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CNN Tried to ‘Fact-Check’ Mike Pence. It Backfired – PJ Media

On Wednesday, former Vice President Mike Pence wrote an op-ed in The Daily Signal expressing concerns about irregularities in the 2020 election and warning that H.R. 1, Democrats’ “For the People Act,” would only exacerbate serious concerns about election integrity. CNN attempted to fact-check Pence’s op-ed on air, but this attempt to prove Pence wrong only blasted what remains of CNN’s credibility.

CNN Newsroom host Brooke Baldwin played footage of Capitol rioters chanting, “Hang Mike Pence!” and then launched into Pence’s article.

“And now, nearly two months later, Pence is still out there pushing the Big Lie,” she claimed, referring to the narrative that President Donald Trump truly won the 2020 election.

“In a new op-ed, the former Vice President says the election was ‘marked by significant voting irregularities and numerous instances of officials setting aside state election law’ and that he is concerned ‘about the integrity of the 2020 election.’ Patently false,” she asserted. “Proved false by Trump’s own attorney general, Bill Barr, and Trump’s former FBI director, Chris Wray, just yesterday when he said that there were no irregularities on a scale that would have changed the outcome of the 2020 election.”

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Just in this introduction, Baldwin blatantly twisted Pence’s words. Pence did not claim that Trump won; he only claimed that there were significant irregularities and instances of officials rejecting election law — both of which are true — and he said he shares concerns about the integrity of the election.

It was heinous for Baldwin to claim that this statement was “patently false.” While it remains unlikely that Trump really won the election, it also remains true that there were significant irregularities and abuses of power in the 2020 election. Furthermore, Baldwin technically said it is “false” that Pence was “concerned” about election integrity. Can she read his mind?!

After this brief introduction, Baldwin brought on Daniel Dale to go through a “fact-check.”

Dale focused on the parts of Pence’s op-ed focused on H.R. 1. He sought to debunk Pence’s claims but ended up proving them correct.

“There was a significant amount of dishonesty just in the H.R. 1 part of the op-ed,” Dale began. “For example, Pence claimed that this Democratic bill would ban voter ID nationwide. It would not, in fact, do so. What it would do is require states that do have voter ID to allow voters who are not presenting their identification to sign, present a sworn statement attesting to their identity. So Pence can say that requirement weakens states’ voter ID requirements, but it certainly does not ban them.”

Dale acknowledged that the bill effectively forces states to allow voters to vote without presenting ID, but he claimed that Pence’s article was false because H.R. 1 did not explicitly strike state voter ID laws. This is technically true, but it is a meaningless distinction. Allowing voters to cast a ballot without an ID effectively bans voter ID, whether or not the text explicitly strikes voter ID laws.

“Pence also claimed that anyone who’s listed in a government database, state and federal, would have to be added to the voter registration rules under the automatic voter registration system in the bill, he said including millions of undocumented immigrants,” Dale noted. “In fact, undocumented immigrants would continue to be prohibited from voting under this bill. Nothing changes federal law limiting voting to U.S. citizens.”

Again, Pence did not claim that illegal immigrants — he did not say “undocumented” but “illegal” — would gain the legal right to vote, he merely said that automatic voter registration would entail putting illegal immigrants who registered for a driver’s license on the voter rolls. This is a valid concern — in fact, it is so valid that H.R. 1 explicitly exempts from prosecution people who are “not eligible to vote in elections for Federal office but [were] automatically registered to vote” (Sec. 1015).

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Finally, Dale faulted Pence for refusing to hedge his claims on mail-in ballots.

“Pence also claimed that the bill would require states to accept, he said, ‘every mail-in ballot that arrives up to 10 days after’ the election. This is highly misleading at best,” Dale argued. “The bill would require states to accept ballots that were post-marked on or before Election Day and then arrived up to ten days after the election but it would not require states to accept ballots that were mailed after Election Day and then arrived up to ten days later. So you couldn’t mail, six, seven days later, have it arrive on day ten, and have it accepted.”

“That continues to be wrong, false, in its entirety,” he added, for emphasis.

