Videos Show Audience Booing Nancy Pelosi at NYC Music Festival

Videos Show Audience Booing Nancy Pelosi at NYC Music Festival

The welcome was anything but warm for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Saturday night as she was booed on stage at the Global Citizen Festival after being introduced by Indian actress Priyanka Chopra Jonas.

Pelosi, 82, was attending the gathering in New York’s Central Park with husband Paul when Chopra Jonas invited her to appear before the crowd of music devotees.

The result was underwhelming for them both.

As Pelosi set out plans heading for Congress to tackle climate issues, members of the audience could be heard booing the veteran Democrat even as she expounded on carbon pollution and “climate change.”

“It’s thanks to your help that the United States recently enacted historic climate legislation, which will be a game changer,” Pelosi said as the jeers carried on, the New York Post reports.

“It will slash carbon pollution by 40 percent by 2030, it will give a historic, an historic $370 billion to fight the climate crisis.”

As the audience grew even more loud in its response, several hecklers are heard yelling “let’s go!” apparently looking for the evening’s entertainment to resume without a politician taking center stage.

Lars Ulrich, Nancy Pelosi and Paul Pelosi pose backstage during Global Citizen Festival 2022: New York at Central Park on September 24, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images)

The Post report added Pelosi tried to continue her speech, saying the bill would result in “better water and air for our children” as well as “better-paying jobs and lower energy bills for their parents.”

The California representative can also be heard calling for “better water and air for our children” and “better-paying jobs and lower energy bills for their parents.”

Mariah Carey, Metallica, The Jonas Brothers and Usher performed at the festival.

President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen also spoke at the event.

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Capitol Police whistleblower: Jan. 6 ‘intelligence failures’ on Pelosi watch

Capitol Police whistleblower: Jan. 6 ‘intelligence failures’ on Pelosi watch

Capitol Police whistleblower: Jan. 6 ‘intelligence failures’ on Pelosi watch

Three days after the Jan. 6 riot, a Capitol Police intelligence analyst sent a blistering email to supervisors, blowing the whistle on a failure to heed clear intelligence that right-wing rioters planned to storm the Capitol.

By John Solomon

Just three days after the Jan. 6 Capitol breach, one of the Capitol Police’s top intelligence analysts sent a blistering email to supervisors, blowing the whistle on what he said was their failure to heed clear intelligence warning that right-wing rioters planned to storm the Capitol.

“We analysts have been reporting for weeks that Patriot groups are commenting on social media their intentions to storm the U.S. Capitol with overwhelming numbers,” Eric Hoar wrote in the Jan. 9, 2021 email to his bosses. “I don’t know what was occurring behind the scenes, but I hope that information was briefed with the veracity it deserved, and not just a one-time Event Assessment.”

Hoar wrote he feared political considerations had overtaken security needs in the lead-up to the riot.

“The notion that valid intelligence is trumped by optics or political decisions is unacceptable and puts lives in danger,” he said. “This is a concept I’ve understood for a long time, and I know you are aware of this as well, and I hope its meaning is now OBVIOUS to ALL Officials, Commanders, and Stakeholders.”

You can read his full memo here:

The mention of “optics” appears to be a reference to the language used when House Democratic leadership rejected an offer days before Jan. 6 from the Trump Pentagon to send National Guard troops to assist Capitol Police.

After facing retaliation following the riot, Hoar left the Capitol Police’s intelligence unit and landed at the Homeland Security Department, where he is now assigned to train numerous agencies — including the Capitol Police — on how to avoid future failures like the one he decried in his memo.

Contacted at his home Tuesday night, Hoar declined comment.

Hoar worked in the U.S. military overseas and then as a uniformed officer for the Capitol Police before a serious car accident left him confined to a wheelchair. He then moved to the intelligence unit, his friends and fellow officers told Just the News.

Republicans on the House Administration Committee led by ranking member Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) have taken testimony in private from several whistleblowers like Hoar but did not have a copy of his post-event intelligence failures memo. That was provided to Just the News by a senior Capitol Police source.

As Democrats wrap up their Jan. 6 probe, House Republicans are planning to soon release a wealth of evidence they have gathered showing intelligence and planning failures by the police and the first evidence of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s contacts with the security apparatus leading up to the riots.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Rep. Jim Banks, head of the GOP Study Committee, have been working with Davis for months on a counter-investigation to the Jan. 6 committee’s findings, officials told Just the News.

In his email entitled “1/6 intelligence failures,” Hoar wrote he waited a few days to send his assessment to the department’s leadership because he wanted to let subside his anger at watching his colleagues needlessly fight off a riot that could have been prevented or mitigated.

“I have been purposely quiet for several days in order to calm myself, but know that I am filled with anger and frustration,” he wrote. “Watching videos of Officers and friends that I served next to when I was in uniform being bullied. Watching posts that I’ve held being overrun, still makes me nauseous.”

He pleaded with both rank and file officers and supervisors to honestly acknowledge the intelligence failures that preceded Jan. 6 so that they would not be repeated in the future.

“The purpose of this message is not to investigate blame, but to hopefully provide insight to help prevent another disaster,” he wrote at one point, candidly acknowledging the COVID-19 pandemic had made intelligence sharing harder.

“I sincerely hope USCP Commanders have the fortitude to stand-up and LOUDLY convey the need for effective security posture, despite any optics or career repercussions,” he added. “A meek commander is a worthless black hole.”

Hoar’s assessment is directly backed up by hundreds of pages of internal Capitol Police documents obtained by Just the News showing Hoar and other colleagues in the intelligence division receiving detailed warnings from the FBI, Homeland Security Department, the U.S. Marshals Service and D.C. Metropolitan Police that right-wing extremists were plotting to storm the Capitol and attack lawmakers.

The intelligence was processed and forwarded to department components starting on Dec. 21, 2020 up through Jan. 5, 2021, the day before the riots, the memos obtained by Just the News show.

