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    U.S. oil production is higher under President Joe Biden than it has been this century, the White House said on Wednesday. Biden is calling for Congress and states to halt the gas tax and laying the blame for high prices at the feet of Russian President Vladimir Putin. At the same time, his administration now insists it is doing all it can to keep oil production high. BIDEN'S GAS TAX HOLIDAY UNLIKELY TO DELIVER MUCH RELIEF, EXPERTS SAY "We are now at close to record levels of production here in the U.S.," Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm told reporters. "It's nearly 12 million barrels a day. Under this president, the country is producing more oil on average than it did during the Bush, Obama, or Trump administrations." That would mean more oil is now being produced on average than at any point since January 2001, when Bush took office. The United States is also releasing 1 million barrels a day from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, pushing the daily total near 13 million. Unfortunately, that hasn't...
    “A Justice Department probe found that members of the Obama administration did not seek to reveal the identity of General Michael Flynn ‘for political purposes or other inappropriate reasons,’ a newly disclosed report reveals,” Buzzfeed states. Trump as far back as March 2017 falsely accused Obama of spying on him, which helped ignite his base. He continued to make similar remarks for years. Those false and baseless attacks have become part of the MAGA narrative. In August of 2020 CNN reported: “President Donald Trump says all the time, ‘they spied on my campaign.’ He ad-libbed during his Thursday night convention speech to add the phrase into his prepared remarks. And he tweeted it last week as a rebuttal to former President Barack Obama’s convention address.” Another recent incantation came Wednesday night at the Republican convention, when Trump’s former acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell said the “Obama-Biden administration secretly launched a surveillance operation on the Trump campaign.” Though that is a slightly softened version of “they spied on my campaign” the story is essentially the same. Buzzfeed adds that...
    VIDEO2:2002:20Student loan payment freeze extended through end of summerThe News with Shepard Smith Student loans remain a substantial hurdle for nearly everyone with a college degree. For those currently struggling under the weight of education debt, President Joe Biden used his executive powers to extend the pause federal student loan payments until September. Nearly 43 million federal borrowers are hoping massive student loan forgiveness might be Biden's next major move. "We have an opportunity to make this a New Deal moment," said John B. King Jr., who served as education secretary under former President Barack Obama, during a State of Student Debt summit hosted by the Student Debt Crisis Center. More from Personal Finance:Free college is now a reality in nearly 30 statesMillions of student loan borrowers in default get a fresh startStudent loan payments won't be due until September President Franklin D. Roosevelt's large-scale relief programs in the 1930s, aimed at restoring financial well-being after the Great Depression, fundamentally changed the government's role in American lives. Broad-based loan forgiveness under Biden would be a modern-day parallel, he said. This is "a moment for our country to actually...
    President Joe Biden has had 110 days with an approval index — the number of those who strongly approve minus those who strongly disapprove of his job performance — at or under -24, far surpassing former Presidents Barack Obama and Donald Trump, according to Rasmussen Reports. On Wednesday, March 16, 2022, 57 percent disapproved of Biden’s job performance, compared to 42 percent who approved, making his net approval -15. However, 45 percent “strongly” disapprove, compared to 21 percent who “strongly” approve, making his approval index -24.  According to Rasmussen Reports, Biden has experienced 110 days of a Presidential Approval Index at or below -24. For comparison, Obama only saw 15 days with equally dismal figures, and Trump tallied 6. Days the last three Presidents have spent with an Approval Index at or below -24: Obama – 15Trump – 6Biden – 110 https://t.co/XUpnp9m5dC — Rasmussen Reports (@Rasmussen_Poll) March 16, 2022 In January, Biden surpassed former President Trump’s worst recorded approval index, dipping to -33. Biden approval index (strongly approve minus strongly disapprove) is now -33. Trumps worst was -26.https://t.co/[email protected] Sponsored by...
