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Nancy Pelosi backtracks, reassures America that Democrats ‘did not rebuke’ Rep. Ilhan Omar

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi seemingly backtracked Sunday, reassuring America that Democrats did not, in fact, rebuke Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) for comparing the United States and Israel to terrorist organizations.

What is the background?

Omar triggered controversy last Monday when she lumped together the U.S., Israel, Afghanistan, Hamas, and the Taliban as countries and organizations guilty of committing “unthinkable atrocities.”

“We must have the same level of accountability and justice for all victims of crimes against humanity. We have seen unthinkable atrocities committed by the U.S., Hamas, Israel, Afghanistan, and the Taliban,” Omar said.

House Democratic leadership, of which Pelosi is the leader, responded by releasing a statement that condemned Omar’s comparison.

Legitimate criticism of the policies of both the United States and Israel is protected by the values of free speech and democratic debate. And indeed, such criticism is essential to the strength and health of our democracies. But drawing false equivalencies between democracies like the U.S. and Israel and groups that engage in terrorism like Hamas and the Taliban foments prejudice and undermines progress toward a future of peace and security for all. We welcome the clarification by Congresswoman Omar that there is no moral equivalency between the U.S. and Israel and Hamas and the Taliban.

Their statement came one day after a group of 12 House Democrats similarly rebuked Omar, who later denied conflating the U.S. with terrorist organizations.

What is Pelosi saying now?

During an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union,” host Dana Bash confronted Pelosi over Omar and Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), who “don’t seem to be letting this go.”

Bash noted that Pelosi and “top House Democrats released a pretty rare statement rebuking [Omar].” That’s when Pelosi seemingly backtracked on her earlier condemnation of Omar.

“OK. You know what? Let me just say this,” Pelosi began. “We did not rebuke her. We thanked— acknowledged that she made a clarification.”

“Congresswoman Omar is a valued member of our caucus. She asked her questions of the secretary of state. Nobody criticized those, about how people will be held accountable if we’re not going to the International Court of Justice. That was a very legitimate question. That was not of concern,” Pelosi added.

“Members did become concerned when the tweet that was put out equated the United States with the Taliban and Hamas,” she continued. “And then she clarified it. And we thanked her for clarification.”


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Pelosi said Friday that no disciplinary action will be taken against Omar.

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Could Donald Trump run for Congress, then House speaker in 2022? Former president says idea is ‘very interesting’

Donald Trump for Congress?

It sounds like a far-fetched idea, but the former president appeared to express interest in starting his political comeback in the U.S. House during an interview with radio host Wayne Allyn Root on Friday afternoon. Root pitched Trump on the idea of running for a U.S. House seat from Florida next year and then seeking to become House Speaker should Republicans win the majority in the 2022 midterm elections.

From that position, Root said, Trump could “wipe” Biden out as the Republican leader and then run for president again in 2024.

“Why not, instead of waiting for 2024, and I’m hoping you’ll run in 2024, but why not run in 2022 for the United States Congress? A House seat in Florida. Win big. Lead us to a dramatic landslide victory. Take the House by 50 seats,” he told Trump.

“Then you become the Speaker of the House, lead the impeachment of Biden and start criminal investigations against Biden. You’ll wipe him out for this last two years,” continued the radio host.

Trump appeared to like what he was hearing.

“That’s so interesting,” the former president said. “You know, It’s very interesting.”

He added that other people have suggest he run for Senate, “but you know what, your idea might be better.”

Root isn’t the first person to float the idea of Trump running for Congress. Back in February, 2016 Trump campaign strategist Steve Bannon told a group of Republicans in Boston that Trump should unseat Speaker Pelosi and launch an impeachment investigation against Biden.

“We totally get rid of Nancy Pelosi, and the first act of President Trump as Speaker [of the House] will be to impeach Joe Biden for his illegitimate activities of stealing the presidency,” Bannon said.

The plan would require several events to break in Trump’s favor. First, he’d have to find a House district in Florida where he could win the Republican primary (not difficult) and go on to victory in the general election (more difficult, depending on the district). Then, Republicans would have to win control of the House and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) would need to be willing to step aside to make way for Trump as Speaker.

But a leading Republican like McCarthy putting aside his own ambitions to avoid crossing Trump wouldn’t exactly be surprising. Trump’s impending decisions on his political future have frozen most of the Republican candidates who want to run for president in 2024 but do not want to challenge Trump in a primary. Since losing the White House to President Joe Biden, Trump has dropped several hints about his intention to run again but has made no firm commitments to doing so.

The former president’s political ambitions remain complicated, however, by a criminal investigation into his business dealings led by New York prosecutors. A special grand jury was convened at the end of May to consider evidence and Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. is widely expected to seek criminal charges against Trump.

Trump has slammed the probe as “purely political” and by all indications he has no intention of letting it interrupt his plans. He will speak at the North Carolina GOP convention on Saturday, rallying Republicans in the swing state ahead of a crucial Senate election next year. Later this summer the former president’s campaign-style rallies are expected to resume as he travels the nation in support of various Republican candidates.

Is Trump seriously considering a run for U.S. House? It’s impossible to know for sure. But the media interest in his comments on Root’s radio show demonstrates how everyone is waiting to see what Donald Trump will do next.

Senior Trump aide Jason Miller put it this way: “I don’t think anyone is having more fun right now than President Donald J. Trump.”

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Rep. Kevin McCarthy opposes ‘9/11-style’ commission to investigate Jan. 6 Capitol riot

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) has likely killed a bipartisan agreement to form an independent commission to investigate the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol, coming out in opposition to the deal Tuesday.

The “9/11-style” commission proposal was put forward by House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) and ranking member John Katko (R-N.Y.), who had agreed that the commission would be evenly divided between Republicans and Democrats and would have subpoena power if both sides agreed to use it.

The commission would investigate the circumstances leading up to the violence on Jan. 6, when a mob of President Donald Trump’s supporters trespassed at the U.S. Capitol, assaulted police officers, and broke into Capitol Hill offices searching for lawmakers in an attempt to stop the certification of the Electoral College vote declaring Joe Biden as the winner of the 2020 presidential election.

But McCarthy and House Republicans wanted to expand the scope of the commission’s investigation to encompass other incidents of political violence, including the 2017 shooting at a Republican congressional baseball practice and the deadly attack on Capitol Police on April 2. Democrats refused to expand the investigation and the bipartisan deal that was reached would solely focus on the events of Jan. 6.

