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Former Texas representative and current Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke told people watching the debate on Thursday, Sept. 12: “Hell yes! we’re gonna take your AR-15, your AK-47.”

O’Rourke has endorsed confiscating guns, though he claimed this week that such a plan would not require police officers going “door to door.”

Pressed on how he’d enforce the plan if it were passed, he replied, “How do you—how do we enforce any law? There’s a significant reliance on people complying with the law. You know that a law is not created in a vacuum.”

O’Rourke’s declaration on Thursday clashed with his own words from last year when he said during an appearance on KFYO: “If you purchased that AR-15 if you own it, keep it. Continue to use it responsibly.”

Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke takes the stage for the start of the 2020 Democratic presidential debate in Houston, Texas on Sept. 12, 2019. (Jonathan Bachman/Reuters)
From left, Democratic presidential candidates Sen. Amy Klobuchar, (D-Minn.), Sen. Cory Booker, (D-N.J.), South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Sen. Bernie Sanders, (I-Vt.), former vice president Joe Biden, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, (D-Mass.), Sen. Kamala Harris, (D-Calif.), entrepreneur Andrew Yang, former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke and former Housing Secretary Julian Castro are introduced for the Democratic presidential primary debate hosted by ABC on the campus of Texas Southern University in Houston on Sept. 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

At the debate, O’Rourke was answering a question on whether he’d force Americans to give up their guns.

“I am if it’s a weapon that was designed to kill people on the battlefield. If the high-impact, high-velocity round, when it hits your body shreds everything inside of your body—because it was designed to do that—so that you would bleed to death on a battlefield. And not be able to get up and kill one of our soldiers,” he said.

He recalled the mother of a 15-year-old girl he met in Odessa, Texas, after the mass shooting there. The girl was shot by a man wielding an AR-15.

“That mother watched her bleed to death over the course of an hour because so many other people were shot by that AR-15 in Odessa and Midland, there weren’t enough ambulances to get to them in time,” he said.

That’s when he said the “hell yes” phrase, adding, “We’re not going to allow it to be used against our fellow Americans anymore.”

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Source: The Epoch Times: Beto O’Rourke: ‘Hell Yes We’re Gonna Take Your AR-15, Your AK-47’

A federal weather agency said that President Donald Trump was correct in saying Hurricane Dorian was at one point forecast to impact Alabama.

Some media outlets, reporters, and analysts have derided Trump for warning Alabama residents that they could see effects from the hurricane, but forecasts from before Dorian’s path shifted, including multiple forecasts and maps from the National Hurricane Center, showed that it was at one point poised to impact the state.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said in a new statement that a number of advisories backed up Trump’s claim.

“From Wednesday, Aug. 28, through Monday, Sept. 2, the information provided by NOAA and the National Hurricane Center to President Trump and the wider public demonstrated that tropical storm-force winds from Hurricane Dorian could impact Alabama. This is clearly demonstrated in Hurricane Advisories #15 through #41, which can be viewed at the following link,” the agency said in a statement on Sept. 6.

“The Birmingham National Weather Service’s Sunday morning tweet spoke in absolute terms that were inconsistent with probabilities from the best forecast products available at the time.”

Hurricane Dorian, now a Category 1 storm, makes landfall on North Carolina’s Outer Banks on Sept. 6, 2019. (NOAA via Getty Images)

The tweet in question came after Trump wrote over the weekend that Alabamans should be on the watch for Dorian.

“Alabama will NOT see any impacts from #Dorian. We repeat, no impacts from Hurricane #Dorian will be felt across Alabama. The system will remain too far east,” the Birmingham office of the National Weather Service wrote in the tweet.

Trump has repeatedly referenced his Alabama claim on Twitter, at one point referencing a map he said vindicated his claim.

In another missive, he wrote: “The Fake News Media was fixated on the fact that I properly said, at the beginnings of Hurricane Dorian, that in addition to Florida & other states, Alabama may also be grazed or hit. They went Crazy, hoping against hope that I made a mistake (which I didn’t). Check out maps,” he wrote.

“This nonsense has never happened to another President. Four days of corrupt reporting, still without an apology. But there are many things that the Fake News Media has not apologized to me for, like the Witch Hunt, or SpyGate! The LameStream Media and their Democrat partner should start playing it straight. It would be so much better for our Country!”

