Senator Gives High-End Estimate That ‘Five to Ten’ Republicans Will Vote for Trump Impeachment; Democrats Grilled Over How They Ended Impeachment Hearing; Democrat Congressman WATCHES GOLF During Impeachment Hearing

By Newsweek. Democratic senator has claimed as many as “five to ten” of his Republican colleagues could vote to impeach President Donald Trump if articles of impeachment are brought before the chamber.

Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal told MSNBC on Wednesday that “five to ten” GOP senators voting with Democrats was a “high-end” prediction, but suggested his estimate could rise further should “unpredicted evidence” emerge in the impeachment inquiry.

The senator’s prediction on MSNBC’s Hardball show yesterday came as the House Judiciary Committee held a debate on the articles of impeachment unveiled by Democrats on Tuesday. . .

Asked for a ‘high end’ number of Republican senators who would vote for conviction of the president, were he to be put on trial, Sen. Blumenthal told MSNBC: “I would give the high-end probably five to ten. I think that’s a realistic number. (Read more from “Senator Gives High-End Estimate That ‘Five to Ten’ Republicans Will Vote for Trump Impeachment” HERE)


Democrats Grilled Over How They Ended Impeachment Hearing

By Daily Wire. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, a New York Democrat, announced an apparent change in scheduling on voting to move forward with articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump late on Thursday night and was subsequently blasted by the Republicans for not even bringing them in to discuss their schedules.

“It has been a long two days of consideration of these articles [of impeachment] and it is now very late at night,” Nadler said. “I want the members on both sides of the aisle to think about what has happened over these last two days and to search their consciousnesses before we cast our final votes.

“Therefore the committee will now stand in recess until tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. at which point I will move to divide the question so that each of us may have the opportunity to cast up or down votes on each of the articles of impeachment and tell history to be our judge,” Nadler continued. The Committee is in recess.”

Ranking Member Doug Collins slammed Nadler, “Mr. Chairman, there is no consulting from the Ranking Member on your schedule for tomorrow in which you just blown up schedules for everyone? You chose not to consult the Ranking Member on a schedule issue of this magnitude? This is kangaroo court that we’re talking about.”

“It’s Stalinesque,” Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) shouted. “Let’s have a dictator, it was good to hear about that.”

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Watch: Democrat Congressman Watches Golf During Impeachment Hearing

By Daily Wire. Democrat Rep. Cedric Richmond (LA) was accused of watching the President’s Cup golf tournament during the Democrats’ impeaching hearing on Thursday night in the House Judiciary Committee.

The incident, noticed by GOP Rapid Response Director Steve Guest, appears to show Richmond not taking the Democrats’ impeachment hearing seriously as he was clearly focused on the golf tournament.

Guest tweeted out a video showing Richmond watching golf, adding, “What on earth is Democrat Rep. Cedric Richmond watching on his laptop during this impeachment markup? To me, it looks like Rep. Richmond is watching the President’s Cup golf tournament. Richmond’s actions are a DISGRACE.”

In the video posted by Guest, Richmond can be seen at the bottom of the screen, right above CNN’s “BREAKING NEWS’ chyron, wearing a light gray suit.

In a second tweet, Guest zoomed in and the video clearly shows, although blurry, that Richmond was watching golf.

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93 MWh Tesla Megapack Coming to Alaska to Save Customers Cash

A new 93 MWh Tesla Megapack system installed in Alaska by the Homer Electric Association, Inc., will be used to directly offset electricity that would have otherwise required a peaker plant to fire up. The new battery pack will be installed at the Soldotna Power Plant (map), adjacent to the existing natural gas-fired GE LM 6000 turbine currently used to provide electricity to cover peak usage in the area.

The new Tesla batteries will demonstrate that not only can batteries directly replace gas-fired peaker plants, they can do so even in the frigid temperatures of Alaska, where temperatures typically stay below freezing for months at a time in the winter.

The battery pack is being installed by the Homer Electric Association specifically to “increase grid stability, electric power reliability and system efficiency for its members.” The Tesla Megapack installation will be able to fully discharge its 93 MWh of stored energy to the grid at a rate of 46.5 MW, so a full discharge takes 2 hours. (Read more from “93 MWh Tesla Megapack Coming to Alaska to Save Customers Cash ” HERE)

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America Blows Past the World in Oil and Natural Gas

America is poised to produce far more oil and natural gas over the next five years than any other country in the world, according to a new report.

Why it matters: It shows how America, already the world’s largest oil and gas producer, is poised to cement that position, with pivotal implications for geopolitics and climate change.

