These College Students Aren’t Voting. You Won’t Believe Why.

By The Daily Wire. Democrats are relying on young voters to turn out in record numbers to preserve the so-called “blue wave” in November. But if college students in Virginia are any indication, getting kids to vote may be harder than it seems.

According to local news station WTOP, Fairfax County college students aren’t likely to return their absentee ballots because “a U.S. Postal Service stamp seems to be a foreign concept to them.” . . .

Apparently, members of a focus group convened in Fairfax County agreed. The college students who turned up to explain to Fairfax County officials why so few of their friends vote had a “spirited conversation” on the subject of finding, obtaining, and using stamps to send “snail mail.”

This is bad news for Democrats, who need the largely liberal college student demographic to vote in areas that aren’t “safe” blue zones. Either that, or they’ll have to start including self-addressed stamped envelopes in absentee voter packages. (Read more from “These College Students Aren’t Voting. You Won’t Believe Why.” HERE)

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Why College Students Don’t Vote Absentee? They Don’t Know Where to Buy a Postage Stamp

By WTOP. “Vote or die.” Unless, it’s too hard to find a stamp.

A Fairfax County focus group this summer found many college students who have gotten an absentee ballot simply fail to send it back because a U.S. Postal Service stamp seems to be a foreign concept to them.

“One thing that came up, which I had heard from my own kids but I thought they were just nerdy, was that the students will go through the process of applying for a mail-in absentee ballot, they will fill out the ballot, and then, they don’t know where to get stamps,” Lisa Connors with the Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs said.

“That seems to be like a hump that they can’t get across.”

The focus group included college interns from across numerous county departments. (Read more from “Why College Students Don’t Vote Absentee? They Don’t Know Where to Buy a Postage Stamp” HERE)

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FUNNY NOT FUNNY: NY Times Says It’s Looking For Fake News

On Tuesday, a New York Times reporter tweeted that the paper wanted its readers to send the newspaper incidences of fake news, stating that the paper was ‘looking for false information being spread deliberately to confuse, mislead, or influence voters ahead of the 2018 midterm elections.”

The Times might start by looking inward just a little. In July 2017, the Times published a widely-condemned scurrilous editorial reiterating a long-debunked conspiracy theory suggesting that a map published by Sarah Palin’s PAC listing electoral districts caused Jared Lee Loughner to shoot Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) in 2011.

In May 2018, the Times understated the number of people at a Trump rally in Nashville, Tennessee, saying there were 1,000 people when there were reportedly between 5,000-8,000 people there. In July 2018, the Times was caught after repeating a reportedly false claim from 1987 that Israel’s founding prime minister, David Ben Gurion, wanted Israel to give up land it had conquered in the 1967 Six-Day War.

Most recently, last week the Times published a piece that elicited outrage against U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley titled “Nikki Haley’s View of New York Is Priceless. Her Curtains? $52,701.”

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North Dakota Is Now Pumping as Much Crude as Venezuela

By Yahoo. North Dakota’s oil production surged to a new record in July, putting the mid-western state on par with OPEC member Venezuela.

Home to the Bakken shale play, North Dakota pumped 1.27 million barrels a day in July, according to state figures released Friday. That’s roughly the same output as Venezuela during the month. The South American nation, whose oil industry has collapsed amid a prolonged financial crisis, saw production fall further in August to 1.24 million barrels a day — about half the level seen in early 2016, according to data from OPEC secondary sources. (Read more from “North Dakota Is Now Pumping as Much Crude as Venezuela” HERE)

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U.S. Now the Largest Global Crude Oil Producer, EIA Says

By Workboat. The Energy Information Administration (EIA) estimated in their latest Short-Term Energy Outlook released last week that the U.S. is now the largest global crude oil producer, likely surpassing Russia and Saudi Arabia.

In February, U.S. crude oil production exceeded that of Saudi Arabia for the first time in more than two decades. In June and August, the U.S. surpassed Russia in crude oil production for the first time since February 1999.

The Department of Energy (DOE) also announced that on Sept. 6 a short-term order was issued to Freeport LNG to export up to 2.14 billion cu. ft. per day (Bcf/d) of natural gas as liquefied natural gas (LNG) over a two-year period to both free-trade and non-free trade agreement countries. This order authorizes Freeport LNG’s initial commissioning volumes and other exports pursuant to short-term contracts. Freeport LNG will be exporting the LNG from the Freeport LNG Liquefaction Project, which is currently under construction on Quintana Island near Freeport, Texas.

