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Measuring, and Mismeasuring, the Trump Conundrum

Real Clear Politics - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 15:04
Byron York, DC Examiner
Trump's favorable and unfavorable rating -- not his job approval, but whether people hold a favorable or unfavorable view of him -- is virtu...
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How to Handle Donald Trump

Real Clear Politics - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 15:04
Gail Collins, New York Times
What we don't need to hear is what's really on his mind.
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New poll reveals how most Americans feel about Confederate statues

The Blaze - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 14:45

A new poll released Thursday shows a majority of Americans want to keep Confederate statues in place to “honor” fallen leaders of the South.

According to an NPR/PBS Newshour/Marist poll, which was conducted among 1,125 U.S. citizens by phone Aug. 14-15, the overwhelming majority — 62 percent — want the monuments to remain while a much smaller share of Americans — 27 percent — want them removed.

The polling comes as the national debate over whether such monuments to Confederate leaders should be left alone, be removed or be relocated. Last weekend’s violent protest in Charlottesville, Virginia, was sparked by the city’s effort to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.

During the demonstration, a white supremacist allegedly drove his car into a crowd, killing 32-year-old counterprotester Heather Heyer. Two Virginia State Police officers also died in a helicopter crash as they responded to the violence.

Since Charlottesville, a number of cities and states have taken steps to address the existence of other Confederate monuments.

The mayor of Lexington, Kentucky, for example, pushed for two Confederate statues to be relocated to a nearby veterans cemetery. And in Baltimore, city leaders quietly removed four Confederate statues in the dark of night.

Meanwhile, the Council on American Islamic Relations, or CAIR, which is the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights organization, called on cities and states across the country to take down Confederate statues and rename roads and highways named for Confederate leaders.

President Donald Trump weighed in on the controversy via Twitter on Thursday. The president’s position on the hot-button issue seemingly aligned with that of the majority of Americans.

“Sad to see the history and culture of our great country being ripped apart with the removal of our beautiful statues and monuments. You can’t change history, but you can learn from it. Robert E Lee, Stonewall Jackson — who’s next, Washington, Jefferson? So foolish! Also the beauty that is being taken out of our cities, towns and parks will be greatly missed and never able to be comparably replaced!” Trump tweeted.

Sad to see the history and culture of our great country being ripped apart with the removal of our beautiful statues and monuments. You…..

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 17, 2017

…can’t change history, but you can learn from it. Robert E Lee, Stonewall Jackson – who’s next, Washington, Jefferson? So foolish! Also…

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 17, 2017

…the beauty that is being taken out of our cities, towns and parks will be greatly missed and never able to be comparably replaced!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 17, 2017

(H/T: Daily Caller)

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Wolf Blitzer: People will ask, was the Barcelona terror attack a copycat of Charlottesville?

HotAir - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 14:41

Via the Media Research Center and CNS, after eight jihadi car-ramming terror attacks this year alone, I think it’s more likely people will ask whether Wolf ate paint chips as a kid.

The funniest part is that Jim Sciutto’s trying to set him up for an easy point, that fanatics with conflicting ideologies nonetheless take tactical lessons from each other. It’s possible that James Fields got the idea for his car attack from the Islamist terror attacks in London and elsewhere. But why would a jihadi in Barcelona (assuming that’s who’s responsible) have needed inspiration from Shields? His own movement has made this a signature lately. He got the idea, I’m sure, from them.

But you already know all that. The real question is whether Wolf is the Brick Tamland of cable news.

The post Wolf Blitzer: People will ask, was the Barcelona terror attack a copycat of Charlottesville? appeared first on Hot Air.

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Wasserman Schultz's Former IT Aide Indicted

Townhall.com - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 14:35
Four counts.
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Attacker runs down pedestrians with van in Barcelona, killing 13; dozens more wounded

The Blaze - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 14:30

According to numerous reports, a van driver by an as-yet unidentified attacker ran down multiple civilians in Barcelona, Spain’s famous Las Ramblas tourist area Thursday.  Authorities have confirmed 13 were killed in the attack, and dozens injured.. Police are treating this as a terrorist attack.

