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18-year-old ‘hero’ dies trying to save passengers after car crashes into Delaware canal

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Delaware State Police said 3 young people are dead and a 6-year-old boy missing and unaccounted for, all with a family connection, after a car plunged into the C&D canal Sunday. William Bretzger, The News Journal

NEW CASTLE COUNTY, Del. — Three teens are dead, a 6-year-old boy is missing and a 16-year-old girl is being called the sole survivor after a vehicle crashed into a Delaware canal the Sunday morning, Delaware State Police said.

At about 9:40 a.m., the vehicle, a Chevy HHR, went into the water on the south side of the Chesapeake & Delaware Canal about 1 mile west of the William V. Roth Jr. Bridge , and was completely submerged, Master Cpl. Michael Austin of the Delaware State Police said Sunday. 

Police are still investigating why it went off the road. A bystander called 911. 

First responders found a 16-year-old girl sitting on the banks of the canal, near the scene of the crash, Austin said. She told police that the 18-year-old driver of the vehicle helped her get safely to shore, then jumped back in to rescue the three boys. 

First responders found the 18-year-old’s body in the water nearby. He was pronounced dead at the scene, Austin said. 

“He was a hero,” Austin said. “He tried to do everything he could to help the remaining passengers in that vehicle.” 

Just before 5 p.m., police say the vehicle was removed from the water, where the 16-year-old and 12-year-old boys were found dead. 

The 6-year-old boy remains unaccounted for, police said. 

The search and related investigation are active and ongoing, a Sunday evening press release from state police said.

All four males were related, Austin said. The girl, who is from New Castle, was an acquaintance. 

The victims’ names will be released once their family has been notified of the deaths, police said. 

“My thoughts and prayers go out to a family whose lives were changed forever today,” Austin said. 

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A massive response 

Search and recovery operations spanned the day.

Dozens of emergency personnel and about 50 vehicles lined the south bank of the canal as divers worked in the water just beyond.

The canal was temporarily closed to commercial traffic, according to police radio, though private vessels were being allowed through. 

There were at least four police and fireboats in the water at about 1:30 p.m., plus a couple of small inflatables. Dive teams were used to search the canal, while a helicopter hovered overhead for at least part of the response. 

The C&D Canal is flanked on both sides by steep embankments and is about 35 feet deep, according to the Army Corps of Engineers. 

Follow Jessica Bies, William Bretzger and Matt Moore on Twitter: @JessicaJBies, @billbretz and @MattKenMoore. 

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A girl with a gavel! Barbie debuts judge dolls, partners with GoFundMe to close ‘dream gap’

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Mattel has unveiled two new Barbie dolls inspired by historic female figures. GeoBeats

It’s around age 5 that girls start to doubt their intelligence. And boys don’t.

This phenomenon, referred to as the “dream gap,” was proven by researchers at New York University, the University of Illinois and Princeton University.

They found that stereotypes associate a high-level of intellectual ability with men more than women. Thus, when young girls are exposed to these stereotypes, they don’t always pursue careers that require intelligence.

This begins at prepubescence. Girls begin to avoid those brain-stimulating activities and boys move on, creating a gap.

Barbie, the 60-year-old doll brand made by Mattel, is trying to change that.

‘Only 33% of sitting U.S. state judges are female’

“Barbie has had over 200 careers,” global head of Barbie Lisa McKnight told USA TODAY. “We like to say, ‘There isn’t a plastic ceiling that Barbie hasn’t broken.’ ” 

Still, every year, Barbie highlights a new career, especially one that is lacking female representation.

This year is Judge Barbie.

“We learned that only 33% of sitting U.S. state judges are female,” McKnight said on Barbie’s decision to introduce the judge dolls.

There are four dolls to choose from in a range of of skin tones and hairstyles and all of them wear the customary black robe and come with a gavel. Judge Barbie retails for $12.99 and is available at Barbie.com, Target, Walmart and Amazon.com.

“Our hope is that girls will enjoy playing with the dolls and imagine themselves protecting the rights of others,” McKnight said.

