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  • Oh, Brother: Obama Compares JFK, MLK Murders to Vegas, Thousand Oaks Mass Shootings

    12/15/2018 5:24:19 PM PST · by jazusamo · 1 replies ^ | December 15, 2018 | Beth Baumann
    Former President Barack Obama on Wednesday was presented with the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Ripple of Hope Award, which celebrates leaders “who have demonstrated a commitment to social change," the Associated Press reported. “I’m not sure if you’ve heard, but I’ve been on this hope kick for a while now. Even ran a couple of campaigns on it. Thank you for officially validating my hope credentials,” Obama said during his acceptance speech. “If we summon our best selves, we can inspire others to do the same. It’s easy to succumb to cynicism, the notion that hope is a...

    12/15/2018 4:03:07 PM PST · by Hojczyk
    Powerline ^ | December 15,2018 | STEVEN HAYWARD
    You may have to go all the way back to the late 20th century to recall an article in Harpers magazine that was worth reading, but the current issue features an article from the controversial French novelist Michel Houellebecq that defends Donald Trump (Donald Trump Is a Good President) in ways that will drive just about everybody out of their minds But whats most remarkable about the new American policies is certainly the countrys position on trade, and there Trump has been like a healthy breath of fresh air; youve really done well to elect a president with origins in...
  • In Weaponized Courts, Judge Who Halted Affordable Care Act Is a Conservative Favorite

    12/15/2018 3:43:13 PM PST · by Kenny Bania · 24 replies
    New York Slimes ^ | DEC 15, 2018 | Manny Fernandez
    In the 11 years Judge Reed C. OConnor has been on the federal bench, he has become a favorite of Republican leaders in Texas, reliably tossing out Democratic policies they have challenged. The states Republican attorney general appears to strategically file key lawsuits in Judge OConnors jurisdiction, the Northern District of Texas, so that he will hear them. And on Friday, the judge handed Republicans another victory by striking down the Affordable Care Act, the signature health law of the Obama era.
  • Pelosi: We Have a Moral Responsibility to Ensure All Children Are Treated With Decency and Compass-

    12/15/2018 3:29:19 PM PST · by jazusamo · 48 replies
    CNSNews ^ | December 15, 2018 | CNS News Staff
    Full title: Pelosi: We Have a Moral Responsibility to Ensure All Children Are Treated With Decency and Compassion ( House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D.-Calif.) reacted to the death of a 7-year-old girl who died after being apprehended illegally entering the United States with her father by declaring that we have a moral responsibility to ensure all children are treated with decency and compassion. Jakelin Amei Caal Maquin and her father were caught among a group of 163 aliens illegally crossing the border in New Mexico, according to a statement released by Customs and Border Protection. Our hearts break for...
  • One Final Act: Gov. Scott Walker Saves More Than 300 Jobs a Few Weeks Before Leaving Office

    12/15/2018 3:18:11 PM PST · by Kaslin · 13 replies ^ | December 15, 2018 | Beth Bauman
    Outgoing Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) on Thursday announced that the state's economic development agency came to an agreement to save 388 jobs in the northern part of the state. The state agreed to provide a $28 million tax incentive to Kimberly-Clark, a paper good company, to keep its Fox Crossing facility in Neenah.After the Republican-held legislature refused to take up an bill providing the company with an incentive, Walker vowed to save the jobs the facility provided.Quite literally, if its the last thing I do, Im going to find a way. Im going to save the jobs at Kimberly-Clark,...
  • Mystery Mueller Subpoena Continues: Lockdown At DC Circuit

    12/15/2018 1:24:44 PM PST · by CaptainK · 59 replies ^ | 12/15/18 | ED MORRISSEY
    The saga of Robert Muellers mystery subpoena continued yesterday, but only a select few even got to see the players. The DC Circuit Court of Appeals went into a sealed session so secret that the attorneys arguing the case went in undercover, CNN reported. What could possibly be so secret in Muellers probe that requires this level of security? Wanna take a guess whos name is on the mystery invitation?
  • 2019 Is The Year Pharma Pays

