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You’ve Heard of Sanctuary Cities? Maryland’s Largest County Joins the #Resistance and Makes the News

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You’ve heard of sanctuary cities. How ’bout a sanctuary county? Maryland’s got one, and it’s the largest county in the state.

As The Daily Wire’s Ashe Schow (who admirably understands the greatness of The Dick Van Dyke Show) points out, “As of April 16, 2019, nine states including California, Illinois, and New Jersey claim to be Sanctuary States…” And the list of anti-government governments is growing.

Recently, both New York City and Los Angeles vowed to ignore federal law at the outset of Washington’s ICE raids to deport those who’ve refused court orders to return to their native lands (here and here).

And now there’s this: On Monday, Montgomery County officially became part of the #Resistance.

County Executive Marc Elrich will sign an executive order prohibiting the region from cooperating with the nation’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Here’s what Marc had to say:

“The Promoting Community Trust Executive Order aims to reaffirm current county policy and improve community security by ensuring that immigrant and otherwise vulnerable communities can engage with county departments.”

The statement was, of course, dishonest. Marc wasn’t referring to immigrants; he was, rather, referencing the opposite — those who chose to enter the country by alternate means instead of the provided immigration system. It’s an important distinction, as — to put it bluntly — most of the bull$#*@ in politics comes courtesy of an attempt at sleight of hand via misdirecting terms.

Change the wording. and voilà — everything’s different, Jack!

If you’d like to read about an immigrant, check out Kath Zhu, whose Miss World America crown was recently stripped (here).

Back to Marc, the directive will prevent county agencies from asking anyone requesting public assistance about their immigration status.

Acting Police Chief Marcus Jones affirmed the position to Washington’s Top News:

“We have no direct contact with ICE about any immigration issues. We’re not doing any operations with ICE in Montgomery County. That’s not our job to monitor that. That’s forbidden against our policy.”

More from WTOP-FM:

Jones said if ICE seeks to deport someone who is in police custody, then ICE needs to track that person independently and deal with the situation without the police department’s assistance.

We’ve come to a strange place when America is defying…America.

-ALEX

 

Relevant RedState links in this article: here, here, and here.

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This Week’s Dem Polling in Arrested Development Gifs

Another week, another poll- this one by CBS News/YouGov. We’ve turned to Taylor Swift and Archer for help remembering which candidate is which in the past and, this week, we’re looking to Arrested Development for help.

How’s the field looking in general? Most voters seem downright delighted with the options they have going into 2020.

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In first place, as always, is Joe Biden (at 25%). He’s got a couple of pretty big problems, though.

First of all, he’s white and male.

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Second, he’s handsy.

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These are supposed to be the things they hate about Donald Trump, so it’s going to be hard to run a candidate with the same attributes.

Maybe they’ll find better luck in their second place candidate (who is 5 points behind)- Elizabeth Warren. She is, umm, also white. And doing surprisingly well considering the whole thing where she lied about that.

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That’s some hard core appropriation, Liz.

Kamala Harris brings in 16% of the vote in this poll and, with it, takes third place. With her record on criminal justice, it’s truly incredible she’s in the double digits.

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Bernie Sanders is just one point behind Ms. Harris with 15%. Here he is explaining his economic theories to anyone who understands math.

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The gap between 4th and 5th place is huge. Pete Buttigieg has less than half the votes of Bernie in this poll with only 6%. Maybe don’t brand yourself as “Mayor Pete” when you were mayor of a failing crime-ridden city. Doesn’t send a great message to viewers.

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Poor BetoIn 6th place with only 4% of the votes, he’s longing for the days when he was running against Ted Cruz and was the DNC darling. Now he’s walking around like:

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Julian Castro. 2%. What else is there even to say? I honestly keep forgetting he exists. So, just one question for those 2% of voters:

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At 1% and, for the purposes of this list, in last place, we’ve got Amy Klobuchar:

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With 1% of the vote, she’s tied with “Someone else.” Literally anyone else.

