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  • Judge rules deputy had duty to protect Parkland students, refuses to toss lawsuit

    12/12/2018 2:37:15 PM PST · by jazusamo · 49 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 12, 2018 | Terry Spencer & Curt Anderson-AP
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — A judge has rejected a deputy’s claim that he had no duty to confront the gunman during the school shooting in Parkland, Florida. Refusing to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the parent of a victim, Broward Circuit Judge Patti Englander Henning found after a hearing Wednesday that ex-deputy Scot Peterson did have a duty to protect those inside the school where 17 people died and 17 were wounded on Feb. 14. Video and other evidence shows Peterson, the only armed officer at the school, remained outside while shots rang out. The negligence lawsuit was filed by...
  • Profile of a Sinking Blue State, or Why Florida Dodged a Bullet in Election 2018

    12/12/2018 10:44:01 AM PST · by Jacquerie · 13 replies
    Sunshine State News ^ | December 12th 2018 | Nancy Smith
    On a day when an editorial in the venerable Chicago Tribune newspaper is making national news for pleading with Illinois lawmakers to clean up the state's fiscal mess, it's a good time for Florida to count its blessings. There but for the grace of God and a slew of successful conservative policies ... The Sunshine State barely avoided a great big fiscal rathole of its own on Election Day by rejecting progressive leadership and the prospect of turning a sound red state blue. Maybe not Illinois blue, but a Gillum victory likely would have started the Sunshine State down Insolvency...
  • Trump Forces Chuck and Nancy to Debate Him in Front of America, They Didn't Like It

    12/11/2018 11:32:46 AM PST · by Kaslin · 183 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 11, 2018 | Katie Pavlich
    For the first time since the 2018-midterm elections, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi met with President Trump at the White House Tuesday. Their meeting was originally supposed to be closed press, but that all changed when the White House press pool was invited into the Oval Office to broadcast their remarks. President Trump started the meeting by thanking Pelosi and Schumer for showing up and made his case for additional border security. "I am proud to shut down the government over border security," Trump said. "I will take the mantle." "They're pouring into our...
  • More than 6000 mail-in ballots in Florida were not counted: officials

    12/11/2018 1:53:54 AM PST · by SMGFan · 82 replies
    the hill ^ | December 10, 2018
    More than 6,000 mailed ballots in Florida went uncounted in November's midterm elections, according to a report by the Associated Press. Officials at the Florida Department of State informed a federal judge last week that 6,670 ballots that were mailed in ahead of the November 6 midterm election were left uncounted because they arrived after Election Day. Ballots mailed inside the U.S. must reach election offices by 7 p.m. on Election Day under current Florida law. It is not yet clear why the ballots did not make it to the election offices on time. According to The Associated Press, the...
  • Whoa: Students Asked if Parkland Shooter 'Deserves to Die' In School Assignment

    12/10/2018 4:15:15 PM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 10, 2018 | Beth Bauman
    Students at Coral Glades High School in Coral Springs, Florida, were given a rather shocking assignment: to take a quiz about whether or not Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooter Nikolas Cruz "deserves to die." To make matters even worse? Coral Glades is only a 10 minute drive from Stoneman Douglas so this should hit close to home.Images of the quiz made its way around social media. Parkland survivor Cameron Kasky said the school board should be ashamed: This worksheet was given to students in @BrowardSchools. I cannot begin to express how pathetic I find this. Our schoolboard should add this...
  • Top Dem Says There Hasn't Been 'Adequate Justification' for Troops to Be at the Border

    Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.), the presumed incoming chairman for the House Armed Services Committee, voiced his extreme displeasure after the Department of Defense extended the deployment of active-duty service members on the U.S.-Mexico border. They will stay at the border until January 31.The Department of Homeland Security requested the extension due to the “ongoing threat” of large, and sometimes violent, migrant caravans.“I continue to strongly question the deployment of U.S. military service members at our southern border. Furthermore, the decision to extend this deployment to the end of January 2019 is not a responsible use of Department of Defense resources...
  • $1 Million in Gold Coins From 1715 Shipwreck on the Market

