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    (CNN)When I was a child in Gambia, my brother Pa Ousman and I would talk about what we'd do when we grew up. Our answer was always the same: we would go to America, the land of opportunity. We lived in a rural village about an hour's drive from Banjul, the capital, and had limited access to many educational opportunities. The few we did have gave us an advantage over our parents, who could not read or write -- or even speak English. While our father was deeply suspicious of traditional schooling -- calling it a construct of the White man -- our mother quietly supported our efforts to get educated and broaden our horizons.Fatou Jaw Manneh But even as we learned in primary and high school, we knew we were still disadvantaged. We did not have access to college or university-level education, and good-paying jobs were scarce. The best positions went to those most connected to the men already in power. In contrast, America was a symbol of progress and mobility. And American pop culture only reinforced our idealized...
    When Sean Spicer decided to take a dig at President Joe Biden, he may not have expected his words to be used against him. But that's exactly what happened when one question sparked a Twitter firestorm. On Thursday, October 26, Spicer, who briefly worked as White House Press Secretary under former Preaisent Donald Trump, took to Twitter to express his disapproval of Biden's Build Back Better agenda. In his tweet, Spicer asked, "What? When did anyone ask to “transform” America?" What? When did anyone ask to “transform” America? https://t.co/6c7nR6kaoo — Sean Spicer (@Sean Spicer) 1635453881.0 Twitter users quickly took aim at Spicer for his seemingly oblivious line of questioning, reports HuffPost. Many also reminded him of the orgiin of the phrase, "Make America Great Again" and the veiled meaning behind it. One user wrote, "When did anyone ask that you Make America Great Again?FYI: America was already great until Trump the disgraced, twice impeached, one term former president came along." When did anyone ask that you Make America Great Again? FYI: America was already great until Trump the disgraced, tw…...
    Washington (CNN)A version of this story appeared in CNN's Race Deconstructed newsletter. To get it in your inbox every week, sign up for free here.Their appeals were ignored.On Monday, a group of House Democrats sent a letter to their colleagues in the Senate urging them to pass the Freedom to Vote Act and pave a path for a federal voting rights overhaul. On Wednesday, the bill fell short of the 60 votes needed to break a Republican-led filibuster and move forward.The outcome was utterly predictable. After all, the assault on voting rights is partisan. Across the US, Republican lawmakers are attempting to protect their power by subverting elections and blocking rival constituencies' access to the ballot box.These moves disproportionately target Black voters, and indeed fit into a long history of maneuvering to limit Black political participation.Read MoreTo understand the urgency of defending voting rights and the country's young and fragile multiracial democracy, turn to Keisha N. Blain's incredible new book, "Until I Am Free: Fannie Lou Hamer's Enduring Message to America."In the volume, Blain, an associate professor of history at...
    This was first published by ProPublica, a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for The Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox. As much as $3 million may have been raised to support the Jan. 6 rally in Washington, D.C., that preceded the attack on the Capitol, according to interviews and documents reviewed by ProPublica, with some money flowing to Republican dark-money groups that helped bring crowds to the event. Caroline Wren, a former top fundraiser for the Trump campaign, managed distribution of some of the money raised to support the rally. She told one associate that she sent funds to a number of political organizations backing the event. Dustin Stockton, a Republican operative who helped organize the rally, told ProPublica he met with Wren at the Willard Hotel in Washington on the evening of Jan. 5. At that meeting, Stockton said, Wren boasted of having raised $3 million to support the rally. She also described how she had “parked" unspecified amounts of money for Jan. 6 at an arm of the Republican Attorneys General...
    Because something speaks louder Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote, “We are always getting ready to live, but never living” It was Psychologist William Moulton who quizzed 3000 people asking “What do you have to live for?” He was shocked to find that 94%were simply enduring the present while they waited for the future, waiting for something to happen. Waiting for the children to grow up, waiting to retire, waiting for some long-awaited trip, waiting for someone to die, waiting for tomorrow without realizing we only have today. This is life’s great tragedy. Satan doesn’t care how spiritual your intentions or how Holy your resolutions as long as they are fixed on tomorrow. In Acts 24 the Apostle Paul spoke clearly and boldly to one of the most powerful political leaders in the world at that time regarding the Gospel of Jesus Christ. As he concluded his remarks we have this response recorded in the scriptures… Now as he reasoned about righteousness, self-control, and the judgment to come, Felix was afraid and answered, “Go away for now; when I have a convenient...
    CNN’s S.E. Cupp argued Tuesday that voters had “heaped huge expectations” on President Joe Biden and shouldn’t expect him to fix everything in just nine months. Cupp joined ABC’s “The View” as a guest host, and when the conversation turned to the battle to pass both the bipartisan infrastructure bill and the $3.5 trillion reconciliation package, she argued that some people might have expected too much of the president in the early months of his administration. (RELATED: Joy Behar Says Black People Shouldn’t Be Scared Of COVID Vaccine Anymore Because White People Were The ‘Experiment’) WATCH: Joy Behar began the segment by noting that Biden’s approval ratings had not been stellar, and she asked Cupp whether passing the infrastructure bill and reconciliation might have a positive impact. “Let me ask something. His approval ratings would go up if he could get the bills through. S.E.?” Behar asked. “Why not get rid of the filibuster?” “The problem is that’s great for you guys now. What happens when someone else is in power? Do you want them to have the...