Technically, states would not have to count “every ballot” that arrives 10 days after Election Day, but the basic gist of Pence’s point remains true — the deadline for the arrival of ballots would be extended ten days after the election, even if that only applies to ballots postmarked on or before Election Day.

“CNN’s own words contradict their claims,” Katrina Trinko, editor in chief at The Daily Signal, told PJ Media in a statement.

“Most Americans would understand a rule that requires all states, even those with voter ID laws, to allow anyone to cast a provisional ballot, even if that person has no valid ID, to be effectively eliminating voter ID laws,” Trinko argued. “Likewise, while CNN tries to rebut Vice President Mike Pence’s claims about the 2020 election by noting the words of FBI Director Christopher Wray and Attorney General Bill Barr, they miss that the words they quote do not in fact refute what Pence wrote.”

“Saying there was not sufficient fraud to alter the outcome of the 2020 election does not rule out the possibility of significant voting irregularities having occurred,” Trinko noted.

“In this era of fake news, we need fact checking more than ever. It’s unfortunate CNN isn’t able to provide its viewers with genuine fact checking,” the editor concluded.

Is it unfortunate or is it that way by design?

Tyler O’Neil is the author of Making Hate Pay: The Corruption of the Southern Poverty Law Center. Follow him on Twitter at @Tyler2ONeil.

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Non-COVID Provisions Pulled From Pandemic Relief Bill – PJ Media

Biden signed off on moderate Democrats’ demand to phase out the checks more quickly, the aide said. The bill’s $1,400 payments will now phase out completely at $80,000 per year for individuals and $160,000 for joint filers; the phase-outs will start at $75,000 and $150,000 respectively. But the bill will retain $400 in extra weekly unemployment payments through August rather than cut them to $300, as suggested by Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.).

That breakthrough has Democrats ready to press forward on Biden’s bill as soon as possible. Biden urged the party to “swallow” provisions they don’t like during a virtual lunch meeting on Tuesday, according to one Senate Democrat. Moderate senators could offer their $300 weekly proposal as an amendment later this week, while Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said he plans to force a vote on a $15 hourly minimum wage.

Sanders will seek approval on a plan that would penalize large corporations for not paying their employees the $15 minimum wage and give a tax incentive to small businesses that pay it. Although the proposal has attracted some Republican support its success isn’t guaranteed.

Meanwhile, Republicans are plotting to see just how painful they can make this vote for Democrats.

Senate Republicans are debating how painful to make things for Democrats, possibly by dragging out the marathon of unlimited amendments overnight. That would likely happen late on Thursday and run into early Friday morning.

“I’m hoping for infinity. There are people talking about trying to set up a schedule and having it go on and on,” said Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.).

Paul said some in his party want to push the debate well past Thursday and keep adding amendments into Friday, while he has suggested to Schumer to spread the pain over two days.

The bill seems destined to pass some time during the second week of the month.

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One American Killed During Rocket Attack on Iraqi Airbase – PJ Media

An American contractor suffered a “cardiac episode” and died while taking shelter from a rocket attack at an airbase in Iraq where U.S. troops have been staying.

While no one has claimed responsibility for the rocket attack, military officials believe it was in retaliation for an attack on bases in Syria being used by militias backed by Iran.

Military sources say about 10 rockets struck the Ain al-Asad base in Anbar province. The Patriot batteries were not engaged.

Iraqi sources say they found the launching pad for the rockets in the al-Baghdadi area of Anbar.

The Iraqi military released a statement saying the attack did not cause significant losses and that security forces had found the launch pad used for the rockets: a burned-out truck. It was discovered in the al-Baghdadi area of Anbar, about five miles from the base, an Iraqi military official said on condition of anonymity to discuss the attack with the media.

Video of the site shows a burning medium-sized truck in a desert area.

The base hit Wednesday was the same one targeted last February in an attack that left about 100 troops with head injuries. Patriot missiles were installed at the base after that attack.

That attack last year was in retaliation for the killing of General Qassim Soleimani and brought the two nations close to war.

CBS News:

Wednesday’s attack targeted the same base that Iran struck with a barrage of missiles in January last year in retaliation for the killing of Soleimani. Dozens of U.S. service members were injured, suffering concussions in that strike. As David Martin reported for “60 Minutes,” the strike was the largest ever ballistic missile attack against Americans.

