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Dem Rep Claims One Republican Is Taking Articles of Impeachment Against Trump Seriously

Townhall.com - 13 hours 20 min ago
Democratic Rep. Steve Cohen said Sunday that its not just members of his own party that are considering articles of impeachment against President Trump.
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Here We Go: Colin Kaepernick Takes Legal Action Against NFL

Townhall.com - 16 hours 13 min ago
Colin Kaepernick has taken legal action against the National Football League, filing a grievance under the most recent collective bargaining agreement that accuses NFL owners of collusion.
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Guess Which Group Refuses to Give Back Harvey Weinstein's Donations

Townhall.com - 16 hours 58 min ago
While a number of Democratic lawmakers who received donations from Harvey Weinstein have pledged to give the money back or donate it to charitable causes, not surprisingly, the Clinton Foundation said it will not return as much as $250,000 in contributions from the Hollywood producer.
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The best way to protect the press is to exclude government

HotAir - Sun, 10/15/2017 - 20:01

Government involvement in media is something pretty much everyone accepts. The FCC hands out licenses for individual TV stations, requires individual buildings to be far enough away from each other to not interfere with signals, and requires TV/radio stations give the same amount of time to candidates in prime-time. These regulations may seem common sense to most people, but in reality they’re an attack on the First Amendment and freedom of the press.

It’s no shock the federal government has attempted to tamp down on press at various times in our history. The infamous Alien and Sedition Acts of the late 1700’s made it illegal for a press outlet to publish a news story the government deemed was a lie. Three publishers, including a sitting congressman, were convicted under the act and given fines and/or prison. Almost all the acts, specifically the ones over sedition, were expunged when Thomas Jefferson became president. But the stage was set for the government to wheedle its way into the press’s freedom to publish whatever they wanted.

The invention of radio and TV made it even easier for the government to start exerting some form of control over what was published or broadcast. Congress used the sinking of the Titanic to first force its way into the airwaves, by requiring all radio stations be registered with the government. If you didn’t abide by the terms of the law, including broadcasting emergency notifications, the government could revoke your license and seize your equipment. The government’s control over radio became even more powerful when Congress passed the Radio Act of 1927 (signed by my favorite president, Calvin Coolidge), which let the Federal Radio Commission grant and deny licenses and review what was put out over the airwaves. Mark Goodman from Mississippi State University wrote in Media History Monograms that future president Herbert Hoover saw radio much like others now see the Internet.

Speaking at the third Washington conference on radio legislation, Hoover said broadcasters needed free speech and the right to broadcast, but that broadcasting needed to be free of “malice and unwholesomeness,” which would be accomplished if broadcasters acted in the public interest. If the radio industry could operate in the public interest, he believed that self-regulation would have been adequate. However, Hoover described radio as a “public utility” that needed to be “double-guarded” because of its entry into the home. He agreed that radio needed to be managed in the public interest. In November 1925, Hoover had explained his concept of public interest: “We hear a great deal about the freedom of the air, but there are two parties to freedom of the air, and to freedom of speech for that matter. There is the speechmaker and the listener. Certainly in radio I believe in freedom for the listener.”

In the end, not everyone who sought to speak would be allowed to use radio, Hoover continued, which meant that the primary question of regulation would be “who is to do the broadcasting.” Knowing Hoover would oversee the transition to the Federal Radio Commission comforted many in Congress.

This is the problem with government involvement in media: it restricts freedom, even if things are a little more chaotic than expected. In reality the government should have been patient and watched as those who couldn’t afford to keep broadcasting would slowly disappear, freeing up the airwaves from useless broadcasts. Newspapers go under all the time so the same could be said for radio stations which tried to live off their own product and selling ads. If it doesn’t work then the stations crash and burn, but the notion of free speech is protected.

