Sunday, October 25, 2020

Trump announces peace deal between Sudan and Israel, says more nations will normalize relations

 By Morgan Phillips | Fox News 

President Trump hangs ends the call with the leaders of Sudan and Israel, as Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, left, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, White House senior adviser Jared Kushner, National Security Adviser Robert O'Brien, and others applaud in the Oval Office of the White House, Friday, Oct. 23, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

President Trump on Friday announced a peace deal that would normalize ties with between Israel and Sudan, claiming there "would be many more peace deals to come in the Middle East."

Sudan is the third Arab state to do so as part of U.S.-brokered deals in the run-up to Election Day.

Trump invited reporters into the Oval Office while he was on the phone with the leaders of Israel and Sudan to discuss the latest U.S.-brokered deal in the run-up to Election Day. 

"Three months ago, no one thought this was possible. Even Bibi didn't know if this was possible, right Bibi?" Trump asked his ally, Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. 

Trump said Sudan had demonstrated a commitment to battling terrorism. "This is one of the great days in the history of Sudan," Trump said, adding that Israel and Sudan have been in a state of war for decades. 

"It is a new world," Netanyahu said over the phone. "We are cooperating with everyone. Building a better future for all of us."

The president said that at least five other countries wanted peace with Israel. "We have many lined up. They want to come in, get the deal done."

Senior adviser to the president Jared Kushner, who has been involved in brokering the deals, agreed that other countries in the Middle East would soon follow suit. 

Trump said that even Iran would "someday" normalize relations with Israel.

"Iran ultimately will become a member of this whole thing. Look, someday I'd love to help Iran get back on track. They've gone from a rich country to a poor country in three years," he said. 

"But they can't have nuclear weapons," he continued. "It's always death to Israel, that's all they shout. So they can't have nuclear weapons."

The president also said that a deal between Israel and the Palestinian region may be on the horizon. "Palestinians, they're wanting to do something. "I'm sure that will get done, too." 

Before the 2020 peace deals, Middle Eastern nation had not recognized Israel since Jordan in the 1990s. 

Trump said he expects Saudi Arabia to come to the table for a deal soon. 

"There's going to be a big reunion, where everybody is here, everybody's going to be signed. We expect Saudi Arabia's going to be one of those countries. Highly respected. The King and the Crown Prince. They're all just highly respected in the Middle East."

Friday's deal, which would deepen Sudan's engagement with the West, follows Trump's conditional agreement this week to remove the North African nation from the list of state sponsors of terrorism if it pays compensation to American victims of terror attacks. 

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a ceremony announcing the deal that victims of terror would receive $335 million in compensation from Sudan. 

The money is meant for victims of the 1998 bombings of the U.S. Embassies in Kenya and Tanzania by the al-Qaida network while its leader, Osama bin Laden, was living in Sudan. Trump said on Tuesday that once the funds were transferred, he would remove Sudan from the list.

A senior U.S. official said Sudan had borrowed the money needed to pay that amount.

But these recent recognitions of Israel have undermined the traditional Arab consensus that there can be no normalization with Israel before the establishment of an independent Palestinian state. The Palestinians say the recognitions amount to betrayal, while Israel says the Palestinians have lost what they have seen as their "veto" over regional peace efforts.

Netanyahu has made it a priority to forge ties with formerly hostile countries in Africa and the Arab world in the absence of any progress with the Palestinians during his more than a decade in office. 

The deal with Sudan will include aid and investment from Israel, particularly in technology and agriculture, along with further debt relief. It comes as Sudan and its transitional government teeter on the edge. Thousands have protested in the country's capital Khartoum and other regions in recent days over dire economic conditions. 

Trump said the deal "will enhance Israel's security and end Sudan's isolation from the world." 

The removal of the terror designation opens the door for Sudan to get international loans and aid needed to revive its battered economy and rescue the country's transition to democracy.

Sudan is on a fragile path to democracy after a popular uprising last year led the military to overthrow the longtime autocrat, Omar al-Bashir. A military-civilian government rules the country, with elections possible in late 2022.

Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok thanked Trump for signing the executive order to remove Sudan from the terrorism list and said in a statement that he hoped to complete the process in a "timely manner." 

The normalization agreement had been in the works for some time but was finalized when Trump's Mideast peace team, led by Jared Kushner and Avi Berkowitz, visited the region earlier this week to mark the first commercial flight between Israel and Bahrain and then went on to the United Arab Emirates, according to U.S. officials.

Unlike with Bahrain and the UAE, there has been a state of hostilities between Sudan and Israel, even if they had not been in direct conflict.

Unmentioned in the joint statement was that Sudan has agreed, according to the senior U.S. official, to designate Lebanon's Hezbollah movement as a terrorist organization, something that Israel has long sought from its neighbors and others in the international community.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.






Saturday, October 24, 2020

Here's Why Trump's Final Debate Was a Game-Changer

 By Larry O'Connor |FOX News

Photo Source: AP Photo/Julio Cortez

Anyone who has read this byline over the years knows that I'm not in the prediction business. I rarely take the precious space this fine website grants me to tell you what I think or believe may happen in the future, especially when it comes to how Americans will vote.

