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BREAKING: House Ethics Cmte to Investigate Katie Hill’s Alleged Relationship With Staffer

The House Ethics Committee announced Wednesday evening that they will investigate allegations that freshman Rep. Katie Hill, (D-CA) had a sexual relationship with a staffer, according to The Hill.

Their statement read:

“The Committee is aware of public allegations that Representative Katie Hill may have engaged in a sexual relationship with an individual on her congressional staff, in violation of House Rule XXIII, clause 18 (a).”

Rep. Hill referenced the House Ethics Committee in an email sent to constituents 10 minutes after The Hill’s story went live. She wrote:

To my family, friends, supporters and members of my community,

It pains me deeply that I have to send you this note at all, but I want you to hear from me so that I can hopefully put to rest some of the gossip, innuendo and lies that have been told in recent days.

During the final tumultuous years of my abusive marriage, I became involved in a relationship with someone on my campaign.  I know that even a consensual relationship with a subordinate is inappropriate, but I still allowed it to happen despite my better judgment. For that I apologize. I wish nothing but the best for her and hope everyone respects her privacy in this difficult time.

But the truth is, distributing intimate photos with the intent to publish them is a crime, and the perpetrator should be punished to the full extent of the law.  I have notified Capitol Police, who are investigating it, and therefore will have no further comment on the matter.

I am going through a divorce from an abusive husband who seems determined to try to humiliate me. I am disgusted that my opponents would seek to exploit such a private matter for political gain.  This coordinated effort to try to destroy me and the people close to me is despicable and will not succeed.  I, like many women who have faced attacks like this before, am stronger than those who want me to be afraid.

I am saddened that the deeply personal matter of my divorce has been brought into public view, even the false allegations of a relationship with my congressional staffer, which I have publicly denied, and I am fully and proactively cooperating with the Ethics Committee.

This smear campaign will not get in the way of the work I am doing every day to move our district and our country forward.  I am truly grateful for the outpouring of support I have received from colleagues and constituents alike, and I know we will get through this together.

There is important work to do on behalf of our district and I promise to keep working as hard as I can to fight for the ideals that I committed to from day one. Out of respect for the law enforcement and the Ethics Committee, I will not have more to say on this subject until their work is concluded.

The investigation comes after RedState broke news nearly two weeks ago about Hill’s alleged affair with her Legislative Director, Graham Kelly, and subsequent stories involving a throuple relationship with a female campaign staffer. Hill has repeatedly denied the relationship with Kelly despite the existence of text messages between her campaign videographer and husband in which the videographer says Hill admitted the affair to him.

Jennifer Van Laar is Deputy Managing Editor of RedState. Follow her on Twitter or Facebook.

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Where We Are: Massachusetts Eyes a Bill Making it Illegal to Call Someone a ‘B-tch’

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Is there still freedom of speech, or are there only remnants of a once-unfettered liberty?

In Massachusetts, lawmakers have proposed making it illegal to call someone a “b*tch.”

Therefore, in this new paradigm, you’d be able to call somebody a _____, and a _____, and a _____, and a ______, and even a mother__ing ______ of a ______ like a ______ full of ______ and with their ______ up their _____ing big___ ________.

And everything’d be cool.

But then all of a sudden:

B___ OOM!!!!!!!!!!!!

You’re going to jail, smartypants.

State Rep. Daniel Hunt — a Democrat representing Boston’s Dorchester neighborhood — offered the submission in May. He did so in utilization of a Massachusetts-only provision allowing a legislator to introduce a bill on behalf of a constituent.

Subsections of the potential legislation indicate the possible punishment of a fine up to $200 or up to six months in jail.

Daniel forgot to check the box indicating his use of the constituent allowance, so lots of people think it was his idea.

#Consequences:

“I got at least 50 phone calls today calling me a ‘bitch’ or the ‘C’ word, and I’ve also gotten probably 50 e-mails.”

