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The National Enquirer broke the story of the Edwards love child.
A presidential candidate uses other people’s money to pay off an alleged mistress to keep her story out of the press in the runup to an election. Federal prosecutors later deem the payments illegal campaign contributions and file criminal charges.
The candidate was former Sen. John Edwards and the year was 2008. Edwards had fathered a child with his mistress, Rielle Hunter, and he used more than $900,000 in donations from political allies to try to keep the affair secret.
In 2011, Edwards was indicted by the Department of Justice for allegedly violating campaign finance laws by accepting contributions in excess of legal limits, using them to cover Hunter’s living expenses, and concealing the funds from the Federal Election Commission. Prosecutors claimed he made the payments because revealing the affair would undermine his public image and sink his campaign.
In 2016, Michael Cohen, then a personal attorney for Republican nominee Donald Trump, arranged a payment from a tabloid to an alleged mistress of his client to bury her story and paid another alleged mistress himself to silence her. Cohen pleaded guilty to violating campaign finance laws, and prosecutors say he was directed to do so by Trump.
President Trump has not been charged with a crime, and he maintains he did nothing illegal. Edwards was not convicted of his charges, a precedent current Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani says bolsters his defense that he did not violate the law, but some legal experts believe that comparison is flawed.[…]
The political fallout from the latest revelations is also unclear. Edwards’ career never recovered from his scandal, but Trump’s support is remarkably resilient. Democrats are already talking about the campaign finance violations as potential evidence for impeachment, but Republicans on Capitol Hill have largely shrugged them off.
“It looks like Michael Cohen did some bad things. He pleaded guilty to some bad things,” Rep. Glenn Grothman, R-Wis., said Wednesday. “We’ll just have to see what plays out.”
But left is blaming Border Patrol anyway. Maybe blame the parent and smugglers that put the child through this and didn’t feed her or give her water for days? This is why this endangers lives.
Almost 1/3 will say anything a pollster wants them to say.
PITTSBURGH (CBS) — For a long time, Santa Claus has been portrayed as an older man with a hefty build and big white beard but a new poll finds that some feel that Santa should be rebranded as a woman or gender neutral.
After years of this image, Graphic Springs, a logo design company, surveyed hundreds to rebrand Santa and give him a more modern image.
The survey polled approximately 400 people from the United States and United Kingdom. Then, 4,000 people voted on the most popular version of the Santa they designed from the survey.
“Modern Santa” has tattoos, a stylishly-trimmed beard, skinny jeans, sneakers, and a hoverboard. He’s tech-savvy and looks like he could easily feature in GQ magazine.
A new survey found that over 27 percent of people asked would rebrand Santa Claus as a woman or gender-neutral.
Notice the phrasing of their response.
So how did being feckless to appeal to the left work out there, Jeff?
Unifying the left and the right: Jeff Flake is feckless.
And guess who actually has accomplished reducing emissions despite pulling out of the agreement?
Prepare to be shocked, because the New York Times’ Climate Department has noticed something they find disturbing about what the Paris Agreement hasn’t accomplished:
Yeah, we know you’re surprised, and so is everybody else, in the most sarcastic way possible:
Apologizes to “everybody” but not specifically to Pompeo.
Via NY Post:
Mika Brzezinski, co-host of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” apologized Friday for calling Secretary of State Mike Pompeo a “butt boy” for defending the Saudi crown prince in the killing of Jamal Khashoggi.
“Please allow me to say this face-to-face,” she said at the beginning of the 6 a.m. show. “The term is crass and offensive and I apologize to everybody, especially the LGBTQ community and to my colleagues.”
She added: “I just wanted to say on camera, looking people straight in the eye: I am really, really sorry.”
On Wednesday, Brzezinski slammed Pompeo for his defense of Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, who the CIA concluded ordered the murder of the dissident Washington Post journalist inside the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul.
Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH), a past critic of Nancy Pelosi, insisted that Democrats who formerly opposed Pelosi are bringing change to the House by now agreeing to vote for her for Speaker
The administrators are protecting the snowflakes from ‘hate speech’.
A non-profit group filed a First Amendment lawsuit Thursday against officials at the University of Texas, accusing them of crimping free speech on campus.
The lawsuit, filed in federal court in the Western District of Texas, follows a spate of incidents at the system’s flagship campus in Austin and some satellite campuses. Most recently, the Young Conservatives of Texas were attacked by angry liberal students when the group set up a table on a quad to express support for Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
Speech First Inc., the plaintiff, said the university has a speech code that’s both “vague and overbroad,” in an attempt to stymy viewpoints some students deem offensive.
“We had heard some really bad stories from our members there, and we were following reports from there, and it just sort of became a perfect storm,” said Nicole Neily, president and founder of Speech First, which has also initiated a First Amendment lawsuit this year against the University of Michigan.
Ms. Neily also cited the conclusion of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, which gives the University of Texas a “red light” for speech codes it says are at odds with the First Amendment and principles of free speech.
School system President Gregory L. Fenves, along with several other top administrators, were named as defendants in the lawsuit.
