The CCP Virus and Their U.S. Corporate Useful Idiots
By Curtis Ellis and John Fredericks
In 2008 It Was Big Banks Who Benefited At The Direct Expense Of U.S. Workers…In 2020 It’s Big Business Who Will Exploit the Pandemic To Destroy Main Street
These writers and others who for decades railed against outsourcing industries to the People’s Republic of China were long dismissed as crackpots and Luddites. Now many of those who were doing the dismissing have been forced to admit the true cost of cheap goods is very high.
For three decades, the one-world globalist elites jammed cheap slave labor and outsourcing our manufacturing supply chains down our unsuspecting throats.
They maintained in their Ivy League smugness that share-holder value was king, that free and open trade was good for us and the free movement of peoples among nations was the key to world prosperity.
They mocked national sovereignty and told us our six-pack of Pabst Blue Ribbon beer would be five cents cheaper – if China made the aluminum cans.
These same gangster-banksters on Wall Street-led by multi-millionaire Goldman Sachs private jet and caviar senior executives who raped the country in the 2008 crisis by stealing the TARP bailout money-are now telling us “big corporate” knows best.
Just like when they told us if China joined the WTO they would eventually morph into a free and open democratic society.
Now their gig is finally up. Thanks to the CCP.
CCP Exposes Big Business-Wall Street Unholy Alliance
The Chinese Communist Party virus has exposed many of our nation’s infirmities.
The most glaring is our dependence on Communist China for medicine, medical equipment, and so many other essential goods.
China inherited nearly our entire supply chain of medical equipment — by supplying cheap labor to greed-driven business CEO’s and their lower Manhattan cheerleaders.
But that is by no means the only problem the pandemic has exposed. The consolidation of property and industries into fewer and fewer hands is another…and it looms bigger than the pandemic itself.
The New York Times details how corporate consolidation in the medical device industry contributed to the shortage of ventilators our nation is now experiencing.
Over a dozen years ago, in the wake of SARS, MERS, and other deadly outbreaks, the federal government saw a need to stockpile ventilators in case of a future emergency.
It contracted with a small California firm, Newport Medical Devices, that had an innovative design it could produce for $3,000 per machine—significantly less expensive than the $10,000-$20,000 price tag commonly quoted.
A good move by federal government buyers who strove to both save taxpayer dollars and get the right product should the need arise.
But then something happened and everything changed.
“The medical device industry was undergoing rapid consolidation, with one company after another merging with or acquiring other makers,” the Times reports. “Manufacturers wanted to pitch themselves as one-stop shops for hospitals, which were getting bigger, and that meant offering a broader suite of products. In May 2012, Covidien, a large medical device manufacturer, agreed to buy Newport for just over $100 million.”
Covidien, a publicly traded corporation with $12 billion in sales, bought five other medical device companies that year alone. It was playing mergers and acquisitions if not “Monopoly.”
Here’s the rub: Covidien was already selling more expensive ventilators. It didn’t consider developing a low-cost machine to be a priority.
In fact, the Newport Medical machines were a direct threat to their eye-popping margins. So they systematically eliminated them.
Project managers were re-assigned and Covidien told the government it wanted out of the contract.
“Government officials and executives at rival ventilator companies said they suspected that Covidien had acquired Newport to prevent it from building a cheaper product that would undermine Covidien’s profits from its existing ventilator business,” the Times story notes.
Inflated Margins Suffocated Ventilators
No kidding? Just like the $3 trillion in repatriation money that was supposed to come soaring back into the U.S. economy to build factories and create jobs, right? Instead, it went to stock buybacks and senior executive bonus compensation.
It doesn’t end there. In 2015 Medtronic, an even larger medical device company, bought Covidien for $50 billion (can you say “consolidation”?) as part of a corporate inversion scheme so Medtronic could register in Ireland and avoid paying U.S. taxes.
Medtronic, one of the four largest ventilator manufacturers in America today—along with Phillips, GE Healthcare, and Allied Healthcare—has been slow to increase the production of its higher-priced ventilators, choosing to guard it’s existing supply chain relationships.
Public shaming compelled Medtronic finally to announce it would release the blueprints and specs for the low-cost machine Newport (now part of Medtronic) developed at U.S. taxpayer expense.
The nation’s productive capacity and know-how have come under the ownership of fewer and fewer giant corporations.
These corporations try to squeeze every penny from production by eliminating R&D and outsourcing production to the lowest cost cheap-labor camps on Earth, even those ruled by communist dictators.
