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    Republican Sean Parnell’s exit from the hotly contested Senate race in Pennsylvania is the latest development threatening to deal a blow to former President Donald TrumpDonald TrumpRittenhouse says Biden defamed his character when linking him to white supremacists Overnight Health Care — White House touts vaccine rate for feds Trump endorses challenger to Hogan ally in Maryland governor's race MORE’s political clout as he looks to maintain his grip over the GOP. Parnell, who emerged as the leading Republican candidate in the race to succeed retiring Sen. Pat ToomeyPatrick (Pat) Joseph ToomeyBlack women look to build upon gains in coming elections Watch live: GOP senators present new infrastructure proposal Sasse rebuked by Nebraska Republican Party over impeachment vote MORE (R-Pa.) after winning an early endorsement from Trump, made the decision to suspend his campaign on Monday after a judge ruled that his estranged wife should get primary custody of their three children in a case in which she accused him of physical and verbal abuse. Parnell has forcefully denied the allegations against him. Still, the controversies surrounding his personal life...
    ABC News Chief Washington Correspondent Jonathan Karl’s headline-making new book, Betrayal: The Final Act of the Trump Show, details attempts by prominent figures in Trumpworld to try and enlist Department of Defense officials in their effort to overturn the 2020 U.S. presidential election. Betrayal reports that Sidney Powell, a controversial lawyer who worked on the legal team of former President Donald Trump after the 2020 election, called Ezra Cohen-Watkins (a Trump appointee at the Pentagon) and tried to convince him to come to the aid of then-CIA Director Gina Haspel. “Gina Haspel has been hurt and taken into custody in Germany,” Powell reportedly told Cohen, pushing a QAnon-affiliated conspiracy theory regarding the CIA chief and the efforts to overturn the 2020 election. “You need to launch a special operations mission to get her.” The book explains that Powell believed that Haspel had been injured while on a secret CIA operation to seize a computer server related to the U.S. election and a company named Scytl. Karl explains: “The server, Powell claimed, contained evidence that hundreds of thousands, maybe millions,...
    SACRAMENTO —  A petty tax injustice is close to getting erased — if the middle class can avoid being mistakenly labeled “rich” and undeserving. Let me explain. Remember the longtime federal tax break on state and local taxes that was gutted four years ago by President Trump and the Republican-controlled Congress? It may be largely restored as part of President Biden’s and the Democrats’ $1.85-trillion social safety net bill that Speaker Nancy Pelosi hopes to bring to a vote this week in the U.S. House. Before the Trump-GOP butchery, we could deduct all state income and local property taxes on federal returns. But Trump and Republicans placed a $10,000 cap on deductions for state and local taxes, called SALT in government speak. Prior to that, the average SALT deduction in California exceeded $18,400. The state Franchise Tax Board reported that in 2018, the SALT cap cost Californians $12 billion. The Washington-based Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy has estimated that in 2022, the SALT cap hit on Californians will be $33 billion if the law isn’t changed. On the flip side,...
    Oh, to live in this age of conspiracies. Did you hear the latest one? President Joe Biden was in Olde Europe crotch-nuzzling European environmentalists when, according to the Duchess of Cornwall, he let rip an enormous cloud of personal methane. “It was long and loud and impossible to ignore,” an acquaintance of Camilla Parker Bowles told the Daily Mail. “Camilla hasn’t stopped talking about it.” Now, to fully appreciate the gravity of this story, you must speak those quotes aloud in the most spirited queen’s voice you can muster. “It was long and loud and impossible to ignore!” If you don’t sound like a character from Monty Python, then you are doing it wrong. Just like back in grade school, Mr. Biden’s emission was especially noxious because he is the leader of the free world. The Duchess and the duch-er were chatting amiably at an art gallery in Glasgow discussing the grave threat of methane emissions around the world when he violated the peace and decorum. Oh, the hypocrisy! Now, every word of this story is entirely true. Obviously, at...
    (CNN) — The involvement of former President Donald Trump in 2022 midterm campaigns could hurt the GOP, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, a Republican, said Sunday, as the 45th President continues to make endorsements and plans to appear on the campaign trail. “If the former president interferes with the primaries and tries to help nominate folks that are unelectable in a general election in, say, swing districts and purple states, that’s gonna hurt,” Hogan told CNN’s Dana Bash on “State of the Union,” adding it is an issue to contend with. READ MORE: Lamar Jackson Ties Michael Vick's Record For Games With 100 Yards RushedTrump has not said whether he will run for reelection in the 2024 presidential campaign but continues to have an influential grip on the Republican party. He endorsed Virginia Gov.-elect Glenn Youngkin, who distanced himself from the former president during the gubernatorial race. Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a Republican and frequent Trump critic, on Saturday warned that the party must moved beyond Trump’s fixation on the 2020 election in order to continue political gains such...
    (CNN)The involvement of former President Donald Trump in 2022 midterm campaigns could hurt the GOP, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, a Republican, said Sunday, as the 45th President continues to make endorsements and plans to appear on the campaign trail."If the former president interferes with the primaries and tries to help nominate folks that are unelectable in a general election in, say, swing districts and purple states, that's gonna hurt," Hogan told CNN's Dana Bash on "State of the Union," adding it is an issue to contend with.Trump has not said whether he will run for reelection in the 2024 presidential campaign but continues to have an influential grip on the Republican party. He endorsed Virginia Gov.-elect Glenn Youngkin, who distanced himself from the former president during the gubernatorial race and continues to peddle lies about the 2020 election. Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a Republican and frequent Trump critic, on Saturday warned that the party must moved beyond Trump's fixation on the 2020 election in order to continue political gains such as the one in Virginia. Chris Christie delivers...
