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Daily News Digest September 26, 2018

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An online post on Tuesday claimed that Avenatti had been scammed by the online forum 4Chan, a place where users delight in trolling public figures, setting off a firestorm on social media and purportedly jamming up Avenatti’s Twitter account. The attorney said he temporarily shut down the account because of online threats.

“This is just crazy that somebody can just tweet something out like this, or post it, and people just take it as truth,” he said. “It’s crazy.”

News of the meeting comes after Google recently snubbed the Senate Intelligence Committee, which had requested that the company send a top executive to provide congressional testimony. Google offered up its vice president of global affairs, Kent Walker, but committee Chairman Richard Burr(R-N.C.) said Walker was not senior enough for the purposes of the hearing.

“We will no longer sign commercial agreements with powers that do not respect the Paris accord,” he told the assembly.

Although Macron did not mention the United States, the remarks were seen as a shot at the country. The U.S. is the only country that is not part of the agreement after President Trump withdrew in June 2017.

“The president is genuinely conflicted," one person who has talked to Trump about the matter told the Journal. “He’s got an open mind about whether Rod really tried to orchestrate this.”

Arizona prosecutor Rachel Mitchell has emerged as Senate Republicans’ choice to question Brett M. Kavanaugh and the woman who has accused the Supreme Court nominee of sexually assaulting her when they were teenagers, according to two people familiar with the decision.

Mitchell, the sex crimes bureau chief for the Maricopa County Attorney’s office in Phoenix, is the leading candidate to query the two at Thursday’s highly anticipated hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee, according to the individuals.

Daily News Digest September 25, 2018

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An internal affairs investigation found that Guyger "engaged in adverse conduct" when she fatally shot her neighbor, Botham Jean, earlier this month.

Reuters reported that China's State Council blasted the Trump administration, saying it "has brazenly preached unilateralism, protectionism and economic hegemony, making false accusations against many countries and regions, particularly China, intimidating other countries through economic measures such as imposing tariffs."

Two of Judge Kavanaugh’s classmates say the mentions of Renate were part of the football players’ unsubstantiated boasting about their conquests.

“They were very disrespectful, at least verbally, with Renate,” said Sean Hagan, a Georgetown Prep student at the time, referring to Judge Kavanaugh and his teammates. “I can’t express how disgusted I am with them, then and now.”

The appearance itself was highly unusual, a Supreme Court nominee defending himself on television after confirmation hearings.  But the interview also took a bizarre turn when the Fox reporter, Martha MacCallum, asked Kavanaugh if he was a virgin during the time of the assaults.

In a ruling hailed as historic for wildlife conservation in America, a US judge ordered Monday that the world-famous grizzly bears living in and around Yellowstone national park be returned to the endangered species list.

The move means that a controversial sport hunt of grizzlies in Wyoming and Idaho – outside the boundaries of the park – will be canceled indefinitely, extending protections against hunting that have lasted 44 years.

Daily News Digest September 24, 2018

Is Kavanaugh's nomination all washed up?

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The woman at the center of the story, Deborah Ramirez, who is fifty-three, attended Yale with Kavanaugh, where she studied sociology and psychology. Later, she spent years working for an organization that supports victims of domestic violence. The New Yorker contacted Ramirez after learning of her possible involvement in an incident involving Kavanaugh. The allegation was also conveyed to Democratic senators by a civil-rights lawyer. For Ramirez, the sudden attention has been unwelcome, and prompted difficult choices.

The news outlet reported Sunday that Trump spoke with staffers on board and called outside advisers as he watched coverage of the story play out on Fox News programs broadcast on Air Force One televisions. While he received mixed advice, more were in favor of holding off on firing Rosenstein, according to the AP.

What Kavanaugh appears to have been taught, as a young person, is that goodness is working at a soup kitchen or volunteering on a mission to a poorer country; it’s granted to other people as an act of charity. Meanwhile, less good behavior would be tolerated, as long as it happened under the veil of drunkenness, or as a joke. The Jesuit fathers would turn a blind eye to the yearbook, and U.S. senators would chuckle at frat-boy antics. In this world, high school doesn’t end when you’re eighteen; it’s a lifelong circle of mutual support, an in-crowd that protects itself.

