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August 11, 2022

Pelosi Says China’s President is “Acting Like a Scared Bully”

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY…
1945: Allies refuse Japan’s offer to surrender on the condition that Emperor Hirohito retains his status.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) defended her trip to Taiwan after backlash from China, saying Chinese President Xi Jinping is “acting like a scared bully.”

The visit fanned the flames of tensions with China, which claims Taiwan as part of its territory. China considers trips by foreign government officials to Taiwan to be an acknowledgment of the island’s sovereignty and warned Pelosi’s visit would have an “egregious political impact.” Beijing completed live-fire military exercises in the Taiwan Strait after Pelosi’s departure.

Pelosi told MSNBC’s Morning Joe that the Chinese president is “in a fragile place.”

“He has problems with his economy. He is acting like a scared bully,” she said.

When asked by NBC News host Savannah Guthrie if the trip was “worth it,” Pelosi replied: “Absolutely, without any question.”

“I have overwhelming bipartisan support for our visit to Taiwan, as Speaker of the House and with the distinguished delegation that I went there with. We were very well received. Thousands of people in the streets,” Pelosi added.

The House Speaker said, “what the Chinese are doing is what they usually do.”

Last week, 26 Senate Republicans, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), signed a statement supporting Pelosi’s trip.

“We support Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi’s trip to Taiwan,” the lawmakers said. “For decades, members of the United States Congress, including previous Speakers of the House, have traveled to Taiwan. This travel is consistent with the United States’ One China policy, to which we are committed. We are also committed now, more than ever, to all elements of the Taiwan Relations Act.”

Pelosi noted that a group of senators traveled to Taiwan earlier this year.

“Did anybody make a fuss?” she asked.

“It was bipartisan, it was high-powered, including the chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee — nobody said a word,” Pelosi said. “If they can ignore a trip of five senators in a bipartisan way, why would they decide on my trip that it would be different? … There’s something wrong with this picture.”

Pelosi’s trip made her the highest-ranking American official to visit Taiwan in 25 years.

The House Speaker said Xi “has his own insecurities” and will not control the schedule of members of Congress.


Source: New York Post

August 4, 2022

Details of Paul Pelosi’s DUI Arrest Emerge

Paul Pelosi, the husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), allegedly showed “signs of impairment” including “symptoms of alcohol intoxication” when he was arrested in May for driving under the influence (DUI) charges.

According to court documents, Paul Pelosi’s Porsche and another driver’s Jeep had “major collision damage” in the May 28 crash. The other driver was identified as John Doe.

The DUI report claims that Paul Pelosi handed responding officers his driver’s license and an 11-99 Foundation card — a charity supporting California Highway Patrol (CHP) officers. Pelosi reportedly had “red/watery” eyes and was “unsteady on his feet, his speech was slurred, and he had a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage emanating from his breath.”

According to the documents, Pelosi was the only occupant of his vehicle and was in the driver’s seat when officers arrived at the scene.

Responding officers reportedly transported Pelosi to a CHP office in Napa and took a blood sample. Paul Pelosi had a blood alcohol level of 0.082 — higher than the state’s legal limit.

On Wednesday, Amanda Bevins, Paul Pelosi’s lawyer, pleaded not guilty to both counts on her client’s behalf. He is due back in court on August 23 for a settlement conference, Fox News reported.

The outlet obtained and published the court documents as the House Speaker visited Taiwan this week.


Sources: Newsweek, Fox News

August 2, 2022

“Pray” for Pelosi: Chinese Media Issues Chilling Statement

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY…
1790: The first US census was conducted. The population was 3,939,214, including 697,624 slaves.

China’s state-affiliated media made a chilling statement ahead of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) trip to Taiwan.

“Let her go to Taiwan,” tweeted Hu Xijin, commentator for the Global Times. “But pray before departure: wish herself a safe journey and wish herself not be defined by history as a sinner who starts a spiral of escalation process expanding military frictions to a large-scale war in the Taiwan Strait.”

