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NeverTrumpers Condemn President’s Speech Condemning ‘Racism, Bigotry, and White Supremacy’

In remarks delivered from the White House Monday morning, President Trump called on the nation to condemn “racism, bigotry and white supremacy,” but that wasn’t good enough for his critics, who insisted on blaming him for creating a climate of hate with his anti-illegal immigration rhetoric.

“In one voice, our nation must condemn racism, bigotry and white supremacy. These sinister ideologies must be defeated. Hate has no place in America. Hatred warps the mind, ravages the heart and devours the soul,” the president said, in reference to the deadly shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio over the weekend.

While the El Paso shooter had vehemently opposed “the invasion” on the Southern border and indicated support for President Trump in social media postings, he also expressed support for left-wing ideas like “a basic universal income,” “universal healthcare,” and climate alarmism.

The Dayton shooter was a self-avowed socialist and Satanist who had expressed support on social media for “the squad,”  and tweeted that he would vote for Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.). The Dayton shooter had also expressed hatred for Trump.

“We must recognize that the internet has provided a dangerous avenue to radicalize disturbed minds and perform demented acts. We must shine light on the dark recesses of the internet and stop mass murders before they start,” Trump said.

“Mental illness and hatred pulls the trigger—not the gun,” he added.

The president ticked off a number of measures he said should be taken to prevent the next mass shooting, including a crackdown on violent video games, mental health reforms, and red flag laws.

He also called for the death penalty for extremists who commit mass murders, stressing that capital punishment be delivered “quickly, decisively, and without years of needless delay.”

To the extreme vexation of the Left, Trump did not propose any new gun laws.

The Washington Post’s Jennifer Rubin condemned the president’s speech, saying it would be laughable if it weren’t so infuriating.”

Helaine Olen, another Washington Post writer, called Trump’s speech a “hostage video.”

Vox called it “an exercise in gaslighting.”

Assorted leftists and their “conservative” never-Trumper allies also panned the speech on Twitter, hitting him for not cracking down on guns and for being an instigator of hatred and violence himself.

In a slip of the tongue at the end of his speech, the president accidentally said “Toledo,” instead of “Dayton,” which the media has been emphasizing in their reports.

Meanwhile, the fact that former Vice President Joe Biden botched the names of both locations Sunday evening while addressing the mass shootings at a fundraiser in California, has been ignored by most in the press.

Biden referred to the shootings as “the tragic events in Houston today and also in Michigan the day before,” apparently confusing Houston, with El Paso and erroneously thinking that Dayton was in the state of Michigan. He also got the timing wrong as the Texas shooting occurred before the Ohio shooting.

Full transcript of President Trump’s remarks:

PRESIDENT TRUMP: Good morning. My fellow Americans, this morning, our nation is overcome with shock, horror, and sorrow. This weekend, more than 80 people were killed or wounded in two evil attacks.

On Saturday morning, in El Paso, Texas, a wicked man went to a Walmart store, where families were shopping with their loved ones. He shot and murdered 20 people, and injured 26 others, including precious little children.

Then, in the early hours of Sunday morning in Dayton, Ohio, another twisted monster opened fire on a crowded downtown street. He murdered 9 people, including his own sister, and injured 27 others.

The First Lady and I join all Americans in praying and grieving for the victims, their families, and the survivors. We will stand by their side forever. We will never forget.

These barbaric slaughters are an assault upon our communities, an attack upon our nation, and a crime against all of humanity. We are outraged and sickened by this monstrous evil, the cruelty, the hatred, the malice, the bloodshed, and the terror. Our hearts are shattered for every family whose parents, children, husbands, and wives were ripped from their arms and their lives. America weeps for the fallen.

We are a loving nation, and our children are entitled to grow up in a just, peaceful, and loving society. Together, we lock arms to shoulder the grief, we ask God in Heaven to ease the anguish of those who suffer, and we vow to act with urgent resolve.

I want to thank the many law enforcement personnel who responded to these atrocities with the extraordinary grace and courage of American heroes.

I have spoken with Texas Governor Greg Abbott and Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, as well as Mayor Dee Margo of El Paso, Texas, and Mayor Nan Whaley of Dayton, Ohio, to express our profound sadness and unfailing support.

Today, we also send the condolences of our nation to President Obrador of Mexico, and all the people of Mexico, for the loss of their citizens in the El Paso shooting. Terrible, terrible thing.

I have also been in close contact with Attorney General Barr and FBI Director Wray. Federal authorities are on the ground, and I have directed them to provide any and all assistance required — whatever is needed.

The shooter in El Paso posted a manifesto online consumed by racist hate. In one voice, our nation must condemn racism, bigotry, and white supremacy. These sinister ideologies must be defeated. Hate has no place in America. Hatred warps the mind, ravages the heart, and devours the soul. We have asked the FBI to identify all further resources they need to investigate and disrupt hate crimes and domestic terrorism — whatever they need.

We must recognize that the Internet has provided a dangerous avenue to radicalize disturbed minds and perform demented acts. We must shine light on the dark recesses of the Internet, and stop mass murders before they start. The Internet, likewise, is used for human trafficking, illegal drug distribution, and so many other heinous crimes. The perils of the Internet and social media cannot be ignored, and they will not be ignored.

In the two decades since Columbine, our nation has watched with rising horror and dread as one mass shooting has followed another — over and over again, decade after decade.

We cannot allow ourselves to feel powerless. We can and will stop this evil contagion. In that task, we must honor the sacred memory of those we have lost by acting as one people. Open wounds cannot heal if we are divided. We must seek real, bipartisan solutions. We have to do that in a bipartisan manner. That will truly make America safer and better for all.

First, we must do a better job of identifying and acting on early warning signs. I am directing the Department of Justice to work in partisan—partnership with local, state, and federal agencies, as well as social media companies, to develop tools that can detect mass shooters before they strike.

As an example, the monster in the Parkland high school in Florida had many red flags against him, and yet nobody took decisive action. Nobody did anything. Why not?

Second, we must stop the glorification of violence in our society. This includes the gruesome and grisly video games that are now commonplace. It is too easy today for troubled youth to surround themselves with a culture that celebrates violence. We must stop or substantially reduce this, and it has to begin immediately. Cultural change is hard, but each of us can choose to build a culture that celebrates the inherent worth and dignity of every human life. That’s what we have to do.

Third, we must reform our mental health laws to better identify mentally disturbed individuals who may commit acts of violence and make sure those people not only get treatment, but, when necessary, involuntary confinement. Mental illness and hatred pulls the trigger, not the gun.

Fourth, we must make sure that those judged to pose a grave risk to public safety do not have access to firearms, and that, if they do, those firearms can be taken through rapid due process. That is why I have called for red flag laws, also known as extreme risk protection orders.

Today, I am also directing the Department of Justice to propose legislation ensuring that those who commit hate crimes and mass murders face the death penalty, and that this capital punishment be delivered quickly, decisively, and without years of needless delay.

These are just a few of the areas of cooperation that we can pursue. I am open and ready to listen and discuss all ideas that will actually work and make a very big difference.

