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Busted: CDC Forced to Cancel Critical Race Theory Program After Leaked Docs Exposed Plans

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is being forced to cancel its critical race theory training sessions after leaked documents showed that the federal agency was set to debut the taxpayer-funded program despite President’s Trump’s ban on such programs.

Trump issued an executive order earlier this month ordering federal agencies to “cease and desist from using taxpayer dollars to fund these divisive, un-American propaganda training sessions” and directing the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to provide guidance on how to implement the order.

Following Trump’s executive order, OMB Director Russ Vought announced that he was “directing agencies to halt critical race theory trainings immediately.”

Trump’s ban on the critical race theory propaganda came after Discovery Institute researcher Christopher Rufo rang alarm bells on Twitter and Fox News about these “cult indoctrination sessions,” arguing that they amount to “racism masquerading as anti-racism.” Rufo warned that critical race theory was “spreading like wildfire through our public institutions,” telling Tucker Carlson that it had become the default ideology of the federal government.

“This is a sickness that cannot be allowed to continue,” President Trump tweeted on Sept. 5. “Please report any sightings so we can quickly extinguish!”

Rufo on Monday took the president’s directive to heart, reporting a sighting of the “sickness” at the CDC of all places.

The CDC “is moving forward with a critical race theory training program—in violation of @POTUS executive action,” Rufo tweeted, adding that he had obtained leaked documents detailing the insubordinate agency’s plans.

The 13-week training sessions were designed to “examine the mechanisms of systemic racism” and address “White supremacist ideology,” Rufo reported on Twitter.

On Tuesday, Russ Vought, Director, Office of Management and Budget, announced that the CDC’s critical race theory training program was being canceled “effective immediately.”

Last week, Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) called on Congress to investigate why federal agencies have been spending taxpayer dollars on critical race theory trainings.

“I think that the president’s action here to stop funding is absolutely appropriate,” the Hawley said. “I personally wonder if there has been a federal law violation. It’s not clear to me that these agencies actually had authority under congressional appropriations to spend that money, the way that they were doing it. So, I really wonder if we got some federal legal issues.”

“The bureaucracy works for the president—and, ultimately, works for us,” Rufo noted on Twitter.  “If we allow the permanent bureaucracy to refuse a direct presidential order, we don’t have a republic anymore. I won’t let that happen. That’s why we must fight.”

 

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Far-Left Riot Breaks out in Pennsylvania After Police Shooting of Man With Knife

The far-left terror groups Black Lives Matter and Antifa have found their latest target in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, following another police-involved shooting of a man who was being uncooperative with officers, which sparked more riots in the small town in southeastern Pennsylvania, as reported by Breitbart.

The riots broke following protests late at night against the police shooting of Ricardo Munoz, who was filmed by officers’ body cameras being uncooperative with police, ignoring their orders to comply and charging at an officer with a knife, which forced the officer to shoot him, killing him.

Despite the clear evidence that the shooting was justified, over 100 protesters gathered in the streets to protest the killing as another example of alleged “systemic racism” of America’s police. After police declared it an unlawful assembly, they attempted to disperse the protesters with tear gas. The rioters responded by damaging a police vehicle and throwing numerous objects, including bricks and glass bottles, at officers, eventually moving forward to smash several windows on the police precinct building.

The riots are the latest in a long line of violence since May, with several radical groups finding multiple excuses to cause destruction across America every time a minority is killed by police, even though such events are extremely rare and often justified. The riots first started after the drug-induced overdose death of George Floyd, a black man, in Minneapolis while in police custody; further riots flared up again after the police shot another black man, Jacob Blake, in Kenosha, Wisconsin as he was reaching for a knife hidden in his car to attack the officers, who were attempting to arrest him for an outstanding warrant on sexual assault charges.

The Lancaster riots, like the Kenosha riots, are further indication that the riots which originated in America’s biggest cities, from Minneapolis to Portland, have begun migrating to smaller towns in what is colloquially referred to as “Middle America,” such as Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, both of which are key swing states in the upcoming presidential election.

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Kamala Harris Promotes ‘Harris Administration’ Plans at Campaign Event

At a virtual campaign event, Senator Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) described her plans for America in a “Harris Administration,” despite the fact that she is only the vice presidential running mate for Democratic nominee Joe Biden, as reported by Fox News.

At the roundtable-style event, when asked about how a Democratic administration would help small business owners, Harris replied that they would be aided by “A Harris administration…together with Joe Biden as the President of the United States.”

Harris was briefly distracted from the point as she quickly tried to clarify her mistake, following up that “The Biden-Harris administration will provide access to $100 billion in low-interest loans and investments from minority business owners,” which also buried the lede by suggesting that they would prioritize only minority business owners over business owners in general.

Her comments were widely mocked on social media, while others said that the statements reaffirmed a long-standing theory by some on the Right regarding Harris’s place on the Democratic ticket. The re-election campaign of President  Donald Trump has frequently suggested that Biden would be a “Trojan Horse” for the radical elements of the party that are much further to the Left than he is, with Harris most frequently representing the far-left.

With Biden already being at a significantly advanced age, and with clear signs that his mental and physical health is getting worse, some have said that he would simply be a “placeholder” for Harris until he leaves office prematurely, one way or another.

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Facebook Makes Efforts to Push ‘Global Warming’ Theory on its Users

The social media giant Facebook will start ramping up its efforts to suppress information it doesn’t like regarding “climate change,” and will push the theory that climate change is real, according to USA Today.

In a statement released Tuesday, Facebook claimed, without evidence, that “climate change is real, the science is unambiguous, and the need to act grows more urgent by the day.” The platform plans to push this narrative by launching its own “Climate Science Information Center,” which will regularly populate Facebook with its version of “facts” regarding alleged climate change.

A Facebook spokesman added that “our goal is to help people get authoritative information about climate change,” and that “this is one step, and there will be many more.”

The initiative was welcomed by a pro-climate change activist named Michael Mann, who is the director of Penn State University’s Earth System Science Center. Mann claimed that “the public is far less informed about climate change than they need to be,” which he alleged was “very convenient for polluting interests who don’t want to see climate policies move forward.”

