The Denver Post
Mobile home parks become immigrants’ home away from home in Colorado

AVON, Colorado - The Aspens Mobile Home Village sits on a wedge of land tucked between eastbound I-70 and the Eagle River in the mountains near Vail. The park is easy to miss in the blur of freeway speeds — trees, a fence, trailers flashing past before the blue sign for Exit 167 zooms into view, advertising Burger King and Subway and Fiesta Jalisco. The Aspens is unobtrusive, the way people who don’t live in mobile homes parks tend to prefer them, and in this it sets itself apart from the county’s largest park about 10 minutes down the road in Edwards. That park, Eagle River Village, has be

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William Taft: A mixed bag as president

William H. Taft He was the only U.S. president to be appointed Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. His name was William Howard Taft, born Sept. 15, 1857. After the Spanish-American War, Taft was appointed by President McKinley as the first governor of the Philippines, 1901-04. President Theodore Roosevelt appointed Taft as Secretary of War in 1904, then in 1906 appointed him provisional governor of Cuba. In 1908, Taft ran for president against Democrat candidate William Jennings Bryan. William Jennings Bryan edited the Omaha World Herald and founded the Commoner Newspaper. Bryan serve

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For a limited time, the WND Superstore is super-discounting close to 100 terrific e-books by some of today"s top authors – from former Secret Service agent Dan Bongino to former Soviet spymaster Gen. Ion Mihai Pacepa – all at jaw-dropping low prices. While this unique offer lasts, readers need only put the e-books they want into their carte and then, at checkout, type in the special coupon code EBOOK40 – which will give them an additional 40 percent discount off the already discounted price. For example: Since most of these bestselling e-books retail for $14.99 and have already been disc

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WND
Gun sales surge 15% thanks to Democrats

(Washington Examine) The leading indicator of gun sales jumped in August, driven in part by Americans seeking self-protection and deep concerns congressional Democrats are going to push through expanded gun control legislation. The overall number of background checks recorded in the National Instant Criminal Background Check System surged 15.5%, said the National Shooting Sports Foundation. That figure includes background checks done for security, concealed carry permits, and gun sales and was the highest August number ever recorded. The industry group said that August FBI background checks

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The Denver Post
Associated Press fact check: Trump, Democrats and their tale of two countries

WASHINGTON - The country described by the Democrats running for president is mired in child poverty, riven with economic unfairness and broken in its approach to health care, crime and guns. The country presented by President Donald Trump is roaring and ascendant — and, hey, how about those moderating prescription drug prices? The reality, of course, is more complex than this tale of two nations. After three turns on the debate stage by the Democratic candidates, it’s become clear that for the most part they hew to actual statistics and other fundamentals more closely than does Trump, who

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The Denver Post
After failed recall attempts, Colorado’s GOP is searching for its next move

When Congressman Ken Buck took the reins of the Colorado Republican Party in March, he stood on the stage in Englewood High School"s auditorium and told the party faithful they were going to teach Democrats "how to spell R-E-C-A-L-L." The room erupted in applause. Republicans, still reeling from bruising losses in 2018 that gave Democrats complete control of state government, were looking for a way to fight back. Two days before the meeting, Democrats passed a red-flag bill through the Senate on a narrow, party line vote. A major reform of Colorado"s oil and gas industry was working it

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Hot Air
Romney: I’m not endorsing anyone for president in 2020

You didn"t think I"d deny you a thread to stomp on him for officially withholding his endorsement from Trump next year , did you? He *is* showing some loyalty to Trump here. Kind of. There are now three different primary challengers to the president; Romney happens to be buddies with one of them, Bill Weld , and would doubtless heartily agree with another, Mark Sanford, that the Trump administration needs to take America"s looming fiscal crisis more seriously. And no one in the race this year sounds as much like Romney did in his (in)famous 2016 speech lambasting Trump as Joe Walsh, who l

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WND
Has Nancy Pelosi lost control of her conference?

Congress is back in session. We will see if Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has completely lost control of her conference. Pelosi knows House Democrats have to produce something other than made-for-TV movies featuring a supporting cast of superannuated retreads. The endless impeachment series is a turnoff for the voters who gave her the majority, but it seems the speaker is powerless to change the channel. She"s tried to placate her conference"s left-wing firebrands. And that"s resulted in everyone but Nancy – who wants to keep the majority – getting what they want. She gave choice commi

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The Atlantic
The Atlantic Politics Daily: Eat Meat, Not Too Much, Mostly Plants

We’re trying something new with The Atlantic ’s signature politics newsletter. Comments or questions? Send us an email anytime. Were you forwarded this email? Sign yourself up here. We appreciate your continued support for our journalism. Today in Politics Cory Booker eats a tamale while visiting a home in Las Vegas in April of 2019. (John Locher / AP) The Beef Over Meat “You are a vegan, and that’s obviously a personal choice …. So should more Americans, including those here in Texas, and in Iowa … follow your diet?” At the latest Democratic debate, moderator

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WND
Collins: FISA report done, now let's schedule hearings

Michael Horowitz Rep. Doug Collins, R-Ga., the ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, revealed Friday that Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz has completed his long-awaited report on how the Obama administration obtained warrants to spy on the Trump campaign during the 2016 election. The congressman wrote Friday to the chairman of the committee, Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-Md., asking that he immediately schedule a hearing on the findings. Collins said that earlier Friday, Horowitz notified Attorney General William Barr of the completion of his investigation into po

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WND
McCabe fights back: Demands grand jury info

A day after a report that Andrew McCabe will be prosecuted for leaking secret government information to reporters and then lying about it, a lawyer for the fired acting FBI director is pressuring prosecutors to drop the case. Fox News reported Friday that attorney Michael Bromwich cited "rumors" that the grand jury considering charges against McCabe had declined to vote an indictment. On Thursday, Fox News cited a source familiar with the case saying U.S. Attorney Jessie Liu recommended moving forward with charges and the DOJ rejected a last-ditch appeal from McCabe. Bromwich said, howeve

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Independent Journal Review
Scalise Calls on Pelosi to ‘Confront’ House Dems for ‘Irresponsible’ Push for Trump Impeachment

When it comes to the continued push by House Democrats on the Judiciary Committee to impeach President Donald Trump , House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) isn't having it. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is continuing to side-step questions about her support or opposition to the impeachment pressure from over 100 House Democrats, led by House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.). As IJR reported, the speaker told reporters during Thursday's press conference that she is reluctant to impeach, saying, If we have to go there, we'll have to go there,&"; later adding, But

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Washington Free Beacon
Klobuchar on Abrams’s Loss: ‘I Don’t Think The Voter Registration Rules Are Fair’

