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SC Lawmakers Focus on Fetal Personhood Legislation to Save Lives

South Carolina State Representative Josiah Magnuson is leading the GOP in a fight to recognize fetal personhood at the state level in order to “slay the dragon” of legalized abortion, and it’s part of a broader trend echoed by conservatives in 16 other states. “The only way to slay the dragon is through the heart of Roe v. Wade,” Magnuson explained. “We need to remember our goal-to end abortion.” Magnuson’s bill in particular recognizes that the right to life begins at conception, although it does make exception in instances where the mother is in danger of dying, and it also allows for contraception. “The Personhood Act will define life at conception so that all humans are protected under state law, regardless of age,” Magnuson said. “The dark trade must end. Now is the time to end abortion in South Carolina.”

Here’s more from PJ Media…

South Carolina GOP state Rep. Josiah Magnuson told the Spartanburg County Republican Party last month he’s tired of nibbling around the edges of legalized abortion.

“The only way to slay the dragon is through the heart of Roe v. Wade,” Magnuson explained. “We need to remember our goal — to end abortion.”

The pro-choice Guttmacher Institute trumpeted a warning in December picked up by Vice News — Republicans had pre-filed at least 17 state legislative proposals to limit abortions.

Among the 17 is Magnuson’s bill to recognize the right to life begins at conception, a concept known as fetal personhood. The legislation would outlaw abortion with very few exceptions.

Under Magnuson’s proposal, an abortion would be allowed if the mother was in danger of dying. But cases of rape and incest are not addressed in Magnuson’s proposal. Contraception and in-vitro fertilization would be permitted.

Magnuson’s legislation states “the rights of its citizens extend to each newly born and pre-born human being.”

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Guiliani: “Mueller Should Be Investigated”

Rudy Guiliani, former New York City mayor and now attorney for President Donald Trump, is calling for special counsel investigator Robert Mueller to be investigated for destroying text messages related to the Russia collusion case or lack thereof. During an interview with Hill.TV, Guilianni specifically made the accusation of destruction of evidence in reference to the text messages between since fired FBI agent Peter Strozk and fellow FBI employee Lisa Page. The pair were having an affair, and their anti-Trump pillow talk raised red flags of the prospect of collusion against Donald Trump’s campaign. Read more.

Here’s more from The Daily Wire…

Two days after Christmas, former New York City mayor and President Donald Trump’s attorney, Rudy Giuliani, told The Hill’s TV program that Robert Mueller, who is investigating alleged collusion between Trump’s 2016 campaign and the Russian government, should be investigated for destroying text messages related to the case.

Giuliani was being interviewed by Hill.TV’s Buck Sexton when he accused Mueller and his office of destruction of evidence because the special counsel erased text messages between fired FBI agent Peter Strozk and the FBI employee he was having an affair with, Lisa Page.

“Mueller should be investigated for destruction of evidence for allowing those text messages from Strzok to be erased, messages that would show the state of mind and tactics of his lead anti-Trump FBI agent at the start of his probe,” Giuliani told Sexton.

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The Imbalanced Scales of Justice

The U.S. judicial system is disintegrating before our eyes. What used to be a world-renowned legal system that treated its citizens fairly and equally has now become a political sword for those in power to wield against political opponents — similar to what’s found in police state regimes, such as North Korea, Saudi Arabia and Iran.

For reference, compare how dramatically different the feds’ treatment of Donald Trump associates has been from the treatment they’ve given to Hillary Clinton and her associates who lied, destroyed evidence and otherwise obstructed justice in regard to her rogue servers and reckless mishandling of classified emails. During the FBI’s email investigation under former Director James Comey, it didn’t prosecute a single person associated with Clinton or the former secretary of state herself despite her having flagrantly jeopardized U.S. national security.

Not to mention a laundry list of other suspect behavior, including the destruction of 33,000 emails under federal investigation, wiping servers, smashing devices with a hammer and “losing” a laptop. Did anyone in Clinton’s orbit get jail time for, at minimum, obstructing justice? Far from it. Everyone got immunity, courtesy of the Hillary-loving U.S. Department of Justice.

