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  • Trump to name investment firm adviser to Fed's No. 2 position...

    04/16/2018 1:19:51 PM PDT · by caww · 5 replies
    Washington examiner ^ | April 16, 2018 | Joseph Lawler
    President Trump plans to name Richard Clarida, an academic economist and adviser to the investment firm PIMCO, to be the vice chairman of the Federal Reserve’s Board of Governors, the White House said Monday. Trump will pick Kansas State Bank Commissioner Michelle Bowman for another spot on the central bank’s seven-member board. Clarida, a macroeconomist at Columbia University as well as an adviser to PIMCO, would provide monetary expertise as the No. 2 official behind Chairman Jerome Powell at the Fed. Powell, a former banker and investor, doesn’t have a background in academic economics. If both Clarida and Bowman are...
  • Cohen attorneys say feds seized devices that have 'nothing to do' with warrant, rip 'unprecedented'

    04/16/2018 1:19:23 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 77 replies
    Fox News ^ | 4-16-2018 | Brooke Singman
    Attorneys for Trump lawyer Michael Cohen, ahead of a court hearing Monday afternoon, blasted the FBI for its “unprecedented” raid on his properties last week and claimed the feds seized items that “have nothing to do with the probable cause” on which the warrant was granted. .. During that hearing, Cohen’s attorneys also were instructed by Judge Wood to disclose the name of another Cohen client – which attorneys confirmed was Fox News host Sean Hannity.
  • Lindsey Graham calls Syria strikes a 'missed opportunity,' 'major step backwards'

    04/16/2018 1:15:17 PM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 68 replies
    washingtonexaminer ^ | 04/16/2018 | Melissa Quinn
    Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., criticized the military strikes President Trump ordered against Syria in response to a suspected chemical weapons attack against civilians, calling them an “underwhelming response” and “major step backwards.” Graham said the air and missile strikes that targeted three chemical weapons facilities in Syria were a “missed opportunity” and were not a sufficient enough response to Syrian President Bashar Assad, during an interview Monday with “The Hugh Hewitt Show.” “Didn’t lay a glove on Assad’s capabilities to wage war. We’re becoming the chemical weapons police. We don’t have a strategy about why Syria matters,” Graham said. “It...
  • ‘Queer rights activist’ hosts ‘BGLTQ-accepting’ Bible reading at Harvard

    04/16/2018 1:15:04 PM PDT · by C19fan · 38 replies
    College Fix ^ | April 16, 2018 | Daniel Payne
    An LGBT activist recently appeared at Harvard University to present a Biblical reading that affirms gay, lesbian and transgender sexual activity, claiming that the orthodox Christian interpretation of sexual morality has “done unfathomable harm and destruction to LGBTQ people.” Matthew Vines was invited to the campus by three separate pro-LGBT campus organizations, The Harvard Crimson reports. At his speaking event, Vines “talked about his personal experiences advocating for the rights of BGLTQ Christians to his family in Kansas, within his church, and as a member of conservative Christian student groups at Harvard,” The Crimson states.
  • EPA chief Pruitt's $43,000 soundproof booth violated law: U.S. GAO

    04/16/2018 1:07:29 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 42 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 16, 2018 | by Timothy Gardner
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency violated the law when it approved a $43,000 soundproof phone booth last year for the office of embattled Administrator Scott Pruitt, a congressional watchdog unit said on Monday. The Government Accountability Office said the EPA violated the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act. The law prohibits an agency from obligating more than $5,000 in federal funds to furnish, redecorate or make improvements in the office of a presidential appointee without first notifying appropriations committees in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. The EPA also violated the Antideficiency Act, which prohibits federal agencies from...
  • 8-Year-Old Boy Slashes 3 Classmates With Kitchen Knife at Minnesota Elementary School

    04/16/2018 1:07:02 PM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 81 replies
    AP via Time ^ | April 16, 2018
    <p>Chief Perry Beise says the victims aged 8, 9 and 13 suffered “superficial wounds” requiring stitches in the attack before classes started Monday at Pleasantview Elementary in Sauk Rapids. No one else was hurt.</p> <p>School Superintendent Bruce Watkins says the boy lashed out at the other students until an adult intervened.</p>
  • Does Anyone Actually Believe That George Stephanopoulos Is A Dirty Dog?

