AZ Senate GOP celebrates WIN for election audit in Maricopa County

As the final Arizona election audit report is expected to be published on Friday, Arizona state Senate President Karen Fann feels confident that the results will yield favorable results, especially as the Senate recently won a settlement allowing them to access county routers, Splunk logs, and dominion software used in the November 2020 election.

Fann shared the excitement on social media, where she declared the settlement a “HUGE win” now that Maricopa County must hand over all the data needed to complete the audit. “We got everything we need and more. Maricopa County goes home with its tail between its legs,” she stated.

In an interview with the Gateway Pundit, Karen Fann mentioned that the Arizona Senate has been fighting for months to obtain access to these records in order to conclude effectively the Arizona election audit. “We were successful in getting some stuff on the subpoena but they’ve been holding these out for months. And the reason why we needed, we need the data from them, we need the information so we can finish the audit,” Fann said.

Both Fann and Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich believed the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors was in violation of a stipulated statute, titled 1487, that allowed them the right to solicit such pertinent information. Rather than being sued, the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors extended a settlement offer to the state Senate.

The settlement involved not actually touching the routers so as to not ‘manipulate’ them in any way, but appointing a “special master” that will be in charge of picking two “independent IT companies” to access the missing data and have it sent back to the auditors to conclude the process.

The ‘special master’ picked in this situation is John Shadegg, an attorney and former Arizona congressman. He will be in charge of picking the IT experts, as well.

Fann also noted the unnecessary bureaucratic nature of obtaining this data and how the Senate offered a similar settlement months ago but were denied by the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors. “This could have been done again months ago, but now here we are after court case, after everything else,” Fann continued.

“We offered months ago to go to them we said, don’t move the routers. In fact, we offered to do the entire audit there, I told the supervisors, let’s do this together. Let’s do it at your facilities, don’t move the ballots, keep everything exactly where it is,” Fann added, referring to the solicitation of access to routers and software.

 The settlement was reiterated a “big win” for the Senate by Fann. She also stated that if they were to run into similar issues obtaining the data that they would be able to issue another subpoena and begin the process “all over again.”

The Arizona election audit has faced multiple challenges over the past year since it begun in April, with a slow, hand-count of ballots that was wrapped up in July.

“When this is all done, we’re handing all this over to the Attorney General’s Office,” Fann stated. “We will keep our data and we will do whatever we need to pass more laws and to fix the problems we have in election laws and Attorney General Mark Brnovich, he’s going to be in charge of doing the investigative side, to see where people didn’t follow the rules, and let him do the criminal side of it.”

The electoral audit report will be finalized and released to the public Friday, Sept. 24 at 1:00 p.m. MT. RSBN will livestream the entire event on YouTube, Rumble, RSBN mobile app, Facebook, and Twitter.

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CNN Celebrates Professor Lecturing Ted Cruz on ‘Racist’ TX Voter ID Law

CNN celebrated a law professor in a congressional hearing yesterday telling Senator Ted Cruz that Texas’s voter ID law was “racist.” 

During a Senate hearing on “restoring the Voting Rights Act” Wednesday, Democrats called on liberal law professors like USC’s Franita Tolson to make their case that Texas’s law requiring voters show identification that they are who they say they are before voting was somehow racist to blacks and Latinos.

On CNN’s New Day Thursday morning, co-host John Berman brought on Tolson, who’s also an elections analyst for the network, to praise her for sticking it to Cruz.

Berman hailed Tolson going “toe to toe” in a “fiery exchange” with Cruz over Texas’s voter ID law. He played the clip, teasing it like it was a wrestling match: “A college professor joins us next on her face-off with Senator Ted Cruz,” he touted.

In the clip shown, Cruz asks Tolson the straightforward question: are voter ID laws “racist”? 



After Tolson told the Republican it “depends” Cruz followed up by asking her to back up her claims. That’s when her clearly partisan positions were revealed:

CRUZ:  So what voter I.D. Laws are racist? 

TOLSON: Apologies, Senator Cruz, your state of Texas. I’m not saying the entire state of Texas. 

CRUZ: You said my state of Texas. You tell me about the Texas voter I.D. Laws that are racist. 

