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Kamala Harris Says Her DOJ Will Prosecute Trump for Obstruction of Justice

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Can someone remind me of the rules, again? I was under the impression, as shown by the breathless coverage of Donald Trump, that a President should never push his/her DOJ to prosecute someone, especially not a political opponent.

I guess things change quickly depending on who’s saying it.

We saw this last week when the media said absolutely nothing about Nancy Pelosi saying she wants to see Trump in prison. That wouldn’t be much of a story (as I’m not much for feigning outrage over political jabs) if the media and Democrats hadn’t lost their minds so thoroughly at Republican suggestions that Hillary Clinton should have been prosecuted.

Lagging 2020 candidate Kamala Harris is now getting in on the act.

“I believe that they would have no choice and that they should, yes,” Harris told the NPR Politics Podcast, pointing to the 10 instances of possible obstruction that former special counsel Robert Mueller’s report detailed without making a determination as to whether or not the episodes amounted to criminal conduct.

“There has to be accountability,” Harris added. “I mean look, people might, you know, question why I became a prosecutor. Well, I’ll tell you one of the reasons — I believe there should be accountability. Everyone should be held accountable, and the president is not above the law.”

Well, except if you are Jessie Smollett or Kim Foxx, then you can break the law without comment from Kamala Harris (who has personal relationships with both).

That above quote is mostly bluster, which is something Harris has become good at. You see, she’s a tough prosecutor and only she can bring the weight of justice down on Trump’s head. In reality, the last thing any new President is going to want is the distraction of trying to bring nonsense charges against the former President. By that point, she’ll have already gotten what she wants out of the far-left and will have no reason to risk her re-election prospects with blatant lawfare.

There’s also the fact that there’s no case against Trump because thinking about doing something he had the constitutional authority to do is in fact not obstruction of justice. Crazy, I know.

This entire sequence from Harris just comes off flat. She’s trying to make her case a little bit too hard and it seems desperate. Her charisma ranks somewhere between Howard Dean and Kirtsen Gillibrand, which is to say that it’s not very high and she’s painfully awkward in live interviews.

The media’s lack of reaction and even their promoting of comments like this is probably the bigger story. We’ve been told for years that suggesting a political rival be locked up is out of bounds and disgraceful. Yet, the moment Democrats start doing it, the media perk up and tell us we should all take it very seriously. It’s comedically inconsistent and their lack of condemnation now that it’s a Democrat doing the talking is blatantly political.

By the way, that’s NPR doing the interview above, so congrats to your tax dollars for making it happen.

In the end, what Harris is saying isn’t going to be relevant because she won’t win. But it’s worth pointing out the ridiculous level of hypocrisy emanating from the media and Democrats over this topic.

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Video: Rep. Katie Porter Ghoulishly Explains to “Squishy” Bill Maher His Mom Had the Right to Abort Him

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Rep, Katie Porter (D-CA-45) appears on Bill Maher’s “Real Time” show. 6/8/19. Screen grab via HBO.

I’m not so sure what was worse about Rep. Katie Porter’s (D-CA-45) appearance on Bill Maher’s show Saturday night:

Her casually ghoulish explanation to Maher about how his mother had the right to abort him, or the audience’s and panel’s uproarious laughter that followed.

The Hill recaps what went down on the Saturday edition of HBO‘s “Real Time”:

Rep. Katie Porter (D-Calif.) drew laughs from the audience while defending a woman’s right to choose Saturday night, after Real Time host Bill Maher joked about being “squishy” on his “pro-choice” views.

“They told my mother after my sister, very difficult birth, she shouldn’t have another one. So knowing I could’ve been on the cutting room floor…why is that so terrible?” Maher said.

Porter quipped back at the comedian: “Your mom made her choice, and we’re all here with the consequences of that choice.”

“I just want to say God bless Ms. Maher, God bless her for having you. I’m sure it wasn’t easy,” Porter said, adding the point is “she made her choice.”

Watch video of the disturbing exchange below:

Instead of being shocked at Porter’s remarks – where she told the host of the show who invited her on that it would have been ok if his mother had terminated his unborn life, an assorted variety of left wingers, commentators, and even Democratic politicians praised Porter’s “owning” and “roasting” of Maher on the abortion issue.

