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  • Meet the VERY woke women (and their eye-popping campaigns) behind Gillette's controversial ad

    01/15/2019 7:40:45 PM PST · by TigerClaws · 66 replies
    New Gillette ad 'We Believe: The Best Men Can Be' has caused firestorm for tackling theme of 'toxic masculinity' It was directed by Kim Gehrig, an Australian-born and London-based ad director who has previously shot commercials for Uber, Gap and UK's John Lewis Her ad for feminine hygiene firm Libresse - known as Bodyform in the UK - featured singing female genitals Other work includes a short film suggesting Australian men turned to bodybuilding because of bullying Somesuch's previous work includes an unsparing look at periods with the hastag #BloodNormal She has tweeted anti-Trump messages and spoken of her pride...
  • Ocasio-Cortez to join House panel overseeing financial sector

    01/15/2019 6:52:05 PM PST · by jazusamo · 31 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 15, 2019 | Sylvan Lane, Scott Wong
    Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) is slated to join the committee leading the House's oversight of U.S banks, lenders and financial markets. Ocasio-Cortez has been recommended by Democratic leaders for a spot on the House Financial Services Committee, a Democratic source told The Hill on Tuesday. The full roster of Democrats joining the committee is expected to be released as soon as Tuesday night. Ocasio-Cortez told Hill.TV in November that she has expressed interest in the Financial Services panel to the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee, which doles out seats on House committees. Politico reported last week that Ocasio-Cortez was "poised...
  • Dems Boycott Gov’t Shutdown Luncheon With Trump While Puerto Rico Partying Rages On

    01/15/2019 6:42:26 PM PST · by CaliforniaCraftBeer · 15 replies
    Fox News Insider ^ | January 15, 3019 | Martha MacCullum
    Rep. Dan Crenshaw questioned Monday whether the trip to Puerto Rico by congressional Democrats was a good decision amid the deadlock on border security. About 30 lawmakers traveled to Puerto Rico -- with their families and lobbyists -- for a winter retreat over the weekend despite the partial government shutdown. "It sounds like they had a lot of fun. They've also been talking a lot about the plight that federal workers see themselves in," Crenshaw said on The Story. "They're not wrong about that, but if we're gonna talk about that then I don't know if these excursions to Puerto...
  • POLL: A MAJORITY OF AMERICANS SUPPORT RAISING THE TOP TAX RATE TO 70 PERCENT

    01/15/2019 6:03:03 PM PST · by TigerClaws · 109 replies
    Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and her Republican critics have both called her proposal to dramatically increase America's highest tax rate "radical" but a new poll released Tuesday indicates that a majority of Americans agrees with the idea. In the latest The Hill-HarrisX survey — conducted Jan. 12 and 13 after the newly elected congresswoman called for the U.S. to raise its highest tax rate to 70 percent — a sizable majority of registered voters, 59 percent, supports the concept. Ocasio-Cortez has not introduced any legislation to enact the concept but the survey shows a broad cross-section of Americans supports it,...
  • Furloughed feds won’t be RIFed if government shutdown extends past 30 days, OMB says

    01/15/2019 5:42:30 PM PST · by TigerClaws · 21 replies
    Agencies won’t need to consider targeted layoffs, otherwise known as reductions-in-force (RIFs), if the current partial government shutdown continues for another few days. While federal statute typically instructs agencies to RIF targeted groups of employees who have been placed on furlough status for 30 days or more, the regulations don’t apply to emergency furlough situations, the Office of Management and Budget confirmed Tuesday. Some astute Federal News Network readers had questioned whether their agencies could RIF furloughed employees if the current government shutdown, now at 25 days and counting, hits the 30-day mark. There are two kinds of furloughs. “Administrative...
  • Leaders nix recess with no shutdown deal in sight

    01/15/2019 4:43:37 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 14 replies
    Thehill.com ^ | 1/15/19 | Alexander Bolton
    Senate and House leaders said Tuesday they will cancel the Martin Luther King Day recess unless there is a sudden resolution to the 25-day partial government shutdown, which appears unlikely given a breakdown in high-level talks.
  • The Democrat Who Banned Guns in Chicago Had 23-tried to ban guns detergent caffeine drinks transfats

    01/15/2019 4:41:44 PM PST · by SJackson · 12 replies
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | January 15, 2019 | Daniel Greenfield
    "Bullets and booze don't mix," Alderman Edward Burke growled. Then the Chairman of the Finance Committee vowed to fight the NRA. He had spent much of his 50 years in power fighting for gun control. And the man dubbed “Alderman-for-Life”, whose wife who sat on the Illinois Supreme Court, had the heft. Five years ago, Chicago had lost yet another of its serial gun control battles. But Burke and the Democrat machine were vowing to go on fighting with more laws attempting to restrict the Second Amendment. Burke, an Obama and Blagojevich ally, and the godfather of Chicago politics (dubbed...
  • Charlie Daniels: Do You Know What Would Happen in Schumer-Pelosi’s Ideal America?

