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He went after other media figures, too

The attorney representing Nick Sandmann warned Brian Stelter of CNN that a retweet from his social media account might cost him his job because it violates a confidentiality agreement about their lawsuit.

Lin Wood, Sandmann’s lead attorney, tweeted a screenshot of the offending missive from CNN’s media correspondent from his own account on Monday.

“This retweet by @brianstelter may have cost him his job at @CNN. It is called breach of confidentiality agreement,” Wood said.

“Brian Stelter is a liar. I know how to deal with liars,” he added.

The retweet was of an exhortation by attorney Mark S. Zaid against speculation about the settlement of a lawsuit by Nick Sandmann, the Covington Catholic High School student from Kentucky.

“Those with zero legal experience (as far as I can tell) should not be conjecturing on lawsuits they know nothing about. What kind of journalism is that?” asked Zaid.

“I’ve litigated defamation cases. Sandman [sic] was undoubtedly paid nuisance value settlement & nothing more,” he conjectured.

Wood implied that Stelter was breaking the confidentiality agreement by retweeting an opinion about the probable outcome of the lawsuit against CNN.

He went on to accuse others at CNN of committing the same error, including CNN analyst Asha Rangappa who speculated that Sandmann received “$25K to go away.”

Sandmann also weighed in on the tweet and chastised Stelter.

“I can’t decide if it’s worse to be Brian Stelter or believe Brian Stelter,” tweeted Sandmann.

“He was never in any court hearing or meeting I was,” he added. “So why does he act like he knows anything?”

Sandmann sued over the unfair coverage of a viral video of his confrontation with Native American elder and activist Nathan Phillips during the annual March for Life in Washington D.C. in January 2019. He settled a $275 million lawsuit against CNN a year later, and settled his $250 million lawsuit against the Washington Post on Friday.

Wood also said in a previous tweet that he had agreed to represent former Trump campaign aide Carter Page against Yahoo News and the Huffington Post for falsely accusing him of being a traitor and trying to “ruin” him.

Here’s an interview with Wood about the lawsuit:

Author: Carlos Garcia

Source: The Blaze: Nick Sandmann’s lawyer warns Brian Stelter that his tweet about the CNN lawsuit may cost him his job

Will Democrats take notice?

A new poll found that many more Americans want funding for police to increase or stay the same than those that want police to be defunded.

Black Lives Matter protesters and activists have made the defunding of police forces a central platform of their political demands.

A Pew poll released on Thursday shows that few Americans support the policy.

A plurality of Americans, 42%, said that they want the funding for police to stay the same. Another 31% of Americans said they want funding for police to increase.

Both of those groups are larger than the group that called for the defunding of police only 25% of those polled.

Of those who want the police defunded, 12% said they wanted police funding to decrease by a “a lot,” while 14% said they wanted police funding to decrease “a little.”

President Donald Trump has come out forcefully against the defunding of police, but when presumed Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden was asked if he supported the policy, he also said no.

A small increase in support for BLM

Other results from the poll show an increase in support for some parts of the narrative of the Black Lives Matter movement.

There was a small drop in Americans who said the police do an “excellent or good job of protecting people from crime,” from 62% four years ago to 58% in the newest poll.

A greater drop was found among Americans who agreed that police are doing a good or excellent job of “treating racial and ethnic groups equally,” from 47% down to 34%.

Two thirds of those polled also said that civilians should have the power to sue police officers “to hold them accountable for misconduct and excessive use of force.”

Here’s more about polling on the police protests:

Author: Carlos Garcia

Source: The Blaze: New poll shows very few Americans want to defund police

‘Uh, Joe Biden is Joe’

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said that she considered the sexual assault allegations against Joe Biden closed and she announced that she would no longer answer questions about the matter.

She made the announcement while talking to Ari Melber Tuesday evening on his MSNBC show.

“Now that he has given that answer, do you view this as a closed issue, what is your response?” asked Melber after playing a video of Biden’s response to the allegations.

“Well it is for me!” Pelosi responded.

