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  • U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison's ex-girlfriend posts medical record alleging abuse

    09/20/2018 12:54:33 AM PDT · by Libloather · 8 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | 9/19/18 | JESSIE VAN BERKEL
    U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison’s former girlfriend Karen Monahan has posted a medical document on social media that shows she told a doctor in 2017 that she had been in an abusive relationship with Ellison. Monahan, who said Ellison domestically abused her in 2016, shared the patient progress notes from Nov. 2017 on Twitter several times this week. Ellison, who is running for Minnesota attorney general, has denied the allegation, which emerged in August. Monahan’s son first told the story on social media, and she later confirmed what her son said. During a fight, Ellison pulled on her legs and feet...
  • New plan from some House Democrats aims to oust Nancy Pelosi

    09/20/2018 12:38:38 AM PDT · by Libloather · 5 replies
    See BS ^ | 9/19/18 | BO ERICKSON, ED O'KEEFE
    An ongoing feud over who will lead House Democrats next year is poised to enter a new round as early as next week, as members eager to oust House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-California, are floating a new way to do so. The latest attempt — which senior leadership aides anticipate will be futile — once again exposes that a handful of House Democrats remain concerned about whether Pelosi is dragging down candidates locked in competitive races that the party needs to win in order to gain control of the House. This group of anti-Pelosi Democrats is seeking to change...
  • Why status of Kavanaugh confirmation process could become more clear on Friday

    09/20/2018 12:13:25 AM PDT · by familyop · 14 replies
    Fox News ^ | September 19, 2018 | Chad Pergram
    The GOP fears a political backlash from female voters, à la what unfolded in 1991 following hearings with Justice Clarence Thomas and law professor Anita Hill...Feinstein’s comments crystallize the Kavanaugh/Ford narrative. We have two credible people who have risen to the tops of their professions. Yet, no one’s certain about who’s truthful. And, there’s no guarantee we’ll know for sure even after a public hearing. After all, people still wonder about Clarence Thomas and Anita Hill, 27 years later.
  • Mizoram: Leaders of 14 Churches reject Supreme Court order order on Section 377 [homosexual; India]

    09/19/2018 10:20:17 PM PDT · by Jyotishi ^ | Wednesday, September 19, 2018 | OpIndia Staff
    While the country is celebrating the historic Supreme Court judgement to decriminalise Homosexuality, the Churches in Mizoram have "rejected" the apex court's ruling on Article 377. A congregation of 14 major churches in the state, Mizoram Kohhran Hruaitute Committee, on Monday has said that it wished the apex court had never scrapped Section 377. The leaders of the Church stated that homosexuality, lesbianism should continue to be criminalised as it was in the past. In Meghalaya, the Church has said, "What is legal is not equal to moral acceptability. The Catholic Church and many others  hold that homosexual...
  • Newt Gingrich: If Republicans want to defeat Democrats in 2018, they must do this

    09/19/2018 9:24:14 PM PDT · by Innovative · 20 replies
    Fox News ^ | Sept. 19, 2018 | Newt Gingrich
    Those who believe the elite left-wing “blue wave” theory for the 2018 elections should look at what happened in Texas on Tuesday. In a special election runoff, Republican Pete Flores successfully flipped Texas State Senate District 19, which borders Mexico and had been in Democratic control for 139 years. Flores, a political newcomer competing against a seasoned former Democratic congressman, won in a district that is 73 percent Hispanic and African American – despite virtually all political analysts’ expectations. I am studying this election for a future op-ed, but I have been told by many Texas Republicans that Flores was...
  • Grassley Sets Friday Deadline For Kavanaugh Accuser….

    09/19/2018 8:55:48 PM PDT · by Kevin in California · 20 replies
    Conservative Treehouse ^ | 09-19-2018 | Sundance
    Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley has submitted a letter to ranking member Dianne Feinstein setting a deadline for Friday, September 21st, for Judge Kavanaugh’s accuser, Christine Ford, to respond on whether or not she will appear for testimony to support her claims.
  • Dem calls for House uprising if Kavanaugh confirmed without hearing from Ford

