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Beto O’Rourke Attempts to Deflect Trump Impeachment Question, Later Admits He Supports Impeachment

Texas Democratic Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke on Thursday attempted to deflect a question about whether his objective as a senator would be impeaching President Donald Trump, but after being pressed by the moderator he admitted that he still supports the president being impeached. O’Rourke currently represents the state’s 16th Congressional District in Congress and appeared at a CNN town hall moderated by Dana Bash in McAllen, Texas, as he continues his campaign to unseat Sen. Ted Cruz (R., Texas). One of the first questions of the town hall revolved around what O’Rourke would say to Republicans and independents who believe that his main objective is impeaching Trump. O’Rourke completely dodged the impeachment part of the question and talked about his vision of bringing Texans together regardless of their of political affiliations. He said that he could take voters “for granted,” but he said he doesn’t want to do that because he wants to incorporate everyone’s story into his campaign. After he finished his response, Bash pressed him on the impeachment part of the question, noting that he said in July that he would vote to impeach Trump as a member of the House of Representatives. “Have you changed your mind?” Bash asked. “I haven’t. Let me put it this way. There may be an open question as to whether the president, then the candidate, sought to collude with the...

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China Enforces Mandatory Study Of “Xi Jinping Thought”

Authored by Kevin Carrico via ForeignPolicy.com, I Mastered Xi Jinping Thought, and I Have the Certificate to Prove It Study of the leader’s half-baked ideas is increasingly compulsory in China. Classes in Marxism have long been compulsory in Chinese universities, normally welcomed by tired students as an excellent chance to catch up on their rest. But now students and workers alike are suffering a new imposition: the need to study Xi Jinping Thought. The ideas of Xi, China’s most personally powerful leader since Mao Zedong, are increasingly mandatory and have even been enshrined in the country’s ever-changing constitution. From the outside, Xi Jinping Thought might seem like authoritarian banality mixed with a growing personality cult. That’s why I was so excited to learn this August of a new course offering on the edX website, a U.S.-based learning platform: Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism With Chinese Characteristics for a New Era—the official full name of Xi Jinping Thought. The instructor was none other than the Tsinghua University professor Hu Angang, known for his close links to senior government leaders and his claims that China has already overtaken the United States as the primary global superpower. Who could be better to explain the intricacies of the new era? I determined that I was not only going to take the course—I was going to ace it. The course’s promotional materials promised that learners would...

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2002 Email From Kyrsten Sinema Spread Conspiracy Theories About George W. Bush

A newly released email sent by Arizona Democratic Senate candidate Kyrsten Sinema in 2002 accuses former President George W. Bush of various malevolent schemes. The email appears to be an invitation to a protest of Bush’s policies. “Meet at Patriot Square Park at 3pm (tentative time), then march to the downtown Civic Center Plaza, where we’ll protest Bush’s well…. pretty much everything the man does is worthy of protest, s [sic] you can pick from the following,” the email reads. BREAKING: We obtained an email sent by @kyrstensinema, among many crazy conspiracies, she accuses the then President Bush of: “Putting arsenic in our water.”“Crowning himself King of the World for Life.”“Stealing all of our civil liberties.” Read: pic.twitter.com/VgAqsOsGf4 — The Reagan Battalion (@ReaganBattalion) October 18, 2018 Sinema accuses bush of “stealing all of our civil liberties in the name of something called freedom (it’s okay, I wasn’t using those liberties anyway).” Sinema also claims Bush was trying “to destroy all natural land and forestry in the United States by oil drilling and old growth-tree logging” and “putting arsenic in our water.” The final claim is that Bush crowned himself “King of the World for life (oh wait, he’s not taking over the world for another year…).” “Whatever your reason, join us in solidarity as we protest the Shrub on Friday, September 27th,” the email concludes. The newly released email...

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Rosie O’Donnell Says She Was ‘Physically Sick’ the Night Donald Trump Won: ‘He’s Evil, He’s Dark’

Rosie O’Donnell said Thursday she was “physically sick” the night Donald Trump won the 2016 presidential election and needed a year before she could come out in public again. O’Donnell, with whom Trump has feuded publicly for years, reunited with her former “The View” co-host on “Deadline White House.” Wallace and former Republican flack Steve Schmidt bonded with O’Donnell—the comedian told Schmidt “I love you” at one point—over their mutual loathing of Trump in what amounted to a half-hour group therapy session on live television. Along with Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson, they discussed Democratic tactics in the midterms—a frustrated Wallace exclaimed Democrats should be more “bullish” about taking the U.S. Senate with Trump’s unpopularity—and eventually got around to how O’Donnell processed Trump’s stunning victory. O’Donnell said Schmidt and Wallace gave her “comfort and hope” that Trump could be overcome. “He’s evil. He’s dark. It’s the opposite of what America stands for,” she said. Wallace said they’d never discussed how she dealt with Trump’s victory that night over Hillary Clinton. “It was horrible,” O’Donnell said, describing that she was in Boston shooting a TV show and asked her therapist if she should be alone on Election Night, fearing Trump would win. She did an impersonation of her British doctor saying she shouldn’t worry so much. “I actually got physically sick,” O’Donnell said. “I got physically sick that night, and I thought...

