Meghan McCain Calls Out Dicky Durbin

Meghan McCain is known for not holding back any punches, and she had no problems calling out Senate Whip Dick Durbin.
McCain put Durbin on the hot seat, asking him about his history of misrepresenting statements.

washingtonexaminer.com reports: Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin, D-Ill., refused to address ABC “The View” co-host Meghan McCain when confronted about his reputation for misspeaking about previous White House meetings.

“You have a history of misrepresenting statements from private White House meetings. Some say you’ve actually done more harm than good to the DACA deal by revealing what Trump said in his private meeting. Do you think that’s true?” McCain, the daughter of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., asked Wednesday.

“What you hear behind me are the voices of democracy. Demonstrators who are on Capitol Hill, willing to be arrested in a nonviolent way for the Dream Act. I believe that the strength behind – the energy behind this movement to help these Dreamers get protected,” Durbin said, changing the topic.

H/T Washington Examiner,worldpoliticus.com

Pope Francis Honors Dutch Abortion Activist with Pontifical Medal of Knighthood

Pope Francis has conferred the title of “Commander of the Pontifical Equestrian Order of St. Gregory the Great” on Lilianne Ploumen, a Dutch politician and vocal agitator for abortion rights.

Last year, Ploumen founded a pro-abortion organization called She Decides, which offers funding and support for international NGOs that provide, facilitate or campaign for abortion.

In an email to the Catholic Herald, Ms. Ploumen said that she was “very honoured” by the pontifical medal, which was sent via the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs last month.

In an interview with Dutch radio, Ploumen said she views the honor as a sign of the pope’s progressivism, as well as acknowledgement for her work in supporting abortion rights.

Ms. Ploumen said that the award came after much personal investment in contacts with the Vatican, which she defined as “lobbying.”

“Yes, because you know, the Vatican, especially under prior popes, had a rather rigid attitude when it came to the rights of girls and women,” she said.

The Order of St Gregory the Great was founded by Pope Gregory XVI in 1831, under the patronage of Pope St Gregory I. It is bestowed on those who have distinguished themselves in public service or given support to the Church.

During the investiture ceremony, the prelate sponsoring the candidate recites a formula noting that membership in the Pontifical Order of St Gregory the Great “is conferred as a reward for services to the Holy See and the Church on gentlemen/ladies of proved loyalty who must maintain unswerving fidelity to God, the Supreme Pontiff, the Holy See and the Church.”

“Becoming a Knight/Dame does not merely mean receiving a title of honour—even though it is well deserved—but fighting evil, promoting good and defending the weak and oppressed against injustice,” the rite continues.

The approval of candidates for this high honor must be given by the pope himself.

The Vatican press office has confirmed that the honor was indeed awarded to Lilianne Ploumen, but insists that it was not meant to signal approval of her pro-abortion activities.

On Monday, Paloma García Ovejero, deputy spokesperson of the Holy See Press Office, said the medal was part of an exchange of honors between delegations after she took part in an official state visit to the Vatican last year of Dutch King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima.

“The honor of the Pontifical Order of St. Gregory the Great received by Mrs. Lilianne Ploumen, former Minister of Development, in June 2017 during the visit of the Dutch Royals to the Holy Father, responds to the diplomatic practice of the exchange of honors between delegations on the occasion of official visits by Heads of State or Government in the Vatican,” García said.

“Therefore, it is not in the slightest a placet [a mark of approval] to the politics in favor of abortion and of birth control that Mrs. Ploumen promotes,” she added.

According to the National Catholic Register, abortion is just one area where Ploumen’s public advocacy departs from Catholic moral teaching.

As “a radical supporter of homosexual rights,” Register correspondent Edward Pentin states, Ploumen “urged homosexuals to disrupt Mass in a Dutch cathedral after an openly homosexual man was denied Holy Communion” in 2010.

Last September, Ploumen also gave a prominent address at the LGBT’s Core Group at the United Nations.

For his part, Pope Francis has been an outspoken critic of abortion, calling it a “very grave sin” and a “horrendous crime.”

H/T Breitbart,worldpoliticus.com

Report: Julian Assange Just Went After Some Big Fish

 

WikiLeas founder Julian Assange has accused Google and Facebook of being an “existential threat” to humanity.

From ibtimes.co.uk: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has said that Google and Facebook, two of the world’s biggest technology and social media companies, are an “existential threat” to humanity.