Anyone who tries to predict how the American electorate will respond to the candidacy of Donald Trump is lying to you and themselves and engaged in a fool's errand. This is a political figure who has defied every ounce of conventional wisdom in the five short years he has been engaged in electoral politics, and if the 2020 election is any indication thus far, that phenomenon continues.

Remarkably, the majority of my very well-paid colleagues who dabble in the dark art of political commentary and analysis on television didn't learn this simple lesson after the 2016 presidential election. But, there they are again, telling their viewers that the election is "Biden's to lose" and "Trump is way behind" and (my personal favorite) "Biden is favored to win in 87 out of 100 scenarios!"

However, taking into account the well-executed disclaimer above, I'd like to take a few moments to explain why I think President Trump's debate performance Thursday night could very well be the game-changing event he needed to head straight to re-election eleven days from now.

1. The Tone

I'm not one of those voters who really gives a flip about whether a politician "sounds presidential" or not. Most of the men who have held the office of president of the United States have had huge egos. It's sort of a pre-requisite to put yourself out there as a potential "leader of the free world," isn't it? I expect that most of the presidents and presidential candidates in my lifetime have been insufferable jerks behind the scenes and they put on their phony "presidential" face to con the voters.

That said, we must recognize that many voters do crave a straight-forward, serious tone in their president, and their opinions on this matter should not be dismissed. After all, they vote too.

The latest RCP average of polls shows Biden leading 51% to 42%. (I know, the national polls are irrelevant because of the electoral college, but for the point I am about to make, the national polls actually serve a purpose.)

To me, the remarkable aspect of this poll is not that Biden is leading. It's that it shows 7% of the electorate is undecided. Really? Undecided? This late in the game? And with these two politicians? One who has been fed into our consciousness in every aspect of our lives over the past five years and is currently the president and the other who was vice president and has been in the public sphere for nearly five decades? Who in the hell are this 7% who can't make up their minds?

And then it hit me: They aren't undecided, they lean Trump, but they are waiting to make that final commitment. Something is stopping them. Something relatively intangible. It's the "tone" thing. They are down with his policies and achievements, but they just don't like the guy's attitude. They prefer the "presidential" thing.

Last night, Trump gave them just enough of that tone to help them make that commitment in the final days of the campaign.

Again, I don't give a flip about the tone thing; I evaluate results. Would I like my president to be the second coming of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln? Sure. Is that guy even running for office in this era? Hell no... I mean, the mobs are tearing down statues of the real Washington and Lincoln, so why would our era's version step up?

2. The Oil

It can't be overstated: Trump getting Biden to admit that he will end the oil industry was a seminal moment. It was the perfect confirmation of just how radical, out-of-touch and destructive Joe Biden and the Democratic Party have become.

The proof is in the Biden campaign's embarrassing attempt to gaslight the world and tell us all that what we heard Biden say is not at all what we heard Biden say.

Yeah right. He was just talking about subsidies.

Biden has been telling the country that he is not beholden to the radicals in his party pushing the Green New Deal. Of course, we don't really believe him, but many voters are more than prepared to allow themselves to be fooled by such gaslighting. But this is indisputable. It comes from his own mouth and semi-coherent words.

It's less about oil, although, in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and really anywhere else people like cars (I hear cars are big in Michigan), than it is about Biden voluntarily confirming that he is aligned with the radical Left to upend our nation's economy and way of life.

There's one other thing about this moment that helps Trump. He created this moment. He had to take charge of the stage, raise his hand to stop the moderator from moving along, and challenge Biden directly with the question that should have been asked and forced the agenda. This is an Alpha-leadership move and it is the kind of thing that people genuinely want in a leader, regardless of politics.

3. The Outsider

Donald Trump has been president for four years. He is the leader of the free world and has been at the center of every American political issue for over five years. And yet, somehow, he is still running as an outsider.

It's an amazing thing.

He got an assist from the Democrats since they nominated the longest-serving politician in America who has been the ultimate insider and personification of stagnant, do-nothing DC politics for that entire time. Trump skillfully took that gift and hammered home the most important message of his candidacy last night.

A sample: 

"That’s a typical political statement. Let’s get off this China thing, and then he looks: 'The family around the table,' everything. Just a typical politician when I see that. I'm not a typical politician. That’s why I got elected."

"See, it's all talk, no action with these politicians. Why didn't he get it done? [You say], 'That's what I'm going to do when I become president' – you were vice president along with Obama as your president, your leader for eight years. Why didn't you get it done? You had eight years to get it done."

"Joe, I ran because of you. I ran because of Barack Obama. Because you did a poor job. If I thought you did a good job, I would have never run."

In the final third of the debate, Trump was able to settle into this theme very comfortably. It's no wonder it's what vaulted him into the lead in the 2016 Republican primary and on to victory that November. Anyone who is still undecided is probably a voter who does not traditionally align themselves on a regular basis with one party or the other. They are independent. These voters like outsiders.

They liked Ross Perot. They like Barack Obama. They like Donald Trump.

He was able to remind them that even though he's the president, he's still the consummate outsider compared to the likes of Joe Biden.

