A week and a half into the impeachment trial of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, the case against the conservative fighter is falling apart in spectacular fashion.
Witness after witness, all called by the House Board of Managers, have testified under oath that they either have no direct evidence against the attorney general or explained that the articles of impeachment were simply untrue.
All this after Rep. Andrew Murr, R-Junction, chief manager, promised the people of Texas that the trial in the Senate would be the place where the supposed evidence of horrific misdeed would be finally brought to light.
Instead of convincing evidence showing that Paxton abused his office beyond a reasonable doubt, those watching the trial have been met with overwhelming evidence to the contrary. The witnesses closest to Paxton, who had the most opportunity to see wrongdoing, have repeatedly testified under oath that they never saw the general do anything wrong or had no evidence to speak of that proved wrongdoing.
For example, the prosecution called Drew Wicker, Paxton’s former personal assistant. Wicker had previously told investigators that he was worried that an Austin-based businessman had paid for renovations to Paxton’s Austin residence, which forms the basis for impeachment Article 10.
However, Wicker explained on the stand that he had never seen any agreement between the two men and even testified that he had not and would never accuse Paxton of bribery. On cross-examination, the defense provided pictures of Paxton’s home from before the 2020 renovations and from August 2023, which showed Wicker that the renovations he had been concerned about never even took place.
The Wisconsin Senate on Thursday voted to fire the administrator of the state's elections commission (WEC) amid frustrations with her handling of the 2020 presidential contest.
Wisconsin was one of a handful of states that drew scrutiny of its elections due to former President Donald Trump's assertions that mass fraud influenced the outcome. WEC Administrator Meagan Wolfe drew particular criticism due to her office, The Hill reported.
The vote to oust her is likely to draw constitutional scrutiny due to questions as to whether Wolfe had been technically nominated to serve another term. Three Republican members of the WEC nominated her while three Democrats abstained. Republicans in the chamber interpreted that decision as a unanimous nomination and subsequently voted that she not continue in the post.
Democrats, meanwhile, contend that the Senate vote was illegitimate. Gov. Tony Evers has directed the state Department of Justice to support Wolfe and argue for her maintaining her post.
As many leaders obsess about summer temperatures that are predictably a little warmer than they used to be—given the gradual warming trend and El Nino year—we are hearing more calls for the Biden Admin to declare a “climate emergency.”
This would be a catastrophic decision.
A government “emergency” declaration is a temporary increase in power that should only be used if a problem meets 3 criteria:
Dire: Unusually deadly
Temporary: Of limited duration
In our control: Actually solvable by our government
All is fair in politics and impeachment. This time, it is the Democrats’ feathers that are ruffled.
As House Speaker Kevin McCarthy officially announced the House’s intention to investigate President Joe Biden, former Speaker Nancy Pelosi must have regretted her decision to forgo a House impeachment vote in 2019 in the case of President Trump. So excited was she to commence an inquiry leading to a Trump impeachment, she forgot herself, it seems.
Now, the Democrats are getting their just deserts. As Pelosi so flippantly dismissed McCarthy’s formal request for an impeachment inquiry vote back then, McCarthy is now doing the same to the former speaker and her Democratic counterparts. President Joe Biden’s fate is now at the mercy of a Republican majority.
McCarthy is demonstrating the danger of using momentary power advantageously to both parties. Unfortunately, for the Democrats, it’s their turn to squirm. With the pressure he is receiving from his own party, he’s not backing down.
Hunter Biden’s legal team on Wednesday filed a lawsuit against a former Trump White House staffer, accusing him of violating California and federal computer privacy laws by publishing thousands of photos and emails from the infamous laptop belonging to the president’s son.
Reporter J.W. Gibbons stopped former NFL tight end Rob Gronkowski on Tuesday to ask whether he believed men should be allowed to play in women’s sports — and the ex-professional athlete’s facial expression said it all.
An alarming video has emerged showing arrogant leaders of a radical New Jersey non-profit revealing how they sneak sick sexual and LGBTQ+ content into children’s classrooms without parental knowledge.
The group in question, HiTOPS, has burrowed its way into schools in New Jersey and across America to indoctrinate kids as young as second graders in the radical left’s LGBTQ+ lifestyle which includes gender identity.
According to its website, HITOPS seeks to foster “strong and healthy young people of all identities by providing inclusive and youth-informed sex education and LGBTQ+ support for young people.” Moreover, they seek to create a world “where young people are able to flourish because they are at home in their bodies, supported in the development of their sexual and gender identity, and equipped with an understanding of how to have safe, consensual, and healthy relationships.”
Investigative journalism group Project Veritas managed to speak with both the HiTOPS executive director, Lisa Shelby, and Hannah Wiers, a health educator for the non-profit. They posted the full video on Wednesday.
