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    News on Tuesday that Twitter is appointing to its board Tesla CEO Elon Musk — who has questioned the platform’s commitment to free speech and recently bought a 9.2% stake in the company — brought hope to conservatives seeking to have former President Donald Trump allowed back on the social network. But Twitter on Tuesday said it had no plans to bring back Trump, who was permanently banned from the San Francisco micro-blogging firm’s platform two days after his supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021 in a failed bid to overturn the presidential election. Twitter in a blog post cited “the risk of further incitement of violence.” Although Twitter’s board “plays an important advisory and feedback role,” the company said in an emailed statement, “Our policy decisions are not determined by the board or shareholders, and we have no plans to reverse any policy decisions.” Corporate governance expert Jo-Ellen Pozner, a professor at Santa Clara University’s Leavey School of Business, said the addition of one person to a public company’s board should not make a major difference in...
    Kurt Volker testifies on November 19, 2019.Caroline Brehman/Congressional Quarterly via ZUMA Press Fight disinformation. Get a daily recap of the facts that matter. Sign up for the free Mother Jones newsletter.US foreign policy establishment figures are calling for NATO to impose a “limited” no-fly zone over Ukraine. And one of the most vocal advocates downplaying the danger of such a plan is Kurt Volker, a former US ambassador to NATO who happens to have been involved in the 2019 Ukraine scandal that led to Donald Trump’s first impeachment. President Joe Biden and even usually hawkish members of Congress have rejected this step. That’s because enforcing a no-fly zone would require US or NATO planes to shoot down Russian aircraft, or threaten to, risking a wider war between the US and Russia, including, potentially, nuclear war. In appearances on CBS’s Face the Nation, PBS’s Newshour, and Fox News—and in widely-cited letter co-signed by 26 other national security figures—Volker has argued the US can limit the risk by informing Russia that the goal of the no-fly zone is to protect civilians. “Russia does not...
    Gigi Sohn told the Senate commerce committee that her private views would have 'no bearing on any proceeding that Fox would be involved in.' Senate Republicans are attacking President Joe Biden's nominee to serve on the Federal Communications Commission over her past criticism of Fox News. But the commission does not actually even regulate cable television content. And none of them objected when former President Donald Trump repeatedly trashed the network for not doing enough to get him reelected. In a Wednesday appearance on Fox News, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz blasted Gigi Sohn for her views on the network. "She hates Fox News," he complained. "She has been vocal and partisan a long time. She's described Fox News — some of the quotes that she tweeted out — she's described Fox News as, 'I believe Fox News has had the most negative impact on our democracy. It's state-sponsored propaganda.'" At a Senate commerce committee confirmation hearing on Wednesday, Alaska Sen. Dan Sullivan pointed to the 2020 tweet Cruz had referred to,...
    President Joe Biden is said to have expanded his list of candidates to fill Justice Stephen Breyer's seat on the Supreme Court to a dozen potential choices, all of whom are black women. A initial short list named at least three potential candidates, and now CNN is reporting that the list has expanded to include nine more potential picks, making the list at least 12 names long, with some of the potential candidates still waiting approval to a prior court appointment. The new candidates include a judge Ted Cruz called an 'activist advocate'; a civil rights attorney who compares bans on felons voting to slavery, while comparing a need to show 'proof of citizenship to vote' to 'voter suppression'; an NYU professor who was in favor of impeaching Donald Trump and called New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani's defense of the president during the trial a 'death spiral of stupid'; and a North Carolina Supreme Court justice who founded a group that provides lawyers to social justice advocates. Biden announced liberal Justice Stephen Breyer's retirement after nearly 30 years on the court on Thursday,...
    Don’t get me wrong. Joe Biden isn’t perfect. His administration’s assumption that the Afghan government’s security forces would put up more than nominal resistance to the Taliban appears to have been disastrously wrong—though, luckily, many of the people who need and deserve safe passage from the country are now being taken care of. But the second-guessing from fans of the big, clammy sack of moldering yam husks who cosplayed as president for the past four years is beyond risible. Conservatives—who wheedled and harangued us into this wet fart of a military exercise 20 years ago—have somehow found the gall to harshly criticize the guy getting us out of this mess. Even though, you know, Pervert Hoover himself wanted us out by Christmas and once bellowed that he’d made it completely impossible for the next administration to reverse his decision to bug out: xPlease tell me who’s to blame for the Afghanistan exit and needs the 25th Amendment explain to them…. pic.twitter.com/KqXnA3vROW— Tony Michaels ???? (@thetonymichaels) August 16, 2021 Of course, Trump also singlehandedly strengthened our enemy by releasing 5,000 Taliban prisoners over the objections...