    A fossilized dog jawbone with eight jagged teeth protruding from the bone that was found in Costa Rica suggests ancient civilizations in Central America domesticated the animals some 12,000 years ago - 2,000 years earlier than previously believed.    The bone had originally been classified as belonging to an ancient coyote, but the animal did not arrive to the region until the 20th century and the teeth appear to be more like a dog than a coyote. A team of Latin American scientists re-analyzed the artifact, initially unearthed in the 1990s, which was found alongside a giant horse and mastodon – all of which means humans were living nearby.  Costa Rican researcher Guillermo Vargas told Agence France-Presse (AFP): 'We thought it was very strange to have a coyote in the Pleistocene [Era], that is to say 12,000 years ago. 'When we started looking at the bone fragments, we started to see characteristics that could have been from a dog.' A fossilized dog jawbone with about eight jagged teeth protruding from the bone suggests ancient civilizations in Central America domesticated the animals...
    Former President Trump hit back at the House Jan. 6 probe on Monday saying it was an attempt to distract Americans from President Biden's failings and said the attack on the Capitol would never have happened if intelligence warnings were heeded. Lawmakers are stepping up pressure on Trump, subpoenaing his close aides and requesting White House documents. Members of the Select Committee to Investigate the Jan 6th Attack on the U.S. Capitol now say they will prosecute anyone refusing to cooperate. 'The highly partisan Unselect Committee is just a sideshow to distract America from massive failures by Biden and the Democrats,' railed Trump in an emailed statement.  'What happened to the Capitol would have never happened if the people in charge did their job and looked at the intelligence.  'They abandoned the officers on the ground, just like Biden abandoned Americans in Afghanistan. Instead of holding bad leaders accountable, the Democrats are going after innocent staffers and attacking the Constitution.'  Former President Donald Trump demanded the 'partisan hearings' stop in a Monday evening message that cited whistleblower evidence that Capitol...
    This week, Aleksei Burkov, a convicted Russian cybercriminal, waltzed into John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, boarded a commercial flight, and flew back home to Moscow unimpeded. But he wasn’t on the lam from U.S. law enforcement. U.S. immigration officials told The Daily Beast that the government chose to send him back to Russia and officers from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) escorted him onto his flight. That’s despite the fact that just one year ago, Burkov, who ran cybercrime forums used by the crème de la crème of Russian hackers and a forum that sold stolen payment card data, was sentenced to nine years in prison in the U.S. Former U.S. officials have said the government’s decision to let Burkov go free this week has left them somewhat befuddled. The U.S. does not have an extradition treaty with Russia, making this kind of release incredibly rare, and Burkov’s arrest and extradition were particularly hard-fought. He was originally arrested in Israel at the request of U.S. authorities in 2015, then later extradited to the U.S. to face...
    What a snivelling, pathetic and highly damaging piece of Covid theatre. At a time when both their countries are reaching peak-jabbed status, with borders reopening and a return to normal apparently in sight, the so-called leader of the free world Joe Biden and former libertarian Boris Johnson sat apart and fully muzzled during their cringey Oval Office meeting. Boris has not only been double-jabbed but also has natural immunity having beaten the disease when it nearly killed him. Biden is also double-vaccinated. What message were they trying to send to the world? That Covid has fundamentally changed us for good and we should keep half our faces covered up without the evidence to suggest it makes any real difference to stopping the spread? That it shouldn’t make a blind bit of difference if you’re double-jabbed and are swimming in Covid antibodies thanks to a natural infection like Boris? Or that virtue signalling wokery and looking like you’re ‘doing the right thing’ now trumps reality and science? President Joe Biden, right, speaks during a meeting with British Prime Minister Boris...
    She made one of the most dramatic entrances at the star-studded Met Gala on Monday night in a completely covered up, all-black look courtesy of Balenciaga. And now Kim Kardashian is clapping back at those who criticized her show-stopping look. The 40-year-old mogul was quite proud of her fashionable entrance at  The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City on Monday as she shared several snaps from the red carpet along with a message for those who said the look did not fit the 'In America' theme. Scroll down for video  'Whats more American than a T-shirt head to toe?!' Kim Kardashian was quite proud of her fashionable entrance at the Met Gala on Monday as she shared several snaps from the red carpet along with a message for those who said the look did not fit the 'In America' theme She captioned the gallery to her 253million followers: 'What’s more American than a T-shirt head to toe?!' RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 2 Next Met Gala 2021: Billie Eilish and Yara Shahidi bring Old... ...
    CNN political commentator Margaret Hoover said she found it hard to imagine if another 9/11 type event happened today, that America would be able to pull together the way we did twenty years ago. Hoover, joined by her husband and commentary partner John Avlon, spoke with CNN Newsroom host Jim Acosta Sunday afternoon, the day after the twentieth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Acosta played a clip of former President George W. Bush’s speech from the day before, in which he called out the dangers posed by both foreign and domestic terrorists: And we have seen growing evidence that the dangers to our country can come not only across borders but from violence that gathers within. There is little cultural overlap between violent extremists abroad and violent extremists at home. But then there’s disdain for pluralism. In their disregard for human life. In their determination to defile national symbols. They are children of the same foul spirit and it is our continuing duty to confront them. The CNN host called Bush’s remarks “an important message,” that “seemed to be...
    (CNN)US commanders who led the war in Afghanistan are wrestling with the country's collapse to the Taliban, with some ruing the "pretty horrible mistakes" the US military made along the way and one of them flatly declaring America's longest war was not worth the price. "The 20-year war in Afghanistan was -- for the results that we have achieved -- not worth the cost," Karl Eikenberry, both a commander in Afghanistan from 2005 to 2007 and ambassador to the country from 2009 to 2011, tells CNN's Jake Tapper in a two-hour documentary that airs Sunday. In "America's Longest War: What Went Wrong in Afghanistan," Tapper conducts in-depth interviews with eight US commanders who led the war effort over two decades and four administrations, and who speak with new candor about decisions made by their commanders-in-chief that they believe undermined the war effort and might have prevented its success. In the interviews with the former military leaders and others, Tapper examines the mission and the missteps, how political decisions hurt the ability of service members to succeed, whether the Pentagon misrepresented...
