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John Kerry Slams Tom Cotton In The Stupidest Way Possible

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When asked on Face The Nation if he would apologize for Senator Tom Cotton’s letter to the Islamic Republic of Iran, Secretary of State John Kerry replied:

“Not on your life. I’m not going to apologize for unconstitutional, un-thought out action by somebody who has been in the United States Senate for 60-some days. That’s just inappropriate. I will explain very clearly that congress does not have the right to change an executive agreement.”

In under fifty words, John Kerry made four very critical mistakes. He claimed that Senator Cotton’s letter to Iran was “unconstitutional” and “un-thought out,” he implied Senator Cotton was incredibly inexperienced, and he claimed that Congress doesn’t have the right to “change an executive agreement.” It’s time to put Lurch in his place.
Claim #1: Senator Cotton’s letter was unconstitutional.
Though Kerry never explained why Cotton’s letter is supposedly unconstitutional, it is assumed that the unconstitutionality to which Kerry is referring is the “sole organ” doctrine. According to Louis Fisher, a constitutional law specialist for the Library of Congress:
“The executive branch relies in part on the ‘sole organ’ doctrine to define presidential power broadly in foreign relations and national security, including assertions of an inherent executive power that is not subject to legislative or judicial constraints.”
This doctrine has a long and intricate history, which I won’t repeat here. However, I must sum it up in part in order that you may understand the concept properly.
According to Fisher, the doctrine originated out of a statement made by Congressman John Marshall in 1800. Fisher refers to writings by Edwin S. Corwin, in which Corwin says that the understanding of the meaning of sole organ “was simply the President’s role as instrument of communication with other governments.” Fisher mentions that this does not mean that the power held by the president in this regard cannot be checked by Congress.
After fourteen pages, Fisher concludes with a summary statement I think is quite tidy an explanation of the whole argument against the “sole organ” doctrine (all emphasis my own):

“Even if sovereignty had somehow passed intact from the British Crown to the national government, the U.S. Constitution allocates that Power both to Congress and the president. The president and the Senate share the Treaty power and the House of Representatives has discretion in deciding whether to appropriate funds to enforce treaties. The Constitution explicitly grants to Congress the power to lay and collect duties on foreign trade, [and] regulate commerce with other nations…[The Supreme] Court itself has not denied to Congress its constitutional authority to enter the field and reverse or modify presidential decisions in the area of national security and foreign affairs.”

So, it is not unconstitutional that the Senate insinuate itself in foreign relations per the sole organ doctrine, it is simply understood to be the norm that they do not. An understood and even disputed norm does not make an action unconstitutional. Furthermore, simply saying the word “unconstitutional” doesn’t make an action unconstitutional.
There are others who are claiming that the 47 Senators who signed the letter are in violation of the Logan Act, but I won’t get into that because it’s absurd, and I’ve already written about it here.
Claim #2: Senator Cotton’s letter was un-thought out.
If I were John Kerry, I would pause before I ever uttered the phrase “un-thought out.” This is from the man who said “You know, education, if you make the most of it, you study hard, you do your homework and you make an effort to be smart, you can do well. If you don’t, you get stuck in Iraq.”
Moreover, Kerry has no idea what Tom Cotton was thinking when he wrote the open letter to Iran. As Senator Cotton is a graduate of Harvard Law school, and an Iraq war veteran, I’m guessing he knew what he was doing.
Claim #3: Senator Cotton is inexperienced because he’s only been a Senator for roughly 60 days.
Ouch. I’d like to note several things. As I mentioned above, Senator Tom Cotton is a Harvard Law School graduate, and an Iraq war veteran. However, there’s more. Prior to serving in the Senate, Cotton was a member of the House of Representatives for two years. That’s about 730 days, give or take vacation time.
From January of 2005 to September of 2009, Cotton was a member of the United States Army, during which time he was deployed in Iraq, and later Afghanistan (voluntarily returning to combat in 2008 after being assigned to a job at Arlington National Cemetery following his time in Iraq).
Additionally, during Cotton’s tenure in the House, he was a member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, the Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa, and the Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Trade.
So, once again, I would hesitate—were I John Kerry—before I claimed that Senator Cotton lacks experience regarding Middle East foreign affairs.
Claim #4: Congress does not have the right to change an executive agreement. 
Here, Kerry is being misleading. Just prior to his interview, he told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee:
“We’ve been clear from the beginning we’re not negotiating a legally binding plan. We’re negotiating a plan that will have a capacity for enforcement.”
President Obama cannot negotiate a treaty with Iran because it would require Congressional approval. Instead, President Obama is trying to arrange an “executive agreement.” This way, he won’t need Congressional approval, as an executive agreement is more of an understanding between nations.
As Senator Cotton explained in his letter to the leaders of Iran:

“Anything not approved by Congress is a mere executive agreement…we will consider any agreement regarding your nuclear-weapons program that is not approved by the Congress as nothing more than an executive agreement between President Obama and Ayatollah Khamenei.  The next president could revoke such an executive agreement with the stroke of a pen and future Congresses could modify the terms of the agreement at any time.”

Congress has power over monetary relations with foreign nations, as per article 1, section 8 of the Constitution, which says, in part:

“To regulate commerce with foreign nations, and among the several states, and with the Indian tribes…”

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Given this, if any of President Obama’s executive agreement calls for the rolling back of monetary sanctions against Iran, once those sanctions are to be rolled back, it will need Congressional approval. So while Congress may not have the power to “change” an executive agreement as such, it can prohibit parts of them from taking place. Additionally, as was mentioned by Senator Cotton, any future President can revoke such an agreement.
Notes to Sec. Kerry:
– Don’t be such a doofus.
– Know your Constitution.

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DOJ Labels NYC, Portland, Seattle ‘Anarchist Jurisdictions,’ Targets Federal Funds

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DOJ Labels NYC, Portland, Seattle ‘Anarchist Jurisdictions,’ Targets Federal Funds

The Justice Department declared New York City, Portland, and Seattle as “anarchist jurisdictions” that can have federal funding ripped away for failing to clamp down on violence according to its criteria. 

“When state and local leaders impede their own law enforcement officers and agencies from doing their jobs, it endangers innocent citizens who deserve to be protected, including those who are trying to peacefully assemble and protest,” Barr said in a statement set to be released Monday. “We cannot allow federal tax dollars to be wasted when the safety of the citizenry hangs in the balance. It is my hope that the cities identified by the Department of Justice today will reverse course and become serious about performing the basic function of government and start protecting their own citizens.”

NY Post:

New York City was among three cities labeled “anarchist jurisdictions” by the Justice Department on Sunday and targeted to lose federal money for failing to control protesters and defunding cops, The Post has learned.

Portland, Ore., and Seattle, Wash., were the other two cities on the list, which was approved by US Attorney General William Barr.

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White House budget director Russ Vought is set to issue guidance to federal agencies on withdrawing funds from the cities in less than two weeks.

The list of cities eligible for defunding will be updated periodically, the feds have said.

It is not yet clear what funds are likely to be cut, but the amount of money siphoned from New York City could be massive, given the Big Apple gets about $7 billion in annual federal aid.  More

Mayor Bill de Blasio responds:

The whiny bastards will sue, but who cares? But if you read Amendment XIV, Section 3 this has the potential to go way beyond simply withholding funds, those who’ve aided the sedition financially or otherwise face some spectacular problems in the near future should he decide to go this route and the left is leaving him little choice in the matter.

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Fox News’ Harris Faulkner Addresses Cutting Off Newt When He Talked About Soros

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Fox News' Harris Faulkner Addresses Cutting Off Newt When He Talked About Soros

On Fox News, former Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich was met with an awkward silence as he brought up the role of how billionaire left-wing financier George Soros is funding the election of left-wing prosecutors in many cities over the last several years.

“Look, the number one problem in almost all these cities is George Soros-elected, left-wing, anti-police, pro-criminal district attorneys who refuse to keep people locked up. Just yesterday they put somebody back on the streets who’s wanted for two different murders in New York City.”

As TWS reported here Fox News cut Newt off. Here’s Fox News Host Harris Faulkner’s explanation and it’s lacking.