In recent weeks, the Left has been ramping up their “climate change” narrative in the wake of devastating fires across the West Coast, particularly California. Although wildfires in California are an annual occurrence, this year’s fires have been substantially worse and more widespread than previous years. The primary cause was the lack of proper deforestation methods in the state, which left hundreds and thousands of dead trees completely exposed in the wilderness rather than being properly disposed of, which provided the perfect kindling for a rapidly-spreading fire in the event that one occurred. Environmentalists who opposed deforestation techniques are now blaming the blazes on global warming, with no evidence.

The social media giant Facebook will start ramping up its efforts to suppress information it doesn’t like regarding “climate change,” and will push the theory that climate change is real, according to USA Today.

In a statement released Tuesday, Facebook claimed, without evidence, that “climate change is real, the science is unambiguous, and the need to act grows more urgent by the day.” The platform plans to push this narrative by launching its own “Climate Science Information Center,” which will regularly populate Facebook with its version of “facts” regarding alleged climate change.

A Facebook spokesman added that “our goal is to help people get authoritative information about climate change,” and that “this is one step, and there will be many more.”

The initiative was welcomed by a pro-climate change activist named Michael Mann, who is the director of Penn State University’s Earth System Science Center. Mann claimed that “the public is far less informed about climate change than they need to be,” which he alleged was “very convenient for polluting interests who don’t want to see climate policies move forward.”

In recent weeks, the Left has been ramping up their “climate change” narrative in the wake of devastating fires across the West Coast, particularly California. Although wildfires in California are an annual occurrence, this year’s fires have been substantially worse and more widespread than previous years. The primary cause was the lack of proper deforestation methods in the state, which left hundreds and thousands of dead trees completely exposed in the wilderness rather than being properly disposed of, which provided the perfect kindling for a rapidly-spreading fire in the event that one occurred. Environmentalists who opposed deforestation techniques are now blaming the blazes on global warming, with no evidence.

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Morning Greatness: President Trump Welcomes Israel, Bahrain, UAE to Sign Abraham Accords

Good Tuesday morning.

Here is what’s on the president’s agenda today:

  • The president participates in the arrival of the Minister of Foreign Affairs for the Kingdom of Bahrain
  • President Trump participates in a bilateral meeting with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Bahrain
  • The president participates in the arrival of the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the United Arab Emirates
  • President Trump participates in a bilateral meeting with the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the United Arab Emirates
  • The president and the first lady participate in the arrival of the Prime Minister of the State of Israel and Mrs. Netanyahu
  • President Trump participates in a bilateral meeting with the Prime Minister of the State of Israel
  • The president and the first lady participate in an Abraham Accords Signing Ceremony
  • President Trump participates in a working lunch with the Prime Minister of the State of Israel, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the United Arab Emirates and the Foreign Minister of the Kingdom of Bahrain
  • The president participates in an ABC News Town Hall Event

Election news:

Kamala Harris accidentally touts plans under a ‘Harris administration’ during virtual roundtable

Report: Campaign Keeping Biden in ‘Sanitizer-Saturated Bubble,’ Aides Concerned About Health

Indoor Trump Nevada rally site fined $3,000 for violating state ban on large gatherings

Down-ballot Dems split from Biden on door-knocking

Blah blah blah. Michael Cohen: Trump’s disdain towards Obama was ‘purely racial’

Biden calls Trump a ‘climate arsonist’ who ‘won’t take responsibility’ for wildfires

Trump says if ‘weak’ Biden can vote in person, ‘any American can do it’

Biden proposes $5 trillion in new spending, undaunted by Trump’s massive deficits

 

Riots/protests/Black Lives Matter/crime:

Several Recent Protests And Riots Sparked By Deaths Of Armed Suspects

Conservative think tank Heritage launches pro-police billboards in three cities

Two Hospitalized During Sacramento Anti-Trump Protest

Black Police Chief Says It’s An ‘Extremely Rough Time To Be A Police Officer’

Manhunt intensifies for gunman who shot two deputies in LA

150 NYC Business Leaders Pen Letter to de Blasio Asking that Order Be Restored

Rioters Rage in Lancaster After Police-Involved Shooting of Man with a Knife

 

Coronavirus news:

Pennsylvania: Judge Rules Wolf, Levine’s Shutdown Orders Unconstitutional

LOL. Top HHS spokesman runs through conspiracies in video and claims without evidence CDC scientists are working to resist Trump

White House blocks Navarro from testifying to House panel about ventilator deal

Chinese virologist posts report claiming COVID-19 was made in Wuhan lab

University of Pittsburgh scientists discover antibody that ‘neutralizes’ virus that causes coronavirus

Trump HHS spokesperson Michael Caputo deletes Twitter account after late-night rant

LOL Top HHS spokesman runs through conspiracies in video and claims without evidence CDC scientists are working to resist Trump

Vaccine maker got $1 billion from taxpayers. Now it’s boosting drug prices

 

Other morsels:

JK Rowling’s new book renews transgender criticism

Axios Deletes Tweet Linking Criticism Of Netflix’s ‘Cuties’ To QAnonAnd th Conspiracy

US Freezes Imports On Goods Made By Uighur Forced Labor In Chinese ‘Re-Education’ Camps In Xinjiang

Postal police union sues USPS, DeJoy over limits to mail theft enforcement authority

Justice Department watchdog is probing handling of Roger Stone case

Once-standout DEA agent says he conspired with drug cartel

Five Connecticut residents infected with flesh-eating bacteria in Long Island Sound

Vindman says Trump is Putin’s ‘useful idiot’, considers himself a ‘never-Trumper’

Drip, drip, drip. Facebook says it’s cracking down on climate change misinformation. Scientists say it’s not doing enough.

Trump issues stark warning to Iran after reports country is considering plot to assassinate US ambassador

Vinyl record sales surpass CDs for the first time since the 1980s

Judge rules Chad Wolf likely unlawfully serving as Homeland Security secretary and temporarily blocks some asylum restrictions

Pompeo’s wife emailed State Department staff for help with personal Christmas cards, source says

South Dakota AG involved in fatal car accident over the weekend told officers he hit a deer: Police

And that’s all I’ve got, now go beat back the angry mob!

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Forget the Polls: Massive Enthusiasm Gap Between Trump and Biden Bodes Ill for Democrats

Although Joe Biden continues to lead President Trump in most national polls, the enthusiasm gap between the two candidates could not be more striking. The situation is reminiscent of the 2016 race, only there is even less enthusiasm for Biden than there was for Hillary Clinton.

