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Black Lives Matter activists try to bully Louisville store owner, but he doesn't back down: 'Nobody can intimidate me'

9 hours 31 minutes ago

Black Lives Matter activists attempted to pressure a store owner into supporting their causes, but the man wasn't about to be bullied into blindly agreeing with them.

An armed man was guarding his store in Louisville on Friday night. He was protecting his business because it was firebombed the night before when riots erupted, which were sparked by the grand jury decision not to charge any of the police officers involved in the Breonna Taylor case with homicide.

Several Black Lives Matter supporters confronted business owner Fadi Faouri, as seen in video taken by Daily Caller field reporter Jorge Ventura.

One of the activists ask Faouri, "Does black lives matter?" The store owner replies, "If you're a good person, I will care about you. If you're a bad person...pffft."

With several other BLM supporters surrounding him and multiple people recording him, the BLM supporter then asks, "Does Breonna Taylor matter?" The business owner replies, "I don't know."

The activist aggressively asks, "What do you mean you don't know?" Another person in the crowd comes forward and asks, "How you don't know if it doesn't matter?"

Faouri defends himself during the tense encounter, "You're trying to intimidate me."

More people in the crowd become agitated with his answer and want him to explain his stance of impartiality on the hot-button topic.

"I'm not playing that game," the gun-toting store owner proclaims.

The crowd grows larger, and people steadily move closer to Faouri.

The store owner declares, "Nobody can intimidate me."

While most of the group walks away, one woman who claims to be a documentary filmmaker confronts Faouri, and tells him the details from the fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor. The store owner responds by saying, "That's not my f***ing business."

Not satisfied with the response, she retorts, "It should be your business, because all lives matter, right? You just said, 'All lives matter.' You can say that, but it's the color black that is the issue."

"You have an issue with that, I don't have an issue," Faouri rebuts. "I don't see color."

"I don't care, white or black bulls****, I see you as a human being, that's all that I care about," he says.

"I don't care about white, black, purple, green, whatever the f*** it is," he states. "I don't believe in color."

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Paul Sacca

The backlash is intense after left-wing author suggests Amy Coney Barrett adopted Haitian children to shield herself from accusations of racism

10 hours 47 minutes ago

Left-wing author Ibram Kendi, author of the book "How to Be An Antiracist," triggered a tsunami of backlash on Saturday after suggesting that Amy Coney Barrett adopted to Haitian children to shield herself from accusations of racism.

What did Kendi say?

Kendi responded to a purported picture of Barrett with her two adopted Haitian children. The photo, however, was not of Barrett.

Some White colonizers "adopted" Black children. They "civilized" these "savage" children in the "superior" ways of White people, while using them as props in their lifelong pictures of denial, while cutting the biological parents of these children out of the picture of humanity.

And whether this is Barrett or not is not the point. It is a belief too many White people have: if they have or adopt a child of color, then they can't be racist.

I'm challenging the idea that White parents of kids of color are inherently "not racist" and the bots completely change what I'm saying to "White parents of kids of color are inherently racist." These live and fake bots are good at their propaganda. Let's not argue with them. Some White colonizers "adopted" Black children. They "civilized" these "savage" children in the "superior" ways of… — Ibram X. Kendi (@Ibram X. Kendi)1601143452.0I’m challenging the idea that White parents of kids of color are inherently “not racist” and the bots completely ch… — Ibram X. Kendi (@Ibram X. Kendi)1601145727.0What was the response?

Although Kendi did not specifically accuse Barrett of using her Haitian children as "props" to hide accusations of racism, many believed the implications of his comments were very clear and, ironically, racist.

  • "Are you suggesting that any white family who adopts black children are colonizers and that interracial adoption is somehow evil? Please clarify because if this is your position, it's an evil one," one person responded.
  • "Kinda sounds like you're projecting some weird racist s**t onto it idk man," another person said.
  • "You ever thought that just maybe race is irrelevant to some people when it comes to loving another human.. Crazy I know," another person responded.
  • "Or two orphaned Haitian children are adopted by a white family who love these children as if they are their own and are loved by aunts, uncles, grandparents and cousins they otherwise would never have known," another person said.
  • "Ibram you going to adopt a starving child from Haiti or just b***h about white people adopting a child & giving them a opportunity they wouldn't ever have in poverty," another person said.
  • One person mocked, "'I wish those black kids had stayed in their Haitian orphanage instead of coming to America,"'said the anti-racist."
  • "This person is a disgusting racist. Period," another person said.
  • Sen. Tom Cotton said, "Ibram Kendi launches a cruel, racist attack against Judge Barrett and her family. But what else would we expect from a fraud like him?"

On Saturday, President Donald Trump officially nominated Barrett to be the next Supreme Court justice.

Chris Enloe

FBI arrests Black Lives Matter activist, accused of spending $200K in donations on tailored suits and property

11 hours 32 minutes ago

An Atlanta-based Black Lives Matter activist faces federal charges of money laundering and wire fraud for allegedly using donation money for personal purchases such as tailored suits, guns, and a security system.

Sir Maejor Page, also known as Tyree Conyers-Page, was arrested on Friday morning in Toledo, Ohio. Page, 32, was charged with one count of wire fraud and two counts of money laundering, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Page allegedly operated a Facebook page called "Black Lives Matter of Greater Atlanta," a non-profit organization that accepted monetary donations under the guise of using the money to fight against racial injustice. Black Lives Matter of Greater Atlanta solicited donations on GoFundMe, where the organization was listed as a non-profit.

Page assured people that "none of the funds have been used for personal items," according to the FBI. "All movement related."

Authorities claim that a bank account named "Black Lives Matter of Greater Atlanta, Inc." was opened in 2018, and Page was the only signatory on the account. Between April 2018 and May 2020, the bank account's balance never exceeded $5,000, but donations started pouring in following the death of George Floyd in late May. Officials say between June and August of this year, $467,342.18 in donations were transferred to the BLMGA bank account that Page controlled, as reported by WTOL-TV.

The FBI said Page used a debit card linked to the same bank account that was dedicated to Black Lives Matter of Greater Atlanta to make personal purchases. Page reportedly used the donation money to buy food, entertainment, tailored suits, furniture, guns, and a home security system.

Since early August, Page's Instagram and social media videos have featured an increased amount of new clothes, including posts about tailored suits, "nice cufflinks," and "$150 ties."

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On Aug. 21, Page allegedly used the Black Lives Matter of Greater Atlanta bank account to purchase a residence and an adjacent vacant lot in Toledo for $112,000.

Records show that the home was purchased by an organization Hi Frequency, an organization for which Page was listed as the treasurer and general counsel. Page seemingly attempted to hide his ownership of the property by stating in the non-disclosure agreement that the transaction was to be entered "by and between Hi Frequency Ohio via Sir Maejor Page" and the seller's agent.

