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Christine Blasey Ford’s Attorney Admits She Wanted ‘An Asterisk’ Next To Kavanaugh’s Name Before He ‘Takes A Scalpel To’ Roe v. Wade

 

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Christine Blasey Ford testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool)

 

The Daily Caller obtained a video of Christine Blasey-Ford’s attorney, Debra Katz, speaking to a group of the University of Baltimore’s Feminist Legal Theory Conference in April. Katz admits that part of Blasey-Ford’s motivation for accusing now-Justice Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault in July 2018 was political.

Katz said, “In the aftermath of these hearings, I believe that Christine’s testimony brought about more good than the harm misogynist Republicans caused by allowing Kavanaugh on the court. He will always have an asterisk next to his name. When he takes a scalpel to Roe v. Wade, we will know who he is, we know his character, and we know what motivates him, and that is important; it is important that we know, and that is part of what motivated Christine.”

According to the Daily Caller, the video was first reported by Ryan Lovelace, a writer for the National Law Journal, for his new book, “Search and Destroy: Inside the Campaign Against Brett Kavanaugh.”

Lovelace told the Daily Caller, “A lot of people ask if Christine Blasey-Ford was lying. To know that, you have to know her motivation. Since she has not talked to me directly, the best way I can understand what she is thinking is by what her lawyer is saying. And her lawyer says that she is motivated, at least in part, by Roe v. Wade protecting legalized abortion. It contradicts what both Ford and her lawyers told the press.”

During her testimony before the Senate, “Ford had maintained that she came forward out of a sense of civic duty to provide information that she thought senators needed to know before voting on Kavanaugh,” said Lovelace. “This calls into question everything that Ford and Katz have previously said. I think if we knew in September what we know now, there would have been all kinds of questions at the hearing about this.”

Lovelace also told the Daily Caller he “believes there will be more scrutiny going forward, saying that this is part of the reason he penned “Search and Destroy.” He added that, “I want people to look for themselves and to understand for themselves.”

Ford’s political motivations were apparent to most Republicans and any Democrat who was willing to admit it. Not a single aspect of her bizarre story of a sexual assault she claimed happened 37 years prior could be corroborated. She wasn’t even quite sure of the year it happened.

Since that time, college acquaintances have come forward with stories which describe Blasey-Ford as the opposite of the wounded, fragile child-woman she portrayed during her testimony.

I disagree with Lovelace that there will be more scrutiny going forward. There should have been an immediate investigation of Blasey-Ford’s claims. There were so many pieces of her story which didn’t add up.

No one should be surprised to hear of Debra Katz’ remarks. The situation was pretty clear at the time. Actually, I believe her motivation was purely political, but if Katz had admitted that, she would have put both Blasey-Ford and herself in legal jeopardy. Blasey-Ford and her handlers engaged in character assassination on a scale we’ve never seen before…At least until John Durham’s findings are released, that is.

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Obama Counsel Greg Craig Found Not Guilty of Lying to the DOJ

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Put this down for the least shocking thing of the day.

Former Barack Obama general counsel Greg Craig has been found not guilty by a Washington D.C. jury after he was accused of misleading the DOJ about his foreign lobbying activities. Craig was the only Democrat pursued by Robert Mueller, who would eventually hand the case off leading to prosecution.

This via Law.com.

The verdict from a jury of nine men and three women came after nearly five hours of deliberations and capped off a three-week trial that gripped the legal community and K Street lobbying groups. The trial served as an early test of the Justice Department’s stepped up enforcement of the Foreign Agents Registration Act, a decades-old law requiring the disclosure of lobbying, public relations work and other influence efforts for overseas powers. Craig was not charged with failing to register under that law, commonly known as FARA.

Well, K Street can breathe easy. It seems things are back to the status quo now that Trump associates aren’t in the cross hairs. Why didn’t Mueller and the DOJ squeeze him to garner a guilty verdict as he did others, instead going incredibly easy on, not even charging him under FARA? I’ll let you speculate on that yourself.

What Craig did was fairly clear. We know he was working for the Ukrainian government and we know he didn’t register under the Foreign Agents Registration Act. It’s the exact same thing Paul Manafort was nailed for (although he had other charges on top of the FARA violations). Instead of just admitting it, Craig covered up his role in preparing the report for the Ukrainians, thereby avoiding disclosure of the $4 million paid to his law firm.

