Senate Judiciary Committee Confirms Amy Coney Barrett for Supreme Court — Democrats Boycott Committee Vote

The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 12-0 to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett for the Supreme Court on Thursday morning. Democrat members on the committee boycotted the vote.

The US Senate will vote on Amy Coney Barrett on Monday — eight days before the US election and the birthday of Hillary Clinton.

 HIGHLIGHT : Senator Mike Lee gave a great speech on the democrats horendous recent history of opposing conservative judges. Must Watch:

 

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Vice Presidential Debate in SLC: VP Mike Pence vs. Kamala Harris — With Pelosi Biographer Susan Page as Moderator

55-year-old Kamala Harris (22 years the junior of Joe Biden) faced off across a 12-foot void of ‘potentially-deadly-air’ and ‘plexiglass’ against 61-year-old Mike Pence (13 years younger than President Trump) with USA Today’s (and Nancy Pelosi biographer) Susan Page as the ‘moderator’ at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City… all without wearing masks!

Ahead of the debate, despite media’s constant crowing about Biden’s double-digit lead in national polls, Trump is slightly outperforming against Biden relative to Hillary in the battleground states

Following a similar pattern – but with a notably higher probability of winning in November – relative to his performance against Hillary…

It was not pretty!

Summary (of the nine discussion topics):

1. COVID Response – Pence won – a body-blow slamming Kamala on vaccines: “stop playing politics with people’s lives.”

2. Health Of Candidates – Tie – neither candidate answered but if we had to pick, Pence shaded it as Kamala discussed herself.

3. The Economy – Pence won – the vice-president crushed Harris on Biden taxes (briefly silencing her over Trump tax cut repeal).

4. Climate Change – Pence won – perhaps surprisingly but Harris was unable to recover from being cornered on her sponsorship of the Green New Deal

5. China – Pence won – Harris facts all over the place and Pence closed with Biden’s “cheerleading” for China.

6. Foreign Relations – Tie – both candidates parried each other’s running mate’s performance

7. The Supreme Court – Pence won – Harris refused to answer the question of packing the court and Pence was frank about being “pro-life.”

8. Racial Justice – Pence won – again rather stunningly, Pence crushed Harris on misleading quotes and soundbites

9. Transfer Of Power – Pence won – while Harris went “vote now”, Pence reminded the audience that Harris party spent the last four years trying to overturn the previous election

Pence dominated Harris as finally, questions were asked and answered and facts were checked!

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First Presidential Debate of 2020: Trump vs. Biden… and ‘Debate Moderator’ Chris Wallace

The first of three scheduled debates between Trump and Biden took place on Sept. 29 at Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio. “The format for the first debate calls for six 15-minute time segments dedicated to topics announced in advance in order to encourage deep discussion of the leading issues facing the country,” the commission stated in a news release a week before the event, under the headline “Moderator Announces Topics for First Presidential Debate.

Trump knew presidents running for re-election always blow their first debate (Reagan in ’84, George H.W. Bush in ’92, George W. Bush in ’04, Barry Obama in ’12) always look like they are caught in headlights after being shoved out of the presidential bubble, so Trump arrived loaded for bear and full of energy and fight.

Before the debate, the lying, cheating Biden team disagreed to drug testing and being checked for ear plugs and other mechanical devices. FOX News Reporters confirmed reports that Biden did not want to be checked for wires before the debate and said they would have to keep an eye on this. And some watchful sleuths discovered Biden was wearing a wire.  During the debate Biden reached into his jacket and realigned something there.  As he pulls out his hand what looks like a wire appears in plain sight1:

Here’s a picture showing Biden possibly wearing an earpiece:

There are other pictures showing something falling out of Joe’s sleeve, perhaps a heparin trap for injecting IV drugs:

Overall, Biden did a lot better than many expected (thanks to IV drugs and a debate team chiming in his ear)  if one ignored that almost every other statement he made was a lie or fantasy. But on policies and straightforward facts, Trump won the first debate comfortably. While they offered many other excuses following the debate, the corrupt national media wanted the two remaining presidential debates canceled because they knew Trump won and Biden lost.

Biden stood before the country and called the president of the United States a “clown.” Told the president of the United States to “shut up.” Sure, Trump interrupted and pestered, but so did Biden and so did Wallace (the biased moderator), but Trump didn’t call anyone names or tell anyone to shut up. Trump is a fighter, full of energy, full of piss and vinegar, eager to defend his record, and refuses to give an inch, and that’s a virtue.

