Friday, September 21, 2018

By McClatchy DC, Sep. 19, 2018

Democrats exulted when U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen announced last year she was retiring. Because the Republican congresswoman’s district leans Democratic, one prominent Washington election watcher immediately labeled the race “lean Democratic.”

No longer.

On the heels of two internal polls Wednesday that showed Democratic nominee Donna Shalala either losing or nearly tied with GOP opponent Maria Elvira Salazar, the Washington non-partisan election handicapper, the Cook Political Report, moved the needle back to the middle to “toss-up.”

By McClatchy DC, Sep. 20, 2018

WASHINGTON - Democrats want to examine President Donald Trump’s tax returns. There’s talk of launching an independent commission into his administration’s handling of the hurricane that wracked Puerto Rico. Progressive activists are ready to start impeachment proceedings.

Get ready. If Democrats take control of a chamber in the November election, expect a flood of hearings, investigations, probes and special commissions starting in January. Democrats on two government watchdog House panels say Republicans have stifled and blocked nearly 75 lines of inquiry into various Trump policies and issues.

By Breitbart., Sep. 19, 2018

O’Rourke’s remarks were made after a black American asked the congressman if he supported illegal aliens being given U.S. citizenship despite breaking the country’s immigration laws. O’Rourke responded by saying that it is illegal aliens who are working at cotton gins today.

The exchange went as follows:

By Sara A. Carter, Sep. 20, 2018

Project Veritas and founder, James O’Keefe have released a third video this week, showing yet another federal worker discussing how they use their taxpayer funded jobs to further the agenda of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) and slow roll President Trump’s agenda.

The undercover report features Government Accountability Office (GAO) auditor and self-proclaimed Communist, Natarajan Subramanian.

By Life News, Sep. 20, 2018

The sexual assault claim made by California psychology professor Christine Blasey Ford against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh continues to unravel.

Ford made the allegations in a letter to pro-abortion Senator Diane Feinstein that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh supposedly sexually assaulted her, she said four people were allegedly at the party where it happened. Kavanaugh and alleged witness Mark Judge both said the sexual assault never took place. And now a third witness also says it never happened.

By The Gateway Pundit, Sep. 20, 2018

Seidman, according to her online bio, helped confirm Obama’s SCOTUS nominee Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court–now she’s working to derail Trump’s SCOTUS pick Brett Kavanaugh–SHOCKER!

Far-left Politico reports:

Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her when they were both teenagers, is being advised by Democratic operative Ricki Seidman.

By Daily Caller, Sep. 20, 2018

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s wife Ashley Estes Kavanaugh has received a battery of death threats in recent days, after allegations appeared in the press that the judge sexually assaulted Christine Blasey Ford in 1982.

The vivid missives are just one iteration of the inflamed rhetoric surrounding Kavanaugh’s nomination to the high court, following Ford’s accusations. The Ford family has similarly been threatened.

By Washington Times, Sep. 20, 2018

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand said Thursday that Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser is being maltreated by Senate Republicans, and she urged women to watch the handling of her sexual assault claim.

The New York Democrat said Republicans in the Senate don’t want to get to the bottom of the allegation, which is why they have not attempted to force the FBI to investigate Christine Blasey Ford’s allegation of a decades-old attempted assault at a high school party.

By Fox News, Sep. 21, 2018

New Jersey Democratic Sen. Cory Booker is facing accusations of hypocrisy over his calls to delay the confirmation vote of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh amid sexual misconduct allegations, as he once admitted groping a friend without her consent in high school.

The senator, who urged the Senate Judiciary Committee to first let the FBI conduct an investigation after California professor Christine Blasey Ford accused the high court nominee of sexual assault over 35 years ago, once wrote an article detailing an instance where he groped a female friend. 

By The Gateway Pundit, Sep. 20, 2018

Accuser Christine Blasey Ford is waging a war on Trump’s SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh with decades-old, unsubstantiated claims of sexual assault in an effort to derail his confirmation to the Supreme Court.

Judge Kavanaugh has categorically denied the allegations and even told Senator Orin Hatch he wasn’t at the party in question.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

By National Review, Sep. 19, 2018

There are very few things I’m sure of in the latest, and worst, chapter in the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation saga.