Here’s the official description of Bill H.3719 — “An Act Regarding the Use of Offensive Words”:

A person who uses the word “b*tch” directed at another person to accost, annoy, degrade or demean the other person shall be considered to be a disorderly person in violation of this section, and shall be subject to the penalties provided in subsections (a) and (b). A violation of this subsection may be reported by the person to whom the offensive language was directed at or by any witness to such incident.

Well, it’d certainly prevent Breaking Bad’s Jesse Pinkman from doing business in Beantown. I mean, a guy willing to break the law against selling meth wouldn’t dare violate the prohibition of saying a word. After all, people game to commit mass murder is nothing but a scared b*tch when it comes to ordinances against guns.

Crap…I think I just went to jail.

Fortunately for all involved, the law’s likely to never see the light of day, as it’s unconstitutional.

From The Daily Wire:

The bill, according to the [Boston Globe], was one of nearly 70 relating to criminal justice that was discussed by the Joint Judiciary Committee during a hearing. Other bills included changes in law regarding victims’ rights, juvenile offenders, and witness testimony. Hunt’s bill appears to be the only one suggesting an entirely new criminal act.

The bill is also “clearly unconstitutional,” according to Boston College law professor Kent Greenfield. He told the Globe that the “Supreme Court has repeatedly ruled in a bunch of cases that very offensive, very hurtful speech is nevertheless protected.”

Well, son of a gun.

Although, I think these days, the word “gun” is worse than the word “b*tch.”

-ALEX

 

See 3 more pieces from me:

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The Girl In The Bubble: Alyssa Milano Meets ‘Caricature Of A Villain’ Ted Cruz To Find Out If He’s ‘Really A Human With A Heartbeat’

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Stephen Miller: ‘Permanent Bureaucracy is a Mortal Threat to America’

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White House senior policy adviser Stephen Miller speaks during the daily briefing at the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

 

Two thousand years ago, Cicero said that a nation can survives its fools, and even the ambitious, but it cannot survive treason from within.

In a recent interview with the Washington Examiner’s Paul Bedard, Stephen Miller, President Trump’s Senior Policy Adviser, recently uttered similar words. Miller said that “anonymous efforts by anti-Trump federal bureaucrats to thwart the White House agenda through leaks and complaints to friendly reporters and congressional allies are a mortal threat to the American system of government.”

Miller explained:

It is best understood as career federal employees that believe they are under no obligation to honor, respect, or abide by the results of a democratic election. Their view is, ‘If I agree with what voters choose, then I’ll do what they choose. If I disagree with what voters choose, then I won’t, and I’ll continue doing my own thing. So basically it’s heads I win, tails you lose.

If you elect Hillary Clinton, then I’ll implement all of her policies very faithfully, and if I see massive evidence of corruption on Hillary Clinton’s part, then I’ll keep it all a secret. If you elect a candidate I disagree with, then I’ll lie, I’ll leak, I’ll cheat, I’ll smear, I’ll attack, I’ll persecute, and I will refuse to implement, and I will obstruct at every single step of the way.

We’ve made clear that your leaks will backfire and your sabotage will fail, and we’ll simply implement the policy doubly. Not only will you not change the outcome, but the more that you try to leak and disrupt, the more determined the president will be in his course to accomplish that which he was sent here to do.

The same people who made wrong judgment calls in Iraq, with respect to strategy in Afghanistan, Libya, Egypt, too … the people who made all these decisions now are so utterly convinced that they alone know what the right policy is.

Never has someone occupied the Oval Office who is more undeterred and undaunted in executing the task that he was brought here and has pledged to execute.

A lot of us thought, if you go back many years before Donald Trump ever declared for president, we might never live to see the day when somebody would have the audacity to promise to fundamentally change a broken status quo then get to Washington and proceed to execute on every single thing that he promised to do no matter what was thrown his way. It is truly a miracle to behold.

The most obvious recent example of this has been played out on center stage by the permanent bureaucrats of the State Department, most of whom despise Trump. The majority of them supported Hillary Clinton. Many (if not most) disapprove of Trump’s policies and some have actively worked against his agenda.