    President Joe Biden is reportedly set to nominate a liberal police chief, who criticized Trump-era policies in the past, to lead Customs and Border Protection in the coming days. Biden will reportedly select Tucson Police Chief Chris Magnus for the role as the White House continues to come under fire for its handling of the unprecedented surge at the U.S.-Mexico border, the New York Times reported on Monday, citing an administration official. Magnus, one of six new picks by the administration, will need to be confirmed before he assumes his new post. The top law enforcement figure made headlines in 2014 when he stood alongside demonstrators in Richmond, California, and hoisted a sign that read "#Black Lives Matter" during protests over the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, two black men killed in officer-involved shootings. At the time, Magnus was the police chief for the city of Richmond, and his move drew ire from local law enforcement unions, which insisted he violated a statute that forbids officers from engaging in politics while in uniform. “Sure, I...
    Former President Donald Trump endorsed Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, calling him a "tireless advocate" for Floridians. The former commander in chief announced his support for the Florida senator Friday, continuing a running list of endorsements ahead of the 2022 midterm elections. RUBIO BLASTS DELTA AS 'WOKE CORPORATE HYPOCRITES' AFTER CEO CONDEMNS GEORGIA VOTING LAW “Marco has been a tireless advocate for the people of Florida, fighting to cut taxes, supporting our Second Amendment, our Military and our Vets, a strong national defense, and all of the forgotten men and women of America. Marco worked with me to reform the VA and help our small businesses grow, and with his help, we achieved the lowest ever unemployment for women, African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Asian Americans, and almost all Americans,” Trump said. “Together, we worked closely with the Cuban and Venezuelan communities, and have made great progress.” He noted the Russian collusion scandal and Rubio’s comments about it in the endorsement announcement. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE FROM THE WASHINGTON EXAMINER “[Rubio] also ruled that ‘President Trump was in no...
    Bradley Cortright February 21, 2021 0 Comments Former Deputy National Security Adviser Matt Pottinger says health experts made a “big mistake” in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic by not encouraging Americans to wear face coverings and claiming they were not effective. In an interview with CBS’ Margaret Brennan that aired on Sunday, Pottinger said officials “misjudged the nature” of the coronavirus “to think that it was like flu.” “One of the mistakes that followed on from that was the misjudgment by public health officials in this country to not advocate for the widespread generalized use of face coverings,” Pottinger said. He explained that health experts were “rightly” concerned that there would be shortages of face coverings because the bulk of the mask-making supply chains were in China. He claimed that Chinese officials were “not making it easy for us to get access to additional supplies.” He said that not advocating for the use of face coverings was “understandable” due to the fears of shortages.  However, he took issue with “a set of advice” from the...
    WASHINGTON (CBSMiami/AP) — Senator Marco Rubio won’t have to worry about a challenge from a member of the Trump family in his 2022 re-election bid. Ivanka Trump, former president’s eldest daughter and ex-senior White House adviser, spoke with Rubio several weeks ago and told him she would not be running for his seat, according to a Rubio campaign spokesperson. The two have also discussed appearing at a joint event. READ MORE: Challenge To Mask Mandate Goes To Supreme Court The conversation, first reported by The New York Times, comes a day after Donald Trump re-emerged after nearly a month of self-imposed silence, conducting a series of interviews to commemorate the death of conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh. Trump would not comment on his political future in the interviews, saying it was too soon to talk about whether he will run again in 2024. But there is plenty of speculation that other Trumps may want to follow in his footsteps. Lara Trump, the former president’s daughter-in-law, who served as a chief campaign surrogate, is still considering running for the Senate in...