Authorities said Page spent over $200,000 on personal items with money from donations made to his Black Lives Matter organization, but the FBI did not find any purchases or expenditures tied to social activism or racial injustice.

Page was released after posting $10,000 bond.

As part of his bond release, Page is not allowed to use Facebook. He is also barred from conducting any fundraising or obtaining any new bank accounts or lines of credit without prior approval of Pretrial Services.

GoFundMe said the company had removed fundraising accounts associated with Page and the Black Lives Matter of Greater Atlanta organization. Page has been banned from using the GoFundMe crowdfunding platform, and refunds are being offered to donors who request them.

"GoFundMe has taken action to ensure you can no longer start a GoFundMe for BLMGA. PayPal has also confirmed BLMGA has been removed from its database," the statement read. "Campaigns with misuse are very rare, and we take all complaints very seriously. Our team is working with law enforcement and assisting them in the investigation."

An IMDB listing shows "Sir Maejor" was an actor in FX's TV series "American Horror Story: Coven" as an "albino guard/henchman."

Paul Sacca

IT'S OFFICIAL: President Trump nominates Amy Coney Barrett to Supreme Court

12 hours 10 minutes ago

It's official: Amy Coney Barrett will likely be the next Supreme Court justice.

President Donald Trump officially announced Barrett's nomination Saturday, just one week after the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the court's eldest judge at 87. Barrett's nomination comes just 38 days before Election Day.

"Today it is my honor to nominate one of our nation's most brilliant legal minds, Judge Amy Coney Barrett," Trump said.

Trump said that Barrett will decide cases based on the text of the Constitution. He urged Democrats to give her a "respectful and dignified" Senate hearing, and cautioned the media from stoking a "personal and partisan" confirmation process.

President @realDonaldTrump nominates Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court of the United States! — Team Trump (Text VOTE to 88022) (@Team Trump (Text VOTE to 88022))1601154783.0

In her acceptance speech, Barrett honored the life of Ginsburg, and pledged to hold to the Constitution.

"Thank you Mr. President. I am deeply honored by the confidence you have placed in me," Barrett said. "I love the United States and I love the United States Constitution. I am truly humbled by the prospect of serving on the Supreme Court. Should I be confirmed, I will be mindful of those who came before me."

Barrett's nomination was not unexpected.

Top Republican sources told numerous media outlets Friday that Trump had chosen Barrett to succeed Ginsburg on the court. She was the leading candidate all week, and the only potential nominee who personally met with Trump, CNN reported.

Barrett, 48, is currently a judge on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, a position she was confirmed to in 2017 after being nominated by Trump. She graduated from Notre Dame Law School and has worked there as a professor since 2002.

Barrett is a devout Catholic and mother of seven children, including two adopted children and another with Down Syndrome.

As it became more clear Barrett would secure the nomination, leftists, who have already been attacking Barrett's faith, began attacking her family, even suggesting that she illegally adopted her children.

What happens now?

Next up for Barrett is her Senate confirmation, which will undoubtedly get ugly as Democrats will use every weapon in their arsenal to stop her confirmation or, at the very least, discredit Barrett.

The Senate will reportedly begin the confirmation process on Oct. 12, and it will reportedly last just four days.

Unfortunately for Democrats, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has already confirmed that Republicans have enough support in the Senate to confirm Barrett, even if every Democrat opposes her nomination.

Barrett's likely confirmation will give conservative-leaning justices a 6-3 majority on the Supreme Court.

Chris Enloe

Former Dem senator warns how gross attacks on Amy Coney Barrett's faith may badly backfire

13 hours 2 minutes ago

Former Democratic-turned-Independent Sen. Joe Lieberman is warning his former Democratic colleagues against further attacks on Amy Coney Barrett's devout Catholic faith.

Those attacks, Lieberman warned Friday, may backfire.

What is the background?

Amy Coney Barrett rose to national prominence in 2017 after she was confirmed to the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals. During her confirmation process, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) infamously launched a broadside against Barrett's faith.

"When you read your speeches, the conclusion one draws is that the dogma lives loudly within you — and that's of concern," Feinstein said, referring to Barrett's Catholic faith.

WATCH: Sen. Feinstein to appeals court nominee Amy Barrett, @NotreDame law prof/#Catholic mother of 7: "The dogma l… — Jason Calvi (@Jason Calvi)1504725282.0

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) also questioned Barrett what it meant to be an "Orthodox Catholic." Of course, the concern of Democratic lawmakers at the time was that Barrett may be placed in a position to someday help restrict abortion rights — or perhaps even overturn Roe v. Wade.

What did Lieberman say?

Speaking on Fox News, the former Connecticut senator — who was a Democrat for the majority of his political career until he left the party in 2006 — predicted that if Democrats focus on Barrett's faith, "it will hurt her opponents."

Lieberman, who is an observant Jew, explained that, in his experience, religious piety deeply resonates with Americans.

"I found that the fact that I was religious and observant was actually a tie, a bond [with] people of other religions who were similarly observant," Lieberman said.

"You can disagree with somebody based on whether they're pro-life or pro-choice, but when you start to say that you're against them because their religion, in this case, their Roman Catholicism determines their point of view, you're doing something really abhorrent that I think is bigoted, is un-American, and incidentally, is unconstitutional," he added.

In fact, "Article VI of the Constitution says that you can't apply a religious test for any office of public trust in America. That's how wise and fair the people who wrote the Constitution were," Lieberman explained.

Regarding Feinstein's comments in particular, Lieberman called them "improper" and "biased."

"I thought Sen. Feinstein's question in that case was really improper, and was biased really. Everybody brings to the Senate, to the Congress, to [the] Supreme Court experiences and beliefs that they have," Lieberman said. "There's no reason why a religiously observant person should be accused more of dogma than somebody who is particularly ideological in a secular way."

Chris Enloe

Maryland man sentenced to year in jail for throwing parties, breaking coronavirus restrictions

13 hours 36 minutes ago

A Maryland man has been sentenced to a year in jail — his crime: throwing parties during the coronavirus pandemic that violated the governor's emergency order.

On March 22, police officers went to a home in Hughesville after reports of a large party at the residence. Shawn Marshall Myers, 42, argued with the officers, but eventually shut down the party that had as many as 60 attendees, according to the Charles County Sheriff's Office.

Then on March 27, officers were called to the same house in Charles County after more complaints about a large party. Police estimate that there were more than 50 people at Myers' bonfire party.

