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July 31, 2022

Trump Slams Pelosi: “She Will Only Make It Worse”

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY…
1917: World War I – Battle of Passchendaele (Third Battle of Ypres) begins and goes on to cause approximately 500,000 casualties.

Former President Donald Trump emphatically criticized House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) plan to visit Taiwan.

Trump rebuked Pelosi in a post on his Truth Social app.

“Why is Nancy Pelosi getting involved with China and Taiwan other than to make trouble and more money, possibly involving insider trading and information, for her cheatin’ husband?” Trump wrote.

“Everything she touches turns to Chaos, Disruption, and ‘Crap’ (her second big Congress ‘flop’ happening now!), and the China mess is the last thing she should be involved in – She will only make it worse. Crazy Nancy just inserts herself and causes great friction and hatred. She is such a mess!!!”

The Chinese government has also condemned Pelosi’s planned visit, saying it would challenge a “red line” and be met with “resolute countermeasures.”

President Joe Biden recently said that the U.S. military thinks Pelosi’s trip to Taiwan is “not a good idea right now.”

But some lawmakers have applauded Pelosi’s plan to visit Taiwan, including Rep. Steve Chabot (R-OH), who chairs the Congressional Taiwan Caucus.

“I hope she stands up to the pressure that she’s going to get, and is already getting, from President Biden and the administration. I think it’s important that we show solidarity with our ally Taiwan,” said Chabot. “So I commend her for making the decision to go. I hope she sticks to her guns.” 

July 30, 2022

Congresswoman Gives Colleagues 1-Finger Salute [Video]

Rep. Linda Sanchez (D-CA) gave the middle finger to her Republican colleagues as she jogged by the GOP dugout during the 87th annual Congressional Baseball Game for Charity.

According to a report, the Republican team was winning 5-0 in the bottom of the sixth inning when Sanchez “drew a leadoff walk.” As she jogged back to the Democrat dugout, she looked toward the GOP bench and flipped them the bird.

It’s not clear if something prompted the rude gesture from Sanchez, the report noted.

The congresswoman came under fire for her unsportsmanlike conduct during a charity event.

Conservative author Nick Adams called Sanchez “classless.”

“Giving the middle finger to the GOP Baseball team is hateful and divisive,” he wrote on Twitter. “Sanchez should be banned from all future Congressional baseball games and permanently stripped of all committees.”

California Democrat Rep. Linda Sanchez gave the Republican dug out the finger right before her team got BODIED 10-0 by the GOP in the congressional baseball game,” said Newsmax host Benny Johnson. “What a nasty, disgusting slob. Perfect representation of the modern Left.”

Former North Carolina congressman Mark Walker tweeted: “Congresswoman Linda Sanchez flipping off Republicans in a charity game to support the Boys and Girls Club of DC. Sad!”

July 30, 2022

China Says White House Lied

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY…
1935: 1st Penguin book is published, starting the paperback revolution.

The White House claimed that President Joe Biden raised concerns over “forced labor” and “ethnic genocide” during a call with Chinese President Xi Jinping — but China pushed back against the claim, calling it “disinformation.”

“According to White House Press Secretary, ‘genocide’ & ‘forced labor’ came up in last night’s call between Chinese & US Presidents. That is disinformation,” said China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA).

The two presidents had a call on Thursday. Hours later, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters that Biden had “raised genocide and forced labor practices by the [People’s Republic of China].”

“That is something that he raised about human rights, as he always does,” said Jean-Pierre. “This is, as we’ve said, that anytime the president has an opportunity, he raises that when he meets with another leader and called on [the] PRC to cease its ongoing human rights abuses across China.” 

MFA spokesperson Lijian Zhao addressed the White House’s claim in a press conference on Friday, calling the White House’s claim “pure lies.”

“White House spokesperson said the issues of genocide and forced labor were mentioned in the call last night, that is false information,” said Zhao.

A spokesperson for the National Security Council reiterated the White House’s claim in a statement to the New York Post on Friday.

“I’m not going to get into a back and forth with a [People’s Republic of China] government spokesperson,” said the spokesperson. “The president raised concerns about human rights with President Xi, as he always does. He was crystal clear about his concerns. He also raised the need to resolve the cases of American citizens who are wrongfully detained or subject to exit bans in China.”

