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Watch: NSA Adviser Shuts Down Chuck Todd on Why Russia Was Notified in Advance of ISIS Raid

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President Donald Trump gestures towards members on the media on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019, after returning from United Nations General Assembly. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

You’d think everyone would have been elated at the news, but the national media and Democrats including Obama loyalists and former Obama officials were some of the saddest, angriest people in the aftermath of the news of the death of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi over the weekend.

After the news broke, the mainstream media wasted no time in latching on to a Democratic talking point about how Trump had informed Russia about the raid in advance but not Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.

NBC News’ Chuck Todd was just one of many journos who saw something sinister behind Trump’s decision to notify Russia in advance of the raid and “thank Russia first” afterwards, and he let National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien know it on Sunday’s “Meet the Press”:

CHUCK TODD: The president said that there were a number of folks that helped. He thanked Russia first. He thanked the Kurds last. Should we read into that?

ROBERT O’BRIEN: No I don’t think you should read into that. I think what the president talked about is that it was a very dangerous mission for our troops. And the president made a courageous decision to send them far into enemy territory at night, a long range helicopter raid. It was a courageous decision of the president. But it was incredible bravery and skill of our men and women in the armed forces and the intelligence community that executed the mission flawlessly. But they had to fly over areas where there was significant anti-aircraft capability, the Syrians, the Russians, the Turks, others. So I think we appreciated the fact that our helicopters and our planes weren’t molested. The Kurds played an important role in the operation. And we’re grateful for the Kurds and for the SDF and our allies there.

When Todd again pressed O’Brien on the Russia angle, the NSA adviser patiently explained again why Russia played a crucial role and deserved thanks, even though they were not an ally of the United States:

CHUCK TODD: On a policy front, Russia. Are they an ally of the United States in this fight in ISIS? And are they an adversary of the United States in this situation with Ukraine? How would you describe it?

ROBERT O’BRIEN: Well, let me just make it very clear, Russia is not an ally of the United States. The president doesn’t believe that. I don’t believe that. I think there’s anyone —

CHUCK TODD: First country he thanked today.

ROBERT O’BRIEN: Look, there are times when our interests overlaps with the interests of Russia. Last night it overlapped. We didn’t want Russian air defense missiles being shot at our men and women who were executing this raid. And, and so last night — and they don’t like ISIS, as the president pointed out. Last night, our interests overlapped with Russia. When our interests overlap with Russia, there’s no reason we shouldn’t work with them. Russia is not an ally of the United States and look Russia presents a great danger to the United States. And something we keep an eye on every single day.

Watch O’Brien calmly teach Foreign Policy 101 to Todd below:

And to be perfectly clear, per Trump Russia was not notified of the specific mission:

“We spoke to the Russians. We told them we are coming in. They said, ‘Thank you for telling us,’” he said. “We told them we thought they would be happy. They hate ISIS as much as we do. You know what ISIS has done to Russia. They did not know the mission but they knew we were going over an area where they had a lot of firepower.”

In spite of the LSM and Democratic concern trolling about what Russia knew vs. what Pelosi and Schumer knew, it was just a great weekend all around for the dedicated men and women of the U.S. military. Job well done, y’all.

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Baghdadi Raid Was Dedicated to Kayla Mueller, Her Family Praised Trump, Troops

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Americans today are cheering the killing of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

But there’s a group of Americans to whom the operation has special meaning and maybe a small measure of justice.

That’s the families whose loved ones were taken from them by the terrorist group.

One of those families was the family of Kayla Mueller.

Kayla Mueller was an aid worker, trying to help dispossessed families in the region when she was kidnapped by ISIS in 2013. She was tortured, kept as a slave and raped repeatedly by Baghdadi himself. But despite the horrible things she endured, she helped and inspired other captives, even refusing to give up her Christian faith and defending it to the infamous ISIS executioner, Jihadi John, according to ABC.

One fellow captive described how the ISIS execution claimed that Mueller had converted to try to break their will. But she defied him to his face in front of the other captives, saying no, she had not given up her faith.