In a statement released Tuesday, McCarthy announced his opposition to the deal, accusing the proposed commission of being “duplicative” and “potentially counterproductive” given other ongoing bipartisan investigations into the events of Jan. 6 and the criminal investigations being conducted by U.S. law enforcement.

“For months, the Speaker of the House refused to negotiate in good faith on basic parameters that would govern a commission to examine the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol,” McCarthy said.

“While the Speaker has wasted time playing political games, numerous Congressional and intergovernmental agency efforts have picked up the slack. There are ongoing bipartisan investigations into all facets of the January 6 events occurring inside the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, as well as the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration,” he said.

McCarthy added that he supports the ongoing efforts of law enforcement to bring the rioters to justice, noting that the Department of Justice has announced 445 arrests in connection with the violence at the Capitol. He claimed the committee proposal as drafted might “interfere with and ultimately undermine these ongoing prosecutorial efforts,” though he did not explain how.

“Finally, the renewed focus by Democrats to now stand up an additional commission ignores the political violence that has struck American cities, a Republican Congressional baseball practice, and, most recently, the deadly attack on Capitol Police on April 2, 2021. The presence of this political violence in American society cannot be tolerated and it cannot be overlooked. I have communicated this to our Democrat colleagues for months and its omission is deeply concerning,” McCarthy continued.

“Given the political misdirections that have marred this process, given the now duplicative and potentially counterproductive nature of this effort, and given the Speaker’s shortsighted scope that does not examine interrelated forms of political violence in America, I cannot support this legislation.”

Reporters asked House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to respond to McCarthy’s statement on Tuesday, and she said, “I’m very pleased that we have a bipartisan bill to come to the floor and it’s disappointing but not surprising that the cowardice on the part of some on the Republican side not to want to find the truth.”

President Joe Biden supports the bill to create the Jan. 6 commission, which will be voted on in the House Wednesday. It faces long odds to overcome a filibuster by Senate Republicans should it pass the House.

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Pelosi keeps mask mandate on House floor, citing unvaccinated members

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) says the mask mandate required on the floor of the lower chamber will remain in place, despite the CDC offering new guidance that fully vaccinated Americans can ditch wearing masks in most places.

Pelosi argues that not everyone in the House is vaccinated, so the ban stays.

What are the details?

Following the CDC’s announcement of the changes on Thursday, CNN asked Pelosi if she would lift the House’s mask mandate.

“No,” the speaker told the outlet. “Are they all vaccinated?”

Brian Monahan, the attending physician to Congress, issued a memo the same day, writing: “For the Hall of the House: The present mask requirement and other guidelines remain unchanged until all Members and floor staff are fully vaccinated.”

The Washington Post noted that Dr. Monahan further states in his update that per CDC guidance, “recovery from natural infection is not equivalent to completion of a vaccination.”

Some GOP House members such as Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.), have publicly stated that they will not get the COVID-19 vaccines because they already have antibodies after previously contacting the virus, according to The Washington Examiner.

Rep. Byron Donalds (R-Fla.) told Fox News’ Laura Ingraham Thursday night that the House floor mask mandate “should have been gone months ago,” telling the host, “Most members are either vaccinated or have antibodies — it’s a dumb rule to have.”

In a tweet, Rep. Brian Mast (R-Fla.) wrote that Pelosi keeping the mandate in place is “not about science. It’s all about power.”

A group of 34 Republicans sent Pelosi a letter first obtained by The Daily Caller on Thursday, calling on the speaker to lift the mandate following the guidance.

“CDC guidance states fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear a mask or physically distance in any setting except where required by governmental or workplace mandate,” the letter reads. “It is time to update our own workplace regulations. Every member of Congress has had the opportunity to be vaccinated, and you have indicated about 75 percent have taken advantage of this opportunity.”

Members who violate the House mask mandate face a $500 fine for the first offense, and $2,500 for a second offense.

Anything else?

Meanwhile, Senate Republicans have celebrated the CDC’s changes by tossing their masks, although most were seen continuing to wear the coverings in the chamber on Thursday.

The Hill reported that Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) were seen pulling off their masks and yelling “freedom” after they stepped off an elevator together following the CDC announcement.

Following the final vote for the week, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) was seen walking maskless after leaving the Senate chamber, saying out loud: “Free at last.”

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Nancy Pelosi botches attempt to honor Willie Mays by posting photo of wrong black baseball legend

Nancy Pelosi struck out in an attempt to wish baseball legend Willie Mays a happy birthday. The Democratic House Speaker from California swung and missed on the tribute when she posted a photo of the wrong black baseball icon.

Pelosi’s social media team was caught napping while attempting to wish a happy 90th birthday to all-time great Willie Mays. Instead of posting a photo of Mays, an image of Willie McCovey was shared. McCovey, a baseball superstar in his own right, sadly passed away in 2018 at the age of 80.

“Happy 90th Birthday to an all-American icon, Willie Mays,” Pelosi tweeted on Thursday. “A trailblazing, record-breaking baseball player, civil rights leader, and champion for youth sports and well-being, Willie Mays is a civic legend and national treasure.”

Pelosi, who has represented the city of San Francisco for decades, whiffed on the bush league birthday tidings because there was a photo of McCovey instead of the Say Hey Kid. Pelosi’s social media team didn’t catch the error, but keen-eyed baseball fans noticed the faux pas and cried foul. With Pelosi’s social media team caught in a pickle, they quickly tried to clean up the mistake by posting another photo, this time of Willie Mays along with Pelosi.

Pelosi’s office issued a statement on the mix-up of San Francisco Giants greats.

“A staffer inadvertently selected the wrong photo for the tweet,” the statement read. “The photo we wanted to use was of the Speaker and Willie Mays at Willie McCovey’s August 2018 wedding. The quickly deleted photo was the wrong photo from the right wedding. We apologize for the error.”

Both players were inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, Mays in 1979 and McCovey in 1986.

Mays, who is the oldest living Baseball Hall of Famer, is arguably one of the greatest baseball players to ever play the game.

Thus far, Pelosi has not received nearly as much widespread, and at times harsh condemnation that Republican Sens. Marco Rubio and Dan Sullivan received last year when they attempted to honor Rep. John Robert Lewis but accidentally shared a photo of Rep. Elijah Cummings instead.

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Nancy Pelosi’s archbishop: Prominent pro-abortion Catholics should be denied Communion?

Although he declined to mention any specific public figure by name, San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone delivered a scathing rebuke to Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Calif.), President Joe Biden, and other prominent pro-choice Catholics in a recent missive about the evils of abortion.

What are the details?

