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Pelosi claims Trump is ‘accessory’ to murder because he ‘instigated’ deadly violence at US Capitol

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi claimed Tuesday that outgoing President Donald Trump could be held criminally liable for the deadly violence at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.

Pelosi already led a successful second effort to impeach Trump last week, officially charging him with “incitement of insurrection.” But speaking on MSNBC, Pelosi said Trump could be deemed an “accessory” to murder for the deaths that occurred, in the view of many Trump critics, due to Trump’s rhetoric surrounding the integrity of the election.

What did Pelosi say?

During her interview, show host Joy Reid asked Pelosi how Congress can move forward with Trump allies still seated, especially representatives who supported Trump’s claims of a “stolen” or “rigged” election.

“We have security beyond what anybody ever thought would be the need. And why? Because this president has been telling people that the election was not legitimate and these people believe him, they believe a president,” Pelosi began.

“A president’s words are important, they weigh a ton,” Pelosi continued. “And if you’re Donald Trump talking to these people, they believe it and they used his words to come here. So, when we talk about ‘did any of our colleagues collaborate?’ Well, that remains to be seen. We have to get the evidence of that.”

“And if they did, they would be accessory to the crime. And the crime, in some cases, was murder,” Pelosi said. “And this president is an accessory to that crime because he instigated that insurrection that caused those deaths and this destruction.”

Will Trump be charged?

District of Columbia Attorney General Karl Racine admitted Sunday that his office could criminally charge Trump for his role in the Capitol violence.

In fact, Racine explained on MSNBC that Trump could be charged with “a misdemeanor, a six-month-in-jail maximum.”

“Let it be known that the office of attorney general has a potential charge that it may utilize,” Racine said. “It’s law in DC since 2011. It makes illegal the statements of individuals that clearly encourage, cajole, and otherwise, you know, get people motivated to commit violence.”

Racine added that Trump’s “conduct prior to the mob storming the Capitol is relevant. I think his conduct during that time and immediately thereafter is also relevant.”

However, no prosecutor, either within D.C. or federally, has indicated they will pursue criminal charges against Trump.

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Pelosi praises National Guard presence in DC after denouncing it during BLM riots last year

Democratic Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) is singing a much different tune about the presence of National Guard troops in the nation’s capitol ahead of Inauguration Day.

What are the details?

Despite previously criticizing President Trump for deploying the reserve force during last year’s Black Lives Matter protests, in recent days Speaker Pelosi used the opportunity to thank troops stationed in Washington, D.C. for protecting “democracy” after a pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6.

“Even during this dark time in the history of America, we find reasons for hope,” she wrote on Twitter last Wednesday after meeting with the group. “It was my privilege today to personally thank members of the National Guard who are working protect our nation’s Capitol. Thank you for your commitment to our American democracy.”

Pelosi reportedly helped distribute meals for some of the service members stationed in Washington to guard against any potential riots surrounding the Inauguration.

During the photo op, Pelosi even presented the service members with “challenge coins” embossed with her signature.

What’s the background?

However, the speaker hasn’t always been so keen on a military presence in Washington.

In June, as riots broke out across the country and in the nation’s capital following the death of George Floyd, Pelosi criticized Trump’s use of National Guard troops to protect both federal property and people in the D.C. community against violence.

“We are concerned about the increased militarization and lack of clarity that may increase chaos. I am writing to request a full list of the agencies involved and clarifications of the roles and responsibilities of the troops and federal law enforcement resources operating in the city,” Pelosi sharply wrote in a notice to the president.

“Congress and the American people need to know who is in charge, what is the chain of command, what is the mission, and by what authority is the National Guard from other states operating in the capital,” she added.

Pelosi would later come under fire for bizarrely disrespecting the federal troops sent to various U.S. cities to quell Antifa and Black Lives Matter violence, calling them “stormtroopers.”

Anything else?

There are now more than 20,000 National Guard troops in Washington to prevent a repeat of the events of Jan. 6, especially as the FBI warned that “armed protests” are being planned across the country and in the nation’s capital ahead of Jan. 20.

Those stationed on Capitol Hill have been granted the authority to use lethal force to protect the Capitol as well as members of Congress and their staff.

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Nancy Pelosi proposes steep fines for House members who evade new metal detectors

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) announced Wednesday that the House will be considering a new rule that would impose hefty fines on lawmakers who refuse to comply with the added security measures put in place yesterday, after several Republican members dodged new metal detectors placed outside the chamber.

What are the details?

A number of GOP members were reportedly “furious” on Tuesday when they approached the House chamber and discovered they would need to pass through metal detectors manned by U.S. Capitol police officers in order to gain entry.

Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.), made headlines earlier this month about bringing her own firearm into work, was the first to make waves with her refusal to comply with officers searching her bag before entry.

Congresswoman Debbie Lesko (R-Ariz.) reacted to the new security checkpoints by tweeting, “For members of Congress to enter the floor of the U.S. House, we now have to go through intense security measures, on top of the security we already go through. These new provisions include searches and being wanded like criminals. We now live in [Nancy] Pelosi’s communist America!”

The Hill reported that “ultimately, roughly 10 lawmakers were seen bypassing the detectors and walking into the chamber, raising questions as to the devices’ efficacy, particularly given officers’ hesitancy to restrain House members.”

Following Wednesday’s session where the House voted to impeach President Donald Trump for a second time, Pelosi revealed her plan to remedy GOP resistance to the metal detectors: a new rule to be considered by the Democrat-controlled chamber that would make noncompliance a costly protest.

The speaker said in a statement, “On behalf of the House, I express my deepest gratitude to the U.S. Capitol Police for the valor that they showed during the deadly insurrection on the Capitol, as they protected the lives of the staff and the Congress.”

“Sadly, just days later, many House Republicans have disrespected our heroes by verbally abusing them and refusing to adhere to basic precautions keeping members of our Congressional community, including the Capitol Police, safe,” she continued. “The House will soon move forward with a rule change imposing fines on those who refuse to abide by these protections. The fine for the first offense will be $5,000 and $10,000 for the second offense. The fines will be deducted directly from Members’ salaries by the Chief Administrative Officer.”

