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October 17, 2018

OH: Sweden to expel 6-year-old orphan to Ukraine while granting amnesty to 9,000 Afghans.

WHOA, CANADA: Canada to pardon pot possession as the country legalizes marijuana.

YOUR FEELINGS DON’T MAKE YOU SPECIAL: University of Chicago pres. slams ‘privileging of feelings.’. “Some people are trying to keep certain views unexpressed out of self-righteous, moral, or political indignation, an agenda driven by such moral or political views, and comfort, arrogating to themselves and those they agree with the right of speech, while denying it to others.”

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LIZ SHELD’S MORNING BRIEF: Khashoggi in the Headlines and Much, Much More. “This story continues to lead news coverage with the media wagging their finger at President Trump, sneering that he needs to dump/sanction/cancel arms sales/start a war with the Sauds. Despite all the moral posturing, we have no evidence of anything yet, NONE and yet an entire scenario has been constructed and floated around but there is no evidence and no admissions only convenient allegations from the enemies (Turkey, Qatar, Iran) of a Saudi, Israeli, US alliance. If the U.S. turns on the Saudis, qui bono?”

Good question.

THIS DNA TEST HAS BEEN ONE OF THE GREATEST SELF-OWNS IN ALL THE HISTORY OF POLITICS: Cherokee Nation to Elizabeth Warren: Drop dead. Cherokee Nation Secretary of State: “A DNA test is useless to determine tribal citizenship. Current DNA tests do not even distinguish whether a person’s ancestors were indigenous to North or South America. Sovereign tribal nations set their own legal requirements for citizenship, and while DNA tests can be used to determine lineage, such as paternity to an individual, it is not evidence for tribal affiliation. . . . Using a DNA test to lay claim to any connection to the Cherokee Nation or any tribal nation, even vaguely, is inappropriate and wrong. It makes a mockery out of DNA tests and its legitimate uses while also dishonoring legitimate tribal governments and their citizens, whose ancestors are well documented and whose heritage is proven. Sen. Warren is undermining tribal interests with her continued claims of tribal heritage.”

MICHAEL BARONE: Barone’s Guide to Government: Searches and Seizures.

OH: US Sanctions Threats ‘Unexpectedly’ Led To Deeper Economic Ties Between Iran And Russia.

According to a report by Israeli political analyst Dana Weiss, the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs has a secret document that describes Russia’s plan to aid Iran in subverting the incoming US Sanctions on the Islamic Republic’s oil exports.

According to Weiss, Iran will transfer its crude oil to Russian refineries on the Caspian Sea. After that Russia would present and sell the oil as Russian and reimburse Iran on the sales. According to the secret document, the plan was made together by Turkey, Russia and Iran during their summit on September 7th. In the summit the leaders of the three countries discussed avoiding an escalation in Idlib.

The document also said that European parties may be complacent in allowing Iran to circumvent US sanctions in order to trade oil with Asia. This would make sense, since the EU signatories on the Iran Nuclear Deal are interested in keeping Iran in the deal and upholding it. After all, the EU has made steps towards assisting Iran deal with the sanctions.

According to Weiss, this is worrying for Israel because Iran would avoid an economic collapse, which will also be reinforced by this new way of circumventing US sanctions.

We just need to find more soft spots to push on, is all.

KATIE PAVLICH: The left’s identity politics fall apart.

CHANGE: Signs mount of a fundamental shift in US-China ties.

With efforts to resolve the tit-for-tat tariff battle in limbo, Vice President Pence this month served public notice that the US sees trade as just one grievance among many against China’s economic, military, geopolitical, and human rights policies. And he explicitly questioned a core assumption of US policy over the past two decades: that support for modernization in China and its integration into the world economy would temper Chinese leaders politically and provide the basis for a relationship of cooperation. Mr. Pence said, in effect, that ship had now sailed.

A new cold war, if that’s what it becomes, will likely look far different from the first. The Soviet Union was an underdeveloped country with an outsized military and a fearsome nuclear arsenal. China is also a nuclear power, and has been gradually building up its military reach in recent years. Yet with China, the root source of competition and of steadily growing friction has been an economic one. More specifically, it’s about how China has been using its growing economic might.

