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The future under Biden and his Socialist buddies. Expect more and more headlines like this.

 

California officials defy ICE detainer, release convicted child murderer

State's sanctuary policies have put criminals back on the streets say immigration officials

 

An undocumented immigrant serving time for the killing of a child was released from a California prison earlier this month despite an ignored request from federal immigration agents that he be handed over so they could take him into custody to begin deportation proceedings, officials said Monday.

 

California's sanctuary state policies allow local law enforcement agencies to ignore detainer requests from ICE. The agency lodges the requests in an effort to take custody of jail and prison inmates upon their impending release in an effort to begin removal proceedings for people living in the United States illegally. 

 

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If the Dems Truly did "Steal" the election from the sitting government then that just goes to show the true incompetence of the Republicans.  They had the high ground and still lost the battle.  They

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Top Facebook, Twitter execs donated tens of thousands of dollars to Biden campaign

No Facebook or Twitter executives were found to have donated to Trump's campaign

Top executives at Facebook and Twitter donated tens of thousands of dollars to President-elect Joe Biden's campaign, Federal Election Commission records reviewed by Fox News reveal, as the social media platforms come under fire for limiting the circulationof reports surrounding Hunter Biden’s business dealings in the weeks leading up to Election Day.

 

 

A Fox News review of FEC records shows that top executives at the social media companies made large donations to the Biden campaign, including several who gave the legal maximum of $2,800.

FACEBOOK, TWITTER EMPLOYEES SEND OVER 90% OF POLITICAL DONATIONS TO DEMOCRATS: REPORT

Fox News identified zero Facebook or Twitter executives who donated to Trump’s campaign.

According to FEC records, Facebook vice president of public policy, Erin Egan, donated $2,800 to Biden’s campaign on Oct. 1, in addition to the $2,800 she donated to the campaign during the Democratic primaries.

Facebook chief revenue officer David Fischer donated $2,800 to Biden during the primary, and an additional $750 during the general election, according to FEC records.

Facebook’s chief financial officer, David Wehner, donated the legal maximum of $2,800 to Biden’s campaign on April 22, FEC records show.

Facebook vice presidents Gene Alston, Michael Verdu, Shahriar Rabii and T.S. Khurana also donated the legal maximum of $2,800 to Biden’s campaign during the 2020 cycle, FEC records show. Instagram’s chief operating officer, Marne Levine, also donated the maximum limit of $2,800 to Biden’s campaign.

Over at Twitter, vice president Matt Derella donated $2,000 to Biden’s campaign in September.

And the executives were not alone. FEC records revealed that dozens of Twitter and Facebook employees with “manager” or “director” in their titles donated at least $1,000 to Biden’s campaign.

Twitter’s senior director Ryan Oliver, for example, donated $2,800 to Biden’s campaign in March; senior director of product management James Kelm also donated $2,800 to Biden during the primary and another $2,800 to his general election campaign, FEC records show.

At Facebook, the platform’s public policy director Steve Satterfield, another public policy director, Michael Matthews, product manager Brett Keintz and Facebook director Ibrahim Okuyucu, donated $2,800 to Biden’s campaign.

Facebook program manager David Debartolo donated $5,600 – split between Biden's primary campaign and general election campaign – on March 29, FEC records show. 

Just two Facebook employees with "manager" or "director" in their title donated to Trump's campaign, neither of whom gave more than $300, according to FEC records. Zero Twitter employees with those titles donated to Trump's campaign, FEC records show

 

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5 hours ago, Jaydee said:

State's sanctuary policies have put criminals back on the streets say immigration officials

As it stands now, states are ignoring federal laws, counties are ignoring state laws and municipalities are ignoring county bylaws.  

And when it comes to emergency orders, we have municipal police forces ignoring state, county and (their own) municipal governments and going rogue.

Not a path likely to lead to a good place but people insist on walking it none the less. It's a hard concept for me to understand and no one seems able to explain the benefits in a manner that makes sense.... any takers? 

There has to be an upside to releasing murderers (illegally in the country) back to the streets in violation of federal warrants. What is it? And given all of this, why is there such reluctance in liberal circles to repatriate national terrorists who joined ISIS?

Maybe those answers are in the same box as the list of things liberals are willing to cut in order to achieve Paris Accord targets. The liberal voters I'm acquainted with seem to have lost their appetite for carbon taxes though.