She concluded, “It is tragic that this step is necessary, but the Chamber of the People’s House must and will be safe.”

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Mike Pence tells Nancy Pelosi he will not invoke 25th Amendment against Trump, urges Congress not to ‘further divide’ nation

Vice President Mike Pence informed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) Tuesday that he would not invoke the 25th Amendment of the Constitution to remove President Donald Trump from office, and urged Congress not to “further divide the nation” in reaction to last week’s attack on the Capitol building by a pro-Trump mob.

What are the details?

In a letter to the speaker, Pence wrote that “every American was shocked and saddened” by the attack, before telling Pelosi, “but now, with just eight days left in the President’s term, you and the Democratic Caucus are demanding that the Cabinet and I invoke the 25th Amendment. I do not believe such a course of action is in the best interest of our Nation or consistent with our Constitution.”

The vice president explained:

As you know full well, the 25th Amendment was designed to address Presidential incapacity or disability. Just a few months ago, when you introduced legislation to create a 25th Amendment Commission, you said, ‘[a] President’s fitness for office must be determined by science and facts.’ You said then that we must be ‘[v]ery respectful of not making a judgment on the basis of a comment or behavior that we don’t like, but based on a medical decision.’ Madam Speaker, you were right. Under our Constitution, the 25th Amendment is not a means of punishment or usurpation.

Pence went on to add, “I urge you and every member of Congress to avoid actions that would further divide and inflame the passions of the moment,” and reiterated that he would work to “ensure an orderly transition of power.”

The Washington Post reported that the vice president’s “letter came hours before the House was scheduled to vote on whether to officially call on him to declare Trump unfit for office and wrest control.”

Over the weekend, Pelosi had sent Pence what Politico referred to as “an ultimatum,” demanding that Pence invoke the 25th Amendment or the “Democrats will immediately move to force Trump from office for his role in inciting violent riots at the Capitol on [Jan. 6] linked to at least five deaths.”

The Democrat-controlled House is expected to vote Wednesday to impeach President Trump for a second time.

While the lower chamber’s first attempt to impeach the president in 2019 was shut down by the GOP-led Senate, some Republicans in the upper chamber — including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) — are now reportedly receptive to Democrats’ efforts to oust Trump due to the president’s actions before and after the attack on the Capitol.

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Nancy Pelosi says ‘whiteness’ to blame for US Capitol riots: ‘That’s what this is about’

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) claimed over the weekend that rioters who stormed the U.S. Capitol last week were driven to engage in the deadly violence by their “whiteness.”

What did Pelosi say?

During an online video conference with her San Francisco constituents, Pelosi invoked the coronavirus pandemic and the Christian feast of “Epiphany” to make a point about the role of race in the attack on the Capitol.

“When that assault was taking place on the Capitol, 3,865 people in our country died of the coronavirus, many of them people of color because of the injustice of it all,” Pelosi began, the Hill reported.

She continued, “The next day, on Thursday, 4,000 people died of the coronavirus. Why? Because decisions were made at the highest level, months before in the Oval Office, of denial, distortion, delay, calling it a ‘hoax.'”

That’s when Pelosi shifted to invoking “Epiphany.”

“I thought it was going to be an epiphany for those who were in opposition of our democracy to see the light,” Pelosi said. “Instead, it was an epiphany for the world to see that there are people in our country, led by this President, for the moment, who have chosen their whiteness over democracy. That’s what this is about.”

What role has race played?

In the aftermath of the deadly violence at the Capitol, partisan reaction has claimed there was a double standard of perspective toward the riots.

Left-leaning activists have claimed law enforcement is much tougher when crowds of Black Lives Matter demonstrators gather, while right-leaning activists say the response to the march on the Capitol has been much tougher than any response to Black Lives Matter riots.

Even President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris have engaged in such rhetoric.

“You can’t tell me that if it had been a group of Black Lives Matter protesters yesterday they wouldn’t have been treated very differently than the mob of thugs that stormed the Capitol,” Biden said last week. “We all know that is true. And it is totally unacceptable. Totally unacceptable. The American people saw it in plain view.”

Meanwhile, Harris claimed the response to the rioters exemplified that there are “two systems of justice” in America.

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Democrats Plan To Pressure Pence To Remove Donald Trump

Source: The New York Times

Democrats will move to pressure vice president Mike Pence to invoke the 25th amendment and remove Donald Trump from office.  This seems ridiculous considering Trump has a mere 9 days left as president. So the real question should be: why bother?

If Joe Biden won a “free and fair election” and Trump has said that an “orderly” transfer of power will occur, why would democrats even need to waste their time trying to remove him from office? According to the Wall Street Journal, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she will introduce a resolution on Monday; “We will act with urgency.”

Mr. Pence isn’t expected to move forward with a 25th Amendment process, people familiar with his thinking said.

One article of impeachment that accuses Mr. Trump of inciting an insurrection was close to having enough support to pass the House. Meanwhile, more GOP lawmakers said Sunday Mr. Trump should resign. –Wall Street Journal

“In protecting our Constitution and our Democracy, we will act with urgency, because this President represents an imminent threat to both,” Pelosi said in a letter to her Democratic colleagues, according to CNN.  “As the days go by, the horror of the ongoing assault on our democracy perpetrated by this President is intensified and so is the immediate need for action.”

No matter which articles you read, the only reason to push through impeachment in the last 9 days of Trump’s administration is his “inciting” of the riots and protests on January 6th at the Capitol. Again, with only 9 days to go, there’s almost nothing Trump can do at this time and the social media giants have already taken out his means of communicating with the public.

Democrats are justifying the unprecedented push for a second impeachment on the grounds that after his most flagrant abuse of power yet, Trump presents a stark danger to the country and the world and must be removed immediately. Another motivating factor is that a conviction in a Senate trial would likely bar Trump from ever seeking public office again. They parry critiques that such a late-term impeachment would be academic by arguing that Trump’s crime against the Constitution cannot go unpunished. –CNN

If there is success in the impeachment of Trump, he will not be able to seek any public office ever again. Perhaps that’s the goal.  However, we all know elections are selections (that should be obvious by now) and they’ll put whoever they want in power, so what’s the point?