During this two-year authorization period, Freeport LNG will be able to export LNG to any country not prohibited by U.S. law or policy. The two-year export term will become effective on the date of the facility’s first export of LNG, currently projected to be in the third quarter of 2019. (Read more from “U.S. Now the Largest Global Crude Oil Producer, EIA Says” HERE)

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Florence Not Done Yet: The ‘Worst yet to Come,’ Risks Include Flash Floods, Landslides, Tornadoes

With at least 32 deaths linked to the flooding and high winds caused by Hurricane Florence and its aftermath, North Carolina remained in state of crisis Tuesday as officials tried to battle floodwaters that kept rising.

Wilmington, North Carolina, remained largely isolated by flooding, while more than half a million people were without power, CBS reported.

“Any direction you try coming into the city, from 20 to 40 miles out, roads are impassable,” Mayor Bill Saffo said, CNN reported. “Anyone trying to get in here — don’t try. You will be turned away. Highway Patrol won’t let you.”

“This a monumental disaster for our state,” said North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper. “In many parts of North Carolina the danger is still immediate.”

Cooper said that due to the days of rain dumped on the state, the “worst flooding yet” is still to come.

Cooper’s words echoed those of Mayor Mitch Colvin of Fayetteville, North Carolina, who on Saturday predicted, “The worst is yet to come,” The Guardian reported.

Some parts of North Carolina received almost three feet of rain.

Although the Carolinas were drenched by rain from the storm, its passage through Virginia was marked by tornadoes. One person was reported killed in the state.

“Flooding is still going to be a concern into the weekend and into next week,” said Hal Austin, a National Weather Service meteorologist, according to CNBC.

Austin said more rain may fall on the Carolinas Tuesday and Wednesday.

“No more water, not even a drop, please,” he said.

Florence left the Carolinas and Virginia behind Tuesday as it moved north.

The storm was expected to drop six inches of rain on parts of New England and the mid-Atlantic on Tuesday, with flash flood watches posted across parts of New England and New York. Parts of New York State’s Erie Canal were closed in anticipation of flooding, NYUpstate reported.

The storm’s impacts may be felt other places as well.

“Not only are you going to see more impact across North Carolina … but we’re also anticipating you are about to see a lot of damage through West Virginia, all the way up to Ohio as the system exits out,” Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Brock Long said Sunday, according to Fox News. (For more from the author of “Florence Not Done Yet: The ‘Worst yet to Come,’ Risks Include Flash Floods, Landslides, Tornadoes” please click HERE)

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Democrats Refuse to Participate in Phone Call With Kavanaugh

Democrats serving on the Senate Judiciary Committee reportedly refused to participate in phone calls with Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and his sexual assault accuser Dr. Christine Blasey Ford on Monday.

In a statement released by the Senate Judiciary Committee, Chairman Chuck Grassley said, “Anyone who comes forward as Dr. Ford has deserves to be heard, so I will continue working on a way to hear her out in an appropriate, precedented and respectful manner.”

He continued, “The standard procedure for updates to any nominee’s background investigation file is to conduct separate follow-up calls with relevant parties. In this case, that would entail phone calls with at least Judge Kavanaugh and Dr. Ford. Consistent with that practice, I asked Senator Feinstein’s office yesterday to join me in scheduling these follow-ups.

“Thus far, they have refused. But as a necessary step in evaluating these claims, I’ll continue working to set them up.”

Later in the day, Grassley announced the committee would be holding public hearings Monday, Sept. 24, during which both Kavanaugh and Ford are slated to appear.

“As I said earlier, anyone who comes forward as Dr. Ford has deserves to be heard. My staff reached out to Dr. Ford to hear her account, and they held a follow-up call with Judge Kavanaugh this afternoon,” said Grassley.

“Unfortunately, committee Democrats have refused to join us in their effort. However, to provide ample transparency, we will hold a public hearing Monday to give these recent allegations a full airing,” he added.

President Donald Trump stated on Monday he wants Ford’s sexual assault allegation against Kavanaugh — stemming from the early 1980s, when the two were in high school — to receive “full process” in the U.S. Senate, but predicted it “will work out very well.”

“I wish the Democrats could have done this a lot sooner because they had this information for many months,” Trump told reporters at the White House. “They shouldn’t have waited until literally the last days. They should have done it a lot sooner.”

Nonetheless, the president said, “We want to go through a full process,” adding, “I have great confidence in the U.S. Senate and in their procedures and what they’re doing.”