When one of her fellow captives was planning to escape, a young teenaged Yazidi girl, she begged Kayla to go with her. But Kayla knew that if she did, ISIS would bring all forces to bear to find her and decrease the young girl’s chance of escaping. So she sacrificed her chance to escape to better the girl’s odds of getting away.

She is believed to have been killed during U.S. airstrikes on the terrorist lair in 2015. But her body has never been recovered and her parents are still seeking details.

Mueller’s parents have said they believe the Obama administration blocked their efforts to ransom their daughter, as other captives had been freed. They even reported being threatened by the Obama administration with criminal prosecution if they tried to raise ransom money. Obama also promised to donate to the foundation they set up in the name of their daughter, a promise he had not kept more than a year later, according to them.

Mueller’s father told the Daily Caller earlier this year he believed that had Trump been president when his daughter was taken, that she would be home.

White House national security adviser Robert O’Brien said the operation to get Baghdadi had been named after Kayla Mueller. “The chairman of the joint chiefs of staff named the operation that took down al-Baghdadi after Kayla Mueller, after what she had suffered,” he said, “That was something that people should know.”

On Sunday, the Muellers said they were deeply touched by the mention of their daughter and praised President Donald Trump and the soldiers who pulled off the mission.

From Arizona Central:

“We are so grateful for them … we are so grateful,” Marsha Mueller said. They were glad there was no loss of life on our side. They are grateful their daughter and the others who were tortured and killed by ISIS have not been forgotten.

“I still say Kayla should be here, and if Obama had been as decisive as President Trump, maybe she would have been,” Marsha Mueller said.

“For me what matters most I’m hoping now we will finally get the answers we have been asking for all along,” Marsha Mueller said. “I think this administration truly might help us. I don’t think they are as closed about what happened.”

Carl Mueller said he was comforted when Trump mentioned his daughter twice in his morning press conference.

“He knows her story. He’s been briefed on it, and he knows, and that’s important to me,” Carl Mueller said. “I don’t think anything would have stopped him from getting this guy.”

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First Trump Gets Baghdadi, Now He Gets ISIS Spokesperson, Baghdadi’s Right Hand Man

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All the time that Democrats have been hitting President Donald Trump for his moves in Syria, as the news today demonstrates, while he may have moved 50 troop members, he still had a lot of action happening.

Not only did the Trump administration take out the leader of ISIS, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, yesterday, in an operation that had been in the works and planning for weeks, but they also took out his righthand man and spokesperson, Abu al-Hassan al-Muhajir, in a different, new operation today.

Muhajir was taken out by Hellfire missile near Jarablus in Aleppo province according to Syrian Democratic Forces commander Mazloum Abdi.

Interesting that the Trump administration got them as they were trying to move into the Turkish-controlled area.

Muhajir has been the spokesperson since 2016 when his predecessor was also taken out by a U.S. airstrike. As Newsweek observed, Muhajir’s origins were not known, his nickname meaning “emigrant” indicated he might be a foreigner, not Syrian or Iraqi.

During his remarks Sunday, Trump said he did not inform Russia and Turkey of the operation’s details ahead of time, but sought their cooperation over airspace, and then thanked them for their cooperation.

Kobane referred to the raid that ended in the death of Baghdadi as a “Successful& historical operation due to a joint intelligence work with the United States of America.” Trump also expressed gratitude Syrian Kurds, noting they provided “useful” information, while Iraq appears to have played a major role in intelligence-gathering in the leadup to the operation.

Two huge decapitation strikes to what remains of ISIS.

And great wins for the United States.

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Obama Photographer Suggests Trump Situation Room Photo Not Taken During Baghdadi Raid, Gets Busted by Facts

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President Donald Trump announced the great news today that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed by U.S. Special Forces.

But some people just couldn’t say, “Great work” and celebrate the death of the world’s #1 terrorist.

Pete Souza is the former White House photographer for Barack Obama.

He has made it no secret that he dislikes President Donald Trump and has taken shots at him in the past.

But he sent out a fake news tweet that went everywhere quickly, suggesting that the picture showed Trump wasn’t in the White House when the action taken against Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi took place.

It has 15,000 retweets and over 38,000 likes as of this writing.