    In the ghastly rubble of ground zero’s fallen towers 20 years ago, Hour Zero arrived, a chance to start anew. World affairs reordered abruptly on that morning of blue skies, black ash, fire and death. In Iran, chants of “death to America” quickly gave way to candlelight vigils to mourn the American dead. Vladimir Putin weighed in with substantive help as the U.S. prepared to go to war in Russia’s region of influence. Libya’s Moammar Gadhafi, a murderous dictator with a poetic streak, spoke of the “human duty” to be with Americans after “these horrifying and awesome events, which are bound to awaken human conscience.” From the first terrible moments, America’s longstanding allies were joined by longtime enemies in that singularly galvanizing instant. No nation with global standing was cheering the stateless terrorists vowing to conquer capitalism and democracy. How rare is that? Too rare to last, it turned out. ___ Civilizations have their allegories for rebirth in times of devastation. A global favorite is that of the phoenix, a magical and magnificent bird, rising from...
    It was a day that did not end. It went on for days, it went on for weeks, it went on for years. But then you look up and somehow, 20 years have gone, and you realize with a start that you can’t recall the last time you thought of September 11, 2001. “We’ll go forward from this moment,” I wrote. And we did. And we have. So much so that maybe the events of that day begin to feel a little distant. So it’s shocking how easily it all comes back. Indeed, to review the old footage is to return to that morning with visceral urgency, two decades stripping away like varnish, like nothing. Suddenly it is once again that fateful Tuesday morning, and there is a pit in your stomach, a tension in your jaw as two iconic New York towers are impaled by jetliners, as fire blooms like some death flower, as great mountains of smoke float over the skyline, as dust-caked people stagger about like confused ghosts, as first word comes of an explosion at the...
    The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) has suggested that Joe Biden’s relationship with Europe has “turned sour”, indicating that the elderly Democrat is losing the devotion of the international media as well as world leaders post-Afghanistan. While the publicly-funded BBC is officially an impartial news outlet — indeed, it is supposed to be legally required to be so by its charter — it is widely regarded as having an institutional left-liberal bias not only by Brexiteers and conservatives but by some of its own longest-serving broadcasters, and its content was biased against Donald Trump by its own admission on occasion. However, a recent analysis piece suggesting the end is here for Europe’s love-in with President Biden, who did not challenge EU member-states’ “delinquent” NATO payments or unfair trade policy the way his predecessor did, may signal that they too will no stick to the alleged pro-Biden bias of old post-Afghanistan. “[I]n capitals across Europe, from London to Berlin, Afghanistan has soured the sweetness of Joe Biden’s honeymoon,” the BBC  reported, noting that it was “not the fact of the withdrawal itself...
    (CNN)Like the pandemic, America's final withdrawal from Afghanistan held an unflattering mirror to its often ugly politics. It also revealed characteristics of Joe Biden's leadership that the President had previously shielded from the public. While saying the buck stopped with him, the President frequently shifted it elsewhere. His attack on the vanishing Afghan army ignored years of sacrifices of thousands of soldiers and his own withdrawal of military support. Biden ran for office on competence, empathy and as a foreign policy expert who would always level with voters. That image is now badly tarnished. The deaths of several children in an Afghan family caught in a US airstrike aimed at an ISIS-K vehicle bomb meanwhile betrayed the risks of Biden's new "over the horizon" terror war. A few Republicans advanced necessary, tempered criticism of the events in Kabul. But the crisis also exposed the hypocrisy and craven loyalty to ex-President Donald Trump that is their party's major operating principle. While savaging Biden, few Republicans acknowledged that Trump's capitulation to the Taliban in a withdrawal deal set the stage for the...
    President Joe Biden remained publicly silent from the White House on Monday as the last American forces withdrew from Afghanistan. White House staff called a “lid” for the president’s activities for the day, just prior to the dawn of August 31 in Afghanistan, his scheduled withdrawal date. The White House relied on a Pentagon briefing with spokesman John Kirby and Gen. Kenneth McKenzie to mark the official end of the war, after the last planes departed from the airport in Kabul. McKenzie acknowledged there were people remaining in the country, who still needed to get evacuated. “We did not get everybody out that we wanted to get out,” he said, describing the number as in “the very low hundreds.” Secretary of State Tony Blinken was also expected to brief reporters about the end of military operations in the country and the beginning of a diplomatic process with the Taliban to get more Americans and Afghan allies out. White House press secretary Jen Psaki indicated that Biden would eventually address the nation regarding the end of the war, but did not...
    A sweltering August night in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Baltimore. A young Black man has been shot and killed. The murder gets barely a mention in the news. The fact is, as the city's Police Commissioner Michael Harrison knows all too well, something like this happens almost daily. "Sunday Morning" special contributor Ted Koppel asked, "I'm sure you can recite the numbers in your sleep – number of homicides?" "Well, right now we're at 202, and we're even at 202 for the same time last year," Harrison replied. Our interview was in the morning; that night's homicide would be the 203rd. "This is a predominantly Black city – sixty-some-odd percent?" Koppel asked.   "That's about right," Harrison said. "And yet, the number of murders, I believe, is up around 93 percent Black in this city, the number of murder victims?" "I think that percentage is close to accurate, yes." There have been more than 200 homicides in Baltimore so far this year.  CBS News The racial disparity is staggering. According to Centers for Disease Control data, Black men...
