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https://www.dailywire.com Top Stories From The Daily Wire en-us © 2019 The Daily Wire Fri, 25 Oct 2019 15:13:30 GMT jsonfeed-to-rss 1.1.1 (https://github.com/bcomnes/jsonfeed-to-rss#readme) http://www.rssboard.org/rss-specification https://www.dailywire.com/static/favicon.ico https://www.dailywire.com https://www.dailywire.com/news/klavan-america-doesnt-need-political-heroes-right-now-we-need-responsible-citizens Daily Wire On Thursday’s episode of “The Andrew Klavan Show,” Klavan talks about the difference between heroism and basic civic responsibility. Video and partial transcript below:  I’m probably too charitable, but I like to think that the editors of Vanity Fair sometimes wake up in the middle of the night, in a cold sweat, remembering how they […]
On Thursday’s episode of “The Andrew Klavan Show,” Klavan talks about the difference between heroism and basic civic responsibility. Video and partial transcript below: 

I’m probably too charitable, but I like to think that the editors of Vanity Fair sometimes wake up in the middle of the night, in a cold sweat, remembering how they once put Beto O’Rourke on the cover of their magazine. O’Rourke, who somehow became a Democrat hero by losing to Senator Ted Cruz in Texas, has now revealed himself to be a desperate panderer who trails the field of socialist presidential hopefuls, like an annoying younger brother who won’t go home but just keeps hanging around saying stupid things that embarrass you in front of your friends. 

Beto was recently questioned about a really stupid thing he said by CNN’s Wolf Blitzer. 

BLITZER: You said the other day in an interview with Al Sharpton [that] President Trump, perhaps inspired by Goebbels and the propagandist of the Third Reich, seemed to employ this tactic that the bigger the lie, the more obscene the injustice. The more dizzying the pace of this bizarre behavior, the less likely we’re able to do something about it. Is that not going too far, to make a comparison between the president of the United States and the Nazis? 

O’ROURKE: Find me a better analogy. 

He can’t find a better analogy than Hitler. Some of you may remember Hitler, the guy was an absolute riot in those YouTube videos from the movie “Downfall.” But in real life, he caused the deaths of over 65 million people, some of them in a mass extermination campaign so evil even the devil was impressed. 

In fact, if Trump were even a little tiny bit like Hitler, Beto wouldn’t be saying Trump was like Hitler, because [then] Trump would be like Hitler, and no one would be saying much of anything against him, not to mention the fact that Wolf Blitzer’s chair would be empty. There are no Hitlers in American presidential history not a single one, not even close. Beto can’t find a better analogy because, well, for one thing, he’s an idiot. But for another, he’s a spoiled American who has never faced political evil in his whole spoiled American life, but is nonetheless looking to cast his absurd presidential bid in a heroic light it in no way deserves. 

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Now there are, of course, individual heroes in America and everywhere, and everywhere else people who risk their lives for the good people. Pete Buttigieg served as a naval intelligence officer at Bagram Air Force Base in Afghanistan. That’s pretty heroic too bad about the crappy policies. But there are no political heroes in America because this is not a politically heroic moment. We’re not facing oppression, we’re not facing fascism. We weren’t facing those things under Obama either.

As I said at the time, we faced incompetence. We face government creep, we face a mainstream press that has been corrupted by crony capitalism so that the media’s corporate interests and the interests of big government align. And as always, we face the slow collapse of our extraordinarily free Republic under the weight of slavish human nature.

We are called upon to have enough courage to speak up, to have our videos restricted on YouTube, to get shadow banned on Twitter, to get blacklisted from Hollywood, to get our grades marked down by Leftist professors, to lose sponsors to offend China, maybe at the very worst, to lose our jobs by not toeing the left-wing line. That’s not heroism, that’s basic civic responsibility in a democracy. 

Heroism is when you risk your life against evil, which we don’t have to do here because our government is incompetent, overbearing, overspending, and stupid but evil it ain’t. You can tell it’s not evil because when you say it’s evil, you don’t wake up dead like you do in China, or Russia, or North Korea, or evil places like that.

All our political heroism is fake, and fake heroism causes real danger. The idea that the opposition is evil makes you overreact to election losses. It makes you break the rules of civil engagement, it tempts you to engage in violence where debate is called for, and to hate your fellow Americans instead of seeking to understand what they’re trying to say. 

I support President Trump’s thus far impressively successful presidency, and most especially I support his shakeup of cultural business as usual. I’m appalled by Adam Schiff’s McCarthyite attempts to unseat Trump by non-electoral means, but Adam Schiff is the congressman of my district in California, and you don’t see the cops bursting into the Daily Wire to shoot me down or carry me away when I criticize him. He is a seriously schmuck dude, in my opinion, but he’s not evil. And I’m not a hero for criticizing him. 

The Democrats have lost their minds, the press has lost its integrity, even some on the Right have lost their sense of basic decency, all in the name of fake heroism. 

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https://www.dailywire.com/news/klavan-america-doesnt-need-political-heroes-right-now-we-need-responsible-citizens Fri, 25 Oct 2019 15:13:30 GMT https://www.dailywire.com/news/adam-devine-why-do-women-think-its-okay-to-grab-my-butt Amanda Prestigiacomo Comedic actor Adam Devine is confused why strange women think it’s okay to grab his butt without his consent. “If I’m in a huge group, women just grab my butt as if it’s a thing that’s okay,” Devine said during an interview published Tuesday with Glamour magazine. The “Righteous Gemstones” actor told Glamour that he’s […]
Comedic actor Adam Devine is confused why strange women think it’s okay to grab his butt without his consent.

“If I’m in a huge group, women just grab my butt as if it’s a thing that’s okay,” Devine said during an interview published Tuesday with Glamour magazine.

The “Righteous Gemstones” actor told Glamour that he’s had his “butt cheeks grabbed by at least 25 women,” when asked about “inappropriate” actions of fans.

“Yeah, constantly after shows,” Devine explained. “If I’m in a huge group, women just grab my butt as if it’s a thing that’s okay.”

“And I’m here to say: Ladies, I know it’s a meaty handful and I know it looks scrumptious, but keep those paws to yourselves,” he added.

Devine said he reacts to the groping likely in the same manner women react to such behavior.

“I mean, I feel like I react how a lot of women might react when something weird like that happens: You just awkwardly keep it moving,” he told the magazine. “I’m not going to scream at some girl who just grabbed me, but I don’t know what they thought they were going to get out of that exchange other than a handful of my rump.”

At the height of the MeToo movement, there was little discussion about boys and men being victimized. One of the men to speak up, however, was actor and former NFL player Terry Crews. As noted by The Guardian, Crews claimed he was sexually assaulted by a “high-level Hollywood executive,” though he did not speak out about the incident at the time out “for fear of being ostracized or sent to jail.”

“This whole thing with Harvey Weinstein is giving me PTSD. Why? Because this kind of thing happened to ME,” Crews revealed.

A much smaller male-focused HimToo movement sparked in the wake of MeToo. The movement focused on male victims of sexual assault and rape, as well as males wrongly accused of sexual misconduct. The media were not fond of the movement, however. HuffPost, for example, criticized the movement as the “#AllLivesMatter of sexual assault.”

As noted by USA Today, Devine appeared in a “Funny or Die” video with then-Vice President Joe Biden on campus sexual assault back in 2016. “College should be a safe place for everybody,” the actor says in the skit.

Of course, Biden, who’s currently running for president, has himself been accused of inappropriate touching.

“For years, Biden has been widely criticized by both the Left and the Right for his overly-touchy interactions, partially with young girls and women. Left-wing darling Jon Stewart even ran a segment called ‘The Audacity Of Grope‘ in 2015 mocking such behavior from Biden,” The Daily Wire previously noted.

Moreover, in March, Biden was accused of sexual harassment by Democratic insider and former Nevada Democrat state Senator Lucy Flores. “I felt him get closer to me from behind. He leaned further in and inhaled my hair. I was mortified,” Flores said, recalling her interaction with Biden at a 2014 political rally. “He proceeded to plant a big slow kiss on the back of my head. My brain couldn’t process what was happening. I was embarrassed. I was shocked. I was confused. … I wanted nothing more than to get Biden away from me.”

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https://www.dailywire.com/news/adam-devine-why-do-women-think-its-okay-to-grab-my-butt Fri, 25 Oct 2019 15:06:19 GMT https://www.dailywire.com/news/watch-tulsi-gabbard-will-not-seek-reelection-to-congress Molly Prince Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) revealed on Thursday that she has decided not to seek reelection to her congressional seat in order to focus on her presidential campaign. “Today I’m officially announcing that I will not be seeking reelection to Congress in 2020. Throughout my life, I’ve always made my decisions based on where I felt […]
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) revealed on Thursday that she has decided not to seek reelection to her congressional seat in order to focus on her presidential campaign.

“Today I’m officially announcing that I will not be seeking reelection to Congress in 2020. Throughout my life, I’ve always made my decisions based on where I felt I could do the most good,” Gabbard said in a series of tweets. “In light of the challenges we face, I believe I can best serve the people of Hawai’i [and] our country as President and Commander-in-Chief.”

Gabbard was first elected to serve as the representative to Hawaii’s 2nd Congressional District in 2012 after winning more than 80% of the vote. She was the first Samoan-American and first Hindu member of Congress, and has since held the seat for three more terms.

Gabbard currently sits on the prestigious and powerful House Committee on Financial Services, Committee on Foreign affairs, and Committee on Financial Services.

“As president, I will immediately begin work to end the new cold war [and] nuclear arms race, end our interventionist foreign policy of trying being the world’s police, toppling dictators and governments we don’t like, but instead redirect our precious resources towards serving the needs of the people here at home,” Gabbard continued. “I humbly ask for your support for my candidacy for President of the United States.”

Gabbard is one of 17 major candidates seeking the Democratic nomination for the presidency, and while she has been lagging behind many other candidates in the crowded primary field, her campaign has received renewed attention after a heated exchange with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Clinton seemed to suggest last week that Gabbard is a “Russian asset” who is being “groom[ed]” to run as a third-party candidate. The remarks provoked a fierce rebuke from the Hawaii congresswoman who went after Clinton as the “queen of warmongers, embodiment of corruption, and personification of the rot that has sickened the Democratic Party.”

Gabbard subsequently challenged the twice-failed presidential candidate to jump into the 2020 race for a third time. Clinton famously lost the 2016 presidential election against President Donald Trump in a stunning upset. Even following her failed bid, she has been an outspoken critic of the president and his administration, and has repeatedly and publicly mulled over running for the Democratic nomination in the upcoming election cycle.

“Join me in ushering in a new Democratic Party that is of, by, and for the people,” Gabbard continued on Thursday. “Together, let’s bring integrity and the spirit of putting service before self to the White House, so that our White House can truly be a beacon of light, hope and opportunity for all Americans.”

While the presidential hopeful has met the donor threshold to qualify for the fifth Democratic National Committee (DNC) primary debate, she is still three national polls short of hitting the polling benchmark. However, candidates still have until November 13 to qualify.

As of publication, Gabbard sits at 1.3% support among Democratic primary voters, according to the RealClearPolitics national polling average.

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https://www.dailywire.com/news/watch-tulsi-gabbard-will-not-seek-reelection-to-congress Fri, 25 Oct 2019 15:01:28 GMT https://www.dailywire.com/news/shapiro-maxine-waters-and-al-green-spout-nonsense-at-mark-zuckerberg Daily Wire On Thursday’s episode of “The Ben Shapiro Show,” The Daily Wire editor-in-chief talks about Mark Zuckerberg’s congressional testimony regarding Facebook’s proposed cryptocurrency, Libra. Video and partial transcript below:  So Maxine Waters questioned Zuckerberg, and she asked specifically about whether Zuckerberg was putting out misinformation. AOC did the same thing, [saying] are you willing to put […]
On Thursday’s episode of “The Ben Shapiro Show,” The Daily Wire editor-in-chief talks about Mark Zuckerberg’s congressional testimony regarding Facebook’s proposed cryptocurrency, Libra. Video and partial transcript below: 

So Maxine Waters questioned Zuckerberg, and she asked specifically about whether Zuckerberg was putting out misinformation. AOC did the same thing, [saying] are you willing to put out campaign ads that have overt lies in them? Zuckerberg is like, Well, not if they’re suppressing votes, right. I mean, that has national impact, but it’s not our job to evaluate for our readers true and false [statements] coming from prominent politicians. That’s their job, like more information is better. 

[But] Maxine Waters can’t handle it because Maxine Waters is not a logical human being. 

ZUCKERBERG: Facebook itself actually does not, it does not fact-check. What we do is, we have feedback that that people in our community don’t want to see viral hoaxes or —

WATERS: So let me be clear, you do no fact checking on any ads. Is that correct? 

ZUCKERBERG: Chairwoman, what we do is we work with a set of independent fact checkers who

WATERS: Somebody fact-checks on ads. You contract with someone to do that, is that right? 

ZUCKERBERG: Chairwoman, yes. 

WATERS: And tell me, who is it that they fact-check on? 

I mean, she just saying nonsensical questions. She’s conflating everything right there. The policy of Facebook is that when politicians put out ads, they do not fact-check the ads [in order to take them] down, because they feel the fact checkers are then going to fact-check those ads when it comes to people putting out direct attacks on people that are not politicians. 

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When it comes to political speech, in other words, Facebook takes a pretty broad view, supposedly. When it comes to an advertiser who is advertising a product and they’re slandering somebody, then Facebook won’t put that up. That seems fairly clear. But these people don’t understand, even like the basics of how Facebook works. Why? Because they just decided that Big Tech is the bad guy unless they can control big tech, like listen to what they actually want. 

Here’s some of the dumb those were the more intelligent questions, believe it or not. You ready for this one? Here’s Al Green, Representative Al Green … asking how many LGBT people work on the [cryptocurrency] Libra. What? What now? That’s like saying how many gay people work at the United States Mint. Like what does that have to do with anything? Like, would it make the U.S. dollar less legitimate if there are fewer than 3% of the people who work on the U.S. dollar are gay? Here’s Green being a complete moron:

GREEN: One would assume that you would know who heads these corporations that are going to be running this global company? How many of them are minorities, Mr. Zuckerberg? 

ZUCKERBERG: Congressman, I do not know off the top of my head. 

GREEN: Are there any members of the LGBTQ-plus community associated with this association, Mr. Zuckerberg? 

What? Okay stop, How many transgender people are working on Libra? Like you’re getting called in from Congress, I feel like Congress may have overstepped its boundaries just a little bit. And listen, I don’t trust Zuckerberg, and I don’t trust anybody — listen, I don’t trust anybody in Big Tech to keep to their promises, but Zuckerberg has at least articulated a standard. 

You think I trust Al Green, who is questioning whether Libra should be able to go forward based on how many people who believe they’re a member of the opposite sex are working on the tech for Libra? It’s insanity. You want those people in charge of the country? 

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https://www.dailywire.com/news/shapiro-maxine-waters-and-al-green-spout-nonsense-at-mark-zuckerberg Fri, 25 Oct 2019 15:00:24 GMT https://www.dailywire.com/news/impeachment-wire-the-latest-on-the-effort-to-impeach-president-trump Josh Hammer What a week in the Trump impeachment saga! In bad news for President Trump, national polling appears now to be narrowly in favor of impeachment. As of October 23, 2019, FiveThirtyEight indicates that Americans now support impeachment by a 5.6% margin. This is a 0.7% larger margin than at the time of last Election Wire, […]
What a week in the Trump impeachment saga!

In bad news for President Trump, national polling appears now to be narrowly in favor of impeachment. As of October 23, 2019, FiveThirtyEight indicates that Americans now support impeachment by a 5.6% margin. This is a 0.7% larger margin than at the time of last Election Wire, but it still represents a dramatic flip from barely over one month ago, when Americans opposed impeachment by a whopping 15% margin toward the middle of September.

The situation, on the ground, still represents something of a stalemate. Many of those close to the president continue to defy House Democrats’ subpoena requests. On the other hand, the testimony last week of U.S. ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland and the testimony this week from U.S. ambassador to Ukraine Bill Taylor are shaping up to be deeply problematic for President Trump. When combined with Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney’s now-infamous slip last week about the president’s decision to withhold Ukraine aid before receiving assurance about 2016 election-related corruption inquiries, the impeachment momentum has seemingly shifted to a position that places Trump and his political/legal team on the defensive. At the same time, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi still seems reluctant to hold a House-wide impeachment authorization vote — and the longer she delays that vote, the more confident Trump and Republicans can feel that Pelosi perhaps lacks the votes she needs right now to formally impeach.

Impeachment-related momentum does seem to be legitimately shifting against the president right now, and his inner circle would do well to double down in an earnest attempt to rebut the ascendant narrative that Trump’s summertime phone call with Ukraine’s Zelensky is indeed impeachment-worthy. The White House is heavily considering the hiring of a chief strategist to head up the impeachment fight, and this seems like a good idea. The White House is currently losing the public relations battle, which is troublesome, in no small part, because impeachment itself in the House of Representatives is a malleable political standard. Anything the White House could do to present a compelling counter-narrative would be helpful. It is true that House Democrats would be politically wise to engage in a more transparent, historically grounded, and overall “fair” — meaning inclusion of basic procedural normal, such as full due process and the ability of the House minority to cross-examine and subpoena witnesses — impeachment process. After all, impeachment and conviction of a sitting U.S. president is a radically undemocratic maneuver that overturns the results of a freely held election, and it would be harmful to the nation’s political fabric if most of the citizenry viewed the impeachment process as tyrannical and reminiscent of the old English Star Chamber. At the same time, Trump and the GOP simply must do better, in pushing back against Pelosi, Adam Schiff, and House Democrats, than simply railing against House Democrats’ “Soviet tactics.” Republicans are right to flag this, but their counter-narrative must also be substantive in addition to purely procedural.

The constitutional standard for impeachment is clear: It is purely political. As Alexander Hamilton explained in The Federalist No. 65, impeachment of a president may be properly considered for all “offenses which proceed from the misconduct of public men, or, in other words, from the abuse or violation of some public trust.” There is no black-letter legal guideline for what this may comprise; instead, the Constitution’s Framers relied upon Congress exercising prudence in its political judgment.

Looking ahead, it will be fascinating to see whether Pelosi holds a House-wide impeachment authorization vote soon — and whether that planned vote (or lack thereof) affects the dilatory tactics that those close to Trump are currently employing, with respect to witness subpoenaing.

This piece will be frequently updated.

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https://www.dailywire.com/news/impeachment-wire-the-latest-on-the-effort-to-impeach-president-trump Fri, 25 Oct 2019 14:45:05 GMT https://www.dailywire.com/news/kanye-says-he-asked-jesus-is-king-employees-not-to-have-premarital-sex-hits-porn Amanda Prestigiacomo Kanye West asked people working on his new album “Jesus is King” to refrain from premarital sex, the musical talent said Thursday, during an interview with Zane Lowe of Beats 1. West also talked about the over-saturation of porn in our culture, stating bluntly that it’s “not okay.” “When collaborating with others on ‘Jesus Is […]
Kanye West asked people working on his new album “Jesus is King” to refrain from premarital sex, the musical talent said Thursday, during an interview with Zane Lowe of Beats 1. West also talked about the over-saturation of porn in our culture, stating bluntly that it’s “not okay.”

“When collaborating with others on ‘Jesus Is King,’ West set up some lifestyle guidelines that they would have to abide by in order be part of the project,” Billboard reported. “Yeezy asked others to fast during portions of creating and also not partake in any premarital sex at times, which he knew would receive some blowback once it became public.”

“There were times where I was asking people not to have premarital sex while they were working on the album,” West told Lowe, noting, “When people pray together and fast together, the power is increased.”

The 42-year-old explained that he no longer views himself as a “slave” to the music industry, but as a “free” “son of God” spreading the gospel.

“Now that I’m in service to Christ, my job is to spread the gospel, to let people know what Jesus has done for me,” said West. “I’ve spread a lot of things. There was a time I was letting you know what high fashion had done for me, I was letting you know what the Hennessey had done for me, but now I’m letting you know what Jesus has done for me, and in that I’m no longer a slave, I’m a son now, a son of God. I’m free.”

The “Gold Digger” rapper revealed that he first interacted with porn at just five years old, and it quickly became a habit he had to kick.

“My dad had a Playboy left out at age five and it’s affected almost every choice I made for the rest of my life from age five to now, having to kick the habit,” he told Lowe. “It just presents itself in the open like it’s okay. I stand up and say, ‘You know, it’s not okay.’”

West’s Christian identity has become increasingly public, including his new album set for release on Friday having the appropriate title of “Jesus is King.”

As noted by The Daily Wire, California-area pastor Adam Tyson revealed during a podcast last week that West told him he has been “radically saved” by Christ.

“[Kanye] said, ‘About five weeks ago, I got radically saved,’” Tyson told Christian outlet Apologia, XXL magazine reported. “He just started telling me a little about his testimony.”

According to the pastor, West told him that he was raised as a Christian but began “chasing all the things of this world” after hitting it big in the music industry. “He would say the devil basically brought him to a place where he just felt like he was in bondage to his sin. So he said, ‘I got delivered.’”

“One time, he (West) told me that he wasn’t going to rap,” Tyson recalled. “I said, ‘Why not?’ He said, ‘Well, that’s the devil’s music.’ I said, ‘Hey, man. Rap is a genre. You can rap for God’ I think he was already thinking about it a little bit, but I just definitely said, ‘Hey, bro. I think you need to use your talents that God’s given you and use that platform for God.’”

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https://www.dailywire.com/news/kanye-says-he-asked-jesus-is-king-employees-not-to-have-premarital-sex-hits-porn Fri, 25 Oct 2019 13:36:10 GMT https://www.dailywire.com/news/klavan-the-new-york-times-loves-the-deep-state Andrew Klavan  The New York Times, a former newspaper, is now openly extolling the Deep State, pushing the narrative that we should thank our lucky stars that a cabal of unelected bureaucrats and spies is working diligently to undermine the duly elected President of the United States. Times columnist James B. Stewart has written a whole book […]
 The New York Times, a former newspaper, is now openly extolling the Deep State, pushing the narrative that we should thank our lucky stars that a cabal of unelected bureaucrats and spies is working diligently to undermine the duly elected President of the United States.

Times columnist James B. Stewart has written a whole book on the subject: Deep State: Trump, the FBI and The Rule of Law.

“In a sense, [Trump] is right,” Stewart told a smiling Savannah Guthrie on the Today Show. “There is a Deep State, there is a bureaucracy in our country who has pledged to respect the Constitution, respect the rule of law. They do not work for the President, they work for the American people. And as [former FBI Director James] Comey told me… ‘Thank goodness for that.’”

Michelle Cottle, a member of the Times editorial board, echoed him with a column headlined, “They Are Not the Resistance. They Are Not a Cabal. They Are Public Servants.”

“President Trump is right,” she wrote. “The deep state is alive and well. But it is not the sinister, antidemocratic cabal of his fever dreams. It is, rather, a collection of patriotic public servants…”

Like so much in the Times these days, these lies aren’t even smart. If these spies and bureaucrats are protecting the Constitution, let me ask this: where are they mentioned in the Constitution? The Constitution provides for a president, a legislature, courts. But it nowhere establishes an unelected collection of conspirators to spy on, leak on and foil the intentions of our duly elected representatives. Officials who work for the American people are elected by the American people and can be unelected by them. What exactly is our recourse if we want these glorious Deep State Heroes to stop doing what they’re doing and allow our President to get on with what we elected him to do?