Again, I don't pretend to tell you how voters will line up in eleven days, and I won't insult your intelligence by assuring you that this thing is settled for either of these candidates. If I had that kind of undeserved arrogance and hubris, I'd be a television analyst.

I only say this; President Trump had a couple of important goals to achieve in this last debate to give Trump-shy or Trump-hesitant voters enough reason to commit to him. In my opinion, for what it's worth, he achieved those important goals. And then some.

Thursday, October 22, 2020

BREAKING: President Trump plans to bring Hunter Biden associate Tony Bobulinski as guest to debate

 By John RobertsBrooke Singman | Fox News 

Photo Courtesy Tony Bobulinski

Tony Bobulinski tells Fox News the Biden family 'aggressively leveraged' its name in foreign business dealings; Mike Emanuel reports from Washington.

President Trump is expected to bring former Hunter Biden associate Tony Bobulinski as his guest to the final presidential debate Thursday night, Fox News has learned. 

Bobulinski is a retired lieutenant in the U.S. Navy and the CEO of Sinohawk Holdings, which he explained "was a partnership between the Chinese operating through CEFC/Chairman Ye and the Biden family." He said he was brought on as CEO by Hunter Biden and James Gilliar. 

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE VIDEO: Hunter Biden's former business partner releases emails about 2017 Chinese energy company deal

Bobulinski, in a statement to Fox News, said he does not believe Joe Biden's past claim that he did not discuss his son Hunter's business affairs with him, claiming that Hunter "frequently referenced asking him for his sign-off or advice on various potential deals."

"I’ve seen Vice President Biden saying he never talked to Hunter about his business. I’ve seen firsthand that that’s not true, because it wasn’t just Hunter’s business, they said they were putting the Biden family name and its legacy on the line," Bobulinski said.

"The Biden family aggressively leveraged the Biden family name to make millions of dollars from foreign entities even though some were from communist-controlled China," he added.

Bobulinksi also said that he believes that the Chinese involvement in the deal was "political or influence investment" on their part, and that "Hunter wanted to use the company as his personal piggy bank by just taking money out of it as soon as it came from the Chinese."

The Biden campaign declined to comment. 

Bobulinski also said that the information he relayed is not part of any disinformation campaign.

"Any suggestion to the contrary is false and offensive," he said.

“Once I realized that Hunter wanted to use the company as his personal piggy bank by just taking money out of it as soon as it came from the Chinese, I took steps to prevent that from happening,” Bobulinski said, adding that he asks “the Biden family to address the American people and outline the facts so I can go back to being irrelevant — and so I am not put in a position to have to answer those questions for them.”

Bobulinski said he doesn’t “have a political ax to grind.”

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee and the Senate Finance Committee requested documents related to Bobulinski’s business affairs with the Biden family. He has provided the committees with the documents. Fox News has also, separately, obtained those documents.

Sens. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, are also planning to interview Bobulinksi on Friday.

“As part of the committees’ efforts to validate the authenticity of recently publicly released emails involving the Biden family’s international financial entanglements, we sent letters to five individuals identified in the emails.  Those letters were sent yesterday, and the deadline is October 23, 2020," Johnson and Grassley said in a statement.  "So far, the committees have received a response only from Mr. Tony Bobulinski, who appears to be willing to fully cooperate with our investigation."

They added: "In fact, Mr. Bobulinski has already agreed to appear for an informal interview by the committees tomorrow, Friday, October 23, 2020.”   

Several documents, obtained by Fox News, show Bobulinksi discussing a meeting with Joe Biden in May 2017, despite past claims from the former vice president that he did not talk about his son's business dealings.

The messages seem to indicate that a meeting took place, though it's unclear what the substance of the meeting may have been. They are unrelated to the laptop or hard drive purportedly belonging to Hunter Biden, the former vice president's son.

“Mrng plse let me knw if we will do early dinner w your Uncle & dad and where, also for document translation do you want it simple Chinese or traditional?” Bobulinski texted Hunter Biden on May 2, 2017.

“Not sure on dinner yet and whatever is the most common for a Chinese legal DOC,” Hunter Biden replied.

“Chinese legal docs can be both, i’ll make it traditional,” Bobulinski said.

Hunter replied: “Dad not in now until 11- let’s me I and Jim meet at 10 at Beverly Hilton where he’s staying.”

Later, Bobulinski sent a text to Jim Biden, Joe Biden's brother, on the same day, May 2, 2017, saying: “Great to meet u and spend some time together, please thank Joe for his time, was great to talk thx Tony b.”

John Roberts currently serves as the chief White House correspondent for FOX News Channel (FNC). He joined the network as a senior national correspondent in January 2011, based in the Atlanta bureau.





'We Did It!' Amy Coney Barrett Nomination Unanimously Approved by Judiciary Committee; Childish Dems Skip Vote


Photo: Judge Amy Coney Barrett - Erin Schaff/The New York Times via AP, Pool

“We did it! Judge Barrett is going to the floor,” Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) announced following the vote to send the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the full Senate.

Democrats on the Judiciary Committee threw a hissy fit and didn’t even bother to show up for the vote on President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, therefore the vote was unanimous in favor of advancing Barrett’s nomination. In a ridiculous stunt, Democrats on the committee filled their seats with human props— posters of people Democrats falsely claim will lose their healthcare the minute Barrett is confirmed to the Supreme Court.

