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NYPD head shames Ted Cruz in scathing op-ed: We will not intimidate Muslims to appease shrill politicians

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New York City police Commissioner Bill Bratton slammed Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz in a Saturday op-ed in the New York Daily News.

In recent days, Bratton, a life-long police officer and former Los Angeles Police Department chief, has made no secret of his feelings about Texas Sen. Cruz’s proposal to have police “patrol” Muslim neighborhoods in the wake of terrorist attacks in Brussels.

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“We do not ‘patrol and secure’ neighborhoods based on selective enforcement because of race or religion, nor will we use the police and an occupying force to intimidate a populace or a religion to appease the provocative chatter of politicians seeking to exploit fear,” Bratton wrote in the Saturday piece.

He called Cruz’s views on the topic “fiction.”

“[Cruz] tried to depict the demise of the [NYPD Demographics Unit], as other ill-informed observers have done, as a knuckling under to the forces of political correctness rather than the sensible administrative decision that it was,” Bratton wrote. “The fact is that the former administration had allowed the unit to dwindle down to two investigators. Why? Because the work of the unit, which was to map the ethnic makeup of the city to better understand the domain of the New York metropolitan area, was finished. The two remaining detectives simply had little to do.”

Bratton then said Cruz knows “absolutely nothing” about counterterrorism efforts in the city that bore the brunt of the September 11 attacks.

“We have in this city, without a doubt, the most effective and extensive counterterrorism capacity of any city in this country and virtually any city in the world,” he wrote. “Let me count the ways.”

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He then listed five NYPD units staffed by hundreds of officers dedicated to counterterrorism, including the Joint-Terrorism Task Force with the FBI, the NYPD Counterterrorism Bureau and the NYPD Intelligence Bureau.

“Sen. Cruz’s references to the discontinuance of the Demographics Unit shows he has been hoodwinked by a 21st century fairy tale that refuses to die,” Bratton wrote. “He uses it in tandem with his suggestions that the police create a looming presence to intimidate Muslim neighborhoods with a show of force.”

Bratton then pointed out that more than 900 New York police officers are Muslim and many of them are military veterans.

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“Ted Cruz and others seem to be willing to sideline [constitutional] principles because what they stand for shifts with the tide of the campaign and the shrillness of the name-calling,” Bratton wrote. “But as it has been said, when you stand for nothing, you will fall for anything. Sen. Cruz needs to do some homework before he speaks again.”


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GOP ridiculed for hyping Ohio anti-impeachment protest — and only a handful of Trump supporters showed

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The official Twitter of account of the Republican National Committee was buried in mockery after hyping up a video of anti-impeachment protesters in Youngstown, Ohio, where it appears only a handful of people showed up.

According to the tweet, "Ohioans are sick and tired of the Democrats’ impeachment charade. It’s time to STOP THE MADNESS!"

However, in the video from WKBN, which can be seen below, few people chose to show up for the cameras.

As one commenter noted with tongue-in-cheek, "Thought Ohio had a few more people than that."

That was the general consensus in the comments.

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Melania Trump scorched by columnist for standing by president’s Thunberg bullying: ‘Indefensible’

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In a piece for the Washington Post, columnist Karen Tumulty called out first lady Melania Trump for her statement defending her husband's bullying of 16-year-old environmental activist Greta Thunberg in a fit of jealousy after she was selected Time Magazine's Person of the Year.

Responding to a statement from the White House that stated, “BeBest is the First Lady’s initiative, and she will continue to use it to do all she can to help children. It is no secret that the President and First Lady often communicate differently — as most married couples do. Their son is not an activist who travels the globe giving speeches. He is a 13-year-old who wants and deserves privacy,” Tumulty wasn't having it.

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BUSTED: Devin Nunes is hiding how he’s paying for all his frivolous lawsuits — which could land him in more trouble

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On Saturday, the Fresno Bee dived into a lingering question: How does Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) pay for all the lawsuits he is filing against journalists, satirists, and political critics?

"Nunes, R-Tulare, has filed lawsuits against Twitter, anonymous social media users known as Devin Nunes' Cow and Devin Nunes' Mom, a Republican political strategist, media companies, journalists, progressive watchdog groups, a political research firm that worked for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign and a retired farmer in Nunes’ own district," noted the Bee.

These lawsuits were mainly filed in Virginia — a state with very loose laws against so-called "SLAPP suits," or meritless lawsuits intended to drown people in legal expenses in retaliation for expressing political opinions. Nunes was assisted in these suits by Steven Biss, a Virginia attorney, and yet except for the suit against the retired farmer, there is no clear record in Nunes' FEC reports of how he paid for the suits.

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