The Times is selling this intellectual trash hard in hopes of delegitimizing the soon-to-be-released findings of the Department of Justice Inspector General Report on the shenanigans committed by Comey, John Brennan and the rest of Barack Obama’s law and intelligence agencies as they apparently worked to destroy the campaign of the Republican out to defeat Obama’s chosen successor Hillary Clinton.

DOJ Prosecutor John Durham’s investigation into that apparent malfeasance has reportedly now become a criminal investigation, causing potential perps like Comey and Brennan to lawyer up. The Timesand the rest of the left are desperate to get their counter narrative out before an Obama scheme unravels for all to see.

The nonsense Deep State Heroes narrative is also being used to glamorize Congressman Adam Schiff’s so-called impeachment investigation during which behind-locked-doors testimony is selectively leaked to the mainstream media who then dutifully bring it to the public as “mounting evidence” of Trump’s impeachability.

“Trump’s War on the Deep State Turns Against Him,” is the way the Times is trying to sell us this McCarthyite coup attempt.

“The impeachment inquiry is in some ways the culmination of a battle between the president and the government institutions he distrusted and disparaged,” we’re told triumphantly.

But again, if you work out the underlying argument, you find it’s absurd. We’re supposed to think: Obama’s minions bugging phones on which candidate Trump may have spoken, inserting agents into Trump’s campaign, and leaking what we now know were false stories to the press about Trump’s non-existent collusion with Russia — all these things are wonderful patriotic actions. But Donald Trump asking Ukraine to investigate corruption that may have involved Joe Biden’s son — this, by all that’s holy, is an impeachable offense!

In other words, it’s good when we conspire to do it whole hog but it’s criminal when you sort of kind of do it, because shut up.

It’s no mystery why we’re supposed to root for the Shadow Men to undo our votes. It’s because the Democrats don’t think they can beat Trump in the next election.

You remember elections, don’t you, New York Times? They’re the way we choose who governs us, not through a cabal of invisible, unelected bureaucrats and spies.

Related: DOJ Administrative Review Into Russia Probe Takes Serious Turn

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https://www.dailywire.com/news/klavan-the-new-york-times-loves-the-deep-state Fri, 25 Oct 2019 12:37:00 GMT https://www.dailywire.com/news/houston-astros-fire-assistant-gm-after-incident-in-locker-room-with-female-reporters James Barrett A time that should have been marked by triumphant celebration ended up being a moment one member of the Houston Astros’ staff has come to regret. Astros Assistant General Manager Brandon Taubman’s locker room comment to female reporters after the Astros’ defeated the New York Yankees in Game 6 of the American League Championship series […]
A time that should have been marked by triumphant celebration ended up being a moment one member of the Houston Astros’ staff has come to regret.

Astros Assistant General Manager Brandon Taubman’s locker room comment to female reporters after the Astros’ defeated the New York Yankees in Game 6 of the American League Championship series on Saturday has cost him his job.

According to Sports Illustrated, Taubman repeatedly yelled at a group of female reporters after the game, “Thank God we got Osuna!  I’m so f***ing glad we got Osuna!”

Taubman was referencing closer Roberto Osuna, who was traded to the Astros by the Toronto Blue Jays after being suspended for 75 games by Major League Baseball for domestic violence.

Here is how Sports Illustrated first reported the incident, which the magazine framed as an example of “MLB’s forgive-and-forget attitude toward domestic violence”:

[I]n the center of the room, assistant general manager Brandon Taubman turned to a group of three female reporters, including one wearing a purple domestic-violence awareness bracelet, and yelled, half a dozen times, “Thank God we got Osuna! I’m so f—— glad we got Osuna!”

The outburst was offensive and frightening enough that another Houston staffer apologized. The Astros declined to comment. They also declined to make Taubman available for an interview.

Initially, the Astros claimed that Sports Illustrated was fabricating the story, describing it as “misleading and completely irresponsible.”

“The story posted by Sports Illustrated is misleading and completely irresponsible,” the statement read. “An Astros player was being asked questions about a difficult outing. Our executive was supporting the player at a difficult time. His comments had everything to do about the game situation that just occurred and nothing else — they were also not directed at any specific reporters. We are extremely disappointed in Sports Illustrated’s attempt to fabricate a story where one does not exist.”

But after an investigation by the league, the team released a statement on Thursday announcing that they were “wrong” in their initial assessment and that Taubman was out.

“During the past two days, the Astros pro-actively assisted Major League Baseball in interviewing Astros employees as part of MLB’s investigation of the events published in the recent Sports Illustrated article. Major League Baseball also separately interviewed members of the media over the past 24 hours,” the statement read.

“Our initial investigation led us to believe that Brandon Taubman’s inappropriate comments were not directed toward any reporter,” the statement continued. “We were wrong. We sincerely apologize to Stephanie Apstein, Sports Illustrated and to all individuals who witnessed this incident or were offended by the inappropriate conduct. The Astros in no way intended to minimize the issues related to domestic violence.”

“Our initial belief was based on witness statements about the incident,” the Astros explained. “Subsequent interviews have revealed that Taubman’s inappropriate comments were. in fact, directed toward one or more reporters. Accordingly we have terminated Brandon Taubman’s employment with the Houston Astros. His conduct does not reflect the values of our organization and we believe this is the most appropriate course of action.”

As reported by Sports Illustrated on Thursday, Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said the team was “wrong” for initially dismissing the SI claim. The initial statement, he said, “should have never been sent.”

“That original reaction by the Astros was wrong, and we own it as an organization,” Luhnow said. “There were many people involved in reviewing that and approving that, and I’m not going to get into the details of that. It was wrong. It was the Astros’ decision.”

Related: MLB Will Investigate Umpire Who Posted ‘Violent’ Pro-Trump Tweet

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https://www.dailywire.com/news/houston-astros-fire-assistant-gm-after-incident-in-locker-room-with-female-reporters Fri, 25 Oct 2019 12:23:15 GMT https://www.dailywire.com/news/women-heckle-harvey-weinstein-during-actors-event-get-escorted-out Paul Bois Just when you believed that Harvey Weinstein had permanently faded into obscurity, the Hollywood mogul resurfaced just in time for Halloween. According to The Hollywood Reporter (THR), the disgraced producer was publicly heckled by three women and several performers while attending an Actor’s Hour event Wednesday night at the Downtime bar in New York City, […]
Just when you believed that Harvey Weinstein had permanently faded into obscurity, the Hollywood mogul resurfaced just in time for Halloween.

According to The Hollywood Reporter (THR), the disgraced producer was publicly heckled by three women and several performers while attending an Actor’s Hour event Wednesday night at the Downtime bar in New York City, which eventually culminated in the women being escorted out by staff.

In a lengthy Twitter thread, comedienne Amber Rollo, who was attending the event, claimed that Actor’s Hour invited Harvey Weinstein to what is billed as a “speakeasy for actors.” When comedienne Kelly Bachmann took the stage to perform, she quickly addressed the “Freddy Krueger in the room.”

“I was shocked to see him out, but not because I thought he would have shame, he is a sociopath and clearly has no shame. I’m shocked that he was at an event put on by and for artists,” said Rollo. “Not only was he invited, he was supported. My friend and badass comedian Kelly Bachman was performing on the show and when she went after the ‘Freddy Krueger’ in the room she was booed and told to shut up.”

“Some people didn’t realize what was going on, some artists knew and were scared and some were outright supporting this f***ing serial rapist monster,” she continued.

Amber Rollo went on to claim that a woman in the audience began to cry as she shouted at Harvey Weinstein, which resulted in her being escorted out.

“At the show’s intermission, a woman started yelling about him being there. She was shouting and crying and seemed to be the only sane person there. SHE was kicked out. What the actual f**k?!” she said. “Let me explain that one more time, an event that was supposed to support actors and artists invited a serial rapist who has ruined at least 87 actors[‘] lives and supported that monster over an actor in the room. They supported HIM over all the actors in the room.”

The woman escorted out of the room has since been identified as Zoe Stuckless, who wrote on Facebook that she decided to confront Weinstein after reflecting upon his alleged victims.

“I thought about all the voices that have been silenced over the years,” said Stuckless. “I thought about the artists, the women, who are paralyzed by the same fear I felt, surrounded by colleagues who were intimidated into a culture of silence and passivity. The room was a microcosm of our whole community. And I couldn’t sit there and let him laugh. So I spoke up.”

“In some ways, tonight was a horrible, painful reminder of the power a man like Weinstein holds even now,” she continued. “It was a reminder that even in this time of relative awareness it is hypnotically easy to be pulled into a culture of silence. However, it is also a reminder that our voices have so much more power when we stand together.”

After significant backlash on social media, a spokesperson for Downtime clarified that staff escorted the woman out for disturbing the peace.

“We want to address some concerns about a recent incident at Downtime,” a spokesperson wrote on Facebook, as reported by THR. “A company called Actors Hour rented our bar for a private event, with a guest list all their own. Shortly into the evening, one guest began heckling another, causing a disturbance to everyone in attendance. After several requests to stop were ignored, we kindly asked the heckler to leave.”

“Please know that our goal at Downtime is to create an environment where everyone feels welcome. We respect the privacy of our patrons and event partners, and want to ensure that all guests are treated equally, with the same service and respect,” the statement continued. “In keeping with this goal, we made a decision that would allow the evening to continue as planned. Thank you, Downtime.”

A representative for Weinstein subsequently told The Hollywood Reporter that the incident highlights how an individual’s rights can be eroded before any due process or conviction has taken place.

“Harvey Weinstein was out with friends enjoying the music and trying to find some solace in his life that has been turned upside down,” the statement said. “This scene was uncalled for, downright rude and an example of how due process today is being squashed by the public, trying to take it away in the courtroom too.”

The statement also claimed that Weinstein was open to talking with the woman and did not ask that she be escorted out.

“As an aside — Harvey in fact suggested the woman should be allowed to talk and ask him any questions. The venue’s personnel asked the woman to leave, not Harvey’s. I would just point out that he is being treated as if he has been convicted,” the statement continued. “Accusations are, in fact, not convictions. Due process is still the foundation of each and every one of our civil rights in this country. Please don’t lose sight of that definitive conviction when you write. Anyone should be allowed to be there if they are acting in accordance with the norms of the space. As for the name calling, it was 100 percent not anyone in HW’s employ and not someone speaking on HW’s behalf.”

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https://www.dailywire.com/news/women-heckle-harvey-weinstein-during-actors-event-get-escorted-out Fri, 25 Oct 2019 11:15:42 GMT https://www.dailywire.com/news/breaking-doj-administrative-review-into-russia-probe-takes-serious-turn Ryan Saavedra The U.S. Department of Justice’s administrative review into the origins of the Russia investigation has a taken a major turn into a full-fledged criminal investigation. The review, led by U.S. attorney John Durham, has shifted from being an administrative review into being a criminal investigation, The New York Times reported, noting that the move gives […]
The U.S. Department of Justice’s administrative review into the origins of the Russia investigation has a taken a major turn into a full-fledged criminal investigation.

The review, led by U.S. attorney John Durham, has shifted from being an administrative review into being a criminal investigation, The New York Times reported, noting that the move gives Durham “the power to subpoena for witness testimony and documents, to impanel a grand jury and to file criminal charges.”

The Times immediately tried to frame the move as being seen by many that Trump is “using the Justice Department to go after his perceived enemies.”

“Mr. Barr’s reliance on Mr. Durham, a widely respected and veteran prosecutor who has investigated C.I.A. torture and broken up Mafia rings, could help insulate the attorney general from accusations that he is doing the president’s bidding and putting politics above justice,” The Times added.

DOJ guidelines state that federal investigators must have a “reasonable indication” that a crime has been committed before they can open up an investigation, and that “there must be an objective, factual basis for initiating the investigation; a mere hunch is insufficient.”

“Mr. Durham has indicated he wants to interview former officials who ran the C.I.A. in 2016 but has yet to question either Mr. Brennan or James R. Clapper Jr., the former director of national intelligence,” The Times added. “Some C.I.A. officials have retained criminal lawyers in anticipation of being interviewed.”

Fox News reported on Tuesday that Barr’s investigation had “expanded based on new evidence uncovered during a recent trip to Rome with Attorney General Bill Barr.”

“The sources said Durham was ‘very interested’ to question former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and former CIA Director John Brennan, an anti-Trump critic who recently dismissed the idea,” Fox News added. “The two Obama administration officials were at the helm when the unverified and largely discredited Steele dossier, written by British ex-spy Christopher Steele and funded by the Hillary Clinton campaign and Democratic National Committee, was used to justify a secret surveillance warrant against former Trump adviser Carter Page.”

The Daily Beast reported at the start of the month that Barr and Durham were interested in “what the Italian secret service knew about Joseph Mifsud, the erstwhile professor from Malta who had allegedly promised then-candidate Donald Trump’s campaign aide George Papadopoulos he could deliver Russian ‘dirt’ on Hillary Clinton.”

“The Italian justice ministry’s public records show that Mifsud had applied for police protection in Italy after disappearing from Link University, where he worked and, in doing so, had given a taped deposition to explain just why people might want to harm him,” The Daily Beast continued. “A source in the Italian Ministry of Justice, speaking on the condition of anonymity, told The Daily Beast that Barr and Durham were played the tape.”

The Daily Beast added that another source with the Italian government confirmed that Barr and Durham “were shown other evidence the Italians had on Mifsud.”

Barr and Durham have also reached out to Australia and the United Kingdom as part of their investigation into the origins of the FBI’s investigation into the Trump campaign.

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https://www.dailywire.com/news/breaking-doj-administrative-review-into-russia-probe-takes-serious-turn Fri, 25 Oct 2019 00:48:26 GMT https://www.dailywire.com/news/study-data-suggests-conservative-content-leads-to-de-radicalization-not-radicalization James Barrett A new study out of Penn State’s Political Science Department found that rather than conservative content online leading to radicalization, as the popular “gateway” narrative insists, the reverse appears to be true. The study, titled “A Supply and Demand Framework for YouTube Politics,” published online in October, takes a closer look at the popular narrative that […]
A new study out of Penn State’s Political Science Department found that rather than conservative content online leading to radicalization, as the popular “gateway” narrative insists, the reverse appears to be true.

The study, titled “A Supply and Demand Framework for YouTube Politics,” published online in October, takes a closer look at the popular narrative that YouTube serves as a “radicalizing agent,” particularly for the right. Conservative content, the narrative goes, supposedly acts as a “gateway” for viewers, potentially leading them to the fringes of the far-right.

But, as Birkbeck University of London’s Eric Kaufman puts it in his succinct summary of the study’s key finding, “Contrary to the ‘gateway drug’ narrative,” the new study “shows the Intellectual Dark Web (i.e. [Jordan Peterson], [PragerU], [Joe Rogan], [Ben Shapiro], [Rubin Report]) is de-radicalizing potential Alt-Right viewers.”

The study’s authors, Kevin Munger and Joseph Phillips, offer five categories of the Alternative Influence Network (AIN), highly influential thinkers and commentators who have risen up to be competitive voices with the mainstream media. The first category is the left-most flank, the “Liberals,” like Joe Rogan. The second are the slightly more right “Skeptics,” who push back against some of leftist orthodoxy, among them Carl Benjamin, Jordan Peterson, and Dave Rubin.

The third, slightly more right category, are the “Conservatives,” including “Steven Crowder, famous for setting up booths at college campuses challenging people to ‘change his mind’ about a conservative/pro-Trump belief; Ben Shapiro, a former Breitbart reporter known for criticizing the left for their use of ‘feelings over facts’; and Dennis Prager, host of ‘PragerU,’ a channel that expresses conservative viewpoints with an educational motif.” Here’s how the study describes the Conservatives’ ideology:

Like the Skeptics, they often lampoon the use of identity politics and de-platforming by  mainstream progressive social  movements, but  unlike skeptics, they also disagree with mainstream liberals in principle. They tend to have more traditional pro-market and socially conservative beliefs. They are different from further-right segments of the AIN, however, in that they explicitly oppose anti-semitism and open appeals to race.

The fourth category is the Alt-Lite, which generally attempts to antagonize or troll the Left and sometimes espouses racial ideology. The fifth category is the racist Alt-Right, which is “firmly committed to a far-right ideology” and often expresses “strong anti-semitism and the belief that white people are are genetically superior” and “advocate for an all-white ethnostate” and end to non-white immigration.

The study found that with the “skyrocketing” of Conservative content online, despite a similar increase in Alt-Lite and Alt-Right content, the total views of Conservative content continued to climb while far-right traffic steeply declined. According to trends, the researchers conclude, the proliferation of Conservative content, produced by the likes of Shapiro and Crowder, has more likely helped de-radicalize viewers than radicalize them, as the popular narrative has assumed:

Between 2013 and 2016, all segments of the AIN, including the Alt-Lite and Alt-Right, rose in viewership. However, since the middle of 2017, both of these ideological segments of the AIN have seen a steep decline in viewership. By contrast, Conservative and Liberal content creators who have much more in common with mainstream discourse than other segments of the AIN have either continued to grow or plateaued in viewership. These patterns are inconsistent with radicalization happening at a major scale; indeed, from these data alone, de-radicalization seems a more plausible baseline hypothesis. This does not rule out the possibility that some people are making the ideological journey from Liberals to Skeptics to the far-right, but this is certainly not the dominant trend.

Right around the time viewership of Conservative content started skyrocketing, Conservative content creation also rose dramatically.  Conversely, despite the Alt-Lite and Alt-Right stepping up its content creation activity in 2017-2018, viewership of such content has been declining.

Our preferred explanation for these trends are as follows: Previous increases in viewership of Alt-Lite, and to a lesser extent, Alt-Right content reflected such content being the most ideologically adjacent to conservative users. This content did not align with most users’ views, however, and increased competition from traditional Conservative and Liberal viewpoints enticed large portions of this audience to abandon what was once the only game in town.

“[A]lternative voices on YouTube discuss topics mainstream media fails to touch, which may help them feature more prominently in search results and recommendations,” the study’s conclusion reads. “However, since 2017, viewership of the furthest-right content has declined despite increases in the supply of such content. In its place has been the rise of more mainstream-adjacent conservative and liberal creators, consistent with a large share of users finding ideological communities that best fit their ideal points.”

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https://www.dailywire.com/news/study-data-suggests-conservative-content-leads-to-de-radicalization-not-radicalization Thu, 24 Oct 2019 23:21:42 GMT https://www.dailywire.com/news/feminist-democrat-media-wont-let-us-speak-out-against-males-competing-in-womens-sports James Barrett In an interview on his Fox News show Wednesday night, host Tucker Carlson spoke with Women’s Liberation Front board member Kara Dansky — a self-described “lifelong” Democrat — about the controversy swirling around the latest championship won by a biological male in a women’s sports competition. In response to Carlson’s questions about transgender cyclist Rachel McKinnon […]
In an interview on his Fox News show Wednesday night, host Tucker Carlson spoke with Women’s Liberation Front board member Kara Dansky — a self-described “lifelong” Democrat — about the controversy swirling around the latest championship won by a biological male in a women’s sports competition.

In response to Carlson’s questions about transgender cyclist Rachel McKinnon — a biological male who just set a world record in a women’s track cycling championship — Dansky said that many on the Left strongly oppose the transgender agenda but are “subjected to a media blackout.”

“I just want to say there are many Democrats and people who identify as being on the Left who are very angry about the takeover of women’s sports and how the Democratic Party is handling gender identity,” said Dansky.

Dansky then underscored that she is a “lifelong” Democrat but has found that her voice has been silenced by her own side, particularly the mainstream media.

“I am a lifelong member of the Democratic Party and many of us can’t get a voice on this issue in most media,” said Dansky.

“If you had told me … five years ago that there would be a consensus in Washington that you are not allowed to question any of this stuff, I would have said that was insane,” said Carlson. “Today, there is that consensus. It’s dangerous to even raise questions about it.”

Citing McKinnon’s championship in Manchester, Dansky said, “There are many feminist women who are questioning the right of male athletes to compete in women’s sports, and this seems to be unacceptable for us to take this position.”

“But we will continue to take this position that it is unacceptable for males to compete in women’s sports,” Dansky stressed. “It is very important in this country for the purposes of maintaining Title IX protection for women and girls …”

When Carlson pointed out that just by making this “reality-based case,” Dansky is risking “physical harm,” Dansky agreed that the consequences — physical, social and professional — for simply “voicing concerns” about the safety and rights of girls and women are dire.

“Physical harm, social ostracization, risk to livelihood. I personally know several women who have been fired from positions for voicing concerns for the rights, privacy, and safety of women and girls,” said Dansky.

“I want to also just make the point that many of your viewers may not understand, that there are many people on the political Left — including, especially, feminists, lesbians, gay men and bisexual people — who are gravely concerned about what the Democratic Party is doing on the topic of gender identity and pushing the notion that men can be women and women can be men,” she said. “Which is, first of all, regressive politically because it aligns with the notion of gender, which we want to abolish. But it’s also just inaccurate scientifically.”

“There are many Democrats who are willing to say this, but many of your viewers might not know that because we are subjected to a media blackout,” she said.

The reason no one hears pushback from the political Left, she said, is because NPR, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and the rest of the left-leaning mainstream media will not give them “a voice.”

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The Women’s Liberation Front is a radical feminist group which lists among its goals to “disrupt and ultimately end the propagation and enforcement of the gender hierarchy, because women’s liberation can only be won when the caste system called gender has been abolished.”

Related: Trans Athlete Wins Women’s World Cycling Competition, Again; Slams ‘Transphobic’ Critics

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https://www.dailywire.com/news/feminist-democrat-media-wont-let-us-speak-out-against-males-competing-in-womens-sports Thu, 24 Oct 2019 21:37:21 GMT https://www.dailywire.com/news/prageru-finds-creative-way-to-bring-attention-to-youtube-censorship James Barrett Conservative non-profit PragerU is facing off with tech giant YouTube in court on Friday over the platform’s continued restriction of dozens of PragerU videos that the nonprofit says has far more to do with ideology than any supposedly “neutral” criteria imposed by YouTube. Ahead of the legal showdown, PragerU has figured out a creative way […]
Conservative non-profit PragerU is facing off with tech giant YouTube in court on Friday over the platform’s continued restriction of dozens of PragerU videos that the nonprofit says has far more to do with ideology than any supposedly “neutral” criteria imposed by YouTube.

Ahead of the legal showdown, PragerU has figured out a creative way to give the public — and YouTube employees — a chance to see some of the videos the platform has decided to restrict from children and others.

As the organization announced in a Facebook post this week, PragerU will be driving a box truck with giant LED screens around Silicon Valley on Thursday to promote its content and its cause. Organizers of the mobile screening say they plan to spend a lot of time directly in front of the YouTube headquarters as well HQs of some other big tech companies.

In an interview with PJ Media Tuesday, PragerU’s Chief Marketing Officer Craig Strazzeri summarized the plan of action and their rationale for rolling out the LED screen-covered truck.

“We rented a box truck with LED video screens on the side and we’re going to be playing all the PragerU videos that YouTube has restricted,” Strazzeri told the outlet. The plan, he said, will be to buzz the towers of industry giants Google, Twitter, and Facebook ahead of their big day in court Friday.

“It’s obvious that our videos are educational and appropriate for young people,” he said, countering YouTube’s defense that they are applying a consistent standard for restricting content.

“All young people should be watching our videos,” Strazzeri added. “We do hope that lots of people will be given the chance to see our videos.”

The restricted video truck stunt, Strazzeri suggested, is part of their effort to not just win in California court but “win in the court of public opinion.”

The case that kicks off Friday is one of two lawsuits — one state-level and the other federal — PragerU has brought against Google/YouTube related to the restriction of its educational content. The federal case was heard by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in August and is still awaiting a verdict.

