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Thursday, November 21, 2019

Alexander: A strategic overview of the Coup, Part 2.

As our longtime readers know, we are diligent in our morning editor’s call to select only those news and policy matters that have significant implications for American Liberty. Thus, the brief analytical reports that make the cut in The Patriot Post Mid-Day Digest are worthy of your time — and it’s easy to navigate through what does and does not interest you. In other words, we avoid the relentless churn and click-bait that the rest of the mainstream media depend on for advertising revenue, and we focus on what actually matters — which is one reason we accept no advertising.

But this task is made difficult when there are long-term “investigations” whose sole objective is nullifying the election of a duly elected president.

Just 20 minutes after Donald Trump was sworn in on January 20, 2017, The Washington Post ran a prophetic headline declaring, “The campaign to impeach President Trump has begun.”

That headline foretold how, for 30 months, the Democrat Party (with the full support of its Leftmedia public relations conglomerates), would collude with deep-state operatives in the CIA and FBI, essentially saboteur holdovers from the Obama administration, to undermine the Trump administration. The Russian-collusion hoax amounted to, in effect, a coup d’état against the Trump administration.

From its outset, we waded through the Mueller investigation that, predictably, failed to provide any shred of evidence of Russian collusion with the Trump campaign. In fact, we learned unequivocally that Hillary Clinton’s corrupt campaign had actually colluded with Russia, but the damage had already been done: Democrats seized on the phony “Trump Colluded!” narrative to take control of the House of Representatives in the 2018 midterms, which has given them free rein to harass and obstruct the Trump administration via endless subpoenas and witch hunts.

(BTW, recall that Ukrainian oligarch, Victor Pinchuk donated more than $10 million to the Clinton Foundation between 2009 and 2013, including when Clinton was secretary of state. Hillary had deep ties to Ukraine.)

It may be too little too late, but the upcoming Justice Department reports from Inspector General Michael Horowitz and U.S. Attorney John Durham will unveil some of this Demo/deep-state criminal conspiracies.

Intellectual conservatism group denied: may ‘cause stress to the student body’

Two female conservative students who recently tried to obtain official club status for an Intercollegiate Studies Institute chapter at Hobart and William Smith Colleges had their request denied, reportedly over concerns it may “cause stress to the student body.”

The nonprofit Intercollegiate Studies Institute explores intellectual conservatism, such as free markets and Constitutional liberty, and supports campus chapters across the nation. It prioritizes educating minds over campus activism to allow students to learn about principles they might not hear from their typical college professors.

ISI chapters host speakers, read and discuss books with varying conservative viewpoints, and coordinate meet-ups with like-minded students.

Hannah Sailer and Jenny Yuodsnukis, students at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, two private liberal arts colleges in New York that work together to educate students, said they wanted a fresh place to discuss conservative ideas and decided to form an ISI chapter earlier this fall semester.

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PHOTO: Alleged whistleblower Eric Ciaramella shakes hands with Barack Obama in Oval Office

A year after Ukraine official and alleged whistleblower Eric Ciaramella left President Trump’s White House, a picture of him shaking Barack Obama’s hand was published on a close friend's wedding website.

The Oval Office photograph, obtained by the Washington Examiner, is circulating among Trump allies who consider it evidence that the alleged whistleblower is biased against Trump and had partisan motivations when he filed an Aug. 12 complaint that sparked impeachment proceedings.

In the photograph, a smiling Ciaramella, then Ukraine director on the National Security Council at the White House, is shown shaking Obama's hand. They are standing in front of a portrait of Abraham Lincoln by George Henry Story.


Solicitor: Baltimore will consider suing gun manufacturers, if Sandy Hook suits succeed

BALTIMORE (WBFF) – Baltimore City Solicitor Andre Davis said the city will consider suing gun manufacturers if lawsuits related to the Sandy Hook shooting are successful.

The U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled Sandy Hook families can pursue legal action against Remington Arms.

Councilman Zeke Cohen brought up the matter at Tuesday’s city council hearing asking Davis what the city is doing to hold gun manufacturers accountable now.

Solicitor Davis told Cohen every city in America is monitoring what's happening with the Sandy Hook lawsuits.


'Distraught' Duke of York summoned to Buckingham Palace by the Queen and told to stand down

The Queen 'sacked' Prince Andrew from royal duties after discussing the crisis with Prince Charles and summoning her distraught 'favourite son' to Buckingham Palace to learn his fate.

The Duke of York is today being urged to fly to America to speak to the FBI with lawyers for Jeffrey Epstein's victims warning him 'any delay' must lead to US agents heading to London to interview him before Christmas.

Attorney Lisa Bloom, who represents five of Epstein's 'slaves', has said she is ready to subpoena Andrew and force him to give evidence in the US - but prosecutors would treat him as a witness to help prosecute Epstein's 'helpers' and co-conspirators rather than a criminal suspect.

Ms Bloom said: 'Andrew and his staff must cooperate with all investigations, show up for civil depositions and trials, and produce all documents. Nobody is above the law and everybody should have to answer questions'.


Tulsi Gabbard blasts Hillary Clinton weeks after calling her 'personification' of Democratic Party 'rot'

Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard built on disparaging remarks about former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during Wednesday night's presidential debate.

Gabbard, 38, feuded with the former presidential candidate recently after Clinton attacked the Hawaii congresswoman and suggested she was supported by the Kremlin.

"That our Democratic Party, unfortunately, is not the party that is of, by, and for the people. It is a party that has been and continues to be influenced by the foreign policy establishment in Washington represented by Hillary Clinton and others foreign policy, by the military-industrial complex, and other greedy corporate interests," Gabbard stated.

