Another New Poll Shows Republicans Are Furious, More Likely to Vote in Midterms After Kavanaugh

It’s been less than 24-hours since Justice Brett Kavanaugh took his rightful seat on the Supreme Court and two weeks since Democrats attempted to derail his nomination with a supercharged smear campaign.

Brett Kavanaugh took the bench with his new Supreme Court colleagues for the first time Tuesday in a jovial atmosphere that was strikingly at odds with the tension and rancor surrounding his high-court confirmation.

The new justice dived into his new job, asking a handful of questions in the first arguments of the day following a traditional welcome from Chief Justice John Roberts, who wished Kavanaugh “a long and happy career in our common calling.”

But according to a new survey from Rasmussen Reports, Republican voters are furious about the salacious, unfounded accusations lobbed at Kavanaugh and are more likely to vote in the upcoming midterm elections as a result.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 54% of all Likely U.S. Voters say they are more likely to vote in the upcoming midterm elections because of the controversy surrounding President Trump’s U.S. Supreme Court nominee. Only nine percent (9%) say they are less likely to vote. Thirty-four percent (34%) say the controversy will have no impact on their vote.

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Senator Reveals Who He Believes Leaked Ford Letter

By The Daily Caller. Republican Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas accused Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer Tuesday of being involved in the operation to leak Christine Blasey Ford’s letter to the public.

“I believe the Schumer political operation was behind this from the very beginning,” Cotton told conservative commentator Hugh Hewitt during his radio show.

Ford wrote Democratic lawmakers a letter in July accusing Justice Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct more than 35 years ago. During the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in September, Ford said she did not authorize the letters release, despite it being made public.

“We learned last week that a woman named Monica McLean was Ms. Ford’s roommate and she was one of the so-called ‘beach friends’ that encouraged Ms. Ford to go to [Sen.] Dianne Feinstein and the partisan Democrats on the judiciary committee,” Cotton continued. “It just so happens that Monica McLean worked for Preet Bharara, the former U.S. attorney in Manhattan, now a virulent anti-Trump critic on television and former counsel to Chuck Schumer.” (Read more from “Senator Reveals Who He Believes Leaked Ford Letter” HERE)

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Sen. Tom Cotton Pushes Conspiracy Theory Involving Blasey Ford, Preet Bharara and Chuck Schumer

By The Hill Reporter. . .Last night, Trump apologized to Brett Kavanuagh on behalf of the nation for the “Democrat’s hoax.” Today, Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton took it a step further by creating a conspiracy theory involving Dr. Blasey Ford, Chuck Schumer and Dianne Feinstein.

Cotton made his claims this morning on Hugh Hewitt’s radio show. He claimed, “I believe the Schumer political operation was behind this from the very beginning.”

The senator explained that there was a connection between Ford’s friend Monica McLean and Preet Bharara.

Bharara was a celebrated US Attorney who was famous for taking on financial corruption in New York City. He was fired by the president shortly after Donald Trump took office.

Cotton claimed that McLean once worked for Bharara and then worked for Schumer so there was a line connecting the three of them. (Read more from “Sen. Tom Cotton Pushes Conspiracy Theory Involving Blasey Ford, Preet Bharara and Chuck Schumer” HERE)

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Trump Is Considering 5 Candidates to Replace Nikki Haley at UN

President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he has five names in mind to replace Nikki Haley as ambassador to the United Nations.

Speaking to reporters aboard Air Force One, Trump identified only one person on the list: Dina Powell, a former deputy national security adviser to Trump. . .

Trump announced earlier in the day that Haley would be leaving her post at the end of the year. The abrupt decision, first reported by Axios, left many in the White House in shock as there was no indication that she planned to leave office. Haley submitted her resignation on Oct. 3.

Ivanka Trump was floated as a possible replacement, as was Richard Grenell, the ambassador to Germany. Trump said that Grenell is not one of the five under consideration, though he is open to considering adding his name to the list.

“It is an honor to serve in the White House alongside so many great colleagues and I know that the President will nominate a formidable replacement for Ambassador Haley,” she said. “That replacement will not be me.” (Read more from “Trump Is Considering 5 Candidates to Replace Nikki Haley at UN” HERE)

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There’s No Evidence Taylor Swift Caused a Massive Spike in Voter Registration

I’d give the Daily Beast a little credit for hedging some, but then there’s the lede: “Taylor Swift’s first foray into politics appears to have produced impressive results.” All the outlets made the same argument: that, a.) there was an increase in voter registration in the time period following Taylor Swift’s Instagram post urging people to register to vote for a Brett Kavanaugh supporter and b.) Swift caused that surge.

