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Let’s the war against the rich begin! 

Uber-Leftist Elizabeth Warren is converting a signature proposal from her failed presidential campaign into a bill – that which taxes “ultra-millionaires” at a high rate. 

With her new role on the Senate Finance Committee, the radical Democrat is proposing a 2% tax on households earning between $50 million and $1 billion, pus an extra 1% on households worth over $1 billion. This comes as attack on the ultra-wealthy – often those who provide jobs and security for the working class American people. 

This legislation would affect the wealthiest 100,000 households in the United States, and bring in an estimated $3 trillion in revenue over the next 10 years. 

The bill ensures the wealthy pay the new tax levied against them by including something called “anti-evasion” measures. The bill allots $100 billion to strengthen and support the IRS while placing a 40% tax on any ultra-millionaire (worth more than $50 million) who renounces their U.S. citizenship in order to evade these new taxes.

Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, Jeff Merkley of Oregon, Kristen Gillibrand of New York, Brian Schatz of Hawaii, Ed Markey of Massachusetts, and Mazie Hirono of Hawaii are co-sponsors of the bill. Reps. Pramila Jayapal of Washington and Brendan Boyle of Pennsylvania introduced the measure in the House.

Warren made the wealth tax proposal a key centerpiece of her presidential campaign, often referring to it as a “two cent” tax and calling on the ultra-wealthy to “pitch in two cents.” In explaining the proposal, she equated a new tax on assets rather than income to a property tax.

Warren’s presidential campaign often used two pennies as a symbol of her wealth tax proposal, including by affixing two giant pennies to her golden retriever, Bailey.

A third woman has now stepped forward to accuse New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo of unwanted sexual advances – making the problem much too large for the Democrats to sweep under the rug as they have been known to do in the past.

According to The New York Times, 33-year-old Anna Ruch has claimed that Cuomo asked to kiss her at a wedding in 2019. In an interview Monday, she specified that Cuomo put his hand on her bare lower back.

Ruch said she pulled away and was “so confused and shocked and embarrassed” by the incident. “I turned my head away and didn’t have words in that moment,” she reportedly said.

A spokesperson for Cuomo reportedly referred the Times to a more general statement in which Cuomo apologized for things that “have been misinterpreted as an unwanted flirtation.”

Over the past week alone, two of Cuomo’s former aides have accused him of sexual harassment – something he has denied in attempts to claim he was just being playful.

The latest allegation comes as Attorney General Letitia James announced that the governor’s office sent a letter permitting her office to perform an independent investigation.

Cuomo aide Lindsey Boylan published a blog post accusing the governor of unwanted touching and kissing. Charlotte Bennett, a 25-year-old former staffer, claimed Cuomo talked about his willingness to have relationships with women in their 20s.

Since these allegations have surfaced against the Governor – who was already facing a massive scandal after a disastrous decision he made left thousands of elderly New Yorkers dead from COVID19 – Democrats have called on him to resign.

On Monday, New York Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara became the latest Democrat to call on Cuomo to step down.

“No surprise to see the Governor quickly trying to interfere with this investigation after his ‘apology,'” Santabarbara wrote on Twitter.

“This abuse of power will only continue and further distract from our work at the State Capitol,” the assemblyman added. “I firmly believe the Governor’s resignation would be for the good of our state.”

Democratic Assemblywoman Yuh-Line Niou called on Cuomo to resign on Saturday following the harassment allegations.

“Our governor is a manipulative, controlling, abusive, power obsessed, predator,” Niou charged. “Please resign.”

New York state Sen. Alessandra Biaggi released a statement on Saturday calling for the governor to resign and commending Boylan and Bennett for coming forward with their accusations.

“A truly independent investigation into allegations made by Ms. Bennett, Ms. Boyland, and any forthcoming survivors should take place — but the Governor’s influence touches all entities in New York that might review his conduct,” wrote Biaggi in her statement.

