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Judd Apatow Says Donald Trump Is ‘Kidnapping Children’ and ‘Supporting Murderers’

LifeZette - Tue, 10/23/2018 - 20:25

Director Judd Apatow believes President Donald Trump is “kidnapping children” and “supporting murderers” in an attempt to excite his “base.”

Replying to someone who said, “Trump is a normal president doing normal things except for the tweets,” Apatow tweeted in reply, “Yeah, like supporting murderers, despots and racists and kidnapping kids to excite his base. Also he lies daily, is a tax evader, has had to pay millions to students he conned. He is also in cahoots with Russia. You are a co-opted fool.”

Yeah, like supporting murderers, despots and racists and kidnapping kids to excite his base. Also he lies daily, is a tax evader, has had to pay millions to students he conned. He is also in cahoots with Russia. You are a co-opted fool. https://t.co/hlgpH6djvB

— Judd Apatow (@JuddApatow) October 23, 2018

Apatow is just one of many celebrities currently suffering from a serious case of Trump Derangement Syndrome.

He previously called the president a “Nazi” on Twitter.

“He’s a Nazi. He wants no judicial process. He kidnapped children and commits acts of violence for political gain and to support his racist views. He admires violent dictators. Trump is a Nazi. The debate is over. Soon we will have proof he is a Nazi supported by the Russians,” the filmmaker tweeted in June.

He’s a Nazi. He wants no judicial process. He kidnapped children and commits acts of violence for political gain and to support his racist views.He admires violent dictators. Trump is a Nazi. The debate is over. Soon we will have proof he is a Nazi supported by the Russians. https://t.co/o4cS2iWzvS

— Judd Apatow (@JuddApatow) June 25, 2018

The “Trainwreck” director and “Freaks and Geeks” producer also recently headlined a fundraiser for Beto O’Rourke, the Democratic candidate for the Senate in Texas, last month.

“Come to @LargoLosAngeles on 9-20 for our benefit for @WhenWeAllVote and 9-27 for our benefit for Beto O’Rourke. Amazing surprise guests!” Apatow tweeted.

Come to @LargoLosAngeles on 9-20 for our benefit for @WhenWeAllVote and 9-27 for our benefit for Beto O’Rourke. Amazing surprise guests! Tix at https://t.co/Nei2mxM74M pic.twitter.com/aPcRUH0I5O

— Judd Apatow (@JuddApatow) September 16, 2018

Apatow, 50, is best known for directing films like “Knocked Up” and “This Is 40” and for producing movies like “The Big Sick.”

“The Big Sick,” released last year, earned over $40 million domestically.

The filmmaker is just one of many celebrities who are currently having a meltdown about the current sitting president leading up to the midterm elections this year.

Lady Gaga said on Tuesday that Trump is “driven by ignorance,” while leftist late-night host Jimmy Kimmel recently begged his audience to vote for Beto O’Rourke in the upcoming Texas senate race over Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas).

“Cruz had to asked his former archenemy, Donald Trump, for a boost,” Kimmel said about the president’s support of Cruz at a recent Texas rally.

“Imagine if your neighbor insulted your wife’s face, and then you had to ask him to loan you a weed whacker. That’s like Ted Cruz’s life right now,” the leftist comedian continued.

“It’s like the devil making a deal with the devil.”

Trump recently headline a rally in support of Cruz in Houston — where the president was greeted by an overflow crowd of thousands upon thousands of people.

The president has pledged many more rallies through the next couple of weeks in support of GOP candidates.

For more on Judd Apatow’s thoughts on President Donald Trump, check out the video below:

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‘Lately Our Flag Seems Like It’s Under Attack’ — So Here’s What One Small Town Did

LifeZette - Tue, 10/23/2018 - 19:27

A local pizza shop in a small town in New York state came under fire for proposing an American flag mural on the side of its building, but it brought the community together in a special way.

When Maria Lisante, the owner of La Bella Pizza Bistro in New Paltz, proposed an American flag mural on a brick wall littered with graffiti, she didn’t expect any pushback.

But some in the community were offended by the idea because the mural is across from a middle school and would force the kids to look at the American flag, which they call a symbol of hatred and oppression.

Lisante’s friend Joey Garcia, a New York state corrections officer and Army National Guard veteran, organized an “American flag appreciation walk” to rally the community together and show their support for the flag, military, law enforcement, and the country.

Maria Lisante, the owner of La Bella Pizza Bistro in New Paltz, New York, with her friend, Joey Garcia, a New York state corrections officers and veteran, organized the “American flag appreciation walk” Sunday in support of the American flag mural at her business.

“To me the flag represents many things: freedom, compassion, strength and pride, to name a few. In my opinion, we live in the greatest country on Earth,” Garcia told Fox News.

“But lately our flag seems like it’s under attack. People today speak out against our flag and country so much and want to only point out what they feel is wrong with it. I understand and respect their right to their opinions, but I feel like those of us who do not feel that way have a voice, too, and deserve to be heard.”

The patriotic demonstration grew out of an effort to raise money on GoFundMe to pay for the materials and an artist to paint a vintage-looking mural of the American flag on the brick side wall of the pizza shop.

It was never about politics. In fact, the walk had one rule: no politics, which meant no campaign buttons or political slogans.

Lisante said she got approval from the mayor, who told her to do a GoFundMe page and make the mural a community event.

Close to 500 people showed up to the flag rally Sunday afternoon, while a handful of protestors, who identified as anti-fascists, held signs like “Yes, I’m anti-AmeriKKKan” and “Stop Pretending your Racism is Patriotism” and chanted: “No Trump! No KKK! No fascist USA!”

But for Garcia and Lisante, it was never about politics. In fact, the walk had one rule: no politics, which meant no campaign buttons or political slogans.

“I asked anybody who can find any good with our flag and our country, even if we don’t agree on everything, to come together in a peaceful and positive way to express that,” Garcia said. “Everyone was welcome at this — Democrat, Republican, liberal — everyone.”

Garcia told the pro-flag crowd to ignore the protesters because they shared the same right as their group, to voice their opinion and practice free speech. Their group countered with chants of “USA!”

The walk started with music, honoring veterans, a prayer, a Rolling Thunder Patriot Brigade of motorcyclists revving their vehicles in a procession down Main Street, and they ended with refreshments and food at La Bella’s to help raise money for the mural.

“Before we headed out on our walk I had a United States Marine come up and we had several veterans that were there come up, and in honor of all of the military heroes who have fallen, we had a military benediction read and then taps was played,” Garcia said, adding that a low moment came when one of the protesters tried to spit on the U.S. Marine, who was in uniform.

“We’ve been called racist, hateful, unpatriotic and worse,” he added.

“It’s very sad, because it really was an amazing and positive day in the community that so many are thankful for and say they will never forget.”

As of Tuesday, the community had raised more than half of its $8,000 goal.

This Fox News piece is used by permission.

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Lady Gaga Says President Donald Trump Is ‘Driven by Ignorance’

LifeZette - Tue, 10/23/2018 - 18:38

Musician and actress Lady Gaga is not happy with President Donald Trump right now.

With the potential for the government to soon officially define gender based on people’s genitalia at birth — meaning only male or female, which may end up restricting benefits such as health care for those who define themselves by a different gender from how they were born — Gaga took to Twitter to express outrage over what she perceives as the president’s stance on transgender people.

“The government may be living in an alternate universe, but we as a society & culture know who we are and know our truth and must stick together and raise our voices so we can educate them about gender identities,” the “A Star Is Born” actress tweeted on Tuesday. She added the hashtags “#TransRightsAreHumanRights” and “#WontBeErased.”

The government may be living in an alternate universe, but we as a society & culture know who we are and know our truth and must stick together and raise our voices so we can educate them about gender identities. #TransRightsAreHumanRights #WontBeErased

— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) October 22, 2018

She later added, “While today you might feel unheard or unseen, know that this is not the reality of humanity. This is another display of leadership being driven by ignorance.” She added the same hashtags to that tweet.

While today you might feel unheard or unseen, know that this is not the reality of humanity. This is another display of leadership being driven by ignorance.#TransRightsAreHumanRights #WontBeErased

— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) October 22, 2018

It was recently reported that the Department of Health and Human Services could be rolling back former President Barack Obama’s loose definition of gender and soon recognize only two genders based on people’s biology at birth.

If the definition of gender is tightened, as rumors suggest, then many policies could be affected, and discrimination against people who identify as “transgender” could end up getting lower priority.

