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  • Ratings: Democratic Convention Down From RNC's Closing Night

    07/29/2016 9:39:51 AM PDT · by CaptainK · 11 replies
    tvline.com ^ | 7/29/2016 | Matt Webb Mitovich
    The Big 3’s coverage of the Democratic National Convention on Thursday totaled 10.2 million viewers and a 2.5 demo rating, on par with Night 3 yet down from the RNC’s Night 4 (12.3 mil/2.6). The prelim numbers are also down sharply from broadcast-TV’s coverage of the closing night of the 2012 DNC (14.7 mil/4.1, where NBC started at 9/8c).
  • House surrounded in search for officer's killer [San Diego]

    07/29/2016 9:30:21 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 3 replies
    San Diego Union Tribune ^ | July 29, 2016 | David Hernandez and Lyndsay Winkley
    SAN DIEGO — A police officer used a bullhorn to urge a man named Marcos to come out of a house on Epsilon Street just west of 41st Street. The officer said, "We're not going anywhere. It has been a really long night. I'm worried about you. I haven't heard from you for a while. "I need to hear from you. You need to talk to me. Your sister ... is really scared. What should I tell her? It's not fair to have your sister so worried about you." Officers fired repeated gas bombs into the home, which had an...
  • Clinton/Kaine Education Views Might Make You Rethink Public School

    07/29/2016 8:32:45 AM PDT · by ResistanceMedia · 13 replies
    ConservativeReview.com ^ | July 26, 2016 | Emmett McGroarty
    We know what Hillary Clinton wants for public K-12 education. She wants universal government preschool, despite the well-documented failure of government preschool to deliver even a fraction of what the Hillaryites promise. She wants federal “education SWAT teams” to “help” struggling schools (that idea creates interesting visuals). She wants more federal control over school discipline to enforce “school climates” of which she approves. And all education should be geared toward a sweeping, centralized, government-controlled system of workforce-development. The centerpiece of his proposals on education when he ran for governor was to install universal government preschool for all Virginia four-year-olds. We...
  • 'Unique, strange, and terrible' -- ISIS may have recently created a new type of bomb

    07/29/2016 8:13:11 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 30 replies
    Business Insider ^ | July 29, 2016 | David Choi
    On July 3, 292 Iraqis lost their lives in ISIS’ deadliest attack thus far. In a crowded street in Baghdad’s Karrada neighbourhood, a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) was detonated after midnight, causing nearby dwellings to be engulfed in flames. Many residents were trapped inside the inferno and burned to death — it was estimated that merely 20 to 30 people had perished from the initial explosion. But investigators at the scene are now concerned with another potential threat: A new type of bomb may have been developed and used by the terrorist group. “We’ve never seen it before, and...
  • How Democrats became the party of ‘safe socialism’

    07/29/2016 7:48:33 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 19 replies
    The Democratic Party has perhaps never been so radical or so conventional. The Democrats are now to the left of President Obama and desperately trying to placate the teary-eyed, obstreperous, wholly unrealistic shock troops of the Bernie Sanders Revolution, yet they’re also portraying themselves as the party of sobriety and traditional political norms. This year, Democrats want to fight the man and be the man, and running against Donald Trump, they might manage the feat. The Sanders delegates — by all appearances, the kind of people who typically work the giant puppets at street protests rather than serve as delegates...
  • Shattuck: Democrats glad to flee Philadelphia

    07/29/2016 7:17:07 AM PDT · by calvincaspian · 23 replies
    The Boston Herald ^ | 07/29/16 | Tom Shattuck
    PHILADELPHIA — It’s a good thing the decorative DNC signage is coming down all over Philadelphia. Most Democrats could do without the reminders of a week gone wildly wrong, a week which is the second in a row whose primary beneficiary is Donald J. Trump. The passion and enthusiasm came to this city in support of Bernie Sanders and it leaves orphaned but resolved.
  • TRUMP CAMPAIGN STATEMENT ON CLINTON'S ACCEPTANCE SPEECH

