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Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Goodman: Hunter Biden's Mysterious Source of Income Creates Problems for Biden Campaign

After Hunter Biden abruptly resolved a $453,890 tax lien, Joe Biden’s campaign needs to explain the younger Biden's source of income, Washington Free Beacon investigative reporter Alana Goodman told Fox Business on Tuesday.

"How did he manage to pay off this $450,000 tax lien in six days? You know, most people just don't have a half a million dollars lying around," Goodman said.

Goodman questioned Hunter Biden’s ability to resolve the lien after he told an Arkansas judge in his paternity case last November that he was unemployed, in debt, and lacked income.

"We asked the Biden campaign, ‘How was he able to settle this?'" Goodman said. "‘What happened, how did he get this money, and does he have a job now?' And we got no response from the Biden campaign."


Baltimore GOP candidate whose campaign ad stunned the internet joins Ingraham

Trump vows to work with Kimberly Klacik to 'bring Baltimore back'

Trump has been sharply critical of Democrats’ leadership in Baltimore in the past

President Trump Tuesday praised the Republican woman running for the late Rep. Elijah Cummings’ former Baltimore seat as someone who will help “bring Baltimore back.”

“Kimberly will work with the Trump Administration and we will bring Baltimore back, and fast,” the president said of Kimberly Klacik, 38, who is running against Rep. Kweisi Mfume, 71. Mfume defeated her in April's special election. They will now face each other again in November.

“Don’t blow it Baltimore, the Democrats have destroyed your city!” Trump added.


State of Maryland Applies for Additional $300 Per Week In Federal Unemployment Benefits

Lost Wages Assistance Program, Expected To Begin in Late September, Provides Benefits Retroactive to August 1
ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan today announced that Maryland has submitted an application to the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) for the Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) grant, which will provide an additional $300 per week to Marylanders who are unemployed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Maryland is doing much better on our health metrics than most of the rest of the country, we are doing much better on our economic recovery than most of the rest of the country, and we want to do whatever it takes to keep it that way,” said Governor Hogan. “But far too many Marylanders are still struggling to make ends meet during this pandemic. With this critical funding, we can help those struggling Marylanders weather this storm, get back on their feet, and recover.”
Once FEMA reviews and approves the state’s grant application, the Maryland Department of Labor’s Division of Unemployment Insurance will coordinate with the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) and FEMA to program, implement, and distribute LWA funds, which is expected to begin in late September.
“Our department is grateful for the opportunity to apply for federal funding from FEMA to provide additional financial support to unemployed Marylanders as our state continues to recover from the impact of COVID-19,” said Maryland Department of Labor Secretary Tiffany P. Robinson. “While it will take some time to work with the federal administration to implement this new program, all claimants will receive benefit payments retroactive to their earliest date of eligibility within the new program.”
Eligible claimants will receive the $300 per week in benefits retroactive to the week ending August 1, 2020 and ending no later than December 26, 2020. To qualify for the additional $300 per week, claimants must be eligible for a weekly benefit amount of at least $100 and must self-certify that they are unemployed or partially unemployed due to disruptions caused by COVID-19. Claimants will not have to file a new application to receive LWA benefits.
Per guidance from USDOL, FEMA will fund the $300 per week benefit and Maryland will fulfill the 25% state match through funding that is already paid to claimants in regular unemployment insurance benefits. It is important to note that the terms of the LWA program may be subject to change if the FEMA funding is exhausted or the federal government enacts a new law providing supplemental federal unemployment compensation, or similar compensation, for unemployed or underemployed individuals due to COVID-19.
Maryland’s unemployment rate is 8.0%—nearly 28% lower than the national unemployment rate and better than 32 other states in the nation. In May and June, as the state began its COVID-19 recovery, Maryland gained 96,700 jobs. The next report on state unemployment data will be released this Friday, August 21.

THE GREAT RESET: Davos & the Plot to Cancel Trump

Stolen Mailboxes? Don't Fall For Dems' Latest Conspiracy Theory

Democrats and the media are meddling in our elections again. But this is getting absurd...

