Virginia Kruta


Attorney General William Barr claimed that, “other than slavery,” calls for a national lockdown amid the coronavirus pandemic were “the greatest intrusion on civil liberties.”

Barr spoke Wednesday as part of a Hillsdale College event recognizing Constitution Day, making several comments about the constitutional implications of coronavirus-related lockdowns.

“You know, putting a national lockdown, stay at home orders, is like house arrest,” Barr explained. “Other than slavery, which was a different kind of restraint, this is the greatest intrusion on civil liberties in American history.”

Barr also accused state and local leaders, many of whom had imposed such lockdowns, of treating their citizens like children who were incapable of making informed decisions for themselves.

“Most of the governors do what bureaucrats always do, which is they … defy common sense. They treat free citizens as babies that can’t take responsibility for themselves and others,” Barr continued, adding, “We have to give business people an opportunity, tell them what the rules are … and then let them try to adapt their business to that and you’ll have ingenuity and people will at least have the freedom to try to earn a living.”

Barr also raised eyebrows with several other comments from that same event, criticizing prosecutors for “political headhunting” and arguing that protesters used Black Americans shot by police as props to push an agenda.


Author: Virginia Kruta

Source: Daily Caller: AG Barr: Besides Slavery, National Coronavirus Lockdown Is The ‘Greatest Intrusion On Civil Liberties’

After nearly 20 years, the New Jersey Turnpike Authority has changed course and is taking down the U.S. flags installed on the overpasses in the wake of the 9/11 attacks, and local residents are outraged.

The government agency explained its decision in a statement on its Facebook page.

“The New Jersey Turnpike Authority appreciates and applauds patriotism. We try to express patriotism ourselves every day by maintaining dozens of American flags at properties in our right of way — office buildings, toll plazas, service areas, maintenance facilities, State Police buildings, warehouses,” the statement read.

“Those flags are treated with the utmost respect by Turnpike Authority personnel. They are flown on suitable staffs. They are illuminated at night. They are lowered to half-staff when the state is in mourning. They are removed, properly destroyed, and promptly replaced when they become faded or worn and are no longer suitable symbols of our national ideals,” it continued.

“The long-standing policy of the New Jersey Turnpike Authority has been to prohibit the display of any flags, signs, or banners by private parties on Turnpike Authority property. While we appreciate the desire of some New Jersey residents to express their patriotism in these turbulent times by displaying flags on Turnpike and Parkway overpasses, Turnpike Authority regulations do not allow it, and for good reason,” the statement said.

The statement went on to explain that the agency would not continue maintaining the flags, so they would have to be taken down.
“While we hope that everyone who wants to display the American flag finds a suitable location to do so, we believe that limiting the flags displayed on Turnpike Authority property to ones hung and maintained by Turnpike Authority staff is the best way to assure that all flags in the Turnpike and Parkway right of way are treated with the respect they deserve,” the statement concluded.

In some cases, officials replaced the U.S. flags with a sign that read, “Placement of signage or items of any nature on this structure is strictly prohibited.”

Residents are defiant

One town has decided that it will defy the decision and put the flags back up. In a Facebook group called “Replacing American Flags,” residents of Robbinsville Township say they have the support of the mayor to replace the flags.

“With the full support of Mayor Dave Fried, we plan to re-hang the American flags on the overpasses throughout Robbinsville Township,” read the page.

The residents say they plan to replace the flags on Friday, Sept. 11, the 19th anniversary of the terrorist attacks.

Here’s a news report about the overpass flags in New Jersey:

Author: Carlos Garcia

Source: The Blaze: New Jersey is taking down US flags from bridges installed after the 9/11 attacks, and residents are outraged

Four-tour Iraq War veteran and comedian Bobby Henline demanded Monday that people stop using his image for “propaganda.”

Within a day of a report from The Atlantic claiming that President Donald Trump had called wounded veterans “losers” and saying that no one wanted to see them, Henline’s face appeared on anti-Trump memes that used that message.

“Are we done lying to people yet?” he asked in a video Monday, demanding that his face not be used in “propaganda” to promote that agenda.


“People, stop using me for your propaganda, for your agenda. I’m not here for that,” Henline said. “I don’t know what Trump said, but I’m sure he didn’t call me a loser. I didn’t hear him call me a loser, so this has got to stop. Stop using my image.”