Porter herself was obviously extremely proud of the clip, because not only did she tweet it out and add additional comments to it, but her profile picture is now an image of her from the show:

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Source: Twitter screen grab.

If Maher really would have been on his toes, he would have asked Maher if she’d have been ok with her mother aborting her. Militant pro-aborts really hate it when you ask that question, and usually try and dodge it by saying we “shouldn’t engage in hypotheticals” – even though hypotheticals are hallmarks of their justification for abortion on demand.

That Porter’s callous remarks were so well-received by members of her Democratic pro-abortion tribe just goes to show how deeply seeped into the American conscience the “right” to kill an unborn child actually is, and how much work the pro-life community still has to do to overcome it.

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Excerpts From Jim Acosta’s New Book Show How Hilariously Self-Aggrandizing It Is

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Jim Acosta is out there risking his life.

He’s currently on a media tour promoting his new book “Enemy of the People: A Dangerous Time to Tell the Truth in America.” The studios of CNN and under-attended book signings are his battlefield.

Acosta is in so much danger that he’s teaming up with Dan Rather for a public appearance at Barnes and Noble.

There’s a certain irony about the guy who constantly says “I’m not fake news!” teaming up with one of the godfathers of fake news. Whoever Acosta’s publicist is didn’t think that one through. Maybe Rather can riff on how he hated a President so much that he tried to pass off fake documents on the eve of an election. Acosta might learn a thing or two.

Want an example of just how highly Acosta thinks of himself and his profession? Here’s an excerpt from his new book.

This guy realizes he’s essentially irrelevant right? What real life consequences is he speaking of? I’m assuming he means death threats, of which he’s never produced any, but if he gets them he’s hardly the only media member, politician, or political figure to receive threats. This is especially true when someone purposely makes themselves polarizing by being so incredibly dishonest.

That’s not to say he deserves to be threatened, but neither does Donald Trump. Life in the public eye isn’t fair and the attempts to blame the President for any risks to his safety are just another transparent ploy for attention.

Of course, Acosta’s “danger” is largely a fairy tale. He goes on CNN to talk about how unsafe Trump rallies are, then he goes and takes selfies with the hecklers. It’s all a game to him.

The talk of sacrifice in his book is almost obscene. He makes millions of dollars to ask biased, partisan questions. There’s no nobility in that and there’s certainly no actual sacrifice. But Acosta views himself like a soldier on Okinawa, valorously storming emplacements as he shouts nonsensical questions at the President. I mean, there was that one time where he had to be outside when during the winter though. Such bravery.

While Acosta wants to blame others for the fact that a lot of people dislike him, the truth is that his ridiculously unfair reporting is the real reason. He’s routinely made things up, mislead audiences, and inserted himself in political discussions, all while insisting he’s just a journalist.

Regardless, for all the talk about the danger of his job, how many journalists have been attacked because Trump called them fake news? There hasn’t been a single one, so maybe Acosta is overplaying his hand just a bit. On the other hand, several journalists have been attacked just this year by left-wingers. No one wants to talk about that though because it doesn’t help the narrative.

Inflated egos of the degree shown in Acosta’s book are not a pretty sight to behold. They are just gross. There are real people out there everyday in various professions who actually risk their lives and they do so without fanfare or writing ridiculously self-aggrandizing books.

Acosta’s account of his vast sacrifice and importance reads more like a parody at this point and should be treated as such.

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Joe Biden Is Running Jeb Bush’s Campaign

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Earlier today, I was driving to lunch and flipped on the radio. I happened to catch about 10 minutes of Joe Biden’s much promoted (by CNN at least) speech, which has been billed the past few days as a coming “evisceration” of Donald Trump. Given that Biden has been in hiding lately, desperately trying to avoid gaffes, I was obviously skeptical that he’d be able to deliver anything really hard hitting.

What followed was a poorly performed greatest hits of every high-minded complaint we’ve heard from every anti-Trump personality, politician or otherwise, over the last three years.

Here’s a copy of the speech if you want to read all of it.

