RenewAmerica Newsletter for October 9, 2018

October 9, 2018
Alan Keyes explains true meaning of ‘separation of powers’
ALAN KEYES — Many constitutional aims and purposes seem to be forgotten in this era of purely self-serving, factional politics. Among them are the aims and purposes of the “separation of powers.” Overacted partisanship means that the distinction of powers makes less and less difference, especially when it comes to relations between Congress and the president. When controlled by different parties, it’s taken for granted by most people that those relations will be adversarial. When the same party controls both branches, people expect the two branches to be fellow travelers…. (more)

October 9, 2018
CLIFF KINCAID — One of the last remaining representatives of the old Rockefeller wing of the Republican Party, liberal Never-Trump Republican Senator Susan Collins, made history by casting the deciding vote for Judge Brett Kavanaugh after getting assurances that he would vote to preserve the pro-abortion ruling Roe v. Wade. The recipient of a Planned Parenthood award, Collins gave Kavanaugh his crucial 50th vote, confirming him as a Justice on the Supreme Court, after calling him a “centrist,” not a conservative…. (more)

October 9, 2018
Southern Poverty Law Center’s Hate, Inc. loses the Pentagon but gains Silicon Valley
ROBERT KNIGHT — The hate business may not be what it used to be – – at least on the government level. The Defense Department has become the latest federal agency to sever ties with the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), an Alabama-based, hard-left group whose “hate map” is being used against Christian groups. Well, bully for the Pentagon for showing that bully the door…. (more)

October 9, 2018
Activist accuses Maine Republican of ‘white supremacy’
WASHINGTON TIMES — Women’s March leader Linda Sarsour on Friday launched a racial attack against Sen. Susan Collins, saying the Maine Republican was guilty of espousing “white supremacy” with her decision to support the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh…. (more)

October 7, 2018
Trump: ‘Big day for America!’
ART MOORE — After one of the most divisive Supreme Court nominations in recent history, the U.S. Senate voted 50-to-48 to confirm President Trump’s nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court…. (more)


October 7, 2018
SUSAN FERRECHIO — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell condemned and praised a “mob” of activists opposed to just-confirmed Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, telling reporters they terrorized lawmakers while firing up the GOP base…. (more)

October 7, 2018
Departs from Obama administration’s downplay of Islam’s role
BOB UNRUH — In a striking departure from the Obama administration, which sought to downplay the role of Islam in terrorism, the Trump administration is naming “radical Islamist” groups at the “principal terrorist enemies.”… (more)


October 7, 2018
NEWSMAX — Pope Francis has authorized a “thorough study” of Vatican archives into how a prominent American cardinal advanced through church ranks despite allegations that he slept with seminarians and young priests, the Vatican said Saturday…. (more)

October 7, 2018
NEWSMAX — The world-famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir will be singing the same tune but under a new name. The choir was renamed Friday to strip out the word Mormon in a move aimed at ending shorthand names for the religion that have been used for generations by church members and others…. (more)

October 7, 2018
USA TODAY — Art prankster Banksy has struck again. A work by the elusive street artist apparently self-destructed in front of startled auction-goers on Friday, moments after being sold for 1.04 million pounds ($1.4 million)…. (more)


October 5, 2018
BRIETBART — Leland Keyser, the “best friend” of Brett Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford, told FBI investigators in recent days that Ford associate Monica McLean had pressured her to change her denial of the alleged assault, which had hurt Ford’s credibility…. (more)


October 5, 2018
Poll probes political leanings of next generation of leaders
WORLDNETDAILY — A new poll examining the political leanings of the next generation of leaders found 31 percent of millennials identify as “democratic socialist” or “socialist” while 40 percent of men in that age group say the same…. (more)

October 5, 2018
NEWSMAX — Melania Trump is visiting a national park in Kenya to highlight animal conservation efforts. The U.S. first lady arrived at Nairobi National Park on Friday to learn about steps the east African nation is taking to conserve elephants and rhinos. She’ll also go on a quick safari…. (more)


October 5, 2018
BRIETBART — The Catholic bishops are gathering in Rome for a synod in a moment in which “the Church faces perhaps its gravest crisis since the Protestant Reformation in the form of the worldwide clerical sexual abuse scandals,” according to veteran Vatican analyst John L. Allen, Jr…. (more)

