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Gutfeld on Liz Warren’s latest lie

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You know Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. She’s the former “Native American princess” who gave up truth-telling to cash in on telling more lies.

In her latest fundraising email, she claimed she was visibly pregnant when “the principal told [her] the job … would go to someone else.”

It’s another story in which she portrays herself as the oppressed, faking victimhood to gain an edge over others, including real victims.

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However, her pregnant-victim story fell apart when school board records obtained by the Free Beacon showed the school offered her a new contract. She quit anyway — backing up the tale she told in 2007, when she said she left by choice.

Of course, all politicians lie.

Those who say they don’t are lying too.

Warren’s lies, however, fit a pattern. It’s victim karaoke — an opportunistic deception to exploit the plight of others.

It’s no different than parking in a handicapped space and faking a limp.

It’s fraud.

Now Liz claims her Native American ruse was an honest mistake, but it still got her favorable press as the first minority woman in Harvard Law — a story so heavily promoted both by her and Harvard.

But, when she knew that scheme was imploding, she paraded that pathetic DNA test, proclaiming her Native American blood. A toaster had more. That wasn’t an honest mistake.

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So, as former Vice President Joe Biden gets hit by the “Ukraine boomerang,” Warren is the frontrunner.

Will this new lie cost her in 2020? Maybe.

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But, if she loses, she can just lie again, and say she won.

I mean, who did that before — Hillary?

Adapted from Greg Gutfeld’s monologue on “The Five” on Oct. 9, 2019.

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Gutfeld on Liz Warren’s latest lie

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You know Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. She’s the former “Native American princess” who gave up truth-telling to cash in on telling more lies.

In her latest fundraising email, she claimed she was visibly pregnant when “the principal told [her] the job … would go to someone else.”

It’s another story in which she portrays herself as the oppressed, faking victimhood to gain an edge over others, including real victims.

COLIN REED: THE DEMOCRATIC NOMINATION IS NOW WARREN’S TO LOSE (AT LEAST FOR THE MOMENT)

However, her pregnant-victim story fell apart when school board records obtained by the Free Beacon showed the school offered her a new contract. She quit anyway — backing up the tale she told in 2007, when she said she left by choice.

Of course, all politicians lie.

Those who say they don’t are lying too.

Warren’s lies, however, fit a pattern. It’s victim karaoke — an opportunistic deception to exploit the plight of others.

It’s no different than parking in a handicapped space and faking a limp.

It’s fraud.

Now Liz claims her Native American ruse was an honest mistake, but it still got her favorable press as the first minority woman in Harvard Law — a story so heavily promoted both by her and Harvard.

But, when she knew that scheme was imploding, she paraded that pathetic DNA test, proclaiming her Native American blood. A toaster had more. That wasn’t an honest mistake.

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So, as former Vice President Joe Biden gets hit by the “Ukraine boomerang,” Warren is the frontrunner.

Will this new lie cost her in 2020? Maybe.

CLICK HERE FOR THE ALL-NEW FOXBUSINESS.COM

But, if she loses, she can just lie again, and say she won.

I mean, who did that before — Hillary?

Adapted from Greg Gutfeld’s monologue on “The Five” on Oct. 9, 2019.

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Trump mocks NBA coach Steve Kerr for China stance, calls him ‘little boy’

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President Trump mocked Golden State Warriors coach and frequent critic Steve Kerr for how he responded to a question about a controversy between China and the NBA, calling Kerr a “little boy.”

Trump took shots at San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich as well.

“He was like a little boy, he was so scared. … He was shaking,” Trump said of Kerr when he was asked for his thoughts on whether the Chinese were wrong to be putting pressure on the NBA after Houston Rockets manager Daryl Morey tweeted out a since-deleted photo in support of anti-government protesters in Hong Kong. Protesters have for months demonstrated against China allegedly infringing on their Western-style democratic rights.

“He didn’t know how to answer the question,” Trump said, referring to when Kerr was asked if he had any thoughts on the NBA-China controversy. Kerr said he didn’t.

“I watched Popovich, sort of the same thing, but he didn’t look quite as scared, actually. But they talk badly about the United States — but when (they) talk about China, they don’t want to say anything bad,” Trump continued. He accused the two coaches of “pandering” to China, though on Oct. 1 Trump himself tweeted a congratulations to the People’s Republic of China for 70 years of communist rule. Trump has remained largely silent on Hong Kong demonstrations.

The NBA has had a growing relationship with China, but voicing support for pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong threatens to damage that relationship. After Morey’s tweet, the Chinese Basketball Association said it would suspend all cooperation with the Houston Rockets, and the sports channel of China’s top state broadcaster announced it would suspend airing Houston Rockets events on television.

“It’s a really bizarre international story. A lot of us don’t know what to make of it. It’s something I’m reading about like everybody is, but I’m not gonna comment further,” Kerr said of the controversy.