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Trump: The Squad Is A Very Racist Group Of Troublemakers…And Not Very Smart

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In this combination image from left; Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., July 10, 2019, Washington, Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., March 12, 2019, in Washington, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-NY., July 12, 2019, in Washington, and Rep. Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., July 10, 2019, in Washington. In tweets Sunday, President Donald Trump portrays the lawmakers as foreign-born troublemakers who should go back to their home countries. In fact, the lawmakers, except one, were born in the U.S. (AP Photo)

 

Trump took aim at the Squad again this morning, tweeting:

The “Squad” is a very Racist group of troublemakers who are young, inexperienced, and not very smart. They are pulling the once great Democrat Party far left, and were against humanitarian aid at the Border…And are now against ICE and Homeland Security. So bad for our Country!

This comment was prefaced on Sunday by the following tweet:

I don’t believe the four Congresswomen are capable of loving our Country. They should apologize to America (and Israel) for the horrible (hateful) things they have said. They are destroying the Democrat Party, but are weak & insecure people who can never destroy our great Nation!

No one cares to talk about the reasons for Trump’s criticism of these Congresswomen.

First, these women are racists and bigots. They constantly remind us that they are “people of color” as if that renders them immune to being tagged as racists. But, racism isn’t a one way street. It’s not a label reserved only for whites or Jewish people.

How would one characterize the following statements by Ilhan Omar? She once said that “Israel has hypnotised the world.” On another occasion, she called upon Allah to “awaken the people and help them see the evil doings of Israel.” No one can forget the anti-Semitic remarks she made in February for which she was widely criticized. First, while explaining the reason U.S. politicians supported Israel, she said, “It’s all about the Benjamins, baby.”  The following month, after still more anti-Semitic tweets from Omar, House leadership considered introducing a resolution to condemn her. After much disagreement within the Democratic caucus, the resolution was watered down to condemn  “anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, racism and other forms of bigotry,” a bow to Omar’s progressive allies.

How about Ayanna Pressley’s remarks last week at the Netroots Nation conference a couple of weekends ago? Sounds a little racist to me. How about you?

I don’t want to bring a chair to an old table. This is the time to shake the table. This is the time to redefine that table. Because if you’re going to come to this table, all of you who have aspirations of running for office. If you’re not prepared to come to that table and represent that voice, don’t come, because we don’t need any more brown faces that don’t want to be a brown voice. We don’t need black faces that don’t want to be a black voice. We don’t need Muslims that don’t want to be a Muslim voice. We don’t need queers that don’t want to be a queer voice. If you’re worried about being marginalized and stereotyped, please don’t even show up because we need you to represent that voice.

They are also young and inexperienced. They’ve spent seven months in Congress. A reasonable person might want to familiarize themselves with the lay of the land, learn how things work in Washington, before trying to transform the country into a socialist republic. But not these four.

In February, one month into her first term in Congress, AOC started a revolution when she unveiled her Green New Deal, which is said to be the brainchild of her Chief of Staff, Saikat Chakrabarti. Presented as a climate change bill, it was a bid to take over the U.S. economy.

Surprisingly, the left piled on to this bold new proposal. Most of the candidates support some version of the GND. Against all odds, this 29-year-old former bartender has managed to pull the party to the left.

Anyone who dares criticize the Squad is labeled as a racist. Trump is a racist and so is anyone who voted for him. When pressed for a reasonable explanation, they point to the children in cages, the squalid conditions inside the border facilities, and separation of families at the border, all of which were the same during the Obama administration.

It’s always interesting to hear stories about college students who are read a statement which they are told was made by Trump. Here is an excerpt from a 2014 Obama White House address.

We are a nation of laws. Undocumented workers broke our immigration laws, and I believe that they must be held accountable, especially those who may be dangerous. That’s why over the past six years deportations of criminals are up 80 percent, and that’s why we’re going to keep focusing on threats to our security.

The students tore it apart, then were told Obama had said the words. And they were silent.

No matter. These ladies want to abolish ICE. According to them, our border control agents are Nazis and the detention centers are “concentration camps.” Oh, and Trump is a fascist.

