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News and Headlines.9/21/2020

WASHINGTON, DC – SEPTEMBER 19: U.S. President Donald Trump walks to speak to members of the press prior to his departure from the White House on September 19, 2020 in Washington, DC. President Trump is traveling to North Carolina for a campaign rally.

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In The News:

Six accused of starting Oregon blazes amid devastating wildfire season

Dee Perez comforts Michael Reynolds in the ruins of his home destroyed in the Almeda Fire in Talent, Oregon.
Dee Perez comforts Michael Reynolds in the ruins of his home destroyed in the Almeda Fire in Talent, Oregon.Getty Images

At least six men in Oregon have been accused of intentionally setting blazes during the state’s devastating wildfire season, according to a report.

There is no evidence that the suspects were motivated by politics, despite conspiracies that such an animus has fueled the fires that have burned more than a million acres (1,500 square miles), OregonLive reported.

Go Woke, Go Broke: Sunday Night Football Ratings Crash by 17%

Getty Images/Abbie Parr
Getty Images/Abbie Parr

NBC’s Sunday Night Football showcased two of the best franchises in the NFL over the last decade, despite that, the ratings crashed by nearly 20 percent.

The NFL has suffered tremendous drops in viewership and ratings, particularly among their primetime offerings, since their return nearly two weeks ago.

Last week’s Sunday Night Football match-up between the Cowboys and the Rams, suffered a 28% drop in ratings.

After high school suspends football players for carrying Thin Blue, Red Line flags, a local group awards scholarships to the two teens

Image source: Fox News video screenshot
Image source: Fox News video screenshot

Following outcry, the administration rescinded the suspension order and permitted the teens to return to school.

On Friday, an Ohio nonprofit group called “Holiday for Heroes” announced it would be awarding the teens a scholarship for their support of police officers and firefighters.

In a statement, the group said, “Brady and Jarad are true PATRIOTS, they did something last Friday that showed they are far beyond their years.

These men stood up for a cause they believe in.

As they took the field with flags in hand it reminded us how we felt 19 years ago, heartbroken yet strong and united.”

After losing $1.7 billion on timber sales over 40 years, Forest Service looks to expand program

According to a new report from Taxpayers for Common Sense, the Forest Service has spent $1.96 billion “in connection with its timber sale program in the Tongass” over 39 years while generating just $227 million in timber sale receipts, yielding a net loss of $1.73 billion in taxpayer dollars.

Over 40 years, the government has lost an average of $44.5 million annually administering the Tongass Forest’s timber sales program.

The report predicts that at current rates the USFS will lose $190 million over the next five years.

“It actually costs taxpayers millions to ‘sell’ timber that we collectively own, which makes no sense,” said Autumn Hanna, vice president of Taxpayers for Common Sense, in a press release.

Names of EVERY passenger to have flown on Jeffrey Epstein’s aircraft ‘to be revealed “sparking panic among the pedophile’s wealthy friends”‘

Jeffrey Epstein’s flight logs on his aircraft, including his ‘Lolita Express’ jet, have been subpoenaed, sparking fear among the rich and famous who partied with the pedophile.

The Attorney General in the US Virgin Islands, where the billionaire had a home and is said to have carried out many of his horrific crimes, has demanded to see the logs which document the passengers on his aircraft.

The logs on his four helicopters and three planes span from 1998 until his suicide in prison last year.

Attorney General Denise George has filed a lawsuit against his estate alleging 22 accounts including human trafficking, aggravated rape, child abuse, neglect, forced labour and prostitution, The Mirror reported.

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Barr identifies New York City, Seattle, and Portland as ‘anarchist jurisdictions’

The Justice Department announced on Monday that those cities “have refused to undertake reasonable measures to counteract criminal activities” amid months of violence following the death in police custody of George Floyd, which resulted in nationwide protests as well as clashes with police, looting, rioting, arson, and more.

“When state and local leaders impede their own law enforcement officers and agencies from doing their jobs, it endangers innocent citizens who deserve to be protected, including those who are trying to peacefully assemble and protest,” Barr said Monday.

“We cannot allow federal tax dollars to be wasted when the safety of the citizenry hangs in the balance.

President Trump’s long history of kindness goes unreported by mainstream media

Despite all the attacks from the mainstream media, President Trump has a long history of going out of his way to help those in need.

