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AOC, de Blasio battle over NYC’s budget cuts to NYPD: ‘She’s just wrong’

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It’s a clash of the lefty titans.

Firebrand Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Mayor Bill de Blasio are engaged in another public spat — this time after Hizzoner called the lawmaker “just wrong” when she accused him of fudging his $1 billion cut to the NYPD budget.

During an interview on CNN’s “New Day” on Wednesday morning, de Blasio was asked about a statement from the congresswoman in which she said he was using “budget tricks” and “funny math” to make it look like he had defunded the city’s police department.

“Well, she’s just wrong,” he said.

“The facts are, we took money from the NYPD, put it into youth programs. We are reducing the size of the NYPD but still in a way that can keep us safe.”

Ocasio-Cortez responded Wednesday afternoon to Hizzoner’s remarks with a tweet of a New York Times report that accused Big Apple officials of achieving the cuts with a “budgetary sleight of hand: Moving school safety officers under the Department of Education.”

The sweeping reduction to the NYPD’s $6 billion budget, passed by the City Council on Tuesday evening, was made possible in part by transferring the department’s school safety cops to other city agencies — saving $349.5‬ million.

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Meanwhile, 1,163 cops were trimmed from the department, while overtime will be reduced by $352 million.

Ocasio-Cortez, a Democratic socialist, said the budget cuts, which she described as a “disingenuous illusion,” didn’t go far enough in a statement released Tuesday.

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“This is not a victory. The fight to defund policing continues,” she said. “Defunding police means defunding police. It does not mean budget tricks or funny math. It does not mean moving school police officers from the NYPD budget to the Department of Education’s budget so the exact same police remain in schools.”

The two progressives last traded blows when de Blasio praised the NYPD’s response to violent protests in the city — with AOC calling the comments “unacceptable.”

This story first appeared in the New York Post.

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AOC letter on West Bank annexation boasts support from anti-Israel groups

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New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and several other top Democrat lawmakers sent a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday warning of severe consequences for Israel if it continues its plan to annex part of the disputed West Bank — and the document touted support from organizations that have called for boycotting Israel entirely.

The Washington Free Beacon and other outlets obtained a copy of Ocasio-Cortez’s letter, which was also signed by Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich. It warns that Israel’s planned move “would lay the groundwork for Israel becoming an apartheid state,” and threatens to cut off U.S. security assistance to Israel.

“Should the Israeli government continue down this path, we will work to ensure non-recognition of annexed territories as well as pursue legislation that conditions the $3.8 billion in U.S. military funding to Israel to ensure that U.S. taxpayers are not supporting annexation in any way,” the letter reads. “We will include human rights conditions and the withholding of funds for the offshore procurement of Israeli weapons equal to or exceeding the amount the Israeli government spends annually to fund settlements, as well as the policies and practices that sustain and enable them.”

The document states that it has the support of a series of anti-Israel groups, including leaders of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel. For example, one backer, American Muslims for Palestine (AMP), is a nonprofit that explicitly calls for boycotting Israel until it complies with what the group calls its “human rights” obligations.

At the same time, AMP claims to be nondiscriminatory, saying it condemns “all forms of racism and bigotry, including Islamophobia, anti-black racism, anti-immigrants, anti-Semitism, and other forms of bigotry directed particularly toward people of color and indigenous peoples everywhere.”

The letter also has the support of the pro-BDS U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights, which Tablet magazine reported is “help[ing] facilitate tax-exempt donations to a Palestinian coalition that includes Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, and other groups the U.S. State Department designates as terrorist organizations.”

The New York Post noted that another signatory to the letter, the Defense for Children International — Palestine, once also faced accusations of “having ties to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, a US- and European Union-designated terrorist organization.”

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) condemned the AOC-led letter on Twitter, saying it “explicitly threatens the U.S.-Israel relationship in ways that would damage American interests, risk the security of Israel & make a two-state solution less likely.”

Meanwhile, a confidant of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu confirmed that the Israeli leader’s plan to annex parts of the occupied West Bank would not start on Wednesday, the original target date, as the British prime minister made an extraordinary appeal to Israel to call off the plan.

The developments cast further uncertainty over whether Israel will ultimately follow through on the explosive annexation initiative, which has drawn fierce international condemnations from some of Israel’s closest allies.

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Palestinians demonstrate against Israeli plans for the annexation of parts of the West Bank, in Gaza City, Wednesday, July 1, 2020. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

Speaking on Israel’s Army Radio station, Cabinet minister Ofir Akunis confirmed that the annexation process would not begin on Wednesday, saying that officials were still working out the final details with their American counterparts. He said he expected the annexation to take place later in July.

