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Trump-appointed judge rejects Trump campaign’s appeal in Pennsylvania

A panel of three Republican-appointed federal judges on Friday rejected an appeal from the Trump campaign to block the state of Pennsylvania from certifying the results of the 2020 presidential election.

“Free, fair elections are the lifeblood of our democracy,” said Judge Stephanos Bibas, who was appointed to the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals by President Donald Trump and confirmed by the Senate in 2017. “Charges of unfairness are serious. But calling an election unfair does not make it so. Charges require specific allegations and then proof.

“We have neither here,” he wrote in the court’s opinion.

The Trump campaign had asked the 3rd Circuit Court to reverse a decision by a lower court judge who had rejected the campaign’s claims of unfair treatment of Republican poll watchers and mail-in ballots. Some Pennsylvania counties told voters they could fix defective ballots and others did not. The campaign also asserted that the Pennsylvania secretary of state and some counties restricted Republican poll watchers. The Trump campaign filed a lawsuit claiming this was a violation of the 14th Amendment’s Equal Protection Clause.

U.S. District Judge Matthew Brann dismissed the case, saying he had “no authority to take away the right to vote of even a single person, let alone millions of citizens.”

The campaign appealed to the 3rd Circuit on the narrow ground that Judge Brann did not permit Trump’s lawyers to amend their lawsuit a second time. But the 3rd Circuit said the District Court did not abuse its discretion by refusing to grant Trump’s lawyers’ request.

Reacting to the decision, Trump campaign senior legal adviser Jenna Ellis, speaking for Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani as well, said, “The activist judicial machinery in Pennsylvania continues to cover up the allegations of massive fraud.”

“We are very thankful to have had the opportunity to present proof and the facts to the PA state legislature,” Ellis tweeted. “On to SCOTUS!”

In his opinion, Trump-appointed Judge Bibas noted that Giuliani “stressed” that the Trump campaign “doesn’t plead fraud” and asserted to the District Court that “this is not a fraud case.”

“Instead, it objects that Pennsylvania’s Secretary of State and some counties restricted poll watchers and let voters fix technical defects in their mail-in ballots. It offers nothing more,” Bibas said.

“Most of the claims in the Second Amended Complaint boil down to issues of state law. But Pennsylvania law is willing to overlook many technical defects. It favors counting votes as long as there is no fraud. Indeed, the Campaign has already litigated and lost many of these issues in state courts,” he continued.

“The Campaign tries to repackage these state-law claims as unconstitutional discrimination,” Bibas added. “Yet its allegations are vague and conclusory. It never alleges that anyone treated the Trump campaign or Trump votes worse than it treated the Biden campaign or Biden votes. And federal law does not require poll watchers or specify how they may observe. It also says nothing about curing technical state-law errors in ballots. Each of these defects is fatal, and the proposed Second Amended Complaint does not fix them. So the District Court properly denied leave to amend again.

“Nor does the Campaign deserve an injunction to undo Pennsylvania’s certification of its votes. The Campaign’s claims have no merit. The number of ballots it specifically challenges is far smaller than the roughly 81,000-vote margin of victory. And it never claims fraud or that any votes were cast by illegal voters. Plus, tossing out millions of mail-in ballots would be drastic and unprecedented, disenfranchising a huge swath of the electorate and upsetting all down-ballot races too. That remedy would be grossly disproportionate to the procedural challenges raised. So we deny the motion for an injunction pending appeal.”

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Iran claims top nuclear scientist was assassinated with Israeli involvement

A top Iranian nuclear scientist, believed by the Israeli government to be the mastermind directing Iran’s nuclear weapons program in the early 2000s, was killed in a targeted attack Friday outside of Tehran,
according to multiple reports, citing Iranian state media.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Friday said the killing of scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was “an act of state terror” that there were “serious indications” of Israeli involvement in his death, though Zarif did not level an outright accusation. According to the Associated Press, Israel did not immediately comment on Fakhrizadeh’s death, but Israel has long been suspected of carrying out targeted assassinations of Iranian nuclear scientists decades ago.

Fakhrizadeh was a senior officer with the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and a professor of physics at Imam Hussein University in Tehran. He was the former leader of Iran’s Physics Research Center, the Jerusalem Post reported.

Iranian state TV said Fakhrizadeh was ambushed by “armed terrorist elements” and suffered injuries that proved to be fatal. Reports said doctors and paramedics could not save him after he was taken to a hospital.

statement released by Iran’s defense ministry said, “Armed terrorists targeted a vehicle carrying Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, head of the ministry’s research and innovation organization.

“After a clash between the terrorists and his bodyguards, Mr. Fakhrizadeh was severely injured and rushed to hospital. Unfortunately, the medical team’s efforts to save him were unsuccessful and minutes ago he passed away.”

The Fars news agency, which has ties to the IRGC, said the attack occurred in Absard, a small city east of the Iranian capital of Tehran. It said witnesses heard an explosion followed by machine gun fire. A car carrying Fakhrizadeh was the target of the attack, according to the agency.

The Associated Press says no group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Zarif issued a statement on Twitter, calling on the international community and the European Union to condemn the attack and suggesting Israel was responsible.

The commander of the IRGC has also sworn vengeance for the killing.

“Assassination of nuclear scientists is the most obvious violation of the global hegemony to prevent our access to modern sciences,” said Major General Hossein Salami.

Another Iranian official, 2021 Iranian presidential candidate Hossein Dehghan, accused “Zionists” of waging war on Iran.

“In the last days of their gambling ally’s political life, the Zionists seek to intensify and increase pressure on Iran to wage a full-blown war,” Dehghan tweeted, seemingly referring to U.S. President Donald Trump. “We will descend like lightning on the killers of this oppressed martyr and we will make them regret their actions!”

According to BBC Persian reporter Jiyar Gol, Fakharizadeh’s death “is a blow to Iran’s security and intelligence services who were tasked with protecting him.” The BBC reports that “some in Iran even believe the assassination could have been carried out by Iranian security forces working for Israeli and Western intelligence agencies.”

Fakhrizadeh was in charge of Iran’s “Amad” nuclear program, translated “Hope.” Israel and other Western countries have accused the program of developing nuclear weapons while Iran has maintained the program was for peaceful purposes.

More from the Associated Press:

The International Atomic Energy Agency says Iran “carried out activities relevant to the development of a nuclear explosive device” in a “structured program” through the end of 2003. That was the Amad program, which included work on the carefully timed high explosives needed to detonate a nuclear bomb.

Iran also “conducted computer modeling of a nuclear explosive device” before 2005 and between 2005 and 2009, the IAEA has said. The agency said, however, that those calculations were “incomplete and fragmented.”

IAEA inspectors now monitor Iranian nuclear sites as part of Iran’s now-unraveling nuclear deal with world powers.

In 2018, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu said “remember that name” after mentioning Fakhrizadeh in a news conference alleging that Iran had lied about its nuclear weapons program. Netanyahu presented tens of thousands of files of Iranian files acquired by Israeli intelligence from an Iranian nuclear archive.

“A key part of the plan was to form new organizations to continue the work,” Netanyahu alleged. “This is how Dr. Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, head of Project Amad, put it. Remember that name, Fakhrizadeh.”

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President Trump: Vaccine deliveries to begin as early as next week

President Donald Trump announced Thursday that the coronavirus vaccine deliveries will begin as early as next week.

“The whole world is suffering and we are rounding the curve,” Trump said. “And the vaccines are being delivered next week or the week after.”

The president gave the good news during a special Thanksgiving Day video message to U.S. troops stationed oversees, Fox News reported. Trump said that front-line workers, medical personnel, and senior citizens would be prioritized to receive the vaccine first.

He also said former Vice President Joe Biden should not be given credit for the vaccines, saying, “the vaccines were me.”

“Joe Biden failed with the swine flu, H1N1, totally failed with the swine flu,” Trump said. “Don’t let him take credit for the vaccines because the vaccines were me and I pushed people harder than they’ve ever been pushed before and we got that approved and through and nobody’s ever seen anything like it.”

Operation Warp Speed is a public-private partnership initiated by the Trump administration to accelerate the development, manufacturing, and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, therapeutics, and diagnostics. The Department of Health and Human Services and other federal agencies partnered with private drug manufacturers, including Johnson & Johnson, Moderna, AstraZeneca, and Pfizer to fund the development and industrial manufacturing of a COVID-19 vaccine.

According to Johns Hopkins University, there are upwards of 12.8 million confirmed coronavirus cases in the United States and more than 263,000 people have died of causes related to COVID-19.

During Trump’s video conference, he noted that two companies have “already announced” vaccines that have shown effectiveness in trials and that “third, fourth and fifth ones are coming up soon.”

The president was referring to Moderna and Pfizer, which have each published studies showing their respective vaccines are 95% effective. Last Friday, Pfizer applied for emergency authorization from the Food & Drug administration to begin the manufacturing and distribution of its vaccine. The FDA is set to meet on Dec. 10 to review Pfizer’s request.

AstraZeneca has also reported preliminary results that show its vaccine is between 62% and 90% effective depending on the dosage given to patients in clinical trials.

The Trump administration is hopeful that soon after vaccine distribution begins, tens of millions of Americans will receive vaccinations and life can begin to return to normal. Dr. Moncef Slaoui, the chief scientific adviser for Operation Warp Speed, said last Sunday that the United States could reach herd immunity by May 2021.

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Thank you, almighty God, for your blessings this Thanksgiving

This year, Thanksgiving Day falls on Thursday the 26th of November, marking 231 years to the exact date of the first Thanksgiving Day proclaimed by President George Washington. Forgive the cliche of quoting from Washington’s proclamation, but the simple fact is Washington issued a near-perfect statement of how Americans ought to think about the Thanksgiving holiday, and it’s worth honoring by remembrance.

A mere three paragraphs, Washington’s proclamation begins with an acknowledgement, the proclamation itself follows, and the president concludes with a request for the American people.

First, Washington acknowledges it is “the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor.” These days, Americans are very fond of demanding that government protect our various and innumerable rights. Undoubtedly, the purpose of just government is to secure the rights and liberties of its citizens. But a system of self-government such as we have will fail and will be unjust if the people, who are sovereign, do not recognize their duties. We each have a duty to our neighbors to respect their rights. We have a duty to follow just laws. To be good citizens. To be kind to one another, to serve each other, to help those in need, and for Washington, to be thankful for God’s provisions and to pray for his protection and favor.