    Arrests and deportations of illegal immigrants have bottomed out under the administration of President Joe Biden, each dropping in fiscal year 2021 more than 75% compared to the record-high numbers seen during the Obama administration, according to newly released government data. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Department of Homeland Security's agency that enforces U.S. immigration laws within the country, removed 59,011 noncitizens from October 2020 through September 2021, most of which was under the Biden administration’s more rigid criteria for who could be taken into custody. In 2011, nearly 400,000 noncitizens were deported — meaning the numbers were down 85% under Biden. Arrests of illegal immigrants also dropped significantly, though ICE officials who spoke with reporters in a call Friday morning declined to comment if either number were the lowest levels on record. Although former President Donald Trump vowed to crack down on illegal immigration, the number of arrests and removals by ICE remained significantly lower under the Republican. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE FROM THE WASHINGTON EXAMINER Just 74,082 noncitzens were arrested last year, down from surpassing 300,000 during...
    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) on Monday asserted that President Biden’s “weakness” has bred the disorder across the globe in Ukraine and Russia, noting that both Joe Biden and former President Barack Obama were weak when it came to defending Ukraine. “My feeling is they haven’t done enough —Europe or Biden’s administration — to really hit Putin where it counts, and that’s because they have been so weak on domestic energy,” DeSantis said during a press conference on Monday, blasting Biden for stripping the United States’ status as energy independent. “So let’s get back to where we need to get to back to. And I can tell you this. The media spent four years saying that Trump was some type of agent of Russia, and yet, when I was in Congress when Obama was president, Obama refused to send weapons to Ukraine,” DeSantis said, offering a series of comparisons. “When Trump was president, we sent weapons to Ukraine. Putin didn’t like that very much. When Obama was president, Putin took Crimea. When Trump was president, they didn’t take anything. And...
    John King listens to stories at Edgehill Farm September 08, 2019 in Gaithersburg, MD.Katherine Frey | The Washington Post | Getty Images John B. King, Jr., who served as education secretary under former President Barack Obama, has joined a number of other leading government officials calling on President Joe Biden to cancel student debt through executive action. King, who's running for governor of Maryland, wrote in an editorial in Business Insider on Wednesday that the country's outstanding student loan balance is "indisputably a crisis." "All too often, the crushing weight of student debt prevents people from even considering buying a home, beginning a family, or starting a new business," King wrote. King is not the only former U.S. Education Department official in support of cancelling student debt. Wayne Johnson, a senior student loan official under former President Donald Trump, resigned in 2019, saying the lending system was "fundamentally broken" and advocating for broad cancellation. Even before the coronavirus pandemic, the country's outstanding student loan debt balance exceeded $1.7 trillion and posed a larger burden to households than credit card or auto...
    Former Defense Sec. Robert Gates said Sunday that President Joe Biden has “been wrong” on most foreign policy and national security issues over the past four decades. Gates, who served under former President Barack Obama, recounted a portion of his 2014 memoir, “Duty: Memories of a Secretary at War,” during an interview shown Sunday on CBS’s “60 Minutes.” He said that Biden has integrity, but has been wrong on every foreign policy and national security issue. “I think he’s gotten a lot wrong,” Gates said, noting Biden opposed “every one of Ronald Reagan’s military programs to contest the Soviet Union” and the Gulf War. When asked if Biden made a mistake on how he handled the Afghanistan withdrawal, Gates said “yes.” Gates said former President Donald Trump didn’t plan the withdrawal properly but that Biden didn’t finish it correctly, arguing that as soon as Biden set a “firm deadline date, that’s the point at which I think they should have begun bringing those people out.” “You have to be pretty naive not to assume things were going to go downhill...
    President Biden appears to be leaning more on his former boss as the White House comes under increased pressure to improve the nation's economy and outlook on the future of the Democratic Party. Former President Obama will attend the United Nations COP26 climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland, early next month to highlight the "important progress" made with climate change since the Paris Agreement took effect. Meanwhile, President Biden and his Cabinet participate in the World Leader Summit in Glasgow on Nov. 1 and 2 at the beginning of the 26th Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.  It is unclear whether Obama will participate in any meetings or events with Biden and his Cabinet officials. Earlier this year, the White House said Biden and Obama spoke "regularly" about a "range of issues" as well as personal matters but did not disclose the frequency of those conversations. US President Barack Obama smiles alongside Vice President Joe Biden before signing the healthcare insurance reform legislation during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House...
