Ted Cruz’s Twitter Account Sets Social Media on Fire After NSFW “Like” Spotted

Late Monday (or early Tuesday, depending on your time zone), it was discovered that the verified Twitter account for Senator Ted Cruz had a “like” on a very NSFW tweet. The liked tweet, sent from “@SexuallPosts”, was pornographic, and the incident quickly had Twitter abuzz. By abuzz, think “broke the internet.”

The hubbub started when Twitter user @MillennialMatt posted a short video and screen shot purporting to show Cruz’s like of the pornographic tweet and what the video depicted. You can watch it here. Once again, the video is extremely NSFW. You are warned.

The tweet was posted at 12:27 AM Eastern (9:27 PM Pacific).

About nine minutes later, a separate Twitter user posted a screen shot showing that the “like” still there.

Since @MillennialMatt (or any other individual Twitter user) would be a dubious source, I checked elsewhere to see if they were faking this for attention. The Wayback Machine was consistently returning 404 errors, as was Google cache. Interesting. (Even during the AJ Delgado/Jason Miller tweet storm we were able to retrieve and archive cached pages for hours.)

Within 30 minutes the New York Post and Daily Mail had jumped on the salacious story, and the hashtag was booming on Twitter, mostly full of the usual Cruz-haters.

RedState was then able to locate a cached page showing the “liked” tweets immediately before the pornographic tweet – but the live version of Cruz’s Twitter page did not show the “like.” One could argue that a screenshot showing the pornographic tweet could be generated, but if that were so, why would cached versions of Cruz’s twitter account suddenly be unavailable?

Soon, other Twitter users posted screenshot as well. A history of screenshots of the page taken by Archive.is shows the questionable tweet displayed until sometime between 5:18 AM and 5:14 AM Greenwich time.

Despite the frenzy, nobody has posted any examples of similar likes or any history of liking inappropriate content. Most politicians do have staff who operate their Twitter accounts, and those staff have to remember which account they are using when logged in. If you’ve ever used two different Twitter accounts you know what I’m referring to.

Perhaps that will be the explanation Senator Cruz offers. Considering the feeding frenzy, he’ll have to address it. If a staffer working late at night was signed in to their personal account and to the Ted Cruz account and inadvertently liked pornography with the wrong account, pornography that matches nothing else in the Senator’s Twitter history, then that staffer should be fired. Those are the breaks when you mess up this badly.

If there is another explanation, including the one his enemies are really, really hoping is (and are acting as if is already proven to be) true, you have to wonder how they’d handle that. You can hardly picture a politician just saying “oh right, I was liking porn, my bad.”

Either way, we’ll know soon enough.

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This Proposed CA Gun Control Law Was Too Much for Even Jerry Brown

Over the past few years, Gov. Jerry Brown has been the only backstop against complete and utter insanity in California legislation. (So for those of you wondering if they could possibly enact worse laws, the answer is yes. They’ve tried.) A sign of disapproval from Brown can be enough to coerce Democrats to amend a bill, and California gun owners caught a rare break Friday when Brown’s concerns about a gun control bill led to key provisions being gutted in a committee hearing.

Sen. Anthony Portantino’s bill proposed to extend the state’s 1-in-30 days handgun purchase rule to long guns, and Brown allegedly was concerned about how this would affect the state’s hunters. The bill also contains provisions outlining safe storage of firearms for law enforcement, and this is the only portion which will head to the Assembly floor.

Gun rights groups in the state, including Firearms Policy Coalition, fought the 1-in-30 provision vigorously, calling it a “rationing of civil rights.” Craig DeLuz, FPC’s spokesman, commented, “We are grateful to the legislators and their staff, as well as all those in the gun rights community who stood with us to defend against the rationing of a fundamental right. The Second Amendment is not a second-class right and California’s law-abiding residents are not second-class people.”

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Here’s What the Ladies of RedState Have to Say About the #WarOnHeels

Really, Politico, CNN, et al – you have nothing better to do than bitch about Melania Trump’s high heels?

A few weeks back, Newsweek posted an article about Melania and Ivanka Trump’s penchant for wearing stilettos, which are “A SYMBOL OF EVERYTHING THAT IS BEAUTIFUL AND HORRIFYING ABOUT THEM.” Though today’s feminists see high heels as a symbol of the oppressive patriarchy, a British psychologist wrote that the Trump women wear high heels because “they are just buying into traditional binary views of male and female.”