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Top Facebook, Twitter execs donated tens of thousands of dollars to Biden campaign

No Facebook or Twitter executives were found to have donated to Trump's campaign

Top executives at Facebook and Twitter donated tens of thousands of dollars to President-elect Joe Biden's campaign, Federal Election Commission records reviewed by Fox News reveal, as the social media platforms come under fire for limiting the circulationof reports surrounding Hunter Biden’s business dealings in the weeks leading up to Election Day.

 

 

A Fox News review of FEC records shows that top executives at the social media companies made large donations to the Biden campaign, including several who gave the legal maximum of $2,800.

FACEBOOK, TWITTER EMPLOYEES SEND OVER 90% OF POLITICAL DONATIONS TO DEMOCRATS: REPORT

Fox News identified zero Facebook or Twitter executives who donated to Trump’s campaign.

According to FEC records, Facebook vice president of public policy, Erin Egan, donated $2,800 to Biden’s campaign on Oct. 1, in addition to the $2,800 she donated to the campaign during the Democratic primaries.

Facebook chief revenue officer David Fischer donated $2,800 to Biden during the primary, and an additional $750 during the general election, according to FEC records.

Facebook’s chief financial officer, David Wehner, donated the legal maximum of $2,800 to Biden’s campaign on April 22, FEC records show.

Facebook vice presidents Gene Alston, Michael Verdu, Shahriar Rabii and T.S. Khurana also donated the legal maximum of $2,800 to Biden’s campaign during the 2020 cycle, FEC records show. Instagram’s chief operating officer, Marne Levine, also donated the maximum limit of $2,800 to Biden’s campaign.

Over at Twitter, vice president Matt Derella donated $2,000 to Biden’s campaign in September.

And the executives were not alone. FEC records revealed that dozens of Twitter and Facebook employees with “manager” or “director” in their titles donated at least $1,000 to Biden’s campaign.

Twitter’s senior director Ryan Oliver, for example, donated $2,800 to Biden’s campaign in March; senior director of product management James Kelm also donated $2,800 to Biden during the primary and another $2,800 to his general election campaign, FEC records show.

At Facebook, the platform’s public policy director Steve Satterfield, another public policy director, Michael Matthews, product manager Brett Keintz and Facebook director Ibrahim Okuyucu, donated $2,800 to Biden’s campaign.

Facebook program manager David Debartolo donated $5,600 – split between Biden's primary campaign and general election campaign – on March 29, FEC records show. 

Just two Facebook employees with "manager" or "director" in their title donated to Trump's campaign, neither of whom gave more than $300, according to FEC records. Zero Twitter employees with those titles donated to Trump's campaign, FEC records show

 

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So?

It's a free society and you're allowed to donate to whoever you want.  A couple thousand from those individuals pales in comparison to the other side.  

Let's take a look at who gave big money to trump in comparison...

https://www.investopedia.com/articles/investing/033116/top-10-corporate-contributors-trump-campaign.asp

The following are the top donors to the Trump 2020 campaign (2020 election cycle) according to processed Federal Election Commission data.*** They all gave to the America First Action super PAC.

1.Timothy Mellon, Pan Am Systems - $10 million

An heir to the Mellon banking fortune and the grandson of former U.S. Treasury Secretary, Andrew Mellon, his is among the biggest donations this election cycle. He owns the largest regional railroad in North America, Pan Am Railways, which went up for sale in July. He's been notably reclusive and absent from politics. Republican operatives reportedly had to look his name up on Google when he came forward to help.

 

2.Kelcy Warren, Energy Transfers - $10 million

Warren is the co-founder, chairman and CEO of Energy Transfers. The Texas-based company owns and operates the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline, which Democratic President-elect Joe Biden may shut down or slow the review process of.

 

3.Geoffrey Palmer, G.H. Palmer Associates - $6 million

Palmer is a real estate magnate whose buildings in Los Angeles are known for their characteristic "fauxtalian" style. He was chosen to be part of Trump's Great American Economic Revival Industry Groups (Construction/Labor/Workforce) in April 2020.

 

4.Linda McMahon, America First Action - $4.5 million

McMahon is famous for co-founding the WWE franchise with her husband Vince. She ran the Small Business Administration from 2017-2019 and is currently the chair of the America First Action super PAC, to which she gave millions herself.