In the pastoral letter issued Saturday and titled, “Before I Formed You in the Womb I Knew You,” Cordileone took prominent Catholics who support abortion to task for their promotion of an act that the church holds to be a grave sin.

“Prominent figures in society help to shape the mores of that society, and in our culture their advocacy of abortion definitely leads others to do evil,” Cordileone wrote. “This must be stated with clarity: anyone who actively works to promote abortion shares some of the guilt for the abortions performed because of their actions.”

Pelosi, a high-profile Catholic who represents San Francisco residents in the U.S. House, has long-supported abortion in spite of the fact that it runs afoul of her church’s teaching. After all, it is undoubtedly a winning issue for her politically in liberal San Francisco, and just as well, she has never faced religious discipline for it.

But Cordileone wants that to change. In his letter, the conservative archbishop argued that it is the responsibility of church leadership to “correct Catholics who erroneously, and sometimes stubbornly, promote abortion.” In this case by denying them Communion, the church’s holiest sacrament.

“Because we are dealing with public figures and public examples of cooperation in moral evil, this correction can also take the public form of exclusion from the reception of Holy Communion,” the archbishop said.

“When other avenues are exhausted, the only recourse a pastor has left is the public medicine of temporary exclusion from the Lord’s Table. This is a bitter medicine, but the gravity of the evil of abortion can sometimes warrant it,” he added.

What else?

Cordileone’s letter is the latest entry in an evolving debate the Catholic Church is having around how to handle Catholic politicians who adopt stances contrary to the teachings of the church, the Washington Post reported.

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops are set to gather in June to vote on whether or not to draft a document on the Communion issue, though there have been numerous conflicting reports coming from within the organization about what exactly the document will look like.

Pressure is surely mounting as any forthcoming decision about Communion is bound to have far-reaching consequences. In fact, it could reach as far as the White House. President Biden, who regularly attends Catholic Mass, is also a vocal proponent of abortion access.

Anything else?

For Cordileone, however, the issue is rather simple.

“Abortion is the axe laid to the roots of the tree of human rights: when our culture encourages the violation of life at its youngest and most vulnerable condition, other ethical norms cannot stand for long,” he wrote in the introduction to his letter.

“Our responsibility to the rest of the Catholic community is to assure them that the Church of Jesus Christ does take most seriously her mission to care for ‘the least of these,'” he added.

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Nancy Pelosi says court-packing bill won’t get a vote

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is opposed to an effort by some congressional Democrats to expand the number of justices on the U.S. Supreme Court from nine to 13 and will not permit such a bill to come to the House floor for a vote, at least not for now.

During her weekly press briefing on Thursday, Pelosi said that she’s not necessarily opposed to expanding the court but for now will wait for findings from the commission President Joe Biden established to study the issue.

“I support the president’s commission to study a such a proposal,” Pelosi said, telling reporters that the House’s focus for the time being is on infrastructure.

“I don’t know that that’s a good idea or bad idea. I think it’s an idea that to be considered. And I think the president’s taking the right approach to, to have a commission to study such a thing,” the Speaker said, according to the New York Post.

She continued: “It’s not out of the question, it has been done before,” noting that “the history of our country a long time ago, and the growth of our country, the size of our country, the growth of our challenges in terms of the economy, etc. might necessitate such a thing.”

Earlier that day, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-N.J.) and Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) proposed legislation that would expand the number of justices on the Supreme Court to 13.

“We are not packing the Supreme Court, we are unpacking it,” Nadler said at a news conference about the bill on the steps of the Supreme Court.

“Republicans stole the Court’s majority, with Justice Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation completing their crime spree,” said Senator Markey in a statement. “Of all the damage Donald Trump did to our Constitution, this stands as one of his greatest travesties. Senate Republicans have politicized the Supreme Court, undermined its legitimacy, and threatened the rights of millions of Americans, especially people of color, women, and our immigrant communities. This legislation will restore the Court’s balance and public standing and begin to repair the damage done to our judiciary and democracy, and we should abolish the filibuster to ensure we can pass it.”

Pelosi, however, told reporters she has no intention to bring the bill to the House floor.

Even if it were to come up for a vote, it’s unclear if the bill would have enough support to pass. Democrats hold 218 seats and cannot afford to lose more than two votes from their party on any bill because tie votes fail in the House. In the Senate there is no chance a bill to pack the Supreme Court would be introduced without an immediate filibuster attempt from Senate Republicans, pushing the number of Senate votes Democrats need to advance the bill to 60.

And there’s no guarantee President Joe Biden would even sign the legislation. On the campaign trail in 2020, Biden said he is “not a fan” of court packing, though last week he created a commission to study proposed reforms to the judiciary to placate progressive activists.

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Nancy Pelosi says Capitol rioters would have had a fight on their hands had they caught her: ‘I’m pretty tough. I’m a street fighter.’

During the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol, security quickly evacuated House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) when the mob breached the building.

But if security had not gotten her out forthwith and the rioters had reached her, they would have had a fight on their hands, Pelosi told USA Today on Tuesday.

What did she say?

The mob that stormed the Capitol while Congress was counting Electoral College votes and formalizing the election of President Joe Biden made it clear that they wanted to find both Pelosi and then-Vice President Mike Pence. Security personnel were able to get Pelosi and Pence to safety as pro-Trump rioters sought to disrupt and stop lawmakers’ constitutional duties.

Pelosi, noting she was thankful for security agents who kept her safe as they escorted her from the House floor, told USA Today she would have put up a fight if the mob that reportedly wanted to kill her had been able to get to her.

“That’s what they were setting out to do,” she said. The paper asked her if that frightened her, and she responded, “Well, I’m pretty tough. I’m a street fighter. They would have had a battle on their hands.”

Then she lifted a foot to show the reporter her 4-inch-high stilettos, USA Today said, and added, “I would have had these” to arm herself with.

Pelosi told the paper that the trauma the mob put people through was unforgivable and that many staffers and members of Congress are are still dealing with the aftereffects.

“I was never personally afraid because I had so much security for myself,” the speaker said. “I was afraid for everybody else, and I’ll never forgive them the trauma that they caused to the staff and the members.”

She added, “I do think it will have an impact on how people decide to come to work here or stay to work here.”

The riot resulted in at least five deaths, including that of Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick.

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Pelosi, Sanders move goalposts on massive infrastructure bill, claim it’s about ‘human infrastructure’

Top Democrats are already moving the legislative goalposts as President Joe Biden pushes his second multi-trillion dollar spending package.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who controls the Senate Budget Committee, are defending Biden’s push for a massive infrastructure bill — which critics say has very little to do with American infrastructure — by citing the need to address “human infrastructure.”

