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      • The parties and the judges have moved with unusual alacrity. Parties normally have 30 days to appeal a lower court action. The witness here appealed just five days after losing in the district court – and three days later filed a motion before the appellate court to stay the district court’s order. That’s fast.
      • The appeals court itself responded with remarkable speed, too. One day after getting the witness’s motion, the court gave the special counsel just three days to respond – blindingly short as appellate proceedings go. The special counsel’s papers were filed October 1.
      • At this point an unspecified procedural flaw seems to have emerged, and on October 3, the appeals court dismissed the appeal. Just two days later, the lower court judge cured the flaw, the witness re-appealed, and by October 10 the witness was once again before appellate court. Thanks to very quick action of all the judges, less than one week was lost due to a flaw that, in other cases, could have taken weeks or months to resolve.
      • Back before the D.C. Circuit, this case’s very special handling continued. On October 10, the day the case returned to the court, the parties filed a motion for expedited handling, and within two days, the judges had granted their motion and set an accelerated briefing schedule. The witness was given just 11 days to file briefs; the special counsel (presumably) just two weeks to respond; and reply papers one week later, on November 14 (for those paying attention, that’s 8 days after the midterm elections). Oral arguments are set for December 14.


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      Immigration Ruse: Trump To Cancel 14th Amendment


          Immigration Ruse Or Power Grab?

          Trump To Cancel 14th Amendment

          The Plot To End Birthright Citizenship

          By Ray Cunneff

          October 30, 2018

          President Donald Trump believes that he can simply cancel the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution by imperial decree, also known as executive order. It's unclear whether this is just a ruse to fire up his political base in the week prior to the midterm elections, or whether Trump actually believes he has the power to override Congressional authority, but such a move would end the right to citizenship for the children of non-citizens and unauthorized immigrants born on US soil.

          In an interview with Axios to be broadcast on HBO, Trump said, "We're the only country in the world where a person comes in, has a baby, and the baby is essentially a citizen of the United States for 85 years with all of those benefits".

          Predictably, Trump is lying. At least 30 countries around the world also have unrestricted birthright citizenship, including Canada, Mexico, Argentina and Uruguay.

          Most constitutional scholars doubt that the President has the authority to strip citizenship of those born in the US with an executive order, and he did not say when or if he would sign such an order. But there is considerable speculation among immigration hardliners that Trump's conservative-packed Supreme Court, with the addition of "imperial presidency" Justice Brent Kavanaugh, would support Trump's authority to issue executive orders with such broad scope.

          Trump announces plan to end

          birthright citizenship by executive order

          Andrew Harnik/AP photo

          President Donald Trump’s push to end birthright citizenship comes amid a larger push in the closing days

          of midterm campaign to highlight immigration issues and drive the president's conservative base to the polls.

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          President Donald Trump said Monday that he is planning to sign an executive order that would end the practice of bestowing U.S. citizenship onto babies born in the U.S. to non-citizen parents, a move almost certain to draw legal challenges on constitutional grounds.

          In an interview with Axios on Monday, Trump said that he had discussed the idea with the White House counsel and that “it’s in the process, it will happen, with an executive order.”

          Such an order would seek to override the 14th Amendment, which reads in part: “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside.”

          Some immigration hardliners have argued that the 14th Amendment is not applicable to those not in the U.S. legally or here only on a temporary visa. Trump, who has long promised to end birthright citizenship, told Axios that instead of amending the Constitution, he has been advised that his administration could end the practice through executive order.

          Josh Blackman, a law professor at the South Texas College of Law Houston, said the first question is whether the executive order actually exists or is "just something he’s making up for the midterms.”

          “But assuming it’s a real thing, it will be very surprising why his lawyers signed off on it,” Blackman said. “There are a lot of issues where legal scholars widely disagree. Birthright citizenship is not one of these areas.”

          The move would be sure to ignite legal challenges as to whether Trump has the power to end birthright citizenship, but Trump indicated that the White House has determined he does.

          "It was always told to me that you needed a constitutional amendment,” Trump said. “Guess what? You don't."

          "You can definitely do it with an act of Congress. But now they're saying I can do it just with an executive order."

          The issue of whether birthright citizenship could be applied to children born to non-U.S. citizens was the focus of an 1898 Supreme Court ruling. In U.S. v. Wong Kim Ark, the court held that a man born to Chinese-national parents in the U.S. was in fact a U.S. citizen.

          Blackman said it‘s broadly accepted that the phrase “subject to the jurisdiction” of the United States means subject to U.S. laws. However, a small group of legal experts disagree with that view.

