Big govt, Politics

Anti-Lockdown Dr. Scott Atlas Joins Coronavirus Task Force: Is Fauci Finally Out?

President Trump announced Monday that Dr. Scott Atlas is joining the White House Coronavirus Task Force. Dr. Atlas is a former chief of neuroradiology at Stanford University Medical Center and a senior fellow at Stanford’s Hoover Institution. Before joining the team, Atlas penned an op-ed in The Hill that showed his approach to the coronavirus outbreak is much different than that of Anthony “Chicken Little” Fauci, who favors draconian lockdowns and now wants people to wear goggles to avoid getting a virus that most people recover from easily.

Here are some excerpts of the piece Atlas wrote, titled “The data is in-stop the panic and end the isolation.”

The tragedy of the COVID-19 pandemic appears to be entering the containment phase. Tens of thousands of Americans have died, and Americans are now desperate for sensible policymakers who have the courage to ignore the panic and rely on facts. Leaders must examine accumulated data to see what has actually happened, rather than keep emphasizing hypothetical projections; combine that empirical evidence with fundamental principles of biology established for decades; and then thoughtfully restore the country to function.

Five key facts are being ignored by those calling for continuing the near-total lockdown. Read more…

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Big govt, Elections, Politics

Joe Biden Selects Kamala Harris as Running Mate

Presumptive Democrat nominee Joe Biden has selected Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) to be his running mate, the former vice president announced on social media Tuesday afternoon.

“I have the great honor to announce that I’ve picked @KamalaHarris — a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country’s finest public servants — as my running mate,” Biden wrote on Twitter.

The White House candidate continued: “Back when Kamala was Attorney General, she worked closely with Beau. I watched as they took on the big banks, lifted up working people, and protected women and kids from abuse. I was proud then, and I’m proud now to have her as my partner in this campaign.”

Following the announcement, the Biden campaign said both candidates will speak Wednesday in Wilmington, Delaware, “on working together to restore the soul of the nation and fight for working families to move the country forward.”

Harris ended her own bid for the White House in December amid dismal poll numbers and reported turmoil in her campaign. Although the California Democrat launched her campaign with much fanfare, her failed path to the White House failed to generate support akin to top tier candidates such as Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), and of course, her running mate, Biden.Kamala.” Read more…

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News, Politics

Black, Hispanic NYC City Council Members Trash ‘Defund the Police’ Movement

Black and Hispanic members of the New York City council are firing back at colleagues who support the movement to “Defund the Police,” calling the effort “white-led,” and an example of “political gentrification” and “colonization” — a ‘”‘bourgeois liberal’ solution for addressing systemic racism,” per a report in the New York Times.

Councilmembers who represent minority districts say they aren’t supportive of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan to strip $1 billion from the New York Police Department (NYPD), even if they are supportive of efforts to reform the police, restrict their use of force, and even reduce the number of law enforcement officers overall.

“Black and Latino council members representing both poor and middle-class communities of color, including Brownsville, Brooklyn, and Jamaica, Queens, wanted to take a measured approach to cutting the police budget,” the NYT says. “White progressives, allied with some Latino council members from gentrifying and racially mixed neighborhoods and two Black council members, called for more aggressive reductions and reforms.” Read more…

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Issues, War on Terror

Andy Ngo Reveals How Antifa Rioters Get Out of Jail and Keep Terrorizing Portland

On the 72nd straight night of violence in Portland, antifa rioters again targeted the Portland Police Association (PPA) — which they had lit on fire the night before — and turned the streets around it into a war zone. They erected barricades, lit fires on the street, and fired mortar fireworks at police officers, wounding two of them. In a memorable exchange, a man on the street assured antifa rioters that they should not worry even as they were getting arrested. Andy Ngo, editor-at-large at The Post Millennial, explained why this man reassured them, and why antifa rioters can keep themselves out of jail to return to the streets, night after night.

A group of about 200 rioters began marching toward the PPA, which is located in a residential neighborhood, at 9:30 p.m. on Sunday night, Portland Police reported. Police defended the building and warned rioters not to attack it again. Antifa rioters immediately started barricading the streets with dumpsters and fencing. They lit a fire on the sidewalk outside the office.

Meanwhile, the fire department and an ambulance were responding to an emergency medical call and had to reroute in order to get around the antifa blockade.

Police declared an unlawful assembly, but rioters responded by launching eggs at them. The Portland Police Bureau and Oregon State Police broke up the crowd, but violent rioters turned the streets into a war zone. They fired commercial-grade fireworks at officers, injuring at least two. One suffered a serious burn on his neck while another officer appears to have had shrapnel rip open his leg. Read more…

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Politics

Joe Biden Risks Alienating Young Black Voters After Race Remarks

Joe Biden’s controversial remarks about race this week risk alienating young Black voters who despise President Donald Trump but are not inspired by his Democratic rival.

When pressed by Errol Barnett of CBS News on whether he’d taken a cognitive test, Biden responded that the question was akin to asking the Black reporter if he would take a drug test to see if “you’re taking cocaine or not? … Are you a junkie?”

In a later interview with National Public Radio’s Lulu Garcia-Navarro, Biden seemed to draw distinctions between Black and Hispanic populations in the U.S. “Unlike the African American community, with notable exceptions, the Latino community is an incredibly diverse community with incredibly different attitudes about different things,” he told the Latina reporter.

He later walked back the comment.

Black voters as a whole delivered the Democratic nomination to Biden, powering his commanding win in the South Carolina primary, which rescued his floundering campaign. But that success was heavily dependent on older Black voters. In a general election where Democrats say no vote can be taken for granted, young Black activists and elected officials say this week’s missteps could make it harder to get their vote.

