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  • Democrats opposed to Pelosi lack challenger to topple her

    09/23/2018 3:49:58 AM PDT · by yoe · 2 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 22, 2018 | Mike Lillis
    Democratic insurgents hoping to topple House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) lack a key ingredient in their master plan: a formidable challenger. Pelosi’s detractors have argued for years that Democrats need an image overhaul by empowering newer members at the very top of the party. But they suffered a big setback when Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-N.Y.), thought by many to be Pelosi’s heir apparent, was unseated himself in an astonishing primary defeat earlier this year.
  • Are Collins, Flake, and Murkowski really this clueless?

    09/23/2018 3:16:13 AM PDT · by guitar Josh · 12 replies
    Not one single person Ford named at the party has remotely verified a thing she said. Everyone has contradicted her, so how can they believe anything else she says? I just can't figure out what it is they need to see to realize that this is just a huge farce. Ford has no credibility, and might have a serious mental illness. The only thing I can think of that is holding up the votes is at least one of the 3 is refusing to vote yes until Ford testifies, although I have no idea how she can gain credibility.
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 23 September 2018

    09/23/2018 3:12:31 AM PDT · by Alas Babylon! · 7 replies
    Various driveby media television networks ^ | 23 September 2018 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows September 23rd, 2018 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Secretary of State Mike Pompeo; Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. The panel will be Juan Williams and Gillian Turner of Fox News; Jason Miller, former Trump for President senior communications adviser; and Bob Woodward of The Washington Post and author of “Fear: Trump in the White House.” The program salutes Wayne Rooney of D.C. United soccer team.MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Secretary of State Mike Pompeo; Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash.; Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga.; Marvin Kalb, author of “Enemy of the...
  • Six rules for conducting the Christine Blasey Ford-Brett Kavanaugh hearings

    09/23/2018 3:06:15 AM PDT · by grundle · 12 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | September 22, 2018 | Alan M. Dershowitz
    It’s not surprising that each side of the Ford/Kavanaugh he said/she said dispute is seeking different procedures. This is an adversarial high-stakes confrontation between a male Supreme Court justice nominee and his female accuser. Reasonable people could disagree about the appropriate procedural steps, but there are basic rules that must be followed for hearings of this kind to be fair. Rule 1: No one should presume that either party is lying or telling the truth. There is no gender-based gene for truth telling. Some women tell the truth; some women lie. Some men tell the truth; some men lie. Without...
  • Time To Bork The Borkers On The Senate Judiciary Committee

    09/23/2018 3:04:50 AM PDT · by familyop · 3 replies
    RedState ^ | September 22, 2018 | Miranda Morales
    As one of our authors said in a column at the beginning of Kavanaugh’s hearing, this current method of “examining” SCOTUS nominees started with Robert Bork. Once the left saw Teddy Kennedy’s success, they grabbed ‘hold and haven’t let go. This is our opportunity to turn it around. We’ve been afraid to “discredit” a sexual assault or harassment victim. Unfortunately, the Left has made those terms so vague as to render them meaningless. And, they’ve insisted we believe every female because… chromosomes. In my opinion, Chrsitine Blasey Ford suffered some kind of trauma. I don’t know who the perpetrator was,...
  • Memory Distortion and False Memory Creation

    09/23/2018 2:58:54 AM PDT · by ATOMIC_PUNK · 6 replies
    http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu ^ | Loftus, Elizabeth (1996)
    Types of Repressed Memory Cases At the heart of repressed memory cases is a fundamental set of assumptions: That people routinely banish traumatic experiences from consciousness because they are too horrifying to contemplate; that these forgotten experiences cannot be recalled by any normal process but only by special techniques; that these special techniques produce reliable recovery of memory; that before such recovery, these forgotten experiences cause miserable symptoms; that healing is possible only by digging out and reliving the forgotten experiences. In point of fact there is no cogent scientific support for this repression folklore, and and ample reason to...
  • Kavanaugh accuser wants to talk to Senate; terms up in air

    09/23/2018 2:27:35 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The Bluefield Daily Telegraph ^ | September 23, 2018 | The Associated Press
    The woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of a decades-old sexual assault has accepted a Senate committee's request to tell her side next week but Christine Blasey Ford wants to resume negotiations over the exact terms of her appearance, her lawyers said Saturday. It was not immediately clear whether the Republican-run Senate Judiciary Committee would agree to more talks with Ford's team. Also unclear was when she might come to Capitol Hill and she was offering to speak in a public session or a private one. The committee wanted her to appear Wednesday, but she prefers her earlier request...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Eminent California Professor And Human Memory Expert Weighs In On Christine Ford’s

