Big govt, International, Issues

Busiest U.S.-Mexico Border Crossing Closed

U.S. border officials shut down the San Ysidro port of entry to all northbound vehicular traffic on Monday to better secure it with “temporary impediment measures” ahead of the arrival of the thousands-strong caravan from Central America. As many as 20,000 pedestrians and 70,000 vehicles use this lawful port of entry traveling between Tijuana and San Diego every day. It is the busiest crossing in the Western Hemisphere according to a Washington Examiner report. Read more…

Here’s more from Washington Examiner… 

U.S. border officials on Monday shut down all vehicular traffic flowing north from Mexico into California at the country’s busiest border crossing and diverted staff to help bulk up the infrastructure and security there, in anticipation of the arrival of thousands of migrants traveling in caravans from Central America.

The San Ysidro port of entry, which processes 20,000 pedestrians and 70,000 vehicles moving from Tijuana to San Diego each day, closed all passenger and commercial lanes and one of its two pedestrian crossings.

The port’s 26 passenger lanes and 22 pedestrian lanes see more traffic than any in the entire Western Hemisphere.

“U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials have temporarily suspended vehicle processing for northbound travelers at the San Ysidro port of entry Monday morning to position additional port hardening materials,” CBP, the federal agency that oversees all port activity, said in a statement issued Monday.

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Big govt, Elections, Politics

Loser Stacey Abrams May Use Legal System to Trigger New Election

Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams is refusing to accept defeat fair and square and is prepared to derail Republican Brian Kemp from his win by filing a legal challenge that would trigger an entirely new election – an unprecedented move. According to the AP – which is refusing to call the race despite Kemp’s position of 18,000 votes above the recount threshold – the state statute has never been used for a governor’s race in the state of Georgia. State law allows the challenge if the results were based on “misconduct, fraud, irregularities … sufficient to change or place in doubt the results.” The lesson is clear: if at first you don’t succeed, sue and sue again.

Here’s more from The Daily Wire…

Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams and her campaign, claiming that her loss to GOP gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp was caused by voting irregularities, are preparing to take a drastic step in order to derail Kemp taking office if state officials declare Kemp the winner: a legal challenge that would call for an entirely new election.

As the Associated Press (AP) reports, Adams and her team may rely on a state statute that has never been used for a race as important as a governor’s race in Georgia. Even before the election, Abrams ripped Kemp, saying on MSNBC, “Brian Kemp has been an exquisite architect of voter suppression for the last decade, and the outside agitators he so blithely dismisses include Asian American groups based in the state of Georgia, Latino groups based in the state of Georgia, African American community organizations based in the state of Georgia who have been doing this work for decades.”

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Big govt, Courts, Politics

Avenatti Falls Hard

Karma’s working mighty fast these days. Michael Avenatti, the huckster lawyer who skyrocketed to fame representing porn actress Stormy Daniels in an attempt to derail the Trump administration, was arrested Wednesday by the Los Angeles Police Department and released on $50,000 bail for alleged domestic violence. He is denying the allegations, despite reportedly telling cops on the scene, “She hit me first.” Avenatti’s 2020 presidential aspirations, as far-fetched as they were, are now on ice “She hit me first” is no way to get the women’s vote; that’s for sure.

The creepy porn lawyer, as he’s often described, is now asking for due process and the presumption of innocence, neither of which he afforded to Brett Kavanaugh during the recent Supreme Court confirmation hearings. To the contrary, Avenatti and his sketchy client Julie Swetnick — a colorful character with her own checkered past — made wild and unfounded sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh, involving gang rape parties and tales of Kavanaugh’s drugging female victims back in the 1980s when President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court pick was in high school. The allegations were so outrageous and unbelievable that even Swetnick backtracked on statements made in her September affidavit given to lawmakers by Avenatti.

Last month, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley made criminal referrals against the duo for “materially false” statements, which the Department of Justice is now investigating. “When charlatans make false claims to the committee — claims that may earn them short-term media exposure and financial gain, but which hinder the committee’s ability to do its job — there should be consequences,” Grassley wrote to then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions and FBI Director Christopher Wray. “These laws exist to ensure there are.” Now the shoe is on the other foot.

