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Conyers hospitalized for ‘stress-related illness’

(FOX NEWS) Rep. John Conyers was admitted to a hospital for a stress-related illness in Detroit, a family spokesperson told Fox affiliate WJBK on Thursday.

The congressman has been under investigation after multiple women accused him of sexual misconduct.

Conyers’ family spokesperson Sam Riddle said the congressman was “resting comfortably with [his wife] Monica by his side,” but did not give further details about his condition.

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Reports: Trump to replace Secretary of State

Reports Thursday indicate that the Trump administration is working to oust Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

According to The New York Times, sometime in the next several weeks Tillerson will be replaced at the State Department with current CIA director Mike Pompeo.

Republican Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton is reportedly slated to take over Pompeo’s CIA post.

The move comes after chatter earlier this year that Trump administration officials, including Vice President Mike Pence, asked Tillerson not to step down as the nation’s top diplomat following tension between he and the fledgling administration.

At the time, Tillerson denied reports that he was thinking of stepping down.

“The vice president has never had to persuade me to remain as secretary of State because I have never considered leaving,” Tillerson said in an interview with NBC.

For civil libertarians, the big story here may be less about State than it is about Cotton heading up the CIA.

Cotton is a perpetual surveillance and war hawk who has repeatedly cited vague terror threats as reason to make permanent the government’s wholesale spying on American communications via Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

He’s also advocated for some pretty psychotic plans for American military action to curb threats emanating from places like Iran and North Korea.

With the prospect of Cotton taking over the CIA, you should begin taking steps to protect your privacy from government snoops today. Check out our free guide. 

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Army vet says Franken groped breast during USO tour in 2003

(CNN) — An Army veteran says Sen. Al Franken groped her in December 2003, telling CNN that while she was deployed in Kuwait, the Minnesota Democrat cupped her breast during a photo op.

Stephanie Kemplin, 41, of Maineville, Ohio, is the fifth woman in two weeks to accuse Franken of inappropriate touching, and the second person to allege that such behavior took place while Franken was on a USO tour. Three of the five women have been identified by name.

Kemplin said while she was stationed in the Middle East during the Iraq War, she met Franken — at the time, a comedian and writer — as he was visiting American troops with the USO. A longtime fan of “Saturday Night Live,” Kemplin got in line to take a photo with Franken.

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What the Founders intended with the 2nd Amendment

This week the Supreme Court refused to hear two cases involving gun rights. In one, a federal appeals court had upheld a Maryland law that banned so-called “assault weapons” and detachable magazines holding more than 10 rounds.

In upholding the ban, the appeals court used the late Justice Antonin Scalia’s restrictions on gun ownership in his opinion in District of Columbia v. Heller. In light of SCOTUS’s refusal to uphold a right afforded every person, we felt it was time to remind SCOTUS – and Americans – what the Founding Fathers had to say about guns.

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.—Amendment II

What did the Founders mean when they penned and approved those words? As Thomas Jefferson suggested in a letter to William Johnson, “On every question of construction (of the Constitution) let us carry ourselves back to the time when the Constitution was adopted, recollect the spirit manifested in the debates, and instead of trying what meaning may be squeezed out of the text, or invented against it, conform to the probable one in which it was passed.”

According to An American Dictionary of the English Language, Vol. II by Noah Webster, published in 1828, the definition of “regulated” is this: “adjusted by rule, method or forms, put in good order, subjected to rules or restrictions.”

The Random House College Dictionary (1980) gives one more definition dating from 1690 and relating to troops: “properly disciplined.”

So well regulated, to the Founders, meant a group of troops put in good order and properly disciplined. So who were these troops?

The word “militia” is a Latin abstract noun meaning “military service,” not an “armed group,” and that is how the Latin-literate Founders used it. The collective term for army or soldiery was “volgus militum.” So they did not mean a standing army or a regular national guard.

The Militia Act of 1792 further defines it as the whole people, particularly, “every able-bodied man” from age 18 to 45.

