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The second presidential debate, scheduled for October 15, will be moderated by Steve Scully, the political editor at C-SPAN and host of Washington Journal, who once worked as an intern for Senator Joe Biden in college, later working as a staff assistant in Sen. Edward M. Kennedy’s communication office.

“While attending college, he served as an intern in the office of Delaware Sen. Joseph R. Biden, and later a staff assistant in Sen. Edward M. Kennedy’s media affairs office,” Utah Valley University noted.

In an interview with Journalism Jobs in May 2011, when he was asked, “Has the quality of broadcast journalism decreased over the past five years?”, Scully took the opportunity to rip Fox News, stating, “I think what has gone downhill is when cable networks get caught in all the titillating news of the day when they should be focusing more on the things that are important to people, like following the money and the state of the nation. Having said that, if you’re sick and tired of watching Laci Peterson on the Fox News Channel, then you can come on to C-SPAN and understand the process that we do in following it.”

Later in the same interview, he praised Tim Russert, then-host of NBC’s “Meet the Press,” saying, “I think Tim Russert — who is paid a lot of money to do what he does — earns his money because he works hard and he understands the process. He’s probably one of the best interviewers out there.” Then he turned to Fox News again, claiming, “We are seeing more opinionated journalism on Fox, Sean Hannity, Bill O’Reilly, the whole incident with Dan Rather.”

Asked, “What will be the long-term impact on the credibility of journalists if the public’s perceived bias in reporting goes unchecked?”, Scully said, “Journalism in general will face more credibility blows. The most important thing you have is your reputation. How people view you and the organization you work at — they’re going to see things through the prism of that. It would be a shame if we go down the path where everyone looks at The Washington Post and the New York Times and dismisses them as being supportive or critical of Republicans.”

He added a criticism of CBS News, asserting, “The best thing any news organization can do is to try to maintain a level of credibility — make sure that the facts they put in the newspaper or on the air are accurate and verified. That’s one of the lessons CBS has realized. You could see the mistakes they were making every step of the way. They are going to pay a price for that.”

Scully mentioned former NBC News anchor John Chancellor, saying, “If you have a comment by a news anchor that is truly his opinion — and I personally don’t like that — you need to make sure it is clearly marked and identified. Having a John Chancellor commentary at the end of the newscast — which was still popular in the ’70s — blurs the line.”

Scully is “in charge of the network’s White House coverage. He’s even served on the Executive Board of the White House Correspondents’ Association, where he was the president of the association from 2006 until 2007,” Marie Claire noted.

Author: Hank Berrien

Source: Daily Wire: Moderator For 2nd Trump-Biden Debate Worked As Intern For Biden, Staff Assistant For Ted Kennedy

Late on Tuesday night, after the first presidential debate between President Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden was over, Biden’s deputy campaign manager avowed that Biden would commit to the two next presidential debates, scheduled for October 15 and October 22. According to The Hill, Kate Bedingfield quashed any ideas that Biden would skip the next two debates, saying, “I don’t know how many different ways we can say it. Yes, we are going to do the debates. I would imagine there will be some additional conversations [with the Commission on Presidential Debates]. But yeah, we are committing to attending the debates.”

Senator Chris Coons (D-DL), who serves as a Biden surrogate, had informed Politico that he was unsure whether further debates should be held, iterating:

It was very hard to follow what was being said, and President Trump showed not just disrespect to the moderator, but to the American people who tuned in trying to figure out what his plans are. The point of the debate is for the American people to make a decision, informed by hearing from the two candidates on what’s your record, what are your values? Joe Biden came prepared to respect the American people. Donald Trump did not.

Simon Rosenberg, a former senior consultant for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, told Politico:

Of course, Biden and Harris should keep debating. But they should work to make sure Trump can’t repeat his performance tonight. Moderators should have the ability to cut off his mic and split screens should be limited. Let them talk to the American people without the other facial expressions and interruptions registering.

Bedingfield’s answer to reporters as to whether Biden would take part in further debates should be taken seriously; her relationship with them is rather chummy. In mid-August, after the announcement was made that Biden had selected Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) as his running mate, Bedingfield issued a tweet offering reporters covering the Biden campaign a “Virtual high five,” adding, “We did it, guys.”