Republicans and Democrats have proven that we can join together in a bipartisan fashion to address this plague. Last year, we enacted the STOP School Violence and Fix NICS Acts into law, providing grants to improve school safety and strengthening critical background checks for firearm purchases. At my direction, the Department of Justice banned bump stocks. Last year, we prosecuted a record number of firearms offenses. But there is so much more that we have to do.

Now is the time to set destructive partisanship aside — so destructive — and find the courage to answer hatred with unity, devotion, and love. Our future is in our control. America will rise to the challenge. We will always have and we always will win. The choice is ours and ours alone. It is not up to mentally ill monsters; it is up to us.

If we are able to pass great legislation after all of these years, we will ensure that those who were attacked will not have died in vain.

May God bless the memory of those who perished in Toledo. May God protect them. May God protect all of those from Texas to Ohio. May God bless the victims and their families. May God bless America.

Thank you very much. Thank you.

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Democrats, Media Agitate for Useless Gun Control Legislation

Before the bodies were cold and before any information was known about the two maniacs who massacred innocent civilians this past weekend, Democrats were fundraising and caterwauling about the need for gun control. How do we keep guns out of the hands of people who should not have them? That is a question that will not be asked nor answered by posturing anti-Second Amendment propagandists.

Instead, the Senate Democrats want to pass the bill that already passed in the Democrat-controlled House earlier this year, HR8.

“The Republican Senate must stop their outrageous obstruction and join the House to put an end to the horror and bloodshed that gun violence inflicts every day in America. Enough is enough.” And Schumer tweeted the majority leader “must call the Senate back for an emergency session to put the House-passed universal background checks legislation on the Senate floor for debate and a vote immediately.”

The background check bill “prohibits a firearm transfer between private parties unless a licensed gun dealer, manufacturer, or importer first takes possession of the firearm to conduct a background check.”

In the case of the Dayton massacre and the El Paso massacre, the firearms were legally obtained. How would HR8 have stopped either one of these massacres? Are its advocates explaining how it would have stopped either one of these tragedies from happening? No, because it wouldn’t have.

The Democrats don’t really care about gun violence other than as a useful tool for their political power grab. Background check requirements and other gun control measures haven’t stopped gun violence in either Chicago or Baltimore, places with notoriously restrictive gun control laws. We do not see the same recent outrage over the 314 gun deaths in Chicago during the last year.  There have been 180 gun deaths in Baltimore so far in 2019, where is the fury? Firearm murders in both Baltimore and Chicago frequently and disproportionately victimize minorities and yet we never see the Democrat-media grandstanding about these casualties. Perhaps this is because there are no gun control restrictions left to inflict on these cities. Or perhaps because they don’t really care about gun violence unless it is politically useful, both Chicago and Baltimore are under Democrat control.

Another “sensible gun control  measure” the Democrats and media are insisting upon is the “assault weapons” ban. When political celebrities and politicians talk about “assault weapons,” they do not define what an “assault weapon” is. What makes a rifle an assault weapon as opposed to a non-assault rifle? Don’t expect an answer because it’s a made up term to confuse those unfamiliar with firearms that military-grade weapons are littering America’s streets.

President Bill Clinton signed the assault weapon ban (AWB) into law in 1994 and it was in effect for 10 years until 2004. Did it work?

It turns out that various independent studies came to the same conclusion: the ban had no measurable impact on the number of shootings or the number of shooting deaths while it was in effect.

A 2005 report from the National Research Council, for example, noted that “A recent evaluation of the short-term effects of the 1994 federal assault weapons ban did not reveal any clear impacts on gun violence outcomes.”

A 2004 study sponsored by the National Institute of Justice found that while the ban appeared to have reduced the number of crimes committed with “assault weapons,” any benefits were “likely to have been outweighed by steady or rising use of non-banned semiautomatics.

As a result, the Justice study found “there has been no discernible reduction in the lethality and injuriousness of gun violence, based on indicators like the percentage of gun crimes resulting in death or the share of gunfire incidents resulting in injury.”

One main reason the AWB did not work was because violence committed with “assault weapons” is very rare compared with handgun violence. Criminal malefactors will just find another weapon to carry out their evil intentions if they are intent on doing so. After all, the Columbine massacre occurred during the AWB. But even mass shootings were not stopped by the 10-year long ban. “Mass shootings didn’t stop during the ban, either — there were 16 while the ban was in effect, which resulted in 237 deaths or injuries. In fact, it was while the ban was in effect that the Columbine High School massacre happened, in which 13 students were killed and 24 injured.”

Despite the rhetoric and hysteria on display following the gruesome murders in Ohio and Texas, gun crime is on the decline and has been for years. The media has effectively brainwashed the public to believe that gun violence is an epidemic. “In other words, gun homicides have dropped substantially over the past 25 years — but most Americans believe the opposite to be true….The good news is that gun homicides are down substantially both as a raw total and as a function of population since 1994.”

Be careful when the Democrats and the media offer solutions unrelated to the problems they are promoting.

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Required Reading – August 4 Evening Update

Required reading from around the web of the best, most interesting, or most though provoking things we’ve read:

Conklin: Judge Blocks New York From Turning Over Trump Tax Returns To Congress

“The order will block any House Ways and Means Committee requests for the tax returns via the New York law until the jurisdictional dispute is resolved.”

Read more at Daily Caller.

 

Camosy: The Double Murder That Ended Ally Kostial’s Life Is An Indictment Of Abortion Culture

“Many of us were disturbed by the murder of University of Mississippi undergraduate Ally Kostial last week. By all accounts, she was such a deeply kind and beautiful person. What could have possibly been the motivation to kill someone who radiated such powerful goodness? This week, based on exclusive reporting from The Daily Mail, we learned the answer: Ally was pregnant with the child of the accused killer, a fellow undergraduate at Mississippi. He reportedly pressured her to have an abortion. She refused. So it appears he killed her and their prenatal child, in a reprehensible double murder. […]

Despite the high-profile nature of such cases, our culture is still not fully aware of the danger in which pregnant women find themselves—particularly in a patriarchal throwaway culture in which abortion is an expected means of permitting people to live their lives without the “burden” (or, as President Obama once put it, “punishment”) of a child.”

Read more at The Federalist.

 

 

Gardner & Zengerle: Senate panel backs Nord Stream 2 pipeline sanctions bill
“A U.S. Senate committee passed a bill on Wednesday to slap sanctions on companies and individuals involved in building the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline from Russia to Germany that the Trump administration says would strengthen Moscow’s economic grip on Europe. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee passed the “Protecting Europe’s Energy Security Act,” by a vote of 20 to 2. The bill, which reflects some lawmakers’ concerns over Russian influence in Europe, would still need to pass the full Senate and House of Representatives and be signed by President Donald Trump into law. A companion bill passed the House Foreign Affairs Committee last month.  “Russia has a history of using energy as a weapon,” said Republican Senator Ted Cruz, one of the measure’s sponsors. […] Republican Senator Rand Paul and Democratic Senator Tom Udall were the panel members who voted against the bill. Paul complained . . .”

