Colorado Moves To Bypass Electoral College To Stop Trump: Will Assign Electoral Votes To Popular Vote Winner

Certain political elements within the United States simply can’t deal with the fact that our Founders created a voting system that ensured limitations on mob rule stemming from a handful of cities throughout the country. To protect the rights of all Americans, including those living in smaller rural counties, they came up with the electoral college, a method by which all Americans from varying backgrounds and ideologies can be represented during a Presidential election.

In 2016, Hillary Clinton officially won the Popular Vote, garnering more total votes than Donald Trump, but because of an Electoral College victory, Trump ultimately became President.

Every time a Republican happens to win a Presidency, Democrats argue that the Electoral College is an archaic election method not representative of a democratic government.

Up until now there was nothing they can do about it, but Colorado has come up with a plan that, at the very least, will likely wind up in front of the U.S. Supreme Court.

In the next election, Colorado aims to assign all electoral votes to the winner of the national Popular Vote, rather than then to the individual who brings in the most votes in their State, essentially invalidating the will of their own State citizens. Somehow, this makes sense to Colorado governor Jared Polis:

“I’ve long supported electing the president by who gets the most votes,” Polis told The Hill. “It’s a way to move towards direct election of the president.”

Colorado will become the 12th state to join the national popular vote interstate compact. Those 12 states and the District of Columbia, which has also passed a popular-vote bill, account for 181 electoral votes, just under 90 shy of the 270 votes a presidential candidate needs to win the White House.

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The compact will not go into effect until the coalition includes states that add up to 270 electoral votes or more. Once it does go into effect, states that are part of the coalition would award their electoral votes en masse to the candidate who wins the national popular vote.

Source: The Hill

Eleven more states are currently working through similar legislation. If successful, some 261 electoral college votes would end up being decided by the national popular vote rather than the traditional electoral voting system used in previous elections.

While the U.S. Constitution establishes the Electoral College as the method by which a President is elected, it does not specify how each state chooses to assign its Electoral votes.

This will likely lead to Constitutional challenges from both sides.

Our view: This is how a Republic dies, should the Supreme Court fail to uphold current laws surrounding how votes are assigned and calculated.

Democrats, once again, have to move the goal posts to win.


In Roundup Case, the Science Will Go on Trial First

In a San Francisco courtroom this month, a jury will be asked to weigh a complicated question: Did Roundup weedkiller cause a man’s cancer?

The jurors will assess the credibility of competing studies that delve into cell mutations, cancer epidemiology and genotoxicity. They’ll hear evidence purporting to show why California resident Edwin Hardeman’s exposure to Roundup was dangerous, and other analyses arguing it was perfectly safe.

But unlike in a prior trial brought against the herbicide’s maker, Bayer AG, the jurors won’t simultaneously hear allegations that the company hid dangers about its product from the public. Instead, they’ll take part in an unusual split trial focused first on the science, and then, only if they find the plaintiff’s claims valid, on the question of negligence.

A federal judge approved a request by the company for this slimmed-down trial, over the objection of the plaintiff’s lawyers, to let the jury evaluate the alleged dangers of Roundup without what he called the significant distraction of attacks on the company’s behavior.

The approach is the latest attempt by courts to resolve a long-running debate over how to ensure the fairest decisions in cases concerning complicated science. The results could influence hundreds of similar Roundup cases—and guide judges in other cases that hinge on science.

In Roundup Case, the Science Will Go on Trial First

Courts have grappled for decades to find the right balance of what scientific evidence jurors can see. On one hand, the threshold for admissible scientific evidence needs to be low enough to encourage consumers to bring legitimate grievances against makers of potentially harmful products. On the other hand, it needs to be high enough to prevent floods of frivolous lawsuits based on faulty science or bogus claims.

Judges have typically played a central role in the debate by screening expert witnesses at the outset of trial. But the level of expertise of the judges themselves varies, as does the leeway afforded them to decide what gets in or not.

At the federal level, judges follow a uniform standard for how to allow in expert witnesses and scientific evidence. States, however, have diverged in their approaches. New Jersey last year tightened expert-witness standards to help block what corporate defendants often deem “junk science.” Florida’s highest court, meanwhile, in October reversed a legislative proposal that would have aligned the state with the generally more stringent federal threshold.

Further complicating the issue: Science is often unsettled within the medical community, and the root causes of a disease are often unknown.

“If the science is not junk, but at a stage of knowledge that’s truly indeterminate, what do we do about that?” said Alexander Lemann, a professor at Marquette University Law School. “It’s a problem that’s not solved by having the judge be a more aggressive gatekeeper.”