According to the BBC, police say the vehicle sped along the Las Ramblas Central Boulevard that typically contains heavy pedestrian traffic due to its market stalls, bars, and restaurants.

The BBC reported that according to witness Tom Markwell of New Orleans, he heard screams that sounded like they were “for a movie star.” He said he then saw the van weaving to purposefully hit people.

“I saw the van. It had already been busted on the front. It was weaving left and right, trying to hit people as fast as possible. There were people lying on the ground,” said Markwell.

Aamer Anwar, another witness, told Sky News that the Central Boulevard was “jam-packed” with tourists when the attack started:

“All of a sudden, I just sort of heard a crashing noise and the whole street just started to run, screaming. I saw a woman right next to me screaming for her kids. Police were very, very quickly there, police officers with guns, batons, everywhere. Then the whole street started getting pushed back. Police officers who got there just started screaming at people to move back, move back.”

Footage from the scene of the attack has been appearing on the internet.

In one video obtained by The Telegraph, the white van used by the suspect is shown with its front end smashed in.

#Barcelona terror attack:
– Police official confirms one death
– 32 others seriously injured

Updates: https://t.co/U8AIBhiWuB pic.twitter.com/FO0AXVhxOK

— The Telegraph (@Telegraph) August 17, 2017

The BBC released video obtained by one person who fled the scene with many others by ducking into a super-market.

Footage emerges of people fleeing through a supermarket during #Barcelona attack

Latest updates: https://t.co/qvnTTPt6DJ pic.twitter.com/Im2KgqFgkk

— BBC Breaking News (@BBCBreaking) August 17, 2017

According to The Guardian, police have captured the suspect who drove the van, and is now in custody. Police have not yet revealed his identity.

Footage of the man being lead away by police is currently being circulated, however.

RT Labhsinghtv24: Video : #Barcelona terrorist has been arrestedpic.twitter.com/zwjgERvaDh

— lok raj party (@lokrajparty) August 17, 2017

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson issued a statement shortly after the attack.

“Terrorists around the world should know that the United States and its allies will find you and bring you to justice,” said Tillerson

Update: 2:42 est.

Police say the van used in the attack was rented by a man named Driss Oukabir. It is not yet confirmed if Oukabir was the driver.

El Pais: The van used in the BCN attack had been rented by a man named Driss Oukabir pic.twitter.com/QN24lvqZ81

— Natasha Bertrand (@NatashaBertrand) August 17, 2017

Update: 2:05 est.

Spanish media reported that police have killed a suspect thought to be involved in the van attack in a shootout.

Suspect in #Barcelona van attack killed in shootout with police on the outskirts of the city, Spanish media report https://t.co/4hfY8ab2g9

— BBC Breaking News (@BBCBreaking) August 17, 2017

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Activists replace statue of Robert E. Lee with statue of a pregnant black woman in Baltimore

The Blaze - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 14:10

Last Sunday, Baltimore activists placed a statue stylized as “lady liberty of black power,” in front of a statue of Confederate Generals Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson riding horses side by side according to WUSA-TV.

The Lee and Stonewall statue was removed on Wednesday by city officials, but the activist’s statue still remains.

According to WUSA, the statue of Lee and Jackson was one of four Confederate statues removed by Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh. Pugh said she ordered the removals of the statues as a matter of public safety after the violence seen in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday.

The clash between leftist radicals and white supremacists in Charlottesville began as a protest over the removal of a statue of Lee.

Pugh said the statues are safely in storage, but did not disclose the location. The mayor suggested that the statues could be relocated to Confederate cemeteries in the future.

Artist Pablo Machioli and a few of his friends erected a papier-mache statue of a pregnant black woman holding her fist into the air, to stand in front of the Lee and Jackson statue. The statue is adorned with a rainbow sash, a baby on her back, and her raised fist is coated in gold glitter.

