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|Five More Things You Probably Didn't Know about Susan Rice|
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Joe Biden is reportedly considering Barack Obama’s former national-security adviser Susan Rice to be his running mate. National Review’s Jim Geraghty recently told us "20 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Susan Rice."
I worked with Rice during the Clinton administration and have five more things the public needs to know.
1. Rice was obsessed with U.N. peacekeeping to solve world conflicts.
2. Rice disliked hearing opposing views.
3. Hillary Clinton and Susan Rice did not get along because Rice refused to abide by the State Department’s chain of command.
4. Rice, not Clinton, took the fall for the terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi because Clinton outsmarted her.
5. Rice was a key player in the Clinton administration’s bungling of African conflicts and genocide.
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|Maureen Dowd didn't kill herself|
|[Twitchy] ‘YIKES’! Was the Hillary Clinton/Tim Kaine 2016 ticket THIS forgettable? (NYT Opinion deleted the tweet but here it is)|
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|Democrats' ‘War Game' for Election Includes West Coast Secession, Possible Civil War|
|[Breitbart] Democrats are contemplating secession and potential civil war as they game out possible scenarios for a closely contested election, according to a report by Ben Smith in a New York Times column Sunday.|
The bulk of Smith’s column is devoted to the question of how the media will handle Election Night coverage, given that the result may not be known for weeks. Vote-by-mail, which many states have only recently adopted — ostensibly, to prevent the spread of coronavirus in polling places — could lead to an uncertain result.
However, buried near the end of Smith’s column is a report that Democrats have participated in a "war game" in which they considered several possible outcomes of the election.
In one scenario, John Podesta — the former chair of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, and a leading figure in party circles — played former Vice President Joe Biden, and refused to concede the election.
The result: the threat of secession by the entire West Coast, followed by the possible intervention of the U.S. armed forces:
|Obama Holdovers with Islamist Connections Still Employed by the DoJ|
|[American Thinker] What’s with all the Obama holdovers who can still be found throughout the Trump administration? It is now just a little over three months before the 2020 presidential election, and despite an alarming amount of evidence of Obama holdovers still in the Washington bureaucracy, working hard to block Trump policies, all too many of these saboteurs are still in place. One of them is an appeaser, capitulator, and Muslim Brotherhood stooge named Eric W. Treene.|
The Justice Department’s "Religious Freedom in Focus" is "a periodic email update about the Civil Rights Division’s religious liberty and religious discrimination cases." It lists as a contact the Special Counsel for Religious Discrimination, Eric W. Treene. I exposed Treene’s subservience to Muslim organizations linked to Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood over eight years ago. What’s Eric Treene still doing there?
Back in January 2012, after receiving a huge box (in response to my Freedom of Information Act request) full of documents relating to the Justice Department’s interactions with Muslim groups linked to Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood, I wrote that what struck me almost immediately was the casual familiarity between the Muslim groups including the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), which has admitted its ties to the Brotherhood and Hamas, although it claims that it is no longer connected with either, and senior officials of the Department of Justice, all the way up to Assistant Attorney General Tom Perez. They discuss lunch, vacations, job changes -- always with the Muslim Brotherhood groups pushing their narrative, even in these casual exchanges.
Even more striking was the servile demeanor of Eric Treene, who was then listed as Special Counsel for the Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, and the demanding condescension of Muslim Brotherhood operatives. Muslim and Arab operatives treat Treene and Co. like an errand boy, asking them for email addresses of other contacts and setting them to perform the most menial gofer duties. The DoJ even takes lunch orders and picks up the tab, and in some cases asks them how much money they need for a little soiree they’re holding. It is astonishing.
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|Polls: Biden's Lead in Minnesota Narrows|
|Two polls released on Tuesday show that presumptive Democrat nominee Joe Biden's lead over President Donald Trump has slipped in the key battleground state of Minnesota.|
A Trafalgar Group poll of 1,129 likely voters conducted between July 23 and July 25 with a 2.8 percent margin of error shows that Biden's lead has slipped to five points, 49 percent to 44 percent, while a Morning Consult poll shows his lead has slipped to three points.
A Fox News poll released last week had Biden's lead at 13 points. A Gravis poll released in June showed Biden with a 16-point lead.
Minnesota's ten electoral college votes are expected to play a key role in determining the winner of the 2020 presidential election.
In 2016, Hillary Clinton narrowly won the state and its electoral college votes, defeating Donald Trump by a mere 44,000 votes, a 1.5 percent margin.
Unlike 2016, when the Trump campaign devoted few resources to winning the state, the president's re-election campaign has spent the past two years building a get-out-the-vote infrastructure in the state, which remains deeply divided between the far left progressive urban area of Minneapolis-St.Paul and the more conservative rural areas. Those divisions have deepened in the aftermath of the death of George Floyd while being taken into custody by the Minneapolis Police Department in May, and the subsequent riots that left many parts of Minneapolis-St. Paul decimated.