The state-level case provides the nonprofit a chance to level additional complaints regarding breach of contract and consumer fraud.

PragerU maintains that YouTube handles their content differently than other publishers, unfairly limiting the reach of some videos by designating them as restricted. The organization’s consumer fraud complaint stems from their contention that YouTube promises to be an ideologically and politically neutral platform but instead allows bias to influence how it treats content and publishers. Tyler O’Neil summarizes the case:

In the California case, PragerU brought four separate claims against Google and YouTube: that the companies violated the free speech protections of Article 1 Section 2 of the California Constitution; that they violated the Unruh Civil Rights Act by engaging in political and viewpoint discrimination against PragerU; that they violated the state’s business code through unfair competition; and that they breached the implied terms of their contract.

Over 80 of PragerU’s videos have been “restricted” and over 40 have been demonetized by the platform. The nature and specifics of the content, PragerU says, do not warrant such action and similar content online that has not be restricted or demonetized is evidence of viewpoint discrimination and unfair practices.

Related: Leaked Google Doc Describes Shapiro, Peterson, PragerU As ‘Nazis Using The Dog Whistles’

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https://www.dailywire.com/news/prageru-finds-creative-way-to-bring-attention-to-youtube-censorship Thu, 24 Oct 2019 20:40:25 GMT https://www.dailywire.com/news/kmart-australia-pulls-kiddie-bride-costume-after-complaints-it-promotes-child-brides Paul Bois In 2019, children can dress up as the Devil, Dracula, or a Jersey Shore castmember … But a little girl can’t dress up as a future bride? According to News.com.au, a Kmart in Australia pulled a kiddie bride costume from its shelves after a Melbourne woman named Shannon B. launched a Change.org petition, claiming the […]
In 2019, children can dress up as the Devil, Dracula, or a Jersey Shore castmember … But a little girl can’t dress up as a future bride?

According to News.com.au, a Kmart in Australia pulled a kiddie bride costume from its shelves after a Melbourne woman named Shannon B. launched a Change.org petition, claiming the costume trivializes child brides and sex trafficking victims.

“Tell Kmart this is beyond inappropriate and offensive and that they have a social responsibility to pull this item off their shelves immediately,” the petition read. “Please help me get this message to Kmart by signing this petition.”

“Each year, 12 million children (girls as young as 6 years old — the same size as this ‘costume’) are sold or married off by their family without their consent. That’s one million child marriages per month!” it continued. “That equates to 23 children every minute or 1 child every 2 minutes. If this continues, 150 million more children will be married by the year 2030.”

“Child marriage means child abuse and torture in its worst forms — paedophilia, child rape, child slavery, child sex trafficking. Kmart — Take this child bride costume off your shelves,” it concluded.

Shannon B. said nothing about the social ramifications of little girls dressing up as Belle, Snow White, or Cinderella for Halloween — princesses whose stories center around marrying a prince among other things.

The petition received only 200 signatures, many from people who admitted they simply wanted to troll Shannon B. for being unreasonable.

“Shannon, this kind of crap is what makes people hate others,” one person wrote. “It’s just a costume for goodness sake.”

“My daughter has asked multiple times for a ‘dress like mummy had.’ It is a dress up nothing more … you’re ruining it for everyone. Get over yourself,” wrote another.

“Dude seriously, get a life. It’s a costume,” another said.

People who agreed with Shannon B. phrased it in feminist terms. “Totally agree. this [sic] is absurd and role defining! Wrong age group too,” said one person.

“Anything that trivialises child marriage is disturbing,” child rights campaigner Mercy Chipo Jumo said.

Despite the fact that Shannon B.’s petition generated no significant backlash, Kmart Australia decided to pull the costume anyway.

“Kmart Australia regrets the decision to range the bride costume,” a spokesperson told news.com.au. “It was not intended to cause offence and we sincerely apologise. We have made the decision to withdraw this product.”

Halloween has increasingly become a holiday invaded upon by political correctness in recent years, with universities issuing costume bans and schools canceling celebrations altogether. Just last month, the Evanston/Skokie School District 65 in the Chicago suburb of Evanston, Illinois, announced that Halloween celebrations would be suspended over a lack of inclusivity.

“As part of our school and district-wide commitment to equity, we are focused on building community and creating inclusive, welcoming environments for all,” the statement from the superintendents read. “While we recognize that Halloween is a fun tradition for many, it is not a holiday that is celebrated by everyone for various reasons and we want to honor that.”

“We are also aware of the range of inequities that are embedded in Halloween celebrations that take place as part of the school day and the unintended negative impact that it can have on some students, families, and staff,” the statement continued. “As a result, we are moving away from Halloween celebrations that include costumes and similar traditions during the school day. We are confident our school communities will find new and engaging ways to build community within their schools.”

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https://www.dailywire.com/news/kmart-australia-pulls-kiddie-bride-costume-after-complaints-it-promotes-child-brides Thu, 24 Oct 2019 20:35:23 GMT https://www.dailywire.com/news/breaking-judge-rules-dad-has-say-in-gender-transition-of-7-year-old-james-younger-puts-gag-order-on-dad Amanda Prestigiacomo On Thursday, Judge Kim Cooks ruled Texas father Jeffrey Younger has a say in his seven-year-old son’s gender “transition,” which is being facilitated by the boy’s mother and Younger’s ex-wife, Dr. Anne Georgulas. Younger is attempting to halt the boy’s transition. Cooks, of the 255th district, ruled that “the parents will have joint conservatorship over […]
On Thursday, Judge Kim Cooks ruled Texas father Jeffrey Younger has a say in his seven-year-old son’s gender “transition,” which is being facilitated by the boy’s mother and Younger’s ex-wife, Dr. Anne Georgulas. Younger is attempting to halt the boy’s transition.

Cooks, of the 255th district, ruled that “the parents will have joint conservatorship over James, which includes making joint medical decisions for the child,” LifeSiteNews’ Madeleine Jacob reported Thursday afternoon.

Cooks also placed a gag order on Younger, according to Jacob, “so that he cannot speak to the press about the case and decided that the father is not required to pay attorney fees.”

Younger’s “Save James” website, which has circulated videos of James, testimonials, and vital court documents, will have to be shut down pursuant to the order.

Before the judge handed down her verdict, she kicked out media sources including The Texan, Daily Mail, and LifeSiteNews, as well as all family and friends. ABC, CBS 11, and NBC were reportedly allowed access.

Reporting from The Texan says Georgulas’ lawyers Jessica Janicek and Laura Hayes claimed during the trial that the mother does not plan on giving James hormone blockers at this time. However, “no one has stated that she (Georgulas) would not be open to using them when James begins puberty,” the report said, noting, “When Georgulas testified on Friday, she said that she understood a ‘social transition’ is usually followed by a ‘medical transition’ using puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones.”

In addition, Ms. Georgulas’ July 2018 testimony reveals that James, if he “persists” in being a “girl” named “Luna,” is set to be evaluated for hormone suppressants as young as age eight.

Younger disagrees with Ms. Georgulas that James is actually a girl named “Luna.” He has claimed Georgulas, in his opinion, would only show James love and affection when he would say he’s a girl and began showing James trans-related material, such as media from famed transgender child Jazz Jennings, when he was a toddler. In a video captured by Younger when the boy was just three years old, James tells his dad that “mommy” tells him he’s a girl and puts him in dresses.

During a podcast in January, Mr. Younger said his son has already been fully socially “transitioned” and noted that he’s not allowed to use masculine pronouns or use the boy’s name “James” to third-parties who know the boy as “Luna.”

“[James] wears a dress at her (his ex-wife’s) home; he has a new made-up name, Luna — it appears in the court filings. He goes to school; the teachers call him ‘Luna.’ He uses the girl’s bathroom at school. All of his authority figures — his mother, his teacher, the librarian at school, the police officer at school, the principal at school — tell him he’s a girl. I’m the only authority figure in his life that tells him the truth; that he’s actually a boy,” Younger told host Luke Macias during an episode of “The Luke Macias Show.”

According to Jacob, prior to the case, “Dr. Georgulas had exclusive rights to make decisions regarding psychological and psychiatric care for James and [his twin brother] Jude. She needed to inform Mr. Younger of her decisions, but he couldn’t weigh in on or change the decisions. GENECIS (a gender clinic) wouldn’t begin James on puberty blockers without Mr. Younger’s consent.”

Folks concerned over the wellbeing of the 7-year-old child began sporting the hashtag #ProtectJamesYounger and triggered a reaction from the state’s governor and other political figures in Texas, including Senator Tex Cruz (R-TX).

“This is horrifying & tragic. For a parent to subject such a young child to life-altering hormone blockers to medically transition their sex is nothing less than child abuse,” posted Sen. Cruz. “A 7-year-old child doesn’t have the maturity to make profound decisions like this. The state of Texas should protect this child’s right to choose — as an informed, mature person — and not be used as a pawn in a left-wing political agenda. .”

“FYI the matter of 7 year old James Younger is being looked into by the Texas Attorney General’s Office and the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services,” Gov. Abbott posted on his Twitter account on Wednesday night,” Governor Greg Abbott, a Republican, announced Wednesday night.

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https://www.dailywire.com/news/breaking-judge-rules-dad-has-say-in-gender-transition-of-7-year-old-james-younger-puts-gag-order-on-dad Thu, 24 Oct 2019 20:10:21 GMT https://www.dailywire.com/news/oxford-university-student-council-bans-clapping-over-fears-it-may-trigger-anxiety Emily Zanotti Oxford University’s student union has instituted an unofficial ban on clapping during student functions over fears the loud noise may trigger anxiety and the rapid hand movements and noise could alienate students who are unable or unwilling to clap. The Daily Mail reports that students and faculty are instead being encouraged to use “jazz hands” […]
Oxford University’s student union has instituted an unofficial ban on clapping during student functions over fears the loud noise may trigger anxiety and the rapid hand movements and noise could alienate students who are unable or unwilling to clap.

The Daily Mail reports that students and faculty are instead being encouraged to use “jazz hands” and other silent means of assent, and to explore using alternatives to clapping for meetings and gatherings.

The edict came from Oxford’s Student Union, which claims to be leading the way to a more “inclusive” environment at the thousand-year-old institute of higher learning in Britain.

“The first Student Council meeting of the academic year, yesterday, passed the motion to mandate the Sabbatical Officers to encourage the use of British Sign Language (BSL) clapping, otherwise known as ‘silent jazz hands’ at Student Council meetings and other official SU events,” a statement from the Oxford Student Council read.

They continued, “BSL clapping is used by the National Union of Students since loud noises, including whooping and traditional applause, are argued to present an access issue for some disabled students who have anxiety disorders, sensory sensitivity, and/or those who use hearing impairment aids.”

The statement briefly mentions that the New York Times believes “snapping is the new clapping,” but it seems the Oxford Student Union passed on the opportunity to incorporate snapping fingers as one of its alternative motions of assent, possibly because snapping fingers might also be triggering to or exclusive of some students.

The statement concludes with an action statement, mandating that Student Council members use “jazz hands” in official meetings and at events, and encouraging Student Union officers to press Oxford University to adopt the “inclusive” jazz hands policy across the board: “As well as mandating the Sabbatical Officers to encourage the use of jazz hands at Student Council, the motion also mandates Sabbatical Officers to ‘lobby the University’ to use jazz hands in place of applause at University and college level events, with an explanation of why the change is important.”

As the Washington Examiner points out, Oxford University has been in operation since the 1050s, and is one of the oldest and most storied institutions of higher learning in the world. However, its centuries long record of scholarly pursuits and rigorous intellectualism was no match for trendy social justice warrior-ism.

Oxford is the second such university in the UK to adopt the “ban” on applause; the other, Manchester University, passed a similar rule last year. The Oxford Student Union makes clear, in their statement, that they were inspired by Manchester’s courageous students.

Unfortunately for both Oxford and Manchester, their proposed “jazz hands” alternative to clapping may not be the clean, social justice option they believe it to be. None other than UK television presented Piers Morgan weighed in on Twitter, pointing out that “jazz hands” appears to be a racially charged term and that a solely visual means of declaring assent excludes the blind and disabled — and also that the Oxford Student Union is a bunch of “imbeciles.”

The Student Council, though, says it remains committed to its decision. “The policy was proposed in order to encourage the use of British Sign Language clapping during our democratic events to make those events more accessible and inclusive for all, including people who suffer from anxiety,” one Student Council officer said in a statement. “Inclusivity is one of the Students’ Union’s founding principles.”

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https://www.dailywire.com/news/oxford-university-student-council-bans-clapping-over-fears-it-may-trigger-anxiety Thu, 24 Oct 2019 20:05:06 GMT https://www.dailywire.com/news/mlb-will-investigate-umpire-who-posted-violent-pro-trump-tweet Emily Zanotti Officials with Major League Baseball say they’re investigating a “violent” pro-Trump tweet sent by one of their umpires, Rod Drake. Drake is, reportedly, a fan of President Donald Trump and decidedly not a fan of the Democrats’ impeachment inquiry, a point he made very clear last week when he suggested that, in the event of a […]
Officials with Major League Baseball say they’re investigating a “violent” pro-Trump tweet sent by one of their umpires, Rod Drake.

Drake is, reportedly, a fan of President Donald Trump and decidedly not a fan of the Democrats’ impeachment inquiry, a point he made very clear last week when he suggested that, in the event of a civil war, he planned to be armed with an AR-15.

“Drake, 50, made his major league debut in 1999 and has been a full-time major league umpire since 2010. He worked postseason games in 2010 and 2012 through ’15, and was on the crew at the All-Star Game in 2013,” according to ESPN.

“I will be buying an AR-15 tomorrow, because if you impeach MY PRESIDENT this way, YOU WILL HAVE ANOTHER CIVAL [sic] WAR!!! #MAGA2020,” Drake tweeted from his private Twitter account, which has since been deleted.

The threat was the last in a series of thoughts Drake had on the impeachment process and the series of closed-door and SCIF meetings Democrats held this week on Capitol Hill, where they questioned witnesses and viewed confidential and classified documents.

“We have a political party trying to overthrow a president by lying, hiding, creating and manufacturing crimes. Where do we live? This is the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA! This isn’t Russia, Venezuela, Cuba,” Drake posted, according to another Twitter account which claims to have screenshotted Drake’s tweets before Drake took his account private and then removed himself from the social media platform.

“You can’t do an impeachment inquiry from the basement of Capital [sic] Hill without even a vote! What is going on in this country?” Drake continued.

Drake also regular retweeted social media missives about the conspiracy theory, QAnon.

ESPN, which apparently keeps track of baseball officials’ Twitter accounts, caught the tweets and publicized them, alerting MLB higher-ups of Drake’s threatened gun violence.

Fox News reports that the MLB has initiated an investigation into Drake’s tweets and could sanction him for making overt political statements. Unlike the NFL, which clearly allows its players and officials to comment on current events and public issues (and, it seems, the NBA), the MLB has strict rules on what players, umpires, and league higher-ups can say publicly. If Drake ran afoul of these rules, he could face punishment.

Players can’t make what can be construed as official club or league statements without permission;
Players can’t use copyrighted team logos and stuff without permission or tweet confidential or private information about teams or players, their families, etc.;
Players can’t link to any MLB website or platform from social media without permission;
No tweets condoning or appearing to condone the use of substances on the MLB banned drug list
No ripping umpires or questioning their integrity;
No racial, sexist, homophobic, anti-religious, etc. etc. content;
No harassment or threats of violence;
Nothing sexually explicit;
Nothing otherwise illegal.

Tehnically, Drake’s comments don’t fall under any of the banned topics, though the league may decide that his comments about gun ownership are a bridge too far, even if his personal political beliefs are clearly his own.

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https://www.dailywire.com/news/mlb-will-investigate-umpire-who-posted-violent-pro-trump-tweet Thu, 24 Oct 2019 19:43:17 GMT https://www.dailywire.com/news/breaking-photo-appears-to-show-democrat-katie-hill-has-nazi-era-tattoo-report-says Ryan Saavedra A stunning photo of Democrat Rep. Katie Hill (CA) was revealed on Thursday that appeared to show that the freshman lawmaker has a “Nazi-era tattoo” on her waistline while she was naked, smoking a bong. “Hill’s wild lifestyle has been laid bare in a cache of texts and intimate photographs obtained by DailyMail.com, as sources […]
A stunning photo of Democrat Rep. Katie Hill (CA) was revealed on Thursday that appeared to show that the freshman lawmaker has a “Nazi-era tattoo” on her waistline while she was naked, smoking a bong.

“Hill’s wild lifestyle has been laid bare in a cache of texts and intimate photographs obtained by DailyMail.com, as sources revealed Hill and Helsep also posted her naked photos online under a thread called ‘WouldYouF**kMyWife’,” The Daily Mail reported.

“The picture also shows an iron cross tattoo on Hill’s pubic area, similar to the symbols formerly used by white supremacists referencing a World War II Nazi medal.”

The Anti-Defamation League reports that the Iron Cross is “a famous German military medal dating back to the 19th century. During the 1930s, the Nazi regime in Germany superimposed a swastika on the traditional medal, turning it into a Nazi symbol. After World War II, the medal was discontinued but neo-Nazis and other white supremacists subsequently adopted it as a hate symbol and it has been a commonly-used hate symbol ever since.”

“The mainstream media has a blackout on this story, which is amusing. The press typically loves politicians embroiled in sex scandals,” a top Congressional GOP source told The Daily Wire. “But the perpetrator is a Democrat in a swing district, so the press will pretend like there’s nothing to see here.”

The Daily Mail reports that there are more scandalous photos of Hill with the young female campaign staffer that she allegedly sexually involved with in a “throuple” relationship with her husband.

“But sources close to Hill and online posts reveal that this was not the first time she and her husband opened their marriage,” The Daily Mail added. “A former tenant of the estranged couple said Hill and Heslep, had a ‘sexual relationship’ with a 21-year-old woman in 2010, the same year they were married.”

“I can absolutely confirm stuff like this went on even back then,” Michael Pace told The Daily Mail. “I left the house after six months because of all the weird sexual stuff going on in the open. I walked in on the three of them in some very weird situations a few times so I know there was a sexual relationship going on.”

RedState’s Jennifer Van Laar has broken all of the bombshell stories on Hill, which gained significant national attention on Friday after she published a report alleging that Hill had sexual relationships with a campaign staffer and a congressional staffer, which is prohibited by congressional rules.

In text messages published by RedState, the campaign staffer allegedly wrote that she felt abused by Hill in their “toxic” relationship and that she was scared of Hill because she saw how poorly Hill treated her husband, Kenny Heslep.

“I am terrified of pushing back against you or upsetting you,” the campaign staffer allegedly wrote. “I have seen how you treat Kenny and I think that if I cause any issues, even if I am very worried about how you are acting, that very quickly you will decide you don’t want me in your life.”

On Wednesday, the House Ethics Committee revealed that it had opened up an investigation into Hill over allegations that she had an inappropriate sexual relationship with her congressional staffer.

Ted Deutch (D-FL), Chairman and Ranking Member of the Committee on Ethics, released the following statement late on Wednesday:

The Committee is aware of public allegations that Representative Katie Hill may have engaged in a sexual relationship with an individual on her congressional staff, in violation of House Rule XXIII, clause 18(a).  The Committee, pursuant to Committee Rule 18(a), has begun an investigation and will gather additional information regarding the allegations.

The Committee notes that the mere fact that it is investigating these allegations, and publicly disclosing its review, does not itself indicate that any violation has occurred, or reflect any judgment on behalf of the Committee.  No other public comment will be made on this matter except in accordance with Committee rules.

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https://www.dailywire.com/news/breaking-photo-appears-to-show-democrat-katie-hill-has-nazi-era-tattoo-report-says Thu, 24 Oct 2019 19:41:44 GMT https://www.dailywire.com/news/jacobs-the-lefts-health-care-vision-is-a-prescription-for-brute-government-force Chris Jacobs Even as Democrats inveigh against President Trump for his alleged norm-shattering and contempt for the rule of law, their health care plans show a growing embrace of authoritarianism. For instance, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) recently dubbed the president’s July 25 call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky “a classic mafia-like shakedown.” He knows of which he […]
Even as Democrats inveigh against President Trump for his alleged norm-shattering and contempt for the rule of law, their health care plans show a growing embrace of authoritarianism. For instance, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) recently dubbed the president’s July 25 call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky “a classic mafia-like shakedown.” He knows of which he speaks, because the Democratic Party agenda on health care now includes threats to destroy any entities failing to comply with government-dictated price controls.

The latest evidence comes from Colorado, where several government agencies recently submitted a draft report regarding the creation of a “state option” for health insurance. The plan would not create a state-run health insurer; instead, it would see agencies dragooning private sector firms to comply with government diktats.

The plan would “require insurance carriers that offer plans in a major market,” whether individual, small group, or large group, “to offer the state option as well.” In these state-mandated plans that insurers must offer, carriers would have to abide by stricter controls on their administrative costs — in the form of medical loss ratio requirements — than those dictated by Obamacare.

For medical providers, the Colorado plan would use “payment benchmarks” to cap reimbursement amounts for doctors and hospitals. And if hospitals decline to accept these government-imposed price controls, the report ominously says that “the state may implement measures to ensure health systems participate.”

In comments to reporters, Colorado officials made clear their intent to coerce providers into this price-controlled system. Insurance Commissioner Michael Conway admitted that “[i]f our hospital systems don’t participate, this won’t work … [w]e can’t allow that to happen.” The head of Colorado’s Department of Health Care Policy and Financing, Kim Bimestefer, said that “if we feel that the hospitals are not going to participate, we will require their participation.”

State officials did not elaborate on the mechanisms they would use to compel participation in the state option. But they could attempt to require hospitals and insurers to participate in the new plan to maintain their license to operate in Colorado — a likely unconstitutional condition of licensure.

In threatening this level of coercion — agree to price controls, or we’ll shut down your business — Colorado Gov. Jared Polis imitated his fellow Democrat, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Pelosi’s proposed drug pricing bill, up for a vote in the House as soon as next month, would impose excise taxes of up to 95% of a drug’s sale price if companies refuse to “negotiate” with the federal government.

In its analysis of Pelosi’s legislation, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) noted that, because drug makers could not deduct the 95% excise tax for income tax purposes, “the combination of income taxes and excise taxes on the sales could cause the drug manufacturer to lose money if the drug was sold in the United States.” Perhaps unsurprisingly, CBO concluded that the excise tax would not generate “any significant increase in revenues,” as “manufacturers would either participate in the negotiating process” — because they have no effective alternative — “or pull a particular drug out of the U.S. market entirely.”

CBO also noted, in a classic bit of understatement, that Pelosi’s bill “could result in litigation,” for threatening losses on any company that dares defy the government’s offer of “negotiation.” But the Left seems uninterested in abiding by limits on government power — or the consistency of its own arguments. As I noted this spring, other proposed legislation in Congress would abolish the private health care market. Less than one decade after forcing all Americans to buy a product for the first time ever, in the form of Obamacare’s insurance mandate, liberals now want to prohibit all Americans from purchasing care directly from their doctors.

These recent proposals continue a virulent strain of authoritarianism that has permeated progressivism’s entire history. Franklin Roosevelt threatened to invoke emergency powers during his first inaugural address, and Rahm Emanuel infamously said during the Great Recession that “you never want a serious crisis to go to waste.” Make no mistake: The health care system needs patient-centered reform. But the true crisis comes from the progressives who would utilize blunt government force to seize control of one-fifth of the nation’s economy.

Mr. Jacobs is Founder and CEO of Juniper Research Group, and author of the book The Case Against Single Payer. He is on Twitter: @chrisjacobsHC.

