Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Rep. Kinzinger Tells Jim Acosta to 'Ask Steny Hoyer' Why Dems Didn't Come to Russia Bounty Briefing

Rep. Hoyer has finally received his briefing, and from what he heard, he maintains the Russia bounty report is "Not a hoax."

Rep. Steny Hoyer: "The President called this a hoax publicly. Nothing in the briefing that we have just received led me to believe it was a hoax." pic.

ORIGINAL POST. House Foreign Affairs Committee member Adam Kinzinger explained on CNN this week that one reason the intelligence community may not have briefed President Trump on reports that Russia was bribing Taliban fighters to kill U.S. troops was because of the pile of "Conflicting evidence" they had. Would they really want to brief the president on alleged Russian bounties if they're not completely sure of their veracity?

After a few repetitive questions from host Jim Acosta, the congressman reiterated that the president was not briefed on that particular subject.

"You'll have to ask Steny Hoyer," Kinzinger replied.

White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows asked Hoyer, the Democratic Whip, if Democrats would like to join the briefing and he never received a reply.

"As of our briefing, he made it clear that he hadn't heard back from Steny Hoyer," Kinzinger explained.

Joe Biden Owns The Democratic Party's Insanity

The Democratic Party has gone off the deep end and taken Joe Biden with it.

Biden would have you believe he is the leader of the Democratic Party.

Everyone must understand that if they vote for Biden, they are voting for the Democratic Party.

Uncle Joe from Scranton might love America, but his party demonstrably does not.

He is not the candidate of a party hell bent on destroying American history and institutions, Biden is.

The Democratic Party as currently assembled is a radical leftist organization and must be treated as such.

Biden is not the leader of the snowball of insanity hurdling down the mountain that is the Democratic Party.

Putin, Trump and Biden

Of course Mr. Biden will do none of that, which ought to put into context the latest Washington uproar over the alleged Russian bounties and President Trump.

Mr. Trump is cast again as the villain who knew the intelligence and did nothing, or should have known but didn't, and in any event he must be in hock to Vladimir Putin.

Then Mr. Trump has toughened sanctions against Russia, has sent Javelin antitank missiles to Ukraine that Obama-Biden refused to send, has withdrawn from two arms deals Russia is violating, and has tried to stop Nord Stream 2.

Does Mr. Trump still want to reward Mr. Putin with an invitation to the G-7? If he does it would rival his near-invitation last year to the Taliban to visit Camp David as an insult to Americans who gave their lives in Afghanistan.

As for Mr. Biden, has he learned anything since his last go-round with the Russian? He now talks tough about Russia and says Mr. Putin has "No soul," but that was true when Mr. Biden sought his Russian reset in 2009, and when Barack Obama attacked Mitt Romney as an unreconstructed Cold Warrior in 2012.

Is there anything specific that Mr. Biden would do that would deter Mr. Putin from further attacks on Americans or U.S. interests?

Concern about deals Mr. Trump might strike with Mr. Putin in a second term is legitimate.

How DC Already Is a 'State'

In the latest of many cynical and highly political moves, the House of Representatives last week passed a measure that would transform the District of Columbia and make it the 51st state.

"D.C.," as it is often abbreviated by locals, is already a "State." It is a state of corruption, crime, and dysfunction.

The only reason Democrats favor the nation's capital becoming a state is that it would gain two senators, who would almost certainly be Democrats and its "Delegate," Eleanor Holmes Norton, could then vote in the House.

Article 1, Section 8, Clause 17 of the document reads, 'The Congress shall have Power To exercise exclusive Legislation in all Cases whatsoever, over such District as may, by Cession of particular States, and the Acceptance of Congress, become the Seat of the Government of the United States.

Maryland and Virginia border the city, which was created "Ten miles square" from land donated by both states for the specific purpose of establishing a federal capital with provisions for how it would be run.

Given the recent rioting and property damage in D.C., it is even less likely the Senate will go along with the House measure to make the city a state and even if it did, President Donald Trump would certainly veto it.

The prospect of D.C. becoming the 51st state could be added to the president's and Republicans' list of reasons why Democrats should not win the White House, or a Senate majority in the coming election, now just four months away.