          John Eastman, a professor at Chapman University and opponent of the longstanding interpretation of the amendment, wrote in a 2015 New York Times op-ed that the phrase “means more than simply being present in the United States.”

          Trump’s push to end birthright citizenship comes amid a larger push by the White House in the closing days of midterm campaign season to highlight immigration issues and drive the president's conservative base to the polls.

          Trump has railed against caravans of asylum-seeking migrants traveling from Central America, warning on Monday without evidence that there are “Gang Members and some very bad people” mixed in to the group, which he has referred to as an “invasion.”

          On Monday, the Pentagon and the Department of Homeland Security announced that more than 5,000 U.S. troops, along with other military supplies, including helicopters, would be deployed to the U.S.-Mexico border to brace for the arrival of the caravans, the closest of which is still making its way through southern Mexico.

          The administration is mulling other tactics to block the migrants, including threats to cut off aid to countries who don’t impede such caravans, and an executive order and regulatory action that would place restrictions on the migrants’ ability to apply for asylum once they reach the U.S.

          "We're the only country in the world where a person comes in and has a baby, and the baby is essentially a citizen of the United States for 85 years, with all of those benefits," Trump told Axios. "It's ridiculous. It's ridiculous. And it has to end."

          Trump's claim that the United States is the only country the world that practices automatic citizenship for those born within a nation's borders is inaccurate — according to Numbers USA, a group that favors reduced immigration rates, at least 30 countries around the globe also have unrestricted birthright citizenship, including Canada, Mexico, Argentina and Uruguay.


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              Pittsburgh residents embraced near Tree of Life Congregation after the shooting. Credit Andrew Stein/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, via Associated Press.


              Those of us here, along with most people in the country, have been bombarded with punishing conspiracy theories, false accusations toward Democratic leaders, untrue hate rhetoric, and crackpot ideas. Some of these assaults even come from Congress members, and Donald Trump is one of the worst of the purveyors of hatred, fear and paranoia.

              I believe that we must hold these propagandists responsible for their lies, for propagating not just distrust, but hate that infects our country. Rumor and conspiracy theories spoken by evangelists and hate group leaders is part of the problem, and these false and inflaming speeches that are sent out over the airwaves or social media as fact, are not just triggering discord, but are stoking the fires of unstable individuals. Some of those individuals have been shown to be intent on killing those that these purveyors of hatred have identified.

              Trump, by preaching "nationalism" and scapegoating immigrants and non Christians while defending white supremacists, is leading these distasteful, hateful, and death seeking conspirators. I hope we will hold him responsible for his part in incitement when we vote for Congress Members in just eight days from now. I hope most voters shun those who have supported and agreed with Trump, and vote for those who oppose him.

              The following opinion, written for the Washington Post by Max Boot, lays out the need to hold hate purveyors responsible, in clear and simple terms.


              October 28 at 7:39 PM

              After a “lone wolf” Islamist militant attack, the media invariably ask: What inspired him to kill? Usually the answer is found in Islamist militant propaganda. We need to ask the same question about right-wing terrorism. What inspired Cesar Sayoc to allegedly send mail bombs to prominent liberals? What inspired Robert Bowers to allegedly gun down 11 people in a Pittsburgh synagogue? What inspired Gregory Bush to allegedly kill two African Americans in Jeffersontown, Ky., after failing to enter a predominantly black church?

              To ask these questions in no way obviates the perpetrators’ ultimate responsibility for the evil that they do. But terrorists do not operate in a vacuum. So who created the environment in which right-wing terrorismhas become far more commonplace — and, since 9/11, far more deadly — than Islamist terrorism in America?

              President Trump — by championing “nationalism,” denouncing “globalists” such as Jewish financier George Soros, vilifying immigrants as “snakes” and “animals,” fearmongering about a refugee caravan and defending white supremacists as “fine people” — bears a substantial share of the blame.

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              Some of his Republican followers are even more extreme. Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) brought a Holocaust denier to the State of the Union and has blamed Soros for financing a Central American immigrant caravan. Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) gave an interview to a far-right Austrian website in which he endorsed the white-supremacist claim that white nations are committing “slow-motion cultural suicide” by allowing in immigrants of color.

              Even GOP leaders are joining in. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) posted and then deleted a tweet accusing Soros, Michael Bloomberg and Tom Steyer of buying the election. (Soros and Bloomberg are Jewish; Steyer is an Episcopalian whose father was Jewish.) Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, blamed Soros for funding protests against then-Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh.

