Biden’s Oil Slick of an Energy Plan Will Costs Tens of Thousands of Jobs in Texas
The oil & gas industry is the heart and soul of the Louisiana and Texas economies, so any ban on drilling off the coasts of these two states would be catastrophic to Americans and the national economy— tens of thousands of jobs would be lost.
Even as President Donald Trump extended the moratorium for drilling off of Florida’s shores, a move that was welcomed by both Republican and Democratic lawmakers in Washington, the president wants to expand drilling in the rest of the Gulf of Mexico and off the Atlantic coastline.
ICE in the Hot Seat (Again)
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Reps. Sylvia Garcia, Veronica Escobar, Joaquin Castro, and many others, have expressed their concerns over the allegation levied on the Trump administration. Again, these are allegations made and an investigation is underway into the matter.
“If true, this grotesque behavior harkens back to some of the darkest chapters in our country’s history.”…“part of a larger pattern of reproductive injustices”- House Hispanic Caucus
“CNBC Host Calls Nancy Pelosi ‘Crazy Nancy’ During Interview” by Texas Politics’ Mona Salama – CNBC’s Mad Money host Jim Cramer called House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) “Crazy Nancy” to her face during a live interview Tuesday morning when discussing the stalemate in coronavirus stimulus talks. Cramer was questioning the House Speaker about an interview she did a few days ago with CNN in which she stated she remains optimistic for a deal despite talks between Trump administration officials and congressional Democrats remain stalled over a new round of coronavirus relief measures. “Really?” Cramer asked. “I mean, I thought I’d take it right off the table right this very minute. You’ve got Mark Meadows going and saying he was the skunk at the party. He didn’t really — you know, he’s gotten in the way between you and, I think Secretary Mnuchin.” “What deal can we have, Crazy Nancy?” Cramer added, echoing the nickname President Trump has frequently employed to mock Pelosi on Twitter. The CNBC host quickly attempted to apologize after catching himself using the taunting nickname, saying he was imitating Trump’s insult and “would never use that term.” “I’m sorry, that was the president, I have such reverence for the office I would never use that term,” Cramer responded. “But you just did,” Pelosi shot back while in shock hearing the host use the nickname to her face. “Oh come on, you know what I mean, the reverence I have for the office is so great that I think it’s a travesty to ever call, look, you’re,” the CNBC anchor replied before the House Speaker interrupted. “I know what you mean,” Pelosi replied before going into a tirade by bashing President Trump. “Let me just say this, anything the president says is a projection of his own insecurities. He calls other people crazy because he knows he is,” Pelosi said. “He complains about this, that and the other thing because he knows his own shortcomings. He’s a master of projection. So anytime he says something you say, ‘Uh-oh, that’s what he’s thinking of himself.’”
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“Israel, UAE, Bahrain Sign Historic U.S-Brokered Normalization Peace Accords” by Texas Politics’ Mona Salama – President Trump welcomed the Prime Minister of Israel and the Foreign Ministers of Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to the White House on Tuesday as he presided over the signing over the historic agreements formalizing diplomatic relations between Israel and two Gulf Arab nations. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu signed the agreements with United Arab Emirates Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahyan and Bahrain’s Foreign Minister Abdullatif Al Zayani during a ceremony at the White House. The agreements, dubbed the “Abraham Accords,” in honor of the three religions represent the first time an Arab country has normalized relations with Israel in more than 25 years. It includes the establishment of the first embassies in one another’s countries and the start of the first commercial flights between Israel and UAE. The last peace treaties with Israel were signed by Egypt in 1979 and Jordan in 1994. Trump said the agreements would serve as “the foundation for a comprehensive peace across the entire region.” “We’re here this afternoon to change the course of history. After decades of division and conflict, we mark a dawn of a new Middle East,” Trump said at the ceremony in the South Lawn of the White House. “Thanks to the great courage of the leaders of these three countries, we take a major stride towards a future in which people of all faiths and backgrounds live together in peace and prosperity.” “These agreements prove that the nations of the region are breaking free of the failed approaches of the past,” Trump continued. “The people of the Middle East will no longer allow hatred of Israel to be fomented as an excuse for radicalism or extremism.”