Asked by the press on Monday about potential changes coming, President Trump responded, “We have a lot of different concepts right now. They have a lot of different things happening with respect to transgender right now.”

Asked then about his campaign being friendlier to the LGBTQ community than past Republicans and his promise to protect those communities, he answered, “I’m protecting everybody. I want to protect our country.”

Lady Gaga, 32, is best known for hit songs such as “Born This Way” and “Paparazzi.” She currently stars in the film “A Star Is Born,” which was directed by — and stars — “American Sniper” actor Bradley Cooper.

The film has over $120 million domestically on a production budget of just $36 million.

Lady Gaga has received rave reviews for her performance in the movie, and she is currently a front-runner to be nominated for the Best Actress Academy Award, so expect to hear plenty more about politics from her in the coming months.

For more on Lady Gaga’s thoughts on President Donald Trump, check out the video below:

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And You Thought Starbucks Was Still Teens’ Favorite Place

LifeZette - Tue, 10/23/2018 - 18:30

Don’t worry, Starbucks.

Teens will still need someplace to hang on Sundays, at least.

Teenagers from homes with an average income of $68,000 prefer Chick-fil-A to Starbucks for the first time since 2011, according to Piper Jaffray’s semi-annual “Taking Stock with Teens” survey.

The study found that 12 percent of such teens preferred Chick-fil-A, compared to the 10 percent who still preferred Starbucks.

McDonald’s came in third (7 percent) — while Chipotle, Taco Bell, and Olive Garden tied for fourth (4 percent each).

The study surveyed 8,600 teens living in homes with average household incomes of $68,000.

Among teens from wealthier homes, Chick-fil-A retained the top spot after beating out Starbucks in the survey’s last edition in April, Business Insider reported.

Chipotle, McDonald’s and Dunkin’ took third, fourth and fifth places in the upper-income category, respectively.

The study’s findings mark yet another (chicken) feather in Chick-fil-A’s cap, after the American Customer Satisfaction Index found it to be the nation’s favorite fast-food restaurant for the third year in a row.

Restaurant Business Online further notes that, despite topping the Piper Jaffray survey in both average- and upper-income categories, Chick-fil-A wasn’t listed among either group’s top five favorite restaurants in 2010.

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Piper Jaffray, a Minneapolis-based investment banking and management firm, added that food costs, including restaurant spending, made up teenagers’ biggest expense, with 24 percent of their money going toward such expenses.

Piper Jaffray conducts its “Takings Stock with Teens” survey semi-annually in order to follow the “discretionary spending patterns, fashion trends, technology, and brand and media preferences” of teens, as per the press release.

In addition to restaurant spending, the survey also tracks technology trends, style trends and brand recognition.

This Fox News piece is used by permission.

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Sandra Day O’Connor Reveals She Has Dementia

LifeZette - Tue, 10/23/2018 - 18:09

Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor says she has been diagnosed with “the beginning stages of dementia, probably Alzheimer’s disease,” in an open letter released Tuesday by the Supreme Court’s public information office.

O’Connor, 88, holds a special place in history: She is the first female justice to serve on the United States Supreme Court. She was nominated by President Ronald Reagan in 1981 after serving as a judge on the Arizona Court of Appeals.

Sadly, President Reagan himself was later diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, a progressive disease of the brain that destroys memory and other important mental functions.

On the Supreme Court, O’Connor was seen as a moderate conservative and a critical “swing vote,” a label she “viewed with distaste,” noted NPR.

“I don’t think any justice — and I hope I was not one — would swing back and forth and just try to make decisions not based on legal principles but on where you thought the direction should go,” she told that outlet in 2013.

O’Connor retired from the high court in 2006 to care for her husband, John, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, noted NPR.

Despite her condition, O’Connor said in her open letter, “Nothing has diminished my gratitude and deep appreciation for the countless blessings in my life.” She also said she received the diagnosis “some time ago.”

She wrote, ”As this condition has progressed, I am no longer able to participate in public life. Since many people have asked about my current status and activities, I want to be open about these changes, and while I am still able, share some personal thoughts.”

O’Connor  encouraged the growth of Americans’ civic learning and engagement in her Tuesday message — the goal of iCivics, the organization she started after retiring from the high court, noted CNN.

Chief Justice John Roberts wrote of O’Connor’s health revelation, “I was saddened to learn that Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, like many Americans, faces the challenge of dementia.”

He added, “But I was not at all surprised that she used the occasion of sharing that fact to think of our country first, and to urge an increased commitment to civics education, a cause to which she devoted so much of her time and indomitable energy.”

Highlighting her groundbreaking role as the first female U.S. justice, Roberts also called her “a towering figure in the history of the United States.”

“She broke down barriers for women in the legal profession to the betterment of that profession and the country as a whole,” he noted.

Roberts also said that O’Connor has been “a role model not only for girls and women, but for all those committed to equal justice under law.” He emphasized that “no illness or condition can take away the inspiration she provides for those who will follow the many paths she has blazed.”

Describing what it was like to be the first woman on the Supreme Court, O’Connor told NPR’s Terry Gross in 2013 that she felt “a special responsibility” to perform at a level that would encourage other women, and allow them to be taken seriously as professionals.

"Our hearts go out to Sandra Day O'Connor & her family. Driven by the experience of caring for her husband as he battled dementia, Justice O'Connor played an important role in making Alzheimer's the national priority it is today." –@RobertEgge @alzassociation Chief Policy Officer

— Alzheimer's Assoc. (@alzassociation) October 23, 2018

O’Connor started her career as a deputy county attorney in San Mateo, California, eventually settling in Maricopa County, Arizona.

Toward the end of her letter announcing her health condition, O’Connor wrote, “I will continue living in Phoenix, Arizona, surrounded by dear friends and family.”

She continued, “How fortunate I feel to be an American and to have been presented with the remarkable opportunities available to the citizens of our country.”

“As a young cowgirl from the Arizona desert, I never could have imagined that one day I would become the first woman justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.”

In 2009, O’Connor was awarded the highest civilian honor in the United States, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, by President Barack Obama.

Other notable Americans who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s include author E.B. White, actor James Stewart, civil rights activist Rosa Parks, composer Aaron Copeland, and singer-songwriter Glen Campbell.

As the first woman on the Supreme Court, she made her formidable presence felt not by attacking those with whom she disagreed, but by attracting those with whom, by strength of reasoning and conviction, she could find common ground.

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— Carly Fiorina (@CarlyFiorina) October 23, 2018

Retired Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, the first female justice in the US, shares information about her health with the nation in a letter that her family has asked to be distributed. The Supreme Court’s public information office sent it out this morning. pic.twitter.com/gIn9J2fKSA

— Chris Geidner (@chrisgeidner) October 23, 2018

See more in the video below.

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Trump on ‘Pocahontas’: Here’s What He’ll Call Her Now

LifeZette - Tue, 10/23/2018 - 15:45

Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s “DNA reveal” last week went so badly that even the president — famous for playfully calling her “Pocahontas” because of her frequent claims of Native American ancestry — says he won’t use the nickname anymore.

Or at least he teased he wouldn’t — during Tuesday night’s raucous Houston rally in support of Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-Texas) re-election campaign.

“A sad thing happened last week, because Elizabeth Warren was exposed as being a total fraud,” Trump told the crowd.

“And I can no longer call her ‘Pocahontas’ because she has no Indian blood. She doesn’t qualify,” he said, as the crowd cheered.

“I’ve been saying it for years. I said I have more blood than she has, and I have none,” he continued.

“But I can’t use the name Pocahontas anymore. But if you don’t mind, I will anyway — is that OK?”

The president also gave her a new nickname in a tweet last week, calling her “Pocahontas — the bad version.”

“Pocahontas (the bad version), sometimes referred to as Elizabeth Warren, is getting slammed,” he tweeted.

“She took a bogus DNA test and it showed that she may be 1/1024, far less than the average American. Now Cherokee Nation denies her, ‘DNA test is useless.’ Even they don’t want her. Phony!”

Pocahontas (the bad version), sometimes referred to as Elizabeth Warren, is getting slammed. She took a bogus DNA test and it showed that she may be 1/1024, far less than the average American. Now Cherokee Nation denies her, “DNA test is useless.” Even they don’t want her. Phony!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 16, 2018

Last week’s DNA rollout proved disastrous for Warren.

As the president pointed out, even Native American leadership disowned her and called the test results a “mockery,” though The Boston Globe had initially framed the DNA test as positive by reporting multiple incorrect results.