In fact, some of the intelligence was repeatedly sent in an effort to get leaders’ attention over the Christmas holidays. “I apologize if this is a double tap with the email,” one of Hoar’s colleagues, Matthew Hurtig wrote, in an email dated Dec. 31, 2020 where he re-forwarded information from the FBI about right-wing extremist threats on social media to “storm” the U.S. Capitol and “hang” politicians.

Hurtig, who was assigned by Capitol Police to an FBI joint terrorism task force, wrote he was concerned his first effort to forward the information a week earlier didn’t appear to have gone through because he got no response.

Hoar assured Hurtig he was escalating the concerns anew to the Capitol Police intelligence division. “Thanks Matt, I will follow up for IICD,” he wrote, using the acronym for the Capitol Police intelligence arm.

One of the starkest pre-Jan. 6 warnings came in the form of a Homeland Security Department intercept of online posts from a pro-Trump Web site called, where detailed threats were made starting a month before the riots. Those threats included talk of penetrating the congressional tunnel system, using maps of the Capitol grounds to plot the best routes of attack and explicit instructions to storm the chamber where the Jan. 6 certification of election results was going to be held.

On Dec. 21, 2020, Homeland Security and Metropolitan Police sent the Capitol Police a six-page compilation of the most extreme threats and planning which had been posted in the 24 hours prior on the site.

The extremists discussed why having early maps of the tunnel system would be important to their plans. “It just means you know where to hang out for maximum impact,” one post read.

Another came over the top with a chilling instruction that would mirror exactly what happened on Jan. 6 when rioters trapped House and Senate members in the chamber. “Forget the tunnels. Get into Capitol building, stand outside congress. Be in the room next to them . They won’t have time run if they play dumb.”

The threats sent to Capitol Police repeatedly made specific mention of two groups, the Proud Boys and the Oath Keepers, that later would be accused by the FBI of fomenting the violence.

For instance, one threat posted on the site and provided to Capitol Police said the right wing extremists distrusted the Capitol Police force because of “how they defended antifa from proudboys like they were the swiss guard protecting the pope.”

The Dec. 21, 2020 intelligence bulletin that Hoar’s division created to summarize the social media chatter about potential violence on Jan. 6 listed specific threats against members of Congress, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Republican Leader Micth McConnell.

It also cited a suggestion to attack the power grid that provided electricity to the Capitol, a vow to burn down the Supreme Court and pleas to bring shovels, nerve gas and weapons to the event. “Bring guns, and don’t let any patriot get arrested at any cost,” the intelligence bulletin quoted one person planning to attend.

Despite all of the intelligence coming into Capitol Police, the department’s final instructions to its front line officers made no mention of the potential warnings.

For instance, the department’s Jan. 5, 2021 final Civil Disturbance Units plan for crowd and riot control contained this inexplicable language about threat assessment: “At this time there are no specific known threats related to the Joint Session of Congress – Electoral College Vote Certification.”


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Penn GOP nominee Mastriano sues Jan. 6 committee — Subpoena legally Defective

Penn GOP nominee Mastriano sues Jan. 6 committee — Subpoena legally Defective

Penn GOP nominee Mastriano sues Jan. 6 committee — Subpoena legally Defective

Suit says Democrat-led committee violated Pelosi’s own rules by not having ranking member, questions validity of chairman’s signature on subpoena.

By John Solomon

In an extraordinary legal strike two months before mid-term elections, the Republican nominee for Pennsylvania governor on Thursday sued House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the Democrat-run Jan. 6 committee in federal court, alleging it failed to follow its own rules and does not have the legal authority to compel him to testify.

The lawsuit filed by state Sen. Doug Mastriano says the Pelosi-led House failed to follow its own rules and ensure the Jan. 6 committee had a ranking Republican member and therefore can’t compel his deposition under the rules Congress set for itself.

The suit also challenges the validity of Chairman Bennie Thompson’s signature on Mastriano’s subpoena, providing evidence it may be an autopen signature generated by staff.

“The focus of this complaint is not the legitimacy of the Committee. Rather, it is the Committee’s absolute inability to legally compel deposition testimony in compliance with the Regulations for Use of Deposition Authority,” the suit filed in U.S. District Court in Washington D.C. argued. “A properly appointed Ranking Minority Member is necessary for a witness, such as Plaintiff, to avail himself of the protections afforded to him in the Rules on the Use of Deposition Authority.”

“The U.S. House of Representatives Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol is unable to comply with the House Regulations for the Use of Deposition Authority and is therefore unable to conduct a compelled deposition of the Plaintiff, or any other witness who does not consent to being deposed,” it added.

To back his argument, Mastriano’s lawyer Timothy Parlatore provided a letter from House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy stating Democrats are in violation of their rules and cited a 1978 court ruling that congressional subpoenas are enforceable only when the committees “conform strictly to the resolution establishing its investigatory powers.”

Mastriano, a state senator backed by Donald Trump, won the GOP nomination for governor and is facing Democrat Attorney General Josh Shapiro in November. Mastriano was subpoenaed earlier this year by the committee over his efforts to investigate election irregularities in his state during the 2020 election.

The complaint laid out conversations – some in colorful detail – that Mastriano’s legal team held with the committee in an effort to reach a negotiated deal to testify. It alleges Democrats would not agree to Mastriano’s requests that any deposition be transparent to avoid Democrats cherry-picking information and leaks to influence the election.

“Because Plaintiff is currently the Republican nominee for Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, he asked the Committee to agree to certain prophylactic measures that would ensure that his participation would not run the risk of improperly influencing the Pennsylvania state election,” the lawsuit said.

“Unfortunately, the Committee refused to negotiate any terms of a voluntary interview that would prevent them from improperly influencing the election, thus necessitating this litigation,” it added.

The suit also relays details of an attempt to start a deposition this summer in which Democrats allegedly became angry when Mastriano’s lawyers questioned Thompson’s signature on the deposition.

“Counsel for the Plaintiff inquired as to whether the subpoena had actually been issued by the Chairman, as required. This inquiry was prompted after noticing that the signature on the August 8, 2022 letter was absolutely identical to the one on the subpoena itself,” the suit said.