Henline then asked for help in calling attention to the situation, adding, “Fox News, call me. Somebody, let’s get this out there on a bigger platform so people would know not to use me — not to put a face to whatever this is they think he said. It’s ridiculous.”

“Let’s stop the sh*t, let’s move on,” Henline concluded. “I’m not part of all this.”

Author: Virginia Kruta

Source: Daily Caller: ‘Stop Using My Image’: Wounded Vet Says Trump Never Called Him ‘Loser,’ Demands His Face Be Taken Off ‘Propaganda’

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams said on Tuesday’s “The View” that she would support a ban on the AR-15 — but she changed the subject when asked whether she would also support confiscation of AR-15s already in circulation in her home state of Georgia.

Abrams, who is hoping to become the first black governor of Georgia, appeared on “The View” to discuss her campaign — and host Meghan McCain pressed her on her views regarding the Second Amendment.

McCain began:

You have been endorsed by Everytown, an anti-gun organization. Michael Bloomberg’s anti-gun group as well. You say you’re proud to have an ‘F’ rating from the NRA, and Michael Bloomberg and others like him, in the wake of what happened in Pittsburgh, support taking the AR-15, which is the most popular rifle in America, away from people. Do you, like Everytown, support banning the AR-15?

Abrams responded by saying first that she was not anti-gun, noting that her grandmother had taught her how to shoot as a young girl in Alabama.

She voiced support for background checks and waiting periods and argued that people who had been charged with domestic violence should not have access to firearms.

Stacey Abrams, Candidate for Governor in the state of Georgia, delivers a speech during a fundraiser in Manhattan, New York, U.S. September 24, 2018. REUTERS/Amr Alfiky

The Abrams address the AR-15 specifically, saying:

I do not believe like weapons of mass destruction like the AR-15 belong in civilian hands. I think it should be prohibited from civilian use. I have shot an AR-15, and I think you probably have too, and while it’s an amazing amount of power, it also is an amazing amount of destruction, and there is very little that can be done to protect vulnerable communities when the AR-15 is present.

McCain pressed harder, asking if that meant confiscation would come next. ” I do appreciate your honesty,” she began, “And I assume by banning it, you would be rounding them up. It’s the most popular gun in America, around 61% of all U.S. civilian rifle sales. Would you be rounding them up from civilians in Georgia that own it?”

Abrams skipped over the question of confiscation and instead called for a ban on “assault weapons.”

Author: Virginia Kruta

Source: Daily Caller: Stacey Abrams Says She’d Ban The AR-15, Dodges The Question On Confiscation

Fox News anchor Harris Faulkner challenged Marie Harf to name one Republican-led city where widespread violence was as bad as in a number of Democrat-led cities.

Continued violence — particularly in Democrat-led cities like Portland, Chicago and Seattle — was the topic of heated debate through several segments of Thursday’s “Outnumbered.”

Faulkner turned the question to Harf after Dagen McDowell suggested that the situation boiled down to a binary choice between “incompetence or disdain.”

Harf responded by saying that it was “unfair” to say that those mayors did not care about their citizens and claiming that President Donald Trump was targeting Democrat-led cities for political reasons rather than because they were the only ones who warranted intervention.

“For many people, that he keeps saying he’s going after Democratic cities and Democrats feels like he is making a law enforcement issue a political one, which we should not be doing in this country,” Harf continued.

Faulkner pushed back then, challenging Harf to name a Republican-led city that was facing similar levels of unrest and violence. “Marie, is there another Republican-led city that is having the kinds of problems that we are seeing in a Democratic-led city? Let me let you answer that. Is there?”

“Well, look, Democrats have been in charge of the big cities in our country for a long time,” Harf replied.

“It’s a yes or no question,” Faulkner pressed again.

“It’s more complicated. It’s not binary, Harris,” Harf attempted to clarify her point. “The issue is the Democrats are in charge of —”

Faulkner laid the challenge out again, asking once more directly, “Is there a Republican-led city that is having the same type of violence and unrest on it streets the way a Democratic-led trail of cities is right now that we continue to talk about?”

Harf argued that there were “many parts of this country led by Republicans that have a very high level of violence.”

“Do they look like the streets of Portland in Chicago right now, with the current unrest?” Faulkner pushed back once more.

Harf responded by attempting to turn the blame to President Trump, arguing that the presence of federal troops in places like Portland had led to the uptick in violence.

“The streets of Portland didn’t look like this. The streets of Portland didn’t look like this until President Trump sent in federal troops who were anonymous. They don’t have their names on, that’s what anonymous means. He has them arresting them with no Due Process in rented vans,” Harf insisted.