In recognition of this duty, Washington proclaims “Thursday the 26th day of November next” to be a day for “the People of these States” to devote to God. Americans are to thank Him, “the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be” for “his kind care and protection,” for his mercy during the Revolutionary War, for the “tranquillity, union, and plenty” which followed, for “the peaceable and rational manner” in which the new American government was established, and “for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed,” the “means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge,” and also for “all the great and various favors which he hath been pleased to confer upon us.”

These blessings here recounted are permanent things. Americans continue to enjoy the goodness God has shown to our forefathers, which speaks of God’s eternal nature. The sovereign King of Heaven, in His boundless mercy, saw fit to permit a rag-tag assembly of English colonists to overthrow the most powerful empire on earth and raised up wise political leaders to frame a Constitution that’s lasted for 233 years — a Constitution that to this day protects your rights and liberties and enables you to read this article in the safety of your own home, surrounded by family and friends and delicious food that, Lord willing, will last for several days.

And for those less fortunate, who may lack family or friends and food, did God not provide a country with many who can share with their countrymen? It is a great sin and transgression indeed for those of us who can share to neglect our duties to those who lack.

Yet sin is a reality we all must confront. People treat each other wickedly. We are unkind in our words. We are hateful and murderous in our thoughts. We are greedy, selfish, and self-serving, neglectful and thoughtless of those in need. We are proud and boastful, yet who can truly say they’ve always done right and never harmed another by word or deed? We lie to each other. We only love those who love us first, and even then we love poorly. We are unforgiving. And we’re too often ungrateful.

This is why, in the third paragraph, Washington requests that the American people “unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech him to pardon our national and other transgressions.”

The greatest blessing freely offered by God to man is pardon for our sins. God offers forgiveness for all the wrongs we’ve done to Him and to each other to those who repent. Once free of our individual and national sins, He enables us “whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually—to render our national government a blessing to all the people, by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed.”

So giving thanks to God doesn’t simply involve thankful prayer, though that is important and necessary! It also involves obedience to His will, which is “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind” and “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” We must repent of our sins toward one another and pray for forgiveness. We must love each other by performing our duties as citizens, which is to act righteously, to obey just laws, to respect each other, to help and support each other, both publicly and privately.

As Thanksgiving Day 2020 approaches, I cannot help but think of the hostility too many Americans feel towards one another after a contentious and divisive presidential election. I know this as truth: The anger, frustration, and anxieties felt by Americans on both the left and the right are the consequences of sin. No one is blameless. We have all sinned. If we loved each other as we ought, if we performed our duties as citizens to each other as we ought, would any right-thinking person be outraged or anxious about the White House changing parties for four short years?

This Thanksgiving, I am thankful for a God who loves us and offers forgiveness for our sins. I am thankful for a God who listens to and answers prayer. I’m thankful that God rules in heaven, that all authority on earth is on loan from Him, and that He will enact justice when we will not, no matter who occupies the presidency. I am thankful for a God who taught us, when we pray, to ask for our “daily bread,” reminding us that we are to rely on Him for His provisions each day and that we ought not to worry about tomorrow. I am thankful for a country and a Constitution that protect my right to worship this God. And it’s my intention and earnest prayer that in showing my gratitude, I fulfill my duty as an American citizen and a patriot to love my neighbors, as God commands.

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” — Philippians 4:6-7

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Obama invites avalanche of criticism with ‘condescending’ remarks on Hispanic Trump supporters

Former President Barrack Obama invited a wave of criticism with remarks he made on a radio program about why President Donald Trump won a larger share of the Hispanic vote in the 2020 presidential election.

In his comments, Obama said that “evangelical Hispanics” ignored the “racist things” Trump says about Mexicans and how he put “undocumented workers in cages” because Trump agrees with them on gay marriage and abortion.

“People were surprised about a lot of Hispanic folks who voted for Trump, but there’s a lot of evangelical Hispanics who, the fact that Trump says racist things about Mexicans, or puts detainees, undocumented workers in cages, they think that’s less important than the fact that he supports their views on gay marriage or abortion,” Obama said on “The Breakfast Club” radio show.

Trump earned 32% of the Latino vote in the presidential election, improving his election margins in 78 of 100 Hispanic counties in key battleground states from 2016. As Obama noted, many political commentators were surprised that Trump performed so well with Hispanics despite the media narrative that his immigration policies and focus on border security are “racist” toward Mexicans and other Hispanics.

Critics were quick to point out that the policy of separating migrant children from their parents or adult accompaniment was carried out under the Obama administration and that the infamous picture of children in cages used to attack Trump’s immigration enforcement policies was from 2014, when Obama was president.

Also, Obama publicly opposed gay marriage when he first ran for president in 2008 and it wasn’t until just before the 2012 election that his views “evolved” to appease progressives. President Trump, on the other hand, was the first elected president to support gay marriage while he campaigned for office.

“[Barack Obama] sadly will not be fact-checked by the adoring media for this lie,” said Richard Grenell, the first openly gay official to serve as acting director of National Intelligence under President Trump. “Obama ran for president saying he was against gay marriage. And he created the cages.”

Others suggested Obama’s comments were reminiscent to his 2008 statement on “bitter” working-class Americans who “cling” to guns and religion.

“Ah yes, those Hispanic evangelicals. So backwards. Clinging to their guns and religion, you might say,” said Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.). “Barack Obama still the most condescending corporate liberal in America.”

“This is a great example of why Democrats are losing support in America’s Hispanic community,” said former Florida Congressman Carlos Curbelo. “The comment is dismissive of millions of people and seems to diminish their faith. Regrettable at a time when the President-elect has called for healing and reconciliation.”

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Tom Cotton blasts Biden’s DHS nominee, says he’s ‘disqualified’

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) on Wednesday slammed former Vice President Joe Biden’s Cabinet nominees, singling out Biden’s nominee to lead the Department of Homeland Security as “disqualified.”

Earlier this week, Biden’s transition team announced several appointments and nominations for key positions, including Alejandro Mayorkas to serve as the secretary of Homeland Security, Antony Blinken to be secretary of state, and former Secretary of State John Kerry to be the administration’s climate czar.

Cotton blasted Mayorkas’ appointment in an interview on Fox News, saying he is “disqualified” from serving because of a 2015 controversy in which Mayorkas, then serving as deputy DHS secretary, helped Democrats get visas for their favored foreign companies.

“Alejandro Mayorkas was found by Barack Obama’s Inspector General to be guilty of selling Green Cards to Chinese nationals on behalf of rich, democratic donors,” Cotton said in a tweet sharing video from his interview. “He is disqualified from leading the Department of Homeland Security.”

Mayorkas, who would be the first Latino and immigrant to serve as DHS secretary, was the deputy secretary of homeland security in the Obama administration from 2013 to 2016. Prior to that, he was the director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

In 2015, the DHS inspector general testified to Congress that Mayorkas intervened on three separate decisions on whether to grant visas for certain foreign investors on behalf of Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.), Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D), and Anthony Rodham, Hillary Clinton’s brother, respectively. The inspector general’s report said Mayorkas created the appearance of “favoritism and special access,” but then-DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson did not pursue disciplinary action against Mayorkas.

Cotton did not spare Biden’s other appointees from criticism, saying the incoming Biden administration appears to be a “return of the Obama administration foreign policy” that “had disastrous consequences for our nation.”

Biden on Tuesday dismissed such accusations, telling NBC News, “This is not a third Obama term because we face a totally different world than we faced in the Obama-Biden administration.”

“President Trump has changed the landscape,” he added before criticizing President Donald Trump’s foreign policy. “It’s become ‘America First,’ which meant America alone.”

“We find ourselves in a position where our alliances are being frayed,” he also said. “It’s a totally different — that’s why I found people who joined the administration and key points that represent the spectrum of the American people as well as the spectrum of the Democratic Party.”

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CDC Director Redfield: Agency is reviewing whether to reduce quarantine time guidelines

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is reportedly considering adjusting its guidelines on how long people should quarantine if they are exposed to someone with COVID. The Wall Street Journal reported that the agency may shorten the recommended quarantine period from 14 days to between seven and 10 in an effort to encourage more people to follow the guidelines.

Additionally, CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield told Yahoo Finance that the agency will reduce quarantine time recommendations in an interview Wednesday.

“I do anticipate that we will come out with recommendations that look at a shorter period of quarantine, and a shorter period where you would test out of quarantine,” Redfield said.

According to Redfield, the CDC is currently analyzing data to determine whether the change is appropriate. He expects “in the next week or so that data will be completely analyzed and then recommendations will be made based on that data.”

A spokesman for the CDC told Fox News Tuesday that no changes have been finalized.

“CDC is always reviewing its guidance and recommendations in the light of new understandings of the virus that causes COVID-19 and will announce such changes when appropriate,” the spokesperson said.

Current CDC guidelines explain quarantine “is used to keep someone who might have been exposed to COVID-19 away from others,” whereas the term isolation is used for keeping someone who tests positive for the virus away from others, even those they live with.

The CDC recommends that any individual who has been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 stay home for a period of 14 days after their last contact with that person. Those who have had COVID-19 within the past three months are excluded from this recommendation and don’t need to quarantine.

“People who have tested positive for COVID-19 do not need to quarantine or get tested again for up to 3 months as long as they do not develop symptoms again. People who develop symptoms again within 3 months of their first bout of COVID-19 may need to be tested again if there is no other cause identified for their symptoms,” the CDC states.

Under the proposed new guidelines, a person would only have to quarantine for seven to 10 days provided they tested negative for COVID before ending their quarantine. Henry Walke, the CDC incident manager for COVID-19, told the Wall Street Journal that once a person tests negative, the likelihood that they will go on to develop the infection “is pretty low.”

“We do think that the work that we’ve done, and some of the studies we have and the modeling data that we have, shows that we can with testing shorten quarantines,” Walke said.

Though there is a risk that testing may miss some infectious cases, Walke indicated that the agency hopes people “better adhere to quarantine if it was, for example, seven to 10 days.”

Progress on developing a vaccine for the coronavirus continues. Last week, Pfizer applied for emergency approval from the Food & Drug Administration for their vaccine, which has shown to be 95% effective in trials.

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Defiant NY gym owner, US Marine rips up $15,000 fine for violating coronavirus restrictions

A fed-up U.S. Marine and small business owner in New York ripped up a $15,000 fine for violating the coronavirus restrictions on live TV Tuesday in defiance of rules ordering businesses to close and limiting public and private gatherings to just 10 people.

