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House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) has done everything in his power to get President Donald Trump ousted from office. For more than two years we heard about how the Trump campaign colluded with Russia. Schiff told the American people to wait for Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report, promising he would provide the smoking gun that absolutely proved collusion happened. When Mueller’s report came out, Schiff’s narrative was blown up. Mueller found no collusion took place. What did Schiff do? Instead of admitting that Trump was duly elected and the man the American people wanted to lead this country, Schiff looked for a different “impeachable offense.” That’s when he latched onto Trump’s call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Schiff and the rest of the Democrats claimed Trump engaged in quid pro quo, that he threatened to withhold military aid to Ukraine unless Zelensky investigated former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter, for corruption.

Now we’re in the middle of this disastrous impeachment saga that takes away from the important work that Congress should be doing, like addressing the homeless crisis in places like San Francisco and Los Angeles.

Dr. Drew Pinsky realized he lives in Adam Schiff’s district and feels compelled to run against the sitting congressman. He came to the realization while watching the impeachment hearings.

“I went to the White House and gave a presentation to the Homeless Symposium we had there. And it was a really meaningful experience for me. They played some of the CSPAN tapes and at the end of that I said, you know, I feel so upset about this. I feel like I have to do something politically,” Pinsky told Fox News’ Laura Ingraham. “I wake up every day upset. I feel like I must do something.”

“People have come to me for various kinds of political engagements and I was watching the impeachment hearings and I was like wait a minute. I think I live in Adam Schiff’s district. I didn’t even know he was my congressman,” Pinsky recounted. “I’ve lived there for 20 years and we’re dying out here. I am sick of the political theater and I want someone to govern. We need help. I need the IMD exclusion lifted so we can treat the mentally chronically ill. We need infrastructure. We are dying in Southern California and these guys are engaged in political theater.”

“I’m like morally obliged to do something,” Pinky said. “I don’t want to, Laura. I don’t want to. I don’t want to do this. It’s not my thing but I feel like I have to.”

America would be better off with a Congressman Dr. Drew Pinsky. Please, Dr. Drew. Run. California needs you. America needs you.

Author: Beth Baumann

Source: Town Hall: Adam Schiff May Have an Unlikely Opponent Come November

Even though the House of Representatives voted to impeach President Donald Trump, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has held onto the articles of impeachment. She has continually demanded that the Senate impeachment trial is “fair,” which Democrats argue means calling witnesses to testify.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has refused to comply with the Democrats’ demands, especially since the Senate is under his control, not Nancy’s. The Democrats needed four Republicans to vote in line with them in order to call witnesses. But it’s looking like that won’t be happening after all.

According to The Hill, McConnell has the votes to keep the Senate trial short, meaning new witness testimony and documents would not be included. Two of the moderate Republicans – Sens. Susan Collins (R-ME) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) – are voting siding with McConnell.

Both Collins and Murkowski believe the precedent set during the Clinton impeachment trial should be followed. They want to see House impeachment managers and Trump’s defense team make their opening statement. Then, if necessary, the Senate could subpoena for additional documents and witness testimony.

“The process moved to a period during which the Senate debated and voted that three witnesses should be deposed. I believe that this process — the Clinton approach — worked well,” Collins said in a statement.

Murkowski said the Senate should make a decision about calling key witnesses, like former National Security Advisor John Bolton, after the articles of impeachment are actually sent to the Senate.

“We don’t have anything to get to? So do you have any interesting news for me on that? Like when we might be able to get articles?” Murkwoski said. “I don’t think there is any decision on Bolton because we don’t have articles.”

The fact that Collins and Murkowski are siding with Republicans is big. Democrats needed a simple majority in order to pass a resolution to call additional witnesses. That means they needed the entire Democratic Caucus, plus four Republicans, to make that resolution a reality. The Democrats were banking on moderates, like Collins and Murkowski, to vote with them.

