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The Trump administration is now the first U.S. administration to label a white supremacist group a terrorist organization. The move, The New York Times notes, “could cut against criticism that the Trump administration has played down the threat of white nationalist violence for political reasons.” The group also happens to be pro-Russia.

The State Department’s counterterrorism coordinator, Ambassador Nathan Sales, underscored in a statement to the Times Monday that by naming a white nationalist group a “specially designated global terrorist organization,” the Trump administration is doing something “unprecedented.”

“These designations are unprecedented,” said Sales, as reported by the Times Monday. “This is the first time the United States has ever designated white supremacists as terrorists, and this illustrates how seriously this administration takes the white supremacist terrorist threat. We are doing things no previous administration has done to counter this threat.”

“The State Department’s designation for the organization, the Russian Imperial Movement, sets up the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control to block any American property or assets belonging to the group,” the Times explains. “It will also bar Americans from financial dealings with the organization and make it easier to ban its members from traveling to the United States.” Three of the group’s leaders — Stanislav Anatolyevich Vorobyev, Denis Valliullovich Gariev and Nikolay Nikolayevich Trushchalov — are being labeled individually as terrorists, officials told the Times, a designation that includes additional sanctions.

Officials told the Times that the group is not believed to be sponsored by the Russian government, but that its actions have been “tolerated” by President Vladimir V. Putin and it has “helped advance the Russian government’s external goals by recruiting Russian fighters to aid pro-Russia separatists in eastern Ukraine.” The organization has also supported neo-Nazi organizations in Scandinavia, which follows a larger Russian government strategy of “sow[ing] chaos in Western democracies,” the paper adds.

While Trump’s critics have frequently portrayed the president as “racist” and “empowering” white supremacists in his rhetoric, his administration has now taken multiple decisive and historic steps to counter the threat of white supremacism. As the Times notes, the White House added white supremacist groups to the federal government’s National Strategy for Counterterrorism in 2018.

In the document, the administration cites nationalist and separatists movements, including specifically neo-Nazis’, as potential global threats. Below is an excerpt from a passage describing the global threat posed by such groups:

There is also a broad range of revolutionary, nation- alist, and separatist movements overseas whose use of violence and intent to destabilize societies often puts American lives at risk. For example, the Nordic Resistance Movement is a prominent transnational, self-described nationalist-socialist organization with anti-Western views that has conducted violent attacks against Muslims, left-wing groups, and others. The group has demonstrated against United States Government actions it perceives are supportive of Israel and has the potential to extend its targeting to United States interests. Similarly, the neo-Nazi National Action Group, a terrorist organization that was banned by the United Kingdom in 2016 for its promotion of violence against politicians and minorities, operates mainly in the United Kingdom but has engaged with like-minded groups in the United States, Estonia, France, Germany, Latvia, and Poland—expanding the potential influence of its violent ideology. Likewise, Babbar Khalsa International seeks, through violent means, to establish its own independent state in India and is responsible for significant terrorist attacks in India and elsewhere that have claimed the lives of innocent civilians. Such groups may avoid or deprioritize targeting United States interests for now to avoid detracting from their core goals but frequently conduct assassinations and bombings against major economic, politi- cal, and social targets, heightening the risk to United States personnel and interests overseas.

The document also describes domestic terrorists motivated forms of violent extremism not connected to radical Islam, “such as racially motivated extremism”:

Lastly, the United States has long faced a persistent security threat from domestic terrorists who are not motivated by a radical Islamist ideology but are instead motivated by other forms of violent extremism, such as racially motivated extremism, animal rights extremism, environmental extremism, sovereign citizen extremism, and militia extremism.

Author: James Barrett

Source: Daily Wire: Trump Administration First In History To Label A White Supremacist Group Terrorists

After officials discovered that U.S. aid to foreign countries was not being coordinated with U.S. requests for much-needed supplies to handle the crisis, the Coronavirus Task Force headed up by Vice President Mike Pence clamped down on the process to make sure American needs are prioritized and that countries that are assisting the U.S. get the help they need.

In a report published Tuesday, Politico detailed the sequence of events that led to the task force imposing stricter oversight on the handling of USAID.