    The teacher reportedly added, "Hunter Biden, for example, is doing deals with China and Ukraine where he was funneling money illegally. He also had child pornography on his laptop. He was having sexual intercourse with his own niece." Elsewhere, the teacher reportedly discussed vaccines. "If you have a baby in the hospital, they don't want to give it back if you're not vaccinated," the person on the recording said. "This is a complete power control threat." According to KCAL, the teacher also made remarks about the U.S. justice system as well as the 2020 presidential election. The district in a statement said that it conducted an investigation into the incident and announced that it does not condone the discussion that took place. The district, according to the station, is following the "progressive discipline policy" outlined with the teachers' union and moved Silikula's son to another class. What else did the parent say? Silikula was so outraged that she was moved to tears and demanded that the school take greater action against the teacher. Weeping, she...
    Backlash against the Lincoln Projects tiki torch stunt may hurt Democrat candidate former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s (D) election chances on Tuesday. Friday evening five people, including at least one Democrat operative, raised tiki torches in front of candidate Glenn Youngkin’s campaign bus to remind “Virginians what happened in Charlottesville four years ago,” the Lincoln Project said of the stunt to draw former President Trump into the Virginia election. These men approached @GlennYoungkin’s bus as it pulled up saying what sounded like, “We’re all in for Glenn.” Here they are standing in front of the bus as his campaign event at Guadalajara started.@NBC29 pic.twitter.com/l681ejyBjc — Elizabeth Holmes (@holmes_reports) October 29, 2021 But the Lincoln Project took former President Trump’s comments out of context. There are “very fine people on both sides,” they claimed he said, trying to tie Trump to Youngkin. A straight text of Trump’s transcript indicates Trump ever called neo-Nazis in Charlottesville “very fine people.” Trump’s transcript says, “You had some very bad people in that group, but you also had people that were very fine people, on both sides.” The hoax...
    (CNN)Donald Trump is, ostensibly, a Republican. But he has shown time and again -- both in the White House and now out of it -- that he cares little about helping the party and its other candidates.The latest example came Wednesday night when Trump issued this statement via his Save America PAC:"If we don't solve the Presidential Election Fraud of 2020 (which we have thoroughly and conclusively documented), Republicans will not be voting in '22 or '24. It is the single most important thing for Republicans to do."If you built a statement in a lab, you would be hard-pressed to make it more counterproductive to Republican efforts to win back the House and Senate majorities they lost in the Trump years. What Trump is saying, quite simply, is that unless and until he is restored as president -- due to (nonexistent) voter fraud during the 2020 presidential election -- Republican voters should withhold their votes in the 2022 midterms (and the 2024 presidential election).Read MoreIt's reminiscent of the "strategy" used by Trump's "legal" team during the Georgia Senate runoffs earlier...
    No, GOP swampers, Donald Trump is not going away. Much to the shock and dismay of establishment Republicans in Washington, President Trump has no plans whatsoever of going quietly into that good night. Or retirement. Or surrender. Or whatever. Did you see his rally in Iowa this weekend? Or the one in Georgia before that? No. Your long, national nightmare is nowhere near over. And the fact that so many of them think that Mr. Trump might just walk away reminds us of just how fantastically out of touch from their own voters the Republican Party has been for decades. It is why Mr. Trump so easily hijacked the party in the first place. Even more alarming, the fact that so many Republicans in Washington still think it is a possibility that he might go away after the past five years only proves they still have yet to learn a damned thing from the Trump tsunami that hit them. It is so obvious, in fact, that even the crazy leftwing press can see it. “Trump may run in 2024,” reports The New York Times. “So might they. It’s getting awkward.” Mr. Trump was so delighted by all the awkwardness and confused speculation that he blasted out the headline...
    Stephen Colbert does not want anyone to buy Stephanie Grisham new tell-all book, so he spoiled all the best parts on Tuesday night. The Late Show host tried his best to avoid talking about the Trump administration, but eventually stopped dragging his feet, conceding, “Sometimes the news forces me to talk about our former president, Scrooge McSchmuck.” Colbert was, of course, referring to former President Donald Trump, as he was about to dive into the new tell-all from former “White House press secretary and Morticia Addams’ divorced sister, Stephanie Grisham.” “Full disclosure: This show right here is the number one place in late night to push paper. We sell a lot of books for our guests,” Colbert said. “But I don’t want to help her sell a single copy of her tell-all.” The host went on to explain that while Grisham worked in the Trump administration for four years, including as White House press secretary, she infamously never gave a single press conference. “But now she’s spilling all the tea in her new book, I Just Recently Grew a Spine,” Colbert cracked. The book is actually titled...
    And the Firm Grasp of the Obvious Award goes to … Chuck Todd of NBC News! “I think he’s got a pretty big credibility crisis on his hands,” Mr. Todd opined this weekend about President Biden. Specifically, Mr. Todd noticed there was an unpleasant situation in Afghanistan and a humanitarian crisis on our Southern border — both entirely of Mr. Biden’s making. Also, a global pandemic continues to rage across America despite Mr. Biden’s insistence that only the federal government could cure the menace, and he had just the plan to do so. “All of these problems, in some ways, showed up after he said something basically the exact opposite,” Mr. Todd sleuthed. “Afghanistan withdrawal wasn’t going to be messy. This wasn’t going to look like Saigon,” he said. “The booster shots — he came out and essentially said eight months and even indicated maybe we should start it as soon as five months,” Mr. Todd continued. “Now we’re not sure if anybody under 65 is going to get a booster shot.” Feasting on the full banquet of the obvious, Mr. Todd...