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D., Minn.) on Thursday night claimed the voter registration rules in Georgia aren't "fair" while defending her tweet about how Stacey Abrams would be the governor today if it wasn't for "discrimination." Klobuchar appeared on Fox News to discuss her debate performance when she was pressed by Bret Baier about her tweet last Friday, in which she claimed, "Here's your Friday reminder that if the GA Secretary of State hadn't been allowed to hold back 53,000 voter registrations, Stacey Abrams would be the Governor of Georgia right now." Rec

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Independent Journal Review
Cruz Signals He May ‘Run Again’ for POTUS in 2024: ‘We Came Very, Very Close in 2016’

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) isn't taking another presidential run off the table — at least for 2024. The Republican lawmaker — who dropped his 2016 presidential bid after trying to win over voters against now-President Donald Trump in the Republican primary — is open to a future presidential run. In hopes of becoming the Republican nominee in 2016, Cruz fell short, as his support among voters declined in comparison to those backing then-front-runner Trump. A Gallup poll conducted in late April of 2016 shows Cruz at a 45% unfavorability rating among Republican voters, ju

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Independent Journal Review
Romney ‘Not Planning’ to Give Any Candidate Endorsement in 2020 Presidential Election

Senator Mitt Romney (R-Utah) announced that he would not be giving a presidential endorsement to any of the 2020 candidates, Republican or Democrat. Romney told CNN in the Capitol on Thursday that he would withhold his presidential endorsement from anyone in either the primary election or the general, including President Donald Trump . I'm not planning on endorsing in the presidential race,&"; said the Utah senator. At this stage, I'm not planning on endorsing in the primary or in the general.&"; The refusal by the former Republican presidential candidate to endorse a candidate, let al

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Independent Journal Review
Harris Claims DOJ ‘Memo’ Prevented Trump Indictment, Forgets Barr and Mueller Disputed Claim

2020 Democratic presidential hopeful Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) made a claim about why President Donald Trump was not indicted, but that claim has already been debunked by both the attorney general and the former special counsel himself. During her opening remarks on Thursday night's Democratic primary debate, Harris spoke a message directly to the president, claiming that he has used over 12,000 lies&"; as a way to distract&"; Americans from his failed policies and broken promises.&"; She continued on to claim that the only reason&"; that Trump has not been charged with any crimes while s

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WND
Kamala Harris trots out debunked claim about Trump

(Washington Examiner) Sen. Kamala Harris of California made a claim about why President Trump was not indicted that has been debunked by Attorney General William Barr and special counsel Robert Mueller during her opening statement at the Democratic presidential debate Thursday evening. “The only reason you [Trump] have not been indicted is because there was a memo in the Department of Justice that says a sitting president cannot be charged with a crime,” Harris told the crowd at Texas Southern University. But both Barr and Mueller have repeatedly contradicted the claim made by Harris and oth

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Hot Air
Sanders: Hey, I’m not one of those Venezuela kind of socialists

One exchange in last night"s Democratic debates gave us a preview of what some of the more radically left-leaning candidates will face if they make it to the general election. The most famous socialist in the field, Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, wound up having to try to explain why his brand of "democratic" socialism wasn"t the same as what they have in Venezuela. This forced Sanders to slam Venezuela"s tyrant, Nicolas Maduro , and assure everyone that he certainly wouldn"t wind up ruling like a dictator. (National Review) Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders said during T

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Independent Journal Review
Democrats Back on Campaign Trail After Third Presidential Debate

The Democratic presidential contenders head back to the campaign trail on Friday after a debate that reinforced former Vice President Joe Biden's front-runner status and left his rivals searching for a formula to knock him out of the top spot. The candidates who participated in Thursday's debate in Houston, and those scrambling to try to qualify for next month's debate in Ohio, have less than five months to plead their case to voters before the first nominating contest in Iowa on Feb. 3, 2020. In the Houston debate, Biden clashed with progressive rivals Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders on

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Independent Journal Review
Biden Maintains Grip on 2020 Democratic Race After Third Debate

Those expecting Joe Biden's presidential candidacy to flame out any day now will have to keep waiting. The former U.S. vice president survived another Democratic debate on Thursday largely unbloodied and unbowed, leaving those on the margins of the race for the party's 2020 nomination wondering if their time to gain ground on the front-runner is running out. If anything, the third Democratic debate in Houston was notable for how few of the nine other candidates took hard swings at Biden, a marked contrast from earlier debates when his record was more directly challenged. The evening likely

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Independent Journal Review
Democrats in Presidential Debate Hint at No Swift End to China Tariffs

Democratic presidential hopefuls criticized President Donald Trump's trade war with China but gave no hint they would work toward a quick resolution if elected, pledging during their debate on Thursday to hold Beijing accountable for corrupt&"; practices. None of the top nine Democrats asked about the issue in the debate in Houston said they would move quickly to repeal the wide-ranging tariffs Trump has put in place on Chinese imports, even as they accused the Republican president of bankrupting&"; the U.S. economy with damaging tariffs on farmers and businesses. Instead, the candidates see

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Independent Journal Review
Justice Department Nears Prosecution of Ex-FBI Official McCabe: Sources

The U.S. Justice Department moved closer to a politically sensitive prosecution of former top FBI official Andrew McCabe on Thursday by rejecting a request from his legal team to drop the case, according to two sources familiar with the investigation. The notice indicates that the department could soon bring criminal charges against the FBI's former No. 2 official, who has endured years of criticism by President Donald Trump after playing a key role in the investigation into the Trump campaign's ties to Russia in the 2016 election. McCabe has said those attacks are part of an effort to under

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Counter Punch
The Age of Constitutional Coups

Photograph Source: Osman Orsal (VOA) - Public Domain The contemporary global neofascistic right has become adept at seizing power through legal and parliamentary coups that do not involve military units dramatically taking over government headquarters and radio and television and rounding up opponents. Turkey’s Elective Dictatorship In 2017, in the wake of a failed military putsch the previous year, Turkey’s prime minister Recep Erdogan held what the British journalist Patrick Cockburn rightly calls “a blatantly rigged referendum which marginalized parliament and gave him dictatorial p

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Counter Punch
Bernie Sanders and the Realignment of the American Left

Drawing By Nathaniel St. Clair The neoliberal revolution that has been underway since the mid-1970s fundamentally reoriented American governance toward the interests of capital. While the distance between government and the so-called private sector was never that great, all pretense that government served the broader public interest was cast aside in favor of state-corporatism. This wasn’t simply a matter of privatizing the public realm - it overlaid a capitalist rationale on all public undertakings. This re-conceptualization of the public purpose turned state functions into profit making

