Paul Ryan questions California’s ‘bizarre’ vote-counting process

(Fox News) House Speaker Paul Ryan questioned the legitimacy of California’s ballot-counting process Thursday, adding to claims from many Republicans that the state’s election procedures are flawed.

“It defies logic to me,” Ryan told the Washington Post. “We had a lot of wins that night, and three weeks later we lost basically every contested California race. This election system they have, I can’t begin to understand what ballot harvesting is.”

“Ballot harvesting” is when a third party collects completed ballots from voters and hands them over to election officials. The practice was legal for the first time in California this year.

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Ocasio-Cortez compares election victory to moon landing

(Washington Free Beacon) Congresswoman-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D., N.Y.) on Friday compared her 2018 election victory to American accomplishments such as the moon landing and the establishment of civil rights.

During a press conference meant to publicize her support of a Green New Deal, a nebulous government spending plan promoting ideas backed by lawmakers like Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.), Ocasio-Cortez equated Democratic elections victories like her own with other seemingly “impossible” U.S. achievements.

“This is not just about a Green New Deal, this is about a new deal for the United States of America,” she said. “Because in every moment where our country has reached the depths of darkness, in every moment, when we were at the brink, at the cusp, of an abyss, and we did not know if we could be capable of saving ourselves, we have.”

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Trump defends potential 2016 Russia deal

(The Hill) President Trump on Friday defended his pursuit of a business deal in Russia, calling his efforts to build a Trump Tower in Moscow “very legal & very cool.”

In a tweet just before beginning his day at the Group of 20 summit, Trump repeated his claims that he did nothing illegal in his efforts in Russia after the business dealings came under scrutiny Thursday when the president’s former personal attorney Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to making false statements to Congress about the matter.

“Oh, I get it! I am a very good developer, happily living my life, when I see our Country going in the wrong direction (to put it mildly),” the president tweeted from Buenos Aires. “Against all odds, I decide to run for President & continue to run my business-very legal & very cool, talked about it on the campaign trail.”

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Google engineer advocates burying conservative sites

(Breitbart) A recent report claims that Google employees internally discussed burying search results for conservative media outlets like Breitbart News and The Daily Caller. One Google engineer made his intentions clear by commenting, “let’s make sure that we reverse things in four years.”

A recent report from The Daily Caller claims that employees at tech giant Google discussed burying conservative media, including Breitbart and the Daily Caller, within the company’s search results. The article claims that employees referred to both news outlets as “opinion blogs” and discussed de-ranking the websites within Google’s search results in an attempt to “make sure that we reverse things in four years.”

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Federal workers warned not to advocate for Trump impeachment

(Washington Examiner) Federal workers may violate Hatch Act restrictions on “political activity” if they urge President Trump’s impeachment as he seeks re-election, according to a government office that enforces the law.

If the president is not seeking re-election, however, advocating impeachment would not be banned, the Office of the Special Counsel said in new guidance circulated by email Tuesday.

“Advocating for a candidate to be impeached, and thus potentially disqualified from holding federal office, is clearly directed at the failure of that candidate’s campaign for federal office,” the office said.

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The WIRE: Your week in review

From teargassing the caravan to good friends of Farrakhan — and most points in between — it’s time for a look back at the week that was. Personal Liberty Digest® presents: The WIRE!

Broke: The caravan isn’t coming.
Woke: They’re just asylum seekers.
Joke: Applying for asylum requires throwing rocks and cutting holes in the border fence.

“And we want Cinco de Mayo off… with pay!”

They’re using tear gas against the caravan? What racist xenophobe approved that?

2013 called. It said, “sorry about your narrative.”

Liberals wailed loudly about how wrong it is to tear-gassing children. I’m old enough to remember when they were totes cool with setting them on fire.

“Tear gas is for amateurs.” – Janet Reno

Here’s the now-infamous photo which the Democrat/media complex evidently selected to be the banner for those blasting Trump for the border patrol’s use of non-lethal measures like tear gas to disperse the violent “caravan.” The open-borders crowd thinks it shows a craven disregard for children’s lives.

It kinda does. I mean, who brings a kid in diapers to a riot, amirite?

Speaking of that photo, I doubt I’m the only one who thinks it looks staged awfully convenient. A very well fed would-be illegal alien, dragging her crying children away from the tear gas she dragged them into the first place.

