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  • $1.2 million anti-Kavanaugh crowdfunding campaign tests federal bribery laws

    09/12/2018 3:51:16 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 19 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | September 12, 2018 | Alex Swoyer
    Liberal groups are testing a new crowdsourcing tactic in their battle against President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee — and are testing the limits of campaign finance laws with their attempt to force one GOP senator to vote “No.” The initiative has secured pledges of $1.2 million, which the groups say they’ll direct to an opponent of Sen. Susan Collins, should she vote to confirm Mr. Trump’s pick, Judge Brett Kavanaugh. If she votes for the nomination, the donors’ credit cards will be charged. Ms. Collins and her defenders say that sounds an awful lot like bribery, threatening her political future...
  • David Hogg, gun control advocates march on Smith & Wesson headquarters, demand $5 million donation

    08/26/2018 1:54:31 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 105 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 26, 2018 | AP
    SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — Student gun control advocates and one of the survivors of the Parkland, Florida, school shooting are finishing a 50-mile, four-day march in Massachusetts to the headquarters of gun manufacturer Smith & Wesson. The group is gathering outside company headquarters Sunday in Springfield.
  • ‘No Crime Required for Impeachment’ Dem Says [semi-satire]

    08/25/2018 8:34:00 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 20 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 26 August 2018 | John Semmens
    This week’s “plea bargain” in which former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen confessed to the non-crime of paying “hush money” to two women alleging trysts with Donald Trump more than ten years ago has created an impeachment frenzy in media and Democratic Party circles. Under normal circumstances, a threat to expose embarrassing information unless a payment is made would be considered extortion. That would make the person demanding payment the criminal party in the transaction. But, as Rep. Al Green (D-Tex) says, “normally, a person being victimized by a blackmailer would deserve sympathy. However, when that victim is Donald Trump we...
  • John Schnatter moves to regain position on Papa John's board

    07/18/2018 4:29:49 AM PDT · by StAnDeliver · 26 replies
    WAVE3 ^ | July 17, 2018 | WAVE3
    LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Pizza mogul John Schnatter is making major moves to repair his reputation and regain his position on the Papa John's board. WAVE 3 News learned Schnatter has now hired Hollywood power lawyer Patricia Glaser, after he admitted to using the N-word during a conference call in a way he maintains was mischaracterized. Glaser has a lot of experience representing big names including disgraced movie executive Harvey Weinstein, Keith Olbermann, Conan O'Brien and celebrity chef Paula Deen after her N-word scandal. WAVE 3 News obtained a letter Glaser sent to the Papa John's Board of Directors on...
  • FACEBOOK

    07/01/2018 12:58:42 PM PDT · by FrankR · 68 replies
    Vanity | 07/01/2018 | Self
    OK, I've had it with Facebook. I've been on there for a year or so, only because of my kids and grandkids, and a few, close, personal friends. My total number of "Friends" on there is only 54, (and a few of those need to go). Now - in order to get their hooks into more people - you only get to read the "News Feed" IF, you add "more friends". They've blocked me at only one post I can read, until I add more friends. I refuse. I've got the friends I want, and that's all I want. It's...
  • Supreme Court Ruling in ‘Janus’ Deals Blow to Working Families

    06/27/2018 12:45:29 PM PDT · by lightman · 96 replies
    National Educartion Association ^ | 27 June A.D. 2018 | John Rosales
    Educators in ActionWorker Rights June 27, 2018 • 10:23AM Supreme Court Ruling in ‘Janus’ Deals Blow to Working Families By John Rosales The collective voice of American workers was undermined today by the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in ​Janus v. American Federation of County, State Municipal Employees. In a 5-to-4 decision, which casts aside decades of precedents and laws, the court has eliminated a public-sector union’s ability to collect “fair share” or “agency” fees from workers who choose not to join as union members but are still protected by union agreements. The ruling undermines the ability of educators to come...
  • ["Stormy"] Daniels denied bid to restart Trump case

    06/20/2018 9:14:28 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    The Herald Sun ^ | June 20, 2018 | Reuters
    A federal judge in Los Angeles has rejected a request by the adult film actress Stormy Daniels to restart her lawsuit there against US President Donald Trump and his longtime lawyer Michael Cohen. US District Judge James Otero said the amount of media attention in the case was not a sufficient reason to reconsider the 90-day stay he had imposed in April. Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, is suing to void a non-disclosure agreement under which Cohen paid her $US130,000 ($A176,000) not to discuss her alleged relationship with Trump in 2006 and 2007. "While it is undeniable that...
  • Left Calls for Boycott of Chick-fil-A over Marriage Stance