On Tuesday Melania Trump wore stilettos as she boarded Air Force One to en route to Texas to survey Hurricane Harvey flooding damage with her husband, and – STOP.THE.PRESSES. Never mind that hundreds of thousands of people are displaced from flooding and losing all of their possessions, that lives are being lost – Melania is wearing heels! To a flood zone! What an idiot! (The MSM’s take, not mine.)

When Melania landed, she changed into more “sensible” footwear, but Politico was still badgering the White House press office for answers as to why Melania wore those darn stilettos in the first place.

Normal, red-blooded American women, like the ladies of RedState, love their shoes – especially their feminine, sexy heels. We know that they elongate our legs, make our derrieres look good, and send a signal that we’re women, not wannabe men.

The ladies of RedState say to Newsweek, CNN, Politico, and anyone else who’s hating: Keep your feels away from our heels!

We like them all…

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Sassy…

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Putting our feet up at the end of the day…

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They’re great with skinny jeans too.

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To be inclusive, we allowed the men of RedState to participate in this fight against heel hate, and our Brad Slager wanted to show off his platforms:

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Yeah, yeah, we know. It doesn’t quite have the same oomph.

Newsweek, et al., really should have checked with Bryce Dallas Howard before going off on Melania and Ivanka. Howard’s character wore heels throughout “Jurassic World” as she sprinted and saved her nephew and niece from a psycho mutant reptile.

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Howard defended the choice.

“I’m really glad that we didn’t make the choice for me to be barefoot because that would have also been kind of dangerous.”

“And you know what? She’s in high heels because she’s a woman who has been in high heels her whole life, and she can f—ing sprint in them,” added Howard. “She can. That’s kind of how I perceived it. She doesn’t have to be in menswear and flats in order to outrun a T. rex. That’s what women can do.”

Exactly. Sprint and outrun a T. rex in high heels – that’s what women can do.

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GOP David Duke Apologist Isn’t Too Happy With MIGOP’s Black Outreach Official

Wayne Bradley is an employee of the Michigan Republican Party and the State Director of African American Engagement, who has also worked with the RNC. He’s got a difficult job in areas like Detroit and Flint and must constantly fight against media narratives and entrenched negative beliefs about Republicans in the black community. Since Charlottesville, his job has become even more difficult.

Then President Trump pardoned Maricopa County, AZ Sheriff Joe Arpaio Friday, a man who ran jails without regard for basic human decency. One former inmate, a black woman who was nine months pregnant when she was incarcerated in one of Arpaio’s cells and lost her baby (and nearly died herself) due to placental abruption, is suing Arpaio for civil rights violations. His staff refused to even call a doctor when the woman, who had given birth before, reported a pain level of 10/10 and told the jailer something was very wrong.

Suffice it to say that Arpaio is not very popular in the black community, and due to his disregard for civil rights he shouldn’t be very popular in conservative circles either.

Bradley posted about Arpaio and a couple of other issues on his personal Facebook page, and now a white state party activist is calling for Bradley to lose his job.

What did Bradley say that was so out of line?

In one post, Bradley called out the hypocrisy of some in the GOP who defend the free speech rights of the “Tiki Torch crew” while wanting to force NFL players to stand for the national anthem. (Some people apparently don’t understand that one can support Kaepernick’s right to speech while disagreeing with what he says – and while not thinking he should be protected from consequences of his speech.)

In another, Bradley spells out his position on confederate monuments, asking why we should celebrate losers. (Good question.)

A few Michigan GOP activists and officials aren’t too happy with that. One, Brian Pannebecker, has been the most vocal. He’s made multiple posts on Facebook calling Bradley out and posted one long rant on Sunday.

Stray from the Trump narrative, and now you are a “supposed” conservative?

According to Pannebecker, the Michigan GOP minority outreach efforts are intended to:

“…help blacks understand our [the Republican Party’s] principles and values, and bring more black folks ‘home’ to the party that ended slavery.”

So, blacks can’t understand conservative principles without having a black man “whitesplain” them? Is Pannebecker really saying the only way Bradley can do his job is by repeating what a white man (Pannebecker or Trump) says?

