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  • The Senate Budget Deal Proves Republicans Love Government Spending

    02/09/2018 8:37:06 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Reason ^ | 02/09/2018 | Veronique de Rugby
    Warning: This post contains numbers that may upset anyone who dreams of a smaller government. With the Senate budget deal announced yesterday, congressional Republicans have proved that they aren't merely big spenders: They bear primary responsibility for Washington's complete lack of fiscal responsibility. At the same time, they have reaffirmed the fact that bipartisanship means a determination to spend us into oblivion. The bipartisan budget deal that the senators proclaimed so proudly yesterday would add $300 billion over two years to discretionary spending, not counting emergency funds and other add-ons. It would yet again burst the budget caps that Republicans...
  • After 61 Years, America’s Busiest Highway Is Almost Complete

    02/09/2018 8:09:01 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 46 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | January 20, 2018 | Robinson Meyer
    PENNINGTON, N.J.—The past few years have been thick with promises of shiny new infrastructure and the revival of American greatness. Funny, then, that so little has been made of a quiet victory for U.S. infrastructure due later this year. By September 2018, one of the country’s most famous civil-engineering projects will finally complete construction, six decades after work on it began. Interstate 95, the country’s most used highway, will finally run as one continuous road between Miami and Maine by the late summer. The interstate’s infamous “gap” on the Pennsylvania and New Jersey border will be closed, turning I-95 into...
  • US kills more than 100 Assad regime fighters in largest deliberate strike against Syrian forces

    02/09/2018 8:08:07 AM PST · by Navy Patriot · 43 replies
    The Telegraph (UK) via Yahoo Noose ^ | February 8, 2018 | Raf Sanchez
    The US-led coalition killed more than 100 Assad regime fighters in eastern Syria on Wednesday, officials said, in the largest deliberate strike carried out by Western forces against pro-Syrian government troops. The coalition said it struck regime fighters with airstrikes and artillery after they launched an "unprovoked attack" against the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), the Western-backed rebels fighting the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) in Syria. "We estimate more than 100 Syrian pro-regime forces were killed while engaging SDF and coalition forces," a US military official said.
  • Antonio Sabato Jr, gets the best of Joy Behar debating immigration, and she can’t stand it

    02/09/2018 7:58:21 AM PST · by Cheerio · 38 replies
    BizPac Review ^ | February 9, 2018 | Scott Morefield
    Conservative model, actor, and California Congressional candidate Antonio Sabŕto Jr. made an appearance on Wednesday’s edition of The View to discuss a wide range of political topics, so it was only a matter of time before things veered toward the hot topic of the day, immigration. Sabŕto is an outspoken Trump-supporter who happens to be a child of Czech and Italian immigrants who legally brought him to the United States when he was 12 years old, but that didn’t stop Joy Behar and the other hens on The View from trying to use that against his positions on border security....
  • Strzok & Page: Tim Cook was a 'hypocrite' in the San Bernardino iPhone encryption fight

    02/09/2018 7:53:52 AM PST · by Swordmaker · 29 replies
    Business Insider ^ | February 8, 2018 | by Kif Leswing
    Apple publicly fought the FBI in 2016 over issues related to privacy, encryption, and an iPhone used by a terrorist. Texts between FBI employees released earlier this week give a peek into how some agents saw the battle. In February 2016, as Apple and the FBI were quietly sparring over how to unlock an iPhone owned by one of the perpetrators of the mass shooting in San Bernardino, California, two FBI officials unrelated to the case back in Washington DC were privately discussing their distaste for Apple CEO Tim Cook. "And what makes me really angry about that Apple...
  • San Francisco Bay Area Experiences Mass Exodus Of Residents

    02/09/2018 7:50:40 AM PST · by Red Badger · 241 replies
    sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com ^ | February 8, 2018 at 5:32 pm | By Len Ramirez
    SAN JOSE (KPIX 5) – The number of people packing up and moving out of the Bay Area just hit its highest level in more than a decade. Carole Dabak spent 40 years living in San Jose and now she’s part of the mass exodus that is showing no signs of slowing down. The retired engineer’s packing up and calling it quits about to move to the state of Tennessee. “I loved it here when I first got here. I really loved it here. But it’s just not the same,” Dabak said. Of course people come and go from the...
  • There's So Much Smoke. Why Worry About a Fire?