Remember that the Founding Fathers had just participated in a bloody revolution. They feared a standing army. When there was a need for an “army,” men came from the surrounding area, bringing whatever weapons they possessed, to be led by a man or men with previous military service. Sometimes the State provided them with weapons, ammunition, horses, etc., if they did not have their own.

As Elbridge Gerry of Massachusetts put it: “What, Sir, is the use of a militia? It is to prevent the establishment of a standing army, the bane of liberty…. Whenever Governments mean to invade the rights and liberties of the people, they always attempt to destroy the militia, in order to raise an army upon their ruins.”

In his An Examination of the Leading Principles of the Federal Constitution, 1787, Webster wrote: “Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed; as they are in almost every kingdom of Europe. The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword; because the whole body of the people are armed, and constitute a force superior to any band of regular troops that can be, on any pretence, raised in the United States.”

Tench Coxe described the militia this way: “Who are the militia? Are they not ourselves? Is it feared, then, that we shall turn our arms each man against his own bosom? Congress shall have no power to disarm the militia. Their swords, and every other terrible implement of the soldier, are the birth-right of an American … The unlimited power of the sword is not in the hands of either the federal or state governments, but where I trust in God it will ever remain, in the hands of the People.”

In a speech at the Virginia Ratifying Convention, George Mason said: “I ask, Sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people. To disarm the people is the best and most effectual way to enslave them.”

“A militia when properly formed are in fact the people themselves … and include… all men capable of bearing arms. … The mind that aims at a select militia, must be influenced by a truly anti-republican principle,” wrote Richard Lee as The Federal Farmer.

“[W]hereas, to preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of the people always possess arms, and be taught alike, especially when young, how to use them; nor does it follow from this, that all promiscuously must go into actual service on every occasion. The mind that aims at a select militia, must be influenced by a truly anti-republican principle; and when we see many men disposed to practice upon it, whenever they can prevail, no wonder true republicans are for carefully guarding against it,” Lee also wrote.

“O sir, we should have fine times, indeed, if, to punish tyrants, it were only sufficient to assemble the people! Your arms, wherewith you could defend yourselves, are gone; and you have no longer an aristocratical, no longer a democratical spirit. Did you ever read of any revolution in a nation, brought about by the punishment of those in power, inflicted by those who had no power at all?” said Patrick Henry during the Virgina Ratifying Convention.

Thomas Paine wrote: “The supposed quietude of a good man allures the ruffian; while on the other hand, arms like laws discourage and keep the invader and the plunderer in awe, and preserve order in the world as well as property. The same balance would be preserved were all the world destitute of arms, for all would be alike; but since some will not, others dare not lay them aside…Horrid mischief would ensue were one half the world deprived of the use of them…”

And Samuel Adams said, “The Constitution shall never be construed … to prevent the people of the United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms.”

It’s clear the Founders intended that everyone be armed — not just for hunting or for self-defense, which were givens, but to protect themselves from tyranny.

Finally, what is meant by “infringed”? Again, back to An American Dictionary of the English Language, this time Volume I: “Infringed — Broken; violated; transgressed.”

Further, infringe is defined: “To break, as contracts; to violate, either positively by contravention, or negatively non-fulfillment or neglect of performance. A prince or a private person infringes an agreement or covenant by neglecting to perform its conditions, as well as by doing what is stipulated not to be done. To break to violate; to transgress; to neglect to fulfill or obey; as to infringe a law. To destroy or hinder; as to infringe efficacy.”

Liberty lovers should see the 2nd Amendment as inviolate. Not only do laws being considered by the gun grabbers infringe on the 2nd Amendment; but many, if not most, of the laws already on the books infringe on the Amendment as well.

The 2nd Amendment does not grant Americans the “right to keep and bear arms.” That right is held by all at birth. What it does is acknowledge that right and restrict any infringement upon it.

The Founders understood the dangers inherent in a government that held the monopoly on violence. The Constitution and Bill of Rights was written to restrain government, not the people.

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Senate shocker: Get Roy Moore’s explosive book – autographed!

