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White House Refuses To Condemn Left-Wing Activists Posting Supreme Court Justice’s Addresses

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By Susan Crabtree for RealClearPolitics

At first, outgoing White House press secretary Jen Psaki seemed to realize she was entering a political minefield. Almost immediately after Thursday’s press briefing began, she was asked about President Biden’s thoughts on angry protests planned at Supreme Court justices’ homes and churches over the anticipated ruling overturning federal law legalizing abortion.

A reporter wanted to know Biden’s views on law enforcement authorities making plans to respond to violent protests in the wake of the leaked draft opinion rolling back two landmark decisions that guarantee the right to abortion nationwide.

The veteran White House communications adviser, who just hours earlier announced that Karine Jean-Pierre would replace her in a matter of days, provided an important lesson to her predecessor. She made sure the press corps knew that Biden understands and shares the anger that abortion advocates are feeling this week.

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“For all those women, men, others who feel outraged, who feel scared, who feel concerned, he hears them, he shares that concern and that horror of what he saw in that draft opinion,” she said.

Only after establishing that Biden feels their pain did Psaki call for the protests to remain peaceful. “We should not be resorting to violence in any way, shape or form,” she said.

But the questions kept on coming. After Biden earlier in the week called Trump supporters the “most extreme political organization that’s existed” in recent U.S. history, Fox News’ Peter Doocy wanted to know what the president thought of one liberal activist group releasing a map of the homes of Supreme Court justices for a “walk-by Wednesday” demonstration.

Are those progressive activists “extreme?” Doocy asked.

“Peaceful protest? No. Peaceful protests are not extreme,” Psaki said flatly.

“I think the president’s view is there’s a lot of passion, a lot of fear, a lot of sadness from many, many people across the country about what they saw in that document,” she said.

What does Biden think of vandalism already occurring against one Catholic church in Colorado? Boulder’s Sacred Heart of Mary church had “my body, my choice” scrawled across its front doors in spray paint earlier this week. “We don’t condone vandalism,” she replied blandly without aggressively denouncing it.

After nearly a year and a half of Biden and Democrats blaming Donald Trump and many of his Republican supporters for inciting a violent riot at the U.S. Capitol, the lukewarm response was too much for many conservatives.

“President Biden knows this is dangerous, and he ought to have the guts to say it,” Sen. Ben Sasse, a Nebraska Republican, said in a statement. Psaki minimizing the doxxing of Supreme Court justices as “a lot of passion” “doesn’t cut it,” he continued.

“This isn’t how adults act,” he said. “This isn’t how American self-government works.”

Sasse, a member of the Judiciary Committee, further blamed Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer for standing on the Supreme Court steps during an abortion rights rally in 2020 and calling out Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh for their arguments in a major abortion case.

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“I want to tell you, Gorsuch. I want to tell you, Kavanaugh. You have released the whirlwind and you will pay the prices,” Schumer said in early March 2020. “You won’t know what hit you if you go forward with these awful decisions.

The conservative blowback against Schumer was fierce and furious. The National Review labeled Schumer a “thug.” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell issued a same-day statement slamming Schumer’s remarks as “astonishing, reckless and completely irresponsible.”

Sasse also put at least some of the blame doxxing of high court justices squarely at Schumer’s feet. “Don’t pretend this is an isolated incident,” he said. “Two years ago, Chuck Schumer stood on the Supreme Court steps and spat threats at Justices Gorsuch and Kavanaugh. For months progressive partisans have worked to de-legitimize the court, and now activists are doxxing justices’ homes.”

CatholicVote, a conservative advocacy group independent of the Catholic Church, issued a statement calling on Biden and other elected Catholic leaders to publicly condemn the shadowy left-wing group calling on protesters to target Catholic churches, disrupt mass on Mother’s Day, and demonstrate outside the homes of Supreme Court justices.

Denouncing the planned protests, as “vile intimidation tactics” that threaten the safety of priests, parishioners and justices, the group said Biden frequently alludes to his Catholic faith when it is “convenient.”

