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Judge allows suit against Obama Presidential Center to proceed

UPI - Tue, 02/19/2019 - 23:01
A federal judge in Illinois ruled Tuesday that a lawsuit targeting the location of the planned Obama Presidential Center in Chicago's South Side can move forward.

McConnell on AOC: This is the first time in my career that I thought the essence of America was being debated

Hot Air - Tue, 02/19/2019 - 23:01

Point taken, although plenty of conservatives thought the essence of America was being debated during the ObamaCare process 10 years ago.

And a lot of right-wing populists thought the essence of America was up for grabs three years ago. “Flight 93 election,” etc.

But yes, as older Americans who remember the Cold War die off and are replaced in the population by younger people who think “socialism” is what those cuddly Scandinavians do, as though it’s some subset of hygge, the Overton window will begin to shift left again. Some lessons must be learned, and re-learned, the hard way. Which is why righties are so eager to focus on Venezuela right now.

We’re entering a new political era. The issues are bigger, they’re far outside the mainstream, and they’re reminiscent of an earlier time. And the stakes are higher.

One of the first to recognize this was Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. “I can pretty safely say this is the first time in my political career that I thought the essence of America was being debated,” he tells me in an interview.

“I never thought we [would be] debating things that were debated in the ’30s, both communism and socialism,” Mr. McConnell says. Those ideologies were “largely discredited at a time when Americans could have found these arguments pretty appealing in the middle of the Great Depression.”

I mean, we … did have a very statist left-wing president during the Depression, who was quite popular as I recall. (And, true to form, did eventually put innocent people in camps.) I’m not sure touting the 1930s as an era in which Americans resisted the siren song of centralized power is as potent a deterrent as Cocaine Mitch thinks. For fark’s sake, so rosy are the memories of Roosevelt-era America that the new progressive hobbyhorse is called the “Green New Deal.”

McConnell’s following a strategy by speaking in such dire terms, though.

For the first time since the midterms, Republicans find themselves playing offense as they push “socialism vs. freedom” as an opening 2020 message

The Green New Deal introduced by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has become a powerful symbol of the issue that President Trump teed up in his State of the Union address when he said: “[W]e renew our resolve that America will never be a socialist country.”…

Republicans are loving the moment but are rightly wary: They know it could change quickly — either because of something Trump says or new facts that emerge from investigations by special counsel Robert Mueller or House Democrats.

I was surprised yesterday to see Kamala Harris say on camera that she’s not a “democratic socialist” rather than maintain strategic ambiguity, although I probably shouldn’t have been. It’d be pointless for her to define herself that way now. That’s Bernie’s thing, and if she tried to mimic it she’d be viewed as a poseur. Even the very left-wing Elizabeth Warren is sufficiently wary of being seen as a pretender that she’s made a point of defining herself as a capitalist in interviews. They know better than I do where the balance of Democratic opinion lies; if they’re eager not to be pigeonholed as “socialists” it can only be because they see it in their electoral interests, even in a primary, to steer clear.

The eventual nominee (unless it’s Bernie) will also steer clear in the general election, of course, not wanting to give Trump-skeptical swing voters a reason to treat him as the lesser of two evils. I don’t think McConnell’s even thinking about the general election, in fact. He’s wringing his hands about socialism to try to further elevate Ocasio-Cortez as a political opponent knowing that (a) she’s a dope, and will continue to say dopey things that give even Democrats pause, and (b) treating her ideology as representative of all Democrats is a way to set them at each other’s throats about which direction the party should take. It’ll be years before AOC causes as many problems for Republicans as she does for her own party. McConnell’s just trying to leverage that.

Via the Free Beacon, here’s none other than Barney Frank pronouncing the Green New Deal a loser. He’s not sold on “socialism” being a winning brand either in a national election.

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Nick Sandmann’s Lawyer Files $250 MILLION Lawsuit Against the Washington Post for Their Covington Catholic Smears

GatewayPundit - Tue, 02/19/2019 - 23:00

Lin Wood, the high-profile attorney representing Covington Catholic student Nick Sandmann, has filed a $250 million lawsuit against the Washington Post for defamation.