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https://www.dailywire.com/news/jacobs-the-lefts-health-care-vision-is-a-prescription-for-brute-government-force Thu, 24 Oct 2019 19:30:13 GMT https://www.dailywire.com/news/watch-gop-congressman-chokes-up-eulogizing-best-friend-elijah-cummings Molly Prince Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) gave an emotional eulogy on Thursday for his “dear friend” and Democratic colleague Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), who was lying in state at the United States Capitol. “We are called to give honor where honor is due and so it is fitting that we are here today to honor a friend,” […]
Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) gave an emotional eulogy on Thursday for his “dear friend” and Democratic colleague Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), who was lying in state at the United States Capitol.

“We are called to give honor where honor is due and so it is fitting that we are here today to honor a friend,” Meadows said. “He’s called a number of things: a father, husband, friend, chairman. For me, I was privileged enough to call him a dear friend. Some have classified it as an unexpected friendship, but for those of us that know Elijah, it’s not unexpected or surprising.”

Cummings had passed away last week due to complications concerning “longstanding health challenges.” The 68-year-old congressman served as the chairman of the prestigious U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Reform and represented Maryland’s 7th Congressional District for more than two decades.

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Meadows and Cummings had both been known to refer to the other as a best friend, despite their obvious differences. Meadows founded the conservative House Freedom Caucus and has been one of President Donald Trump’s staunchest defenders, while Cummings was a proud progressive and a key figure in the impeachment inquiry into the president.

While paying tribute to his late friend in National Statuary Hall, Meadows described Cummings as having “a smile that would consume his whole face” but that “he also had eyes that would pierce through anybody that was standing in his way.”

“Not only was he a quality man, but we were able to share a number of personal stories and intimate secrets that Elijah never shared with anyone because he was a man of his word, and he said he never would,” Meadows said. “And yet, through the tears of the past few days, I’m reminded of one particular conversation because of who Elijah is.”

“I reminded him not too long ago of a quip that me made,” he continued. “He said Darrell Issa was going to make him famous, and I reminded him that he is not defined by other people. He is defined by the character of his heart, the honesty of his dialogue, and the man that we will miss.”

The duo’s close friendship was thrown into the spotlight in February after freshman Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) accused Meadows of being racist during an Oversight Committee hearing. Meadows, who was visibly upset, demanded that Cummings strike her remarks from the Congressional record.

“I’ve said it – and gotten in trouble for it – that you’re one of my best friends,” Cummings said to Meadows in front of the committee while trying to diffuse the heated situation.

“Scripture talks about, ‘Let not your heart be troubled. You believe in God, believe also in me,’” Meadows continued during his eulogy. “‘In my father’s house are many mansions. If it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.’ So Elijah has left his tent to go to a mansion, a better place.”

“Perhaps this place and this country would be better served with a few more unexpected friendships,” he added. “I know I’ve been blessed by one.”

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https://www.dailywire.com/news/watch-gop-congressman-chokes-up-eulogizing-best-friend-elijah-cummings Thu, 24 Oct 2019 19:25:55 GMT https://www.dailywire.com/news/chinese-state-media-criticism-of-lebron-james-has-nasty-racial-connotations Emily Zanotti Over the weekend, Chinese state-run media outlet, China Daily, published an opinion piece by one of their regular writers blowing the lid off of critics’ rationale for skewering LeBron James over his comments about Hong Kong: racism. According to “Ian Goodrum,” a self-identified “writer for China Daily,” an arm of the Chinese government’s extensive state-run […]
Over the weekend, Chinese state-run media outlet, China Daily, published an opinion piece by one of their regular writers blowing the lid off of critics’ rationale for skewering LeBron James over his comments about Hong Kong: racism.

According to “Ian Goodrum,” a self-identified “writer for China Daily,” an arm of the Chinese government’s extensive state-run media machine, James’ detractors, who take issue with James’ support for the Chinese government in its dealings with pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong, and his support for the NBA’s crackdown on anti-China commentary, are driven by racial prejudice and accuses American authorities of “hypocrisy” in “silencing” James on the issue.

“Opinion elites were quick to condemn James for, irony of ironies, insufficient condemnation,” Goodrum writes. “They wanted James to come out strong against China, to mirror their perspective on a country they’ve designated as an enemy.”

James, of course, suggested that the NBA punish Houston Rockets’ general manager Daryl Morey for a Tweet expressing solidarity with pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong. James later spoke at length about the trouble with Morey’s social media missive, and seemed to suggest that the NBA should limit the speech of its players and administrators with regards to China.

“I think when we all sit back and learn from the situation that happened, understand that what you could tweet or could say [could affect people],” James said. “We all talk about this freedom of speech. Yes, we all do have freedom of speech, but at times there are ramifications for the negative that can happen when you’re not thinking about others, and you’re only thinking about yourself.

“I don’t want to get into a word or sentence feud with Daryl Morey, but I believe he wasn’t educated on the situation at hand, and he spoke, and so many people could have been harmed, not only financially, but physically,” he continued. “Emotionally. Spiritually. So just be careful what we tweet and what we say, and what we do. Even though yes, we do have freedom of speech, but there can be a lot of negative that comes with that too.”

James, of course, had no problem with players’ league-wide protests in support of Colin Kaepernick, the former-San Francisco 49er who knelt during the national anthem at NFL games in protest of institutionalized racism and police brutality. When it comes to China, however, James, who has a multi-million dollar contract with Nike, which sells to Chinese consumers, and a vested interest in the lucrative payday the NBA sees from its Chinese arm, seemed less thrilled when it appeared such “free speech” might impact his bottom line.

China Daily suggested that it is those calling for James to rethink his commentary, and not James himself, with the hypocritical view of free speech.

“A revolting hypocrisy is at work here. The same people who told James and former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick to ‘shut up and play’ when they took a stand against the killing of Black men by U.S. police are now demanding athletes speak out — but only if their opinions are the correct ones, of course,” the paper alleged.

‘No matter what anyone says, this isn’t about freedom of speech. That’s just a fig leaf, a cover for policing discourse and narrowing the window of acceptable opinion so the only stances that fit are the ones in line with the US government,” China Daily’s columnist continued. “‘Free speech’ has never really been about the untrammeled right to say or do whatever one wants — the US created broad definitions of dissent to prosecute its critics throughout its history.”

They’re referring, specifically, to the 1789 Alien & Sedition Acts, which limited immigration and acts of speech in wartime in the late eighteenth century. China, by contrast, has been rounding up detractors recently, is attempting to curb free speech in Hong Kong so that it may punish Chinese dissenters who seek refuge there, and has reportedly thrown more than a million ethnic Chinese Muslims into concentration camps, where they are “re-educated” through torture.

The piece ends with a call for James not to “buckle under pressure.”

“No one in the major US media, not even James’ few defenders, has entertained the notion he was speaking honestly. Besides the nasty racial connotations — think for a moment what a largely white media class devaluing a Black man’s subjectivity implies — it sets a precedent,” China Dailyclaimed. “If one of the most talented and popular athletes in the world has his statements dismissed when they don’t conform to Western consensus, what does that mean for the rest of us?”

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https://www.dailywire.com/news/chinese-state-media-criticism-of-lebron-james-has-nasty-racial-connotations Thu, 24 Oct 2019 19:13:27 GMT https://www.dailywire.com/news/catholic-bishops-blast-father-james-martin-for-publicly-questioning-bibles-teaching-on-homosexual-acts Paul Bois Father James Martin, a Jesuit priest who consistently blurs the line on Catholic teaching regarding homosexual acts, got a complete shellacking from several American bishops for publicly questioning the Holy Bible’s teaching on the subject. Though Martin has positioned himself as an LGBT-friendly priest, he has always maintained he agrees with Catholic teaching on homosexual […]
Father James Martin, a Jesuit priest who consistently blurs the line on Catholic teaching regarding homosexual acts, got a complete shellacking from several American bishops for publicly questioning the Holy Bible’s teaching on the subject.

Though Martin has positioned himself as an LGBT-friendly priest, he has always maintained he agrees with Catholic teaching on homosexual acts while simply calling for more compassion for such individuals. On Wednesday, that facade dropped almost completely when he tweeted an article from the Protestant Scripture scholar and theologian Walter Wink, which said that the Bible’s condemnation of homosexual acts should be questioned due to the Bible’s alleged endorsement of slavery. Martin even used the words “interesting” in reference to the passage.

“Interesting: ‘Where the Bible mentions [same-sex sexual] behavior at all, it clearly condemns it. I freely grant that. The issue is precisely whether the biblical judgment is correct. The Bible sanctioned slavery as well and nowhere attacked it as unjust,’” he tweeted. “’Are we prepared to argue today that slavery is biblically justified?’”

In response, Catholic bishops immediately condemned this line from Martin.

“Thank you for acknowledging that you question scripture,” said Bishop Strickland of Texas. “If we go down that road, where do we stop? I know you have lots of support, but you are challenging the Deposit of Faith that I promised to defend. As a bishop, I’ll keep defending it.”

“How convenient to use slavery to justify support for homosexuality, totally overlooking the fact that the Bible is overwhelmingly the story of God freeing His People from all slavery – physical & political, but also slavery to idols & false gods, to moral & spiritual aberrations!” said Cardinal Napier of South Africa, as reported by LifeSiteNews.

After a severe backlash on social media, Father Martin once again blamed it all on “far-right Catholics” that failed to see the nuance in his tactic.

“Yesterday I was called a ‘heretic’ for supposedly going against church teaching. In fact, I linked to [an] article by the Protestant Scripture scholar and theologian Walter Wink. So if you would like to call anyone a “heretic” it is Mr. Wink, the author of many books on the Bible and a scholar who probably forgot more about the Bible than those who would condemn him for ‘heresy’ have learned. But he’s dead, after years of service to the Lord, so the puerile name-calling probably won’t bother him,” he said in a lengthy Twitter thread.

James Martin then went on to make the claim that Catholics are not biblical fundamentalists, even though all Catholic teaching has basis in scripture.

“I said that Professor Wink’s short article about biblical criticism was ‘interesting’ (which it was) and was thus lambasted by Catholics who excoriated me for not accepting the ‘inerrancy’ of Scripture. News flash: Catholics are not biblical fundamentalists. Cf: ‘Dei Verbum,’” added Martin.

“This points out, once again, that some on the Catholic far-right who are quick to condemn and use names like ‘heretic’ are not reading things very carefully. (E.g., ‘Building a Bridge.’) And some also don’t know, or actively reject, current Catholic teaching (e.g., Vatican II),” he concluded.

As noted by LifeSiteNews, Pope Pius XII’s 1943 encyclical Divine Afflante Spiritu spoke about the inerrancy of scripture:

The sacred Council of Trent ordained by solemn decree that “the entire books with all their parts, as they have been wont to be read in the Catholic Church and are contained in the old vulgate Latin edition, are to be held sacred and canonical.” In our own time the [First] Vatican Council, with the object of condemning false doctrines regarding inspiration, declared that these same books were to be regarded by the Church as sacred and canonical “not because, having been composed by human industry, they were afterwards approved by her authority, nor merely because they contain revelation without error, but because, having been written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, they have God for their author, and as such were handed down to the Church herself.”

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https://www.dailywire.com/news/catholic-bishops-blast-father-james-martin-for-publicly-questioning-bibles-teaching-on-homosexual-acts Thu, 24 Oct 2019 19:13:23 GMT https://www.dailywire.com/news/knowles-media-bias-on-display-for-the-latest-democrat-sex-scandals Daily Wire On Wednesday’s episode of “The Michael Knowles Show,” Knowles talked about the way the mainstream media has been covering Congresswoman Katie Hill’s (D-CA) sex scandal, and Congresswoman Ihlan Omar’s (D-MN) sex scandal. Video and partial transcript below: There are two major sex scandals going on right now in the House of Representatives, among Democrats, that […]
On Wednesday’s episode of “The Michael Knowles Show,” Knowles talked about the way the mainstream media has been covering Congresswoman Katie Hill’s (D-CA) sex scandal, and Congresswoman Ihlan Omar’s (D-MN) sex scandal. Video and partial transcript below:

There are two major sex scandals going on right now in the House of Representatives, among Democrats, that not a lot of people are talking about. The mainstream media are going to block it out, because it doesn’t look good for Democrats. There’s Katie Hill, who is a Democrat congresswoman who was engaged in not just a lesbian love affair for a couple of years, she was engaged in what was termed a “throuple,” a three-way love affair with her husband and this very young staffer.

There is a photo that leaked of Katie Hill sitting completely naked, combing and brushing her twenty-two year old staffer’s hair. This photo leaked. Now, imagine, of course, if this were a Republican, what this story would – I mean, this would be wall-to wall-coverage, demands for resignations, this would be going on 24/7.

Now, imagine you were a man. Could you – oh my gosh. I can’t even contemplate if it were a man. But because it’s a Democrat, it goes away. Ilhan Omar is in a sex scandal now because she left her husband for – oh, by the way, the thing with Katie Hill, the reason she broke up the couple and her husband is now filing for divorce, is because Katie Hill simultaneously was sleeping with her male campaign consultant as well.

Same thing here, Ilhan Omar has an affair with her campaign consultant. She’s married; he’s married. He leaves his wife, she’s leaving her husband, and they’re having an affair together. I don’t mention this because I even want to publicly shame Katie Hill and Ilhan Omar for their sex scandals. Politicians having sex scandals is not news; politicians having sex scandals is a daily occurrence, especially this is true of members of Congress. So I don’t mention it to shame them.



I mention it – I mean, I’m sure they feel a lot of shame, as they should – but I mention it because, one, it shows you the double standard on how sex is treated among Democrats and Republicans. Two, it shows you how complicated sex and relationships are. I mean, there were some people who were applauding Katie Hill for leaving her husband because she’s come out as a lesbian now, and her husband responded and said, she’s not a lesbian, she’s bisexual and she’s leaving me for a man. So that’s a bad thing, but it would be good if she left him for a woman for some reason.

To show you the double standard on the behavior, on every topic, from sex to rhetoric to lynchings, all the way to presidential rhetoric at the top. When Democrats do it, when the Left does it, it’s wonderful and beautiful and to be celebrated; when Republicans do exactly the same thing, it’s awful and terrible and could never be worse. The one advantage – we talked about yesterday about how awful social media is, and how it really feeds into this narcissism we all feel in our culture – the one advantage of this high technology is it gives us a lot of historical perspective. Nothing goes away on the Internet; the Internet is forever. We can compare these things, we can expose that hypocrisy. That is the silver lining in the storm cloud.

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https://www.dailywire.com/news/knowles-media-bias-on-display-for-the-latest-democrat-sex-scandals Thu, 24 Oct 2019 18:44:17 GMT https://www.dailywire.com/news/jordan-seeks-answers-to-why-a-witness-testimony-was-rescheduled-for-a-day-the-house-is-not-in-session Ashe Schow Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) wants to know why a witness called to testify as part of Democrats’ impeachment inquiry had his testimony rescheduled to this Saturday, when the House would not be in session and few members would be able to attend. In a letter sent Wednesday to Philip T. Reeker, who currently serves as […]
Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) wants to know why a witness called to testify as part of Democrats’ impeachment inquiry had his testimony rescheduled to this Saturday, when the House would not be in session and few members would be able to attend.

In a letter sent Wednesday to Philip T. Reeker, who currently serves as the acting assistant secretary for the State Department’s Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, Jordan asked why the ambassador’s testimony was suddenly changed to Saturday and why he was no longer appearing at an event sponsored by a group that received money from Burisma, the Ukrainian energy company that employed former Vice President Joe Biden’s son Hunter.

“On Monday night, we learned that you have agreed to reschedule your testimony to Saturday, October 26, when the House of Representatives will not be in session,” Jordan wrote on behalf of committee Republicans. “Because the chairmen have excluded us from deliberations about deposition scheduling, we write to understand the circumstances that led to the rescheduling of your deposition to a date on which members may not be able to attend.”

The letter, obtained by The Daily Wire, states that House Republicans “have no confidence that Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff – who Speaker Pelosi chose to lead this ‘impeachment inquiry’ – is operating fairly or in good faith.”

“Since allegations of a potential quid pro quo arose in August 2019, Chairman Schiff has misled the American public about his involvement with the whistleblower complaint and publicly fabricated information about President Trump’s phone call with President Zelensky,” Jordan continued. “Chairman Schiff has chosen to conduct his inquiry behind closed doors with only a limited group of Members present, allowing selective leaks of cherry-picked information to paint misleading public narratives.”

Jordan suggested that if Reeker could be available to testify on a business day “in the near future,” he was encouraged to do so “to allow robust Member attendance and participation.”

In addition to questions regarding the rescheduling of his testimony, Jordan also asked Reeker about his participation in a panel discussion sponsored by the Atlantic Council.

“As you may know, in 2018, the Atlantic Council received between $100,00 and $249,999 from Burisma, the Ukrainian energy company linked to Hunter Biden,” Jordan wrote.

“As of yesterday morning, the Atlantic Council had removed your name as a panelist from the event.”

Burisma is the company that employed Hunter Biden on its Board of Directors, paying him more than $80,000 a month as a “ceremonial figure,” The Daily Wire previously reported.

Jordan provided multiple questions for Reeker to answer:

  1. Please explain the circumstances that lead [sic] to the rescheduling of your deposition from October 23 to October 26.

    1. When did the discussions about rescheduling your deposition begin?
    2. Did you propose the rescheduling or did the Democrat staff?
    3. What were the reasons given for rescheduling your deposition to a Saturday?
    4. Did you discuss alternative business days on which to provide testimony?
  2. Please explain whether you are represented by private counsel in this matter. If so, who is your attorney?

  3. Please explain why your name was removed as a panelist from the Atlantic Council’s event, titled More In The Med: Revitalizing Nato’s Southern Strategy For An Era Of Great Power Competition?

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https://www.dailywire.com/news/jordan-seeks-answers-to-why-a-witness-testimony-was-rescheduled-for-a-day-the-house-is-not-in-session Thu, 24 Oct 2019 18:36:54 GMT https://www.dailywire.com/news/caschetta-twitter-falls-for-the-terrorist-wing-scam A.J. Caschetta Twitter has just fallen for the oldest trick in the terrorist organization playbook. It’s resisting a bipartisan congressional call to exclude Hamas and Hezbollah from operating freely on its platform on the grounds that it allows only the “political” but not the “military” factions to tweet. The geniuses at the Silicon Valley tech giant have […]

Twitter has just fallen for the oldest trick in the terrorist organization playbook. It’s resisting a bipartisan congressional call to exclude Hamas and Hezbollah from operating freely on its platform on the grounds that it allows only the “political” but not the “military” factions to tweet. The geniuses at the Silicon Valley tech giant have been duped by what I call the terrorist wing scam.

For over a century, the most successful terrorist organizations have learned to disguise their true nature by creating political and charitable “wings,” “arms,” or “branches” (the metaphor varies). These enterprises act like dummy corporations, allowing groups to participate in the very same civil societies which they attack. Ever since the IRA pretended that Sinn Fein was the “political wing” of the Irish resistance, only loosely connected to the “militant IRA,” other terrorist groups have followed suit, either with political or charitable “wings.” Successful counterterrorism begins with rejecting this illusion of separation.

Twitter’s gullibility first came to light on September 22, when a bipartisan press release by Reps. Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ), Tom Reed (R-NY), Max Rose (D-NY), and Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-R) pointed out that Twitter allows Hamas and Hezbollah to operate accounts in clear violation of U.S. law criminalizing “material support” for U.S.-designated Foreign Terrorist Organizations. The congressmen demanded that Twitter “remove all content from Foreign Terrorist Organizations.”

Twitter responded on September 25 with a letter from Carlos Monje, Jr., director of public policy and philanthropy, defending its policy of allowing Hamas and Hezbollah on its site. His explanation is a textbook example of what happens when one accepts the wing scam. “Twitter,” he explains, “draws a distinction between the political and military factions of these organizations.”

The letter continues to explain that “[i]ndividuals directly representing or promoting the political factions of these organizations may use Twitter in accordance with the Twitter Rules, including those outlined above. Accounts affiliated with the military wings, however, are permanently suspended.”

The Congressmen responded on Tuesday, October 22, with a letter to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, pointing out the flaws in his company’s policy and expressing dismay that it draws a distinction where U.S. law does not. “This distinction is not meaningful,” their response reads, “nor is it widely shared. Hezbollah and Hamas are terrorist organizations as designated by the United States Government. Period.”

Of course, they are right that the distinction is not meaningful. Even Hamas’ co-founder Ahmed Yasin acknowledged in 1998 that, “We cannot separate the wing from the body. If we do so, the body will not be able to fly. Hamas is one body.” In 2001, Yasin’s successor Abdul Aziz Rantisi acknowledged that “Hamas’ political wing determines the overall policy for the movement [and the] military wing operates at the pleasure of the political bureau, and is subordinate to it.” Unfortunately, they are wrong that the distinction is not widely shared.

Terrorists understand that by participating in a political process, they gain a cloak of legitimacy from foes who value participation in the process. Former President Jimmy Carter illustrated this fallacy in 2015, when he declared of Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal, “I don’t believe that he’s a terrorist. He’s strongly in favor of the peace process.”

By falling for the scam, Twitter offers more than the privilege of dispensing wisdom 280 characters at a time. It provides its corporate stamp of approval on Hamas and Hezbollah, helping both groups build the façades behind which they hide.

Martin McGuinness (“the Butcher of Bogside”) was an IRA commander in the 1970s and also a member of Sinn Féin. Like his fellow IRA commander Gerry Addams, he was allowed to transition from terrorist to politician by participating in the “peace process.” McGuinness eventually became Sinn Fein’s chief negotiator with the British government and in June 2012, his transformation complete, he actually shook the hand of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth — whose cousin Lord Mountbatten was murdered in 1979 by the IRA he commanded.

The four congressmen gave Dorsey until November 1 to comply with their demands to follow the law. That gives him some time to study the issue, look into the history, and prevent his company from inadvertently facilitating Hamas and Hezbollah in their efforts to blend into civil society through social media.  He doesn’t have to shake their hands.

 A.J. Caschetta is a Ginsburg-Ingerman fellow at the Middle East Forum and a principal lecturer at the Rochester Institute of Technology.

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https://www.dailywire.com/news/caschetta-twitter-falls-for-the-terrorist-wing-scam Thu, 24 Oct 2019 18:32:21 GMT https://www.dailywire.com/news/schools-are-canceling-halloween-celebrations-over-inclusivity Paul Bois The War on Halloween continues in 2019 as schools across the country announce they will not be celebrating the beloved holiday over issues of inclusivity. According to Yahoo Lifestyle, the Evanston/Skokie School District 65 in the Chicago suburb of Evanston, Illinois, announced last month that Halloween celebrations alienate certain members of the staff and student […]
The War on Halloween continues in 2019 as schools across the country announce they will not be celebrating the beloved holiday over issues of inclusivity.

According to Yahoo Lifestyle, the Evanston/Skokie School District 65 in the Chicago suburb of Evanston, Illinois, announced last month that Halloween celebrations alienate certain members of the staff and student body who do not participate for religious or personal reasons as well as those who cannot afford costumes.

“As part of our school and district-wide commitment to equity, we are focused on building community and creating inclusive, welcoming environments for all,” the statement from the superintendents read. “While we recognize that Halloween is a fun tradition for many, it is not a holiday that is celebrated by everyone for various reasons and we want to honor that.”

