President Trump Is Encouraging This State to Vote by Mail; Trump, Democrats Both Hold Fears About U.S. Postal Service, Mail-In Ballots

By Fox News. President Trump tweeted Tuesday afternoon that Florida voters should vote by mail this November, claiming that there is nothing to worry about in terms of security.

The president has generally railed against mail-in voting, claiming that Democrats are going to take advantage of the system to commit fraud and rig the election against him. At this point, however, he appears confident that this will not be the case in the Sunshine State. . .

Some states, like Maryland, are mailing absentee ballot applications to voters rather than the ballots themselves. A common practice, this process requires voters to provide personal information in order to get a ballot. What is new is states mailing ballots to voters unprompted, which has caused concerns over how states decide who to send them to. Trump on Monday threatened legal action against a universal mail-in voting plan in Nevada.

Trump and other Republicans have warned that mail-in voting could lead to ballot harvesting, ballots for dead people or ballots for people who no longer live at the residence where they are sent being fraudulently filled out. Additional concerns include ballots being lost in the mail and disenfranchising voters. (Read more from “President Trump Is Encouraging This State to Vote by Mail” HERE)

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Trump, Democrats Both Hold Fears About U.S. Postal Service, Mail-In Ballots

By The Hill. The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) is under intense partisan scrutiny from both President Trump and Democratic lawmakers, who are warning the agency is ill-equipped to handle the tens of millions of mailed-in ballots expected to be sent for the November election.

Many states have moved to expand access to mail balloting in an effort to reduce in-person voting amid the coronavirus pandemic, leading to growing concerns that Postal Service delays could draw the vote count out for days or weeks past Election Day.

There are fears that ballots that are late, missing or disqualified for small irregularities will lead to lawsuits and questions about the integrity of the elections.

The coronavirus pandemic has hampered post office operations and led to delays in mail delivery. The Postal Service faces serious financial pressures, and Congress is at odds over whether to provide additional assistance, even as it handles more shipments. (Read more from “Trump, Democrats Both Hold Fears About U.S. Postal Service, Mail-In Ballots” HERE)

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Portland Riots: DHS Investigates Link Between Antifa and Syrian Fighters; Trump-Loving Grandma Outs Portland ‘Bomber’ to Feds — and It’s Her Own Grandson

By Washington Examiner. A leaked internal report from the Department of Homeland Security revealed that the federal government is investigating a half-dozen Americans who support antifa for possible connections to a terrorist group in Syria.

DHS’s Intelligence & Analysis Office, criticized by acting Secretary Chad Wolf last week for compiling information on two journalists, released an internal report in mid-July titled The Syrian Conflict and its Nexus to the U.S.-based Antifascist Movement. The investigation began in June, two weeks after President Trump promised to designate antifa a terrorist organization and just as attacks on federal property and federal agents in Portland, Oregon, were escalating.

The government report was not to be shared publicly, in part because it names those investigated, and concludes that “there appears to be a clear connection” between the antifa ideology and what the report described as “Kurdish democratic federalism teachings,” according to a copy obtained by The Nation’s Ken Klippenstein.

More than half a dozen people left the United States to fight alongside Kurdish factions, including the People’s Protection Units, according to DHS’s Customs and Border Protection’s National Targeting Center Counter Network Division, who compiled information in the report. (Read more from “Portland Riots: DHS Investigates Link Between Antifa and Syrian Fighters” HERE)

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Trump-Loving Grandma Outs Portland ‘Bomber’ to Feds — and It’s Her Own Grandson

By New York Post. Shortly after midnight on Tuesday morning, videos captured the moment a makeshift bomb was thrown at the Portland federal courthouse during another night of violent protest. A Trump-loving, 69-year-old woman soon stepped forward to out the suspect publicly — as her own grandson.

Karla Fox says she recognized the alleged bomber as her daughter’s son, 18-year-old Gabriel “Rico” Agard-Berryhill.

In the hours after the IED attack, social-media users analyzed videos showing a slim male, wearing a distinctive olive vest with the word “ICONS” printed on it, throwing something over the fence at the Mark O. Hatfield Courthouse. Seconds later, a large explosion erupts, covering the front door in flames. The man picks up something off the ground and sprints off-camera. Police said the concussion could be “heard and felt more than a block away.”

Fox instantly identified her grandson because she gave him the vest.

