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Authorities: Iowa student killed by Mexican in US illegally (Associated Press)

Memeorandum - Tue, 08/21/2018 - 23:05

Associated Press:
Authorities: Iowa student killed by Mexican in US illegally  —  A man from Mexico living in the U.S. illegally has confessed to kidnapping college student Mollie Tibbetts while she was running in her small Iowa hometown, killing her and dumping her body in a cornfield, authorities said Tuesday.

Drawing battle lines? John Roberts’ White House source giving reminder about presidential indictments

Twitchy - Tue, 08/21/2018 - 23:04

Fox News chief White House correspondent John Roberts reports that a source close to President Trump is reminding the network that the “president cannot be indicted.”

Source close to @realDonaldTrump tells Fox News "remember, the President cannot be indicted."

— John Roberts (@johnrobertsFox) August 21, 2018

Interesting phrasing and gives a bit of insight into where the White House’s legal mentality may be at this point.

Stay tuned as the president is set to speak at a rally in West Virginia later tonight.

Chuck Schumer issues a warning to Donald Trump ahead of tonight's rally in WV https://t.co/N3akune1W5

— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) August 21, 2018

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MUST SEE: Former Head of Federal Elections Says Cohen Payment IS NOT an In Kind Campaign Contribution (AUDIO)

GatewayPundit - Tue, 08/21/2018 - 23:03

Conservative author and radio-TV host Mark Levin interviewed the former FEC Chairman on his show.

Professor Bradley Smith said the payment Cohen pled guilty to DO NOT qualify as campaign violations.

Last night Mark Levin interviewed a former FEC Chairman who explained why a hush money payment to Stormy Daniels cannot be considered an in kind contribution to the Trump campaign, thus violating campaign finance law.

Via The Right Scoop:

“When the FEC wrote the regulation that says what constitutes campaign expenditures and what constitutes personal use, it rejected specifically the idea that a campaign expenditure was anything related to a campaign, and instead says it has to be something that exists only because of the campaign and solely for that reason.”

Here’s the audio:


Professor Bradley Smith wrote about this in the Wall Street Journal in April.

Shortly before the 2016 election, one of President Trump’s lawyers, Michael Cohen, arranged a $130,000 payment to the porn star in return for silence about a 2006 affair she claimed to have had with Mr. Trump. (Both the president and Mr. Cohen have denied the affair; Mr. Trump has said he did not know of the payment to Ms. Daniels until this February.)

Not satisfied with an old-fashioned sex scandal—perhaps because the president seems impervious to that—some want to turn this into a violation of campaign-finance law. Trevor Potter, a former member of the Federal Election Commission told “60 Minutes” the payment was “a $130,000 in-kind contribution by Cohen to the Trump campaign, which is about $126,500 above what he’s allowed to give.” The FBI raided Mr. Cohen’s office, home and hotel room Monday. They reportedly seized records related to the payment and are investigating possible violations of campaign-finance laws.

But let’s remember a basic principle of such laws: Not everything that might benefit a candidate is a campaign expense.

Campaign-finance law aims to prevent corruption. For this reason, the FEC has a longstanding ban on “personal use” of campaign funds. Such use would give campaign contributions a material value beyond helping to elect the candidate—the essence of a bribe.

FEC regulations explain that the campaign cannot pay expenses that would exist “irrespective” of the campaign, even if it might help win election. At the same time, obligations that would not exist “but for” the campaign must be paid from campaign funds.

If paying hush money is a campaign expense, a candidate would be required to make that payment with campaign funds. How ironic, given that using campaign funds as hush money was one of the articles of impeachment in the Watergate scandal, which gave rise to modern campaign-finance law.

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Elizabeth Warren Unveils Radical Anti-Corruption Platform (Ryan Grim/The Intercept)

Memeorandum - Tue, 08/21/2018 - 23:00

Ryan Grim / The Intercept:
Elizabeth Warren Unveils Radical Anti-Corruption Platform  —  Elizabeth Warren on Tuesday unveiled a sweeping set of reforms that would radically restrict and publicly expose corporate lobbying in Washington.  —  In a major speech at the National Press Club, she laid out the parameters of what she is calling the “Anti-Corruption Act.”