“When the question was asked whether the Chairman had issued the subpoena or if a staffer had instead issued it using an autopen, the Committee representatives became upset and refused to answer, thus increasing suspicions that Chairman Thompson did not issue the subpoena or the letter,” it added.

The suit includes pictures of the signatures showing they were identical.

The suit said after the two sides argued over the ranking member issue, Democrats tried to forcibly start the deposition but forgot one key step.

“Oddly, a representative of the Committee then proceeded to start asking Plaintiff questions. When asked by counsel for Plaintiff what he was doing, the representative announced that the deposition had commenced and that Plaintiff was not permitted to leave while a deposition question was pending,” the suit related. “Counsel for the Plaintiff then reminded the representative for the Committee that ordinarily deposition questioning cannot commence until after a witness was sworn – something that had not occurred.”

Parlatore successfully represented another witness in the Jan. 6 committee probe, former NYPD Commissioner Bernard Kerik, and ended up winning an apology when the committee falsely accused Kerik of attending a Jan. 5 meeting in Washington D.C. to discuss blocking certification of the 2020 vote. In fact, toll and phone records show Kerik was in New York City.

The suit asks the court to make a “declaratory judgment that Plaintiff is not required to sit for a compelled deposition” and to order Congress to pay Mastriano’s legal bills.



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*** Election Night Livewire *** Florida, New York, Oklahoma Lock In Party Nominees in Critical Races

*** Election Night Livewire *** Florida, New York, Oklahoma Lock In Party Nominees in Critical Races

Voters in Florida, New York, and Oklahoma vote on Tuesday in key primary, runoff, and special elections in each state that could say a lot about where the nation is headed going into the midterm elections less than three months from now.

In Florida, Democrats will select a gubernatorial nominee between Rep. Charlie Crist (D-FL) and state Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried (D) to face off against Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis in November. Rep. Val Demings (D-FL) seeks to make her bid for the Democrat nomination for U.S. Senate official, and aims to turn her attention formally to Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) in November.

Down-ticket in Florida, several interesting congressional primaries from the GOP side in Florida’s seventh and thirteenth districts to the Democrat side in Florida’s tenth district are also likely to be interesting.

Up in New York, a special election for the 19th Congressional District between Republican Marc Molinaro and Democrat Pat Ryan could say something about the upcoming midterms. A Molinaro victory would be yet another flip from Democrat control to GOP control in special elections, as this seat was vacated by former Rep. Antonio Delgado (D-NY) when Delgado took the job as Lieutenant Governor for Gov. Kathy Hochul. Molinaro winning would slice House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s majority down to just three seats, and make it very difficult for Democrats to pass any agenda items before the end of the year.

GOP voters upstate in the Buffalo suburbs will also select a nominee for the new 23rd Congressional District, a nasty primary that has pitted businessman Carl Paladino against New York GOP chairman Nick Langworthy. Republicans will also have several other interesting primaries statewide.

But the main event may be on the Democrat side in New York City, where two longtime Democrats–who are also both top lieutenants of Pelosi as committee chairs–will face off on the island of Manhattan to see who survives. Reps. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) and Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) have spent the past several months duking it out in a gnarly Democrat-on-Democrat intra-party war, and the winner will be crowned on Tuesday. Several other Democrats, due to redistricting and New York losing population–and a congressional district–also face interesting primary battles, including Democrat Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) chairman Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY). Former President Donald Trump has poked fun at the Democrats by jokingly endorsing several of them in efforts to actually hurt them with Democrat voters. Whether that had any impact remains to be seen.

Down in Oklahoma, GOP voters will select the nominee in the primary runoff for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by retiring longtime Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK). Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-OK), with former President Trump’s endorsement, has surged to the front of the race, but a late-breaking poll suggests that challenger T.W. Shannon might be stronger than he looks–so Mullin looks to make it official and keep Trump’s U.S. Senate primary endorsement record perfect this cycle.

The polls close in most of Florida at 7 p.m. ET, and in the Central Time zone parts of Florida in the Panhandle, as well as in Oklahoma, at 8 p.m. ET. The polls close in New York at 9 p.m. ET. Follow along here for live updates as the results pour in.

UPDATE 9:41 p.m. ET:

It appears as though DCCC chairman Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY) has survived a primary challenge:

UPDATE 9:40 p.m. ET:

The Associated Press calls it for Nadler in New York:

UPDATE 9:37 p.m. ET:

A “blue mirage” seems to be showing Democrats leading in early returns in two New York special elections but expect those to change big time very soon:

UPDATE 9:21 p.m. ET:

NBC News projects that Nadler wins the primary against Maloney:

UPDATE 9:16 p.m. ET:

With 2 percent reporting in the special election in upstate New York in the 19th congressional district, Democrat Pat Ryan is currently leading Republican Marc Molinaro but expect this to change and tighten significantly.

UPDATE 9:13 p.m. ET:

The first results are trickling in from across the Empire State. A few immediate thoughts: With 50 percent reporting in New York’s 10th district Democrat primary, Daniel Goldman–the impeachment lead attorney for House Democrats in Trump’s first impeachment–is currently leading by about 7 percent.

In the 12th district Democrat primary, Jerry Nadler has a commanding lead with 32 percent reporting and looks like he will defeat Carolyn Maloney handily.

With only 8 percent in in New York’s 23rd district GOP primary, Carl Paladino has a sizable lead over Nick Langworthy but still a long way to go there.

UPDATE 9:06 p.m. ET:

Gov. DeSantis’s team is loving the Breitbart homepage right now:

UPDATE 9:00 p.m. ET:

The polls are now closed in New York and results are expected there imminently.

UPDATE 8:49 p.m. ET:

Trump-backed Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-OK) has formally won the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate in Oklahoma:

This means Trump remains perfect in U.S. Senate GOP primary endorsements in 2022. That is nothing short of incredible considering how many open and contested races in which he endorsed.