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Counter Punch
Roaming Charges: They Are the Walrus

Haida totem, British Columbia. Photo: Jeffrey St. Clair. + What I learned at the debate last night - ;. + We"re going to be stuck in the middle with Klobuchar - ; + Booker: such fancy rhetorical skills in the service of nothing. + The common theme seems to be that the Democrats will "unify" America. Is a "unified America" a 54-46 split? + Bernie"s voice may not make it through the debate, especially if the questions get any more insipid. + Biden lost the thread on his own prepared opening remarks, which were, in true Biden fashion, largely lifted from JFK. + Warren is the best story-t

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Counter Punch
The Vox Populi

“President Trump touched something inside me. He speaks like me and he talks like me.” – Fayetteville, NC Trump rally “Make Empathy Great Again” – T-shirt voice Donald J. Trump won the presidency partially because of his already existing Reality TV celebratory status. Audiences got used to his dealing tactics and he became proficient in reaching those who enjoyed - perversely at a time when layoffs were rampant in the land - hearing “You’re fired!” That segment of the population aided him in discovering the nature of the current populism. As president he has put into play what he lear

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Counter Punch
Break Up the Democratic Party?

Photograph Source: screenshot from of ABC News YouTube Channel Thursday’s debate on Walt Disney’s ABC channel shaped up as yet another shameless charade. The pretense was that we are to select who the Democratic presidential candidate will be. But most Americans, as the Irish say, vote with their backsides, belonging to the informal but dominant party of non-voters who choose not to be sucked into legitimizing the bad choices put before them. The debate was being presented as a reality entertainment show. The audience was invited to rate the candidates who seem most likely to implement the

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Counter Punch
Uncensored Tony Serra: Consummate Criminal Defense Lawyer

Tony Serra in his office. Photo: Jonah Raskin. “In the 1960s I was dropping acid and doing cases pro-bono and decided then and there that I didn’t want to own things. In that sense I’m a Marxist. I’ve been in jail three times for not paying taxes. I’ve always helped prisoners. There’s usually a long line of people waiting to see me for legal advice.” – Tony Serra On December 2, 2016, a fire swept through a living and workspace in Oakland, California. Thirty-six people died, many of them attending a late night party in a converted warehouse known as the “Ghost Ship.” Investigators never

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Counter Punch
The Pompeo Doctrine: How to Seize the Arctic’s Resources, Now Accessible Due to Climate Change (Just Don’t Mention Those Words!)

Donald Trump got the headlines as usual - but don’t be fooled. It wasn"t Trumpism in action this August, but what we should all now start referring to as the Pompeo Doctrine. Yes, I’m referring to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and, when it comes to the Arctic region, he has a lot more than buying Greenland on his mind. In mid-August, as no one is likely to forget, President Trump surprised international observers by expressing an interest in purchasing Greenland, a semi-autonomous region of Denmark. Most commentators viewed the move as just another example of the president’s increasingly e

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Counter Punch
The Sacking of John Bolton

“Every time the president, or Pompeo, or anyone in the [Trump] administration came up with an idea, they had to face Dr No.” – Cliff Kupchan, Chairman of the Eurasia Group, The Washington Post , Sep 11, 2011. It was compelling viewing (one does not so much read Twitter as see it as a series of violent flashes). John Bolton, the armed-and-ready national security adviser who has been tiring of the US President’s jerks and adjustments, had floated the prospect of resignation. “I offered to resign last night and President Trump said, ‘Let’s talk about it tomorrow.’” To the New York Times

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Counter Punch
The War in Eastern Ukraine May be Coming to an End But Do Any Americans Care?

On Saturday September 7, Russia and Ukraine agreed to a prisoner swap which has brought hope of improved relations between the two countries and an end to the 5-year long conflict in Eastern Ukraine. A peace accord is being planned for later this month in Normandy involving Ukraine, Russia, France and Germany. Ukraine’s newly elected comedian president Volodymyr Zelensky called the prisoner exchange a “first step” in ending the war in Eastern Ukraine, which has killed an estimated 13,000 civilians. The Ukraine War remains largely unknown to the American public even though the United States

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Counter Punch
Super-Delegated and Relegated

After reading a number of recent articles by Norman Solomon in which he seems to be chronically bristling under his democrat identity, his frustration with his party keeps reminding me why the democrats and republicans are both wastes of energy. In the supposed bipartisanship of the faking USA, it seems that priorities themselves get prioritized because of a need to organize a strategy wherein one might make progress toward ensuring that (at least some of) the various priorities become more manifest. This process is perhaps usually the result of a desire to improve one’s situation in life. On

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Counter Punch
For the First Time in My Life I’m Against Impeaching the President

I had hoped to make the above statement after electing a president whom I did not consider a vile mass-murderous warmongering climate-destroying threat to humanity. I’m saying it early. I’m saying it while Trump is president. But I’m not saying it because I’ve come to share any of the  common views  of the matter. I do not think it matters more who is president than whether presidents can be held accountable, so I’m not quaking in fear of President Pence. I do not think an indictment is useless without a conviction, so I’m not predicting doom and demanding inaction. Nor have I gained the magi

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Counter Punch
The Rise and Rise of Green Politics

Alongside the flag-waving surge of right-wing and extreme right-wing groups, political parties concerned with environmental issues are on the rise. Public awareness of climate change and associated issues is growing; a recent poll in Britain found that 85% of people are concerned about climate change, 52% ‘very concerned’. As a result of this increased concern, we are witnessing a major turning point for green parties, particularly in Europe, and it’s young people that are driving it. In the May EU elections green parties achieved unprecedented levels of success in northwest Europe, a third

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Washington Free Beacon
Castro Hits Biden Over Health Care: ‘Are You Forgetting What You Said Two Minutes Ago?’

