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  • A Mayor Tries to Zone Out Free Speech; Pete Buttigieg of South Bend targets a pro-life center

    05/14/2018 12:02:00 PM PDT · by Brilliant · 8 replies
    WSJ ^ | May 13, 2018 | Margot Cleveland
    The U.S. Supreme Court is considering a constitutional challenge to a California law targeting pro-life pregnancy centers. The so-called FACT Act requires the centers to tell clients they may qualify for subsidized abortions—a clear example of compelled speech. But such laws aren’t the only threats to the centers’ freedom of speech. At the local level, activists have begun a quiet push to protect the abortion industry through zoning. Last month the Women’s Care Center, which operates 28 pregnancy and family-resource centers in 10 states, became the latest target. A Texas-based abortion-clinic chain, Whole Women’s Health, convinced the mayor of South...
  • US Congress finally emits all 3,000 Russian 'troll' Facebook ads. Let's take a look at some

    05/12/2018 11:05:55 AM PDT · by Brilliant · 23 replies
    The Register ^ | 10 May 2018 | Andrew Orlowski
    US Congress has released more than 3,000 Facebook ads purchased and created by the Internet Research Agency, a pro-Kremlin so-called troll factory... You may have expected hundreds or thousands of posts condemning Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, and promoting Donald Trump, but that is not the case. Many of the ads were not directly politically related, and instead highlighted black and LGBT civil rights issues. They repeated the Black Lives Matters mantra, demanded stronger borders, and called for protests against homophobia and police brutality. Rather than outright back a particular candidate, instead many of the paid-for Facebook posts sought to...
  • Florida, always a bridesmaid, seeks to surpass Texas

    05/11/2018 12:26:47 PM PDT · by Brilliant · 12 replies
    Business Observer ^ | 5/11/18 | Business Observer Staff
    Florida’s sunshine, yet again, is only worth a silver medal when it comes to the annual best and worst states to do business in survey published by Chief Executive magazine. How much of a silver? This is the 14th straight year Florida is the runner-up to Texas in the survey, of some 300 CEOs nationwide. The biggest factor blocking Florida from dethroning Texas won’t come as a surprise to many business leaders: workforce quality. Florida ranked No. 22 in that category, while Texas was No. 4. The business climate survey, on topics including workforce, taxes and regulation and living environment,...
  • About that FBI ‘Source’

    05/10/2018 6:38:50 PM PDT · by Brilliant · 216 replies
    WSJ ^ | 5/10/18 | Kimberly A. Strassel
    The Department of Justice lost its latest battle... when it allowed House Intelligence Committee members to view classified documents about a top-secret intelligence source that was part of the FBI’s investigation of the Trump campaign. Even without official confirmation of that source’s name, the news so far holds some stunning implications... Among them is that the Justice Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation outright hid critical information from a congressional investigation... The bureau already has some explaining to do. Thanks to the... leakers, we know Mr. Nunes’s request deals with a “top secret intelligence source”... who is a U.S. citizen...
  • Robert Runcie Blames Messy Records for Misinformation About Promise Program

    05/08/2018 7:29:58 AM PDT · by Brilliant · 15 replies
    Miami New Times ^ | May 7, 2018 | Brittany Shammas
    Critics have slammed Broward County Public Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie all day amid news that — contrary to Runcie's repeated claims — Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooter Nikolas Cruz was involved in the controversial Promise disciplinary program before becoming a mass killer. Now Runcie is pushing back by blaming scattered record-keeping and insisting he gave the best information he had at the time about Cruz's participation in Promise. In a phone interview with New Times this afternoon, the superintendent said the district keeps student data in multiple systems — sometimes only in paper files, which took time to review....
  • Leadership Profile Robert Runcie Broward County's leader in charge to revamp school discipline

    05/08/2018 7:19:38 AM PDT · by Brilliant · 2 replies
    Scholastic Administrator ^ | Summer 2014 | Kim Greene
    When the Obama administration issued guidelines earlier this year encouraging districts to revise their zero-tolerance policies, the recommendations sounded remarkably familiar to staff members in Broward County Public Schools in Florida. Led by Superintendent Robert Runcie, the district had implemented similar discipline changes in 2013. The goal: to cut off the so-called school-to-prison pipeline. “Some of my staff joke that the Obama administration might have taken our policies and framework and developed them into national guidelines,” says Runcie. “What we’ve got is very aligned with that. We went out early on.” Rethinking Discipline When Runcie was hired as the head...
  • In most states, Democrats are making big gains relative to 2016. Not in Florida.