"I’m running for president to be the democratic nominee that rebuilds our Democratic Party, takes it out of their hands, and truly puts it in the hands of the people of this country," she continued. "A party that actually hears the voices of Americans who are struggling all across this country. And puts it in the hands of veterans and fellow Americans who are calling for an end to this ongoing Bush, Clinton, Trump foreign policy doctrine of regime change wars, overthrowing dictators in other countries."


Sondland Denies Quid Pro Quo

American Medical Association calls for an immediate BAN on all electronic cigarettes and vaping devices amid spate of at least 42 deaths in the US

A leading US health body has called for an immediate nationwide ban on all vaping devices.

The American Medical Association (AMA) said the spate of deaths linked to e-cigarette use had 'shined a light' on how little experts know about them.

A ban would see all products pulled from shelves that are not approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to help wean people off traditional cigarettes.

But that would include every vaping device currently on the market, because none have been reviewed or approved - despite being around for more than a decade.

The FDA has been widely criticized for repeatedly pushing back its deadline to begin reviewing them, at one point up until 2022. The deadline is now next May.


VA County Sends Signal: Won’t Enforce Democrat Governor’s Gun Control

While Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) is preparing a war on guns when the Democrat majority takes its seat in the legislature, Appomattox County is making clear it does not intend to play along.

On November 18, 13News reported that Appomattox County’s Board of Supervisors passed a Second Amendment Sanctuary resolution, making clear the board will oppose efforts to “unconstitutionally restrict gun rights.”

The Washington Examiner published an excerpt of the resolution:

Harris Announces More than a Million Dollars in Grants for Mass Transit on the Eastern Shore

WASHINGTON, DC: Rep. Andy Harris, M.D. (MD-01) announced the award of a $850,000 grant for Shore Transit, serving Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester counties, and a $248,000 grant for Delmarva Community Services, serving Kent, Caroline, Talbot and Dorchester counties. The grants were awarded by the Department of Transportation.

According to the Department of Transportation, the grants will assist in the financing of buses and bus facilities capital projects, including replacing, rehabilitating, purchasing or leasing buses or related equipment, and rehabilitating, purchasing, constructing or leasing bus-related facilities.

Congressman Harris made the following statement:

“Transportation is important to economic growth on the Eastern Shore. As a member of the Committee on Appropriations, I applaud the award of these grants for transit programs in our local communities and will continue to work to ensure that rural towns are not forgotten.”

Baltimore’s Answer to High Homicide Rates and Low School Performance? Ban Plastic Bags.

What do you do when your community faces crushing poverty, failing schools, and disturbing homicide rates?

In Baltimore, the answer is: Ban plastic bags, of course. Yes, Charm City is saving the world, one plastic bag at a time.

The Baltimore City Council passed a citywide ban on retailers’ use of plastic bags at checkout on a 13 to one vote Monday. If that weren’t enough, the city will now put a 5-cent charge on paper bags.

The legislation now awaits signature by Mayor Bernard Young. If he signs it, it wouldn’t take effect until late next year.

Councilwoman Danielle McCray was the sole vote against the measure. Though she supported the ban on plastic bags, McCray opposed the new 5-cent tax on paper bags.

“I know that pennies add up,” she said on Baltimore’s WJZ-TV Channel 13. “I know that dollars add up, and my vote will be a consistent ‘no’ when it comes to unnecessary taxes on my constituents.”


Maryland Department of Health investigating E. coli cluster

Consumers advised not to eat Ready Pac Bistro® Bowl Chicken Caesar Salad, lot #255406963, “Best By” date Oct. 31, 2019

Baltimore, MD — The Maryland Department of Health is investigating a cluster of Escherichia coli O157:H7 (E. coli O157) infections among seven patients in Maryland. All reported eating Ready Pac Bistro® Bowl Chicken Caesar Salad purchased from various Sam’s Club locations in Maryland. There has been one hospitalization and no deaths associated with these cases.  

Consumers are advised not to eat Ready Pac Bistro® Bowl Chicken Caesar Salad, lot #255406963, “Best By” date Oct. 31, 2019. Testing of unopened salad purchased by one of the patients identified the presence of E. coli O157 in the romaine lettuce. In addition to Sam’s Club, these salad bowls are distributed to many other retailers. The investigation is ongoing and additional laboratory testing is pending. There have been prior outbreaks of E. coli O157 linked to romaine lettuce.

Symptoms of E. coli O157 infection often include severe stomach cramps, diarrhea (often bloody) and vomiting. Some people may have a fever. Most people with an E. coli O157 infection start feeling sick three to four days after eating or drinking something that contains the bacteria. However, illnesses can start anywhere from one to 10 days after exposure. 

Most people recover within five to seven days. Some infections are very mild, but others are severe or even life-threatening. E. coli O157 infections can lead to serious complications, like hemolytic uremic syndrome, which may be fatal.  

Consumers are advised to seek medical advice if they have diarrhea that lasts for more than three days, or diarrhea that is accompanied by a fever higher than 102 degrees Fahrenheit, blood in the stool or ongoing vomiting.

'That's locked': Lindsey Graham announces release date for FISA report

Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham announced a date for the release of the Justice Department inspector general's report on alleged Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act abuses.

During an appearance on Fox News, the South Carolina Republican said Inspector General Michael Horowitz's findings will be released on Monday, Dec. 9.

"It'll be December 9th -- you'll get the report," he told Fox News host Sean Hannity on Wednesday. "That's locked," he added.

