For promising America's two richest cities monstrous corporate headquarters
complete with tens of thousands of employees – guaranteed to raise house
prices past the speed of inflation and make commuting even more miserable
– the world's richest man will receive $2 billion in tax breaks.
That's made for some strange bedfellows in Washington, D.C.
Ocasio-Cortez implied she can’t afford a DC apartment yet — here’s what her financial records say
Nov 13, 2018 6:15 pm
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez speaks to her supporters during her election night party in the Queens Borough of New York on November 6, 2018. - 28-year-old Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez from New Yorks 14th Congressional district won Tuesdays election, defeating Republican Anthony Pappas and becomes the youngest woman elected to Congress. (DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)
Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) expressed doubts last week about how she would be able to afford a Washington, D.C. apartment before receiving her congressional salary, but a Financial Disclosure Report has raised questions about whether she was actually in a place of financial uncertainty.
According to a report filed April 30, 2018, Ocasio-Cortez had a checking account worth between $15,001 and $50,000 and two investment accounts worth between $1,001 and $15,000. She also took a salary from her campaign (a common move), drawing about $6,200 between August 15 and October 15, according to Federal Election Commission data.
This is important because: Ocasio-Cortez accused Fox News hosts who joked about her situation of mocking working class people and laughing at the U.S. housing crisis. “It reveals what they actually think about us,” she wrote on Twitter on Friday. However, the account balances shown on the report are not typically associated with the “working class.”
What she really said was: While it has been widely reported (and not corrected by Ocasio-Cortez) that she said she could not afford an apartment in Washington, D.C., that’s not exactly what she said.
Ms. Ocasio-Cortez said the transition period will be “very unusual, because I can’t really take a salary. I have three months without a salary before I’m a member of Congress. So, how do I get an apartment? Those little things are very real.” She said she saved money before leaving her job at the restaurant, and planned accordingly with her partner. “We’re kind of just dealing with the logistics of it day by day, but I’ve really been just kind of squirreling away and then hoping that gets me to January.”
The way she worded her answer is somewhat ambiguous. It’s possible she saved $15,000 before leaving her restaurant job in February, and spent the money between then and when she began taking a campaign salary in August. But, it’s also possible that she’s in a much more comfortable financial position than she implied to the New York Times and in her Twitter responses.
Ocasio-Cortez will earn $174,000 annually beginning next year.
Another conflict-of-interest charge was leveled against special counsel Robert Mueller’s team when a witness pointed out Tuesday the special counsel lawyer questioning her represented Hillary Clinton and the Clinton Foundation only a short time ago.
Now, the former Clinton lawyer is questioning witnesses regarding possible links to the Trump campaign that defeated Clinton in the 2016 election.
Chuck Ross at the Daily Caller reports an associate of onetime Trump adviser Roger Stone called out prosecutor Jeannie Rhee for her recent connections to the twice-failed Democratic presidential hopeful.
“The prosecutor, Jeannie Rhee, has questioned witnesses about Roger Stone, the Trump confidant who is one of the targets of the investigation, numerous sources tell The Daily Caller News Foundation. Rhee questioned Tyler Nixon, an attorney for Stone, just before his grand jury appearance on Nov. 2,” the report said.
“[Rhee’s involvement] was not disclosed to me prior to my testimony, and I find this to be deeply troubling and certainly Ms. Rhee should be recused or removed from the investigation,” Nixon told the Daily Caller.
The report explained the context.
“Recusals related to special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe became an issue after the appointment of Matthew Whitaker as acting attorney general on Nov. 7. Among the reasons that Democrats have called for Whitaker’s recusal are his comments criticizing the Trump-Russia probe as well as his work in 2014 on a political campaign for Sam Clovis, a former Trump campaign official who testified before the Mueller grand jury as a witness in 2017.”
In fact, it’s a big issue for Democrats who have been depending on Mueller’s ability to find some misdeed committed by Trump after all their other efforts to oust him from office so far have failed.
Mueller, who was assigned to investigate claims of collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign, has produced no evidence of collusion after 18 months.“Seven top congressional Democrats, including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and California Rep. Adam Schiff, cited Whitaker’s work with Clovis in a letter Sunday to the Justice Department’s top ethics official. The Democrats asked DOJ whether Whitaker has been advised on whether he should recuse himself from the probe,” the report said. But Nixon said Rhee’s presence is a much larger conflict of interest.
“I find it astonishing that there are cries for the recusal for Mr. Whitaker when I know that I was personally interviewed on behalf of the special counsel by an attorney, Jeannie Rhee, who was Hillary Clinton’s and the Clinton Foundation’s personal attorney not one or two years prior to her joining the special counsel,” Nixon said in an interview with the Daily Caller News Foundation.
She defended the foundation against a claim of racketeering. And she defended Hillary Clinton when she was under FBI investigation for transmitting classified information through an unsecure, private email server while she was secretary of state.
Rhee’s presence also has been noted by Stone, the report said.
“It seems somewhat incredible that Democrats are calling for Acting Attorney General Whitaker to recuse himself from the Mueller investigation based on his prior political activities, but they think it’s perfectly all right for Hillary Clinton’s personal attorney and campaign donor to lead a potential prosecution of Roger Stone,” Stone told the foundation.
The special counsel’s office, which has been criticized for being staffed largely by Democrats who donated to Clinton, claimed Justice Department ethics experts had approved of Rhee’s appointment.
Read more at https://www.wnd.com/2018/11/now-a-witness-charges-muellers-team-with-conflict-of-interest/#6ZprcGVFPSJ08SfM.99
Protesters chant ‘John McCain is dead,’ ‘F*** Ben Shapiro’ at Shapiro’s Ohio State lecture
Nov 13, 2018 10:49 pm
Conservative political commentator, writer and lawyer Ben Shapiro waves to the crowd as he arrives to speak at the 2018 Politicon in Los Angeles, California on October 21, 2018. (MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)
As often happens when Ben Shapiro arrives on a college campus to speak, liberal students behaved as if they were under attack. This time, the result was some truly disgusting chants about deceased Republicans, according to The Federalist.
Video sent to The Federalist’s Emily Jashinsky from Young America’s Foundation showed protesters outside the venue where Shapiro was set to speak chanting “Reagan is dead” and “John McCain is dead,” as well as “F*** Ben Shapiro.”
While the video evidence makes it clear that the university’s own students caused more disruption than Shapiro himself ever has by speaking at a university, some at Ohio State still felt Shapiro’s very presence could “threaten the emotional and mental safety of much of the campus community.”
The Morrill Scholars Program Student Advisory Council, which operates within the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, sent an email to students encouraging them to “seek a safe environment” for themselves if they don’t “feel comfortable around a climate that will be created by Ben Shapiro’s presence.”
The email, ironically, warned of the “hostile environment that can result from these kind of events” while failing to acknowledge that the hostility would be created exclusively by students protesting the event.
The Morrill Scholars Program offered a “safe space” to students who preferred not to be alone and found themselves somehow unable to ignore a single lecture attended by several hundred people on a large campus with an undergraduate enrollment of nearly 46,000 students.
This is an email from Ohio State regarding @benshapiro speaking. This is EXACTLY why it is IMPERATIVE he speaks on campus tonight. But no, Ohio State doesn’t discriminate against Conservative students, not at all. pic.twitter.com/lpCa3nQutA