WATCH: Trans Activist Slanders 'Conservative A**hole' Ben Shapiro For 'Catcalling' Ocasio-Cortez, Gets EVERYTHING Wrong

Daily Wire - Tue, 08/21/2018 - 22:59
In a fallacy-filled YouTube video posted last week, intersectional feminist and transgender activist Riley J. Dennis gushes over Congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and goes off on Daily Wire Editor-in-Chief Ben Shapiro for allegedly believing he's "entitled" to a debate with the democratic socialist.

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Info Wars - Tue, 08/21/2018 - 22:56
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Hunter High School Is 9 Percent Black or Hispanic. Why Isn't It Part of the Diversity Debate? (Elizabeth A. Harris/New York Times)

Memeorandum - Tue, 08/21/2018 - 22:55

Elizabeth A. Harris / New York Times:
Hunter High School Is 9 Percent Black or Hispanic.  Why Isn't It Part of the Diversity Debate?  —  Almost a decade ago, the graduation speaker at one of the city's elite public high schools, which admits students largely on the basis of a one-day exam, looked out over the predominantly white and Asian crowd and delivered a challenge.

Golden State Killer trial to be held in Northern...

Daily Mail - Tue, 08/21/2018 - 22:52
Joseph James DeAngelo, 72, is suspected of being the so-called Golden State Killer who terrorized residents of six counties during the 1970s and '80s. He was arrested in April using a DNA match.

Batman lookalike is pulled over on a busy road by Canadian Police

Daily Mail - Tue, 08/21/2018 - 22:51
Ontario Provincial Police pulled over a man dressed as Batman on a busy highway. The video was uploaded on UNILAD's Facebook site under the headline 'justice never sleeps'.

Father of murdered Colorado woman Shanann Watts breaks down in court

Daily Mail - Tue, 08/21/2018 - 22:50
Frank Rzucek, 55, the father of murdered Shannan Watts, broke down in tears as his son-in-law Christopher Watts, 33, was charged with nine felony counts and could face execution.

Undocumented immigrant faces murder charge in Mollie Tibbitts case (CNN)

Memeorandum - Tue, 08/21/2018 - 22:50

CNN:
Undocumented immigrant faces murder charge in Mollie Tibbitts case  —  (CNN)An undocumented immigrant has been charged with first-degree murder in the presumed death of Mollie Tibbetts, an Iowa college student who went missing on July 18, officials said Tuesday.

Backpage.com's founders break silence after FBI raid and charged with facilitating prostitution

Daily Mail - Tue, 08/21/2018 - 22:48
For the first time since their homes were raided and they were arrested on federal charges of money laundering and facilitating prostitution, Backpage.com founders are speaking out. 

Vermont's transgender candidate getting death threats

Daily Mail - Tue, 08/21/2018 - 22:48
Christine Hallquist, who won Vermont's Democratic gubernatorial primary last week, says the threats began before the primary when people across the country and the world started to pay attention.

59-year-old New Jersey father discovered he had a long lost daughter

Daily Mail - Tue, 08/21/2018 - 22:47
John Gonsalves used an Ancestry DNA kit given to him as a birthday present by his other daughter, Robin, to find out more about his European ancestors.

Cohen Fingers Trump, Admits to Illegal Campaign Payment; Manafort Guilty on Eight Counts

LifeZette - Tue, 08/21/2018 - 22:46

Ironically, the first guilty plea to touch President Donald Trump came Tuesday not from independent counsel Robert Mueller’s efforts — but from regular prosecutors in the Department of Justice (DOJ).

Prosecutors obtained a guilty plea in a deal with Trump’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen (shown above right), on eight felony counts — including two related to campaign finance law.

Cohen pleaded guilty to facilitating two payments to keep women quiet about alleged affairs with Trump.

Cohen claimed in court that he did so with the “coordination and the direction of a candidate for federal office,” an apparent reference to Trump.

