SCW RUSSIAWIRE: “A Dossier Debunking; His lawyer says the Steele claims about Michael Cohen are false” – Wall Street Journal Editorial

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“Michael Cohen’s accusations have replaced Russian collusion as Washington’s reason-du-jour to impeach Donald Trump …. Cohen’s lawyer, Lanny Davis, confirmed last week that Cohen has never been to Prague in the Czech Republic. … the Steele dossier … commissioned by oppo-research firm Fusion GPS, paid for by the Clinton campaign and used by the FBI in its Trump investigation. … claims … Cohen traveled to Prague in August or September of 2016 to discuss with Kremlin officials how to make ‘cash payments’ to hackers of the Clinton campaign. … Cohen has … offered his passport as proof. …”

Click here for: “A Dossier Debunking; His lawyer says the Steele claims about Michael Cohen are false” – Wall Street Journal Editorial







SCW RUSSIAWIRE: House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence: Russia Investigation

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House Permanent Select Committee on #Intelligence
#Russia Investigation

Overview

Following a more than yearlong, bipartisan investigation into Russia active measures targeting the 2016 U.S. #election, the House Intelligence Committee has completed a draft report of 150+ pages, with 600+ citations. The draft report addresses, in detail, each of the questions within the agreed parameters of the investigation, as announced in March 2017. It analyzes: 

  • Russian active measures directed against the 2016 U.S. election and against our European allies;
  • The U.S. government response to that attack; 
  • Links between Russians and the Trump and Clinton campaigns; and 
  • Purported leaks of classified information. Initial Findings


The draft report contains 40+ initial findings that describe: 

  • A pattern of Russian attacks on America’s European allies; 
  • Russian cyberattacks on U.S. political institutions in 2015-2016 and their use of social media to sow discord; 
  • A lackluster pre-election response to Russian active measures; 
  • Concurrence with the Intelligence Community Assessment’s judgments, except with respect to Putin’s supposed preference for candidate Trump; 
  • We have found no evidence of collusion, coordination, or conspiracy between the Trump campaign and the Russians; 
  • How anti-Trump research made its way from Russian sources to the Clinton campaign; and 
  • Problematic contacts between senior Intelligence Community officials and the media.


Proposed Recommendations

The draft report includes 25+ proposed recommendations for Congress and the executive branch to improve: 

  • Election security, including protecting vote tallies;
  • Support to European allies; 
  • The U.S. government response to cyber-attacks; 
  • Campaign finance transparency; and 
  • Counterintelligence practices related to political campaigns and unauthorized disclosures.


Conclusion

The draft report will be provided to the Committee minority on March 13 for review and comment. After adoption it will be submitted for a declassification review, and a declassified version will be made public. The report’s completion will signify the closure of one chapter in the Committee’s robust oversight of the threat posed by Moscow—which began well before the investigation and will continue thereafter.

Additional follow-on efforts arising from the investigation include oversight of the unmasking of Americans’ names in intelligence reports, FISA abuse, and other matters.







WHITE HOUSE NEWS RELEASE: Statement from the Press Secretary [re: #Trump fires #FBI Director #Comey]

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The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
May 09, 2017
Statement from the Press Secretary

Today, President Donald J. #Trump informed #FBI Director James #Comey that he has been terminated and removed from office.  President Trump acted based on the clear recommendations of both Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

“The FBI is one of our Nation’s most cherished and respected institutions and today will mark a new beginning for our crown jewel of law enforcement,” said President Trump.

A search for a new permanent FBI Director will begin immediately.





