Sharpton Going to Charleston: ‘Will Do Whatever is Necessary to Help the Families and the Situation’

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Following the deadly shooting at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, Wednesday night, MSNBC host and civil rights activist Al Sharpton sounded as if he would likely head to the grieving city.

MNSBC anchor:

“Do you have any plans to go down there?”

“Again, I’m back and forth on the phone. I will do whatever is helpful to the families and the situation.”
The MSNBC article was later updated, saying local news sources have confirmed that Sharpton does indeed plan to visit Charleston.


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Freshman GOP congresswoman Rep. Mimi Walters (R-CA)40%
has been on television pushing Obamatrade—appearing Monday on Morning Joe on MSNBC to do so—but her office admits publicly she hasn’t read the bill she wants to fast-track through Congress.

Walters, whom Mika Brzezinski noted is the official “liaison” between House GOP freshmen and Speaker Rep. John Boehner (R-OH)40%
’s leadership team, appeared on Morning Joe to push Obamatrade. Walters said:

Currently, what we are working on is Trade Promotion Authority. That issue we expect to take up by the end of the month. And what Trade Promotion Authority, known as TPA, is it’s really the framework of giving the president the opportunity to negotiate trade agreements with other countries. It’s very, very important that we pass this piece of legislation. It’s bipartisan. One in five jobs in America are created because of free trade, 95 percent of consumers are outside of the United States and if America doesn’t take the lead on trade then China is going to. I want America to take the lead and set the standards on trade.

But when Breitbart News asked Walters’ spokeswoman Christine Hardman later on Monday—after she blasted out video of the congresswoman’s appearance on Morning Joe, highlighting her support for Obamatrade—if Walters has been to the secret room inside the Capitol to read the text of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) that TPA would fast track, collectively known as Obamatrade, Hardman confirmed Walters has not been there to read it.

Hardman said when asked if she’s been to the secret room to read the TPP text:

Rep. Walters has had numerous discussions regarding the TPP text, especially on the treatment of agricultural products, which are particularly vital to California’s economy. With the impending passage of TPA, Rep. Walters will be exercising the numerous congressional oversight rights. It is important to remember that without TPA, President Obama would have much more power to negotiate Free Trade Agreements (FTAs). Without TPA, the President would have unlimited authority to negotiate FTAs while keeping Congress and the American public in the dark.

This makes Walters the third member of House GOP leadership to confirm they are pushing for Obamatrade even though they haven’t been to the room to read the text of TPP. She joins House Rules Committee chairman Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX)65%
and Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA)76%
in admitting she didn’t go to the secret room to read TPP to learn about what she’s actually voting on. House Majority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA)47%
and Speaker Rep. John Boehner (R-OH)40%
are both refusing to answer the question.

Of course, as Sens. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)12%
and Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA)0%
said last month on the Senate floor, the country doesn’t need to pass TPA to deliver transparency. Alongside Sens. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY)93%
and Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL)80%
, Warren, Boxer, and more from a bipartisan group of senators have laid out how, at the beginning of the George W. Bush administration—when he was seeking fast-track Trade Promotion Authority—he publicly released draft text of a deal that would have been fast-tracked.

Right now, the text of the TPP is being kept in the basement of the Capitol in secure facilities on both the House and Senate sides—and only members of Congress, and some staffers with high enough clearance levels who can only go in the room with members, are allowed in there to read it. Obama could publicly release that text if he wanted to, but he has thus far decided to keep it secret.

When asked why Congresswoman Walters supports the deal, even with the secrecy surrounding it, her spokeswoman Hardman told Breitbart News that Walter supports Obama’s decision to hide it from America.

“The TPP holds great economic potential in that it proposes to further integrate 12 diverse economies in the Asia-Pacific region,” Hardman said, and went on:

This will require the participating nations to remove protectionist tariffs and non-tariff barriers on its most sensitive products, such as Japan’s protection of its automobile industry. Our trade negotiators need to maintain confidentiality over the agreement in order to secure the best deal for America. We would put the U.S. at a disadvantage if we were to hand over our ‘playbook’ by releasing these negotiating texts. In fact, a federal court recently agreed that the U.S. may withhold such information, even stating that releasing the negotiating text ‘could limit the flexibility of U.S. negotiators.’ Further, the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) has repeatedly engaged over 660 private-sector advisors that serve on numerous Trade Advisory Committees, which represent all sectors of the economy.

What’s more, when asked why the congresswoman thinks that passing TPA would help empower Congress—even though it lowers vote thresholds necessary to enter an international pact like TPP—and what would be different between this time and all previous trade deals on fast track, since none in U.S. history have ever been stopped, Hardman argued Walters thinks it’ll help give Congress an upper hand. She also cited how Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)96%
backs Obamatrade as intellectual cover for her argument:

Representative Walters supports TPA because it empowers Congress, not President Obama. This is the same point highlighted by Senator Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)96%
in his strong support of TPA. By providing 150 detailed negotiating objectives, Congress will set the parameters of any future Free Trade Agreement (FTAs), including those FTAs negotiated by the next President. Further, this version of TPA provides for robust oversight and transparency measures, including: requiring the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) to brief any Member of Congress on the status of negotiations, allowing any Member the right to become a ‘congressional advisor’ in negotiations, and requiring the President to publish the text of any FTA 60 days before it can become law. Finally, Congress retains the ultimate power to disapprove any FTAs that fails to meet the required negotiating objectives.

Walters’ argument on Morning Joe was that Obamatrade would help America beat China in international trade. When asked how that was the case, when President Obama very publicly last week confirmed that China is not only seeking to become part of the TPP deal, but is in negotiations with the president himself and his cabinet officials to do so. Walters doesn’t seem to care about that contradiction in logic, as her spokeswoman Hardman actually said the congresswoman is cool with China becoming a part of the secretive deal.