The chief of the whistleblowing platform, who describes himself as a “geopolitical analyst” on his Twitter profile, believes the tech giants have evolved into powerful “digital superstates”.

“While the internet has brought about a revolution in our ability to educate each other, the consequent democratic explosion has shaken existing democratic establishments to their core,” Assange said Tuesday (16 January), in a statement later posted online.

His comments were read during an “Organising Resistance to Internet Censorship” webinar, sponsored by the World Socialist Web Site (WSWS).

“Burgeoning digital superstates such as Google, Facebook and their Chinese equivalents, who are integrated with the existing order, have moved to re-establish discourse control,” he said.

H/T ibtimes,worldpoliticus.com

Breaking: Trump Makes Proclamation On Possible North Korean War

President Trump has stated that it is “very possible” that the crisis with North Korea can’t be resolved peacefully.

From Zerohedge:

In an exclusive interview with Reuters, President Trump said on Wednesday that Russia is helping North Korea get supplies in violation of international sanctions and that Pyongyang is getting “closer every day” to being able to deliver a long-range missile to the United States. As a result, Trump said he hoped the standoff with Pyongyang could be resolved “in a peaceful way, but it’s very possible that it can’t.”

Having learned his lesson from his recent WSJ interview, Trump declined to comment when asked whether he had engaged in any communications at all with Kim, with whom he has exchanged public insults and threats, heightening tensions in the region. He did, however, blame Moscow:

“Russia is not helping us at all with North Korea,” Trump said during the Oval Office interview. “What China is helping us with, Russia is denting. In other words, Russia is making up for some of what China is doing.”

Which is ironic because it was a Chinese, not Russian ship, that was recently observed illegally selling oil to North Korea. It’s even more ironic that in the interview, Trump praised China for its efforts to restrict oil and coal supplies to North Korea but said Beijing could do much more to help constrain Pyongyang.

In any case, with North Korea still the major global challenge facing Trump this year, the president cast doubt during the 53-minute interview whether talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un would be useful. In the past he has not ruled out direct talks with Kim.

“I’d sit down, but I‘m not sure that sitting down will solve the problem,” he said, noting that past negotiations with the North Koreans by his predecessors had failed to rein in North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs.

“They’ve talked for 25 years and they’ve taken advantage of our presidents, of our previous presidents,” he said.

The remarks come after Trump’s statement earlier in January, in which he said he is “absolutely” willing to talk on the phone to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un if certain conditions are met.

H/T Mega News,worldpoliticus.com

Nancy Pelosi Begged For Their Applause!

Nancy Pelosi spoke at Bob Dole’s Congressional Gold Medal ceremony, and made herself look like a fool.
On a couple of separate occasions during her speech, she told the audience to clap.
Apparently she felt her speech deserved more ovation than the crowd did.

washingtonexaminer.com reports: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., had her own Jeb Bush moment when she twice asked the audience to clap during her speech honoring Bob Dole at the Capitol on Wednesday.

Pelosi thanked numerous lawmakers for setting up the event honoring Dole, who is receiving a Congressional Gold Medal. Before she moved on, she noted that the audience should have clapped.

“That was an applause line for our sponsors,” Pelosi said.

H/T Mega News,worldpoliticus.com

Soros Is Profiting From An Industrial Collapse!

George Soros is allegedly going to make millions of dollars from the collapse of a U.K. construction giant.

From Breitbart:

Billionaire speculator George Soros, the man who ‘broke the Bank of England’, is believed to be in line to make millions from the collapse of the United Kingdom’s second-biggest construction firm.

Carillion, which also manages facilities such as prisons and 50,000 homes for military personnel through public sector contracts, went into liquidation on Monday.

Collapsing under the weight of £1.5 billion debt, including a £587 million pension shortfall, the company was left with just £29 million before going bust. The company employs 43,000 staff globally, 20,000 of which are based in the UK, where most of its business is focused, including construction workers, hospital cleaners, and energy and utility personnel.

However, amidst the job losses and affected public services, 12 hedge funds have made £200 million short-selling shares in Carillion, including an investment vehicle linked to George Soros, according to regulatory data collated by Castellain Capital as reported in The Times.

Short selling is where investors borrow shares for a fee and sell them in hopes of buying them back at a later date if the share price falls, making a profit, before returning the security to its original owner.

