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SILENCE: Commission on Presidential Debates to mute mics during final face-off 

Quiet on set…

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President Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden will participate in the second – and final – presidential debate this Thursday at Belmont University in Nashville, TN.  

But, this time, it’s ‘quiet on set.’ 

The Commission on Presidential Debates announced Monday that both candidates will have their microphones muted when it’s not their turn to speak, a rule created to avoid the interruptions and crosstalk seen during the first face-off, according to the New York Times. 

The commission noted that both campaigns may not be thrilled with the new format. 

“We realize, after discussions with both campaigns, that neither campaign may be totally satisfied with the measures announced today,” the commission said in a statement, the Daily Caller reports. 

“One may think they go too far, and one may think they do not go far enough. We are comfortable that these actions strike the right balance and that they are in the interest of the American people, for whom these debates are held,” the statement continued. 

Like previous debates, each candidate will have two minutes to answer the moderator’s questions, but this time, the opponent’s microphone will be muted, according to the Daily Caller. After each have responded, both microphones will be unmuted so the candidates can engage in free debate. 

But, this new change raises some red flags. 

Granting someone the ability to shut off microphones during the debate is a clear demonstration of the commission’s partiality to the Biden campaign in a ploy to protect the vice president – who can’t seem to handle being interrupted.

The change in format also comes after the debate moderator, Kristen Welker, released the topics: fighting COVID-19, American Families, Race in America, Climate Change, National Security and Leadership. 

Though all worthy of discussion, only a few of them touch on foreign policy, which has always been the main focus of the final debate. 

Did the commission recalibrate the topics to protect Joe Biden amidst the fresh scandal involving him and his son, Hunter? 

It seems that way. 

In a letter to the commission, Bill Stepien – Trump’s campaign manager – expressed his utmost concern regarding these seemingly biased changes. 

“We understand that Joe Biden is desperate to avoid conversations about his own foreign policy record…New information recently revealed indicates that Biden himself was mentioned as a financial beneficiary of a deal arranged by his son Hunter and a communist Chinese-related energy company,” he said. 

“If a major party candidate for President of the United States is compromised by the Communist Party of China, that is something Americans deserve to hear about, but it is not surprising that Biden would want to avoid it,” he said.  

“Sadly, this is not the first time the Commission has ceded to the wishes of the Biden campaign,” he added.

Stepien also said in a statement that the president will question Biden about his son Hunter and his business dealings with Ukraine and China. 

“If the media won’t ask Joe Biden these questions, the President will, and there will be no escape for Biden,” Stepien said.

So, let’s get this straight. 

The commission first switched the topics to stray away from foreign policy and now will mute the mics – both of which will ultimately benefit one candidate and one candidate only: Joe Biden. 

On the topic of silence, let’s discuss just how silenced President Trump actually is. 

According to a study by the Media Research Center, President Trump has been censored by Facebook and Twitter a whopping 65 times since May of 2018. 

To no surprise, Joe Biden has free reign. 

“Big tech has caused serious damage to President Donald Trump’s ability to be heard on social media, MCR analysts Corinne Weaver and Alec Schemmel wrote. 

“Twitter and Facebook have censored the president’s social media accounts and the accounts belonging to his re-election campaign at least 65 times,” they added. “In contrast, the companies have not censored…Joe Biden and his campaign accounts at all.” 

One question remains, how far will the silencing go until it’s deemed too far? 

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Obtained Emails on Election Night Heighten Georgia’s Mysterious Ballot-Counting

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Just the News has obtained internal emails from election workers in Georgia’s Fulton County has increased confusion and mystery regarding the November presidential elections. As a reminder, Just the News writes, “Uncertainty arose regarding the ballot processing operation at Fulton County’s State Farm Arena on and after Election Night, when ballot-scanning apparently continued even after most election workers had reportedly been sent home.”

Affidavits from Election Night poll workers state they were directed by officials to stop working around 10:30 pm on November 3rd, and return at 8:30 am the next day. Multiple local and national media outlets reported absentee ballot counting stopped around 10:30 pm and cited county spokeswoman Regina Waller.

In truth, counting at the State Farm Arena continued past 10:30 pm. Waller herself told JTN in December that contrary to media reports, many citing her, that she had “stated to all media…that although several workers were released to go home, a small team remained behind to assist with scanning ballots.”

Through an open records request, JTN obtained a few suspect emails, in which Waller does in fact state counting ended at around 10:30 pm. The email, timestamped at 10:22 pm on Nov. 3, addressed to several county officials as well as State Farm Arena spokesman Garin Narain stated, “the workers in the Absentee Ballot Processing area will get started again at 8 am tomorrow.”

When reached for comment via email, Waller only stated the email “was in response to a question received asking when all workers would return” but did not respond to a request to see the original email to which she was responding. So then why did she keep a “small” team behind?

Another email from Fulton County Interagency Affairs Manager Fran Phillips-Calhoun timestamped at 11:15 pm that same night, almost an hour after Waller said counting stopped, Phillips-Calhoun’s email may suggest otherwise. “FYI-[the Secretary of State’s office] just sort of threw the team under the bus stating that ‘we had a great day, but we decided to throw in the towel for the night even though the public is waiting…’ on the results.”

Phillips-Calhoun’s email was sent to Waller and several other county staffers. Phillips-Calhoun did not respond to requests for comment, nor did the message specify which statement from the Secretary of State’s office she was referring to.

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Pro-Trump super PAC rebrands to ‘stop Joe’s corruption, socialist agenda, liberalism’

It’s new name? Committee to Defeat the President. 

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A super PAC that heavily supported President Trump during the 2020 presidential campaign is changing its direction to focus on the new administration. 

The Committee to Defend the President officially rebranded itself on Wednesday as Joe Biden takes office. Its mission is now aimed at taking down the incoming democrat. 

It’s new name? Committee to Defeat the President. 

During the 2020 campaign cycle, the PAC reportedly raised more than $16 million to support Trump and his “America First policy agenda, BizPacReview reports. The group will now focus on “undermining” Biden’s agenda. 

“NEW NAME. SAME MISSION. KEEP AMERICA GREAT & STOP JOE’s Corruption…Socialist Agenda…Liberalism,” the website says. 

The committee told Fox News it plans to match its 2020 fundraising during the 2022 election cycle, and pledges a seven-figure investment “to expose the Biden-Harris administration and other Democrats for their left-wing politics.” 

The group will push new ads, opposition research, social media engagement, and “other innovative tactics.” 

The PAC’s “new mission is to save Americans from the radical, dangerous policies of the Biden-Harris administration,” Ted Harvey, the group’s chairman, said. 

“Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will work around the clock to reverse the unprecedented progress of the Trump presidency,” Harvey added. 

“From day one, we simply cannot let that happen. It is our patriotic duty to work around the clock and stop them – before the damage done to America becomes irreversible,” he said. 

But, this isn’t the first time the PAC has switched gears. 

Founded in 2013, it was originally called the Stop Hillary Pac, according to BizPacReview. 

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