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  • Trump Wins YUGE in a Government Shutdown

    04/23/2017 11:51:36 PM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 11 replies
    American Spectator ^ | April 24, 2017, 12:04 am | LARRY SCHWEIKART
    We’re looking at a possible government shutdown next Saturday, and that’s got some conservatives nervous. They shouldn’t be. Admittedly, past government shutdowns — or threats of shutdowns — have worked against conservatives. With Trump, however, it would likely be a different story.... even a partial shutdown plays precisely into the Trump agenda and his campaign promises of draining the swamp. Trump’s base, as well as “swing voters” who are fed up with out of control spending, would, of course, be cheered by such a move. Moreover, such a shutdown plays into Trump’s hands by giving him every excuse to slash...
  • APNewsBreak: New Orleans to take down Confederate statues

    04/23/2017 11:44:22 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 31 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 24, 2017 2:39 AM EDT | Jesse J. Holland
    New Orleans will begin taking down Confederate statutes, becoming the latest Southern body to divorce itself from what some say are symbols of racism and intolerance. Mayor Mitch Landrieu says the first memorial will come down Monday night because of death threats and intimidation from some of those who want the monuments to stay and to minimize city disruption. The other statues, of Confederate Generals Robert E. Lee and P.G.T. Beauregard and Confederate States of America President Jefferson Davis, will come down in following days. …
  • What Democrats Don’t Get About Trump’s Working Class Base

    04/23/2017 10:32:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | April 23, 2017 | Michael Boyd, Contributor
    Held in the middle of one of the most tumultuous eras of American politics, the 1965 New York Mayoral Election marked an important turning point in our history. The handsome John Lindsay, a progressive Republican at a time when the party had their fair share of liberals, managed to etch out a victory against future mayor Abraham Beam, a typical Tammy Hall Democrat. Lindsay would go on to serve two terms as mayor before watching his political career falter, but he may not have become mayor at all were it not for one man: William F. Buckley. While the late...
  • Exit Polls: Establishment Favorite Emmanuel Macron Will Take On Nationalist Marine Le Pen in Round 2

    04/23/2017 10:27:38 PM PDT · by Michael van der Galien · 16 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 04-23-2017 | Michael van der Galien
    Polls in France have closed. According to the exit polls, independent candidate Emmanuel Macron -- who's leading a "movement" rather than a party -- and Front National leader Marine Le Pen will proceed to the second round of the French presidential election. That's exactly what was indicated in the poll of polls, which had Macron leading the field with 24 percent, followed by Le Pen with 22 percent. The exit polls show Macron with 23.7 percent and Le Pen with 21.7 percent. If those results prove true, the last polls were right on the money. For Le Pen, today's result...
  • Illegal crossings into Canada may reach crisis level

    04/23/2017 9:10:17 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 29 replies
    Digital Journal ^ | 20 April 2017 | Karen Graham
    Ontario - New figures released by the federal government show that illegal border crossings into Canada continue to rise, with 877 people picked up in March by the RCMP, an increase over the 658 people picked up in February and the 315 in January. The numbers do not include those people coming into Canada through legal entry points along the Canada=U.S. border, nor do they include those immigrants that haven't been caught, so the number of asylum seekers could be much higher, according to CBC Canada. Perhaps even more worrisome is the fears that criminals may be coming into the...
  • How Did NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo Make $783,000 In Royalties From A Book That Sold Only 3,200 Copies?

    04/23/2017 7:52:38 PM PDT · by Leaning Right · 41 replies
    IBT ^ | 04/19/17 | LYDIA O'NEAL
    Fox News Channel parent News Corporation may be wrapped up in the sexual harassment accusations surrounding host Bill O’Reilly, but the company is facing another long-running scandal involving what appear to be exuberant payments to a Democrat — payments that occurred even as News Corp. was lobbying the New York State executive branch, which Gov. Andrew Cuomo oversees.
  • Chancellery investigated in hunt for WikiLeaks sources: reports [Germany]