They forgot what they were hired for. I imagine that happens after spending decades in government service. Needless to say, it shouldn’t matter if they agree or disagree with any particular administration’s policy. They are there to implement the policies.

The first act of vengeance by the diplomatic community against the President occurred shortly after he had been inaugurated. Trump signed an executive order called “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States,” better known as the muslim travel ban which most liberals objected to. 1,000 U.S. diplomats signed a dissent cable opposing the order. Acting Attorney General Sally Yates took it a step further, and refused to defend it. Trump immediately fired her, as he should have. And, unsurprisingly, DOJ official Andrew Weissmann of Special Counsel fame, sent Yates an email congratulating her for resisting the order.

Last weekend, Politico published an article entitled “The Revenge of the State Department,” which was, as you would expect, sympathetic to the diplomatic corps. It begins, “They’ve been derided as a “deep state,” slurred as “Obama holdovers,” threatened with draconian budget cuts and told President Donald Trump doesn’t even need them. Now, America’s diplomats are taking their revenge.”

The author believes they are perfectly justified in their behavior. In fact, these people are being praised by their State Department colleagues and “their allies in the broader foreign policy community are quietly hailing them as heroes.”

A Former U.S. ambassador spoke to Politico and said, “People are fed up. There’s a deep well of resentment that’s just bubbled toward the top.”

These diplomats clearly disagree with everything this President stands for and they disapprove of the changes his administration has made at the State Department. Former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch, is resentful that she was recalled two months early from her post in Kiev. And these are now the “witnesses” testifying in the Democrats’ circus which they call the impeachment inquiry.

How long can any government, or company or even any family, survive this kind of defiance? It’s remarkable that the President has been able to withstand the constant onslaught of attacks. That he’s been able to accomplish anything is miraculous.

The State Department is just one agency in a large, swollen government that Trump will likely trim if he wins a second term. He should try to push through term limits for both lawmakers and non-elected officials as well. He needs to bust up the deep state.

Stephen Miller is spot on when he says that permanent bureaucracy is a mortal threat to America.

Cicero knew what he was talking about 2,000 years ago.

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Here’s a Look Into ‘New Evidence’ Heating Up the Durham Investigation, He’s ‘Very Interested’ to Question Clapper, Brennan

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Big news breaking in the investigation of the Russia probe by U.S. Attorney John Durham.

We’ve reported that the Durham probe had expanded, was now likely a criminal investigation and that Durham wanted to talk to both former CIA head John Brennan and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.

Now comes the word about what caused that expansion of the investigation from Fox News’ Catherine Herridge.

Herridge explained it was expanded because of “new evidence” that was discovered during their investigations in Rome, Italy.

Herridge reports that the Italian prime minister confirmed to his parliament that he did let Attorney General William Barr meet with Italian intelligence agents on the subject of the Russia investigation, that this was the “correct decision” and had been arranged through proper diplomatic channels. The meetings occurred August 15 and September 27 in Rome. During one of the trips, Barr and Durham discovered the “new evidence” and according to Herridge’s contacts, Durham is “very interested” to question Clapper as well as Brennan.

Fox reported some information about the meeting.

In Italy, Barr reportedly told embassy officials he “needed a conference room to meet high-level Italian security agents where he could be sure no one was listening in.”

A source in the Italian Ministry of Justice told The Daily Beast earlier this month that Barr and Durham were played a taped deposition made by Joseph Mifsud, the professor who allegedly told ex-Trump aide George Papadopoulos that the Russians had “dirt” on Hillary Clinton. Mifsud reportedly was explaining to authorities in the deposition why people would want to harm him, and why he needed police protection.

Papadopoulos has suggested he was connected with Mifsud as part of a setup orchestrated by intelligence agencies.

There are also reports that Durham now has Mifsud’s Blackberrys

Papadopoulos was allegedly the reason for opening the Russia investigation.

