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Trump sex-tape comments frustrate GOP supporters

(The Hill) Donald Trump’s middle-of-the-night tweets about a beauty queen sex tape are frustrating Republican supporters, who worry once again that their candidate’s lack of discipline will hamper his campaign.

They say Trump needs to keep his focus on Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, prepare for their second debate, on Oct. 9 in St. Louis, and quit taking the bait from Democrats.

“It’s unlikely the Miss Universe flap is hurting Trump with current supporters, but it’s hard to see how it helps grow our vote,” said one GOP lawmaker who supports Trump.

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Trump announces coalition to expose Hillary on abortion

(LifeNews) Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump today announced the leaders of the new pro-life coalition dedicated to helping him expose the radical pro-abortion position of Hillary Clinton.

The new Coalition of pro-life leaders reads like a who’s who of the pro-life movement with people like Marjorie Dannenfelser, Gary Bauer, Sam Brownback, Alveda King, Father Frank Pavone, Tony Perkins and many others who have been spearheading pro-life efforts for decades. These pro-life leaders all believe Donald Trump will govern as a pro-life president if elected in November.

These co-chairs head the newly created Pro-life Coalition in support of the Trump-Pence ticket. Last week, in a letter made public by Susan B. Anthony List, Trump announced the creation of the coalition and asked pro-life leaders for their support. In the letter, Trump also outlined four pro-life policy commitments.

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Female student attacked for wearing Trump hat on campus

(Campus Reform) A female member of the Gustavus College Republicans was assaulted by a male student for wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat shortly before Monday night’s debate.

The incident took place on campus, right before the first presidential debate began, according to a press release put out by the Minnesota College Republicans.

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The victim of the assault has chosen to remain anonymous, saying that she feels unsafe and threatened, and has even resorted to asking campus security to escort her around the college. While the perpetrator of the assault has not been publicly identified, he is reportedly a male student at Gustavus College.

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Hillary sees post-debate bounce over Trump

GOP front-runner Donald Trump and Democrat front-runner Hillary Clinton (Photo: Twitter)

GOP nominee Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton (Photo: Twitter)

Hillary Clinton has single-digit leads over Donald Trump in four key swing states ― Michigan, New Hampshire, Florida and Nevada ― according to polls conducted after the first presidential debate and released Friday.

Clinton has taken a 7-point lead against Trump in Michigan, with 42 percent of the vote to his 35 percent, according to a Detroit News/WDIV poll. In a two-way match-up that excludes third-party candidates, Clinton still maintains her 7-point advantage.

The poll surveyed 600 likely voters across Michigan. Of the 39 voters surveyed in the city of Detroit, not a single person said they were voting for Trump.

Clinton is ahead by the same margin in New Hampshire, taking 42 percent of the vote to Trump’s 35 percent, according to a WBUR poll. Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson draws 13 percent in the four-way race.

Four out of five likely voters in New Hampshire said they watched the debate between Clinton and Trump and 59 percent of those said Clinton won, compared to 19 percent who gave Trump the win.

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In Florida, Clinton leads Trump by 4 points, 46 percent to 42 percent, according to a Mason-Dixon poll.

And in Nevada, a Suffolk University poll finds Clinton with a six-point advantage over Trump, 44 to 38 percent. Clinton has opened up her lead in the swing state by four points since a mid-August Suffolk poll.

South Carolina voters prefer Trump as their next president only slightly more than they prefer Clinton, according to a new Winthrop Poll released Thursday.

Trump has 42 percent support among likely voters in the state, while the Democratic nominee trails close behind at 38 percent.

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“This will be a close race,” tweeted Jaime Harrison, chairman of the S.C. Democratic Party.

S.C. Republican Party chairman Matt Moore disagreed. “South Carolina is not a swing state,” Moore said. “Trump and (his running mate Mike) Pence are on a pathway to victory.”

Trump was still building on his national lead over Clinton in the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times daily tracking poll on Friday. Trump leads with 47.3 percent support to Clinton’s 41.7 percent. The poll surveyed 2,560 eligible voters.

A Rasmussen Reports’ survey of likely voters showed Clinton with 43 percent of the vote and Trump at 42 percent on Friday.

Johnson earns just six percent, his lowest level of support since early August. Green Party candidate Jill Stein remains at two percent.

Clinton leads Trump by 3 points nationwide, according to the latest RealClearPolitics average of samplings.

While Trump and Clinton fight for voters in the battleground states, most unscientific snap polls conducted online showed Trump as the overwhelming winner of the presidential debate.

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BuzzFeed was among the publications to offer readers an online survey. The “poll” showed the GOP nominee dominating with 14.3 million votes, followed by “other” with 161,000 votes. There were 152,700 votes for “undecided,” and Clinton was dead last with 70,800 votes.

Soon afterward, the media outlet felt the need to issue an “update.”