TOLSON: The fact the law was put in place to diminish the political power of Latinos with racist intent and have been found to have — 

CRUZ: You’re asserting that. What is the evidence of that? 

TOLSON: The federal district court that first resolved the constitutionality of Texas’ voter I.D. Law. 

Right after this in the clip shown, two other Democrat witnesses agreed with Tolson that voter ID laws can be racist. Berman marveled at the liberal professors and lawyers schooling the Republican, suggesting to Tolson Cruz had ulterior motives, which the CNN election analyst agreed with:

BERMAN: Joining us is the professor who brought receipts, Franita Tolson, CNN election analyst and vice Dean of USC law school. Dean, thank you so much for being with us. I’m going to ask you to do the impossible here. But put yourself in the senator’s brain, Ted Cruz’s brain there, what do you think he was trying to get out of that discussion? 

TOLSON: I think he wanted me and my colleagues to be in a fund-raising video, he wanted some sound bite of us saying voter I.D. Laws which he noted several times throughout the hearing, they have broad support, some sound bite that we think they’re racist and don’t further the cause of election integrity. I refuse to be a sound bite and my colleagues as well. 

But she’s perfectly fine with CNN using her words as a political soundbite?

Afterwards Berman tried to appeal to the other side, by pointing out even Stacey Abrams agrees with certain election integrity laws. He asked Tolson what voter ID laws weren’t racist: “What voter I.D. Laws — where is the line?” he asked.

Tolson argued that Texas’s voter ID law was too restrictive because it required a “limited” number of identification options like a driver’s license and you couldn’t use things like a student ID to vote. So somehow this was discriminatory: “And it is clearly targeted towards making it harder for the people more likely to have those I.D.s–the students of color and students more generally tend to skew toward the Democratic party.”

She bashed the Texas “regime” as racist: “So the entire regime is targeted to make it very difficult for minorities to get the I.D. That they actually need in order to cast a ballot. It does not have to be that way.” She added that it wasn’t just voter I.D. but racial discrimination was a “recurring problem” for the state.

Berman followed up by asking the Democrat witness what “compromise” could be reached. Tolson explained that voter ID laws need to be crafted with giving minorities “political power” to not be racist. 

Of course, there was no mention by Berman of those election experts who disagreed with Tolson. CNN didn’t play soundbites from the Heritage Foundation’s Hans von Spakovsky, who also testified at the same hearing and “brought receipts” showing that the left’s hysteria over voter suppression is unfounded. But CNN doesn’t want its viewers to be informed or see both sides of an argument, they only want to hammer home a biased, Democrat agenda.

Read transcript below:

CNN New Day


JOHN BERMAN: A college professor joins us next on her face-off with Senator Ted Cruz. 

BERMAN: A law professor and CNN election law analyst went toe to toe with Senator Ted Cruz in a judiciary committee hearing in a fiery exchange about the Texas voter I.D. law. Listen. 

CRUZ: In your judgment, are voter I.D. laws, racist? Professor Tolson. 

PROF. FRANITA TOLSON: Thank you for that question. So it depends. One thing we have to stop doing is treating all voter I.D. laws as the same. 

CRUZ: I want to move quickly, so ‘it depends’ is your answer? 

TOLSON: Yes, that is my answer. 

CRUZ:  So what voter I.D. Laws are racist? 

TOLSON: Apologies, Senator Cruz, your state of Texas. I’m not saying the entire state of Texas. 

CRUZ: You said my state of Texas. You tell me about the Texas voter I.D. Laws that are racist. 

TOLSON: The fact the law was put in place to diminish the political power of Latinos with racist intent and have been found to have — 

CRUZ: You’re asserting that. What is the evidence of that? 

TOLSON: The federal district court that first resolved the constitutionality of Texas’ voter I.D. Law. 

CRUZ: Your view is voter I.D. Laws are racist. How about you, Mr. Yang? 

JOHN C. YANG, PRESIDENT, ASIAN AMERICANS ADVANCING JUSTICE: I agree with professor Tolson, voter I.D. laws can be racist. 

THOMAS SAENZ, PRESIDENT, COUNSEL, MEXICAN AMERICAN LEGAL DEFENSE FUND: There are some voter I.D. Laws that are racially discriminatory in intent. 