Former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore

Former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore

The liberal media opposed him. The Republican establishment opposed him. Even President Donald J. Trump opposed him.

But Judge Roy Moore beat them all, along with the incumbent, in Alabama’s Republican primary for the United States Senate.

The colorful candidate, twice the chief justice of the state Supreme Court, rallied before the election with Sarah Palin, Nigel Farage, Steve Bannon and other conservative, populist heroes, portraying himself as the true champion of President Trump’s nationalist agenda.

Moore proudly displayed his personal firearm on stage and even rode a horse to the voting booth.

And to the shock and horror of the journalists and political class, Moore soundly defeated incumbent Republican Sen. Luther Strange.

But grassroots conservatives and activists who want to defend America’s Christian heritage could have predicted this was coming all along.

Since his steadfast stand against the removal of the Ten Commandments monument from Alabama’s state judicial building rotunda resulted in his removal from the highest judicial office in the state, Judge Moore has been resolute in standing for his principles. And while other conservatives cut and run, Judge Moore has always boldly proclaimed the truth.

Now, get to know America’s most exciting candidate by purchasing your autographed copy of “So Help Me God.”

In this riveting and explosive text, Moore explains why the states must acknowledge the moral principles on which America was founded. Certainly, he forcefully argues, it is not illegal to do so.

His victory in the Alabama Senate primary shocked the nation. And evangelicals around the country are rallying to his cause. Get to know the No. 1 enemy of the liberal media, the godless left and the Republican establishment. “So Help Me God” by Judge Roy Moore, the Republican candidate for Senate in the state of Alabama. Get the most important book of the current election cycle NOW in the WND Superstore.

While previous generations of Americans have taken the country’s Judeo-Christian heritage for granted, today its history, heritage and faith are under attack by hateful, far-left activists. The ACLU, among innumerable others, has made it its mission to take away Americans’ right to acknowledge the Creator. Moore calls on all Americans to understand that the Constitution doesn’t forbid faith in the public square, it protects it.

A Vietnam vet and West Point graduate, Judge Moore is being hailed as the stalwart champion of conservative principles America needs. The fiery Republican nominee is even saying his election will mean the end of Sen. Mitch McConnell’s tenure as majority leader.

It seems just about every person with power and influence in this country is opposed to him. But if the recent primary results are any indication, Moore has the Republicans of Alabama with him.

Whether you are a conservative, a Christian or simply someone who wants to remain knowledgeable about American politics, you can’t afford to miss learning about the most fascinating candidate in America today. Before it’s too late, get your autographed copy of “So Help Me God” by Judge Roy Moore – available exclusively at the WND Superstore.

His victory in the Alabama Senate primary shocked the nation. And evangelicals around the country are rallying to his cause. Get to know the No. 1 enemy of the liberal media, the godless left and the Republican establishment. “So Help Me God” by Judge Roy Moore, the Republican candidate for Senate in the state of Alabama. Get the most important book of the current election cycle NOW in the WND Superstore.

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This day in WND history: Secret Service officer spills beans on feds’ shooting of Miriam Carey

Miriam Carey

Miriam Carey

WND-20-YearsSecret Service officer spills beans on feds’ shooting of Miriam Carey

Nov. 30, 2016: It’s been the most basic and simple question in the entire Miriam Carey saga.

Why?

Why would federal officers chase an unarmed, suburban mother with her infant strapped into the back seat of her car?

Why would they shoot her in the back?

Why would they kill her?

The mystery is why, on Oct. 3, 2013, Secret Service and Capitol Police officers pursued and killed Carey after all she did was enter a White House guard post apparently by mistake, then make a U-turn and immediately try to leave.

U.S. Capitol Police officers and Secret Service agents surround Miriam Carey's car at Garfield Circle on Oct. 3, 2013

U.S. Capitol Police officers and Secret Service agents surround Miriam Carey’s car at Garfield Circle on Oct. 3, 2013

An 11-year veteran of the Secret Service came forward in 2016 with an explanation that may answer that most basic question: Why did federal officers kill Carey?

