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Bernie Sanders, Joe Biden disagree with Tlaib’s call for ‘no more policing’

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., said Wednesday that he does not agree with Rep. Rashida Tlaib D-Mich., who called for “no more policing, incarceration, and militarization” following the fatal police shooting of of Daunte Wright in Minnesota.

“No I don’t,” Sanders told CNN host Wolf Blitzer when asked if he agreed with Tlaib’s statement.

“I think that what we need to do is to understand that there needs to be major, major police reform all across this country,” Sanders said. “We are tired of seeing the same thing, week after week and year after year. We do not want to see innocent African Americans shot in cold blood.”

“So I think that is an area that needs significant amount of work,” the senator continued. “And I hope that Congress begins to work on that immediately.”

Sanders’ statement comes after Tlaib tweeted Monday that she was “done with those who condone government-funded murder.”

“It wasn’t an accident. Policing in our country is inherently & intentionally racist. Daunte Wright was met with aggression & violence. I am done with those who condone government funded murder. No more policing, incarceration, and militarization. It can’t be reformed,” Tlaib wrote on Twitter.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki emphasized that President Joe Biden also did not agree with Tlaib’s tweet.

“That’s not the president’s view,” Psaki said. “The president’s view is that there are necessary outdated reforms that should be put in place, that there is accountability that needs to happen, that the loss of life is far too high, that these families are suffering around the country, that the Black community is exhausted from the ongoing threats they feel.”

Many democrats are calling for police reform after Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old black man, was shot and killed by a Minnesota police officer during a routine traffic stop in Brooklyn Center, Minn., on Sunday.

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Biden made false statements during Afghanistan troop-withdrawal announcement

President Joe Biden inaccurately stated that he supported the 2011 raid that killed Osama bin Laden during a Wednesday speech in which he vowed to remove all American troops from Afghanistan by Sept. 11, 2021, The Daily Caller reported.

“I said, along with many others, we would follow Osama bin Laden to the Gates of Hell if need be and that is exactly what we did. We got him,” Biden said Wednesday.

However, Sen. John McCain was actually the one who said that he would follow bin Laden to the “Gates of Hell.”

“I want to look you in the eye today my friends and say that if I have to follow him to the Gates of Hell, I will get Osama bin Laden. I will bring him to justice,” McCain said to a group of voters during a 2008 Republican presidential primary speech.

While then-President Barack Obama supported the operation against Bin Laden, Biden advised Obama to wait.

“Mr. President, my suggestion is, don’t go. We have to do two more things to see if he’s there,” then-Vice President Biden recalled telling then-President Obama in 2012.

“Joe weighed in against the raid,” Obama wrote in his memoir, “A Promised Land.”

During the 2020 presidential election, Republican ads claimed Biden opposed taking Bin Laden out altogether.

Bin Laden was killed on May 1, 2011 by Navy Seals who found him at the 9/11 mastermind’s Abottabad compound.

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WATCH: Jerry Nadler refused to admit the Democrats plan to pack the Supreme Court

Rep. Jerry Nadler, D-NY, avoided answering Rep. Jim Jordan‘s, R-OH, question on whether Democrats were planning to expand the Supreme Court during a Wednesday hearing of the House Judiciary Committee.

Jordan, while citing an report from The Intercept, said to Nadler, “It’s been reported that the Democrats will be introducing legislation to expand the Supreme Court from 9 members to 13 members and that you (Nadler) and two of our members on this committee will be sponsoring that legislation, is that accurate?”

Nadler refused to answer Jordan’s question and Jordan was told that it wasn’t an appropriate time to be asking that question.

“That is not the subject of the markup,” Nadler said.

“A report that the chairman is going to be sponsoring legislation is not something to be talked about on the House Judiciary Committee?” Jordan fired back. “If you don’t think it’s important about Democrats trying to expand the size of the Supreme Court… I think that’s a pretty important issue.”

Following the hearing, it was reported that congressional democrats are planning to unveil legislation to expand the court on Thursday.