    05/04/2018 12:14:07 PM PDT · by Brilliant · 18 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 5/2/18 | Philip Bump
    ...“In Florida’s final special election before the November mid-terms,” the Miami Herald reported, “Democrats once again took a swing district...” The narrative that implies is the one we have seen time and time again...the Democrats doing unexpectedly well against a faltering Republican Party... But that is not what is happening in Florida. On Tuesday night, the parties split two contests, with each holding seats it already held. More important, though, it was the Republicans who saw improved performance... In fact, Florida is one of only a few states where the average shift relative to the 2016 presidential result in the...
  • Police use saliva to arrest Casselberry man on voter-fraud charges

    05/04/2018 11:56:39 AM PDT · by Brilliant · 17 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | 5/3/18 | Martin E. Comas
    State and local investigators said they used fingerprints and DNA from saliva found on five mail-in ballots to track down a Casselberry man and charge him with voter fraud. Bret Warren, 36, was arrested Wednesday and booked into the Seminole County Jail on several other charges, including possession of oxycodone. “It’s really an interesting case in how we were able to find him,” said Evelyn Estevez, a public information officer for the Altamonte Springs Police Department. In October 2016, days before the general election, several residents of the Spring Valley neighborhood in Altamonte Springs reported to the Seminole County Supervisor...
  • My clients are fleeing NJ like it is on fire

    05/04/2018 11:01:48 AM PDT · by Brilliant · 66 replies
    WSJ ^ | 5/2/18 | James Freeman
    That headline arrives via email from a money manager in northern New Jersey. The Garden State already has the third largest overall tax burden and the country’s highest property tax collections per capita. Now that federal reform has limited the deduction for state and local taxes, the price of government is surging again among high-income earners in New Jersey and other blue states. Taxpayers are searching for the exits. In the financial industry of course it’s not just the clients who are looking for greener pastures. One hedge fund manager moving his office to a southern state reports that his...
  • The Other Secret Dossier

    04/23/2018 4:28:27 PM PDT · by Brilliant · 18 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | Feb | MARK HEMINGWAY
    State Dept. Official Reportedly Passed On Second Trump ‘Dossier’ Written by One of Clinton’s Most Discreditable Supporters Last week, the Guardian reported the FBI is looking at a second Trump “dossier,” in addition to the one compiled by former British spook Christopher Steele at the behest of the Clinton campaign. The second dossier is allegedly compiled by Cody Shearer. “One source with knowledge of the inquiry said the fact the FBI was still working on [the ‘Shearer dossier’] suggested investigators had taken an aspect of it seriously,” notes the Guardian. “It raises the possibility that parts of the Steele dossier,...
  • Nunez on Bartiromo: Clinton State Dept confidantes passed oppo research to FBI for investigation

    04/22/2018 7:35:01 AM PDT · by Brilliant · 195 replies
    FoxNews ^ | April 22, 2018 | Me
    Did anyone else just watch Nunez on Bartiromos show? He was talking about how the FBIs Trump investigation got started. Apparently the evidence shows that Clinton associates Blumenthal and Shear gave opposition research on Trump to Clinton confidantes in the State Dept who then passed it onto the FBI to serve as information to begin an investigation.
  • Rubio says asking citizenship question on census in Florida should be ‘no problem’

    03/28/2018 9:50:04 AM PDT · by Brilliant · 31 replies ^ | 2/28/18 | Mary Ellen Klas
    U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio departed from his Miami colleagues Tuesday and said the decision by Commerce Secretary Ross on Monday to include a citizenship question in the 2020 Census is, essentially, no big deal. “I personally don’t see the problem with it,″ Rubio told reporters at a “pen and pad” briefing in Tallahassee Tuesday. “I think there’s a lot of noise being made about it.” Rubio’s comments diverge from the opinion of other members of Congress from South Florida who have said they fear some people could be dissuaded from answering the census if the citizenship question is asked. It...
  • ‘This Is Your Daughter? When Was She Born?’ U.S. Border Agents Test Migrants’ Claims of Family Ties

    03/02/2018 6:13:24 AM PST · by Brilliant · 14 replies
    WSJ ^ | 3/2/18 | Laura Meckler, Alicia A. Caldwell and
    When 10 Central Americans illegally crossed the Rio Grande into Texas recently, they immediately went looking for the U.S. Border Patrol, hoping their tales of fleeing gang violence back home would earn them asylum. “This is your daughter?” an agent asked José Alfaro, 42, a street vendor from El Salvador, who said he came to the U.S. with his 3-year-old girl after gang members tried to kill him for the third time. “Yes,” Mr. Alfaro murmured. “When was she born? What date?” Mr. Alfaro hesitated. “She’s your daughter but you don’t know when she was born?” the agent asked. Since...
  • Does anyone else remember...