The Austin campus did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Speech First said the school deploys a Campus Climate Response Team to police speech, swooping down on what the administrators label “campus climate” or “bias” incidents.
Since September 2017, the Response Team has investigated more than 100 reports of alleged bias, according to Speech First.
Joe heard he had egg rolls.
The New York Times on Wednesday chronicled the meteoric rise and equally precipitous downfall of Chinese oil tycoon Ye Jianming. The “People’s Liberation Army princeling” rolled into Washington as a shining example of a booming economy but now sits in an unknown Chinese prison cell while his empire collapses and his underlings face charges in U.S. federal court.
The Times was particularly interested in Ye’s courtship of former Vice President Joe Biden and his family. Biden’s Chinese relationships were first discussed in Breitbart News Senior Editor-at-Large Peter Schweizer’s bestselling book Secret Empires: How the American Political Class Hides Corruption and Enriches Family and Friends. The Ye saga could prove troubling to Biden if he makes a run at the White House in 2020 and will likely play a role in the endgame of current President Donald Trump’s trade war with China.
As the New York Times described at length, Ye was a high-flying oilman who “ventured to places only the most politically connected Chinese companies dared to go,” meaning hotspots like North Korea and African conflict zones. He assiduously cultivated American political influence during the Obama administration, having launched his CEFC China Energy conglomerate in 2006.
Ye had the good fortune to hail from Fujian province, which also happens to be the home turf of Chinese Communist Party leader Xi Jinping and a famed “clique” of politically connected businessmen. The Chinese government extended him a gigantic line of credit. He spent a few years working for a People’s Liberation Army front, forging ties with the Chinese intelligence community and recruiting man former military officers to his CEFC endeavor. […]
Ye threw a lot of money around in Washington, including “donating as much as $100,000 to the Clinton Foundation,” the storied charitable organization that donated only a tiny fraction of its vast income to charity and mysteriously shriveled into nothing when there was no further chance of Hillary Clinton occupying the White House.
Ye’s company cultivated ties with Republicans as well, especially once the roller coaster of the 2016 presidential election began climbing the tracks, but the Times noted Ye’s prize quarry was the family of then-Vice President Joe Biden:
An aide to Mr. Ye met the vice president’s second son, Hunter Biden, in Washington. Mr. Ye then met privately with Hunter Biden at a hotel in Miami in May 2017, according to people with direct knowledge of the meetings who were not authorized to speak publicly because the meetings were private. Mr. Ye proposed a partnership to invest in American infrastructure and energy deals, the people said.
During this period, the vice president’s son was managing Rosemont Seneca Partners, an investment firm he formed with Chris Heinz, the stepson of John Kerry, the former secretary of state. Mr. Heinz said he has no knowledge of CEFC and ended his relationship with Rosemont Seneca in 2015.
It is unclear whether Hunter Biden struck any business deals with CEFC or Mr. Ye. Through his attorney, Hunter Biden declined to comment.
The most dramatic chapter in the Ye-Biden story came in November 2017, when Ye’s lieutenant Patrick Ho called Joe Biden’s financier brother James looking for help with U.S. federal allegations about bribery in Chad and Uganda, plus an apparent CEFC attempt to help Iran evade oil sanctions. James Biden later said he thought Ho called him by mistake and was actually looking for his nephew Hunter, with whom Ye had those nebulous dealings six months earlier in Miami.
After 40 years, the perpetually butthurt discovered the display.
A nativity scene displayed at a public park in Woodland was moved to private property after a handful of complaints, according to the city.
Tuesday, the Public Works Department helped move the set from Horseshoe Lake Park to a privately-owned vacant lot at the corner of Goerig Street and Buckeye Street.
City leaders told FOX 12 they didn’t want to move the manger but made the decision after seeking guidance from the city attorney, who advised that keeping it on public property was a violation of federal and state laws.
“I wouldn’t have chosen to do this, but it’s in the best interest of the city to do so,” said Mayor Will Finn by phone Tuesday night. “The feedback I’m getting is that it’s in a better spot.”
Finn said he personally sought out the new location and permission from the property owner after the city received complaints about the display within the last week.
According to City Administrator Peter Boyce, the nativity scene itself is privately-owned, but the city has allowed it to be displayed at the park for the last few decades.
Finn estimates the manger has been set up in the park every December for the last 40 years.
Jenny Tingley was able to see the nativity scene from her home and was surprised and disappointed to see it removed.
“Our grandkids love it when they put little baby Jesus out,” Tingley said. “I didn’t think it was offensive at all. I thought it added to the look of our town when it’s the holidays.”
“I’m just sorry that people got offended by it, because we enjoy it – everybody we know enjoys it,” Tingley added.
Boyce said he’s unaware of complaints in years prior, but said the city recently received about five recent complaints.
Via Daily Caller:
A 10-year-old girl with brain cancer received an unexpected Christmas visit from the Secret Service.
Cleveland resident Oliviah Hall has been battling a brain tumor since 2017. At the age of nine, Oliviah was diagnosed with Glioblastoma Multiforme Grade IV.
Oliviah was able to meet president Trump during the president’s midterm election swing through Ohio, where she took a picture with him. The president eventually signed the photo and inscribed it with the words, “I love you, President Trump,” and also gave Oliviah a challenge coin.