The bill will be led by Nadler and Sen. Ed Markey of Massachusetts, according to NBC News. It will be co-sponsored by Reps. Hank Johnson of Georgia and Mondaire Jones of New York.

“Our democracy is under assault, and the Supreme Court has dealt the sharpest blows. To restore power to the people, we must #ExpandTheCourt. That’s why I’m introducing the Judiciary Act of 2021 with @RepJerryNadler, @RepHankJohnson, and @SenMarkey to add four seats to SCOTUS,” Jones tweeted.

GOP leaders slammed the Democrats’ court-packing plans.

“Packing the court goes against everything we believe as Americans. But make no mistake: this is about power and control. Democrats want to dismantle our institutions, including the courts, to enact their socialist agenda,” House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy tweeted.

“Packing the court is an act of arrogant lawlessness. Those behind this effort spit in the face of judicial independence,” Sen. Mike Lee tweeted.

“On court packing: ” … it was a bonehead idea. It was a terrible, terrible mistake to make, and it put in question … the independence of the most significant body—including the Congress in my view—the most significant body in this country, the Supreme Court,” Lee continued.

“Do you know who spoke those words?” Lee asked.

“Joe Biden.”

Congress has the power to change the number of Supreme Court justices, although it has remained at nine since 1869.

Democrats are expected to announce the bill outside the Supreme Court building on Thursday.

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COVID is ‘gangbusters with ratings’: CNN employee alleges in another Project Veritas video

Following Project Veritas publishing a video Tuesday of a CNN employee alleging—while being secretly recorded—that the network’s “focus” during the 2020 presidential election “was to get Trump out of office,” the activist group has released a follow-up video on Wednesday of the same employee. In “Part Two”, he makes claims regarding COVID-19 and CNN’s ratings, among others.

RELATED: Project Veritas video: CNN employee said network’s ‘focus was to get Trump out of office’ in 2020

“COVID? Gangbusters with ratings, right?” CNN Technical Director Charlie Chester can be seen telling someone who’s off-camera at the start of the highly edited video, followed by a replay of the remark. “Which is why we [CNN] constantly have the [COVID] death toll on the side, which I have a major problem with – with how we’re tallying how many people die every day.”

The video then cuts to Chester saying: “Like, why isn’t it high enough, you know, today? Like it would make our point better if it was higher. And I’m like, what am I f—ing rallying for? That’s a problem that we’re doing that.”

Here are some other quotes from Chester that stood out:

  • “Any reporter on CNN — what they’re actually doing is they’re telling the person what to say…
  • “It’s always like leading them in a direction before they even open their mouths. The only people that we [CNN] will let on the air, for the most part, are people that have a proven track record of taking the bait.”
  • “It’s fear. Fear really drives numbers [TV ratings] … Fear is the thing that keeps you tuned in.”
  • More quotes can be found in the video and in Project Veritas’ report on its website.

The release of “Part Two” came exactly 24 hours after the release of the first part, as well as after Project Veritas founder James O’Keefe saying Tuesday evening that he was going to sue CNN after host Anna Cabrera slandered Project Veritas for “misinformation.”

RELATED: Project Veritas Founder: ‘I’m going to sue CNN for defamation’

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‘MISSING AT THE BORDER’: Scalise crafts milk carton with Harris’ face for her failure to visit border amid crisis

Source: Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) of NBC News

House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) brought a milk carton with Vice President Kamala Harris‘s picture and the words “MISSING AT THE BORDER” to the Capitol on Wednesday.

A throwback to the “missing child” advertisements plastered on many U.S. milk cartons starting in the early 1980s, the tongue-in-cheek prop criticizes her for refusing to visit the U.S.-Mexico border yet amid a record-breaking surge in migrants crossing it, especially unaccompanied children. It also slams her for what Republicans argue is the Biden administration’s lack of urgency in handling the massive influx of people.

MORE ON THE BORDER: Number of unaccompanied minors at border hits all-time high in March

Earlier this month, President Joe Biden tapped his No. 2 to spearhead his administration’s effort to manage the flow of migrants illegally crossing into the U.S. through Mexico. However, administration officials subsequently specified that Harris’ role would focus on the Northern Triangle nations of Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras, from which most of the migrants are fleeing.