 

5.Patricia Duggan, Philanthropist/Entrepreneur - $3 million

Duggan is a top Scientology donor. An organization in her name has also separately donated $3 million to the America First Action super PAC this cycle.

 

6.Stephen Schwarzman, The Blackstone Group - $3 million

The billionaire investor and close friend of the president is the chairman, CEO and co-founder of publicly-traded investment firm Blackstone Group. He was chosen to be part of Trump's Great American Economic Revival Industry Groups (Financial Services) in April 2020.

 

7.Elizabeth Uihlein, Uline - $2 million

She started the shipping giant Uline with her husband, Richard, in their basement in 1980. Liz was part of Trump's economic advisory team in 2016 and was present on his call with business leaders about the nation's COVID-19 response in March. Richard Uihlein donated $750,000.

 

8.Diane Hendricks, ABC Supply - $2 million

She is at the top of Forbes' America's Richest Self-Made Women ranking with a net worth of $7 billion. She co-founded ABC Supply, the largest wholesale distributor of roofing products in the country, with her late husband in 1982.

 

9.Warren Stephens, Stephens Inc. - $1.5 million

He is the chairman, president, and CEO of the privately held financial services firm, which was started in 1933 by his uncle. He was chosen to be part of Trump's Great American Economic Revival Industry Groups (Financial Services) in April 2020.

 

10.Cherna Moskowitz, Hawaiian Gardens Casino - $1.3 million

Cherna Moskowitz is the president of Hawaiian Gardens Casino in California and the Irving Moskowitz Fundation. She is the widow of Dr. Irving Moskowitz, a prominent physician and philanthropist, who died in 2016.

 

Other notables

Several individuals of the DeVos Family have together given $1 million, including United States Secretary of Education Betsy Devos' husband and Amway President Richard Jr., Daniel DeVos, Suzanne DeVos, Doug DeVos and Maria DeVos. Walter Buckley, the co-founder and CEO of Actua Corporation, a publicly traded venture capital firm that underwent liquidation in 2018, donated $1.1 million.

 

Individuals donating $1 million each include Ronald Cameron (Chairman of Arkansas-based poultry company Mountaire), Robert Wood Johnson IV (U.S. ambassador to Britain and pharmaceutical heir), Jeffrey Sprecher (founder, chairman, and CEO of Intercontinental Exchange, and chairman of the New York Stock Exchange), Rex Sinquefield (the index funds pioneer) and Dana White (President of the Ultimate Fighting Championship or UFC).

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As it stands now, states are ignoring federal laws, counties are ignoring state laws and municipalities are ignoring county bylaws.  

And when it comes to emergency orders, we have municipal police forces ignoring state, county and (their own) municipal governments and going rogue.

Not a path likely to lead to a good place but people insist on walking it none the less. It's a hard concept for me to understand and no one seems able to explain the benefits in a manner that makes sense.... any takers? 

There has to be an upside to releasing murderers (illegally in the country) back to the streets in violation of federal warrants. What is it? And given all of this, why is there such reluctance in liberal circles to repatriate national terrorists who joined ISIS?

Maybe those answers are in the same box as the list of things liberals are willing to cut in order to achieve Paris Accord targets. The liberal voters I'm acquainted with seem to have lost their appetite for carbon taxes though.

George Soros, George Gascón and the fall of Los Angeles

Los Angeles County's new DA identifies with the criminals, rather than their victims

 

Many of the most important elections are the ones you hear nothing about. The news media barely covers them and most voters don't know they're happening. As a result, a small group of committed extremists get to control the outcomes of those elections, often with disastrous results.

Bill de Blasio, for example, was elected to his current term as New York City mayor with the support of 8.5% of the city's population. De Blasio then used that non-mandate from a non-representative election to completely destroy the biggest city in our country. That's not democracy as we were taught it, but it is increasingly how things work here.

George Soros understands that. He became extraordinarily rich by finding ways to exploit the weaknesses in systems that he did not build himself. In the early 1990s, Soros became a billionaire by shorting the British pound, crushing the Bank of England in the process. He went on to repeat those tactics in countries around the world.

Then he turned his attention to the United States, and decided he would fundamentally change our society.