It’s interesting that Ned Temko should bring up the Soviet Union’s lack of economic might, when for decades we had been assured (always by the Left) that the Soviets were on the brink of overtaking us — if they already hadn’t. Given China’s debt explosion and coming demographic implosion, you have to wonder if they’re as economically mighty as so many people think they are.

OCTOBER 17:  On this day in history, Evel Knievel was born.  And #MeToo.

HMM: Ukraine’s Spiritual Split From Russia Could Trigger a Global Schism. “For Moscow, the crisis is geopolitical as well as religious.”

“This is a victory of good over evil, light over darkness.” That’s how Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko described the announcement Thursday that the Orthodox Church’s Istanbul-based leader, Patriarch Bartholomew, will grant Ukraine’s Church independence from Russia.

In televised remarks, Ukraine’s president dubbed this a “historic event,” which it undoubtedly is: For more than three centuries, Ukraine and Russia have been religiously united within the Russian Orthodox Church. It was a union Poroshenko characterized this summer as a “direct threat to the national security of Ukraine,” given his view that the Russian Orthodox Church fully supports Kremlin policy; he said then that it was “absolutely necessary to cut off all the tentacles with which the aggressor country operates inside the body of our state.”

Now, four years after Russia annexed the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea, Ukraine is asserting its territorial independence by demanding its own national Church. For Russia, the crisis is geopolitical as well as spiritual. The stakes are so high that in order to protest Ukraine’s religious autonomy, Russia may respond harshly enough to trigger a deep schism in the Christian world.

“Little green men” and assassins can’t fix this problem for Putin.

HMM: Tenn. Lawmaker Accuses Bredesen Campaign Treasurer of Hatch Act Violation: Bredesen’s campaign treasurer is on TVA board of directors, appeared in campaign ad. “The complaint from Rick Tillis, a Republican member of Tennessee’s House of Representatives, concerns Virginia Lodge, who was appointed to TVA’s board of directors by Barack Obama in 2012 and is the listed as the treasurer for Bredesen’s Senate campaign. Lodge was featured in a recent ad that was used by the campaign in a fundraising plea, which Tillis believes crosses the line set by the Hatch Act.”

This seems pretty penny-ante to me.

I’D RATHER SEE MORE DISTANCE BETWEEN BIG GOVERNMENT AND BIG BUSINESS: Facebook’s ex-security chief will start a new center to bring Washington and Silicon Valley together.

BLUE WAVE? Conservative Leah Vukmir Looks To Defeat Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D) in Wisconsin. “The most recent poll shows Baldwin leading Vukmir by 10 points, 53% to 43%. Asked about this, Vukmir responded by noting that the usually reliable poll has been all over the map since the beginning of the senatorial campaign, showing her at one point trailing by 30 points and at another two points behind, well within the margin of error. Vukmir also noted that the polling was done before the recent debate at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee campus, in which she clearly dominated an uncomfortable and often flustered Baldwin.”

Good bio of an unconventional candidate in a largely overlooked race.

INEQUALITY: The Top 3% Of U.S. Taxpayers Pay 50% Of Income Taxes.

I’M A BIG FAN. I FIGURE WILLETT FOR THE BREYER SEAT, BARRETT FOR THE GINSBURG SEAT: Judge Don Willett Stands Out on Criminal Justice Reform: The 5th Circuit judge weighs in on qualified immunity, criminal sentencing, and false imprisonment.

VEGETIUS LIVES: If you want peace, prepare for nuclear war.

October 16, 2018

PETITION: Order a federal investigation into sex crimes committed by Bill Clinton, including the rape of Juanita Broaddrick. #TimesUp.

NEW CIVILITY WATCH: Kamala Harris’s Ellen Appearance: Jokes about Killing Trump, Pence, Sessions.

SHOCKING NEWS FROM USA TODAY: Google News results favor left-leaning media, report finds.