“Last week, a Trump administration official working to secure much-needed protective gear for doctors and nurses in the United States had a startling encounter with counterparts in Thailand,” the outlet reported. “The official asked the Thais for help — only to be informed by the puzzled voices on the other side of the line that a U.S. shipment of the same supplies, the second of two so far, was already on its way to Bangkok. Trump aides were alarmed when they learned of the exchange, and immediately put the shipment on hold while they ordered a review of U.S. aid procedures.”

The concern was not just that our allies might be confused or offended, Politico explains, but that Americans might be outraged to learn that urgently needed supplies were being shipped to other countries amid the ongoing crisis.

“The incidents have spurred the Pence-led coronavirus task force to scrutinize all of USAID’s deliveries to countries requesting personal protective equipment (PPE) needed to fight the outbreak, according to people directly involved in the discussions, causing tensions between aid officials and task-force members,” Politico reports. “The administration has also placed a moratorium on overseas shipments of USAID’s stockpiles of protective gear and is asking that the equipment be sent to the U.S. instead, other officials said.”

Pence has also taken steps to make sure that the new review process was not holding up coronavirus-related aid to any countries that were offering assistance to the U.S.

Politico notes that the move follows “backlash” from the administration’s critics, including from far-left California Democrat Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) who called the president an “incompetent idiot” for sending PPE to China early on.

But the administration says such criticism is unwarranted, noting that the supplies sent to China came from private donations and that they’ve been attempting to balance the complex diplomatic situation as the crisis has unfolded. Politico quotes Pence spokeswoman Katie Miller, who said it is “a good thing” that the administration is “taking a holistic look at where and when we’re sending PPE as we’re looking to fulfill needs here at home.”

Another complication, the outlet highlights, is “China’s attempts to exploit the shortages by supplying aid to Western countries, keenly aware of Beijing’s interest in showing it is supplanting the United States as a global leader.” (Read the full report here.)

While the administration’s handling of aid has resulted in some criticism from Democrats, their most prevalent complaint is that President Trump did not take action fast enough to protect Americans from the pandemic. In the task force’s daily briefing Tuesday, Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health, pushed back against that complaint, which was raised by CNN’s Jim Acosta.

“Just to underscore what Dr. Birx was saying, if there was no virus in the background, there was nothing to mitigate,” Dr. Fauci said. “If there was virus there that we didn’t know about, then the answer to your question is probably yes. Now the only trouble with that is that whenever you come out and say something like that, it always becomes almost a sound bite that gets taken out of context, but I think that’s very important, what Dr. Birx has said, is that if there was covert infections here that we didn’t know about, and we didn’t mitigate them, that they would’ve made a difference. If there was virtually nothing there, then there’s nothing to mitigate.”

Author: James Barrett

Source: Daily Wire: Coronavirus Task Force Freezes Foreign Aid After Troubling Discoveries

Democratic socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) sounded the alarm Tuesday over the news that President Trump is proposing an $850 billion economic stimulus package, a majority of which will come in the form of payroll tax cuts, to help ease the economic distress caused by the coronavirus crisis.

The “Green New Deal” advocate and vocal Bernie Sanders supporter issued her complaint about Trump’s attempts to give Americans more post-tax paychecks in response to a report by Fox News Tuesday.

“[Fox News] has learned that [President Trump] will ask Congress for more than $800 billion in economic stimulus: $500 bil in payroll tax cut, $250 [billion] in Small Business Association loans, $58 billion for the airlines, and a smattering of other items,” Fox News Chief White House Correspondent John Roberts reported via Twitter Tuesday.

Trump’s proposal, said Ocasio-Cortez, is “unacceptable.”

“This is unacceptable,” the left-wing congresswoman tweeted in response to the report. “Trump is using this public health crisis as an opportunity to push tax cuts and corporate bailouts.”

“This is an emergency,” she continued. “We need to help vulnerable people [and] small biz now [with] paid leave, extended unemployment, UBI, Medicaid expansion, [and] mortgage suspensions.”

The radical representative followed her post listing various Democratic policy priorities by giving Trump one thing: the small business loans is “an acceptable consideration,” though she said she has her concerns about that idea, too.

“Expanding small biz loans is an acceptable consideration- but we must avoid allowing this crisis to put millions of people in insurmountable debt,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote in a follow-up tweet.