“I bought the vest for him after he found one online after getting hit with rubber bullets the night before at the protest,” Fox told The Post. (She even left a positive review on clothing site Hibbett: “I got this for my grandson who’s a protester downtown, he uses it every night and says it does the job.”) She posted a photo of him posing in the $26 non-bulletproof apparel. (Read more from “Trump-Loving Grandma Outs Portland ‘Bomber’ to Feds — and It’s Her Own Grandson” HERE)

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Trump Administration Slates $35m to Help Survivors of Human Trafficking

The Trump administration will issue more than $35 million in grants to provide safe housing to survivors of human trafficking.

The Justice Department was set to announce Tuesday that its Office for Victims of Crime will award the funds to 73 organizations across the nation to provide six to 24 months of transitional or short-term housing assistance for trafficking victims, a White House official said. . .

Attorney General William Barr and White House adviser Ivanka Trump, the president’s elder daughter, were to announce the grants at a 2 p.m. event Tuesday.

“In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, combating human trafficking in the U.S. and abroad is critical work,” Trump said in a public statement, adding:

DOJ’s grant recipients are on the front lines of this fight, ensuring that survivors across our country are afforded safe and stable housing and empowered with the support and resources they need to rebuild their lives. I am incredibly honored to join Attorney General Barr to highlight these organizations and their tireless and vital work.

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Communist Party Leader Endorses Joe Biden; Facebook Removes Pro-Trump Ad Aimed at Biden

By Breitbart. Communist Party leader Bob Avakian has announced his support for former Vice President Joe Biden in the upcoming presidential election.

Avakian, the founder and leader of the Revolutionary Communist Party USA, told his followers in a statement on Saturday that they should vote for Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential election.

“At this critical hour, every appropriate means of non-violent action must be utilized to remove this regime from power,” said Avakian in his statement. “And if, in spite of mass protest demanding the removal of the Trump/Pence regime, this regime remains in power when it is time for voting, then — using all appropriate means to work for the removal of this regime must include voting against Trump.”

Avakian went on to clarify that he does not want his followers to vote for a third party candidate, and that their vote must be for Biden.

“To be clear, this means not a ‘protest vote’ for some candidate who has no chance of winning, but actually voting for the Democratic Party candidate, Biden, in order to effectively vote against Trump,” wrote the communist leader. (Read more from “Communist Party Leader Endorses Joe Biden” HERE)

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Facebook Removes Pro-Trump Ad Aimed at Joe Biden, Claiming False Information

By Fox News. A pro-Trump ad was removed from Facebook after claims that it contained false information, Fox News has learned.

America First Action PAC on Tuesday told Fox News that Facebook removed one of its ads, titled “On Hold,” which was placed in Arizona, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin on July 24. The ad was flagged by Politifact on July 29, according to the PAC.

“Facebook’s decision to take down this ad shows its anti-conservative bias,” America First Communications Director Kelly Sadler told Fox News. “America First Action has logged an appeal, but the threat of anti-conservative bias, targeting, and censorship remains ahead of Election Day in November and we must be vigilant in holding big tech, like Facebook accountable.” . . .

The ad in question was titled “On Hold,” and shows a woman calling 9-1-1 and being put on hold. The ad moves to show Democratic nominee former Vice President Joe Biden saying “yes,” with a “defund the police?” banner.

The ad is currently marked on Facebook with a label saying: “False Information. Checked by independent fact-checkers.” (Read more from “Facebook Removes Pro-Trump Ad Aimed at Joe Biden, Claiming False Information” HERE)

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Americans Think ‘Fake News’ Is More Prevalent Than Ever

The most recent iteration of a multiyear project conducted by Gallup and the Knight Foundation on “Trust, Media and Democracy” shows that Americans are increasingly likely to believe that “fake news” is a real and damaging phenomenon.

The latest version of the poll, conducted between Nov. 8, 2019, and Feb. 16, 2020, shows a four-point increase in the number of respondents who perceive a heavy bias in political media coverage compared to the last Gallup/Knight survey, which was released in 2018. . .

Republicans perceive media bias at a much greater rate than their Democratic counterparts: A whopping 94 percent of self-identified Republicans believe the media is biased compared to 79 percent of Democrats. Republicans are also much more willing to acknowledge that their primary news sources are compromised: 63 percent of Republicans are willing to acknowledge bias in their primary source of news coverage, compared to just 46 percent of Democrats.