“Update: This poll no longer accurately reflects the opinions of real people. Please remember to vote in the upcoming election,” the statement read.

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Debate commission confesses to ‘issues’ with Trump’s audio

(POLITICO) Donald Trump’s microphone during Monday’s presidential debate against Hillary Clinton had audio issues, the Commission on Presidential Debates said Friday, providing a measure of vindication for the Republican nominee.

Trump had complained that his microphone was “defective,” suggesting that the debate may have been rigged by floating a conspiracy theory that his microphone had been tampered with.

“They gave me a defective mic!” he told reporters in the spin room Monday night. “[I] wonder, was that on purpose?”

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Clinton doesn’t want to define the middle class

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton likes to talk about how she’s the best choice for middle class Americans. The only problem… she’s not exactly sure who qualifies as a middle class American.

Asked this week to define the middle class by a reporter this week, Clinton rambled off a series of vague statements about how “the middle class is real” and “a reflection of the success of the United States from the very beginning.”

“The way I talk about it is to say we know what the median income in America is, but if you’re living in high-cost areas, if you have kids you’re trying to educate and send to college, if you face healthcare costs that are beyond the average; staying in and progressing up in the middle class takes more money in some parts of America than it does in others,” she said.

But beyond reasserting that her administration would impose hefty new taxes on American individuals and small businesses making more than $250,000, Clinton offered little detail about how she could help grow the nation’s middle class.

“The middle class is both real and aspiration,” Clinton concluded. “And I want to make sure that it remains strong and it gives people a sense of security and confidence and optimism about their futures.”

Clinton is right to suggest that different geographic locations throughout the U.S. have different standards for inclusion in the middle class because of cost of living. In places like Maryland and Alaska, upper middle class earners are making nearly $200,000 while the lower end of the middle class bottoms out around $50,000 yearly. By contrast, Mississippi residents are considered middle class between the range of (lower) $26,000 a year to (upper) $76,000 yearly.

But Clinton’s adherence to the Obama administration’s policy of harshly taxing American individuals and businesses earning more than $250,000 a year will hurt workers at both extremes.

That’s because someone earning that amount in a costly Virginia suburb is going to take the tax hit much harder than someone who earned the millions that Clinton and her husband rake in each year peddling influence. In addition, the likelihood that a person in places like Mississippi earning $250,000 or more each year are running small businesses and paying employees is high. Tax increases on those businesses will lead to fewer members of the middle class in those areas as small business owners are forced to cut costs by letting go their most expensive employees.

This isn’t the first time Clinton has shown voters that she doesn’t understand the relationship small business owners have to the American middle class.

During a speech in New Hampshire at the beginning of the 2016 election, the candidate said she only learned that U.S. small businesses were struggling under the Obama administrations mountain of new taxes and regulations after “doing some digging.”

“I want to be sure we get small businesses starting and growing in America again. We have stalled out. I was very surprised to see that when I began to dig into it,” she said at the time. “Because people were telling me this as I traveled around the country the last two years, but I didn’t know what they were saying and it turns out that we are not producing as many small businesses as we use to.”

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Traditional-marriage ‘hero’ Roy Moore removed from office

Judge Roy Moore

Judge Roy Moore

Judicial officials in the state of Alabama have chosen to “ignore the law and the rules” by imposing a term-long unpaid suspension on state Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore, his lawyers are charging.

The banishment until the end of Moore’s term was imposed by a Court of the Judiciary panel led by J. Michael Joiner, a criminal appeals judge, after the Judicial Inquiry Commission, at the behest of the Southern Poverty Law Center, claimed Moore essentially told probate judges to disobey the law.

Joiner was unresponsive to a WND inquiry seeking a comment. An aide transferred a WND call to an extension that was to be Joiner’s, where someone in the chambers picked up the phone and immediately hung up.

The case was developed with the help of a former SPLC official who was hired by the JIC for the specific case.

Moore’s representatives at Liberty Counsel were outraged.

They pointed out that the COJ didn’t even follow the law in its decision.

“To suspend Chief Justice Moore for the rest of his term is the same as removal,” said Liberty Counsel Chairman Mat Staver. “The COJ lacked the unanimous votes to remove the chief, so the majority instead chose to ignore the law and the rules.”

He blasted the organization as biased.

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“The rule of law should trump political agendas. Sadly, today that is not the case. What this decision tells us today is that Montgomery has a long way to go to weed out abuse of political power and restore the rule of law,” he said.

The COJ decision said “A majority of this court also agrees with the JIC that the only appropriate sanction for Chief Justice Moore is removal from office. Removal of a judge from office, however, requires ‘the concurrence of all members sitting.’ Rule 16, R.P. Ala. Ct. Jud.”

