‘President Trump was the dealer, wasn’t he?’
REPORTER: “Tonight is the Democratic debate and candidates on the trail have to push for even more progressive gun reform policies, like a mandatory buyback on assault weapons. Do you think that some Democrats are drifting too far left and drifting too far away from plans like H.R. 8?”
PELOSI: “We think that this is where the consensus is. This is where we believe most lives will be saved — most lives’d be saved by having background checks.”
Wheels keep coming off for Dems, but they keep spinning.
Via The Hill:
Opposition by independents to the House’s ongoing impeachment inquiry jumped 10 percentage points in the last week, according to a Politico–Morning Consult poll released Tuesday.
The poll showed 47 percent of independents opposed the inquiry, compared to 37 percent last week. Meanwhile support for the inquiry by independents fell 7 points to 40 percent.
Support for the inquiry among all respondents fell 2 points to 48 percent, while opposition to it rose 3 points to 45 percent.
llegal Alien Arrested In Deadly Oregon Crash Fled To Mexico After Jail Didn’t Honor ICE Hold Request
Via Fox News:
A 20-year-old man in the country illegally who was street-racing when he crashed into a car in Oregon, killing a woman, was able to flee to Mexico after local authorities did not honor an immigration detainer, according to federal officials.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) said in a news release on Tuesday that Alejandro Maldonado-Hernandez was arrested on July 12 in connection with the fatal car crash that killed Janice Ator and seriously injured her husband, Patrick Ator.
After he was released from the hospital with minor injuries, Maldonado-Hernandez was booked into the Washington County Jail on charges of felony manslaughter in the second degree, felony assault in the third degree and misdemeanor reckless driving. ICE said that officers lodged an immigration detainer on July 16, but that by Aug. 8 the jail failed to honor it and let the 20-year-old go after he posted bail.
“It is real slap in the face to the victim’s friends and family when criminal aliens, in this case a man who has caused the death of a woman and severe injuries to her husband, are released into the community due to dangerous sanctuary policies,” Nathalie Asher, Seattle field office director for ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations, said in a statement. “How many lives have to be lost before politicians are more concerned about public safety than their own political agendas?”
Dems are all over Sondland’s testimony, saying that’s the “smoking gun” for the 10085th time. Except again, not so much.
Gordon Sondland was clear: "I've never heard from President Trump that the aid (to Ukraine) was conditioned on the investigations."
So what did @realDonaldTrump say when Sondland DID talk to him?
Sondland, quoting POTUS: "I want nothing. I want no quid pro quo." pic.twitter.com/ZuaCybXJj1
— Mark Meadows (@RepMarkMeadows) November 20, 2019
He’s got to be kidding.
Via Fox News:
Jussie Smollett says the $10,000 he was mandated to pay after the criminal case against him was closed should prevent the city of Chicago from seeking reimbursement for the police investigation following his claim, back in January 2019, that he was a victim of a racist and homophobic attack.
Attorneys for the former “Empire” actor filed a response Tuesday to Chicago’s lawsuit in federal court. They also filed a counterclaim against the city, saying Smollett was the victim of a malicious prosecution that caused humiliation and extreme distress.
In January, Smollett told police he was attacked by two masked men as he was walking home from a Chicago Subway sandwich shop at approximately 2 a.m. The openly gay actor alleged that the masked men beat him, taunted him with homophobic and racial slurs and yelled, “This is MAGA country.”
Every Republican member should be citing this today in hearings.
Via The Hill:
The Washington Post gave Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) three Pinocchios on Wednesday for his claim that the whistleblower in the impeachment process against President Trump “has a statutory right to anonymity.”
The Post’s fact-checker applies Pinocchios ranging from one to four, with three and four being reserved for what the column considers the more egregious statements.
Schiff has said repeated recently, including during impeachment hearings on Tuesday, that the whistleblower who filed a formal complaint about Trump’s July 25 phone call with the president of Ukraine, has a statutory right to remain anonymous.
“The whistleblower has the right, a statutory right, to anonymity. These proceedings will not be used to out the whistleblower,” Schiff said Tuesday.
GOP Sen. Kennedy: Christmas Ornaments, Drywall And Jeffrey Epstein… Name Three Things That Don’t Hang Themselves
HT: Free Beacon
Via Free Beacon:
A new Democratic legislative proposal would grant a tax credit of up to $5 billion for universities with programs studying “environmental justice,” according to a draft of the legislation released Tuesday.
