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Congressman Calls on California to Fire Pension Official Tied to Chinese Spy Program

A Republican lawmaker urged California to fire a top pension fund official because he participated in a Chinese program that the FBI has called “non-traditional espionage against the United States.” Rep. Jim Banks (R., Ind.) asked Gov. Gavin Newsom to investigate Yu Ben Meng, the chief investment officer at California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS), for his “long and cozy relationship” with the Chinese Communist Party. The letter also decried CalPERS’s investment in Chinese companies that built up the regime’s military presence in contested waters of the South China Sea and produced surveillance equipment used for China’s brutal crackdown in Xinjiang. Recent Stories in National Security In Africa, Pompeo Oversees Multi-Million Dollar Business Deals In Germany, Pompeo Says ‘the West is Winning’ Congressman Calls on California to Fire Pension Official Tied to Chinese Spy Program “Governor Newsom, if it were up to me, I would fire Mr. Meng immediately,” Banks said in a letter to the governor. “At the least, I think a thorough investigation of Mr. Meng’s relationship to the Chinese Communist Party and a comparison of CalPERS investments in Chinese companies before and after Mr. Meng’s 2008 hiring are both warranted.” CalPERS is the largest public pension fund in the country, controlling $370 billion in assets that provide retirement benefits to more than 2 million Californians and health care to 1.5 million members and their families. Meng, a China-born U.S. citizen,...

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REPORT: Obama’s Bird-Killing Death Machines Bad for Environment

Nearly all of President Barack H. Obama’s “accomplishments” have been nullified by his physically and intellectually superior successor, Donald J. Trump. But while Obama’s so-called legacy has been largely erased, majestic birds continue to suffer as a result of his bloodthirsty obsession with wind turbines. The Obama administration, in the name of “climate justice,” bent over backwards to install massive turbine farms across the country. As Obama’s spinning death machines systematically dismembered countless bald eagles and other protected species, in what some have argued amounts to genocide, the Democratic administration granted waivers to exempt wind farms from federal laws prohibiting the murder of endangered birds. The slaughter continued. Recent Stories in Politics Former DNC Chair ‘Extremely Dismayed’ at Bloomberg’s Record on Race, Sexism in Workplace Chuck Todd to Biden: ‘Can You Say This Is Not a Cookie-Cutter Campaign?’ Bloomberg Touts Warm Words From Obama, Whom He Once Called Disappointing and Divisive Many have argued that, when it comes Obama’s insatiable lust for bird flesh, the cruelty is the point. A recent Bloomberg report substantiates this assessment. Turns out the wind turbines aren’t as environmentally sustainable as advertised. The massive fiberglass blades—some as long as football fields—need to be replaced after several years but can’t easily be recycled or even transported. As a result, they’re starting to pile up like the discarded corpses of murdered birds in landfills across the country,...

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Pro-Choice PAC EMILY’s List Testing Attack Ad on Bernie Sanders

A powerful Democratic PAC was testing attack ads against presidential frontrunner Bernie Sanders until details of the ad leaked late Thursday, highlighting tensions between the socialist Vermont senator and the Democratic establishment. Sanders supporter Brendan James posted an image of what he claimed were the plans for “an anti-Bernie TV campaign next week” prepared by Women Vote, the independent expenditure operation of pro-choice PAC EMILY’s List. Recent Stories in Politics Chuck Todd to Biden: ‘Can You Say This Is Not a Cookie-Cutter Campaign?’ Bloomberg Touts Warm Words From Obama, Whom He Once Called Disappointing and Divisive REPORT: Obama’s Bird-Killing Death Machines Bad for Environment “The ad fools the viewer at the top into believing that we are talking about Trump,” reads the document James posted. “The truth that is revealed is that we are talking about Sanders.” The Dem superPAC Women’s Vote is preparing an anti-Bernie TV campaign next week, calling Bernie and Trump the same person pic.twitter.com/qrIoCx0mUO — Brendan James (@deep_beige) February 14, 2020 EMILY’s List is a heavy hitter in Democratic politics, spending more than $76 million to elect abortion supporters in 2016 and 2018. The attack ad was tested despite Sanders’s staunch support for abortion. The Vermont senator enjoys a 100 percent rating from NARAL. EMILY’s List confirmed the authenticity of the image, but deflected blame to a contractor. In a carefully worded statement, EMILY’s List acknowledged the script attacking Sanders was genuine....