On May 31, Politico described Minnesota as "the most volatile swing state of all," and the latest results from the Trafalgar Group poll and the Morning Consult poll are consistent with that characterization.
The Morning Consult poll results in Minnesota are especially interesting because the trend of declining support for Biden in that state runs counter to the trend identified in several other battleground states in which Morning Consult also released polling results on Tuesday.
Morning Consult conducted polling in twelve key battleground states using a methodology that reflects "a 10-day moving average of vote share among likely voters in each state. Surveys were conducted between July 17 and July 26, 2020."
"President Donald Trump faces an increasingly daunting electoral map according to new battleground state polling from Morning Consult Political Intelligence," Nick Laughlin wrote in the summary of Tuesday's release from Morning Consult/Political Intelligence. "Trump has seen his lead evaporate in certain must-win states, such as Florida and Texas, and he doesn't hold a lead outside the margin of error in any of the 12 states included in this release."
In Minnesota, the Morning Consult poll found that Joe Biden's lead over President Trump is just three points, 47 percent to 44 percent, which is within the poll's 3.8 percent margin of error. (The poll included responses from 662 likely voters).
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|Muslim Democrat Political Candidate in Illinois – Endorsed by Hillary Clinton – Says She's Been Watching Video of Assault of Federal Officer on Repeat, Laughing Non-Stop|
|[GatewayPundit] A federal officer Saturday night was hit in the face with a projectile by a Portland rioter.|
Far-left accounts and Antifa have been celebrating the video of the assault.
Muslim Democrat candidate for Dupage County Board (District 4), Hadiya Afzal joined in with Antifa terrorists in celebrating the video.
Afzal said she’s been watching the video of the assault on the federal officer on repeat and laughing non-stop.
Hadiya Afzal was endorsed by Hillary Clinton.
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|Meet Steele Dossier's 'Primary Subsource': Fabulist Russian at Democrat Think Tank Whose Boozy Past the FBI Ignored|
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[RCI via AOSHQ] The mysterious "Primary Subsource" that Christopher Steele has long hidden behind to defend his discredited Trump-Russia dossier is former Brookings Institution analyst -- Igor "Iggy" Danchenko, a Russian national whose past includes criminal convictions and other personal baggage ignored by the FBI in vetting him and the information he fed to Steele, according to congressional sources and records obtained by RealClearInvestigations. Agents continued to use the dossier as grounds to investigate President Trump and put his advisers under counter-espionage surveillance.
The 42-year-old Danchenko, who was hired by Steele in 2016 to deploy a network of sources to dig up dirt on Trump and Russia for the Hillary Clinton campaign, was arrested, jailed and convicted years earlier on multiple public drunkenness and disorderly conduct charges in the Washington area and ordered to undergo substance-abuse and mental-health counseling, according to criminal records.
Related: Conservative Treehouse commenters dig into Igor Danchencko’s background.
|As if 2020 Wasn't Contentious Enough|
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[AmericanThinker] 2. Another Possible Supreme Court Hearing, Certain to be Contentious
The latest storm of vitriol and partisanship is likely to center on Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who had known since some time in May that her liver cancer has returned, and had been undergoing a course of chemotherapy (gemcitabine) since May 19. This week she announced, quite tardily it seemed to me, this significant medical information, bringing us up to date on the latest:
"My most recent scan on July 7 indicated significant reduction of the liver lesions and no new disease. I am tolerating chemotherapy well and am encouraged by the success of my current treatment. I will continue bi-weekly chemotherapy to keep my cancer at bay, and am able to maintain an active daily routine, Throughout, I have kept up with opinion writing and all other Court work."
Whatever you think of her, I think it unlikely that she will survive much longer, even as resilient as she is. She’s 87. In 1999 she was treated for colon cancer; in 2009 for pancreatic cancer; in 2018 for lung cancer; in 2019 for a tumor on her pancreas. And now, liver cancer.
She has reiterated that she "will remain a member of the Court as long as I can do the job full steam. I remain fully able to do that," but I think that is a very optimistic assessment, given her history and age.
If her assessment does prove overly optimistic and a replacement is needed, we can expect the Democrats will dial up the cant and lies we saw in the Gorsuch and Kavanaugh hearings a couple hundred notches. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will have his work cut out for him. It cannot have escaped Trump’s opponents that due to McConnell’s deft hand, the President has significantly altered the federal judiciary, getting Senate confirmation of 200 federal court judges. (Two Supreme Court justices, 53 Courts of Appeals judges and 143 U.S. District Court Judges.) Thanks, too, should go to former President Obama who left all these vacancies, doubtless in the belief that Hillary Clinton would be his successor and he could count on her to fill these slots with the same kind of activist leftwing judges he would have appointed. To no small extent, the judiciary and the Supreme Court in particular, have outsize, unwarranted power here these days and this is why such confirmation hearings increasingly look like pitched battles, but here we are and that’s the fact.
|Trump confirms he OK'd US cyberattack against Russia in 2018: report|
|[FoxNews] President Trump acknowledged this week that in 2018 he authorized a covert U.S. cyberattack against a Russian “troll farm,” according to a report.|
The attack targeted Russia’s Internet Research Agency, the St. Petersburg organization that led Russian efforts to disrupt the 2016 U.S. presidential election and was repeating its efforts ahead of the 2018 midterm elections, The Washington Post reported.