By the way, Politico believes this Brian Pannebecker is the same Mr. Pannebecker who left a “glowing” review for known KKK member David Duke’s memoir on Amazon. The review has since been removed, but Politico says Pannebecker wrote that it was:

“[an] honest, fair and well documented book on the important and sensitive issue of race.” After reading this book, this other Pannebecker promised, you “will be able to discuss the issue of race without the fear of being labeled a racist because you will have the facts and the truth on your side.”

Well, then.

In another Facebook post, Bradley “explained he did not personally support the Arpaio pardon but said the “big tent” GOP allows different views.” Antrim County GOP chair “Trucker” Randy Bishop replied:

“No,…actually you work for and get paid by the Michigan Republican Party…and President Donald J. Trump is the CEO of the ENTIRE Republican Party,…no big tent for his employees!!! Get behind our President, or resign,…now!!!”

State party employees are NOT employees of POTUS, Mr. Bishop. Are all MIGOP officials supposed to check their opinions and brains at the door and wait for wisdom from on high before they speak?

But back to Pannebecker’s rant.

I don’t remember Wayne “used to be conservative” Bradley getting a movement going against Obama when he pardoned drug dealers and terrorists, or speaking out in favor of renaming buildings like COBO Arena when Barrack Hussein Obama was President.

What would Pannebecker consider “getting a movement going”? In his work with the RNC and the Michigan GOP, was he not getting a movement going against Obama?

Then Pannebecker pulls a trick out of the progressive playbook and assigns a nefarious motive to Bradley’s actions. He says this was done:

“[A]ll to please his friends in the black community. Is this the type of “Black Community Outreach” the Republican Party hired Wayne to do?

“Maybe Wayne Bradley is NOT the representative the Republican Party needs to reach out to the black community here in Michigan ?

“Maybe we can find a true conservative to fill the role of Outreach Ambassador to the African American community.

“He is compromising our conservative principals in order to not offend any liberal black Democrats.”

I believe you mean “principles,” Mr. Pannebecker.

What are the Michigan GOP’s principles and values? Are they the principles and values according to Pannebecker or according to GOP elected officials representing Michiganders?

Here’s Michigan native and Grand Rapids Rep. Justin Amash on the Arpaio pardon:

And, Amash on Afghanistan:

Another member from Michigan, Rep. Tim Walberg, on Charlottesville and the “good people” phrase:

This week Amash and Walberg proposed amendments to an upcoming appropriations bill that would have the effect of stifling Attorney General Sessions’ recent civil asset forfeiture order. President Trump, obviously, sides with Sessions in this. Where should Bradley come down? Will Pannebecker let him know what words he is allowed to speak?

Pannebecker doesn’t believe Bradley a “true conservative” who effectively communicates conservative values to the black community. So would a true black conservative be one who was simply a puppet parroting Trump’s lines?

Or should that true black conservative use Pannebecker’s messaging [LANGUAGE WARNING]?

That oughta win over hearts and minds in the black community (and has been screen-shotted since we know things sometimes disappear after someone’s called out).

A commenter on one of Bradley’s Facebook posts summed up the gist of Pannebecker’s problem.

She said:

“This comment Wayne was code for you lucky we let you represent us stay in your place.”

There are a number of white conservatives – the majority of them, I’d say – who don’t believe the way Pannebecker does and want to partner with the black community. On behalf of them, I apologize for the bigoted attitudes displayed by the people calling for Bradley’s job. As Ronald Reagan said in a video Bradley posted on his Facebook page:

“This country, because of what it stands for, will not stand for your conduct.”

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WATCH: Antifa Thugs Sucker Punch, Choke Black Trump Supporter

As a vocal black Trump supporter – in California, nonetheless – R.C. Maxwell is used to feeling the hate from progressives. At Sunday night’s “America First” rally in Laguna Beach, he truly felt the hate from the left, from a violent Antifa thug who attacked him twice.

Sunday’s rally was the third held in Laguna Beach by the group this summer. Its purpose is to remember those who have been killed by illegal immigrants in California and protest illegal immigration. There were no arrests at the earlier rallies, Laguna Beach Police Sgt. Jim Cota.