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“CNBC Host Calls Nancy Pelosi ‘Crazy Nancy’ During Interview” by The Floridian’s Mona Salama – CNBC’s Mad Money host Jim Cramer called House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) “Crazy Nancy” to her face during a live interview Tuesday morning when discussing the stalemate in coronavirus stimulus talks. Cramer was questioning the House Speaker about an interview she did a few days ago with CNN in which she stated she remains optimistic for a deal despite talks between Trump administration officials and congressional Democrats remain stalled over a new round of coronavirus relief measures. “Really?” Cramer asked. “I mean, I thought I’d take it right off the table right this very minute. You’ve got Mark Meadows going and saying he was the skunk at the party. He didn’t really — you know, he’s gotten in the way between you and, I think Secretary Mnuchin.” “What deal can we have, Crazy Nancy?” Cramer added, echoing the nickname President Trump has frequently employed to mock Pelosi on Twitter. The CNBC host quickly attempted to apologize after catching himself using the taunting nickname, saying he was imitating Trump’s insult and “would never use that term.” “I’m sorry, that was the president, I have such reverence for the office I would never use that term,” Cramer responded. “But you just did,” Pelosi shot back while in shock hearing the host use the nickname to her face. “Oh come on, you know what I mean, the reverence I have for the office is so great that I think it’s a travesty to ever call, look, you’re,” the CNBC anchor replied before the House Speaker interrupted.
“Israel, UAE, Bahrain Sign Historic U.S-Brokered Normalization Peace Accords” by The Floridian’s Mona Salama – President Trump welcomed the Prime Minister of Israel and the Foreign Ministers of Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to the White House on Tuesday as he presided over the signing over the historic agreements formalizing diplomatic relations between Israel and two Gulf Arab nations. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu signed the agreements with United Arab Emirates Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahyan and Bahrain’s Foreign Minister Abdullatif Al Zayani during a ceremony at the White House. The agreements, dubbed the “Abraham Accords,” in honor of the three religions represent the first time an Arab country has normalized relations with Israel in more than 25 years. It includes the establishment of the first embassies in one another’s countries and the start of the first commercial flights between Israel and UAE. The last peace treaties with Israel were signed by Egypt in 1979 and Jordan in 1994. Trump said the agreements would serve as “the foundation for a comprehensive peace across the entire region.” “We’re here this afternoon to change the course of history. After decades of division and conflict, we mark a dawn of a new Middle East,” Trump said at the ceremony in the South Lawn of the White House. “Thanks to the great courage of the leaders of these three countries, we take a major stride towards a future in which people of all faiths and backgrounds live together in peace and prosperity.”
“Trump threatens Iran with massive counter-attack if they attack U.S.” by The Floridian’s Javier Manjarres – President Donald Trump has drawn a line in the sand with the Islamist Iranian government after it was reported that the Iranians were planning to assassinate the U.S. Ambassador to South Africa, Lana Marks. Trump tweeted that “Any attack by Iran, in any form, against the United States will be mee with an attack on Iran that will be 1,000 times greater in magnitude!” The Iranian threat is in response to the Trump-sanction assassination of Qassem Soleimani, the head of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ elite Quds Force, which has been designated as a terrorist organization. According to U.S. officials, the credible threats against Marks began shortly after Solemani’s death, but recent intelligence points to the specificity of the threats in the past month or so.
“Texas Supreme Court again blocks county from sending mail-in voting applications to 2 million potential voters” by CNN’s Dan Berman and Ashley Killough – The Texas Supreme Court on Tuesday again blocked Harris County, Texas, from sending mail-in ballot applications to more than 2 million possible voters while litigation continues. This has been a running fight between Harris County and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, who has been trying to stop the ballot applications from going out so broadly, saying they should go only to voters qualified to vote by mail. The ruling concerns only applications to vote by mail, and not ballots. Harris County Clerk Chris Hollins responded by saying the applications have already been sent to voters 65 and older. “My office is prepared to send applications and educational materials to remaining registered voters at the conclusion of this baseless litigation,” Hollins said in a tweet.