    09/23/2018 1:59:41 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 23, 2018 | Scott Moorefield
    While acknowledging that “people react differently to experiences,” Dr. Loftus also expressed skepticism about the root causes of the “symptoms” - such as PTSD and anxiety issues - Ford claims to have as a result of the assault. Our talk inevitably circled back to the fact that we just “don’t know” so many things about this case. If we knew, for example, how many of the supporters who knew Judge Kavanaugh from his high school days were from the girl’s school Ford attended, we might discover how well Ford likely knew him as well.While acknowledging that “people react differently to...
  • Half of Trump Voters Think Women’s Harassment Claims ‘Often Cause More Problems Than They Solve’

    09/23/2018 1:46:38 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    Brinkwire ^ | September 23, 2018
    A fair number of people who voted for President Donald Trump—just about half—think that women who complain about harassment often create more problems instead of solving anything, according to a new poll released this week. The survey from YouGov/The Economist asked respondents whether they agreed with this statement: “Women who complain about harassment often cause more problems than they solve.” Among Trump voters, 14 percent said they strongly agreed, while 34 percent agreed somewhat—meaning that overall, 48 percent agreed with the statement to some degree. Forty percent of Trump voters disagreed, to some degree, that “women who complain about harassment...
  • Letter: Kavanaugh hearing

    09/23/2018 1:34:46 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Courier ^ | September 23, 2018 | Chris Simenson
    DUNKERTON — I traveled to Cambodia two times recently. Each time I visit the “Killing Fields” of the murderous Khmer Rouge to pay homage to the innocent. They were all accused of crimes against the government. Confessions were obtained either voluntarily or through brutal coercion. These were used as “evidence” to convict the innocent and condemn them to a brutal death by bludgeoning after which their bodies were thrown in mass graves. The #Metoo movement has been weaponized in a similar manner to its detriment. The accused are assumed guilty and accusations are placed on par with evidence. Likewise anyone...
  • FBI Incapable of Investigating Christine Ford Allegation

    09/23/2018 1:30:49 AM PDT · by kathsua · 19 replies
    Janitor's view ^ | 09/222/18 | Reasonmclucus
    t would be impossible for the FBI to determine what, if anything, happened at the time Christine Blasey Ford claimed to have been attacked. The FBI cannot examine the scene of the alleged attack for evidence because even if the building is still there it likely has been cleaned many times since that evening. The building might even have been remodeled and the furniture replaced. Ford is the only apparent witness who remembers the incident and she had been drinking. It wouldn't have taken very much alcohol to impair the perception of a 15 year old girl. Her description could...
  • Traces of Iron Age wars found on double-skin wall

    09/23/2018 12:39:15 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 3 replies
    Daily Sabah ^ | September 18, 2018 | Anadolu Agency
    Archeologists at Adana's Sirkeli Mound have uncovered a double-skin wall dating back to the Iron Age. Located in the city's Ceyhan district, the wall bears the traces of a war... The defensive wall and waterways were discovered at the lower city part of the mound... they have also discovered stores and seeds on the upper part of the mound. They date back to the Iron and Early Bronze Ages... Novak said they found the wall after geophysical and surface researches that were conducted in the lower city of the mound. Excavation works have started in the light of that data....
  • To align with Trump's policy, immigration officials get more leeway to start deportation process

    09/23/2018 12:27:32 AM PDT · by vannrox · 1 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | 7jul18 | By Daniel Shoer Roth
    The Trump administration has expanded the list of categories for which immigrants can be sent before immigration judges to start deportation procedures against them. Measures announced Thursday by the Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will tighten the Department of Homeland Security's controls on immigrants, affecting not only undocumented foreigners but legal immigrants who lose their immigration benefits or status. The change is tied to Notices to Appear, a document issued to non-citizens instructing them to appear in immigration court. The NTAs normally mark the start of deportation procedures. A USCIS announcement said its officials will issue NTAs for a broader...
  • Even with a green card, an immigrant can be deported under new guidelines