One America’s Pearson Sharp takes a closer look at the President’s many unreported acts of kindness throughout the years.

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Politics:

Conservative group launches website to battle big tech companies over online censorship

The Media Research Center has launched CensorTrack, a website dedicated to #FreeSpeechAmerica, a campaign designed to fight online censorship of conservatives.

“Our position is that if they can do it to the president of the United States, they can do it to anyone, and in fact that is exactly what is happening… every platform in Silicon Valley today is censoring conservatives,” MRC founder and president Brent Bozell told attendees of a virtual launch event on Sept. 17.

“What we are seeing in the tech world right now is the greatest danger and encroachment to freedom of expression and thought, I think, in the history of our country,” First Liberty Institute CEO Kelly Shackelford said. “Tech companies are now an information highway, common couriers. And they control this information, and they’re engaging in extensive censorship.”

FLASHBACK: In 2016, Democrats decried having just eight justices on Supreme Court | SUPERcuts! #817

Got to break that deadlock.

Steve Hilton calls for bipartisan detente amid threats of more riots

Commentary/Opinion:
Ginsburg and Scalia’s friendship should be a model for all, Steve says.

Coronavirus cases and deaths continue to decline, but officials vow to continue restrictions

Yet multiple governors throughout the country have nevertheless stated their intent to keep many of their state’s restrictions in place until a COVID-19 vaccine has been distributed throughout the country and enough Americans have taken it — perhaps even if that doesn’t happen until late 2021.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s office, for instance, wrote at the end of last month on the state’s website that, “until an effective vaccine is distributed, Californians must wear a mask every time they’re with people outside their household.

Whether an effective vaccine can be developed on such an abbreviated timetable remains to be seen. Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, meanwhile — as with Newsom — promised earlier this month to maintain at least some restrictions until the point that a vaccine takes broad effect.

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Trump says he’ll likely name Supreme Court nominee Friday, Saturday to replace Justice Ginsburg

“I will announce it either Friday or Saturday,” Trump said on the Fox News Channel. “Then the work begins.”

Trump has also said he will nominate a female to fill the high court seat. On Monday, the president suggested that he would make his decision later in the week to allow for events honoring Ginsburg and her groundbreaking, consequential legal career. 

FOX NEWS VIDEO: Bongino on Senate battle over Supreme Court vacancy

Commentary/Opinion:
Dan Bongino, Fox News contributor, discusses the battle over the Supreme Court vacancy and an NFL player who honored a fallen police officer on his helmet.

“What are we all being held hostage now? Because the minority on the Senate side that lost the election, they lost.

We’re in charge of the Senate, for now. We may not be in January, but, we certainly as hell are now.

“After you harassed Brett Kavanaugh, they lost four seats and we gained a net of two on the Republican side,” Bongino said.

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A year after impeachment, Hunter Biden’s Ukraine activities come home to roost

What a difference a year makes.

The GOP-led Senate Finance and Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs committees plan to release a joint report as early as this week disclosing the results of a year-long probe into Joe Biden’s stewardship of Ukraine anti-corruption policy while his son earned big money as a board member at the corruption-plagued Burisma Holdings gas firm.

The report is expected to accuse the former vice president of engaging in a prohibited conflict of interest or the appearance of a conflict of interest by continuing to oversee the U.S. anti-corruption policies in Ukraine while his son served on the board of a natural gas company under investigation by the very Ukrainian prosecutors dependent on U.S. money, guidance and assistance in the fight against corruption that Joe Biden controlled.

The fact that Joe Biden admits he forced the firing in spring 2016 of Viktor Shokin — the Ukrainian prosecutor who was overseeing the Burisma probe — by threatening to withhold $1 billion in U.S. aid to Ukraine only heightens the conflict concerns.

Yes, The Senate Can Confirm a New Nominee Before The Election

Commentary/Opinion:
Todd declared in disbelief “what precedent?!”

The answer is that most presidents have made nominations in election years.

Waiting to fill a slot is the exception to that precedent.

Indeed, in 2016,Justice Ginsburg swatted down arguments that a President should wait until after an election.

She stressed that it is the “job” of the Senate to fill such slots and noted “There’s nothing in the Constitution that says the president stops being the president in his last year.”