The most common explanation that had been given since Day 1 is that officers had no way of knowing if she posed a threat to national security and whether she was a terrorist, so they killed her.

At the time of the shooting, NBC reported:

“The U.S. Capitol was placed on lockdown for about an hour, and police officials said they will review their response to security breaches.”

The New York Times reported:

“At the Capitol, there was panic as it became clear that the police were mobilizing for a security threat. The loud buzzers were a jarring sound in a city still on edge from the shootings last month. Police officers, their semiautomatic rifles drawn, quickly sealed off the entrances to hallways and instructed people to remain where they were.”

CBS reported:

“The officers who shot and killed the woman who led police on a high-speed chase through Washington, D.C. on Thursday may have thought her motive was terroristic, says a police shooting expert.

“‘Our nation’s capital has been and continues to be a target, and people who work for the Capitol Police, the Metropolitan Police and the Secret Service understand that and have certain protocols in place’ to deal with such a perceived threat, explains Prof. David Klinger of the University of Missouri-St. Louis.”

And:

“[S]ays Klinger, at the time a reasonable officer may well have thought that Carey was attempting to carry out a terrorist plot, given the fact that she appeared to be targeting two major centers of power: the White House and the Capitol building.”

Not so, a Secret Service officer told WND.

Muhammad Abdul Raheem, an officer in the Uniformed Division of the U.S. Secret Service for 11 years, decided to go public and reveal his identity because he felt the killing of Carey by federal officers was unjust.

Capitol-CrimeRaheem sat down with WND and discussed the Carey case for three-and-a-half-hours in a Washington, D.C., office building just a few blocks from the site of another infamous capital cover-up, the Watergate Hotel.

WND has investigated the Carey case in depth since the beginning. The stunning facts and details of the investigation and the Justice Department cover-up are revealed in WND Books’ “Capitol Crime: Washington’s Cover-Up of the Killing of Miriam Carey.”

Long before WND uncovered many of the details indicating an official cover-up, famed civil libertarian Nat Hentoff said from all of the evidence he had seen in WND’s reports, which he called very thorough and easily corroborated, “[T]his is a classic case of police out of control and, therefore, guilty of plain murder.”

Read WND’s full coverage of the Miriam Carey scandal. Learn everything there is to know about the mom shot in the back by Capitol cops.

The officer, a Trenton, New Jersey, native explained how the Secret Service covered up what he said was the unjustifiable shooting.

The Secret Service officer also revealed how officers who shot Carey knew that national security was never at risk. He analyzed their actions for WND to come to that conclusion.

Raheem explained how federal officers knew that national security was never at risk during the Carey incident because officers did not act like they suspected she had a bomb.

And, he added, since they knew there was no risk to national security, they had no reason to shoot the unarmed, 34-year-old woman.

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Sex allegations suddenly ‘not a factor’ in Roy Moore race

Roy Moore

Roy Moore

A poll that previously had Democrat Doug Jones leading the U.S. Senate special election in Alabama by 4 points now has Republican Roy Moore up by 5 as he continues to battle accusations that he engaged in sexual misconduct four decades ago.

Leigh Corfman, meanwhile, who has made one of the two most serious accusations, broke her silence Tuesday in a letter published Tuesday by Alabama’s AL.com demanding Moore stop calling her a liar.

The change in the JMC Analytics poll, which shows Moore ahead 48-43, demonstrates “partisan preferences have reasserted themselves” and that the “sexual misconduct allegations against Moore have not materially impacted the race,” the pollster said.

Two weeks before the Dec. 12 election, 29 percent of the Alabama voters surveyed said the allegations against Moore make them more likely to vote for him. The RealClearPolitics polling average also shows a reversal, with Moore now up 2 percent after indicating last week Jones had a narrow lead.

Moore lost a double-digit lead in the polls in the reliably Republican state after the Washington Post on Nov. 9 published the accusations of Corfman – who claims Moore took her to his house and touched her sexually when she was 14 and he was 32 – and three other women who say Moore dated them when they were teens. Since then, five other women have come forward, including Beverly Young Nelson, who claims Moore sexually assaulted her, and Tina Johnson, who accuses the Republican candidate of groping her in his law office when she was a teen.