The GREEN Act, proposed by Rep. Mike Thompson (D., Calif.), offers up to a $1 billion tax credit in each of the next five years to “institutions of higher education” that establish research programs focused on environmental justice. The credit would be 20 percent of the amount spent by institutions on the environmental justice program, and goes up to 30 percent of the program cost if the institution is a Historically Black College or University or a Minority Serving Institution.
Qualified environmental justice programs must have a “primary purpose of improving or facilitating the improvement of health and economic outcomes of individuals residing in low-income areas or areas populated disproportionately by racial or ethnic minorities,” according to a summary of the bill released by Thompson, chairman of the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Select Revenue Measures.
COMING UP: When a third grader in Philadelphia, Tenn., lost almost everything in a house fire, fellow classmates decided to chip in to replace what he lost — leading to a heartfelt surprise; more on the #CBSEveningNews with @NorahODonnell at 6:30 p.m. ET pic.twitter.com/gbVYEbeqqy
— CBS Evening News (@CBSEveningNews) November 19, 2019
No cime or any Democratic poll-tested terms.
Courtesy of @EliseStefanik, a complete takedown of Pelosi and Schiff’ bogus narrative.
Both Morrison & Volker agree: no quid pro quo, no bribery, and no extortion!pic.twitter.com/Yrd30BILyK
— Ronna McDaniel (@GOPChairwoman) November 20, 2019
Representative Devin Nunes asks NSC Official Tim Morrison and U.S. special envoy to Ukraine Kurt Volker:
“Did anyone ever ask you to bribe or extort anyone at anytime during your time in the @WhiteHouse?"
Both answers: “No, sir” pic.twitter.com/we0mMzUGJN
— Dan Scavino Jr.🇺🇸 (@Scavino45) November 19, 2019
Outlets Retract Stories After Realizing Report Actually Cites How Many Children The Obama Administration Detained
Can’t have it reflect badly on the tan suit.
Via Daily Caller:
Multiple outlets deleted entire stories Tuesday after falsely reporting the number of children in migrant-related U.S. custody.
Outlets including Reuters, Agence France-Presse (AFP), NPR and Aljazeera jumped on a report from the United Nations, writing Monday that the country has the world’s highest rate of detained children. The outlets reported that there are currently more than 100,000 children in immigration-related custody, which violates international law.
Hong Kong Protesters Make Daring Rope Escape From Besieged University, Others Escape Through The Sewers
Via Daily Mail:
Students under siege at a Hong Kong university are trying to escape through the sewers amid fears that police will storm the campus and open fire, causing a Tiananmen Square-style massacre.
Dozens of activists at Hong Kong Polytechnic University wrapped their knees and arms in plastic on Tuesday as they prepared to try and crawl to freedom through a perilous maze of underground tunnels.
There are thought to be between 100 and 200 students left on campus, locked into the third day of a violent standoff with police who are trying to get inside and break up the pro-democracy demonstration.
Around 600 people surrendered overnight Monday, 200 of whom were children who were questioned and released, alongside 400 adults who were arrested and now face 10 years in jail accused of rioting.
Speaking Tuesday morning, city chief executive Carrie Lam said the only option for the remaining demonstrators was to lay down their weapons, surrender and face the legal consequences.
While Hong Kong police chiefs refused to say Tuesday what their next steps will be, commanders have previously said they are willing to resort to using live ammunition if the situation becomes ‘uncontrollable’.
That has led to fears of a repeat of the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre, when peaceful pro-democracy student protesters were shot dead by the Chinese army.
Funny, after she was out of power, no one was donating. Almost though they thought their donations would buy power through her.
Via Free Beacon:
The Clinton Foundation reported a loss of more than $16 million in 2018, according to newly released tax records, marking the second consecutive year of losses since Hillary Clinton’s humiliating defeat to President Donald J. Trump in 2016.
The foundation reported total revenue of just $30.7 million, including $24.2 million worth of grants and contributions, a record low for the alleged “charity.” That figure was well short of the foundation’s total expenses for the year—$47.5 million— resulting in a net loss of $16.8 million.
The previous year, the Clinton Foundation reported a net loss of $16.1 million. In total, the organization has lost a staggering $32.9 million since Hillary Clinton’s lifelong quest for the presidency crumbled to dust in November 2016.
Shockingly, the foundation’s revenues have plummeted compared to the massive figures reported during Hillary’s tenure as secretary of state (2009 to 2013), and during her campaign as the Democratic Party’s essentially unchallenged presidential nominee in 2016.