Trump-Biden race tightens
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Started by metmike - Aug. 31, 2020, 12:11 p.m.

Trump-Biden race tightens as both sides expect close contest

President Trump has lagged Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden badly in the polls for much of 2020, but strategists in both parties predict his numbers will rise and the race will tighten as the Republican Party consolidates further behind him this fall.

There are already signs that the race is tightening.

In Michigan, Biden’s average polling lead dropped from 8.4 percentage points on July 28 to 2.6 percent a month later, according to the average of polls kept by RealClearPolitics, while in Pennsylvania Biden’s average lead dipped from 7.4 points to 5.8 points during the same period.

In Wisconsin, Biden’s average polling lead stood at 6.4 points on July 28 and narrowed to 3.5 points on Aug. 26, according to RealClearPolitics.

Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin are the three traditionally Democratic states that Trump won in 2016 to stun then-Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. He is likely to need wins in at least two of those states, if not all three, to win reelection.

Strategists say the tightening is a reflection of voters starting to look at the race more seriously and partisan allegiances kicking in.

“Given how polarized and closely balanced our country is, it only makes sense the polls would tighten somewhat,” said Whit Ayres, a Republican pollster.

Republicans need the race to tighten to increase their chances of holding on to the Senate majority.

Republicans have been battered by the negative views a majority of Americans hold over Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, which has cost more than 180,000 lives and greatly damaged the economy.

Trump is also suffering from a big deficit with suburban female voters that has been a drag on other Republicans.

An ABC-Ipsos poll published Sunday showed voters across the country continue to have a negative view of Trump's handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, weighing down his approval ratings. The survey of 732 adults nationwide on Aug. 28 and 29 showed that 63 percent disapprove of his response to the pandemic. His approval rating was 31 percent, roughly the same as the week before the GOP convention. 

A Yahoo News-YouGov poll published Saturday, however, showed that Biden's lead over Trump nationally had shrunk to 6 points after the convention, his smallest advantage in months. The survey of 1,001 adults nationwide was conducted Aug. 27 and 28. 

The White House and GOP think Trump’s chances will improve if the election becomes more of a choice between Trump and Biden and less a referendum on the president. The GOP convention focused on damaging Biden with that goal in mind.

Democratic strategists also expect the race to tighten in the weeks ahead.

“Trump has the bully pulpit and he has shown a willingness to use it. So, one, I expect it to get closer. I think Trump will get some sort of a bounce” from the convention, said Democratic strategist Steve Jarding.

“It wouldn’t surprise me that it tightens earlier,” he said.

Jarding, however, said the danger for Trump is that economic conditions continue to deteriorate and coronavirus infections spike in the fall.

“The reality of the crisis is clearly his greatest enemy,” he said. “That has the absolute capacity to drown out any attempt he would have at saying, ‘I’m going to tell you this election is about law and order.’”

Morgan Jackson, a Democratic strategist based in North Carolina, a key presidential and Senate battleground state, said the damage the coronavirus has done to the economy and entrenched perceptions that Trump responded too slowly and ineffectively to the pandemic has irreparably damaged his support among swing suburban voters.

Even so, Jackson said he expects Trump to mount a comeback in the polls.

“In North Carolina, it’s going to be a tough race,” he said. “North Carolina in the presidential is going to come down to a point or two between the winner and the loser.”

Trump’s expected strength in battlegrounds such as Arizona, Georgia, Iowa, Montana and North Carolina give Republicans hope that they can maintain their Senate majority even if Biden wins the White House.

Strategists note that polls have yet to show Biden getting any significant bump out of the Democratic convention earlier this month, and Trump also is not expected to get a big boost — a reflection of the stark partisan divide in the United States.

The polarized climate is a big reason why strategists think the polls will continue to tighten.

Biden’s odds of winning have shrunk to 69 percent, down from 73 percent, in recent days, according to FiveThirtyEight, a website that handicaps races.

“There didn’t seem to be a bounce coming out of the Democratic convention but we won’t know for a couple of weeks whether there was any significant bounce out of the Republican convention,” said Ayres, the GOP pollster.

Biden announced Thursday during a virtual fundraiser that he plans to start traveling to battleground states after Labor Day.

