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  • Newsom says federal government has 'ethical obligation' to send states funding amid coronavirus

    05/19/2020 11:26:55 PM PDT · by RomanSoldier19 · 43 replies
    https://thehill.com ^ | 05/17/20 09:59 AM EDT | BY REBECCA KLAR -
    California Governor Gavin Newsom weighed in on the question of bailing out states whose budgets have been blown up by the coronavirus pandemic. Newsom told CNN’s “State of the Union” that a state bailout was not “charity” and that Congress has a “moral and ethical obligation” to help Americans across the country. The House passed a $3 trillion coronavirus relief bill last week which contained almost a trillion dollars to bail out states. It also contained goodies for all — another stimulus check, help for renters, college debt relief, and cash for illegal immigrants. Fox News: “Not to act now...
  • California: Give Us Money Or We'll Fire Cops and Firefighters

    05/19/2020 11:59:50 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 68 replies
    Front Page ^ | 05/1/20 | Daniel Greenfield
    Governor Newsom is behind in the Most Loathsome Governor in America race, largely because he hasn't managed to kill as many nursing home residents as rivals like Cuomo and Murphy. But here he is trying to take first responders hostage. California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) told CNN's "State of the Union" on Sunday that the federal government has a "moral obligation" to provide funding for states in its next coronavirus relief bill, noting that police officers, health care workers and firefighters will be the first ones laid off as a result of massive budget deficits. Really?Cops and firefighters are the most...
  • Congress should prevent govs from keeping federal funds from local municipalities, IL delegation says

    05/15/2020 9:32:56 AM PDT · by PBRCat · 6 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | May 15, 2020 | Staff
    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Illinois' five Republican US Congress members called on Congress to protect local municipalities from governors withholding federal funds as leverage to demand they keep small businesses closed due to the COVID crisis. U.S. Representatives Darin LaHood (IL-18), John Shimkus (IL-13), Adam Kinzinger (IL-16), Rodney Davis (IL-13), and Mike Bost (IL-12) sent a letter Friday to Congressional Leadership urging that Congress take action to prevent governors from withholding federal funds appropriated by Congress for local municipalities that allow their small businesses to reopen in accordance with federal health guidelines, but ahead of arbitrary timelines outlined by states. Following...
  • Wolf threatens funding, license cuts if counties move to reopen in Pa. without his approval

    05/11/2020 9:25:41 AM PDT · by lightman · 42 replies
    Pennlive ^ | 11 May A.D. 2020 | Greg Pickel
    Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf suggested funding could be slashed for counties that move to the yellow phase of his color-coded reopening plan before they are given the approval to do so. Wolf made his first public comments on the topic Monday morning after a weekend that saw multiple county commissioners or politicians, including Dauphin County Commissioner Mike Pries, say that their area wouldn’t wait for Wolf’s go-ahead and would instead decide themselves when to reach the aggressive mitigation phase. “We Pennsylvanians have sacrificed in ways we could never have imagined, we’ve separated ourselves from our families, we’ve isolated ourselves in...
  • Nancy Pelosi Says Congress Will NOT Reopen In April, Warns Trump Not To Restart Economy

    04/11/2020 4:09:38 PM PDT · by dontreadthis · 244 replies
    dailywire.com ^ | APRIL 10TH, 2020 | Emily Zanotti
    Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi told Politico Friday that she is considering keeping the House of Representatives out of session longer than the April 20th return-from-recess date, and may not bring Congress back until well into May — and she’s warned President Donald Trump to keep the country under lockdown even longer. Pelosi is drafting a fourth coronavirus relief package, to be introduced when Congress returns from recess in the spring, but it now appears that trillion dollar aid bill will be indefinitely delayed while she holds her chamber in recess.
  • Michigan’s Democrat Governor THREATENS All Doctors and Pharmacists who Prescribe or Dispense Hydroxychloroquine for Coronavirus Patients

    03/27/2020 6:04:21 AM PDT · by CheshireTheCat · 157 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | March 26, 2020 | Jim Hoft
    Michigan Democrat Governor Gretchen Whitmer is the latest Democrat to ban doctors from prescribing the lifesaving drugs hydroxychloroquine and Z-Paks to save senior citizens in the state. Hydroxychloroquine is safe and has tested 100% positive in treating the coronavirus.
  • Bloomberg adviser warns of 'scorched earth' retaliation against Trump children if GOP attacks Hunter Biden