The trial reexamined a legal project Craig led for the Russia-aligned government of Ukraine in 2012, when he was a prominent partner at the law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. Craig was retained by the Ukrainian government to conduct a purportedly independent review of  the widely criticized prosecution of former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, a political rival of the country’s president at the time, Viktor Yanukovych.

In January, months after Craig retired under a cloud of legal scrutiny, Skadden agreed to pay $4.6 million as part of a settlement with the Justice Department resolving claims that the firm failed to register under FARA.

Craig, 74, was accused of concealing the extent of his role in the public release of the Tymoshenko report when the Justice Department inquired about whether he needed to register as a foreign agent. Prosecutors argued that, by avoiding FARA’s disclosure requirements, Craig was able to conceal the fact that the Ukrainian oligarch Viktor Pinchuk had paid Skadden more than $4 million to prepare the Tymoshenko report.

As I said though, none of this is surprising. This is why all the talk of charging Comey or McCabe does nothing to excite me. You will never secure a conviction in Washington D.C. or New York in cases that involve such highly political figures with sympathies on the left. These people are unofficially above the law and they know it. You can expect the same, corrupt lobbying activities to continue. Well, unless you are connected to Donald Trump, then you better watch your back at all times.

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A Guide for Providing Donations for Bahamian Hurricane Relief

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It is not hyperbolic to say the island nation was ravaged by hurricane Dorian, and here is how to help.

For much of the past week we here in Florida have been under an anxious cloud with a Category-5 Hurricane Dorian literally stationed just off of our coast. As we have been spared there has been a sinking feeling in watching the storm reports as the second-strongest hurricane to ever appear in the Atlantic made a direct hit on the Bahamas and practically stopped directly atop the small island nation.

This has been a storm that has stymied hurricane experts almost from its formation and it has behaved in ways few predicted. Case in point, on August 26 prognostications had this storm dissipating through the western Caribbean and reaching Florida as a tropical depression that would make for a wet weekend. Within two days Dorian was a Cat-3 hurricane with winds over 100 miles greater than predicted.

It is with amazement that most of this state has been spared from the effects of Dorian, but on the opposite side of the spectrum the Bahamas have possibly become transformed. Neighborhoods have been rendered, many are still missing, and recovery is going to be a lengthy process as the main islands absorbed 185 miles per hour winds for a lengthy stay of a slow-moving tempest. The heartbreak on the islands can be felt already.

There was no buffer for this nation as it was hit, with the country having merely a ten-foot elevation above sea level. The fact that Nassau is situated only 70 miles from my coastline and we experienced barely noticeable weather, while this beast savaged Grand Bahama and the northern islands, is a palpable paradox for us here. These are people in need of serious assistance and there are a number of relief charities that will be working directly on those islands. Please consider helping any of these verified groups to which you can donate in the hope of lending recovery.

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This is a Bahamian relief group based on the islands with complete transparency of its funding. It has worked to aid the nation following storms such as Hurricane Matthew in 2016 and Hurricane Joaquin in 2015. This organization channels donations directly to aid efforts, and it offers complete reporting of funds.

Direct Donation: GoFundMe Page

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HFI is another aid organization with experience in working in the Bahamas following prior hurricane events. They gather relief supplies and work directly with local agencies to direct the aid, goods, and services on the ground in the islands.

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Jacksonville-based travel writer Angie Orth recommends this relief outfit, operated by those on Long Island who were affected by Hurricane Juaquin. They are accepting both cash donations as well as being able to purchase relief goods through Amazon that will be shipped directly to the ravaged areas.

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Amazon: Wishlist Items

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A non-profit outfit registered in the U.S. collecting goods to be delivered into affected areas as directed by island partnering organizations.

LAH Direct: Bahamian Donation Page

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10 Counties That Could Decide The Next US President

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Three states were key to Trump’s 2016 victory. He won the presidency by winning Pennsylvania by 68,236 votes, Michigan by 11,837 and Wisconsin by 27,257. The race was decided by 107,000 votes which represented 0.09% of all votes cast. Obama had comfortably won all three states in 2012.

The Hill’s Reid Wilson conducted a study hoping to identify which counties might determine the winner of the 2020 election. Wilson interviewed 24 political scientists, strategists, and observers and has compiled a list of ten counties he believes will choose the next US president.

The election is still fourteen months away. I realize we live in a world where politics are constantly shifting and a misstep can change a candidates’ fortune in a New York minute which makes this, in reality, an impossible endeavor. Still, it’s interesting to look at analysis from all sources to gain insight into the current political landscape. So, may I present to you the results of Wilson’s analysis – the ten US counties he considers will be the most influential in 2020.