    04/23/2017 7:47:36 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 21 April 2017 11:04 CEST+02:00
    German media reported on Thursday that Angela Merkel’s Chancellery has been included in an ongoing investigation into a recent WikiLeaks release of confidential documents. Broadcaster NDR reported on Thursday that according to unnamed sources, public prosecutors in Berlin are investigating employees of the Chancellery in their search to find who sent confidential documents to WikiLeaks, but the sources stressed that the investigation does not necessarily mean that there is a concrete suspicion against any individual employee. Government sources also told Reuters that the Chancellery had agreed weeks ago to the investigation against “unknown” persons, but added that there are no...
  • Crime and Different Punishments (bring back firing squads and the pillory)

    04/23/2017 6:08:17 PM PDT · by NRx · 20 replies
    NY Times ^ | 04-23-2017 | Ross Douthat
    LAST week, the State of Arkansas, which had executed exactly nobody since 2005, put to death Ledell Lee for the crime of murdering Debra Reese in 1993. Why now — 11 years after the last execution, 24 years after the crime? Because the chemicals used for lethal injection were about to expire.Reasonable people can disagree on the death penalty, but everyone should recognize the dark absurdity of an execution timetable set by a drug’s expiration date. And that absurdity provides a useful segue to the latest in my ongoing series of implausible proposals: That our modern way of punishment should...
  • Video of Cop [fatally]Shooting Retired Librarian during “Shoot/Don’t Shoot” Training

    04/23/2017 5:46:19 PM PDT · by Ken H · 50 replies
    You Tube (WINK news) ^ | April 20, 2017 | n/a
    Happened last August. Video just released.Husband says he was not allowed to ride in ambulance with his wife, then directed to wrong hospital. The 73 year-old librarian died in the ambulance according to WINK.
  • AG Sessions: Improper Payments to ‘Mostly Mexicans’ Could Fund Border Wall

    04/23/2017 4:45:31 PM PDT · by davikkm · 37 replies
    On ABC’s “This Week” this Sunday, Attorney General, Jeff Sessions remarked that through the improperly paid tax credits to “mostly Mexicans”, the border wall could be funded. The following is a partial transcript: STEPHANOPOULOS: You sound quite confident right there. Do you have any evidence that Mexico is going to pay for it? SESSIONS: Well, we’re going to get paid for it one way or the other. I know there’s $4 billion a year in excess payments, according to the Department of the Treasury’s own inspector general several years ago that are going to payments to people — tax credits...
  • With no trials in sight, Twin Peaks expenses mounting for McLennan County

    04/23/2017 2:17:45 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 119 replies
    WacoTrib ^ | 4/22/2017 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    Although the Twin Peaks biker trials have been put on hold until after a federal case against Bandidos leaders concludes, McLennan County continues to rack up expenses related to one of the most complex legal proceedings in its history. The two-year anniversary of the May 17, 2015, Twin Peaks shootout is approaching, yet none of the 155 bikers indicted in the melee has gone to trial. Since the shootout, top national leaders of the Bandidos motorcycle group were indicted in federal court in San Antonio, which has further complicated matters in McLennan County. Federal prosecutors have informed McLennan County officials...
  • North Korea Threatens To Sink The USS Carl Vinson, Warns China.

    04/23/2017 2:10:05 PM PDT · by davikkm · 43 replies
    IWB ^ | Pamela Williams
    North Korea said on Sunday it is ready to sink the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier to demonstrate its military might, as two Japanese navy ships joined a U.S. carrier group for exercises in the western Pacific. The United States has not specified where the carrier strike group is as it approaches the area. U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said on Saturday it would arrive “within days” but gave no other details. There is speculation the United States may launch a preemptive on North Korea. In other words, North Korea will not be allowed to touch the nuclear trigger. The...
  • Far Left Antifa Thugs Riot in Paris After French Election Results Announced

    04/23/2017 2:02:56 PM PDT · by davikkm · 53 replies
    The far left was not happy with the results of today’s French election results. With 34 percent of the vote counted, France’s Interior Ministry says that far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen is leading with 24.6 percent of the vote followed by centrist Emmanuel Macron with 21.9 percent.
  • Security Council Diplomats to Have Lunch With Trump