    01/15/2019 3:48:10 PM PST · by vietvet67 · 18 replies
    CNSNews ^ | January 15, 2019 | Charlie Daniels
    The degree that the Schumer and Pelosi-led Democrats will go to prevent Donald Trump from having the promised wall is truly disgusting and appalling.
  • El Chapo Trial: Former Mexican President Peña Nieto Took $100 Million Bribe, Witness Says

    01/15/2019 3:40:20 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 34 replies
    MSN/NYT ^ | 1-15-2019 | Alan Feuer
    Former Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto took a $100 million bribe from international drug traffickers, according to a witness at the trial of Joaquín Guzmán Loera, the infamous crime lord known as El Chapo. The stunning testimony was delivered Tuesday in a New York courtroom by Alex Cifuentes Villa, a Colombian drug lord who worked closely with Mr. Guzmán from 2007 to 2013, when they were hiding from the authorities at one of the kingpin’s remote ranches in the Sierra Madre mountains. “Mr. Guzmán paid a bribe of $100 million to President Peña Nieto?” Jeffrey Lichtman, one of Mr. Guzmán’s...
  • The Killers release new song Land of the Free that takes aim at Trump's America

    01/15/2019 3:32:20 PM PST · by ZagFan · 22 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 1-15-2019 | Kayla Brantley
    The band The Killers has released a new politically charged song with a Spike Lee-directed music video to go along with it. The song, Land of the Free, is a blatant critique of Trump's America, with lyrics hitting on topics of gun violence, racism, mass incarceration and Trump's proposed border wall. The music video, directed by critically acclaimed filmmaker Spike Lee, shows footage of immigrant children and families at the US-Mexico border. He said he first was inspired to write Land of the Free in 2012 in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School mass shooting, which left 26...
  • Steve King gets slapped down over racial misquote by same Congress that tolerates racial caucuses

    01/15/2019 3:31:54 PM PST · by SleeperCatcher · 11 replies
    The National Sentinel ^ | 1/15/19 | Jon Dougherty
    Full headline: Monumental hypocrisy: Steve King gets slapped down over racial misquote by same Congress that tolerates race-based caucusesBased on Congress’ historic low approval rating, you’ll not likely find many Americans who have much faith in the Legislative Branch doing the right things most of the time. Or even some of the time. Case in point: While pretending to care about furloughed federal workers who have now missed paychecks, claiming their jobs are all-important to the proper function of the country, lawmakers can’t and won’t come together with the president of the United States and work out a deal that...
  • House GOP strips Steve King of committee posts over white supremacy comment

    01/15/2019 3:22:22 PM PST · by ColdOne · 24 replies
    cbs ^ | 1/14/19 | Bo Erickson, Rebecca Kaplan, Camilo Montoya-Galvez
    Washington — Congressional Republicans issued a sharp rebuke to Iowa Rep. Steve King on Monday, barring the veteran lawmaker from serving on any House committees as punishment for comments he made defending white supremacy and white nationalism. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, who had pledged to take "action" against the Iowa lawmaker on "Face the Nation" Sunday, told reporters on Monday evening that the party's steering committee had voted unanimously to deny King any committee posts in the current congressional session. King had served on the Judiciary, Agriculture and Small Business Committees in the previous Congress. "These are not the...
  • Why Leftists Use Racism to Quiet All Disagreement

    01/15/2019 3:08:35 PM PST · by huckfillary · 22 replies
    The Daily Dose of Reason ^ | January 15, 2018 | Dr. Michael J Hurd
    Anyone who’s NOT a leftist Democrat has been called a racist. If you want lower taxes, you’re a racist. But lower taxes are for all races, not just one. If you want capitalism over socialism, you’re a racist. But blacks or anyone of any other race who makes a million or billion dollars under capitalism gets to keep it. True racists would not want this. What’s the implication here? That “people of color” cannot succeed or achieve? And therefore they need socialism? No other implication could be made from the constant, hysterical shrieking by leftists that anyone who opposes their...
  • Free pet food for federal workers

    01/15/2019 1:57:35 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 38 replies
    Fox News - Tampa Bay ^ | January 14, 2019 | by FOX 13 News staff
    The partial government shutdown has thousands of federal workers in Florida living without a paycheck right now. Without money coming in the bank, many of them are faced with a difficult decision: feed themselves or their pets. The Humane Society of Tampa Bay is making sure that no federal worker has to make that call. The shelter is giving away free pet food to qualified federal workers. The Humane Society says the food assistance program for federal workers helps in more ways than one. Federal workers would need to provide proof before taking home food for their cats and dogs....
  • Women's March leader Tamika Mallory refuses to condemn Louis Farrakhan as interview backfires

