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***Live Updates*** Trump Holds Missouri Rally for Josh Hawley

Breitbart News - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 23:02
President Donald Trump will hold a rally in Springfield, Missouri, on Friday evening for GOP Senate candidate Josh Hawley. Trump will appear in Missouri days after vulnerable incumbent Senator Clair McCaskill (D-MO) said she will vote against Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Stay tuned to Breitbart News for live updates. All times eastern.

Alan Dershowitz: Democrats 'Will Continue to Lose' Elections If We Stay on 'the Fringes'

Breitbart News - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 22:54
Harvard Law School Professor Emeritus Alan Dershowitz said Democrats "will continue to lose" elections if they embrace "hard-left" politics and "democratic socialism."

Mark Levin: Don't Fire Rod Rosenstein; New York Times Article May Be a Setup

Breitbart News - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 22:51
Mark Levin warned that Trump's enemies might be trying to goad him into firing Rosenstein before the midterm elections by leaking information from memoranda created by former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe, who was fired in March for lying.

How much evidence do we need to destroy someone? - AEI - American Enterprise Institute: Freedom, Opportunity, Enterprise

American Enterprise Institute - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 22:45

How much evidence is required to destroy a person’s life?

Christine Blasey Ford has accused Brett M. Kavanaugh of attempted rape while they were both in high school — a charge he unequivocally denies. She can’t remember the date the alleged attack took place. She isn’t even certain about the year (although she reportedly thinks it may have been the summer around the end of her sophomore year when she was 15). She can’t remember whose house she was in. She can’t remember how she got there. She says she didn’t tell anyone about it at the time, not even her closest friends — so there are no contemporaneous witnesses to back her claims.

No other women have come forward to say that the young Kavanaugh assaulted them. There is no pattern of bad behavior. Quite the contrary, by all accounts other than Ford’s, he treats women with respect in his personal and professional life. (Full disclosure: I worked with Kavanaugh in the George W. Bush White House.) The gathering included just Ford and four others, according to her confidential letter to Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.). One man named by Ford as a witness has come forward and not only denied knowledge of the assault but also denied knowledge of the gathering in question. Another, who said he was the “PJ” mentioned in the letter, Patrick J. Smyth, has also denied being at a gathering like the one Ford described.

Ford deserves to be treated with dignity, not maligned or attacked. But let’s not forget that Kavanaugh is human too. This ordeal affects not only him but also his family, including his two young daughters, who are hearing awful things said about the father they love. He cannot prove a negative. So far, there are accusations but no corroborating evidence. And accusations without evidence cannot be the standard by which a man’s reputation and career are ruined.

Both Kavanaugh and Ford have been ill-served by Senate Democrats in this process. Feinstein, the Judiciary Committee’s ranking Democrat, knew about Ford’s accusation for about six weeks and did nothing. She never asked Kavanaugh about the allegations in private or in public. She did not use the confidential, bipartisan process that the Judiciary Committee uses every day to assess the credibility of allegations against hundreds of judicial nominees — which would have given Ford the chance to talk to the committee’s professional investigators in a confidential setting. Bizarrely, to this day Feinstein has not shared a copy of Ford’s unredacted letter with Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa). But Democrats appear not to have been too scrupulous when it came to protecting her confidentiality.

Ford has also been ill-served by her lawyers, who initially stated that Ford “will agree to participate in any proceedings that she’s asked to participate in.” Then, when Grassley canceled the vote on Kavanaugh’s nomination and scheduled a hearing where she could testify in public or private, her lawyers started echoing Senate Democrats’ new message that a full FBI investigation was needed before she would speak to the committee — undermining the perception of Ford’s independence. (At this writing, she has reversed course yet again, with her lawyer now saying she might be willing to testify next week).

It’s not the FBI’s job to investigate. There is no federal crime alleged. As Grassley explained in a letter, “We have no power to commandeer an executive branch agency into conducting our due diligence.” Senate Democrats know this. They have turned down Grassley’s offer to participate in interviews of Kavanaugh, Ford and other alleged witnesses. They are using Ford to demand an FBI investigation in the hope they can use it to delay Kavanaugh’s confirmation until after Election Day — when Democrats hope to take back the Senate and block him from joining the Supreme Court.

The #MeToo movement is a force for good in society. It has removed sexual predators from the workplace in politics, media, entertainment, religion and elsewhere. It has encouraged women and men who have been abused to speak up — and others to support their allegations. But allegations alone are not enough. There must be evidence. With the evidence available right now, there is no chance Kavanaugh would be convicted in a court of law. Indeed, no reasonable prosecutor would agree to bring a case. But in the court of public opinion, the standards of evidence seem to be much lower. This much is certain: The standard of evidence to ruin a man’s reputation cannot be zero.