AOC is seen crying at the border. Tlaib puts on an emotional performance in a House committee hearing. Is a detention center supposed to be a hotel? These migrants are trying to enter the country illegally. They’ve been told not to come. They know what to expect before they arrive. Furthermore, if the Squad is so concerned about conditions in these facilities, why were they the only four members of Congress to vote against an aid package to improve them?

Why is it considered racist to criticize these four women? As I see it, they deserve to be criticized. Not because, as they constantly remind us, they are people of color, but because of their anti-Semitism, their overreach, their own roles in stoking racial division and more.

They are headstrong, much like teenagers. Put another way, they don’t know what they don’t know. They’re in a hurry and don’t want to take the time to learn how things are done. As a result, they are making mistakes.

You would think liberals would like them. But their popularity is surprisingly low. Except for those on the far left, most Democrats find these women and their ideas too extreme.

Trump adds “and they’re not too smart.” Here’s an example. In a speech this morning to the NAACP Convention, Rashida Tlaib spoke about her “Boost Act.” In the video below, she tells the audience, “I’m going to take money from the rich and “give it back to the people, those who earned it.” Um…wait a minute.

And the best part of all is that Trump has managed to make them the face of the Democratic Party.

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New CBSNews Poll Shows Ilhan Omar’s Favorability in the Toilet

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Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., listens as Office of Management and Budget Acting Director Russell Vought testifies before the House Budget Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 12, 2019, during a hearing on the fiscal year 2020 budget. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Who could have possibly foreseen this?

Over the past week, we’ve had an all out political food fight involving Ilhan Omar (among others) and Donald Trump. That fight expanded outside of just Trump’s comments when Omar, just days after accusing the President of racism, introduced a House resolution in support of the anti-Semitic Boycott, Divestment, and Sanction movement, which seeks the destruction of Israel. She also managed to compare Israel to Nazi Germany because that’s just the kind of person she is.

To this point, not a single intrepid reporter has asked Omar about her sponsoring of such a resolution. Nancy Pelosi, who just a month ago called BDS anti-Semitic from the stage of AIPAC, has always escaped any questioning over how that squares with Omar’s actions. It must be nice to be a Democrat.

Despite the media’s best efforts though, America is learning who Ilhan Omar is and they aren’t fans.

I recently wrote on an internal Democrat party poll showing that Omar had just a 9% (not a typo) approval rating among non-college educated whites in swing states. That’s important because it’s that group that decides which direction states like Wisconsin and Michigan will go in 2020. In the grand scheme of things though, it was easy for partisans to dismiss. Of course those working class white people don’t like Omar. They are just racists after all, right?

Well, we’ve finally got some more in depth numbers and they are equally as brutal for Ilhan Omar, and by extension the Democratic party.

The first thing to note is that over 50% of people have an opinion on her. That may not seem like a lot, but for a single Congressional member, that shows she has pretty massive exposure. It’s illogical to assume that her numbers would improve any with greater name recognition. You’d expect the same trend to continue if the original sample is properly done.

Being 17 points underwater in favorability is simply awful. That’s levels that would make Hillary Clinton laugh. She’s seen as more unfavorable than favorable by every single demographic group except black Americans. But perhaps the most relevant number is her favorability with independents. Those encompass the suburban voters the Republican party lost in 2018 and need to win back. She’s at a full 30 points underwater with them.

What this shows is that Trump’s strategy of making Omar and company the face of the party is actually very smart politically. If Pelosi were still in control, she’d put a damper on it, but the lunatics are running the asylum at this point.

By the way, I’d love to meet the 5% of Republicans who have a favorable view of Ilhan Omar. That’d be a pretty fascinating conversation.

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You Don’t Have To Care About Every Single Thing You See Online

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What do you do when there are too many conflicting headlines all around you and too much information to absorb?

It is incredible that at this time in human history we have almost every piece of information on the planet at our fingertips and yet it seems most of us are more uninformed than ever. The speed at which we share misinformation is dwarfs the speed at which we pursue correct information.

