Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) spoke on the Senate Floor on Thursday morning following the release of the FBI investigation on Judge Brett Kavanaugh. The supplemental FBI investigation was delivered to the US Senate early Thursday morning.
Sen. Mitch McConnell: The fact is none of these allegations have been corroborated by the FBI. Neither the Judiciary or FBI could find ANY witness to corroborate the allegations. No backup from any witnesses… This is the United States of America! Nobody is supposed to be guilty until proven innocent in the United States of America!… This is embarrassing to the Senate. The Senate should not set a fundamentally un-American precedent… Brett Kavanaugh is totally qualified for this job.
A family member of Leland Keyser accused Dr. Christine Blasey Ford of throwing her “under the bus” when she named Keyser as a potential corroborating witness to her alleged sexual assault by SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
Um, why wasn’t this on CNN and MSNBC?
The family member noted Keyer’s numerous health problems, saying “it’s quite convenient that she named the person who is frankly probably the least physically capable of all of them to stand up and be subjected to questioning or give her account”:
A statement issued on Tuesday by the Senate Judiciary Committee suggests that Christine Blasey Ford’s legal team may have violated the ABA’s Model Rules of Professional Conduct by apparently withholding key information from their client.
During the explosive hearing on Thursday, Ford made clear that she did not know that the Senate Judiciary Committee had repeatedly offered to come to her for her testimony and to hear that testimony privately if she preferred.
“I was hoping that they would come to me, but then I realized that was an unrealistic request,” Ford said at one point during her testimony.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — High above Yemen’s rebel-held city of Hodeida, a drone controlled by Emirati forces hovered as an SUV carrying a top Shiite Houthi rebel official turned onto a small street and stopped, waiting for another vehicle in its convoy to catch up.
Seconds later, the SUV exploded in flames, killing Saleh al-Samad, a top political figure.
The drone that fired that missile in April was not one of the many American aircraft that have been buzzing across the skies of Yemen, Iraq and Afghanistan since Sept. 11, 2001. It was Chinese.
Across the Middle East, countries locked out of purchasing U.S.-made drones due to rules over excessive civilian casualties are being wooed by Chinese arms dealers, who are world’s main distributor of armed drones.
“The Chinese product now doesn’t lack technology, it only lacks market share,” said Song Zhongping, a Chinese military analyst and former lecturer at the People’s Liberation Army Rocket Force University of Engineering. “And the United States restricting its arms exports is precisely what gives China a great opportunity.”
The sales are helping expand Chinese influence across a region vital to American security interests.
“It’s a hedging strategy and the Chinese will look to benefit from that,” said Douglas Barrie, an airpower specialist at the International Institute for Strategic Studies. “I think the Chinese are far less liable to be swayed by concerns over civilian casualties,” he said.
Buoyed in part by a strong stock market, the 400 wealthiest Americans delivered yet another record-breaking year. The minimum net worth needed to join this elite club climbed to $2.1 billion, $100 million more than last year and the highest to date. The group’s total net worth rose to $2.9 trillion, a record high and 7% more than in 2017. The average net worth of a list member: $7.2 billion, up from $6.7 billion last year. That average is boosted by those at the very top of the list: half of the total wealth is held by the 45 richest people in the country.
For the first time since 1994, there is a new No. 1: Amazon.com founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, who broke Bill Gates’ 24 year run at the top. Bezos is also the first person to appear in the ranks with a fortune of more than $100 billion –he clocked in at $160 billion. Bezos was also the biggest gainer on this year’s list: his fortune rose $78.5 billion since last year, thanks to the more than 100% runup in the price of Amazon stock, the biggest one year gain since we’ve been tracking fortunes. Gates, now ranked No. 2, trails Bezos by a notable $63 billion. The top 10 richest on the list are together worth nearly $730 billion, up from $610 billion in 2017. At these lofty heights, more than a third of the nation’s billionaires, a record 204, weren’t wealthy enough to crack the club.
The biggest gainer in percentage terms is Jack Dorsey, the CEO of Twitter and payments firm Square. His fortune jumped a staggering 186% from last year to $6.3 billion, propelled primarily by a runup in Square’s stock price.
The biggest loser versus last year’s list was George Soros, whose net worth fell to $8.3 billion this year from $23 billion. The reason: in late 2017, Forbeslearned that Soros had shifted $18 billion of his fortune to his charitable Open Society Foundations. (Forbes does not count assets in charitable foundations as part of someone’s net worth.)