BERMAN: Joining us is the professor who brought receipts, Franita Tolson, CNN election analyst and vice Dean of USC law school. Dean, thank you so much for being with us. I’m going to ask you to do the impossible here. But put yourself in the senator’s brain, Ted Cruz’s brain there, what do you think he was trying to get out of that discussion? 

TOLSON: I think he wanted me and my colleagues to be in a fund-raising video, he wanted some sound bite of us saying voter I.D. Laws which he noted several times throughout the hearing, they have broad support, some sound bite that we think they’re racist and don’t further the cause of election integrity. I refuse to be a sound bite and my colleagues as well. 

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Trump celebrates Gonzalez’s exit: ‘1 down, 9 to go!’

Former President Donald Trump on Friday celebrated Rep. Anthony Gonzalez’s decision to not seek re-election by delivering stern warning for the other House Republicans who voted to impeach him.

“1 down, 9 to go!” Mr. Trump said in a statement.

Mr. Gonzalez told the New York Times he is bowing out of his re-election race in Ohio and will focus his energy on making sure that Mr. Trump never becomes president again.

Mr. Trump has targeted Mr. Gonzalez and the nine other House Republicans that voted to impeach him for inciting the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol.

Mr. Trump endorsed primary challenger Max Miller.

The former president traveled to the 16th Congressional District in the Cleveland and Akron suburbs this year to show support for Mr. Miller. He called on his supporters to give Mr. Gonzalez the boot.

“RINO Congressman Anthony Gonzalez, who has poorly represented his district in the Great State of Ohio, has decided to quit after enduring a tremendous loss of popularity, of which he had little, since his ill-informed and otherwise very stupid impeachment vote against the sitting President of the United States, me,” Mr. Trump said in a separate statement Friday. “This is no loss for Ohio or our Country and, most importantly, we have a great candidate who was substantially leading Gonzalez in the polls, Max Miller, who I have given my Complete and Total Endorsement.”

Mr. Trump said that Mr. Gonzalez‘s next stop could be “a job at ratings-dead CNN or MSDNC!”

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Al Qaeda’s Zawahiri celebrates Afghanistan collapse … maybe – HotAir

To quote an old advertising slogan — was it live, or was it Memorex? Former Osama bin Laden lieutenant Ayman al-Zawahiri had died some time ago, or so some analysts thought. And yet, a video of the al-Qaeda chief began circulating on Saturday celebrating the US withdrawal from Afghanistan:

Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri appeared in a video commemorating 20 years after the 9/11 terrorist attacks despite rumors that he died months earlier.

The SITE Intelligence Group, a U.S.-based group that watches terrorist websites, noted that the al-Zawahiri video appeared on networks Saturday, according to The Associated Press.

SITE director Rita Katz observed that in the video, titled “Jerusalem Will Not be Judaized,” al-Zawahiri displayed knowledge of events that had taken place since last November, when rumors of his death began to emerge. She mentioned how he referenced a January 2021 raid of a Russian military base in Syria by Hurras al-Deen, a group aligned with al Qaeda.

“Tragic as it is to say, this 9/11 anniversary is a uniquely positive one for al-Qaeda. As one AQ supporter wrote, the US leaving Afghanistan is validation of Bin Laden’s vision and the ‘blessed’ 9/11 attacks, and that ‘Afghanistan is the beginning,’” tweeted Katz.

​​”Amid rumors of his death, Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri shown in a new 60-minute video, this time offering some evidence that he is not dead​ – ​particularly, reference to events after December when rumors of death surfaced,” Katz continued.

Have rumors of Zawahiri’s death been greatly exaggerated? Perhaps not. While the video celebrates the US withdrawal, Zawahiri doesn’t mention the specifics of it. The closest date-specific event Zawahiri mentions is an attack on Raqqa that took place nine months ago. Politico points out a couple of other events that Zawahiri strangely did not address:

SITE said al-Zawahri also noted the U.S. military’s withdrawal from Afghanistan after 20 years of war. It added that his comments do not necessarily indicate a recent recording, as the withdrawal agreement with the Taliban was signed in February 2020.

Al-Zawahri made no mention of the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan and the capital Kabul last month, SITE added. But he did mention a Jan. 1, attack that targeted Russian troops on the edge of the northern Syrian city of Raqqa.

