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  • California mulls text tax on mobile messages

    12/12/2018 3:45:39 PM PST · by NoLibZone · 26 replies
    CBS news ^ | 12/12/18 | Kate Gibson
    Californians may or may not type OMG at the news, but texting may soon come with an extra fee on their mobile phone bills. State regulators are weighing a tax on the popular communications tool to help fund a program that makes phone service available to low-income residents. A texting surcharge could help sustain the Public Purpose Program budget, which has risen to $998 million in 2017 from $670 million in 2011, according to a report from the California Public Utilities Commission. Revenue from the telecom industry that funds the program has declined to $11.3 billion last year from $16.5...
  • Flashback: Obama campaign to pay $375,000 fine for omitting some donor’s names in 2008

    12/12/2018 2:29:04 PM PST · by NoLibZone · 10 replies
    DNC vetted then released by The Washington Post and Mr Bezos ^ | Jan 4 2013 Yes, 2013 For those in Rio Linda that's almost 5 years ago | T.W. Farnam
    President Obama’s campaign has agreed to pay a $375,000 fine to the Federal Election Commission, among the largest penalties in the agency’s history. The fine was imposed after an audit of the campaign’s books showed that it failed to report the identities of donors who gave large checks in the weeks before the 2008 election, according to a copy of the agreement between the FEC and the president’s campaign. The document shows that the Obama campaign failed to disclose the identities of donors responsible for $2 million in contributions in the weeks ahead of the election. The campaign also misreported...
  • London homicides now highest annual rate for a decade

    12/12/2018 2:08:25 PM PST · by NoLibZone · 18 replies
    theguardian.com ^ | 12/12/18 | Jamie Grierson
    2018 tally of 131 deaths includes 75 stabbings and comes as police await funding decision London’s homicide rate has reached its highest level in a decade as police chiefs brace themselves for a government announcement about whether they will get the extra funding they believe is vital to tackle rising violent crime. The Metropolitan police said they were called to the fatal stabbing of a teenager in south-east London on Tuesday night, taking the tally to 131 deaths, the highest level since 2008, with three weeks left of this calendar year. London’s total this year includes at least 75 stabbings...
  • Google Approves App For Muslims to Report People Who Commit Blasphemy, Insult Islam

    12/12/2018 10:42:16 AM PST · by bitt · 48 replies
    GATEWAY PUNDIT ^ | 12/10/2018 | Christina Laila
    Google approved a new Android app called “Smart Pakem,” which would help Muslims in Indonesia report their fellow countrymen if they dare commit blasphemy, or insult Mohammed or Islam While Google is busy silencing, deplatforming and punishing Christians and conservatives, they are happily advancing Sharia law across the world
  • Migrant group demands Trump either let them in or pay them each $50G to turn around: report

    12/12/2018 9:08:53 AM PST · by bitt · 40 replies
    fox news ^ | 12/12/2018 | Louis Casiano
    Two groups of Central American migrants marched to the U.S. Consulate in Tijuana on Tuesday with a list of demands, with one group delivering an ultimatum to the Trump administration: either let them in the U.S. or pay them $50,000 each to go home, a report said. Among other demands were that deportations be halted and that asylum seekers be processed faster and in greater numbers, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported. The first group of caravan members, which included about 100 migrants, arrived at the consulate around 11 a.m. Alfonso Guerreo Ulloa, an organizer from Honduras, said the $50,000 figure...
  • Trump rolls back wetlands protections. What it means for California farmers, developers

    12/11/2018 1:10:48 PM PST · by Mariner · 21 replies
    The Sacramento Bee ^ | December 11th, 2018 | BY DALE KASLER AND KATE IRBY
    It all started when California farmer John Duarte plowed a wheat field in Tehama County, about two hours north of Sacramento, and wound up paying a $1.1 million fine to the federal government for his efforts. On Tuesday, Duarte, who was embraced by conservatives nationwide as a victim of government over-reach, got vindication of sorts. In a victory for farmers and land developers throughout the West, the Trump administration announced a broad rollback of rules designed to protect wetlands and other small bodies of water. The decision means regulations put in place in 2015 by the Obama administration will fall...
  • Memo: FBI recommended Michael Flynn not have lawyer present during interview, did not warn of false