According to the Baltimore Sun, the statue is called “Madre Luz,” or “Mother Light” in Spanish.

According to City Paper, Machioli first erected the statue in front of the Lee and Jackson statue in 2015. The idea came from Machioli’s friend, Silverman Andrews, who wanted to “create attention” about social justice issues like white supremacy and racism in art, and to celebrate the 2016 Baltimore riots.

Originally, the statue was supposed to be an image of abolitionist Harriet Tubman throwing a brick at Lee and Jackson. Machioli did not want a statue depicting violence, and instead created “Madre Luz.”

“Madre Luz” was placed in front of the Lee and Jackson statue after its creation. It was removed and impounded in less than 24 hours, and Machioli was fined $75. Afterward, Machioli moved the statue to his home at the Copycat Building, a warehouse converted a space where artists live and work. It stayed there for the next two years.

According to the Baltimore Sun, Machioli and his friends brought the statue back to stand in front of the Lee and Jackson monument on Sunday, following the events of Charlottesville. Though the Lee and Jackson monument is gone, “Madre Luz” still stands. The statue is not sanctioned by the city, but has not been removed by city officials.

The Baltimore Sun reported that “Madre Luz” has been knocked over and vandalized several times. Each time, Machiol and his friends return to repair it.

 

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The key reason Trump keeps funding ObamaCare “ransom”

HotAir - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 14:01

Last month, Donald Trump threatened to force ObamaCare into collapse when Senate Republicans proved unable to advance any plan for its repeal and replacement. Since most of the Affordable Care Act spending and administration comes from statute, options for interfering with its operations are more limited than many may assume. However, funding of the cost-sharing reduction payments to insurers for Silver plans can be halted, as the funds have never been appropriated for that program. Trump has specifically threatened to halt that funding, but … once again, those insurers will get their subsidies, at least for another month:

The Trump administration said on Wednesday the federal government would make a set of payments to insurers for August, despite threats from the president that the funding would be halted following the failure of Senate Republicans to repeal most of the Affordable Care Act.

Governors and Democratic lawmakers have been urging President Donald Trump to continue the payments, known as cost-sharing reduction payments, because insurers have said they may pull out of the ACA’s insurance markets or raise premiums in 2018 without the funding.

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said in a report Tuesday that premiums for popular, midprice plans on the ACA exchanges would rise 20% next year without the payments.

Conservative Review’s David Horowitz lamented, “So Trump pays the ransom,” which is a fair assessment but not a complete one. The CSR program does provide some political support for ObamaCare thanks to its artificial suppression of out-of-pocket costs to qualifying Silver plan enrollees, so ending the payments might theoretically undermine support for the plan. However, as I explain in my column at The Fiscal Times, cutting off those payments will cost far more than it saves, and might well be described as cutting off one’s nose to spite one’s face:

Trump could moot this dispute at any time by refusing to make the CSR payments to the insurers. However, the CBO report predicts a number of unintended consequences if he does. It could save $118 billion in CSR payments over the next decade, but insurers – still stuck with the statutory requirement to lower out-of-pocket costs in Silver plans – would have to raise their premiums by as much as 25 percent, the CBO predicts. Enrollees only pay a set fee for insurance at all levels based on their income, benchmarked on the Silver plan, so taxpayers would end up footing the bill not just for the increased subsidies on these specific Silver plans but all plans. That would increase subsidies by $365 billion in the same time period, resulting in a net increase of deficit spending of nearly $200 billion.

Oddly enough, while taxpayers would lose the most in this exchange, lower-income Americans would gain the most benefit. E21’s Charles Blahous walks through the CBO’s examples that show dramatic reductions in premium payouts for older consumers opting to buy Gold level plans, in some cases paying nothing at all. “It is interesting, precisely because it is so counterintuitive,” Blahous concludes, “that CBO has projected that terminating CSR subsidies would actually lead to the federal government spending more money, providing low-income people with more affordable insurance coverage options, and even increasing insurance enrollment.”

