Beto O’Rourke is getting sued. The Texas Democrat senate candidate challenging Sen. Ted Cruz allegedly sent constituents text messages without getting their consent, according to a lawsuit filed in a Northern District of Texas court. The class action lawsuit alleges that plaintiff Sameer Syeed received numerous unsolicited text messages from the Beto for Texas campaign despite multiple attempts to stop them. Sending unsolicited texts is a violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. O’Rourke’s campaign—“Beto’s” real name is Robert, by the way—blamed a volunteer for the mix-up.
—QUOTABLE: “I know, I know — I’ve gotten three of them myself. My dad has gotten five…By the third one I was thinking, ‘maybe I should vote for him.’” -Sen. Ted Cruz
The Washington Post has disgraced itself again. The liberal rag reported that the Georgetown Preparatory School—where Justice Brett Kavanaugh went to high school—was hiring a new employee to deal with PR fallout after the confirmation circus. But the school is directly contradicting the report. In fact, the job was posted in July, well before the meltdown, a fact that Post reporter Emily Heil was informed of prior to publication. The school demanded a correction, which was added, but the corrected story still carried the suggestion the job was posted in response to the confirmation imbroglio. Still, Heil insisted she just overlooked the, you know, minor matter of the date of the posting.
—QUOTABLE: “This was a completely unintentional error-I read right over the date in haste. Story was corrected and correction is noted. Have a great weekend, all! … I don’t mean to sound blasé about a correction. Believe me, I hate them\have kicked myself plenty over it.” -Heil tweets
Another day, another Republican confronted in a restaurant by unhinged liberal activists. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was shouted down at a Louisville restaurant Friday night by a protester yelling “why don’t you get out of here? Why don’t you leave the entire country,” and stating that McConnell’s views are killing people. Supporters and diners just trying to eat their food stepped in and escorted the man out. It’s not the first time something like that has happened to McConnell—earlier in the summer a throng of black-clad socialists followed him out of a restaurant shouting and saying “we know where you live.”
The FBI is acknowledging that it used multiple informants to obtain information against Carter Page, a former adviser to President Trump’s campaign. That’s according to court filings revealed on Friday shedding more light on how the FBI obtained enough info to apply for a FISA warrant to spy on Page. The documents reveal that the FBI used paid human sources in addition to former British spy Christopher Steele, who wrote the infamous Trump dossier of discredited propaganda. The court filings were the first time the government revealed that it had human sources, paid or otherwise, beyond Steele, but the bureau insists any more information on who was tipping them off would risk their security.
Hours after being turned around and seemingly disbanding, a caravan of thousands from Honduras is apparently back on the march. Despite efforts by Mexico to stop the band of would-be illegal immigrants. About 2,000 of them swam and rafted across a river separating Mexico and Guatemala, re-forming the caravan in Mexico and insisting they will carry out their plan to waltz right into the U.S. Their continued quest is despite warnings from President Trump.
—QUOTABLE: “So as of this moment, I thank Mexico…I hope they continue. But as of this moment, I thank Mexico. If that doesn’t work out, we’re calling up the military – not the Guard…They’re not coming into this country.” Trump in Scottsdale, Ariz.
President Trump has a warning for anyone thinking about engaging in voter fraud. In a Saturday tweet the president said authorities are on the lookout for cheating, especially during early voting. Anyone found guilty would be subject to penalties both “civil and criminal,” he said. While Democrats continue to insist voter fraud is a myth and voter ID laws are unjust, irregularities continue to be caught, and Dems benefit from them disproportionately.
—QUOTABLE: “All levels of government and Law Enforcement are watching carefully for VOTER FRAUD, including during EARLY VOTING. Cheat at your own peril. Violators will be subject to maximum penalties, both civil and criminal!” -Trump tweet
An elderly Indian man is dead after being attacked by a gang of brick-throwing monkeys. Dharampal Singh, 72, suffered head and chest injuries after being barraged by bricks from primates in trees above him. He was later pronounced dead at a hospital in the province in northern India. Villagers have long complained about the rogue monkey problem, but nothing can be done because monkeys are a protected species in India. Singh’s family has filed criminal charges, but the local cops told the Times of India they cannot prosecute monkeys.