“One of the things we’re thinking about is I’m going to be going up into Wisconsin and Minnesota, spending time in Pennsylvania, out in Arizona,” he said.

His campaign co-chairman Cedric Richmond said: “He will go wherever he needs to go.”


Republican strategists say the change in tactics for Biden, who has been criticized by Trump for spending most of the last several months of the pandemic in Delaware, is a sign he expects the race to tighten.

“Just look at the Joe Biden and see the actions. Now they’re talking about leaving the bunker,” said Ford O’Connell, a Republican strategist. “Obviously they recognize they’ve been playing prevent defense on Trump and now they’re going to have to change their tactics.

“If they keep playing prevent defense, which is the bunker strategy, they may wind up losing the election,” he added. 

By metmike - Aug. 31, 2020, 12:45 p.m.
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"Hiden Biden"  is starting to take a toll as well as the MSM and dems encouraging protesting and pretending the rioting has not been important.                

Pelosi says no debates between Biden/Trump            


By metmike - Aug. 31, 2020, 1:11 p.m.
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CNN, seeing the polls and that the rioting is helping Trump have suddenly changed their tune.

Don Lemon Suddenly Decides Rioting Is Bad as the MSM’s Fear Becomes Palpable

"Has this change of heart come from some awakening to the dangers of what’s being propagated on the streets of American cities? Nah, he’s just scared it’ll help Trump."

"Just to be clear, these two chuckleheads actively encouraged violence prior to this is neither hyperbole or exaggeration."

In fact, Fredo posed the question, “Where in the constitution does it say protests have to be peaceful?!”

"'MELTDOWN: Lemon Goes on Insane Rant Defending Riots"

By metmike - Aug. 31, 2020, 1:25 p.m.
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Pelosi On Mobs Tearing Down Statues: “People Will Do What They Do”

5,245 views •Jul 9, 2020

By metmike - Aug. 31, 2020, 1:28 p.m.
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Rep. Jerry Nadler says Antifa violence in Portland a 'myth'

 The Washington Times -                                                                      Monday, July 27, 2020                                  

By metmike - Aug. 31, 2020, 1:57 p.m.
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There we go.

Biden just came out of Hiden and incredibly, with a new false narrative.

When the violence was hurting Trump, earlier this Summer, the left and MSM insisted there was no significant violence............mainly just peaceful protesting that should be encouraged and Trump/the right were exaggerating it....because Trump was trying to end it with assistance to the cities with the most violence.

Nooooow, after Americans started getting pretty upset about the violence and realizing that Trump's position was the best one and it starting to help him in the polls......... the new position for Biden/Dems/MSM is that this was all CAUSED BY DONALD TRUMP.


This was the person bashed for trying to end the violence all Summer(when he was supposedly denying peaceful protesters their rights to protest) and now we are being told that he caused it and is intentionally making it much worse.

Still using that same playbook I see. 

Rule 101: Everything that President Trump does is bad.

Rule 102: Everything that is bad, can be twisted like a pretzel so that Donald Trump caused it and is doing things to make it much worse.

Rule 103: If something is good, then a narrative must be created to show that Donald Trump is doing things that make it impossible for that good to happen. 

Rule 104: Being applied right now. The MSM and Dems must always have the opposite position of Donald Trump. If Trumps position proves to be the correct one(like with the current rioting) then the MSM and dems will do a 180 and flip positions, taking Trumps original "good" position and manufacturing a fake Trump position that disengenously convinces us that he is for the BAD position..............the one that they used to have(all Summer in this case). And a new false narrative is made up to fool us into thinking that Trump is for something that he has been against more than anybody. 

In this case, Trumps polling numbers have improved because of the rioting, so the false narrative is that Trump caused the rioting intentionally because he knew it would improve his polling numbers.

By mcfarm - Aug. 31, 2020, 2:14 p.m.
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a poll out had Trump picking up 9 pts from Blacks after the rnc.....goodbye biden and the racist he picked

By metmike - Aug. 31, 2020, 5:57 p.m.
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NPR promotes insane book celebrating looting and riots

Vicky Osterweil's new book, In Defense of Looting: A Riotous History of Uncivil Action, is a social justice justification for property damage and theft. This book promoting riots is a number one new release on Amazon, a mega-corporation that benefits every time a local shop gets torched.

