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  • Ocasio-Cortez Still Hasn’t Paid Tax Bill From Failed Business Venture

    03/23/2019 4:28:45 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 30 replies
    AP via NY Post ^ | 03/23/19 | Isabel Vincent
    Democratic darling Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez still hasn’t paid a six-year-old tax bill left over from a failed business venture. Weeks after The Post alerted the freshman Congresswoman’s office to the outstanding tax lien from 2012, she still hasn’t paid it, state records show. Brook Avenue Press, a company set up in the Bronx to publish books about city children, owes $1,877.56 in unpaid corporate taxes. The state slapped the company with a warrant on July 6, 2017, two months after Ocasio-Cortez announced her candidacy to run against Democratic incumbent Joe Crowley for the district that encompasses parts of Queens and The...
  • Ocasio-Cortez still hasn’t paid tax bill from failed business venture

    03/23/2019 2:11:55 PM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 18 replies
    NY Post ^ | March 23,2019 | Isobel Vincent
    Democratic darling Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez still hasn’t paid a six-year-old tax bill left over from a failed business venture. Weeks after The Post alerted the freshman Congresswoman’s office to the outstanding tax lien from 2012, she still hasn’t paid it, state records show. Brook Avenue Press, a company set up in the Bronx to publish books about city children, owes $1,877.56 in unpaid corporate taxes. The state slapped the company with a warrant on July 6, 2017, two months after Ocasio-Cortez announced her candidacy to run against Democratic incumbent Joe Crowley for the district that encompasses parts of Queens and The...
  • Medicare for All Would Abolish Private Insurance. ‘There’s No Precedent in American History.’

    03/23/2019 1:04:34 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 84 replies
    New York Times ^ | March 23, 2019 | Reed Abelson and Margot Sanger-Katz
    At the heart of the “Medicare for all” proposals championed by Senator Bernie Sanders and many Democrats is a revolutionary idea: Abolish private health insurance. Proponents want to sweep away our complex, confusing, profit-driven mess of a health care system and start fresh with a single government-run insurer that would cover everyone. But doing away with an entire industry would also be profoundly disruptive. The private health insurance business employs at least a half a million people, covers about 250 million Americans, and generates roughly a trillion dollars in revenues. Its companies’ stocks are a staple of the mutual funds...
  • When Omar met Erdogan: The unearthed report from their 2017 meeting

    03/23/2019 11:22:53 AM PDT · by JOHN ADAMS · 20 replies
    The Conservative Review ^ | March 19, 2019 | Jordan Schachtel
    About a year and a half ago, on Sept. 18, 2017, a relatively unknown Minnesota state representative flew to New York City to hold a closed-door meeting with the president of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who was in town for the 72nd U.N. General Assembly. This meeting of now-Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., with Mr. Erdogan, the despotic ruler of Turkey, went almost entirely unreported, as it was not open to the press and Omar was not a high-profile figure. Since then, photos of the meeting surfaced on social media, but it largely appeared that there was no report detailing what...
  • Escaping the Clown-Car Campaign

    03/23/2019 7:14:09 AM PDT · by Twotone · 7 replies
    American Spectator ^ | March 22, 2019 | Robert Stacy McCain
    Four years ago, Democrats were gearing up for a pre-determined outcome, the anointing of Hillary Clinton as the party’s presidential candidate. Convinced they were “on the right side of history,” Democrats believed Hillary was destined to succeed Barack Obama, America’s first black president, by becoming our first female president. The only real opposition to Mrs. Clinton’s nomination came from Bernie Sanders, the socialist senator from Vermont who had never previously identified as a Democrat. The weakness of Hillary’s candidacy was exposed in the 2016 primary campaign, when Bernie and his wild-eyed supporters very nearly derailed her nomination, being foiled by...
  • Giuliani spreads misleading video alleging Ilhan Omar took classes in terrorism (NOT misleading)

    03/22/2019 11:22:39 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 16 replies
    Wapo ^ | Colby Itkowitz and John Wagner
    Rudolph W. Giuliani, the former New York mayor and now President Trump’s attorney, shared a misleading video clip on Twitter late Thursday night that has spread on right-wing conspiracy sites claiming that Rep. Ilhan Omar took classes on terrorism. In retweeting the video, Giuliani, who was mayor during the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, wrote: “What is she laughing at in recalling her terrorism classes? This represents the future of the Democrat Party? God help us.” A liberal Democrat from Minnesota, Omar is one of the first two Muslim women elected to Congress last year and the first to wear...
  • Ex-CIA chief Brennan threatens POTUS: Mueller will soon put ‘political,financial future in jeopardy’