UPDATE 8:48 p.m. ET:

This is very significant and a big sign of a big red wave:

UPDATE 8:45 p.m. ET:

Martin County, Florida, has flipped:

So has Miami-Dade County:

That means now that Miami-Dade is the largest county in America that has flipped from a liberal school board to a conservative school board.

UPDATE 8:43 p.m. ET:

Team DeSantis is calling the wave of conservative school board victories across Florida on Tuesday “The Parents Revolution”:

UPDATE 8:23 p.m. ET:

Another conservative school board candidate victory, this time up in Duval County in Jacksonville, Florida, where April Carney is projected to defeat her leftist opponent and Charlotte Joyce won too. Both were endorsed by Gov. DeSantis:

UPDATE 8:21 p.m. ET:

This, from Christian Ziegler–the vice chair of the Florida GOP whose wife is one of the conservative school board members in Sarasota–is everything:

The GOP focusing on issues, particularly education, is how the party wins. Republicans nationwide need to learn from Florida tonight and this school board sweep that is shaping up. Those numbers are undeniably great for conservatives going into November.

UPDATE 8:19 p.m. ET:

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) has easily fended off a primary challenge:

There was a time not too long ago that the establishment thought he was vulnerable so the fact he won within 15 minutes of the polls closing is a big deal–and a decisive victory.

UPDATE 8:17 p.m. ET:

Rep. Dan Webster (R-FL) survived a primary challenge from Laura Loomer, but it was closer than Republicans expected:

UPDATE 8:16 p.m. ET:

With 4 percent reporting now in Oklahoma, Mullin has charged out to a huge early lead with more 60 percent while Shannon is below 40 percent.

UPDATE 8:12 p.m. ET:

Only a handful of votes are in in Oklahoma but Mullin has the lead over Shannon to start things there.

UPDATE 8:11 p.m. ET:

With 18 percent reporting now, Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) has a comfortable more than two-to-one lead over his primary opponent.

UPDATE 8:10 p.m. ET:

From former President Donald Trump’s team, here are the endorsements Trump has on the line tonight nationwide:

Florida-01 Matt Gaetz

Florida-02 Neal Dunn

Florida-03 Kat Cammack

Florida-05 John Rutherford

Florida-06 Mike Waltz

Florida-08 Bill Posey

Florida-12 Gus Bilirakis

Florida-13 Anna Paulina Luna

Florida-16 Vern Buchanan

Florida-17 Greg Steube

Florida-18 Scott Franklin

Florida-19 Byron Donalds

Florida-21 Brian Mast

Florida-25 Mario Diaz-Balart

Florida-26 Carlos Gimenez

Florida-Agriculture Commissioner Wilton Simpson

Florida-Attorney General Ashley Moody

Florida-Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis

Florida-Senate Marco Rubio

Florida-State Senate-22 Joe Gruters

Florida-Miami-Dade County-Commission-06 Kevin Marino

Florida-Miami-Dade County-Commission-12 Juan Carlos “JC” Bermudez

New York-11 Nicole Malliotakis

New York-21 Elise Stefanik

New York-24 Claudia Tenney

Oklahoma-Senate Markwayne Mullin

UPDATE 8:07 p.m. ET:

Clay County just flipped too:

UPDATE 8:06 p.m. ET:

The Sarasota School Board has flipped from a 3-2 liberal majority to a 4-1 conservative majority. This is a landslide there in terms of conservatives fighting back against radical leftism in schools and a very good sign for Republicans for November and a bad sign for Democrats:

Conservative candidates in school board races across Florida are doing very well on Tuesday night, and many more are likely to flip. This might be the biggest story out of today’s elections. Keep eyes on Duval County, Clay County, and Miami-Dade.

UPDATE 8:00 p.m. ET:

The polls have closed in the rest of Florida and in Oklahoma now. More results are expected imminently.

UPDATE 7:51 p.m. ET:

Rep. Val Demings (D-FL) has formally won the Democrat nomination for U.S. Senate.

In response, the campaign of Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) lit into Demings over her support for radical leftist policies.

“Marco Rubio has consistently delivered huge wins for Florida families, working across the aisle to improve the lives of people throughout the state. Meanwhile, Pelosi Puppet Val Demings votes for Joe Biden’s failing agenda 100% of the time and would be a rubber stamp for Democrats’ radical agenda in the Senate. Demings is desperately hoping Floridians will look past her record in Washington but this November, Floridians will remember that while Marco delivers results, Val Demings is just another radical rubber stamp,” Rubio communications director Elizabeth Gregory said.

UPDATE 7:43 p.m. ET:

Cory Mills has won the GOP nomination for Congress in Florida’s 7th congressional district:

UPDATE 7:41 p.m. ET:

Trump wins yet another one tonight–Anna Paulina Luna has won the GOP nomination for Congress in Florida’s 13th congressional district:

UPDATE 7:35 p.m. ET:

Ryan Girdusky, a leading conservative activist who has helped spearhead the school board strategy for conservatives, is projecting big confidence at early returns in Florida:

UPDATE 7:32 p.m. ET:

A developing story in Florida seems to be school board races, where Republicans may have crushed Democrats:

More information should be coming soon as these localities report more results.

UPDATE 7:19 p.m. ET:

With 83 percent in now in Florida’s 13th district GOP primary, Luna has expanded her lead over Hayslett and is now up by slightly more than two thousand votes.

UPDATE 7:13 p.m. ET:

Crist wins the Democrat nomination for governor and will face the GOP’s DeSantis in November:

UPDATE 7:12 p.m. ET:

With 74 percent reporting in the 13th district GOP primary, it is a barnburner between Trump-backed Anna Paulina Luna and opponent Kevin Hayslett. Luna leads by just under 200 votes. This one is very close.

Up in the 7th district with 27 percent reporting, it is a much different picture. Cory Mills is leading with 49.4 percent and Anthony Sabatini has 21.2 percent. Still time for Sabatini to make that up but that’s a lot of ground to fill in.

