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Trump wonders why Kavanaugh accuser didn't 'call the FBI 36 years ago'

Source: New York Post

In an interview before a Las Vegas rally Thursday night, President Trump wondered why Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser Christine Blasey Ford didn’t “call the FBI 36 years ago” to report his sexual misdeed.

“To take a man like this and besmirch,” Trump said to Fox News personality Sean Hannity of the allegations that have rocked his second Supreme Court pick. “That being said, let her have her say, and let’s see how it all works out.”

Trump spoke to Hannity directly before the Nevada campaign rally, where he continued to hold his tongue when speaking about Ford – who accused Kavanaugh of a high school-era sexual assault – while still firmly taking the judge’s side.

Read more: https://nypost.com/2018/09/20/trump-wonders-why-kavanaugh-accuser-didnt-call-the-fbi-36-years-ago/

So you really expect a traumatized 15 year old girl to call the FBI ????? Stupid and callous.

HHS to cut funds from Head Start, cancer research to pay for the detention of immigrant children


The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is planning to divert millions of dollars in funding originally allocated for programs like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in order to pay for the growing number of detained immigrant children, according to an HHS letter obtained by Yahoo! News.

The letter was addressed to Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member on the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, and outlined HHS Secretary Alex Azar’s plan to reallocate up to $266 million in funding for the current fiscal year, which ends in less than two weeks. The funding would go to the Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC) program housed inside the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR).

Of the $266 million, $80 million will come from other refugee programs within HHS that have faced serious budget cuts as the Trump administration continuously reduces the number of refugees admitted to the U.S.

The remainder will come from programs like Head Start, an HHS-funded initiative that provides early-childhood education to low-income pre-kindergartners. Nearly $6 million will be pulled from the Ryan White HIV/AIDS program, and $13.3 million from the National Cancer Institute. According to the letter, funding for programs dedicated to mental and maternal health is also being reallocated, as is money for women’s shelters and substance abuse programs.

As the Far Right Gains in Germany, Merkel Weakens


BERLIN — For nearly two weeks Chancellor Angela Merkel tried to find a way to fire her own domestic intelligence chief, a man who had publicly contradicted her and become the darling of the far right for questioning the authenticity of a video showing angry white men chasing an immigrant.

But she couldn’t — not without risking the collapse of her fragile government.

Hans-Georg Maassen, the rebellious spy, has powerful friends, among them his immediate boss, Interior Minister Horst Seehofer, the leader of the Bavarian conservatives and one of Ms. Merkel’s pricklier coalition partners.

Instead of firing Mr. Maassen, Ms. Merkel had to allow Mr. Seehofer to promote him. Mr. Maassen will get a pay raise of about 2,500 euros a month.

Kavanaugh accuser willing to testify next week under certain conditions, lawyer says

Source: MSNBC

no link yet, per MSNBC. Her lawyer responded to the committee.

eta: WASHINGTON -- Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her when they were in high school, "wishes to testify" before the Senate Judiciary Committee next week "provided that we can agree on terms that are fair and which ensure her safety," her lawyer said Thursday.

In an email to the committee, Ford's lawyer, Debra Katz said that she would like to set up a call later in the day Thursday in which they can "discuss the conditions under which Dr. Christine Blasey Ford would be prepared to testify next week."

"A hearing on Monday is not possible and the Committee's insistence that it occur then is arbitrary in any event. Dr. Ford has asked me to let you know that she appreciates the various options you have suggested. Her strong preference continues to be for the Senate Judiciary Committee to allow for a full investigation prior to her testimony."

Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, had scheduled a hearing for Monday in which his committee would hear from both Ford and Kavanaugh.

Read more: https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/congress/kavanaugh-preps-senate-testimony-assault-allegations-n911441

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Today is National Pepperoni Pizza Day!