Rather than hasten Obamacare’s collapse, the CBO also notes, the changes that come from eliminating funding for CSRs might actually make the system more stable. “[T]he nongroup insurance market would also continue to be stable in most areas of the country,” CBO concludes, in part because state insurance commissioners would have significant incentive to approve premium increases. “Many insurance commissioners would favor that increase,” the report notes, “because it would result in larger increases in premium tax credits for people in their states and, thus, lower net premiums paid by enrollees than alternatives that insurers might propose.”

There are two main arguments for ending the CSR payments. The first, the issue of constitutional authority and executive abuse of federal funds, is an argument that stands on its own regardless of whether one wants ObamaCare to collapse. Unless Congress appropriates funding for the CSR program, the president should not be allowed to spend funds directed elsewhere for it, especially given Congress’ explicit refusal to fund the program. On that basis, certainly, the funding should end — and if Congress doesn’t like the consequences of what follows from that, they can appropriate the funds legitimately in the next budget cycle.

The utilitarian argument — that it will help accelerate the crash of ObamaCare — simply doesn’t hold water. Insurers will jack up the premiums, and taxpayers will foot the bill through the mandated statutory spending that neither the president nor Congress can stop without repealing the ACA.

There are no shortcuts for ObamaCare repeal, especially not this one. Trump and Republicans on Capitol Hill should focus those efforts on effective legislation. However, the constitutional issue of executive encroachment on Congress’ power of the purse is important enough to justify Trump taking action, and forcing Congress to decide how to proceed on the CSR program in the meantime.

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NYT Contributor: ACLU Should Rethink Free Speech

Townhall.com - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 13:45
NYT contributor argues that prioritizing First Amendment rights silences marginalized communities.
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Fox News host receives death threats after monologue condemning Trump’s Charlottesville response

The Blaze - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 13:34

Fox News host Eboni K. Williams received numerous death threats after she berated President Donald Trump on Monday for failing to condemn white supremacy groups for the violence that erupted in Charlottesville, Virginia, Variety reported.

During her “Eboni’s Docket” segment on “The Fox News Specialists,” Williams said the president put his political aspirations above the country’s need for unity around the condemnation of white supremacy groups. Williams, who is black, said she was once willing to give Trump the benefit of the doubt but not anymore.

“In a moment where you could have been crystal clear where you stand on the issue of inclusion, standing up against white supremacy and domestic terrorism, you very intentionally chose to be ambiguous and to equivocate all sides, Mr. President?”

According to Williams, Trump hesitated to condemn white supremacy groups because he decided that his “portion of the base that is absolutely racist is so significant, so valuable” that he didn’t want to “cripple” his “political stronghold.”

Williams also brought up Trump’s claim of supporters sticking with him, even if he theoretically shot someone on 5th Avenue.

“I think you’re right. I think they will stick with you through anything,” she reiterated. “They will even stick with you while you calm their fears and deep-seated anger around their perceived depreciation of the intrinsic value of whiteness in this country. And, let’s be honest, that’s what this all really about.”

Williams received approximately 150 emails on her personal website after the segment aired, compared to the average of 10-15 she normally receives, Variety reported. All of the emails, except two or three, were “scathing.”

One email said that Williams should meet her maker soon, while another said she should not be allowed to walk the streets of New York City.

Another person found out Williams lived in Harlem and told her “Harlem needs to watch out.”

Although she has worked for Fox News on and off over the last five years, Williams said she has never received the kind of response she received last week, the New York Times reported.

Williams’ book publisher was so concerned about her safety that they instructed her to ask Fox for additional security, the Times reported. She is now being escorted to and from the studios by a security detail.

When asked why she did the monologue, the Fox News co-host said she felt compelled to offer viewers a different take on the situation in Virginia.

“They probably don’t see much of any of the diverse point of view that I can offer,” she told the Times.

