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  • Weekly Update: FISA Court Scandal Update

    09/01/2018 8:30:08 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 24 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | August 31, 2018 | Tom Fitton
    There Were No FISA Court Hearings on Carter Page Warrants Most School Shootings in Federal Report Just Didn’t Happen Portland Mayor Endorses an Attack on Law Enforcement There Were No FISA Court Hearings on Carter Page Warrants No wonder the Deep Staters plotting the overthrow of Donald Trump were able to get as far as they did. The secret court meant to protect all of us from the government’s massive spy machinery was asleep at the switch. At least, I hope that’s all it was. In response to our Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit , the Department of...
  • The New Head of the Office for Civil Rights Charts a Very Different Course

    07/11/2018 8:07:48 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 2 replies
    James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal ^ | July 11, 2018 | George Leef
    Last month, the Senate voted to confirm Kenneth L. Marcus as assistant secretary for civil rights in the Department of Education. The vote was 50-46, with not one Democrat supporting him—a point I will return to presently. In that position, he will head up the Department’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR). This is the second time Marcus has held the post since he was “delegated the authority” to run OCR during the administration of George W. Bush. During his career, Marcus, a University of California-trained lawyer, has also served as staff director of the United States Commission on Civil Rights...
  • Mueller grand jury investigating top DC lobbyists

    11/02/2017 6:00:44 PM PDT · by hotsteppa · 75 replies
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Special counsel Robert Mueller’s grand jury is investigating a prominent Democratic lobbyist and a former GOP congressman for their involvement in an influence campaign on behalf of Ukrainian interests tied to Paul Manafort, according to a person with direct knowledge of the investigation. At the center of the widening probe are Tony Podesta, a longtime Democratic operative, and Vin Weber, a former GOP congressman and leader of his own high-powered lobbying firm, Mercury LLC. The two men were hired as part of a multimillion-dollar lobbying effort directed by Manafort and longtime associate Rick Gates.
  • Wyoming district allows armed staff in area cited by DeVos

    04/17/2018 10:44:46 PM PDT · by blueplum · 15 replies
    AP ^ | 17 Apr 2018 | MEAD GRUVER
    CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The Wyoming school district where U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos suggested that teachers might need to be armed to protect children from grizzly bears voted Tuesday on doing just that, though concerns about school shootings worry parents more than the possibility of big bruins on the prowl. The 4-2 vote by the Park County School District No. 6 board in the town of Cody near Yellowstone National Park came after more than six months of discussion and debate. Under the proposed policy...
  • Fake News? – No Way!: How The University of South Florida Duped the Department of Education

    03/12/2018 4:23:51 AM PDT · by Jacob Douglas · 8 replies
    Fox 13 News ^ | July 2015 | Tina Jensen
    Part III. “Fake News?” – No Way! The story about the Parkland shooting, though tragic, has resulted in several positive outcomes. It has spawned journalists into action to do more investigative reporting. This three-part story covered in the past several days was investigated and is verifiable. The University of South Florida failed to report the incidents involving foreigner Abdul Quddos Hussein, who allegedly burglarized two buildings at the USF location in Tampa – the Registrar’s Office and the College of Engineering. However, the Department of Education allowed USF to get away with lying to them, thereby failing to uphold the...
  • Disclosing the Crime: How the University of South Florida Duped the Department of Education

    03/01/2018 1:01:17 PM PST · by Jacob Douglas · 6 replies
    Fox13 News ^ | August and September 2015 | Tina Jensen
    USF MO #2: Disclosing the Incident to the Public With the undisclosed burglaries that took place at the University of South Florida's Registrar and College of Engineering Offices back in June of 2015, FloridaÂ’s Sunshine law took a major hit. USF was not at all transparent with its most important constituency, its students, but also orchestrated a cover-up to keep the general public from knowing, and to prevent the media from covering a newsworthy story. Surprisingly, it was the ProvostÂ’s office and not President Judy GenshaftÂ’s office, that was first notified of the burglaries. After learning of the burglaries, Provost...
  • Missed Opportunities: How USF Managed to Dupe the Department of Education