    Ivanka Trump, the eldest daughter of former President Donald Trump and a former senior White House adviser, spoke with Florida Senator Marco Rubio and told him that she will not run in 2022 for the seat that the legislator will leave, revealed a spokesman for Rubio’s campaign. He added that in their conversation several weeks ago the two also talked about appearing at a joint public event. The content of the conversation, first reported by The New York Times, was revealed a day after Donald Trump resurfaced on public stages after nearly a month of self-imposed silence, conducting a series of interviews related to the death of the conservative commentator. Rush Limbaugh. Trump declined to comment on his political future in interviews, except to say it was too early to talk about whether he will run again in 2024. However, there is much speculation that others in the Trump family will want to follow in his footsteps. Lara Trump, the former president’s daughter-in-law and a former campaign manager, is still considering running for Senate in...
    Ivanka Trump will not run for Florida Senator Marco Rubio’s United States Senate seat in 2022 as she settles into life after Washington. Miamimimundo / local10 The eldest daughter of the former president and former White House adviser spoke to Rubio several weeks ago and told him she would not run for his seat, according to a Rubio campaign spokesman. The two have also discussed appearing at a joint event. The conversation, first reported by The New York Times, comes a day after Donald Trump resurfaced after nearly a period of self-imposed silence, conducting a series of interviews to commemorate the death of conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh. Trump declined to comment on his political future in interviews, saying it was too early to talk about whether he will run again in 2024. But there is much speculation that other Trumps will want to follow in his footsteps. Lara Trump, the former president’s daughter-in-law, who served as the lead campaign alternate, is still considering running for Senate in North Carolina. And the former president’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., remains hugely...
    The Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) on Friday announced that a former aide to President Donald Trump was arrested in Washington, D.C. and charged with receiving, possessing, and distributing child pornography. Ruben Verastigui, 27, who worked on Trump’s 2020 re-election campaign, was previously employed as a senior digital strategist for the Senate Republican Conference and Republican National Committee.  He was also the digital media coordinator for the anti-abortion group Students for Life of America. He left the Republican Conference in July of 2020 to become the communications manager for the nonprofit group Citizens For Responsible Energy Solutions. Verastigui was taken into custody following an 11-month investigation by MPD’s Youth and Family Services Division, the Internet Crimes Against Children Unit, the Northern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, and Homeland Security Investigations. The arrest was first flagged by journalist Jared Holt, who also posted several horrific and disturbing excerpts from the criminal complaint filed. The details are graphic. According to that public document, Verastigui allegedly told another person in April of 2020 that he was “into” sexually assaulting babies. “So...
    A leaked phone call between President Trump and Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger has sparked a "cacophony" of charges by Democrats eager to put the president on trial again. Democratic Reps. Ted Lieu of California and Kathleen Rice of New York urged FBI Director Christopher Wray to open a criminal investigation into Trump, while Rep. Don Beyer, a Virginia Democrat, said a criminal investigation was needed after Trump's call about the presidential election results in Georgia. But legal observers are split on whether Trump's call offers sufficient basis for a federal investigation. "This comes down to a question of intent, and an argument can be made that Trump's statement was based on his belief that such uncounted votes already exist," legal scholar Jonathan Turley told the Washington Examiner. "I do not fault those who read that line in a more incriminating light. At best, it was a deeply troubling and reckless statement from the president." He suggested Trump was navigating the bounds of the law, as he has done before. "As we have seen before, this president often seems...
    CNN senior media reporter Oliver Darcy is a “vocal advocate of censorship and speech controls,” according to George Washington University Law School professor Jonathan Turley, who wrote Monday that Darcy’s campaign to urge Twitter to label accounts as “disinformation” is part of a broader threat to free speech. Turley wrote: We previously discussed the unrelenting drumbeat of censorship on the Internet from Democratic leaders, including President-elect Joe Biden. Those calls are growing as anti-free speech advocates see an opportunity in the Biden Administration to crackdown [sic] on opposing views. One vocal advocate of censorship and speech controls has been CNN media analyst Oliver Darcy who just ratcheted up his call for de-platforming opposing views. Like many anti-free speech advocates, Darcy simply labels those with opposing views as spreading “disinformation” and demands that they be labeled or barred from social media. In a recent newsletter, Darcy calls for every tweet by Trump to be labeled as disinformation while asking “and why stop there?” Precisely. Once you cross the Rubicon of speech regulation, there is little reason or inclination to stop.  Just look at Europe....
