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On January 4, Democrat members of the House of Representatives, led by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), adopted new rules that include a requirement for gender-neutral language in the House Rules, including the elimination of gendered pronouns and references to “father,” “son,” “mother” or “daughter.” The vote was strictly along party lines, 217-206.

The new “non-gendered language” rules were highlighted by critics online Wednesday when Pelosi used gendered language as she spoke about the prospective second impeachment of President Trump: “I stand before you as a wife, a mother, a grandmother, a daughter. A daughter whose father proudly served in this Congress.”

At the time of the rules change, which included changing the name of the “Office of the Whistleblower Ombudsman” to the “Office of the Whistleblower Ombuds,” House Rules Committee Chairman James McGovern (D-MA) stated, “We made this change for the sake of inclusion, not exclusion,” as The Hill reported.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) called the rules change “stupid,” tweeting, “This is stupid. Signed, – A father, son, and brother.”

The text of Pelosi’s speech Wednesday, in which she stated President Trump “incited this insurrection, this armed rebellion, against our common country. He must go. He is a clear and present danger to the nation,” is below:

Thank you, Madam speaker. I thank the gentleman for yielding and for his leadership. Madam speaker, in his annual address to our predecessors in Congress in 1862, President Abraham Lincoln spoke of the duty of the patriot in an hour of decisive crisis for the American people. “Fellow citizens,” he said, “We cannot escape history. We will be remembered in spite of ourselves. No personal significance or insignificance can spare one or another of us. The fiery trial through which we pass will light us down in honor, or dishonor, to the latest generation. Even we here,” he said, “hold the power and bear the responsibility.” In the Bible, St. Paul wrote, “Think on these things.” We must think on what Lincoln told us. We, even here, even us here, hold the power and bear the responsibility. We, you and I, hold [in] trust the power that [derives] most directly from the people of the United States.

And we bear the responsibility to fill that oath that we all swear before God and before one another. The oath to defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic. So help us, God. We know that we face enemies of the Constitution. We know we experienced the insurrection that violated the sanctity of the people’s Capitol, and attempted to overturn the duly recorded will of the American people. And we know that the President of the United States incited this insurrection, this armed rebellion, against our common country. He must go. He is a clear and present danger to the nation that we all love. Since the presidential election in November, an election the president lost, he has repeatedly lied about the outcome, sowed self-serving doubt about democracy, and unconstitutionally sought to influence state officials to repeal reality.

And then came that day of fire we all experienced. The president must be impeached, and I believe the president must be convicted by the Senate, a constitutional remedy that will ensure that the Republic will be safe from this man who was so resolutely determined to tear down the things that we hold dear, and that hold us together. It gives me no pleasure to say this. It breaks my heart. It should break your heart. It should break all of our hearts, for your presence in this hallowed chamber is testament to your love for our country, for America, and to your faith in the work of our founders to create a more perfect union.

Those insurrectionists were not patriots. They were not part of a political base to be catered to and managed. They were domestic terrorists, and justice must prevail. But they did not appear out of a vacuum. They were sent here by the president with words such as a cry to “fight like hell.” Words matter. Truth matters. Accountability matters. In his public exhortations to [inaudible], the president saw the insurrectionists not as the foes of freedom, as they are, but as the means to a terrible goal; the goal of his personally clinging to power; the goal of thwarting the will of the people; the goal of the ending in a fiery and bloody clash nearly two and a half centuries of our democracy. This is not theoretical. And this is not motivated by partisanship. I stand before you today as an officer of the constitution, as Speaker of the House of Representatives.

I stand before you as a wife, a mother, a grandmother, a daughter, a daughter whose father proudly served in this Congress. Thomas D’Alesandro Jr. from Maryland, one of the first Italian Americans to serve in the Congress. And I stand here before you today as a noblest of things, a citizen of the United States of America, with my voice and my vote, with a plea to all of you. Democrats and Republicans, I ask you to search your souls and answer these questions. Is the president’s war on democracy in keeping with the Constitution? Were his words and insurrectionary mob a high crime and misdemeanor? Do we not have the duty to our oath to do all we constitutionally can do to protect our nation and our democracy from the appetites and ambitions of a man who has self-evidently demonstrated that he is a vital threat to liberty, to self-government, and to the rule of law?