You got lines about how Trump is an existential threat (Biden clearly doesn’t know what that word means). You also got throwbacks to Hillary Clinton’s campaign with “the children are watching” pleas. He riffed on how great Barack Obama was and lamented that Trump would dare criticize London Mayor Sadiq Khan, who had previously attacked Trump and denied him any official courtesy. It was pretty much what you’d expect.

Then I saw this tweet and started to think.

Seeing him on video, coupled with the substance of the attacks he was making, reminded me of someone.

Jeb Bush. 

The physical styling is nearly spot on. Biden looks like he’s about to pass out just reading a piece of paper. He rarely makes eye contact and his cadence is awkward and forced. It’s clear why his campaign has had him on lock-down lately. This is not a guy who can sustain another year and half of heavy campaigning. It’s bad enough that one must to question whether he can even keep pace during the primary season, much less the general.

But, it’s really not just the low energy jabs that Trump will inevitably throw at Biden that make the comparison. Biden’s speech is also reminiscent of much of Bush’s strategy back in 2015. The virtue signaling, appeals to decency, and fearmongering that Trump is going to destroy the country. Instead of focusing on policy or at least some fresh attacks on the President, he’s preaching a message people have heard already, over and over and over. It doesn’t resonate anymore, if it ever did. You can only whine about Trump’s supposed indecency so much before people tune it out and that point has long passed.

Take this line for example.

Everywhere you turn, Trump is tearing down the guardrails of democracy. It’s the abuse of power. And if there is one thing I can’t stand — it’s the abuse of power.

That’s as boiler-plate and played out of a line as you can get in politics today. It’s been said a million times by every facet of the left (and some on the right). Biden’s playbook comes across as old and done before in much the same way Bush’s ideas seemed old and out of touch by the time he presented them in the summer of 2015.

Even Biden’s primary strategy reminds me of Jeb Bush. Biden has jumped out to a lead based on name recognition, donor excitement, and establishment credibility. Yet, he’s mostly an empty suit and produces all the excitement of a root canal. What happens when the Democrat primary debates start and Biden can’t hide any longer? Bush was hoping to coast to victory, largely ignoring his primary opponents early on, just as Biden is trying to do now.

In a postmortem of Bush’s campaign, The New Yorker shared this critique, which is scarily similar to Biden’s current campaign.

Even before Trump entered the race, Bush, despite his position at the top of the polls, was having trouble. Rather than plunging into the contest at the start of 2015 and going full out, he decided on a soft launch. It consisted of a series of speeches and carefully orchestrated appearances, some of which went badly. He spoke woodenly, he didn’t have anything very new or fresh to say, and he made a number of gaffes, which encouraged his opponents and gave the media something to feast on.

Just like Bush, Biden “launched” his campaign on the back of several soft announcements, officially entering the race later than everyone else. Since then, Biden’s appearances have been carefully choreographed, canned speeches in front of friendly crowds. His delivery is stale and tired. Instead of diving headlong into the fray, Biden has sat in the shadows, terrified of making a mistake, showing himself much more comfortable in front of donors than voters.

Lastly, much like Bush did, Biden is already falling into traps being set by Trump. As my RedState colleague Jennifer Van Laar shared today, Biden walked right into the President’s snare by giving that speech today.

There are two take-aways from Trump’s comments on Biden. One, Trump is using the same type of strategy against the Democrat contenders that he used against his primary opponents in the 2016 primary, which is to focus on one opponent then attack them endlessly until they’re destroyed. Two, Trump wanted Biden to make the Ottumwa rally about Trump so that the media coverage and sound bites would feature Biden’s weak attempts at slamming Trump instead of Biden’s own message.

Trump may not be the most well-spoken individual, but he knows how to make people look weak and he succeeded in making Biden look weak today. While Biden was grasping the podium and reciting prepared remarks with all the tenacity of the 76 year old man that he is, Trump was taking shots off the cuff and laughing about it.

Joe Biden’s strategy is to ride a wave of backlash against Trump’s character flaws because he has nothing else to run on. It didn’t work for Jeb Bush in 2016. Perhaps it’ll work this time around. If the election is purely a referendum on Trump, it might not matter what Biden does. I wouldn’t bank on it though. If he doesn’t shift gears soon, Biden is going to get destroyed from his left before he even gets a shot at Trump.

