Judge Who Signed Trump Warrant Repped Dem Lawmaker Accused of Putting Mistress on Payroll

The federal magistrate judge who signed the warrant authorizing the FBI raid on former president Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence is a former criminal defense attorney who represented a former Democratic congressman investigated by the bureau for putting his mistress on his congressional payroll.

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Following FBI raid at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home, leftists tell people to stop using the word ‘raid’

Former President Donald Trump announced on Monday that the FBI had raided his Mar-a-Lago home in Florida, but Symone Sanders, an MSNBC host who previously served as senior advisor and chief spokesperson for Vice President Kamala Harris, is calling for people to stop using the term “raid.”

“Please folks stop calling it a ‘raid,'” Sanders tweeted on Tuesday.

Replying to Sanders, RedState deputy managing editor Brandon Morse quipped, “Does this raid have other pronouns it’d like us to use?”

Trump issued a statement on Monday in which he declared, “my beautiful home, Mar-A-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida, is currently under siege, raided, and occupied by a large group of FBI agents.” Trump said that, “After working and cooperating with the relevant Government agencies, this unannounced raid on my home was not necessary or appropriate.”

The FBI alerted the Secret Service regarding the plan to execute the search warrant, NBC News reported, citing an unnamed Secret Service official — the outlet added that according to the individual, the Secret Service facilitated access to the premises.

Author Teri Kanefield, who describes herself as a “Former appellate defender,” declared in a tweet that people should drop the word “raid” — she said people should not allow Trump and his allies to “frame the messaging.”

“People have to stop calling it a ‘raid.’ It was a lawful search pursuant to a warrant. Don’t let Trump and pals frame the messaging,” Kanefield tweeted.

A tweet posted on conservative commentator Dan Bongino’s account featured a string of laughing emojis and clown emojis as a response to Kanefield’s comments.

“Someone said the alternative to ‘raid’ also needs to be short and snappy. I think the phrase needs to suggest due process of law to counter the right-wing narrative that Trump’s home was ‘under siege’ and ‘occupied.’ Okaaaay. Fiiiine. I’ll go with ‘search,'” Kanefield tweeted.

NYC mayor is ‘deeply contemplating’ taking a busload of New Yorkers to Texas to campaign against Gov. Greg Abbott

New York City Mayor Eric Adams, a Democrat, said that he was “deeply contemplating” taking a busload of New Yorkers down to Texas to help campaign against Gov. Greg Abbott, a Republican.

Adams made the comments on Tuesday when asked if he was joining any effort to unseat Abbott.

“I already called all of my friends in Texas and told them how to cast their vote,” he responded. “And I am deeply contemplating taking a busload of New Yorkers to Texas and do some good old fashioned door knocking, because we have to, for the good of America, we have to get him out of office.”

The comments were the latest incident in a series of feudal actions taken between the governors of opposing political parties. Adams has expressed his anger over Abbott sending busloads of migrants to his city from the border state.

“There’s nothing more anti-American than what he’s displaying right now,” said Adams previously.

He also said that some migrants wanted to join their families in other cities and was upset that Abbott sent them to New York City without any notice or coordination with his office.

Abbott said he ordered the new policy to send migrants to “sanctuary cities” like New York City because of the lack of response from the federal government for the immigration crisis.

“Because of President Biden’s continued refusal to acknowledge the crisis caused by his open border policies, the State of Texas has had to take unprecedented action to keep our communities safe,” read a statement from Abbott.

“I hope he follows through on his promise of welcoming all migrants with open arms so that our overrun and overwhelmed border towns can find relief,” wrote Abbott about Mayor Adams.

Adams has resorted to calling on the White House to provide more resources to help the city deal with the migrants arriving from Texas.

Abbott has also sent migrants in buses to Washington, D.C., leading Mayor Muriel Bowser to call for assistance from the National Guard in order to deal with the thousands of new migrants in her city. On Friday, the head of the Department of Defense officially denied that request.

Here’s more about the migrant-bus feud:

Another bus of migrants arrives in NYC


National Education Association adds book about kneeling during the national anthem to its suggested reading list

The National Education Association, the largest teachers’ union in the country, recommended a book about two cheerleaders who protest by taking a knee during the national anthem. The reading suggestion also features reflective writing questions, a discussion guide, and additional activist resources.

NEA’s “Read Across America” initiative includes “12 months of recommended books, authors, and teaching resources that promote diversity and inclusion.”

“Why We Fly,” a book by Kimberly Jones and Gilly Segal, appeared on the NEA’s August 2022 reading list for young adults. The story is about two girls on the cheer team who protest the national anthem by taking a knee. The authors of the book took inspiration from Colin Kaepernick.

A passage from the book reads, “As the first strains of the anthem begin, we all look to Leni, who signals with one pom-pom and then drops until one knee touches the grass. We fall like a line of dominoes, one by one, just as we’d planned.”

A couple of scenes from the book feature one of the two main characters smoking marijuana from a vape pen. When caught smoking, the student comments, “Well-behaved women rarely make history.”