NEWSLINK: “The lawyer who will oversee the Russia inquiry for Justice Dept. has experience investigating the White House” – Los Angeles Times 4.23.17

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“As a young federal prosecutor in the 1990s, Rod J. Rosenstein played a key role in the highly charged independent investigation of the president and first lady, Bill and Hillary Clinton, over their investments in a failed real estate company known as Whitewater. Rosenstein now is poised to take over another sensitive investigation: the FBI counterintelligence inquiry into whether President Trump’s current or former aides colluded with Russian intelligence to interfere with last year’s election. …”

America Passes Horrifying Threshold, As Clinton Gets Fewer Votes Than Number of Americans Killed by Policies She Promotes, Yet Still Almost Wins Presidency

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Hillary Rodham Clinton apparently is on track to total roughly 56 million votes, compared with roughly 59 million surgical abortions in the United States performed since 1973.  The United States confronts the baffling and horrifying spectacle of a politician nearly winning the Presidency while getting fewer votes than the number of people killed by policies she promotes.

Clinton is rabidly pro-abortion, emphasizing abortion in her campaign and having taken the extreme step of supporting partial-birth abortion, something opposed by a super-majority of Americans.  She also has praised, and accepted money from, the country’s largest abortion provider.

Tentative numbers late on election night have Trump getting about 58 million votes, and third or fourth party candidates getting another 5 million or so.



So if Clinton had succeeded in getting a plurality, she would created something akin to a constitutional crisis, or pre-constitutional crisis, and a threat to the foundations of the American republic.  She not only would have been getting fewer votes than the total votes against her; she would have been claiming the Presidency with fewer votes than the total number of people killed by policies she promotes.

The number of Americans killed in the womb by abortion is 59 million, the number of people voting against her was about 63 million, and she got roughly 56 million votes.

It would have been impossible for Clinton to form a government with democratic legitimacy in the context.  It would be analogous to Hitler murdering 6 million Jews, getting 5 million votes, having 7 million people vote against him, yet claim to be the duly elected leader of a democracy.

Clinton’s status as a pro-abortion extremist makes her a grotesque human rights violator.  Yet the sheer numbers involved with the killings also make it impossible for her to realistically be a participant in a republic grounded on the values of life and liberty.

One cannot participate in government of the people, by the people and for the people, when one is wrapped up in killing the people, and taking money from an industry that kills people, whether they be adults or children in the womb.

America crossed a horrifying threshold by seeing a major party candidate get fewer votes than the number of people killed by policies she promotes, yet still see that candidate get nearly half of the electoral votes.

This shocking occurrence should be an added wake-up call to “draw a line in the sand” against the shocking moral and demographic magnitude of prenatal child-killing in America.  This reality also highlights the need to recognize that those embracing what is a widespread human rights atrocity have no place in public life in the United States, especially as the nation aspires to be a democracy, a republic and a civilized nation.





Voters in a State of Sin Should Not Vote

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Just as voters who are drunk or high on drugs should not vote, voters in a state of sin also should not vote.

The last thing the country needs is to have persons with clouded judgment or clouded motives exercising political power, including exercising the power to vote.  Yet that is exactly what we would get, with voters casting ballots while in a state of sin.

Voting in a state of sin would distort judgment and perceptions, make it harder to act for good and make it easier to act for ill.

Sin clouds judgment and reorients priorities in the wrong direction.  Habits of sin also make it easier for forces of temptation, including personified evil, to work their way into perceptions, thinking and decisionmaking.



Making matters worse, we have an election where sin has been infused into certain political ideologies.  It is as if some candidates for President, for example, would like to be Enabler-in-Chief instead of Commander-in-Chief.

An Enabler-in-Chief would be someone who provides the serious sinner with the false pseudo-comfort of an “easy” way out, being told by the candidate that their evil doings, such as moral depravity, prenatal childkilling, euthanasia or so-called “assisted suicide”, are just fine, that there is no need to deal with the anxiety of confronting their guilty conscience, confessing the truth, repenting, converting and seeking a new life.

Now, some might try to argue that everybody is a sinner, and perhaps try to manipulate the question brush the whole matter aside.

To some extent that is true, although it is possible, for example, for a Catholic voter to go to Confession, receive Absolution, declare and seek a complete rejection of sin, then vote.