She also doesn’t disagree with the $1,000 checks to every American proposed by Trump, but that was “not enough,” she stressed. “Checks to people are good and I applaud the proposal, but it’s not enough. But we need payment suspensions to get people through,” wrote the New York Democrat.

As reported by Fox News Tuesday, while the Senate takes steps to pass another coronavirus relief bill, the White House is in talks with congressional leaders about a new significant stimulus proposal.

“Fox News has learned that the White House specifically is pushing an $850 billion stimulus, largely in the form of tax relief measures,” the network reported Tuesday. “Roughly $500 billion of this would be tied to a payroll tax cut, while $250 billion would come in the form of Small Business Administration loans and another $58 billion would be directed to the airline industry, among other measures.”

“The $850 billion package would come in addition to another roughly $100 billion package that aims to provide paid sick leave for impacted workers, though the details of that legislation remain very fluid as it moves through Congress,” The Washington Post reported.

The news follows a Monday-night tweet from President Trump indicating that the federal government will take strong steps to help out struggling industries, particularly airlines.

“The United States will be powerfully supporting those industries, like Airlines and others, that are particularly affected by the Chinese Virus. We will be stronger than ever before!” Trump tweeted.

Along with voicing complaints about Trump’s proposed stimulus package on Tuesday, Ocasio-Cortez also took aim at the coronavirus-hit airlines Trump mentioned in his tweet.

“96% of airline profits over the last decade went to buying up their own stocks to juice the price – not raising wages or other investments,” she tweeted. “If there is so much as a DIME of corporate bailout money in the next relief package, it should include a reinstated ban on stock buybacks.”

Author: James Barrett

Source: Daily Wire: ‘UNACCEPTABLE’: Trump Pushes Big Tax Cuts To Help Americans; Ocasio-Cortez Sounds Alarm

In January, the Progressive Policy Institute released an analysis of the costs of the leading Democrats’ policy proposals and found that democratic socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-VT) far-left policies were by far the most expensive, costing around $50 trillion over ten years, effectively doubling the size of the federal government.

The group, which describes itself as “radically pragmatic,” found that Sanders’ policies would cost taxpayers more than $15 trillion more over ten years than the next most radical Democratic candidate (Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s $35 trillion in proposals) and $42 trillion more than the third most expensive Democrat (former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s $7.6 trillion).

The progressive group’s relatively modest estimates on the costs of Sanders’ radical plans include:

  • Medicare for All $24.4 trillion
  • Green New Deal $16.3 trillion
  • Child Care, Pre-K, and K-12 Education $2.2 trillion
  • Higher Education and Debt Forgiveness $2.1 trillion
  • Social Security and SSI Expansion $1.4 trillion
  • Affordable Housing $850 billion
  • Paid Family Leave $430 billion
  • Other policies under $160 billion

The total offsets Sanders has proposed, even given optimistic assessments, amount to less than half of the more than $50 trillion he’s proposed in costs over 10 years, PPI found. His proposed offsets total $22.5 trillion and include potentially economy-devastating tax increases, including:

  • 4% across-the-bard income tax increase
  • 7.5% payroll tax increase (and a 12.4% increase above $250,000)
  • $3.3 trillion wealth tax,
  • 35% corporate income tax rate increase

IPP offers a summary of its assessment of Sanders’ cripplingly costly policies and his woefully inadequate proposed offsets:

Sanders has proposed just over $50 trillion in new spending, the largest component of which is his $24.4 trillion Medicare-for-All plan. Sanders embraces a suite of aggressive tax increases and lays out a broad “menu of options” to finance Medicare for All, but even if all of these policies were adopted, they would fall $25.3 trillion short of what Sanders has proposed in new spending. Another costly proposal is his $16.3 trillion “Green New Deal,” which includes a federal jobs guarantee that could seriously harm the economy by pulling workers away from gainful employment in the private sector while doing nothing to stem greenhouse-gas emissions. Sanders proposes more spending on higher education than his competitors, but the majority of it is for universal debt forgiveness that would give even high-income professionals a windfall without increasing the productivity of America’s workforce. Although Sanders proposes the biggest increase in dollars for public investment of any presidential candidate, it is fiscal fantasy to believe he could ever deliver on it given his non-investment spending priorities and failure to develop sufficient revenue proposals.