Unfortunately, the pandemic-inspired shutdown of the economy only threatens to further corporate consolidation in our economy.
The Death of Main Street And Millions of Jobs
A report from Indiana provides an example of how this will play out, even if it is an unintended consequence of shutting down much of the nation’s commerce.
Book stores, toy stores, and other retailers deemed “nonessential” are complaining that Dollar General—a low-cost chain offering food among many other items—remains open and is still selling toys, books, and other items they are barred from selling.
In response to the complaints, county officials ordered Dollar General to rope off the aisles where “non-essential” merchandise is displayed.
Question: Have officials elsewhere barred Dollar General—one of the largest vendors of Chinese imports—from trafficking in prohibited merchandise?
And how about Amazon? Amazon still sells clothes, toys and everything else, much of it from China. None of the money spent on Amazon finds its way into the pockets of American owners and employees of brick-and-mortar shops lining Main St. America that were forced to close.
While small businesses are ordered to shut down, their giant corporate competitors remain open.
This is how the multi-trillion dollar economic relief package is also a stimulus bill for Jeff Bezos, Walmart, and China.
The virus has also revealed another weakness of 21st century America: rule by a cult of experts with an unshakeable faith in mathematical models.
These are the people whose economic models told us trade with China would make us all richer and happier.
Now they place their faith in yet another infallible model, one they tell us will save us from death itself—a Savior Machine.
Its answer is law. Dare to question it and you are condemned as an enemy of the state, complete with a 1-800-neighborhood rat line.
Woody Guthrie said some men will rob you with a six-gun and some with a fountain pen.
Today he would wonder if computer models aren’t the equivalent of those fountain pens.
Stephen K. Bannon, former chief strategist for President Trump and CEO/Chairman of the Trump for President campaign in 2016 has launched a seven-day a week live radio program on the John Fredericks Radio Network.
Richmond, VA — By John Fredericks
Recognizing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s master messaging on President Trump’s pending impeachment and frustrated by the lack of a coordinated response by Republicans, Steve Bannon took matters into his own hands.
He started his own impeachment war room — in the form of a live radio show in the basement of his Capitol Hill townhouse. It gives rapid response new meaning.
It’s also streamed live on WJFNradio.com, the John Fredericks Radio APP and WarRoom.org.
War Room: Impeachment is already up to episode 16, and can be heard on our JFRS YouTube Channel as well as other podcast platforms and WarRoom.org.
Run from our new studio installed in Steve Bannon’s basement on Capitol Hill, it’s a real live war room, set up just like it would be in the Trump White House or like the 2016 campaign in New York.
War Room: Impeachment takes the day’s impeachment events, breaks them down with keen, insightful analysis and develops daily strategic communication and messaging plan.
Most important, Bannon and his team provide D.C. GOP influencers and Trump supporters with an every-day blueprint for action.
This is must-listen radio.
Joining Steve Bannon each day are Jason Miller, former Trump for President strategic communication advisor and Raheem Kassam, who ran the war room for the UK Independent Party and Brexit for Nigel Farage.
Other guests have included U.S. Reps. Mark Meadows, Matt Gaetz, former Trump Administration Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, former deputy Trump 2016 campaign manager Dave Bossie, and many others.
“The Nullification Project has worked extraordinarily well for Pelosi and the Democrats,” Bannon said. “Pelosi has taught a master’s class in political misinformation. It’s been brilliantly executed. She is the best there is at this.”
The White House decided against launching an impeachment war room internally.
So Bannon went external.
“The Democrats were taking free shots on goal on a daily basis, with no resistance at the beginning from Republicans or the White House,” Bannon added.
“Now they are fighting back, and our War Room: Impeachment show is a daily blueprint for action, including daily messaging that runs exactly like a real political war room like we had during the campaign, or like the White House employed for tax cuts and Bret Kavanaugh,” Bannon explained.
Now Bannon and his War Room: Impeachment team and guests are driving the GOP response narrative, and explaining what his happening to our listeners in frank and candid terms.
Jonathan Easley of The Hill newspaper had a great story on the show’s objectives.
Don’t miss a day of War Room: Impeachment.
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Virginia Dems Poised For Total Takeover of General Assembly
Reminiscent of the cult movie classic “Night of the Living Dead” – the Virginia radical Democrats are banging at the door of common sense.
There may not be enough boards and nails to stop them.