By the numbers: The United States could produce just over 24 billion barrels of oil equivalent over the next five years, according to a report by two advocacy groups, the Global Gas and Oil Network and Oil Change International, which analyzed projection data from research firm Rystad Energy.

This works out to be roughly 13.2 million barrels of oil equivalent per day, a figure that includes both oil and natural gas. . .

Much of this growth is coming from the Permian Basin across West Texas and southeastern New Mexico, which the report says would account for nearly 40% of new U.S. oil and gas production in the next 30 years.

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Jeff Sessions on IG Report Revealing Email Altering: ‘A Stunning Development’

Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions weighed in on the Russia investigation report released on Monday by Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz, in particular the information that an FBI lawyer altered an email regarding Trump campaign staffer Carter Page.

“In my experience, as 15 years as a federal prosecutor I’ve never seen anything like that,” Sessions said on “The Ingraham Angle” on Wednesday. “I think that’s a stunning development in the seriousness of a FISA warrant involving a presidential campaign.”

As a whole, Horowitz’s testimony amounted to a tough assessment of the FBI’s actions. Under questioning, Horowitz said he could not outright determine whether bias was involved in the process of applying for a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant against former Trump adviser Carter Page. . .

“Normally, the right thing to do is to say, ‘Mr. President, campaign manager, these individuals, we have troubling information about them. You should be very careful with them. We suggest you should not associate with them,'” Sessions said.

“Instead of trying to shoehorn an investigation that might have, they hope maybe would develop, you know, information about the president. You should not only be seeking to protect … the campaign or the campaign leaders or the president.” (Read more from “Jeff Sessions on IG Report Revealing Email Altering: ‘A Stunning Development'” HERE)

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Intelligent Design: Each Planet Has Been Placed Precisely in the Solar System

A video explained that would happen to Earth and its inhabitants if all the planets in the Solar System suddenly disappeared. If this happened, all life on Earth would cease to exist.

The grim topic was covered in a video released by the YouTube channel What if. It illustrated how Earth will be drastically affected if a couple or all of the planets suddenly disappeared from the Solar System.

As explained in the video, the positioning of each planet in the systems has a special purpose. Through the gravitational forces of the different planets, they have been arranged in a way that they can orbit the Sun without hitting one another.

“Take the placement of every single planet,” the narrator of the video explained. “They all have their own little space in the galaxy and that’s not by accident. Our planets work together to keep each other in place.”

However, if all of the planets or even just a few of them suddenly disappeared, the arrangement or positioning of the planets in relation to the Sun would change dramatically. Depending on which planet disappears, Earth could either move away from or closer to the Sun. (Read more from “Intelligent Design: Each Planet Has Been Placed Precisely in the Solar System” HERE)

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U.S. Officials Warn of Uncontrollable Escalation With Iran in Iraq

US military officials have escalated their warnings to Iran that a military conflict could be looming between the countries in Iraq due to incessant attacks on US-linked targets blamed on Tehran-backed militias. . .

Washington has expressed mounting concern about the flurry of attacks on US bases and diplomatic missions, several of which it has blamed on Shiite militia groups trained by its foe and rival for influence Tehran.

Tensions between Iran and the US have soared since Washington pulled out of a landmark nuclear agreement with Tehran last year and reimposed crippling sanctions.

Baghdad — which is close to both countries and whose many security forces have been trained by either the US or Iran — is worried about being caught in the middle. . .

A senior official was quoted Wednesday by the Reuters news agency as warning the escalation could become uncontrollable and that “no one will like the outcome.” (Read more from “U.S. Officials Warn of Uncontrollable Escalation With Iran in Iraq” HERE)

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The Architect of Mexico’s War on Cartels Was Just Arrested Accused of Drug Trafficking

A former high-ranking Mexican security official who led the country’s crackdown on organized crime in the mid-2000s was arrested in the US on Monday and been charged with conspiracy to import and distribute drugs and making false statements.

Genaro Garcia Luna, 51, was arrested in Dallas by US federal agents, according to the US district attorney for the Eastern District of New York, which said it plans to seek his removal to face charges in New York.

“Garcia Luna stands accused of taking millions of dollars in bribes from ‘El Chapo’ Guzman’s Sinaloa Cartel while he controlled Mexico’s Federal Police Force and was responsible for ensuring public safety in Mexico,” US Attorney Richard P. Donoghue said in the release.

Garcia Luna faces three counts of conspiracy to import and distribute cocaine and a fourth count of making false statements with regard to an immigration naturalization application.