Corfman explained in her letter she decided to speak up again after Moore’s remarks at a rally Monday night, demanding he stop attacking her character and end his “smears and false denials.”

“The initial barrage of attacks against me voiced by your campaign spokespersons and others seemed petty so I did not respond,” the letter states.

“But when you personally denounced me last night and called me slanderous names, I decided that I am done being silent. What you did to me when I was 14-years old should be revolting to every person of good morals. But now you are attacking my honesty and integrity. Where does your immorality end?

“I demand that you stop calling me a liar and attacking my character. Your smears and false denials, and those of others who repeat and embellish them, are defamatory and damaging to me and my family,” Corfman writes.

“I am telling the truth, and you should have the decency to admit it and apologize.”

Meanwhile, Alabama Republican Rep. Mo Brooks defended Moore in a radio interview Wednesday, questioning Corfman’s claims, and asserting accuser Nelson is lying and that the yearbook inscription she presented as evidence is a forgery.

Also, a retired Marine colonel and former aide to White House Chief of Staff John Kelly has jumped into the race as a write-in candidate, describing himself as a centrist.

Former Sen. Barbara Boxer has predicted that if elected, Moore would eventually be expelled from the Senate.

“If they send a child molester into the United States Senate, the Ethics Committee will conduct an investigation that will leave no stone unturned,” she said. “They will reveal other issues and Roy Moore will be expelled, and he’ll be lucky if he doesn’t have criminal charges filed after that’s over.”

Two prominent Democrats are facing sexual-misconduct allegations of their own, Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., who’s been accused of harassing staffers, and Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., accused of groping women.

Breitbart News reported Wednesday it obtained copies of court documents that indicate a possible motive for Johnson’s accusation that Moore groped her in 1991 when she was in his law office regarding a contentious battle for the custody of her son.

Moore represented Johnson’s mother, who ultimately was awarded custody of the 12-year-old son. Johnson described her daughter as an unfit, absent and unstable mother with a “violent nature,” noting she “has been treated by a psychiatrist when she was approximately 15 years of age.”

A One News America report questioned the motive of retired Alabama police officer Faye Gray, who claims she was ordered to keep an eye on Moore at sporting events and at the Gadsden Mall because he was known to make unwanted advances on teen girls. OAN said two of Gray’s sons were arrested for drug distribution, and Moore prosecuted a case in 1981 in which Gray’s brother, Jimmy Wright, was arrested for distributing controlled substances. OAN’s report also found Moore ruled, in an alimony case, against convicted drug dealer Richard Hagedorn, who OAN said is the brother of longtime Washington Post editor David Hagedorn.

‘Judge for yourself’

In her letter, Corfman says she gave a Nov. 20 interview to NBC’s “Today” show “so that people could judge for themselves whether I was telling the truth.”

Leigh Corfman when she was about 14

Leigh Corfman when she was about 14

The Post interviewed more than 30 people who said they knew Moore between 1977 and 1982, when he served as an assistant district attorney for Etowah County. Moore previously attended the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, served in Vietnam, graduated from law school and worked briefly as a lawyer in private practice.

At the rally Monday in Henager, Alabama, Moore’s first public appearance since Nov. 16, the candidate again declared the accusations he made unwanted romantic or sexual advances on teenage girls almost 40 years ago are “completely false,” AL.com reported.

“I don’t know any of (the women),” he said.

Moore told supporters at the rally that the accusations are part of a scheme by Democrats to draw attention from the issues.

“Why are they doing this? I’m going to tell you why they are doing this,” he said. “They are trying to hide the true issues which affect the people of this country and this state that they want resolved.”

Moore said it’s “no different than when the Washington Post brought out the Russia investigation at a time when President Trump is trying to get his agenda passed.”

‘Clearly a liar’

Brooks told “The Dale Jackson Show” on WVNN radio in Athens, Alabama, that Nelson is “clearly a liar,” contending the yearbook inscription allegedly signed by Moore is fraudulent, CNN reported.