“Uh, I said I am proud to support Joe Biden for president. Uh, I believe him when he said it didn’t happen, but I also believe him when he said let them look into the record, and that’s what they should do,” she explained.

“But I’m not gonna answer this question again,” Pelosi said.

“I will just say I have every confidence that Joe Biden will be a great president of the United States. Uh, not only because of the person of integrity that he is, but the person of vision that he is for just some of the things you talked about,” she continued.

“About healthcare for all Americans, about job security, about the kitchen table issues that he’s so familiar with in his own family, when his father lost his own job,” Pelosi explained.

“Uh, Joe Biden is Joe,” she added helpfully.

Biden was accused by Tara Reade, a former congressional aide, of sexual assault in 1993 when he was a senator. He has denied the allegations but more sources have surfaced to corroborate the claims from his accuser.

Here’s the video of Pelosi’s comments:

Author: Carlos Garcia

Source: The Blaze: Nancy Pelosi will refuse to answer any more questions about sexual assault allegations against Joe Biden

There is a bright spotlight on the WHO and it’s not finding good things

World Health Organization Director Dr. Tedros is facing increased scrutiny over his ties to an organization that was designated as a terror group by US officials.

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who goes by Dr. Tedros, was a leader of the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front, a group that was designated as a terrorist organization by U.S. officials.

A memo from the Department of Homeland Security in 2014 details the background of the EPRDF.

The TPLF is a political group founded in 1975 in Ethiopia, as an opposition group. The TPLF engaged in prolonged armed conflict with the government of Ethiopia, which, along with other groups, it succeeded in overthrowing in 1991. The TPLF then joined the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF), a political coalition that became the governing coalition in Ethiopia. The EPRDF continues to control the government of Ethiopia. The TPLF qualifies as a Tier III terrorist organization under INA section 212(a)(3)(B)(vi)(III) on the basis of its violent activities before it became part of the ruling coalition and the government of Ethiopia in May 1991.

In 2017, National Review called for the WHO to be defunded in part over Dr. Tedros ties to the terror group.

Dr. Tedros, as he likes to be called (he has a Ph.D. in community health), is a leader of Ethiopia’s brutal minority party, the Tigray People’s Liberation Front, a wing of the ruling Marxist-rooted Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front. He served the violently repressive regime as minister of foreign affairs from 2012 to 2016, after a stint as health minister.

Even before he was elected to lead the WHO, Dr. Tedros was hit with accusations that he had helped cover up numerous epidemics in Ethiopia during his time as the health minister of the country.

There are also claims that Dr. Tedros was aided in his campaign to lead the WHO by China.

President Donald Trump ordered the end of US payments to the World Health Organization over their bungled response to the coronavirus pandemic. Democrats have been very critical of the move and said it was not the proper time to weaken the global institution.

Here’s more about the WHO director’s very shady history:

Author: Carlos Garcia

Source: The Blaze: WHO director was a leader of a political group designated as a terrorist organization by US officials

The bizarre claims were ignored by the mainstream media

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) excoriated the government’s response to the coronavirus epidemic and claimed that children in the U.S. were attending schools funded by taxes paid by illegal aliens.

The firebrand democratic socialist made the claims in an online video published on Thursday.

“Yes, so this is a very important question. So this administration in the negotiations for this bill basically said anything for immigrants is a non-starter,” she said, referring to illegal aliens.

She went on to say that Democrats fought for benefits for illegal aliens, but Republicans would not pass the bill with those provisions included.

“Yes, undocumented people pay taxes. Undocumented people pay billions of dollars in taxes every year. We send our kids to public school on the taxes that undocumented people pay,” Ocasio-Cortez said.

“Undocumented people pay more money in taxes than Amazon or Facebook, or anything combined. So yes, I believe that if you pay into this system, you should benefit from this system, she added.

“So there is not cash assistance for the undocumented, you have to have a Social Security number,” Ocasio-Cortez explained.

She also pointed illegal aliens to possible assistance from state-funded social safety net benefits. She concluded by saying that illegal aliens paid more in taxes than anyone else.

