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  • Stacey Abrams is the Democrats’ Sarah Palin

    05/20/2020 4:51:57 PM PDT · by fwdude · 157 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | May 19, 2020 | Marc A. Thiessen
    Stacey Abrams is running a less-than-subtle campaign to be Joe Biden’s vice-presidential running mate. Republicans should hope she succeeds. If selected, she would displace Sarah Palin as the least-qualified person ever to serve on a major-party ticket. Biden should understand this, because he saw firsthand how much damage Palin’s selection did to then-Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), the Republican presidential nominee in 2008. Preelection polls showed that 6 out of 10 Americans said Palin was not qualified for the job, and a Stanford University study found that she cost McCain more than 2 million votes.
  • Phases 3 and 4 of Alaska's reopening plan to take effect Friday morning

    05/19/2020 8:31:05 PM PDT · by AlaskaErik · 21 replies
    KTUU Channel 2 Anchorage ^ | May 19, 2020 | KTUU Digital Staff
    Gov. Mike Dunleavy announced Tuesday evening that Alaska will be fully open for business effective at 8 a.m. Friday as the state simultaneously enters phases 3 and 4 of its reopening plan. Under the third and fourth phases of the plan, all businesses, houses of worship, libraries and museums, and all recreational and sports activities will be open and able to operate at 100 percent capacity.
  • Senate Fails to Override Trump’s Veto on Iran War Powers Bill.....

    05/07/2020 9:04:09 PM PDT · by caww · 20 replies
    theepochtimes ^ | 5/7/2020 | JACK PHILLIPS
    The Senate failed Thursday to override President Donald Trump’s veto of a bill that would curb his ability to take military action against Iran. The Senate came up short of the two-thirds majority, and it voted 49-44, with seven GOP senators joining Democrats. Seven Republicans broke with Trump: Sens. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Susan Collins of Maine, Mike Lee of Utah, Rand Paul of Kentucky, Todd Young of Indiana, and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana. Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) joined Democrats in February to pass the bill, but he did not vote Thursday. Trump on Wednesday night,...
  • NEWSBomb threat diverts flight, closes Ted Stevens airport to inbound traffic

    05/02/2020 12:32:19 PM PDT · by Species8472 · 16 replies
    Anchorage Daily News ^ | 5-2-2020 | Angela Krenzien
    Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport was briefly closed to inbound flights Saturday morning after a bomb was reported on a flight that was then diverted to the airport. A Facebook post from the airport says the cargo plane was bound for Asia and diverted to Anchorage early Saturday. Officials at the airport confirmed it was a China Airlines flight.
  • Samaritan’s Purse Delivers over Eight Tons of Medical Supplies for Rural Alaskan Communities

    04/12/2020 8:20:21 AM PDT · by KC_Lion · 8 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12 April | Amy Furr
    Rev. Franklin Graham’s charity is making sure Alaska residents have the supplies they need to fight the coronavirus. Tuesday on Facebook, Graham wrote that workers with Samaritan’s Purse had delivered more than eight tons of medical supplies to be distributed throughout rural Alaskan communities in the next few days:.... The supplies will be headed to rural AK to support our heroic health care workers. Thank you Franklin Graham & the Samaritan’s Purse team for your continuous service and help to Alaska! #FlattenTheCurve— Governor Mike Dunleavy (@GovDunleavy) April 7, 2020 ....As of Tuesday morning, the total number of coronavirus...
  • Alaska Gov Bans Killing Babies in Abortions to Save Medical Resources to Fight Coronavirus

    04/08/2020 8:21:02 AM PDT · by Morgana · 7 replies
    Life News ^ | April 8, 2020 | Steven Ertelt
    Add Alaska to the list of states where the governor has banned abortions along with, other non-essential medical procedures, to help fight the coronavirus by conserving medical supplies. Governor Mike Dunleavy is asking that all health care facilities postpone all surgeries and procedures that are not medically necessary during the current COVID-19 pandemic. In his statement the Governor said that the order stop non-essential medical procedures includes abortions. “Healthcare providers are to postpone surgical abortion procedures unless the life or physical health of the mother is endangered by continuation of the pregnancy during the period of postponement,” the order reads....
  • Bernie Sanders: ‘The Arctic is on Fire;” Weather Service: It’s 45 Degrees Below Zero in North Alaska