What is the background?

Despite boasting a price tag of $2.25 trillion, Biden’s plan spends relatively few tax dollars on American highways, bridges, and other traditional infrastructural systems.

Instead, the plan advances countless progressive policy initiatives, and is being described as, basically, the Green New Deal.

As TheBlaze reported:

According to a chart obtained by the Washington Post, which details the proposal’s spending breakdown, the administration plans to spend only $115 billion — roughly one-twentieth of the total — on highways, bridges, and roads, while spending $174 billion on electric vehicles, $213 billion on affordable and sustainable housing, $137 billion on public schools and community colleges, and $180 billion on climate-based research and development.

Other large expenditures include $111 billion for clean drinking water, $100 billion for high-speed broadband, and $100 billion for workforce development.

What did Pelosi say?

Speaking on CBS’ “Face the Nation,” Pelosi said the infrastructure bill will not be trimmed down despite criticisms because infrastructure is more than highways and bridges.

“Infrastructure is about education, about getting children healthily in school with separation, sanitation, ventilation. It’s about investments in housing as well,” Pelosi said. “Overwhelmingly, this bill is about infrastructure in the traditional sense of the word.”

“We also think that infrastructure— there’s a need for workforce development in order to have the workforce fully participate in how we go forward and childcare so that women can be involved in that as well,” she added. “So it’s physical infrastructure. It’s also human infrastructure that is involved.”


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What did Sanders say?

Speaking on MSNBC Saturday, Sanders invoked a similar line of defense by attempting to broaden the definition of what exactly “infrastructure” means.

“[W]e’ve got to take a broad look at what infrastructure means, human infrastructure for ordinary people,” Sanders said.

“Human infrastructure means housing. You’ve got a half a million people in this country who are homeless. You’ve got 19 million households who are spending 50% of their limited incomes on housing. We need to build housing,” Sanders continued. “And by the way, when you deal with housing, you create jobs.”

“When I talk about infrastructure, it means if a worker, a mom and dad are going to work, they have the right to know that their kids are in decent childcare. That’s infrastructure,” Sanders said. “Infrastructure is having the best-educated workforce in the world. That means all of our kids should have the ability to get a higher education, not leave school deeply in debt.”

“[Infrastructure] means that we need a healthy society. Our life expectancy is 40th in the world because we are the only major country not to guarantee health care to all people,” Sanders added. “And so, I think as a nation we’ve got to take a very broad look at what we mean by infrastructure, it’s physical infrastructure, obviously, bricks and mortar. It is human infrastructure.”

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With 9/11-style commission stalled, Nancy Pelosi plans completely partisan probe of Capitol riot and surrounding events

With her pipe dream of launching a bipartisan “independent 9/11-type commission” to investigate the circumstances surrounding the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol foiled, Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) is reportedly moving on to a “Plan B” that won’t require Republican cooperation.

The House speaker is said to be making arrangements for an entirely partisan probe to unearth the secret influences that she believes led to the incident, which Democratic lawmakers view as an attempted insurrection and a domestic terror attack instigated by former President Donald Trump.

In the new plan, according to Politico, Pelosi aims to effectively cut Republican influence out of the process by “tapping three House committees, run by Democrats, to do their own probe of how a violent, pro-Trump mob managed to overwhelm police and terrorize legislators.”

So much for bipartisanship. Though it should be noted Pelosi’s draft proposal for the grand commission would have given Democrats a 7-4 majority on the investigatory panel, anyway. In addition to that, Republicans in Congress suspected from the start that any 9/11-style commission into the incident spearheaded by Democrats would quickly turn into a political witch hunt.

Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) said as much last month when he threw cold water on the proposal, characterizing it as “partisan by design.” He shot back at Pelosi by insisting that any “broader analysis of toxic political violence” must include a review of the Black Lives Matter riots that destroyed cities across the country last year.

According to Politico, even with talks stalled, Pelosi is still hopeful a commission can be formed and has recently circulated a “discussion draft” on the proposal to colleagues. But the House speaker is prepared to move on if no headway is made, the news outlet reported:

The speaker has made clear that her patience is not unlimited. And an aide indicated that the California Democrat is prepared to task the House Administration, Homeland Security and Appropriations committees with taking on the Jan. 6 inquiry if there are no bipartisan breakthroughs soon. The Appropriations panel has already gotten a head start, holding hearings on the Capitol Police budget that featured questions about the force’s role in the response to the attack.

It’s worth wondering whether Pelosi’s partisan “Plan B” was her “Plan A” all along, given that the chances of a bipartisan commission being formed were always quite low.

After all, the House speaker’s inclinations about what, or who, spurred on the attack would never have been embraced by Republicans in Congress. In a podcast conversation shortly after the riot, Pelosi and failed 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton floated a conspiracy theory that Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin worked together to plan the attack.

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BIDEN/HARRIS/PELOSI: FREE MONEY!

This article was contributed by Portfolio Wealth Global. 

One of the topics that we see coming up in the financial media is the fear of a lost decade ahead. I want to discuss this subject since we have an army of billionaires who are warning everyone that it’s coming. One common denominator of these billionaires is age: they’re all older and actually are well into their retirement years.

Ray Dalio, who has been sounding the alarm for several years (while missing out on Bitcoin and delivering sub-market returns), is 71-years-old.

Charlie Munger, who has now joined the chorus of value investing legends who proclaim that traditional P/E ratios are sensationally-high, warns that stocks will return very low yields for years.

Jeremy Grantham, a value investor worth billions, who correctly predicted many incredible price forecasts, is actually saying that today’s bubble is greater than the Dotcom era.

Charlie Munger is 97-years-old and Grantham is 82-years-old.

They all gloriously missed Bitcoin, while we highlighted the bullish thesis below $500/coin.

They have all missed the rise of the tech giants and they are all obsessed with valuing companies from one angle only.

Their angle, unfortunately, is quite flawed, especially if we take the last 15-20 years as a case study.

There wouldn’t have been any point, from the year 2001 until the present day, where the analyses they conducted on securities would have put Amazon.com on their radar!

That’s crazy!

Even if they look at some of the best-performing companies of recent years, their approach to investing is limited to what they’re accustomed to and they’d admit that they would not have purchased shares in it, retroactively.

Warren Buffett, who has been great friends with Bill Gates since the early 1990s, missed out on Microsoft!

My point is that today’s market is expensive in many regards, compared with history, since interest rates are super-low, but will higher rates really crash stocks beyond belief?