Garcia Luna began his career with Mexico’s Center for National Security and Investigation in the late 1980s before moving to the federal police in the late 1990s. He was then head of Mexico’s federal investigation agency, AFI, between 2001 and 2005 and secretary of public security, then a cabinet-level position in control of the federal police, between 2006 and 2012. (Read more from “The Architect of Mexico’s War on Cartels Was Just Arrested Accused of Drug Trafficking” HERE)

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Fox News Host Chris Wallace Escalated the Network’s War With Trump

The Fox News host Chris Wallace says US President Donald Trump has launched the most sustained attack on press freedom in the country’s history.

“I believe that President Trump is engaged in the most direct sustained assault on freedom of the press in our history,” Wallace said on Wednesday night, according to The Guardian.

He made the comments at the Newseum, a museum about the media industry and free expression in Washington, DC, at an event celebrating the First Amendment. The event was also a farewell for the Newseum, which is closing at the end of the year.

“He has done everything he can to undercut the media, to try and delegitimize us, and I think his purpose is clear: to raise doubts when we report critically about him and his administration that we can be trusted,” Wallace said.

He also discussed “fake news,” a phrase that originally referred to intentionally false information but was co-opted by Trump during his presidential campaign to disparage the legitimate news media. (Read more from “Fox News Host Chris Wallace Escalated the Network’s War With Trump” HERE)

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Where in the World Is the Notorious Ghislaine Maxwell?

. . .In July, Epstein was charged with sex trafficking, and in August he killed himself in his prison cell while awaiting trial. Since then, attention has turned to Maxwell, 57, his right-hand woman. Yet Maxwell has seemingly vanished. “From what we know, Ghislaine Maxwell was a principal enabler to Jeffrey Epstein when he was alive,” says the lawyer Dan Kaiser. Kaiser is representing Jennifer Araoz, one of the women who says she was raped by Epstein, and who is suing his estate, Maxwell and three other “enablers”.

“She was integral in maintaining the sex trafficking ring,” says Kaiser. “She provided important administrative services in terms of the hiring of recruiters, and management of those employees, the making of appointments and dates for interactions between Mr Epstein and the underage girls that were providing sexual services to him. She also maintained the ring by intimidating girls, by ensuring their silence.”

Kaiser continues: “Jeffrey Epstein couldn’t have done what he did for as long as he did it without the services of somebody like Ghislaine Maxwell. She is as culpable, in my judgment, as Jeffrey Epstein himself.” Maxwell has always denied the allegations and has never faced criminal charges. Her lawyer has not responded to a request for comment. . . .

It is alleged that Maxwell was not only an enabler for Epstein’s abuse, but took part in it. In her Panorama interview, Giuffre, then known as Virginia Roberts, recounted how Maxwell and Epstein abused her at his Palm Beach house after Maxwell had recruited her from her job working as a spa attendant at Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort. In 1996, Farmer says Maxwell and Epstein sexually assaulted her. She went to the police as well as more than one FBI agent, none of whom took action. She also spoke to Ward in 2002 for a Vanity Fair profile – Ward has since said that the then-editor Graydon Carter cut out the entire part about Farmer and her sister after being pressured by Epstein. A spokeswoman for the magazine has said: “Epstein denied the charges at the time and since the claims were unsubstantiated and no criminal investigation had been initiated, we decided not to include them in what was a financial story.” . . .

Maxwell and Epstein’s relationship seems to have been complex. Sarnoff says Maxwell once told her she wanted very much to marry Epstein. “Maxwell is very clever,” Sarnoff says. “In spite of her personal insecurities, as a result of her father’s death and financial challenges, I believe she nevertheless knew exactly what she was doing when she agreed to solicit girls on his behalf. However, I don’t think that phase of their relationship began until she understood Epstein would not marry her.” (Read more from “Where in the World Is the Notorious Ghislaine Maxwell?” HERE)

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Young Boy Praying to Be Adopted Says God Is the Reason He Still Smiles After Years in Foster Care (VIDEO)

A Texas boy made quite an impression during an interview with a local television station on Wednesday, when he showed up wearing his Sunday best for the opportunity to someday gain a forever family.

But it wasn’t just the suit that set this child apart — when he opened his mouth, he spoke of his faith and credited the Lord for being the reason he still smiles after years in foster care. . .

Jonah, 12, sat down with WFAA-TV in Dallas to be featured on the station’s “Wednesday’s Child” segment, regular reports that “offer a glimpse into a child’s life in foster care who wants more than anything to be adopted.” . . .

The honor roll student spoke passionately during the interview about how God has carried him through tribulations and helps him keep a smile on his face despite the challenges he’s faced during his young life.

“He’s brought me through many, many things,” Jonah said of the Lord. “As far as abuse, before I came to CPS, he brought me through a lot…just, a lot, overall.”

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