Robby Dinero, the owner of Athletes Unleashed crossfit gym in Orchard Park, New York, was fined after a confrontation with an official from the Erie County Health Department and Erie County sheriffs during a protest against the coronavirus restrictions on businesses held in Dinero’s gym Friday. The police and the health department official were told to leave Dinero’s property and “go get a warrant” in a video that went viral.

On Tuesday evening, Dinero was interviewed by Fox News about the incident and what happened afterward.

“I posted on Facebook Friday night that I wanted to get together business owners and protest and fight the lockdown that I feel is infringing upon our freedom,” Dinero told Fox News. “We were about 20 minutes into that meeting when some sheriffs and a department of health official showed up uninvited. My business was closed, we were not conducting business. This was a protest.”

When some of the protesters asked Dinero what they should do, he told them to get the officials to leave.

“Those patriots took it upon themselves to stand shoulder to shoulder and tell them to get out. And we were right, because if we were wrong they would have called for backup and come back. But they didn’t, they left,” Dinero said.

Later, the sheriffs and the health department official returned and served Dinero with a $15,000 fine for hosting the protest.

“Any infringement on our liberty goes too far. We were born with inalienable rights bestowed upon us by our creator. They are guaranteed by the Constitution, specifically the Bill of Rights,” Dinero said.

“Our freedom cannot end where people’s fear starts,” he added.

Dinero, the father of four children, rebuked government officials like New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz for continuing to collect their taxpayer-funded six-figure salaries while American workers and business owners are being told they cannot earn a living to feed their families.

He demanded that New York officials look children in the eye and tell them their parents’ jobs are not “essential.”

At the close of the interview, he tore up the $15,000 fine.

NY business owner tears up $15K government fine on live TV

Many Americans are rallying behind Dinero in solidarity against the coronavirus restrictions.

Erie County Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw issued a statement to WKBW-TV blasting “power hungry politicians” who are “punishing” businesses.

“Mark Poloncarz crossed a line. Punitively punishing a small business owner that served our country is despicable. People are fed up. The resistance against power hungry politicians destroying businesses with arbitrary COVID rules they make up as they go along has begun. Enough is enough. Mark Poloncarz is a bully that cares more about shutting down the economy, closing schools, regulating churches and damaging families than protecting the health of our community.”

Mychajliw shared a link to a GoFundMe page that was set up for Dinero to cover the cost of the fine.

As of Wednesday morning, 690 people had donated over $25,000 to support Dinero and his protest.

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Peer-reviewed hydroxychloroquine study finds 84% fewer hospitalizations among early treated outpatients

A peer-reviewed study analyzing the effectiveness of a triple drug cocktail including hydroxychloroquine in treating COVID-19 patients found that the treatment was effective and that it significantly reduced hospitalization and mortality rates for those in the treatment group.

The study, authored by the controversial Dr. Vladimir Zelenko in partnership with two German doctors, was accepted for peer-review and will be published in the December issue of the International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents. An online-only version of the study was published Oct. 26.

Dr. Zelenko and team, Drs. Roland Derwand and Martin Scholz, sought to describe the outcomes of high-risk patients with laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 who received early treatment with zinc, low-dose hydroxychloroquine, and azithromycin. A total of 141 diagnosed COVID-19 patients were prescribed the triple treatment over a five-day period. They were compared with a control group of 377 confirmed COVID-19 patients who did not receive the treatment.

The study found that treated patients were 84% less likely to be hospitalized than untreated ones. Of 141 treated patients, four were hospitalized, which was significantly fewer than 58 of 377 untreated patients who were sent to the hospital. Additionally, the mortality rate for treated patients was lower. Only one patient in the treatment group died versus 13 patients in the untreated group. The patient who died had a history of cancer and only took one daily dose of the triple therapy before hospital admission.

The anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine has been the subject of intense public debate after President Donald Trump championed it as a potential “game changer” in March just after the onset of the pandemic. Earlier studies conducted in April and May found that the drug had no positive impact on patients. Another study published in Lancet claimed that the drug could be dangerous for some patients, but was later retracted by its authors. A more recent study published in November found patients treated with hydroxychloroquine showed no signs of significant improvement in “clinical status” compared with those given a placebo.

Zelenko and his co-authors claim that their research differentiates itself from other studies that have shown mixed or negative results for hydroxychloroquine by focusing on outpatients treated at an early stage of the disease.

“All studies that used HCQ with rather contradictory results were in hospitalized and often sicker patients,” the study notes. Additionally, this study focuses on using hydroxychloroquine in combination with zinc and azithromycin, where other studies may have analyzed the effectiveness of hydroxychloroquine by itself.

“What differentiates this study is that patients were diagnosed very early with COVID-19 in an outpatient setting, and only high-risk patients were treated early on,” Derwand said in a news release about the study.

“It’s unfortunate that much of the media coverage surrounding hydroxychloroquine has been negative. These three medications are affordable, available in pill form, and work in synergy against COVID-19,” Zelenko said. “Hydroxychloroquine’s main role is to allow zinc to enter the cell and inhibit the virus’ reproduction. And azithromycin prevents secondary bacterial infection in the lungs and reduces the risk of pulmonary complications.”

“This is the first study with COVID-19 outpatients that shows how a simple-to-perform outpatient risk stratification allows for rapid treatment decisions shortly after onset of symptoms,” Scholz added. “The well-tolerated 5-day triple therapy resulted in a significantly lower hospitalization rate and less fatalities with no reported cardiac side effects compared with relevant public reference data of untreated patients. The magnitude of the results can substantially elevate the relevance of early use, low-dose hydroxychloroquine, especially in combination with zinc. This data can be used to inform ongoing pandemic response policies as well as future clinical trials.”

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Shannon Sharpe blasts Dallas Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy for watermelon stunt

Dallas Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy was heavily criticized by sports commentator Shannon Sharpe Tuesday morning after McCarthy used a sledgehammer and a watermelon to motivate his players to win their Sunday match against the Minnesota Vikings.

McCarthy reportedly pulled out a sledgehammer during Saturday night’s team meeting and smashed watermelons, mimicking the prop comic Gallagher, to inspire his players to “hammer the ball” out of Minnesota running back Dalvin Cook’s hands. NFL Network reporter Tom Pelissero recounted the stunt Monday.

“Mike McCarthy gets up and says, ‘Guys, I want to apologize. I don’t think I did a good enough job emphasizing our objectives for the week’ — one of which was to hammer the ball out of [Minnesota running back] Dalvin Cook’s hands,” Pelissero said. “At that point McCarthy pulls out a sledgehammer, not a prop, a full sledgehammer you could knock a wall down with, and someone rolls in a bunch of watermelons.”

“Each one has a different objective written on it,” Pelissero added. “McCarthy reads the objective — BAM! — smashes the watermelon. He goes down the row doing this. The players are roaring, McCarthy’s pants are soaked. He finally gets to the watermelon with Dalvin Cook’s picture on it, DeMarcus Lawrence jumps up and goes, ‘I’ve got to get that one.’ He hands the sledgehammer to Lawrence, he smashes that watermelon.”

Fun, right? Not according to Fox Sports 1’s Shannon Sharpe. Discussing the Cowboys’ team meeting on “Undisputed,” Sharpe said “I don’t think it’s fun.”

“Dear white America, any time you have black people in your presence, watermelon has a negative connotation,” he continued.

“Yep,” Skip Bayless agreed.

“Let it go,” Sharpe went on. “Things that were acceptable many, many years ago, even though it wasn’t acceptable, it was tolerated, is unacceptable and will not be tolerated. Find another tool, another mechanism to motivate your players. Black players: If you need somebody, a white man smashing watermelons, to get you motivated, you’re in the wrong line of business. It’s not funny. It’s not cute.”

Sharpe began yelling:

I don’t get these young guys anymore, I really don’t. Because there ain’t no way in hell Mike Shanahan, Dan Reeves, Wade Phillips, or any of my coaches could have ever brought a watermelon and … what!? And you think that’s cool? And he bragged about it!

If you ain’t going to a picnic, if you ain’t going to a cookout or a barbecue, man you better not have no watermelons coming up in there talking about we smashing this.

I don’t know what Mike McCarthy was thinking. And I don’t know what those black players in the locker room was thinking allowing him to do that to them.

“Agreed,” Bayless said.

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Rand Paul says the ‘vast majority’ of voting must be in person to mitigate potential for fraud

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said that the “vast majority” of voting needs to be in person to limit the potential for voter fraud in an interview Monday evening, citing a study about absentee ballots in Pennsylvania that has been flagged by statistical experts as flawed.

Appearing on “The Story” with host Martha MacCallum, Paul said the 2020 presidential election was “unprecedented” due to the high volume of mail-in votes cast because of the coronavirus pandemic. These mail-in votes, Paul claimed, are difficult to “validate.”

“This was an unprecedented election,” Paul said. “Normally, 99% show up in person and we can kind of police that the right people showed up because you don’t have the same people showing up again and again. They sign in, they show an ID, and it’s pretty easy to validate the vote.”

“But now we have an election where maybe a third to a half mailed in their ballots,” he added. “This has never ever happened in our history, so we have to validate, were they the right people?”

Paul cited a statistical analysis from a Williams College professor that purportedly shows more than 89,000 absentee ballots requested by Republican voters in Pennsylvania were not counted or were requested by someone other than a registered Republican. The analysis is part of a sworn affidavit from professor Steven Miller, a Yale- and Princeton-trained math expert, who used data provided by former Trump campaign data chief Matt Braynard. Braynard leads the “Voter Integrity Fund,” a group led by former Trump campaign staffers and government employees that is analyzing voter data in key battle ground states looking for evidence of fraud and investigating irregularities.

Pennsylvania on Tuesday certified the results of the presidential election, which former Vice President Joe Biden won by more than 80,000 votes. Paul suggested that if the Trump campaign takes Miller’s statistical analysis to court, a judge may be persuaded to order a review of absentee ballots in Pennsylvania.

“I would think that if we took this to a court, the court would then mandate that you have to look at all of the absentee votes one at a time, not count them, but verify whether or not the person who you say voted, you actually call them and ask them, ‘did you vote’ and ‘who did you vote for’ to verify the vote,” Paul said.

However, the analysis cited by Paul has drawn criticism from statisticians for failing to meet basic standards of statistical analysis and been called “irresponsible” and “naive” by academic peers reviewing the study. Critics who spoke to the Berkshire Eagle say the study was wrong to separate basic mathematical analysis from questions about the validity of the data.