“So um, so some of these state programs are eligible for you if you are undocumented,” she concluded, “but what just passed here in the CARE act very cruelly cut out undocumented people, despite the fact that they pay into the system just as much as anyone else.”

Critics of these kinds of claims point out that although illegal aliens do indeed pay taxes in various forms, they also place an enormous burden on social services, with some estimates running into more than $100 billion per year.

Ocasio-Cortez tweeted similar claims in July 2019, saying, “people who are undocumented pay taxes! Public goods aren’t ‘gifts’ to immigrants – they pay for your kids’ schooling too.”

Despite tweeting that she would make her claim “for the last time,” Ocasio-Cortez has repeated the claim many times since July 2019.

Here’s the video of Ocasio-Cortez:

Author: Carlos Garcia

Source: The Blaze: Ocasio-Cortez says illegal aliens pay as much in taxes as ‘anyone else,’ calls Republicans cruel for preventing assistance to them

Birx specifically talked about two narratives about coronavirus

Coronavirus task force coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx calmly but expertly dismantled the media for spreading fake news to panic the public during the latest media briefing.

Birx made the comments after President Donald Trump spoke about coronavirus on Thursday.

“Finally, the situation about ventilators, we we were reassured in a meeting with our colleagues in New York that there are still ICU beds remaining, and there are still, significant, over a thousand or two thousand ventilators that have not been utilized yet,” said Birx.

“Please, for the reassurance for the people around the world, to wake up this morning and look at people talking about creating DNR situations, do-not-resuscitate situations for patients, there is no situation in the United States right now that warrants that kind of discussion,” she explained.

Birx was likely referring to a report from the Washington Post about hospitals quietly talking about the possibility of issuing DNR policies if they are overwhelmed by coronavirus cases.

“You can be thinking about it in a hospital, certainly many hospitals talk about this on a daily basis, but to say that to the American people, to make the implication that when they need a hospital bed it’s not gonna be there, or when they need that ventilator, it’s not gonna be there, we don’t have an evidence of that right now,” Birx continued.

“And it’s our job, collectively, to assure the American people, it’s our collective job to make sure that doesn’t happen,” she explained.

“Right now you can see these cases are concentrated in highly urban areas; there are other parts of the states that have lots of ventilators and other parts of New York state that don’t have any infections right now,” Birx said.

“So we can be creative, we can meet the need by being responsive,” she concluded, “but there’s no model right now, no reality on the ground, where we can see that 60%-70% of American are going to get infected in the next 8 to 12 weeks. I just want to be clear about that.”

Coronavirus cases continue to rise in the United States and especially in New York City where there is an oversized percentage of the infected and in deaths from the pandemic.

Here’s the video of the comments from Dr. Birx:

Author: Carlos Garcia

Source: The Blaze: Dr. Deborah Birx dismantles the media for spreading fake news on coronavirus

Not a good look for two of the top-tier candidates

In a stunning rebuke of two of the top-tier presidential candidates, neither Joe Biden nor Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) have received enough votes in New Hampshire to obtain primary delegates.

NBC news projected that neither Biden or Warren would reach the 15 percent threshold to receive delegates with about only 33 percent of the vote count officially reported on Tuesday.

CBS News also projected the troubling conclusion about the same time as NBC News.

The surprising result is a boon for the campaign of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who is also projected to win in New Hampshire after being at the top of the pile in the disputed results from the Iowa caucuses.

It is just the latest blow for the ailing Biden campaign, which did poorly in Iowa’s caucuses. Biden left New Hampshire before the results in New Hampshire even began to be reported.

The Biden campaign will try to recover some footing in South Carolina, where they should see more support among African-American voters.

In exit polling from the New Hampshire primary, a majority of voters said they didn’t think nominating a woman would hurt their chances of beating President Donald Trump, but 30 percent disagreed.