As an op ed writer I’m constantly mentally logging stories, anecdotes and conversations with the non-pundit class. Internet interactions can make it seem like we’re surrounded by myopic, raging political wonks but most Americans live a life very much outside that bubble. When I’m talking to friends and neighbors about how they see the Robert Mueller investigation most indicate they want to care about it, and feel like they should care about it but can’t really make heads or tales out of the conflicting headlines, rotating cast and constant stream of information that keeps being reported, retracted, reported and retracted again.

They’re uncomfortable with Trump’s “problematic” tweeting but they’ve seen the promise of every “this is finally the end for Trump!” story disintegrate into ash and hashtags. They don’t know what to believe, what’s edited to look unflattering rather than reveal the whole story, or who’s version of events on what channel is the real one.

Furthermore, the current level of outrage is unsustainable for most regular Americans. Should they be mad at the way President Trump talks about his political opponents? Maybe, but the real question is…can they? The average American simply does not have space in their lives for the nonstop river of rage the media is feeding them these days. At some point, frustration sets in. After that comes ennui. After that comes the candidates you never saw coming because they’ve figured out how to speak to frustrations disguised as boredom.

I have many friends across the entire political spectrum. A look at my Facebook feed on any given day tells me that most people just aren’t able or willing to read below the headlines. We’re all guilty of it…but what do we do about it?

My readers may be surprised to discover that even in my line of work there are stories and issues that I just can’t care about – not because I’m uncaring but because I don’t have the mental capacity to work out all the opposing views and accusations flying around about said issues. If you’re like me, you would love to be able to know all the details and nuances of a given controversial issue but you have neither the time nor the sanity to read every op ed and watch every talking head. You may even feel a little guilty about it. There might be people around you who accuse you of not caring or being ignorant if you don’t have your head in the news and social media all day.

What’s the answer? How can we stay informed without losing our sanity? How do we know what’s true in the world without having to dedicate eight hours of every day to meticulously studying the news cycle?

As election season ramps up there will be no shortage of information – good and bad – being thrown at you. You don’t have to be the person who absorbs it all, even if you wish you could be. The way to know what is true is to turn off the devices and go outside. Look around at your own life. Is your personal situation better or worse these days? Do you see your neighbors and coworkers of different races fighting and bickering and treating each other poorly? Do you see people working together at your church or local community organization? Do you see people around you (personally, in your own life and your own location) beating each other and threatening each other over politics?

Whatever it is that you see around you in real time is often a vague reflection of what is happening the political life of this nation. If you’re looking at headlines and feeling torn about what to believe, look around your personal circumstances and ask yourself how what you see with your own eyes squares up against what you’re reading.

It’s not a foolproof method. Obviously some of us live in places that might be considered a “bubble” of sorts – like if you’re a wealthy celebrity or a resident of a major coastal city. But I believe that even those people – if they can manage to put down social media and truly engage with their surroundings – will see a far clearer picture of America when they look at the people in their proximity with their own eyes instead of through a glass screen.

As much as my livelihood depends on your clicks, don’t live your experiences through a touchscreen or a computer mouse. The internet has created many useful connections but it has also created an overwhelming flood of information. What started out as a quenching of a thirst for knowledge has grown into a roaring, angry river that has overflowed its banks and now threatens to drown us all.

As election season moves forward, give yourself permission to not care about every single outrageous headline moving forward. Take your political cues from your real-life. At this point, most of the rest is just noise anyway.

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Shroud of Turin: New Test Concludes 1988 ‘Medieval Hoax’ Dating Was a Fraud

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Important news about the Shroud of Turin, believed by millions to be the authentic burial cloth of Jesus Christ, has been flagrantly under-reported.

Nevertheless, the lack of mainstream media interest does not diminish landmark new research contesting the results of the controversial 1988 radiocarbon test that dated the Shroud between the years 1260 and 1390.

Immediately after those dates were cited three decades ago, and to this day, the Shroud has been tainted, maligned, disparaged and denigrated while wedded to the descriptions “not authentic,” a “forgery” or “medieval hoax.”