Nearly three out of every four respondents (74 percent) believe “owners of news outlets attempting to influence the way stories are reported” is “a major problem,” a five-point increase from the 2017 survey. The number of respondents who agree that the media is “being too dramatic or too sensational in order to attract more readers or viewers” stands at 70 percent, up from 66 percent in 2017. (Read more from “Americans Think ‘Fake News’ Is More Prevalent Than Ever” HERE)

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Congress Looks to Extend COVID-19 Unemployment Benefit

Congressional negotiators expect the lapsed $600 a week federal unemployment benefits to be retroactively paid from July 31 onward after lawmakers find agreement on extending them.

As Democrats and Republicans duke it out over the size of the unemployment benefits in the coming months, the program is expected to expire temporarily, until approximately the end of August for most jobless individuals. The length of the lapse in benefits will vary depending on when Congress passes the next relief package and each state’s ability to adjust to the expected changes made to the benefits program.

Multiple congressional aides told the Washington Examiner that they expect the unemployment benefits to lapse until approximately two weeks after the next coronavirus relief package is passed. The aid will likely be retroactively applied for all benefits owed from the end of July, the aides said. The benefits were similarly retroactively distributed when the program was first created by the $2.3 trillion CARES Act relief package passed in March.

The jobless benefits expiring means the weekly income of over 25 million unemployed workers will be reduced by more than two-thirds in many states over the coming weeks. . .

Some economists said that although the benefits expiring will be a strain on many, most people are saving much more now than they were before the pandemic, and thus, incomes have risen. The higher savings, along with the existing state unemployment benefits, will give many who are unemployed or partially employed a financial cushion in the coming weeks, said Marc Goldwein, the senior policy director for the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, a group that advocates for deficit reduction. (Read more from “Congress Looks to Extend COVID-19 Unemployment Benefit” HERE)

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On New Voter Registration in Key States, Trump Is Blowing Biden Out of the Water

While polling continues to show President Trump behind Biden in key swing states, new voter registration numbers are telling a different story about his chances to win re-election in November.

According to Axios, the RNC continues to register more voters than the Democrat Party in places where it will matter most.

The Trump campaign and RNC have now registered 100,000 new voters in the 2020 cycle, more than doubling their numbers from 2016 and shrinking Democrats’ registration advantage in key swing states, according to new Trump Victory data provided exclusively to Axios.

The Trump campaign and RNC have now registered 100,000 new voters in the 2020 cycle, more than doubling their numbers from 2016 and shrinking Democrats’ registration advantage in key swing states, according to new Trump Victory data provided exclusively to Axios.

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16 Shootings Leave 20 Injured During 24 Hours in De Blasio’s NYC; New Data Shows Shootings Increase, Arrests Drastically Drop

By Breitbart. Sixteen shootings left behind 20 wounded individuals on Sunday alone in Mayor Bill de Blasio’s (D) New York City.

The New York Post reports that there were “a total of 16 shootings involving 20 victims” on Sunday.

The Post also reports that Sunday’s violence was followed by seven shootings on Monday “with 13 victims.”

The shootings and subsequent injuries on Sunday and Monday in de Blasio’s New York City come one day after the city reached 777 shootings for the year, which surpassed the total number of shootings for all of 2019. (Read more from “16 Shootings Leave 20 Injured During 24 Hours in De Blasio’s NYC” HERE)

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NYC Crime: Shootings Increase While Arrests Cut in Half, Data Shows

By ABC News 7. An analysis of crime statistics by 7 On Your Side Investigates shows shootings have increased dramatically over the past few months in New York City, while arrests have been cut by more than half.

From two men opening fire at a prayer vigil for shooting victims in Cyprus Hills, to a man getting shot in broad daylight walking home from work in Crown Heights, to a 1-year-old getting killed by a stray bullet while sitting in his stroller in Brooklyn — it has been a violent summer in New York City.

7 On Your Side found shootings have jumped by 72% so far this year compared to the same time last year. The number of shooting victims has increased by more than 80% compared to 2019.

Despite community rallies to stop the violence, shootings continue while those getting arrested have decreased. NYPD police records show arrests are down by 54% this June compared to last June.