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Politics

More than 1 in 5 mail-in ballots rejected in New York City primary

Over 20% of mail-in ballots were rejected in the June 23 Democratic presidential primary. Over 84,000 mail-in votes were disqualified, according to a New York Post report.

The New York City Board of Elections said it received 403,103 mail-in ballots, but only 318,995 vote-by-mail ballots were counted. That means that 84,108 mail-in votes were not counted or invalidated, which is 21% of the total. Approximately 30,000 mail-in ballots in Brooklyn, which is 25% of mail-in ballots in the borough, were dismissed.

The reasons why the ballots were rejected include arriving late, lacking a postmark, or no signature from the voter.

“It’s nuts. That is way too high,” Justin Levitt, a former Department of Justice voting rights official and current professor at Loyola Law School, told NBC News. “The rejection rates shows, I think, two things running headlong into each other. They show some very real problems with New York laws. … It also shows the fact that New Yorkers aren’t used to voting by mail.”

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Big govt, Courts, Politics

John Brennan Escapes Prosecution in Durham Probe

Former CIA Director John Brennan appears to have avoided prosecution in U.S. Attorney John Durham’s criminal inquiry into the Russia investigation.

After NBC News reported Thursday that Brennan agreed to do an interview with Durham, signaling that his investigation is nearing its end, a lawyer familiar with the situation told NPR that the Obama-era CIA director has been told he is not a target of prosecutors. Instead, this source said, the interview will mainly consist of technical questions.

The news is sure to disappoint some of President Trump’s most ardent supporters who believe Brennan and other top officials in the Obama administration sought to sabotage Trump’s candidacy in 2016 and later his presidency.

Still, while Brennan may not be indicted, he may yet be harshly criticized in a report. Attorney General William Barr said he expects “developments” from Durham’s inquiry by the end of the summer.

“It’s hard to prove criminal intent at their level, and unless there’s a smoking gun, like an email or text, they’ll probably get off with a damning report about their activities,” former Assistant FBI Director Chris Swecker, who claims to know Durham personally, told RealClearInvestigations in reference to Brennan and other top intelligence community and law enforcement officials from the Obama administration. Read more…

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Big govt, Politics

PBS Adores Democratic Wives and Hates GOP Wives

Fifty years after the Public Broadcasting Service launched, we’re still seeing our taxpayer subsidies transform into Democratic donations during election years. On Aug. 4, “PBS NewsHour” hatched a love-in with Dr. Jill Biden.

Anchor Judy Woodruff hit every Joe Biden campaign talking point with partisan perfection. She began by reminding viewers of the Biden family losses, saying: “He had lost his first wife and another child. You were coming out of your own marriage. You describe how daunting it was. How did you do it?” Then she recalled how Joe Biden’s son Beau Biden died of brain cancer five years ago. The interview ended on a light note about how, in March, Jill protected her candidate from two hecklers who jumped onstage at a Los Angeles event. Woodruff joked, “So, my question is, has the Secret Service deputized you?”

The closest thing to a difficult question was still a softball. “The campaign, as I’m sure you know, is already one of the most, if not the most polarized in history. It’s down and dirty,” Woodruff complained. “The names that are being thrown around, President Trump has already called your husband corrupt, crazy, mentally shot, the most extreme left-wing candidate ever. This is going to be one for the history books. How do you get prepared for that? Because it is going to be personal; it is personal.” Read more…

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Big govt, Courts, News, Politics

Officer Charged in Rayshard Brooks Shooting Takes Action Against Democrat Mayor

Former Atlanta Police Department officer Garrett Rolfe filed a lawsuit against Atlanta Democrat Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and interim police Chief Rodney Bryant this week to get his job back, saying that his firing was unconstitutional.

Rolfe filed the suit on Tuesday in Fulton County Superior Court after he was fired earlier this summer and charged with 11 counts, including felony murder, in the death of Rayshard Brooks at a Wendy’s restaurant back in June.

His lawsuit states that his use of force against Brooks, who fired a taser at Rolfe as he ran away from police, “was proper and in compliance with Georgia law.”

The lawsuit says that Rolfe was terminated “without an investigation, without proper notice, without a pre-disciplinary hearing, and in direct violation of the municipal code of the city of Atlanta.”

Rolfe noted in the lawsuit that the other officer involved, Devin Brosnan, was not fired and was instead placed on administration leave, according to NBC News. Read more…

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Big govt, News, Politics

Portland Mayor Condemns Rioters for ‘Attempting to Commit Murder’

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler Thursday evening condemned the actions of rioters who attempted to set fire to a police precinct and blocked the exits while officers were inside.

“When you commit arson with an accelerant in an attempt to burn down a building that is occupied by people who you have intentionally trapped inside, you are not demonstrating, you are attempting to commit murder,” Wheeler said in a news conference with Portland Police Chief Chuck Lovell.

“Don’t think for a moment that you are if you are participating in this activity, you are not being a prop for the reelection campaign of Donald Trump — because you absolutely are,” he said. “You are creating the B-roll film that will be used in ads nationally to help Donald Trump during this campaign. If you don’t want to be part of that, then don’t show up.”

A riot was declared Wednesday evening when agitators descended upon the Portland Police Bureau’s East Precinct building, spray-painted over security cameras, broke a glass door with a 2×4, lit a fire using an accelerant and threw fireworks and other objects at officers, according to FOX 12 in Portland.

Police said that a truck also attempted to run over officers.

The front doors of the precinct were barricaded before the fire was started with more than 20 officers and civilian employees inside, police said, according to FOX 12. Read more…

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