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  • After election wipeout, Va. House Republicans avoid hot-button bills on abortion, LGBT rights

    01/16/2018 1:06:47 PM PST · by GuavaCheesePuff · 5 replies
    Richmond Times-Dispatch ^ | January 14, 2018 | Graham Moomaw
    In addition to more than a dozen departed Republicans, something else seems to have gone missing this year from the Virginia House of Delegates: conservative bills on contentious social issues like abortion and LGBT rights. More than 1,300 pieces of legislation have been filed in the House so far, but there are no bathroom bills, no bills to protect opposition to gay marriage and no bills to restrict access to abortion. The filing deadline isn’t until Friday, but many of the Republican lawmakers who attached their names to headline-grabbing bills in past sessions say they won’t push the legislation again...
  • Phil Murphy sworn in, replaces Chris Christie as N.J. governor

    01/16/2018 1:00:33 PM PST · by GuavaCheesePuff · 10 replies
    Newark Star-Ledger ^ | January 16, 2018 | Brent Johnson
    You have a new governor, New Jersey. Phil Murphy, a Democrat entering elected office for the first time, was sworn in as the Garden State's 56th governor just before noon Tuesday during a ceremony at the Patriots Theater at the War Memorial in Trenton. Murphy, a former U.S. ambassador to Germany and multimillionaire former Wall Street executive, succeeded Chris Christie, a Republican who left office after eight years. Surrounded by his family, Murphy -- a 60-year-old Middletown resident -- was sworn in by state Supreme Court Chief Justice Stuart Rabner in the midst of a festive ceremony.
  • GOP access to FBI files rattles agents caught in political fight [Fake News]

    01/16/2018 12:30:26 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 22 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | January 16, 2018 | by Chris Strohm and Greg Farrell, Bloomberg
    The Justice Department's decision to give access to documents about FBI investigations to congressional Republicans risks exposing sensitive sources or material and poses a critical early test for bureau Director Christopher Wray, current and former U.S. law enforcement officials say. Some officials view the department as capitulating to a small group of Republicans who are intent on helping President Donald Trump undermine the integrity of the FBI and, by extension, Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into whether Trump or any of his associates helped Russia interfere in the 2016 election. It's the latest setback for a law enforcement agency that...
  • Watch: Cory Booker 'seething with anger' as he yells at DHS chief Kirstjen Nielsen

    01/16/2018 11:56:48 AM PST · by SkyPilot · 123 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 16 Jan 18 | Anna Giaritelli |
    en. Cory Booker, D-N.J., was enraged during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Tuesday and admitted he was "seething with anger" over President Trump's alleged "shithole comments" and a Cabinet official's statement that she did not recall the incident. “I had tears of rage," Booker bellowed at Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen in reference to when he first heard of Trump's "shithole countries" remark last week. "And for you not to feel that hurt and that pain and to dismiss the questions of my colleagues, with tens of millions Americans hurting right now because they're worried about what happened...
  • Williams College Students Can Report Each Other for Social Media Comments About Religion or Politics

    01/16/2018 11:28:19 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 32 replies
    Reason ^ | Jan. 16, 2018 | Robby Soave
    Williams College Students Can Report Each Other for 'Making Comments on Social Media' About Religion or Politics Bias incident reporting system undermines the very point of having a university. Williams College is one of at least 100 campuses with a system in place for students to report each other for saying or doing something slightly offensive. These trivially disturbing occurrences are known as "bias incidents"—and at Williams, virtually anything could qualify. According to the Massachusetts college's website, "name-calling and stereotyping" are examples of bias. Telling a joke that draws its humor from a stereotype is also wrong. Students shouldn't use...
  • The Southern Poverty Law Center Scam

    01/16/2018 11:22:41 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 25 replies
    Reason ^ | January 16, 2018 | John Stossel & Maxim Lott
    A "hate group" list loved by the media is bogus.There are dangerous hate groups in America. So a group called the Southern Poverty Law Center promises to warn us about them. They release an annual list of hate groups in America. The media cover it, but John Stossel says they shouldn't. It's a scam. It lists Ayaan Hirsi Ali—who grew up Muslim in Somalia and suffered female genital mutilation—as an "anti-Muslim extremist." Just because she now speaks out against radical Islam. They also list the conservative Family Research Council as a "hate group." That listing led a man to go...
  • Cory Booker Had ‘Tears Of Rage’ When He Heard ‘S***hole’ Comment [VIDEO]