    Scott Gottlieb served as the Director of the FDA under Trump, leaving the administration in 2018. Since then, he has become a reliable and sometimes sage medical pundit appearing on many news programs. During an appearance on CBS’ Face the Nation, in promotion of his new book, Uncontrolled Spread, he blamed former President Donald Trump for using Covid mitigation policies as a political wedge issue. Host Margaret Brennan wrapped the segment aired Sunday morning if Trump’s leadership affected how the pandemic played out. “Do you think, fundamentally, looking at everything you’ve analyzed, that the outcome of this pandemic would have been different if President Trump wasn’t in office?” she asked. “I would have been different if we had different political decisions and the White House was exercising different leadership; there is no question about that,” Gottlieb replied. “There is no question that the White House made mistakes, and the lack of consistency was a big mistake, and also the lack of using the White House as an effective bully pulpit to really galvanize the collective action that could make a...
                      by Sebastian Hughes  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidance ultimately hindered the U.S. response to the pandemic, former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb wrote in his upcoming book “Uncontrolled Spread,” set to be released Sept. 21. Gottlieb said in the book that U.S. intelligence agencies need to play a more active role in preparing for a pandemic, as opposed to leaving plans solely to health agencies like the CDC. “We need to have human assets in the medical community so we understand when an outbreak emerges,” Gottlieb said, Axios reported. “We need to have the capability of monitoring typical streams of intelligence, like signals intelligence and maybe even satellite intelligence, looking for things that could be trip wires for an outbreak of disease.” Gottlieb told Axios that security agencies typically see the CDC as “‘having the ball on this,’” but they actually don’t. Gottlieb cited the CDC‘s initial recommendation of 10 feet of social distancing, which the Trump administration eventually convinced them to change, as an example. Gottlieb called the six feet guideline the “single...
    Republican politicians in Washington have not learned a damned thing from the Trump presidency. Nor, for that matter, have they learned a thing from nearly a half-century of foreign governments’ spilling blood and treasure in Afghanistan. The world watched in horror last week as the very best, most expensive Washington schemes ended in predictable catastrophe in Kabul. Our long-forgotten mission failed. Americans left in deeper peril. Our troops dead or maimed. Incalculable debt piled on U.S. taxpayers. Our allies thrown to the wolves. And the very equipment that guarantees American freedom abandoned in the desert sands. When politicians seek to disarm American citizens, they are literally handing out weapons of war to our blood enemies who want to destroy us. The simple, yet profound, lesson of the Trump presidency can be summed up in two words: America First. That is the Trump Doctrine — both domestically and on the world stage. Unbelievably, this is somehow controversial among politicians in Washington — even among many Republican politicians. After President Joe Biden set an artificial date to withdraw from Afghanistan and failed to secure safe passage for Americans trapped in Kabul, some Washington Republicans were...
    MYPILLOW CEO Mike Lindell has filed a police report over a "hotel attack" after telling a cyber conference that he was "hurt by Antifa." Lindell claimed he was "attacked" the night before at his hotel in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, during the conference on Thursday. 4Lindell claims he was attacked by Antifa during his symposiumCredit: OAN 4Lindell claims that China interfered to steal the election from TrumpCredit: AP Sioux Falls police confirmed later that day that a report had been filed after officers visited Lindell about the incident. The report says that the alleged attack occurred around 11.30pm on Wednesday night, according to the Daily Beast. The investigation is ongoing and no suspects have been made public yet. During his conference, Lindell told the crowd he was "OK" after the alleged attack. "It hurts a little bit. I just want everyone to know all the evil that's out there," he said. He suggested that it was either Antifa or some other Left-wing group that came after him. Most read in NewsPILLOW FIGHT MyPillow CEO 'says he was attacked in...
    (CNN)A sitting president of the United States is usually the person who drives political conversation. Former presidents tend to be an afterthought. But even as we stand more than six months into Joe Biden's administration, the President is fighting for attention with his predecessor, Donald Trump, to a degree not seen in recent history. The impact of this dynamic could upend expectations about the midterm elections. Dominating cable news mentions was one of the reasons Biden and Trump won their respective nominations before becoming president. In the month of July, Biden and Trump have been running about equally in mentions on cable news. This is really unusual. Four years ago in July, Trump was getting mentioned on cable more than Barack Obama by a 9:1 ratio. Eight years before that, Obama was getting mentioned more on cable than his predecessor, George W. Bush, by a similar margin. Read MorePart of what is happening is that Trump is getting more cable news mentions than usual for a former president. And Biden, for his part, has had his name uttered on cable...
    Donald Trump is back. And he was on FIRE on Sunday night in Dallas. If you missed it, check it out on C-SPAN archives. You won’t find it on any of the big tech companies’ platforms. They have already ghosted it. That is how good President Trump’s speech was. Like frogs boiling in water, America has been lulled into accepting incomprehensible gibberish from a doddering old coot shuffling behind a podium bearing the White House seal. The “new normal” is a fossilized old swamp gargoyle fumbling through notes to answer a simple question about Russia from a soda jerk in an ice cream parlor. American leadership has been defanged and replaced by a set of loose dentures incapable of commanding a cone of soft-serve ice cream — a president whose Secret Service code name is “Silver Alert.” But the Devil in Dallas is back! And in full form — reminding us all what a live wire in the White House was really like. Speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference, Mr. Trump was viciously funny, scathingly honest and electrically entertaining. “Like socialist and communist movements throughout...