  • 1974: Environmental Protection Agency first registers glyphosate, the primary chemical in Roundup, for use in the U.S. as Monsanto brings the product to market.
  • 2015: International Agency for Research on Cancer, a World Health Organization unit, deems glyphosate as probably carcinogenic to humans.
  • 2016: Bayer makes a play for Monsanto as the company faces a few hundred cases alleging harms from Roundup.
  • 2017: EPA most recently reaffirms glyphosate is “not likely to be carcinogenic to humans.”
  • June 2018: Bayer closes its acquisition of Monsanto.
  • August 2018: San Francisco jury awards former groundskeeper $289.2 million in first Roundup trial.
  • October 2018: Judge reduces trial award to $78.5 million, maintains finding that Monsanto acted with malice. Decision is on appeal.

In the Roundup case, around 9,300 home gardeners, landscapers and agricultural workers have sued Bayer in the U.S., claiming the weedkiller causes non-Hodgkin lymphoma and other cancers. Bayer inherited the potential liability through its acquisition last summer of seed and pesticide maker Monsanto Co.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has said for decades that glyphosate, the primary chemical in Roundup, is not likely to be carcinogenic to humans. In 2015, the International Agency for Research on Cancer, a World Health Organization branch, designated glyphosate as “probably carcinogenic to humans.” That kicked off a wave of litigation and regulatory scrutiny around the world.


Hacker group releases ‘9/11 Papers’, says future leaks will ‘burn down’ US deep state

The Dark Overlord hacker group has released decryption keys for 650 documents it says are related to 9/11, and promised that future leaks will have devastating consequences for the US ‘deep state’.

The document dump is just a fraction of the 18,000 secret documents related to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks believed to have been stolen from insurers, law firms, and government agencies.

The Dark Overlord initially threatened to release the 10GB of data unless the hacked firms paid an unspecified bitcoin ransom. However, on Wednesday, the group announced a “tiered compensation plan” in which the public could make bitcoin payments to unlock the troves of documents.

A day later, the Dark Overlord said that it had received more than $12,000 in bitcoin – enough to unlock “layer 1”and several “checkpoints,” comprised of 650 documents in total.

There are four more layers that remain encrypted and, according to the group, “each layer contains more secrets, more damaging materials… and generally just more truth.”

The hackers are asking for $2 million in bitcoin for the public release of its “megaleak,” which it has dubbed “the 9/11 Papers.”

By design, the “layer 1” documents – if authentic – do not appear to contain any explosive revelations. The publications focus mostly on testimonies from airport security and details concerning insurance pay-outs to parties affected by the 9/11 attacks. However, the data dump suggests that the group is not bluffing.

“Let this serve as more definitive proof that what we’re saying is true, and that we’re doing exactly as we promised you. Continue to keep the bitcoins flowing, and we’ll continue to keep the truth flowing,” they wrote in a message that included the decryption keys.

The documents – which were immediately scrubbed from Reddit, Pastebin and Twitter – are available for download on Steemit at the time of writing.

Shortly after releasing the decryption keys, the group posted an ultimatum addressed to “the nation-state of the United States of America and the greater deep-state.”

“To all the other parties involved (airlines, litigation firms, investigation firms, FBI, TSA, FAA, banks, security companies and more), we’re going to burn you down unless you begin to ‘play ball,’” the message reads.

Apparently angered by the fact that the ransom has not yet been met, the message warned: “We’re peeling these layers back like an onion. No one can save you except for us. Pay the f*** up.”

Although the group insists that it is financially motivated and not interested in “hacktivism,” they nonetheless expressed hope that continued crowd-funding would secure the full release of the 18,000 documents.

“We can’t allow the mainstream media to silence the truth any longer. We must ensure they’re propaganda is crushed by the truths we’re dealing today,” the hackers wrote after providing the decryption keys for “layer 1.”

The Dark Overlord claim to have hacked documents from not only major global insurers like Lloyds of London and Hiscox, but also Silverstein Properties, which owned the World Trade Center complex, and various government agencies.

The “megaleak” purportedly includes secret documents that were meant to be destroyed but were instead retained by legal firms, allegedly revealing “the truth about one of the most recognizable incidents in recent history.”

The group emerged in 2016 and has been responsible for numerous extortion schemes involving hacked data. The Dark Overlord infamously leaked an entire season of Netflix’s Orange is the New Black last year after a ransom was not met.


Trump: John Kelly Will Depart White House By Year’s End

John Kelly is expected to depart his role as White House Chief of Staff by the end of the year, President Donald Trump said on Saturday, ending a tenure marked by tensions with his boss and confrontations with other key administration figures.