Avenatti, who peddled unsubstantiated sexual assault allegations both in legal affidavits and on every anti-Trump TV network he could find against the respected former U.S. Court of Appeals judge, insisted Swetnick was to be believed. But now that he’s been arrested on suspicion of criminal assault, the porn lawyer is asking for the presumption of innocence and due process. He wants us, the American people and authorities, not to believe his female accuser.
Wait a minute.

Democrats such as Avenatti and scores of high-powered liberal lawmakers insisted during the Kavanaugh hearings that women who make sexual harassment and assault allegations should be believed — even before the facts come in and there’s an investigation. Now the huckster wants the American people and the U.S. judicial system to believe him?

The hypocrisy and double standards are beyond striking. Seeing how quickly the tide can turn — if not boomerang — perhaps the left will now take pause whenever a woman makes an allegation. Instead of deciding the man is guilty without knowing all the facts, maybe Democrats will review the evidence before attempting to destroy his career and reputation. Perhaps they will wait for a full investigation instead of relying on automatic gender preferences and hearsay and automatically convicting him in the court of public opinion. Given the toxic political climate in America today, that could be wishful thinking.

Adriana Cohen is a syndicated columnist with the Boston Herald. Follow her on Twitter @AdrianaCohen16. To find out more about Adriana Cohen and read her past columns, please visit the Creators Syndicate webpage at www.creators.com.

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Schumer Urging Florida to Run Out the Recount Clock?

Speaking at a joint press conference with incumbent Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) urged Florida election officials to ignore deadlines for vote tallies. “The more time that passes since election day, the better things keep looking for Democrats. Supervisors of the elections should have all the time they need to count Floridians’ ballots to make sure that the candidate with the most votes is actually seated in January even if the vote count has to go beyond Sunday.” Republican Sen. Rick Scott holds a slim margin over Nelson, but that advantage continues to diminish as election officials keep “finding” more ballots to tally ahead of Saturday’s cutoff.

Here’s more from The Daily Wire…

On Tuesday, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) offered his typically partisan perspective, this time urging Florida election officials to disregard deadlines for submitting vote tallies in the Senate race in which Florida GOP Gov. Rick Scott holds a narrow lead over incumbent Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson.

Speaking at a joint press conference with Nelson in Washington, D.C., Schumer boasted, “The more time that passes since election day, the better things keep looking for Democrats. Supervisors of the elections should have all the time they need to count Floridians’ ballots to make sure that the candidate with the most votes is actually seated in January. Even if the vote count has to go beyond Sunday.”

Schumer sounded ebullient about Nelson’s chances, saying, “Republicans know that if this recount is conducted fairly and thoroughly that Sen. Nelson has an excellent chance of being reelected. If this is done fair and square, we believe Sen. Nelson has an excellent chance, a much greater than half chance of being reelected.”

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Big govt, Issues, Politics

Brown: Climate-Change Deniers “Definitely Contributing” to Wildfires

The blame game is in full swing on the West Coast, with California Gov. Jerry Brown claiming that “climate-change deniers” – namely President Trump – are “definitely contributing” to the “new normal” of wildfires blazing. The Camp Fire in Butte County, California, the most destructive fire in California history, has killed 29 people and is only 25 percent contained at 111,000 acres. Further to the south, the Woolsey Fire has burned 85,000 acres outside Los Angeles, resulting in two deaths. Read more…

Here’s more from PJ Media…

California Gov. Jerry Brown said all climate-change deniers are “definitely contributing” to the fatal wind-whipped wildfires that have pummeled northern and southern parts of the state over the past few days, as well as blazes “in the coming years.”

The Camp Fire in Butte County, north of Sacramento in California’s Gold Rush country, has claimed the lives of at least 29 people, according to Cal Fire incident stats this evening. The blaze, which started Thursday, has destroyed 6,453 residences and 260 commercial buildings, making it the most destructive fire in the state’s history as it ripped through Paradise, Calif., at a speed of 80 acres per minute, and was 25 percent contained at 111,000 acres. The cause is still under investigation.

California’s Office of Emergency Services estimated late this afternoon that about 100 people are still unaccounted for in the area of the Camp Fire.