Nevertheless, let us revise the imperative to refer to serious sin, or rather grave sin or mortal sin.  Those who have killed others, without doing so in legitimate self-defense or the defense of others, should not vote.  That includes those who have involved themselves with prenatal child-killing, so-called “abortion.”  Exceptions might be made for those who have sincerely repented and converted, which, for Catholics, would mean taking the necessary steps, currently in place, to have their automatic Excommunication lifted.



An added problem such a voter gets into, however, is that, when a candidate is pro-abortion, or otherwise promotes serious sin, it becomes sinful to even engage in the act of voting, in favor of the Candidate Promoting Sin.  And doing so also would call into question the sincerity of the sinful voter’s claim to have repented.

For example, consider a voter who is a chronic masturbator, who sometimes has seized opportunities to fornicate, who got themselves involved with a pregnancy as the male or the female, and then got connected with an abortion murdering their child in the womb, either as the mother or as the father.  Perhaps the childkiller/ fornicator/ masturbator takes advantage of the current Pope’s Year of Mercy option to clear their status and escape damnation just by going to Confession.  And perhaps, with God’s Grace, they even abstain from masturbating and further fornicating.  If they then squander their new-found Graces, and cast aside their new life of freedom from evil by voting for a pro-abortion candidate, their repentance would be in doubt, and they would be sinning anew.

Those who have engaged in sexual gratification or activity of any kind, outside of Sacramental Marriage, are in a state of grave sin and should not vote.That includes adultery, fornication, sodomy, solo masturbation, mutual masturbation, the viewing of pornography and perhaps even looking at some other person in a lustful manner.

Christ said clearly that looking at another person with lust is like committing adultery in the heart.

Another problem today is that there are those who are so entrenched in sin that they have built up all sorts of structures sustaining it, such as cohabitating in a sinful “relationship” with shared housing, or using their business life to promote sin, such as belonging to a law firm that boasts about employing persons living in sin.

Those engaging in theft, or dishonesty, or other grave sins also should abstain from voting, although some might argue about how serious or large the theft or dishonesty has to be.

What is particularly bizarre in the current election is the presence of candidates promoting abortion.  The only “religions” pushing for the killing of children, in the womb or already born, are ancient demon-worshiping pagan rites and subsets of Satanists.  So one confronts a situation of an ideology of child-killing embraced only by demon-worshiping pagans, certain Satanists, and a handful of political parties and their minions.  That the political parties doing so try to recast the matter with manipulative false arguments, perhaps seeking to portray the evil as something opposite, is not only not surprising.  False arguments and manipulation, and evil trying to pose as “good” is a common modus operandi of evil. In the Gospel we even see that the devil itself tried to misquote Holy Scripture when seeking to tempt Christ in the desert.

We need voters thinking clearly, acting for good; we do not need the country’s future disrupted and diverted by voters in an altered state of bad judgment and corrupt spirituality, perhaps additionally with devils pushing them to think themselves clever if they vote for the devils’ candidate.

Yet, in this narcissistic childish culture, perhaps it would be easier to put it another way.

Voters in a state of sin are not really themselves.  It would be analogous to them being drunk or high on drugs, or in some other altered state.

While in a state of sin, they are in conflict with the true them, as well as in conflict with their true hearts.  The Law of God, God’s Law of Love that stands in conflict with sin, is engraved on the flesh tablets of the human heart. If we sin, we not only stand in conflict with God; we stand in conflict with our own true hearts.

At the very least, voters in a state of sin have clouded judgment, distracted distorted perceptions, and motivations that are different from the motivations that they would have as their true selves, in union with God, as the good person, the real person God Created them to be.

Voters in a state of sin, particularly a state of grave sin, should not vote.