This might be all a distraction to cause more division. Keep your eyes on issues such as this.  There’s a bigger reason for the impeachment of Trump than they are telling us.  There’s a reason and we should be asking these questions.

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CBS reporter forces Nancy Pelosi to own ‘obstructing’ COVID relief after blaming Republicans

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) was confronted Sunday over her efforts to block coronavirus relief last year after she recently attempted to blame Republicans for holding up a second economic relief bill for millions of Americans whose sources of income have been cut by lockdowns and other COVID-related restrictions.

What happened?

During an interview on CBS’ “60 Minutes,” Lesley Stahl noted that because Democrats lost so many seats in the House during the last election, Joe Biden’s victory was not a signal that Americans want the Democratic agenda — they simply sought a new president.

In response, Pelosi claimed the election was a mandate that Americans want both the Democratic agenda and a new tone in the White House, adding that she tells Democrats they “have a responsibility to find common ground” with Republicans.

That’s when Stahl confronted Pelosi.

“You yourself are not known as a person who compromises,” Stahl said.

“No, I am. I compromise. We want to get the job done,” Pelosi responded. “I’m mischaracterized by the Republicans that way, but that’s a tactic that they use, but we know we want results for the American people.”

“What about the COVID relief package that was held up for eight months?” Stahl fired back.

“No. But that was their obstruction,” Pelosi claimed.

After more back-and-forth, in which Stahl continued to push back against Pelosi’s claims that Republicans were “obstructing” COVID relief last year, Pelosi eventually admitted that Democrats indeed blocked COVID relief — but bashed Republicans in the process.

“You held out for eight months,” Stahl pointed out.

“No, we held it up,” Pelosi admitted, “because there was no respect for our heroes, our state and local health care workers, police and fire, our first responders, our sanitation, transportation, food workers, our teachers, our teachers, our teachers. They would not go down that path.”

What’s the background?

After quickly passing an economic relief package when the pandemic struck last spring, lawmakers were unable to agree on a second bill.

House Democrats actually passed a second package in May, but it was summarily rejected by Republicans because it was the most expensive bill in American history. The legislation, which totaled more than $3 trillion, was created without consultation with Republicans and was crammed full of items completely unrelated to the pandemic but that served to advance the Democratic agenda.

As the summer wore on the White House, and Republicans in general, tried negotiating with Democrats, but Pelosi refused to make concessions.

In fact, White House chief of staff Mark Meadows revealed in October that the White House had compromised so much with Pelosi that the Trump administration actually had agreed to a $1.9 trillion relief package, which never came to fruition.

CNN anchor Jake Tapper confronted Pelosi in October over her obstruction, telling Pelosi matter-of-factly, “I’m looking at all the things that the White House is moving forward to your position on. And it seems like you could take yes for an answer.”

Then, after Biden won the election, Pelosi said she was happy to negotiate a smaller COVID relief bill because a Democrat would soon be in the White House.

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Democrats propose major change to House rules, eliminating family language for ‘gender-inclusive’ alternatives

House Democrats unveiled proposed changes to the House rules on Friday, including the elimination of all “gendered” language and to make permanent the recently established House “Office of Diversity and Inclusion.”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Rules Committee Chairman James McGovern (D-Mass.) claimed that “changing pronouns and familial relationships in the House rules to be gender neutral” are necessary changes meant to “honor all gender identities.”

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proposed changes would establish “gender-inclusive” language in the House rules by eliminating “gendered” language.

Instead of words like “father, mother, son, daughter, brother, sister, uncle, aunt, first cousin, nephew, niece, husband, wife, father-in-law, mother-in-law, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, stepfather, stepmother, stepson, stepdaughter, stepbrother, stepsister, half brother, half sister, grandson, or granddaughter,” the proposed rules say the House should use language like “parent, child, sibling, parent’s sibling, first cousin, sibling’s child, spouse, parent-in-law, child-in-law, sibling-in-law, stepparent, stepchild, stepsibling, half-sibling, or grandchild.”

The proposed rules also demand the following changes:

  • “Seafarers” instead of “seamen”
  • “Chair” instead of “chairman”
  • “Resign” instead of “submit his or her resignation”
  • “Such Member, Delegate, or Resident Commissioner serves” instead of “he or she serves”
  • “Such Member, Delegate, or Resident Commissioner holds” instead of “he or she holds”
  • “Themselves” instead of “himself” or “herself”

“Thanks to the leadership of Chairman McGovern and our Members, Democrats have crafted a package of unprecedented, bold reforms, which will make the House more accountable, transparent and effective in our work to meet the needs of the American people,” Pelosi said in a statement.

The rules will be voted on after the 117th Congress is sworn in on Sunday.

In response, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) mocked the proposed changes.

“This is stupid. Signed, – A father, son, and brother,” McCarthy tweeted.

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Nancy Pelosi’s house vandalized with leftist graffiti, fake blood and a severed pig’s head

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s home was vandalized with leftist messages demanding universal basic income and the cancelation of rent.

The home, reportedly owned by Pelosi, was splattered with fake blood and a severed pig’s head was placed on the driveway. The white garage door was spray-painted with graffiti that read: “Cancel Rent!,” “UBI!,” and “We Want Everything!” There was a message of “$2K” with a line through the middle, a reference to lawmakers’ failed attempts to increase the COVID-19 stimulus checks from $600 to $2,000. There was also the letter “A” inside a circle, which is the symbol of anarchists.

The San Francisco Police Department responded to the reported vandalism around 2 a.m. on New Year’s Day, according to Fox News. “Unidentified suspect(s) had painted graffiti on the garage door and left a pig’s head on the sidewalk,” the SFPD said.

By Friday afternoon, the black garbage bags were covering up the graffiti on the garage door.

The home, which is estimated to have a value of $5.5 million, is situated in the city’s affluent Pacific Heights neighborhood.

It is not known if Pelosi was at home at the time of the defacement. Pelosi’s office has yet to issue a statement.

“There are a lot of unresolved issues and I don’t think this is a useful way to go about it and a terrible start to this New Year,” Audrey Carlson, who has lived in the area for 38 years, told KGO-TV.

