Wednesday Top Headlines

by Media Editors: GOP rejects Kavanaugh accuser’s bid for FBI probe before hearing, she hasn’t responded to invitation for Monday (Bloomberg)

Fein-stein on Kavanaugh accusation: “I can’t say everything is truthful” (National Review)

dummycrats-Dem senator reveals plan to leave a SCOTUS vacancy for two years (Hot Air)

Senate approves $854B spending bill (The Hill)

Nixing regulations saved taxpayers $1.3 billion this year (National Review)

Trump says exposing “corrupt” FBI probe could be “crowning achievement” of presidency (The Hill)

State Department bureaucrat caught plotting “deep state” resistance (The Washington Times)

North Korea announces plan to shut down nuclear complex, but it comes with a catch (Washington Examiner)

Canada’s Trudeau under growing pressure to get NAFTA deal done (Reuters)

Political nonprofits must now name many of their donors under federal court ruling after Supreme Court declines to intervene (The Washington Post)

Christian-bashing Emmys’ ratings hit new low (CNS News)

City Hall deal for scumbag/liar-nObama Center in Jackson Park: 99 years for $10 (Chicago Sun-Times)

“Sesame Street” denies Bert and Ernie have a sexual orientation after former writer’s comments (Fox News)

Humor: “Sesame Street” producers deny rumors that Bert, Ernie are Russian spies (The Babylon Bee)

Policy: Feel-good bans on straws and plastic bags don’t help the ocean (National Review)

Policy: Nurse practitioners: A solution to America’s primary care crisis (American Enterprise Institute)

~The Patriot Post                                                                                                                    https://patriotpost.us/articles/58346?mailing_id=3746&utm_medium=email&utm_source=pp.email.3746&utm_campaign=snapshot&utm_content=body

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Doubts over Kavanaugh hearing as his accuser goes silent

by Melissa Quinn

{ washingtonexaminer.com } ~ A hearing aimed at letting Christine Blasey Ford testify about her claim of sexual assault against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh was thrown into doubt on Tuesday… after committee aides said it wasn’t clear she would participate. The Senate Judiciary Committee scheduled a public hearing Sept. 24, during which Kavanaugh and Ford were invited to testify, after Ford spoke on-the-record with The Washington Post about the alleged incident involving Kavanaugh that occurred during a party 36 years ago. Kavanaugh said he was willing to testify, and White House spokesman Raj Shah said Monday evening the Supreme Court hopeful was ready to do so. But as of Tuesday evening, questions mounted about Ford’s participation, and whether the Senate would proceed without her. In an interview with radio host Hugh Hewitt, Grassley said the committee had reached out to Ford by email three or four times about the hearing, but had not yet received a response. “We wouldn’t be having this hearing if it wasn’t for the fact that Dr. Ford told The Washington Post and other people publicly that she wanted to testify,” Grassley said. “And we also have Judge Kavanaugh. Even before we requested him to testify, he said he was willing to testify. As of Sunday night, I had that message. So, we still haven’t heard from Dr. Ford. So, do they want to have the hearing or not?”…  https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/doubts-over-kavanaugh-hearing-as-his-accuser-goes-silent?utm_source=WEX_News%20Brief_09/18/2018&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=WEX_News%20Brief

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dummycrats-Dems Refuse to Participate in Call With Kavanaugh After Assault Allegations

by Jim E

{ thepoliticalinsider.com } ~ If this doesn’t prove that dummycrats-Democrats are a bunch of lying scoundrels who are exploiting a young woman to destroy President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee then nothing will… By now, dear reader, you know the story: Over the weekend, Christine Blasey Ford came forward and accused Brett Kavanaugh, Trump’s SCOTUS nominee, of sexually assaulting her while she was in high school. Ford made these allegations months ago in a letter to Senator Dianne Fein-stein. Fein-stein sat on them for months and just so happened to release the details only a few days before the Senate Judiciary Committee is set to vote on Kavanaugh. Now, Fein-stein is engaging in more delay tactics to hold up the vote. She is refusing to assist Senator Chuck Grassley in setting up follow-up calls for Kavanaugh and Ford. After Grassley attempted to set up a private call with Kavanaugh, dummycrats-Democrats as a whole on the Committee refused to participate: This claim is b.s. on the merits. A sexual assault is not a federal matter to be handled by the FBI. At best, it’s a state matter, namely in Maryland, where the alleged incident occurred. It’s also nonsense because dummycrats-Democrats are supposed to be Ford’s biggest advocates right now. If the allegations were truly serious, they’d be doing everything they can to uncover the truth, as soon as possible…  https://thepoliticalinsider.com/democrats-call-kavanaugh-testify/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=criticalimpact&utm_campaign=TPI_breaking_newsletter_9_18_2018&utm_content=4b4ea4948726422aa6473c7b9fa19141&source=CI

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FBI and DOJ Officials “Scrambling to Respond” To Declassification Directives

by sundance

{ theconservativetreehouse.com } ~ Beyond the narrative engineering, NBC’s Ken Dilanian is reporting from his mutually aligned sources inside the DOJ and FBI… The basic outline is the embed officials within the DOJ, FBI and larger intelligence community, are not happy about the White House declassification directive. Why would they be?….These are the same DOJ and FBI officials who, without justification, redacted the Lisa Page and Peter Strzok text messages. U.S. intelligence officials, blindsided by President Donald Trump’s order that they make public highly sensitive files in the Russia investigation, are hoping the White House will allow them to conduct a formal declassification review and damage assessment before they are forced to release the documents, current and former officials tell NBC News. Senior executives at the FBI, Justice Department and Office of the Director of National intelligence were scrambling Tuesday to respond after being taken by surprise by a White House press release Monday directing them to release classified material they had previously determined should not be made public…  https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2018/09/18/report-fbi-and-doj-officials-scrambling-to-respond-to-declassification-directives/

