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  • Dem Rep. Lieu: "I Would Love To" Regulate Free Speech, But It's Better In The Long Run Not To.

    12/15/2018 9:42:52 AM PST · by carriage_hill · 23 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | December 12, 2018 | Ian Schwartz
    Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) said Wednesday that he "would love to be able to regulate the content of speech," but it would be illegal to do so due to the First Amendment. "I would love to be able to regulate the content of speech," Lieu said Wednesday on CNN. "The First Amendment prevents me from doing so. And that's simply a function of the First Amendment. But I think over the long run, it's better that government does not regulate the content of speech."
  • Weekly Update: JW Gives Testimony on Capitol Hill about Clinton Foundation

    12/15/2018 9:36:57 AM PST · by jazusamo · 19 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | December 14, 2018 | Tom Fitton
    A House Committee Hears Our Clinton Foundation Scandal Evidence Obama’s State Department Worked to Undermine the Trump Administration Hillary Clinton Claims Her Email System Was for ‘Convenience’ Media Buries Key Facts to Conceal Migrant Health Threat — TB, Hepatitis, HIV A House Committee Hears Our Clinton Foundation Scandal Evidence When I was asked by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform’s Subcommittee on Government Operations to testify this week about the Clinton Foundation, I knew the challenge would be organizing the vast trove of information we have accumulated through court action over the past several years. That evidence,...
  • Author of Ohio's strict abortion bill believes Supreme Court will welcome it 'with open arms'

    12/15/2018 9:26:01 AM PST · by be-baw · 12 replies
    NBC News ^ | December 15, 2018 | Elizabeth Chuck
    A bill that would ban abortion after a fetal heartbeat is detected was approved this week by the Ohio Senate, the first step in what the bill's author says is the controversial legislation's path to being welcomed by the U.S. Supreme Court "with open arms." But many legal experts and women's rights groups say the bill has no chance of surviving in the nation's highest court — even with the shift in the makeup of Supreme Court justices that President Donald Trump's conservative nominations have ushered in. Ohio's so-called heartbeat bill would ban abortions from the moment a heartbeat is...
  • DACA Judge Suggests Trump’s Rhetoric Threatens Rule Of Law

    12/15/2018 7:12:22 AM PST · by ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas · 48 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 12/14/2018 | Kevin Daley
    Judge John Bates of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia made the remarks Thursday at a townhall-style event on judicial independence in Philadelphia at the National Constitution Center. Though he did not name Trump specifically, his comments left little mystery as to whom he was referring. “There are a lot of pressures,” Bates said. “The pressures are fairly severe in some quarters. And there’s a risk of eating away at the rule of law, eating away at judicial independence, and that’s not easily recovered if it is impacted.” “‘Once the independence of judges is destroyed, the Constitution...
  • Federal judge in Texas strikes down Affordable Care Act.

    12/15/2018 4:53:09 AM PST · by carriage_hill · 47 replies
    NBC News ^ | 12/14/2018 | By David K. Li
    In a ruling sure to be appealed to Supreme Court, Texas court says the ACA, also known as Obamacare, can no longer stand without the penalty against the uninsured. A federal judge in Texas struck down the Affordable Care Act on Friday night, ruling that former President Barack Obama's signature domestic legislation has fallen down like a losing game of "Jenga." But the White House said that with the ruling expected to be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, the law will remain in place for now.
  • One Judge Confirmed This Week

    12/15/2018 4:44:09 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 5 replies
    This will be a weekly post. Count is now at 85 judges confirmed. 53 District Court judges 30 Circuit Court judges 2 Supreme Court justices
  • Big Washington clean-up bill leads House Democrats' list

    12/14/2018 2:17:41 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 23 replies
    Reuters ^ | December 14, 2018 | by David Morgan
    When the Democrats take over the U.S. House of Representatives in three weeks, their first order of business is expected to be a wide-ranging bill about political corruption, voter disenfranchisement and cleaning up campaign finance. An outline of the bill, titled H.R. 1, shows it would require presidential candidates to disclose their tax returns, which Trump has refused to do despite decades of precedent. The bill calls for automatic, early and online national voter registration, as well as an end to partisan gerrymandering of House voting districts, the practice of changing electoral district boundaries to favor a party. Members of...
  • Mueller memo says Flynn's lies were 'voluntary and intentional'

    12/14/2018 1:47:26 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 28 replies
    NBC "News" ^ | December 14, 2018 | By Tom Winter (D-NBC) and Rich Schapiro (D-NBC)
    Federal prosecutors Friday rejected former national security adviser Michael Flynn's suggestion that he should have been warned of the consequences of lying to the FBI, telling a judge that Flynn's false statements were "voluntary and intentional." In a memo to the court, prosecutors from special counsel Robert Mueller's office said there was no basis for Flynn's implication that he was coerced into lying when he spoke to the FBI on Jan. 24, 2017. "The interview was voluntary, and lacked any indicia of coercion," the memo says. Flynn was "relaxed and jocular" during the interview session, it adds. Prosecutors said in...
  • Californians are asking Google, 'Should I move out?'