Bedingfield wrote, “Shoutout to all of our beat reporters for surviving some of the most painful news cycles of any presidential campaign. Virtual high five to all of you. We did it, guys.”

In late July, Bedingfield, apparently confident that the Trump campaign’s messages would not “work this go-round,” authored a memo in which she exhibited her confidence Trump attacking Biden would not work:

Time after time, Trump’s advisers boast that they are certain the upteenth reboot of their anti-Biden messaging will work this go-round, only to quickly thereafter find themselves on defense, having elevated issues on which Donald Trump’s record is extremely vulnerable. Trump doesn’t have an argument for why he deserves to be reelected, so pouring money into ineffective attacks against his opponent is his only option. In terms Donald Trump understands, it’s the only club he’s got in his bag.

Author: Hank Berrien

Source: Daily Wire: Biden Deputy Campaign Manager Quashes Skipping Debates: ‘We Are Going To Do The Debates’

On Sunday, the United Nations, which hews to a leftist agenda, evinced more of its antagonistic attitude with a tweet quoting its Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, stating on August 31 that the coronavirus COVID-19 revealed a “male-dominated world with a male-dominated culture which damages everyone.” The UN wrote, “The #COVID19 pandemic is demonstrating what we all know: millennia of patriarchy have resulted in a male-dominated world with a male-dominated culture which damages everyone — women, men, girls & boys.”

Guterres made his remarks at a Town Hall with Young Women from Civil Society Organizations, where he stated:

The pandemic is only demonstrating what we all know: that millennia of patriarchy have resulted in a male-dominated world with a male-dominated culture which damages everyone – women, men, girls and boys. I have many times said that behind many of the problems I have been talking about, there is an essential question of power. It is indeed addressing this question of power that we must concentrate all our efforts. It is clear that we cannot go back to the failed policies that have resulted in the fragility we see around us – in healthcare systems, in social protection, in access to justice. This is the time to rebuild more equal, inclusive, and resilient societies.

The leftist perspective of the United Nations could be seen easily enough in a tweet from Guterres on September 2 in which he wrote that “terrorists” were exploiting COVID-19 to radicalize and recruit, but only named “Neo-Nazis, white supremacists, conspiracy theorists and others.” No leftist groups like Antifa or others of their ilk were named.

In May 2020, the United Nations tweeted its support for making the world gender-neutral, writing, “What you say matters. Help create a more equal world by using gender-neutral language if you’re unsure about someone’s gender or are referring to a group.”

Below that message, the United Nations wrote, “If you don’t know someone’s gender or when talking about a group, use gender-neutral language.” Then the U.N. offered some examples of its preferred mode of speaking, replacing “mankind” with “humankind,” “chairman” with “chair,” “congressman” with “legislator,” “businessman” with “representative,” “policeman” with “police officer,” “landlord” with “owner,” “boyfriend/girlfriend” with “partner,” “salesman” with “salesperson,” “manpower” with “workforce,” “maiden name” with “family name,” “fireman” with “firefighter,” and “husband/wife” with “spouse.”

As Hillel Neuer of UN Watch has noted, despite the UN’s protestations that it cares about human rights, the countries on the UN Human Rights Council represent some of the most oppressive countries on earth:

Neuer wrote in 2019, “In total, as of Jan. 1 more than half of council members will be non-democracies. Does it matter that the world’s highest human-rights body is being subverted? It does. The council’s pronouncements and reports are translated into multiple languages and influence the hearts and minds of millions worldwide.”

The Daily Wire has reported, “The Human Rights Council (of the UN) has no problem inviting a man cited as one of the most brutal men in the world address it, and a look at the new members inaugurated in 2017 into the Council shows a list of some of the most anti-human rights governments in existence.”

Author: Hank Berrien

Source: Daily Wire: UN: COVID Reveals Male-Dominated World, Male-Dominated Culture ‘Which Damages Everyone ’

A new poll in the deep blue state of Minnesota finds President Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden in a virtual tie, with Biden getting 46.9% of the vote and Trump garnering 46.5% of the vote.