But Barbie is going even further than its toys to close the “dream gap.”

A partnership with GoFundMe

A year ago, the company launched the “Barbie Dream Gap Project” in an effort raise awareness of the issue. Now, near the project’s anniversary and Day of the Girl, Barbie is partnering with GoFundMe to raise money to support girl-empowerment programs.

“We need not only to continue to heighten awareness and consciousness about this phenomenon that is happening, but we also need to start working towards solutions to close the dream gap,” McKnight said.

The company is encouraging donations to the Barbie Dream Gap Project Fund to help close the dream gap. The money will benefit three nonprofit organizations: She’s The First, She Should Run and Step Up.

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The Barbie brand is ‘thriving’

Barbie has made headlines in the past few years as it tries to keep up with kids’ shift from analog toys to electronics

In 2016, the company launched a Iine of dolls that come in different body shapes: tall, petite and curvy. Earlier this year, Mattel launched  Sally Ride Barbie and Rosa Parks Barbie.

Most recently, the company debuted a line of gender-neutral dolls.

McKnight said that the evolution has been successful.

“We have the most diverse and inclusive doll line in the world,” she said, adding that the brand is “thriving.” 

“We’ve had seven consecutive quarters of growth we are gaining market share in a very competitive environment. The sentiment and response to the brand as been tremendous.”

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Duvall, Braves rally in 9th to beat Cards 3-1, lead NLDS 2-1

Through injuries and slumps, demotions and disappointments, Dansby Swanson and Adam Duvall got ready for the big moment.

When it arrived, they were ready.

Swanson hit a tying double with two outs in the ninth inning and Duvall delivered a two-run single as the Atlanta Braves rallied past the St. Louis Cardinals 3-1 on Sunday to take a 2-1 lead in the NL Division Series.

“They never quit. They never give up,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said. “The heart and desire and will is unbelievable in those guys.”

Atlanta had managed just four hits off Adam Wainwright and Andrew Miller before breaking through against closer Carlos Martínez. With runners on the corners, Swanson tied it at 1 with a drive off the wall in left.

Swanson pumped his arms as he celebrated after his third hit of the game . He came through after an intentional walk to Brian McCann — Swanson’s .187 batting average with runners in scoring position was the lowest in the majors this year among qualified players.

“I love Dansby in those situations. I always have,” Snitker said. “That kid lives for that moment.”

Watching the inning develop, Swanson said he thought he might get a chance to bat in a big spot.

“In those situations, you just try and breathe and relax,” said Swanson, who missed the playoffs last year because of an injured left hand. “It’s easier said than done.”

Duvall, who entered in the eighth, then hit a liner into center field to put the Braves ahead to stay. It was his second big hit of the series after he connected for a pinch-hit homer in Atlanta’s 3-0 victory Friday.

“I’ll be ready whenever they need me,” said Duvall, who spent much of the year with Triple-A Gwinnett.

Game 4 is Monday at Busch Stadium. Atlanta needs one more win to advance to the NL Championship Series for the first time since 2001.

This is the first time the Braves have led a postseason series since they were up 2-1 on San Francisco in the 2002 NLDS. They lost the final two games that year.

“History, we don’t really play into that. This is now,” Swanson said.

St. Louis wasted a terrific performance by Wainwright, who pitched 7 2/3 innings of four-hit ball in his first postseason start since 2014. The 38-year-old Georgia native and former Braves draft pick struck out eight and walked two.

In the age of bullpens taking over in October, Wainwright and Mike Soroka locked up in an old-fashioned pitchers’ duel. But the relievers ultimately decided the game.

“We were one out away and that is exactly what playoff baseball is all about,” Wainwright said. “Just crazy stuff happens.”

Wainwright departed after he walked Ozzie Albies on his 120th pitch, loading the bases in the first playoff game in St. Louis in four years. He got a big hug on the mound from catcher Yadier Molina and the sellout crowd of 46,701 saluted Wainwright with a standing ovation as he walked to the dugout.

