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Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI) told CNN anchor John Berman on Tuesday the idea of packing the Supreme Court with more justices is “long overdue” and it will be discussed to be put into action should the Democrats take back the Senate in the upcoming election.

“What about after the election and going forward? Joe Biden was asked last night repeatedly if he wins the election, would he favor adding more justices to the Supreme Court. He would not answer that question. Where do you stand on that?” Berman asked.

“This is long overdue court reform as far as I’m concerned, and I have been thinking about court reform and what we can do regarding the Supreme Court to make it so much more objective. So this is not something that a lot of us have not thought about,” Hirono, who sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee, said.

“But on the other hand, after the election, we only have a serious discussion about any of these things if the Democrats take back the Senate. But the first danger is, what’s going to happen in November when the Supreme Court takes up the Affordable Care Act? That is what everybody should be worried about and concerned,” she continued.

Berman then asked what she would like to hear from Biden on the idea of court-packing.

“What I get from Joe Biden is, first and foremost, he has to get elected. Let’s keep our eye on the ball. The people of America have a very clear choice in Joe Biden who will address the pandemic, not lie to the American people, who will bring integrity and honesty,” Hirono said. “Something we haven’t seen in four years of this administration. All we have is lies, chaos. So, first and foremost, Joe Biden has to get elected, Kamala Harris has to get elected. Democrats need to get elected to the Senate. We need to take back the Senate so we can address some of the hypothetical things you’re talking about, but which I have been thinking about for years now.”

Hirono said on Monday Senate Democrats are looking at all the tools at their disposal to “keep Mitch McConnell from shoving this nominee down our throats” in the aftermath of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dying last Friday.

Author: Julio Rosas

Source: Town Hall: Mazie Hirono Insists Court Packing Is ‘Long Overdue’ And Will Be Discussed If Dems Take the Senate

A top staffer who works for the Speaker of the Oregon House of Representatives was arrested by the Portland Police Bureau last week during the city’s nightly riots.

Kristina Narayan was arrested, along with 58 others, on September 5 and charged with interfering with a Peace Officer, a misdemeanor. Narayan works as a Legislative Director for House Speaker Tina Kotek (D), according to her Linkedin profile. Kotek represents northeast Portland.

Narayan was released without bail.

Kotek had previously criticized the PPB in July for using tear gas to disperse crowds of rioters, saying the police’s behavior was “unacceptable.”

“It was an unnecessary escalation by the PPB against people exercising their freedom of assembly and freedom of speech,” Kotek said. “It showed an utter inability to exercise restraint. Smart policing is when an officer can differentiate a minor provocation from a serious threat. Nothing about this was smart.”

The PPB reported the riot where Narayan was arrested at had begun as a march at a park and the crowd made their way to the East Portland Community Policing Center:

“Many in the crowd were carrying large shields (photo) and dressed in protective gear including helmets, gas masks, body armor, and all black clothing. It was clear that the intent of the crowd was not [a] peaceful protest. Therefore officers were positioned in such a way that prevented the march from reaching East Precinct. A police vehicle outfitted with a loudspeaker advised the crowd that, for the safety of city employees and all community members, the march would not be allowed to proceed that direction.

“At about 9:15p.m, as the crowd approached officers, individuals began throwing multiple firebombs at officers. One of them caught a community member on fire. Officers later located the injured person and Portland Fire and Rescue medics offered treatment. The injured person was later taken to a hospital by private vehicle.”

The riot where Narayan was arrested at occurred the same night it appeared a thrown Molotov cocktail fell short of hitting Portland police and instead set a protester on fire.

Author: Julio Rosas

Source: Town Hall: Top Democratic Staffer Arrested By Police During Riot In Portland

Politico’s story about President Trump owing tens of millions of dollars on a loan that comes due in 2022 to the Chinese state-owned bank, Bank of China, was widely circulated on social media when it was published on Friday. On Monday, the news outlet had to issue a massive correction that undermined the story’s main premise.

After the story was published, Politico received a statement from Bank of China USA on Friday, which was not contacted by Politico before publication, to say the story was not true. The bank had sold off, or securitized, its debt shortly after the 2012 deal:

The article cited a nearly $1 billion refinancing deal from several banks, including the Bank of China, struck in 2012 with a New York City real estate venture in which the Trump Organization has a substantial minority interest. We reported that President Trump, through the Trump Organization, owes the Chinese state-owned bank tens of millions of dollars on a loan that comes due in 2022.