Author: Beth Baumann

Source: Town Hall: McConnell Has the Votes to Block Democrats’ Calls for Impeachment Witnesses

The economy is booming. We have the lowest unemployment rate in 50 years. Unemployment is at a historic low for Hispanics and African Americans. People are working. Their taxes were reduced thanks to President Donald Trump’s tax cuts. People have more money in their pockets every paycheck and they are feeling confident in our economy.

More businesses are hiring because their tax burden was reduced when Trump signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Small businesses are able to reinvest in their business, which, in turn, means they have more flexibility to hire people.

Despite those successes, CNN flat out lies about what things are like for the average American, you know, those “Deplorables” in flyover country that voted for this president. That became extremely evident during Sunday’s episode of “Reliable Sources with Brian Stelter” when the panel discussed the economy.

“Before we had this $2 trillion dollar tax cut that’s below the long-term post war average of about three percent. It’s actually way below what it was when Bill Clinton was impeached. When Bill Clinton was impeached we were growing at about four-and-a-half percent,” Washington Post Opinion Columnist Catherine Rampell said.

According to Stelter, it is “fair to say the economy is growing” but those who are “Trump fans are exaggerating the growth.”

“All I hear on Fox is the economy, the economy, it’s growing incredibly,” he said.

“The economy today is not substantially different from the economy before Trump took office,” Rampell replied. “It’s not like you can point to a point in the decline in unemployment and can see that Trump took office, the Red Sea parted and suddenly all these people gain jobs. These are basically the same trends we saw before, despite the fact that there has been all of this fiscal stimulus Trump has pumped into the economy through tax cuts, higher spending. We’re not seeing much payoff from any of it. But because those trends continue, because the economy has not crashed, for some reason Trump gets to claim credit for it, for the fact that things are okay.”

Rampell ran with the argument that things were better when Clinton was impeached in December 1998. According to the U.S. Bureau Labor of Statistics, unemployment was at 4.4 percent at the time. The current unemployment rate is 3.7 percent.

Do any of the people who appear on this network do any basic research before they make baseless claims like this one? Or do they simply say whatever comes to their mind? It seems like the latter.

But then again, we cannot expect the people at leftist “news” organizations, like CNN and MSNBC, to understand what it is like to live in rural America. We cannot expect them to understand what it is like to want to keep your hard-earned money and decide how you spend it. Instead, they sit on their elitist pedestals and flap their gums about how “orange man bad.” The funniest part is they continually wonder why no one taxes them seriously and why their ratings are continually taking.

Author: Beth Baumann

Source: Town Hall: Leave It to CNN to Flat Out Lie About the Booming Economy

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said, in a round about way, that she disagrees with 2020 Democrats’ Medicare for All plan. Specifically, she takes issue with people losing their private health insurance and doesn’t see Medicare for All as a workable solution.

“I don’t think you can decide one day that, in a matter of days, no one will have their private health insurance. I just don’t see that as a path,” Pelosi told CBS News’ Margaret Brennan. “I do think that though people have these exuberance and their why and what excites them about running for office, and that has to be taken into consideration when we make judgments about their policies. Plus, everyone knows that once you’re elected then you have to work together.”

The American people were upset with Obamacare. Not only did the quality of health care plummet but the individual mandate penalized the poor for being just that… poor. People couldn’t afford health insurance so what happened? They had to pay a penalty to the government.

When the Affordable Care Act was merely a proposal, average Americans had issue with it. When it became a reality, we felt the sting of the policy. And, at the time, Obamacare was considered extreme. What’s scary is these 2020 Democrats think Obamacare “doesn’t go far enough” or it can “be improved.” And by improved, they mean the government can dig deeper into your pockets and your medical records.

The fact that Pelosi and former President Barack Obama are telling these candidates that their far-left policies are hindering them should be a warning they listen to. We know they won’t listen though.