Trump draws huge crowds wherever he appears while Biden can barely muster a few dozen socially distanced quasi-supporters at his meager, tightly scripted events.

As American Greatness previously documented, massive grassroots pro-Trump boat parades have been a thing all year, although they have been mostly unnoticed or ignored by the national media.

Since this spring, tens of thousands of Trump supporters (at least!) have participated in these massive, record-breaking nautical events, giving conservatives an opportunity to support the president safely and have a ball at the same time.

There have been countless more boat parades for the president all across the nation since Labor Day weekend:

An estimated 1,600 boats participated massive boat parade on Table Rock Lake near Branson, Missouri on Sept. 5. On the opposite side of the lake about 300 more boats sailed in support of the president, according to the Branson Globe.

A “Trumptilla” made waves in the Washington DC area over labor Day weekend:

San Diego held another Trump boat parade:

They just keep happening all over the place.

The media did its best to ignore this latest round of Trump boat parades, but a flotilla on Lake Travis in Texas did catch the New York Times’ eye because a few small boats capsized due to the massive number of vessels producing giant waves.

After ignoring the boat parades all year, The Times jumped on the Lake Travis story because it delivered that delicious anti-Trump schadenfreude its liberal readers crave. At Least 4 Boats Sink During ‘Trump Boat Parade’ in Texas, the headline sneered.

Newsweek meanwhile tut-tutted that the Labor Day weekend pro-Trump boat parades were being held “amid the COVID-19 pandemic” as if the boats were somehow guilty of violating social distancing rules.

In addition to the flotillas, conservatives have also been holding patriotic caravans to show their support for the president. These massive displays are another pro-Trump phenomenon that are being massively ignored by the MSM.

“I don’t think this enthusiasm is being properly measured in polls,” said Cuban-American director/producer Robby Starbuck.

Over the weekend, Hispanics held a massive pro-Trump caravan in Miami.

Meanwhile in Las Vegas, a city that is nearly 33 percent Latino, Biden supporters were unable to muster even 20 vehicles for a caravan that was supposed to showcase Hispanic support for the former vice president.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal dutifully covered the modest pro-Biden event, making sure to note that the puny parade at least ended “peacefully.”

“The roughly 20-car caravan drove down Las Vegas Boulevard to Trump International Hotel, where they honked their horns, waved their signs and played patriotic music before heading home peacefully,” the Review-Journal reported.

 

 

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$200,000 Reward Offered for Information Leading to Arrest of LA Cop Shooter

Authorities in Los Angeles have offered a $100,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the gunman who ambushed two Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies as they sat in a police cruiser, Saturday evening. (Update: The reward was upped tp $200,000 late Monday).

Surveillance video footage shows the gunman walking up to a parked sheriff’s squad car and opening fire through the passenger-side window.

County officials are asking for the public’s help in identifying the gunman, who remains at large.

“The gunman walked up on the deputies and opened fire without warning or provocation,” the department stated.

The 31-year-old female deputy was shot in the jaw and arms and was in a critical but stable condition after undergoing surgery, the BBC reported.  The 24-year-old male deputy was hit in the forehead, an arm and a hand.

Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said Sunday said on Monday that both officers are recovering in stable condition.

“They performed in an admirable fashion in spite of grave adversity,” Villanueva said during a conversation with local religious leaders. “God bless them.”

The sheriff said the deputies graduated together from the sheriff’s academy only 14 months ago.

A group of anti-police agitators Saturday night gathered outside the hospital where the critically injured deputies were being treated.

They tried to provoke deputies stationed outside and reportedly tried to break into the emergency room at one point. Video from the scene shows at least one person in the mob yelling, “I hope they … die.”

“Unacceptable behavior. The hospital should be a sanctuary, we should leave hospitals alone,”  Bishop Juan Carlos Mendez with the Churches in Action group told the TV station KABC.

Mendez and members of his group had gathered near the hospital in prayer for the wounded deputies.

An reporter from KPCC, a local NPR affiliate, was arrested on the scene. The sheriff’s department later tweeted that the reporter, Josie Huang, had interfered with the arrest of a male protester.

“The female adult, who was later identified as a member of the press, did not identify herself as press and later admitted she did not have proper press credentials on her person,” the department stated.

Megan Garvey, the executive editor of KPCC, expressed outrage that her reporter was arrested, and argued that she was wearing her credentials and had shouted her KPCC affiliation.

President Trump initially reacted to the shooting with visceral disgust: “Animals that must be hit hard!” he tweeted just past midnight on Sunday.

He later asked for prayers for the deputies and a quick trial and the death penalty for the killer.

The president began his rally in Las Vegas, Nevada Sunday offering “love and support” to the officers and their families. “When we find that person, we got to get much faster with our courts, and we got to get much tougher with our sentencing,” Trump added.

Joe Biden put out an equivocating statement on Sunday condemning “violence of any kind.”

 

The former V.P. later put out a statement calling such “acts of lawlessness and violence” “counterproductive” to the left’s “peace and justice” agenda.

“Acts of lawlessness and violence directed against police officers are unacceptable, outrageous, and entirely counterproductive to the pursuit of greater peace and justice in America — as are the actions of those who cheer such attacks on,” Biden said in his statement.

Sheriff Villanueva said Monday that both officers are recovering in stable condition and with a good prognosis.

“It’s just going to be a lot of time and a lot of therapy and recovery for them,” Villanueva said on Fox11’s Good Day LA.

The sheriff added that he is concerned about the escalation of hatred and violence being directed toward law enforcement in recent months.

“Well, obviously we’re concerned about the level of violence out there, the level of hatred being directed toward law enforcement in general and our department in particular,” he said.

Villanueva said that after the ambush, the female officer managed to apply a tourniquet to her partner and for help on the radio, and that it was “heart wrenching to listen to her to mumble the words to try to get help to her location.”

“That just illustrates the danger of this job and the deputies are back out there again. They’re not going to stop serving the community,” he said.

Update:

The reward for information leading to the arrest of the gunman was upped to $200,000 thanks to the contributions of anonymous donors and the county’s top transportation authority.

Sheriff Alex Villanueva confirmed in an interview with KABC 790 that two donors stepped forward with $25,000 and $50,000 to increase the $100,000 reward approved by the Board of Supervisors on Sunday.

Phillip A. Washington, the CEO of the Los Angeles Metropolitan Authority, also said Monday the agency would contribute another $25,000 to the reward.