              Where do these politicians get these noxious ideas? From a right-wing media industrial machine that includes Fox News, Breitbart, Infowars, Newsmax, the Daily Caller, Gateway Pundit and many other outlets. It was Maria Bartiromo of Fox Business Network who asked Grassley if Soros was behind the Kavanaugh protests — and after Grassley endorsed the charge, Trump gave it his imprimatur. The Wall Street Journal, in turn, ran an op-ed endorsing this calumny. Last week, Fox Business host Lou Dobbs interviewed Chris Farrell of Judicial Watch, who claimed that the Central American caravan was directed by the “Soros-occupied State Department,” echoing neo-Nazi propaganda about a “Zionist-occupied government.” (Fox Business has since apologized.)

              Fox News isn’t just vilifying a major Jewish donor to liberal causes. It is also demonizing all Democrats — literally. Host Jeanine Pirro refers to them as “demon rats.”

              This nonstop drumbeat of over-the-top invective and irrational conspiracy theories can drive otherwise sane conservatives to extremism — and it can drive those who were already unstable to violence. The New York Times reports that until 2016, Cesar Sayoc’s Facebook page was full of “decadent meals, gym workouts, scantily clad women and sports games. . . . But that year, Mr. Sayoc’s social media presence took on a darker and more partisan tone.” That’s when he began posting “stories from Infowars, World Net Daily, Breitbart and other right-wing websites,” which “showed a fascination with Islamist terrorism, illegal immigration and anti-Clinton conspiracy theories.”

              Fox News isn’t just vilifying a major Jewish donor to liberal causes. It is also demonizing all Democrats — literally. Host Jeanine Pirro refers to them as “demon rats.

              This nonstop drumbeat of over-the-top invective and irrational conspiracy theories can drive otherwise sane conservatives to extremism — and it can drive those who were already unstable to violence. The New York Times reports that until 2016, Cesar Sayoc’s Facebook page was full of “decadent meals, gym workouts, scantily clad women and sports games. . . . But that year, Mr. Sayoc’s social media presence took on a darker and more partisan tone.” That’s when he began posting “stories from Infowars, World Net Daily, Breitbart and other right-wing websites,” which “showed a fascination with Islamist terrorism, illegal immigration and anti-Clinton conspiracy theories.”

              Naturally, when Sayoc sent letter bombs to Trump’s critics, the right-wing media claimed it must be a “false flag” operation. Once the preserve of the paranoid radio host Alex Jones, this lunacy is now propagated by the likes of Ann Coulter, Rush Limbaugh, Dinesh D’Souza, Frank Gaffney, Donald Trump Jr. and Michael Savage. D’Souza tweeted: “Fake sexual assault victims. Fake refugees. Now fake mail bombs. We are all learning how the media left are masters of distortion, deflection & deception.” Trump himself appeared to give winking support to this crackpot theory by referring to “this ‘Bomb’ stuff.” Even after Sayoc’s arrest, few “false flag” theorists recanted or apologized.

              There is partisanship on both sides of the political spectrum, but no left-wing outlets propagate extremism as successfully or widely as conservative media do. A new study of “Network Propaganda” by three Harvard researchers notes that liberals, by and large, get their news from sources such as The Post, the Times, NPR and CNN that, regardless of any political bias, also engage in rigorous fact-checking. Conservatives, by contrast, are being brainwashed by right-wing media that are an “echo chamber” for “rumor and conspiracy theory.”

              The frightening thing is that the right-wing media will be here long after Trump and the current crop of Republican politicians are gone. These outlets have a First Amendment right to say what they want, but investors and advertisers also have a right to take their dollars elsewhere. If Rupert Murdoch and his sons won’t rein in its extremist propaganda, advertisers should flee Fox, and investors should flee its parent company, News Corp. Its stock should become as toxic as shares of mining companies that produce “blood diamonds.” The propagandists and politicians who are radicalizing the American right must not be allowed to escape responsibility for the dangerous consequences of their actions.


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              Jewish Group Tells Trump To Stay Away From Pittsburgh: 'You Are Not Welcome'


                  UPDATE! Trump plans on going to Pittsburgh tomorrow, Tuesday, and meeting with families of the victims. This may not be one of Trump's best ideas being he is a supporter of white nationalists. Stay tuned.


                  It shouldn't take a catastrophe as what we just saw happen in Pittsburgh to denounce Trump and his far right nationalism.

                  “President Trump, you are not welcome in Pittsburgh until you fully denounce white nationalism,” the leaders of the local chapter of Bend the Arc wrote, adding:

                  “For the past three years, your words and your policies have emboldened a growing white nationalist movement. You yourself called the murderer evil, but yesterday’s violence is the direct culmination of your influence.”