The lawsuit claims that the paper “vilified” the student that was seen in a viral video being confronted by far-left activist Nathan Phillips because of the fact that he is white.

Filed in the U.S. District Court in Kentucky, the 38-page complaint says that “the Post wrongfully targeted and bullied Nicholas because he was the white, Catholic student wearing a red ‘Make America Great Again’ souvenir cap on a school field trip to the January 18 March for Life in Washington, D.C. when he was unexpectedly and suddenly confronted by Nathan Phillips (‘Phillips’), a known Native American activist, who beat a drum and sang loudly within inches of his face (‘the January 18 incident’).”

When asked by Gateway Pundit how this compares to the lawsuit Hulk Hogan filed against Gawker, Wood explained that his client has justification for a bigger claim.

“The Gawker case was an invasion of privacy claim. I believe Nick’s defamation case justifies an award much greater than the $150M awarded to Hulk Hogan. Nick is a minor. The media attacks on him are inexcusable,” Wood told TGP.

The amount of the lawsuit is the same amount that Jeff Bezos, the world’s richest person, paid in cash for the Post in 2013 — the complaint notes.

“On January 19, 20 and 21, the Post ignored the truth and falsely accused Nicholas of, among other things, ‘accost[ing]’ Phillips by ‘suddenly swarm[ing]’ him in a ‘threaten[ing]’ and ‘physically intimidat[ing]’ manner as Phillips ‘and other activists were wrapping up the march and preparing to leave,’ ‘block[ing]’ Phillips path, refusing to allow Phillips ‘to retreat,’ ‘taunting the dispersing indigenous crowd,’ chanting ‘build that wall,’ ‘Trump2020,’ or ‘go back to Africa,’ and otherwise engaging in racist and improper conduct which ended only ‘when Phillips and other activists walked away.'” the complaint reads.

An internal investigation by the Diocese of Covington found that the students did nothing wrong — and even acted in a “laudatory” manner in the face of vile racist hate being spewed at them by the Black Israelites that Nathan Phillips was acting in “solidarity” with.

Wood has previously announced that there are over 50 celebrities, media outlets, reporters and politicians who may also be served with lawsuits.

The post Nick Sandmann’s Lawyer Files $250 MILLION Lawsuit Against the Washington Post for Their Covington Catholic Smears appeared first on The Gateway Pundit.

Michael S. Schmidt Describes His Reporting on Trump's Obstructions (Isaac Chotiner/New Yorker)

Memeorandum - Tue, 02/19/2019 - 23:00

Isaac Chotiner / New Yorker:
Michael S. Schmidt Describes His Reporting on Trump's Obstructions  —  On Tuesday, the Times published a major story describing the various ways that Donald Trump has tried to undermine or end the investigations surrounding his Presidency.  Late last year, the Times reported …

Toobin Finds It 'Patriotic' for DOJ Officials to Discuss Removing Trump from Office

CNS News - Tue, 02/19/2019 - 23:00
Check out the link to PJ Gladnick's full post here at NewsBusters!

Three boys, 14, and a 12-year-old boy are charged with 'gang raping a 19-year-old girl'

Daily Mail - Tue, 02/19/2019 - 22:56
Wilmer Ramos (center), Phillip Worrell (left) and Nile Campbell (right), all 14, were arrested last Thursday for allegedly sexually assaulting a 19-year-old woman after she got off a bus in Baltimore.

Larry Hogan says Trump looks "pretty weak" for 2020 general election (CBS News)

Memeorandum - Tue, 02/19/2019 - 22:55

CBS News:
Larry Hogan says Trump looks “pretty weak” for 2020 general election  —  Maryland's Republican Gov. Larry Hogan says that while President Trump is likely to fend off a GOP primary challenger, he may be vulnerable in the general election against the eventual Democratic nominee.

NYT: Vatican Has Covert Rules For Priests Who Have Fathered Children

Newsy - Tue, 02/19/2019 - 22:55

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The Vatican has a set of internal guidelines for priests who father children, according to a New York Times report

A Vatican spokesperson confirmed to the outlet that the document does exist, despite clerical vows of celibacy

The Times also interviewed a man who says his biological father was a Catholic priest. That man said when he pressed church leaders for answers on the issue, he was shown a document outlining the rules. 