Fred Kennerley, who works for a private security company that is hired to protect several residents in the wealthy neighborhood said, “She has her own security. She has capitol police they fly all the way out here from Washington, D.C., with her.”

Kennerley noted that this isn’t the first time that Pelosi’s home has been vandalized. “Last time they hung the hair dryers and stuff on the trees,” he said.

The San Francisco Police Department has opened an investigation and is asking the public’s help in finding the vandals.

“The SFPD Special Investigations Division is investigating. Anyone with information is asked to call the SFPD Tip Line at 1-415-575-4444 or Text a TIP to TIP411 and begin the text message with SFPD. You may remain anonymous,” the police agency said.

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Democrats panic that COVID could prevent Pelosi’s return to speaker — and even result in a GOP speaker

Democrats are reportedly panicked over the possibility that the coronavirus pandemic could hinder House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s expected re-election as House speaker, possibly even resulting in the top House Republican being elected speaker despite the Democratic majority.

What are the details?

To protect lawmakers vulnerable to COVID-19, the House adopted emergency rules in May that allowed House members to vote by proxy, which meant they were not required to be on the House floor to cast votes.

However, the emergency rules expire at the end of the 116th Congress, which could complicate Pelosi’s expected re-election as speaker.

The Hill explains:

[T]he proxy-voting rule expires with the new Congress, requiring lawmakers to be in the Capitol in person if they want to participate in the Jan. 3 floor vote for Speaker. The House will adopt a new rules package governing the 117th Congress just after the Speaker vote. That makes physical attendance tantamount to Pelosi’s success, since Democrats are on track to have a razor-thin majority of 222 seats, and at least three moderate members of the caucus are already on record saying they don’t intend to vote for Pelosi on Jan. 3: Reps. Conor Lamb (Pa.), Jared Golden (Maine) and Elissa Slotkin (Mich.).

In fact, House rules dictate that a speaker candidate must receive an absolute majority of votes cast during the speaker election to become speaker of the House.

This means the combination of a slim Democratic majority and Democrats opposing Pelosi could give the speakership to the Republican Party if several Democratic members are unable to attend the speaker vote because they are sick with COVID-19.

What are Democrats saying?

If more Republicans than Democrats are present at the vote, Rep. John Yarmuth (D-Ky.) explained that Kevin McCarthy, the top House Republican, could be elected speaker.

“Let’s say, just theoretically, we had six or eight people out with COVID and the Republicans have none. They probably could elect McCarthy,” Yarmuth told the Hill.

Other House Democrats anonymously told the Hill:

  • “We’re in a health care crisis, right? No one can get sick. That’s the X-factor here. We need everyone to be healthy. … That’s the big fear.”
  • “Obviously, the concern is that with 435 people going all over the country, it’s hard to imagine that not one of us will have the virus on Jan. 3.”

Despite pledges from some moderate Democrats to oppose Pelosi’s speaker re-election, the Democratic Party has internally communicated that this year is not the time for advancing personal political prerogatives.

“There’s the usual suspects who make it part of their brand to vote against her. But I think there’s an awareness — and there’s certainly a message coming from within the caucus — that this may not be a year for the usual branding,” Rep. Jim Himes (D-Conn.) told the Hill.

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Maxine Waters: If President Trump doesn’t leave White House, he should be ‘marched out of there’ — possibly by military or Secret Service

Democratic U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters (Calif.) said that if President Donald Trump doesn’t leave the White House by the time his term is over, he should be “marched out of there” — possibly by the military or the Secret Service.

What are the details?

In an MSNBC interview Tuesday, the California congresswoman said, “We want him out, and we keep hearing these rumors about everything that he’s doing to try and stay in. We’ve even heard rumors that he said he’s not leaving. We want him out, and to tell you the truth, I don’t know exactly what you do with the president who has lost an election, and you have a new person who’s been elected to the presidency, and the old president is not wanting to leave. I don’t know what you do.”

She continued, “My understanding, or what I would like to do, is I would like to see him marched out of there. … I don’t know whether it’s the Secret Service or whether it’s military or what have you, but he can’t stay. He can’t claim, you know, ownership of the White House. He doesn’t want to leave, and he’s doing everything possible, including talking about martial war [sic], et cetera, et cetera. We want him out of there. I know Nancy Pelosi is counting down the hours. She told me that also.”

Martial “war,” Maxine?

Anything else?

Waters’ declarations aren’t terribly surprising given the rhetoric she’s spewed during Trump’s time in office. Perhaps her most infamous moment came in 2018 when she openly encouraged her supporters to harass and maybe even attack members of Trump’s administration.

“Let’s make sure we show up wherever we have to show up and if you see anybody from that Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd and you push back on them, and you tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere,” Waters said in a speech.

Earlier this year she also said the Minneapolis police officer whose knee pressed into George Floyd’s neck “enjoyed doing what he was doing” and was out to kill that day. “I believe sometimes some of these officers leave home thinking, ‘I’m gonna get me one today.’ And I think this is his one,” Waters said.

Prior to the election, Waters blasted conservative black voters and said she’d “never, ever forgive them” for voting for Trump.

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Nancy Pelosi calls $600 stimulus check ‘significant.’ Remember what she said about a $1,600 tax cut?

During the course of patting herself and her Democratic colleagues on the back for being shamed into passing a coronavirus relief bill before the end of the year, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) made an interesting claim about the widely derided $600 stimulus check that some American families will receive as part of the bill.

“We also have in the legislation direct payments, which were not in the Republican bill, to America’s working families. I would like for them to have been bigger, but they are, uh, significant, and they will be going out soon,” Pelosi said.

Six hundred dollars is a “significant” amount for working families?

At least one Twitter user noted that Pelosi had a different opinion of what the even larger tax cut in 2018 provided for working families:

That’s right: After Republicans passed a tax relief package in 2017 that not only provided working families with an average of $1,600 in tax breaks, but also saw a large number of employers give their employees raises and bonuses, Pelosi smirked, “In terms of the bonus that corporate America received versus the crumbs that they are giving workers to kind of put the schmooze on is so pathetic. It’s so pathetic.”

