Page: 7

The American Civil Liberties Union and Planned Parenthood filed a federal lawsuit Friday in a bid to block Alabama’s strictest-in-the-nation abortion ban, touching off a legal battle that could eventually land before the Supreme Court.

The lawsuit, filed on behalf of abortion providers, said the new law “directly conflicts” with the Roe v. Wade decision and “more than four decades of Supreme Court precedent affirming its central holding” on abortion rights.


“For over 46 years — since the Supreme Court decided Roe v. Wade — U.S. law has recognized the fundamental constitutional right to make the profoundly important and personal decision whether or not to terminate a pregnancy,” the lawsuit reads.

The Alabama law would make performing an abortion at any stage of pregnancy a felony punishable by up to 99 years or life in prison for the abortion provider. The only exception would be when the woman’s health is at serious risk.

The law is set to take effect in November unless blocked by a judge. The suit, filed in federal court in Alabama, asks the court to block the law and declare it unconstitutional.


The Alabama law was only the latest – albeit the strictest – anti-abortion measure to be passed at the state level in recent months. It comes as conservative lawmakers prepare for a possible battle on the issue before the Supreme Court – where a conservative majority has emerged during the Trump administration.

Even the Alabama bill’s sponsor has acknowledged the far-reaching legislation is aimed at sparking a new Supreme Court review of the landmark Roe v. Wade.

Governors in Kentucky, Mississippi, Ohio and Georgia have approved bans on abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detected, which can happen as early as the sixth week of pregnancy. The Alabama law, meanwhile, would appear to shatter one of the few areas of consensus in the abortion debate — allowing exceptions in anti-abortion laws for rape and incest, which the Alabama legislation does not.

None of the laws has taken effect and all are expected to be blocked by the courts as the legal challenges play out with an ultimate eye on the Supreme Court.

“The American people want a fresh debate and a new direction, achieved by consensus and built on love for both mothers and babies. The time is coming for the Supreme Court to let that debate go forward,” Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of pro-life organization the Susan B. Anthony List, said in a statement after the Alabama law passed.

Fox News’ Ronn Blitzer and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Source: Fox News Politics

Longtime radio host Howard Stern this week stuck by his theory that President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign began as a publicity stunt to promote his NBC reality show, “The Apprentice.”

Trump was a frequent guest on Stern’s show for many years. During a recent interview to promote his new book, Stern claimed to have “inside information” that told him Trump’s campaign was an attempt to boost ratings for his show, increase his own profile and secure a new deal from NBC.

“This is a publicity stunt,” Stern told CNN’s Anderson Cooper on Thursday. “I have no doubt because I have some inside information.”

Stern said that the scheme was a “PR guy’s idea.” Back in 1987, when Trump released his first book. 

“He said, ‘Donald, what you need to do is we’ll … make sort of a rumor that you’re running for president’” to increase sales of his books, “The Art of the Deal,” and “The Art of the Comeback.”

“So all of a sudden he was being interviewed. The book goes right to No. 1,” Stern said.

He added that, “In the last election, ‘The Apprentice’ ratings were not what they were; NBC was not going to give him a raise, and what’s a better way to get NBC’s interest? ‘I’ll run for president, get lots of press,’ and I think that’s what happened.”

Source: NewsMax Politics

President Trump’s decision to authorize the declassification of key documents from the Russia investigation is “long overdue,” former deputy independent counsel Sol Wisenberg argued Friday.

Trump on Thursday night issued a memo giving Attorney General William Barr the authority to declassify any documents related to surveillance of the Trump campaign in 2016.

Trump also ordered the intelligence community to cooperate with Barr.

The memo read: “The heads of elements of the intelligence community… and the heads of each department or agency that includes an element of the intelligence community shall promptly provide such assistance and information as the Attorney General may request in connection with that review.”


“Today, at the request and recommendation of the Attorney General of the United States, President Donald J. Trump directed the intelligence community to quickly and fully cooperate with the Attorney General’s investigation into surveillance activities during the 2016 Presidential election,” White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement.

“The Attorney General has also been delegated full and complete authority to declassify information pertaining to this investigation, in accordance with the long-established standards for handling classified information. Today’s action will help ensure that all Americans learn the truth about the events that occurred, and the actions that were taken, during the last Presidential election and will restore confidence in our public institutions.”

Responding on “America’s Newsroom,” Wisenberg said the memo essentially puts U.S. intelligence agencies “on notice” that they need to “cut the stonewalling out.”


Wisenberg said the move is “obviously necessary” and he was “overjoyed” when he heard the news. He said new information about the origins of the FBI’s counterintelligence probe is still coming out to this day.

“People are tired of the stonewalling. Barr is the person who’s been given the authority to help get to the bottom of it. Unless you give that authority to someone with the power and gravitas of Bill Barr, people are gonna continue to stonewall,” he said.

Wisenberg, however, tamped down expectations from some that former officials could “go to jail” or be tried for crimes as a result of the Justice Department’s review of the Russia probe’s origins.

Fox News’ Talia Kaplan and Mike Arroyo contributed to this report.