    06/14/2018 11:44:11 AM PDT · by rktman · 131 replies
    pjmedia.com ^ | 6/13/2018 | Matt Margolis
    . Earlier this week Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey was forced to apologize after eating at Chick-fil-A… during Pride Month! The horror! Twitter and Square CEO Jack Dorsey ignited a backlash online after revealing that he ate at Chick-fil-A this month. On Saturday, Dorsey posted a photo on Twitter with the caption "Boost @ChickfilA," showing he had saved 10% on a $31.58 order at the fast-food chain. A "boost" is a cashback reward Square users can earn when using a Cash Card, which is a debit card from the payment platform. Critics immediately seized on Dorsey's support of Chick-fil-A — whose...
  • David Hogg still waiting for $1 million GoFundMe donation from Publix

    06/07/2018 9:01:09 AM PDT · by Simon Green · 58 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 06/06/18 | Valerie Richardson
    David Hogg might not want to hold his breath while waiting for that $1 million donation from Publix. Two weeks after the 18-year-old student activist called on Publix to atone for supporting a pro-National Rifle Association candidate by sending $1 million to the Parkland victims’ fund, the grocery chain has shown no indication that it plans to do so. Publix spokeswoman Nicole Krauss confirmed that the company has not donated to the crowdfunding account, but highlighted the firm’s public-service activities at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, scene of the deadly Feb. 14 shooting. “While we have...
  • Publix Finally Mans Up, Says David Hogg’s $1 Million Extortion Attempt Won’t Work

    06/05/2018 5:38:24 AM PDT · by LiveFreeOrDie2001 · 49 replies
    True Pundit ^ | 6/5/2018 | True Pundit Staff
    Publix was on the receiving end of Hogg’s latest stab at fascist activism thanks to the company’s previous financial support for Adam Putnam, Florida’s agriculture commissioner and a candidate for the GOP nomination for governor who is proud of the support he gets from the National Rifle Association. In a Twitter post published a week before Friday’s demonstrations, Hogg demanded a payment of $1 million from the supermarket chain to make up for its support of Putnam — and tried to extort a humiliating promise from Publix to make its politics conform to a teenage liberal’s demands. I call on...
  • When Pigs Fly… Publix Will Not Pay Teen Tyrant David Hogg’s Million Dollar Demand

    05/30/2018 7:13:16 AM PDT · by Cheerio · 109 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | May 30, 2018 | Kristinn Taylor
    Publix CEO Todd Jones on Tuesday told the father of a Parkland, Florida student killed in the February 14 massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that the Florida-based supermarket chain would not be making a donation to the school’s student fund. Last week leftist revolutionary Parkland student gun control activist David Hogg demanded Publix give $1 million to the Stoneman Douglas Victim’s fund to atone for donating a reported $670,000 in recent years to Adam Putnam, a pro-NRA Florida Republican running for governor. Hogg led a die-in inside Publix stores last Friday to protest Publix’s support for Putnam, who...
  • Publix halts political contributions ahead of Parkland students' 'die-in' protest

    05/25/2018 5:49:01 PM PDT · by Magnatron · 85 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | 25 May 2018 | Alex Harris, David Smiley And Martin Vassolo
    Staring down the prospect of a public relations crisis — boycott threats and "die-in" protests included — over its donations to Republican gubernatorial hopeful Adam Putnam, Publix said Friday it has halted all corporate political contributions. The supermarket giant made the announcement moments before a "die-in" protest planned by David Hogg, a vocal Parkland school shooting survivor and gun control activist. Despite the news, Hogg and dozens of protestors sprawled on the floor of a Coral Springs Publix for 12 minutes clutching sunflowers and signs that read "No NRA Money." Hogg and other students began their influential movement for gun...
  • David Hogg puts Publix in crosshairs, demands $1 million donation and anti-NRA pledge

    05/25/2018 9:08:18 AM PDT · by Magnatron · 145 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 24 May 2018 | Victor Morton
    David Hogg is trying to shake down Publix. The public face of the gun control movement demanded $1 million Thursday from the Florida-based grocery chain in a tweet, just one day after calling for a “die-in” protest at its stores. Publix is being targeted by Mr. Hogg for its support of Adam Putnam, a Republican gubernatorial candidate who is now the state’s agricultural commissioner. The Tampa Bay Times reported earlier this week that Publix had given $670,000 during the last three years to Putnam campaigns. Mr. Hogg not only sought atonement money from the grocery chain in Thursday’s tweet, he...
  • Rosenstein On Impeachment Threat: The DOJ ‘Is Not Going To Be Extorted’

