Adam Schiff delivered an emotional closing statement on Thursday

Adam Schiff delivered an emotional closing statement on Thursday, January 23, 2020 at the Donald Trump Impeachment trial in the Senate. He called Donald Trump “dangerous” and criticized him for listening to Rudy Giuliani over US intelligence agencies. Read the full transcript right here: 
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Adam Schiff: (00:00)
But even now, our ally can’t get his foot in the door. Even now, our ally can’t get his foot in the door. This brings me the last point I want to make tonight, which is, when we’re done, we believe that we will have made the case overwhelmingly of the President’s guilt. That is, he’s done what he’s charged with. He withheld the money. He withheld the meeting. He used it to coerce Ukraine to do these political investigations. He covered it up. He obstructed us. He’s trying to obstruct you and he’s violated the Constitution. But I want to address one other thing tonight. Okay. He’s guilty. Okay. He’s guilty. Does he really need to be removed? Does he really need to be removed? We have an election coming up. Does he really need to be removed? He’s guilty. Is there really any doubt about this?
Adam Schiff: (01:09)
Do we really have any doubt about the facts here? Does anybody really question whether the President is capable of what he’s charged with? No one is really making the argument, Donald Trump would never do such a thing, because of course we know that he would, and of course we know that he did. It’s a somewhat different question though to ask, okay, it’s pretty obvious whether we can say it publicly or we can’t say it publicly. We all know what we’re dealing here with this President, but does he really need to be removed? And this is why he needs to be removed. Donald Trump chose Rudy Giuliani over his own intelligence agencies. He chose Rudy Giuliani over his own FBI Director. He chose Rudy Giuliani over his own National Security Advisors. When all of them were telling him this Ukraine 2016 stuff is kooky, crazy Russian propaganda. He chose not to believe them. He chose to believe Rudy Giuliani. That makes him dangerous to us, to our country. That was Donald Trump’s choice. Now, why would Donald Trump believe a man like Rudy Giuliani over a man like Christopher Wray? Okay. Why would anyone in their right mind believe Rudy Giuliani over Christopher Wray?
Adam Schiff: (02:49)
Because he wanted to and because what Rudy was offering him was something that would help him personally. And what Christopher Wray was offering him was merely the truth. What Christopher Wray was offering him was merely the information he needed to protect his country and its elections, but that’s not good enough. What’s in it for him? What’s in it for Donald Trump? This is why he needs to be removed. Now, you may be asking how much damage can he really do in the next several months until the election? A lot. A lot of damage. Now, we just saw last week, report that Russia tried to hack or maybe did hack Burisma. Okay. I don’t know if they got in. I’m trying to find out. My colleagues on the Intel committee, House and Senate, we’re trying to find out, did the Russians get in? What are the Russian plans and intentions? Well, let’s say they got in and let’s say they start dumping documents to interfere at the next election.
Adam Schiff: (04:01)
Let’s say they start dumping some real things they hack from Burisma. Let’s say they start dumping some fake things they didn’t hack from Burisma, but they want you to believe they did. Let’s say they start blatantly interfering in our election again to help Donald Trump. Can you have the least bit of confidence that Donald Trump will stand up to them and protect our national interest over his own personal interest? You know you can’t, which makes him dangerous to this country. You know you can’t. You know you can’t count on him. None of us can. None of us can. What happens if China got the message? Now you can say, he’s just joking of course. He didn’t really mean China should investigate the Bidens. You know that’s no joke.
Adam Schiff: (05:00)
Now maybe you could have argued three years ago when he said, “Hey Russia, if you’re listening, hack Hillary’s emails.” Maybe you could give him a freebie and say he was joking, but now we know better. Hours after he did that Russia did, in fact, try to hack Hillary’s emails. There’s no Mulligan here when it comes to our national security. So what if China does overtly or covertly start to help the Trump campaign? You think he’s going to call them out on it or you think he’s going to give them a better trade deal on it? Can any of us really have the confidence that Donald Trump will put his personal interests ahead of the national interests? Is there really any evidence in this presidency that should give us the ironclad confidence that he would do so?
Adam Schiff: (06:00)
You know you can’t count on him to do that. That’s the sad truth. You know you can’t count on him to do that. The American people deserve a President they can count on to put their interests first, to put their interests first. Colonel Vindman said, “Here, right matters. Here, right matters.” Well, let me tell you something, if right doesn’t matter, if right doesn’t matter, it doesn’t matter how good the Constitution is. It doesn’t matter how brilliant the framers were. Doesn’t matter how good or bad our advocacy in this trial is. Doesn’t matter how well written the Oath of Impartiality is. If right doesn’t matter, we’re lost.
Adam Schiff: (07:14)
If the truth doesn’t matter, we’re lost. Framers couldn’t protect us from ourselves, if right and truth don’t matter. And you know that what he did was not right. That’s what they do in the old country, that Colonel Vindman’s father came from. Or the old country that my great grandfather came from, or the old countries that your ancestors came from, or maybe you came from. But here, right is supposed to matter. It’s what’s made us the greatest nation on earth. No constitution can protect us, right doesn’t matter any more. And you know you can’t trust this President to do what’s right for this country. You can trust he will do what’s right for Donald Trump. He’ll do it now. He’s done it before. He’ll do it for the next several months. He’ll do it in the election if he’s allowed to. This is why if you find him guilty, you must find that he should be removed. Because right matters. Because right matters and the truth matters. Otherwise, we are lost.
Speaker 2: (08:50)
Ms. Chief Justice.
Speaker 3: (08:51)
The majority leader is recognized.
Speaker 2: (08:53)
It’s unanimous consent that the trial adjourn until 1:00 PM Friday, January the 24th and that this order also constitute the adjournment.