“The current review, arranged by the Governor’s team and overseen by an individual who has a work history with his close associates, does not meet any standard of independence,” she continued.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio went after Cuomo for his statement on Monday, asking in a radio interview with Hot 97 in New York City, “Who the hell tries to explain that by saying I was just joking around?”

De Blasio continued on in the interview to say that he had “seen” Cuomo act “abusive in a way that would not be accepted by anyone in leadership.”

The overwhelming lack of transparency in the Biden White House is drawing major concerns. 

Joe Biden has failed on a promise to reform the White House into a transparent working organ, supposedly in contrast to Trump’s more secure policies. 

While Biden did bring back the daily press briefings, he’s yet to hold one on his own, nor has he released the White House visitors log which includes the names of people attending virtual meetings. The White House has failed to release the schedules of the President or Vice President as well. Many watchdog groups focused on government transparency have urged the Biden White House to become more transparent. 

“The steps the Biden Administration are insufficient for the time,” said the leader of a left-leaning watchdog group. “They must begin ‘showing their work’ by opening Cabinet meetings, disclosing information, and using political capital to emphasize that being transparent isn’t just an option but an obligation for the government.”

The Bookings Institution recently released a damning ethics report, noting “the Biden administration faces the daunting task of repairing breaches in mechanisms designed to provide transparency and taking affirmative steps to fulfill the promise of open government in statutes like the Freedom of Information Act. … The new president must embrace transparency as a core value and reinforce that message with concrete actions. These include proactively releasing high-value information, revising classification policies and procedures to counter the problem of over-classification, and improving the quality and usability of data.”

In an effort to save the Biden from his own lies, a White House spokesperson said “President Biden committed during the campaign to restoring ethics and transparency to government, and in his first weeks in office he’s taken significant steps to deliver on that, including by reinstating the daily press briefing, putting in place sweeping ethics guidelines for the administration, and pledging to regularly release visitor logs again.”

President Trump contracted Biden’s pro-war policies during his CPAC speech on Sunday. The Former President reminded the crowd of his orders to quickly and resolutely bring U.S. troops home from the Middle East 

As Trump left office merely six weeks ago, he said in celebration, “The endless wars that go on forever have virtually ended. The troops are coming home.” However, the Biden administration is quickly erasing this period of success.  

“I would see caskets and coffins coming arriving. I’d see the wives, the husbands, the parents, I would see the kids,” Trump said said to the crowd.  “We have Afghanistan down to almost nothing after 19 years, and they want to go back in” he added. 

He continued to give a brutal reminder of what transpired in Iraq shortly after the attacks on 9/11. 

“Remember Iraq? I used to say don’t go in, but if you’re going to go in, keep the oil. Well, we went in, and we didn’t keep the oil.”

The Trump administration made peace deals in the Middle East that namely nobody thought possible. A domino effect has occurred as Arab countries continue to make peace agreements with Israel. 

He noted, “The last year of my administration not one U.S. soldier was killed in Afghanistan. Not one.”

Trump ordered a massive troop drawback before leaving office. Many were sent home because Biden assumed power. 

Meanwhile, the Biden administration has ramped up tensions in the Middle East after a “strategic” bombing on certain infrastructure in Syria used by Iranian-backed militias.  

New York’s scandal entrenched governor, Democrat Andrew Cuomo, has now had a second woman step forward to accuse him of sexual harassment.

Charlotte Bennett, 25, worked as an executive assistant and health policy adviser in the Cuomo administration until she left in November. She told The New York Times that the harassment began in the spring of 2020.

The Times reported that Bennett claimed Cuomo, 63, had asked her questions about her sex life, whether her relationships were monogamous, and whether she ever had sex with older men.

Bennett started with the Cuomo administration in early 2019 as a briefer in the Manhattan office. Prior to that, she had graduated from Hamilton College in 2017, where she founded a sexual misconduct task force. In a matter of months, Bennett was promoted to senior briefer and executive assistant after Cuomo interviewed her; she said they shared connections with Westchester County and she had competed against one of his daughters in middle-school soccer.

Bennett said Cuomo periodically asked her about her dating life, but added, “I saw him more as a father figure. I wasn’t thinking about it as anything sexual.”