The photo was then hand-delivered by U.S. Secret Service Special Agent in Charge Jon Schuck once he received the signed photo.
Let’s not do a shutdown, Democrats – do what’s right for the American People! pic.twitter.com/bZg07ZKQqo
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 13, 2018
President Trump posted a video to Twitter on Thursday in which he accused the Democrats of being “absolute hypocrites” on border security and his wall, using clips from numerous high-profile Democrats to support his point.
In the clips, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, failed 2016 presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and former President Barack Obama all denounce illegal immigration, and Mrs. Clinton specifically brags about voting to keep immigrants out with barriers.
Via Daily Caller:
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) responded Wednesday after CNN accused President Donald Trump of making up statistics about illegal immigration.
Trump claimed during a meeting with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer this week that terrorists are illegally immigrating to the United States.
“People are pouring into our country, including terrorists. We caught 10 terrorists over a short period of time,” Trump said.
CNN anchor Jim Sciutto asserted multiple times that Trump was incorrect, writing, “DHS did not provide evidence of a single terrorist caught at the southern border over the very last short period of time as the president claimed.”
And not taxpayer money but encouraging private investment in areas that need it. The second guy in this video is Bob Johnson, head at BET, who was a Hillary Clinton supporter.
President Trump just announced an urban revitalization council, that will produce $100 billion in capital for urban areas from Arizona to Baltimore.
Cities ruined by democrat failures will now get the help they need.
— Adrian Norman (@madriannorman) December 13, 2018
Why were taxpayers even paying for this to begin with? Where is the list of 1) who approved this and 2) who hush money was paid out for. Why is this not a crime yet Trump using his own money is somehow supposed to be a crime? Bizarre.
Via Daily Wire:
Members of Congress will no longer be able to rely on taxpayer money to settle sexual harassment and sexual misconduct claims, thanks to legislation passed just this week.
The Huffington Post reports that the final version of the bill passed Thursday, “sailing” through the House and Senate by unanimous consent, and will be on President Donald Trump’s desk awaiting a signature by the end of this week.
“Time is finally up for members of Congress who think that they can sexually harass and get away with it. They will no longer be able to slink away with no one knowing that they have harassed. … They will pay back the U.S. Treasury,” Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA), one of the primary sponsors of the bill told reporters on Thursday, according to Reuters.
The DHS issued the following release on how the wall is working in places where it has been built.
WE ARE BUILDING THE FIRST NEW BORDER WALL IN A DECADE.
DHS is committed to building wall and building wall quickly. We are not replacing short, outdated and ineffective wall with similar wall. Instead, under this President we are building a wall that is 30-feet high.
FACT: Prior to President Trump taking office, we have never built wall that high.
Once funding was provided, DHS began construction of border wall exceptionally quickly, in some locations in as little as nine months from funding to building– a process that commonly takes two years or more in other parts of Government. By the end of FY 2019, DHS expects to have construction completed or underway for more than 120 miles in the areas it’s most needed by the U.S. Border Patrol. The pace of construction has picked up as initial limiting factors like land acquisition and funding have been addressed.
Once again, infested DOJ, this is the office anti-Trump Preet Bhrara was in charge of. They can’t get Trump through Mueller, so they’re trying another fishing expedition, investigation without a crime to tar the administration. They’re looking at did donors give money for access? Are they kidding? That’s what donors have done with every administration for the history of the country.
Federal prosecutors in Manhattan are investigating whether President Trump’s 2017 inaugural committee misspent some of the record $107 million it raised from donations, people familiar with the matter said.
The criminal probe by the Manhattan U.S. attorney’s office, which is in its early stages, also is examining whether some of the committee’s top donors gave money in exchange for access to the incoming Trump administration, policy concessions or to influence official administration positions, some of the people said.
Giving money in exchange for political favors could run afoul of federal corruption laws. Diverting funds from the organization, which was registered as a nonprofit, could also violate federal law.
The investigation represents another potential legal threat to people who are or were in Mr. Trump’s orbit. Their business dealings and activities during and since the campaign have led to a number of indictments and guilty pleas. Many of the president’s biggest campaign backers were involved in the inaugural fund.
Ok, so that’s the Senate’s version of a “strongly-worded letter” that does nothing. And there’s a lot to question about Obama having gotten involved in this without proper authorization. But the only reason this is being pushed now is to help Iran. That’s the whole point of the media obsession with Khashoggi.
The U.S. Senate voted Thursday to check the executive branch’s war powers authority by voting to end U.S. support of the Saudi-led airstrikes in Yemen.
Senators voted 56-41 in favor of the resolution, which passed after lawmakers agreed to a series of amendments, including on by Sen. Todd Young, R-Ind., to block the U.S. military from in-flight refueling of Saudi jets.
Support for the measure was fueled by a growing disdain for the Yemeni civil war, which has created a humanitarian crisis and has killed more than 10,000 people.
Senators were also eager to punish the Saudi government over its involvement in the brutal murder of dissident Jamal Khashoggi, who was also a columnist at the Washington Post.