The crazies are at the gate.
It’s Caucus of the Corn – led by House Minority Leader Eileen Filler-Corn coming out of the high stalks at the stroke of midnight.
Plagued by money woes, the Virginia GOP is on the verge of generational political Armageddon.
It’s the equivalent of a Republican political nuclear winter and Virginia is about to become the south’s new California.
The state Democrats’ message has been succinct and salient: “Trump sucks. Guns.”
To counter, the Republican message has been garbled and non-existent, driven by local issues only.
State Senate Gone
The state senate is already gone. Holding a 21-19 edge, the best the GOP can do now is to hold their loss to two seats. If the Democrats win control of the state senate 21-19 consider is a resounding GOP victory. The night could end 23-17, which would spell catastrophe for the Virginia Republican senate caucus.
GOP House Hangs by a Thread
There is a GOP pathway to holding the House of Delegates, albeit a narrow one. It centers on Republicans holding three key seats: Paul Milde in Fredericksburg (Milde defeated Bob Thomas in a primary) Tim Hugo, the last Republican standing in Northern Virginia and Chris Stolle in Virginia Beach. If they hold those three, they have a fighting chance. If not: enter Caucus of the Corn, stage left.
We’ll have complete district by district predictions at 6:00 AM tomorrow.
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Truncated from The Washington Post report: “The story of a Virginia swing district town hall: From cheers to jeers”
John Fredericks, a conservative radio host, and Luria constituent who spoke at the small Stop the Madness protest on the sidewalk, called the event Luria’s “fairy tale town hall.”
He predicted the president will come to the district once or twice next year to rally the base.
“The only hope she has is she wins by attrition. If there’s a viable candidate, she loses,” he said.
After the town hall, Allen, the moderator, said enough Democrats are incensed by the “treasonous” actions of the president to deliver Luria a second term.
Read the full report from The Washington Post.
Truncated from The Washington Post article: “Once a pariah among Virginia Democrats, Joe Morrissey is now the belle of the ball”
“Joe is going to be a Democratic senator,” McAuliffe said in an interview, explaining why he agreed to attend. “I already sat with Joe a couple of weeks ago — he agrees with me 100 percent.”
With the possibility of getting majorities in both the House and Senate in fall elections, Democrats can take major actions, he said. “We’ve got to raise the minimum wage, got to get common-sense gun restrictions here in the state of Virginia, and every vote is important.”
One area of possible friction: abortion restrictions. “I didn’t bring that up. I don’t think he agrees with me on that,” said McAuliffe, who touted his work on behalf of women’s health issues.
McAuliffe threatened to pull out of the fundraiser after Fredericks, the radio host and emcee of the event, announced that he was inviting antiabortion activist Victoria Cobb.
Read the full article from The Washington Post.
The worst week for U.S. legit journalism continued unabated today as the mainstream legacy media continued their assault on the truth in a bizarre conglomeration of falsehoods and phony news reporting on President Trump’s phone call with Ukraine’s new leader.
The whistleblower transcript was released today. More like a whistle-blowhard.
Washington, D.C. — The fake news media keeps getting it wrong on Ukraine. Where does it end?
I can’t keep up with the lies coming out of the D.C. swamp.
The Washington Post ran a story alleging acting Director of National Intelligence Joe Maguire had threatened to quit, which never happened.
Here is Maguire’s actual statement: “At no time have I considered resigning my position since assuming this role on Aug. 16, 2019. I have never quit anything in my life, and I am not going to start now.”
I’m going to make it my life’s mission to start calling this out.
Here is SWAMP FAKE NEWS LIE #1:
In an NPR story about the release of the Ukraine phone call transcript, the partially tax-payer funded outlet left out large portions of the text to make it falsely appear as though President Trump had asked for a “favor” related to Biden.
SWAMP FAKE NEWS LIES #2 and #3
MSNBC’s Katy Tur and CNN’s Brianna Keilar repeatedly distorted the contents of the transcript, claiming the President’s “favor” remark was related to Biden.
TUR’S “REPORTING”: “He said ‘will you do me a favor and investigate Vice President Biden’s son?’ ‘Will you do me a favor and get involved in the 2020 election.’ ‘Vice President Biden is my chief political opponent.’”
KEILAR’S “REPORTING”: “In this call, the President repeatedly stresses how much the U.S. does for Ukraine and then he says: ‘I would like you to do us a favor.’ The President asks Zelenskyy to dig up dirt on Biden and his son Hunter.”