“Coordination with the American administration is not something that can be dismissed,” he said.

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Netanyahu had aimed to start the process by Wednesday, saying he wants to begin annexing West Bank territory in line with President Donald Trump’s Mideast plan.

The Prime Minister’s Office issued a statement saying Netanyahu held discussions Wednesday with American diplomats and Israeli defense officials on the issue of annexation, and that “additional discussions will be be held in the coming days.”

The plan, unveiled in January, envisions bringing some 30 percent of the territory under permanent Israeli control, while giving the Palestinians limited autonomy in carved-up pockets of the remaining land.

But the plan has come under stiff international criticism. The United Nations, the European Union and key Arab countries have all said Israel’s annexation would violate international law and undermine the already diminished prospects of establishing a viable independent Palestinian state alongside Israel. Even close allies, like Britain, have opposed it.

In a front-page article in the Yediot Ahronot daily, one of Israel’s largest newspapers, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson wrote that as a “passionate defender of Israel,” he was particularly troubled by its intentions. He noted his long links to Israel, dating back to when volunteered on a kibbutz as an 18-year-old and his “many visits” since then.

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A Palestinian woman flashes the victory sign as she demonstrates against Israeli plans for the annexation of parts of the West Bank, in Gaza City, Wednesday, July 1, 2020. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

“As a life-long friend, admirer and supporter of Israel, I am fearful that these proposals will fail in their objective of securing Israel’s borders and will be contrary to Israel’s own long-term interests,” Johnson wrote, adding that annexation “would put in jeopardy” the gains Israel has made in recent years in improving relations with the Arab world.

“I profoundly hope that annexation does not go ahead. If it does, the UK will not recognize any changes to the 1967 lines, except those agreed between both parties,” he said.

Israel captured the West Bank from Jordan in the 1967 Mideast war. The international community considers the territory occupied land, and Israel’s more than 120 settlements there illegal. The Palestinians, who seek all of the West Bank as part of a future state, have rejected the Trump plan.

Several thousand Palestinians marched in Gaza City for a “day of rage” on Wednesday to protest the annexation plans, one of several demonstrations that were expected in Palestinian areas. The protesters waved Palestinian flags and held signs calling the plan a “declaration of war” on the Palestinian people. The rally ended peacefully by the early afternoon.

While building scores of settlements that are now home to nearly 500,000 Israelis, Israel has never tried to annex West Bank territory before, saying the area is “disputed” and that its final status should be settled through negotiations. The international community considers the area occupied and its settlements to be illegal.

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Palestinian Muslim clerics attend a demonstration against Israeli plans for the annexation of parts of the West Bank, in Gaza City, Wednesday, July 1, 2020. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

Netanyahu has defended his annexation plan on both security and religious grounds and says the friendly Trump administration has provided a rare opportunity to redraw Israel’s borders. He is eager to move forward before November’s U.S. presidential election, especially with Trump’s re-election prospects in question, and made sure that the coalition agreement for his new government included the July 1 date for him to introduce a plan to parliament.

But beyond the international opposition, Netanyahu has encountered some resistance from his Blue and White governing partners. Blue and White’s leader, Defense Minister Benny Gantz, this week said Wednesday’s target date was not “sacred” and suggested that annexation can wait while the government grapples with Israel’s coronavirus crisis.

U.S. officials have said they do not want to move forward with a plan unless the two leaders are in agreement. Israeli media also reported that Israel is seeking changes in a proposed U.S. map for annexation, and that American officials are demanding an Israeli gesture to the Palestinians as compensation for any annexation that takes place.

Dovish Israeli groups have been holding street protests against the annexation plan and it has also encountered surprising opposition from some of the West Bank settlers themselves, who fear having to recognize a de facto Palestinian state and find themselves engulfed in isolated enclaves.

The majority of them, however, are pressuring Netanyahu to follow through, launching a campaign titled, “you made a promise — keep it.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Freshman Dem ‘squad’ members join forces in new campaign fundraising effort

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The four freshmen “squad” members have united in a new joint fundraising effort to help each other win another term and elect more like-minded progressives to disrupt Congress.

Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y.; Ilhan Omar, D-Minn.; Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., and Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., announced their new “Squad Victory Fund” Wednesday on social media and urged their supporters to give money to keep their fight for bold, progressive change alive.

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The squad, on the forefront of the defunding the police movement, said they will ban taking any money from the police union in an apparent effort to further stand their ground on calls to dismantle police departments in the wake of George Floyd’s death.