    The New York Times is facing backlash for quoting a blogger who once wrote that rape should be legalized. Hide In a Nov. 20 news piece about the extremist right’s backlash against Tucker Carlson—for a relatively rare moment of integrity when he questioned now-former Trump lawyer Sidney Powell’s baseless claims about massive voter fraud—the Times reached deep into its bag of pro-President Donald Trump sources and came up with Daryush “Roosh” Valizadeh. Hide While it is acceptable, even best practice, to seek sources with a variety of viewpoints, it is also important to be honest about who these people are and what they stand for. In its story, the Times failed to mention that Valizadeh is a noted misogynist, brazen rape apologist, and homophobic, all of which are well-supported by his own statements and writings. And all of which is just an internet search away on the Southern Poverty Law Center’s extremist files. The story described Valizadeh as merely “a writer and podcast host who supports the president.” The piece by Jeremy Peters pointed to him as “an example of...
    Washington (CNN)An ardent opponent of the US military's presence in Afghanistan who once called for the use of lethal force against illegal immigrants and has made a litany of racist comments has been made a senior adviser at the Pentagon.A Pentagon spokesman confirmed Wednesday that retired Army Col. Douglas Macgregor "will be serving as a Senior Advisor to the Acting Secretary of Defense. Mr. MacGregor's decades of military experience will be used to assist in the continued implementation of the President's national security priorities." Macgregor's appointment is the latest in a series of sweeping changes at the Pentagon, which have put defense officials on edge and fueled a growing sense of alarm among military and civilian officials, who are concerned about what could come next. Trump administration removes senior defense officials and installs loyalists, triggering alarm at Pentagon Four senior Pentagon officials have been fired or have resigned since Monday, including Defense Secretary Mark Esper who was fired in a tweet by President Donald Trump, Esper's chief of staff and the top officials overseeing policy and intelligence.Macgregor has been a...
    With the 2020 presidential election still too close to call, outspoken, left-leaning celebrities still took to social media Tuesday night and Wednesday morning to assert their belief that Joe Biden will win it all.  As the entire country awaits voter counts in key swing states that will decide who gets the necessary majority of the Electoral College, supporters of both Biden and President Donald Trump are anxiously biding their time before there’s any clarity on how the race will break.  Although Trump declared victory in the early morning Wednesday, Hollywood wasn’t buying the spin. Many celebrities took to social media to let their followers know that not only is the race not over, but they fully expect mail-in ballot counts to pull the hotly contested race in the Democratic candidate’s favor. "Frozen" star Josh Gad was among the first to slam Trump's victory declaration, highlighting a tweet in which he predicted it earlier in the night. CLICK HERE TO INTERACT WITH FOX NEWS VOTER ANALYSIS Josh Gad, Sean Penn and Alyssa Milano are holding out hope that Joe Biden will take the 2020 election....
    Pop star and anti-fracking advocate Lady Gaga campaigned with Democratic Party presidential nominee Joe Biden in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on Monday afternoon, together with several local student activists. Gaga had previously teased that she would be appearing in one of the battleground states before the election, announcing her travels while wearing camouflage next to a pickup truck and crushing a can of beer in an effort to appeal to swing voters. I’m voting for America #vote #election2020 pic.twitter.com/bspDNkxnhJ — Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) October 31, 2020 When she revealed that Pennsylvania was her destination, the Trump campaign noted that Lady Gaga had been a passionate opponent of fracking, the new technology that has fueled a jobs boom in Pennsylvania’s oil and gas industry. The Pennsylvania Chamber of Commerce criticized Gaga’s view in a statement to Breitbart News: “Calls to ban this industry are shortsighted and send the wrong message. All facets of Pennsylvanian’s diverse energy portfolio have a role to play in moving our economy forward.” On Monday, Gaga and the former Vice President spoke to a handful of people in Pittsburgh:...
