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Congress Has Decided It’s Waited Long Enough For Nellie Ohr To Voluntarily Share Her Oppo Research On Trump

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When Nellie Ohr, who worked for Fusion GPS and was married to DOJ backchannel official Bruce Ohr, testified before Congress in December 2018, she indicated she had conducted opposition research on President Donald Trump and his family.

She also said she’d be willing to share that research with Congress. Six months later, Congress is still waiting. And they’ve decided to stop waiting and get to work obtaining those records themselves. What that means in practice — i.e. if it requires a subpoena — is unclear.

From Fox’s Catherine Herridge:

Ohr has long been of interest to those looking into the genesis of the FBI’s probe into Russia and the Trump campaign during the 2016 election. She worked for the opposition research firm Fusion GPS, which was behind the infamous, Democratic-funded dossier of salacious claims about Trump. She is also married to Bruce Ohr, a Justice Department official whose connection to Fusion GPS led to his eventual demotion.

“Do you still possess the research that you performed?” a Republican investigator asked her during the interview.

“Yes,” she responded.

“Would you be willing to share that with the committee?”

“I guess so,” Nellie Ohr said.

Ohr’s research, by her own admission, was to determine if members of the Trump family “were involved in dealings and transactions with people who had suspicious pasts, or suspicious types of dealings.”

It’s unclear whether her research ended up in Christopher Steele’s now-infamous dossier. Ohr began her research prior to Steele’s employment with Fusion.

What is clear, however, is that Congressional investigators seem to think her research has more to tell them about the Russia probe and they mean to examine it by whatever means they have at their disposal.

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Will The UK Go Wobbly? Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt Sounds Like A Modern-Day Neville Chamberlain

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Iran’s naval forces captured two British oil tankers for alleged “marine violations” on Friday in the Strait of Hormuz. One vessel, the Mesdar, has been released and the other, the Stena Impero, remains in Iranian custody. There are 23 crew members on board whom are said to be of Indian, Russian, Latvian and Filipino descent.

Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt told the press that “no British citizens were understood to be on board either vessel.”

Hunt said the Stena Impero had been surrounded by “four vessels and a helicopter.” He added that the Mesdar, the vessel which had been released, “had been surrounded by ten speedboats.”

He told the press, “Our ambassador in Tehran is in contact with the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to resolve the situation and we are working closely with international partners.”

A government spokeswoman told the BBC that, “We have advised UK shipping to stay out of the area for an interim period.”

In a statement, Hunt said:

This is completely unacceptable. Freedom of navigation must be maintained. We are having an emergency meeting of the government’s Cobra Committee in a few minutes. We will respond in a way that is considered robust and we are absolutely clear that if this situation is not resolved quickly, there will be serious consequences.

We’re not looking at military options. We are looking at a diplomatic way to solve the situation, but we are very clear that it must be resolved. Freedom of navigation in the Gulf is absolutely essential. If that freedom of navigation is restricted, Iran is the biggest loser and so, it is in their interest to resolve this situation as quickly as possible. We will do everything we can to do that but as I say, there will be serious consequences if we’re not able to resolve it quickly.

His remarks sound rather toothless to me. He’s telling Iran right off the bat that a military option is off the table and that they plan to do nothing more than send another strongly worded statement condemning Iran’s aggression. Why would he say that publicly? Hunt sounds like a modern-day Neville Chamberlain.

I am certainly not advocating that the U.K. declare war on Iran. However, a strike or two on their naval targets to reduce the frequency of these incidents would be nice.

Shortly after Iran shot down a U.S. drone last month, several international shipping associations issued  recommendations against the use of armed security on board ships passing through the Strait of Hormuz. Concerned about unintended consequences, these organizations worried that an incident between a ship’s hired mercenaries and Iranian forces could touch off World War III.

I understand their logic, however, it would render all ships passing through the Gulf region defenseless against Iranian aggression.