1. Erie County, PA

Trump won this county in 2016, which was the first time a Republican has won since Ronald Reagan in 1984. Wilson points out that 50% of voters are “registered Democrats, and just 36 percent are Republican. Democrats hold five of seven county council seats. But those Democrats are not coastal progressives, Pennsylvania politicos say.”

Terry Madonna, director of the Center for Politics and Public Affairs at Franklin and Marshall College, told Wilson, “What you have is a working-class county that’s socially conservative. Many Democrats there believe that their party has deserted them and become the party of big cities.”

Analysis: In 2016, Trump beat Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton there by 1.6 percentage points — about twice the margin by which he won Pennsylvania’s electoral votes. In 2008 and 2012, Obama won Erie County by double-digit margins. Democratic success there will be a sign that the party has bridged the divide with its own voters who feel left behind.

2. Sauk County, WI

Brian Reisinger, a Republican strategist who was raised in Sauk County, said, “Back in the day, Wisconsin farm country used to more consistently go for Democrats. The rural shift toward Republicans is partially offset by the number of Madison-types who are crossing over the county line to live in small towns where taxes are lower and the world makes more sense.”

Analysis: Sauk County has predicted the winner of Wisconsin’s electoral votes in nine of the past 10 presidential elections. Trump was the first Republican to carry the county in 28 years, when he won it by just 109 votes out of about 30,000 cast. He carried Wisconsin’s electoral votes by about eight-tenths of a percentage point.

3. Muskegon County, MI

Wilson spoke to RNC official Holly Hughes. “Muskegon will be indicative of the statewide vote in the next election.”

Analysis: Today, its economy is dominated by a struggling manufacturing industry and a growing health care sector. Though the county has voted Democratic in every presidential election since 1992, Clinton won it by just 1,200 votes — the closest margin of any county in Michigan, which gave its electoral votes to Trump.

If Trump continues making inroads there, he would keep Michigan’s electoral votes in his column.

4. Maricopa County, AZ

This county is slowly moving leftward. Mike Noble, a Republican pollster in Phoenix, pointed out that Trump won this county by 3%, which is a slightly lower margin than his statewide win. He said, “The areas most at risk for Republicans are middle-class precincts where college-educated residents tend to make between $50,000 and $100,000 a year. It’s in these suburban areas where we are seeing the biggest shift in party voter preference. Those [who] are college educated or above is where the GOP is currently hurting.”

Analysis: Only one Republican in recent history has won a statewide election without winning Maricopa County.

Phoenix’s rapid growth is being fueled by young workers in search of a good job — who tend to bring their blue-state voting habits with them. In 2018, Kyrsten Sinema beat Republican Martha McSally in Maricopa County and became the first Democrat to win a Senate seat in Arizona since 1988.

5. Tarrant County, TX

Republicans have been losing support in Texas for a while now.

Democratic strategist Ed Espinoza said, “In Tarrant, you still have some of those Country Club Republicans. There is a greater discomfort among Republicans with the rhetoric coming from the president and the party in Texas than there might be in Dallas or other places.”

Analysis: Republican margins of victory are declining even in historically red regions. Republicans there peaked in 2004, when Bush scored 62 percent of the vote, or 349,000 votes. Twelve years later, Trump won just 52 percent of the vote, or 346,000 votes. Two years after that, then-Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D) won Tarrant County by 4,000 votes over Sen. Ted Cruz (R).

Tarrant County hasn’t voted for a Democrat since Lyndon Johnson won his home state in 1964. But its booming population may change that: Since Republicans began losing market share there, about 40 percent of the county’s residents are new.

6. New Hanover County, NC

John Wynne, a North Carolina elections analyst, told Wilson that, “Like most of the state’s larger cities, Wilmington has seen an influx of urban white liberals, making the city more Democratic. At the same time, affluent retirees, who tend to vote Republican, are settling along the beaches.”

Analysis: Dominated by Wilmington, New Hanover was part of the Democratic Solid South until Richard Nixon’s election in 1968. Since then, it has only voted for one Democratic presidential candidate — fellow Southerner Jimmy Carter.

But the GOP’s historic advantage there is shrinking. Obama came within 1,400 votes of winning New Hanover County in 2008, and Trump became the first Republican to win less than half the vote since George H.W. Bush split the conservative vote with Ross Perot in 1992.

Trump won the county by 2.9 percentage points. He won North Carolina by 3.6 points.