If there was a set-up and that’s been exposed, then it would have been a tainted effort of entrapment to start. That might explain why Brennan has been melting down of late and why he’s so upset that Durham wants to question him.

As we reported, Brennan apparently was already notified he is to be questioned. Brennan claimed he didn’t “understand the predication” for such an investigation into the Russia probe.

Meanwhile Brennan has a history of improper spying. He was not only caught spying on the Senate, but lying about it as well to Congress. Yet he never faced any consequences.

And that’s not the only question being raised about Brennan’s actions in the Russia probe.

Former Chair of the House Intelligence Committee, Trey Gowdy, has indicated that Brennan may have some legitimate reason for concern about his own actions, according to the Washington Examiner.

Republicans believe the impending declassification of Russia investigation documents will show an email exchange between Brennan and former FBI Director James Comey discussing the use of British ex-spy Christopher Steele’s unverified dossier in the U.S. intelligence community’s assessment on Russian interference in the 2016 election. Former South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy, who claims to have seen the classified material, said this puts Brennan in jeopardy more than it does Comey.

Also in another story from the Examiner:

There have been reports, including by veteran journalist Bob Woodward, that the dossier was included in an early draft of the assessment. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., said in March he was told Brennan “insisted” the dossier be included in the report. “BREAKING: A high-level source tells me it was Brennan who insisted that the unverified and fake Steele dossier be included in the Intelligence Report … Brennan should be asked to testify under oath in Congress ASAP,” Paul tweeted.

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Las Vegas PD Announces They Will Stop Cooperating With ICE

Following the lead of states like California and sanctuary cities like Denver or San Francisco, the Las Vegas police department has announced they will no longer detain people on federal immigration holds. The decision is based on California statutes.

In a statement that all but admits the move is probably a waste of time, LVMPD’s Sheriff Joseph Lombardo recognized that the decision would probably be appealed in the courts. He also indicated he was “optimistic that this change will not hinder LVMPD’s ability to fight violent crime”.

To recap, law enforcement has decided not to work with law enforcement. Isn’t this how we got 9/11?

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Obama’s Former National Security Advisor: Lindsey Graham is ‘a Piece of Sh–‘

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Holy moley.

The political conservation continues to go the way of swirling water in a porcelain bowl.

On the Pod Save the World podcast, Susan Rice — Obama’s national security advisor — called South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham a “piece of sh**.”

The ‘cast is hosted by two veterans Obama officials, spokesman Tommy Vietor and advisor Ben Rhodes.

In a clip from the show posted to Twitter Tuesday, Ben asserted that one must understand Benghazi in order to understand Trump.

To that, Tommy replied, “Right, because Lindsey Graham isn’t just a piece of sh** now.”

Susan added this spice:

“He’s been a piece of sh**.”

She continued:

“I said it. I said it, dammit. Finally. He’s a piece of sh**.”

And what’s he been doing? According to Tommy, it’s this:

“He’s lying. Lying, lying, lying. And raising money off the death of four Americans.”

Susan claimed a Fox News producer had slipped her a secret: The network needed a villain in the Benghazi story in order to get viewership. So it picked her:

“He said…‘Making them angry is how they get ratings. And the way to make them angry is to create villains that they can target and vilify. And you always need fresh villains.’”

The episode will be released Wednesday.

Does this kind of crappy talk help dignify Obama’s legacy? Or politics in general?

It seems to me we’re drifting further and further from the debate of ideas, as personal attacks take the place of things that could actually have value.

But so it goes.

Whatever else anyone’s thoughts on Lindsey may be, he’s certainly fierce. The man had flames flying off him during the Kavanaugh hearings.