In an interview with RedState, Maxwell said he arrived at Sunday’s rally about 6:30 p.m., dressed in slacks, a button-up shirt, tie, MAGA hat, and a name tag identifying himself as being with American Voice PAC. The police had the protesters and counter-protesters separated, but they were allowed to go to the other side. Maxwell said the leftist contingent, comprised of mainly Antifa but with some Black Lives Matter protesters as well, greatly outnumbered the America First rally participants.

At rallies Maxwell often goes to the other side to talk about the issues with Antifa and explain his position. He’s had heated arguments with Antifa on many occasions, but it’s never led to violence.

While there was still daylight, Maxwell spent time talking with a group of clergy on the counter-protester side, even taking a selfie with them.

Once the sun went down, the mood changed. While Maxwell was sitting on a bench on the Antifa side, a man walked up, ripped his name tag off, and shoved him to the ground. After being called a Nazi sympathizer, he attempted to talk about how illegal immigration harms the black community with the angry crowd. This video is long, but from 3:39 to 4:02 it shows him talking with Antifa.

At one point, a black Antifa member called R.C. a faggot and was promptly shamed by the Antifa crowd. They do keep to their SJW playbook quite well.

Shortly after R.C.’s comments about gang violence being exacerbated by illegal immigration, the group went back to their side and a man in a Stussy shirt sucker punched him. After recovering from that, R.C. realized their cameraman was still on the other side. When they went in to get him, the same man approached him from behind, choked him, and threw him to the ground. A woman with R.C.’s group pepper sprayed the attacker, but R.C. was hit as well. A few Antifa people helped him escape the area.

NBC Los Angeles’ video shows both the sucker punch attack and the choking/shoving.

Once video hit Twitter, the man who attacked R.C. identified himself, but claimed he was just there by himself and not with any group. According to his Facebook page, he lives and works in Ohio. Why he was in Laguna Beach on a Sunday evening, and how he got there, is unclear. He was proud of his actions, though, and said R.C. deserved it because of his opinions.

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We are confirming reports that the man has been arrested and charged.

Though the incident was shown in local media video, it’s been ignored by the mainstream media because it doesn’t fit their narrative.

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Do We Really Need to Say “Leave Barron Trump Alone” Again?

Apparently there wasn’t enough in the news cycle to write about today, so one outlet felt the need to tell Barron Trump it’s time to start dressing like Daddy’s mini-me when he’s in public. (As if that wouldn’t be extremely creepy.)

“I’ve been on the Barron Trump train from the start, but it’s about time the president’s son starts dressing the part.

“[W]hile the president and first lady traveled in their Sunday best, young Barron looked like he was hopping on Air Force One for a trip to the movie theater.”

The author took exception to Barron wearing “khaki shorts, a t-shirt, and suede loafers” for a trip aboard Air Force One, noting that his mother is a fashion icon and his father is always in a suit. Well, I’d hope that the President of the United States wears a suit unless he’s undertaking some sort of leisure activity. His mother is also essentially at work representing the country when she steps out in public.

President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump and son Barron Trump walk across the tarmac before boarding Air Force One at Morristown Municipal Airport, Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017, in Morristown, N.J., for the return flight to the Washington area. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

But Barron, when boarding Air Force One, is just an 11-year-old boy forced to do a paparazzi perp walk each time the family leaves for the weekend. His clothing choices aren’t sloppy, either. Unlike most boys his age, his t-shirt was tucked in, and his shorts and shoes are stylish. I’d be willing to bet that the ensemble “young Barron” is wearing cost more than many families’ entire back-to-school wardrobe budget.

Meh, that’s still not good enough for the out-of-touch, country club wing of the GOP:

“Think about how many times your parents forced you to dress up when you were a kid for a special occasion. No matter how hard you resisted, it was inevitable, you weren’t leaving the house until you had your tie tied, your shirt tucked in nice and neat with your hair combed, and a blazer on.

“That’s not how it goes for the president’s youngest child.”

Was the blazer set out by a manservant, ready and waiting after morning tea?

Obviously the Trump family can afford to have Barron suited in a fancy Italian number any time they want. In the majority of the country, though, many boys Barron’s age have never owned a tie and blazer. If they need one for an occasion like a middle school graduation or a cousin’s wedding, it’s a special expense. This is not a universal experience to which the average 11-year-old can relate.