    A soldier stands guard in a tower overlooking Camp Delta at Guantanamo Bay naval base in a December 31, 2009 file photo provided by the US Navy.U.S. Navy | Reuters The Pentagon said Monday that it had transferred a Moroccan citizen from Guantanamo Bay to his home country, marking the first such release under President Joe Biden, who has vowed to shut down the controversial prison facility. The transfer of Abdul Latif Nasir to Morocco leaves 39 inmates left at the island prison located on Cuba's eastern coast. His transfer follows a panel decision in 2016 which found that Nasir, an alleged former al Qaeda member, no longer needed to be detained by the U.S. to protect American national security. Nasir's lawyer cheered his transfer. "This is an enormously welcome event. I'm still in shock about it," the attorney, Shelby Sullivan-Bennis, said in a brief interview by phone. Nasir's release reflects the ping-ponging of presidential policy on Guantanamo Bay. President George W. Bush established the detention facility in 2002, in the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks. Nearly 800...
    Four New York Times reporters had their phone records secretly seized by the Trump administration. But while similar reports from CNN and the Washington Post are seemingly uncovering the extent to which former President Trump used the administration to keep tabs on journalists, one of the four journalists says the moves are part of a "bipartisan pattern." "It happened in the Obama administration as well, which is why frankly I was angry but not surprised," White House reporter Matt Apuzzo said on CBSN Monday. "This U.S. Attorney's office in Washington has a history of just steamrolling the First Amendment." He compared it to tactics used by "prosecutors trying to break up a drug ring."  The Biden administration alerted the New York Times reporters that the former president's DOJ had seized records spanning across four months in 2017.  This latest revelation came after the outlet reported that a number of Times executives were aware of the government's efforts earlier this year, but were bound by a gag order that prevented them from sharing the information with their own editor and...
    Dillon Burroughs, The Western Journal May 21, 2021 0 Comments More than 6,000 illegal immigrants are crossing the nation’s southern border each day, a rate three times higher than the number that former President Barack Obama called a “humanitarian crisis.” Wisconsin Republican Sen. Ron Johnson reported the information during a Fox Business interview on Thursday. Reminder ⬇️ We’re apprehending 6,000 people a day at the border. That’s 3 times the amount President Obama called a humanitarian crisis. pic.twitter.com/iuHOWbg4a4 — Senator Ron Johnson (@SenRonJohnson) May 21, 2021 Host Maria Bartiromo reported that “453,000 migrants illegally entered the country between February and April.” Johnson noted, “We’re apprehending about 6,000 people a day. Six thousand people a day. “We were doing 2,000 a day during the humanitarian crisis in 2014. President Obama declared that a humanitarian crisis. We’re three times that level. “So the fiscal cost will be in the billions, but the human toll will even be higher.” The senator said those in the Biden administration “know full well the human depredations. They know that children are being sold, that...
    Wednesday on FNC’s “Hannity,” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) questioned the merits of an impeachment effort underway initiated by House Democrats. Graham argued against impeaching a president that has already left office and mentioned the possibility of impeaching former President Barack Obama for the lack of effort during the attack on a U.S. consulate in Benghazi in 2012. “We’ll play this out,” he explained. “We impeach the president today without any evidence. It’s just sheer hatred. If this becomes the norm, be careful what you wish for today. Under this theory, the radical left — if you can impeach a president after they’re out of office, why don’t we impeach George Washington? He owned slaves. Where does this stop? So, to my Republican colleagues, let’s stand firm for the idea — whether you like Donald Trump or not, he’s not above the law.” “If he did something wrong, you know, you can face the consequences of the law,” Graham continued. “Impeachment is political. What we’re doing here is we’re impeaching the president without any evidence, without any witnesses, and we’re going...
    President-elect Joe Biden has made clear in his staffing plans and public remarks that he intends to return America to many of the foreign policy positions championed by his former boss, President Barack Obama. While American mainstream media has largely cheered this – and glowered at President Donald Trump for defending his achievements by making regression more difficult under Biden – many of America’s allies, and some of its foes, around the world are making moves suggesting they expect a full return to the state of global affairs in 2016. The Obama administration’s foreign policy was defined by the tension between the president’s message, repeated routinely over the years, that America’s involvement in geopolitics made the world worse, and his regular, violent interventions abroad. His apologetic words – “America has shown arrogance” to its neighbors, “We sometimes make mistakes. We have not been perfect” – clashed dramatically with his routine drone strikes on civilian targets, the invasion of Libya, and the widespread arming of Syrian “rebels” that ended up handing those weapons to jihadists. The approach produced widespread death and chaos, perhaps...