“It’s the most horrific time to be in the police profession,” said Professor Maria Haberfeld with John Jay College of Criminal Justice. She believes the number of violent crimes will continue to increase. (Read more from “NYC Crime: Shootings Increase While Arrests Cut in Half, Data Shows” HERE)

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Pedophile Jeffrey Epstein’s Alleged Secret Girlfriend Revealed; What the Silence Over Bill’s Visits to Epstein’s Pedophile Island Tells Us About the Media

By New York Post. Jeffrey Epstein’s secret girlfriend was a children’s book author nicknamed “Chocolate Sauce” who touts herself as a “spiritual entrepreneur” — and runs a “sacred space” in the Big Apple, according to a report.

News of a previously unknown girlfriend first emerged in the latest trove of unsealed court documents, in which Ghislaine Maxwell was shown to have begged Epstein to get “Shelley” to publicly announce in the 2000s that she — not Maxwell — was the pedophile’s ex.

Now she has been identified as British-born author Shelley Anne Lewis, 43, who was a frequent traveler on Epstein’s private jet, including trips to his so-called “Pedo Island,” according to the Mail on Sunday newspaper.

“Shelley was always very well connected and beautiful. I am shocked and saddened,” a former colleague told the UK paper of her apparent romantic ties to the notorious late pedophile. . .

She would have been 22 when she is said to have started dating Epstein in 1999, when he was 46, meeting while she worked in the contemporary art department of Christie’s auction house in New York. (Read more from “Pedophile Jeffrey Epstein’s Alleged Secret Girlfriend Revealed” HERE)

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What the Silence Over Bill’s Alleged Visit to Epstein’s Pedophile Island Tells Us About the Media

By Townhall. . .Of course, the Clinton camp denies the former president was ever there, but Maxwell has alleged that there are tapes of two prominent politicians having sex with minors. Maxwell, Epstein’s alleged partner in coordinating these depraved sex acts with underage girls, was recently arrested by federal authorities, denied bail, and being held in the same federal facility as Epstein before his highly suspicious suicide. With three passports and numerous accounts with millions of dollars, she’s a flight risk. She’s reportedly been given paper clothes to prevent self-harm.

Still, the former president being spotted on the island with minors That seems like at least something to look into, right? … And with these new documents, you’d think there would be at least some mention on the mainstream circuits. We’re not expecting much, but it’s been quiet. I mean, like German U-Boats in the Black Pit silence. Nothing. They’re suffocating this story with a pillow and those who do report on it barely give it the light of day. Is it shocking? No. Is it expected from these clowns? Yes. A former president was seen dabbling on some debauched island with an indicted child sex trafficker. That seems…like a problem (via Fourth Watch) [emphasis mine]:

What does this tell us about the Acela Media? Quite a bit. As Glenn Greenwald tweeted Friday night, “I don’t think there’s been a bigger gap between (a) the importance, multi-layered and fascinating aspects of a news story and (b) the mainstream media’s weirdly steadfast avoidance of it than the Jeffrey Epstein saga.”

The media has largely avoided this story, while the media remains intertwined with it. It was less than 10 years ago that Jeffrey Epstein was sitting down for dinner with some famous houseguests, a short 18 months after he was released from jail after pleading guilty to a lesser charge of solicitation of prostitution with a minor. ABC anchor George Stephanopoulos was there. Former NBC and CBS anchor Katie Couric was there. Former E! and Netflix host Chelsea Handler was too. Why were they there? They’ve all said it was the one and only time they met Epstein, and they were unaware of his past.

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CNN Host Says He Doesn’t Believe the Polls After Previously Mocking Trump for Criticizing ‘Fake Polls’ (VIDEO)

CNN anchor Chris Cuomo said in an interview that he didn’t trust the polling showing Joe Biden ahead of President Donald Trump after previously mocking the president for stating the identical opinion. . .

“Biden is up. Michigan was huge for the president, Trump, in terms of winning, uh has a large number of white working class people that is supposed to be his stronghold,” Cuomo said.

“We’ve seen in the polls, you know, you’re too busy you’re not doing poll analysis, he is losing those white voters,” he continued. “Biden is gaining there most of all. And now Trump has pulled the ads. What do you think is going on with the pandemic politics in Michigan?”

Whitmer said that Michigan was going to be a competitive race despite the sign from the Trump campaign that they were going to devote fewer resources to the key swing state.

“See, I’m with you! I don’t believe the polls!” Cuomo responded.

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