Williams is a self-described independent. She voted for President Barack Obama but has been an outspoken critic of his in the past, particularly surrounding the violence in Chicago.

Williams said she believes both Obama and Trump speak to their particular audiences in a similar manner, although their demographics differ.

“While I think President Obama was uniquely positioned as a black man and the leader of the free world in that moment to speak to those black males in Chicago in a way I would have better appreciated, it’s a similar thing with President Trump right now,” Williams told Variety. “He’s a white male that represents … the patriarchal, white male dominant structure, so he could speak to white America in a way that Obama never could.”

Other Fox News hosts, contributors and even a producer took to Twitter to show support for Williams:

Eboni is a dear friend! This is a national disgrace that people cannot accept differences. Haters back off all of FNC supports her! https://t.co/ttPjsRJNSH

— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) August 17, 2017

Ditto https://t.co/QrplBgVwKM

— Katie Pavlich (@KatiePavlich) August 17, 2017

#GoEboni @EboniWilliams professional, prepared, powerful.

— Geraldo Rivera (@GeraldoRivera) August 17, 2017

No one deserves death threats, regardless of their views. Period.

— Lauren Peikoff (@laurenpeikoff) August 17, 2017

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Jake Tapper: Antifa protesters have attacked several journalists

HotAir - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 13:21

Wednesday night, CNN’s Jake Tapper highlighted some left-wing violence which hasn’t gotten much media attention.

At least two journalists in Charlottesville were assaulted by people protesting the Klan/Nazi/alt-right rally. Taylor is one: https://t.co/haVOw89uTN

— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) August 17, 2017

Here’s the attack Tapper is referring to:

The video cuts off at the end b/c some asshole came over and punched me in the face and kicked my phone for recording (I said I was press)

— Taylor Lorenz (@TaylorLorenz) August 12, 2017

3/ a photojournalist with the Richmond CBS station also was assaulted while filming a counterprotest.https://t.co/GbZA5PIoHs

— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) August 17, 2017

"Film the clan, don't film us," they are shouting as a square off begins. RPD gave final warning to disperse. pic.twitter.com/ewRkQe5fg2

— WTVR CBS 6 Richmond (@CBS6) August 14, 2017

5/ a source at the station says he's been out for three days with a concussion.https://t.co/ja7v2hsN7e

— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) August 17, 2017

6/ Antifa posted this on FB about the assault which a source at the station says is full of out-and-out lies. https://t.co/8fKJ7AH0fO

— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) August 17, 2017

Here’s a portion of Antifa’s excuse for their violence. I’m going to quote it at length because it is so pathetic that reading it will give you an idea of the idiocy we are dealing with here. This is the excuse of 6th grader caught red handed by the principal:

This man ran at a crowd that was holding space for our murdered comrade with just his iPhone.

Due to the intensity and context of this time people are very scared of white men running full speed at them with iPhones as this is the exact behavior of a white supremacist trying to out identity of people of color and anti fascists in order to invoke fear. Additionally, they also use press footage constantly to do this.

When this man ran up he was told people did not want to be filmed. He proceeded to film anyways. He was then told AGAIN that he was not to film people’s faces. He proceeded anyways. He intentionally ignored the denial of consent, still without identifying himself (though we still wouldn’t care), which was a threat to safety and should be considered in a context of perpetuating rape culture. Denial of consent by the media is still a denial of consent and is disgusting and parasitic behavior.

Once this man ignored people’s requests to please back off he tried to pull on a flag to expose someone’s face. This is extremely inappropriate and when the media thinks they have the right to expose people that do not want to be exposed they are perpetuating violence against marginalized or targeted communities.

After he tried to remove someone’s flag he was pushed back several times. At this point he began to give a mourning crowd the finger with both hands. We can only assume that this was the behavior of someone intoxicated. This behavior was taunting and escalating.

He STILL had not identified himself as press.

