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US military says 2 rocket attacks landed near American troops in Iraq, but no US troops harmed: statement

The U.S. military confirmed Saturday that two rocket attacks occurred in Iraq near bases housing coalition forces, but no American troops were injured.

“The night of Jan. 4, two rocket attacks occurred near Iraqi bases that host Coalition troops in Baghdad and Balad — a total of 13 attacks in the past two months,” said Col. Myles B. Caggins III, a spokesman for the Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR).

The CJTF-OIR, a coalition of international forces to fight the Islamic State (ISIS), said Iraqi Security Forces were investigating the incidents.

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A scene following the Jan. 4 rocket attacks in Iraq. (CJTF-OIR)

According to the press release, the attacks occurred at 7:46 p.m. and 7:50 p.m. Baghdad time near Balad Air Base and the International Zone. No coalition troops were harmed, although the rockets might have hurt Iraqi civilians.

IRAQI AIR BASE WITH US TROOPS, GREEN ZONE, STRUCK BY SEVERL ROCKETS, OFFICIALS SAY

“We have increased security and defensive measures at the Iraqi bases that host anti-ISIS Coalition troops,” Caggins said. “Our command places [the] protection of Coalition personnel and security partners as the top priority; we remain vigilant and resolute.”

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The aftermath of Jan. 4 rocket attacks in Iraq. (CJTF-OIR)

The statement came amid reports of multiple rocket attacks in Iraq and heightened tension in the region.

Iran has vowed harsh retaliation for the U.S. airstrike ordered early Friday by President Trump that killed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani, the head of Iran’s elite Quds Force and mastermind of its regional security strategy, and several senior Iraqi militants.

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On Saturday evening local time, a series of rockets were launched and fell inside or near the Green Zone, which houses government offices and foreign embassies, including the U.S. Embassy.

The U.S. has ordered all citizens to leave Iraq and temporarily closed its embassy in Baghdad, where Iran-backed militiamen and their supporters staged two days of violent protests earlier this week in which they breached the compound. Britain and France have warned their citizens to avoid or strictly limit travel in Iraq.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Openly Threatening a War Crime, Trump Says US Prepared to Strike ’52 Iranian Sites’

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Bernie Sanders, campaigning in Iowa, says ‘if Congress wants to go to war, let Congress have the guts to vote for war’

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The more I have been thinking about this the more I am starting to think this is a bluff. Everything he says you have to think the exact opposite.

Trade war is going smoothly = trade war is not moving.

Mexico will pay for the wall = mexico is not paying for the wall.

Do nothing Democrats = Democrats are working so much they are going to make me look bad.

I have the best health = im not in the best shape

I had the biggest inauguration = not as much showed up as I wanted

Perfect phone call = I did something that will benefit me

A lot of this is him thinking he is good at what he is doing and the bluff is hoping that there is no retaliation because his base believes that he does not want to go to war.

So when he says he will target iran culture blah blah blah on twitter = I am bluffing and hoping that iran does not call me out on this because I just got impeached, my popularity is down and it will not look good if a war/conflict starts in iran

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Trump warns Iran: US has targeted ’52 Iranian sites’ and will ‘hit very fast and very hard’ if needed

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President Trump issued a stern warning to Iran Saturday through a series of tweets to deter the country from retaliating after the U.S.-ordered airstrike that killed Iranian general Qassem Soleimani Thursday.

“Iran is talking very boldly about targeting certain USA assets as revenge for our ridding the world of their terrorist leader who had just killed an American, & badly wounded many others, not to mention all of the people he had killed over his lifetime, including recently hundreds of Iranian protesters,” Trump tweeted.

The president continued: “He was already attacking our Embassy, and preparing for additional hits in other locations. Iran has been nothing but problems for many years.”

TRUMP ORDERS ATTACK THAT KILLS IRANIAN GEN. QASSIM SOLEIMANI, OTHER MILITARY OFFICIALS IN BAGHDAD, PENTAGON SAYS

Soleimani, the head of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ elite Quds Force, was killed in an airstrike Thursday in Iraq that was ordered by President Trump.