Miller then came in and retired Freddie Freeman on a flyball to center, preserving a 1-0 lead.

But Martínez was hit hard for the second time in the series. He allowed three runs before he closed out St. Louis’ 7-6 victory in Game 1.

“There were some pitches that didn’t go where they were supposed to go,” he said through a translator.

After Atlanta grabbed the lead, Mark Melancon worked the ninth for his second save of the playoffs. Paul Goldschmidt doubled with one out, but Marcell Ozuna struck out looking and Molina lined out to end the game.

“Being able to compete in a game like that is amazing,” Swanson said.

The 22-year-old Soroka was almost as good as Wainwright, pitching seven innings of two-hit ball in his postseason debut.

St. Louis jumped in front when Ozuna doubled in the second, advanced to third on Molina’s grounder and scored on Matt Carpenter’s sacrifice fly .

After Soroka departed, the Cardinals threatened in the eighth. But pinch-runner Harrison Bader was caught trying to steal third ahead of José Martínez’s pinch-hit single, and Sean Newcomb retired Dexter Fowler to end the inning.

“I thought it was a good time for me to go,” Bader said. “You just stay on the aggressive side and unfortunately it didn’t work out.”

OZZIE AND WHITEY

Hall of Fame shortstop Ozzie Smith threw a ceremonial first pitch to current Cardinals shortstop Paul DeJong. Hall of Fame manager Whitey Herzog also was on the field before the game after he had a minor stroke last month.

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Dakota Hudson will start Game 4 for the Cardinals. The rookie right-hander is making his postseason debut after going 16-7 with a 3.35 ERA this season.

Snitker said he wasn’t ready to announce his starter for Game 4. One possible option is bringing back Dallas Keuchel on short rest after he pitched 4 2/3 innings in series opener Thursday.

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7 2-out runs in 6th lift LA past Nats 10-4 for 2-1 NLDS lead

David Freese wasn’t in the Los Angeles Dodgers‘ starting lineup for Game 3 of the NL Division Series. Neither was Kiké Hernández or Chris Taylor.

All are right-handed batters, and all knew that if the Washington Nationals persisted in their playoff pattern of using starters in relief, they might very well be called upon to pinch hit against $140 million lefty Patrick Corbin.

So in the first inning Sunday night, that trio headed to the indoor batting cage that sits near the staircase leading from the visitors’ dugout to the clubhouse to try to prepare. And, boy, were they prepared when Corbin entered. So were other Dodgers hitters, producing a postseason inning unlike any other: seven runs, all scored with two outs and two strikes.

Justin Turner’s three-run homer capped a startling and record-setting rally in the sixth as the Dodgers roughed up the starter-turned-reliever and beat Washington 10-4 to grab a 2-1 lead in their best-of-five NLDS.

“We’re just always ready, no matter who’s on the mound. Righty, lefty. You’ve got to fake it sometimes, whether you’re ready or not,” said Freese who singled as a pinch hitter in the sixth and finished with four hits.

“Definitely, two strikes, you’ve got to take it seriously. You can’t assume your AB’s over,” Freese said. “You look at the best guys in the game … they look like they like two strikes.”

Hernández also entered in that inning and contributed a two-run double, and Taylor walked as a pinch hitter against Corbin.

Russell Martin started, his first appearance of these playoffs, and hit a two-run double in the sixth as LA became the first team in major league history to score seven two-out, two-strike runs in one postseason inning.

“We never doubt ourselves,” Freese said.

Martin, who like Freese is 36, tacked on a two-run homer in the ninth. This is Martin’s 10th postseason — Freese joked it might be his teammate’s 26th — and Freese’s sixth.

The Dodgers can advance to the NL Championship Series for the fourth consecutive year by closing the best-of-five NLDS in Game 4 at Washington on Monday, when LA sends Rich Hill to the mound against Max Scherzer.

And to think: Things were not looking all that good for the Dodgers, who entered the sixth trailing 2-1 after Juan Soto’s two-run homer off eventual winner Hyun-Jin Ryu in the first and Max Muncy’s solo shot off Washington starter Aníbal Sánchez in the fifth.

