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Famed pathologist Dr. Michael Baden, the former chief medical examiner for New York City, was hired by Jeffrey Epstein’s family to observe his autopsy. On Wednesday, Baden revealed his expert opinion: Epstein did not die by suicide.

In fact, Baden — who has experience in high-profile cases like the deaths of John F. Kennedy and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. — insisted on “Fox & Friends” that Epstein was murdered.

“I think that the evidence points toward homicide rather than suicide,” Baden said.

Baden explained that Epstein’s body displayed evidence not consistent with suicide by hanging, the official cause of death, but rather “homicidal strangulation.” Baden pointed to three specific fractures in Epstein’s neck — in the hyoid bone and thyroid cartilage — that he said are “very unusual for suicide and more indicative of homicidal strangulation.”

“Hanging does not cause these broken bones — homicide does,” Baden said.

Adding to suspicion, Baden said that forensic analysts collected DNA from under Epstein’s fingernails and from the makeshift ligature used in his death to determine whether another person was present in Epstein’s cell at the time of his death. Baden said the results from the tests have not been released, despite taking just days to complete definitive analysis.

Regarding the circumstances surrounding Epstein’s death, Baden, who has examined tens of thousands of bodies in his career including many prisoner deaths, said he has never seen anything like this in his career, which has spanned a half-century.

“Two guards asleep. In 50 years of looking into deaths in New York state, occasionally a guard falls asleep, never two guards at the same time. The camera in the cell watching him didn’t work. The camera in the hallway to see if anybody came in or out of his cell didn’t work,” Baden explained. “His roommate was taken away so he was all by himself. Suicide watch was taken away.”

“This is bizarre,” he exclaimed. “It deserves investigation.”

Author: Chris Enloe

Source: The Blaze: Famed medical examiner who witnessed Jeffrey Epstein autopsy says evidence consistent with murder

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) announced Monday what Republicans have demanded for weeks: A formal vote on the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump.

In a letter to the Democratic caucus, Pelosi said the House would vote on a resolution “that affirms the ongoing, existing investigation that is currently being conducted by our committees as part of this impeachment inquiry, including all requests for documents, subpoenas for records and testimony, and any other investigative steps previously taken or to be taken as part of this investigation.”

Pelosi indicated that the resolution is purely procedural and will establish the framework for how the impeachment probe will proceed.

However, just a few hours after the announcement, Pelosi denied that the resolution has anything to do with the Democrat-led impeachment proceedings against the president.

When asked by an NBC reporter about the vote, Pelosi responded, “it’s not an impeachment resolution.”

It is not clear, then, whether the resolution will serve any legitimate purpose or if the planned formal vote is meant for theatrics only.

Pelosi said in her letter that the resolution would serve notice to the White House that it must comply with the investigation. White House lawyer Pat Cipollone informed Congress in early October that the White House would not cooperate with the “illegitimate” proceedings.

Both Democrats and Republicans have pressured Pelosi to hold a formal vote on the impeachment inquiry. Democrats want to establish the credibility of the probe, while Republicans have done so because they believe a formal vote will expose the current impeachment proceedings as a sham.

Just two weeks ago, Pelosi rebuffed demands for a formal vote.

“There’s no requirement that we have a vote,” she said on Oct. 15. “We’re not here to call bluffs. We’re here to find the truth to uphold the Constitution of the United States.”

Author: Chris Enloe

Source: The Blaze: Right after announcing formal impeachment vote, Nancy Pelosi admits ‘it’s not an impeachment resolution’

Democratic candidate Beto O’Rourke has been vocal about his desire to permanently confiscate AR-15 rifles and other similar semi-automatic firearms from Americans if he is elected president.

On Friday, while speaking in Des Moines, Iowa, the former Texas congressman seemingly backtracked on his position, which had become more radical in recent weeks.

O’Rourke was responding to a question from a high school student, who informed O’Rourke that rifles like the AR-15 are effective hunting tools. O’Rourke said it was the first time he had heard of AR-15s being used for hunting purposes — and then backtracked on mandatory confiscation.

“Perhaps a way to address a legitimate concern or need is to ensure that those who have or want to use an AR-15 are able to keep it at a hunting club or at a gun range so that there is some control and safeguards still placed on that firearm,” O’Rourke said.

Gun control became the central issue of O’Rourke’s ailing campaign after the El Paso massacre in August.

“Hell yes, we’re going to take your AR-15, your AK-47,” O’Rourke declared during the September Democratic debate.