The Eagle reported that Miller’s analysis used phone survey results from several thousand voters to draw conclusions about absentee votes in Pennsylvania:

Braynard collected the data by contracting call centers to get in touch with Republican voters across six swing states, in an apparent attempt to root out election fraud, according to reporting from several outlets. He told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that his operators were asking voters three questions: “Did a person with your name vote? Did you request a mail-in ballot? Did you return a mail-in ballot?”

In his analysis, Miller wrote that the group called 20,000 Republican voters in Pennsylvania who, according to state records, had requested but not returned ballots. In all, 2,684 agreed to answer questions, he said. Of the respondents, 463 reported that they actually had mailed in a ballot and 556 reported that they had not requested a ballot in the first place, according to the report.

Miller extrapolated from those numbers that between 44,892 and 48,522 Republican voters on the state’s list of “requested but not returned” mail-in ballots had, in fact, returned their ballot, only to see it excluded from the state’s final vote count. He also estimated that another 40,875 to 53,909 ballots were requested in the name of a registered Republican by another person.

Miller’s colleagues have challenged the data collected by the Voter Integrity Project as “completely without merit” and criticized Miller for publishing his analysis without addressing concerns about the data.

“To apply naïve statistical formulas to biased data and publish this is both irresponsible and unethical,” said Richard De Veaux, vice president of the American Statistical Association and a colleague of Miller’s in the Williams College Department of Mathematics and Statistics. “It is the statistician’s responsibility to verify the data, or to provide disclaimers if that can’t be done.”

Carina Curto, a professor of mathematics at Pennsylvania State University, said Miller’s analysis is “almost surely wrong” because it assumes that the people who answered the phone were a representative sample of Pennsylvania Republican voters who requested but did not return a ballot.

“This small sample from the phone survey almost surely has large sampling biases and systematic errors,” said Curto. “There is absolutely no reason to believe it is representative of the larger population.”

“There’s no guarantee that the people they talked to were the actual people they meant to call,” added Lior Pachter, a computational biologist at the California Institute of Technology. He said the Voter Integrity Project should have also contacted Democratic voters as a control group.

“What happened here is somebody had a question, to which they had an answer they had decided on ahead of time,” he said. “At a minimum, if they actually wanted to figure out if there was election fraud, they would have also polled Democrats.”

Miller responded to his critics, apologizing for a “lack of clarity and due diligence” in his analysis.

“Especially as the consequences are so important, I should have made a greater effort to go deeply into and share how the data was collected and not treat this solely as an independent calculation,” he told the Berkshire Eagle in a statement.

He defended the decision to do the analysis.

“I am not concluding fraud happened, or that state outcomes should be changed,” Miller said. “What I said was, assuming the accuracy of these numbers, then we have a large number of people who had a ballot requested in their name but say they did not request it, and we have a large number of people who said they mailed their ballot back but it was not counted.”

HIs results “should encourage more analysis of this important problem so we can see how well things worked and, if there are issues, how we can do better in future elections.”

Regarding future elections, Sen. Paul told Fox News that voting in person is “the easiest way to validate an election is to vote in person.”

“I’m not against voting early or having early voting, but the majority of the vote, the vast majority, needs to be in person because there are so many checkpoints,” he added.

“In the future we have to go back to in-person voting. We can’t just say oh, here’s a ballot, we’re going to mail it to anyone. I think it’s ripe for fraud.”

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‘SNL’ star Pete Davidson cast as George Bailey in modern table read of ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’

George Bailey has been recast!

Jimmy Stewart’s iconic character from “It’s a Wonderful Life” will be played by “Saturday Night Live” star Pete Davidson in an upcoming, one-night-only virtual celebrity table read of the 1964 Christmas classic for charity, Deadline reported. Davidson will be joined by Maude Apatow, his co-star from the semi-autobiographical comedy “The King of Staten Island,” who will take on the role of Violet Bick, originally played by Gloria Graham. Other members of the star-studded cast include Mia Farrow, Ellie Kemper, Carol Kane, Ed Begley Jr., Diedrich Bader, Bill Pullman, Richard Kind, B.D. Wong, and Michael Shannon.

The event, hosted by the Ed Asner Family Center, will be live streamed over Zoom on Sunday, Dec. 13, at 5:00 p.m. PT.

“We are so thrilled to have Pete reenact the role of George in It’s a Wonderful Life with his talented wit and clever vocalizations. And we look forward to having Maude join the cast as Violet with her creative flair. Please join us for this once in a lifetime opportunity to snuggle up on your couch and experience this all-star cast virtual table read from the comfort of your own home, while helping to raise money for The Ed Asner Family Center. It will be a very meaningful night!” Matthew Asner, co-founder/president/CEO of The Ed Asner Family Center, said.

“It’s a Wonderful Life” is widely regarded as one of the greatest films of all time, having been nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Picture. It’s been recognized by the American Film Institute as one of the 100 best American films ever made and in 1990 was determined “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” and added to the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress.

Davidson will play George Bailey, a charitable and self-sacrificing man who gave up his own dreams to help others. Bailey’s imminent suicide on Christmas Eve brings about the intervention of Clarence Odbody, originally played by Henry Travers, a guardian angel who must earn his wings by helping Bailey.

Clarence shows George how his sacrifices have improved the lives of others and how horrible life would be for his wife Mary and for his community had he never been born.

Proceeds from ticket sales will support the Ed Asner Family Center, which promotes mental health and enrichment programs for special needs children and their families. Advance tickets are available at, ranging from $50 to $250.

“Autism and special needs touches all of us personally,” said Navah Paskowitz-Asner, co-founder. “By gifting tickets to the table read, people are giving their friends and family that unique, once in a lifetime gift that everyone is searching for…an experience they can share together that will be unforgettable while helping scores of families living with special needs.”

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Biden names John Kerry to be ‘climate envoy’ for National Security Council. Environmental groups cheer.

Former Vice President Joe Biden on Monday designated former Secretary of State John Kerry to be the “climate envoy” in a Biden-Harris administration. Biden’s transition team pledged to elevate the position to the National Security Council, a move that pleased climate activists and progressive groups.

Kerry will be Biden’s Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, guiding the federal government’s climate policies. The Biden campaign introduced a $2 trillion climate plan that called for reaching net zero carbon emissions by 2050. Presumably, Kerry will be responsible for coordinating multiple federal agencies to implement policies to achieve that goal. His role will not require confirmation by the U.S. Senate.

“This marks the first time that the NSC will include an official dedicated to climate change, reflecting the president-elect’s commitment to addressing climate change as an urgent national security issue,” the Biden transition team said in a statement.

“America will soon have a government that treats the climate crisis as the urgent national security threat it is,” Kerry tweeted after the announcement. “I’m proud to partner with the President-elect, our allies, and the young leaders of the climate movement to take on this crisis as the President’s Climate Envoy.”

Biden’s transition team touted Kerry’s foreign policy experience in a news release, noting his influential role in crafting the Paris climate accord.

“Secretary Kerry elevated environmental challenges as diplomatic priorities, from oceans to hydrofluorocarbons. He was a key architect of the Paris Climate Accord, and signed the historic agreement to reduce carbon emissions with his granddaughter on his lap,” Biden’s team said.

Biden has pledged to rejoin the Paris climate agreement on his first day as president, reversing one of President Donald Trump’s most significant policy accomplishments.

Progressive activists praised the announcement as evidence of Biden’s seriousness when it comes to climate issues.

“This is that signal we have been looking for,” Nat Keohane, senior vice president at the Environmental Defense Fund, told the Washington Examiner. “It’d be hard to think of a better person for this role or a clearer signal that the U.S. will reengage on climate globally and make it a central aspect of all parts of foreign policy and national security policy. Kerry brings weight, gravitas, and experience.”

“Excellent news,” tweeted Fred Krupp, the president of the Environmental Defense Fund. “[John Kerry] is one of the world’s most effective climate champions, both in the U.S. and abroad. He is the ideal person to restore U.S. global climate leadership.”

Environmental activist group Greenpeace praised Kerry’s appointment as a “good first step” and a “positive sign for Biden’s intention to integrate climate leadership into every facet of the administration.”

The Sunrise Movement, another activist group, called Kerry’s appointment an “encouraging sign.”

Kerry’s appointment was announced alongside several other nominees and appointees for key national security roles in a Biden-Harris administration, including former Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken as the nominee to be the next secretary of state.

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Cigar-smoking Florida hero describes courageously wresting his puppy from jaws of an alligator

The courageous Florida dog owner who rescued his puppy from the jaws of an alligator said he didn’t think much about it and acted on instinct when he dove underwater after his dog.

Retiree Richard Wilbanks, 74, and his Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Gunner, appeared on Fox News Monday for an interview about the dramatic rescue, which was captured on video and went viral over the weekend.

“We were just out for a Sunday morning stroll, and walking down by the edge of the pond,” Wilbanks recounted to Fox News’ Sandra Smith. “All of the sudden an alligator just came out from under the water and grabbed little gunner and had him back in the water and was swimming off with him.”

“I just jumped in and got ahold of the alligator and drug [sic] him up to the bank and pried his jaws open and got him out,” Wilbanks said.


Cameras owned by the Florida Wildlife Federation filmed the incident, which took place just south of Fort Myers, Florida. Wilbanks was walking with Gunner by a pond when suddenly an alligator snatched the poor dog and dragged him underwater.

Wilbanks, who was smoking a cigar, jumped right in after his puppy and seized the alligator, fighting it for his dog’s life.

“I didn’t have a lot of time to think,” Wilbanks told Fox News. “The instinct of saving Gunner because he’s such a wonderful little puppy. I just wasn’t gonna let that alligator have him.”

Wilbanks managed to free Gunner from the gator’s grasp, but his hands were chewed up in the process.

“I had a few little bunch of wounds on my hands,” Wilbanks said. “After I got Gunner out of the alligator’s mouth I had my hands stuck in there. I had to work them out.”

The dog suffered a puncture wound and was in shock when Wilbanks, covered in his own blood, carried him home and surprised his wife. They rushed Gunner to the vet and Wilbanks went to the hospital for treatment.

Gunner has made a full recovery since the attack.

“He’s such an amazing dog,” Wilbanks told Fox News.

The cameras that caught the alligator attack and ensuing rescue were set up by the Florida Wildlife Federation and the fStop Foundation, KHOU-TV reports. Their purpose is to capture images of wildlife for people to appreciate as part of the “Share the Landscape” campaign.

“I would like to emphasize for people that have pets is to make sure that they keep them away from the edge of the water,” the Florida Wildlife Federation’s Meredith Budd said.

