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Democrats Pass Resolution to Censure Republican Rep Gosar for Promoting Acts of Violence on AOC

by Brennan Bobbie

The House Democrats initiated a resolution to censure Rep. Paul Gosar after posting an edited anime clip that shows violence against Ocasio-Cortez and Biden. Arizona Republican Rep. Paul Gosar posted the video on his Instagram and Twitter and has received backlash and people have been asking him to be expelled.

House Democrats have mentioned last Wednesday that such messaging can actually instigate violence, referencing the January 6 Capitol incident. They added how it is a global phenomenon that women in politics experience violence which disheartens them to participate in public life and seek jobs of authority. Moreover, those who are strongly affected by this phenomenon are mostly women of color.

According to California Democratic Representative Jackie Speier, what he did crossed the line which is why the resolution was introduced. House Speaker Nancy Pelocy also asked for the House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy to condemn them, and law enforcement and House Ethics Committee to look into Gosar’s actions.

Gosar Defends Anime Video as Symbolic of Fight Against America’s Immigration Policy

Gosar has already removed the video from his Twitter which is an edited clip from the anime “Attack on Titan” wherein the titans were killed by the protagonist. The titans were edited with Biden and Ocasio-Cortez’s face and with Gosar’s face on the protagonist.

In a statement, Gosar mentioned that his intention was not to support any harm or violence to any member of the Congress or to the president. He added that the video is supposed to symbolize their battle against the President’s economic package that includes immigration provisions which they are opposed to.

On the other hand, Gosar’s siblings doesn’t have the most positive judgements of their brother as six of them have advocated his Democratic opponent in a 2018 TV advertisement.

First Phase of Massive Infrastructure Bill Passes Final Senate Voting

by Brennan Bobbie

Last Sunday evening, the Senate voted to discontinue debates that would have been the final step in passing the massive $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill. Named “Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act” the final voting to pass the bill took place today (Tuesday); resulting in the approval of Biden’s proposed bill to rebuild the aging and crumbling roads and bridges of the nation.

The approved bill only includes funding for the first phase of Biden’s infrastructure plan. The second phase is yet to pass by way of the reconciliation procedure process. It aims to rebuild and reshape the country’s social programs, which includes Medicare expansion and universal pre-K programs. Since Republicans are strongly opposed to these objectives, Democrats will use the budget reconciliation voting process, as it does not require the filibuster 60-vote rule to merit Senate approval.

While last Sunday’s voting to end the debate won with 18 GOP senators agreeing with all 50 Democrats, the votes to approve the bill this Tuesday tallied at 69 in favor of the bill. Minor Leader, Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell joined his 18 colleagues by voting in  favor of the bill.

After ending the debates last Sunday, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, voiced hopes that the Republican Senators will continue to give their cooperation when final voting takes place on Tuesday. Although some of the 18 Republican senators sent mixed signals about their support for the bill’s passing, all’s well and has ended well, after the bill garnered a total 69 bipartisan votes of approval.

Key Features of the “Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act”

The infrastructure package includes $550 billion that will be part of new annual federal spending budgets for the next five years, and is distributed among different sectors. Majority of the money will be invested in the following specific projects:

  • $110 billion toward bridges, roads, and other major projects;
  • $66 billion on freight and passenger rail;
  • $65 billion each for expanding broadband Internet access and rebuilding the electric grid;
  • $55 billion for water infrastructure, in which $15 billion will be used to replace lead pipes, and
  • $39 billion for expanding and modernizing transit systems.

Sen.Warren Calls GOP’s Ouster of Rep. Cheney as an Act of Eating Itself

by Brennan Bobbie

When asked about GOP’s ousting of House Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) from her position as party leader, Sen Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) said the party was eating itself. In an interview conducted by Stephen Colbert in his late night show, Sen. Warren said she thinks the Cheney ouster was a short-term ploy to avoid primary challenges, so the GOP could regain House Majority in 2022.