That seemed to wake up LA’s offense.

Well, it was either that or the fact that Sánchez, who struck out nine, was gone to begin the sixth. In came Corbin, the lefty who started — and lost — the opener and hadn’t made a relief appearance since 2017, when he only made one.

“Just couldn’t seem to get that third out there,” Corbin said. “Just stinks.”

It continued Nationals manager Dave Martinez’s postseason penchant for pushing his starters to appear in relief, deemed necessary because of his club’s NL-worst bullpen. The strategy had been working.

Needless to say, not this time against the Dodgers, who lost in the World Series each of the past two years and led the NL with 106 wins this season, 13 more than the Nationals.

“Aníbal was at 87 pitches. He gave us all he had. We were at a good spot in the lineup, where we thought Corbin could get through it,” Martinez said. “And his stuff was good. … But he had every hitter 0-2. He just couldn’t finish.”

After Cody Bellinger snapped his 0-for-8 start to the series with a single — he would add a double later in the inning — Corbin struck out the next two hitters. That’s when it all fell apart for Washington.

Freese, the MVP of the 2011 NLCS and World Series for St. Louis, singled to put runners on the corners.

“He has to be going down as one of the greatest October players of all time,” Muncy said. “I don’t care what anyone says. He has to be.”

Martin came through on a 2-2 slider that landed on the warning track in left-center, putting the visitors ahead 3-2. Hernández connected on a 1-2 slider for yet another two-run double to left-center, a hit off the base off the wall.

After Muncy was intentionally walked, Wander Suero entered and promptly served up a full-count fastball that Turner lofted to the back of the visiting bullpen beyond left field, making it 8-2.

“A couple guys came up and had really big at bats and that’s what we’ve been doing all year,” Muncy said. “That was one of those things where once one guy started doing it, the next cat picked up on it and it just kind of rolled throughout the inning.”

WHAT A RELIEF

With baseball’s ERA leader this season, Ryu, done after going five innings and allowing two runs, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts pieced together the remaining 12 outs with five relievers. That included closer Kenley Jansen, who hadn’t pitched in a game since Sept. 28. He threw a 1-2-3 ninth that included a pair of strikeouts.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Nationals: CF Victor Robles was out of the lineup with a strained right hamstring after getting hurt running to first base in Game 2. Michael A. Taylor started in Robles’ place and went 1 for 4.

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Three-time Cy Young Award winner Scherzer was pushed back from Game 3 to Game 4. Scherzer entered these playoffs with his teams having lost his most recent seven postseason appearances, but Washington is 2-0 when he pitches so far this October, including a start in the NL wild-card game against Milwaukee and a one-inning, three-strikeout relief appearance in Game 2 at Los Angeles. That bullpen use led the Nationals to switch Scherzer’s start from Sunday to Monday. “He can beat you in the strike zone with three pitches. He can beat you out of the zone,” Roberts said. “He’s relentless.” Hill went 4-1 with a 4.25 ERA this season in just 13 starts; he spent time on the IL with a sprained right knee and a strained left forearm, activated for the last time less than a month ago. Hill hasn’t pitched more than three innings in an appearance since June. “Pitch count, whatever it is, I can’t control that,” the 39-year-old Hill said. “Whatever I can give the team, I’m going to give the team.”

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Donald Trump’s own former national security officials sign open letter saying Ukraine whistleblower did nothing wrong and deserves protection

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Dozens of former national security officials—including several who once served under President Donald Trump—have signed an open letter honoring the first whistleblower to come forward in the Trump-Ukraine scandal and demanding their protection.

Signed by 90 former national security officials, the letter came as news broke that at least one other whistleblower had come forward in the case, seeking to flag concerns around Trump’s July 25 phone call, in which he asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to investigate 2020 Democratic rival Joe Biden and his son, Hunter.