And, perhaps to Susan Rice’s consternation, if you wanna watch Lindsey go, enjoy these showcases:

Lindsey Graham On FIRE Over The Wall: We’re Not Gonna Give In To This Radical Left, EVER

Lindsey Graham: ‘Mr. President, Declare A National Emergency Now’

And for a bit of AOC goodness, here’s a treat:

Senator Lindsey Graham: ‘Let’s Vote On The New Deal!’ His Motives May Not Be Wholly Altruistic

DUMB BUT FASHIONABLE: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Calls For Lindsey Graham To Resign

-ALEX

 

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To Date Almost 900 Abortion Clinics Have Lost Their Federal Funding Due To Trump’s Abortion Rules

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As promised, President Trump recently guided his administration to move toward a more pro-life (or at least neutral) stance on federal abortion funding. The new rules strip Title X funding of any “reproductive healthcare” centers that provide abortion referrals. It was a response to the decades-long argument that pro-life taxpayer should not be required to fund abortions with their tax dollars.

Now comes a report that close to 900 abortion clinics across the nation have closed their doors or are struggling to stay afloat as a result of the loss of federal funding.

Powertodecide.org released a breakdown of the impact of the ruling, lamenting the loss of “healthcare” services nationwide. The impact of just one simple rule change is stunning, no matter what side of the fence you sit on.

Already, more than 8.7 million women in 390 counties across the nation are at risk of losing affordable access to the birth control they need because the clinic they depend on has lost its Title X funding. To date, 876 clinics have been forced out of the program. Since the rule began to be enforced in August, stories of increased costs, shorter hours, and fewer services being offered have flooded in.

The report itself is framed from a pro-abortion stance. It paints the ruling as oppressive, but it should be noted that all the clinics that have so far chosen to close their doors or limit services did precisely that…they chose to close rather than comply. When pro-life pregnancy centers in California were forced to adapt to new state laws requiring they offer information about abortion services or lose state funding, they didn’t close. They chose to stay open in order to provide the myriad of services they offered to single mothers and low-income families.

Trump called the bluff of Planned Parenthood and the pro-abortion lobby who constantly scream about “cancer screenings” and “birth control”. The common refrain is that less than 3% of what Planned Parenthood does involves abortion. If that is truly the case, removing federal funding from abortion-specific services shouldn’t have had much of an impact. With the celebrity class pretty much in lockstep on abortion those funds could be raised privately within days. In fact, we’ve watched it happen several times since Trump took office. Celebrities like Sarah Silverman and Debra Messing have spearheaded very successful campaigns to donate to Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers in the name of Mike Pence or Trump. No one seemed to see the irony of being able to do themselves what they are asking the taxpayer to do.

If the new ruling denies federal funding for this one thing, but these clinics are saying women will literally die in the streets without the important care they provide wouldn’t an organization committed to women’s health simply comply and keep their doors open? All of the referral stuff can be offloaded to private organizations and activist groups.

But abortion is the sacred cow, and to admit that they are really only interested in providing abortions rather than actual healthcare would be to admit that the pro-life movement has been right about them all along. They are not committed to healthcare, only abortion.

The other leg of this issue is that there are still plenty of women’s health clinics being funded…they just aren’t abortion providers. Pro-life pregnancy centers that offer aid from the first test through to kindergarten have been seeing an increase in their funding access as the logjam at the top of the funding food chain finally begins to shake loose. Women still have options. Abortion is still legal. All that has changed is where the money is coming from.

The pro-abortion lobby feels entitled to tax dollars even though they boast the wealthiest donor base in politics.

It doesn’t make sense unless you can see the bigger picture.

For now, pro-lifers count this as a victory. Will we continue to see the tide turning? Will more clinics begin to comply rather than shut down or will the pro-abortion movement remain committed to the cause of women in name only?

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Caught: NY Times Conveniently Runs Interference for Hillary Clinton in Her Battle With Tulsi Gabbard

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Last week, Bonchie wrote about about how failed 2016 Democratic nominee for president Hillary Clinton told former Obama adviser David Plouffe in a podcast last week that Rep. Tulsi Gabbard and 2016 Green party nominee Jill Stein were both “Russian assets.”

Prior to making that claim, Clinton also asserted that “I’m not making any predictions but I think they’ve got their eye on somebody who is currently in the Democratic primary and are grooming her to be the third-party candidate,” which was a clear reference to Gabbard even though she did not mention the 2020 presidential candidate by name during the podcast.