Read more at Reuters.

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Required Reading – August 4

Required reading from around the web of the best, most interesting, or most though provoking things we’ve read:

Carney: U.S. Added 164,000 Jobs in July

“The U.S. economy added 164,000 jobs in July and unemployment held steady at 3.7 percent. Economists surveyed by Econoday had forecast a gain of 151,000 for July and for unemployment to decline slightly to 3.6 percent.”

Read more at Breitbart.

 

 

Raleigh: How China Tries To Take Its Totalitarian Social Control Tactics Global

“Christy Leung is a 21-year-old college student from Hong Kong. She feels threatened by Chinese censorship these days — but she doesn’t even live in Hong Kong right now. Instead, she attends the University of Queensland in Australia. Recently, when she and other students from Hong Kong organized a peaceful rally on campus to support the anti-extradition bill protesters in Hong Kong, they were met by a pro-Beijing counterprotest. A video shows some of the Chinese nationalists resorted to physical violence in order to shut down students from Hong Kong. According to a New York Times report, “A student from Hong Kong [was] being grabbed by the throat,” and a “counter protester [threw] a Hong Kong student’s megaphone aside.” imilar confrontations between Hong Kong students and pro-Beijing Chinese nationalists (including students and nonstudents) occurred at the University of Auckland in New Zealand this week. A Chinese male student shoved Sarah Lee, a female student from Hong Kong, causing her to fall to the ground. Few of us could have ever imagined that a student’s right to free speech would be violently challenged in this way on college campuses in Western democracies such as Australia and New Zealand. Yet

these recent incidents are a chilling reminder of the long arms of Chinese censorship and its effects on Western education institutions. College campuses unfortunately have become the new battlefront. Hubris: China Tries to Control Non-Chinese Speech The Chinese Communist Party’s . . .”

Read more at The Federalist.

 

 

Horvatt II:  Abolishing Motherhood, Turning Women into ‘Gestators’: A Feminist Vision Against Family

“The present manifestations of feminism are mere phases of a process that seeks the annihilation of women. It seems a contradiction. Feminism claims to glorify women and their accomplishments. Women’s Studies department worldwide are supposedly dedicated to the study of women’s achievements and the denouncing of the “oppression” they have suffered over the ages. However, avant-garde feminists reveal the true nature of their nihilistic creed. They desire the destruction of all that was once considered to be female. They claim the feminine ideal is a social construct that inhibits and restrains women from being whatever they want to be. […] . . .  some feminists target the sublime and intimate bond between mother and child as oppressive. It too must be destroyed. Sophie Lewis, a British social theorist, has, for example, just published “Full Surrogacy Now: Feminism Against Family.”  It is a radical assault on the family from a Marxist perspective that takes the feminist attack on the feminine to unfathomable depths.”

Read more at CNS News.

 

 

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Trump Withdraws Nomination of Rep. Ratcliffe for DNI, Blames ‘Lamestream Media’

President Trump on Friday withdrew his nomination of Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-TX) to be director of national intelligence (DNI) to replace outgoing DNI Daniel Coats, explaining the move by saying that the nomination process would have been too “miserable” for his family to deal with.

“Our great Republican Congressman John Ratcliffe is being treated very unfairly by the LameStream Media. Rather than going through months of slander and libel, I explained to John how miserable it would be for him and his family to deal with these people,” the president tweeted.  “John has therefore decided to stay in Congress where he has done such an outstanding job representing the people of Texas, and our Country. I will be announcing my nomination for DNI shortly.”

Trump announcement on Sunday that he had chosen Ratcliffe to replace Coats spurred an avalanche of negative media attacks this week, with Democrats calling him everything from a demagogic “television character” to a “fascist clown.” Democrats even accused Ratcliffe of padding his resume during his 2014 run for congress in Texas.

According to the Daily Caller’s Chuck Ross, Ratcliffe’s team felt abandoned by the White House in the midst of the onslaught.

Other individuals who have been mentioned as contenders for the post are Gen. Joseph Dunford, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Fred Fleitz, former chief of staff to Trump’s National Security Adviser John Bolton, and Principal Deputy DNI Susan Gordon, a favorite of the deep staters.

A potential Fleitz nomination would signal that the president is serious about “downsizing” the the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), as Fleitz has advocated for its elimination in the past.

Update:

According to the New York Times, Trump has already removed Gordon from consideration.

The backtrack leaves Mr. Trump without any obvious candidate to fill one of the country’s most important national-security jobs, heightening scrutiny on what will happen with Sue Gordon, Mr. Coats’s No. 2. Mr. Trump has already decided not to allow her to rise to the role of acting director of national intelligence when Mr. Coats steps down, according to people familiar with his plans.

The decision to circumvent Ms. Gordon, who has served as the principal deputy director in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, will probably upset Republicans and Democrats in the Senate who had expressed doubts about Mr. Ratcliffe.

Mr. Trump recently blocked Ms. Gordon from personally delivering an intelligence briefing after she arrived at the White House, according to a person familiar with the matter. A spokeswoman for the Office of the Director of the National Intelligence, Amanda J. Schoch, said Ms. Gordon was not blocked from attending any recent briefing, but she declined to comment about what happened inside the Oval Office.

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Nancy Pelosi, Ilhan Omar Take Taxpayer Funded Trip to Africa

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi accompanied Rep. Ilhan Omar and other members of Congress on a trip to Africa paid for by the American taxpayer.

Omar is visiting Ghana this week along with Pelosi and the 13 members of the Congressional Black Caucus as they observe the 400th anniversary of the arrival of enslaved Africans in America, according to Quartz.

The group is visiting slave castles and meeting with Ghana’s parliament during the trip.

The “send her back” line was referring to the chant attendees of President Trump’s rally last month in North Carolina broke into after Trump mentioned the congresswoman’s name.

Omar was making a joke about the crowd at one of the Trump campaign rallies. Members of the crowd starting chanting “send her back” when the president mentioned her name. The media and the Democrats quickly condemned Trump personally for making the remarks, claiming they were racist. Omar along with other radical, freshmen congresswomen have continually launched claims against the president and attacked him on social media. Omar has also made provocative anti-Semitic remarks and dismissed the seriousness of the 9/11 terror attack.

Now Omar has a primary challenger, in the form of an Iraqi veteran.

Chris Kelley, who will run as an independent, told FoxNews.com earlier this week that he decided to take on Omar after the Somali-born freshman lawmaker said “some people did something” when referring to the 9/11 attackers.

Kelley, who served in Operation Desert Storm and deployed twice during the Iraq War as an intelligence analyst, told “Fox & Friends” Friday that the comments were “very dismissive and disrespectful” in his view.

“Look, three-thousand Americans died and many more first responders died [after] responding to this. … I figured you can complain or you can try and do something,” he said.

“She’s campaigning everywhere else, raising money in California, now she’s overseas but she’s not in the district and people are noticing. Many people have said to me, ‘what is she doing for us?'” he said.

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Fact Check: Sen. Kamala Harris Does Know at Least One Predator

Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) in recent weeks has taken to calling President Trump “a predator” who “preys” on vulnerable Americans.