    11/07/2016 6:57:31 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    WTOP ^ | November 7, 2016
    A New Orleans investment firm has begun marketing gold coins from a 300-year-old shipwreck discovered off Florida’s coast. Blanchard and Co. is one of two dealers offering the coins from an area where 11 treasure-laden ships of a Spanish fleet were smashed onto reefs by a hurricane on July 31, 1715. The other dealer is California-based Monaco Rare Coins. John Albanese, a New Jersey-based coin expert who brokered the sales, said in an interview Friday that most of the 295 coins being offered were found by divers exploring the area last year on the 300th anniversary of the disaster.
  • Rubio can't say whether he supports Trump picks for U.N., attorney general

    12/09/2018 2:25:39 PM PST · by conservative98 · 28 replies
    CBS News ^ | Dec 9, 2018 | KATHRYN WATSON
    [CUT - On Bill Barr:] "Well, I can't comment on whether I support [Barr] or not yet. I haven't even begun to review his qualifications or his record in the past," Rubio said Sunday. "I know he's been through the Senate process before. I'm going to watch the Judiciary process very closely. At the appropriate time I'll meet with the nominee and get my own take on it, and then I'll have a decision to make. I generally do not support nominees, for the most part, unless I know them personally [CUT - On Heather Nauert:] “Does she have detailed...
  • Rubio on Impeachment: The President Is Not Above the Law

    12/09/2018 1:16:10 PM PST · by conservative98 · 102 replies
    Breitbart ^ | December 9, 2018 | Pam Key
    Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) said if President Donald Trump did direct his lawyer Michael Cohen to commit federal campaign finance felonies, he was not “above the law.”
  • Sen. Ted Cruz, others announce bill to fund $25 billion border wall

    12/06/2018 11:25:55 AM PST · by BeauBo · 203 replies
    KXAN ^ | 6 Dec 2018 | Tulsi Kamath
    U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz with three other senators introduced a bill Wednesday that is aimed at fully funding a wall along the US-Mexico border... The WALL Act would fully fund the border wall by closing existing loopholes that provide illegal immigrants with federal benefits and tax credits, without affecting the benefits and tax credits used by Americans.
  • New York Democrat Gillibrand mocked for saying future is 'female' and 'intersectional'

    12/06/2018 10:42:13 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 17 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 6, 2018 | Lukas Mikelionis
    The future may be female, but critics say Kirsten Gillibrand's role may be limited. The Democratic U.S. senator from New York was widely mocked Wednesday after saying the future is “female” and “intersectional,” in a wink to the progressive wing of her party. “Our future is: Female, Intersectional, Powered by our belief in one another. And we’re just getting started,” Gillibrand wrote in a tweet. Critics claimed Gillibrand was trying to pander to progressives ahead of a likely run for president in 2020, looking to portray herself as a feminist firebrand. U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., for one, fired back...
  • Cowardice at Parkland Shooting: “Security” Recognized Shooter, Rifle Case

    12/06/2018 8:45:42 AM PST · by marktwain · 18 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 4 December, 2018 | Dean Weingarten
    Evidence of more incompetence and cowardice has been exposed from the Parkland school shooting. Seventeen students and staff were murdered on February 14, 2018, at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas School.  I will not name the murderer. You have probably read and remember the armed school resource officer, Deputy Scot Petterson, failed to confront the killer immediately. He did not run to the sound of the gunfire. Instead, he waited outside the school for others to come. Eventually, there were seven or eight deputies outside the school waiting. Officers from another jurisdiction showed up and immediately entered, but it was...
  • Democrats: Campaign Finance Admission Should ‘Disqualify’ Incoming Congressman

    12/06/2018 11:00:36 AM PST · by SMGFan · 14 replies
    rollcall ^ | December 6, 2018
    Rep.-elect Ross Spano’s Republican primary opponents are outraged, too. Revelations that GOP Rep.-elect Ross Spano violated campaign finance law by taking out personal loans and directing approximately the same amount to his campaign should disqualify him from serving in Congress, Florida Democrats say. Spano “knew exactly what he was doing when he took personal loans and used them as campaign funds, which is against the law,” Florida Democratic Party Chairwoman Terrie Rizzo said in a statement earlier this week. “This matter needs to be fully investigated, and appropriate actions taken.” The freshman Republican acknowledged transgressing rules against straw donations in...
  • Over 100 Arrested During Human Trafficking Operation in Florida

    12/06/2018 8:01:16 AM PST · by ZeroToHero · 11 replies
    NN ^ | 12/5/18 | Jay Greenberg
    Polk County Sheriff's Office announced the success of a major undercover Human Trafficking operation this week, that saw 104 people arrested in Florida. Detectives led a six-day Human Trafficking sting from November 27 to December 2.
  • Why Did 101 Lawmakers Send Letters of Support to Israel-Bashing CAIR?