    04/23/2017 1:21:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The New York Times ^ | April 23, 2017 | Somini Sengupta
    UNITED NATIONS — President Trump, who recently had Ted Nugent, Sarah Palin and Kid Rock over for a White House dinner, is planning to host 14 diplomats from around the world for lunch on Monday. The diplomats are members of the powerful United Nations Security Council, an eclectic mix of America’s friends and rivals, and plenty of skeptics. Their guide to the White House is Mr. Trump’s outspoken envoy, Nikki R. Haley. Halibut is on the menu, and a cheese soufflé, which one Council diplomat hoped would not be the most substantial part of the White House visit. As of...
  • With Supreme Court seat filled, GOP looks to lower courts

    04/23/2017 12:47:28 PM PDT · by COBOL2Java · 19 replies
    WTOP News (Washington DC) ^ | April 23, 2017 8:17 am | AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans have put President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee on the bench, and they’re now in a position to fill dozens more federal judgeships — and reshape some of the nation’s highest courts. Democrats have few ways to stop them. The Republicans’ opportunity comes with the GOP in control of Congress and the White House, about 120 vacancies in federal district and appeals courts to be filled and after years of partisan fights over judicial nominations. Frustrated by Republican obstruction in 2013, then-majority Democrats changed Senate rules so judicial nominations for those trial and appeals courts are...
  • Bill Clinton trolls Trump: 'We just learned that the Clinton Center has been bugged'

    04/23/2017 12:35:35 PM PDT · by kevcol · 73 replies
    The Daily Caller News Foundation ^ | April 23, 2017 | Caitlin Yilek
    Former President Bill Clinton trolled President Trump on Sunday, joking that the Clinton Presidential Center "has been bugged." "BREAKING: We just learned that the @ClintonCenter has been bugged," Clinton tweeted with a photo of himself standing next to a statue of a grasshopper.
  • [French] Presidential election could lead to rioting [truncated][calls Le Pen "National Socialist"!]

    04/23/2017 12:21:12 PM PDT · by matt1234 · 25 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 4/22/2017 | Rory Mulholland
    Riots could break out in cities across France after results are announced of the first round of the presidential election, intelligence services have warned, as the most unpredictable vote in decades goes ahead amid a heightened terror alert. Trouble is almost certain if the far-Right leader Marine Le Pen and her far-Left counterpart Jean-Luc-Mélenchon are the two candidates who make it through to the second and final round on May 7, according to a report issued by French intelligence services. The confidential document, leaked to Le Parisien newspaper, said that at the top of the list of potential security problems...
  • Trump's defense spending hike expected to be ignored by Congress next week

    04/23/2017 12:09:03 PM PDT · by huldah1776 · 13 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | April 23, 2017 | Travis J. Tritten
    President Trump's push for a big military buildup in legislation funding the government is likely to go unfulfilled next week, when Congress returns and quickly tries to agree on how to keep the government open after April 28. A $578 billion bill that funds the Pentagon through September and provides some modest increases has already been hammered out by lawmakers in both chambers and passed by the House. While there is talk of a week-long extension before the big bill is passed, the main bill is likely to be the basis of all defense spending for the rest of the...
  • Pelosi: ‘Of Course’ Democratic Party Has Room For Pro-Lifers

    04/23/2017 11:22:58 AM PDT · by kevcol · 35 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | April 23, 2017 | Charles Fain Lehman
    There is "of course" a place for pro-life Democrats in the Democratic Party, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) told Chuck Todd on NBC's Meet The Press Sunday morning. . . . Pelosi's comments came the same morning that Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D., Ill.) said that he felt only people who support the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court ruling can be a part of the Democratic Party.
  • Carson: HUD-Funded Projects Will Grow Jobs For Low-Income Americans

    04/23/2017 11:22:50 AM PDT · by HarleyLady27 · 25 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | April 22, 2017 | Jack Davis
    Low-income Americans will no longer be passed over when the federal government pays the bill for construction projects, HUD Secretary Ben Carson said Thursday. Carson said using a rule that has been ignored for much of the past 50 years is part of his different approach to running the Department of Housing and Urban Development. “It’s not how many people we can get into public housing,” Carson said during an interview with Newsmax TV. “It’s how many people we can get out of it.”