NEWSWATCH: “An ‘avalanche of evidence’ may now bury Hillary” – Fox News ….. #CLINTON #FBI

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“… Sources tell Fox News’s Bret Baier that the #FBI has uncovered an ‘avalanche of evidence’ in the #Clinton Foundation investigation. … ‘actively and aggressively pursuing this case,’ calling it a ‘very high priority.’ … with newly discovered email evidence and additional documents revealed by WikiLeaks, these sources say that agents will likely try to get #Huma Abedin and others to cooperate in an effort to bring criminal charges against Hillary Clinton. … if Clinton is elected president … but thereafter indicted …. She could resign before or after inauguration …. #Obama could pardon her before he departs …. Clinton, as president, could try to invoke broad constitutional immunity from prosecution, delaying her criminal trial until after she leaves office. Or she could pardon herself. … all of that may not matter much if a Republican House of Representatives moves to impeach her. Neither immunity nor pardons apply to the ultimate constitutional remedy of impeachment. … Americans will again be forced to suffer through another impeachment horror show. But Hillary may not be able to beat the rap the way her husband did back in 1999 when he was impeached for perjury and obstruction of justice. ….”

Click here for Fox News: “An “avalanche of evidence” may now bury Hillary”





NEWSLINK Daily Wire: “15-Year-Old Sexting Victim Of Anthony Weiner Blasts FBI In Open Letter”

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A 15-year-old girl reportedly received graphic photos and explicit sexting messages from disgraced politician Anthony Weiner, Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin’s estranged husband, earlier this year. The investigation into the matter subsequently led to the reopening of the criminal email investigation into Hillary, as announced Friday. On Wednesday, Buzzfeed News published an open letter penned by the 15-year-old sexting victim, in which the young girl blasts FBI Director James Comey for not waiting until after the election to reopen the Hillary case.

Just Say No to Clinton’s Politics of Hate

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Few politicians could be more hateful than to center their political life around the widespread killing of innocent human life.

Yet that is what Hillary Rodham Clinton has done, by being a pro-abortion extremist favoring the continued decriminalization of prenatal child-killing.  She is pro-abortion to the extent that she even has supported partial-birth abortion, opposed by a super-majority of Americans.



Abortion already is a human rights violation, attacking the most basic of human rights, the right of innocent persons to not be killed.

With “surgical” abortions approaching 59 million in the United States alone, Rodham Clinton emerges as an egregious human rights violator by virtue of her support for abortion, and acceptance of funds from one or more abortion providers.

Yet, while even one abortion constitutes murder and a human rights violation, abortion on such a massive scale also represents a particular brutal, vicious form of treason.  A nation, ultimately, is its people, and anyone associating themselves with the killing of 59 million Americans in the womb could be considered someone embracing a vicious form of treason on a shocking scale.

As Secretary of State, Clinton even spoke at, and supported, an organization that is America’s biggest domestic abortion “provider.” Even though her role as Secretary of State did not even give her a basis to spend working hours addressing domestic abortion, she chose to do so, and to do so to promoting abortion.

Adding to the hatred attached to mass murder is the racist factor.

Abortion in America impacts African-Americans at a far higher rate than whites, considering their relevant portion of the population, so that abortion has been termed not only an anti-American genocide, but also an anti-Black genocide.  Abortion is the biggest killer of African-Americans.

The woman subjected to abortion, of course, also are hurt by it, with some injured or killed, perhaps scarred physically or psychologically for life.

Against that context, supporting Rodham Clinton in any way constitutes a supreme act of hatred — hatred of human life, hatred of children, hatred of women, hatred of racial minorities, hatred of America, hatred of good, hatred of decency.

It also is an act of hatred against God, the Author of all human life.  And support for a pro-abortion extremist like Rodham Clinton a serious sin.  If you are Catholic, for example, you should not present yourself for Communion in such a state of sin.

Just say no to Hillary Rodham Clinton’s politics of hate.