It was widely reported Friday morning by multiple journalists on Twitter, including the Washington Post’s Aaron Blake, that the “they” Hillary referred to were the Russians. Here’s what Blake and others tweeted:

Clinton’s spokesman Nick Merrill was even asked about her comments to confirm it was Gabbard who she was referring to. He did:

In addition to an opinion piece on Hillary vs. Tulsi, the New York Times also published a straight news (heh) report about Clinton’s remarks and initially reported that Hillary was referring to the Russians as being the ones who were “grooming” Gabbard to be a third party candidate.

But sometime between last Friday and Tuesday, they changed their story, and now report it was “Republicans” Hillary meant, not the Russians. How do we know this? Through Merrill, in a series of tweets, the first two of which note the so-called error and correction:

Because I don’t trust anything that comes from Merrill or anyone else on Team Clinton, I searched for a transcript so I could read what she said in context. Politifact, thankfully, had it:

Plouffe: “But one of the reasons [Trump] was able to win is the third party vote.”

Clinton: “Right.”

Plouffe: “And what’s clear to me, you mentioned, you know, he’s going to just lie. … He’s going to say, whoever our nominee is, ‘will ban hamburgers and steaks and you can’t fly and infanticide’ and people believe this. So, how concerned are you about that? For me, so much of this does come down to the win number. If he has to get 49 or even 49.5 in a bunch of…”

Clinton: “He can’t do that.”

Plouffe: “…which I don’t think he can… So he’s going to try and drive the people not to vote for him but just to say, ‘you know, you can’t vote for them either.’ And that seems to be, I think, to the extent that I can define a strategy, their key strategy right now.”

Clinton: “Well, I think there’s going to be two parts and I think it’s going to be the same as 2016: ‘Don’t vote for the other guy. You don’t like me? Don’t vote for the other guy because the other guy is going to do X, Y and Z or the other guy did such terrible things and I’m going to show you in these, you know, flashing videos that appear and then disappear and they’re on the dark web, and nobody can find them, but you’re going to see them and you’re going to see that person doing these horrible things.’”

“They’re also going to do third party again. And I’m not making any predictions but I think they’ve got their eye on somebody who is currently in the Democratic primary and are grooming her to be the third party candidate. She’s the favorite of the Russians. They have a bunch of sites and bots and other ways of supporting her so far, and that’s assuming Jill Stein will give it up. Which she might not, ’cause she’s also a Russian asset.”

Plouffe: (Inaudible)

Clinton: “Yeah, she’s a Russian asset, I mean, totally.

“And so, they know they can’t win without a third party candidate and, so, I don’t know who it’s going to be it but I will guarantee you they’ll have a vigorous third party challenge in the key states that they most need it.”

Understandably, it’s hard to tell whether Hillary is talking about Trump and Republicans or the Russians when she refers to “they” because she uses the terms interchangeably often, but it simply does not make sense that Merrill confirmed Friday she was talking about Russians grooming Gabbard but then rushed to Twitter a few days later to correct the record.

In fact, the “correction” is just a little too convenient for my liking. It’s almost as though it was a coordinated effort. Considering how closely the Clinton camp monitors the media, it is not outside the realm of possibility at all that they pitched a fit to the NYT to the point the paper changed it on their behalf.

Just for purposes of discussion, let’s say Hillary Clinton really was referring to Republicans as “grooming” Gabbard.

1) It’s still highly insulting to Gabbard. Even though she doesn’t view Republicans as the enemy, she’s also a proud Democrat and by suggesting Republicans were “grooming” her to be a third party candidate means Clinton thinks Gabbard, who served her country in Iraq, would sell out her party and what she stands for in order to give Trump the advantage in the general election.

2) Plus, Clinton, who is delusional enough to think Trump and Republicans colluded with the Russians in 2016, thinks they are still “working together” now to “steal” 2020. So by saying Republicans are “grooming” Gabbard, she’s saying Gabbard is working with people who allegedly are getting assistance from a foreign country to “steal” our elections.