BLACK FIRE CHIEF WINS DAMAGES AFTER BEING REPRESENTED BY WHAT SPLC CALLED A HATE GROUP: Atlanta To Pay Out $1.2 Million To Christian Fire Chief After Violating His First Amendment Rights.

WELL, THIS IS GOING SWIMMINGLY:

OPEN THREAD: Tuesday’s gone, with the wind.

CHANGE: U.S. Is World’s Most Competitive Economy for First Time in a Decade. “The top spot hasn’t gone to the U.S. since the financial crisis stalled output and triggered a global economic slowdown.”

TO BE FAIR, THEY’RE ALWAYS OUTRAGED OVER SOMETHING: Social Justice Warriors Now Outraged Over the “NPC” Meme.

UPDATE: “Twitter suspended 1,500 accounts that were using the NPC meme as their avatar. Meanwhile, they have taken no action against 100’s of far-left accounts that advocate for violence, including one that used the platform to distribute a poster calling for the assassination of Trump.”

I’VE BEEN SAYING THIS FOR A WHILE NOW: Think Professors Are Liberal? Try School Administrators: The ideological bent of those overseeing collegiate life is having the biggest impact on campus culture.

I soon learned that the Office of Student Affairs, which oversees a wide array of issues including student diversity and residence life, was organizing many overtly progressive events — programs with names like “Stay Healthy, Stay Woke,” “Microaggressions” and “Understanding White Privilege” — without offering any programming that offered a meaningful ideological alternative. These events were conducted outside the classroom, in the students’ social and recreational spaces.

The problem is not limited to my college. While considerable focus has been placed in recent decades on the impact of the ideological bent of college professors, when it comes to collegiate life — living in dorms, participating in extracurricular organizations — the ever growing ranks of administrators have the biggest influence on students and campus life across the country. . . .

Intrigued by this phenomenon, I recently surveyed a nationally representative sample of roughly 900 “student-facing” administrators — those whose work concerns the quality and character of a student’s experience on campus. I found that liberal staff members outnumber their conservative counterparts by the astonishing ratio of 12-to-one. Only 6 percent of campus administrators identified as conservative to some degree, while 71 percent classified themselves as liberal or very liberal. It’s no wonder so much of the nonacademic programming on college campuses is politically one-sided.

The 12-to-one ratio of liberal to conservative college administrators makes them the most left-leaning group on campus. In previous research, I found that academic faculty report a six-to-one ratio of liberal to conservative professors. Incoming first-year students, by contrast, reported less than a two-to-one ratio of liberals to conservatives, according to a 2016 finding by the Higher Education Research Institute. It appears that a fairly liberal student body is being taught by a very liberal professoriate — and socialized by an incredibly liberal group of administrators.

All subsidized — whether at public or private institutions — by taxpayers who are much less liberal, but have no say.

I THINK WE’VE REACHED PEAK 2018: Iowa City: Woman charged after detonating plastic explosives in cheating husband’s anus.

DANIEL JOHN SOBIESKI: Trump’s Rising Black Support, Not Kanye West, Scares and Angers Democrats.

YOU’RE GONNA NEED A BIGGER BLOG: 11 Freakiest Things About Arizona Senate Candidate Kyrsten Sinema.

UPDATE (From Ed): “Another day, another Kyrsten Sinema video of her trashing Arizona. Kyrsten Sinema In Boston: ‘Let My Arizona … Serve As A Warning Symbol For Each Of You.’”

(Bumped.)

VICTOR DAVIS HANSON: The Origins Of Progressive Agony.

NEO: Trump The Knuckleballer.

NEW CIVILITY WATCH: Alec Baldwin: We Need To Overthrow The Government. And note this detail:

Fresh off his first appearance of the season as President Trump on “Saturday Night Live,” actor Alec Baldwin headlined the New Hampshire Democratic Party’s inaugural Eleanor Roosevelt Dinner Sunday night at the Manchester Downtown Hotel.

* * * * * * * *

Sunday’s event was previously known as the “Jefferson-Jackson Dinner” before being switched in 2016 to the “Kennedy-Clinton Dinner.” The national controversy over sexual harassment fueled by the “#MeToo” movement earlier this year prompted the name change.