    12/14/2018 12:43:42 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 40 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | December 14, 2018 | By Amy Graff,
    Of all the possible "should I?" questions, the one Californians are typing into the Google search engine the most is "Should I move out?" This probably isn't surprising when you consider all your friends who are priced out of California's sky-high housing market and constantly talking about moving to Oregon, where they can buy a sweet bungalow in Portland for $300,000. (Admit it, you have thought about this too.) Using Google Trends data, AT&T's All Home Connections identified the most popular "Should I?" questions each state Googled in 2018 - and the results are fascinating, and at times hilarious. Texans...
  • Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg hails immigrants as debate rages over asylum seekers

    12/14/2018 11:43:54 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 37 replies
    ABC "News" ^ | December 14, 2018 | By Devin Dwyer (D-ABC)
    Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, in her first public remarks following a health scare last month, hailed immigrants as the “vanguard” of an effort to remove “stains” of discrimination from American society. “The Constitution sets out the aspiration to form a more perfect union,” Ginsburg said, addressing 31 newly naturalized American citizens who had just taken the oath of allegiance. “While we have made huge progress, the work of perfection is far from done. Many stains remain." “As well informed citizens you will play a vital part in that endeavor,” she said. “First by voting in elections, serving on...
  • Chief justice of California Supreme Court quits GOP over Kavanaugh confirmation

    12/14/2018 11:06:57 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 60 replies
    NBC "News" ^ | December 14, 2018 | By Dartunorro Clark (D-NBC)
    Chief Justice of California Tani Cankil-Sakauye has reportedly renounced her Republican Party registration and re-registered as a no-party-preference voter, citing Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Cankil-Sakauye made the comments in a phone interview on Thursday to CALmatters, a nonprofit news organization, saying that she had been thinking about Kavanaugh's September confirmation hearing. "I’ve been thinking about it for some time," Cankil-Sakauye said of her decision. She said that she spoke with her husband and friends about the hearing and their conclusion was that "you didn’t leave the party - the party left you." “I felt compelled to make a choice...
  • Trump inaugural committee under criminal investigation for misuse of funds, pay to play: report

    12/14/2018 11:00:13 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 35 replies
    NBC "News" ^ | December 13, 2018 | By Dartunorro Clark
    The investigation began in part after federal agents seized materials from the president's former personal attorney Michael Cohen. President Donald Trump's inaugural committee is under criminal investigation by federal prosecutors in Manhattan for pay to play and misspending some of the $107 million it raised from donations, The Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday. The probe was launched by the U.S. attorney's office in Manhattan, the paper said, citing people familiar with the investigation. The investigation, which is reportedly in its early stages, is looking into whether some of the committee's top donors gave money to gain access to the...
  • Obxxx Pushes Gun Control for ‘Trayvon’ and ‘Those Congregants in Thousand Oaks(barfy!)

    12/14/2018 10:27:10 AM PST · by rktman · 18 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 12/14/2018 | AWR Hawkins
    Barack Obama pushed gun control for “Trayvon” and “those congregants in Thousand Oaks,” among others, during a December 13 acceptance speech for the Robert F. Kennedy Ripple of Hope Award. Trayvon Martin was shot and killed in self-defense on February 26, 2012, after attacking a neighborhood watchman, and 12 people were killed in Thousand Oaks’ Borderline Bar & Grill on November 7, 2018. During his acceptance speech, IJR magazine quoted Obama saying: “The horror of gun violence continues to plague our nation, a pain that many in this room know too well,” he said. “The bullets that took Bobby, JFK,...
  • Senator McSally? Jon Kyl Is Gone At The End Of The Month(T)

    12/14/2018 10:05:31 AM PST · by rktman · 31 replies
    townhall.com ^ | 12/14/2018 | Matt Vespa
    Well, this was expected. Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) is out at the end of the month. Kyl served previously in the Senate before retiring after the 2012 elections. He left public life, but agreed to fill in temporarily for the late Sen. John McCain. Gov. Doug Ducey, who handily won re-election this year, now has to appoint a replacement. Could it be Martha McSally, who barely lost to Senator-elect Kyrsten Sinema in November? It’s still possible, but word is spreading that her stock has fallen in the governor’s office. One of the reasons was reportedly due to her campaign team’s...
  • Where's the money? China accuses rich nations of 'backsliding' on climate change aid pledges