Warren commented that the GOP’s actions were not at all about preserving democracy. It was mainly because Rep. Cheney has been vocal about not supporting the “Big Lie” that the 2020 presidential election was stolen from Donald Trump. Senator Warren told Colbert that it is not how democracy works. To the Republicans in Congress, Rep. Cheney was simply not showing loyalty to Trump by acknowledging the latter was defeated by Joe Biden.

The Massachusetts senator said the 2020 election had many record-breaking results, including the more than 7 million who voted for President Biden, which was a new national record. The Republicans has punished Rep. Cheney for acknowledging this instead of showing loyalty to Donald Trump.

Rep. Cheney Remains Defiant After Ouster

Rep. Cheney’s ouster was presided over by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California by way of a speedy, closed-door conference. According to Illinois Representative Adam Kinzinger, an ally of Rep. Cheney, there were no speeches or debates, as the voting immediately took place.

Although a secret ballot voting was originally planned, voice voting was more important, as a way to determine who else among the Republicans supported Rep. Cheney’s stance against Donald Trump. Rep. Kinzinger described the moment as a sad day, adding that truth cannot co-exist with lies.

After the closed-door voting, Rep. Cheney told reporters that should Trump try to run for another term as president, she will do everything she can to make sure he will never even get near the Oval Office again.

Senate Okays Bill Authorizing Release of $1.9 Trillion for “American Rescue Plan”

by Brennan Bobbie

The bill legislating the $1.9 trillion pandemic relief package known as the “American Rescue Plan” was finally approved by the Senate last Saturday (March 08). On Tuesday, the Democratic-led House of Representatives will concur the bill’s passing. The joint approval will then give the Biden administration the necessary funding to carry out recovery actions aimed at getting the country out of the worst economic crisis ever since the Great Depression.

The bill, which is said to be one of the largest rescue and recovery measures ever to pass Congress, is said to reflect the Democrats’ promises to eradicate disparities that have been in existence even before the occurrence of the deadly COVID-19 pandemic.

Key Takeaways of the “American Rescue Plan” Pandemic Relief Package

First and foremost among the key takeaways of the “American Rescue Plan” is the additional $1,400 stimulus money that Americans could have received had the $2 000 pushed for by Trump and the Democrats, been passed in December 2020 by the Republican-led Senate.

The bill also authorizes the new yearly child tax benefits, seen as a way of boosting the income of American households. Unemployment payments for workers still out of a job will also see an increase, while low-income earners will receive assistance in paying for child care.

Analysts project that the financial aid for families could alleviate poverty, in light of struggles to pay mortgages or rents and in buying food as well as other basic necessities.

In addition, the bill provides measures that will lessen the tax bills imposed on businesses, as well as provide funding to improve the finances of state and city governments.

Hospitals and schools will receive major financial boosts as part of the new U.S. government’s responses for helping the people recover from the effects of the coronavirus; to eventually return to regular life a year after the pandemic first arrived.

However, efforts among progressive Democrats to raise minimum wage to $15 per hour, failed. Some so-called centrist Democrats opposed and contended that a federal wage hike is not compatible with the budgetary requirements that can be approved under parliamentary rules.

Trump Arrives in Georgia, This Time Urging GOP Voters to Go Out and Vote

by Brennan Bobbie

Since Georgia GOP voters believe the elections were rigged, Trump found it necessary to convince his Goober State supporters to vote in the senatorial election . Winning the Georgia senatorial election is critical for the Republican Senate, because if senators David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler lose their seat, the GOP will lose majority control of the Senate.

Georgia conservatives were encouraged by Lin Wood, a pro-Trump trial lawyer to do away with the runoff elections. Wood alleged that the Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger is under China’s payroll and is allowing foreign intervention to take place in the US’ national election. To his 730,000 followers, Wood tweeted last Saturday not to vote for Senators Perdue and Loeffler since the outcome of election runoff has already been pre-arranged.

 

Trump had to personally campaign to the two GOP Senators, he asked those who attended the rally not to listen to his friends; but instead urged them to go to the election polls to vote for Loeffler and Perdue.

