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Meet The Texas Veteran Who Could Blaze a Trail For The Anti-Trump GOP


Criticizing Donald Trump is considered a death sentence for Republican candidates. But Michael Wood’s betting that it will be his lifeline.

Wood is campaigning on an explicitly anti-Trump platform as he competes with 22 other candidates in a special election to fill the seat of the late Rep. Ron Wright (R-Texas), who represented a rapidly diversifying district in the Dallas-Fort Worth suburbs. Wood’s risky strategy centers on a belief there is a healthy slice of the GOP ready to move on from Trump after Jan. 6 — a proposition that will be tested at the ballot box next month.

Wood, a combat veteran and small business owner, has embraced his political identity as a Trump antagonist. He has publicly needled the former president on Twitter, recently declaring that “I’d rather fight for my country and the Constitution on a shoestring budget than kiss that man’s ring at Mar-a-Lago.”

The 34-year-old has also collected some high-profile yet polarizing allies in Washington, including GOP Reps. Adam Kinzinger (Ill.) and Liz Cheney (Wyo.). Both voted to impeach Trump and have faced calls to be excommunicated from their own party. And Wood’s race, conducted in a so-called jungle-style format where candidates from all parties compete on one ballot, could be the first real bellwether of anti-Trump Republicans’ future success.

Should Wood prevail with his long-shot bid, he would offer a road map for other Republican candidates who want to distance themselves — and the party — from Trump. But if Wood fails, it could deliver a major blow to the wing of the GOP that’s desperate to turn the page on Trump and hoping to show its strength in the burgeoning battle over who should guide Republicans into the midterms and 2024.


Manhattan District Attorney Seizes Evidence From Trump Executive’s Former Daughter-In-Law



Image without a captionJennifer Weisselberg carries boxes of documents and a laptop computer to prosecutors outside her apartment in Manhattan on Thursday. (Jeenah Moon/for The Washington Post)

NEW YORK — Investigators from the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, acting on a grand jury subpoena, took possession of financial records Thursday morning from the apartment of Jennifer Weisselberg, the former daughter-in-law of a top Trump Organization officer.

Jennifer Weisselberg was married to Barry Weisselberg — the son of Trump Organization Chief Financial Officer Allen Weisselberg — from 2004 to 2018. She has previously said that she had seven boxes of financial records from both her ex-husband and his father, some of which were obtained through divorce litigation. On Thursday, she loaded three boxes and a laptop computer onto a valet cart and wheeled them from her building to a black Jeep with dark-tinted windows that was waiting outside.

The move by District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. appears to be the latest sign that Allen Weisselberg, the company’s highest-ranking corporate officer who is not a member of the Trump family, is a key focus of the ongoing criminal probe into former president Donald Trump’s financial dealings.

The subpoena, a copy of which was obtained by The Washington Post, ordered Jennifer Weisselberg to produce all of the records she possesses for her ex-husband’s bank accounts and credit cards plus his statements of net worth and tax filings. Barry Weisselberg is a Trump Organization employee and manages an ice rink for the company in Manhattan’s Central Park. The subpoena asks specifically for records related to the Trump Organization and Wollman Rink.

My knowledge of the documents and my voice connect the flow of money from various banks and from personal finances that bleed directly into the Trump Organization,” she said in an interview Thursday. Investigators, she added, now have her ex-husband’s 2019 and 2020 statements of net worth, his tax returns and copies of Wollman Rink checks from private events that she claims were deposited incorrectly.

She has said previously that the documents that were in her possession showed transactions in bank accounts controlled by Barry and Allen Weisselberg jointly.

Vance (D) and New York Attorney General Letitia James (D) — running parallel investigations — have inquired about whether Allen Weisselberg or his son received untaxed benefits from the Trump Organization. Jennifer Weisselberg has previously said, for example, that her family received free use of Trump Organization apartments in Manhattan. Tax experts say that, in some instances, free housing must be counted as “income” for tax purposes. Jennifer Weisselberg has said it was not in this case.

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Allen Weisselberg, center, the Trump Organization’s chief financial officer, accompanies President-elect Donald Trump and his son Donald Trump Jr. at a news conference at Trump Tower in New York in January 2017. (Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images)


Heartbreaking Update on Leah Sharibu, the Christian Teen Abducted by Islamic Militia Boko Haram in Nigeria


Warning: The following blog contains disturbing new information regarding Christian teen Leah Sharibu.  We feel it is necessary to illustrate the severity of the persecution Nigeria’s Christians face – including innocent children.