But the government wasn’t interested in simply letting the free market take its course and grabbed power as quickly as possible in the late 1940’s over TV. The FCC, which replaced the Federal Radio Commission in the 30’s, decided there were too many TV stations and froze all licenses in 1948. The FCC started handing out licenses again in 1952, but the move, plus the previous legislation regarding radio, made things more difficult for upstart broadcasters like DuMont Television. The company lasted about ten years before shutting down because of conflicts with the government, Paramount Pictures, and AT&T. A part of the problem is the fact the FCC limited how many owned and operated stations companies could own in the country at five, and it ruled that Paramount’s involvement with DuMont limited its opportunities to expand. See how the government picks winners and losers? If the bureaucrats had decided to not get involved in regulation, but trust consumers to pick which stations survived, and which failed, the market would be more free and options even more open. It’s possible technology would have expanded even faster than before because DuMont, which was a TV manufacturer, was working on a variety of technology at the time.

Then there’s the notion of “equal time.” It’s understandable why the government, federal, state, and local, wants to make sure all sides get their say. It’s smart for individual outlets to go to both sides for comment, especially in elections. But there’s no reason for this policy, regardless of whether it makes things “more fair.” It just harkens back to the days of the Alien and Sedition Acts, where people could be put in prison and/or fined for not obeying government edicts. The odious Fairness Doctrine is another example of government intervention into programming on the idea of giving people both points of view. Thankfully, the Fairness Doctrine is a thing of the past, even though Democrats have showed support for bringing it back..

The fact is this: the government doesn’t need to be involved what TV or radio stations broadcast. The idea of Freedom of the Press and Freedom of Speech (for, say, programs lampooning one side or the other) is something we as Americans should hold dear. It includes letting things we don’t like actually make it on the airwaves. The mostly unregulated Internet, save for ridiculous cronyism at a local level, shows the importance of letting individuals do what they want, when they want. It would be nice just to sit here and say, “Well, kill the FCC,” to solve the problem. That would be a step, but it’s only a step. Americans need to be better educated on why freedom of speech and freedom of press, without government intervention, is important. It’s protected in the Constitution and we need to start paying more attention to it, not just give lip-service to it every couple years for elections.

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Harvey Weinstein’s brother finally breaks his silence on his ‘sick and depraved’ brother

The Blaze - Sun, 10/15/2017 - 18:44

Bob Weinstein, brother to embattled Hollywood executive Harvey Weinstein, hopes his brother gets the totality of the “justice” he has coming his way.

Bob spoke to The Hollywood Reporter in his first interview since the sexual harassment allegations against his brother blew up earlier this month. His brother is accused of sexual harassment, assault and even rape. Dozens of women have come forward. The allegations stretch back for decades.

What did he say?
  • “I find myself in a waking nightmare. My brother has caused unconscionable suffering. As a father of three girls, I say this with every bone in my body — I am heartbroken for the women that he has harmed.”
  • “I know him on a personal level better than anyone. It’s hard to describe how I feel that he took out the emptiness inside of him in so many sick and depraved ways. It’s a sickness but not a sickness that is excusable. It’s a sickness that’s inexcusable.”
  • “I don’t feel an ounce of remorse coming from him, and that kills me, too. When I heard his written, lame excuse… Not an excuse.”

Bob explained that he and the leaders in The Weinstein Company did not know about Harvey’s actions. Bob emphasized that fact in the interview.

When asked how he didn’t know the extent of his brother’s actions, Bob explained that he’s rarely talked to his brother over the last 5-10 years. Bob, however, said the full extend of justice should rain down on his brother. He also said that he was once the victim of his brother’s physical abuse.

So far, multiple legal jurisdictions have announced criminal investigations into Harvey’s actions. The Academy also unanimously revoked Harvey’s membership. Harvey was also fired from his company, and Bob said he is working to remove Harvey from the company’s ownership. Bob and Harvey each own about 20 percent of the company.

Bob also explained that they will rename The Weinstein Company, and that the company is in a good financial position. Many members of the movie industry have reached out to Bob to express their support for him, he told The Hollywood Reporter.

Will Bob cooperate with the criminal investigations against his brother?

Bob said: “A hundred percent, if it came to that. If I had anything to offer, I would. A hundred percent.”

“I’m mortified and disgusted by my brother’s actions. And I am sick for the victims. And I feel for them. I feel for them,” he said.

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Ready for John Kasich 2020?

HotAir - Sun, 10/15/2017 - 18:31

It looks like President Donald Trump might have a Republican challenger in 2020 in the form of Ohio Governor John Kasich. Maybe. Kasich told NBC’s Meet the Press on Sunday he’s already got one endorsement: his wife.