                  More people and more cities need to follow this example and strongly denounce Trump and anyone else in Trump's administration who has supported these alt-right nationalist groups. These groups need to be ostracized rather than embraced and not be given a voice that promotes hatred and discrimination towards other Americans. A voice that Trump not only gave to the underbelly of our society but a voice which Trump himself uses when he whips up his base at his rallies.

                  We need to tell our elected officials that Trump is not welcome and should not be invited to our States for his hate filled speeches. We need to put the blame where it belongs, with Trump. We need to let Trump know that we are decent people who will no longer put up with his hate rhetoric, lies, fear mongering and most of all his constant demeaning of our Press with his whiny wimpy vulgar immature tweets. We need to remind Trump that there are more of us out here who did not want him in the white house as those who did.


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                  Trump And G.O.P. Candidates Escalate Race And Fear As Election Ploys


                      America, we have a very serious problem. Trump and the GOP are trying to divide our country with their nationalist propaganda. As most of you know, I detest the "both sides" excuse. So how do we solve any problem? FIRST we have to define the problem. Is our nationalist problem caused by "both sides"? Has the Democratic Party attempted in any way to divide our country?

                      When Maxine Waters advised people who don't like what politicians are doing, to get in their faces, did she say just to get in the faces of republicans? Did she say republican voters should not challenge their elected officials?

                      Has ANY elected Democratic Party official suggested ANY act of violence? The problem we have is not a "both sides" problem. It is a white nationalist Trump/GOP problem.

                      On November 6th WE CAN BEGIN TO SOLVE THIS PROBLEM!!!


                      An organization needs to define some standard of problem solving, so that leadership can effectively direct others in the research and resolution of issues.

                      In problem solving, there are four basic steps.

                      1. Define the problem

                      Diagnose the situation so that your focus is on the problem, not just its symptoms. Helpful techniques at this stage include using flowcharts to identify the expected steps of a process and cause-and-effect diagrams to define and analyze root causes.

                      The chart below identifies key steps for defining problems. These steps support the involvement of interested parties, the use of factual information, comparison of expectations to reality and a focus on root causes of a problem. What’s needed is to:

                      • Review and document how processes currently work (who does what, with what information, using what tools, communicating with what organizations and individuals, in what time frame, using what format, etc).
                      • Evaluate the possible impact of new tools and revised policies in the development of a model of “what should be.”


                      By Alexander Burns and Astead W. Herndon

                      • Oct. 22, 2018803

                      President Trump on Monday sharply intensified a Republican campaign to frame the midterm elections as a battle over immigration and race, issuing a dark and factually baseless warning that “unknown Middle Easterners” were marching toward the American border with Mexico.

                      The unsubstantiated charge marked an escalation of Mr. Trump’s efforts to stoke fears about foreigners and crime ahead of the Nov. 6 vote, as he did to great effect in the presidential race. Mr. Trump and other Republicans are insistently seeking to tie Democrats to unfettered immigration and violent crime, and in some instances this summer and fall they have attacked minority candidates in nakedly racial terms.

                      Mr. Trump is now railing daily in speeches and on Twitter against the migrant caravan moving north through Central America, and on Monday called it a national emergency. The caravan has dominated conservative talk radio and Fox News, where there has also been loose speculation about a link to terrorism. The apparently groundless inclusion of “unknown Middle Easterners” to the caravan echoes Mr. Trump’s longstanding practice of amplifying fears about Islamic militants on the campaign trail.

                      “That is an assault on our country and in that caravan you have some very bad people and we can’t let that happen to our country,” the president said at a rally in Houston on Monday night. Mr. Trump suggested without any proof that the opposition was involved in instigating the caravan. “I think the Democrats had something to do with it,” he said.

                      Is it stoking violence to point out the things Trump and the GOP are doing to divide the USA that make them accomplishes to the attempted assassination of leaders of the Democratic Party or the murders of Jewish worshipers and other hate crimes?

                      Trump says anybody who votes for a Democrat is crazy.

                      Martha McSally, the GOP senate candidate in AZ said she doesn't want to talk about how the GOP is lying about supporting a ban on pre-existing conditions. She would rather talk about the caravan. Trump went to Arizona to support her campaign.

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                      BREAKING Multiple People Dead In Shooting At Synagogue In Pittsburgh



                          Preliminary information; one shooter is in custody, three police officers shot, their condition unknown at this time. There are also reports of multiple casualties inside the synagogue. The location is not yet considered secure as police officers and SWAT sweep the building for additional gunmen and other casualties. A press conference will take place once the scene is declared secure.

                          No word yet on the number of fatalities and injuries.