Warren responded to the president’s tweet, saying he had backed out on paying the $1 million he had promised if she took the test.

“Millions of people watched you, @realDonaldTrump, as you fumbled and lied on your $1 million pledge,” she tweeted.

“It then took a day for your handlers to tee up this recycled racist name-calling. You’ve lost a step, and in 21 days, you’re going to lose Congress.”

Millions of people watched you, @realDonaldTrump, as you fumbled and lied on your $1 million pledge. It then took a day for your handlers to tee up this recycled racist name-calling. You’ve lost a step, and in 21 days, you’re going to lose Congress.

— Elizabeth Warren (@elizabethforma) October 16, 2018

The $1 million was contingent on proving she was a Native American, of course — but the test revealed she could be as little as a paltry one-1,024th Native American.

The president also hammered the migrant caravan, Democrats, and the media during the Houston rally.

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The massive Make America Great Again (MAGA) rally crowd in Houston was boisterous, a good sign for GOP leaders eager to gin up enthusiasm on their side and blunt a blue wave in midterm elections, which are just two weeks away now.

Cruz leads O’Rourke by 9 points as the campaign hits its final stretch.

More than 100,000 people tried to get tickets for the rally in downtown Houston’s 19,000-seat Toyota Center arena.

Big screens, live entertainment and free food were provided to the thousands outside having a “Big Texas Tailgater.”

See the president’s comments in the video below.

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President’s Idea for a Hillary Investigation: Nominate Her to the High Court

LifeZette - Tue, 10/23/2018 - 15:32

At his rally in Houston on Monday night, President Donald Trump joked about how to jump-start a thorough investigation of former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

Dogged by multiple scandals, such as the use of a private email server for government business, Clinton still has dodged consequential investigation by either the government or the mainstream media.

So Trump laughingly suggested the only way to convince the media to investigate Hillary Clinton would be for him to nominate her to the Supreme Court.

The president was referring to the bitter process Justice Brett Kavanaugh went through in the media during his confirmation, during which the media published multiple allegations of sexual misconduct against him even without any corroboration.

Trump was in Houston rallying on behalf of Sen. Ted Cruz, who is facing off against Democratic challenger Rep. Beto O’Rourke. Although once close in the polls, Cruz has since pulled ahead of O’Rourke, several weeks before the crucial midterms.

“If you want the fake news media to finally investigate — by the way, by the way,” the president said, pausing for a chant of “CNN sucks” from the crowd. “Don’t worry, I don’t like them either, OK,” he told them, as The Daily Caller also noted.

“But look at this. Look. Just look. Here we are,” he said, pointing to the back of Houston’s Toyota Center. “We are doing a rally for Ted [Cruz], and it’s great, we have a lot of people.”

Then the president took a shot at Hollywood: “We have a lot of people. Look how many media — this is like the Academy Awards, which actually has gone down the tubes. I think we do much better. Look how many. Look at them.”

He called out the media. “Do you recognize many of those happy faces back there?” he asked the crowd. “I know every one of them. I know every one of them, and 15 percent of ‘em are great,” he said. “Every one of them. I know every one,” he continued.

“But if you want the fake news to finally investigate Hillary Clinton, we’ll just have”— and he was cut off by the wild crowd.

“Man!” Trump exclaimed.

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“I didn’t do it. I didn’t do it,” he said, seemingly telling the media it was the crowd who was speaking out with their chants. “I didn’t do it! So if you want them to investigate — we will just have to nominate Hillary Clinton to the United States Supreme Court. How do you like that idea?”

The president then said, “Let’s see how she does! If Judge Kavanaugh had to go through what he went through … He is a fine man. Can you imagine Hillary up there? That would take three to four years of questions.”

Few in the media, or anywhere, for that matter, give Trump credit for his sense of humor — and this was just one more example of it.

See more in the video below.

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Missouri GOP Challenger Calls McCaskill Out-of-Touch Liberal

LifeZette - Tue, 10/23/2018 - 15:23

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) has found a way to survive in a conservative-leaning state, but her Republican challenger, Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley, said Tuesday that streak ends November 6.

Appearing on “The Laura Ingraham Show” with two weeks until Election Day, Hawley (pictured above right) painted McCaskill (pictured above left) as out of touch with everyday Missourians.

“Here’s the bottom line in this campaign, is that Sen. McCaskill has been in politics 36 years,” he said. “That’s about as long as I’ve been alive. She’s been in Washington for 12 long years. And she’s become a party-line liberal.”

Hawley pointed to McCaskill’s record on immigration and her vote against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation. And it is not just Kavanaugh, Hawley noted.

“She’s o-for-six on Supreme Court justices, Sen. McCaskill is,” he said. “And she’s just terribly out of step with the state of Missouri and what the people of this state voted for. And that’s why we’re going to win.”

McCaskill is one of the cycle’s most vulnerable Democratic incumbents in the country. For a marquee matchup, though, there has been precious little public polling. Hawley led the most recent survey, taken last month, by a percentage point.

The RealClearPolitics average shows the race essentially tied.

McCaskill has been dogged by undercover videos from the conservative activist group Project Veritas showing the senator and her staff covertly supporting gun control measures.

“But she doesn’t openly go out and support groups like ‘Moms Demand Action’ or just like other groups that are related to that,” campaign aide Rob Mills said on one video. “Because that could hurt her ability to get elected.”

Hawley said the recordings offer further confirmation that McCaskill is dishonest and does not share the values of Missouri voters.

“People hate to have a politician — especially a lifetime politician like Claire McCaskill — say one thing to their face and then say something else behind their back.”

Hawley said the Project Veritas videos demonstrate his opponent’s condescension toward her own constituents.

“People are tired of that,” he said. “They want somebody who believes in this state, who is not ashamed of our way of life in this state, and is gonna go represent us.”

Hawley also tried to tag McCaskill with the mob protests that have been descending on Republican politicians at airports and restaurants in recent weeks.

Related: Six Reasons Republicans Should Still Worry About the Midterms

“What Claire McCaskill is offering is chaos at home and weakness abroad,” he said. “This mob behavior, it is chaos and it is lawlessness.”

President Donald Trump already has been to Missouri stumping for Hawley and will appear in Murphysboro, Illinois, near the Missouri line on Saturday.

Hawley said the president could make all the difference in the race.

“Missouri voted for Donald Trump by almost 20 points,” he said. “That is a huge, huge margin in Missouri, which is still a swing state. And it’s because people wanted — they want a strong America.”

“I mean, people voted to rebuild our country. That’s what they were voting for in my state when they voted for President Trump. And his policies are rebuilding this country, and they’re good for Missouri.”

(photo credit, homepage and article images: Josh Hawley, CC BY-SA 4.0, Cropped by Natureofthought)

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Look Who’s Lavishing Cash on the Democrats This Midterm Season

LifeZette - Tue, 10/23/2018 - 13:16

President Donald Trump has repeatedly called out Google, Facebook and Twitter for liberal bias. Two weeks until the midterms, it would appear he may have had a point.

Employees of the tech giants have given a total of $2.4 million to House and Senate candidates, according to Federal Election Commission filings. Of that, only $176,000 — just 8 percent — went to Republicans.

By comparison, in the last midterms in 2014, Google, Facebook and Twitter workers gave a total of $838,000 to congressional candidates, according to the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics. Of that, $679,000 went to Democrats and $259,000 went to Republicans.

Related: Millions Flow from Leftist Celebs to Democrats in the Midterms

In July, President Trump accused Twitter of “shadow-banning” prominent Republicans. “Not good,” he tweeted. He also accused Google through a series of tweets in August of playing up negative articles about him in search results.

The campaign donation findings could provide Trump more ammunition that the big tech firms have a built-in bias that tilts left.

“It is interesting to see that employees of the tech world are giving substantially more donations to Democrats than Republicans but not shocking, given how many of these employees likely reside in blue states and the nature of the industry’s employees — educated, higher income — and because many of these employees may be affected by policies that are in the news right now, like immigration to education,” University of Arkansas political science professor Karen Sebold told Fox News.

Additionally, said Sebold, whose specialty is campaign finance, donations for the 2018 midterms are becoming increasingly presidentialized, “thus the votes/donations might be taken as a sign of opposition toward President Trump.”

The leaders of Google, Facebook and Twitter have denied any bias.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg admitted during congressional testimony that Silicon Valley was an “extremely left-leaning place” and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has conceded that his staff is primarily “left-leaning.”