The reason investors sell out of stocks is because they can lend money to governments and corporations, a strategy that is considered to be of lower-risk and becomes more enticing if interest rates rise.

Under this Biden/Harris/Pelosi regime, the government plans to spend a whole bunch. They want to embark upon an infrastructure program worth anywhere from $2tn to $4tn. They want to keep helping families with children and eradicate poverty (well-intended, but impossible) and this costs money.

The philosophy behind it is that the government borrows at such low yields that the ROI today is attractive since the impact of these programs will result in wealthier generations in the future.

Government debt is one thing, but corporations, those that don’t get to print currency to pay for their grandiose ideas, owe a collective $10tn to lenders.

This doesn’t necessarily qualify as a bubble, but the risks here are huge.

The message I have for you is that the government under Biden/Harris plans on spending heavily. We don’t see any reason to believe government debt will have any insolvency challenges, but the likely damage in the corporate bonds market is colossal, should rates rise.

The next downturn will expose how bad things are, but I made sure that I own no company with a debt burden on their books, nor do I hold any security that relies upon financing to bankroll its business.

That debt cycle is a recipe for disaster and I don’t plan to dabble in it.

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Sen. Cotton ridicules ‘rambling, incoherent’ Pelosi for blaming ‘Biden border crisis’ on Trump

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) on Monday quoted the movie “Billy Madison” in response to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s assertion that the Biden administration inherited a humanitarian crisis at the border from former President Donald Trump.

On day one of his presidency, President Joe Biden set out to dismantle President Trump’s border policies, issuing an executive order that terminated Trump’s declaration of a national emergency at the southern border and defunded construction of the border wall. Now, in a response to a surge of illegal immigration, the Biden administration will deploy the Federal Emergency Management Agency to the border to assist with processing these children, an effort that won Pelosi’s praise.

Sunday on ABC News, Pelosi blamed Trump for the growing crisis on the border as more than 4,200 unaccompanied migrant children are in the custody of Customs and Border Protection, with nearly 3,000 kids being held longer than the legally allowed 72-hour period. CBS News reported Sunday that CBP apprehended an average of 565 unaccompanied minors per day last week.

“What the administration has inherited is a broken system at the border, and they are working to correct that in the children’s interest,” Pelosi told ABC News. “I’m so pleased that the president, as a temporary measure, has sent FEMA to the border in order to help facilitate the children going from one — the 72-hour issue into where they are cared for as they are transferred into family homes or homes that are safe for them to be.”

Appearing on “Fox & Friends” Sunday, Cotton reacted to Pelosi’s comments and the Biden administration’s announcement regarding FEMA, mocking Pelosi for suggesting Trump is to blame for Biden’s policies.

“At no point in that rambling, incoherent answer did Nancy Pelosi even come close to expressing a rational thought about what’s happening at the border,” Cotton said. “What they inherited from the Trump administration was a border that was closed. We were building a wall and we were turning away all migrants who had no right to cross into our country.”

He continued: “The Biden border crisis, though, was created by Joe Biden’s promises of amnesty and open borders and free health care for illegals during the campaign. That’s why border crossings have increased every month since the election. And now the Biden administration is sending FEMA to the border. They are by their own declaration admitting it’s a disaster, but remember, they’re not deploying FEMA to secure the border, to try to finish the wall, or to stop those migrants from crossing. They’re deploying FEMA to expedite them, to wave them in even faster and give them a bus ticket and a plane ticket and send them wherever they want to go in the United States.”

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Pelosi blames border crisis on Trump and climate change

Democrats are scrambling following the massive surge of illegal immigrants and unaccompanied minors at the United States southern border. In the past week, there have been eye-opening reports about President Joe Biden’s migrant facilities, including children purportedly going days without showers or sunlight, populations at the detainment centers “akin to jail” at 729%, minors being denied access to communication to family members, and immigration lawyers being denied access to facilities.

The border crisis became so overwhelming that on Saturday, the Biden administration announced it was sending the Federal Emergency Management Agency to the border to assist with the record number of unaccompanied minors attempting to enter the U.S.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) acknowledged on Sunday that there is a “humanitarian challenge” at the border, but blamed former President Donald Trump and climate change for the overflow of illegal immigration.

“The facts of these, there are more children, about 600, 700 more children, unaccompanied children coming over the border,” Pelosi said on ABC News’ “This Week.” “This is a humanitarian challenge to all of us.”

Pelosi then pivoted to blaming Trump for the surge in illegal immigrants.

“What the administration has inherited is a broken system at the border, and they are working to correct that in the children’s interest,” Pelosi told host George Stephanopoulos. “I’m so pleased that the president, as a temporary measure, has sent FEMA to the border in order to help facilitate the children going from one — the 72-hour issue into where they are cared for as they are transferred into family homes or homes that are safe for them to be.”

Pelosi again passed the blame to the Trump administration by saying, “So this, again, is a transition for what was wrong before to what is right.”

“Of course, we have to also look to Central America, Mexico and the rest. The corruption, the violence, all of that’s so bad,” Pelosi briefly admitted, but then elaborated on what she considered a real culprit for the border crisis — climate change.

“My most recent trip to the Northern Triangle, that would be Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, you saw the impact of the climate change, mind you,” she claimed. “These people were leaving because of the drought. They couldn’t farm and they were seeking other ways to survive.”

There are others who believe that Biden’s lax immigration policies are causing a crisis at the border.

On Sunday morning, Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.), blamed Biden completely for the situation at the border.

“Empirically it is entirely. You can’t help but notice that the administration changes and there is a surge,” Cassidy told “Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace. “When they think they can get in they begin sending their unaccompanied child on a train ride across Mexico where she may be kidnapped and trafficked, on the hope that they’re going to be waved through at the border.”

Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas) told Axios earlier this month, “You just can’t say, ‘Yeah, yeah, let everybody in’ — because then we’re affected down there at the border. The bad guys know how to market this.”

Last week, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) proclaimed that he was deploying the National Guard to the U.S.-Mexico border to address the border crisis.

“The crisis at our southern border continues to escalate because of Biden Administration policies that refuse to secure the border and invite illegal immigration,” Abbott said.

Last March on the campaign trail, Biden announced to the world that he would end deportations if he was elected, “In the first 100 days of my administration — no one — no one will be deported at all. From that point on, the only deportations that will take place are commissions of felonies in the United States of America.”

In January, a migrant rights group issued a statement on behalf of the people participating in a caravan to the United States that demanded the Biden administration “honor its commitments.”