“A Texas cardiologist said his daughter was attacked by ‘BLM’ in Baltimore. Twitter exploded, but video tells a different story.” By Baltimore Sun’s Justin Fenton – On Sunday afternoon, a Texas cardiologist wrote on Twitter that his daughter in Baltimore had been attacked by “BLM” or Black Lives Matter activists, and that city police refused to do anything because the suspects were Black. “Is this the America we want?” he tweeted. Nearly 50,000 people uncritically retweeted or liked the post. But two different Twitter accounts with a close ear to the police scanner found what appeared to be the incident in question: It didn’t involve activists, but rather squeegee kids. With questions being raised, the cardiologist, Andrea Natale, locked down his account and eventually deleted it. He’s since apologized, saying he overreacted out of concern for his daughter and that his words were “misinterpreted.” The incident didn’t go down as Natale described, but it wasn’t a complete hoax, either. Baltimore Police released body camera footage of the encounter to The Baltimore Sun. It shows a couple explaining to an officer that they declined to have their windshield washed. A male tells the officer that he jumped out of the car, and that three squeegee washers approached and surrounded him. “I said, ‘I will defend myself, I do have a knife on me.’ [One of the squeegee washers] said, ‘I have a knife too,’” the man tells the officer.
“Texas court allows Green Party candidates on the ballot” by Associated Press – The Texas Supreme Court on Tuesday cleared the way for three Green Party candidates to appear on the state’s November ballot, including one running for U.S. Senate, after Democrats sued to remove them over failing to pay filing fees. The ruling is the latest in a series of court battles nationwide over third-party candidates and ballot access. On Monday, the Wisconsin Supreme Court rejected a Green Party bid that Democrats had feared could hurt Joe Biden in the narrowly divided battleground state. Texas is also expected to be closer than usual after decades of Republican dominance. The three Green Party candidates include David Collins for U.S. Senate and Tom Wakely, who is running for a U.S. House seat currently held by Republican Chip Roy. His Democratic opponent is Wendy Davis, who is making her first run for office since losing a bid for governor in 2014. A new Texas law requires third party hopefuls to pay filing fees like Republican and Democratic candidates, but the requirement has been the target of legal challenges. The Texas Supreme Court, which is made up of nine elected Republicans, rejected a similar lawsuit from GOP candidates earlier this month to kick Libertarian candidates off the ballot.
“Texas Supreme Court grants Paxton request to extend halt on Harris County ballot application mailout” by Houston Chronicle’s Jasper Scherer – The Texas Supreme Court on Tuesday blocked Harris County from sending mail ballot applications to all registered voters in the county, granting Attorney General Ken Paxton’s request hours earlier for the high court to step in before a different order halting the mailout was set to expire. Paxton, a Republican, has argued that Harris County Clerk Chris Hollins’ plan to send applications to each of the county’s 2.4 million registered voters would confuse voters and lead to potential fraud. A state district judge rejected that argument Friday, and Paxton swiftly appealed to Texas’ 14th Court of Appeals. The appellate court denied Paxton’s request for an order blocking the mailout, deciding instead to speed up the trial by ordering Hollins and Paxton to submit arguments by Wednesday afternoon. Under an agreement between the state and county offices, Hollins was barred from sending out mail ballot applications until 11:59 p.m. Wednesday. Paxton, who noted that the appeals court “offered no assurance” it would issue a ruling by then, argued in a court filing Tuesday afternoon that the Texas Supreme Court should prevent Hollins from sending out applications once the clock strikes midnight Thursday morning. The court granted Paxton’s request, ordering Hollins not to send unsolicited applications “until further order of this court.”