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San Francisco May Allow 16-Year-Olds to Vote

San Francisco could allow teenagers as young as 16 to vote in local elections, NBC News reported Saturday.

Residents will vote on the measure in November. If it passes, San Francisco will become the first major American city to grant 16- and 17-year-olds the right to vote in municipal elections.

Advocates in the city say lowering the voting age would instill a lifelong habit of voting and have been pushed such measures since 2016. The first legislation failed with 48 per cent of the vote, however, activists are hoping for success this time around.

On its website, Vote16SF says “lowering the voting age can lead to a long-term increase in voter turnout, bringing more citizens in touch with their government and pushing the government to better serve its people.”

Crystal Chan, an 18-year-old organizer for Vote 16 SF, told NBC News the measure “will help youth of color in San Francisco establish the habit of voting at an earlier age, and really provide them with the support and the resources that they need to continue building on that habit as they grow older.”

Yet there are critics who believe that 16-year-olds are not mature enough to cast ballots.

Nate Hochman, a Republican activist and senior at Colorado College, said he does not support the proposal because young people lack the experience to know “what good governance looks like” in their communities.

“Sixteen-year-olds — they’re sophomores, juniors in high school like they’re deeply impressionable. They’re largely interested in learning what, you know, their friends are doing and appearing to be cool. And they’re not capable of making completely rational decisions about voting,” Hochman said. “When are you an adult? When do we trust you to make your own decisions about who you are in the world and making your own way?”

Last year House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) voiced her support for lowering the federal voting age to 16, telling reporters that doing so would be a boon to voter engagement in the U.S.

“I myself have always been for lowering the voting age to 16,” Pelosi said. “I think it’s really important to capture kids when they’re in high school, when they’re interested in all of this, when they’re learning about government, to be able to vote.”

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NAACP Chapter President: ‘No Such Thing as Blue Lives’

The President of the Springfield, Massachusetts chapter of the NAACP tweeted Sunday that there is “no such thing” as blue lives following the ambush-style shooting of two sheriff’s deputies in Los Angeles on Saturday, Fox News reports.

Talbert Swan who is also a Pentecostal preacher and radio host tweeted: “There’s no such thing as BLUE LIVES… Stop comparing your JOB with my LIFE… Your CAREER is a choice, my BLACKNESS isn’t. #BlackLivesMatter  #BlueLivesMatter.”

“No one deserves to be unjustly murdered, police or citizens,” Swan continued. “If you’re expressing outrage over the shooting of two sheriff’s deputies, but we’re defending #KyleRittenhouse murdering two protesters in #Kenosha only days ago, you need to shut up and have a seat.”

Swan’s comments were ‘liked’ more than 35,000 times, but also met with anger on social media.

 

 

The deputies, a 24-year-old man and a 31-year-old woman, were “fighting for their lives” as they underwent surgery following the attack, which occurred around 7 p.m. local time on Saturday outside a Metro rail station in Compton, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

Swan referenced Kyle Rittenhouse, 17, in his posts on Sunday. Rittenhouse faces a slew of criminal charges stemming from the Aug. 28 shooting, just two days after Jacob Blake was shot multiple times by a Kenosha police officer. Rittenhouse faces several felony charges, including one count each of first-degree reckless homicide and attempted first-degree intentional homicide,” according to Fox News.

Swan drew criticism in August when he tweeted the hashtag #wrongtrump after the president’s brother Robert Trump died.

“Dear Grim Reaper, You took the #wrongtrump,” wrote Swan.

On Sunday police in Los Angeles were continuing to search for a black man, aged 28-30,

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After Attempted Assassination on Deputies, Biden Pushes ‘Assault Weapon’ Ban

Fox News reports “Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden on Sunday called for gun control less than 24 hours after two Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies who were critically wounded in Compton after a gunman opened fire on their squad car in an apparent ambush.”

The two LA County deputies were shot in the head and wounded by a suspect who “opened fire without warning or provocation,” authorities said.

“Weapons of war have no place in our communities,” the former Vice President tweeted. “We need to ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.”

Biden called the shooting “unconscionable” and for the suspect to be brought to justice, while President Trump called for a “fast trial” with the possibility of the death penalty on Sunday.

“Animals that must be hit hard!” Trump tweeted, referring to criminals who target law enforcement.

“If [the deputies] die, fast trial death penalty for the killer. Only way to stop this!” Trump later wrote.

The president continued to attack his Democratic rival on Sunday, calling for tougher criminal sentencing guidelines and faster courts.

At a roundtable campaign event in Las Vegas on Sunday, Trump expressed strong support for  “law and order” and criticized his opponent for being weak on crime.

“He’s not strong for law and order and everybody knows that,” Trump said of Biden during at a “Latinos for Trump” event. “When you see a scene like happened just last night in California with the two police people – a woman, a man – shot at stone cold short range.”

The 31-year-old female deputy and 24-year-old male deputy graduated together from the sheriff’s academy 14 months ago. Both underwent surgery Saturday evening and were listed as in “critical” condition. A manhunt for the suspect was still underway on Sunday.

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NFL Players Virtue-Signal for ‘Racial Justice’ to Empty Stadiums

In the first few games of the new football season, multiple NFL teams and players made sure to put on purely symbolic displays of “solidarity,” only for their displays to play out before empty stadiums, as reported by ABC News.

In the first game between the Seahawks and the Falcons, every player on both teams dropped to one knee and held up the racist “black power” fist after the opening kick. They remained in those poses for about 10 seconds before resuming the game. Other mostly meaningless gestures displayed by players included kneeling, locking arms, or being completely absent from the field during the playing of the National Anthem.

Following the displays, several of the players congratulated themselves in various statements to the media, with Atlanta receiver Julio Jones declaring that “collectively, we can move mountains.”

Another example was the Miami Dolphins, whose players released a video announcing that they would stay off the field whenever the National Anthem is played. They claimed that being on the field for the Anthem was a “publicity parade,” even though their actions in deliberately avoiding the Anthem itself is the definition of a publicity stunt. The video also bizarrely claimed that “this attempt to unify only creates more divide,” in reference to the Anthem, and that they would rather “skip the song and dance and…stay inside.”