It isn’t a coincidence that the Iranians backed away from a British tanker when they were confronted by a British warship earlier this week.

Several days ago, a report from Reuters London said that shipping companies had been hiring unarmed security guards “as an extra safeguard” to travel onboard ships passing through the region.

As an extra safeguard? Why bother? What good will unarmed security guards do when a ship is surrounded by ten weaponized Iranian speedboats?

Iran’s state news agency, Tasnim, reported early Saturday that the Stena Impero had been seized because it had struck an Iranian fishing vessel which is dubious. The newspaper quoted the Ports and Maritime Organisation of Iran:

We received some reports on the British oil tanker, Stena Impero, causing problems. We asked the military forces to guide this tanker towards Bandar Abbas port to have the required investigations carried out. The tanker was seized for breaking three regulations: shutting down its GPS; going through the exit of the Strait of Hormuz rather than the entrance; and ignoring warnings.

More likely, it is a response to Britain’s participation in the seizure of an Iranian oil tanker, the (Panama-flagged) Grace, off the coast of Gibraltar on July 4th. Britain said that if Iran could prove the Grace was not destined for Syria, which would be a violation of European Union sanctions, they would release it.

On Friday, however, a Gibraltar court extended the detention of the Grace by 30 days.

Iran’s Fars news agency reported that a spokesman for Iran’s Guardian Council, Abbas Ali Kadkhodaei, said, “the rule of reciprocal action is well-known in international law.” He added that they had acted on Thursday to “confront the illegitimate economic war and seizure of oil tankers is an instance of this rule and is based on international rights.”

Tensions in the region have been rising since Trump’s May 2018 decision to withdraw from Obama’s 2015 Iranian nuclear deal. The restoration of economic sanctions against Iran have crippled their economy. Trump’s further tightening of sanctions over a month ago dialed up the pressure even more.

Although Iranian officials deny it, U.S. intelligence believes the country destroyed two oil tankers last month, one Japanese and the other Dutch. Shortly afterward, Iran shot down a U.S. drone.

It was announced on Friday night that the US would send 500 troops as well as aircraft and air defense missiles to Saudi Arabia. According to the Washington Post:

The move has been in the works for many weeks and is not a response to Friday’s seizure by Iran of a British tanker.

King Salman approved hosting U.S. armed forces in the kingdom “to increase joint cooperation in defense and regional security and stability,” a statement in the state-run Saudi Press Agency said.

The U.S. has asked Mideast allies like Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates in past weeks to contribute financially and militarily to a Trump administration proposal called the Sentinel Program — a coalition of nations working with the U.S. to preserve maritime security in the Persian Gulf and keep eyes on Iran.

Certainly, leaders don’t want to telegraph their responses, but I think that a military strike on Iran’s naval facilities is called for. It will capture their attention. Iranians understand force.

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Commonsense Gun Control is Nazism

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In February, 2018, New York Times columnist Brett Stephens ran an article titled, “To Repeat: Repeal the Second Amendment.”  We occasionally hear such pleas in the aftermath of some shooting that shocks our sensibilities.  The basic gist of the article, summarized by Stephens on MSNBC later that year, was that the Second Amendment had long past used up its purpose- to secure liberty.

Stephens was calling people like Madison fools.  In Federalist #46, Madison wrote that “the advantage of being armed, which the Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation” is what made the new Republic unique and free.  This was written before the Second Amendment was proposed, written, and ratified.  It was placed second in the Bill of Rights for a reason.  The “right to bear arms” was as fundamental as the right to free speech and a trial by jury.

In 1789, the original draft of the French Declaration of Rights contained a similar right to bear arms for the common, or personal defense.  Unfortunately, this provision of the draft declaration never made the final cut.  The result was the horrid Reign of Terror.  Revolutionary republicans in Germany in 1848 sought a similar provision, but were beaten down by the old order fearing a loss of power.