Wilbanks told KHOU-TV that he’s keeping Gunner away from the water now and always on a leash.

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John Cleese, under fire from woke mob, hopes they all ‘fry in their own sanctimoniousness and narcissistic posturing’

British comic legend and Monty Python star John Cleese over the weekend refused to submit to a woke social media mob accusing him of “transphobia” for an old tweet supporting author J.K. Rowling.

Cleese, 81, relentlessly and hilariously mocked his accusers, at one point jokingly asking if he was “allowed” to identify as “a Cambodian police woman” if he so desired. The comedian, who has come under fire from woke Twitter before and has vigorously defended free speech each time, was accused of standing in solidarity with “transphobia” after a Twitter user reposted one of Cleese’s tweets from September in which he told his followers he signed a letter of solidarity with Rowling.

Transgender activists on the left have frequently directed their outrage at Rowling because of her criticism of transgender political demands for any man who identifies as a woman to be allowed in bathrooms or changing rooms reserved for natal women and girls.

Cleese, by supporting Rowling, was by extension accused of “standing in solidarity with transphobia and discrimination.”

And he would have none of it, accusing the rage mob of “wokery, humorless posturing, and moral self-promotion.”

“If you can’t control your own emotions, you’re forced to control other people’s behavior,” Cleese said of the hordes of Twitter users who’ve attacked Rowling and demanded that she shut up. “That’s why the touchiest, most oversensitive and easily upset must not set the standard for the rest of us.”

“Why the f*** can’t you just let people be who they want to be? Do you actually think there is some deep conspiracy to turn people ‘against their genders’?” one user demanded of Cleese before the comedian brushed him aside with a joke.

“Deep down, I want to be a Cambodian police woman,” Cleese wrote. “Is that allowed, or am I being unrealistic?”

Another demanded that Cleese be “upfront” with his actual thoughts on Rowling and her “position on trans folks.”

“I’m afraid I’m not that interested in trans folks,” Cleese replied. “I just hope they’re happy and that people treat them kindly.”

Becoming serious for a moment, Cleese said, “Right now I’m more focused on threats to democracy in America, the rampant corruption in the UK, the appalling British Press, the revelations about police brutality, Covid19, the incompetence of the British government, China’s complete disregard for the necessity to abandon fossil fuels, the developments in France between Macron and Islamicists, diabetes, and the recent deaths of several of my close friends.”

But he refused to sympathize with the woke mob.

“I hope they fry in their own sanctimoniousness and narcissistic posturing. Until they get a sense of perspective, that is.”

(H/T: The Post Millennial)

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Trump supporter faces simple assault charges after blowing on anti-Trump protesters

A man wearing a Trump shirt and seen breathing on anti-Trump protesters in a video that went viral over the weekend has been charged with misdemeanor assault by Virginia police.

Loudon County police charged Raymond Deskins, 61, of Sterling, Virginia, with misdemeanor simple assault after he allegedly blew on two women who were protesting outside the Trump National Golf Club on Sunday, WRC-TV reports. One of the women, Kathy Beynette, told WRC-TV that Trump supporters were counterprotesting across the street from where they were.

“Then, quite out of nowhere, the guy came over from across the street, came charging across the street,” Beynette said.

She began filming as the man, wearing a Trump T-shirt and an inflatable Trump innertube around his waist, confronted her and her fellow anti-Trump protester.

In the video, one of the women tells the man, “You’re in my face and you don’t have a mask, so you need to back off.”

One of the women yells, “Get away from me! Get away from me!”

The other says, “You don’t get up in somebody’s face,” and the man responds, “I’m not in anybody’s face.”

Then she replies, “You are in my face — and you don’t have a mask, so you need to back up.”

Then the man takes a deep breath and begins blowing on them.

“He just proceeded to assault us by taking a deep breath and doing a very powerful exhalation on both of us,” Beynette said.

The Loudon County Sheriff’s office released a statement on Sunday announcing charges against Deskins.

“Two separate parties reported they were assaulted during a verbal argument outside of Trump National Golf Club,” police said. “As the incident was not witnessed by law enforcement and the video did not capture the entire interaction, an investigation was conducted on scene and both parties were advised they could go to a Loudoun County Magistrate and seek a citizen obtained warrant.”

“This afternoon our deputies served a warrant obtained by a citizen through a Loudoun County Magistrate. Raymond Deskins, age 61, of Sterling, VA, was charged with simple assault (misdemeanor) and released on a summons.”

Beynette told WRC-TV she’s worried that about contracting COVID-19 from the incident, saying that she’s had to cancel her Thanksgiving plans because she might have been exposed to the virus.

“We’re both senior citizens both close to 70 years old, which puts us in a high-risk category,” she said. “Because of this guy, my family has had to cancel the small Thanksgiving that we had planned with just a few people because I said I might’ve been exposed.”

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Kevin McCarthy letter urges 23 House Dems to bypass Nancy Pelosi and deliver COVID-19 relief for America

The Republican minority in the House of Representatives is pushing on moderate Democrats to break with Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and pass a coronavirus relief bill that can advance through the Senate.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) on Friday sent a letter to 23 House Democrats who were previously open to bucking party leadership and moving forward on a coronavirus stimulus without Pelosi’s backing, the Daily Caller reported. McCarthy’s office delivered the letter after Democrats once again blocked an effort from House Republicans to reconsider their coronavirus relief bill Thursday.

McCarthy urges his Democratic colleagues to file a discharge petition to force a House vote on a bipartisan stimulus bill, as they previously threatened to do in September.

“On September 27, nearly two months ago, you signed a letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi stating: ‘It is our request that you continue to negotiate towards a bipartisan deal. Otherwise, a discharge petition is the only potential option for COVID-19 related action on the House Floor…’ As we know, no bipartisan deal has yet been reached,” McCarthy said in his letter.

In September, 23 House Democrats urged Pelosi and Democratic Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) to “continue bipartisan negotiations” in pursuit of “meaningful relief for the American people” from the economic hardship caused by coronavirus pandemic lockdowns. The 23 Democrats said that if Pelosi did not reach an agreement with Republicans, “a discharge petition is the only potential option for COVID-19 related action on the House Floor and we do not believe that is the best path forward.”

The House has taken no action on the coronavirus relief since these Democrats put the discharge petition on the table. Now, McCarthy wants them to take action. He criticized Pelosi’s failure to negotiate with Republicans.

“Perhaps more discouraging is that even after Speaker Pelosi failed to secure a deal before recessing the House ahead of the election, you did not live up to your word to sign Representative Jaime Herrera Beutler’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) discharge petition. This legislation would free up $137.5 billion of unspent PPP funds. It would allow small businesses to take a second PPP loan and extends the PPP deadline until December 31, 2020,” McCarthy’s letter continues.

Republican and Democratic congressional leaders met Thursday to discuss new COVID-19 relief measures and new federal spending legislation to keep the government open. Congress must pass appropriations bills before Dec. 11 to avert a government shutdown.

The White House is involved in the negotiations. On Friday, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told CNBC that GOP leaders will “come up with a plan to sit down with Pelosi and Schumer and try to get a targeted bill done for the people that really need it.”

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Nation’s largest teachers union targets charter schools in ‘policy playbook’ for Biden-Harris administration

The largest teachers union in the United States has released a “policy playbook” for the next Congress and presidential administration that calls for policies that will reduce school choice and oppose the expansion of charter schools.

The National Education Association in mid-November published a report titled, “2020 NEA Policy Playbook for Congress and the Biden-Harris Administration,” calling for former Vice President Joe Biden’s presidential administration to pursue a wide-range of progressive policies aimed at consolidating education funding in the public school system.

“With a Biden-Harris administration, we have new opportunities to implement policies at the federal level that will benefit the lives of our students and educators locally,” the NEA report states. “New relief funding will help our schools overcome the immense hurdles created by COVID-19. Fixing the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program will get educators the debt relief they were promised and ease the teacher shortage. Racial inequities caused by decades of unjust funding, white supremacy, and anti-immigration policies, will begin to be corrected.”

The report covers “27 different issue areas for the Biden-Harris Administration and Congress to address.” Scholar Corey A. DeAngelis, the director of School Choice at the Reason Foundation, on Friday called attention to several policies in the report that oppose charter schools and school choice.

“Public education should be our first priority,” the report states. “Any program that diverts resources from the traditional public schools that 90 percent of American students attend by definition undermines the promise of public education.”

The NEA “opposes for-profit management of public schools, which creates a conflict of interest and undermines the transparency required to maintain public accountability regarding school finances.”

They demand the following policies:

  • Oppose all charter school expansion that undermines traditional public schools.
  • Bar federal funding to charter schools, charter school authorizers, and charter school management companies not authorized or operated by local school districts.
  • Require charter schools, charter school authorizers, and charter school management companies to abide by the same laws and regulations applicable to traditional public schools.

The NEA also opposes “the enactment of any new voucher program, including education savings accounts and tuition tax credit schemes, or the expansion of existing programs.”

“Vouchers divert scarce resources from public schools, while offering no countervailing benefits,” the report says. “Private schools can and do discriminate by denying admission on the basis of religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, citizenship status, English language proficiency, and disability. Using federal tax dollars to subsidize such discrimination is unconscionable.”

“These policies all protect the monopoly at the expense of families,” DeAngelis tweeted.

The NEA also calls for $175 billion in additional federal emergency aid for schools in response to the coronavirus pandemic, passage of the HEROES Act or simular trillion-dollar stimulus legislation by Congress, and a nationwide mask mandate.

Further, the policies requested go well beyond education policy. The NEA declares support for single-payer health care; demands legal status for illegal immigrants; an immediate end to Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids; the reinstatement of an Obama-Biden administration anti-discrimination policy for transgender students; gun control measures including banning high-capacity magazines and outlawing private firearms sales; repealing the 2017 Trump tax cuts; and expanding voting rights for ex-felons and others.

“We need the federal government to return to its role of ensuring equal access to opportunity, protecting the most vulnerable, and investing in the future of society.” NEA president Becky Pringle said.

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Sidney Powell: Evidence of voter fraud could be released online ‘by this weekend’

Attorney Sidney Powell announced Friday that the Donald Trump campaign legal team will possibly begin making public evidence from affidavits supporting their claims of a “national conspiracy” of voter fraud in the 2020 presidential election as soon as this weekend.

Speaking to BlazeTV host Glenn Beck on the radio, Powell told Beck documents backing up allegations she made against voting system companies Smartmatic and Dominion in a press conference Thursday will be published online soon.