Donald Trump’s ranking dropped 11 spots to No. 259 on the list, down from No. 248 last year, even as his net worth remained the same from last year at $3.1 billion.
There is a new No. 1: Amazon.com founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, who broke Bill Gates’ 24 year run at the top. Bezos is also the first person to appear in the ranks with a fortune of more than $100 billion –he clocked in at $160 billion!!
Some employees claim they will make less money after the wage increase
Amazon garnered praise for raising the minimum wage for its hourly workers to $15 yesterday, but the widely-publicized move also came at the expense of monthly bonuses and stock options. The company explained its decision to shift to a new stock purchase program in the announcement blog post yesterday, citing that hourly employees preferred the “predictability and immediacy of cash to RSUs,” or restricted stock units, but the post doesn’t mention the loss of monthly incentives, which Bloomberg reported earlier today.
Several Amazon warehouse employees have criticized the move, stating they would actually be losing thousands in incentive pay. Currently, warehouse workers get two shares of Amazon stock when they’re hired ($1,952.76 per share as of writing), and an additional stock option each year. After the changes take effect, the RSU program will be phased out for stocks that vest in 2020 and 2021, and it will be replaced with a direct stock purchase plan by the end of next year.
An Amazon warehouse worker told The Verge via email that the news was devastating to fulfillment employees, many of whom depend on their RSU and VCP (variable compensation pay, a performance-based monthly bonus program) incentives on top of their hourly wages. VCP incentives, which are dependent on good attendance and hitting productivity targets, could get Amazon workers an 8 percent monthly bonus, and a 16 percent bonus during the peak November and December seasons.
Amazon workers have been responding to Sen. Bernie Sanders’ tweet praising the minimum wage raise, citing that on November 1st, many workers will have their paychecks cut, not raised.
Many Amazon warehouse workers are criticizing the pay raise as a publicity move as well as a political play, and it’s to be seen if getting rid of incentive pay is actually in the interest of workers. However, the company insists that the changes are for the benefit of employees.
”The significant increase in hourly cash wages more than compensates for the phase out of incentive pay and RSUs,” Amazon’s spokesperson said in an emailed statement to CNBC. “We can confirm that all hourly Operations and Customer Service employees will see an increase in their total compensation as a result of this announcement. In addition, because it’s no longer incentive-based, the compensation will be more immediate and predictable.”
Peggy Sue Gerron was 17 years old, a senior at a Catholic girls’ school, when the world heard her name radiate through the airwaves over and over on its way to rock-and-roll immortality.
And she was in the crowd the night Buddy Holly and the Crickets played it for her for the first time at the Sacramento Memorial Auditorium, as she sunk down in her chair and blushed while dozens of people screamed her name.
“Peggy Sue, Peggy Sue,” Buddy Holly sang in the 1957 single, “Oh, how my heart yearns for you!”
The Peggy Sue of Buddy Holly and the Crickets fame would go on to become one of the most influential songs in rock history. But Peggy Sue herself — whose love interest was not Holly but Crickets drummer Jerry Allison — would drift out of the 1950s to trade poodle skirts for dental hygienist scrubs, going on to raise a family and start a business in California.
On Monday, Peggy Sue Gerron died at University Medical Center hospital in Lubbock, Tex. — her hometown, a spokeswoman for the hospital confirmed to The Washington Post. She was 78.
Gerron was born in Olton, Tex., and grew up in Lubbock, where she would meet Holly and Allison, the man she would later marry. The three attended Lubbock High School. And once Allison and Gerron started going steady, they frequently joined Holly and his girlfriend for Cokes at the Hi-D-Ho Drive-In, as Gerron recounted in her 2008 memoir, “Whatever Happened to Peggy Sue?”
But just as Holly and the Crickets’ music started to take off, Gerron moved to Sacramento to finish at the Catholic high school. Their paths wouldn’t cross again until she got a call from her old boyfriend, Allison, inviting her to the show at the Sacramento Memorial Auditorium where they were on tour.
Allison planned to woo her back with the “Peggy Sue” surprise.