    03/09/2020 2:45:54 PM PDT · by kevcol · 83 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | March 9, 2020 | Anthony Leonardi
    An adviser to former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's campaign threatened a "scorched earth" response against President Trump's children if the GOP refuses to back off from Hunter Biden. During a weekend interview on MSNBC, Timothy O'Brien suggested that Democrats would engage in a media campaign against the Trump children "unlike anything they've experienced thus far" if Republicans continue to investigate and attack the son of Democratic presidential front-runner Joe Biden.
  • BREAKING: Ukraine Launches CRIMINAL Proceedings Against Joe Biden Over Firing of Prosecutor Viktor Shokin

    02/27/2020 9:52:53 PM PST · by bitt · 71 replies
    GATEWAY PUNDIT ^ | 2/27/2020 | Jim Hoft
    After leaving office in 2017, former Vice President Joe Biden Bragged about strong-arming the government of Ukraine to fire its top prosecutor Viktor Shokin. Joe Biden made the remarks during a meeting of foreign policy specialists. Biden said he, “Threatened Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in March 2016 that the Obama administration would pull $1 billion in U.S. loan guarantees, sending the former Soviet republic toward insolvency, if it didn’t immediately fire Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin.” Biden suggested during his talk that Barack Obama was in on the threat. In April 2019 John Solomon revealed what Biden did not tell his...
  • Tamaya Dennard (D): (Cincinatti) Councilwoman facing charges of bribery and extortion, court documents show

    02/25/2020 10:24:18 AM PST · by karpov · 13 replies
    Cincinatti Inquirer | February 25, 2020 | Sharon Coolidge
    No excerpt allowed from Inquirer, story here.
  • Liberal media reaction to Michael Avenatti conviction slammed as ‘Orwellian,’ ‘appalling’

    02/17/2020 10:21:46 AM PST · by jazusamo · 12 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 17, 2020 | Brian Flood
    Some members of the mainstream media have issued mea culpas for building up now-disgraced attorney Michael Avenatti, while others have shirked responsibility and some have even blamed President Trump – but it all falls flat for critics who watched his rise from lawyer for a porn star to potential Democratic presidential candidate. Avenatti, who represented adult film actress Stormy Daniels in a lawsuit against President Trump, appeared on CNN and MSNBC a combined 229 times over two years, according to the Media Research Center. CNN’s Brian Stelter was Avenatti’s biggest cheerleader, once declaring that he was a “serious” contender to...
  • Dershowitz files defamation suit against Boies, alleging extortion

    02/11/2020 1:41:28 PM PST · by yesthatjallen · 15 replies
    The Hill ^ | 02 11 2020 | Justine Coleman
    Attorney Alan Dershowitz filed a defamation countersuit against fellow lawyer David Boies, claiming Boies, his law firm and Jeffrey Epstein accuser Virginia Guiffre attempted to extort money from rich and powerful men for private settlements. The suit, filed in New York State Supreme Court in Manhattan, alleging intentional infliction of emotional distress and extortion. It names billionaire Leslie Wexner as one of alleged extortion targets. This lawsuit comes in response to Boies’s suit against Dershowitz that was filed in November, accusing the attorney of disparaging Boies’s law firm, Boies Schiller Flexner LLP, by calling it “the law firm of extortion,...
  • Deborah Batts, federal judge set to oversee Avenatti’s Stormy Daniels trial, dead at 72

    02/03/2020 10:25:49 AM PST · by rdl6989 · 29 replies
    New York Post ^ | February 3. 2020 | Emily Saul
    Manhattan federal court judge Deborah Batts who was slated to oversee Michael Avenatti’s Stormy Daniels-related embezzlement trial, has died. She was 72. The Philadelphia-born jurist, who was the first openly gay member of the federal judiciary, passed away February 2, according to sources familiar with the matter.
  • NC sheriff: Man held woman in 'sexual servitude' for 5 years

    01/25/2020 6:07:27 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | January 24, 2020 | Associated Press
    ASHEBORO, N.C. (AP) — A man is accused of keeping a woman “in sexual servitude” for five years, authorities in North Carolina said. Salvador Espinoza Escobar, 48, was expected in court Friday after being charged with one count of felony human trafficking, the Randolph County Sheriff's Office said in a news release. He was taken into custody Wednesday, the same day the investigation began.
  • Calls for reparations hit Notre Dame amid allegations of harm, oppression against blacks, Native Americans