Texas Democrats have gotten desperate. According to new complaints filed Thursday with the Justice Department, the Texas Democratic Party asked noncitizen to vote, sending out applications to immigrants with the citizenship box pre-checked to “yes.” The return address on the mailers was the State Democratic Executive Committee, and the street address matched the state Dem Party headquarters in Austin. It also urges those unsure if they’re registered to just “mail it in.” Party officials didn’t return requests for comment.
—QUOTABLE: “This is how the Texas Democratic Party is inviting foreign influence in an election in a federal election cycle.” -Logan Churchwell, spokesman for the Public Interest Legal Foundation, which filed the complaint
Sen. Dianne Feinstein isn’t backing down on her quest to destroy Justice Brett Kavanaugh. In a debate with her challenger, the California Democrat proclaimed she’d be in favor of reopening an investigation into the allegations of sexual impropriety against Kavanaugh made during his confirmation circus. She was apparently trying to out-liberal opponent Kevin de Leon, a fellow Democrat who emerged from a primary on the notion that Feinstein isn’t progressive enough. Feinstein threw the Kavanaugh proceedings into chaos when she leaked a confidential letter from accuser Christine Blasey Ford in the Nth hour of the hearings.
President Trump’s job approval is surging. According to a new Fox News poll, the president’s approval stands at 47 percent, with 51 percent disapproving. That’s up from 44 percent approving in September—and from a low of 38 percent in October of last year. That’s not spectacular, but it’s a good sign of how well Trump is doing in red states, many of which feature competitive senate elections with vulnerable Democrats running for re-election. The Real Clear Politics average of Trump’s approval is now at 44 percent, which is up from around 40 percent just a month ago.
Rep. Mark Meadows is calling for Rod Rosenstein to step down. The North Carolina Republican blasted the embattled deputy attorney general on Twitter on Thursday, calling for the immediate resignation based on new information he said he’s learned. Rosenstein was scheduled to meet with Republican lawmakers last week to answer questions on reports he said he wanted to wear a wire in conversations with President Trump—Rosenstein claims he was joking. Meadows, chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, has been a leading voice urging Trump to fire Rosenstein, which Trump has indicated he will not do.
—QUOTABLE: “Based on additional information we’ve learned over the last week, it is clear Rod Rosenstein should resign immediately. He has not cooperated with Congress, failed to be transparent about his actions, and shown a lack of candor in the way he’s characterized a number of events.” -Meadows on Twitter
The U.S. economy is back on top. According to an index published by the World Economic Forum, we have retaken the position as the most competitive country in the world. The report said the U.S. could still do better on social issues, but did climb one spot in the rankings of 140 countries to claim the crown. The other top five countries were Singapore, Germany, Switzerland and Japan. All five of their scores rose compared with 2017, but the U.S. clocked in with the second-biggest gain in competitiveness after Japan.
Rod Rosenstein says the Mueller investigation is “appropriate and independent.” The deputy attorney general who oversees Mueller’s probe told the Wall Street Journal on Wednesday that the special counsel has yielded results by exposing Russian meddling in the 2016 election. The interview ticked off some Capitol Hill Republicans, who have been pressuring President Trump to fire Rosenstein. Trump recently hinted he does not plan to do that.
—QUOTABLE: “People are entitled to be frustrated, I can accept that…But at the end of the day, the public will have confidence that the cases we brought were warranted by the evidence and that it was an appropriate use of resources.” -Rosenstein
If Democrats take power, Americans will just have to deal with the consequences. That was the admission of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi at a New York Times event over the weekend when she was asked how the American people should regard the economic fallout from liberal policies should her party take power. If there’s economic “collateral damage” from leftist climate change policies, “so be it,” she said. The comments come against the backdrop of a 49-year low unemployment rate of 3.7 percent.