“We are also aware of the range of inequities that are embedded in Halloween celebrations that take place as part of the school day and the unintended negative impact that it can have on some students, families, and staff,” the statement continued. “As a result, we are moving away from Halloween celebrations that include costumes and similar traditions during the school day. We are confident our school communities will find new and engaging ways to build community within their schools.”

“In District 65, we remain committed to equity and discontinuing current and past practices that are not in alignment with our goals,” it concluded. “Our schools are special because of the people who are a part of them and our commitment to serving the educational needs of our students. Many of our schools have already moved away from the traditional Halloween activities during the school day and have scheduled Halloween or other seasonal activities outside of the school day.”

Other schools across the country have expressed similar dissatisfaction with Halloween and have banned the celebration on school grounds. For instance, North Country Elementary in Antelope, California, told CBS Sacramento that the school will be celebrating a “harvest festival” over Halloween.

“We have consistently respected the right of families to choose to have their children participate, or not, in such celebrations,” said the statement. “However, when the number of students choosing to not participate becomes significant, it is incumbent on the school leadership to re-evaluate and determine if the event is truly meeting the social and academic needs of its student population.”

Over at Vermont’s Burlington School District, English Learning director of programs Miriam Ehtesham-Cating told local reporters about the fear people have over culturally-insensitive costumes.

“Many people are made uncomfortable by the notion that you change your identity, you turn into someone else and those somebody else could represent cultural appropriations,” said Cating.

In 2017, the Boyden Elementary School in Walpole, Massachusetts, also canceled Halloween for not being “inclusive enough.” In a message to parents, the school principal said that the parade does not respect students’ “individual differences.”

“The costume parade is out of our ordinary routine and can be difficult for many students,” said the principal. “Also, the parade is not inclusive of all the students and it is our goal each and every day to ensure all student’s individual differences are respected.”

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https://www.dailywire.com/news/schools-are-canceling-halloween-celebrations-over-inclusivity Thu, 24 Oct 2019 18:07:04 GMT https://www.dailywire.com/news/republicans-say-they-cant-view-impeachment-documents-without-a-democrat-staffer-present Ashe Schow Republicans on the House Foreign Affairs Committee say they have been barred from viewing classified documents relating to Democrats’ impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump unless a Democratic staffer is present. The 21 Republican members sent a letter to Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) on Tuesday protesting the rule imposed on them by the California Democrat, […]
Republicans on the House Foreign Affairs Committee say they have been barred from viewing classified documents relating to Democrats’ impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump unless a Democratic staffer is present.

The 21 Republican members sent a letter to Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) on Tuesday protesting the rule imposed on them by the California Democrat, who is leading the impeachment proceedings as chairman of the House Intelligence Committee:

To date, your Ukraine ‘joint investigation’ has operated almost exclusively within the jurisdiction of the Committee on Foreign Affairs,” the group, led by Rep. Michael McCaul of Texas, wrote. “So I was shocked to be informed yesterday that you will not be providing deposition and interview transcripts from this supposed ‘joint inquiry’ to the Foreign Affairs Committee. Your staff claims that the only way we will have access to the transcripts is in your offices, during designated hours, under the personal supervision and monitoring of a majority staffer.

The Republicans wrote that it is “outrageous and unjustifiable to deny us those basic documents, which are critical to our ability to meaningfully prepare for and participate in this investigation.” The members wrote that they required “the same access to the same documents in the same format, as is enjoyed by you and your staff.”

The members added that the Foreign Affairs Committee has “a Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF), a classified computer system, and a full-time non-partisan Security Officer.”

“There is no legitimate reason to deny us the transcripts,” the Republicans continued.

In closing, the Republican members threatened “to pursue public efforts to correct it, including by seeking a privileged vote on the House Floor.”

McCaul and two other Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee — Reps. Jim Jordan (R-OH) and Devin Nunes (R-CA) — wrote a second letter to Schiff on Wednesday, asking why he has decided not to call a whistleblower in for questioning despite previous assertions to do so.

“We are surprised by your announcement that the Committees will not receive testimony from the anonymous intelligence community employee whose complaint initiated the so-called impeachment inquiry,” the congressmen wrote in the second letter, obtained by The Daily Wire. “You had earlier committed that the employee would provide ‘unfiltered’ testimony ‘very soon,’ only to reverse course following revelations that the employee had a bias against President Donald Trump and that you had received a secret, early account of the allegations.”

The Republicans wrote that it is important to question the whistleblower who filed a complaint alleging President Donald Trump abused his power as president by demanding Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky investigate one of his 2020 rivals. As the Republicans pointed out in their letter, multiple assertions by the whistleblower regarding Trump’s July 25 phone call with Zelensky turned out to be false.

For example, the whistleblower’s claims that Trump “sought to pressure” Zelensky “to take actions to help the President’s 2020 bid” were denied by Zelensky and negated by a transcript of the phone call released by Trump. The transcript shows no pressure or threats, but he did bring up former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter’s dealing with Ukraine. Zelensky repeatedly said he felt no pressure and although Democrats have claimed Trump withheld military aid from Ukraine over the investigation, Ukraine officials said they had no idea aid was being withheld until at least a month after the phone call.

H/t Washington Free Beacon

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https://www.dailywire.com/news/republicans-say-they-cant-view-impeachment-documents-without-a-democrat-staffer-present Thu, 24 Oct 2019 17:58:51 GMT https://www.dailywire.com/news/shapiro-are-the-democrats-ready-for-hillary Daily Wire On Wednesday’s episode of “The Ben Shapiro Show,” the Daily Wire editor-in-chief talked about a recent New York Times article, which revealed that Democratic establishment donors are anxious about the mediocre 2020 primary field. Video and partial transcript below:  Democrats in 2020 are looking at their field and they are starting to panic. There’s an […]
On Wednesday’s episode of “The Ben Shapiro Show,” the Daily Wire editor-in-chief talked about a recent New York Times article, which revealed that Democratic establishment donors are anxious about the mediocre 2020 primary field. Video and partial transcript below: 

Democrats in 2020 are looking at their field and they are starting to panic. There’s an entire article in the New York Times [Tuesday] titled “Anxious Democratic Establishment Asks, Is there anybody else?” Quote:

“When a half-dozen Democratic donors gathered at the Whitby Hotel in Manhattan last week, the dinner began with a discussion of which presidential candidates the contributors liked. But as conversations among influential Democrats often go these days, the meeting quickly evolved into a discussion of who is not in the race — but could be lured in.”

“Would Hillary Clinton get in, the contributors wondered,” [and] by the way, Hillary wants it. Hillary’s obviously trying to talk her way into this race, she’s obviously trying to talk herself into this race. There is just no question, right? Because what does she have to lose at this point? She’s run twice, she’s lost twice. In one, she won the popular vote. Her image is what her image is. In the words of a famous woman, what difference at this point would it make?



If she were to — why not? Why not jump? And you can see that she obviously wants to do so over the weekend. She was at some sort of event and she was — somebody from the crowd shouted, “Maybe you should jump in!” She sort of smiled and then ignored the question. She would love to jump in. Why? Because this is an extraordinarily weak field, and Hillary is obviously tempted.

[Hillary is] commenting more and more often. She went after Tulsi Gabbard in the weirdest way while I was on break here. She suggests that Tulsi Gabbard was a Russian agent, which is a pretty incredible allegation to make about a woman who served in the United States military. Last I checked, this isn’t Kevin Costner in “No Way Out.” In any case, Hillary called Tulsi a Russian asset, which was odd.

CLINTON: I’m not making any predictions, but I think they’ve got their eye on somebody who’s currently in the Democratic primary and are grooming her to be the third-party candidate. She’s a favorite of the Russians. They have a bunch of sites and bots and other ways of supporting her so far, and that’s assuming Jill Stein will give it up, which she might not, because she’s also a Russian asset. Yeah, she’s a Russian asset. I mean, totally. And so they know they can’t win without a third-party candidate.

Okay, and then Tulsi immediately slapped back because this is exactly what she’s been waiting for, is that fight. She says, “Great! Thank you Hillary Clinton. You, the queen of warmongers, embodiment of corruption.” Boo! boo! It reads directly like the monologue by the witch in “The Princess Bride.” The queen of warmongers, embodiment of corruption, Boo! boo! 

GABBARD:  … personification of the rot that has sickened the Democratic Party for so long, have finally come out from behind the curtain. From the day I announced my candidacy, there has been a concerted campaign to destroy my reputation. We wondered who was behind it and why. Now we know — it was always you, through your proxies and powerful allies in the corporate media and war machine, afraid of the threat I pose. It’s now clear that this primary is between you and me. Don’t cowardly hide behind your proxies. Join the race directly.

Hillary obviously is considering that because the rest of this field is unbelievably weak. Elizabeth Warren is weak – she is weak. [Warren] released her educational plan yesterday. She used to be an advocate for charter schools; her educational plan now includes a complete ban on any federal funding of charter schools, plus a mandate that charter schools are supposed to follow a bevy of regulations. Then she says that charter schools are uncompetitive, which is nonsense – charter schools are the only places where parents can voluntarily enroll or dis-enroll their children in the public school system. Where are you talking about? 

I mean, these candidates are weak. They’re incredibly, incredibly weak. And if you’re Hillary, you gotta be thinking, maybe I ought to jump back in.

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https://www.dailywire.com/news/shapiro-are-the-democrats-ready-for-hillary Thu, 24 Oct 2019 17:50:31 GMT https://www.dailywire.com/news/walsh-to-prevent-the-next-james-younger-case-senate-republicans-must-pass-a-bill-banning-chemical-castration-of-children Matt Walsh As The Daily Wire reported this afternoon, the judge in the James Younger case has effectively nullified the jury verdict by giving the father joint conservatorship over his son, which includes a say in the boy’s “transition.” This would seem to be the best possible outcome we could have hoped for in a messy and tragic […]
As The Daily Wire reported this afternoon, the judge in the James Younger case has effectively nullified the jury verdict by giving the father joint conservatorship over his son, which includes a say in the boy’s “transition.” This would seem to be the best possible outcome we could have hoped for in a messy and tragic situation. It will be up to the father to protect James from here on out. Now, at least, he might have some ability to do that. We can’t know for sure, but it seems likely that the outcry from the public over the last week had a hand in bringing about this decision.

But the public cannot be mobilized every time a child’s gender confusion is encouraged and amplified by abusive parents. As more and more minors follow the trend of identifying as “transgender,” we cannot protect them all from being prescribed “puberty blocker” drugs, which are, as I have written previously, the same drugs used to castrate sex offenders. This is why Republicans in Congress must step in.

There is no situation where it could ever be morally, ethically, medically, or scientifically justified to give a physically healthy child drugs suppressing his normal development simply because he is confused about his biological identity. It is an outrage that medical practitioners engage in this kind of barbarity, and abominable that parents would allow or request it, but that is where we are. Republicans can put a stop to it and should. A bill banning the chemical castration of children would be massively popular everywhere and among everyone, with the exception of the craziest loons way out on the left wing fringes. If Democrats in the House want to appease that deranged mob by explicitly coming out in favor of poisoning and deforming pre-pubescent children with medically unnecessary hormone drugs, let them do it and sign their own political death warrant in the process.

The radical far Left has gotten away with imposing its superstitious, anti-scientific, anti-child, anti-woman theories of gender on the public because the people who know better have been, for various pathetic reasons, reluctant to speak out against it. I get the sense that this self-imposed silence on the part of the sane crowd with regards to the gender issue is finally ending. The Left’s vision of sex and gender is incoherent, self-contradicting, and harmful. Most people can see that well enough, whether they are willing to say it out loud or not. A Republican legislative broadside against this madness is sure to be a winner, politically. It’s also just the right thing to do. So get it done, Republicans.

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https://www.dailywire.com/news/walsh-to-prevent-the-next-james-younger-case-senate-republicans-must-pass-a-bill-banning-chemical-castration-of-children Thu, 24 Oct 2019 17:46:32 GMT https://www.dailywire.com/news/amy-klobuchar-qualifies-for-next-dnc-debate Molly Prince Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) revealed on Thursday morning that she has officially qualified to participate in the Democratic National Committee’s (DNC) fifth presidential primary debate in Georgia. “We just qualified for the November Democratic debate! Thanks to everyone for working so hard, making a small donation, and helping us grow our momentum,” Klobuchar said on […]
Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) revealed on Thursday morning that she has officially qualified to participate in the Democratic National Committee’s (DNC) fifth presidential primary debate in Georgia.

“We just qualified for the November Democratic debate! Thanks to everyone for working so hard, making a small donation, and helping us grow our momentum,” Klobuchar said on Twitter. “We’ve made so much progress, but we need to keep going. Donate to our campaign today!”

A certified poll conducted by Quinnipiac University shows that the Minnesota lawmaker received 3% support in the nationwide contest. The poll, released on Tuesday, marks the final benchmark that she needed to overcome on order to receive an invitation onto the stage.

Klobuchar enjoyed a surge of attention and fundraising in the wake of her performance in last week’s debate in Ohio. The three-term senator has positioned herself as one of the more moderate Democrats seeking the party’s nomination.

While appearing on the debate stage, Klobuchar clashed with her progressive rivals and publicly criticized their signature policy proposal, Medicare for All. She notably attacked Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) for not being forthcoming with the American people and failing to admit that she would likely have to raise taxes in order to help fund the estimated $34 trillion plan.

In the 24 hours following the debate, Klobuchar’s campaign announced that it had generated $1.1 million in donations, making it the best day of online fundraising yet. The money is a significant haul for Klobuchar, who reported $4.8 million in third quarter donations and $3.9 million in second quarter donations.

Klobuchar is now the ninth presidential hopeful to meet the qualifying threshold and subsequently accept an invitation onto the debate stage: Former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), financier Tom Steyer, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and entrepreneur Andrew Yang will also be participating.

In order to nab a podium on the upcoming Georgia debate stage, presidential hopefuls must raise campaign donations from no fewer than 165,000 individual donors. In addition, they must also receive at least 3% of the vote in four general DNC-approved polls and 5% in two early-state polls – such as those in Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, or South Carolina.

Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-TX), Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), and former House and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Julián Castro all participated in October’s debate, but have not yet qualified for any future debates. While all three Democratic contenders have met the donor benchmark, they are still short of meeting the polling threshold.

To date, O’Rourke, Gabbard, and Castro have received 3% support in two, one, and zero DNC-approved polls, respectively. None of these candidates have hit 5% in an early voting state poll. Candidates still have until November 13 to reach the required threshold and qualify.

November’s debate will be presented jointly by MSNBC and The Washington Post on November 20. MSNBC revealed earlier in the week that the debate moderators will consist of an all-female panel: Rachel Maddow from MSNBC, Ashley Parker from The Washington Post, and both Andrea Mitchell and Kristen Welker from NBC News.

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https://www.dailywire.com/news/amy-klobuchar-qualifies-for-next-dnc-debate Thu, 24 Oct 2019 17:14:17 GMT https://www.dailywire.com/news/two-students-arrested-for-shouting-vulgar-racist-words Ashe Schow Two white University of Connecticut students were arrested Monday after playing a game where they shouted vulgar words, including racial epithets like the n-word. Stupid? Yes! Racist and vulgar? Yes! But Illegal? Not usually, but Adam Steinbaugh of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education reported that Connecticut has “a rarely-used, unconstitutional state law prohibiting […]
Two white University of Connecticut students were arrested Monday after playing a game where they shouted vulgar words, including racial epithets like the n-word.

Stupid? Yes! Racist and vulgar? Yes! But Illegal? Not usually, but Adam Steinbaugh of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education reported that Connecticut has “a rarely-used, unconstitutional state law prohibiting ‘ridicule.’”

This “relic,” of a law, as Steinbaugh explained, is from 1917 and was “intended to address advertisements for businesses, not every use of derogatory language.” It states:

Sec. 53-37. Ridicule on account of creed, religion, color, denomination, nationality or race. Any person who, by his advertisement, ridicules or holds up to contempt any person or class of persons, on account of the creed, religion, color, denomination, nationality or race of such person or class of persons, shall be guilty of a class D misdemeanor.

Steinbaugh noted that the law was rarely enforced because “it is plainly unconstitutional.”

“The use of racially-derogatory language — without more — is protected by the First Amendment,” he added.

The two students were filmed while they shouted the racist terms in an apartment complex parking lot. The video sparked outrage on campus. The UConn chapter of the NAACP wrote a letter to the editor of the school’s newspaper, The Daily Campus. The letter demanded school officials “fully investigate this incident and apply the proper justice.” Campus Reform reported that the university confirmed to it that the two students shouting vulgar and racist words in the video were arrested under the “ridicule” law.

NBC News reported that the two students, each aged 21, could face “a $50 fine or up to 30 days in jail.” Not to mention a criminal record that may have to be explained in the future.

A third man seen in the video was not arrested as he did not appear to shout with the other two, NBC reported.

Legal Insurrection reported that this is just the most recent example of people being punished for words — even if most people would find those words objectionable.

“Last month, New York made it illegal to use the term ‘illegal alien’ in a derogatory manner,” the outlet reported. “This week, a lawmaker in Massachusetts is proposing outlawing use of the word ‘bitch.’

As The Daily Wire reported Wednesday, the Massachusetts bill was introduced by State Rep. Daniel Hunt, a Democrat representing the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston, on behalf of a constituent. Massachusetts is the only state that allows citizens to introduce bills to the legislature. Hunt told The Boston Globe that he forgot to check a box on the filing form indicating it was for a constituent.

Hunt also said he has been mocked for the bill by State Republicans and people from across the country.

“I got at least 50 phone calls today calling me a ‘bitch’ or the ‘C’ word, and I’ve also gotten probably 50 e-mails,” he told the Globe.

When asked if the emails and phone calls bothered him, Hunt said it was “their right to express themselves to an elected official.” Acknowledging that right negates the bill he introduced.

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https://www.dailywire.com/news/two-students-arrested-for-shouting-vulgar-racist-words Thu, 24 Oct 2019 16:42:23 GMT https://www.dailywire.com/news/disney-ceo-bob-iger-stays-silent-on-china-protests-admits-it-will-harm-profits Paul Bois Add Disney to the list of American corporations willing to bow to the Communist Party of China in order to make a quick buck. Speaking at the WSJ Tech Live conference on Tuesday, Disney CEO Bob Iger said that the company will be keeping silent on the Hong Kong protests, admitting that speaking out would […]
Add Disney to the list of American corporations willing to bow to the Communist Party of China in order to make a quick buck.

Speaking at the WSJ Tech Live conference on Tuesday, Disney CEO Bob Iger said that the company will be keeping silent on the Hong Kong protests, admitting that speaking out would harm the company’s bottom line. Iger’s precedent for this, of course, came from the backlash against the NBA when Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey tweeted in support of the Hong Kong protesters.

“What we learned in the last week — we’ve learned how complicated this is,” Iger said, as reported by Bloomberg. “The biggest learning from that is that caution is imperative. To take a position that could harm our company in some form would be a big mistake. I just don’t believe it’s something we should engage in in a public manner.”

Iger called it a “damned if you do, damned if you don’t” situation, even though he has shown himself to be more than willing to speak out on progressive political causes — such as when he said Disney would have to consider boycotting the state of Georgia for enacting a fetal heartbeat bill to protect unborn babies from abortion.

“I think many people who work for us will not want to work there, and we will have to heed their wishes in that regard,” Iger told Reuters earlier this year. “Right now, we are watching it very carefully. If [the bill] becomes law, I don’t see how it’s practical for us to continue to shoot there.”

Needless to say, Disney has a massive financial interest in China. According to LifeNews, the corporation “opened a $5.5 billion resort in Shanghai, China, in 2016,” partnering with the “state-owned media company, Shanghai Shendi Group, for the resort.” Bob Iger even referred to the resort as the company’s “greatest opportunity since buying land in Florida.”

A New York Times report in November of last year also said that China’s growing middle class is a “particularly important growth market for Disney.” This business was all conducted even as no less a leftist organization than Human Rights Watch itself reported that Chinese authorities interned nearly 13 million Muslims.

“Authorities dramatically stepped up repression and systematic abuses against the 13 million Turkic Muslims, including Uyghurs and ethnic Kazakhs, in China’s northwestern Xinjiang region,” reported Human Rights Watch. “Authorities have carried out mass arbitrary detention, torture, and mistreatment of some of them in various detention facilities, and increasingly imposed pervasive controls on daily life.”

Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE) publicly blasted Iger for putting profits over human rights in China. “Sell your soul to save your profits’ is going to be a helluva plot line for ‘Frozen 2,’” said Sasse. “There are about a million Uyghurs in Chinese communist prisons who aren’t going to be visiting the Magic Kingdom anytime soon.”

Disney also stepped into a difficult controversy over the summer when the #BoycottMulan hashtag exploded on Twitter in response to the film’s star, Crystal Liu, openly expressing support for the Hong Kong police force in the wake of the widespread protests there.

“I support the Hong Kong police. You can all attack me now. What a shame for Hong Kong,” Liu said on the Chinese social media platform Weibo.

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https://www.dailywire.com/news/disney-ceo-bob-iger-stays-silent-on-china-protests-admits-it-will-harm-profits Thu, 24 Oct 2019 16:41:02 GMT https://www.dailywire.com/news/watch-student-activists-defend-transitioning-children-political-violence-anti-free-speech-actions James Barrett In a new man-on-the-street video (below), Austen Fletcher (“Fleccas”) went to a student protest against bestselling author and Daily Wire podcast host Michael Knowles over his speech titled “Men Are Not Women” at Kennesaw State University on Monday. Though Fletcher was repeatedly shut down by protest organizers, who told fellow activists not to “engage” with anyone […]
In a new man-on-the-street video (below), Austen Fletcher (“Fleccas”) went to a student protest against bestselling author and Daily Wire podcast host Michael Knowles over his speech titled “Men Are Not Women” at Kennesaw State University on Monday. Though Fletcher was repeatedly shut down by protest organizers, who told fellow activists not to “engage” with anyone who questioned their cause, he managed to talk with several.

Among the anti-Knowles/pro-trans activists’ comments were defenses of “transitioning” young children using hormone therapy and irreversible surgery and an adamant defense of violence as a “useful political tool.” Some of the activists also admitted to not knowing much — at all — about Knowles.

As reported by The Daily Wire earlier this week, a pair of student activist groups, Kennesaw State United and Kennesaw Pride, organized a protest ahead of Knowles “transphobic” speech hosted by Young Americans for Freedom. In a Facebook post, the groups spelled out the rules of engagement, including “minimizing[ing] interactions” with “transphobes, white supremacists, and others” who might question their agenda:

There is a possibility that transphobes, white supremacists, and others may approach. If approached, please minimize your interactions with them for your own safety and everybody else’s. If you’re comfortable, however, you may engage in productive conversation away from others as to not disrupt the positive space.

Fletcher found a lot of anti-free speech sentiment among the protesters.

When Fletcher asked one student if he thinks Knowles should be allowed to speak on campus, he said, “No,” explaining, “I don’t think hate speech is free speech.” When Fletcher asked if he had ever watched one of Knowles’ videos, the student admitted he had not.

Another male student explained, when asked by Fletcher, why he was protesting Knowles that while he “doesn’t know much” about Knowles, he “saw the line ‘Men Are Not Women’” and the tagline about “propaganda from the left” on a poster.

While the student was speaking with Fletcher, one of the apparent organizers of the event came up to remind him that they “are not encouraging engagement” with people who do not embrace their agenda. “I understand,” said the guy. “He’s an adult,” added Fleccas.

When Fletcher asked the male student, “Do you disavow Antifa?” he replied, “No, god no.” Fletcher responded by asking about “the violence they do.”

“I think that violence is a useful political tool,” the student said, adding “if wielded in the proper fashion.” He also admitted that “collateral damage happens,” calling it “a shame.”

