John King: Trump enjoying a significant uptick in his political standing


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Government seizing assets, keeping the cash


>>>OVER THE PAST COUPLE OF NIGHTS, WE SHOWED YOU HOW STATE AND LOCAL AUTHORITIES CAN TAKE MONEY FROM YOU WITH ROAD SIDE TRAFFIC STOPS. THE GOAL, POLICE SAY, IS TO SEIZE CASH LINKED TO CRIMES BUT SOMETIMES MONEY IS TAKEN AND NO CRIMES CHARGED. HOW THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT CAN DO THE EXACT SAME THING. TAKE YOUR MONEY AND HAVING TO PROVE YOUR MONEY WAS INNOCENT, NOT GOTTEN THROUGH ILL-GOTTEN GAINS. GARY TUCHMAN HAS THE INVESTIGATION. >>Reporter: WHEN BUSINESS WAS HOPPING, THE BUSINESS OF THIS MEXICAN RESTAURANT WAS RATHER LONG, PEOPLE CLAMMING TO GET IN AND CARROLL IN HER ELEMENT. WHY DO YOU LOVE THIS RESTAURANT SO MUCH?>>BECAUSE IT WAS MINE AND I GOT TO MAKE THE DECISIONS, CHOOSE THE FOOD, MAKE THE FOOD. IT’S WHAT I WANTED TO DO.>>Reporter: MRS. LADY’S DID NOT TAKE LOCAL — JUST LOCAL CHECKS AND CASH, BUT IN SPRING OF 2013, TWO IRS AGENTS SHOWED UP AT HER FRONT DOOR. >>I LOOKED AT THEIR BADGES. THEY CAME IN AND PROCEEDED TO TELL ME THAT THEY WERE HERE TO LET ME KNOW THEY HAD CONFISCATED ALL MY MONEY FOR MY BUSINESS BANK ACCOUNT AND CLOSED IT. >>Reporter: HOW MUCH MONEY?>>APPROXIMATELY $33,000.>>Reporter: THAT’S RIGHT. THE IRS TOOK ALL OF HER MONEY. EVERY DIME. BUT DIDN’T CHARGE HER WITH A CRIME. THE GOVERNMENT CLAIMED BECAUSE CAROL ROUTINELY DEPOSITED UNDER $10,000, IT WAS SUSPICIOUS. CLAIMED TO STRUCTURE HER DEPOSITS, TO AVOID THE REQUIREMENT THAT DEPOSITS OVER $10,000 WOULD TRIGGER. THERE’S A FANCY TERM. CIVIL ASSET FORFEITURE. IN THE WORLD OF CIVIL FORFEITURE. THE GOVERNMENT DOES NOT NEED YOU TO BE CONVICTED OF A CRIME BEFORE SEIZING YOUR MONEY. YOU DON’T EVEN NEED TO BE CHARGED WITH A CRIME. YOU’RE NOT INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY, YOU’RE GUILTY UNTIL PROVEN INNOCENT. AND TO THIS DAY, CAROL HINDERS HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH NOTHING. IDEA BEHIND CIVIL ASSET FORFEITURE BEGAN IN THE DRUG WARS OF EARLY ’80s. SEIZE THE CASH AND PROPERTY BY BAD GUYS AND THE CRIMINAL NETWORKS WOULD SUFFER GREATLY. FEDERAL AND STATE AUTHORITIES ARE ALLOWED TO USE SEIZED CASH FOR THEMSELVES TO MAKE LEGITIMATE PURCHASES AND EXPENDITURES