Saturday, December 15, 2018

By National Review, Dec. 13, 2018

Remember when Michael Avenatti was the Democrats’ big hope for 2020? He wasn’t just that, though. Parachuting in to launch his presidential campaign to the DNC’s “Ethnic Council” and its black caucus in Chicago in August, he enthusiastically adopted the party’s guiltspeak. “People that look like me, white men, we need to stand up,” he told his minority audience, exactly the kind of cost-free identity-politics self-castigation without which no Democrat can hope to rise very far. In the same month, Avenatti spoke at the “Democratic Wing Ding” dinner in Iowa and announced plans to visit at least 20 more states.

By Washington Times, Dec. 13, 2018

The Democratic Party can count on plenty of Hollywood cash from women in 2020 if it turns to Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke, Sen. Kamala Harris or Oprah Winfrey.

A survey of The Hollywood Reporter’s annual “Women in Entertainment Power 100” found a lot of love for the man who failed to vanquish Sen. Ted Cruz during the midterm elections, along with the former California attorney general.

By Washington Examiner, Dec. 13, 2018

The Supreme Court’s recent reluctance to hear cases involving controversial issues is likely to come to an end in 2019, as a number of high-profile cases are knocking on the bronze doors of the nation’s highest court.

So far this term, the court, after the bruising battle over Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation, has spurned cases that touch on hot-button issues, turning down appeals from two states involving Medicaid funding for Planned Parenthood.

By Fee, Dec. 14, 2018

The world is in the middle of a dramatic demographic transition caused by increasing lifespans and falling birthrates.

One consequence of this change is that traditional tax-and-transfer, pay-as-you-go retirement schemes (such as Social Security in the United States) are basically bankrupt.

By Town Hall, Dec. 14, 2018

He may have been part of the Gang of Eight, but Sen. Lindsey Graham’s (R-SC) transformation under the Trump White House has been…tremendous. He’s a fighter for the Trump agenda. He’s bashing Democrats harder than ever before. Does anyone remember when he torched the Left for trying to clip Judge Brett Kavanaugh? And rightfully so, Democrats tried to peddle sexual misconduct claims based on bogus evidence to derail a Supreme Court nomination.

By Bongino, Dec. 14, 2018

Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office has turned over key documents in the Michael Flynn case.

Fox News reports:

The documents – some of which are heavily redacted — were released in response to U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan ordering prosecutors to hand over the government’s files and “memoranda” related to the FBI’s questioning of Flynn by Friday afternoon.

By Sara A. Carter, Dec. 14, 2018

The Special Counsel’s Office released key documents related to former National Security Advisor Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn Friday. Robert Mueller’s office had until 3 p.m. to get the documents to Judge Emmet Sullivan, who demanded information Wednesday after bombshell information surfaced in a memorandum submitted by Flynn’s attorney’s that led to serious concerns regarding the FBI’s initial questioning of the retired three-star general.

The highly redacted documents included notes from former Deputy Director Andrew McCabe regarding his conversation with Flynn about arranging the interview with the FBI. The initial interview took place at the White House on Jan. 24, 2017.

By Daily Mail., Dec. 14, 2018

Pro-Leave demonstrators donning yellow vests took over three bridges in central London today as they demanded Britain's exit from the EU. 
Campaigners chanting 'Brexit now' stopped cars from crossing Westminster Bridge, Tower Bridge and then Waterloo Bridge as Theresa May held crunch talks with EU leaders in Brussels.

About 60 people wearing yellow vests similar to those worn during protests in France gathered by the Houses of Parliament at noon to first occupy Westminster Bridge.

By Axios., Dec. 14, 2018

Vice President Mike Pence and National Security Adviser John Bolton led a classified meeting Friday with top national security and military officials at the White House to simulate how to "deter and defeat" the "increasingly concerning threats" posed by U.S. adversaries in space, a White House official told Axios.

Why it matters: The meeting gives us a preview into who will be the leading voices on the president's Space Force, which hasn't been formally established yet.

By Town Hall, Dec. 14, 2018

We’ve written how Venezuela is a socialist hellhole. The people are starving. It’s got to the point where people were eating out of garbage cans and breaking into zoos for meat. Pets are being eaten. Children are resorting to prostitution for food. Medical supplies are dangerously low. It’s to the point where a couple of years ago, there were reports that hospitals were operating under 19th-century conditions. Of course, looting is rampant, crime is up, and to prevent the appearance of the country falling apart, there’s a new food police unit: it’s illegal to wait in line for the supermarket to open. With the country in an economic spiral downward, inflation has gone through the roof. The nation is a mess. You already know this.

By SacBee, Dec. 14, 2018

A misconduct claim naming one of Kamala Harris’ top deputies arrived at the California Department of Justice three months before Harris left the attorney general’s office in early 2017.

The Democratic senator has said she had no knowledge of the discrimination and retaliation complaint involving Larry Wallace, a longtime aide and one of her closest professional confidantes, before The Bee inquired about it last week. A lawsuit by Wallace’s former executive assistant against the department, which ultimately settled for $400,000, was filed just days before Harris was sworn into the U.S. Senate.

