Georgia on Everyone’s Mind
Senators Ted Cruz and John Cornyn are said to be packing their bags with just about the entire Republican political universe and will be descending upon the Peach State to help raise money and awareness for the two Republican Senators embroiled in two separate run-off races against Progressive Socialist candidates.
Considering how Americans have rejected Socialism this past election day, Warnock is going to be dead on arrival come January 5th. The other candidate, Jon Ossoff, also has ties to Socialism, as it was recently learned of his financial tie to a Chinese government-run media company.
Ossoff, for whatever reason, did not disclose this tidbit of information on his May financial disclosure form.
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BLUE LIVES MATTER? >>> Texas Reps equate Nigerian police violence to American law enforcement
- Biden Vowed He Wouldn’t Declare Victory Until All Votes Were Counted And Election Was Independently Certified
- Donald Trump Jr. calls out Cornyn, questions him about supporting CIA’s “trained liar”
“Texas Reps equate Nigerian police violence to American law enforcement” by Texas Politics’ Javier Manjarres – The protests against Nigeria’s Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), a controversial police unit that has been accused of committing torture and killings, continue to escalate and have grabbed the world’s attention. In the U.S., lawmakers have drawn a parallel to SARS and American police forces, many pushing the narrative that American law enforcement as a whole, is as corrupt as the Nigerian special police force being scrutinized. Texas Reps. Joaquin Castro (D) and Al Green (D) have now introduced a resolution supporting the #EndSars movement, and Rep. Green has invoked the “Black lives matter’ movement here in the U.S. “End SARS has become a meaningful rallying cry, ringing loudly throughout Nigeria and across the globe after reports of wrongful killings of many innocent persons on October 20, 2020, at the Lekki Tollgate in Lagos,” Congressman Al Green – who represents one of the largest Nigerian populations in the United States – said. “I have expressed my support for peaceful protesters in Nigeria and have emphasized the international importance of this issue, as Black lives matter wherever they may be.” But the issue in Nigeria has nothing to do with whether those individuals being unfairly and wrongly persecuted are black or not, it appears to be about a police unit that overstepped its authority in its crackdown on crime. Congressman Green added, “I vehemently oppose and condemn the violent crackdown on peaceful protesters by Nigeria’s security forces. This is in part why I and my colleague Congressman Castro have presented a congressional resolution in support of the #EndSARS peaceful protest movement. This resolution – in addition to my previous letters to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo as well as United Nations officials – articulates our solidarity with peaceful protesters and urges the Nigerian Government to uphold the right to peaceful protest and assembly in accordance with international, African, and Nigerian policies. I thank Congressman Castro as well as multiple human rights organizations for their support of this resolution.”
“Biden Vowed He Wouldn’t Declare Victory Until All Votes Were Counted And Election Was Independently Certified” by Texas Politics’ Mona Salama – It has been five days since former Vice President Joe Biden proclaimed he was the “clear victory” of the 2020 presidential election, but just five weeks ago, he pledged not to declare victory until the election was independently certified. During the first presidential debate, Fox News moderator Chris Wallace’s last question was to Biden, directly asking if he would “pledge not to declare victory,” and would wait patiently as votes were being counted and the final results once certified to declare the winner of the 2020 election. “Vice President Biden, final question for you. Will you urge your supporters to stay calm while the vote is counted? And will you pledge not to declare victory until the election is independently certified?” Wallace asked Biden. “Yes,” Biden firmly responded on September 29th. “And here’s the deal — We count the ballots as you pointed out, some of these ballots in some states can’t even be opened until Election Day. And if there is thousands of ballots, it’s going to take time to do it,” Biden continued. He added, “Here’s the deal. The fact is, I will accept it, and [Trump] will too. You know why? Because once the winner is declared after all the ballots are counted, all the votes are counted, that’ll be the end of it. And if it’s me, in fact, fine. If it’s not me, I’ll support the outcome.” Flash forward 45 days later, Biden has disregarded his vow to the American people as a candidate, in declaring such victory four days after Election Day.