  • Trump got Biden to repudiate the Green New Deal (something Biden’s own website says he supports), which will hurt him with the enthusiasts he needs on the left.
  • He got Biden to dismiss Bernie Sanders. Huge error. Huge.
  • He also got Biden to admit he’s going to raise taxes on the middle class. “That’s why I’m going to eliminate the Trump tax cuts. And I’m going to eliminate those tax cuts.” Biden said that and that means your standard deduction and child tax credits that the Trump cuts nearly doubled will be slashed in half.  So if you’re married and your federal tax rate is, say 20 percent, you’re going to pay 20 percent on about $12,000 in income you weren’t under Trump’s tax cuts. That’s a $2400 tax increase. Just is. Without any caveat last night, Biden straight up said he would repeal the Trump tax cuts. Trump cut taxes for everyone, so Biden intends to hit everyone with a tax increase.
  • Finally, Trump did a brilliant job sounding the alarm about the coming catastrophe and left-wing corruption involved with mail-in voting.

Trump won. It wasn’t pretty, but Trump won. And that’s why the corrupt media want to cancel the next two debates!

Trump also won big with Latino voters according to Telemundo viewers:

Aftermath

The Commission on Presidential Debates issued a statement after Tuesday’s debate between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden that said the commission was looking at making adjustments as a result of moderator Chris Wallace losing control of the debate to Trump and Biden who interrupted and talked over each other and Wallace numerous times. Of course, the mainstream media blamed it on Trump as if he were the sole instagator, however he was interupted dozens of times by both Biden and his seemingly other opponent, the moderator Chris Wallace.

Later Wednesday CBS News’ Norah O’Donnell reported the commission is looking at cutting mics.

Former Bush 43 press secretary Ari Fleischer noted that it was Biden who first broke the rules and repeatedly interrupted Trump:

Flash back to 2012 when then-Vice President Biden (D) debated Republican vice presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI). A report from the time by ABC’s Good Morning America shows Biden heckling and interrupting Ryan over and over again, reportedly about 82 times. The result: a Saturday Night Live skit and no calls to change the rules or cut mics.

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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Passes Away (1933-2020)

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away Friday evening at the age of 87. The cause was “complications of metastatic pancreatic cancer,” according to a statement released by the Supreme Court.

Ginsburg was one of the Court’s stalwart liberals, and became known — and admired — as much for her physical tenacity as her ideological consistency.

Ginsburg was born in Brooklyn and attended Cornell University. She was the only woman in her first-year class at Harvard Law School, according to a former classmate, before transferring to Columbia. “She was a nice person,” the former classmate told Breitbart News. Ginsburg’s potential was evident immediately. Her former classmate recalled telling colleagues, upon the retirement of Justice Byron White in 1993: “If [President Bill] Clinton has any brains he’ll nominate Ruth Ginsburg.

As a judge on the D.C. Circuit, Ginsburg had established a solidly liberal record. But as constitutional scholar Ilya Shapiro of the Cato Institute notes in his forthcoming book Supreme Disorder: Judicial Nominations and the Politics of America’s Highest Court, Ginsburg perfected the relatively new art of concealing her judicial views during the confirmation process — a reaction to the way that conservative Judge Robert Bork was grilled by then-Sen. Joe Biden (D-DE) and others in 1987.

Once on the Court, Ginsburg was a reliable liberal vote, though also well-liked by her conservative colleagues. She and the late conservative Justice Antonin Scalia enjoyed a famous friendship before his passing — also during an election year, in 2016. She was less well known for her judicial opinions (often in the dissenting minority) than for her outside utterances on constitutional law, jurisprudence, and occasionally politics — which often raised eyebrows and stirred controversy.

Though a staunch defender of abortion on the Court, for example, Ginsburg also believed that Roe v. Wade (1973), while establishing an important precedent, was a poorly-reasoned opinion. As Time recalled in 2018, during her confirmation, “Ginsburg said that she believed it would have been easier for the public to understand why the Constitution protected abortion rights if it the matter had been framed as one of equal protection rather than privacy,” as Roe had been decided.

Ginsburg was also a critic of the classic “negative” liberties enshrined in the U.S. Constitution. Like many on the left, she admired the South African Constitution, with its expansive set of socioeconomic rights — such as a right to housing, health care, and education.