Popovich praised league commissioner Adam Silver’s measured response to the controversy, in which he pledged not to restrict free speech, and pivoted to listing grievances against Trump without naming him directly.

Silver has “been a heck of a leader in that respect and very courageous. Then you compare it to what we’ve had to live through the past three years, it’s a big difference,” Popovich said. “A big gap there, leadership-wise and courage-wise. It wasn’t easy for him to say. He said that in an environment fraught with possible economic peril. But he sided with the principles that we all hold dearly, or most of us did until the last three years. I’m thrilled with what he said. The courage and leadership displayed is off the charts by comparison.”

After Morey’s “Stand with Hong Kong” tweet, NBA owners incited outrage for appearing to side with deep-pocketed Beijing powerbrokers over one of their own employees.

Rockets owner Tillman Fertitta tweeted to say Morey “does NOT speak for” the team.

Morey also backtracked on his initial support. “I did not intend my tweet to cause any offense to Rockets fans and friends of mine in China,” he wrote. “I was merely voicing one thought, based on one interpretation, of one complicated event. I have had a lot of opportunity since that tweet to hear and consider other perspectives.”

Silver issued a statement Tuesday saying the league “will not put itself in a position of regulating what players, employees and team owners say or will not say on these issues.”

“It is inevitable that people around the world – including from America and China – will have different viewpoints over different issues,” Silver said in the statement. “It is not the role of the NBA to adjudicate those differences,” Silver continued.

Fox News’ Ryan Gaydos contributed to this report. 

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Jenna Dewan to host forthcoming dating show ‘Flirty Dancing’

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Jenna Dewan is hitting the dance floor yet again, but this time, as a television host.

Dewan, 38, known for her work in “Step Up” and its sequels, will host “Flirty Dancing,” which will include blind dates and dance performances.

Contestants will each be taught a partial dance routine before meeting their partner for the first time on a blind date to perform together.

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Unlike the U.K version of the same name, the American version will feature contestants dancing with two potential love interests, and choosing which one they have better chemistry with, according to a press release obtained by Fox News.

In a statement, Rob Wade, president of alternative entertainment and specials at Fox, called the show “fun, fresh and romantic,” adding that it “broadens the dating format far beyond its traditional boundaries.”

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He also stated that Dewan is their “dream host.”

“She knows all about how powerful connection and chemistry can be on the dance floor. So there really is no one better to help guide these singles in their search for love.”

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“Flirty Dancing” will premiere this winter on Fox.

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Tech Giants Shift Profits to Avoid Taxes. There’s a Plan to Stop Them.

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Digital tax dodgers, take heed: International leaders have advanced a plan to prevent large multinational companies like Apple, Facebook and Amazon from avoiding taxes by shifting profits between countries.

It’s an effort to de-escalate a global battle over how to tax the digital economy.

The framework proposal, released Wednesday by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, would allow countries to tax large multinationals even if they did not operate inside their borders. If international negotiators can now reach agreement on its key details, the plan will pave the way for new taxes not just on tech companies but on automakers and any other large multinational firms that operate online.

Political and corporate leaders have clashed in recent years over how — and where — to tax companies that operate across national borders, particularly those that sell goods and services online.

Traditionally, companies have paid taxes in the countries where their economic activity is generated. But in the digital economy, firms can “move” the source of their profits, like patents and other intellectual property, to countries where tax rates are extremely low. That allows them to pay lower rates than companies that operate only in a single country like the United States.

Many countries, particularly those in Europe, have moved to curb that practice by approving new taxes on large multinational companies that sell to their citizens but pay little or no tax to their countries. France approved a new digital tax this year that would hit large American tech companies like Google. The Trump administration responded by threatening tariffs on imported French goods, like wine, before the countries agreed to pause their plans in hopes of finding a multilateral agreement through the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

Wednesday’s release brought an 18-page framework plan that officials hope will form the basis of an international agreement on digital taxation as early as next year. That framework would fundamentally alter how and where companies that operated across national borders were taxed, though it leaves the details of those tax rates to future negotiators. It suggests new rules on where companies should pay taxes — largely based on where their sales occur — and on which profits are subject to taxation.

“In a digital age, the allocation of taxing rights can no longer be exclusively circumscribed by reference to physical presence,” the framework states. “The current rules dating back to the 1920s are no longer sufficient to ensure a fair allocation of taxing rights in an increasingly globalized world.”

The framework applies only to multinationals with annual revenues of about $825 million or higher. It excludes manufacturing suppliers and resource extraction companies, like oil companies.

As it stands, the framework appears to be a victory for large, consumption-heavy countries like the United States, China and much of Western Europe, and a loss for so-called tax havens, like Ireland. Advancing the negotiating process is a win for large multinationals, even though a final deal could put them on the hook to pay more in taxes, because the alternative appears to be a series of country-by-country digital taxes that could be expensive to comply with.

