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  • Collins: Anti-Kavanaugh opponents trying to ‘buy votes and buy positions’

    10/07/2018 4:25:11 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 37 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/07/18 | EMILY BIRNBAUM
    Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) on Sunday criticized the Maine progressive groups that have pledged millions of dollars to her 2020 opponent in opposition to her vote on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Collins on CBS's "60 Minutes" on Sunday called the crowdfunding effort an attempt to "buy votes and buy positions." She said it did not influence her decision to vote in Kavanaugh's favor. "This is a classic quid pro quo as defined in our bribery laws," Collins said. "They are asking me to perform an official act and if I do not do what they want, two million plus...
  • Democrat awaiting corruption trial found dead; autopsy planned

    09/28/2018 5:26:00 AM PDT · by george76 · 36 replies
    Fox News ^ | September 28, 2018 | Bradford Betz
    A former Massachusetts state senator awaiting trial on federal corruption charges was found dead in his home Thursday.. The body of former state Sen. Brian A. Joyce, 56, was found by his wife, the Bristol County District Attorney's office said in a statement. The DA’s office said “foul play” was ruled out .. ... The Democrat, who served as assistant majority leader, was first elected in 1998. Joyce left the Senate after not seeking re-election in 2016 amid the federal probe. ... In December 2017, Joyce was named in a 113-count indictment charging him with racketeering, extortion, wire fraud and...
  • Chairman Grassley reveals Kavanaugh's two young daughters have faced serious death threats...

    09/23/2018 8:45:55 PM PDT · by Revel · 92 replies
    Twitter ^ | 09/23/18 | Paul Sperry
    BREAKING: Chairman Grassley reveals Judge Kavanaugh's two young daughters have faced serious death threats "and vicious assaults as a result of these allegations" -- and "they're getting worse by the day."
  • Rosenstein Suggested He Secretly Record Trump and Discussed 25th Amendment

    09/21/2018 11:01:09 AM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 26 replies
    The deputy attorney general, Rod J. Rosenstein, suggested last year that he secretly record President Trump in the White House to expose the chaos consuming the administration, and he discussed recruiting cabinet members to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove Mr. Trump from office for being unfit. Mr. Rosenstein made these suggestions in the spring of 2017 when Mr. Trump’s firing of James B. Comey as F.B.I. director plunged the White House into turmoil. Over the ensuing days, the president divulged classified intelligence to Russians in the Oval Office, and revelations emerged that Mr. Trump had asked Mr. Comey to...
  • Rosenstein Suggested He Secretly Record Trump and Discussed 25th Amendment

    09/21/2018 11:01:43 AM PDT · by Fury · 14 replies
    New York Times ^ | 09/21/2018 | By Adam Goldman and Michael S. Schmidt
    WASHINGTON — The deputy attorney general, Rod J. Rosenstein, suggested last year that he secretly record President Trump in the White House to expose the chaos consuming the administration, and he discussed recruiting cabinet members to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove Mr. Trump from office for being unfit.
  • Rosenstein Suggested He Secretly Record Trump and Discussed 25th Amendment

    09/21/2018 11:00:27 AM PDT · by rumrunner · 188 replies
    The New York Times ^ | Adam Goldman adn Michael Schmidt
    WASHINGTON — The deputy attorney general, Rod J. Rosenstein, suggested last year that he secretly record President Trump in the White House to expose the chaos consuming the administration, and he discussed recruiting cabinet members to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove Mr. Trump from office for being unfit.
  • $1.2 million anti-Kavanaugh crowdfunding campaign tests federal bribery laws

    09/12/2018 3:51:16 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 19 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | September 12, 2018 | Alex Swoyer
    Liberal groups are testing a new crowdsourcing tactic in their battle against President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee — and are testing the limits of campaign finance laws with their attempt to force one GOP senator to vote “No.” The initiative has secured pledges of $1.2 million, which the groups say they’ll direct to an opponent of Sen. Susan Collins, should she vote to confirm Mr. Trump’s pick, Judge Brett Kavanaugh. If she votes for the nomination, the donors’ credit cards will be charged. Ms. Collins and her defenders say that sounds an awful lot like bribery, threatening her political future...
  • David Hogg, gun control advocates march on Smith & Wesson headquarters, demand $5 million donation