Source: Fox News Politics

Sen. Lindsey Graham said “not one Democrat will give a damn” about the documents that could be declassified in relation to the surveillance of the Trump campaign in 2016.

“You’re gonna find out the mentality of the people investigating the president. You’re gonna find out exactly what they did, you’re gonna find out [George] Papadopoulos was not working with the Russians. They knew early on he had no contacts with the Russians,” Graham said during a Friday appearance on “Fox and Friends”.


“The bottom line is there’s gonna be a lot of information about, they were warned about still this is a bad guy you can’t trust him. They blew through every stop sign,” he added.

The senator’s comments came after President Trump on Thursday night issued a memo giving Attorney General William Barr the authority to declassify any documents related to spying on the Trump campaign.

Trump also ordered the intelligence community to cooperate with Barr. The memo read: “The heads of elements of the intelligence community… and the heads of each department or agency that includes an element of the intelligence community shall promptly provide such assistance and information as the Attorney General may request in connection with that review.”


But Graham believes that while some will find the declassified documents interesting, “not one Democrat will give a damn.” Still, he believes the disclosure will warrant an action to ensure no other presidential campaign gets spied on without a good reason.

“I’m gonna look at all of it to make sure it never happens again,” the senator said. “I want to make sure we have FISA laws that can detect when somebody is giving the court a bunch of garbage.

“I wanna make sure we have rules that you just can’t open up a counterintelligence investigation on a presidential candidate without having a good reason.”

Graham added that that FISA court is important “because the people are out to get us,” but “if you can take the law into your own hands for political purposes, it is not good for democracy.”


During the same appearance, Graham also fired back at the New Yorker magazine over its portrayal of him – together with Barr and Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell – as someone shining the shoes of Trump.

“If I’m helping the president it is good for the country, because I think I got something to offer to him,” Graham said.

“He is doing a really good job. If you want a strong military you got one. If you want a humming economy you got one. If you want to take on the enemy differently than Obama did – that’s exactly what we are doing.”

Source: Fox News Politics

The White House could be forced to turn over President Donald Trump’s tax returns in the heat of the 2020 campaign, Politico is reporting.

The website noted federal courts are ruling quickly in the president’s other efforts to block Congress. And should the Supreme Court find the tax case doesn’t present any new legal issues, there’s a decent chance the White House could have to turn over the tax returns before the presidential election, Politico said..

He’s gambling,” said Michael Stern, a former senior counsel in the House of Representatives’ Office of General Counsel. “I don’t think anyone would say that it’s impossible for there to be a final order for him to produce the tax returns by the middle of next year.”

If so, it could focus public attention on what it is in tax returns just as voters get set to go to the polls.

Politico noted House Democrats are set to go to court to enforce a subpoena for the tax records. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has rejected their request saying it “lacks a legitimate legislative purpose.”

Source: NewsMax Politics

President Donald Trump may be fighting back against “crazy people,” who want to destroy his life, but that doesn’t mean he’s covering up anything, Sen. Lindsey Graham said Friday while rejecting claims House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has been making.

“You’re not covering anything up when you’re fighting a bunch of politicians trying to destroy you and your family,” the South Carolina Republican told Fox News’ “Fox and Friends.” “Here is what I would say is being covered up, the division in the Democratic Party. When she said there is no division in the Democratic Party…either she is delusional or she is misleading us.”

He also rejected Pelosi’s comment that further investigations may bring Democrats to a place where impeachment is “unavoidable.”

“What is unavoidable is she will lose (her) job if she doesn’t embrace impeachment,” said Graham. “The people she is in charge of lost their mind.”

Graham also Friday said Trump’s decision to allow Attorney General William Barr to declassify intelligence showing the origins of the Russian probe should reveal interesting information.

“You will find out the mentality of the people investigating the president,” said Graham. “You will find out what they did, you find out George Papadopoulos was not working with Russians.”

Graham, as head of the Senate Judiciary Committee, also said Friday he’ll look at the information to make sure FISA laws can “detect somebody giving the court a bunch of garbage.”

“I want rules that you can’t open up a counterintelligence investigation on a presidential candidate without having a good reason,” said Graham.

Source: NewsMax Politics

Former ICE acting director Tom Homan slammed Democratic Rep. Lauren Underwood for her “disgusting’ statement that the deaths of children in custody at the border was an “intentional” policy decision.

“It’s a disgusting comment,” Homan told “Fox and Friends” on Friday morning in response to Underwood’s remark during a House Homeland Security Committee hearing on Wednesday, which prompted the committee to vote to expunge her comments from the record.

“At this point, with five kids that have died, 5,000 separated from their families, I feel like, and the evidence is really clear, this is intentional,” Underwood said. “It’s a policy choice being made on purpose by this administration, and it’s cruel and inhumane.”

“At this point, with five kids that have died, 5,000 separated from their families, I feel like, and the evidence is really clear, this is intentional,” Underwood said. “It’s a policy choice being made on purpose by this administration, and it’s cruel and inhumane.”

— Democratic Rep. Lauren Underwood


Homan said the Illinois Democrat’s comments were disrespectful to the people of the Border Patrol and ignores the vital and good work the agency does.