But noooooooo pineapple on the pizza

The Plot to Subvert an Election: Unraveling the Russia Story So Far


ON AN OCTOBER AFTERNOON BEFORE THE 2016 ELECTION, a huge banner was unfurled from the Manhattan Bridge in New York City: Vladimir V. Putin against a Russian-flag background, and the unlikely word “Peacemaker” below. It was a daredevil happy birthday to the Russian president, who was turning 64.

In November, shortly after Donald J. Trump eked out a victory that Moscow had worked to assist, an even bigger banner appeared, this time on the Arlington Memorial Bridge in Washington: the face of President Barack Obama and “Goodbye Murderer” in big red letters.

Police never identified who had hung the banners, but there were clues. The earliest promoters of the images on Twitter were American-sounding accounts, including @LeroyLovesUSA, later exposed as Russian fakes operated from St. Petersburg to influence American voters.

The Kremlin, it appeared, had reached onto United States soil in New York and Washington. The banners may well have been intended as visual victory laps for the most effective foreign interference in an American election in history.

much more at link

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Senator Claire McCaskill, D-MO: "I will vote no on Judge Kavanaugh."


Debunking 5 Viral Rumors About Christine Blasey Ford, Kavanaugh's Accuser


To obey DU copyright rules, I'm just going to give the BS RUMORS with no text. All the RUMORS are false or misleading.

1- Claim: Dr. Blasey’s students left negative reviews on her RateMyProfessors.com profile, calling her “unprofessional” and citing her “dark” personality.

2- Claim: Judge Kavanaugh’s mother once ruled against Dr. Blasey’s parents in a foreclosure case.

3- Claim: Dr. Blasey made similar sexual assault accusations against Justice Neil Gorsuch during his nomination process.

4- Claim: Dr. Blasey is a major Democratic donor with a long history of left-wing activism.

5- Claim: Dr. Blasey’s brother worked at a law firm with ties to the Russia investigation.

So now when you get a nutty email or see a strange Facebook post, you're prepared for it.

NewEgg cracked in breach, hosted card-stealing code within its own checkout


The popular computer and electronics Web retailer NewEgg has apparently been hit by the same payment-data-stealing attackers who targeted TicketMaster UK and British Airways. The attackers, referred to by researchers as Magecart, managed to inject 15 lines of JavaScript into NewEgg's webstore checkout that forwarded credit card and other data to a server with a domain name that made it look like part of NewEgg's Web infrastructure. It appears that all Web transactions over the past month were affected by the breach.

Details of the breach were reported by the security research firms RiskIQ (which exposed the code behind the British Airways attack) and Volexity Threat Research today. The attack was shut down by NewEgg on September 18, but it appears to have been actively siphoning off payment data since August 16, according to reports from the security researchers. Yonathan Klijnsma, head researcher at RiskIQ, said that the methods and code used are virtually identical to the attack on British Airways—while the Ticketmaster breach was caused by code injected from a third-party service provider, both the BA breach and the NewEgg attack were the result of a compromise of JavaScript libraries hosted by the companies themselves.

The domain used by the attack, neweggstats.com, was hosted on a server at the Dutch hosting provider WorldStream and had a certificate. The domain was registered through Namecheap on August 13, using a registration privacy protection company in Panama. The domain's TLS certificate was purchased through Comodo on the same day. The Comodo certificate was likely the most expensive part of the attackers' infrastructure.

Starting on August 16, code on NewEgg's checkout page—specifically "CheckoutStep2.aspx," the ASP.NET-based payment page served up by NewEgg's shopping cart system—included 15 lines of JavaScript that watched for a click on the payment button and submitted the entire form to the remote server. "The initial event methods binded to the button btnCreditCard allow for all data captured to be submitted to the attacker-specified destination when a mouse button is released, as well as when a touch screen has been pressed and released," the researchers from Volexity noted—meaning that the code allowed the attack to work both for computers and mobile devices.

*end of excerpt*

Oh God....I hope I hope I wasn't affected. Off to newegg.com I go.

eta: Phew I'm safe, my last order was ONE day before the attack.
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