“The U.S. has been an integral part of the TPP negotiations from the beginning,” Hardman said. “Thus, the U.S. has exerted substantial influence on writing the rules of the road for trade in the 21st Century. China’s potential accession to the TPP would mean that China would have to adhere to U.S.-approved trade rules. China would have to meet the rules we set. In contrast, if the U.S. were to abandon the TPP, China will lead the Asia-Pacific region with its proposed trade deal – the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP). Again, as pointed out by Senator Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)96%
in his support of TPA, the U.S. simply cannot afford to disengage from such a vital part of the world, especially when China is ready to fill the void.”

Obama’s Former Defense Secretary Has a Chilling Message About US Strategy in the Middle East

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Robert Gates, who served as Secretary of Defense under both Presidents Bush and Obama, made some disturbing claims on Tuesday about the ongoing fight to curb the expansion of radical Islamic terrorism in the Middle East.

On MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Gates claimed that, “we’re basically sort of playing this day to day,” adding:

I think our interests are enduring, but I certainly don’t think we have a strategy.”

Turkey is currently attempting to stave off a growing ISIS influence, which Gates brought up. Speaking about U.S. allies, specifically Turkey, Gates said:

My own view is, you don’t walk away from the people that you’ve counted as your friends and allies for several decades. The question is, how should those relationships evolve?”

Gates’ comments on Tuesday came as ISIS has taken yet another key Iraqi city. Last week, the militants took Ramadi, one of the largest cities in Iraq.

The White House called the fall of Ramadi a “setback,” adding that efforts will be made to help Iraq take the city back from the radical militants.

Like Father, Like Daughter: Al Sharpton’s Kid Sues NYC for $5 Million For Sprained Ankle

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The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, especially when the tree is rotten.

Dominique Sharpton, the 28-year-old daughter of MSNBC host and race activist Al Sharpton, sprained her ankle last October on the corner of Broome Street and Broadway in New York City, and now she wants the city to pay – big time.

Claiming to have been “severely injured, bruised and wounded” by uneven pavement, Dominique is seeking $5 million in damages from taxpayers for the sprain.

Currently on vacation in Bali, the membership director for her gadfly dad’s National Action Network claims she “still suffers and will continue to suffer for some time physical pain and bodily injuries,” according to the suit filed against the city departments of Transportation and Environmental Protection.

And despite claiming “permanent physical pain” in a breathless notice of claim in December, at around the same time there were social-media shots of her in high heels and fancy dresses and climbing a ladder to decorate a Christmas tree.

According to the filing in her lawsuit, Dominique Sharpton is seeking payment for “loss of quality of life, future pain and suffering, future medical bills, [and] future diminution of income.”

Dominique’s father Al currently has roughly $4.5 million in tax liens against him and his for-profit businesses.

Rush Limbaugh: What if Jihadists Demand Sharia Law for Gays, Women in the US?

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The kneejerk response from MSNBC’s Chris Matthews was boilerplate liberal apologia for the jihad — yes, Atlas Shrugs blogger Pamela Geller and her American Freedom Defense Initiative have the right to organize a Draw Muhammad contest, but doing so was deliberately provocative and “caused” two fanatical Islamists to open fire outside the event.

Both gunmen were killed by a police officer, who was armed, this because the event was held in Texas and not France.

Why would jihadists limit their demands to a ban on caricatures of the Prophet, Rush Limbaugh asked his radio listeners Monday (audio)

Now, I want to go back to the shooting in Texas and before we get to the Pam Geller soundbites, I’ve a serious question here, folks, a very serious question — you just heard Mark Potok, something, this hate organization called the Southern Poverty Law Center, make no mistake, that is a hate organization, and their hatred is for anything not Democrat. Their hatred is for anything Republican or conservative.

I wonder how the president’s going to respond to the situation in Garland, Texas — ISIS shooters show up because it is said they were provoked. Pam Geller and her group, oh yeah, they can have a convention on drawing cartoons of the Prophet, but they are responsible for what happens, so if somebody pulls a gun out and shoots at ’em it is their fault — not the perps, not the shooters — it’s their fault, because Islam tells us you cannot draw pictures of the Prophet.

OK, fine. If Americans are to respect and obey the laws of Islam that prohibit the drawing of pictures of Muhammad, then why wouldn’t Americans have to respect and obey Islam’s laws and punishments regarding gays and women? I mean, if it’s that important to them, who are we to disagree? If they say you can’t draw pictures of the Prophet and we say, you’re right, we can’t, and anybody that does, why, they’re going to get what’s coming to them.

Now you move over to other aspects of militant Islam and we know what happens to homosexuals in Iran or any other Islamic country, we know what happens to women. Well, if we’re going to respect and obey the laws about drawing cartoons of the Prophet, don’t we have to respect what Islam says about homosexuality and women? I mean, where do we draw the line and say, no, no, we can ignore that? But this picture business — nope, we gotta follow that to the letter of the law. We gotta follow that to the letter of Islam. We gotta follow that to the letter of Allah, but the gay and women thing, not so much.

And how about that extremely provocative tendency of American parents to send their sons and daughters to school for an education — Islamists despise that.  

MSNBC’s endless advocacy for gay marriage — surely this too is deeply offensive and highly provocative to radical Muslims. Perhaps the network should stop doing it, rather than wait for the inevitable jihadist rampage. After all, Matthews and his cable comrades presumably don’t want to risk “causing” such a terrible thing, right?

Matthews’s openly gay colleague Rachel Maddow has probably already bought champagne in anticipation of the Supreme Court ruling in favor of gay marriage. If the court rules in the affirmative, shouldn’t Maddow refrain from uncorking the champagne live on the air — just to be on the safe side?

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