Osterweil's book is a celebration of looting in the name of anti-racist action directed at dismantling whiteness and property ownership.

Speaking to NPR's Natalie Escobar, Osterweil made the point that looting during the course of riots is a redistribution of wealth, not theft, and that property damage, too, is simply a way to reapportion assets which she deems necessary in an unequal society."

By metmike - Aug. 31, 2020, 6:05 p.m.
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Earlier this month, when I was in Detroit, I listened to NPR for hours and provided my review of their stuff here:

Since I had very little time to be on the computer during that week and start new threads, it's embedded within a thread about Trump saying that children are practically immune to COVID.

By metmike - Aug. 31, 2020, 6:35 p.m.
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Biden gave a wonderful speech today, reading from a teleprompter.

Some of it was the truth(small amount).

Biden Delivers Remarks On Trump Policies, Agenda | NBC News

If Biden can hold it together like this with his dementia meds during the debates, he will be almost impossible to beat.

By metmike - Aug. 31, 2020, 7:05 p.m.
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Biden emphatically insisted a couple of times "I am not banning fracking"


Then he is no longer for the Green New Deal????

The Green New Deal

"Reaching 100 percent renewable energy for electricity and transportation by no later than 2030 and complete decarbonization of the economy by 2050 at latest – consistent with the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change goals – by expanding the existing federal Power Marketing Administrations to build new solar, wind, and geothermal energy sources."

Joint Biden-Sanders task forces unveil progressive platform after months of negotiations


The entire objective of fracking is to get fossil fuels. If you are replacing fossil fuels, which is the entire point of the Green New Deal,  then you will make fracking go away(whether its banned or not).

Those electric cars will no longer use combustion engines(that burn fossil fuels) so another thing that he doesn't tell us about the Green New makes all corn ethanol demand go away too.

I'm shocked that Trump doesn't make that clear to the agriculture community.

What crop farmer would support an agenda(if they knew about it) that permanently eliminates corn ethanol fuel?

I believe the Green New Deal is total bs and it will never happen based on the laws of energy/chemistry/physics and economics and they are just using it as a "save the planet" scheme to get votes and massively increase carbon/energy taxes , while imposing socialism but make no mistake, if they were able to achieve the objectives of the Green New Fairly Tale, corn ethanol fuel would be completely eliminated.

By metmike - Aug. 31, 2020, 7:17 p.m.
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Here are some truths about his agenda that Biden is hiding from us.

The sad fact, unfortunately is that the climate EMERGENCY is completely made up(climate change has been mostly beneficial for life).

Green New Deal-corn ethanol: Good bye corn ethanol, Hello $2 corn prices again....$5 soybeans/supply gluts/ August 2019

Renewable vs fossil fuels: Diffuse solar vs dense fossil fuels. Benefits of CO2. September 2019

Another secret about fossil fuels: Haber Bosch process-fertilizers feeding the planet using natural gas-doubling food production/crop yields. September 2019

Renewable energy:  When can it replace fossil fuels? August 2019

Sanders Touts $16 Trillion Climate Plan: Anti Science Bernie = the complete opposite of the truth! August 2019

By metmike - Aug. 31, 2020, 8:29 p.m.
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Kamala Harris ripped for flip-flopping on rioters after she asked for donations to bail them out of jail


by Emma Colton, Social Media Manager


           | August 31, 2020 11:03 AM 

Tim Young@TimRunsHisMouth


Kamala Harris doesn't just support rioters... she wants to help them get out of jail free.

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If you’re able to, chip in now to the @MNFreedomFund to help post bail for those protesting on the ground in Minnesota.

By metmike - Aug. 31, 2020, 8:41 p.m.
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Biden staff donate to group that pays bail in riot-torn Minneapolis

May 30, 2020 /  4:18 PM / 3 months ago

"At least 13 Biden campaign staff members posted on Twitter on Friday and Saturday that they made donations to the Minnesota Freedom Fund, which opposes the practice of cash bail, or making people pay to avoid pre-trial imprisonment. The group uses donations to pay bail fees in Minneapolis. 