“Donald Trump Jr. calls out Cornyn, questions him about supporting CIA’s “trained liar”” by Texas Politics’ Daniel Molina – Texas Senator John Cornyn (R), a supporter of President Trump, now finds himself on the receiving end of criticism from the Trump family after commenting on whether or not President Trump (R) should continue working with CIA chief Gina Haspel. Haspel has been criticized for undermining President Trump and subverting his agenda, and the Texas Senator quickly came to Haspel’s defense over social media. Taking to Twitter to discuss the matter, Senator Cornyn commented that “intelligence should not be partisan,” noting that it’s “not about manipulation, it is about preserving impartial, nonpartisan information necessary to inform policy makers and so they can protect the U.S.” In response to the Texas lawmaker’s comments, Donald Trump, Jr. questioned Senator Cornyn’s assessment, asking if he or Senator Mitch McConnell (R) or Senator Marco Rubio (R) had “actually discussed this with anyone in the Admin. who actually works with her.”Donald Trump, Jr. also pointed out that they should’ve contacted Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe, White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows or the Assistant to the President of for National Security Affairs Robert C. O’Brien “to get their perspective, or are you just taking a trained liar’s word for it on everything?” The contentious back and forth comes after Defense Secretary Mark Esper was fired, and the fate of CIA Director Gina Haspel was unknown.
“Cruz to McCabe: If Flynn Violated the Logan Act, Is Biden Currently In Violation?” by Texas Politics’ Mona Salama – Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) eviscerated former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe for his “political persecution” in its investigation and prosecution of President Trump’s former national security adviser Gen. Michael Flynn on the basis he allegedly violated the Logan Act, pointing out the double standards with former Vice President Joe Biden currently talking to foreign officials. During a heated exchange before the Tuesday Senate Judiciary Committee Hurricane Crossfire hearing, Cruz grilled McCabe over his continuation to keep open the FBI’s investigation of Flynn despite a January 4, 2017 memo recommending closing it, asking the fired FBI deputy director for his justification in his decision. “I don’t remember making that decision, but I certainly supported keeping the case open,” McCabe recalled in his response. “I don’t remember the person that made that phone call, but I think that it was the right move to continue investigating.” “But our feeling at that time was that we had found very little, if any incriminating evidence and about General Flynn until of course, we found, potentially very incriminating evidence about him,” McCabe said in another response when pushed again for validation of basis in keeping Flynn’s investigation open. The Texas Republican then triggered the Logan Act, noting Biden during his final days as Vice President suggested McCabe to authorize the theory in going after Flynn The Logan Act is an obscure 220-year-old U.S. federal law that forbids unauthorized American citizens from negotiating with foreign governments with an “intent to influence” measures for the U.S. It has never been used by the Justice Department to prosecute anyone and no one has been successfully prosecuted for violating the Logan Act due to the vagueness and being universally regarded as unconstitutional.
“Senate Passes Bill Honoring Sgt. First Class Alwyn Cashe” by Texas Politics’ Daniel Molina – In a story that has been developing in a tumultuous year, a bipartisan effort has brought the conclusion needed to honor a veteran for his service. It was announced today that the U.S. Senate had approved a bipartisan bill that was introduced by Florida Reps. Stephanie Murphy (D), Michael Waltz (R) and Texas Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R), which authorizes the President of the United States to posthumously award the Medal of Honor to U.S. Army Sergeant First Class Alwyn Cashe for actions taken in Iraq on October 17th, 2005. Moreover, the bill also waives a federal law that generally requires a Medal of Honor to be awarded within five years of the actions that form the basis for the award. In response to the Senate passing the bill, the lawmakers provided statements discussing the necessity for the bill. Rep. Murphy, who won a closely contested reelection bid, commented that “we are now very close to recognizing this unbelievably heroic soldier, who died saving his men, with our nation’s highest award for combat valor – which he earned beyond a shadow of a doubt.” Rep. Crenshaw, who also won his reelection bid last week, echoed in Murphy’s remarks, adding that Cashe “is deserving of the Medal of Honor, our nation’s highest military award for bravery on the battlefield, and we urge President Trump to quickly sign our bill into law to make sure that happens.”