Rumors have spread since late 2020 that al-Zawahri had died from illness. Since then, no video or proof of life surfaced, until Saturday.

“He could still be dead, though if so, it would have been at some point in or after Jan 2021,” tweeted Rita Katz, SITE’s director.

If Zawahiri were still alive, one would think that he would have dispensed with the references to Jerusalem in a celebratory video after watching the US get humiliated in Kabul. Even if that video was already “in the can,” AQ and Zawahiri would have had more than a week to either add to it or replace it entirely. If Zawahiri was alive, he surely would have gone with a speech that made much more clear references to the Taliban’s victory and Joe Biden’s abandonment of Americans behind their lines.

Those are the most important developments in twenty years for both the Taliban and radical-Islamist terror networks in general, and yet Zawahiri doesn’t even hint at them? It’s not exactly conclusive proof of death, but that’s the way I’d bet now. What’s more, Zawahiri must have known that he wouldn’t be around to provide live commentary, or else he and his AQ propaganda team wouldn’t have bothered to put this speech in the can in the first place. They must have expected to use this video as a way to motivate support for the Taliban in the wake of the anticipated American withdrawal, not realizing it was largely unnecessary.

It’s also a measure of just how catastrophic our withdrawal turned out to be. When al-Qaeda undersells its impact, then it becomes clear that not even our enemies anticipated just how craven and incompetent we would be on the way out. Joe Biden handed them a propaganda victory so vast that al-Qaeda didn’t see it coming.

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Tennis-Britain’s royal family celebrates new queen of tennis Raducanu

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NEW YORK — Britain’s royal family saluted the new queen of tennis, Emma Raducanu, on Saturday after she completed her fairytale run from the qualifying rounds to win the U.S. Open.

The 18-year-old defeated Canadian Leylah Fernandez to become the first qualifier to win a Grand Slam title and the first British woman to hoist a major trophy since Virginia Wade triumphed at Wimbledon in 1977.

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“It is a remarkable achievement at such a young age, and is testament to your hard work and dedication,” Queen Elizabeth wrote in a message to Raducanu. “I have no doubt your outstanding performance, and that of your opponent Leylah Fernandez, will inspire the next generation of tennis players.

“I send my warmest good wishes to you and your many supporters.”

Raducanu did not drop a set since arriving at Flushing Meadows and won over the rowdy crowds at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center as she swatted aside more experienced opponents with the same ease as she hammered winners.

With Wade looking on at Arthur Ashe Stadium, she became the first British singles champion since Andy Murray, after reaching the fourth round of Wimbledon in her Grand Slam debut ‘s%20run%20over%20as%20she%20quits%20against%20Tomljanovic,-By%2 0Martyn%20Herman&text=Raducanu%20sat%20down%20on%20her,of%20disa ppointment%20from%20the%20crowd earlier this year.

“Huge congratulations @EmmaRaducanu on your stunning performances and historic Grand Slam victory! Incredible –we are all so proud of you,” Prince William and his wife Catherine, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, posted on Twitter, as celebration erupted across Britain.

Heir-to-the-throne Prince Charles and his wife Camilla offered their praise as well: “Congratulations to @EmmaRaducanu on your #USOpen win – what a fantastic achievement! We are all so proud.” (Reporting by Amy Tennery in New York; editing by Jonathan Oatis)

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America celebrates heroes, mourns losses on 20th anniversary of 9/11 attacks

Americans from first responders to former presidents spent Saturday honoring the heroes of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks and mourning those who died to remember the 20th anniversary of America’s darkest day.

President Biden and first lady Jill Biden joined a crowd at the hallowed site where a pair of planes destroyed the World Trade Center.

More than 2,753 first responders and office workers were killed in the lower Manhattan attacks.
The solemn service included the traditional reading of the victims’ names for most of the five-hour ceremony.

To commemorate the attacks, six moments of silence took place, starting at 8:46 a.m. That was the time al Qaeda terrorists crashed American Airlines Flight 11 into the North Tower of the World Trade Center.
Mike Low, who lost his daughter, Sara, on Sept. 11, 2001, spoke after a moment of silence calling the site where the World Trade Center once stood “a quiet place of memory.’

