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Officials called it an ‘amazing blunder’

Georgia officials said that human error led to 2,600 ballots being uncounted from Floyd County, which will likely lessen the lead of former Vice President Joe Biden over President Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential election.

Georgia’s voting implementation manager Gabriel Sterling explained to reporters on Monday where the uncounted ballots came from.

“Well what it is, is they had these ballots in their ballot manifests, they had them there and they were counted in the audit. When they finished the audit, they had like 40,000 votes, when on the election night reporting they only had 38,000 votes, and that’s how it was discovered,” said Sterling.

“So that’s where we came across this, and then they kinda back-figured that they came from those early vote results that were not uploaded,” he added. “But that’s where we’re having an investigator to button up exactly where their breakdown came.”

He said that the “amazing blunder” came from someone not uploading the ballot count from a memory card into a ballot machine.

“It’s not an equipment issue. It’s a person not executing their job properly. This is the kind of situation that requires a change at the top of their management side,” Sterling said.

The ballots that were found included 1,643 new votes for Trump and 865 new votes for Biden, giving the president a boost. Sterling said that the new votes would not change the results of the Georgia presidential election because it would not be enough to change the outcome.

“It looks like it’s about an 800 plus vote swing towards the president on this, but the lead statewide is 14,155, so that would take it down to 13,300 and something, I believe,” Sterling said.

Here’s the interview with Gabriel Sterling:

Author: Carlos Garcia

Source: The Blaze: 2,600 uncounted ballots from pro-Trump county discovered during Georgia recount

‘There is no health official who says it’s going well at all’

CNN anchors Jake Tapper and Dana Bash appeared to be stunned that exit polling on Election Day showed nearly half of Americans approving of the president’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Tapper expressed his surprise at the number of those who said that the response to the coronavirus was going well.

“48% of the country, Dana, saying that the handling of the pandemic is going well. Uh, that’s a very high number considering that empirically, uh, it is not going well!” Tapper said, laughing. “I mean, there is no health official who says it’s going well at all.”

“It is a different number than what we’ve been seeing in the polls up until now,” responded Bash. “But this is a poll, the exit poll is of those who have voted. And, you know, if I am in the Trump campaign, I am looking at that and saying, ‘Well, that’s better than we thought it would be.'”

Critics of the president have claimed that his response early in the pandemic was not effective enough, and they blame the more than 230,000 deaths on his response. The president has rejected those accusations and pointed to his ban on visitors from China to show that he took the threat seriously.

“Because look, as bullish as the president and his aides have been in public about the coronavirus, that’s not how they feel in private; they understand that this is a referendum on the president and in large part because of the coronavirus,” continued Bash.

“So in that sense, maybe it is surprising, and I’m guessing if I’m gonna contact people in the Trump campaign, they’re gong to say the same thing!” she added.

In addition to 230,000 deaths attributed to the coronavirus, the United States has seen more than 9.4 million cases of the virus. Health officials warn that the nation might be going into a second spike of the pandemic.

Here’s video of the stunned reaction from the CNN hosts:

Author: Carlos Garcia

Source: The Blaze: CNN’s Jake Tapper and Dana Bash are stunned at exit polling on Trump dealing with the pandemic

‘Literally trying to wipe out history!’

An audience member at a Joe Biden campaign event claimed that America was founded on “racism, sexism and other evils,” and vice presidential nominee Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) agreed with him in her response.

The incident occurred Tuesday at a campaign event in Detroit. The man was asking Harris a question and inserted the controversial claims into his preamble.

“On behalf of the [unintelligible] black student union, we want to know that given that America is built on racism, sexism, and other evils, how will you as vice president advocate, whether through policy or just through the powers that you know that you can advocate on, how will we resolve these injustices for the black community, and specifically, for black women?” he asked.

“Yes,” responded Harris. “Thank you and thank you for your own leadership. Um, part of it is that I’m gonna need your help, because one of the biggest problems on the topic that you have raised is the failure to speak truth about America’s history with race.”

Harris went on to denounce President Donald Trump’s order to ban radical social justice training in federal organizations where people are taught that America is essentially racist.

“Literally trying to wipe out history!” she claimed. “They’re saying, there are senators and others, who are saying that basically, essentially, we should stop teaching the truth about racism in America.”

Harris then tied the question to expand spending on health care and to increase “access to capital” in the black community.