As the transcript makes abundantly clear, the President’s “favor” remark had nothing to do with Biden.
SWAMP FAKE NEWS LIE #4
CNN claimed that President Trump “pushed Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden,” but Ukraine President Zelenskyy made clear that “nobody pushed” him.
PRESIDENT ZELENSKYY: “We had, I think, [a] good phone call. It was normal. We spoke about many things. And I – so, I think, and you read it that nobody pushed me.”
SWAMP FAKE NEWS LIE #5:
ABC News ran a story quoting an “advisor” to President Zelenskyy who was later shown not to be a current advisor at all.
ABC NEWS HEADLINE: “Ukrainians understood Biden probe was condition for Trump-Zelenskiy phone call: Ukrainian adviser”
ABC NEWS CORRECTION: “An earlier version of this article incorrectly described Serhiy Leshchenko as a current advisor to Ukraine’s president Volodymyr Zelenskiy. Leshchenko advised Zelenskiy’s transition team following his election in April but has since been distanced by the administration. He is no longer advising Zelenskiy.”
SWAMP FAKE NEWS LIE #6
The Wall Streel Journal falsely claimed that President Trump urged President Zelenskyy “about eight times” to work with Rudy Giuliani on a probe to hamper Biden.
FROM THE JOURNAL: “President Trump in a July phone call repeatedly pressured the president of Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden’s son, according to people familiar with the matter, urging Volodymyr Zelensky about eight times to work with Rudy Giuliani on a probe that could hamper Mr. Trump’s potential 2020 opponent.”
As the transcript shows, the Journal’s statement is completely false.
SWAMP FAKE NEWS LIE #7
The Washington Post incorrectly reported that President Trump made a “promise” to a foreign leader, later identified as the president of Ukraine.
FROM THE WASHINGTON POST: “Trump’s interaction with the foreign leader included a “promise” that was regarded as so troubling that it prompted an official in the U.S. intelligence community to file a formal whistleblower complaint with the inspector general for the intelligence community, said the former officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly.”
The transcript confirms that the President made no such promise at all to President Zelenskyy.
BAIT AND SWITCH
After the released transcript failed to show any quid pro quo, the fake news media shifted the goalposts and immediately began belittling the transcript.
CNN’S PAMELA BROWN: “This is just one part of the whistleblower complaint surrounding President Trump. It is not the full picture.”
CNN’S JEFFREY TOOBIN: “Let’s be clear that quid pro quo is not necessary for this phone call to be widely inappropriate and potentially impeachable.”
MSNBC’S CHRIS HAYES: “Given what we know about how Trump pressures and manipulates civil servants to tow his line, I’m not *quite* sure we can trust the transcript itself as being accurate/comprehensive.”
SWAMP FAKE NEWS LIE #8
The Washington Post was forced to delete a Tweet that incorrectly suggested that the White House blocked the release of the whistleblower report.
CNN had the gall to ask the wildly biased Andrew McCabe – who lied to an inspector general – to analyze the whistleblower complaint and Ukraine transcript.
MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough publicly reacted to a parody version of the Ukraine transcript – one that had been manipulated by Comedy Central’s The Daily Show.
Kayleigh McEnany, National Press Secretary for Trump 2020, summed it up best:
“This whistleblower complaint is an even bigger hoax than the Russia delusion. It’s built on second-hand information echoed by the biased fake news media. We now know that this account was cobbled together by a partisan bureaucrat with ‘no direct knowledge,’ represented by an attorney for Hillary Clinton and donor to Joe Biden’s campaign. Democrats are trying to block the inevitable re-election of President Trump because they know they can’t beat him fair and square at the ballot box. ”
Ukrainian whistle-blower hoax exposed by official transcript release of Trump-Zelenskyy convo. Read it here.
The lying fake-news legacy media does it again.
Washington, D.C. —- The D.C. media feeding frenzy provided the catalyst for a ridiculous impromptu press conference by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who called for impeachment hearings on Monday, out of fear of more primary knock-offs from the ultra-leftist “Squad” wing of her caucus. In the meantime, high profile House Democrats just buried themselves in 2020.
Sucked down the social justice warrior rabbit hole, self-proclaimed moderate Reps. Abigail Spanberger (D-VA/7) and Rep. Elaine Luria (D-VA/2) drank the equivalent of Jim Jones political suicide Kool-Aid by signing on to a Washington Post Op-Ed calling for an impeachment inquiry into President Trump over his alleged quid-pro-quo with a foreign leader.