Joe Biden peddles fake stories of “tractor trailers picking up mailboxes.” Members of Congress threaten to throw the postmaster general in jail. Soviet-style propaganda posters of mailboxes propagate on social media. Prominent Democrats share grainy photos tweeted by has-been actresses with crackpot theories of MAGA-hat wearing postmen out to steal the election.

Never mind every major Postal Service union has endorsed Biden, including the American Postal Workers Union and the National Association of Letter Carriers, which together represent 520,000 active and retired USPS employees. The APWU recently said 2020 is “shaping up to be a major election for our Union,” and view President Trump as a “serious threat.”


But it can’t be a vast conspiracy theory without Hillary Clinton’s projection. “Nothing stops the mail,” the Chardonnay enthusiast tweeted. Except when USPS partnered with unions to allow mail carriers to take time off to try to get Clinton elected, in “systematic violation” of the law.

There was no Russia collusion in 2016. There were no Julie Swetnick “train rapes” in 2018. And there are no disappearing post boxes in 2020.


Will The Dam Break After Clinesmith's Plea?

News reports have downplayed the significance of former FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith’s guilty plea, acknowledging he altered an official document in the government’s Trump-Russia collusion probe. There has been some coverage, mainly because it is so rare to see FBI agents charged with a felony and because it is the first tangible result of U.S. Attorney John Durham’s sprawling investigation of the investigators. But mainstream news outlets have minimized its importance. It’s only one count, they say, and it deals with a relatively minor crime by a mid-level figure.

That’s spin, and it’s wrong. This plea is like finding water seeping from the base of a dam. The problem is not one muddy puddle. The problem is that it foreshadows the dam’s failure, releasing a torrent. That’s what the Clinesmith plea portends.


'Harvey is a wonderful human being': Footage of Michelle praising rapist Weinstein in 2013 resurfaces after actor James Woods posts it following her DNC speech

Donald Trump's supporters have dug out a 2013 video of Michelle Obama praising Harvey Weinstein in a bid to discredit her endorsement of Joe Biden.

Oscar-nominated actor James Woods, a strident Trump supporter, tweeted to his 2.5 million followers: 'Beautiful endorsement tonight. She's a great judge of character, so please be kind. No trolling. Oh, wait...'

The 73-year-old attached a video from a White House film symposium, in which Obama thanked Weinstein for mentoring film students.

'He is a wonderful human being, a good friend and just a powerhouse,' she said.


George Floyd 'contributed to his own death by intentionally taking a lethal dose fentanyl as he resisted arrest', attorney for one of the officers charged in his killing claims

An attorney for one of the Minneapolis police officers charged in George Floyd's killing claims the black man contributed to his own death because he overdosed on fentanyl during his arrest.

Thomas Lane, 37, is one of the three officers charged with aiding and abetting murder for holding down Floyd's legs during his May 25 fatal arrest.

Another officer, Derek Chauvin, is charged with murder after body cam showed him kneeling on Floyd's neck for nearly nine minutes as he pleaded: 'I can't breathe'.


Biden Caught In Lies Again

OBAMA (2009): “UPS and FedEx are doing just fine... It’s the Post Office that’s always having problems.”

Check Out This Baltimore Campaign Ad

Antifa protesters tried to crash Sturgis motorcycle festival. It did not end well for them.

Tensions erupted at the Sturgis motorcycle rally in South Dakota on Saturday when several members of Antifa attempted to crash the biker festival.

Video taken from the incident shows a handful of Antifa demonstrators, of course with their faces covered, enter the rally. Police quickly surround the Antifa protesters as thousands of bikers scream at them to leave their event.

After some of the bikers and Antifa protesters exchange several shoves, one of the Antifa protesters is taken to the ground by law enforcement. Sturgis police then arrest that protester and lead him out of the crowd in handcuffs. Tensions, however, continued to escalate and police quickly forced the Antifa protesters out of the rally.

Thousands of angry bikers followed as police escorted the Antifa protesters away from the rally.

Video of the incident received more than 1 million views online by Sunday afternoon.