SOROS RESOURCES HELP DISTRICT ATTORNEY RACES GO LIBERAL

Soros began funding politicians and political initiatives that had very little popular support.(Trudeau)  But because so few were paying attention to what he was doing, he often got his way. On those rare occasions when Soros was criticized for subverting our democracy, he and his allies in the media claimed bigotry. According to them, Soros was yet another oppressed billionaire victim of discrimination. That tactic worked, because it always works, so he kept doing it.

If you're wondering why so many people are being robbed, raped and killed in American cities right now, George Soros is part of the reason. Soros has funded the campaigns of left-wing extremists in district attorney races in cities like Philadelphia, St. Louis, Chicago, and Boston. Traditionally, a prosecutor's job is to enforce the law, but Soros wanted rigid ideologues who would instead let murderers and rapists go free while allowing our society to degrade and collapse.

In Los Angeles, Soros won his biggest victory so far. In the most recent election, Soros backed George Gascón for district attorney, spending more than $2 million on his campaign.

What happened next was the entire point of the exercise. Gascón stopped enforcing the law in Los Angeles Tuesday. He is now moving to dismiss all sentencing enhancements against an alleged double murderer accused of killing a Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputy. If the change proposed by Gascón goes through, the accused killer would be eligible for parole. 

The details of this story are important, and here they are: On June 10, 2019, off-duty deputy Joseph Solano was standing in line at a Jack In The Box restaurant in suburban Alhambra, Calif., when authorities say the suspect, Rhett Nelson, shot him execution-style. An hour earlier, police say, Nelson opened fire on a group of skateboarders in downtown Los Angeles, killing 31-year-old Dmitry Koltsov. Solano was taken off life support two days later.

What's happening in this case is not unusual and it won't be going forward. George Gascón has promised to stop seeking enhancements in every case that comes before his office. In a functioning society, prosecutors are allowed, if they wish, to seek longer prison terms for criminals who, for example, inflict great bodily harm on their victims or carry out gang assassinations in public.

George Gascón is getting rid of those additional penalties, along with cash bail and the death penalty. Why is he doing this? Because George Gascón, like the billionaires who made his current job possible, is far enough removed from the consequences of crime that he can identify with the criminals rather than with their many victims.

LA COUNTY DA TO DROP SPECIAL CHARGES AGAINST MAN ACCUSED OF KILLING DEPUTY: REPORT

Gascón believes that poverty causes crime, an idea for which there is no evidence in actual social science. However, it's the kind of thing that halfwits learn in college, repeat, and turn into policy when they get power. The irony is, we know exactly what policies like those Gascón is imposing on Los Angeles will do and who they will hurt. They will affect people who live in the neighborhoods with the most crime, and those are the poorest neighborhoods.

We know that will happen because it's happened before, and George Gascón did it. George Gascón was the district attorney in San Francisco for eight years, from 2011 to 2019. Over his tenure, the city recorded the third-highest rate of violent crime in all of California. The rate of property crimes increased by 37%. In 2017, the city of San Francisco, which is not a big place, reported 31,000 car burglaries.

That's what George Soros is funding. After all, what good is calling the police when they won't even take a report when they arrive? During George Gascón's tenure in San Francisco, arrests flatlined. On his orders, prosecutors filed criminal charges in only about half of all felony cases. In misdemeanor cases, it dropped to 40%.

With nothing to do, prosecutors left Gascón's office in huge numbers. In his final term, a total of 61 San Francisco prosecutors out of 140 left their posts. Almost half of those resigned.

These numbers have been public for years, but you don't need the statistics. It's obvious to anyone who lives in San Francisco that the city is being destroyed. And George Gascón is one of the main reasons for that. It's so obvious that San Francisco Mayor London Breed, no conservative, declined to endorse George Gascón in his race this year. San Francisco's city attorney also declined.

 

In other words, some of the worst, least able, most mediocre politicians in the United States looked at George Gascón and said, "He's too much for us. He's a threat to the people he represents." George Soros looked at him and said, "That's the man I want to fund. That's the country I want America to become." 

The people of Los Angeles are fully aware of this, but they know there's nothing they can do to stop it. A grieving mother of a murder victim can't raise money for the Democratic Party or Black Lives Matter, so no one cares what she thinks.