The heartbreaking plight of Christian teen Leah Sharibu, who was kidnapped by sadistic Islamic jihadists in Nigeria, has taken a turn for the worse.

The violent persecution of Christians has spiraled out of control in Nigeria. Islamic radicals are targeting innocent Christian men, women, and children simply for their faith.

As we continue to demand international action to defend Africa’s persecuted and dying Christians, we must focus on Leah Sharibu, the Christian teenager who remains in the clutches of the sadistic Islamic militia, Boko Haram.

Leah was one of 110 innocent Christian school girls abducted at gunpoint from their village in Nigeria in February 2018. Most of her classmates were ultimately released – but five of the girls did not survive – and Leah remains a hostage because, according to the other girls, she refused to renounce her Christian faith.

For three years now, news of Leah’s circumstances has been sparse. The terrorists had threatened to murder her or enslave her for life. At one point it was reported that Leah was still alive and her captors were demanding an astronomical ransom of $275 million. After that, little updates were given as to Leah’s fate.

It has now been reported that not only is Leah alive, but she has given birth to her second child in captivity.  Rape and forced marriages are a common tactic used by evil jihadists as a means of eliminating Christianity and raising children with radicalized views of the world.

According to the statement:

[I]ntelligence received on the status of Leah indicates that she has delivered a second child in captivity.

While we have not corroborated this by multiple sources, a usually knowledgeable source indicated that she delivered a second child late last year.

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Two Christian Nurses Arrested for Blasphemy in Pakistan – Face Life in Prison Over a Sticker


Today Pakistani authorities have arrested two Christian women over a false allegation of blasphemy. Videos circulated on social media show a crowd of enraged Muslim men circling police vehicles, chanting slogans, and demanding the women’s arrest. The crowd was gathered outside the hospital where both women worked. Policemen were seen pleading with the crowd to calm down. One video shows the police taking both women into custody and some in the crowd trying to attack them while the police were putting them in the vehicle.

Mariam Laal, a nurse, and Newish Arooj, a third-year nursing student, worked at Civil Hospital in Faisalabad where they were accused of blasphemy. According to the charges filed with the local police by Dr. Mirza Muhammad Ali (Deputy Medical Superintendent), the sanitary inspector of the hospital informed Dr. Ali that he had found out from a Muslim nurse that the two Christian women scratched and removed a sticker from a hospital cabinet. The sticker contained a verse from the Quran.

A video circulated over social media shows an employee of the hospital (who is reported to be a medical dispenser or a ward assistant named Waqas) calling Mariam vulgar names and telling a room full of other employees that she tore down a sticker, which contained a Muslim prayer, from the medicine cabinet. He further said in the video that “our” Muslim nurse called Rukhsana saw it and snatched the torn sticker from Mariam’s hand so that it’s not further defiled or thrown on the ground. Then he said that when he found out about it, he confronted the Christian nurse Mariam. He said, “I am a Muslim; how can a Muslim sit quietly over blasphemy of his Prophet.” Then he proudly told the employees gathered in the room that he attacked Mariam with a knife, but failed when the blade broke, only injuring her arm.

At this point, no one knows if the two Christian women were responsible for removing the sticker. It also seems strange that no one complained about the sticker on the cabinet prior to this issue since there are a number of situations in which the sticker could be damaged. For example, the sticker would wear down over time, the sticker could be removed or painted over while painting the cabinet, or the sticker could be damaged simply by cleaning materials. The enraged men do not seem to care about such situations or blame the person who put the sticker at a place where it could possibly get defiled. The police, on the other hand, rushed to file charges against the two women, most likely to calm the mob down. Even if that were the intention, the case will run its course for years.

Charges have been filed under section 295-B of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC), which states that “[w]hoever willfully defiles, damages or desecrates a copy of the Holy Qur’an or of an extract therefrom or uses it in any derogatory manner or for any unlawful purpose shall be punishable with imprisonment for life.” This means that, if convicted, both women would be sentenced to life imprisonment.


Generally, trial courts are known to convict those accused of blasphemy due to pressure from angry mobs. Even in situations where the higher courts have ultimately overturned convictions, the accused spend years in prison. One such well-known case was of Asia Bibi, who spent over nine years in prison until the Supreme Court of Pakistan acquitted her. Salman Taseer, Governor of the Punjab province, was shot over twenty times and killed by his own bodyguard because the late Governor disagreed with blasphemy laws and supported Asia Bibi.

This February, another Christian nurse in Karachi was accused of blasphemy after she reminded other nurses that they were violating the hospital policy by receiving money from patients. Her co-workers did not like it and accused her of committing blasphemy.