But on May 15, 2020, Bennett said, she arrived early in the morning at the Capitol around 7 a.m. to drop off some briefing papers and Cuomo reputedly queried her about her love life and whether she had a relationship with other members of the governor’s staff. The Times examined texts Bennett sent to another Cuomo staff member that discussed the meeting.

The Times reported:

“Ms. Bennett said she had mentioned a speech she was scheduled to give to Hamilton students about her experience as a survivor of sexual assault. She said she had been taken aback by Mr. Cuomo’s seeming fixation on that element of her life experience. “The way he was repeating, ‘You were raped and abused and attacked and assaulted and betrayed,’ over and over again while looking me directly in the eyes was something out of a horror movie,” she wrote in a second text to her friend. “It was like he was testing me.””

Bennett told the Times of the May 15 meeting, “Anything before it I now see differently. I now understand that as grooming.”

On June 5, Bennett claimed, Cuomo asked whether she had a love interest, whether she was monogamous, and whether she had had sex with older men. The Times examined texts that Bennett sent that same day to a friend delineating how upset she was from the meeting.

She wrote, “Something just happened and I can’t even type it out or put it in a video,” adding that she and Cuomo had discussed “age differences in relationships.” She wrote the next day to her friend, saying Cuomo had queried her about whether she was having sex with others “while in my recent relationships.”

“He asked me if I believed if age made a difference in relationships and he also asked me in the same conversation if I had ever been with an older man,” Bennett told the Times, adding that Cuomo told her “he’s fine with anyone above the age of 22,” after the subject of her speech at Hamilton on her 25th birthday came up.

“A friend of Ms. Bennett’s, a former Cuomo administration official, said he had spoken to her shortly after the June 5 episode. He confirmed the contours of her account, saying that she had made it clear to him that she believed the governor wanted to have sex with her,” the Times reported.

Bennett said that at one point, she and Cuomo had discussed a tattoo she might be getting, and he suggested she put it on her buttocks so a dress would cover it.

Cuomo released a statement on Sunday afternoon in response to the claims, where he suggested he was “just being playful.”

“Questions have been raised about some of my past interactions with people in the office,” the statement began. “I never intended to offend anyone or cause any harm. I spend most of my life at work, and colleagues are often also personal friends. At work sometimes I think I am being playful and make jokes that I think are funny. I do, on occasion, tease people in what I think is a good natured way. I do it in public and in private. You have seen me do it at briefings hundreds of times. I have teased people about their personal lives, their relationships, about getting married or not getting married.”

“I mean no offense and only attempt to add some levity and banter to what is a very serious business,” Cuomo continued. “I now understand that my interactions may have been insensitive or too personal and that some of my comments, given my position, made others feel in ways I never intended. I acknowledge some of the things I have said have been misinterpreted as an unwanted flirtation. To the extent anyone felt that way, I am truly sorry about that.”

“To be clear I never inappropriately touched anybody and I never propositioned anybody and I never intended to make anyone feel uncomfortable, but these are allegations that New Yorkers deserve answers to,” the statement concluded. “That’s why I have asked for an outside, independent review that looks at these allegations. Separately, my office has heard anecdotally that some people have reached out to Ms. Bennett to express displeasure about her coming forward. My message to anyone doing that is you have misjudged what matters to me and my administration and you should stop now – period.”

President Trump is taking names. 

In his CPAC speech on Sunday, Former President Trump revealed his intention to get a certain kind of Republican elected, naming those in the House and Senate he plans to target.  

Trump said he will be working tirelessly to elect “strong, tough and smart” Republican leaders. 

“Top establishment Republicans in Washington should spend their energy opposing the radical agenda of Biden, Schumer, Pelosi and the Democrats instead of attacking me, and more importantly, my supporters,” Trump told the CPAC crowd.  ”

Trump then went on to name those in the House and Senate he will seek to out-seat: 

Trump made special attention of Rep. Liz Cheney following her virulent anti-MAGA stance and support for his second impeachment. The Former President didn’t mince words, calling her a “war monger” for her continued support of the ongoing wars in the Middle East. 