FOR THEIR OFFICES. >>IT VIOLATES THE DUE PROCESS RIGHTS FOR AMERICANS. IT’S JUST WRONG. THERE’S A SIMPLE PREMISE THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD NOT BE TAKING MONEY WHO HAVE NOT BEEN CHARGED, LET ALONE CONVICTED OF ANY CRIME. >>Reporter: LARRY SALZMAN WORKS AND REPRESENTING CAROL HINDERS FREE OF CHARGE. WHY ARE THEY PICKING ON CAROL IN.>>┃ SHE’S EASY. MOST PEOPLE LIKE CAROL CAN’T DEFEND THEMSELVES. THE GOVERNMENT TAKES $33,000 FROM YOU, IT WILL COST MOST PEOPLE MORE MONEY TO GET THAT BACK THAN WHAT THEY’VE TAKEN, SO PEOPLE JUST GIVE UP.>>Reporter: THE IRS WOULDN’T TALK ON CAMERA TO CNN, BUT DID ISSUE A STATEMENT TO US. SEEMING TO INDICATE IT WAS BACKING OFF ON AT LEAST SOME CASES LIKE CAROL HINDERS. WE RECOGNIZE OFTEN MAKE DEPOSITS UNDER $10,000 WITHOUT ANY INTENT TO AVOID THE REPORTING REQUIREMENTS THE STATEMENT SAID. AND IT ADDED, AFTER CONDUCTING A REVIEW OF THE STRUCTURING CASES, THE IRS WILL FOCUS LIMITED RESOURCES ON CASES WHERE EVIDENCE INDICATE STRUCTURED FUNDS FROM DERIVED FROM ILLEGAL SOURCES. THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE IS OVERALL CHARGE OF THE PROGRAM AND OFFICIALS WOULDN’T TALK ON CAMERA THERE EITHER BUT SAID THE PROGRAM WAS VITAL AND FULL OF SAFEGUARDS TO PROTECT THOSE ACCUSED SO WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? ONLY HOURS AFTER WE FINISHED OUR INTERVIEW WITH CAROL HINDERS, THE GOVERNMENT WITHDREW ITS COMPLAINT BUT RESERVED THE RIGHT TO FILE IT AGAIN DOWN THE ROAD, AND LOOKED LIKE AT LEAST PARTLY, THE AUTHORITIES TRYING TO SAVE FACE. >>I DON’T FEEL IT’S A FAVOR BUT IT’S A VICTIM RVICTORY. I THINK WE GO ON THE CIVIL FORITURE THING AND DON’T LET IT DROP. >>Reporter: IT’S SOLD TO A NEW OWNER. HER AMERICANS FOND AT LEAST UNTIL THE LAST MONTHS IT WAS OPEN WHEN SHE WAS TORMENTED BY AN AGENCY THAT NEVER CHARGED HER WITH A CRIME.>>GARY TUCHMAN JOINS US NOW. DID ANYONE APOLOGIZE TO HER? WHY IS THIS ALLOWED IN THE FIRST PLACE?>>NO ONE APOLOGIZED TO HER. HERE’S HOW AUTHORITIES GET AROUND, INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY. IF YOUR MONEY GETS TAKEN AWAY VIA FORFEITURE, YOU’RE NOT THE ONE THAT GETS SUED. IT’S THE MONEY THAT GETS SUED AND YOUR MONEY DOES NOT HAVE PRESUMPTION OF INNOCENCE. THIS IS NOT THE UNITED STATES VERSUS CAROL HINDERS, IT’S THE UNITED STATES VERSUS