“Our movement is for justice,” Omar tweeted in announcing the fund. “Our movement is for equality. Our movement is for peace. And our movement is for a better future. Proud to partner with my sisters in service to launch the Squad Victory Fund.”

Ocasio-Cortez has already become a fundraising phenom for a freshman member, even rivaling Speaker Nancy Pelosi in donations. Combining the forces of the nation’s progressive darlings could set the groundwork for a formidable vehicle to challenge the traditional power structures in Washington.

“When you speak truth to power, power fights back. Lobbyists & conservatives have been pouring millions of dollars against our sisterhood’s re-election campaigns. Why? Because we’re effective,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted Wednesday in rolling out the fund.

The four reps have been at forefront of liberal policies and have regularly sought to push House Democrats to the left to embrace their agenda. Their priorities include “Medicare for all,” a Green New Deal, abolishing ICE and defunding the police. During the COVID-19 crisis, they pushed for a much more robust government response with regular direct payments of $2,000 to all Americans, including undocumented immigrants, and cancelation of rent and student loan debt. They have been frequent targets of President Trump who accuses the Democratic Party of pushing a radical socialist ideology with the squad calling the shots.

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According to their website, donations to the Squad Victory Fund will be divided among the four candidates’ individual campaign committees and their leadership PACs, which are set up to raise money for their endorsed candidates and to fund campaigning activities. In some cases, they’ve endorsed primary challengers to sitting Democratic members of Congress in an effort to bring more liberal voices to Washington.

The Squad Victory Fund wants to focus on grassroots individual donations and put out a blacklist of entities that are not welcome to donate, including fossil fuel executives and the police union.

The website says: “In addition to what’s legally required, The Squad Victory Fund does not accept contributions from: (1) corporations, associations, or their PACs; (2) individuals registered as federal lobbyists or under FARA; (3) from the PACs, lobbyists, or SEC-named executives of fossil fuel companies; or (4) from the Fraternal Order of Police.”

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House Dems turn to ‘environmental justice’ with massive climate change blueprint

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House Democrats on Tuesday released a 547-page blueprint on how to combat climate change, in which they called for “environmental justice” to be put at the heart of environmental and climate change policy in the coming years.

“Environmental justice must be at the center of federal climate and environmental policy,” the massive outline, presented by the Democrats on the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis, says.

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In a glossary of the multitude of terms used in the sprawling document, Democrats define “environmental justice” as “the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, culture, national origin or income, with respect to the development, implementation and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations and policies to ensure that each person enjoys (1) the same degree of protection from environmental and health hazards; and (2) equal access to any federal agency action on environmental justice issues in order to have a healthy environment in which to live, learn, work, and recreate.”

The plan marks an attempt to outline the party’s strategy on climate change and distinguish it somewhat from the Green New Deal (GND) — an expansive far-left, multitrillion-dollar proposal championed by Democrats such as Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-NY, and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.

The plan is somewhat less ambitious than the GND, calling for a net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, while the Green New Deal calls for the elimination of emissions by 2030. Similarly to the Green New Deal, it calls for regulations on everything from infrastructure to updated building codes to increase energy efficiency.

The new plan would also mandate that no new car emit greenhouse gases from 2035 on, with heavy trucks to follow in 2040. Democrats say it would save more than 60,000 lives and $8 trillion because of benefits related to both health and climate.

“Democrats know the climate crisis is the essential crisis of our time, threatening public health, jobs and the economy, national security and values,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said at a press conference.

Calls for radical action to combat climate change dominated the Democratic agenda in 2019, but have been swept to the aside amid the coronavirus crisis and recent national debates about race and police brutality in the wake of the death of George Floyd.

There is a nod to Floyd in the document, which mentions him on the first page. There are also regular references to the question of race and how it intersects with the issue of climate.

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The document speaks a number of times as well about “environmental justice communities” which it defines as a community “with significant representation of communities of color, low-income communities, or tribal and Indigenous communities, that experiences or is at risk of experiencing higher or more adverse human health or environmental effects.”

The many aspects of the plan would likely pass in the Democratic-controlled House but would largely be dead on arrival in the GOP-controlled Senate. But it’s a plan that is setting out what the Democratic agenda would look like should Democrats win the Senate and the White House in November.

Republicans dismissed it as a version of the Green New Deal, with the White House accusing Democrats of pushing “radical Green New Deal-like policies that would cripple America’s economy and crush the poorest communities across the globe.”

Republicans on the panel had expressed anger that they had been excluded as Democrats released a partisan report.