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Fox News Silences Newt Gingrich From Explaining How George Soros Has Corrupted District Attorney Elections

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On Fox News, former Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich was met with an awkward silence as he brought up the role of how billionaire left-wing financier George Soros is funding the election of left-wing prosecutors in many cities over the last several years.

His comments prompted the show’s co-hosts to confront him on why he was invoking the liberal philanthropist, which was their way of essentially trying to get him to stop talking about it.

However, Gingrich did not let up.

He argued that the rise in crime in many Democrat-run cities is partly the result of the election of many left-wing district attorneys who had received financial assistance from Soros. He said:

“Look, the number one problem in almost all these cities is George Soros-elected, left-wing, anti-police, pro-criminal district attorneys who refuse to keep people locked up. Just yesterday they put somebody back on the streets who’s wanted for two different murders in New York City.”

He continued: “You cannot solve this problem — and both [Kamala] Harris and [Joe] Biden have talked very proudly out what they call ‘progressive district attorneys’. Progressive district attorneys are anti-police, pro-criminal, and overwhelmingly elected with George Soros’s money.

“And they’re a major cause of the violence we’re seeing because they keep putting the violent criminals back on the street,” Gingrich said.

“I’m not sure we need to bring George Soros into this,” Francis replied.

“He paid for it,” Gingrich, who was obviously taken aback by the interruption. “I mean, why can’t we discuss that fact that millions of dollars….”.

“No he didn’t,” Harf interjected. “I agree with Melissa. George Soros doesn’t need to be a part of this conversation.”

“Okay, so it’s verboten,” Gingrich said, using the German word for “forbidden.”

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1,666 Uncounted Ballots From NJ Primary Found In A Bin

Hey, mail-in ballots, what could go wrong?

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1,666 Uncounted Ballots From NJ Primary Found In A Bin

Officials have counted 1,666 ballots from New Jersey’s July primary that were found last week in a “mislabeled” bin. The ballots are from Sussex County were placed in a “secure area” at the county election office and were not discovered until Thursday.

It continues to astonish me that ballots, even when kept in “secured areas” go missing and then “magically appear” months later. Leftists are prepping US citizens to accept ballots found after the election.

NBC:

Officials have counted more than 1,600 ballots from New Jersey’s July primary that were found last week in a “mislabeled” bin.

The 1,666 ballots from Sussex County were placed in a “secure area” at the county election office and were not discovered until Thursday, the New Jersey Herald reported.

After notifying the state of the error, the remaining votes were counted Saturday, said Board of Elections Administrator Marge McCabe. She said the newly tallied votes “did not change the outcome” of any races.

“The Board of Elections is confident that all ballots received have been processed and the security of all the ballots has remained in place,” McCabe said. More

This is exactly why Democrats want mail-in voting, and this is why Hillary Clinton said that Joe Biden shouldn’t concede under any circumstances. Whether or not those 1666 votes would have changed it, it means that there is legitimate cause to question the validity of the election.

President Trump will win by a huge landslide on election night because most pro-Trump voters will go to the polls since they don’t trust Democrats. Democrats will then try to argue that they have some unknowable number of mail-in votes that overturn the election. Nobody will believe them.

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TREASON? Gen. Mattis Considered Taking ‘Collective Action’ To Stop Trump

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James “Mad Dog” Mattis has never seen a war he won’t support. This put him squarely in conflict with President Donald Trump during his time as Defense Secretary, eventually leading to his departure from the position in early 2019. 

Now it is becoming clear that his departure was far less smooth than previously known, and could have ended violently, according to journalist Bob Woodward.

To preface, much of Bob Woodward’s new book, “Rage” is almost certainly fake news to smear the President. Woodward is known for launching these kinds of hit jobs to keep himself relevant. But there is a lot of evidence backing the claims made about Mattis.

In the book, Woodward claims that then-General Mattis often expressed his concerns about President Trump, believing he isn’t fit for the job he holds. In particular, he was known to air these grievances to former Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats.

Woodward cites one particular occasion, occurring during the heat of the 2017 conflict with North Korea. Woodward states that Mattis was at the Washington National Cathedral in prayer when he confided in Coats, suggesting that they may need to take action against Trump, saying:

“There may come a time when we have to take collective action” since Trump is “dangerous. He’s unfit.”