(Via Byron York.)

ELIZABETH WARREN CAN OVERCOME TRUMP’S ‘POCAHANTAS’ ATTACK — BUT CAN SHE OVERCOME HER TERRIBLE POLITICAL INSTINCTS?

That said, more than anything, Democratic voters will be looking for a candidate who can take the fight to Trump — and win. Trump, as unpopular as he seems nationally, is an unconventional political force that nobody has been able to beat — not 16 other Republicans (many well-funded and experienced) and not Hillary Clinton. Whatever Trump’s weaknesses, he’s clearly demonstrated an instinctive understanding of politics in the modern media age.

Warren’s experience in politics has involved winning in a very liberal state, enjoying glowing media coverage, and being popular among progressive audiences. When it comes to national politics, she’s a relative novice. So all we know right now is that Warren’s early flirtation with presidential politics went horrifically, raising serious questions about her political instincts, which are hard to teach. She’s got plenty of time, of course, but if this is in any way indicative of how she’s going to run her campaign, she isn’t going to get close to the White House.

“Trump’s Superpower: Making His Opponents Do The Stupidest Possible Thing,” Ben Shapiro writes. As John Nolte tweets, “Other than McCain suspending his ’08 campaign, in all my decades of watching politics, I have never seen a high-profile presidential contender ever bungle anything as badly as Warren did this DNA test. It was a train wreck and dumpster fire all in one. Wow.”

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YOU’RE GONNA NEED A BIGGER BLOG: Six Democratic Scandals the Networks Are Burying This Election Year.

LIZ WARREN: Don’t forget that this isn’t exactly the first time she has been caught misleading the public. I did warn folks back in 2006, but nobody wanted to listen. 

SPACE: Bridenstine confident Soyuz launches will resume “on schedule.”

SKILLS CHECK: One- and Two-Shot Drills.

DISPATCHES FROM THE EDUCATION APOCALYPSE: St. Lawrence University Alumni, Faculty Want To Revoke Susan Collins’ Honorary Degrees Because She Supported Kavanaugh, In Order To “Dismantle Rape Culture.”

Earlier: Suspicious letter delivered to Republican Sen. Susan Collins residence in Maine.

SATIRE… OR IS IT? Warren Mulls Starting Grassroots Call for Her to Run.

HEIDI HEITKAMP (D-ND) APOLOGIZES FOR OUTING SEXUAL-ASSAULT SURVIVORS.

UPDATE: At the Daily Wire, Ashe Schow adds, “One woman posted in a Facebook group for Bismarck, ND, news that not only did she not give permission for her name to be used by the campaign, but that she doesn’t support Heitkamp and is not even a domestic abuse survivor:”

“This was posted in the Bismarck Tribune,” The woman says in her post, which contained a photo of the ad. “A lot of these people listed, including me, did not give anyone permission for our names to be posted. I don’t even support Heidi Heitkamp and I am not a domestic abuse survivor. Should this even be legal?? Using people’s names as part of your campaign??”

Another woman said the campaign was “literally sharing false information.” She wrote a response to the campaign saying she “NEVER gave my consent or permission, written or verbal, to be involved in anything like this: for, against, or personally affected.” She also said some of the names are spelled wrong and that some are listed twice.

A third woman also said her name was used without her permission, and that she was “FURIOUS” for being included. She said using their names in this way has made them a “target” for their abusers who have seen the list and assumed they told somebody.

On Saturday, CNN’s Harry Enten’s headline was “Trust the polls: Heidi Heitkamp is in trouble.” Fourth quarter desperation is rarely a good look.

CHUTZPAH: China says internment camps are ‘free vocational training.’

BRUCE BAWER IS NOT MAKING THIS UP: New This Fall: The Preschool Hijab!

THE SCIENCE WAS SETTLED, BUT NOT ANYMORE: Harvard Calls for Retraction of Dozens of Studies by Noted Cardiologist.

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UGH: Emergency Meeting Called to Determine Global Risk of Latest Ebola Outbreak. “Instability is hampering efforts to contain the outbreak. CDC staff who were in the DRC to help have been pulled out of affected hot spots.”