NEWSWATCH: “Planned Parenthood’s Legal Fight To Kill Babies With Down Syndrome” – Daily Signal

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As … Hillary #Clinton and #Hollywood continue to deceitfully prop up #PlannedParenthood … under the guise of women’s ‘health,’ the #abortion mill is … pursuing a legal battle … to kill unborn babies with Down Syndrome. … team[ing] up with the American Civil Liberties Union to try to have an Indiana law signed by Governor Mike Pence, which prohibits abortion for reasons of #race, #sex or genetic defect such as #DownSyndrome, thrown out. … [to be] heard by pro-abortion Obama-appointee Judge Tanya Walton Pratt. In July, Pratt granted the abortion mill’s request and blocked the law from being enforced. … House Bill 1337 also requires aborted or miscarried babies’ bodies to be disposed via humane practices of cremation or burial. …

Click here for Daily Signal Wire: “Planned Parenthood’s Legal Fight To Kill Babies With Down Syndrome”

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NEWSWATCH: “Planned Parenthood’s Legal Fight To Kill Babies With Down Syndrome” – Daily Signal

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As … Hillary #Clinton and #Hollywood continue to deceitfully prop up #PlannedParenthood … under the guise of women’s ‘health,’ the #abortion mill is … pursuing a legal battle … to kill unborn babies with Down Syndrome. … team[ing] up with the American Civil Liberties Union to try to have an Indiana law signed by Governor Mike Pence, which prohibits abortion for reasons of #race, #sex or genetic defect such as #DownSyndrome, thrown out. … [to be] heard by pro-abortion Obama-appointee Judge Tanya Walton Pratt. In July, Pratt granted the abortion mill’s request and blocked the law from being enforced. … House Bill 1337 also requires aborted or miscarried babies’ bodies to be disposed via humane practices of cremation or burial. …

Click here for Daily Signal: “Planned Parenthood’s Legal Fight To Kill Babies With Down Syndrome”

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Would Hillary Rodham Clinton ever be able to form a legitimate government? No.

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Even if Hillary Rodham Clinton managed to stage an upset and win the election, she could not form a legitimate government. It would be akin to Hitler murdering six million Jews, having an additional six million people vote against him, receiving six million votes, then claiming that he was the duly elected leader of a democracy.

Aside from being a human rights violator on a massive scale, the simple math involved would see Rodham Clinton possibly receiving fewer votes than the number of Americans killed in the womb by policies she rabidly supports.

Nearly 59 million Americans have been killed in the womb by surgical abortion, not including additional numbers killed by chemical abortions, including by so-called birth control pills that often actually have abortifacient properties.



Barack Hussein Obama, II, got roughly 65 million votes against Mitt Romney in the last general election, with Romney picking up roughly 61 million.  In that election, the third and fourth party candidates combined for about 2 million votes.  Polls leading up to the 2016 election suggest that third and fourth party candidates might creep toward a combined 10 percent of the vote, not including at least a fifth candidate.

If similar numbers emerge, there could be a situation where about 129 million votes are cast, with up to 13 million getting diverted to third, fourth or fifth candidates, leaving a close race with Donald Trump and Hillary Rodham Clinton each getting around 58 million votes in a tight race.

Even if Rodham Clinton wins, she could end up doing so with fewer votes than the number of Americans murdered by policies she has intensely promoted.



There are reportedly about 320 million Americans; there would have been about 380 million including those murdered in the womb by abortion.

So the United States could end up with a situation where there should have been about 380 million Americans alive; 320 million are left living; 72 million vote against Rodham Clinton; 59 million were killed under policies she intensely promotes; and 59 million vote for her.  And, under those circumstances, she would be claiming to be the duly elected leader of a democracy.

The result would be a particularly perverse form of Apartheid, minority rule of a quite deadly variety.

She additionally has accepted money from the abortion industry.

Democratic legitimacy could not possibly be deemed to have been reached, or to support the notion of her holding power.

A nation is its people, and she would be alleging to be representing a people, under circumstances where she was connecting herself to the killing of wide numbers of that people, with more killings than votes, in totality.

Such a result would represent not only a constitutional crisis, but a crisis to the foundations of the United States as a nation, a threat to the moral, legal, philosophical and human foundations of the Republic.





 

 

NEWSWATCH: “Trump Led Clinton By 1 Point Going Into Debate — IBD/TIPP Poll” – Investor’s Business Daily

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Even before Donald Trump’s strong showing besting Hillary Rodham Clinton in their final presidential debate, Investor’s Business Daily already was reporting Trump pulling ahead of Rodham Clinton in the polls, in what has been turning into a four-way race between Republican, Democrat, Libertarian and Green Party.