The poll was conducted by the Trafalgar Group between August 15-18. Although there was some naysaying by members of the Left that fivethirty-eight.com gives the Trafalgar Group a C-minus for accuracy, fivethirtyeight.com gives the Emerson College poll a grade of A-minus, and an August 8-10 Emerson College poll found Trump within 2 points of Biden, with Biden getting 51% of the vote and Trump 49%.

The movement of the state toward Trump is borne out by the fact that two polls in July found the state overwhelmingly for Biden; one showing a 7-point lead and another with a massive 10-point lead.

Minnesota has not voted for a GOP presidential candidate since 1972, the longest stretch for any state in the union. In 1984, it was the only state of the fifty not to vote for Ronald Reagan, instead voting for native son Walter Mondale. In 2016, Trump lost Minnesota to Hillary Clinton by less than 45,000 votes.

On Monday, Trump became the first president since George W. Bush in 2004 to visit Mankato, Minnesota. GOP Chairwoman Jennifer Carnahan stated, “Here in southern Minnesota, we have a huge agricultural community. It’s important that we’re standing with our farmers and setting up the best trade deals for them so that they can continue to flourish and grow. On the other side of your district, you’ve got the Mayo Clinic. Health care is such an important thing in Minnesota.”

Trump stated in Mankato, “Joe Biden is the puppet of left-wing extremists, trying to erase our borders, eliminate our police, indoctrinate our children, vilify our heroes, take away our energy. You know all about that. Take away our energy. If you can believe it. No fossil fuel. Destroy our Second Amendment, attack the right to life, and replace American freedom with left-wing fascism. Left-wing. We’re going to left wing all the way. Fascists. They are fascists. Some of them, not all of them, but some of them, but they’re getting closer and closer. We have to win this election, but the proud people of Minnesota will not let this happen.”

“I learned that when I came up here, they had specialty milk, a little thing, specialty milk,” Trump continued. “And I met a farmer and he said what had happened with specialty milk. And that got me over the edge. And I said, ‘We’ve got to change this,’ because you were taken, Tom. You were taken advantage of by Canada very badly and by Mexico and by China and by Japan and by friends and foe. And in many cases, friends who are worse than the foe. For years, you watched as politicians like Sleepy Joe Biden, who’s been in office for 47 years, allowed foreign nations to crush Minnesota’s mining. Look at your mining industry, it was crushed by dumping tons and tons of cheap iron and steel into our country. I saw what was happening. I did something about it. I did something about it.”

A two-day Women for Trump statewide bus tour started on Tuesday in Hermantown and traveled through northern and central Minnesota before arriving in Mankato Wednesday.

Author: Hank Berrien

Source: Daily Wire: New Poll In Deep-Blue Minnesota: Trump Tied With Biden

The wife of New York mayor Bill de Blasio, Chirlane McCray, has, in addition to the eight full-time workers on her staff, “a shadow staff of at least six full-time workers who don’t appear on her official roster,” The City reports. Those 14 people, including a $70,000 videographer who videotaped McCray baking cookies, amounted to a payroll of roughly $2 million per year, the report states.

“Asked for a list of her current staff members, McCray’s office last month provided the names of eight full-time employees who together collect roughly $1.1 million in salaries through the office of the mayor. But according to current and former employees in the Mayor’s Office, as well as public records, McCray’s staff count has actually been 15 throughout much of 2020, with a collective payroll that’s closer to $2 million. A recent departure brought the staff ranks down to 14,” The City added.

McCray is reportedly considering a run for Brooklyn borough president.

“Her team also includes $150,000-a-year senior adviser Dabash Negash, 33, who was recruited in April — at the height of the pandemic and just one week after de Blasio announced a hiring freeze to help close a $7.4 billion deficit caused by the pandemic,” the Daily Mail reported.

Other reported members of McCray’s staff: a $117,000-a-year speechwriter, a $150,000-a-year senior adviser, a $143,000-a-year public relations director and a special assistant from the mayor’s office who makes $115,000.

City Councilman Eric Ulrich called McCray’s use of the large staff a “disgrace,” as he told the New York Post, “How much taxpayer money will the mayor’s wife pilfer before leaving office? How can she sleep at night hiring these hacks knowing so many other city workers are facing layoffs this fall? This is a disgrace!”

