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Protestors Forced Ted Cruz Out Of A Restaurant Demanding To Know His Thoughts On Brett Kavanaugh

On Sept. 24, Republican Senator Ted Cruz of Texas was publicly ridiculed and harassed for his support of President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Cruz, who’s in the middle of a campaign against Democrat Beto O’Rourke, was at an Italian restaurant in Washington with his wife. Protesters learned of his whereabout and confronted the senator demanding to know his position on Kavanaugh, who is in the middle of an investigation into sexual assault allegations.

Senator Ted Cruz and his wife were confronted Monday by protesters chanting “We believe survivors.”

Sen. Cruz is a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which is holding hearing on Brett Kavanaugh’s possible lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court. Three women have come forward accusing Kavanaugh of sexual assault and the protesters confronted Cruz to get a definitive answer about his support of Kavanaugh.

“There are now three people who have come forward and who have said that Brett Kavanaugh has attacked them,” the woman said in the video. “I know that you’re close friends with him. Did you talk to him about that? Did you talk to him about his position?”

Kavanaugh — a Republican favorite to be on the Supreme Court — is facing accusations of sexual assault by three women.

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Dr. Christine Blasey Ford was the first to come forward, saying the Kavanaugh had sexually assaulted her when they were both in high school in the ’80s. She will be testifying on Thursday in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Cruz sits on that committee with has 21 members, 17 of them are males.

This week Deborah Ramirez and Julie Swetnick both came forward with their own stories of sexual assault allegedly perpetrated by Kavanaugh. Ramirez reported that Kavanaugh had also sexually confronted her with his penis while they were at a party at Yale. Swetnick claims Kavanaugh was present when she was gang raped by a group of high school boys.

Kavanaugh is notably known for being the judge who attempted to block an undocumented teen from getting an abortion.

The 17-year-old was nine weeks into her first trimester and wanted to terminate the pregnancy. Since she was undocumented, officials tried to block her from getting the abortion. The case went to Judge Kavanaugh who also tried to prevent the abortion by delaying the process, which would in turn make it harder to approve if it was later in her pregnancy.

Some believe that if Kavanaugh almost prevented the teen from getting an abortion, he may also reverse abortion laws.

That is why people are concerned with how Cruz will vote. Cruz is a fan of Kavanaugh. CNN reports that in July, Cruz said: “By any measure, Judge Kavanaugh is one of the most respected federal judges in the country, and I look forward to supporting his nomination to the Supreme Court of the United States.”

O’Rourke released a statement saying Cruz should not have been harassed.

Well said, Beto.


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The Supreme Court Ruled In Favor Of Allowing States To Punish Electoral College

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The Supreme Court Ruled In Favor Of Allowing States To Punish Electoral College

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News straight from the Supreme Court might just mean a more fair election this 2020. According to reports, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of allowing states to reprimand members of the Electoral College should they break a pledge to vote for their state’s popular vote winner for presidential elections. The decision comes heavily on the heels of the looming election season.

The decision was sparked after 10 of the 538 presidential electors made their own decisions in 2016 and voted for candidates other than the one they’d pledged to vote for.

Up until Monday, only 32 out of the 50 states as well as the District of Columbia had laws that discouraged “faithless electors.” At that time, none of the states had ever actually reprimanded or removed an elector based on their vote. The Supreme Court decision came with a 9-0 count.

“Today, we consider whether a State may also penalize an elector for breaking his pledge and voting for someone other than the presidential candidate who won his State’s popular vote. We hold that a State may do so,” Justice Elena Kagan wrote.”The Constitution’s text and the Nation’s history both support allowing a State to enforce an elector’s pledge to support his party’s nominee — and the state voters’ choice — for President.”

In 2016, three presidential electors in Washington state voted for Colin Powell over the popular votes push for Hillary Clinton. Another voted for anti-Keystone XL pipeline activist Faith Spotted Eagle. At the time, Washington’s Supreme Court upheld a $1,000 fine.