Sen. Mike Lee excoriated Democrats for their “judicial culture wars” and appalling behavior toward Republicans’ nominees in the past, beginning with Judge Robert Bork and most recently with Justice Bret Kavanaugh. Lee noted that while Democrats have gone “cruelly, disgustingly low” in nomination after nomination, “Republicans took the high road.”

“Hubris makes the powerful deaf as well as blind,” said Lee, describing the Dems’ tactics as “idiotic knife fights” rather than thoughtful debates.

“Now they’re trying to scuttle this meeting for political purposes,” he declared. “The left seems to think that the Supreme Court exists to advance their worst ideas” and “to tell everyone how to live” by appealing to the courts when they lack the votes to pass their agenda.

Graham commended his Democratic colleagues on the committee for not turning Barrett’s hearings into a three-ring circus. “You pushed her hard, but you didn’t go too far.”

He warned that Democrats are “Hellbent on changing all the rules,” including packing the court, getting rid of the legislative filibuster, making the District of Columbia a state, and instituting some version of socialized medicine. “But that’s for the ballot box.”

I’m proud to have supported Judge Barrett,” Graham concluded,  “the committee did the right thing.”

A vote is expected in the Senate on Monday.

Black Support: Trump's Silent, Secret Weapon for Nov. Win

 By Clarence McKee 

U.S. President Donald Trump (C) in a prayer circle with Black leaders in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, D.C. - Feb. 27, 2020. (Nicholas Kamm / AFP via Getty Images)

 The way the mainstream media and Big Tech are ignoring the latest revelations about Joe and Hunter Biden, you would think they were Black Trump supporters!

That same media also ignores the proliferation of books by Black authors supporting Donald Trump and the record numbers of Black Republicans seeking federal office.

That certainly wasn’t the case in the re-election bids of Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, and George W. Bush.

This year alone, in addition to my book, "How Obama Failed Black America and How Trump Is Helping It," several others are praising Trump in their books as well, including: "How Trump Is Making Black America Great Again" by Horace Cooper, "Coming Home — How Black Americans Will Re-Elect Trump" by Vernon Robinson III and Bruce Eberle, and fellow Newsmax Insider, Evangelist Dr. Alveda C. King's: "Why Trump?"

These authors recognize that a growing number of Black Americans support the president on issues of importance to them — and their families.

An Investors Business Daily/TIPP poll conducted following the first presidential debate supports that view. It showed that the president's backing among Black Americans had nearly doubled  from 8% in 2016 to 15%.

One reason for this support is that many Black Americans remember how they were doing in Trump’s pre-pandemic economy. In my book, I quote the old maxim a "rising tide lifts all boats." That unquestionably applies to Black Americans.

According to the White House Council on Economic Advisers, 1.2 million Black Americans were lifted out of poverty between 2016 and 2019 — "the largest reduction on record — spanning over 50 years."

Also, of significance, the Black unemployment rate has decreased by nearly 5% since May.

Blacks living in Democratically-controlled crime-ridden cities, where Left-wing leaders and mobs are demanding police defunding, don’t want to give up their Second Amendment Rights or let thugs, rioters, and looters harm their families — robbing them of everything they've worked for.

Philip Smith, president of the National African American Gun Owners’ Association, said his organization’s annual membership has increased by as much as 2,000 new members per day, a figure he used to see annually.

He added that the time has come when Blacks must "save ourselves."

The three little Black children on the cover of my book represent what is of utmost importance to Black Americans — the safety and future of their children.

Also, not getting much attention is the large number of Black Republicans seeking federal office.

According to BlakPac, an organization that focuses on supporting Black, Hispanic, and Asian candidates, 29 Black Republicans are running for federal office.

Some of those who have gained national attention include:

  • Jon James for the U.S. Senate in Michigan;
  • Angela Stanton-King for Georgia’s 5th Congressional District;
  • Burgess Owens for Utah’s 4th Congressional District;
  • Joe Collins seeking to replace Congresswoman Maxine Waters in California’s 43rd Congressional District; and,
  • Kimberly Klacik facing off against former Congressman and NAACP head Kweisi Mfume for the 7th Congressional District seat in Maryland once held by former Congressman Elijah Cummings.

George Farrell, a BlakPac co-founder, told me that this is a "record number" of Black Republican candidates and "one of the best classes ever!"

Black voters were also impressed by the prominence of so many Black speakers at the Republican National Convention. In addition to Klacik, Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C, Daniel Cameron, the first Black Attorney General of Kentucky, former NFL great Herschel Walker, and lifelong Democrat Georgia State Rep. Vernon Jones had featured roles.

Many Black Americans have noticed these and other Blacks courageous enough to push back against the Black and white liberal Democratic establishments and — quietly —support President Trump.

Also, not receiving media attention is an independent Black Super PAC raising funds for the re-election of the president — Black Americans To Re-Elect the President.

It has been running ads targeting 35-year-old plus Black voters on urban contemporary radio stations in key battleground states. The focus there is on key issues of importance to Blacks, inclusive of school choice and abortion.