The “correction” the paper made does not change the despicable nature of what she said.

3) Hillary Clinton unquestionably called Gabbbard a “Russian asset.” That’s just as disgusting.

The bottom line is that Democrats including Hillary Clinton have banged the “Russia” drum since 2016. The only difference now is that she’s implicating members of her own party in some supposed new Republican scheme to steal 2020.

Someone needs to stage an intervention with her. Seriously. This is just nuts.

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The Elizabeth Warren Hype Train Begins to Go Off the Tracks

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FILE – In this May 18, 2019, file photo, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., speaks at a house party campaign stop in Rochester, N.H. Rising disagreement among congressional Democrats over whether to pursue impeachment of President Donald Trump has had little effect on the party’s presidential candidates, who mostly are avoiding calls to start such an inquiry. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)

The media love Elizabeth Warren. She’s everything they want in a candidate. Someone to whisper sweet nothings into their ears and make them feel really smart. She’s got plans, the right amount of shrill in her voice, and is just focus grouped enough to get them excited.

This love affair has led to an incredible amount of hype surrounding the Massachusetts Senator, who’s only accomplishment appears to be supporting an unconstitutional agency in the CFPB. It’s gotten to the point where she is routinely described as the presumptive front-runner. To be fair, I’ve bagged on Joe Biden to the benefit of Elizabeth Warren a bit in the past few months as well. I mean, he’s Joe Biden.

Following the most recent debate though, where Warren stumbled repeatedly when pressed about raising middle class taxes, we are seeing some problems emerge.

For starters, she’s still nowhere near the national front-runner.

Not only is Warren behind by double digits, Biden is enjoying his biggest lead since April, a time when it was all but assumed he’d be the nominee. There are other polls as well showing bad news for Warren. Emerson released their latest offering and she’s 6 points behind Biden. Worse, she’s 4 points behind Sanders, who just suffered a heart attack a month ago.

In fact, in the last seven polls published, six of them have Warren down by at least 6 points. The only poll which continues to show her close is YouGov, which has held an incredible house effect for Warren throughout the primaries. You can view all these results at RCP here.

But perhaps she’s leading in the early states? In New Hampshire, yes, but that’s to be expected. In Iowa, Nevada, South Carolina, and California, she’s behind Biden still. If Biden wins two of those four states, he’ll enter the southern primaries all but guaranteed to clean up, leaving Warren no real path.

It should be noted that Warren hasn’t simply been a mirage. There was a time when she was leading in three of those four states depending on what polls you cite. Something has changed lately though and I think it’s easy to explain.

The last debate exposed Warren for who she is. She’s inauthentic, whiny, and way too rehearsed. Democrats love her and the media swoon when she’s reading off her talking points. When she’s pressed and shows no ability to answer real questions, she suddenly is revealed for the weak candidate she is (she consistently polls worse against Trump than Biden or Sanders). There’s also the fact that her policy platform is a socialist’s dream, complete with government controlled daycare and healthcare programs that cost 3/4 of the current budget. That’s great in New York, not so great in most of the rest of the country.

I think there was a point where moderate Democrats (moderate in that context at least), who still make up the majority of their party, looked at Warren and thought she might not be so bad. At least she didn’t have blood squirting out of her eye, right? But the more she rolls out her policies and the more she’s pressed on them, the worse she looks. In some ways, it resembles the calm before Kamala Harris’ fall. You can’t hide forever behind canned lines and media plaudits. No matter how many time people call you the “real front-runner,” at some point you’ve got to actually, you know, take over as the real front-runner. Warren isn’t doing that.

For now, she’s still in the thick of things, but the longer the status quo drags on, the tougher it will be for her. The hype train is beginning to go off the tracks.