—QUOTABLE: “We owe the American people to be there for them, for their financial security, respecting the dignity and worth of every person in our country, and if there is some collateral damage for some others who do not share our view, well, so be it, but it shouldn’t be our original purpose.” -Pelosi
A former FBI agent has been sentenced for illegally leaking documents to the press. Terry James Albury, of Minnesota, was sentenced to four years in prison Thursday after he pled guilty to leaking secret documents that were published in The Intercept in early 2017 in a series called “The FBI’s Secret Rules.” He leaked the classified national defense information by taking photos of computer screens and copying the contents of classified documents into unclassified letterhead, then printing it. Abury is the second person to get jail time in the DOJ’s aggressive push to stamp out leaks.
—QUOTABLE: “We are conducting perhaps the most aggressive campaign against leaks in Department history…Today’s sentence should be a warning to every would-be leaker in the federal government that if they disclose classified information, they will pay a high price.” -AG Jeff Sessions
The First Lady’s airplane had to turn around mid-flight on Wednesday because of a “mechanical issue.” Melania Trump was en route to Philadelphia to meet families with children who were exposed to opioids in the womb when reporters saw smoke and smelled some burning on the plane about 15 minutes after takeoff, according to NBC’s Peter Alexander. The flight, which also featured Health and Human Services Secretary Alexander Azar, landed safely. A spokeswoman for Melania said the issue was “minor” and that a check was being done—as you’d hope.
Keith Ellison claims his ex-wife was abusive. According to court filings from 2015, a reason the Minnesota Democrat and former spouse Kim Ellison got divorced was that she repeatedly physically abused him during their 25-year marriage. Keith, also a candidate for Minnesota attorney general, said in the documents that she “hit me too many times to mention” during their marriage. Ellison is facing his own recent and credible allegations that he abused another woman, a girlfriend named Karen Monahan.
—QUOTABLE: ”The Respondent [ex-wife] constantly blamed her physical abuse of me on her depression and MS, but would always do it again.” -Ellison in the court filing.
A male George Soros lackey has been arrested for allegedly assaulting a female campaign manager for a Republican candidate. Wilfred Michael Stark, 50, is accused of grabbing the arm of Kristin Davison, 31, and not letting go, leaving bruises. Davison works for Nevada gubernatorial candidate Adam Laxalt. It’s not the first time Stark has done this. He was previously arrested for assaulting the female press secretary of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and for stalking former Virginia gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie.
—QUOTABLE: “After an education rally, a large male liberal operative began chasing members of the Laxalt campaign and the attorney general, getting physically aggressive to push himself onto staff. When the team entered a side room and closed the door, the man pushed the door open — trapping Kristin in the doorway, grabbing her arm, and forcefully twisting it behind her back and squeezing.” -Laxalt spokesman
A University of Mississippi professor is in hot water after calling for activists to harass Republican senators in public. The sociology professor, James Thomas, tweeted the day Justice Brett Kavanaugh was sworn in that activist goons shouldn’t just interrupt senators during meals, but “put your whole damn fingers in their salads,” he tweeted, adding that Republicans “don’t deserve your civility.” The chancellor of Ole Miss condemned the tweet in a statement issued Sunday.
—QUOTABLE: “Put your whole damn fingers in their salads…Take their apps and distribute them to the other diners. Bring boxes and take their food home with you on the way out. They don’t deserve your civility.” -Prof. James Thomas
—QUOTABLE: “A recent social media post by a UM faculty member did not reflect the values articulated by the university, such as respect for the dignity of each individual and civility and fairness.” -Ole Miss Chancellor Jeffrey Vitter
In the midst of another “train” of immigration coming from Honduras, new numbers show illegal immigration by parents with children is at an all-time high as of September. A total of 16,658 people traveling with families were arrested by the Border Patrol at the southwest border last month. That’s the highest single monthly figure on record and an 80 percent increase since July, when family separations at the border ignited a national controversy. That policy has since been ended by President Trump.