About $15 trillion behind Sanders in costs, according to PPI, is Warren, whose proposed policies would cost taxpayers about $35 trillion over ten years. Here’s PPI’s summary of the senator’s much-touted “plans” for various issues:

Warren has proposed $34.9 trillion of new spending to date – less than Sanders, but still nearly five times as much as the what the next highest-spending candidate (Buttigieg) proposes to spend. Her most-expensive initiatives include a $22.5 trillion Medicare-for-All framework, a $3.9 trillion plan to tackle climate change, and $3.6 trillion for investments in education and student-debt forgiveness. Warren also proposes to increase Social Security benefits by far more than any other candidate, including for wealthy retirees. She proposes more new spending for research and educating low-income students than any of her competitors, but these proposals are dwarfed by new consumption spending that by itself exceeds the total revenue raised from Warren’s proposed offsets. Given the large taxes on high-income people she has already embraced, Warren’s agenda leaves little room to raise enough taxes to close the $8.3 trillion gap between her proposed spending and revenue (let alone address existing fiscal needs) without breaking her commitment not to raise taxes on the middle class.

H/T John Sexton

Author: James Barrett

Source: Daily Wire: Progresssive Group Analysis Shows Bernie’s Plan To Pay For His Policies Doesn’t Come Close

In a pair of social media posts on Sunday, President Trump pointed to reports that FBI Director Christopher Wray acknowledged during a House Judiciary Committee hearing last week that the FBI engaged in “illegal surveillance with respect to at least several of these FISA applications [for Trump adviser Carter Page] because there was no probable cause or proper predication.”

“FBI Director Christopher Wray just admitted that the FISA Warrants and [Surveillance] of my campaign were illegal,” Trump wrote in a two-tweet thread Sunday. “So was the Fake Dossier.”

Trump then hit the caps lock for an incensed declaration about the “scam investigation” into “collusion” between the Trump campaign and Russia, for which Special Counsel Robert Mueller ultimately found no evidence after his two-year, wide-ranging probe:

THEREFORE, THE WHOLE SCAM INVESTIGATION, THE MUELLER REPORT AND EVERYTHING ELSE FOR THREE YEARS, WAS A FIXED HOAX. WHO PAYS THE PRICE? This is the biggest political crime in American History, by far. SIMPLY PUT, THE PARTY IN POWER ILLEGALLY SPIED ON MY CAMPAIGN, BOTH BEFORE AND AFTER THE ELECTION, IN ORDER TO CHANGE OR NULLIFY THE RESULTS OF THE ELECTION. IT CONTINUED ON WITH THE IMPEACHMENT HOAX. Terrible!

Wray’s acknowledgment of the FBI’s wrongdoing reportedly came during a House Judiciary Committee hearing last week. CBS News’ Catherine Herridge reported that Texas Republican Rep. John Ratcliffe, citing the inspector general and DOJ report on the FBI abuse of the FISA court, asked Wray if he would “acknowledge that this was illegal surveillance with respect to at least several of these FISA applications because there was no probable cause or proper predication. Correct?”

“Right,” Wray responded, Herridge reported.

Recently declassified Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) ruling in January determined that the FBI should have discontinued its secret surveillance of Page because it had “insufficient predication to establish probable cause.” At least two of the four FISA applications for Page, ruled FISA Judge James Boasberg on January 7, were “not valid.”

“DOJ assesses that with respect to the applications in Docket Numbers 17-375 and 17-679, ‘if not earlier, there was insufficient predication to establish probable cause to believe that [Carter] Page was acting as an agent of a foreign power,’” ruled Boasberg, as reported by The Federalist’s Sean Davis. “The Court understands the government to have concluded, in view of the material misstatements and omissions, that the Court’s authorizations in Docket Numbers 17-375 and 17-679 were not valid.”

In an interview with ABC News in December following the release of the IG report, Wray defended the bureau and denied that there was any evidence that the FBI unfairly targeted Trump’s campaign. “[T]he Inspector General did not find political bias or improper motivations impacting the opening of the investigation or the decision to use certain investigative tools during the investigation, including FISA,” said Wray. “But that the Inspector general did find a number of instances where employees either failed to follow our policies, neglected to exercise appropriate diligence, or in some other way fell short of the standard of conduct and performance that we, and that I, as Director, expect of all our employees.”