Trump conceded a “little delay” might be needed to look into the allegation.

Asked if Kavanaugh should withdraw his name from consideration, the president called the question “ridiculous.”

Originally, a vote by the Judiciary Committee had been slated for this Thursday.

Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., who sits on the committee, told The Washington Post on Sunday, “I’ve made it clear that I’m not comfortable moving ahead with the vote on Thursday if we have not heard her side of the story or explored this further.”

“For me, we can’t vote until we hear more,” he said.

Feinstein, who is the ranking Democratic member on the committee, shared that view.

“I agree with Sen. Flake that we should delay this week’s vote,” she said. “There’s a lot of information we don’t know and the FBI should have the time it needs to investigate this new material.” (For more from the author of “Democrats Refuse to Participate in Phone Call With Kavanaugh” please click HERE)

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Amazon Investigating Claims of Employees Leaking Data for Bribes

Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O) said on Monday it was investigating suspected internal leaks of confidential information by its employees for bribes to remove fake reviews and other seller scams from its website.

Amazon employees are offering internal data and other classified information through intermediaries, to independent merchants selling their products on the site to help them boost sales in return for payments, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday, citing sources. . .

“We hold our employees to a high ethical standard and anyone in violation of our code faces discipline, including termination and potential legal and criminal penalties,” a company spokesperson told Reuters.

Brokers for Amazon employees in Shenzhen are offering internal sales metrics and reviewers’ email addresses, as well as a service to delete negative reviews and restore banned Amazon accounts in exchange for payments ranging from about $80 to more than $2,000, the WSJ report said. (Read more from “Amazon Investigating Claims of Employees Leaking Data for Bribes” HERE)

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President Trump Orders Declassification of Some FISA Court Documents, All Texts From Russia Investigation

By Townhall. After months of requests, President Trump declassified a number of FISA court documents late Monday afternoon and directed the relevant government agencies to release them to the public.

“At the request of a number of committees of Congress, and for reasons of transparency, the President has directed the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the Department of Justice (including the FBI) to provide for the immediate declassification of the following materials: (1) pages 10-12 and 17-34 of the June 2017 application to the FISA court in the matter of Carter W. Page; (2) all FBI reports of interviews with Bruce G. Ohr prepared in connection with the Russia investigation; and (3) all FBI reports of interviews prepared in connection with all Carter Page FISA applications,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders released in a statement.

President Trump also ordered the unredacted release of all text messages related to the Russia investigation from fired FBI Director James Comey, fired Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe, fired FBI agent Peter Strzok and FBI lawyer Lisa Page. (Read more from “President Trump Orders Declassification of Some FISA Court Documents, All Texts From Russia Investigation” HERE)

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Trump Orders Feds to Declassify Key Fisa Documents

By Fox News. President Trump on Monday ordered the declassification of several key documents related to the FBI’s probe of Russian actions during the 2016 presidential election, including 21 pages of an application for a renewed surveillance warrant against former campaign aide Carter Page, and text messages from disgraced FBI figures Peter Strzok and Lisa Page. . .

Trump also ordered the Justice Department to release text messages from a number of the key players in the Russia investigation “without redaction” — including Ohr, Strzok, Lisa Page, former FBI Director James Comey and former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe.

It was not immediately clear when or how the documents would be released. Congressional sources told Fox News that House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., does not know how soon he will get the documents, but said Trump’s order covers “pretty much everything that he wanted … and the text messages are a bonus.” . . .

Earlier this month, 12 Republican members of Congress publicly asked Trump to declassify the June 2017 application for a warrant against Page as well as the FBI reports of interviews with Ohr, known in bureaucratic parlance as “Form 302s.” (Read more from “Trump Orders Feds to Declassify Key FISA Documents” HERE)

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NFL Player Shocks Team, Retires Mid-Game. Teammate Lets Him Know How He Feels About It.

Buffalo Bills cornerback Vontae Davis, 30, announced during halftime of his team’s losing effort against the Los Angeles Chargers Sunday that he had decided to retire, right then — as in, he wasn’t going to play in the second half.

After 10 years in the league and having secured a one-year deal in February — that included a base salary of $2.25 million, a $1.5 million signing bonus, $2 million guaranteed and additional roster bonuses — Davis abruptly announced Sunday that he was done with football.

“This isn’t how I pictured retiring from the NFL,” he said in a statement he issued later Sunday. “But in my 10th NFL season, I have been doing what my body has been programmed to do: Get ready to play on game day. I’ve endured multiple surgeries and have played through many different injuries throughout my career and, over the last few weeks, this was the latest physical challenge. But today on the field, reality hit me fast and hard: I shouldn’t be out there anymore.” . . .