“If I had known then what I know now, why did we go through this whole waste of money by putting a committee together, wasting money on staff, and do a dog and pony show with hearings? Rep. Garret Graves, R-La., told The Washington Examiner. “You don’t need us to do this. You certainly didn’t need to spend taxpayer funds to do it.”

The plan is similar to that proposed by presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden. His campaign praised the plan, which also has the backing of a number of environmental activist groups.

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But the radical Sunrise Movement, which has long championed the Green New Deal, said it didn’t go far enough.

“This plan is more ambitious than anything we have seen from Democratic leadership so far, but it still needs to go further to match the full scale of the crisis,” said Lauren Maunus, the group’s legislative manager.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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AOC says proposed $1B budget cut to NYPD isn’t enough: ‘Defunding police means defunding police’

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., weighed in Tuesday on the proposed New York City budget cuts to the police department she said don’t go far enough, saying “defunding police means defunding police.”

“Defunding police means defunding police. It does not mean budget tricks or funny math. It does not mean moving school police officers from the NYPD budget to the Department of Education’s budget so the exact same police remain in schools,” the congresswoman said in a statement.

Establishment Democrats and progressives have debated over what “defund the police” actually means. Some argue the phrase shouldn’t be taken literally and just stands to represent police reforms.

“It does not mean counting overtime cuts as cuts, even as NYPD ignores every attempt by City Council to curb overtime spending and overspends on overtime anyways,” Ocasio-Cortez continued. “If these reports are accurate, then these proposed ‘cuts’ to the NYPD budget are a disingenuous illusion. This is not a victory. The fight to defund policing continues.”

The New York City Council and Mayor Bill de Blasio reached a deal Tuesday to cut $1 billion from the NYPD’s $6 billion budget.

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According to the Gotham Gazette report Ocasio-Cortez was referring to, the agreement would reduce the number of officers in the city by canceling its July class of 1,163 cadets. It also includes $350 million in cuts to overtime pay and and various other expenses such as travel enforcement and vehicle purchases.

The new budget will shift school safety and school crossing guards out of the NYPD’s jurisdiction to account for $483 million total, according to the Gazette.

That $1 billion would go instead to education, social services in communities hit hard by the virus, and summer youth programming for over 100,000 young people.

Cuts are also coming for the NYPD’s capital budget, such as canceling plans to build a new precinct in Jamaica, Queens, and instead, building a community center. The city is also planning to shift some police capital funding to install broadband internet in public housing complexes.

The liberal mayor flaunted the budget, which must be passed by midnight Wednesday as real action on a call for justice.

“We’re acting on that call for justice. I believe it is our mission to redistribute resources to those who need them the most,” the mayor said. “This is real redistribution.”

Activists siding with AOC have said they won’t accept any plan that merely shifts money around without making what they see as meaningful changes.

“No funny math. No budget musical chairs,” relatives of more than a dozen people killed by NYPD officers said in a letter Tuesday to the mayor and council. “We’ll know if you fought for our communities or whether you will let the NYPD continue to be treated as if they’re above the law, even in the budget.”

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Public Advocate Jumaani Williams held a Zoom call to talk about plans to potentially block the budget.

“If we have a hiring freeze for every single city agency, that should include the NYPD,” he said, according to ABC7 NY. “There’s no reason why we’re not hiring additional guidance counselors. We’re not hiring additional nurses. We’re not hiring additional homeless outreach workers across the city.”

President of the Police Benevolent Association Pat Lynch wasn’t happy with the budget either.

“Shootings more than doubled again last week,” he said in a statement. “Even right now, the NYPD doesn’t have enough manpower to shift cops to one neighborhood without making another neighborhood less safe. We will say it again: the mayor and the City Council have surrendered the city to lawlessness. Things won’t improve until New Yorkers hold them responsible.”

The discussion comes as the city is grappling with what de Blasio has pegged at a $9 billion revenue loss because of coronavirus.

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The city’s budget totaled $93 billion when passed last June, but this year’s proposed budget sits at $88.1 billion.

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Justin Haskins: Al Gore, John Kerry, others have radical plans for a ‘Great Reset’ of capitalism

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The days of “moderate” liberalism are long over. In just the past few months, radical leftists have torn down statues of great American heroes like George Washington, taken over six city blocks in one of America’s largest cities and burned police stations to the ground.

Of course, none of these violent and destructive actions have done anything to fix racial disparities in the United States. But that’s not what these assaults on our nation were really about, despite the many claims to the contrary by the left-wing press.

