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Reps. Ro Khanna and Matt Gaetz Unveil Bipartisan Measure to Block Trump From Striking Iran Without Congressional Approval

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Democratic Rep. Ro Khanna and Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz have teamed up to introduce an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that would block funds for U.S. military action against Iran without Congressional approval.

Rep. Gaetz has been a strong Trump ally, but also a vocal critic of needless wars.

“This amendment affirms what President Trump knows and believes: unfocused, unconstitutional, unending wars in the Middle East make America weaker, not stronger,” Gaetz said in a statement. “Iran must be prevented from obtaining a nuclear weapon and threatening international peace, but Congress must resolve to ensure that any military action is carried out constitutionally.”

Rep. Khanna pointed out in his statement that President Trump campaigned on ending wars — but has hired some of the most hawkish neocons in DC.

“Last week, we watched President Trump come within minutes of striking Iran and involving the United States in yet another trillion-dollar war in the Middle East,” Khanna said in a statement. “President Trump campaigned on ending costly wars overseas but given the advisors he chose and his recent risky actions, he is not living up to that promise.”

President Trump has stated that he does not believe he needs Congressional approval to start a war, a sentiment that has worried many lawmakers on both sides of the aisle.

“Any attack by Iran on anything American will be met with great and overwhelming force. In some areas, overwhelming will mean obliteration,” Trump tweeted on Tuesday.

The Hill reports that the amendment has been co-sponsored by House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith (D-Wash.), House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) and Reps. Jim Himes (D-Conn.), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), Anthony Brown (D-Md.), Deb Haaland (D-N.M.), Jim McGovern (D-Mass.), Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.), Andy Levin (D-Mich.), Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.), Jason Crow (D-Colo.), Elissa Slotkin (D-Mich.), John Garamendi (D-Calif.), Ruben Gallego (D-Ariz.) and Seth Moulton (D-Mass.).

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said that he is open to voting on a similar bipartisan bill in the Senate.

“We’re not opposed to having the vote and we’re working on having that vote, passing NDAA and doing the supplemental [border spending bill], all this week,” McConnell told reporters.

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Communist Hammer and Sickle Painted on North Carolina WWII Memorial

The names on the memorial “are veterans and deserve the honor, respect, and dignity.”

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The Communist hammer and sickle symbol was spray painted on a North Carolina World War II Memorial over the weekend.

The memorial in the Evergreen Cemetery in Charlotte honors over 500 people from the county who died in the war.

The vandals also wrote “Glory to the day of heroism June 19, 1986,” a likely reference to the violent Communist Party of Peru.

“On June 18, 1986, the Shining Path began to protest the Peruvian government’s use of torture on its members and their movement to different prisons,” the Pittsburgh Post Gazette reported when another statue was vandalized with the same message in May. “Although the Peruvian government at first tried to negotiate with the Shining Path, the members refused, he said, and the government sent troops into the prisons the next day — bombing two facilities and executing inmates who were in the Shining Path.”

Over 200 people were killed.

“That day immediately began to be called ‘The Day of Heroism.’”

Fox News reports that a portion of the WWII monument that read, “Dedicated to the memory of the Mecklenburg heroes of World War II who made the supreme sacrifice that you might live in liberty, freedom and peace,” was also covered in yellow paint.

Air Force veteran Wayne White gathered friends to help clean the memorial after seeing that it was defaced on social media. He told Fox 17 that the names on the memorial “are veterans and deserve the honor, respect, and dignity.”

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BREAKING: Portland Militants Attempting to Set Up New ‘Autonomous Zone’ After Seattle Version Overtaken By ‘Warlord’

One of the Seattle leaders has already been accused of sexual assault.

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Militant leftists in Portland are now attempting to set up their own “autonomous zone,” free of police, after the Seattle version was overtaken by an armed “warlord” just one day in.

One of the leaders of the Seattle version has also already been accused of sexual assault and threatened to commit suicide after admitting that they are a “serial abuser.”

The Portland militants began setting up their “autonomous zone” late Wednesday evening using barbed wire fences. Apparently, walls and fences are no longer racist.

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Portland Police have been attempting to discourage the construction, but were being ignored as of 11:30 p.m. local time.

“PPB says there’s criminal activity occurring in crowd, tells nonviolent demonstrator to leave. They sound not pleased by the new fence!” Portland Mercury reporter Blair Stenvick tweeted.

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In Seattle, six square blocks surrounding the abandoned Seattle Police Department East Precinct have been under the control of militant leftists for several days. Within the first 24 hours, an armed Airbnb Superhost named Raz Simone took control of security operations and has been accused of using violence in multiple livestreamed incidents. He has been accused of running the area like a “warlord.”

“While Washington is an open carry state, there is no legal right for those arms to be used intimidate community members,” Seattle Assistant Police Chief Deanna Nolette told KOMO News.

There are also allegations that Simone’s team have been extorting local businesses in the area, demanding $500 protection fees.

“We have heard anecdotally of citizens and businesses being asked to pay a fee to operate within this area, this is crime of extortion,” Nolette said.

Simone has denied the allegations saying there’s “definitely no extortion, definitely nothing of that,” adding, “we’ve invited people to come in.”

The chaos caused by the autonomous zone has impacted how police can respond to calls in the city.

“Right now, we are on priority calls only, which means the people, city wide who need a police response are not receiving it,” Nolette said. “That to us is just not acceptable.”

The “warlord” isn’t their only problem, Nationalist Review reports that according to at least two exes and one current partner, the “trans lesbian” leader of the autonomous zone has repeatedly abused the women that they’ve been with.

One of the leader’s previous partners wrote, “I’m her ex. Even if she isn’t doing it consciously, she has done things like this on multiple occasions, including assaulting [people], and, despite acknowledging she’s in the wrong, has refused treatment. She has threatened suicide numerous times. She’s not being gaslit.”

Another former partner explained that just recently the leader had physically and sexually assaulted them, saying “You punched me in the f***ing face a few days before you shoved me off the bed for making a sh*t joke. I constantly push your hands away and tell you to stop touching my chest. One time I told you to stop and you cried and got all depressive.”

There are also reports that they are running out of food and having problems with theft, leading to them seeking more security.

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Confederate Soldier Statue Takes Out Vandal Trying to Topple It

The lawless mobs have faced seemingly zero consequences for their actions, until Wednesday night, when the statue won.

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A vandal has been critically injured after a group of criminals attempted to illegally topple a confederate statue in Virginia.

The vandals were trying to tear down two statues in Portsmouth, Virginia, when one of them fell directly on one of their accomplices.

“We could see that his skull was actually showing,” one witness said.

Ironically, the police were called to the scene for help by the anti-cop militants.

The vandal reportedly lost consciousness and began convulsing on the ground.

Rioters and vandals have been destroying historic statues in cities across the US in recent days. Earlier on Wednesday, a statue of Christopher Columbus was beheaded. The day before, rioters in Virginia pulled down another Columbus statue and threw it in a lake.

The lawless mobs have faced seemingly zero consequences for their actions, until Wednesday night, when the statue won.

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