    01/15/2019 1:50:53 PM PST · by detective · 10 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 14, 2019 | Valerie Richardson
    Women’s March national co-chair Tamika D. Mallory’s attempt to tamp down anti-Semitism concerns prior to next weekend’s march may have backfired. Ms. Mallory refused to condemn Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan in an appearance Monday on ABC’s “The View” under tough questioning from co-host Meghan McCain, who asked about Mr. Farrakhan’s past comments on “wicked Jews, “false Jews,” and homosexuality. “We did not make those remarks,” said Ms. Mallory. “What I will say to you is that I don’t agree with many of Minister Farrakhan’s statements.” Asked about his remarks about Jewish people, Ms. Mallory repeated, “As I said,...
  • 1,500 GoFundMe pages have been set up by furloughed government employees looking for help

    01/15/2019 1:37:27 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 74 replies
    CNN ^ | January 15, 2019 | by Doug Criss (D-CNN)
    The pleas on GoFundMe come from people across all walks of life. A single mom. A librarian. A Border Patrol agent. Even an artist. But their stories all have something in common: They reveal the human toll of the partial government shutdown that's now the longest in US history. In recent days more than 1,500 campaigns have been set up on the crowdfunding site by furloughed government employees looking for help, GoFundMe spokeswoman Katherine Cichy told CNN. Together, the campaigns so far have raised more than $300,000. Anna Cory, a furloughed research librarian for the Environmental Protection Agency, said the...
  • Lawless Federal Judges Are Winning Their War against the Trump Administration

    01/15/2019 1:37:00 PM PST · by detective · 45 replies
    National Review ^ | January 14, 2019 | David French
    Sunday’s injunction against Trump-administration religious-freedom rules is nothing but judicial #Resistance. It’s déjà vu all over again. A federal judge has blocked a lawful Trump-administration policy, essentially enshrining the Obama administration’s policy choices in social-justice granite. The practical result is a judicial equivalent of a one-way ratchet. The pattern is clear: Step One: The Obama administration uses its executive power to implement a progressive policy (such as DACA or the contraceptive mandate). Step Two: The Trump administration uses its executive power to repeal the Obama-administration action and implement a more conservative policy. Step Three: Progressive plaintiffs file suit in a...
  • El Chapo Trial: Former Mexican President Peña Nieto Took $100 Million Bribe, Witness Says

    01/15/2019 1:27:14 PM PST · by TigerClaws · 36 replies
    Former Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto took a $100 million bribe from international drug traffickers, according to a witness at the trial of Joaquín Guzmán Loera, the infamous crime lord known as El Chapo. The stunning testimony was delivered Tuesday in a New York courtroom by Alex Cifuentes Villa, a Colombian drug lord who worked closely with Mr. Guzmán from 2007 to 2013, when they were hiding from the authorities at one of the kingpin’s remote ranches in the Sierra Madre mountains. “Mr. Guzmán paid a bribe of $100 million to President Peña Nieto?” Jeffrey Lichtman, one of Mr. Guzmán’s...
  • Conservative Groups Targeted in Lois Lerner’s IRS Scandal Receive Settlement Checks

    01/15/2019 1:14:28 PM PST · by Jacquerie · 18 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | January 11th 2019 | M.D. Kittle
    The federal government in recent days has been issuing settlement checks to 100 right-of-center groups wrongfully targeted for their political beliefs under the Obama administration’s Internal Revenue Service, according to an attorney for the firm that represented plaintiffs in NorCal v. United States. Most of the claimants will each receive a check for approximately $14,000. Five conservative groups that were integrally involved in the lawsuit get a bonus payment of $10,000 each. About $2 million of the settlement goes to cover the legal costs of five long years of litigation. IRS attorneys attempted delay after delay, objection after objection, trying...
  • Immediate fossil fuel phaseout could arrest climate change - study

    01/15/2019 1:06:35 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 86 replies
    The Guardian ^ | January 15, 2019 | by Damian Carrington
    Climate change could be kept in check if a phaseout of all fossil fuel infrastructure were to begin immediately, according to research. It shows that meeting the internationally agreed aspiration of keeping global warming to less than 1.5C above pre-industrial levels is still possible. The scientists say it is therefore the choices being made by global society, not physics, which is the obstacle to meeting the goal. The study found that if all fossil fuel infrastructure – power plants, factories, vehicles, ships and planes – from now on are replaced by zero-carbon alternatives at the end of their useful lives,...