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Joy Behar: ‘Every Single’ Democratic Presidential Candidate Has a Race Problem

ABC’s The View cohost Joy Behar on Friday said “every single” Democratic presidential candidate has a race problem. “Every single one who’s running probably has—this is a racist country, right? Every single one of them has something in their background that doesn’t look good for race,” Behar said. Recent Stories in Politics Chuck Todd to Biden: ‘Can You Say This Is Not a Cookie-Cutter Campaign?’ Bloomberg Touts Warm Words From Obama, Whom He Once Called Disappointing and Divisive REPORT: Obama’s Bird-Killing Death Machines Bad for Environment Behar, who admitted to supporting two of the Democrats accused of supporting racially biased legislation, received pushback from some of her cohosts after she attempted to defend Michael Bloomberg. “He created an office to tackle poverty when he was mayor. He greatly expanded city contracts with businesses owned by minorities and women,” Behar said. “He created the Young Men’s Initiative to help black and Latino men stay on track for success, and he reduced incarceration by 40 percent and juvenile confinement by more than 60 percent, so that is the balance to the stop-and-frisk.” Cohost Sunny Hostin responded to Behar’s defense of Bloomberg by calling his record on race “problematic.” Hostin cited Bloomberg’s previous support for “stop-and-frisk” and comments linking the 2008 financial crisis to the ending of redlining. Redlining was a discriminatory practice by banks against people of color trying to borrow money to...

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Warren Issues Broadside Against Mainstream Media as Campaign Falters

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.) issued a scathing denunciation of the mainstream media on Friday, accusing several outlets of ignoring her campaign in favor of lesser candidates and blaming that coverage in part for her campaign’s failure to gain traction with primary voters. In an email to supporters on Friday, Warren’s campaign said it could no longer “count on the media to cover our campaign fairly.” It argued that other candidates, such as former vice president Joe Biden, received more coverage despite posting less impressive results in early primary states. Recent Stories in Politics Chuck Todd to Biden: ‘Can You Say This Is Not a Cookie-Cutter Campaign?’ Bloomberg Touts Warm Words From Obama, Whom He Once Called Disappointing and Divisive REPORT: Obama’s Bird-Killing Death Machines Bad for Environment “The night of the Iowa Caucuses, CNN didn’t air Elizabeth’s full speech. But they aired the speeches of other candidates she beat,” the email said. “In New Hampshire on Tuesday night, networks played Vice President Biden’s speech from South Carolina despite the fact that he left the state before polls closed—but not Elizabeth’s even though she outperformed him, again.” The campaign’s criticism comes after Warren’s disappointing performances in Iowa and New Hampshire. Despite surging national polls in September, Warren finished third and fourth, respectively. She amassed no delegates in the Granite State despite its proximity to her home...

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Landmark Peace Pact With Taliban to Come Into Effect ‘Soon’

MUNICH—A tentative peace pact between the United States and the Taliban in Afghanistan will “very soon” be put into place in what U.S. officials are describing as a landmark move that could pave the way for a significant reduction in violence across the war-torn country. The new truce, which will mark a significant reduction in violence for at least a seven-day-period, could set the stage for wide-ranging peace negotiations and a mass drawdown of the U.S. military presence in Afghanistan, according to senior Trump administration officials who briefed reporters Friday on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference. Recent Stories in National Security In Germany, Pompeo Says ‘the West is Winning’ Congressman Calls on California to Fire Pension Official Tied to Chinese Spy Program Landmark Peace Pact With Taliban to Come Into Effect ‘Soon’ The weeklong reduction in violence, officials say, will pave the way for comprehensive talks on a peace agreement that could finally end the nearly two-decade-long war. President Donald Trump campaigned on a promise to withdraw U.S. troops from the region and has struggled to find a way to scale down the American military footprint there over the past three years. Taliban leaders, who have rebuffed past overtures by the Trump administration, now “want the agreement,” according to the senior administration official, who spoke about the developing situation only on background. “They will support those arrangements...

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Sanders a No-Show for Amendment Commending U.S. Forces for Soleimani Strike

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) was a no-show Thursday to vote on an amendment commending the U.S. armed forces and intelligence community for the strike that killed top Iranian general Qassem Soleimani. Sanders was one of only two senators to skip the vote, with Ed Markey (D., Mass.) also absent. Sanders’s fellow 2020 presidential candidates in the Senate, Amy Klobuchar (D., Minn.) and Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.), attended and voted “nay” on the amendment, which passed 64 to 34. Recent Stories in Politics REPORT: Obama’s Bird-Killing Death Machines Bad for Environment Pro-Choice PAC EMILY’s List Testing Attack Ad on Bernie Sanders Joy Behar: ‘Every Single’ Democratic Presidential Candidate Has a Race Problem All 53 Republicans, 10 Democrats, and Independent Angus King (Maine) supported the amendment introduced by Sen. Ted Cruz (R., Tex.). It expressly praised President Donald Trump, who ordered the Jan. 3 strike that took out the terrorist leader of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. The amendment was attached to a resolution curbing Trump’s war powers regarding Iran. The resolution passed 55 to 45, which left it short of a veto-proof majority. Sanders’s office did not respond to a request for comment. Sanders was critical of the killing of Soleimani, calling it an “assassination” and likening it to Russia’s killing of dissidents under Vladimir Putin. He also called it an escalation that could lead the United States into...

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