    07/29/2016 6:28:59 AM PDT · by Resettozero · 48 replies
    Donald Trump Facebook ^ | July 29, 2016 | Donald J. Trump
    TRUMP CAMPAIGN STATEMENT ON CLINTON'S ACCEPTANCE SPEECH Hillary Clinton’s speech was an insulting collection of clichés and recycled rhetoric. She spent the evening talking down to the American people she’s looked down on her whole life. Hillary Clinton talks about unity, about E Pluribus Unum, but her globalist agenda denies American citizens the protections to which they are all entitled – tearing us apart. Her radical amnesty plan will take jobs, resources and benefits from the most vulnerable citizens of the United States and give them to the citizens of other countries. Her refusal to even say the words ‘Radical...
  • The press shouldn’t hold their breath waiting for Hillary Clinton to take any questions

    07/29/2016 6:00:41 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 34 replies
    Hot air ^ | July 29, 2016 | JAZZ SHAW
    Not any time soon. If you were waiting for Hillary Clinton to hold a press conference (instead of one of her scripted campaign appearances with human stage props) and answer the burning questions the public surely has, you may be waiting a while. She hasn’t held a single press conference this year and there are apparently no plans to do so in the immediate future. (WaPo) When is Hillary Clinton going to hold that long-awaited news conference — the first of 2016? Whenever she feels like it. This has always been true, of course. The media can’t force her into...
  • Be afraid: The Clinton-Trump general election begins

    07/29/2016 5:53:06 AM PDT · by Cheerio · 18 replies
    Politico ^ | 07/29/16 | Shane Goldmacher
    Sub Heading: This will be one of the ugliest, most divisive elections in American history PHILADELPHIA — For four days here in this city of brotherly love and the nation’s founding, Democrats wrapped themselves in the language of patriotism and positivity, declaring the country would be “stronger together” as they nominated Hillary Clinton to serve as the first woman president. “Love trumps hate,” came the cheers from the crowd, only days after Donald Trump’s Republican convention echoed with chants of “Lock her up!” But as the 102-day general election starts, the reality is that both parties, saddled with two of...
  • Trump Castigated For Acknowledging Immigration Threats

    07/29/2016 5:35:59 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 6 replies
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | July 29, 2016 | Michael Cutler
    There have been no shortage of participants of the Democratic Convention who have dismissed the concerns articulated by Donald Trump in his acceptance speech and elsewhere, as painting a fearful and dark image about America today.
  • DNC 2016: Lights over Oregon delegation cut after chants of 'No More War'

    07/29/2016 2:52:29 AM PDT · by Libloather · 16 replies
    Oregon Live ^ | 7/28/16 | Talia Richman
    Since arriving at the Democratic National Convention, Gregory McKelvey said, he's felt like the party has been trying to silence him. The Oregon State graduate supports Bernie Sanders, not the party's presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton. So do many of Oregon's delegates. McKelvey said tension over that difference of opinion hit new heights Wednesday when the arena cut the lights over the Oregon delegation as they chanted, "No More War," during former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta's speech.
  • FBI warned Clinton campaign of cyberattack by foreign government

    07/29/2016 1:08:48 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 9 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Thursday, July 28, 2016 | Victor Morton
    The FBI warned the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign in March that its computers had been the object of a foreign-government cyberattack, Yahoo News reported Thursday evening. However, according to Yahoo News, when the FBI requested that the Clinton team turn over email logs and staff addresses, the campaign’s lawyers refused.
  • Navy to Name Ship After Gay Rights Icon Harvey Milk: Report

    07/28/2016 9:04:04 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 87 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 7/28 | Riya Bhattacharjee
    The United States Navy will be naming one of their ships after gay rights icon and San Francisco politician Harvey Milk, according to a report by the U.S. Naval Institute, which cites a Congressional notice obtained by USNI News. The July 14 notice, which was signed by Secretary of the Navy, Ray Mabus, indicates that he plans to name a planned Military Sealift Command fleet oiler, USNS Harvey Milk, according to USNI. The ship is reportedly being built by General Dynamics NASSCO in San Diego, California. A Department of the Navy spokesman did not have a comment on the report....
  • Do Democrats want to disarm minorities?