Graham provided no other details, including how he learned the date, but the senator did receive an update from Attorney General William Barr earlier this month. The announcement comes a couple of days after Graham scheduled a hearing on Dec. 11 for Horowitz to testify about his forthcoming report on FBI intelligence-gathering activities related to the 2016 presidential election.


Business Groups Warn Against Tax Hikes to Fund Kirwan Reforms

ANNAPOLIS, MD – SEIU, the union representing public schools, colleges, and universities, has recommended that Maryland raise taxes an additional $1.6 billion annually to fund the Kirwan Commission’s recommendation for a large increase in school funding. NFIB, the Maryland Chamber of Commerce and the Maryland Retailers Association—partners in protecting the business community in Maryland—warn that any drastic increase in state taxes will ultimately fall upon taxpayers and small businesses.

“The union said they propose raising taxes on ‘profitable corporations and super-rich individuals,’ but large employers can easily pick up, move to a business-friendly state, and take their employees with them. We’ve already seen it happen in Maryland,” said Mike O’Halloran, state director of NFIB in Maryland. “Then any massive increase in school funding falls on the backs of small businesses and all taxpayers who are left holding the bag.”

“The Maryland business community has a longstanding commitment to supporting education, and this misguided proposal will hamper our ability to continue to invest in educational programs and workforce development opportunities for students across the state,” added Christine Ross, president and CEO of the Maryland Chamber of Commerce. “In addition, it will hurt our small businesses, who make up 92 percent of companies in the state and employ more than 1 million Marylanders.”

“This union-backed plan of more taxes will create an untenable situation for small businesses, their employees, and Maryland taxpayers,” said Cailey Locklair, president of the Maryland Retailers Association. “Labor unions are going back to the well with this plan. The public understands more taxes mean less opportunities for growth.”

The SEIU report also suggests a number of changes to the state’s individual income tax laws. Among the proposed changes are:
  • Increasing the state’s highest marginal income tax rate to 7 percent for Marylanders earning $1 million or more annually;
  • Initiating combined reporting for businesses operating in multiple states on the amount of business they conduct in Maryland;
  • Eliminating some tax credit and subsidy programs; and
  • Lowering the state’s estate tax exemption limit.

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Jordan blasts Sondland over omitting Trump's 'no quid pro quo' demand

Rep. Jim Jordan tore into Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland over his decision to not detail President Trump’s explicit no “quid pro quo” demand in a 23-page opening statement during Wednesday’s impeachment hearing.

The Ohio Republican suggested Mr. Sondland didn’t understand that a “quid pro quo” means “this for that” after the ambassador told lawmakers there was a quid pro quo between a White House meeting with Mr. Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in return for public announcements of corruption investigations into the 2016 election interference and a Ukrainian energy company linked to former Vice President Joseph R. Biden’s son Hunter.

“You said to the president of the United States, ‘What do you want from Ukraine?’ The president: ‘I want nothing. I want no quid pro quo. I want Zelensky to do the right thing,’ ” Mr. Jordan said.

“You can’t find time to put that in a 23-page opening statement?” he quizzed.


Town Of Delmar Elections

Judicial Watch Sues DOJ Over ‘Missing’ Strzok-Page Text Messages Deleted by Mueller Special Counsel

Judicial Watch announced that it filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Justice for text message records of former FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page believed to be in the possession of the office of Special Counsel Robert Mueller and for other special counsel communications with the FBI relating to Strzok and Page (Judicial Watch, Inc. v. U.S. Department of Justice (No. 1:19-cv-02693)).

The text messages in question would have been sent and received on Justice Department issued iPhones assigned to Strzok and Page during their respective assignments to the Special Counsel’s Office and should have been recovered, reviewed and preserved by the Special Counsel Office before the phones were sent back to the Justice Department Justice Management Division for reassignment.

“The Justice Department IG was unable to recover any text messages from Strzok’s and Page’s phones because the compromised Mueller operation wiped them,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “Judicial Watch is skeptical that these texts are really gone, and the DOJ’s stonewalling suggests we are right to be suspicious.”

In February 2019, DOJ records showed that former FBI General Counsel James Baker discussed the investigation of Clinton-related emails on Anthony Weiner’s laptop with Clinton’s lawyer David Kendall. Baker then forwarded the conversation to his FBI colleagues. The documents also further describe a previously reported quid pro quo from the Obama State Department offering the FBI more legal attaché positions if it would downgrade a redaction in an email found during the Clinton email investigation “from classified to something else.”

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Bill to end marijuana prohibition in the U.S. passes key committee

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WSET) -- A congressional committee has approved a piece of legislation to end marijuana prohibition in the United States.

According to a press release, the Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment, and Expungement Act, better known as The MORE Act (HR 3884), would remove marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act and impose a minor excise tax on the legal cannabis industry to pay for the expungement of criminal records, among other changes, passed with a bipartisan vote of 24 to 10.

"This is a truly historic moment in our nation's political history. For the first time, a Congressional committee has approved far-reaching legislation to not just put an end to federal marijuana prohibition, but to address the countless harms our prohibitionist policies have wrought, notable on communities of color and other marginalized groups," stated NORML Executive Director Erik Altieri, "Opposition to our failed war on marijuana has reached a boiling point with over two-thirds of all Americans, including majorities of all political persuasions, now supporting legalization. Congress should respect the will of the people and promptly approve the MORE Act and close this dark chapter of failed public policy."


Political Memes

Thursday Morning Funnies

The Way It Ought To be

So many members of Congress are retiring in hopes of “locking-in” their future retirement payments. Currently their monthly retirement checks are equal to their monthly salaries. They hope to freeze their retirement as it stands. I'm with Trump on this one. Trump is asking everyone to forward this Email to a minimum of 20 people and to ask each one of them to do likewise.