Sara Low was a flight attendant on American Airlines Flight 11.

“History must be remembered not as numbers and a date but as the faces of ordinary people. People who looked a lot like Sara,” he said.

Mr. Biden was joined by former Presidents Obama and Clinton as well as several national and New York dignitaries.
Bruce Springsteen, a surprise guest, performed an acoustic version of his song, “I’ll See You in My Dreams.”

At the Pentagon, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, gave a hopeful vision for the future of the United States.
Mr. Lloyd commemorated the anniversary at the Pentagon ceremony on Saturday morning, asserting that it is “our responsibility to remember” the events that happened two decades ago.

The secretary also touched on the unknown challenges of the future, but promised a prepared nation for whatever comes.

“We cannot know what the next 20 years will bring,” Mr. Lloyd said. “We cannot know what new dangers they will carry. We cannot foresee what Churchill once called ‘the originality of malice.’ But we do know that America will always lead.”

In Shanksville, Pennsylvania, former President Bush and Vice President Harris honored the 40 brave souls who valiantly stopped four hijackers from cashing United Airlines Flight 93 into another target.
The passengers and crew of United Airlines Flight 93 worked together to fight back against the hijackers and all were killed when the plane slammed into the field in Pennsylvania.
“The passengers and crew of Flight 93 must always have an honored place,” Mr. Bush said. “Here, the intended targets became the instruments of rescue. Many who are now alive owe a vast, unconscious debt to the defiance displaced in the skies above this field.”

Ms. Harris said the heroism of Flight 93, saying their courage is a reflection of the American people.

“What happened on Flight 93 tells us so much. About the courage of those on board, who gave everything. About the resolve of the first responders, who risked everything. About the resilience of the American people,” she said.

Mr. Biden later joined those who gathered at the field where the plane slammed into the ground to lay a wreath.

He later talked about the importance of having memorials during a visit to a fire station near Shanksville.

“These memorials are really important. But they’re also incredibly difficult for the people affected by them because it brings back the moment they got the phone call, it brings back the instant they got the news,” the president said.

He praised Mr. Bush’s speech and urged the nation to come together.

“Are we going to, in the next four, five, six, 10 years, demonstrate that democracies can work, or not?” he asked.

Mr. Biden concluded the day by laying a wreath at the Pentagon. He was joined by the first lady Jill Biden, Ms. Harris, the second gentleman Doulas Emhoff, Mr. Austin, and Mr. Milley.

Meanwhile, former President Trump made a surprise visit to police officers in New York. He honored their work, before ripping Mr. Biden’s withdrawal from Afghanistan, a conflict launched in response to the 9/11 attacks.

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Pro-life community celebrates courage of video game CEO forced out of his job after praising Texas heartbeat law

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(LifeSiteNews) — The CEO and co-owner of a video game development company has been forced out of his job after he made comments on Twitter in support of Texas’ recently enacted prohibition on abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected. 

“Proud of #USSupremeCourt affirming the Texas law banning abortion for babies with a heartbeat,” John Gibson wrote September 4 on Twitter. “As an entertainer I don’t get political often. Yet with so many vocal peers on the other side of this issue, I felt it was important to go on the record as a pro-life game developer.” 

“Thank you for standing for LIFE! Children will continue to live because of your courage in speaking out,” pro-life organization Live Action tweeted. 

The comment by Gibson has been liked more than 16,000 times. The former CEO, who still lists himself as “president” of Tripwire, has liked several comments in support of his position. 

“Appreciate you speaking up! My wife and I were heartbroken over 2 miscarriages, not sure why so many people are determined to believe that killing another human being in utero is ok,” one person said to Gibson. 

“A lot more people in this industry probably hold the same view, but don’t have the guts to say it,” said Ian Fisch, the creator of the video game Road Redemption. His recent tweets indicate he himself opposes the Texas law. 

Gibson “stepped down” as CEO of Tripwire Interactive as of September 6, according to the company. He co-founded the Georgia-based corporation in January 2005. 

“The comments given by John Gibson are of his own opinion, and do not reflect those of Tripwire Interactive as a company. His comments disregarded the values of our whole team, our partners and much of our broader community,” the company said. “Our leadership team at Tripwire are deeply sorry and are unified in our commitment to take swift action and to foster a more positive environment.” 