July 29, 2022

Trump Announces “Intent To File” Defamation Lawsuit Against CNN

Former President Donald Trump announced that he plans to file a lawsuit against CNN, alleging that the network repeatedly made “defamatory statements” about him.

“I have notified CNN of my intent to file a lawsuit over their repeated defamatory statements against me,” Trump said in a statement through his Save America PAC.

“I will also be commencing actions against other media outlets who have defamed me and defrauded the public regarding the overwhelming evidence of fraud throughout the 2020 Election. I will never stop fighting for the truth and for the future of our Country!”

The 282-page letter dated July 21 from Trump’s legal team to CNN executives calls on the network to “publish a full and fair correction, apology, or retraction” of numerous alleged “false and defamatory” claims about Trump within 10 days.

James Trusty, one of Trump’s attorneys, estimates that CNN aired “defamatory comments” about the former president 7,700 times.

“Failure to publish such a correction, apology, or retraction will result in the filing of a lawsuit and damages being sought against you, CNN,” the letter read.

Much of the alleged defamation stems from the network’s coverage of Trump’s claims of widespread fraud in the 2020 presidential election.

“President Trump harbors a subjective belief that he was unfairly deprived of a second term in office. This is particularly valid in the context of an incumbent president receiving over 74 million votes, a record number for any Republican candidate in history,” the letter read.

“By refusing to acknowledge President Trump could be correct or that he could genuinely believe his contention is correct, CNN has willfully acted in disregard for the truth and has acted with reckless disregard for the truth. CNN’s relentless and willful campaign to brand President Trump a ‘liar’ and purveyor of the ‘Big Lie’ is defamatory in nature.”

July 29, 2022

House to Unveil Legislation Banning Stock Trading in Congress After Exposure of Widespread Wrongdoing

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY…
1905: US Secretary of War William Howard Taft makes secret agreement with Japanese Prime Minister Katsura agreeing to Japanese free rein in Korea in return for non-interference with the US in the Philippines.

House Democrats are set to unveil legislation banning stock trading for members of Congress, their spouses, and senior staffers.

Both Punchbowl News and Business Insider confirmed that lawmakers intend to move forward with the legislation.

The ban would require lawmakers, spouses, and senior staff members to either put their assets in a blind trust or sell them, as reported by Punchbowl. Under the ban, lawmakers would still be able to hold mutual funds.

According to the outlet, House Democrats plan to introduce the legislation early next month, with a potential vote in September.

“We’re almost ready to move forward on this,” Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), the chair of the House Administration Committee, told Punchbowl.

“Public office is a public trust. It is my personal view that there should be regulation, or cessation, with respect to members and their spouses owning or trading stocks and other financial instruments,” Lofgren said in a statement to Business Insider.

“For the past months, I have been seeking to build consensus on this issue so we can move forward. Having considered substantial input from our hearing and reviewed a range of legislative proposals, I hope to release a legislative framework for public review in the coming weeks.”

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) publicly addressed the plan on Thursday.

“We are so close and making progress! Keep up the pressure everyone!” Ocasio-Cortez wrote on Twitter.

The news follows Business Insider’s “Conflicted Congress” report that exposed widespread violations of the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge (STOCK) Act, the outlet noted.

The “Conflicted Congress” investigation didn’t just identify dozens of lawmakers who violated the STOCK Act. It found dozens of other lawmakers whose stock market moves are directly incompatible with their public positions.

“This includes members who craft anti-tobacco policy but invest in tobacco giants and Democrats who receive plaudits from environmental groups for crafting policy aimed at combating the climate crisis — yet invest in fossil fuel companies,” Business Insider noted.

Paul Pelosi, the husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), has been under public scrutiny recently. According to Insider, he’s traded millions of dollars worth of stock and options across 19 companies since 2021.

When asked if her husband has ever made any trades based on information she’s given him, Speaker Pelosi said, “Absolutely not.”

July 28, 2022

Massive “Out of Control” Chinese Rocket Hurtling Toward Earth

Experts are alarmed over yet another out-of-control Chinese rocket currently plummeting toward Earth.

The debris of a 21-ton Long March 5B rocket may fail to burn up as it re-enters into Earth’s atmosphere, concerned experts say. The rocket, which was just launched into space on Sunday, could plummet to an uncertain location and at a great speed.

The Long March 5B was carrying a solar-powered new lab as an addition to China’s Tiangong Space Station.