Trump Continues to Blame Republican Georgia Governor for His Loss in the Georgia Election

In addition, Trump blames the Georgia Governor and Georgia’s Secretary of State, both Republicans, as responsible for his loss in the Georgia elections; saying the two officials did not verify signatures to ensure that only legal votes were counted. Trump is actually mad at the two GOP state officials as they did not disagree to contentions of fraud and manipulation as no proof was presented to support such claims.

In his defense, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp said he already explained to the president that signature audits have been conducted three times: in November 20, November 24, and December 3. The results only reinstated their confidence that the state election process had counted only legal votes during the presidential election but still resulting in a Trump loss.

As Trump Stokes Racism and Violence, Is the Worst Yet to Happen if He Loses?

by Brennan Bobbie

Part of Trump’s campaign strategy includes inciting his die-hard supporters to commit acts of violence, which could get worse if he fails in the election. Not one who easily accepts a lost battle, Trump is apparently prepping up his league of white supremacist followers on the courses of action to take should Joe Biden win the U.S. presidency.

Why is Trump Promoting Violence?

Trump is already sending out messages that the only way Joe Biden will win the election is by way of a rigged election. Since he has already provoked racism and violence in different major cities, it will not be hard for him to rouse his hooligans to continue with what they have been doing in case he loses his position.

That way, Joe Biden will be faced with greater problems to make it harder for him to launch whatever plans are in line to solve the country’s economic and social problems.

In fact Trump is encouraging violence among his supporters, promising to pardon them in case their acts lead to imprisonment.

Trump is Actually Fueling Racial Tension

Morality is not in Trump’s vocabulary because he is openly fueling racial tension between African Americans and white Americans. His responses to the Kenosha shooting clearly shows his sense of right and wrong is not the appropriate place. The Kenosha incident was about an unarmed African American named Jacob Sheldon, who was shot 7 times in the back at point blank rage by a police officer.

Although Trump visited Kenosha, he only did so as part of his Wisconsin campaign sojourn. He refused to speak or meet with Jacob Sheldon’s parents nor even expressed any words that could alleviate their grief as their son now lies paralyzed because of the shooting.

Instead, Trump added insult to injury by referring to the Kenosha shooting incident as a mistake that police officers commit when under pressure; comparing the shooting action as a reaction similar to missing a putt in golf. He rationalized further that the violent incidents arising from the Black Lives Matter (BLM) protests are just parts of conspiracy theories against him and his presidency.

To make his show of contempt for the BLM movement even more obvious, Trump defended a 17-year old teenager who shot two of the protesters who joined a BLM rally seeking justice for Jacob Sheldon. While the 17-year old Kyle Rittenhouse is a resident of Antioch, Illinois, his armed presence at the Kenosha rally meant he came to Wisconsin as one of the many Trump supporters called upon to disrupt the Sheldon protest movement.

Trump made no effort to condemn Rittenhouse but instead defended the young man as one who was only trying to get himself out of a big troub;e that could have killed him.

Nationwide Protests Out Trump as a Coward

by Brennan Bobbie

The Minneapolis protest over the senseless killing of George Floyd that escalated into becoming a nationwide and now a global movement, has outed Trump as a coward. In contrast to this U.S. president’s poor attempt to show leadership by pushing governors to dominate and prevail over protesters, Trump showed only cowardice when confronted with Washington protesters showing up in front of the White House.

He has approved, if not ordered the putting up of walls and concrete barricades to keep Black Lives Matter (BLM) protestors away. Since military leaders do not agree to the use of military force against fellow Americans, Trump is counting on AG Barr to install law enforcement officers, including prIson guards, to prevent the protesters from going near the White House.

What the Newly and Quickly Installed Walls and Barricades Mean

Putting up walls and barricades between himself and the BLM protestors only means he is afraid to face the issue. He demonstrated this last Friday, when he spoke at the Rose Garden to announce the withdrawal of the U.S. from the World Health Organization, but nary a word about George Floyd’s death, or of the growing number of demonstrations occurring throughout the country.