Las Vegas Marine Thanks Donald Trump for Keeping Promise to Veterans

Breitbart News - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 22:42
"You backed me and I back you, that's the way it works right? That's the way it's supposed to work in life," he said to the audience.

Watch Live: Donald Trump Hosts Rally in Springfield, MO

Breitbart News - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 22:30
Friday at 7:30 p.m. ET, President Donald Trump will host a rally at the JQH Arena in Springfield, MO. Video courtesy of the Right Side Broadcast Network Follow Breitbart.tv on Twitter @BreitbartVideo

Report: Nikki Haley Excluded from Refugee Reduction Meeting for Pro-Immigration Views

Breitbart News - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 22:26
United Nations (U.N.) Ambassador Nikki Haley had to be excluded from a White House meeting on the number of refugees the United States will admit next year due to her pro-immigration views. 

Steve Schmidt: Kavanaugh Is a Lose-Lose for GOP --- There Is a 'Blue Tsunami' Coming

Breitbart News - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 22:06
Friday on MSNBC’s “Deadline,” former campaign strategist for George W. Bush and the late John McCain’s 2008 fail presidential campaign Steve Schmidt said in the midterm elections, Republican lawmakers were in a “lose-lose” situation concerning President Donald Trump’s nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Schmidt said “They’re in a lose-lose situation now. You would see a demoralized base. It would be a major defeat for the president. He will be seen to have backed down. The base will be angry. It will be enraged at Republican Senators who they think will have betrayed the president. But also if they force it through and Kavanaugh is confirmed, it will intensify passions on the Democratic side. It will drive women turnout in this election in 2018, and I think that whatever the size of the blue tsunami that’s coming—and I think there is one coming—I think it’s going to grow. I think it could be the difference, for example, between Beto O’Rourke narrowly being defeated by Ted Cruz and Beto O’Rourke narrowly winning that race.” He added, “But there will be a profound political implication no matter what. This is a terrible circumstance. Let me just say that I think that it’s going to

Sharpton: Trump’s Tweet About Kavanaugh Accuser Put Confirmation in 'Jeopardy'

Breitbart News - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 22:00
Friday on MSNBC’s “Deadline,” network host Al Sharpton said President Donald Trump‘s tweet about Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser Christine Blasey Ford has put the nomination in “jeopardy.” Sharpton said, “To come with the weight of the presidency, where he is clearly castigating this Dr. Ford, again shows why, as you’ve been discussing on the Rosenstein issue, why people feel he is not fit to be president.” When asked about the Kavanaugh nomination, Sharpton said, “I think that it is now really in jeopardy because I think that given where we are in the—in terms of these accusations and the behavior that has circled these accusations, the one or two Republicans, moderate Republicans that were undecided, I think are going to have a lot of pressure now to tilt toward non-confirmation. And they can do it without convicting Kavanaugh of what’s been accused, but by just saying there’s too many questions. I think that the president might have tilted it in a way that he really will regret.” I have no doubt that, if the attack on Dr. Ford was as bad as she says, charges would have been immediately filed with local Law Enforcement Authorities by either her or her loving parents.

Tony Perkins at Values Voter Summit: ‘Pray’ and ‘Vote’ for the ‘Sake of America’

Breitbart News - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 21:50
Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Center and FRC Action, said on Friday that people should use their faith and the ballot box.

Watch Live: Ted Cruz and Beto O’Rourke Hold First U.S. Senate Race Debate

Breitbart News - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 21:45
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Democratic challenger Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-TX) will hold the first of three debates for the heated Texas Senate race tonight in Dallas, TX.

Alan Dershowitz: 'Absurd' and 'Outrageous' to Make Kavanaugh Testify Before Ford

Breitbart News - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 21:39
Harvard Law School Professor Emeritus Alan Dershowitz described demands for Judge Brett Kavanaugh to testify before Christine Ford as "absurd," "outrageous," and "inconceivable." 