Cohen’s plea took place at almost the same time that a federal jury in Virginia found former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort (above left) guilty on eight criminal counts related to financial and tax fraud. The jury was deadlocked on 10 other counts, and the judge declared a mistrial on them.

Manafort was charged by special counsel Robert Mueller, who was appointed to investigate allegations that Trump aides colluded with Russian interests during the 2016 presidential campaign.

None of the Manafort counts, however, were linked to the 2016 presidential campaign.

The president’s lawyer, former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, downplayed the Cohen plea, saying “there is no allegation of any wrongdoing against the president in the government’s charges against Mr. Cohen.”

Deputy U.S. Attorney Robert Khuzami told reporters outside the courthouse in Manhattan that Cohen admitted to two separate illegal payments. One involved an arrangement by the parent company of the National Enquirer to buy the story of former Playboy playmate Karen McDougal as a means of burying it.

The other was a $130,000 payment to porn star Stormy Daniels to keep her from speaking publicly about her alleged affair. Daniels was represented by Manhattan lawyer Michael Avenatti, who has ridden the publicity attending her case to a mention as a potential Democratic presidential candidate in 2020.

Khuzami said Cohen worked to “silence two women who had information he believed would be detrimental to the 2016 campaign and to the candidate and the campaign.”

Cohen then submitted “sham” invoices for reimbursement that indicated he was paid for legal services in 2017, Khuzami said. “He provided no legal services for the year 2017, and it was simply a means to obtain reimbursement for the unlawful campaign contribution.”

Khuzami did not mention the president and did not take questions from reporters. But he said the campaign finance violations and charges for tax and bank fraud “reflect a pattern of lies and dishonesty over an extended period of time.”

He suggested Cohen’s conduct was even more egregious because of his status as a lawyer. “Mr. Cohen disregarded that training, disregarded that tradition and decided that he was above the law. And for that, he is going to pay a very, very serious price,” he said.

Democrats wasted no time tying Cohen to Trump. Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Texas) told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer that the House of Representatives should hold immediate hearings on the matter, an apparent reference to Democrats’ launching impeachment proceedings against Trump.

Blitzer asked Castro if Trump had committed a crime. “It certainly seems that way based on what Michael Cohen has said,” he said.

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Brad Smith, a former member of the Federal Election Commission (FEC), said he was reluctant to comment on Cohen’s plea because he does not know the details. But he told LifeZette that he continues to hold to his view that it is a stretch to call the payments related to McDougal and Daniels campaign expenses.

“I don’t think it fits the definition of campaign finance expenses,” he said.

Smith said the campaign finance laws are designed to regulate expenses that must be paid for and reported by political campaigns. That excludes personal expenses, he said. He added that the laws are just as important in guarding against misuse of campaign money.

“We don’t want candidates paying for personal things with their campaign funds,” he said.

Smith said that to make a case against a candidate, prosecutors would have to show that he made an expenditure solely for a campaign purpose. He said the FEC explicitly has rejected “mixed-use sorts of things” that might have dual purposes. For example, he said, a candidate does not have to report the purchase of a car with his personal funds even if he uses it to drive to campaign events.

“The flip side of calling it a campaign expense is to say that it has to be paid with campaign funds,” he said.

Manafort verdict. Trump, upon landing in West Virginia on Tuesday for a campaign rally, ignored reporters’ questions about Cohen. But he expressed sympathy for Manafort and repeated his contention that Mueller’s probe is a “witch hunt” that has nothing to do with Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

“Paul Manafort’s a good man. He was with Ronald Reagan,” Trump said. “He was with a lot of different people over the years … It doesn’t involve me, but I still feel — you know, it’s a very sad thing that happened. It has nothing to do with Russian collusion.”

Manafort sat impassively as the verdicts were delivered. He has been held in a federal prison in Virginia for several months, much of it in solitary confinement. His sentencing will come August 29. His attorneys have not said whether he will appeal, and prosecutors did not say if they will seek a second trial on the 10 counts on which the jury deadlocked.