Last December, a Christian pastor was accused of blasphemy over a Facebook post, forcing hundreds of Christian families to flee the neighborhood of Charrar, Lahore, after they received threats of attacks from angry mobs.

Just last year, about 200 cases of blasphemy were registered against religious minorities as well as Muslims. The cases mentioned above, however, show that there has been an increase in the vulnerability of Christians. Mob attacks are more common when allegations are filed against Christians.

We hope that the government of Pakistan takes this matter seriously and protects its own citizens from mob violence and such serious blasphemy allegations. We also urge the authorities to file attempted murder charges against the man who bragged about attacking and trying to kill Mariam and instigating the mob.

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The Atmosphere Is Grim And Deserted At Trump’s Washington DC Hotel As The MAGA Crowd Skips Town


A view outside Trump International Hotel Washington, D.C. one day before the inauguration of Trump on January 19, 2017 in Washington, DC.
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  • Trump’s Washington hotel has suffered a loss of income and interest, a Guardian report says.
  • The hotel is bearing the brunt of the pandemic and the fallout of Trump’s election defeat.
  • The former president once dubbed it “one of the great hotels of the world.”

Former President Trump’s Washington DC hotel, which was once the bustling hub of the MAGA world, is now eerily empty after suffering a huge loss of income and status, according to a report by the Guardian.

The Trump International Hotel, which the former president once called “one of the greatest hotels of the world,” has been impacted heavily by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic as well as Trump’s departure from the White House two months ago.

When the hotel, located between the White House and the US Capitol, opened its doors four years ago, it quickly became a major draw for diplomats, lobbyists, Trump loyalists, and family members. The hotel’s steak restaurant was regularly fully booked, a former executive chef told CNN last month.

But since Trump left the White House and moved his base to the Mar-A-Lago resort in Florida, the atmosphere has been eerily quiet. One week after President Biden’s inauguration, the lobby was left largely vacant and waiters and staff members outnumbered the customers, the New York Times reported.

Sally Quinn, a local journalist who has written about the hotel, told the Guardian she “can’t imagine who goes there now.”

“We don’t even have tourists yet in Washington. I can’t imagine most people staying there when they come. I don’t know anybody who goes there or has gone there,” Quinn said.

Hotel staff has also confirmed that the number of visitors has dropped visibly.

One staffer, who did not want to be named, told CNN: “Since the coronavirus, we weren’t doing so bad until I’d say probably a month ago. It really, like, slowed down.”

Washington is currently in Phase Two of its reopening plan, according to a government website. This means that indoor restaurants and bars are allowed to be open but are only limited to 25% capacity. Hotels are also open.

But there is no doubt the pandemic and subsequent lockdowns have hit the hotel industry brutally.

The Trump International Hotel made just $15.1m in revenue last year, a drop of more than 60% from the year before, the Guardian reported.

Hotel staff pretend they were supporters of the former president



Oregon Department of Education: Math Is ‘Racist’ Because It Requires a ‘Right Answer’…

No joke.

Via Campus Reform:

An Oregon Department of Education newsletter from February promoted an online course designed to “dismantle” instances of “white supremacy culture in the mathematics classroom.” One example of “white supremacy” highlighted by the course was “the concept of mathematics being purely objective,” an idea which the resource stated is “is unequivocally false.”

The program, known as “A Pathway to Equitable Math Instruction,” describes itself as “an integrated approach to mathematics that centers Black, Latinx, and Multilingual students” that provides “opportunities for ongoing self-reflection as they seek to develop an anti-racist math practice.” […]

Examples of “white supremacy culture” cited by the document include a focus on “getting the ‘right’ answer” and requiring students to show their work.

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You’ve Been Vaccinated. So What Would You Do With Your Vaccine Card?

More than 100 million Americans have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine shot. The proof? A 4-by-3-inch paper “vaccination record card” issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

In a post-pandemic world, however, that humble card for those who are fully vaccinated could become an important document used for travel, attending events, returning to the post-pandemic office and other purposes. Here’s what experts say you should know about vaccination cards. 

Photograph your record card

The first thing experts recommend once you’ve been vaccinated is taking a digital photograph of both sides of your personal record card. You can also scan the card and save the file on a laptop or desktop, said Megan Ranney, an emergency physician at Rhode Island Hospital and an associate professor at Brown University.

One thing you shouldn’t do: Share your personal proof of inoculation on Facebook or other social media sites, which could lead to identity theft because the CDC card includes a person’s date of birth as well as first name and last name. 