    12/15/2018 1:14:46 PM PST · by Kaslin · 24 replies ^ | December 15, 2018 | Mytheos Holt
    If any lobby in Washington can be said to lead a charmed life, it is the pharmaceutical industry. Having co-opted everyone from Cory Booker to frequent Trump allyChris Collins, the industry enjoys wide bipartisan support, despite frequently slicing away at every conceivable protection Americans can use against being priced into ruin. And, of course, then proceeding to do precisely that once those protections are gone.Again, this is an industry that most of Washington is afraid to cross, even though they have done such politically nigh-suicidal things asbleeding cancer patients dry for their money,testing opioids on children in order to maintain...
  • Year-old 66 Express Lanes have caused shifts in commuter behavior

    12/15/2018 1:14:13 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 31 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | December 8, 2018 | Luz Lazo and John D. Harden
    When the 66 Express Lanes opened a year ago, officials promised the tolls would mean a smoother ride on the interstate, a major east-west thoroughfare from Northern Virginia into the District that is infamous for its headache-inducing congestion. The states promise less congestion and faster travel times during rush hour has been fulfilled for many commuters able to pay or carpool, but the new toll system has had an adverse effect for many of the remaining road users. For some commuters, the rush-hour period has simply shifted later outside the toll hours and dumped them onto...
  • For 76-year-old Joe Biden, age a factor as he mulls 2020 run

    12/15/2018 1:12:05 PM PST · by Baynative · 19 replies
    Past and current advisers to Biden have held frequent conversations about options to alleviate concerns about age, including teaming him with a younger running mate. One option that has been floated, according to a source with knowledge of the talks, is outgoing Texas Rep. Beto ORourke, who at 46 has become the subject of intense 2020 speculation after nearly beating GOP Sen. Ted Cruz.
  • All is Fair in the War on Trump

    12/15/2018 12:15:35 PM PST · by Kaslin · 22 replies ^ | December 15, 2018 | Michael Reagan
    It's not like it was something we didn't already know. But what the FBI and Special Counsel Robert Mueller's did to President Trump's former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn is fresh proof that there are two kinds of justice operating in the Washington swamp. One kind - the mean, devious, throw-the-book-at-'em kind - is used for prosecuting Donald Trump and his people. The other kind of justice - the nice, easy-going, so-what kind - is used for not looking into the law-breaking email fiascos of Hillary and the financial fishiness of the Clinton Crime Syndicate. Hillary continues to skate...
  • Former FBI SSA Robyn Gritzs Letter To Judge Sullivan in Support Of Flynn

    12/15/2018 11:44:08 AM PST · by saywhatagain · 53 replies
    SaraCarter ^ | December 14, 2018 | Sara Carter
    Dear Judge Sullivan: I am submitting my letter directly since Mike Flynns attorney has refused to submit it as well as letters submitted by other individuals.
  • Mueller Probe Cost Has Increased to More Than $25 Million

    12/15/2018 11:27:06 AM PST · by naeim.darzi · 15 replies
    NTD ^ | 12/15/2018 | Zack Stieber
    The controversial probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election has cost taxpayers more than $25 million. Special counsel Robert Mueller and those working for him spent more than $4.5 million in the period between April 1 and Sept. 30 alone, the counsels office said in a budget expenditure report (pdf) published on Dec. 14. That included more than $2.8 million in compensation and benefits for Mueller and his team and nearly $1 million in rent, communications, and utilities. The group also spent $580,098 on travel and transportation.
  • FBI-Lovers Phones Wiped After Stint on Mueller Probe

    12/15/2018 11:26:56 AM PST · by naeim.darzi · 28 replies
    The Epoch Times ^ | 12/14/2018 | IVAN PENTCHOUKOV
    A report by the Justice Department watchdog issued on Dec. 13, shows that someone wiped the data on the smartphones assigned to notorious FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page during their work for the Russia probe by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. After the appointment of the special counsel in May 2017, Strzok and Pagewho had an extramarital affairjoined Muellers probe. Both worked on the investigation briefly, with Page leaving on May 28, 2017, and Strzok being removed in late July. Strzok and Page entered the national spotlight in January 2018 after their text messages became public, revealing the pair...
  • Why Democrats really fear Trump's wall

    12/15/2018 10:45:49 AM PST · by Jim Robinson · 50 replies
    Washington Times ^ | December 13, 2018 | By Jennifer Harper
    Why should the U.S. build a better wall on the southern border? House Majority Whip Steve Scalise offered a clear and candid rationale during a Fox News appearance this week, telling host Mark Levin that 10 known terrorists are captured each day trying to breach the border. U.S. Customs and Border Protections also informed Congress that 3,029 people were apprehended in one day this month deeming the occurrence a crisis. Meanwhile, 21 percent of all potential migrants an astonishing 158 million people would like to come live in America if they could, according to a Gallup analysis,...
  • Europe must fight illiberal forces, Draghi warns