Our country is divided. We all know that. There are lies abroad in the land spread by a desperate president who feels his power slipping away. We know that, too. But I know this as well, that we here in this House have a sacred obligation to stand for truth, to stand up for the Constitution, to stand as guardians of the Republic. In a speech he was prepared to give in Dallas on Friday, November 22nd, 1963, President John F. Kennedy was to say, “We in this country, in this generation, are by destiny rather than choice, the watchmen on the walls of world freedom. We ask, therefore, that we may be worthy of our power and responsibility.” That we may be worthy.

President Kennedy was assassinated before he could deliver those words to the nation, but they resonate more even now, in our time, in this place. Let us be worthy of our power and responsibility, that what Lincoln thought was the world’s last best hope, the United States of America, may long survive. My fellow members, my fellow Americans, we cannot escape history. Let us embrace our duty, fulfill our oath, and honor the trust of our nation. And we pray that God will continue to bless America.

Author: Hank Berrien

Source: Daily Wire: Pelosi, Who Pushed Through ‘Non-Gendered Language’ Rules Change, Calls Herself ‘Wife … Mother … Grandmother …Daughter’

This week, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said that with former Vice President Joe Biden projected to gain the presidency, it is time for the U.S. and China to “restart dialogue” and “return to the right track.”

According to the Chinese foreign ministry’s website, Wang spoke to the board of the US-China Business Council (USCBC), when he stated, “The USCBC represents American companies that do business in China and seeks to promote bilateral trade. … The most urgent task currently is for the two sides to work together to remove all sorts of barriers to achieve a smooth transition in China-US relations. At the same time, based on the direction of mutual benefits for our two peoples and countries, we need to strive to restart dialogue, return to the right track and rebuild trust in this next phase of relations,” as The South China Morning Post reported.

Wang implicitly targeted the Trump administration, which has warned about the Chinese company Huawei Technologies and sanctioned Chinese officials over human rights abuses in Xinjiang, saying opponents of the Communist Chinese regime displayed “outdated Cold War mentality and ideological prejudices.”

“Engaging in comprehensive containment against China, and even advocating for ‘decoupling’ and a ‘new Cold War’, this is making a historical, directional and strategic error,” he said. “We expect and believe that the US’ China policy will return to objectivity and rationality sooner or later.”

Wang warned the U.S. not to “intervene in China’s internal affairs,” adding, “For problems that cannot be immediately resolved, we need to maintain a constructive attitude to manage the situation to avoid intensifying and escalating the overall situation of China-US relations.”

As The Daily Wire reported, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned on Wednesday that the Chinese Communist Party is aggressively seeking to undermine the U.S., including through U.S. colleges and universities, which Beijing sees as “easy targets” to infiltrate and influence for China’s benefit because they are “rife with anti-Americanism.”

“It’s that the Chinese Communist Party wants what we have, and they will do whatever they must do to take it and get it,” Pompeo warned. “They will steal our stuff. They will pressure critics of the Chinese Communist Party to keep quiet. They will do whatever it takes.”

“And it’s important to come and talk with the American people about this because Americans must know how the Chinese Communist Party is poisoning the well of our higher education institutions for its own ends, and how those actions degrade our freedoms and American national security,” Pompeo continued. “If we don’t educate ourselves, if we’re not honest about what’s taking place, we’ll get schooled by Beijing.”

Last July, U.S. Attorney General William Barr asserted:

The General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party, Xi Jinping, who has centralized power to a degree not seen since the dictatorship of Mao Zedong, now speaks openly of China moving closer to the center stage, building a socialism that is superior to capitalism, and replacing the American dream with the Chinese solution. China is no longer hiding its strength, nor biding its time. From the perspective of its communist rulers, China’s time has arrived. The People’s Republic of China is now engaged in an economic Blitzkrieg, an aggressive orchestrated whole of government, indeed whole of society, campaign to seize the commanding heights of the global economy and to surpass the United States as the world’s preeminent technological superpower.