During their conversation, the journalists managed to get them to reveal the deceptive tactics they use to brainwash children and admit a key goal of theirs is to eliminate the opt-out clause for parents when it comes to the curriculum they push.
A CVS store manager was killed on the job by a man suspected of shoplifting, police say — the latest example of a US retail theft epidemic that is becoming increasingly deadly.
Michael Jacobs, 49 — an operations manager at CVS Pharmacy in Mesa, Ariz., where he had worked for the past 20-plus years — was shot and killed allegedly by Jared Sevey in the evening hours of Sept. 7, according to KKTV 11 News.
Sevey, 39, was reportedly inside the Arizona CVS location earlier that day, arguing with Jacobs about shoplifting, KKTV reported. After the conflict, Sevey went home to get a gun.
Sevey admitted to police that he shot Jacobs because he was “tired of being bullied,” and “this was the last straw,” according to the news outlet.
The Post has sought comment from CVS, which has already resorted to installing built-in locks on freezer doors and putting padlocks around necessities like deodorant and toothbrushes at its locations in major US cities.
Former President Donald Trump won’t have to stand trial in Georgia next month over his alleged 2020 presidential election interference after the judge overseeing the case separated two co-defendants in the case from the trial of Trump and 16 others.
A new report is shedding light on the difficulty the federal government has in keeping track of migrants who are apprehended after they enter the United States. Federal watchdog group the Department of Homeland Security’s Inspector General, released the report which explains the lack of ability to maintain valid addresses for migrants, therefore having no follow ups and losing track of individuals.
“[Immigration and Customs Encorcement] must be able to locate migrants to enforce immigration laws, including to arrest or remove individuals who are considered potential threats to national security,” the report said. “The notable percentage of missing, invalid for delivery, or duplicate addresses on file means DHS may not be able to locate migrants follReportowing their release into the United States. As the Department continues to apprehend and release tens of thousands of migrants each month, valid post-release addresses are essential.”
According to the report, DHS released more than 1 million migrants into the U.S. from March 2021 to August 2022. The IG tracked DHS’ work in obtaining addresses and keeping up with these migrants, many of whom were apprehended as they illegally entered the country.
“Based on our review of 981,671 migrant records documented by USBP from March 2021 through August 2022, addresses for more than 177,000 migrant records were either missing, invalid for delivery, or not legitimate residential locations,” the report said.
Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) told Fox News Digital that tech companies will “absolutely” use artificial intelligence to censor Americans.
The senator was unequivocal when asked whether AI will censor users. “Just look at ChatGPT, these chatbots, they have a noted, a noted political bias. Think about what that could do as we turn toward election information, news coverage, people who are searching for information and AI gets involved and directs them toward lefty-leaning stuff,” Hawley said. He specifically mentioned that he is “really worried” about election interference. His comments come just after the heads of Big Tech companies met with Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and other members of Congress in a closed-door meeting to discuss how artificial intelligence should be regulated. X owner Elon Musk, Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai were reportedly all in attendance.
Senate Bill 14 will now head to Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom's desk. The governor has already expressed support for the measure.
If signed into law by Newsom, it would mark the first time California has voted to add a crime to the state's three-strikes law. Repeat "serious felony" offenders could face up to life in prison. Under current law, child sex traffickers are eligible for early release credits based on behavior, which could take years off their sentencing.
In July, all six Democratic members of the California Assembly Committee on Public Safety blocked Senate Bill 14 by refusing to vote on the measure, which was introduced by Republican state Senator Shannon Grove.
Webmaster addition: Now why would Democrats be opposed to such a bill?!?
Lawyers for IRS whistleblower Gary Shapley released on Wednesday his personal handwritten notes from a critical meeting with U.S. Attorney David Weiss last October.
Shapley, a senior supervisory agent who worked the Hunter Biden investigation, testified to Congress that Weiss admitted in a meeting on Oct. 7, 2022, that he was not the "deciding official on whether charges are filed" against the first son. Senior FBI agent Thomas Sobocinski, who also attended that meeting, has challenged Shapely's testimony, telling House investigators that he did not remember Weiss saying what Shapely claims.
Importantly, Sobocinski did not memorialize the meeting with notes or emails — but Shapely did.
"Weiss stated — He is not the deciding person," Shapely wrote in notes taking during the Oct. 7 meeting.
“The View” co-host Sunny Hostin claimed on Thursday that President Joe Biden would risk losing the black vote if he chose to go into the 2024 presidential election with a running mate other than current Vice President Kamala Harris.
Auto workers in Michigan are preparing to go on strike for higher wages at three major U.S. carmakers as the United Auto Workers (UAW) union criticizes President Joe Biden’s handouts for the electric vehicle industry.
New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham last week suspended laws allowing law-abiding citizens to carry firearms, either openly or concealed, in Albuquerque for 30 days. Her reason? A “public health emergency” stemming from a rash of deaths, including that of an 11-year-old boy.
