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  2. The Daily Wire Karys Rhea Aug. 21 2019 World Vision, a multi-billion dollar international charity founded on evangelical Christian principles, has made quite a few deals with the devil. A new terror-funding scandal seems to implicate the organization every few years. (Snip) Last month, documents obtained from the U.S. Treasury via the Freedom of Information Act revealed how World Vision used funds from the United Nations to bankroll the Islamic Relief Agency (ISRA), a designated terror finance charity based in Sudan that has raised millions for al-Qaeda in the past. This news comes after revelations that World Vision provided U.S. taxpayer dollars to the al-Qaeda-linked group. Moreover, World Vision allegedly sought to strong-arm Treasury into allowing the ISRA project to continue, soliciting congressmen to intervene and threatening litigation. World Vision has a history of ignoring finance risks. In 2016, Mohammed El Halabi, head of World Vision’s Gaza operations, confessed to redirecting $50 million to the terrorist group Hamas. In 2012, World Vision diverted $1.68 million of Australian government aid to a fake Palestinian charity established by the PFLP terror group. World Vision maintains a strong New York presence, where supporters have largely turned a blind eye to the group’s sinister activities. World Vision’s partners include three of New York’s biggest evangelical churches: Redeemer, Hillsong, and Times Square Church, along with local civil society and non-governmental groups, including Operation Exodus, Crossroads Tabernacle Church, Real Life Church, South Bronx United, Manhattan Bible Church, and Hope for New York. Institutions reached for comment about World Vision’s record appeared indifferent or defensive. (Snip)
  3. I learned that in the 5th grade civics lesson.
  4. It's come to this: YouTube Removing Robot Fighting Videos for ‘Animal Cruelty’ Baby, it's hot inside: Feds Go Crazy: EPA Sez Set Thermostat to 82 Degrees Well, maybe he is: Trump Stood In Front Of The Press On The White House Lawn, Looked Into The Sky, And Said, 'I Am The Chosen One' Wait for the remix: Technical Issues Turn NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio's Video Call Into A Convention With A Chipmunk
  5. The Blaze You might remember a number of years ago when conservative commentator Ben Shapiro challenged then-CNN host Piers Morgan on gun control — which appeared to get the older Brit hot under the collar. "How dare you?" Morgan intoned as Shapiro accused him of "standing on the graves" of Sandy Hook Elementary mass killing victims. Well, it appears time has healed things up because Morgan actually appeared on Shapiro's Sunday sit-down interview over the weekend — and in one stunning segment Morgan had a number of unflattering things to say about his fellow liberals. 'Liberals have become unbearable' "Populism is rising because liberals have become unbearable — and I speak as a liberal, OK?" Morgan said, adding that "liberals have become utterly, pathetically illiberal, and it's a massive problem. What's the point of calling yourself a liberal if you don't allow anyone else to have a different view?" He continued: "You know, this snowflake culture that we now operate in — the victimhood culture, the 'everyone ... has to think a certain way, behave a certain way' ... it's all completely skewed to an environment where everyone's offended by everything, and no one's allowed to say a joke." Morgan then referred to the flap over comedian Kevin Hart backing out of hosting the Academy Awards over years-old comments some considered homophobic — and then Morgan showed how slippery the slope can get. "So hosts have gone, and soon every award winner will go because everyone's a human, and they're all flawed, so no one can win awards anymore because there will be no platform before they even get on the podium," Morgan said. "So then: no hosts, no stars. Then no one can make any movies because we're all flawed, so no actors ... So suddenly, where are we?" ________ Welcome to liberal land...