UPDATE 7:09 p.m. ET:

Now, with 20 percent in, Crist is at 64.1 percent and Fried is at 31.4 percent.

UPDATE 7:08 p.m. ET:

We’re up to 12 percent in and Crist has expanded his lead. He’s at 63.8 percent and Fried is down to 31.5 percent. He seems to be the odds-on favorite to face off against DeSantis in November.

UPDATE 7:05 p.m. ET:

How refreshing: Just minutes after the polls closed, the first results are in in Florida. Florida is perhaps the most efficient big state when it comes to election results–after the 2000 election battles the state cleaned up its act and continues to improve on election integrity–and now we are already getting a quick picture of who is winning in key races.

With 8 percent already reporting in the Democrat gubernatorial primary, Charlie Crist has a huge lead over Nikki Fried. He is at 59.2 percent and she is at 35 percent.

UPDATE 7:04 p.m. ET:

Turnout is apparently extremely high for Republicans in the Sunshine State:

Assuming this trend holds it could bode very badly for Democrats going into November, and very good for Republicans.

It’s also worth noting there are a number of school board races around Florida on Tuesday, and those are a major proxy war between the Democrats and the Republicans. The right has the opportunity to flip many school boards around the state, and Gov. DeSantis has been aggressive in endorsing and campaigning for school board candidates.

UPDATE 7:00 p.m. ET:

The polls have closed in most of Florida–except for the Panhandle–now, and results are expected imminently.


Paul Pelosi Pleads Guilty to DUI, Gets No Additional Jail Time

Paul Pelosi Pleads Guilty to DUI, Gets No Additional Jail Time

Paul Pelosi, Rep. Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) husband and an avid stock trader, has pleaded guilty to a DUI charge stemming from his arrest in late May when he crashed his Porsche in Napa Valley, California.

Pelosi was sentenced to three years probation and no additional jail time after pleading guilty to one count of DUI (driving under the influence), according to court records obtained by TMZ.

Nancy Pelosi’s husband was also sentenced to five days of jail time — but he is getting credit for time served.

He already served two days in jail at the time of his arrest, and he received conduct credit for two other days. As for the third day, Pelosi will work eight hours in the court’s work program to make up for that fifth day, according to a report by Politico.

Paul Pelosi’s probation terms also require that he complete a three-month drinking and driving course, and have an ignition interlock device on his car for one year. He also has to pay a $150 fine.

As Breitbart News previously reported, Paul Pelosi was involved in a two-vehicle car crash about an hour before being arrested for driving under the influence on May 28.

Court documents later revealed that he had slurred speech, red and watery eyes, and a drug in his system at the time of his arrest for DUI. But prosecutors in Napa County later walked back what they called a “boilerplate” drug allegation in the DUI complaint against Pelosi.

Earlier this month, California Highway Patrol 11-99 Foundation said it may revoke Paul Pelosi’s membership after he reportedly violated its policy during his DUI arrest by flashing his membership card.

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Pinkerton: Biden vs. Pelosi: Democratic Disjunction Spills Out Over Taiwan

“For if the trumpet give an uncertain sound,” the Bible warns us, “who shall prepare himself to the battle?” Without a doubt, weak leaders give uncertain sounds, and so they end up with few followers.   

A case in point is President Joe Biden. Not only is he struggling with a record-low approval rating, he’s even having trouble with his fellow Democrat and presumed ally in government, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. Biden had quietly opposed Pelosi’s August 2 trip to Taiwan, and yet Pelosi went anyway, bringing along with her four other House Democrats, including Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY), chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.  Potent symbolism there.

Of course, the trip was made even more fraught by the virulent opposition of the Chinese Communist Party regime in Beijing, which imperiously claims authority over Taiwan.  Ever since, China has been conducting menacing military “drills”  in the area–including edgy missile launches in the direction of other Asian countries, including Japan.   And just on August 14 comes the news that a second Congressional delegation has arrived in Taiwan, this one led by Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA).  And then, as the night follows the day, China announced a new round of military “drills” meant to intimidate.  Back in Washington, D.C., on August 16, the Chinese ambassador to the U.S., Qin Gang, delivered a 90-minute tirade, described by Politico as “doubling down” on the flashpoint.  Qin accused Pelosi of “political provocation” and of “changing the status quo”–the implication being that China could change it some more.

So yes, Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan continues to echo.  And there’s more.  Just on August 11, The Daily Mail (U.K.) scooped that Pelosi’s businessman son, Paul, had been on his mother’s plane.  The family-symbolism is hard to miss: Paul Pelosi is a made man.   Indeed, it seems that Paul Pelosi is a large shareholder in a Chinese telecom company.  Hmm.  The business-minded son of a Democratic big shot riding around on U.S. government planes.   It all sounds a bit . . .  Hunter Biden-ish–well, yes, it does, doesn’t it?

Questions of nepotism and influence peddling aside, probably most Americans support the current U.S. policy of support for Taiwan, even it’s not clear exactly what we support.  And that’s largely by design: for half a century, U.S policy on Taiwan has been characterized as “strategic ambiguity.” That is, leave China guessing as to exactly what we would, or would not do, in regard to the defense of Taiwan.  And for his part, Biden, too, seems to be guessing.  He has said, three times, that the U.S. would actively defend Taiwan–and walked it back three times.

All of which led The Economist magazine to call out this “incoherence.” The London-based publication opined, “The trip is a symptom of America’s incoherent approach to China—the country’s single most important opponent in the long run. If so, a trip designed to convey strength risks instead showing up the Biden administration’s confusion and lack of purpose.”  Ouch!

In fact, the behind-the-scenes dispute between the two top Democrats had been bubbling for some time. Back on July 20, Biden answered a reporter’s question about the pending trip in a desultory manner: “The military thinks it’s not a good idea right now.  But I don’t know what the status of it is.”