    The former boss of Good Morning America was accused of sexual harassment and fostering a toxic work environment by two female ABC workers in latest lawsuit filed against a powerful TV executive. A lawsuit filed Wednesday in New York Supreme Court alleges Michael Corn, formerly Good Morning America's top producer, sexually assaulted two subordinate colleagues over the course of a decade. Accuser Kirstyn Crawford, who filed the lawsuit, said she began reporting directly to Corn when he transitioned to Good Morning America from the network’s evening news program, World News Tonight. She said the first assault happened February 21, 2015, when she was part of a news team that travelled from New York to Los Angeles to cover the Academy Awards. That evening, she said she joined colleagues at a bar, and later accompanied Corn as he jaunted to a second location to continue the festivities. She later shared a ride back to the hotel with Corn, which was when things began getting uncomfortable, according to the court filing. Michael Corn, who previously worked as Good Morning America's top producer,...
    It is one of the ironies of history that the American intervention in Afghanistan after the 9/11 terrorist attacks was given the name Operation Enduring Freedom.  So what should we call the shambolic American exit we are currently witnessing? Operation Evaporating Freedom? How about Operation Enduring Foul Up? There was certainly something enduring about the scenes in Kabul last week. Read Graham Greene's 1955 novel The Quiet American: 'We go and invade the country: the local tribes support us: we are victorious: but… [then] we made peace… and left our allies to be crucified and sawn in two.  They were innocent. They thought we'd stay. But we were liberals and we didn't want a bad conscience.' I doubt Joe Biden has read much Greene. But he's certainly of the generation of liberals that Vietnam scarred, even if he watched the war from the comfort of the US Senate, to which he was elected in 1972 – aged 29 – after campaigning for US withdrawal. To see the part Vietnam played in Biden's decision to pull the last American troops from Afghanistan,...
    President Joe Biden vowed Friday to 'mobilize every resource' to get Americans and Afghan allies out of Afghanistan - and took questions, from a pre-approved list of White House reporters, about the conflict for the first time in nine days.    'This is one of the largest difficult airlifts in history and the only country in the world capable of projecting this much power on the far side of the world with this degree of precision is the United States of America,' Biden said.  He insisted that the chaotic takeover of Afghanistan by the Taliban, leading to disarray at Kabul's airport did not taint the U.S.'s global reputation.   'I have seen no question of our credibility of our allies from around the world,' he said.  President Joe Biden spoke about the Afghanistan crisis from the White House on Friday  Earlier Friday the White House said Bidne 'never shies' away from taking questions - nine days after he last faced reporters and amid criticism over him dodging the media during the Afghanistan chaos.  And in the latest sign of how the turmoil...
    Meghan McCain has said 'Joe Biden is like Jimmy Carter on acid' and accused the president of 'going into hiding' following a widely-panned interview on the disastrous retreat from Afghanistan.  Neither Biden nor White House press secretary Jen Psaki made any appearances on Thursday, leading to accusations that his administration had fled to a 'bunker' amid chaos in Kabul. Former View co-host McCain last night gave a withering assessment of what she called 'one of the greatest foreign policy catastrophes of my lifetime,' saying that Biden had brought 'shame, dishonor and embarrassment' to America.  She shared footage of terrified Afghans fleeing gunfire at Kabul airport, writing that their 'blood is on the hands of the Biden administration and no one will ever forgive or forget this.'  Her fury at the president is all the more stinging as she has previously expressed fondness for Biden who consoled her after the death of her father, Republican statesman John McCain.  In his woeful interview with George Stephanopoulos of ABC News on Wednesday, Joe Biden attempted to shift the blame and insisted there...
    BRUSSELS (AP) — Well before U.S. President Joe Biden took office early this year, the European Union’s foreign policy chief sang his praises and hailed a new era in cooperation. So did almost all of Washington’s Western allies. The EU’s Josep Borrell was glad to see the end of the Trump era, with its America First, and sometimes America Only policy, enthralled by Biden’s assertion that he would “lead, not merely by the example of our power, but by the power of our example.” Sunday’s collapse of Kabul, triggered by Biden’s decision to get out of Afghanistan and a U.S. military unable to contain the chaos since, certainly put a stop to that. Even some of his biggest fans are now churning out criticism. Borrell was among them, this time aghast at Biden’s contention that “our mission in Afghanistan was never supposed to have been nation-building,” coming in the wake of Western efforts over much of the past two decades to sow the seeds of the rule of law and assure protection for women and minorities. “State-building...
                      by Kevin Portteus  The sudden collapse of American power in Afghanistan has triggered the usual partisan blamestorming in Washington. Representative Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) has blamed the Biden Administration. How clueless does a member of the Cheney family have to be to go around assigning blame for Afghanistan? Talking points from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) office show that their plan was to blame Donald Trump for everything. Biden went on TV and blamed Trump for the plan Biden abandoned, the Afghan people for being unwilling to fight, and the Good Humor Man for running out of chocolate chocolate chip. There’s going to be a lot to sort out in the weeks and months to come regarding this catastrophe, and all the questions that have been asked are legitimate. Should we have been there in the first place? What was our mission? What does the outcome say about the competence of our military? In one sense, this is very clearly a disaster of the Biden Administration’s making. We managed to bobble...
    Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told "America Reports" on Tuesday the Biden administration did not "project strength" after the Taliban took over Afghanistan. GEN. PETRAEUS CALLS OUT BIDEN'S 'DISASTROUS' AFGHANISTAN WITHDRAWAL: THIS IS A 'DUNKIRK MOMENT' MIKE POMPEO: Well, Sandra, his math is right about the number of troops that we had withdrawn, his logic is absolutely pathetic--that we had drawn down from about 15,000 to about 2,500. And we had kept a lid on this thing. We had kept the strategic stability that mattered to the United States. President Trump wanted to get out. He wanted to get out when he started campaigning. He knew it was the right thing to do. We were executing that mission, but we had done so in a way that had made clear to the Taliban that there would be enormous costs connected to what they did if they touched America and if they killed an American or if they even so much as scared an American. ...  And for 11-plus months, from February of 2020, there wasn't a single American killed...
    The rapid US withdrawal from Afghanistan that has left the gate open for the Taliban to surge to power may come as a surprise to some, but President Biden has been in favour of pulling out for years.  In 2010, Biden reportedly told Richard Holbrooke, then Obama’s special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, that the US had to leave Afghanistan regardless of the cost for the Afghan people.  According to Holbrooke, when Biden was asked about America's obligation to maintain their presence in Afghanistan to protect vulnerable civilians, he scornfully replied by referencing the US exit from southeast Asia in 1973. ‘F*** that, we don’t have to worry about that. We did it in Vietnam, Nixon and Kissinger got away with it.'   Despite widespread claims that the intelligence community knew Kabul could fall to the Taliban within weeks if the US quickly withdrew the bulk of its military assets, Biden went over the heads of his military advisors and oversaw a hasty evacuation of US personnel.  President Biden delivered strong remarks on Monday about the situation in Afghanistan and defended...
    NIGHTBIRDE wowed audiences with her stunning vocals on America's Got Talent, before being forced to leave the show to focus on her health. Here's everything you need to know about why the popular contestant left America's Got Talent. 2The talented singer has left AGT to focus on her battle with cancerCredit: Instagram/Nightbirde/Jane Marczewski Why did Nightbirde leave AGT? Nightbirde, also known as Jane Marczewski, chose to leave the show to focus on her battle with stage 4 breast cancer. The 30 year-old, who impressed judge Simon Cowell so much with her audition that he decided to send the singer straight to the live shows, announced that her cancer had taken a turn for the worse. During her audition, Nightbirde revealed to the judges that her cancer had spread to her lungs, spine and liver, and that doctors had only given her a 2 per cent chance of survival. In July 2020 the singer went into remission, although the cancer later returned. Nightbirde made one final appearance on AGT via Zoom to explain the reasoning behind her withdrawal. Simon Cowell, who...
    Pennsylvania Republican Sean Parnell on Friday praised American troops for their service in Afghanistan and blamed the “suits” for what he described as a “debacle” amid Taliban forces quickly taking over much of the country. Parnell, a decorated Army veteran who served in combat in Afghanistan for 16 months, has faulted President Joe Biden and current military generals for the U.S. withdrawing from Afghanistan without leaving any diplomatic presence, as had previously been the administration’s goal. “To our troops who fought in the Afghan War: You did your job. You did it well. You defeated the enemies of America at every turn. You gave the Afghans a shot at freedom. Be proud of your service because America is proud of you,” Parnell said. “This Afghan debacle is on the suits. Not the boots”: To our troops who fought in the Afghan War:You did your job. You did it well. You defeated the enemies of America at every turn.You gave the Afghans a shot at freedom. Be proud of your service because America is proud of you. This Afghan debacle is on the...
    American wrestler Tamyra Mensah-Stock stole America’s heart after she talked about how great it is to live in the U.S. following her gold medal win at the Tokyo Olympics. And for those that might wonder why this video blew up on social media, it’s not that hard to figure out. At a time when Americans see athlete after athlete on their TV sets refusing to stand for the national anthem or calling the U.S. a racist country, hearing an Olympian state how they unequivocally “freaking love living here” made us all feel like a winner again. Tamyra not only praised her country but God as well. (RELATED: Female Track Star Named ‘World’s Sexiest Athlete’ To Compete In Tokyo Olympics) WATCH: We need to protect this woman at all costs… An infectious beam of positivity, her spirit is undeniable. What an incredible representative of our sport and our great country. This interview is so emotional! We are SO proud of you! #TMS @MensahTamStock pic.twitter.com/372k1gpu0O — The Wrestling Room (Pat Mineo) (@MrPatMineo) August 3, 2021 “Of course I surprise myself, it’s by...
    Fox News' "Outnumbered" host Kayleigh McEnany said on Monday that the slain Chicago cop Ella French "did a heck of a lot more" for America than Rep. Cori Bush of Missouri, who's made headlines for her continued calls to defund the police. KAYLEIGH MCENANY:  Her [Ella French's) brother saying that she had a big heart, she’s always been a person of integrity, she is someone who did the right thing when no one was looking — she deserves to be here now. It’s not ‘defund our police,’ it is ‘support our police,’ because I can tell you, what Ella French has done for this country, she put her life on the line, took to the streets every day, trying to protect those 86 individuals [in Chicago] who got shot this weekend.  ... What she’s done for this country is a whole heck of a lot more than what Cori Bush has done, surrounded by tens of thousands of dollars in armed security guards calling to defund the police; and the communities that suffer are the very community she professes to...