Staver explained, “It is clear there was not a unanimous concurrence to remove the chief from office, so the COJ suspends him for the remainder of his term. In other words, the COJ did what the rules say they cannot do. There is no meaningful difference between suspension for the remaining of the term and removal from office.”

He said the evidence presented at a hearing earlier this week revealed “Chief Justice Moore should be reinstated. He did nothing wrong. The JIC presented no live testimony or affidavits. The charges should be dismissed. Today’s decision by the COJ to suspend the chief for the rest of his term throws the rule of law out the window. This system must be changed.”

The ruling from the COJ was signed by W.N. Watson, L. Gwaltney McCollum, Laura Petro, Lucinda Samford Cannon, Joiner, Jeffrey Brock, James W. Woodrock Jr., S. Dagnal Rowe and Daryl O. Perkins.

Chief Justice Moore told WND that the case was flawed from the beginning, and as a result the attorney general refused to prosecute.

“This was a politically motivated effort by radical homosexual and transgender groups to remove me as chief justice of the Supreme Court because of outspoken opposition to their immoral agenda,” he said. “This opinion violates not only the legal standards of evidence but also the rule of law which states that no judge can be removed from office except by unanimous vote.”

In defense of Moore, Liberty Counsel earlier had charged the basis of the SPLC’s attack on Moore is nothing but his personal stance on marriage.

The SPLC has a long history of unjustified and unrelenting attacks on anyone who fails to toe its line of support for homosexuality and same-sex “marriage.” The organization, in pursuit of that agenda, earlier this year had to backtrack when it labeled Dr. Ben Carson, former GOP presidential candidate and one of the most admired men in America, as a “hater” because of its views on marriage.

That the JIC was acting politically was an issue from the outset.

Staver said earlier: “The politically motivated complaints filed with the JIC have no basis in the Canons of Judicial Ethics. The Alabama Supreme Court is the only body that has statutory authority to overrule administrative orders of the chief justice. See § 12-5-20, Ala. Code 1975. The complaints filed against the chief justice ask the JIC to usurp the legal authority of the justices of the Alabama Supreme Court to review the administrative orders of the chief justice.”

All six of the charges against Moore stem from his administrative order that, Liberty Counsel said, “merely advised probate judges that the prior Alabama Supreme Court orders from 2015 remained in effect while the court was reviewing the matter.”

The JIC had claimed Moore’s order “directed the probate judges to violate federal court rulings,” but Liberty quoted from its text, where Moore said, “I am not at liberty to provide any guidance to the Alabama probate judges on the effect of Obergefell on the existing orders of the Alabama Supreme Court. That issue remains before the entire court which continues to deliberate on the matter.”

WND reported just a few weeks ago when Moore released internal court communications showing he had tried several times to get the justices to make that decision.

He told his fellow judges “one way or the other: to acquiesce in Obergefell and retreat from our March orders or reject Obergefell and maintain our orders in place.”

“Any decision is better than no decision at all,” he wrote. “The uncertainty facing the probate judges [those who issue marriage licenses in the state] is enormous. … They need guidance from us on this court’s view.”

He later repeated his plea.

The COJ’s ruling selectively quoted from various court decisions and precedents, including Moore’s memo to probate judges, the only ones in Alabama who grant marriage licenses.

That came because the state Supreme Court had failed, over months, to alter its ruling on marriage.

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Staver earlier had warned that the Alabama procedure for complaints regarding judges gives a commission too much power – they can remove a judge from the bench on nothing more than someone else’s unproven claim.

The process also poses a danger to justice, because all an activist on the commission, or in the Court of the Judiciary, has to do to reach an improper result is to “get a few other people to go along.”

“Might makes right” under the system the state has, he explained

That the SPLC has engaged in questionable behavior also was a factor, although the COJ did not address it.

Liberty Counsel, which also has been targeted by SPLC attacks, said in a report last fall that by “falsely and recklessly labeling Christian ministries as ‘hate groups,’ the SPLC is directly responsible for the case of a man who intended to commit mass murder targeted against a policy organization in Washington, D.C.”

“On August 15, 2012, Floyd Corkins went to the Family Research Council with a gun and a bag filled with ammunition and Chick-fil-A sandwiches. His stated purpose was to kill as many employees of the Family Research Council as possible and then to smear Chick-fil-A sandwiches in their faces (because the founder of the food chain said he believed in marriage as a man and a woman). Fortunately, Mr. Corkins was stopped by the security guard, who was shot in the process. Corkins is now serving time in prison. Mr. Corkins admitted to the court that he learned of the Family Research Council by reading the SPLC’s hate map.”

Corkins was sentenced to prison for domestic terrorism, after admitting on video he accessed the SPLC’s recommendations to pick a target for his attack. The SPLC identified FRC as a hate group because it holds to a biblical definition of homosexuality.