The PACs of Facebook and Google are another story. Those PACs favored Republicans over Democrats over the years, records show. In 2016, for instance, the PACs of these two firms gave a total of $1 million to Republicans and $878,000 to Democrats. The PACs did not contribute to presidential candidates. (The Twitter PAC in 2016 only donated $8,000 to Democrats and $7,500 to Republicans).

In 2018, there has been a dramatic turn. The Facebook and Google PACS have given nearly $607,000 to Democrats and $538,000 to Republicans.

When it comes to employees’ individual donations however, there is a marked tilt to the Left.

Google employees have given more than their counterparts at Facebook and Twitter in terms of political contributions, $1.7 million, records show. Of that, they favored by Democrats by a decisive margin.

Only $117,000 went to Republicans.

The same holds true at Facebook.

Facebook employees donated nearly $549,000 to Democrats running for Congress. Only $58,000, just shy of 10 percent, went to Republicans.

Twitter employees have donated a total of $105,000 during the 2018 election cycle.

None of that cash has gone to Republicans.

Google Vice President Jason Spero told CNBC in May that his political activism has grown since Trump was elected.

“I’d never been as aware, awake and active as I have been since that November,” he said.

Related: Republicans Invest Heavily in Ground Game Ahead of Midterms

The station reported that at that moment Spero and other employees at Google and across Silicon Valley had their sights set on the 2018 midterms and flipping the House in favor of Democrats.

The FEC filings show that Spero and his colleagues have donated more than $93,000 to three California Democrats, seeking to turn three House seats blue: Mike Levin, who’s running for retiring GOP congressman Darrell Issa’s seat; Jessica Morse, who is trying to unseat GOP incumbent Tom McClintock; and Joshua Harder, who is challenging GOP incumbent Jeff Denham.

Google employees have also donated nearly $31,000 to Democratic Senate candidate Rep. Beto O’Rourke, who is running against Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, the incumbent.

Cruz has received one campaign contribution from a Google employee for $250.

Two other Google workers have also donated a total of $1,350 to Trump in 2018, the filings show.

O’Rourke was also a top recipient of campaign cash from Facebook employees, according to the FEC filings. The donations to Beto totaled more than $18,000.

Five Twitter employees in equal amounts have donated nearly $10,000 each to three Democrats: Jared Golden, running against Republican Rep. Bruce Poliquin in Maine; Jessica King, running against Republican Rep. Lloyd Smucker in Pennsylvania; and J.D. Scholten, running against Republican Rep. Steve King in Iowa.

Other recipients include Josh Gottheimer, a freshman New Jersey Democrat who unseated Republican incumbent Scott Garrett in 2016. Facebook employees gave him $17,500.

Five Twitter employees in equal amounts have donated nearly $10,000 each to three Democrats: Jared Golden, running against Republican Rep. Bruce Poliquin in Maine; Jessica King, running against Republican Rep. Lloyd Smucker in Pennsylvania; and J.D. Scholten, running against Republican Rep. Steve King in Iowa.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai is listed as a donor but not to any congressional candidate.

Instead, the filings show he gave the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and National Republican Senatorial Committee each $33,900, the maximum contribution.

Dorsey also hasn’t donated any money to Democrats or Republicans in 2018, and neither has Zuckerberg.

Zuckerberg’s only donations were two to the Facebook PAC, for a total of $10,000.

Emails to Google, Facebook and Twitter seeking comment were not immediately returned.

This Fox News piece is used by permission.

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Who Threw a Massive Rock into Rep. Kevin McCarthy’s Office Window?

LifeZette - Tue, 10/23/2018 - 12:08

Two men apparently attacked the Bakersfield office of House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), on Monday night, throwing a massive rock through one of its windows and burglarizing office equipment inside.

McCarthy posted four photographs documenting the alleged episode on Instagram — three showing the individuals he identified as possible suspects, and one providing a clear view of a massive slab of rock lying on the floor amid shattered glass.

“Does anyone know these two guys?” McCarthy wrote on the social media site, next to images of two people spotted near his office.

The Bakersfield Police Department did not comment on the alleged incident when reached by Fox News and said it would have more information on Tuesday.

Rep. Kevin McCarthy's Bakersfield office attacked with massive rock, he says https://t.co/UCfswxs5V9

— FOX & friends (@foxandfriends) October 23, 2018

McCarthy, like several other congressional Republicans, has faced threats and harassment over the past several weeks.

In August, protesters in Sacramento chanting “No justice, no peace” disrupted McCarthy’s event at the Public Policy Institute of California.

Ironically, on Thursday, McCarthy retweeted President Donald Trump’s “#JobsNotMobs” slogan, underscoring the deteriorating level of civility in politics ahead of the November 6 midterms.

Earlier this month, for example, it was revealed that a Democratic congressional aide accused of publishing the private information of at least three Republican lawmakers also allegedly threatened to leak senators’ children’s health information if a witness told anyone about his activities.

And prominent Republicans, including Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), have been harassed by hostile liberals in recent weeks while eating at public restaurants with their wives.

Other top GOP officials, such as Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, were similarly accosted over the summer, although Nielsen’s security detail kept the protesters at bay.

Meanwhile, authorities on Monday responded to the home of billionaire progressive investor George Soros after an explosive device was reportedly located by one of his employees.

McCarthy posted security camera photos of two men who threw a "boulder" through his office window and took office equipment https://t.co/uJWMHtSDhT

— Roll Call (@rollcall) October 23, 2018

Just last week, a Republican who’s running for a seat in the Vermont House of Representatives said she received a letter with death and rape threats from an alleged socialist. Deserae Morin, of Colchester, published a photo of the vulgar letter — made of cut-out block letters — on her Facebook page over the weekend. It read, in part, “My comrades will kill you and the Constitution … Socialism is here. Open season for Republican death in Vermont.”

Republican Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), revealed to Fox News earlier this month that his wife had received a similar graphic message, along with a video depicting a beheading.

Gardner also told Fox News that someone has publicly posted the names and addresses of his family members.

Mobs of progressive protesters even attempted to claw their way into the Supreme Court during Kavanaugh’s swearing-in.

Related: McConnell Says He Won’t Be Intimidated by Protesters

Although House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) was verbally confronted by protesters last week at a campaign stop, Republican politicians have been targeted dramatically more often, a fact the president has repeatedly emphasized on the campaign trail.

“Democrats produce mobs, Republicans produce jobs,” Trump said in Arizona last week, adding that the Democrats have become too extreme to be entrusted with power. He described them as an “angry, unhinged mob.”

This Fox News piece is used by permission.

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Six Reasons Republicans Should Still Worry About the Midterms

LifeZette - Tue, 10/23/2018 - 12:05

With exactly two weeks to go before Election Day, the currents running against the Republicans are so strong that most experts agree the question is not whether Democrats will make gains — but how big they will be.

This is particularly true in races for the House of Representatives. Although Republicans are holding their own in the struggle for control of the Senate, the party is fighting an uphill battle to maintain the House majority won in the 2010 Tea Party uprising.

Trump, who has barnstormed across the country holding his signature Make America Great Again (MAGA) rallies in support of Republican candidates, expressed optimism Monday.

“There’s tremendous spirit, maybe like I’ve never seen other than in ’16 … I have never seen spirit like the spirit that we have right now except the week before the race — the presidential race — two years ago,” he told reporters just before leaving for the rally in Texas. “I think the Republicans are going to do very nicely.”

If Trump manages to deliver victory for his party, he will defy a lot of history.

Pick your measure. Whether it’s historical experience, polls, money or incumbency, everything suggests voters are about to wallop the GOP.

Here are six reasons why Republicans should be worried as the midterms approach:

1.) History favors the party out of the White House. Since the end of World War II, the president’s party has lost seats in all but two midterm elections.

Those two aberrational years were 1998, when voters were disgusted by what they regarded as Republican overreach in impeaching then-President Bill Clinton; and in 2002, when then-President George W. Bush saw his party gain seats in the afterglow of the 9/11 attacks.

In the other 16 elections, the president’s party has lost an average of almost 29 seats.

Even scoring the average result would be enough to make House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif., pictured above right) the next speaker of the House.

2.) President Donald Trump’s approval rating is low. When parties have overcome or mitigated the historical trends, it has tended to be when the president was riding high in the polls. Bush in 2002 enjoyed an approval rating of 67 percent in late October, according to The American Presidency Project.