October 4, 2018
Muscling Kavanaugh into Kennedy’s seat on the Supreme Court doesn’t solve President Trump’s problems with the Deep State
CLIFF KINCAID — The startling Ambrose Evans-Pritchard article My Sinister Battle with Brett Kavanaugh over the Truth exposes a dirty secret from Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s past. But this doesn’t have to do with drinking or sex, and neither the Republicans nor the Democrats want to talk about it. Kavanaugh justified the use of the FBI to harass and intimidate a Grand Jury witness in the Vincent Foster probe. Evans-Pritchard calls them “rogue operations at the heart of the U.S. federal system.” But how rogue are they?… (more)

October 4, 2018
NEWSMAX — The Senate braced for a crucial initial vote Friday on Brett Kavanaugh’s tottering Supreme Court nomination after Majority Leader Mitch McConnell set his polarized chamber on a schedule to decide an election-season battle that has consumed the nation. A showdown roll call over confirmation seemed likely over the weekend…. (more)

October 4, 2018
THE FEDERALIST — In a sworn statement provided to the Senate Judiciary Committee, a man who claims to be an ex-boyfriend of Christine Blasey Ford says that he personally witnessed Ford coach a friend on how to take a polygraph exam. If true, it would mean Ford provided false testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee last week when she claimed she had never had any discussions with anyone about how to take a polygraph…. (more)


October 4, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — The nation is paying close attention to the ongoing controversy surrounding the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. A new Rasmussen Reports survey released Tuesday finds that most voters now agree that the process has turned shameful – – including a surprising number of Democrats…. (more)

October 4, 2018
Given notes’ role in allegation and fact Ford has already shared them with press, it seems reasonable FBI will want them
BYRON YORK — Christine Blasey Ford has no contemporaneous evidence to support her allegation that in 1982, when she was 15, a drunken, 17-year-old Brett Kavanaugh forced her onto a bed, tried to undress her, and, when she tried to scream, covered her mouth with his hand. Ford says she told no one about the alleged attack for 30 years…. (more)

October 4, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — Just as the perjury case against President Clinton hinged on the definition of the word “is,” the leftist campaign to paint Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh as a lying, ice-throwing hothead could depend on how you define “boof.” As the sexual misconduct allegations against Judge Kavanaugh remain stubbornly uncorroborated, the Democratic effort to derail his Supreme Court nomination has switched gears to more subjective criticisms of his temperament and descriptions of his youthful partying…. (more)

October 4, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — The FBI on Tuesday reportedly interviewed Tim Gaudette, a Georgetown Prep classmate of Brett Kavanaugh’s who hosted a July 1, 1982, party referenced on a calendar kept by Mr. Kavanaugh. The party at Mr. Gaudette’s home “has become the focus of lawmakers’ concerns,” The Washington Post reported. Kenneth Eichner, a lawyer for Mr. Gaudette, confirmed the interview but declined further comment, The Post reported…. (more)

October 4, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — Leland Keyser stood to be the perfect witness for Christine Blasey Ford by confirming critical events that would bolster her charges against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. But she wasn’t. She has ended up helping the nominee on two crucial questions as the confirmation process shifts from emotion-filled hearings on Thursday to a one-week FBI investigation…. (more)


October 4, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — The White House said Wednesday that President Trump was merely “stating the facts” when he questioned the testimony of Christine Blasey Ford, who accuses Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh of sexual assault. “He was stating facts that were given during Dr. Ford’s testimony,” press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said of the president’s comments at a campaign rally in Mississippi. Mr. Trump poked fun at Ms. Blasey Ford’s inability to remember key facts about the alleged attack…. (more)

October 4, 2018
The answer is clear: The sides and arguments would be largely reversed.
ALAN DERSHOWITZ — As a law professor for half a century, I tested the consistency and strength of my students’ arguments by constructing thought experiments in the form of challenging hypothetical cases – – we called them hypos. So let’s construct one to test the arguments being offered in the Kavanaugh case…. (more)

October 4, 2018
Victims seek millions from D.C.-based Islamic group
ART MOORE — A consumer fraud case against one of the nation’s best-known Muslim advocacy groups, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, will go to trial early next year. A federal court in Washington, D.C., denied a motion by CAIR on Wednesday to dismiss a case brought by five Muslims who claim they were victims of a CAIR staffer who falsely claimed to be an attorney and mishandled their cases…. (more)

 

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