    04/16/2018 1:06:38 PM PDT · by ethom · 48 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 3:20 PM 04/16/2018 | Jena Greene
    George Stephanopoulos may be in the news for his exclusive interview with fired former FBI Director James Comey, but recent claims made by his wife seem to be drawing even more interest. According to an excerpt from her upcoming tell-all book “Go Ask Ali,” Wentworth and her husband of 17 years are showing no signs of cooling down. Page Six writes of the book, in part: She adds in the advice book, out April 24 from Harper, that she feels left out at her “ladies’ lunches” because she can’t join the others in complaining about their terrible marriages. She recalls,...
  • U.S. Interior chief's $12,000 charter flight 'could have been avoided': watchdog

    04/16/2018 1:05:18 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 16, 2018 | by Staff
    U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke took an unnecessary charter flight in June that cost taxpayers over $12,000, the Interior Department’s internal watchdog said on Monday - travel linked to his visit to a professional hockey team in Nevada. The report from the department’s Office of Inspector General came amid mounting pressure on Trump Cabinet officials over their ethics and spending habits while in office. “We determined that Zinke’s use of chartered flights in fiscal year (FY) 2017 generally followed relevant law, policy, rules, and regulations,” the report said.
  • EPA chief Scott Pruitt's $43K soundproof phone booth violated federal spending laws, GAO says

    04/16/2018 1:01:50 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    NBC News ^ | 04/16/2018 | Ethan Sacks
    A $43,000 soundproof telephone booth that Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt put in his office has caused federal watchdogs to speak up loudly. On Monday, the General Accountability Office sent an eight-page letter to Senate lawmakers reporting that the booth violated federal spending law that caps the amount a presidential appointee can spend on upgrading their office at $5,000 without notifying the appropriations committees in the Senate and House beforehand. GAO General Counsel Thomas Armstrong also wrote that the purchase violated the Antideficiency Act, "because EPA obligated appropriated funds in a manner specifically prohibited by law.” The booth —...
  • Tell-tale Backstabbers Destined To Follow Comey’s Memoirs

    04/16/2018 1:01:50 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 1 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 04/16/18 | Judi McLeod
    Laughing all the way to the bank Things we found out about in the James Comey ‘memoir’. Besides, that is that Comey’s the stand in for former MI6 British spy Christopher Steele, whose dirty imagination came up with the golden shower scenario in the debunked dossier for which Hillary Clinton paid big bucks. Steele, Clinton and the Dems tried to make people believe that the only way Donald J. Trump had to get even with lame-duck President Barack Obama was to rain golden showers on the same Moscow Ritz-Carlton hotel bed that Barack and Michelle Obama had once slept in.
  • New Yorker Magazine Decries Chick-fil-A's 'Creepy Pervasive Christian Traditionalism'

    04/16/2018 12:58:48 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 57 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 04/16/2018 | Anugrah Kumar
    An article in The New Yorker magazine scorns the popularity of Chick-fil-A, the fast food chicken chain with Christian values, in New York City, calling it "creepy pervasive Christian traditionalism." The author says its presence is "awash with cash, Christ, and evangelizing Cows." "The brand's arrival here feels like an infiltration, in no small part because of its pervasive Christian traditionalism," writes Dan Piepenbring, overlooking the fact that its first store opened four years ago. The article seeks to "warn" New Yorkers that Chick-fil-A's corporate purpose "still begins with the words 'to glorify God,' and that proselytism thrums below the...
  • AI And War – Connection To Syria Strike – Third Revolution In Warfare – UN Debates Regulation.

    04/16/2018 12:55:23 PM PDT · by davikkm · 7 replies
    IWB ^ | Ruby Henley
    I have been researching Artificial Intelligence or AI since the United States, France, and Britain joined forces to strike Syria. Throughout the whole ‘shock and awe’ I kept thinking about AI, so I knew this incident was connected. When I cannot get a certain topic off my mind, I delve deeply into it. Thus, I have found this, and I am not shocked – just validated. Countries are spending billions on ‘third revolution in warfare’ as UN debates regulation of AI-powered weapons. I put the UN down, but in this case, thank God for it. This article was published April...
  • Former Willow Creek Pastor Releases More Details on Bill Hybels Misconduct Inquiry

    04/16/2018 12:53:53 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 04/16/2018 | Leonardo Blair
    Providing more details on the sexual misconduct case against Willow Creek Community Church founder Bill Hybels, former staffer Nancy Ortberg claimed that the woman who alleged a prolonged sexual affair with Hybels was suicidal and that the founder was allowed to continue counseling the woman even after the allegation was made. Ortberg, who served on the Board of the Willow Creek Association and on staff as teaching pastor at Willow Creek Community Church for nine years, decided to release the details two days after Hybels announced that he would retire, because she remains "deeply concerned about the process and church...
  • U.S., Australia, Japan navies sail in Philippines as China parades might