Democratic presidential candidate Julian Castro blasted former vice president and current frontrunner Joe Biden over health care, sparking an exchange that devolved into a back and forth between several candidates on stage during Thursday's Democratic debate. "I also want to recognize the work that Bernie has done on this and, of course, we owe a debt of gratitude to President Barack Obama," Castro said. "Of course, I also worked for President Obama, Vice President Biden, and I know that the problem with your plan is that it leaves 10 million people uncovered." Recent Stories in Politics

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Independent Journal Review
Protesters Greet Trump in Baltimore After Critical Tweets

Dozens of protesters lined the streets of downtown Baltimore on Thursday as President Donald Trump made his first visit to the city since he blasted it as disgusting&"; and rodent-infested&"; in hotly debated tweets two months ago. Trump gave a speech to House of Representatives Republicans gathered for an annual retreat in the predominantly black city, after protesters greeted his motorcade with signs that described Trump as a rat and directed him to return to the swamp. The chilly reception came after Trump in July lashed out on Twitter at Elijah Cummings, a prominent African-American cong

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Independent Journal Review
Biden Clashes With Warren, Sanders on Healthcare in Democratic 2020 Debate

Last updated 09/12/2019 at 10:22 p.m. ET. Democratic presidential front-runner Joe Biden clashed with progressive challengers Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders on healthcare in a debate on Thursday, defending Obamacare and challenging them to be honest about the cost of their plans. With the top 10 Democratic candidates sharing the debate stage for the first time in Houston, the contenders spent more time expressing their shared opposition to Republican President Donald Trump and pared back some of the bickering that marked the first two debates this summer. But the Democrats quickly re

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WND
Valerie Plame blames Trump, gets clobbered with fact-check

Known for the 2003 "CIA leak scandal," Valerie Plame is claiming in an ad for her 2020 congressional campaign that President Trump pardoned the man who "took revenge against my husband and leaked my identity." However, the man to whom she refers is former Dick Cheney chief of staff Scooter Libby, while the admitted leaker turned out to be State Department official Richard Armitage. Libby was charged not with leaking, but with lying to the FBI. Then-President George Bush commuted Libby"s 30-month prison sentence but didn"t pardon him. President Trump pardoned Libby in 2018. In his "Fact Chec

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WND
After Bolton, Trump goals remain unrealized

The sudden and bitter departure of John Bolton from the White House was baked in the cake from the day he arrived there. For Bolton"s worldview, formed and fixed in a Cold War that ended in 1991, was irreconcilable with the policies Donald Trump promised in his 2016 campaign. Indeed, Trump was elected because he offered a foreign policy that represented a repudiation of what John Bolton had advocated since the end of the Cold War. Trump wanted to call off Cold War II with Russia, to engage with Vladimir Putin, and to extricate us from the Middle East wars into which Bolton and the neocons di

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Hot Air
Report: John Roberts initially sided with Trump in the census citizenship question case — then changed his vote

It wouldn"t be the first time he"d - allegedly - joined with the conservatives in a case boiling with political repercussions only to think better of it and swing around to the liberal position. Everyone"s heard the stories by now about Roberts supposedly wimping out in the ObamaCare ruling seven years ago, initially agreeing with Scalia, Kennedy, Thomas, and Alito that the individual mandate was unconstitutional and then getting cold feet. Result: A tortured and dubious majority opinion upholding the constitutionality of the mandate as a tax . Rumors swirled within days of the decision

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The Atlantic
The Atlantic Politics Daily: Welcome to the Electability Primary

We’re trying something new with The Atlantic ’s signature politics newsletter. Comments or questions? Send us an email anytime. Were you forwarded this email? Sign yourself up here. We appreciate your continued support for our journalism. Today in Politics (Mike Blake / Reuters) Welcome to the electability primary. As pundits would have you think, Democratic voters this cycle are turning Poli Sci 101 on its head. They’re not all supporting the 2020 candidate they themselves like best; instead, they’re backing the candidate they think their fellow voters would

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WND
Trump campaign photo-bombs Dem debate

(FOX NEWS) President Trump’s re-election campaign is going up in the air to hammer home their message that the Democratic presidential candidates are pushing a socialist agenda. The campaign says they’ll fly a banner that reads “Socialism will kill Houston’s economy” above the site of Thursday’s third round Democratic primary debate, which is being held in Houston on the campus of the historically black Texas Southern University. The banner will fly from 2 p.m.-6 p.m. local time, just ahead of the nationally televised showdown. “Socialism SUCKS and @TeamTrump is flying high above the Dem deb

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Washington Free Beacon
Warren: Obama’s Bailout of Wall Street Was a Failure, Paved Way for Trump’s Election

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.) said the Obama administration's Wall Street bailout was not a success in a new interview, saying banks thrived and it paved the way for a populist like Donald Trump to win in 2016. In a  Politico Magazine feature on the fraught relationship between Warren and Obama's team over its handling of the financial crisis, the 2020 presidential hopeful blanched at the assertion that the bailout of large banks was a triumph. "Sure, the banks are more profitable than ever, they are bigger than ever, the stock market is through the roof," Warren said. "But across thi

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Independent Journal Review
Pelosi Celebrates Moral Victory in NC, Says McCready ‘Won the Campaign’ Despite Losing to a Republican

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) celebrated a moral victory regarding the recent special election in North Carolina — but not an electoral one. While speaking to reporters days after the heavily-watched re-do race for the Tar Heel State's 9th Congressional District, Pelosi said that Democrat candidate Dan McCready did a great job&"; in his campaign and claimed that he came out 10 points higher&"; than the party's last three presidential candidates&"; in the red district. The House speaker then said that McCready won the campaign&"; for the seat despite losing to Represe

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Washington Free Beacon
Former Kentucky Dem Party Chair Convicted of Campaign Finance Violations

A jury convicted Jerry Lundergan, a longtime Democratic operative and the father of Kentucky secretary of state Alison Lundergan Grimes, of breaking federal finance law. Lundergan, former Kentucky Democratic Party chairman, and Dale Emmons, a Democratic political consultant, were charged with illegally funneling corporate contributions into Grimes's failed 2014 Senate campaign without seeking reimbursements. Grimes was running against current majority leader Mitch McConnell. Recent Stories in Politics Harris: ‘I Support Medicare for All, I Always Have' Castro Hits

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Hot Air
Today’s hot topics: Impeachment confusion, McCabe occlusion, Hillary’s delusion, Ball of Collusion, and more!

Today on The Ed Morrissey Show (4 pm ET), we have another great lineup for the news of the day! The show will be streamed on Hot Air"s Facebook page  and embedded here and on the show page for those who are not on Facebook. Join us as we welcome: Duane “Generalissimo” Patterson brings us up to date on the week’s top stories and gives us a preview of tomorrow’s Hugh Hewitt show. We"ll talk about all  sorts  of breaking news today, including John Bolton"s exit, new developments involving Andrew McCabe and Christine Blasey Ford, impeachment, Hillary Clinton"s performance art, and much muc

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WND
Report: Charges against Andrew McCabe moving forward

Former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe (Photo: Washington University in St. Louis) The Justice Department has rejected a plea from former acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe that he not be prosecuted over the offenses for which he was fired – leaking secret government information to reporters and then lying about it, according to a source who spoke to Fox News. U.S. Attorney Jessie Liu is recommending moving forward with charges against McCabe, the network reported Thursday. McCabe, who served as acting director after the firing of James Comey and acknowledged an effort to remove Preside