Author: Hank Berrien

Source: Daily Wire: China Celebrates: With Biden As President, We Can ‘Return To The Right Track’

Musk has been harshly critical of California’s lockdown policies

Speaking in an interview on Tuesday, Tesla CEO Elon Musk revealed he has left California and moved to Texas.

Musk, who has had more than one home in Los Angeles and one in the Bay Area, made the announcement at the The Wall Street Journal’s CEO Council annual summit in an interview with editor-in-chief Matt Murray.

Musk’s move comes after months of him openly criticizing the state of California’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. At the end of April, speaking on a Tesla earnings call on Wednesday, Musk ramped up his rhetoric about shelter-in-place orders around the nation, calling them “fascist.” Musk stated, according to The Verge.

“We are a bit worried about not being able to resume production in the Bay Area, and that should be identified as a serious risk,” said Musk. “The expansion of shelter-in-place, or as we call it, forcibly imprisoning people in their homes, against all their constitutional rights, is, in my opinion, breaking people’s freedoms in ways that are horrible and wrong, and not why people came to America and built this country. What the f***!”

He continued: “If somebody wants to stay in the house that’s great. They should be allowed to stay in the house and they should not be compelled to leave. But to say that they cannot leave their house and they will be arrested if they do… this is fascist. This is not democratic. This is not freedom. Give people back their godd*mn freedom … Everything people have worked for all their lives is being destroyed in real time. I think the people are going to be very angry about this and are very angry.”

The night before, Musk issued a series of tweets targeting the lockdowns around the country, stating, “Give people their freedom back!” in response to a Wall Street Journal opinion piece asking whether the lockdown policy saved lives. “Bravo Texas!” he tweeted in response to the news that Texas was reopening for business, and finally, a bluntly stated, all-caps, “FREE AMERICA NOW.”

In May Musk threatened to move from California after shelter-in-place orders forced him to shut down his sole car factory in the United States. In mid-May he gave an indication of how fed-up he was with the leftist governance of his home state of California, apparently urging followers on Twitter to join the conservatives of America as he tweeted succinctly, “Take the red pill.”

The Journal noted, “The auto executive later filed a lawsuit against Alameda County, home of the Tesla factory, and defied local authorities by proceeding to reopen the plant, daring them to arrest him. The county eventually blessed the plant’s reopening and didn’t pursue an arrest.”

In October, Musk filed paperwork transferring his personal foundation from California to Austin, Texas, according to local records. Musk’s Space Exploration Technologies Corp., or SpaceX, has has operations in Texas.

Author: Hank Berrien

Source: Daily Wire: Elon Musk: Bye, California, I’ve Moved To Texas

AOC joined calls for boycott after Goya CEO praised Trump

Goya Foods and president CEO Bob Unanue revealed that after Rep. Alexandria Cortez (D-NY) echoed a call for a boycott of Goya products back in July because Unanue supported President Trump, his company named her “Employee of the Month” because sales rose so dramatically.

Unanue had visited the White House, where he stated, “We’re all truly blessed at the same time to have a leader like President Trump, who is a builder.”

That prompted Julian Castro, former Housing and Urban Development secretary in the Obama administration, to tweet that Goya Foods “has been a staple of so many Latino households for generations. Now their CEO, Bob Unanue, is praising a president who villainizes and maliciously attacks Latinos for political gain. Americans should think twice before buying their products.”

Ocasio-Cortez chimed in, “Oh look, it’s the sound of me Googling ‘how to make your own Adobo.’”

Unanue was interviewed on The Michael Berry Show, where Berry commented:

When you see the radical plans like the Green New Deal, when you hear politicians like AOC spouting these things off, agriculture is a major employer in this country but it’s also a major consumer of energy, as you noted earlier. It’s an intensive process for labor and energy. And they are talking about things that would drive the cost of energy through the roof in some cases making it prohibitive for marginal players. How much does that concern you and how much do you feel the need to step up and say, “Hey, guys, you want me to lay off these thousands of employees because that’s what would have to happen?”