    DALLAS - Outgoing Texas GOP chair and former congressman Allen West insists that former President Trump’s endorsement of Gov. Greg Abbott "doesn’t hurt" his 2022 primary challenge against the two-term Republican governor. "It has no relevance to me as I prepare to run for governor of Texas," West told Fox News ahead of his speech this weekend at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Dallas, Texas. WEST LAUNCHES GOP CHALLENGE AGAINST TEXAS GOV. ABBOTT Abbott is facing primary challenges from the right from West, former state Sen. Don Huffines, and political commentator Chad Prather. Huffines addresses the crowd of conservative activists and leaders at CPAC on Saturday, with West, a controversial and outspoken former one-term congressman from Florida, speaking Sunday. The CPAC Dallas booth for Texas GOP gubernatorial candidate and former state Sen. Dan Huffines, in Dallas, Texas on July 9, 2021 The governor, who was invited to speak at CPAC in Dallas, is not attending as he’s staying in the state capital city of Austin, overseeing a special session of the Texas legislature which he requested...
    Mrs. Pelosi, tear down that wall! Word on the street is House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is finally allowing her Stasi fencing around her grand office on Capitol Hill to come down this weekend. We will believe it when we see it. But the real scandal remains that she had the damned thing erected in the first place. It was after the “deadly insurrection” at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. By “deadly,” they mean four people died of natural causes and one unarmed woman was shot and killed at point black by one of Mrs. Pelosi’s guards. Perhaps the only benefit of the giant communist fencing was that it protected the rest of America from Congress and Nancy Pelosi’s armed forces. In these dreary political times, we should search for common ground with our fellow citizens wherever we might find it. Kudos to all the crazy, goofball “liberals” who live on Capitol Hill who were rightly outraged by the nasty scar of 10-foot fencing that has stood around the Capitol for six months now. They were crazy for Trump conspiracy theories. They turned into the mask Gestapo during COVID-19. But when...
    A grand jury indictment charged the Trump Organization with conspiring to help top executives cheat on their taxes. The criminal tax fraud charges unsealed against Donald Trump's company Thursday are a blow to a business already reeling from canceled deals following the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol and the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on hotels and clubs. The indictment may make it harder for Trump to strike new deals, get bank loans and bring in new money to his sprawling and indebted business. The former president himself was not charged by prosecutors, but investigations are ongoing. Here's a look at the company and the challenge it now faces: WHAT IS THE TRUMP ORGANIZATION? The company is a business entity encompassing hundreds of firms and partnerships that own or manage office buildings, hotels, residential towers, golf clubs, branding rights, licensing deals and other assets around the world. Those various businesses share staff with the Trump Organization, including Trump's two adult sons, Donald Jr. and Eric, both executive vice presidents, and...
    So C-SPAN just announced its ranking of presidents based on the analysis of 142 historians. But the story isn't the rankings, because you can pretty much guess the outcome. It's gonna be the guy who freed the slaves. A Republican, in case everyone forgot. Feel free to remind the mobs as they tear down his statue. And of course, Barack Obama is near the top. Although he wasn't number one - which clearly makes this entire survey racist. In fact, including other presidents on this list - who are all White - is disgusting.  MSNBC'S JOY REID DOUBTS CRIME SPIKES ARE REAL BECAUSE SHE HASN'T HEARD ‘ANECDOTES FROM FRIENDS’ IN CITIES They should have made the whole list, Obama. But the story isn't the ranking - it's the coverage of the rankings. We've had a lot of presidents, at least 15, Kat. But the media only cared about one. Politicos headline: "Trump debuts at 41st in C-SPAN rankings." CNN's headline - "Trump is one of history's worst presidents, survey says." Sounds like CNN ripping off Family Feud again. From Business...
    Prosecutors in New York on Thursday issued an indictment charging the Trump Organization, the company owned by former U.S. President Donald Trump, with operating a 15-year-long "scheme to defraud" the government, alleging that the organization compensated senior executives with off-the-books benefits such as cash, private school tuition and luxury cars without reporting it to federal or state tax authorities as income. At the same time, prosecutors indicted the company's chief financial officer, Allen Weisselberg, 73, on 15 charges, including grand larceny and tax fraud. Both Weisselberg and the Trump Organization have pleaded not guilty and vowed to fight the charges in court. "This was a sweeping and audacious illegal payments scheme," Carey Dunne, general counsel for the Manhattan district attorney, said while presenting the case to the New York State Supreme Court in Manhattan. FILE - Former President Donald Trump acknowledges the crowd as he speaks at the North Carolina Republican Convention, June 5, 2021, in Greenville.Attorneys representing the Trump Organization said the prosecution was purely political, issuing a statement that said, in part, "In our view, this case...
    Brandon Bell/Getty Images, MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images Former President Donald Trump is reportedly “thrilled” by the news that the Trump Organization and Chief Financial Officer Allen Weisselberg will be indicted, saying that he thinks the case will be a political liability for President Joe Biden. News of the indictments on tax-related charges reached Trump during a conference call with advisers on Monday, one of whom told Politico Playbook that Trump was “thrilled” and convinced the case would “hurt Sleepy Joe”: The former president was on a conference call with his advisers Monday discussing his favorite topic — revenge — when he was interrupted with an update on the Manhattan D.A.’s investigation. He would not be personally indicted, Trump was told — only Weisselberg and the Trump Organization would be. Trump was thrilled by what he saw as light charges, and according to one of the advisers on the call, his mind raced to 2024. “Just wait until 2024, you’ll see,” Trump said. The former president implied that the legal case would be seen as a political witch hunt that would backfire...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — A police officer who was injured in the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection and has pushed for an independent commission to investigate the attack will meet with House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy on Friday, according to two people familiar with the meeting. Officer Michael Fanone has said for weeks that he wanted to meet with McCarthy, who has opposed a commission and remained loyal to former President Donald Trump. It was a violent mob of Trump’s supporters that attacked the Capitol and interrupted the certification of Joe Biden’s presidential election victory after Trump told them to “fight like hell” to overturn his defeat. READ MORE: COVID-19 In Maryland: More Than 3.3M Marylanders Are Fully Vaccinated The meeting comes after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Thursday that she is creating a special committee to investigate the attack. She said a partisan-led probe was the only option left after Senate Republicans blocked legislation to form a bipartisan commission. Fanone is expected to be joined by Capitol Police Officer Harry Dunn, who was also among the officers who responded to the...