Since January of last year, it has raised over $4.6 million!

These factors, combined with strong messaging on these issues, make Black voters the president's secret silent weapon bringing him at least 13-15 percent of their vote.

Clarence V. McKee is president of McKee Communications, Inc., a government, political, and media relations and training consulting firm in Florida. He served on the U.S. Senate staff, held several positions in the Reagan administration and Reagan presidential campaign, and was an advisor to the Angola Freedom Fighters (“UNITA”). 

He is a former co-owner of WTVT-TV in Tampa and a former chairman of the Florida Association of Broadcasters. His articles have been published in several publications including The Washington Times, Human Events Online, the Florida Courier and the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. 

His media appearances include Newsmax TV and FOX News Radio. He is the author of "How Obama Failed Black America and How Trump Is Helping It." Read Clarence V. McKee’s Reports — More Here.

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

After Seeing Biden’s Tax Plan, Rapper 50 Cent Hops On The Trump Train

 By Evita Duffy |The Federalist  

Rap icon 50 Cent, also known as Fif, announced he is endorsing President Trump in the upcoming 2020 election after a look at Joe Biden’s tax plan. The Grammy award-winning musician shared a photo on Instagram of the top tax rates by state under the new Biden tax plan.

The rapper, who lives in New York, where the top tax bracket will be 62 percent under a Biden presidency, wrote in his caption: “👀WHAT THE F**K! (VOTE ForTRUMP) IM OUT, 🏃‍♂️💨F**K NEW YORK The KNICKS never win anyway. 🤷🏽‍♂️I don’t care Trump doesn’t like black people 62% are you out of ya f**king mind. 😤

The post is a big turn-around from 2016, when Fif endorsed Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

Until now, Fif has expressed a distaste for Trump’s policies. This April, he said of President Trump’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, “You wanted a reality show host as president, well now you’re on ‘Survivor.'”

Fif has said many times that Trump has the “attitude of a rapper.” What is a rapper attitude? Fif explained in 2018 when he went on Conan O’Brian’s late-night talk show.

It appears that, despite previous reservations, Fif has decided to vote with his wallet in the 2020 election. It shouldn’t be all that surprising since Fif has a compelling rags-to-riches story, working hard for every cent (pun intended).

After an early life of crime, drugs, and violence in Queens, New York, he turned to rap and rocketed to stardom with the album “Get Rich or Die Tryin’” in 2003. Since then, he has made investments, been featured in ad campaigns, become an actor, and currently has a $30 million net worth.

Whether Fif’s endorsement of Trump will affect his fan base is yet to be seen. That hasn’t stopped leftist and woke media mob from viciously condemning the influential rapper for expressing his political point of view.

Maybe their anger stems from the fact that they know Biden needs to resist losing black voters. Trump has worried many Democrats with his direct appeal to black voters through historic criminal justice reform, school choice promotion, and his “Black Voices for Trump” movement.

Fif isn’t the only rapper to endorse President Trump. Kanye West endorsed Trump in 2018. Currently, West is running for president, so it’s unclear if his endorsement still stands. However, like Fif, Kanye was also subjected to constant harassment for his affinity for Trump and his policies.

Just this week, Kanye’s wife, Kim Kardashian, told Netflix host David Letterman that she was told working with Donald Trump and his administration on criminal justice reform would destroy her career and reputation in Hollywood.

Another rapper/actor, “Ice Cube,” also received backlash for joining with President Trump to create a “Platinum Plan” for black Americans that includes creating neighborhoods with high policing standards and replacing failing schools with full school choice. Black influencers like these who make the taboo decision to align themselves with Trump are experiencing the social abuse that many black conservatives face everyday for daring to go against the grain.

Perhaps Fif’s Instagram post may entice another high-profile New York rapper, Cardi B, since she too showed concern over punishing tax rates. In a hilarious and viral video Cardi B asked what many Americans want to know: Where do tax dollars actually go?

“Alright, so you know the government is taking 40 percent of my taxes and Uncle Sam, I want to know what you’re doing with my f-cking tax money,” demanded the self-made rap star. Despite how much she spends on taxes, prisons are underfunded and “there’s still rats on the d-mn trains” in New York, she complained.

In the 2020 election, however, Cardi B first endorsed Bernie Sanders and then Joe Biden. Maybe she and free-thinking Americans, concerned about the high cost of big government and its damage to an already-struggling economy, will also see Biden’s tax plan and reconsider.

Evita Duffy is an intern at The Federalist and a junior at the University of Chicago, where she studies American History. She loves the Midwest, lumberjack sports, writing, & her family. Follow her on Twitter at @evitaduffy_1 or contact her at

More Dirty Deeds? Hunter Biden's Ex-Business Partner Has Flipped Revealing a New Trove of Emails

 By Matt Vespa|

Source: AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu

Oh, the plot has thickened for 'Biden and company.' Squeaky clean Joe, working-class Joe that we supposedly all knew and loved is a lie. He’s a fraud. He’s just as corrupt as Hillary Clinton. 

