CNN Pays the Price for Its “Agenda-Driven Fiction”

CNN Business today reported that CNN had settled with Covington High School student and MAGA-hat-wearing Nick Sandmann for its false reporting of an incident on the National Mall last year:

CNN has settled a lawsuit with a Kentucky high school student who was at the center of a viral video controversy, a spokesperson for the news network confirmed Tuesday.

No other details were immediately available.

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Desperate Virginia Democrats Propose Unprecedented Incarcerated Felon Voting

Despite Virginia's status as a solidly blue state, a recent poll reported that Virginia’s Presidential election next year may be close, with President Trump narrowly beating all Democratic Party presidential candidates but one.  President Trump is only behind Joe Biden, and he is within the margin of error in a race with Biden.  How do some Democrats in Virginia respond to news of President Trump becoming competitive in the blue state of Virginia?  By trying to create "new voters" by allowing imprisoned felons and the mentally handicap to vote, as the Daily Caller writes:

Democratic lawmakers in Virginia, who recently won control of the state’s legislature, proposed altering the state’s constitution to allow prisoners and mentally handicapped individuals to vote.

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Senate Republicans Won't Let Dems Play Games with Senate Impeachment Trial

Today, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell reiterated that he will not let the House Democrats dictate the Senate's impeachment trial procedures:

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, speaking from the chamber’s floor Friday, rejected House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s efforts to shape a pending impeachment trial as “fantasy”—leaving the process at a standstill as lawmakers return from the holiday recess.

“Their turn is over. They’ve done enough damage. It’s the Senate’s turn now to render sober judgment,” McConnell, R-Ky., said on the Senate floor. . . .

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Judicial Confirmations - Questions for 2020, Answers for 2019

Today, Ed Whelan posted the four big questions in judicial confirmations for 2020 and answers to the four big questions he posed at the beginning of 2019. The first big question is whether a new Supreme Court vacancy will arise.

Although one did not in 2019, he notes that a nominee for a vacancy that arise this year would likely be confirmed "notwithstanding the ruckus the Left will raise." Looking ahead to 2020, he also asks:

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Part 2, Top 10 Blog Posts of 2019

We continue our Top 10 Blog posts for 2019.  Numbers 6-10 are here.  

5. February 7: SENATE JUDICIARY ADVANCES AG NOMINEE BARR AND 44 JUDICIAL NOMINEES

Senate Judiciary Dems playing an awkward game of praising Bill Barr's character and competence while saying why they're voting against him, which boils down to Pres. Trump, with some background of unitary executive theory.

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Joe Biden Does Same Thing that Dems Impeached Trump Over

Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden says he would refuse to comply with a subpoena by the U.S. Senate unless a court order compels him. While Democrats may defend Biden for being in his right to do so, there’s one problem: they already impeached President Trump for doing the same thing.

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Part 1: Top 10 Blog Posts of 2019

In a series of two blog posts, RNLA will detail our top 10 blog posts of 2019.  Today Numbers 10-6.  

10.  May 1: TOP MOMENTS OF BARR HEARING

Attorney General Bill Barr drives it home -"How did we get to this point? The President was falsely accused of colluding with Russians - the evidence shows those allegations are false. To listen to some of the rhetoric you’d think the Mueller Report had found the opposite."

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ICYMI: There Should be Bipartisan Outrage over the Treatment of Carter Page

Carter Page served as foreign policy advisor to the 2016 Trump campaign and also as a CIA asset.  He is exhibit one in the abuse (or worse) of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act by the FBI in their efforts to investigate the Trump campaign. Don’t take our word for it- Judge Rosemary Collyer, the Presiding Judge of the United States Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, is furious. 

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Happy Holidays: 1 in 4 Circuit Court Judges are now Trump Nominees

While House Democrats have spent 2019 focused on attacking the President and a slipshod impeachment, President Trump and the United States Senate have focused on remaking the judiciary.  As the Washington Post reports:

Trump nominees make up 1 in 4 U.S. circuit court judges. Two of his picks sit on the Supreme Court. And this past week, as the House voted to impeach the president, the Republican-led Senate confirmed an additional 13 district court judges.

The 13 circuit courts are the second most powerful in the nation, serving as a last stop for appeals on lower court rulings, unless the case is taken up by the Supreme Court. So far, Trump has appointed 50 judges to circuit court benches. Comparatively, by this point in President Obama’s first term, he had confirmed 25. At the end of his eight years, he had appointed 55 circuit judges.

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ICYMI: President Trump’s Executive Order Combating anti-Semitism

As Hanukkah celebrations are underway, we thought we would briefly focus on President Trump’s recent Executive Order Combating Anti-Semitism (some excerpts):

While Title VI does not cover discrimination based on religion, individuals who face discrimination on the basis of race, color, or national origin do not lose protection under Title VI for also being a member of a group that shares common religious practices.  Discrimination against Jews may give rise to a Title VI violation when the discrimination is based on an individual’s race, color, or national origin. . . .

“Antisemitism is a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews.  Rhetorical and physical manifestations of antisemitism are directed toward Jewish or non-Jewish individuals and/or their property, toward Jewish community institutions and religious facilities”; and

(ii)  the “Contemporary Examples of Anti-Semitism” identified by the IHRA, to the extent that any examples might be useful as evidence of discriminatory intent.

(b)  In considering the materials described in subsections (a)(i) and (a)(ii) of this section, agencies shall not diminish or infringe upon any right protected under Federal law or under the First Amendment

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