But of course correlation does not imply causation, much though the media tends to struggle with that concept. The evidence presented in all these pieces doesn’t actually go a step further and prove that the surge of registrations on Vote.org was caused by Swift. On the contrary, some of the pieces allude to a compelling alternative explanation. Here’s the Daily Beast again:

“We are up to 65,000 registrations in a single 24-hour period since T. Swift’s post,” Kamari Guthrie, director of communications for Vote.org, told Buzzfeed, which reports, for context, that 190,178 new voters registered nationwide in the entire month of September, while just 56,669 signed on in August. …

Today, as Swift’s post sought to inform her fans, is the last day on which Tennesseans can register to vote.

Uh, what was that last part? Tennessee registrations spiked on … the last days people can register to vote? Wouldn’t that be exactly what researchers should expect to naturally occur? It’s not just Tennessee either: seventeen other states have the same deadline, including populous states like Texas, Pennsylvania and Florida. Deadlines in states like New York and Virginia are also quickly approaching. (Read more from “There’s No Evidence Taylor Swift Caused a Massive Spike in Voter Registration” HERE)

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Here’s What Happened to the Special Education Teacher Who Tweeted About ‘Killing Kavanaugh’

By Townhall. The Minnesota Special Education teacher, Sam Ness, who tweeted about wanting someone to kill Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh has voluntarily resigned, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported. . .

According to a press release from Intermediate School District 917, the district immediately put Ness on paid administrative leave while the complaints were investigated. Ultimately, they found out that the special education teacher made the threats on her own personal device on her free time.

“The actions of the employee did not occur at school, and there was no school devices, equipment, or other school staff involved in the actions,” Superintendent Mark A. Zuzek said in a statement. “At no time were students or staff in danger.” (Read more from “Here’s What Happened to the Special Education Teacher Who Tweeted About ‘Killing Kavanaugh'” HERE)

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Rosemount Educator Resigns After ‘Kill Kavanaugh’ Tweet

By Star Tribune. A Rosemount school district employee has resigned over a social media post in which she appeared to suggest that someone should kill new U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

The district said Tuesday that the instructor at the Alliance Education Center, whom it did not name, had voluntarily resigned from her position with the district. In a statement posted on the district’s website, Intermediate School District 917 Superintendent Mark Zuzek wrote that the staff member did not make the post on Twitter while at school, adding that “there were no school devices, equipment or other school staff involved in the actions.”

“At no time were students or staff in danger,” he wrote. “The employee was placed on paid administrative leave and an investigation conducted.”

Zuzek said the district began receiving complaints about the tweet on Sunday. It read: “So whose [sic] gonna take one for the team and kill Kavanaugh?” By Monday, a spokesman for the FBI office in Minneapolis said the agency was aware of the posting, and the school district was conducting its own review. (Read more from “Rosemount Educator Resigns After ‘Kill Kavanaugh’ Tweet” HERE)

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Give Us the Wall: House GOP Plans Full Blown Legislative Assault on Illegal Immigration

Maybe there are three dividends that Republicans are reaping from their victory over liberals during the Brett Kavanaugh Supreme Court fight. The base is jacked up for the midterms, we confirmed Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, giving conservatives a SCOTUS majority for the next generation, and it allowed the House GOP leadership to get some chutzpah on fighting illegal immigration. Yes, you read that, right? We’ve demanded a wall, going after sanctuary cities, securing the border, and enforcing current federal immigration laws. Now, Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) pretty much promised full legislative offensive against illegal immigration (via CBS News):

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy says he will introduce a bill this week to fully fund a border wall between the United States and Mexico. Building the wall is a campaign promise and rallying cry for President Trump, whose support McCarthy may be seeking as the frontrunner to be the next speaker of the House.

McCarthy is sponsoring the “Build the Wall, Enforce the Law Act,” which would dedicate over $23 billion to building the border wall. The bill would also include measures to cut off funds for sanctuary cities and to facilitate deportation and detention of immigrant gang members. Breitbart, a right-wing news site, first reported that McCarthy would introduce the bill.

“For decades, America’s inability to secure our borders and stop illegal immigration has encouraged millions to undertake a dangerous journey to come here in violation of our laws and created a huge loophole to the legal channels to the immigration process where America welcomes immigrants to our country,” he said in a statement to Breitbart.

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DNC Lawyers Met With Top FBI Official Before Spy Warrant Targeting Trump Campaign Was Issued

Well, the Kavanaugh fight is over. Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh survived a vicious character assassination campaign executed by the Left. The scars will remain indefinitely, which is tragic, but in the end—we won. Conservatives won a generational victory. We have a solid majority on the Supreme Court. Now, back to matters that you might have missed due to all the left-wing histrionics over this Supreme Court fight.

We learned from The Hill’s John Solomon that prior to a spy warrant being issued that targeted the Trump campaign, a top Federal Bureau of Investigation official met with Democratic National Committee lawyers. The point is, and what some have already alleged, is that the FBI knew that the so-called Trump dossier was still largely unverified, but it was still used to secure a FISA warrant against former foreign policy adviser Carter Page.

