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Trump publicly demands Bill Barr appoint special counsel to probe Biden in off-the-rails Fox News interview

In a wide-ranging and off-the-rails Fox News interview President Donald Trump is demanding Attorney General Bill Barr appoint a special counsel to investigate his Democratic opponent, former Vice President Joe Biden, over Russian disinformation spread by his personal attorney and a conservative media outlet owned by his friend.

Trump told "Fox & Friends" Barr has "got to act" against the former vice president and his son Hunter Biden, insisting the Attorney General give credence to the disinformation before Election Day.

"We've go to get the Attorney General to act, and he's got to act, and he's got to act fast. He's got to appoint somebody. This is major corruption and this has to be known about before the election," Trump demanded, before declaring, "we're going to win the election."

Fox News mentioned the letter sent to Barr by just 11 of the 198 House Republicans calling for a special prosecutor to investigate the Bidens.

Overnight Politico reported: "More than 50 former senior intelligence officials have signed on to a letter outlining their belief that the recent disclosure of emails allegedly belonging to Joe Biden's son 'has all the classic earmarks of a Russian information operation.'"

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Presidential debate commission just changed the rules to keep Trump in line

The Commission on Presidential Debates will announce a change to the rules for Thursday night's final debate, and it's sure to anger President Donald Trump. The Commission will allow the candidates' microphones to be muted while their opponent is speaking, which is one of the reasons Trump gave for pulling out of last week's virtual debate.

"As in the first debate, each candidate will be allotted two minutes of speaking time to initially answer the moderator's questions," The New York Times reports. "But under a plan being finalized by the commission on Monday, his opponent's microphone would be turned off during that period, an attempt to ensure an uninterrupted response."

Explaining why participating in a virtual debate would be "a waste of time" for him, Trump last week specifically said one of the reasons he wouldn't is because moderators could "cut you off," meaning cut his microphone off.

Trump has yet to react to the change in the rules.

Even Fox News refused to publish Giuliani’s 'sketchy' Hunter Biden email story

Months ago President Donald Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani approached Fox News with the story published last week by the New York Post. The infamously anti-Biden, pro-Trump conservative media outlet refused to publish it.

Giuliani, according to a Mediaite exclusive, ended up going to the less-reputable Post (both are owned by Rupert Murdoch) because, as he said, he wanted a publisher to not vet the information he gave them.

And even now, Fox News isn't pushing the apparently fraudulent story, which alleges that Giuliani got hold of a laptop former Vice President Joe Biden's son Hunter dropped off at a Delaware repair shop, did not leave his name, and never returned to retrieve.

In fact, two sources tell Mediaite that "the lack of authentication of Hunter Biden's alleged laptop, combined with established concerns about Giuliani as a reliable source and his desire for unvetted publication, led the network's news division to pass."

Fox News' top anchors are running away from the story.

"Let's say, just not sugarcoat it. The whole thing is sketchy," Bret Baier said.

Calling the story "suspicious, Chris Wallace said, "I can understand the concern about this story. It is completely unverified and frankly, Rudy Giuliani is not the most reliable source anymore. I hate to say that, but it's just true."

Melania Trump lashes out at the friend who turned against her

Melania Trump is attacking her former friend and senior advisor Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, who wrote a book and secretly recorded some of their conversations after the Trumps threw her under the bus.

The first lady recently wrote on the White House website that Barron, the Trump's youngest son, had tested positive for coronavirus, noting that she and Barron are both now negative.

But on Friday the first lady used the White House website for more nefarious purposes. She penned the attack on Wolkoff but attempted to hide it in a "Be Best" missive titled "Give Focus to Our Next Generation," as The Daily Beast reports.

"Over the last couple of weeks," the first lady begins, "I have had time to reflect on many things personal to me. One of the most honorable and important roles I have ever undertaken has been serving you, the American people, as the First Lady of this country.

"When I thought about where I wanted to put my time and efforts, there was no hesitation. BE BEST has one simple purpose—to help children. It serves to provide the tools children need to prepare them for their futures."

But then came the slam, which was not subtle, and not very "Be Best" at all.

"We all know that more often than not, information that could be helpful to children is lost in the noise made by self-serving adults. I have most recently found this to be the case as major news outlets eagerly covered salacious claims made by a former contractor who advised my office," she writes, refusing to say the name of her former friend, Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, instead calling her a "contractor" even though Wolkoff worked unpaid while at the White House. Later she referred to her as an "opportunist," not even acknowledging their once long snd strong friendship.

"A person who said she 'made me' even though she hardly knew me, and someone who clung to me after my husband won the Presidency," Melania Trump added.

"This is a woman who secretly recorded our phone calls, releasing portions from me that were out of context, then wrote a book of idle gossip trying to distort my character. Her 'memoir' included blaming me for her ailing health from an accident she had long ago, and for bad news coverage that she brought upon herself and others. Never once looking within at her own dishonest behavior and all in an attempt to be relevant. These kinds of people only care about their personal agenda—not about helping others," Melania writes, apparently in an attempt to offer advice to Americans seeking her "Be Best" wisdom.

"As a country, we cannot continue to get lost in the noise of negativity and encourage ambition by those who seek only to promote themselves," the first lady adds, seemingly unaware of who her husband is.

Biden warns that Amy Coney Barrett is a threat to LGBTQ rights

Former Vice President Joe Biden is warning LGBTQ Americans "there's reason to be concerned" about Judge Amy Coney Barrett and her likely installation onto the U.S. Supreme Court. He added that he too is worried.

Biden went on to say with Barrett on the Supreme Court LGBTQ rights and access to healthcare are in danger.