Unanue replied:

You know, communism works until you run out of other people’s money to spend. We’re not going to be able to do that. It’s interesting that AOC was one of the first people to step in line to boycott Goya; go against her own people, as supposedly a Puerto Rican woman, to go against people of her own Latin culture. She’s naïve. To some extent I can understand AOC; she’s young; she’s naïve; she doesn’t get it. But you’ve got someone like (Bernie) Sanders, who’s older than us, older than me, and he still doesn’t get it.

“We still have to chat with AOC; I love her,” Unanue continued. “She was actually our Employee of the Month; I don’t know if you know about this, but when she boycotted us, our sales actually increased 1,000%. So we gave her an honorary — we never were able to hand it to her but she got Employee of the Month for bringing attention to GOYA and our adobo. Actually our sales of adobo did very well after she said ‘Make your own Adobo.’”

Berry wondered, “Was it P.T. Barnum who said, ‘Say what you want just spell my name right. All publicity is good publicity.”

Unanue replied, “She’s our hero. She helped boost sales tremendously.”

Berry asked, “I don’t know, I’m sure you know your demographics better than anyone, but I would be interested to know how many samplers you achieved after that because I suspect a lot of people went to the grocery store and said for the very first time, ‘Can you tell me where I can find a can of Goya?’ and bought a cart full of ’em that had never bought your products and some of that residual stays?”

Unanue answered, “What happened was we reached so many new people at the same time we maintained our base…”

Author: Hank Berrien

Source: Daily Wire: Goya Foods CEO: AOC Called For Boycott. Our Sales Jumped, So We Named Her Employee Of The Month

“We’re going to run through the tape.”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is relentlessly moving forward to confirm judges, apparently determined to get as many conservative judges into the judiciary across the nation while there is still time in the Trump presidency.

Since the November 3 election, the Senate has confirmed six district court nominees, and McConnell wants to confirm judges who will take the positions vacated by the ascension of Justice Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit as well as the position vacated by the death of Judge Juan R. Torruella, who served on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, was appointed by President Ronald Reagan and was that court’s first Hispanic member.

President Trump has nominated Raúl M. Arias-Marxuach, who was nominated to the federal bench in May of 2019 and confirmed by the U.S. Senate on a 95-3 vote, to replace Torruella. The president nominated Thomas L. Kirsch II to replace Barrett.

The week of November 16, five Article III judges were confirmed by the Senate: Benjamin Beaton, Toby Crouse, Kristi Johnson, Kathryn Mizelle, and Stephen Vaden.

Judge Aileen Cannon was confirmed on November 12.

National Review noted on Monday: “The Senate Judiciary Committee for its part held hearings on Wednesday for five nominees, including Thomas L. Kirsch II, who has been nominated to the Seventh Circuit seat vacated by Justice Amy Coney Barrett. Three other nominees have cloture motions pending on the Senate floor, so at least that many should be confirmed after the Senate returns next week.”

At the end of October, radio host Hugh Hewitt interviewed McConnell and asked him about pushing forward to confirm judges.

“There is now a vacancy on the 7th Circuit for which there is a nominee, and the death of a 1st Circuit judge has opened up a vacancy on that circuit,” said Hewitt. “Certainly, that was not expected, and is to be regretted. But do you expect the Senate to fill those two positions in the lame duck term after the election?”

“Well, we’re going to run through the tape,” McConnell replied. “We go through the end of the year, and so does the President. We’re going to fill the 7th Circuit. And I’m hoping we have time to fill the 1st Circuit as well. And we are, by the way, confirming a district judge as soon as we get back after the election, and we’re going to clean the plate, clean all the district judges off as well.”

McConnell also warned what would happen if the GOP lost the Senate.

“This Supreme Court packing issue has been around all year long, and of course, there would be no oversight at all, as you suggest, of any scandals or anything that might reflect badly on the Democratic administration if there is a Democratic majority,” said the Senate majority leader. “Now the solution to this is 51 Republican senators. The one thing the majority leader can do that others cannot do in the Senate is to decide what we’re going to do, to set the agenda.”