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Citing “Moral Clarity”, Gillibrand Says Appointing Pro-Life Judges is Like Appointing Anti-Semitic Judges

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Perhaps more so than any other Democratic presidential contender, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) has made it a point to try and establish herself as *the* pro-abortion candidate that pro-choice women can turn to.

In the aftermath of the fetal heartbeat bills signed into law in Georgia and Alabama last month, Gillibrand essentially called for a purge of pro-life Democrats from the party.

She told the Washington Post at the time that “As a party, we should be 100 percent pro-choice, and it should be nonnegotiable.” She also endorsed Democratic Rep. Dan Lipinski’s (IL-3) pro-choice primary challenger back in April.

Just recently, while on a campaign trip in Iowa, Gillibrand sat down with the Des Moines Register editorial board and gave an interview. During the interview, Gillibrand went on an extreme rant, equating appointing pro-life judges to appointing judges who were racist, homophobic, or anti-Semitic:

“I think there’s some issues that have such moral clarity that we have as a society decided that the other side is not acceptable,” Gillibrand said during an interview with the Des Moines Register on Tuesday

“Imagine saying that it’s OK to appoint a judge who’s racist, or anti-Semitic, or homophobic,” she continued. “Asking someone to appoint someone who takes away basic human rights of any group of people in America … I don’t think those are political issues anymore.”

She then went on to suggest that the reason pro-life Americans wanted like-minded judges on the bench was because they wanted to impose their religious beliefs on society:

“We believe in this country in the separation of church and state, and I respect the rights of every American to hold their religious beliefs true to themselves, but our country and our Constitution has always demanded that we have a separation of church and state,” she said.

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“All these efforts by President Trump, and other ultra-radical conservative judges and justices to impose their faith on Americans is contrary to our Constitution, and that’s what this is,” Gillibrand said.

Watch the interview segment below:

Her comments were outright appalling, despicable, and, as Alexandra DeSanctis said, “malicious.” There is literally no one who could make a good-faith argument for appointing a “homophobic, racist, or anti-Semitic” judge. There are plenty of good arguments that could be made in good faith on appointing a pro-life judge.

If I had a dime for everytime someone told me that I was trying to turn America into racist theocracy because of my pro-life views and desire to see a like-minded judge on the bench, I could retire comfortably at an early age. In addition to being a disgusting argument, it’s also a lazy argument made by pro-abortion liberals designed to – you guessed it – shut down the debate.

While it’s true that religious arguments have been made in the past to justify pro-life positions, the more commonly used rationale is quite simple (and has nothing to do with racism): This is a a moral issue much like the debate over slavery was long ago. As I’ve written before:

The “right” to terminate unborn life is most definitely a moral issue much like slavery was when it was legal. The fact that it was legal did not make it “right” no more than abortion being legal makes it “right” to do.

Gillibrand supports the unrestricted right to terminate an unborn life up until the moment of birth, even if the unborn baby is viable and healthy. The next time she wants to brag about how “morally clear” her position is on the issue, someone needs to ask her which abortion option she believes causes the least amount of pain to an unborn baby: Vacuum aspiration or dilation and evacuation?

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Joe Biden Has A New Campaign Slogan He Borrowed From Michael Avenatti

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I’m Going To Borrow That Slogan From YOU, Creepy ( Former) Porn Lawyer

How can you not love Joe Biden and his fledgling campaign? From the issue of keeping his hands to himself or “borrowing” words and phrases from other people, he just can’t help himself and I can’t get enough of it.

Joe Biden and Donald Trump are both in Iowa today for a series of speeches and events that are the official, unofficial kick off to their 2020 faceoff against each other. Now I know that I might be counting my chickens too soon but you all know you want this to happen.

Joe kicked off his first event with the theme that he will be carrying throughout the primary season that is simply, “Donald Trump Sucks” and I’m the guy to beat him. Biden has already been skipping events where he knows he will have to fight other Dems and decided to play it safe by just going right after Trump.