A former constitutional law professor for two decades Biden added he felt Barrett did not explain her judicial philosophy regarding enumerated rights.

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Amy Coney Barrett ‘lied’ to Democratic senator over ties to anti-LGBTQ hate group: political scientist

Judge Amy Coney Barrett is being accused of lying to a top Democratic Senator in an apparent attempt to hide her ties to and awareness of an anti-LGBTQ hate group that advocates for the re-criminalization of homosexuality and sterilization of transgender people.

Judge Barrett has been paid by and given speeches to the Alliance Defending Freedom, a law firm that appears on the Southern Poverty Law Center's list of anti-LGBTQ hate groups. ADF advances its agenda by finding and litigating cases involving Christians who say they are being discriminated against for their faith by LGBTQ people, often same-sex couples.

"The head of the Alliance Defending Freedom attended the announcement of Amy Coney Barrett's #SCOTUS nomination in the Rose Garden," former US Senator Al Franken tweeted Wednesday.

He posted a devastating video (below) of him questioning Barrett in her 2017 judicial confirmation hearing. The video then cuts to this week's confirmation hearing, with Senator Pat Leahy (D-VT) asking her about the Alliance Defending Freedom.

"Were you aware of ADF's decades-long efforts to re-criminalize homosexuality?" Leahy asked Barrett on Tuesday.

"I am not aware of those efforts, no," Barrett firmly responded.


Amy Coney Barrett Lying About Her Knowledge of the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) youtu.be

Franken adds, "I questioned her about this in 2017. She spoke to them 5 times, took money from them, and is very, very, very aware of what they do."


Norman Orenstein, a top political scientist and a resident scholar at the conservative think tank American Enterprise Institute (AEI), says Barrett "lied."


Graham blows up Judiciary Committee rules and proceeds with Barrett’s confirmation hearing sans Democrats

Chairman Lindsey Graham is ignoring the official rules of the Senate Judiciary Committee, proceeding to conduct business on the final day of Judge Amy Coney Barrett's confirmation hearing. Long standing rules require at least two members of the minority party to be present for any committee business to take place. Senator Dick Durbin was the only Democrat on the committee present.

Durbin warned Graham that he was violating the rules, but Graham pressed forward.

Saying "I know what awaits us," Graham claimed, "we've had this problem in the past, we're dealing with it the way we are today. If we create this problem in the future you're gonna do what I'm gonna do."

Chairman Graham then proceeded with the committee's business and called for a motion to hold a vote on Barrett's nomination on October 22.


Twitter locks Kayleigh McEnany out of her account after spreading fake news

Twitter has locked White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany's personal Twitter account.

An official Trump campaign account shows a notice purportedly from the social media company addressed to McEnany that reads: "Your account has been locked."

"We have determined that this account violated the Twitter rules," it says, "against distribution of hacked materials."

The policy is reportedly a longstanding one.

McEnany had posted a tweet linking to a fake and quickly debunked New York Post story, one tied to Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, that claims Hunter Biden used his relationship with his father, Vice President Joe Biden, for personal business gain.

The story has been dissected and is provably false, many reporters have noted.

Giuliani has been working with a known Russian agent for at least months.

Here's the tweet from the Trump campaign highlighting the notice to McEnany:



After being locked out of her personal account McEnany then used her federal government White House Press Secretary Twitter account to falsely claim "censorship."



Kamala Harris prosecutes Amy Coney Barrett for her statement on abortion — and destroys the Senate GOP

U.S. Senator Kamala Harris, the Democratic nominee for vice president, used Judge Amy Comey Barrett's words and deeds against her in Supreme Court confirmation hearing Tuesday evening.

Harris, a former attorney general, prosecuted Judge Barrett for her statements on abortion, then lambasted Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee.

"I would suggest that we not pretend that we don't know how this nominee views a woman's right to choose," Harris concluded.


Senator Harris also "hurt" Judge Barrett, former Senator Claire McCaskill noted on MSNBC, when she drove a truck through Barrett's suggestion that she doesn't know President Trump chose her to kill ObamaCare.


Later, former Senator Al Franken noted that Barrett has the seal of approval from the Federalist Society, which means she's passed all the religious right's and Republicans' tests.




Lindsey Graham ludicrously tries to link same-sex marriage to polygamy at Amy Coney Barrett SCOTUS hearing

Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC) linked the legal marriages of same-sex couples to polygamy in his questioning of Judge Amy Coney Barrett Wednesday morning. Graham is leading the push to insert the controversial far right wing Seventh Circuit judge on to the Supreme Court.

Graham began by attempting to claim that the 2015 Obergefell case which found a right to marriage for same-sex couples could not be easily overturned, but then launched into his fear-mongering, slippery slope argument.

"So we talk a lot about laws legalizing same-sex marriage," Graham said, asking Judge Barrett the name of the Obergefell case. "If anybody tried to change that precedent one of the things you would look at is a reliance interest that people have formed around that is legislation?"

"So, reaching a decision that the case was wrongly decided doesn't end the debate in terms of whether or not it should be repealed. Is that correct?" Graham asked, positing that "there's a very rigorous process in place to overturn the precedent?"

"Is there any constitutional right to a polygamous relationship?" Graham then queried.

"Let's see," Barrett replied, "that might be a question that could be litigated at, you know, polygamy obviously in many places is illegal, now, but that could be an issue somebody might litigate before the Court at some point."

Judge Barrett on Tuesday refused to cite long-standing statutes that clearly state voter intimidation is illegal and it is illegal for a President to unilaterally delay an election.

"Somebody might have made the argument is possible the three people love each other, generally, and that would work this way with court if somebody wanted to make that argument," Graham claimed.

Same-sex marriage has nothing to do with polygamy.

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