“While the identity of the whistleblower is not publicly known, we do know that he or she is an employee of the U.S. Government,” the letter, signed by prominent officials, including former CIA Director John Brennan and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, states. “As such, he or she has by law the right—and indeed the responsibility—to make known, through appropriate channels, indications of serious wrongdoing.”

This is disgusting, this whistleblower followed the rules, went by the book and with zero evidence Trump and other GOP members are trying to destroy his life before he ever testifies, that is a disgraceful betrayal to someone who served this country, just because they don’t like the truth they have to tell.

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‘Zombie’ Angelina Jolie reportedly arrested for blasphemy in Iran

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An Iranian Instagram star known worldwide for her creepy transformation into a zombie Angelina Jolie was arrested for “encouraging youth corruption,” according to a report on Sunday.

Sahar Tabar, 22, was detained on the orders of Tehran’s guidance court, which deals with “cultural crimes and social and moral corruption,” according to Agence France-Presse.

She faces charges of blasphemy, inciting violence, gaining income through inappropriate means, and encouraging youths to corruption.

The young woman shot to fame in 2017 after  claiming that she’d had 50 surgeries to look like her favorite Hollywood star — and posting selfies showing her hollow cheeks, inflated lips and cartoonish upturned nose.

She later revealed the shocking, emaciated look was actually created with the help of makeup and digital editing.

Last year, she shared images with her tens of thousands of followers showing what she actually looks like.

The social media celebrity was arrested after members of the public made complaints about her, the Tasnim news agency reported.

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‘Zombie’ Angelina Jolie reportedly arrested for blasphemy in Iran

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An Iranian Instagram star known worldwide for her creepy transformation into a zombie Angelina Jolie was arrested for “encouraging youth corruption,” according to a report on Sunday.

Sahar Tabar, 22, was detained on the orders of Tehran’s guidance court, which deals with “cultural crimes and social and moral corruption,” according to Agence France-Presse.

She faces charges of blasphemy, inciting violence, gaining income through inappropriate means, and encouraging youths to corruption.

The young woman shot to fame in 2017 after  claiming that she’d had 50 surgeries to look like her favorite Hollywood star — and posting selfies showing her hollow cheeks, inflated lips and cartoonish upturned nose.

She later revealed the shocking, emaciated look was actually created with the help of makeup and digital editing.

Last year, she shared images with her tens of thousands of followers showing what she actually looks like.

The social media celebrity was arrested after members of the public made complaints about her, the Tasnim news agency reported.

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Her arrest is the latest in a series of crackdowns on, mostly female, Instagram users in Iran.

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The Supreme Court March To The Right: Fast And Furious, Or Incremental?

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The Supreme Court may be anxious to portray itself as an apolitical institution. But this term, political questions writ large are knocking at the high court door.

The upcoming term will almost surely be a march to the right on almost every issue that is a flash point in American society. Among them: abortion, guns, gay rights, the separation of church and state, immigration and presidential power.

Also headed to the court are cases testing the power of Congress to get information from the executive branch and elsewhere, information that is relevant to congressional oversight and potentially, to impeachment.

Clearly, President Trump had something like that in mind when he said of the current impeachment inquiry, “It shouldn’t be allowed. There should be a way of stopping it, maybe legally through the courts.”

And if that isn’t enough, pending before the court is a sleeper case testing the very structure of our presidential election system.

The Supreme Court, by tradition, has tried to stay out of big controversies in an election year. But the justices, even if reticent, don’t always have control over their docket. When the lower courts are divided on major questions, the justices cannot always escape their responsibility to be the final decider.

Here are themes to watch:

Some justices are itching to play their conservative cards

The Supreme Court is a very different place since the 2018 retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy, a centrist conservative, who often cast the deciding vote in closely contested cases. With President Trump’s appointment of Justice Brett Kavanaugh to replace him, hard-core conservatives now have a firm majority on the court. And some of them have been itching for quite some time to reverse Roe v. Wade, to expand gun rights, religious rights, and more.

If there is a new swing justice now, it likely will be Chief Justice John Roberts. But his swings to the left have been rare indeed — upholding Obamacare in 2012, and seven years later, repudiating the citizenship question on the census.