The attorneys in question were part of Perkins Coie, a Democratic law firm the Hillary Clinton campaign used to solicit the services of Fusion GPS, who then hired former British spook Christopher Steele to compile dirt on Trump:

Congressional investigators have confirmed that a top FBI official met with Democratic Party lawyers to talk about allegations of Donald Trump-Russia collusion weeks before the 2016 election, and before the bureau secured a search warrant targeting Trump’s campaign.

Former FBI general counsel James Baker met during the 2016 season with at least one attorney from Perkins Coie, the Democratic National Committee’s private law firm.

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Trump: I Am NOT Firing Rod Rosenstein

President Donald Trump told reporters Monday that he does not plan to fire Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, despite weeks of rumors indicating Rosenstein was likely facing his final weeks at the Department of Justice.

Trump was asked during a short presser before getting on Marine One whether he intended to dismiss Rosenstein during a trip the pair was scheduled to take together to Florida Monday afternoon. . .

Instead, Trump said, he was “looking forward” to having a lengthy discussion with Rosenstein, the first since a New York Times piece appeared accusing Rosenstein of instructing DOJ employees to record any conversations they had with the president, and suggesting that Rosenstein had been discussing Trump’s fitness for office with members of the president’s Cabinet.

Rosenstein flatly denied the Times’ allegations and accused the Times of relying on a single anonymous source. NBC News reported later that other DOJ employees thought Rosenstein’s comments about taping the president were “sarcastic.” The White House summoned Rosenstein for a meeting last week, and Rosenstein reportedly anticipated being fired. He was not. (Read more from “Trump: I Am Not Firing Rod Rosenstein” HERE)

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New Poll Shows What Americans Thought of Democrats Smearing Kavanaugh, and It’s Stunning

By The Blaze. A stunning new poll asking Americans what they thought about how Brett Kavanaugh was treated in the confirmation process has a stunning result for Democrats. . .

Among the crucial election demographic of independents, Democrats are underwater by a 28 percentage point margin.

While 30 percent of independents approved of how Democrats handled the nomination, a whopping 58 percent said they disapproved.

The CNN/SSRS poll was released Monday just head of Kavanaugh being sworn in to the Supreme Court.

Independents are key indicators of elections because while those identified with either party generally vote according to their identification, independents are seen as swing votes that can decided an election. (Read more from “New Poll Shows What Americans Thought of Democrats Smearing Kavanaugh, and It’s Stunning” HERE)

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Independents Disapprove of Democrats’ Handling of the Brett Kavanaugh Nomination by a 28-Point Margin

By The Washington Examiner. After a blistering confirmation battle, Justice Brett Kavanaugh will take his seat for oral arguments on the U.S. Supreme Court with a skeptical public, a majority of which opposed his nomination. However, Democrats may not be able to exploit this fact in the upcoming elections as much as they hope, because the independent voters overwhelmingly disapprove of their own handling of the nomination by a 28-point margin, a new CNN/SSRS poll finds.

Overall, just 41 percent of those polled said they wanted to see Kavanaugh confirmed, compared to 51 percent who said they opposed his confirmation. In previous CNN polls dating back to Robert Bork in 1987, no nominee has been more deeply underwater.

What’s interesting, however, is even though Democrats on the surface would seem to have public opinion on their side, just 36 percent approved of how they handled the nomination, compared to 56 percent who disapproved. (Republicans were at 55 percent disapproval and 35 percent approval). A further breakdown finds that 58 percent of independents disapproved of the way the Democrats handled the nomination — compared to 30 percent who approved. (Independents also disapproved of Republicans handling of the matter, but by a narrower 53 percent to 32 percent margin). (Read more from “Independents Disapprove of Democrats’ Handling of the Brett Kavanaugh Nomination by a 28-Point Margin” HERE)

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Pence Left an NFL Game Last Year After Players Protested the Anthem. It Cost Taxpayers Dearly.

Vice President Mike Pence made headlines last year when he abruptly left an NFL game in Indianapolis after several players kneeled during the national anthem, a demonstration to protest police brutality. . .

During a matchup between the San Francisco 49ers and Indianapolis Colts on Oct. 8, 2017, several players for the 49ers kneeled during the playing of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” As a result, Pence abruptly left the game.

According to heavily redacted Homeland Security documents, the trip cost taxpayers an estimated $325,000, HuffPost reported. The costs include operating Air Force 2, Pence’s Secret Service detail, hotels, and other logistical and security measures.

As the Washington Post reported last year, the trip cost taxpayers $250,000 alone just to operate Air Force 2, which costs about $43,000 per flight hour. Meanwhile, the documents showed taxpayers paid $64,637.88 for hotel rooms for Pence’s security detail.

An additional $8,877.91 was noted on a document titled, “LRC Air/Rail Detail Report by Project Code.” According to HuffPost, the expenditure is most likely related to travel expenses. Yet another $2,368 was spent to deploy temporary walkways in downtown Indianapolis, the documents showed. (Read more from “Pence Left an NFL Game Last Year After Players Protested the Anthem. It Cost Taxpayers Dearly.” HERE)

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