Meanwhile, the medieval date range is still continuously questioned and debunked by scientists and experts. The chief complaint is that the three small Shroud test samples were cut from the same outer edge on a piece of the cloth long thought to have been added later in the Middle Ages. This would have been part of a repair or reweave on a corner that had become worn and frayed due to frequent handling when the Shroud was held up for public exhibition. In fact, this theory was proven correct in 2005 by American chemist Raymond N. Rogers.

Thankfully now there is a new chapter in the 1988 dating debate. Raw data and documents from the original test that were “unavailable” (many scientists and researchers would say deliberately “hidden”) were obtained in 2017 by Tristan Casabianca, a French researcher.

In March, after two years of tests and analysis, Casabianca and his team of scientists published their results in the scholarly journal Archaeometry.

This month, in an interview with the French publication L’Homme Nouveau (Google translates into English), Casabianca discusses how he obtained the documents, his team’s methodology, and conclusion. Here is an excerpt:

In 1989, the results of the shroud dating were published in the prestigious journal Nature: between 1260 and 1390 with 95% certainty. But for thirty years, researchers have asked the laboratories for raw data. These have always refused to provide them. In 2017, I submitted a legal request to the British Museum, which supervised the laboratories. Thus, I had access to hundreds of unpublished pages, which include these raw data. With my team, we conducted their analysis. Our statistical analysis shows that the 1988 carbon 14 dating was unreliable: the tested samples are obviously heterogeneous, [showing many different dates], and there is no guarantee that all these samples, taken from one end of the sheet, are representative of the whole fabric. It is therefore impossible to conclude that the shroud of Turin dates from the Middle Ages.

Here is why Casabianca’s conclusions are important to someone like me.

Since the 1990s, I have been a proponent of the study of the Shroud of Turin — a 14.5- by-3.5-foot linen cloth, and indeed believe it is the authentic burial shroud of Jesus Christ.

Meanwhile, the Shroud continues to be the most studied and analyzed artifact in the world, with its numerous unexplained properties continuing to baffle modern science. Chief among the mysteries is what “caused” a linear, front to back, anatomically correct, blood-stained image of a tortured, crucified man — with bodily markings that perfectly align with all the Biblical accounts of Christ’s suffering and death — to appear on the cloth.

The Shroud also possesses photographic-negative properties first discovered in 1898,  that on the “positive image” clearly show every gruesome, agonizing, torment endured by the “man.”

Additionally, the Shroud displays three-dimensional “distance information” resembling a topographical map but within the cloth’s two-dimensional image of the man.

Furthermore, the image depth measures only two micro-fibers with no variation (such consistency is a feat impossible with human hands). And more unusual, the image does not penetrate the cloth but sits on top.

I could go into vast detail about many more fascinating facts, but the big takeaway is that the more you learn about the Shroud’s mysteries, the more you believe in its authenticity.

Shroud scientists and other experts who have never accepted the 1290 – 1360 date range are applauding Casabianca and his team who are calling for rigorous new testing to end the absurd notion that the Shroud is a medieval hoax.

Not only did those dates defy logic because of circumstantial evidence such as art, artifacts, and coins that mirror the Shroud face as early as AD 692, but the 1988 tests diminished the conclusions of the equally famous 1978 Shroud of Turin Research Project known as STURP. As the first and last comprehensive research project authorized by the Vatican, STURP employed 40 esteemed scientists using 1970s-state-of-the-art equipment and given access to the Shroud for 120 hours. Here is the concluding paragraph from STURP’s final October 1981 report:

Thus, the answer to the question of how the image was produced or what produced the image remains, now, as it has in the past, a mystery. We can conclude for now that the Shroud image is that of a real human form of a scourged, crucified man. It is not the product of an artist. The bloodstains are composed of hemoglobin and also give a positive test for serum albumin. The image is an ongoing mystery and until further chemical studies are made, perhaps by this group of scientists, or perhaps by some scientists in the future, the problem remains unsolved.