The backlash over her “crumbs” remarks was so severe, including from people within her own party , that Pelosi was eventually forced to clarify and concede that “certainly we are thankful whenever workers get bonuses.”

Of course, Pelosi’s 2018 comments were themselves an interesting contrast to what Pelosi said just a few years earlier in 2011, when a Democrat occupied the White House. Then, remarking on an overwhelming $40-per-paycheck reduction in the payroll tax, she called the amount a “victory for the American people” and an amount that “will make a difference.”

It seems that, to Nancy Pelosi, the most important determining factor in whether an amount of money is large/significant/helpful or not is whether Democrats can claim credit for having given it to people or not.

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Nancy Pelosi claims ‘faith-oriented’ members of Congress told her they ‘don’t believe in science’ as she rewrites history of Trump’s COVID response

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Monday claimed that some “faith-oriented” members of Congress have told her that because of their faith, they “don’t believe in science.”

In a speech on the House floor in support of the $900 billion coronavirus stimulus bill Congress is expected to pass, the California Democrat accused the Trump administration of pursuing a “herd immunity” strategy to combat COVID-19, which she described as “quackery,” and suggested that some government officials and members of Congress were anti-science because of their faith.

“We couldn’t pass legislation until now because the administration simply did not believe in testing, tracing, treatment, wearing masks, sanitation, separation, and the rest,” Pelosi asserted.

“It has become clear to us now that they believed in herd immunity, quackery, springing right from the Oval Office and not denied sufficiently by some of the CDC and the rest,” she said. “So, now we have a vaccine and that gives us hope. A vaccine that springs from science.”

“People say around here sometimes, ‘I’m faith-oriented so I don’t believe in science’ and I said, ‘Well you can do both. Science is an answer to our prayers and our prayers have been answered with a vaccine,'” she continued.

She went on to say the stimulus legislation advanced by Congress will ensure that the COVID-19 vaccine will be distributed “fair, and equitable, and free.”

Reporting for National Review, Brittany Bernstein observed that Pelosi appeared to refer to a recent Politico report about July emails in which a Trump administration official within the Department of Health and Human Services advocated for a herd immunity strategy to end the coronavirus pandemic.

“There is no other way, we need to establish herd, and it only comes about allowing the non-high risk groups expose themselves to the virus. PERIOD,” former science adviser Paul Alexander wrote to HHS Assistant Secretary for public affairs Michael Caputo and six other officials in a July 4 email.

“Infants, kids, teens, young people, young adults, middle aged with no conditions etc. have zero to little risk … so we use them to develop herd … we want them infected,” Alexander added.

Despite Pelosi’s assertions, there is no evidence to suggest that the Trump administration followed through with a herd-immunity strategy. Politico’s report noted that HHS Secretary Alex Azar testified in October that “herd immunity is not the strategy of the U.S. government with regard to coronavirus.”

The administration has supported testing and contact tracing, accelerated development of COVID-19 vaccines and treatment through Operation Warp Speed, and consistently encouraged mask wearing and proper social distancing through CDC guidelines.

President Donald Trump has also for months called on Congress to pass additional stimulus and coronavirus relief as Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) were unable to come to a bipartisan agreement before the U.S. presidential election. In October, Trump offered to sign a stand-alone bill for $1,200 stimulus checks for every American, which Pelosi neglected to act upon.

In fact, Pelosi entirely dismissed the possibility of passing a stimulus bill that fell short of Democratic demands for a roughly $2.2 trillion spending package, even rejecting a compromise supported by 100 Democrats in August.

Now that the election is over and Joe Biden is president-elect, Pelosi is proclaiming victory for securing $900 billion in coronavirus relief Congress will pass as part of a 5,593-page $1.4 trillion spending bill no lawmakers have had time to read.

Axios reported the text of the omnibus spending bill when it was released Friday. The bill includes:

  • $600 stimulus checks per adult and child;
  • $300 per week of renewed unemployment insurance for 11 weeks;
  • $319 billion in small business relief;
  • $25 billion for rental assistance, with the moratorium on evictions extended;
  • $13 billion in increased food stamp benefits;
  • $82 billion in education funding, with $10 billion allocated for childcare;
  • $7 billion for increased access to broadband; and
  • And billions more for COVID vaccine distribution and testing.
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Even CNN is calling out Pelosi for playing politics with COVID relief —  and now she’s ignoring them

Democratic Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) — who earlier this month openly admitted she was happy to pass a smaller coronavirus relief package now that Democratic nominee Joe Biden is president-elect — dodged a CNN reporter on Sunday when he tried to ask her some pointed questions.

What happened?

CNN’s senior congressional correspondent Manu Raju was actually doing some real reporting over the weekend (which is news in itself), and that evidently didn’t sit well with the embattled speaker.

After Pelosi held a press conference about the forthcoming $900 billion stimulus deal in which she blamed Republicans for delays in the process, Raju pressed her about “why the $900 billion deal is more acceptable to her than the $1.8 trillion offer [Treasury Secretary Steve] Mnuchin made to her this fall?”

In response, Pelosi reportedly refused to answer Raju, purposely not calling on him and ignoring his question even though he was one of just five reporters at the event.

When Raju followed her into the hallway to ask the question again, she simply continued ignoring him. Finally, Democratic Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (N.Y.), who was walking alongside her, stepped in to provide some clarity.

“Ask Mitch McConnell,” he said of the Republican Senate majority leader from Kentucky.

Raju noted that Pelosi in October characterized the $1.8 trillion plan as amounting to “one step forward, two steps back” for the country.

Lawmakers are set to debate and vote on the new $900 billion package on Monday, and it is expected to pass. The deal will be attached to a $1.4 trillion spending bill that will fund federal agencies through the fiscal year, or until next October.

What else?

Though she is acting more tight-lipped now, Pelosi made no mystery earlier in December about her motives for approving a smaller stimulus package post-election.

In a press conference about the ongoing negotiations, Pelosi listed “a new president and a vaccine” as the two obvious reasons for her change of heart after a reporter asked a question similar to the one Raju asked.

