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In a Fox News interview, Parscale blames Trump’s lack of coronavirus empathy for his election loss.


Brad Parscale, the former Trump campaign manager who was demoted in July, claimed in a Fox News interview on Tuesday night that President Trump would have handily won the election if he had expressed more empathy about the coronavirus pandemic.

“We lost suburban families,” Mr. Parscale said. “I think that goes to one thing: the decision on Covid to go for opening the economy versus public empathy.”

He added, “I think if he had been publicly empathetic, he would have won.”

Mr. Parscale also appeared to blame those who succeeded him in running Mr. Trump’s campaign for failing to file lawsuits before Election Day. In fact, the campaign filed multiple lawsuits during the early voting period seeking to block mail-in ballot rule changes.

“I wanted lawyers everywhere,” Mr. Parscale said. “Why, during the early voting days, why weren’t they already getting in there and filing lawsuits? Why are we doing it post?”

At other points in the interview, Mr. Parscale refused to concede that the president had lost the election, claiming that Mr. Trump was “in a position that he might be able to pull this off.”

Mr. Parscale has kept a low profile since September, when he was hospitalized after his wife, Candice, called the police saying he was in his house with guns and threatening to hurt himself. According to a police report, Ms. Parscale also said her husband had bruised her arms during ”a physical altercation.” She later walked back the claim of domestic abuse.

Since that episode, which was caught on police body camera footage, Mr. Parscale has claimed he wants to go back to a simpler, more private life flipping real estate. He has told friends he wants to leave politics. Current and former Trump officials on Tuesday interpreted Mr. Parscale’s re-emergence as an attempt to increase the value of a memoir he is also trying to sell and to ingratiate himself with the president.

Mr. Parscale said in the Fox interview that he had not spoken to Mr. Trump recently, and that the fracturing of their relationship was “pretty hurtful.”

“I gave every inch of my life to them,” he said of the Trump family. “Every inch.”

At another point in the interview, he claimed that he was a “semi-quasi campaign manager” during Mr. Trump’s winning 2016 campaign, alongside Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law. In fact, Kellyanne Conway, a former White House official, was the president’s campaign manager four years ago.

“The worst thing to ever do was to break us two up,” Mr. Parscale said of his relationship with Mr. Kushner, claiming that the president’s son-in-law was also “slightly sidelined” after his demotion.

Addressing the altercation in September for the first time, Mr. Parscale hinted at strains in his marriage but did not address the abuse allegation. Martha MacCallum, the Fox News host who conducted the interview, did not ask him about it.

“We lost two children during the election,” Mr. Parscale said, referring to the death of their twins in 2016. “We were completely attacked by the left, the right, the media. And I got to a bad place.”

He said that he and his wife had “never been happier,” adding, “I’m just glad I moved on.”



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Don’t assume there’s nothing bad left to discover about Donald Trump


Under the 1978 Presidential Records Act, the National Archives may not grant the public access to presidential documents for a period of five years. Ex-presidents are given considerable latitude—too much, really—to restrict access to certain types of records, including those related to national-security and medical matters. This means that it may be a while before we find out what prompted Trump’s unexplained Saturday-afternoon visit to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in November 2019. (The White House said it was part of his “routine annual physical exam,” an explanation that the press immediately concluded was a lie.)

Another difficulty will be Trump’s habit, acquired when he was in real estate, of ripping up documents. At least in theory, this is against the law. For a while, Politico reported, Solomon Larty and Reginald Young Jr., two career White House records-management officials, literally gathered wastepaper from the Oval Office and the presidential residence and Scotch-taped the ripped-up documents back together. But in the spring of 2018, they were fired abruptly and marched off the White House grounds by Secret Service agents. We don’t know whether any Scotch-taping continued after that. […]

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Whatever differences we as Democrats have regarding President Obama’s policy choices in Afghanistan, the one thing we can all agree on is that we’re sick of hearing arsonists hanging around the fire they started telling us the best way put it out. Certain media, however, eagerly add kerosene to the flames by endlessly quoting them.

Thus, today, we’ve got torturer-in chief Richard Bruce Cheney – who lied us into war and further enriched himself and his wealthy cronies in the process—explaining to Politico how Obama has botched his decision because he actually spent time thinking about it. Therefore, the President is projecting “weakness.”

Weakness is added to weakness, Cheney says, by trying some Gitmo prisoners in New York in civilian courts. Uh-huh. By hauling self-described holy warriors into American criminal courts to be tried with thieves and murderers means the terrorists have already won.