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  7. Washington Times DENVER — A U.S. appeals court in Denver said Electoral College members can vote for the presidential candidate of their choice and aren’t bound by the popular vote in their states. The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that the Colorado secretary of state violated the Constitution in 2016 when he removed an elector and nullified his vote when the elector refused to cast his ballot for Democrat Hillary Clinton, who won the popular vote. It was not immediately clear what effect the ruling might have on the Electoral College system, which is established in the Constitution. Voters in each state choose members of the Electoral College, called electors, who are pledged to a presidential candidate. The electors then choose the president. Most states require electors to vote for the candidate who won the popular vote in that state, but the Denver appeals court said the states do not have that authority. The Constitution allows electors to cast their votes at their own discretion, the ruling said, “and the state does not possess countervailing authority to remove an elector and to cancel his vote in response to the exercise of that Constitutional right.” ________ Colorado versus the Constitution.
  8. AP News WASHINGTON (AP) — A day after considering cutting taxes to promote economic growth, President Donald Trump on Wednesday changed course and said he would abandon the idea because the nation already had “a strong economy.” Trump’s flip-flop came after recent market volatility and economic uncertainty, and amid a debate about whether the United States was heading for a slowdown that would imperil his reelection chances. Trump earlier this week acknowledged, for the first time, that his China trade policies may mean economic pain for Americans, though he insisted the tariffs are needed for more important long-term benefits. But his consideration of cutting payroll taxes appeared short-lived. “I’m not looking at a tax cut now,” he told reporters at the White House. “We don’t need it. We have a strong economy.” Trump also knocked down the idea of indexing to the capital gains tax, which applies when investors sell assets, to inflation. He said he feared “it will be perceived, if I do it, as somewhat elitist.” ________ No tax cut necessary?
  9. Daily Caller News Foundation Aug 21 2019 Candace Owens of PragerU reacts to a viral clip of her face-off with Democrat Rep. Ted Lieu in CSPAN's most-watched video.
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  12. PJ Media Centuries from now, when archaeologists unearth the long-buried cities of the United States of America, they may find artifacts of what by then will be the forgotten craft of journalism. Just as we look today at the medical practices of antiquity and wonder how our forebears could have been so backward, those archaeologists of the future will marvel, as they sift through a newly unearthed newsroom amid the ruins New York, Washington, D.C., or Los Angeles, that American journalists were once burdened by such quaint notions as objectivity, fairness, and devotion to the truth. “Imagine,” they will say, “being so primitive as to present a news story without an agenda.” Maybe some future historian, upon being presented with these archaeological discoveries, will draw the connection between the decline of American journalism and that of the country itself. And maybe that historian will look at a recent story in the Los Angeles Times as a luminous example of that very decline. refer you to the August 16 story that ran under the headline “Getting killed by police is a leading cause of death for young black men in America.” As is the intent, the headline is an attention-grabber. “My goodness,” the reader is expected to say, “those young black men must be getting a pretty raw deal from the police these days.” Most readers of course will not delve beyond the headline, but even those who do will not encounter anything resembling journalism as it was once practiced. Rather, they’ll find more than 1,400 words devoted to the racial-grievance agenda that drives so much of what appears in the Los Angeles Times. And worse, not only is journalism itself perverted with the story, but so is science, for the story is presented as such on the page and was written by Amina Khan, who is billed on the paper’s website as a “science writer.” So, if you dare to quibble with any of the story’s details, or heaven forbid question its very premise, it makes you a “denier,” one to be cast out into the darkness with climate-change skeptics, believers in sex differences, and all the other benighted deplorables who are so sneered upon among our sophisticated betters in the media.
  13. The Federalist The world's largest publisher and distributor of books to kids, which hosts the No. 1-visited site for U.S. elementary school teachers, has gone full-on woke. You won't believe the garbage they're selling to public schools. This year’s back to school catalog for grades three to six from Scholastic, a children’s publishing giant, features books selected through a partnership with the identity politics pressure group We Need Diverse Books. The results are about what you might imagine. The catalog’s front page features books about a Pakistani-American girl whose Milwaukee mosque is vandalized in a “hate crime,” a girl who finds out “her dad is secretly dating her best friend’s mom,” and a book about “Native American Heroes” who of course include political activists. Delightful. Third through sixth graders — who are approximately ages eight to twelve — definitely need this kind of broadening of their childish perspectives.