    DONALD Trump must be taken seriously, White House press secretary Jen Psaki has said, after being asked about the Republican's rallies. Asked about the danger of people being "hurt or killed", Psaki said: "Obviously, we take the rhetoric of the 'former guy,' as we like to say, quite seriously, as everyone should." 5Donald Trump must be taken seriously, White House press secretary Jen Psaki has saidCredit: AFP 5Psaki said: 'Obviously, we take the rhetoric of the 'former guy' quite seriously'Credit: Splash Psaki had been asked by Breakfast Media’s Andrew Feinberg on Monday if the administration is concerned about "violent extremists...finding a home in Republican primaries." The White House Press Secretary replied: "Well, I’m not going to label people ‘domestic violent extremists’ officially from here. "We have certainly seen problematic…rhetoric. Followers of QAnon and conspiracy theories who don’t just run but are elected to office. "So there’s already a record of that. We will continue to speak out against that." She added: "Our strategy at this point is to continue to advocate for how government can work for the American people....
    White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told reporters to take the “former guy” seriously when she was asked if ex-President Donald Trump’s upcoming rallies could result in people getting hurt or even killed. Breakfast Media’s Andrew Feinberg brought up several concerns about the rise of anti-democratic sentiment in the Republican Party, first ticking off officials and candidates who reject the federal government, and asking  “Is the administration concerned that actual violent extremists and people espousing secessionist rhetoric are finding a home in Republican primaries and could actually be elected to office?” “Well, I’m not going to label people ‘domestic violent extremists’ officially from here,” Psaki said, but added that “we have certainly seen problematic… rhetorics: followers of QAnon and conspiracy theories who not just — who don’t just run but are elected to office. So there’s already a record of that.” She went on to add that while the administration would continue to speak out against such people, “our strategy at this point is to continue to advocate for how government can work for the American people; remind people across...
    There is Bernie Madoff-level government corruption in Washington. There is Clinton Foundation-level grift in politics. And there is Anthony Weiner-level sleaze wherever the media, government, and politics collide. And then there is Hunter Biden. Seriously, what does Hunter Biden have to do to become a scandal around here? How about cheating on his wife and children to sleep with his dead brother’s widow? Nope. That just spawned waves of pity over the tragic loss of his brother. President Trump once famously joked that he could go out into the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and “wouldn’t lose any voters.” While Mr. Trump never actually shot anyone on Fifth Avenue, he was accused of so many worse crimes by the Democrats and the media during his time in office: Russian stooge. Racist. Rapist. Gasser of protesters. Murderous insurrectionist. All fantasy and Mr. Trump was accused of all of it — often in extensive collusion with U.S. government intelligence services. Not only did Mr. Trump not lose any voters, he gained some 13 million more in the 2020 election. Which brings us back to Hunter Biden and how curious it is that he is...
    Blundering Joe Biden and the Old Gang are back together again. For 50 years now, the Globalists of Olde Europe have been getting it all wrong. And Mr. Biden has been there pretty much every step of the way. Only in Washington could a guy like Joe Biden — who has been wrong about everything — rise to the very top. In the land of the deaf, dumb and blind, the guy who can still taste ice cream is king. At this latest gathering of the Globalist 7, world leaders basically just breathed a heavy sigh of relief that Donald Trump was no longer in their midst. He was not nice. And he did not like getting ripped off. Worst of all, he made no secret that his primary concern is the best interest of his own county, America. As the vulgar Mr. Trump likes to say, “America First!” It now appears the second greatest threat to the world — after Mr. Trump himself — is China. After all, the communist regime murders its own people, rounds up religious minorities and operates slave labor camps. Also, they unleashed a pandemic on the world that killed millions of innocent people. Not as bad...
    In an aerial view, low water levels are visible at Lake Oroville on June 01, 2021 in Oroville, California.Justin Sullivan | Getty Images The Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army on Wednesday announced their intent to expand the number of U.S. waterways that receive protections under the Clean Water Act. The move would reverse a rule adopted last year by the Trump administration, which limited the bodies of water that could receive federal protection. The Biden administration wants to expand protections to streams, ditches and wetlands that feed into larger bodies of water. EPA Administrator Michael Regan said in a statement that the Trump administration policy had led to "significant environmental degradation." The EPA and the Army said they discovered that the Trump rule significantly reduced clean water protections, a major issue as the U.S. West grapples with a severe drought and water supply shortages. In New Mexico and Arizona, the agencies found that almost all of more than 1,500 streams assessed were non-jurisdictional and thus unable to receive protection from the federal government. Jaime Pinkham, acting assistant...