It’s like a “Choose Your Own Adventure” book in which every chapter ends with a thud at the bottom of an old well or the clanking shut of a dungeon door.

By News Channel, Sep. 19, 2018

Liberal media outlets are using Facebook and other social outlets as a dragnet for other women who might want to accuse embattled Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, proclaiming that “the truth will emerge.”

Journalists and sources for ABC, the Washington Post, PBS and others are targeting sites like Facebook’s members only Holton-Arms alumnae for women who might have met Kavanaugh while in high school, suggesting strongly and without evidence that many others were abused. 

By NY Times, Sep. 18, 2018

WASHINGTON — The woman who has accused President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee of sexual assault all but ruled out appearing at an extraordinary Senate hearing scheduled for next week to hear her allegations, insisting on Tuesday that the F.B.I. investigate first.

Speaking through lawyers, Christine Blasey Ford said she would cooperate with the Senate Judiciary Committee and left open the possibility of testifying later about her allegations against Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh. But echoing Senate Democrats, she said an investigation should be “the first step” before she is put “on national television to relive this traumatic and harrowing incident.”

By the Hill, Sep. 20, 2018

The FBI is once again in the crosshairs of a political controversy gripping Washington.

Democrats are clamoring for the bureau to reopen a background investigation into Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, after an allegation of sexual misconduct surfaced amid his confirmation proceedings.

By News Channel, Sep. 20, 2018

Speaking during an appearance on ‘Today’ on Monday (17.09.18), Sean said: “This is a movement that was largely shouldered by a kind of receptacle of the salacious.

“We don’t know what’s a fact in many of the cases. Salacious is as soon as you call something a movement that is really a series of many individual accusers, victims, accusations, some of which are unfounded. The spirit of much of what has been the #MeToo movement is to divide men and women.

By Edition, Sep. 20, 2018

(CNN)On Tuesday night, the attorney for Christine Blasey Ford, one day after offering to have her client testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee, pulled back the offer and made a demand --the FBI must investigate before her client will testify.

The lawyer's letter, bizarrely, stated that "crucial facts and witnesses in the matter" must be assessed "in a non-partisan manner."

By Mediaite, Sep. 20, 2018

Several Hollywood actresses have come out in support of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford amid the confirmation battle of Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh.

Produced by the liberal group MoveOn, women from all walks of life came together and made a video in the format made famous during the 2016 election when several speakers read the same message. The one was a direct message for Dr. Ford.

By Mediaite, Sep. 19, 2018

A classmate of Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser Christine Blasey Ford said her allegations were known by many people at their high school, and that he should “own up to it.”

“I graduated from Holton Arms, and knew both Brett Kavanaugh and Mark Judge. Christine Blasey Ford was a year or so behind me, I remember her, I signed this letter [supporting ford],” Cristina King said in a now-deleted tweet. “The incident was spoken about for days afterwords in school. Kavanaugh should stop lying, own up to it and apologize.”

By Larry Elder, Sep. 20, 2018

The New York Times' headline read: "Nikki Haley's View of New York Is Priceless. Her Curtains? $52,701." The headline clearly implied that U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Haley was a profligate elitist Republican unconcerned about spending taxpayer money. As a result, the reaction was swift and strong.

Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., tweeted: "This is not okay. As a Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, I call on @HouseForeign Chairman @RepEdRoyce to hold an oversight hearing on @StateDept spending on @nikkihaley and her deputy."

David Hogg, a student gun control advocate, tweeted: "Dear Nikki Haley, There are starving children in America everyday and you have the audacity to misappropriate thousands of tax dollars for your own lavish lifestyle. Resign immediately."

One small problem — the purchase of the curtains was authorized in 2016 during the Obama administration, and Haley had no role in it, a fact originally disclosed in the article's sixth paragraph:

"A spokesman for Ms. Haley said plans to buy the curtains were made in 2016, during the Obama administration. Ms. Haley had no say in the purchase, he said." Clearly, a lot of readers never reached paragraph six.

