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Tuesday afternoon, President Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu joined the foreign ministers of the UAE and Bahrain in signing history-shattering peace agreements. These agreements are now known as the “Abraham Accords.”

In his remarks, President Trump said “Thanks to the great courage of the leaders of these three countries, we take a major stride toward a future in which people of all faiths and backgrounds live together in peace and prosperity.” Prime Minister Netanyahu added “This day is a pivot of history, it heralds a new dawn of peace. For thousands of years the Jewish people have prayed for peace, for decades the Jewish state has prayed for peace, and this is why today we are filled with such profound gratitude.”

They were joined by UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani, Bahrain’s Foreign Minister. Zayani praised the deal, saying “Mr. President, your statesmanship and tireless efforts have brought us here today and made peace a reality.”

Meanwhile, Democrats acted like disgruntled children, with Speaker Pelosi sounding particularly bitter:

The signing of a pair of historic peace agreements is a “distraction” from COVID? What type of warped person is Ms. Pelosi? These agreements are historic because it isn’t often that Arab nations recognize Israel’s right to exist. That’s why Tuesday’s agreements are only the third and fourth agreements in Israel’s history.

The first agreement was the Camp David Accords between Israel and Egypt. They were signed by Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin on Sept. 17, 1978. (Sadat was assassinated 3 years later.) Next was the signing of the Israel–Jordan peace treaty in Oct., 1994. That was the last treaty between Israel and an Arab nation until yesterday.

Pelosi is one of the most tone-deaf politicians in DC history. That’s why there’s an anti-Democrat backlash building. Pelosi thinks that COVID is the top issue with voters. Just ask yourself this question. What’s most likely to get your attention — the shooting of the LA sheriff deputies or the daily update of COVID statistics? That isn’t a fair fight.

Predictably, Senate Democrats voted unanimously against starting debate on a COVID relief bill. Democrats didn’t vote against final passage of the bill. Democrats voted against starting debate on a bill that “provides $300 per week in federal unemployment benefits through Dec. 27, another round of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funding, more money for testing and schools and liability protections from coronavirus-related lawsuits.”

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said the bill “is laden with poison pills. Provisions our colleagues know Democrats would never support to guarantee the bill’s failure. The truth of the matter is the Republicans and the Republican leader don’t want to pass a bill too many on the hard right in the Senate and outside it would be angry.”

Do Democrats think that extending federal unemployment benefits until Dec. 27th is a poison pill? Do Democrats think that “another round of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funding” is a poison pill? Do Democrats think that “more money for testing and schools” is a poison pill?

Thursday’s vote virtually guarantees another 2 year term for Mitch McConnell as Senate Majority Leader. Thanks to this vote, Democrats will be portrayed as heartless politicians who don’t care about the people. I know this because Jason Lewis just used it that way:

U.S. Senate candidate Jason Lewis released the following statement slamming Senator Tina Smith for delaying COVID relief yet again.

“I wish I could say I’m surprised that Senator Tina Smith is marching in lockstep with Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, but this is just more of the same from Tina. Last month she held up relief over a demand that incarcerated inmates be able to make phone calls for free, and that’s after she twice voted to block relief in the spring while simultaneously dumping $1 million dollars in personal stock holdings.

“Further proving this is nothing more than a political game for Tina, she has basically been running a single issue campaign on the alleged need for more post office funding in recent weeks, and yet she shot down the latest round of COVID relief which includes USPS funding, all because party leaders told her to.

Mitch McConnell summed things up perfectly:

Congress has spent months talking — talking — about whether to give the American people more relief as they continue grappling with this pandemic. Today, we are going to vote. Every Senator will be counted. Should we move forward with a floor process to deliver hundreds of billions of dollars more for kids, jobs, and healthcare? Should we at least vote to move forward and have this debate out in the open? Or do our Democratic colleagues prefer to hide behind closed doors and refuse to help families before the election? We’ll find out in a couple hours. Republicans have tried repeatedly to build on the CARES Act and get more help out the door to American families. But Democrats have blocked us at every turn. They’ve invented different excuses each time.

Check this out:

Where’s the proof that Democrats give a damn about the American people? I’ve searched for that proof but haven’t found any. It’s time for Democrats to start acting like they’re compassionate. Otherwise, they’ll be seen as heartless as Nancy Pelosi and Hillary Clinton.