HMM: What the media aren’t telling you about Jamal Khashoggi.

The fate of Khashoggi has at least provoked global outrage, but it’s for all the wrong reasons. We are told he was a liberal, Saudi progressive voice fighting for freedom and democracy, and a martyr who paid the ultimate price for telling the truth to power. This is not just wrong, but distracts us from understanding what the incident tells us about the internal power dynamics of a kingdom going through an unprecedented period of upheaval. It is also the story of how one man got entangled in a Saudi ruling family that operates like the Mafia. Once you join, it’s for life, and if you try to leave, you become disposable.

In truth, Khashoggi never had much time for western-style pluralistic democracy. In the 1970s he joined the Muslim Brotherhood, which exists to rid the Islamic world of western influence. He was a political Islamist until the end, recently praising the Muslim Brotherhood in the Washington Post. He championed the ‘moderate’ Islamist opposition in Syria, whose crimes against humanity are a matter of record. Khashoggi frequently sugarcoated his Islamist beliefs with constant references to freedom and democracy. But he never hid that he was in favour of a Muslim Brotherhood arc throughout the Middle East. His recurring plea to bin Salman in his columns was to embrace not western-style democracy, but the rise of political Islam which the Arab Spring had inadvertently given rise to. For Khashoggi, secularism was the enemy.

It seems possible that Khashoggi was murdered in order to embarrass Crown Prince bin Salman rather than to protect him.

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COLLUSION: SENIOR FBI OFFICIAL LIED ABOUT ACCEPTING SPORTS TICKETS FROM REPORTERS.

A senior FBI official accepted tickets to sporting events from reporters and initially lied about it to government investigators, according to a report released Tuesday.

The conduct of the FBI official, who has not been identified, violated federal regulations that prohibit federal employees from accepting gifts from journalists and other “prohibited sources.”

The improper gifts were discovered in text messages reviewed by the Department of Justice’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG) as part of its investigation into the FBI’s handling of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s emails and the Trump-Russia investigations. (RELATED: FBI Report: Agents Regularly Received Handouts From Members Of The Media)

The same investigation led to the firings of Andrew McCabe as FBI deputy director and Peter Strzok as deputy chief of the FBI’s counterintelligence division. McCabe was found to have falsely denied authorizing leaks to the media in October 2016 about the Clinton probe. Strzok, who led the Trump-Russia probe, was found to have exchanged anti-Trump text messages with his mistress, FBI attorney Lisa Page.

They’re not charging, or naming, the official. Or the reporter. That seems . . . cozy.

WHAT ARE THOSE PEOPLE IN WASHINGTON SMOKING? It turns out that a big majority of Americans — 65 percent of the respondents to a recent Rasmussen Reports survey — think mandatory random drug testing is a great idea for politicians.

THE INFECTION IS COMING FROM INSIDE THE HOUSE: Hospital-acquired bloodstream infections traced to patients’ own bodies.

THIS WILL END WELL: Spain is to remove razor wire from border fences in north Africa to prevent serious injuries to migrants who storm the barriers. “After criticism from aid groups Spain’s Socialist government said that it would replace the wire with “smart” sensors to track movement near the barriers in Melilla and Ceuta, Spanish cities that border Morocco, and alert their Moroccan counterparts.”

TONI AIRAKSINEN: Cornell University Teams Up With Planned Parenthood to Fight ‘Masculinity’ in Boys as Young as 12. “Define what it means to be a ‘real man.’”

HORMONES: Women Suffer Vastly More Migraines Than Men, Here’s Why.

NEWS YOU CAN USE? The Science Behind the U.S. Military’s Super Sandwich.

EVERYTHING OLD IS NEW AGAIN: Winamp Is Coming Back in 2019.

COLLABORATE WITH DON’T BE EVIL: Google Finally Acknowledges Censored Chinese Search Engine Project.

For readers who missed the damning series of leaks sketching out the scope of the project, “Dragonfly” is intended to be a censored search engine that would block results for queries that the Chinese government considered sensitive, like the Mandarin phrases for “human rights” and “student protest”. It would also require Chinese users to log in with their credentials before searches can be run, ensuring that the Communist Party can log and examine a comprehensive record of search activity.