The event was touted as an “Honesty Shop Talk Roundtable” by the campaign.

‘Un-American propaganda training sessions’

Trump ordered the end of “critical race theory” as a standard of training at government agencies in a memo to the Office of Management and Budget.

“The President has directed me to ensure that Federal agencies cease and desist from using taxpayer dollars to fund these divisive, un-American propaganda training sessions,” the memo from the OMB director said.

On Tuesday, the president tweeted that he had expanded the order to apply to all companies that do business with the federal government.

“A few weeks ago, I BANNED efforts to indoctrinate government employees with divisive and harmful sex and race-based ideologies,” tweeted Trump.

“Today, I’ve expanded that ban to people and companies that do business with our Country, the United States Military, Government Contractors, and Grantees,” he added in a second tweet.

“Americans should be taught to take PRIDE in our Great Country, and if you don’t, there’s nothing in it for you!” he added.

Here’s the video of Kamala Harris’ comments:

Author: Carlos Garcia

Source: The Blaze: Kamala Harris agrees with audience member at town hall claiming America was built on ‘racism, sexism and other evils’

Viewers demanded to know why Newt Gingrich was told to not talk about Soros

Fox News host Harris Faulkner addressed the social media outrage over a bizarre moment when one of their guests appeared to be barred from speaking about George Soros.

Faulkner denied the show had censored speech in a statement made on air on Thursday.

“So, we had a little incident on the show yesterday that was not smooth,” said Faulkner.

“And while I was leading that segment we had interruptions and I sat silently while all of that played out, also not ideal. Our guest former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who is beloved and needed to be allowed to speak with the openness and respect that this show is all about, was interrupted,” she explained.

“Do we debate with fire here? Yes! But we must also give each other the space to express ourselves. As the only original member of this six-year-old amazing daytime ride known as Outnumbered— I especially want to rock and roll with every voice and perspective at the table,” Faulkner said.

“We don’t censor on this show,” she concluded. “And that’s why we are winning weekdays at noon!”

Here’s what happened

Faulkner and her co-host Melissa Francis faced scathing criticism on Wednesday from viewers who believed that they had banned criticism of left-wing billionaire financier George Soros.

Gingrich pointed out, correctly, that Soros had helped fund left-wing organizations that aided many district attorneys in getting into power to soften law enforcement policies.

“Progressive district attorneys are anti-police, pro-criminal, and overwhelmingly elected with George Soros’s money. And they are a major cause of the violence we are seeing because they keep putting the violent criminals back on the street,” said Gingrich.
“I’m not sure we need to bring George Soros into this,” interrupted Francis.

Faulkner moved on after a very awkward and tense moment of silence between the panelists.

Some critics of the incident pointed out that many of the facts Gingrich listed about Soros’ meddling in law enforcement had been reported by Fox News itself, most notably in July.

On her official Twitter account, Faulkner retweeted a message on Thursday that reiterated that she did not apologize for the incident, but simply explained what happened to the viewers.

Here’s the video of Faulker’s comments:

Author: Carlos Garcia

Source: The Blaze: ‘We don’t censor on this show’: Harris Faulkner denies banning criticism of George Soros after online backlash

Police arrested a 23-year-old suspect

Supporters of President Donald Trump said that shots were fired at them from a vehicle as they were waving flags during a public political demonstration.

The incident unfolded Monday evening in Fort Mill, South Carolina.

The Fort Mill Police Department said in a statement posted to its Facebook page that the officers were called to the demonstration at about 6:50 p.m.

Demonstrators told them that three men in a vehicle drove by their group several times and yelled obscenities at them. They claimed that the driver of the vehicle extended his hand out with what appeared to be a gun and they heard gunshots ring out.

“All of a sudden you know bang bang bang bang bang bang bang,” Matthew Ostrowski said to WBTV.

“It was ridiculous. There were kids everywhere,” he added. “They drove by really slow and saw everybody, so they knew exactly who was there.”

Later a highway patrol officer found the vehicle abandoned nearby. Police stopped a second car driving in the vicinity of the first car when the trooper noticed one of the riders wore clothing that matched the description they were given by witnesses.

Police say two of the men in the second car were released after an investigation, but a third, 23-year-old Marquise Damarius Asomani from Charlotte, was arrested.

They charged him with six counts of assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature, one count of unlawful carrying of a pistol, one count of pointing and presenting firearms at a person, and one count of possession of a firearm during a violent crime.