“Amazon welcomes the publication of these proposals by the O.E.C.D., which are an important step forward,” a spokeswoman said Wednesday in an email. “Reaching broad international agreement on changes to fundamental international tax principles is critical to limit the risk of double taxation and distortive unilateral measures and to provide an environment that fosters growth in global trade, which is vital for the millions of customers and sellers that Amazon supports around the globe.”

A Treasury Department spokesman said on Wednesday that the United States “is studying the O.E.C.D. Secretariat’s proposal and is actively engaged in the process aimed at forging a consensus on international tax issues,” before reiterating the administration’s opposition “to unilateral digital services taxes.”

The framework will be taken up for discussion by finance ministers from large countries, who are due to meet in Washington next week.

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Rihanna calls Trump ‘most mentally ill human being in America’

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Rihanna is speaking her mind.

The singer and actress spoke with Vogue Magazine to discuss her music, business ventures, and politics — and she did not hold back.

When discussing gun violence in America, Rihanna, 31, expressed her theory that President Trump is so dismissive of mass shootings because they are so often carried out by white men.

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“The fact that it’s classified as something different because of the color of their skin? It’s a slap in the face. It’s completely racist,” Rihanna said.

“Put an Arab man with that same weapon in that same Walmart and there is no way that Trump would sit there and address it publicly as a mental health problem,” said the singer. “The most mentally ill human being in America right now seems to be the president.”

Rihanna previously spoke out against the president and his responses to mass shootings on Instagram.

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Following shootings in Dayton, Ohio and El Paso, Texas, Trump tweeted the events were “an act of cowardice.”

Rihanna’s Instagram read: “Um… Donald, you spelt ‘terrorism’ wrong!”

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In the Vogue piece, Rihanna also discusses her upcoming album, which will be reggae-influenced and her Fenty clothing and makeup line.

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Rihanna calls Trump ‘most mentally ill human being in America’

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Rihanna is speaking her mind.

The singer and actress spoke with Vogue Magazine to discuss her music, business ventures, and politics — and she did not hold back.

When discussing gun violence in America, Rihanna, 31, expressed her theory that President Trump is so dismissive of mass shootings because they are so often carried out by white men.

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“The fact that it’s classified as something different because of the color of their skin? It’s a slap in the face. It’s completely racist,” Rihanna said.

“Put an Arab man with that same weapon in that same Walmart and there is no way that Trump would sit there and address it publicly as a mental health problem,” said the singer. “The most mentally ill human being in America right now seems to be the president.”

Rihanna previously spoke out against the president and his responses to mass shootings on Instagram.

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Following shootings in Dayton, Ohio and El Paso, Texas, Trump tweeted the events were “an act of cowardice.”

Rihanna’s Instagram read: “Um… Donald, you spelt ‘terrorism’ wrong!”

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In the Vogue piece, Rihanna also discusses her upcoming album, which will be reggae-influenced and her Fenty clothing and makeup line.

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WATCH: Children confront Justin Trudeau on why he painted his face brown

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has had to weather questioning from two children over his decision to darken his skin at a school party while working as a teacher.

The exchange occurred during an episode of the Facebook Watch show “New Mom, Who Dis?” posted on Wednesday.

“Why did you paint your face brown?” a girl standing with her twin sister asked Trudeau.

“Ooh, it was something I shouldn’t have done because it hurt people,” he said. “It’s not something that you should do and that is something that I learned. I didn’t know it back then but I know it now — and I’m sorry I hurt people.”

Trudeau apologized last month for wearing brownface makeup to an “Arabian Nights” party at the private school where he was teaching in 2001, saying, “I should have known better.”

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A photo showed Trudeau, then the 29-year-old son of the late former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, clad in a white turban and robes with his face, neck and hands darkened significantly.

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Wednesday’s episode, hosted by Canadian TV personality Jessi Cruickshank, showed the girl following up by asking Trudeau whether he painted both his hands and nose brown. “Yeah and it was the wrong thing to do,” the prime minister responded.

“And I had a good conversation with my kids around taking responsibility for my mistakes and making sure that we’re always sticking up for each other and not teasing each other and being respectful towards each other.

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“And I’m sorry that I hurt you as well. I’m sorry that I hurt kids who … face teasing and discrimination because of the color of their skin. That’s just not right in this country or anywhere around the world. We all have to work together to make sure that that doesn’t happen.”

Fox News’ Morgan Phillips contributed to this report.

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Why Is Turkey Fighting the Kurds in Syria?

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Turkish forces began a long-anticipated cross-border assault on Wednesday against the Syrian Democratic Forces, a Kurdish-led militia, in northeastern Syria.