For context, since being fired from the FBI, Comey has said publicly — in both tweets and TV interviews — that Americans must vote Democratic. No bias there, right? Now take a gander at how those associated with Trump are being treated by Trump nemesis Robert Mueller in the special counsel’s ongoing investigation. Retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn was illicitly spied on by U.S. intelligence agencies while working as Trump’s national security adviser and subsequently snared on charges of lying to the FBI. Flynn, who served our country proudly for decades, has been put through a living hell and forced to sell his home to cover his legal defense. Yet the American people know that — for starters — Clinton lied when she said she didn’t send or receive any classified information on her renegade servers hidden in her Chappaqua, New York, bathroom. Not to mention other malfeasance involving the Clinton camp.

Then there’s George Papadopoulos, a low-level volunteer for the 2016 Trump campaign. The unpaid adviser was also set up by the deep state, ensnared in a perjury trap and sent to prison. Add to it a Dutch lawyer who was sent to the slammer for 30 days for allegedly not being truthful to authorities. And then there’s Michael Cohen, Trump’s former lawyer who was just sentenced to three years in prison for various crimes, including violating campaign finance laws. Meanwhile, Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee also violated federal election laws by failing to properly report millions of dollars they paid to Fusion GPS — a political opposition research firm they retained during the 2016 election — which produced the “dirty” dossier.
Their punishment? Not even a wrist slap.

And we can’t forget Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort, whose life has been completely destroyed. He currently faces what may amount to life imprisonment for white-collar crimes unrelated to Trump — crimes others have committed without penalty.

Americans see that there’s a two-tiered system, and that’s causing great distrust in the Justice Department.
It’s high time lawmakers and the acting U.S. attorney general took action to stop our legal system from imploding beyond repair. What are they waiting for?

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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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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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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Sen. Orrin Hatch Clowns Warren with Dinosaur Tweet

Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), the longest-serving Republican senator, proved to America that you don’t have to be arrogant and self-serving to make a political point. Parody will suffice. Earlier this week Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) revealed she “might” be 1/1024th Native American. Hatch’s social media team responded with a tweet claiming Hatch is “1/1032” T-Rex, and the rest of him is “other” dinosaurs.

Here’s more from Washington Examiner…

The co-founder of opposition research firm Fusion GPS Glenn Simpson pleaded the Fifth Amendment on Tuesday to House Republicans who were seeking his testimony on the role his company played in creating an investigation into Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.

“Mr. Simpson has proudly stood today on his constitutional privileges not to testify,” Simpson’s lawyer, Joshua Levy, told reporters Tuesday after his client asserted his constitutional right against self-incrimination.

“The House Judiciary Committee has subpoenaed Mr. Simpson to appear today for testimony, and this committee has shown no interest that Russia interfered in the 2016 election,” Levy added. He said the committee has “destroyed the reputation and careers of prosecutors and agents.”

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Ford’s Legal Team in Legal Trouble of Its Own?

According to a Senate Judiciary Committee statement, Christine Ford’s legal team may have violated ABA rules by withholding key information from their client. Ford was reportedly kept out of the loop on the Senate Judiciary Committee’s repeated offers to hear her testimony privately and even in California if she preferred. “I was hoping that they would come to me, but then I realized that was an unrealistic request,” Ford said at one point during her testimony. Further casting doubts on her legal team’s conduct is the fact that when she was directly asked if she was made aware, one of her attorneys cut in to say that she did not need to answer due to attorney-client privilege. Ford admitted: “I just appreciate that you did offer that. I wasn’t clear on what the offer was. If you were going to come out to see me, I would have happily hosted you and had you – had been happy to speak with you out there. I just did not – it wasn’t clear to me that that was the case.”

Here’s more from The Daily Wire…

A statement issued on Tuesday by the Senate Judiciary Committee suggests that Christine Blasey Ford’s legal team may have violated the ABA’s Model Rules of Professional Conduct by apparently withholding key information from their client.

During the explosive hearing on Thursday, Ford made clear that she did not know that the Senate Judiciary Committee had repeatedly offered to come to her for her testimony and to hear that testimony privately if she preferred.

“I was hoping that they would come to me, but then I realized that was an unrealistic request,” Ford said at one point during her testimony.

When directly asked if her attorneys had informed her about the committee’s offer to meet her in California, one of her attorneys, Michael Bromwich, interjected to say she need not answer, citing attorney-client privilege. But Ford responded anyhow.