Considering both Mattis and Coats are among the highest ranking military officials, it is difficult not to interpret that as a threat of a military coup, as many on Twitter are stating.

Woodward is not the first to accuse Mattis of attempting to take down President Trump during his time in as Defense Secretary.

In 2019, Big League Politics published evidence of Mattis planning to challenge President Trump in the 2020 election during his final months in his position. Their report includes pictures of detailed notes taken by a political consultant who was approached about joining the team to launch the presidential bid.

So there is evidence showing that Mattis was not below working to undermine President Trump while working under him.

 

 

 

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15 Armed USPIS Agents from New York Sent to Arrest Triple Amputee War Hero Brian Kolfage

It’s a political hit.

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15 Armed USPIS Agents from New York Sent to Arrest Triple Amputee War Hero Brian Kolfage

Another US Government Abuse of Power! Two weeks ago war hero and triple amputee Brian Kolfage was arrested along with former Trump Chief Strategist Steve Bannon and two others for charges related to building a wall on the Southern Border. –TGP

Fifteen (15) members from the New York United States Postal Inspection Service (USPIS) showed up on Brian Kolfage’s doorstep to arrest him on the August 20, 2020. It took 15 USPIS officers to arrest a triple amputee war hero in a wheelchair!

The USPIS agents looked through his children’s rooms.

On the morning of August 20th at least five cars, all with New York state plates, showed up outside war hero Brian Kolfage’s house.  Out came 15 USPIS agents, armed and ready.  The agents no doubt thought through their actions on the long drive from New York to Florida.  They came prepared with guns, gloves and masks so COVID wouldn’t slow them down.

Kolfage states:

I’ve taken direct hits from mortars fighting for my country overseas, now I’m taking mortars from a politically corrupted and weaponized judicial system who has made it their #1 goal to target all Trump associates. With reckless regard for the constitution they have set out on a mission to destroy people’s lives by intimidation through a weaponized mainstream media platform that regurgitates and tries defendants in the court of public opinion before facts are even known. This is not the type of freedom I raised my right hand to defend, this is totalitarianism to take political prisoners.

They are coming after us for one reason, we embarrassed them, we proved that Americans wanted border security. ‘We the people’ then built the wall and cut off major human smuggling routes. We showed Americans that we can accomplish the “impossible” with a little good old fashioned hard work. Everything we accomplished went against the tainted beliefs of these socialists from NY who are after us. They want the permanent political class to stay in power. And in order to achieve that they need globalism and open borders to keep the power on their side.

When the facts come out over the next few months they are going to have to drop this case; it’s that’s simple, this case is 100% TAINTED by political motivations. That’s why they timed it to the eve of the Republican National Convention, just as Steve Bannon was beginning to advise the Trump Campaign again.

You can donate to Brian’s fund to cover his legal expenses here.

No wonder the USPS can’t turn a profit. Arresting one person probably cost them $100,000 when they could have just called him and asked him to come in.

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New York Gov. Cuomo: Trump Had ‘Better Have An Army’ To Protect Him If He Comes To NYC

Sounds like a threat.

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo: “He better have an army if he thinks he’s gonna walk down the street in New York. New Yorkers don’t want to have anything to do with him.”

Liberals just never learn. Don’t challenge the president because he enjoys it. 

NY Post:

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday all but threatened President Trump’s safety if he returns to New York City in a rant responding to an exclusive story by The Post that Trump is looking to pull federal funds from “lawless” cities including New York.

Cuomo called an emergency press briefing within a half-hour on Wednesday night to tear into Trump for the order, which cites New York’s rising murder rate and defunding of the NYPD.

“He better have an army if he thinks he’s gonna walk down the street in New York. New Yorkers don’t want to have anything to do with him,” the Democrat said, all but threatening the commander-in-chief.

But Cuomo — who, like Trump, hails from Queens — wasn’t done. “He can’t have enough bodyguards to walk through New York City, people don’t want to have anything to do with him.” More

So think about this for a minute. Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the POTUS would need an army to walk the streets of NY. What a rousing endorsement of his and De Blasio’s policies and there effect in New York.

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