“I would not post it to social media with my birthday showing. It is a unique identifier that could allow somebody to potentially steal your identity, so I would first be careful about that,” epidemiologist Danielle Ompad, a professor at the NYU School of Global Public Health, told CBS MoneyWatch. 

By contrast, you may want to print a copy of the photo of the vaccination card and store it in your wallet. While some experts advise against having the original card laminated, so that booster shots of vaccine can be added if that becomes necessary, others say that’s OK because a more sophisticated record-keeping system is likely to be in place by then. 



Putin Approved Operations To Help Trump Against Biden



Russian President Vladimir Putin authorized influence operations to help Donald Trump in last November’s presidential election, according to a declassified intelligence assessment that found broad efforts by the Kremlin and Iran to shape the outcome of the race….

The report released Tuesday from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence represents the most detailed assessment of the array of foreign threats to the 2020 election. These included efforts by Iran to undermine confidence in the vote and harm Trump’s re-election prospects as well as Moscow operations that relied on Trump’s allies to smear Joe Biden, the eventual winner.

The report is the latest official affirmation of the integrity of the election, even as Trump supporters continue to make false claims of interference, from foreign or domestic actors, and refuse to accept Biden’s victory. Multiple courts and even Trump’s own Justice Department refuted claims of widespread fraud. The document makes clear that even while Trump has cried foul about the legitimacy of the election, intelligence officials believe Russia sought to influence people close to Trump as a way to tip the election in his favor.

The report wades into the politically charged task of ferreting out which foreign adversaries supported which candidates during the 2020 election, an issue that dominated headlines last year. Trump, whose 2016 campaign benefited from hacking by Russian intelligence officers and a covert social media effort, seized on an intelligence assessment from August that said China preferred a Biden presidency — even though the same assessment also said Russia was working to boost Trump’s own candidacy by disparaging Biden.

Tuesday’s report, however, says China ultimately did not interfere on either side and “considered but did not deploy” influence operations intended to affect the outcome. U.S. officials say they believe Beijing prioritized a stable relationship with the U.S. and did not consider either election outcome as advantageous enough for it to risk the “blowback” that would ensue if it got caught with interfering.

The primary threats instead came from Russia and Iran, albeit with different intentions and through different means, according to intelligence officials.

In the case of Russia, the report says, Russia sought to undermine Biden’s candidacy because it viewed his presidency as opposed to the Kremlin’s interests, though it took some steps to prepare for a Democratic administration as the election neared.

The report also says Putin authorized influence operations aimed at denigrating Biden, boosting Trump, undermining confidence in the election and exacerbating social divisions in the U.S.

Central to that effort was reliance on proxies linked to Russian intelligence “to launder influence narratives” by using media organizations, U.S. officials and people close to Trump to push “misleading or unsubstantiated” allegations against Biden.

Intelligence officials did not single out any Trump ally in that effort. But longtime associate Rudy Giuliani met multiple times with Ukrainian lawmaker Andrii Derkach, who in 2020 released heavily edited recordings of Biden in an effort to link the Democratic nominee to unsubstantiated corruption allegations. U.S. officials have said they regard Derkach as an “active Russian agent,” and Tuesday’s report said Putin is believed to have “purview” over his activities.

Notably, though, Russia was not as aggressive as in past election cycles in trying to hack election infrastructure. The report says Russian cyber operations that targeted state and local government networks last year were probably not election-focused and were instead part of a broader effort to target U.S. and global entities.

Iran, meanwhile, carried out its own influence campaign aimed at harming Trump’s re-election bid, an effort U.S. officials say was probably approved by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

One “highly targeted operation” — the subject of an October news conferenc e by then-Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe and FBI Director Christopher Wray — involved a flurry of emails to Democratic voters in battleground states that falsely purported to be from the far-right group Proud Boys and threatened the recipients if they didn’t vote for Trump.

Iran’s efforts, which officials say were more aggressive than in past elections and continued even after the contest was over, were focused on sowing discord in the U.S., likely because Tehran believed that would hurt Trump’s re-election chances.

Though Iran sought to exploit vulnerabilities on state election websites, and did “compromise US entities associated with election infrastructure as a part of a broad targeting effort across multiple sectors worldwide,” it did not attempt to manipulate votes or affect election infrastructure, the report concluded.

The 15-page document is a declassified version of an election interference report that was provided to Trump on Jan. 7, one day after a riot at the U.S. Capitol that occurred as Congress was gathering to certify the election results.

A separate document released Tuesday from the departments of Justice and Homeland Security reached a similar conclusion about the integrity of the election, saying there was no evidence any foreign actor had changed votes.