This article is adapted from Tucker Carlson's opening monologue on the Dec. 15, 2020 edition of 'Tucker Carlson Tonight'

 

https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/tucker-carlson-george-soros-george-gascon-los-angeles

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As eluded to above, It seems to me there are 4 vices hurting the Democrats right now, they are all self inflicted and the election results are telling in that regard because they could have done sooo much better. They might do well to consider the following:

1. Hypocrisy makes you look very bad-  It invites the fallacy of relative privation in supporters which fools no one. It also ages poorly over the long term, especially on visceral issues (like harassment, aid packages etc). No need for specific examples, they're legion. 

2. Policy development should never be based on political correctness or identity politics - I don't care if the committee in question is comprised of old white males or young black women (and neither does anyone else). I want recommendations from talented people who are subject matter experts. So think military operations here... if all you bring to the table is gender, colour, religion, attitude or narrative then stay the f&%$ home, you just get people hurt. This is what happens when you do stupid things:

https://nationalpost.com/news/world/city-of-paris-fined-90000-euros-for-appointing-too-many-women-in-high-ranking-positions

3. Ridiculing intelligent people who don't happen to agree with you  serves no purpose and alienates potential allies-  it also ends discussions, thwarts compromise, stops cooperation in its tracks and elicits a FU response.  When FU becomes the norm, elections become winner take all events and people have reason to fear and contest the outcome... sound familiar?   

4. Blatant media bias looks bad and fools no one -  also legion here with far too many examples. What isn't being covered is hugely damaging as it causes people to see exactly what you hoped to hide. It shines a glaring sterile spotlight on events which only serves to promote the "meme effect" (among the fringes) which takes us right back to point 3 again and ensures that everyone becomes aware of the hypocrisy.... back to point 1. 

In addition to being circular, the effects are cumulative.... and so predictable that even a grunt can become prophetic. 

If you happen to live in Canada and the extent of your political acumen is to vote for the party who promises to put the most money in your pockets then I have a cautionary note for you. During my career I've had occasion to spend time in Greece and Venezuela and I've had similar conversations with the folks there too 

It's a bit like teenagers and sex.... they think they invented it. If you are telling your parents how to make babies you might be the problem.

 

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Biden wanted it....it's all his problem now. Let's hope he doesn't ask Trudeau for guidance. There would be "healing lodges" covering all of Iraq 

Iran builds at underground nuclear facility amid US tensions

Iran has not publicly acknowledged any new construction at Fordo

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Iran has begun construction on a site at its underground nuclear facility at Fordo amid tensions with the U.S. over its atomic program, satellite photos obtained Friday by The Associated Press show.
 

 

Iran has not publicly acknowledged any new construction at Fordo, whose discovery by the West in 2009 came in an earlier round of brinkmanship before world powers struck the 2015 nuclear deal with Tehran.

While the purpose of the building remains unclear, any work at Fordo likely will trigger new concern in the waning days of the Trump administration before the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden. Already, Iran is building at its Natanz nuclear facility after a mysterious explosion in July there that Tehran described as a sabotage attack.

"Any changes at this site will be carefully watched as a sign of where Iran’s nuclear program is headed," said Jeffrey Lewis, an expert at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies who studies Iran.

IRAN'S LEADER SAYS BIDEN'S ARRIVAL DOESN'T GUARANTEE BETTER RELATIONS WITH US

Iran's mission to the United Nations did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The International Atomic Energy Agency, whose inspectors are in Iran as part of the nuclear deal, also did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The IAEA as of yet has not publicly disclosed if Iran informed it of any construction at Fordo.

Construction on the Fordo site began in late September. Satellite images obtained from Maxar Technologies by the AP show the construction taking place at a northwest corner of the site, near the holy Shiite city of Qom some 90 kilometers (55 miles) southwest of Tehran.

 

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America in a shambles

Canada has a chance to emerge from the shadow of that great nation. There is no sign that we will.


For the first time in 90 years the United States is in an epic internal struggle that is very profound and sometimes violent. As a young man, Abraham Lincoln said that no foreign army “will ever drink from the Ohio River or leave a track on the Blue Ridge Mountains. America will flourish as a democracy or perish by suicide.” It is an irony that the United States that has secured the apparent triumph of democracy and the free market in the world is not now a well-functioning democracy. The recent presidential election appeared to me to be rigged sufficiently in five swing states to determine a winner in a close election, and the U.S. Supreme Court refused to adjudicate the issues even when petitioned by 18 states to do so. The national political media are a totalitarian cartel of ideological and partisan bigotry and the heads of the social media giants sandbagged the president, shut down the Twitter account of the White House press secretary, boycotted the country’s oldest newspaper, owned by one of its largest media companies (the New York Post) and they all stifled in the last month of an election campaign and dismissed as “Russian disinformation” what we now know to have been for the last two years a burgeoning grand jury criminal investigation into the family of the presumptive president-elect. “Peaceful protesters” ransacked cities across the country all summer killing scores of people, injuring 700 police officers and committing $2 billion of property damage while masquerading as crusaders for civil rights. None of it was mentioned at the Democratic National Convention. Prosecutors win 98 per cent of their cases, 95 per cent without a trial; the American criminal justice system is an anthill of corruption and hypocrisy. 