Chuck, I don’t know what I’m going to do tomorrow. You know, I will tell you this. The other day, with all the chaos going on, my wife said to me one morning, she said, “You know, John, I wish you were president.” That’s how I knew the country was in trouble.

I suppose it’s a teeny bit better than someone waking up and saying, “You know…I wish I were president,” but that depends on your point of view. It also means Kasich probably is thinking about running in 2020 because most politicians cite their spouses on whether a run for office is worth it.

Of course, the biggest questions for those who care about a Kasich 2020 run is which party. He’s a Republican but has been hinting at leaving the party over Trump. Again, via Meet the Press:

So my view is everybody ought to have a chance to rise. That’s the party I grew up in. And if people want to yell and complain and criticize, I don’t pay any attention to that. We’re doing the right things, ’cause the people, the state believe we’re heading in the right direction…I never give up, Chuck. You know, I’m optimistic that I can move the party, you know, in a direction that will be positive and we’re doing it here. And in fact, just because there’s some activists that scream and yell, whatever, that’s not where the bulk of the people are.

Meh.

Kasich is another example of a politician who went into office promising one thing and left doing something else. His expansion of Medicaid in Ohio, plus signing a texting-while-driving ban, and his affinity for intervening in every conflict possible (instead of every third conflict like Trump) won’t fly with people who believe in freedom and liberty. Whether he even gets a “coalition ticket” with Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper is questionable but still something he appears to be trying to make happen. He’s still making appearances on TV and speaking at various different conferences like Fortune’s CEO conference in September. His website also looks like someone who’s planning at 2020 run.

Will it work? Probably not, even though Kasich has his supporters. The Economist has long been a fan of Kasich, suggesting he’s not as moderate as he appears (despite the entire Medical expansion deal), and praised him for having his reputation intact after the 2016 primary. My father probably wrote in Kasich’s name in the box last November and might happily vote for him again.

The Kasich-Hickenlooper “unity” ticket would have to get past the entire two-party system to begin with, forcing its way onto all 50 ballots and figuring out a way to make it into the presidential debates. They’d also have to coax typical Republican and Democrat donors to give them money for ad time and do a humongous blitz on all TV and radio stations across the country.

What about joining the Democrats and trying to win that primary? Yeah, right. The Democrats are just as split as Republicans are, if not worse, because their reputation is just as bad as the GOP’s. Bernie Sanders had a legitimate shot at winning the nomination, except for the fact that party bosses wanted Hillary Clinton to get her shot and either win or go away. There’s also the fact that a lot of Americans are tired by the Republican and Democratic parties just seeming to be extension of each other. Sure they fight over certain issues, mainly social issues, but they also seem to be perfectly happy with sapping tax money from people, increasing government spending, then running back to constituents and saying, “I fight for you!” The “coalition ticket” of Kasich-Hickenlooper would basically be “more of the same,” proving why Trump is president and why Sanders had a good shot at getting the Democratic nomination.

So, Kasich’s most likely avenue is attempting to go through the GOP electoral system, and probably failing. Unless, of course, Trump doesn’t make it through his current term and Mike Pence is the GOP candidate in 2020. Then it’s probably chaos again.

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Las Vegas police just announced what they’re gonna do with the shooter’s brain

The Blaze - Sun, 10/15/2017 - 17:14

The Clark County coroner has completed his autopsy on Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock, and has decided to send his body off for additional testing.

What does he think?

John Fudenberg announced Friday that he had completed his autopsy on the 64-year-old Paddock and said that he wouldn’t announce the results for several months. However, he did confirm that he didn’t find anything out of the ordinary.

Meanwhile, Paddock’s body is being sent to Stanford University for further study — especially on his brain.

Why the brain?

According to the New York Post, investigators and researchers are going to probe Paddock’s gray matter to search for more clues to explain why he committed the massacre. Some people who knew Paddock thought he had an undiagnosed mental illness.

More from the Post:

Microscopic tissue examination can reveal otherwise hidden conditions such as dementia and chronic traumatic encephalopathy or CTE.