“We recognize the importance of the incoming Government of the United States having shown a strong commitment to migrants and asylum seekers, which presents an opportunity for the governments of Mexico and Central America to develop policies and a migration management that respect and promote the human rights of the population in mobility,” the statement from Pueblo Sin Fronteras read. “We will advocate that the Biden government honors its commitments.”

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Mitch McConnell rejects Capitol riot commission: Any major review should include Black Lives Matter violence, too

Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) appeared on Wednesday to dash Democrats’ hopes of launching a broad investigatory review of the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol, blasting the move as “partisan by design.”

Last week, Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced plans to form an “independent 9/11-type commission” to investigate the circumstances surrounding the Capitol riot, which Democrats have labeled an attempted insurrection and a domestic terror attack spurred on by former President Trump.

But, according to Politico, McConnell has rejected a draft version of the proposed commission, articulating that any large-scale review must also take into account the steady wave of Black Lives Matter riots that ravaged and burned cities across the country last year following the death of George Floyd in late May.

The proposal reportedly would have also given Democrats a 7-4 majority on the panel.

“If Congress is going to attempt some broader analysis of toxic political violence across this country, then in that case, we cannot have artificial cherry-picking of which terrible behavior does and does not deserve scrutiny,” McConnell said.

Instead, McConnell suggested he may be open to a much smaller-scale review focused on the security failures that allowed a mob of Trump supporters to breach the Capitol while both chambers of Congress were in session.

“We could do something narrow that looks at the Capitol, or we could potentially do something broader to analyze the full scope of the political violence problem in this country,” he added. “We cannot land at some artificial, politicized halfway point.”

In a letter to Democratic colleagues last week, Pelosi insisted that the commission was necessary in order to protect “the security of our members” of Congress and the “security of our country.”

The commission, according to Pelosi, would “investigate and report on the facts and causes relating to the January 6, 2021 domestic terrorist attack upon the United States Capitol Complex … and relating to the interference with the peaceful transfer of power, including facts and causes relating to the preparedness and response of the United States Capitol Police and other Federal, State, and local law enforcement in the National Capitol Region.”

On the same day that Pelosi sent the letter, she also received one from four leading House Republicans, criticizing her for dodging questions regarding her own “responsibility for the security” of the Capitol on Jan. 6, such as why requests for National Guard assistance ahead of the planned Trump rally that day were denied.

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Report: Nancy Pelosi claimed to oppose gerrymandering, then funneled $300K to a Democratic gerrymandering group

Despite publicly voicing opposition to partisan gerrymandering, Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) recently funneled $300,000 into the coffers of a Democratic gerrymandering group, the Washington Free Beacon reported Monday.

What are the details?

According to Federal Election Commission records, the money was moved from Pelosi’s leadership political action committee, PAC to the Future, to the National Democratic Redistricting Committee in two separate transactions of $200,000 and $100,000 late last year.

The payments stand in direct contrast to past statements the House speaker has made. In 2019, in response to a Supreme Court ruling that upheld the practice, Pelosi claimed that partisan gerrymandering efforts “compromise the integrity of our democracy.”

She added: “This ruling greenlights the unjust and deeply dangerous practice of gerrymandering, which robs Americans of their right to have an equal voice in their government,” suggesting that with the ruling, “traditionally underserved communities, especially communities of color, risk losing the representation and resources they rightfully deserve.”

But now, as the country is fast approaching its once-a-decade redistricting process during which new congressional and state district lines are drawn, Pelosi is supporting the very practice she once decried.

What else?

The NDRC, run by former Obama administration attorney general Eric Holder, is a prominent group at the center of left-wing gerrymandering efforts, according to the Free Beacon. But that is not especially obvious based on how the group advertises itself online and in its public statements.

The group publicly portrays itself as an anti-gerrymandering organization, dedicated to undoing the damage that Republicans have done over the last decade.

On its website, the group states, “There’s no other way to put it. Since 2011, Republicans gerrymandered the country more aggressively than at any time in our history. The result? Your vote might not count the way you think it does. It’s wrong — and we’re here to fix it.”

However, the group does also admit it exists to execute “a comprehensive redistricting strategy that shifts the redistricting power, creating fair districts where Democrats can compete.”

The fact is, both parties gerrymander to gain a competitive advantage, though Republicans have done it more effectively of late. And especially since 2010, when Republicans swept the country in a Tea Party wave, winning a large swath of state legislative seats and governor races across the country.

Anything else?

In addition to contributions from Pelosi’s PAC, the group has also received a large contribution from George Soros’s Democracy PAC.

According to the New York Times, Holder’s group was born out of a quiet huddle held at the White House in 2017, just days before former President Obama exited office, during which Obama discussed future redistricting plans with a small cohort of Democratic Party leaders.

Present with Obama at the meeting was Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), then-Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe — and Pelosi.

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Retired Army general tapped by Nancy Pelosi to review Capitol siege flagged over attacks on Republicans

Retired Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré has been leading a review of security measures at the U.S. Capitol at the direction of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) following the Jan. 6 attack on the building by a mob of Trump supporters.

But recent inflammatory comments made by the 74-year-old retired Army general against Republicans are raising questions about whether he was the right pick for the job.

What are the details?

Fox News’ Tucker Carlson alerted his viewers Wednesday night to a tweet Honoré made on Jan. 11, days after the siege, when he said of Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), “This little peace of s**t with his @Yale law degree should be run out of DC and Disbarred ASAP,” tagging Hawley and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), whom he dubbed “aaa hats,” and adding, “these @Yale and @Harvard law grads is high order white privilege.”

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Hawley and Cruz led high-profile efforts on Jan. 6 to reject some Electoral College votes cast in favor of President Joe Biden, the same day Trump hosted a rally in Washington, D.C., in protest of the election results before the mob of activists stormed the Capitol.

Carlson also pointed out unfounded speculations Honoré made in the media in the days following the attack, such as his assumption that those in charge of security at the Capitol — including a high percentage of Capitol Police officers could have been “complicit” in the attack and whom he dubbed “Trumpers.”

You may view Carlson’s segment in its entirety below. His coverage of Honoré begins around the 16:30 mark:


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Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) also slammed the Honoré appointment Wednesday night, tweeting, “General Honoré is an extreme partisan and should be the LAST person to head up an investigation of what happened at the Capitol on Jan 6th.”

Johnson pointed to a Fox News article from last July when Honoré told MSNBC that then-acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf needs “to be run out of Washington” due to what he called “bulls***” tactics used by federal agents to contain mobs in Portland, Oregon, amid unrest in the city.