This makes too much sense not to be passed on. In 3 days, most people in the United States will have the message. This is why the idea should be passed around, regardless of Political Party.

The Trump Rule’s Congressional Reform Act Of 2019:

1– No Tenure / No Pension. A Congressman / Woman, collects a salary while in office and receives no pay when they're out of office. No more perks go with them.

2– Congressman / Woman (past, present & future) participate in social security. All funds in the Congressional Retirement Fund move to the Social Security System immediately. All future funds flow into the Social Security System, and Congress participates with the American People. It may not be used for any other purposes.

3– Congress must purchase their own retirement plan, just as all Americans do.

4– Congress will no longer vote themselves pay increases. Congressional pay will rise by the lower of CPI or 3%.

5– Congress loses their current Healthcare System and participates in the same Healthcare System as the American people.

6– Congress must equally abide by all the laws, they impose on the American people.

7– All contracts with past and present Congressman / Woman are void. The American people did not make these contracts with Congressmen / Women. The Congress made all these contracts for themselves. Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators should serve their terms, then go home and go back to work, and not get all kinds of freebies!

No wonder they're fighting THIS TOOTH AND NAIL!

If each person contacts a minimum of 20 people, It will only take 3 days for most people in the United States to receive this message. It’s time for us to take action now!

Editor's note: While we could find nothing on "The Trump Rule’s Congressional Reform Act Of 2019" we did find a few petitions and H.R.1935 - Congressional Pension Reform Act.  I doubt Congress would agree to take away any of their benefits. 

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

West Wing Reads

Why Dems are so Worried After Latest Round of Impeachment Hearings

“With signs that Americans are tuning out the impeachment hearings, the clock is ticking on Democrats’ chance to make their case. Pelosi is clearly worried, telling fellow Dems it’s a ‘weak response’ to ‘let the election decide’ whether President Trump should be removed,” Michael Goodwin writes in the New York Post

The letter seemed strange on Monday when Pelosi sent it to her colleagues, the editors write, “but Tuesday’s hearing more than justified her fear and desperation.”

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“While Democrats have spent the last three years practicing the politics of personal destruction, President Trump has been delivering results for the American people. Nearly 7 million jobs created. The lowest unemployment rate in 50 years. Transformative tax cuts for hardworking American families. More than 150 conservative judges confirmed”—and the list goes on, Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC) writes in Fox News.
“People are still waiting for Democrats to deliver on their impeachment ‘scandal.’ In week two of the impeachment investigation, the case is firmly closed — Democrats are trying to impeach President Trump for merely doing his job,” Jenna Ellis writes in the Washington Examiner, listing three big things we learned from the hearings.
President Trump today “will tour Austin’s Apple manufacturing facility with the company’s CEO Tim Cook. On the campaign trail in 2016, Trump said, ‘I’m going to bring jobs back. I’m going to get Apple to start making their computers and their iPhones on our land, not in China.’” Now, after trade reform and business tax cuts, Apple has begun making more products here in America, Phil Prazan reports for KXAN.

Sickening Survey: Smartphones Covered In Bacteria, Yet 1 in 4 NEVER Clean Theirs

Tens of millions of people carry their smartphone with them everywhere they go, including the bathroom. Our phones are always within our grasp, which means they are also constantly being exposed to whatever bacteria we may have accumulated on our hands. Unfortunately, a new survey of 1,200 Americans and their cleaning habits finds that one in four (23%) have never cleaned their phone.

Broken down by the gender, more than one in four men have never cleaned their phone (26%), and one in five women admit to the same hygienic oversight (20%). To put in perspective just how dirty most phones become, researchers estimate that a regularly used smartphone that has never been cleaned may hold more bacteria than an entire household bathroom.

According to the survey, conducted by antibacterial white light company Vital Vio, it’s common for smartphones to come into contact with various forms of bacteria and disease, including strep, staph, and E.coli.

If that isn’t enough to give you pause, consider this:

3 Steps To Cut the Cord and Cancel Cable TV

It's a good time to cut the cord. It's easy to cancel your cable subscription, continue to watch (almost) all of your favorite shows, your sports games, and still save some money off your monthly bill.

In fact, with internet television offering the same features as traditional cable at cheaper monthly subscription, you can cut the physical cord and get away from two-year contracts with expensive equipment rental fees. You do need internet access, of course, to take advantage of a variety of streaming services. Some people choose to pay for that access while others prefer to take advantage of free internet.


New York Times Ripped for Spreading Fake News About Vindman

Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY), as well as a number of users on Twitter, ripped the New York Times on Tuesday for spreading fake news regarding the actions of the Democrats’ star impeachment witness Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman.

“Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman became so concerned during a July 25 phone call in which President Trump asked Ukraine’s president for help with political investigations that he reported his alarm to a superior,” the New York Times tweeted on Tuesday.

However, the Times’ summary is grossly inaccurate, as Vindman “never raised his concerns with his immediate supervisor,” as Breitbart News reported:

"Vindman never raised his concerns with his immediate supervisor. He also contradicted the commander-in-chief: while Trump had made a request of the Ukrainian president, Vindman admitted — proudly, it seems — that he had advised the Ukrainians to ignore it as an unwelcome intrusion into U.S. politics."

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'This is immoral': Bernie Sanders tweets retracted Reuters story claiming US has 100,000 detained children

Bernie Sanders tweeted out a Reuters story that linked to a story that had been retracted by the news organization because it cited statistics from almost five years ago.