    President Joe Biden warned on Friday that the number of coronavirus cases would go up before it came down but insisted America could beat the Delta surge and that the economic plan was working after the U.S. economy added 943,000 jobs in July.  The numbers surpass expectations but come amid warnings that the rapid spread of the Delta variant could reverse gains amid fears of fresh lockdowns and closures.   Even as he celebrated the jobs figures as proof that his policies were working, the president voiced fears of tough times ahead.  'Cases are going to go up before they come back down,' he said at the White House. 'It's a pandemic of the unvaccinated.' Speaking just before he flew out to his Delaware home for the weekend, he wore a tan suit - triggering a wave of jokes on social media as commentators remembered the furore set off by President Obama's tan suit. Biden added that the country was better prepared with vaccinations and masks this time around, so that the economic damage would not be as severe as it was...
    TOMMY FURY said he will send Jake Paul 'crying again' if the YouTuber tires to steal his hat in America - like he did with Floyd Mayweather. Paul grabbed headlines in May after he nicked the boxing legend's cap at a press conference in Miami, sparking a mass brawl. 2Tommy Fury said he will send Jake Paul 'crying again' if the YouTuber tires to steal his hatCredit: PA 2Jake Paul stole Floyd Mayweather's capCredit: AFP The social media sensation took a blow from Mayweather for his troubles but brilliantly had 'gotcha cap' trending and even made into merchandise. But Fury warned it will end it tears if Paul tries the stunt again when they both fight on the same bill Stateside on August 29. He said: "I'll hit him with a left hook like Floyd Mayweather and send him crying again.  "He got a little bit of a shot around the eye and he went off in the changing room crying with a red face.  "I know exactly what he's about. This here is a thrill seeking...
    A 55-YEAR-OLD woman was allegedly killed and beheaded by her partner and dumped on a Minneapolis street. The victim has been identified as America Mafalda Thayer, 55, a Cuban immigrant - who was found dead with stab wounds on Wednesday, July 28. 2Alexis Saborit was arrested on July 28 in connection with the death of America Mafalda ThayerCredit: Scott County Sheriff's Office Who is Alexis Saborit and what did he allegedly do? Alexis Saborit, 42, was the partner of Thayer and the alleged suspect of the horrific murder. In a statement, the Shakopee Police Department confirmed that Saborit was arrested in connection with Thayer's murder. On July 28, police responded to calls of a stabbing; they then discovered a women's decapitated body next to a car with her head nearby, according to a search warrant obtained by KMSP Fox 9. Police later identified the woman as Thayer, who was found with stab wounds at the intersection of Fourth Avenue and Spencer Street at around 2.31pm in Minneapolis. Saborit is being held at the Scott County Jail and has been charged...
    In this clip, Phelim McAleer described the movie as funny, entertaining, and informative. He noted that he didn't want the film to be "chasing the news." McAleer asserted that if the media did their job he would be unemployed, and later added that America is going to know the truth about Hunter Biden through a movie. Crowdfunding for the movie is currently at $1 million. Watch the clip for more details about the film. Can't watch? Download the podcast here. Use promo code PAT to save $10 on one year of BlazeTV. Want more from Pat Gray?To enjoy more of Pat's biting analysis and signature wit as he restores common sense to a senseless world, subscribe to BlazeTV — the largest multi-platform network of voices who love America, defend the Constitution, and live the American dream.
                        Live from Music Row Thursday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. – host Leahy welcomed former Tennessee Speaker Beth Harwell in studio to discuss the importance of being proud of America and the economic consequences of illegal immigration. Leahy: We are joined in studio by the former speaker of the Tennessee House of Representatives, Beth Harwell. Beth, it is really great to have you in studio. Harwell: Thank you. It’s good to be here. It truly is. Leahy: When you were a speaker, we just didn’t have the opportunity for an extended conversation because that’s a pretty hectic job from what I can tell. Harwell: It is. It is. It’s a great job. I enjoyed it tremendously, worked hard at it, and wanted us to have a successful state government and always tried to be a speaker, unlike the one we have at the national level, Nancy Pelosi. Whatever she...
    (CNN)Joe Biden couldn't have been more blunt.The President laid out a rather ruthless rationale on Thursday for leaving Afghanistan -- despite fears that the US exit will inevitably lead to a return to power of the extremist Taliban.Here's the case he made at the White House. The US has been staying just a little bit longer for two decades -- what good will hanging around do now? Furthermore, it's up to Afghans to decide their fates -- not Americans. The President also implied that the war-torn country had pretty much always been a mess, so if it falls apart again it will be returning to a historic norm.He rejected parallels with the US defeat in Vietnam, since the goals of the operation -- to deliver Osama bin Laden "to the gates of hell" after the September 11 attacks in 2001 and to crush al Qaeda's operational capacity -- were accomplished. And he made a somewhat contentious argument that Afghan national armed forces trained by the US and its allies were sufficiently strong to repel the Taliban.Then Biden looked his country...
    Democratic Congresswoman Cori Bush is facing backlash for her tweet claiming that American freedom is only for White people and that Black people are not free. Clay Travis, founder of Outkick.com, responded to the ‘Squad’ member's comments in an interview on "America's Newsroom." Travis pointed out that American freedom is what allowed the congresswoman to make those comments. TOMI LAHREN EVISCERATES MEMBER OF ‘THE SQUAD’ FOR BASHING THE FOURTH OF JULY CLAY TRAVIS: Congresswoman Bush, she makes $175,000 a year to represent people all over America based on taxpayer money. I don't know very many countries that aren't free that would allow that to happen. How do you think a comment like this would be received in Iran or in China or in North Korea – places that are truly not free and don't have the full benefits and full fruition of human rights? And let's also keep in mind, as it pertains to Maxine Waters, what the Declaration of Independence did, what Thomas Jefferson did so brilliantly was instill the values that he believed this nation should inculcate in...