Finally, Tina Smith isn’t worthy of a spot in the Senate. She’s represented Chuck Schumer, not Minnesota. That’s pathetic.

MSNBC’s Steve Rattner has a difficult responsibility today. He had the unenviable task of explaining why today’s jobs report wasn’t great news. Let’s just say that he gave it the good old college try:

Rattner said “The good news is that we added 1.4 million new jobs. The bad news is that we added fewer jobs than the previous month and way fewer jobs the month before that.” Steve Rattner isn’t an idiot, though he apparently plays one on MSNBC. Of course, the job creation numbers this month are way down from the report 2 months ago, when a record 4,800,000 jobs were created. Still, it’s the 4th largest job creation figure behind June, May and July of this year.

This article takes a similarly negative tone:

Employers added another 1.4 million jobs to the US economy in August, as the jobs recovery continued to slow.

This was in line with expectations, and down from 1.7 million jobs added in July and 4.8 million in June. Every person who can go back to work is a win for the recovery from the unprecedented jobless crisis the Covid-19 pandemic has brought on. However, America is still down 11.5 million jobs from February. This means millions of families are still in need of benefits to make ends meet while Congress continues to argue about the next stimulus package.

The needs should be met by targeting areas of need. Naturally, Nancy Pelosi insists that everything is terrible:

The August jobs report highlights the continuing urgent need for action as the economic recovery stimulated by Congress’s early and robust investments continues to slow down. More than six months into this crisis, tens of millions are still out of work, particularly in communities of color, with more than 1 million Americans having filed for pandemic and initial unemployment claims for 24 straight weeks, and millions more are facing food insecurity, unsafe schools and workplaces, and the devastating prospect of eviction and homelessness.

The needs that are urgent are shrinking. Thankfully, Joe Biden’s policies weren’t in place. If they were, we’d have a major crisis. President Trump continues to bring manufacturing companies back from other countries, which strengthens the US economy while strengthening our national security. Ms. Pelosi sees the economy pick up momentum. If she doesn’t negotiate a deal, fast, President Trump will get most of the credit. Here’s more Pelosi BS:

“Sadly, Republicans continue to demonstrate their utter contempt for the lives and livelihoods of millions of Americans who are being devastated by Republicans’ deadly inaction. The White House and Senate Republicans have made clear that they still do not comprehend the scale of this disaster or the urgent needs of our communities and the American people. House Democrats have come to the negotiating table willing to compromise, and we will continue reaching out until we achieve a fair agreement that meets the needs of all Americans.

Thank Larry Kudlow for some sunshine:

This article is definitely music to President Trump’s ears. The Bureau of Labor Statistics, aka the BLS, reports that “U.S. employers added 1.4 million jobs last month and the unemployment rate fell to 8.4%.” This isn’t just a recovery. To use President Trump’s terminology, it’s a rocketship recovery. In a campaign speech in Latrobe, PA, he said it isn’t just a V-shaped recovery. It’s a super-V. At its worst, the unemployment rate hit 14.7%. In the 4 months since, that rate dropped to 13.3%, then to 11.1%, then to 10.2%. This month’s unemployment rate dropped to 8.4%.

Despite that major drop in the unemployment rate, ABCNews did its best to characterize the drop this way:


The “unemployment rate dropped slightly”? Seriously? As usual, Ed Morrissey nails it with this analysis:

All in all, it’s a fantastic report, especially given the predictions of collapse when the CARES Act expired. There may still be some need for targeted stimulus, but it’s become clear that we do not need broad-based helicopter cash to keep the economy on track now. What we need is broad-based support for getting the rest of America reopened.

Earlier this week, the ADP report predicted a much smaller increase in jobs:

Private payroll growth came in well below expectations for August, according to a report Wednesday from ADP, whose job tallies have differed widely from the government’s during the coronavirus pandemic. Companies added 428,000 jobs during the month, well below the 1.17 million estimate from economists surveyed by Dow Jones though a leap above the lackluster 212,000 that ADP measured for July.

They were only off by 1,000,000 jobs created. There’s nothing disappointing or lackluster about August’s jobs report. This article takes an optimistic view of things:

“We are still moving in the right direction and the pace of the jobs recovery seems to have picked up, but it still looks like it will take a while, and likely a vaccine, before we get back close to where we were at the beginning of this year,” said Tony Bedikian, head of global markets at Citizens Bank. “We continue to be optimistic that the economy has turned a corner and that we’ll continue to see steady progress.