Manafort’s conviction represents the biggest catch thus far in Mueller’s investigation of the Russia collusion allegations. None of the charges brought against Manafort by Mueller involved the Trump campaign.

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But Mueller brought the large number of charges against Manafort in an effort to pressure the former Trump campaign manager to turn state’s evidence against the president.

If convicted of all counts, he theoretically would have been subject to a maximum of more than 300 years in prison, although under sentencing guidelines, the actual prison term would be far less.

Trump has the authority as president to either commute any sentence imposed on Manafort or to pardon him outright. If Trump were to do so, he would be following in the footsteps of President Bill Clinton, who issued more than 100 pardons just before leaving office. Among those Clinton pardoned were a former business partner, a former member of his presidential Cabinet, and his brother, Roger.

While Manafort has been the most prominent former Trump campaign aide to be ensnared in the Russia collusion scandal, he was the president’s campaign manager for only a few months prior to the 2016 Republican National Convention.

Manafort has been a prominent Washington political operator since the Reagan era, having formed with partner Charles Black and Roger Stone one of the premier campaign and lobbying consulting firms of the day.

He went on from there to represent multiple foreign interests including pro-Russian actors in Ukrainian government and politics. He also was involved in former Senate Majority Leader Robert Dole’s 1996 presidential campaign.

The post Cohen Fingers Trump, Admits to Illegal Campaign Payment; Manafort Guilty on Eight Counts appeared first on LifeZette.

Ben Shapiro explains why this isn’t the end of Trump but he probably shouldn’t pardon Cohen

Twitchy - Tue, 08/21/2018 - 22:46

Amid all of the noise surrounding the guilty verdict for Paul Manafort and Michael Cohen’s plea deal with federal prosecutors, talk show host and attorney Ben Shapiro gives his analysis of what Cohen’s move means for team Trump.

So, let's assume that Cohen will plead guilty to campaign finance violations for paying off Trump's former lovers, as is being reported. Here's what that could mean. (1/)

— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) August 21, 2018

The following scenario would be less than doomsday for Trump.

First, it could mean that Cohen is pleading guilty to giving an in-kind contribution without reporting to the FEC. He'd be on the hook; it's not clear Trump would be, because Trump could claim he didn't know about it, as he has. (2/)

— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) August 21, 2018

This, however, would be the worst-case scenario for Trump.

Second, it could mean that Cohen is pleading guilty to giving cash as an emissary of the Trump campaign, which would implicate Trump himself in campaign finance violations. (3/)

— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) August 21, 2018

And for comparison of that potential outcome, Shapiro references former vice presidential candidate John Edwards, who was indicted in 2011 for using illegal campaign donations to cover an affair.

We don't know what Cohen has told the feds yet. If it turns out that Trump funneled cash to former lovers to shut them up for campaign reasons, this looks an awful lot like John Edwards' case. (4/)

— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) August 21, 2018

Edwards claimed that his supporters simply gave the cash to his mistress without ever being funneled through the campaign. He was charged, and the jury hung. No charges were refiled. (5/)

— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) August 21, 2018

In essence, though, it probably won’t be the end of Trump, Shapiro says. But he needs to be very careful about how he proceeds when deciding whether to testify.

If the Left is hoping Trump's presidency ends over these charges, that's unlikely. With that said, Trump could be subpoenaed, and it's unclear whether he'd be forced to testify. Trump testifying is Team Trump's worst nightmare — he would obviously open himself to perjury. (END)

— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) August 21, 2018

As for the question of whether Trump should pardon Michael Cohen…

Pardoning Michael Cohen won't help Trump here. That merely ensures that Cohen would have to testify since he could no longer plead the Fifth.

— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) August 21, 2018

Any way you slice it, today has not been a good day for the White House.