    09/19/2018 8:52:48 PM PDT · by Kevin in California · 66 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 09-19-2018 | Naomi Lim
    A House Democrat called on his colleagues Wednesday to "rise up" if Republican senators push forward with Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation without hearing from his sexual assault accuser, Christine Blasey Ford. "For the men and women of the House of Representatives, we must rise up in disgust and anger and make certain that our voice is clear," Rep. John Garamendi, D-Calif., said during an interview with CNN. "Get the facts out. Give this woman the benefit of the doubt. Don't treat her as so many women have been treated time after time in courtroom after courtroom."
  • Dems: Trump must apologize for refusing to accept Puerto Rico death toll

    09/19/2018 8:37:36 PM PDT · by chief lee runamok · 60 replies
    new york compost ^ | September 19, 2018 | Marisa Schultz
    WASHINGTON – More than 130 Democrats from the House and Senate signed a letter to President Trump demanding he apologize to the people of Puerto Rico for refusing to accept the official death toll for Hurricane Maria.
  • If Kavanaugh’s accuser won’t testify Monday, just vote

    09/19/2018 8:20:02 PM PDT · by lasereye · 20 replies
    NY Post ^ | September 19, 2018 | Post Editorial Board
    It turns out that Christine Blasey Ford actually isn’t “willing to do whatever it takes to get her story forth,” after all. Her preconditions for testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee include a demand for “a full investigation by law-enforcement officials” — specifically, the FBI. That’s completely outrageous. The committee should proceed as scheduled with next Monday’s hearing. If she shows, or makes arrangements to testify behind closed doors or to committee staffers, fine. If not, it’s time to vote. Would an FBI investigation change her testimony? For that matter, would Democrats even accept a probe that — as with...
  • Willie Nelson Has A Message For Conservatives That Might Cost Him Ticket Sales

    09/19/2018 8:08:50 PM PDT · by Kevin in California · 53 replies
    Clash Daily ^ | 09-19-2018 | K. Walker
    It’s 2018, so every single public figure is declaring their political allegiance — no matter what the cost. Willie Nelson, 85, appeared on The View to promote his new album, a tribute to Frank Sinatra titled, ‘My Way’.
  • Facebook teaming with nonprofits to fight fake election news

    09/19/2018 7:52:20 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 15 replies
    The Hill ^ | 09/19/18 | Michael Burke
    Facebook said Wednesday that it's teaming with two U.S. nonprofits to fight the spread of disinformation that could impact elections, according to Reuters. The social media giant will work with the International Republican Institute and the National Democratic Institute ahead of upcoming elections in Brazil and the U.S., company executives said on a call with reporters. “We know that there’s a lot more to do,” Facebook News Feed manager Greg Marra said Wednesday when asked about fake news that has spread recently in Brazil, according to Reuters. Amy Studdart, a senior adviser at the International Republican Institute, told Reuters that...
  • McDonald's workers walk out in 10 US cities over 'sexual harassment epidemic'

    09/19/2018 7:28:02 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 37 replies
    The Guardian ^ | September 18, 2018 | Dominic Rushe
    Last summer Tanya Harrell was working in McDonald’s in Gretna, Louisiana, when she says a co-worker started making unwanted sexual advances. A colleague she occasionally gave lifts to started touching her inappropriately at work, grabbing her breasts and backside and asking her to touch his penis. “I felt totally exposed, as if I did not have a skin or shell. I felt like I was outside my own body, watching what was happening,” she said in a complaint filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). When she complained Harrell said her managers did not take it seriously and suggested...
  • Kavanaugh Accuser, Twice Denied by FBI, Gets Ultimatum

    09/19/2018 7:24:37 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 57 replies ^ | September 19, 2018 | Andrew West
    In the whirlwind of maneuvers being performed on Capitol Hill over the course of the last few hours, one can get a bit lost. Trending: Democratic Dunce Calls for “Something to Happen” to POTUS! As it stands now, Dr. Christine Blasey-Ford has refused to testify in front of Congress to publicly declare her allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh are true. Ford is demanding that the FBI investigate the incident first, in order to have all relevant information available. The only problem is that the FBI has denied her request on multiple occasions over the last 24 hours, as...
  • SCOTUS | Ranking Member Refuses to Disclose Secret Allegations Even After Dr. Ford Goes Public

    09/19/2018 7:09:26 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 47 replies ^ | September 19, 2018 | Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa)
    WASHINGTON – Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) today made a formal request for a copy of the letter Ranking Member Feinstein received in July alleging misconduct by Judge Brett Kavanaugh as a teenager.  While Feinstein eventually referred the letter to the FBI last week, which was then redacted and added to Judge Kavanaugh’s background file, committee Republicans have not yet been able to access an unredacted version of the letter.  “My staff has made repeated requests for this document-which has become a significant piece of evidence in Judge Kavanaugh's confirmation process-but your staff has so far refused to...
  • Turkey is the threat in the Med, not Russia or Iran – Rubin