Taylor Swift & Democrats have a hilarious Trump Meltdown over US Post Office & Mail in Voting

Maryland joins lawsuit over changes at US Postal Service

BALTIMORE — Maryland is joining a multistate coalition in filing a federal lawsuit over operational changes at the U.S. Postal Service, Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh announced Tuesday.

Frosh said the changes threaten critical mail delivery and could undermine the national election in November.

The Postal Service cuts -- including eliminating staff overtime, altering operations at state distribution centers and removing critical mail sorting equipment -- threaten the timely delivery of mail to individuals who rely on the Postal Service for everything from medical prescriptions to ballots, Frosh said. The attorney general said changes also include requiring late-arriving mail to be left for delivery the following day.

"(President Donald) Trump's attacks on the Postal Service are designed to disrupt the election. They strike at the core of our democracy," Frosh said in a statement. "That is bad enough, but Trump and (Postmaster General Louis) DeJoy are also hurting innocent bystanders: Americans who are waiting for their medicine or their Social Security checks. This conduct is harmful, illegal and unconstitutional. We are filing suit to stop it."

Frosh said the Postal Service has also announced plans to stop processing outgoing mail at some state mail distribution centers: "This would disproportionately impact rural communities, often significantly increasing the distance mail must travel. For example, mail sent from one address to another in the same town would have to travel all the way to one of the remaining distribution centers and back again before being delivered."


Voters condemn Trump for racist comments — then learn Biden actually made those comments

Voters who spoke recently to the Daily Caller News Foundation's Matt Miller were adamant: President Donald Trump's alleged racism is reason enough why he should not win re-election in November.

But they refused to apply that same standard to presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden when confronted with the former vice president's history of racist comments.
What are the quotes?

Miller approached several groups of young people and shared with them quotes that he at first said were from Trump.
"Unless we do something about this, my children are gonna grow up in a jungle, the jungle being a racial jungle, with tensions having built up so high that it's going to explode at some point."
"Poor kids are just as bright as white kids."
"Obama is the first mainstream African American who is articulate and bright and clean."
"Unlike the African American community, with notable exceptions, the Latino community is incredibly diverse and with incredibly different attitudes about different things."

In response, one voter said, "It's so racist and ignorant in every way. It's like [Trump has] never interacted with a black person, or anybody else for that matter."


Angry protesters swarm outside bakery to demonstrate against innocuous MAGA cake — but counterprotesters quickly arrive and outnumber them

A "Make America Great Again"-themed cake shared on a bakery's Facebook page sparked an angry protest outside a New York bakery over the weekend, according to a report from the Times Union.

The outlet reports, however, that a large group of counterprotesters arrived on the scene and outnumbered those marching against the cake.

Rachel Dott, who owns Coccadotts Cake Shop in Albany, New York, kicked a virtual hornets' nest after sharing a cake she made on social media in July.

The offending cake?

A cake shaped like a red hat, emblazoned with President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign slogan: "Make America Great Again."

According to social media posts, the cake kicked off a furious conversation with allegations of racism against the store owners, which eventually turned into a mobilization of activists.

The original post, which has apparently since been removed, specified that the bakery made the cake as a custom order.


CareOne Nursing Homes Said They Could Safely Take More COVID-19 Patients. But Death Rates Soared.

CareOne struck a deal to take COVID-19 patients from hospitals and made “COVID-capable” part of its branding. Now it has the highest rate of COVID-related deaths among large long-term care companies in New Jersey.

On Friday, March 20, the New Jersey Department of Health got an urgent call from a Catholic nursing home. COVID-19 was tearing through St. Joseph’s Senior Home in Woodbridge Township. At least a dozen of the nuns who worked at the facility had fallen ill, and they feared they didn’t have enough staff on hand to care for the residents.

Instead of sending in state inspectors to assess the situation, health officials reached out to private care providers for help, and CareOne, one of the largest nursing home chains in New Jersey, said it would assist. When nurses from the company arrived at St. Joseph’s on Sunday afternoon, they found just three nuns trying to manage almost 90 residents. The company sent a report to the state on Monday, and the following day, state officials took the extraordinary step of ordering St. Joseph’s to evacuate.