We can thank his son for exposing all the dirty laundry. That perpetual screw-up dropped off his MacBook at a repair shop in Wilmington, Delaware in April of 2019 and forgot to pick it up. After a 90-day period, it became the property of the owner of the shop, who made a copy of the hard drive and turned the laptop over to the FBI. A copy of the hard drive was given to Rudy Giuliani’s lawyer. 

These emails are just the tip of the iceberg and now we see that Hunter might have been into child porn. At the very least, it’s quite off that scores of pictures of underage girls were found on it. The former New York City mayor turned those images over to the Delaware State Police, but there’s more. 

Hunter’s former business partner has flipped. He gave investigative reporter Peter Schweizer access to his Gmail account, which detailed more sordid deals with Russia and China. And yes, Joe Biden is involved with some of the pitches. This is a totally separate trove of emails from the one on Hunter’s laptop  (via The Blaze):

When Bevan Cooney — the former "junior" business partner to Hunter Biden and Devon Archer — went to jail in 2019, investigative reporter and New York Times bestselling author Peter Schweizer thought he'd never gain access to the damning emails Cooney had promised. That all changed three weeks ago when Schweizer was given complete access to Cooney's gmail account.

Schweizer joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday to describe just some of the business deals revealed within these emails — like Hunter working with an alleged Russian criminal and with Chinese communists to secure their assets, or to secure one-on-one time with his dad, then-Vice President Joe Biden. And all of this new information is completely separate from the emails allegedly discovered on Hunter Biden's laptop recently reported by the New York Post.

"So, I want to make this clear. This [Cooney's emails] has nothing to do with what's on the laptop … It didn't come from [Rudy] Giuliani. It didn't come from anybody else, right?" Glenn asked Schweizer. 

Backward reels the mind to when The New Yorker, who is dealing with ‘masturbategate’ involving Jeffrey Toobin, wrote about Hunter upsetting Joe’s 2020 ambitions. That is brutally coming to fruition. Of course, a father’s love is unconditional. That still doesn’t mean Hunter is royally screwing his dad right now—politically.




To All Those Biden Supporters Out There, Here's the Bill He Wants to Leave Us as President

By Matt Vespa|

President Joe Biden will wreck the economy. Are we talking about another depression like Trump says on the stump? Probably not, but it’s not going to be pretty.

The Wall Street Journal editorial board looked at the Biden agenda, analyzed its costs, and the conclusion is that this plan is only good if you want Trump gone. That’s about it. There will be tax increases.

The thing about these Democrats wanting to only tax the rich, you all know this, is that they have these big government programs that everyone since the 1980s has known, will require taxes on the middle class and the working poor. I credit Bernie Sanders for one thing: honesty. He admitted that his single-payer, Medicare-for-All program would lead to tax increases. He was unapologetic. Joe Biden thinks he can do everything on his economic menu by just taxing those who make $400,000 or more. It’s laughable.

The Journal had a lengthier op-ed this time because they know the liberal media will bury the details. They also said that the economy is on the rebound and it’ll shoot up like a rocket ship once we have acquired a COVID vaccine. For the past few weeks, Trump's message has been hitting Joe on his socialist agenda items, his mental acuity, and the booming economy. It writes itself. We’ve seen over 10 million new jobs in four months, half of the jobs lost due to China’s incompetence in handling COVID. The president's message is, "re-elect me and I’ll finish it." That should be the unified GOP line.

With “Bidenomics,” we see a median household income drop by $6,500 by 2030. So, let’s say Biden wins, Trump may be gone, but you’ll be poorer and dealing with tax increases. Oh, and Biden will have to offer something big to the green Left. It’ll probably increase the cost of American families’ energy bills, for sure. That’s a double-whammy—and something that’s especially lethal to the home budgets of fixed-income seniors (via WSJ):

The issue is whether Mr. Biden’s policies will nurture this strong recovery, or slow it down as Barack Obama’s policies did after the 2009 recession. This is where the Hoover study comes in, as it examines the Democrat’s proposals on health insurance, taxes, energy and regulation. The authors are economists Timothy Fitzgerald, Kevin Hassett, Cody Kallen and Casey Mulligan. Messrs. Hassett and Mulligan were members of the Council of Economic Advisers in the Trump White House, but then the boosters of Bidenomics are veterans of the Clinton-Obama Administrations.

Mr. Hassett has done pioneering work on the impact of corporate taxation and Mr. Mulligan of the University of Chicago on the impact of government subsidies that raise the marginal tax-rate barriers as workers try to climb the economic ladder. The 50-page Hoover study is valuable because it examines policies for their incentive and supply-side effects, rather than merely macroeconomic demand-side spending.

Overall, the authors estimate that the Biden agenda, if fully implemented, would reduce full-time equivalent employment per person by about 3%, the capital stock per person by some 15%, and real GDP per capita by more than 8%. Compared to Congressional Budget Office estimates for these variables in 2030, this means there would be 4.9 million fewer working Americans, $2.6 trillion less in GDP, and $6,500 less in median household income.


…consider Mr. Biden’s expansion of the Affordable Care Act and Medicare for those above age 60 (versus 65 now). These subsidies affect the incentive to work, and the authors estimate the ACA changes would increase the average marginal tax rate on labor by 2.4 percentage points. That’s nearly half as much as the six percentage points from the original ACA, which is part of the explanation for the agonizingly slow labor recovery in the Obama era.