“The men and women of border patrol, they didn’t talk about the 4,000 lives they saved last year. They have saved over 4,000 people that were in medical distress when they found them,” he said.

They have saved over 4,000 people that were in medical distress when they found them.”

— Tom Homan

“These men and women of the Border Patrol, they are fathers and mothers and sons and daughters, too. They don’t leave their love for life at the station when they start the shift. They do everything they can to protect these people, so to dishonor them in this way insulting.”

Homan went on to point out that what Underwood’s comments didn’t mention – the Democrats’ failure to address immigration and instead create incentives for migrants to make dangerous illegal crossings into the U.S.


“What she didn’t mention, let’s pull the curtain back on this, when [Fiscal Year 2019] appropriations bill was signed, that committee came together after the government shut down to come up with the budget,” he said, accusing Democrats of failing to take action against parents who use “smuggler organizations” to bring their children into the U.S.

“So she and her party leaders look in the mirror because of their intentional actions they opened the groundswell and now [Unaccompanied Alien Children] are at an all-time high like I said they would be. It was their actions that caused the UACs to come to begin,” he said.

Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., first allowed Underwood’s words to remain on the record, stating that “the language is appropriate and that it should not be taken down.”

The decision eventually led to a vote over whether to take down Underwood’s words from the record. After a 9-7 vote, Underwood’s words were taken down.


Underwood later took to Twitter to comment on what happened: “For over a year, it’s been clear that policies at the border have harmed the physical and mental health of migrant children.”

“I believe, at this point, failure to change these broken policies based on that knowledge is intentional and unacceptable,” she added.

Fox News’ Ronn Blitzer contributed to this report.

Source: Fox News Politics

A Florida manufacturer of voter registration software says it has proof its systems were not breached by Russians in 2016, Politico is reporting.

VR Systems made its claim in a letter to Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore. A copy of the letter was posted by Politico.

The company said that based on a series of reviews, “we are confident that there was never an intrusion” in its servers or network.

The final report by special counsel Robert Mueller on Russian election interference said hackers had installed malware on the network of an unnamed voting technology company.

Politico pointed to a leaked National Security Agency document published by The Intercept as indicating that VR Systems was the most likely victim.

Politico noted that in the letter to Wyden, the company does say it received so-called “spearphishing emails” in 2016.

The website said VR Systems hired a company called FireEye to conduct an examination, which found no breach. And an investigation by the Department of Homeland Security in 2018 found no malware on VR system’s network.

However, the company would not share the FireEye report with Wyden, Politico reported.

“It is simply unacceptable that VR Systems is stonewalling Congressional oversight by refusing to provide my office with the report produced as part of its external security audit of its systems from 2017,” Wyden told Politico.

VR Systems sells software containing voter records that are used in Florida and seven other states.

Source: NewsMax Politics

Sen. Joni Ernst said Friday the Department of Defense gets her monthly “Squeal Award” because it is as “guilty as anyone out there” for overspending.

“The Squeal Award is highlighting waste that’s in the federal government and then trying to find ways that we can cut back on that waste,” the Iowa Republican and combat veteran told Fox News’ “Fox and Friends.” “The Department of Defense, they are as guilty as anyone out there.”

The award went in part to the DOD because of its purchase of 25 coffee cups, valued at $1,220 each, but also because of several pricey studies. According to Ernst’s website, they include:

  • $209,000 grant to the Office of Naval Research (ONR) grant for helping determine the sociability of 18 different dog breeds.
  • $25,000 study by the Air Force to examine the “physics of teleportation.” The technology could potentially cost $7.5 million to develop.
  • $3.9 million grant from the DOD to determine if junk food is more distracting than healthy food.
  • The ONR spent $3.85 million to investigate a study that looks into the “tingling sensation the fictional comic book character Spider-man experiences.”
  • A cheating study by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and the National Science Foundation involving 20 rounds of “Rock-Paper-Scissors” played between 60 humans and a robot designed to cheat.

“What are we doing to modernize our military?” Ernst told Fox News. “What are we doing to make sure that our men and women actually stay safe? Are those dollars being well-spent? These dollars are not being well-spent.”

Source: NewsMax Politics

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., might be the only Democrat who can keep the party from pursuing President Donald Trump’s impeachment, if she decides that it’s not the best course of action, Axios reports.

“The president’s behavior in terms of his obstruction of justice… yes, these could be impeachable offenses,” Pelosi said in remarks to reporters on Thursday, according to Politico. “If we can get the facts to the American people through our investigation, it may take us to a place that is unavoidable in terms of impeachment or not. But we’re not at that place.”

Axios notes that some of the pressure to impeach Trump could be lost if his financial documents, including his tax returns, are released by the courts. But if Democrats lose these fights, impeachment becomes a more appealing option. Some members of the party see impeachment as “inevitable,” Rep. Veronica Escobar, D-Texas, told Politico.

“I do think it’s inevitable. And I think timing is something we have to be very careful about,” she said on Thursday.

“I know there should not be political considerations, but in practical terms the longer we wait, my fear is the closer we get to political season,” Escobar added.

Source: NewsMax Politics

[There are no radio stations in the database]