However, good ole Uncle Joe who ran for his party’s nomination in 1988 and had to drop out for plagiarizing Neil Kinnock from Britan, has once again decided to borrow another slogan from someone who not only hated Donald Trump also but has endorsed the former Veep.

Still creepy but not a lawyer to a porn star anymore, Michael Avenatti.

According to Fox News

Former Vice President Joe Biden was applauded Tuesday by Democrats in Iowa when he slammed President Trump with his own twist on the president’s famous campaign slogan.

“He says, ‘let’s make America great again,’” Biden said of Trump in Ottumwa. “Let’s make America America again.”

Turns out, that’s not the first time voters have heard that line: Michael Avenatti, the anti-Trump lawyer who briefly promoted a possible Democratic presidential run of his own this year before being indicted on multiple charges, repeatedly used that same slogan in public remarks as he pushed back against Trump.

Avenatti most recently used the line – in endorsing Biden for president in April.

“I am extremely happy that @JoeBiden has decided to enter the race,” Avenatti tweeted at the time. “He offers Dems the very best chance in 2020, especially in key states. He has the fight, intelligence and fortitude to beat Trump and begin to make America, America again. He has my enthusiastic support.”

Isn’t he precious?

Biden has already been tagged this cycle for lifting some lines and now they decide to just go right to the guy who is in a helluva lot of trouble with Nike, Stormy and a bunch of others and just take his phrase. Who from the Hillary Clinton campaign did the Bernie Sanders camp plant in Joe’s? That person should win the campaign manager of the year.

Make America, America Again? How about making the last one of Joe Biden’s three campaigns run competently. You would think after 31 years of trying to do this you might have taken some notes on what NOT to do in the future but hey Joe, you gotta be you.

Really, who am I kidding? I’m going to root for this trainwreck of a campaign go all the way and then watch Trump taunt him about going behind a school to whoop his behind. Let’s do this ASAP.

We need to make America Laugh Again.

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“Deeply Immoral”: Dan Crenshaw Blasts Rashida Tlaib’s Anti-Poverty Plan, Says It Creates More Govt Dependency

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Fresh off of getting failed Democratic Congressional candidate Brianna Wu (MA) to tweet a self-own acknowledging his point on Christian teachings, Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX-2) has moved on to the next Democrat who needs a reality check: Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI-13).

Crenshaw appeared on Fox News Monday to discuss a variety of topics, but the one that got the most attention was Tlaib’s trillion dollar plan to combat was she calls income inequality. The Washington Post describes the plan:

Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) has released a plan to spend trillions of federal dollars on direct cash subsidies to working class and poor Americans, including the unemployed and those with no earnings.

Tlaib’s bill would give direct cash help to those at the bottom of the income distribution — annually offering $3,000 to individuals and $6,000 to families — in an attempt to reduce poverty in the United States and bolster the wages of the poor.

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By contrast, Tlaib’s plan offers the full $3,000 or $6,000 credit to those with no income — a significant break from orthodoxy among more centrist Democrats, who have traditionally argued giving federal cash to the unemployed will discourage them from finding jobs.

Speaking with Fox News‘s Martha MacCallum Monday, Crenshaw called Tlaib’s plan “deeply immoral”, and said it was crafted out of a “misunderstanding of economics”:

“It’s a misunderstanding of economics because one, we always have to ask the question ‘how are we going to pay for it?’,” he claimed.

“Are we going to put our children in even more debt? Are we going to raise taxes on somebody else?

“It also doesn’t make sense because it basically entices people not to work. If you are making $49,000 a year, then you’re going to have an incentive not to take that extra job or extra promotion because you’re going to lose your benefits.”

Tlaib’s plan, the Livable Income for Families (LIFT) Plus Act, would offer direct payments of $3,000 to people making less than $50,000 per year.

Watch video of the interview segment below:

Tlaib’s plan is (surprise!) an even more expansive version of the one Democratic presidential candidate and Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) proposed back in January, which Townhall‘s Ian Snively dissected earlier this year.

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Thank You, Jon Stewart, for Calling Out Congress on 9/11 First Responders Benefits

Jon Stewart testified on Capitol Hill today in support of a bill pending before Congress that would ensure that a victim’s compensation fund set up for 9/11 first responders would be able to pay benefits for the next 70 years and, after seeing the sparse attendance from lawmakers, forcefully admonished them – with tears in his eyes – to do their jobs.