Rather, the real purpose behind many of the riots — not the peaceful protests, which have always been motivated by a completely different set of values — has been to create chaos and drag the country kicking and screaming off the socialist cliff.

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But as terrifying as the left’s revolutionary activities have been, there is a more dangerous threat to freedom brewing. It’s called the “Great Reset,” and it’s rapidly gaining popularity among many of the world’s most powerful movers and shakers, including U.S. business and political leaders like Al Gore and John Kerry, who is now helping Joe Biden reshape his own and the Democratic Party’s climate policies.

Launched earlier in June, the “Great Reset” is the brain-child of the World Economic Forum (WEF) and Prince Charles, both of whom have long been associated with far-left policy proposals meant to tackle climate change.

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Although the specific details of the “Great Reset” will not be rolled out until the WEF meets again in January 2021 in the ski resort town of Davos, Switzerland, the rough outline of the plan is clear: completely destroy the global capitalist economy and reform the Western world.

“Every country, from the United States to China, must participate [in the ‘Great Reset’], and every industry, from oil and gas to tech, must be transformed,” wrote Klaus Schwab, the head of the World Economic Forum, in an article published on WEF’s website. “In short, we need a ‘Great Reset’ of capitalism.”

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Schwab wasn’t merely calling for economic changes alone. He said “all aspects of our societies and economies” must be “revamped,” “from education to social contracts and working conditions.”

At a virtual meeting hosted by the WEF in June, Schwab was joined by a long list of powerful and highly influential leaders in calling for a global “Great Reset” of capitalism, including CEOs and presidents from businesses such as Microsoft, MasterCard and BP; activists from groups like Greenpeace International; representatives from banks and financial institutions; officials from the International Monetary Fund; and government leaders like António Guterres, the secretary-general of the United Nations, and Prince Charles.

How do these leaders plan to convince hundreds of millions of people around the world to abandon the current capitalist system? First, by pressuring leaders and governments into using the COVID-19 pandemic as an “opportunity” to enact radical reforms that otherwise might not be possible.

“We have a golden opportunity to seize something good from this crisis — its unprecedented shockwaves may well make people more receptive to big visions of change,” said Prince Charles at the June meeting.

The purpose of the “Great Reset” is to transform all of society, as WEF head Klaus Schwab has said on countless occasions, and to enact a long list of progressive and socialist goals.

The second step is to shift the world’s focus to the next great left-wing “crisis”: the alleged “existential threat” of climate change.

Prince Charles even went so far as to say that although the “threat of climate change has been more gradual,” global warming’s “devastating reality for many people and their livelihoods around the world, and its ever-greater potential to disrupt, surpasses even that of COVID-19.”

What sort of policies do “Great Reset” supporters say would help to usher in their new utopian world?

A full list has yet to develop, but among other things, advocates want a massive Green New Deal, federal jobs guarantee, guaranteed income for workers displaced by the “Great Reset” policies, universal access to education and a bunch of broad social justice goals such as changing “social contracts” and “rebalancing economies.”

Although it appears Al Gore did not attend the June WEF meeting, he’s deeply involved in the movement. Not only did Gore openly call for a “Great Reset” during a June 19 interview on NBC’s “Today,” he also serves on the World Economic Forum’s Board of Trustees, and his powerful Climate Reality Project has trained more than 1,300 youths in WEF’s Global Shapers Community in how to promote climate activism.

The Global Shapers will also participate in the WEF meeting in January, and it’s expected they will help promote the plan with a variety of activist tactics, including protests, throughout 2021.

John Kerry — who some have speculated could serve in Joe Biden’s presidential administration, should he win in November — has also endorsed the “Great Reset.”

In a June 24 virtual “Great Reset” meeting titled “Redesigning Social Contracts in Crisis,” Kerry said the present crisis is a “big moment” and that the “World Economic Forum … is really going to have to play a front and center role in refining the Great Reset to deal with climate change and inequity — all of which is being laid bare as a consequence of COVID-19.”

Kerry’s support for the “Great Reset” is incredibly important. He is serving as the co-chair—along with self-described socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez — of Biden’s climate change “unity” task force, one of several such task forces created to reshape the policy platforms for Biden and the Democratic Party in 2020 and beyond.

If Biden captures the White House, the task forces will also reportedly serve on Biden’s transition team, exerting substantial influence on the Biden agenda and helping him choose cabinet members.

If pressed, Gore, Kerry and many other Americans who support the “Great Reset” would try to frame the plan as nothing more than a better, more noble form of capitalism. But that’s simply not true.

