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  • Sen. Rand Paul explains why he's a 'no' on spending bill

    01/19/2018 10:06:40 PM PST · by JohnBrowdie · 39 replies
    foxnews ^ | january 20, 2018 | fox news
    Senator Rand Paul turns on DJT. and this is not the first time.
  • Supreme Court Takes Historic Case on Trump Travel Ban

    01/19/2018 5:05:58 PM PST · by markomalley · 20 replies
    Big Government ^ | 1/19/18 | Ken Klutowski
    The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday granted review in the legal challenge to President Donald Trump’s permanent policy restricting entry into the United States from the residents of eight terror-prone nations, in what will be a historic case on presidential authority, national security, the role of the courts in immigration, and the Constitution’s guarantee of religious liberty.This travel policy has gone through three versions since President Trump was sworn into office, and the Supreme Court’s decision in the case they accepted Friday should permanently settle all legal challenges to his authority on this subject. Congress delegated broad authority to the...
  • Congressman Matt Gaetz Leads 65 Lawmakers in Push for Release of Intelligence Committee’s FISA Memo

    01/19/2018 5:05:37 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 100 replies
    received via email | Jan 19, 2018 | Congressman Matt Gaetz
    Washington, D.C. — U.S. Congressman Matt Gaetz (FL-01) today led a group of 65 lawmakers in a letter to Chairman Devin Nunes of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence urging the immediate release of the four-page FISA Memo document to the public, as well as any relevant ancillary information. In the letter, Rep. Gaetz states, “the audience of this document should not be limited to Members of Congress — the American people deserve to know the information it contains.” Cosigners of the letter include: Congressmen Brian Babin (TX-36), Don Bacon (NE-02), Jim Banks (IN-03), Jack Bergman (MI-01), Andy Biggs...
  • Paramedics called to treat Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor

    01/19/2018 2:34:10 PM PST · by mandaladon · 93 replies
    Reuters ^ | 19 Jan 2018
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, a life-long diabetic, was treated by paramedics for low blood sugar at her home in Washington on Friday morning but was able to go to work afterward, a court spokeswoman said. The 63-year-old Sotomayor, one of the nine-member court’s four liberal justices, was diagnosed as a child with type 1 diabetes and has openly discussed her experience with the chronic illness in the past. She was named to the court in 2009 by Democratic former President Barack Obama. “Justice Sotomayor experienced symptoms of low blood sugar at her home this morning....
  • Wife of Michigan father deported after 30 years is coming to State of the Union

    01/19/2018 12:11:41 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 139 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | January 19, 2018 | by Derek Hawkins
    Cindy Garcia has had a long, exhausting and life-changing week. And by all appearances, the whirlwind is going to continue. On Monday morning, she watched immigration agents escort Jorge Garcia, her husband of 15 years, through the security gates at Detroit Metropolitan Airport, deporting him to Mexico after nearly three decades living and raising a family in Michigan. Video of Cindy Garcia and the couple's two adolescent children sobbing as they said goodbye grabbed national headlines. Supporters held up the family's experience as an example of the far-reaching effects of President Donald Trump's sweeping crackdown on undocumented immigration. Observers across...
  • Supreme Court takes up fight over Trump travel ban

    01/19/2018 11:36:25 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | January 19, 2018 | by Lawrence Hurley
    The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday set up a major showdown over presidential powers, agreeing to decide the legality of President Donald Trump’s latest travel ban targeting people from six Muslim-majority countries. The conservative-majority court is due to hear arguments in April and issue a ruling by the end of June on whether the policy violates federal immigration law or the U.S. Constitution’s prohibition on religious discrimination. Trump’s policy, announced in September, blocks entry into the United States of most people from Chad, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen. The Supreme Court on Dec. 4 signaled it was likely to...
  • Supreme Court to hear Trump travel ban case

    01/19/2018 11:27:25 AM PST · by jazusamo · 18 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 19, 2018 | Stephen Dinan
    The Supreme Court said Friday it will take up the latest version of President Trump’s travel ban, and in particular asked to hear arguments on whether the president showed illegal animosity toward Muslims.
  • Good news: animals won’t shrink as the climate gets warmer