    01/16/2018 11:00:19 AM PST · by EdnaMode · 89 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | January 16, 2018 | Amber Athey
    Democratic Sen. Cory Booker seethed with anger over Trump’s alleged “shithole countries” comment during a hearing with Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen. During a hearing in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Nielsen faced numerous questions about Trump’s alleged insistence that countries like Haiti and African countries are “shithole countries.” “I hurt,” Booker cried. “When Dick Durbin called me I had tears of rage when I heard about this experience in this meeting.” “For you not to feel that hurt and that pain and to dismiss some of the questions of my colleagues saying, ‘I’ve already answered that line of...
  • Millions at Risk From Increased River Floods Triggered by Global Warming, Study Says

    01/16/2018 10:58:57 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    The Weather Channel ^ | January 16, 2018 | by Pam Wright
    According to the study published last week in the journal Science Advances, researchers with the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research in Germany used computer simulations to study changing regional rainfall patterns. They found that the United States, Indonesia, Central Europe and parts of India and Africa will be particularly susceptible to dangerous flooding in the decades to come. The researchers point out that the risk of river flooding will rise despite efforts to rein in climate change by curbing greenhouse emissions. They say the greenhouse gases already emitted in past decades have done irreversible harm. Should global warming exceed...
  • A Weekly Dose of President Trump - Trump Family Train (1/16/18 to 1/20/18)

    01/16/2018 10:53:58 AM PST · by DollyCali · 42 replies
    FRiends and Deplorables | 16 January 2018 | DollyCali
    Let’s forget Shit holes..Lets feature Melania. Welcome all you deplorables to this week's edition of the Dose! This is EVERYTHING TRUMP. Administration, family, frustrations, joys, winning! We welcome your research, your commentary, your personal OT sharing and your presence. Even if you do not share a lot, just check in and say hi. Lurkers are welcome.
  • Samantha Power Discusses Her Hillary 'Victory' Party HBO Documentary

    01/16/2018 10:48:10 AM PST · by PJ-Comix · 7 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | January 16, 2018 | P.J. Gladnick
    Schadenfreude, schadenfreude, oh beautiful, beautiful schadenfreude! You will soon be able to enjoy some great Election Night 2016 schadenfreude again in the form of HBO's documentary, The Final Year, which will soon be broadcast on that network. As you can see from the trailer below it appears to be mostly a big borefest of Obama administration hype about how wonderful and wise they were. However, its saving grace is that the HBO film crew was at a Hillary "victory" party hosted by former UN Ambassador Samantha Power to celebrate Hillary Clinton winning the election. When it did not turn out...
  • Diaz-Balart attends meeting... comments on Trump’s vulgar remarks [Good Answer!]

    01/16/2018 10:15:14 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 23 replies
    WSVN-TV ^ | 1/16/18
    U.S. Rep Mario Diaz-Balart was inside a meeting where President Trump reportedly used the phrase “sh*thole countries.” ...Diaz-Balart was asked if the American people deserve to know what exactly President Trump said... Diaz-Balart said, “The American people have the right to know a lot of things and everything, but let’s get something straight, I’ve been in public service for three decades now, and when I meet with a constituent, when I meet with an ambassador or if I meet with the head of State, and we close the door on the meeting, there is the obvious expectation that what is...
  • Chelsea Manning Runs for a Senate Seat

    01/16/2018 9:34:21 AM PST · by detective · 47 replies
    Front Page ^ | January 16, 2018 | Joseph Klein
    Transgender Chelsea Manning was convicted in a 2013 court martial of 20 counts, including violations of the Espionage Act, for illegally leaking more than 700,000 classified government documents to WikiLeaks. Chelsea Manning, known as Private Bradley Manning at the time of the crime, received a 35-year sentence, right after which she came out as a transgender and demanded that the army pay for sex change hormone treatment.  Former President Barack Obama went one step further. Obama gave Manning a free “get of jail” card just days before the end of his term in office, granting clemency to the felon of all...
  • Demolition: Bonus-Paying CEO Schools Pelosi on Economics

    01/16/2018 9:08:40 AM PST · by jazusamo · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 16, 2018 | Guy Benson
    An appropriate bookend to yesterday's post , which mentioned the aspiring Speaker's "crumbs" comment, an instant Pelosi classic. Throughout the tax reform debate, liberals pounded the table insisting that corporate tax cuts would not benefit workers or consumers -- just fat cat shareholders and executives. But much like they were disastrously wrong about how much tax reform would benefit working and middle income households, they've also been proven wrong on the corporate side, as literally millions of Americans workers have already received bonuses, wage increases, improved bonuses and other concrete benefits. (Incidentally, if you missed it earlier, this clip...
  • Former Trump adviser Steve Bannon arrives on Capitol Hill to meet with House Intelligence Committee

    01/16/2018 8:43:23 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 28 replies
    ABC News ^ | January 16, 2018 | ALI DUKAKIS KENDALL KARSON
    Former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon arrived on Capitol Hill this morning for a closed door meeting with the House Intelligence Committee. Bannon is expected to face questions about the ongoing investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. This meeting comes after Bannon resigned as executive chairman of Breitbart News following the release of Michael Wolff’s tell-all "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House." The book, which includes harsh comments from Bannon on the controversial June 2016 Trump Tower meeting between campaign officials and a Russian lawyer, renewed questions about Trump’s campaign activity.
  • Trump to PC: “No More!” (This is great!)

