A bipartisan group of lawmakers have launched a new caucus in the House of Representatives to honor and raise awareness of the more than 100 million people killed under communist regimes.
Representatives Dennis Ross (R., Fla.), Marcy Kaptur (D., Ohio), Dan Lipinski (D., Ill.), and Chris Smith (R., N.J.) announced the creation of the Victims of Communism Caucus Tuesday, on the 100th anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution in the Soviet Union. The White House also released a statement designating Nov. 7 as the National Day for the Victims of Communism, promising to continue to "shine the light of liberty for all who yearn for a brighter, freer future."
Democrats have been throwing around claims about the tax plan that would increase the average tax on families nationwide earning up to $86,100 by $794.00. In fact, in a series of tweets from various Democratic leaders like Kamala Harris and Jeff Merkley, the Washington Post begins by pointing out their claims which all read similarly, and all making the exact same claim.
WaPo says they traced the claim back to a document put out by the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee (DPCC), which is essentially the communications arm of Senate Democrats. The document laid out the very statistic that Democrats kept repeating about the dreaded tax increase (why the left is suddenly horrified by tax increases is beyond me).
The $794 tax increase factoid was marked as coming from a report by Democrats on the Joint Economic Committee, which WaPo tracked as well.
This shift away from a focus on racist police killings may be because recent facts have proven problematic to the old narrative. Consider, for instance, the number of unarmed blacks killed by police has been shrinking. In 2015, The Washington Post compilations indicate that 38 of the 94 unarmed men and women killed by police were African Americans; in 2016, only 17 of the 48 unarmed police killings were African American; and it is likely that in 2017 it will be even fewer. Meanwhile, as Heather MacDonald has documented, violent crime and homicide rates have increased for the second year in a row. In 2016, black homicides increased by nearly 900 to 7,881. If we are worried about protecting black lives -- as we should be -- why not focus on the conditions that have given rise to such violence?
Investigators looking into the so-called "Trump dossier" were not surprised when news broke Tuesday night that the Hillary Clinton campaign and the DNC, working through the Democrats' law firm, Perkins Coie, financed the "salacious and unverified" compilation of allegations of Trump collusion with Russia in the 2016 presidential campaign. (The "salacious and unverified" description comes from former FBI Director James Comey.)
There had been plenty of talk about the Democrats and Perkins Coie, so much that investigators almost assumed that was the case. But it wasn't until the Washington Post broke the story that it was confirmed.
"I'm shocked," one lawmaker joked Tuesday night. "Who could have ever guessed?
How many serious allegations must there be -- and how much settlement money must O'Reilly pay -- before conservatives apply the same standards to him that they would eagerly apply to a liberal of corresponding fame and importance? Yet prominent conservatives are guests on his new "No Spin News," and he's consistently a guest on other conservative programs. O'Reilly should be banished from every serious and meaningful conservative outlet just as Weinstein is being stripped of his progressive public platforms. Frankly, there is no need for O'Reilly's voice in the public square.