The song was never supposed to be called “Peggy Sue,” as multiple Crickets, including Allison, have said in interviews over the years. Originally, the band planned to call it “Cindy Lou,” named for Holly’s niece. But producer Norman Petty had an issue with its cha-cha rhythm, as Allison told NPR in 2000. Allison said he would agree to change it to a paradiddle — a rapid drumbeat — if Holly would agree to change the name to “Peggy Sue,” he told NPR. He wanted to impress Gerron.
And it apparently worked.
“I think Buddy was playing a little bit of Cupid there,” Gerron told the Austin American-Statesman in 1999, referring to the Sacramento performance.
Ok, this is a bit over the top to make a point, but those self righteous liberal women are making me sick. Tell me what you think:
I’m so glad that there are no women who use their sexuality to get what they want. I’m so pleased there are no prostitutes or strippers, no adult film stars, no starlets seducing directors and no junior executives trying to sleep their way to the top. Thankfully there are no devious women trying to steal husbands away from their wives and kids, and zero women who would purposefully get pregnant in hopes of snaring a husband. And with everything happening on the Internet, I am so glad there are not tens of thousands of women taking off their clothes, having sex or hosting live porn sites simply to make money. Most of all, I am especially pleased that there are no women who wait decades to make unsubstantiated sexual harassment or assault claims to make money or advance political agendas, without giving a single thought of the lives they ruin. Yes, those terrible men are the only ones who use sex for nefarious purposes, and they are to be reviled. All women are wonderful.
NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon, the business that upended the retailing industry and transformed the way we shop for just about everything, is jumping out ahead of the pack again, announcing a minimum wage of $15 an hour for its U.S. employees that could force other big companies to raise their pay.
The online giant also said it will push Congress to increase the federal minimum wage, now at $7.25.
Given Amazon’s size and clout, the move Tuesday is a major victory for the $15-an-hour movement, which has organized protests of fast-food, gas station and other low-paid workers. Already, several states and cities have raised their minimum wages above the federal one.
Amazon, whose value topped an awesome $1 trillion in September, has been under political and economic pressure to pay its employees more.
“We listened to our critics, thought hard about what we wanted to do, and decided we want to lead,” said Jeff Bezos, Amazon founder and CEO.
But Amazon may also be offering raises out of necessity: With the economy booming and unemployment near rock bottom, employers are having difficulty finding help. Amazon, with about 100 warehouses around the country, will soon need to hire more than 100,000 workers to pack and ship boxes during the holiday season.
The wage increase takes effect next month.
AP reporters Anne D’Innocenzio in New York; Michelle Chapman in Newark, New Jersey; and Chris Rugaber in Washington also contributed to this report.
People familiar with the process said Tuesday that the FBI investigation into the allegations of sexual misconduct against Judge Kavanaugh could wrap up very soon, well ahead of the end-of week deadline.
GOP aides on the Hill and another person familiar with the process said they were expecting the bureau to conclude its report as soon as late Tuesday or early Wednesday. Agents had interviewed at least four key people as of Tuesday in its background investigation of Judge Kavanaugh. The White House had given the bureau until Friday to wrap up the probe.
Senators would then be shown the FBI’s findings, but it wasn’t clear if the public would get a look as well.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) said on Tuesday the report was expected “soon” and “will be made available to each senator and only senators will be allowed to look at it.”
But his number two in the Senate, John Cornyn (R., Texas) said “there does need to be some sort of public statement, if not the reports themselves.” His reasoning: “since the accusations have been made public, it seems to me that people are not going to be satisfied until some public statement about what the FBI supplemental background investigation showed is made.”
Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R., Iowa) said that in his 38 years on the Senate, “an FBI report, as far as I know, has never been made public” and that it could hurt the FBI in future investigations if the report was made public.
The top Democrat on the committee, Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, said “it depends” and she thinks a report it “should be limited” to the committee. She said in her past experience that is what has been done, but she was not clear on the format the FBI would release the results of its investigation.
Creepy porn lawyer Michael Avenatti revealed Brett Kavanaugh’s 3rd accuser last Wednesday morning–A woman named Julie Swetnick who brought forth allegations of gang rape.
Avenatti sent Swetnick’s written statement to Grassley’s team last week–Apparently Grassley’s team is annoyed Avenatti is relentlessly emailing them over Swetnick’s claims because they hit back hard Tuesday.
Avenatti emailed Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley’s Chief Counsel Mike Davis again saying, “Stop playing games. If you are the Chief Counsel then you need to do your job. Please respond to our requests.”