7. Peach County, GA

DuBose Porter, a former chairman of the state Democratic Party, explained that, “It’s struggling, like most rural communities are in Georgia. We’re losing health care providers. We’re losing hospitals. We’re losing manufacturing, and we’re not replacing that with anything.”

Analysis: About a hundred miles south of Atlanta lies one of the country’s clearest examples of a combined racial and geographic divide. In the middle of rural Georgia, Peach County’s residents are about half white and 45 percent African American. About half live in its cities, and half live in rural areas.

Those divides might as well be partisan stand-ins. Peach County is one of a few hundred pivot counties in America, counties that voted for Obama twice and Trump in 2016. In 1968, the segregationist George Wallace took 42 percent of the vote there.

In a county of just 27,000 people, every vote counts. Last time around, Peach County stood as a bellwether for the entire state. Trump took 50.3 percent of the vote, almost perfectly matched his performance statewide, 50.4 percent. In 2018, Republican Brian Kemp scored 52 percent of the vote in his bid for governor, beating out Democrat Stacey Abrams by just under 500 votes.

8. Washington County, MN

Former Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) said, “President Trump has already transformed rural politics in his favor, so increasing support from suburban voters will be key to the outcome of the election.”

Analysis: Minnesota represents one of a small number of states that voted for Clinton in 2016 that presents Trump with a chance to expand his map in 2020. If he wants to win here, he must carry Washington County, along the border with Wisconsin.

The first white settlers arrived along the banks of the St. Croix River to log its rich forests. In 1838, early residents in Stillwater, the county seat, formally petitioned Congress to create a new state called Minnesota. Today, its residents are more likely to commute to the booming Twin Cities. A fifth of its residents have moved in since 2000, blending its rural roots with exurban sprawl.

Washington County voted twice for George W. Bush, then twice for Obama. Clinton carried Washington County by just 1.8 percentage points, almost exactly the margin by which she carried Minnesota as a whole.

9. Hillsborough County, NH

Hillary Clinton won New Hampshire by 3,000 votes. In Hillsborough County, however, Trump won by 500 votes. Approximately 25% of the state’s voters live in this county. GOP strategist Mike Dennehy said, “Hillsborough tends to represent the state in terms of electoral outcomes.”

Analysis: Hillsborough was a historically Republican county, dating back to the 19th century. But party affiliations have changed as more Bostonians move north and commute back to the city; Obama won Hillsborough twice.

And while Trump won narrowly in 2016, there are signs of serious discontent. The 2018 midterm elections wiped out many Hillsborough members of the state legislature; today, Democrats hold two-thirds of the state House districts in the county.

10. Lincoln County, ME

“Lincoln County reflects many of today’s most fraught political dividing lines all in one, and all well-balanced. For two centuries it has been a working-class hub, home of shipbuilding industries and the lobster fisheries that give Maine its distinctive contribution to American cuisine,” said Maine-based journalist Colin Woodard.

He added that, “At the same time, its picturesque islands and landscapes have made it a longtime tourism destination, from the Gilded Age to today. A mix of working class fishermen, deep-pocketed retirees (both liberal and conservative) and tourism-dependent workers and business owners, partisan political contests are highly contested at almost every level, from town councils and the state legislature to Congress and the presidency.”

Analysis: Those rival factions fought to a near draw in 2016. Clinton won Lincoln County, 47.6 percent to 45.2 percent — nearly identical to her 2-point win in the popular vote. If Trump keeps his blue-collar base, or if ancestral Republicans break against him and cost him the White House, Lincoln County will be the microcosm through which to view the 2020 outcome.

 

Though there seems to be movement to the left in many of these counties, it will be interesting to see if traditional Democrats are willing to support any of the far left candidates (outside of Biden) who are currently competing for the nomination. All of the counties on this list are comprised of working-class, middle-class Americans who might not quite be ready for open borders, free health care for illegals, late-term abortions or the rest of the new policies favored by the left. It’s disheartening to think that conservative or moderate Democrats might be ready to take the leap into socialism.

If any one of the Democratic candidates currently running should win the presidency, the United States, as we’ve known it, will be gone. And I hope that voters understand that.

 

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Reporter Behind Libelous Bloomberg Hit Job on Leif Olson Justifies His Lies in True #Resistance Fashion

If you ever needed any more proof that our media are simply the paid henchmen of the progressive movement and the Democrat party, you need look no further than the sorry and shabby spectacle carried out on the pages ob Bloomberg News yesterday.