Rear Adm. Peter Brown, a Homeland Security and counterterrorism advisor, said in a statement on Sept. 5 that he personally briefed the president multiple times on the position, forecast, risks, and government response to Hurricane Dorian using various models that predicted the potential path of the eye of the storm.

“The president and I also reviewed other products including multiple meteorological models (often called the “spaghetti models”) and graphics that displayed the time of onset and geographical range of tropical storm-force winds, storm surge, and rainfall. These products showed possible storm impacts well outside the official forecast cone,” Brown said.

“While speaking to the press on Sunday, Sept. 1, the president addressed Hurricane Dorian and its potential impact on multiple states, including Alabama,” he continued.

“The president’s comments were based on that morning’s Hurricane Dorian briefing, which included the possibility of tropical storm-force winds in southeastern Alabama. In fact, from the evening of Tuesday, Aug. 27, until the morning of Monday, Sept. 2, forecasts from the National Hurricane Center showed the possibility of tropical storm-force winds hitting parts of Alabama.”

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Source: The Epoch Times: NOAA Says Trump Was Right About Hurricane Dorian’s Forecast

New York City Mayor and 2020 Democratic presidential contender Bill de Blasio said that he would ban semi-automatic rifles if he were elected president, but that his bodyguards could keep their rifles.

De Blasio, who said this week he’d end his longshot bid unless he qualifies for the October debates, said during an appearance on Fox News that he’s not sure how he’d enact the ban.

“You have said that you’re for mandatory buybacks of semi-automatic rifles,” Tucker Carlson, the Fox host, said to de Blasio on Sept. 5. “There are tens of millions of these rifles in circulation now, and presumably some large number of people won’t feel like selling them to the government. What do you do with those people?”

“We’ve got to end the availability of assault weapons in this country, so I think if there was a ban on assault weapons and there was a buyback program, the vast majority of people, I think, would do the smart thing and they would sell them back,” de Blasio responded. “I don’t have a specific answer for you, but I think it’s a good question.”

Carlson said that a federal ban, which many believe would lead to forced seizures of weapons, could lead to violence from those who refused to give over their guns. He asked de Blasio how he would enforce the ban among those who didn’t want to hand over the firearms.

“I’m being honest with you, I think anyone in public life should say, you know, when we think we have an answer or whether it’s something we still have to work out,” de Blasio said. “What I know is this: we cannot have assault weapons in our society—we’ve seen the devastating impact, they need to be banned. And that means by definition you don’t leave millions and millions of them out there.”

New York City Mayor and Democratic Presidential candidate Bill de Blasio leaves a rally against new restrictions on abortion passed by legislatures in eight states including Alabama and Georgia, in New York City, N.Y., on May 21, 2019. (Jeenah Moon/Reuters)

“The buyback’s the obvious approach,” he added. “How we deal with someone who doesn’t want to participate in the buyback, that’s something we have to resolve going forward.”

De Blasio said such a ban would not violate the Second Amendment, in his opinion.

Carlson then asked if de Blasio’s security detail would be allowed to carry semi-automatic rifles. De Blasio said they wouldn’t be subject to the hypothetical ban.

“They’re sworn law enforcement officers. Sworn law enforcement officers who are here to protect all of us,” he said about the bodyguards. “Someone who serves in public service for a limited period of time, and in the society that we’re living in, and I hate to say it, but public servants are vulnerable to violence in a different way. Our law enforcement officers are there to protect all of us.”

A young man who chose not to give his name sizes-up an assault-style rifle during the National Rifle Association’s annual convention in 2013. (AP Photo/Steve Ueckert)

Other 2020 Contenders Propose Bans

Other 2020 candidates have proposed gun bans and confiscation.

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) said that she was willing to send police officers to people’s homes to confiscate firearms banned through so-called red flag laws or other avenues.

“When I was attorney general [of California], and we put resources into allowing law enforcement to actually knock on the doors of people who were on two lists—a list where they had been found by a court to be a danger to themselves and others,” she told the Washington Examiner.

“They were on a list where they were precluded and prohibited from owning a gun because of a conviction that prohibited that ownership. Those lists were combined and then we sent law enforcement out to take those guns, because, listen, we have to deal with this on all levels, but we have to do this with a sense of urgency.”

Former Vice President Joe Biden said during an appearance on CNN last month that, if he were elected, he would push for a “national buyback programs” to get assault weapons “off the street.” He didn’t specify what he meant by assault weapons.