Supplemental reading guides are included with the book listing. The guides provide teachers with suggestions on how to quiz students. Discussion questions include “What examples of discrimination, racism, or racial privilege can you identify from the book? From your own experiences?”

Another discussion question reads, “What did Leni, Nelly, and Three learn about social justice activism? What did you learn about how to step up and when to step aside? How do you determine when it is a moment for you to speak or to listen?”

The book’s listing also included an additional discussion guide sheet that asks, “After the cheer team first takes a knee, the student-led organizations in the school discuss whether they should collectively do so at the next game. What are the arguments for and against taking this action the characters espouse?”

The related resources section link to Facing History, a non-profit organization with the mission of using “lessons of history to challenge teachers and their students to stand up to bigotry and hate.” The website encourages teachers to have students reflect on several questions, including “why do you think the people in each image are kneeling?” and “How has the response to the Take A Knee protest changed over time?”

‘​So embarrassing’: Biden shakes hands with Schumer —IMMEDIATELY forgets he just shook hands with Schumer

Amid a stirring speech about why our inflation-stricken country is now pumping more than $50 billion into “semiconductor chips,” President Joe Biden took a moment to shake hands with his big-spending pal Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) — despite having just
coughed repeatedly into his hand, but don’t worry, the president on Monday tested negative for COVID-19 — but then suffered an embarrassing viral moment when he almost immediately offered to shake hands with Schumer again, appearing to have forgotten that he had just done so.

Biden attempted to hide his faux pas with a weird “I-was-just-wiping-the-drool-off-my-chin” type of maneuver, but it was far too late. Twitter sees all.

This was not the first time the president has been spotted trying to shake hands with thin air.

In case you missed it, here was our super competent commander in chief just yesterday:

Report: Pro-Antifa HS teacher gets $190,000 — 3 years of his salary — to resign after he was recorded saying he wanted to turn students into ‘revolutionaries’

A pro-Antifa high school teacher, Gabriel Gipe, in California received $190,000 — three years of his salary — in exchange for his resignation after getting caught on video saying he wanted to turn his students into “revolutionaries,” the Sacramento Bee reported, citing records.

The teacher also said he needed to “scare the f***” out of students to motivate them politically and even offered them extra credit to attend right-wing rallies as opposition protesters.

In the secretly recorded video, Gipe also said he had an Antifa flag in his classroom — and when one student said he was uncomfortable with it, Gipe replied, “Well, this [Antifa flag] is meant to make fascists feel uncomfortable, so if you feel uncomfortable, I don’t really know what to tell you.”

What are the details?

The Natomas Unified School District paid Gabriel Gipe the aforementioned dollar amount to leave his position at Inderkum High School and not battle it, the paper said, citing settlement records the district provided following the Bee’s California Public Records Act request.

The paper said Gipe’s payout was taxed, and final checks totaled about $100,000; his annual base salary was about $60,000. The Bee added that while it’s unclear if Gipe plans to teach in the future, the settlement bars the district from discussing Gipe’s separation with any potential new employers. He resigned Jan. 7 of this year, the paper said — four months after the controversy surrounding him erupted.

What is the background?

After Project Veritas last year exposed Gipe’s far-left leanings and desire to indoctrinate students, the school district indicated it would fire him.

“In following the principles of democracy, Natomas Unified staff is following due process, the law, and spent the past two days investigating the alleged teacher actions and his classroom environment,” Superintendent Chris Evans wrote in a Sept. 1, 2021 letter to the district community. “As of today, this teacher was placed on paid leave because of his actions and choices in the classroom. Natomas Unified will be taking the legally required next steps to place the teacher on unpaid leave and fire the teacher. By taking a day and a half to investigate beyond the video, the district was able to learn more facts essential to the next steps.”

Days after the district’s letter, angry parents blasted district officials at a public meeting and demanded accountability over what Gipe — an AP government teacher — had been up to.

“What the hell are y’all doing?” one mother asked school officials. “I’m tired. How long does it have to go on? Before somebody says something? How long? How long? What are you going to do? That’s the question. Get him out of here. We don’t f***ing care about this [teacher]. He got to go.” The mother received a round of applause.

An angry father asked, “You feel this pain right here? It’s not going away. The only question I got is where does the f***ing buck stop? This is bigger than one teacher … there were so many red flags. The man had an Antifa flag behind his desk. He had Chairman Mao in the f***ing corner. Are you kidding me?”

Here’s a video report that aired last September when the controversy erupted:

Natomas Teacher With Antifa Flag In Classroom Caught On Video Urging Students To Attend Protests


Wendy’s worker leaves 67-year-old customer in critical condition after sucker punch

Surveillance footage has just been released of an attack by a Wendy’s employee on a 67-year-old customer, which left the victim in critical condition. Antoine Kendrick, 35, has been charged with aggravated assault for allegedly sucker-punching a customer after taking the man’s order at a restaurant on Glassford Hill Road in Prescott Valley, Arizona, on July 26.

According to the Prescott Valley Police Department, at approximately 4:41 p.m., Kendrick had a dispute with an elderly man about a food order. Kendrick allegedly came around the service counter and struck the victim in the head without warning.