“We will start putting documents online and sending them to people like you, as soon as we possibly can,” Powell said. “I would hope that we could start that by this weekend.”

She described the volume of evidence her team has received as a “tsunami,” though so far Trump’s lawyers have held back most of what they claim to have.

“We’ve unearthed a global, criminal conspiracy that is just mind-blowing. And we’ve only scratched a tip of the iceberg,” Powell asserted.

On Thursday, Powell and the other members of President Donald Trump’s legal team alleged that communist Venezuela and George Soros interfered in the U.S. election through weaknesses in Dominion Voting Systems software. Trump’s lawyers claim to be in possession of an affidavit from “one very strong witness” who will testify that technological insecurities in Dominion’s voting machines made it possible for votes cast for Trump to be switched to former vice president Joe Biden.

This witness, Powell told Beck, “was sitting at [Venezuelan communist dictator] Hugo Chavez’s right hand” and personally saw how Dominion’s voting machines were manipulated to change the results of elections in the communist nation.

Dominion Voting Systems has categorically denied “false assertions about vote switching and software issues with our voting systems.”

“Dominion has no company ownership relationships with the Pelosi family, Feinstein family, Clinton Global Initiative, Smartmatic, Scytl, or any ties to Venezuela,” the company said in a statement on its website. “Dominion works with all U.S. political parties; our customer base and our government outreach practices reflect this nonpartisan approach.”

The campaign legal team, led by Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, also said Thursday they have enough evidence to disqualify more than double the number of votes needed to overturn the election.

Powell told Beck Trump’s lawyers have spoken to “probably over 500 or maybe even 1,000 witnesses by now.”

“I don’t even know what our affidavit count is,” she added. “Rudy has one set. And I have another. And then we share them with each other. So we haven’t even had time to read all the affidavits that our lawyers have collected.”

When Beck asked Powell where the Trump campaign will file its lawsuits and when they will be heard in court, Powell could not give a specific answer.

“We’re going to have to file several lawsuits,” Powell said. “It’s going to be in all the swing states. We’re still gathering massive amounts of evidence, to the point we haven’t even had time to process all of it.”

“It’s just a matter of tying it together in a way that’s digestible. And we’re in the process of doing that as we speak. And I’m hoping we get something filed by next week that starts outlining and proving the overall fraud.”

Lawyer Sidney Powell says Trump team has “massive” evidence, lawsuits coming SOON

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Georgia Democratic Senate candidate says ‘nobody can serve God and the military’ — veterans and Republicans call him out

Georgia Democratic Senate candidate Rev. Raphael Warnock was lambasted by veterans and Republicans this week over comments he made in a 2011 sermon saying Americans cannot serve both God and the military.

Warnock, who serves as the senior pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, made the remarks
during a sermon titled, “When Truth Meets Power.” The sermon paraphrased Matthew 6:24, which states, “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.”

“America, nobody can serve God and the military,” Warnock said, admonishing Americans to turn away from the pursuit of power and wealth and turn to God. “You can’t serve God and money. You cannot serve God and mammon at the same time. America, choose ye this day who you will serve. Choose ye this day.”

“Politicians try to keep their power,” he continued. “Political parties lie in order to keep their power. And church folk, yeah, you too, maneuver … in order to keep your power. And Jesus says, that’s not power. That’s paranoia.”

Warnock, 51, is a civil rights activist. His position at Ebenezer Baptist Church was once held by Martin Luther King Jr.

Warnock’s opponent, Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.), blasted the sermon, accusing Warnock’s sermon of “disparaging the men and women who serve our country & risk their lives to defend freedom.”

She was
joined by other Republicans including Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), a combat veteran who served in the U.S. Army in Iraq and Afghanistan. He said Warnock’s sermon was “an insult to everyone who served” and called on him to withdraw from the race.

More than four dozen Georgia veterans also called on Warnock to suspend his campaign in a statement reported by Fox News.

“Raphael Warnock’s comments about military men and women are despicable and flat-out wrong,” the veterans said. “Here in Georgia, true leaders recognize the service and sacrifice of all who have courageously defended our nation’s freedom.”

They continued, saying it’s “sad to see Raphael Warnock is more interested in insulting and condemning our military than in building communities that support and protect them.”

“We stand together in calling on Raphael Warnock to drop out immediately, and we remain grateful to those who honor our fellow men and women in uniform—and our Creator,” they said.

A spokesman for the Warnock campaign told Fox News that Loeffler and other Republicans were taking Warnock’s sermon out of context.

“This sermon is based on a biblical verse that reads ‘No man can serve two masters… Ye cannot serve God and mammon,’ a biblical term for wealth,” campaign communications director Terrence Clark said. “Reverend Warnock was speaking about the need to commit to moral life before pursuing other priorities. As the video of the congregation’s response makes clear, this is another blatant effort by Kelly Loeffler to take Reverend Warnock’s words completely out of context. Given her own decision to spend her first days in the U.S. Senate profiting off the pandemic, perhaps she should watch the sermon more closely.”

Warnock also responded to Loeffler on social media.

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Trump legal team claims ‘national conspiracy’ of voter fraud will be proven in court

President Donald Trump’s campaign legal team hosted a barn-burner press conference Thursday during which Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani alleged that there is evidence of a “centralized” plan in a “national conspiracy” by Democrats to steal the 2020 presidential election.

Giuliani did not show specific evidence of a conspiracy to commit widespread voter fraud, instead stating that this is the “logical conclusion” he reached by studying several allegations of voting irregularities in various contested battleground states.

“What I’m describing to you is a massive fraud,” Giuliani said. He was joined by attorney Sidney Powell and Trump campaign legal adviser Jenna Ellis.

Trump’s lawyers challenged reporters who claim there is no evidence of widespread voter fraud, insisting that the sworn affidavits in various lawsuits being undertaken by the campaign will prove in court that fraud not only took place but was so voluminous that former vice president Joe Biden’s victory was illegitimate and will be overturned. The existence of the sworn affidavits is the evidence, they insisted.

“There’s not a singular voter fraud in one state. This pattern that repeats itself in a number of states, almost exactly the same pattern,” Giuliani claimed, saying this pattern suggests “there’s a plan from a centralized place to execute these various acts of voter fraud specifically focused on big cities and specifically focused on big cities controlled by Democrats.”

The allegations of fraud cited by the former mayor of New York City mostly had to do with mail-in absentee ballots, which he claimed were extremely susceptible to fraud, and irregularities in ballot counting, to which he promised sworn witness testimony will be provided in court. Giuliani said the Trump legal team is in possession of hundreds of affidavits that attest to fraud and chastised the press for neglecting to report the contents of those affidavits. Some of these affidavits have been made public and have been reported by TheBlaze and others, but most have not been released by Trump’s legal team nor presented in court yet.

“I can’t give you all these affidavits because if I do these people will be harassed, they’ll be threatened, they may lose their job, they will lose their friends. We’ve lost lawyers in this case because they’ve been threatened,” Giuliani told reporters.

Among the allegations Giuliani cited were claims that Trump campaign poll watchers in Pennsylvania were prohibited from observing the ballot counting process because they were told to keep back to comply with coronavirus restrictions. The Republicans had sued and a judge ruled in their favor, allowing them to observe ballots being counted from six feet away, but Pennsylvania officials appealed that decision.

Giuliani also said he has hundreds of witnesses who will testify that election officials in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh permitted voters in those cities to fix errors on their absentee ballots while in the rest of the state, particularly in places with high Republican turnout, voters were not allowed to do so. He said this was a violation of the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment and that the fixed ballots must be thrown out. Giuliani also claimed that there are 682,770 absentee ballots for which Trump’s legal team has affidavits alleging that they were not inspected before they were counted and therefore must be tossed.

Other affidavits Giuliani cited claim that in Pennsylvania and Michigan poll workers received instructions from their supervisors to commit fraudulent acts. One affidavit claims that in Pittsburgh poll workers were told to assign unregistered and unnamed absentee ballots to registered voters in Pennsylvania’s voter system that hadn’t shown up to vote yet. If a registered voter did show up and was told he had already voted, he would be given a provisional ballot, Giuliani said.

Giuliani read from the sworn testimony of Jessy Jacob, a furloughed Detroit city worker who was temporarily assigned to the city clerk’s office to work the election. Jacob’s testimony was part of a lawsuit filed in Michigan pursuing an audit of election results in Wayne County and making various allegations of election fraud. Last week Wayne County Circuit Chief Judge Timothy M. Kenny dismissed the lawsuit, finding Jacob’s testimony lacked credibility.

Giuliani accused Democrats of committing acts of fraud in parts of the country where “judges are appointed politically” and “too many of them are hacks,” leading to some Republican lawsuits being dismissed. He did not mention whether he thought the judges currently reviewing the Trump campaign’s lawsuits were “hacks.”

The ballot counting irregularities alleged by Trump’s legal team centered on claims that communist Venezuela and George Soros interfered in the U.S. election through weaknesses in Dominion Voting Systems software. Attorney Sidney Powell described how “one very strong witness” told the Trump legal team how the voting system software used in several battleground states has technological vulnerabilities, “backdoors that can be hooked up to the internet or a thumb drive stuck in it or whatever.” She alleged that one of the key features of the system “is its ability to flip votes,” suggesting that votes cast for President Trump were manipulated and switched to votes for Joe Biden.

Powell said the campaign is uncovering “the massive influence of community money through Venezuela, Cuba, and likely China, in the interference with our elections here in the United States. The Dominion voting system, the Smartmatic technology software and the software that goes in other computerized voting systems here as well – not just Dominion – were created in Venezuela at the direction of Hugo Chavez to make sure he never lost an election after one constitutional referendum came out the way he did not want it to come out.”

Trump’s legal team connected Dominion, a company that sells voting machines used in 28 states, to another voting company called Smartmatic, which reportedly only had machines operating in Los Angeles County during the 2020 election. Both companies have issued statements saying that no ownership relationship exists between the two firms, which are market competitors. They have both denied having any ties with foreign governments as well.

Dominion Voting Systems has categorically denied “false assertions about vote switching and software issues with our voting systems,” and further denied that it has any connection or partnership with it’s “fierce competitor” Smartmatic.

“Dominion has no company ownership relationships with the Pelosi family, Feinstein family, Clinton Global Initiative, Smartmatic, Scytl, or any ties to Venezuela,” the company said in a statement. “Dominion works with all U.S. political parties; our customer base and our government outreach practices reflect this nonpartisan approach.”