    01/16/2018 7:12:15 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 54 replies
    city-journal.org ^ | Myron Magnet
    Two op-eds in this weekend’s Wall Street Journal and one on this website brilliantly call attention to aspects of the vast political and cultural change, still in its early stages, that is gathering force in this country as inexorably as the spring thaw breaks up a frozen river, first as a trickle and then a torrent. Donald Trump figures in all three stories. He is at once a cause and an effect of the change—the Tea Party movement embodied and in power, and as much a rejection of the existing order of things as the mob that swarmed onto British...
  • Analysis Projects ‘Gang of Six’ Plan Grants Amnesty to 10 Million Illegals

    01/16/2018 7:35:13 AM PST · by C19fan · 31 replies
    Lifezette ^ | January 16, 2018 | Brendan Kirby
    An immigration reform proposal pitched last week by the pro-amnesty “Gang of Six” senators would cover 14 times as many illegal immigrants as a bill offered by leading House Republicans, according to an analysis by NumbersUSA. The number of illegal immigrants covered is one of numerous major differences among the approaches as a government shutdown looms over the fate of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, created by former President Barack Obama for illegal immigrants whose parents brought them to America as children.
  • Dow Industrials Top 26000 for First Time

    01/16/2018 6:39:36 AM PST · by Red Badger · 32 replies
    www.wsj.com ^ | 01/16/2018 | By David Hodari
    DJIA crosses 26,000 for the first time Dollar rebounds after three-year low Bitcoin selloff accelerates The Dow Jones Industrial Average crossed 26000 for the first time Tuesday, with U.S. stocks echoing broad-based gains in Europe and Asia-Pacific as they continued their speedy leap higher. The Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed 221 points, or 0.9%, to 26025 shortly after the opening bell. The S&P 500 added 0.5%, and the Nasdaq Composite rose 0.7%. Meanwhile, the dollar rebounded from Monday’s three-year low. Tuesday’s historic rise builds on the Dow’s 25% gain last year and its seemingly unstoppable climb to start 2018. The...
  • Too old for DACA, man who spent 30 years of his life in U.S. is deported (media sob story)

    01/16/2018 6:33:09 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 87 replies
    msn.com ^ | 1/16/18 | Niraj Warikoo
    DETROIT — His arms wrapped around his wife and two teenage children, Jorge Garcia's eyes welled up Monday as he looked into their eyes one last time near the entrance to the airport security gate. His wife, Cindy Garcia, cried out while his daughter, Soleil, 15, sobbed into Garcia's shoulder as they hugged, with two U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents keeping a close eye on them. After 30 years of living in the United States, Jorge Garcia, a 39-year-old landscaper from Lincoln Park, Mich., was deported on the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday to Mexico, a move his supporters...
  • Byron York: Trump dossier probes now include possible State Department involvement

    01/16/2018 5:23:56 AM PST · by grayboots · 50 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 1/16/2018 | Byron York
    Congressional investigations into the Trump dossier have so far been focused on the FBI and Justice Department. They still are, but now investigators are also looking into a possible Obama State Department role in the collection and dissemination of sensational and still-unverified allegations against candidate Donald Trump gathered by a former British spy working for the Hillary Clinton campaign. In addition to having contacts in the Obama Justice Department and FBI, that former spy, Christopher Steele, was also well-connected with the Obama State Department. A book published in November by a correspondent at the Guardian, "Collusion: Secret meetings, dirty money,...
  • Scarborough Advises Dems: “Go After” Republicans, “Make Them Pay”

    01/16/2018 4:49:45 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 49 replies
    FinkelBlog ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Last year, Joe Scarborough quit the Republican party. Looks like Joe’s now found a new gig: political strategist for the Democrats. And he’s sounding rougher than James Carville after a bad night on Bourbon Street. On today’s Morning Joe—saying that President Trump insulted the Congressional Black Caucus and Dick Durbin—Scarborough demanded that Dems “go after” Republicans and “make them pay.” Get the rest of the story and view the video here.