But City Hall spokeswoman Chanel Caraway rebuffed the idea that there was anything amiss, telling the Post, “The First Lady manages a robust portfolio and her team works tirelessly to carry out goals and priorities on issues like mental health and domestic violence that will improve the lives of New Yorkers. As the City navigates unprecedented challenges triggered by the COVID-19 crisis, these public servants continue to show up everyday to deliver solutions that reach into every neighborhood and family, and we owe them a debt of gratitude.”

While McCray enjoys the apparent perks that come from being New York City’s First Lady, her husband is considering laying off up to 22,000 municipal workers in October and has already cut $1 billion from the NYPD budget. “For weeks, he has been warning that, come October, approximately 22,000 city workers could lose their jobs because of the deepening fiscal crisis the city is facing … In June, he cut the city’s budget by $4.7 billion, from $92.8 billion to $88.1 billion,” The New York Daily News reported on August 16.

De Blasio said, “If you’ve got to keep cutting and keep cutting, it has to, at some point, reach personnel. That’s just the pure logic of budgets, and it’s a very sad logic. So that 22,000 number is painfully real.”

Author: Hank Berrien

Source: Daily Wire: While De Blasio Mulls Cutting 22,000 Jobs, His Wife’s Staff Cost Roughly $2 Million, Report Says

Over the weekend, some members of the black community, willing to risk being vilified for their support for President Trump and law enforcement, marched through the streets of Los Angeles carrying outsized flags emblazoned with Trump 2020.

One leader in the effort tweeted, “Amidst the scorn, and despite being called c**ns and Uncle Tom’s, a few of us black Trump supporters took to the front to head a collective march thru the streets of Los Angeles, as we all showed support for America, Trump, and our police.” He also added the hashtag #BLACKLIVESMAGA.

One of the leaders of the group slammed the media for not covering serious problems within the black community itself. “No cover on O Magazine. Not what? No good? No cover on O Magazine?” he said. “The 10-month old that died over on Monday? No cover on O Magazine. You’ve got an eleven-year-old, a five-year-old in his own crib, no cover on O Magazine?”

The march engendered some support online.

“I’m so proud. I need to find the courage to do this in Los Angeles. Honestly. I’m scared to rock the maga gear , for fear of being attacked . As a single female,” one supporter tweeted.

“These people are free. BLM is a method of control,” wrote another.

“Might be the best video of the year,” another tweeted.

In early July, noted black conservative radio host Larry Elder released his documentary “Uncle Tom,” of which he stated, “The ‘Uncle Tom’ movie simply asks a very simple question: Why can’t we have an intelligent, healthy discussion within the Black community without a whole cadre of well-educated, bright, thoughtful Black people being maligned and discarded as sellouts? What’s prompting this?”

Elder added, “The so-called war on poverty was launched in the 1960s … And what the welfare state has done, in my opinion, is incentivize Black women to marry the government, and allow men to abandon their financial and moral responsibilities to their families. We’ve gone from 25 percent of Black kids born outside wedlock in 1965 to nearly 70 percent now. You cannot attribute that to Jim Crow and racism. It has to do with bad government policy.”

“I have long since gotten over the idea that I should react emotionally when someone calls me a name,” Elder said. “I now feel sorry that you have been so corrupted, by Hollywood, media [and] academia, that I, Larry Elder, am your villain? Not the welfare state? Not bad economic policies? Not porous borders putting downward pressure on wages for Black and brown people, but I’m the bad guy? What’s wrong with you, what’s wrong with your thinking? Who has indoctrinated you like that? That’s my reaction.”

In mid-June, justthenews.com reported:

UCLA data collected just prior to the protests about the death of African-American George Floyd show younger black Americans have been holding more favorable views of President Trump than their parents and grandparents. The data collected from April 2-May 13 by the Democracy Fund + UCLA Nationscape project, an initiative that conducted weekly surveys of thousands of potential voters for nearly a year, found that 29% of percent of black voters ages 30-44 and 21% ages 18-29 have a “very favorable” or “somewhat favorable” view of President Trump. This compares to just 14% of black voters 45-64 and 9% of those 65 and older.

