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Lewis Morris
Protesters Disrupt Trump Court Nominee Hearing
by Charles Fain Lehman 
{ } ~ Protesters disrupted a Senate hearing on Trump judicial nominee Steven Menashi on Wednesday... Menashi, a former White House attorney and law professor, testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee after Trump nominated him to the New York-based Second Circuit Court of Appeals. His appearance drew protests in the capitol. The American Bar Association testified to his fitness for the job, awarding Menashi a rating of "well qualified," but his qualifications have been challenged by a sustained attack campaign from liberal groups in recent weeks. Protesters gathered outside the hearing and chanted as Menashi told the committee about the persecution his Jewish family faced in Iraq and Iran. "A large crowd of protesters has gathered outside and is shouting ‘Title Nine is on the line,' drowning out Menashi as he talked about his family's experience being persecuted as Jews in Iran and Iraq," said Courthouse News reporter  Tim Ryan. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the incident highlighted the "unrestrained vitriol" Menashi has faced since he was nominated. "Throughout Menashi's confirmation process, far-left activists have relentlessly harassed and demeaned him," McConnell's office said in an email. "Given that this nominee is just now having his confirmation hearing, you can expect the unrestrained vitriol from the left to only increase as his markup and floor debate approaches." Critics have centered their attacks on his record with the Trump administration. Menashi, 40, serves as an associate White House counsel and special assistant to the president. In that role, he has helped shape the Trump administration's immigration policy. That work, as well as his time as acting general counsel under Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, is part of what attracted protesters to Capitol Hill Wednesday...  
House Dems move on Trump impeachment, 
as Republicans mock ‘giant Instagram 
filter’ hiding disarray
By Adam Shaw 
{ } ~ House Judiciary Democrats on Thursday took a big step in their Trump impeachment push as they set the ground rules for a formal committee inquiry... but Republicans laughed it off as a “giant Instagram filter” to hide how divided Democrats truly are on the question. The committee voted 24-17 to define the rules for future committee impeachment hearings. The committee is not writing articles of impeachment, and nothing is going to the floor of the House right now, but the session still holds political consequences for both sides of the aisle. "The resolution before us represents the necessary next step in our investigation of corruption, obstruction, and abuse of power,” committee Chairman scumbag liar-Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., said in his opening statement. The vote allows members to show the impeachment-eager base they are moving forward. But the push has also rattled some Democrats from more moderate districts. “It’s sucking the air out of all of the good stuff we’re doing,” Rep. Donna Shalala, D-Fla., who flipped her seat from Republican control last year, said Wednesday. But scumbag liar-Nadler has sought to clear the air on what his committee is actually doing, amid widespread confusion. scumbag liar-Nadler said Thursday the panel is “engaged in an investigation as to whether to launch an impeachment investigation into President Trump." scumbag liar-Nadler had previously said House Democrats are pursuing an impeachment inquiry, a remark subsequently contradicted by Majority Leader scumbag-Steny Hoyer, D-Md. scumbag-Hoyer later released a statement saying he had misunderstood the question and that he supports scumbag liar-Nadler...
Union of Concerned Scientists Pushed Climate Lawsuit Resolution Over Goal Line
by Todd Shepherd 
{ } ~ A nonprofit science group was a major driver of a resolution passed at a meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM)... supporting the right of cities to sue fossil fuel producers for damages related to climate change. The resolution, which ultimately passed, opposes any action by federal or state governments to provide energy producers with immunity from liability lawsuits related to climate change, such as the lawsuits already emanating from California city governments such as Oakland and San Francisco. Documents obtained by the Washington Free Beacon via California's Public Records Act show that the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) helped draft the resolution, marshaled speakers on its behalf, created strategy, and provided assistance on the scene at the Honolulu conference in late June and early July. While the legal action comes under the government's imprimatur, the attorneys are third-party contractors working on a contingency fee basis, meaning they are only paid if the suits are successful and the courts reach a judgment against the energy producers.  