After more than a week of blistering attacks from Democrats, celebrities and the press, Donald Trump has managed to pull ahead of Hillary Clinton by a 1.3 percentage point margin — 41.3% to 40% — in a four-way matchup, according to the new IBD/TIPP poll released today.

Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson got 7.6% and Green Party candidate Jill Stein got 5.5%. The results are the first in the IBD/TIPP presidential tracking poll. Daily updates start Thursday and will continue until the election.



Click here for Investor’s Business Daily: “Trump Leads Clinton By 1 Point Going Into Debate — IBD/TIPP Poll”



Hillary Rodham Clinton is a Radically Pro-Abortion Extremist, Calling Into Question the Patriotism and Basic Decency of Her Supporters

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Not only is Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Rodham Clinton pro-abortion, she is among the most extreme pro-abortion politicians imaginable, voting in favor of partial-birth abortion.

A super-majority of Americans oppose partial-birth abortion, including at least some Democratic legislators who otherwise claim to support access to abortion generally.  Yet Rodham Clinton voted against banning partial-birth abortion.



Some commentators also accuse Rodham Clinton of otherwise essentially favoring liberalized abortion up to the point of delivery.

Rodham Clinton has financial ties to the nation’s largest abortion provide, and has praised that organization’s founder, even though the founder was known for racist views and connecting population control with racist motivations and eugenics.

The sheer magnitude of abortion in the United States is almost mind-boggling, with abortion killing more Americans in the womb than the totals killed in all U.S. wars.  Given that the right to live and not be killed is the most fundamental, foundational of basic human rights, abortion emerges as the most shocking and extensive human rights issue of our time.  Hillary Rodham Clinton is so deeply involved, and so deeply entangled, with abortion, she emerges as one of the most infamous human rights violators of our time.



In terms of sheer numbers, abortion is the biggest threat to American lives, and therefore is a bigger national security threat than terrorism or any conventional war.  Only a full-scale global nuclear war could surpass abortion as a national security to the United States.

Rodham Clinton’s culpability for abortion, as a practical matter, therefore makes her both one of the world’s most infamous human rights violators, and one of the biggest national security threats posed to the United States.

These realities call into question the patriotism, motives, good faith and basic decency of Rodham Clinton’s supporters and funders.  They also raise serious questions about the ethics and integrity of persons claiming to be Christian or Jewish who vote for her or otherwise lend their support.

Also questionable is whether Rodham Clinton should be involved at all with public service, or nonprofit activities, in any capacity at an level.



NEWSLINK Daily Wire: “Three Things You Need to Know About Hillary #Clinton’s Record on #Abortion”

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“Next to Barack #Obama, Hillary #Clinton may be the most pro-#abortion presidential candidate in American history. Clinton, and the Left in general, attempt to mask the heinous nature of the procedure they support by employing euphemisms such as “reproductive health” and “choice,” but in reality what they’re championing is the termination of innocent life, even at the latest stages of development. …”

NEWSLINK LifeNews: “58,586,256 Abortions in America Since Roe v. Wade in 1973 [as of Jan. 2016]”

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“… since the U.S. Supreme Court legalized #abortion 43 years ago in Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton , more than 58 million unborn children have lost their lives. Each one of those abortions is a tragedy, not just because an innocent child died, but because of the lasting impact the abortion itself had on the mothers of those children. …”

NEWSLINK Live Action: “MYTH VS. REALITY: PLANNED PARENTHOOD AND BLACK GENOCIDE” 7.11.11

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“… Planned Parenthood was founded to curtail the “mongrel” population. Margaret Sanger wanted to discourage poor people of color from breeding, and to this day, whether they admit it or not, the foundation she created carries out her purpose. Abortion kills a disproportionate number of black babies. …”

NEWSLINK Daily Telegraph: “Child rape victim comes forward for the first time in 40 years to call #Hillary #Clinton a ‘liar’ who defended her rapist by smearing her, blocking evidence and callously laughing that she knew he was guilty”