Biden was asked by host Anderson Cooper about people worrying Biden would be coming for their guns.

“Bingo! You’re right, if you have an assault weapon,” Biden responded, before adding: “The fact of the matter is [assault weapons] should be illegal. Period. The Second Amendment doesn’t say you can’t restrict the kinds of weapons people can own. You can’t buy a bazooka. You can’t have a flame-thrower.”

Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden in Detroit on Aug. 1, 2019. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

He said that the program would not involve sending law enforcement to people’s homes. “That’s not walking into their home, knocking on their doors, going through their gun cabinets, et cetera,” he said. He later said that magazines that can hold more than one bullet should be banned.

Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) said earlier this year assault weapons should be banned and the government should buy back such weapons from gun owners. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) has voted in favor of a nationwide ban of such weapons, as well as a ban on high-capacity magazines and for expanded background checks.

Former Texas Rep. Robert “Beto” O’Rourke endorsed an Australian-style program that would require people to sell their guns to the government.

“I’m open to them right now as a candidate—absolutely has to be part of the conversation,” O’Rourke said in a podcast interview, reported The Federalist.

At the end of the day, if it’s going to save lives, if it’s going to prevent the kind of tragedies that we saw in El Paso, or Gilroy, or Dayton, or this weekend in Chicago, or all over this country on a daily basis, then let’s move forward and do it.”

Australia confiscated about 650,000 guns during the mandatory buyback program in the 1990s after a mass shooting there.

South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg wrote in an action plan that he would “ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.”

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) said in her own action plan that she would push for a federal assault weapons ban, ban high-capacity magazines, and prohibit some gun accessories. She would also prohibit people with restraining orders, who have been convicted of a hate crime, or who have been convicted of stalking from owning a gun.

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Author: Zachary Stieber

Source: The Epoch Times: De Blasio Would Ban Semi-Automatic Rifles but Says His Bodyguards Could Keep Theirs

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said that the United States should “bow down before the Iranian people” in a speech this week.

Rouhani also indicated that he would not meet with President Donald Trump unless there was “repentance” on the part of the United States.

“Those who have imposed sanctions on our people, and have carried out economic terrorism—any change in our conduct toward them must start with their repentance,” Rouhani said on Aug. 27, according to a translation from Arabic from the Middle East Media Research Institute.

“They must return to their obligations, and change the erroneous path they have chosen. They must act in the service of the world’s interests and security, while maintaining respect for the other. They must recognize our revolution, our regime, and the rights of our people, and they must reject their mistakes. With regard to the relations between Iran and America—unless America gives up the sanctions and rejects the erroneous path it has chosen, we will see no positive change.”

Rouhani then seemed to allude to a possible meeting with President Donald Trump.

“If you lift all the sanctions and bow down before the Iranian people, the circumstances will be different. We want to resolve the issues and problems in a reasonable manner, but we are not interested in photo-ops. If someone wants to have his photo taken with Hassan Rouhani—well, that’s impossible. It can be done with Photoshop, but a real photo is impossible, unless one day they lift all their unjust sanctions, and respect the rights of the Iranian people. Then we would be talking about new circumstances, and we could reconsider it.”

Iran has become increasingly isolated under sanctions from the Trump administration, which broke off a nuclear deal reached by former President Barack Obama that the administration said was insufficient. The tension ramped up in June when Iran shot down an American drone, but Trump said he pulled back a military response because of concerns it would have hurt innocent people.

Observers were stunned when Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Zarif appeared at the G-7 summit in France over the weekend. Zarif met with French President Emmanuel Macron before continuing to China to meet with officials there.

Trump said that Macron asked him ahead of time if Zarif could attend and Trump agreed.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, third from left, meets with French President Emmanuel Macron, second from right, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves le Drian, third from right, in Biarritz, southwestern France on Aug. 25, 2019. (Twitter/Mohammad Javad Zarif via AP)

“I’m looking to have a really good Iran, really strong,” Trump told reporters. at the summit. “We’re not looking for regime change. You’ve seen how that works over the last 20 years. That hasn’t been too good. And we’re looking to make Iran rich again. Let them be rich. Let’s let them do well, if they want, or they can be poor as can be. They can be like they are now.”