    05/01/2018 2:42:11 PM PDT · by Magnatron · 66 replies
    Talking Points Memo ^ | 1 May 2018 | Kate Riga
    Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said that the Department of Justice “is not going to be extorted” and that he has no response to documents that “nobody has the courage to put their name on” in response to inquiries about the articles of impeachment the House Freedom Caucus is drafting to possibly bring against him.
  • Wells Fargo Rejects Union Demand to Act Against Gun Dealers

    05/01/2018 8:10:00 AM PDT · by EagleUSA · 11 replies
    Zacks Equity Research ^ | 5/1/2018 | Not Given
    Troubles for Wells Fargo & Company (WFC - Free Report) seems to have no end. This time they come from a teacher’s union — The American Federation of Teachers (“AFT”) — demanding the bank to restrain itself from providing finance to gun dealers and the National Rifle Association (“NRA”). After the recent tragic incident at a high school that took lives of innocent students and educators, AFT’s President Randi Weingarten raised concerns over Wells Fargo’s connections with the gunmakers and NRA. In a release issued on Apr 7, the union disclosed plans to discontinue the Wells Fargo mortgage program offering...
  • U.S. pastor Brunson breaks down at Turkish trial (kangaroo court trial)

    04/19/2018 3:02:47 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 14 replies
    Ahval ^ | Apr 16 2018 | None stated
    U.S. pastor Andrew Brunson, incarcerated in Turkey since October 2016, burst into tears at the first hearing of his trial on terrorism charges in Turkey on Monday. Brunson sobbed before telling a court in the city of Izmir that he was in a single-person cell and suffering psychologically, according to Hurriyet newspaper. Brunson said he was taking pills to treat his condition and had asked to be transferred out of solitary confinement. The U.S. pastor is on trial for aiding and abetting the Fethullah Gulen movement, an Islamist movement that Turkey blames for masterminding a coup attempt in July 2016...
  • Huckabee Has "Cult" Following

    12/31/2007 11:03:03 AM PST · by no dems · 77 replies · 182+ views
    New York Post ^ | December 31, 2007 | Jean Macintosh
    <p>Mike Huckabee is being backed by a bizarre upstate group that has been denounced as a cult, The Post has learned.</p> <p>Records show Huckabee raked in $20,000 from Sara Bronfman, the Seagram liquor heiress and high-profile devotee of the NXIVM group.</p>
  • How Stormy Daniels tried to sell story about her one-night-stand with Donald Trump for $200,000

    03/29/2018 2:52:50 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 33 replies
    www.dailymail.co.uk ^ | 03-29-2018 | By Martin Gould
    Stormy Daniels's manager offered her client's story to celebrity magazines, television shows and websites in the run-up to the 2016 election The titillating tell all was peddled to the media around October 17, three weeks before the election But the adult actress apparently had no takers as Hillary was expected to win at the time, and Stormy's story would have been worth a fraction of her asking price Daniels then accepted the $130k from Trump's lawyer Michael Cohen, who had made her the offer after Trump won the nomination 'It looks to me that she accepted Cohen's money because she...
  • Former aide to Gov. Cuomo convicted in bribery case

    03/13/2018 7:16:45 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 11 replies
    Fox News ^ | 3/13/2018 | Associated Press
    NEW YORK – A former top aide to Gov. Andrew Cuomo was convicted on corruption charges Tuesday at a trial that further exposed the state capital's culture of backroom deal-making. A federal jury in Manhattan found Joseph Percoco guilty of two counts of conspiracy to commit honest services wire fraud and one count of soliciting bribes after deliberating for parts of three weeks. "Joseph Percoco was found guilty of taking over $300,000 in cash bribes by selling something priceless that was not his to sell – the sacred obligation to honestly and faithfully serve the citizens of New York," Manhattan...
  • Major donor reconsiders support for Democrats who urged Franken to quit

    01/07/2018 4:12:52 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 29 replies
    StarTribune.com ^ | 1/7/18 | JACEY FORTIN New York Times
    A prominent donor to the Democratic Party says she is considering withdrawing support for senators who urged their colleague Al Franken to resign after he was accused of sexual misconduct. The donor, Susie Tompkins Buell, has been one of the Democratic Party’s most generous supporters for decades. In particular, she has been a champion of female politicians, including Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Maria Cantwell of Washington. Last month, those senators were among the dozens who called for Franken to resign from the Senate after at least six women accused him of sexual harassment...