Initially, O’Rourke did not elaborate on how he planned to enforce such a ban, stating his belief that Americans would generally comply with his firearm ban, despite Americans traditionally not complying with actions that curtail their Second Amendment freedoms.

However, O’Rourke has since admitted that all Americans who do not comply with mandatory confiscation would face “consequences in the criminal code.”

Author: Chris Enloe

Source: The Blaze: Beto O’Rourke backtracks on mandatory gun confiscation when confronted by high school student

Target announced two years ago that it would raise the companywide minimum wage to $15 per hour by the end of 2020, winning plaudits from progressives and advocates for an increased minimum wage.

Now, with just one year before Target is scheduled to hit the magic $15 mark ($13 is the current minimum wage), it turns out that raising the minimum wage has impacted many Target employees in the exact way that opponents of mandatory minimum wage increases predict.

CNN Business spoke to numerous current and former Target employees who revealed their hours at the retail giant have been cut since Target announced its push to increase the store’s minimum wage, which for many employees means they lose their health insurance benefits. Target offers health benefits to employees who work more than 30 hours per week.

One employee, Heather, told CNN that when her hourly pay rate increased, management cut her total work hours.

“I got that dollar raise but I’m getting $200 less in my paycheck,” she said. “I have no idea how I’m going to pay rent or buy food.”

Other employees, Caren and Michael, told CNN their hours were cut substantially. Caren said she lost her health insurance — forcing her to quit her job — while Michael has had to pick up a side job just to make ends meet.

One of the reason hours are being cut is the development of retail automation, namely in the form of the self-checkout line.

“They really cut those hours back from them with the introduction of self-checkout,” a former store director told CNN.

Another reason hours are being cut is because Target is hiring more people, which means that employees overall work fewer hours. This translates to potential payroll savings for corporate, in addition to benefit savings since so many employees do not meet the work-hour threshold required to earn benefits.

“The company keeps hiring more and more people part time. They fluctuate a lot. It’s not fair,” Target employee Lee Beecher told CNN.

Another employee from Virginia told CNN her hours have been slashed in half.

“It’s frustrating because they hired four more people. We’re begging for hours,” the employee said.

For its part, Target denies it is cutting hours to pay for the increased minimum wage. The company told CNN the mix of part-time and full-time workers has remained steady over the past several years.

As the push to increase the minimum wage floods the retail industry, statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show that the average work week for retail employees dropped from 30 hours in August 2018 to 28.5 hours in August 2019, which translates to more than 800,000 “involuntary part-time workers.”

Author: Chris Enloe

Source: The Blaze: Target raised its minimum wage. Now employees are complaining that their hours have been cut

‘I hate when people talk about black women being obese’

President Donald Trump’s policies and racism are responsible for overweight black women, Brittney Cooper, a Rutgers University women’s and gender studies professor, suggested last month.

“I hate when people talk about black women being obese. I hate it because it becomes a way to blame us for a set of conditions that we didn’t create,” Cooper said. “We are living in the Trump era. And look, those policies kill our people. You can’t get access to good health care, good insurance.”

Cooper also claimed that white women have an advantage when shredding unwanted pounds because black women are more stressed because of Trump.

“It’s literally that the racism that you’re experiencing and the struggle to make ends meet actually means the diet don’t work for you the same,” Cooper claimed.

Cooper later told Campus Reform that she was not connecting Trump’s policies to obese black women — then cited scholarly work to suggest that Trump’s alleged racism is exacerbating the weight issues of black women.

“I wasn’t making an argument about Trump admin policies and weight,” Cooper said. “Dr. Arline Geronimus’ [a public health research professor at the University of Michigan] research from the 1990s argues pretty convincingly that black women have physiological stress responses to racial stimuli and this affects our long-term health.”

“I was citing this body of work and the president’s status as a racially polarizing figure that contributes to issues of racial stress for people of color,” she explained.

Author: Chris Enloe

Source: The Blaze: Gender studies professor suggests President Trump is to blame for obese black women

‘It’s about a punishment searching for a crime that doesn’t exist’

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) finally caved to the Democratic caucus Tuesday and announced a “formal impeachment inquiry” against President Donald Trump.

“The actions taken to date by the president have seriously violated the Constitution,” Pelosi said. “The actions of the Trump presidency revealed dishonorable fact of the president’s betrayal of his oath of office, betrayal of our national security and betrayal of the integrity of our elections.”