American politics are in shambles. Joe Biden is unequal to the tasks of a president and his election and personal probity are tainted. The Trump phenomenon will not go away whether Donald Trump himself does or not, and in the next four years America will be in a fierce struggle between the left and the centre-right (with extreme fringes on both sides). Canadians are best placed to judge this astonishing spectacle but are not doing so; our media are not as nasty as the American media, but they are just as incompetent. Imitative to some extent of America, as usual, but without the same lengthy legacy of slavery, we are torturing ourselves for imagined shortcomings. Our per capita incarceration rate is only about one-sixth that of the United States, but in this country people are thrown off the airwaves for stating that Canada is not a profoundly racist country (I was). Wilfrid Laurier was a century early when he said the 20th century belonged to Canada. The American crisis confers a huge opportunity on us to emerge creatively from the shadow of that great, turbulent nation. There is not a sign on the horizon that we are doing anything to exploit that opportunity, or are even remotely aware that it exists. Instead we prattle on about race and gender and climate.

National Post

https://nationalpost.com/opinion/conrad-black-america-in-a-shambles

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Strange that you don't see stories like this about Biden.

The con man just keeps fleecing the marks with the help of his family.

https://www.rawstory.com/amp/bombshell-report-jared-kushner-set-up-shell-company-that-diverted-campaign-cash-to-trump-family-members-2649556504

Bombshell report: Jared Kushner set up shell company that diverted campaign cash to Trump family members

Jared Kushner helped set up a shell company that secretly paid President Donald Trump's family members and spent nearly half of his 2020 campaign's funds.

The president's son-in-law and White House senior adviser directed his sister-in-law Lara Trump, Vice President Mike Pence's nephew John Pence and Trump campaign CFO Sean Dollman to sit on the shell company's board, a source familiar with the operation told Business Insider.

The company, which was incorporated as American Made Media Consultants Corporation and American Made Media Consultants LLC, spent $617 million of the campaign's $1.26 billion war chest, according to campaign finance records.

Trump's top advisers and campaign staff told Insider they were unaware of how the shell company operated, and campaign officials even conducted an internal audit of its operations under former campaign manager Brad Parscale but never reported those findings, and the next campaign manager Bill Stepien had little involvement with AMMC.

"Nothing was done without Jared's approval," said a former advisor to Trump's 2016 campaign. "What Stepien doesn't know is because Jared doesn't want him to know."

The nonpartisan Campaign Legal Center filed a civil complaint in July with the Federal Election Commission accusing the campaign of disguising" about $170 million in spending "by laundering the funds" through AMMC.

"[It's a] scheme to evade telling voters even the basics on where its money is really going [and a] shield to disguise the ultimate recipients of its spending," said Brendan Fischer, the center's director of federal reform.

The Department of Justice may open a criminal investigation if the government suspects the payments were a "knowing and willful" violation of election law.

Several sources from the Justice Department and FEC told Insider that investigators may already be looking into the campaign's activity.

"Lara Trump and John Pence resigned from the AMMC board in October 2019 to focus solely on their campaign activities, however, there was never any ethical or legal reason why they could not serve on the board in the first place," said Tim Murtaugh, the campaign's communications director. "John and Lara were not compensated by AMMC for their service as board members."

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It will be refreshing to see a president that will stand up for U.S. interests and not kowtow to their dictatorial owners like trump has done with putin.

https://apnews.com/article/donald-trump-ap-top-news-coronavirus-pandemic-china-hacking-afaed2b1ba8aa029fcb492f6478625ca

 

Biden’s team vows action against hack as US threats persist

By HOPE YENDecember 20, 2020
 

WASHINGTON (AP) — Once in office, President-elect Joe Biden will punish Russia for its suspected cyberespionage operation against the United States with financial sanctions and measures to hobble the Kremlin’s ability to launch future hacks, his chief of staff said Sunday, as a GOP senator criticized President Donald Trump for having a “blind spot” when it comes to Moscow.