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Rep. Deutch Op-Ed on "Supreme Court's Citizens United mistake just turned 10 years old. It's time to reverse it."

Rep. Deutch Op-Ed on "Supreme Court's Citizens United mistake just turned 10 years old. It's time to reverse it."

 Ten years after the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision on January 21, 2010, Congressman Ted Deutch (FL-22) published an op-ed on highlighting the flood of campaign spending since the ruling and the need for his Constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United.

"Unlimited spending by corporations and billionaires doesn’t make elections fairer or protect free speech; it skews the playing field and diminishes the free speech rights of American voters."

"The toxic influence of money in our elections touches every issue we face as a nation. And makes it harder to solve problems by empowering special interest groups. For example, over 90 percent of Americans want stronger background checks for gun purchases and 7 out of 10 want action to respond to climate change, but money in politics is a big reason why we can’t get it done."

You can read the op-ed access it here.

Wasserman Schultz Opposes ‘Vile’ Anti-LGBTQ Bills Filed by Florida GOP

U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23) released the following statement in response to several pieces of anti-LGBTQ legislation being filed in the Florida Legislature:

“It is vile and disgraceful that seven Republican lawmakers started the 2020 regular session of the Florida Legislature with bills whose only purpose is to harm, harass, injure, and demean our LGBTQ friends, family, and neighbors. Yes, this is happening in the 2020 session, not the 1950 session. At a time when rising seas swallow our cities, children are shot in classrooms, and seniors ration prescription drugs, the Florida GOP instead is drafting bills that would not only make the lives of LGBTQ Floridians immensely more difficult, but also threaten their very survival.

One of these malicious bills would make it a felony to provide gender-affirming medical care to youths experiencing gender dysphoria. Yes, a felony. Another would interfere in local governance by repealing existing protections for LGBTQ employees that counties and cities already adopted. Still another would repeal local prohibitions on conversion or shock therapy, which has led to depression, trauma, or suicide for thousands of LGBTQ youths. These bills must never become law. I am naming these Republican legislators so Florida voters know exactly who they are: Reps. Anthony Sabatini, Bob Rommel, Michael Grant, and Byron Donalds, along with Sens. Dennis Baxley, Joe Gruters, and Keith Perry. These are the ugly, oppressive policies more often found in fundamentalist nations like Iran. So, I ask that all Floridians speak out against this irrational hatred and discrimination.”