    07/28/2016 8:51:56 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 21 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 28, 2016 | John R Lott Jr
    On Tuesday night, the mother of Trayvon Martin praised Hillary Clinton at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia for having “the courage to lead the fight for common-sense gun legislation.” Numerous other speakers also raised the gun control issue at the DNC, too. But Wednesday night was clearly “gun night.” From Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) to former Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey to former Representative Gabby Giffords and her husband, NASA Astronaut Mark Kelly to others, a string of speakers pushed for more gun control. When President Obama addressed the crowd he also pushed the notion of changing background checks...
  • Earnest Really Doesn’t Know His Electoral History, Claims Reagan Didn’t Win Two Majorities

    07/28/2016 8:07:33 PM PDT · by kevcol · 28 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | July 28, 2016 | David Rutz
    White House press secretary Josh Earnest falsely and repeatedly claimed at Thursday’s briefing that Barack Obama, not Ronald Reagan, was the first president since Dwight Eisenhower to win consecutive majorities of the popular vote. Even when he was corrected by a reporter, Earnest insisted Reagan did not get at least 50 percent of the vote twice. "I don’t think it's a coincidence that President Obama is actually the first president since President Eisenhower to win two national elections back-to-back, earning a majority vote from the American people," Earnest said.
  • Wasserman Schultz on DNC exit: 'Sometimes you just have to take one for the team'

    07/28/2016 7:35:10 PM PDT · by kevcol · 36 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | July 28, 2016 | Al Weaver
    Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the departing chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, said Thursday that she stepped down from her post because she had to "take one for the team" and help the party in the midst of tumult. . . "It has been a remarkable team effort," she said referring to her group at the DNC. "And you know sometimes you just have to take one for the team, and that's okay. It's okay."
  • Wow! DNC Is Now Using White Noise Machines to Drown Out California Bernie Supporters

    07/28/2016 7:32:41 PM PDT · by Fractal Trader · 26 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 28 July 2016 | Jim Hoft
    A California Bernie Sanders delegate spoke with reporters today inside the Wells Fargo Convention Center in Philadelphia. The DNC is blocking the California Bernie supporters from entering the auditorium.The party even put reserved signs on their seats! The DNC also put up white noise machines to drown out the Bernie protesters inside the convention center. dns noise machines
  • Candidates poised for classified briefings despite spy agency worries over Trump

    07/28/2016 7:20:28 PM PDT · by Innovative · 54 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 28, 2016 | Greg Miller
    U.S. spy agencies are preparing to deliver a classified briefing to Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, the nation’s intelligence director said Thursday, despite deep unease among many spy officials with the real estate mogul’s pro-Russian rhetoric. National Intelligence Director James R. Clapper Jr. indicated that Trump and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton are eligible to receive intelligence briefings within days of the conclusion of the Democratic National Convention.
  • DNC Protests Streaming Live

    07/28/2016 7:12:13 PM PDT · by curth · 20 replies
    Pericscope ^ | 7/28/2016 | Curth
    Mike Cernovich is streaming the protesters outside the DNC live . Much more interesting than what is going on inside. For sure you won't see much if any of this on TV. https://www.periscope.tv/PlayDangerously/1MYxNzYDmAXxw
  • Clinton's pledge: Steady hand at 'moment of reckoning'

    07/28/2016 6:40:36 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 41 replies
    SFGate.com ^ | 7/28/16 | Julie Pace and Robert Furlow, Associated Press
    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Confronting a "moment of reckoning," Hillary Clinton is casting herself as a unifier for divided times and a tested, steady hand to lead in a volatile world. "We are clear-eyed about what our country is up against," she said in excerpts released ahead of her speech Thursday accepting the Democratic presidential nomination. "But we are not afraid. We will rise to the challenge, just as we always have."
  • Follow Donald Trump on Twitter during Hillary's retirement speech

    07/28/2016 5:05:22 PM PDT · by Libloather · 6 replies
    Twitter ^ | 7/28/16
    Which will get more viewers?
  • Full List of Hillary’s Planned Tax Hikes