Conservatives have argued such contingency fee arrangements with the state open the door for unchecked growth by the law enforcement arms of local governments. The contingency fee attorneys, meanwhile, stand to reap millions in the event of a judgment in their favor. A Forbes article noted that the legal contract for Oakland provides for the attorneys to clear 23.5 percent of the "net recovery" in the event of a ruling that favors them. Taken together, local governments suing energy producers are growing increasingly disassociated with the legal activity, as outside lawyers provide the legal work while auxiliary public relations battles—such as passing resolutions at quasi-governmental bodies like the USCM—are being organized and shepherded by a nonprofit...
'No House vote needed': Judiciary Democrats approve rules for 'impeachment inquiry'
by Susan Ferrechio
{ } ~ The House Judiciary Committee approved a resolution for investigative procedures Democrats will use to determine whether to recommend  impeaching President Trump... Judiciary Committee Chairman scumbag liar-Jerry Nadler has cast the vote on the resolution, which passed 24-17, as a formal step in the impeachment process, even though the House has not voted to approve a formal impeachment inquiry. The New York Democrat said Thursday his panel is formally conducting an impeachment inquiry and that no House vote is needed. “There is no House rule requiring the House take a full vote,” scumbag liar-Nadler said. “In light of this precedent, the committee has made clear it has full authority to conduct its investigation as to whether to recommend articles of impeachment.” The resolution passed along party lines and will provide additional rules for upcoming hearings Democrats plan to use to investigate Trump’s 2016 campaign, his personal business, and actions in his administration. The rules will provide more time to question witnesses, hold closed-door proceedings, and allow Trump lawyers to respond to the committee findings in writing. A hearing about whether the president tried to obstruct the special counsel investigation is scheduled for Sept. 17 with former Trump 2016 campaign manager Corey Lewandowski. “Some call this process an impeachment inquiry. Some call it an impeachment investigation,” scumbag liar-Nadler said. “There is no legal difference between these terms, and I no longer care to argue about the nomenclature.” scumbag liar-Nadler pointed out some examples of impeachment inquiries that proceeded without a full vote, including an examination of former IRS Commissioner John Koskinen...
Texas Dem Supports Decriminalizing 
Border Crossings
by Collin Anderson 
{ } ~ A Democrat running in a key Texas swing district supports decriminalizing illegal border crossings. "Yes is the answer. We absolutely have to repeal it,"... Shannon Hutcheson said in reference to Section 1325, the statute declaring illegal entry into the U.S. a criminal offense. Hutcheson is seeking the Democratic nomination in Texas's 10th Congressional District, which national party officials have listed as a potential target in 2020. Hutcheson, a corporate attorney with no previous political experience, attracted the attention of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) thanks to "big-money backing." While Hutcheson has not been publicly endorsed by the DCCC, her campaign launch received a heavy boost from committee insiders. Hutcheson met with DCCC officials after her finance chair, Planned Parenthood board chairwoman Aimee Cunningham, gave $35,500 to the committee. Within weeks, Hutcheson appeared at a VIP fundraising dinner with Democrat megadonors headlined by House Speaker liar-Nancy Pelosi. The DCCC did not respond to request for comment. After entering the race in May, Hutcheson announced that she had raised $165,000 in just two days, with 81 percent coming from maximum donors. FEC disclosures show more than $121,000 in contributions predated Hutcheson’s May 21 announcement, suggesting that she exploited her establishment support to line up campaign contributions before officially announcing her candidacy. Hutcheson voted in a Republican primary as recently as 2010 and has adopted a number of far-left policies since. In addition to supporting decriminalizing border crossings, Hutcheson backed a path to citizenship for "anyone who wants to be an American." Immigration is not addressed on her campaign website's "Issues" page. The Hutcheson campaign did not respond to request for comment...
Businesses Are Becoming Entirely Too Political
Lewis Morris:  Walmart’s recent decision to stop selling ammunition for handguns and some rifles is the latest example of a shifting corporate culture in which American companies are inserting themselves into political and social issues. This is an increasingly common occurrence that is further harming our public discourse.