The independent Vermont senator and 2020 presidential candidate sent out the article titled “U.S. has the world’s highest rate of children in detention: U.N. study” to his 8.8 million followers with the caption, “Under Trump, America leads the world in locking up little kids—including 100,000 children at the border. This is immoral.”

The data was actually from 2015 when Barack Obama was president.


How This Bill Could Free Workers From Forced Union Representation

Imagine that a charge was brought against you and you had to appear in court. Now, imagine that instead of having the choices of representing yourself, hiring an attorney of your choice, or being represented by a public defender, you were required to use an appointed public defender.

And now, imagine that the public defender assigned to you had polar-opposite political views than yours and that your voting and opinions were fully disclosed to that public defender.

That’s the case today for employees in unionized workplaces.

Even if the workers have the option not to join the union (because they live in a right-to-work state or are a public employee), they nevertheless cannot be represented by anyone other than the union—including by themselves—in employee-employer relations. And their choice not to join the union is well-known to the union that is supposed to represent them.

The Worker’s Choice Act—introduced by Republican Reps. Dusty Johnson of South Dakota, Greg Murphy of North Carolina, and Phil Roe of Tennessee—would change that by ending unions’ government-granted monopoly over employee-employer negotiations, otherwise known as exclusive representation.

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Trump flips third appeals court to majority GOP appointed judges

The Tuesday confirmation of Judge Robert J. Luck created a majority for Republican-appointed judges on the 11th US Circuit Court of Appeals, the third such party flip in a federal court of appeals during the Trump presidency.

President Trump has also created GOP majority courts in the Third Circuit, which flipped in March, and the Second Circuit, which flipped last week with the confirmation of Steven Menashi. Since Trump assumed office in 2017, 163 title III judges have been confirmed to the bench, including Supreme Court Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh.

The confirmation of Barbara Lagoa to the 11th Circuit is also expected in the coming days after Luck was easily confirmed by the Senate with a 64 to 31 vote. The change to a GOP-fortified 11th Circuit could mean a significant shift in the outcome of several election law disputes, primarily from Georgia and Florida, which the court is currently involved in.


Troopers Arrest Milton Woman for Child Abuse- Milton

Milton– The Delaware State Police have arrested 35-year-old Christina R. Morris on multiple counts of child abuse and related charges.
The investigation began on November 14, 2019 at approximately 1:06 a.m., when Troopers were dispatched to the Beebe Medical Center in reference to a child abuse case.  Upon arrival, Troopers learned that a 12-year-old female had been brought to the hospital by her father with significant injuries to her face.  It was determined that the female victim had escaped her residence where she was being held by her mother, Christina Morris and physically abused.
Further investigation revealed that two other children were being held in the residence, a 14-year-old male and a 4-year-old female.  Troopers responded to the residence on W Circle Drive, Milton where Morris was taken into custody without incident.  The two children were also located in the residence and taken into custody.
It was learned that the 12-year-old female and 14-year old male had been physically abused by Morris on several occasions, in which Morris utilized a high heel shoe, baseball bat and belts.  Morris had also handcuffed the 12-year-old and threatened to kill her.  Morris prevented all of the children from leaving the residence.  All three children were transported to the A.I  Dupont Hospital for further treatment.
Troopers obtained a search warrant for the residence and located the baseball bat, belts and handcuffs.  It was also discovered that the windows of the residence were frosted and there were blocks in the windows to prevent them from being opened.

Governor Hogan Announces Judicial Appointments

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan today announced he has selected Abigail Marsh and David Martz as judicial appointees for the Wicomico County District Court. The governor made the appointments after interviewing nominees submitted by the judicial nominating commission for Wicomico County.

“The appointment of qualified individuals to serve across our state’s justice system is paramount to upholding our responsibilities to the people of Maryland and maintaining the highest standards of the rule of law,” said Governor Hogan. “I have confidence that Ms. Marsh and Mr. Martz will be strong advocates for the law and will serve the citizens of Wicomico County admirably.”

Abigail Marsh is the executive director of the Life Crisis Center, a non-profit legal services and advocacy center. Prior to joining the center, she served as the Deputy State’s Attorney for Worcester County in the circuit court division under State’s Attorney Beau Oglesby. She also worked in private practice for three years, where she handled insurance defense and municipal matters. Ms. Marsh received her B.A. from Ursinus College in Collegeville, Pa. and her J.D. from the University of Richmond School of Law. She clerked for the Honorable Alfred T. Truitt, Jr., Circuit Court for Wicomico County.

David Martz has spent almost his entire career as a prosecutor with the Wicomico County State’s Attorney’s Office. Previously, Martz was employed by Robert A. Eaton, P.A., where he focused on legal issues related to municipal government and local legislation. He also served as a law clerk for the Honorable Daniel M. Long, Circuit Court for Somerset County. He obtained his B.A. from Salisbury University and his J.D. from the University of Louisville School of Law.

‘Now I Know What Freedom Is’: One Young Man’s Escape From North Korea

Observers first see Ilhyeok Kim’s joyful, room-lighting smile before they notice he is relatively short—because he is North Korean defector short.

“For me, freedom means that when I want to do something, I’ll do it, and if I don’t want to do something, I don’t have to do it,” Kim told The Daily Signal last month at an event in Washington hosted by the group Liberty in North Korea.

“Now I know what freedom is,” he added.

When he escaped communist North Korea at 17 years old and made his way to South Korea, Kim weighed less than 88 pounds and stood 4-foot-11. The average 17-year-old male in South Korea weighs 138 pounds and stands 5-foot-8.