“And I’ll tell you what: I don’t think it’s acceptable, the way they’re being forced to live in Iran. And what we want … it’s got to be non-nuclear. It’s got to be non-nuclear.”

He then indicated that he might meet with top Iranian officials soon.

“It’s soon going to be time to meet with Iran, and it’s going to be a great thing for Iran. They have great potential,” Trump later said.

“Iran has a chance to really build themselves up and be a very great nation—greater than before. But they have to stop terrorism. That is your number one nation of terror. Now, not in the last year and a half, two years, because they can’t spend like they used to spend. They took President Obama’s $150 billion and they doled it out to terrorists all over the place. I think they’re going to change. I really do. I believe they have a chance to be a very special nation. I hope that’s true.”

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Source: The Epoch Times: Iranian President Says America Should ‘Bow Down’ to Iran, Lift Sanctions

The Trump administration issued a rule on Aug. 12 that lets U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services deny green cards or entry to the United States to immigrants that have used welfare programs or aliens who are deemed likely to use the programs.

The 837-page plan applies to applications filed after Oct. 15 this year and is expected to affect approximately 400,000 annual applications.

The rule means a services officer reviewing an application will look at the applicant’s history of using welfare, such as food stamps, public housing assistance, and Medicaid.

“The principle driving it is an old American value, and that’s self-sufficiency,” U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Acting Director Ken Cuccinelli told Fox News. “It’s a core principle—the American Dream itself—and it’s one of the things that distinguishes us, and it’s central to the legal history in the U.S. back into the 1800s.”

Pedestrians crossing from Mexico into the United States at the Otay Mesa Port of Entry wait in line in San Diego. (By Denis Poroy/AP)

“It will also have the long-term benefit of protecting taxpayers by ensuring people who are immigrating to this country don’t become public burdens, that they can stand on their own two feet, as immigrants in years past have done,” he added. “It’s not only a recipe for their success, but for America’s success growing out of our immigration system.”

The rule shifts guidance from 1999, which advised immigration officials not to take reliance on public benefits into consideration when evaluating applications.

“The difficulty we have had for the last 20 years under the 1999 guidance is that it was in anticipation of a rule that was never entered and it was fairly minimalist guidance and it has not been particularly useful in the work we do at USCIS,” Cuccinelli said, calling the new rule a “better and more thorough attempt.”

A person using public benefits won’t automatically disqualify an applicant but it will be a “heavily weighted factor,” the acting director told the Washington Times.

“There isn’t a formula,” he said. “It is intended to be a case-by-case determination.”

If someone is denied a green card, they are not deported but stay at the immigration status they were.

Some immigration rights activists criticized the new rule, claiming it’s anti-immigrant.

“The Trump administration’s so-called ‘public charge rule’ is a flimsy pretext to close America’s door to middle and working-class immigrants,” David Leopold, a prominent immigration lawyer, told the Times. “Simply put, there’s no problem to be fixed.”

Supervisory Border Patrol agent Marlene Castro speaks to a group of illegal aliens who just crossed the Rio Grande from Mexico into the United States in Hidalgo County, Texas, on May 26, 2017. (Benjamin Chasteen/The Epoch Times)

63 Percent of Non-Citizen Households Use Welfare

A report late last year said that 63 percent of non-citizen households use welfare programs, compared to 35 percent of citizen households.

The Center for Immigration Studies said it analyzed Census Bureau data for the report. The non-citizens included illegal immigrants.

“In 2014, 63 percent of households headed by a non-citizen reported that they used at least one welfare program, compared to 35 percent of native-headed households,” the center stated.

“Welfare use drops to 58 percent for non-citizen households and 30 percent for native households if cash payments from the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) are not counted as welfare. EITC recipients pay no federal income tax. Like other welfare, the EITC is a means-tested, anti-poverty program, but unlike other programs one has to work to receive it. Compared to native households, non-citizen households have much higher use of food programs (45 percent vs. 21 percent for natives) and Medicaid (50 percent vs. 23 percent for natives).”

“Including the EITC, 31 percent of non-citizen-headed households receive cash welfare, compared to 19 percent of native households. If the EITC is not included, then cash receipt by non-citizen households is slightly lower than natives (6 percent vs. 8 percent),” it added.

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Author: Zachary Stieber

Source: The Epoch Times: New Trump Administration Rule Lets Officials Deny Green Cards to Immigrants Using Welfare Programs

A Texas business has seen an increase in business since the owner was outed as a supporter of President Donald Trump by Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Texas).