According to the Vatican spokesperson, the secret rules "request" that priests who father children leave the priesthood in order to handle their parental responsibilities, though some experts say church law doesn't mandate that. 

Canon law does state that Catholic clergy members have to refrain from sexual activity and live a life of celibacy. 

But a wave of recent clerical sex abuse scandals have recently come to light, indicating that the vows aren't always adhered to.

The news comes as the Vatican prepares to host top church officials next week to discuss preventing sexual abuse within the Church. Pope Francis announced last year that he wanted to hold the summit with bishops from around the world to work on the "protection of minors." 

Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN

George Stephanopoulos signs new four-year deal at ABC

Daily Mail - Tue, 02/19/2019 - 22:52
George Stephanopoulos opted to remain with ABC when his current contract expired and signed a deal reported to be between $15 million and $18 million per year.

Meet Karl Lagerfeld's 11-year-old child model godson Hudson Kroenig

Daily Mail - Tue, 02/19/2019 - 22:52
Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld died today at age 85. One who may inherit some of his fortune is his godson Hudson. Hudson's dad, model Brad Kroenig, is like 'family' to Karl.

Patrick Frazee beat Kelsey Berreth to death after blindfolding her, made mistress clean murder scene

Daily Mail - Tue, 02/19/2019 - 22:51
Patrick Frazee beat his fiance after claiming he wanted to have her identify the sent of a candle, blindfolding her and then bludgeoning her with a baseball bat said a law enforcement official.

Robert Frank The Americans photography United States 1950s Danziger Gallery

Daily Mail - Tue, 02/19/2019 - 22:51
In the mid-1950s, Robert Frank won a prestigious grant to document the United States, and took thousands of photos of the country. Some of those images are now part of a new exhibition.

23 Long Island coworkers claim $427million Mega Millions jackpot and plans on STAYING at their job

Daily Mail - Tue, 02/19/2019 - 22:50
The group - under a limited liability company called New Life 2019, LLC - opted to take their prize in one large sum. Each person will walk away with $7,658,926.

BREAKING: Brothers Make New Bombshell Allegation Against Jussie Smollett

Daily Wire - Tue, 02/19/2019 - 22:50
Federal law enforcement officials are investigating a new allegation made by the two brothers in the Jussie Smollett case that Smollett was involved in sending a hate letter to himself a week prior to the alleged attack.

Meghan Markle's mother walks dog in LA during New York baby shower

Daily Mail - Tue, 02/19/2019 - 22:49
Doria Ragland, 62, stepped out for a short walk with her pooch in her Los Angeles neighborhood on Tuesday morning as her daughter Meghan was spotted in New York City.

Washington Roundup: Focus On Congress After Emergency Declaration

Newsy - Tue, 02/19/2019 - 22:45

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Once a week, David Hawkings, editor-in-chief of The Firewall, walks us through the biggest stories out of Washington, D.C. Top of mind right now: how Congress will react to President Trump's national emergency declaration and how some senators are using this Congressional recess.

Right-Wing News Outlet Calls for McCabe, Rosenstein to Be Waterboarded (Timothy Burke/The Daily Beast)

Memeorandum - Tue, 02/19/2019 - 22:45

Timothy Burke / The Daily Beast:
Right-Wing News Outlet Calls for McCabe, Rosenstein to Be Waterboarded  —  Far-right network TruNews wants Justice Department officials, reporters, and even Jeff Sessions to face punishment under treason and sedition laws.  —  Because we watch Trumpland TV so you don't have to …

Did Trump try to handpick the prosecutor for his hush-money case? (Steve Benen/MSNBC)

Memeorandum - Tue, 02/19/2019 - 22:45

Steve Benen / MSNBC:
Did Trump try to handpick the prosecutor for his hush-money case?  —  The New York Times has a lengthy report today on Donald Trump's extensive efforts to interfere with the investigations into his assorted scandals, and the piece is well worth your time.  I won't try to unpack all of it …

“Teens” fire rifle at synagogue in Paris on Friday, injuring one

Geller Report - Tue, 02/19/2019 - 22:41

The Paris suburb of Sarcelles has a very large Muslim population and has a terrible history of vicious anti-Jewish violence.