Are coronavirus rapid tests accurate?

Some studies have shown that rapid tests miss low levels of virus

Waiting for a coronavirus test result can vary from less than an hour to up to a week, depending on the type of COVID-19 test you take. Many people choose the rapid test to get results immediately, but how accurate are these quick turnaround tests?

“There is a 75-80% detection rate for rapid testing compared to 90-95% with traditional, lab-based tests." Humphries, also a member of the Infectious Diseases Society of America, added.

Humphries added that the rapid test’s ability to correctly identify those with the disease — test sensitivity — may not always be clinically relevant.

"Some studies have shown that rapid tests miss low levels of virus. A patient may have low levels of the virus if they are early in the course of infection before the virus has had a chance to replicate itself, or at the end of infection when the infection is dying out.”

Humphries, also a professor of Pathology, Microbiology, and Immunology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, noted that this could be a potential problem with spreading the virus.


Seattle Beer Maker Puts Anti-Cop Hate-Slur on Can – and Let's Just Say It's Falling Flat

Even Seattle cops drink beer, but you can rest assured, police officers won’t be buying anything from Mirage Beer for a long time, if ever. And neither will a whole lot of other people after the brewery put an anti-cop message on its beer.

Seattle’s Mirage Beer company’s message for police officers isn’t subtle. There’s no mirage involved here. The small beer maker’s message is right there on its can.

Let’s get a look at it.


Highlights from the Democratic National Convention's first night

Many addresses focused more on bashing Trump than supporting Biden

A day before the Democratic National Convention kicked off, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, the event co-chair, said it was a time for unity and that the party had to “put the 'us versus them' in the rearview mirror.” Most of the high-profile speakers during the convention's first night apparently had other ideas, using the opportunity to bashPresident Trump.

Here are five key moments from Monday night's convention speeches:

Sanders warns of 'authoritarianism' and 'the future of our planet'

Sen. Bernie Sanders, former Vice President Joe Biden’s chief rival in the Democratic presidential primary race, spent the bulk of his address delivering a grim message to viewers, highlighting the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and economic crisis and insisting to his progressive supporters -- who may not be fans of Biden -- that the former vice president was America’s last hope for preventing “authoritarianism” under Trump.

“At its most basic, this election is about preserving our democracy,” Sanders, I-Vt., claimed, stating that under Trump’s administration, “the unthinkable has become normal,” and that “authoritarianism has taken root in our country.”

He went on to take personal shots at Trump, calling him and his administration “frauds” and insisting that the president is “a threat to our democracy.”

It was only after such attacks that Sanders spoke about Biden, assuring voters who may be further to the left than Biden that the former vice president would fight for at least some of their ideals, such as a higher minimum wage and fighting climate change.

Sanders then closed by returning to the warnings of doom, claiming that this November “the future of our planet is at stake.”


Maryland bankruptcies continue to climb during pandemic

More than 7,200 of Maryland’s businesses and consumers have filed for bankruptcy this year, according to the latest data from the American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI), which covers the months of January through July.

Of those businesses and consumers 73% (5,274) filed for Chapter 7 relief (liquidation) and 26% (1,906) filed for Chapter 13 relief (payment reorganization).

Maryland ranks 42nd among states with the greatest year-to-year increase in bankruptcy filings.

States with some of the highest coronavirus positivity rates also had some of the highest increases in year-to-year bankruptcy filings. They include: Texas (11th), Florida (12th) and California (27th).

Cumulatively, Texas, Florida, California and Illinois which are the states with the highest number of COVID-19 cases in the U.S., account for more than 90,000 of the nearly 341,000 bankruptcies that have been filed in the U.S. and its territories so far this year.