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Top Story on ‘Press’ Section of O’Rourke’s Website Is ‘Vanity Fair’ Story Hoping He Runs for President

The top story on the “Press” section of Beto O’Rourke’s (D., Texas) Senate website is a article about how he could be a worthy challenger to President Donald Trump in 2020. In a friendly profile in left-leaning Vanity Fair, Peter Hamby said he and a Texas beat reporter agreed the liberal enthusiasm for O’Rourke was “like Iowa in 2007” for then-Illinois Sen. Barack Obama, who would go on to win the Democratic nomination in 2008 and serve two terms as U.S. President. However, O’Rourke has pledged to serve a six-year term if elected in 2018, meaning he wouldn’t run against Trump in 2020. NBC News reporter Alex Seitz-Wald, who wrote about O’Rourke’s appeal to national Democrats on Thursday, tweeted, “The top story on the “Press” section of Beto O’Rourke’s website seems a bit…off message.” The top story on the “Press” section of Beto O’Rourke’s website seems a bit…off message. https://t.co/kCnCRayiA1 pic.twitter.com/o0O4kSWqJ3 — Alex Seitz-Wald (@aseitzwald) October 18, 2018 His opponent, Sen. Ted Cruz (R., Texas), has used his popularity with progressives nationally as an attack line, calling him out of step with Texans and suggesting he’s trying to run for president. “He’s pursuing the national Democratic activists in Iowa, New Hampshire—not El Paso,” Cruz said last week. Cruz also compared him to failed Texas gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis, who lost by 20 points in 2014. “Every two and four years, the...

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Trump on Whether Khashoggi Is Dead: ‘Certainly Looks That Way to Me’

En route to a campaign rally in Montana, Trump spoke about the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi, saying he believes the Washington Post reporter is dead. “Do you believe Jamal Khashoggi is dead?” a reporter asked. “It certainly looks that way to me. It’s very sad,” Trump said. “What are you considering for possible consequences for Saudi Arabia?” a reporter asked off-screen. “Well, it will have to be very severe. I mean, it’s bad, bad stuff, but we’ll see what happens,” Trump responded. Jamal Khashoggi, a permanent United States resident and critic of the Saudi regime, disappeared on Oct. 2 after entering the Saudi embassy in Istanbul, Turkey. He has not been seen or heard from since. Turkish officials accuse the Saudis of murdering Khashoggi and say they have audio evidence of the murder.  The Free Beacon previously reported: Earlier this month, Khashoggi, a Saudi dissident, disappeared after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last week. Turkish officials accuse the Saudis of murdering Khashoggi. They also claim an audio recording captured moments of his “interrogation, torture, and killing,” a Turkish newspaper reported. Saudi Arabia has denied the allegations. Trump has threatened “severe punishment” if the Saudi government is responsible for Khashoggi’s death. “There’s a lot at stake. And, maybe especially so because this man was a reporter. There’s something — you’ll be surprised to hear me say that, there’s something really terrible and disgusting about...

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Poll: Support for Gun Control Drops Ahead of Midterm Elections

A new poll released on Wednesday shows support for new gun-control laws dropped significantly over the last seven months. The Gallup poll of 1,019 adults, conducted between Oct. 1 and 10, found 61 percent of respondents support making gun laws stricter. That’s down 6 points from when Gallup asked the same question between March 1 and 8. At the same time support for the idea that gun laws should be kept the same increased from 28 percent to 30 percent and support for the idea they should be made less strict doubled from 4 percent to 8 percent. Overall, opposition to stricter gun-control laws moved from 32 percent to 38 percent. Two percent of respondents said they had no opinion. (It’s unclear why Gallup’s raw numbers add up to more than 100 percent but the discrepancy is likely the result of rounding.) Support for stricter gun control has wavered significantly over the last few decades. When Gallup first asked about it in 1990, support for stricter laws came in at an all-time-high of 78 percent. In 2012, support hit an all-time-low of 43 percent. Support for stricter laws has trended back up since 2012, but this month’s numbers may indicate it is receding once again. The poll found Republicans and Democrats were at odds over support for gun control. Eighty-seven percent of Democrats favor stricter gun-control laws, 10 percent...

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Activists Demand HHS End Involvement in Late-Term Abortion

Pro-life activist David Daleiden said the Department of Health and Human Services was promoting late-term abortion by agreeing to a multimillion-dollar contract for mice injected with cells obtained from aborted babies. On Wednesday evening CNS News revealed the agency had agreed to a $13 million contract with the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF) to obtain 90 so-called humanized mice each month. Daleiden, founder of the Center for Medical Progress and undercover videographer, said fulfilling the contract would require at least two late-term babies to be aborted each month. The taxpayer-funded enterprise made the agency “complicit” in abortion. “UCSF is the biggest abortion and late-term abortion training school in the country,” Daleiden told an audience at the House of Representatives Rayburn building. “It’s absolutely unconscionable that our taxpayer dollars are being used to traffic in aborted baby body parts.” Daleiden called on the agency to terminate the contract, as it did a $15,900 contract with Advanced Bioscience Resources in September following public outcry. He said it was incumbent on the “pro-life Trump administration” to live up to its values. “The administration could end this tomorrow … but the political will is needed,” Daleiden said. “HHS and NIH [National Institutes of Health] are complicit in these abortions.” The agency did not respond to request for comment at deadline. The University of California defended the research on the San Francisco...

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