He was placed under a $75,000 bond and held at the York County Detention Center.

‘This energizes me more’

Ostrowski said that the incident didn’t intimidate him and the others in the group, instead they drew strength and inspiration from the alleged attack.

“If anything this energizes me more and after this incident,” he said. “It’s done the same for many many people.”

But others, like Lindsey Portugal, said that the alarming incident was discouraging.

“I think it’s sad honestly that we’re showing support for the president and you have to be nervous about somebody coming and doing this,” she said. “I mean that’s just discouraging.”

Here’s another recent attack on Trump supporters:

Author: Carlos Garcia

Source: The Blaze: Shots fired at Trump supporters, including children, who were just waving flags in South Carolina

Democrats denounce the move immediately

The Trump administration formally notified Congress that the United States has withdrawn from the World Health Organization on Tuesday.

The U.S. sent the official withdrawal notice to the United Nations secretary-general, but the process takes a year, so it will become official in 2021.

The president suspended U.S. payments to the WHO in April and said the administration would be reviewing further actions to be taken.

“Today I am instructing my administration to halt funding of the World Health Organization while a review is conducted to assess the World Health Organization’s role in severely mismanaging and covering up the spread of the coronavirus,” Trump said at the time.

The president has been excoriating the WHO for its missteps in controlling and responding to the coronavirus pandemic. Critics of the WHO say it has been complicit in China’s effort to hide the country’s responsibility in spreading the virus.

Democrats respond angrily

Democratic leaders excoriated the president for the decision at a time when the U.S. is experiencing a surge of coronavirus cases.

“This move is reckless, short-sighted, and surrenders what was left of America’s leadership on the world stage,” said Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.).

“With millions of lives at risk, the President is crippling the international effort to defeat the virus,” responded House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).

“To call Trump’s response to COVID chaotic & incoherent doesn’t do it justice. This won’t protect American lives or interests—it leaves Americans sick & America alone,” replied Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.).

Biden promises to rejoin the WHO

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden responded by promising to rejoin the controversial organization if he gets elected in November.

“Americans are safer when America is engaged in strengthening global health. On my first day as President, I will rejoin the @WHO and restore our leadership on the world stage,” tweeted the official Biden account.

Here’s a news report about the announcement:

Author: Carlos Garcia

Source: The Blaze: Trump admin. formally withdraws U.S. from the World Health Organization; Biden promises to rejoin

The police were able to save the statue from the rioters

Social media videos showed violent clashes between police and demonstrators trying to erect a “Black House Autonomous Zone” and topple the statue of former U.S. President Andrew Jackson in Lafayette Square on Monday.

The riots are just the latest in a series of protests, some of which turned violent, in the wake of the May 25 killing of George Floyd at the hands of the Minneapolis police.

Protesters were attaching ropes and chains to the statue to force it down when Metropolitan Police and U.S. Park Police rode in and formed a protective barrier around the statue.

At the end of a video posted by reporter Shomari Stone, protesters can he seen coughing after police spray them with some kind of chemical agent.

Another video shows numerous police spraying protesters.

Other videos shows scuffles and fights breaking out between the police and the protesters.

Eventually calm returned to the area. Police said protesters were throwing objects at them but no officers were seriously hurt. Two protesters were arrested.

President Donald Trump tweeted about the clashes outside the White House and warned the protesters about what law enforcement punishment they might face.

“Numerous people arrested in D.C. for the disgraceful vandalism, in Lafayette Park, of the magnificent Statue of Andrew Jackson, in addition to the exterior defacing of St. John’s Church across the street,” he tweeted.

“10 years in prison under the Veteran’s Memorial Preservation Act. Beware!” he added.

CNN’s Kaitlann Collins reported that the Secret Service had removed all media off of the White House grounds as soon as the protests nearby flared up.

She also posted a photograph of the historic St. John’s church after it was vandalized with graffiti of “BHAZ,” for “Black House Autonomous Zone.”

Here’s more video from the clashes:

Author: Carlos Garcia

Source: The Blaze: Chaos erupts between police and rioters trying to topple Andrew Jackson statue and create ‘Black House Autonomous Zone’

Bill de Blasio is a man walking a very thin line very badly.