Smartmatic has likewise denied any financial relationship to Dominion.

“Smartmatic has never owned any shares or had any financial stake in Dominion Voting Systems. Smartmatic has never provided Dominion Voting Systems with any software, hardware or other technology. The two companies are competitors in the marketplace,” the company said.

The Trump legal team insists, however, that the allegations they present in court will ultimately be shown to be true and will overturn the election. Trump campaign senior legal adviser Jenna Ellis said the allegations presented Thursday are the “opening statement” of the Trump campaign’s legal argument and that the evidence will be reviewed in court.

“What you have heard, I’m sure, in the fake newspapers tomorrow will be one of two things. Either there was not sufficient evidence that we presented, or we spoke too long,” Ellis said. “What you’ve heard now is basically an opening statement. This is what you can expect to see when we get to court to actually have a full trial on the merit, to actually show this evidence in court and prove our case. This is not a ‘Law & Order’ episode where everything is neatly wrapped up in 60 minutes.”

“This is basically an opening statement so the American people can understand what the networks have been hiding and what they refuse to cover, because all of our fake news headlines are dancing around the merits of this case and are trying to delegitimize what we are doing here,” she continued. “Let me be very clear that our objective is to make sure to preserve and protect election integrity.”

“This has been a massive attack on the integrity of the voting system in the greatest democracy on earth,” Giuliani said. “The people who did this have committed one of the worst crimes that I’ve ever seen or observed.”

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Tom Cotton blasted as a ‘racist piece of trash’ for criticizing NYT article describing ‘cruel history’ of Thanksgiving

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) is being called “a racist piece of trash” and a “white supremacist” after defending the legacy of the Mayflower Compact and criticizing an article in the New York Times that called the story of the Pilgrims a “myth” and re-examined the “cruel history” of Thanksgiving.

In a
speech delivered on the floor of the U.S. Senate Wednesday, Cotton honored the anniversary of the Pilgrims’ arrival in America in 1620 and lamented that “there appear to be few commemorations, parades, or festivals to celebrate the Pilgrims this year.”

The Pilgrims were a group of settlers who traveled on the Mayflower and arrived at Plymouth, Massachusetts, in 1620, establishing the first permanent New England colony in America. The Mayflower Compact was a covenant signed by the settlers giving honor to God, pledging their loyalty to the King of England, and establishing rules for self-government in the new colony to “covenant and combine ourselves together into a civil body politic; for our better ordering.”

Cotton said that “revisionist charlatans of the radical left” who have “lately claimed the previous year as America’s true founding” were at fault for causing the Pilgrims to fall out of fashion. He was referring to the New York Times’ 1619 Project — a series of articles that seek to reframe American history from the perspective of African slaves and claim 1619, the year the first slaves were brought to America, as the true founding of the United States.

“Some—too many—may have lost the civilizational self-confidence needed to celebrate the Pilgrims,” Cotton said. “Just today, for instance, The New York Times called this story a ‘myth’ and a ‘caricature’—in the Food Section, no less. Maybe the politically correct editors of the debunked 1619 Project are now responsible for pumpkin-pie recipes at the Times, as well.”

That line of Cotton’s speech provoked the 1619 Project’s chief author, New York Times reporter Nikole Hannah-Jones, to respond, saying the Pilgrims’ story “literally is a caricature.”

The Times article Cotton cited is titled, “The Thanksgiving Myth Gets a Deeper Look This Year.”

“The caricature of friendly Indians handing over food, knowledge and land to kindhearted Pilgrims was reinforced for generations by school curriculums, holiday pageants and children’s books,” Brett Anderson wrote for the Times. He went on to describe the “brutality of settlers’ expansion into the Great Plains and American West,” which he said has been “drastically underplayed in popular myths about the founding and growth of the United States.”

Cotton rejected this interpretation of Thanksgiving in his speech, instead celebrating the Pilgrims as “our first founders,” reflecting on the Mayflower Compact as “America’s very first constitution,” and recounting the history of the first Thanksgiving meal shared between the settlers of the Plymouth colony and members of the Massasoit and the Wampanoag Native American tribes.

“Now, the Thanksgiving season is upon us and once again we have much to give thanks for. But this year we ought to be especially thankful for our ancestors, the Pilgrims, on their four hundredth anniversary,” Cotton said. “Their faith, their bravery, their wisdom places them in the American pantheon. Alongside the Patriots of 1776, the Pilgrims of 1620 deserve the honor of American founders.”

Cotton’s critics and his political opponents blasted the senator on social media. Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) mocked him, tweeting his “sense of history doesn’t go beyond your 3rd grade coloring books.”

Others accused the Republican senator of being a white supremacist or a racist.

Below is the video of the speech, followed by the full text as
posted by the senator’s office:

November 18, 2020: Senator Cotton Delivers Speech Ahead of 400th Anniversary of Pilgrims

A great American anniversary is upon us. Four hundred years ago this Saturday, a battered old ship called the Mayflower arrived in the waters off Cape Cod. The passengers aboard the Mayflower are, in many ways, our first founders. Daniel Webster called them “Our Pilgrim Fathers” on the two hundredth anniversary of this occasion. Regrettably, we haven’t heard much about this anniversary of the Mayflower; I suppose the Pilgrims have fallen out of favor in fashionable circles these days. I’d therefore like to take a few minutes to reflect on the Pilgrim story and its living legacy for our nation.

By 1620, the Pilgrims were already practiced at living in a strange land. They had fled England for Holland twelve years earlier, seeking freedom to practice their faith. But life was hard in Holland and the Stuart monarchy, intolerant of dissent from the Church of England, gradually extended its oppressive reach across the Channel. So the Pilgrims fled the Old World for the New.

In seeking safe harbor for their religion, the Pilgrims differed from those settlers who preceded them in the previous century, up to and including the Jamestown settlement just thirteen years earlier. As John Quincy Adams put it in a speech celebrating the Pilgrims’ anniversary, those earlier settlers “were all instigated by personal interests,” motivated by “avarice and ambition” and “selfish passions.” The Pilgrims, by contrast, braved the seas “under the single inspiration of conscience” and out of a “sense of religious obligation.”

Not to say all aboard the Mayflower felt the same. About half of the 102 passengers were known as “Strangers” to the Pilgrims. The Strangers were craftsmen, traders, indentured servants, and others added to the manifest by the ship’s financial backers for business reasons. The Strangers did not share the Pilgrims’ faith, suffice it to say. Winston Churchill in his History of the English-Speaking Peoples, wryly observed that the Strangers were “no picked band of saints.”

So these were the settlers who boarded the Mayflower, which Dwight Eisenhower once characterized as “a ship that today no one in his senses would think of attempting to use.” One can only imagine the hardships, the dangers, the doubts that they faced while crossing the north Atlantic. The ship leaked chronically. A main beam bowed and cracked. The passage took longer than expected—more than two months. Food and water (or beer, often the beverage of choice) ran dangerously low.

But somehow, through the grace of God and the skill of the crew, the Mayflower finally sighted land. Yet the dangers only multiplied. William Bradford, a Pilgrim leader whose Of Plymouth Plantation is our chief source for the Pilgrim story, recorded those dangers:

“They had now no friends to welcome them, nor inns to entertain or refresh their weather-beaten bodies; no houses or much less town to repair to, to seek for succor.… And for the season it was winter, and they that know the winters of that country know them to be sharp and violent, and subject to cruel and fierce storms, dangerous to travel to known places, much more to search an unknown coast. Besides, what could they see but a hideous and desolate wilderness…”

And to those physical dangers, you can add legal and political danger. While the Mayflower had found land, it was the wrong land. For, you see, the Pilgrims’ patent extended to Virginia, but Cape Cod was hundreds of miles to the north. According to Bradford, “some of the Strangers,” perhaps hoping to strike out on their own in search of riches, began to make “discontented and mutinous speeches.” These Strangers asserted that “when they came ashore, they would use their own liberty; for none had the power to command them” in New England.

Maybe they had a point. But Pilgrim and Stranger alike also had a problem: they couldn’t survive the “desolate wilderness” alone. Before landfall, then, they mutually worked out their differences and formed what Bradford modestly called “a combination.”

This “combination” is known to us and history, of course, as the Mayflower Compact. But this little compact—fewer than two hundred words—was no mere “combination.” It was America’s very first constitution; indeed, in Calvin Coolidge’s words, “the first constitution of modern times.”

Likewise, Churchill called the Mayflower Compact “one of the more remarkable documents in history, a spontaneous covenant for political organization.” High praise, coming from him, so it’s worth reflecting a little more on a few points about the Compact.

First, while the Pilgrims affirmed their allegiance to England and the monarchy, they left little doubt about their priorities. The Compact begins with their traditional religious invocation: “In the name of God, Amen.” They expressed as the ends of their arduous voyage, in order, “the Glory of God,” the “advancement of the Christian faith,” and only then the “honor of our King and Country.” And much like the Founding Fathers’ famous pledge to each other before “divine Providence” one hundred fifty-six years later, the Pilgrims covenanted with each other “solemnly and mutually in the presence of God.”

Second, they respected each other as free and equal citizens. Whether Pilgrim or Stranger, the signatories covenanted together to form a government, irrespective of faith or station.

Third and related, that government would be self-government based on the consent of the governed. The Pilgrims did not anoint a patriarch; they formed a “civil body politic” based on “just and equal laws, ordinances, acts, constitutions, and offices.” And immediately after signing the Compact, they conducted a democratic election to choose their first governor.

Fourth, again prefiguring the Declaration, the Pilgrims did not surrender all rights to that government. They promised “all due submission and obedience” to the new government—not their “total” or “unquestioning” or “permanent” submission and obedience. That obedience would presumably be “due” as long as the laws remained “just and equal,” and the officers appointed performed their duties in “just and equal” manner.

Finally, even in that moment of great privation and peril, the Pilgrims turned their eyes upward to the higher, nobler ends of political society. They listed their “preservation” as an objective of their new government, but even before that came “our better ordering.” The Pilgrims understood that liberty, prosperity, faith, and flourishing are only possible with order, and that while safety may be the first responsibility of government, it’s not the highest or ultimate purpose of government. This new government would do more than merely protect the settlers or resolve their disputes; it would aim for “the general good of the Colony.”

There, aboard that rickety old ship, tossed about in the cold New England waters, the Pilgrims foreshadowed in fewer than two hundred words so many cherished concepts of our nation. Faith in God and His providential protection. The natural equality of mankind. From many, one. Government by consent. The rule of law. Equality before the law, and the impartial administration of the law.