Look poor and huddled or I’ll really give you something to cry about.

A group of women from the caravan announced they would go on a hunger strike until Mexico grants them temporary humanitarian visas and stops deporting members of the migrant mob.

They’re going on a diet? Good. Looks like a few of them could stand to shed some lbs.

Everyone’s favorite communist stuck her face into the border drama. Rep-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (LOL-New York), equated the attempted invaders with Jews fleeing the Holocaust. That only makes sense if the Jews had assaulted the Nazis while trying to get in to Auschwitz.

I hear this place has great shower facilities!

Senator Brian Schatz (D-Aloha-land) fired off this hot take: “Anyone uncomfortable with spraying tear gas on children is welcome to join the coalition of the moral and the sane. We can argue about other stuff when we’ve got our country back.” Tell you what, Bri: Anyone uncomfortable with spraying tear gas on children is welcome to stop inviting their parents to invade our country.

Or just give up and let it be their country.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller has found his big break! It involves former Trump personal lawyer Michael Cohen and a meeting — which everyone already knew about — about real estate in Moscow from before Trump was even the Republican nominee. As for proof of Trump colluding with Russia? Well, um, did I mention it was a “big break?”

Two years and counting? How much is this costing us?

Looks like Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Californistan) has crushed intra-party resistance and is the once and future Speaker of the House. The Democrats claim to be the party of America’s poor and young, so it makes perfect sense that they would nominate a multi-millionaire who predates color television. She’s super-woke, y’all! Just as long as she gets her daily Ensure® and a nap after breakfast.

She’s actually asleep right now; she just can’t fully close her eyes anymore.

Failed presidential candidate and global warmism high priest Al Gore ripped into the president this week, calling Trump a “climate denier” over his continued rejection of Gore’s pet science project. Fortunately for Gore, he didn’t have to make the remarks knee-deep in melted polar icecap water, since none of his chicken-little crap has been right.

Not pictured: Science.

Convicted sex offender and billionaire Jeffrey Epstein slithered back into the light this week as new revelations about his crimes, and his extraordinarily light sentence for them, were revealed. Democrats made some noise about Epstein’s relationship with President Trump, but they didn’t chase it all that hard. You guys really don’t want to go there. But if you do, I know someone who can give you good directions.

After all, he’s been there 26 times.

Senator Bernie Sanders (Communist – VT) was back to beating the socialized medicine drum this week, telling the story of an American named Elizabeth Pfiester who has universal health care in the U.K. and now doesn’t want to move back to the United States. Hey Gramps, you know who else had universal health care in the U.K.? Charlie Gard.

And now he can’t move, period.

Former President Barack Obama tried burnishing his legacy this week, claiming credit for dropping fuel prices: “Suddenly America is the largest oil producer, that was me people… say thank you,” during remarks in which he also claimed credit for the stock market’s rise. Did not expect that: Barry coming out as Big Oil and Wall Street’s inside man.

Considering his effect on gun sales, it’s almost as if he’s secretly the right wing’s inside man.

The rehabilitation of Christine Ford has begun. The disgraced accuser of Justice Brett Kavanaugh hit the media circuit this week, writing “I am in awe of the many women and men who have written me to share similar life experiences.” How many men and women have tried to publicly slander an innocent man for fame and fortune?

I promise there are “many!” You wouldn’t know them.

And just a day after CNN aired a story about the rise of antisemitism in Europe, now ex-network contributor and Islamofascism sympathizer Marc Lamont Hill told the U.N. he dreams of “a free Palestine from the river to the sea;” well-known code for eliminating Israel through violence.

That feeling when you’re trying to be all Jew-y and the guy in the next studio calls for a new Holocaust.

And that’s your week in review! For the Personal Liberty Digest®, I’m Ben Crystal saying, “See you next week, on The WIRE!”

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Google: Should we bury conservative media?


Google employees internally debated whether or not to suppress the influence of conservative media on their search engine in response to the 2016 election of President Donald Trump, the Daily Caller News Foundation reports.

Internal documents obtained by the Daily Caller revealed discussions about how, in the words of one engineer, to “make sure that we reverse things in four years.”