“Perhaps you missed what I said earlier: Joe Biden pledged to crush the virus … and a vaccine, an answer to our prayers,” she snapped at the reporter. “With a Democratic president committed to a scientific solution for [the virus], with the idea that we will have a vaccine, it’s a complete game-changer from then.”


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AOC says it’s time for Dem. leaders Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer to go, cries that some Biden appointees from the Obama era are ‘horrible’

Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.) says that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) need to vacate their positions in the government and let the younger generation of burgeoning lawmakers take over.

She also said that the Democratic presidential legacy of stacking administrations with previous Democratic appointees and big business heads needs to stop.

What are the details?

In a recently published interview with the Intercept’s Jeremy Scahill, the young congresswoman said that the Democratic Party needs a serious leadership overhaul.

There’s just one problem, she says: Democrats have no idea how to move forward.

“If you create that vacuum, there are so many nefarious forces at play to fill that vacuum with something even worse,” she warned.

“A lot of this is not just about these two personalities [Pelosi and Schumer], but also about the structural shifts that these two personalities have led in their time in leadership,” she explained. “The structural shifts of power in the House, both in process and rule, to concentrate power in party leadership of both parties, frankly, but in Democratic Party leadership to such a degree that an individual member has far less power than they did 30, 40, 50 years ago.”

She also said that Pelosi and other House members need to prepare for what comes after Pelosi retires.

“The left isn’t really making a plan for that,” she said. “So I do think that it’s something that we really need to think about.”

As for the newly minted congresswoman, the speaker position is not something she is ready to tackle — yet.

“The House is extraordinarily complex and I’m not ready,” she admitted. “It can’t be me. I know that I couldn’t do that job.”

What else?

Ocasio-Cortez also took a swipe at the incoming Biden administration and said that the president-elect is stacking the vacancies with former Obama appointees and big business players, calling it “horrible.”

“I think it’s … part of a larger issue that we have right now, which is … the Biden administration is bringing back a lot of Obama appointees, which, depending on where you are in the party, may sound nice, I guess,” she explained. “But I think what a lot of people fail to remember is that we now have a Biden administration that’s bringing back a lot of Obama appointees, but when Obama was making appointments, he was bringing back a lot of Clinton appointees.”

The Intercept reported that “dozens of people” from Goldman-Sachs, McKinsey, Facebook, and Google have “quietly been added to the Biden transition team in recent weeks.”

Ocasio-Cortez explained that those very types of appointments are a “huge reason why we got [President] Donald Trump in the first place.”

“In addition to just the racism that was waiting to be reanimated in this country, [there] was just an extreme disdain for this moneyed political establishment that rules Washington,” she proclaimed.

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Top Republicans demand Eric Swalwell lose House Intel Committee position over Chinese spy relationship

More than a dozen House Republicans sent a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) Tuesday demanding Rep. Eric Swalwell’s removal from the House Intelligence Committee.

News broke last week that Swalwell, a California Democrat, had developed a close relationship with a Chinese spy operating in the San Francisco area named Christine Fang.

They were so close, in fact, that in 2015, “amid a widening counterintelligence probe, federal investigators became so alarmed by Fang’s behavior and activities that … they alerted Swalwell to their concerns — giving him what is known as a defensive briefing,” Axios reported.

The report noted that Swalwell then severed ties with Fang. However, concerns over whether Swalwell was compromised surfaced because Fang, as Axios noted, became so close to some American politicians that she engaged in “romantic or sexual relationships with at least two Midwestern mayors.”

What did the letter say?

Swalwell’s relationship with Fang constitutes an “unacceptable national security risk,” the 17 House Republicans wrote to Pelosi.

They said:

We write to you today out of concern with Congressman Eric Swalwell’s reported, close
contacts with a Chinese Communist Party spy recently reported by Axios. Because of Rep.
Swalwell’s position on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, his close
interactions with Chinese intelligence services, however unintentional they may be, are an
unacceptable national security risk. HPSCI handles some of the most sensitive information our
government possesses — information critical to our national defense. As such, we urge you
to immediately remove Rep. Swalwell from his position on the House Intelligence
Committee.

The lawmakers pointed toward Pelosi’s own words as precedent for Swalwell’s removal.

During the height of the Trump-Russia conspiracy theory in 2017, Pelosi said then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions was “not fit to serve…and must resign” for not disclosing two meetings with then-Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak. Sessions, of course, eventually recused himself from the Trump-Russia investigation over the two meetings.

Swalwell also did not disclose his relationship with the Chinese spy, which means he, too, should resign if Pelosi administers her standard consistently.

“Rep. Swalwell withheld information for five years from the House Intelligence Committee about an ongoing Chinese espionage operation targeted at him and his own colleagues,” the Republicans wrote. “Obviously, Rep. Swalwell’s interactions with a Chinese spy were more dangerous and unusual than AG Session’s meetings with a Russian diplomat.”

“But to make matters worse, Rep. Swalwell kept this information to himself while repeatedly using his position on HPSCI to peddle damaging and baseless conspiracies about President Donald Trump’s unproven ties to Russia for years and still refuses to comment fully on the extent and nature of his relationship with the Chinese Communist Party spy exposed in Axios’ bombshell report,” the letter continued.

The letter was signed by House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) and Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), the second-highest and third-highest ranking House Republicans.

How has Swalwell responded?

Swalwell responded by blaming President Donald Trump.

“I’ve been a critic of the president. I’ve spoken out against him. I was on both committees that worked to impeach him,” Swalwell said last Tuesday. “The timing feels like that should be looked at.”

“What it appears though that this person — as the story reports — was unsuccessful in whatever they were trying to do,” he added. “But if intelligence officials are trying to weaponize someone’s cooperation, they are essentially seeking to do what this person was not able to do, which is to try and discredit someone.”‘

For her part, Pelosi told reporters last week, “I don’t have any concern about Mr. Swalwell.”

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House Democrat urges Pelosi to punish, retaliate against Republicans who supported Texas SCOTUS lawsuit

Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.) is asking House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to punish those House Republicans who supported the Texas lawsuit that sought to overturn the results of the presidential election.