    By Andrea Shalal (Reuters) - Wilton Gregory, the first African American to be named as cardinal and known as a refined diplomat, made headlines when he blasted President Donald Trump’s photo opportunity hoisting a Bible at a Washington church after police used tear gas to clear demonstrators in June. Gregory, who was among 13 new cardinals named by Pope Francis on Sunday, was installed as the first Black archbishop of Washington, D.C. in 2019. He turns 73 just days after the naming ceremony for new cardinals next month. Pope Francis on Sunday said Gregory was picked with others from Rwanda, the Philippines and elsewhere to wear the revered red cap. An outspoken civil rights advocate, Gregory has addressed the death of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man who died after a white police officer knelt on his neck for almost nine minutes in May. In June, he blasted Trump’s visit to a Washington shrine honoring Pope John Paul II, a day after police and armed soldiers used tear gas and rubber bullets to clear protesters so Trump could be photographed in...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Thursday that he was wrong not to wear a mask at the White House, after he and President Donald Trump both came down with the coronavirus. Christie, in a statement, said he has recovered from COVID-19 after a weeklong stay in a hospital’s intensive care unit. He called on all political leaders to advocate for face coverings, with the practice becoming increasingly politicized even as the pandemic has killed more than 217,000 Americans. “I believed that when I entered the White House grounds, that I had entered a safe zone, due to the testing that and I and many others underwent every day,” Christie said. “I was wrong.” Christie, who was at the White House for the announcement of Judge Amy Coney Barrett as the president’s nominee to the Supreme Court and to a participate in several rounds of Trump’s debate prep, seemingly chided the president’s attitude toward the disease. “No one should be happy to get the virus and no one should be cavalier about being infected or infecting...
    WASHINGTON -- Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Thursday that he was wrong not to wear a mask at the White House, after he and President Donald Trump both came down with the coronavirus.Christie, in a statement, said he has recovered from COVID-19 after a week-long stay in a hospital's intensive care unit. He called on all political leaders to advocate for face-coverings, as the practice has become increasingly politicized even as the pandemic has killed more than 217,000 Americans."I believed that when I entered the White House grounds, that I had entered a safe zone, due to the testing that and I and many others underwent every day," Christie said. "I was wrong."VOTE 2020 | The Countdown: Trump, Biden participate in dueling town hallsEMBED More News Videos Bill ritter hosts "The Countdown" to keep you informed with the day's political and campaign news. Christie, who was at the White House for the announcement of Judge Amy Coney Barrett as the president's nominee to the Supreme Court and to a participate in several rounds of Trump's debate prep, seemingly...
    By ZEKE MILLER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Thursday that he was wrong not to wear a mask at the White House, after he and President Donald Trump both came down with the coronavirus. Christie, in a statement, said he has recovered from COVID-19 after a week-long stay in a hospital's intensive care unit. He called on all political leaders to advocate for face-coverings, as the practice has become increasingly politicized even as the pandemic has killed more than 217,000 Americans. “I believed that when I entered the White House grounds, that I had entered a safe zone, due to the testing that and I and many others underwent every day," Christie said. "I was wrong.” Christie, who was at the White House for the announcement of Judge Amy Coney Barrett as the president's nominee to the Supreme Court and to a participate in several rounds of Trump's debate prep, seemingly chided the president's attitude toward the disease. “No one should be happy to get the virus and no one should be cavalier...
    A congressional special election has been called in Minnesota, increasing House Republicans' chances of dominating state delegations in the event of a tied Electoral College after Nov. 3. Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon has scheduled a special election on Feb. 9 for the 2nd Congressional District after the death this week of Legal Marijuana Now Party candidate Adam Weeks. Simon's announcement Thursday follows state law, which stipulates that a special election be called if a major party nominee dies within 79 days of Election Day. The November contest is less than six weeks away. The suburban-to-rural swing district, which covers south of the Twin Cities, is represented by first-term Democratic Rep. Angie Craig. She's ahead of her well-funded Republican challenger, U.S. Marine Corps veteran Tyler Kistner, by high single digits, according to scant polls fielded over the summer. But even if Craig wins in February, her delayed swearing-in to join the 117th Congress could change the composition of Minnesota's congressional delegation to be in Republicans' favor. That's an important development if neither President Trump nor 2020 Democratic presidential nominee...