The president announced the news on the front lawn on the White House, following days of swirling speculation around the retired Marine Corps general’s exit for months amid disagreements with Trump. Nevertheless, in his brief remarks to reporters, Trump called Kelly “a great guy” and that he appreciated his service.

“We’ll be announcing who will be taking John’s place” over the next day or two, Trump said. Vice President Mike Pence’s chief of staff, Nick Ayers, is among the candidates who could succeed Kelly.

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VIDEO: Ocasio-Cortez Says The Carbon Tax Will Impose World Government

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez delivered a speech at a “Climate Change Town Hall” in which she likened fighting climate change to the civil rights movement.

Alex exposes the hypocrisy of leftists that promotes higher taxes on carbon while living extravagant lifestyles that actually cause pollution.


UC Berkeley Settles Landmark Free Speech Lawsuit, Will Pay $70,000 To Conservative Group

After more than a year of litigation, the University of California, Berkeley, has settled a lawsuit with the Young Americas Foundation and the UC Berkeley College Republicans.

Campus conservatives accused the university of bias in the process of bringing high-profile speakers to campus. The original lawsuit revolved around the cancellation of an event with Ann Coulter. An amended version of the lawsuit included road blocks initiated by the university for an event with Ben Shapiro.

The Department of Justice filed a statement of interest backing the campus conservatives. The crux of their argument revolved around two campus policies that they claim violate students’ First and 14th Amendment rights: an unspoken “High-Profile Speaker Policy” and an on-the-books “ Major Events Policy.”

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MEP Warns UN Pact Will Flood Europe With 59 Million Migrants by 2025

British MEP Janice Atkinson warns that the UN Compact on Migration would lead to Europe being flooded with 59 million new migrants within the next 6 years.

The document is not legally binding, but governments will be under pressure to follow its dictates. Numerous countries, including the United States and Hungary, have said they will refuse to sign the pact.

“If you think you’re in control of your borders, think again,” said Atkinson, adding, “This compact backs the EU and the UN’s aim to flood our nations with 59 million migrants by 2025…. just 6 years.”

Atkinson went on to explain the source of the new pact; A 2000 declaration that concluded Europe’s ethnic population was in decline “and therefore needed replacing.”

This has been disproven by youth unemployment in some European countries being 50% or higher, as well as many new migrants being “unemployable,” with only around 13% employed on average according to Atkinson.

The MEP savaged British Prime Minister Theresa May for promising to take back control of British borders via Brexit and yet planning to sign the UN migration pact next month.

“Remember – the UN and the globalists want to flood our continent with 59 million migrants by 2025,” Atkinson emphasized, adding that the UN document states mass immigration is “inevitable, desirable and necessary.”

Warning that the plan would lead to European countries having their “culture and identity crushed,” Atkinson also pointed out that the pact could lead to hate speech laws that make it illegal to use the term “illegal migrants,” replacing it instead with “irregular migrants”.

“It will be illegal not to use their prescribed language,” warned Atkinson, adding that European citizens could “say goodbye to your democracy and your way of life,” unless they demand their leaders refuse to sign the document.

The MEP’s concern about language policing is shared by Dutch MEP Marcel de Graaff, who said that the pact would grease the skids for laws that would criminalize criticism of mass immigration as hate speech.


Hungary PM: Migration Crisis “Pushed Down Our Throats, Will Lead to a Broken Europe”

Referring to bank cards and visa for migrants, Prime Minister Viktor Orban said in a public radio interview on Friday that pro-migration forces consider European institutions as a “transport agency,” because they believe migration is in Europe’s interest.

Orban said this was to Hungary’s detriment. Only after the European parliamentary election will the situation change, he added. He said that whereas the European Union justified repressive measures against European citizens by citing the fight against money laundering, the European Commission “is giving anonymous bank cards to people we don’t know … and many of them become terrorists and criminals.” The rightful question is, why is this happening and where does the money come from,” he said. Fidesz MEPs, he added are investigating the matter, he added.

Referring to the “migrant visa”, Orban said: “This is the kind of slippery slope which could again lead to a broken Europe.” He said the EP had already voted the measure down, but it is now on the agenda again and “they want to push it down our throats.” The prime minister said European politicians who are about to lose their mandates are “panicking” about the issues close to their hearts and they are rushing to conclude the migration issue.