This assertion, which was referenced in the headline as well as the story, was based on public documents related to the deal as well as property records. We sought comment from the Vornado Realty Trust, the primary investor, which didn’t respond to our request before publication. The White House and the Trump Organization declined to comment on the record after being told what we intended to report.

A spokeswoman said the bank has no current financial interest in any Trump Organization properties.

Politico said there is an “unresolved discrepancy” regarding a 2017 document “filed by the loan servicer, Wells Fargo, with the New York Department of Finance listed Bank of China as having a financial interest in the building, 1290 Avenue of the Americas in Manhattan. That record, known as a UCC3, indicated that Bank of China had a “secured” interest in the building’s fixtures in case of default on the loan. The 2017 document is valid until 2022, when the loan comes due.”

“Our commitment at POLITICO is to journalism that gets its facts straight. We regret we fell short in this case,” the correction concluded.

Liberals in the media and political world had a field day when the story was first published, saying it was yet another example of Trump being beholden to a foreign entity. Their now-misleading posts racked up thousands of retweets and likes.

People who pushed the story included Washington Post blogger Jennifer Rubin, New Yorker staff writer Jane Mayer, Director of Rapid Response for Joe Biden’s presidential campaign Andrew Bates, CNBC anchor Carl Quintanilla, Vox co-founder Matthew Yglesias, senior producer for MSNBC’s “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell” Kyle Griffin, NBC and MSNBC legal contributor Katie Phang, editor and chief writer for the Washington Post’s Fact Checker Glenn Kessler, and former Obama administration official Tommy Vietor.

Many of the tweets from those who breathlessly ran with the story remain up on Tuesday.

Presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden cited the now-outdated information during an interview on Monday.

Author: Julio Rosas

Source: Town Hall: Politico’s Massive Correction About Trump Owing Millions to Chinese Bank Leaves Many With Egg on Their Face

During his daily briefing about the Wuhan coronavirus on Tuesday, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced businesses that continue to operate despite being deemed as non-essential will have their water and electricity shut off to get them to close down.

Garcetti justified the punishment since Los Angeles and those in Los Angeles County have not yet experienced the full extent of COVID-19 cases, saying the city is 6 to 12 days behind New York City, which is the heaviest hit city in the United States with cases.

Garcetti said his “stay at home” is clear because “it closes non-essential businesses that requires workers to be present in person.”

“Most Angelenos have stepped up, heeded the calls to practice physical distancing and I’m so grateful for that. But it isn’t enough. We’re still getting reports, each day, of non-essential businesses that continue to operate as normal. This behavior is irresponsible and selfish. It may serve a few people for a moment, but will put all of us at risk for a long time. That’s why the city must strongly enforce these measures that we have put forward,” he continued.

Garcetti explained the non-essential businesses that are caught operating will receive a warning before there is an escalation in enforcement.

KLTA reports L.A. County has 669 confirmed coronavirus cases as of Tuesday, with 11 deaths. The state has 2,566 cases and 51 deaths.

Garcetti’s announcement comes as there was some confusion as to what constitutes a non-essential business, such as a gun store. Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva ordered county gun stores to close because he determined they are not an essential business. The city of Burbank, which is in the county but has its own law enforcement, said they would allow firearm stores to remain open.

“[Being] closed down hurts small businesses, hurts families, it hurts everybody, right? I think we are an essential business. I understand a bar is not an essential business. I think we are,” James Janya, one of the owners of Guns Direct in Burbank, told Townhall. Why do you think people are buying guns right now? Because people are scared, it’s not because people just want to walk around with a gun. You see the way people are acting over toilet paper, over food? Can you imagine?” he asked.

Villanueva said late Tuesday evening’s orders to close gun stores have been suspended after county counsel said gun stores can be considered an essential business.

Author: Julio Rosas

Source: Town Hall: Los Angeles’ Government Is Getting Heavy-Handed In Making Sure Non-Essential Businesses Remain Closed

Former presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) criticized President Trump’s use of the phrase “Chinese virus” to describe COVID-19 in way that echoes the authoritarian Chinese government.