But while Pichai acknowledged that “Dragonfly” would censor some search terms, ultimately, Google would be able to serve well over “99%” of queries. While it’s unclear how Pichai arrived at this metric, we imagine there aren’t too many Chinese citizens sitting at their terminals Googling “Nobel Peace Prize” over and over again.

Given that the mainland market harbors hundreds of middle-class users, whose personal data Google and its tech rivals are eager to exploit for profits, Pichai said Google was obligated to “think hard” about the problem of returning to China, and that US companies shouldn’t scuttle what could be an enormously profitable initiative just because it would require making a few ethically dubious concessions to a totalitarian state.

Giving up the Waze navigation app wasn’t fun, but that was the last Google-owned service I used — and that was two years ago.

For search I get generally good results from DuckDuckGo, with Microsoft’s Bing as the occasional fallback. DropBox and Apple’s iCloud are fine (if not as fully featured) for cloud storage and file creation/sharing. And I’ve relied on HostingMatters for my domain and email needs since 2002 with nothing but great service.

NEW CIVILITY WATCH: Democrat Party Official Says Republicans Should Be Brought “to The Guillotines.”

A member of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor (DFL) Party was suspended after saying Republicans should be brought “to the guillotines” after the November midterm elections.

William Davis, who is the spokesman for the party in Minnesota, commented in a Facebook post: “11.7 — bring them to the guillotines.” Party executive director Corey Day said Davis deleted the post and party spokeswoman Charlene Briner said Davis’s suspension started Monday with no pay for one week, according to The Associated Press.

So much for “Minnesota Nice,” about which Wikipedia assures me that “The tradition of social progressivism in Minnesota politics has been linked to the Minnesota Nice culture.”

BLUE WAVE? Polarization Seems to Be Helping Republicans in Run-Up to Midterms. “Energized voters on the right dim prospects for big Democratic gains in red districts and states.”

Nate Cohn:

The fight over Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court seems to have contributed to polarizing the electorate, helping Republicans gain in red states and districts even as Democrats cement their strong position elsewhere. The trend might fade, but if it holds it will be an abrupt change from earlier polls and last year’s special election results, which indicated that Democrats were highly competitive in red areas.

Instead, the district and state polling raises the possibility of an election more like last year’s Virginia elections or the 2010 midterm elections. Both were strong results for the party out of power — but the big numbers came mainly on home turf. A similar result this year would tend to lock the Democrats into their single biggest disadvantage: the map.

The Democratic geographic disadvantage is so severe that it gives the Republicans a chance to survive a so-called wave election, like the 1994, 2006 and 2010 elections that flipped control of the House.

Don’t. Get. Cocky.

YES. NEXT QUESTION? Will Elizabeth Warren’s ‘Woman of Color’ Sham Come Back to Haunt Her? “Elizabeth Warren is, by just about anybody’s definition, white. At the very least, she was comfortable with Harvard and the University of Pennsylvania describing her as a ‘person of color’ or a racial ‘minority.’ The ‘person of color’ characterization is what really worries Warren, I suspect. It’s easy to imagine some future presidential debate stage, and Kamala Harris, or Cory Booker, or Deval Patrick turning to Warren and asking, ‘Did you really think you deserved to be called a ‘woman of color’ in American society?’”

CYBERTHREAT UPDATE: Doubts Swirl Around Bloomberg‘s China Chip Hack Report.

A week later, I remain deeply troubled by this story—not because of its substance, but because of its lack of substantiation. It seems a little odd that no one has reported identifying a single one of these spy chips in the wild since Bloomberg’s report appeared, no? Wouldn’t it have been easy for any companies using servers containing components from Supermicro, the company whose products were allegedly backdoored, to send an engineer into a data center, pry open a server, pluck out an offending implant, and reveal China’s alleged subterfuge to the world? Instead, we hear cricket chirps.