Likewise, Clinton was broadly popular in late October 1998. His approval rating was 65 percent.

In five midterm elections since 1962, when the president’s approval rating was 45 percent or worse, his party lost an average of 34 seats. In nine midterms when the president’s approval exceeded 45 percent, the average loss was only 15.

That is bad news for Republicans if past is prologue. Although Trump’s approval rating has improved over the past couple of weeks, his current RealClearPolitics average is 44.2 percent — with an average disapproval of 51.9 percent. That puts him near the line that often divides massive losses for the president’s party from modest ones.

3.) Republicans are defending many more open seats. Republicans have twice as many House seats with no incumbent. In all, 38 Republican incumbents retired or sought higher office. Two other incumbents lost primary challenges, for a total of 40 open seats.

Democrats, meanwhile, have 18 incumbents who are not running for re-election, plus two who lost primary challenges, for a total of 20 open seats.

This matters because, all things being equal, incumbents enjoy an enormous advantage. The party out of power has a better shot of winning when the incumbent is gone.

Related: Republicans Invest Heavily in Ground Game Heading into Midterms

Of course, where the open seat races are matters more than the numbers. The departure of Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), whose district went for Trump by almost 26 points, presents much less of a risk than the retirement of Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), who represents a district Trump lost by almost 20 points.

But the open seats favor Democrats. Twice as many of those departing Republicans represent districts that Democrat Hillary Clinton won, compared with departing Democrats in districts that Trump won.

Several other open seats held by Republicans come in districts that Trump won only narrowly.

4.) Democrats are winning the money race. Raising the most money obviously is no guarantee of victory. See Clinton, Hillary Rodham, in 2016.

All things considered, though, any candidate would rather have more money than less.

An analysis by the Center for Responsible Politics indicates that Democratic congressional candidates have outraised Republicans. Democratic candidates have raised an average of almost $1.5 million, compared with the Republican candidate average of a little more than $1.3 million.

In many races, Democratic challengers actually have raised more money than their Republican incumbents — a highly unusual situation that could mitigate the advantage of incumbency.

Campaign fundraising can be a reliable predictor in political raises for two reasons. First and obvious is that candidates who raise more money have a greater ability to buy campaign ads and spend on efforts to get out the vote.

The ability to raise money also often signals a candidate’s strength.

5.) The polls favor Democrats. Since Trump took office, Democrats consistently have led on the so-called generic ballot, with which pollsters ask which party voters want to control Congress. The current RealClearPolitics average favors Democrats by 7.7 points.

Winning the national popular vote is no guarantee of flipping enough seats to win control of the House. But if the Democrats’ share of the two-party vote matches that 7.7 polling average, it could spell trouble for the GOP.

In 10 midterm elections since 1946 in which a party won the two-party vote by at least 7 points, the average gain in seats has been more than 29.

“In five midterm elections since 1962, when the president’s approval rating was 45 percent or worse, his party lost an average of 34 seats. In nine midterms when the president’s approval exceeded 45 percent, the average loss was only 15.”

A glimmer of hope for Republicans is that Democrats tend to gain fewer seats from getting the most votes nationally because gerrymandering and natural housing patterns tend to concentrate their vote. A version of that fact allowed Trump to defeat Clinton in the Electoral College even though he lost the popular vote.

Still, it’s hard to imagine Republicans avoiding losses if they do not close that polling gap in the next two weeks.

6.) Democrats have outperformed Republicans in special elections. It is foolish to make too much of any single special election given their unusual nature — standing alone, not on a normal election day and featuring low turnout.

But a definite trend has emerged from the accumulation of results since Trump’s presidency started. Democrats won a House of Representatives seat in Pennsylvania in a district that Trump had won by nearly 20 points and came close in several other overwhelmingly Republican districts.

And it’s not just at the federal level. Democrats have swept most of the special elections that have taken place in legislative races over the past couple of years. Although there have been outliers, such as a Republican upset in a Texas state Senate district that has been in Democratic hands for 139 years, Democrats enjoyed most of the success.

In races for governor, Congress and state legislative seats since the 2016 election — including regular and special elections — Democrats have flipped 46 offices previously held by Republicans. Meanwhile, Republicans have snatched only eight seats held by Democrats.

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Kimmel Says It Would Be ‘Hilarious’ if Ted Cruz Lost Senate Race

LifeZette - Tue, 10/23/2018 - 12:03

Late-night host Jimmy Kimmel urged Texas voters on Monday night to throw their support behind Democratic Senate candidate Rep. Beto O’Rourke over incumbent Sen. Ted Cruz.

His reasoning?

He thinks it would be funny if Cruz lost.

“Imagine how hilarious it will be if Ted Cruz is forced to kiss his bully’s a** in front of the world and then loses anyway,” Kimmel (shown above center) joked.

He was referring to a Monday night rally in Texas in which Cruz appeared with President Donald Trump, a man he ran against in the 2016 presidential race.

At one point during that race, of course, Trump dubbed Cruz “Lyin’ Ted” in the heated contest. The two made it clear on Monday they have no bad blood now. Trump even called Cruz a “really good friend.”

Trump also told the press his new nickname for Cruz is “Beautiful Ted.”

The president gave Beto O’Rourke the nickname “Overrated O’Rourke.”

“Cruz had to asked his former archenemy, Donald Trump, for a boost,” Kimmel said of Cruz’s ability to be at the rally with Trump in Texas.

The comedian said people should support “Overrated O’Rourke” for “comedy’s sake.”

The liberal late-nighter said Cruz’s request for Trump’s help in the Senate race — the actual vote is only weeks away — must have been the “saddest call” he “ever had to make.”

“And the president did lend a tiny hand at a rally for Cruz in Houston tonight, which had to be the saddest call Ted Cruz ever had to make,” the late-night host joked.

“Imagine if your neighbor insulted your wife’s face, and then you had to ask him to loan you a weed whacker. That’s like Ted Cruz’s life right now,” Kimmel continued. “It’s like the devil making a deal with the devil.”

“Nobody has helped me more with your tax cuts, with your regulation, with all the things that we’re doing, including military and our vets, than Sen. Ted Cruz.”

Despite Kimmel’s words played for cheap laughs, O’Rourke is seriously struggling in the Senate race against Cruz. He is behind in the polls even though he’s raised a huge $38 million for his campaign.

“You know, we had our little difficulties,” Trump said at the Monday night rally with Cruz at the Toyota Center in Texas. “But actually, if you remember, at the beginning, it was a love fest.”

The president continued, “I’ll tell you what, nobody has helped me more with your tax cuts, with your regulation, with all the things that we’re doing, including military and our vets, than Sen. Ted Cruz.”

Find out more about late-night host Jimmy Kimmel’s thoughts on the Texas Senate race in the video below:

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Yes, Paid Protest Outfits Are Real — and Now One Is Being Sued for Extortion

LifeZette - Tue, 10/23/2018 - 11:37

Paid protesting is big business these days — and astroturfing powerhouse Crowds on Demand is on the receiving end of serious blowback in the form of a lawsuit filed by Zdeněk Bakala.

He’s a Czech investor who alleges the company engaged in an extortion campaign against him, as the Los Angeles Times reported on Sunday.

On its website, Crowds on Demand says its nationwide services include “protests, rallies, advocacy, audiences, PR stunts and political events” — and the company refers to itself as “the ultimate guerrilla lobbying and government relations firm.”

The outfit proudly claims it can “execute operations” with just a few days’ notice anywhere in the United States.

In the extortion case, Bakala says investment manager Pavol Krúpa hired the company to engage a band of protesters to march near his Hilton Head, South Carolina, home — and to lobby organizations for his removal from the advisory boards on which he sits, such as the Aspen Institute and Dartmouth College, The Sacramento Bee reported.

Bakala alleges Krúpa wants $23 million — or he will carry out his threat to intensify the campaign, according to the Times.

Though wealthy investors’ problems with Crowds on Demand may do little to pique the curiosity of most Americans on this issue, paid protesters’ alleged involvement in other matters may hit a bit closer to home.

During the Justice Brett Kavanaugh hearings, for example, a protester whose video showed a cornered Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) in an elevator went viral — and she was found to have be in the employ of an outfit funded by George Soros, called the Center for Popular Democracy.

Meanwhile, a many thousands-strong migrant caravan is marching its way through Central America and Mexico, apparently preparing to storm the United States’ southern border.

