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  • The State Department is boycotting Trump’s Jerusalem policy

    12/14/2017 12:56:00 AM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom
    NY Post ^ | Dec 13, 2017 | Seth Lipsky
    Now that President Trump has recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, what will the State Department do? It resents Israel and has been fighting the Jewish state for years. Is it ready to comply? Don’t bet on it. That’s my advice. Foggy Bottom is the worst swamp in Washington, haunted by the ghost of Loy Henderson, the diplomat who tried to defeat the very idea of Israel. He lost decisively 70 years ago, when the United Nations voted to partition Palestine, clearing the way for a Jewish state. And, in May 1948, when President Harry Truman recognized Israel 11...
  • This is the the US Army’s newest pistol

    12/14/2017 12:49:48 AM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 1 replies
    NY Post ^ | Dec 14, 2017 | Allison Barrie
    In future battles, U.S. soldiers will have a new sidearm for personal protection. The Army’s new pistol may see more action than the last thanks to a design that has great potential for offensive purposes like close quarter combat. The Army has begun fielding the first Sig Sauer XM17 Modular Handgun System (MHS) sidearms. The Sig Sauer 9mm XM17, and the more compact version XM18, are replacing the M9 as the Army’s service pistol. This is the first change in about three decades since Beretta’s M9 was first introduced as the Army’s sidearm in the Cold War era back in...
  • Texts expose the obvious: Robert Mueller investigation is colored by politics

    12/14/2017 12:18:43 AM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 2 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Dec 14, 2017 | Washington Examiner Editorial
    A key FBI agent who had been assigned to investigate Hillary Clinton and later President Trump traded text messages during the 2016 election, not only showing his disdain for Trump and preference for Clinton but also cryptically expressing a need for “an insurance policy” against a Trump presidency, whatever that means. This doesn’t prove a conspiracy either within the so-called "Deep State" or between it and Clinton, any more than the dribs and drabs leaked by the FBI to news media proves a conspiracy between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Trump. What it does show is that even in our...
  • In the Grip of Abortion Grief

    12/14/2017 12:11:56 AM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 2 replies ^ | Dec 14, 2017 | Kim Ketola
    The Washington Post has done a surprising service by inadvertently revealing the damage having an abortion did to a woman who chose it. Grace, profiled in the story, “The long five minutes: Abortion doulas bring comfort during a complicated time” is not just a doula, but also an abortion survivor. As such she has my compassion and understanding. #Metoo. It took me decades to work through the grief and guilt of child loss through abortion. My pain was complicated greatly by being told it was not, in fact, a child by the people who sold that abortion to me. Can...
  • Pillars of Salt

    12/13/2017 11:57:03 PM PST · by 11th_VA · 2 replies ^ | Dec 13, 2017 | Steven Malanga
    Republican tax-cut proposals are not popular with voters. A Quinnipiac survey, for instance, found that 53 percent of voters disapprove of the plan, and 61 percent think that it favors the rich. This is a strange outcome, when you consider that the top 1 percent of taxpayers, who pay 27 percent of federal income taxes, would get only 18 percent of the tax cuts in the Senate version of the plan, while the bottom 80 percent, who pay one-third of all federal income taxes, would get 37 percent of the reduction. One explanation for this disconnect is the almost universally...
  • Air Travel Cronyism Falls Short in Senate

    12/13/2017 11:53:00 PM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom ^ | Dec 14, 2017 | Veronique de Rugy
    It's that time of year again, when millions of Americans travel to visit friends and family for the holidays. The experience will be a headache for many, thanks in part to the government's security theater, though also due to unfriendly airline practices. But believe it or not, it can get worse.22 High-profile public relations disasters, often dealing with overbooked flights, show that the airline industry has room to improve customer service. However, it has improved on many metrics since the industry was deregulated in 1978, most notably on affordability. Even taking into account recent fee increases, the post-deregulation cost of...
  • WSJ: The FBI’s Trump ‘Insurance’

    12/13/2017 11:52:34 PM PST · by Helicondelta · 10 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Dec. 13, 2017 | The Editorial Board
    Wednesday’s revelations—they’re coming almost daily—include the Justice Department’s release of 2016 text messages to and from Peter Strzok, the FBI counterintelligence agent whom Mr. Mueller demoted this summer. The texts, which he exchanged with senior FBI lawyer Lisa Page, contain expletive-laced tirades against Mr. Trump. Such Trump hatred is no surprise and not by itself disqualifying. More troubling are texts that suggest that some FBI officials may have gone beyond antipathy to anti-Trump plotting. “I want to believe the path you threw out for consideration in Andy’s office—that there’s no way [Trump] gets elected—but I’m afraid we can’t take that...
  • Senator Kirsten Gillibrand – A Legend in Her Own Mind