Myers was argumentative again with cops, claiming that the group had the right to congregate. He refused to disband the soiree, which was a violation of Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan's (R) emergency order against large gatherings. At the time, the order prohibited gatherings of more than 10 people in an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19. Currently, Maryland allows gatherings of up to 50 people.

"Beyond being argumentative, Myers directed his guests to stay in defiance of [Gov. Larry Hogan's] orders and the officers' lawful orders to disband the party," Charles County State's Attorney Tony Covington said.

On Friday, Myers was convicted of two counts of failure to comply with an emergency order. A judge sentenced Myers to a year in the Charles County Detention Center for throwing parties that exceeded coronavirus capacity restrictions, according to WTTG-TV.

In addition to jail time, Myers was ordered to pay a $5,000 fine and undergo three years of unsupervised probation after his release.

"He was given a warning," Covington said. "It's not like the police just swooped in there and said you're going to jail. They gave him a warning. He had at least 50 people the first day and then two, three days later, he's doing the same thing. And the second day he's of a mind that he's not going to cooperate, he's going to tell people to keep the music playing."

"These decisions were made for the public good, for people's safety," Covington said. "We've got 200,000 people dead because of the attitudes that Mr. Myers demonstrated that particular day."

Myers, who is a tattoo artist, told WTTG that he regretted throwing the party when he "learned about the devastation COVID-19 caused in a short period of time after it reached the U.S."

Earlier this week, a mother was tased and arrested at her son's middle school football game after she refused to wear a face mask. Viral video shows the Ohio woman resisting arrest after being asked to wear a mask.

Paul Sacca

Report: Obama once tried to persuade Ginsburg to retire before crucial election, but she refused

15 hours 17 minutes ago

Former President Barack Obama attempted to persuade the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to retire prior to his presidential tenure ending, according to a new report.

The New York Times reported that Obama privately met with Ginsburg in July 2013 in an effort to curry favor with the Supreme Court justice, with the hopes of setting the foundation to Ginsburg's retirement.

According to the Times, the looming 2014 midterm election is what jolted Obama into action.

From the Times:

Mr. Obama had asked his White House counsel, Kathryn Ruemmler, to set up the lunch so he could build a closer rapport with the justice, according to two people briefed on the conversation. Treading cautiously, he did not directly bring up the subject of retirement to Justice Ginsburg, at 80 the Supreme Court's oldest member and a two-time cancer patient.

He did, however, raise the looming 2014 midterm elections and how Democrats might lose control of the Senate. Implicit in that conversation was the concern motivating his lunch invitation — the possibility that if the Senate flipped, he would lose a chance to appoint a younger, liberal judge who could hold on to the seat for decades.

But the effort did not work, just as an earlier attempt by Senator Patrick Leahy, the Vermont Democrat who was then Judiciary Committee chairman, had failed. Justice Ginsburg left Mr. Obama with the clear impression that she was committed to continuing her work on the court, according to those briefed.

Securing Ginsburg's retirement would have allowed Obama to appoint his third Supreme Court justice, a likely left-leaning jurist who would have sat on the court for decades.

Unfortunately for Democrats, Obama's political instincts were correct. Democrats lost their Senate majority in the 2014 midterm election, preventing Obama from filling the Supreme Court vacancy left by Antonin Scalia's sudden death in February 2016. That electoral loss, coupled with Ginsburg's refusal to retire, means Obama's legacy on the federal judiciary will be overshadowed by Trump's.

In fact, Trump has already had two Supreme Court nominees confirmed to the high court, and he is widely expected to announce his third nominee on Saturday: Amy Coney Barrett, a conservative judge on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Barrett's confirmation is almost guaranteed as Senate Majority Mitch McConnell has already announced he has secured the votes necessary to confirm whoever Trump nominates.

If Barrett is, in fact, Trump's nominee, and if she is confirmed to the high court, Trump's presidency will have reshaped the Supreme Court for decades — and he still has potentially four more years to further that legacy.

Chris Enloe

Spotify employees threaten 'full-blown strike' if Joe Rogan isn't censored: report

15 hours 57 minutes ago

A new report stated that Spotify employees are extremely bothered that the music streaming platform has not censored "The Joe Rogan Experience" podcast.

According to Digital Music News, a self-described source for music industry news and analysis, Spotify employees are so angered about Rogan's free speech that they have threatened a "full-blown strike" if the company doesn't suppress certain "JRE" episodes and topics.

On May 19, Spotify announced that it had reached an agreement with Rogan for a "multi-year exclusive licensing deal" that is reportedly worth more than $100 million, according to The Wall Street Journal. In the deal, Spotify gets the "JRE" full library, which adds up to nearly 1,500 episodes.

"It will remain free, and it will be the exact same show," Rogan said in an announcement on Instagram. "It's just a licensing deal, so Spotify won't have any creative control over the show."

"They want me to just continue doing it the way I'm doing it right now," he continued. "I'm excited to have the support of the largest audio platform in the world and I hope you folks are there when we make the switch!"

Rogan built a massive audience on YouTube, where he has nearly 10 million subscribers and over 2.6 billion views since launching his podcast in 2009. Episodes of the video podcast are currently available on YouTube, but will be removed and exclusively on Spotify by the end of the year.

Rogan's first episode on Spotify aired on Sept. 1. Immediately, fans of the massively popular podcast noticed that several potentially controversial episodes were missing from the Spotify library, including interviews with firebrands such as Alex Jones, Gavin McInnes, Milo Yiannopoulos, Charles C. Johnson, Owen Benjamin, and Carl Benjamin, according to Variety.

On Sept. 16, Spotify held an all-hands company meeting, where Spotify CEO Daniel Ek addressed concerns about alleged "transphobic content" that was on several "The Joe Rogan Experience" podcasts, according to Motherboard.

"Some staff inside the company feel alienated by Spotify's hosting of certain 'The Joe Rogan Experience' (JRE) episodes, according to copies of some of the questions presented to the meeting obtained by Motherboard," the report stated.

"In the case of Joe Rogan, a total of 10 meetings have been held with various groups and individuals to hear their respective concerns," Ek said, three sources reportedly told Motherboard. "And some of them want Rogan removed because of things he's said in the past."

"Others have concerns specifically over a recent episode," Ek reportedly said. "And Joe Rogan and the episode in question have been reviewed extensively. The fact that we aren't changing our position doesn't mean we aren't listening. It just means we made a different judgment call."

Digital Music News reported this week that Spotify employees are now threatening to strike if Rogan is not censored.

"A contingent of activist Spotify staffers are now considering a walkout or full-blown strike if their demands for direct editorial oversight of 'The Joe Rogan Experience' podcast aren't met," the report stated.

The employees are allegedly "demanding direct editorial oversight" over the comedian's podcast.