While speaking in Iowa on July 3, for instance, Harris touted her record as a prosecutor, claiming that she went after groups that had “preyed” on Americans–including big banks and pharmaceutical companies.

“I know predators, and we have a predator living in the White House,” she declared, adding that “Trump “has predatory nature and predatory instincts.”

Harris continued: “The things about predators you should know, they pray on the vulnerable. They prey on those who they do not believe are strong. The thing about you must importantly know, predators are cowards.”

She repeated those lines in the Democrat debate last night.

“I have a background where successfully, I have prosecuted the big banks who preyed on homeowners, prosecuted pharmaceutical companies who preyed on seniors, prosecuted transnational criminal organizations that preyed on women and children, and I will tell you we have a predator living in the White House,” said Harris dramatically.

“The thing about this person is he’s got predatory instincts and a predatory nature,” Harris added. “Because let me tell you a secret about predators. They prey on the vulnerable. They prey on those who they assume are weak. They prey on those they assume are desperate. And the thing about predators is this — they’re cowards!”

Harris should be congratulated for spouting some of the most shameless and demagogic nonsense on a campaign field crowded with shameless demagogues.

But she was right about one thing. She does know at least one predator “who preys on those who he does not believe are strong.”

One of Harris’ longtime aides, Larry Wallace, would seem to fit that description.

In 2016, Wallace was accused of “gender harassment and other demeaning behavior” by his former executive assistant, the Sacramento Bee reported last fall. After the employee, Danielle Hartley, complained to a superior about the harassment, Harris’ office allegedly retaliated against her. Harris claims to have known nothing about it.

Hartley sued the state Department of Justice on Dec. 30, 2016, just before Harris assumed her current office.

According to the lawsuit, Wallace placed his printer on the floor underneath his desk and ordered Hartley to replace the paper or ink on a daily basis. When she asked to move the printer to another location so she would not have to crawl under his desk in dresses and skirts, the lawsuit states, Wallace refused. Wallace frequently asked Hartley to put paper in the printer while he was sitting at his desk or in front of other male executives from the division, according to the lawsuit.

Hartley also complained in the lawsuit that Wallace took away her “meaningful tasks” and put her in charge of running personal errands instead, including booking flights for Wallace’s children and washing and performing maintenance on his car. When she would return from these assignments, the lawsuit states, “co-workers would make hostile comments to her including, ‘Are you walking the walk of shame?’”

According to the lawsuit, Hartley eventually informed her supervisor, Shannon Patterson, of the harassment and asked for help. “Hartley observed Patterson enter Wallace’s office and met with him behind closed doors,” the lawsuit states, but after that, she began to experience retaliation.

The lawsuit describes that Hartley was “set up to fail,” micro-managed by Patterson, investigated by internal affairs on a “fabricated charge” for which she was never informed of the outcome, and “told she should quit her job and seek employment elsewhere.”

When she tried to get a job outside the department, she was unsuccessful because she began suffering from panic attacks and depression due to the “stress from all of the harassment,” according to the lawsuit.

After the Sacramento Bee broke the story last December, Wallace resigned in disgrace. Harris, meanwhile, denied knowing about the allegations, even though Wallace had been her senior aide and had been a close colleague for 14 years.

“For Harris to flatly deny any knowledge of this settlement seems, shall we say, far-fetched,” the Bee opined. “At a minimum, Harris should have known [a] key staff member was accused of harassment.” Harris has made sexual harassment in the workplace a top campaign issue.

The paper went on to suggest that Harris was perhaps not “a terribly good manager, and that her staff was insulating her from information critical to the performance of her duties.”

So she’s either a lying, two-faced monster, or an inept manager who had no idea what was going on in her own office.

Of course, it’s certainly possible that both things are true.

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Study: People Are Racist Toward Black Robots

A new study from the Human Interface Technology Laboratory in New Zealand (HIT Lab NZ) and published by the country’s University of Canterbury finds that people “perceive physically human-like robots to have a race and therefore apply racial stereotypes to white and black robots.”

“The bias against black robots is a result of bias against African-Americans,” lead researcher Christoph Bartneck explained to The Next Web. He told CNN, “It is amazing to see how people who had no prior interaction with robots show racial bias towards them.”

This is an issue that needs to be addressed, the researchers asserted.

“If robots are supposed to function as teachers, friends, or carers, for instance, then it will be a serious problem if all of these roles are only ever occupied by robots that are racialized as White,” according to the study.

Why not make the robots green or silver? Why do they have to look human at all? Don’t these researchers watch science fiction movies? Why not a RoboCop or a R2D2 robot?

The researchers used a variety of different skin-shaded robots to conduct their experiments. In one study, the participants were asked to shoot at robots with weapons.

The robots used in the study are clearly robots but have human-like limbs and a head, with exterior complexions that are white — which is to say, pinkish — or black — really, a deep brown. In the “shooter bias” test, black and white people and robots appeared on a screen for less than a second, and participants were told to “shoot” those holding a weapon. Black robots that were not holding weapons were shot more than the white ones not carrying guns.

Robot skin color bias is everywhere, even in your Google searches. A Google search will return results that are mostly white robots so I guess Google hates black robots like everyone else. Or there just might be more white-shaded robots with images on the internet, so either option.

“Imagine a world in which all Barbie dolls are white. Imagine a world in which all the robots working in Africa or India are white. Further imagine that these robots take over roles that involve authority. Clearly, this would raise concerns about imperialism and white supremacy,” Bartneck told CNN. “Robots are not just machines, but they represent humans.”

Notably the researchers found that as they lightened the skin of the robots, the bias faded away. Therefore it’s possible “that diversification of robots might lead to a reduction in racial bias towards them,” according to that study.

“This leads me to believe that we have everything to win by offering racial options and nothing to lose,” Bartneck told CNN. “In the same way that we do want Barbie dolls in all colors and shapes, we also want robots in more than just white.”

What does racism toward black/darker skinned robots look like in practice? What would people do or how would people treat these darker-skinned robots in their intended capacity? I don’t have an answer but here’s a video of one of the researchers talking about his experiment.

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ICE Arrests Alleged Human Trafficker on Most Wanted List

Abolish ICE!

Federal agents arrested a fugitive on their most wanted list “for his alleged role in operating a large-scale human trafficking and drug operation out of a Detroit motel.” The Detroit Free Press reports that according to an Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesperson, Darrick Bell, 50, was arrested at an EconoLodge in Michigan.

Bell–also known as Tone or Ghost– was nabbed at the motel on Wednesday with about $12,000 in cash and cocaine, the Detroit Free Press reported. A woman was also arrested.

Bell, a U.S. citizen, escaped arrest on Jan. 12, 2017 when more than 200 law enforcement personnel descended on the Victoria Inn to break up the operation. Women who lived at the motel were allegedly drugged and forced through coercion, threats and isolation to perform commercial sex acts for the financial benefit of Bell and his associates, ICE said.

Bell and five other defendants were charged in a 9-count indictment with trafficking in persons, forced labor, drug trafficking, money laundering, extortion collection and conspiracy, among other charges, ICE said.