Biden campaign spokesman Andrew Bates said in a statement to Reuters that the former vice president opposes the institution of cash bail as a “modern day debtors prison.”  

But the campaign declined to answer questions on whether the donations were coordinated within the campaign, underscoring the politically thorny nature of the sometimes violent protests. 

President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign on Saturday said it was “disturbing” that Biden’s team “would financially support the mayhem that is hurting innocent people and destroying what good people spent their lives building,” in an email about the Reuters story that called for Biden to condemn the riots. "


metmike: Joe Biden and Camela Harris have both been clearly  busted here for lying about their previous position and Trumps previous position as shown by the facts. Now, they are reframing the  facts to convince people that they had/have Trump's good position and he had/has their bad position.

All because the polls show Americans opinion going sour on the non peaceful protesting.

We all know that politics is a dishonest business but this side is trying to convince us to vote for them because they are honest and Trump is not.

The evidence here, shows the complete opposite.

It would be one thing if they didn't have a position before but they were publicly using their political clout............TO BAIL OUT THE RIOTERS so they could continue to create mayhem and chaos because they thought it was hurting Trump earlier this Summer. 

Now that it's turned the other way and is helping him because of his CONSISTENT law and order position against the riots, they are pretending that THEY were against riots and Trump has been intentionally causing them for self serving political reasons.

Yeah, right. It couldn't be more crystal clear that President Trump wanted to crush the riots from the get go.

He was attacked relentlessly for months for having the position that Biden and Harris have suddenly adopted.

Trump claims 'radical left' has 'taken over' Seattle as he spends birthday at golf club

President targets city’s ‘Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone’, where protesters have taken over part of neighborhood

Trump: Feds won't leave Portland until governor clamps down on protesters 

  By Morgan Chalfant - 07/30/20 10:09 AM EDT

"President Trump insisted Thursday that federal agents would not leave Portland until Oregon Gov. Kate Brown (D) “clear[s] out” protesters from the city, a day after Brown announced an agreement with the federal government to begin withdrawing federal tactical teams from the area.

Trump in a tweet accused Brown of not “doing her job” and lambasted protesters in Portland as “anarchists” and “agitators.”

“She must clear out, and in some cases arrest, the Anarchists & Agitators in Portland,” Trump tweeted of Brown. “If she can’t do it, the Federal Government will do it for her. We will not be leaving until there is safety!”

metmike: Are those the actions/words of a president trying to cause riots to benefit himself politically????

This is exactly what Joe Biden accused President Trump of today.

By metmike - Aug. 31, 2020, 9:53 p.m.
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Biden: "Yes" We Should End Fracking

        Posted by ATR on Saturday, January 25th, 2020, 12:24 PM     

Joe Biden said that he would end fracking, during an exchange with a New Hampshire voter on Friday.

Did Joe Biden just pledge to ban fracking in debate against Bernie Sanders?



WASHINGTON -" Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden momentarily appeared to take a harder line on oil and gas drilling during Sunday's debate with Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.


After Sanders pressed ahead on his pledge to ban hydraulic fracturing across the United States in a bid to address climate change, Biden uttered the words, "no new fracking."

metmike:  Bottom line is that if you are for the Green New Deal, you must be against fracking for fossil fuels, so it doesn't matter if he now says that he will not ban fracking but is for the Green New Deal. You have to  either be for one of them or the other. It's impossible to be for both, so he has too be lying about one of them.

The reason that he is lying, is because he wants the votes from the liberal left that supports the Green New Deal (because they have been fooled into thinking we have a climate crisis) AND he wants the votes from those that have jobs related to and support the fossil fuel industry.

Unlike Trump, who takes a clear, one sided honest position supporting fossil fuels, while also allowing development of renewables but not at the expense of fossil fuels. 

Renewable/green energy does make progress under President Trumps plan but only when the markets provide viable, cost effective means for this to take place.

Renewable energy should play an increasing role in our future.

Not costly, non viable government mandates imposed and massive carbon taxes that would take place under the Green New Deal. 

By metmike - Aug. 31, 2020, 10:31 p.m.
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Biden said that Trump is responsible for all the current chaos and lawlessness and is encouraging it. 