The flurry of anti-American and anti-police gestures and protests have caused the NFL’s popularity to plummet, resulting in empty stadiums and declining viewership online and on TV. Similar reactions have met other sports leagues that have caved completely to the virtue-signaling on behalf of the far-left group Black Lives Matter, including the NBA and MLB.

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Over $300 Million Donated to ActBlue Came from Untraceable and ‘Unemployed’ Donors

A study by a watchdog group has revealed what could be hundreds of millions in fraudulent or illegal donations to the far-left megadonor website ActBlue, according to Fox News.

The Take Back Action Fund analyzed the total amount of donations to the website in the year 2019, and found that half of all donations that year – approximately 4.7 million individual donations, totaling $346 million – were made by individuals claiming to be unemployed. As it is required that all donors must list their employers when making a donation, the startling number of “unemployed” donors suggests likely fraud, or perhaps donations from foreign entities.

The Action Fund also revealed that it has been conducting a similar study on ActBlue donations for the year 2020, where it has witnessed a rise in the number of “unemployed” donations. While these questionable contributions accounted for 48.4 percent of all ActBlue donations in 2019, they now make up a slim majority in 2020 thus far, at 50.1 percent.

ActBlue released a statement in response to the publication of the study, claiming that most of those donations came from retired individuals. However, as Action Fund President John Pudner noted, the unemployment numbers for the year 2019 simply do not line up with the possibility of that many unemployed people consistently making donations.

“It is hard to believe that at a time when the U.S. unemployment rate was less than 4 percent,” Pudner pointed out, “that unemployed people had $346 million dollars to send to ActBlue for liberal causes.” The high amount of donations in general is also questionable, as 2019 was not an election year.

Ever since its founding in 2004, ActBlue has served as one of the largest megadonors to Democratic candidates and far-left causes in the country, and one of the most prominent examples of big money in American politics. Despite this, it continues to questionably bill itself as an example of “grassroots” fundraising and organizing.

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Pro-Pelosi and Pro-Schumer PACs Funnel Dark Money into 2020 Election

Several nonprofits and super PACs directly tied to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) have been funneling millions of dollars in dark money donations into the 2020 election, according to the Washington Free Beacon.

The groups in question are the nonprofits Majority Forward and House Majority Forward; the former is directly connected to the pro-Schumer Senate Majority PAC, while the latter is connected to the pro-Pelosi House Majority PAC. Schumer’s group has directly contributed $10.6 million into the election process, while the Pelosi group has similarly contributed $1.6 million. Both groups also have connections to various other PACs and alleged nonprofits in numerous states throughout the country.

As they are nonprofits, the names of their donors are kept secret. As such, when that money is sent to super PACs, the origins of the money first coming from the nonprofits is kept hidden through a loophole that works around FEC disclosure rules.

Democrats, despite speaking out against big money and dark money, have relied much more heavily on secret donations in recent years than Republicans. In the 2018 election cycle, 54 percent of dark money donations came from left-wing and pro-Democrat groups, while only 31 percent came from Republicans.

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Morning Greatness: Does Joe Biden Really Plan to Debate Trump?

Good Monday morning.

Here is what’s on the president’s agenda today:

  • The president participates in a briefing on wildfires in McClellan Park, CA
  • President Trump delivers remarks and participates in a Ceremony Recognizing the California National Guard
  • The president participates in a Latinos for Trump Coalition Roundtable in Phoenix, Arizona

Five minutes of hate:

People are wondering, how will Joe Biden pull off a debate with Trump? It’s clear Biden is aged, he seems to have some degree of cognitive impairment, his media appearances are very controlled, his press conferences are choreographed and recently, he had difficulty reading off his teleprompter when answering a predictable question at an AFL-CIO event. What sort of performance can we expect in a debate setting, a setting without a teleprompter, and against Donald Trump who is a very aggressive adversary? There is a huge risk Biden will go sideways, that he will speak gibberish or make one of his strange “you ain’t black” proclamations. Additionally, Biden is not rigorously campaigning, he takes entire days off. The presidential horse race is competitive, Biden doesn’t have it locked up, so I wonder, what is the strategy to win the election without a strong debate performance?

I think there is something else planned.

It’s not a smart idea for the campaign to come up with a “health reason” as to why a sick Biden can’t debate three times.  He’s old, he looks old and he appears befuddled and confused in his rare unscripted appearances so to portray him as infirm is not wise, it is not confidence inspiring for those undecided, independent voters he will need to win an election. If Biden straight up refuses to debate Trump, that looks suspicious and would give credence to the rumblings about Biden’s physical and mental capacity. “What is he hiding?” people will ask. Many voters watch the debates because it is a unique opportunity during a campaign to directly contrast the two candidates. There is a big cost for refusing to debate, especially when the race is close.

Unless. Unless there is something that mitigates the cost. Something that doesn’t mean Biden has to win or earn votes, but something that will cause Trump to lose votes.

There will be some event or development that makes it more desirable for the undecideds and soft Biden supporters to vote for Biden despite his refusal to debate and crappy campaign than it is for them to vote for Trump. The Democrats have a bomb. They have something planned to damage Trump. Of course we know the mail in ballots will help boost Biden’s count, but vote fraud can only help so many percentage points before it looks suspicious. Trump’s entire first term was a series of bombs intended to damage Trump and undermine his legitimacy. The bomb will have to be detonated before the first debate to get Biden out of it and it will have to be damaging enough that Biden won’t have to debate or campaign at all.

The bomb doesn’t have to be true. Remember Harry Reid lied about the despicable Mitt Romney’s taxes. It had its effect. “Romney didn’t win, did he?” snickered the hateful Reid. We will see this move again except it will not be a politician launching a serious accusation against the president, that won’t fly because it happens on an hourly basis these days. Trump’s a RUSSIAN spy, Trump hates the military (LOL), Trump is making money off of the presidency, Trump bites the heads off of kittens…people are numb to it.

The bomb will involve a credentialed agent, a person or persons certified by the lefty-controlled institutions in which regular people still have faith.  We recently saw Adam Schiff resurface with his shiny new toy, a DHS whistle-blower who claims that he was told to stop reporting on the “RUSSIA threat” because it “made President Trump look bad.” Is this true? Probably not but every administration controls the flow and form of information. But it doesn’t have to be true for the prestige media to treat it seriously and highlight the specific allegations.