Three Glaring Problems with the Russian Taliban 'Bounty' Story

The article alleges that GRU, a top-secret unit of Russian military intelligence, offered the bounty in payment for every U.S. soldier killed in Afghanistan, and that at least one member of the U.S. military was alleged to have been killed in exchange for the bounties.

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany followed Trump's blanket denial with a statement that the intelligence concerning Russian bounty information was "Unconfirmed." She didn't say the intelligence wasn't credible, like Trump had said the day before, only that there was "No consensus" and that the "Veracity of the underlying allegations continue to be evaluated," which happens to almost completely match the Sunday night statement from the White House's National Security Council.

Instead of saying that the sources for the Russian bounty story were not credible and the story was false, or likely false, McEnany then said that Trump had "Not been briefed on the matter."

The Times article repeatedly cites unnamed "American intelligence officials." The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal articles "Confirming" the original Times story merely restate the allegations of the anonymous officials, along with caveats like "If true" or "If confirmed."

The Taliban denies it accepted bounties from Russian intelligence.

"These kinds of deals with the Russian intelligence agency are baseless-our target killings and assassinations were ongoing in years before, and we did it on our own resources," Zabihullah Mujahid, a spokesman for the Taliban, told The New York Times.

The NYT story serves to bolster the narrative that Trump sides with Russia, and against our intelligence community estimates and our own soldiers lives.

COVID-19 Herd Immunity Is Much Closer Than Antibody Tests Suggest, Say 2 New Studies

The prevalence of immunity to the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 may be much higher than previous research suggests according to an intriguing new study by researchers associated with Karolinska Institute in Sweden.

A new German study by researchers associated with the University Hospital Tübingen in Germany reports that people who have been previously infected with versions of the coronavirus that cause the common cold also have some immunity to the COVID-19 virus.

"Moreover, roughly 30 per cent of the blood donors who'd given blood in May 2020 had COVID-19-specific T cells, a figure that's much higher than previous antibody tests have shown."

Some parts of the U.S. are much closer to herd immunity than population-wide antibody testing currently suggests.

Epidemiologists typically estimate that the COVID-19 threshold for herd immunity is around 60 to 70 percent.

If the German study's results prove out, that would suggest that earlier common cold coronavirus infections may provide about eight in 10 people some degree of immune protection from the COVID-19 virus.

The findings in both of these studies are potentially very good news with respect to public health and the course of the COVID-19 pandemic.

BLM Activist Is Arrested for Attempted Murder as the Mainstream Media Rush to Their Bunkers

Early this morning, a Black Lives Matter activist was arrested for attempted murder after firing a gun into an SUV at a recent "Protest" in Utah.

Jesse Taggart, 33, a BLM activist, has been arrested for allegedly shooting a driver at a BLM riot in Provo, Utah.

Taggar's social media is filled w/ BLM content.

The reality is that the mainstream media are completely ignoring this shooting and the arrest of this man.

A man can be an avid BLM supporter and Democrat and the media are suddenly not interested in playing the guilt by association game anymore.

We'd be under media siege now if a Trump supporter shot someone.

BLM can have people getting murdered and beaten to a pulp at their rallies and the media don't say a word about it.

More evidence that most coronavirus cases are now weaker than the flu

Evidence continues to mount that the new infections throughout much of the country are extremely mild, with the exception of some serious cases coming over the border from Mexico.

The governors of California, Arizona, and Texas refuse to recognize that the mild nature of these cases is good news going forward, and they continue to ignore the threat of serious cases from the border.

Distinguishing between the two phenomena has become difficult, because the cause of both of them appears to have begun in late May and continued into June, especially in border states, which weren't hard hit to begin with and therefore had little herd immunity to combat a new round of spread. But the timing of these serious cases at the border combined with milder cases in the interior seems to make it clear that we are seeing two distinct waves: the second and mild American wave and the importation of Mexico's first, more serious wave.

Updated US 7-Day Avg CASES vs DEATHS graph which highlights the cases upturn beginning around June 9.

If you peel into some state data, you will find that cases among Hispanics compose 46% in Florida, 46% of cases in North Carolina, 35% in Tennessee, and 24% of cases in Arkansas.

What is even more shocking is that while Hispanics compose 34.4% of confirmed positive cases, they account for just 17.7% of the fatalities, more line with their share of the national population.