Castro, the chair of his brother Julian Castro’s presidential campaign, published a list of 44 San Antonio residents who have donated to Trump. He highlighted to his supporters that it included Balous Miller, the owner of Bill Miller BBQ.

Since then, business has exploded at the BBQ chain.

Pictures published on social media showed a long line of cars waiting to pick up food from some of the locations. “One of the companies he fixed is Bill Miller’s Barbeque. The lines were out the door, and the drive up lanes were several times longer than usual. So, thank you Joaquin, we show you don’t matter,” one Twitter user said.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott was among those posting their support for Bill Miller BBQ, saying he visited the chain after Castro published the list.

“Perfect night for Bill Miller BBQ,” he wrote.

“Every Bill Miller BBQ in SA has been PACKED constantly from open to close! Well done @JulianCastro,” another user added.

“There was a line out the door all day at Bill Miller’s BBQ. Nothing like free advertising,” said another.

Julian Castro Responds

Democratic presidential candidate Julian Castro addressed the backlash triggered by his brother’s publishing of the list for the first time on Friday.

“It is not okay for anybody to harass anybody else. It doesn’t matter where somebody is coming from, from the right or the left. It’s not okay for people to harass other people,” Castro told Fox News at the Iowa State Fair.

“My brother put out a list of names of people who had maxed out to the Trump campaign. That is public information. That kind of information is put out all the time. And for anybody to pretend or suggest that it’s not, that’s just untrue. He did not put down their addresses. He did not put down their phone numbers. What he did is not doxing. Anybody who understands what doxing is knows that’s what he did not do.”

A field of 20 Democratic presidential candidates split into two groups of 10 for the first debate of the 2020 election over two nights at Knight Concert Hall of the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County in Miami, Fla. on June 26, 2019. Julian Castro is on the left. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

A slew of Republican officials have also slammed Joaquin Castro in addition to others, including an MSNBC host who told Castro point-blank that the people on the list would be harassed, whether it was his intention or not.

One of the people on the list, Justin Herricks, who owns an oil and gas company, said the company has been called with threats.

“I’ve had people say, ‘Hey we were gonna use you for business, but we found out you’re a racist. ‘We hope that you burn in hell and your business will go with you,’” Herricks said.

Another man said that he was wrongly named as a donor to Trump when it was actually his father who made the donations.

Harper Huddleston said that he supports Trump but has contributed before to Julian Castro when he was running in the San Antonio mayoral race. The situation forced him to sit his family down and go over what would happen if they were attacked, Huddleston told Fox.

“We convened together as a family and talked about situational awareness, exit strategy, avoiding and exiting conflict, talked about staying low and close to home and just being at our very highest senses,” said Huddleston.

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Source: The Epoch Times: Castro’s Trump Donors List Leads to Booming Business for Texas BBQ Chain

Former president Bill Clinton visited the Caribbean island owned by Jeffrey Epstein known by locals as “pedophile island,” according to court documents unsealed on Aug. 9.

The documents included a 2016 deposition of Virginia Giuffre, who has said she was a sex slave of Epstein’s and made to have sex with a number of his friends and acquaintances.

Giuffre said that she flew to the island with Epstein when she was 17 and that, while she was there, Epstein’s associate Ghislaine Maxwell told her that she had picked Clinton up in a “black helicopter that Jeffrey bought her.”

Giuffre addressed the following quote that had been attributed to her by a journalist, Sharon Churcher: “I flew to the Caribbean with Jeffrey and then Ghislaine Maxwell went to pick up Bill in a huge black helicopter that Jeffrey had bought her.”

“That wasn’t an eyewitness statement. Like, I didn’t see her do it. Ghislaine was the one who told me about that; that she’s the one who flew Bill,” Giuffre said.

Ghislaine Maxwell attends a gala in New York City in a file photo. (Rob Kim/Getty Images)
An aerial view of Little Saint James Island, in the U.S. Virgin Islands, a property purchased by Jeffery Epstein more than two decades ago. (Gianfranco Gaglione/AP Photo)

“I said to Sharon that Ghislaine told me that she flew Bill in the heli—the black helicopter that Jeffrey bought her, and I just wanted to clarify that I didn’t actually see her do that. I heard from Ghislaine that she did that,” she later added. “I heard a lot of things from Ghislaine that sounded too true—too outrageous to be true, but you never knew what to believe, so…”

Giuffre also confirmed that she flew on Epstein’s plane while Clinton was on board and said that Secret Service agents were on the plane but were “not where we were eating.”