    02/09/2018 7:16:50 AM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 9, 2018 | David Limbaugh
    What are we to make of the GOP and Democrats' dueling scandal wars? So much information, so little time. We'll have to wait until special counsel Robert Mueller completes his investigation to be sure, but I don't believe there's any credible evidence that Donald Trump colluded with Russia to affect the presidential election. On the other hand, though I was initially skeptical that the investigations into the Democratic scandals would produce much, I've changed my mind. I know I'm biased, but after having studied the voluminous information more thoroughly, I'm convinced there is an alarming amount of evidence of misconduct....
  • California Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia accused of groping male staffer

    02/09/2018 7:10:32 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 25 replies
    CBS "News" ^ | February 9, 2018
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. - - The California Legislature's widening sexual misconduct scandal now includes allegations against a Democratic lawmaker known for her fierce advocacy on women's issues, including an anti-sexual harassment movement that began sweeping the Capitol last fall. Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia said Thursday she'll fully cooperate with an investigation into an allegation she groped a 25-year-old man who worked for another lawmaker in 2014. Daniel Fierro alleges that she stroked his back, squeezed his buttocks and attempted to touch his crotch in the dugout after a legislative softball game. Garcia said she doesn't recall the incident.
  • Sudden FBI departures indicate that the jig is up

    02/09/2018 7:03:59 AM PST · by pgkdan · 102 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | 02/09/18 | Thomas Lifson
    Choose your metaphor: rats leaving a sinking ship, cockroaches scurrying away from the light, or maybe just people cutting deals to save their butts. Yesterday saw the FBI fan feculated. The blandness of this Politico story, titled "Two more officials cited in FBI texts step down," conceals really, really big news. The jig is up. Each of the "officials" who is "stepping down" is leaving under duress and likely facing serious legal consequences for acts that have been disclosed – acts that go to the heart of the fraudulent application for the Page FISA warrant and the obstruction of justice...
  • What fueled the budget deal? Cold, hard cash

    02/09/2018 7:03:57 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 11 replies
    NBC "News" ^ | February 9, 2018 | by JONATHAN ALLEN
    WASHINGTON — Just add cash. That was the ingredient Republican and Democratic leaders on Capitol Hill needed to strike and pass a long-term budget deal after months of bitter fighting across and within party lines about how to spend funds that had been limited by budget caps. An $89 billion injection "changes a lot of votes," explained North Carolina Rep. Mark Meadows, the chairman of Republicans' arch-conservative Freedom Caucus and an opponent of the bill, hours before it passed. And that figure, an important factor in securing the support of lawmakers from the Republican-heavy states of Texas and Florida, only...
  • Rubio Dismisses Report About Dem Senator (Warner) Attempting to Contact Dossier Author

    02/09/2018 7:02:44 AM PST · by EdnaMode · 61 replies
    Townhall ^ | February 9, 2018 | Leah Barkoukis
    en. Marco Rubio (R-FL) dismissed a Fox News report that Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) tried to contact Christopher Steele, the author of the controversial Russian dossier. The Florida senator said Warner had already “fully disclosed” his contacts and that they had “zero impact” on the Intelligence Committee’s work. “Sen.Warner fully disclosed this to the committee four months ago.Has had zero impact on our work,” he wrote, tweeting out a link to the story. Marco Rubio✔ @marcorubio Sen.Warner fully disclosed this to the committee four months ago.Has had zero impact on our work. http://fxn.ws/2nXIdM6 #FoxNews The report noted that Warner had...
  • The Ascension of the DC Swamp Creatures

    02/09/2018 6:31:45 AM PST · by Hojczyk · 6 replies
    American Thinker ^ | Feburary 9,2018 | Patricia McCarthy
    Perhaps because in the real world of industry, service, manufacturing, agriculture, entertainment, food production, and other productive enterprise, character and diligence are the keys to success. Talent and expertise are crucial, as is a work ethic. These are the qualities that are quintessentially American across the board in all walks of life -- except government! These are the values that have built this country. While there are more than a few talented men and women of character in government, they are still the exception in the upper echelons, not the rule. There are even fewer men and women of character...
  • Donald Trump Signs Bloated Bipartisan Spending Bill; Hails ‘Big Victory’ for Military

    02/09/2018 6:28:14 AM PST · by davikkm · 57 replies
    breitbart ^ | CHARLIE SPIERING
    President Donald Trump quickly signed the Congressional two-year spending deal on Friday, just hours after it passed the House of Representatives in an early morning vote. “Just signed Bill,” Trump announced on Twitter. “Our Military will now be stronger than ever before.” The president focused on the big boost to military spending as a win for Republicans. “We love and need our Military and gave them everything — and more,” he wrote. “First time this has happened in a long time. Also means JOBS, JOBS, JOBS!” The Republican budget deal with Democrats raises spending by $300 billion — roughly $165...
  • Donald Trump Shouldn’t Talk to the Feds. And Neither Should You.