4 Things to Know About Vaping

In the last few years, there has been a sudden increase in the number of people preferring vaping over conventional smoking. Because vaping is safe and fun, people are choosing it as a better method to consume their favorite compound. Furthermore, because it doesn’t cause any lung illness, vaping is mainstream now. However, as we weigh the pros of this method, it is equally important to know about the cons as well. With much popularity of vaping, there has been a sudden increase in the number of lung injuries being caused by this method. This is the main reason that despite much awareness and proven benefits, vaping is still unsafe. Here are a few things you must know about it:

1. Symptoms of Vaping Caused Illnesses Vary

If you’re suffering from a health condition caused by vaping, the symptoms will vary from you to another person. For instance, people who engage in an illness caused by vaping often complain about dry cough, chest pain, and shortness of breath, fever, diarrhea, weight loss, chills and loss of appetite. However, some people don’t experience such symptoms and are suddenly diagnosed with a chronic illness. This is why research believes, having related illnesses and their symptoms differ from person to person.

2. Vaping is Loved By Youth

You will be shocked to know, around 3.6 million people were caught while vaping back in 2018. This proves that the global popularity of vaping has encapsulated the young minds to a great extent. Sadly, the percentage of high school students using vapes has jumped from 50% to 78%. Furthermore, around 48% of children in the middle school are active consumers of different juices and compounds through vaping. No wonder, vaping has affected a large part of the young population like nothing less than a plague.


Like America: Half of Trump’s staff are women

It’s been said since the Reagan era that “personnel is policy.”

So when we reviewed new White House staffing numbers, it came as a bit of a surprise that in an administration led by a president often accused as anti-women in his policies and sometimes words, nearly half of the staff are women.

What’s more, one-quarter, or 56, hold top "commissioned" jobs, including the directors of domestic policy, legislative affairs, political affairs, cabinet affairs, the press and communications offices, the personnel office, and 11 others.

“That seems sizable,” said Kathryn Tenpas, a nonresident senior fellow for Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution. “I don’t think the numbers look bad,” she added.


Maryland’s Cannabis has Been the Subject of Massive Controversy After Growth between 2019-2020

Maryland’s cannabis industry has shown skyrocketing demands by the customers, which is enough proof of the fact that manufacturers have earned abnormal profits. However, because cannabis is a hot product of the black markets as well, this plant has remained in the news for all the wrong reasons as well. Luckily, the marijuana industry has still managed to be at the top of the game amidst COVID 19. Last year when the industry witnessed a massive growth of around 50%, the manufacturers thought it would be tough for this cash crop to remain stagnant in the market next year.

Luckily, marijuana consumers have remained loyal with the herb, which is why this crop hasn’t received a backlash from the global pandemic. Traditionally, people in Maryland were only exposed to smoking marijuana. Today, there are a plethora of ways to enjoy this herb. Especially now that it stands concrete with several proven health benefits, it is hard to wipe it out from the market.

The growing popularity of marijuana in Maryland is a major concern for the state authorities because a large part of the teen population is active consumers of this plant.

Today marijuana is consumed in the form of foods, beverages, snacks, desserts, and skincare products. The rise in the consumer market for marijuana has boosted this industry to a great extent. Right now, marijuana is considered a cash crop across the globe, which is why many entrepreneurs have joined the bandwagon to cultivate this plant.


Trump Rejects Pentagon's Plan to Cut $2.2B in Military Healthcare

U.S. President Donald Trump has rejected a Pentagon proposal to cut military healthcare by $2.2 billion.

Politico reported on Sunday that Pentagon officials working on Defense Secretary Mark Esper's cost-cutting review of the U.S. Defense Department had proposed slashing military healthcare by $2.2 billion.

"A proposal by Pentagon officials to slash Military Healthcare by $2.2 billion dollars has been firmly and totally rejected by me. We will do nothing to hurt our great Military professionals & heroes as long as I am your President," Trump said in a tweet late Monday.


Trump Strikes Back After Michelle Obama's Scathing Speech

President Donald Trump early Tuesday launched a Twitter attack against former first lady Michelle Obama after her scathing Democratic National Convention speech that criticized his presidency and questioned his leadership with her declaration that he is "clearly in over his head."

“Somebody please explain to Michelle Obama that Donald J. Trump would not be here, in the beautiful White House, if it weren’t for the job done by your husband, Barack Obama,” Trumptweeted. “Biden was merely an afterthought, a good reason for that very late & unenthusiastic endorsement."