“My biggest decision on agenda setting, obviously, was the decision not to fill the Scalia vacancy,” McConnell continued. “But it applies to a whole lot of other things as well. If Chuck Schumer is setting the agenda in the United States Senate, you can predict the worst. We will go hard left. The country will not look the same after two years of that as it does today.”

The next roll call votes for judges are scheduled for Nov. 30.

Author: Hank Berrien

Source: Daily Wire: McConnell Pushing Forward, Relentlessly Confirming Judges

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel, a Democrat, is reportedly exploring whether Michigan legislators who oppose certification of the Michigan election results or speak with President Donald Trump regarding the issue could be criminally charged.

“Michigan’s attorney general is exploring whether officials there risk committing crimes if they bend to President Trump’s wishes in seeking to block the certification of Joe Biden’s victory in their state, according to two people familiar with the review,” The Washington Post reported, adding, “The attorney general is conferring with election law experts on whether officials may have violated any state laws prohibiting them from engaging in bribery, perjury and conspiracy, according to people familiar with the deliberations who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss a sensitive matter.”

George Washington University Law School professor Jonathan Turley noted, “When Democrats like Sen. Barbara Boxer (D., Cal.) challenged the certification of Ohio’s electoral votes in 2004, no one suggested criminal investigations. Nessel is threatening state legislators that, if they meet to discuss such objections, they might be targets of criminal investigations. That would seem an effort to use the criminal code for the purposes of intimidation or coercion.”

“This is the kind of idiocy percolating on the left even as they accuse Republicans of destroying democracy by allowing legal challenges to pay out. In reality, nothing is going to happen here, but suggesting this is bad enough,” RedState wrote. “Trump has no bribed anyone from Michigan, nor are any state officials who met with Trump guilty of engaged in such activity. That the chief ‘law enforcement’ official in the state would explore such nonsense shows how politically compromised she is.”

“Imagine if this was U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr threatening Democratic legislators with possible criminal investigation for challenging Trump votes,” Turley conjectured. “The media would be apoplectic. Yet, when used against Republicans, major publications and politicians are celebrated for the use of the criminal code for such politically motivated threats.”

On November 11, Nessel claimed that the Trump campaign’s multiple lawsuits in the state of Michigan vis-à-vis purported election fraud were based on racist assumptions about black people.

Nessel said, “Really the themes that we see, that persist, are this: Black people are corrupt, Black people are incompetent and Black people can’t be trusted. That’s the narrative that is continually espoused by the Trump campaign and their allies in these lawsuits,” according to The Detroit Free Press.

Nessel said that the lawsuits centered on Detroit, which has a majority black population, rather than Oakland and Kent counties, whose majorities are white. She claimed that Trump’s claims of election misconduct were “demonstrably false.”

Nessel accused the Trump campaign of “forum shopping,” i.e. looking for courts disposed toward their point of view. “The federal lawsuit, filed in the Western District of the state, focuses primarily on allegations involving Detroit. Lansing, the seat of government, is located in the Western District of the state,” The Detroit Free Press noted.

Nessel said, “In my view, this is really a brazen case of forum shopping,” adding, “I will add that forum shopping and judge shopping are my least two favorite shopping seasons.” She said that if she attempted a similar action “this baseless and this frivolous, I would be sanctioned and I would likely be looking at a loss of licensure.”

Author: Hank Berrien

Source: Daily Wire: Michigan AG Considering Whether GOP Officials Discussing Vote With Trump Could Be Criminally Charged, Report Says

A Philadelphia attorney who was representing President Trump’s campaign has been reportedly placed under official protection after threats were made against her.

Noting court papers filed on Wednesday, the New York Post reported, “Philadelphia lawyer Linda Kerns ‘has been the subject of threats of harm, to the point at which the involvement of police and U.S. Marshals has been necessary to provide for her safety,’ the filing says.” The Post added, “The stunning revelation came two days after Kerns, a solo practitioner, sought sanctions against a lawyer from the firm representing Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar for leaving her an ‘abusive voicemail on Saturday night.’”