The purpose of the “Great Reset” is to transform all of society, as WEF head Klaus Schwab has said on countless occasions, and to enact a long list of progressive and socialist goals. You don’t need to take my word for it, many of the plan’s biggest supporters have openly admitted it!

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The world’s freedom movement is entering an extremely dangerous moment in history. It’s been nearly a century since the far left has had a similarly “golden opportunity” to completely remake the world economy. If the “Great Reset” succeeds in achieving its radical goals, the conservative movement might permanently fail to recover, and America will never be the same.

Protecting the world from the rising threat of socialism begins with stopping the “Great Reset.”

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Progressive candidates surge in New York congressional primaries

With an abundance of absentee ballots to count, the results in many of the contests from New York’s Tuesday primaries remain far from final. But the partial returns clearly indicate strong showings by progressive candidates in Democratic congressional primary elections in and around New York City.

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Insurgent challenger Jamaal Bowman — a former middle school teacher and first-time candidate — is close to toppling longtime Democratic Rep. Eliot Engel.

Riding a wave of support in recent weeks from the biggest names on the left — Sens. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, and first-term Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York — Bowman was ahead of Engel by more than 25 percentage points, according to unofficial and incomplete results from the primary in New York’s 16th Congressional District, which encompasses parts of the Bronx in New York City and portions of neighboring southern Westchester County.

Bowman’s likely victory would be compared to Ocasio-Cortez’s blockbuster 2018 upset primary win over longtime Democratic Rep. Joe Crowley, which created political shockwaves.

Bowman took to Twitter on Wednesday to say he “can’t wait to get to DC and cause problems for those maintaining the status quo.”

Engel has served in Congress for over three decades and is the powerful chairman of the House Foreign Relations Committee. But the incumbent came under attack the past couple of months for spending more time at his home in Potomac, Md., than at his apartment in the Bronx. And recently he was put on the defensive after he was captured on a live microphone suggesting that “if I didn’t have a primary, I wouldn’t care” about speaking at an event in his congressional district.

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Bowman, who is black, started surging past Engel, who is white, over the past month amid nationwide protests over police brutality toward minorities and systemic racism sparked by the death of George Floyd, a black man who died while in police custody in Minneapolis, Minn.

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House Oversight Committee chair Rep. Carolyn Maloney, who’s served in Congress for a quarter-century, is also fighting for her political life. Maloney – who represents New York’s 12th Congressional District, which includes parts of the New York City boroughs of Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens — is clinging to a narrow lead over progressive challenger Suraj Patel. In 2018, Maloney easily brushed back a challenge by Patel, a 36-year-old hotel executive and former Obama campaign staffer who has touted his support for the Green New Deal and Medicare for All.

Progressive candidate Mondaire Jones, a favorite of the left, is leading in a three-way contest to succeed retiring longtime Democratic Rep. Nita Lowey in New York’s 17th Congressional District, which includes parts of suburban Westchester and Rockland counties.

In New York’s 15th Congressional District, where Democratic Rep. José E. Serrano is retiring after three decades in Congress, New York City Councilman Ritchie Torres, the first openly gay person to win elected office in the Bronx, is in the lead as the votes are counted in a whopping 12 candidate primary field.

And Ocasio-Cortez — who faced a spirited primary challenge from former CNBC anchor Michelle Caruso-Cabrera, who enjoyed the support from parts of New York’ City’s business community — crushed her more moderate opponent in primary in the 14th Congressional District, which includes parts of the Bronx and Queens.

Many of these insurgent challengers and candidates were supported by liberal groups, including the Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC).

“We are proud to have raised over $115,000 in grassroots contributions for candidates on the ballot yesterday, a true testament to the energy behind progressive candidates in this moment,” PCCC spokesperson Maria Langholz told Fox News.

And she predicted that “Mondaire and Bowman will be close allies to AOC in Congress, and will be strong leaders on key priorities like a Green New Deal, Medicare for All, and holding massive corporations accountable.”

The surge by these progressive candidates came amid nationwide demonstrations the past month protesting police brutality directed at minorities and systemic racism sparked by the death of George Floyd, a black man who died at the hands of police in Minnesota.

“Timing is everything in politics,” emphasized Jessica Taylor of the Cook Report, a leading nonpartisan political handicapper. “The national mood is in the favor of some of these progressive candidates.”

The timing of the primaries may have also played a role in the results. New York was originally scheduled to hold their primary in late April, but the contests were pushed back due to health concerns over in-person voting amid the coronavirus pandemic.

And geography may also be favoring the progressive contenders.