Moore attorney Philip L. Jauregui has demanded that Nelson and her lawyer, Gloria Allred, hand over the yearbook to be examined by a third party. Allred said Tuesday she and her client will comply only if the Senate holds a hearing in which Moore testifies.

Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala.

Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala.

Brooks insisted the accusations against Moore would not lead to a jury conviction in a court.

“What you have is the mainstream left-wing socialist Democrat news media trying to distort the evidence to cause people to reach the conclusion that Roy Moore engaged in unlawful conduct with a minor and my analysis of the evidence is that is not the case,” he said.

“Most importantly, the media likes to say ‘well, there are nine complainers.’ Seven of them aren’t complainers. In fact, I would be calling seven of those ladies as witnesses on behalf of Roy Moore on the issue of whether he is engaged in any kind of unlawful conduct.”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan have called for Moore to withdraw from the race. President Trump, last week, emphasizing Moore denies the allegations, said the Senate doesn’t need another liberal Democrat like Jones.

Brooks argued that Corfman’s accusation is undermined by the stories of the women who say Moore dated them as teens.

“So, now you’re down to one witness who said that Roy Moore engaged in nonconsensual sexual contact, OK?” he said. “Well, that one witness’ testimony is in direct and stark contrast with that of the other seven ladies, who said that he acted like an officer and a gentleman. And you look at the preponderance of the evidence and then you add Roy Moore’s denial and you add his long deeply held Christian beliefs and I just don’t think there’s any way in the world that a jury would agree with the assertions of the Washington Post and others that are trying to make us believe in the state of Alabama that we would be electing a pedophile.”

Third-party challenger

Marine Corp veteran Lee Busby announced on Monday he will challenge Moore and Jones, the Washington Post reported.

Busby argued the allegations of sexual misconduct against Moore created an opening for an establishment, centrist candidate.

“I think you can flip this thing. If this were a military operation, the left flank and the right flank are heavily guarded. I think that gives you an opportunity to run straight up the middle,” he said.

Busby admitted attending a fundraiser for Jones, but he denies ever donating to the Democratic candidate.

He said Jones also is unqualified for the Senate, citing the Democrat’s support for abortion.

The Hill reported abortion has emerged as a “firewall” issue for Moore, who is framing support for Jones as a blow to the pro-life movement.

“Nothing is more precious in the sight of most people than the life of the child, so I can see why people in Alabama would be enraged knowing that Doug Jones is willing to take the life of a child,” Moore campaign chairman Bill Armistead told the Hill.

“Alabamians are pro-life and as they find out how extremely liberal Doug Jones is on this and other issues like transgender bathrooms, they are going to flee from him. … Voters need to be educated on the candidates and the issues regardless of what they are regardless of what other allegations are out there,” he said.

Breitbart News reported former White House chief strategist and current Breitbart executive chairman Steve Bannon continues to support Moore.

Bannon has been planning a rally with Moore’s campaign for Dec. 5 in Fairhope, Alabama.

A veteran who served with Moore in Vietnam, wrote a column on Moore’s behalf, saying he knew him “to be an altogether honorable, decent, respectable, and patriotic commander and soldier.”

Bill Staehle of Asbury Park, New Jersey, who said he’s been an attorney for 42 years, recalled an incident in Vietnam in which he and Moore had been invited by a colleague to go out for drinks. When Moore discovered that the colleague had taken them to a brothel, Moore insisted that they leave immediately.

“That evening, if I didn’t know it before, I knew then that with Roy Moore I was in the company of a man of great self-control, discipline, honor, and integrity. While there were other actions by Roy that reinforced my belief in him, that was the most telling,” Staehle said.

“I reject what are obvious, politically motivated allegations against Roy of inappropriate dating behavior. What I saw, felt and knew about him in Vietnam stands in stark contrast to those allegations,” he continued.

“I sincerely doubt that Roy’s character had changed fundamentally and dramatically in a few short years later.”

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