    12/13/2017 11:43:46 PM PST · by pboyington · 4 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | December 13, 2017 | Ray Starmann
    Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is a menace; to Congress, to the US military, to the nation she serves. She is an ardent leftist and uber-feminist whose ego is writing checks reality can’t cash. She has apparently coronated herself Number One in a SPECTRE like female led congressional kangaroo court that now decides who can stay in Congress and who cannot, based only on accusations. I do not like Senator Al Franken. I do not like his politics, his personality or his comedy. It would be a cold day in hell before I ever voted for him, or any member of his...
  • Short-Term Loss, Potential Long-Term Gain

    12/13/2017 11:43:03 PM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 1 replies ^ | Dec 14, 2017 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman
    While Democrats are crowing about their victory in the Alabama Senate race, now is the time for potential long-term gain for Republicans. The Alabama special election for senator was held this week, with Democratic candidate Doug Jones beating Republican Roy Moore. In the Republican primary, Moore had beaten a more moderate candidate, Sen. Luther Strange, who had been appointed by then-Gov. Robert Bentley. A few months later, Bentley pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of violating campaign finance law and resigned. Moore, a far-right conservative, was plagued with allegations of sexual impropriety during the campaign. His flair for the theatrical was...
  • House Judiciary Lawmakers Mull Subpoenas on FBI, DOJ After Text Messages Reveal ‘Path’ to Stop Trump

    12/13/2017 11:42:38 PM PST · by a little elbow grease · 8 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | 12/13/17 | Kristina Wong
    (snip)-- Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee said on Wednesday it was time to issue subpoenas to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Justice Department, following the release of texts from FBI officials that suggested they wanted to stop Trump’s election. “It’s time for subpoenas from our committee, not just from the intelligence committee, but from our committee. Subpoenas for documents that we rightfully should have an ability to see,” said Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), a senior member of the committee. He also said he wanted to subpoena Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe, FBI senior official Peter Strzok, and...
  • Trump's Accomplishments Obscured by Distractions

    12/13/2017 11:30:01 PM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 1 replies ^ | Dec 14, 2017 | Cal Thomas
    Side issues -- some of them created by the president himself -- have obscured the accomplishments of the Trump administration during his first year in office. The economy is the most obvious one. From anemic growth in the previous administration, it is now growing at around 3 percent, which economists say is ideal. The stock market continues to set records, fattening retirement portfolios. Unemployment is at its lowest level since 2000. It is also at a 17-year low for African-Americans, and it has dropped for all other major racial and ethnic groups. The black community is unlikely to give the...
  • Mexico Wants to Formalize Use of Army to Fight Crime, Alarming Rights Groups

    12/13/2017 11:27:08 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 14, 2017 | 12:30 AM EST | Mark Browne
    A proposed law giving the government formal powers to send the military into the streets to fight crime in Mexico faces unified opposition from human rights groups and the United Nations. The “internal security” law currently before Mexico’s Senate passed the lower house of Congress last month, pushed through by President Enrique Peña Nieto’s ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) party. In a statement opposing the proposed law, U.N. human rights commissioner Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said the Mexican government has been using the military to fight organized crime and drug cartels for the past decade, but without success. “Violence has...
  • Senator Kristen Gillibrand – A Legend in her own Mind

    12/13/2017 11:15:07 PM PST · by pboyington · 1 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | December 13, 2017 | Ray Starmann
    Senator Kristen Gillibrand is a menace; to Congress, to the US military, to the nation she serves. She is an ardent leftist and uber-feminist whose ego is writing checks reality can’t cash. She has apparently coronated herself Number One in a SPECTRE like female led congressional kangaroo court that now decides who can stay in Congress and who cannot, based only on accusations. I do not like Senator Al Franken. I do not like his politics, his personality or his comedy. It would be a cold day in hell before I ever voted for him, or any member of his...
  • LiAngelo Ball says UCLA forced him to thank Trump