It seems reasonable to predict that any vigorous border protection actions made by the federal government — a military intervention, for example — will be met with equally vigorous protests against it by open borders advocates.

President Donald Trump said on Monday he had alerted the Border Patrol and the military of the national emergency, warning that “criminals and unknown Middle Easterners” were among those traveling with the group.

Earlier, he promised to send the military to the seal the border if it becomes necessary.

Sadly, it looks like Mexico’s Police and Military are unable to stop the Caravan heading to the Southern Border of the United States. Criminals and unknown Middle Easterners are mixed in. I have alerted Border Patrol and Military that this is a National Emergy. Must change laws!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 22, 2018

With the commercialization of protesting now having gone mainstream, it may be challenging to sort out true public sentiment on the matter if the caravan does, indeed, storm the southern border of the United States.

For a small sum, I will be publicly indignant about this
https://t.co/xG0Vr5i0mw

— geoffrey mohan (@LATgeoffmohan) October 21, 2018

Fascinating. Good to be skeptical of protests, rallies, smear campaigns, and crying women in elevators. This is pretty unsettling – IRL bots, trolls and “fake news.”

— Tiffany Fite (@TiffanyFite) October 22, 2018

A new low for America!

— Fuzzy Rohde (@WuffyTheDog) October 22, 2018

Be sure to check out this video:

Michele Blood is a Flemington, New Jersey-based freelance writer and a regular contributor to LifeZette.

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CNN Reporter Blind to Middle Easterners in Migrant Flow

LifeZette - Mon, 10/22/2018 - 21:53

CNN on Monday made a sweeping judgment about President Donald Trump’s claim that Middle Easterners are among the thousands of Central Americans making their way toward the United States based on the anecdotal observations of one reporter.

Trump tweeted his concerns Monday morning, which prompted anchor Wolf Blitzer to check in with Patrick Oppmann, the network’s correspondent embedded with the caravan.

“I have yet to see anybody who is not a Central American,” he said. “Certainly, I’ve not seen anyone who is a Middle Easterner or appears to be going to the United States to cause trouble. To a person, they all say they’re going because they want to have better economic opportunity.”

Oppmann reported that the caravan had begun moving north again after spending the night in the town of Tapachula, which is on the Mexican side of the border with Guatemala. But he said he had not talked to Middle Easterners.

“Well, just take a look over here, Wolf. I’ve been talking to people now for three days. I’ve been walking with them, traveling with them, seeing where they’re sleeping at night. And the vast majority are Honduran migrants,” he said.

“I’ve not seen someone who’s not Central American. I’ve not seen anybody who has said that they just want to do anything but go and either reunite with family members — because a lot of these people have been deported previously from the United States.”

Jessica Vaughan, director of policy studies at the Washington-based Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), ridiculed the idea that CNN would discredit Trump’s statement based on the observations of one person traveling with a group that numbers anywhere from 5,000 to 10,000 people, according to estimates.

“That would be the most simplistic kind of profiling of someone’s ethnicity,” she told LifeZette. “Of course, if there were Middle Easterners trying to come in with the caravan, they’re going to try to blend in.”

CNN’s S.E. Cupp dismissed Trump’s tweet as “not even a dog whistle. This is fearmongering at its most naked.”

CNN contributor Errol Louis said on the broadcast that Trump wants to “disconnect people from their own logic” because there are easier ways for Middle Easterners to come into the United States.

No one in the CNN segment mentioned that there is a basis for concern that non-Central Americans might try to enter America through the U.S.-Mexican border.

Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales told the Conference for Prosperity and Security in Central America earlier this month that officials in his country have arrested nearly 100 people associated with the Islamic State (ISIS) and other terrorist organizations.

Vaughan’s CIS highlighted a 2016 report in La Prensa, a Spanish-language Honduran newspaper, that hundreds of Palestinians, Syrians, and other Arabs had fraudulently registered as citizens of Honduras.

The think tank cited Honduras’ National Registry of Persons data confirming that Arabs by the hundreds have used fraud to gain citizenship there. La Prensa reported that the foreigners have purchased Honduran identity documents.

The paper focused on the case of Kareen Samer Abdulhadi, a Palestinian who presented himself to the Honduran consulate in Barcelona in October 2014. Abdulhadi used documentation to request a passport, describing his status as “Honduran by birth.”

Related: Nearly 100 ISIS Terrorist Arrests Prompt Worries About Caravan

Diplomats discovered in 2013 that someone had hacked into the database of municipal birth registrations in Honduras, which apparently allowed Abdulhadi to be documented as a Honduran, according to the CIS report.

Vaughan said those reports dovetail with the actions of transnational criminal organizations that smuggle “high-value” illegal immigrants who have criminal records or connections with terrorism.

“We know that there are smugglers who specialize in people from countries of concern,” she said.

“One thing we know for sure is, there is an ongoing problem of smuggling people from all over the world, including countries associated with terrorism.”

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Homan Blasts Caravan Dems for Putting ‘Political Hatred’ Over ‘Public Safety’

LifeZette - Mon, 10/22/2018 - 21:25

Former U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) acting Director Thomas Homan slammed congressional Democrats Monday for “putting their political hatred of this president ahead of national security and public safety,” as a Central American migrant caravan plows toward the United States.

“It’s very frustrating, you know, doing this job for 34 years because a lot of this could have been prevented,” Homan (pictured above), now a Fox News contributor, said during an interview on that network’s “America’s Newsroom.” “I’ve said for over a year that if we didn’t fix the loopholes, it would happen. And here it is.”

Members of Congress “know what the loopholes are” in U.S. immigration laws “and they can close them,” but they choose not to do so, he said, adding that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials and the U.S. Border Patrol “need help.”

“You would think members of Congress, whether you’re Republican or Democrat, would want to help secure our border. I mean, that’s their number-one responsibility,” Homan said.

“Thank God we have a president sitting in the White House who understands this and has the backs of these 20,000 men and women that want to secure our border. I cannot believe we’re even discussing that this is an issue at this point,” he said.

An estimated 5,000-7,000 migrants from Central American countries are stopped at Mexico’s border with Guatemala, hoping ultimately to make it to the United States.

President Donald Trump declared the situation a “national emergency” Monday on Twitter and insisted that the U.S. “will now begin cutting off, or substantially reducing” the foreign aid given to Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador because they “were not able to do the job of stopping people from leaving their country and coming illegally to the U.S.”

“Sadly, it looks like Mexico’s Police and Military are unable to stop the Caravan heading to the Southern Border of the United States. Criminals and unknown Middle Easterners are mixed in. I have alerted Border Patrol and Military that this is a National Emergy [sic]. Must change laws!” Trump tweeted.

“Every time you see a Caravan, or people illegally coming, or attempting to come, into our Country illegally, think of and blame the Democrats for not giving us the votes to change our pathetic Immigration Laws! Remember the Midterms! So unfair to those who come in legally,” Trump added.

Sadly, it looks like Mexico’s Police and Military are unable to stop the Caravan heading to the Southern Border of the United States. Criminals and unknown Middle Easterners are mixed in. I have alerted Border Patrol and Military that this is a National Emergy. Must change laws!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 22, 2018

Every time you see a Caravan, or people illegally coming, or attempting to come, into our Country illegally, think of and blame the Democrats for not giving us the votes to change our pathetic Immigration Laws! Remember the Midterms! So unfair to those who come in legally.

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 22, 2018

With just two weeks to go until the midterm elections in November, Homan said he hopes “that the American people are paying attention” to Democrats’ refusal to “come to the table” because “the president is 100 percent right on this point.”

“The vast majority of Democrats don’t want to fix the system. They don’t want to give this president a win on immigration. They don’t want to give him a win on the border issue,” he insisted. “This is all about putting their political hatred of this president ahead of national security and public safety and ahead of the safety of these American patriots on the line that wear the uniform.”

“It’s just disgusting,” Homan added.

The former acting ICE director also said “we know for a fact based on intelligence reports” that drug cartels and smuggling organizations are “going to put themselves into that [caravan]” as it seeks U.S. entry.

Related: Trump Challenges Reporters to Show Truth on Caravan

“When you’ve got a large population like that coming to the United States illegally, there’s going to be a certain amount of criminals because they’re going to put themselves in that group,” Homan warned. “And while the border assets are tied up dealing with families, they’re pushing drugs and other bad people through another part of the border because the Border Patrol is totally tied up.”

The majority of migrants traveling with the caravan “are at the mercy of criminal organizations who don’t care about them at all,” he lamented.