    03/22/2019 10:44:51 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 52 replies
    thenationalsentinel.com ^ | March 22, 2019 | By Jon Dougherty
    Chief POTUS troll and ex-CIA head John Brennan took to Twitter again on Thursday to disparage President Trump with a warning that special counsel Robert Mueller’s soon-to-be-released report will “further complicate” his already complicated presidency. Earlier this week, POTUS responded to even nastier-than-usual disparagement from George Conway, the co-chief presidential troll and husband of Trump’s chief political counselor Kellyanne Conway, calling him the “husband from hell.” “George Conway, often referred to as Mr. Kellyanne Conway by those who know him, is VERY jealous of his wife’s success & angry that I, with her help, didn’t give him the job he...
  • Wisconsin Democratic Judge Says Duly Elected Republicans Can't Pass Laws

    03/22/2019 10:38:47 AM PDT · by Rummyfan · 40 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 21 Mar 2019 | Rick Moran
    Democrats don't like our Constitution very much. From their perspective, there's not much to like. Too many dos and don'ts (mostly don'ts), too many "negative rights," absolutely nothing about social justice, and where are the rights for transgenders? Recently, Democrats have come out in favor of abolishing the Electoral College, packing the Supreme Court (gotta get that social justice agenda passed somehow), and allowing non-citizens to vote. It's almost like they don't like living in the United States very much, although you'd hurt their feelings if you gently suggest that if they don't like where they're living, they should depart...
  • Why are 2020 Democrats so weird?

    03/22/2019 8:20:38 AM PDT · by CptnObvious · 28 replies
    The Week ^ | March 22 2019 | Matthew Walther
    I wish I could say that the worst thing about John Hickenlooper's CNN town hall on Wednesday night was the part where he talked about watching Deep Throat with his mom. The former governor of Colorado, who is one of roughly 173 declared candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination, explained that the porno-with-mom thing was not an accident. He said he knew that the movie was "naughty" but thought his mother might enjoy getting out of the house. Apparently after the infamous X-rated flick began she was "mortified." That poor woman... Meanwhile, there is Beto... I do want to know...
  • Ocasio-Cortez wonders why ‘so many grown men’ are ‘obsessed’ with her

    03/22/2019 6:55:13 AM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 57 replies
    NY Post ^ | March 22, 2019 | Lia Eustachewich
    Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez griped about the coverage she receives on Fox News, as she wondered Thursday night why “so many grown men” are “obsessed” with her. The 29-year-old newly minted congresswoman rolled her eyes as she shared her thoughts about the network during an appearance on “Late Night with Seth Meyers.” “A group of people that seems to have an obsession with you is our friends over at Fox News. They talk about you a lot,” Meyer said. “Are you surprised with the speech at which they seemed to have shifted all their attention and programming to you?” Ocasio-Cortez replied,...
  • Free stuff for everyone! Wait, what? Our taxes our going up?

    03/22/2019 6:33:22 AM PDT · by luke1825 · 20 replies
    Lowell Sun ^ | March 22 | peter lucas
    What do you mean by free, Bernie? Do you mean that nobody pays? Do you mean that you as president will abolish college tuition and that everybody will attend at no cost? That is what you have been saying, so I guess you mean it. But if everything is free where will the money come from to pay the professors, or the college presidents or the janitors? Or will they all be volunteers and work for nothing?
  • AIPAC’s competition — Obama to host Dems on Monday night of policy conference

    03/22/2019 7:09:00 AM PDT · by markomalley · 13 replies
    Former President Barack Obama will host a reception for freshman House Democrats on Monday evening at the home of Ambassador Esther Coopersmith in Washington, D.C, Jewish Insider has learned. Coopersmith, known as “one of the best at playing the Washington ‘networking’ game,” was appointed by Obama as a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador in 2009. On Monday night, AIPAC will also hold its leadership reception, perhaps AIPAC’s most-significant annual gathering, which typically puts the vast majority of members of Congress, AIPAC’s leadership, board and national council all in one room, during the same block of time. Several progressive 2020 presidential hopefuls, including...
  • First the Golan, next should be Kurdistan

    03/22/2019 7:10:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 03/22/2019 | By Sherkoh Abbas and Robert Sklaroff
    By Sherkoh Abbas and Robert Sklaroff On the day Kurds celebrated Nowruz (the Persian new year) and Jews celebrated Purim (the defeat of the Persian who wanted to exterminate them), President Trump recognized Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights, and the Islamic State was defeated. These milestones in the history of the modern Middle East are a testament to victorious foreign and military policies of America and Israel.  The military outcome was presaged last year when Trump altered the rules of engagement, and the political outcome was presaged last week, when the State Department supplanted the official depiction of the Golan from Israeli-"occupied" to Israeli-"controlled" territory. Although naysayers claim that the Islamic State went underground...
  • What Will It Take for the Congressional Progressive Caucus to Win? [BARF]