When Fletcher got the student to admit he had never watched a video of Knowles and was responding entirely to a poster he saw, Fletcher asked how he could be “okay with political violence” to shut him down. “No, I’ve been okay with political violence before I knew who this guy was,” the activist said.

Fletcher also managed to get some of the activists to explain their stance on “transitioning” young children.

“Do you think when it comes to children transitioning there should be … an age limit when a child is able to receive hormone therapy or transition surgery?” Fletcher asked one female activist.

“No, I do not,” she said. “I feel like if they have a medical diagnosis and this is who they are then that’s what needs to happen for them.”

An older activist slammed Fletcher for even asking her a similar question, suggesting it was not an adult’s business what children decide to do.

Another student defended children going through transitional therapy and surgery by saying that they are being guided by doctors and social workers.

The guy who previously espoused violence as “useful” said that “studies” show children can form a gender identity as young as “3 or 4.” While he expressed sympathy for those who push back against permanent “transition” changes in kids, he added, “I mean, I’m not going to tell [the kids] what to do.”

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Fleccas’ video also highlights how frequently his attempts to talk with protesters was shut down by the protest organizers, who repeatedly tell their fellow activists that they should not engage with him. They also tell him that some of the space is their designated space and he’s not allowed there.

“You can interview people, you just can’t be here,” said one of the activists, to which Fleccas noted that he is simply going up to “adults” and asking if they want to talk. “You guys don’t speak for other people,” said Fletcher.

Not everyone there was anti-free speech, including one self-described libertarian trans student, who said he was against what the activists were doing.

“Being trans is pretty socially acceptable now, as it should be,” said the student. “But if you are a straight, white guy, you’re silenced. You’re not allowed to voice your opinion.”

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https://www.dailywire.com/news/watch-student-activists-defend-transitioning-children-political-violence-anti-free-speech-actions Thu, 24 Oct 2019 16:39:01 GMT https://www.dailywire.com/news/dems-new-campaign-slogan-impeach-because-our-candidates-suck-satire Andrew Klavan The following is satirical.  It’s time to check in on the Democratic presidential field because laughter is the best medicine. The field seems to have narrowed itself down to a cigar store Indian, a guy whose eye keeps exploding while his teeth fall out, the stuffed remains of a Communist who unfortunately passed away of […]
The following is satirical. 

It’s time to check in on the Democratic presidential field because laughter is the best medicine.

The field seems to have narrowed itself down to a cigar store Indian, a guy whose eye keeps exploding while his teeth fall out, the stuffed remains of a Communist who unfortunately passed away of a heart attack, and of course the gay guy whom no one will vote for because we just don’t want to see his husband on the cover of Vogue under the headline, “America’s New First Lady, So To Speak.”

The cigar girl, Chief Elizabeth Warren, has now announced that she will pay for the $800 gazillion in new spending she’s proposing by taxing the wealthy until the wealthy leave the country so they not only can’t be taxed but they are no longer investing in American companies so now you’re out of work and actually need government assistance but there is none because all the wealthy people are gone so Warren will then tax you to pay you for the fact that you’re poor from being overtaxed.

The late Bernie Sanders was carried to New York and propped up in front of a crowd while Alexandria Occasional Cortex endorsed him. The late Sanders will now have to face questions as to why he was endorsed by a member of Congress who continually says ignorant, nonsensical things, like, “I endorse Bernie Sanders.”

Joe Biden has released a statement saying there was absolutely nothing wrong with his son Hunter interrupting a life of whoring and drug use to accept high-paying jobs he wasn’t qualified for but was offered because his father held public office.

After his statement, Biden’s eye exploded, his teeth fell out, and his standing in the polls rose 15 points because, hard as it is to believe, he’s the best candidate they’ve got.

On the positive side, the Democrats have come up with new campaign slogan: “Impeach Now, Because My God, Look At Our Terrible Candidates.”

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https://www.dailywire.com/news/dems-new-campaign-slogan-impeach-because-our-candidates-suck-satire Thu, 24 Oct 2019 16:25:33 GMT https://www.dailywire.com/news/house-republicans-request-adam-schiff-bring-whistleblower-forward-for-questioning Ashe Schow Republican members on the House Intelligence Committee have written a letter to Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) requesting he bring forward the whistleblower whose August 12 complaint prompted an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump. In the letter, sent Wednesday to Schiff and obtained by The Daily Wire, Reps. Jim Jordan (R-OH), Devin Nunes (R-CA), and […]
Republican members on the House Intelligence Committee have written a letter to Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) requesting he bring forward the whistleblower whose August 12 complaint prompted an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.

In the letter, sent Wednesday to Schiff and obtained by The Daily Wire, Reps. Jim Jordan (R-OH), Devin Nunes (R-CA), and Michael McCaul (R-TX) asked why Schiff changed his mind on calling the whistleblower to testify.

“We are surprised by your announcement that the Committees will not receive testimony from the anonymous intelligence community employee whose complaint initiated the so-called impeachment inquiry,” the congressmen wrote. “You had earlier committed that the employee would provide ‘unfiltered’ testimony ‘very soon,’ only to reverse course following revelations that the employee had a bias against President Donald Trump and that you had received a secret, early account of the allegations.”

“As the so-called impeachment inquiry gathers information that contradicts the employee’s allegations, we ask that you arrange for the Committees to receive public testimony from the employee and all individuals he or she relied upon in formulating the complaint,” the congressmen added.

The three Republicans then list a number of complaints the whistleblower made:

  • That President Trump “sought to pressure” Ukrainian President [Volodymyr] Zelensky “to take actions to help the President’s 2020 bid,”

  • That Ambassador Kurt Volker and Ambassador Gordon Sondland were sent to Ukraine to “provide[] advice … about how to “navigate” the demands that the President had made of Mr. Zelensky,”

  • That Ambassador Volker and Ambassador Sondland had “spoken with Mr. [Rudy] Giuliani in an attempt to “contain the damage” to U.S. national security,”

  • That a meeting or phone call between President Trump and President Zelensky “would depend on whether Zelensky showed willingness to “play ball” on investigations; and

  • That President Trump “instructed Vice President [Mike] Pence to cancel his planned travel to Ukraine to attend President Zelensky’s inauguration.”

The Republicans noted that prior to receiving any “direct evidence,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) announced the House would initiate an impeachment inquiry.

“Since then, the Committees have obtained information that contradicts the employee’s assertions,” the congressmen wrote. “The transcript of President Trump’s phone call with President ‘Zelensky, which President Trump declassified and released the day after Speaker Pelosi’s announcement, contains no reference to the 2020 presidential election. President Zelensky has said publicly and repeatedly that he felt no pressure and there were no conditions imposed by President Trump. In addition, several witnesses have offered closed-door testimony in this so-called impeachment inquiry that rebuts the central assertion of the anonymous employee’s complaint, including the specific allegations listed above.”

The congressmen insisted that in light of these inconsistencies, Schiff should make available the testimony of the whistleblower and all the people he or she spoke to in order to write the complaint.

The congressmen then seemingly took a page from House Democrats by concluding in their letter: “Your failure to arrange for the Committees to receive this testimony shall constitute evidence of your denial of fundamental fairness and due process.”

In House Democrats’ letters demanding Secretary of State Mike Pompeo submit to questioning, the chairmen of several committees wrote that Pompeo’s “failure or refusal to comply with the subpoena shall constitute evidence of obstruction of the House’s impeachment inquiry.”

Of course, such a notion was absurd, as Pompeo said in a response letter.

“There is no legal basis for such a threat,” Pompeo wrote. “Given the serious substantive and procedural deficiencies in the Committee’s requests, including the Committee’s apparent effort to circumvent Executive Branch constitutional interests in having Department counsel present at any depositions, the Committee’s assertion lacks any recognized legal basis. I urge you to exercise restraint in making such unfounded statements in the future.”

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https://www.dailywire.com/news/house-republicans-request-adam-schiff-bring-whistleblower-forward-for-questioning Thu, 24 Oct 2019 15:57:49 GMT https://www.dailywire.com/news/bidens-sandy-hook-claim-is-refuted-by-victims-brother Molly Prince Former Vice President Joe Biden claims in a newly released campaign video that he met with the families of all the victims of the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, but a victim’s brother disputed that claim on Wednesday. “This issue of gun violence has been a concern of mine for a long, long time. […]
Former Vice President Joe Biden claims in a newly released campaign video that he met with the families of all the victims of the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, but a victim’s brother disputed that claim on Wednesday.

“This issue of gun violence has been a concern of mine for a long, long time. What really got to me though really firsthand was what happened up at Sandy Hook,” Biden says in the video. “I think I met with every one of the parents and or the families of those who were lost — little kids.”

“I met with the police officers who investigated that. They had great difficulty handling what they saw, just going in and seeing those babies and it just enraged me,” he continued. “When I sat down with those parents — I’ve lost a child, not to gun violence [but] I’ve lost two children. It is the most devastating thing that could happen to a parent. But I can’t fathom, fathom how they must have felt.”

JT Lewis, who lost his six-year-old brother Jesse during the attack, challenged Biden’s claim by claiming that former President Barack Obama had met with each of the grieving families — and not Biden

“This is a lie. Obama came to Sandy Hook and met with every family. Joe Biden DID NOT,” Lewis responded. “In fact, my family was not allowed on Air Force One because we refused to support Obama/Biden gun control efforts.”

Lewis later doubled down on his statement in a series of tweets criticizing the Democratic presidential candidate for falsely claiming to have experienced Sandy Hook firsthand while it was actually Obama who did so. He also harkened back to a previous claim that Biden made, where he stated that he met with the families of the deadly Parkland shooting in 2018. At the time, President Donald Trump was in office and Biden’s claim was quickly debunked.

“Joe Biden just claimed that he came to Sandy Hook after the shooting and met with every family who lost someone,” Lewis said. “It was actually Obama who did that, NOT Joe Biden.”

“Biden also thought he was VP when Parkland happened,” he added. “[Biden] is either a liar or he’s losing his mind.”

He also clarified that the Obama administration offered to fly the families of Sandy Hook victims to Washington, D.C. on Air Force One if they would lobby on behalf of gun control. Accordingly, Lewis, who is a staunch advocate of the Second Amendment, was not one of those selected.

Lewis announced in July that he would be running for a seat in the Connecticut State Senate in 2020. He stated that he was inspired to seek public office after Jesse was one of 20 first-graders murdered in the elementary school shooting in 2012.

Jesse is largely credited with saving the lives of many of his classmates. After the gunman’s firearm temporarily jammed, Jesse yelled for his classmates to run while he stayed behind and defended his teacher, according to law enforcement. Several students were able to escape before the gunman started firing again.

Biden’s campaign did not return The Daily Wire’s request for comment.

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https://www.dailywire.com/news/bidens-sandy-hook-claim-is-refuted-by-victims-brother Thu, 24 Oct 2019 14:45:26 GMT https://www.dailywire.com/news/judge-judy-makes-first-presidential-endorsement-of-her-career-bloomberg Molly Prince Judy Sheindlin, more commonly known as Judge Judy revealed earlier in October that she is supporting former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg for president, even though he has yet to formally enter the presidential race. “I realize I am taking a personal and a career risk in making such a statement. I have carefully […]
Judy Sheindlin, more commonly known as Judge Judy revealed earlier in October that she is supporting former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg for president, even though he has yet to formally enter the presidential race.

“I realize I am taking a personal and a career risk in making such a statement. I have carefully stayed away from politics for 50 years, except to vote,” Sheindlin wrote in an op-ed for USA Today. “But times have changed in our country, and I believe the moment has come for me to step out from behind the curtain. I want to speak honestly and from the heart — regardless of the consequences.”

Sheindlin, who holds the title of the highest-paid personality on television, explained that she was asked about her views on the upcoming presidential election while she was speaking at the Cambridge Union in England.

“I didn’t mince words. I said our American family has been fractured in recent years. We’re hopelessly divided, and a bitterly divided family cannot thrive,” she explained. “The only way we can begin to come together again, I said, is if Michael Bloomberg, former mayor of New York City, becomes our next president.”

Over the past decade, Bloomberg has been repeatedly floated as a potential candidate to represent the centrist lane of the Democratic party. He was notably a Democrat for the majority of his adult life before switching to the Republican Party in 2001 before his term as mayor began. However, midway through his term, he again changed his party affiliation to Independent before rejoining the Democratic Party in 2018.

The former New York mayor was enmeshed in speculation about launching a bid for the presidency in 2008, 2012, and 2016. After Bloomberg announced that he was contributing at least $80 million to Democratic candidates during the 2018 congressional elections and subsequently registered as a Democrat, rumors of his impending entry into the 2020 presidential race again began swirling.

Bloomberg announced in March 2019 that he would not be launching a bid for the presidency, and instead urged Americans to “nominate a Democrat who will be in the strongest position to defeat Donald Trump.” However, only days before Sheindlin publicly endorsed Bloomberg, he revealed that he was still mulling over a bid, contingent on former Vice President Joe Biden dropping out of the race.

“I realize Michael Bloomberg said in March that he will not run for president in 2020 … I respect his comment — but our political landscape has changed profoundly since he made it,” Sheindlin said. “There is ferment on the left and the right, candidacies are rising and falling, and this has created an opportunity for Bloomberg, a man of the center, to change his mind.”

“Here’s why I believe that’s so important: An independent, tough-minded businessman, he represents our best chance to bring America together again and begin the long national process of healing,” she continued. “Unlike those on the far the right and the far left who use their bully pulpit to divide us, he’s a pragmatist, a man who has shown time and again that he knows how to get things done and cares more about results than ideology. That’s a skill in short supply these days, on both sides.”

She went one to argue that Bloomberg is the only person “who seems to understand that screaming at one another gets us nowhere.” Accordingly, she lamented the loss of civil debate and respect in differences of opinion.

“America is a young country, compared with the nations of Europe and Asia, and we still have a spectacular story to tell the world,” Sheindlin said. “But we’re also a work in progress, and the 2020 presidential election will be one of the most important in our history.”

Sheindlin’s public support of Bloomberg is the first time she has endorsed a political candidate in the more than two decades since she has began presiding on her television show “Judge Judy.”

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https://www.dailywire.com/news/judge-judy-makes-first-presidential-endorsement-of-her-career-bloomberg Thu, 24 Oct 2019 13:29:11 GMT https://www.dailywire.com/news/bds-supporter-ilhan-omar-sanctions-unjustly-target-citizens-are-failed-foreign-policy Ryan Saavedra Anti-Semitic Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) repeatedly stated on Wednesday that she was opposed to sanctioning Turkey — a country where 98% of its inhabitants identify as Muslim — because it was “failed foreign policy” and it unjustly targeted Turkey’s citizens. The problem with Omar opposing sanctions is that she is an avid supporter of the […]
Anti-Semitic Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) repeatedly stated on Wednesday that she was opposed to sanctioning Turkey — a country where 98% of its inhabitants identify as Muslim — because it was “failed foreign policy” and it unjustly targeted Turkey’s citizens.

The problem with Omar opposing sanctions is that she is an avid supporter of the anti-Semitic Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement that is designed to destroy the state of Israel.

Omar penned an op-ed published in The Washington Post on Wednesday titled: “Ilhan Omar: Sanctions are part of a failed foreign policy playbook. Stop relying on them.”

In the op-ed, Omar wrote that enacting sanctions against authoritative regimes that commit human rights abuses — Iran, Venezuela, and Turkey — would hurt the people of those countries and ultimately would not be successful:

In the White House announcement on Oct. 14 of sanctions on Turkey, Trump said, “I am fully prepared to swiftly destroy Turkey’s economy if Turkish leaders continue down this dangerous and destructive path.” He imposed those sanctions before lifting them Tuesday, only to threaten more “crippling sanctions.”

This is an unmistakable echo of the failed U.S. strategy of “maximum pressure” on Iran and Venezuela. And just as with those two countries, it would be a humanitarian and geopolitical disaster.

In so much of our foreign policy, we rely on muscle memory and a limited toolbox to decide the best course of action. And, too often, sanctions regimes are ill considered, incoherent and counterproductive.

Research has shown that sanctions rarely achieve their desired goals. In the worst-case scenario, they hurt the people of a country — generally the very people we’re purporting to help — without making a dent in the country’s behavior. And in the case of human rights abusers, research suggests that more abuses typically occur with economic sanctions in place than without them.

Later in the day, Omar said during a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on Syria that the “Kurds have the right to exist as Kurds” and have a right to “self-determination.”

Omar also said that there needs to be “accountability” for Turkey’s actions, adding that “accountability does not mean canceling and freezing bank accounts. It does not mean crippling the Turkish economy, enacting mass punishment on populations that didn’t choose this.”

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Omar’s support of the anti-Semitic BDS movement has been widely condemned by many in her own party, including by Obama’s U.S. ambassador to Israel, Dan Shapiro, who tweeted earlier this year: “Some of us remained uncomfortably quiet after her BDS flip-flop & other offensive remarks because we were aware of efforts to work with her: by colleagues, party leaders, her local Jewish community in MN. She indicated to them she had other policy priorities, not Is/Pal issues.”

“But these efforts have failed. Her support for BDS is apparently her essence: blaming Israel alone for the conflict, absolving Palestinians of all responsibility, delegitimizing Israel’s very existence, & accusing its supporters of shallow motives & manipulation by Jewish money,” Shapiro continued.

Omar, who even introduced a pro-BDS resolution earlier this year in Congress, was essentially condemned by Pelosi at AIPAC, although Pelosi did not use her name directly.

“We must also be vigilant against bigoted or dangerous ideologies masquerading as policy, and that includes BDS,” Pelosi said. “Did you know this? It does not recognize — and many of its supporters don’t know or explicitly deny — it does not recognize the right of Jewish people to national self-determination.”

“I simply declare to be anti-Semitic is to be anti-American,” Pelosi added. “It has no place in our country.”

Earlier this year, Omar ran when she was asked by CNN about why she supported the anti-Semitic BDS movement.

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https://www.dailywire.com/news/bds-supporter-ilhan-omar-sanctions-unjustly-target-citizens-are-failed-foreign-policy Thu, 24 Oct 2019 11:39:39 GMT https://www.dailywire.com/news/top-hillary-clinton-adviser-adds-more-fuel-to-fire-that-clinton-will-run-in-2020 Ryan Saavedra Philippe Reines, a longtime top adviser to Hillary Clinton, left the door open during a Wednesday night interview on whether Clinton will run for president again in 2020. Reines fueled rising speculation that Clinton could still join the 2020 presidential race during an interview on Fox News with host Tucker Carlson. “So, I’m assuming what […]
Philippe Reines, a longtime top adviser to Hillary Clinton, left the door open during a Wednesday night interview on whether Clinton will run for president again in 2020.

Reines fueled rising speculation that Clinton could still join the 2020 presidential race during an interview on Fox News with host Tucker Carlson.

“So, I’m assuming what I just said and what we’re hearing is true, that if she thought she was the best position to beat Donald Trump, she would get in the race,” Carlson began.

“You know, she ran for president because she thought she would be the best president,” Reines responded. “If she still thought that now, if she thought she had the best odds of beating Donald Trump — I think she would think about it long and hard.”

“She’s not — she hasn’t foreclosed the possibility, I guess,” Carlson responded.

Reines responded, “No, she has not.”

“That’s what I’m saying, too,” Carlson replied. “So, really the question and that doesn’t surprise anybody who’s followed the Clintons, right?”

“No,” Reines answered.

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The New York Times added fuel to the fire this week in a report that said that Clinton would still consider entering the race under certain circumstances.

“Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Bloomberg have both told people privately in recent weeks that if they thought they could win, they would consider entering the primary — but that they were skeptical there would be an opening, according to Democrats who have spoken with them,” The Times wrote.

“Democrats who have recently spoken with Mrs. Clinton say she shares the same concerns other party elites have about the field — worried about Mr. Biden’s durability, Ms. Warren’s liberal politics and unsure of who else can emerge to take on Mr. Trump,” the Times added. “But these people, who spoke anonymously to discuss private conversations, say she enjoys the freedom that comes with not being on the ballot.”

The Washington Post confirmed The Times’ reporting, saying that speculation has increased as the so-called “moderate” Democrat presidential candidates have struggled to gain any traction in the election.

“Hillary Clinton, according to two people close to her, has not ruled out jumping in herself, a sign that she is hearing similar dissatisfaction,” The Post wrote. “Views about Clinton vary widely, however, and in part mirror the ideological and generational schisms that have fed the current anxiety. More seasoned leaders who have seen Democrats lose big have tended to prefer a safer, middle-road candidate more palatable to a wide range of voters.”

John Coale, a major donor to both Bill and Hillary Clinton, was frank on the topic of Democrats’ prospects of beating President Donald Trump in 2020: “They don’t have anybody who can win the general [election].”

One former top adviser to Clinton, who did not wish to speak on the record, told The Daily Wire that they were confident that Clinton was not going to run in 2020.

There are many things working against Clinton if she did decide to run.

Clinton has not done anything over the past three years other than blame nearly everything but herself for her loss in the 2016 election.

Clinton is also the only candidate to lose a presidential election and then become even less liked after losing.

But perhaps the biggest thing that would prevent Clinton from entering the race was the recent revelation that she allegedly pressured journalist Ronan Farrow to cover up the sexual allegations against Harvey Weinstein because she was worried that the story could be problematic for her.

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https://www.dailywire.com/news/top-hillary-clinton-adviser-adds-more-fuel-to-fire-that-clinton-will-run-in-2020 Thu, 24 Oct 2019 11:32:34 GMT https://www.dailywire.com/news/ocasio-cortez-democrats-skewered-after-embarrassing-attacks-on-zuckerberg Ryan Saavedra Socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and other Democrats on the House Financial Services Committee were slammed online on Wednesday over their “arrogant,” “inaccurate,” and “embarrassing” attacks on Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Zuckerberg appeared before the committee for over six hours to answer questions about Facebook’s proposed cryptocurrency, Libra. “Anybody who believes the Democrats are angry […]
Socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and other Democrats on the House Financial Services Committee were slammed online on Wednesday over their “arrogant,” “inaccurate,” and “embarrassing” attacks on Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

Zuckerberg appeared before the committee for over six hours to answer questions about Facebook’s proposed cryptocurrency, Libra.

“Anybody who believes the Democrats are angry at Facebook because they want more free speech should take a look at this,” Daily Wire Editor-in-Chief Ben Shapiro commented on the hearing. “Democrats are angry at Facebook because they want less free speech. They simply want more Democratic control of the means of informational distribution.”

Rep. Al Green (D-TX) pressed Zuckerberg about the representation that certain intersectional groups have within the company’s Libra project.

After asking how many women and how many minorities worked on the project, Green asked Zuckerberg: “Are there any members of the LGBTQ+ community associated with this association, Mr. Zuckerberg?”

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Senior RealClearInvestigations writer Mark Hemingway commented on Greens’ remarks, tweeting: “Gotta love it when bosses make a habit of brushing up on their employees’ sex lives. Really shows you care.”

“Is it legal to collect this information?” Reason staff editor Liz Wolf tweeted. “Is it in any way relevant to the employee’s ability to do their job well? JFC, people.”

During another portion of questioning, Rep. Joyce Beatty (D-OH) suggested, without evidence, that Zuckerberg had “ruined the lives of many [African-Americans].”

“Do you know what percentage of African Americans are on Facebook, in comparison to majority folks?” Beatty pressed. “Do you know what the percentages are?”

Zuckerberg responded: “I don’t because we don’t collect the races of people.”

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“Holy, this lady almost makes AOC look competent,” Dave Rubin commented. “I actually feel bad for Zuckerberg. That’s how totally ridiculous these congresspeople are.”