Though Davis said he meant no “disrespect” to his fellow players, some of one made clear that he didn’t interpret it that way. Linebacker Lorenzo Alexander, who told reporters about his former teammates’ mid-game retirement after the game ended, slammed the “completely disrespectful” move.

“Never have seen it ever,” said the linebacker. “Pop Warner, high school, college, pros. Never heard of it. Never seen it. And it’s just completely disrespectful to his teammates. … He didn’t say nothing to nobody. … I found out going into the second half of the game. They said he’s not coming out, he retired. That’s it.” (Read more from “NFL Player Shocks Team, Retires Mid-Game. Teammate Lets Him Know How He Feels About It.” HERE)

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Leftists in Complete Frenzy After Learning Trump Will Be Able to Message All Americans

If you’re a cell phone owner — and I’m assuming that applies to most of you in 2018 — you’ve probably received one of those alerts on your phone about an abducted child or a possible weather emergency, or just the usual test message.

Well, now FEMA is about to conduct a national test of part of their alert system in which the president can notify the American people in the event of an emergency, which is something that has to be pretty uncontroversial, right? I mean, there’s absolutely no way that this could possibly be problematic. . .

So, here’s the occasion that has liberals all in a tizzy: “The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), will conduct a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) on September 20, 2018,” the agency announced via a release.

“The WEA portion of the test commences at 2:18 p.m. EDT, and the EAS portion follows at 2:20 p.m. EDT. The test will assess the operational readiness of the infrastructure for distribution of a national message and determine whether improvements are needed.”

So far, so normal. The part they don’t like? “The EAS is a national public warning system that provides the President with the communications capability to address the nation during a national emergency,” the release reads.

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Dan Bongino Explains the ‘One Key Thing’ the Declassified Carter Page FISA Application Will Reveal

By Conservative Review. On Monday evening, President Donald Trump ordered the declassification of several pages of the June 2017 Carter Page FISA application and the public release of all text messages related to the Russia investigation from James Comey, Andrew McCabe, Peter Strzok, Lisa Page, and Bruce Ohr — without redaction.

“Ladies and gentlemen, here it comes,” Dan Bongino said, filling in for Mark Levin on the radio. The host of The Dan Bongino Show podcast predicted that the public release of these documents will show that the Russian collusion allegations made against Trump by the Democrats and the media are nothing but a hoax.

“You are going to see one key thing: that this entire case, from minute one, was based on one big, fat hoax perpetrated by people working for Hillary Clinton in the form of this filthy, disgusting dossier with not a scintilla of actual information.”

“If you believe in this, you’ve been hoaxed,” Bongino said. (For more from the author of “Dan Bongino Explains the ‘One Key Thing’ the Declassified Carter Page FISA Application Will Reveal” please click HERE)

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Carter Page Reacts to Calls to Declassify FISA Documents

By Fox News. Developing tonight, President Trump looks poised to finally declassify previously redacted sections of FISA applications against former Trump campaign associate, Carter Page. Joining me now with his very unique perspective on all of this including the Mueller investigation motivation behind it, former Trump campaign associate, Carter Page himself.

Your first visit on “Justice,” Carter, we are delighted to have you on. And so, I want to start and move very quickly through this. You have been through so much. We now know that liars and leaks and the liberals in the DOJ as well as the Department of the Justice want to frame Donald Trump in order to impeach him. . .

CARTER PAGE, FORMER TRUMP CAMPAIGN ASSOCIATE: It’s like I often say, Judge Jeanine, it’s not about me, it’s about fixing the disaster that this has created for our country. . .

PAGE: I have incredible support from people that have been doing a lot of work, including Tom Fitton and Judicial Watch. People in Congress like Chairman Nunes and Chairman Grassley that have been doing so much to try to get the truth out there, and you know, you and your team at Fox. It’s been incredible. . .

PAGE: Judge Jeanine, it’s funny. When I was – Devlin Barrett from The Washington Post had a report about me having various interviews with the FBI in March of 2017. The following months, they kept having these various leaks which you are referring to, and I actually told them similar to what Mr. Manafort’s attorney said yesterday. He had a lot of security threats in various – he’s concerned about his safety. That’s exactly what I told the FBI that month as well. (Read more from “Carter Page Reacts to Calls to Declassify FISA Documents” HERE)

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