That would include the ability to directly edit or remove sections of upcoming interviews, or block the uploading of episodes deemed problematic. The employees also demanded the ability to add trigger warnings, corrections, and references to fact-checked articles on topics discussed by Rogan in the course of his multi-hour discussions.

The report added that there are "preliminary plans" for a work strike that "would principally involve New York-based Spotify employees, and would be accompanied by protests outside Spotify's Manhattan headquarters."

"Other aspects would involve media appearances and coordination with other activist organizations," the report said.

The music outlet noted that the strike "could be risky for the staffers involved."

"Spotify employees reportedly enjoy comfortable salaries in the $120-$130,000 annual range, with considerable perks and benefits," the report said. "These are plum jobs in extremely uncertain economic times, making a strike a risky move."

According to PayScale, Spotify pays its employees an average of $110,432 a year. Glassdoor lists many salaries at Spotify well over $100,000.

BlazeTV's Dave Rubin, the host of the "The Rubin Report" podcast, commented on the Rogan situation.

"The idea that any of these companies – these platforms, YouTube, Facebook, Spotify, whatever it is – are out there to defend free speech, no, that's just a crazy fantasy," Rubin told Billboard. "That's obviously his choice and it sounds like it was a pretty great financial situation."

"As far as the [music] platforms getting more into the talk space and the podcast world, I don't think any of these platforms should be trusted," Rubin said.

Last week, Rogan issued a rare public apology after being criticized for claims he made on a recent "JRE" podcast. He walked back claims that he made on his podcast that left-wing anarchists set fires in Oregon.

"I f***ed up on the podcast with Douglas Murray and said that people got arrested lighting fires in Portland," Rogan wrote on Twitter. "That turns out to not be true. I was very irresponsible not looking into it before I repeated it. I read one story about a guy getting arrested for lighting fires. Turned out to be true, but the other s*** I read about people getting arrested for lighting fires in Portland was not true. I repeated it without looking into it and it was a really f***ing stupid mistake that won't happen again. I'm sorry."

Rogan, the UFC commentator and podcaster, offered to host a presidential debate between President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden. Trump immediately accepted the invitation, Biden has yet to respond.

Paul Sacca

Kamala Harris praises 'brilliance' of BLM, says protests are 'essential component of evolution in our country'

17 hours 17 minutes ago

Democratic nominee for vice president Kamala Harris praised the "brilliance" of Black Lives Matter and called the continuing nationwide protests "as an essential component of evolution in our country."

During a virtual convention for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People on Friday, Sen. Harris (D-Calif.) said that BLM is the "most significant agent for change within the criminal justice system."

"The brilliance and the impact of Black Lives Matter and their brilliance in conceiving it, history is going to show was an inflection point in the ongoing fight for justice, to your point, and to reform the criminal justice system and America's criminal justice system," Harris told CNN political commentator Angela Rye, who was hosting the event.

"I actually believe, as a former prosecutor, that Black Lives Matter has been the most significant agent for change within the criminal justice system, because it has been a counterforce to the force within the system that is so grounded in status quo and in its own traditions, many of which have been harmful and have been discriminatory in the way that they've been enforced," Harris proclaimed, according to RealClearPolitics.

"It is about, I think, a community and the country speaking out, understanding that nothing that we have achieved that has been about progress in this country has come without a fight," Harris continued. "Nothing that we have achieved in our country that has been about progress, and in particular around civil rights has come without a fight."

"I always, I'm going to interpret these protests as an essential component of evolution in our country, as an essential component, a mark of a real democracy and as necessary, as necessary," Harris said during the NAACP remote convention. "The people's voices must be heard. It is often the people who must speak to get their government to do what it is supposed to do, but may not do naturally unless the people speak loudly, and obviously peacefully, but speak loudly."

Rye asked Harris about the founders of the Black Lives Matter organization — Patrisse Cullors, Alicia Garza, and Opal Tometi — being named to TIME's 100 most influential people of 2020 list. Harris said, "Good for TIME magazine for doing that."

In a 2015 interview, Cullors admitted that she and her fellow BLM creators are "trained Marxists."

"Myself and Alicia in particular are trained organizers. We are trained Marxists," Cullors said. "We are super-versed on, sort of, ideological theories."

Tometi has endorsed Venezuelan socialist dictator Nicolás Maduro, and was honored to meet him in 2015. While visiting Venezuela, Tometi tweeted, "Such a relief to be in a place where there is intelligent political discourse."

This comes at a time when new polls show public support for Black Lives Matter and the protests are falling. One poll released in the past week showed support for anti-police brutality protests declined from 54% in June to 39% in September. A Pew Research survey found that support for the BLM movement dropped from 67% in June to 55% in September.

During the interview, Rye asked Harris, "Who is the best rapper alive?" Harris responded, "Tupac."

The rapper Tupac Shakur died 24 years ago on Sept. 13, 1996, from the injuries he suffered from a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas.

Harris reacted to her mistake by saying, "I keep doing that."

She continued, "Who would I say? I mean, there's so many. There are some that I would not mention right now because they should stay in their lane, but others."

Rye was confused by the response and said, "I don't know what that means. I want to know who one of those are."

"Keep going, keep moving," Harris instructed Rye.

"Okay, all right," Rye obediently replied. "All right. I think that was not supposed to be a stumper either."

WATCH: NAACP convention discusses racial injustice, pandemic and 2020 election

Paul Sacca

Insane video shows huge police presence during unauthorized beach car rally event as one rallygoer assaults group of officers

18 hours 2 minutes ago

A raucous melee broke out in Ocean City, Maryland, on Friday night during an unauthorized pop-up car rally event.

Though unauthorized, the annual weekend-long event — titled H2Oi — draws hundreds and sometimes thousands of attendees from across the region.

Viral video caught the moment a suspect launched himself out of the crowd and onto the back of a Maryland law enforcement official who was attempting to detain another suspect.

What are the details?

According to a Saturday morning report from The Delmarva Daily Times, the incident — which reportedly took place near Baltimore Avenue in Ocean City — sparked a large police presence that resulted with one suspect jumping onto the back of a police officer during a scuffle.

A now-viral video posted by Campos Media shows a rallygoer break from the crowd as he jumps on top of at least one law enforcement official. At the time, the officer was, along with other law enforcement officials, attempting to take into custody another suspect in the middle of the road.

It is unclear at the time of this reporting why officers were attempting to detain the first suspect.

The media page captioned the video, "The police have their hands full this evening as a result of the unsanctioned H2O event being held in Ocean City. The video below shows footage of a police officer being assaulted by a young man."

What is in the video?

The video begins by showing what appears to be illegal fireworks shooting across the sky. The town's streets are lined with rallygoers who begin shouting and congregating as a Maryland State Police cruiser quickly flies onto the scene.

