Republicans Question John Kerry's Reported 'Catastrophic and Disqualifying Recklessness' over Leaked Audiotape with Iranian Foreign Minister

“You don’t want your climate envoy undermining your closest ally in the region,” added Sen. Todd Young (R-IN). “Hopefully he’ll be explaining himself soon.”“It’s unfathomable that any U.S. diplomat, past or present, would leak intelligence to the world’s leading sponsors of terrorism at the expense of one of our staunchest allies,” exclaimed Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI). Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) said, “Biden should revoke Kerry’s access to classified information while the matter is looked into,” Politico reported. John Kerry defended himself on Twitter Monday night, “I can tell you that this story and these allegations are unequivocally false. This never happened – either when I was Secretary of State or since.” The reported leaked communication primarily focuses on “Zarif’s description of his rivalry with the influential and widely revered Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani, the late commander of the Guards’ elite Quds Force who the U.S. killed in early 2020,” Breitbart News reported. When the State Department was asked about the alleged conversations between Kerry and Zarif, spokesperson Ned Price declined to comment on the authenticity and accuracy of the Iranian official’s claims. “It was former U.S. Foreign Secretary John Kerry who told me Israel had launched more than 200 attacks on Iranian forces in Syria,”

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Gavin Newsom to 'Halt Issuance of Fracking Permits by 2024' Because 'Climate Crisis Is Real'

Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) announced Friday California will “end oil extraction as part of a nation-leading effort to achieve carbon neutrality.” As a result, the statement said, the “Action will halt issuance of fracking permits by 2024.” The Governor also requested the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to “analyze pathways to phase out oil extraction across the state by no later than 2045” in accordance with California’s “multi-year program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in California.” Governor Newsom commented: The climate crisis is real, and we continue to see the signs every day. As we move to swiftly decarbonize our transportation sector and create a healthier future for our children, I’ve made it clear I don’t see a role for fracking in that future and, similarly, believe that California needs to move beyond oil. Breitbart News’s Joel B. Pollak wrote Friday the order bows “to pressure from environmental groups who are opposed to fossil fuel development.” Fracking, however, “is a process in which fluid is injected deep into the rock formations to shake loose oil and gas from deposits that are typically harder to reach using traditional drilling,” Pollak continued. “It has helped the U.S. become the world’s

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Arizona Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick Announces Retirement in Competitive District Bordering Mexico

Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (D-AZ) will not campaign for a sixth term in office, leaving an opportunity for Republicans to retake the seat that currently represents Tucson and Cochise County on the U.S.-Mexico border, one of the most historically contested districts. “Serving Arizonans has been my absolute honor and joy, but after much consideration, I have decided not to seek re-election in 2022. I will continue the good fight through this Congress, and when the term is up, I will hand over the baton,” she said in a statement today. Kirkpatrick’s retirement comes as Arizona will be redistricted ahead of the midterm elections in 2022, according to the Arizona Republic. “I’ve been in public service for 18 years and I’ve always been a proponent of term limits and … I’m sort of term-limiting myself,” Kirkpatrick said. “It’s time to pass along the torch, the baton, and let somebody else take over. Plus, quite honestly, there’s a personal interest. I have three grandsons,” noting she and her husband “would just like to be available to them, spend more time with them.” Mounting a 2016 Senate bid against former Sen. John McCain in his final election, Kirkpatrick lost by 13 points. She then attempted to

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WarnerMedia CEO Jason Kilar & CNN Parent Company Apologize for Saying Coronavirus ‘Really Good for Ratings’

WarnerMedia CEO Jason Kilar apologized for saying coronavirus is “really good for [CNN] ratings” during the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media and Telecom Conference. WarnerMedia is the parent company of CNN. “It turns out that pandemic is a pretty big part of the news cycle, and that’s not going away anytime soon,” Kilar said, noting that things are different these days “from a political drama perspective,” but fortunately for CNN and WarnerMedia they still have the deadly virus to fall back on. He went on: If you take a look at the ratings and the performance, it’s going well. And I think it’s going well because, A, the team at CNN is doing a fantastic job. And B, it turns out that the pandemic and the way that we can help inform and contextualize the pandemic, it turns out it’s really good for ratings. The comments were first reported by Wall Street Journal media correspondent Joe Flint. “It turns out the pandemic is a pretty big part of the news cycle and that’s not going away any time soon…It turns out it’s really good for ratings.” Jason Kilar on post-Trump CNN. Careful. That’s awful close to Moonves line that Trump may be bad for U.S. but he’s good for

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CPAC Myth Buster: 0.0004 Percent Chance of Being Shot by Police

Former New York Police Department (NYPD) Detective Rob O’Donnell was interviewed on a panel moderated by Matt Boyle, Washington Political Editor for Breitbart News Network, about police data and anti-police rhetoric. Boyle asked O’Donnell if he could debunk the “defund the police narrative.” O’Donnell provided the following myth-busting data points in response to the habitual framing of police brutality: Police use deadly force under 1,000 times out of 30 million violent felony criminal contacts per year. That’s a 0.0004 percent chance of being shot by the police. In America, “you are more likely to be struck by lightning than to be shot by police.” The NYPD in 2019, with 35,000 officers only fired their weapons in the line of duty 34 times. The Chicago Police Department, with 13,000 officers, only fired their weapons in the line of duty 34 times, and the Baltimore Police Department only fired their weapons in the line of duty four times. O’Donnell accused politicians of playing a “shell game” by distracting the voters’ attention to false policing narratives while failing voters in “education, infrastructure, and transportation.” O’Donnell noted that by defunding the police, “politicians will not decrease your taxes” but relocate the money to different areas. And when crime goes

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