“Texas reverses planned $15 million cuts to health programs” by Statesman’s Madlin Mekelburg – State health officials reversed course on a plan to cut $15 million from state health and safety net programs, instead opting to trim the agency’s administrative budget to meet the requirements of a mandated budget reduction prompted by the coronavirus pandemic. The Texas Health and Human Services Commission originally proposed more than $132 million in budget cuts to meet the mandate, including $15 million in cuts to women’s health services and programs designed to aid low-income families and children with disabilities. But in a revised proposal released Monday, the health agency announced that these cuts would come from other areas of the budget. “Since submitting its plan in June, the agency has continued to assess potential impacts of the reductions,” the proposal reads, noting that “feedback was received from numerous legislative members and stakeholders.” Gov. Greg Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and House Speaker Dennis Bonnen, R-Lake Jackson, tasked state agencies and higher education institutions in May with reducing their budgets by 5% to lessen the economic impacts of the pandemic, which has left Texas with a projected $4.58 billion budget shortfall. Several state agencies involved in Texas’ COVID-19 response were exempt from the cuts, and funding for Child Protective Services and for benefits delivered through Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program and the foster care program were also excluded, among other areas. The bulk of the cuts at the Health and Human Services Commission come from trimming administrative costs and through staff reductions. The agency also plans to allow some unspent dollars to lapse and to leave some unfilled staff positions vacant.
“Texas Ag Commissioner Sid Miller says he’d ‘certainly expand medical marijuana’” by KSAT’s Fares Sabawi After touring a state-licensed Austin-area marijuana facility last week, Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller indicated he would like to see the program expanded. Miller, a staunch conservative Republican, made the comments while visiting Compassionate Cultivation on Thursday, according to KXAN. “I would certainly expand medical marijuana. If it’ll help somebody, I’m for it,” Miller said. “Whatever it is. I mean, a toothache, I don’t care. If it’s a cure, if it [alleviates] pain, we should be able to use that.” In 2017, Texas’ “Compassionate Use Act” went into effect, allowing some Texans to use marijuana for medicinal purposes. However, access is significantly limited, only applying to people with a handful of very specific conditions like intractable epilepsy and terminal cancer. Under the law, businesses are allowed to cultivate low-THC cannabis to treat those issues. Critics say Texans with ailments like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or glaucoma should be allowed access to medical marijuana. While Miller expressed the need to expand medical access to marijuana in Texas, he stopped short of advocating for legalizing the drug recreationally. “I’m not a recreational marijuana [user], but if someone has a condition that this chemical will help, they should be able to use it,” Miller said. Some Texas lawmakers, including San Antonio Democratic Senator Jose Menendez, have previously called for further legalization of medical marijuana, allowing it to be used for conditions like PTSD. Expanding access would require approval from the state legislature and Gov. Greg Abbott. The next legislative session will not convene until January.
“Texas proposes fewer budget cuts to women’s programs but would freeze new eligibility worker hires” by Dallas Morning News’ Robert T. Garrett – The state’s mega agency for health care and social services is rescinding proposed cuts to women’s health, family planning and domestic violence programs, it announced Tuesday. But the Health and Human Services Commission also said it’ll commence a hiring freeze for eligibility workers who screen needy Texans applying for safety-net programs, if elected leaders ratify its latest proposal. What “has remained unchanged” since June is that the commission will meet its so-called 5% spending cut target with nearly $133 million less expenditures of state tax dollars in the budget cycle that ends late next summer, spokeswoman Christine Mann said in a written statement. In May, preparing for a tough budget session next year because of an economic downturn caused by the coronavirus outbreak, Gov. Greg Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and Speaker Dennis Bonnen asked agencies to offer what they described as 5% spending cuts. After the “Big 3” Republican leaders exempted a host of major programs and “sacred cow” agencies from any reductions, though, only 17% of the state’s discretionary spending was on the chopping block, budget experts said. By June, department heads offered slightly more than $1 billion of spending reductions – only a small slice of the $124 billion of general-purpose revenue expenditures contained in the current two-year budget. The cuts at the commission, though not yet final, are likely to make it more difficult, amid a pandemic-driven recession, for newly jobless and uninsured Texans to receive help.