Trump responded by declaring that Wray would “never be able to fix the FBI” with that kind of attitude. “I don’t know what report current Director of the FBI Christopher Wray was reading, but it sure wasn’t the one given to me,” Trump tweeted. “With that kind of attitude, he will never be able to fix the FBI, which is badly broken despite having some of the greatest men & women working there!”

Read the full list of 17 “inaccuracies and omissions” in the Trump campaign-targeting FISA applications found by the inspector general here.

Author: James Barrett

Source: Daily Wire: Trump: FBI Director Just Admitted Surveillance Of My Campaign Was Illegal

In a video that’s stirred up some attention online, a self-described father of a college graduate asks Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren (MA), whose platform includes “a plan to cancel student loan debt,” if he can get his money back after “working a double shift” and dutifully saving so he could pay for his daughter’s college education. Her answer inspires an exasperated response from the man.

In a video highlighted over at Twitchy, the father approaches Warren to ask her about her student loan cancellation plan.

“My daughter’s getting out of school, I saved all my money, so she doesn’t have any student debt,” the man says. “Am I going to get my money back?”

“Of course not,” the Massachusetts senator responds.

“So, we end up paying for people who didn’t save any money, then those who did the right thing get screwed,” the father says.

He goes on to describe the actions of his “buddy,” who he says makes more money than him but didn’t use his money responsibly. Meanwhile he worked a “double shift” and carefully put money away in order to make sure his daughter wasn’t burdened with debt.

“So, you’re laughing,” the man says in response to Warren’s reaction. “Yes, that’s exactly what you’re doing,” he says after the senator appears to protest. “We did the right thing — and we get screwed,” the frustrated father says before walking away.

On her official campaign website, Warren details her “plan to cancel student loan debt on day one of my presidency” which includes giving debt relief to “42 million Americans”, addressing “racial disparities” in student debt, and “making public college and technical school tuition-free.” A few excerpts below (formatting adjusted):

…I will start to use existing laws on day one of my presidency to implement my student loan debt cancellation plan that offers relief to 42 million Americans — in addition to using all available tools to address racial disparities in higher education, crack down on for-profit institutions, and eliminate predatory lending. … Here’s how it will work:

I’ll direct the Secretary of Education to use their authority to begin to compromise and modify federal student loans consistent with my plan to cancel up to $50,000 in debt for 95% of student loan borrowers (about 42 million people).

I’ll also direct the Secretary of Education to use every existing authority available to rein in the for-profit college industry, crack down on predatory student lending, and combat the racial disparities in our higher education system. …

I’ll ensure that borrowers get the relief they deserve by simplifying the application processes, doing affirmative outreach to borrowers to encourage them to apply, clearing out backlogged applications, using available data to match borrowers with their discharge options, automatically cancelling debts, discharging loans for groups instead of requiring individuals applications, and fixing any adverse effects of the debt on borrowers’ credit history. These programs will allow for additional relief — beyond the broad debt cancellation available to 42 million borrowers — for as many as 1.75 million borrowers.

Further, my administration will roll back harmful changes by the Trump administration to the rules that govern these programs and implement new rules to ensure that borrowers get the greatest opportunity to cancel their debts allowable under the law. …

In addition to canceling existing student debt, we must take steps to improve college affordability and curb the growth of student loan debt in the future. I have already called for new laws making public college and technical school tuition-free, supporting HBCUs and Minority-Serving Institutions and working to close the racial gaps in access to higher education and college completion, and ending for-profit colleges’ access to federal student aid.

Author: James Barrett

Source: Daily Wire: WATCH: Father Asks Elizabeth Warren If He’s Going To Get His Money Back After Paying For Daughter’s Education

President Trump ushered in the first official week of the Senate impeachment trial by reminding the Democrats behind the whole “hoax” about their past impassioned comments on the process that clash glaringly with their current rhetoric.

After having been sworn in Thursday by Chief Justice John Roberts, the U.S. Senate begins the impeachment trial in earnest Tuesday afternoon with a debate over a resolution setting the trial rules, followed by the opening arguments. Sunday night, Trump retweeted a video produced by The Daily Caller that includes an inconvenient collection of clips starring key Democrats involved in the impeachment process effectively arguing against their present actions (video below).