“Let this serve as a WARNING that if Iran strikes any Americans, or American assets, we have targeted 52 Iranian sites (representing the 52 American hostages taken by Iran many years ago), some at a very high level & important to Iran & the Iranian culture, and those targets, and Iran itself, WILL BE HIT VERY FAST AND VERY HARD,” Trump said Saturday, explicitly laying out that the U.S. will act if Iran retaliates.

Following Soleimani’s death, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has said “harsh retaliation is waiting for the criminals whose filthy hands spilled his blood.”

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani promised to “take revenge for this heinous crime.”

The Iran-backed militias that spawned in Iraq, known as the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), have been quick to threaten prompt revenge on U.S. personnel and interests. Slaughtered alongside Soleimani at the airport was his close confidante Abu Mahdi al-Mohandas, the deputy head of the PMF.

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Trump has made it clear that he expected the Iranians to stop threatening the United States.

“The USA wants no more threats!” Trump had tweeted.

Fox News’ Danielle Wallace and Hollie McKay contributed to this report.

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USPS delivery driver violently mistreats package, caught on security camera

A man’s video recording of a USPS delivery worker mishandling his heavy package in the worst way has the Internet calling out the mailman.

The video, originally posted on YouTube by Nick Verzilli, shows the mailman kicking, shoving and throwing what Verzilli said was about 40 pounds’ worth of computer equipment, according to the Daily Mail.

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In the 2-minute clip, the USPS worker tosses the package onto the street and then proceeds to kick it toward Verzilli’s home. When the mail carrier gets to the porch steps, he briefly picks up the box to walk it over to the front door.

When he finally makes it to the porch, he carelessly tosses the package.

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Verzilli shared video footage from two different angles: one shot from the second floor of the home and the other from a security camera on the porch.

He also shared photos of the damaged package, which displayed “Heavy” stickers on it. The box had drag marks and was ripped in multiple places.

Verzilli shared in a Reddit post that he began recording the mailman after he saw him drop the package for the first time. When Redditors suggested Verzilli should have gone outside to stop or help the USPS worker, he claimed this wasn’t the first time the mail carrier has mistreated packages.

“He’s been confronted many times before,” Verzilli wrote. “I can’t change him. I’d rather be smart about the situation, stay clear and let him do his thing, then take care of it through the proper channels.”

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“He’s been confronted many times before,” Nick Verzilli wrote. (Photo: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

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He added: “My immediate involvement won’t unbreak my stuff if it’s already broken.”

Verzilli said he had previously spoken to the mailman and that he was well-aware of what he was doing.

“He knows what he’s doing, he knows he’s being filmed from the front yard cameras,” Verzilli said. “I’m not going to confront him again, it’s like putting a kid in timeout for the same misbehavior over and over again. It’s obviously not getting through.”

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Verzilli said he filed complaints with the USPS and USPS Office of the Inspector General offices. He received a response from the inspector general’s office that said the incident was “being escalated.”

As for the package, Verzilli said he returned the computer equipment to the company and did not open the damaged package.

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Andrew McCarthy: Obstruction of Congress impeachment article is absolutely frivolous

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Honor a congressional subpoena to appear at President Trump’s (presumably eventual) Senate impeachment trial? Joe Biden, still the odds-on favorite to be the Democrats’ standard-bearer in the 2020 election, scoffed at the very idea: No way!

The former vice president’s knee-jerk obstinacy illuminates — we should say, provides even more illumination of — the patent farce that is the second article of impeachment passed by the House on a strict party-line vote: the accusation that the president has obstructed Congress. As we saw in a committee hearing, featuring the spectacle of staffers questioning staffers with no actual fact witnesses in sight, Democrats have no problem when Democrats blow off congressional demands for information. “Obstruction” is a one-way street.

Trump regards the impeachment inquiry as a partisan witch hunt, just the latest phase of the Democrats’ project to remove him, which began even before his term started. He certainly has a point, although that is not a good reason to give his opponents fuel for the project, as he did by pressuring Ukraine to investigate Biden. That is the allegation in the first article of impeachment. Under the circumstances, I believe it falls well short of the egregious misconduct for which impeachment should be reserved; it was, nevertheless, a foolish thing for the president to do.