Author: Hank Berrien

Source: Daily Wire: WATCH: Black Trump Supporters March Through Los Angeles

Itemized receipts from the Federal Election Commission show that NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, under whose stewardship the NBA has adopted a supine position when it comes to Communist China, has committed the maximum donation to the Joe Biden campaign.

“Listed on Page 817 of the report, Silver even listed his occupation as ‘NBA/Commissioner,” Outkick the Coverage reports.

In June 2019, Silver endorsed the idea that the league should not use the term “owner.” Speaking to TMZ Sports about the growing movement among some teams to ban the term, Silver stated, “We moved away from that term years ago … I don’t want to overreact to the term because, as I said earlier, people end up twisting themselves into knots avoiding the use of the word owner. But, we moved away from that term years ago in the league … We call our team owners ‘Governor of the team’ and ‘alternate Governor.’”

Referencing the NBA’s approval of politically Left statements on players’ jerseys, Outkick the Coverage’s Clay Travis stated, “If the NBA players, coaches and commissioner want to argue the league should be making political statements in this country, which they clearly are with names on the back of jerseys changed to player causes and ‘Black Lives Matter’ spelled out on the court itself, how in the world can the league express respect for communist Chinese values while tearing down American values?”

Silver’s craven position on China was in full evidence in October 2019, when Houston Rockets’ General Manager Daryl Morey tweeted out support for Hong Kong, using the graphic, “Fight For Freedom. Stand With Hong Kong.”

The Ringer reported, “After general manager Daryl Morey expressed support in a since-deleted tweet for pro-democracy efforts in Hong Kong, the Chinese government, the Chinese Basketball Association, and various Chinese businesses quickly denounced Morey and moved to sever ties with the Rockets. As a consequence, league sources told The Ringer that Rockets ownership has debated Morey’s employment status and whether to replace him.”

NBA chief communications officer Mike Bass responded to Morey’s tweet with this statement:

We recognize that the views expressed by Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey have deeply offended many of our friends and fans in China, which is regrettable. While Daryl has made it clear that his tweet does not represent the Rockets or the NBA, the values of the league support individuals’ educating themselves and sharing their views on matters important to them. We have great respect for the history and culture of China and hope that sports and the NBA can be used as a unifying force to bridge cultural divides and bring people together.

Daryl Morey also apologized for standing up for freedom, tweeting: “I did not intend my tweet to cause any offense to Rockets fans and friends of mine in China. I was merely voicing one thought, based on one interpretation, of one complicated event. I have had a lot of opportunity since that tweet to hear and consider other perspectives. I have always appreciated the significant support our Chinese fans and sponsors have provided and I would hope that those who are upset will know that offending or misunderstanding them was not my intention. My tweets are my own and in no way represent the Rockets or the NBA.”

Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) tweeted: “So let me get this straight. @HoustonRockets GM Daryl Morey expresses support for Hong Kong democracy movement & Chinese government pressures NBA to fire him? Moment of truth for NBA. Will they bow to pressure from repressive, authoritarian govt?” He added, “Chinese govt has a million people locked in concentration camps & is trying to brutally repress Hong Kong demonstrators – and NBA wants to ‘bridge cultural divides’? Cultural divides?”

In October 2019, the NBA released a statement saying that allowing press to continue to ask questions of players in China put players in a “complicated” and “unfair” position. “They [the teams] have been placed into a complicated and unprecedented situation while abroad and we believe it would be unfair to ask them to address these matters in real time,” the statement said, according to CNN.

Author: Hank Berrien

Source: Daily Wire: NBA Commissioner Maxes Out On Donation To Biden Campaign, Report Says

On Monday, following the news that St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner, the city’s top prosecutor, announced that Mark and Patricia McCloskey, the couple who pointed guns at a crowd in front of their home, would be charged with felony unlawful use of a weapon, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt filed a brief that would dismiss the charges. The brief stated that Schmitt “respectfully requests that the Court dismiss this case at the earlier possible opportunity.”

“The right to keep and bear arms is given the highest level of protection in our constitution and our laws, including the Castle Doctrine, which provides broad rights to Missourians who are protecting their property and lives from those who wish to do them harm,” Schmitt told Fox News, adding, “Despite this, Circuit Attorney Gardner filed suit against the McCloskeys, who, according to published reports, were defending their property and safety. As Missouri’s Chief law enforcement officer, I won’t stand by while Missouri law is being ignored.”