Amid the political hurricane around Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing and the actual storm devastating North Carolina, Donald Trump’s administration struck a significant blow to the nation’s refugee program this week that garnered far less attention. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday announced that the U.S. would reduce the cap on its refugee program to a new low of 30,000 people in 2019. This is the second such reduction by the administration. In 2017, this year’s limit was reduced from 110,000 to 45,000, and only about 20,000 people have so far actually been admitted. By comparison, in the last year of President Barack Obama’s tenure, the U.S. admitted more than 80,000 refugees.

Avenatti’s response to the email was also included in the photo, to which he told Davis that he is “aware of significant evidence of multiple house parties in the Washington, D.C. area during the early 1980s, during which Brett Kavanagh, Mark Judge and others would participate in the targeting of women with alcohol/drugs to allow a ‘train’ of men to subsequently gang rape them.”

Daily News Digest September 23, 2018

Daily News is on break. Headlines today are basically the same as yesterday.

  1. Donald Trump is still president
  2. Kavanaugh is still being considered for Supreme Court
  3. Children are still in cages

Daily News Digest September 22, 2018

The New York Times stirred up a hornet's nest today, with their piece on Rod Rosenstein wearing a wire. I am not linking to it, it was nothing more than a hit piece, but the fallout is real.



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Contradicting that sworn testimony, new evidence shows that Ross received a memo several months earlier informing him that the Justice Department wanted to avoid monkeying around with the census because of “the whole Comey matter.”

Daily News Digest September 21, 2018

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Grisham, as a White House staffer, is prohibited from using her government position, including the Twitter account she operates in her capacity as spokeswoman, to advocate for political candidates. The president, OSC said, falls under than umbrella.

The poll, which was conducted after Christine Blasey Ford accused the nominee of sexually assaulting her in the 1980s, found that 38 percent of registered voters oppose his nomination, compared with 34 percent who support it, just beyond the margin of error of +/- 3.3 percent.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s office has received threats of bodily and sexual harm against staff — some naming specific employees — following Feinstein’s involvement in allegations of sexual assault against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

"This is such bad practice that even if they were to ram this guy through, as soon as Democrats get gavels, we're going to want to get to the bottom of this," the Rhode Island senator said on CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper.

The poll, which Bloomberg obtained and reported on Thursday, comes weeks before the midterm elections. Republicans had been hoping that the tax cuts would benefit them in the elections, but the report on the survey says that the GOP has "lost the messaging battle on the issue."

But investigators have traced evidence that Cohen entered the Czech Republic through Germany, apparently during August or early September of 2016 as the ex-spy reported, said the sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation is confidential. He wouldn’t have needed a passport for such a trip, because both countries are in the so-called Schengen Area in which 26 nations operate with open borders. The disclosure still left a puzzle: The sources did not say whether Cohen took a commercial flight or private jet to Europe, and gave no explanation as to why no record of such a trip has surfaced.

Daily News Digest September 20, 2018

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“One thing that came up, which I had heard from my own kids but I thought they were just nerdy, was that the students will go through the process of applying for a mail-in absentee ballot, they will fill out the ballot, and then, they don’t know where to get stamps,” Connors said.

President Trump in an exclusive interview with Hill.TV said Tuesday he ordered the release of classified documents in the Russia collusion case to show the public the FBI probe started as a “hoax” and that exposing it could become one of the “crowning achievements” of his presidency.

In its sentencing recommendation, the DOJ said that the men began cooperating with law enforcement before they were even charged. It gave vague outlines of the help they’ve provided for around a dozen cases. According to the document, they’ve logged about 1,000 hours working to prevent other DDoS attacks as well as participating in other activities. They’ve built a program to help the FBI track the private keys for cryptocurrencies and it appears they’ve been doing undercover work online and traveling abroad.

“At first it’s cool, and then you realize, I’m filling some drugs that are for some pretty serious health problems as well. And these are the people that are running the country,” Kim said, listing treatments for conditions like diabetes and Alzheimer’s.

“It makes you kind of sit back and say, ‘Wow, they’re making the highest laws of the land and they might not even remember what happened yesterday.'”