Yet, why is Trump showing signs of being afraid? Why did he refuse to talk to George Floyd’s brother? Why is he inciting his supporters and the police force to launch acts of violence that will only fuel the outrage that not only blacks, but people of all color are feeling right now?

Apparently Trump has no clear understanding of what the protesters aim to achieve; of the issue being brought forward, of the people’s call to redress and address the systemic racism that has taken the lives of numerous African-Ameircans. To this U.S. president, George Floyd’s death has no significance. After all he calls the more than 100,000 COVID-19 deaths as his badge of honor, unmindful that most of those who died were people of color.

Let the Walls Built Around the White House Serve as His Prison

Let the walls be Trump’s fortress and at the same time serve as his prison walls. In time, they will also be his undoing.

Let Trump be afraid for the remainder of his presidency. That way he will also be prevented from holding political rallies that will only drive the wedge of divisiveness among people. Let Trump’s walls drive him to madness, imagining that millions of people out there are out to get him.

At the end of each day, Trump is alone, all by himself and watching several TV news programs all at the same time. Is that how the leader of a powerful nation waging trade wars against China, shows strength against a formidable leader like President Xi Jinping? He must be cringing at the thought that other world leaders are once again laughing at him.

Actually, other world leaders are not laughing, they are denouncing Trump’s show of poor leadership over the handling of the nationwide Black Lives Matter protests spurred by the merciless killing of George Floyd.

“The Mooch” Vows to Thwart Trump’s Expectations of Becoming GOP’s 2020 Presidential Candidate

by Brennan Bobbie

Former loyal Trump supporter and short-time White House aide, Anthony “The Mooch” Scaramucci intensifies his call for a different Republican presidential candidate in the 2020 Presidential Elections. In an interview with Yahoo Finance’s “On the Move,” he said that the mounting evidence gathered from the impeachment inquiry, clearly indicates that the incumbent U.S. president is a “felon acting lawlessly’ and therefore not fit to run for re-election.”

Actually, “The Mooch” has been actively speaking out against a Trump re-election for months now, in order to keep up his verbal attacks against Donald Trump. A financier and the founder, as well as managing co-partner of Skybridge Capital, Scaramucci says that he intends to spend the next 13 months explaining to people, particularly in the swing states and specifically to women Trump supporters, why Trump should not be nominated as the GOP presidential candidate for the 2020 election.

Will “The Mooch” Support a Democratic Presidentiable if His Efforts Fail?

When asked if despite his efforts, Trump still gets to be nominated as the Republican candidate, will he support and vote for a Democrat instead ? The Skybridge Capital financier simply said he will continue working against a Trump re-election because the latter should no longer be allowed to run the country in the next four (4) years.

Scaramucci asserts that he is a Republican and is not entertaining thoughts that Donald Trump will still be GOP’s presidential candidate come November 2020 election. He foresees with conviction that within the next three months, Republican Congressmen and Senators will start throwing in the towel. They will soon face the reality that they cannot win in the next elections if they will continue to support Trump as GOP’s presidential candidate.

The Mooch’s Talking Points against a Trump Re-Election

Anthony Scaramucci plans to launch a political action in order to destroy the White House administration’s tactic of muddling facts with lies. He will form a committee that will take on the tasks of clearly explaining to Trump voters, particularly in the suburban areas why Trump should not be re-elected as President of the United States.

Aside from stating that Trump’s actions of asking the President of Ukraine to do him a personal favor in exchange for a Congressionally-approved financial aid, as deeply troubling, the former White House political advisor has voiced other reasons.

He calls Trump a bully-in-chief who has been firing up people to lean left and right with his constant Twitter feeds, instead of actually taking an active hand in running the country’s affairs. He cites the Charlotesville white supremacist catastrophe, the verbal assaults against the four (4) women House Representatives and the El Paso shooting as examples of how Trump has been driving divisiveness among American citizens.