So much for independent thinking. Both freshman legislators publicly endorsed an impeachment inquiry based on rumor and phony news reporting.
Problem is, it turned out to be false. Again. In fact, its Quid-Pro-Joe.
Spanberger and Luria represent districts Trump carried in 2016.
HAIR ON FIRE
The entire hair on fire episode commenced with a bogus story from a Washington whistle-blower who heard about a conversation President Trump supposedly had with newly-elected President Zelenskyy of Ukraine.
As it turns out, the whistle-blower had no first-hand knowledge of the classified discussion. In fact, he or she only heard about it third-hand from what could have been mere lunchroom gossip and innuendo.
The fake-news purveyors in D.C. – many of whom are ideologically driven opinion activists masquerading as journalists – took another massive credibility hit in rushing to craft a false narrative they didn’t feel was necessary to verify.
It was full speed ahead and damn the torpedoes. Who needs pesky supportive facts when they could smear Trump with another fictitious outrage rush to judgment?
The counterfeit news-fakers have lurched from phony collusion to false Kavanaugh accusations, to a make-believe recession, to unfounded charges of racism, to the now-debunked Ukrainian fairy-tale. All in a matter of months. What’s next?
The American legacy news media is in a credibility free fall of epic proportions. Who believes them?
Let’s take a crack at real reporting: Press reports have given currency to flat-out falsehoods about the phone call.
The now released call transcript clearly shows there was no quid pro quo or anything else inappropriate about the conversation between President Trump and President Zelenskyy.
Fake News Myth 1: The President made a mysterious “promise” to Zelenskyy in return for Ukraine reopening an investigation related to Joe Biden and his son, Hunter.
- There was no such promise. The President wanted allegations of corruption, potentially involving an American official, to be investigated.
Fake News Myth 2: The President offered a “quid pro quo” related to military aid for Ukraine.
- There was no quid pro quo; in fact, there is no mention of the aid package to Ukraine at all.
Fake News Myth 3: The President urged President Zelenskyy to work with Rudy Giuliani to investigate Biden’s involvement in the firing of a Ukrainian prosecutor eight times.
- The President mentioned Rudy Giuliani only after Zelenskyy mentioned him first and referred to Biden in only one exchange.
In fact, what the President actually talked about was entirely proper.
President Trump asked President Zelenskyy to investigate any connection between Ukraine and attempts to interfere with the 2016 election, something he has publicly discussed in the past.
It is entirely appropriate for the President to ask a foreign leader to investigate any connection between his country and attempted interference in the 2016 election.
President Trump did not mention Rudy Giuliani or Vice President Biden until after President Zelenskyy brought up Giuliani’s name first. Only then did the President ask Zelenskyy to speak to Giuliani regarding corruption issues, and Vice President Biden’s role in the firing of a Ukrainian prosecutor.
The prosecutor had been investigating a Ukrainian bankrolled oil and gas company that had Biden’s son on its board of directors at a fee of $50,000 U.S. per month, for a total payout of $3.5 million. Hunter Biden had no experience in energy policy, had never been to Ukraine or the region, and had no knowledge of its competitors or business operations.
- When a high-ranking U.S. government official, like then Vice-President Biden, brags on tape that he used his official position to derail an investigation in another country that could have impacted his son, it is appropriate for the President to suggest that the matter be looked into and investigated. Biden said he would hold up $1.1 billion in U.S. guaranteed loans until the prosecutor was fired and he had only “six hours before my plane leaves.”
The real scandal here is that leaks about a second-hand account of the President’s confidential telephone call with a foreign leader triggered a media three-ring circus of false accusations against Trump and forced the President to release the full five-page transcript.
Let’s be clear, there was no quid pro quo for Ukraine to get U.S. aid in exchange for looking into Biden or his son.
Assistance to Ukraine was mentioned by President Trump only to stress how much the United States is doing and how other countries, like Germany, need to do their fair share. The fake news took this out of context, as usual.
In context, the President has said repeatedly that he wants other countries to be pitching in more to help Ukraine — and President Zelenskyy agreed with him.
FACTS ARE DANGEROUS TO THE FAKE NEWSERS
After Secretary of State Mike Pompeo talked with the government of Ukraine, the President decided to release the transcript of his telephone conversation to end the wild speculation and to set the record straight.