There was a time when our elected officials would break their neck to be seen on television doing something to help those who ran into burning, unstable buildings, who searched for days to rescue every person they possibly could from the rubble. Congress creatures would be at those hearings with bells on and a flag pin on their lapel. Today, those appearances are saved for any type of hearing that can damage President Trump.

Stewart has worked with 9/11 first responders organizations for years, and was well aware that some of those first responders attending the hearing had traveled to Washington on their own dime and while suffering great physical pain. He didn’t waste the opportunity to remind Congress of this fact.

As I sit here today I can’t help but think what an incredible metaphor this room is for the entire process that getting healthcare and benefits for 9/11 first responders has come to. Behind me, a filled room of 9/11 first responders, and in front of me, a nearly empty Congress. Sick and dying, they brought themselves down here to speak, and no one – shameful. It’s embarrassing to this country and it is a stain on this institution, and you should be ashamed of yourselves for those who aren’t here, but you won’t be, because accountability doesn’t appear to be something that occurs in this chamber.

We don’t want to be here. Lou doesn’t want to be here.  None of these people want to be here. And they are. And they’re not here for themselves. They’re here to continue fighting for what’s right. Lou’s gonna go back for his 69th chemo…the disrespect shown to him and the other lobbyists on this bill is utterly unacceptable.

Wrapping up his testimony, Stewart tearfully recounted all of the BS bureaucracy the first responders have had to go through while battling physical and mental health issues.

He said:

The breathing problems started almost immediately, and they were told they weren’t sick; they were crazy.

And then as the illnesses got worse and things became more apparent, okay, you’re sick, but it’s not from the pile.

And then, when the science became irrefutable, okay, it’s the pile, but this is a New York issue. I don’t know if we have the money.

And I’m sorry if I sound angry and undiplomatic, but I am angry, and you should be too, and they’re all angry as well, and they have every justification to be that way. There is not a person here, there is not an empty chair on that stage that didn’t tweet out, “Never forget the heroes of 9/11. Never forget their bravery. Never forget what they did, what they gave to this country.” Well, here they are.

And where are they?

And it would be one thing if their callous indifference and rank hypocrisy were benign, but it’s not. Your indifference cost these men and women their most valuable commodity: time. That’s the one thing they’re running out of.

This should be flipped. This hearing should be flipped. These men and women should be up on that stage and Congress should be down here answering their questions as to why this is so damn hard and takes so damn long. And why, no matter what they get, something’s always pulled back and they’ve gotta come back.

Mr. Johnson, you made a point earlier, and it was one that we have heard over and over again in these halls, and I couldn’t help but to answer to it, which is…you know, we have a lot of stuff here to do, and we’ve got to make sure there’s money for a variety of disasters and hurricanes and tornadoes. But this wasn’t a hurricane, and this wasn’t a tornado, and, by the way, that’s your job anyway…9/11 first responders shouldn’t have to decide whether to live or to have a place to live.

The idea that you can only give them five more years of VCF because you’re not quite sure what’s going to happen five years from now, well, I can tell you, I’m pretty sure what’s gonna happen five years from now. More of these men and women are going to get sick, and they’re going to die.

And I’m awfully tired of hearing that it’s a 9/11, New York issue. Al-Qaeda didn’t shout, “Death to Tribeca.” They attacked America. And these men and women and their response to it is what brought our country back. It’s what gave a reeling nation a solid foundation to stand back upon, to remind us of why this country is great, of why this country is worth fighting for, and you are ignoring them.

And you can end it tomorrow. Why this bill isn’t unanimous consent and isn’t a standalone issue is beyond my comprehension.

They responded in five seconds. They did their job with courage, grace, tenacity, humility. Eighteen years later, do yours!

Thank you.

Thank *you,* Jon Stewart.

(There’s a chance those words won’t be written on these pages again, but one must give credit where credit is due.)

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CNN Reporter Pushes Fake News After Trump Presents Copy of U.S-Mexico Border Deal at Presser

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This is not an apple or a banana, or something. I forget which is supposed to represent the truth in their silly ad campaign.