"Run! Run!" members of the crowd shout in the video.

Two Maryland State Police officers can be seen exiting the vehicle, and begin detaining what appears to be a male, who runs from the officers and into the road. Congregants can be heard screaming and hysterically cheering as officers tackle the suspect onto the pavement.

Image source: Facebook video screenshot

As the officers' backs are turned, a second unidentified person, who also appears to be male, flies out of the crowd and jumps onto the back of at least one of the state troopers. A group of officers then engage the second suspect in a desperate struggle to cuff him, and even more officers, who arrived on the scene, fight to contain both the first and second suspects.

The video then shifts focus to the altercation between the second suspect and the officers.

As the officers converge on the second person, what appears to be a glass bottle flies from the crowd and smashes on the pavement, showering those in the area with glass fragments, just inches from where the police were seconds before.

The crowd's presence thickens, and people can be heard screaming and shouting "police brutality" as the second suspect fights back and rolls around on the ground, engaging with police.

Sirens can be heard approaching the scene as the officers scuffle to cuff the second suspect.

Image source: Facebook video screenshot

Police are eventually successful in cuffing both suspects, and several masked officers approach the crowd — a portion of which are closing in to get a better look at this point — with what appears to be an aerosol spray canister.

Members of the crowd erupt with profanity. One man shouts, "Suck a d***, b****!" as the officer attempts to drive the crowd back.

"F*** you and your mama!" another man can be heard yelling.

According to the Daily Times, police were forced to close down the intersection of Baltimore Avenue and 30th Street in the coastal beach town to break up the unruly crowd.

The outlet reported that following the incident, police were forced to deal with "disorderly crowds" in the area of the scuffle.

"One officer approached the sidewalk shouting for people to leave as he began to spray a smelly substance to encourage them to disperse, yet many lingered, changing [sic], 'H2O! H2O!" the outlet reported.

TheBlaze reached out to the Maryland State Police, which directed all press inquiries to the Ocean City Police Department.

The Ocean City Police Department did not provide a statement in time for publication.

You can watch the full video here, which has been viewed more than 474,000 times at the time of this reporting.

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What else?

Last week, Ocean City, Maryland, Mayor Rick Meehan and Ocean City Police warned people about attending the annual, unauthorized rally this year.

According to WTTG-TV, Meehan said that it was especially problematic this year, amid the COVID-19 pandemic, for rallygoers to converge on the small beach town.

"Speeding, reckless driving, spinning of tires, demonstration driving," Meehan said of previous years' problems surrounding the event.

Meehan said that in 2019, authorities handed out 1,400 citations and arrested more than 100 people.

WTTG reported that a "large contingency of law enforcement officials" would be waiting for the rallygoers in Ocean City, and Chief Ross Buzzuro said that hundreds of officers are set to be on duty throughout the weekend.

Sarah Taylor

Liberal law prof shreds Bill Maher for personally attacking Amy Coney Barrett's faith: 'A f***ing nut'

18 hours 52 minutes ago

Bill Maher, host of HBO's "Real Time," attacked Amy Coney Barrett's faith on his show Friday, calling the reported next Supreme Court justice "a f***ing nut."

Jonathan Turley, a self-described liberal who teaches at George Washington School of Law, blasted Maher in response.

What did Maher say?

Refusing to even pronounce Barrett's name correctly — saying "Comey" instead of "Coney" — Maher brutally mocked the appellate justice's Christian faith.

"Apparently the pick is going to be this Omy... Amy Comey [sic] — I am sure we will be saying this name a lot because she's a f***ing nut," Maher began. "Religion I was right about that one, too."

"Amy Comey [sic] Barrett, Catholic, really Catholic, I mean really, really, really, Catholic, like speaking in tongues, like she doesn't believe in condoms, which she has in common with Trump, because he doesn't either. I remember that from Stormy Daniels," Maher added.

The crowd applauded Maher's remarks.

Let the hate begin. @BillMaher on Amy Coney Barrett: “A fucking nut.” #RealTime #AmyConeyBarrett — Brent Baker (@Brent Baker)1601086409.0 How did Turley respond?

Writing on Twitter Saturday, Turley said that Maher's comments demonstrated that "prejudice lives loudly" in Maher.

Last night, Bill Maher came unglued with a attack on Judge Barrett, objecting that she is "really, really Catholic -- like speaking in tongues." The raving assault (which even bizarrely tied in Stormy Daniels) shows the triumph of rage over reason.

[W]hen Ginsburg (a devout Jew) was nominated Feinstein did not object that "The dogma lives loudly in you" and commentators like Maher did not portray her as a barking religious fanatic or question whether she approves of condoms.

Imagine if a conservative commentator responded to President Obama's nomination of Kagan or Sotomayor by referring to sex with a stripper or referring to Kagan a "really, really Jewish." To paraphrase Sen. Feinstein, "[Prejudice] lives loudly in you. ......Imagine if a conservative commentator responded to President Obama's nomination of Kagan or Sotomayor by refe… — Jonathan Turley (@Jonathan Turley)1601116181.0 What's the background?

As Barrett's nomination becomes more likely — it is widely expected that Trump will officially nominate her on Saturday — the left is making its attacks on Barrett more personal.

Not only are they mocking her faith, but now they are going after Barrett's family.

As TheBlaze reported, Democratic operative Dana Houle suggested in now-deleted tweets that two of Barrett's seven children were illegally adopted.

"Does the press even investigate details of Barrett's adoptions from Haiti? Some adoptions from Haiti were legit. Many were sketchy as hell. And if press learned they were unethical & maybe illegal adoptions, would they report it? Or not bc it involves her children," Houle said.

Houle later added, "I shouldn't have tweeted this...Not because it is smearing someone as engaging in child sex trafficking, but because I didn't realize all the rubes out there would take offense to it."

Read this from Democrat activist & Hill staffer. Questioning whether #AmyConeyBarrett *illegally* adopted her child… — Josh Hawley (@Josh Hawley)1601082903.0

Meanwhile, John Lee Brougher, who identifies as a supporter of Democrats and left-wing groups, tweeted, "As an adoptee, I need to know more about the circumstances of how Amy Coney Barrett came to adopt her children, and the treatment of them since. Transracial adoption is fraught with trauma and potential for harm, and everything I see here is deeply concerning."

Brougher has since made his Twitter account private.

Fortunately, some Democrats are defending Barrett from the onslaught of personal attacks.

During an interview on Fox News, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), one of the most moderate Democrats in Congress, called the personal attacks on Barrett "awful."

"I'm Catholic, OK. And religion should not enter into it. It sure doesn't with me," Manchin said. "The freedom of religion is one of the basic rights we all have as American citizens."