Women Defend Brett Kavanaugh to CNN --- 'She's Also Destroying His Life'

Breitbart News - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 21:28
CNN interviewed a group of Republican women who vociferously defended Supreme Court associate justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh during Thursday’s broadcast of “Anderson Cooper 360” Thursday night. “Show of hands. How many of you believe Judge Kavanaugh when he says this didn’t happen?” CNN reporter Randi Kaye asked a group of women. All of the women answered that they believed him. “Because one woman made an allegation–sorry, I don’t buy it,” a woman named Lourdes Castillo de la Pena said in part. “In the grand scheme of things, my goodness, there was no intercourse. There was maybe a touch. Can we–really? 36 years later? She’s still stuck on that? Had it happened,” Irina Villarino said. “I mean, we’re talking about a 15-year-old girl, which I respect. You know, I’m a woman. I respect. And we’re talking about a 17-year-old boy, in high school, with testosterone running high. Tell me what boy hasn’t done this in high school. Please, I would like to know,” Gina Sosa said. “Why would she come forward if this wasn’t true? Because it has basically destroyed her family. She’s had to move. She’s gone undercover. She’s gotten death threats. So if she’s lying, why come forward?” CNN’s Kaye

CNN Ratings: Hurricane Florence Coverage Loses to HGTV

Breitbart News - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 21:23
CNN ratings last week continued to disappoint even during the massive breaking news event of Hurricane Florence.

Two Adults and Three Infants Stabbed at NYC Maternity Center

Breitbart News - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 21:08
An unnamed 52-year-old woman was found with a self-inflicted wound after allegedly stabbing five people with a butcher knife early Friday morning.

5 Times Google Manipulated Search, YouTube, and News Results

Breitbart News - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 20:52
Following recent reports that Google employees plotted to alter search results but didn't take action, Breitbart News thought it best to recap some of the times that Google actually manipulated search results.

A few thoughts on the new cyber strategy - AEI - American Enterprise Institute: Freedom, Opportunity, Enterprise

American Enterprise Institute - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 20:49

This past Wednesday, the Pentagon released an unclassified summary of its new cyber strategy and, Thursday, National Security Advisor John Bolton provided a brief, public account of what the new strategy entails.

National Security Adviser John Bolton at a forum hosted by the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies in Washington on September 10, 2018. REUTERS/Eric Thayer

To quote from the fact sheet on the strategy released by the Defense Department, the key themes are:

  • Using cyberspace to amplify military lethality and effectiveness;
  • Defending forward, confronting threats before they reach US networks;
  • Proactively engaging in the day-to-day great power competition in cyberspace;
  • Protecting military advantage and national prosperity;
  • Recognizing partnerships are key to shared success in protecting cyberspace;
  • Actively contesting the exfiltration of sensitive DoD information;
  • Embracing technology, automation, and innovation to act at scale and speed;
  • Supporting the defense of critical infrastructure;
  • Recruiting, developing, and managing critical cyber talent.

Although many, indeed most, of these are not new and would have been included in any cyber strategy document, what is new in the strategy is that it explicitly mentions China and Russia using cyberspace as an integral element to their great power competition with the United States. While obvious to anyone who has not been asleep the past decade, the decision to call out China and Russia in the document falls in line with the unequivocal language about China and Russia in the National Security and National Defense Strategies issued by the Trump administration this past year. As a doctrinal matter, it’s good to have all your ducks in a row: whatever tentative agreements were made between the White House and Beijing and the Kremlin to work on tempering conflict in cyberspace has not, from the American perspective, seen satisfactory progress.

What also seems new is the emphasis, as the Pentagon’s fact sheet puts it, on “proactively engaging in the day-to-day” cyber competition. As Bolton noted, the administration is putting aside the Obama-era hurdles to America’s cyber forces going on the offensive and, as he bluntly put it, “we are going to do a lot of things offensively and I think our adversaries need to know that.”

The goal, obviously, is to raise the costs on foreign states for using cyber tools and techniques for purposes of commercial and national security-related espionage, political and information warfare, putting key infrastructure at risk, and so on. For cyber “hawks,” the price being paid by these states has been too little in relation to the gain they perceive from continuing to engage in these practices. And, given the continuation of these practices, the administration is undoubtedly right.

A key question going forward is whether the administration and its cyber forces will be able, in the strategic parlance of days past, to establish “escalation dominance” as the competition heats up — that is, as the US applies its cyber capabilities to China and Russia and they perhaps react with even more aggressive attacks of their own. Presumably, if they have additional capacities, they will want to test just how far down this road Washington is willing to go. Complicating this calculus will be the concerns of America’s own cyber forces, who will be reluctant to show their most advanced capabilities in a tit-for-tat competition on the grounds that they need to keep in reserve those “weapons” for the extreme instances, such as open conflict. The worry is that cyber techniques, once used, will be met by the other side setting up defensive measures to meet that particular threat, putting at risk the particular cyber tool’s continued effectiveness. Unlike nuclear weapons, there may not be “assured destruction” when it comes to cyber weapons, once used.

