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  • Six rules for conducting the Christine Blasey Ford-Brett Kavanaugh hearings

    09/23/2018 3:06:15 AM PDT · by grundle
    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...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Eminent California Professor And Human Memory Expert Weighs In On Christine Ford’s

    09/23/2018 1:59:41 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 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...
  • 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 · 9 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 · 5 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 · 10 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 · 4 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...
  • Hold The Damn Vote Already

    09/22/2018 10:59:55 PM PDT · by Helicondelta · 28 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...
  • Leo Varadkar to raise Ireland's bid to join UN Security Council in New York

    09/22/2018 10:56:50 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    TheJournal.ie ^ | 09/23/2018 | Órla Ryan
    Leo Varadkar is set to travel to New York today ahead of the United Nations Nelson Mandela Peace Summit. The Taoiseach will visit the UN headquarters in New York tomorrow to attend the summit, which is being held in honor of the centenary of Mandela’s birth. […] The Taoiseach will address the plenary and will also hold a number of bilateral meetings with heads of state during which he will raise Ireland’s campaign for an elected seat at the UN Security Council for the 2021-2022 term. …
  • ‘Rape Enabling C***’: Kavanaugh’s Family Received Haunting Threats over Accusations

    09/22/2018 10:25:06 PM PDT · by Hostage · 26 replies
    Conservative Tribune ^ | Sep 22, 2018 | BY CILLIAN ZEAL
    “I hope that each and every one of us will immediately denounce the horrific treatment of Dr. Blasey Ford,” Feinstein wrote on Twitter Friday. ---skip--- No sane person wants Ford to be threatened, of course. But apparently, that same concern isn’t being shown to the Kavanaugh family, who are undergoing threats of their own. (Don’t expect to see it played up in the biased mainstream media.) According to an article by Fox News, the Kavanaugh family has received threatening emails since Ford has come forward, emails that have included death threats. We warn you that there’s some graphic language ahead...
  • Thread by @KimStrassel: "1) More big breaking news, which further undercuts the Ford accusation

    09/22/2018 9:40:56 PM PDT · by ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas · 131 replies
    Thread Reader ^ | 09/22/2018 | Kimberley Strassel
    1) More big breaking news, which further undercuts the Ford accusation, as well as media handling of it. A source has given me the email that WaPo reporter Emma Brown sent to Mark Judge, one person Ford claims was at the party. This email is dated Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018.... 7) So first, huge problem: This was just a week ago, and we have Ford giving two different accounts of who was present. Four boys. No, three boys, one girl. Either way, therapist notes from 2012 definitively say four boys, which Ford didn't dispute. But now... a girl! 8) Other...
  • Notorious NorCal Rapist Suspect Arrested

    09/22/2018 9:39:00 PM PDT · by Auntie Mame · 13 replies
    Courthouse News Service ^ | September 21, 2018 | NICHOLAS IOVINO
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (CN) — Five months after authorities cracked a decades-old cold case by nabbing the Golden State Killer, law enforcement officials announced Friday the capture of another notorious California predator, the NorCal rapist, who is accused of raping at least 10 women over 15 years. Officers arrested 58-year-old Roy Charles Waller Thursday morning as he arrived at work at the University of California Berkeley. Authorities found Waller by applying the same method used to catch the Golden State Killer – matching old crime scene DNA with data uploaded to the website of a Florida-based genealogy company called GED match....
  • Kavanaugh’s Accuser Just Hired Andy McCabe’s Lawyer

    09/22/2018 9:15:45 PM PDT · by ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas · 46 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 09/22/2018 | Kevin Daley
    Dr. Christine Blasey Ford added Michael Bromwich, a former federal prosecutor and Department of Justice inspector general, to her legal team Saturday, as she prepares to give information to the Senate Judiciary Committee about her alleged hostile encounter with Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.... He represents former deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe, a James Comey confidant and frequent target of President Donald Trump’s ire.
  • California Fire Map: List of Fires...Updated Sep 22, 2018 at 10:42pm

    09/22/2018 9:09:01 PM PDT · by caww · 14 replies
    heavy ^ | 9/22/2018 | STEPHANIE DUBE DWILSON
    With the 'Charlie Fire growing in size 'fast', this is the time to get updated again on all the fires in California and their maps, containment levels, and sizes. Here are the latest updates on all the fires in California as of September 22, with a roundup of maps of the larger fires around the state. News is constantly changing, so call your local officials if you are concerned about evacuations near you.
  • America Will Suffer Same Fate as Saddam Hussein, Says Iran's Rohani

    09/22/2018 8:54:42 PM PDT · by freedom44 · 21 replies
    Haaretz ^ | Haaretz
    U.S. President Donald Trump will fail in his confrontation with Iran, just like Iraq's Saddam Hussein, Iranian President Hassan Rohani said on Saturday, referring to the war between the two Middle Eastern powers and vowing that Tehran will not abandon its missiles. Tensions have ramped up between Iran and the United States after Trump withdrew from a landmark multilateral nuclear deal in May and reimposed sanctions on the Islamic Republic last month.
  • Senate: Ford friend says she doesn't recall party where alleged assault occurred

    09/22/2018 8:52:21 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 45 replies
    The Hill ^ | 09/22/18 | Jordain Carney
    A longtime friend of Christine Blasey Ford, the woman accusing Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault, says she does not know the Supreme Court nominee or remember attending a party with him. Leland Keyser, who characterized herself as a friend of Ford's, said through a lawyer that she "does not know Mr. Kavanaugh and she has no recollection of ever being at a party or gathering where he was present, with, or without, Dr. Ford.” Keyser's statement—which was circulated by the White House and given to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Saturday night—comes as Republican Senate staffers have been working to...
  • Vanity/twitter: Ford Attorney Responds to Her Friend Not Corroborating the Assault Story

    09/22/2018 8:24:01 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 142 replies
    Statement from Debra Katz: "As Dr. Ford has said, she did not share her story publicly or with anyone for years following the incident with Judge Kavanaugh. It’s not surprising that Ms. Keyser has no recollection of the evening as they did not discuss it....” 1/2 .. It’s also unremarkable that Ms. Keyser does not remember attending a specific gathering 30 years ago at which nothing of consequence happened to her. Dr. Ford of course will never forget this gathering because of what happened to her there.” 2/2
  • Trump Administration Aims to Sharply Restrict New Green Cards for Those on Public Aid

    09/22/2018 8:07:14 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 22 replies
    New York Times ^ | Sept. 22, 2018 | Michael D. Shear and Emily Baumgaertner
    Trump administration officials announced Saturday that immigrants who legally use public benefits like food assistance and Section 8 housing vouchers could be denied green cards under new rules aimed at keeping out people the administration deems a drain on the country.
  • Cruz Opponent Beto O’Rourke: “I Did Not Try To Leave The Scene Of The Accident”

    09/22/2018 7:55:57 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/22/2018 | Karen Townsend
    I watched the first scheduled debate between Senator Ted Cruz and his challenger, Rep. Beto O’Rourke Friday night. Held on the SMU campus in Dallas, the two moderators were Julie Fine of NBC-5 and Gromer Jeffers of the Dallas Morning News. Both NBC-5 and the Dallas Morning News were sponsors.I’ll get right to the most interesting point I heard. When Beto O’Rourke was asked if he did, in fact, flee the scene of the accident that occurred during his drunk driving accident, he said, no, he did not try to leave the scene of the accident. That answer, though,...