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Let’s focus, though, on the second impeachment article, obstruction of Congress.

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The president directed his underlings and executive branch components not to comply with congressional demands for information. To be clear, Congress has undeniable constitutional authority, broad in scope, to conduct oversight of the executive branch.

The president, with all the authority of a peer branch of government, has extensive privileges of confidentiality, rooted in Article II, particularly when it comes to communications with his staff and high executive officials. Congress, however, is empowered to probe, especially when its concern is presidential malfeasance, or the activities of executive branch agencies Congress has created — such agencies, after all, are led by officers subject to Senate confirmation, and Congress both underwrites them with taxpayer funds and limits their operations by statute.

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How Trump Decided To Kill An Iranian General From His Mar-a-Lago Resort

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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — At the midway point of his annual Christmas vacation, President Donald Trump huddled at his Florida club with his top national security advisers. Days earlier, a rocket attack by an Iranian-funded group struck a U.S.-Iraqi base, killing an American contractor and wounding several others.

Trump’s advisers presented him with an array of options for responding, including the most dramatic possible response: taking out Gen. Qassem Soleimani, the head of Iran’s elite Quds Force and the man responsible for hundreds of Americans deaths.

Trump immediately wanted to target Soleimani. It was a decision his predecessors had avoided and one that risked inflaming tensions with Tehran. Some advisers voiced concern about the legal justification for a strike without evidence of an imminent attack in the works against Americans. So other options were discussed in the coming days with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Defense Secretary Mark Esper and national security adviser Robert O’Brien, including bombing the base of the group blamed for killing the U.S. contractor.

But Trump remained focused on the option to target Soleimani, a preference that surprised the small circle of aides because the president had long been reluctant to deepen U.S. military engagement around the world. By Thursday, officials believed they had intelligence indicating Soleimani was plotting against Americans, though it’s unclear when that intelligence became known to U.S. officials.

On Saturday, the White House sent Congress formal notification under the War Powers Act of the drone strike, said a senior administration official who was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and requested anonymity. The notification, required by law within 48 hours of the introduction of American forces into an armed conflict or a situation that could lead to war, has to be signed and sent to Congress.

The document sent Saturday to congressional leadership, the House speaker and the Senate president pro tempore was entirely classified, according to a senior Democratic aide and a congressional aide who were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and requested anonymity. It was unclear whether any information would be made available in a public release.

Trump slipped out of a meeting with political advisers that day to give the final go-ahead. His decision to authorize the drone strike has sent shockwaves throughout the Middle East and dramatically escalated tensions between the U.S. and Iran.

It wasn’t the first time that Trump’s lush Mar-a-Lago resort, with its $200,000 annual membership and Atlantic Ocean vistas, had been the backdrop for a momentous national security decision.

In February 2017, Trump huddled on the patio with Japan’s Shinzo Abe, in full view of club members eating dinner, to weigh a response to a North Korean missile test. Two months later, Trump authorized a U.S. missile strike on Syria, then shared chocolate cake with China’s President Xi Jinping, who was visiting Mar-a-Lago for meetings.

Trump spent much of this vacation angry about the attack on the American contractor. He stayed largely out of sight in Florida, emerging only for rounds of golf at his other nearby club and mingling with guests at a New Year’s Eve party.

Wearing a tux, Trump was asked by a reporter if he foresaw a chance of war with Iran. Raising his voice to be heard over the holiday revelers, Trump said he wanted “to have peace.”

“And Iran should want peace more than anybody,” he said. “So I don’t see that happening. No, I don’t think Iran would want that to happen. It would go very quickly.”

He betrayed no indication of the momentous decision he was already weighing. More than a half-dozen administration officials, congressional staffers and advisers close to the White House described Trump’s decision-making. Most spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to publicly discuss private deliberations.