On one hand, de Blasio is the most progressive mayor in New York’s history. When the protests over George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis police custody hit the city, he was expected to strike a different tone — to throw his lot entirely with the dispossessed and to realize that, if there were (ahem) excesses, they were insurrections against injustice, not riots. After all, this was an unarmed black man who died at the hands of a white cop who kept his knee on Floyd’s neck for almost nine minutes. That kind of horror should obviously be met with a type of horror of its own.

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On the other hand, de Blasio actually runs a city and that city’s in pretty bad shape. New York is the worldwide locus of the novel coronavirus, and in addition to the human toll, the economic toll has been pretty rough, as well. There’s also the strained relationship he has with his police department, which is problematic when they are the civil servants who’re expected to maintain order in a civilized manner and to recognize what the law enforcement priorities ought to be when met with a situation like this.

And all of this is to say nothing of the fact that this comes in the middle of a pandemic during which de Blasio has come under fire for his public battles with the Orthodox Jewish community, a pitched conflict that has led to charges of anti-Semitism on Hizzoner’s part.

De Blasio has tried to balance all of these priorities — poorly.

Now, even though the situation is out of control and every stakeholder in this mess loathes him, he’s still refusing help from Immigration and Customs Enforcement because — well, they’re Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Yes, ICE is active in Gotham, and that’s probably going to make some people upset, given the fact that the agency isn’t particularly popular with the left.

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However, this isn’t as part of an immigration roundup. The revelation that agents from Homeland Security Investigations were in the city came after they detained a Puerto Rican man, which led to a viral video and all kinds of panic:

According to a spokeswoman for HSI New York, however, this was about agents working with local law enforcement, not any kind of action against individuals based on their immigration status.

“HSI has the authority to make criminal arrests as needed,” HSI New York spokeswoman Rachel Yong Yow said, according to Time. “HSI Special Agents identified a person considered to be in possession of a weapon and a threat to the public safety. No arrests were made.”

Thankfully, we know what the mayor thinks about this:

“I would not let ICE agents anywhere in the official capacity in New York City, except for what they’re allowed to do on their own,” de Blasio said Monday. “I’ve said ICE agents are not welcome in our public buildings. I have no knowledge and really don’t believe that happened. If anyone has evidence of it, I need to know it.

“But no, we do not want ICE in this city. And the times when they have come forward trying to get into a city building, for example, they’ve been told only if they have warrants and the law department approves it. So we’ve been pretty consistent about that.”

This would be great if he were adequately supporting the NYPD. The NYPD might have something to say about that, particularly after two officers were shot during the protests and de Blasio has made tentative moves toward defunding the department.

“They feel abandoned by everyone,” Paul DiGiacomo, the president of the NYPD’s detectives union, told Fox News Monday. “There is no one supporting the police, from the governor to the mayor to the DAs to the City Council.”

As for complaints that videos showed police officers using excessive force, DiGiacomo responded that it was a natural outgrowth of the ugliness of the riots.

“Listen, when there is unrest and criminality out there, it never looks pretty,” he said. “Resisting arrest never looks pretty. They never show you the whole video.

“I challenge any elected officials who think they could do a better job with urine being thrown at them, bottles, and being shot at.”

A Tuesday report from the Washington Examiner quoted several rank-and-file New York police officers as saying they were planning to leave the force over their treatment during the riots that branched off of the Floyd protests.

“At our level, it’s hard to say, but in the past, you felt like chiefs like [Joseph] Esposito had your back. Even Ray Kelly. Without Rudy [Giuliani] or even with [Michael] Bloomberg, things have changed,” one sergeant told the Examiner.

“The rumor is over 600 went to pension,” he said. “I have less uniformed cops by me.”

“There’s protests throughout the city almost every single year, like Occupy Wall Street,” Sergeants Benevolent Association Ed Mullins said of the situation under de Blasio. “But in my 16 years, this is, by far, probably the worst I’ve seen from upper management.”

Meanwhile, Black Lives Matter activists felt that the mayor was being too soft on the NYPD, and legitimate protesters were angered by the city’s curfews.

De Blasio attended a memorial for Floyd in Brooklyn over the weekend but was “drowned out by booing,” according to Fox News.

This is to say nothing of the Orthodox Jewish community, which was blasted and threatened by de Blasio for hosting a funeral for a beloved rabbi while the much larger memorial for Floyd went on unabated.