“Refugees from socialist countries warn Americans: Don’t let it happen here” by Fox News’ Maxim Lott – One of the most memorable moments from the Republican National Convention came when Cuban-born Maximo Alvarez cautioned Americans against creeping socialism. “I’ve seen movements like this before,” he warned last month. The Florida businessman is hardly alone among those who fled socialist countries. On social media and in interviews with Fox News, other immigrants who settled in the U.S. say that recent political shifts here – including class warfare, riots and language policing, not to mention calls for expansive government programs – are starting to remind them of what they left behind. And they carry the same message as Alvarez, urging Americans not to repeat history. “The millionaires, and anyone that was rich, were ‘the enemy of people’ in Venezuela,” Elizabeth Rogliani, a young woman who left Venezuela for America in 2008 and lives in Florida, said of her former country (though she cited a term that President Trump now controversially uses against the media). She has been using her TikTok channel to try to tell people about that history. Rogliani says she sees a parallel in politicians’ frequent attacks on “millionaires and billionaires.” “Division between the classes was something that Hugo Chavez wanted — to make sure that poorer sectors of society hated anyone that was wealthy,” she said. Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez often declared that being rich is bad. He defined capitalism as the “kingdom of the egoism of inequality” and socialism as the “kingdom of love, equality, solidarity, peace and true democracy.” Once, before Chavez became president in 1999, Venezuela was the wealthiest country in South America. Venezuela also has more untapped underground oil than any country in the world, even Saudi Arabia.
“Kushner on Middle East peace deals: ‘The people in the region are tired of war’” by CNN’s Paul LeBlanc – President Donald Trump’s senior adviser and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, hailed the US brokered peace treaties between Israel and the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain on Tuesday as the beginning of “a new Middle East” and signaled that the Trump administration is making progress in getting more countries in the region, including Saudi Arabia, to recognize Israel. His comments came hours after a White House ceremony, dubbed the Abraham Accords, marked the first Middle East White House peace signing in more than two decades. “I think we had a very good breakthrough. What’s happened is in the Middle East, the deals have been so well received. That’s what helped Bahrain go quickly. They saw how well the deal was received in the United Arab Emirates and throughout the Muslim world. The people in the region are tired of war,” Kushner told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on “The Situation Room.” “They’re tired of conflict. They want to move forward, and they see bridging this gap and getting a better understanding between countries as a way to move forward.” Asked specially about the prospect of Saudi Arabia recognizing Israel, Kushner pointed to Trump’s relationship with the country’s leadership and touted “a lot of changes” in the last three years. “Quite frankly, also, when we put out our vision for peace you saw the Palestinian leadership reject it before it even came out — before they knew what was in it,” he said. “So people are getting a little tired with the tactics played by the Palestinian leaders. They want to help the Palestinian people, but they’re not going to allow them to hold back the national interest of all these different countries.”
“U.S., Israel, U.A.E., Bahrain Sign Peace Accord” by WSJ’s Gordon Lubold and Felicia Schwartz – President Trump presided over the signing of a Middle East peace agreement between Israel and two Gulf nations Tuesday, calling it the foundation for a broader alignment against Iran that would fundamentally change the geopolitical dynamic in the region. The so-called Abraham Accords, brokered by the U.S. and signed by the U.S., Israel, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, normalizes relations between the nations and further isolates Tehran. The agreement also leaves out the Palestinians, who have not engaged with the Trump administration and its peace efforts since Washington recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. On the South Lawn at the White House, the president cast it as a historic deal. “I think Israel isn’t isolated anymore,” President Trump said in the Oval Office before the signing alongside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. He said “at least five or six countries will be “coming along very quickly.” The signing upends nearly a century of regional politics and business and brings together top U.S. allies in the turbulent Middle East. In remarks just before the signing, Mr. Netanyahu said the day “heralds a new dawn of peace.” Praising Mr. Trump, the Israeli leader said the agreements would have been unimaginable a few years ago. Mr. Trump in his comments noted the practical nature of the accords, which allow the countries to establish embassies in one another’s countries and begin to cooperate economically, politically and socially. “They’re going to work together, they are friends,” Mr. Trump added. The president has repeatedly said the benefits of the peace deal will encourage other countries to join.