WND reported a video showed Corkins entering the FRC offices and confronting Leo Johnson.

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FRC officials repeatedly have explained that they adhere to a biblical perspective on homosexuality but are not “anti-gay.”

“Consistent with his statement to the FBI, a … search of Corkins’s family computer revealed that on the afternoon of Sunday, August 12, Corkins used the computer to visit the Southern Poverty Law Center’s website, as well as the websites for the FRC and the second organization on his handwritten list. The FBI later recovered from Corkins’s home several printed Mapquest and Google maps, dated August 12, 2012, for directions to the FRC and the second organization, as well as the pad of stationary paper used by Corkins to create his handwritten list of targets,” the government explained in its court case against Corkins.

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Moore also was removed from the same office more than a decade ago for installing a Ten Commandments monument as a representation of the foundation of American law in a state building.

But Moore’s career may not yet be over; there are discussions about his potential run for the office of governor.

In fact, WND reported only a month ago a poll showed Moore was the favorite among GOPers in Alabama to be governor in 2018.

According to a Yellowhammernews report, Moore has huge support among Alabama Republicans.

“The Alabama Forestry Association, one of the state’s most influential conservative groups, commissioned a survey of 600 likely Republican primary voters and found that Moore’s sky-high name recognition makes him the GOP’s current top choice for governor in 2018 in what promises to be a crowded field,” the report said.

The report said 28 percent picked Moore, 24 percent were undecided, Attorney General Luther Strange got 9 percent and another handful each drew support in the single digits.

The report said Moore was viewed favorably by 58 percent of the respondents, unfavorably by 29 percent and 11 percent had no opinion.

 

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Accountability Matters: Cop cams vastly reduce citizen complaints

A new study of police departments shows that requiring law enforcement officers to wear body cams can reduce the amount of citizen complaints by a remarkable 93 percent.

The study, “Contagious Accountability,” followed 2,000 random officers in the United States and United Kingdom to determine whether officers are really more likely to act professionally if they know their actions are being videotaped.

After following the officers for a year, the researchers noted: “Across the seven experimental sites, 1,539 complaints were lodged against police officers in the 12 months preceding the study, or 1.20 complaints per officer. The number of complaints lodged against the police then dropped in the posttreatment period to 113, or 0.08 complaints per officer. This marks an overall reduction of 93% in the incidence of complaints.”

One interesting point the researchers made was that the cameras do more than protect citizens from wrongdoing on the part of police. They found that suspects aware that police are wearing body cams during interactions in public are far less likely to file “disingenuous” complaints against officers.

“I cannot think of any [other] single intervention in the history of policing that dramatically changed the way that officers behave, the way that suspects behave, and the way they interact with each other,” Barak Ariel, the study’s lead author, told BBC.

The new study adds to a growing body of research which proves that body cameras benefit both police and the citizens they encounter.

A similar study out last year from Ariel’s Institute of Criminology (IOC) at Cambridge University showed that body cam policies produced drastic reductions in violence from officers as well as a drop in abusive behavior by civilians during police-public encounters.

Researchers examined 12 months of policing by officers wearing body cameras in Rialto, California, in 2012, finding an increased “self-awareness” of all parties involved in police interactions when the cameras are present.

That accounted for a 59 percent reduction in officer use of force and an 87 percent drop in the number of complaints against officers from the previous year.

Still, police departments in the U.S. are incorporating body cams at a snail’s pace despite significant government investment in promoting body cam policies.

On Monday, the Department of Justice again tried to speed things along by granting $20 million in taxpayer funds to equip 106 police departments throughout the country with new body cams.

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Trump ‘proud’ of Obama birth-certificate quest

(WASHINGTON TIMES) Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said Thursday he’s “very proud” of his pursuing President Obama’s birth certificate, saying he succeeded where Hillary Clinton had failed.

“I’m the one that got him to put up his birth certificate. Hillary Clinton was unable to get there, and I will tell you she tried,” Mr. Trump told NH1 News while in New Hampshire on Thursday.

“And you look at her campaign and everybody knows it happened. I would say that pretty much everybody agrees with me. But she tried and she was unable to do it, and I tried and I was able to do it. So I’m very proud of that,” he said.

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Obama minions stripped watchdog of ‘media’ status

(WASHINGTON TIMES) Political operatives within the Obama administration wrongly punished conservative legal group Judicial Watch, stripping it of “media” status and trying to force it to pay higher fees for its open records requests, the General Services Administration inspector general said in a letter released Thursday.

The GSA botched several high-profile open records requests, delaying them for months while political appointees got involved, Inspector General Carol F. Ochoa said. The findings were released while the administration was facing charges of slow-walking open records requests for Hillary Clinton’s emails, as well as other requests.

In the case of Judicial Watch, the order to strip it of media status came from political operatives with long ties to Democratic causes — and even from the White House.

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