While this absence of evidence is not enough to debunk the report, it does raise doubts. Besides, wouldn’t it be easier for spies simply to meddle with Supermicro’s notoriously buggy firmware? This approach would achieve the same results and be far less complicated to pull off logistically.

After this long and still no physical evidence that even one of these chips exist, it’s looking more and more like Bloomberg blew it.

YOUR DAILY TREACHER: DNA Test Proves Elizabeth Warren Is Heap Big Authentic.

(Bumped.)

MICHAEL WALSH: Will the End of Merkel Mean the End of Merkelism? “Merkelism — pretending to be “conservative” while moving steadily to the left — has now been exposed for the fraud it always was. The German voters have spoken — will the politicians in Berlin heed the warning?”

IN THE MAIL: From Sidney Powell, Licensed to Lie: Exposing Corruption in the Department of Justice. I met the author of this book at a dinner in D. C. recently and her work sounded fascinating. I look forward to reading the book.

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WHY? IT’S NOT LIKE THEY’VE GOT A BIG ELECTION IN 3 WEEKS OR ANYTHING: Leading Democrats criticize the timing of Liz Warren’s reveal. “If you want to talk about health care, or children being ripped from their parents and put in cages, great. But I have no interest whatever in shaking Sen. Warren’s family tree before Nov. 7.”

WHEW: “USAF suggesting the early reports of badly-damaged F-22s at Tyndall may have been overstated. Also, nice to see they resurrected jet 4006. That was the best performer of early Raptor production.”

This comes from former VodkaPundit co-blogger Will Collier, who used to work on the Raptor program.

FASTER, PLEASE: Ending Anti-Asian Discrimination at Harvard: Plan B.

THE BEST AND THE BRIGHTEST: Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Stacey Abrams Makes Up a County in Georgia. “There is no Glasgow County in Georgia. What makes this really rich is that Stacey Abrams was touring the national news networks to attack Brian Kemp for purported voter suppression while Brian Kemp was actually in South Georgia working with local elections officials to make sure they’d be able to start early voting today and carry out the election.”

Or maybe the GOP has suppressed Glasgow County’s votes so successfully that the county has ceased to exist. . . .

SALENA ZITO INTERVIEWS DONALD TRUMP: ‘It really is all about hope.’ “Two years and a handful of days earlier, I interviewed then-candidate Trump in Pittsburgh ahead of a natural gas convention where he was the keynote speaker. It was at a time when most pollsters and pundits showed him unable to close the deal with voters to beat Hillary Clinton. His demeanor that day isn’t much different than it was last Wednesday. He appears to be still more comfortable chatting or sharing jokes with the service workers and police officers backstage than he is with the elite he grew up with.”

SULTANS GOTTA SULTANATE: Turkey suspends almost 260 local officials amid crackdown.

And: Turkey to seize opposition party’s bank stake.

“THEY WOULD LIKE A REALLY BIG TURNOUT:” Prof offers extra credit for attending Democrat campaign event.

OUTING VICTIMS IS NOT OKAY: Women Say Heitkamp Campaign Identified Them as Sexual Assault Survivors Without Their Permission. “A lot of these people listed, including me, did not give anyone permission for our names to be posted. I don’t even support Heidi Heitkamp and I am not a domestic abuse survivor.”

It’s even less okay when they aren’t actually victims.

LIZ SHELD’S MORNING BRIEF: A Fractional Native American and Much, Much More. “‘Journalist’ Jamal Khashoggi was seen entering the Saudi embassy in Turkey and has not been seen since. All sorts of fantastic stories surrounding his disappearance are showcased in the media: he was chopped up into little pieces by Saudi agents, “sources” say he was murdered in the embassy, there is video and audio of his murder etc. But we have been given no evidence of any of theses claims. None.”

21st CENTURY HEADLINES: NASA’s ‘brilliant’ plan for a cloud city of airships in the atmosphere of Venus.

Now that’s the 21st century I was hoping for, to coin an Insta-phrase.

HOWIE CARR ON ELIZABETH WARREN’S RESURRECTION OF THE “ONE-DROP” RULE: Fake news matched only by the fake Indian’s fake math. “She’s not an Indian according to the bylaws of the various Indian nations. She doesn’t meet Bureau of Indian Affairs standards. She … is … not … an … Indian. Period.”