Because these countries had no equivalent of a Second Amendment, it was easy to pass “commonsense gun legislation,” the Orwellian term we hear today.  And nowhere was this more apparent than in Germany.

In the 1920’s, the Weimar Republic decreed universal gun registration.  They warned that such records should never fall into the wrong hands.  In 1933, Hitler seized power in Germany; the records fell into the worst of “wrong hands.”  Starting almost immediately, the Nazis used the lists to disarm political adversaries.  By 1938, they were used to disarm all Jews.  By the time of Kristallnacht, Hitler had managed to disarm more than 500,000 Jews resulting in no resistance to the mayhem that resulted.  In the aftermath, a decree was sent out not to issue a gun permit to any Jew.  In November, 1938 the New York Times reported that in Germany, a law had been passed where any Jew found in possession of a weapon would be sentenced to 20 years imprisonment.  This is what passed for “commonsense gun laws” in Nationalist Socialist jargon.

The following year, Hitler invaded Poland.  One of the first edicts in the occupied areas was confiscation of firearms within 24 hours.  Anyone found in possession of a firearm thereafter was executed or thrown in a concentration camp.  In 1935, French Prime Minister Pierre Laval decreed gun registration.  Five years later, the Nazis upon overrunning France used those lists to disarm the population.  Again, failure to do so within 24 hours usually resulted in execution.  France in 1935 had done the job for the Nazis.

After France fell to the Nazis, Britain was very much afraid they would be next.  This led to Churchill’s stirring “We shall fight on the beaches” speech.  At the same time, he was pleading with Americans to contribute arms and binoculars to help save the British.  The New York Times at the time teamed up with the NRA in a campaign to “Send a gun to defend a British home.”

Today, how Europe has changed!  The United Kingdom now virtually bans the private ownership of firearms.  The European Union now decrees “universal gun registration.”  Despite the lessons of history, Germany was the first country to gladly go along.  The EU now seeks to ban what they define as “semiautomatic weapons” and standard magazines because they hold more cartridges than the Brussels-approved amount.  Meanwhile, Islamic terrorists have run amok killing people with guns, bombs and trucks.

In 1941, Congress passed the Property Requisition Act. The government, in anticipation of war, authorized the government to take certain property from industry.  The one thing the law specifically forbade was gun registration, thus reaffirming Second Amendment rights.

Today, gun registration and prohibition schemes are described as benign, progressive, and “commonsense.”  We are told that the government is inherently good and there is nothing to fear.  The records will remain in “the right hands.”

We heard these words a century ago in the Weimar Republic.  It is the Second Amendment that stands in the way of the Weimar Republic- American style.  It is not some relic of the 18th century.  It is what separates the United States from tyranny.  It is also what keeps history from repeating itself.

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Miss Michigan Stripped of Her Crown, Accused of “Islamophobia”

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Our ridiculous woke culture continues to expand its list of victims.

Kathy Zhu, who had won Miss Michigan in the Miss World America pageant, was stripped of her crown this week. The reason? Supposed racism, insensitivity, and Islamophobia. When you look into the details though, you’ll see how ridiculous the charges are and just how depraved certain segments of our society have become.

Below, she shares an email and text message exchange that better explains the situation.

Her “racism” amounted to sharing truthful statistics about black and black gun violence on social media. Her “Islamophobia?” She refused to put on a hijab when prompted to at an event on a college campus and later remarked that it was oppressive. Yes, that’s the extent of it. She simply refused to put on a head covering that is a symbol of forced oppression for hundreds of millions of women across the world. While some may disagree with having that description of the hijab, that’s hardly a reason to strip a woman of such a great accomplishment that she’s no doubt worked incredibly hard for.

When you read the exchanges, it seems like they were searching for a reason to punish her. The nonsense about her name, then all the sudden it’s about social media posts, then it’s about “racism,” which naturally serves a bludgeon regardless of the facts.

Via The Daily Caller.