Barrie Schwortz, a world-renowned Shroud expert who was a STURP photographer and later founded Shroud.com, the most visited Shroud site, told me what happened in 1988:

As soon as the dating results were leaked to the press, the world of the Shroud came to a complete and sudden halt. Many researchers took this as the final word and disengaged completely. The years of hard work by the STURP team and the many papers they published in the peer-reviewed scientific literature was immediately disregarded and ultimately, forgotten. These were indeed the bleak years of Shroud research.

But now the Shroud is experiencing a renaissance.

Besides Casabianca’s breakthrough research, there are two new Shroud museums, a site for Shroud evangelization, a famous collection of Shroud photography now available online, much Shroud activity, and generally a renewed interest in the cloth.

I am proud to be a part of this movement by helping lead a team of Shroud experts to raise the $2.5 million needed to showcase the cloth’s mysteries in a unique exhibition at the popular and prestigious Museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C.

Of course, the Shroud will not be present at the museum because it does not travel. Since 1578, it has been housed in the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Turin, Italy  —  except during the Second World War when it was hidden from Hitler — but the Shroud will be there in spirit!

After the funds are raised, our team will assist the museum in producing the world’s most high-tech, creative exhibit, utilizing state-of-the-art display technology. The Shroud’s unexplained properties will be brought to life, leaving visitors spellbound.

Targeted for early January 2021, the exhibition will be open in time for the presidential inauguration at the U.S. Capitol, only three blocks from the museum.

The Museum of the Bible’s planned exhibit is part of a great Shroud awakening. Why do I believe that this is happening? The answer is the same as I have written before:

For those who insist that the burial Shroud of Jesus is fake, then we must counter with the question, “What if it is real?”

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After Promoting Baseless Accusations Against Brett Kavanaugh Now Jane Mayer Attempts to Discredit Al Franken Accuser

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It used to be “believe all women” and their charges are serious; when a Democrat is caught the standards change.

It is with laughable moxie that Jane Mayer, she of The New Yorker, today is attempting to rewrite the history of Al Franken’s downfall. The former Minnesota Senator was chased out of his seat when charges of sexual harassment were delivered by actress Leanne Tweeden. She detailed lengthy occurrences when Franken would have approached her with inappropriate behavior when they were both conducting a USO Tour for the troops overseas.

There was even a widely circulated picture of Franken appearing to be in mid-grope of a sleeping Tweeden. Hers was an accusation with an amount of credibility so strong that numerous fellow Democrats lobbied for Franken to step away. Now Jane Mayer goes to work to forensically pick apart the Tweeden claims in The New Yorker, all because the disgraced politician is saying he regrets stepping down.

This is a staggering turnabout by Mayer for a number of reasons. The first being the obvious: What happened to the leftist mantra of believing all women? How is it possible the term “all” comes with a qualifier, though it seems that it is in fact the case when it comes to which party the accused represents.

Secondly, how is Al Franken today denying his responsibility in the matter? There is a lengthy testimonial from Tweeden that has not been questioned, until today. Then there is the photographic corroboration, a picture with the same players that follows the narrative. Now roll in the biggest detail needing to be overlooked: Franken admitted to the behavior when this broke out. Now, after saying he previously crossed a line with many women, he today is claiming his innocence.

“Tweeden may well have felt harassed, and even violated, by Franken, but he insisted to me that her version of events is “just not true.”

But the worst of it involves not the two parties, but Jane Mayer. Last October Mayer, along with one time respected journalist Ronan Farrow, released a lengthy article they worked together attempting to draw up a list of potential witnesses attesting to Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh being a serial lecher. The article came out as an eleventh-hour bid to derail the confirmation process. Her list of “witnesses” were little more than people who had heard things, and could not confirm solid evidence, let alone place Kavanaugh directly on the scene of any wrong-doing.

The primary witness Mayer offered up had to be qualified with the phrase “if true” regarding her claims. Those claims never did come to anything approaching verification, and the hit-job Jane Mayer attempted became blatantly revealed for what it was. She promoted a series of allegations that were not rooted in anything approaching verifiable testimony, yet sold that as a valid story that should have motivated a Senate investigation.