However, the California Democrat sang a much different tune in 1998 preceding the impeachment of then-President Bill Clinton for lying under oath and obstruction of justice.

Speaking from the House floor on the afternoon of Dec. 18, 1998, Pelosi denounced Clinton’s imminent impeachment and claimed that Republicans were “paralyzed with hatred” for the Democratic president.

“Today the Republican majority is not judging the president with fairness, but impeaching him with a vengeance. In the investigation of the president, fundamental principles which Americans hold dear — privacy, fairness, checks-and-balances — have been seriously violated,” Pelosi said.

“We are here today because the Republicans in the House are paralyzed with hatred of President Clinton, and until the Republicans free themselves of that hatred our country will suffer,” she said.

Pelosi later called the process a “hatchet job” and called out Republicans for what she believed was hypocrisy.

“It’s about a punishment searching for a crime that doesn’t exist,” she said of the proceedings.

Clinton was impeached one day after Pelosi’s impassioned defense.

Author: Chris Enloe

Source: The Blaze: FLASHBACK: Pelosi opposed impeachment of Bill Clinton, said GOP ‘paralyzed with hatred’ of Democratic president

Government officials and Trump supporters are seething over suspicions acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan sabotaged ICE raids planned for last weekend by leaking sensitive information to the mainstream media.

Now, it has been revealed that McAleenan, a mainstay in the Trump administration, is a longtime Democratic donor.

What are the details?

Federal Election Commission records show McAleenan donated $2,900 to then-Sen. Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign over 11 contributions between Nov. 2007 and Nov. 2008.

Over the same period of time, McAleenan donated to the Democratic National Committee twice, once for $67.10 and another time for $3,300. The latter donation was returned, although FEC records do not show why the donation was rescinded.

In 2009, McAleenan donated twice to ActBlue, a contributions platform that fundraises for progressive lawmakers. He donated to ActBlue four more times in 2013.

Additionally, McAleenan gave money to Democrat Justin Oberman — $300 over two donations — who campaigned to fill Illinois’ 5th congressional seat in 2009. The seat was left vacant by Rahm Emmanuel, who resigned after accepting the job of White House chief of staff for Obama.

As the Washington Examiner noted, FEC data also show that McAleenan’s wife, Corina, is a Democratic donor who contributed to Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign and to Hillary Clinton in 2016.

What are the allegations of leaking?

Immigrations and Customs Enforcement was slated to conduct raids in 10 U.S. cities targeting 2,000 illegal immigrants over the weekend. However, the raids were delayed after a high-ranking government official leaked sensitive details about the operation.

Multiple officials have pointed the finger at McAleenan, who flew to the southern border last week with the Washington Post reporter who broke the story about the raids.

“If this is true, then Mr. McAleenan was inexcusably willing to put the public at risk and law enforcement officers in harm’s way in order to further his own agenda,” Brandon Judd, president of the National Border Patrol Council, wrote in a Fox News op-ed this week.

“His actions in office have been detrimental to both border security and President Trump’s expressed mandate to end illegal immigration and the catch-and-release program,” Judd explained. ” Until the DHS swamp is drained, we are going to be hard-pressed to realize true border security.”

Author: Chris Enloe

Source: The Blaze: Homeland Security secretary, suspected of leaking info about ICE raids, is a Democratic donor

‘It really jeopardized the safety of law enforcement officers…’

Mark Morgan, acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, revealed Saturday that the ICE raids planned for Sunday morning were cancelled because of government leaks and the media’s subsequent reporting on key operation details.

“The media got ahold of some operational specifics, and they reported it. It’s just egregious, and it puts the lives of the officers and agents at risk,” Morgan told Fox News host Jeanine Pirro.

“The men and women at ICE are true American heroes. The president recognized that. He postponed it to protect them,” Morgan explained.

President Donald Trump announced Saturday afternoon the ICE operation would be delayed two weeks, citing requests from Democrats. It has since been reported that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) called him personally to request the government not move forward with the raids.

The operation was originally slated to begin in the pre-dawn hours on Sunday, targeting thousands of illegal immigrants across 10 U.S. cities.

Who leaked operation details?

According to the Washington Examiner, government officials believe acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan is behind the leaks.

Five government officials who spoke with the Examiner said McAleenan has been petitioning against the operation for months.

From the Examiner:

The sources said only a small number of people in the White House, ICE, and DHS were even aware of the plan’s details, including which cities, the date and time, and who would be targeted.