Media and Democrats immediately cried conspiracy, as Twitchy notes, spreading it further.

‘Journalists.’

Democratic strategist:

Even Andrew Zimmern retweeted the fake story to his over a million followers.

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Of course, Souza was wrong, as he later had to admit, that Trump was back in the White House before the raid and before the picture was taken.

But as with most fake news, you can see it got much less attention than the original false story. And people are still spreading the lie.

And most of the blue checks still have the false story up and haven’t taken it down, much less apologized for spreading the insanity.

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BREAKING: Katie Hill to Resign by Week’s End

Following RedState’s series of articles on Rep. Katie Hill (D-CA), Politico is reporting that the freshman from Agua Dulce, CA is resigning.

As RedState reported earlier today, DCCC sources commented off the record early Sunday that the DCCC was looking for a replacement for Hill, and once one was found that Hill would resign. Within the district, the consensus is that the replacement candidate will be Asm. Christy Smith, who just completed her first term representing the area and campaigned with Hill.

In addition, a planned fundraiser featuring Hill scheduled for Nov. 8 was canceled over the weekend.

According to Politico, Hill will resign by the end of the week.

Jennifer Van Laar is Deputy Managing Editor of RedState. Follow her on Twitter or Facebook.

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BREAKING: Major PAC, Silicon Valley Donor Cancel Fundraiser Featuring Katie Hill

A major progressive PAC, Hold the House, has canceled a fundraiser in Silicon Valley scheduled for November 8 at which Rep. Katie Hill was scheduled as the featured speaker, according to an email provided to RedState.

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No reason was given for the cancellation, which was to be hosted by Santa Clara County Supervisor Susan Ellenberg and her husband.

The cancellation comes after DCCC insiders told RedState Sunday that the group is quietly seeking a replacement for Hill. Hill is under investigation by the House Ethics Committee for allegedly having a sexual relationship with a congressional staffer.

Jennifer Van Laar is Deputy Managing Editor of RedState. Follow her on Twitter or Facebook.

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Katie Hill Paid Alleged (Male) Lover a Campaign Win Bonus; Stiffed Throuple Partner

As a millennial female candidate, Katie Hill made women’s issues and ending the patriarchy a big focus of her campaign.

Her throuple partner, who also served as the Hill campaign’s Operations Director, wrote an essay on Medium addressing the wage gap issue and other issues women face in the workforce (emphasis added):

As a young woman in the workforce, I have faced many challenges. Being taken as seriously as my male counterparts, not being heard in meetings, harassment.

One of the reasons I work with Katie Hill, and why as a resident of the 25th District, I am so excited to vote for her in June, is because I know Katie will make tackling these issues a top priority. Katie cares about women and families, has experience working with people in poverty to provide them with the tools they need to succeed, and perhaps most importantly, has the will and the courage to fight for people who for far too long have had their needs go unnoticed. Katie has what it takes to take on the big issues like pay equity, solve the problem at its core, and change lives.

Does she really have “what it takes to take on the big issues like pay equity”? A look at her own pay practices is instructive.

FEC reports reveal that Graham Kelly was paid $5,100 by the campaign in April 2019 as a “2018 election bonus for his services as Finance Director.” Hill paid five staffers bonuses, but Kelly and his then-roommate/campaign manager, Zack Czajkowski, were given the highest bonuses. Deputy campaign manager Benjamin Steinberger was given a $3,600 bonus.

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Female staffers Kassandra King (Deputy Communications Director)and Hannah Nayowith (Deputy Finance Director), who both went on to work for Hill in Washington D.C., were given the lowest bonuses – $2,700 for King and $3,150 for Nayowith.

Conspicuously absent from the list of staffers receiving 2018 election bonuses from the Hill campaign is Hill’s Operations Director/throuple partner.

Katie “cares about women” yet her top staffers were all men, and they all received significantly larger election bonuses. The woman Hill was sleeping with was completely shafted.

How’s that for wage equality?

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Obama CIA Deputy Director: Trump Shouldn’t Have Been Disrespectful About Killing of Baghdadi

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President Donald Trump was triumphant in announcing the killing of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

Among other remarks, Trump described the event, “He died after running into a dead-end tunnel, whimpering and crying and screaming all the way.”