His report for “60 Minutes” gave a first-time look at drone video of the attack and he spoke with some of the American troops who were there on the night that brought the U.S. and Iran closer than ever to all-out war.

Pope Francis announced that he would still make his historic trip to Iraq later this week despite the rocket attack.

Fox News:

Security is a concern for the March 5-8 visit, given the continued presence of rogue Shiite militias and fresh rocket attacks. Francis, who relishes plunging into crowds and zipping around in his popemobile, is expected to travel in an armored car with a sizeable security detail. The Vatican hopes the measures will have the dual effect of protecting the pope while discouraging contagion-inducing crowds.

Francis’ visit is the culmination of two decades of efforts to bring a pope to the birthplace of Abraham, the prophet central to Christian, Muslim and Jewish faiths, after St. John Paul II was prevented from going in 1999.

“We can’t disappoint this people a second time,” Francis said Wednesday in urging prayers for the trip.

The Vatican made very little outcry while Christians were being slaughtered all over the Middle East, so Christians shouldn’t expect this pope to say much against the Shias who have helped marginalize Christian communities in Iraq and elsewhere. Nor will Francis even mention the fanatics from Islamic State who routinely beheaded Christians and burned them.

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Biden’s Trans Order Destroying Women’s Sports Isn’t Popular – PJ Media

Five days into his term as president, Joe Biden signed an executive order banning “discrimination” on the basis of gender identity in a host of arenas, including women’s sports. This particular directive isn’t exactly going over well, according to a new Harvard/Harris poll.

The poll asked Americans if they approve or disapprove of Biden’s executive order to “require schools to let biological boys who identify as girls to participate in girls sports, and vice versa.” More than half (55 percent) of respondents said they disapproved, while less than half (45 percent) said they approved of the policy. Yet only 20 percent said they “strongly” approved, while 39 percent said they “strongly” disapproved.

As PJ Media’s Stacey Lennox noted, this poll suggests Biden is not enjoying a “honeymoon” period among American voters. She also cited a recent Rasmussen poll finding that only 32 percent of Americans support allowing biological males to compete in women’s sports and vice versa, while a majority (54 percent) oppose Biden’s policy.

Americans are right to oppose Biden’s order, especially when it comes to women’s sports.

Despite the loud insistence of the transgender movement, Americans grasp the basic concept that it is unfair for males to be able to compete against females.

Scientific journals have confirmed the obvious: males have biological advantages over females that cannot be erased simply by identifying as female. Due to their XY chromosomes, males experience more testosterone from the womb onward, even if they take experimental drugs to “block” puberty or to feminize their bodies.

Last year, female high school athletes filed a Title IX lawsuit challenging rules that allowed biological males who identify as female to compete in their sports leagues, denying them of first- and second-place finishes. The lawsuit listed 8 broad physiological athletic advantages males enjoy over girls and women after the onset of puberty, including larger lungs, larger hearts, an increased number of muscle fibers and muscle mass, higher myoglobin within muscle fibers (enabling faster transfer of oxygen to those muscles), larger and longer bones, increased mineral density in bones, and height.

Due to these long recognized advantages, sporting events have long had different standards for boys and girls to accommodate the athletic striving of biological females. For example, women’s volleyball nets are 7 inches lower, the weight of high school shot put for boys is 36 percent heavier, the hurdle is 6 inches higher for boys, etc.

Duke Law School professor Doriane Lambelet Coleman warned that if women’s sports must admit biological men, “the very best women in the world would lose to literally thousands of boys and men, including thousands who would be considered second-tier.”

Policies that allow males who identify as transgender to compete against female athletes erase fairness in women’s sports, a long-fought feminist priority with which most Americans instinctively agree. Men’s and women’s sports are separate for a reason, and even when transgender policies are well-intentioned, they essentially destroy the barrier between the sexes, and prevent fair competition.

This isn’t just a matter of pride. This kind of policy can translate into opportunities lost, scholarships denied, and college plans ruined. The stakes are intensely personal.