“This is not just about law enforcement. It’s about saving lives,” Homan said, adding that “this is something nobody wants to talk about, especially Democrats, right?”

“They want to tell these people to come to this country offering low bars for asylum. They want to offer sanctuary cities, now they support sanctuary cities where they think they can go to a place and be protected from ICE. They don’t want to fund ICE for the number of beds they need. They want to abolish ICE. And this entices more people to make this dangerous journey,” he added.

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Nancy Pelosi on the Presidency: ‘People Ask Me All the Time, Why Haven’t You Run?’

LifeZette - Mon, 10/22/2018 - 20:48

During a Monday citizens’ forum hosted by CNN, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said people ask her “all the time” why she hasn’t made a run for the position of commander-in-chief.

Apparently referring to her long political career juxtaposed against Donald Trump’s ascent to the Oval Office, the progressive legislator told interviewer Dana Bash, “I’m just saying, I said [in the past], ‘If Hillary had won, I could go home,'” as Breitbart noted.

Pelosi explained her choice of the legislative branch as a career, explaining, in a rather garbled way, “I think that I have a special understanding — institutional memory — knowledge of the … substance knowledge of the legislative process that holds me in good stead, for now.”

The California liberal then said, “We’ll see what happens in the presidential [race] — coming up, four weeks [until the focus turns to the 2020 White House race], gonna be the presidential, that’s what’s gonna happen — very soon. We’ll go from the House races, the Senate races, the governors and the state legislative races.”

Bash queried, “That’s one thing you’re not gonna run for, right?”

“What?” Pelosi answered.

“President?” Bash said, smiling.

Pelosi grinned. “People ask me all the time, ‘Why haven’t you run for president?’ I love the legislative process, I really do. No, I’m not gonna run for president.”

She explained, “I’m trying to promote [Gov.] Jerry Brown to do it, but he’s not taking the bait, not that he would run … He would run just to put the ideas out there, and that’s why people run, too.”

Another progressive elite has made headlines for talking about the presidency. Hillary Clinton — though she failed to gain the White House in 2016 and lost the Democratic Party nomination for the presidency to Barack Obama in 2008 — has been the subject of some initial speculation regarding a possible third presidential campaign.

One of Clinton’s closest longtime political aides dropped hints recently that the 2016 Democratic nominee may be spoiling for a rematch with Donald Trump.

Related: Dem Strategist Doubts Third Clinton White House Run, Touts Booker

“It’s curious why Hillary Clinton’s name isn’t in the mix — either conversationally or in formal polling — as a 2020 candidate. She’s younger than Donald Trump by a year. She’s younger than Joe Biden by four years,” said Philippe Reines, according to The Daily Wire.

“Is it that she’s run before?” he ruminated. “This would be Bernie Sanders’ second time, and Biden’s third time. Is it lack of support? She had 65 million people vote for her. There’s no one in the Democratic Party who has anywhere near a base of 32 million people. That’s multiples of what a Sanders or a Warren have,” he continued.

Reines added, “Chalking the loss up to her being a failed candidate is an oversimplification. She is smarter than most, tougher than most, she could raise money easier than most, and it was an absolute fight to the death.”

See Pelosi’s comments in the video below.

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‘The View’ Heats Up Over the Caravan: ‘We’re Also a Nation of Laws and Borders’

LifeZette - Mon, 10/22/2018 - 20:03

Monday was not at all a “quiet day” on ABC News’ “The View” — and here’s why it matters.

Co-hosts Sunny Hostin (pictured above left) and Meghan McCain (above right) argued over one another in a tense exchange over whether President Donald Trump’s and other Republicans’ rhetoric about the latest Central American migrant “caravan” headed toward the U.S. does “tell the truth” about illegal immigration.

“We’re also a nation of laws and borders, which is part of my problem with the way some of this is being spun,” McCain said of the caravan controversy. “This is a nation of immigrants, obviously through proper legal channels.”

“So when you see these images — this is a conservative fever dream and a gift to the midterm elections, because this is exactly what conservatives think people on the Left want to have happen into this country,” McCain added. “What a lot of people on the Left are saying — no one on this table — is that you want open borders and no consequences.”

Hostin protested, saying, “I wish that then the people on the Right would tell the truth about what’s really happening in immigration.”

McCain immediately interrupted, demanding, “Did you just accuse me of not telling the truth?”

Hostin swiftly replied, “No, No. I said ‘people on the Right.'”

“I’m on the Right,” McCain fired back.

Hostin insisted, “But I’m not talking about you personally.”

Liberal co-host Joy Behar chimed in, saying to McCain, “You’re not on the extreme Right. You’re not.”

But McCain insisted, “I’m more extreme on this issue than I think people realize. I come from a border state.”

An estimated 5,000 migrants from Central American countries are stopped at Mexico’s border with Guatemala, hoping ultimately to make it to the U.S., according to Fox News.

Trump took to Twitter Monday to dub the march a “National Emergency.”

“Sadly, it looks like Mexico’s Police and Military are unable to stop the Caravan heading to the Southern Border of the United States. Criminals and unknown Middle Easterners are mixed in. I have alerted Border Patrol and Military that this is a National Emergy [sic]. Must change laws!” Trump tweeted.

“Every time you see a Caravan, or people illegally coming, or attempting to come, into our Country illegally, think of and blame the Democrats for not giving us the votes to change our pathetic Immigration Laws! Remember the Midterms! So unfair to those who come in legally,” Trump added.

Sadly, it looks like Mexico’s Police and Military are unable to stop the Caravan heading to the Southern Border of the United States. Criminals and unknown Middle Easterners are mixed in. I have alerted Border Patrol and Military that this is a National Emergy. Must change laws!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 22, 2018

Every time you see a Caravan, or people illegally coming, or attempting to come, into our Country illegally, think of and blame the Democrats for not giving us the votes to change our pathetic Immigration Laws! Remember the Midterms! So unfair to those who come in legally.

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 22, 2018

The president also announced Monday on Twitter that the U.S. “will now begin cutting off, or substantially reducing” foreign aid given to Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador because the countries “were not able to do the job of stopping people from leaving their country and coming illegally to the U.S.”

Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador were not able to do the job of stopping people from leaving their country and coming illegally to the U.S. We will now begin cutting off, or substantially reducing, the massive foreign aid routinely given to them.

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 22, 2018

“The View” co-hosts took particular issue with Trump insistence that “criminals and unknown Middle Easterners are mixed in” with this caravan.

Related: Graham Warns Pelosi Will ‘Welcome’ Caravans if Dems Win Midterms

“Is this straight-up fearmongering? When did he start putting the Middle Easterners in?” co-host Whoopi Goldberg wanted to know.

Behar claimed that Trump “makes up everything. He’ll tell you Osama bin Laden is marching. He lies about everything.”

Conservative co-host Abby Huntsman said she “always” approaches illegal immigration topics from a “humanity first” perspective, adding, “Everyone in this room is an immigrant.”

McCain, however, insisted the U.S. is “a nation of laws and borders.”

She said she identifies with many Americans that were incensed when an illegal immigrant shot and killed Kathryn Steinle on a pier in San Francisco, a sanctuary city that shields illegal immigrants.

Trump catapulted Steinle’s murder to the forefront of national discourse during his 2016 presidential campaign as he pushed immigration enforcement and border security measures, including his signature border wall pledge.

Related: Suspected Illegal Immigrant, Driving Drunk, Crashes Car, Injures Four Kids

Hostin complained that a large percentage of illegal immigrants come from Asia, Sweden and Canada.

“They aren’t on that caravan, and I wish people on the Right pointed that out. It’s always about brown and black people and that’s not the truth,” Hostin insisted.

McCain fired back, “No, it’s not! I’m not bringing race into this at all, number one.”

Watch more from the contentious “The View” segment on the caravan below:

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Trump Challenges Reporters to Show Truth on Caravan

LifeZette - Mon, 10/22/2018 - 19:54

President Donald Trump challenged journalists Monday to “take your cameras into the middle of the caravan” and then show Americans the gang members, terrorists, and other “bad people” mixed among the migrant marchers hoping to make it to the U.S.

“Take your cameras into the middle of the caravan. You will see MS-13, you will [see] Middle Easterners, you will see everything. And guess what, we’re not letting them in this country,” Trump said in response to a reporter while answering questions in an impromptu news conference before boarding the Marine One helicopter on the White House lawn to fly to Joint Base Andrews.