The first prominent Democrat featured in the video is a more corpulent, 20-year-younger Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY), who headed up the drafting of the two impeachment articles against Trump, declaring ahead of Bill Clinton’s impeachment that “an impeachment of a president is an undoing of a national election — and one of the reasons we are so angry about what [the Republicans] are doing is they … are ripping asunder our votes, they are telling us our votes don’t count!”

Next up is a younger Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA), who’s been calling for Trump’s impeachment since before he took office, calling the Republicans’ impeachment of Clinton all about “hate” and channeling Hillary saying, “You go out there and do the people’s work, and I’ll take care of you later!” (The Democrat crowd gets a big kick out of the congresswoman’s joke about a president abusing his power to take advantage of a young intern and publicly humiliate his wife.)

Waters’ Democrat-celebrated performance is followed by Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), now House speaker, who laments, “Today the Republican majority is not judging the president with fairness, but impeaching him with a vengeance.” Continuing to echo Republicans’ current complaints, which she is now forcefully dismissing, the younger Pelosi says, “In the investigation of the president, fundamental principles which Americans hold dear — privacy, fairness, checks and balances — have been seriously violated. And why? Because we are here today because Republicans in the House are paralyzed with hatred…”

Then comes then-Senator Joe Biden (D-DE), who reminds us that “the President of the United States does not serve at the pleasure of the legislature … He is elected directly by the people of the United States of America, and an election of a president is the only nation-wide vote the American people will ever cast — that’s a big deal.”

The Daily Caller-produced video was tweeted out by former senior White House advisor and political commentator Oliver McGee, whose post Trump retweeted: “CAUGHT-ON-TAPE: Dems on @BillClinton’s Impeachment!” McGee captioned the video. “Retweet! This Impeachment Hoax of @POTUS is an UNCONSTITUTIONAL UNDOING of a legitimate 2016 election, and an UNLAWFUL HIJACK ATTEMPT of a 2020 REELECTION LANDSLIDE of @realDonaldTrump! Dems want POWER FIRST NOT PEOPLE FIRST!”

On Tuesday, the Republican-led Senate will hold what is expected to be a fiery debate over the resolution that sets the trial rules. After the debate, both sides will present their opening arguments.

Author: James Barrett

Source: Daily Wire: WATCH: Trump Kicks Off Impeachment Week By Reminding Democrats What They’ve Said In The Past About Impeachment

After hundreds of supporters of an Iran-backed Shiite Iraqi militia stormed the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad on Tuesday, President Trump pointed squarely at Iran, accusing the country — the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism — of “orchestrating” the attack and promising that Iran “will be held fully responsible.” Iran’s leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, responded Wednesday by taunting Trump, declaring, “You can’t do a damn thing.”

In response to recent attacks by the Iran-supported Kataeb Hezbollah militia, including an attack Friday that resulted in the death of an American contractor, the U.S. military conducted strategic airstrikes on five of the militia’s facilities in Iraq and Syria on Sunday. Kataeb Hezbollah, the U.S. Department of Defense noted in a statement on the airstrikes, has “a strong linkage” with Iran’s Quds Force, which has been designated a terrorist organization by the U.S. State Department.

In retaliation for the airstrikes, which killed some 25 of the militia’s fighters, hundreds of supporters of the Iran-backed group converged on the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad on Tuesday, with dozens breaking into the compound and setting fires amid shouts of “Death to America” and “Death to Israel.”

Trump responded by blaming Iran and vowing to take action. “Iran killed an American contractor, wounding many. We strongly responded, and always will. Now Iran is orchestrating an attack on the U.S. Embassy in Iraq. They will be held fully responsible. In addition, we expect Iraq to use its forces to protect the Embassy, and so notified!” Trump tweeted Tuesday, adding in another post: “Iran will be held fully responsible for lives lost, or damage incurred, at any of our facilities. They will pay a very BIG PRICE! This is not a Warning, it is a Threat.”

On Wednesday, Khamenei made his first public remarks about the attack on the embassy by tauntingly responding to Trump’s threat.

“That guy has tweeted that we [the United States] see Iran responsible for the events in Baghdad and we will respond to Iran,” Khamenei said in a televised address on state-controlled TV Wednesday, as reported by The Daily Mail.