Iran’s Only Female Olympian Defects, Calls Out Government “Hypocrisy”


Kimia Alizadeh, Iran’s only female Olympian
who won a bronze medal in Taekwondo in 2016, has announced she is defecting from the Country. Her announcement comes a day after Iran admitted
shooting down a Ukranian plane that had 176 civilians on it. U.S. State Department official Morgan Ortagus
reacted to the news on Twitter, writing: #KimiaAlizadeh, Iran’s only female Olympic
medalist, has rejected the regime’s oppression of women. She has defected for a life of security, happiness,
and freedom. #Iran will continue to lose more strong women
unless it learns to empower and support them. — Morgan Ortagus (@statedeptspox) January
12, 2020 FoxNews reports Iran’s only female Olympic
medalist has reportedly defected, posting a goodbye letter to Iran on Saturday, calling
out the government’s “hypocrisy” as she announced she had permanently left the
country. “Should I start with hello, goodbye, or
condolences?” Taekwondo athlete, Kimia Alizadeh, 21, posted
on her Instagram in Farsi, Agence France-Presse reported. Alizadeh did not disclose where she was going,
but Iran’s ISNA news agency reported she had gone to the Netherlands, according to
AFP. The Iranian report quoted Alizadeh’s coach
as saying the athlete was injured and did not show up for trials ahead of the 2020 Summer
Olympics in Tokyo. The Olympian’s announcement came just a
day after Iranian officials admitted to downing a Ukrainian passenger plane, killing 176 people
minutes after takeoff from Tehran’s international airport early Wednesday due to “human error,”
thinking it was a military aircraft. She accused the Iranian government of “lying”
and “injustice” toward Iranian athletes, adding all she wants is “Taekwondo, security
and a happy and healthy life,” according to AFP. Alizadeh won a bronze medal in Taekwondo at
the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. She said she wore everything the government
asked her to wear, referring to the head covering all Iranian female athletes must wear, and
wrote she “repeated everything they told me to say…None of us matter to them.”

Mike Pence STUNS The Nation – End Of An Era


President Donald Trump gave America’s military
the green light last Thursday to take out Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani, a known
terrorist supporter who has killed and help plan attacks that killed thousands of Americans
over the years. After Trump took out one of the world’s
most dangerous men, the media rushed to blame the president and accuse him of committing
war crimes. But Vice President Mike Pence confirmed what
we had suspected: Soleimani was preparing imminent attacks against four United States
embassies in the region when Trump ordered the military to take him out. During an interview with NBC’s Savannah
Guthrie, Pence confirmed that that it was the end of the era created by Obama’s administration,
where the United States stands idly by as Iran attacks us and our allies is over. There is now a price to be paid for being
an anti-American terrorist who murders American soldiers. Pence explained why not all of the intelligence
about Soleimani had been revealed and responded directly to one Republican not happy about
the briefing. “Senator Mike Lee, a Republican, left that
briefing and said it was demeaning and insulting, he said it was the worst briefing he ever
heard and that … he didn’t get the information he needed. Why not in a classified setting can our briefers
from this administration share what it was, this threat that you talk about, in a classified
setting?” Guthrie asked. Pence replied, “Well, some of that has to
do with what’s called sources and methods, Savannah, that … if we were to share all
of the intelligence, and in fact, some of the most compelling evidence that Qasem Soleimani
was preparing an imminent attack against American forces and American personnel also represents
some of the most sensitive intelligence that we have. It could compromise those sources and methods.” Pence sought to reassure viewers. “I can assure your viewers that those of
us that have seen all the evidence, that saw the evidence in realtime know that President
Trump made the right decision to take Qasem Soleimani off the battlefield,” he added. “America is safer, the world is safer. Now, even after the Iranian response, no American
casualties and Iran is standing down.” Pence has a great point: the Iranians, realizing
they would have been decimated in any war with the United States, appear to have intentionally
not killed any Americans in “retaliatory” missile strikes. While Democrats and liberals are rushing to
defend the Iranian terrorists — top military officials say Soleimani was planning “imminent
attacks” on Americans that would have most likely killed hundreds. The attacks would have been conducted on American
facilities and workers in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon along with other countries in the region. In fact, an Iranian member of parliament threatened
to launch an attack directly on the White House and Iranian authorities placed an $80
million bounty on assassinating the president. And on the same day drone strikes ordered
by Trump killed two top Iranian military figures in Iraq, what Barack Obama was spotted doing
speaks volumes.