“When you have other markings, you are not technically anonymous, but we won’t go there,” Faulkner replied.

Earlier in the show, Faulkner had jumped in to correct Harf when she claimed that “anonymous” federal officers had been “abducting” protesters off the streets in Portland.

“I have a responsibility to step in on that end, because I have been talking with leadership at DHS. We know that DHS and the Department of Justice, for the president, are looking to handle this situation in a way that protects all Americans. So, I do want to press back a little bit on terming them as ‘anonymous federal officers.’ The markings on them are clear,” Faulkner explained.

Author: Virginia Kruta

Source: Daily Caller: ‘It’s A Yes Or No Question’: Harris Faulkner Challenges Marie Harf To Name One Republican-Led City Experiencing A Rise In Violence

Only 54% of likely voters believe former Vice President Joe Biden is up to the task of debating President Donald Trump.

A poll released Tuesday by Rasmussen Reports said that in a national survey of 1000 likely voters, just over half thought that Biden, the Democratic Party’s presumptive nominee, could handle a debate against his incumbent opponent.

Respondents were asked the following three questions between July 9 and July 12:

  • How important is it for Joe Biden and Donald Trump to hold one or more televised presidential debates this fall?
  • Is Joe Biden capable of debating Donald Trump?
  • Would it help or hurt Biden’s candidacy % He refused to debate Trump? Or would it have no impact?

According to the poll, 68% said that holding at least one televised debate was important — 51% said that it was “very important.”

In addition to the 54% who said they thought Biden was capable of performing on the debate stage, 38% believed him incapable and 11% were unsure.

New York Times opinion columnist Thomas L. Friedman warned last week that Biden should not consent to debating Trump unless he released his tax returns and there was an independent real-time fact checker.

But according to the Rasmussen poll, 56% of respondents believe that refusing to debate would hurt Biden’s campaign. Just under 10 % believe that bowing out of debates would help Biden, and 29% say that it would have no impact on the election’s outcome.

Author: Virginia Kruta

Source: Daily Caller: Rasmussen: Is Joe Biden Capable Of Debating Donald Trump? Only 54% Say Yes

Every Memorial Day millions of Americans take time to remember those who have fallen in service to country — but for some, like Republican Texas Congressman Dan Crenshaw, it’s personal.

Crenshaw, a retired Lieutenant Commander and Navy SEAL, marked the day by sharing a series of photos memorializing his own brothers-in-arms — each of whom willingly paid the ultimate price for their friends, their families and millions of complete strangers.

“Enjoy your Memorial Day and let us remember why we celebrate. We celebrate the lives of the heroes we have lost. Never Forget,” Crenshaw tweeted, adding, “Read entire thread please.”


“Did our first deployment together at SEAL Team 3. One of the best and most respected leaders on the Team. Husband, son, and brother. ‘Be Strong. Be accountable. Never complain.’”

Looney, a Naval Academy lacrosse player, was honored by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes in January of 2019 with the Peter Kohn award. His father, Kevin Looney, accepted the award on his behalf at the U.S. Lacrosse National Convention in Philadelphia.


Crenshaw called Feeks “one of the best JTACs out there.” A JTAC (Joint Terminal Air Controller) is responsible for calling in airstrikes from the ground.

“Loyal friend, husband, brother, and son. He always showed up when you asked him to,” Crenshaw added.


Crenshaw remembered Warsen for the time they spent together on deployment. “When not on missions, we’d hit the volleyball court (half sand, half rocks),” he said. “Strongest guy in the platoon, and also the happiest.”

Warsen’s hometown of Kentwood, Michigan, dedicated a stretch of the M-6 highway in Warsen’s name in 2015.


Crenshaw recalled Ebbert as his roommate in BUD/S (Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL Training). “One of the smartest, most capable, kindest SEALs I ever knew. Skilled medic, loving husband. Missed dearly.”

Ebbert was the son of retired Navy SEAL (also deceased) Jeffery Ebbert.


Cavner, Crenshaw noted, helped him learn to shoot left-handed after he was injured. “Cool, collected, and a great operator. Brad taught me to shoot left-handed after I lost my right eye,” he said.


“World would be a better place with him in it,” Crenshaw said of Tom Fouke, another former roommate. “The gentlest big guy I ever knew. He raised an Argentine Horned frog named Lester when we lived together. Loved life, loved Metallica.”