Paddock’s brain has so far shown no obvious sign of tumor, injury or abnormality during a more routine autopsy conducted last week by Vegas coroners, according to officials — who have yet to release toxicology results or an official cause and manner of death.

Is the extended test normal?

According to former Clark County coroner Michael Murphy, the extended forensic analysis is normal.

“These physicians will be able to look at anomalies, or things that are not normally seen, and see if there’s any organic reason why this individual, this shooter, did what he did,” he told KVVU-TV.

What will happen to Paddock’s body when investigators are done with it?

Investigators plan to return Paddock’s body to his family when they are done using it in their investigation, according to The Associated Press.

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Actress Lysette Anthony accuses Weinstein of rape, Scotland Yard investigating

HotAir - Sun, 10/15/2017 - 17:01

Several more accusers come forward to talk about their bad experiences with Harvey Weinstein each day. English actress Lysette Anthony, best known in America for her role in the 1983 fantasy film Krull, told authorities last week that she had been raped by Weinstein in the 1980s. Her allegation seems significant for several reasons. First, she is claiming that Weinstein forced his way into her house and raped her, which is different than his usual m.o. Second, she says this happened in the mid-to-late 1980s which makes it earlier than most of the accusations we’ve heard. Third, Anthony reported the assault to the police who have referred it to Scotland Yard. She made the announcement on Twitter last week:

Have just reported an historic crime to @MerseyPolice ..feel sick.. so sad.. pic.twitter.com/uwb6W182uF

— lysette anthony (@chezLysette) October 11, 2017

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— lysette anthony (@chezLysette) October 11, 2017

The details of her accusation appeared in the Sunday Times, which has a paywall. The Daily Mail summarizes her account of what happened:

She described Weistein as a ‘so-called friend’, adding that they met dozens of times and she never felt as if anything ‘untoward’ were about to happen.

That was until she went for a drink at his rented house in Chelsea on one occasion and he started to undress and ‘grabbed’ her before she fled. Weinstein then began to ‘stalk’ her until the attack.

One morning Weinstein showed up at her home. When she answered the door he pushed his way inside:

She said: ‘He pushed me inside and rammed me up against the coat rack in my tiny hall and started fumbling at my gown. He was trying to kiss me and shove inside me. It was disgusting.’

Ms Anthony tried to resist but was unable to fight off heavily-built Weinstein. She said: ‘Finally I just gave up. At least I was able to stop him kissing me.

As he ground himself against me and shoved inside me, I kept my eyes shut tight, held my breath and just let him get on with it.’

‘He came over my leg like a dog and then left. It was pathetic, revolting,’ she told The Sunday Times. ‘I remember lying in the bath, crying.’

Once Anthony made her report to police last week it was referred to Scotland Yard which is now investigating. Since then, two more women have come forward to say they were raped by Weinstein, one of whom has given her report to authorities. From the Guardian:

“On 11 October, Merseyside police referred an allegation of sexual assault to the Metropolitan Police Service,” a Scotland Yard spokesman said. “It is alleged that a man sexually assaulted a woman in the late 1980s in west London. On 14 October, further allegations were made against the same man. It is alleged that the man sexually assaulted a woman in Westminster in 2010 and 2011, and in Camden in 2015.”

The cases involve two different victims.

“Officers from the Met’s child abuse and sexual offences command are investigating the allegations,” the statement continued. “There has been no arrest at this stage.”

The referral from Merseyside police is a reference to Anthony’s allegation. But the three other assaults in 2010,2011 and 2015 were made by another woman whose name has not been revealed yet. In addition, a former Miramax employee using the pseudonym Sarah Smith has accused Weinstein of raping her in 1992:

Recalling the day of the alleged rape, Ms Smith, now in her 50s, said: ‘I was there on my own when he came to the office. He went down to the basement [containing a bedroom for visiting employees from the US] and he called my name. I went down – he was standing there with nothing on. I started to back away.

‘He grabbed me and he was so big and powerful. He just ripped my clothes away and pushed me, threw me down. Then… I kept shouting, “No! Stop!” and tried to push him off. But he forced himself on me.