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A Writer for ‘Teen Vogue’ Tries to Trademark ‘Fake News’ so Trump Can’t Say it Anymore

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President Donald Trump gestures towards members on the media on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019, after returning from United Nations General Assembly. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

 

 

Teen Vogue isn’t exactly a bastion of conservatism.

If you’d like to see some credentials, the magazine aimed at young girls came under fire in 2017 when it published a tutorial on anal sex (here).

And there’ve also been these RedState peaks:

WATCH: YouTube And ‘Teen Vogue’ Attack Thanksgiving (And You)

Ghoul Alert: ‘Teen Vogue’ Instructs Young Girls On How To Get Abortions – Without Parental Consent

Teen Vogue Is Now Promoting Prostitution To Its Young Female Readers

Science: Teen Vogue Declares There Is No Such Thing As Biological Sex Because Reasons

Those are, of course, more cultural than political, but they surely leave you unsurprised that a writer for TV is less than a fan of Donald J. Trump.

And Emily Bloch has a plan: Trademark the term “fake news” so the Commander-in-Chief can’t say it anymore.

Via an article published in the teen mag Tuesday, she announced that the Florida Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists has applied for the trademark.

Here’s what Emily — who’s president of the group — had to say:

Along with several of my colleagues, we’re trying to stop Trump from calling everything he doesn’t like “fake news” in a way that even a businessman as self-obsessed as Trump can understand: trademark law. The Florida Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists— one of America’s oldest and largest journalism advocacy groups — applied to trademark the term “fake news” with the intended goal of curbing Trump’s frequent use of it to discredit stories he doesn’t like.

She doesn’t know if she’ll be able to make the trademark happen, but she can at least inundate the White House with letters:

It’s uncertain that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office will grant our request, but as long as this trademark’s pending, we’ll use this opportunity to send cease and desist letters to frequent abusers of the term — including Trump, of course. He should’ve already received our first one today.

And she’ll get people to thinkin’:

For what it’s worth, we don’t expect the trademark to get approved. No one can really trademark a generic term like “fake news,” which started being used long before Trump even took office. What we do hope is that this idea is outrageous enough to get people to stop and think about what fake news is, and what it means to them.

As for being able to trademark a “generic term,” didn’t Paris Hilton trademark “That’s hot”? And as for it having been used for a long time, Gene Simmons laid legal claim to the money bag.

Lastly, as for it leading people to a revelation, it won’t. Whatever Americans already think about “fake news,” they’re going to continue thinking it.

But Emily believes you’re all confused.

She explains in a sample letter to Trump:

Referring to factual stories that are critical of your administration as FAKE NEWS (TM pending) is indeed trademark infringement. You may not be aware, but your misuse of the term FAKE NEWS (TM pending) has greatly confused the American people and shaken their trust in the journalism that’s so vital to our democracy.”

It seems to be a hip thing when decrying The Donald to reference the preservation of democracy. That strikes me as odd, since the criticism seems to never relate to representation by vote, which, of course, is what democracy is.

Or maybe I just can’t take a joke, which is what the the letters to the President will be:

Since it’s clear Trump has no plans to stop saying “fake news,” anytime soon — just look at his recent Twitter history — I’m personally looking forward to sending letters and tweets his way anytime he violates our pending trademark.

“If you fail to comply with our request, we may pursue legal action,” we wrote in the closing of our first letter to Trump. “But of course, this is satire — which is very different than what you refer to as ‘fake news.’ It might be asking too much for you to realize the difference.”

Like recognizing the difference between trusting the media and being able to vote?

Oh, well. I wish them luck in their trademark pursuits. But there is bad news: If Trump were to stop saying it, he’d just say something different that means the same thing. It’s the meaning of the words that matter, not the words themselves.

And people don’t trust the media, not because they’re mindless goons following the syllables of their Supreme Leader, but because of what the media actually says and does.

And the media trying to keep Donald Trump from saying something bad about…the media will — guess what — only make people not trust the media.

Footshot, complete.

As for the root of the fake news problem, perhaps the source lies somewhere in the vicinity of this:


-ALEX

 

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