The dispute between Turkey and the Kurds has deep roots in regional power dynamics that have created a tangled web of interests. Further complicating the picture is the fact that the United States is an ally of both Turkey and the S.D.F., as the militia is known.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey said the goal of the incursion was “to destroy the terror corridor” that he said Kurdish forces were trying to establish on his country’s southern border, and to bring peace to the region.

Leaders of the S.D.F. and others in the region say the strikes are putting civilians at risk, and warned of an imminent humanitarian crisis. Kurdish groups on the ground shared photographs and videos of people fleeing villages as smoke rose from the site of strikes.

To understand the current conflict requires knowing the background of the dispute between Turkey and the Kurds, and how the United States fits into the dynamic.

The Kurds are the fourth-largest ethnic group in the Middle East. Despite their numbers, they are a stateless and often marginalized people whose homeland stretches across Turkey, Iraq, Syria, Iran and Armenia.

After World War I and the fall of the Ottoman Empire, many Kurds pushed for an independent Kurdish state, and promises were made in early treaties for the creation of a Kurdistan. But when the region was eventually divvied up, the nation never materialized.

In the years since, numerous attempts at nationhood have been largely quashed.

Relations between the Turkish nation and the nationless Kurds have long been fraught.

Turkey sees the rising power of Kurdish forces along its southern border as a threat, and Mr. Erdogan has for years made pronouncements of plans for a military intervention in the northern Syrian enclave.

But in fact, the roots of the dispute extend much further back, and they are intrinsically tied to a domestic conflict in Turkey.

Turkey has been in conflict with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, known as the P.K.K., since it launched a violent separatist movement in the country in the early 1980s. Both Turkey and the United States consider the P.K.K. a terrorist organization.

Across the border in Syria, an offshoot militia, the Kurdish People’s Protection Units, has been active since 2004. The militia, known as the Y.P.G., has long sought to form an autonomous state for the Kurds.

The Y.P.G. and an associated militia of female fighters have been applauded by some in the West for their anti-Islamist stance. It has attracted a number of American and European volunteers to fight in its ranks during the battle against the Islamic State.

But the militia members have deep ties to the P.K.K., the Kurdish group that Turkey considers a terrorist organization, though its leaders play down the links.

Early in Syria’s civil war, the militia had early success in establishing a peaceful enclave — they called it Rojava — in the north of the country.

The militia members eventually joined with other regional groups and grew into the S.D.F., which was instrumental in wresting large stretches of Syrian territory from the Islamic State, or ISIS, and ousting ISIS from its last foothold in Syria earlier this year.

As the S.D.F. wrested back control of towns and cities across northeastern Syria from ISIS, Kurdish power grew. And as it did, and Mr. Erdogan increasingly voiced concern.

The Turkish operation against the Kurds in Syria has left Washington stuck between two allies.

President Trump’s announcement this week that he would be pulling troops from the country effectively greenlighted Turkey’s incursion. Mr. Erdogan has long advocated an American withdrawal from Syria and has urged Mr. Trump to pull his support from the S.D.F., most recently in a weekend phone call.

The United States and Turkey, which are NATO partners, have long been close allies.

But the Kurds and the United States also have a long history of cooperation.

The American-led coalition began working with the S.D.F. in 2015, saying the Kurdish-led group was the most capable of pushing back the Islamic State militants who had seized large swaths of territory in Iraq and Syria. This proved to be true.

Mr. Trump further muddied the United States’ position when, after first voicing support for Mr. Erdogan’s plan, he seemed to walk back his statements in the face of objections from political allies and opponents alike.

Mr. Trump said on Twitter: “We may be in the process of leaving Syria, but in no way have we Abandoned the Kurds, who are special people and wonderful fighters.” In a subsequent message he said that the United States was “helping the Kurds financially” and warned Turkey against unnecessary force.

Possibly.

The S.D.F. proved a vital force in wresting back control of areas seized by ISIS militants. It also captured tens of thousands of Islamic State fighters and their families. Those people are now being held in makeshift prisons in the region being targeted by Turkey, and while President Trump said he believes Turkey should be responsible for them, there are no plans for their relocation.

While the territory of the Islamic State’s self-declared “caliphate” has been wrested from the group, the security situation in much of Syria remains tenuous.

Some fear that destabilizing northeastern Syria will create the same power vacuum that existed before the Islamic State’s rise to power, and make way for the group to re-emerge.

Even now, despite their territorial losses, there is evidence that ISIS militants are active in Syria, said Melissa Dalton, director of the Cooperative Defense Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

With Turkey’s new incursion into the country, she said, the S.D.F. is likely to turn its attention away from its old adversaries.

“There is a very high risk of the Islamic State taking advantage of the S.D.F. and the American and other coalition members being focused on the implications of the Turkish efforts,” she said.

Ms. Dalton said she was also concerned about increased potential for prison breaks and unrest among detainees.

“It’s really a recipe for disaster,” she said.

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