Giuffre did not allege that Clinton engaged in sexual conduct with her or anyone else and did not detail what the former president was allegedly doing on the island, if he was there. Maxwell told investigators that Giuffre’s claim was a “flat out total fabrication and lie.”

Churcher wrote in a 2011 story that Epstein hosted a dinner on his island for Clinton shortly after he left office in 2001. Giuffre did not dispute that detail.

Giuffre did name people she said sexually abused her, including Prince Andrew and lawyer Alan Dershowitz, and said in the newly unsealed documents that she had sex on the orders of Epstein with former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson and former U.S. Sen. George Mitchell. All four men have denied the allegations.

Epstein is being held in New York on charges that he sexually abused and exploited dozens of girls, some as young as 14, and sex trafficked them.

He was denied bail on July 18.

Clinton said in July that he flew on Epstein’s plane for “a total of four trips” to Europe, Asia, and Africa in 2002 and 2003.

“Staff, supporters of the Foundation, and his Secret Service detail traveled on every leg of every trip. He had one meeting with Epstein in his Harlem office in 2002, and around the same time made one brief visit to Epstein’s New York apartment with a staff member and his security detail,” according to a statement from Clinton’s spokesman.

The statement alleged that Clinton “has never been to Little St. James Island,” the island in the Caribbean, and that he had no knowledge about Epstein’s alleged wrongdoing.

An investigative journalist said that Clinton was on Epstein’s plane 27 times, citing flight logs. “Many of those times Clinton had his Secret Service with him and many times he did not,” Conchita Sarnoff said. “Almost every time that Clinton’s name is on the pilot logs there are underage girls, there are initials, and there are names of many, many girls on that private plane.”

According to one newspaper article, Clinton dined with Epstein as early as 1995. Files from Clinton’s White House showed that Epstein donated $10,000 to the White House Historical Association and visited the White House multiple times while Clinton was president.

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Source: The Epoch Times: Bill Clinton Visited Jeffrey Epstein’s ‘Pedophile Island’: Unsealed Court Documents

The home owned by Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) in Baltimore was robbed over the weekend, police said late Aug. 1, prompting a reaction by President Donald Trump early Friday.

The burglary took place around 3:40 a.m. at the house, which is located in the 2000 block of Madison Avenue, the Baltimore Police Department said.

One family who lives on the street told WJZ they captured some video footage of the break-in on a doorbell camera at their home.

“It is unknown if any property was taken from the location,” police said in a statement.

Fox News reporter Chad Pergram reported that the break-in was not where Cummings lives, “but in a portion of the property which is rented out.”

“Fox is told Cummings was not there at the time,” he added.

Officials told 11 News that they would likely have more details on the home burglary sometime Friday.

In a statement sent to news outlets, Cummings said: “An individual attempted to gain entry into my residence at approximately 3:40 AM on Saturday, July 27. I was notified of the intrusion by my security system, and I scared the intruder away by yelling before the person gained entry into the residential portion of the house. I thank the Baltimore Police Department for their response and ask that all further inquiries be directed to them.”

Cummings was vaulted into the national news after Trump attacked him, saying the conditions in the Baltimore portion of Cummings’s district “is a disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess.”

“If he spent more time in Baltimore, maybe he could help clean up this very dangerous and filthy place,” Trump added.

The president later said that of the billions of dollars given to the district by the federal government, most has been stolen or wasted and wondered if Cummings was involved.

Trump added on Friday after hearing that Cummings’s house was burglarized: “Really bad news! The Baltimore house of Elijah Cummings was robbed. Too bad!”

Baltimore is rife with crime, with the highest murder rate of any major metropolitan area in the nation. Its total violent crime was the third-highest in the country, with 2.027 incidents per 100,000 residents in 2017, according to the FBI.

Critics accused Trump of being racist for attacking Cummings but have struggled to rebut his noting the conditions of the city, and a number of residents said they agreed with the president.

Buildings on a street in west Baltimore, Md., on July 30, 2019. (Petr Svab/The Epoch Times)

“Would it be safe to say that Baltimore is in a crisis?” Lawrence Jones, a Fox News reporter, asked a resident.