    04/16/2018 12:48:27 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    Rappler ^ | 04/16/2018 | Carmela Fonbuena
    MANILA, Philippines – About 300 Filipino government officials, military officers, businessmen, diplomats, and journalists boarded a massive US aircraft carrier in Manila Bay Friday night, April 13, for a reception hosted by US ambassador Sung Kim. The USS Theodore Roosevelt, the flagship of US Navy Carrier Strike Group 9, arrived in Manila on April 11, the same day China began drills in the South China Sea. The reception aboard the carrier was held only hours after China ended the drills with a large naval parade that Chinese President Xi Jinping himself witnessed. Two Australian warships and a Japanese destroyer also...
  • LIST: Obama’s 29 scandals and the media’s campaign to hide them

    04/16/2018 12:42:29 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 29 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | April 16, 2018 | by Paul Bedard
    Was former President Obama the “scandal free,” top 10 greatest president he claimed to be as he exited the White House? To his aides and most in the media, the answer has been a hearty “yes.” The View’s Joy Behar said, “President Obama, for eight years, was completely scandal-free.” NBC’s Tom Brokaw said, “He’s been scandal free, frankly, in the White House. We haven’t had that what for a while.” But now, to counter that legacy campaign, biographer Matt Margolis has penned a book detailing some 29 “scandals” under Obama in, “The Scandalous Presidency of Barack Obama.” It reviews some...
  • Parents defend vigilantism against man under investigation for child luring

    04/16/2018 12:34:54 PM PDT · by BBell · 37 replies
    https://bc.ctvnews.ca/ ^ | 4/13/18 | Dario Balca ,
    Warning: The details of this story and coarse language references may be disturbing to some readers. Vancouver Island parents say they believe they were doing the right thing when they tackled and restrained a man they allege was in their Port Alberni home to have sex with their underage daughter. RCMP officers responded to a call about a disturbance at a residence in the 3600-block of Bruce Street shortly before 12:30 p.m. Thursday.Mounties arrived to find a 28-year-old man who's being investigated for child luring had been restrained "as a result of vigilante actions." The incident was captured in a...
  • R. Lee Ermey Will Be Remembered for One Role: 'Full Metal Jacket' Golden Globe Nominee

    04/16/2018 12:34:41 PM PDT · by ethom · 76 replies
    Variety ^ | 4/16/18 | Owen Glieberman
    It’s hard to think of many actors who became as legendary as R. Lee Ermey did for just 40 minutes of screen time. From the moment he first strolled through the milky gray barracks of “Full Metal Jacket” as Gunnery Sergeant Hartman, screaming into the faces of his recruits, popping off taunts like firecrackers, you knew in your bones — you just knew — that you could forget every movie drill sergeant you’d ever seen. This is what those guys were really like. Everything about Ermey seemed to be made of leather: his face, his neck, his vocal cords, his...
  • Starbucks Employee who Called Cops on Black Men has Left the Company

    04/16/2018 12:34:18 PM PDT · by Cecily · 80 replies
    The Atlanta Journal Constitution ^ | April 16, 2018 | Jennifer Brett
    The Starbucks employee who made the 911 call that led to the arrest of two black men at a Philadelphia location, sparking furious charges of racism and calls to protest and boycott, is no longer with the company. The company’s president and CEO didn’t discuss what actions employees involved might face during a Monday morning appearance on “Good Morning America.” “It’s easy for me to point blame to one person in this incident. My responsibility is to look more broadly, just to ensure this never happens again,” Kevin Johnson said. “I’ve been very focused on understanding what guidelines and what...
  • Nursing Election Grievances, Hillary Clinton Supporters Curse Comey

    04/16/2018 12:34:18 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 18 replies
    New York Times ^ | April 16, 2018 | By MICHAEL D. SHEAR
    When it comes to James B. Comey’s book-tour crusade against President Trump, the question for hard-core Hillary Clinton fans boils down to this: Curse Mr. Comey, or cheer him? Curse him, mostly. They may be card-carrying members of “the Resistance,” who oppose everything that the president stands for, but Mrs. Clinton’s former aides and advisers are still too angry at Mr. Comey, the former F.B.I. director, to see past what they view as his egregious actions that handed the White House to Mr. Trump. In interviews, Twitter posts, television appearances and private grumblings, Team Hillary is using Mr. Comey’s tell-all...
  • Sikorsky CH-53 Helicopter (question about an accessory part)

    04/16/2018 12:33:58 PM PDT · by Rebelbase · 43 replies
    Just had one of these fly over the house. Question. What is the purpose of the tear-dropped accessory protrusion on the side--where the horse head is painted. Anyone?....Excerpted just to tweak gunner.