A vicious, lackwit “senior reporter” named Ben Penn (presented as a “know your enemy” courtesy) posted a story, a story approved by Bloomberg mamagement, that accused Trump Labor Department appointee Leif Olson of anti-Semitic comments Trump Labor Aide Quits After Anti-Semitic Facebook Posts Surface. The anti-Semitic comments were actually clearly sarcastic commentary on Paul Ryan’s demolition of Pauh Nehlen in 2016.

Read the story by SisterToldjah for background.

By way of indictment, Penn trots out some of the pro-bono litigation that Olson has been engaged it. A notable non-conservatve and spastic-kneejerking anti-Trumper Ken White notes that Olson’s pro bono work didn’t really have a political tone:

As media, left and right piled on to the feckless goof trotted out this by way of defending a action that is simply grotesque in its maliciousness:

Yep. Never mind that I lied. Never mind that I libeled a good man. Never mind that this calumny that I conjured out of thin air will forever be associated with this guy any time he is googled. He was a Trump appointee. Why are y’all so upset. Viva le Resistance.

And, I think there we come to the true motive. Penn was pointed to the Facebook posts by someone in the labor movement who wanted Olson taken out. Penn cheerfully engaged in this deeply dishonest smear job and, thanks to an absolutely gutless response the Department of Labor, succeeded. Now he can’t understand why he isn’t being carried about the stadium on the shoulders of admiring throngs.

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Did Ilhan Omar’s Husband Spill The Tea? He Reportedly Told Friends She WAS Married To Brother

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If they ever make a Real Housewives of Capitol Hill, I nominate Rep. Ilhan Omar to be the highly judgmental, weirdly aggressive, holier-than-thou scold who does all the finger pointing to hide the fact that she has a significant number of skeletons hiding in her own closet.

Thanks to some reporting by Powerline — which seems to have been ultimately partially confirmed by The New York Post — that’s going to be an easy casting decision.

According to Powerline, Omar’s current estranged husband Ahmed Hirsi (who is not related to her by blood), has been telling friends and associates that not only did Omar have an affair with an aide while paying him (Lord have mercy), but that she also, in fact, did marry her brother with intent to defraud.

Oh, and that he has no intention of going down for the Congresswoman.

According to sources, Hirsi is telling friends:

• that he will not go to jail for Omar;

• that while Omar did indeed marry her brother (Ahmed Elmi) for fraudulent purposes, Hirsi did not know at the time that she had married Elmi;

• that Omar is threatening Hirsi he would be in trouble along with her if the truth were to come out;

• that Omar has asked him to state publicly that all is well with their marriage even though it is completely done and finished; and

• that in fact they are living apart and have been divorced under Islamic law (although they remain legally married).

Having humiliated Ahmed Hirsi by her affair with Tim Mynett, Omar now wants Hirsi to perform public relations services for her to suppress the scandal. That is cold.

Hirsi has maintained his silence through all the scandals so far. One may infer that there is a good reason why Hirsi has never spoken up on Omar’s behalf in any of these scandals. Hirsi’s knowledge of Omar’s conduct is knowledge of her wrongdoing.

A new piece in The New York Post seems to confirm at least some of the Powerline blog post by detailing that Omar’s husband — who had initially declined to file for divorce — has now been reported to have started thinking about that process.

The congresswoman’s husband, Ahmed Hirsi, the source said, is poised to file for divorce after the revelation in a bombshell court filing that she allegedly had an affair with DC political consultant Tim Mynett.

The Minnesota congresswoman and her husband allegedly separated in March, and Omar asked Hirsi to divorce her around that time because she didn’t want to file the papers — but Hirsi refused, telling her if she wanted a divorce she should do it herself, said the source, who has known both parties for 20 years.

The husband allegedly changed his mind after Tim Mynett’s wife last week filed bombshell divorce papers claiming her spouse was having an affair with the Somali-born US representative — with Hirsi said to be angry he had been made to look the fool by the allegations of an extramarital affair.

Powerline also takes the opportunity to stick up for journalist David Steinberg, who has broken most of the Omar story over the last few years and been roundly ignored for his efforts while other outlets laid claim to the same information. The New York Post reporter who wrote the story insists she did not use the research of Steinberg for her piece. which he disputes on Twitter.

