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Vice-president-elect Kamala Harris has labelled a leaked phone call featuring Donald Trump a “bald-faced abuse of power by the President of the United States”. Following is the transcript – and it’s very clear that the president was not asking anyone to commit election fraud, which some of the media outlets are reporting. Meadows: Ok. Alright. Mr. President, everyone is on the line. This is Mark Meadows, the chief of staff. Just so we all are aware. On the line is secretary of state, and two other individuals. Jordan and Mr. Germany with him. You also have the attorneys that represent the president, Kurt and Alex and Cleta Mitchell — who is not the attorney of record but has been involved — myself and then the president. So Mr. President, I’ll turn it over to you. Trump: OK, th...[Read More]
In a statement released after Trump signed the $600 billion stimulus bill into law, he said the Senate would “start the process for a vote that: 1. increases checks to $2,000, 2. repeals Section 230, 3. and starts an investigation into voter fraud.” Those are the three provisions McConnell has attempted to package into one piece of legislation despite objections from Democrats. “Section 230” is a reference to a 1996 federal law that broadly indemnifies tech platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Google for the actions of their users. Trump has railed against the tech companies as they have started to crack down on his postings alleging voter fraud in the November election, as well as much more aggressive actions targeting postings made by his supporters containing threats and disinformati...[Read More]
Trump has the moral high ground when he says that the pandemic relief package passed by Congress last week is inadequate when you consider that the government funding bill that it was paired with sends billions of dollars to countries that don’t even like the United States. “I simply want to get our great people $2000, rather than the measly $600 that is now in the bill, Also, stop the billions of dollars in ‘pork.” Donald Trump OK, yeah, he’s right, that $2,000 would better stimulate the economy and would help out a lot of people who have been financially kneecapped by the pandemic. But it can’t be said enough that the one-time payment is not the most important part of the bill. The extension of $300 extra in weekly unemployment benefits is. The one-tim...[Read More]
While Joe Biden is trying to promote an image of America where Trump supporters and Leftists forget the past four years and now should join hands to sing “Kumbaya,” his followers want the opposite. The most recent example of this is a tweet by actor-comedian David Cross, who retweeted one of Joe Biden’s latest tweets to voice his opinion on what he wants in 2021. Video: Michigan lawmaker disciplined for threatening Trump backers – YouTube “Enough is enough,” Johnson said in the video. “And for those of you who are soldiers, you know how to do it. Do it right. Be in order. Make them pay.” This is the same party of people that cheered at rioters that looted small businesses and destroyed property this year in the name of “justice.” These are just a couple of examples. It’s hard f...[Read More]
Trump initially called for the bill to be revised to include $2,000 checks and refused to sign it until his call was answered. However, he didn’t officially say he would veto it. In a Sunday night statement announcing he had signed the bill, Trump called on Congress to make more revisions to cut down excess spending. “I will sign the Omnibus and Covid package with a strong message that makes clear to Congress that wasteful items need to be removed. I will send back to Congress a redlined version, item by item, accompanied by the formal rescission request to Congress insisting that those funds be removed from the bill,” Donald Trump In the statement, Trump referred to COVID-19 as “China Virus,” blamed Democrat-run states for shutdowns. He also requested that ...[Read More]
It is clear and blatant that U.S. bureaucrats have added a great amount of pork-barrel funding into the relief bill. But most politicians in America are acting like they scrambled to pass the $900 billion relief package in an effort to address economic hardships. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and other Republicans praised provisions of the aid but objected to the circumstance that it was tied to a massive spending bill with unrelated provisions. “Had this bill been solely focused on re-opening the economy, getting Americans back to work, and jump starting a recovery, it would have had my enthusiastic support,” Cruz said in a statement. The legislation allocates $284 billion to the Paycheck Protection Program, an initiative that allocates forgivable loans to small businesses affected by the pandemic. ...[Read More]
This year’s Defence Bill includes provisions to limit how much money Trump can move around for his border wall and another that would require the military to rename bases that were named after figures from the Confederacy. The President said the Act “directly contradict(s) my Administration’s foreign policy, particularly my efforts to bring our troops home. I oppose endless wars, as does the American public.” “Unfortunately,” the President wrote in his veto message to Congress, “the Act fails to include critical national security measures, includes provisions that fail to respect our veterans and our military’s history, and contradicts efforts by my Administration to put America first in our national security and foreign policy actions. It is...[Read More]
Journalism has an unusual capacity to serve as watchdog over those whose power and position most affect citizens. It may also offer voice to the voiceless. Being an independent monitor of power means watching over the powerful few in society on behalf of the many to guard against tyranny”.
Independence is a cornerstone of reliability. On one level, it means not becoming seduced by sources, intimidated by power, or compromised by self-interest. On a deeper level it speaks to an independence of spirit and an open-mindedness and intellectual curiosity that helps the journalist see beyond his or her own class or economic status, race, ethnicity, religion, gender or ego. Journalistic independence is not neutrality. While editorialists and commentators are not neutral, the source of their credibility is still their accuracy, intellectual fairness and ability to inform – not their devotion to a certain group or outcome. In our independence, however, journalists must avoid straying into arrogance, elitism, isolation or nihilism.