    09/23/2018 12:24:12 AM PDT · by vannrox · 14 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | 22sep18 | By Daniel Shoer Roth
    A green card is no longer an immigrant’s insurance policy against deportation in the Donald Trump era. Documented immigrants can now be deported from the United States if they break the rules of federal and state programs that offer public benefits to immigrants. New guidelines implemented last week by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services say that immigrants who abuse “any program related to the reception of public benefits” will be summoned to appear before an immigration court. Immigrants will be subjected to removal procedures if there’s evidence of “fraud or willful misrepresentation” in connection “with any official matter or application...
  • Colin Kaepernick is Nike's $6 billion man

    09/23/2018 12:19:01 AM PDT · by vannrox · 7 replies
    CBS news ^ | 23SEp18 | kate Gibson
    The heat Nike has taken over its controversial advertising campaign featuring former NFL start Colin Kaepernick seems to have had another effect: burnishing the iconic brand's appeal to investors. Nike shares have surged 36 percent on the year, making the company the top performer on the Dow's index of 30 blue-chip stocks. The run-up includes a nearly 5 percent increase since Nike's Labor Day announcement that Kaepernick would be featured in its campaign, adding nearly $6 billion to the company's market value. The stock continues to hover near an all-time high, which it reached in mid-September only weeks after some...
  • Rust Belt states that helped Trump win appear to be spurning Republicans

    09/23/2018 12:16:28 AM PDT · by vannrox · 14 replies
    Pilot Online ^ | 23SEP18 | By John McCormick
    The Rust Belt states that provided an election night shocker two years ago — delivering the presidency to Donald Trump — could hand Democrats crucial wins in the midterm elections. Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania, which Trump won in 2016 by a total of less than 80,000 votes to put him over the top in the Electoral College count, are looking less like Trump country this year, as Republicans trail Democratic opponents. The shift illustrates the year’s challenging political landscape for Republicans. Even with a booming economy and record stock market — typically benchmarks of presidential success — the party’s chances...
  • AMERICA PRAYER VIGIL - September 23, 2018 (Prayer)

    09/23/2018 12:14:58 AM PDT · by Faith · 5 replies
    September 23, 2018 | Faith
    Please join with fellow FREEPERS to pray for President Trump, Vice-President Pence, and for America: Government, Family, Military, Business, Education, Churches, and the Media. This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. (I John 5:14) Religion forum threads labeled “Prayer” are closed to debate of any kind.
  • US seeks to curtail green cards for immigrants on public aid

    09/22/2018 11:20:45 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep. 22, 2018 11:20 PM EDT | Elliot Spagat
    The Trump administration on Saturday proposed rules that could deny green cards to immigrants if they use Medicaid, food stamps, housing vouchers and other forms of public assistance. Federal law already requires those seeking green cards and to prove they will not be a burden — or “public charge” — but the new rules detail a broad range of programs that could disqualify them. The Department of Homeland Security said current and past receipt of certain public benefits above thresholds would be considered “a heavily weighed negative factor” in granting green cards as well as temporary stays. […] Coming less...
  • Pompeo rips Russia: 'They have not proven helpful'

    09/22/2018 11:07:44 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 6 replies
    Politico ^ | Sep 22, 2018 | Quint Forgey
    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Saturday criticized Russia for its failure to cooperate with the U.S. on the world stage despite overtures by President Donald Trump to “develop a relationship” with the Kremlin. “They have not proven helpful in the Ukraine, in Syria,” Pompeo said on NBC News’ “Meet the Press” in an interview set to air Sunday. The State Department last week imposed sanctions on China’s Equipment Development Department for its purchase of Russian combat aircraft and surface-to-air missile equipment. On Saturday, Pompeo pointed to those economic penalties as evidence of the Trump administration’s efforts to “push back...
  • Hold The Damn Vote Already

    09/22/2018 10:59:55 PM PDT · by Helicondelta · 30 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | Sep 23, 2018 | Derek Hunter
    It was a week of pure political theater, a disgrace to everything this country used to stand for, and Democrats loved every minute of what they’d created. Between the faux outrage and the pearl-clutching across liberal Washington, there wasn’t a fainting couch that wasn’t engaged. It was all garbage. We will never know happened to Christine Blasey Ford in the early 80s, even after she tells her story. Frankly, I don’t care anymore. When she first came forward I was willing to hear her out. It quickly became clear, whatever her story was, that her story didn’t matter. By Monday...