After Trump leaped at the option to take out Soleimani, national security officials debated about where the targeted strike should happen if they proceeded. Most did not want to attack Soleimani in Iraq, given the presence of U.S. troops there and the already tenuous situation on the ground. Some argued for the operation to occur when Soleimani was traveling in Lebanon or Syria. But when they learned Soleimani would be traveling to Baghdad on Jan. 2, they decided targeting him at the airport was their best opportunity.

Earlier that day, Trump was meeting with his political advisers about his reelection campaign when he was summoned to give the final go-ahead. Officials believed they had a legal justification and would cite intelligence suggesting that Soleimani was traveling in the Middle East to put final touches on plans for attacks that would have hit U.S. diplomats, soldiers and American facilities in Iraq, Lebanon and Syria.

U.S. officials have not been more specific about the intelligence. A congressional aide briefed by the administration on Friday said officials offered compelling details about Iran’s intentions and capabilities, but not about the timing of the supposed attacks on Americans.

The deliberations and Trump’s final decision came quickly enough that in the hours before the attack Thursday night (early Friday in Baghdad), contingency plans for a potential Iranian response were still being finalized. The White House communications team was not given a heads-up about the strike, leaving the staff scrambling as news of the explosion spread.

The president told one confidant after the attack that he wanted to deliver a warning to Iran not to mess with American assets. Trump said he was also eager to project global strength and replicate the message he believed he sent last year after approving the raid to kill Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi: the U.S. would find its enemies anywhere in the world.

Still, administration officials acknowledged that Soleimani’s killing carried a high risk of Iranian retaliation. The Pentagon is sending nearly 3,000 more Army troops to the Mideast and some troops are on standby to travel to Beirut if more security is needed at the American Embassy there.

Hundreds of soldiers deployed Saturday from Fort Bragg, North Carolina, to Kuwait. A loading ramp was filled with combat gear and restless soldiers. Some tried to grab a last-minute nap on wooden benches. The wife of a member of the 82nd Airborne who deployed earlier this past week said his departure was so abrupt she didn’t have the chance to say goodbye in person or by phone. “The kids kept going, ‘When’s dad going to be home?’” said April Shumard, 42. “It’s literally thrown me for a loop. And him as well. He’s still in disbelief of where he’s gone. Our heads are spun.”

As Trump addressed the nation Friday for the first time after Soleimani’s killing, he declared that the Iranian general’s “reign of terror was over.”

“We took action last night to stop a war. We did not take action to start a war,” he said.

Lee reported from Washington. Associated Press writers Robert Burns, Lolita C. Baldor, Zeke Miller and Lisa Mascaro in Washington; Sarah Blake Morgan Fort Bragg, North Carolina; and Jonathan Drew in Durham, North Carolina, contributed to this report.

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Dan Gainor: Media criticize killing of Iranian terrorist Soleimani and glorify him

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The U.S. drone strike this week that killed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani – a terrorist murderer responsible for thousands of deaths – resulted in extensive news coverage that criticized President Trump for ordering his killing and falsely portrayed Soleimani in a positive light.

Journalists couldn’t pile on enough praise or make enough ridiculous comparisons glorifying Soleimani – from the despicable to the ridiculous. He was like Gen. George Patton or the Duke of Wellington (Business Insider), and former French President Charles de Gaulle or the French Foreign Legion (CNN).

That strategy was hardly new. Back in 2017, Time magazine piled on the praise, saying Soleimani was “James Bond, Erwin Rommel and Lady Gaga rolled into one.”

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Wacky leftist “Young Turks” correspondent/producer Emma Vigeland joined the postmortem comparison chorus with her own oddball take: “Imagine the Iranian government assassinated Mike Pompeo with a drone, at the direction of the president, and called it self-defense,” she wrote. Only she wasn’t done, adding that “Iran’s self-defense claims would be more legitimate.”

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Journalists were really just getting started. Ryan Cooper, the national correspondent for The Week, delivered one of the most-despicable commentaries. He declared: “America is guilty of everything we accuse Iran of doing.”