“McConnell warns Dems would ‘run roughshod’ over country by changing Senate rules” by Fox News’ Tyler Olson – Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell warned on Tuesday that if the Democrats win the Senate in November that they will change the rules of the chamber so that they can “run roughshod over the country” — stark comments that came on the same day multiple Republican senators opined on protecting Senate norms. “I think the American people should know what it means if the Senate shifts control, and you’ve heard it,” McConnell, R-Ky., told reporters at the Capitol. “Eliminating the filibuster, D.C. statehood, Puerto Rican statehood, and packing the courts. That’s what you get if you change the Senate.” If Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico become states, they would each get two U.S. senators, adding four legislators who would almost certainly be Democrats to the 100-member body. He added: “Who do they want to run the Senate? Do [voters] want to enable the Democrats to run roughshod over the country by changing the basic structure here? … What [Democrats are] saying is they don’t want to win the argument, they want to change the rules in order to guarantee the outcome, and I think the American people need to be aware of that before they vote on Nov. 3.” McConnell wasn’t the only Republican senator to raise procedural concerns on Tuesday. Another was Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., who cited reports that some Democrats are setting up a strategy to get rid of the filibuster if Democrats win the presidential election and take control of the Senate. He pointed out that Democrats have filibustered multiple bills in recent months — including the GOP’s “skinny” coronavirus proposal last week. “So the very mechanism that they used repeatedly here in just the last year … they are now talking about getting rid of that very rule. Think about that. The irony of that is pretty rich,” Thune said.
“Kamala Harris makes trip to California as wildfires rage” by CNN’s Kate Sullivan – Sen. Kamala Harris on Tuesday returned to her home state of California for the first time as the Democratic vice presidential nominee as historic wildfires rage across the state. Harris was joined by California Gov. Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, and met with emergency officials. This was the senator’s first trip back to her home state since early March, campaign aides say, before the coronavirus pandemic halted all in-person campaigning and states put restrictions in place to stop the spread of the virus. The wildfires burning in the western part of the United States have killed at least 35 people, displaced thousands and burned millions of acres. Standing in front of a burnt playground at an elementary school, Harris said, “Sadly, these wildfires and the devastation they cause are utterly predictable.” Harris described the desolate residential areas where the fires swept through. “Everything is gone except the chimne. … Those chimneys remind me of tombstones,” Harris said. “This is not a partisan issue,” Harris said. “Ideology should not kick in. It’s just a fact. This is just a fact,” Harris said, motioning toward the burnt playground behind her. “And we have to do better as a country,” the senator said. Harris noted that California, like other states, has experienced extreme weather conditions. “And it is incumbent on us, in terms of the leadership of … our nation, to take seriously the extreme changes in our climate, and to do what we can to mitigate against the damage.” Harris praised the firefighters working tirelessly to put out the fires. Harris’ visit comes a day after President Donald Trump traveled to California and received a briefing on the wildfires in McClellan Park. Trump on Monday baselessly asserted that climate change is not playing a role in the catastrophic wildfires, as an official briefing him pleaded for the President to listen to the science.
“U.S. Sanctions Chinese Firm Helping Build Military Base in Cambodia” by WSJ’s Gordon Lubold and Ian Talley – The U.S. imposed sanctions against a Chinese company that it said is responsible for helping to build a military base for Beijing in Cambodia, a new phase in a U.S. effort to pressure companies helping in China’s military expansion around the world. The Treasury Department blacklisted China’s state-owned Union Development Group Co., or UDG, responsible for work on behalf of a formerly secret Chinese base described by The Wall Street Journal last year, for corruption allegations. The Chinese and Cambodian embassies in Washington and UDG didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment. Tuesday’s action was described by officials as an effort by the Trump administration to more aggressively target companies that are helping Beijing to globally expand its military reach. The penalties marked the first time the U.S. has sanctioned a company for doing work beyond China’s bases in the South China Sea, officials said. A senior U.S. official said it is no longer the case that China’s military ambitions are considered regional in nature. “That’s a truism that has lost its useful shelf-life,” the official said. “Their ambitions are global.” The Chinese have use of a large portion of a Cambodian naval base known as Ream, near Sihanoukville. An agreement between the two countries enables Chinese armed forces to operate there, store weapons and berth warships, according to senior administration officials familiar with the agreement. UDG is active in the work to develop the base, officials said. The effort is expected to contribute to growing tensions between Washington and Beijing as the Trump administration challenges China across a broad array of issues, including trade, state-orchestrated industrial espionage and cyberhacking and expansion of its naval presence in the South China Sea.