Honoré also tried to get his Twitter followers to “stop buying” what he called the “s*** stocks” of companies that advertise with Sean Hannity, saying the Fox News host “speaks #Russian iNFO OPERATIONS TO SUCK UP TO #45.”

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Nancy Pelosi announces plans for ‘independent 9/11-type commission’ to investigate Capitol siege

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) announced plans Monday to form an “independent 9/11-type commission” to investigate the circumstances surrounding the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol building, including the security breakdowns that led to the complex being overrun.

Meanwhile, House Republicans are asking Pelosi to answer questions about her own “responsibility for the security” of the U.S. Capitol.

What are the details?

In a letter to House Democrats, the speaker reminded her caucus that retired General Russel Honoré has worked at Pelosi’s direction over the past few weeks on “assessing our security needs by reviewing what happened on January 6 and how we must ensure that it does not happen again.”

The speaker wrote:

It is clear from his findings and from the impeachment trial that we must get to the truth of how this happened. To protect our security…our next step will be to establish an outside independent 9/11-type Commission to ‘investigate and report on the facts and causes relating to the January 6, 2021 domestic terrorist attack upon the United States Capitol Complex…and relating to the interference with the peaceful transfer of power, including facts and causes relating to the preparedness and response of the United States Capitol Police and other Federal, State, and local law enforcement in the National Capitol Region.”

Fox News reported that the same day as Pelosi’s announcement, the speaker received a letter from four Republican ranking members on House committees who are demanding answers from the speaker about her “responsibility for the security” of the Capitol on Jan. 6.

GOP Reps. Rodney Davis (Ill.), Jim Jordan (Ohio), James Comer (Ky.), and Devin Nunes (Calif.) wrote to Pelosi that “many important questions” regarding her role in security measures “remain unanswered” such as why then-Capitol Police Chief Steve Sund’s Jan. 4 request for National Guard assistance ahead of a planned Jan. 6 Trump rally was denied.

The outlet reported that “Pelosi’s office fired back at the Republicans on Monday, claiming the security of the Capitol and democracy are ‘not the priorities of these ranking members,’ while saying ‘the Committees of Jurisdiction were briefed in advance of January 6 about security preparedness.'”

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Reuters noted:

More than 200 people have been charged with federal crimes in the bloody assault on Congress, which led to [former President Donald] Trump’s impeachment trial on a charge of inciting insurrection. Trump was acquitted on Saturday on a vote of 57-43, as seven Republican senators joined Democrats in favor of conviction, though short of the required majority.

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Biden uses Parkland anniversary to call on Congress to enact gun reforms: ban ‘assault weapons’ and ‘weapons of war’

On the third anniversary of the Parkland school shooting, President Joe Biden called on Congress to implement “commonsense gun law reforms.”

On Sunday, Biden made remarks about the horrific 2018 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

“Three years ago today, a lone gunman took the lives of 14 students and three educators at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida,” Biden said in a statement. “In seconds, the lives of dozens of families, and the life of an American community, were changed forever.”

Biden called for gun control.

“This Administration will not wait for the next mass shooting to heed that call,” the president stated. “We will take action to end our epidemic of gun violence and make our schools and communities safer.”

“Today, I am calling on Congress to enact commonsense gun law reforms, including requiring background checks on all gun sales, banning assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, and eliminating immunity for gun manufacturers who knowingly put weapons of war on our streets,” Biden declared. “We owe it to all those we’ve lost and to all those left behind to grieve to make a change. The time to act is now.”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) also marked the anniversary of the tragedy by detailing how Democrats would enact gun control measures in Congress.

Pelosi proclaimed, “Today, we continue to grieve and work with the Parkland families and survivors who have turned their pain into courageous action, inspiring a movement across the country to say, ‘Enough is enough!’

“Last Congress, moved by the daily epidemic of gun violence and guided by the millions of young people marching for their lives, House Democrats took bold action to save lives and end the bloodshed by passing H.R. 8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act, and H.R. 1112, the Enhanced Background Checks Act,” Pelosi said in a statement on Sunday.

“Now, working with the Democratic Senate and Biden-Harris Administration, we will enact these and other life-saving bills and deliver the progress that the Parkland community and the American people deserve and demand,” Pelosi claimed.

To commemorate the lives lost from the Parkland shooting, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis ordered flags to be flown at half-mast on Sunday. The Republican governor also implored Floridians to join him in a “moment of silence” at 3 p.m. in remembrance of the lives lost in the shooting.

DeSantis asked the country to mourn the lives of the victims, “Whereas, our state and nation continue to mourn and will always remember the lives of Alyssa Alhadeff, Scott Beigel, Martin Duque Anguiano, Nicholas Dworet, Aaron Feis, Jaime Guttenberg, Chris Hixon, Luke Hoyer, Cara Loughran, Gina Montalto, Joaquin Oliver, Alaina Petty, Meadow Pollack, Helena Ramsay, Alex Schachter, Carmen Schentrup and Peter Wang.”

The Parkland school shooting perpetrator is still awaiting trial.

“The case could have been all over by now. [The alleged shooter’s] lawyers have repeatedly said he would plead guilty in exchange for a life sentence. But prosecutors won’t budge on seeking the death penalty at trial,” the Associated Press reported.

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Nancy Pelosi calls McCarthy a coward for refusing to censure Marjorie Greene; says Dems will ‘take action’ against her

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) fired off an angry statement criticizing House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) for refusing to censure Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) and promised to take action.

Greene has been under fire for
comments she made on social media posts and videos extolling various conspiracy theories and advocating for the execution of Democratic politicians.

A campaign to unseat her from Congressional committees was stymied on Wednesday when McCarthy released a
statement condemning the past statements by Greene, but refusing to take action against her.

Pelosi released an angry
statement that identified McCarthy as being a member of the “Q” party, which likely stands for the QAnon conspiracy theory that Greene had espoused in the past.

“After several conversations and literally running away from reporters, Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (Q-CA) made clear that he is refusing to take action against conspiracy theorist Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene. As a result, the House will continue with a vote to strip Greene of her seat on the esteemed House Committee on Education & Labor and House Committee on Budget. McCarthy’s failure to lead his party effectively hands the keys over to Greene – an anti-Semite, QAnon adherent and 9/11 Truther,” claimed Pelosi.

She went on to contrast McCarthy’s “cowardly” refusal to take action to the stern statements from Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and other Republicans against Greene.