    11/05/2018 5:44:15 AM PST · by SJackson · 34 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | 11-5-18 | Steven Emerson
    If the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) stuck to its stated mission statement and only did civil rights work protecting Muslim Americans from discrimination and bigotry, you likely would never see it mentioned on this site.But CAIR has a second, perhaps more paramount objective that it never directly acknowledges: To oppose Israel and promote Palestinian nationalism.CAIR’s mission statement makes no mention of Palestine. Instead, it says it aims to “enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.” It describes its lobbying arm as focusing “on issues related to Islam and Muslims. The department monitors legislation and government activities and responds...
  • Bush Was Born Into Exceptional Wealth. Here's What We Know About the Fortune He's Leaving Behind

    12/04/2018 5:44:27 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 114 replies
    Yahoo! Finance ^ | December 3, 2018 | Brad Tuttle, Money
    George H.W. Bush, the 41st U.S. president and father of the 43rd president George W. Bush, died on November 30, 2018, at the age of 94. He passed away less than eight months after his wife, former first lady Barbara Bush, died at the age of 92. The former president will lie in state in U.S. Capitol from Monday to Wednesday. There will be a state funeral for George H.W. Bush on Wednesday at the Washington National Cathedral, and a memorial service for the former president will be held on Thursday in Houston. He will be laid to rest at...
  • School shooting PR consultant apologizes after calling critics 'crazies' and reporter 'skanky'

    12/04/2018 11:44:57 AM PST · by Honest Nigerian · 10 replies
    A public relations consultant for the Broward school district apologized Tuesday after a video surfaced in which she described critics of the district in the Parkland massacre as “crazies” and a reporter as “skanky.” Sara Brady, who was paid nearly $75,000 to assist the district after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, told an audience of public relations professionals last July that critics of the school district’s controversial Promise program, which allowed students who commit minor crimes to avoid jail, were “crazies.” She criticized an unnamed reporter who routinely covers the district as “just a jerk” and then...
  • Florida student arrested for threatening to kill professor over 7 am exam

    12/03/2018 11:35:40 AM PST · by simpson96 · 41 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/3/2018 | Owen Daugherty
    A student at Florida Atlantic University (FAU) was arrested after he posted a message on Twitter that threatened to kill his professor for scheduling an exam early in the morning. FAU police arrested Rafael Decomas last week after receiving a tip about a Twitter post from Decomas, according to local news outlet WPTV. His Twitter post stated “i gern (expletive) kill dis professor bey this is my confession to a premeditated murder" in a direct tweet to another user appearing to be his girlfriend. Decomas is a commuter student and was upset he would have to wake up at 5...
  • U.S. Supreme Court turns away challenge to Trump's border wall

    12/03/2018 7:26:55 AM PST · by mandaladon · 42 replies
    Reuters ^ | 3 Dec 2018 | Andrew Chung
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rebuffed a challenge by three conservation groups to the authority of President Donald Trump’s administration to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, a victory for Trump who has made the wall a centerpiece of his hardline immigration policies. The justices’ declined to hear the groups’ appeal of a ruling by a federal judge in California rejecting their claims that the administration had pursued border wall projects without complying with applicable environmental laws. The groups are the Center for Biological Diversity, the Animal Legal Defense Fund and Defenders of Wildlife. Their...
  • Jeb Bush wasn’t invited to Barbara’s surprise wedding

    10/10/2018 8:39:04 PM PDT · by conservative98 · 88 replies
    NY Post ^ | October 10, 2018 | Nikki Schwab
    WASHINGTON – Jeb Bush wasn’t invited to niece Barbara Bush’s surprise weekend wedding, it was revealed Wednesday. Former first lady Laura Bush said the former Florida governor and failed presidential candidate didn’t make the cut for the small-scale, and short notice, Oct. 7 nuptials — in which her eldest daughter with former President George W. Bush married actor Craig Coyne. “Well, I think Barbara just kept it a secret, plus so few people were invited,” the former FLOTUS told journalist Cokie Roberts, who interviewed her on stage at an event in Washington, DC. “It was just our family and Craig’s...