Chris Enloe

'Stop spreading fear': Kristi Noem slaps down Rachel Maddow over social distancing hunting video

20 hours 26 minutes ago

Republican South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem issued a social media slap down to MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow over her attempt to criticize a humorous video the governor posted about social distancing.

Noem posted a video showing her hunting and calling it "how we do social distancing in South Dakota," on Wednesday.

This is how we do social distancing in South Dakota. — Governor Kristi Noem (@Governor Kristi Noem)1600893310.0

Maddow thought she would use the occasion to smear the governor over the increase of the coronavirus cases in the state.

She posted the tweet with a quote from an article outlining the spike in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations that led to the state having the highest per-capita rate of hospitalizations in the United States.

Noem responded to a tweet from the progressive icon with her own missive.

"Stop spreading fear. Only 8% of South Dakota's hospital beds are occupied by COVID patients," Noem tweeted.

"We have and will continue to manage our resources to care for the people who need help. The people of South Dakota have accomplished this WITHOUT draconian lockdowns," she added.

The article that Maddow herself posted noted that Noem and the health officials in the state have repeatedly stated that they are most concerned with the rate of the coronavirus hospitalizations in South Dakota.

"We continue to track that number, which is why we aggressively ramped up our hospital capacity at the start of the pandemic," Ian Fury, a spokesperson for Noem, told the Argus Leader.

"Today, we're encouraged that only 8% of our hospital beds and 6% of our ICU beds are occupied by COVID patients," he added.

Maddow followed up on the Twitter feud with a tweet outlining an update from the South Dakota Department of Health that showed active coronavirus cases trending upward in the previous week. She did not tag the governor in the tweet.

The total number of South Dakotans to die of the virus has reached 216, while the daily positive rate had dropped to 19.9% by Friday.

Here's more about the coronavirus in South Dakota:

Gov. Noem: "This study is completely false."

Carlos Garcia

Leftists attack Amy Coney Barrett for adopting children

1 day 5 hours ago

Judge Amy Coney Barrett was hit with a fresh round of assaults on Friday, after several media outlets reported that sources confirmed she would be named Saturday as President Donald Trump's nominee to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the U.S. Supreme Court.

But one attack that grabbed the attention of social media was a pair of Democratic operatives who separately lambasted Judge Barrett for adopting children.

What are the details?

Dana Houle, who identifies herself on Twitter as an adoptive parent who has "elected Democrats," sent out a series of tweets on the topic that began by asking, "Does the press even investigate details of Barrett's adoptions from Haiti? Some adoptions from Haiti were legit. Many were sketchy as hell. And if press learned they were unethical & maybe illegal adoptions, would they report it? Or not bc it involves her children."

Houle deleted the tweet following widespread backlash, including from Republican Sens. Tom Cotton (Ark.) and Josh Hawley (Mo.), but continued standing her ground. She wrote later, "I shouldn't have tweeted this...Not because it is smearing someone as engaging in child sex trafficking, but because I didn't realize all the rubes out there would take offense to it."

But Houle was not alone in her thinking.

John Lee Brougher, who identifies himself on Twitter as a supporter of several Democratic politicians and affiliated groups, tweeted, "As an adoptee, I need to know more about the circumstances of how Amy Coney Barrett came to adopt her children, and the treatment of them since. Transracial adoption is fraught with trauma and potential for harm, and everything I see here is deeply concerning."

The attacks on Barrett from Houle and Brougher sparked outrage on the social media platform, ratcheting up the tension between Democrats and Republicans in the ongoing battle over whether or not a new justice should be named to the Supreme Court before Election Day on Nov. 3.

Even before Barrett was named as the likely nominee, Democrats in Congress warned that her religious beliefs would be fair game for scrutiny during nomination hearings.

Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee that will hold the hearings, said earlier this week:

"Look, it wasn't her religious views — it's anybody's views that they bring to their decision-making. So they keep telling us that none of the things they wrote or said yesterday should infringe on their decision, but how can we be assured that they can be objective? ... Why should we say you get a lifetime appointment so that you can reflect your ideological agenda in your decision-making?"

This story has been updated.

Breck Dumas

Attorney for cop who shot Jacob Blake says he thought Blake was kidnapping a child after hearing the mother's cries ​

1 day 6 hours ago

An attorney for the police officer who shot Jacob Blake says that the officer believed he was kidnapping a child after hearing the mother's cries during the altercation.

The revelation comes from a CNN interview with the officer's attorney published on Friday.

The controversial police shooting on Aug. 23 in Kenosha, Wisconsin, sparked protests and riots from Black Lives Matter supporters who accused the police of acting inappropriately. Blake was shot seven times and hospitalized with serious injuries.

Police Officer Rusten Sheskey told investigators that he used deadly force because he believed that Blake was going to kidnap a child in the car that he was reaching into when Sheskey fired.

His attorney Brendan Matthews said that Sheskey heard the mother of the child yell, "He's got my kid! He's got my keys!"

Matthews added that the public would have demanded to know why the officer hadn't done anything if Blake had been allowed to get away in the car with the child in the backseat. Three of Blake's children were in the backseat at the time of the shooting.

Sheskey is on paid administrative leave over the incident.

Matthews also said that Blake had a knife in his hand when Sheskey fired, and that he twisted toward the officer. He claims that the viral video of the incident does not capture these crucial details.

Matthews told CNN that a second officer told investigators a similar account to that of Sheskey, and he said that he would have also shot at Blake if he had a clearer shot at him.

Blake was paralyzed from the waist down as a result of his injuries from the incident.

Investigators later said that an independent consultant would review the findings from the investigation, especially that having to do with whether police procedure was followed.

Here's more about the Blake shooting:

Independent consultant will review police shooting of Jacob Blake

Carlos Garcia

Louisville protests peaceful on third evening after Breonna Taylor decision

1 day 6 hours ago

Protesters in Louisville, Kentucky, marched and rallied peacefully for several hours as of 11 p.m. EST Friday, in the third evening of demonstrations held in protest of a grand jury's decision Wednesday not to charge three police officers in the death of Breonna Taylor, who was killed in a police raid in March. The only charges were three counts of wanton endangerment against fired Officer Brett Hankison.

What are the details?

Early in the evening, the mood appeared tense as some protesters were seen yelling and antagonizing police officers who were on the scene. Much of the footage available was captured by "independent guy on the scene" Brendan Gutenschwager, who reported that media and cameras were welcomed by demonstrators on Friday.

One apparent organizer was seen on video declaring that protesters would be "going to war tonight," and advising those with pre-existing conditions not to stay out past the city-imposed 9 p.m. curfew while warning that they would likely end up in jail overnight.