Author: Beth Baumann

Source: Town Hall: Uh Oh: Pelosi Takes Aim at 2020 Dems Promoting Medicare for All

As Democrats continue with their impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, one thing is increasingly clear: the Democratic Party is worried about their ability to beat Trump in 2020. Voters go to the polls in the Iowa Caucus in less than 12 weeks and the Democratic field is still fairly packed.

The Trump campaign is focused on reminding the American people of promises the President made during the 2016 election cycle and kept once in office. He has successfully delivered on tax cuts, unemployment rates have hit a record low – especially for Hispanics and African Americans – and the Senate has successfully confirmed 99 judges (with more slated for the remainder of the year).

New data from the Republican National Committee shows Americans are feeling the benefits of having President Trump in office. Voters in three key battleground states – New Hampshire, Michigan and Pennsylvania – say they are better off financially today than they were three years ago.

“Democrats know they cannot beat President Donald Trump at the ballot box in 2020. The American people are better off today than they were three years ago, and a socialist nominee would only destroy the economic progress enjoyed by tens of millions,” Trump Victory spokesperson Rick Gorka told Townhall. “We know the partisan impeachment witch hunt is fueled by political motives but we also know the American people believe President Donald Trump is the reason for more money in their pockets.”

In Michigan, voters are 17 percent more likely to believe they are better off financially today than they were three years ago. That number jumps to 22 percent with voters under 35 years old. Those who reside in Macomb County, part of the Detroit metro area, are 22 percent more likely to agree that they are better off financially than they were three years ago.

Voters in New Hampshire are 33 percent more likely to believe they are better off financially than they were before the Trump administration. Working moms in the state are 31 percent more likely to feel their financial situation has improved since Trump took office. For voters in rural Coos County, it’s 34 percent more likely.

Pennsylvanians are benefitting from the Trump economy and are 20 percent more likely to agree that they are better off than they were three years ago. That number jumps with voters under 35 years old to 25 percent. Working moms in the state are 18 percent more likely to feel their financial situation has improved.

The RNC invested more than $350 million in data that tracks key issues in every state, which allows their data and analytics team to closely monitor electorates and the issues that are important to them.

According to Bill Skelly, CEO of Causeway Solutions, a leader in the data field, the RNC’s information is “unmatched.”

“I work with RNC voter data every day and the quality and breadth of information is unmatched. The data is refreshed daily with information collected through the tireless efforts of RNC-led volunteers, activists and campaigns out there making phone calls and knocking on the doors of real voters in real time,” Skelly told Townhall. “As a result, Republicans have an extremely valuable asset that their Democrat counterparts are rightly jealous of.”

This data is provided to campaigns at the federal, state and local levels free of charge. The only thing the RNC asks for in return: for Republicans across the country to keep the data up-to-date when they knock on doors and phone bank.

“Instead of paying for data, the GOP candidates and organizations use sweat equity to improve it,” Skelly said. “It is the secret weapon Republicans all over the county are able to deploy to win their political battles.”

Author: Beth Baumann

Source: Town Hall: EXCLUSIVE: Voter Data in Battleground States Shows Americans’ Confidence in Trump

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) on Sunday blasted Democrats for looking like hypocrites when it comes to the Ukraine saga. According to Paul, Democrats launched an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump for the exact same thing former Vice President Joe Biden did.

“I think the American people want fairness and I don’t think they’re going to judge fairness when they’re [Democrats] accusing President Trump of the same thing Joe Biden did, threatening the aid if some kind of corruption is not investigated. It seems like everybody, both parties, have been threatening aid if some kind of investigation either doesn’t happen or is ended,” Paul explained.

According to the senator, the situation between Trump and Ukraine and Biden and Ukraine are similar.

“And so I think really what’s going to happen is people are going to say ‘Oh, they’re impeaching President Trump for exactly the same thing Joe Biden did.’ He threatened the aid if they didn’t fire someone. Supposedly the president did if they didn’t investigate someone,” he explained. “So it sounds exactly like what Joe Biden did. If they weren’t going to impeach Joe Biden they look like hypocrites for not having a word to say about what Joe Biden did.”