Apparently descriptions like that were too much for former Obama CIA deputy director Mike Morell.

While he praised the action on “Face the Nation,” he and criticized Trump’s response, according to the Washington Examiner.

“You don’t want a locker room kind of feel to this,” said Morell. “That was the one thing we worked really hard on after the bin Laden raid, is don’t make those kinds of statements, because it does inspire other people.”

Morell, who was widely expected to become Hillary Clinton’s CIA director if she had won the 2016 election, said it was troubling that Trump said he wanted to show footage of Baghdadi’s death to deter his followers.

“I think it’s all right to say we used DNA matching to figure out that it was him,” said Morell. “But to actually talk about body parts and actually bringing them back with us, right, so that we have them here with us I think is going too far.”

Retired Adm. James Winnefeld then said the Obama administration was respectful of the body of Osama Bin Laden by burying him at sea. He also said you didn’t want to do things to further incite ISIS.

First of all you want to have the body to confirm the fact.

But second, isn’t this the administration that was so overly concerned about offending people they couldn’t bring themselves to say “radical Islamic terrorism?” The administration that ignored the rise of ISIS even as people were warning them in 2014 that the hole they left by the pullout was encouraging the rise. Thousands of people died because of their failure to properly address the danger. And then, once the danger was known, they were ineffective in large measure in response. They were always afraid of who they might offend. It took Trump to come in to defeat the physical caliphate.

They’re concerned about how Trump is phrasing killing Baghdadi? Can ISIS hate us more than they already do? Are they joking?

This was the world’s number one terrorist, responsible for the oppression, murder, beheading and rape of thousands, responsible for terrorism all around the world. Sorry if celebrating that offends you, liberals.

Speaking of respect, what did Morell think when his Secretary of State at the time made these very respectful remarks in 2011 about the killing of Muammar al-Gaddafi, when he was deputy director?

https://youtu.be/mlz3-OzcExI

Somehow, his criticism of that response has gone missing…

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Biden Makes Cringeworthy Remarks About Being Stopped by Police, Being Incarcerated at Historically Black College

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We already brought you some classic Joe Biden today, with him at a forum confusing who was in the presidential race.

Now here’s more.

Can we say open mouth, insert foot? Yes, we can.

A black female student asked Biden at a forum at Benedict College on Saturday, “If I were your daughter, what advice would you give me the next time I am stopped by the police?”

“If you were my daughter, you’d be a Caucasian girl and you wouldn’t be pulled over,” Biden replied.

White girls never get pulled over? Or white girls named Biden don’t because they get a pass? Certainly, being the son of Joe Biden has been advantageous for Hunter Biden, as he himself acknowledged.

But what a nonsensical comment. Of course white people get pulled over and this is desperate pandering by Biden.

And he’s suggesting that every officer pulling a black woman over is doing so because of “institutional racism.” How disgusting is that? If he had any votes from law enforcement, he may have just lost them.

For the supposed “moderate,” that’s some really leftist thought there.

Not to mention, once again, he doesn’t really answer the original question in a realistic way, what should she do, how should she respond?

Suggesting to everyone that the police are out to get you in every situation is not just untrue, it’s also dangerous, to everyone involved. It encourages people not to be cooperative with officers which can result in tragedy.

But that wasn’t even the worst.

Here’s are his opening remarks at the event.

Oh, my. What can one even say about that? That’s just awful.

Plus there’s another problem, he says “I got started at Delaware State” implying he went to Delaware State University, a HBCU. But he actually went to the University of Delaware, a completely different school, not an HBCU. Doesn’t he know any more where he went to college? Or is this just crazy pandering?

These aren’t the first ‘gaffes’ during the campaign that Biden has had in regard to race. In August, he seemed to equate black kids with poor kids.

“We should challenge students in these schools and have advanced placement programs in these schools. We have this notion that somehow if you’re poor, you cannot do it,” Biden said. “Poor kids are just as bright, just as talented, as white kids.”

During his campaign with Barack Obama, he also infamously told a mostly black audience that Republicans “want to put y’all back in chains.”