    01/19/2018 11:15:48 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 23 replies
    New Scientist ^ | January 19, 2018 | By Joan Meiners
    Do animals get bigger as the climate they live in gets colder? According to a rule established in 1847, they do – which has had biologists concerned over what climate change might do to animal body size. But now an analysis of the weights and geographical locations of nearly 274,000 individuals from 952 bird and mammal species has challenged the idea. Bergmann’s rule, formulated in 1847 by German anatomist Carl Bergmann, states that an animal’s body size is negatively related to the temperature of its environment: smaller individuals of a species are found in hotter regions of the species’ range,...
  • Pentagon Drops Climate From National Defense Strategy In Retreat From Bush-Era Policy

    01/19/2018 11:07:40 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 33 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | January 19, 2018 | By Alexander C. Kaufman
    The Pentagon scrubbed its latest National Defense Strategy of all references to climate change, an Orwellian rhetorical shift away from a scientific reality at an agency that has long avoided the issue’s politics. A summary document released Friday morning makes no mention of “climate,” “warming,” “planet,” “sea levels” or even “temperature.” All 22 uses of the word “environment” refer to the strategic or security landscape. The 11-page memo, signed by Defense Secretary James Mattis, is the first update to the policy in a decade. It’s unlikely the Department of Defense will release a full National Defense Strategy report; instead, the...
  • New Climate Censorship Tracker Comes Online

    01/19/2018 11:03:47 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    Scientific American ^ | January 19, 2018 | By Adam Aton
    Columbia University and the Climate Science Legal Defense Fund today launched an online tracker of the Trump administration's crackdown on climate science. The project, called the Silencing Science Tracker, has so far assembled 96 entries of federal restrictions or prohibitions on climate science since November 2016. The database is built from media reports, and it's searchable by agency, date and type of action. More than half the entries are listed as censorship, either from government restriction or researchers who are self-censoring. Other instances include targeted personnel changes, budget cuts and other federal actions aimed at minimizing or hindering climate research....
  • This Memo May Expose Obama's Watergate

    01/19/2018 9:21:38 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 25 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | January 19, 2018 | by Daniel Greenfield
    The big explosive scandal is the one that hardly anyone talks about. It's not Russia collusion. It's not even Uranium One. It's the eavesdropping on Trump staffers by Obama staffers. This eavesdropping was partially legitimized by the Steele dossier. It was accidentally uncovered and since then it's cost multiple people their jobs, not the people responsible, but those who learned about it. Now the reckoning may finally be here. #ReleaseTheMemo has begun trending on Twitter. The document also apparently outlines “several problematic” issues with how FISA warrants were “packaged, and used” state several sources with knowledge of the report. That's...
  • USA Or KGB? Bombshell Memo Details FISA Abuses So Serious It Could Bring Changes To The FBI/DOJ

    01/19/2018 9:14:36 AM PST · by lowbuck · 36 replies
    Townhall ^ | 19 January 2018 | Matt Vespa
    With shutdown theater in high gear, some stories get buried. The government runs out of money at midnight tonight, but there was another story that was trending on social media last night. The House Intelligence Committee voted to release a four-page memo on FISA abuses that have disturbed lawmakers to their core. Some were saying the actions described were akin to the KGB. The vote to release the memo to all members was along party lines, and House Republicans seem adamant that the information should be released to the public. The consequences of these abuses have some members of Congress...
  • Year two: Trump still has much further to fall [2018 Barf Award Nominee]

    01/19/2018 9:01:47 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 17 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 19, 2018 | BY FORMER REP. JOHN LEBOUTILLIER (R-N.Y.)
    1. 2018 will be a very rough year for President Trump — and almost-catastrophic for the Republican Party, which has morphed into the Trump Party; 2. Last week’s Quinnipiac poll said it all: While 66 percent of the American people rate the economy as either “good or excellent,” only 36 percent approve of the job President Trump is doing; 3. Normally, a president’s approval rating tracks the rating of the economy: When the economy is struggling, so is the POTUS’ ratings. Conversely, previous presidents generally had their approval numbers go up when the economy went up; 4. But Trump’s behavior...
  • Rush Limbaugh Show,"Open Line Fridays",M-F,12NOONPM-3PM,EST,WOR AM,January 19,2018