“These are ultimately safe Democratic seats and are more ripe for progressive challengers,” Taylor noted. “These are safe districts for liberals to make their mark.”

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AOC beats back Dem challenger in NY congressional primary

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Progressive Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., fended off a challenge by former CNBC contributor Michelle Caruso-Cabrera to win the Democratic primary in New York’s 14th District, the Associated Press projected Tuesday.

Ocasio-Cortez, who made history in 2018 when she was elected as the youngest woman ever to serve in Congress in U.S., had been expected to win the primary battle, despite a major push by Caruso-Cabrera to cast herself as a more moderate replacement to the democratic socialist lawmaker.

Tuesday’s primary is for a seat in Congress representing parts of the Bronx and Queens. The seat is solidly blue and Ocasio-Cortez is favored to win the general election again in November. She will face retired New York Police Department officer John Cummings, who won the Republican nomination for the seat Tuesday.

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Caruso-Cabrera ran as a pro-business moderate and earned the backing of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which spent six figures to advertise for her against the far-left freshman congresswoman.

Ocasio-Cortez drew scorn from many in her district after she played a role in getting Amazon to scrap plans for a second headquarters in Queens. The company later still leased office space in New York, but with a much smaller footprint.

But Ocasio-Cortez is constantly in the national spotlight and has been extremely successful in building a campaign war chest, pulling in $2.4 million in April and May to bring her total raised this cycle to $10.5 million.

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Ocasio-Cortez – who has skyrocketed into the national spotlight since her election in 2018 due to both her progressive stances and her public feuds with President Trump – made more news in the day leading up to Tuesday’s primary by involving herself in another House race.

She threw her support behind progressive middle school principal Jamaal Bowman who is challenging Rep. Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., for a seat he’s held since 1988.

Fox News’ Tyler Olsen contributed to this report.

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Trump urges AOC to run against Schumer, says she’d win

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President Trump urged Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., to run against the state’s longtime Sen. Chuck Schumer in the 2022 primary in November, saying that she would be a “big improvement” and that she would likely win.

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Schumer, the Senate minority leader, has been a vocal critic of the president, but so has Ocasio-Cortez, who faces her own primary challenger this year for her House seat. Critics of the president say Trump’s call on Ocasio-Cortez to run is simply an attempt to divide the party.

Trump retweeted a report from the Washington Times that said liberals “are kicking around the idea” of the “Squad” leader taking on Schumer, who represents to them the old establishment.

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The paper pointed out that David Sirota, a senior adviser to the Sen. Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign, wrote, “Just going to say something out loud that should be obvious: The fastest way to speed up the process of changing the corrupt, do-nothing, status-quo-protecting culture of the national Democratic Party is for @AOC to defeat @ChuckSchumer in a Democratic primary in 2022.”

This is not the first time that Trump played fight promoter between the two. Earlier this year he said that the freshman would “kick his a–.”

Ocasio-Cortez stunned the political establishment when she defeated 10-term Rep. Joe Crowley in the 2018 Democratic primary and went on to win the general election.

She has emerged since then as a standard-bearer for the Democratic Party’s left flank, calling for a “Green New Deal” and the elimination of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.

Ocasio-Cortez said in an interview in April that she is focused on winning her reelection to Congress rather than seek higher office. When Politico’s Playbook asked her if she would rule out a run against Schumer, she responded, “I don’t know.”

The Atlantic reported back in January that Schumer “is trying to ward off a 2022 primary challenge” from Ocasio-Cortez.

“That’s all I thought it was about,” a veteran trade lobbyist told the magazine. “He sees AOC over his shoulder at all times, apparently.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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Daniel Turner: Carbon tax is a bad idea that would hurt our economy and destroy jobs

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At a time when America’s economy has been crippled by shutdowns caused by the coronavirus pandemic and 45 million Americans have lost their jobs, we need major economic stimulus and employment programs to put Americans back to work. The absolute last thing our country needs is a new tax that would slow our economic recovery and hiring.

But environmental zealots have never let facts get in the way of their radical policies to restructure our entire economy to be “green” – so why start now?

Disregarding America’s worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, the green crusaders are pressing on with their dream of taxing carbon dioxide emissions, ostensibly to slow climate change.

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Lately, environmentalists have taken to calling their carbon tax a “fee” – as if changing the name means it won’t be taking money out of the pockets of individuals and businesses. This is absurd. It makes as much sense as calling robbery “income redistribution.”

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For decades, the environmental movement has sought to make America green. President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden tried to regulate a green America into being by offering billions of taxpayer dollars to green companies. And the two used the Environmental Protection Agency to impose costly and unnecessary regulations on American oil, natural gas and coal companies – forcing up the price of the energy we all rely on.