The phone call came from a junior attorney at Kirkland & Ellis. Daniel Donovan, Kirkland’s lead attorney on the election suit targeting Pennsylvania, told the court on Monday, “That associate was acting unilaterally, in his personal capacity, without the knowledge or authorization of undersigned counsel or the Firm … The associate provided a personal email and had a baby babbling in the background during the voicemail,” according to Politico.

The document filed Monday seeking sanctions showed Kern’s claim: “Since this case was filed, undersigned counsel has been subjected to continuous harassment in the form of abusive e-mails, phone calls, physical and economic threats, and even accusations of treason — all for representing the President of the United States’ campaign in this litigation.”

“It is one thing for members of the public to break the laws of decorum, or even laws of Pennsylvania or the United States, by engaging in such harassment,” Kerns continued. “This Court’s role is not to protect counsel from such attacks. But it is another thing for a lawyer in the Washington, D.C. office of Kirkland & Ellis, Secretary Boockvar’s outside counsel, to do so. And yet that is what happened. It is quintessentially the Court’s role to police and appropriately sanction law firms appearing in front of it for such conduct. It is plaintiff’s obligation to defend its counsel, and it does so now by respectfully moving for an order for Kirkland & Ellis to show cause justifying the conduct of its lawyers.”

“Contacted about this message, Secretary Boockvar’s counsel first opined that despite the caller identification on the voicemail the call may not have been placed from Kirkland & Ellis,” Kerns wrote, adding:

Confronted with the fact that the firm issues cell phones to its lawyers and it should be easy to check a directory to confirm that this number belongs to one of his colleagues, opposing counsel finally admitted that it did, but then excused the conduct by saying the lawyer (who works in the same office) does not work on this case or in litigation, and offering that the call was “discourteous” and apologizing for wasting time.

That is not good enough under the Rules of this Court or the Pennsylvania Rules of Professional Conduct, and this Court’s authority to issue sanctions exists in order to protect litigants, counsel, and the Rules themselves. It is sad that we currently reside in a world where abuse and harassment are the costs of taking on a representation unpopular with some. It is sanctionable when that abuse and harassment comes from an elite law firm representing the Secretary of State.

After she submitted the document seeking sanctions on Monday, Kerns submitted papers with the U.S. District Court stating that she wanted to withdraw from the effort the Trump campaign was making to challenge the results in Pennsylvania, ABC News reported.

In an unrelated note, Politico reported, “Some of the most prominent figures urging law firms to back out of Trump’s legal defense are associated with the Lincoln Project, a group of current and former Republican political consultants and activists who ran ads against Trump during the campaign and promised a similar media fusillade against the firms.”

Author: Hank Berrien

Source: Daily Wire: Lawyer Who Worked On Trump Pennsylvania Effort Placed Under Official Protection, Report Says

On Thursday, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden reiterated that he would raise the number of refugees permitted to enter the United States from the 15,000 President Trump wants to permit annually to 125,000 in a Biden first year in office.

In a prerecorded video to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Jesuit Refugee Service, Biden stated, “The Biden-Harris administration will restore America’s historic role in protecting the vulnerable and defending the rights of refugees everywhere and raising our annual refugee admission target to 125,000,” as ReligionNews.com reported.

In June, Biden released a statement on World Refugee Day in which he attacked President Trump for his “heartless” policies, writing:

As President, I will increase the number of refugees we welcome into this country, setting an annual global refugee target of 125,000 — up from a ceiling of 18,000 under Trump — and will seek to further raise it over time commensurate with our responsibility, our values, and the unprecedented global need.

I will support efforts to work with Congress in a bipartisan fashion to protect our refugee policy from drastic and arbitrary reductions we have seen during the Trump Administration and establish a minimum admissions number of at least 95,000 refugees annually. … I also recognize that it is not enough to simply reverse or dismantle the heartless policies of the Trump Administration.

“President Donald Trump has set the refugee ceiling — the maximum number of refugees admitted to the U.S. each year — to a new historic low every year he has been in office. Trump recently put that number at 15,000 for the current fiscal year, which started in October,” ReligionNews.com reported.

