Grind for November 6th
“A computer once beat me at chess, but it was no match for me at kickboxing.”
– Emo Philips
ISIS chooses a new leader after confirming death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
The Islamic State announced its new leader this week, promoting Abu Ibrahim al-Hashemi al-Qurashi to “caliph” following the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
Baghdadi emerged as the leader of ISIS is 2014, when the group controlled large regions of Syria and Iraq. He was killed October 27th during a James Bond-style mission to infiltrate his compound in northwest Syria. Up to 70 US troops participated in the raid, which resulted in the death of Baghdadi (by suicide) and three of his children.
ISIS also confirmed the death of Abu al-Hasan al-Muhajir, a candidate for caliph who was assassinated during a separate mission the same day Baghdadi was killed.
The new caliph, Hashemi, is reportedly a veteran jihadist fighter who has engaged in battles with Western forces. ISIS claims he is a direct descendant from the Prophet Muhammad Quraysh tribe – a typical qualifier for leadership of a caliphate.
Officials suspect he is hiding his true name.
ISIS was largely defeated in March, but the declaration of a new leader suggests the group is alive and well. Estimates suggest there are between 14,000 and 18,000 ISIS militants living in Iraq and Syria, including up to 3,000 recruits from other countries.
Democrats formalize impeachment inquiry
House lawmakers this week approved a resolution to formalize the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump. The vote was 232-196, with only 2 Democrats voting against (Jeff Van Drew of New Jersey and Collin Peterson on Minnesota).
Every single Republican voted against the resolution.
“It’s a sad day because nobody comes to Congress to impeach a president of the United States,” said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. “We come here to do the work, make the future better for our children, for America’s future. We take an oath to protect and defend the Constitution, and that’s what we cannot ignore and will not ignore when the president’s behavior indicates…that inquiry is necessary.
Pelosi warned lawmakers against impeachment talk for months before Trump’s controversial phone call to the Ukrainian President was made public.
As I wrote previously, the impeachment resolution gives Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) unprecedented power over the proceedings. He has already used that power to stop witnesses mid-sentence when questioned by Republicans.
As Democrats move forward with unfair impeachment proceedings, there has never been a better time for Republicans to make their voices heard.
Now is the time to show your support for President Trump and Republicans by donating to the NRCC, NRSC, or Trump 2020 campaign before it is too late.
In the words of House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA):
“The House deserves better, the people of this country deserve better. We should be tackling real problems.”
GOOD TO THE LAST DROP:
Did you know… Arizona and Hawaii are now the only states that don’t observe daylight savings time.