The chances of rocket debris hitting a populated area are very low, but experts still believe that China is taking an unnecessary risk — a risk that’s increased in recent years.

Last year, China’s spacecraft showered debris over the Indian Ocean near the Maldives.

NASA Administrator Bill Nelson, at the time, accused China of “failing to meet responsible standards regarding their space debris,” including lowering risks during re-entry and being transparent about operations.

“Spacefaring nations must minimize the risks to people and property on Earth of re-entries of space objects and maximize transparency regarding those operations. It is clear that China is failing to meet responsible standards regarding their space debris,” Nelson said in a statement.

Scientists say the problem with China’s rockets can be traced back to the country’s risky launch process.

Discarded rocket stages typically re-enter the Earth’s atmosphere soon after launch, normally over water, and don’t soar into orbit. The Long March 5B rocket, however, goes into orbit. 

China has denied any irresponsibility, with its Foreign Ministry saying the possibility of damage to anything or anyone on the land is “extremely low.”

In 2020, debris from the first Long March 5B fell on Ivory Coast, causing damage to several buildings. No injuries were reported as a result.

July 28, 2022

Chris Cuomo Shrugs Off Assault Allegations

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY…
1917: Silent Parade organized by James Weldon Johnson of 10,000 African-Americans who march on 5th Ave in NYC to protest against lynching.

Chris Cuomo dismissed sexual misconduct allegations against him, saying it’s “in the past.”

Cuomo sat down for an interview with NewsNation, his new employer, during which he had a tense exchange with host Dan Abrams.

Abrams had asked Cuomo about reports that CNN’s last straw with him “was a claim of sexual assault against you.” The NewsNation host read from reports that Cuomo’s accuser “suspected he was concerned about her coming forward publicly with her allegations and wanted to use the proposed segment as an opportunity to ‘test the waters’ and discourage her from going on the record about his sexual misconduct.”

“My feeling is, it’s in the past, I’m never going to be able to convince people one way or another [and] I feed the story by commenting on it,” Cuomo said. “I denied it. And you try to move on.”

During the interview, Cuomo criticized former CNN colleagues Don Lemon and Jake Tapper for not making more of an effort to reach out last year after the network fired him.

Abrams asked Cuomo about Lemon and Tapper “coming out aggressively” against him amid his ousting from the network.

“They’re good people. They’re good people,” the former Cuomo Prime Time host said.

“I cannot blame people for acting on what they’re told,” he continued, referencing Lemon and Tapper.

“Should they have called me? Of course. But I understand the circumstances, also.”

Cuomo said he understood “why they may not have felt that was an option. But these are good people.”

“They take their jobs seriously. I’m not gonna judge them for what they say about me based on what they knew and didn’t know.”

“I wish them well,” he added.

CNN fired Cuomo last year after it became known that he’d played an active role in helping his brother, former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D), discredit sexual misconduct claims against him.

Cuomo filed a $125 million claim against CNN, seeking wages and damages. In the arbitration brief, Cuomo alleged that CNN executives Jeff Zucker and Allison Gollust — who both resigned from the network after failing to disclose their romantic relationship — did not discipline other CNN staff who appeared to break the rules.

“As long as CNN’s ratings would not be hurt, Zucker and Gollust were more than willing to overlook major transgressions by CNN personalities such as Don Lemon and Jake Tapper, or even to engage in blatant misconduct themselves,” the filing said.

Business Insider obtained an audio clip of a network meeting after Zucker’s resignation, in which Lemon argued against Cuomo receiving any severance payment.

During the meeting, Lemon reportedly said: “Did you think about what message it sends to the journalists in this company and to the larger public, that someone can be found to break with those journalistic standards and then get paid handsomely for it?”

July 27, 2022

Congresswoman Slams “Godless, Lying” Rachel Maddow

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) slammed MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow for “smearing” her “with lies about my faith and love for America.”

The congresswoman’s comments come after Maddow compared her to self-proclaimed “Christian nationalist” Gerald L.K. Smith.

“Rachel Maddow is smearing me with lies about my faith and love for America and trying to connect me to someone I’ve never heard of or know anything about,” Greene wrote on Twitter.

Greene said Maddow “gets paid to lie about me by her hard left employers at MSNBC.”

“What a pitiful way to earn a paycheck,” Greene said. According to the New York Post, Maddow’s salary is an estimated $30 million annually.