The government hunted for Bell for three years. He escaped along with five other people in 2017 right before the hotel where he was operating got raided by the feds. Some of the charges this dirtbag will face include human trafficking, money laundering, extortion collection, and conspiracy.

From ICE’s most wanted website:

According to court records, Bell came to the attention of HSI special agents in September 2016, when one of his alleged victims escaped and special agents later confirmed he was operating out of the Victory Inn, which was ordered shuttered by a Wayne County judge in March, citing it as a nuisance. In 2016, the Detroit Police logged more than 115 calls to the location for crimes such as shootings, aggravated assaults and two homicides allegedly linked to former motel guests.

The indictment alleges that Bell, along with his co-conspirators, formed and operated a massive human trafficking and narcotics distribution operation out of multiple rooms at the now-shuttered motel. The women were allegedly exploited and abused by forcing them – through threats, coercion and isolation – to work as commercial sex workers for the financial benefit of Bell and other defendants, while a broad range of illegal drugs were allegedly available in other parts of the motel.

The investigation revealed the women primarily lived at the motel, where it is alleged they were forced to perform commercial sex acts forced to turn over the proceeds to Bell and his associates. The indictment and other court papers allege that the women gave the co-conspirators 100 percent of their earnings.

So who will be the first to complain about ICE arresting this man?

WATCH:

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Newly Released Docs Show that FBI Visited Comey’s Home to Seize His Memos ‘As Evidence’ the Day Before His Senate Testimony

Documents uncovered by Judicial Watch reveal that FBI agents visited former FBI director James Comey’s home in June of 2017 and collected “as evidence” four memos that allegedly detail conversations he had with President Trump.

The memos were collected by the FBI on June 7, a month after President Trump fired Comey, and the day before he admitted to congress that he leaked the memos to the media “because [he] thought that might prompt the appointment of a special counsel.”

“Comey’s illegal leaking these FBI files as part of his vendetta against President @realDonaldTrump (directly resulting in the corrupt appointment of Robert Mueller) ought to be the subject of a criminal investigation,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton tweeted after releasing the documents.

The memos are dated February 14, 2017; March 30, 2017; April 11, 2017; and  “last night at 6:30 pm.” According to the documents, Comey claimed that he wrote two other memos after conversations with Trump, but somehow those were “missing.”

Comey’s interview at his residence was scheduled in advance, “for the purpose of providing certain classified memoranda (memos) to Corney for review,” the FBI document states. This would suggest that the purpose of the visit was to help the fired FBI director prepare for his appearance before the Senate Intelligence Committee the next day.

After being advised of the identity of the interviewing Agents and the nature of the interview, Comey provided the following information:
After reviewing the memos, Corney spontaneously stated, to the best of his recollection, two were missing.

During the interview, at approximately 10:15 a.m., Comey voluntarily provided the interviewing Agents four memos. Comey had these memos in his possession when he met interviewing Agents.

By giving the FBI all the memos he had in his possession, Comey could tell the Senate Judiciary Committee the next day that he no longer had any copies of his memos to give to Congress—which is precisely what he did:

LANKFORD: Let me walk through a couple things with you. Your notes are obviously exceptionally important because they give a rapid account of what you wrote down and what you perceived happened in those different meetings. Have you had the opportunity to reference those notes when you were preparing the written statement you put forward today?

COMEY: Yes. I think nearly all of my written recordings of my conversations, I had a chance to review them before filing my statement.

LANKFORD: Do you have a copy of any of the notes personally?

COMEY: I don’t. I turned them over to Bob Mueller’s investigators.

LANKFORD: The individual that you told about your memos, that then were sent on to The New York Times, did you have a copy of the memos or told orally?

COMEY: Had a copy at the time.

LANKFORD: Do they still have a copy of those memos?

COMEY: Good question. I think so. I guess I can’t say for sure sitting here, but — I guess I don’t know. But I think so.

LANKFORD: So the question is, could you ask them to hand that copyright back to you so you can hand them over to this committee?

COMEY: Potentially.

The Hill‘s John Solomon reported in July of 2017 that officials familiar with the docs told him “more than half of the memos former FBI Director James Comey wrote as personal recollections of his conversations with President Trump about the Russia investigation have been determined to contain classified information.”

The conservative watchdog released the documents on Wednesday.

“These extraordinary FBI docs further confirm that James Comey should never have had FBI files on President Trump at his home and that the FBI failed to secure and protect these private and classified files,” Fitton said in a statement. “Mr. Comey’s illegal leaking these FBI files as part of his vendetta against President Trump (directly resulting in the corrupt appointment of Robert Mueller) ought to be the subject of a criminal investigation.”

According to former acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker, the matter is currently under review by U.S. Attorney John Huber.

During an appearance on Fox News Monday, Whitaker let slip, “we still have Huber out there looking at some of these things regarding Comey’s memos and the like.”

As the Conservative Treehouse notes, the FBI has been fighting like the dickens to keep even the Comey memo(s) content from the public.

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WATCH: 5,800 ‘Fraudulent Families’ Discovered at the Border

On Tuesday, Acting Commissioner of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Mark Morgan testified before the Senate Homeland Security committee that 5,800 “fraudulent families” have been discovered trying to enter the U.S. illegally this year.

“Our laws prevent us from holding people more than 20 days and because we can’t get the information we’re probably releasing them even sooner than that in many cases, correct?” Chairman Ron Johnson (R-WI) asked Morgan.

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“With respect to family units, since March of this year, United States Border Patrol has been releasing family units directly so in some cases they’re being released in under 48 hours into the interior of the United States,” Morgan said.

“It’s a challenge,” Morgan stated. “As long as our laws are the way they are you are going to grab a kid because that is your passport to the United States. They know that in the Northern Triangle countries and they are exploiting that every single day.”

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Radical Islam, White Supremacy Reading Among Materials Found in Gilroy Gunman’s Home

A search of the Gilroy shooter’s Nevada home turned up white supremacist and radical Islam reading material, reports the San Francisco Chronicle. Additionally, the authorities found evidence of a “massive attack,” a gas mask, bulletproof vest and empty boxes of ammunition. There were no details about the reading materials,

The search of the apartment in the desolate town of Walker Lake, in Mineral County, also turned up a knife, a gun light, a camouflage backpack, gun pamphlets, computers and numerous electronic hard drives, an empty bottle of Valium, and a mysterious letter from “Virginia to Santino,” apparently referring to 19-year-old gunman Santino William Legan, according to copies of a search warrant released Tuesday.

The extremist reading materials were not listed among the items found during the early Monday search, but a federal law enforcement official told The Chronicle they were among paper items collected from the unit. The source was not authorized to speak to the media and asked to remain anonymous.

“We continue to try to understand who the shooter was, what motivated him, and whether he was aligned with any particular ideology,” said Craig Fair, a deputy special agent with the FBI.

Authorities also found a shotgun in the shooter’s vehicle. Both the shotgun, as well as the weapon used in the shooting, a WASR-10 semiautomatic rifle were purchased legally in Nevada but brought into California illegally.