It takes no special effort or reading between the lines to see the main theme behind Cheney’s remarks: Obama is giving aid and comfort to the enemy.





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CNN’s Zucker Busted By Project Veritas Saying President Trump Not Conceding is Like 9/11


Project Veritas released tapes on Tuesday of CNN’s 9 a.m. rundown calls that they have secretly been recording for months.

These tapes expose CNN president Jeff Zucker and several other CNN executives expressing their extreme political biases against the president.

“This is yet another investigation Project Veritas has conducted into CNN, and once again they’ve demonstrated their partisan political agenda and total disconnect with journalistic ethics,” said Project Veritas founder and CEO James O’Keefe.

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In one of the videos released on Tuesday evening, Zucker is heard agreeing with CNN field producer Stephanie Becker, in that they should talk about how, essentially, President Trump refusing to concede could lead to another 9/11. While discussing how to instill fear into their viewers, they talked about how they do not want to give too much attention to the fact that the president still has not conceded.

“On the issue of why it’s important to get the transition going right, the 9-11 report talks about one of the problems was that the trouble that was brewing that lost during the transition. So, if you want a good, concrete example of what happens when you don’t have a good transition, well, look at the Twin Towers,” Becker says.

Zucker agrees with Becker, saying “yeah, so, I think that’s an important point. I think it was just a little bit yesterday in terms of national security. I think it’s really important to raise again.”

“I would encourage folks to think about that 9/11 commission report and the lack of transition,” Zucker says.

The network also took aim at Tucker Carlson. During one of the calls, Marcus Mabry, CNN digital VP of global programming, says “I was just going to say, if you’re going to talk about the story, I think it’s unavoidable that you have to talk about the naked racism of Tucker Carlson. Because that’s really what drove this anti-diversity push, you know, Trump watches Tucker Carlson’s show and then reacts. And just as sort of the white supremacy hour they have on Fox News every night, I think it’s the — You can’t disconnect the two.”

O’Keefe called what he heard “outrageous and unprofessional behavior.”

“These statements made by high-up executives at CNN prove that they are simply not interested in being unbiased when reporting on the news,” O’Keefe said. “CNN likes to call themselves ‘the most trusted name in news,’ but how can the public ever trust a network that routinely bashes people simply because those people hold certain political views that are not aligned with the mainstream media?”

“Calling Tucker Carlson a racist and demanding CNN employees to attack Lindsey Graham is outrageous and unprofessional behavior,” O’Keefe added. “Project Veritas continues its investigations into mainstream media organizations and their role in influencing elections, especially as America’s future is becoming more uncertain and the public’s trust in media continues to decline.”

In the first video they released from the calls, Project Veritas revealed Special Correspondent Jamie Gangel detailed how CNN should cover up Trump’s contested election claims.

“We have to be, you know, news organizations have to be very careful and very responsible about not giving President Trump too much of a platform on his not conceding because they feel the transition can go forward,” Gangel said.





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An Irate Lou Dobbs Says That William Barr “May Be Compromised”


For much of the year, polling showed Donald Trump trailing Joe Biden. It may have taken a while, but Biden has won the election and it’s not particularly close. As votes slowly trickle in, it looks like the former Vice President will prevail by more than 7 million votes.

Trump was expected to lose, but he also hoped to have contingencies in place to overturn the election. This was an admitted reason as to why he rushed the Amy Coney Barrett nomination. And of course, the president had high hopes that his hand-picked Attorney General William Barr could help him out.

But Barr did not jump in to save the president. In fact, the AG told the Associated Press on Tuesday that there was not enough evidence of election fraud to overturn the election.

This statement enraged Lou Dobbs. The Fox Business host told his viewers that Barr was either a liar or had been compromised in some way.

Dobbs stated, “For the Attorney General of the United States to make that statement, he is either a liar or a fool but both. He may be perhaps compromised. He may be simply unprincipled. Or he may be personally distraught or ill.”

The Trump sycophant was also angry about John Durham’s unsuccessful investigation. He continued:

“[John] Durham’s investigation started some 568 days ago. It appears it is not over. But I will wager this: it will amount to nothing, because any Department of Justice, any special prosecutor or counsel now, who could go this long without unearthing anything of importance to the American people to be presented at least in a report if not an indictment is an act of craven insincerity. That’s as nicely as I can put it.” 





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Pentagon Official Ousted – The New York Times


The Pentagon statement said Mr. Miller thanked Mr. Maier for his service. But a senior U.S. official said relations were strained between Mr. Maier and Mr. Miller, a former Army Green Beret who later served in counterterrorism jobs at the Pentagon and the White House’s National Security Council before Mr. Trump picked him to replace Mr. Esper in the Pentagon’s top civilian job.