    Former MSNBC host Chris Matthews was the object of a furious backlash after he offered praise for President Donald Trump and his response to the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The iconic liberal pundit offered his appraisal of the president in a short tweet on Monday. "Trump is right to show respect for RBG. True presidential behavior. Far too rare," said Matthews. Trump is right to show respect for RBG. True presidential behavior. Far too rare. — Chris Matthews (@Chris Matthews)1600702786.0The president was first made aware of the death of the women's rights advocate on Friday when asked by reporters about it after he spoke at a campaign rally in Minnesota. The president called Ginsburg an "amazing woman who led an amazing life." The White House later released a statement praising Ginsburg for her lifetime of accomplishments. 'Pathetic suck-up!' Despite the muted criticism tacked on at the end of his tweet, Matthews immediately faced the ire of liberals and other critics of the president on social media. ...
    A protester holds up a sign during a protest on the fourth night of the Republican National Convention on August 27, 2020 in Washington, DC. Protesters gathered as U.S. President Donald Trump accepts the Republican nomination for a second term. Violence in the name of Donald Trump has plagued the country since the start of his campaign for president in 2015. Throughout his years in office, he has not only encouraged his supporters to act in violence but vowed to support and pay for the legal fees of those who do. In the latest incident of violence invoked by Trump supporters, a video shared on social media clearly depicts a man punching a Portland activist. According to The Daily Beast, the activist, identified as Anthony Harrington, said he traveled to Washington, D.C., to protest the Republican National Convention (RNC) and was punched in the head by pro-Trump writer and talk radio host Eric Metaxas on Thursday. Metaxas was allegedly one of 1,500 attendees at Trump’s RNC speech on the White House lawn; following the speech he joined a crowd of...
    A 48-year-old who has expressed support for antifa and had charges dropped for carrying a loaded weapon during earlier unrest in Portland this summer is being investigated for involvement in the fatal shooting of a supporter of President Donald Trump, the Portland Oregonian reported. Michael Forest Reinoehl has been identified by a family member from video and photos captured at the scene of Saturday night’s shooting of Aaron Danielson, a supporter of the conservative group Patriot Prayer who died in the street, the Oregonian said quoting unidentified sources familiar with the investigation. Danielson was shot and killed following a vehicle caravan of Trump supporters through downtown Portland. The report did not say if Reinoehl was being sought for questioning. Reinoehl, however, was identified in video from the shooting, which show a tall, thin white man in a hat and white socks running from the scene. Screenshots captured a tattoo of a fist on the man’s neck. His 36-year-old sister, whom the Oregonian did not identify by name, said she received a threatening phone call at 8 a.m. the next morning...
    President Donald Trump granted a full pardon Friday to Alice Marie Johnson, a woman who served over 21 years in prison for a first-time, nonviolent drug offense, NBC News reported. Johnson, whose sentence President Trump commuted in 2018, spoke during the Republican National Convention on Thursday night about how the president's decision to give her a second chance at freedom changed her life. "You have been fully pardoned," President Trump told Johnson on Friday at the White House, as Johnson wiped away tears of joy. "That's the ultimate thing that can happen. It means you can do whatever you want in life. Just keep doing the great job you're doing. We're very proud of Alice and the job you've done." Johnson's story was one of the driving forces leading President Trump to advocate for passage of the First Step Act, the bipartisan criminal justice reform law that eased some of the harsh sentencing guidelines. Johnson's own harsh sentence was made possible by a 1986 drug law, which was co-authored by then-Sen. Joe Biden (D-Del.). Johnson was convicted...
    Kellyanne Conway praised President Donald Trump as a champion of women in her speech to the Republican National Convention on Wednesday night –without mentioning she was leaving the White House to spend time with her family. ‘For decades, he has elevated women to senior positions in business and in government. He confides in and consults us, respects our opinions, and insists that we are on equal footing with the men,’ she said of Trump, who has seen his approval rating fall among women amid their concerns about his handling of the coronavirus pandemic and racial tensions in the country. She discussed her own work for the president, including being the first woman to run a major party candidate’s presidential campaign. ‘President Trump helped me shatter a barrier in the world of politics by empowering me to manage his campaign to its successful conclusion. With the help of millions of Americans, our team defied the critics, questionable polls and conventional wisdom — and we won,’ she said. She did not mention she’s leaving her role as counselor to the president at...