“Group to Address COVID-19 Safety Precautions for Next Texas Legislative Session” by NBC’s Julie Fine – Last week, TX Rep. Dade Phelan (R-Beaumont) announced he had the votes from both parties, to become the next speaker of the Texas house. “We will come together to face a budget deficit, COVID-19, redistricting, next session together,” said Phelan. At the top of the agenda: A workgroup to look at, and make safety recommendations for the upcoming session, during the COVID-19 Pandemic. TX Rep. John Turner (D-Dallas) is part of the 10-member bi-partisan group. He says they have not met yet. “I certainly think questions of remote meetings for committees, possibly proxy voting on the floor of the house, testing for members and staff, all of that I assume is going to be discussed and is going to be on the table,” said Turner.
“‘We’ve only started’: How Latino support for Trump grew in Texas borderlands” by Los Angeles Times’ Molly Hennessy-Fiske – When more than 4,000 vehicles showed up here for a “Trump train” parade over the Fourth of July weekend, even the organizers were shocked.
The Rio Grande Valley, with some of the highest concentrations of Latinos in the country, had long been unfriendly territory for Republicans. “Everybody was surprised,” said Rosbell “Ross” Barrera, 54, a retired Army colonel who helped organize similar events in neighboring Starr County. The rallies, which spawned others along the border, were a sign of things to come on election day. From Brownsville to El Paso, a president who has routinely disparaged Mexicans strengthened his support among Mexican Americans. In 2016, Donald Trump lost all 18 Texas counties where Latinos make up at least 80% of the population. This time he won five of them and closed the gap considerably in the rest. He triumphed over Joe Biden in rural Zapata County — where Hillary Clinton had beaten him by 33 points — and narrowly lost Starr County, where Clinton’s winning margin was 60 points. In all, he took 39% of the vote in those 18 counties, up from 29% in 2016. “You could feel the change even while we were at the polls,” said Alma Perez, 34, president of 230-member Hidalgo County Young Republicans, which has grown into one of the state’s largest chapters. “In previous years, we weren’t much of a threat,” she said. “The silent majority is not so silent anymore.” President Trump’s unlikely success was largely due to his defense of the oil industry and law enforcement as well as concerns that the Democratic Party was moving too far to the left.
“Texas researchers testing vaccine to slow down ‘evolutionary event’ killing millions of bats nationwide” by KVUE’s Mike Marut – More than 6 million bats have died across the U.S. since white-nose syndrome was first found in the New England area in 2007. Prior to that time, the fungus and disease had not been seen in North America. Researchers consider it an invasive species. “The chances of us eliminating or exterminating the fungus now that it’s here are virtually nonexistent,” Jeremy Coleman, national white-nose syndrome coordinator and regional wildlife disease biologist for U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, said. “We have to figure out ways to manage the disease and manage bat populations so that the bats can improve their ability to survive in the presence of the fungus.” White-nose syndrome manifests as both a fungus and a disease. The fungus itself is not immediately harmful to bats, but if not taken care of within weeks can lead to disease attacking the bat immune system and membrane during hibernation. “That’s an energetic nightmare,” Nate Fuller, the statewide bat specialist for Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, said. Bats lower their body temperatures while hibernating during cold months. Hibernating bats will typically find caves for protection and rest. Coincidentally, white-nose syndrome thrives in cold, damp environments like caves. According to Fuller, lowering their body temperature also lowers the effectiveness of their immune system, essentially making them immuno-compromised. “The fungus has an opportunity in the wintertime to attack this immuno-compromised – we’ll call it, it’s not really that what it is – but it’s sort of an immuno-compromised animal – sensitive, susceptible animal,” Fuller said. “Then it starts to slowly grow on the skin, and because the animals are reduced and it’s only active maybe once or twice a month, it has no ability to fight off this infection or even groom it off.”