He continued to make advances and continued to get corralled back towards the sidewalk away from us. He had not fallen. He had not been hit. Only pushed back to give space to a grieving and righteously angry crowd.

He advanced still.

At this point there were folks that felt they were in extreme danger as no one knew who this man was or what his intentions were. He was now considered combative, aggressive and advancing with violence.

Then he got hit. Once. We aren’t sure with what or by who but he did and it was all due to his own ridiculous, likely drunk, behavior.

This is what happens when you make people feel scared and purposefully incite anger.

As Tapper noted above, the station says the explanation is full of lies. I believe that. Here’s the video of what happened (which I wrote about here). As you can see, the interaction appears to last about 12 seconds before someone hits the reporter. He was taken to the hospital and received 4 staples to close a cut in his scalp.

Our @CBS6 photojournalist assaulted in the head while shooting protests in Richmond. In the hospital getting stitches. Stop the VIOLENCE! pic.twitter.com/xGEWu0SWr4

— Laura French (@lfrenchnews) August 14, 2017

Tapper’s final tweet (he skipped #7):

8/ these are unprovoked assaults on journalists doing their jobs — by those marching *against* the hateful racists.
Disgusting.
-fin-

— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) August 17, 2017

Once again, it’s not necessary to give violent members of Antifa a pass just because you don’t like Nazis. It’s possible to condemn the Nazis and the violent counter-protesters. Tapper’s attempt to hold both sides accountable is in striking contrast to garbage like this from some progressive journalists:

"Alt-left thugs" who battled Nazis pic.twitter.com/fflvchzGDF

— John Hendrickson (@JohnGHendy) August 15, 2017

Watching 'Saving Private Ryan,' a movie about a group of very aggressive alt-left protesters invading a beach without a permit.

— Jeffrey Goldberg (@JeffreyGoldberg) August 16, 2017

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Peaceful protests over Google employee’s firing canceled — here’s why

The Blaze - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 13:06

Peaceful protests initially scheduled for this weekend have been canceled because of “credible alt-left terrorist threats.”

The March on Google, a series of planned protests in cities across the country after a male Google employee was fired over a diversity memo last week, said on its website that the march has been postponed “for the safety of our citizen participants.”

The nationwide protests were planned after Google fired 28-year-old James Damore for sending what was portrayed by the left as an internal “anti-diversity” memo, which described the biological differences between men and women. The memo was prompted by commentary about the gender wage gap in technology jobs.

After Damore’s ousting, a series of nationwide protests were scheduled to take place in Mountain View, California, home of Google headquarters, along with New York City, Washington, D.C., Boston, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, Seattle and Austin, Texas.

The March on Google had been advertised as a peaceful gathering, outright condemning violence, hatred and bigotry on its website, and saying that “any violation of these tenets will not be tolerated.”

But in an online announcement Wednesday, organizers of the March on Google said the demonstrations would have to be postponed at least for a few weeks because of “terrorist” threats from those on the left.

“Despite our clear and straightforward statements denouncing bigotry and hatred, CNN and other mainstream media made malicious and false statements that our peaceful march was being organized by Nazi sympathizer[s],” their online statement read.

The announcement said that, in at least one instance, “alt-left threat was made to use an automobile to drive into our peaceful march.”

Organizers said they reported the threats to authorities.

TheBlaze reached out to the FBI for comment, but as of the time of this posting, had not received a response.

NBC News reported the name of the group behind the March on Google is “Patriot Prayer,” which the left-wing Southern Poverty Law Center described as a “Portland-based group that specializes in rallies around the Northwest seemingly aimed at provoking far-left and anarchist groups.”

Organizers of the March on Google protest in Boston said they are “not in any way associated” with those who organized last weekend’s protest in Charlottesville, Virginia, during which 32-year-old Heather Heyer died after a white supremacist driver allegedly plowed over her with a car.

Two Virginia State Police officers who were responding to the violence also died in a helicopter crash.

A spokesman for Google did not immediately respond to a request for comment from TheBlaze on Thursday.