DeJack specifically referred to a contestant requirement that Zhu be “of good character” and have a background that “is not likely to bring into disrepute Miss World America or any person associated with the organisation,” according to a screenshot Zhu shared.

“Therefore, and effective immediately, MWA does not recognise you as a participant of any sort or in any capacity as it relates to any and all events of MWA,” the email stated.

The shot at her character is especially low. Saying she broke the rules is one thing. Trying to personally malign her is another and they are doing the latter.

The left-wing media are of course lapping this up. Here’s Newsweek’s ridiculous write up.

“Are the people in MWA implying that they advocate for the punishment of women who refuse to wear a hijab?” Zhu added. She did not provide any evidence to suggest the MWA was indeed in favor of punishing women for refusing to wear hijabs.

Right-wing Twitter users began sharing the story, citing it as evidence of anti-conservative bias and political correctness. BlazeTV host Lauren Chen said Zhu was stripped of her title “for highlighting crime rates in some black communities. The fact that these pageant people find her views offensive speaks more to their own bigotry than anything else.”

Music video director Robby Starbuck incorrectly interpreted the incident as proof that “you can’t even participate in a @MissWorldLtd pageant if you’re *gasp* openly Republican.” Conservative musician and activist Joy Villa also misread the situation, falsely claiming Zhu had been blocked from competing because the was a conservative.

MWA did not immediately respond to Newsweek‘s request for comment.

I love the “she did not provide any evidence” line. You know, except them stripping her of her crown over it. How the other personalities mentioned are “misreading” the situation is something Newsweek indeed provides no evidence of though.

Of course, the real reason she was stripped of her crown is simple. She’s a Trump supporter and a conservative, which means she’s not allowed to express herself in even the most mundane ways without backlash. If she weren’t those things, I have no doubt this wouldn’t have happened to her.

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Elizabeth Warren’s 2020 Lunge Gets Abruptly Interrupted by a Question of Her American Indian ‘Honesty’

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In March, I covered Elizabeth Warren blaming her family for making her think she was an American Indian.

What if they’d told her she was Chinese?

Did they not have mirrors in Oklahoma? Or Massachusetts? Or anywhere else she’s lived?

As reported by Fox, on Thursday at a town hall event in New Hampshire, the idea resurfaced. A woman inquired of the 2020 hopeful about “honesty” regarding her heritage:

“How do you overcome the bridge with voters like me who like you, who like your plans, who like what you have to say but I have concerns about your honesty?”

Elizabeth Radecic, who asked the question, explained that — as a mother to two black children — she’d grown to further appreciate Affirmative Action. Squaw Warren had, in Radecic’s view, disrespected such programs by claiming she was an Indian in order to snag a Harvard job.


Elizabeth W. tried to woke up in front of the crowd.

She also gave a nod to the DNC’s return to the days of segregation — there are only two races: white and non-white, now called “people of color.”

“[I] shouldn’t have done it. I am not a person of color. I am not a citizen of a tribe and I’ve apologized for any confusion over tribal sovereignty, tribal citizenship, and any harm caused by that.”

Oddly, the senator released DNA testing results not so long ago, which revealed she was as little a 1/1,024 American Indian.

Somehow, that proved she was a descendant of an American tribe.

Activist Rebecca Nagle excoriated the release:

“Native,” of course, is a misuse of the term. All who are born in the U.S. are native Americans. The American Indians were not, as the idea goes, originally from North America. Experts believe they migrated to the North American continent from Asia via the Bering Strait (read more here).

We’re all the descendants of migrants. And we’re (virtually) all Native Americans. And Elizabeth Warren is very silly.

-ALEX

 

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Can We Ever Have An Honest Conversation About Race? [LISTEN]

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Yesterday an article I wrote on “people of color” hijacking the black experience started making the online rounds and stirring up a lot of discussion.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m fine if other minority groups want to lump themselves in with each other with this whole POC thing. There’s a shorthand in it all that’s valuable and I get that. I just don’t think Black Americans want or deserve to be tied to their watered-down version of “the struggle.”