Today she is claiming to have done the extensive journalistic work, in a case that has been closed for some time and with details which have not been questioned. She does this in an attempt to rehabilitate a fallen Democrat Senator, one who already took responsibility. Clearly when you are a Democrat you are granted the benefit of the doubt, even well after an incident has been established. Conservatives, meanwhile, have to bear the guilt of any accuser, evidence and proof of wrongdoing not required.

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Fail: CNN Caught in Remarkable Self-Own After Saying Trump “Falsely Accused” AOC of Calling America “Garbage”

In October 2017, CNN launched what they called a “Facts First” campaign to counter Trump’s narrative that the cable news outlet was a non-stop source of “fake news.” The move was met with much praise and fanfare, including from Variety, which published this report:

In what may be one of the most distinctive and unorthodox promotional campaigns from the Time Warner cable-news outlet since Ted Turner launched it in 1980, CNN will push back against the portrayal by critics and members of the Trump administration that it dispenses made-up stories to the public in deliberate fashion. A new branding campaign gives the network a new slogan: “Facts First.”

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One of the promos, which start appearing on CNN today, shows a stark picture of an apple on the screen, while music plays. “This is an apple,” says a narrator. “Some people might try to tell you that it’s a banana. They might scream ‘Banana. Banana. Banana.’ over and over and over again. They might put ‘banana’ in all caps. You might even start to believe that this is a banana. But it’s not,” counsels the voice. “This is an apple.”

Remember this?

Since that time, CNN has continuously tried without much success to push back on claims from Republicans including Trump that it leans left, that it more often than not only gives you one side of the story, and/or that it frequently gives you the wrong side of the story.

Their “Facts First” campaign has done little in the way of convincing their critics that the network is on the up and up, especially when you consider how they routinely hold Democrats to different standards than they do Republicans.

But though their duplicity has been well-documented, a pretty remarkable thing happened this past weekend on their website. They fact checked claims President Trump made about Squad leader Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), and ended up owning … themselves.

Here’s how their resident fact checker Daniel Dale set it up – the bolded emphasis is added by me:

During an exchange with reporters as he left the White House on Friday afternoon, President Donald Trump made false accusations against both Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Rep. Ilhan Omar, two of the four Democratic members of Congress against whom he launched a racist “go back” attack earlier in the week.

“The first lady thinks that it’s horrible what they’ve said about Israel and horrible what they’ve said about our country, these congresswomen. They can’t call our country and our people ‘garbage.’ They can’t be anti-Semitic. They can’t talk about evil Jews, which is what they say. ‘Evil Jews,’ ” Trump said Friday.

In both cases, he was twisting a quote to bolster his allegation that “they hate our country.”

Facts First: Ocasio-Cortez did not call Americans “garbage”; she said in March that the country has gone so far in the wrong direction that people shouldn’t be satisfied with moderate policies that are merely “10% better from garbage.” None of the congresswomen have uttered the phrase “evil Jews”; Omar tweeted in 2012 that Israel had committed “evil doings.”

Here’s where the self-own comes in: Trump didn’t just say that AOC called the American people “garbage” – he also said she called our country “garbage”, which is true once you read the context of the AOC quote, which Dale helpfully provides:

Ocasio-Cortez, a New York congresswoman, did not call any person “garbage,” much less Americans as a group.

Ocasio-Cortez was asked at an event at the South by Southwest festival why it has taken so long for there to be Democratic candidates who run on bold progressive policies like Medicare for All and the Green New Deal.

Ocasio-Cortez said the country has drifted so far in the wrong direction, away from helping average working people, that ambitious initiatives are necessary. Given that society has “strayed so far away from what has really made us powerful and just and good and equitable and productive,” she said, “moderate” policies are insufficient.

“I think all of these things sound radical compared to where we are. But where we are is not a good thing. This idea of 10% better from garbage shouldn’t be what we settle for. It feels like moderate is not a stance, it’s just an attitude toward life of like, ‘meh,’ ” she told her interviewer from The Intercept.

Her remark can be interpreted as her saying that the current state of the country is “garbage.” But it is false to say, as Trump did, that she called “our people” garbage.