On Monday, the Taiwanese broadcaster TVBS reported that Pelosi was set to arrive on Tuesday night as part of her tour of Asia.

A CNN report also confirmed Pelosi’s plans. The outlet noted that the stop isn’t currently included in Pelosi’s public itinerary. A Taiwanese official said she is expected to stay in Taiwan overnight, though it is unclear when exactly Pelosi will land in Taipei.

The speaker’s trip comes even after President Joe Biden recently said that the US military didn’t think it was a good time for Pelosi to visit Taiwan.

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 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 24, 2022

Biden: Military Says Pelosi’s Plan “Not a Good Idea”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is planning on visiting Taiwan next month, and the military doesn’t think it’s a great idea, according to President Joe Biden.

“Well, I think that the military thinks it’s not a good idea right now,” Biden said when asked about Pelosi’s potential trip. “But I don’t know what the status of it is.”

However, Michèle Flournoy, who served as Undersecretary of Defense for Policy during the Obama administration, applauded Pelosi’s decision.

“I would say good for her,” Flournoy said. “We need to show Taiwan that we have their backs, that we are committed to support[ing] their self-defense, and that we care, and we’re going to show up, and we’re going to try to deter any unprovoked aggression against them.”

Joseph Nye, former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs, cautioned against the trip.

“I think we ought to be careful about not having high-level visitors to Taiwan,” Nye said. “What we need to do is deter Beijing from thinking they can use force. But at the same time, we don’t want to stick a finger in Xi Jinping’s eye, and provoke them into making some rash decision.” 

July 19, 2022

Pelosi Addresses Husband’s Eyebrow-Raising Stock Purchase

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY…
1848: 1st US women’s rights convention held in Seneca Falls NY, organized by Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott.

Paul Pelosi, the husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), purchased more than $1 million shares of computer chip company Nvidia just weeks before Congress is slated to vote on a bill that would bolster the industry.

According to a disclosure filed by Pelosi’s office, Mr. Pelosi purchased 20,000 shares of Nvidia, a semiconductor company. The Senate will soon vote on a bill that could provide up to $52 billion in subsidies to the semiconductor industry, Reuters reported.

Mr. Pelosi’s stock purchase raised eyebrows. Public Citizen lobbyist Craig Holman told the Daily Caller News Foundation that the disclosure was cause for concern.

“It certainly raises the specter that Paul Pelosi could have access to some insider legislative information,” Holman said. “This is the reason why there is a stock trading app that exclusively monitors Paul’s trading activity and then its followers do likewise.”

Fox Business asked Pelosi’s office to comment on her husband’s purchase.

“The Speaker does not own any stocks.  As you can see from the required disclosures, with which the Speaker fully cooperates, these transactions are marked ‘SP’ for Spouse. The Speaker has no prior knowledge or subsequent involvement in any transactions,” said Drew Hammill, a spokesperson for Pelosi.

“The Speaker believes that sunlight is the best disinfectant. The Speaker has asked Committee on House Administration Chair Zoe Lofgren to examine the issue of Members’ unacceptable noncompliance with the reporting requirements in the STOCK Act, including the possibility of stiffening penalties,” Hammill said. 

 “To be clear, insider trading is already a serious federal criminal and civil violation and the Speaker strongly supports robust enforcement of the relevant statutes by the Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission,” he added.

“The Speaker led the House in passing the bipartisan Courthouse Ethics and Transparency Act, which would subject federal judges to similar disclosure requirements as those in the STOCK Act. President Biden signed this bill into law in May.”

Still, some lawmakers take issue with the purchase.

“Nancy Pelosi is the ultimate insider. Not only is her husband buying stock options on a much higher level than the average member of Congress,” said Rep. James Comer (R-KY).

“The average member of Congress may buys $5,000 or $6,000 of stock. He’s buying $500,000 worth of stock. He’s buying stock options which expire. To be able to trade stock options profitably, you have to know exactly which direction that stock’s going to move, and you can make a huge profit. This is wrong. This is another example of the media turning a blind eye to Nancy Pelosi’s bad behavior and unethical behavior,” Comer said.