He added that his "administration and I built the greatest economy in history, of any country, turned it off, saved millions of lives, and now am building an even greater economy than it was before. Jobs are flowing, NASDAQ is already at a record high, the rest to follow. Sit back & watch!”


President Trump: Susan B. Anthony to get posthumous pardon

Anthony was arrested in 1872 for voting illegally and sentenced to pay a fine of $100 and court costs

President Trump announced Tuesday morning he will give a posthumous pardon toSusan B. Anthony, one of history's biggest figures in the women's suffrage movement.

The announcement came 100 years to the day after the 1920 ratification of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote.

Anthony, a strong anti-slavery pioneer who died in 1906, had been arrested in 1872 for violating laws that had permitted only men to vote in the presidential election.


Largest Ever Heroin Bust in Georgia Links to Dangerous Mexican Cartel, Say Feds

On July 27, agents with the Atlanta DEA office in collaboration with other federal agencies executed multiple search warrants at apartments and houses believed to be acting as stash and distribution spots for the metro area. The seized items were publicly displayed this week and are officially believed to amount to the largest heroin bust in Georgia’s history.

The searches included a studio apartment where agents found around 28 kilograms of heroin, six kilos of cocaine, eight kilos of marijuana, at least $1 million cash, 41 firearms, and paraphernalia. At another home, agents found 142 kilos of heroin and 4 kilos of cocaine.


Trump says he will 'look very strongly' at pardoning Edward Snowden after previously calling him a 'traitor' who should be 'executed'

Donald Trump on Saturday said that he was 'very strongly' considering pardoning Edward Snowden - the former CIA employee who leaked highly classified information from the National Security Agency.

In his strongest indication yet that the 37-year-old could be coming home from exile in Russia, Trump said at a press conference held at his Bedminster golf course that he was weighing up Snowden's fate.

'I'm going to take a look at that very strongly,' he said.


The Progressive Racism Of The Ivy League

If the definition of racism is deliberate discrimination based on race, color or national origin, Yale University appears to be a textbook case of “systemic racism.”

And, so, the Department of Justice contends.

Last week, Assistant Attorney General Eric Dreiband charged, “Yale discriminates based on race… in its undergraduate admissions process and race is the determinative factor in hundreds of admissions decisions each year.

“Asian Americans and whites have only one-tenth to one-fourth of the likelihood of admission as African American applicants with comparable academic credentials…

“Yale uses race at multiple steps of its admissions process resulting in a multiplied effect of race on an applicant’s likelihood of admission.

“Yale racially balances its classes.”

Yale defends this admissions policy by claiming it considers the “whole person” — leadership, a likelihood students “will contribute to the Yale Community and the world,” and, says Yale President Peter Salovey, “a student body whose diversity is a mark of its excellence.”

Yet, somehow, when all these factors are considered, the higher-scoring Asian and white students invariably come up short, because the racial composition of Yale’s incoming classes remains roughly the same every year.

The Justice Department refused to wave its big stick — a threat to cut off tax dollars that go yearly to Yale. Incidentally, Yale sits on an endowment of some $30 billion — second only to Harvard’s.

A court case alleging that Harvard emulates Yale, or vice versa, and admits Black and brown students whose test scores would instantly disqualify white and Asian students is headed for the Supreme Court.


Barack and the beach house: Longtime friend 'builds Obama's multi-million dollar Hawaii ocean villa using loopholes to bypass coastal protection laws' on site made famous by TV show Magnum PI

The beachfront compound in Hawaii where former President Barack Obama reportedly plans to someday retire used a planning loophole to retain a seawall that is likely causing beach erosion, according to a new report.

State officials and community members confirmed to ProPublica that Obama plans to reside in the compound on Oahu, which was purchased for $8.7 million by his close friend Marty Nesbitt in 2015.

After tearing down the site's mansion made famous as the house from Magnum PI, developers are building three homes, two pools and a security perimeter on the three-acre beachfront parcel, permits show.