    12/11/2018 11:11:57 PM PST · by bitt · 66 replies
    washington examiner ^ | 12/11/2017 | byron york
    Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, who arranged the bureau's interview with then-national security adviser Michael Flynn at the White House on Jan. 24, 2017 — the interview that ultimately led to Flynn's guilty plea on one count of making false statements — suggested Flynn not have a lawyer present at the session, according to newly-filed court documents. In addition, FBI officials, along with the two agents who interviewed Flynn, decided specifically not to warn him that there would be penalties for making false statements because the agents wanted to ensure that Flynn was "relaxed" during the session. The new...
  • ‘Macron the LAB MOUSE!’ Salvini MOCKS French president over Paris riots

    12/11/2018 8:19:04 PM PST · by aquila48 · 29 replies
    Express ^ | Dec 11, 2018 | ROMINA MCGUINNESS
    ITALY’S Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini has accused French President Emmanuel Macron of keeping the power from the people and in the hands of the elite, less than 24 hours after he said the young centrist was to blame for the “yellow vest” protests that have unnerved Paris. The young centrist is struggling to curb a wave of violent protests that have rocked his administration to its core, and forced him to scrap a planned carbon tax and up salaries. Mr Salvini, head of the far-right League party, has repeatedly locked horns with Mr Macron over immigration policy, and has...
  • Gilets jaunes protests continue despite Macron concessions

    12/11/2018 7:33:48 PM PST · by aquila48 · 30 replies
    the guardian ^ | Angelique Chrisafis
    Protests and road barricades at roundabouts and toll-booths across France have continued, as many gilets jaunes demonstrators said concessions made by the French president, Emmanuel Macron, were not enough to calm their anger and sense of social injustice. Anti-government demonstrators have called for further demonstrations in Paris on Saturday, after four weekends of protests saw rioting in the French capital and other cities and plunged France’s centrist president into his worst crisis in office. Macron gave a prerecorded televised speech on Monday watched by more than 23 million people in which he announced major steps to address concerns that people...
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    12/11/2018 6:00:31 PM PST · by LUV W · 88 replies
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  • FLASHBACK Obama's $150,000 'BRIBE' His campaign team 'paid Rev Wright to stay quiet in 2008 campaign

    12/11/2018 3:38:11 PM PST · by NoLibZone · 23 replies
    dailymail.co.uk/ ^ | May 13,2012- Yes, for those in Rio Linda: 2012 | Daily Mail Reporter
    From 2012. Yes 2012. 6 years ago. Reverend Jeremiah Wright caused problems for President Barack Obama's campaign in 2008, and new details have emerged alleging that the then-candidate tried to convince his former pastor to keep quiet. The retired pastor, who came under fire after an old sermon where he said that the September 11 terrorist attacks were 'America's chickens coming home to roost', said that he was offered $150,000 to stay silent until the election was over. Journalist Edward Klein interviewed Mr Wright and included their conversation in his new book, The Amateur.
  • Whistleblower who gave info on Clinton blasts FBI over mystery raid: ‘Secret police state?’

    12/11/2018 3:02:39 PM PST · by Libloather · 30 replies
    Fox News ^ | 12/11/18 | Brooke Singman
    A former FBI contractor-turned-whistleblower who supplied documents related to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the Uranium One controversy is blasting the FBI over a mysterious raid on his home last month. Questioning whether “we now live in a secret police state,” Dennis Nathan Cain took his frustration to Twitter on the heels of a report that the Justice Department is trying to keep the justification for the raid secret. “So I blow the whistle on the FBI, get raided by the same FBI, and now they want to keep the FBI’s reasons secret? Do we now live in...
  • Trump foes scrambling to derail 'cruel' rule requiring immigrants to show they aren't public burden

    12/11/2018 11:36:09 AM PST · by bitt · 43 replies
    washingtontimes.com ^ | 12/11/2018 | Stephan Dinan
    The Trump administration is now on the clock to finalize one of the biggest changes to legal immigration policy in a generation, after the official comment period ended Monday on a plan to require immigrants to show they aren’t a public burden if they want to extend their visas or get on the path to citizenship. Immigrant rights groups and other Trump opponents mounted a feverish last-minute push to try to derail the proposal. They submitted tens of thousands of comments calling the plan misguided and racist and warned that it would keep needy immigrants from visiting doctors and leave...
  • BOOM! China Moves to Lower Tariffs on US Cars from 40% to 15%