    08/26/2018 1:54:31 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 105 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 26, 2018 | AP
    SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — Student gun control advocates and one of the survivors of the Parkland, Florida, school shooting are finishing a 50-mile, four-day march in Massachusetts to the headquarters of gun manufacturer Smith & Wesson. The group is gathering outside company headquarters Sunday in Springfield.
  • ‘No Crime Required for Impeachment’ Dem Says [semi-satire]

    08/25/2018 8:34:00 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 20 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 26 August 2018 | John Semmens
    This week’s “plea bargain” in which former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen confessed to the non-crime of paying “hush money” to two women alleging trysts with Donald Trump more than ten years ago has created an impeachment frenzy in media and Democratic Party circles. Under normal circumstances, a threat to expose embarrassing information unless a payment is made would be considered extortion. That would make the person demanding payment the criminal party in the transaction. But, as Rep. Al Green (D-Tex) says, “normally, a person being victimized by a blackmailer would deserve sympathy. However, when that victim is Donald Trump we...
  • John Schnatter moves to regain position on Papa John's board

    07/18/2018 4:29:49 AM PDT · by StAnDeliver · 26 replies
    WAVE3 ^ | July 17, 2018 | WAVE3
    LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Pizza mogul John Schnatter is making major moves to repair his reputation and regain his position on the Papa John's board. WAVE 3 News learned Schnatter has now hired Hollywood power lawyer Patricia Glaser, after he admitted to using the N-word during a conference call in a way he maintains was mischaracterized. Glaser has a lot of experience representing big names including disgraced movie executive Harvey Weinstein, Keith Olbermann, Conan O'Brien and celebrity chef Paula Deen after her N-word scandal. WAVE 3 News obtained a letter Glaser sent to the Papa John's Board of Directors on...
  • FACEBOOK

    07/01/2018 12:58:42 PM PDT · by FrankR · 68 replies
    Vanity | 07/01/2018 | Self
    OK, I've had it with Facebook. I've been on there for a year or so, only because of my kids and grandkids, and a few, close, personal friends. My total number of "Friends" on there is only 54, (and a few of those need to go). Now - in order to get their hooks into more people - you only get to read the "News Feed" IF, you add "more friends". They've blocked me at only one post I can read, until I add more friends. I refuse. I've got the friends I want, and that's all I want. It's...
  • Supreme Court Ruling in ‘Janus’ Deals Blow to Working Families

    06/27/2018 12:45:29 PM PDT · by lightman · 96 replies
    National Educartion Association ^ | 27 June A.D. 2018 | John Rosales
    Educators in ActionWorker Rights June 27, 2018 • 10:23AM Supreme Court Ruling in ‘Janus’ Deals Blow to Working Families By John Rosales The collective voice of American workers was undermined today by the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in ​Janus v. American Federation of County, State Municipal Employees. In a 5-to-4 decision, which casts aside decades of precedents and laws, the court has eliminated a public-sector union’s ability to collect “fair share” or “agency” fees from workers who choose not to join as union members but are still protected by union agreements. The ruling undermines the ability of educators to come...
  • ["Stormy"] Daniels denied bid to restart Trump case

    06/20/2018 9:14:28 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    The Herald Sun ^ | June 20, 2018 | Reuters
    A federal judge in Los Angeles has rejected a request by the adult film actress Stormy Daniels to restart her lawsuit there against US President Donald Trump and his longtime lawyer Michael Cohen. US District Judge James Otero said the amount of media attention in the case was not a sufficient reason to reconsider the 90-day stay he had imposed in April. Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, is suing to void a non-disclosure agreement under which Cohen paid her $US130,000 ($A176,000) not to discuss her alleged relationship with Trump in 2006 and 2007. "While it is undeniable that...
  • Left Calls for Boycott of Chick-fil-A over Marriage Stance

    06/14/2018 11:44:11 AM PDT · by rktman · 131 replies
    pjmedia.com ^ | 6/13/2018 | Matt Margolis
    . Earlier this week Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey was forced to apologize after eating at Chick-fil-A… during Pride Month! The horror! Twitter and Square CEO Jack Dorsey ignited a backlash online after revealing that he ate at Chick-fil-A this month. On Saturday, Dorsey posted a photo on Twitter with the caption "Boost @ChickfilA," showing he had saved 10% on a $31.58 order at the fast-food chain. A "boost" is a cashback reward Square users can earn when using a Cash Card, which is a debit card from the payment platform. Critics immediately seized on Dorsey's support of Chick-fil-A — whose...
  • David Hogg still waiting for $1 million GoFundMe donation from Publix