“The Mooch” is completely convinced that Trump is unhinging, showing signs of a steady decline. Scaramucci says that Trump is having a hard time recalling people’s names; citing the president’s reference to Mike Pence as Mike Pounce as the most recent example.

Scaramucci is likely to beef up the talking points against a Donald Trump re-election, once the House proceeds with the release of witnesses’ testimonies, and with the public hearing.

Another Long-Time White House Staff “Throws Trump Under the Bus” by Breaching Confidentiality Agreement

by Brennan Bobbie

Madeleine Westerhout, Donald Trump’s long-time personal executive assistant, finds herself out of a job after sharing intimate personal information about Trump’s family during a dinner with news reporters. Although Westerhout claimed her comments were made off-the-record, she is still bound by a confidentiality act stipulated under the Hatch Act.

 

Later, a reporter who said Madeleine did not state that her remarks about Trump’s family were to be treated as off-the-record, divulged the details of what transpired at the dinner. The executive assistant’s fallout from the Trump administration only marks the POTUS’ troubles with the extensive information leaks that have been coming out of the White House. The incident also makes Westerhout the sixth White House staff has breached the Hatch Act, since 2018.

Madeline’s departure also highlights the series of resignations currently besetting the Trump Administration.

What Personal Information Did Madeleine Westerhout Share with Reporters?

Apparently, Westerhout had one drink too many during the dinner that she and White House Deputy Press Secretary Hogan Gidley attended at the Embassy Suites where reporters stayed to cover Trump’s visit. Such dinners are said to be common but are supposed to be off-the-record as far as any conversations that may have taken place during the gathering.

According to political news website Politico, Westerhout said that Trump will not be able to pick out Tiffany if ever she becomes part of the many faces in a crowd. CNN also reported her claim that she (Madeleine) enjoys a stronger relationship with Trump than Tiffany or even Ivanka. Another CNN report said Madeleine told the group that Trump prefers not to be photographed with Tiffany, because he thinks is youngest daughter is “overweight.”

 

 

Still, Trump who learned of Madeleine’s revelations to reporters said he understands why the incident happened, although it does not mean she is off the hook. He later tweeted that since Madeleine is a very good person, he does not see any reason to enforce full punishment over her violation of her confidentiality agreement with the White House.

Court of Appeals Upholds Lower Court’s Decision to Deny Emergency Appropriation of Funds for Border Walls

by Brennan Bobbie

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals handed down a ruling that upholds a lower court’s decision to deny the Trump administration the right to appropriate funds outside of Congressional approval. The appeal to reverse the lower court’s stay order was put forward by the Justice Department, on behalf of the Trump administration. That way, the latter can move forward in a supposed emergency need to reinforce the border walls located in Arizona, California, and New Mexico for security reasons.

The 3-judge panel of the Appeals Court though was not unanimous in arriving at the decision. Judge N. Randy Smith, an appointee of President George W. Bush, disagreed saying that a ruling in favor of the plaintiffs, the Southern Border Communities Coalition and the American Civil Liberties Union, is an approach that is contradictory to the basic fundamentals of judicial review. His opinion is that the majority of the panel members created a constitutional issue where none had existed. Mainly because the complainants who obtained the injunction, have no right to take part in what is actually a dispute between the U.S. president and Congress.

The dispute refers to Donald Trump’s insistence on spending as much as $8 billion for the construction and reinforcement of the U.S.-Mexico border walls, an amount that exceeded the $1.375 billion approved by Congress for border barriers. Congress denied his initial request for a $5.7 billion budget for wall-building this fiscal year, Trump’s insistence and disapproval of the national budget for the fiscal year led to a 5-week, partial shutdown of government offices and agencies.

Although Trump later relented by finally approving the national budget in order to lift the shutdown, he pursued the matter by calling a state of national emergency. In doing so, he gained the executive power to appropriate the budgets of other departments for the perceived emergency purpose of enhancing the security of the country via the border walls.