During another embarrassing portion of the hearing, far-left Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) attacked Zuckerberg over the fact that some people in the world do not have a lot of money.

Pressley, like many of her Democrat cohorts, repeatedly pressed Zuckerberg on questions that he was unlikely to know the answers to and then cut him off before he could offer any real response to their questions.

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The most cringeworthy portion of the hearing belonged to Ocasio-Cortez, whose arrogance and desire for censoring her opponents was on full display.

Ocasio-Cortez suggested that she wanted to take advantage of the fact that Facebook tries to not censor political speech from politicians by intentionally lying in her campaign ads, specifically wanting to falsely claim that Republicans supported her $93 trillion Green New Deal.

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Ocasio-Cortez then leveled bogus attacks against The Daily Caller, a conservative publication that has been critical of Ocasio-Cortez’s often flawed ideas and has often called out her false statements and highlighted corruption that involves her.

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Ocasio-Cortez claimed that The Daily Caller “has ties to white supremacists,” a claim that drew quick response from the leadership at The Daily Caller.

“Those accusations are rich coming from the leader of the most openly anti-Semitic freshman Congress in modern American history,” Daily Caller Editor-in-Chief Geoffrey Ingersoll told The Daily Wire. “Ocasio-Cortez herself employed a staffer who lionized Nazis collaborators. Maybe she should spend more time cleaning her room and making her bed before she goes to work.”

“Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez’s call for censorship is typical coming from a party hellbent on annihilating opposing views, in this case one of the only groups of journalists aggressively reporting on her,” Ingersoll added.

In a tweet, The Daily Caller wrote: “Ooh did our reporting on her campaign finance shenanigans get under her skin?”

The tweet linked to a report by investigative reporter Andrew Kerr titled, “Ocasio-Cortez And Her Chief Of Staff ‘Could Be Facing Jail Time’ If Their Control Over PAC Was Intentionally Hidden, Former FEC Commissioner Says.”

The Daily Caller issued a statement on Ocasio-Cortez’s remarks from publisher Neil Patel.

“Our reporting has directly contributed to putting four members of the ‘alt-right’ in prison and sending two more on the run, at great personal risk to our reporters on the ground,” Patel wrote. “And as a minority-owned and minority-run news company with a diverse staff — including many African-American, Jewish, Asian, and other minority employees — any allegation that our company is in league with white supremacy is offensive.”

“We have denounced white supremacy in the past and are happy to do so again,” Patel continued. “We share nothing with them and they aren’t welcome at our company. For a sitting member of Congress to knowingly repeat such spurious allegations — especially during these polarized, violent times — is not just despicable, it endangers our staff.”

Ocasio-Cortez’s attacks on Zuckerberg predictably earned the strongest negative reaction online.

Dave Rubin tweeted: “She’s absolutely awful. Zuckerberg tries to calmly explain that allowing people to decide for themselves is sometimes what’s right. That’s foreign to progressive groupthink.”

Tim Pool tweeted: “AOC just proved exactly why Mark Zuckerberg is right to not police truthfulness of political speech Poynter runs the fact checking approval for Facebook, she is wrong and is smearing the Daily Caller Should Facebook ban AOC from saying this on FB?”

Guy Benson tweeted: “Can confirm: White supremacy was not joked about, made light of, espoused, or even mentioned at the ‘far right’ / Zuckerberg dinner party I attended. What a performance she put on.”

Allie Beth Stuckey tweeted: “My gosh. @AOC tries very hard to seem fierce and operates solely out of a desire for viral clips. These questions are not at all interesting or clever, and she is cringefully arrogant.”

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https://www.dailywire.com/news/ocasio-cortez-democrats-skewered-after-embarrassing-attacks-on-zuckerberg Thu, 24 Oct 2019 11:23:20 GMT https://www.dailywire.com/news/two-proud-boys-sentenced-to-four-years-behind-bars-after-nyc-brawl-with-antifa Amanda Prestigiacomo On Tuesday, two members of the right-wing group dubbed the “Proud Boys,” John Kinsman and Maxwell Hare, were sentenced to four years behind bars for their role in a brawl with left-wing Antifa members last October. Proud Boys founder Gavin McInnes was giving a speech at the New York City Republican Club when the brawl broke […]
On Tuesday, two members of the right-wing group dubbed the “Proud Boys,” John Kinsman and Maxwell Hare, were sentenced to four years behind bars for their role in a brawl with left-wing Antifa members last October.

Proud Boys founder Gavin McInnes was giving a speech at the New York City Republican Club when the brawl broke out.

Kinsman, 39, and Hare, 27 were convicted in August of attempted gang assault, attempted assault, and riot.

Shortly after the conviction, McInnes, who has since publicly disassociated himself from the group, said he was “stunned” by the verdict, calling it “a travesty of justice.”

As noted by The New York Times, on the night of the brawl, McInnes gave a speech at the Republican Club in a “tense” atmosphere. “Outside, people had gathered chanting ‘No Nazis, no KKK, no fascist U.S.A.’ The night before, hooded figures had broken windows at the club, sprayed anarchist symbols on its doors and promised future attacks in leaflets that also denounced Mr. McInnes as a ‘hipster-fascist clown,’” the report said, noting that “McInnes departed the club brandishing his plastic sword.”

The brawl, which was at least partially captured on video, broke out about ten minutes after the speech. The night of the incident, according to PIX11 News, three Antifa members were arrested; days later, officers were looking for 12 others involved in the fighting — nine from the Proud Boys and three others from Antifa. The news station reported on the involvement of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, who was apparently frustrated with the lack of police action. Police officers, however, maintained they were on the scene within seconds.

Hare and Maxwell claimed they fought in self-defense, as does McInnes. An 18-second clip of security footage obtained by The New York Times purports to show the Proud Boys “initiating” the fight, and includes at least one Antifa member throwing a bottle.

As noted by The Daily Wire in August, Jack Goldberg and Ronald Paul Hart, lawyers representing the defendants, argued that Antifa initiated the incident. An Antifa member reportedly threw a bottle toward the Proud Boys and the left-wing activist phoned in threats to the venue days before McInnes’ speech, seemingly to spark a quasi-heckler’s veto or to cow the group into cancelling the speech.

According to The Wall Street Journal, prosecutor Joshua Steinglass “emphasized that Mr. Kinsman and Mr. Maxwell’s actions went far beyond what could be considered self-defense.”

“What these defendants did was beyond overkill. Words alone, unaccompanied by physical threats or acts does not make a person the original aggressor,” Steinglass argued.

“Within 10 seconds of this brawl, everyone on the Antifa side was either down, or running away. This beating was never about self-defense. It was about payback,” the prosecutor added.

During a December interview with ABC News, shortly after he disassociated himself with the fraternity-style group, McInnes defended the Proud Boys as a benign, inclusive brotherhood that meets at a bar for drinks once a month and helps escort conservative speakers to and from venues. The Proud Boys, he said, are in no way hateful, sexist, or racist.

McInnes also noted that anyone who attended the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia was banned from the group. “If anyone showed up at Unite the Right, they were instantly booted and I made that clear months before,” he said.

“At the heart of the Proud Boys is the belief the West is the best,” McInnes continued. “Russia sucks. China sucks. The Middle East is not my cup of tea … I think it’s inarguable that the West is superior. The West is built on liberty and meritocracy and busting your ass.”

“I shouldn’t have said, you know, violence solves everything or something like that without making the context clear. And I regret saying things like that,” he added.

Despite tendentious reporting from The Washington Post in November, the Proud Boys are not viewed as an extremist group by the FBI. The controversial Southern Poverty Law Center has designated them as a “general hate” organization, however.

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https://www.dailywire.com/news/two-proud-boys-sentenced-to-four-years-behind-bars-after-nyc-brawl-with-antifa Thu, 24 Oct 2019 03:11:58 GMT https://www.dailywire.com/news/breaking-texas-governor-gives-update-on-transgender-7-year-old-james-younger Amanda Prestigiacomo According to Republican Texas Governor Greg Abbott, the Texas Attorney General’s Office and the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services are looking into the case of James Younger, a 7-year-old boy whose mother says he is “transgender.” “FYI the matter of 7 year old James Younger is being looked into by the Texas Attorney […]
According to Republican Texas Governor Greg Abbott, the Texas Attorney General’s Office and the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services are looking into the case of James Younger, a 7-year-old boy whose mother says he is “transgender.”

“FYI the matter of 7 year old James Younger is being looked into by the Texas Attorney General’s Office and the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services,” Gov. Abbott posted on his Twitter account on Wednesday night.

A jury ruled Monday against a request from the boy’s father, Jeffrey Younger, to have sole conservatorship over James and his twin brother Jude, thereby allowing Dr. Anne Georgulas, the boy’s mother and Younger’s ex-wife, to continued to facilitate the child’s gender transition.

“With a consensus of 11 of the 12 jurors, the jury decided not to grant Mr. Younger Sole Managing Conservatorship over his two twin boys,” LifeSiteNews reported. “They voted that the current Joint Managing Conservatorship should be replaced by a Sole Managing Conservatorship, but that Mr. Younger should not be that person.”

According to reports, Georgulas has been granted authority to move forward with puberty blockers, which can cause chemical castration, and, potentially, hormones, if she so chooses.

Reporting from The Texan says Georgulas’ lawyers Jessica Janicek and Laura Hayes claim the mother does not plan on giving James hormone blockers at this time. However, “no one has stated that she (Georgulas) would not be open to using them when James begins puberty,” the report said.

In testimony from Ms. Georgulas in July, the mother admits that James, if he “persists” in being a “girl” named “Luna,” will be evaluated for hormone suppressants as young as age eight.

Moreover, with the jury’s decision, Mr. Younger will likely be forced to “affirm” his son’s new gender identity: a girl named “Luna.”

In addition to Gov. Abbott, Republican Texas Rep. Matt Krause said Wednesday that he will “introduce legislation that prohibits the use of puberty blockers in these situations for children under 18.”

“Absent a special session between now & the the 87th Session, I will introduce legislation that prohibits the use of puberty blockers in these situations for children under 18. We missed our opportunity to do so in the 86th Session. We won’t miss the next one. #savejamesyounger,” he posted.

​Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) expressed outrage over the case, calling the gender “transition” of James “nothing short of child abuse.”

“This is horrifying & tragic. For a parent to subject such a young child to life-altering hormone blockers to medically transition their sex is nothing less than child abuse,” Sen. Cruz posted to Twitter. “A 7-year-old child doesn’t have the maturity to make profound decisions like this. The state of Texas should protect this child’s right to choose — as an informed, mature person — and not be used as a pawn in a left-wing political agenda. #ProtectJamesYounger.”

“Proud to stand with Gov Abbott today against this shocking development in Dallas,” said Texas Rep. Jared Patterson Wednesday night via Twitter.

“The judicial endorsement of chemical and surgical castration being done to a child was unthinkable just a few short years and even months ago, especially in Texas,” the Republican said in a statement, adding, “I cannot stand for the physically and psychologically abusive practice of sex-change procedures being performed on innocent children.”

Speaking to podcast host Luke Macias in January, Younger detailed his ex-wife dressing up his son as a girl.

“I want you to imagine having electronic communication with your son on FaceTime, and imagine that your ex-wife has dressed him as a drag queen to talk to you,” Younger said on an episode of “The Luke Macias Show.” “He has false eyelashes and makeup. His hair has got glitter in it. He’s wearing a dress.”

“Now imagine how you would feel seeing what I believe is actual sexual abuse — I believe this is not just emotional abuse but is the very, most fundamental form of sexual abuse, tampering with the sexual identity of a vulnerable boy,” the father continued.

As noted by The Daily Wire in November, court documents show that Younger’s son only dresses as a girl when he’s with his mother, who calls the boy by his trans name and has even enrolled James as “Luna” in school. According to Younger, however, James consistently chooses to wear boy’s clothes, “violently refuses to wear girl’s clothes at my home,” and identifies as a boy whenever he is around him.

James’ mother has accused Younger of child abuse in their divorce proceedings “for not affirming James as transgender” reported The Federalist.

The boy, according to Younger, has already been fully “socially transitioned.”

“[James] wears a dress at her (his ex-wife’s) home; he has a new made-up name, Luna — it appears in the court filings. He goes to school; the teachers call him ‘Luna.’ He uses the girl’s bathroom at school. All of his authority figures — his mother, his teacher, the librarian at school, the police officer at school, the principal at school — tell him he’s a girl. I’m the only authority figure in his life that tells him the truth; that he’s actually a boy,” Younger noted during the podcast.

As reported by The Daily Wire on Wednesday, a video of James at age three shows the child telling his dad that “mommy” tells him he’s a girl:

“You’re a boy, right?” Mr. Younger asks his son in the video.

“No,” James responds. “I’m a girl.”

“Who told you you’re a girl?” the father asks.

“Mommy,” the child answers.

Mr. Younger asks, “When did she tell you you were a girl?”

“Because, I love girls!” the three-year-old says.

“Oh, I see. So mommy told you you’re a girl?”

“Mhmm,” James answers in the affirmative.

The child tells Mr. Younger that his mother puts dresses on him, buys him headbands and hair clips, and paints his nails because he likes nail polish.

“So mommy puts you in a dress and puts nail polish on you?” Mr. Younger says.

“Mhmm,” James replies.

“And what does mommy tell you?”

“She tells me I’m a girl,” the child responds.

The presiding judge will give her final ruling on James’ fate on Thursday.

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https://www.dailywire.com/news/breaking-texas-governor-gives-update-on-transgender-7-year-old-james-younger Thu, 24 Oct 2019 02:28:05 GMT https://www.dailywire.com/news/limbaugh-trumps-syria-speech-shows-again-why-he-was-elected James Barrett When he wasn’t dismantling the Democrats’ latest impeachment “bombshells” on Wednesday, conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh spent some time addressing a big story involving President Trump the impeachment-obsessed media isn’t as interested in covering: his significant foreign policy achievement in Syria. On Wednesday, President Trump, Vice President Pence, and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo gathered in […]
When he wasn’t dismantling the Democrats’ latest impeachment “bombshells” on Wednesday, conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh spent some time addressing a big story involving President Trump the impeachment-obsessed media isn’t as interested in covering: his significant foreign policy achievement in Syria.

On Wednesday, President Trump, Vice President Pence, and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo gathered in the Diplomatic Reception Room to announce the permanent ceasefire between Turkey and the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in Syria.

“Over the last five days you have seen that a ceasefire that we established along Syria’s border has held, and it’s held very well, beyond most expectations,” said Trump. “Early this morning the government of Turkey informed my administration that they would be stopping combat and their offensive in Syria and making the ceasefire permanent, and it will indeed be permanent.”

“This was an outcome created by us, the United States, and nobody else. No other nation. Very simple,” said Trump. “Turkey, Syria, and all forms of the Kurds have been fighting for centuries. We have done them a great service, and we’ve done a great job for all of them. And now we’re getting out. We were supposed to be there for 30 days. That was almost ten years ago.”

“Let someone else fight over this long-bloodstained sand,” Trump declared. “We were supposed to be there for 30 days. That was almost 10 years ago. So we’re there for 30 days, and now we’re leaving. It’s supposed to be a very quick hit, and let’s get out, and it was a quick hit except they stayed for almost 10 years.”

Trump’s remarks, said Limbaugh, “feature many of the reasons he was elected president.”

“He gave a mini-barn-burner here,” said the host. “He ripped into Obama. He ripped into previous presidents for a bunch of basic dishonesty in committing American troops around the world. He pointed out that the Middle East has become more unstable as more troops have been deployed. The wars have never ended.”

“And he made a great point, that as we have continued to send troops to these areas of the Middle East and as the chaos in these areas has ratcheted up, guess what else has happened at the same time?” Rush continued. “We have opened our borders to more refugees and more immigrants. And Trump says these days are over. We’re not gonna go sponsor chaos and then say out of compassion, ‘Well, come here,’ and open our borders. We’re not falling for this anymore.”

It was “exactly” for this kind of action and these kinds of declarations that Trump was elected in 2016, said Limbaugh.

“He made it very clear what the game has been,” Limbaugh explained. “The State Department, the permanent Washington establishment commits American troops to little skirmishes here and skirmishes there, and nobody ever wins because they never end. We recycle troops. We sell more ammunition and more weapons. The areas become war-torn and unlivable and the people that live there flee, and they go to Europe and some want to come here.”

“At the same time, we open our borders, we open our borders to more illegal immigrants, and we open our borders to more refugees, and he said these days are over, this is not gonna happen any longer in announcing this permanent ceasefire,” Limbaugh added.

Among the sections of Trump’s speech Limbaugh highlighted was the president calling out those criticizing his handling of Syria:

TRUMP: There were some political pundits who responded to Turkey’s offensive in Syria by calling for yet another American military intervention. They are the ones that got us into the Middle East mess but never had the vision or courage to get us out. They just talk. How many Americans must die in the Middle East in the midst of these ancient sectarian and tribal conflicts?

After all of the precious blood and treasure America has poured into the deserts of the Middle East, I am committed to pursuing a different course. The same people pushing for these wars are often the ones demanding America open its doors to unlimited migration from war-torn regions, importing the terrorism and the threat of terrorism right to our own shores. But not anymore.

“That, to me, was the big point of the entire speech. This is it,” said Rush. He continued:

That encapsulates why he was elected, why he ran. The same people pushing for these wars, that create all of this chaos, that uproot so many people in their home countries, the same people making these things happen, the same people pushing for this are the same people demanding that America open its doors and borders to unlimited migration from these very war-torn regions, importing the terrorism and the threat of terrorism right to our own shores. Folks, that hits the nail on the head so strongly, I need to repeat it 10 or 12 times.

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https://www.dailywire.com/news/limbaugh-trumps-syria-speech-shows-again-why-he-was-elected Thu, 24 Oct 2019 02:17:05 GMT https://www.dailywire.com/news/klavan-a-texas-father-may-lose-the-right-to-raise-his-son-as-a-boy Daily Wire On Tuesday’s episode of “The Andrew Klavan Show,” Klavan talks about a Texas dad who is losing a legal battle to protect his 7-year-old son from his mother, who wants her son to be a girl. Video and partial transcript below:  I want to be careful about this story [from Texas] because I only have […]
On Tuesday’s episode of “The Andrew Klavan Show,” Klavan talks about a Texas dad who is losing a legal battle to protect his 7-year-old son from his mother, who wants her son to be a girl. Video and partial transcript below: 

I want to be careful about this story [from Texas] because I only have it from one side. I have it from Life Site News, which of course, is a very powerful pro-life site. I know, I’ve covered trials as a reporter, and I know that what people hear in the jury box is not what people hear when they read the newspaper. Okay, so sometimes the jury makes a decision and everybody goes that makes no sense at all, but it does make sense and it would have made sense if you had been there. 

So I want to be careful about it, but what I’ve got so far is that there is a man named Jeff Younger, who is trying to protect his 7-year-old son, James, from his mother they’re obviously apart. And the mother doctor, and I think she’s called Dr. Georgulas, is transitioning him into a female this is a little boy. The jury decided that they would not give the father sole custody, and the judge still has to come out with more of this decision and how this decision is going to work. But it could result in this little boy being given hormones, which will essentially chemically castrate him.

It is a terrible thing, and the father claims that this mother is a loon, okay. The mother sends him to school and treats him like a girl and calls him Luna. The father claims that the mother would frighten him about being a boy, would tell him that there were monsters who would come and eat him if he was a boy, but he’d be protected if he was a girl. She claims that the fact that he liked Frozen means that he’s a girl, and here is him, the father, in this interview talking about what this experience has been like for him trying to get custody away from this woman who may destroy this child’s life. 

YOUNGER: And imagine that your ex-wife has addressed him as a drag queen to talk to you. He has false eyelashes and makeup, his hair has got glitter in it, he’s wearing a dress. Now, imagine how you would feel seeing what I believe is actual sexual abuse I believe this is not just emotional abuse, but is the very most fundamental form of sexual abuse tampering with the sexual identity of a vulnerable boy. 

YOUNGER: Every single day you have to see your son sexually abused, and you have to maintain your calm. You have to be the one who’s calm, because the courts are not going to be fair to you. And the only way you can survive this and get your son through this alive, is to calmly allow your son to be tortured right before your eyes and outlast the opposition. 

It’s a heartbreaking, heartbreaking story. The thing is, the only reason it’s imaginable, the only reason it’s imaginable is because of this empire of lies the news media, Hollywood, the academy selling this garbage. The fact that Democrat candidates, all the Democrat candidates would stand and pretend to be charmed instead of horrified by dressing little girls up as boys during that gay LGBTQ town hall on CNN, and saying, oh, yes, my little girl is really a boy. I mean, that that would happen. 

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Procter and Gamble announced that it’s going to remove the female symbol — you know, that circle with the “X” underneath they’re going to remove that from its sanitary napkin packaging in Europe because trans activists object because men can have periods, too. 

In England, if you say that a man is not a woman, the police can come to your house and question you about it, as it might be a hate crime. [There’s] a crazy story in the Sun about a woman who is a man, who was asked to be in porn, and then when they found she had a penis, they said, Oh, no, we were actually wanted a real woman, we don’t want you to be in porn. She’s saying that’s a hate crime, and she reported that to the police. 

The thing about this is it is so degrading to women. I mean, in spite of being incredibly dangerous to children, it is so degrading to women. To essentially strip them of their identity and say anybody who raises his hand and says Ooh me, I’m a girl, gets to be a woman, too. I mean, you don’t just sign on to be a woman. They are stripping women of their identity, their unique experience of life, of their unique womanhood in what that means to be a feminine person in the world. They’re stripping that away from women and saying it belongs to anybody who claims it. 

Have you ever noticed that all this Woke stuff that pretends to be attempts to hurt the powerful and bring the powerful down, it always, always, always winds up hurting the underclass. If I may call women, you know, the people who are less powerful than men throughout history. It hurts women. It hurts children. It hurts unborn children. All this Woke stuff always ends up hurting the weaker half. 

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https://www.dailywire.com/news/klavan-a-texas-father-may-lose-the-right-to-raise-his-son-as-a-boy Wed, 23 Oct 2019 23:36:20 GMT https://www.dailywire.com/news/breaking-democrat-katie-hill-under-investigation-over-sex-scandal Ryan Saavedra The House Ethics Committee announced on Wednesday that it is investigating allegations made against Democrat Rep. Katie Hill (CA) that Hill had an inappropriate sexual relationship with one of her congressional staffers. RedState reported on Friday that Hill had allegedly engaged in a “throuple” sexual relationship with a female campaign staffer and that she later […]
The House Ethics Committee announced on Wednesday that it is investigating allegations made against Democrat Rep. Katie Hill (CA) that Hill had an inappropriate sexual relationship with one of her congressional staffers.

RedState reported on Friday that Hill had allegedly engaged in a “throuple” sexual relationship with a female campaign staffer and that she later went on to have an affair with one of her congressional staffers.

Ted Deutch (D-FL), Chairman and Ranking Member of the Committee on Ethics, released the following statement late on Wednesday:

The Committee is aware of public allegations that Representative Katie Hill may have engaged in a sexual relationship with an individual on her congressional staff, in violation of House Rule XXIII, clause 18(a).  The Committee, pursuant to Committee Rule 18(a), has begun an investigation and will gather additional information regarding the allegations.

The Committee notes that the mere fact that it is investigating these allegations, and publicly disclosing its review, does not itself indicate that any violation has occurred, or reflect any judgment on behalf of the Committee.  No other public comment will be made on this matter except in accordance with Committee rules.