President Joe Biden’s nominee for U.S. attorney general, Merrick Garland, during day one of his confirmation hearing on Monday and made a mind boggling claim in an apparent attempt to justify what many are calling domestic terror attacks.

Garland bizarrely claimed during the hearing that Antifa’s attacks on federal courthouses in the Pacific Northwest do not qualify – in his eyes – as domestic terrorism because the attacks happen at night when the court is closed.

Garland’s main point in attempting to make this distinction is to claim that the breach of the capitol on Jan. 6 was a form of domestic terrorism – setting the foundation for him to go after those involved in the capitol riot while continuing to give the more dangerous Antifa terrorists a pass.

“Let me ask you about assaults on federal property in places other than Washington, D.C. Portland for instance, Seattle,” Republican Sen. Josh Hawley said. “Do you regard assaults on federal courthouses or other federal property as acts of domestic extremism, domestic terrorism?”

“Well, senator, my own definition, which is about the same as the statutory definition is the use of violence or threats of violence in attempt to disrupt democratic processes,” Garland responded. “So an attack on a courthouse while in operation, trying to prevent judges from actually deciding cases that plainly is, um, domestic extremism, um domestic terrorism.”

“An attack simply on government property at night or any other kind of circumstances is a clear crime and a serious one and should be punished,” Garland responded. “I don’t mean, I don’t know enough about the facts of the example you’re talking about, but that’s where I draw the line when it one is, both are criminal, but one is a core attack on our democratic institutions.”

Hawley’s question came after far-left rioters repeatedly attacked the Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse in downtown Portland over the summer, even brawling with federal officers who were sent to protect the building at one point.

Garland claimed during the hearing that the U.S. is currently in a period “more dangerous” than after the Oklahoma City bombing happened in the 90s, which killed nearly 170 people.

“150 years after the Department’s founding, battling extremist attacks on our democratic institutions also remains central to the Department’s mission,” Garland said. “From 1995 to 1997, I supervised the prosecution of the perpetrators of the bombing of the Oklahoma City Federal Building, who sought to spark a revolution that would topple the Federal Government. If confirmed, I will supervise the prosecution of white supremacists and others who stormed the Capitol on January 6th, a heinous attack that sought to disrupt a cornerstone of our democracy, the peaceful transfer of power to a newly elected government.”

On the issue of investigating the riot that happened at the U.S. Capitol back in January, Garland said that it would be his first priority as attorney general, if confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

“We begin with the people on the ground and we work our way up to those who are involved and further involved,” Garland said, adding later, “We also have to have a focus on what is happening all over the country and on where this could spread, and where this came from.”

The Biden administration has signaled it will not only maintain, but heavily increase U.S. military presence in the Middle East. 

Under Joe Biden’s orders, the U.S. military carried on an airstrike against infrastructure used by Iranian-backed militias. This is the first known military action by ‘Commander-in-Chief’ Biden. 

The retaliatory attack comes after several Shia militia groups – Kait’ib Hezbollah and Kait’ib Sayyid al Shuhada – attacked a U.S. military base in Iraq.

Both militia forces have received military funding and support from Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard. 

Senior officials said the attack was meant to deter further rocket attacks against U.S. positions, while reducing casualties by keeping the scope of the bombing low. 

On Monday, two rockets landed near the U.S. Green Zone in Baghdad. This was the third attack of its kind in just one week. 

Baghdad’s Green Zone is a miles-long stretch of land that houses many U.S. officials and features multiple government buildings. 

The strike this week thankfully resulted in zero casualties, but an attack last week resulted in the deaths of two U.S. soldiers and several contract workers. 

The Pentagon said the drone strike was in conjunction with allies in the region, namely Israel. 

The extent of the damage and casualties from Joe Biden’s drone strike is still unknown. 

Democrats are reportedly questioning 78-year-old President Joe Biden as more than 30 Democratic representatives have called on him to give up sole authority to order the launch of nuclear weapons.