    Texas Senator Ted Cruz laid into a New York Times science reporter after she claimed the theory that COVID-19 was leaked from a Wuhan lab has 'racist roots'.   Apoorva Mandavilli, who describes herself on Twitter as a Times reporter who mainly covers the coronavirus pandemic, sparked widespread outrage on Wednesday when she tweeted: 'Someday we will stop talking about the lab leak theory and maybe even admit its racist roots. But alas, that day is not yet here.'  She deleted the tweet about an hour later and admitted that it was 'badly phrased' - and that her own colleagues are investigating the theory.  Among the critics slamming Mandavilli's perceived flip-flop was Cruz, who responded in his own tweet on Thursday: 'She just isn't willing to investigate or report on anything that might hurt her tender feelings.'  The Twitter face-off came as mainstream media outlets - including the Times - that for months dismissed the idea that COVID-19 could have been developed in a lab have been forced to acknowledge the possibility amid mounting supportive evidence.    Texas Senator...
    It was one of the biggest campaign questions last summer amid the heat of the 2020 White House race — how would the nationwide protests over police brutality against minorities and racial inequity impact the presidential showdown between then-incumbent Republican Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden? Most studies and analysis of the demonstrations, sparked in part by the death in late spring of last year of Black man George Floyd in Minnesota at the hands of police, suggest that now-President Biden’s lead over Trump grew in areas where many of the protests occurred. HOUSE DEMS 2020 AUTOPSY PARTIALLY BLAMES GOP ATTACKS OVER ‘DEFUND THE POLICE’ FOR ELECTION SETBACKS But a new analysis of election results in Kenosha, Wisconsin by The Economist suggests that when the protests turned violent, Trump and the Republicans benefited at the ballot box. Protesters walk past police with their arms up, late Monday, Aug. 24, 2020, in Kenosha, Wis., as a building burns in the background. Protests have erupted following the police shooting of Jacob Blake a day earlier.  (AP Photo/David Goldman) The city...
    Nearly three-quarters of voters for former President Donald Trump say President Joe Bidens chief medical adviser Anthony Fauci "hurt America" more than he helped during the COVID-19 pandemic, a new poll showed. A Yahoo! News/YouGov survey posted by Mediaite Thursday showed among all respondents, 46% said Fauci — the lead infectious disease expert on coronavirus task forces under both the Trump and Biden administrations — "helped America more than he hurt America," 30% said the opposite and 24% werent sure. Among GOP respondents, 61% said Fauci hurt America, while 22% said he helped and 18% were unsure. Among Trump voters, 71% said Fauci hurt America. Among people who havent been vaccinated against COVID-19, 22% say Fauci helped, 43% say he hurt America, 35% werent sure. In other findings, the poll showed: 34% says most Americans are underestimating the risks of the virus; the same percentage believe Americans are behaving appropriately; 23% say most Americans are overreacting to the risks.  20% of respondents says theyll "never" take the COVID-19 vaccination. 57% says theyve been vaccinated, while those who said they would...
    In an interview that aired Sunday on “Axios on HBO,” Samaritan’s Purse president Rev. Franklin Graham discussed his close relationship with former President Donald Trump. Axios’ Mike Allen asked Graham about Trump’s consistent criticisms of the media’s coverage of him and his presidency. According to the Samaritan’s Purse head, Trump’s constant calling out of the press created unnecessary “animosity.” As a result, his rhetoric aimed at the media has ended up hurting him, which he said the former president is aware of. “I think it’s hurt him,” Graham told Allen. “I think it built a wall. I think it created animosity when it shouldn’t have. Just because somebody disagrees with you doesn’t mean they’re your enemy.” Allen clarified, “You think it was a mistake for President Trump to demonize the press?” “No question about it,” the Samaritan’s Purse president replied. “Have you told him that?” Allen followed up. “No,” Graham responded. “He knows it.” Allen went on to ask the pastor if he can tell Trump “hard truths,” which Graham said he does. He added he is upfront with telling Trump...
    Facebook’s decision on Wednesday to keep former President Donald Trump banned from posting on the platform could have significant implications for his political future. Trump has repeatedly teased a potential presidential run in 2024, saying as recently as Tuesday that his supporters would be “very, very happy” when he makes a “certain announcement” regarding the race. But mounting a primary bid without access to the Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram pages that drove engagement with millions of supporters during his last two campaigns could prove to cause difficulties for Trump, should he choose to run. “It’s devastating to the president that he remains off of these platforms that built out his political apparatus,” Bryan Lanza, a former Trump campaign and transition aide, told the Washington Examiner. TRUMP BAN UPHELD BY FACEBOOK’S INDEPENDENT OVERSIGHT BOARD Lanza noted that the political complications of remaining blocked would go beyond the limitations on Trump’s ability to spread his message. “This is going to continue to hurt fundraising. This is going to hurt candidates that he’s endorsed,” Lanza said, adding that Trump will not have the...
    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah Republicans booed Sen. Mitt Romney but ultimately rejected a motion to censure him Saturday for his votes at President Donald Trump’s impeachment trials. The measure narrowly failed, 798 to 711, in a vote by delegates to the state GOP convention, The Salt Lake Tribune reported. Romney drew heavy boos when he came to the podium earlier in the day. Davis County delegate Don Guymon, who authored the resolution, said Romney’s votes to remove Trump from office “hurt the Constitution and hurt the party.” “This was a process driven by Democrats who hated Trump,” Guymon said. “Romney’s vote in the first impeachment emboldened Democrats who continued to harass Trump.” The proposal, among several platform changes debated Saturday, also sought to praise the other members of Utah’s congressional delegation for their support of the former president. Others warned supporting the censure risked defining the party around Trump instead of the conservative principles most delegates treasure. “If the point of all this is to let Mitt Romney know we’re displeased with him, trust me, he knows,” said...
    Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer Michael Cohen claimed Friday on MSNBC’s “Deadline” that Trump “relished” watching the Capitol Police and innocent people being hurt and killed during the deadly riot on January 6. Anchor Nicolle Wallace said, “Let me ask you since you know him, and you understand the sort of sociopathic way his brain works, what is his incentive structure for perpetuating a big lie that killed law enforcement officials. He likes to align himself with law enforcement. They were mutilated by his own supporters at the Capitol. Do you see him looking at it as a sort of pride, that his supporters will even mutilate law enforcement officials for him? Or what do you think he relishes out of what his supporters did in service to him on January 6th?” Cohen said, “That’s a great question. So Donald Trump needs the adulation of the crowd, the way that you need oxygen to breathe. It’s very sad, because instead when he rowdied up that crowd, and he turned around and told them, ‘You go, you go, and I will meet...
    The official ruling on the cause of U.S. Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick's death debunks the media narrative upon which former President Donald Trump's second impeachment was largely predicated, Washington Times opinion editor and Fox News contributor Charlie Hurt told "America Reports" Tuesday. Washington D.C.'s top medical examiner ruled Monday that Sicknick suffered two strokes and died of natural causes the day after he confronted rioters at the U.S. Capitol building Jan. 6. The ruling appears to contradict early media reports that Sicknick had died after he was struck in the head with a fire extinguisher by Trump supporters during the melee. "The problem was, it fit a narrative that they wanted to tell," Hurt told host Sandra Smith. "That narrative included the fact that his death was a key — probably the most significant part — of the impeachment trial against [former] President Trump. The entire impeachment hung on that. Because of that narrative, the media, they ran with it, politicians ran with it." NEW YORK TIMES CORRECTS REPORT ON CAPITOL OFFICER'S DEATH CITED IN TRUMP IMPEACHMENT TRIAL While Sicknick's death was tragic regardless of its cause, Hurt emphasized, the media's rush to push a political narrative reveals an "extraordinary disdain that...
    (CNN)Candidates matter.Which is why Senate and House party committees have long reserved the right to wade into contentious primary fights and pick the candidate they believe has the best chance of winning a seat for them in the general election.And why Florida Sen. Rick Scott's (R) decision, as chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, to stay entirely out of all primary fights in the 2022 election is a big deal, and a major risk."We're not going to participate," Scott told The Washington Post for a profile that ran over the weekend. "I think the public will pick the right candidate, and it'll be somebody that can get through the general election."There's already several examples on the 2022 Senate battlefield where Scott's non-involvement pledge could have significant consequences.Read MoreTake Missouri, where former Gov. Eric Greitens, who resigned as the state's top elected official in 2018 amid allegations of sexual misconduct, is running to replace retiring Sen. Roy Blunt (R). Greitens is closely aligning himself with former President Donald Trump and casting himself as a victim of an insidious political insider...
    Former White House Press Secretary and co-host of 'Outnumbered' Kayleigh McEnany blasted reporters for putting forth a false narrative last year, after U.S. intelligence agencies began to backtrack on reports of Russian bounties being placed on U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan. McEnany said she cautioned reporters at the time that the intelligence was in question, but most of the mainstream media "ran with" the story anyway.  US INTEL BACKPEDALS ON RUSSIAN BOUNTY STORY THAT TRUMP CALLED A 'HOAX' KAYLEIGH MCENANY: I was asked dozens and dozens of questions about the Russia bounties. I cautioned reporters on the first of the story came out and said 'look, do not be so quick to buy this New York Times story, this information is unverified, there are dissenting opinions in the intelligence community, do not run with this narrative, it’s just simply not true and not the case.' But not only did they run with it, it is remarkable if you take a walk through memory lane at 'The New York Times' convincing military families who had their loved ones killed in action that in fact, Russia bounties were probably to blame, and not only that, but their Commander-in-Chief, President Donald Trump simply didn’t care....
    More On: afghanistan US walks back claim Russia put bounties on troops — but no Biden apology to Trump Sec of state makes surprise visit to Afghanistan after US moves to pull troops Russian retribution: White House to reportedly announce sanctions on Russia President Biden wise to end Afghan war — but why choose 9/11 to do it? The Biden administration on Thursday walked back one of the biggest bombshell campaign-season revelations of last year: that the Russian government had put bounties on the heads of US troops in Afghanistan.  Oh, how convenient. A senior official told The Daily Beast that the administration had only “low to moderate” confidence in a story Team Biden was more than happy to use against former President Donald Trump for months. Candidate Joe Biden cited the Russian bounties on the campaign trail, calling Trump’s failure to act a “dereliction of duty.” The bounties story allegedly came from detainee interrogations in Afghanistan, a notoriously unreliable way of obtaining information, but nevertheless, according to The Washington Post, was confirmed by the CIA. The New York Times...
    The Georgia election official who condemned former President Donald Trump for disseminating misleading information about voter fraud has turned on President Joe Biden for spreading lies about the state’s new voting laws. Gabriel Sperling became a darling of the Left with an impassioned attack on Trump last year, saying he would be responsible for any violence triggered by unsubstantiated election fraud claims. But now, he has waded into the controversy over new voting laws pushed by Peach State Republicans, dismissing Biden’s allegation that changes represent Jim Crow laws for the 21st century. “The reaction to Georgia’s new election law has me worried again,” he wrote in the Washington Post. “Though I have not received any threats yet, thankfully, that same foreboding is creeping up again as the president of the United States and others once again spread lies about what is going on in Georgia. “So I plead with the president once again: Someone is going to get hurt. Your words matter. The facts matter.” SORTING FACT FROM FICTION IN GEORGIA VOTING LAW DEBATE Republicans insist voter reform is essential...