He said Brussels had failed to keep migrants out of Europe and had also failed to keep Britain inside. Brussels, he added, had made serious political mistakes in their handling of Brexit. At the same time, the document received in advance of the special EU summit on Sunday, “which is satisfactory from Hungary’s point of view”, protects the interests of Hungarians living and working in the United Kingdom, Orban said, adding that the rights of Hungarian workers will not be compromised. Orban noted that surveys have been carried out in Hungary and in the UK concerning EU matters. In Hungary’s consultation and referendum, Hungarians said they wanted “more national sovereignty and less Brussels,” while the British went even further, he said. He also noted that the Hungarian government put a newspaper advertisement urging the British to remain in the EU.

Orban said that the people who attack Hungary for granting asylum to former Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski were “identical” to those people and organizations that support migration. The organizations most critical of the Hungarian government regarding the case are all in the pocket of US billionaire George Soros, he said. Since Gruevski, as prime minister, took tough action against Soros networks in Macedonia, “they are keeping track of his life”, he added. Gruevski headed a country that played a key role in combatting migration, and without him it would have been far harder to protect the Hungarian border, Orban said. So he and his country have always been viewed as Hungary’s allies, he added. He was the first politician in the Balkans who built a fence and stopped migrants, for which Hungary also granted help, Orban said.

“Allies should be treated with decency, and when they turn to us, they deserve decent treatment,” he said, adding that he was “pleased” this was not the first time that a former leader had thought that in Hungary they would get fair treatment. The asylum procedure is not carried out by the government but the authorities and “the more distance the government keeps to such procedures the better,” he said. The government’s job is to ensure the framework for a fair procedure and then accept the decision made by the authorities, “which is what happened in this case, too,” he added.

Commenting on Gruevski’s travel arrangements to Hungary, the PM said: “The whole thing had an exciting storyline … and every crime story is exciting”. “We are not influenced by the procedures in Macedonia,” he said. “What we are interested in is whether the request submitted to us is legally well-founded, whether the authorities carried out a fair procedure and acted lawfully. Once a decision is made, it must be respected,” Orban said.
Commenting on the extradition request submitted by Macedonia, he said Macedonia must also follow a legal procedure. The Hungarian authorities will assess it and come to a decision, he added.

Meanwhile, in connection with a meeting of the Diaspora Council and the Hungarian Permanent Conference (Maert) last weekend, Orban said that the “hundred years of Hungarian solitude” had come to an end and that Hungary’s neighbors realized that “working with us is not unnatural; indeed, it is worthwhile.”

Serbia has a major role in this, he said, adding that Hungary had 800 years of friendship with the Croats and it had managed to build a relationship based on mutual trust with the Slovaks. Further, Hungary has taken steps forward with the Romanians, he said. “Those who work together with Hungary are doing well,” the prime minister said.
Joint economic development schemes are good not only for Hungarians outside the borders but also for non-Hungarian citizens of neighboring states, he said.

Orban said Hungary is trying to help Ukraine understand the difficult situation of Hungarians living there. Further, Hungary “not only accepts Ukraine’s territorial integrity, but also demands this from Russia.” The government does not want to differentiate between Hungarians and other national minorities in Transcarpathia, but wants to help everyone, he said. But for all our friendship towards Ukraine, “all we have got in return is an anti-Hungarian policy,” he said, adding that hopefully the next Ukrainian president would formulate a Hungary-friendly policy instead. Orban said Ukraine’s NATO and EU accession depended on Hungary’s help, so it is “self-defeating”to pursue an anti-Hungarian policy.


Final Gallup Poll: Majority of Americans Think Republicans Will Retain the House

Despite almost every poll predicting that Democrats will win the House today, a final Gallup survey finds that the majority of Americans believe Republicans will retain control of Congress.

Respondents were asked, “Regardless of how you, yourself, plan to vote, which party do you think will win control of the U.S. House of Representatives in the congressional elections this fall?”

According to the results, 50% of Americans think Republicans will retain control of the House, compared to 44% who think Democrats will win enough seats to gain victory.

Every single prediction Americans have made over the last 10 such midterm election years between 1946 and 2014 has come true.

The poll also found that 61% of Americans think Republicans will retain the Senate compared to 33% who think Democrats will take control.

As we reported yesterday, the Real Clear Politics average of polls has Democrats 7.3 points ahead in the race for Congress, however, a shock Rasmussen poll contradicted all others by putting Republicans one point ahead.

This is drastically different to other polls, such as one published by CNN, which has Democrats 13 points ahead


US will solidify its presence in South China Sea

US private sector intelligence company Stratfor has tipped that the US will solidify its naval presence in the South China Sea in the latest bout of US-China rivalry.

In its third quarter forecast, Stratfor also tipped that US President Donald Trump will continue to pile the tariffs on Chinese goods.

That could certainly have a flow on effect to the Australian economy.

And familiar threats will resurface from the Korean Peninsula as US-North Korea talks stumble.

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