Currently, authorities are searching for information related to the gunman’s online presence to get a better grasp on his motivation but evidence is scarce.

“Reviewing digital media, historically, has been very revealing in terms of somebody’s mind-set, ideological beliefs, intentions,” Fair said. “We’ve got to get into the computers, the towers, the thumb drive, the phone, to get a holistic picture of him and who he was in touch with, what sentiments and thoughts he shared with others, what he cataloged for his own consumption.”

Neighbors and family didn’t have anything extraordinary to say about the shooter other than describing

In interviews with investigators, one of Legan’s brothers said Legan was a loner and in the days before the shooting he gave away pieces of property to people, according to a federal law enforcement source.

As in Walker Lake, Legan did not seem to make much of an impression in Gilroy or Watsonville, where people who went to school with him said they could barely recall his name or face.

At least seven gunshot victim remain hospitalized.

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Beto O’Rourke and Marianne Williamson Come Out Strong for Reparations at Dem Debate

Former Texas congressman Beto O’Rourke and spiritual guru Marianne Williamson came out strong for reparations at the Democratic debate in Detroit Tuesday night, to atone for past injustices against African Americans.

O’Rourke declared that the United States was built on the backs of black slaves and promised to sign into law a reparations bill to make up for it.

“I want to acknowledge something that we’re all touching on which is the very foundation of this country, the wealth that we have built, the way we became the greatest country on the face of the planet was literally on the backs of those who were kidnapped and brought here by force,” O’Rourke said. “The legacy of slavery and segregation and Jim Crow and suppression is alive and well in every aspect of the economy and country. Today as president I will sign into law a new voting rights act. I will focus on education, address health care disparities and also sign into Lee Sheila Jackson Lee’s reparations bill so we can have the national conversation we waited too long in this country to have.”

Marianne Williamson also came out in favor of reparations, saying, “anything less than $100 BILLION is an insult. I believe the $200-$500 BILLION is politically feasible today.”

After the debate, Williamson took to Twitter to expand on her idea to use a $200 to $500 billion payout to cure the “emotional turbulence”  of black Americans.

Several other candidates have expressed support for reparations, including Sens. Kamala Harris (D-CA) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro. Other candidates have said they would have to study the issue further.

Democrats flirting with the idea of providing cash payouts to African Americans who are the descendants of slaves are staking out a risky policy position, as the idea does not resonate with most Americans.

A Gallup poll released on Monday showed that 67 percent of Americans said the government should not make cash payments to blacks, verses 29 percent who said it should.

A solid majority of black Americans (73 percent) supported reparations, while only 16 percent of non-Hispanic white Americans said the government should make reparation payments.

The poll showed that Democrats are split on the matter, with 49 percent for reparations and 47 percent against.

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Hyped-Up Fake Meat Product Finds Stock Tanking

Impossible Foods” has a newly marketed meat substitute that is all the rage. Everywhere you turn, there’s a story hyping up an unnatural, processed product meant to replace good old American meat. One iteration of the fake meat product, the “impossible burger,” is even available in fast food form at Burger King in an “Impossible Whopper.”

The impossible burger is just one of the popular meat Self Magazine tells you that this item is convincing meat-eaters to eat plant burgers (not this meat eater.) CNN comforts you with the news that the “impossible burger” shortage is over.  The company has numerous high-profile partnerships including Dunkin’ Donuts, Tim Hortons, Blue Apron, TGIFs, and Del Taco. It seems like this fake meat trend is a real thing, right?

Well no. CNBC reports about Beyond Meat, another popular fake meat product:

Wall Street analysts, normally a bullish bunch especially on recent IPOs, can’t bring themselves to recommend buying Beyond Meat even as the stock tanked by double digits.

The alternative meat company reported mixed earnings and a secondary offering after the bell on Monday, causing the stock to drop by 13% in premarket trading to $193.65 Tuesday.

The average price target of the three major analysts who came out with updated reports on the stock Tuesday is $163 a share, representing a drop of another 15% from its price in early market trading.

“The question from here is whether the company can continue to deliver positive news that surprises to the upside,” Bernstein analyst Alexia Howard said. But the stock is tanking and there’s been exclusively positive press from the prestige media. Perhaps the financial whiz world isn’t willing to gamble on the public interest to have this new, trendy, politically-correct food hoisted upon them.

What is in one of these exciting new plant-based products? To start there are 21(!) different ingredients in the impossible burger: Water, Soy-protein concentrate, Coconut oil, Sunflower oil, Natural flavors, Potato protein, Methylcellulose, Yeast extract, Cultured dextrose, Food starch, modified, Soy leghemoglobin, Salt, Soy-protein isolate, Mixed tocopherols (vitamin E), Zinc gluconate, Thiamine hydrochloride (Vitamin B1), Sodium ascorbate (vitamin C), Niacin, Pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), Riboflavin (vitamin B2), and Vitamin B12. Sounds delicious.

One reason the media has been pushing this monstrosity is as part of a climate change campaign. Huffington Posts warns us that “World Resources Institute and other environmental groups have sounded a call to action to cut our impact on the environment in half by eating less meat and dairy” in a piece pondering if the movement to eat less meat actually making a difference?

Grub Street wonders if cows will be obsolete? The Guardian explains that the climate crisis will change our plates by 2050.

Eat what you want, but it’s not clear this soylent meat product is any healthier for you. “They are not necessarily healthier than beef burgers,” Alissa Rumsey, a registered dietitian, said. “They’re totally fine to eat, but there’s no need to replace your beef burger if you don’t enjoy these.”

The New Republic tells us about the “impossible burgers” ingredients:

The most notable ingredient-related difference is that Impossible uses genetically modified soy protein, drawing criticism from anti-GMO groups. Impossible also uses genetically modified soy leghemoglobin—also known as “heme”—which gives the burger its meaty flavor and red, blood-like drippings. Heme wasn’t considered safe for consumption by the FDA until last summer, and Impossible still must go through the regulatory process for getting heme approved as a color additive, which will be required if the company wants to sell the uncooked patty in grocery stores.

Terrific. I’ll stick with my meat from my local, grass-fed cows but by all means, try out this hot, new meat replacement. It sounds delicious.

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Senator Rand Paul Offers Rep. Ilhan Omar Ticket to Somalia

Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) spoke with Breitbart News at the Turning Point USA conference, offered his opinion about Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and the media has pounced. During the interview, Paul addressed Omar’s repeated insults directed at America. “I’m sort of dumbfounded how unappreciative she is of our country,” the senator said.

“While I’m not saying we forcibly send her anywhere, I’m willing to contribute to buy her a ticket to go visit Somalia, and I think she could look and maybe learn a little bit about the disaster that is Somalia — that has no capitalism, has no God-given rights guaranteed in a constitution, and has about seven different tribes that have been fighting each other for the last 40 years,” Paul said. “And then, maybe after she’s visited Somalia for a while, she might come back and appreciate America more.”

Paul spoke about his own refugee constituents, “I’m sort of dumbfounded how unappreciative she is of our country.”

