.”
Mansour invited Arthur’s comments on House Democrats’ opposition to the sharing of information between the departments of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Homeland Security (DHS). The Hill reported: “The [House Democrats’] caucus has been wary of supporting anything that could, directly or indirectly, help enforce Trump’s immigration and border policies. Border funding was pulled out of a disaster aid package amid a stalemate over immigration-related provisions, including when HHS could share information with the Department of Homeland Security about potential sponsors for unaccompanied minors.”
“The reason that they don’t want to do it is purportedly because they don’t want DHS to use the information about the sponsors in order to take removal action against those individuals,” Arthur explained. “But it’s important to note the sponsors with which these children are being placed, I think 78 percent of the time, have no status.”
Arthur continued, “Many — if not most — of those sponsors are the parents who paid the smugglers, the horrible criminals, to bring their children to the United States. So in essence, you have individuals in the United States Congress who are saying that we don’t want to discourage people in the United States from paying criminals to smuggle children over a harrowing 1,000-mile journey through Mexico [in which] two-thirds of all individuals are assaulted, one-third of all women are raped [or] sexually assaulted, and they don’t want to take any action against the parents that are encouraging this kind of behavior.”

Arthur concluded, “The United States government is completing the task of the smugglers. … If you are in the United States, and you have your child brought to this country, you should be known to DHS. DHS should place you into removal proceedings. If you’re eligible for benefits, you should get those benefits, but if you’re not, you should be returned to your country. We don’t want to encourage this behavior, but regrettably, that’s exactly what the position of the Democrats in the House of Representatives is doing, right now, is encouraging people to trust their children to smugglers.”

“The idea that one agency [or] department of the United States government would have information that it just can’t give to another one, that’s when bad things happen,” warned Arthur. “That’s when kids get abused. That’s when kids get trafficked, and that should really make people angry.”

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: ‘I Will
Never Apologize’ for ‘Concentration Camp’



WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 13: U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) speaks during a rally at Howard University May 13, 2019 in Washington, DC. The Sunrise Movement held an event for the final stop of the "Road to a Green New Deal" tour to "explore what the pain of the climate …
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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) declared that she would never apologize for comparing detention facilities at the U.S. border with “concentration camps” in Nazi-occupied Europe.

Ocasio-Cortez made the comparison on a live Instagram video stream on Monday night: “That is exactly what they are. They are concentration camps,” she said, adding that the phrase “never again” — popularly associated with the memory of the Holocaust — “means something.”
Ocasio-Cortez drew criticism all day Tuesday. But she kept doubling down and digging in, first insisting the detention camps met the definition of “concentration camps”; then trying to draw a distinction between “concentration camps” and “death camps”; then arguing that the U.S. had also used “concentration camps” when President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (a Democrat) interned Japanese-Americans during the Second World War. She also spent hours retweeting supportive messages from those on the left who attempted to defend her use of the “concentration camp” analogy. And she resumed her fight Wednesday morning, arguing that the U.S. had “run concentration camps before.”
By then, even CNN had enough. John Avlon — no friend of President Donald Trump — said that Ocasio-Cortez had gone “across the line,” adding: “It’s not that hard to apologize. she should do it. It’s unacceptable.”
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (D-CA) likewise said that she should apologize.
\Ocasio-Cortez tweeted, apparently in response, that she would never apologize:

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez @AOC

The Hill  @thehill
House GOP Leader: Ocasio-Cortez “needs to apologize not only to the nation but to the world” http://hill.cm/biu6vJN 
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On Wednesday morning, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) refused to condemn Ocasio-Cortez’s statement. It was the second time in recent weeks that she has had to defend a member of her caucus accused of antisemitism: she also protected Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) after repeated antisemitic remarks.
Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News. He is a winner of the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship. He is also the co-author of How Trump Won: The Inside Story of a Revolution, which is available from Regnery. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.

Katie Hopkins in Jerusalem Premiering Her Movie On The Danger of Islamism

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Katie Hopkins in Jerusalem Premiering Her
Movie On The Danger of Islamism

British media personality Katie Hopkins was present in Jerusalem for the Israel premiere of her movie “Homelands”. “Homelands” documents the silent exodus of European Jews from Europe due to the growing Jew-hating violence of Islamism. It also focuses on the danger the growing Islamic community in Europe poses to European Christians. This is a must see movie.


“Super excited to be here in the heart of Jerusalem,” Hopkins said in the video. “Despite the best efforts of the very small minded Left… to shut us down – we’ve moved venues three times – still, we have prevailed. Looking forward to welcoming our audience tonight.”
The representative body of British Jewry, Board of Deputies, pressured three venues in Israel to cancel the screening until a location in Jerusalem offered to host it. Sadly, organized Jewish leadership in Britain still remains silent regarding the growing threat of Jew-hatred from Islam. Yes, there is Jew-hatred on the right, as there is Jew-hatred on the left and Jew-hatred from the growing Muslim community in Europe. But Katie Hopkins, and her co-producer, Janice Atkinson are not far-right Jew-haters or Israel haters.
Amos Schonfield, a representative of the Board of Deputies that pressured the Israeli screening locations to cancel the screenings, wrote in an article in the Haaretz newspaper that the movie is an “an openly Islamophobic “documentary”.” How the writer can say such a thing without even seeing the movie is beyond me.
No, the movie is not Islamophobic. It does a very good job of interviewing people in Europe and in Israel who share their personal experiences in Europe. Through these interviews, it also does a wonderful job of showing Israel as the homeland of the Jewish people. There is nothing Islamophobic about it. The movie is filled with factual occurrences that are mostly all known and documented.

Katie Hopkins @KTHopkins

Hopkins was joined in Israel by Janice Atkinson who co-produced the movie with Hopkins. Atkinson is a European MEP in the EU, a member of a faction associated with Marine Le Pen-founded Europe of Nations and Freedom faction. These are associations that displease the leadership of British Jewry, leading them to try so hard to shut down the premiere screening of “Homelands” in Israel.
While it is true that there are plenty of real Jew-haters affiliated with far-right parties in Europe, that does not automatically make all people associated with those parties Jew-haters. As the enemies of the Jewish people are growing in the Western world on the left, right and in the Muslim community, we need to be careful to not paint everyone as a Jew-hater, while standing strong for everyone to denounce the true Jew-haters, on all sides.

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