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“‘Hillary Clinton is not for women and children,’ says Kathy Shelton, 54, who was 12 years old when she was raped by Thomas Alfred Taylor in Arkansas … Clinton was the rapist’s defense lawyer, pleading him down to ‘unlawful fondling of a minor’ … The 41-year-old drifter served less than a year in prison … The plea came after Clinton was able to block the admission of forensic evidence that linked her client to the crime … Shelton says she’s furious that Clinton has been portraying herself as a lifelong advocate of women and girls on the campaign trail … Clinton accused Shelton of ‘seeking out older men’ in the case and demanded that she undergo a grueling court-ordered psychiatric examination … The presidential candidate later laughed while discussing aspects of the case in a recently-unearthed audiotaped interview from the 1980s … “

With Donald Trump expressing repentance, will we refuse forgiveness?

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Since Donald Trump is a man in his seventies apologizing for something said, or done, many years ago, some of the themes that emerge — in this Judeo-Christian nation reacting to the attack video — are themes of repentance, forgiveness and conversion of heart.

Do we believe Donald’s repentance? Do we refuse forgiveness? How has he progressed in his conversion of heart in the years since?

In the parable of the Prodigal Son, remember, when the prodigal son decided to return to the father, in a spirit of humble penitence, the father met him halfway. The father caught sight of the son at a distance, was deeply moved, and rushed to meet him.

With Donald expressing contrition, will we meet him halfway? Will we refuse forgiveness?



Should Donald ask permission to go to Confession in the Catholic Church? And should he challenge all Catholics to do the same?

What complicates matters is that Trump’s chief political adversaries are themselves connected with alleged, or actual, activities harming women.

If truth and reconciliation is needed, are the Clintons willing to admit to everything, and are they, like Trump, also willing to apologize and seek repentance and conversion. What becomes problematic is that they have made one of their most widespread, harmful attacks on woman a foundation of their political lives, namely prenatal child-killing, often recast by the pseudo-clinical euphemism of “abortion.”



NEWSWATCH: “In heartland Iowa, Trump vows to help farmers, urban minorities alike” – Fox News

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Donald Trump walked a political tightrope … promising in heartland Iowa to help farmers across the country by cutting taxes and federal regulations while continuing his stark appeal to potentially disaffected minority voters in U.S. inner cities. … Trump largely stuck to measured and prepared remarks … [he] repeatedly tried to distinguish himself from Democratic rival Hillary Clinton and appealed to evangelicals and others to assist him in helping minorities and winning the November election. … He again pointed out that Clinton in the mid-1990s said some black youths were ‘super predators’ and returned to his argument in recent weeks that the Democratic nominee’s policies and those of fellow Democrats who for decades have run many U.S. cities have failed their minority residents, particularly African-Americans. … Trump earlier this week said Clinton was a ‘bigot’ for having policies that hold down minorities.

Click here for Fox News: “In heartland Iowa, Trump vows to help farmers, urban minorities alike”

 

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NEWSWATCH Deal Hudson/The Christian Review: “The Catholic Church Doesn’t Really Care About Abortion”

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… To make matters even more stark, Hillary Clinton has made the support of Planned Parenthood, the proven seller of infant body parts, part of her political platform, while the platform of her Democratic Party has announced a more extreme pro-abortion clause than in previous elections. Donald Trump, on the other hand, has promised to sign a bill defunding Planned Parenthood and has published a list of potential #SupremeCourt nominees all in the mold of the late Justice Antonin Scalia.

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Pro-life Catholics need to wake up and realize that most of the ‘officialdom’ of the Catholic Church in the U.S. is already rolling out a national campaign that is virtually an arm of the Democratic Party. If you don’t believe me, start tracking the various conferences and forums being offered in your diocese, drill down to look at the host organization, the speakers, and their topics. Better yet, attend one and publicly voice your pro-life preferences and see what happens.

Click here for Deal Hudson/The Christian Review: “The Catholic Church Doesn’t Really Care About Abortion”