Meet And Greet For Elected Sheriff Scott Israel

Meet And Greet For Elected Sheriff Scott Israel

Thursday, Jan. 23rd 5:30 to 7:30pm 
2031 Wilton Drive
Wilton Manors, FL. 33305 


My Gift To You For New Years

I am kind of a Back To Eygpt kinda guy, so my gift to you is a letter written at the very least, 3000 years ago, from Toth/Hermes to a protege
Read every line, then you may think we are here now A Greek Translation- Ron Mills 2020

“Do you know, Asclepius, that Egypt is an image of Heaven, or to speak more exactly, in Egypt all the operations of the powers which rule and work in Heaven are present in the Earth below? In fact it should be said that the whole Cosmos dwells in this our land as in a sanctuary.

And yet, since it is fitting that wise men should have knowledge of all events before they come to pass, you must not be left in ignorance of what I will now tell you.

There will come a time when it will have been in vain that Egyptians have honored the Godhead with heartfelt piety and service; and all our holy worship will be fruitless and ineffectual.

The gods will return from earth to heaven; Egypt will be forsaken, and the land which was once the home of religion will be left desolate, bereft of the presence of its deities.

O Egypt, Egypt, of thy religion nothing will remain but an empty tale, which thine own children in time to come will not believe; nothing will be left but graven words, and only the stones will tell of thy piety.

And in that day men will be weary of life, and they will cease to think the universe worthy of reverent wonder and worship.

They will no longer love this world around us, this incomparable work of God, this glorious structure which he has built, this sum of good made up of many diverse forms, this instrument whereby the will of God operates in that which he has made, ungrudgingly favoring man’s welfare; this combination and accumulation of all the manifold things that call forth the veneration, praise, and love of the beholder.

Darkness will be preferred to light, and death will be thought more profitable than life; no one will raise his eyes to heaven; the pious will be deemed insane, the impious wise; the madman will be thought a brave man, and the wicked will be esteemed as good.

As for the soul, and the belief that it is immortal by nature, or may hope to attain to immortality, as I have taught you, – all this they will mock, and even persuade themselves that it is false.

No word of reverence or piety, no utterance worthy of heaven, will be heard or believed.

And so the gods will depart from mankind, – a grievous thing! – and only evil angels will remain, who will mingle with men, and drive the poor wretches into all manner of reckless crime, into wars, and robberies, and frauds, and all things hostile to the nature of the soul.

Then will the earth tremble, and the sea bear no ships; heaven will not support the stars in their orbits, all voices of the gods will be forced into silence; the fruits of the Earth will rot; the soil will turn barren, and the very air will sicken with sullen stagnation; all things will be disordered and awry, all good will disappear.

But when all this has befallen, Asclepius, then God the Creator of all things will look on that which has come to pass, and will stop the disorder by the counterforce of his will, which is the good. He will call back to the right path those who have gone astray; he will cleanse the world of evil, washing it away with floods, burning it out with the fiercest fire, and expelling it with war and pestilence.

And thus he will bring back his world to its former aspect, so that the Cosmos will once more be deemed worthy of worship and wondering reverence, and God, the maker and maintainer of the Mighty Fabric, will be adored by the men of that day with continuous songs of praise and blessing.

Such is the new birth of the Cosmos; it is a making again of all things good, a holy and awe-inspiring restoration of all nature; and it is wrought inside the process of Time by the eternal Will of the Creator.”

Jersey shooter had links to hate group

Orthodox Jewish men carry the casket of Mindel Ferencz, co-owner of the grocery store, outside a Brooklyn synagogue. Photo: Mark Lennihan/AP

"An assailant involved in the prolonged firefight in Jersey City, N.J., that left six people dead, including one police officer, was linked on Wednesday to the Black Hebrew Israelite movement, and had published anti-Semitic posts online," report the N.Y. Times' Michael Gold and Ali Watkins.
  • "The Black Hebrew Israelites, which has no connection with mainstream Judaism, has been described as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center."
"There is no question that this is a hate crime," Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop told reporters. "And anti-Semitism should be called out aggressively and firmly — immediately — for what it is."