“State teachers association asks for Texas to keep virtual learning an option all year” by SBG San Antonio – The Texas State Teachers Association [TSTA] is weighing in on the debate over virtual learning. The TSTA said virtual learning must remain an option with COVID-19 cases on the rise in the state. The association says it, along with the Texas Medical Association and the Texas Pediatric Society, think it should not be discontinued. The TSTA is asking Gov. Greg Abbott and the Texas Education Agency to require all districts to continue virtual learning as an option for the remainder of the school year, without any loss of funding. It also asked to require districts that canceled remote learning bring it back.
“Texas AG Paxton and restaurant owners sue county over lockdown rules and won” by Fox News’ Louis Casiano – A Texas appeals court temporarily halted a county judge’s order Thursday that mandates the closure of non-essential businesses in an effort to combat the spread of the coronavirus. The request to the Eighth Court of Appeals was filed by state Attorney General Ken Paxton and restaurant owners, who sought to strike down portions of El Paso County Judge Ricardo Samaniego’s lockdown measures. The ruling temporarily halts the business closures and a nightly curfew. The court said the orders can’t be enforced until it makes a final decision, which is expected Friday. Paxton and the restaurant owners contend the orders conflict with statewide measures enacted by Gov. Greg Abbott. “I commend the Eighth Court of Appeals for stopping El Paso County Judge Samaniego’s shutdown order – pending the final decision on the merits. It is important that we do not shutdown the economy ever again,” Paxton tweeted. The El Paso County Attorney’s Office said it was reviewing the court ruling. Samaniego extended his shutdown order last week through Dec. 1, worrying businesses already hurting from the economic burden caused by COVID-19. The order requres businesses, including restaurants with regard to in-person dining, gyms and hair salons, to close to prevent the spreading of the virus.
“Appeals court temporarily stops El Paso business shutdown” by Texas Tribune’s Julian Aguilar – A state appeals court on Thursday put on hold El Paso County’s shutdown of nonessential businesses that was scheduled to last until Dec. 1. El Paso County Judge Ricardo Samaniego issued the shutdown order Oct. 29 in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, which has hit this area with such force that patients are being airlifted to other cities in order to make room at local hospitals. Samaniego extended the order Wednesday, but a group of local restaurants and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton had been trying to block the effort since it was issued, arguing that it went beyond Gov. Greg Abbott’s executive order that outlines what limits can be placed on private businesses across the state. A state district judge permitted the El Paso shutdown to stand last week pending a final resolution of the case, but the 8th Court of Appeals paused Samaniego’s effort until a final decision is made. That could come as soon as Friday. “I commend the 8th Court of Appeals for stopping El Paso Co. Judge Samaniego’s shutdown order — pending the final decision on the merits,” Paxton tweeted Thursday. “It is important that we do not shutdown the economy ever again, [and] this decision allows small businesses to continue to operate & pay employees.” On the day of the appellate court’s decision, El Paso County recorded 976 new coronavirus cases, adding to the overall total of more than 68,000 since the pandemic began. The city also reported an additional 29 deaths due to the virus. About 1,150 people are hospitalized, including 287 in intensive care, according to city statistics.
“There are ‘verified facts’ of illegally cast ballots in states with disputed vote counts, Texas Gov. Abbott claims” by ABC’s Ted Oberg – The past week has been one of ups and downs for Texas Gov. Greg Abbott. His Republican Party maintained its foothold in the Lone Star State on Election Day, with U.S. Sen. John Cornyn and scores of other GOP congressional members holding off Democratic challengers. In addition, a “blue wave” threatening the political landscape inside the State House of Representatives never came to be. And if the strides by his party weren’t enough, Abbott is holding off on recognizing President-elect Joe Biden as the winner of the presidential race over incumbent President Donald Trump. Earlier in the week, Abbott insisted “that every legal vote counts and that illegal votes do not,” echoing a still unfounded allegation of voter fraud made by President Trump. In an interview with ABC13’s Ted Oberg on Thursday, which you can view in the video above, the governor claimed there were verified instances of votes cast illegally, with some under the names of the deceased. “What we have seen are verified facts that votes have been cast for dead people,” Abbott responded to a question about whether he has seen illegally cast ballots in six states where vote totals were in dispute. “Votes have been cast by people who are not authorized to vote. I haven’t seen numbers yet adding it up to being a difference-maker in the presidential race, but they’re just beginning to uncover some of the votes that were cast illegally.” Abbott didn’t elaborate on those “verified facts” during the interview.