How the 9th District Court of Appeals Ruled

The two other members of the 3-judge panel, Judge Richard Clifton and Judge Michelle Friedland, wrote in a 75-page order that president Trump’s attempt to transfer Defense Department construction funds amounting to $2.5 billion in order to pursue and build the border wall project beyond what was appropriated by Congress, appeared as a clear violation of federal laww.

The Constitution delegates to Congress, the power to make decisions on how the government is to spend taxpayers’ money. More so where Congress added language that specifically states flexibility of budget does not include use for purposes previously denied by lawmakers. Judge Clifton and Friedland explained that

“Congress did not appropriate money to build the border walls Defendants (the Trump administration) seek to build here. Presumably, Congress decided such construction at this time was not in the public interest. It is not for us (the judicial branch) to reach a different conclusion.”

Moreover, Judges Clifton and Friedland cited the likelihood of the Trump administration’s violation of Appropriations Clause of the Constitution, which disallows drawing from the Treasury for purposes other that those appropriated by law.— the latter being the national budget that he initially refused to approve.

Trump Using Impeachment Baiting Techniques says House Speaker Pelosi

by Brennan Bobbie

President Trump, as noted by Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has been continuously making taunts aimed at goading House Democrats to launch impeachment proceedings against him. According to the House Speaker, Trump’s intentions is to instill divisiveness not only among House Democrats but to the entire nation as well.

Trump’s impeachment baiting techniques all the more strengthen Ms. Pelosi and other House Leaders’ conviction of first setting out probes into all matters regarded as impeachable grounds, rather than directly go into impeachment proceedings.

That way, the truth will come out and validate all grounds for impeachment; including Trump’s multiple attempts to obstruct justice with regard to Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s proven interference in the 2016 presidential elections.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says that nearly every day, this US president is providing potential grounds for his own impeachment. In a recent Georgetown event, Ms. Pelosi reiterated that actually going into impeachment proceedings before the truth behind all Trump’s impeachable actions has been uncovered, would be divisive for the country.

The errant US president will make appeals to his supporters, particularly voters in the forthcoming presidential elections. That he is being politically persecuted by the ruling House Democrats, based on false accusations.

Still, House Speaker Pelosi made it clear that they intend to defend the right of the Democratic majority to fully investigate the activities of Trump and his administration, saying,

“We (the House of Representatives) have a path where we are investigating, exercising our constitutional responsibility to have oversight and also our constitutional mandate as a separate branch of government to hold the other branch accountable, predicated on the fact that no person is above the law, not even the President of the United States.”

Trump’s Campaign Strategy Includes Portraying Himself as a President Under Siege

While continuously dropping baits for his impeachment, Trump allies on the other hand incessantly argue that the Democrat-led House investigations are politically motivated; and are all rooted on partisan reasons, mainly to destroy Trump’s reputation.

Should House Democrats proceed directly with impeachment proceedings, they would be playing right into Trump’s ability to manipulate and twist turn of events in ways that appeal to his core supporters. A House impeachment hearing not supported by substantiated facts, will only reinforce a President-under-siege campaign narrative launched as early as 2 years ago; even before the results of Special Counsel Mueller’s report was made public.

Such a narrative can be gleaned in Trump’s fundraising campaign emails, in which the contents included appeals for defending the president against an unjust impeachment. In reality, the imaginary impeachment is yet to happen, dependent on the results of the House Judiciary Committee’s deeper probe on the information presented by the Mueller Report.

Trump’s Strategy Includes Slowing Down of Investigations by Fighting Subpoenas and Rejecting House Democrat’s Requests for Documents

In conjunction with Trump’s baiting techniques, the U.S. president is firmly holding his ground against potential impeachment by vowing to fight all subpoenas that will be served to him, to his political aides and to all staff of the White House Administration.

In an apparent attempt to slow down, if not block the House Democrat’s investigations, the White House rejected the House Judiciary Committee’s request for documents critical to the committee’s sweeping investigation into possible acts of obstruction of justice.