“I would honestly say yes, from the drug selling to the killings, the poverty, it’s just crazy,” the resident responded.

“I see poverty, I see crime as a way of life,” another Baltimore resident said. “I think [the leaders] sold out.”

Another resident told Republican strategist Kimberly Klacik that what Trump said “was definitely true” and she feels elected officials representing Baltimore aren’t doing their job.

The resident added about Cummings, “He’s worried more about [caring for illegal aliens at the border] than his own people.”

From NTD News

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Source: The Epoch Times: Trump Reacts to Baltimore Home of Rep. Elijah Cummings Being Robbed

The United States on Aug. 2 formally withdrew from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty with Russia.

American officials had warned they would withdraw if Russia didn’t correct alleged infractions of the treaty. Both countries suspended their obligations under the pact on Feb. 2 after discussions on the issue proved fruitless.

President Donald Trump said in October 2018 that Russia wasn’t complying with the treaty, including failing to comply with requests to destroy its 9M729 ballistic missiles, which the United States said violated the pact.

“The United States has fully adhered to the INF Treaty for more than 30 years, but we will not remain constrained by its terms while Russia misrepresents its actions,” Trump said in a statement issued by the White House. “We cannot be the only country in the world unilaterally bound by this treaty, or any other.”

In a statement on Friday, the State Department said the withdrawal was “due to the Russian Federation’s continuing violation of the treaty.”

Journalists and military attaches attend a news briefing, organized by Russian defense and foreign ministries and dedicated to cruise missile systems including SSC-8/9M729 model, at Patriot Expocentre near Moscow, Russia January 23, 2019. (Maxim Shemetov/Reuters)
Components of SSC-8/9M729 cruise missile system on display during a news briefing, organized by Russian defense and foreign ministries, at Patriot Expocentre near Moscow, Russia, Jan. 23, 2019. (Maxim Shemetov/Reuters)

“Russia failed to return to full and verified compliance through the destruction of its noncompliant missile system—the SSC-8 or 9M729 ground-launched, intermediate-range cruise missile,” it added.

According to the department, Russia in the mid-2000s began developing, producing, and testing multiple battalions of the missile the United States says is noncompliant. American officials raised concerns with Russia in 2013.

“Russia subsequently and systematically rebuffed six years of U.S. efforts seeking Russia’s return to compliance,” the department said in the statement.

U.S. President Donald Trump (R) and Russia’s President Vladimir Putin talk during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation leaders’ summit in the central Vietnamese city of Danang on Nov. 11, 2017. (Jorge Silva/AFP/Getty Images)
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg speaks to the media during the NATO Foreign Minister’s Meeting at the State Department in Washington, on April 4, 2019. (Joshua Roberts/Reuters)

“With the full support of our NATO Allies, the United States has determined Russia to be in material breach of the treaty, and has subsequently suspended our obligations under the treaty. Over the past six months, the United States provided Russia a final opportunity to correct its noncompliance. As it has for many years, Russia chose to keep its noncompliant missile rather than going back into compliance with its treaty obligations.”

NATO issued a statement on Feb. 1 backing the United States’ decision.

“Unless Russia honors its INF Treaty obligations through the verifiable destruction of all of its 9M729 systems, thereby returning to full and verifiable compliance before the U.S. withdrawal takes effect in six months, Russia will bear sole responsibility for the end of the Treaty,” the NATO declaration states.

Russia said on Friday that it asked the United States for a moratorium on the deployment of short and intermediate-range nuclear missiles in Europe, reported Reuters.

This undated file photo provided Sept. 19, 2017, by Russian Defense Ministry official web site shows a Russian Iskander-K missile launched during a military exercise at a training ground at the Luzhsky Range, near St. Petersburg, Russia. (Russian Defense Ministry Press Service via AP/File)
In this Dec. 8, 1987, file photo, President Ronald Reagan, right, shakes hands with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev after the two leaders signed the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces Treaty to eliminate intermediate-range missiles during a ceremony in the White House East Room in Washington. (AP Photo/Bob Daugherty, File)

“We have proposed to the United States and other NATO countries that they weigh the possibility of declaring the same kind of moratorium on the deployment of short and intermediate range missiles as ours,” Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov was quoted as saying by the TASS news agency.