Mr. Maier, 44, an Air National Guard intelligence officer who has worked in counterterrorism jobs in Republican and Democratic administrations for two decades, declined to comment. He recently completed a 90-day reservist tour in Kuwait. His firing was reported earlier by CNN.

While Mr. Maier’s backers expressed dismay at the manner of his dismissal — summoned midday Monday by the White House liaison officer at the Pentagon, Joshua Whitehouse, and told to clear out that day — they also criticized the new Defense Department leadership for playing to Mr. Trump’s overly optimistic assessment of the Islamic State’s status. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to publicly discuss the situation.

When Mr. Miller announced last month that the United States would draw down to 2,500 troops in both Iraq and Afghanistan by Jan. 15, he trumpeted the demise of the Islamic State. “Thanks to our more than 80 partners in the Defeat-ISIS Coalition, we have destroyed the ISIS caliphate and will ensure they never again gain a foothold to attack our people,” Mr. Miller said in remarks on Nov. 17.

But two months earlier, in late September, while still in his previous job as director of the National Counterterrorism Center, Mr. Miller struck a more sobering note in testimony to a House committee: “ISIS has repeatedly demonstrated the ability to rebound from severe losses over the past six years by relying on a dedicated cadre of veteran midlevel commanders, extensive clandestine networks, and downturns in CT pressure to persevere,” referring to counterterrorism pressure.

Other counterterrorism officials estimate that the Islamic State, despite having lost its territorial control in Iraq and Syria, still has as many as 10,000 guerrilla fighters there, and maintains resilient affiliates across East and West Africa and Afghanistan.

“Chris is a straight-up pro,” Nicholas J. Rasmussen, a former director of the National Counterterrorism Center, said of Mr. Maier. “The idea this is justified because we’ve won the war against ISIS strains credulity.”



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Inequality was bad enough before it went viral in the Pandemic Recession


“Pandemics should be the great equalizer,” says political analyst Fareed Zakaria. But instead “the virus is ushering in the greatest rise in economic inequality in decades, both globally and in the United States.” Brookings agrees, adding that “the costs of the pandemic are being borne disproportionately by poorer segments of society.” […]

The only solution may be an implementation of Modern Monetary Theory, the pumping of money into the general population through a Guaranteed Income, so that the ever-expanding disparities in wealth can be countered by a surge in middle- and lower-class wealth.

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How would you define a party that has absolutely no sense of morality? You don’t have to. Tully Borland at The Federalist has already done it for you.

Here is one thing we know and should admit from the start: in his early thirties, Moore had a penchant for dating teenagers. Apparently, this was not an uncommon occurrence during this time. In fact, this practice has a long history and is not without some merit if one wants to raise a large family.

Don’t make a mistake here: Borland isn’t arguing that it’s okay for people to marry young. What he’s saying is that if you want to raise a Big Biblical family, it takes a man with some experience to plow those inviting teenage fields.

To have a large family, the wife must start having kids when she is young. The husband needs to be well-established and able to support the family, in which case he will typically need to marry when older.

Not that he would approve of Moore screwing his teenage daughter.

I have a 14-year-old daughter. If I caught Roy Moore doing what was alleged, for starters I would kick him where it counts. That said, I don’t think it’s wrong to vote for Moore.

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Nevada Judge Orders Inspection of Election Equipment in Clark County


President Trump tweeted late Monday night that a Nevada judge has ordered the inspection of voting equipment in Clark County.

Former Nevada Attorney General Adam Paul Laxalt speaks at press conference announcing Trump campaign lawsuit in Carson City challenging election results, November 17, file screen image

“A judge in Nevada has ordered Clark County officials to allow an inspection of the elections equipment and sealed containers used in the 2020 election by 1:00 P.M. tomorrow. @RichardGrenell @AdamLaxalt @mschlapp”

Earlier Monday night Sidney Powell had mentioned that her co-counsel in the Flynn case Jesse Binnall had just won a discovery order in Nevada. Binnall retweeted this account of Powell’s comments:

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“BREAKING: @SidneyPowell1, when questioned by @seanhannity about whether anyone has had the opportunity to forensically examine these [Dominion] machines, “My co-counsel from the Flynn case, @jbinnall JUST WON a discovery order from the court in Nevada. He has done a great job out”

Powell: “My co-counsel from the Flynn case, Jesse Binnall in fact got a discovery order from the court today in Nevada. He’s been doing a great job out there trying to get more information and got the discovery order entered today. So they’re, will be collecting a lot more evidence from Nevada where there was massive corruption.”