“Going to war tonight,” in Louisville. Yawn. 👀👀 — CIA-Simulation Warlord 🇺🇸😈🇺🇸 (@CIA-Simulation Warlord 🇺🇸😈🇺🇸)1601080772.0

The same man led the gathering in a moment of silence to honor the memory of Breonna Taylor.

A moment of silence for Breonna Taylor at Jefferson Square #Louisville #LouisvilleProtests #BreonnaTaylor — Brendan Gutenschwager (@Brendan Gutenschwager)1601078431.0

Protesters marched to the First Unitarian Church of Louisville ahead of curfew, as they had done the night before. Just like Thursday night, the church offered demonstrators sanctuary from arrest, as the house of worship is exempt from the curfew rules.

The crowd of hundreds has made it to the church sanctuary grounds once again, heading onto the curfew-free property… — Brendan Gutenschwager (@Brendan Gutenschwager)1601081092.0First Unitarian Church has opened their doors to everyone as a sanctuary in Louisville tonight, with free food and… — Brendan Gutenschwager (@Brendan Gutenschwager)1601081705.0

Another observer reported just ahead of curfew, "Currently calm in Louisville, KY at the church sanctuary. No destruction of property, looting, arson, or rioting in sight. Lots of car horns for support."

Currently calm in Louisville, KY at the church sanctuary. No destruction of property, looting, arson, or rioting in… — Hunter Cullen (@Hunter Cullen)1601081230.0

A reporter from WBZ-TV reported more than an hour after curfew that "Organizers of this #JusticeforBreonnaTaylor rally just told everyone to go home safely, after four peaceful hours rallying and marching throughout the city"

It was a welcomed night of calm (as of this writing) after there were scenes circulated Thursday night of protesters smashing glass with bats.

Businesses being targeted in downtown Louisville tonight #Louisville #LouisvilleProtests #BreonnaTaylor — Brendan Gutenschwager (@Brendan Gutenschwager)1600993720.0

Also on Thursday night, the doors of the Louisville City Library were smashed, and an activist tossed a flare inside. Two dozen people were arrested.

Someone broke the library door glass and threw a flare inside. #Louisville — Rae Hodge (@Rae Hodge)1600995643.0

On Wednesday, the day of the grand jury's decision, protests became violent. A riot was declared, two police officers were shot, and 127 people were arrested — including two reporters from The Daily Caller, and state Rep. Attica Scott (D).

Breck Dumas

Biden campaign confirms newly surfaced viral video of Joe Biden calling US troops 'stupid bastards,' says remarks were made in jest

1 day 8 hours ago

The Joe Biden presidential campaign scrambled to explain away a newly surfaced video showing the Democratic candidate calling U.S. troops "stupid bastards" during a visit overseas in 2016.

The video was circulated widely among Biden's critics on social media on Friday afternoon.

Joe Biden called a crowd of military personnel “stupid bastards.” — JT Lewis (@JT Lewis)1601073028.0

The video shows Biden and his wife Jill Biden at a podium addressing military members.

"And I want you to know notwithstanding what you may hear about me, I have incredibly good judgment. One, I married Jill. And two, I appointed Johnson to the academy. I just want you to know that. Clap for that, you stupid bastards," he says on the video.

NEW LEAKED VIDEO: Joe Biden calls uniformed active military members “Stupid Bastards”, “A Dull Bunch” and “Slow” 🤯… — DC Capital🎤🇺🇸 (@DC Capital🎤🇺🇸)1601068809.0

"Come on, man. Man, you are a dull bunch. Must be slow here, man. I don't know," he adds in longer versions of the video.

It was just a joke

The campaign confirmed that the video was real and offered their explanation for his comments.

"Vice President Biden was jokingly encouraging the audience to clap for an airwoman on the stage, and a number of service members can be seen laughing and smiling at the comment," said Andrew Bates, a spokesperson for the Biden campaign, to the Daily Beast.

"Seconds before, he praised them for 'the incredible sacrifices [they] make for our country,'" he added.

"He thanked them for their patriotism and courage throughout, and closed his remarks by saying, 'you're the finest generation of warriors the world has ever, ever known'—receiving an enthusiastic ovation," Bates concluded.

The damaging snippet comes from a speech by Biden in Abu Dhabi on March 7, 2016.

The official Twitter account for the Trump 2020 campaign said that Biden should apologize to the troops over the comments.

Joe Biden's campaign has confirmed the authenticity of the video where he is seen insulting our military men and wo… — Trump War Room - Text TRUMP to 88022 (@Trump War Room - Text TRUMP to 88022)1601078690.0

Biden and Trump are scheduled to meet for the first debate on Tuesday with Fox News anchor Chris Wallace as the moderator.

Here's the latest on the poll numbers in the presidential election:

Poll shows Trump gaining ground in Florida

Carlos Garcia

Portland denies protest permit for the Proud Boys, citing coronavirus risk

1 day 9 hours ago

The city of Portland has denied a protest permit requested by the Proud Boys, saying its demonstration slated for Saturday would likely draw a crowd too large to comply with social distancing measures required under coronavirus restrictions.

While COVID-19 risk was cited as the reason for rejecting the permit, officials in the Oregon city — which has been plagued by left-wing protests that have often descended into violence for months — say the group isn't welcome regardless of the virus.

What are the details?

ABC News reported that Portland City Commissioner Amanda Fritz, who oversees the city's parks department which issues the permits, said in a statement explaining the Proud Boys' denial, "We must all do our part to fight the spread of COVID-19 in our community and keep ourselves and each other safe. Events like this are not welcome and are not allowed."

The Proud Boys state on its website that "all that is required to become a Proud Boy is that a man declare he is 'a Western chauvinist who refuses to apologize for creating the modern world,'" and lists a set of core values including "anti-racism," "anti-racial guilt," and "anti-political correctness."

According to The Daily Mail, the group's permit application described its rally as a march to "end domestic terrorism."

The outlet noted that the Proud Boys "have rallied in Portland several times in recent years and draw large crowds who show up to oppose their presence in the liberal city."

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler declared on Twitter, "On 9/26, alt-right groups and white nationalists are intent on coming into our community. These groups empower racism, intolerance and hate. Those are not Portland values, and they are not welcome. Hate has no home in Portland."

On 9/26, alt-right groups and white nationalists are intent on coming into our community. These groups empower raci… — Mayor Ted Wheeler (@Mayor Ted Wheeler)1600905865.0

But rallygoers and counterprotesters are still expected to show up.

Fox News reported that "Oregon Gov. Kate Brown declared a state of emergency in Portland on Friday as authorities anticipate violent clashes between opposing groups over the weekend" during the Proud Boys' planned demonstration. The governor also named another group, Patriot Prayer, as a threat to the city.