Cooper bemoaned people cheering the “Putin-style cold-blooded murder of a foreign statesman.” Statesman? Cooper at least admitted that Soleimani “killed a lot of people, directly or indirectly, many of them American soldiers.” That didn’t appear to bother Cooper much.

Then Cooper bashed America and our leaders for involvement in wars – including former President George W. Bush, former Vice President Dick Cheney, former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and “Our own Soleimani, General David Petraeus.”

“If any accused war criminal at an airport is fair game, then there are a lot of people in D.C. and Northern Virginia who better start traveling by train or ship,” Cooper said.

It was moral equivalency craziness fresh out of the Cold War, when leftists pretended the U.S. and Soviet Union were much the same. Here’s hoping Cooper is at least gets extra screening during air travel.

Other journalists said Soleimani was “revered” or an “icon.” “CBS This Morning” reporter Holly Williams must have used her thesaurus. She deployed in a short segment: “a revered figure,” “an inspirational military leader,” and, of course, a “military genius.”

The New Yorker depicted Soleimani in heroic, macho fashion as “a flamboyant former construction worker and bodybuilder with snowy white hair, a dapper beard, and arching salt-and-pepper eyebrows.” I was surprised the web page didn’t include some Wagnerian soundtrack or maybe just The Village People singing “Macho Man.”

The nation’s two foremost newspapers lived down to their far-left reputations. The Washington Post treated Soleimani like he was a legitimate leader. The print headline called him a “key Iranian commander,” not a terrorist. In fact, the only one calling anyone a terrorist in the story was Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, saying the U.S. drone attack was an “act of international terrorism.”

The Post joined in the killer scoops with this important news: “Soleimani posted memes antagonizing Trump on social media.” The paper couldn’t even decide if Soleimani was a bad guy so it reported that only Republicans thought so.

The Post tweeted: “As Republicans praised President Trump for a decisive blow against a man they consider a war criminal, Democrats expressed concern that the killing could be a dangerous step toward war.”

The New York Times called Soleimani simply the “Commander of Iranian Forces” and, once again included the Iranian quote about terrorism. The terrorist responsible for more than 600 American military deaths in Iraq, along with many more wounded, was never once called a terrorist.

Of course, the Times didn’t exactly come across as anti-terror. Reporter Farnaz Fassihi tweeted about a “Rare personal video of Gen. Suleimani reciting poetry” that was “about friends departing & him being left behind.” She then got mad that people criticized her for humanizing a monster.

When journalists weren’t lamenting Soleimani’s death, they were bashing his attacker. Both the BBC and CNN called killing the terrorist “murder.”

CNN’s “New Day” anchor John Berman called Soleimani’s killing a “murder,” then quickly changed it to “assassination.”

BBC Chief International Correspondent Lyse Doucet gave a generally neutral report until she noted how the escalation between the U.S. and Iran “ended with the murder of Qassem Soleimani.”

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But the worst CNN moment came not on TV but online. CNN White House Correspondent Kaitlan Collins wrote a piece so insipid that it should be used in journalism schools about what not to do in major news events. Her story focused heavily on what the president had been eating during the attack.

Here’s how one paragraph began: “As meatloaf and ice cream were served, the Pentagon confirmed….”

But Collins, who used to work for the Daily Caller, has fully embraced the CNN way of spinning the news. She also reflected back to another attack and how “Trump went into great detail about the chocolate cake he had with Chinese President Xi Jinping.”

In fact, the latest story was almost entirely a rehash of that previous event and the “new” part of the news was really just one more way for CNN to mock the president who had just gotten rid of a terrorist responsible for the deaths of more than 600 Americans.

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CNN Politics even tweeted the story: “President Trump dined on ice cream as news of the airstrike broke.”

I bet Collins got a nice holiday bonus.

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Adriana Cohen: Trump and 2020 – Here’s the surprising truth about our president at the start of new decade

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A few things come into sharp focus we embark upon a new decade.

The first is that President Trump has delivered since his unexpected election.

Upon arrival, the brash billionaire with a backbone told self-serving globalists who hung the working class out to dry for decades to take a hike.