“And then I hear Rep. Omar say, ‘Oh, America’s a terrible place! I thought there’d be justice, and there’s no justice here,’” Paul said. “It’s like, well, she came here and we fed her, we clothed her, she got welfare, she got school, she got healthcare, and then, lo and behold, she has the honor of actually winning a seat in Congress, and she says we’re a terrible country?”

Omar did not directly respond to Paul but used her Twitter account to retweet a comment from “comedian” Tom Arnold suggesting Senator Paul deserved to be beaten by his neighbor. Paul was hospitalized with 6 broken ribs, his unhinged neighbor pleaded guilty to assault, sentenced to 30 days in jail, and paid Paul $580,000.

Does this seem like a commensurate response? Paul shared his opinion and rather than respond to it, Omar suggests Paul got a much deserved beating.

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Joe diGenova: The DOJ Will Begin Dropping ‘Hugely Embarrassing’ Declassified Documents on Wednesday

Former U.S. Attorney Joe diGenova said Monday that the Justice Department will begin declassifying documents this week, echoing what the Hill’s John Solomon reported on Friday. He also said that U.S. Attorney John Durham’s investigation of the investigators is moving very quickly and a grand jury has been convened.

“The declassification process will start this week,” diGenova said on WMAL Radio Monday morning. “There are going to be documents released I think by Wednesday. The attorney general as I understand it, is in the process of getting those ready to come out.”

The attorney told WMAL that the first documents that are going to be released are the ones that Rep Devin Nunes (R-CA) requested. He said a series of other releases will come after that.

DiGenova said that Durham is “progressing very, very quickly” in his investigation, and made sure to point out that it was a criminal investigation–not a “review.”

“This is a criminal investigation of senior DOJ and FBI officials from the Obama administration and intelligence community people–including John Brennan,” he declared. “This is a federal grand jury. This is not a review. This is not an IG audit.”

He added: “This is a criminal investigation of a bunch of people who tried to seditiously overthrow the president of the United States.”

DiGenova explained that the reason the documents were not released sooner is because outgoing Director of National Intelligence (DNI) Dan Coats and FBI Director Christopher Wray had been blocking their release.

“They were fighting tooth and nail — phony cover-ups allegedly to protect sources and methods when Chris Wray was simply trying to protect the FBI from hugely embarrassing details that are going to come out,” he said.

See The Conservative Treehouse for a comprehensive list of all the material the Justice Department may be about to release.

 

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[WATCH] Rep. Devin Nunes Says Mueller’s Team Obstructed Congressional Investigation

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) appeared on Maria Bartiromo’s Sunday talk to show to discuss Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s testimony before congress last week.  In his interview, Nunes says that the Mueller team would not turn over requested transcripts and information to the House Intelligence Committee for its investigation when the committee was under Republican control.

“The Mueller dossier team wouldn’t let us have them,” says Nunes.

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Report: DOJ Review ‘Zeroing in On’ Exculpatory Papadopoulos Transcripts

The Trump Justice Department is “zeroing in on” on transcripts of recordings made by at least one government informant who met with former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos in 2016, Fox News reported on Friday.

As part of the DOJ’s internal review, investigators have reportedly honed in on the long-rumored “exculpatory” material found in the recordings and are probing why it was left out of subsequent applications for surveillance warrants, according Fox’s sources.

Investigators are also trying to determine when the FBI investigation into the Trump campaign began, as it appears to have started earlier than the Bureau has alleged.

On Wednesday, House Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Devin Nunes, R-Calif., challenged former Special Counsel Mueller over when the investigation started.

“The FBI claims the counterintelligence investigation of the Trump campaign began on July 31, 2016, but in fact, it began before that,” House Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Devin Nunes, R-Calif. noted during Mueller hearing on Wednesday. “In June 2016, before the investigation was officially opened, Trump campaign associates Carter Page and Stephen Miller were invited to attend a symposium at Cambridge University in July 2016. Your office, however, did not investigate who was responsible for inviting these Trump associates to the symposium.”

A source told Fox News that Attorney General William Barr and U.S. Attorney from Connecticut John Durham are reviewing why exculpatory material was left out of applications to surveil Trump campaign aide Carter Page.

“I think it’s the smoking gun,” the source told Fox News.

“These recordings have exculpatory evidence,” the other source added. “It is standard tradecraft to record conversations with someone like Papadopoulos—especially when they are overseas and there are no restrictions.”

That evidence could be what Papadopoulos was alluding to in an interview with the Hill’s John Solomon last October. The former Trump adviser told Solomon that he believes he was being recorded during a September 2016 meeting with FBI informant Stefan Halper in London.

“He was there to probe me on the behest of somebody else,” Papadopoulos said. “He said something along the lines of, ‘Oh, it’s great that Russia is helping you and your campaign, right George?’ ”

When Halper suggested that the Trump campaign was involved in the hacking and release of Hillary Clinton’s emails that summer, Papadopoulos said he was appalled.

“I think I told him something along the lines of, ‘I have no idea what the hell you are talking about. What you are talking about is treason. And I have nothing to do with that, so stop bothering me about it,’ ” he recalled.

Fox’s source seemed to back Papa-D’s claim, saying that the “exculpatory evidence” in the recording transcripts show “Papadopoulos denying having any contact with the Russians to obtain the supposed ‘dirt’ on Clinton.”

Former congressman Trey Gowdy (R-SC) told Fox Busness in May that he has seen the transcripts and “there is some information in these transcripts that I think have the potential to be a game-changer if it’s ever made public:

In the Spring of 2016,  Papadopoulos met with the mysterious Maltese professor Joseph Mifsud, who told him that the Russians had dirt on Hillary Clinton in the form of emails that could damage her presidential campaign.

Mifsud vanished from the public eye in late 2017, but Italian newspaper Il Foglio reported that he was hiding out last year in a rented flat in Rome for several months while being sought by an Italian court. The flat was reportedly paid for by “Link International,” a company co-owned by Link Campus, a small university presided over by Vincenzo Scotti, a former Italian intelligence official, and onetime interior minister.

Link Campus University is where Mifsud in March of 2016 first met George Papadopoulos, about a week after he became a Trump foreign policy adviser. Papadopoulos now believes the university is “a training school for Western spies.”  Mifsud’s lawyer recently told Il Foglio that Scotti is the one who urged him to try to set up Papadopoulos.

The Mueller report suggested that Mifsud was a Russian asset, but it has become increasingly obvious in recent months that Western intelligence agencies attempted to set Papa-D up.

Swiss attorney Stephan Roh, the lawyer representing Mifud, confirmed to Solomon this week that Mifsud was a “longtime cooperator of western intel” who was asked specifically by his contacts at Link University  and the London Center of International Law Practice (LCILP) “to meet with Papadopoulos at a dinner in Rome in mid-March 2016.”

A few days after the March dinner, Roh added, Mifsud received instructions from Link superiors to “put Papadopoulos in contact with Russians,” including a think tank figure named Ivan Timofeev and a woman he was instructed to identify to Papadopoulos as Vladimir Putin’s niece.