This isn’t good news for the Biden campaign. It isn’t good news for Nancy Pelosi’s negotiations on another stimulus package. This says that targeted relief is more in order rather than tons of cash just dropped indiscriminately to everyone.

When Nancy Pelosi ignored San Francisco’s laws, she essentially said that laws are for the little people. Ms. Pelosi’s elitist attitude disgusts most people who follow politics. It’s an attitude that’s the opposite of Newt Gingrich’s attitude.

Part of Speaker Gingrich’s Contract With America. Included in Speaker Gingrich’s Contract With America is this item:

require all laws that apply to the rest of the country also apply to Congress

That law was repealed in 2009, when Pelosi was Speaker, Harry Reid was Senate Majority Leader and Barack Obama was president. Apparently, Democrats think that it’s a terrible idea to require the ruling class to live by the laws that they impose on the rest of society. When Republicans restore unified GOP government this November, their first task should be to restore that law. This is why that law is needed:

After lecturing the people about mandating wearing a mask in public, Nancy Pelosi ignored science. She didn’t wear a mask during a hair appointment to a salon that’s closed to the little people. Rather than being repentant, Ms. Pelosi is demanding an apology:

Nancy Pelosi won’t get dragged into court for violating San Francisco’s COVID laws. Apparently, people of privilege aren’t subject to that scrutiny. (Whatever happened to “Nobody’s above the law, not even the President?”) Democrat TV flacks are defending her, which is the equivalent of defending the indefensible.

What Ms. Pelosi did was thoroughly reprehensible. She did what others aren’t allowed to do. Further, Ms. Pelosi sent the unmistakable message that the salon is open for her convenience but the salon owner wasn’t allowed to open and earn a living. What’s worst, though, is that Pelosi then went on MSDNC and lectured President Trump for doing what she just did.

Ms. Pelosi is a reprehensible, disgusting politician. As the most powerful Democrat in Washington, DC, she’s treated laws as optional for herself but required for the little people. It’s time to throw her out of the Speaker’s office and replace her with Kevin McCarthy. McCarthy actually cares about people, something that Ms. Pelosi doesn’t do.

We are likely just 28+ days away from Nancy Pelosi’s Shutdown. She’s been in a fowl mood all year for multiple reasons. It started with impeachment, which helped Republicans. Next, Ms. Pelosi ripped up her copy of President Trump’s State of the Union Address:

After that, Pelosi told people to visit Chinatown even though COVID had started spreading human-to-human:

Next, Pelosi tried stuffing the COVID relief bill with lots of Democrat wish list items. She wound up getting a little extra funding for the Kennedy Center. When the COVID 2.0 relief bill was passed out of the Senate, Pelosi got caught on TV talking about her favorite ice creams:

Next, Pelosi thought that she’d hurt Trump with the George Floyd Riots. That turned out to be wishful thinking. Law and order turned out to be a majore net plus for President Trump. It still is. She’s still trying to play hardball over the next COVID relief bill. Thus far, that hasn’t gone well for Ms. Pelosi.

Knowing that Ms. Pelosi a) often misreads the room and b) doesn’t like getting humiliated, there’s a high profile bill that needs to pass just after the first presidential debate — the bill to fund the government for the next year. I’m betting she’s willing to shut down the government. In fact, I’m betting she’s planning on blaming the shutdown on President Trump.

The problem with that strategy is that President Trump, Sen. McConnell, Secretary Mnuchin and Chief of Staff Meadows are likely anticipating this gambit. They’ll have a reasonable option available. When Pelosi tries blaming her shutdown on Trump, he’ll be able to take to the world’s biggest megaphone and highlight his plan. It won’t take long for congressional Democrats in swing districts to bail on Pelosi.

Without a PR stunt, Pelosi is likely to lose her speaker’s gavel. What does she have to lose at this point?

Last night’s GOP Convention featured rising star Daniel Cameron, Kentucky’s Attorney General, and Ryan Holets, a police officer and “father of five who, together with his wife, adopted the daughter of a drug user living on the streets of Albuquerque, New Mexico.” It featured President Trump pardoning “Jon Ponder, who was arrested” and “went to prison for bank robbery; after his release, he became the founder and CEO of Hope for Prisoners, which helps ex-convicts reenter civilian life.”