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Is Right Wing Media Is Saving Trump's A$$

Right-wing media wall holds

Several weeks ago, there had been some speculation about whether Trump's right-wing media wall would hold. And while it showed a sign of cracking when the President lost the Drudge Report, the wall has since held firm. Despite being faced with damning revelations, Trump's allies at Fox, in talk radio, and on the web have continued to stick with him.

On Fox Thursday night, Hannity claimed to his viewers that the hearings were a "dud" and "absolute unmitigated disaster for the Democrats." The banner on his show read, "JUST LIKE RUSSIA HOAX, UKRAINE IMPEACHMENT SHAM DIES AN EMBARRASSING DEATH FOR DEMOCRATS ON CAPITOL HILL."

Hannity's prime time colleagues Tucker Carlson and Laura Ingraham also mocked the hearings. Radio hosts like Mark Levin and Rush Limbaugh have continued to spin for Trump. And websites like Breitbart have shown no signs of turning on him. The bottom line: Trump's right-wing media wall has held.

Poll Finds Approval of Trump Up, Impeachment Down

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Senate Passes Deutch, Buchanan Bill to Make Animal Abuse a Federal Offense

On November 5, the U.S. Senate passed by unanimous consent the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act (H.R. 724), introduced by Congressman Ted Deutch (FL-22) and Congressman Vern Buchanan (FL-16) to criminalize certain acts of animal cruelty.

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the PACT Act on October 22. The bill now heads to President Trump's desk.

Congressman Deutch: "Preventing animal cruelty is not partisan; it's part of our values as a country. I'm proud that this legislation moved so swiftly through Congress, with such broad bipartisan support. Our country needs a federal law to prevent abuse against animals. After years of hard work by so many to build support for this bill, we are now one signature away from it becoming the law of the land. I urge President Trump to quickly sign this bill into law and make animal cruelty a federal offense."

In 2010, Congress passed the Animal Crush Video Prohibition Act, which made the creation and distribution of animal crushing videos illegal. However, the underlying acts of cruelty against animals were not included. The PACT Act closes this loophole by prohibiting certain cases of animal abuse.

A fact sheet for the PACT Act can be found here.

Deutch Statement on Impeachment Inquiry Procedures Vote

Deutch Statement on Impeachment Inquiry Procedures Vote
 Congressman Ted Deutch (FL-22) issued this statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed House Resolution 660, "Directing certain committees to continue their ongoing investigations as part of the existing House of Representatives inquiry into whether sufficient grounds exist for the House of Representatives to exercise its Constitutional power to impeach Donald John Trump, President of the United States of America, and for other purposes":

"We have conducted this impeachment inquiry responsibly and methodically. We are following the House Rules, respecting historical precedent, and fulfilling our oath to support the Constitution. And we carry a full understanding of the grave responsibility we hold.

"With this vote, the House is proceeding toward a full and fair consideration of the evidence that will allow the American people to hear firsthand the mounting evidence against the President."