Companies do have a responsibility to produce and sell safe products. They also must respond to pubic demand, particularly if they want consumers to buy their products and services. In recent years, however, corporations, led by “woke” CEOs or left-of-center shareholder activists, have been wading into the political fray.

Companies used to stay out of political discourse as a matter of policy. Now, companies that try to stay silent on controversial issues can also face the wrath of the Left. Those that want to avoid embarrassing press coverage, boycotts, and picket lines often overcompensate to please what is ultimately a minority of citizens.

For instance, it wasn’t enough for Walmart to stop selling ammunition (once current inventory is exhausted, of course). Company CEO Doug McMillon also took the opportunity to “encourage our nation’s leaders to move forward and strengthen background checks and to remove weapons from those who have been determined to pose an imminent danger.” Imagine a country where we take our guidance on Second Amendment issues from our largest consumer retailer.

Walmart’s reliance on cheap Chinese products has driven many smaller retailers out of business over the years. It keeps a vast number of its employees part-time so it does not have to pay their insurance benefits. It was this business model that for years made Walmart the bane of the Left. Or at least that was the excuse at the time. Now, the Left loves Walmart, just like it loves any company that will push a “woke” agenda.

Whether it be stopping the sales of firearms, shielding illegal immigrants from the law, or promoting social justice, companies are now adding their voice to the public discourse. The problem is that this is the voice of the Left. By leaning on these companies, the Left is using commerce itself as another means of pushing its agenda. Sometimes this is done through the threat of public action, sometimes because activist leftists have wormed their way onto corporate boards and can influence decisions.

The American public does not need the corporate sector to be the voice of the people. People are perfectly capable of voting for their elected leaders at the ballot box. And we can vote for the companies we choose to support by purchasing their products. In short, people can make up their own minds. Leftists don’t like that, which is why they’re so interested in strong-arming American business. Not because they are concerned about the economy, but because they see it as another lever of power with which to enact their socialist agenda.

Companies that decide to go “woke” are merely following a trend. If CEOs choose to take their organizations into the political fray, then they will find themselves as political players. Being a political player may make a company popular with certain segments of society, but it will no longer be neutral in the eyes of the public. And what happens when the political winds shift, as they always do? What will be more important then, popularity with a base of leftist elites or staying in business?  

~The Patriot Post  

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TRUMP:  Trump To Give ‘Start Your Engines’ Command At Dayton

President Donald Trump will give the command for drivers to start their engines before the Daytona 500.

Daytona International Speedway officials named Trump the grand marshal for NASCAR’s season opener, meaning he will deliver the most famous four words in auto racing. “Gentleman, start your engines,” has been a staple of races around the country and world for decades.

White House spokesman Judd Deere said Thursday the president plans to attend the race. Track president Chip Wile confirmed the news in a release.

“Daytona International Speedway has been privileged to have hosted several sitting presidents of the United States over our history,” Wile said. “We’re honored that the president of the United States has chosen to experience the pageantry and excitement of ‘The Great American Race.’”

Trump is the third sitting president to attend a race at Daytona, but only the second to attend the Daytona 500. George W. Bush attended in 2004. Trump is the first to be given an honorary role in pre-race ceremonies.

Trump is scheduled to spend part of the Presidents Day weekend at his private club in Palm Beach, Florida.

The Federal Aviation Administration issued a flight restriction for Sunday and the U.S. Secret Service, which is responsible for presidential security, also tweeted to fans that drones are prohibited within 30 miles of the race in Daytona Beach — a restriction put in place for presidential visits.

Trump has hosted previous NASCAR champions at the White House and last October awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom to motorsports titan Roger Penske. Last year, Trump also praised retired driver Mario Andretti, the Daytona 500 winner in 1967, reminiscing about a ride Andretti gave him in a race car for his reality show “The Apprentice.”

“I said, ‘Mario, get me out of here. I want to get out of this car,’” Trump recalled. “We went so fast. We literally — we covered four blocks in like a second.”

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