The New York Times explained, “Mr. Biden’s aides said he had decided against asking Ms. Pelosi directly to cancel her trip.” So instead, the communications about the trip occurred indirectly. CNBC reported, “The White House and the Pentagon have made little secret of their opposition to such a visit, which comes at a time when U.S.-China relations are the poorest they’ve been in decades.”  In the middle of this mix, on July 29, Niall Ferguson, a distinguished scholar of foreign affairs boasting joint appointments at both Stanford and Harvard, pointed out that Pelosi’s trip was first announced in April.  He asked: “Why did the Pentagon take three months to figure out that a trip by the House speaker to Taiwan was ‘not a good idea’?”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi landing at Songshan Airport in Taipei, Taiwan, on August 2, 2022. (Taiwanese Foreign Ministry via Getty Images)

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, center, poses for photos after arriving in Taipei, Taiwan, on Aug. 2, 2022. (Taiwan Ministry of Foreign Affairs via AP)

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), center left, poses for photographs after receiving the Order of Propitious Clouds with Special Grand Cordon, Taiwan’s highest civilian honor, from Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen, center right, at the president’s office on August 3, 2022, in Taipei, Taiwan. (Chien Chih-Hung/Office of The President via Getty Images)

On August 1, the day before Pelosi’s scheduled arrival in Taiwan, New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman opined that Pelosi’s looming visit was “utterly reckless, dangerous and irresponsible.” It’s a good bet that Friedman wouldn’t have written that if the White House had wanted him not to. Friedman, winner of three Pulitzer Prizes, is probably more wired into the foreign policy establishment, including the Biden administration, than any other journalist.  Why, just on May 22 he wrote a column bragging about his private lunch with Biden, noting that it was off the record, and yet still teasing the gist of his conversation with the commander-in-chief.

Which is to say, Friedman speaks with great authority about the Biden administration.  So it was revealing that he wrote, in that column on the 1st, “It is a measure of our political dysfunction that a Democratic president cannot deter a Democratic House speaker from engaging in a diplomatic maneuver that his entire national security team—from the C.I.A. director to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs—deemed unwise.” [emphasis added] 

In other words, the optics of the trip had became a muddle, as Biden jousted with Pelosi via proxy, even as the Beijing regime sent ships and airplanes to encircle the island of Taiwan.  Breitbart News’ August 2 headline thus nailed it: “Nancy Pelosi Lands in Taiwan, Defies Biden Administration and China.” 

For her part, just on August 11, Pelosi added some new fuzz to the ball of confusion, telling reporters of the U.S. military’s stance toward her trip, “I don’t remember them ever telling us not to go.”   So is it possible that the Biden administration didn’t want Pelosi to go and didn’t dare so it?  That even secretaries and generals and admirals were unwilling to confront the speaker, even indirectly?  How is anyone supposed to know Biden policy if the Bidenites won’t say it out loud?

So let’s go back to that word that Friedman used above: “dysfunction.” The word rings a bell with this author, as it’s so close—a rhyme, in fact—to the political science word “disjunction.” Disjunction describes a political organization that’s unable to function and so is coming apart. Disjunction is a concept commonly applied to the presidency of Jimmy Carter (1977-1981), which I am old enough to remember well. As with Carter’s 39th presidency, Biden’s 46th presidency suffers from a bad case of disjunction.  That is, the trumpet makes its weak sound, and few hear it, or heed it.  Indeed, plenty of fellow Democrats are now telling Biden that he should soon stop sounding the trumpet altogether—that he should not run again.  

As a matter of fact, I’ve written no fewer than eleven articles in the past year-and-a-half exploring the parallels between the Carter and Biden administrations, spotlighting topics including inflation, immigration, and energy policy. Today we can spotlight a twelfth parallel, concerning disjunction in policy toward a rival superpower. 

So let’s take a little time-jaunt back to the late 1970s, when President Carter was trying to manage fellow Democrats while attempting to deal with the then-mighty Soviet Union. Carter came into office with high hopes for his liberal agenda; he reckoned that the new broom of his enlightened diplomacy would sweep away the cobwebs of the Cold War.  

To that end, early in his presidency, in May 1977, he delivered a commencement speech to the University of Notre Dame in which he dumped on cold warriors, declaring instead, “We are now free of that inordinate fear of Communism.”  Got that?  The communists weren’t so bad.  And so of course Carter signed an arms control treaty, known as SALT II, with the Soviets.  That was in June 1979.  To seal the deal, a kiss.  

Soviet President Leonid Brezhnev (right) kisses U.S. President Jimmy Carter (left) after both leaders signed the SALT II Treaty in Vienna, Austria, on June 18, 1979. (AP Photo)

Now we should add that when the 96th Congress first met in January 1979, it boasted a thumping majority of 58 Democratic senators.  So later that year, when he submitted the SALT II treaty to the Senate for ratification, Carter had good reason to think that he would win the vote. 

However, disjunction was already settling in. Carter hadn’t gotten along with his fellow Democrats, and so didn’t factor properly their sentiments on the Soviets. In fact, many of them thought that SALT II was a dangerous giveaway to Moscow.  According to the State Department’s official history of the negotiations, “a broad coalition of Republicans and conservative Democrats grew increasingly skeptical.” One of those skeptical Democrats was Sen. Russell Long (D-LA), a thirty-year veteran of the chamber, chair of the mighty Finance Committee.  

So Carter had his treaty, and Long had his opinion of it—and the twain did not meet.  Here’s what the Washington Post reported on September 13, 1979:

Sen. Russell B. Long (D-La.), one of the most influential members of the Senate, announced yesterday that he would vote against the SALT II pact, declaring that it cannot be verified and that Soviet combat troops in Cuba demonstrated Soviet bad faith.  Through Long had spoken critically of SALT II in the past, the Carter administration had hoped for his vote, and most of its optimistic projections for Senate approval of the arms treaty assumed Long’s eventual support.

In other words, the Carter administration had miscalculated.  It had hoped Long’s support—and didn’t get it.  That’s disjunction, made visible.  

 As a relevant aside, Joe Biden was in the Senate back then. Indeed, as the Washington Post also reported, the Delaware lawmaker, a strong  supporter of the president—he had been the first senator to endorse candidate Carter—visited Moscow, looking for ways to save the treaty.   