Most North Koreans are 5 inches shorter and 15 pounds lighter than South Koreans because they grow up knowing hunger and hard labor under the communist regime.

“In North Korea, whatever you harvest on your farm is the government’s to take,” Kim, now 24, said. “The regime didn’t care if its citizens died from starvation. Usually, we were only given enough rations to survive for two months. Then the hunger would set in.”

Kim was born into punishment under North Korean law for a crime he didn’t commit.

“My father stole [military] food and grains from a general food storage area,” he told The Daily Signal.

Barely any food was available in his hometown of Saebyul from February to June each year, Kim said, and his father and his father’s friends stole food from the government in 1991 because they were starving.

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City of District Heights Mayor Convicted of Misconduct in Office

Acting State Prosecutor Kelly B. Madigan announced today that District Heights Mayor Eddie Martin was convicted of Misconduct in Office after a two day jury trial before Prince George’s County Circuit Court Judge Tiffany H. Anderson earlier this week.

In June 2019, Martin was charged via a Criminal Information with one count of misconduct in office. That Criminal Information alleged that on June 8, 2017, Martin signed a letter on City of District Heights’ letterhead authorizing the unlawful purchase of approximately fifty-thousand dollars worth of Class B and Class C fireworks from Wayne’s World Fireworks and represented that these fireworks were to be used on behalf of the City of District Heights. Martin, however, was aware that he was authorizing the purchase for an acquaintance for his own benefit.

Sentencing is scheduled for December 10, 2019.

Misconduct in office is a common law misdemeanor that carries any potential sentence that is not cruel and unusual.

This matter was jointly investigated by the Office of the State Prosecutor, the Prince George’s County Police Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the United States Attorneys’ Office for the District of Maryland.

Poll: Opposition to Trump impeachment jumps 10% among independents

More independents oppose the impeachment proceedings against President Trump than support them, according to a recent poll conducted after the beginning of public testimony.

A Morning Consult- Politico poll released Tuesday said 47% of independents "oppose the current impeachment inquiry," while only 40% of independents support impeachment. The poll represents a 10% drop in support among independents for the impeachment.

Overall, opposition increased to 45%, while support for impeachment dropped from 50% to 48%. The decrease in support follows the start of the second week of testimony by impeachment witnesses.


Impeachment backlash fuels record GOP fundraising, massive $61M in bank

The Republican National Committee fundraising juggernaut, fueled by a GOP backlash to the House impeachment effort to force President Trump from office, scored another record in October and pushed the bank account past $61 million.

The debt-free RNC told Secrets exclusively that it brought in $25.3 million in October and has $61.4 million cash on hand.

For perspective, that is nearly triple what it raised in October 2017, the last nonelection October, and the money on hand is the most since 2012.

RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel has been setting fundraising records month after month, and when the Trump 2020 campaign effort is included, the GOP team has raised nearly $400 million. In September, it raised over $27 million, another record.


Comptroller Announces Largest Tobacco Bust in Agency History

Three men from Prince George's and Howard counties & Baltimore City charged; Seized items represent nearly $300K tax loss

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (November 20, 2019) - Comptroller Peter Franchot today announced the largest tobacco bust in the agency’s history—nearly a half million dollars of untaxed tobacco products seized representing a tax loss to the state of more than $286,000.
During early-morning raids on November 5 at multiple locations in Prince George’s County and Baltimore City, agents from the Field Enforcement Division (FED) discovered a large-scale operation to import and distribute untaxed tobacco products and cigarettes in the state.
The year-long investigation, done in cooperation with federal, state and local law enforcement partners, involved numerous routine tobacco inspections and surveillance operations conducted by FED agents that yielded large quantities of untaxed cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products (OTP).
“The work of the agency’s Field Enforcement Division is second to none, and this latest operation to bring down a criminal enterprise demonstrates solid police work and multi-jurisdictional coordination,” said Comptroller Franchot. “As a result, these lawbreakers will be held accountable and Marylanders will not see lost tax revenue going out the door.”

'I get upset': GOP congressman demands Schiff explain legal authority to conceal whistleblower

Rep. Mike Conaway told House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff during the public impeachment hearings that he wanted to know the legal grounds on which Schiff refused to allow the naming of the whistleblower.

"Mr. Chairman, I would like, as a personal request, I request that you and/or one of your lawyers, one of the members of the committee, put into the record the federal statute that provides for the absolute immunity, right to immunity, that you've exerted over and over and over," the Texas Republican said Tuesday. "I don't think it's there, but if it is, in fact, a federal statute and/or a brief that you can cite, put that in the record so that we'll know that."

Conaway then urged Schiff not to get angry with him and accuse him of wanting to out the whistleblower, saying, "I get upset every time you ... accuse me, simply because I want to know the whistleblower, and I want to know what's going on, that we want to out that individual. That's unfair for you to make that accusation, and I get just as mad. This is about leveling the playing field between our two teams."


Ohio GOP introduces bill charging mothers who have abortions with murder

Republicans in Ohio have introduced legislation that would make women who receive abortions subject to murder charges.

House Bill 413, introduced by State Reps. Candice Keller and Ron Hood, would "regard the unborn child victim of an aggravated abortion murder or abortion murder as a person who is less than thirteen years of age.”

Under the law, women who receive abortions as part of a lifesaving medical procedure would not be prosecuted as long as they could prove that they took “all possible steps to preserve the life of the unborn child, while preserving the life of the woman.”

Doctors who perform abortion procedures would not be subject to prosecution under the law.


Witness: Aid to Lebanon Withheld at Same Time, and Same Way, as Ukraine

Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs David Hale testified to the House Intelligence Committee earlier this month that aid to Lebanon had been withheld at roughly the same time, and in the same way, as aid to Ukraine.