Because that’s what this is – a naked attempt to hijack the unique civil rights struggles of Black America in order to hitch a ride to Victim Town. When women like Pressley are forced to lump her heritage and American experience in with those who are not “African-American/Black” she is being forced to pour water into her ancestral soup. She is forced to be brown instead of Black.

There is so much power in blackness that these women and others like them on the Left are desperate to pretend they know the struggle to siphon off even a little bit of that power.

I was invited by Townhall Senior Contributor Kurt Schlichter to join him over at KABC in Los Angeles to talk about the issue some more. Kurt was filling in for Larry O’Connor, who is currently traveling in Argentina with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (he’s all fancy now). We had a lot of fun talking about the Broad Squad, race, racism and the utter insanity that Trump has engendered on the Left.

In fact, we had such a great time that Dr. Drew (Midday Live with Dr.Drew) came into the studio before we finished up and asked if I could stay on for his show directly following. We continued the conversation along with Leeann Tweeden.

Can we ever have an honest race conversation? What would that even look like?

What is at stake for Black America by being folded into this broader category of “people of color”?

We talked at length about these questions and a lot of other things. Each of those hours are posted below.

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Trump Lambastes the Democratic Party Over its Move Toward Abortion Up Until Birth: ‘What Happened to Our Values?’

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At a North Carolina rally Wednesday, President Trump lamented the cultural shift in the Democratic Party where it concerns abortion to the most permissible degree possible:

“Virtually every top Democrat also now supports late-term abortion, ripping babies straight from the mother’s womb, right up until the moment of birth.”

He’s not wrong about the endorsement — please see my coverage of every 2020 candidate’s position on late-term abortion here.

The Donald also referenced Virginia Governor Ralph Northam, who famously talked of murdering an infant with nonchalance — see here.

“Well, then you have…our governor from Virginia. So we’re talking about late-term; he’s talking about [if] the baby is born before the mother makes the decision. That was the first…I’ve heard of it. That’s the first most of you have heard of it, and then they pass legislation in various states saying that’s okay.”

In April, I wrote the following:

After a photo of Ralph in blackface from a medical school yearbook went viral just weeks into the new year, there were calls for the slaying-an-infant-is-alright Dem’s stepping down (see him refuse to shake a black man’s hand here).

But what does that say about where we are? Ralph put on makeup (or, he was the Klansman; it remains unclear). Applying the worst possible things to that photo, it doesn’t equal endorsing legislation — as a man who signs bills into law — to murder babies. Yet, which seems to have gotten all the traction?

As reported by LifeSite News, Trump took a similar route:

“This is a baby that’s born. Nobody’s ever heard anything like that. Nobody’s ever seen anything like it. Nobody’s ever seen anything like it, and that actually when he had the scandal that became, can you believe it, the second biggest, can you believe that? How important it is, and yet that was the second biggest story. And what a shame when that’s the second biggest story.”

Then the President encapsulated the whole discussion, with a question some may not expect from New York’s most famed eccentric billionaire:

“What happened to our values?. Republicans believe that every life is a sacred gift of God. And that’s why I’ve asked Congress to prohibit extreme late-term abortion of babies.”

-ALEX

 

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Unbelievable: The AP’s Tweet on the 50th Anniversary of Mary Jo Kopechne’s Death Leaves a Few Things Out

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FILE – This July 19, 1969 file photo shows U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy’s car being pulled from the water next to the Dike Bridge on Chappaquiddick Island in Edgartown, Mass. on Martha’s Vineyard. Kennedy’s passenger, 28-year-old Mary Jo Kopechne, was trapped in the car after it went off the bridge and died. (AP Photo, File)

This is one of those stories you read and think “No way. Did they really do that?” I’m sad to report to you that yes, the Associated Press really did leave out some highly relevant details in their tweet recognizing the 50th anniversary of the death of Mary Jo Kopechne.