“Senate Republican re-election arm touts ‘major investments’ in Georgia runoffs” by Fox News’ Paul Steinhauser – The National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) is spotlighting that it now has more than a dozen senior officials and staffers on the ground in Georgia. And the Senate Republican re-election arm is emphasizing that it’s making “major investments” in communications, data, field and digital operations in the state’s twin Senate runoff elections, which will decide whether the GOP holds on to its majority in the chamber, or if the Democrats will control both houses of Congress and the White House. “This is a presidential level voter contact operation that is unprecedented and will be a key part of success for the campaigns in Georgia,” NRSC communications director Jesse Hunt told Fox News on Thursday. The NRSC touts that it and the campaigns of Republican Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler have hauled in over $32 million in fundraising over the past six days, as they gear up for the Jan. 5 runoff elections. The committee says that it was prepared for this scenario over a month ago, as NRSC leadership huddled in early October with the Perdue and Loeffler campaigns. “Our teams have been working in lockstep with one another to plan for this exact scenario that ended up unfolding. I think that just speaks to the preparedness and cohesion that we’ve seen from Republicans here in Georgia since we’ve moved to these two runoffs and it bodes well for our efforts to hold the Senate majority for Republicans,” Hunt emphasized.
“GOP lawmakers defend CIA Director Gina Haspel as Trump weighs firing her” by CNN’s Zachary Cohen, Kaitlan Collins, and Vivan Salama – Several GOP lawmakers have publicly defended CIA Director Gina Haspel in recent days as it has become increasingly clear that President Donald Trump is considering firing her as part of his post-election government purge. But outside of Capitol Hill, there are conflicting views about whether Trump should follow through with his threat to oust Haspel, and competing factions within the administration are lobbying the President accordingly. Some of the President’s top advisers, including national security adviser Robert O’Brien, have urged him to hold off on firing the CIA director, siding with a host of congressional Republicans who have publicly voiced support for Haspel. But at the same time, several people inside the White House are pushing for her removal, multiple sources told CNN on Thursday, encouraging Trump to fire her as he did Defense Secretary Mark Esper earlier this week. Some Trump advisers believe Haspel has been “insubordinate” to both the President and Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe, arguing she routinely circumvents the chain of command to further her own agenda and that of the CIA, one source familiar with the situation told CNN. A source familiar with internal discussions about Haspel’s job status told CNN that some officials have taken issue with her for, at times, going to Capitol Hill and briefing members on internal executive branch discussions before the President or Ratcliffe had come to a final decision.
“Five U.S. Troops Killed in Helicopter Crash Near Egypt” by WSJ’s Nancy A. Youssef and Jared Malsin – Five U.S. service members on a peacekeeping mission in Egypt’s Sinai peninsula were killed when a U.S. Black Hawk helicopter crashed off the Egyptian coast Thursday, officials with the Multinational Force & Observers said. A French and a Czech service member also died, a senior official with the operation said. One U.S. service member survived and was medically evacuated, the officials said. Earlier Thursday, officials said six U.S. service members had perished. The troops were part of a multinational force that monitors the decades-old Israeli-Egyptian peace accord. The crash appeared to be caused by mechanical failure, the officials said. The crash took place on Tiran Island, off the coast of Sinai near the resort city of Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt. The island has been administered by Saudi Arabia since it was transferred to the kingdom by Egypt in 2017. U.S. Central Command, which is responsible for U.S. military operations in the Middle East, declined to comment on the mission. The helicopter was a UH-60 Black Hawk, a senior Multinational Force & Observers official said. “At this point, there is no information to indicate the crash was anything except an accident,” the force said in a statement on the incident. The Israeli military scrambled a search-and-rescue team to help evacuate the injured to a hospital in Israel, but the operation was called off after Israel was told it wasn’t needed, an Israeli military official said. The U.S. has more than 400 troops stationed in the region as a part of the 13-country mission, which is designed to help implement the American-brokered peace treaty signed by Israel and Egypt in 1979.