Remember, earlier this Summer when statutes and monuments were being vandalized and torn down?

Things sure got under control recently. So what happened?

Trump signs an executive order on prosecuting those who destroy monuments


The order follows Trump’s calls for 10-year prison sentences for protesters who tear down monuments.     Jun 27, 2020,

Of course he was widely criticized. Here's the exact order and its just more evidence that Joe Biden was not telling the truth about President Trump today.

Executive Order on Protecting American Monuments, Memorials, and Statues and Combating Recent Criminal Violence

Law & Justice

Issued on:

Section 1.  Purpose.  The first duty of government is to ensure domestic tranquility and defend the life, property, and rights of its citizens.  Over the last 5 weeks, there has been a sustained assault on the life and property of civilians, law enforcement officers, government property, and revered American monuments such as the Lincoln Memorial.  Many of the rioters, arsonists, and left-wing extremists who have carried out and supported these acts have explicitly identified themselves with ideologies — such as Marxism — that call for the destruction of the United States system of government.

Anarchists and left-wing extremists have sought to advance a fringe ideology that paints the United States of America as fundamentally unjust and have sought to impose that ideology on Americans through violence and mob intimidation.  They have led riots in the streets, burned police vehicles, killed and assaulted government officers as well as business owners defending their property, and even seized an area within one city where law and order gave way to anarchy.  During the unrest, innocent citizens also have been harmed and killed.

These criminal acts are frequently planned and supported by agitators who have traveled across State lines to promote their own violent agenda.  These radicals shamelessly attack the legitimacy of our institutions and the very rule of law itself.

Key targets in the violent extremists’ campaign against our country are public monuments, memorials, and statues.  Their selection of targets reveals a deep ignorance of our history, and is indicative of a desire to indiscriminately destroy anything that honors our past and to erase from the public mind any suggestion that our past may be worth honoring, cherishing, remembering, or understanding.  In the last week, vandals toppled a statue of President Ulysses S. Grant in San Francisco.  To them, it made no difference that President Grant led the Union Army to victory over the Confederacy in the Civil War, enforced Reconstruction, fought the Ku Klux Klan, and advocated for the Fifteenth Amendment, which guaranteed freed slaves the right to vote.  In Charlotte, North Carolina, the names of 507 veterans memorialized on a World War II monument were painted over with a symbol of communism.  And earlier this month, in Boston, a memorial commemorating an African-American regiment that fought in the Civil War was defaced with graffiti.  In Madison, Wisconsin, rioters knocked over the statue of an abolitionist immigrant who fought for the Union during the Civil War.  Christian figures are now in the crosshairs, too.  Recently, an influential activist for one movement that has been prominent in setting the agenda for demonstrations in recent weeks declared that many existing religious depictions of Jesus and the Holy Family should be purged from our places of worship.

Individuals and organizations have the right to peacefully advocate for either the removal or the construction of any monument.  But no individual or group has the right to damage, deface, or remove any monument by use of force.

In the midst of these attacks, many State and local governments appear to have lost the ability to distinguish between the lawful exercise of rights to free speech and assembly and unvarnished vandalism.  They have surrendered to mob rule, imperiling community safety, allowing for the wholesale violation of our laws, and privileging the violent impulses of the mob over the rights of law-abiding citizens.  Worse, they apparently have lost the will or the desire to stand up to the radical fringe and defend the fundamental truth that America is good, her people are virtuous, and that justice prevails in this country to a far greater extent than anywhere else in the world.  Some particularly misguided public officials even appear to have accepted the idea that violence can be virtuous and have prevented their police from enforcing the law and protecting public monuments, memorials, and statues from the mob’s ropes and graffiti.

My Administration will not allow violent mobs incited by a radical fringe to become the arbiters of the aspects of our history that can be celebrated in public spaces.  State and local public officials’ abdication of their law enforcement responsibilities in deference to this violent assault must end.