But first, some background on what happened on Chappaquiddick Island in Massachusetts on July 18, 1969:

U.S. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy’s Oldsmobile sedan veered off a narrow bridge on Chappaquiddick Island, an extension of the resort island of Martha’s Vineyard off Massachusetts, and plunged into a moonlit pond 50 years ago Thursday. His passenger, 28-year-old Mary Jo Kopechne, drowned.

Kennedy, 37, survived, but his presidential ambitions did not. The Massachusetts Democrat waited 10 hours to report the accident to police, and the “whys?” dogged him for the rest of his days.

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Kennedy was driving after a party when his car flipped into the chilly waters, trapping Kopechne inside. She had been a campaign worker for Kennedy’s brother, Robert, who was assassinated the previous year in Los Angeles during California’s Democratic presidential primary.

Kennedy, who managed to free himself from the submerged vehicle, said he tried in vain to rescue Kopechne. He later described his failure to report the accident to police for 10 hours as “indefensible,” attributing the delay to exhaustion, shock and a concussion.

Kennedy also called his mistress Helga Wagner the morning after the incident instead of his wife Joan.

Kennedy, a Democratic party icon, wouldn’t serve a day of time for Kopechne’s death, instead going on to serve for decades in the U.S. Senate. His timeline of what he says happened that night has been under scrutiny since day one.

With all of that in mind, check out how the AP described what happened:

Oh, okay. So I guess it was the car that did something reprehensible, not Kennedy.

And “Kennedy was able to escape, but Kopechne drowned”? A better way to put it would be to say that “Kennedy was able to escape, but left Kopechne to die.”

Also, as Hot Air‘s Ed Morrissey points out, it was never determined exactly how Kopechne died – because an autopsy was not conducted:

It’s not true that Kopechne “drowned.” The coroner never autopsied the body, itself a curious omission when dealing with an unattended death of a healthy young woman. Eyewitness testimony by the person who recovered her body at the scene, as well as the position of the body, strongly suggests she suffocated after spending a significant amount of time exhausting the oxygen in the air bubble of the submerged car. Heavy covered this in the release of the film Chappaquiddick last year:

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Reporting it as a drowning 50 years later is factually deficient, but that’s the least of the sins of this AP headline. Nowhere in this description is the fact that Kennedy was driving the car, and that he was speeding when he went off the bridge. Instead, the car mysteriously “went off a bridge” by itself, or perhaps with Kopechne at the wheel.

This is a more apt description of what happened than the AP‘s version :

Bonus take from Brit Hume:

As of this writing, the AP has not corrected their “report” in any later tweets.

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SHOCK: Bernie Sanders Pays LESS Than $15 and NO OVERTIME!

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Perhaps it’s time for Bernie Sanders to put his money where his mouth is and pay his staffers a “living wage”—and the overtime they should be entitled to.

For all is rhetoric, it may turn out that socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders is just another hypocritical politician who takes money from big corporations, invests in Wall Street and, reportedly, pays his workers “poverty wages” (and NO overtime)—despite the fact that they’re unionized.

Back in March, to show his “pro-union” bonafides, Bernie Sanders made headlines when he encouraged his staffers to unionize with the United Food & Commercial Workers, turning his campaign into the first-ever unionized presidential campaign.

However, as often happens when activists who campaign to dictate standards upon others actually have to live under those standards, things do not always go as planned.

On Thursday, the same day that the House of Representatives passed a bill to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour—which Sanders has long advocated for—the Washington Post ran an article that shed some light on a wage dispute that is currently going on within his campaign.

Apparently, Sanders’ campaign workers are lashing out at campaign management regarding the low wages that they are receiving.