On October 28, President Trump released a presidential memo vis-à-vis refugees in which he stated:

The admission of up to 15,000 refugees to the United States during FY 2021 is justified by humanitarian concerns or is otherwise in the national interest. This refugee admissions ceiling incorporates more than 6,000 unused places from the FY 2020 refugee admissions ceiling that might have been used if not for the COVID-19 pandemic. Refugee admissions during FY 2021 shall be allocated among refugees of special humanitarian concern to the United States in accordance with the following allocations:

Refugees who: have been persecuted or have a well-founded fear of persecution on account of religion; or are within a category of aliens established under subsections (b) and (c) of section 599D of Title V, Public Law 101-167, as amended (the Lautenberg and Specter Amendments), 5000; refugees who are within a category of aliens listed in section 1243(a) of the Refugee Crisis in Iraq Act of 2007, Title XII, Div. A, Public Law 110-181, as amended, 4000, refugees who are nationals or habitual residents of El Salvador, Guatemala, or Honduras, 1000: other refugees in the following groups: those referred to the United States Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP) by a United States Embassy in any location; those who will be admitted through a Form I-730 following-to-join petition or who gain access to the USRAP for family reunification through the P-3 process; those currently located in Australia, Nauru, or Papua New Guinea who gain access to the USRAP pursuant to an arrangement between the United States and Australia; those who are nationals or habitual residents of Hong Kong, Venezuela, or Cuba; and those in the USRAP who were in “Ready for Departure” status as of September 30, 2019, 5000.

Author: Hank Berrien

Source: Daily Wire: Biden Will Raise Number Of Refugees Admitted To U.S. From 15K to 125K

On Wednesday morning, a county clerk’s office in Michigan released a statement in which they asserted there had been “skewed results” in the county. Antrim County Clerk Sheryl Guy’s office said in a statement:

Early this morning, the Antrim County Clerk, Sheryl Guy, became aware of apparently skewed results in the Unofficial Election Result tabulations. Since then, the Clerk’s Office has been reviewing the results and the multiple redundancies to search out any possible discrepancies. Staff is currently working with township officials and with Election Source, the company that provides the voting software programs and hardware.

“By this afternoon, we expect to have a clear answer and a clear plan of action addressing any issue,” said Sheryl Guy, Antrim County Clerk. “Until then, we are asking all interested parties to bear with us while we get to the bottom of this.” Further information will be released as it becomes available throughout the day.

“Early morning unofficial results showed single-digit returns in the presidential race for Republican incumbent Donald J. Trump in townships like Chestonia, Echo, Helena and Torch Lake with 65 to 80 percent reporting,” the Record-Eagle reported.

The Detroit Free Press reported that Tom McMillin, a former state lawmaker from Oakland County and a member of the State Board of Education, saw irregularities in the Antrim County vote totals on Tuesday night. The Free Press continued:

Antrim County is a longtime Republican stronghold, but in certain precincts, Democrat Joe Biden and other Democratic candidates had far more votes than normal, McMillin said. “It just looked weird,” he said. “Two-thirds of the townships looked really messed up.”

Zach Gorchow, the executive editor and publisher of Gongwer Michigan, tweeted, “I just spoke to the Antrim clerk’s office. They are reviewing these numbers, said there are discrepancies. It certainly seems likely the numbers were transposed. Trump and John James will see a ~6,000+ vote gain statewide once this is corrected. This is a staunchly GOP county.”

I just spoke to the Antrim clerk’s office. They are reviewing these numbers, said there are discrepancies. It certainly seems likely the numbers were transposed . Trump and John James will see a ~6,000+ vote gain statewide once this is corrected. This is a staunchly GOP county. https://t.co/TwXqtBJmCL

— Zach Gorchow (@ZachGorchow) November 4, 2020

Journalist and news anchorman Joe Gumm updated: “The Antrim County Clerk’s Office in Michigan told me the election program it used (Election Source) had issues and the office is now reviewing 16,047 total votes. The source I spoke with said she believes 33 other counties used the program.”