BUT OF COURSE: Venezuela’s Meltdown Creates a Nation of Desperate Capitalists.

Hyperinflation and scarcity have the Bolivarian revolution’s socialist heart pulsing with entrepreneurship. Desperate citizens are eking out a living with ventures such as digging home water wells, bartering bananas for haircuts and transporting commuters in animal-cargo trucks. The economy’s erosion has created markets and market players where none existed.

“I had to improvise in this crisis,” said Ramirez, 31, who always had a knack for fixing things, tinkering with television remotes and microwaves. “Many people today have to pick food over buying things like lightbulbs. I do things well, and I help them afford a good product that will last.”

When the Soviet Union collapsed, I joked at the time that Friedrich Engels was half-right: The socialist state did indeed wither away — so that people could go back to practicing a little capitalism.

LOVE WILL FIND A WAY: New app for Trump singles ‘Makes Dating Great Again.’

TIM BLAIR ON THE WORLD’S FRACTIONEST INDIAN.

OF COURSE SHE DID: Claire McCaskill took campaign contributions from Harvey Weinstein’s enabler. “The contributions come from Bryan Lourd, a partner of CAA and a man the New York Times listed as part of ‘Weinstein’s Complicity Machine.'”

WITH ALL THE HATRED DIRECTED AT “OLD, WHITE MEN,” THAT COULD PUT A LOT OF PEOPLE IN JAIL: Hostility to men and elderly people could become hate crimes. The whole idea of “hate crimes” is stupid, but hey, sauce for the goose. . .

FACE, MEET PALM: San Francisco to vote on taxing rich businesses for homeless.

Some streets are so filthy that officials launched a special “poop patrol,” and a young tech worker created “Snapcrap” — an app to report the filth. Morning commuters walk briskly past homeless people huddled against subway walls. In the city’s squalid downtown sector, the frail and sick shuffle along in wheelchairs or stumble around, sometimes half-clothed.

The situation has become so dire that a coalition of activists collected enough signatures to put a measure on the city’s Nov. 6 ballot. Proposition C would tax hundreds of San Francisco’s wealthiest companies to help thousands of homeless and mentally ill residents, an effort that failed earlier this year in Seattle. San Francisco’s measure is expected to raise $300 million a year, nearly doubling what the city already spends.

Subsidies don’t get you less of anything except money.

DON’T GET COCKY: Don’t expect a big Democratic wave this fall, a new CNBC poll says.

WELL, WE CAN HOPE: Did Elizabeth Warren Just Kill Identity Politics? If the Massachusetts senator is now a person of color then the term has no meaning.

At least according to the report from Professor Bustamante, it’s possible that Sen. Warren has far less than one percent Native American ancestry, and that her genetic makeup is perhaps similar to that of the average white person in the U.S. Could this create a problem for the senator both among those who have never claimed minority status and those who believe they clearly deserve it? . . .

Before facing President Trump in a 2020 debate, Sen. Warren will first need to win over the Democrats who vote in presidential primaries. If these voters accept her as a Native American then logically it suggests that most if not all Americans can also claim to be members of groups that have historically suffered discrimination. We’re all minorities now?

We didn’t wipe out the Indians. There are Indians everywhere, running America and living in it. Basically, the Indians won!

#METOO: Woman accusing Murphy staffer of rape says she ‘received no justice.’

The woman who accused a senior staffer in [Democrat New Jersey] Gov. Phil Murphy’s administration of sexually assaulting her while he worked for Murphy’s campaign last year is a state official who says she is now telling her story because she has “received no justice.”

Katie Brennan, who later volunteered for the campaign and is now the chief of staff at the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency, detailed her allegations against Albert J. Alvarez publicly for the first time in a story published by the Wall Street Journal on Sunday afternoon.

After the report was published Sunday afternoon, Brennan said in a statement: “On April 8th, 2017, Al Alvarez raped me. On April 9th, 2017 I learned that the system is broken.”

Whether it’s broken depends on what it was designed to actually do.