President Vladimir Putin said Russia doesn’t want an arms race and vowed that he wouldn’t deploy missiles unless America did so first.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said that the moratorium request was “not a credible offer” and alleged Russia keeps building missiles.

“There are no new U.S. missiles, no new NATO missiles in Europe, but there are more and more new Russian missiles,” he said.

On Thursday, Trump said he was open to negotiations. “We’ll see what happens,” he told reporters. “I will say Russia would like to do something on a nuclear treaty and that’s OK with me. They’d like to do something and so would I.”

From NTD News

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Author: Zachary Stieber

Source: The Epoch Times: US Formally Withdraws From Missile Treaty With Russia

The federal government has sent billions of dollars to Baltimore in recent years but the money has been either “stolen or wasted,” President Donald Trump said late July 29.

Writing on Twitter, Trump wrote: “Baltimore’s numbers are the worst in the United States on Crime and the Economy. Billions of dollars have been pumped in over the years, but to no avail. The money was stolen or wasted.”

“Ask Elijah Cummings where it went. He should investigate himself with his Oversight Committee!” Trump added, referring to the Democratic Maryland representative, who is chairman of the House Oversight Committee.

Lynne Patton, regional administrator for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, said that $16 billion in grants was given to Cummings’s district alone in 2018.

Hitting back after former Republican National Committee head Michael Steele, Baltimore Mayor Bernard Young, and activist Al Sharpton accused Trump of not spending properly on improving the city, Patton said during an appearance on Fox News that the administration has tried investing in Baltimore.

“I want to say this expressly to Mayor Young and Michael Steele and Al Sharpton, who today called out the president and said let President Trump put his money where his mouth is. Well, boys and girls, I have a message for you, President Trump has given $16 billion in 2018 alone to Elijah Cummings’s district in federal grants,” she said.

Cummings’ district, the 7th Congressional District, includes portions of Maryland outside Baltimore. It received slightly under $15.7 billion grants and other assistance from the federal government in fiscal year 2018, according to government data analyzed by Newsweek.

“We have given more money in homeless funds to Baltimore than the last administration. We have given more money in community development grants than the last administration to Baltimore. My question to you guys is this, what are you actually doing with the money so that it benefits residents in the community for once instead of deep-pocket crooked politicians?” Patton added.

Trump has repeatedly attacked Cummings in recent days over the condition of his district in Baltimore, a city with the highest murder rate in the nation.

Since Trump started highlighting Baltimore on Saturday, there have been a slew of shootings, leaving at least six people dead and others wounded.

Hitting back at charges of racism for talking about the city, Trump wrote late Sunday: “Crazy Bernie Sanders recently equated the City of Baltimore to a THIRD WORLD COUNTRY! Based on that statement, I assume that Bernie must now be labeled a Racist, just as a Republican would if he used that term and standard!”

“The fact is, Baltimore can be brought back, maybe even to new heights of success and glory, but not with King Elijah and that crew. When the leaders of Baltimore want to see the City rise again, I am in a very beautiful oval shaped office waiting for your call!” he added.

Before the press conference featuring Sharpton, Trump said he’d known the activist and race provocateur for 25 years and that he used to often ask Trump for favors but that he’s become a “con man” and “a troublemaker.”

“Baltimore, under the leadership of Elijah Cummings, has the worst Crime Statistics in the Nation. 25 years of all talk, no action! So tired of listening to the same old Bull…Next, Reverend Al will show up to complain & protest. Nothing will get done for the people in need. Sad!” Trump wrote.

Sharpton at the press conference accused Trump of attacking Cummings “in the most bigoted and racist way,” reported CBS Baltimore.

“He attacks everybody. I know Donald Trump, he’s not mature enough to take criticism. He can’t help it. He’s like a child. Someone says something he reacts. He’s thin-skinned and not really matured that well,” Sharpton said.

“But he has a particular venom for blacks and people of color. He doesn’t refer to any of his other opponents or critics as infested. He does not attack their districts. He attacks Nancy Pelosi, he attacks Chuck Schumer, he attacks other whites—but he never says that their districts or that their states are places that no human being wants to live.”

From NTD News

Follow Zachary on Twitter: @zackstieber

Author: Zachary Stieber

Source: The Epoch Times: Trump: $16 Billion to Baltimore Was ‘Stolen or Wasted, Ask Elijah Cummings Where it Went’

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