“Lindsey Graham challenger Jaime Harrison eyed to be next DNC chair” by Fox News’ Morgan Phillips – Jaime Harrison, who lost a costly race to Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., is reportedly the favorite to be the next Democratic National Committee chair, after Tom Perez announced he won’t seek reelection. Harrison hasn’t announced a run for the seat, but he told The Atlantic he’d take a “good look” at running if asked. Perez’s term ends in February. If he’s elected by the committee as chair, he’ll be in charge of providing support for party candidates in the 2022 midterm elections, when Democrats will be fighting to hold onto a majority in the House and fighting to either keep or win a majority in the Senate, depending on Georgia’s two Senate runoff races in January. And he’ll be in charge of uniting the party and formulating a platform that can’t fall back on the message of defeating President Trump. He’ll also likely play a role in deciding which states hold the first presidential primaries in 2024. Some Democrats say they’d like to nix Iowa, which has trended Republican, from the No. 1 spot on the caucus calendar. Harrison, the former South Carolina Democratic Party chair, set a record among Senate candidates when he raked in more than $100 million for his race against Graham. Graham, however, won reelection by a wide 10-point margin. Harrison has the support of powerful Democratic Rep. Jim Clyburn, Majority Whip, whose endorsement in the primary played a part in Biden clinching the nomination. Clyburn told The Atlantic he’d supported Harrison’s run for DNC chair in 2017. “I think he’s better prepared than he was when I supported him the first time,” Clyburn said.
“Time is running out for millions of Americans who still haven’t gotten stimulus checks” by CNN’s Katie Lobosco – Time is running out for millions of Americans who still haven’t gotten stimulus checks — and they’re likely the people most in need. The Internal Revenue Service is racing to reach these last recipients before a November 21 deadline, sending out nine million letters in September to people that may have potentially missed out on the $1,200 payments authorized by Congress earlier this year. While most eligible Americans received the money automatically during the spring and summer, very low-income people who don’t normally file tax returns have to register online so the Internal Revenue Service knows how to reach them.
Roughly 12 million people fell into this category and it’s unclear how many of them still haven’t received their money. More than eight million people had registered online through October, but the Internal Revenue Service declined to say how many payments have gone out to non-filers or how many more have registered since it ramped up outreach. Volunteers across the country have stepped up attempts to reach homeless individuals who may be eligible for the $1,200 payment but might not be aware or have a computer or smartphone they can use to sign up. In Broward County, Florida, volunteer Richard Campillo spearheaded efforts that helped 220 homeless register online by setting up a computer lab at a meal center. But only about 30% of those have actually received the money, he said.
“Fed Chair Powell Says Rising Virus Cases Could Challenge Economic Recovery” by WSJ’s Nick Timiraos – Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said it is too soon to say how progress in the global hunt for a coronavirus vaccine will influence the U.S. economy, particularly given concerning increases in infections that could weaken the recent economic recovery. “The next few months could be challenging,” Mr. Powell said Thursday during a virtual panel discussion with other central bankers. On the implications of a vaccine, he added, “From our standpoint, it’s just too soon to assess with any confidence the implications of the news for the path of the economy, especially in the near term.” Mr. Powell spoke Thursday alongside two of his foreign counterparts, European Central Bank President Christine Lagarde and Bank of England Gov. Andrew Bailey. Fed officials left their policy stance unchanged last week at a meeting that took place before it was clear that President-elect Joe Biden had defeated President undefinedand before the latest positive developments on the vaccine front. U.S. stock markets flirted with record levels earlier this week after Pfizer announced a vaccine it is developing with BioNTech proved better than expected at protecting people from Covid-19, bringing closer a potential milestone in the global hunt to end the pandemic. Yields on the 10-year Treasury jumped to 0.957% on Monday after the Pfizer announcement from 0.821% at the end of last week. Yields stood at 0.918% shortly before Mr. Powell spoke late Thursday morning. Mr. Powell described the U.S. recovery as faster and stronger than officials had expected, even though it had slowed in recent months. He also said the rebound has been uneven and incomplete.