With Biden’s help, Carter stuck with SALT II until the end of 1979. But then, on December 25 of that year, the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan.  So by now it was obvious that there was nothing “inordinate” about the fear of communism.  Such fear, and loathing, was, in fact, quite ordinate and rational.  In early January 1980, Carter bowed to political, and geopolitical, reality: He asked the Senate not to consider SALT II, that being a face-saving way of staving off an outright defeat. Okay, so that was Jimmy Carter’s rendezvous with disjunction—one of them.  

Sen. Joe Biden (D-DE) tells a Washington press conference that ratification of the Salt II treaty is vital to American security, on October 9, 1979. (AP Photo/ Charles Harrity)

Now back to the present day. As we have seen, Biden can’t rely on Pelosi on a key international issue—which is arguably the international issue. Indeed, the China issue is so important that it has caused a rift on the Republican side, too. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and 25 other Republican senators co-signed a letter expressing their support for Pelosi’s trip to Taiwan. 

To be sure, support for Taiwan has long been a conservative tenet. Still, if a little more than of the Senate Republican Conference publicly supports Pelosi’s trip to Taiwan, then that means that a little less than half of the Senate Republicans hold some other position. And as for what those other positions might be, it’s best to let each GOP senator speak for him- or herself.  But one who has made himself loud and clear is Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, who released his own statement, supporting Pelosi’s trip while bashing Biden’s reaction to it: 

Speaker Pelosi was right to visit Taiwan.  The Biden White House has managed to make an absolute mess of this, including leaking that the Biden Defense Department opposed Speaker Pelosi traveling to Taiwan, and then absurdly refusing to make unequivocally clear that any threats of violence against the Speaker would be met with overwhelming consequences.

As Mark Twain said, history doesn’t repeat, but it does rhyme. And so just as surely as “dysfunction” rhymes with “disjunction,” Joe Biden is rhyming with Jimmy Carter. Neither man proved able to manage their own coalition, to say nothing of the nation.  All of which suggests that as with Carter before him, Biden’s time in the White House has a one-term ceiling.  

So no later than January 2025, all the issues and concerns about China will be there to greet the next president.  


In Its Rage, China Just Offered A Sneak Peek Of Its Plans For Striking Taiwan

In Its Rage, China Just Offered A Sneak Peek Of Its Plans For Striking Taiwan

Last week, the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) declared an end to its live-fire military exercises. An enraged Beijing kicked off the drills in response to U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan during her recent trip to Asia. The exercises presented a rare window for the outside world to examine the PLA’s strength, offered clues to how Beijing plans to take over Taiwan militarily, and served as a reminder that Beijing has consistently matched its rhetoric with actions. 

China’s Fighting Power Has Dramatically Improved

All branches of the PLA, from the army, navy, and air force, to logistical units, participated in the week-long drills. They encircled Taiwan, which effectively imposed a blockade on the island. The PLA showed off its fighting power by deploying fighter jets and bombers in the sky and destroyers, submarines, and aircraft carriers in the ocean.

The PLA also launched ballistic missiles over Taiwan, five of which, according to the Japanese Ministry of Defense, landed in Japanese-controlled water for the first time. Taiwan’s military also accused Beijing of sustained cyberattacks on Taiwan’s internet service.

Many defense experts were shocked at how much progress the Chinese military had made since the last Taiwan strait crisis in 1995-1996 when China staged military exercises after then-House Speaker Newt Gingrich visited Taiwan.

According to Oriana Skylar Mastro, a China expert at Stanford University, China’s military exercises in the ’90s felt like child’s play because the PLA “barely had what could be considered an air force and a navy. Its pilots could not fly over water, at night, or in rough weather. In 1999 less than 2 percent of its fighters were the fourth generation, just 4 percent of its attack submarines were classed as modern (nuclear powered, for example), and none of its surface ships was.” 

The PLA’s recent drills demonstrate that China’s investment in modernizing its military during the last two decades has paid off. The PLA has transformed from a backwater fighting force into a modern and cohesive one. Has the PLA advanced enough to be comparable to America’s in quality and quantity? While Mastro seems to think so, many other China watchers disagree.

The most recent side-by-side comparison of the relative fighting strengths of China and the United States shows that the U.S. military still leads in many areas, including having more fighter jets and aircraft carriers than the PLA does. Additionally, the PLA hasn’t been battle-tested for more than four decades. The last time it attempted to invade somewhere was in 1979, and the target was Vietnam. The PLA suffered a humiliating defeat despite being better equipped and having numeric advantages over the Vietnam army.

Based on these recent drills, a realistic assessment of the PLA is that it has made significant progress and has narrowed the gap between itself and the U.S. military in many areas. Engaging the PLA in a war will be a very challenging endeavor. The U.S. military cannot afford to be complacent, and continuing to invest in our military’s fighting power should be a priority for any U.S. administration. 

China Is Testing a New Strategy

China’s military drills have demonstrated its resolve and ability to invade Taiwan, but these exercises also suggest that Beijing is testing new strategies on Taiwan. Rather than an outright invasion, Beijing may first impose a blockade on Taiwan to starve the island’s economy while cutting off the island’s contact with the outside world and preventing economic and military aid from arriving from Taiwan’s allies.

Such a blockade will devastate the world economy because Taiwan sits in the South China Sea, where more than a third of international trade volume passes annually. The Chinese military’s persistent presence will disrupt commercial activities in the region, and ripple effects will be felt worldwide. 

Additionally, the PLA may implement the large-scale coordinated drills we just witnessed in the Taiwan Strait. According to Mastro, “not only does this heighten anxiety in Taipei (and probably other regional capitals as well), but it helps to disguise any preparations for a real military campaign” because “China needs an element of surprise to be able to take Taiwan before America has time to mobilize adequate forces in the region to defend the island.”

The challenge facing Taiwan and the U.S. is how to distinguish China’s routine exercise from a surprise attack because remaining vigilant all the time is mentally and physically exhausting and financially costly. 