Gardner had stated, “It is illegal to wave weapons in a threatening manner — that is unlawful in the city of St. Louis,” without mentioning Missouri’s “castle doctrine.” The couple’s attorney, Joel Schwartz, called Gardner’s decision “disheartening as I unequivocally believe no crime was committed.”

Mark McCloskey, an attorney, recalled last month, “I went inside; I got a rifle … because as soon as I said ‘this is private property,’ those words enraged the crowd. … Horde, an absolute horde came through the smashed-down gates, coming right at the house. And then I stood out there, the only thing we said is, ‘This is private property, go back, private property, leave now.’ At that point, everybody got enraged, there were people wearing body armor.”

“One person pulled out [some] loaded pistol magazines and he clicked them together and he said, ‘You’re next,’” McCloskey continued. “We were threatened with our lives, threatened with the house being burned down, my office building being burned down, even our dog’s life being threatened. It was about as bad as it can get. You know, I really thought it was the storming of Bastille, that we would be dead and the house would be burned and there was nothing we could do about it. It was a huge and frightening crowd and they broke in the gate and they were coming at us.”

The Daily Wire noted, “Republicans have stood up for the McCloskeys as Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) sent a letter to United States Attorney General William Barr urging him to action against Gardner. Twelve Republican members of the House of Representatives sent a letter to Barr, in which they specifically named the McCloskeys, demanding that he take ‘decisive action’ to protect Americans from ‘mob rule.’ Missouri Republican Governor Mike Parsons signaled last week that he would likely pardon the McCloskeys if they were charged.”

Author: Hank Berrien

Source: Daily Wire: Missouri AG Files To Dismiss Charges Against McCloskeys: ‘I Won’t Stand By While Missouri Law Is Being Ignored’

Iran is considering a deal with China that would enable Iran to receive billions of dollars in Chinese investments while Iran would sell China heavily discounted Iranian oil for the next quarter-century, according to a document obtained by The New York Times,

The Trump administration has isolated the despotic Iranian theocratic regime with sanctions, economically crippling the the world’s largest state sponsor of terrorism while other nations have been loath to support it.

But China appears to be willing to join Iran in opposition to the United States. According to the Times, the 18-page proposed agreement “also describes deepening military cooperation, potentially giving China a foothold in a region that has been a strategic preoccupation of the United States for decades.” The document reportedly “calls for joint training and exercises, joint research and weapons development and intelligence sharing.”

Last week, a spokesman for the Iranian foreign ministry, Zhao Lijian, hinted a deal might be pending. “China and Iran enjoy traditional friendship, and the two sides have been in communication on the development of bilateral relations,” he said. “We stand ready to work with Iran to steadily advance practical cooperation.”

Although Iran’s Parliament has reportedly not discussed the document as yet in order to bestow its approval and is divided over the issue, if the Chinese persist and invest what is reportedly $400 billion in Iran, the Trump administration might impose more sanctions on Iran.

Two Iranian officials told the Times that Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, approves of the deal.

A State Department spokesman responded, “The United States will continue to impose costs on Chinese companies that aid Iran, the world’s largest state sponsor of terrorism … By allowing or encouraging Chinese companies to conduct sanctionable activities with the Iranian regime, the Chinese government is undermining its own stated goal of promoting stability and peace.”

The agreement would expedite China’s “Belt and Road Initiative” (BRI), which has already enabled China to gain a foothold across central Asia. Some of the projects listed in the document include “free-trade zones in Maku, in northwestern Iran; in Abadan, where the Shatt al-Arab river flows into the Persian Gulf, and on the gulf island Qeshm,” the Times reports.

Other proposals include help building a 5G telecommunications network and use of the new Chinese Global Positioning System, Beidou.

But some critics within Iran are concerned about the deal as they worry that Iran may lose control in various areas, noting that Chinese deals across Africa and Asia have left the partner countries indebted to China, leaving them vulnerable. One area of particular concern is the group of proposed port facilities in Iran, one of which, near the Persian Gulf, has strategic importance for oil transportation, as well as the United States military, because the Navy’s Fifth Fleet is headquartered in Bahrain.