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WND
Judicial Watch: Rosenstein plotted Trump coup

Rod Rosenstein testifies before House Judiciary Committee in December 2017 (Video screenshot) Newly obtained Justice Department documents confirm top officials, led by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, attempted a coup of President Trump, according to Washington watchdog Judicial Watch. Judicial Watch obtained 14 pages of records that show how officials orchestrated a response to a Sept. 21, 2018, New York Times report regarding discussions within the FBI and Justice Department about removing the president by invoking the 25th Amendment. The story say Rosenstein offered to wear a w

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Washington Free Beacon
ABC News Has Covered Sanders for Only Seven Minutes in 2019

A new study from the Media Research Center finds Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) has received only seven minutes of total coverage from ABC News in 2019. The MRC study tallied the amount of time ABC News has spent covering each candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination. Former vice president Joe Biden received the most coverage with 68 minutes, nearly 10 times the amount Sanders received. Sanders is tied with South Bend mayor Pete Buttigieg with the fifth-most attention from ABC News out of the 2020 candidates, despite Sanders's consistent top-three showing in early state and natio

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Independent Journal Review
Clinton Mocked for Participating in an Art Exhibit Featuring Her at the Resolute Desk, Reading Emails

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is being mocked online after participating in an art exhibit featuring her reading emails from the president's resolute desk. Against all odds , Clinton lost to President Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election. One key reason the former secretary lost is that she had kept official emails on her personal computer, eventually calling on her staff to destroy the servers, leaving many emails still missing to this day. As a bit of social commentary on President Trump and Clinton's 2016 race, artist Kenneth Goldsmith created an exhibit which

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WND
Dems' division over impeachment explodes

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., at a news conference Jan. 17, 2019 (video screenshot) The Democrats" division over impeaching President Trump erupted Thursday as the House Judiciary Committee confirmed it is conducting an impeachment inquiry while House Speaker Nancy Pelosi refused to discuss the issue with reporters. Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, confirmed that a vote to approve "guidelines" for impeachment hearings means the impeachment process is underway. "Some call this process an impeachment inquiry. Some call it an impeachment inve

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Independent Journal Review
Trump Administration Reinstates Military Aid for Ukraine, Senators Say

President Donald Trump's administration has released $250 million in military aid for Ukraine, U.S. senators said on Thursday, after lawmakers from both parties expressed anger that the White House had held up money approved by Congress. Republican and Democratic members of the Senate Appropriations Committee said the White House released the money on Wednesday night, hours before the panel was due to debate an amendment to a defense spending bill that would have prevented Trump from such actions in the future. It was one of several disputes recently between Trump and members of Congress, so

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Independent Journal Review
Mexico Pushes Back After Top U.S. Court Favors Trump on Shunning Migrants

Mexico pushed back on Thursday against a U.S. Supreme Court ruling granting a Trump administration request to fully enforce a new rule curtailing asylum applications by immigrants at the U.S.-Mexico border, one that could create a new headache for Mexico. The court on Wednesday said that so long as the issue is being litigated, immigrants who want asylum can be required to first seek safe haven in a third country through which they travel on the way to the United States. This is the ruling by the court, it's a U.S. issue, and obviously we don't agree with it, we have a different policy,&"; F

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Independent Journal Review
Pelosi Rattled After Being Pushed on to Give a Straight Answer on Her Support for the Impeachment Inquiry

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) appeared rattled after being pushed by reporters to give a straight answer about the chaos in her conference surrounding impeachment. As IJR previously reported , Speaker Pelosi has been hesitant to openly support impeachment even though more than 100 members of her Democratic House conference support moving forward. The speaker has explained that she believes the issue is too divisive for Democrats to pursue without having all the facts.&"; Special Counsel Robert Mueller found in his investigation of President Donald Trump's campaign that there was n

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Washington Free Beacon
Trump Administration Reinstates Military Aid for Ukraine

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's administration has released $250 million in military aid for Ukraine, U.S. senators said on Thursday, after lawmakers from both parties expressed anger that the White House had held up money approved by Congress. Republican and Democratic members of the Senate Appropriations Committee said the White House released the money on Wednesday night, hours before the panel was due to debate an amendment to a defense spending bill that would have prevented Trump from such actions in the future. Recent Stories in National Security Rand Called

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Hot Air
Trump “becoming presidential” would be his doom

The latest general election polling and presidential approval ratings numbers haven"t held a lot of good news for Donald Trump. Some surveys have him back down in the thirties and the head-to-head matchups against the Democratic frontrunners don"t have him being able to beat anyone but Elizabeth Warren. (That doesn"t mean he couldn"t still win in the electoral college, but the popular vote would be a trainwreck if these forecasts proved true.) So what can the President do about it? Over at National Review, Conrad Black has a suggestion . He points out that Trump has really come through on ma

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Independent Journal Review
Walsh Blasts Other 2020 GOP Challenger for Saying He’ll Vote for Trump in the General: ‘This Is About Trump’

2020 Republican presidential primary challenger Joe Walsh is taking aim at the other GOP challengers that are looking to face off against President Donald Trump . Although he has faced similar criticisms to the president for his past controversial comments, Walsh is coming out strong and taking full swings. Speaking with IJR , Walsh addressed the other primary opponents — former Gov. Bill Weld (R-Mass.) and former Rep. Mark Sanford (R-S.C.). Jim Bourg/Reuters Although Walsh called Weld a nice guy&"; like Sanford, Walsh said, But here's the deal: Mark Sanford has said tha

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Hot Air
Hillary Clinton … performance artist? Update: Doubles down

Someone"s  really going to need to explain what Hillary Clinton thought she was accomplishing with this photo op . The woman who lost her eminently winnable 2016 presidential election traveled all the way to Venice, Italy to sit behind a replica of the Oval Office desk for an hour - ; and leaf through printouts of e-mails from the secret server that almost resulted in her prosecution. It"s moves like this that are making political satire obsolete (via Twitchy ): Hillary Clinton leafs through her emails for nearly an hour at resolute desk in art exhibits https://t.co/OYwn6MNMgL pic.

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The Denver Post
Michael Bennet is still running for president. But he’s running out of time.