    HOUSTON (AP) — A Tuesday court hearing over a U.S. program shielding immigrants brought to the country illegally as children highlights the peril the program still faces even under an incoming Democratic president who has pledged to protect it. A federal judge in Houston will hear arguments from Texas and eight other states seeking to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, which provides limited protections to about 650,000 people. Defending the program is a group of DACA recipients represented by the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund. A ruling was not expected during the hearing. The U.S. Supreme Court previously ruled President Donald Trump’s attempt to end DACA in 2017 was unlawful. A New York judge in December ordered the Trump administration to restore the program as enacted by former President Barack Obama in 2012. But the Houston case directly targets DACA’s original terms, as Texas and the other states argue it violated the Constitution by going around Congress’ authority on immigration laws. President-elect Joe Biden has pledged to protect DACA....
    Tom Vilsack, President-elect Joe Biden’s likely pick to lead the Department of Agriculture, mulled a resignation from that same position during Barack Obama’s presidency because he had “literally nothing to do.” Former Agriculture Sec. Tom Vilsack informed former President Barack Obama during a 2015 Oval Office meeting that he wanted to resign citing the boredom of the job, The Washington Post reported. Now, five years later, President-elect Joe Biden is strongly considering Vilsack for that same position he held throughout the Obama administration, transition officials told Politico. “There are days when I have literally nothing to do,” Vilsack recalled thinking as he considered resigning, according to the Post. (RELATED: Former Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack Reportedly Biden’s Frontrunner To Lead USDA) “Mr. President, I think it’s time to go,” he told Obama during their 2015 meeting, the Post reported. President-elect Joe Biden arrives at a campaign stop with former USDA Sec. Tom Vilsack in Algona, Iowa on Dec. 2, 2019. (Scott Olson/Getty Images) Obama eventually convinced Vilsack – who had been the president’s longest-serving cabinet secretary, according to Ballotpedia – not...
    Reports began to surface this week of potential cabinet appointments and priority government projects for Democrat Party presidential challenger Joe Biden should he take office in January. Many of these, both the individuals and the policies, are not new – they are vestiges of the departed Obama administration that Biden was part of as vice president. In foreign policy, particularly, Biden has promised a return to a status quo under his former boss that fueled global instability, wasted American tax dollars, and hurt the American worker. Below, five policies Biden has promised to resurrect from their political death under President Donald Trump and the setbacks they represent to policies that, for the past four years, have helped make the world a more peaceful place. Returning to the Iran Nuclear Deal As a candidate in September, Biden wrote in a CNN column that he would seek to offer Iran, the world’s top state sponsor of terrorism, a “credible path back to diplomacy.” “If Iran returns to strict compliance with the nuclear deal, the United States would rejoin the agreement as a...
    President Trump has claimed that 'only' the undocumented immigrants with 'the lowest IQ' returned to attend court hearing under former President Barack Obama's 'catch-and-release' policy.  Instead of holding undocumented immigrants in detention centers, the Obama-era policy allowed for individuals to be released from federal custody and to return for a mandatory court date.    Trump reiterated his claims that the majority of undocumented immigrants arriving to the US under this policy never showed up for their court hearings at the third and final presidential debate on Thursday in Nashville Tennessee.  'When you say they come back, they don’t come back, Joe. They never come back.  'Only the really — I hate to say this — but those with the lowest IQ, they might come back,' he added before being interrupted by moderator Kristen Welker.  President Trump has claimed that less than 1 percent of undocumented immigrants released from federal detention under the Obama-era 'catch-and-release' policy showed up to mandatory court dates. Democrat challenger Joe Biden said the stat was 'not true' "Only the really¿I hate to say this¿but those with...
    Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden questioned the memory of voters who felt they were better off economically under President Trump than under former President Obama — saying that those individuals “probably shouldn’t” support him. Speaking during an interview with local station WKRC in Cincinnati Monday, the 2020 Democrat made the remarks after being asked about a recently released Gallup poll which found that 56 percent of voters felt that their financial situation improved under President Trump’s administration. Biden was asked why those 56 percent of voters, who liked President Trump for his economic policies, should instead vote Democrat. “Well if they think that, they probably shouldn’t,” the former vice president quipped before going on to incorrectly restate the poll’s findings while asking the news anchor a question. “They think — 54 percent of the American people believe they’re better off economically today than they were under our administration? Well, their memory is not very good, quite frankly,” Biden continued in his rebuke. The Democratic presidential hopeful went on to slam his 2020 rival President Trump, before encouraging both of their...
    The Trump campaign released a new ad on Monday, contrasting the national security records of former Vice President Joe Biden with President Donald Trump’s. The ad says: We judge leaders by their results. Under Joe Biden, we got endless war, a broken VA, veterans paid with their lives, ISIS grew, slaughtered innocents, that’s what Joe Biden’s weak leadership left us. Under President Trump, America is winning again. President Trump crushed ISIS, eliminated the world’s deadliest terrorists, fixed the VA, and is bringing out troops home. Real leadership. Real results. I’m Donald J. Trump, and I approved this message. Former President Barack Obama and Joe Biden withdrew all U.S. troops from Iraq in 2011 after failing to extend a Status of Forces Agreement with Iraq. The vacuum left behind allowed for Iraqi troops to atrophy and the Islamic State (ISIS) to rebuild in Syria before invading Iraq in 2014 and nearly taking Baghdad. The administration reluctantly sent U.S. forces back in to prevent Baghdad from falling and to combat ISIS. The Obama administration also took part in two new wars in...
            by Robert Romano  “If we don’t win this election, that whole thing is going to end. Okay? And you just remember that… [T]hat whole thing is going to be dismissed.” That was President Donald Trump co-hosting the Rush Limbaugh Show on Oct. 9 with host Rush Limbaugh, stating the obvious in responding to news reported by Axios that Attorney General William Barr and U.S. Attorney John Durham will not be releasing any comprehensive report or conclude their investigation before the election into abuses by the Justice Department and intelligence agencies spying on the Trump campaign in 2016 and then falsely accusing the President and his team of being Russian agents. This column has called the scandal Spygate. It started during the Obama administration, and then the top secret investigation was carried over into the Trump administration — undermining the peaceful transfer of power in 2016 and perhaps doing irreparable damage to the Constitution and civil society. According to the Axios report by Alayna Treene, “Attorney General Bill Barr has begun telling top Republicans that the Justice Department’s sweeping review...
    A majority of Americans say they are better off under President Donald Trump than they were four years ago, according to a new Gallup poll. The Gallup survey found that voters were more satisfied during President Trump's four-year term than the first terms of former Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush, new polling data has revealed. Gallup's Sept. 14-28 poll found that 56% of U.S. registered voters believe they are better off now under President Trump compared to four years ago. President Trump celebrated the news on Twitter: "The Gallup Poll has just come out with the incredible finding that 56% of you say that you are better off today, during a pandemic, than you were four years ago (OBiden). Highest number on record! Pretty amazing!" Trump is the only president in 36 years of Gallup polls to have a majority of respondents say they are better off now than they were four years ago. In 2012, when then-President Obama was seeking reelection, the same question was asked by Gallup, and 45% said they...
    A solid majority of 56 percent of Americans say they are better off now than they were four years ago, a new Gallup survey reveals. Only 32 percent say they are worse off than four years ago. The number is, as Fox News’s Laura Ingraham noted on Thursday night, “the highest Gallup has ever recorded.” President Trump responded to the survey in a tweet: The Gallup Poll has just come out with the incredible finding that 56% of you say that you are better off today, during a pandemic, than you were four years ago (OBiden). Highest number on record! Pretty amazing! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 9, 2020 Historically speaking, this bodes very well for President Donald Trump as he seeks reelection. Right around previous presidential elections when an incumbent has been seeking reelection dating back to the mid-1980s, never has this number been this high — or even at a majority. For instance, when former President Barack Obama was seeking reelection in early 2012, the number was at 45 percent. It stayed at that level through the...