Here’s more about the New Hampshire results:

Author: Carlos Garcia

Source: The Blaze: Breaking: Joe Biden and Liz Warren shut out in New Hampshire primary

“…this was really an avoidable error that shot the party in the foot…”

Presidential candidate Andrew Yang criticized the Democratic party at a CNN town hall for the Democratic candidates over the catastrophic Iowa caucuses.

“Did you offer some help with math to the Democrats in Iowa this past week?” joked CNN’s Don Lemon.

“Oh my gosh, one reason I am pumped to be here in New Hampshire is you all are going to vote February eleventh, and do you know when we’re going to find out the results? February eleventh!” Yang responded.

“So I guess that’s a no?” joked Lemon.

“I feel for the Democrats and the people of Iowa, but the fact is this was really an avoidable error that shot the party in the foot,” replied Yang.

“And it’s going to be harder to convince Americans that we can entrust massive systems with government if we can’t count votes on the same night in a way that’s clear, transparent, and reliable.”

Yang’s critique mirrored how many conservatives responded after the embarrassing debacle that manifested the incompetence of the Iowa Democratic Party.

Results from the caucuses were delayed until the party admitted that there was a massive failure in its process to collect and verify the vote counts. On Tuesday, only partial results were released, causing more angst among Democratic leaders and voters.

Here’s the video of his comments:

Author: Carlos Garcia

Source: The Blaze: Andrew Yang admits Iowa caucus catastrophe will make it tougher for American voters to trust Democrats with power

The ruling likely leaves the fate of the legislation unknown until after the election

A federal appeals court ruled on Wednesday that the individual mandate in Obamacare is unconstitutional.

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans handed down the ruling but did not decide on whether that would invalidate the rest of the legislation, and instead remanded the case to a Texas judge to decide.

The 2-1 ruling was made by Judge Jennifer Walker Elrod and Judge Kurt Engelhardt, with Judge Carolyn Dineen King dissenting.

Obamacare, officially known as the Affordable Care Act, was passed in 2010 and was considered the signature legislative accomplishment of the first term in the Obama administration.

A consequence of the ruling is that the Supreme Court will not need to consider the case, as it must first go to a lower court. That will push the final fate of the law beyond the date of the 2020 election.

President Donald Trump promised to repeal Obamacare as part of his 2016 campaign, but Republicans failed to garner the votes for a repeal in 2017.

Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) praised the ruling in a tweet on Wednesday.

“Obamacare has failed to live up to its promises,” he tweeted.

“This ruling highlights the need to modernize and personalize health care for every American,” he added. “Republicans are focused on protecting people with pre-existing conditions and lowering the cost of care.”

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra decried the decision, saying, “For now, the President got the gift he wanted — uncertainty in the healthcare system and a pathway to repeal — so that the healthcare that seniors, workers and families secured under the Affordable Care Act can be yanked from under them.”

Here’s more about the ruling:

Author: Carlos Garcia

Source: The Blaze: Appeals court rules individual mandate in Obamacare unconstitutional

“I am in this fight with you and I am fighting for you.”

First lady Melania Trump faced some spirited boos from teens attending a youth opioid event in Baltimore, Maryland, but her response was all class.

Rather than reciprocating the animosity, she defended them and their right to free speech.

“We live in a democracy and everyone is entitled to their opinion,” the first lady said in a statement released Wednesday, “but the fact is we have a serious crisis in our country and I remain committed to educating children on the dangers and deadly consequences of drug abuse.”

The first lady was at the Baltimore Youth Summit on Opioid Awareness on Tuesday when she was booed by the audience. She also received some cheers of support.

Supporters of the president pointed out that they had booed her on the day that the president had announced that he would donate the third quarter of his presidential salary to fighting the opioid crisis.

Despite the acrimony from the audience, the first lady told them in her speech on Tuesday that she supported their campaign to end opioid abuse.

“Promoting education and awareness on these issues will always be one of my top priorities,” she said.

“I am in this fight with you and I am fighting for you,” she concluded.

Here’s the video of the booing:

Author: Carlos Garcia

Source: The Blaze: First lady Melania Trump issues a statement about teens booing her in Baltimore, and it’s all class

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