Paul made it very clear, multiple times, that he would have never provided Ukraine with aid because the United States simply doesn’t have the money for it.

“If it were me, I wouldn’t give them the aid because we don’t have the money. We have to borrow the money from China to send it to Ukraine,” Paul said. “So I’m against the aid. I think it’s a mistake to do the aid. So I wouldn’t have played any of these games, but I think the American people think it’s unfair to treat Trump under one standard and Joe Biden under a different standard.”

Democrats have repeatedly said President Trump threatened to withhold military aid unless Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky investigated corruption between then-Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden. While Joe Biden was handling international relations with Ukraine on behalf of the Obama administration, Hunter was being paid $50,000 a month to sit on the board of a Ukrainian gas company, despite having no natural energy experience.

Trump released the transcript, which showed no quid pro quo took place. And no aid was threatened.

Author: Beth Baumann

Source: Town Hall: WATCH: Rand Paul Obliterates Democrats for Being Complete Hypocrites

It’s no secret that technology plays an important role in our lives. Almost every single aspect of our life is ruled by technology, from smart phones to computers and the internet. That’s why it’s not surprising to know that Google and Facebook are keeping tabs on gun owners’ firearms.

According to The Firearms Blog (TFB), the two tech giants are scanning users’ pictures to look for serial numbers. They’re then creating an index of every person’s firearms based on the image scans. If you’ve posted a picture of your firearm on a social networking site and didn’t smear out the serial number, chances are it’s indexed on Google images. Simply type in the serial number in quotes and search images. What comes up?

The guys at TFB went through their image library and found images of various firearms and silencers where the serial number is clearly visible. They then typed it into Google and viola! Every image from their website showed up in the image results.

Although it’s unlikely for a random person to have your the serial number on your firearms, it is absolutely dangerous for social media giants to have this information. Facebook and Instagram are both owned by the same company. Same with YouTube and Google. When these platforms data mine this information, this creates an extremely dangerous situation.

Gun owners have worried about firearm registries because they inevitably lead to confiscation. If the government has tabs on every single gun in America it makes it easier for them to come beating on our doors, demanding that we hand them over (just as Beto has proposed). These social media giants and their owners are lefties. For all we know, these private organizations can willingly hand over a person’s name and the serial numbers on their firearms to the government. And before anyone says this is an invasion of privacy, just remember: when you signed up for Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and every other social networking website out there, you agreed to their terms and conditions. Anything you put on their website becomes their property, meaning they can decide how to use that information against you.

If you’re going to share pictures of your firearms, suppressors or anything with a serial number, take the extra 30 seconds and blur out the serial number. Better to be safe than sorry.

Author: Beth Baumann

Source: Town Hall: Gun Owners: Here’s Why You Should Think Twice Before Posting Pictures of Your Firearms on Social Media

Before progressive darling Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) officially endorsed Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) for president on Saturday, the duo sat down with The Intercept to discuss the need for a progressive grassroots movement in America.

According to Sanders, Ocasio-Cortez is one of the most influential people in Congress and she has made great strides over the last year.

“It’s hard to believe that a year ago today you were waiting tables, is that correct?” Sanders asked AOC. “I cannot recall any political in modern history of this country who, in the course of one year – and she’s the youngest woman ever elected to Congress – I cannot recall one person who has played a more transformative role in American politics than Alexandria has. It really has been extraordinary.”

Sanders said Ocasio-Cortez has inspired millions of young people and has a “strong legislative record.”

“When we talk about the Green New Deal and combatting climate change, and transforming our energy system, this freshman member of Congress, that was her idea. That’s pretty extraordinary,” he said.

The freshman congresswoman defended grassroots activism, saying continual pressure is a good thing.

“So long as we remain principled and focused in our activism, so long as we remain committed to Kingian principles of nonviolence then I don’t think that civic engagement and activism can be too much,” AOC said. “I think that it is too much for people who are protecting the interests of the very few. It can be too much to those who want to prioritize the needs of billionaires over the needs of working people. But that’s because once it gets to being to the point of too much, then you overwhelm the system with positive change.”