Mr. Biden is also proposing substantial increases in business tax rates that will raise the cost of capital. The former Vice President likes to say he’d only raise the top corporate tax rate to 28% from 21%. But so-called pass-through entities (often small businesses) employ more than 40 million Americans, and most pay taxes at the individual tax rate.

“Biden’s plan to raise personal income and payroll tax rates would push their federal rates from below 40 percent to, often, above 50 percent, and these are on top of state income taxes,” the authors write.


There is much more in the Hoover study, especially on the costs of returning to Obama-style regulation. Most of the media will ignore it, which is why we thought we’d provide readers with more than usual detail.

This Thursday is the last presidential debate. It’s high noon. Trump should be aggressive, yes, but also allow the former VP to talk. Joe will ramble and hang himself. When Trump responds, he should be laser-focused on the policy, with digs that this is the reason, besides Hunter Biden’s emails, that Joe hides in the basement.

Another way to put it is to let Biden place the noose around his neck and have Trump pull the rope when he responds. It’ll take patience and the president is going to have to deal with some of the lies hurled against him, but let Joe talk. Let him trip over policy, get him loud and clear that he wants to run away from defunding the police, the Green New Deal, and Medicare for All—three issues that the far Left holds dear. Joe did so in the first debate; Trump’s interruptions muddied it. There’s no doubt Trump can wipe the floor with Joe…but maybe let Hidin’ Biden do the heavy lifting in that area. Again, the former VP has diarrhea of the mouth, which is why he’s been calling a lid before everyone has finished breakfast for the past month or so.


Here's Hunter Biden Computer Repair Receipt...That's How Much It Took to Cause Joe All of This 2020 Heartburn

By Matt Vespa| 

Source: AP Photo/Ng Han Guan

Okay, so Hunter Biden is a disgraced screw-up who got rich off his daddy’s name and would be a dead broke loser if it weren’t for his father. I mean, I guess you could argue that he still a total loser, albeit one with money. Whatever the key fact here is that his laptop has unearthed the dirty deeds. You all know the story here, folks. There’s a reason Joe Biden got all huffy when asked about Hunter. 

One, he knew his son is a screw-up. Second, his son is a screw-up who knows where all the bodies are buried. Not good for someone who is snorting cocaine like it’s going out of style. 

The security of the family secrets was very tenuous, and this “laptop from hell” development is evidence of that. Joe Biden’s 2020 ambitions got stained because his son forgot to pay the $85 fee for the repairs. 

That’s the cost of this fiasco engulfing the Biden camp. It took less than $100 and a bad memory for Joe Biden’s veneer of a working-class hero from Scranton to be shattered irreparably.



@MikeEmanuelFox obtains photo showing an alleged Hunter Biden signature on paperwork for the computer repair shop


In these emails, Hunter refers to his father as the “big guy” regarding a massive business pitch to a Chinese energy firm. This reference is made regarding the equity arrangement. 

At Burisma, a Ukrainian energy company where Hunter sat on the board making $50k/month, the former vice president was introduced to executives at the company. Hunter got this gig in 2014, around the time his father was heading up our policy efforts in Ukraine as well. 

Wait, Joe said he knew nothing about Hunter’s business dealings. He also said there was no wrongdoing because he trusts his son. 

Yeah, not the best line to use, Joe. 

Burisma was also being investigated for corruption and its executives were banking on Hunter’s connections to protect the company. That happened. Joe Biden fired the prosecutor after threats to withhold aid from the country. It’s painfully clear that? Hunter was there to sell access to then-top Obama officials. It doesn’t get as unethical and swampy as this, huh?

Thank God for Hunter and his incompetence. None of this would have come to light. He is the October surprise. He is a massive in-kind contribution to Trump’s re-election effort.

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Biden's career long Pinocchio Syndrome

 By William Haupt III | The Center Square

Former Vice President Joe Biden gives a tribute during memorial service at North Phoenix Baptist Church for Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

“The lip of truth shall last forever; but a lying tongue shall last only for a moment.”

– Proverbs 12:19

Pinocchio is a character in the 1883 children's book “The Adventures of Pinocchio” by Italian author Carlo Collodi. Pinocchio is an animated puppet, who happens to be a habitual liar. His nose grows longer with each lie he tells. Throughout the story, this boy’s nose grows longer every time he tells a tale. He is such a naughty boy, his nose grows so long he can’t get it through the door to his room.

Carlo Collodi was a Florentine political activist. Critics conclude he did not create the habitual lying Pinocchio to entertain children. His objective was to illustrate what happens if they fail to learn the facts. People will be gullible and believe every lie others tell them. And then they repeat those lies as truths to other people. Since they never learned the truth, nobody ever believes a thing they say.

Pinocchio is an icon for parents and teachers to impress the importance of truth. Political scientists claim despots like Adolph Hitler and Vladimir Lenin had what they call the “Pinocchio Syndrome”; the ability to twist and turn lies to deceive the most gullible of the masses. They lie so much so often people believe their lies are truths.