    Alaska Senate candidate Kelly Tshibaka says Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski failed their home state by turning her back on former President Donald Trump. In an interview with the Washington Examiner, Tshibaka explained that President Joe Biden made clear he wanted to close the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, and despite knowing how vital the oil fields are to the state, Murkowski aided his reelection bid by rejecting Trump. “She picked a needless fight with Donald Trump. His policies were really good for Alaska. He opened up oil and gas jobs for us. He reduced taxes for us. He supported our military. We have a strong military presence up here, and he rebuilt the military, and her impeachment vote made a lot of people angry in Alaska,” Tshibaka said. Tshibaka referenced the Energy and Natural Resources Committee confirmation hearing for Interior Secretary Deb Haaland. Haaland, the former New Mexico Democratic congresswoman, always opposed drilling in the Arctic. Murkowski is a longtime member of the committee, and Tshibaka wondered why the senator did not press her on her state's oil leases. “She...
    President Joe Biden talks to reporters on the South Lawn of the White House, in Washington, U.S., March 14, 2021.Cheriss May | Reuters President Joe Biden said Monday that he is not worried that a plan to increase corporate America's tax bill would dampen the U.S. economy as it emerges from the Covid-19 pandemic. Asked whether he is concerned that the White House plan to raise the corporate rate to 28% could harm an already-fragile recovery, Biden replied "not at all." "There's no evidence of that," the president said from the South Lawn of the White House. "Here you have 51 or 52 corporations in the Fortune 500 that haven't paid a single penny in taxes for three years." The proposed increase to the corporate rate is part of the administration's effort to fund its $2 trillion infrastructure proposal, a plan many Democrats promised to pass during the 2020 election cycle. But while politicians on both sides of the aisle agree that American roads and bridges are in need of extensive repair, fierce disagreements over other priorities and the ultimate...
    Patrick Malone, the lawyer for Capitol Police Officers James Blassingame and Sidney Hemby, said that one of the goals of his clients’ lawsuit against former President Donald Trump is to find out why it took so long for the rioters that attacked the U.S. Capitol on January 6 to be “called off.” “Our civil justice system is a powerful weapon for truth and for accountability. You can get a lot of discovery in a civil case that does not happen in criminal court nearly as well,” Malone told Jim Sciutto, who was guest hosting Anderson Cooper 360 on Wednesday. “We [can] find out exactly what was going on in the White House when all these events were happening at the Capitol and why the rioters were not called off until they’d hurt so many people.” In their lawsuit, the officers allege that Trump “inflamed, encouraged, incited, directed, and aided and abetted” his supporters to assault them, and that they suffered both physical injuries and emotional distress. “There is a lot the civil justice system can do and the whole...
    Vaccines are a marvel of modern medicine that has saved countless millions of lives throughout the world. Operation Warp Speed will go down in history as a miracle of presidential vision, political leadership, bureaucratic humility, and free enterprise genius. When President Trump announced the project to invent a vaccine, all the experts in Washington scorned and mocked him. Lockdowns, suicide, and misery were our only hope for the future, they assured us. If Joe Biden had been president a year ago, he would have sidelined the drug companies, deputized the federal government to invent the vaccine, and airlifted millions of disposable face masks. From China, of course. The vaccine would still be five years away. My point is that I have unstinting respect for how Mr. Trump envisioned and inspired these vaccines. And, more generally, I have tremendous faith in vaccines. While I certainly understand people who are suspicious of them — and agree with them in opposing government vaccine mandates — I have never hesitated to jab myself or those most precious to me with any vaccine. But this COVID-19 vaccine...
    There is disagreement within the intelligence community over whether China sought to influence 2020’s presidential election as a newly released Intelligence Community Assessment concluded that it didn’t, while a minority view by the national intelligence officer for cyber argued that it did. The report, which concluded that Russia sought to hurt then-candidate Joe Biden while Iran worked to harm President Donald Trump, was put together by the National Intelligence Council under the auspices of the national intelligence officer for cyber — which disagreed with the majority opinion on China and was backed by former Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe — and was drafted along with the CIA, the Department of Homeland Security, the FBI, the State Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research, and the National Security Agency. The report released by Biden spy chief Avril Haines is a declassified version of the classified report provided to Trump and congressional leaders on Jan. 7. “We assess that China did not deploy interference efforts and considered but did not deploy influence efforts intended to change the outcome of the...
    Photograph: Grigory Dukor/Reuters Russia tried to influence the 2020 US presidential election by proliferating “misleading or unsubstantiated allegations” largely against Joe Biden and through allies of Donald Trump, US intelligence officials said on Tuesday. The assessment was contained in a 15-page report published by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. It underscored allegations that Trump’s allies played into Moscow’s hands by amplifying claims against Biden by Ukrainian figures with links to Russia. In a statement, the Democratic House intelligence chair, Adam Schiff, said: “Through proxies, Russia ran a successful intelligence operation that penetrated [Trump’s] inner circle. “Individuals close to the former president were targeted by agents of Russian intelligence including Andriy Derkach and Konstantin Kilimnik, who laundered misinformation into our political system with the intent of denigrating now President Biden, damaging his candidacy.” Kilimnik has widely reported ties to Paul Manafort, Trump’s campaign chairman in 2016 who was jailed under the investigation led by special counsel Robert Mueller but pardoned by Trump shortly before the end of his term. Derkach worked closely with Rudy Giuliani, the former New...