Last week’s Democrat Convention featured has-beens like Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Nancy Pelosi and Bill Clinton. The Democrats’ rising stars are mostly radicals who fit into the mainstream of the Democrat Party but are far outside the mainstream of American politics. Maine lobsterman Jason Joyce “spoke in support of Trump’s trade and fisheries policies.” Cris Peterson spoke “in support of Trump’s trade policies that favor American dairy exports.” DFL Mayor Robert Vlaisavljevic praised “Trump’s steel tariffs”:

Last week, speaker after speaker spoke about what a nice guy Joe Biden is. What they omitted is that he’s been wrong on policy after policy. Vlaisavljevic said that Biden has been in DC for 47 years before asking “why would year 48 be any different?” Getting thing after thing wrong isn’t just something that Joe Biden is famous for. It’s who he is.

President Trump has made mistakes with the China Virus. Nobody would’ve gotten every decision right. When it comes to the economy and trade, though, President Trump got everything right. Literally for decades, Joe Biden got those things wrong. To answer Mayor Vlaisavljevic, there’s nothing in Biden’s record to think that year 48 will be better than the first 47.

It was predictable that the Biden-Harris campaign would make an announcement in their attempt to scuff up President Trump. The Biden-Harris campaign calls them “Republicans for Biden” but they’re more accurately portrayed as RINOs for Biden.

Another nickname for this motley bunch would be Has-Beens for Biden:

Reps. Steve Bartlett of Texas, Bill Clinger of Pennsylvania, Tom Coleman of Missouri, Charlie Dent of Pennsylvania, Charles Djou of Hawaii, Mickey Edwards of Oklahoma, Wayne Gilchrest of Maryland, Jim Greenwood of Pennsylvania, Bob Inglis of South Carolina, Jim Kolbe of Arizona, Steve Kuykendall of California, Ray LaHood of Illinois (who served as Transportation secretary in the Obama administration), Jim Leach of Iowa, Connie Morella of Maryland, Mike Parker of Mississippi, Jack Quinn of New York, Claudine Schneider of Rhode Island, Chris Shays of Connecticut, Peter Smith of Vermont, Alan Steelman of Texas, Bill Whitehurst of Virginia, Dick Zimmer of New Jersey, and Jim Walsh of New York.

There was a time when I knew the names of virtually every Republican member of the House. I recognize the names of Charlie Dent, Charles Djou, Bob Inglis, Ray LaHood, Jim Leach and Christopher Shays. I don’t recognize the other names on that list. They’re either has-beens or never weres. Most important, today’s GOP is results-oriented and more conservative.

“These former members of Congress cited Trump’s corruption, destruction of democracy, blatant disregard for moral decency, and urgent need to get the country back on course as a reason why they support Biden,” the Biden campaign official told Fox News.

“These former Members of Congress are supporting Joe Biden because they know what’s at stake in this election and that Trump’s failures as President have superseded partisanship,” the official continued.

What corruption is Biden referring to? The Trump-Russia Collusion Hoax is just that — a hoax. Are they referring to Adam Schiff’s impeachment? If so, Schiff is the corruptocrat. They impeached President Trump without a single piece of direct evidence. There wasn’t an email or series of texts highlighting a crime, much less a high crime.

When the Biden campaign talks about the destruction of democracy, what are they talking about specifically? Do they have anything specific in mind? Or are they tossing that term around like Ms. tossed around the terms “national security” and “constitutional crisis” during impeachment? Everyone knows that those terms were focus grouped phrases that lacked in meaning.

As for moral decency, perhaps Vice President Biden can talk about how his son flew with him on Air Force Two to China, where the Chinese gave Hunter Biden $1,500,000,000 to invest. Better yet, could Biden explain how it became official US policy to get investigators fired who were looking into Burisma? Better yet, could Biden talk about the BS he spewed in this interview?

When did President Trump ever talk about bleach as a cure for COVID? When did President Trump ignore the scientists? There were times when he disagreed with them on keeping the economy shut down but that’s entirely different than ignoring the scientists.

During the interview, Biden flip-flopped on law enforcement, saying now that police need more funding, not less. Gone are the days when Biden told an interviewer that he “absolutely” would “redirect” money away from police departments. What’s significant about the flip-flop is that Democrats didn’t say a word about law enforcement during their 4-day convention last week.