Little wonder, therefore, that Adams referred to the Mayflower Compact and the Pilgrims’ arrival as the “birth-day of your nation.” Or that Webster, despite all the settlements preceding Plymouth, said “the first scene of our history was laid” there.

But that history was only just beginning. The Pilgrims still had to conquer the “desolate wilderness” and establish their settlement. Considering the challenges, it’s a wonder that they did. As Coolidge observed, though, the Compact “was not the most wonderful thing about the Mayflower. The most wonderful of all was that those who drew it up had the power, the determination, and the strength of character to live up to it from that day.”

They would need all that and more to survive what has been called “the starving time.” Upon landfall, the Pilgrims “fell upon their knees and blessed the God of Heaven who had brought them over the vast and furious ocean.” But it would be a “sad and lamentable” winter of disease, starvation, and death, as half the settlers died and seldom more than half a dozen had the strength to care for the ill, provide food and shelter, and protect the camp.

As anyone who has endured a New England winter knows, at that rate there might not have been any camp left to protect by spring. But what can only be seen as a providential moment came in March, when a lone Indian walked boldly into their camp and greeted them in English. His name was Samoset. He had learned some broken English by working with English fishermen in the waters off what is now Maine. Samoset and the Pilgrims exchanged gifts, and he promised to return with another Indian, Squanto, who spoke fluent English.

Squanto’s tribe had been wiped out a few years earlier by an epidemic plague; he now lived among the Wampanoag tribe in what is today southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island. The plague had also weakened the Wampanoags, though not neighboring, rival tribes. The Wampanoag chief, Massasoit, thus had good reason to form an alliance with the Pilgrims. Squanto introduced him to the settlers and facilitated their peace and mutual-aid treaty, which lasted more than fifty years.

Squanto remained with the Pilgrims, acting, in Bradford’s words, as “their interpreter” and “a special instrument sent of God for their good beyond their expectations.” He instructed them on the cultivation of native crops like corn, squash, and beans. He showed them where to fish and hunt. He guided them on land and sea to new destinations.

And you probably remember what happened next. As the Pilgrims recovered and prospered throughout 1621, they received the blessings of a bountiful fall harvest. The Pilgrims entertained Massasoit and the Wampanoags and feasted with them, to express their gratitude to their allies and to give thanks to God for His abundant gifts. This meal, of course, was the First Thanksgiving.

Now, the Thanksgiving season is upon us and once again we have much to give thanks for. But this year we ought to be especially thankful for our ancestors, the Pilgrims, on their four hundredth anniversary. Their faith, their bravery, their wisdom places them in the American pantheon. Alongside the Patriots of 1776, the Pilgrims of 1620 deserve the honor of American founders.

Sadly, however, there appear to be few commemorations, parades, or festivals to celebrate the Pilgrims this year, perhaps in part because revisionist charlatans of the radical left have lately claimed the previous year as America’s true founding. Nothing could be further from the truth. The Pilgrims and their Compact, like the Founders and their Declaration, form the true foundation of America.

So count me in Coolidge’s camp. On this anniversary a century ago, he proclaimed, “it is our duty and the duty of every true American to reassemble in spirit in the cabin of the Mayflower, rededicate ourselves to the Pilgrims’ great work by re-signing and reaffirming the document that has made mankind of all the earth more glorious.”

Some—too many—may have lost the civilizational self-confidence needed to celebrate the Pilgrims. Just today, for instance, The New York Times called this story a “myth” and a “caricature”—in the Food Section, no less. Maybe the politically correct editors of the debunked 1619 Project are now responsible for pumpkin-pie recipes at the Times, as well.

But I for one still have the pride and confidence of our forebears, so here today, I speak in the spirit of that cabin and I reaffirm that old Compact.

As we head into the week of Thanksgiving, I’ll be giving thanks this year in particular to “our Pilgrim Fathers” and the timeless lessons they bequeathed to our great nation. For as Coolidge observed, “Plymouth Rock does not mark a beginning or an end. It marks a revelation of that which is without beginning and without end.”

May God continue to bless this land and may He bless the memory of the Pilgrims of 1620. I extend my best wishes to you and your family for a Thanksgiving as happy and peaceful as the First Thanksgiving.

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Michigan’s Republican House speaker will not allow impeachment vote against Gov. Whitmer

The Republican leader in the Michigan House of Representatives ended talk of impeachment proceedings against Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday amid an ongoing debate about the governor’s authority to issue coronavirus restrictions.

Earlier, three Republican members of the state House introduced a resolution for impeachment against Whitmer, charging that her executive orders were unconstitutional and accusing the governor of “using state resources to reward political allies.”

“Today I introduced Articles of Impeachment against Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer,” Rep. Beau LaFave tweeted Wednesday.

“The four articles of impeachment against Gov. Whitmer include failing to respect the separation of powers by exercising power granted to the legislative branch, violating the constitutional rights of the people of Michigan, issuing executive orders against the interests of the people and state, and using state resources to reward political allies,” he wrote.

The Michigan Constitution’s impeachment process is similar to how impeachment works at the federal level. The state House of Representatives would file articles of impeachment against the governor and hold a vote. If a simple majority of lawmakers votes to impeach, then the state Senate would conduct a trial. Two-thirds of state senators are needed to convict.

But according to House Speaker Lee Chatfield, a Republican, impeachment proceedings will not advance in the House while he is the leader.

“It’s no secret that I have disagreed with this governor. I have debated a lot with this governor. I have many differences with how the governor has handled COVID. We have a time and place to deal with differences — that’s at the ballot box. The voters of the state of Michigan will have a chance to choose in 2022,” Chatfield said in a statement reported by WOOD-TV.

“Republicans are not the party of people who impeach just because they disagree with someone. We just saw that in Washington. We’re not going to do that in the state of Michigan. With the facts that we have, the impeachment resolution is not going to get a vote on the House floor. It’s not the right way to deal with this situation or this disagreement.

“The idea of impeachment would face another, likely insurmountable, obstacle even if it did proceed,” Chatfield continued. “In the Senate there are 22 Republican and 16 Democrats. It would take 25 votes to convict. Even if the process was to make it out of the House, which it clearly will not, getting the votes in the Senate would be difficult if not impossible.”

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South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem worries about how ‘neighbors are treating neighbors’ over masks

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem challenged media narratives on the rise of positive coronavirus cases in her state Wednesday, denying that her refusal to implement a mask mandate or strict lockdown policies is the cause of surging cases.

Speaking to reporters, Noem said South Dakotans are tired and exhausted from the pandemic and that she worries about how people are treating their neighbors who have different opinions on masks, social distancing, or lockdowns.

“At this point, frankly, I’m getting more concerned about how neighbors are treating neighbors and how people are treating each other in their communities,” Noem said.

“I’ve consistently said that people that want to wear masks should wear masks and people who don’t shouldn’t be shamed because they choose not to. It has been clear from the beginning that I’m not in favor of mandating mask-wearing. I don’t believe that i have the authority to mandate that and that people can use their own personal responsibility to make a decision when it comes to masks.

“I don’t want to approach a policy or a mandate, looking to make people feel good. I want to do good,” she added when asked how she would respond to medical professionals calling for a statewide mask mandate.

According to KELO-TV, South Dakota reported 30 COVID-19 deaths Wednesday. The total number of positive coronavirus cases reported in the state since the pandemic began is 68,671. Of those positive cases, 48,757 people have recovered and 19,240 people still have active cases. There are currently 593 South Dakotans hospitalized with COVID-19.

Gov. Noem urged South Dakota residents to continue practicing personal hygiene and following guidelines from the state Department of Health on hand washing, social distancing, and mask-wearing. Though the health department recommends mask-wearing, Noem reiterated it is beyond her authority to mandate mask-wearing or implement legal penalties on South Dakota citizens who don’t wear masks. She also discussed how South Dakota’s per capita positive case rates compare to other states, noting that some states with mask mandates are actually doing worse than her state.

“Across the country and around the globe, cases are increasing. Over the past week, cases are on the rise in 48 states,” Noem said. “Some have said that my refusal to mandate masks is a reason why our cases are rising here in the state of South Dakota, and that is not true. Others have said that my refusal to advance harsh restrictions like lockdowns is another one of the reasons why our cases are rising and that is also not true.”

“There are 41 states that have some kind of mask mandate. Cases are on the rise in 39 of those 41 states,” she continued. “Now, some in the media are saying that South Dakota is the worst in the world right now, and that is absolutely false.”

Noem claimed several states that have implemented mask mandates are experiencing higher rates of spread for the virus than South Dakota.

“If you look at Wisconsin, they’ve had a mask mandate since August and they have a higher rate of spread than the state of South Dakota. You look at Montana, they’ve had a mask mandate in place since July. Both of those states have higher rates of spread than the state of South Dakota. When you look at Wyoming, it has the highest rate of spread in the nation.”

She pointed reporters to research from Johns Hopkins University that tracks new confirmed coronavirus cases per 1,000 people as daily counts as reported by each state. The research shows that there are several states with higher new case rates than South Dakota.

Reporters challenged Noem’s claim on social media. According to the New York Times, South Dakota has the second-highest amount of cases per 100,000 residents in the last seven days.

Ian Fury, a spokesman for Noem, replied to one columnist with the Argus Leader with a link to the Johns Hopkins research showing Wyoming, North Dakota, Wisconsin, and Montana having higher confirmed case rates per 1,000 people.

During her press conference, Noem also mentioned that South Dakota remains below the national average mortality rate and has the “7th lowest case fatality rate in the country.”

The governor emphasized that residents should still take the virus seriously and that elderly people and those with pre-existing conditions are most vulnerable to fatal complications from contracting COVID-19. These groups need extra protection from the virus, Noem said.

She urged people to be diligent with their personal hygiene and to stay home if they feel sick.

On Tuesday, the Sioux Falls City Council adopted a mask mandate but did not enact a penalty for those who refuse to wear masks. Amid demands from medical experts and commentators that Noem adopt a mask mandate, she observed that imposing a mandate without enforcement is virtually the same as issuing guidelines without a mandate, as her administration has done.

“I’m going to continue to trust South Dakotans to make wise and well-informed decisions for them and for their families,” she said. “And I’m also reiterating my request that we all continue to show each other respect and understanding for everybody who makes choices that we may or may not agree with. And I ask that we all trust each other and remember that we’re all human beings working to get through this challenge together.

“Our greatest enemy is the virus,” Noem said.


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