“President Biden must immediately and forcibly condemn these domestic terrorist threats. Anti-Catholic zealots are plotting to intimidate and harass Catholics across the country, along with justices and their families,” Catholic Vote president Brian Burch said. “This country was built on freedom of speech and freedom of religion. The President of the United States must stand up for both.”

Others on the right immediately began scrutinizing those behind the doxxing and questioning their connections to other liberal groups and their funding. Ruth Sent Us, the activist group urging people to protest the high court’s anticipated decision, is named for the late liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Conservatives scorned the name, pointing out that Ginsburg placed a premium on civility and respect.

Liberal dark-money group Demand Justice, the left’s most active judicial group, has spent the last few years pushing for court-packing, ending the filibuster, and aggressively urging Justice Stephen Breyer to retire so that Biden could appoint the first black woman to the Supreme Court. The group has strong Biden ties. Psaki previously worked there, along with Paige Herwig, who led the White House search process for a nominee to succeed Breyer.

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Carrie Severino, a former clerk for Thomas and president of the conservative Judicial Network, pointed out on Twitter that Ruth Sent Us is offering stipends on its website, funded by an unknown source, for those assisting with “peaceful protests.” The Judicial Network and the Federalist Society, which had close ties to the Trump administration, are frequent targets of liberal critics for their own dark-money anonymous funding.

“Who exactly is paying for these stipends?” Severino asked, noting that the Ruth Sent Us website links to several different left-wing organizations, including Strike for Choice, which notes ties to Black Lives Matter, Code Pink, Women’s March SF, Kavanaugh Off Our Court, and Rise Up 4 Abortion Rights.

Severino noted in the same Twitter thread that during the Kavanaugh confirmation hearings, a representative from the liberal activist group Center for Democracy Action “confirmed that her group had coordinated a plan to disrupt the hearings that included offering lodging to traveling protesters and ‘jail and bail support’ if necessary.” The CDA reportedly worked with other advocacy groups, including the Women’s March, Ultraviolet, and NARAL, to urge supporters to protest the Judiciary Committee proceedings. Capitol Police arrested 70 people for outbursts and disruptions during just one day of the Kavanaugh hearings.

“The parallels between this planned protest and the disgusting antics we saw from left-wing dark-money groups during the Kavanaugh confirmation hearings are striking,” Severino tweeted.

The Capital Research Center, a conservative organization that tracks money in politics, said Ruth Sent Us popped up so quickly “like so many leftist ‘dark-money’ groups do” that it’s just beginning to research their funding. (CRC helped expose Arabella Advisors, a liberal-dark money network of groups that spent more than $1 billion electing Biden and other Democratic causes in recent years.)

Their announced tactics of protesting at churches, and possibly even attempting to intimidate the Justices themselves at their private residences, is reminiscent of tactics employed in the recent past by better-known leftist ‘dark-money’ groups that organized protests during Justice Bret Kavanaugh’s confirmation and led calls to pack the Supreme Court,” Kristen Eastlick, CRC’s senior vice president, told RealClearPolitics. “We don’t know if these efforts are linked, but we’d not be surprised to discover some affiliation – even if it’s only ideological – between them.”

Other conservative judicial activists are pointing to a federal law barring “pickets or parades” near a courthouse or a judge’s home with the “intent of interfering with, obstructing, or impeding administration of justice, or with the intent of influencing any judge, juror witness or court officer….”

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When Doocy pressed Psaki on whether Biden cares whether protesters are planning to gather outside justices’ private residences, she tried to sidestep the question. “I don’t have an official U.S. government position on where people protest,” she said.

“Really?” Mike Davis, a former Gorsuch law clerk and the chief counsel for nominations on the Senate Judiciary Committee, tweeted. “How about Title 19, Section 1507 of the United States Code?”

Meanwhile, Congress is stepping in to provide greater protections for high court justices. Sens. John Cornyn, a Texas Republican, and Chris Coons, a Delaware Democrat close to Biden, have introduced the “Supreme Court Policy Parity Act” to provide greater law enforcement protections to the justices and their families. The bill would extend security protection to justices’ families, give greater arrest authority to the police assigned to the high court and make obstructing or impeding those police a crime.

