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  • Seattle council member to fight crime with Ping-Pong balls

    06/22/2018 5:22:30 PM PDT · by Libloather · 42 replies
    My Northwest ^ | 6/22/18 | JASON RANTZ
    The area surrounding the King County Courthouse in downtown Seattle is dangerous. Crime is rampant. Homelessness is out of control. It’s not safe to visit as a juror. It’s not safe to work in the buildings nearby. You can’t even walk around the neighborhood without olfactory offenses, human waste everywhere. The solution? Ping-Pong! Seattle City Councilmember Sally Bagshaw says that she’d like to bring a host of amenities to the area as an “inclusive” way to make the area safer. She’d like to see Ping-Pong tables, seating, and food trucks come to the area.
  • New 1040 tax form will be the size of a postcard

    06/21/2018 8:46:57 AM PDT · by Libloather · 56 replies
    Fox Business ^ | 6/20/18 | Brittany De Lea
    U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Wednesday that new tax forms, designed to make the filing process clearer and simpler for Americans, will be released next week. “Next week we will be unveiling the new 1040 and it will be a postcard as we promised,” he said during a press conference celebrating the six-month anniversary of the passage of tax reform. “Hardworking taxpayers won’t have to spend nearly as much time filling out their [tax forms].” The 1040 form is the U.S. individual income tax return. Republicans promised to simplify the filing process for taxpayers, famously claiming the forms...
  • Texas billboard telling 'liberals' to get out goes viral

    06/20/2018 8:44:26 AM PDT · by Libloather · 45 replies
    The Hill ^ | 6/19/18 | ARIS FOLLEY
    A billboard telling liberals in Texas to leave the state is making the rounds on social media. The message on the billboard reads: "Liberals, please continue on I-40 until you have left our GREAT STATE OF TEXAS." According to a local Fox affiliate, the sign is on display near Vega, Texas, a small town of about 900 citizens.
  • Who Is Smuggling Immigrant Children Across The Border? (2014)

    06/19/2018 6:16:56 PM PDT · by Libloather · 21 replies
    NPR ^ | 7/15/14 | John Burnett
    **SNIP** U.S. authorities claim that human smugglers like El Lobo (the wolf) are at the heart of the current border crisis because they have facilitated the travels of the 57,000 unaccompanied immigrant children who've been apprehended in South Texas since October. "We cross them in inner tubes. If they're 3 or 4 years old, I have to cross them myself. I can't let them drown," he says. The Wolf wears Reeboks with pink soles, a black polo shirt and a thin mustache. He's handsome in a bad-boy sort of way. We sit in an open-air lunchroom on a back street...
  • Clinton donor's dealings and murky connections questioned by watchdog group (Kremlin ties?)

    06/19/2018 3:01:32 AM PDT · by Libloather · 4 replies
    Fox News ^ | Perry Chiaramonte
    **SNIP** Fox News has learned that one of the top donors to the “Hillary Victory Fund” (HVF) in 2016 was a Los Angeles-based attorney who is alleged to have misused company funds to create his own $22 million real estate portfolio. He has also been considered by California to be one of the state's biggest tax cheats, and allegedly has ties to the Kremlin. The donor, Edgar Sargsyan, contributed $250,000 to the Hillary Victory Fund in 2016, according to Federal Election Commission (FEC) filings, ands chaired a $100,000-a-couple Clinton fundraiser in Beverly Hills in September 2016. He is also being...
  • Pelosi to visit border, tour migrant children shelters in San Diego

    06/18/2018 2:42:58 AM PDT · by Libloather · 60 replies
    SAN DIEGO — U.S. House Minority leader Nancy Pelosi will be in San Diego Monday to visit the U.S.-Mexico border in San Ysidro, and to tour a facility housing undocumented immigrant children who have been separated from their families or who arrived in the country unaccompanied. Pelosi is travelling with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and other members of Congress. **SNIP** As a result of enforcing that policy, families who cross illegally have been separated from their children, because those accompanying the children are put into the criminal justice system.
  • GOP fears midterms backlash from breaking up families at the border (fake)

    06/17/2018 6:42:16 AM PDT · by Libloather · 71 replies
    NBC News ^ | 6/16/18 | Leigh Ann Caldwell
    WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump's policy of taking immigrant children from their parents at the southern border may have been designed to push Democrats to the negotiating table in Congress — but it could end up costing Republican lawmakers. "Democrats can fix their forced family breakup at the Border by working with Republicans on new legislation, for a change!" Trump wrote on Twitter Saturday. "This is why we need more Republicans elected in November." But the policy, which has separated some 2,000 children from their parents in just six weeks, could have the opposite effect as anxious Republican lawmakers fear...
  • Liz Peek: Negative Nancy Pelosi bummed out by booming Trump economy