SCOTUSblog publisher Tom Goldstein calls the chief justice “a solid conservative vote.” The disagreement among the five justices on the right of the court, he adds, has been, “How fast do you move?”

Is the right to abortion going to be struck down?

The first place that disagreement could become apparent is on abortion, in a case that asks the court to essentially reverse a 2016 decision that struck down a Texas law making it very difficult for clinics that perform abortions to exist. And now the Supreme Court has agreed to hear arguments in a case that presents a nearly identical law from Louisiana.

Goldstein, who frequently argues cases before the court, expects the conservative court majority to eventually reverse Roe v. Wade outright, or to hollow it out.

“It’s coming.” he says. “But nobody knows whether it’s in one year, five years, or maybe 10.”

Guns: a major test

At a time when voters seem to approve of more gun regulation, the court seems headed in the opposite direction. Before the court is the first major test of gun regulations in the more than 10 years since the justices ruled that there is a constitutional right to own a gun for self-defense in one’s home.

Court observers have long attributed the hiatus on gun cases to a closely divided court on which neither the four conservatives, nor the four liberals, were sure how Justice Kennedy would cast his deciding vote.

But now Kennedy is retired, replaced by Justice Brett Kavanaugh, who as a lower court judge was an outspoken critic of gun regulations and a strong supporter of expansive gun rights.

How separate should church and state be?

Also before the court this term are major questions involving the separation of church and state. For generations, the court sought to erect a relatively high wall of separation. But that has begun to change, and religious rights advocates are poised to pounce.

“I actually can’t recall a time in the last 20 years where there were so many cases ready for decision” in this area of the law, says Mark Rienzi, president of The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty.

In particular Rienzi and others have set their sights on invalidating or undermining provisions in most state constitutions that bar direct or indirect aid to religious schools.

“The mood music at the court” is that the justices “would probably say that’s just discrimination on the basis of religion, and that’s forbidden by the federal Constitution,” says former Solicitor General Paul Clement.

Can an employer fire an employee because he is gay?

On another hot-button issue, the court will hear a case that tests whether employers are free to fire gay employees because of their sexual orientation, or trans employees because of their gender identity.

The 1964 Civil Rights Act bars discrimination in employment “because of sex.” The fired employees contend that that language protects them from such discharges. The employers argue that the law was never meant to cover gay or transgender employees.

A victory for the LGBTQ community would be “huge,” says Georgetown University Law professor Paul Smith, who notes that discrimination against gay and trans individuals remains “rampant,” especially in the private sector.

The Dreamers

Then too, there are a variety of immigration cases, the biggest being the Trump administration’s attempt to roll back the Obama administration program that continues to protect from deportation some 700,000-800,000 “Dreamers,” brought to the U.S. by their parents, without legal authorization, when they were children.

Presidential power and impeachment

Multiple cases are on “rocket ships headed towards the Supreme Court,” notes SCOTUSblog’s Goldstein. That, he says, is “because the president has been so aggressive in asserting his immunity from investigations,” whether they are criminal investigations, subpoenas for his financial records, or potentially records relating to the impeachment inquiry.

The court, as Goldstein observes, is going to “hate the idea” of tackling these cases in a presidential election year, but “they may not have a way out.”

Faithless electors, the Electoral College and the 2020 election

And finally, pending before the court is a case that could involve the 2020 election. It is a test of ” faithless elector” laws. These are laws passed in many states that impose penalties on Electoral College delegates or sometimes provide for the removal of electors who refuse to vote for the presidential candidate of their designated party.

The question is: Are these laws constitutional? The Supreme Court has never before weighed in on the issue.

There have been 167 faithless electors in the history of the United States, and in no case has the outcome of an election turned on the vote of these electors. But there is no guarantee that won’t happen in 2020.

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Gregg Jarrett: The Pelosi-Schiff ‘witch hunt’ to impeach Trump is an abuse of power

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If Democrats were serious in their impulsive impeachment inquiry, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi would dump Adam Schiff as chairman of the House Intelligence Committee.