Cornyn, during a Judiciary Committee meeting Thursday, called the leak of the Supreme Court draft opinion “an attack against the independence” of the U.S. court system, the U.S. government’s “crown jewel.”

“That’s the reason why we go through this laborious process of advice and consent for federal judges – to protect that independence,” he said. “And it’s not just an attack against the independence of the judiciary, this risks violence against members of the Supreme Court and their families.”

“We can’t stoop to the level of the mob – we have to stand up for what we believe to be right,” he concluded.

Syndicated with permission from Real Clear Wire.

Susan Crabtree is RealClearPolitics’ White House/national political correspondent.

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Pope Francis Says Nothing as the CCP Arrests Catholic Leaders in China and Hong Kong

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Pope Francis remains silent as the CCP arrests and imprisons Catholic leaders in China and Hong Kong. 

Where is Pope Francis?  Why is he not leading the efforts to implement and support religious freedom in China and Hong Kong?

Last week the Cardinal in Hong Kong was arrested by the new head of the country who is a CCP plant.  Pope Francis said nothing.

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Also, over the past year, the bishop in China was taken by the CCP and kept in solitary confinement for months.  No one knows where he is.  According to Breitbart:

As Breitbart News reported, officials of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) arrested the bishop of Xinxiang on May 21, 2021, along with 10 priests and 10 seminarians, in an effort to apply further pressure to the illegal underground Catholic Church.

Police originally took the bishop and priests to a hotel where they were kept in solitary confinement and subjected to “political sessions” to indoctrinate them with the CCP’s understanding of religious freedom, according to a report by AsiaNews, the official press agency of the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions.

The seminarians were released after three days and the priests followed several days later, yet Bishop Zhang is still in police custody, illegally held without charges or trial at an unknown location. Chinese law stipulates that no one can be detained in solitary confinement without charges for more than three months.

Two family members were allowed to see the bishop for a few minutes during Lunar New Year celebrations, but no one is aware of where he is being held and priests are not permitted to visit or call him.

AsiaNews reported that the Catholic community in Xinxiang still hopes for their bishop’s release, while also growing worried about his physical and mental health.

The Vatican has apparently made no appeal for Bishop Zhang’s liberation.

Again, the Pope says nothing.   Now as sovereign nations hand over their healthcare freedoms to the WHO, the Pope again remains silent.

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Dan Rather Makes The Perfect Argument For Why Fox Is Not News

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Legendary journalist Dan Rather called out the insider game of Rupert Murdoch’s network and showed why Fox is not news.

Dan Rather Explains Why Fox Is A Political Operation

Rather wrote on his Substack:

Needless to say, if a reporter at a news organization other than Fox supported a candidate with half as much complicity as Hannity did Dr. Oz, it would be grounds for immediate termination. Not surprisingly, at Fox News, Hannity’s actions don’t even earn a slap on the wrist. 

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Since its founding, Fox News has always occupied a murky place between journalism and propagandist “entertainment.” On the one hand, it does employ some real reporters. Some of Fox’s work can be considered news, albeit often filtered through an ideological lens.

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The steady stream of hatred, racism, and vitriol emanating from Fox News deserves all the attention it receives. But just as insidious is this inside game and what it says about a media outlet that is a functional arm of the Party of Trump. 

Fox Is Using Journalism As A Cover

Fox is using journalism as a cover for its political operation.  Fox disguises itself as news and never discloses the fact that many of its high-profile employees are assisting elected officials and campaigns.

In journalism, such activities would be grounds for firing. Since Fox isn’t journalism, advising candidates and elected officials behind the backs of viewers is part of the job description.

Dan Rather was right. Fox News is not journalism, and it is also incredibly dangerous to the nation’s democratic institutions. Journalism as a profession needs to stop being afraid of the Fox fraud and call them out for what they are.

Fox is a political operation that is spreading propaganda by pretending to be news.

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Supporting the Buffalo community begins with honest conversations about racism

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Since the 1930s, Black neighborhoods have been ranked as financially unstable to dissuade lenders from approving Black homeowners for loans. This meant Black homeowners were subject to different procedures when purchasing a home, which restricted the flow of capital into Black neighborhoods and prohibited Black homeowners from buying in white neighborhoods—reinforcing segregation.