From Andrews, Trump is heading to Houston for a Monday evening Make America Great Again (MAGA) rally, which is likely to be the biggest such event ever. Organizers said Sunday more than 100,000 people registered to attend, but the Toyota Center in downtown Houston has 19,000 seats.

As a result, Trump’s 2020 re-election campaign announced that it is providing multiple big screens, live entertainment, and free food so those who aren’t able to get inside the arena can participate in the “Big Texas Tailgate.”

Related: Over 100,000 Texans RSVP for Trump Rally

Besides the president, speakers will include Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), who Trump told reporters on the White House lawn “will give a great speech. Trump is mainly holding the rally to boost Cruz, who is in an unexpectedly tough race against Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) for a second Senate term.

“I think O’Rourke is greatly overrated,” Trump told reporters.

Also speaking will be Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (R). Abbott is the most popular public official in the Lone Star State.

Trump’s challenge to reporters to expose the criminal elements mixed into the caravan came as estimates of the marchers’ numbers are in excess of 7,000 men, women and children, mostly from Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador.

As happened with a similar march in April, organizers of the present one say participants hope to make it to Mexico’s border with the U.S., where they will request asylum. The marchers are presently stopped at Mexico’s border with Guatemala, where officials are slowly processing them.

Related: Trump Calls Swelling Migrant Caravan a ‘National Emergency’

But Trump made clear again Monday that he wants Mexico and the other countries to do more to prevent caravans from forming in the first place.

“We have to stop them at the border. But unfortunately, if you look at the countries, they have not done their job. Unfortunately, they have not done their job. Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador — they’re paid a lot of money.”

“Every year we give them foreign aid, and they did nothing for us. Nothing. So we give them tremendous amounts of money, you know what it is, you cover it all the time, hundreds of millions of dollars. They, like a lot of others, do nothing for our country.”

Related: Suspected Illegal Immigrant, Driving Drunk, Crashes Car, Injuring Four Kids

Regarding the November 6 election, Trump was extremely upbeat, saying, “I think we’re doing really well. I have never seen such spirit, expect maybe 2016 with that big election two years ago.

“I have never seen the spirit that we have right now. I think that the Republicans are going to do very well. I have never seen the spirit that we have right now, whether it’s Kavanaugh, whether it’s tax cuts that we gave, whether it’s common sense.”

Trump also said he believes a big factor in the Republican surge of voter enthusiasm in recent days is a result of “what’s happening on the border.”

The president, moreover, said the U.S. is pulling out of the 1987 Intermediate Range Nuclear Missiles Treaty with the Soviet Union because “Russia has not adhered to the agreement. This should have been done years ago.”

In a comment sure to spark new protests on the Left, Trump added, “Until people come to their senses, we have more money than anyone else by far. We’ll build it up until they come to their senses. When they do, then we’ll all be smart and we’ll stop. And by the way, not only stop — we’ll reduce.”

And check out this video:

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Bette Midler Calls President Donald Trump a ‘Murderer’

LifeZette - Mon, 10/22/2018 - 19:23

Count Bette Midler among the leftist celebrities suffering from Trump Derangement Syndrome.

The musician and actress sent out a confusing, rambling tweet on Monday where she called President Donald Trump a “murderer.”

“Ooooh, here’s today’s #TINY distraction! There’s transgenders among us,! SURPRISE! and #dumbkopfTrumpkopf wants to make sure… well he’s not sure what, but he’ll figure it out soon! Meanwhile the world is coming under siege from murderers, plunderers like him. VOTE 2018,” she tweeted.

Go ahead and try deciphering that one. Some of these celebrities have so lost their minds that it’s hard to tell what they are even upset about anymore.

Ooooh, here’s today’s #TINY distraction! There’s transgenders among us,! SURPRISE! and #dumbkopfTrumpkopf wants to make sure… well he’s not sure what, but he’ll figure it out soon! Meanwhile the world is coming under siege from murderers, plunderers like him. VOTE 2018

— Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) October 22, 2018

The 72-year-old artist has a history of making incomprehensible political statements through Twitter.

Earlier this month she warned people that they would “burn, drown, or starve” because of climate change.

“Morning TV dedicates time to the new UN #ClimateChangeReport, and it’s dire, dire dire. But #PresidentMarcos, I mean #Trump, doesn’t give a s***. I guess science was not his strong suit, nor is it the strength of the bums he surrounds himself with. You’ll burn, drown or starve,” she tweeted.

In an even stranger tweet, she claimed that women are “the n-word of the world.” That half-baked thought managed to outrage even liberals and Midler ended up apologizing.

“‘Women, are the n-word of the world’ Raped, beaten, enslaved, married off, worked like dumb animals; denied education and inheritance; enduring the pain and danger of childbirth and life IN SILENCE for THOUSANDS of years. They are the most disrespected creatures on earth,” she tweeted in the midst of the investigation into sexual misconduct allegations against now-Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

She later deleted the tweet and said, “The too brief investigation of allegations against Kavanaugh infuriated me. Angrily I tweeted w/o thinking my choice of words would be enraging to black women who doubly suffer, both by being women and by being black. I am an ally and stand with you; always have. And I apologize.”

Midler isn’t the only celebrity currently struggling with what’s going on politically.

Actress Jane Fonda told a crowd recently that the upcoming midterms are the most important elections of her life and she has trouble “breathing” with Donald Trump as president.

Author Stephen King also targeted some of Trump’s weekend tweets about illegal immigration and seemed to promote open borders and the idea that absolutely no criminals sneak into the country and commit crimes.

For more on Midler’s thoughts on Trump, check out the video below:

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Republicans Invest Heavily in Ground Game Heading into Midterms

LifeZette - Mon, 10/22/2018 - 19:20

Republican officials were positive Monday that their big ground-game investments heading into the 2018 midterms will translate to increased voter turnout and many unexpected victories on November 6.

Republican National Committee (RNC) strategists have invested more than $250 million in its political infrastructure to get people to the polls. But the Democratic National Committee (DNC) hasn’t matched those investments because its donors are far behind those of the RNC.

“Democrats simply don’t have the political infrastructure that we do to get people to the polls,” RNC spokesman Michael Ahrens said in a statement to LifeZette. “[Congressional special election] candidates like Jon Ossoff [Georgia] and Danny O’Connor [Ohio] lost despite having a ton of money and the backing of the entire Democratic machine. We’ve made serious investments in our data and field programs, and it’s a big fundamental advantage that’s often overlooked.”

Related: House Democrat Donors Give More Than Double the Republican Total

The RNC isn’t just interested in raising more money than its opponents but rather ensure those investments bring people to the polls. During elections, outreach and field operations are critical in getting supporters and potential supporters to vote.

Former President Barack Obama won two presidential elections in large part to the coalition he built around his agenda and personality, plus heavy investments in election technology.

The RNC took some inspiration from his approach during the current midterm elections, which means a focus on recruiting and training volunteers to organize in their own communities.

The RNC has raised a total of $270 million during the current fundraising cycle so far compared to the DNC, which collected $136 million, according to the Federal Election Commission. The difference became much more pronounced last month when Republicans drew in $26.2 million against $9.7 million.

“They are here in a way that they have not been here before. They are organized better than they have been before — even in Clark County, the Democratic stronghold,” Jon Ralston, a political analyst and editor of the Nevada Independent, told The Washington Post. “But the RNC has been organized. They didn’t do it two months ago, as they’ve tried in the past. They’ve been here for a while.”

Democrats have been able to outraise Republicans elsewhere, making how the money is spent that much more important. Democratic House candidates, for example, raised double what their Republican rivals have in the third quarter between July and September.

Democrats still appear to have a chance of regaining the House, thanks to such fundraising successes giving them a boost. FiveThirtyEight, an opinion poll analysis site, now gives the Democrats an 83.7 percent chance of winning back the House of Representatives.

Related: GOP May Keep House ‘Because of Trump,’ Kavanaugh, Pollster Says

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation after a long, bitter process has given Republicans their own boost. Rasmussen Reports found in a recent survey that 62 percent of Republicans are more likely to vote because of how Kavanaugh was treated during the ordeal. This compared to 54 percent of Democrats and 46 percent of voters not affiliated with a major party.

Republicans are also on pace to break a fundraising record of their own for a single election cycle, having raised $597 million through the first three quarters. The previous GOP record at this point in the election cycle was $554 million in 2012. House candidates in total have raised nearly $1.5 billion compared to $919 million at this point in 2016.

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