    12/13/2017 11:12:27 PM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 15 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Dec 14, 2017 | Katie Leach
    A reluctant LiAngelo Ball said that he wouldn’t have thanked President Trump if his school hadn’t instructed him to do so. The former University of California, Los Angeles, basketball player said that school officials told him to thank the president in his statement to the press after being released from a Chinese prison following an arrest for shoplifting. “My school wanted to hear it,” he told the New York radio show. “If they didn’t tell me to do it, it wouldn’t have been in there, to be honest.” He added: “Before I went up there, it was like, ‘You’ve got...
  • Republicans: Losing Alabama was bad, Roy Moore winning would have been worse

    12/13/2017 11:06:16 PM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 13 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Dec 14, 2017 | David M. Drucker
    Republican campaign professionals conceded Wednesday that the party’s loss of a Senate seat in ruby red Alabama was a troubling sign for the party but insisted that winning with Roy Moore would have been worse. Doug Jones’ special election victory in Alabama, which hadn’t elected a Democrat to the Senate in decades, foreshadowed a possibly tough midterm campaign for the Republicans. Democratic enthusiasm was high, minority turnout reached Obama-era levels, and suburban support for the GOP was down. But for Republican operatives preparing for the 2018 campaign, it was still a win of sorts, protecting the party's fundraising, candidate recruitment,...
  • Tavis Smiley Slams PBS Investigation, Denies Sexual Misconduct Claims

    12/13/2017 11:00:59 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    Suspended PBS talk show host Tavis Smiley insisted on Thursday that sexual harassment allegations him are untrue. “I have the utmost respect for women and celebrate the courage of those who have come forth to tell their truth,” he posted on Facebook shortly after midnight. “To be clear, I have never groped, coerced, or exposed myself inappropriately to any workplace colleague in my entire broadcast career.”
  • Republican Civil War Could Hand Senate to Democrats

    12/13/2017 10:59:59 PM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 6 replies ^ | Dec 14, 2017 | Scott Rasmussen
    With Doug Jones' victory in Alabama, Democrats now have at least a plausible path to winning control of the U.S. Senate in the 2018 elections. It's a difficult path to be sure, but it could happen. The first step will be for Democrats to successfully defend all of their Senate incumbents next November. That's not going to be easy because the list includes 10 running in states that voted for Donald Trump. But, the results from Alabama suggest that it could happen. If it does, all Democrats would need to win the Senate is to pick up a pair of...
  • Here We Go Again

    For the second time in two months, someone who has pledged allegiance to the Islamic State has plotted to kill innocents in New York City and has executed his plot. According to police, at the height of the Monday morning rush hour this week, in an underground pedestrian walkway that I have used many times, in the middle of Manhattan, a permanent legal resident of the United States named Akayed Ullah detonated a bomb he had strapped to his torso in an effort to kill fellow commuters and massively disrupt life in New York. The bomb was inartfully constructed, and...
  • Trump's 'Abysmal' Poll Numbers? What About Those of Merkel, Macron, May and Trudeau?

    12/13/2017 10:49:39 PM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 1 replies ^ | Dec 14, 2017 | Larry Elder
    About a year into President Donald Trump's first term, the jury for much of the country and for most of the major media has returned its verdict: Trump is a failure. Trump is incompetent. Trump cannot lead. Trump has no legislative victories. Even former President Jimmy Carter said he had never seen a president so maligned in the media. Meanwhile former President Barack Obama all but compared Trump to Hitler. Trump endures a nightly beating from the cast of late-night comedians who take turns calling Trump racist, sexist, dumb, inarticulate, overweight, overwrought and, of course, clueless. His reported consumption of...
  • Music Mogul Russell Simmons Is Accused of Rape by 3 Women

    12/13/2017 10:49:21 PM PST · by SaveFerris · 4 replies
    NY Times ^ | DEC. 13, 2017 | By JOE COSCARELLI and MELENA RYZIK
    In 1995, Drew Dixon was working her dream job as an executive at Def Jam Recordings, helping to oversee a chart-topping album and a ubiquitous single by Method Man and Mary J. Blige. But as her star rose, Ms. Dixon, then 24, was spiraling into depression, she said, because of prolonged and aggressive sexual harassment by her direct supervisor, Russell Simmons, the rap mogul and co-founder of the label. On work calls, he would talk graphically about how she aroused him. At a staff meeting, he asked her to sit on his lap. He regularly exposed his erect penis to...