Pelosi won’t do it, of course. She and Schiff are now dedicated collaborators who are joined at the political hip. Their goal is to destroy Trump’s presidency, remove him from office, and thereby undo the 2016 election result that they have never managed to get over.

Schiff is the antithesis of the able, fair-minded and even-tempered House chairmen who presided over the last two presidential impeachment proceedings in 1974 and 1998. He wears his partisan spite on his sleeve and tends to bungle attempts to hide his deviousness.

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Schiff’s malice goes much deeper than the inane statement he fabricated at the opening of his recent hearing that embarrassed both himself and his committee. His deceptions know no bounds. He insisted that “we have not spoken directly with the whistleblower.” The Washington Post fact-checker called this “flat-out false.” His deceit did not stop there.

Schiff became the notorious huckster of Russian “collusion” hysteria that, in the end, proved to be a one of the dirtiest tricks in modern politics. Now, Pelosi has handed him the gavel to pursue another incarnation.

Schiff stated that if not for the Intelligence Community Inspector General, his committee might never have learned of the so-called “whistleblower.” This was also untrue since it was Schiff and/or his staff that directed the “whistleblower” to the IG. His mendacity earned him the shame of “Four Pinocchios” from the Post. As former Rep. Trey Gowdy quipped, Schiff only got four “because you can’t get five.”

When I was researching my new book, “Witch Hunt: The Story Of The Greatest Mass Delusion In American Political History,” I was continually astonished by Schiff’s pattern of exaggerations, misleading claims and outright lies over the course of the interminable Russia “collusion” hoax.

  • Schiff peddled the ludicrous charge that Trump campaign adviser Carter Page was bribed by the Kremlin with an $11 billion stake in the oil company Rosneft in exchange for convincing then-candidate Trump to lift sanctions against Russia should he win the election.  
  • Schiff insisted that Justice Department official Bruce Ohr did not show the Steele “dossier” to the FBI until after the 2016 election when he knew that Ohr turned it over in July — the day before Comey’s FBI launched its formal investigation of Trump.  
  • Schiff argued to anyone who would listen that the “dossier” was not the bulk of the evidence used to get the FISA warrants when he well knew this was untrue.  
  • Schiff boldly and repeatedly told the media and Americans that he had access to a wealth of evidence that Trump had engaged in a traitorous conspiracy with the Kremlin when no such evidence existed.

This following is straight from chapter five of my book:

The truth always has a nemesis. Representative Adam Schiff spent more than two years pretending that he was privy to evidence that he did not have. That illusion gave him a comfortable home on television networks that offered no pretense of their antipathy toward Trump, especially CNN and MSNBC. The more Democrats and the media worked in concert to advance their hallucination that Trump had conspired with the Kremlin, the more audacious Schiff became in his public denouncements of the president. He frequently insinuated that he had special access to damning information that few others could procure.

Even after the House Intelligence Committee issued its majority investigative report concluding that it had all been a hoax, Schiff announced, ‘I can certainly say with confidence that there is significant evidence of collusion between the campaign and Russia.’ He produced no such evidence, because it did not exist. But that did not stop him from perpetuating the “collusion” delusion. On CBS’s Face the Nation, he ventured that Trump ‘may be the first president in quite some time to face the real prospect of jail time.’ 

Schiff was so heavily invested in the scam and the celebrity it brought him that there was no reversing course. Maybe a part of him really believed his claims, and he was hoping that some magical revelation would appear out of nowhere to vindicate them. Like a guy with a counterfeit bill, he kept trying to pass it off to others.

Schiff became the notorious huckster of Russian “collusion” hysteria that, in the end, proved to be a one of the dirtiest tricks in modern politics. Now, Pelosi has handed him the gavel to pursue another incarnation. Let’s call it Ukraine “collusion.” It is no less a hoax.

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There is nothing in the transcript of the telephone conversation between Trump and Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky that constitutes a crime. Career prosecutors in the Criminal Division of the Justice Department examined the official record of the call and found no violation of law.