“Hillary Clinton under consideration for Biden’s U.N. ambassador: report” by Fox News’ Sam Dorman – Former Vice President Joe Biden’s transition team is reportedly considering installing former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as his administration’s ambassador to the United Nations. The Washington Post reported on Thursday that a person familiar with the matter said Clinton was “being discussed” as a potential pick because it would purportedly raise the prestige and standing of the U.S. after President Trump’s time in office. News of Clinton’s potential nomination came as Biden attempted to alter world leaders’ perceptions of the U.S. in foreign relations. “I’m letting them know that America is back. We’re going to be back in the game,” he said. Clinton famously lost her 2016 presidential bid against Trump and has become a lightning rod for criticism of the left. During the campaign, she testified before Congress over her role in the 2011 attacks on a U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya. That incident has stuck with her as a prominent point line of attack among critics. After her loss, Clinton has remained in the public eye by criticizing the president and alleging, among other things, that Russia contributed to her loss in 2016. More recently, she caught headlines when Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe declassified information indicating that former President Obama’s administration knew of allegations she was attempting to tie Trump to Russia and distract from her email scandal before the 2016 election. Politico reported that Nick Merrill, Clinton’s spokesperson, called the allegations “baseless b——t.”
“DOJ review finds Alex Acosta used ‘poor judgment’ in Jeffrey Epstein deal” by CNN’s Kara Scannell – A Department of Justice review found that Alex Acosta, President Donald Trump’s former Labor secretary, exercised poor judgment when, as a US attorney in Florida, he gave sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein a non-prosecution agreement. But the review did not find that Acosta or other prosecutors engaged in professional misconduct. The review from the department’s Office of Professional Responsibility also found that Acosta had used “poor judgment” when he failed to notify the girls and young women who alleged they were sexually abused by Epstein about the decision to not prosecute the multi-millionaire on federal charges. Acosta resigned as Labor secretary in July 2019, less than a week after federal prosecutors in Manhattan unsealed an indictment charging Epstein with running a sex trafficking operation in which he sexually abused dozens of underaged girls in New York and Florida from 2002 to 2005. The new charges drew scrutiny of the Justice Department’s handling of an investigation a decade earlier when Acosta was US attorney for the Southern District of Florida. Epstein died by suicide in a federal jail in August 2019. A Miami Herald investigation published in November 2018, which helped kickstart the New York inquiry, described the plea deal, negotiated by Acosta, as the “deal of a lifetime.” In the 2007 deal, Epstein avoided federal charges and served only 13 months in state prison for state prostitution charges concerning his sexual involvement with underaged girls. The arrangement also protected “any potential co-conspirators of Epstein” and specifically named four women, whom victims alleged were involved in the sex-trafficking scheme.
“Runoffs in Georgia Draw Flood of GOP Cash” by WSJ’s Lindsay Wise – The National Republican Senatorial Committee has combined with the campaigns of Georgia Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler to raise $32 million over the past six days, as they prepare for two runoff elections that will determine which party controls the U.S. Senate. The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee declined Thursday to share its fundraising numbers, but the group has said it would commit to spending millions to register Georgians for the Jan. 5 runoffs and to get out the vote. Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams’s voting-rights group, Fair Fight, said Tuesday that GASenate.com had raised about $9.8 million for the runoffs since 7 p.m. last Friday. The group didn’t provide The Wall Street Journal updated figures Thursday, but tweeted that in five days, more than 125,000 supporters had contributed to Democrats’ runoff efforts in the state. The voter-registration deadline for new voters for the runoffs is Dec. 7, and early voting will begin Dec. 14. Georgians already can apply for an absentee ballot, which must be received by Election Day. The partisan breakdown in the postelection Senate is 50 Republicans and 48 Democrats. Democrats would need to win both Georgia races to achieve majority control of the chamber, since Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, in her role as president of the Senate, could cast tiebreaking votes. The House is expected to remain in Democratic control, though with a slimmer majority.
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