Likewise, Justice Sonia Sotomayor insisted that the Senate should not leave the Court with just eight members, stating “Eight is not a good number.

I think we hope there will be nine [justices] as soon as possible.”

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Dems’ Take on Scalia’s Death Is Coming Back to Haunt Them

Commentary/Opinion:
Democrats have displayed yet another bit of hypocrisy when they continually say Republicans in the Senate should allow the next president to decide who replaces Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Remember when they wanted the Senate to vote and appoint Judge Merrick Garland to replace Justice Antonin Scalia?

President Barack Obama pushed HARD for the Senate to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court.

He pushed the issue especially hard right before the 2016 election.

These are just some of the tweets he continually put out during that timeframe (but you get the idea):

World News:

New congressional report says China, WHO could have helped prevent global pandemic, reports

The report, written by Republican members of the Democrat-led committee, states that “beyond doubt” the Chinese Communist Party “actively engaged in a cover-up designed to obfuscate data, hide relevant public health information, and suppress doctors and journalists who attempted to warn the world,” according to news accounts, ahead of the release of the report.

The 96-page documents alleges that the Chinese government hid data and rid itself of evidence that spoke to the realities of the deadly virus out of Wuhan, in addition to disrupting supply chains by limiting the exports of U.S. companies.

Citing a study out of Medrxiv, the report purportedly states: “Research shows the CCP could have reduced the number of cases in China by up to 95 percent had it fulfilled its obligations under international law and responded to the outbreak in a manner consistent with best practices.”

Viktor Orbán: Schools Must Protect Children from ‘Gender Ideology and Rainbow Propaganda’

There are “irreconcilable differences in education policy” between liberals and conservatives, Mr. Orbán argued in an extended written address, with conservatives focusing on helping children “to be capable of becoming patriots who can carry forward our tried and tested traditions.”

Christian democrats “expect schools to reinforce the sex identity that the Creator has conferred on each child at birth,” he said, “to help girls become fine and admirable women; and to help boys become men who are able to provide security and support for their families.”

“Schools should protect the ideal and values of the family, and should keep minors away from gender ideology and rainbow propaganda,” he added, while admitting that his words will seem shocking to the modern liberal mindset.

Bulgaria court convicts two over 2012 Burgas bus attack on Israelis

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Bulgarian prosecutors said the evidence linked the defendants and the attack to Hezbollah
AFP Bulgarian prosecutors said the evidence linked the defendants and the attack to Hezbollah

Meliad Farah, a Lebanese-Australian, and Hassan El Hajj Hassan, a Lebanese-Canadian, were found guilty of helping a Lebanese-French man who prosecutors said died after planting the bomb.Their whereabouts are not known.

Prosecutors linked the attack to militant group Hezbollah. It denied involvement.

On 18 July 2012, a bus carrying Israeli tourists exploded outside the airport in the Bulgarian Black sea report of Burgas.The following year, Bulgarian authorities named Meliad Farah and Hassan El Hajj Hassan as suspects in the bombing.

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US triggers sanction-snapback on Iran;Honduras to move embassy to Jerusalem-TV7 Israel News 21.09.20

1) The President of the central-American state of Honduras, Juan Orlando Hernández, announced his intension to relocate his country’s Embassy in Israel from the city of Rishon LeTsiyon to Jerusalem.

2) The United States announced that sanctions are being re-imposed on Iran, pursuant to the snapback process, under UN Security Council Resolution 2231

3) President Recep Tayyip Erdogan sent mixed signals about his intentions vis-à-vis the Eastern Mediterranean – amid heightened tensions with Greece and Cyprus is particular, and the European Union in general.

Trump Signs Executive Order Reinstating Pre-Nuke Deal Iran Sanctions Despite UN Objections — Adds 27 New Targeted Bodies To Sanctions List

WASHINGTON, DC – SEPTEMBER 19: U.S. President Donald Trump walks to speak to members of the press prior to his departure from the White House on September 19, 2020 in Washington, DC. President Trump is traveling to North Carolina for a campaign rally.
WASHINGTON, DC – SEPTEMBER 19: U.S. President Donald Trump walks to speak to members of the press prior to his departure from the White House on September 19, 2020 in Washington, DC. President Trump is traveling to North Carolina for a campaign rally. (Photo by Sarah Silbiger/Getty Images)

“This Executive Order is critical to enforcing the UN arms embargo on Iran,” Trump claimed in a statement issued by the White House press office.