In a nondescript Lakewood office building Tuesday night, Michael Bennet’s increasingly uphill campaign for president received what his supporters hope will be a breath of life. Or, at least, proof of life. Bennet’s wife, Susan Daggett, threw a cookies-and-punch party for about 150 politicos, family friends and young volunteers at the new Bennet for America national headquarters. There were few mentions of Bennet’s absence from the Democratic primary debate stage this week, or his nearly nonexistent poll numbers. “We started late, we’re behind, but we are pushing hard,” Daggett said. Co

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Independent Journal Review
Biden, Warren to Share Stage for First Time at Democratic Presidential Debate

Leading Democratic White House contenders Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren will share the stage for the first time on Thursday when the top 10 candidates for the party's presidential nomination meet in a debate in Houston. The third debate in the race to find a challenger to Republican President Donald Trump in the November 2020 election will spotlight the party's ideological divisions, with moderate front-runner Biden at center stage flanked by progressives Warren and Bernie Sanders, both U.S. senators. Seven other Democrats, including U.S. Senators Kamala Harris of California and Cory Booker

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Independent Journal Review
Democrats Excluded From Debate to Fill Time With TV, Town Halls and Beer

While top contenders for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination swap zingers during Thursday's debate in Houston, Montana Governor Steve Bullock will be sipping beer and playing bar games with campaign staff at the Tipsy Crow Tavern in Iowa. Fellow candidate Marianne Williamson, an author and self-help guru, plans to watch and critique the debate with supporters at the Writers Guild Theater in Beverly Hills, California. Former U.S. Representative John Delaney will be in New York, making his case on cable TV, spokeswoman Carrie Healey said. Half the Democratic field, still 20 candidat

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Counter Punch
The Four Storms of the Apocalypse: Katrina, Sandy, Maria and Dorian.

Photograph Source: Hurricane Dorian as seen from the International Space Station - CC BY 2.0 The history of the United States remains shrouded in the fog of myth and overlain by the mists of time. Here in the stygian gloom, its founding looms as the triumph of freedom over tyranny; its slaveholding the reasonable exploitation of an inferior race; its civil war the singular triumph of a great president; its period of reconstruction proof that former slaves were not ready to take their place in the country’s democratic institutions; and in Jim Crow a return to the natural order. Here, the

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Counter Punch
Netanyahu Risks Triggering an Unwinnable War to Avoid Losing Election

Photograph Source: Israel Police - CC BY-SA 3.0 Nazareth. Every Israeli prime minister – not least Benjamin Netanyahu – understands that a military entanglement with Hezbollah, Lebanon’s armed Shia movement on Israel’s northern border, is a dangerous wager, especially during an election campaign. It was Shimon Peres who lost to Netanyahu in 1996, weeks after the former prime minister had incensed Israel’s Palestinian minority – a fifth of the population – by savagely attacking Lebanon in a futile bid to improve his military, and electoral, standing. Lebanon proved a quagmire for Ehu

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The Grist
Where the 2020 presidential hopefuls stand on climate

If CNN’s prime time programming is any guide, 2020 could be climate change’s year. Not in a doom-and-gloom, massive storm systems, and out-of-control wildfires way - though, sigh, that could happen too - but as a prominent issue in electoral politics. In early September, the cable news network devoted seven full hours to a series of town halls in which CNN anchors, climate scientists, and concerned citizens grilled 10 of the candidates vying for the Democratic nomination for president on their plans for tackling the climate crisis. It’s a reflection of changing priorities. A poll publish

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Hot Air
Debate eve poll: Warren ties Biden at 26% in new YouGov survey

Dude, I think he"s done . Well - ; not done -done. He won"t be really done until he starts slipping with black voters. But a man whose advantage depends on electability, and whose electability depends in part on his polling lead, can"t sustain discouraging polls as easily as other candidates can. If Warren beats him up tomorrow night and a flurry of polls issue next week showing her surging ahead, I"m not sure Grandpa Joe ever quite regains altitude. It should be noted upfront that YouGov"s polling typically has worse numbers for Biden than other pollsters do , for whatever reason. Twent

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WND
Mass incarceration saved black America

The left has the luxury of having lost the argument on crime for the past few decades, and, as a consequence, the electorate has no recollection of the living nightmare produced by Great Liberal Ideas About Crime. Brooklyn hipsters blithely go about their business, completely unaware that their trendy neighborhoods were war zones in the 1970s, 1980s – and well into the 1990s. Walking those streets meant you were taking your life into your hands. Thanks to Republicans" aggressive law-and-order policies, today, most U.S. cities are astonishingly safe. Crime is at its lowest level in decade

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Hot Air
Washington Post: Gee, it seems Democrats don’t have an impeachment message

Yesterday, Politico asked three different House Democrats about impeachment and got three different answers , suggesting that maybe Democrats aren"t really sure what they"re doing. Today, the Washington Post published an ‘analysis" piece at The Fix which basically reaches the same conclusion . Depending on whom you ask, on Thursday morning, the House Judiciary Committee will vote on procedures to investigate whether to open an impeachment inquiry or to continue an already opened impeachment inquiry. Or maybe there is no inquiry at all. At this point, it’s hard to say, in part becaus

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Washington Free Beacon
Virginia Democratic Party Receives $150,000 From Dark Money Group

The Democratic Party of Virginia received a $150,000 donation earlier this month from a D.C.-based progressive nonprofit that is funded by millions in dark money. ACRONYM, a 501(c)(4) "dark money" group, was co-founded in 2017 by Tara McGowan, a 33-year-old Democratic strategist and former digital director for the Priorities USA super PAC, and former Dollar Shave Club CEO Mike Dubin. During ACRONYM's first year in 2017, McGowan coordinated 100 percent of the digital advertising for Gov. Ralph Northam's (D., Va.) successful gubernatorial race, according to Axios . Recent Stories in Politi

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WND
Writer's CBS resignation: Thank a self-righteous leftist

Here"s a story that garnered some coverage in the establishment press but which definitely needs to be addressed in the proper context, because it is disgraceful and disgusting: A well-accomplished, well-respected black man was recently forced to resign from his job for using the dreaded n-word in his place of employment. The word was reportedly used in context, which means that it was not directed at an individual. This is only part of what makes this disgraceful and disgusting. Suffice it to say that most conscientious folks find that word distasteful, but said in context, I personally don"

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WND
Trump's Space Command set for liftoff, however ...

By Stacy Washington Stacy Washington On Aug. 29, the Trump administration"s Department of Defense launched Space Command, the newest branch of America"s military and a critical step forward toward the creation of the Space Force. The move is a substantial win for the president, who secured bipartisan support for his once-scoffed-at initiative during a time of such political and international strife. Under the direction of Air Force Gen. John Raymond, Space Command, or SPACECOM, will cover a variety of space-related national security operations, including missile warnings, satellite

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Washington Free Beacon
Democratic Debate Preview: Why Your Candidate Is The Worst (Part 1)

Thursday night's Democratic primary debate in Houston will feature 10 candidates vying for the party's presidential nomination.  Only three have a shot at winning , and none stand a chance against President Donald J. Trump. Who knows what will happen when these political titans square off on stage taking questions from ABC News anchors? And, frankly, who cares? If you have a horse in this race, or even if you don't, the following will help you understand why you've made the wrong choice. Recent Stories in Politics 2020 Democrats: Let's Be Clear About This Warren Voices S

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Hot Air
NBC to Condi Rice: Would you consider replacing John Bolton?