Also Monday night, a Nevada reporter tweeted that the Trump campaign was trying to serve a subpoena on Clark County Registrar Joe Gloria who was allegedly in hiding from the process servers.





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Trump COVID Adviser Scott Atlas Blames Social Media And Universities For Failed Pandemic Response


Dr. Scott Atlas, Donald Trump’s failed pandemic adviser who resigned on Monday, went on Fox News and blamed social media and universities for the administration’s disastrous response to the COVID crisis.

“We have social media where people go sort of ballistic and feel empowered to do so,” Atlas said in an interview with Tucker Carlson. “America and its universities really need to allow … the free exchange of ideas, because it is from the free exchange of ideas that scientific truths follow.”

“These scientific truths are critical for us to solve this crisis, every other crisis,” he added.

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We are living in extremely polarizing time. You know this as much as anybody. It’s an election year. We have social media where people go sort of ballistic and feel empowered to do so. I don’t know, I think that there is a serious problem, honestly, in the country, because there is a bigger issue here and that is that America and its universities really need to allow – without attack, without rebuke, without intimidation – the free exchange of ideas. Because it is from the free exchange of ideas that scientific truths follow. And these scientific truths are critical for us to solve this crisis, every other crisis. And in fact, the free exchange of ideas is the foundation of every civilized society.

The Trump administration has been the biggest source of COVID misinformation

As Dr. Scott Atlas whined about his version of “scientific truth” being censored by social media and universities, he forgot to mention that Donald Trump is the biggest source of COVID misinformation on the planet.

According to a study conducted by researchers at Cornell University, Trump has been “the single largest driver of misinformation around Covid.”

Ultimately, the problem during this public health crisis hasn’t been that the truth has been hidden from the public by social media and colleges, as Dr. Atlas claimed on Monday.

It’s that people like Donald Trump and Scott Atlas have been pushing dangerous misinformation that further endangers the lives of the American people.

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Biden Moves on to Economic Hires


Fauci warns of a surge “superimposed” on the one we’re already in, while Biden’s foreign policy team faces a test on ethics. It’s Monday, and this is your politics tip sheet. Sign up here to get On Politics in your inbox every weekday.

Trump on the South Lawn of the White House with his grandchildren yesterday.


Biden’s newly unveiled foreign policy team represents an attempt to restore a pre-Trump world order, after four years of an administration that has flouted ethics protocols while undermining American allegiances abroad.

But as our reporters Eric Lipton and Kenneth P. Vogel write in a new investigation, it also presents the incoming president with an early test of his own on the ethics and transparency front.

A number of his choices for top government positions have served at two major private companies, a consulting firm and an investment fund, creating the potential for a revolving door between public and private work, and setting the table for demands that incoming officials reveal the identities of past clients.

The founders of the consulting company, WestExec Advisors, include Antony Blinken, Biden’s choice for secretary of state, and Michèle Flournoy, who is considered a top contender to be his defense secretary. A number of other officials slated to become part of the Biden administration did work for WestExec, including Psaki and Avril Haines, whom Biden has named as his pick for director of national intelligence.

People familiar with the matter told Eric and Ken that WestExec’s clients have included Shield AI, a company that makes surveillance drones and recently signed a multimillion-dollar contract with the Air Force.

Blinken and Flournoy have also served as advisers to Pine Island Capital Partners, which invests hundreds of millions of dollars in military and aerospace companies, among other targets in the defense industry.

Flournoy has also made over $400,000 in the past two years as a board member for the firm Booz Allen Hamilton, which has billions of dollars in federal contracts, including a deal signed in 2018 for cybersecurity services to six federal agencies. Flournoy has been a particular target of criticism from progressives for her ties to the defense industry.

Another person said to be under consideration for the defense secretary position, the retired Army general Lloyd Austin, has also worked with Pine Island.

Republicans are already indicating that they plan to focus on WestExec in confirmation hearings for Blinken and other nominees.

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White man deems music too loud and kills Lucy McBath’s son. Eight years later, ‘tragic echo’ happens


Every year, I write a letter to my son. Read below – and remember there are still thousands of families in this country being torn apart every single day from gun violence,” McBath tweeted on Nov. 23.

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She continued:

”To Jordan: I miss you. It’s been eight years since I got to hug and kiss you. I had no way to know that the last time I hugged you would be the last time I embraced you in this life.

You didn’t deserve to die that way, but our laws failed you, failed us and countless families like ours. I know the man who killed you was not raised the way I raised you.But I decided not to be silent — to challenge the laws that failed us.