A senior Treasury employee has been caught red-handed. Natalie Mayflower Sours Edwards, a senior adviser in the U.S. Treasury’s financial crimes division, was caught with a flash drive that appeared to contain so-called suspicious activity reports that Mayflower Sours Edwards is suspected of having disclosed unlawfully. Prosecutors say she leaked “numerous” reports detailing financial transactions by Paul Manafort, Rick Gates, and alleged Russian agent Maria Butina. Those aren’t public records and are regarded as highly sensitive documents.
—QUOTABLE: “Natalie Mayflower Sours Edwards, a senior level FinCEN employee, betrayed her position of trust by repeatedly disclosing highly sensitive information contained in Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs) to an individual not authorized to receive them.” -U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman
Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s genealogy stunt has officially backfired. She became the butt of many-a “Pocahontas” joke on Tuesday after she paraded around with a DNA test showing she has between 1/64th and 1/1,024th Native American blood, or 0.09 to 1.5 percent. Problem is, that’s about the same as the average U.S. white person. Warren has claimed throughout her career as a law professor and Massachusetts senator that she has Cherokee ancestry—and she used it to get ahead in politically correct academia. She took heat from both sides, but perhaps most critical was the Cherokee Nation, which accused Warren of “undermining tribal interests with her continued claims of tribal heritage.”
—QUOTABLE: “Now that her claims of being of Indian heritage have turned out to be a scam and a lie, Elizabeth Warren should apologize for perpetrating this fraud against the American Public.” -President Trump in a tweet
Hillary Clinton’s publicly maneuvers are drumming up speculation she’s planning yet another doomed presidential run. The twice-failed candidate has recently showed up on the bombed reboot of “Murphy Brown,” popped up on CBS’s “Madam Secretary,” and dropped into an episode of “The Late Show” with Stephen Colbert. She and Bill are also embarking on a nation-wide comedy tour—speaking tour—being billed as a sort of fireside chat with the couple.
—“This kind of cameo stuff comes off as a novelty and won’t help resuscitate her career as a political leader…Rhetorically, doing these television cameos almost signals that her real influence on the national stage is pretty much over.” -Jeffrey McCall, professor of media studies at DePaul University
Two Minnesota Republicans say they were assaulted on the campaign trail. State Rep. Sarah Anderson says she was attacked Sunday while leaving her house to knock on doors after she approached a man who who was vandalizing yard signs. In another incident, fellow Republican Shane Mekeland says that he was physically assaulted during a recent campaign event. “On Friday evening, I was assaulted in Benton County. I suffered a concussion and the incident is now in the hands of law enforcement,” he wrote on Facebook. Mekeland says he believes the incident was politically motivated. At last check, Fox News was reporting that the assailants have been identified but not detained.
—QUOTABLE: “When I chose to run for office, I expected to be politically attacked, but never physically. I weighed whether or not to share this today, but ultimately I think we all need a reminder to be civil to each other regardless of our perspectives. -Mekeland on Facebook
President Trump continued his Twitter feud with porn star Stormy Daniels and her sleazy lawyer, Michael Avenatti, on Tuesday. The salacious pair just lost a defamation lawsuit against Trump and were ordered to pay his legal fees, too. But in what would probably sink any other president, Trump nicknamed her “Horseface” in a tweet, adding she’s a “total con” and Avenatti is a “3rd rate lawyer.” Avenatti slung his own poo back, calling Trump “a disgusting misogynist.” Daniels poked Trump too, nicknaming him “Tiny.”
—QUOTABLE: “You are a disgusting misogynist and an embarrassment to the United States. Bring everything you have, because we are going to demonstrate to the world what a complete shyster and liar you are. How many other women did you cheat on your wife with while you had a baby at home?” -Avenatti
—QUOTABLE: “Ladies and Gentlemen, may I present your president. In addition to his…umm…shortcomings, he has demonstrated his incompetence, hatred of women and lack of self control on Twitter AGAIN! And perhaps a penchant for bestiality. Game on, Tiny.” -Porn star