(H/T: Washington Examiner)

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NY Gov. Cuomo wants Confederate names erased from Army base streets — and Twitter hammers him

The Blaze - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 12:20

Joining the flurry of Confederate monument removals after deadly violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend, Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants Confederate names removed from two streets on an Army base in Brooklyn.

The streets in question at Fort Hamilton are named after Generals Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson, both of whom served there decades before the Civil War, the New York Times reported.

I just asked the acting secretary of the @USArmy to remove confederate names from the streets of Fort Hamilton in Brooklyn.

— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) August 16, 2017

A group of local elected officials earlier this month asked the Army to rename the streets, but the Army declined, the Times said, adding that Assistant Secretary of the Army Diane Randon said in a response letter that such an action would be “controversial and divisive.”

But Cuomo asked Ryan McCarthy, acting secretary of the Army, to reconsider: “The events of Charlottesville and the tactics of white supremacists are a poison in our national discourse, and every effort must be made to combat them,” Cuomo wrote in his letter, the Times said.

“Renaming these streets will send a clear message that in New York, we stand against intolerance and racism, whether it be insidious and hidden or obvious and intentional,” Cuomo added, according to the paper.

An Army spokeswoman on Wednesday told the Times that Cuomo’s letter was received and that Army officials are in the process of responding.

Many Twitter users didn’t care for Cuomo’s idea:

Image source: Twitter screenshot Image source: Twitter screenshot Image source: Twitter screenshot Image source: Twitter screenshot

Notably at West Point — the United States Military Academy in New York state — there is a “Lee Barracks,” the Times said. And while Cuomo didn’t mention this building, a spokeswoman for the governor indicated it was also under consideration, the paper added.

Also on Wednesday, the president of the Bronx Community College said the school would remove bronze busts of Lee and Jackson from its Hall of Fame for Great Americans, the Times added, which is an outdoor sculpture gallery on campus.

“Embracing difference includes creating space where all people feel respected, welcome and valued,” school President Thomas A. Isekenegbe said in a statement, the paper said.

Since the events in Charlottesville — sparked by debate over a Lee statue there — other Confederate statues have come down. Protesters used a rope to topple one in Durham, North Carolina, on Monday. The city of Baltimore removed four Confederate statues overnight Tuesday. And in a related move, a Chicago pastor wants a statue of George Washington — and his name — removed from a park since the first U.S. president was a slave owner.

(H/T: Young Conservatives)

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Breaking: Van plows into crowd in Barcelona, reports of gunshots heard; Update: 13 dead; Update: Suspect ID’d? Update: ISIS claims credit

HotAir - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 12:12

Two people are dead, claims the Sun, and many more injured. The gunshot reports are unconfirmed right now but it’s worth noting that the crash happened right outside a kosher restaurant in the city’s Las Ramblas district.

The incident – confirmed by police as a terror attack – took place shortly after 5pm local time (3pm GMT) outside the Maccabi restaurant on La Rambla boulevard.

According to Spanish police, the white van mounted the pavement and struck several people, with the person driving then fleeing on foot. Some eyewitnesses reported hearing gunshots.

The scene:

This photo from Barcelona appears to show the aftermath of today's incident; the kosher restaurant, Maccabi, is visible on the right. pic.twitter.com/yWlOZA8gTU

— Avi Mayer (@AviMayer) August 17, 2017

“Other unverified reports from local TV channel TV3 say two armed men are holding hostages in a nearby Turkish restaurant,” reports the Sun. Much is uncertain right now, needless to say, but if it seems like there have been a lot of vehicle-ramming terror attacks lately, that’s because there have been. Peruse this list at Wikipedia. Roughly half the incidents are from the last three years, including eight this year alone plus three more in 2016. Stand by for updates.

Update: That last bit from the Sun about armed men may be correct. From the AP:

BREAKING: Spain's El Pais newspaper, citing police sources, says perpetrators of van incident in Barcelona holed up in a bar.