In a tweet on Thursday, Warren posted a screenshot of a tweet from Trump where he used “Chinese virus,” but blurred out the word “Chinese.” Trump was explaining why signed the Defense Production Act to protect supply lines during the Wuhan virus outbreaks in the United States.

Warren called on Trump to “dragging your feet [and] burying your head & start helping hospitals that are about to be slammed by this pandemic.”

Trump has been heavily criticized by Democrats and members of the media for referring to COVID-19 as the “Chinese virus.” He explained his shift to labeling the virus as such because the authoritarian Chinese government has been claiming either the virus originated in the United States or the United States military created the virus in an attempt to absolve themselves of mishandling the initial outbreaks.

“Well, China was putting out information, which was false, that our military gave that to them. That is false. Rather than having an argument, I said, ‘I have to call it where it came from. It did come from China.’ So I think it’s a very accurate term. So no, I didn’t appreciate the fact that China was saying that our military gave it to them. Our military did not give it to anybody,” he said during a press conference on Tuesday.

The Chinese government did try to hide how serious the outbreaks were in Wuhan and how easily transmissible the virus is, even ordering doctors who were studying it to destroy samples.

Author: Julio Rosas

Source: Town Hall: Elizabeth Warren Takes a Cue from Communist China’s Playbook to Criticize Trump About the Wuhan Virus

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) warned during her appearance at Northeastern University that our civilization is on the line in the upcoming 2020 presidential election.

“This election is a very important election. In my view, civilization as we know it is at stake. It’s about everything. It’s about America. We ask God to bless America. What is America? America is our Constitution. America is our Constitution, the genius of the separation of powers, ‘a republic if you can keep it,’ Benjamin Franklin. All of the Bill of Rights and all that that contains, and that is under siege,” Pelosi said at the NU’s Women Who Empower Summit.

Pelosi said she believes President Trump’s administration has “a disloyalty to the Constitution.”

“What is America? This beautiful land from sea to shining sea and beyond, which is being degraded almost every day in D.C. and again, denial about climate and the rest of that, disloyalty to the Constitution, denigrating newcomers, degrading the environment. As America, our values, our values which are being undervalued, devalued by the current attitude in D.C.,” she continued. “Now I know this isn’t a political arena, but you asked a political question. So what do you expect?”

During the same event, Pelosi also remarked how she usually votes for women because of their gender. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), who was a frontrunner at one point, dropped out of the presidential race last week after failing to come in first or second place during the primaries. The only woman left in the Democratic race is Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI).

Author: Julio Rosas

Source: Town Hall: Nancy Pelosi Fear-Mongers How ‘Civilization as We Know It Is at Stake’ in the 2020 Election

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren (MA) said during her CNN town hall on Wednesday that she will come out with a plan to divert money from President Trump’s “racist” border wall and use it to fight the Coronavirus epidemic.

Trump held a press conference at the White House Wednesday evening to assure Americans the federal government is doing everything it can to prevent the Coronavirus from reaching high levels within the Untied States. Vice President Mike Pence was tapped to lead the government’s effort to contain the disease.

“So the way I think about this is first we think about allocation. Our overall approach. I’m going to be introducing a plan tomorrow to take every dime that the president is now spending on the racist wall at the southern border and divert it to work on the Coronavirus,” Warren said.

“We also need someone in the White House who is coordinating all of the work and all the messaging and all the information and we need someone who is not actively disqualified from doing that the way the vice president is,” she continued.

The White House has requested Congress appropriate $2.5 billion to fight the virus, which originated in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China in December 2019. It has since spread to 31 other countries and territories, according to the CDC. As of February 23, fourteen cases of coronavirus have been diagnosed in the U.S., and an additional 39 cases have occurred among those who were evacuated from countries with high infection rates. There have been no reported deaths in the U.S. from the virus.

In contrast, to fulfill a new request from the Department of Homeland Security, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper authorized his department to spend $3.8 billion to build approximately 177 miles of fencing along the southern border.

Author: Julio Rosas

Source: Town Hall: Warren Says She Has a Better Way To Spend Money Than Trump’s ‘Racist’ Border Wall

Former Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Jill, defended their son Hunter during their interview on “The View” Thursday, brushing away the accusations of misconduct Republicans have pointed to in both his personal and professional life.