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Big govt, Issues, Politics

Recounts Rarely Swing to the Right

According to a PJ Media report, election recounts rarely swing elections, but when they do, they rarely swing right. In the wake of the recount uproar in Florida’s Broward County and Arizona, there are common themes of ballots mysteriously being “found” in the trunks of cars or delivery trucks and illegal votes getting tallied. Perhaps more disturbing is that despite the rampant evidence of ballot stuffing or other wrongdoing, there appears to be no follow-up with criminal investigation. Lack of reprisal for overt election fraud only encourages more fraud…

Here’s more from PJ Media…

As crucial elections in Arizona and Florida are still not settled, we’re seeing signs of all kinds of shenanigans going on in Florida. Palm Beach and Broward counties, both liberal strongholds, are Ground Zero for what appears to be an attempt to overturn the election results in favor of incumbent Senator Bill Nelson (D) over winner Governor Rick Scott (R), and Andrew Gillum (D) over winner Ron DeSantis (R).

The media is intent on labeling those suggesting that fraud is at play as conspiracy theorists, even as Broward County supervisor of elections Brenda Snipes has refused to allow the media access to the counting process, has refused to announce the total number of ballots they have, and has already been declared to have violated the state constitution by a state judge.

It’s worth mentioning that historically speaking, recounts rarely ever reverse election night results. However, there are a handful of examples where they have:

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Big govt, Politics

Whitaker’s Allowed to Have an Opinion

Now that Attorney General Jeff Sessions is out at the Department of Justice and President Donald Trump has installed Matt Whitaker — Sessions’ former chief of staff — as his acting replacement, anti-Trump forces are seeing red. Some on the left are accusing the president of firing Sessions to obstruct special counsel Robert Mueller’s ongoing investigation, while others are saying Whitaker must recuse himself for having expressed opinions about the scope of Mueller’s probe.

Both are false narratives designed to protect and empower the special counsel’s fanged cabal of Trump-hating prosecutors while also attempting to intimidate the president.
Trump would be wise not to take the bait.

For starters, the attorney general serves at the pleasure of the president and can be replaced at any time for any reason. It’s not unusual for an administration to make staffing changes after midterm elections. Secondly, fair-minded Americans are also questioning the unwieldy scope of the year-and-a-half-long Mueller probe, given that it has strayed far from its original mandate of investigating alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election by delving into Paul Manafort’s business dealings from long ago and other matters that have nothing to do with President Trump or protecting the integrity of future elections.

“It does not take a lawyer or even a former federal prosecutor like myself to conclude that investigating Donald Trump’s finances or his family’s finances falls completely outside of the realm of his 2016 campaign and allegations that the campaign coordinated with the Russian government or anyone else,” Whitaker wrote in an op-ed for CNN in August 2017.

It also doesn’t go unnoticed that the special counsel’s investigation, despite having unlimited resources and turning over every stone, has not produced a scintilla of evidence of Russian collusion with the Trump campaign.

Hence, Whitaker and others have naturally questioned whether Mueller and his henchmen are engaging in a political fishing expedition, which some on the left are now saying is grounds for Whitaker’s recusal — a ridiculous and partisan notion, given that these are the same Democrats who insisted that Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, who expressed extremely partisan anti-Trump sentiments in a slew of text messages, could do their jobs without letting their political opinions and biases interfere with their duties of overseeing both the Hillary Clinton email investigation and the Trump campaign investigation. Two sets of rules? Clearly.

If Strzok, Page, James Comey, James Clapper, John Brennan and other former powerful figures in U.S. intelligence agencies and elsewhere within the Department of Justice were allowed to have partisan opinions, the new acting attorney general should be, too.

Then there’s the chatter about whether the attorney general should be loyal to the president or not. Democrats and their media lap dogs are trying to have it both ways by insisting that any attorney general in the Trump administration must serve the country and have a fidelity to our laws and not his or her boss. Sounds noble, but the rest of us know that former Attorneys General Eric Holder and Loretta Lynch and other high-ranking officials within the deep state under Democrat Barack Obama were fiercely loyal to him.
To think or say otherwise would be disingenuous.

With the Mueller probe now squarely back in the spotlight, acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker and the president should stay the course and not accept two sets of rules — one for them and another for Democratic administrations.
What’s good for the goose is good for the gander.