Live shot at the White House pic.twitter.com/2XmxIh4sEg

— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) August 21, 2018

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UPDATE: Michael Cohen's plea deal reportedly includes a 3- to 5-year jail term https://t.co/tlB83HWb9S

— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) August 21, 2018

THERE IT IS: Manafort jury reaches verdict in 8 of 18 counts https://t.co/CkLzZKBdqk

— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) August 21, 2018

Wasting ZERO time, Chris Hayes makes the Manafort and Cohen news about what the Left REALLY wants to stop https://t.co/VYoSs2XyBa

— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) August 21, 2018

Chuck Schumer issues a warning to Donald Trump ahead of tonight's rally in WV https://t.co/N3akune1W5

— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) August 21, 2018

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Trump Russia probe: Who's involved, where it stands

UPI - Tue, 08/21/2018 - 22:45
Here's a rundown of the major players in the investigation into Russian attempts to interfere in the U.S. presidential election and how are they connected.

EXCLUSIVE: The Daily Wire Speaks With Cody Wilson About His 3D-Printed Gun Blueprints, Free Speech, And The People Trying To Shut Him Down

Daily Wire - Tue, 08/21/2018 - 22:44
Cody Wilson, a self-proclaimed crypto-anarchist who lives in Austin, Texas, is at the center of a developing philosophical and legal debate about the nature and limits of free speech, which has the potential to be a flashpoint in American political history.

Brazen burglar bizarrely TUNNELS into a closed convenience store to rob it while wearing a mask

Daily Mail - Tue, 08/21/2018 - 22:42
A brazen robber bizarrely tunneled his way into a convince store in California, and didn't even get away with the goods. 

Bad news: Omarosa part of the Resistance now

Hot Air - Tue, 08/21/2018 - 22:41

How much would it have cost Team Trump to buy her silence by giving her a sinecure on the campaign? $250,000? $300,000?

Instead Lara Trump wanted to bring her on for the same salary she was getting in the White House, seemingly knowing that Omarosa had things in her “back pocket” that might end up being used against Trump. She could either cash in with a book deal and a media tour, monetizing all the crap she’d recorded during her months in the West Wing, or she could … go work for the same money in a far less glamorous job.

“Cheap out on de facto extortionists” isn’t part of the art of the deal. And so we’re about to embark on a Very Special Episode of “The Apprentice: White House.” Via The Hill:

Former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman said Monday she will speak out against President Trump for the duration of the midterm cycle, painting herself to The Wall Street Journal as a member of the “resistance.”

“I’m going to continue to blow the whistle about the things I saw,” Manigault Newman said in an interview with the Journal amid the ongoing publicity tour for her new tell-all book.

“Hopefully we can save the essence of the presidency without the president doing way too much damage to it,” she added…

“I’m going to go toe-to-toe because I stand on the truth and I stand on what’s right,” she said.

Can you be part of the hashtag-Resistance if you spent your entire adult life until five minutes ago working for the guy whom you’re supposed to be resisting, praising him in the creepiest, most North Korean ways? When everyone knows that you’d be working for him to this day if his chief of staff hadn’t come to dislike you?

You probably can, actually. They’re not picky. The guy who sunk Hillary Clinton’s presidential chances is part of The Resistance now, for fark’s sake. There has to be room for a random TrumpWorld grifter willing to say anything to create bad press for him among a very, very, very receptive media:

Using the media monitoring site TVEyes.com’s publicity value per 30 seconds of screen time, the Free Beacon determined her seven interviews on NBC and left-leaning cable network MSNBC were worth $27,870,325.19. Her on-air time totaled 92 minutes, 6 seconds…

Manigault Newman also did separate interviews with MSNBC hosts Chris Matthews and co-hosts Stephanie Ruhle and Ali Velshi on Aug. 13, Katy Tur on Aug. 14, Craig Melvin on Aug. 16, and Al Sharpton on Aug. 19. In that latter interview, she said Trump wanted to start a “race war” in the country.

The values for each respective appearance are included below in a list of all seven interviews.

It’s egregiously unfair of the press to give one person an advantage in a narrative battle with others by providing him or her with loads of free coverage, don’t you agree?

I think Trump and his team were right not to offer her mega-bucks to silence her. She’s a reality-show clown whom no one on either side trusts. How much damage can she really do? Oh, that reminds me: Here she is telling Al Sharpton that she thinks Trump wants a, errrrrr, race war.

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