                          We're still awaiting a press conference, but reports are of at least eight dead. The shooter has been identified as 46 year-old Rob Bowers of Pittsburgh, who has been linked to anti-semitic social media comments and has been quoted has having proclaimed "all Jews must die" at the scene of the shootings this morning.


                          The death toll now stands at 11, with 7 wounded 4 of them police officers. Bowers is now known to have repeatedly shared anti-semitic views online, including a conspiracy theory that Jews and HIAS, a Jewish nonprofit organization offering aid to refugees, were helping transport migrants across Central America in the same caravans the president has verbally attacked.


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                          North Carolina Denied 99 Percent Of Federal Recovery Funds For Hurricane Matthew


                              Maybe those people who keep voting against their own interests might start voting for them after this slap in the face from the republican led government. The same goes for those in Florida.


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                              Bomber Suspect Van Tells The Tale: Trump Is At The Heart Of His Story


                                  Who has Trumped named as bearing responsibility for this....

                                  a) The Dems for their attacks on his policies and on Kavanaugh's nomination

                                  b) The media for promoting hositility

                                  Not a word about his connection to all of this......but it is pretty clear who 56 year old Florida resident Cesar Sayoc was focused on......

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                                  Two More Bombs Found Addressed To Cory Booker And CNN


                                      "Federal authorities discovered two more explosive devices, one addressed to Senator Cory Booker and another sent to CNN’s offices in New York, according to law enforcement officials on Friday.

                                      "The discoveries came as investigators looking into a spate of pipe bombs sent this week have turned their attention to southern Florida.

                                      "The package sent to CNN was discovered on Friday morning at a United States Postal Service facility in Midtown Manhattan. The package for Mr. Booker, a New Jersey Democrat, was found in Florida, the F.B.I. said. A total of 12 packages have been found so far."


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                                          Republicans have purged voters from the rolls, enacted voter identification laws and closed polling places in states across the country.CreditCreditJustin Sullivan/Getty Images


                                          Many of us cannot help but see what is going on at polling places where they've left off a Democratic candidate's name, or transferred votes for a Democrat to that of a Republican, or purged the roles of voters in a district that shows that the majority of the voters in that district vote Democrat, or closed voting places to make voting difficult, or even telling NRA Republicans to take their guns to the polls to deal with Progressives. It gets reported in the news, and then Trump calls it media terrorism.

                                          Recently, with top Democrats, and even a well repected movie actor having been targeted with explosive and/or other dangerous substances, we saw Trumpsters stating almost immeditely they learned of the attacks, that these attacks were a false flag. Consiracy theories hit the airwaves and the internet with made up stories that seem to be meant to inflame. Result: We cannot help but notice that voter suppression is hotter and heavier than ever befiore.

                                          In today's episode of these explosive new obstacles we are facing when we decide to vote, David Leonhardt gives his opinion in his next to last essay on voter suppression - or what could rightly be called oppressing the vote to oppress the people of the USA.



                                          First, I try to avoid drawing immediate conclusions from acts of terrorism, like the bombs mailed to Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, other prominent Democrats and CNN. It’s unclear who sent them or what the motive was.

                                          But I will say this: President Trump and his allies continue to talk about violence in completely irresponsible ways. That will remain true regardless of what we eventually learn about this incident. Jeff Zucker, the president of CNN, made this point in a statement yesterday. My colleagues Charles Blow and Bret Stephens have also made it.

                                          Some of Trump’s allies were quick to claim that the attacks were “false flag” operations, carried out by Democrats. “It’s obviously fine to withhold judgment on the attacks until law enforcement addresses more of the public’s questions,” writes Tiana Lowe in the conservative Washington Examiner. But “the rush from some on the Right to use a lack of facts to justify promulgating ridiculous conspiracy theories is both fallacious and irresponsible.”

                                          Voter suppression. Republicans are engaged in an aggressive effort to prevent Americans from voting:

                                          • In Georgia, Ohio and elsewhere, Republican officials are purging the voter rolls — taking away people’s registration, often for no good reason.
                                          • In Arizona, North Carolina, Texas and elsewhere, Republicans have closed polling places.
                                          • In Arkansas, Iowa and North Dakota, Republicans have added onerous new identification requirements.
                                          • And in Florida, Iowa and Kentucky, Republicans have tried to make it even harder for people previously convicted of felonies to vote.

                                          I find this anti-voter campaign to be an outrageous injustice, and it’s the main subject of the new episode of our podcast, “The Argument.” During the conversation, Michelle Goldberg puts voter suppression into the larger context of “minority rule,” and Ross Douthat argues that progressives like Michelle and me are overly focused on voting rules. The Democrats’ bigger problem, he says, is persuading people to want to vote for them.


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