“Youth,” “Asian,” “immigrant,” “immigrant youth” — all sharia-compliant media euphemisms for Muslim.

Teens fire air rifle at synagogue in Paris on Friday, injuring one

French media reporting Jewish man injured in the leg by air rifle, teenagers arrested on Saturday on suspicion of carrying out attack, arraigned before Paris court on Monday

By Jeremy Sharon, Jerusalem Post, February 19, 2019 19:31

Two teenagers fired shots from an air rifle at a synagogue in Paris on Friday night, lightly injuring a Jewish man in the leg, French media reported on Tuesday.

According to the Le Parisien newspaper, the attack was staged against a synagogue in the Sarcelles suburb of Paris from an apartment facing the building.
Police searched the apartment and confiscated a 4.5mm calibre rifle, while the teenagers themselves were arrested on Saturday. The state prosecutor believes that the attack was carried out for antisemitic motives.

The president of the Jewish community of Sarcelles was quoted as saying, however, that he believed the attack was not antisemitic, adding that it was carried out due to “stupidity” and that the teenagers would have shot anyone. But he said he was still concerned about antisemitism in the suburb.

The president is obviously afraid and fears reprisals. We know how that worked for Germans Jews in pre-war Germany.

The incident comes as large demonstrations against antisemitism are being organized in Paris and other cities following a string of recent antisemitic attacks.

Last Saturday, “yellow vest” protesters hurled antisemitic abuse at French-Jewish philosopher Alain Finkielkraut, while a tree planted in memory of Ilan Halimi, who was brutally murdered in 2006, was chopped down ahead of a memorial event for him in Paris.

A government report released last week found that antisemitic attacks had spiked by 74% in 2018 over the previous year.

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Jewish schoolchildren attacked by Muslim men in France

Six “YOUTHS” “LYNCH” man defending his wife outside Muslim-migrant “no-go” suburbs of Saint-Denis

Paris: 15-Year-Old French Girl Attacked Inside Jewish School

French PM Warns: France is Facing Violent ‘New Form of Anti-Semitism’

Eight-year-old Jewish boy beaten in latest antisemitic attacks in France, sparking hollow response from President Macron

Faked slashed hijab beats slashed face

French Jewish Representatives Call for ‘Zero Tolerance’ for Anti-Semitism, Amid Wave of Attacks

France: 15-year-old Parisian Jewish girl’s face cut in antisemitic assault

US Jewish leadership ignores consequences that Muslim immigration has had on European Jewry

French Muslims go on rampage in Paris suburb, attacking two synagogues, setting fire to cars, pillaging stores in Jewish suburb

Muslim Gang of 20 Repeatedly Stab Jewish Students in Library in Paris

Muslims Gas Jews Outside Paris

Attacks on Jews soar 82% in France

French Minister warns of hundreds of #savage jihadists

Savage Jihadist shot dead by anti-terrorism police in France after opening fire

Kosher store in Paris suburb bombed, 4 injure

“I do hope that France will survive

Email from France

McCabe: "We Don't Know" If The Russians Ordered Trump To Fire James Comey

RealClear - Tue, 02/19/2019 - 22:38
In an interview promoting his book, Tuesday on ABC's "The View," former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe said he wasn't sure if he thinks President Trump fired FBI Director James Comey because he was ordered to by the Russians. "Do you actually believe that the Russians ordered Trump to fire Comey?" co-host Meghan McCain asked McCabe. "We don't know and we certainly didn't know that at the time," McCabe replied. "I think it is important to realize that the things that were causing us to believe that a threat to national security might exist had been building up throughout the investigation we were building through fall [of 2016]. It was the way the president had been interacting with us, the way he had talked about the case publicly, he tried to kind of undermine our efforts, he made it clear he wasn't happy about what we were doing, the fact that he had asked Jim Comey to shut down the investigation into Mike Flynn, which was an important part of that investigation, and then, of course, the fact that he fired the director when he didn't do those things that the president had asked." "So you put all of those circumstances together and add to it the president's own public statements indicating that he was thinking about Russia when he fired the director of the FBI, we felt it was our obligation to act in those circumstances which are undeniable," McCabe explained.

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