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Embattled GOP Senators Harassed over Kavanaugh

The rhetoric and potential for violence is escalating in a heated war of words on and off Capitol Hill. With a confirmation vote still scheduled for Friday, Republican senators in particular are being escorted by police after they were assaulted by anti-Kavanaugh activists at Reagan National Airport on Monday and relentless harassment in the hallways of the Capitol building. “This is really not even about the senate,” Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN), one of the senators assaulted at the airport, reported. “It’s about where the country is right now, and we as a nation have to figure out a way to unite. Right now there are just so many issues that separate us.” What’s become clear in the Kavanaugh fight is that the United States in now officially in a post-truth, hyperpartisan era that characterized the Roman Republic before its collapse.

Here’s more from Washington Examiner… 

Republicans and Democrats are ramping up accusatory tweets, floor speech insults, and hallway criticisms of each other as the Senate hurdles toward what the GOP hopes is a final vote this week on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Aside from just the usual sniping on the Senate floor, activists who believe Kavanaugh is a serial sexual assaulter are harassing Republicans at every turn, both in the hallways and even at the airport as they show up for work.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Sens. David Perdue, R-Ga., and Bob Corker, R-Tenn., were all accosted by anti-Kavanaugh activists when they arrived at Reagan National Airport on Monday. That tactic is one many senators haven’t seen in a fight over a Supreme Court nominee, and Corker says he’s not sure the Senate, or the country, will ever be the same again.

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Republicans Reaching for Victory in NJ

Once regarded a safe victory for Democrats in the upcoming midterm vote, the usually blue New Jersey U.S. Senate race is now a “toss-up.” According to Real Clear Politics, incumbent Bob Menendez (D-NJ) is just two points ahead of his GOP challenger, Bob Hugin. Unlike earlier polls, the voters sampled were “likely voters” rather than just “registered voters.” RCP calls Menendez “theoretically vulnerable.” If Menendez were to lose, it would represent a massive upset for Democrats hoping to flip the Senate into their hands. So far all the numbers are pointing to a GOP gain.

Here’s more from The Daily Wire…

Democrats hoping to take control of the Senate in November just got dealt another harsh blow. Real Clear* Politics — which keeps a running average of election polls and its own ranking of the likelihood of one party to win — has now moved the New Jersey U.S. Senate election into the “toss-up” category.

Shortly after The Daily Wire wrote an article titled “Toss-Up? New Poll Shows Republican in Dead Heat With Sen. Bob Menendez,” Real Clear put the election into its “toss-up” category.

Menendez still holds a 4-point lead over Hugin, according to the Real Clear average of just two polls, completed a month apart, but the most recent poll puts his Republican challenger, Bob Hugin, just two points behind. The latest poll also sampled likely voters, instead of registered voters, which gives it a more accurate view of the race.

While Real Clear states that Menendez is “theoretically vulnerable,” he has won previously despite his unpopularity.

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Poll: Increased Voter Support for Kavanaugh

One might question the left’s end goal of defeating SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh given a new Rasmussen poll’s revelations that in the wake of last week’s trials MORE voters support Kavanaugh despite the [still unsubstantiated] sexual assault allegations. Rasmussen asked voters: “Do you have a very favorable, somewhat favorable, somewhat unfavorable or very unfavorable impression of Brett Kavanaugh?” According to the findings, 48 percent of voters hold “at least a Somewhat Favorable opinion” compared with 44 percent who have an unfavorable one. If the trend continues, a majority of voters will approve of Trump’s nomination going into the November elections . . . not a good thing for Democrats.

Here’s more from Breitbart…

A Rasmussen poll released September 28 shows growth in voter support for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
Rasmussen asked voters: “Do you have a very favorable, somewhat favorable, somewhat unfavorable or very unfavorable impression of Brett Kavanaugh?”

They report that 48 percent of voters hold a “at least a Somewhat Favorable opinion” Kavanaugh versus 44 percent who hold an unfavorable view.

There is a slightly larger divide between those who have a “Very Favorable” opinion on Kavanaugh, 36 percent, and those who view him “Very Unfavorably,” 30 percent.

The Senate Judiciary Committee voted Friday to move the Kavanaugh nomination forward for a floor vote. Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) requested a one week time frame between between jthe udiciary vote and floor vote in order to conduct an FBI investigation into uncorroborated sexual assault allegations again Kavanaugh.

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