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  • Reuters Tracking Poll: GOP Now In The Lead In Our Congressional Ballot Tracking Poll

    05/22/2018 3:36:10 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 14 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 22 May 2018 | Ed Morrissey
    For the first time in at least two years, a major pollster has Democrats trailing in the midterms — at least for a day. When last we looked at the Reuters tracking poll, Democrats’ lead in the generic congressional ballot question had dwindled down to a single point. Yesterday, their five-day rolling average finally crossed the red Rubicon, as this graphic from polling editor Chris Kahn demonstrates, following up with another look at the same data today: Not just “as likely,” but slightly more likely, 38.1% to 36.7%. According to RealClearPolitics aggregation, it would be the first time that any...
  • Pope's reported comment to a gay man may indicate a new level of acceptance of homosexuality

    05/21/2018 7:35:39 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 169 replies
    LA Times ^ | 21 May 2018 | By TOM KINGTON
    Pope Francis has reportedly told a gay man that "God made you that way and loves you as you are," apparently pushing the pontiff's acceptance of homosexuality to a new level. Francis made the comments to Juan Carlos Cruz, a Chilean victim of priestly sexual abuse who recently spent days with the pope at the Vatican to discuss his ordeal as the pontiff moves to tackle decades of coverups and ostracism of victims in the Chilean church, according to the Spanish newspaper El Pais. Cruz was quoted as having discussed his homosexuality with Francis. "He told me: 'Juan Carlos, I...
  • Schumer: GOP efforts to identify FBI informant 'close to crossing a legal line'

    05/19/2018 3:47:35 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 138 replies
    The Hill ^ | 19 May 2018 | Luis Sanchez
    Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Saturday said Republican lawmakers’ efforts to uncover the identity of an FBI informant in order to obstruct special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation comes close to "crossing a legal line." Schumer was tweeting his support of a statement from the Senate Intelligence Committee's top Democrat, Mark Warner (Va.), who warned Republican lawmakers against exposing the identity of the informant who gave investigators information about possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russia. Warner said in a separate Twitter thread on Friday, "It would be at best irresponsible, and at worst potentially illegal, for members...
  • Clapper: 'Good Thing' If FBI Spied on Trump Campaign

    05/19/2018 3:34:43 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 56 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 19 May 2018 | Wanda Carruthers
    James Clapper, former director of National Intelligence, said it was a "good thing" if former President Barack Obama's administration spied on President Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, Real Clear Politics reported Friday. "They [the Obama admin's FBI] may have had someone who was talking to them in the campaign, but, you know, the focus here... is not on the campaign, per se, but what the Russians were doing to try to instantiate themselves in the campaign or influence or leverage it," Clapper told CNN. But if an intelligence agent was "observing" Trump campaign officials' interactions with Russia, "that's a good...
  • Did Trump Call Kim’s Bluff?

    05/17/2018 3:21:38 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 45 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 17 May 2018 | Ed Morrissey
    What caused North Korea’s striking about-face on talks with the US over the last few days? Was Kim Jong-un never serious about it in the first place, or did elements in his regime push back? Diplomats are puzzling over this and the prospects for the first US-North Korea summit ever, but it might not be that Kim called Donald Trump’s bluff to get some personal respect from the world’s biggest superpower. It might instead be that Trump called Kim’s bluff and demanded a firm process for denuclearization — and that it start immediately: Business Insider points to a little-noticed report...
  • Report: John Brennan Worked ‘Pee Dossier’ into Obama’s Daily Briefing, (Tr)

    05/16/2018 10:27:54 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 73 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 16 May 2018 | Joshua Caplan
    Report: John Brennan Worked ‘Pee Dossier’ into Obama’s Daily Briefing, Called Steele ‘Credible Source’ (Full Title) A new report alleges that former CIA Director John Brennan included claims from the dubious Steele dossier into President Barack Obama’s Presidential Daily Brief — without disclosing the source of the allegations. “Brennan put some of the dossier material into the PDB [presidential daily briefing] for Obama and described it as coming from a ‘credible source,’ which is how they viewed Steele,” a source close to the House probe told Real Clear Investigations reporter Paul Sperry. “But they never corroborated his sources,” the source...
  • Reports Indicate Secret FBI and CIA Mole Spying on Trump Campaign