“Biden says he’s worried about Trump’s ‘insurrection’ talk in Spanish-language interview” by Fox News’ Morgan Phillips – Joe Biden said he’s worried about President Trump’s talk of “insurrection” after President Trump threatened to invoke the Insurrection Act to quell racial injustice protests across the country. “What is worrying is the way he talks about ‘insurrection’ and people taking up arms. Have you ever heard a Democratic president of the United States speak like this?” Biden said during an interview with Telemundo’s José Díaz Balart. Trump in June controversially threatened to use the Insurrection Act to send the military to cities that do not control rioting. But in the case of intense rioting in Portland, the “law and order” White House cited 40 U.S. Code 1315, which gives DHS the ability to deputize officers in any department or agency “in connection with the protection of property owned or occupied by the federal government and persons on that property.” In the Telemundo interview, Biden said “I don’t take anything for granted,” on his chances of winning the Hispanic vote. “I’m going to work really hard for every vote.” Biden told reporters as he headed to Florida this week that his mission in the state would be to court Spanish-speaking voters. “I will talk about how I am going to work like the devil to make sure I turn every Latino and Hispanic vote,” Biden said when asked by reporters what his message would be in the country’s largest traditional general election battleground state. Polls in Florida have tightened up to a virtual tie between Biden and President Trump as Biden plans his trip to the Sunshine State. Recent surveys have indicated that Biden is underperforming with Latino voters amid a bunch of negative headlines regarding his outreach to Spanish-speaking voters in the state.
“New York Times: Justice Department has opened a criminal investigation into Bolton’s book” by CNN’s Devan Cole – The Department of Justice has launched a criminal investigation into the possibility that former national security adviser John Bolton “unlawfully disclosed classified information” in a memoir he published earlier this year, The New York Times reported Tuesday. Citing conversations with three people familiar with the matter, the Times said DOJ “has convened a grand jury, which issued a subpoena for communications records from Simon & Schuster, the publisher” of Bolton’s book, “The Room Where It Happened,” which was released in June. The Trump administration had previously tried to block the book’s release in court, arguing Bolton did not complete required pre-publication of the manuscript to make sure classified information was not contained in it. A federal judge rebuffed the administration’s attempts, but left open the possibility that Bolton could face criminal charges or be forced to hand over profits related to the book. The Times reported that two of the people familiar with the issue said Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe referred the matter to DOJ last month. The move prompted the head of the department’s national security division to open the criminal investigation, a person briefed on the case told the newspaper. Bolton, who served for a time as President Donald Trump’s national security adviser, has said he has complied with all of the revisions requested by the White House. Attorney General William Barr declined to comment on the matter when asked about it on Tuesday by CNN.
“Trump Goes Unmentioned in Most TV Ads for House, Senate Campaigns” by WSJ’s Julie Bykowicz – President Trump dominates television news coverage, but there is one corner of the media where he’s almost completely absent: advertisements in Senate and House elections. Mr. Trump is mentioned or shown in just 6% of the more than 771,000 general-election ads on broadcast television stations so far in those races, according to an analysis by ad tracker Kantar/CMAG. It marks a change from the last time an incumbent president was on the ballot. By the same point in 2012, then-President Obama was featured in about one out of five general-election ads, the CMAG analysis found. Almost all of those mentions were negative, with many Republican candidates criticizing Mr. Obama for the health-care legislation that they dubbed “Obamacare.” The new analysis shows that, while most Democrats will bash Mr. Trump in interviews and at public appearances, they are sticking with a strategy they believe has worked in the past of campaigning on policy promises rather than focusing on the president. Republicans, meanwhile, largely voice support for Mr. Trump but aren’t touting him in TV ads that could reach swing voters. “The ads are the ultimate tell,” said Ken Goldstein, a University of San Francisco professor who has studied political ads for about three decades. “There’s a realization that in a general election, very few people don’t have their minds made up about Trump. For Democrats, there is nothing they can do to fuel Trump anger, and for Republicans, there is nothing they can do to mitigate it.” The CMAG analysis for The Wall Street Journal included the content of all TV ads on broadcast television paid for by candidates, parties and outside groups in all Senate and House races. Many ads air hundreds or even thousands of times. The analysis separated primary and general-election ads that aired through Sept. 9 in the 2012, 2018 and current election cycles.
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