I know you’re looking down on me, & I pray I’m making you proud – taking on the work that I know you were meant to do, Jordan. Can you believe I’m about to start my second term in Congress? This wasn’t in the cards or on any life plan that we had.

I know that you were not taken from us in vain eight years ago today. It cannot be that way.Not a day goes by that I don’t think about you, but I take comfort knowing that one day I’ll get to hug you again and hear your voice and your laugh when I join you.

But until God decides that day has come, my promise to you is that I will continue to fight for you and your legacy. To make this world a safer place for families like ours.Thank you for watching over me as my guardian, Jordan. I love you so much.

Forever, your mom, Lucy”

In Ellison’s death, Robert Keegan, 47, was detained on the scene and taken into custody, Ashland police said in a news release. He now faces charges of murder in the 2nd degree, manslaughter in the first degree, reckless endangerment, and unlawful possession of a weapon. “The investigation indicates that Keegan and the victim, who did not know each other, were engaged in an argument in the parking lot when Keegan pulled a gun from his coat and fired a single shot, striking the victim in the chest,” police said.

Police responded to the scene in the parking lot of the Stratford Inn on Siskiyou Boulevard, where Keegan was also a guest, at about 4:20 AM after a hotel clerk near the shooting called 911. “The suspect and the victim were both guests at the Stratford Inn,” police said in the news release.  

Although police said they found the victim with a gunshot wound to the chest on arrival, it was Ashland Fire and Rescue, not police officers, who attempted “to render aid” and learned the victim was “beyond help,” officials said in the news release. 

Keegan not only obviously murdered the victim, he also recklessly endangered the hotel clerk by discharging the gun near the hotel clerk,” Ashland Police Chief Tighe O’Meara told NBC-affiliate KOBIO’Meara called the incident “utterly senseless” in the interview with KOBI but ultimately said, “unfortunately, there was nothing to be done.” O’Meara added that the shooting “didn’t need to happen, people getting violent with each other for such stupid reasons.”

“I would encourage people to let us handle disputes and not go out and get into arguments with people unnecessarily,” the police chief told KOBI.

O’Meara faced criticism for a since-deleted statement he made on Facebook and his initial characterization of the shooting as the result of the victim playing loud music. “I need to offer a clarification in reference to the horrendous murder that occurred on Monday morning,” O’Meara said in a new statement posted to the Ashland police Facebook page Thursday. “It has been reported in some local media sources that I said this murder was ‘because of’ something. The only thing that caused this murder was suspect’s actions, 100% . It is completely immaterial what led up to it. I cannot control how the local media sources represent the words I give them.

“Yes, there was an argument over music, no, this did not happen because of loud music, it happened because the suspect chose to bring a gun with him and chose to use it, 100% on him, not the poor young man that was murdered. I would like to thank the community members who reached out to me to express their concern over how the situation was reported. Tighe.”

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Precious Edmonds, a spokesperson for the Southern Oregon Black Leaders, Activists and Community Coalition told The Oregonian a culture of white supremacy persists in the area of southern Oregon Ellison was killed in. “The incident where Aidan was shot after an argument listening to his music was really about him not submitting to that man’s perceived authority,” Edmonds said.

Civil rights lawyer Ben Crump tweeted Sunday that his questions in the case extend to more than just the shooter, who Crump called a “white supremacist.” The attorney posed these questions: “1. Why why didn’t Ashland Police render aid on arrival? 2. Why did the Chief of police condemn both for ‘getting into arguments that unnecessarily resolve in violence.’ 3. Why hasn’t Keegan been charged with a hate crime?”  

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Crump also made an important legal distinction between Ellison’s death and that of Trayvon Martin, a 17-year-old Black teen shot and killed Feb. 26, 2012 on a trip from a convenience store to get candy and tea in Sanford, Florida.

In the case, neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman was accused of racially profiling the teen, who wore a hooded sweatshirt when 29-year-old Zimmerman shot Martin. At one point, Zimmerman considered using the “stand your ground” law in his defense. The law gives homeowners in fear of their life or in protection of their property the right to use deadly force. Zimmerman ultimately was found not guilty of second-degree murder and acquitted of manslaughter, according to The New York Times.

Crump tweeted: “For those comparing Aidan Ellison’s murder to Trayvon Martin: Oregon isn’t a ‘Stand Your Ground’ state, but the combo of Oregon’s use of force laws and a 2007 Oregon Supreme Court ruling imply that state law doesn’t require a duty to retreat.”





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