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New Mexico Supreme Court strikes down attempt to reinstate straight-ticket voting

by conservativeinstitute.org

{ conservativeinstitute.org } ~ The New Mexico supreme court struck down an effort by dummycrats-Democrats to unilaterally change the ballots Wednesday… The court ruled that an attempt by New Mexico Secretary of State Margaret Toulouse Oliver (D) to re-instate party-line voting in November elections was illegal. Straight-ticket voting allows voters to select one box to vote for all candidates in a single party. Toulouse Oliver’s decision to bring back the procedure was seen by many as a political maneuver to help dummycrats-Democrats. The court decided unanimously that Toulouse Oliver does not have unilateral authority to alter the ballots, which lies instead with the state legislature…  https://www.conservativeinstitute.org/conservative-news/new-mexico-ruling-voting.htm?utm_source=boomtrain&utm_medium=automated&utm_campaign=ci1&bt_ee=9mBAvPUbNoZrAM/AxxXKQ12qbriquAUiPePtCy8r55y2pjsQzcRuioCT8yvU5XFL&bt_ts=1537362081806&utm_source=boomtrain&utm_medium=automated&utm_campaign=ci1&bt_ee=3DGlePcXvU%2FPOP4aEIq7zshacMbyDVsQMe97xvLeXC%2BwcSDueDpbJ7D8gQZaHGYv&bt_ts=1537362081623

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Fein-stein Questions Truthfulness of Kavanaugh Accuser, Immediately Back Pedals

by thepoliticalinsider.com

{ thepoliticalinsider.com } ~ dummycrats-Democrats lambasted the Senate Judiciary Committee’s plans to convene a hearing on Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s sexual assault allegations… against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh Tuesday, while the panel’s top dummycrats-Democrat appeared to doubt the veracity of Ford’s memory. dummycrats-Democratic Sen. Dianne Fein-stein of California, the Judiciary Committee’s ranking member, spent much of the day criticizing committee Republicans for moving too hastily. But by Tuesday afternoon, she told reporters that the trauma of the event Ford described may have adversely affected her memory. Early Tuesday, her office told reporters that the GOP was wrong to limit public testimony to Kavanaugh and Ford, urging them to call other witnesses who can speak to the character of the parties or the events alleged. “Chairman Grassley today said there would be only two witnesses invited to testify at the Kavanaugh hearing next week on sexual assault allegations,” Fein-stein said in a statement. “Compare that to the 22 witnesses at the 1991 Anita Hill hearing and it’s impossible to take this process seriously.”…  https://thepoliticalinsider.com/dianne-feinstein-ford-truth/

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Trump’s New Executive Order Is a Positive Step for Securing Elections

by Hans von Spakovsky

This piece is coauthored by David Inserra, policy analyst at The Heritage Foundation’s Allison Center for Foreign Policy Studies, and Klon Kitchen, senior fellow for technology, national security and science policy at The Heritage Foundation.

President Donald Trump’s new executive order allowing the sanctioning of foreign individuals attempting to influence American elections is a necessary step in the right direction, but more can be done.

The Heritage Foundation consistently recommends pushing back against nation-state actors who use cyber and other means to attack American interests. This new executive order is a welcome response to these recommendations.

The executive order — which establishes an interagency process for determining if foreign influence has occurred and for sanctioning those responsible — is inherently reactionary. But it does attempt to change the calculus of hostile foreign heads of state, such as Russian President Vladimir Putin, by incrementally constraining those “foreign persons” that other governments and entities use to conduct these cyber-attacks and illicit influence operations.

Those who dismiss this executive order because it is not a “silver bullet” risk misunderstanding the challenge and the nation’s needs, as well as the diffuse nature of our country’s unique, decentralized election administration system.

There is no single action the president can take to remove the threat of foreign influence. Instead, what is needed is a coherent suite of policies that proactively deters these attacks and punishes those responsible when they occur. Such a policy cocktail will involve initiatives across all elements of national power, and this order constitutes a significant advancement toward a solution.

So yes, more remains to be done. The U.S. is waking up to the threat posed to our country from foreign influence, and Congress also will need to grapple with the best way to counter this threat and ensure the First Amendment rights of American citizens to participate in the election and political process are not infringed. More must be done to deter and punish bad actors as well as better defend the U.S. election system.

A crucial factor that agencies within the federal government must keep in mind is that under the Constitution, our election systems are the responsibility of the states. Thus, it is essential the federal government work closely with state governments as equal partners to evaluate threats to our election system and prepare and implement responses.

It is state and local election officials who have the primary authority for protecting elections, from voter registration to the casting of ballots to the counting of votes, and that includes protecting against cyber-attacks.

To the extent there are systems and protocols that cyber security experts and federal agencies can provide to state governments, such support and expertise should be provided — without imposing unfunded mandates on state and local officials or discounting their concerns, expertise, and authority.

Much can be said regarding our slowness in responding to this growing threat, but the Sept. 12 announcement from the White House was a move in the right direction.

~The Patriot Post

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