But this particular tale might not make enough waves since the public is burned out on the RUSSIA schtick. However we have another “scandal” brewing, this one coming from the derp state “scientists.” I am guessing that Trump’s alleged dereliction handling the coronavirus registers well in all the focus groups the Democrats are perpetually conducting. A group of Dr. Derp States are claiming that

The health department’s politically appointed communications aides have demanded the right to review and seek changes to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s weekly scientific reports charting the progress of the coronavirus pandemic, in what officials characterized as an attempt to intimidate the reports’ authors and water down their communications to health professionals.

Perhaps this episode will pick up steam and be the magic “get out of campaigning” free card for Biden. The legacy media will move forward with the bureaucrat’s allegations, gin up public hysteria and find more anonymous sources to tell tales of treachery for media showcasing. There will be pearl clutching, wailing and lamenting from the Democrats, the full Monty. We’ve seen it before: emoluments clause, Logan Act, Ukraine-impeachment, Hatch Act and on and on.

But if it’s not this issue, it will be something. The Democrats have something on the back burner they think will produce the desired effect of damaging Trump so severely Biden can just continue to phone it it. And by the time people figure out it is all a lie or just a partisan maneuver, it will be too late. I cannot think of any explanation for the lack of campaigning and their cognitively impaired loose-cannon candidate except they think they have something. There’s a hard out, the election day is set. We don’t have four years like we did with the RUSSIA-collusion hoax to unravel a scheme. The Democrats just need to keep something outrageous in motion for one month to pull it off but I guarantee you, the Democrats have a bomb and they are getting ready to set it off.

Election news:

Biden pushes gun control less than 24 hours after attempted assassination on deputies

Biden argues he’s in better shape than Trump: ‘Just look at us’

Is anyone watching? Biden campaign plans to run ad during every NFL game until Election Day

Black church leaders demand apology for Trump campaign ad

Schumer and Pelosi-Aligned Groups Funnel Millions in Secret Cash Into 2020 Elections

Federal judge temporarily bans USPS from sending election mailers with ‘false statements’

Crowd aims ‘lock him up’ chant at Obama during Trump rally

Trump holds first entirely indoor rally in nearly three months

‘Open up your state’: Trump defies Nevada Gov. with indoor rally near Las Vegas

Chris Wallace Presses Biden Advisor On Travel Ban: ‘Would You Agree … That Trump’s Actions Saved Thousands Of Lives?’

Major US city may soon allow 16-year-olds to vote, could others could follow suit?

Man warned for wearing MAGA hat when voting in Georgia

Peter Navarro abruptly cut from CNN interview after telling Jake Tapper network ‘is not honest with the American people’

Start of Pennsylvania’s election is on hold because of ballot delay

Bloomberg to spend at least $100M to help Biden in Florida

 

Riots/protests/Black Lives Matter/crime:

Trump calls for swift justice in shooting of ambushed deputies as manhunt intensifies in LA

Los Angeles County Deputies Out of Surgery, Expected to Survive

‘F**cking Die’: BLM Activists Lay Siege to LA Hospital Treating Officers Hit in ‘Ambush’ Shooting

This Week in Leftist Violence and Intimidation Vol. 3

Officer shot during traffic stop in New Mexico

Video shows police pinning journalist covering LA protest to ground during arrest

Westchester school under fire for cartoon comparing cops to KKK, slave owners

NAACP chapter president Talbert Swan: ‘No such thing as blue lives’

Racial injustice themes fill empty NFL stadiums

 

Coronavirus news:

400K sign on to ballot drive to repeal Michigan governor’s emergency powers

Scientists outraged by White House appointees’ meddling with coronavirus information: ‘Outright egregious’

Derp State. Trump officials interfered with CDC reports on Covid-19

More pandemic fallout: No Peeps for Halloween and Christmas

Blitzer to Fauci: Who should we trust, you or President Trump?

 

Other morsels:

Wildfires Will Become Worse Thanks To Decades-Old Liberal Policies, Says Fire Expert Who Predicted Uptick In Blazes

Pompeo to resume ‘Madison Dinners’ despite controversy

Trump unveils plan to slash drug costs tied to what’s paid abroad

Of course. Justin Fairfax to run for Virginia governor despite sexual assault accusations

Iran weighing plot to kill US ambassador to South Africa: report

TikTok picks Oracle over Microsoft in Trump-forced sales bid

 

And that’s all I’ve got, now go beat back the angry mob!

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Trump Nominated For Nobel Peace Prize 2nd Time This Week Following Serbia-Kosovo Peace Deal

President Trump was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize Friday morning for brokering a historic peace deal between Serbia and the breakaway republic Kosovo. It was the second time this week the president was nominated for the prestigious award.

On Wednesday, a member of the Norwegian Parliament nominated Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize for helping broker a peace deal between Israel and the United Arab Emirates.

Meanwhile, the president on Friday announced yet another peace deal establishing full diplomatic relations between Bahrain and Israel.

“This is really something special, very, very special,” Trump said in the Oval Office, predicting that the region “will become more secure and prosperous” as a result of the diplomatic agreement.

Magnus Jacobsson, a member of the Swedish Parliament, announced Friday that he was nominating the Trump administration, Serbia, and Kosovo for their “joint work for peace and economic development, through the cooperation agreement signed in the White House.”

“Trade and communications are important building blocks for peace,” Jacobsson wrote, sharing his letter to the Nobel Committee on Twitter.

During a signing ceremony at the White House on September 4, President Aleksandar Vučić of Serbia and Prime Minister Avdullah Hoti of Kosovo signed a brokered commitment to achieve economic normalization between the peoples and governments of Serbia and Kosovo.

“Friday’s agreement reflects President Trump’s long-held vision for Kosovo and Serbia to focus on economic development, job creation and industrial development as prerequisites to the permanent resolution of political disputes,” wrote former Ambassador to Germany Ric Grenell at the Hill.

His belief from the start has been that trust is built first in the process of creating opportunities and futures for young people, rather than in the settlement of scores, symbolism or the righting of historical wrongs. The U.S. will spend the next year implementing these new agreements, and the people and governments of Kosovo and Serbia have the full trust of the U.S. government to carry them forward.

“When the U.S. government prioritizes diplomacy over force, and understanding over threats, the world stands to benefit,” Grenell wrote.

Christian Tybring-Gjedde, a member of the Norwegian Parliament, on Wednesday nominated Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize for the Israel and United Arab Emirates peace deal.