Co-host Joy Behar asked why the Democratic presidential candidate did not get more angry when President Trump tried to have Ukraine investigate why Hunter sat on the board of a gas company in the country, and drew a large monthly salary, when he had no experience in that field, while Biden was vice president.

Some Senate Republicans called for Hunter to testify in the impeachment trial.

“Well you know, I — I would like to be able to be back in high school and just have [Trump] and I in a room,” Biden said. “But all kidding aside, here’s the deal. Look, it is — it is hurtful, particularly when guys like Lindsey Graham who’s a friend of mine do these things.”

Biden added that he would not attack Trump’s kids because, “That’s not how we were raised. And look, nobody has said he’s done anything wrong. This is a guy who has done nothing but good things his whole life, my son, and ran a food program USA, a whole range of things.”

Jill Biden said the “attacks” on Hunter have been really hurtful. “I mean, to hear your son attacked, you know, I expected that Joe would be attacked but not your children.”

“The View’s” hosts asked how Hunter had been dealing with all the reports on his life, such as being forced to pay child support to a woman in Arkansas with whom Hunter fathered a child, after he met her when she was a stripper in Washington, D.C. while he was also dating his deceased brother’s widow.

“He’s doing great. I just — I talk to him almost every day,” Biden said.

Author: Julio Rosas

Source: Town Hall: ‘Nobody Has Said He’s Done Anything Wrong’: Joe Biden Defends His Son Hunter on ‘The View’

The Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee rolled out their secret weapon to flip the Texas statehouse blue in the upcoming election with losing Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke. Until his failed presidential run, O’Rourke was most known for losing the Texas Senate race to Sen. Ted Cruz (R).

The DLCC is a Democrat group that works to win majorities in statehouses across the country.

“I’m reaching out to encourage you to get behind our efforts to flip Texas,” O’Rourke states in the video. “We’re only nine seats down from taking control of the state legislature for the first time in 2001.”

O’Rourke said if Texas is able to get a Democratic-majority in the statehouse, then the state can work on passing gun control and addressing climate change.

“And those nine seats we need to pick up? I actually won those districts when I ran for Senate in 2018. So this is totally possible. We just have to decide it’s important to us, get after it, and support those candidates who are bravely stepping up to run these races. So let’s flip Texas in 2020,” O’Rourke concludes.

Cruz won the race with 50.9 percent of the vote, O’Rourke received 48.3 percent, according to the New York Times.

While O’Rourke entered the crowded Democratic primary with high hopes and another round of darling media pieces, his candidacy began to tank. After a campaign reboot and a mass shooting in his hometown of El Paso, O’Rourke infamously ran on having mandatory confiscation of AR-15s and AK-47s, along with pushing for removing tax-exempt status for religious institutions who do not approve of same sex marriage.

Author: Julio Rosas

Source: Town Hall: Democrats Want to Turn Texas Blue With This Losing Presidential Candidate

Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke provided insight into how police would enforce his proposal for a government confiscation of AR-15s and AK-47s.

The Democratic presidential candidate told reporters he would impose a fine on AR-15 owners to “compel” them to follow the law and turn in their banned firearms. Owners who turn in the guns will then be compensated.

“We expect our fellow Americans to follow the law. If they do not, there would be a fine imposed to compel them to follow the law,” O’Rourke said. “We’ve seen this implemented successfully in Australia, where you’ve seen a near 50% reduction in gun violence deaths in that country.”

O’Rourke has maintained he believes gun owners would follow the law and turn in the banned weapons because he said gun owners have come up to him on the campaign trail to say they would. He has also defended the proposal as constitutional.

“This is something that we’re able to do through the Commerce Clause and this is something that is not prevented from — wouldn’t prevent the United States from doing by the Second Amendment. So this is constitutionally sound,” O’Rourke told NBC’s Meet the Press on Sunday.

O’Rourke made headlines during the third Democratic debate on Thursday when he said, “Hell yes, we’re going to take your AR-15, your AK-47, we’re not going to allow it to be used on fellow Americans anymore.” South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg said such language is “playing in the hands of Republicans.”

Author: Julio Rosas

Source: Washington Examiner: Beto O’Rourke: Fines will ‘compel’ AR-15 owners to turn their guns in

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