Growing up in the 1980s during the presidency of Ronald Reagan, I have imprinted in my soul the belief that taxes and government programs are never a solution. Reagan taught us the nine most frightening words in the English language: “I’m from the government and I’m here to help.” Government proposals aimed at improving life will usually make it worse.

An organization seeking creation of a carbon tax called the Climate Leadership Council has even enlisted prominent Republicans in its ranks, including former Secretaries of State and Treasury  James Baker III and George Schultz.

While both these man are prominent figures who command respect and gratitude for their service to our nation, neither is an environmental or energy expert. They are simply wrong in seeking approval of a destructive carbon tax.

I also criticized former New York City Mayor Michael Blomberg during his short-lived campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination for his belief that taxes should be used to dictate behavior. Whether this idea – and the carbon dioxide emissions tax it supports – is backed by a Republican or Democrat, it is bad policy on many counts.

Keep in mind that all of us (and all animals) emit carbon dioxide every time we exhale. So we are not talking about toxic fumes coming out of factory smokestacks here – carbon dioxide has been part of our natural world since before human beings inhabited Earth.

A tax on carbon dioxide emissions presumably wouldn’t be levied on all us whenever we exhale. Even the most fanatical environmentalist isn’t crazy enough to try that. But it would apply to everything that uses fossil fuels for energy – cars, trucks, trains, airplanes, most electric power plants, factories and more.

That would translate into higher costs to fill up your vehicle’s fuel tank, heat and cool your home and keep the lights on,  and for purchases of just about everything you buy. Factories, farmers and stores would all have to pass the carbon tax on to consumers.

Beef prices have doubled in the past month because of the coronavirus pandemic. If they had doubled to pay for a carbon tax would Americans rejoice in a moral victory or just be burdened by the higher costs?

The Climate Leadership Council claims the money that these taxes generate will be returned to the American people through dividend checks. The group claims we’ll pay more upfront, but we’ll get the money back from the Internal Revenue Service in the end.

This proposal is a joke.

This is the U.S. government after all, and we all know how well it manages money. It does a great job taking our money – but not in wisely spending it.

President Reagan knew this. At the end of his presidency he warned us: “You can’t be for big government, big taxes, and big bureaucracy and still be for the little guy.” I watched that speech live on TV. I was 13.

Carbon dioxide emissions are a global issue. The Paris Climate Accord – the international agreement aimed at reducing carbon emissions – recognizes this.

But China emits twice as much carbon dioxide as the United States, yet has no plans to reduce emissions – let alone adopt a carbon tax for some global benefit. China doesn’t care about the rest of the world; we are still in the midst of a coronavirus pandemic because the communist country withheld the truth of the outbreak.

In addition to China, most other countries are also not meeting the Paris Climate Accord mandates – among them major carbon dioxide emitters like India, Iran, Iraq and Saudi Arabia

Russia, the world’s fourth-largest carbon dioxide emitter, made no commitment at all. We can safely assume that nation will not impose a carbon tax on itself.

The very reason President Trump abandoned the Paris Climate Accord was because he wisely understood it makes no sense to punish Americans  with a costly new tax while some of the world’s biggest emitters take no action.

China would certainly applaud America for imposing a carbon tax on ourselves. Since 2000, almost 4 million American jobs have been lost to China. Why? U.S. policies made China more competitive and more attractive to businesses.

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Corporations seek only to increase their profit margins. A carbon tax would send businesses a signal: ship even more American jobs to foreign countries. Corporations would go elsewhere and do so without any second thoughts. They’ve done it before.

It took 28 years for the White House to have an occupant as skeptical of big government and as aggressive in cutting taxes and keeping jobs in America as Reagan, but we have one now.

Will that continue?

Biden – the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee – is ahead in the polls. As president, he would punish the use of oil, natural gas and coal. This would not spur innovation nor would it reduce carbon dioxide emissions. It would just make life more expensive and throw even more Americans out of work.

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As President Trump pointed out in his speech to his rally in Tulsa Saturday night, Biden is relying on socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York – the sponsor of the extremist Green New Deal – to advise him on energy policy, naming her as co-chair of his energy task force. This is like appointing a pacifist to head a task force on national defense, or a vegan to head a task force on policy toward the meat industry. It spells disaster for the energy we all need.

A carbon tax is anti-freedom, anti-growth, and thoroughly anti-Reagan. In his 1981 inaugural address, President Reagan told us “government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.” He was right then and his view remains right today.

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