But back to Barron. The boy’s entire life is under a microscope and you’re gonna pick on him for not wearing a blazer and tie? Just stop.

I’m sure I’ll be accused of “Whataboutism,” but Sasha and Malia Obama weren’t dressed to the nines when they rode Air Force One. Some conservative outlets might have made a stink of it, but I don’t recall ever giving it a second thought. And you’d absolutely never hear of anything critical of the girls from the mainstream media (since half their DNA is from the Chosen One).

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As Andrea wrote back in January,  Barron’s “a little kid who should be left alone.”

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Enviromentalists Are Shocked at What Happens When Car Lanes Turn Into Bike Lanes

Most policies coming out of Los Angeles make RedState readers’ (and writers’) heads spin. This one will too, but since we’re getting a glimpse into the logic train that is “progressive” policy it’s a tad more entertaining.

Some Angelenos on the city council thought (as summarized by me):

“Wow, it sure would be nice if more people rode their bikes to work, or walked, or took public transport. And it sure would be nice if people didn’t drive so fast. Hmm. How can we do this? Oh! Let’s take out some of the vehicle lanes and make the into bike lanes. Then people will want to ride their bikes because there’s more room. And because there are fewer lanes, people won’t drive so fast. Yes! Let’s do this. Problem solved!”

And thus, city workers and contractors began re-striping roads in the Playa del Rey, or Silicon Beach, area of Los Angeles, which is just north of LAX and just south of Santa Monica.

It’s all worked out just perfectly, right? Well…. read on.

Traffic on LA’s west side is notoriously horrific, no matter the time of day or night. That is partly because there is no north/south freeway except for the 405, and residents of the affluent west side neighborhoods loudly oppose mass transit proposals. So if one lives in the South Bay, south of LAX, where most of the defense industry tech jobs have been in the past, but commutes to the Silicon Beach area, north of LAX, where the tech industry is now booming, the only way to somewhat easily get there is on surface streets.

If at least one lane in each direction is taken away in a short period of time, and the number of vehicles needing to access that road is not sufficiently lowered, it leads to … a traffic jam! A massive traffic jam that some commuters say is adding an HOUR each way to their commute. Susanne Madden started a petition against the road diet, which has gathered about 3,000 signatures so far.

“It has caused a nightmare for everyone that commutes to their jobs,” Madden says. “It’s hurting families, punishing hard-working people who are just trying to get to work.”

Silicon Beach tech start-up founders are tweeting their thoughts about this stellar idea (language warning):

Of course, if you look at the rest of the tweets these two men put out it’s standard Hollywood-resistance-lib speak, so they’re kind of getting what they deserve. As usual, they think these ideas to “save the environment” are wonderful until they have to live with the consequences.

Unfortunately, the consequences could affect average citizens and not just those two. In the Playa del Rey area, the fire department is complaining that the traffic is hindering their ability to respond to emergency calls. In response, the “road diet” has been scaled back, and one lane in each direction is being re-opened on one of the main arteries impacted, Vista del Mar. Laughably, city officials still hold out hope for using such measures to change the driving behavior of their constituents.

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Ben Rhodes Is a “Person of Interest” in Unmasking Investigation

Ben Rhodes, who served as National Security Adviser to Barack Obama, is now a “person of interest” in the House Intelligence Committee’s investigation into potentially illegal unmasking of political opponents by members of the Obama administration. Circa reports:

The House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-CA, sent the letter to the National Security Agency requesting the number of unmaskings made by Rhodes from Jan. 1, 2016 to Jan. 20, 2017, according to congressional sources who spoke with Circa. Rhodes, who worked closely with former National Security Adviser Susan Rice and was a former deputy national security adviser for strategic communications for President Obama, became a focus of the committee during its review of classified information to assess whether laws were broken regarding NSA intercepted communications of President Trump, members of his administration and other Americans before and after the election, according to congressional officials.

Last week Nunes sent a letter to Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats informing him that top Obama administration officials made hundreds of unmasking requests without specific justification.

“We have found evidence that current and former government officials had easy access to U.S. person information and that it is possible that they used this information to achieve partisan political purposes, including the selective, anonymous leaking of such information,” Nunes wrote in the letter to Coats.