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The RedState Box Office Report – Few Treats as a Trick is Played on Disney

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A wide mixture of chills to select from this holiday frame.

This has been an October where expectations are tough to be met, and this weekend was more of the same. An expected hit for a major studio has not hit, and people are still trying to grasp the significance of a major hit title.

There are some horror titles offered up, as well as some new dramatic offerings for the holiday, but little in the form of event pictures. So the mixed bag delivered mixed results. A slate of new arrivals is seen but these are mostly smaller features with no chance of unsettling the top of the chart this week. So here is the holdover-intensive list for the Halloween weekend.

1. JOKER – $18.9 Million
Another strong performance as it drops only -35%. After a month in release it has yet to have a weekend where it fell over -50%. We discussed the making of the film this week on The Culture Shift podcast, where we discussed how Warner Brothers actually tried to dissuade director Todd Phillips from making this, as it was considering listening to the bickering from actor Jared Leto who played the character in “Suicide Squad”. Imagine the fortunes the studio had missed out on had they listened to an actor’s ego. This weekend’s result takes the film over the $275 million level, but bigger than that — it is now globally the most successful R-rated film of all time. Ryan Reynolds, star of the previous record holders, was congratulatory.

 

2. MALEFICENT: MISTRESS OF EVIL – $18.53m
Less than $400,000 separated the top 22 titles, but this is the newer release, with the heft of Disney behind it and is based on a significantly successful property. This one is seriously underperforming for the House of Mouse. After two weekends it has yet to match the opening for the original, which basically doubled the returns by this same stage.

3. THE ADDAMS FAMILY – $11.7m
Not doing blockbuster numbers but this is managing to attract enough interest to its front door to be considered a qualified hit. The international figures are just slightly better so United Artists has to be happy with this gloomy animated comedy.

4. ZOMBIELAND 2: DOUBLE TAP – $11.6m
Coming off a respectable opening this is a bit of bad drop for week-2. This plunges -68% after a decent opening, a sign that word of mouth recommendations is not carrying things enough. As of now it is pacing in line with the original film, but is expected to start lagging in the next couple of weeks.

5. COUNTDOWN – $9.0m
The small studio STX makes a bid for some quick pocketing of profits with this low budget attempt at a Halloween cash-grab. A nurse downloads a phone app that predicts when you will die. She is told she has 3 days, and learns the accuracy of the app is unique. Made for less than $15 million this return was slightly better than expected and means there is a likelihood of profit, after all of the secondary and tertiary marketss (home video, cable rights, etc.)

6. BLACK AND BLUE – $8.32m
The highest debut of the week is this police procedural set in New Orleans surrounding corrupt cops on the street, from Sony/Screen Gems. Made relatively cheap and given scant promotion means there is a minimal risk for the production. There is enough audience support (80% favorability) that in the coming weeks it should leg out to enough to justify the budget.

7. GEMINI MAN – $3.9m
It has been a disappointment stateside (just over $40 million at this point) but the hoped-for foreign money has not arrived either. While a Chinese co-production the film has not landed the audience in that country, and other foreign markets are also a letdown. It is projected that the film could end up losing $75 million to be absorbed by the numerous studios involved.

8. THE LIGHTHOUSE – $3.08m
Expanding into over 550 screens this critically praised drama-horror offering is set in the 1880s with Willem DeFoe and Robert Pattison. Shot in black-and-white it chronicles the unraveling of two souls on a remote island off the coast of New England. Call it arthouse horror.

9. THE CURRENT WAR – $2.73m
This is a drama centered on the competition between Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse to control the electrical grid for society. Originally it was orphaned in the collapse of The Weinstein Company. This was the last film that Harvey Weinstein was working on when his scandal erupted in 2017, and he attempted to rush it into theaters to salvage his name, hoping it would be an Oscar contender. Eventually it fell into the hands of an investment firm, but through some contractual wrangling, the rights fell back to the director. Newly formed 101 Studios is releasing, but with little promotion behind it.

10. DOWNTON ABBEY – $1.95m
It will be interesting to see if Focus Features works to keep this in release long enough to reach the $100 million plateau. It stands at just over $92 million at this stage.

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