    02/08/2020 12:19:27 PM PST · by rktman · 41 replies ^ | 2/7/2020 | Staff
    Sen. Bernie Sanders (D.-Vt.) says on the website for his presidential campaign that “[c]limate change is a global emergency” and “the Arctic is on fire.” By contrast, the National Weather Service is reporting today that it is 45 degrees below zero in Nuiqsuit, which is in northern Alaska. The weather service is predicting that the high today in that part of Alaska will be 44 degrees below zero and the low will be 47 degrees below zero. “Climate change is a global emergency. The Amazon rainforest is burning, Greenland’s ice shelf is melting, and the Arctic is on fire,” Sanders...
  • Rural America watches pandemic erupt in cities as fear grows

    03/25/2020 3:09:17 PM PDT · by McGruff · 111 replies
    AP ^ | 3/25/2020 | GILLIAN FLACCUS
    The social distancing rules repeated like a mantra in America’s urban centers, where the coronavirus is spreading exponentially, might seem silly in wide-open places where neighbors live miles apart and “working from home” means another day spent branding calves or driving a tractor alone through a field. But as the pandemic spreads through the U.S., those living in rural areas, too, are increasingly threatened. Tiny towns tucked into Oregon’s windswept plains and cattle ranches miles from anywhere in South Dakota might not have had a single case of the new coronavirus, but their main streets are also empty and their...
  • Five States Suspend Democratic Primaries Over Coronavirus, Sending Nomination Race Into Chaos

    03/22/2020 8:36:54 AM PDT · by MagillaX · 50 replies
    The Daily Wire ^ | 3/22/2020 | Emily Zanotti
    Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has no intention of dropping out of the race for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, and as the July convention draws closer, his decision to keep his campaign alive may mean chaos for the Democratic party. Five more states have suspended their Democratic primaries amid concerns about coronavirus, and it may soon be impossible for any candidate to win a majority of delegates. The New York Times reports that Indiana, Connecticut, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, and Maryland have now joined Ohio in postponing their presidential contests, leaving the future of the Democratic presidential nomination uncertain. Ohio, of...
  • We’re the directors of Alaska’s emergency rooms. It’s time to shut down nonessential air travel

    03/20/2020 1:10:58 AM PDT · by nerdgirl · 16 replies
    Anchorage Daily News ^ | 3/20/2020 | Opinion
    We believe the time to shut down any non-essential out-of-state travel is now. We also believe restrictions on in-state travel, especially to remote communities, should be considered. In the past few days, Alaska has started to see multiple positive tests for coronavirus. All were related to out-of-state travel. Most were related to travel to the Lower 48. With a large influx of state residents returning from spring break, we will see many more positive tests in the next week, and soon — if not already — experience significant community spread. The state of Alaska has taken appropriate measures, closing bars,...
  • US, Canadian fighter jets intercept Russian aircraft above Alaska

    03/10/2020 2:04:29 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 73 replies
    The Hill ^ | 03 10 2020 | Ellen Mitchell
    U.S. and Royal Canadian air force fighter jets on Monday intercepted two Russian reconnaissance aircraft north of Alaska, North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) announced on Tuesday. The U.S. F-22 Raptors and Canadian CF-18 Hornets “intercepted two Russian Tu-142 maritime reconnaissance aircraft entering the Alaskan Air Defense Identification Zone,” NORAD said over multiple posts to Twitter. The fighters – supported by an E-3 Sentry Airborne Warning And Control System and a KC-135 Stratotanker – escorted the Russian planes for the four hours they remained in the zone, which extends 200 miles off Alaska's coast. NORAD said the Russian aircraft remained...
  • Howard Dean: Trump would give Alaska to Putin

    02/25/2020 3:18:00 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 67 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 23/2/20 | Emily Larsen
    Howard Dean said President Trump would give Alaska back to Russia if Russian President Vladimir Putin asked while suggesting the eventual 2020 Democratic presidential nominee would be less likely to do so after going through a grueling nomination process. "I used to say this all the time. Now it has a new meaning. But if you're not tough enough to get through this process, what are you going to do when Putin asks for Alaska back? Well, unfortunately, we have a president who would give it to him today, but hopefully, that will change," the former Vermont governor and 2004...
  • JPMorgan Chase to stop loans for fossil fuel drilling in the Arctic

    02/24/2020 6:44:59 PM PST · by yesthatjallen · 34 replies
    The Hill ^ | 02 24 2020 | John Bowden
    JPMorgan Chase announced Monday that it is planning to end loans to companies pursuing fossil fuel drilling in the Arctic Circle, according to reports. The Washington Post reported that the bank said that it will soon complete a 2017 commitment to help fund $200 billion in projects to help meet the U.N.'s sustainable development goals, as well as $50 billion for "green initiatives." The bank also plans to phase out all existing and future loans to the coal industry by 2024, and end the financing of oil and gas extraction projects in the Arctic, a region vulnerable to the effects...
  • House Democrats urge banks to not fund drilling in Arctic refuge