While there is still very little data quantifying who has a severe case or a mild case and who was hospitalized for coronavirus vs. hospitalized with coronavirus discovered through testing, here are two powerful anecdotes that drive home both points.

'We're Just Going to Walk Away From This?' How Minneapolis Left a Police Station to Rioters

"OK, buses are good to go," an officer said at 10:09 p.m., referring to buses that, as part of the plan, were to be used to transport police away from the riot zone.

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The Minneapolis Police Department hasn't determined how much police gear, including bullets and batons, was lost to rioters, an agency spokesman said last week.

Mr. Frey said he got an urgent call from Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo around 6 p.m. that night.

Minneapolis police received backup at the precinct overnight from Minnesota State Patrol troopers, police and state officials said.

The Minneapolis police spokesman said 835 officers, or nearly all of the approximately 850-strong police force, worked throughout that Thursday.

"We're just going to walk away from this?" one officer asked inside the command center, according to the police official.

Time nears for federal contractors to dump Chinese companies

Federal contractors have about six weeks to meet a provision in the 2019 Defense authorization bill that says they are not using any equipment from Chinese companies Huawei and ZTE in their supply chains.

Defense businesses shouldn't expect any more help from Congress.

The leader of the House Armed Services Committee says he doesn't want to float any more funds to defense companies for coronavirus relief.

Congress gave the Defense Department $10.5 billion in the March stimulus package.

Committee Chairman Adam Smith says that money plus the $741 billion his panel is authorizing for the 2021 defense budget is enough for the Pentagon to work with.

The 20-21 senate defense appropriations bill gets rid of the CMO role.

The provision is based off of a Defense Business Board report that says the CMO has not met Congress' intent of driving lasting and meaningful business reforms throughout the military services and Defense agencies.

Trump Threatens To Veto Defense Bill If It Renames Confederate-Named Military Bases

President Donald Trump threatened to veto the National Defense Authorization Act on Wednesday if the bill includes a provision to rename military bases currently named after Confederate leaders.

"I will Veto the Defense Authorization Bill if the Elizabeth 'Pocahontas' Warren Amendment, which will lead to the renaming of Fort Bragg, Fort Robert E. Lee, and many other Military Bases from which we won Two World Wars, is in the Bill!" Trump said.

I will Veto the Defense Authorization Bill if the Elizabeth "Pocahontas" Warren Amendment, which will lead to the renaming of Fort Bragg, Fort Robert E. Lee, and many other Military Bases from which we won Two World Wars, is in the Bill!

The president has previously stated that he won't consider signing the NDAA if it renames military bases.

There are currently 10 U.S. military bases that are named after Confederate leaders, including Fort Benning, Fort Bragg and Fort Hood.

Military leaders have expressed openness to changing the names of the bases, but polling has shown most Americans do not support the idea.

An ABC-Ipsos poll conducted in June found that 56% of Americans oppose renaming U.S. military bases, while 42% support the idea.

Hong Kong Police Quickly Enforce Beijing's Security Law as Thousands Protest

Thousands of people took to Hong Kong's streets to stage the city's biggest protest in months, and police moved swiftly to enforce Beijing's mandate to quash dissent with about 370 arrests-including 10 under a new national-security law.

People took to the streets in Hong Kong for annual July 1 protests despite the threat of arrest under a new security law imposed by Beijing.

Hong Kong police came out in force to confront protesters on July 1, the 23rd anniversary of Hong Kong's handover to China from Britain.

Police said demonstrations ended around 10 p.m., and they arrested 10 people for violations of the security law, including a man who held a Hong Kong independence flag and a woman who carried a pro-independence sign decorated with American and U.K. flags.

July 1 marked the 23rd anniversary of Hong Kong's handover to China from the U.K. Historically, civic groups have used the date to stage demonstrations in favor of change in Hong Kong.

The woman holding a handwritten sign calling for Hong Kong independence and decorated with U.S. and British flags rushed to confront the police and was quickly arrested.

In a sign of how wide-reaching the new law may be, police issued a statement that noted some protesters were chanting, "Hong Kong independence, the only way out." The statement said such slogans are "Suspected to be inciting or abetting others to commit secession" and may violate the new law.