That control of the port facilities would join ports China has already built around the Indian Ocean, permitting China’s navy greater access to the area. China already has ports in Sri Lanka and Pakistan.

In fall 2019, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif went to China, where his counterpart, Wang Yi, pledged to invest $280 billion in Iranian oil, gas, and petrochemical sectors. As Maya Carlin noted in an op-ed for The Daily Wire:

The PRC’s aggressive behavior in the South China Sea and takeover of strategic ports in Africa under the guise of the BRI is reflective of the Chinese Communist Party’s hegemonic ambitions. The U.S. patrols that routinely counter China’s sovereignty claims over the South China Sea are often aggressively intercepted by Chinese People’s Liberation Army aircraft and vessels. China’s militarization of this body of water is just one of many predatory strategies the Chinese Communist Party uses to further its global ambitions.

At the core of PRC President Xi Jinping’s BRI project, furthermore, is his utilization of “debt-trap diplomacy.” Under “debt-trap diplomacy,” Beijing provides business loans to countries and when those countries become unable to reimburse the loans, Beijing moves in and demands control of critical bases, ports, or strategic resources, depending on the underlying location.

Author: Hank Berrien

Source: Daily Wire: Report: Iran Considering Deal That Could Give China Greater Influence, Military Presence In Middle East

On Sunday morning, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) responded to presumptive Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden apparently refusing to condemn people tearing down statues of Confederate figures. Cruz blasted, “Dems support the riots. The vandals. The anarchists. That’s their base. And they’re terrified to offend them.”

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) tried to take on Cruz by theorizing that the fact that Biden was the presumptive nominee indicated that the Democrats’ base was not hard-leftists, tweeting, “Yes, that is precisely why the party nominated… Joe Biden.”

“Is it me, or is the GOP losing their touch with the conspiracy-theory-as-campaign-rhetoric technique?” she added in a follow-up post.

That triggered a withering response from Cruz: “You’re the base he’s terrified of. Do you support: 1) Tearing down statues of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson & Abraham Lincoln? 2) Destroying Mt. Rushmore. 3) Abolishing the police. 4) Acquiescing to ‘autonomous’ lawless zones like CHAZ/CHOP? 5) ANTIFA mob violence?”

Cruz’s tweet was issued early Sunday afternoon. By midnight there were still only crickets from Ocasio-Cortez.

In April, Ocasio-Cortez spoke to The New York Times about what she expected about working with Biden. “The whole process of coming together should be uncomfortable for everyone involved — that’s how you know it’s working,” she said. “And if Biden is only doing things he’s comfortable with, then it’s not enough.”

Despite her implication in her Sunday tweet that she believes the Democratic base is not hard-left, she told the Times in April, “While Biden is the nominee, we also know that he didn’t win because of policy — I don’t think he won because of his agenda, he won because of different factors. In state after state after state, Democratic voters support a progressive agenda.”

She added, “I think people understand that there are limits to what Biden will do and that’s understandable — he didn’t run as a progressive candidate. But, at the bare minimum, we should aspire to be better than what we have been before. And I just don’t know if this message of ‘We’re going to go back to the way things were’ is going to work for the people for who the way things were was really bad.”

Ocasio-Cortez’s own radical message was in evidence in December 2019, when she said at a Bernie Sanders rally in Los Angeles, “So we need to fight to start this work, an establishment of an advanced society. Because as much as much as we like to say that the United States is the richest country in the history, or rather in modern history, for who? The richest country, who cares about how much gold is being amassed if we can’t realize an advanced society with those resources? And we’re here to say that what we’re living in right now is not an advanced society. It is fascism! What we have, what we’re evolving into as well.”

In March 2019, Ocasio-Cortez suggested to an audience at the South by Southwest Conference & Festivals that America was “10% better than garbage,” asserting, “It’s just that now we’ve strayed so far away from what has really made us powerful, and just, and good, and equitable, and productive, and so I think all of these things sound radical compared to where we are but where we are is not a good thing. And this idea of like 10% better from garbage, is, shouldn’t be what we settle for …”

Author: Hank Berrien

Source: Daily Wire: Cruz Says Democrats Support Hard-Left. AOC Taunts Him. Cruz Responds With Radical Checklist.

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