Biden, like Harris, has neither visited the border nor the overcrowded migrant detention facilities yet since the crisis began to kick into gear during February.

MORE ON THE BORDER: VP Harris goes 18 days without a press conference on the border crisis after assuming role

Explaining on Wednesday to “Fox Across America with Jimmy Failla” why he brought the milk carton to a press conference at the Capitol about the border crisis, Scalise said it was to “maybe just shame her into going”.

“Biden put Vice President Harris in charge of this crisis and she won’t even go see it,” the Louisiana Republican said. “And so after calling on her to go multiple times, and she just continues to say she’s not going to go, I said let’s put a milk carton with her picture on it saying ‘MISSING’ and maybe just shame her into going, because what you see down there is alarming. It’s disgusting what they’re doing to these young children, it’s abusive and neglectful.”

Migrants, especially thousands of unaccompanied children, have been placed in overcrowded detention facilities with poor accommodations, in spite of the CDC’s COVID-19 guidelines.

MORE ON THE BORDER: Border crisis ‘goes way past politics’: Border official discusses dangers migrants face on the journey to the U.S.

“We should have put an 800-Number or something on there so she could call me and I’ll take her down there myself,” Scalise remarked. “She’s got her own plane. I mean, she’s got a pretty fancy plane. So she could get down there to see that if she wanted to.”

“But in all seriousness,” he said, shifting his tone, “the fact that she’s the Vice President of the United States and President Biden put her in charge of this crisis and she won’t go down and see it, it’s one thing to say, well, she’s going to go down to maybe Venezuela or one of the other South or Central American countries. You don’t have to have any negotiation. They created this crisis in Washington, D.C. The problem can be fixed in Washington, D.C., but at a minimum, go see it in Texas. Go see the mess you’ve created in the United States of America before you start, you know, traipsing off to other countries.”

Scalise added that he’ll “sign the milk carton and give it to her if she just does her job and goes to the border and actually sees the national disgrace they’ve created, both she and President Biden with this policy that’s abusing and neglecting these kids.”

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1,500 rabbis accuse ADL of ‘misplaced charges of antisemitism’ in calling for Tucker Carlson’s firing

In response to the Anti-Defamation League’s (ADL) call for Fox News to fire host Tucker Carlson, the Coalition for Jewish Values (CJV) on Tuesday penned a letter accusing the organization of “grossly misplaced charges of antisemitism.”

The letter was backed by 1,500 traditional orthodox rabbis, who argued to ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt that “the ADL has become markedly partisan under your leadership.”

The ADL had called for Carlson to be fired because, in a Thursday segment on the program “Fox News Primetime,” the conservative firebrand claimed that Democrats are coordinating a “replacement” of current U.S. voters with immigrants from the “Third World.”

“I know that the left and all the little gatekeepers on Twitter become literally hysterical if you use the term ‘replacement,’ if you suggest that the Democratic Party is trying to replace the current electorate, the voters now casting ballots, with new people, more obedient voters from the Third World,” Carlson charged. “But they become hysterical because that’s what’s happening actually. Let’s just say it: That’s true.”

Later in the segment, Carlson argued that the idea he was advocating was not racist, saying: “I mean, everyone wants to make a racial issue out of it. Oh, you know, the white replacement theory? No, no, no. This is a voting rights question. I have less political power because they’re importing a brand new electorate. Why should I sit back and take that?”

The conspiracy theory that Jewish people are coordinating a “great replacement” of white Westerners with nonwhite immigrants is popular among white supremacists. This theory, as The Jerusalem Post noted, fueled the 2018 Pittsburgh synagogue shooting, as well as other attacks. Infamously too, far-right marchers at the 2017 “Unite The Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia chanted “You will not replace us” and “Jews will not replace us.”

On ADL’s blog, the organization wrote that “the alt right has gone from relative obscurity to being one of the United States’ most visible extremist movements,” according to The Jerusalem Post.