“The order will greatly diminish the Iranian regime’s capacity to export arms to terrorists and dangerous actors throughout the region, as well as its ability to acquire weapons to build up its own forces.”

“My actions today send a clear message to the Iranian regime and those in the international community who refuse to stand up to Iran.

The United States will not allow the Iranian regime to further advance capabilities to directly threaten and terrorize the rest of the world,” the president continued.

Large US political donor in jail in Lithuania

Police said Ahmad “Andy” Khawaja “performed multimillion-dollar transactions and was in possession of significant amounts of money” when arrested.

His detention on Sept. 3 on an international arrest warrant was kept secret, and police confirmed it only after Monday’s ruling by a court in the Lithuanian capital, Vilnius, that he should remain in jail pending extradition hearings.

Court documents made public in December 2019 indicate that the indictment charged that Khawaja had aided an unnamed female candidate.

Federal donor records show Khawaja gave millions of dollars to Democratic candidates, including the main political action committee supporting Clinton’s campaign.

He also donated $1 million to Trump’s inaugural fund.

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‘White Privilege’? Working-Class White Kids Most Disadvantaged in UK Schools as System Prioritises Minorities

Anthony Devlin/Getty Images
Anthony Devlin/Getty Images

The research revealed that working-class white students are 50 per cent less likely than their minority counterparts to score strong passes in the eight General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) exams used by colleges and universities to determine an individual’s academic level.

In 2019, the progress score in the GCSEs for white pupils fell, while almost every minority group improved.

A don at Oxford University, Professor Peter Edwards, told the Mail on Sunday that the reason for the discrepancy was that issues facing white working-class students are seen as “unfashionable” and “not worthy”.

He went on to suggest that amongst academics, just discussing the issues is seen as “taboo” because educators link it with “hard-Right political thinking”.

Commentary/Opinion:

COVID cover-up?! | THIS is why mask mandates are becoming more and more dangerous to the US

Mediate columnist John Ziegler explains to Glenn why mask mandates are becoming more and more dangerous to the US.

First, he says, there’s a lack of supporting evidence to back the theory that masks are extremely effective in battling COVID. Second:

there’s no end date for the imposed mask mandates — will they continue forever?

Third, and most importantly, masks give scientists, health officials, and politicians, the perfect opportunity to cover up the mishandling of this virus since day one, and to cover up what Ziegler says could be the “biggest scientific mistake in the modern era.”

EXPOSED: The Progressive Movement’s Historical Embrace Of Racist Eugenics

Independent Institute research fellow and professor emeritus of economics in College of Business at the University of Nevada, Reno, Thomas Cargill, joins Ben Domenech on the Federalist Radio Hour.

They discuss the lack of educational materials covering the history of the progressive movement, particularly their implementation of eugenics and forced sterilization in order to attain a better society.

Cargill also explained how figures like Planned Parenthood’s Margaret Sanger felt justified in participating and enabling eugenics because they believed they were contributing to the forward movement of society.

“You could be a racist and still a moralist because what you were doing was ridding society of the unfit so society would be more efficient,” Cargill said.

I Love America Too Much to Stay Silent

Nestride Yumga experienced real corruption and civil rights abuses in Africa.

Then she came to America, the land of opportunity, education, and freedom.

So when Black Lives Matter protests declared America guilty of systemic racism and injustice, she knew she had to defend her adoptive country.

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This Is Trump’s Plan To Handle Post Election Riots (Pt. 1) | Jeanine Pirro | POLITICS | Rubin Report

Dave Rubin of The Rubin Report talks to Jeanine Pirro (Author, Don’t Lie to Me) about what Donald Trump told her he would do in the event of post-election riots, an internal memo showing that Manhattan’s DA is choosing protesters over the police, and what the real Donald Trump is like off camera.

Jeanine discusses her exclusive interview with Donald Trump. She discusses the historic Middle East agreements where the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain both signed peace deals with Israel that have been called the “Abraham Accords”.

She also discussed the looting and riots that have occurred in cities like Portland, and Seattle as a result of the BLM protests with him.

President Trump revealed to Jeanine that he was prepared to invoke the insurrection act to deal with any post-election riots and civil unrest to restore law and order.

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