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Alexander, House Dem Surprise Billing Plot Foiled

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Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) will not privately negotiate with House Democrats to ram through his version of legislation to solve the “surprise medical billing” issue plaguing patients across the country. As we previously reported, Capitol Hill sources said Alexander had grown frustrated with his bill’s lack of momentum and was looking to hatch a plan with House Democrats to insert his controversial version of surprise medical billing legislation into the Medicare extenders package that must pass by the end of September.

But, we have learned that Senate Republican leadership has called on Alexander to stand down.

Conservatives aren’t signing on to Alexander’s Lower Health Care Cost Act because his bill would permit the federal government to set reimbursement rates for out-of-network care providers. This so-called “benchmarking” approach would necessarily reduce the amount providers can get paid. It would literally cap their compensation to the benefit of insurance companies.

As former Congressman Dick Armey writes in the Houston Chronicle:

Allowing government bureaucrats to set prices for out-of-network health care providers across the country is a total abandonment of the free-market values that have helped create such a robust health care system in which roughly 90 percent of Americans enjoy comprehensive health care coverage and benefits. This move toward increasing regulations and growing the size of the federal government is no solution — in fact, it would only create more problems than it solves.

Government rate-setting under this benchmarking approach would ignore the fact that the cost and level of difficulty for performing health care services and treatments varies greatly by region and facility. By setting artificially lower-than-market rates for these services, doctors would essentially be short-changed for the invaluable services they provide. These losses would simply be passed on to our nation’s hospitals and emergency rooms — threatening the financial stability of rural health care facilities in particular.

With Alexander’s legislation stalled, a new lobbying effort appears to be underway making the claim that physicians are attempting to protect the surprise medical billing practice. This is fake news as most physician groups are pushing to end surprise billing through an alternative approach – one they see as fairer to doctors, patients, and hospitals.

That approach would allow third-party arbitrators to settle billing disputes between providers and insurance companies without dragging patients into the middle of it. As Armey further explains:

Fortunately, there are other solutions in Congress that take a more pragmatic approach. Instead of benchmarking, legislation like S. 1531, the STOP Surprise Medical Bills Act, would seek to implement an Independent Dispute Resolution process in order to eliminate surprise medical billing. That’s the same process used in Major League Baseball to settle salary disputes between players and teams.

This approach incentivizes both parties to submit a fair offer for the price of medical services, which incentives them to keep prices down so their offer is chosen. This process takes about 30 days through an online portal, and the patient is left out of the process completely. Until such a time that a final payment is determined, insurers pay providers a temporary interim payment based on the fair market value of the services provided. That provides a layer of financial security that can make all the difference to rural hospitals that operate on razor-thin profit margins.

As insurance company lobbyists and politicians in both the House and Senate get increasingly desperate, expect the attack to continue. Physician groups are not responsible for surprise medical bills. No, surprise billing was created by a flawed health insurance system that offers limited options, narrow coverage networks, and high deductibles. In other words, it is another unpleasant byproduct of ObamaCare. If Congress doesn’t have the stomach to repeal ObamaCare — and it’s obvious it does not — then it should fix surprise medical billing the right way.

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The Comey IG Report Takes Down Another Collusion Myth

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National Security Adviser Michael Flynn arrives in the east Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, Feb. 13, 2017, for a news conference with President Donald Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. . (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

As we found out last week, the DOJ Inspector General released a stand alone report on the actions of disgraced FBI Director James Comey. This dealt with his mishandling of classified information and involved a criminal referral, which the DOJ decided not to pursue because that’s Washington D.C. for you.

Regardless, what the report did was paint a damning picture of Comey’s behavior, from illegal possession of classified material, to how he was using the bureau to chase after his own, mindless conspiracy theories. Through the report, we learned that the now infamous briefing with Trump about the Steele Dossier was actually a setup in hopes the President would incriminate himself.

Perhaps Trump would say something incriminating. The FBI officials made plans for Comey, immediately after leaving the meeting, to write down everything he could remember about whatever Trump said. Comey also wanted to discuss Trump’s reactions with top aides immediately. Comey told the inspector general it was “important for FBI executive managers to be ‘able to share in [Comey’s] recall of the salient details of those conversations.’” Bureau officials also wanted to be able to respond if Trump publicly “misrepresent[ed] what happened in the encounter.”

So, preparations were made. “Comey said he had a secure FBI laptop waiting for him in his FBI vehicle and that when he got into the vehicle, he was handed the laptop and ‘began typing as the vehicle moved,’” the report says. He worked on his account as the FBI car took him to the New York field office, where aides had set up a secure video teleconference with Rybicki, McCabe, Baker, and the “Crossfire Hurricane” supervisors. Comey continued to work on his memo after that and sent the group a final version the next day, Saturday, Jan. 7.