“First of all, you can’t do a damn thing! This has nothing to do with Iran,” Khamenei continued. “Secondly, be logical…The people of this region hate America. Why don’t Americans understand this? You Americans have committed crimes in Iraq, you have committed crimes in Afghanistan. You have killed people.”

“If the Islamic Republic decides to oppose or fight against a country, it will do this explicitly,” said the leader.

Late Tuesday, the Defense Department announced that Trump has deployed 750 U.S. soldiers to the region and has ordered an additional 3,000 or so to prepare for potential deployment in the coming days.

In a press statement issued Tuesday night, Defense Secretary Mark Esper announced that he has ordered the immediate deployment of 750 soldiers from the Army’s 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. The full brigade, which consists of about 4,000 soldiers, is preparing for potential deployment.

“This deployment is an appropriate and precautionary action taken in response to increased threat levels against U.S. personnel and facilities, such as we witnessed in Baghdad today,” Esper said in the statement.

During an impromptu press conference Tuesday evening, Trump was asked if he could “foresee going to war with Iran.””I don’t think that would be a good idea for Iran,” he said. “It wouldn’t last very long. Do I want to? No. I want to have peace. I like peace. And Iran should want peace more than anybody. So I don’t see that happening. No, I don’t think Iran would want that to happen. It would go very quickly.”

Author: James Barrett

Source: Daily Wire: Iranian Leader To Trump: ‘You Can’t Do A Damn Thing’; Trump Deploys Troops

As usual, the White House has done a lot to celebrate Thanksgiving this week, including the traditional presidential turkey pardon and President Trump’s formal declaration that Thursday is “a National Day of Thanksgiving.” The White House is also taking the opportunity of the holiday to troll the president’s political enemies and their “impeachment stunt.”

“Congress broke for Thanksgiving late last week. Thanks to the far left’s impeachment stunt, the House has been effectively shut down for weeks,” the White House tweeted Wednesday. “That isn’t stopping President [Donald Trump] from working hard for the American people!”

Trump has repeatedly hammered the “do nothing Democrats” for wasting time and taxpayer money on the “partisan witch hunt” impeachment inquiry. In recent tweets, Trump has pointed to polling data showing a decline in support for impeachment since the official Democrat-led inquiry began.

The “impeachment scam,” Trump is predicting, will end up backfiring in 2020. “Democrats going back to their Districts for Thanksgiving are getting absolutely hammered by their constituents over the phony Impeachment Scam,” he tweeted this week. “Republicans will have a great #2020 Election!”

Among the poll numbers Trump has highlighted were results reported by Vanity Fair, which found that Independents overwhelmingly say the impeachment issue is “more important to politicians than it is to me” (62 to 22%) and “more important to the media than it is to me” (61 to 23%). The new polling, Vanity Fair reported last week, “suggests [the] Democrats’ impeachment push could alienate key voters.”

Along with slamming the other party this week, Trump has been holding rallies and giving official and unofficial Thanksgiving proclamations. In a rally in Sunrise, Florida on Tuesday, Trump made clear that he will not cave to those on the “radical left” who want to do away with Thanksgiving.

“As we gather together for Thanksgiving, you know, some people want to change the name Thanksgiving,” Trump told his supporters at the jam-packed rally Tuesday. “They don’t want to use the term Thanksgiving. And that was true also with Christmas. But now everybody’s using Christmas again. Remember this?”

“But now we’re going to have to do a little work on Thanksgiving,” Trump said. “People have different ideas. Why it shouldn’t be called Thanksgiving. But everybody in this room, I know, loves the name Thanksgiving. And we’re not changing.”

Trump’s comments came amid claims of a “War on Thanksgiving,” including from Fox News, which reported Wednesday: “Twitter users used the hashtag ‘#WhatLiberalsCallThanksgiving’ to mock the president’s remarks. One person, who said she was Native American, pointed to how she prefers to instead name the fourth Thursday of November a #nationaldayofmourning.’”

On Wednesday, Trump officially proclaimed Thursday “a National Day of Thanksgiving.”

“THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim Thursday, November 28, 2019, as a National Day of Thanksgiving,” he said.