This weekend, Nancy Pelosi announced that she was calling Congress back into session. Hearings will be held. Every DC stone will be overturned. When Ms. Pelosi wants to know something, she gets her way. This time, Pelosi said “that she would call the House back from its annual summer recess for a vote this week on legislation to block changes at the Postal Service that voting advocates warn could disenfranchise Americans casting ballots by mail during the pandemic.”

This is child’s play. Those who are healthy should vote in person or absentee. With virtually every state having some form of early voting, states should be able to figure out how to cast votes without risking people’s health. At-risk individuals should be allowed to cast votes by mail, provided that the ballots are received the Friday before Election Day. Giving people half the month of October to vote early is more than sufficient. People arguing otherwise aren’t serious people. They shouldn’t be taken seriously.

Be that as it may, that isn’t the issue that deserves serious congressional investigations. The escalating Portland riots deserve the most attention. That isn’t getting the attention required to fix the situation. Here’s shocking news that people couldn’t have predicted:;

Violence erupted in Portland late Sunday just blocks from the federal courthouse after the driver of a pickup truck crashed, was reportedly pulled from the vehicle and then brutally beaten by a mob after a confrontation with protesters.

Videos that emerged from the scene were chilling. The man identified as the driver could be seen getting punched, kicked and ordered not to leave in the middle of a city street. The man in the video, at one point, appeared dazed after the initial assault, but suffered the worst blow when he absorbed a roundhouse kick to the side of the head.

Ms. Pelosi isn’t interested in restoring order to Portland, Seattle, Minneapolis or NYC. Apparently, Ms. Pelosi thinks that she can harness the energy of these rioters to hold onto her Speaker’s gavel. That’s foolish thinking. Then there’s this:


Democrats haven’t shown interest in stopping this type of violence. If they’re elected, why should I think that Democrats would fix this situation?

Sgt. Kevin Allen, a police spokesman, said reports indicate that protesters “were chasing the truck before it crashed, and they assaulted the driver after the crash.” He said responding officers “encountered a hostile crowd and a squad from the Rapid Response Team responded to help secure the scene while the investigation was underway.”

One of the videos posted to social media begins with the man on his knees in the city street surrounded by a group of people. The man tries to get up and someone yells, “You’re not leaving, bro,” and he gets pushed back to the ground.

It isn’t that voting isn’t important. It’s that maintaining public safety is the government’s highest priority.

Anyone that thinks that the Democrats didn’t misplay the relief negotiations is kidding themselves. I’ll stipulate that using executive orders to get what he wanted isn’t exactly the method I’d prefer. I’d prefer using the system to get things done. When Pelosi’s and Schumer’s Democrats insist on holding the people hostage on unemployment and eviction relief, which is what they tried, then I’m perfectly fine with President Trump handing them their arses.

Yesterday on The Five, Dagen McDowell broke out the whipping stick to paddle Ms. Pelosi’s butt. Dagen said “President Trump really found a sweet spot for what the economy and the American people need right now. They do need extra money. People who can’t go back to work need extra money in unemployment benefits. The $600 went away. Many argued that was too generous. It was an incentive to stay home. They were getting more on unemployment than they would be if they were back on the job. … The President has the Democrats in a vice-grip. Either the Democrats have to give in to what Republicans want or they’re gonna fight the President on giving people money, people who need that money. I’ve been a financial journalist for about a quarter of a century and, in technical terms, what we witnessed over the weekend were some folks getting their asses handed to them.”

That’s exactly right. This hasn’t been a great year for Nancy Pelosi. She tried pushing Mitch McConnell around on rules for the sham impeachment trial. McConnell told her that he didn’t care if she didn’t send the articles of impeachment over. He didn’t want them anyway. After COVID hit, Pelosi delayed the passage of the CARES Act while negotiating for Democrat Wish List items. She’s done that now 3 times. Each time, President Trump got the better of the negotiations. Now, she’s back for another attempt.

Pelosi keeps getting her arse handed to her because she’s constantly trying to throw extra wish list junk into these relief bills that has nothing to do with providing relief to people. By doing that, Pelosi looks like a hyper-partisan loser who puts partisanship ahead of the people. That’s the fast track to defeat.

I think that this is a turning point in the campaign. President Trump looks compassionate. Democrats look like partisans. That isn’t the image that Democrats want heading into the final stretch of the campaign.

I’ll have more on that front later today. This isn’t the position Democrats want to be in.