July 16, 2022

Two “Aggressive” Abortion Bills Pass Through House

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY…
1940: Adolf Hitler orders preparations for the invasion of Britain (Operation Sea Lion).

The U.S. House of Representatives passed two bills aimed at protecting abortion rights on Friday, exactly three weeks after the overturning of Roe v. Wade.

The Women’s Health Protection Act of 2022 passed mostly along party lines, with every House Republican and one Democrat — Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX) — voting against it.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said the measure “is is strong, focused legislation to once again make the central protections of Roe v. Wade the law of the land.”

“A woman’s health decisions are her own to make, not to be dictated by far-right politicians,” Pelosi continued. “[House Democrats] will continue fighting ferociously to defend Americans’ fundamental freedoms and ensure the central holdings of Roe v. Wade become the law of the land.”

Meanwhile, the Ensuring Access to Abortion Act of 2022 passed with three House Republicans voting in favor. The measure prohibits “the provision of interstate abortion services, and for other purposes,” according to its text.

Both bills now head to the Senate.

“Democrats are once again doubling down on their efforts to nationally enshrine abortion at the expense of democratically passed state laws, our Constitutional order, and the natural, pre-political right to one’s own life,” Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX) told The Daily Wire.

Roy called the passage an “aggressive action” that is meant to “appease the most radical, profit-driven elements of the abortion industry.”

“It only strengthens the argument for federal action to protect this fundamental right for our unborn fellow Americans,” he said.

June 29, 2022

Texas Rep Says Pelosi ‘Pushed’ Her Daughter [Video]

Texas Rep. Mayra Flores (R) says House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) “pushed” her daughter at her recent swearing-in ceremony.

“I am so proud of my strong, beautiful daughter for not allowing this to faze her,” Flores tweeted alongside a video of the incident. “She continued to smile and pose for the picture like a queen.”

Flores added: “No child should be pushed to the side for a photo op. PERIOD!!”

A spokesperson for Pelosi said the Speaker’s intentions were being misrepresented.

“It’s sad to see ‘news outlets’ that know better misrepresent the Speaker’s effort to ensure Rep. Flores’ daughters wouldn’t be hidden behind her in all of the photos of such an important moment for their family,” said Drew Hammill, Pelosi’s deputy chief of staff.

June 27, 2022

New Report Exposes Skeletons in Pelosi’s Closet

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY…
1929: 1st color TV demo, performed by Bell Laboratories in NYC.

A new report by the New York Times details House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) lavish lifestyle and her husband Paul Pelosi’s checkered driving record.

The Napa County District Attorney’s Office announced that Paul Pelosi had been charged in connection with a car crash in Napa County, CA. Charges against the House Speaker’s husband include driving under the influence of alcohol causing injury and driving with a 0.08 percent blood alcohol level or higher and causing injury.

The outlet noted that the details behind the incident “were not especially flattering.” After her husband’s arrest, “the speaker swung into crisis mode,” noting that it would draw attention to the couple’s lavish California life and his “troubled driving record.”

“And it would shine a spotlight on the Pelosis’ California life, where the couple inhabit two homes, including a 16.55-acre gated estate and mingle with other rich residents, at a time when economic hardship is straining many people of lesser means.”

“The accident would refocus attention on Mr. Pelosi’s troubled driving record, including a crash when he was a teenager that left his brother dead,” the NYT reported.

In 1957, a 16-year-old Paul Pelosi was behind the wheel of a sports car that crashed, killing his brother David, who was his passenger.

Roughly two decades later, Pelosi was on her way to a barbecue for a local Northern California politician along with her husband and “a number of their children” when their car flipped over in another wreck.

As of 2022, the Pelosis’ net worth is around $135 million. The Napa Valley Police claim that Paul Pelosi won’t be given any “special treatment,” but they will not release body cam footage until the investigation is over.

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