    02/09/2018 5:57:16 AM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 61 replies
    ©2018 Reason Foundation ^ | 02.08.18 | Ken White
    When the feds interview a subject or target, their goal is not mere information-gathering or fact-finding or "clearing a few things up." Their goal is the hunt. One purpose, arguably the primary purpose, is to provoke the foolish interviewee into lying, thus committing a new, fresh federal crime that is easily prosecuted, rendering the original investigation irrelevant. When special counsels or FBI agents ask questions ..., they are not fact-finding. They've already done their homework. They've already gathered facts—almost certainly many more facts than the interviewee knows. They are asking questions the answers to which they can already prove, hoping...
  • Draft DHS report calls for long-term surveillance of Sunni Muslim immigrants

    02/09/2018 5:37:15 AM PST · by beaversmom · 23 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | February 6, 2018 | George Joseph
    A Department of Homeland Security draft report from late January called on authorities to continuously vet Sunni Muslim immigrants deemed to have "at-risk" demographic profiles. The draft report, a copy of which was obtained by Foreign Policy, looks at 25 terrorist attacks in the United States between October 2001 and December 2017, concluding there would be "great value for the United States Government in dedicating resources to continuously evaluate persons of interest" and suggesting that immigrants to the United States be tracked on a "long-term basis." If the report's recommendations were implemented, it would represent a vast expansion of the...
  • Maryland will sue Trump administration over state tax-deduction cap

    02/09/2018 5:09:35 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 44 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 3, 2018 | Andrew Blake
    Maryland will sue the Trump administration for capping state and local tax (SALT) deductions in its new federal tax law, the state’s attorney general said Thursday. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act signed by President Trump last year contains a provision capping SALT deductions at $10,000, and Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh said residents across the heavily-taxed state stand to take a hit as a result. “By eliminating the SALT deductions, Trump’s tax bill will jack up taxes for more than half a million Marylanders,” Mr. Frosh, a Democrat, said in a statement announcing his intent to sue the Trump...
  • Sen. Mark Warner Traded Secret Texts with Russian Oligarch's Lobbyist Linked to Hillary

    02/09/2018 4:47:45 AM PST · by markomalley · 14 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 2/8/18 | Debra Heine
    The top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee communicated through phone calls and text messages last spring with a lobbyist for a Russian oligarch in order to gain access to Christopher Steele, the former British spy who wrote the salacious and unverified anti-Trump dossier. Senator Mark Warner (D-Va.) texted back and forth with lobbyist Adam Waldman, who runs the Endeavor Group -- which has ties to (surprise!) Hillary Clinton -- while leading the Senate Intelligence Committee's investigation into President Trump's alleged ties to Russia with his Republican colleague North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr.In one text to the lobbyist, the senator expressed a desire...
  • If You're Reading This, You're Dead

    02/09/2018 4:08:03 AM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 9, 2018 | Erick Erickson
    Republicans on the Federal Communications Commission ended President Obama's "net neutrality" regulations. Those regulations were passed with no reason, but a fear of what might happen to the internet by major corporations. They were not needed. But Democrats declared that their repeal would cause people to die. Republicans rolled back Barack Obama's individual mandate that forces Americans to buy health insurance whether or not they want it. Statisticians declared Americans would lose their health insurance if the GOP did this, ignoring that those losing health insurance would be those actively choosing to forego an insurance plan. Again, Democrats declared the...
  • Greenfield: The Abnormalization of Trump

    02/09/2018 2:30:38 AM PST · by Louis Foxwell · 29 replies
    FrontPage ^ | 2/9/18 | Greenfield
    The ‘Abnormalization’ of Trump What media coverage of a military parade tells us about the Left's madness. February 9, 2018 Daniel Greenfield Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is an investigative journalist and writer focusing on the radical left and Islamic terrorism. President Trump’s proposal for a military parade was met with total and absolute hysteria. Just like any and every other proposal that he makes. Military parades are a “public demonstration of power is characteristic of authoritarian regimes like North Korea and China,” the media screeched. That must be why we have them every year....
  • New York Senate Dems take aim at bump stocks in package of nine gun control bills

    02/09/2018 12:57:17 AM PST · by Simon Green · 27 replies
    Daily News ^ | Kenneth Lovett
    ALBANY — Calling gun violence a “national epidemic,” state Senate Democrats Tuesday unveiled a package of gun control bills. The nine-bill package would ban bump stock devices that increase rate of fire like the one used in the Las Vegas mass shooting. It would also establish extreme risk orders of protection, prohibit anyone convicted of a hate crime from possessing firearms, expand the time for background checks, and create a firearm violence research initiative. “Enacting this common sense legislation will help save lives by keeping guns out of the hands of dangerous individuals and banning tools to make legal guns...