    School choice advocate Tera Myers shared Wednesday that doctors had encouraged her to abort her son Samuel, who has Downs Syndrome. Myers spoke Wednesday at the Republican National Convention, sharing “how education freedom has personally impacted my family, especially the life of my son Samuel.” “Before Samuel was even born I was told his life wouldn’t be worth living,” Myers said. “When early tests revealed he had Down Syndrome, our doctor encouraged me to terminate the pregnancy. He said ‘If you do not, you will be burdening your life, family and your community.'” Myers said that she knew her unborn baby was “a human being created by God and that made him worthy of life.” When she later went to register her son for kindergarten, educators told her to “put him where he would be comfortable, don’t stress him out by trying to teach him,” she said. Myers detailed her struggles attempting to find proper education for her son, saying he was repeatedly told she didn’t have other options. “I did not like it,” she said. “One size did not...
    Cissie Graham Lynch, the daughter of Franklin Graham and granddaughter of Billy Graham, said at the Republican National Committee’s 2020 convention on Tuesday that President Donald Trump is a “fierce advocate” for people of faith. Lynch said that Christians have not always had the support of the federal government. “During the Obama-Biden administration, these freedoms were under attack,” Lynch said. “Democrats tried to make faith organizations pay for abortion-inducing drugs.” “Democrats tried to force adoption agencies to violate their deeply held beliefs,” Lynch said. “Democrats pressured schools to allow boys to compete in girls’ sports and use girls’ locker rooms.” “But when ‘We the People’ elected Donald Trump, people of faith suddenly had a fierce advocate in the White House,” Lynch said. Lynch went on to list Trump’s efforts on behalf of people of faith in the United States and around the world. “He appointed judges who respect the First Amendment,” Lynch said. “He supported religious beliefs in court.” “He ensured religious ministries would not be forced to violate their beliefs,” Lynch said. “He withdrew the policies that placed our...
    Rebecca Friedrichs, a veteran California teacher and school choice advocate, touted President Trump as the candidate for the education system at Monday’s opening night of the 2020 Republican National Convention — while warning against the agenda of the Joe Biden-Kamala Harris ticket. “We’ll keep fighting for the country and children we love, just like President Trump,” said Friedrichs. “He’s breaking the unions’ grip on our schools. That’s why unions have tried to destroy him since the day he was elected.” Friedrichs’ lawsuit against the California Teachers’ Association, seeking to liberate teachers from forced unionism, was argued before the Supreme Court in 2016. “Do you know who intervened against us?” she asked. “The Obama-Biden administration and California Attorney General Kamala Harris.” By contrast, she said, “President Trump isn’t afraid to fight for what’s right. He won’t back down. His courage gives great teachers renewed hope. “President Trump stands with America’s families, great teachers and, most importantly, our children.”
    Rebecca Friedrichs, a veteran California teacher and school choice advocate, touted President Trump as the candidate for the education system at Monday’s opening night of the 2020 Republican National Convention — while warning against the agenda of the Joe Biden-Kamala Harris ticket. “We’ll keep fighting for the country and children we love, just like President Trump,” said Friedrichs. “He’s breaking the unions’ grip on our schools. That’s why unions have tried to destroy him since the day he was elected.” Friedrichs’ lawsuit against the California Teachers’ Association, seeking to liberate teachers from forced unionism, was argued before the Supreme Court in 2016. “Do you know who intervened against us?” she asked. “The Obama-Biden administration and California Attorney General Kamala Harris.” By contrast, she said, “President Trump isn’t afraid to fight for what’s right. He won’t back down. His courage gives great teachers renewed hope. “President Trump stands with America’s families, great teachers and, most importantly, our children.” Filed under education ,  RNC 2020 ,  teachers ,  unions ,  8/24/20
    North Carolina state Rep. David Lewis resigns after pleading guilty to two federal charges The FDA Just Released This New COVID Food Safety Checklist TikTok Star Sarah Cooper Breaks Trump Character to Advocate for Mail-in Voting: It Is Your Right TikTok star Sarah Cooper, who gained popularity on the social media app for impersonating President Donald Trump, broke character during an appearance at Thursday night’s virtual Democratic National Convention. © Provided by People DNC “Let me say this in my own words,” Cooper, 42, said before dismissing Trump’s repeated false statements about mail-in voting. “Nothing is more dangerous than his attacks on mail-in voting during a pandemic,” the comedian said, adding, “Donald Trump doesn’t want any of us to vote because he knows he can’t win fair-and-square.” Trump, 74, has used social media in recent months to promote his attacks on mail-in voting, making incorrect claims about mail-in vs. absentee voting, which are essentially the same. This is everything.https://t.co/OWc0zxtWBy#DemConvention pic.twitter.com/I4aGjvFJkB— 2020 #DemConvention ???????? (@DemConvention) August 21, 2020 RELATED: TikTok's President Trump Impersonator Sarah Cooper Lands Netflix Comedy Special ©...