“In reality, being a Christian means I acknowledge I’m a sinner and my savior is a Jewish man named Jesus who I believe is the son of God,” Greene wrote. “I also believe God’s word in the Bible, which is about the people of Israel and the gospel of Jesus Christ.”

“The godless lying left has been lying about me from day one and calling me anti-semitic, racist, fascist, and even a Nazi, which are all absolutely disgusting lies about me,” Greene added. “But their problem is that most people see through their lies [because] their empty words don’t match the truth.”

“Yes I’m a Christian. I’m not perfect, I’m a sinner, and I know I can’t ever be perfect enough to go to heaven based on my acts alone,” Greene added. “I need a savior and his name is Jesus.”

July 27, 2022

Senator Alleges Widespread FBI Effort to Downplay Negative Information About Hunter Biden

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY…
1586: Walter Raleigh brings the 1st tobacco to England from Virginia.

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) claims that “highly credible” whistleblowers have informed him of a widespread effort within the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to downplay or discredit “derogatory information” about President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden.

Grassley outlined his concerns in a July 25 letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray and Attorney General Merrick Garland.

“The information provided to my office involves concerns about the FBI’s receipt and use of derogatory information relating to Hunter Biden, and the FBI’s false portrayal of acquired evidence as disinformation,” Grassley wrote. “The volume and consistency of these allegations substantiate their credibility and necessitate this letter.” 

Grassley, the ranking member on the Senate Judiciary Committee, said that the whistleblowers claimed that the agency dismissed legitimate intelligence about Hunter Biden as “disinformation.”

The Iowa senator stressed that if the whistleblowers’ claims were true, then the agencies are “institutionally corrupted to their very core.”

“You have an obligation to the country to take these allegations seriously, immediately investigate and take steps to institute fixes to these and other matters before you,” Grassley wrote.

The whistleblowers claimed that in 2020, “the FBI developed information about Hunter Biden’s criminal financial and related activity,” Grassley wrote.

“Based on allegations, verified and verifiable derogatory information on Hunter Biden was falsely labeled as disinformation,” he continued.

Grassley added that such action continued until at least October 2020, shortly before the presidential election. The information was dismissed as disinformation even though it was “either verified or verifiable via criminal search warrants.”

The assistant special agent in charge then “allegedly ordered the matter closed without providing a valid reason” — and then “attempted to improperly mark the matter in FBI systems so that it could not be opened in the future,” Grassley wrote.

“If these allegations are true and accurate, the Justice Department and FBI are – and have been – institutionally corrupted to their very core to the point in which the United States Congress and the American people will have no confidence in the equal application of the law.”

“Attorney General Garland and Director Wray, simply put, based on the allegations that I’ve received from numerous whistleblowers, you have systemic and existential problems within your agencies,” Grassley concluded.

The senator demanded an investigation and release of any documents on the dismissed probes into Hunter Biden.

July 26, 2022

Trump Says “Fox & Friends” Has Gone to the “Dark Side”

Former President Donald Trump said that Fox News’s morning show Fox & Friends has “gone to the ‘dark side.'”

“@foxandfriends just really botched my poll numbers, no doubt on purpose,” Trump wrote on his social media app, Truth Social. “That show has been terrible — gone to the ‘dark side.’ They quickly quote the big Turning Point Poll victory of almost 60 points over the number two Republican, and then hammer me with outliers. Actually, almost all polls have me leading all Republicans & Biden BY A LOT.”

Trump was referencing the show’s coverage of a new poll from Turning Point USA, which showed the former president doing far better than every other potential GOP primary candidate.

“That is a little different than a couple of other polls we’ve seen over the past couple of weeks,” Fox News’s Steve Doocy said. “So it’s like the young people who are activists at that [Turning Point] event like the former president, but looking at these other polls, different answer.”

“If you look state by state, Ron DeSantis is showing tremendous strength in New Hampshire, Michigan, and Florida,” co-host Brian Kilmeade added.

Trump’s post on Truth Social also included a dig at “RINO Paul Ryan,” who is on the Fox Corp. board.

“RINO Paul Ryan, one of the weakest and worst Speakers EVER, must be running the place,” Trump said.

The Fox News coverage comes shortly after the editorial board of the New York Post said that Trump has proved himself to be “unworthy” of another presidential term.

Business Insider referred to the outlet’s op-ed, published Friday, as a “stunning reversal of fortune for Trump.”

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