“Those who are responsible are going to face consequences for it,” said Biden chief of staff Ron Klain. “It’s not just sanctions. It’s also steps and things we could do to degrade the capacity of foreign actors to repeat this sort of attack or, worse still, engage in even more dangerous attacks.”

The head of the cybersecurity firm FireEye, which disclosed that it had been targeted by the spying attempt, said it was clear the foreign intrusions were not “one and done” and suggested there was little time to spare before the next one.

“These attacks will continue to escalate, and get worse if we do nothing,” said CEO Kevin Mandia.

Cybersecurity experts and U.S. officials such as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have been clear over the past week that they believe Russia was behind the massive hack that infiltrated over 40 federal agencies, including the departments of Treasury, Energy and Commerce, as well as government contractors.

But Trump over the weekend cast doubt on that assessment, suggesting without evidence that China may be behind the cyber intrusions and minimizing the impact. “The Cyber Hack is far greater in the Fake News Media than in actuality. I have been fully briefed and everything is well under control,” Trump tweeted, contradicting his own cybersecurity agency, which described the hacks as a “grave” threat.

On Sunday, Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, blasted Trump for putting the U.S. at continuing risk.

“Russia acted with impunity,” he said. “They didn’t fear what we would be able to do from a cybercapacity. They didn’t think that our defense systems were particularly adequate. And they apparently didn’t think that we would respond in a very aggressive way.”

“I think we’ve come to recognize that the president has a blind spot when it comes to Russia,” Romney added, urging an immediate response and calling cyberspace the “warfare of the future.”

While Trump downplayed the impact of the hacks, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency has said it compromised federal agencies as well as “critical infrastructure.” Homeland Security, the agency’s parent department, defines such infrastructure as any “vital” assets to the U.S. or its economy, a broad category that could include power plants and financial institutions.

It’s not clear exactly what the hackers were seeking, but experts say it could include nuclear secrets, blueprints for advanced weaponry, COVID-19 vaccine-related research and information for dossiers on government and industry leaders.

Still, it may take months to kick elite hackers out of the U.S. government networks they have been quietly rifling through since as far back as March. Christopher Krebs, former director of CISA, highlighted the challenges ahead as Trump dismisses the threat and Biden prepares for his Jan. 20 inauguration.

“The federal civilian agencies, the 101 civilian agencies, are not really optimized for defense right now,” Krebs said. “And what that means is, there’s a lot of old antiquated, legacy IT systems that are hard to defend. Plus, the authorities are not in place for teams like CISA to really get out there and aggressively root out adversaries.”

Throughout his presidency, Trump has refused to blame Russia for well-documented hostilities, including its interference in the 2016 election to help him get elected. He blamed his predecessor, Barack Obama, for Russia’s annexation of Crimea, has endorsed allowing Russia to return to the G-7 group of nations and has never taken the country to task for allegedly putting bounties on U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan.

Klain said the incoming administration was still learning information about the purpose, nature and extent of the hacks and faulted the confused messaging from the Trump administration on who’s to blame.

Klain and Mandia spoke on CBS’ “Face the Nation,” Krebs was on CNN’s “State of the Union,” and Romney was on CNN and NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

 

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What would Biden do?

(1) hide in his basement (2)  Try to bribe them into playing nice like Obama did? (3) Send in the attack dog Kamala? or (4) tell them you are friends with Justin and to be afraid....very afraid?

 

 

Trump issues stern warning to Iran after rocket attack on US Embassy in Baghdad

The attack included 21 rockets fired into the Green Zone

 

Trump's threat came in the form of a tweet that included a photo of what he identified as three Iranian rockets that failed to launch. He said there is chatter that Tehran could be planning future attacks on Americans in Iraq.

"Some friendly health advice to Iran: If one American is killed, I will hold Iran responsible. Think it over."

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If you click on the 'corona virus relief bill' link at the top of your news article it opens the actual legislation.

Quite the headache to go through, but you will see that the funding for Pakistan is also done with many other third world countries and in greater amounts.

It is done so that they stay there instead of trying to get to the U.S..  Much cheaper that way.

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