“I am struggling financially to do my job, and in my state, we’ve already had 4 people quit in the past 4 weeks because of financial struggles,” one field organizer reportedly wrote on a message board to Sanders’ campaign manager Faiz Shakir.

Another employee wrote his co-workers “shouldn’t have to get payday loans to sustain themselves.”

Then, there was this interesting statement:

The draft letter estimated that field organizers were working 60 hours per week at minimum, dropping their average hourly pay to less than $13. [Emphasis added.]

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Screenshot of an excerpt from the Washington Post’s article “Labor fight roils Bernie Sanders campaign, as workers demand the $15 hourly pay the candidate has proposed for employees nationwide,” posted July 17, 2019

As field organizers are paid an annual salary of $36,000 under their new union contract, things would be fine—if they are only working 40 hours per week.

However, it appears they are not.

If they are truly working 60 hours per week (or 3,000 hours per year), on a salary of $36,000, they are only making $12 per hour, instead of the $17.30 they should be making on a standard 40-hour week, 2,080-hours per work year.

Obviously, $12 per hour is far less than the $15 Bernie Sanders claims to support.

However, it’s worse than that.

Based on the article, it also appears that Sanders is not paying overtime.

Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) of 1938, employees who are not exempted from the law are entitled to time and one half pay for every hour worked after 40 hours in a given workweek.

[Some states (and, more importantly, some union contracts) actually mandate time and one half after eight hours.]

If the Sanders campaign workers are not exempt from the FLSA and are entitled to overtime, they should be making nearly $26 per hour for every hour worked over 40.

Following the 2016 election, the DNC was sued by former field organizers who alleged that the “the state party defendants conspired with one another and with Defendant DNC to unlawfully designate Plaintiffs, and those similarly situated, as exempt employees under the FLSA and applicable state wage statutes, thereby denying Plaintiffs full and appropriate compensation.”

Unfortunately for the DNC’s field organizers, the suit was dismissed in 2018.

In dismissing the overtime suit, according to this summary, “the Court relied on an often-overlooked defense to the Fair Labor Standard Act (“FLSA”) – namely, that the FLSA only covers employees engaged in interstate commerce as opposed to employees engaged in purely local activities. [Emphasis added.]”

That case involved multiple state parties (as well as the DNC)–and not a singular candidate.

In the case of Bernie Sanders, however, a court could determine his campaign to be a singular employer…and, if so, it is definitely operating across state lines (interstate commerce).

It is also possible that the new union contract may aid a court in establishing that employees are not exempted from the FLSA. However, neither the campaign, nor the UFCW has released the contract to the public.

Perhaps it’s time for Bernie Sanders to, quite literally, put his money where his mouth is.

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Despite Democratic Claims, New Report Reveals 95% of Border Children Have Been Reunited with Family or Sponsors

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A report from Republicans on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee reveals that the Trump administration’s reunited the vast majority of children at the border with their parents or a guardian.

Data from the Department of Health and Human Services indicates that 95% of kids released from custody have been “reunified with an individual sponsor or released to a parent.”

The document identifies more than 2,500 children separated at the border. According to the metrics — of 1,619 — 99% have been discharged.

From the report:

Of the 1,603 discharged children, 1,546 children—or 95 percent—were either reunified with an individual sponsor or released to a parent. Specifically, 1,061 children were released to a parent and 485 children were reunified with an individual sponsor,”

So what of the remainder?

Of the remaining 73 children who had not been reunited with an individual sponsor or released to a parent, HHS provided the following data:

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Furthermore, the report corrects a misconception that 30 minors remain cruelly separated from their parents:

Although Democrats allege that 30 children remain separated from their families, these children remain separated largely because either the parents pose a danger to their child or the parents have expressed an intent not to reunify with their child.

We have problems at the border. And adults who’ve attempted to sneak into the country have been detained — as they were under Obama as well.

The situation is a mess. But thanks to the report for providing a better understanding of what’s going on amid the crisis.

-ALEX

 

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