    02/20/2020 10:59:42 AM PST · by yesthatjallen · 20 replies
    The Hill ^ | 02 20 2020 | Rachel Frazin
    Dozens of House Democrats are urging several major banks not to fund oil drilling and development in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR), following a similar push by Senate Democrats. A group of 33 Democratic lawmakers signed a letter spearheaded by Rep. Jared Huffman (D-Calif.) urging the CEOs of JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo, Citigroup, Bank of America and Morgan Stanley to stop funding such drilling in the refuge. The letter was sent Thursday and follows an announcement from Goldman Sachs that it would prohibit financing for new drilling or oil exploration in the Arctic, including in the refuge. "Roads, pipelines,...
  • The 8 Republicans who voted to curb Trump's Iran war powers

    02/13/2020 12:13:49 PM PST · by conservative98 · 58 replies
    The Hill ^ | - 02/13/20 02:33 PM EST | JORDAIN CARNEY
    Sen. Lamar Alexander (Tenn.)Sen. Bill Cassidy (La.)Sen. Susan Collins (Maine)Sen. Mike Lee (Utah) Sen. Jerry Moran (Kan.)Sen. Lisa Murkowski (Alaska)Sen. Rand Paul (Ky.)Sen. Todd Young (Ind.)  
  • Schiff warns that Trump could sell Alaska to Russia, if unchecked,

    02/04/2020 5:17:22 AM PST · by carriage_hill · 122 replies
    Fox News ^ | 2/4/2020 | Edmund DeMarche
    Rep. Adam Schiff, the lead House impeachment manager, warned on Monday that if President Trump's dealings with Ukraine are not impeachable offenses, then nothing would stand in his way from attempting bolder power grabs -- going so far to claim Trump could use Alaska as a bargaining chip with "the Russians" for support in 2020. (((SNIP))) "If abuse of power is not impeachable ... Trump could offer Alaska to the Russians in exchange for support in the next election or decide to move to Mar-a-Lago permanently and let Jared Kushner run the country, delegating to him the decision whether to...
  • Murkowski Announces Vote To Acquit

    02/03/2020 8:00:28 PM PST · by Helicondelta · 27 replies
    Sen. Lisa Murkowski ^ | 2/3/2020 | Sen. Lisa Murkowski
    Watch my speech in the link below where I explain how I worked to secure a fair and transparent structure for the trial, how I viewed the process, and why I cannot vote to convict.
  • Democratic senators ask banks to prohibit funding Arctic drilling

    02/03/2020 6:21:03 PM PST · by karpov · 39 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 3, 2020 | Rachel Frazin
    A group of 15 Democratic senators wrote to 11 major banks last week asking them to ban funding oil and gas drilling or exploration in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. "The scale of your banks’ assets individually, let alone together, give you the ability to drive change in protecting the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and in shifting towards a U.S. financial sector that effectively analyzes and plans for climate risks," the senators wrote. "We respectfully urge you to reassess your current environmental and climate policies and update them to include a prohibition on funding for oil and gas drilling or...
  • Sen. Murkowski Says She “Cannot Vote to Convict” Trump – Trump’s Behavior as “Shameful and Wrong

    02/03/2020 5:14:19 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 93 replies
    GP ^ | February 3,2020 | Cristina Laila
    RINO Senator Lisa Murkowski (AK) said Monday that she will not vote to convict President Trump. “I cannot vote to convict. The Constitution provides for impeachment but does not demand it in all instances.” Murkowski said. “The response to the president’s behavior is not to disenfranchise nearly 63 million Americans and remove him from the ballot. The House could have pursued censure and not immediately jumped to the remedy of last resort.” Murkowski also blasted President Trump and spread Schiff’s lie that he was advancing his personal interests when he asked Zelensky to do “us” (the country) a favor by...
  • Schiff: If Trump Isn’t Removed He ‘Could Offer Alaska to the Russians in Exchange for Support in the Next Election’

    02/03/2020 4:49:38 PM PST · by dontreadthis · 170 replies ^ | 2/3/20
    SCHIFF: "But this has become the President's defense. And yet, this defense proved indefensible. If abuse of power is not impeachable, even though it is clear the Founders considered it the highest of all high crimes and misdemeanors, but if it were not impeachable, then a whole range of utterly unacceptable conduct and the president would now be beyond reach. Trump could offer Alaska to the Russians in exchange for support in the next election or decide to move to Mar-a-Lago permanently and let Jared Kushner run the country, delegating to him the decision whether to go to war. Because...