    01/25/2020 7:52:57 AM PST · by RightGeek · 48 replies
    The College Fix ^ | 1/24/2020 | Ellie Gardey
    ‘Everything at this school is extremely white’ ‘Under the auspices of religion, they do harm. They do great harm’ A forum Wednesday at the University of Notre Dame featured panelists who urged the university to pay reparations to blacks and Native Americans. Panelist Savanna Morgan, a senior at Notre Dame, said black and indigenous communities have a “right” to pursue reparations at Notre Dame. These reparations are “indeed monetary,” she said, adding they are “equally psychological and symbolic.” Morgan said one of the “appropriate remedies” for Notre Dame is “taking our $13.8 billion endowment out of this one mile radius...
  • Peter Schweizer: Secret Empires and How U.S. Political Corruption has Evolved (with meme)

    01/19/2020 10:02:03 AM PST · by poconopundit · 19 replies
    Interview with Peter Schweizer ^ | March 2018 | Peter Schweizer
    Corruption is changing. The old school corruption is where a politician takes a bribe or payoff. These days, the politician doesn't take it themselves, but steers it to an adult child or a best friend. And both political parties are doing it. It's really a question of the kind of leadership we're going to have.  It's impossible for our leaders to respond to what we want — to make good decisions — if a chief motivation is to enrich their families and themselves. When you trace the money, you often find it comes from foreign governments like China and from...
  • Why the Climate Movement's Next Big Target Is Wall Street (only 11.04 years left)

    01/19/2020 4:27:44 AM PST · by Libloather · 11 replies
    Gizmodo via MSN ^ | 1/14/20 | Dharna Noor
    Climate activists are taking on a new pipeline: The one that funnels money from Wall Street into planetary destruction. A coalition of climate, environmental, youth, and indigenous organizations unveiled Stop the Money Pipeline, a campaign to “pressure banks, insurance companies and asset managers to stop financing fossil fuels and deforestation and start respecting human rights and Indigenous sovereignty,” late last week. Banks, asset managers, and insurance companies may seem like less obvious targets than going directly after, say, oil and gas companies or the Trump administration. But Wall Street plays an essential role in the fossil fuel industry’s expansion. Staunching...
  • Arrested Trump foe Avenatti must face 'vindictive' Nike extortion case in NY

    01/15/2020 8:18:33 AM PST · by yesthatjallen · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | 01 15 2020 | Jonathan Stempel
    A federal judge on Wednesday rejected Michael Avenatti’s bid to dismiss criminal charges accusing him of trying to extort Nike Inc (NKE.N), after the celebrity lawyer claimed he was targeted in a “vindictive” prosecution because of his feud with U.S. President Donald Trump. U.S. District Judge Paul Gardephe in Manhattan ruled the morning after Avenatti was arrested in California for potential violations of his bail conditions, in a separate case there accusing him of defrauding other clients. Avenatti has pleaded not guilty to all criminal charges he faces. Lawyers for Avenatti told Gardephe on Wednesday their client is in custody,...
  • Avenatti arrested by IRS agents during California Bar Association hearing

    01/15/2020 7:22:01 AM PST · by libstripper · 29 replies
    Fox News ^ | Jan. 14, 2020 | Louis Casiano
    LOS ANGELES – Attorney Michael Avenatti was arrested by Internal Revenue Service (IRS) agents Tuesday evening during a break in a disciplinary hearing in Los Angeles over allegations that the high-profile lawyer scammed a client out of $840,000. The arrest occurred around 6 p.m. outside the State Bar Court, where the State Bar of California has initiated proceedings against him. * * * Thom Mrozek, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's Office in Los Angeles, told Fox News that Avenatti was arrested on suspicion of violating his pre-trial release. * * * Avenatti was supposed to travel to New York...
  • Give, Don’t Govern (Stossel)

    01/01/2020 5:57:42 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | December 29, 2019 | John Stossel
    This week, children may learn about that greedy man, Ebenezer Scrooge. Scrooge is selfish until ghosts scare him into thinking about others’ well-being, not just his own. Good for the ghosts. But the way Scrooge addresses others’ needs matters. Today’s advocates of equality, compassion, increased spending on education, health care, etc., say “we care” but demand that government do the work. Controlling other people with the power of government doesn’t prove you care. If you want to help the poor, clean the environment, improve the arts. Great! Please do. But if you are compassionate, then you’ll spend your own money...
  • “Wow Crazy Nancy, What’s Going On?” – BOOM! Trump Exposes Nancy Pelosi and Son Paul’s Shady Dealings in Ukraine

    12/28/2019 8:12:06 PM PST · by White MAGA Man · 48 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | Dec 28, 2019 | Jim Hoft
    THIS WAS DEVASTATING! President Trump hit the Bidens and Pelosi families tonight in one tweet! President Trump shined light on Paul Pelosi’s shady dealings with Ukraine!