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What’s happened is a monumental power shift from tone-deaf coastal elites — with their cushy lifestyles and luxury trips to Davos, on private jets of course — to the “forgotten” man, those millions of Americans who actually do the real work of keeping our nation and economy afloat.

Trump spent his career building skyscrapers, hotels and other brick-and-mortar properties around the world, employing thousands in the private sector. As a result, he’s always understood and respected construction workers and other everyday Americans who built this country.

He’s a natural fit to lead a movement that represents the working class in this decades-in-the-making populist uprising.

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To the left’s dismay, he’s delivered in spades.

Three years into his presidency we’re experiencing a golden age of prosperity.

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“Wages for nonsupervisory employees — who make up 82 percent of the workforce — are rising at the fastest rate in more than a decade,” reports the Wall Street Journal. And for the first time in memory pay increases for the bottom 25 percent of wage earners rose 4.5 percent — more than for those in the top 25 percent, whose wages rose by only 2.9 percent, according to data from the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta.

For years, coastal elites including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., snubbed their noses at the very same people they’re supposed to represent, the middle class, and it’s finally come back to bite them.

So when far-left senators such as Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., say GOP policies are only benefiting the rich, they’re either lying or woefully uninformed.

The current administration’s creation of over 7 million jobs — including 500,000 manufacturing jobs — has resulted in historically low unemployment for all. Add to it the game-changing trade deals being renegotiated with China, finally putting America first, something that needed to be done for decades and that no prior president of either party had the chutzpah to do.

President Trump also scrapped the job-killing NAFTA, replacing it with the United States Mexico Canada Agreement, which the U.S. International Trade Commission estimates will create 177,000 jobs and add $68.2 billion to the U.S. economy.

For years, coastal elites including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., snubbed their noses at the very same people they’re supposed to represent, the middle class, and it’s finally come back to bite them.

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It’s no wonder the left is pushing its impeachment charade based on zero crimes. It’s a political tactic to distract from the roaring economy and jobs bonanza benefiting our neighbors, co-workers and families.

There’s only one problem, it won’t work. Voters are much smarter than they think.

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After Soleimani death, Colin Kaepernick decries US ‘terrorist attacks against Black and Brown people’

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Former NFL player Colin Kaepernick on Saturday accused the United States of targeting minorities “at home and abroad,” just days after the administration ordered a drone strike that killed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani.

“There is nothing new about American terrorist attacks against Black and Brown people for the expansion of American imperialism,” he tweeted.

In a separate tweet, Kaepernick decried “American imperialism” and its “policing and plundering of the nonwhite world.”

“America has always sanctioned and besieged Black and Brown bodies both at home and abroad,” he wrote. “America militarism is the weapon wielded by American imperialism, to enforce its policing and plundering of the nonwhite world.”

It’s unclear what specifically Kaepernick was referring to, but his comments came amid left-leaning criticism of President Trump’s decision to kill Soleimani, who led the elite Quds Force within the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC); the U.S. government has long considered him a terrorist.

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Kaepernick’s agent did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.

The ex-NFL player previously faced a wave of backlash after he claimed to protest systemic racism by kneeling during the National Anthem. On Thanksgiving, Kaepernick attended an “Unthanksgiving event” where he accused the United States of stealing “over 1.5 billion acres of land from Indigenous people.”

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Kaepernick had already faced immense criticism for previous comments, apparently pressuring NFL teams to avoid recruiting him.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell seemed to quash any possibility of a Kaepernick comeback in December.

Speaking to reporters at the league’s winter meetings in Irving, Texas, Goodell addressed the scheduled Kaepernick workout for NFL teams in November — an event that all but collapsed when Kaepernick decided at the last minute to relocate it away from the facility that he and league officials had initially agreed upon.

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“This was about creating an opportunity. We created that opportunity. It was a unique opportunity, a credible opportunity,” Goodell said, according to Reuters, “and he chose not to take it. I understand that.”

“We’ve moved on,” the commissioner added, suggesting that the league was finished considering Kaepernick for future workouts or team roster openings.

Fox News’ Dom Calicchio contributed to this report.

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