“In a time of deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.”

– George Orwell

Psychiatrists define the Pinocchio Syndrome as the mental disorder of being a “pathological liar.” They concede those who have this pathology are characterized by the inevitable compulsion to lie and they lie so much so often, they eventually believe these lies themselves.

“Too many people are concerned about being factually correct instead of being morally right.”

– Alexandria Ocasio Cortez

During elections, fact checking is a full-time job. There is a fine line that separates fact from fiction. This is a nightmare for “real journalists.” There is also a finer line between exaggerating facts and inventing them. Until a decade ago, a few truth reporters fact-checked campaigns. But that ended with Obama, Clinton and Biden. They can say anything they wish and the media reports it as fact.

The left and the press have ripped Trump daily for his enthusiastic outbursts about his economic success, employment numbers, tax cuts, China trade deals, his border and foreign policies, etc. While Trump exaggerates and embellishes his success, he is not lying. He is “boasting” because the media won’t report them.

“I can’t do a thing right in the lamestream media.”

– Donald Trump

If it had not been for COVID-19, Trump would have this election already won. But instead of working with Trump, the media and the left exploited it to discredit him and the GOP, and to embellish the checkered past of Joe Biden as the hero who will rescue America from the evils of Donald Trump!

Since the left is making the 2020 campaign a referendum on Trump’s character, Biden’s history of lying and deceit is fair game. Biden revealed his dishonesty out of the gate: “There’s a $2 trillion tax cut last year. Did you feel it? Did you get anything from it? Of course not! It went right to the rich.” The Washington Post’s fact checker bestowed Biden with four “Pinocchios” after his first campaign speech. Another reporter said, “Biden has been inflicted with the Pinocchio Syndrome since birth.”

Joe Biden’s lying or creating fables has been a major liability during his political career. Yet Biden has escaped the public execution that the media inflicts on the right if they tell even a half truth.

As much as Biden loves to make up stories and embellish the truth, he shot himself in both feet when he wrote his autobiography. Unlike his past speeches and media interviews, Biden’s aides did not allow him to lie about his past since publishers fact check everything in an autobiography.

And recently, fact checkers have been using his book to piece together the real past of Joe Biden.

Biden claims an extensive resume as a civil rights activist and spent his youth working with other activists. But his book reveals that is a lie. “During the 1960s, I was concerned about civil rights, I was not an activist. I worked at a black swimming pool in Wilmington, Delaware. I was involved in what they were thinking, but I was not out marching. I was not in Selma. I was not anywhere else. I was a suburbanite kid who got a dose of exposure to what was happening to black Americans.”

Preparing for the election, Biden has doubled down on his past falsehoods. At a recent event, Biden claimed, “The moment the Iraq War started I was against it!” He added, “I was always labeled one of the most liberal members of Congress.” He also told the crowd, "I went to law school on a full scholarship and ended up in the top half of my class." Politico rated all of these assertions false.

Sociologist Nathan Galler said “Biden's chief character flaw is hypocrisy.” Biden’s 1987 bid for the White House ended abruptly when he got caught plagiarizing a speech by Britain’s Neil Kinnock. Biden retold his speech, verbatim, about being the first in his family to go to college and said his family worked in the coal mines. Both of those were untrue, taken directly from Kinnock’s speech.

The media whitewashed allegations Biden made illicit advances toward Tara Reade. They never commented on Biden’s son, Hunter’s, shady dealings in the Ukraine. When The New York Post released the story and proved Hunter Biden made millions in the Ukraine with the help of Joe Biden, he said, “This is family business.” Biden called an Iowa voter a “damn liar” when he told him about Ukraine. Both Twitter and Facebook are running cover for him.

Abraham Lincoln said, “What kills a skunk is the publicity it gives itself.” Biden has been spinning tales for decades to prop up his résumé. When he accepted his party’s nomination for president, he paraphrased Dr. Martin Luther King: “This election is about character?” Nobody in the media said a word, although they recently said, “Biden has had the Pinocchio Syndrome since birth.” It is obvious the media is now watchdogs only for Democrats and no longer guard dogs for the voters.

Donald Trump is the fist president since George Washington elected by the people and not a party, and the media and the left refused to accept that. They put him through hell for three years trying to destroy his character and the GOP. They’ve spent four years assembling an army of leftist actors, street activists, liberal media giants, and rich climate kooks to take him out and destroy the GOP in 2020. And they have chosen someone who makes Pinocchio look like a fact-checker to lead them?

Comparing Donald Trump’s excitability, and boasting to Joe Biden’s fabricated fables and continual lies, is like criticizing the guy who tells a fish story about the one that got away and praising the guy who never went fishing and lied that he once caught a wale? If the left claims this election is about character, voters need to look at these candidates’ accomplishments, not the things they “claim to have accomplished.” If they do, they will find facts speak for themselves and reveal the real truth.

“Political merchandisers appeal only to the weak-nesses of voters, never to their potential strength. They make no attempt to educate the masses into becoming fit for self-governing.”

– Aldous Huxley

William Haupt III is a retired professional journalist, author, and citizen legislator in California for over 40 years. He got his start working to approve California Proposition 13.