By CA Political Review, Dec. 14, 2018

In September, when the FBI released national crime statistics for 2017 that showed San Francisco had the highest rate of property crimes per capita of any of the 20 largest U.S. cities, officials were quick to say the problem was getting better.
Last year saw about 54,000 property crimes in the city – about 150 car break-ins, burglaries and thefts a day. But the San Francisco Police Department depicted the city as having turned the corner on the problem, using better coordinated responses to cut car break-ins by 14 percent. They said the criminal gangs who were behind most of the break-ins were less active.

Yet a San Francisco Chronicle story printed earlier this month suggests that police have exaggerated their progress.

By Denver Post, Dec. 14, 2018

WASHINGTON — A conservative federal judge in Texas on Friday ruled the Affordable Care Act “invalid” on the eve of the sign-up deadline for next year. But with appeals certain, even the Trump White House said the law will remain in place for now.

In a 55-page opinion, U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor ruled that last year’s tax cut bill knocked the constitutional foundation from under “Obamacare” by eliminating a penalty for not having coverage. The rest of the law cannot be separated from that provision and is therefore invalid, he wrote.

By KTXS, Dec. 14, 2018

Donald Trump directed Michael Cohen to arrange hush-money payments with two women because then-candidate Trump “was very concerned about how this would affect the election” if their allegations of affairs became public, the president’s former personal attorney said in an exclusive interview with ABC News.

Cohen’s comments are his first since being sentenced earlier this week to three years in federal prison for financial crimes, lying to Congress and two campaign finance violations in connection with the deals with the women, Karen McDougal and Stormy Daniels, who claim past affairs with Trump.

By AP News, Dec. 14, 2018

PARIS (AP) — French President Emanuel Macron called Friday for calm as authorities prepared to deploy armored vehicles and thousands of security forces for a possible fifth-straight weekend of violent protests on the streets of Paris.

The “yellow vest” movement, which began its demonstrations Nov. 17 initially to protest an increase in fuel taxes, soon morphed into an expression of rage about the high cost of living in France and a sense that Macron’s government is detached from the everyday struggles of workers.

By CBS News, Dec. 12, 2018

STOCKTON (CBS13) — A special letter mail carriers are delivering to hundreds of homes in Stockton will hopefully bring a little financial relief in the New Year.

The money is part of the city’s basic income pilot program. Stockton is the first city in the country to launch it

By Idaho Statesman, Dec. 14, 2018

PARIS A ceremony has taken place at a Jewish cemetery in eastern France where 37 gravestones and a monument to Holocaust victims were sprayed with anti-Semitic graffiti.

Interior minister Christophe Castaner was among the participants at the Herrlisheim cemetery, near the French city of Strasbourg, for Friday's event to denounce anti-Semitism and remember Holocaust victims.

By SF Gate, Dec. 14, 2018

As legacy news companies suffered tremors over the past decade, money from venture capitalists poured into upstarts that promised to leverage a keener understanding online reading habits to create a giant-killing class of new media ventures.

Today, the money is starting to dry up. Big ambitions have been downsized. And the tremors that continue to shake many newspapers are now moving through new-media companies.

By Tsarizm, Dec. 14, 2018

Russia has decided to develop a long-term military presence in the Caribbean in conjunction with the socialist nation of Venezuela, on one of its islands in the Caribbean Sea. The move seems to be a response to the Trump administration’s decision to pull out of the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty. The recent flights of Russian Tu-160 long-range nuclear bombers are part of this effort.

By USA Today, Dec. 13, 2018

Cybill Shepherd says her eponymous mid-1990s sitcom "Cybill" might have gone on for another five seasons had she not rejected the sexual advances of disgraced CBS chief Les Moonves.

"I didn't fall on the right side of Les," she told SiriusXM host Michelle Collins in an interview that aired Thursday. "And I wasn't going to fall at all for Les."

Friday, December 14, 2018

By The Hill, Dec. 13, 2018

Last year marked a record-high for gun-related deaths in the U.S. in nearly four decades, according to new data released from Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention's WONDER database.

Nearly 40,000 people were killed by guns last year, according to the data.

The 39,773 recorded deaths from firearms marked an increase of more than 10,000 compared to the 28,874 deaths recorded in 1999.

By Times Of Israel, Dec. 01, 2018

Jewish comedian and actress Amy Schumer stripped down for Annie Leibovitz in a photograph that appears in the latest Pirelli calendar.

How did she describe the photo?

“Beautiful, gross, strong, thin, fat, pretty, ugly, sexy, disgusting, flawless, woman,” she tweeted.

By Yahoo, Dec. 09, 2018

Cyntoia Brown was 16 and a victim of sex trafficking when she was arrested for killing the man who allegedly solicited her for sex, Johnny Allen. In her defense, she says she believed he was reaching for his gun to kill her. However, Tennessee’s Supreme Court clarified an earlier ruling that she must remain in prison for 51 years before she is eligible for release.

The state Supreme Court’s response comes after a lawsuit was filed claiming Brown’s life sentence is unconstitutional based on a previous Supreme Court ruling that said sentencing a minor to a mandatory life sentence was against the Constitution. Only 20 states and the District of Columbia have banned life without parole for minors. Tennessee is not one of those states; there, people convicted of first-degree murder can only be released from prison after serving at least 51 years of their 60-year sentence. A U.S. District Court in Tennessee noted that her sentence was different because she received a “life sentence, not a sentence of life without the possibility of parole.”