Author: James Barrett

Source: Daily Wire: White House Trolls Democrats On Thanksgiving Break

With the former president recently making public comments triggering to the radical left — including that all that hashtag “woke” activism isn’t actually activism — The Washington Post felt compelled to give Americans on the left side of the aisle a little more “perspective” on the man whose legislative legacy Donald Trump has almost completely wiped out. The reason Democratic presidential candidates have been struggling so hard to figure out how to discuss Barack Obama, David Swerdlick writes for the Post, is that Obama isn’t what they think he is.

“Perspective: Democratic presidential candidates still can’t figure out how to talk about the most popular figure in their party, [Swerdlick] writes, and there’s a simple reason,” the Post tweeted Sunday. “Barack Obama is a conservative.”

As Swerdlick highlights, Obama has tweaked some of his fellow progressives in recent public comments about the flawed assumptions and approaches of Democrats and their supporters.

“This idea of purity and you’re never compromised and you’re always politically woke and all that stuff, you should get over that quickly,” the former president told a group of young activist at an Obama Foundation Summit in Chicago in late October. “The world is messy. There are ambiguities. People who do really good stuff have flaws.”

As if that wasn’t enough to outrage the permanently outraged, Obama added a sobering reality check to those increasingly steering the party toward more overtly socialist policies: The Democratic presidential candidates would be wise to come back more to the center because “[t]his is still a country that is less revolutionary than it is interested in improvement.”

It’s becoming increasingly clear, writes Swerdlick, that the leading Democratic contenders “can’t quite figure out how to talk about the most popular figure in their party,” which poses a major problem because he “casts a long shadow over the 2020 primary campaign”:

Preserving Obama’s legacy is the heart of former vice president Joe Biden’s pitch to voters — which has allowed his rivals to mark him as complacent. More left-leaning candidates, such as Sen. Elizabeth Warren (Mass.), say the next president needs to do more to push for health-care reforms and combat income inequality — but lately, she’s struggling to sell her proposals. Onetime Obama Cabinet secretary Julián Castro has ripped his former boss’s record on immigration and deportation. Meanwhile, South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg raced to have a reporter correct a story that misquoted him citing “failures of the Obama era.” Sen. Kamala Harris (Calif.) said in Wednesday’s debate that it’s crucial to “rebuild the Obama coalition” because “that’s the last time we won.” Picking and choosing which parts of Obama’s tenure to embrace, and how firmly to embrace them, has become a delicate game in the primary season.

So why are they struggling to much to frame both their praise and criticism of The One? Because none of them have accepted what Swerdlick believes to be the hard truth about Obama.

“It’s because the former president, going back at least to his 2004 Senate race, hasn’t really occupied the left side of the ideological spectrum,” he insists. While he was of course no Republican, “Obama never dramatically departed from the approach of presidents who came before him.”

“There’s a simple reason: Barack Obama is a conservative,” Swerdlick declares. His “evidence,” that while Obama embraced left-wing positions like the Paris climate accords, Dodd-Frank, pro-choice policies, and same-sex marriage (after opposing it), his “constant search for consensus” ultimately made him be “conservative” on key domestic initiatives, like Obamacare and gun control, and foreign policy…

The underlying concept for his signature legislation, the Affordable Care Act, with its individual mandate, was devised by the right-wing Heritage Foundation and first implemented at the state level by Mitt Romney, then the Republican governor of Massachusetts. Obama wanted to protect Americans from the effects of a prolonged recession, so he agreed, in one of his defining votes as a senator, to a bailout of banks — and as president, he prioritized recovery over punishing bankers for their role in the financial crisis. In his first inaugural address, he affirmed the power of the free market “to generate wealth and expand freedom.”

Until the Sandy Hook tragedy in 2012, Obama studiously avoided any push for gun control. Indeed, in his first term, he signed laws that loosened restrictions on bringing firearms to national parks and on Amtrak. Though cast as a “dithering” peacenik who led “from behind,” he stuck with his thesis that the imperative “to end the war in Iraq is to be able to get more troops into Afghanistan,” and he prosecuted a drone war in Somalia, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Yemen.

Obama was a “conservative” in the end, suggests Swerdlick, because he “believes, fundamentally, that the American model works — even if it hasn’t been allowed to work for everyone.”

Author: James Barrett

Source: Daily Wire: Washington Post: ‘Obama Is A Conservative’

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