‘And I remember, this is the one thing I remember most clearly: I thought, I have to keep saying “No!” I was very aware that if a woman says no, it means no. And that was the one thing going through my mind throughout, “No, no, no, no!” It was over very quickly and then he just said, “Get out!” I remember walking home that night and it was cold and sodden. I was mortified and ashamed. I didn’t tell anyone…

She added: ‘Even after all these years, I can still wake up screaming. It happened as recently as a couple of weeks ago.

It’s astounding that Weinstein could get away with this sort of extreme, predatory behavior for 30 years. Many people are saying that this behavior is not limited to Hollywood and I believe that but I wonder if the incentives in Hollywood aren’t especially appealing to monsters like this. What other industry has a glut of beautiful young women who can be given or denied careers worth millions of dollars (and worldwide fame) depending solely on the goodwill of a few powerful men? From an op-ed by actress Sarah Polley in the NY Times:

This industry doesn’t tend to attract the most gentle and principled among us. I had two experiences in the same year in which I went into a film as an actor with an open heart and was humiliated, violated, dismissed and then, in one instance, called overly sensitive when I complained. One producer, when I mentioned I didn’t feel a rape scene was being handled sensitively, barked that Dakota Fanning had done a rape scene when she was 12 — “And she’s fine!” A debatable conjecture, surely…

Harvey Weinstein may be the central-casting version of a Hollywood predator, but he was just one festering pustule in a diseased industry.

I’m sure things like this can happen in any industry but the power dynamic in Hollywood seems almost designed to appeal to this kind of predator.

Truth will always out..

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ICYMI: President Trump says ‘Stand for the Flag’ in Weekly Address

Townhall.com - Sun, 10/15/2017 - 16:05
In Case You Missed It: Trump explains why we stand
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Trump Provided Everything Puerto Rico Asked For

Real Clear Politics - Sun, 10/15/2017 - 15:51
Rep. Jenniffer Gonzalez-Colon, USAT
"There are things that I never do, but, you know, the president is always out of the script," Colon remarked. "And I think that's the main difference. People are used to having politicians that are politically correct, that follow the script, and he's not like that. I mean, what you see is what you get and that's the way he is."
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Harvey Weinstein and the Death of Liberal America

Real Clear Politics - Sun, 10/15/2017 - 15:51
Ash Sharp, Medium
Weinstein is a goner. Everyone knows it. It would be a great surprise if the man stands trial. The weird thing is, we all knew about…
Categories: Conservative News

Put Women in Charge

Real Clear Politics - Sun, 10/15/2017 - 15:51
Michelle Goldberg, New York Times
It's not a surefire way to guard against the Weinsteins of the world, but it would help.
Categories: Conservative News

Let Them Eat Paper Towels

Real Clear Politics - Sun, 10/15/2017 - 15:51
Paul Krugman, New York Times
Three and a half million American citizens are being abandoned.
Categories: Conservative News

The Method to the Moron's Madness

Real Clear Politics - Sun, 10/15/2017 - 15:51
Howard Fineman, HuffPost
Washington reacts with alarm to his inflammatory tweets, and lately has made a parlor game out of chronicling his outbursts of anger, dismay and ignorance, as news organizations offer a cascade of vivid in-the-room portrayals of an out-of-control boy king. Democrats hope against hope that he will be impeached over Russia. His approval rating is lower at this point in his term than any previous modern president’s. His former consigliere Steve Bannon has reportedly said Trump has only a 30 percent chance of lasting a full term.
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Move to End Iran Nuclear Deal Makes U.S. Less Safe

Real Clear Politics - Sun, 10/15/2017 - 15:51
Psaki & Greenberg, USA Today
After months of bombastic pandering to his base, President Trump took the first step towards dismantling the Iran nuclear deal — an agreement years in the making that prevents Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon, making the region and the United States safer. A man who has built his career on his alleged ability to make the best deals wants to rip up the only deal that has ever meaningfully constrained Iran’s nuclear program, without any semblance of an alternative plan.
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'Death to America'--Why Trump's Iran Policy Is Right

Real Clear Politics - Sun, 10/15/2017 - 15:51
Newt Gingrich, FOX News
In my experience, dictators and revolutionary movements mean exactly what they say. In this case, the Iranians would like to destroy both America and Israel.
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