“I’ve really felt defeated,” then-high school senior Chelsea Mitchell, the fastest biological girl in Connecticut who nonetheless lost four state championships to male competitors who identified as female, told PJ Media last year. “There really isn’t much more I can do than just run my race every time. Every race I’ve ever run against the biological males, I’ve lost. It’s definitely very defeating. It makes you wonder why you’re continuing to run.”

Biden’s executive order will stand for now, but Republicans have spearheaded legislation to protect women’s sports in Georgia (H.B. 276), Missouri (H.B. 1077), Ohio (H.B. 61), Tennessee (H.B. 3), Texas (H.B. 1458), and Utah (H.B. 302). The Montana House passed the “Save Women’s Sports Act” (H.B. 112) in January and the Mississippi Senate recently passed the “Mississippi Fairness Act” (S.B. 2536).

Naturally, Biden isn’t alone in championing the destruction of women’s sports. Every single Democrat in the House of Representatives voted for H.R. 5, the Orwellian “Equality Act,” which would also destroy women’s sports.

Americans know the Democrats’ position on this is horribly wrong, and they should hold Democrats accountable in 2022.

Tyler O’Neil is the author of Making Hate Pay: The Corruption of the Southern Poverty Law Center. Follow him on Twitter at @Tyler2ONeil.

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Under Biden, Feds Dismiss Charges Against Portland Rioters – PJ Media

As the Biden administration has taken the reins of the Department of Justice, the feds have dismissed dozens of charges against violent rioters in Portland, Oregon. They have dropped charges such as assault on a law enforcement officer, arson, and other violent crimes. Many have been dropped with prejudice, meaning they can’t be re-litigated in the future. According to a local news outlet, federal prosecutors have dismissed more than one-third of the pending charges from last summer’s violent protests in Portland.

KGW News reported:

Federal prosecutors have dismissed more than one-third of cases stemming from last summer’s violent protests in downtown Portland, when protesters clashed with federal agents. KGW reviewed federal court records and found 31 of the 90 protest cases have been dismissed by the U.S. Department of Justice, including a mix of misdemeanor and felony charges.

Some of the most serious charges dropped include four defendants charged with assaulting a federal officer, which is a felony. More than half of the dropped charges were “dismissed with prejudice,” which several former federal prosecutors described as extremely rare. “Dismissed with prejudice” means the case can’t be brought back to court.

The outgoing U.S. attorney for Oregon, Billy Williams, said in an interview that nobody in their right mind thinks this is OK.

The KGW report also indicates that more dismissals may be on the way, as several sources in the law enforcement community told them they expect this is just the first round.

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The Department of Justice stepped in as riots terrorized Portland throughout the summer of 2020, and Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt announced he would not prosecute most riot crimes committed in Portland. After Attorney General William Barr instructed federal prosecutors to aggressively pursue rioters across the country, Williams said in a press release:

Local residents and anyone traveling to Portland with the intent to commit violence are on notice. There will be consequences for acts of violence. The U.S. Attorney’s Office is committed to prosecuting people who impede or assault law enforcement officers, damage federal property, and set fire to buildings. Make no mistake: those who commit violence in the name of protest, will be investigated, arrested, prosecuted, and face prison time. Already more than 100 people have been arrested and more than 80 people are facing federal charges related to protest violence.

The local news report takes great pains to quote those involved who claim that these decisions were not motivated by politics, but rather by limited resources, large caseloads, COVID-19, and other factors. It strains credulity, however, to think a new direction has not taken hold among the federal law enforcement system as a new president has taken over and begun reversing every Trump agenda item it can target.

President Trump very publicly made law and order a theme of his reelection campaign, and a centerpiece of his agenda to get America back on track. With this quiet, under-the-radar move to cease the pursuit of justice for violent riot crimes, the Biden administration is sending a subtle, yet very clear, opposite message. To the new administration, law and order are selective, arbitrary, and dependent upon the politics of the offender.

Jeff Reynolds is the author of the book, “Behind the Curtain: Inside the Network of Progressive Billionaires and Their Campaign to Undermine Democracy,” available at Jeff hosts a podcast at You can follow him on Twitter @ChargerJeff, and on Gab at @RealJeffReynolds.