    01/19/2018 9:00:52 AM PST · by Biggirl · 9 replies
    The EIB Network ^ | January 19, 2018 | Rush Limbaugh
    Good Morning/Afternoon,MEGARushDoes"OpenLineFridays"DITTOS!
  • Real racists: Black 'tribal chiefs' keeping inner city down

    01/19/2018 8:46:48 AM PST · by rktman · 34 replies
    wnd.com ^ | 1/18/2018 | Mason Weaver
    Why are we afraid of racists? Racist people have no or little effect on me. My book “Tribalism” points out what will bring us out of misery. In “It’s OK to Leave the Plantation,” I illustrate the only way out for us. The idea that black folks must wait in the bushes until the elite black leaders and their white handlers stop all racism is foolish and unproductive. When will black folks be allowed to come into the light, join America and accept our role as patriots? Now we are to be self-segregating, separating ourselves from white America as if...
  • Being black in America is a ‘disability,’ black law professor argues

    01/19/2018 8:37:32 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 66 replies
    The College Fix ^ | January 19, 2018 | by KYLE PERISIC
    A black law professor argues that African Americans should embrace the notion that being black in America is a disability as a new legal strategy toward enacting protections for the black community against unconscious bias, stereotyping and structural inequality. Kimani Paul-Emile, an associate professor of law at Fordham University and associate director of its law school’s Center on Race, Law & Justice, argues that while Africans Americans might initially spurn the “blackness as disability” label, it can actually be a wise courtroom plan. The Americans with Disabilities Act defines “disability” as “a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one...
  • Republicans call for release of memo on alleged surveillance abuses

    01/19/2018 7:45:38 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 56 replies
    CBS "News" ^ | January 19, 2018 | Staff
    Republican members of Congress, mostly conservative, are calling for the release of a brief memo written by the House Intelligence Committee about alleged FISA surveillance abuses. The committee had voted along party lines Thursday to allow House members to read the memo. [snip] But the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Adam Schiff, D-California, characterized the memo as misleading and inaccurate. The committee, Schiff explained, had voted Thursday along party lines "to grant House Members access to a profoundly misleading set of talking points drafted by Republican staff attacking the FBI and its handling of the investigation." "Rife...
  • NIH wants 1 million Americans to contribute to new pool of gene data

    01/19/2018 7:33:21 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 19 replies
    Compost ^ | January 16, 2018 | Paige Winfield
    PowerPost Follow @powerpost PowerPost Analysis The Health 202: NIH wants 1 million Americans to contribute to new pool of gene data By Paige Winfield Cunningham January 16 THE PROGNOSIS Starting this spring, Americans across the country will be invited to contribute to a massive new pool of genomic information being assembled by the government, a project that represents the most ambitious effort yet to capitalize on the promising new frontier of gene-based medicine. Three years after the National Institutes of Health first announced its Precision Medicine Initiative — subsequently redubbed “All of Us” — the agency’s director, Francis Collins, says...
  • ‘Tourniquet Killer’ Anthony Allen Shore executed in Texas for 1992 strangling

    01/19/2018 7:33:14 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 23 replies
    NBC "News" ^ | January 19, 2018 | by AP
    HUNTSVILLE, Texas — Texas carried out the nation's first execution of 2018 Thursday evening, giving lethal injection to a man who became known as Houston's "Tourniquet Killer" because of his signature murder technique on four female victims. Anthony Allen Shore was put to death for one of those slayings, the 1992 killing of a 21-year-old woman whose body was dumped in the drive-thru of a Houston Dairy Queen. In 1998, Shore received eight years' probation and became a registered sex offender for sexually assaulting two relatives. Five years later, Shore was arrested for the 1992 slaying of Maria del Carmen...
  • Empty prisons, grounded warplanes: U.S. budget dysfunction hits home

    01/19/2018 6:55:51 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    el Reuters ^ | January 19, 2018 | by Andy Sullivan
    Three hours west of Chicago, a federal prison stands ready to take in thousands of inmates and hire hundreds of guards, but its expansion is on hold, awaiting approval from a U.S. Congress that is again paralyzed by budget disputes. In Florida, the Coast Guard patrols the waters off President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort, working off an outdated budget that has not increased to account for this new mission. Across the country, with the 2018 fiscal year well under way, the U.S. government is carrying out duties ranging from nuclear weapons development to homeless assistance, but its spending levels and...