Trump has said he believes his private conversations with world leaders should be kept confidential and says he made this exception in the interest of transparency because of the amount of misinformation being spread in the legacy press.
ABUSE OF WHISTLEBLOWER LAW – HANDLED BY THE BOOK
The idea that someone can hear a second-hand account of a confidential conversation and use it in a complaint to start a partisan investigation fundamentally undermines the office of President.
This complaint was handled absolutely by the book and it was properly determined that no further action should be taken.
After receiving the complaint from the ICIG (Inspector General of the Intelligence Community) the DNI (Director of National intelligence) appropriately consulted with the Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) at the Department of Justice.
OLC determined that this complaint did not fall within the scope of the Intelligence Community Whistleblower Protection Act, and, therefore, that the DNI was not required to send the complaint to the intelligence committees.
The DNI did not forward the complaint because it implicated significant, constitutionally based Executive Branch confidentiality interests, and there was no applicable statutory requirement.
While the DNI determined that the complaint should not be sent to Congress, that did not end the review of the complaint. To the contrary, the complaint was given to DOJ for appropriate review.
DOJ officials reviewed the complaint in light of the legal issues identified by the ICIG in his cover letter to the DNI and determined that no further action was warranted.
Tragically, this case just shows another example of the “Deep State,” the concocted media, and Democrats in Congress damaging our national security by leaking confidential information in an attempt to seek political gain.
Truncated repost from InsideSources
In an interview on the John Fredericks radio show today, Lewandowski said he’s leaning strongly toward running, and that his candidacy would help the entire NHGOP.
“If you ask me if I’m more or less likely to get in this race, I’m much more likely than just a week ago,” Lewandowski said. “I am closer today to announcing than I have ever been, and I don’t know if I can wait until October because Jeanne Shaheen is using my potential entry into this race to raise vast sums of money and I don’t want to give her that advantage.” Lewandowski suggested his announcement could come as soon as mid-September.
And, he claims, it would be a tremendous boon for the GOP ticket in New Hampshire “from top to bottom.”
“My entry into this race is going to galvanize Republicans, really turn out those [Trump supporting] independents, and help everybody from the top of the ticket to the bottom.”
“If I were to get into the race, it would excite the conservative base and those independents who are better off today than when Trump was elected, and bring them to the election. The money that would come into this race if I’m involved is going to help, not only the presidential race, not only the Senate race, but the governor’s race, the state senate, the state house, and the Executive Council.
According to Wayne Lesperance, professor of political science at New England College, these early attacks from Democrats “show they are worried about his candidacy. If he runs, he will have access to the tremendous organization, resources, and a sympathetic media partner in FOX news that is as good as any GOTV effort Democrats have.
Read the full report from InsideSources.
The state’s elections in November will test the potency of gun rights as a voting issue. Democrats are looking to take power and enact gun control legislation next year
Mr. Hugo said he’s supportive of expanding Virginia’s so-called red-flag laws but declined to say whether the legislature should consider universal background checks. John Fredericks, who was the chairman of Mr. Trump’s Virginia campaign in 2016, on Tuesday warned Republicans of electoral calamity in November if they do not first act on gun control measures.
Big losses this November, Mr. Fredericks said on his conservative talk radio program, would allow the Democrats to not only enact a sweeping liberal agenda on gun control, health care and other issues but also give the party control of the next redistricting process, potentially flipping three congressional seats and locking Republicans out of majorities in Richmond for a decade.
“Here’s my message to Republicans: if you don’t do something, you’re going to get annihilated in the suburbs in 2019,” Mr. Fredericks said. “And that’s the end of Republicans in Virginia for a generation.”
Read the full article from The New York Times.
ISLAMABAD – Kargil-like war can occur again as India had tested the pride of Pakistan by annexing held Kashmir, feared a senior US diplomat.
In an interview with John Fredericks Radio Network on ‘The John Fredericks Show,’ Anne Patterson – who remained the US envoy in Islamabad from July 2007 to October 2010 – said:
“Now it looks like they (Pakistan are trying at least temporarily to find some diplomatic solution … unsuccessfully trying to find some diplomatic solution. But yes you could see that (replay of Kargil) you could see a very aggressive element of the Pakistani military because frankly, it’s a huge blow to their pride and … and pride matters a lot in really most countries.”
The Kargil war occurred when Pervez Musharraf ruled the country in 1999. It took place between May and July that year.
Read the full report from The Nation.