    During a town hall on NBC on Monday, 2020 Democratic presidential nominee former Vice President Joe Biden contrasted the Obama administration’s record on criminal justice reform and President Donald Trump’s by stating that under the Obama administration 18,000 were granted clemency, and Trump only granted clemency to “two or three” people. Moderator Lester Holt stated, “He [President Trump] points out — to the criminal justice reform bill, and you and Barack Obama served at a time when you had both houses of Congress and still couldn’t get some of these things done.” Biden responded, “Yeah, we did. We let — 18,000 people were — got clemency. He got two or three, what he’s talking about. We had — the violent crime rate was down 15% in our administration. 15% down. You didn’t see these white supremacists rising up.” Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett
    "Trump lied. People died." This was the hot smear from Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., after the first snippets of tape were released from Bob Woodward’s new anti-Trump book, "Rage." The president told Woodward back in March that he wanted to downplay the coronavirus so people wouldn't panic, even though he said he'd been told it was an airborne threat. Predictably echoing Schumer, MSNBC's Joe Scarborough dug into the mud bucket: "Donald Trump says he didn't want Americans to panic. No, he just wanted to sit by and watch them die." Insert the MSNBC pandemic slogan: "This is who we are. We are in this together." ADRIANA COHEN: CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC WRONG TIME FOR HYPOCRITICAL FINGER-POINTING Let's put aside the nagging question of why Republican presidents grant interviews to this liberal Watergate warhorse. Let's focus instead on the nastiness of blaming hundreds of thousands of deaths on the president. Imagine, for a minute, if Hillary Clinton had been president when the coronavirus arrived from China. Would the press place a single death at the White House door? That's a rhetorical...
    The Department of Veterans Affairs reached a low point during the Obama administration, Minnesota GOP congressional candidate Tyler Kistner, a former Marine, told Fox Business Network Friday. “President Trump is the one who helped increase the funding for the military, helped give us the capabilities to stand up to China, Russia, and the likes to make sure we have strong national security, and he also helped increase [funding for the] Veteran Affairs to make sure that we're taking care of our veterans after they serve,” Kistner told "Varney & Co.” MIKE POMPEO RESPONDS TO REPORT TRUMP INSULTED MILITARY: 'I NEVER HEARD HIM SAY IT' "Under the Obama administration, we weren't getting that," Kistner added. "Our budget was cut, we had limited resources to effectively carry out our job, and Veterans Affairs was the worst it had ever been. So I stand with our president and everything he's continuing to do for our military day in and day out." Kistner was responding to a report in The Atlantic magazine that Trump disparaged fallen World War I soldiers as "losers" and "suckers" during a 2018 trip to...
    The parents of Kayla Mueller – an aid worker abducted, tortured, and killed by the Islamic State – told the Republican National Convention (RNC) on Thursday that they believe her daughter would be alive today if President Donald Trump had been in charge when she was captured. Islamic State terrorists abducted Carl and Marsha Mueller’s daughter in 2013 while she was in Syria working with the humanitarian aid group Doctors Without Borders, which the Muellers have criticized for not doing enough to help bring Kayla back. Upon being abducted and identified as a Westerner, ISIS jihadists placed Kayla into slavery. She became the property of Abu Sayyaf and wife Umm Sayyaf (“Umm” a common pseudonym for women jihadists meaning “mother”), where the “caliph” of the terrorist group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, raped and tortured her. A U.S. military raid in October resulted in al-Baghdadi’s death. Cornered by a military canine, al-Baghdadi detonated a suicide bomb, killing himself and three of his children. “He died like a dog, he died like a coward,” President Donald Trump said at the time. “The world...
    Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden accused President Trump of being part of the problem as violence, unrest and racial tension remain prevalent across the country In an interview with MSNBC, the former vice president compared the state of the country during President Obama’s second term with Trump’s first, but appeared to overlook a major event that took place in the middle of the second Obama-Biden administration. BIDEN: TRUMP 'ROOTING FOR MORE VIOLENCE, NOT LESS' "For the last four years we weren't having riots, racial riots," he said of his second term with Obama. "When they occurred, we didn't have to call in the National Guard." Biden appeared to overlook the violent protests and unrest in Ferguson, Mo., following the 2014 police shooting of Michael Brown. As violence overtook the St. Louis suburb, Gov. Jay Nixon did indeed call in the National Guard. JUSTICE DEPARTMENT DEPLOYS 200 AGENTS TO KENOSHA AMID UNREST "Tonight, a day of hope, prayers, and peaceful protests was marred by the violent criminal acts of an organized and growing number of individuals, many from outside the community and state,...