She told Egyptian television in 2012, as noted by Foreign Policy: “I would not look to the U.S. Constitution, if I were drafting a Constitution in the year 2012. I might look at the Constitution of South Africa … That was a deliberate attempt to have a fundamental instrument of government that embraced basic human rights, had an independent judiciary. … It really is, I think, a great piece of work that was done. Much more recent than the U.S. Constitution.”

During the 2016 presidential election, Ginsburg spoke out against President Donald Trump’s candidacy. As Breitbart News noted at the time:

Ginsburg told the [New YorkTimes on Sunday: “I can’t imagine what the country would be — with Donald Trump as our president.” She told the Associated Press last week: “I don’t want to think about that possibility, but if it should be, then everything is up for grabs.” And she told a CNN reporter on Tuesday that Trump is a “faker.”

That led to criticism — even on the left — from those who felt Ginsburg should have stayed out of politics. There were even questions as to whether she should recuse herself from any subsequent litigation involving the president before the Court.

But overall, Ginsburg was admired across party lines, even by those who longed to replace her with a conservative alternative. Liberals dressed as “The Notorious R.B.G.” for Halloween and wore T-shirts emblazoned with her image.

Chief Justice John Roberts mourned her: “Our nation has lost a jurist of historic stature. … Today we mourn, but with confidence that future generations will remember Ruth Bader Ginsburg as we knew her — a tireless and resolute champion of justice.”

President Donald Trump did not immediately react to Ginsburg’s passing, which only became known while he was delivering a campaign speech in Minnesota. However, rumors suggested that he would quickly nominate a replacement. In 2016, the Republican-controlled Senate had denied President Barack Obama the opportunity to confirm his nominee to replace Scalia, Judge Merrick Garland. They cited the “Biden rule,” a principle Biden proposed in the early 1990s as chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, demanding that no new Supreme Court justices be nominated during a presidential campaign.

However, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has indicated that he would be prepared to handle a Supreme Court nomination if a vacancy arose. The resulting confirmation fight would be intense — perhaps even more so than the fight over the confirmation of Justice Brett Kavanaugh in 2018. It would also raise the already formidable stakes of the 2020 election.

As for Ginsburg’s own view on the matter, National Public Radio (NPR) reported the evening of her death that she had made a statement on her deathbed: “My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new President is installed.”

President Trump reacted upon being informed of her death by a journalist as he departed the rally:

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While many democrats would vicously oppose President Trump’s plan to fill the SCOTUS seat before the 2020 election, they themselves had previously advocated for filling a SCOTUS seat when the tables were turned the other way. Even the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg argued in 2016 that the United States Senate should respect that a president’s constitutional power is for “four years, not three years,” when considering Supreme Court appointments.

Facebook Removes Conservative Brazilian Accounts After Court Declares Them ‘Fake News’

Facebook announced on Sunday that it would comply with a Brazilian Supreme Court order to remove 12 accounts belonging to supporters of President Jair Bolsonaro.

The court claimed that the accounts were guilty of “fake news” and forced the American company to delete them. In a company statement, Facebook said it would comply with the order to avoid risking criminal liability for employees in Brazil, but called the measure “extreme” and a “threat to freedom of expression” outside of Brazil.

The statement read:

Facebook complied with the order of blocking these accounts in Brazil by restricting the ability for the target Pages and Profiles to be seen from IP locations in Brazil. People from IP locations in Brazil were not capable of seeing these Pages and Profiles even if the targets had changed their IP location.

This new legal order is extreme, posing a threat to freedom of expression outside of Brazil’s jurisdiction and conflicting with laws and jurisdictions worldwide. Given the threat of criminal liability to a local employee, at this point we see no other alternative than complying with the decision by blocking the accounts globally, while we appeal to the Supreme Court.

Last Friday, Supreme Court Justice Alexandre de Moraes also ordered Facebook to pay a 1.92-million-real ($367,000) fine for “non-compliance” with the initial order, adding that it would face additional daily fines of 100,000 reais ($19,000) if it did not remove the accounts worldwide.

De Moraes has become an unpopular figure among Bolsonaro supporters, many of whom accuse him of trying to usurp power from Bolsonaro. In May, the 51-year-old ordered raids against 29 comedians, YouTubers, and other pro-Bolsonaro journalists as part of a supposed crackdown on “fake news.”

Since Bolsonaro’s election in 2018, Facebook has repeatedly targeted him and his followers for censorship. Even before his victory, the network blacklisted accounts and pages described as his “main network of support” for supposedly violating the website’s rules related to spam.

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