    06/07/2018 9:01:09 AM PDT · by Simon Green · 58 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 06/06/18 | Valerie Richardson
    David Hogg might not want to hold his breath while waiting for that $1 million donation from Publix. Two weeks after the 18-year-old student activist called on Publix to atone for supporting a pro-National Rifle Association candidate by sending $1 million to the Parkland victims’ fund, the grocery chain has shown no indication that it plans to do so. Publix spokeswoman Nicole Krauss confirmed that the company has not donated to the crowdfunding account, but highlighted the firm’s public-service activities at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, scene of the deadly Feb. 14 shooting. “While we have...
  • Publix Finally Mans Up, Says David Hogg’s $1 Million Extortion Attempt Won’t Work

    06/05/2018 5:38:24 AM PDT · by LiveFreeOrDie2001 · 49 replies
    True Pundit ^ | 6/5/2018 | True Pundit Staff
    Publix was on the receiving end of Hogg’s latest stab at fascist activism thanks to the company’s previous financial support for Adam Putnam, Florida’s agriculture commissioner and a candidate for the GOP nomination for governor who is proud of the support he gets from the National Rifle Association. In a Twitter post published a week before Friday’s demonstrations, Hogg demanded a payment of $1 million from the supermarket chain to make up for its support of Putnam — and tried to extort a humiliating promise from Publix to make its politics conform to a teenage liberal’s demands. I call on...
  • When Pigs Fly… Publix Will Not Pay Teen Tyrant David Hogg’s Million Dollar Demand

    05/30/2018 7:13:16 AM PDT · by Cheerio · 109 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | May 30, 2018 | Kristinn Taylor
    Publix CEO Todd Jones on Tuesday told the father of a Parkland, Florida student killed in the February 14 massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that the Florida-based supermarket chain would not be making a donation to the school’s student fund. Last week leftist revolutionary Parkland student gun control activist David Hogg demanded Publix give $1 million to the Stoneman Douglas Victim’s fund to atone for donating a reported $670,000 in recent years to Adam Putnam, a pro-NRA Florida Republican running for governor. Hogg led a die-in inside Publix stores last Friday to protest Publix’s support for Putnam, who...
  • Publix halts political contributions ahead of Parkland students' 'die-in' protest

    05/25/2018 5:49:01 PM PDT · by Magnatron · 85 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | 25 May 2018 | Alex Harris, David Smiley And Martin Vassolo
    Staring down the prospect of a public relations crisis — boycott threats and "die-in" protests included — over its donations to Republican gubernatorial hopeful Adam Putnam, Publix said Friday it has halted all corporate political contributions. The supermarket giant made the announcement moments before a "die-in" protest planned by David Hogg, a vocal Parkland school shooting survivor and gun control activist. Despite the news, Hogg and dozens of protestors sprawled on the floor of a Coral Springs Publix for 12 minutes clutching sunflowers and signs that read "No NRA Money." Hogg and other students began their influential movement for gun...
  • David Hogg puts Publix in crosshairs, demands $1 million donation and anti-NRA pledge

    05/25/2018 9:08:18 AM PDT · by Magnatron · 145 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 24 May 2018 | Victor Morton
    David Hogg is trying to shake down Publix. The public face of the gun control movement demanded $1 million Thursday from the Florida-based grocery chain in a tweet, just one day after calling for a “die-in” protest at its stores. Publix is being targeted by Mr. Hogg for its support of Adam Putnam, a Republican gubernatorial candidate who is now the state’s agricultural commissioner. The Tampa Bay Times reported earlier this week that Publix had given $670,000 during the last three years to Putnam campaigns. Mr. Hogg not only sought atonement money from the grocery chain in Thursday’s tweet, he...
  • Rosenstein On Impeachment Threat: The DOJ ‘Is Not Going To Be Extorted’

    05/01/2018 2:42:11 PM PDT · by Magnatron · 66 replies
    Talking Points Memo ^ | 1 May 2018 | Kate Riga
    Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said that the Department of Justice “is not going to be extorted” and that he has no response to documents that “nobody has the courage to put their name on” in response to inquiries about the articles of impeachment the House Freedom Caucus is drafting to possibly bring against him.