“Effective immediately, John Gibson has stepped down as CEO of Tripwire Interactive,” the news release said. 

New CEO Alan Wilson “will work with the rest of the Tripwire leadership team to take steps with employees and partners to address their concerns including executing a company-wide town hall meeting and promoting open dialogue with Tripwire leadership and all employees.” 

Gibson’s tweet has been widely shared and is still up on Twitter as of September 7. 

One company, Shipwright Studios, said it would break its agreement with Tripwire over Gibson’s comments, though its position may have changed since he left. 

“While your politics are your own, the moment you make them a matter of public discourse you entangle all those working for and with you,” the company said in one of only six tweets it has ever sent. It said it will begin to end contracts with Tripwire. 

The situation is reminiscent of the backlash from liberal activists over former Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich’s donation to a California campaign to prohibit the recognition of same-sex unions as a “marriage.” 

Susan G. Komen Foundation, a breast health nonprofit, also forced out its vice president of public policy in 2012 after the board tried to break the group’s ties to Planned Parenthood. Karen Handel later became a Republican Congresswoman. She previously had been Georgia Secretary of State. 

Gibson has not made any further comments. 

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Tiffany Trump Celebrates Fiancees Birthday With Tons Of Terrific Throwback Shots

Tiffany Trump definitely got everyone’s attention Friday when she shared a whole host of terrific throwback shots to celebrate fiancee Michael Boulos’ birthday.

“Happy Birthday to my love!” the first daughter captioned her post on Instagram to her million plus followers. “@michaelboulos you are the most incredible man and I can’t wait for the rest of our lives together,” she added. (RELATED: Ivanka Turns Heads In Gorgeous Yellow Plaid Skirt Suit)

Tiffany’s post included several snaps of the happy couple together over the last few years. One photo was taken at the White House. In the picture, she’s wearing a short-sleeve little black dress with sparkling black high heels and looks great. (RELATED: Melania Stuns In Pale-Pink Dress At Reception During UN General Assembly [PHOTOS])

Several other pictures appeared to come from the time the two spent together while on the water.

It was the first post from former President Donald Trump’s daughter in months since she posted a photo of her and Boulos posing for snap together and another of Tiffany and Michael posing for a photo with Trump outside what looked like his Mar-a-Lago club in Florida.

“Happy Father’s Day, Dad!” the first daughter captioned her great shot. “I’m so grateful for your boundless love, hilarious sense of humor, and for always believing in me!”

In January, Tiffany finally confirmed the rumors she and boyfriend Boulos were engaged. Her long-time boyfriend, a London graduate student and heir to a multibillion-dollar conglomerate in Nigeria, also shared the happy news, the Daily Mail reported.

“Got engaged to the love of my life!” Boulos captioned his post on his social media at the time. “Looking forward to our next chapter together.”

The first daughter and Michael sparked engagement rumors in June 2019 following the Trump family’s visit to London. The two were spotted looking at engagement rings, according to the Evening Standard report at the time.

Happy Birthday.

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DISGUSTING! Newsweek Headline Celebrates Taliban Vow to ‘Fight Terror and Climate Change’

Has Newsweek lost its mind? The outlet published an insane article giving the Taliban praise for promising to fight “terror” and “climate change” in order to gain legitimacy in world politics.

The magazine’s headline read like a Babylon Bee joke: “Seeking World Recognition, Taliban Vows to Help Fight Terror and Climate Change.”

Newsweek Senior Writer of Foreign Policy Tom O’Connor pushed how Taliban Cultural Commission member Abdul Qahar Balkhi “told Newsweek that his group sought worldwide recognition of the Islamic Emirate.” Balkhi propagandized to the outlet how the organization’s drive for “recognition” would be bolstered in part by the terror group’s commitment to “fight terror” and so-called climate change. “‘We hope not only to be recognized by regional countries but the entire world at large as the legitimate representative government of the people of Afghanistan,’” Balkhi said in part, according to Newsweek

It is damning that a U.S. publication would lower itself so far down the eco-extremist cesspool that it would attempt to humanize an Islamic terrorist group currently slaughtering people in Afghanistan as a result of President Joe Biden’s massive foreign policy failure. 