His letter noted requests from senior government officials, unlike career intelligence analysts, “made remarkably few individualized justifications for access” to the U.S. names.

“The committee has learned that one official, whose position had no apparent intelligence related function, made hundreds of unmasking requests during the final year of the Obama administration,” Nunes wrote. “Of those requests, only one offered a justification that was not boilerplate.”

Unmasking requests aren’t simple, routine matters, an intelligence source told Circa.

“It’s like hell and high water to fill out and gain approval for these types of unmaskings. It’s something analysts take seriously and could entail filling out 80 pages of paperwork to prove there is a need to unmask. If top officials were unmasking without oversight it’s something everyone should be concerned about and it puts our intelligence community in a very bad place.”

Nunes has requested that the NSA provide the requested information to the committee by August 21. Stay tuned.

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DWS’ Pakistani IT Guy was Arrested, and Now There’s Intrigue Surrounding the Attorneys Involved

Imran Awan, the ringleader of a group of Pakistani IT “professionals” who were employed by numerous Democrat members of Congress and the caucus itself, was arrested on bank fraud charges Monday at Dulles Airport as he was attempting to leave the country. Just prior to his jaunt out to Dulles, Awan had wired $283,000 from the Congressional Federal Credit Union to an account in Pakistan.

Awan’s group has been under investigation for months for theft, IT abuses, and various financial schemes.

The arrest came one day after the Daily Caller reported that the FBI had seized numerous smashed hard drives and other computer parts from Awan’s former residence in Virginia. Awan moved out of that home early this year, when he learned he was under investigation, and rented it to military families.

Awan was arraigned at US District Court in Washington, DC and allowed to post bail and wear an ankle bracelet. Tuesday his attorney, Christopher Gowen, issued a statement blaming Islamophobia and that good old standby, the “vast right wing conspiracy” for making up this entirely false story against his client, who’s just a hard-working immigrant trying to make a better life for himself.

From the statement [emphasis mine]:

The attacks on Mr. Awan and his family began as part of a frenzy of anti-Muslim bigotry in the literal heart of our democracy, the House of Representatives.  For months we have had utterly unsupported, outlandish, and slanderous statements targeting Mr. Awan coming not just from the ultra-right-wing “pizzagate” media but from sitting members of congress. Now we have the Justice Department showing up with a complaint about disclosures on a modest real estate matter. To an extent, the situation speaks for itself.

How many buzzwords can you count here? If you’ve read detailed accounts of the numerous and varied allegations against Awan, et al., you know they’re not utterly unsupported. But the dog whistle terms of “anti-Muslim bigotry,” “ultra-right-wing,” “pizzagate,” are included to wake up the cyborg #resist crowd.

Gowen continues:

Mr. Awan’s family is presently staying with extended family in Pakistan because he and his wife were both abruptly and unjustly fired, leaving them without a reliable source of income to pay typical U.S. living expenses, and because extremist right-wing bloggers were beginning to harass them and their children—even going to their children’s schools.

Of course, the gratuitous “extremist” adjective is employed. But the assertion that his wife has been in Pakistan for months because Awan was fired Monday – after his arrest – by Debbie Wasserman Schultz defies logic. If he had $283,000 available to transfer out of the bank, he’s done a pretty damn good job of struggling to earn living expenses.

Unjustly fired? The FBI seized probably tens of thousands of dollars of computer equipment from the garage of his former residence, computer equipment that was clearly procured by the federal government, and DWS knew this. Other staffers in the IT department said members of the group rarely appeared at the office and that they stored data on off-site servers and with unapproved cloud backup services. There was more than enough justification to fire all of them.

Mr. Awan has stayed in the U.S. to earn some income to manage this situation as best as possible. He attempted to travel this week to see his family for the first time in months. The government had been informed he would travel and had stated no objection. Yet on Monday night he was hastily arrested at Dulles airport.

Hastily? After THAT bank transaction?