Actions — And Inactions — Speak Louder Than Words

Before Pelosi visited Taiwan, the Chinese government issued many “fire and fury” warnings. Although the Chinese military didn’t shoot down Pelosi’s plane as some Chinese nationalists suggested, it certainly matched its words with actions.

Besides conducting week-long live-fire military drills, Beijing imposed sanctions on Pelosi and her immediate family and canceled dialogues with the U.S. on climate change and military cooperation. 

But it was Taiwan that took most of China’s fury. Right after Pelosi left Taiwan, China suspended imports of many Taiwanese agricultural products while halting exports of natural sand — used in construction and concrete — to Taiwan.

The Chinese government also arrested Yang Chih-yuen, accusing him of “engaging in separatist activities and supporting formal independence” for Taiwan, and banned two non-profit organizations in Taiwan, Taiwan Foundation for Democracy and Taiwan Foreign Ministry’s International Cooperation and Development Fund, from “cooperating with any organizations, companies, and individuals in the mainland.”

While Beijing’s actions match its fiery warnings, the Biden administration and congressional Democrats seem to believe that rhetoric is a sufficient substitute for action.

Suppose Pelosi truly believes that the U.S. and Taiwan’s relationship is “ironclad.” According to Wall Street Journal columnist Walter Russell Mead, Pelosi “should have beat the drum for the past 15 years for greater military preparedness even if this meant larger defense appropriations. She should have gone ballistic over President Obama’s passivity as China created new military bases in the South China Sea.”

Instead, Pelosi “slept at the helm” as China modernized its military. Furthermore, Congressional Democrats demanded to cut the U.S. defense budget to fund domestic pet projects like the Green New Deal. 

The Biden administration is also responsible for the growing threat of China. Defense expert Elbridge Colby tweeted that despite saying many correct things about Taiwan, the Biden administration “is not increasing defense spending at anything like the level needed to address this threat, especially without sharply focusing on Asia. In fact, the Administration’s proposed defense budget *cut* military spending in real terms this year.”

As China conducted live-fire drills near Taiwan, the Biden administration announced it would delay a routine U.S. missile test to avoid escalating tensions with China after Pelosi’s visit.

Why was the Biden administration concerned about placating Beijing when Beijing was the one who antagonized the escalation? Why didn’t the Biden administration respond to China’s sanctions on Pelosi and her family by imposing sanctions on PLA generals and their families? 

Furthermore, the Biden administration’s inaction has failed to de-escalate the tension in Taiwan Strait. And because of this, last week, Beijing was emboldened to declare that it would extend military drills “indefinitely” before it decided to wind them down shortly after that. 

Inaction is the last thing that will deter the PLA from invading Taiwan. If China perceives a consistent gap between the U.S. government’s actions and rhetoric on Taiwan, its military may grow more aggressive. Regardless of the outcome, a Chinese invasion of Taiwan will incur an enormous cost for all parties involved.

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4 Times Democrats And Their Media Allies Said Siccing The Cops On Political Opponents Is For Banana Republics

4 Times Democrats And Their Media Allies Said Siccing The Cops On Political Opponents Is For Banana Republics

Following the FBI’s raid on Mar-a-Lago, former President Donald Trump’s private home, Democrats and their media allies who once self-righteously condemned weaponized investigations and the use of law enforcement against political enemies have a lot to answer for. Now that the party in power has spent a year and a half conducting show trials to disparage the entire Republican Party over a riot that happened on Jan. 6, 2021, and has brazenly escalated its persecution of Republicans, conducting surprise raids against people like Trump DOJ official Jeffrey Clark and now the former president himself, silence or even approval from Democrats shows their contemptuous dishonesty. Here are four examples of leftists decrying the threat of prosecution against political opponents, while they tacitly endorse the Biden Justice Department’s attempt to hamstring Trump’s opportunity for re-election.

In a New York Times guest essay in June, Richard L. Hasen wrote that “‘Lock her up!’ chants against Hillary Clinton at 2016 Trump rallies for her use of a personal email server while she was secretary of state were so pernicious because threatening to jail political enemies can lead to a deterioration of democratic values.” In a piece dedicated to arguing for the prosecution of former President Trump — a far more serious step than chants at a rally — he admitted, “If each presidential administration is investigating and prosecuting the last, respect for both the electoral process and the legal process may be undermined.”

In a New York Times article in February, German Lopez criticized authoritarian regimes for jailing opponents to interfere with elections. “Authoritarians have also abandoned pretenses of democratic norms,” Lopez wrote. “Putin, as well as rulers in Nicaragua, Venezuela and elsewhere, once tried to at least maintain the appearance of free and fair elections. But now they regularly jail political opponents, denying the opposition the ability to campaign.”

Dave Aronberg, a Florida state attorney and former Democrat state legislator, said on MSNBC in October 2020 that Trump was “going into that tyrant mode” by calling for his opponents to be arrested. “It’s actually pretty common in countries that have dictators to jail their political opponents,” he said. “Remember, he has an affinity for Erdogan in Turkey. … In Russia, Vladimir Putin does it all the time. Kim Jong-Un jails them and kills them.”

On CNN last June, Democrat House Speaker Nancy Pelosi herself criticized the Trump Justice Department over allegations that prosecutors “subpoenaed Apple for data from the accounts of House Intelligence Committee Democrats along with their staff and family members as part of a leak investigation.” Pelosi said that this went “even beyond Richard Nixon.” Regarding claims that Attorneys General Jeff Sessions and Bill Barr at the time did not know about the investigations, she said that was “beyond belief” and “another manifestation of [the Trump Justice Department’s] rogue activity.”

“This is just out of the question,” Pelosi said, painting the leak investigation as “undermining the rule of law.” “No matter who’s president, whatever party, this cannot be the way it goes.”

Olivia Hajicek is an intern at The Federalist and a junior at Hillsdale College studying history and journalism. She has covered campus and city news as a reporter for The Hillsdale Collegian. You can reach her at

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