    12/15/2018 10:37:59 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Reuters ^ | December 15, 2018 7:33 AM | Silvia Ognibene, Balazs Koranyi
    The spread of illiberal ideology is threatening the euro, but it is an illusion that leaving it would offer an easier path, European Central Bank President Mario Draghi said on Saturday. Warning that a half-finished monetary union could be at risk in the next crisis, Draghi made the case for sweeping changes in how the currency bloc operates and spreads around financial risk. The fascination with illiberal prescriptions and regimes is spreading; we are seeing little steps back in history, Draghi said in Pisa, Italy. Only by continuing to make progress, freeing up individual energies but also fostering social equity,...
  • Trumps Ex-Lawyer Didnt Violate Campaign Finance Laws, and Neither Did the President

    12/15/2018 10:29:52 AM PST · by Jim Robinson · 15 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | 12/11/18 | Hans von Spakovsky
    President Donald Trumps former attorney, Michael Cohen, may have been convinced by the Office of the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York to plead guilty to a supposed violation of campaign finance law, but that doesnt mean that what happened is actually a federal crime. In fact, neither the Federal Election Commissionwhich is the independent agency tasked with enforcing the Federal Election Campaign Actnor its former commissioners would likely agree with the overaggressive view that the Southern District is taking. Indeed, the Southern Districts aggressive stance on this issue might have violated the Justice Departments own policy....
  • Expect years of construction: Md. Beltway, I-270 toll lanes to be built in phases from Legion Bridge

    12/15/2018 10:18:54 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 25 replies
    WTOP ^ | November 19, 2018 | Max Smith
    WASHINGTON Toll lanes around the Capital Beltway and I-270 in Maryland could be built in several separate phases and even operated by different companies under the latest plans released to industry insiders. It indicates Beltway construction could last for years. The first phase would include fixes for the Legion Bridge.A new document sent last week ahead of the next forum for private companies that could design, build and operate the lanes said that while Maryland eventually plans more than 70 miles of toll lanes from Frederick to Bethesda and from the Legion Bridge to near Oxon Hill, building out...
  • Former Green Beret Charged In The Death Of Suspected Taliban Bomb Maker.

    12/15/2018 10:02:08 AM PST · by seekthetruth · 39 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 14, 2018 | Greg Norman
    A former Green Beret who told Fox News in 2016 that he killed a suspected Taliban bomb maker nearly a decade ago during combat operations in Afghanistan is now being charged in the mans death -- a move his lawyer says is an act of betrayal by the Army. The murder charge facing Maj. Matthew Golsteyn comes after years of on-and-off investigations by the Army following an incident said to have taken place during his 2010 deployment. A military tribunal that probed the killing years ago initially cleared Golsteyn -- but the investigation into him was re-opened after he spoke...
  • Dem Rep. Lieu: "I Would Love To" Regulate Free Speech, But It's Better In The Long Run Not To.

    12/15/2018 9:42:52 AM PST · by carriage_hill · 23 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | December 12, 2018 | Ian Schwartz
    Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) said Wednesday that he "would love to be able to regulate the content of speech," but it would be illegal to do so due to the First Amendment. "I would love to be able to regulate the content of speech," Lieu said Wednesday on CNN. "The First Amendment prevents me from doing so. And that's simply a function of the First Amendment. But I think over the long run, it's better that government does not regulate the content of speech."
  • Weekly Update: JW Gives Testimony on Capitol Hill about Clinton Foundation

    12/15/2018 9:36:57 AM PST · by jazusamo · 19 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | December 14, 2018 | Tom Fitton
    A House Committee Hears Our Clinton Foundation Scandal Evidence Obamas State Department Worked to Undermine the Trump Administration Hillary Clinton Claims Her Email System Was for Convenience Media Buries Key Facts to Conceal Migrant Health Threat TB, Hepatitis, HIV A House Committee Hears Our Clinton Foundation Scandal Evidence When I was asked by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reforms Subcommittee on Government Operations to testify this week about the Clinton Foundation, I knew the challenge would be organizing the vast trove of information we have accumulated through court action over the past several years. That evidence,...