Grassley’s Chief Counsel responded to Avenatti saying, “We have already reviewed your client’s allegations. We focus on credible allegations. Please stop emailing me.”
On Monday evening, Julie Swetnick backtracked and said she never saw Brett Kavanaugh “spike” the punch at house parties, rather, Swetnick said she “saw him around the punch containers.”
Julie Swetnick also changed her story on the gang rape allegation against Mr. Kavanaugh and Mr. Judge saying she only saw them congregated outside of bedrooms.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average hit a record high on Tuesday as it rallied for a second day, boosted by gains in Intel and optimism around global trade.
The 30-stock index closed 122.73 points higher to 26,773.94 for its first record close since Sept. 21. Intel climbed more than 3.5 percent, while Boeing soared to an all-time high. These gains added to the 192-point pop in the Dow on Monday to start the fourth quarter.
As the Presidential election of 2016 approached, we made a prediction on the election. We predicted a huge Trump victory. We were right. Today we are announcing our prediction on the 2018 mid-term election. We are confident with our prediction.
As November 8th, 2016 approached, we predicted a Trump victory. We based our prediction on analysis and observations and we were correct. We beat all of the #NeverTrump naysayers and liberal media hacks.
We started our 2016 Presidential Election prediction with a reminder on our earlier predictions from the primaries. On April 2nd of 2016 we predicted that Ted Cruz would be mathematically eliminated from the Republican race for President on April 27th because on that day he would need more delegates than would be available. We also predicted that on April 27th Donald Trump would accumulate 943 delegates which would put him well on track to win the Republican nomination.
April 27th came and Ted Cruz was eliminated and Trump had amassed 944 delegates (which later was updated to 950 delegates). We were 100% correct and our reporting made the headlines at the Drudge report!
Following Brett Kavanaugh’s powerful testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee last week, Democrats opposing him from their not-so-comfortable red state seats are beginning to feel the heat. One poll shows Sen. Claire McCaskill in Missouri now behind her GOP opponent in a tight midterm race.
According to The Federalist, the new poll by Remington Research Group “found that of the 1,555 likely Missouri voters surveyed late last week, 48% said they were planning to vote for Republican candidate Josh Hawley while 46% said they planned to vote for McCaskill.”
Even worse for McCaskill is that her opposition to Brett Kavanaugh served as one of the deciding factors for voters to come out against her, with 49% saying it affected their decision. Only 42% said McCaskill’s opposition to Kavanaugh motivated their support.
The Minnesota DFL on Monday referred an internal report on a domestic abuse claim against Keith Ellison to local authorities for further investigation, after an attorney hired by the party found the claim could not be substantiated.
The decision promises to keep alive lingering allegations against the Democratic candidate for attorney general, who has denied that he tried to drag a former girlfriend off a bed by her legs and feet during a fight in 2016.
“For the purpose of objectivity and getting all of the facts regarding these allegations, we have decided to forward the information in the investigation to local authorities in order to let them review the contents and determine whether further investigation is warranted,” read a statement released Monday afternoon by Ken Martin, the chairman of the DFL.
The party declined to release the report produced by Susan Ellingstad, a Minneapolis attorney it hired to conduct the investigation. Martin through a party spokesman declined a follow-up interview request, and Ellingstad did not return a call seeking comment.
Minneapolis City Attorney Susan Segal said she received an e-mail late Monday afternoon from the firm tasked with carrying out the investigation. Because Ellison’s son, Jeremiah Ellison, is a Minneapolis City Council member, Segal said she would not be reviewing any materials provided.
“I will be in communication to find a different prosecutor’s office to forward the e-mail and attachment for a response, whatever that may be,” Segal wrote in an e-mail.
In a statement Monday, Ellison described the probe as a “thorough, independent and fair review” and sought to pivot back to discussing “the issues of this important election.” The allegations have loomed over Ellison’s bid to be the state’s chief legal officer since they surfaced in August, days before the state’s primary.
“Addressing this allegation has been especially challenging given the important national moment we are in,” Ellison said. “I believe women who come forward must be heard, and to have their allegations fully investigated. This is why I have complied with this investigation fully, and will do so with any other inquiries. I thank the Minnesota DFL for taking this issue seriously and requesting this investigation.”
His Republican opponent, Doug Wardlow, called the report a “sham.”