Sec. 2.  Policy.  (a)  It is the policy of the United States to prosecute to the fullest extent permitted under Federal law, and as appropriate, any person or any entity that destroys, damages, vandalizes, or desecrates a monument, memorial, or statue within the United States or otherwise vandalizes government property.  The desire of the Congress to protect Federal property is clearly reflected in section 1361 of title 18, United States Code, which authorizes a penalty of up to 10 years’ imprisonment for the willful injury of Federal property.  More recently, under the Veterans’ Memorial Preservation and Recognition Act of 2003, section 1369 of title 18, United States Code, the Congress punished with the same penalties the destruction of Federal and in some cases State-maintained monuments that honor military veterans.  Other criminal statutes, such as the Travel Act, section 1952 of title 18, United States Code, permit prosecutions of arson damaging monuments, memorials, and statues on State grounds in some cases.  Civil statutes like the Public System Resource Protection Act, section 100722 of title 54, United States Code, also hold those who destroy certain Federal property accountable for their offenses.  The Federal Government will not tolerate violations of these and other laws.

(b)  It is the policy of the United States to prosecute to the fullest extent permitted under Federal law, and as appropriate, any person or any entity that participates in efforts to incite violence or other illegal activity in connection with the riots and acts of vandalism described in section 1 of this order.  Numerous Federal laws, including section 2101 of title 18, United States Code, prohibit the violence that has typified the past few weeks in some cities.  Other statutes punish those who participate in or assist the agitators who have coordinated these lawless acts.  Such laws include section 371 of title 18, United States Code, which criminalizes certain conspiracies to violate Federal law, section 2 of title 18, United States Code, which punishes those who aid or abet the commission of Federal crimes, and section 2339A of title 18, United States Code, which prohibits as material support to terrorism efforts to support a defined set of Federal crimes.  Those who have joined in recent violent acts around the United States will be held accountable.

(c)  It is the policy of the United States to prosecute to the fullest extent permitted under Federal law, and as appropriate, any person or any entity that damages, defaces, or destroys religious property, including by attacking, removing, or defacing depictions of Jesus or other religious figures or religious art work.  Federal laws prohibit, under certain circumstances, damage or defacement of religious property, including the Church Arson Prevention Act of 1996, section 247 of title 18, United States Code, and section 371 of title 18, United States Code.  The Federal Government will not tolerate violations of these laws designed to protect the free exercise of religion.

(d)  It is the policy of the United States, as appropriate and consistent with applicable law, to withhold Federal support tied to public spaces from State and local governments that have failed to protect public monuments, memorials, and statues from destruction or vandalism.  These jurisdictions’ recent abandonment of their law enforcement responsibilities with respect to public monuments, memorials, and statues casts doubt on their willingness to protect other public spaces and maintain the peace within them.  These jurisdictions are not appropriate candidates for limited Federal funds that support public spaces.

(e)  It is the policy of the United States, as appropriate and consistent with applicable law, to withhold Federal support from State and local law enforcement agencies that have failed to protect public monuments, memorials, and statues from destruction or vandalism.  Unwillingness to enforce State and local laws in the face of attacks on our history, whether because of sympathy for the extremists behind this violence or some other improper reason, casts doubt on the management of these law enforcement agencies.  These law enforcement agencies are not appropriate candidates for limited Federal funds that support State and local police.

Sec. 3.  Enforcing Laws Prohibiting the Desecration of Public Monuments, the Vandalism of Government Property, and Recent Acts of Violence.  (a)  The Attorney General shall prioritize within the Department of Justice the investigation and prosecution of matters described in subsections 2(a), (b), and (c) of this order.  The Attorney General shall take all appropriate enforcement action against individuals and organizations found to have violated Federal law through these investigations.

(b)  The Attorney General shall, as appropriate and consistent with applicable law, work with State and local law enforcement authorities and Federal agencies to ensure the Federal Government appropriately provides information and assistance to State and local law enforcement authorities in connection with their investigations or prosecutions for the desecration of monuments, memorials, and statues, regardless of whether such structures are situated on Federal property.

Sec. 4.  Limiting Federal Grants for Jurisdictions and Law Enforcement Agencies that Permit the Desecration of Monuments, Memorials, or Statues.  The heads of all executive departments and agencies shall examine their respective grant programs and apply the policies established by sections 2(d) and (e) of this order to all such programs to the extent that such application is both appropriate and consistent with applicable law.