The presidential contender said the Democratic Party needs a bigger grassroots movement, similar to what Ocasio-Cortez has inspired across the country.

“The essence of my politics and I think Alexandria’s as well, is that we need an ongoing grassroots movement of millions of people to pressure Congress, to pressure the corporate establishment so that we can bring about the changes that this country desperately needs,” Sanders explained.

“I have said that I will not only be commander in chief but I will be organizer in chief,” he said with a smile. “So that’s what that means.”

Author: Beth Baumann

Source: Town Hall: Bernie: When I’m President I Won’t Just Be Commander In Chief, I’ll Also Be Organizer In Chief

We know that the Democratic Party is filled with ironic hypocrites but the 2020 presidential candidates are taking the cake this weekend. More than 11,000 people flocked to a steak fry at the Iowa State Fair on Saturday to hear from the 17 candidates vying for the Democratic nomination, CBS News reported.

The event was put on by the Polk County Democrats and included more than 10,500 hamburgers and 1,000 vegan burgers. Rather ironic considering some of these candidates – like Sen. Kamala Harris and Andrew Yang – have made the case that meat consumption adds to our nations greenhouse emissions and climate change problem.

The candidates even showed off their grilling kills.

Republicans blasted the Democrats for their hypocrisy:

Maybe next year the Polk County Democrats will consider having a “Tofu Fry.”

Author: Beth Baumann

Source: Town Hall: ‘Climate Change’ Went Out The Window When 2020 Dems Descended On Steak Fry At Iowa State Fair

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) on Sunday had a call with President Donald Trump about gun control legislation. According to a statement from Democratic leadership, universal background checks are a non negotiable that must be included in any proposal Trump moves forward with. Specifically, Democrats want Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to bring the legislation to a floor for a vote.

“200 days ago, the Democratic House took decisive action to end the gun violence epidemic in America by passing H.R. 8 and H.R. 1112: bipartisan, commonsense legislation to expand background checks, which is supported by more than 90 percent of the American people. With the backing of the American people, we continue to call on Senator McConnell to ‘Give Us A Vote!’

“Yet, for 200 days, Senator McConnell has refused to give these bipartisan bills a vote on the Senate Floor, again and again putting his own political survival before the survival of our children. Every day that Senator McConnell blocks our House-passed, life-saving bills, an average of 100 people – including 47 children and teenagers – die from senseless gun violence. Some 20,000 have died since the House took action on February 27th.

“This morning, we made it clear to the President that any proposal he endorses that does not include the House-passed universal background checks legislation will not get the job done, as dangerous loopholes will still exist and people who shouldn’t have guns will still have access. For instance, someone prohibited from possessing a gun under an Extreme Risk Protection Order (ERPO) law could still obtain a firearm by exploiting the gun show and online loopholes that H.R. 8 would close. We know that to save as many lives as possible, the Senate must pass this bill and the President must sign it. We even promised the President that if he endorses this legislation and gets Senator McConnell to act on what the House has passed, we would both join him for a historic signing ceremony at the Rose Garden.

“Congressional Democrats will continue to join with law enforcement, survivors, students and parents, health care providers, mayors and public health officials across the nation to accelerate a relentless drumbeat of action to force Senator McConnell to pass our background checks bills. We will not stop until these bills are passed and our children’s lives are safe. We call upon Senator McConnell to ‘Give Us a Vote!’

McConnell has made it clear that he wouldn’t bring any gun control proposals to the floor for a vote if President Trump has vowed to veto the bill.

“My members know the very simple fact that to make a law you have to have a presidential signature. They are working on coming up with a proposal that the president will sign,” McConnell said last week.

Author: Beth Baumann

Source: Town Hall: Pelosi And Schumer Had A Call With Trump About Gun Control. This Is Their Non Negotiable.

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