Upon falling, the unconscious victim incurred additional injuries as his head struck the floor. The victim was tended to by police officers who reported to the scene along with members of the Central Arizona Fire and Medical Authority prior to being airlifted to a hospital in the Phoenix area.

One customer told CBS 5: “That was a Mike Tyson hit … The customer didn’t touch him, so he had no right to touch the customer, period, end of story.”

Immediately after the attack, Kendrick is said to have looked at the unconscious man, retreated behind the counter to grab some belongings, and left the scene.

Antoine Kendrick was arrested on multiple other occasions in Tennessee. In 2013, he was charged with multiple counts of aggravated assault as well as with resisting arrest. In 2016, he was charged with aggravated criminal trespass, aggravated assault, and evading arrest. In 2019, he was charged with harassment and again with aggravated assault.

CBS 5’s Holly Bock noted that Wendy’s corporate has yet to issue a statement.

CNN panel panics that FBI raid on Mar-a-Lago will help Trump in 2024 election: ‘A very good day for Donald Trump’

A CNN panel explained Tuesday how the FBI’s raid of Mar-a-Lago will politically benefit former President Donald Trump.

What did the panel say?

Reacting to the raid on CNN’s “New Day,” Trump biographer Michael D’Antonio suggested that Trump is “delighted” the FBI raided his personal residence.

“I think that they’ve been planning for this for years,” D’Antonio claimed. “[H]e’s been prepared for this strategy all along. He issued a campaign-style commercial within hours. This was prepared in advance.

“So, he’s an expert at spinning everything into publicity,” the author added. “He believes all publicity is good publicity. And that hardcore Trump group — 35% of the electorate — is going to be electrified by this. I think he’s having a good day, actually.”

Alyssa Farah Griffin, who worked in the Trump administration, agreed the raid actually boosted Trump’s 2024 presidential prospects.

“This, I’m hoping, goes beyond simply not complying with some archiving laws or [the] DOJ just handed Donald Trump the Republican nominee and potentially the presidency,” Griffin predicted. “If it’s seen as some sort of massive overreach and not something incredibly serious, this is a very good day for Donald Trump.”

Analysis: How FBI’s search of Mar-a-Lago could help Trump in 2024


Even CNN host Dana Bash expressed belief that Trump would benefit by the shocking development.

“In the short-term, what it looks like is exactly what Alyssa said. I cannot tell you how many Republicans I have talked to who said that just the political way that he handled this is vintage Trump. And for his short-term political goal — which is, if it is, in fact, to gets the Republican nomination — kind of genius,” Bash acknowledged.

“Look at the buzzwords he used in that statement, ‘occupied,’ ‘raid.’ I mean, he basically said it was the deep state, which totally triggers and animates the people who not only who like him, but there was concern, according to people around Trump, that he had, that he was losing some mojo. He was having some trouble raising money. And this, he believes, would turn it around,” she added.

Anything else?

Trump released a campaign-style video ad after the FBI raid, yet more evidence that Trump is planning to imminently announce his 2024 candidacy.

For her part, Griffin predicted that Trump had been planning to announce his 2024 campaign in September, but will now move up that date in light of the FBI’s raid.

After years of rapid growth, the housing market is showing clear signs of slowing down

In an effort to fight inflation, the Federal Reserve has been tightening its monetary policy at the fastest pace since the 1980s. The Fed instituted back-to-back 75 basis-point rate hikes — its primary tool for combating inflation — in June and July and have indicated that another similar increase is likely to come soon.

The number of active listings nationwide jumped 31% from last year, a record-high increase for a third straight month, according to a new report from Realtor.com.

“With inventories increasing, buyers will have more negotiating power,” said Danielle Hale, chief economist for Realtor.com. “The two years of a market heavily tipped in favor of sellers appears to be in the rearview mirror.”

Data shows that even with the increase in inventory, demand for homes remains strong. Bloomberg reports that the nationwide median list price in July was $449,000, up 17% from a year earlier and near the all-time high reached in June.

“The U.S. housing market continues to move toward more evenly balanced supply and demand compared to the 2021 frenzy,” said Hale. “Our July data shows elevated mortgage rates left many buyers tightening their budgets and sellers responding with price reductions, while home shoppers who kept searching saw more available options.”

With the policy changes, securing a new home loan has become something of a volatile proposition. While 30-year fixed mortgages – the most popular type of loan among new homeowners – climbed to nearly 6% in June, they’ve since fallen back to just under 5%.

“Mortgage rates remained volatile due to the tug of war between inflationary pressures and a clear slowdown in economic growth,” said Sam Khater, Freddie Mac’s chief economist. “The high uncertainty surrounding inflation and other factors will likely cause rates to remain variable, especially as the Federal Reserve attempts to navigate the current economic environment.”

A survey released Monday by Fannie Mae shows that both buyers and sellers are pessimistic about the current market. Only 17% of those surveyed said now is a good time to buy a home. The share of sellers who think it’s a good time to list their homes dropped to 67% in July from 76% two months prior.