Again, this is a question that should be raised — not an assertion that there isn’t an answer. But this is a question that cannot be adequately addressed in public. This puts added responsibility on the two armed services committees of Congress to oversee the new doctrine’s implementation. What can be and should be discussed in public, however, is understanding how the doctrine fits within the larger “war-making” authorities of the government. Responding to attacks on the US has traditionally been seen as a prerogative of the executive. But it is Congress’ authority to move the country from a state of peace to war and determine what forces are to be raised and provided for. In this new cyber era, and with a new cyber doctrine in place, getting better clarity on such matters would seem to be increasingly urgent.

Ivy League Study: Illegal Population is 22 Million, Double Estb. Estimate

Breitbart News - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 20:41
The population of illegal migrants is roughly 22 million, or twice the establishment estimate of 11 million, say three professors from Yale University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 

“Judge Kavanaugh Will Be on Supreme Court,” McConnell Tells Conservative Activists

The Stream - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 20:38

Nearly 2,000 conservative activists descended on Washington, D.C., today for the 13th annual Values Voter Summit. Hosted by Family Research Council Action led by Tony Perkins, the three-day conference features speeches and breakout sessions by several top public officials as well as politically conservative religious figures.

Friday afternoon will feature Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, while Vice President Mike Pence will speak Saturday. FRC Action hosts a video livestream during the entire event.

Senator Mitch McConnell, R.-Ken., was among the first summit speakers on Friday morning. His remarks on Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s ongoing (and contentious) confirmation process made global headlines.

Future "Justice Kavanaugh"?

In introducing McConnell, Tony Perkins praised the senator's resolve in ensuring the open Supreme Court seat remained vacant through the 2016 election. Perkins serves as a member of the informal White House Faith Leaders Initiative.

"Leader Mitch McConnell's decision was a historic decision," said Perkins. "It helped frame the Presidential election. [It was] one of the most courageous acts in the history of the United States Senate."

The current battle over another Supreme Court vacancy has consumed the news in recent weeks. On July 9, President Trump nominated federals appeals court Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. The Senate Judiciary Committee held confirmation hearings for Judge Kavanaugh on September 14 through 17.

"You're all following the current Supreme Court fight," began McConnell. "You will watch it unfold in the course of the next week. President Trump has nominated a stunningly successful individual."

Following the confirmation hearings, a woman came forward with allegations from 36 years ago when she and Kavanaugh were in high school. She claims he sexually assaulted her. Some observers have minimized the charges as a delay tactic. McConnell's next comments on the current nomination hit the news within minutes.

Mitch McConnell: "You've watched the fight. You've watched the tactics, But here's what I want to tell you: In the very near future, Judge Kavanaugh will be on the United States Supreme Court... Don't get rattled by all of this. We're gonna plow right through it and do our job." pic.twitter.com/nmVJVHvrVV

— CNN (@CNN) September 21, 2018

"You've watched the fight," said McConnell. "You've watched the tactics. But here's what I want to tell you. In the very near future, Judge Kavanaugh will be on the United States Supreme Court."

McConnell Urges Election Turnout

With the midterm elections seven weeks away, the Senate majority leader set the stage to focus on Republican accomplishments since President Trump's election.

"You can go back a hundred years," said McConnell. "Republicans have only had the Senate, the House, and the White House for 20 of those hundred years. We were determined not to squander this opportunity because they don't come along all that often."

He discussed the benefits of the recent tax reform law, notably year-over-year wage growth. McConnell also pointed out there are currently more job openings than people looking for work.

"This time, the new prosperity is not just being captured by big coastal cities and a select few industries,” said McConnell. “Small communities and rural areas have actually outpaced the big cities in rates of job growth.”

The Senate leader did not mention several legislative disappointments. High-profile efforts on immigration and criminal justice reform have, thus far, not been successful. Values Voter Summit attendees have their own concerns. The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, a priority of pro-life groups, failed in the Senate by a 51-46 vote in January.

Nonetheless, with elections looming, conservative activists are laser-focused on ensuring the balance of power in Congress does not shift. Most see a host of issues tied to Republican success in November.

"My friends, keep the faith," said McConnell. "Don't get rattled by all of this. We're going to plow right through it and do our job."


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Report: New Facebook 'Portal' Smart Device Features Facial Recognition Camera

Breitbart News - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 20:27
Facebook will release a smart display device later this month with a camera capable of recognizing users and following them around the room, according to the gadget website Cheddar. 


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