If Mr. Awan is of such humble circumstances, how is he possibly able to afford Mr. Gowen’s services? He’s a well-respected attorney with major connections, including – hold your breath here – Bill and Hillary Clinton. From his bio:

Mr. Gowen left the Public Defender’s office [in Miami-Dade] to work for former President William Jefferson Clinton and then-Senator Hillary Clinton. Chris was a fact checker for President Clinton’s memoir, My Life. He also served as a traveling aid for President Clinton’s national and international trips. Chris finished his tenure with the Clintons by directing the advance operations for then-Senator Hillary Clinton during her 2008 presidential campaign.

It’s a stretch to think that Awan just knew to call Gowen right off the bat.

There’s another interesting possible connection between all of the players in the case – with the emphasis on possible. Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s brother, Steven Wasserman, has been an Assistant US Attorney for the District of Columbia for 14 years. On his LinkedIn page he describes the focus of his work:

“Conduct all phases of federal criminal litigation with a focus on organized crime, narcotics, and violent offenses. Experienced in investigations of large-scale and complex criminal organizations and networks, including organizations operating internationally.”

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After hearing allegations that Steven Wasserman was the US Attorney handling this case, we attempted to obtain case documents that would reveal the name of the prosecuting attorney but have been unable to obtain documentation at this time. But, given the nature of the case, and the fact that Awan had been Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s “right hand” for years, had access to all of her passwords and digital data, that DWS threatened to yank Capitol Police funding over the investigation, and the fact that her brother works in that office and focuses on the issues he does, the information is relevant and something we will continue to investigate.

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Charlie Gard: The Anguish of a Mother Who Feels Powerless

Like most people, I’ve watched the Charlie Gard case unfold and felt a range of emotions – anger, sadness, hope, frustration, and, today, heartbreak.

Andrea wrote earlier about the announcement that Charlie’s parents are stopping their legal battle to keep their son alive and seek treatment outside the United Kingdom. I didn’t want to watch the video, knowing it would be emotional.

But I watched it anyway. While watching Charlie’s mom struggle, memories of the week my youngest son was born came flooding back.

My first two boys were born early – the oldest five days and the second 10 days. The third time around was very different. He was due May 16, but by Wednesday, May 21, five days past his due date, there were no signs of impending labor and wasn’t moving as much. I was terrified.
My doctor did some testing and said he was a little concerned but he thought the baby was fine, so he was going to wait until Tuesday -six days later – to induce. He gave some other lame reason, but since we were heading into Memorial Day I think that had more to do with it. In my heart I KNEW my son needed to be born, that his life was in danger if he wasn’t. I called various obstetricians to try to transfer or get a second opinion, but none would see a 41-weeks pregnant woman who already felt something was wrong.
I was terrified and furious, but determined to fight like hell for this baby.
Luckily, an obstetrician agreed to see me first thing Friday morning, May 23 – but only because she was a friend of my sister-in-law, and my sister-in-law tearfully begged her to. After examination in the office the doctor thought everything would be OK, but said she could induce if I wanted to. I quickly agreed, and we went across the street to the hospital to get the Pitocin started.
It took nearly seven hours for the Pitocin to kick in, and finally my baby born at 10 pm that night. I was too emotionally drained and physically exhausted to hold him on my own. But as he was laid on my stomach I was overcome with relief that this beautiful child was here and he was healthy.
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My son was pretty wiped out from that ordeal.

Then the placenta was delivered. The doctor gasped and said, “Wow. This placenta is badly deteriorated. This little boy really needed to be born. Your mama instincts were perfect.”
I’ll never forget the powerless feeling of the 48 hours preceding my son’s birth. My natural instinct to protect my child and fight for him had been stymied by bureaucracy. I don’t even have words to describe the horror and frustration and despair. Poor Charlie’s mom has had to feel that on an infinitely greater level for the bulk of her son’s entire life. No parents should ever have to feel that despair of fighting an unwinnable battle against their government for the right to take care of their own child. No parents should have to say to their child, as Charlie’s did today, “We’re sorry we couldn’t save you,” when all that stands between them and treatment is a court order.
As Charlie’s dad said, “He will make a difference in peoples’ lives for years to come. We will make sure of that.”
I felt a tiny portion of the anguish and powerlessness the Gards have endured for months. I am ever grateful that I was also able to feel a flood of relief and joy upon hearing his first cry, and that I’ve been able to have the experience of being his mom for 14 years so far. Gard family, there are many of us who are joining with you to make sure your warrior son makes a difference in peoples’ lives for years to come.

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