The outlet noted:

In August, a Patriot Prayer supporter was shot and killed in downtown Portland during a confrontation. Michael Forest Reinoehl said he shot Aaron Danielson in self-defense. He was killed by law enforcement officers as they attempted to arrest him in Olympia, Wash.

Portland has grappled with more than 100 consecutive days of protests that have included fights, arson, vandalism, assault and murder.
Breck Dumas

Florida Dems are angry at Biden campaign over pandemic restrictions on canvassing, and the GOP is closing the voter registration gap

1 day 10 hours ago

Democratic Party members in Florida are grumbling over restrictions on door-to-door canvassing that have been instituted due to the coronavirus pandemic, and that Republican efforts are closing the gap in the key swing state.

Disgruntled Democrats told Politico that they're losing the battle because of Joe Biden campaign's insistence on restricting personal interactions.

"It's late in the game now," said state Sen. Jason Pizzo, a Democrat from Miami.

"There's been no pushback from us, meaning that for every 100 doors that Republicans have proverbially knocked on, it's not like they pissed people off to the point where they've run to the Democratic Party because they're pissed at the GOP," he explained. "It's shown to be effective."

'Democrats aren't meeting people at their doors'

Republican efforts have whittled away the traditional voter registration lead held by Democrats to just 185,000, or 1.3%, according to the latest data from the Florida Division of Elections.

Florida Trump campaign director Susie Wiles told Politico that going to door-to-door when Democrats couldn't has given them the chance to reduce the Democrats' advantage.

"We've turned our focus to voter registration in a more meaningful way than before. Everyone said you can't do it — get the gap between Republicans and Democrats to such a small number. Well, you can do it," said Wiles.

"We did it through the mail, but the main way we had success was at the doors," she added. "And because the Democrats aren't meeting people at their doors like our campaign is doing, we are having great success."

Record numbers of new voters

The Republicans were able to add 58,000 new voters for the month of August, a record number. By comparison, that figure is a whopping 91% greater than the same figure in 2016 for the Republicans.

That slim margin between Republican and Florida voters is very important. In 2016, Trump won the state with only 1% more of the votes. At the time, Democrats had an advantage of 327,000 voters over the Republicans. Unless voter patterns have changed drastically, the stats point to a Trump victory in the key state.

Here's a video explaining why Florida is a key swing state:

Why is Florida important to 2020 election? Historically, presidents don't win without the Sunshi...

Carlos Garcia

SHOCKING: Newly released texts show FBI insiders purchased 'liability insurance' amid Trump-Russia probe

1 day 10 hours ago

On the radio program Friday, Glenn Beck discussed the recent news that a primary source for the Steele Dossier — the document on which much of the Trump-Russia collusion investigation was based — had been investigated by the FBI for contacts with suspected Russian spies. Glenn also shared several previously unpublished texts and emails from FBI agents have recently been released.

According to a letter sent by Attorney General William Barr to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on Thursday, the FBI knew early on that the research compiled by ex-British intelligence agent Christopher Steele relied on a "primary sub-source" that had been "the subject of an FBI counterintelligence investigation from 2009 to 2011 that assessed his or her contacts with suspected Russian intelligence officers" — but still used it to obtain warrants to spy on former Trump campaign aide Carter Page.

But it gets even worse. Now, new leaked texts and communications from FBI agents within the department at the time of the entire Russian collusion effort were disclosed in federal court filings on Thursday. According to the court documents, FBI agents purchased "professional liability insurance" to protect themselves in January 2017, just weeks before Donald Trump was inaugurated president, because they were concerned about the agency's potentially illegal activity during the Russia collusion investigation.

"Trump was right," one FBI employee wrote in response to then-President-elect Trump's Jan 3, 2017 tweet which read: "The 'Intelligence' briefing on so-called 'Russian hacking' was delayed until Friday, perhaps more time needed to build a case. Very strange!"

Watch the video below for more details:

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BlazeTV Staff

Polls: Support for Black Lives Matter protests plunges following summer of riots

1 day 10 hours ago

The public opinion of anti-police brutality protests and the Black Lives Matter movement has plunged significantly in the past few months following the nation's biggest cities being besieged by frequent protests that have escalated into civil unrest and even fiery riots.

A new poll by The Associated Press and NORC Center for Public Affairs Research found that support for protests against police brutality has fallen substantially. Support for the protests by black Americans has dropped by 18%, from 81% in June to 63% the latest survey that was taken between Sept. 11-14. The decrease in support from white Americans was similar: a 19% decline, from 53% to 34%. Overall, support fell from 54% to 39%.

The poll of 1,108 U.S. adults, which was done online and by telephone interviews, found that the perception of the protests has soured. Now, 30% of Americans view the demonstrations as "mostly violent" compared to 22% in June.

There is a stark partisan divide in how the protests are perceived. The survey found that 52% of white Democrats say all or most of the protests have been "peaceful," while 53% of Republicans say all or most have been "violent." The poll results say that 75% of Republicans disapprove of the protests versus 70% of Democrats who approve the demonstrations.

Views of the police have also changed in the past few months. When asked, "How are police who cause injury or death treated by the justice system?," 14% say "too harshly" compared to 6% in June. There were 65% who said the officers were treated "too leniently" in June, which dropped to 52% in September.

A new Pew Research Center survey found that support for public support for the Black Lives Matter movement has also receded. The survey of 10,093 Americans that was conducted from Sept. 8 to 13 discovered that support for the BLM movement dropped from 67% in June to 55% in September. Those who "strongly support" Black Lives Matter dropped from 38% to 29% in three months.

Democrats who support the Black Lives Matter movement was barely affected, a slight decline from 92% to 88%. Support plummeted amongst Republicans from 37% in June to 16% in September.

Support of BLM from Hispanic Americans was reduced from 77% in June to 66% in September. Black and Asian endorsements remained steady while support from white Americans dwindled from 60% to 45%.

A Fox News poll from earlier this month said that a large segment of Americans see Black Lives Matter demonstrations as riots rather than protests. The survey found that 48% of likely voters consider the protests as riots, compared to 40% who classify the demonstrations as protests.

There has been riots in Portland, Seattle, New York City, Rochester, and Kenosha, Wisconsin. The first riots were a response to the death of George Floyd in May in Minneapolis. Since then there have been protests and riots over the deaths of Breonna Taylor and Daniel Prude, and the shooting of Jacob Blake.

Earlier this month, a report from Axios found that the property damage from the riots and looting is now to be the "most expensive in insurance history," estimated between $1 billion to $2 billion of paid insurance claims, which likely hurt the public opinion on the protests that turned violent and destructive.

Paul Sacca
2 hours 15 minutes ago
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