“For his merit, I think he has done more trying to create peace between nations than most other Peace Prize nominees,” Christian Tybring-Gjedde told Fox News.

In his nomination letter to the Nobel Committee, Tybring-Gjedde said the Trump administration had played a key role in the establishment of relations between Israel and the UAE. “As it is expected other Middle Eastern countries will follow in the footsteps of the UAE, this agreement could be a game changer that will turn the Middle East into a region of cooperation and prosperity,” he wrote.

Tybring-Gjedde, further, praised Trump for withdrawing a large number of troops from the Middle East. “Indeed, Trump has broken a 39-year-old streak of American Presidents either starting a war or bringing the United States into an international armed conflict. The last president to avoid doing so was Peace Prize laureate Jimmy Carter,” he wrote.

This is not Trump’s first such nomination, as Tybring-Gjedde submitted one along with another Norwegian official in 2018 following the U.S. president’s Singapore summit with Kim Jong Un. Japan’s prime minister reportedly did the same. Trump did not win.

Tybring-Gjedde told Fox News, “I’m not a big Trump supporter” but added: “The committee should look at the facts and judge him on the facts – not on the way he behaves sometimes.”

He went on to argue that past Peace Prize winners were much less worthy of the honor than President Trump.

“The people who have received the Peace Prize in recent years have done much less than Donald Trump. For example, Barack Obama did nothing.”

Indeed, Obama was awarded with the Nobel Peace Prize in October of 2009 before he had accomplished anything to contribute to world peace.

In fact, Geir Lundestad, the non-voting Director of the Nobel Institute, wrote in his 2015 memoir that Obama had failed to live up to the Nobel Committee’s expectations.

The Trump administration has brokered three historic peace deals in just the past month, but it’s highly unlikely that the liberal-leaning Nobel committee will honor Trump with an award that is usually reserved for globalists.

At any rate, the winner won’t be announced until October of next year.

 

 

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Dolphins Announce They Will Stay Inside Locker Room During Both National Anthems

Miami Dolphins announced that they will remain in the team’s locker room for both national anthems this Sunday ahead of their regular-season opener against the New England Patriots, Fox News reports.

There will be no kneeling for the Dolphins on the sidelines this season. The players shared their thoughts in a video Thursday and read a message demanding the NFL use its money and influence to make social changes.

“Is it authentic? That’s the mystery,” one Dolphins player questioned.

“Or is it just another symbolic victory?” another player responded.

“Now there’s two anthems. Do we kneel? Do we stand?”

“If we could just right our wrongs, we wouldn’t need two songs.”

“We don’t need another publicity parade,” another Dolphins player said.

“So, we’ll just stay inside until it’s time to play the game,” one player concluded.

Head coach Brian Flores also shared his thoughts. “Before the media starts wondering and guessing, they just answered all of your questions. We’ll just stay inside,” he said.

The Dolphins won’t be the only team making a bold statement when NFL games begin.

The move comes after the NFL’s decision to play “Lift Every Voice and Sing” as a sign of its commitment to social justice and been seen by many, including the Dolphins, as a publicity stunt rather than an effort to affect change. The team also said the NFL allowing players to wear helmet stickers honoring victims of racism was another example of a publicity move and demanded the NFL stop with “fluff and empty gestures,” asking team owners to “flex political power” to make social changes.

The NFL joined other sports leagues around the nation this season and used their facilities and resources to condemn racism and bring awareness to social justice. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announced the league will imprint “End racism” and “It takes all of us” in the end zones at each stadium during the 2020 season and teams will have the opportunity to put the names of racial injustice victims on their helmets.

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Google Removes Autocomplete for Candidates and Voting

Ahead of the U.S. presidential election Google said that it will now remove any autocomplete predictions that seem to endorse or oppose a candidate or a political party and claims about voting or the electoral process, according to a CNN report. 

Google executives outlined these changes at an online press event Thursday, as well as in a blog post. Google’s autocomplete feature offers recommendations for queries once a user begins typing.

The tech company says that it will now remove any Autocomplete predictions that seem to endorse or oppose a candidate or a political party, or that make a claim about voting or the electoral process. That would mean eliminating predictions like “you can vote by phone,” “you can’t vote by phone” or anything suggesting that you donate to a party or candidate.

However, Google emphasized users will still be able to search for information around voting or candidates — you just won’t see those queries automatically.

The news comes as Facebook, Twitter and other tech giants are trying to to curb the spread of misinformation and avoid partisan bias ahead of the November election.

“We want to be very careful about the type of information that we highlight in the search feature given its prominence. Given the concern around elections and elections information, we want to be particularly conservative here,” said David Graff, Google’s senior director of global policy and standards.

Graff told reporters innocuous suggestions will probably be eliminated but the company wants to err on the side of caution. “We really want to prevent bad information … from surfacing in a feature like autocomplete,” he said.

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Cuomo Threatens Tax Hikes Over COVID-19 Shortfalls

Facing a huge budget shortfall due to the coronavirus crisis, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo threatened Thursday to increase the burden on New York’s heavily taxed residents, The New York Post reports.

“This will be a hole in the financial plan so large that it will be impossible to fill,” the governor said during a conference call with reporters.

“What would we do to try to fill it? Taxes, cuts, borrowing, early retirements [of government workers]. All of the above.”

New York City is already No. 1 in the nation for the highest combined burden of state and local income taxes, with a total rate of 12.7%, that works out to an average annual amount of $2,877, according to the Tax Foundation.according to the Tax Foundation think tank.

Last month, the American Legislative Exchange Council ranked the Empire State’s economic outlook the worst in the country for the seventh year in a row.

In September Cuomo begged the wealthy New Yorkers to return to the city from their second-home retreats so they can pay taxes to help offset the state’s growing coronavirus-related revenue shortfall. The governor’s threat of a tax hike is a reversal to his previous warning that an increase would put New York at a competitive disadvantage with other states and lead to an exodus of high-income New Yorkers.

Cuomo has so far resisted liberal demands to raise taxes on the rich, however New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has less sympathy, saying he doesn’t base policies on “the wealthy few,” and voiced support for increasing rates on the rich. Instead, Cuomo hopes that President Trump and Congress will agree on a bailout package for state and local governments, if not he would have to rely on Democrat Joe Biden to beat Trump in November and ride to the rescue.