Taiwan 2020 Election: Tsai Ing-wen wins second presidential term


‘S been interpreted as a blow to beijing, as well. It was a landslide victory for Taiwan’s incumbent president. She won re-election. Her party, the dpp won a majority in parliament. On top of that, she broke a record. She won the highest number of votes since the first direct presidential election in Taiwan decades ago. Take a look.>>Triumph in Taiwan for incumbent president in a re-election landslide that seemed unlikely six months ago. The Chinese skeptic president declaring victory winning the highest number of votes since the presidential election in 1996. The results of the election carry an added significance, she says, because they show in our democracy our sovereignty is threatened, Taiwan people will shout our determination back even more loudly. Scenes of jubilation about the president’s supporters. Disappointment for the main rival. The candidate performs greater engagement with beijing and criticized China policy and the economic impact on Taiwan. After they took office in 2016, relations between Taiwan and China deteriorated. Taiwan lost diplomatic ties with a number of foreign governments and China suspended issuing Visas or mainland tourists visiting the island. Thai was down in the polls after her party suffered devastating local election results in 2008. That changed as more and more voters became propelled by the pressure from beijing.>>When we talk about politics, most important issue in Taiwan is the dependency of youification. Beijing by pressuring the world to turn the back on Taiwan, motivates people to return to support her.>>XI jinping declared Taiwan should reunify with China under one country two systems. Something she rejects. In her victory speech, she says I also hope China understands that our democratically elected leader and government will not concede to beijing’s threats. Last year as China flexed its muscle sending the aircraft carrier through the Taiwan straight, she employed her own form of soft power. Using an may-style imagery. A pair of cat ears in campaign posters, and putting her own beloved pet front and center.>>Not just the cat pictures or but her willingness to appear on YouTube shows with younger voters and show she’s trying to make a concerted effort to connect with the youth. Her passing of same-sex marriage in Taiwan helped with the info.>>She has been described as the iron cat lady but, Alisyn, make no mistake, she’s a former academic. She’s a tough, highly experienced tech karat who is

Appeals Court Blocks Trump Administration From Enforcing Sensible ‘Public Charge’ Immigration Rule


A clearly activist court has refused to set
aside an injunction that blocks the administration from enforcing a very sensible rule that withholds
green cards from immigrants who would likely need government assistance to survive in this
country, as Reuters reports: “A federal appeals court on Wednesday refused
to set aside an injunction blocking the Trump administration from enforcing a rule that
would withhold green cards from immigrants likely to require government assistance such
as Medicaid or food stamps. In a brief order, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court
of Appeals in Manhattan also set an expedited schedule for the White House’s appeal of
a lower court ruling against the rule, with legal papers to be submitted by Feb. 14 and
oral arguments to be held soon afterward. The “public charge” rule unveiled last
year would make it harder for immigrants who are poor or need government help to secure
residency and stay in the country. Critics have said the rule would keep out
disproportionately large numbers of people from Latin American, African and Asian countries. Neither the Department of Justice nor the
Department of Homeland Security responded to requests for comment. The rule had been challenged in this case
by New York state, New York City, Connecticut, Vermont and several nonprofits. President Donald Trump has made immigration
a centerpiece of his administration and 2020 re-election campaign, and the public charge
rule has been among the Republican’s signature policies to curtail immigration. Several other lawsuits challenging the rule
are pending around the country. Two other federal appeals courts previously
ruled for the administration by staying nationwide injunctions ordered by lower courts, while
a third appeals court let stand an injunction covering Illinois. Because the New York case also involved a
nationwide injunction, Wednesday’s order means the rule cannot be enforced anywhere. When U.S. District Judge George Daniels in
Manhattan ordered an injunction on Oct. 11, he called the rule “repugnant to the American
Dream” and a “policy of exclusion in search of a justification.” The case is New York et al v U.S. Department
of Homeland Security et al, 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, No. 19-3591.” We disagree with this ruling and believe it
will ultimately be overturned at the Supreme Court, as so many anti-Trump activist rulings
have been.