Why not? Having George W. Bush"s nat-sec adviser in Donald Trump"s White House couldn"t be any stranger than hiring John Bolton in the position, and might at least add a little more nuance. Trump himself raised a few eyebrows last night by praising Condoleezza Rice"s "very interesting and secure perspective" in a Fox News interview with Martha MacCallum: Excellent interview by @CondoleezzaRice on @MarthaMaccallum on @FoxNews . Very interesting and secure perspective on life. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 11, 2019 If Trump was willing to bring back Bolton,

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Independent Journal Review
The 2020 Twenty — Joe Walsh

This is IJR's fourth segment of The 2020 Twenty. We're asking every 2020 presidential candidate 20 questions on their plans, policies, outlook, and background as well as some lighter ones to help our readers get to know the people and their personalities as they compete to run the country. Former Congressman Joe Walsh (R-Ill.) is one of three Republicans to enter the presidential primary against President Donald Trump . He's been quick to label Trump a bigot&"; and unfit&"; for the White House, but he's also working to overcome his own controversial statements on Twitter and from his long

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Hot Air
Report: Trump considered easing sanctions on Iran two days ago to encourage talks — over Bolton’s strong objection

Golly, whoever leaked this to Bloomberg must have been pretty high up the food chain to know what the president was thinking on a matter as sensitive as Iran diplomacy. And they must have a pretty sizable axe to grind with him if they"re willing to make him sound this weak, particularly in comparison to Bolton. Any theories? Do any current or former disgruntled national security aides with a reputation for score-settling in the press present themselves as logical suspects? The post-Bolton era will be a golden age of natsec leaking, my friends. President Donald Trump discussed easing san

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Independent Journal Review
Carson Calls CA the ‘Poster Child’ for the Homeless Crisis, Says Trump Is ‘Passionate’ About Fixing It

When it comes to the homeless crisis in California, U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson isn't letting the state slide by on addressing the problem. During a Fox News interview on Monday evening, the HUD secretary pointed to some areas of California — like San Fransisco and Los Angeles — and noted that homelessness seems to be worse in places where there is a lot of regulatory barriers,&"; calling the state a poster child for that.&"; Although it's the city or state government's job to take responsibility to address the crisis, Carson says if that's not

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Hot Air
Wait, what? Trump endorses … Ben Sasse?

Who"s more annoyed by this, Trumpers or anti-Trumpers? Senator Ben Sasse has done a wonderful job representing the people of Nebraska. He is great with our Vets, the Military, and your very important Second Amendment. Strong on Crime and the Border, Ben has my Complete and Total Endorsement! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 11, 2019 One Trump fan on Twitter tried to cope with the news last night by suggesting that POTUS was using reverse psychology in endorsing a longtime critic. Reportedly he endorsed one Republican House member last year out of spite, because t

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Independent Journal Review
POTUS Proclaims ‘Big Night’ for GOP as Party Takes Two House Seats in NC Special Elections

President Donald Trump proclaimed that the Republican Party had a big night&"; as the GOP took a pair of open House seats in North Carolina. In a tweet published late Tuesday night, the president offered his congratulations to North Carolina state Sen. Dan Bishop (R-N.C.), as well as North Carolina General Assembly Rep. Greg Murphy (R-N.C.) on their two special election victories. BIG NIGHT FOR THE REPUBLICAN PARTY,&"; wrote Trump. CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL!&"; BIG NIGHT FOR THE REPUBLICAN PARTY. CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 11, 2019

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Washington Free Beacon
Bishop Beats McCready in North Carolina Special Election

Republican Dan Bishop beat Democrat Dan McCready in a close special election race held in North Carolina's Ninth Congressional District on Tuesday. Bishop beat McCready by about 2 percentage points, according to NBC . Both candidates spent massive amounts of money campaigning, after a mishandling of absentee ballots in the 2018 election determined the need for a special election in 2019. At the time, Republican nominee Mark Harris led McCready by a slim margin. Recent Stories in Politics Four Senators Write Facebook Condemning Censorship of Pro-Life Group Republican Law

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Independent Journal Review
As Democratic White House Hopefuls Debate in Houston, Party Eyes Lower-Tier Gains in Texas

While 10 Democratic presidential contenders debate in Houston on Thursday, the party is eyeing gains farther down the ballot in Texas next year in races for the U.S. House of Representatives and state legislature, party strategists and political experts say. Texas has not elected a statewide Democrat in three decades, and Republican President Donald Trump remains the odds-on favorite to win the state in the November 2020 election. It is not clear the national Democratic Party is willing to devote the financial resources an all-in statewide effort would require, given Texas' sheer size and th

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Independent Journal Review
Warren Rises as Solid Democratic Option Behind Biden, Sanders: Reuters/Ipsos Poll

Support for U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren rose more than that of any other Democratic presidential hopeful over the past month, according to the Reuters/Ipsos poll, solidifying her status as a top contender behind Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders. The Sept. 9-10 poll found that 11% of Democrats and independents said they would vote for Warren in their state's nominating contests, up 3 percentage points from a similar poll that ran Aug. 1 to 5. Twenty-two percent said they backed Biden, the former vice president who has been the Democratic front-runner since he entered the race this year, and 16%

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Hot Air
The darkest anniversary

It"s been 18 years since the day of the attacks and most of us who were old enough at the time to register what was happening still carry the memories with us. But enough time has passed that perceptions of that dark day seem to be shifting, particularly among the young. I was just reflecting this morning on the fact that next year will be the first presidential election where some of the voters entering their polling places weren"t even born when Muslim extremists from al Qaeda took the lives of more than 3,000 Americans and brought the economic capital of the world to its knees. For those pe

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Washington Free Beacon
Dems Secretly Trained Thousands of Activists to Manipulate Media, Clinton Library Docs Show

The Democratic party developed an elaborate, multi-year operation in the 1990s that deployed thousands of activists to covertly mold public opinion using talk radio, according to documents from the Clinton Presidential Library. The Democratic National Committee (DNC), with the blessing of the Clinton White House, launched the Talk Radio Initiative (TRI) ahead of the 1996 campaign. The program trained thousands of operatives to call in to radio shows, conduct surveillance of their contents, and secretly disseminate Democratic talking points while posing as ordinary listeners. Recent Stories