The situation in New York City was so bad that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a fellow Democrat, called de Blasio’s handling of the riots a “disgrace” last Tuesday and said he had the power to “displace” de Blasio, although he didn’t plan to do so.

And now we’re going after ICE.

I get that ICE isn’t a particularly popular arm of law enforcement in New York City at the moment, but the moment isn’t a particularly good one for anyone and, sans this viral video, the agency has kept a low profile. The moment to appease the people who drowned him out with boos is over.

Meanwhile, the moment to potentially avert any more economic or criminal damage to the city hardest-hit by COVID-19 still exists. Investigating how many ICE agents are in New York and what their roles are is a useless task the city would do well to avoid.

The mayor is Bill de Blasio, however.

New York won’t avoid it.

Author: C. Douglas Golden

Source: Western Journal: Watch: De Blasio Says ‘We Do Not Want ICE In This City’ Amid Reports of Agents Showing Up at Protests

The U.S. is cracking down on Chinese espionage efforts

A top scientist at Harvard University has been indicted by the Justice Department for lying about his involvement with a tech university in Wuhan, China.

The charges were outlined in a news release from the DOJ on Tuesday.

Dr. Charles Lieber, 61, is alleged to have lied about participating in China’s “Thousand Talents Program,” which lures top scientists to China.

Lieber was the former chair of Harvard University’s Chemistry and Chemical Biology Department, and made headlines in 2015 when his work there led to the implantation of “cyborg tissue” into the brains of mice.

Now he faces five years in prison over charges that he lied to Harvard and to the government over his position as “Strategic Scientist” at Wuhan University of Technology in China.

Prosecutors allege that he was paid a salary of up to $50,000 a month to set up the laboratory for the WUT, with additional living expenses paid up to $158,000.

Lieber has maintained his innocence.

Conspiracy theory enthusiasts on social media have suggested that Lieber had something to do with creating and spreading the coronavirus pandemic, but there is no evidence of such a connection.

Also on Tuesday, a report from the Daily Caller News Foundation documented that a Chinese propaganda outlet had paid almost $20 million since 2016 to American media companies.

Here’s more about Lieber’s arrest:

Author: Carlos Garcia

Source: The Blaze: Harvard professor indicted for concealing his lab work with a university in Wuhan, China

She got into a heated exchange with Ryan Lizza of Politico

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany shut down a reporter pressing her for a number of dead Americans that should be considered a success for the coronavirus response by the Trump administration.

Ryan Lizza of Politico asked the question during Tuesday’s media briefing.

“What does the White House view, as having by election day, what does the White House view as the number of dead Americans where you can say that you successfully defeated this pandemic?” asked Lizza. “Is there a number?”

“Yeah, you know, every loss of life counts,” responded McEnany.

“We say 100,000, but like the president says, one death is something to be mourned. These 100,000 individuals have a face, the president takes this very seriously, it’s why he lowered the flag to half-staff for three days to remember these men and women,” she continued.

“I think, you know, Dr. Birx said it best when she said that in their estimates they had anywhere between 1.5 and 2.2 million people in the U.S. succumbing to the virus if we didn’t shut down the economy. The president made the very hard choice of shutting down the economy, so we avoided that extraordinary number,” McEnany explained.

“One death is too many; we never want to see a single individual lose their life,” she concluded, “but that being said, to be under significantly that high mark shows that the president did everything in his power and help to make this number as low as humanly possible.”

Lizza put the same question to McEnany again.

“So when voters go to the polls in November, and they want to judge the president on his response to this pandemic, what is the number of dead Americans that they should tolerate, where they can argue that yes, he successfully defeated the pandemic?”

“I think you’re asking the wrong question,” McEnany replied. “The right question is …”

Lizza objected loudly to McEnany attempting to reframe the question.

“I answered your question once, but if you ask it twice it doesn’t make it any better of a question,” McEnany responded. “So I’ll respond in kind, I’ve given you one answer, I’ll continue to extrapolate upon that.”

McEnany went on to repeat her answer to Lizza.

“This president made the right choice, it was a delicate balance, and he did it exactly as he should, guided by data, and we are far below 2.2 million dead Americans because of the actions of President Trump,” she concluded.

Here’s the heated exchange between McEnany and Lizza:

Author: Carlos Garcia

Source: The Blaze: Kayleigh McEnany shuts down reporter asking how many dead Americans should be considered a coronavirus success

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