While the IG report exposed ridiculous, partisan behavior like the above, it also killed yet another collusion myth. Recall one of the most talked about pieces of evidence against Trump, supposedly showing he wanted to squash the Russia investigation and was willing to obstruct justice to do so.

I’m talking about the now infamous conversation between Trump and James Comey over Michael Flynn’s phone call with the Russian ambassador.

This via Julie Kelly at American Greatness.

“He misled the Vice President but he didn’t do anything wrong in the call,” Comey claimed Trump said to him. “[Trump] said, ‘I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go.”

According to Russian collusion truthers, those alleged comments form the most convincing evidence that Team Trump not only conspired with the Russians and tried to cover it up, but that the president broke the law by asking his FBI director to halt an investigation into one of his top advisors.

If you’ve never seen that first line reported, you aren’t alone. It’s been omitted in nearly every mainstream media screed on this incident. What it shows is that Trump had absolutely no intent to hamper a real criminal investigation. In fact, he rightly pointed out that Flynn had done nothing wrong, something the FBI themselves would conclude in short order. There was nothing illegal about Flynn talking to the Russian ambassador about sanctions during the transition. It’s exactly the kind of conversation you’d expect an incoming administration to have.

But the media went wild. Trump had obstructed justice and Flynn had violated the Logan Act (which the media would eventually decide doesn’t matter the moment John Kerry blatantly violated it). Further, Trump’s actions showed that he was colluding with the Russians because he didn’t want his campaign investigated.

But if the generally accepted interpretation of the Flynn memo—that Trump asked Comey to drop the FBI’s investigation into Flynn for being in cahoots with the Russians—is true, it indeed contained what undoubtedly is classified information. According to federal guidelines, government material meets the classification threshold if it pertains to “foreign government information” and/or “intelligence activities (including covert action), intelligence sources or methods.”

Comey and the president would have been discussing a counterintelligence probe which by its very definition deals with threats from foreign governments. It would have pertained to information derived from an intercepted phone call with an agent of a foreign power. It would have disclosed law enforcement activity to uncover how a global foe disrupted a U.S. presidential election with the aid of traitorous American citizens.

But here is why the FBI didn’t mark the Flynn memo as classified: Trump wasn’t talking about the Russia investigation—and the corrupt chiefs at the FBI who analyzed the Flynn memo knew it.

I’ll take it a step further. Comey purposely didn’t mark it as classified because 1) he knew Trump wasn’t talking about the Russia investigation but also 2) he wanted to be able to leak it without legal repercussions. Both are corrupt.

In fact, in Comey’s memo, he admits Trump was talking specifically about Flynn and not a broader investigation into his associates.

Still, the media ran with the untrue assertion that Trump was wanting to shut everything down.

The resulting article, however, did not report that Trump asked Comey to drop an FBI inquiry into Flynn’s false statements. The Timesstory published May 16, “Comey Memo Says Trump Asked Him to End the Flynn Investigation,” rocked the political world. Reporter Michael Schmidt wrote that “the documentation of Trump’s request is the clearest evidence that the president has tried to directly influence the Justice Department and F.B.I. investigation into links between Trump’s associates and Russia.”

News outlets piled on the bogus storyline: “[Comey] should come back to the Congress and share with us what he knows in terms of the president’s conversations with him on any of the Russian investigations,” Representative Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) told the Washington Post.

The next day, Robert Mueller was appointed special counsel to investigate so-called collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russians to influence the 2016 election.

In other words, the special counsel was appointed on the false premise that Trump was attempting to obstruct the Russia investigation. In reality he didn’t even know it existed because the FBI were inconceivably hiding it from him. They wouldn’t admit to him that his campaign was under investigation until March of 2017, a month later.

We would spend the next 2 years arguing about something that didn’t even happen but would reach mythical proportions on the left and within mainstream media circles. Outlets like The New York Times would structure their entire newsrooms just to print negative story after negative story, almost always based on anonymous sources that would turn out to be wrong.

None of this had to happen. But it did because of corrupt officials in our government and a more than eager media ready to do their bidding. Now that things have cooled off, it’s easy to forget just how insane things got before Mueller’s public testimony poured cold water on everything. The fever pitch, the slander, the destroyed lives. All of it still matters and it’s about time the DOJ takes action to secure justice.