The transcript of Hale’s closed-door deposition was released Monday evening, on the eve of a slew of new hearings.

Hale, a career diplomat, testified that the suspension of aid to various countries was part of a context in which the Trump administration had “embarked on a foreign assistance review in which we are trying to reestablish the norms that guide the assistance that we provide overseas.” Hale called the review of U.S. foreign aid “long overdue.”

He added that aid to Lebanon had been withheld by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) in the White House– as had aid to the “Northern Triangle” of countries in Central America from which many of the migrants flocking to the U.S. border had come.

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Governor Hogan Announces Judicial Appointments

Fills Vacancies in Wicomico County District Court

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan today announced he has selected Abigail Marsh and David Martz as judicial appointees for the Wicomico County District Court. The governor made the appointments after interviewing nominees submitted by the judicial nominating commission for Wicomico County.
“The appointment of qualified individuals to serve across our state’s justice system is paramount to upholding our responsibilities to the people of Maryland and maintaining the highest standards of the rule of law,” said Governor Hogan. “I have confidence that Ms. Marsh and Mr. Martz will be strong advocates for the law and will serve the citizens of Wicomico County admirably.”
Abigail Marsh is the executive director of the Life Crisis Center, a non-profit legal services and advocacy center. Prior to joining the center, she served as the Deputy State’s Attorney for Worcester County in the circuit court division under State’s Attorney Beau Oglesby. She also worked in private practice for three years, where she handled insurance defense and municipal matters. Ms. Marsh received her B.A. from Ursinus College in Collegeville, Pa. and her J.D. from the University of Richmond School of Law. She clerked for the Honorable Alfred T. Truitt, Jr., Circuit Court for Wicomico County.
David Martz has spent almost his entire career as a prosecutor with the Wicomico County State’s Attorney’s Office. Previously, Martz was employed by Robert A. Eaton, P.A., where he focused on legal issues related to municipal government and local legislation. He also served as a law clerk for the Honorable Daniel M. Long, Circuit Court for Somerset County. He obtained his B.A. from Salisbury University and his J.D. from the University of Louisville School of Law. 

#RedforEd Teachers Shut Down Public Schools in Indiana

The #RedforEd movement shut down a number of K-12 public schools in Indiana on Tuesday as school teachers skipped class to protest at the State Capitol.

“Thousands of students in Indiana will be out of school on Tuesday while teachers plan to head to the statehouse to demand better pay,” Fox 59 reported.

The Indianapolis Star reported 145 school districts around the state will close for what the state’s teachers union is calling “Red for Ed Action Day”:

So far, 145 school districts have canceled class or moved to an “e-learning day” Tuesday to accommodate teachers who want to attend the Indiana State Teachers Association’s Red for Ed Action Day at the Statehouse. The state’s largest teacher’s union called on its members to take a personal day to lobby state lawmakers for better pay, among other things.

As Breitbart News first reported in February:

A well-funded and subversive leftist movement of teachers in the United States threatens to tilt the political balance nationwide in the direction of Democrats across the country as Republicans barely hang on in key states that they need to hold for President Donald Trump to win re-election and for Republicans to have a shot at retaking the House and holding onto their Senate majority.

This teachers union effort, called #RedforEd, has its roots in the very same socialism that President Trump vowed in his 2019 State of the Union address to stop, and it began in its current form in early 2018 in a far-flung corner of the country before spreading nationally. Its stated goals–higher teacher pay and better education conditions–are overshadowed by a more malevolent political agenda: a leftist Democrat uprising designed to flip purple or red states to blue, using the might of a significant part of the education system as its lever.


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The Devil Made Him Do It?

Israel Intercepts Four Terror Rockets Fired from Syria

The Times of Israel reports: Four projectiles were fired at northern Israel from Syria in the predawn hours of Tuesday morning, the Israel Defense Forces said. All four were intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system.

The Israeli military believes the rockets were fired by Iran or one of its proxies. “Four launches were seen from Syrian territory toward Israeli territory that were shot down by soldiers operating the Iron Dome missile defense system,” the military said in a statement.


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Ben Carson Rejects Political Correctness as Fatal to the Nation

“This whole concept of political correctness … it’s going to destroy our nation.” That was the no-nonsense response of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson to Rep. Jennifer Wexton, D-Va.

Wexton was trying for a “gotcha” moment in a congressional hearing when she asked Carson if he would “apologize” for being quoted for expressing concern over “big, hairy men” trying to gain entry to an Alaska women’s homeless shelter.

I could not have said it better. On the most recent edition of “Washington Watch,” Carson—or Dr. Politically Incorrect, as I’ve called him—joined me to make it clear he will not kowtow to political correctness.

“It’s foolishness because, you know, the First Amendment guarantees people freedom of speech,” he said. “What political correctness does is it makes people afraid to express themselves. So coming in the back door, it actually suppresses the First Amendment. And we need to be very, very wary of anything that takes away our constitutional rights.”

Carson went on to nail the consequences of caving into the left’s tantrums:

"Anything that doesn’t agree with them is a hateful word, and that’s what I mean when I said we need to be more mature than that. That’s what I might expect from a third-grade playground. If we make everything such a sensitive subject and everybody has to sit down and filter everything that they say, and we’re listening carefully to their words instead of what their meaning is, what do we become as a society and as a people?"


Judicial Watch: Government Agency Buries $8.8 Billion Loss at End of Fiscal Year Report

A troubled government agency notorious for its monstrous financial problems is trying to bury shocking multi-billion-dollar losses at the bottom of a fiscal year report that deceivingly highlights an operating revenue increase.