Juxtapose with that the impeachment of President Bill Clinton. Independent Counsel Ken Starr presented to Congress 11 separate offenses that could constitute felonies, notably lying under oath, obstruction of justice, and witness tampering. These statutory crimes, as alleged, served as a legitimate basis for Articles of Impeachment.

Absent any criminal conduct that might fall under a strict constitutional reading of “high crimes and misdemeanors,” can Pelosi and Schiff nevertheless impeach Trump under the nebulous argument that he abused his powers? With majority control of the House, they can certainly try.

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But “abuse of power” is an amorphous concept. There is no fixed or identifiable meaning that is universally agreed upon. It is a phrase of shifting sands that is highly subjective and therefore susceptible to partisan abuse. This is exactly what the Framers feared. They did not want a president to be removed on a pretext of purely political reasons or personal animus.

Pelosi knows this. In January of this year, she stated, “We shouldn’t be impeaching for a political reason.” Yet, that is precisely what she is now doing. As House minority leader during the 1998 impeachment of Clinton, she accused Republicans of being driven by “hatred” and “not judging the president with fairness, but impeaching him with a vengeance.” Pelosi, Schiff and many of their House colleagues are now guilty of the same.

Under the terms of a 20-year old treaty with Ukraine, President Trump had every right to ask Zelensky for assistance in an official Justice Department investigation into the origins of the FBI’s Russia probe and any foreign meddling in our 2016 election. As explained in my book, there is considerable and compelling evidence that Ukraine “colluded” with the Democratic National Committee to provide information damaging to the Trump campaign for the benefit of Hillary Clinton. This is a key component of Attorney General William Barr’s investigation being led by U.S. Attorney John Durham. Ukrainians, according to the DOJ, “have volunteered information to Mr. Durham, which he is evaluating.”

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It was equally appropriate for the president to ask Ukraine to look into any potentially corrupt acts by a high-ranking American public official involving a Ukrainian natural gas company. If it was Joe Biden’s intent to protect or benefit his son by threatening to withhold $1 billion in taxpayer money in order to force the firing of a Ukrainian prosecutor investigating that very company and Hunter Biden’s role, it might well constitute a violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and other federal felony laws. Biden is not exempt from adhering to those laws merely because he is now running for president.

President Trump was exercising a proper use of executive power, not abusing it. It is Pelosi and Schiff who are abusing the power of impeachment in their latest “witch hunt.”

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Kanye West defends support for Trump, says political decisions based on race is ‘mental slavery’

Kanye West defended his support for President Trump during his Sunday Service event on Saturday in Utah, arguing that it’s “mental slavery” to make political decisions based on race.

West stood before thousands of fans after performing his hit song “Jesus Walks” at the free worship service, and began to pray and testify to the crowd about his religious journey, Billboard reports.

Video footage from the event showed the rapper getting political at one point, telling the crowd that it was the Republican Party, led by former President Abraham Lincoln, who freed enslaved Africans.

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“That’s the Republican Party that freed the slaves,” said West, who defended himself against critics who slammed him for coming out last year as a Trump supporter.

His choice of politics, he argued, is ”my right.”

“And we got the right, right? We got a right to our opinions, right?” he said.

West went on to suggest that making a decision based on one’s race is a “form of slavery.”

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“You black, so you can’t like Trump? I ain’t never made a decision only based on my color,” West said. “That’s a form of slavery, mental slavery.”

West made similar comments during a now-infamous TMZ interview in which he argued that slavery was a “choice.”

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“When you hear about slavery for 400 years … for 400 years? That sounds like a choice,” he said. “Like, you was there for 400 years and it’s all of y’all? It’s like we’re mentally in prison. I like the word ‘prison’ because slavery goes too direct to the idea of blacks,” he added.

“It’s like slavery, Holocaust. Holocaust, Jews. Slavery is blacks. So, prison is something that unites us as one race. Blacks and whites being one race. We’re the human race.”

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