    12/11/2018 8:26:28 AM PST · by bitt · 30 replies
    GATEWAY PUNDIT ^ | 12/11/2018 | Jim Hoft
    HUGE ECONOMIC NEWS THIS MORNING— China moved to reduce tariffs on US cars from 40% to 15% in the latest sign of their willingness to negotiate a trade deal with President Trump.... ...Despite the Deep State DOJ’s best efforts to ruin the trade deal and punish Americans China is committing to a new trade agreement with the Trump administration.
  • Black Caucus huddles as talk of term limits heats up (Pelosi's white privilege)

    12/11/2018 6:18:17 AM PST · by Libloather · 12 replies
    The Hill via MSN ^ | 12/10/18 | Mike Lillis, Scott Wong
    Leaders of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) huddled Monday night in the Capitol as the push for term limits for committee chairmanships and leadership spots heats up among House Democrats. A number of senior CBC members are in line to take committee gavels next Congress and the group has quickly rallied against the notion that gavels would be term-limited just as they're about to ascend to those chairmanship seats. Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who's seeking another stint as House Speaker, has been in talks with members of a small group of anti-Pelosi insurgents about adopting a cap on the number...
  • 'GrinchCon'? Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Suggests Hilarious Sober Alternative to SantaCon

    12/11/2018 4:31:18 AM PST · by Libloather · 28 replies
    People ^ | 12/08/18 | DAVE QUINN
    For those looking to an alternative to SantaCon, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has a perfect idea. The U.S. Representative-elect for New York’s 14th congressional district — who at 29 is the youngest woman ever elected to Congress — tweeted a new option to anyone uninterested in participating in the annual holiday pub crawl featuring attendees dressed in Christmas costumes. Asked by New York Times reporter Liam Stack if she could “pass a law stopping santacon,” Ocasio-Cortez joked, “I’m not sure, but maybe we can look into establishing GrinchCon — a tea + coffee crawl where people can spread peace and quiet everywhere...
  • Jared Kushner Announces Middle East Peace Deal in Next Couple of Months...

    12/10/2018 9:21:06 PM PST · by bitt · 65 replies
    GATEWAY PUNDIT ^ | 12/10/2018 | Jim Hoft
    White House Senior Adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner joined Sean Hannity on Monday night for a rare public interview. Kushner has been instrumental in the USMCA trade talks, the peace talks with Arab leaders in Saudi Arabia and criminal-justice reform. On Monday Kushner pushed the White House sentencing reform bill. Jared also commented on the Middle East peace talks and the conflicts due to the Khashoggi murder in Istanbul. Jared said his Middle East peace plan will be released in next couple of months.
  • Dick Morris: Criminal Chinese Company Had Strong Links to Clintons

    12/10/2018 9:16:33 PM PST · by bitt · 45 replies
    westernjournal.com ^ | 12/10/2018 | morris
    When the chief financial officer of Huawei Technologies, Meng Wanzhou, was arrested in Canada on Dec. 1 through an extradition warrant from the U.S., American media described, in detail, how the company had conspired to evade U.S. sanctions on Iran Huawei has long been involved in helping terrorist states and seeking to thwart U.S. sanctions. Meng is the daughter of Huawei’s founder, Ren Zhengfei. As details of Huawei’s complicity with Iran emerge, it is time to look back on the Clinton family and its close relationship with Huawei. When their connection was first exposed more than a decade ago, it...
  • Macron raises minimum wage to appease Yellow Vest protesters

    12/10/2018 8:35:18 PM PST · by aquila48 · 48 replies
    France24 ^ | 12/10/18
    French President Emmanuel Macron announced on Monday a €100 per month increase in the minimum wage from next year in a major concession to Yellow Vest protesters who have roiled the country. In his first national address following two weekends of the worst unrest in France in years, Macron sought to restore calm after accusations that his political methods and economic policies were fracturing the country. "We want a France where one can live in dignity through one's work and on this we have gone too slowly," Macron said on primetime television. "I ask the government and parliament to do...
  • "Stain on U.S. history": Trump's atty general pick used Gitmo to hold thousands of Haitian refugees

    12/10/2018 7:27:23 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    CBS News ^ | December 10, 2018 | Kate Smith
    In the 1990s, William Barr, President Trump's pick for attorney general, oversaw a program that sent some 12,000 Haitian asylum seekers to Guantanamo Bay, effectively creating what one detractor called "the world's first HIV detention camp." After operating for about 18 months, the detention system was forcibly ended by a judge in 1993, but Barr defended the practice as recently as 2001. At the time, Barr was serving as attorney general for President George H.W. Bush, and a military coup in Haiti had led to mass executions that targeted thousands of supporters of the overthrown leader. The bloodshed sent thousands...