Today, Donald Trump gave a short presser to intrepid news reporters at the White House. Some of the questions naturally revolved around the new border deal between the U.S. and Mexico, which was reached late last week. After spending days calling Trump a moron for threatening tariffs, he delivered a victory they all said wouldn’t happen and Mexico gave some serious concessions to help stem the flow of illegal immigration.

That has many in the media shifting into overdrive to spin the results. One such outlet that’s been as guilty as anyone is CNN and Jim Acosta’s replacement (he’s busy risking his life giving interviews about his silly new book) decided to get in on the act.

After the President held up a piece of paper asserting it was a copy of the deal with Mexico, CNN’s Brian J. Karem took to Twitter to make this accusation.

Mr. Karem really thought he had the President here. Isn’t it just hilarious how he presented a blank piece of paper as the deal? What a conman, am I right?

His post has 17.7K likes as I’m typing this and it spread like wildfire in the left-wing echo chambers.

There’s a problem though, as there usually is with these sensational Trump stories.

Not only is the language of the agreement visible, you can even see the signatures on the paper. It’s clearly, 100% not “blank,” as CNN’s reporter described it.

Karem gave a belated correction which currently has only 383 likes and 39 retweets. Notice how these people always purposely don’t delete their tweets, knowing they’ll continue to garner views and followers despite being false.

This led to questions about why Karem assumed it was blank in the first place.

We know why he did what he did though. CNN exists as a rabidly anti-Trump network at this point. Even as their ratings keep collapsing, they continue their crusade. If that means spreading fake news, which will now become fact to liberals everywhere, then so be it. They can just give a meek correction and move onto the next purposeful screw up.

In a stunning show of no self-awareness, Karem tweeted this out later in the afternoon.

In reality, it looks like it’s Karem’s credibly that just got blown to bits.

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Mitt Romney Is Thinking of Co-Sponsoring a Carbon Tax for Some Reason

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This is the issue with idolizing certain politicians simply over their supposed superior decorum.

While Mitt Romney may be a good, decent person, he’s a pretty bad Republican and has been his entire career. That’s continued with his ascent (descent?) to Senate, where he’s fancied himself Jeff Flake’s long lost twin brother. His reaction to the Mueller report was pretty much what you’d expect but he’s always up for trying to scuttle a GOP nominee to virtue signal for Barack Obama.

While he doesn’t know if he’ll support Trump in 2020, he knows that something must be done about climate change and a carbon tax might just be the ticket.

Romney recently told E&E News (an energy focused outlet) that he’s thinking about co-sponsoring a carbon tax bill.

Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) said today he’s considering co-sponsoring a carbon tax bill amid shifting attitudes in the GOP and increasingly strong advocacy for carbon pricing programs in corporate America.

That last line may seem counter intuitive, but it’s actually a real shift going on within the oil and gas industry. They are scared to death of coming legal action regarding carbon emissions and “climate change.” Their response is to ask the government to start taxing them, along with giving them legal protections if they comply.

The logic goes something like this. Because the entire industry would be hit with the same taxes, they could all raise prices at uniform rates, passing the costs onto consumers. It then becomes a win-win for them. They get new legal protections and any increase in costs from the taxes aren’t paid by them anyway. It’s really a testament to just how incidious crony capitalism is among the U.S. government and large corporations.

Romney, being your typical establishment Republican, is willing to entertain the idea.

“Taxes have never been my intent, but we’ll see what he has to say,” Romney said. “I would very much like to see us reduce our carbon emissions globally, and we’ll see if this might help.”

The right answer is that higher taxes are never the right answer. Especially when they are obviously part of a scheme meant to protect big business while raising prices for consumers. This also stands in contrast to 2012, where Romney spent plenty of time rallying against a carbon tax and hitting Obama for his “war on coal.”

While such a bill would go nowhere, this episode is a reminder of why politicians like Romney can’t be counted on for anything. They may say the right stuff and do so in a way that gives certain portions of the right the warm and fuzzies, but he’s still your typical, squish Republican who’d just as well go along to get along than actually stand for anything.

His possible support for a carbon tax is so on brand, it’s scary.

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