    12/14/2018 10:04:09 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 18 replies
    National Post ^ | December 14, 2018 | by Jeremy Hodges
    China accused some of the richest nations in the world of “backsliding” on pledges to clean up pollution and provide $100 billion a year in climate-related aid by 2020. The comments at a United Nations conference on global warming in Poland spearheaded a push by a group of the 49 Least Developed Countries for clarity on when those promises will be fulfilled. Industrial nations remain about $30 billion short of their pledge to ramp-up climate-related aid to $100 billion a year by 2020. Developing nations are resisting measures that would ensure transparency in the way greenhouse gas emissions cuts are...
  • Hillary Clinton Responds to Court Order – Files New Email Answers Under Oath on Private Server

    12/14/2018 9:42:42 AM PST · by Red Badger · 35 replies
    www.thegatewaypundit.com ^ | December 14, 2018 | by Cristina Laila
    On Friday morning Hillary Clinton responded to a court order forced by Judicial Watch to answer more questions about the setting up of her private server. Judicial Watch appeared in a DC federal court last month on a motion to compel more testimony from Hillary Clinton as well as to make public video recordings of depositions of top Clinton aides such as Huma Abedin and Cheryl Mills. The court ruled that Hillary Clinton must answer more questions about the setting up of her private server under oath. As expected, Hillary Clinton responded to the court order with her usual arrogance...
  • Everytown Claims Victory in 2018 Over NRA ‘Cockroaches’

    12/14/2018 8:40:44 AM PST · by rktman · 19 replies
    gunsamerica.com ^ | 12/13/2018 | S.H. Blannelberry
    “I think they showed that in the fact that voters sent a message at the midterms to their elected leaders, and the message boils down to: Pass laws to keep us safe,” he added. By far the biggest success of the year for the group was turning over the House to the dark side, replacing as many as 15 NRA-“A”-rated Republicans with anti-gun Democrats, as the Wall Street Journal reported. “The NRA lobbyists are like cockroaches. Just when you think you’ve gotten rid of all of them, you shine a flashlight and there they are,” Shannon Watts, the founder of...
  • Climate scientist hit with campus 'inquisition' over post opposing carbon tax

    12/14/2018 8:19:57 AM PST · by rktman · 18 replies
    washingtontimes.com ^ | 12/13/2018 | Valerie Richardson
    University of Washington atmospheric scientist Cliff Mass has been called plenty of names, including climate “denier,” but it wasn’t until he came out against the state’s proposed carbon tax last month that he was accused of being a racist. Since then, Mr. Mass said he has been upbraided by the university’s diversity dean and subjected to a faculty “inquisition,” events that have stoked alarm about the threat posed by campus climate-change activism to academic freedom. “I’m really worried about the intolerance that has developed at the university,” Mr. Mass told The Washington Times. “It’s really a minority of graduate students...
  • How a World Order Ends And What Comes in Its Wake

    12/14/2018 8:08:11 AM PST · by rktman · 22 replies
    foreignaffairs.com ^ | 12/14/2018 | Richard Haass
    A stable world order is a rare thing. When one does arise, it tends to come after a great convulsion that creates both the conditions and the desire for something new. It requires a stable distribution of power and broad acceptance of the rules that govern the conduct of international relations. It also needs skillful statecraft, since an order is made, not born. And no matter how ripe the starting conditions or strong the initial desire, maintaining it demands creative diplomacy, functioning institutions, and effective action to adjust it when circumstances change and buttress it when challenges come. Eventually, inevitably,...
  • 6 Christian organizations win legal battle against Obamacare birth control mandate

    12/14/2018 7:32:12 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 1 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 12/14/2018 | Samuel Smith
    Six Christian organizations have won their years-long legal battles against an Obama-era federal mandate ordering the provision of contraceptives and abortion-inducing drugs in their employee health care plans.U.S. District Court Judge Phillip Brimmer in Colorado issued an order granting the organizations an injunction against the Department of Health and Human Services Affordable Care Act contraception mandate that they felt required them to violate their organizations’ deeply-held religious beliefs about the sanctity of human life or be forced to pay millions in crippling fines.Those organizations include three Christian higher-education institutions — Taylor University in Indiana, Indiana Wesleyan University and Asbury Theological...