    05/15/2018 10:25:50 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 44 replies
    BPR ^ | 15 May 2018 | KRISTINA WONG
    Speculation is mounting over the identity of a purported top-secret intelligence source who was part of the FBI’s investigation into the Trump campaign. Such a source was first confirmed last week by leakers to the Washington Post. The leakers told the Post that senior FBI and national intelligence officials tried to stop House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes from receiving information that could “endanger a top-secret intelligence source.” The leakers also revealed the source is a “U.S. citizen who has provided intelligence to the CIA and FBI.” They also revealed that providing the information about the source could “damage relationships...
  • Trump’s improved standing, energized GOP voters worry Democrats

    05/14/2018 7:38:13 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 34 replies
    WaPo ^ | 14 May 2018 | Sean Sullivan and Seung Min Kim
    After months of confidence that public discontent with President Trump would lift Democrats back to power in Congress, some party leaders are fretting that their advantages in this year’s midterms are eroding amid a shifting political landscape. Driving their concerns are Trump’s approval rating, which has ticked upward in recent weeks, and high Republican turnout in some recent primaries, suggesting the GOP base remains energized. What’s more, Republicans stand to benefit politically from a thriving economy and are choosing formidable candidates to take on vulnerable Democratic senators. One of their biggest sources of anxiety is the Senate race in Florida,...
  • Paris stabbing leaves 1 dead, 4 injured; suspect fatally shot by police

    05/12/2018 3:38:43 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 19 replies
    CBS ^ | 12 May 2018 | JUSTIN CARISSIMO
    Authorities say a knife-wielding man stabbed several people in Paris on Saturday before he was shot and killed by police. The incident took place near the city's famous opera house. Local police say least four people were wounded -- two severely and two with minor injuries -- and at least one victim was killed in the attack. Police have not yet revealed the suspect's identity. His motive is currently unclear. Paris prosecutor Francois Molins said Saturday, based on testimonies, the attacker shouted "Allahu Akbar," which is Arabic for "Allah is the Greatest." The investigation has been has been handed to...
  • California Bill Wants To Drop Washington/Lincoln’s Birthday And Replace It With Communist Holiday

    05/12/2018 8:00:15 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 40 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 12 May 2018 | ROB SHIMSHOCK
    The California Assembly discussed Thursday a bill that would replace Abraham Lincoln or George Washington’s birthday with International Socialist Workers’ Day as a paid holiday. California Democrat Assemblyman Miguel Santiago introduced Bill AB-3042, which would allow schools to replace Washington Day and Lincoln Day with Presidents’ Day and install an “International Workers’ Day” — conventionally known as “May Day” — as a second holiday. “I’m aghast that a bill like this would be able to get through committee,” California Republican Assemblyman Matthew Harper said to the Assembly. “Are we in competition to be the laughing stock of the United States?”...
  • North Korea details plans to dismantle nuclear test site

    05/12/2018 7:24:05 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | 12 May 2018 | Christine Kim
    SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea has scheduled the dismantlement of its nuclear test site for sometime between May 23 and 25 depending on weather conditions in order to uphold its previous pledge to discontinue nuclear tests, state media reported on Saturday. The country’s central news agency said the dismantlement of the nuclear test ground would involve collapsing all of its tunnels with explosions, blocking its entrances and removing all observation facilities, research buildings and security posts. “The Nuclear Weapon Institute and other concerned institutions are taking technical measures for dismantling the northern nuclear test ground of the DPRK in order...
  • ABC: Mueller Now Probing Inaugural Committee Fundraising

    05/11/2018 10:09:29 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 74 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 11 Ma y 2018 | Ed Morrissey
    And so the wide-ranging special counsel investigation ranges even further, raising questions about the transition as well as about the investigation itself. ABC News reports that Robert Mueller’s team has questioned a number of people about the massive fundraising for Donald Trump’s inauguration. The largely unregulated process raised $107 million from lots of sources, not all of them within the US: The donors noted by ABC include one well-known name, Viktor Vekselberg, at least indirectly. The Russian billionaire, already under indictment by Robert Mueller, attended the inauguration, but it was his American relative and business partner Andrew Intrater who dropped...
  • New York Times slams AWOL Pompeo, then learns he was rescuing Americans