    “Is China a part of the world? Yes. So, our push for globalization includes localization. We cannot be shut down, we must open up. We must still insist on learning from the United States.” The above paragraph comes from the recent “Symposium on the Symposium between President Renu and the Gold Medal Staff Representative in 2020” published by the Hawaiian Jincheng Community. After experiencing disgruntled President Trump, Biden came to power today.A series of five moves to control China, one move more ruthless than the other, transcends unbearable boundaries, which can be described as “technological destruction”. Ren Zhengfei’s “pro-American” approach is confusing. (Profile picture) Biden has five tricks against China. 1. Plan to pass US innovation and competition legislation and allocate $ 250 billion to fully control China’s technological competition; 2. The National Security Council of the United States issued a statement listing and targeting China as a key national security interest against corruption; 3. 59 Chinese companies were targeted. Individuals and companies in the United States should be blacklisted; 4. Call for a ban on China’s participation in global...
    Arizona GOP Rep. Paul Gosar has been linked to another event with Nick Fuentes, the leader of the America First Movement and provocateur who has engaged in Holocaust denialism and made racist remarks. A Monday post on the social media platform Telegram promoted a fundraiser between the two figures. It read, "Please join us for a fundraiser event with Paul Gosar," and teased that the date, time, and location will be revealed on July 1. Gosar's office did not return multiple requests for comment to confirm the event, though the congressman himself appeared to defend it on social media. GOSAR ON APPEARANCE AT EVENT ORGANIZED BY NICK FUENTES: 'YOU DON'T ACCOMPLISH ANYTHING BY ISOLATING' Far-right Rep. Paul Gosar, on July 2nd, will be holding a fundraiser with Unite the Right attendee Nick Fuentes. pic.twitter.com/PtKt4b7PXG— Zachary Petrizzo (@ZTPetrizzo) June 29, 2021 "Not sure why anyone is freaking out. I’ll say this: there are millions of Gen Z, Y and X conservatives. They believe in America First. They will not agree 100% on every issue. No group does. We will not...
                        Live from Music Row Thursday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. –  host Leahy welcomed Charles Love Executive Director of Seeking Educational Excellence reflects upon growing up in America in his Black community of Gary, Indiana. Leahy: We are joined on our newsmaker line now by Charles Love a scholar with 1776 Unites. He’s the assistant executive director of Seeking Educational Excellence. He’s a talk show host at AM 560 in Chicago. And also a great essay written by Charles that we want to talk about. We must scrap the 1619 Project for an accurate account of American history. Welcome to The Tennessee Star Report Charles. Love: Michael, it’s great to be here. Thank you for having me. Leahy: So tell us about your essay. Why must we scrap the 1619 Project? Love: Well, I wrote my essay because I was hearing all the noise at the time, which...
    Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy Pelosi Pelosi says she's giving Senate more time on Jan. 6 commission Ocasio-Cortez, Gillibrand and Moulton call for more high-speed rail funding in infrastructure package Pelosi picks Democrats for special panel tackling inequality MORE (D-Calif.) said Thursday that she opposes an increase in the gas tax as a way to pay for new infrastructure projects, joining other liberals in her caucus in rejecting a potential provision of a nascent public works package being negotiated in the Senate.   "I'm not even sure if it's in, but one thing they were going to do was expand the gas tax. I would not be for that," Pelosi told reporters in the Capitol.  Among the offset provisions floated by a group of bipartisan senators scrambling for an infrastructure agreement is an increase in the gas tax, which was last raised in 1993. The law that did so did not provide automatic inflationary increases.   A gas tax hike carries some enticements for liberal Democrats, encouraging car manufacturers to prioritize more fuel efficient vehicles while discouraging driving overall, which could help...
    (CNN)Did any of it matter?A week of summits, diplomatic pageantry and media blitzes ended when Joe Biden climbed the stairs onto Air Force One at Geneva airport. "I did what I came to do," the US President said, after warning Vladimir Putin to halt cyberattacks on American infrastructure and making clear that he didn't want a new Cold War but would firmly defend US interests and values. His comment sums up the rest of a trip on which he mended relations with US allies traumatized by Donald Trump, launched his global crusade to save democracy and offered belated US leadership on the Covid-19 pandemic. He acknowledged it would take months to learn whether his talks result in US prisoners in Russia being freed, whether a cybersecurity showdown cools and strategic clashes with Moscow in Ukraine and elsewhere ease. By then, his first foreign trip will be a distant memory -- reflecting that while presidential travel may be effective in forging incremental progress, it's often overhyped. (Does anybody remember Barack Obama's speech to the Muslim world in Cairo?) Biden finds...
                        Live from Music Row Tuesday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. –  host Leahy welcomed GOP candidate for Nashville’s Fifth District, Robby Starbuck in studio to talk about growing up in a Cuban family and working hard for a future in America. Leahy: In studio Robby Starbuck, a candidate for the Republican nomination for Congress in the Fifth Congressional District currently represented by Jim Cooper, the brother of the tinpot dictator known as Mayor John Cooper. Those are my words, not Robby’s. (Starbuck chuckles) Robby, yesterday you had a big YouTube video announcement. Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky has endorsed you in glowing terms. You put a YouTube out for that. Tell us about how he came to endorse you and what impact that YouTube videos had so far. Starbuck: First of all, is there a better endorsement than Rand Paul right now? He’s been right at every...
    MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough said Tuesday that Republicans had reason to credit former President Donald Trump for his handling of Covid-19 vaccines — despite objections from his wife and co-host, Mika Brzezinski. “Republicans have something to be very proud of,” Scarborough said. “We can go — and every time I do something like this, I get in trouble with Mika.” Brzezinski replied, “Yeah, I see what you’re doing. Go ahead and do it.” “Republicans can look at the vaccine and go, ‘Donald Trump, he and his team did a pretty damned good job picking Pfizer and picking Moderna — did a really good job,'” Scarborough said, prompting a grimace from Brzezinski, who replied, “Or did they pick him?” “You can’t help yourself,” Scarborough said. “It’s like a tic. If you don’t think they did a good job, compare their choices to the [European Union’s] choices. They did a good job. And so, Republicans, stand up and applaud your president, your team, your administration.” The Washington Post’s David Ignatius said Scarborough was “precisely” correct and asked about Scarborough’s view of President Joe Biden’s role. “If you’re a Democrat, stand...
    President Biden is throwing the "American first" agenda out the windowing his comments ahead of the G-7 summit, claiming the biggest threat to America is global warming, Greg Gutfeld said Thursday on "The Five." The Five co-host Dana Perino added that the president’s comments were "offensive" considering the U.S. has been suffering through the coronavirus pandemic as well as facing a "second Cold War" with China. "If China is building a coal-fired power plant a week, then if the global climate change issue is a global issue… you’re [pissing in the wind]," she said. "That’s basically what you’re doing." HANNITY: ROOT CAUSE OF MASS ILLEGAL MIGRATION IS JOE BIDEN AND KAMALA HARRIS "If you just have the EU and the United States and Canada and Australia trying to reduce emissions and they’re increasing emissions, then it doesn’t matter." VideoCo-host Jesse Watters chimed in, calling Biden "stupid" for his global warming statement following a pandemic that killed millions of people.  "Usually when I think threats I think of death and money," he said. "Climate change has killed how many people? Zero?...
    Tyler Golden/NBC Viewers of NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” noticed that there was an audience shown during the first episode of auditions, and some were wondering if the audience was actually in the studio or if the members were the product of some behind-the-scenes work. The show, which premiered season 16 on NBC on Tuesday, June 1, 2021, did feature a limited live audience, according to People. The outlet spoke with panelist Howie Mandel about the return of the live audience after nearly a whole season without one. “It was wonderful, it’s like you’ve been lost forever and now you feel like, ‘I’m home,'” Mandel told the outlet ahead of the premiere. “Just to hear a reaction behind you, just to hear anybody be behind you and, kind of, affirm that what you just heard or what you just saw or how you just judged – they’re either in agreement with [you], or they’re totally opposed to what you just said.”Fans Reacted to What Looked Like a Huge Audience View this post on Instagram A post shared by...
    House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said of Friday's anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre that the Chinese have given a similar treatment to COVID-19. 'As the [Chinese Communist Party] seeks to erase any memory of what happened in Tiananmen Square, it continues to do the same on its responsibility for COVID-19,' McCarthy said. 'Americans deserve to know the truth.'   The California Republican said while his party has tried to get answers 'Democrats have been mired by ambivalence to holding the Chinese Communist Party accountable for this global health pandemic.'   House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said Friday that China was treating the COVID-19 pandemic like they did Tiananmen Square  A Chinese protestor blocks a line of tanks during the Tiananmen Square protests on June 5, 1989 'Last year showed exactly what kind of actor the Chinese Communist Party truly is,' he went on.  'It responded to the outbreak by silencing doctors and imprisoning its citizens. It selfishly hoarded medical supplies and lied to the world, creating a global catastrophe. And from the beginning, it has tried to use the virus as a smokescreen to cover...
    Conservative talk show host Dana Loesch is set to replace the late Rush Limbaugh’s show in a multi-platform deal with Audacy and Radio America. Her show will be broadcasted in 11 markets including Kansas City, Las Vegas, Richmond, Wichita, Gainesville, Greenville-Spartanburg, Philadelphia, Austin, Buffalo, St. Louis and Hartford, according to a press release from the companies. “We’re thrilled to partner with Radio America and welcome Dana Loesch to our broadcast and digital platform,” Jeff Sottolano, executive vice president of programming for Audacy, said. “Dana is a leading conservative voice and influencer and both her daily live show and future original podcast are terrific additions to our best-in-class news and talk offerings.” Loesch told The Hill in an interview in April that she is “not trying to do” what Limbaugh, who died of cancer in February, did. “This is the guy that created the industry. It just sounds crazy to even think that somebody could be an heir,” Loesch said. “No one is going to step up and be the heir. It's not going to happen ... and so that's why I...
    President Joe Biden will host the family of George Floyd at the White House next Tuesday, the attorney for the family confirmed Saturday. The president will use the occasion to promote the Democrat-supported George Floyd police reform bill, that would ban law enforcement from chokeholds and no-knock warrants, and end qualified immunity for police officers. It is unlikely the bill will pass in time for the first anniversary of Floyd’s death, but Senate negotiations over the bill continue. “We MUST prevent the suffering the future marginalized POC by passing the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act!” wrote the Floyd family’s attorney Ben Crump on social media Saturday, confirming the news. Biden has developed a close relationship with the family since meeting them in the Summer of 2020 when protests, rioting, and looting swept across America’s major cities. Throughout the campaign, Biden spoke about Floyd’s death as a major inflection point for America. “Even Dr. King’s assassination did not have the worldwide impact that George Floyd’s death did,” Biden said in June 2020. The president also marked the guilty verdict delivered...