The order is plainly unconstitutional and will not accomplish what the governor claims it will — namely, a reduction in gun violence perpetrated by criminals who don’t abide by concealed-carry rules in the first place.
The good news is that the people of New Mexico are not sitting still for the governor’s outrageous, unconstitutional power grab. Even state Attorney General Raúl Torrez, a fellow Democrat, said Tuesday the governor’s order does not “pass constitutional muster” and that he would not defend it in court. A federal judge on Wednesday issued a temporary restraining order blocking the order from being enforced.
But that shouldn’t be the end of the story. Gov. Grisham needs to be held accountable.
Having nearly bled to death from a robber’s gunshot wounds in Albuquerque, New Mexico — saving myself and my wife by returning fire with my own legal handgun — I have a unique perspective on Grisham’s ill-conceived anti-gun decree that deprives law-abiding citizens of their right to self-defense.
Twenty-two state attorneys general, led by Tennessee’s Jonathan Skrmetti, are warning financial services companies that they may be violating antitrust and consumer protection laws by engaging in a climate activist alliance aimed at achieving net zero carbon emissions.
In light of four indictments by Democrat prosecutors, some figures have tried to block Trump’s GOP nomination. In numerous states, individuals and some officials have tried to find means to remove Trump’s name from the Republican primary ballot. Some have cited the 14th Amendment, which was passed to bar Confederate officers from running for office.
Several anti-Trump Republicans actually moved to block him in a top primary state. It appears they hoped they could stop Trump from winning this state, and thus derail his campaign momentum. The top election official of this blue state issued a press conference to discuss the controversy. And it has resulted in a big Trump win.
From Fox News:
The top election official in New Hampshire says he won’t invoke the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution in order to block former President Donald Trump from the ballot…
At the news conference at the state house in Concord… [Secretary of State Dave] Scanlan said that as long as Trump “submits his declaration of candidacy and signs it under the penalties of perjury, pays the $1,000 filing fee, his name will appear on the presidential primary ballot.”
This week, House Speaker Kevin McCarthy announced an impeachment probe into Joe Biden. The House leader cited six major allegations as reason for the move. Republicans have long accused Biden and his son Hunter of engaging in illegal acts, while he served as vice president.
Despite ample testimony, and years of revelations, it appears the mainstream media refuses to question Biden. Reporters have tried to downplay the impeachment news, suggesting Republicans are seeking “political revenge.” One report, while speaking to a Freedom Caucus member, suggested there was no “actual evidence” against Biden. So, this Republican replied with a strong response.
From Daily Wire:
“What actual evidence do you have… that today isn’t just about some of you [inaudible]?” asked an off-camera reporter.
The reporter suggested that McCarthy was enacting “political revenge for the impeachments of Donald Trump.”
“This isn’t about political revenge. We have the bank accounts we can see, ma’am,” [Rep. Scott Perry] fired back…
“That’s not normal to have 20 shell companies, these things are not normal,” he continued. “And it alludes to not only just widespread corruption, but money laundering, if not influence peddling itself.”
During a press conference with Freedom Caucus member Rep. Scott Perry, a reporter seemed to suggest that the impeachment inquiry against Joe Biden was merely “political revenge.” The reporter challenged Perry to provide “actual evidence” that would convince the American public that Biden and his family were engaged in crimes.
The Republican issued a fiery response. He cited bank records that show the Biden family receiving payments from 20 shell companies. Perry claimed it was “not normal” for something like this to happen.
Benghazi Survivor, Mark “Oz” Geist, who was a key figure from the CIA Annex Security Team present during the 2012 Benghazi attack, described Hillary Clinton as a” disgusting” human being during a recent episode of “The Shawn Ryan Show.”
“It was, once again, one of the most incompetent times of American leadership,” Ryan commented. “And, um, I know it strikes a chord with you. I can’t even imagine.”
Ryan highlighted the horrific nature of the 2012 assault on the U.S. mission and diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya.
He detailed how Geist was shot 22 times and managed to save numerous lives.
The tragic event ended in the deaths of four Americans, notably then-U.S. Ambassador to Libya, John Christopher Stevens.
“I think, at the time [Obama got elected]—and this is the opinion of Mark Geist—Hillary Clinton saw her chance to put together a coalition and go after ‘the bad guy,'” Geist remarked, alluding to the then-Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi.
Besides the iPhone 12's radiation levels, another controversy is brewing as Bloomberg said Apple instructed employees to stay 'mum' when customers ask about the radiation issue:
If customers inquire about the French government's claim that the model exceeds standards for electromagnetic radiation, workers should say they don't have anything to share, Apple employees have been told. Staff should also reject customers' requests to return or exchange the phone unless it was purchased in the past two weeks — Apple's normal return policy.
Customers asking if the phone is safe should be told that all Apple products go through rigorous testing to ensure that they're safe, according to the guidance.