    02/28/2018 8:29:37 AM PST · by Jacob Douglas · 1 replies
    Fox13 News ^ | August and September 2015 | Tina Jensen
    Part II: Missed Opportunities As the investigation continues into the Stoneman Douglas High School massacre, we are learning about missed opportunities to save 17 lives. Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel, accused of "incompetence and neglect of duty", has been asked to step down. Resource Officer Scot Peterson, whose job it was to provide security and crime prevention services to the school, was accused of “hiding” while innocents who did not have his officer training were gunned down. The truth of the matter is that the tragedy at Parkland was facilitated by the omissions of others. This is how we begin...
  • How the University of South Florida Managed to Dupe the Department of Education: Part Two

    02/28/2018 4:42:28 AM PST · by Jacob Douglas · 7 replies
    Fox13News ^ | August and September 2015 | Tina Jensen
    Part II: Missed Opportunities As the investigation continues into the Stoneman Douglas High School massacre, we are learning about missed opportunities to save 17 lives. Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel, accused of "incompetence and neglect of duty", has been asked to step down. Resource Officer Scot Peterson, whose job it was to provide security and crime prevention services to the school, was accused of “hiding” while innocents who did not have his officer training were gunned down. The truth of the matter is that the tragedy at Parkland was facilitated by the omissions of others. This is how we begin...
  • How the University of South Florida Managed to Dupe the Department of Education

    02/26/2018 2:36:13 AM PST · by Jacob Douglas · 18 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 13, 2015 | Tina Jensen
    In the aftermath of 17 students and teachers being gunned down at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, schools, colleges, and universities are reevaluating campus safety and taking a closer look at their active-shooter protocols. There are questions about how this could have happened when there were so many signs for earlier detection. In a three-part series, we will examine a local well-publicized case involving the University of South Florida where an incident was detected at the Tampa campus but went unreported by the USF police department and how the failure to take appropriate action could have just...
  • Another University Will Have To Pay For Its Title IX Zealotry

    02/25/2018 7:46:40 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 20 replies
    Forbes ^ | February 25, 2018 | George Leef
    The Obama administration was notable for its disregard of the rule of law in its avid pursuit of politically desirable outcomes. Law professor David Bernstein’s book on that subject, Lawless examined many such instances (see my review here) including the demand by Department of Education officials that colleges and universities scrap due process for accused male students in pursuit of high numbers of punishments for sexual assault. Now some of the schools that eagerly complied with the Department’s abuse of Title IX (the 1972 law that was written to keep schools that received federal funds from discriminating against women applicants)...
  • Trump administration takes aim at California desert protection plan

    02/01/2018 11:25:31 PM PST · by blueplum · 6 replies
    Tribune via MSN ^ | 01 Feb 2018 | Evan Halper, Tribune Washington Bureau
    WASHINGTON - The Trump administration is threatening to scrap a major Obama-era agreement that sought to protect millions of acres of the California desert by placing sensitive areas off-limits to major solar- and wind-energy installations. The Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan covers more than 10.8 million acres and was designed to guide energy facilities to parcels where they are least likely to cause environmental damage. {snip}...The Bureau of Land Management says it was moved to consider changing the plan "in response to President Trump's order to review regulations that unnecessarily impede energy development." It points out that under the conservation...
  • Students send vulgar letters disputing Post story about ‘hellhole’ school

    01/14/2018 10:58:50 AM PST · by EinNYC · 27 replies
    NY Post ^ | January 13, 2018 | Post Staff Report
    With a teacher’s encouragement, seventh-graders in a social-studies class at JHS 80 used their city-issued laptops last week to e-mail letters to The Post to protest a report about their school that cited discipline problems, hazardous conditions, and administrators who try to cover up violent incidents.
  • On eve of Trump, Obama’s Energy Department announces new policy to protect scientists

    01/12/2017 12:05:49 PM PST · by ColdOne · 42 replies
    WaPo ^ | 1/11/17 | Chris Mooney
    Speaking at the National Press Club Wednesday, outgoing Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz announced a new “scientific integrity” policy for an agency recently wracked by concerns about how an administration led by President-elect Donald Trump will treat employees who worked on climate change and other sensitive energy-related issues. “It’s part of establishing the environment that allows scientist to do their work, to stay with us, and to recruit new people,” Moniz said in announcing the new policy. Moniz, a physicist, gave an example of his own role in negotiating the Iran nuclear deal. “Seven of our laboratories were providing near real-time...
  • DeVos further freezes Obama's for-profit fraud protections