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Americans See Through Dems’ New War on Terror Rhetoric – PJ Media

In the wake of the Capitol riot on January 6, Democrats who looked the other way when Black Lives Matter and antifa thugs wreaked havoc in American cities over the summer suddenly got religion on the threat of political violence. Democrats have drafted legislation to combat domestic terrorism. Nancy Pelosi has called for a 9/11 Commission-style report on the Capitol riot. Former CIA Director John Brennan compared conservatives and libertarians to Iraqi insurgents, and Biden’s Department of Homeland Security issued a domestic terror alert warning of “objections” to “governmental authority.”

Democrats are working overtime to define Trump, conservatives, and the Republican Party as a domestic terror threat while ignoring the hellish riots of last summer.

Americans can see through the rhetoric, however. According to a new Harvard/Harris poll, most Americans say Democrats are using the Capitol riot “as an excuse to silence political voices on the right.”

“Do you think the Capitol riots are being used as an excuse to silence political voices on the right or is the reaction to them a legitimate response to the violence?” pollsters asked.

Most respondents (59 percent) said the Capitol riot is being used to silence conservative voices, while 41 percent said the reaction was a legitimate response to the violence.

Pollsters also asked a broader question: “Do you think that the events at the U.S. Capitol are being used by politicians to suppress legitimate political movements or do you think there is no such suppression of legitimate movements?”

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Most respondents (64 percent) said politicians are using the Capitol riot to “suppress legitimate political movements, while only 36 percent said “there is no such suppression.”

Americans also said they found the violence of the Black Lives Matter and antifa riots over the summer — which destroyed black livesblack livelihoods, and black monuments in the name of fighting “institutional racism” — more concerning than the Capitol riot.

“Which do you find more concerning — the violence that occurred in American cities over the summer of 2020 or the incident at the US Capitol on January 6th?” pollsters asked.

Most Americans (55 percent) said they found the “violence in American cities” more concerning, while a sizable portion (45 percent) said they found the Capitol riot more worrisome.

When it comes to justice being served, Americans said they were far more confident that the Capitol rioters “will be found and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law” than they were about the prosecution of the rioters over the summer.

Nearly two-thirds (65 percent) of respondents said they think authorities will find and fully prosecute the Capitol rioters, while only 48 percent said they think authorities are searching for and fully prosecuting the Black Lives Matter/antifa rioters. A slight majority of respondents (52 percent) said “the perpetrators of violence in America’s cities over the summer” are not “being looked for and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”

The pollsters also asked whether Americans considered antifa and the Proud Boys to be domestic terrorist groups.

Nearly three-quarters of respondents (71 percent) said antifa is a domestic terrorist group, while only 29 percent disagreed. About two-thirds (66 percent) said the Proud Boys is a domestic terrorist group, while 34 percent disagreed.

One central part of the Democrats’ rhetoric has apparently sunk in with Americans, however. Most respondents (54 percent) agreed with the statement that “the people who entered the US Capitol on January 6th were attempting an armed insurrection” while 46 percent said these rioters were “engaged in a protest that then turned violent.”

Democrats have a trifecta in the federal government — the presidency and majorities of the House and Senate — so they are likely to push their agenda on domestic terrorism, despite Americans’ skepticism.

Democrat former Rep. Tulsi Gabbard has vocally warned against leftists “who are trying to undermine our constitutionally-protected rights and turn our country into a police state with KGB-style surveillance.”

I have long covered the scandal-plagued smear factory the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), and I believe the SPLC’s routine defamation of conservatives — putting conservative organizations on a list of “hate groups” that includes the Ku Klux Klan — may be the blueprint for this new domestic “War on Terror.” In fact, the SPLC has called for Congress to censure or expel half of the Republicans in Congress over the Capitol riot.

PJ Media will remain committed to exposing this nefarious effort, and you can support our efforts to hold Biden accountable by joining PJ Media VIP.

Tyler O’Neil is the author of Making Hate Pay: The Corruption of the Southern Poverty Law Center. Follow him on Twitter at @Tyler2ONeil.