— The Associated Press (@AP) August 17, 2017

Update: To no one’s surprise, the police believe this was no accident.

Update: This video posted by El Pais captures the first moments after the crash.

There’s video circulating of victims in the aftermath but it’s graphic.

Update: Good lord. A Spanish radio station is reporting 13 dead in the attack. Sky News claims that authorities are also looking for a second van. Is a follow-up attack already in the works?

Update: Sky updates to say that El Pais is now also confirming 13 dead — at least. Horrendous. Still no word on whether there really are two terrorists barricaded in a bar.

Update: The second van has been found in the town of Vic, reports Sky. For the moment, Spanish authorities are confirming only one dead with 32 injured.

Update: We have a name.

El Pais: The van used in the BCN attack had been rented by a man named Driss Oukabir pic.twitter.com/QN24lvqZ81

— Natasha Bertrand (@NatashaBertrand) August 17, 2017

Update: Some good news: Spanish media says one suspect has been arrested.

Update: Here’s an … interesting bit of trivia about the guy who rented the van:

The Barcelona attacker posted this antisemitic video alleging a global Jewish conspiracy to take over the world: https://t.co/QsM7nF9RjM pic.twitter.com/tlwiWiyXHw

— Avi Mayer (@AviMayer) August 17, 2017

Update: Sky has more on one of the suspects:

Man thought to be the driver of the van which hit pedestrians is reportedly held up in a bar, surrounded by police.

TV3 reports that a Spanish passport from a person of Moroccan origin was found at the scene of the attack.

It adds that officers have surrounded a bar called Rey de Istanbul. Police have not confirmed if they have a suspect cornered.

Update: Good news: “Catalan police said there is no one holed up inside a bar. They confirm that a man has been arrested.” Was this a lone wolf attack?

Update: Spanish authorities have now confirmed the earlier reports. Thirteen dead, more than 50 injured.

Update: No surprise. Driss Oukabir, the man named above as having rented the van, is also the suspect arrested in the attack. He’s a Moroccan citizen.

Update: ISIS says he’s one of theirs:

Islamic State has claimed it carried out the deadly attack in Barcelona, according to the group’s Amaq news agency.

In a statement, it said: “The perpetrators of the Barcelona attack are soldiers of the Islamic State and carried out the operation in response to calls for targeting coalition states.”

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Trump publicly praises challenger of ‘toxic’ Republican Arizona senator

The Blaze - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 12:05

President Donald Trump on Thursday tweeted his enthusiasm for Arizona Senate candidate Dr. Kelli Ward and her bid to challenge incumbent Republican Sen. Jeff Flake’s seat in the 2018 GOP primary. Flake has become one of Trump’s largest Republican detractors.

“Great to see that Dr. Kelli Ward is running against Flake Jeff Flake, who is WEAK on borders, crime and a non-factor in Senate,” Trump tweeted early Thursday morning. “He’s toxic!”

Great to see that Dr. Kelli Ward is running against Flake Jeff Flake, who is WEAK on borders, crime and a non-factor in Senate. He’s toxic!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 17, 2017

Flake refused to endorse Trump during the 2016 presidential elections and called on then-candidate Trump to drop out of the race in October after an audio recording of Trump claiming to “grab” women “by the p***y” was released to the public.

The senator’s disdain for Trump has not abated over time. In his recent book, “Conscience of a Conservative: A Rejection of Destructive Politics and a Return to Principle,” Flake wrote of Trump’s ascension that “we pretended that the emperor wasn’t naked,” and added “even worse: We checked our critical faculties at the door and pretended that the emperor was making sense.”

Flake’s opposition greatly angered Trump, and in July, the president offered to pay $10 million of his own money to assist in unseating Flake, according to The Independent.

Earlier this month, hedge fund manager and Donald Trump supporter Robert Mercer donated $300,000 to KelliPAC, a super-PAC created by Trump supporters for the purpose of helping Ward defeat Flake in 2018.

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