The Supreme Court on Friday rejected the Lone Star State’s last ditch effort to swing the election in President Donald Trump’s favor, saying the lawsuit had a “lack of standing under Article III of the Constitution.”

What is Pascrell saying?

The New Jersey Democrat said that Republican lawmakers and Republican congressmen-elect should be punished for supporting the lawsuit.

According to Pascrell, those Republicans who supported the lawsuit are violating the Constitution, and therefore should be sanctioned and not seated in Congress.

“The courageous Reconstruction Congress implanted into our governing document safeguards to cleanse from our government ranks any traitors and others who would seek to destroy the Union,” Pascrell wrote to Pelosi, citing the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

“Stated simply, men and women who would act to tear the United States government apart cannot serve as Members of the Congress,” he continued. “These lawsuits seeking to obliterate public confidence in our democratic system by invalidating the clear results of the 2020 presidential election attack the text and spirit of the Constitution, which each Member swears to support and defend, as well as violate the Rules of our House of Representatives, which explicitly forbid Members from committing unbecoming acts that reflect poorly on our chamber.”

“Consequently, I call on you to exercise the power of your offices to evaluate steps you can take to address these constitutional violations this Congress and, if possible, refuse to seat in the 117th Congress any Members-elect seeking to make Donald Trump an unelected dictator,” Pascrell demanded.

Pascrell went on to compare this moment in American history to Civil War-era division.

“Rising from the embers of the Civil War, the Fourteenth Amendment was written to prevent the destruction of the United States from without and within. The moment we face now may be without parallel since 1860. The fate of our democracy depends on us meeting that moment,” he said.

Anything else?

Since the election, Pascrell has been on a war-path defending Joe Biden’s apparent election win.

As TheBlaze reported, Pascrell said in late November that Trump and his “enablers” should be “tried for their crimes against our nation and Constitution.”

“Donald Trump and members of his administration have committed innumerable crimes against the United States,” Pascrell said, claiming the Trump administration has “engaged in treachery, in treason.”

“Therefore, in 2021 the entire Trump administration must be fully investigated by the Department of Justice and any other relevant offices,” Pascrell added.

Then, just days later, Pascrell revealed attempts to disbar members of Trump’s legal team who were challenging the outcome of the election.

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Nancy Pelosi openly admits she’s happy to do a COVID relief deal now that Joe Biden is president

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (Calif.), who has held out for a larger coronavirus stimulus package for months as Americans have suffered under coronavirus lockdowns, announced Friday that she’s happy to pass a smaller deal now that Democratic nominee Joe Biden appears to have won the presidency.

“Pure politics,” Townhall reporter Guy Benson tweeted as the reason Pelosi had come down from her $2.2 trillion spending demand to just $900 billion in the new deal. But he didn’t have to deduce that all on his own because Pelosi openly admitted as much during a news conference Friday.

When asked by a reporter what changed between August — when the Problem Solvers Caucus proposed a much larger package — and now, Pelosi snapped, “Perhaps you missed what I said earlier: Joe Biden pledged to crush the virus … and a vaccine, an answer to our prayers.”

“A new president and a vaccine,” she reiterated, leaving no mystery as to what motivated her change of heart.

“With a Democratic president committed to a scientific solution for [the virus], with the idea that we will have a vaccine, it’s a complete game-changer from then,” she added.


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The new deal is for “shorter period of time,” Pelosi continued, “but that’s OK now because we have a new president.”

When another reporter pressed her again about her motives for dealing now instead of then, Pelosi grew visibly angry.

“Don’t characterize what we did before as a mistake,” she shot back. “That was not a mistake, it was a decision, and it has taken us to a place where we can do the right thing without other, shall we say, considerations in the legislation.”

Writing about the news, Hot Air’s Ed Morrissey characterized Pelosi’s political maneuvering as “disgusting,” adding “Republicans should remind voters of this every day between now and the midterms, and it should be running as an ad in Georgia before the weekend is up. Shameful.”

According to a recent YouGov survey conducted in October, most Americans blamed the House speaker for the failure to pass an additional relief package. Her latest posturing is likely to only further damage her reputation on the matter.

That same month, Pelosi and the Democrats rejected a $1.8 trillion deal sent to them from the White House. As if they weren’t obvious then, Pelosi’s motives for rejecting it have become crystal clear since.

Pelosi was re-elected to U.S. House in California’s 12th Congressional District on Nov. 3.

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Popular Los Angeles lifestyle boutique goes viral for mercilessly mocking Democrats, leftist celebrities over hypocrisy and more

Los Angeles’ premier “lifestyle boutique,” Kitson, is going viral for blasting Democratic lawmakers and leftist celebrities with a massive display across their storefront.

What are the details?

One of the L.A.-based stores hung a variety of posters in their front windows depicting their “People of the Year,” which includes Democratic Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Hunter Biden, Dr. Anthony Fauci, actress and activist Alyssa Milano, Democratic California Gov. Gavin Newsom, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), and more.

Each person has their own picture plastered across the storefront with remarks on their conduct during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mayor Eric Garcetti


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“I will turn off your power if you don’t obey. Target, Costco, Walmart, etc. can sell nonessential items, but small businesses are forbidden.”

The remark is a reference to Garcetti’s threat in August to shut off utilities to homes and businesses with unauthorized gatherings.

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“[W]here is my laptop my China deal is on it. Don’t forget 10% for the big guy!”

The remark is a reference to a laptop hard drive that purportedly belongs to Hunter and allegedly contains information about purported international business dealings with his father, former Vice President Joe Biden, and Ukraine.

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“Masks are not needed … they don’t help! … Wear a mask! Bill Gates is my BFF. Wear a mask, don’t wear a mask, wear a mask, don’t wear a mask.”

The remarks are a reference to Fauci’s apparent mask flip-flop, which took place between March and May.

Alyssa Milano (wearing a #DefundThePolice shirt)

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“David call 911 there is a squirrel in our backyard.”

The remark is a reference to “Defund the Police” and activist Alyssa Milano’s family calling the police in September for what they believed to be an armed man in their backyard. It turned out to be a teen hunting squirrels.