    Republican state officials have encouraged voting by mail in their states even as President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Memo: Democrats pitch Biden as the back-to-normal candidate Obama congratulates Biden on formal nomination Jill Biden gives personal portrait of husband Joe MORE denounces the practice, Politico reported. The Iowa GOP mailed unsolicited absentee ballot applications to voters while the Pennsylvania Republican party’s website encourages members to “Vote Safe: By mail. From home,” according to the publication. Ohio’s Republican Party distributed mailers reading “Join President Trump and Vote by Absentee Ballot.” While Trump has claimed his issue is with universal mail-in voting rather than absentee voting, several states, including his primary residence of Florida, do not make a distinction between the two. “The president is making a false distinction and no, there are not more safeguards with absentee ballots,” Sean Morales-Doyle, the deputy director of voting rights, elections and democracy at the Brennan Center for Justice, told the Politico. “The safeguards available and in use to protect the integrity of elections are the same in either system.” Other states, particularly in the western...
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    WASHINGTON (AP) -- America's leading infectious disease expert said he will keep doing his job no matter what President Donald Trump tweets."I don't know how to address that. I'm just going to certainly continue doing my job. You know, I don't tweet. I don't even read them," Dr. Anthony Fauci said in an interview with ABC News's George Stephanopoulos on Good Morning America on Tuesday. "I just will continue to do my job no matter what comes out, because I think it's very important--we're in the middle of a crisis with regard to an epidemic, a pandemic. This is what I do. This is what I've been trained for my entire professional life, and I'll continue to do it."A recent retweet from Trump accused Fauci, who has advised six presidents since he started working at the National Institute of Health in 1984, and other health leaders of lying to the American public."I have not been misleading the American public under any circumstances."RELATED: White House turns on Fauci as Trump minimizes coronavirus spikeFauci was also asked about the need for a...
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- America's leading infectious disease expert said he will keep doing his job no matter what President Donald Trump tweets."I don't know how to address that. I'm just going to certainly continue doing my job. You know, I don't tweet. I don't even read them," Dr. Anthony Fauci said in an interview with ABC News's George Stephanopoulos on Good Morning America on Tuesday. "I just will continue to do my job no matter what comes out, because I think it's very important--we're in the middle of a crisis with regard to an epidemic, a pandemic. This is what I do. This is what I've been trained for my entire professional life, and I'll continue to do it."A recent retweet from Trump accused Fauci, who has advised six presidents since he started working at the National Institute of Health in 1984, and other health leaders of lying to the American public."I have not been misleading the American public under any circumstances."RELATED: White House turns on Fauci as Trump minimizes coronavirus spikeFauci was also asked about the need for a...
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    By Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senators Marco Rubio and Mark Warner , heads of the Senate intelligence committee, voiced their support for whistleblowers on Friday after a former counterterrorism official fired by the Trump administration filed a complaint. The whistleblower mechanism "is an essential channel for ensuring evidence of wrongdoing rising to the level of an urgent concern is brought to the Committee’s attention," Republican acting chairman Rubio and Democratic vice chair Warner said in a statement. They did not address a specific complaint. The senators' joint statement reflected concern from both Senate Democrats and Republicans over the politicization of U.S. spy agencies under President Donald Trump with the appointments of loyalists to leadership positions. A congressional source said their statement was prompted by a complaint about political interference in the intelligence process made by Russell Travers, a veteran intelligence officer ousted recently as acting chief of the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC). The source, who requested anonymity, said an interview with Travers published on Thursday by Politico mirrors issues raised by Travers in confidential whistleblower complaints now being...
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