In a statement to Politico on Tuesday, Hill denied that she had engaged in a sexual relationship with her congressional staffer but did not deny that she engaged in a sexual relationship with her young female campaign staffer.

The young female campaign staffer, who has not been identified, allegedly felt abused in the relationship by Hill.

According to text messages obtained by RedState and published on Tuesday, the staffer said that the relationship was “toxic,” and Hill’s husband said that the threesome relationship was “abusive” to the staffer.

The staffer allegedly sent Hill a message expressing that she was afraid of Hill because she saw how Hill allegedly treated her husband poorly.

“I am terrified of pushing back against you or upsetting you,” the message said, according to RedState. “I have seen how you treat Kenny and I think that if I cause any issues, even if I am very worried about how you are acting, that very quickly you will decide you don’t want me in your life.”

The House Code of Official Conduct states:

18. (a) A Member, Delegate, or Resident Commissioner may not engage in a sexual relationship with any employee of the House who works under the supervision of the Member, Delegate, or Resident Commissioner, or who is an employee of a committee on which the Member, Delegate, or Resident Commissioner serves. This paragraph does not apply with respect to any relationship between two people who are married to each other.

(b) A Member, Delegate, Resident Commissioner, officer, or employee of the House may not engage in unwelcome sexual advances or conduct towards another Member, Delegate, Resident Commissioner, officer, or employee of the House.
(c) In this clause, the term ‘employee’ includes an applicant for employment, a paid or unpaid intern (including an applicant for an internship), a detailee, and an individual participating in a fellowship program.

“If Congresswoman Hill is engaged in a romantic relationship with one of her paid staffers, that is a clear-cut ethics violation,” a senior congressional staffer told Breitbart News this week. “These rules are in place to ensure Congress is a workplace free from abuse and sexual misconduct. The reports paint a troubling pattern that deserve a full investigation.”

A Congressional GOP source told The Daily Wire: “The mainstream media has a blackout on this story, which is amusing. The press typically loves politicians embroiled in sex scandals. But the perpetrator is a Democrat in a swing district, so the press will pretend like there’s nothing to see here.”

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https://www.dailywire.com/news/breaking-democrat-katie-hill-under-investigation-over-sex-scandal Wed, 23 Oct 2019 23:28:42 GMT https://www.dailywire.com/news/rhea-nyu-panel-seeks-to-delegitimize-jewish-history Karys Rhea On the same late September day that Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, a self-declared anti-Semite, spoke before a packed and supportive audience at Columbia University and questioned the number of Jews killed in the Holocaust, a subtler but equally pernicious anti-Semitic event was taking place on the other side of town. Titled “On Comparative Settler […]
On the same late September day that Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, a self-declared anti-Semite, spoke before a packed and supportive audience at Columbia University and questioned the number of Jews killed in the Holocaust, a subtler but equally pernicious anti-Semitic event was taking place on the other side of town. Titled “On Comparative Settler Colonialism,” the panel discussion at New York University (NYU) featured Wesleyan University Professor J. Kēhaulani Kauanui and Birzeit University Professor Rana Barakat. It was presented by the American Studies Program in the Department of Social Cultural Analysis and co-sponsored by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU and the NYU Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality.

Moderated by Rutgers University Professor Jasbir Puar, infamous for resurrecting classic anti-Semitic tropes such as the medieval blood libel, participants reveled in bigotry and pseudo-intellectualism. In the spirit of classic anti-Semitism, the panelists advocated stripping the Jewish people of their indigenous history and bond to the land of Israel — leaving them, yet again, without a home. By cleverly manipulating concepts of indigeneity, sovereignty, occupation, and colonialism to fit a politicized, one-dimensional narrative based on a self-declared “anarchist” worldview, panelists distorted the region’s distant past and contemporary events alike.

The panel’s aim, according to Kauanui, was to “think comparatively across several colonial landscapes.” Using the framework of her theory “mobilizing indigeneity,” she posited similarities between Hawaii and “Palestine” “at the structural level,” arguing that both peoples “share the fundamental condition of indigenous territorial dispossession.” Kauanui rejected the two-state solution as “unjust at its core because it is premised on the continued acceptance of the Zionist claim to Palestine” that risks “normalizing Israel as a healthy biological political body.” The core problem, Kauanui said, is not the “occupation” per se, but the “broader settler colonial project” — in other words, Israel itself.

Barakat delivered an emotionally fraught lecture on her project of “decolonizing return.” “I hail from a legacy of generations attempting to return,” she declared. “Our collective Palestinian battle is an ontological imperative.” She told a “story” about Lifta, a village she falsely claimed was decimated by Israelis who allegedly forced out her grandmother and many others. In fact, the Arab Higher Executive issued the ultimatum to evacuate the town, as eight Arab armies had just declared war on the fledging Jewish state.

In elaborating on “indigeneity” and “sovereignty” during the question and answer session, Barakat and Kauanui inadvertently revealed these concepts as political tools for delegitimizing Israel. Asking herself “whether the Jewish state had a right to exist,” Barakat denied that it did and claimed that even posing the question legitimized settler-colonialist “manipulation.” They dwelt on Palestinian dispossession, but ignored the historical dispossession of the Jewish people from the region for three millennia despite their continual presence on the land. Both spoke about the Palestinian right of return, but omitted that returning to Jerusalem has been a fundamental element of Jewish identity through the ages, from the Hebrew scriptures to daily prayers.

That Kauanui and Barakat called for the elimination of a sovereign state with no objections from their elite university audience demonstrates the moral and intellectual depravity of contemporary academe. Their arguments seek to legitimize genocide — yet to students mis-educated by Middle East Studies (MES) professors to view Zionism as a racist, colonialist scheme to steal land, they seem just.

Yet the “Zionist project” is perhaps history’s greatest triumph over colonialism. Through it, an ancient people who had their own nation with Jerusalem as its capital, and who were subsequently sentenced to centuries of exile, were able to re-assert their sovereignty and exist collectively as a people in the 20th century. What the panelists called “settler colonialists” are in fact a composite of Middle Eastern Jewish refugees forcibly expelled from Arab countries in the 1940s and their European Jewish counterparts escaping Holocaust persecution who joined native Jews whose ancestors had lived continuously in the region since Israel’s destruction two-thousand years before. In promoting Palestinian indigeneity and sovereignty but denying this same right to the Jewish people, they hypocritically display their own shade of “settler colonialism.”

UCLA Professor Judea Pearl once characterized anti-Zionism as anti-Semitism aimed at Jews collectively, rather than individually: “If we examine anti-Zionist ideology closely, we see that its aims are to uproot one people, the Jewish people, from its homeland, to take away its ability to defend itself in sovereignty, and to delegitimize its historical identity. It is racist and fundamentally eliminationist.” Kauanui, Barakat, and Puar’s comments at NYU validate Pearl’s observation.

Their prominence in contemporary MES here and abroad, moreover, illustrates the field’s descent into a morass of politicized, even bigoted indoctrination masquerading as scholarship. Anyone trusting their work — whether students, journalists, government specialists, military leaders, or others — will be dangerously misled on the fundamental history of the region and its people. MES’s systemic problems are well-documented and widely known. Unless this corrupt, failing discipline is reformed intellectually and morally, no one should look to it for accurate, truthful analyses.

Karys Rhea is the New York associate of the Counter-Islamist Grid. She wrote this article for Campus Watch, a project of the Middle East Forum.

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https://www.dailywire.com/news/rhea-nyu-panel-seeks-to-delegitimize-jewish-history Wed, 23 Oct 2019 22:19:39 GMT https://www.dailywire.com/news/who-will-win-democratic-primary-latest-2020-josh-hammer Josh Hammer Former Vice President Joe Biden’s once-solid double-digit lead over the rest of the field of 2020 Democratic Party presidential nominees shrunk, in recent weeks, before slightly expanding again over the past two weeks. Biden currently stands 6.6% above second-place Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) in the average of recent national polling. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), South […]
Former Vice President Joe Biden’s once-solid double-digit lead over the rest of the field of 2020 Democratic Party presidential nominees shrunk, in recent weeks, before slightly expanding again over the past two weeks. Biden currently stands 6.6% above second-place Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) in the average of recent national polling. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, and Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) round out the top five in most recent national polling. Increasingly, the field appears to be shaping up as a three-horse race among Biden, Warren, and Sanders. But Sanders is poised to be the odd man out of the troika, due to a combination of health problems and the fact his socialist political platform is no longer unique.

Biden’s once-formidable lead has dramatically narrowed since its high watermark in May, as the senior statesman frequently commits gaffes on the campaign trail and oftentimes comes across as simply being too old to assume the mantle of commander-in-chief. It remains to be seen just how much of Biden’s continued fall can also be attributed to fallout from the recent Ukraine phone call national scandal and impeachment imbroglio. Warren has been surging for awhile now, although her national polling has taken a bit of a drop over the past couple of weeks. Warren and Sanders seem to be competing for a very similar voting demographic, and it is interesting to ponder the possibility of how one candidate would likely be substantially elevated were the other to drop out and endorse the other. Some polling data suggests that Sanders hypothetically dropping out would help Warren more than it would help Biden. But Sanders may be in this for the long haul, after all.

Electoral prediction market website PredictIt also pegs Warren as the favorite to win the presidential nomination over Biden — with Sanders, Buttigieg, and political novice Andrew Yang following next. But while PredictIt showed Warren with an overwhelming lead recently, her lead has over Biden has narrowed, of late. It is likely that many of these bettors are skittish about Biden’s age and perceived substantive centrism — with the latter especially worrisome among a Democratic Party base that is increasingly brazen and unabashed in its promotion of ardent, full-spectrum leftism.

The RealClearPolitics polling average for 10/11/19 – 10/22/19 shows Biden with an average national polling lead of 6.6%.

A recent Economist/YouGov national poll conducted from 10/20/19 – 10/22/19 showed Biden, at 24%, with a one-point lead over Warren. Warren was up seven points on Sanders and no one else polled in double digits.

A recent Hill/HarrisX national poll conducted from 10/21/19 – 10/22/19 showed Biden, at 27%, with an eight-point lead over Warren. Warren was up five points on Sanders and no one else polled in double digits.

A recent Emerson national poll conducted from 10/18/19 – 10/21/19 showed Biden, at 27%, with a two-point lead over Sanders. Sanders was up four points on Warren and no one else polled in double digits.

A recent CNN national poll conducted from 10/17/19 – 10/20/19 showed Biden, at 34%, with a 15-point lead over Warren. Warren was up three points on Sanders and no one else polled in double digits.

A recent Politico/Morning Consult national poll conducted from 10/16/19 – 10/20/19 showed Biden, at 30%, with a nine-point lead over Warren. Warren was up three points on Sanders and no one else polled in double digits.

Will Warren and Biden remain the two frontrunners? Will Buttigieg or Yang catch more traction? Stay tuned.

Latest Aggregate Early State-By-State Polling Data

Iowa: Biden 21.0%, Warren 20.7%, Sanders 14.3%, Buttigieg 14.3%, Harris 3.3%

New Hampshire: Warren 27.3%, Biden 24.0%, Sanders 16.7%, Buttigieg 8.7%, Harris 4.7%

Nevada: Biden 22.5%, Warren 18.5%, Sanders 18.0%, Harris 4.5%, Buttigieg 3.5%

South Carolina: Biden 37.6%, Warren 14.4%, Sanders 11.2%, Harris 5.6%, Steyer 3.8%

This article has been updated to reflect the most recent survey data.

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https://www.dailywire.com/news/who-will-win-democratic-primary-latest-2020-josh-hammer Wed, 23 Oct 2019 22:15:00 GMT https://www.dailywire.com/news/will-trump-win-latest-trumps-national-and-state-josh-hammer Josh Hammer As the 2020 Democratic Party presidential candidates battle it out for the nomination, politicos must also pay close attention to President Donald Trump’s approval rating across the 50 states. While Trump’s national approval rating has been hovering below 50% for his entire presidency, it was on the upswing for the beginning of the summer before […]
As the 2020 Democratic Party presidential candidates battle it out for the nomination, politicos must also pay close attention to President Donald Trump’s approval rating across the 50 states. While Trump’s national approval rating has been hovering below 50% for his entire presidency, it was on the upswing for the beginning of the summer before faltering a bit toward the end of July. The president’s approval rating recovered a bit in September before falling again as news of the Ukraine phone call incident rattled national headlines.

Historically, presidents have fared well in re-election campaigns when they maintain approval ratings above 50%. This president, to be sure, has never had such an approval rating at any point throughout his presidency. But President Trump oversees a soaring economy, with record-low unemployment rates, and has a hardened base of core supporters. One must also never forget the sheer power of incumbency: Since FDR, only Presidents Jimmy Carter and George H.W. Bush were elected and then subsequently not re-elected four years later.

Yet, fair-minded observers must still ask: If Trump’s overall approval rating number stays below 50%, will Trump be able to defy historical trends for presidential incumbents?

As of October 23, 2019, the RealClearPolitics average for Trump’s national job approval rating sits at 42.1% — or 11.9% underwater.

Overall, national head-to-head polls also do not presently show Trump to be in particularly good electoral shape. Specifically, one of the most accurate pollsters from the 2016 national election, IBD/TIPP, showed last month Trump losing hypothetical head-to-head matchups with each of Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, and Kamala Harris. The IBD/TIPP poll has correctly predicted the last four presidential elections and was notable in 2016 for being the only national poll to correctly predict Trump’s shocking victory over Hillary Clinton. While still very early and despite the fact Trump does lead in some hypothetical matchups, the Trump campaign should still be taking very seriously this hypothetical head-to-head matchup polling. I have previously offered some unsolicited advice to the Trump campaign.

The Daily Wire will also be tracking Trump’s state-by-state approval rating as the general election nears. Here is the latest Trump approval rating information from across all the various swing states.

Battleground State-By-State Trump Approval Rating (latest data via Morning Consult’s September 2019 monthly survey)

ARIZONA:

  • 2016 presidential result: Trump + 3.57%
  • Governor: Republican
  • U.S. Senate: Republican, Democrat
  • Current Trump approval rating: -4%

COLORADO:

  • 2016 presidential result: Clinton + 4.91%
  • Governor: Democrat
  • U.S. Senate: Republican, Democrat
  • Current Trump approval rating: -15%

FLORIDA:

  • 2016 presidential result: Trump + 1.20%
  • Governor: Republican
  • U.S. Senate: Republican, Republican
  • Current Trump approval rating: -2%

GEORGIA:

  • 2016 presidential result: Trump + 5.09%
  • Governor: Republican
  • U.S. Senate: Republican, Republican
  • Current Trump approval rating: +1%

IOWA:

  • 2016 presidential result: Trump + 9.41%
  • Governor: Republican
  • U.S. Senate: Republican, Republican
  • Current Trump approval rating: -14%

MICHIGAN:

  • 2016 presidential result: Trump + 0.23%
  • Governor: Democrat
  • U.S. Senate: Democrat, Democrat
  • Current Trump approval rating: -10%

MINNESOTA:

  • 2016 presidential result: Clinton + 1.51%
  • Governor: Democrat
  • U.S. Senate: Democrat, Democrat
  • Current Trump approval rating: -11%

NEVADA:

  • 2016 presidential result: Clinton + 2.42%
  • Governor: Democrat
  • U.S. Senate: Democrat, Democrat
  • Current Trump approval rating: -12%

NEW HAMPSHIRE:

  • 2016 presidential result: Clinton + 0.37%
  • Governor: Democrat
  • U.S. Senate: Democrat, Democrat
  • Current Trump approval rating: -23%

NORTH CAROLINA:

  • 2016 presidential result: Trump + 3.66%
  • Governor: Democrat
  • U.S. Senate: Republican, Republican
  • Current Trump approval rating: -3%

OHIO:

  • 2016 presidential result: Trump + 8.13%
  • Governor: Republican
  • U.S. Senate: Republican, Democrat
  • Current Trump approval rating: -5%

PENNSYLVANIA:

  • 2016 presidential result: Trump + 0.72%
  • Governor: Democrat
  • U.S. Senate: Republican, Democrat
  • Current Trump approval rating: -8%

TEXAS:

  • 2016 presidential result: Trump + 8.99%
  • Governor: Republican
  • U.S. Senate: Republican, Republican
  • Current Trump approval rating: +2%

VIRGINIA:

  • 2016 presidential result: Clinton + 5.32%
  • Governor: Democrat
  • U.S. Senate: Democrat, Democrat
  • Current Trump approval rating: -6%

WISCONSIN:

  • 2016 presidential result: Trump + 0.77%
  • Governor: Democrat
  • U.S. Senate: Republican, Democrat
  • Current Trump approval rating: -11%

This article has been updated to reflect the most recent survey data.

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https://www.dailywire.com/news/will-trump-win-latest-trumps-national-and-state-josh-hammer Wed, 23 Oct 2019 22:00:00 GMT https://www.dailywire.com/news/sabag-promoting-anti-semitism-by-perverting-the-freedom-of-speech Joseph Sabag As recently noted in The Guardian, legislation regulating against anti-Semitism is likely to be enacted in various American states in response to the mounting persecution of Jews. The pieces of legislation address criminal and discriminatory conduct not protected as free speech; indeed, it includes specific provisions that the law shall “not diminish or infringe upon […]
As recently noted in The Guardian, legislation regulating against anti-Semitism is likely to be enacted in various American states in response to the mounting persecution of Jews. The pieces of legislation address criminal and discriminatory conduct not protected as free speech; indeed, it includes specific provisions that the law shall “not diminish or infringe upon any right protected under the First Amendment.” Accordingly, laws such as this have now passed with unanimous bipartisan votes in both Florida and South Carolina. As the primary legal expert who helped develop such legislation, I believe the matter ought to be clarified so that the public can appreciate this important effort to combat hate and bigotry.

All current data indicate that anti-Semitic activity is on the rise. Three years ago, a Louis D. Brandeis Center study found that most Jewish students attending American colleges had personally experienced or witnessed anti-Semitism in 2015. An AMCHA Initiative survey found a 45% increase in anti-Semitic activity on college and university campuses between 2015 and 2016.  And last year, the Anti-Defamation League issued a report detailing a shocking 67% increase in anti-Semitic incidents from 2016 to 2017.

The unanimous bipartisan support for these bills demonstrates that an overwhelming majority of Americans agree that anti-Semitic incidents should be treated in the same manner as other incidents of crime and discrimination that are motivated by hate and bigotry. It is widely recognized that double standards, applied only to Jews and Israel, can be a primary indicator of anti-Semitism. Onlookers unaware of this fact might wonder why anyone would stand opposed to equal protection for Jews.

Critics of legislation addressing the problem of unlawful anti-Semitic activity wrongly argue that it somehow infringes upon free speech rights. However, the First Amendment does not protect criminal and discriminatory conduct — which is what these laws solely address. First Amendment advocates who worry about the anti-Semitism legislation at hand fail to express any concern over the suppression of pro-Israel speech by groups such as the Irvine 11. The truth is that, far from penalizing or restricting anyone’s private right to free expression, these laws will protect against the unlawful suppression of others’ free speech, a sad occurrence happening all too often at educational institutions these days.

Beyond the First Amendment pretense, the real reason why some oppose this legislation is because it is so effective in identifying anti-Semitism. The codified definition has been adopted by branches of the U.S. government and over thirty other countries because it makes it possible to identify when anti-Israel expressions are systematically used as a means of conveying anti-Jewish intent. As Justice Brandeis famously stated, “sunlight is the best disinfectant.” The clarity provided by this definition means that anti-Semitic crime and discrimination can no longer be whitewashed by claims of mere political opposition to Israel.

In the course of promoting discrimination against Israel, terror-affiliated groups within the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) Movement, such as Students for Justice in Palestine, deliberately propagate misinformation and baseless claims, as well as classic anti-Semitic themes such as the suggestion of Jewish subversion, conspiracy, dual loyalty, greed, economic control, and most insidiously, blood libels. The BDS Movement’s messaging strategy helps to systematically facilitate the development of bigoted anti-Jewish perspectives that, as history repeatedly shows, will eventually give way to anti-Semitic discrimination and ultimately persecution. It is no coincidence that criminal statistics now indisputably show that Jews are by far one of the most likely of all minority groups to be victimized in incidents motivated by hate. Thankfully, Americans and their elected officials are taking a bold stand against hate and bigotry.

 

Joseph Sabag is the Executive Director of IAC for Action. He is an attorney who has provided legal and policy resources to more than half the American states as they have passed legislation regulating against anti-Semitism and BDS.

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https://www.dailywire.com/news/sabag-promoting-anti-semitism-by-perverting-the-freedom-of-speech Wed, 23 Oct 2019 20:52:53 GMT https://www.dailywire.com/news/trump-campaign-begs-hillary-to-run-come-2020 Paul Bois As rumors swirl that former First Lady Hillary Clinton is seriously considering a 2020 rematch with Donald Trump, the president’s campaign spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany begged that she enter the race. Speaking on “Fox & Friends,” McEnany said that neither Hillary Clinton nor Michelle Obama poses a threat to President Trump while encouraging Hillary to jump […]
As rumors swirl that former First Lady Hillary Clinton is seriously considering a 2020 rematch with Donald Trump, the president’s campaign spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany begged that she enter the race.

Speaking on “Fox & Friends,” McEnany said that neither Hillary Clinton nor Michelle Obama poses a threat to President Trump while encouraging Hillary to jump into the fray.

“We encourage Hillary to get back in the race,” she said, as reported by Fox News. “We would love it, so please do.”

Co-host Ainsley Earhardt immediately interjected to say that the Democratic Party would never support Hillary’s reentry, given that she is now a pariah.

“There’s no way the Democratic Party would support that,” co-host Ainsley Earhardt said.

According to Amie Parnes of The Hill, the likelihood of Hillary coming into the 2020 race is still minuscule, despite her signaling a possible run.

“It’s Bannon-created,” Philippe Reines, Clinton’s longtime communications adviser, told The Hill. “What his ratio is between honest belief and troublemaking is hard to know. Obviously though he doesn’t have any sources.”

“The Republican Party has made such a long-term investment in obsessing about Hillary Clinton that they literally can’t stop,” said Tracy Sefl, a former Clinton 2016 campaign surrogate. “In some ways, she’s all they know. She’s the permanent Mad Libs subject matter of the GOP.”

Sources close to the former first lady, however, reportedly say that she would love more than anything to take on Trump once again.

“It would be the ultimate vindication,” one source told The Hill. “Of course, she’s thought about it. But that doesn’t mean that she’s running.”

Further adding to the suspense of a Hillary Clinton candidacy is an op-ed in The New York Times on Tuesday, which said that anxious Democrats were hoping she might step out into the open in fear that the frontrunners will fail:

Democratic leaders are engaging in a familiar rite: fretting about who is in the race and longing for a white knight to enter the contest at the last minute.

Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Bloomberg have both told people privately in recent weeks that if they thought they could win, they would consider entering the primary – but that they were skeptical there would be an opening, according to Democrats who have spoken with them.

Former Secretary of State John F. Kerry, who associates say has wondered aloud about whether he should have run and has found it hard to watch Mr. Biden’s missteps, has also been urged to get in. But he still thinks the former vice president, who was once his longtime Senate colleague, is the party’s best nominee.

Even Daily Wire Editor-in-Chief Ben Shapiro said on his podcast in the wake of the debates last week that Hillary Clinton might actually have a good chance of snagging the nomination if she were to run.

“Honestly, if Hillary Clinton were to make her grand reentrance, now would be about the time she should do it,” he said. “Because the fact is, a lot of people are dissatisfied with [Joe] Biden. A lot of people are dissatisfied with [Elizabeth] Warren, and Hillary is an enormous name.”

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