The New York Times issued a correction but not an apology. The new headline reads, "State Department Spent $52,701 on Curtains for Residence of U.N. Envoy." The edited article also moved the "plans to buy the curtains were made in 2016" sentences up two paragraphs, from sixth to fourth.

The New York Times did a similar hatchet job on then-President George Herbert Walker Bush. During the 1992 election year, a front-page story depicted a supposedly elitist President, so out of touch with the common people that Bush was unfamiliar with a supermarket checkout scanner. The headline? "Bush Encounters the Supermarket, Amazed."

The article began: "As President Bush travels the country in search of re-election, he seems unable to escape a central problem: This career politician, who has lived the cloistered life of a top Washington bureaucrat for decades, is having trouble presenting himself to the electorate as a man in touch with middle-class life."

The article then described a supposedly clueless President:

"Today, for instance, he emerged from 11 years in Washington's choicest executive mansions to confront the modern supermarket.

"Visiting the exhibition hall of the National Grocers Association convention (in Orlando, Florida), Mr. Bush lingered at the mock-up of a checkout lane. He signed his name on an electronic pad used to detect check forgeries. ...

"Then he grabbed a quart of milk, a light bulb and a bag of candy and ran them over an electronic scanner. The look of wonder flickered across his face again as he saw the item and price registered on the cash register screen.

"'This is for checking out?' asked Mr. Bush. 'I just took a tour through the exhibits here,' he told the grocers later. 'Amazed by some of the technology.'

"Marlin Fitzwater, the White House spokesman, assured reporters that he had seen the President in a grocery store. A year or so ago. In Kennebunkport.

"Some grocery stores began using electronic scanners as early as 1976, and the devices have been in general use in American supermarkets for a decade."

One little problem — no New York Times reporter covered this event. Only one "pool" newspaper journalist was there, a Houston Chronicle reporter who filed a two-paragraph report, which said nothing about a befuddled Bush who had never seen a scanner. In fact, after the Times' scanner story came out, a systems analyst for the National Grocers Association, who showed Bush the scanner, said: "The whole thing is ludicrous. What he was amazed about was the ability of the scanner to take that torn label and reassemble it."

A videotape from a pool videographer surfaced. An Associated Press story a week later said: "Bush had stopped by prearrangement at the NCR exhibit before addressing the grocers. He viewed some other high tech equipment, then walked over to the model checkout stand.

"A videotape shot by a White House press pool shows Bush saying, 'This is the scanner, the newest scanner?'

"'Of course, this looks like a typical scanner you'd see in a grocery store,' Graham replied.

"'Yeah,' said Bush.

"'There's one big difference,' said Graham, lifting off the scanner's top plate to reveal a scale underneath. He weighed and rang up a red apple.

"The exhibitor had Bush put the machine through its paces before he showed off what he called the machine's 'really quite amazing' new feature.

"He had Bush scan a card with a universal product code ripped and jumbled into five pieces. The machine read it and rang up the correct sale.

"'Isn't that something,' the President said."

George H. W. Bush lost his bid for re-election in no small measure to the way the media covered him and the economy. Despite over nearly 18 consecutive months of positive economic growth, most Americans considered the economy in recession — presided over, according to the Times, by an out-of-touch Republican patrician.

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By Project Veritas, Sep. 20, 2018

United States GAO (Government Accountability Office) Auditor Pushes Socialist Agenda During Work Hours: “No one knows I spent six hours yesterday doing social media for DSA.” (Democratic Socialists of America)

Resistance Against Administration’s Agenda: “If you’re in an Executive Branch agency, you can slow ball things to a degree… maybe you get fired or resign or whatever, but you slowed [Trump’s agenda] down.”

On His DSA Membership: “…it’s a socialist organization and we want to destroy capitalists.”

By Washington Examiner, Sep. 13, 2018

If Democrats take control of Congress in November, they will attempt to impose massive tax hikes in 2019.

With the midterms less than two months away, the Left has vowed to undo the Trump tax cuts as soon as they can and are already pushing new, trillion-dollar-a-year tax hikes. For instance, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., has promised to undo the tax reform legislation as soon as possible, even comparing it to Armageddon. Not to be outdone, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., referred to the bill as a “stunning deception.”