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Design Firm Takes Responsibility for ‘Nazi’ CPAC Stage – PJ Media

Over the weekend, leftists seeking to delegitimize the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) claimed the stage was an inverted Odal rune, a lesser-known Norse symbol that the Nazis and some Neo-Nazi groups also adopted. Yet on Tuesday, a design firm publicly took responsibility for the stage design and reiterated what CPAC organizers had insisted from the beginning — the idea that the stage was a secret Nazi symbol was entirely baseless. In fact, the firm responsible for the stage design has a clear liberal bias.

Leftists suggested the image proved CPAC was in bed with Nazis and demanded Hyatt cancel the conference.

The suggestion was absurd, of course. American Conservative Union (ACU) Chair Matt Schlapp denounced the “stage design conspiracies” as “outrageous and slanderous.” CPAC supports the Jewish State of Israel, hosted multiple Jewish prayer services and a Shabbat dinner, and denounces the anti-Semitism of Democrats who spread a modern blood libel against Israel. Even the left-leaning Snopes fact-checked the insinuation that CPAC designed the stage to look like a Nazi symbol and found it “unproven.”

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Rabbi Yaakov Menken, managing director of the Coalition for Jewish Values (CJV) had the perfect response. “The left is desperate to draw attention from their elevation of antisemites in Congress… so they claim a stage design is antisemitic,” he said on Twitter. “The Left traffics in ‘dog whistles’ so incredibly sensitive that only leftists can hear them, as compared to the supposed targets, who only see a stage.”

Hyatt refused to cancel the conference, but right after the conference ended, the hotel company released a statement drawing more attention to the Nazi symbol claim, saying, “We take the concern raised about the prospect of symbols of hate being included in the stage design at CPAC 2021 very seriously as all such symbols are abhorrent and unequivocally counter to our values as a company.”

ACU’s lawyer responded with a scathing letter claiming Hyatt had “defamed” the ACU by appearing “to validate demonstrably false and malicious claims.” According to the letter, Hyatt staff “acknowledged that these claims were false.” ACU’s lawyer also claimed Hyatt had “approved and worked collaboratively to build the stage.”

On Tuesday, Design Foundry, a stage design firm based in Hyattsville, Md., filled in another piece of the story. In an exclusive statement to the Forward, Design Foundry took responsibility for the stage design and insisted that any apparent connection to a Nazi symbol was entirely unintentional.

Design Foundry said it “had no idea that the design resembled any symbol, nor was there any intention to create something that did.”

The firm said ACU had approved the stage design, which had been “intended to provide the best use of space, given the constraints of the ballroom and social distancing requirements.”

The firm said it was “saddened and horrified at the accusations that this was a deliberate act. Design Foundry denounces all hate speech and acts of racism, prejudice, or bigotry in all forms.”

According to the terms of Design Foundry’s contract with ACU, which the Forward examined, ACU approved the stage design but had no rights to change the design or to dismantle the stage. “The designs, renderings, drawings, specifications, materials and other documents used or created as part of the proposal are owned by Design Foundry,” the contract reads.

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Ian Walters, director of communications for the ACU and CPAC, told the Forward that the design firm “provided several options for us to choose from and what we ended up with was the most workable of the options they submitted.”

“ACU and CPAC have no interest in promoting antisemitism from our stage, whether it’s what happens on the stage or the design of the stage itself,” Walters added. “It’s clear that the company we retained designed a stage that has become an unwelcome distraction. As a result, we will not be using that company’s services going forward at future events.”

Design Foundry has worked with CPAC for several years and it does not appear that any previous stage design drew this kind of attention.

Naturally, some on the Left will continue to insist that CPAC had a Nazi stage, so it is important to point out that Design Foundry is not some alt-right Neo-Nazi design firm, or even an explicitly conservative company. In fact, all signs point in the opposite direction.

As the Forward noted, Design Foundry has worked with MSNBC and major corporations like Google, Citibank, and Target. According to Federal Election Commission (FEC) records, the firm’s employers tend to bankroll Democrats and liberal causes.