    A blind Chinese dissident whose escape to the U.S. was facilitated by the Obama administration is calling on other countries to support President Donald Trump in leading a coalition to “stop China’s aggression.” “Standing up to fight unfairness is not easy. I know. So does President Trump,” Chen Guangcheng said Wednesday night at the Republican National Convention, “but he has shown the courage to wage that fight.” Chen’s 2012 flight to the U.S. Embassy in Beijing sparked a six-day diplomatic tussle between the U.S. and China, threatening to derail then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s strategic talks intended to build trust between the world’s superpower and its up-and-coming rival. An international symbol for human dignity after running afoul of local government officials for exposing forced abortions carried out as part of China’s one-child policy, Chen was subjected to years of persecution and illegal detention for advising villagers on how to counter official abuses. After serving four years in prison on what supporters called fabricated charges, Chen was kept under house arrest until escaping in 2012, dodging a security cordon around his...
    While the Democratic National Convention aired its final night of speeches Thursday, President Donald Trump called into Sean Hannity’s show to decry what he called “tremendous hate” from some speakers. Early on Trump told Hannity he’s seen “a lot of hate” from the DNC thus far. At one point, Hannity asked Trump for his reactions to the speeches from Barack and Michelle Obama, but not before himself remarking, “One thing you said that interested me is you believe that they paved the way for you to be elected.” “Without them… without Biden and Obama, I wouldn’t be president. I wouldn’t have run,” Trump said. “They were so bad. People don’t remember the hatred and division. There was tremendous division. Probably a little more quiet, but it was tremendous hatred and division that we had for eight years. And, you know, people don’t like to talk about it. He was a terrible president. He was a very divisive person, a very divisive president. We had the slowest recovery in the history of our country from 1929 let’s say.” Later...
    The deported illegal alien that the Democrat National Convention used this week to attack President Donald Trump was previously deported under Democrat President Bill Clinton and was flagged under former Democrat President Barack Obama to be deported after she illegally re-entered the United States. “Alejandra Juarez first sneaked into the U.S. in 1998. She was caught at the border and deported back to Mexico,” The Washington Times reported. “She quickly sneaked back into the U.S. — a ‘felony act’ — and remained in the shadows until a traffic stop in 2013 when she appeared on the radar of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.” “Experts said an Obama-era initiative expanding the use of local police fingerprint checks to aid deportations likely flagged Mrs. Juarez for ICE,” The Washington Times added. “At that point, the Obama Homeland Security Department had a choice. It could have shown leniency but instead reinstated her deportation order from 1998, putting her on the path to deportation that the Trump Homeland Security Department carried out in 2018.” Democrats used Alejandra Juarez’s daughter, 11-year-old Estela Juarez, as a...
    New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman on Thursday said that former President Barack Obama said something during his speech at the virtual Democratic National Convention that was seemingly tailor-made to enrage President Donald Trump. Specifically, Haberman zeroed in on Obama’s assertion that Trump has proven repeatedly that he is not equipped to handle the job of the presidency. “He said, and Michelle Obama had said two nights earlier, this is a person who’s just essentially fake, who’s not up for the job,” she said. “And that gets under President Trump’s skin more than almost anything you could say about him.” She then predicted that this would send Trump into a rage for at least the next 48 hours. “So I think what he’s going to do is swing wildly at it for the next couple of days,” she said. “Whether that carries over into his [planned Thursday night speech in Scranton, Pennsylvania] remains to be seen.” Haberman also said that these attacks on Trump’s erratic behavior over the last four years could prove more effective than they were in 2016 because now many people...