Omar Laughs, Smirks While Lawmaker Details Deaths Of American Soldiers


Radical Muslim Rep. Ilhan Omar came under
heavy fire this week after she was seen on camera laughing and smirking while her colleague
detailed the deaths of American soldiers. Omar, one of the members of the so-called
“Squad,” was seen laughing and joking around during a House Progressive Caucus press conference
about Iran at the same time Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee was talking about U.S. casualties in Iraq. “I’m very glad to say that I was part
of the 132 and also the vote for Barbara Lee’s amendment, but I think that the point of that
is that that is the same war that we’re dealing with today,” Lee said. “We never solved any problems with AUMF,
we left four thousand plus, maybe even forty four hundred dead, and over sixty thousand
who came back injured in some form and the war never ended,” Lee added. In addition to laughing, at one point, Omar
can be seen talking to Rep. Rashida Tlaib behind her, and appears to be joking and smiling,
even when she turns back towards the camera. Omar also spoke at the press conference, and
wasted little time trying to make the Iran-U.S. conflict all about herself by claiming she’s
suffering from “PTSD.” “I feel ill a little bit, because of everything
that is taking place and I think every time I hear of conversations around war, I find
myself being stricken with PTSD,” Omar said. “And I find peace knowing that I serve with
great advocates for peace and people who have shown courage against war,” Omar added. Jackson Lee is a far-left lawmaker, but even
she treated the issue of the Iraq war with a level a solemnity that apparently Omar was
incapable of. What was Omar even laughing about? Was she laughing about dead Americans? Republicans wasted little time understandably
calling Omar out for her disgusting and disturbing actions. GOP Rapid Response Director Steve Guest tweeted
that Omar’s actions were “Absolutely disgusting.” “I’m so uncomfortable watching this. What is wrong with these people?” tweeted Erielle Davidson, a staff writer for
the Federalist.

TIDES TURNING: Feinstein Rebukes Pelosi’s Impeachment Delay; ‘Send Them Over’


After claiming President Donald Trump is a
national security threat and “must” be impeached to protect the nation, House Speaker Nancy
Pelosi is refusing to transmit the articles of impeachment to the Senate. House Democrats impeached the president almost
one month ago, but Pelosi won’t send the articles to the Senate because she knows Trump will
be fully acquitted. Adding even more hilarity to it all, now top
Senate Democrats are apparently tired of Pelosi’s games and are calling on her to send the articles
to the upper chamber. Bloomberg journalist Laura Litvan reported
on Wednesday that California Democratic Sen. Diane Feinstein is ready to end the delay
of impeachment articles, asking that Pelosi “send them over” soon. “If we’re going to do it, she should send
them over,” Feinstein said. “I don’t see what good delay does.” Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia
echoed a similar tune, saying, “Now that we have John Bolton saying he wants to testify,
she’s accomplished something.” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, speaking
on the Senate floor, criticized House Democrats for “dragging their heels and refusing to
proceed to a Senate trial” and said Pelosi has “no leverage” to influence his chamber’s
trial procedures. “There will be no haggling with the House
over Senate procedures,” McConnell said. “We will not cede our authority “to control
Trump’s impeachment trial, he said. “The Senate is not a creature of the House.” McConnell announced a day earlier that he
has enough Republican votes to set the impeachment trial rules without support from Democrats. A decision on whether to call witnesses won’t
come until after each side presents its case, the majority leader said. “Not all witnesses are people the Democrats
are eager to hear from,” McConnell said. Senate Judiciary Committee Committee Chairman
Lindsey Graham has other ideas, telling Pelosi that if she does not transmit the articles
by the end of the week, the Senate should “take matters in our own hands.” During an interview on Fox News’ “Sunday Morning
Futures,” Graham accused Pelosi of playing political games and trying to exert control
over the Senate trial by keeping it from starting. Graham justified this by claiming Pelosi was
engaging in a “political stunt” by holding off on sending the impeachment articles to
the Senate, weeks after they were approved by a House vote.