O’Connor propagandized how Balkhi “argued that such a move [for world recognition] would be to the benefit of not only Afghanistan but nations across the globe.” He dedicated several lines  to allowing Balkhi to direct attention away from the murder his organization is inflicting on the Afghani people onto climate change:

‘We believe the world has a unique opportunity of rapprochement and coming together to tackle the challenges not only facing us but the entire humanity,’ Balkhi added, ‘and these challenges ranging from world security and climate change need the collective efforts of all, and cannot be achieved if we exclude or ignore an entire people who have been devastated by imposed wars for the past four decades.’

O’Connor even puffed how “the Taliban have expressed their concern for the environment and its future.” He did this before adding a qualifier that the group’s takeover placed it “effectively in control of what’s estimated by the U.S. Geological Survey to be up to $1 trillion in mineral resources.”

Newsweek’s decision to provide a megaphone to the Taliban wasn’t the first time a prominent outlet has tried to nonsensically lump the terrorist group and climate change together. Recently, CBS News published an outrageous story blaming climate change for the Taliban’s rise. CBS News climate and energy reporter Cara Korte’s absurd story was headlined: “How climate change helped strengthen the Taliban.”

But O’Connor’s Taliban spin was horrific in another context as well. The United Nations reported in July that “[m]ore women and children were killed and wounded in Afghanistan in the first half of 2021 than in the first six months of any year since records began in 2009.” The UN said these records followed “the Taliban offensive to take territory from Government forces.” But that didn’t stop O’Connor from summarizing the Taliban’s absurdity that “militants would never again be allowed to launch attacks against other countries” in the first paragraph of his story.

Conservatives are under attack. Contact Newsweek and hold it to account for pushing the Taliban’s talking points.

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Hamas Congratulates The Taliban, Celebrates ‘Demise Of American Occupation’

The Gaza-based Islamist militant group Hamas congratulated the Taliban for the U.S. “defeat” in Afghanistan in a statement Monday and said “the demise of the American occupation” proves the Palestinian independence movement will also be victorious.

President Joe Biden announced in April that U.S. troops would leave Afghanistan by Sept. 11 in a bid to end the longest war in U.S. history. But the exit unfolded in chaotic fashion as the Taliban advanced across the country and captured Kabul over the weekend, leading to the declaration of a new government as Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and other leaders fled the country.

“We congratulate the Muslim Afghan people for the defeat of the American occupation on all Afghan lands, and we congratulate the Taliban movement and its brave leadership on this victory, which culminated its long struggle over the past 20 years,” Hamas said in a statement.

“While Hamas wishes the Afghan Muslim people and its leadership success in achieving unity, stability and prosperity for Afghanistan and its people, it stresses that the demise of the American occupation and its allies proves that the resistance of the peoples, foremost of which is our struggling Palestinian people, will achieve victory,” the statement continued.

Hamas is designated by the U.S. government as a foreign terrorist organization. Its praise of the Taliban, another Islamist militant group, comes after the leaders of several Middle East countries issued similar statements congratulating the Taliban.

Iran’s new President Ebrahim Raisi said the U.S. withdrawal is “an opportunity to restore life, security and durable peace” after roughly 20 years of fighting, according to Reuters. (RELATED: Report: China Prepares To Recognize Taliban As The New Government In Afghanistan)

Oman’s Grand Mufti Ahmad bin Hamad al-Khalili congratulated the Taliban in a tweet Monday for “the clear victory and the grand conquering of the aggressor invaders,” describing the takeover as a “fulfillment of God’s sincere promise.”

Musa Abu Marzouk, a member of Hamas’s political bureau, tweeted Sunday that the Taliban “was not deceived by the slogans of democracy and elections and fake promises.” He added the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan “is a lesson for all oppressed people.”

Hamas’s praise for the Taliban also comes after the two groups further formalized relations in May. Hamas released images of its political bureau chairman, Ismail Haniyeh, meeting with a Taliban delegation in Doha, Qatar.

A Gaza-based journalist at the meeting said the Taliban delegation “congratulated” Hamas on its “victory” in the border dispute with Israel earlier in May, The Jerusalem Post reported. The journalist also said increased cooperation between Hamas and the Taliban is likely after the “liberation” of Afghanistan.

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