In an interview with Post columnist Marc A. Thiessen, Trump said he OK’d the U.S. operation after receiving an intelligence report about Russia’s activities.
“Look, we stopped it,” the president said, contrasting his action with what he claimed was former President Barack Obama’s reluctance to take action in 2016.
According to Thiessen, Trump claimed Obama “said nothing” about Russian interference that year because he thought Hillary Clinton was going to win the race for the White House against Trump.
Trump said Obama “knew before the election that Russia was playing around. Or, he was told. Whether or not it was so or not, who knows? And he said nothing. And the reason he said nothing was that he didn’t want to touch it because he thought [Clinton] was winning because he read phony polls. So, he thought she was going to win.“
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|Michigan Dem Warns Her Party: The Polls Showing Biden With A Big Lead Over Trump Are Wrong|
|[Hot Air] I knew there’d be plenty of poll truthers this summer and fall. I just didn’t expect a Democratic congresswoman to be one of them.|
Part of what she says to Politico reporter Tim Alberta is common sense. Namely, if the polls could underestimate Trump’s support in 2016, they can do it again. Most pollsters are more attentive this year to making sure that white voters without a college degree are properly represented in their samples, as that’s the group that was undercounted in polling four years ago and ended up putting Trump over the top. Now that polling outfits are looking for them, they’re less likely to be undercounted again. But no one knows how many casual voters in that group who typically don’t turn out to vote will go to the polls for Trump this November. There may be more of them out there who didn’t show up in 2016 but are planning to do so in the fall.
Although, to believe that, you’d have to explain why they’d be motivated to turn out against Sleepy Joe Biden amid a pandemic that’s going terribly for the U.S. if they weren’t motivated to turn out against the deeply disliked Hillary Clinton when Trump was a fresh-faced outsider.
Another reason for what she says is Democratic fear of complacency. Every time a new poll drops showing Biden up 10 points, two groups of people scream. One is Republican activists (led by the president himself), who holler, "Suppression poll! They’re trying to demoralize us so that we stay home!" The other is Democratic activists, who holler, "Complacency poll! They’re trying to convince us that the race is in the bag so that we stay home!" I think that’s partly what’s driving Elissa Slotkin’s suspicions here.
She’s understandably spooked that her home state of Michigan, which was supposed to be safely blue in 2016, might have another surprise waiting for Democrats. And she has special reason to fear it, as her home district leans slightly Republican (R+4). She was one of the purple-district Dems who swept to victory in the blue wave two years ago. Then she turned around and voted to impeach last year, pissing off the Republican majority in her district. She’s sending a signal here to Democrats in her district: I need every vote on Election Day to survive. Assume nothing based on the polls.
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|Parler's Connections To a Lobbying Firm That Works For Big Tech and Overwhelmingly Contributes To The Left and GOPe|
|[Ad-Free.Org] Parler is a social network that claims to be "non-biased, free speech social media focused on protecting user's rights." These claims have been contested lately, and now a deeper look into Parler shows a connection with a lobbying firm that donated to Hillary Clinton and that lobbied for big tech firms. On the Nevada business license page for Parler LLC, a company named "NDMascendant LLC" is listed as a manager. The listed reservation holder for NDMascendant LLC is Greenberg Traurig. Parler also had a separate expired Nevada business license registration with Greenberg Traurig's name listed on it as well.|
Many individuals at Greenberg Traurig have also made political donations, which can also be searched through on OpenSecrets as well. The most notable donation recipient is Hillary Clinton whom was the largest recipient by far during the 2016 presidential election. President Donald Trump did not appear to receive any donations from Greenberg Traurig during that year.
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|Deloitte says Harvard grad who wept dramatically over loss of ‘dream job’ was NEVER an employee|
|[BIZPACREVIEW] The story involving Harvard graduate Claira Janover has taken on bizarre elements of a Seinfeld episode after the company she claimed she was fired from said that she never worked for them.|
A teary-eyed Janover said she was fired from her "government and public-service analyst" job at Deloitte amid the fierce backlash over her threatening to stab anyone who dare to say "All Lives Matter," rather than Black Lives Matter.
The only problem with Janover playing the victim is that Deloitte confirmed that she was never an employee of the company, the Daily Mail reported Friday.
Deloitte managing director Jonathan Gandal told the British tabloid that Janover "has never been an employee of our organization."
Instead, according to Gandal, she was "formerly scheduled for a two-week internship later this summer."