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WATCH: Black Republican Shows Up at Democrat Protest and Demands they Pay Reparations

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The concept of reparations is beyond ridiculous. It’s the idea that people who never owned slaves should pay people who never were slaves in order to make up for the wrongs done to people who aren’t around anymore by people who are just as dead.

(READ: No American Owes A Dime In Reparations)

Still, many on the left demand reparations are paid to black Americans despite the logistical impossibilities and moral conundrums.

This is why one black Trump supporter decided to see if he couldn’t make the left put their money where their mouth is. Heading to Grand Central Station in NYC, he held up a Trump 2020 sign and began telling the white leftists in the area that it’s time to pay up, not because he wants their money, but because they said he deserves it.

“I will immediately turn it over to the Trump campaign,” the man said. “I don’t want your money.”

“You say I deserve reparations. White liberals and Democrats, pay up!” he continued. “Pay up because you told me I deserve reparations. I did not ask for it. They told me that to buy my bote, but you won’t get my vote. My vote is going here, to Trump 2020.”

“Put your money in my bank account and you will be healed,” he added.

Unsurprisingly, not one of the white leftists in the room gave him any money. In fact, one of them who was wearing a black mask told him to “f*** off” as she walked by him.

It was definitely a provocative stunt, but the point is pretty solid. For all the alleged guilt white people are supposed to feel, I don’t see them offering up their personal money to the cause. It’s been all about making it a mandatory government action.

That doesn’t say a lot about their convictions. In fact, if anything, it points to the fact that they don’t really believe it at all and are just trying to buy the votes of the black community as this man said.

Funny enough, if you look at the pattern of how the Democrats have treated the black community, you can quickly see that they don’t necessarily care about the black community all that much. During the 2016 elections, the Democrats were all about the plight of the black community. Now they seem to have shrugged them off in favor of illegal immigrants.

(READ: Do Black Lives Not Matter Much To Democrats Anymore?)

In fact, after the controversy with President Donald Trump highlighting the horrible rat infestation and trash problem in Baltimore, the Democrats were content to just call Trump and the Republicans racist while it was Trump supporters who actually went down there to help out. Even as Democrats tried to create a media spectacle, black Baltimore residents were shouting down Democrats. This was not shown by the mainstream media, who ignored their voices.

For Democrats, the black community is a useful tool, not a people.

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A Houston Woman Proves to Her Attackers and the Media that a Gun Is a Girl’s Best Friend

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Those who would take your guns from you like to pretend that the “good guy with a gun” scenario is a myth. Even the government disagrees with that, and you can find a myriad of stories detailing criminals being greeted with the business end of a firearm on the daily.

Just so that it doesn’t get completely swept under the rug, however, I want to highlight this recent story. It’s not about a “good guy with a gun,” but a woman with a gun.

According to KHOU-TV, a woman in Houston, Texas, was pulling into her apartment when a group of men descended on her car and attempted to get at her. The men thought they had the upper hand until the woman showed them how mistaken they were:

Houston police say the woman was pulling into her parking spot at the apartments when she noticed a group of men hanging out near the area of the mailboxes about 20 yards away.

As she parked her car, the men approached her vehicle and one of them reached into her passenger side window, which she had been trying to roll up. Police say the man had tried to grab the woman’s purse before she was able to pull out a handgun.

Police say the woman fired two shots, forcing the men to run from the scene. Then officers received a second call of a man who was found with a gunshot wound on the other side of the complex about 100 yards away.

The man was later transported to the hospital for two gunshot wounds and was last seen in surgery. The woman, meanwhile, will face zero charges after describing the men as being armed themselves.

And there you have it. Maybe those men would have taken her purse and that would have been the end of it, or maybe not. Maybe they intended to do a lot more than that. We’ll never know and that we don’t have to know is the best part of this story. The woman’s ability to defend herself with the best means possible is what kept this story from becoming tragic.

It’s sad that we have so many people in America willing to tell a woman like this that she shouldn’t have the right to own the weapon that possibly saved her life. When they advocate for the removal of your 2nd Amendment rights, this is the kind of story they ignore and see to that it never happens again.

The truth is that, despite everything that the gun grabbers promote, guns are a girl’s best friend. The harsh reality is that women aren’t typically as strong as men and are too often victims of men with ill intent. In a physical confrontation, more often than not, the woman will lose the fight and be subjected to whatever that man has in store her for her.

A gun does a lot to tip the scales for the woman. A man can’t physically overpower or intimidate a piece of metal traveling at high speeds.

If anyone should be advocating for the rights of gun owners, it’s women.

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