Adriana Cohen is a syndicated columnist with the Boston Herald. Follow her on Twitter @AdrianaCohen16. To find out more about Adriana Cohen and read her past columns, please visit the Creators Syndicate webpage at www.creators.com.

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Big govt, Courts, Politics

RBG Falls, Fractures Three Ribs

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 85, was hospitalized Thursday morning after a fall in her office the previous night. As a result of the fall, she fractured three ribs on her left side. According to a press release from the public information office, “She went home, but after experiencing discomfort overnight, went to George Washington University Hospital early this morning.” Though we wish no ill will for Justice Ginsburg, this does beg speculation about whether or not she should finally hang up the gavel and retire. Trump’s command of perhaps 54 seats in the Senate – should the remaining unofficial results pan out – virtually guarantees a conservative replacement.

Here’s more from The Daily Wire…

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was taken to the hospital Thursday morning after suffering a nasty fall in her office Wednesday night.

The 85-year-old fractured three ribs on her left side from the fall, according to a press release.

“Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg fell in her office at the Court last evening,” reads the press release from the pubic information office. “She went home, but after experiencing discomfort overnight, went to George Washington University Hospital early this morning.”

“Tests showed that she fractured three ribs on her left side and she was admitted for observation and treatment,” the statement continued.

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Big govt, Elections, Media, Politics

No One Really Cares What Celebrities Think

On a rather reassuring note in the wake of losing the U.S. House of Representatives to Nancy Pelosi, it appears that by and large voters couldn’t care less what Hollywood and elite athletes have to say about politics. “Last night the American voters — once again — told Hollywood that they simply don’t care what they think. All across the country Hollywood darlings were rejected by the voters,” conservative strategist Chris Barron told Fox News. For example, Taylor Swift could not help defeat Senator Marsha Blackburn in Tennessee nor were LeBron James or Beyonce able to fuel a Blue Wave big enough to propel Beto O’Rourke to victory over Sen. Ted Cruz in Texas. Read more…

Here’s more from Fox News…

Hollywood heartthrobs, pop stars and athletes went all in on the 2018 midterm elections, using their platform to advocate for their candidates of choice – but when ballots were counted it became clear that celebrity endorsements don’t seem to matter to voters.

“Last night, the American voters — once again — told Hollywood that they simply don’t care what they think. All across the country, Hollywood darlings were rejected by the voters,” conservative strategist Chris Barron told Fox News.

Barron previously told Fox News that “Hillary Clinton would be president” if celebrities had a net positive impact on elections. Tuesday’s results echo that theory:

Taylor Swift made headlines by endorsing former Democratic Gov. Phil Bredesen in Tennessee’s Senate race, but he lost to incumbent Rep. Marsha Blackburn.
Dave Chappelle campaigned for his longtime friend Ben Jealous, who lost a bid to be the governor of Maryland.

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Big govt, Elections, Media, Politics

MSM Midterms Closer: Trump is Hitler

Looks like all the media talking heads on CNN and MSNBC got the memo with the left’s closing argument: Trump is Hitler, and Republican counterarguments are “Neo-Nazi propaganda.” Such figures as Chris Cuomo, Steve Schmidt, Mika Brzezinski, and Ana Navarro all participated in the high-profile hyperbole in an attempt to dehumanize the President of the United States.

Here’s more from PJ Media…

Trump is the same thing as Hitler and the Nazis, say Democrats like CNN’s Chris Cuomo, MSNBC’s Steve Schmidt, MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski, CNN’s Ana Navarro… oh hey wait, are those all media people on cable news? Weird.

One thing Democrats/journalists want you to believe is…

It’s time to cool down the rhetoric, they say. Trump may murder 6 million people, they also say.

But while they are busy decrying the mean and divisive rhetoric of literally the Hitler party, the media is also very concerned about fear-mongering. Over the last few weeks, CNN and MSNBC, not to mention a slew of Democrats and journalists on Twitter — and newspapers and magazines and activist groups — have been uber concerned about the politics of fear, and fear-mongering, in Republican campaign ads.

Grabien’s Tom Elliott noticed that, too.

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