In the CJV’s letter, the signatories argued that—among other things—the ADL’s focuses on neo-Nazis of the “alt-right” too much when discussing the recent increase in antisemitic incidents in a published guide called “Naming the Hate,” charging that the guide says “nothing regarding for more dangerous, leftist adherents of radical Islam.”

Fox Corporation CEO Lachlan Murdoch wrote to the ADL that Fox News will not be firing Carlson over claims that he endorsed “replacement theory.” Murdoch, in his response, cited Carlson’s statement that came later in the segment.

“A full review of the guest interview indicates that Mr. Carlson decried and rejected replacement theory,” Murdoch wrote in the letter on Sunday to Greenblatt. “As Mr. Carlson himself stated during the guest interview: ‘White replacement theory? No, no, this is a voting rights question.’”

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Officer who shot, killed Ashli Babbitt won’t face charges

The Department of Justice (DOJ) will not pursue charges against the U.S. Capitol Police officer who fatally shot Ashli Babbitt during the deadly January 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol, officials announced Wednesday.

Officials said that federal prosecutors reviewed video footage, interviewed the officer and other witnesses, assembled evidence, and examined autopsy results, officials said of the investigation conducted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia.

“Based on that investigation, officials determined that there is insufficient evidence to support a criminal prosecution,” the DOJ said in a statement.

“The investigation revealed no evidence to establish that, at the time the officer fired a single shot at Ms. Babbitt, the officer did not reasonably believe that it was necessary to do so in self-defense or in defense of members of Congress,” the statement also read. The DOJ’s decision officially concludes the investigation.

Babbitt, a 14-year Air Force and Air National Guard veteran, was fatally shot by a Capitol Police officer while she and a mob were standing in the doorway leading to the House Speaker’s Lobby of the Capitol. The officer shot her as rioters attempted to smash through the door, and the chaotic moment was captured on video and quickly spread throughout social media shortly thereafter.

RELATED: Video: Last known livestream of woman fatally shot at Capitol riot

She had entered the Capitol Building with other rioters on January 6 to prevent the certification of the 2020 Electoral College victory of President Joe Biden.

Babbitt is one of five people who died in or outside the Capitol that day, including Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick. Three other people died of medical emergencies.

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Officer who shot Daunte Wright arrested, to be charged with 2nd-degree manslaughter

The Minnesota police officer who fatally shot 20-year-old Daunte Wright, a Black man who was pulled over for driving an SUV with expired license plates, will be charged with second-degree manslaughter on Wednesday, a prosecutor said, according to multiple outlets. In the nights following the Sunday killing of Wright, cities in Minnesota have been rocked by massive protests, violence, and clashes between demonstrators and police.

Furthermore, on Wednesday morning, Officer Kim Potter—a 26-year veteran of the Brooklyn Center Police Department—was arrested at the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension in St. Paul, according to the Associated Press.

RELATED: Over 60 arrested during second night of riots in Minnesota

The charge against former Brooklyn Center police Officer Kim Potter will be filed Wednesday, Washington County Attorney Pete Orput said, per the AP. If convicted, she faces up to 10 years in prison or a fine of up to $20,000.

The charge and arrest of Potter come the day after she resigned from the department, along with Police Chief Tim Gannon.

“I believe it is in the best interest of the community, the department, and my fellow officers if I resign immediately,” Potter said in a statement. She claims that shooting Wright with her handgun was an accident, saying that she meant to grab her taser.

After releasing bodycam footage of the shooting on Monday, the chief said it was his belief that Potter mistakenly shot Wright after pulling out her gun instead of a Taser.

The footage showed her nearing Wright as he stood outside of his vehicle while another officer was arresting him. As Wright struggles with police, Potter yells, “I’ll Tase you! I’ll Tase you! Taser! Taser! Taser!” before firing a single shot from her handgun.

Demonstrators and Wright’s family, enraged by this, have argued that an experienced officer should easily know the difference between a Taser and a handgun, saying there’s no such excuse for the shooting.

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