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“I demand a better table at the French Laundry Restaurant and I want to be seated inside with my 22 friends!”

The remarks are referring to Newsom’s tone-deaf attendance at a crowded, indoor dinner party on Nov. 6 at a posh, Napa-area restaurant.

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“Rules for thee not for me!”

The remark is a reference to a mask-less Pelosi breaking quarantine to get a salon blowout on Aug. 31 at a San Francisco hair salon.

BlazeTV’s Dave Rubin shared video of the storefront on Thursday, and captioned it, “Holy cow this is absolutely spectacular. Kitsons [sic] in Los Angeles. We The People are fighting back!”

At the time of this reporting, the video has been viewed more than 259,000 times.

You can see the rest of Kitson’s “People of the Year” in the video below.

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STALEMATE: 2ND STIMULUS – THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING!

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Nancy Pelosi wants a stimulus bill that is over $3 trillion. Mitch McConnell wants to pass something in the order of $500 billion. These leaders are clearly worlds apart. Nancy even rejected bills that were $1.5 trillion, saying that they were “nice but not nearly enough.” On the other hand, conservative Republicans are saying that the free market ought to be taking the lead while the government has done enough and that the debt is already gigantic.

The problem is that neither party wants to concede, giving even an inch to the other side since they’ll appear weak in front of their voters. Both parties desperately want to win the Senate race in Georgia. It’s going to get very political, with hundreds of millions raised for the cause, and January 5th is the vote – even Trump and Biden might campaign. The problem is that January 1st comes before that and if nothing is done, millions of people, many of which are parents with children, face evictions since they’re not capable of paying rent, while millions of others will cease receiving enhanced unemployment benefits.

Therefore, a bipartisan group of senators is working on a bridge-stimulus plan as we speak.

Future Money Trends believes that there’s a strong chance that, when it comes to rent, an extension of the moratorium will be introduced. If it doesn’t, Q1 2021 could be one of the best times to purchase homes since prices will dip because of the excess inventory.

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November has been the best-ever month for stocks on a global basis. It’s absolutely mind-boggling how much euphoria is out there. When you think about mortgage forbearance, which has allowed households to “save” $1,000 to $2,000 every single month since the bill was introduced, you can understand how much leverage is being put into the stock market that will need to be taken out later. Households have been using the extra cash to invest, but they’ll need to pull it out, at some point.

It’s happening all over the place and the temptation to trade has never been bigger.

As you can see above, indices of entire nations have gone up in one month as much as stocks return in 4 or 5 years.

The technical Relative Strength Indicators (RSI) are just green everywhere, save for precious metals most likely.

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On the 15th of December, the FED will convene to discuss interest rates and asset purchases, going forward. If there’s no bipartisan bill by then, we believe they’ll increase QE again.

There are now talks about forgiving student loan debts from $10,000 to upwards of $50,000. There are 45 million Americans who have student loans, and these are individuals who struggle to originate mortgages, raise their credit scores, and save anything.

On the flip side, forgiving these loans will fuel even more socialistic programs, and will cause tuition in this country to be jacked up further, argue the fiscally-conservative. It’s also unfair to reward debtors while punishing those that chose not to assume massive obligations.

In our assessment, when the next president asks his economic advisors for the best ROI for another fiscal program, they’ll point towards state and local government aid, where for every $1,000,000 spent, nearly 90% of it goes immediately back to the economy.

This is much higher than in the case of student loans, so while Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders introduce far-left initiatives, it doesn’t seem like that’s the way the country is headed.

We currently put the odds of stimulus checks hitting the mailboxes of Americans as being very low in the next 40 days. We give it more of a chance after January 20th, but if the bipartisan proposal somehow passes, markets will celebrate this surprise.

As for us, we are not aggressively participating in this party. There’s not enough alcohol in the world to convince us to play with fire.

 

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Glenn Beck: Here’s what these Democrats should be thankful for this Thanksgiving

The Left has a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. Take, for example, Nancy Pelosi’s freezer full of gourmet ice cream, or Gov. Gavin Newsom’s opulent dinner at the French Laundry. Then there’s Gov. Andrew Cuomo who is apparently grateful for his own leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic.

But even with all that 2020 has brought, we have even more to be grateful for. After all, this is still the greatest time to be alive, especially in America.

Watch the clip below to hear Glenn Beck break down his list of the things he thinks Democrats should be grateful for, and the things he’s genuinely thankful for this Thanksgiving:

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A defensive Nancy Pelosi claims she won the 2020 election despite losing so many seats in the House

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) defensively argued that House Democrats could claim a victory in the 2020 election despite losing numerous seats and not flipping one from red to blue.

Pelosi made the argument before reporters during her weekly media briefing on Friday.

She pointed out that in the 2018 midterm elections the Democrats were able to garner 40 more seats in the House of Representatives, with 31 from Trump districts. She went on to compare the total number of votes House Democrats received against those of House Republicans and the president himself.

“Imagine nearly two million more votes than Donald Trump, and people say, ‘well, the Democrats didn’t turn out,’ no, we did!” she pleaded.

“We turned out our folks. In fact, more than three million more than the Republicans did. But as I said, in the most gerrymandered voter suppressed political arena with President Trump on the ballot,” Pelosi claimed.

“So I congratulate them for the seats they won. I congratulate him for the turnout that he created, he got a good vote!” said Pelosi.

“But I just wanted to show you how we related to these others,” she said.

While Democrats were able to retain control of the House, they lost many seats to Republicans despite numerous polls predicting that there would be a “blue wave” and massive turnover in favor of the Democrats. As of Friday, the Republicans were able to flip 9 seats previously held by Democrats to their side.

Control of the U.S. Senate will be determined by two runoff elections in the state of Georgia. If both Democrats are able to declare victory, the Senate will be in a 50-50 tie that will be broken by a vote of the Vice President. Victory by at least one Republican in Georgia would mean that they retain control.

In-fighting has exploded between the progressive far left wing of the party and the more moderate centrist establishment Democrats as the latter have blamed the former for damaging narratives that helped sink some candidates in competitive districts.

Here’s Pelosi defensively arguing her case:


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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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