In Colorado, during the 2016 election, Micheal Baca attempted to vote for John Kasich instead of Clinton but his vote was rejected. He was removed and replaced and referred for a potential perjury prosecution. No charges were filed, however. According to CNN, Baca “filed suit, and ultimately won when the 10th US Circuit Court of Appeals held that while the state does have the power to appoint electors, that does not extend to the power to remove them.”

Oddly, Frodo Baggins, the beloved hobit from the Lord of The Rings trilogy became a part of the court’s historical record during oral arguments.

According to reports, Justice Clarence Thomas used Baggins as an example “The elector who had promised to vote for the winning candidate could suddenly say, ‘You know, I’m going to vote for Frodo Baggins. I really like Frodo Baggins.’ And you’re saying, under your system, you can’t do anything about that,” Thomas asked.

During the case, Justice Kagan went through the history of the Electoral College and spoke about the presidential election of 1796. The election was the first contested presidential election in the United States and saw John Adams come in first and Thomas Jefferson second. “That meant the leaders of the era’s two warring political parties—the Federalists and the Republicans—became President and Vice President respectively. (one might think of this as fodder of the new season of Veep),” Kagan wrote.

Kagan also referenced Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Broadway musical “Hamilton” nothing that “Alexander Hamilton secured his place on the Broadway stage—but possibly in the cemetery too—by lobbying Federalists in the House to tip the election to Jefferson, whom he loathed but viewed as less of an existential threat to the republic,” she wrote. Justice Thomas agreed with Kagan writing “nothing in the Constitution prevents States from requiring Presidential electors to vote for the candidate chosen by the people.”

Here’s hoping this new change in the Supreme Court ruling ensures a better election outcome.

Military Suspect In Vanessa Guillen’s Disappearance Commits Suicide

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Military Suspect In Vanessa Guillen’s Disappearance Commits Suicide

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The search for Vanessa Guillen has ended after human remains were identified as the missing soldier. An investigation into the crime has led to suspects being identified and arrested. Here’s what we know so far.

A soldier, who was a suspect in Vanessa Guillen’s death, committed suicide Wednesday.

Human remains were discovered Tuesday and identified as Vanessa Guillen on Wednesday. The suspects in Guillen’s death have not been named but one of the suspects committed suicide on Wednesday morning. The military suspect shot himself while law enforcement was searching for him.

Tim Miller, the founder of Texas Equusearch, told the Houston Chronicle that he believes the military suspect killed himself at 1:30 a.m. local time. The military suspect, who was in Killeen, Texas, committed suicide shortly after human remains were discovered near the Leon River in Bell County, Texas.

Guillen’s family have expressed their grief at press conferences since the body was identified.

The family is demanding justice. One civilian suspect is currently in jail after being arrested in connection with Guillen’s death. One of Guillen’s sisters recognized the military suspect. Mayra Guillen told the press that she met the military suspect who committed suicide.

“At approximately 1:29 a.m., officers located the suspect in the 4700 block of East Rancier Avenue,” reads the statement from the Killeen Police Department website. “As officers attempted to make contact with the suspect, the suspect displayed a weapon and discharged it towards himself.  The suspect succumbed from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.”

The suspects have not been identified, however, we do have descriptions of the suspects.

“The person who took his own life earlier today in Killeen after being sought by Killeen police and federal marshals was a soldier from Fort Hood and had fled the base earlier in the day,” reads a statement by the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command. “A civilian has been arrested in connection with Vanessa Guillen’s disappearance. The civilian suspect is the estranged wife of a former Fort Hood Soldier and is currently in custody in the Bell County Jail awaiting charges by civilian authorities.”

The case has captivated the nation as some people hurt for the family.

The investigation into Vanessa Guillen’s death is still ongoing. There are no answers yet but her family alleges that Guillen was coming forward with sexual assault and harassment allegations. The family’s recounting of Guillen’s sexual assault allegations is renewing the conversation of sexual assault in the military.

The family is calling out Fort Hood and the military’s response to the disappearance of Guillen. According to the family, they have been pleading with Fort Hood and the U.S. Army to conduct an investigation but saw nothing happening.

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