The lack of access to loans also made it more difficult for Black people to open businesses and build wealth, sparking a downward spiral of disinvestment. Today, the impacts of segregation are clearly visible in the resources available in the city of Buffalo. Of the five major employment centers in Erie County, only one is located within the city of Buffalo, and there are 51 census block groups that have limited access to supermarkets. Every single one is located east of Main Street.

“Buffalo is a powder keg,” said Franchelle Parker, executive director of Open Buffalo. “We can’t talk about what happened on Saturday as one isolated event. Buffalo has been a breeding ground for this type of situation to occur.”

Parker said people outside of Buffalo can get involved by helping to change the racist, white supremacist systems that are in place that led to the attack. Parker suggests having conversations with family and friends about the reality of Buffalo’s history and pressing politicians for policies that support the Black community. Many white supremacists involved in the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection have been tied to western New York, a breeding ground for racist ideology.

“We can’t change the system if we ignore the symptoms of it,” said Jillian Hanesworth, the first poet laureate of Buffalo and Open Buffalo’s director of leadership development. “I want people to stop saying ‘this isn’t Buffalo,’ because it is.”

To honor the lives of those who were killed, Parker and Hanesworth say a conversation needs to happen about how decades of policy decisions have starved the East Side of Buffalo of resources, including healthy food, high-paying jobs, and quality housing. Of all people who identify as Black within the city of Buffalo, roughly 85% live east of Main Street, where Tops is the only grocery store they can walk to. Buffalo is one of the most segregated cities in the country.

In the 1960s and ’70s, the planning and construction of a highway system through Buffalo cut through the city’s Humboldt Parkway, a tree-lined boulevard that connected its park system. Like many other cities in the Northeast, Black people, neighborhoods, and businesses were disproportionately targeted and affected by plans for “urban revitalization.” Its effects are felt today.

“It’s not just a poor Black neighborhood,” Parker said. “Jefferson Avenue is really the cultural heartbeat of the East Side of Buffalo. And many people in our community see this as not just an isolated attack at Tops, but an attack on the entire Black culture.”

For Masten, Buffalo, Tops was not just a supermarket. It was an anchor in the community where locals would cash their checks, buy food, and connect with each other. With that anchor indefinitely closed, Open Buffalo is serving as a connective hub to help locals find the resources they need, including addressing transportation, food, and mental health needs while the city remains on high alert. Buffalo Community Fridge has set up refrigerators on the street stocked with milk, eggs, fresh fruits, and vegetables to ensure that the community stays fed. The African Heritage Food Co-op is also providing free food delivery and distribution. And Heart of the City Neighborhoods is paying up to 90 days rent for the individuals directly impacted by the attack.

“I believe that our community can get back to our heyday and even greater, but we need policy choices that protect and uplift our people,” Parker said. “There is power that our elected officials have.”

At the time of the shooting, Hanesworth was at a baby shower outside of the city. Once the news broke, her organization’s group chat was in constant communication, and she immediately went to the scene to see how she could support her community. It was a traumatizing experience to see people running to the parking lot trying to identify their loved ones’ cars.  

“It was the most intense and pure grief I’ve ever witnessed,” Hanesworth said. “It was something I’ve never seen before, and I hope I never see again.”

Hanesworth has been organizing ever since while processing the traumatic event, and said when she woke up Sunday morning, she realized she had been crying in her sleep.

“I just feel very antsy and desperate to help and to not be in the way,” Hanesworth said. “Black people across the country, we have dealt with so much. We don’t need to be told that we’re resilient. This will almost trick people into normalizing this.”

Hanesworth wants to push against the idea of “Buffalo Strong” and persevering amidst the tragedy, and instead for people outside Buffalo to recognize that the community is deeply hurting.

“We don’t need to know that we’re strong,” Hanesworth said. “We need to know that we’re safe. I just love this community so much. I always say the culture of the city of Buffalo comes out of the East Side. We are really loud. We’re hopeful. We’re musical. And I really hope that beyond people seeing us in pain that they can see that we love each other and that we’re here for each other. We’re not going anywhere.”

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