Trump was briefly closer to accurate in his rally speech in North Carolina on Wednesday, in which he said, “She described contemporary America” as garbage. But he then added, “That’s you, that’s me, that’s all of us — as garbage.” That’s just not true.

Notice how Dale continuously ignores the part of the quote from Trump he gave in the first part of the fact check, where Trump said AOC had called the country “garbage”? Here’s the full quote again:

“They can’t call our country and our people ‘garbage.’”

It’s almost like Dale didn’t even notice the “country” part of Trump’s quote. I guess he was so eager to white knight for AOC that he conveniently overlooked the part of his quote that was an accurate representation of what Ocasio-Cortez has said about America.

A Washington Post video editor posted a video clip of what AOC said so it could be viewed in context. He thinks it exonerates her, but it doesn’t:

If the media firefighters at CNN, the WaPo, and elsewhere wanted to say that Trump was only half correct in his assessment on what AOC has said about America and its people, that would be one thing. In the AOC quote in question, she didn’t say the American people were garbage, but the context made it clear that she was saying the country is garbage.

The transcript backs that up and so does the video – both of which were, rather ironically, provided by newsies trying to disprove Trump’s insinuation that AOC hates America. News outlets that suggest otherwise are doing the whole apple=banana thing, and in the process are taking part in the same type of “fake news” stories they say they don’t push.

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Anthony Scaramucci: Trump Is Opening the Door To Be Primaried

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Flash-in-the-pan White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci appeared on Fox News over the weekend to discuss Trump’s latest tweet controversy and told host Howard Kurtz that he felt the comments were a big problem for Trump and his administration.

Scaramucci said the fact that there was even a debate about whether or not the president was a racist was problematic and didn’t do Trump any favors. He went on to suggest that because of the damage from those comments a new Republican candidate may very well emerge for a 2024 run and start that path by running a primary against Trump.

It would also send a message to people that we have to reengineer this party.

After saying he didn’t believe the president was a racist, the political consultant and commentator then declared the language of the infamous tweets inarguably racist.

These are racist comments. Period. Full stop.

It’s sending the wrong message to the United States. You do not want to win the second term of your presidency by dividing the United States, okay? It’s called “united” for a reason.

Is Scaramucci opening the door for a specific candidate he may be managing in the future, or is he possibly teasing a run himself?

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Comey Had an Agent Spying On Trump Inside the White House

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The struggle for Democrats to nail President Donald Trump with anything that they could generated no shortage of conspiracies and suspicions. One in particular is that FBI Director James Comey was trying his level best to bring Trump down from the inside.

Now it would appear that these suspicions are true as a report is going to be filed quite shortly showing that Comey was attempting to get dirt on Trump by planting an agent inside the White House to collect information against Trump, according to Real Clear Politics. Comey was apparently doing this while assuring Trump that there was no action being taken against him by the FBI:

Sources tell RealClearInvestigations that Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz will soon file a report with evidence indicating that Comey was misleading the president. Even as he repeatedly assured Trump that he was not a target, the former director was secretly trying to build a conspiracy case against the president, while at times acting as an investigative agent.

Two U.S. officials briefed on the inspector general’s investigation of possible FBI misconduct said Comey was essentially “running a covert operation against” the president, starting with a private “defensive briefing” he gave Trump just weeks before his inauguration. They said Horowitz has examined high-level FBI text messages and other communications indicating Comey was actually conducting a “counterintelligence assessment” of Trump during that January 2017 meeting in New York.

In addition to adding notes of his meetings and phone calls with Trump to the official FBI case file, Comey had an agent inside the White House who reported back to FBI headquarters about Trump and his aides, according to other officials familiar with the matter.

Real Clear noted that the motivations aren’t completely out in the open as to why Comey would do this yet, but Republicans are positive that this was another way that some were attempting to stop the Trump presidency for the same reasons that Peter Strzok was; political motivation.

How deep this rabbit hole goes is anyone’s guess. It’s doubtful Comey was doing this of his own accord and likely would have had co-conspirators in their mission to bring down an entire presidency from the inside. Rest assured that this investigation is going to turn up a lot more in the future.

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