AG Barr: NYC, Seattle, and Portland, Oregon Are “Permitting Anarchy”

Attorney General William Barr said in a statement that New York City, Seattle, and Portland, Oregon are jurisdictions “permitting violence and destruction of property” and are subject to funding cuts per an executive order from President Donald Trump to slash the budgets of cities “permitting anarchy.” The news release cites the decision by New York and Seattle lawmakers to cut police department budgets and the existence of the Capitol Hill Occupied Protest (CHOP) in Seattle, a self-declared autonomous zone that police cleared of protesters in July. read more

Nancy Pelosi: Despicable William Barr Was “Like a Blob”

When the Democrats took back the House in 2018, they promised that they would hold the Trump administration accountable for their actions. This promise was on full display on Tuesday when the House Judiciary Committee called William Barr to testify.

The Attorney General spent much of his time squirming. He was rude and combative and did little to answer any of the questions being asked of him. When asked about his performance by MSNBC’s Ari Melber, Nancy Pelosi described it as “despicable.”

The bad feelings between the two started back on July 17th. Barr took issue with the Speaker referring to the federal agents deployed to Seattle and Portland as stormtroopers. She tweeted:

“Unidentified stormtroopers. Unmarked cars. Kidnapping protesters and causing severe injuries in response to graffiti. These are not the actions of a democratic republic. The Department of Homeland Security’s actions in Portland undermine its mission. Trump & his stormtroopers must be stopped.”

Unidentified stormtroopers. Unmarked cars. Kidnapping protesters and causing severe injuries in response to graffiti.

These are not the actions of a democratic republic.@DHSgov’s actions in Portland undermine its mission.

Trump & his stormtroopers must be stopped. read more

WATCH: Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal Tears Into William Barr

William Barr makes a lot of controversial decisions, but he is not frequently challenged on them. The Attorney General, like others in the Trump administration, tends to appear mostly on friendly news channels like Fox News.

That changed on Tuesday when Barr was called to testify before the House Judiciary Committee. The Attorney General faced tough questions from multiple Reps., but the fiercest interrogator was Washington’s Pramila Jayapal.

Jayapal serves Washington’s 7th District which includes Seattle. Barr’s Justice Department has sent federal agents to Seattle in hope to quell the nightly social justice protests.

The congresswoman took issue with Barr sending troops to her city, but doing nothing when armed militias stormed the Michigan Capitol.

Jayapal said to Barr:

“When white men with swastikas storm a government building with guns, there is no need for the president to ‘activate’ you, because they’re getting the president’s personal agenda done. But when black people and people of color protest police brutality, systemic racism, and the president’s very own lack of response to those critical issues, then you forcibly remove them with armed federal officers [and] pepper bombs because they are considered terrorists by the president.”

The exchange quickly went viral on Twitter with Progressives happy to see a lawmaker go head to head with the Attorney General.

The Washington Rep. had another viral moment when Arizona congresswoman Debbie Lesko repeatedly butchered her name. She shouted to Lesko, “It’s Jayapal. If you’re going to say my name, please say it right. It’s Jayapal.”

After @RepDLesko repeatedly mispronounces Rep. Pramila Jayapal's name during the Barr hearing:@RepJayapal: It's Jayapal. If you're going to say my name, please say it right. It's Jayapal.

Brown women everywhere: pic.twitter.com/R1okLn0wpd read more

Opinion: It is a bad sign that a judge had to rule that Trump’s thugs cannot punish journalists

It is beyond refute that Trump will kill American citizens to further his chance at being re-elected. And when he can’t kill Americans, like his hero Adolf Hitler he dispatches Brownshirts to commit extrajudicial punishments like all of the tyrannical despots he emulates.

If any American needed to understand how horribly Trump is decimating Americans’ liberty, and the Constitution they believe guarantees certain freedoms, a judge’s decision issued on Thursday past should clarify just how perverse America is under a tyrant.

A District Court Judge issued a restraining order on Thursday “

to protect journalists from being forced out, arrested, or threatened when attempting to film read more