    02/06/2018 4:00:00 PM PST · by Brilliant · 16 replies
    2/6/18 | Me
    I am trying to locate a video clip, and I think it's been scrubbed from the web. Does anyone else remember this? When Hillary Clinton was doing her post-election interviews, she was asked whether her campaign did anything to try to get the FBI to investigate Trump's connection with the Russians, and she said something like, "Oh yes... We literally BEGGED them to investigate, but they never did a thing." I was thinking it was part of the Recode Interview, but I've gone through the Recode interview on YouTube over and over, and can't find it. I think either they've...
  • The number one question not answered by the Nunes memo

    02/05/2018 7:36:31 AM PST · by Brilliant · 64 replies
    2/5/18 | Me
    The number one question not answered by the Nunes memo is whether the FBI and DOJ informed the court that the requested warrant was part of a broader investigation of the Trump campaign. If I were a FISA judge, I would certainly want to know if the reason the FBI wanted the warrant was to spy on the opposition party's Presidential campaign. It is difficult to see how that information could have been concealed from the court, given that the FISA application cited liberally from the GPS dossier and the GPS dossier was about Trump. However, it's apparent that they...
  • Schiff says Papadopoulos secretly discussed stolen emails with the Russians

    02/03/2018 9:41:14 AM PST · by Brilliant · 84 replies
    Twitter ^ | Feb 3, 2018 | Schiff
    "Quite the opposite, Mr. President. The most important fact disclosed in this otherwise shoddy memo was that FBI investigation began July 2016 with your advisor, Papadopoulos, who was secretly discussing stolen Clinton emails with the Russians. "
  • Castro freezes Cuban private sector, throws future in doubt

    02/01/2018 6:05:13 AM PST · by Brilliant · 14 replies
    AP ^ | Feb 1, 2018 | ANDREA RODRIGUEZ
    Two years after taking office, President Raul Castro widened the niche for private enterprise in Cuba's state-dominated economy. Capitalism came pouring in. Slowly at first, then gaining speed, spare rooms for rent became rental homes, which became boutique hotels. Backyard cafes became elegant restaurants and bustling nightclubs, backed with millions in capital from the prosperous Cuban diaspora in Miami, Latin America and Spain. English tutors started citywide private after-school programs. And the booming private economy reached into the Communist-led bureaucracy - paying off inspectors, buying stolen state goods and recruiting talented employees with salaries dwarfing those in the public sector....
  • U.S. Warned Jared Kushner About Wendi Deng Murdoch

    01/15/2018 2:53:49 PM PST · by Brilliant · 33 replies
    WSJ ^ | 1/15/18 | Kate O’Keeffe and Aruna Viswanatha
    U.S. counterintelligence officials in early 2017 warned Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law.., that Wendi Deng Murdoch, a prominent Chinese-American businesswoman, could be using her close friendship with Mr. Kushner and his wife, Ivanka Trump, to further the interests of the Chinese government, according to people familiar with the matter. U.S. officials have also had concerns about a counterintelligence assessment that Ms. Murdoch was lobbying for a high-profile construction project funded by the Chinese government... The project, a planned $100 million Chinese garden at the National Arboretum, was deemed a national-security risk because it included a 70-foot-tall white tower that...
  • Someone 'pushed the wrong button' to send false ballistic missile alarm in Hawaii, governor says

    01/13/2018 12:33:01 PM PST · by Brilliant · 109 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 1/13/18 | Daniel Chaitin
    Someone "pushed the wrong button" to send out a false alert to warn of an inbound ballistic missile alarm to Hawaiians, according to Hawaii Gov. David Ige. The incident occurred during an employee shift change, Ige added while speaking with CNN. Cellphones, television, and radio stations received the morning emergency alert, which claimed it was not a drill. Local officials and the U.S. Pacific Command have since confirmed that the emergency alert was sent out in error to residents of the island chain, which recently tested out a Cold War-era nuclear warning siren in response to North Korea's missile and...
  • Gowdy: Former UN Ambassador Samantha Power claims others unmasked in her name

    01/06/2018 12:35:57 PM PST · by Brilliant · 72 replies
    Foxnews ^ | Oct 17,2017 | Foxnews
    Former President Barack Obama’s ambassador to the United Nations has testified that others made so-called unmasking requests in her name, House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy said Tuesday. “Her testimony is they may be under my name, but I did not make those requests,” Gowdy said of former Ambassador Samantha Power during an interview with Fox News’ Bret Baier on "Special Report with Bret Baier." Power is among the Obama administration figures who made requests to identify Americans whose names surfaced in foreign intelligence reporting, known as unmasking. Last month, Fox News reported that Power was unmasking at such a...