    03/21/2019 2:39:43 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 9 replies
    Splinter ^ | March 19, 2019 | Paul Blest
    All of a sudden, its popular to be progressive. The unexpectedly competitive Democratic primary of 2016, pitting Hillary Clinton against Bernie Sanders, quickly became a battle of "progressives" versus "progressives who get things done." And in the Democrats search for identity following Clintons soul-crushing general election loss to Donald Trump, Democratic candidates at all levels throughout the 2018 election cycle wore the progressive badge, even if their definition of "progressive" was sometimes rather ambiguous. Now, theres a Democratic majority in Congress, and along with it a diverse class of new lawmakers proposing an agenda which is resolutely radical by the...
  • Multiple 2020 Democrats say they won’t attend AIPAC summit

    03/21/2019 7:24:39 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 67 replies
    Associated Press ^ | March 21, 2019 | Juana Summers and Elana Schor
    Multiple Democratic presidential candidates said Thursday that they won’t attend the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s annual conference in Washington next week. Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, former U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke of Texas, Sen. Kamala Harris of California and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, are among the 2020 contenders who have decided not to attend. Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, who is considering an independent bid for president, will also avoid the AIPAC conference. It comes as the liberal advocacy group MoveOn has called on Democratic presidential candidates to skip this year’s policy...
  • 2020 Democrats heed AOC call to 'pack' the Supreme Court and force America to the left

    03/21/2019 9:51:59 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 67 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 3/20/19 | Jerry Dunleavy
    When Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez proclaimed that Democrats should "pack the Supreme Court of the United States of America," she was floating a fringe fantasy of increasing the number of justices from nine to 15 as a way of kick-starting a left-wing transformation of America. Now, the idea has gone mainstream. No longer the little-known primary candidate she was when she was speaking on Oct. 1 last year, Ocasio-Cortez, 29, is in the House of Representatives and her massive social media profile has propelled her to international fame. AOC, as she is almost universally known, is one of the most prominent faces...
  • Bernie Sanders Calls for Stripping of Second Amendment Rights Overnight

    03/21/2019 11:02:25 AM PDT · by rktman · 48 replies
    townhall.com ^ | 3/21/2019 | Katie Pavlich
    Late last night New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced a ban on "military style" semi-automatic rifles in the country. "Today I am announcing that New Zealand will ban all military-style semi-automatic weapons. We will also ban all assault rifles. We will also ban all high capacity magazines," she said. "We will ban all parts with the ability to convert semi-automatic or any other type of firearm into a military style semi-automatic weapon." Democrat presidential candidate and socialist Bernie Sanders endorsed the move right away and said it needs to happen in the United States. He wants to strip Americans...
  • Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Makes Time Magazine Cover April 1st 2019 (No Fooling)

    03/21/2019 1:36:22 AM PDT · by CaliforniaCraftBeer · 93 replies
    NY (Com)Post ^ | March 21, 2019 | Ben Feuerherd
    Freshman [Representative] Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez will grace the front page of the April 1 [2019] edition of Time Magazine...The Bronx-native, who shook the Democratic establishment by defeating longtime congressman Joe Crowly in 2018, appears in a headshot taken by photographer Collier Schorr next to the headline: “The Phenom.” The story accompanying the front page, written by Charolette Alter, describes Ocasio-Cortez as “the second-most talked about politician in America...
  • Who Will the Democrats Nominate to Challenge President Trump?

    03/21/2019 6:47:06 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 56 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 21, 2019 | Scott Rasmussen
    For those in the political world, Election 2020 is already here, and the biggest question is whether or not President Donald Trump will get re-elected. Fifty percent of voters think that is likely to happen, while 49 percent disagree. In reality, of course, there are two huge unknowns that will define the parameters of the campaign. The first is the state of the economy. If we are in a recession on Election Day, it will be very difficult for the president to get re-elected. But assuming the economy remains strong, we could have another close election to watch. In that...
  • Bernie Sanders and Venezuela

    03/21/2019 6:46:28 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 4 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | March 20, 2019 | James Freeman
    As. Sen. Bernie Sanders runs for President again, he keeps trying to persuade voters that his governing socialism would be the soft Scandinavian kind, not the hard Soviet kind. There’s immediately a problem with his Scandinavian analogy, since the countries of that region have been running away from Sanders-style economics and in recent years have become champions of corporate tax rate-cutting. The larger problem is his ongoing commitment to an abusive regime. The candidate understands that he needs to find a way to spin Marxist central planning as voter-friendly. Mr. Sanders tells National Public Radio in an interview broadcast this...