Due to his handling of the COVID-19 crisis the governor has projected a long-term deficit of $30 billion, and to help stay afloat has withheld funding to local governments and social service providers.

The shortfall for the current fiscal year is about $8 billion, according to EJ McMahon of the Empire Center for Public Policy.

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Sen. Grassley Demands Answers From DOJ and FBI Regarding Mueller Team’s Deleted Phone Records

Senator Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) fired off a letter to the FBI and Justice Department on Friday, demanding records from all government phones used by employees in Special Counsel Mueller’s office. Grassley’s letter comes after records released on Thursday indicated that top members of Mueller’s investigative team intentionally wiped their phones to thwart an investigation into their work.

The documents show that data from at least fifteen cell phones were “wiped” for various reasons during their investigation of Russian collusion in the 2016 election.

In light of this newly released information, the senator demanded to know if the DOJ is investigating whether or not Mueller’s team violated “federal record keeping laws, rules, and regulations.”

This latest shoe to drop in the ongoing RussiaGate saga came via a lawsuit from the conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch,” Fox News reported.

The records show at least several dozen phones were wiped of information because of forgotten passcodes, irreparable screen damage, loss of the device, intentional deletion or other reasons — and came before the DOJ’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) could review the devices.

The documents show that Mueller deputy Andrew Weissman “accidentally wiped” his phone twice after entering the wrong passcode too many times in March 2018. Lawyer James Quarles’ phone “wiped itself” without his intervention, the records say.

Although it’s technically possible to accidentally wipe a phone clean by entering too many incorrect passwords, it’s actually pretty hard to do it in practice.

“After the 5th failed attempt, iOS requires a 1-minute timeout before you can try again. During this timeout the only thing you can do is place an emergency call to 911. After the 6th attempt, you get a 5-minute timeout. After the 7th, 15 minutes. These timeouts escalate such that it would take over 3 hours to enter 10 incorrect passcodes.”

Somehow Mueller’s “pit bull” Andrew Weissmann managed to do this twice.

“It appears that Special Counsel Mueller’s team may have deleted federal records that could be key to better understanding their decision-making process as they pursued their investigation and wrote their report. Indeed, many officials apparently deleted the records after the DOJ Inspector General began his inquiry into how the Department mishandled Crossfire Hurricane,” Sen. Grassley wrote in his letter to Attorney General William Barr and FBI Director Christopher Wray.

“Moreover, based on this new information, the number of times the stated reasons for the deletions calls into question whether or not it was a widespread intentional effort,” Grassley added.

One team member, Andrew Weissmann, appears to have deleted all of the data on his phone more than once. On March 8, 2018, records show that Weissmann “[e]ntered [his] password too many times and wiped his phone.”

On September 27, another report reads, “AAW accidentally wiped cell phone – data lost.” On two occasions, officials admitted to deleting data, and multiple individuals stated that the phone automatically wiped the data after they used the wrong password too many times.

The senator from Iowa went on to note that Mueller’s team appear to have “deleted federal records that could be key to better understanding their decision-making process as they pursued their investigation and wrote their report. ”

Significantly, many of the deletions appear to have occurred “after the DOJ Inspector General began his inquiry into how the Department mishandled Crossfire Hurricane,” Grassley pointed out. “Moreover, based on this new information, the number of times and the stated reasons for the deletions calls into question whether or not it was a widespread intentional effort,” he added, pointing out that this was not the first time the Special Counsel’s office had “misused records within their possession.”

On March 8, 2019, I wrote a letter to the Justice Department regarding Special Counsel Mueller’s selective use of emails in the George Papadopoulos Statement of Offense.

In that letter, I provided references to a footnote in the Statement that was used by Mueller to suggest that a Trump “Campaign official suggested ‘low level’ staff should go to Russia.”

In full context, however, the emails in question actually show that the Trump Campaign wanted someone “low level” to decline these types of invitations.

Grassley requested that the FBI and DOJ provide the following records regarding Mueller’s investigation:

1. All records from the FOIA request in unredacted form.
2. All records, including text messages, from all government phones used by employees in
Special Counsel Mueller’s office.
3. All records relating to the explanations that each employee within Special Counsel
Mueller’s office provided as to why their phone data and records were deleted.
4. When were you first made aware that Special Counsel Mueller’s employees deleted data
and records from their government phones?
5. Are you investigating whether or not Special Counsel Mueller’s employees violated
federal record keeping laws, rules, and regulations? If so, when did that investigation
begin? If not, why not?
6. Has the Justice Department attempted to forensically recover any deleted records? If so,
please provide all recovered records in unredacted form. If not, why not?
7. Has the Justice Department referred this matter to the Inspector General? If not, why
not?

“Congress and the American people are owed answers regarding Special Counsel Mueller and his team,” Grassley wrote. He requested that the DOJ and FBI respond to his demands by no later than September 25, 2020.

 

 

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Netflix Faces Widespread Criticism over ‘Cuties’ Film that Sexualizes Young Girls

The worldwide streaming platform Netflix has come under heavy fire in recent days for its premiere of a controversial documentary called “Cuties,” which many have said is guilty of sexualizing young girls and bordering on child pornography, as reported by Variety.

The film, directed by a French woman named Maimouna Doucoure, is about an 11-year-old Muslim girl in Paris who becomes a member of a “free-spirited dance clique,” which features pre-adolescent girls dancing provocatively in revealing clothing. As a result of the film’s premiere, the hashtag “#CancelNetflix” reached #1 on global trends, as users from across the political spectrum encouraged their followers to cancel their Netflix subscriptions and hold them accountable for endorsing the film.

In response to the backlash, Netflix issued a statement in support of the film, pointing to the fact that it won an award for the “drama” category at the annual Sundance Film Festival. The statement claimed that “Cuties is a social commentary against the sexualization of young children,” and “encourages anyone who cares about these important issues to watch this movie.”

But the Sundance Festival’s description of the film admits to the highly sexualized nature of the film, saying that the girls have an “eagerness to be identified as sexualized,” and describes the cast as “vivacious” and “young.”

As such, many online commentators have not bought into the idea that the film is actually against sexualization of children, claiming that it goes too far and could have conveyed an anti-sexualization manner in a better way. The film has been condemned by the Daily Caller and the Parents Television Council, and a Change.org petition calling on people to cancel their subscriptions has currently garnered over 600,000 signatures.