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Washington Free Beacon
Biden Tried to Buy Putin’s Support for Iraq War With Promise of Oil Money

Joe Biden sought out Russian president Vladimir Putin before the 2003 invasion of Iraq to propose a deal in which Russia would be given the oil profits from the war if they entered alongside the United States. Biden told of his attempt at "creative diplomacy" during a July 2004 event at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library. Biden, then the ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, was joined on stage by former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright for a discussion on foreign policy in the upcoming presidential election. Recent Stories in National Security Son o

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Counter Punch
The Imperative to Restore Congressional Powers

Photograph Source: Jeremy Buckingham - CC BY 2.0 You have to give President Trump credit for one thing — he has so abused executive authority that even the most conservative members of Congress are now clamoring to restore our vital constitutionally-established checks and balances. It would be hard to find a more conservative member of Congress than Utah’s Republican Sen. Mike Lee. This is the guy who convinced Trump to slash the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument so oil, gas, coal, off-road "wreckreationists" and fossil hunters could ravage the canyons and their fragile ruins

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Counter Punch
Reflections on “Peace” in Afghanistan

Photograph Source: Fibonacci Blue - CC BY 2.0 When the conflict that the Vietnamese refer to as the American War ended in April 1975, I was a U.S. Army captain attending a course at Fort Knox, Kentucky. In those days, the student body at any of our Army’s myriad schools typically included officers from the Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN). Since ARVN’s founding two decades earlier, the United States had assigned itself the task of professionalizing that fledgling military establishment. Based on a conviction that the standards, methods, and ethos of our armed forces were universal

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Counter Punch
Why a DNC Vice Chair Bawled Me Out

The man quickly identified himself as a vice chair of the Democratic National Committee. He didn’t need to tell me that he was hopping mad. Ken Martin was angry that my colleagues and I were handing out a flier - providing some inconvenient facts about Joe Biden - to delegates and activists as they entered the New Hampshire Democratic Party convention on Saturday. The headline, next to Biden’s picture, quoted a statement he made last year: “I don’t think 500 billionaires are the reason why we"re in trouble.” While not flattering to the current frontrunner for the Democratic presidential

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Hot Air
The War in Afghanistan (probably) will never end

There is no end in sight for the long U.S. military slog in Afghanistan. Things appeared on the rocks before President Donald Trump announced secret talks between the Taliban, U.S., and Afghanistan government were scuttled over a bombing in Kabul. The Afghani government was already irked about the deal in principle reached between the U.S. and Taliban last week. America is still hoping for some kind of peace deal even if the violence has escalated this year. It"s not just Afghanistan politicians who are angry about any sort of ceasefire. South Carolina U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham has lo

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Hot Air
Trump: Don’t blame me for canceling primaries, blame the “total joke” challengers

Make that the "total joke" challengers  so far . White House reporters asked Donald Trump why he"s shutting down GOP presidential primaries and caucuses in several states, to which Trump responded that he has nothing to do with it. It"s almost certainly true, but it won"t stop the issue from being a Rorschach test of sorts for pundits: Trump calls three Republican challengers ‘a joke.’ More here: https://t.co/MSI4nn5kbg pic.twitter.com/Z2Km0TYgoV — Reuters Top News (@Reuters) September 10, 2019 This started on Friday after four state Republican Party committees acted to

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WND
Obama's State Department 'central to conspiracy to smear Trump'

Joe Biden, right, and Barack Obama (Pixabay) Government watchdog Judicial Watch has released 90 pages of documents it obtained from the State Department that show the frenetic efforts of the Obama administration to distribute classified information to undermine President Trump just prior to his inauguration. "These documents show how the Obama State Department, staffed by Clinton donors, improperly, and perhaps illegally, rushed classified information to their anti-Trump allies in the U.S. Senate," said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. "The Obama State Department was central to the con

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The Denver Post
Democrats step on shaky political ground with fracking bans

DENVER - Several Democratic presidential candidates are running on a promise to ban fracking - and stepping on unstable political ground as they do so. An all-out prohibition on the controversial natural gas extraction process - backed by Sens. Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren - has been well received by the liberal and climate-focused voters closely watching the primary. But the proposal also threatens to antagonize unions and voters in areas that depend on oil and gas for jobs. That opposition may be fiercest in some of the states Democrats care about most. Bannin

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Hot Air
Vox’s piece on the ‘anti-liberal moment’ is missing a few things

Vox published a piece Monday by Zach Beauchamp which argues that classical liberalism in under attack from both the left and right. The piece offers an interesting look at the issue but it won"t surprise you to learn that Beauchamp believes the right is the greater threat to liberalism. I think he"s wrong about that but to explain why I"ll need to breeze through the set up for his argument. First, let"s be clear about what Beauchamp means be liberalism. He defines it as "democracy, the rule of law, individual rights, and equality." He"s not talking about ordinary partisan liberalism but what

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Hot Air
Trump: Pay no attention to that garbage ABC/WaPo polling outfit

Alternate headline: "Presidential tweet focuses country"s attention on ABC/WaPo poll showing Trump"s job approval sliding." ABC/Washington Post Poll was the worst and most inaccurate poll of any taken prior to the 2016 Election. When my lawyers protested, they took a 12 point down and brought it to almost even by Election Day. It was a Fake Poll by two very bad and dangerous media outlets. Sad! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 10, 2019 One of the greatest and most powerful weapons used by the Fake and Corrupt News Media is the phony Polling Information they put

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Independent Journal Review
Mexico Says They Will Focus on Arms Smuggling at U.S. Meeting on Migrant Flows

Mexico said it would press the United States to halt arms smuggling across its border with Mexico at a pivotal meeting in Washington on Tuesday called to review progress in efforts to curb a recent surge in Central American migrant flows. Following threats by U.S. President Donald Trump to impose tariffs on all its goods, Mexico on June 7 pledged to take a series of steps to contain migrants, and the two governments agreed to review that effort after 90 days. Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard led the delegation meeting U.S. officials in Washington on Tuesday afternoon. He said on Twitter that

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Independent Journal Review
O’Rourke Claims Living Near Your Job Is a ‘Luxury’ for the Rich, Says He’ll Change Housing Policy

2020 Democratic presidential primary candidate Beto O'Rouke (D-Texas) claimed that living next to one's workplace was a luxury&"; reserved for the wealthy. O'Rourke — who lost a Senate bid in Texas to Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) during the 2018 midterm elections — made the claim in a tweet published Monday, where he also claimed that it was a person's right&"; to live near their job. Living close to work shouldn't be a luxury for the rich,&"; the former congressman wrote. It's a right for everyone.&"; Living close to work shouldn't be a luxury for the rich. It's a right for

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