    06/17/2018 3:47:40 AM PDT · by Libloather · 16 replies
    Fox News ^ | 6/11/18 | Liz Peek
    Is Nancy Pelosi a secret agent for the Republican Party? Sometimes you have to wonder. Her latest outburst, in which she derides the accelerating economy and declining unemployment, is so nonsensical that it demeans Democrats’ credibility, shows them to be remarkably out of touch with average Americans and underscores the poverty of their competing platform. It isn’t the first time Pelosi has given GOP candidates rich fodder for ridicule; remember how she compared thousand-dollar bonuses to “crumbs?” That’s a clip that will show well in midterm campaign ads. Pelosi’s latest Twitter sensation came amidst her weekly press conference, at which...
  • Illinois Morgue Smells, Prompting Calls for Upgrades

    06/17/2018 3:24:00 AM PDT · by Libloather · 16 replies
    NBC Chicago ^ | 6/15/18
    The odor of decomposing bodies has renewed calls to replace a county morgue in northern Illinois. The Daily Herald reports the Kane County morgue only has room for two bodies in its freezer. The facility has seen a sudden influx of decomposing bodies over the past few weeks. Officials have been storing the bodies in coolers, which doesn't completely mask the smell. Employees in neighboring buildings have started to complain.
  • The IT Guy and Wasserman Schultz (Imran Awan)

    06/16/2018 3:00:39 AM PDT · by Libloather · 31 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 6/15/18 | JENNA LIFHITS
    **SNIP** Awan was a congressional IT staffer. Numerous members of his family joined him on the congressional payroll. Now he is awaiting trial for bank fraud. What started in 2016 as an investigation into equipment and data theft has evolved into a case about falsely obtaining home equity loans and sending money to Pakistan. As the probe evolves, there have been dozens of shocking reports about the family’s activities and access. The plot twists have spawned numerous conspiracy theories. Awan’s lawyer Christopher Gowen says that all these reports are complicating the trial. “Every time we think it’s done, Johnny-on-the-spot over...
  • Traveling All 50 States, Mowing Lawns For Elderly, Disabled, Single Moms And Vets For Free

    06/16/2018 2:24:39 AM PDT · by Libloather · 14 replies
    CBS Local ^ | 6/15/18
    ATLANTA (CBS/CNN) — One good deed is turning into many, many more and a surreal US tour. **SNIP** This inspired him to start the Raising Men Lawn Care Service, a foundation that not only mows lawns for those in need but also works to inspire young men and women to make a difference. **SNIP** To defray the cost of his expenses, Smith said he’s funded by donations, including those by lawnmower companies that donate equipment. He takes submissions to decide what lawns he’ll mow, both on his website and on social media. He said it’s important to teach kids about...
  • California DNC Member Suggests Superdelegate Reform Is Part Of Russian Plot

    06/15/2018 3:46:42 AM PDT · by Libloather · 16 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | 6/10/18 | Daniel Marans
    Momentum is growing within the Democratic National Committee for a significant reform to the party’s presidential nominating process, but the proposed change has caused a leading California Democrat to question whether Russian meddling is behind the effort. **SNIP** Mulholland, a DNC member and longtime key player in California Democratic politics, sent an email Friday to other DNC members from the Golden State that implied Russian President Vladimir Putin might be behind the reform effort. The basis for his claim? An activist from West Virginia promoting the changes, who he had seen at two national party gatherings, admitted to him that...
  • House Dem torches Pelosi as 'aloof, frenetic and misguided' as he calls for her replacement

    06/15/2018 2:25:55 AM PDT · by Libloather · 30 replies
    Fox News ^ | 6/15/18 | Lukas Mikelionis
    A Democratic congressman from New York state torched Nancy Pelosi this week, calling her "aloof, frenetic and misguided," as he joined a growing group of rebel Democrats who say they won’t back the Californian for another term as the party's leader in the House. U.S. Rep. Brian Higgins, from the Buffalo area, told the Buffalo News that Pelosi has shown a lack of leadership and failed to produce an alternative to President Trump's agenda, such as pursuing a Medicare expansion or an investment in infrastructure. "I will not support her," Higgins said in the interview. "She's listening, but this is...
  • Booker to Americans who aren't 'deeply disturbed' by Trump era: 'Check your own love'