A few days after the March dinner, Roh added, Mifsud received instructions from Link superiors to “put Papadopoulos in contact with Russians,” including a think tank figure named Ivan Timofeev and a woman he was instructed to identify to Papadopoulos as Vladimir Putin’s niece.

Mifsud knew the woman was not the Russian president’s niece but, rather, a student who was involved with both the Link and LCILP campuses, and the professor believed there was an effort underway to determine whether Papadopoulos was an “agent provocateur” seeking foreign contacts, Roh said.

The evidence, he told me, “clearly indicates that this was not only a surveillance op but a more sophisticated intel operation” in which Mifsud became involved.

Papadopoulos later allegedly told Australian diplomat Alexander Downer what he had heard about the Clinton dirt and Downer reported the comments to the FBI.

Former Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., now a Fox News contributor, first signaled the existence of transcripts of secretly recorded conversations between FBI informants and Papadopoulos earlier this year.

“If the bureau’s going to send in an informant, the informant’s going to be wired, and if the bureau is monitoring telephone calls, there’s going to be a transcript of that,” Gowdy said in May on Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures,” acknowledging he was aware of the files and suggesting they included exculpatory information.

“Some of us have been fortunate enough to know whether or not those transcripts exist. But they haven’t been made public, and I think one, in particular … has the potential to actually persuade people,” he continued. “Very little in this Russia probe I’m afraid is going to persuade people who hate Trump or love Trump. But there is some information in these transcripts that has the potential to be a game-changer if it’s ever made public.”

The transcripts are currently classified, according to sources, but under President Trump’s move in May to approve declassification of documents related to the surveillance of his campaign during the 2016 election, Barr will likely have access to those documents in a declassified format.

A source told Fox News that without the declassification order signed by Trump, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats was not going to give anyone access to the files—over concerns for protecting sources and methods. But another source told Fox News in May that Coats, along with CIA Director Gina Haspel and FBI Director Chris Wray, are all working “collaboratively” with Barr and Durham on the review.

Papadopoulos last month warned his Twitter followers to be wary of CIA Director Gina Haspel, who he suggested may have been involved in the FBI/CIA’s entrapment scheme.

On Friday, Papadopoulos predicted that the Western informants who tried to set him up would be “exposed for the whole world to see” and the corrupt deep state system behind the attempted coup would “fall.”

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Report: Rep. Ilhan Omar Has Split With Current Hubby and Moved into a Luxury Minneapolis Penthouse

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) has dumped her current husband and moved into a penthouse apartment in a trendy Minneapolis neighborhood, according to an exclusive report in the Daily Mail.

Omar first got hitched to Ahmed Hirsi, the father of her three children, in a “Muslim ceremony” in 2002 when she was 19-years old. They reportedly ended their relationship in a “faith tradition” divorce in 2008. Omar legally married her second husband—and possible brother—Ahmed Nur Said Elmi in 2009.

Omar and Hirsi reconciled in 2012 while the congresswoman was still married to Elmi and had a third child together. Omar officially divorced Elmi in 2017 and married Hirsi in 2018.

Now the two have reportedly split for a second time and are headed for divorce court.

Hirsi, 39, had been seen leaving the $2,860-a-month home alone at 7:45am and returning to drop off his mother and his younger daughter nearly three hours later.

‘He only goes there when Ilhan is in DC,’ one family friend told DailyMail.com. ‘When she’s in Minneapolis he sleeps at his house.’

Hirsi was noticeably absent when Omar returned to a hero’s welcome at Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport last week after being attacked by President Donald Trump.

At the time, he was sitting morosely in a Starbucks coffee shop close to the now-overgrown home that he and Omar shared during their marriage, sources tell DailyMail.com.

When approached by a Daily Mail reporter in Minneapolis, Hirsi refused to comment on the split.

“Wow,” Hirsi told the reporter. “I can’t comment on that.” He added: “I’m sorry, I just can’t say anything,”  before driving off in his BMW.

Omar did not respond to the Daily Mail’s request for comment.

This report, of course, comes amidst accusations that Omar married her own brother to help him fraudulently obtain a green card to live and work in the United States.

Rebel Media caught up with Omar in Washington, D.C. Friday and asked her if she had indeed married her brother. Omar refused to answer the simple question:

Omar was more talkative at the airport last week when she told supporters  she would continue to be President Trump’s “worst nightmare.”

“His nightmare is seeing a Somali immigrant refugee rise to Congress . . . His nightmare is seeing the beautiful mosaic fabric of our country welcome someone like me as their member of Congress home to Minnesota,” she said.

“He’s threatened because we are inspiring people to dream about a country that recognizes their dignity and humanity. We are going to continue to be a nightmare to this president, because his policies are a nightmare to us.”

Meanwhile, if Australian Muslim religious leader and reformer Imam Tawhidi is to be believed, he is poised to become Omar’s worst nightmare.

Tawhidi is claiming that the Qataris will soon be launching a disinformation campaign to help an unspecified member of “the squad” who currently under investigation (presumably Omar). According to Tawhidi in the Twitter thread below, the effort will involve planting false stories about various people accusing or criticizing her—including Donald Trump, Jr.

 

 

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Presidential Candidate Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Sues Google for Censorship

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) has filed a lawsuit against Google for violating her free speech rights. Gabbard is running for the 2020 presidential nomination and alleges that the tech company suspended her advertising account for several critical hours last month. The congresswoman says that Google suspended her account following the first debate, precisely when interest in her was surging.

Google denies any untoward activity, as they always do, claiming that it was the “large spending changes” in the candidates account that caused the suspension. Are the geniuses at Google too stupid to realize that a presidential campaign might increase its spending following a highly publicized presidential debate?

“We have automated systems that flag unusual activity on all advertiser accounts – including large spending changes – in order to prevent fraud and protect our customers,” the spokeswoman said.

“In this case, our system triggered a suspension and the account was reinstated shortly thereafter.”

It’s always the system, isn’t it? Who build the system?

“With this lawsuit, Tulsi seeks to stop Google from further intermeddling in the 2020 United States Presidential Election,” the complaint reads.

The biased hacks over at The Hill want you to know that:

Gabbard’s lawsuit reflects a narrative typically espoused by Republicans, many of whom have spent years claiming that the top tech companies in the world routinely censor their perspectives. President Trump has long accused the companies of discriminating against himself and other Republicans, and last month held a “social media summit” dedicated explicitly to the issue.

Naturally, Republicans are the ones who complain because they are the ones typically censored. The fact that Gabbard is getting the Bernie Sanders 2016 treatment on a search engine is newer territory. Consider Trump censorship a beta-test to make sure the right Democrat wins the nomination.

“For hours, as millions of Americans searched Google for information about Tulsi, and as Tulsi was trying, through Google, to speak to them, her Google Ads account was arbitrarily and forcibly taken offline,” it reads. “Throughout this period, the Campaign worked frantically to gather more information about the suspension.”

“In response, the Campaign got opacity and an inconsistent series of answers from Google,” it states.

The campaign is seeking $50 million in damages. I hope they get it.