Issued this month by the U.S. Postal Service (USPS), the report prominently features operating revenue increases of hundreds of millions of dollars while incidentally pointing out towards the end a ghastly net loss of $8.8 billion in fiscal year 2019. It constitutes more than double the agency’s loss of $3.9 billion the previous year. The USPS attributes the failure to discount rate changes and workers’ compensation expenses.

Even for a scandal-plagued agency notorious for its egregious spending sprees, the hit to American taxpayers is substantial. Management attributes some of the year’s losses to a $5.4 billion increase in operating expenses driven largely by a spike in workers’ compensation obligations. Compensation and benefits expenses alone increased by $994 million due to contractual wage increases, the USPS reveals, and retirement benefits increased by $320 million “due largely to the higher amortization costs of unfunded benefits.”

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Top Pence adviser says witness Jennifer Williams never objected to Trump Ukraine call

Vice President Mike Pence's national security adviser issued a rare statement rebuking a fellow Pence aide's testimony while distancing Pence from President Trump's request that Ukraine investigate Democrats.

Retired Lt. Gen. Keith Kellogg disputed his subordinate Jennifer Williams' testimony that Trump's July 25 call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was "unusual" and "inappropriate." Williams had reported no concerns to him, he said in a statement.

Kellogg underscored, however, that Pence did not request investigations of Democrats when he met with Zelensky on Sept. 1 in Poland, concurring with a different part of Williams' Tuesday testimony before the House Intelligence Committee.


Ambassador Volker RUINS Schiff’s Day at Tuesday Show Trial

Former Ambassador Kurt Volker and Tim Morrison, a senior national security aide and Russian expert, testified before the Schiff show trials on Tuesday afternoon.

Ambassador Volker ruined Adam Schiff and Democrats in his opening statement.

Volker immediately told the American audience that at NO TIME was he a part of an effort to investigate Joe Biden.

Ambassador Volker: “At no time was I aware of or knowingly took part in an effort to urge Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Biden. As you know from the extensive real time documentation I have provided Vice President Biden was NOT a topic of our discussions.”


Video: How Big Government Hurts Women

The bigger the government, the better for women.

Is that statement true or false? Well, if party affiliation is any indicator, most women under the age of 40 would say “true.”

Young women, especially single women, are among the left’s most loyal supporters. This isn’t surprising given that programs like government-subsidized childcare and government-mandated paid family leave sound like things that make life better for women. But do they really?

Most European governments provide subsidies that allow women to stay home for months—even years—following the birth of a child. And some European countries require employers to offer female employees part-time and flexible work arrangements.


'Schiff Show' Roundup: Perjury, Nine Witnesses

Just when you thought Democrats had moved on to nailing President Donald Trump on Ukraine, they go back to the “Russia collusion” well. The Wall Street Journal reports, “The top lawyer for the Democratic-led House said impeachment investigators were examining whether President Trump lied in statements to former special counsel Robert Mueller.”

Rep. Jame Raskin (D-MD) explains, “It’s a crime to lie to federal prosecutors in the course of a federal proceeding. That’s perjury. It was also the basis for the GOP-controlled House’s impeachment of Bill Clinton for lying under oath, for committing perjury. So it’s a very serious offense — and it’s obviously something that we take seriously.”

So, along with shifting to “bribery” instead of “quid pro quo,” Democrats have latched onto a second word — “perjury” — to bolster their impeachment case. Constitutional and legal terms tested better than Latin in focus groups. Democrats may also be baiting Trump into testifying on his own behalf. He says he would “strongly consider” it.


Baltimore Taxpayers Fund Lyft-Rides For Inner-City Poor Facing "Food Deserts"

With more than a quarter of all Baltimore City residents living in a food desert, meaning there's no supermarket in a walkable distance, the taxpayers are now funding a new program that will pay for their Lyft ride to the grocery store.

Starting Monday, residents in South and West Baltimore City, some of the most impoverished areas in the country, can register online for Lyft and get government-subsidized trips to participating grocery stores, reported The Baltimore Sun.

The pilot program will sponsor up to 200 residents, will cover one-way rides up to $2.50. Each rider can take as many as eight trips per month.
"Whoa, that is lovely," Evelyn Robinson told The Sun. "I wouldn't have to wait for someone to be available to take me or pay as much money. I could go whenever I wanted."
For some more color on South and West Baltimore City, these areas are low-income neighborhoods, about 33% of households don't even own vehicles, and most folks have negative net wealth. Many don't have jobs because the local economy has been stuck in a depression for twenty years.

Both areas are equivalent to a third-world country and have the highest per-capita homicide rates in the country.

Instead of supermarkets on each corner of the street, there are liquor stores and methadone clinics.


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Clinton Foundation bleeding money with no Clintons in high office

The Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation can no longer raise enough money to cover its expenses, ever since Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign failed to propel her into an office from which she could dispense political favors. Clinton Foundation reports to the IRS for the last two tax years have demonstrated that without anyone to grant boons, fewer donors are interested in supporting it.

Andrew Stiles reports for the Free Beacon:
The Clinton Foundation reported a loss of more than $16 million in 2018, according to newly released tax records, marking the second consecutive year of losses since Hillary Clinton's humiliating defeat to President Donald J. Trump in 2016.
The foundation reported total revenue of just $30.7 million, including $24.2 million worth of grants and contributions, a record low for the alleged "charity." That figure was well short of the foundation's total expenses for the year—$47.5 million— resulting in a net loss of $16.8 million.