The group of House Democrats, led by Rep. Jimmy Panetta, signed a letter addressed to Biden earlier this week calling on him to reform the procedure by which the use of a nuclear weapon is approved. The 31 lawmakers suggested several reforms that would include more people than just the barely coherent president in the decision process.

“As president, two of your most critical and solemn duties are the security of the country and the safeguarding of its nuclear arsenal. You alone possess the authority to order the use of nuclear weapons, which assures that nuclear weapons remain under civilian control,” the letter states.

“However, vesting one person with this authority entails real risks. Past presidents have threatened to attack other countries with nuclear weapons or exhibited behavior that caused other officials to express concern about the president’s judgment.”

“While any president would presumably consult with advisors before ordering a nuclear attack, there is no requirement to do so,” the letter adds.

“The military is obligated to carry out the order if they assess it is legal under the laws of war. Under the current posture of U.S. nuclear forces, that attack would happen in minutes.”

The letter goes on to suggest several reforms to the process of approving the use of a nuclear weapon. Each suggested reform would make the approval of others outside of the president also necessary before any launch order could be given.

In one suggestion, the approval of the vice president and the speaker of the House of Representatives would also be necessary before a nuclear launch order could be given. In another, any order would require certification from the secretary of defense and the attorney general.

The group of Democrats also suggested requiring a congressional declaration of war and specific authorization of nuclear force before an order for a nuclear strike could be given.

“We note your distinguished record and leadership on nuclear arms control and nonproliferation as senator and vice president. We ask you to lead again,” the letter continues. “As president, you will have the final say on any changes to U.S. nuclear foreign policy. We respectfully request that you, as president, review ways in which you can end the sole authority you have to launch a nuclear attack, and to install additional checks and balances into the system.”

Each president possesses what is known as the “nuclear football,” a briefcase that contains all that is needed for a president to authorize a nuclear strike.

Anti-Donald Trump Democrats have previously expressed concern over the president’s authority to approve nuclear strikes while Trump was president.

In the final weeks of former President Donald Trump’s term, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she spoke to Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley to discuss Trump’s access to nuclear launch codes.

“I spoke to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley to discuss available precautions for preventing an unstable president from initiating military hostilities or accessing the launch codes and ordering a nuclear strike,” Pelosi said in a Jan. 8 letter. “The situation of this unhinged President could not be more dangerous, and we must do everything that we can to protect the American people from his unbalanced assault on our country and our democracy.”

Joe Biden’s nominee to head the CIA, William Burns, has a long detailed history bending his knew to the CCP. 

In a report recently conducted by House Republicans, Burns has a connections to the Chinese Communist Party. According to the report, Burns welcomed many Chinese nationals to the board of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace while he was president.. Zhang, a Chinese businessman linked to the CPP, received top position on the board at Burns’ request. 

Zhang’s firm, along with the China-U.S. Exchange Foundation, an organization connected to the CCP and responsible for “United Front” work in the U.S., gave Carnegie millions of dollars to help build the think tank’s Beijing-based Carnegie-Tsinghua center.

If confirmed by the Senate, Burns would be the first CIA leader whose experience is largely from the State Department, where he served under both Republican and Democrat presidents. He rose through the diplomatic corps ranks to become deputy secretary of state before retiring in 2014 to run the Carnegie Endowment of International Peace.

While at the State Department, Burns helped negotiate former President Barack Obama’s 2015 Iran nuclear deal, which failed to stop the regime’s desire to weaponize its program. Instead, the deal paved the way for them to do so legally in the future. Former President Donald Trump canceled the deal.

After Trump took office in 2017, Burns held his tongue until 2020, when he began writing highly critical pieces of the Trump administration’s policies in Foreign Affairs and other publications. Burns has been a staunch advocate of “rebuilding and restructuring the foreign service,” positions he shares with Biden.

“Ambassador Burns will bring the knowledge, judgment and perspective we need to prevent and confront threats before they can reach our shores,” Biden said. “The American people will sleep soundly with him as our next CIA director.”

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