“As No 2. Senate Republican John Thune warned Tuesday, McCarthy has chosen to make House Republicans ‘the party of conspiracy theories and QAnon’ and Rep. Greene is in the driver’s seat,” she concluded.

Greene has refused to apologize for the comments publicly but in one statement
she claimed that the questionable posts were made by members of her team who had access to her Facebook account. Later she deleted a number of Facebook posts and tweets that contained the controversial statements.

Earlier on Wednesday, Greene issued a defiant tweet in response to her critics.

“We know who they all are. We owe them no apologies We will never back down,” she said.

Here’s more about Greene’s conspiracy comments:


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Tulsi Gabbard challenges Nancy Pelosi for ‘enemy is within the House’ rhetoric: ‘Like throwing a match into a tinderbox’

Former Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii denounced House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) for her “broad, inflammatory rhetoric” that is “incredibly dangerous.”

Pelosi maligned Republicans this week by saying, “I do believe, and I have said this all along, that we will probably need a supplemental for more security for members when the enemy is within the House of Representatives, a threat that members are concerned about in addition to what is happening outside.”

When asked by the press to clarify what she meant by “the enemy” within, Pelosi doubled-downed, “It means that we have members of Congress who want to bring guns on the floor and have threatened violence on other members of Congress.”

On Friday night, Gabbard appeared on “The Ingraham Angle,” where she reprimanded Pelosi for her remarks.

“This kind of broad, inflammatory rhetoric is like throwing a match into the tinderbox,” Gabbard said of Pelosi’s “enemy” within comments.

Regarding the claim of GOP lawmakers threatening “violence on other members of Congress,” Gabbard clamored for Pelosi to get law enforcement involved if the threats are legitimate.

“What Speaker Pelosi is talking about is a very serious thing,” the former Democratic representative told Fox News host Lauran Ingraham. “If there is evidence to back what she is saying … is true, this is a legal issue for law enforcement. Because members of Congress are not above the law either.”

Ingraham asked Gabbard if the claims made by Pelosi could incite more division and fuel more animosity.

“Isn’t this also inciting? If you think there is someone among the Republican caucus who’s actively plotting the murder of Nancy Pelosi or other members of Congress, that could then bring violence upon those individuals,” Ingraham said.

“That’s really the issue here. If this is a criminal threat, let law enforcement deal with it,” Gabbard responded. “If there is no evidence of what she is talking about, and if it is not true, it is inciting further division and further harm potentially and further destroying the possibility of our country coming together.”

Gabbard challenged the speaker of the House, “This is why it’s so important for Nancy Pelosi – again if these accusations are baseless – she needs to apologize, not so much to her colleagues but really to the American people who right now, more than ever, need leadership coming from the speaker of the House, who represents all members of Congress and the American people to bring us together.”

“For her and President Biden to deescalate these tensions, to turn down the temperature, to denounce those who are seeking to undermine our civil liberties and our constitutional rights, and who are inflaming these tensions,” Gabbard advised her fellow Democratic leadership. “To say, ‘Hey, we’re all Americans, and we need to come together.'”

Ingraham questioned if the Democrats in power are weaponizing the Jan. 6 Capitol riots “to justify future encroachment on civil liberties.” She hypothesized if Democrats might be “setting the stage” for “aggressive gun control,” putting a “wall around the Capitol,” or making Washington, D.C. a state.

Gabbard agreed, “I share your same concerns.” She reasoned that if the “party in charge can extend this kind of government overreach and using the military and intelligence agencies against people who are of the opposing party or hold different views, then what’s to say the next party who comes in and takes charge can’t do the same? That really leaves us with a banana republic, not a democracy.”


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Nancy Pelosi blasts Republican members of Congress as the ‘enemy within’

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) must not have heard President Joe Biden’s repeated calls for “unity.” Pelosi blasted her colleagues, even going so far as to disparage Republican lawmakers, claiming “the enemy is within the House of Representatives.”

During her weekly news conference, Pelosi addressed several topics, including the impeachment of former President Donald Trump, past remarks by Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.), and the possibility of adding more security at the U.S. Capitol to protect Democrats against GOP Congress members.

“I do believe, and I have said this all along, that we will probably need a supplemental for more security for members when the enemy is within the House of Representatives, a threat that members are concerned about in addition to what is happening outside,” Pelosi told reporters Thursday.

When asked to clarify what she meant by “the enemy” within, Pelosi doubled down by saying, “It means that we have members of Congress who want to bring guns on the floor and have threatened violence on other members of Congress.”

Freshman Republican Congresswoman Lauren Boebert from Colorado sparked the debate on if politicians should be permitted to carry firearms at the Capitol building ever since she won her election in November and promised to bring her gun to Washington, D.C.

A 1967 regulation allows Congress to carry a firearm into their office, but, are prohibited from bringing weapons into the House chamber and other nearby areas.

The Capitol riots on Jan. 6 brought on far more stringent security in the building. Some Democrats have since claimed that they are terrified of their GOP colleagues, including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), who said, “We still don’t yet feel safe around other members of Congress.”

AOC mentioned Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md.), who reportedly attempted to enter the House chamber, but was allegedly denied access after his firearm in his suit coat set off a metal detector.

Republicans Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) and Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-N.C.) were thankful that they were armed during the storming of the Capitol.

“Fortunately, I was armed, so we would have been able to protect ourselves,” Cawthorn said.

Massie explained, “The next member who argues Congressmen shouldn’t be allowed to carry firearms at work needs to be laughed out of the Capitol. Several of us were glad to be armed while barricaded for hours in our offices with our staff.”

During Thursday’s news conference, Pelosi had stern words for Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) regarding her past comments questioning deadly school shootings. Pelosi blasted Republican leadership in the House of Representatives for assigning Greene to the Education Committee.

“Who was willing to overlook, ignore those statements,” Pelosi said. “When she has mocked the killing of little children at Sandy Hook Elementary School, when she has mocked the killing of teenagers in high school, at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, what could they be thinking or thinking too generous a word for what they might be doing? It’s absolutely appalling and I think that the focus has to be on the Republican leadership of this House of Representatives for the disregard they have for the death of those children.”

A spokesperson for House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) told The Hill, “These comments are deeply disturbing and Leader McCarthy plans to have a conversation with the Congresswoman about them.”

Democrats have introduced a resolution to have Greene expelled from the House of Representatives.

Pelosi was also asked about the GameStop stock situation, which she deemed as “interesting.”

“Interesting, isn’t it? I understand that the administration is taking a look, the SEC is taking a look at what that is. But we’ll all be reviewing it, but interesting. It’s interesting, yeah.”


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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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