Design Foundry employees contributed to ActBlue, a left-leaning small-dollar organization for “Democratic candidates up and down the ballot, progressive organizations, and nonprofits.” They also gave money to Biden for President, the Biden Victory Fund, Hillary for America, the Hillary Victory Fund, and the leftist organization Design Foundry workers contributed to only one right-of-center group, and that donation involved a whopping $40.

It is perfectly acceptable for employees to make these kinds of donations — but this slant might reveal the corporate culture of a firm like Design Foundry.

Menken, the CJV managing director, mocked those who would continue to insist that the CPAC stage was a Nazi symbol.

“Now that we know that those who created the CPAC stage are Democratic donors, will those who accused CPAC now condemn every Democratic donor as supporting Naziism?” he tweeted. “Just wondering if they’ll be consistent… But I won’t hold my breath.”

Neither Menken nor ACU would seriously blame Democratic donors of secretly supporting Nazism, but the question reveals the utter hypocrisy of any continuing attacks on CPAC.

Now that Design Foundry has taken responsibility for the stage, PJ Media asked Hyatt to comment on the situation, asking whether the company would apologize to ACU. Hyatt did not respond by press time.

Tyler O’Neil is the author of Making Hate Pay: The Corruption of the Southern Poverty Law Center. Follow him on Twitter at @Tyler2ONeil.

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Denmark Tells Some Syrian Refugees to Go Home – PJ Media

Denmark has withdrawn residency permits for 94 Syrian refugees, declaring it “safe” for them to go home. They become the first European country to deport Syrian refugees.

The calculus used by the Danish government to determine that the region in Syria the refugees will return to is “safe” isn’t known. It’s also a question of just what the refugees will be returning to.

The New Arab:

Rif Dimashq province, which surrounds Damascus, saw some of the worst fighting of the Syrian conflict, with the Assad regime relentlessly pounding the formerly rebel-held Ghouta area with barrel bombs and killing thousands of civilians with chemical weapons.

The whole province has been under Assad regime control since 2018, but much of it remains in ruins and has been emptied of its inhabitants. Many refugees fear detention, torture, and death at the hands of regime forces if they return.

Danish Immigration Minister Mattias Tesfaye said last month that conditions in Syria had “improved” and that Syrian refugees understood that their residence in Denmark was “temporary.”

“We have made it clear to the Syrian refugees that their residence permit is temporary… We must give people protection for as long as it is needed. But when conditions in the home country improve, a former refugee should return home and re-establish a life there,” he said.

What “life”? The country is smashed. The region that the refugees are being forced to return to is a wasteland. You might argue that the Danes shouldn’t have accepted any refugees in the first place but once under the government’s protection, they should be given every chance to make a life for themselves and their families when they return.

Michala Bendixen, the head of the human rights group Refugees Welcome Denmark, said that the Danish government’s decision had put Syrian refugees in a “very, very tragic situation”, where they could be forced into the country’s “deportation camps”.

“They will not be forced onto a plane. So it means that they will have to stay in one of the deportation camps, where you don’t have access to education or work, and you have to stay in the centre every night. The government hopes that they will go voluntarily, that they will just give up and go on their own,” she said.

The deportation camps would be preferable to Assad’s prisons or starving in the barren province.

This is a decision that should be reversed. The Syrians need to stay. Not until Syria is some kind of paradise, but at least until people have a fighting chance to succeed.

Otherwise, the Danes are no better than Assad.

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Cuomo WON’T Resign, Claims He’s ‘Embarrassed’ by Sexual Harassment Allegations – PJ Media

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo held a coronavirus briefing Wednesday afternoon—his first since he’s faced bipartisan calls for resignation or impeachment. During the press conference, he made an “announcement” regarding the recent sexual harassment allegations made against him.

After acknowledging he was advised by lawyers not to make any statements regarding the allegations against him, said he felt it necessary to do so anyway.

“I fully support a woman’s right to come forward,” he said.

“I now understand that I acted in a way that made people feel uncomfortable. It was unintentional, and I truly and deeply apologize for it,” the Emmy Award-winning governor said in an seemingly emotional plea. ‘I feel awful about it, and frankly, I am embarrassed by it.” Cuomo then repeatedly claimed he never touched anyone inappropriately, and that he “never knew at the time I was making anyone feel uncomfortable,” and has “learned an important lesson,” and “will be the better for this experience.”