    06/14/2018 2:56:18 AM PDT · by Libloather · 58 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 6/13/18 | Douglas Ernst
    New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker told an audience of progressive activists on Wednesday that Americans who aren’t “deeply disturbed” by the current political climate need to “check” their love of country. The man who once said he burst into “tears of rage” after hearing about comments President Trump allegedly made about third-world countries told attendees at the We The People Summit that Americans have lost a “sense of purpose. **SNIP** “Folks are trying to divide us and cut us up, pin us against each other — poor white folks against poor black folks, poor brown folks against poor black folks,”...
  • U.S. judge orders EPA to limit pollution into New York, Connecticut

    06/14/2018 2:30:33 AM PDT · by Libloather · 47 replies
    Reuters ^ | 6/13/18 | Jonathan Stempel
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - A federal judge on Wednesday ordered the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to take steps to curb ozone pollution that blows into New York and Connecticut from five other states. The decision by U.S. District Judge John Koeltl in Manhattan is a victory for New York’s and Connecticut’s attorneys general, Barbara Underwood and George Jepsen. Their offices sued EPA administrator Scott Pruitt in January, accusing him of ignoring his responsibilities under the federal Clean Air Act to reduce pollution.
  • GOP baseball team coach says Trump plans to attend game on anniversary of shooting

    06/14/2018 2:15:02 AM PDT · by Libloather · 7 replies
    MSN ^ | 6/13/18 | Luis Sanchez
    The coach for the Republican congressional baseball team asked President Trump to attend the annual game on Thursday, the anniversary of last year's shooting that wounded Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) and several others. "I asked him to come, I guess it was last week, I was over at the Oval Office. He said, 'I'll be there,'" Rep. Roger Williams (R-Texas) told The Associated Press. Last June, a gunman attacked GOP lawmakers as they practiced for the annual charity game. Scalise was badly wounded and underwent multiple surgeries as part of his recovery.
  • Ex-Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick wants Trump to spring him from prison

    06/13/2018 3:47:12 AM PDT · by Libloather · 44 replies
    Fox News ^ | 6/13/18 | Dom Calicchio
    Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick – a Democrat serving a 28-year sentence for corruption – is seeking President Donald Trump’s help to get out of prison early, according to reports. Kilpatrick, writing on the Free Kwame Project website, says he has undergone a spiritual transformation since resigning from office in 2008 following a text-messaging sex scandal. “By God’s grace, I have received a pardon from Him, through Christ Jesus. I pray that I will receive the opportunity for Pardon/Clemency from the President of the United States as well,” he writes.
  • Radical plan to split California into three states earns spot on November ballot (YES!)

    06/12/2018 6:20:19 PM PDT · by Libloather · 73 replies
    LA Times ^ | 6/12/18 | JOHN MYERS
    California’s 168-year run as a single entity, hugging the continent’s edge for hundreds of miles and sprawling east across mountains and desert, could come to an end next year — as a controversial plan to split the Golden State into three new jurisdictions qualified Tuesday for the Nov. 6 ballot. If a majority of voters who cast ballots agree, a long and contentious process would begin for three separate states to take the place of California, with one primarily centered around Los Angeles and the other two divvying up the counties to the north and south. Completion of the radical...
  • Democrats seize on DOJ's ObamaCare decision ahead of midterms

    06/12/2018 6:07:19 PM PDT · by Libloather · 25 replies
    The Hill ^ | 6/12/18 | JORDAIN CARNEY
    Congressional Democrats are seizing on the Department of Justice's (DOJ) decision to not defend key parts of ObamaCare in court, signaling they think the issue could pay political dividends in November. The DOJ, as part of its announcement late last week, argued the law's protections for people with pre-existing conditions should be invalidated because the individual mandate that required people have insurance or pay a penalty is now repealed. Despite a flurry of North Korea news on Tuesday, Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) started his weekly news conference with reporters by talking about health care, saying his caucus would...
  • Dem House candidate gets pepper sprayed in the face in campaign ad

    06/12/2018 2:20:42 AM PDT · by Libloather · 20 replies
    The Hill ^ | 6/11/18 | AVERY ANAPOL
    A progressive House candidate in Colorado has released a campaign ad in which he gets pepper sprayed in the face as part of his call to combat violence in schools. In the ad, posted last week, Levi Tillemann criticizes President Trump’s plan to arm teachers and school officials with firearms as a way to combat potential school shooters. “I’m calling on Congress to stop talking past each other and try something new,” Tilleman says in the ad. “Empower schools and teachers with non-lethal self-defense tools, like this can of pepper spray.”