While touring an area in North Carolina hit by the storm, Trump asked a man if a boat that was shipwrecked behind his house belonged to him, according to a White House pool report.

"At least you got a nice boat out of the deal," Trump said when the man replied that the boat wasn't his.

But senators say Ford's name was redacted. A version of the letter posted by CNN also redacted the names of other individuals at the party where Ford alleges Kavanaugh pinned her down and tried to remove her clothing.

Daily News Digest September 19, 2018

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However, new documents released as part of a lawsuit by New York state against the Trump administration directly contradict Ross’s public comments, showing that the commerce secretary repeatedly lobbied the Justice Department to add the citizenship question after consulting with anti-immigration hardliners.

Dr. Blasey, thrust suddenly into a spotlight that she never sought, has been inundated with vulgar email and social media messages, and even death threats, according to a person close to her, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss a private matter. “From what I’ve heard you have 6 months to live, you disgusting slime,” one message said.

Dr. Blasey, who has two teenagers, has moved out of her house, is arranging for private security for herself and her family, and is effectively in hiding, the person said. But Dr. Blasey has also been buoyed by a flood of supportive messages from friends and strangers.

The Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday formally postponed a vote on Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination, canceling a meeting set for later this week where a vote was initially expected to happen.

Nelson, who was joined onstage by O’Rourke during the country legend’s 4th of July picnic earlier this summer, will headline a free-to-the-public rally in support of O’Rourke on September 29th in Austin. Behar asked the country singer about the perceived backlash that his support has caused within his fan base.

“I love flak,” he said. “We’re not happy ’til they’re not happy.”

Another reason Trump hasn’t gone to the mat for Kavanaugh is that he’s said to be suspicious of Kavanaugh’s establishment pedigree. “‘He’s a Bush guy, why would I put myself out there defending him?’” Trump told people, according to a former White House official briefed on the conversations. Trump also has expressed frustration with White House counsel Don McGahn, who aggressively lobbied for him to choose Kavanaugh, a source said. “Trump wants this guy on the court, but Trump knows there are five other people he could put on the court if this falls apart,” a former official said.

Daily News Digest September 18, 2018

Today, the headlines are all Kavanaugh. Will the Senate move forward? Will Kavanaugh withdraw? Will Republicans (many who were on this same committee in 1991) treat Dr. Ford the same way they treated Anita Hill? Why the hell hasn't Clarence Thomas been impeached?

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At an Emmy's party over the weekend a scuffle ensued between Tom Arnold and Mark Burnett, when Arnold told Burnett that he had turned the tapes over to Ronan Farrow.

Hmmm ... the judge needs an attorney?

Only two of the 65 women who signed the letter would back him publicly.

but not until the end of November.

Daily News Digest September 17, 2018

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One Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, Jeff Flake of Arizona, opened the door on Sunday to a potential delay in a panel vote scheduled for Thursday. Mr. Flake told Politico that he was “not comfortable voting yes” on the nomination until he learned more about her account. A single Republican objection on the committee, which has 11 Republicans and 10 Democrats, could force a delay.

Sunday, it seemed, was when the storm system that had stalked the South for days — first as a hurricane, then as a tropical storm and eventually as a tropical depression — showed its full power with staggering scope. The death toll from the storm rose to at least 16 in North and South Carolina, where roads were treacherous and even the most stately trees were falling.

The lack of congressional oversight is especially striking since serious questions remain unanswered about a hurricane that killed an estimated 2,975 people, according to researchers at George Washington University. President Donald Trump falsely claimed last week that the death count was inflated as part of a partisan Democratic attack. But with only limited oversight from Congress, disaster experts contend, it is difficult to hold officials accountable for delayed responses last year, to help FEMA learn from its mistakes or to provide a documented accounting of what happened in order to refute claims like the one in Trump’s tweet.

Roberts acted Saturday after a three-judge D.C. Circuit panel turned down the same arguments for a stay earlier in the day.

On Saturday morning, a senior administration official told me President Trump has "come to realize that there's not a path to 60 votes" to pay for his border wall before the November elections. "The president, I think, is not really in veto mode right now," the official said.

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