On Wednesday, President Donald Trump’s campaign filed a lawsuit in the Michigan Court of Claims to stop the counting of ballots in the state. “Bill Stepien, Trump 2020 campaign manager, said the campaign has not been provided with meaningful access to numerous counting locations to observe the opening of ballots and the counting process, as guaranteed by Michigan law,” WWMT reported.

Stepien’s statement read:

As votes in Michigan continue to be counted, the presidential race in the state remains extremely tight as we always knew it would be. President Trump’s campaign has not been provided with meaningful access to numerous counting locations to observe the opening of ballots and the counting process, as guaranteed by Michigan law. We have filed suit today in the Michigan Court of Claims to halt counting until meaningful access has been granted. We also demand to review those ballots which were opened and counted while we did not have meaningful access. President Trump is committed to ensuring that all legal votes are counted in Michigan and everywhere else.

Author: Hank Berrien

Source: Daily Wire: Michigan County Clerk: We’ve Got ‘Apparently Skewed Results’

Governor’s spokesperson says he had “nothing to do with the transfer.”

A 35-year-old New York state trooper who served as one of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s bodyguards either voluntarily chose or got a present from Cuomo when he reportedly started a relationship with Cuomo’s 25-year-old daughter: reassignment near the Canadian border, roughly 130 miles from his home.

Trooper Dane Pfeiffer and Cuomo’s daughter Cara Kennedy-Cuomo apparently started seeing each other roughly seven months ago when Pfeiffer was part of Cuomo’s Albany security detail and she was living in the Executive Mansion because of the COVID-19 pandemic. State police told the Daily Mail, “Trooper Pfeiffer requested a voluntary transfer to Troop B this past May, stating that he wanted to gain more field experience and further his career advancement track to the rank of sergeant. Such requests are routine, and it was granted.”

But other sources suggest it wasn’t so “voluntary.”

“He was transferred to keep him away from the daughter because the governor didn’t like whatever they were doing,” a source told the New York Post, which quoted another source saying that Pfeiffer routinely returns to the Executive Mansion to take Cuomo’s daughter out, which upsets Cuomo.

Other sources also claimed that Pfeiffer was sent away to a state police station in Plattsburgh as punishment for his relationship with Cuomo’s daughter. One law enforcement source said the relationship broke “the protocol of dignitary protection.”

“Pfeiffer reportedly lives in Saratoga Springs, meaning he has been slapped with a 260 mile-round commute to Plattsburgh,” The Daily Mail reported, adding, “Sources dubbed the trooper’s relocation ‘highway therapy’ — a tactic where officers have lengthy commutes pushed on them as an informal punishment.”

“Cuomo is limited in how much he can screw with him, so highway therapy is one of his few options,” a source told the Post.

Cuomo spokesman Rich Azzopardi protested that “the governor had nothing to do with the transfer — it was requested by the trooper.”

Last April, Cuomo stated during a news conference, “The answer on what you think of the boyfriend is always, ‘I like the boyfriend.’ Always. … NDS is Natural Defiance Syndrome. It’s not documented, but it is a psychological condition where if you say as a father, ‘I don’t like him,’ Natural Defiance Syndrome kicks in and then they like the boyfriend more because he is opposed by the father.”

Oprah Magazine said of Andrew Cuomo, “During one of his briefings, he even revealed how he’s handling social distancing and self-isolation himself, noting that though it’s difficult to avoid seeing his family, but Cara was initially home with him. ‘The last thing you want, to be in Cara’s position is to hang out with the old man…listen to bad dad jokes,’ Cuomo said. But to be ‘with her a few months …what a beautiful gift that is.’”

“Cara Kennedy-Cuomo is an Associate at 17 Asset Management, a global firm that designs and manages investments aligned with the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals,” rfkhumanrights.com states. “She is also a partner at Sahar Global Summits, where she leads the group’s diversity and inclusion division.”

Author: Hank Berrien

Source: Daily Wire: State Trooper Dates Andrew Cuomo’s Daughter, Then Gets Reassigned Near Canadian Border

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