The report said the Daily Caller and Breitbart were “specifically singled out” as potential targets of a campaign to suppress the influence of conservative media.

The Daily Caller said the documents “show that internal Google discussions went beyond expressing remorse over [Hillary] Clinton’s loss to actually discussing ways Google could prevent Trump from winning again.”

“This was an election of false equivalencies, and Google, sadly, had a hand in it,” Google engineer Scott Byer wrote in a Nov. 9, 2016, post.

He “falsely labeled” the Daily Caller and other conservative news organizations as “opinion blogs.” And he advocated suppressing their stories in search engine results.

“How many times did you see the Election now card with items from opinion blogs (Breitbart, Daily Caller) elevated next to legitimate news organizations? That’s something that can and should be fixed,” Byer challenged. “I think we have a responsibility to expose the quality and truthfulness of sources – because not doing so hides real information under loud noises.”

Byer stated: “Let’s concentrate on teaching critical thinking. A little bit of that would go a long way. Let’s make sure that we reverse things in four years – demographics will be on our side.”

The report said another Google engineer, Uri Dekel, “identified himself as a Clinton supporter but argued that manipulating search results was the wrong route to take.”

Dekel wrote: “Thinking that Breitbart, Drudge, etc. are not ‘legitimate news sources’ is contrary to the beliefs of a major portion of our user base is partially what got us to this mess. MSNBC is not more legit than Drudge just because Rachel Maddow may be more educated / less deplorable / closer to our views, than, say Sean Hannity.

“I follow a lot of right wing folks on social networks you could tell something was brewing. We laughed off Drudge’s Instant Polls and all that stuff, but in the end, people go to those sources because they believe that the media doesn’t do it’s (sic) job. I’m a Hillary supporter and let’s admit it, the media avoided dealing with the hard questions and issues, which didn’t pay off. By ranking ‘legitimacy’ you’ll just introduce more conspiracy theories.”

The Daily Caller reported another Google employee, Mike Brauwerman, said, “What I believe we can do, technically, that avoids the accusations of conspiracy or bias from people who ultimately have a right and obligation to decide what they want to believe, is to get better at displaying the ‘ripples’ and copy-pasta, to trace information to its source, to link to critiques of those sources, and let people decide what sources they believe.”

Such work already was being done, confirmed David Besbris, vice president of engineering, the Daily Caller said.

“We’re working on providing users with context around stories so that they can know the bigger picture,” he said.

But, the Daily Caller said the company’s efforts were biased.

“Not only did the fact-check feature target conservative outlets almost exclusively, it was also blatantly wrong. Google’s fact check repeatedly attributed false claims to those outlets, even though they demonstrably never made those claims,” the Daily Caller reported.

In response to questions from the Daily Caller, a Google spokeswoman claimed: “Google has never manipulated its search results or modified any of its products to promote a particular political ideology. Our processes and policies do not allow for any manipulation of search results to promote political ideologies.”

Speech Code Cartel’

Joseph Farah, CEO of WND, has described Google, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Apple, Amazon and other tech giants as the “Speech Code Cartel.”

“Has anyone seriously considered what the tyranny of these monopoly companies is doing to the ability of our citizens to govern themselves, protect their privacy and sustain institutions like free speech, freedom of the press and freedom of religion?” he has asked.

“Backed into a corner, last January I went very public with how the cartel was attempting to exterminate the alternative independent media that sprung up in WND’s wake in the last 20 years. They are still determined to snuff us out, I believe, before the next presidential election year of 2020. The only people I could turn to were you – those who came to WND because you recognized what we were doing, what we were about and what our convictions are,” he told readers.

“And most of all, you recognized why it was necessary that this exercise in truth-seeking without fear or favor not be knocked off by a club of spoiled, soulless, pompous, greedy, presumptuous super-billionaires who sought to commit bloodless barbarism never imagined by the most diabolical totalitarian governments in history.

“I realize now the phrase ‘Speech Code Cartel’ doesn’t even come close to capturing the imminent danger this cabal poses to freedom. While the so-called ‘progressives’ carry on about their delusion of Russian intervention in the 2016 election, what’s really happening behind the curtain is the theft of our culture of independence, self-governance, individualism, liberty, privacy, sovereignty, Judeo-Christian morality and, yes, free elections.”

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