Sec. 5.  Providing Assistance for the Protection of Federal Monuments, Memorials, Statues, and Property.  Upon the request of the Secretary of the Interior, the Secretary of Homeland Security, or the Administrator of General Services, the Secretary of Defense, the Attorney General, and the Secretary of Homeland Security shall provide, as appropriate and consistent with applicable law, personnel to assist with the protection of Federal monuments, memorials, statues, or property.  This section shall terminate 6 months from the date of this order unless extended by the President.

Sec. 6.  General Provisions.  (a)  Nothing in this order shall be construed to impair or otherwise affect:

(i)   the authority granted by law to an executive department or agency, or the head thereof; or

(ii)  the functions of the Director of the Office of Management and Budget relating to budgetary, administrative, or legislative proposals.

(b)  This order shall be implemented consistent with applicable law and subject to the availability of appropriations.

(c)  This order is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.

(d)  This order is not intended to, and does not, affect the prosecutorial discretion of the Department of Justice with respect to individual cases.

By metmike - Sept. 2, 2020, 9:13 p.m.
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Gov. Cuomo says: Trump ‘better have an army’ to protect him if he comes to NYC

The governor also claimed Trump’s “negligence” is the reason New York state suffered the highest COVID-19 death toll. The governor’s critics blame his Health Department’s mandate that forbade nursing homes from turning away COVID-19-positive patients, potentially leading to at least 6,500 deaths.

As much as Donald Trump wants New York City to drop dead, we will never let this stand,” Neidhardt tweeted. “This has nothing to do with “law and order”. This is a racist campaign stunt out of the Oval Office to attack millions of people of color.”

metmike: So COVID in NYC was Trumps fault(despite him providing Cuomo with everything that he asked for)  and now Trump is being a racist for trying to force some big cities with rioting and sky rocketing crime rates into maintaining law and order and safety for people trying to defund the police and not manage the crime.

By metmike - Sept. 2, 2020, 9:25 p.m.
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Cuomo needs to look much closer to home if he wants to see why NYC is having problems(that Trump is trying to fix for Petes sakes)..... having monumental problems with soaring crime.

If de Blasio can’t even lie about the crime wave right, how’s he going to end it?

"Over July, the city suffered through 244 gunfire incidents, a 177 percent jump over the 88 it saw during July last year, according to NYPD data. Murders leapt 59 percent over July 2019.

De Blasio’s flip-flop on his blame-the-courts mantra — and his failure to even acknowledge it — is strong evidence he’s covering up for the real factors fueling the violence: namely, the “perfect storm” of officials refusing to arrest, charge, jail (and keep locked up) those who commit crimes.

Over the years, pols rammed through a rash of anti-cop, pro-criminal “reforms” — with de Blasio leading the way. If he and his fellow pols won’t even acknowledge their mistakes, don’t expect them to fix them."

metmike: It's pretty obvious, based on actions, who is and has been leading the charge,  trying to reign in crime in America and while others opposing him, have been promoting policies that have allowed it to blossom............and now ironically are trying to blame the person trying to crush crime all this time...........for causing the crime they are responsible for. Hugh?

By metmike - Sept. 11, 2020, 1:36 a.m.
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Twitter reacts to Joe Biden’s teleprompter gaffe in recent interview

Virtual events come with their challenges and that was the case with Biden who had an unexpected blunder on camera when he was asked a question. 


Rebecca Vedrine asked Biden: “As a black woman in America, who has worked with union jobs and non-union jobs, I know that there [are] 16 million Americans saying they would vote for a union today. 


“And I would like to know, what will your administration do to help them give that chance?”


Seconds later, Biden could be heard saying “Move it up here” before he responded to Rebecca’s question. Many people believe he referred to a teleprompter. 


Interesting............having the preplanned questions for Joe, as well as the answers for him to read off of a teleprompter.

Not a good example of a person being cognitively sharp enough to be the leader of the United States. 

By TimNew - Sept. 11, 2020, 6:22 a.m.
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Should make for interesting debates.  Will people focus on Biden's seemingly inevitable gaffes/blunders or Trump's bombastic bloviations?   Pretty sure teleprompters won't be available.

Will likely depend on party lines leaving moderates/independents to be the final judges.