Cuomo also made it clear he’s not going anywhere.

“I’m not going to resign,” he said.

Nevertheless, between his nursing home scandal and the three current allegations of sexual harassment against him, nearly 30 New York lawmakers, Democrats and Republicans, are calling on him to resign or be impeached.

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Puerto Rico Statehood Bill Introduced. – PJ Media

Fifty is a nice, round number. It looks good: “The 50 States of the United States.” I can vaguely remember when it was the “good ole’ 48” states. And then Alaska and Hawaii entered the union and 48 became 50. Back then, we all looked around and didn’t see any more room for a state. The U.S. was full up and we posted a “no vacancy” sign.

But “50” is not set in stone. There was always that holdover from the American imperial era, Puerto Rico. Following the end of the Spanish-American War, the U.S. military basically just stayed there, eventually giving the people the rights of a territory. At the time, there were other territorial governments in addition to Hawaii and Alaska in New Mexico and Arizona.

At first, the Puerto Rican people wanted independence. The first vote in 1914 was overwhelmingly in favor of the territory declaring itself an independent state. But Congress nixed the plan and that’s where the matter has rested until today.

There have been five referendums since 1967 asking Puerto Ricans if they want to be a state, declare independence, or remain a territory. The question of independence has also been debated several times in the last few decades, most recently in 2017.

Statehood has usually won these referendums but by narrow margins. The vote in 2020 for statehood or remaining a territory was 53-48, which has precipitated a movement by Democrats in Congress to vote on the island’s status.

The issue of statehood has been given a sense of urgency as the island continues to struggle in recovering from Hurricane Maria in 2017. Many residents believe that statehood would have gotten them more aid sooner. That’s debatable, but it’s clear that the island could use the extra financial help statehood would bestow.

This week,  Florida Representative Darren Soto, a Democrat; Delegate Jenniffer González-Colón, the island’s resident commissioner, a Republican; and Senator Martin Heinrich of New Mexico plan to introduce a measure in the House and Senate granting Puerto Rico immediate statehood.


“They have finally decided that enough is enough, that their territorial status and second class citizenship isn’t working and it’s time for change,” Soto told reporters.

But the bill contradicts a proposal written by Puerto Rican Representatives Nydia Velázquez and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez last summer. The two outlined a panel of elected delegates who would decide what the best long-term solutions would be for the island, giving the options of independence or a statehood or territory status. Ocasio-Cortez wrote in an opinion piece on NBC News at the time that the island’s residents should determine for themselves if they want statehood. “The key is that this framework would be developed by Puerto Ricans and for Puerto Ricans, not dictated to them like so many previous policies,” the two wrote.

That proposal received an immediate thumbs-down from pro-statehood advocates who think it would dilute the statehood vote.

What these referendums have shown is that Puerto Ricans are nowhere near united in envisioning their future. The vote for remaining a territory is always strong because many on the island recognize that without a consensus for statehood or independence, the island would be hopelessly divided. Standing pat, for now, appears to be a viable option.

Of course, you can’t escape the Electoral College implications. Puerto Rico would be eligible for five House seats and two Senate seats. But there is a complicated formula that would determine which states would have to lose a seat with the addition of Puerto Rico into the union. By law, the House is set at 435 seats, so seats would have to be taken from five states to accommodate Puerto Rico. The Senate would grow by two seats making the magic number in the electoral college 271.

The Republican Party is not invisible in Puerto Rico and could be competitive. It’s by no means a certainty that Democrats would dominate as they would in the state of “New Columbia” — or, “State of Washington, Douglas Commonwealth” depending on what name they choose if D.C. becomes a state.

Still, few would argue that making both D.C. and Puerto Rico states wouldn’t give an advantage to Democrats. This is why Republicans will do all in their power to block statehood for both. When the margin is razor-thin, any advantage might tip the balance against the GOP and lead to many years of wandering in the political wilderness.

It’s unfortunate that the aspirations of people in Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C., should be held hostage by national political circumstances, but that’s the reality they must deal with if they’re to learn to live as a state in the union.