    Democrats criticized President Donald Trump for an executive order that created a payroll tax holiday from Aug. 1 through the end of the year, but they praised former President Barack Obama when he instituted similar tax cuts. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said that she agreed with Republican Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse that the president’s executive orders were “unconstitutional slop.” “I associate my remarks with what the senator says, they’re ‘unconstitutional slop,'” Pelosi said Sunday on CNN. “Right now we want to address the needs of the American people. As my constitutional advisers tell me they’re absurdly unconstitutional.” (RELATED: GOP Sen. Ben Sasse Calls Trump’s Executive Orders ‘Unconstitutional Slop,’ Sparks Backlash) However, when a payroll tax cut extension was passed under Obama, Pelosi called it “a victory for all Americans.” “The American people spoke out clearly and, thanks to President Obama’s leadership, 160 million Americans will continue to receive their payroll tax cut – nearly $40 per paycheck in the pockets of the average family,” Pelosi said in a statement. “I salute the work of the unified House Democratic caucus on...
    The following is an exclusive excerpt from investigative journalists John Solomon and Seamus Bruner’s new book, Fallout: Nuclear Bribes, Russian Spies, and the Washington Lies that Enriched the Clinton and Biden Dynasties. *** Obama’s advisors were divided. On one side were CIA Director Leon Panetta and FBI Director Robert Mueller. Panetta wanted to rescue their informant, a Russian asset who had exposed the domestic spy ring, and Mueller wanted to arrest the Russian sleeper agents. On the other side were the White House and the State Department, who wanted to keep the whole thing quiet. Vice President Joe Biden, National Security Advisor Tom Donilon, and the “diplomatic players” agreed with the president. Biden and Donilon strongly argued in favor of sweeping the illegal spy ring under the rug. Without a hint of irony, Biden said, “Our national security interest balance tips heavily to not creating a flap.” Obama’s top officials apparently believed that bowing to Russia was in the best interests of U.S. national security and that punishing Russian spies would “blow up the relationship.” Everyone agreed that busting...
    Fox News gave viewers a real-time fact-check of Donald Trump as he spoke on Thursday, cutting away from the president’s remarks to correct a claim he made about the economy under Barack Obama being a “disaster.” As Mediaite reported, host Neil Cavuto spoke to viewers while Trump was speaking about deregulation efforts. During the remarks, Trump pointed to what he called “job-destroying regulations” put in place by Obama, prompting Cavuto to remind viewers that this took place during the nationwide financial crisis. The Fox News host pointed out that Obama’s efforts were aimed at created more protections for consumers. “You might recall we had this little thing called the financial meltdown, and much of those regulations were geared to preventing banks from ever investing in things like risky mortgage securities, pooling them, selling them off,” he noted. Cavuto went on to correct assertions from Trump that the U.S. economy was a “disaster” under Obama, noting that unemployment fell from a high of close to 10 percent at the height of the financial crisis to 4.7 percent by the end of...
    Polling on racial relations turned historically negative during President Barack Obama’s final year in office due in part to the blossoming of the Black Lives Matter movement after the police shootings of two black men. Now, Obama’s vice president, Joe Biden, is running for president as a unifier on race.  Americans’ view on race during President Donald Trump’s first three years in office were good relative to Obama’s final year in office, with polls showing public satisfaction on race issues increasing dramatically in 2018.  Views on race relations turned overwhelmingly negative during the final year of Trump’s first term after the death of George Floyd, a black man who died in May after a white police officer kneeled on his neck for nearly 9 minutes.  Former Vice President Joe Biden is billing himself as the person who can ease race relations and unify the nation as part of his 2020 presidential bid. But race relations plummeted while the presumptive Democratic nominee served under President Barack Obama, the first black U.S. president in history. Biden supported demonstrations in May...
    President Trump’s words and actions Monday – railing against “weak” governors and mayors, then holding a Bible outside a historic church near the White House – may have marked “the beginning of the end” of American democracy, a retired four-star Marine Corps general writes in an op-ed article. “The slide of the United States into illiberalism may well have begun on June 1, 2020,” John Allen, who served as a special envoy for the global alliance against ISIS under former President Barack Obama and now heads the Brookings Institution think tank, writes in Foreign Policy magazine. “Remember the date. It may well signal the beginning of the end of the American experiment.” Allen’s article appeared the same day that two other U.S. military figures – current Defense Secretary Mark Esper and former Defense Secretary James Mattis – also were publicly critical of the president. TRUMP FIRES BACK AFTER MATTIS CONDEMNS HIS 'MOCKERY' OF THE CONSTITUTION: 'GLAD HE IS GONE!' Then-Marine Corps Lt. Gen. John Allen speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington, April 28, 2011. (Associated...
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