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  17. Hugh Hewitt Show Hugh Hewitt Aug. 21 2019 Audio (Snip) HH: …introduction to China for a layman like me. And I am struck by his citing of The Romance of the Three Kingdoms, a mystical novel that was Mao’s obsessive interest as an adolescent, wherein is the old concise phrase of Chinese history, out of disunity, unity. Out of unity, disunity. Those are the inevitable cycle of China – coming together, falling apart. Are we in the disunity cycle right now, or are we in the unity cycle? JS: I think we’re in the unity cycle from the Chinese perspective and the disunity cycle from the perspective of the United States. And therein lies our dilemma. I too have read On China. It’s a powerful read. It is one-stop shopping to take you through all that you need to know in terms of history, culture, background. And I would often discuss the book when it came out with world leaders, starting with Shimon Peres, by the way, in Israel, who was always fascinated with China and its trajectory, one of the great towering intellects of modern times. I’m going to quote, and you know this quote, Zhou Enlai talking to Kissinger, Kissinger asked him, well, what did you think of the French Revolution, which of course occurred in the 1780s. And Zhou said it’s too soon to tell. And this is really the Chinese perspective is to play the long game. That anecdote is unpackaged in On China. It’s also in Kissinger’s memoirs, which I know you’ve read as well. And so we need to be mindful that China sees a longer trajectory than we do. That’s why your point earlier is so important that the administration understand that these are not short-term gains to be made in terms of trade talks or anything else. This is a long-term, difficult relationship, and we’ve got to put our best minds at it, and we’ve got to approach it internationally with the inner agency, with the private sector, big, complicated problem. We’ve got to bend China, but avoid breaking it. HH: What Dr. Kissinger stresses, which will be familiar to the Admiral, and I want to let everyone know out there, is that China has always considered itself to be the celestial kingdom, the middle kingdom. And the farther you are away from China, the less you matter in the natural order of things. It’s really quite a China-centric worldview which means over the centuries indifference to the attitudes and indeed the peoples of countries spread all over the globe. But Admiral, hasn’t that changed as they realize the globe has shrunk as a result of, you know, things like the American fleet, nuclear weapons? Don’t they now value the international opinion a lot more than they did even a century ago? JS: They do, and that’s a positive for us upon which we can play. But that image that you spooled out for your listeners a moment ago of China as the middle kingdom between Heaven and Earth is still very much in their minds. I’ll give you a practical example. When I would go and visit senior Chinese leaders as a Navy admiral, they would want to tell me about their iconic admiral, Zheng He, who sailed the waters of the South China Sea in the 1600s, in the 1500s, excuse me. And they would point to the fact that Zheng He explored those waters in a massive wooden structure that was 500 feet long, weighed thousands of tons, had 500 sailors on it. At that time in history in the 1500s, Europeans finally discovered America in the Christopher Columbus’ flagship, the Santa Maria, which was only 60 feet long and had a crew of 35. China’s point is that for 500 years, China has always been ahead of the West. And that sense of subliminal arrogance continues to be difficult for us today. (Snip)
  18. Free Beacon A data firm backed by Eric Schmidt, the former executive chairman of Alphabet, Google's parent company, is now on the campaign payroll of nearly every top Democratic presidential contender, Federal Election Commission filings show. Schmidt, who in June stepped away from his post at Alphabet, but continues to have a pipeline to Google's leadership by acting as a technical adviser to its board, helped Civis Analytics round up $22 million shortly after the 2016 elections. Schmidt also aided Hillary Clinton's campaign through another tech startup during that time. The former Google chair is a partial owner of Civis and also sits on the firm's board of directors. It was announced in April that Civis Analytics would be working on behalf of Joe Biden's presidential campaign to help the former vice president connect with younger voters and small donors. On June 14, Biden's campaign paid $32,000to Civis for technology services, filings show.
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