    09/19/2018 7:06:50 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 10 replies
    Ahval (Events) ^ | Sep 19 2018 | None stated, Michael Rubin quoted
    Turkey has become the primary threat to U.S. interests in the eastern Mediterranean, not Russia, Syria or Iran, said Michael Rubin, resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and a former Pentagon official. Turkey’s military build-up on and around the island of Cyprus should not be tolerated by Washington, and nor should its attempted pillaging of Cypriot natural gas resources to prop up its ailing economy, Rubin said in an opinion piece for the Washington Examiner. Rubin cited Turkish plans to build a permanent military base in Northern Cyprus, which it has occupied since the 1970’s, as stark proof of...
  • Trump, GOP regain edge in Kavanaugh battle

    09/19/2018 6:55:24 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 47 replies
    The Hill ^ | 09/19/18 | Alexander Bolton
    Senate Republicans on Monday signaled they are ready to move forward with a vote on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh if the woman accusing him of sexual assault, Christine Blasey Ford, fails to show up to a hearing on Monday. Republicans believe Ford’s surprise refusal to testify at the special hearing, where she and Kavanaugh have been invited to appear as the only two witnesses, has given them an upper hand in a public relations battle with Senate Democrats. It has emboldened the GOP to press ahead with a vote as soon as next week, despite Ford’s stunning allegation that...
  • London terror suspect’s children told authorities he complained about Trump: inquiry

    09/19/2018 6:41:35 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 15 replies
    The Hill ^ | 09/19/18 | John Bowden
    The man suspected in the 2017 terrorist attack on London Bridge, which killed five people, had a grudge against both President Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May, his children told British authorities. Khalid Masood's children told British counter-terrorism officials that the 52-year-old English teacher had previously called May a "liar" and "sick," while frequently complaining about the "racism and rudeness" presented by Trump, NBC News reported Wednesday. Police statements indicated that Masood texted religious writings to a number of friends before he allegedly carried out the attack, which began with the striking of pedestrians on London Bridge and ended...
  • The drive to sink Kavanaugh is liberal totalitarianism

    **** Senate Dems have settled on the ugliest means available, even by the standards of the body that added the verb “Borking” to our political vocabulary. The question is: Why have Republican high-court nominations brought out the worst from the left, going back to the Ronald Reagan era? The short answer is that liberals fear their major cultural victories of the past half-century are democratically illegitimate. Not a single one was won at the ballot box, going back to the Supreme Court’s 1965 Griswold decision, which recognized a constitutional right to contraceptives. From abortion to gay marriage, plus a host...
  • Collins: My office has gotten 'pretty ugly voicemails, threats' over Kavanaugh

    09/19/2018 6:33:20 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 41 replies
    The Hill ^ | 09/19/18 | Aris Folley
    GOP Sen. Susan Collins (Maine), who has been viewed as a key swing vote in the Supreme Court fight, said in a recent interview that her office has received “some pretty ugly voicemails” over Brett Kavanaugh's nomination. “My office has received some pretty ugly voicemails, threats, terrible things said to my staff,” Collins said in an interview with WVOM on Wednesday. “This has been a very ugly process and I think that’s very unfortunate for everyone involved,” Collins added. Collins’s remarks arrive on the heels of reports earlier this month in which aides for the moderate senator detailed calls and...
  • How 65 women came to Kavanaugh’s defense in matter of hours

    09/19/2018 6:26:59 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 13 replies
    The Amazon Post ^ | September 19 at 9:20 PM | Jennifer Peltz and Michael Kunzelman | AP
    NEW YORK — It started as a series of phone calls among old high-school friends and ended up embroiling 65 women in the firestorm over a sexual assault allegation that could shape the Supreme Court. In a matter of hours, they all signed onto a letter rallying behind high court nominee and their high school friend Brett Kavanaugh as someone who “has always treated women with decency and respect.” And they signed up, whether they anticipated it or not, for becoming a focus of scrutiny themselves. The powerful strength-in-numbers statement, offered to bolster Kavanaugh’s denial of a claim that he...