UPDATE: Maxine Waters claims 2020 talk intended to ‘discredit’ her

July 22nd, 2017
By Kyle Olson

Maxine Waters played the victim on Friday night after The American Mirror reported on Thursday that the California congresswoman would be making an appearance in the early presidential primary state of New Hampshire on Sunday.

The story was the headline for several hours on the Drudge Report, and Tucker Carlson devoted a segment to the topic that evening.

Waters hit back on Friday night, lumping all three together, along with the others who covered it, and slamming “these people” for the story.

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KELLYANNE: Didn’t need Russia help — Hillary a ‘treasure trove of negative information’

July 21st, 2017
By Victor Skinner

Trump counselor and former campaign manager Kellyanne Conway told Fox & Friends on Friday that the Trump campaign didn’t need the Russians’ help to dig up dirt on Hillary Clinton.

Clinton herself “was like a walking, talking treasure trove of negative information,” she said.

Conway argued that the Democratic candidate was her own worst enemy during the 2016 presidential campaign, and questioned whether “Americans are comfortable with the taxpayers funding” ongoing efforts to find alleged collusion between Trump and Moscow.

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Paul Ryan visits shoe factory — puts off writing tax bill to ‘the fall’

July 21st, 2017
By Kyle Olson

On November 9, 2016 — 254 days ago — Republicans learned they would be in total control of the federal government.

Two key issues rose to the surface: repealing Obamacare and a tax cut.

So far, they have failed at killing the failing program, despite all the bravado during the last four campaigns.

Now, it appears they’re taking their sweet time just getting around to writing the tax cut bill, let alone actually taking it up and passing it.

“The budget that’s going through Congress now is just the budget, it’s not the actual tax reform bill,” Ryan told Wisconsin talk radio host Stan Milam on Wednesday.

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Activists demand Dallas remove 121-year-old Confederate War Memorial

July 20th, 2017
By Victor Skinner

A Dallas area history professor is leading the charge to erase references to the Confederacy, including a massive monument that has stood at the heart of the city since 1896.

Collin College professor Michael Phillips sent a letter to Dallas city officials this week demanding the removal of the Confederate War Memorial, which sits next to the convention center downtown, KHOU reports.

Phillips is working to collect signatures from local ministers, scholars and educators on a petition to remove the memorial and other Confederate monuments, as well as the renaming of Robert E. Lee Park and eight area schools named after Confederate generals.

“These are monuments that lie about history, and that’s why I’m interested in it,” Phillips said. “We want to go to the Dallas City Council, we want to go to the Dallas School Board and we want them to implement the suggestions we have.”

Phillips and his followers believe “these statues, these park names, are monumental propaganda.

“They don’t tell a complex story,” he said. “They don’t tell a fair story.”

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AWKWARD: Pelosi tells Scalise to not hurry back to Congress

July 20th, 2017
By Kyle Olson

Nancy Pelosi told the media today that she hopes recovering Rep. Steve Scalise, who was shot in June by a Bernie Sanders supporter at a suburban D.C. baseball field, that he doesn’t return too soon.

The House Minority Leader said she spoke to Scalise on Thursday morning, “who sounds wonderful.”

But then she made the pleasant moment awkward when she supposedly told him not to come back anytime soon.

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MAXINE 2020? Waters appearance in NH on Sunday

July 20th, 2017
By Kyle Olson

Is 78-year-old “Auntie” Maxine Waters seriously going to make a run for the White House in 2020?

Speculation is increasing as it’s revealed the California congresswoman and darling of Trump haters nationwide will be making an appearance in the early presidential primary state of New Hampshire on Sunday.

“According to an invitation, obtained by WMUR from Democratic sources, Waters will be in the state on July 23 for the picnic to be held at the Miller Farm in New Durham,” WMUR reports, where she will hobnob with the Strafford County Democratic Committee.

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ASSANGE: Nobel Prize possible after Trump Syria move

July 20th, 2017
By Kyle Olson

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange says President Trump could be a candidate for the Nobel Peace Prize after his announcement that the U.S. will stop arming anti-Assad rebels in Syria.

The Washington Post, which cast the move as in the interests of Vladimir Putin, reports:

President Trump has decided to end the CIA’s covert program to arm and train moderate Syrian rebels battling the government of Bashar al-Assad, a move long sought by Russia, according to U.S. officials.

The program was a central plank of a policy begun by the Obama administration in 2013 to put pressure on Assad to step aside, but even its backers have questioned its efficacy since Russia deployed forces in Syria two years later.

Officials said the phasing out of the secret program reflects Trump’s interest in finding ways to work with Russia, which saw the anti-Assad program as an assault on its interests. The shuttering of the program is also an acknowledgment of Washington’s limited leverage and desire to remove Assad from power.

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GREAT AGAIN: ICE hails 400th foreign fugitive arrest of FY 2017

July 19th, 2017
By Victor Skinner

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement hit a milestone last month – the capture of the 400th foreign fugitive in the country this fiscal year.

ICE agents arrested 43-year-old Rafael Alberto-Burgos in Manhattan June 8 and he was officially turned over to Spanish authorities last week after more than a decade on the lam. Burgos, a Spanish citizen who is originally from the Dominican Republic, is wanted for allegedly murdering his girlfriend in Barcelona in 1997. The woman’s body was found along a highway and the evidence led Spanish officials to Burgos, according to an ICEstatement.

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Dem congressman calls for Statue of Liberty to be built on southern border

July 19th, 2017
By Kyle Olson

As Republicans make moves to protect the southern border from illegal immigration, a member of Congress has a different idea: build another Statue of Liberty, instead.

During a U.S. House Homeland Security hearing on Tuesday, New York Democratic Rep. José Serrano said instead of building a wall, America should send a different signal: come as you are.

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Reporter claim: ‘Death penalty’ being considered for Steve Bannon — ‘for espionage’

July 19th, 2017
By Kyle Olson

Former Heat Street editor Louise Mensch took to Twitter on Wednesday to make a shocking claim: that her “sources” tell her Trump advisor Steve Bannon is facing the death penalty.

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ROMNEYCLINTON campaign aides join forces to fight election ‘hacking’

July 18th, 2017
By Victor Skinner

Losers from the last two presidential elections are teaming up to reinvent themselves as cyber security experts as part of a new initiative to combat election hacking.

“The Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard Kennedy School launched a new, bipartisan initiative today called the ‘Defending Digital Democracy’ (DDD) Project,” the Center announced Tuesday.

“Co-led by the former campaign managers for Hillary Clinton and Mitt Romney and experts from the national security and technology communities, including Facebook and Google, the project aims to identify and recommend strategies, tools, and technology to protect democratic processes and systems from cyber and information attacks.”

According to the Center’s news release, election hacking is an “urgent problem” and Robby Mook, Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign manager, and Matt Rhoades, who directed Mitt Romney’s failed campaign, are just the people to fix it.

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