Soros benefitted before from short-selling the construction giant when his SFM UK Management shorted Carillion stock in the summer, allegedly earning the hedge fund $2.5 million from its short position.

H/T Breitbart,worldpoliticus.com

HORROR: U.S. Marshal Killed, Federal Officer Wounded

A U.S. Marshal was killed and a federal officer was wounded when they were fired upon while serving a warrant.

From Fox News:

A U.S. marshal was reportedly killed and a federal officer was wounded when gunfire erupted during the service of a warrant.

The U.S. marshal died at the hospital, PennLive.com reported, though it’s unclear how he was injured.

Another York City Police officer assigned to the U.S. Marshal’s Task Force was shot in the incident. He was taken to the hospital and his injuries are said to be not life threatening, FOX43 reported.

Little information was released at the morning news conference, but Dauphin County District Attorney Fran Chardo confirmed there were shots fired at a Harrisburg home around 6:10 a.m. Neighbors also told WHTM they heard dozens of shots fired.

Chardo said there was a “use of force” in the incident. The shooting suspect was “not at large” and there was no danger to the public at this time.

A news conference with more details was scheduled for 2 p.m. ET Thursday.

H/T Fox News,worldpoliticus.com

Nancy Pelosi Just Got A New Job!

Nancy Pelosi is scheduled to be a guest judge on RuPaul’s Drag Race.

From The Hill: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) will be a guest judge on the upcoming season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race: All Stars.”

Pelosi will join other celebrity judges, including actress Kristin Chenoweth, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”’s Tituss Burgess and former Spice Girl Emma Bunton on “All Stars,” which begins Jan. 25.

The spin-off drag-queen competition features past contestants from “RuPaul’s Drag Race” competing for a place in the show’s Hall of Fame, and Pelosi will be a judge in its third season.

A spokesperson for Pelosi told the Washington Post that the lawmaker agreed to judge the show in solidarity and support for the LGBT community amid anti-LGBT policies being pushed by the Trump administration.

H/T The Hill,worldpoliticus.com

Just In: New Contender Takes Lead In Potential 2020 Democratic Presidential Candidates

Former Vice President Joe Biden has taken the lead over Sen. Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton, and Oprah Winfrey as potential Democratic presidential candidates.

From The Hill: Former Vice President Joe Biden has a double-digit lead over the next closest contender in a new poll of potential 2020 Democratic presidential candidates.

According to the latest data from Harvard CAPS/Harris Poll, provided exclusively to The Hill, Biden has 27 percent among Democrats.

The next closest candidate is Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) at 16 percent, followed by 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and media mogul Oprah Winfrey, each at 13 percent.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is the only other candidate to pull double-digit support at 10 percent. Rounding out the field are Sens. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), with 4 percent support each. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) gets 2 percent support and New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is at 1 percent.

“Biden is now emerging as a very early front-runner — he beats handily even the celebrity candidates that have been floated,” said Harvard CAPS/Harris Poll co-director Mark Penn.

 H/T The Hill,worldpoliticus.com

BREAKING: Anti-Trump Group Founder Just Arrested!

The Founder of a Portland Anti-Trump group was just arrested for kidnapping and strangling his ex-girlfriend according to reports on Thursday.

The Daily Caller reported: The #MeToo movement is catching up with sexual predators who brand themselves “male feminist allies” within the progressive movement, and Portland’s Resistance co-founder Gregory McKelvey is the latest activist to have his skeletons unearthed.

The prominent Portland-based activist was outed for previously being arrested and jailed on suspicion of strangling and kidnapping his ex-girlfriend six years ago, a Wednesday article in The Oregonian revealed.

McKelvey is one of the most prominent social justice activists in Portland, first emerging in the city’s politics in 2016 as a vocal supporter of Bernie Sanders, and then later as a figurehead in the Portland’s Black Lives Matter movement.

He is the co-founder of Portland’s Resistance, whose leader—a sex offender named Micah Rhodes—was charged with sexually abusing a minor in 2017.

McKelvey achieved fame following Donald Trump’s victory with his establishment of Portland’s Resistance as a model to “resist” the democratically-elected president’s agenda, and led street demonstrations numbering in the thousands in protest of Trump. His advocacy for social justice causes earned him profiles in liberal and left-leaning publications, including Vice and The Guardian.

H/T RSW,worldpoliticus.com