Marihugh, Crenshaw remembered, “pretended to be a doctor so he could visit my hospital room in Afghanistan and check up on me after I got hit by an IED.” Crenshaw also called the former police officer “the most motivating and entertaining guy in our BUD/S class.”


Crenshaw described Keating — known to his friends as “Chuck Heavy” — as the “life of the party” with a contagious laugh. “He was killed placing himself in danger so that his Team wouldn’t have to. Navy Cross recipient. Epic hero, husband, son, brother,” Crenshaw added.

Keating was part of a “quick reaction force” sent to extract a team of American combat advisors who had been besieged by ISIS fighters in Iraq. He was the third American combat death in Iraq.

Author: Virginia Kruta


President Donald Trump said Wednesday that “it would certainly be hard to believe” that former President Barack Obama was unaware of what the FBI was up to in 2016.

Speaking to WMAL radio host Larry O’Connor, Trump said he was considering holding his own press conference on Thursday following the public release of the Mueller report.

Trump went on to praise Attorney General William Barr, saying “he’s grabbed it by the horn.”

The conversation turned to several former Obama-era officials, most of whom are likely to be investigated in the coming months as Barr has pledged, and Trump touted the fact that he had called attention to them as “one of my great achievements, actually.”

The president also had strong opinions when it came to whether or not Obama was aware of what the FBI was doing. “How is it possible that he didn’t know?” he asked. “I mean, we’re talking about pervasive, horrible things that were happening.”

“It would certainly be hard to believe that he didn’t know what was going on,” Trump concluded.

Barr and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein are expected to release the redacted Mueller report and give a press conference Thursday morning at 9:30 a.m. EST.

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Author: Virginia Kruta


Democratic California Rep. Maxine Waters challenged bank executives during a Wednesday morning hearing, appearing to blame them for the student debt crisis.

What she appeared to leave out was the fact that student loans were nationalized nearly a decade ago under former President Barack Obama to cut banks’ ability to offer government-backed loans.

“By cutting out the middleman, we’ll save the American taxpayers $68 billion in the coming years,” Obama said when he signed the legislation in 2010. “That’s real money.”

Waters now chairs the committee that oversees those student loans.


Waters began by explaining the student debt crisis, saying, “Today, there are more than 44 million Americans that owe … $1.56 trillion in student loan debt.”

She added, “Last year, 1 million student loan borrowers defaulted which is on top of the 1 million borrowers who defaulted the year before.”

Then, Waters turned the questions on the bank executives, asking what they intended to do about the student debt crisis: “What are you guys doing to help us with the student loan debt? Who would like to answer first? Mr. Monihan? Big bank?”

“We stopped making student loans in 2007 or so,” he responded.

“So you don’t do it anymore? Mr. Corbyn?” she pressed the next banker.

“We exited student lending in 2009,” he replied.

“Mr. Dimon?” Waters tried again.

“When the government took over student lending in 2010, we stopped doing all student lending,” he said.

Fox Business host Stuart Varney played a clip from Wednesday’s hearing, then noted that as chair of the Financial Services Committee, Waters should have known that all student loans were nationalized in 2010. Therefore, none of the bank executives she questioned had any control over the student debt crisis.

“That was interesting, was it not?” he asked. “It appeared to me that Maxine Waters, who chairs the House Financial Services Committee, did not know that the government had nationalized student loans 10 years ago. I don’t believe she knows that. She chairs a committee which regulates the banks.”

Author: Virginia Kruta


Judge Jeanine Pirro has only been off the air for one episode of her Fox News show, but President Donald Trump noticed — and he wants her to come back.

Fox announced Saturday that Pirro would not be on air for her regular Saturday evening show, “Justice with Judge Jeanine” — and although the network made no connection between the decision to pull her and recent comments she made questioning the loyalty of Democratic Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar, a number of others jumped to that conclusion.

Fox released a statement saying instead that the network would not be commenting on internal scheduling matters.

Trump made it clear that he would like to see Pirro return, suggesting that the “Radical Left Democrats” and the “Fake News Media” were ultimately responsible for efforts to silence voices like Pirro’s.

Former White House communications director — and Pirro’s friend — Anthony Scaramucci also weighed in, saying that words shouldn’t be a reason to destroy someone’s career. “Professional capital punishment for words doesn’t make sense and isn’t true to real discourse,” he explained.

Author: Virginia Kruta


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