Trump Campaign Pays For Rally Attendees

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Donald Trump was accused of breaking the law during his campaign by hiring paid actors to attend his rallies. Although the Federal Election Commission dismissed the charges, a lot of U.S. citizens haven’t. Read evidence that points to the fact that Trump really did hire actors to support him, and other interesting facts about the “tradition.”
Trump has been accused of using actors during his campaign since he announced he would run for president in June 2015. What’s worse is that he paid them a measly $50 apiece to come out and cheer, according to Business Insider. Corey Lewandowski, Trump’s campaign manager at the time, denied the charges and in an interview with Business Insider said, “… It’s just not true, unequivocally. The Donald Trump campaign and Donald Trump did not pay anybody to attend his announcement.”
The American Democracy Legal Fund filed a complaint in 2015 with the Federal Election Commission, saying that Trump should have disclosed the fact that he paid people. And because he didn’t, he was breaking the rules regarding reporting provisions.
The commission closed the case, saying that the Trump campaign admitted it paid $12,000 to Gotham Government Relations on October 8. Gotham hired Extra Mile — a full-service event and incentive marketing company — with that money so it could “provide administrative support at Trump’s announcement.”
The practice of hiring paid crowds — also known as “astroturfing” — is not new. The concept of there being popular support — or at least an illusion of it — at courts, theaters, games, funerals, and politics goes as far back as the Greeks and Romans. In fact, Nero paid a group to watch him sing — and applaud loudly, of course — in the theater.
It’s simple to arrange for a crowd at an event — Crowds on Demand, a company based in Los Angeles, can rent out a crowd for anything from a rally to a protest. Founded in 2012 by UCLA graduate Adam Swart, it’s one of the few of these types of companies. Crowds for Rent and Extra Mile Casting (the one Trump “inadvertently” hired) pretty much have the market to themselves.
Crowds on Demand can provide more than 1,000 people for an event, and its services don’t stop there. The company creates PR stunts like providing a 100-person flash mob for a corporate event and having fake paparazzi chase clients to generate some buzz.


Anthony “The Mooch” Scaramucci Talks Trade, Economics, Global Markets and Navigating an Era of Uncertainty

 Join NAIOP South Florida for its third annual Signature Speaker Series on Wednesday, October 23 at 5 p.m. at The Ritz-Carlton Fort Lauderdale, located at 1 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd. Headlining the event this year is renowned hedge fund founder and Wall Street financier Anthony Scaramucci, commonly known as “The Mooch.”

Though best-known for his tenure as White House Communications Director and his outspoken position on the current administration, Scaramucci will focus his talk on thriving in today’s real estate industry through navigation of the broader business environment and strategic decision-making. A graduate of Harvard Law School, Scaramucci co-founded both the investment partnership Oscar Capital Management as well as the global investment firm SkyBridge Capital.

The wide-ranging, honest and often humorous talk is ideal for entrepreneurs, investors, commercial real estate professionals and business executives of all backgrounds and worldviews. Attendees will learn firsthand about the insights Scaramucci gained his years at the top of the global financial industry, how he applies those lessons to investing and entrepreneurship, and what’s next for one of the year’s most talked about public figures.

NAIOP South Florida is a non-partisan organization. The speakers of its annual Signature Speaker Series are chosen for their diverse backgrounds and worldviews, which provide valuable information, insight and actionable intelligence to members. Speakers selected to participate in NAIOP South Florida’s Signature Speaker Series are not endorsements of NAIOP or its event sponsors. Previous speakers include Forbes Media Chairman Steve Forbes and leading urbanist and author Richard Florida.

Sponsors of NAIOP South Florida’s Signature Speaker Series featuring Anthony Scaramucci include Grover Corlew, Iberia Bank, Marcus & Millichap, Risk Strategies, Avison Young, Bridge Development, Butters Realty & Management, Current Builders, GFA International and Legacy Bank of Florida.

Tickets for the Signature Speaker Series are $75 for NAIOP members and $125 for non-members. Seating is limited. Tickets are available at For more information, contact 954-990-5116 or

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Donald Trump Had A Really Bad Summer

Even by Trump standards, this summer did not go well. He was accused of rape by advice columnist E. Jean Carroll. He escalated tensions with Iran. He lost a major case over the Census citizenship question in front of a conservative Supreme Court. He faced fresh accusations of racism for telling four congresswomen of color to “go back” where they came from, said Baltimore is a “rodent and rat infested mess,” and a white supremacist mass shooter used his rhetoric against immigrants. In between all that, he shot a campaign video while visiting shooting victims, tried to buy Greenland, and falsified a hurricane forecast with a Sharpie.

He has emerged from this season of scandal with falling approval ratings in every battleground state — including double-digit drops in all four of the states he is planning rallies in.

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