Two officials said the acting secretary, who was promoted internally in April, had fought for months during closed-door discussions with White House officials, the former acting ICE Director Ronald Vitiello, and the new acting ICE Director Mark Morgan against the plan, which they noted was similar to one the Obama administration carried out in 2015.

Further, according to the Examiner, McAleenan traveled to the border on a government plane last Wednesday with the Washington Post reporter who broke the news about the ICE operation.

“It really jeopardized the safety of law enforcement officers — that’s the part that’s really detrimental,” one official told the Examiner.

Author: Chris Enloe

Source: The Blaze: ICE director reveals real reason Trump delayed ICE raids — and report suggests who is behind leaks

‘A very great friend of the State of Israel’

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu unveiled Sunday a new Jewish settlement in the internationally contested Golan Heights named after President Donald Trump.

The settlement is called “Trump Heights” — or “Ramat Heights” in Hebrew — and essentially renames an existing settlement in Kela Alon that was built decades ago, the Wall Street Journal reported. Fewer than a dozen Israeli citizens live in the settlement, which sits just 12 miles from the Syrian border.

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Netanyahu revealed the settlement during a meeting of his cabinet.

“We are going to do two things — establish a new community on the Golan Heights, something that has not been done for many years. This is an act of Zionism and it is paramount,” he said, according to the New York Post. “The second thing is to honor our friend, a very great friend of the State of Israel — President Donald Trump, who recently recognized Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights.”

David Friedman, the U.S. ambassador to Israel, was also at the event. He said, “I can’t think of a more appropriate and a more beautiful birthday present.”

Netanyahu’s announcement came just months after Trump gifted the Israeli leader with a major political win: when he recognized Israeli’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights.

The move was internationally condemned, and did not generate any worldwide support. The international community maintains that Israel has illegal control over the Golan despite winning control over the the majority of the land during the Six-Day War in 1967. Israel officially annexed Golan in 1981.

After the settlement was unveiled, Trump thanked Netanyahu for the “great honor.”

Author: Chris Enloe

Source: The Blaze: Israel honors President Trump with ‘Trump Heights,’ a settlement in the Golan Heights

‘Pure Trump’

Stephanie Grisham, the press secretary and communications director for first lady Melania Trump, is emerging as one of the top contenders to replace outgoing White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

Grisham joined the Trump campaign during its initial days in 2015 and has remained steadfastly loyal to the Trump family since, rising to become one of the most powerful White House staffers. She was even recently described as Melania Trump’s “enforcer.”

Multiple sources close to the Trump family revealed to The Daily Wire why Grisham is likely the top candidate to replace Sanders.

One White House source told The Daily Wire that Grisham “has proven herself to be a stone-cold killer” who is a “risk-free move for the administration in the run-up to perhaps the most important election in American history.”

“Grisham is pure Trump,” the source told the news outlet. “She holds down the East Wing with ease and has no loyalties to any faction within the Republican Party. Members of the first family love her and know that she is fiercely dedicated and loyal.”

Another source, who was described as being close to President Donald Trump, told The Daily Wire of Grisham:

Stephanie Grisham is a favorite of Trump loyalists, many in the national press corps, and most important, the Trump family. The First Lady loves Stephanie’s tenacity and loyalty, and President Trump has remarked that he respects Stephanie’s ability to stay cool under pressure and manage the toughest of news cycles. Stephanie might not be the first name that comes to mind for this role, but she’s the one person inside or outside the building who everyone nods their head and says, “She’d be great.”

A third source, a former senior White House officials, said Grisham “is unquestionably loyal and has the respect of the press corps. She’d be a total home run as press secretary — both for the President and his supporters.”

Aside from being known as an extremely loyal staffer, Grisham wields more influence than most other White House staffers.

As the Washington Post described last December, Grisham was singlehandedly responsible for the firing of a national security official who clashed with Melania’s team ahead of her first solo foreign trip last fall. After then-White House chief of staff John Kelly did not respond to the incident, Grisham spoke with Melania, who spoke with the president privately. Days later, the national security official had been fired.

Experts told The Post that the chain of events was unprecedented in White House history.

But Grisham has also earned the respect of the press corps, often advocating on their behalf and going out of her way to serve reporters, according to The Post.

What did Trump say?

Speaking on “Fox and Friends” Friday, Trump was succinct in his praise of Grisham.

“Stephanie is terrific,” Trump said.

Author: Chris Enloe

Source: The Blaze: Meet the ‘stone-cold killer’ who is emerging as the top candidate to replace Sarah Huckabee Sanders

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