    10/24/2017 3:10:32 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 24, 2017 5:11 PM EDT | Maria Danilova
    The Trump administration is further delaying Obama-era protections for students defrauded by for-profit colleges, saying it needs more time to write new regulations. Tuesday’s announcement renewed criticism by Democrats and advocacy groups that the administration favors the interests of for-profit universities over students. The Education Department posted a notice in the Federal Register saying it wants to delay the borrower defense rule until July 1, 2019, while a new rule is being written. The department estimated that postponing the rule will save taxpayers $46 million. The regulation allows students to have their loans forgiven if their schools deceived them about...
  • Obama-era guidance on campus sexual assault gets scrapped

    09/23/2017 10:12:01 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 22, 2017 8:42 PM EDT | Maria Danilova
    The Trump administration on Friday scrapped Obama-era guidance on investigating campus sexual assault, replacing it with new instructions that allow universities to require higher standards of evidence when handling complaints. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has said that President Barack Obama’s policy had been unfairly skewed against those accused of assault and had “weaponized” the Education Department to “work against schools and against students.” The change is the latest in Trump’s broader effort to roll back Obama policies. Women’s rights groups slammed Friday’s decision, saying it will discourage students from reporting assault. The guidance released in 2011 and then updated in...
  • Harassment As a Political Weapon

    09/22/2017 4:38:59 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 22, 2017 | Mike Adams
    Thanks to a recent speech by Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, more people are discussing the real world repercussions of the eight-year war on due process waged by the Obama Department of Education. Out of that discussion, there is a consensus emerging, which recognizes that basic due process protections must be restored on our university campuses. These changes are particularly needed in the context of campus sexual harassment and sexual assault tribunals. But once due process is restored, we need to vigorously pursue campus prosecutions against those who knowingly and maliciously accuse others of sexual assault and/or sexual harassment. Proactive...
  • Spending Millions to Fill Garbage Cans with Nutritious Meals

    09/18/2017 4:14:00 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    American Thinker.com ^ | September 18, 2017 | Robert Weissberg
    For most people, even those paying attention, the seemingly endless expansion of government spending and its accompanying debt is a mystery. A timely parallel might be a tropical storm out in the middle of nowhere developing into a Cat 5 hurricane. So it is with public budgets—a modest program almost unnoticed balloons into a tax-eating monster and while we can track it, who really knows how it got that way? Happily, the mechanics of this budget-bloating are occasionally exposed to public view and it is not a pleasant sight (here and here). Perhaps the disagreeable nature of this exposure explains...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Tech company which maintained Hillary's secret server was sued for 'illegally accessing'

    08/14/2015 1:04:48 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 35 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | August 13, 2015 | Daniel Bates
    EXCLUSIVE: Tech company which maintained Hillary's secret server was sued for 'illegally accessing' database and 'stealing White House military advisers' phone numbers' The Internet company used by Hillary Clinton to maintain her private server was sued for stealing dozens of phone lines including some which were used by the White House. Platte River Networks is said to have illegally accessed the master database for all US phone numbers. It also seized 390 lines in a move that created chaos across the US government. Among the phone numbers which the company took - which all suddenly stopped working - were lines...
  • U.S. Manufacturers ‘Alarmed’ by Trump’s Push for Natural Gas Exports

    08/18/2017 8:59:07 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 22 replies
    gCaptain ^ | August 17, 2017 | Ari Natter
    President Donald Trump’s effort to boost U.S. energy is facing push back from manufacturers who say exporting more natural gas may undercut his “America First” jobs focus. The Industrial Energy Consumers of America asked the administration Wednesday for a moratorium on U.S. approvals for liquefied natural gas projects. The trade association, which represents U.S. manufacturers that depend on cheap energy to fuel their factories, sent a letter to Energy Secretary Rick Perry Wednesday.
  • NNSA to Conduct Aerial Radiation Assessment Survey over Arlington, Virginia, Area

    07/19/2017 11:08:51 PM PDT · by lefty-lie-spy · 41 replies
    http://nnsa.energy.gov ^ | July 19, 2017 | DOE/NNSA
    (WASHINGTON, D.C.) – The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration’s (DOE/NNSA) will conduct a low-altitude helicopter flight over portions of the Arlington, Va., area July 22 to measure naturally occurring background radiation. Officials from NNSA announced that the radiation assessment will cover approximately three square miles. A twin-engine Bell 412 helicopter, operated by the Remote Sensing Laboratory Aerial Measuring System from Joint Base Andrews, will be equipped with radiation sensing technology. The helicopter will fly in a grid pattern over the area at 150 feet (or higher) above the ground surface, at a speed of approximately 80 miles...