    05/09/2018 7:47:50 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 37 replies
    Fox News ^ | 9 May 2018 | Brian Flood
    As the New York Times was bashing Mike Pompeo for being missing in action while President Trump tore up the Iran nuclear deal, it turned out the secretary of state was busy rescuing three Americans who have been held captive in North Korea. In an apparent jab at the administration, The Times’ headline said, “At a Key Moment, Trump’s Top Diplomat Is Again Thousands of Miles Away.” The Times’ story noted that “Senior State Department officials were momentarily speechless on Tuesday when asked why Mr. Pompeo did not delay his trip by a day to be in Washington during Mr....
  • Brooks on Tax Bill: Seems Like ‘What the Trump People Told Us Would Happen Is Happening’

    05/06/2018 7:22:59 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 46 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 6 May 2018 | IAN HANCHETT
    On Friday’s “PBS NewsHour,” New York Times columnist David Brooks said that the GOP tax bill is working better than he thought it would and the evidence “seems to be that what the Trump people told us would happen is happening, that companies are reinvesting the money.” Brooks stated, “I was against the Trump tax cuts. But the early evidence is that they’re working better than I thought. And so, in the first quarter, among S&P companies, capital expenditures are up 39 percent. That’s a seven-year high. That’s far higher than a lot of us thought. Stock buybacks, which is...
  • McCain's inner circle planning on having Pence, not Trump, at funeral: report

    05/05/2018 11:04:18 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 124 replies
    The Hill ^ | 5 May 2018 | MAX GREENWOOD
    Those close to Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) have told the White House that their plan for the Arizona Republican's eventual funeral is to have Vice President Pence attend – but not President Trump, The New York Times reports. The funeral is expected to take place at the Washington National Cathedral, according to the Times. But Trump, with whom McCain has had a tempestuous relationship, is not expected to attend the service, at least not according to current planning, the Times reported. McCain was diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer last year, and is undergoing treatment. Despite his illness,...

    05/04/2018 6:59:51 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 28 replies
    Rasmussen ^ | 4 May 2018
    The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Friday shows that 51% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Trump’s job performance. Forty-nine percent (49%) disapprove.

    05/03/2018 4:21:08 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 31 replies
    Rasmussen ^ | 3 May 2018
    The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Thursday shows that 50% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Trump’s job performance. Forty-nine percent (49%) disapprove.
  • Hmm: North Korea Already Dismantling Its Nuke-Testing Facility?

    05/02/2018 3:29:32 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 34 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 2 May 2018 | Ed Morrissey
    Sketchy reporting on this so far even a few hours out from this tweet, but hugely interesting if true — although perhaps not unexpected. CBS’s sources within the US intel community tell them that North Korea has begun dismantling their nuclear testing facility at Punggye-ri. If true, it might mean that they’re serious about ending their nuclear program … or that the facility is already useless: Presumably US intelligence has developed this information from either reliable human intelligence, which is difficult to get in the prison camp north of the 38th Parallel, or from real-time satellite surveillance, which is much...
  • Iowa passes 'fetal heartbeat' abortion ban, most restrictive in U.S.

    05/02/2018 10:19:24 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 40 replies
    Reuters ^ | 2 May 2018 | Barbara Goldberg
    (Reuters) - Iowa’s Republican-controlled legislature passed the most restrictive abortion ban in the United States on Wednesday, outlawing the procedure after a fetal heartbeat is detected, often at six weeks and before a woman realizes she is pregnant. The Senate voted 29-17 to pass the House of Representatives-approved bill, according to the legislature’s online voting tallies. The bill now goes to Republican Governor Kim Reynolds, an abortion opponent, who has not said publicly whether she will sign it into law. The legislation is aimed at triggering a challenge to Roe v. Wade, the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1973 landmark decision which...
  • Trump Threatens to 'Get Involved' If DOJ Doesn't Fork Over Docs

    05/02/2018 9:55:44 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 61 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 2 May 2018 | Mark Swanson
    President Donald Trump on Wednesday called his own administration a "rigged system" and threatened to "get involved" a dispute between the Justice Department and Congress over the release of documents. Trump appeared to be responding to frustrations from conservative Republicans that the Justice Department has not turned over documents related to controversial topics, including surveillance of former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page. The presiden has been open about his frustrations with the Justice Department over its handling of the special counsel's Russia investigation. Trump's timing also appeared to be linked to Fox News contributor and former congressman Jason Chaffetz's morning...