    07/28/2016 5:04:59 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 12 replies
    ATR ^ | July 28,2016 | Posted by John Kartch and Alexander Hendrie on Thursday,
    Income Tax Increase – $350 Billion: Clinton Business Tax Increase -- $275 Billion: Clinton has called for a tax hike of at least $275 billion through undefined business tax reform “Fairness” Tax Increase -- $400 Billion: According to her published plan, Clinton has called for a tax increase of “between $400 and $500 billion” by “restoring basic fairness to our tax code.” These proposals include a “fair share surcharge,” the taxing of carried interest capital gains as ordinary income, and a hike in the Death Tax.
  • DNC: 11 Million Illegals 'Must Have A Voice In Our Party And Our Nation' [VIDEO]

    07/28/2016 4:55:08 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 58 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | July 28, 2016 | Derek Hunter
    Former Los Angeles mayor and potential California gubernatorial candidate Antonio Villaraigosa told the Democratic National Convention the party "must stand up and fight for these 11 million" illegal aliens in the United States, "for we are our brother's keeper." "These 11 million people have no credentials to this hall," Villaraigosa said, "they don't even have a vote."
  • DNC protests fizzle in face of exhaustion, storms, Clinton reality

    07/28/2016 3:55:08 PM PDT · by randita · 33 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 7/28/16 | Justine McDaniel, Caitlin McCabe and Steve Bohnel
    After a week of raucous protests that some had hoped and others had feared would disrupt the city and the Democratic National Convention, Thursday saw emptying streets, packing protesters, and the dying flame of their clamor. Across the city, smatterings of protesters held out - and one group planned a final march from South Philadelphia to the Wells Fargo Center Thursday night, a last chance to rally with delegates in the arena. But the demonstrations that had filled Philadelphia's streets day and night began fizzling on the convention's last day as severe thunderstorms rumbled into the city and exhaustion reigned....
  • Clinton backers asked to speak at Sanders rally, then booed

    07/28/2016 3:50:45 PM PDT · by randita · 21 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 7/28/16 | GEOFF MULVIHILL and MEGAN TRIMBLE
    <p>PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Bernie Sanders supporters asked fans of Hillary Clinton to explain why anyone should back her for president, then booed them at a rally Thursday on the final day of the Democratic National Convention.</p> <p>"This woman has been working for more than 50 years to help women and children," she said to the Sanders supporters, immediately drawing boos.</p>
  • Full List of Hillary’s Planned Tax Hikes

    07/28/2016 3:40:31 PM PDT · by bushwon · 29 replies
    Americans for Tax Reform - Hat Tip Drudge ^ | July 28, 2016 | John Karch
    Hillary Clinton has made clear she intends to dramatically raise taxes on the American people if elected. She has proposed an income tax increase, a business tax increase, a death tax increase, a capital gains tax increase, a tax on stock trading, and an Exit Tax, and more (see below). Her planned net tax increase on the American people is at least $1 trillion over ten years, based on her campaign’s own figures. Hillary has endorsed many tax increases on that would hit middle income Americans, despite her pledge not to raise taxes on any American making less than $250,000....
  • Hillary’s Senate Accomplishment: One Bill Enacted into Law, to Name a Federal Building.

    In eight years, her one concrete achievement was getting a courthouse renamed for Thurgood Marshall. Democrats have been using their convention speeches this week to make Hillary Clinton look like a can-do politician. On Tuesday, Bill Clinton flatly declared, “She’s a natural leader, she’s a good organizer, and she’s the best darn change-maker I ever met in my entire life
  • Democrats HATE The Constitution [DNC Banner - "We Don' Gotta Show You No Stinkin' Constitution"]

    07/28/2016 12:08:19 PM PDT · by Jim 0216 · 25 replies
    dailywire.com ^ | JUNE 16, 2016 | BEN SHAPIRO
    On Thursday, Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) let slip what most Democrats have been thinking for decades: Constitutional rights are problematic. Manchin told Morning Joe, “The problem we have, and really the firewall we have right now is due process. It’s all due process. So we can all say we want the same thing, but how do we get there?” That dang due process. That silly Second Amendment. This Constitution thing keeps getting in the way of Democratic priorities. I’m old enough to remember when Democrats protested the PATRIOT Act by claiming that it violated citizens’ rights. Now they want to...
  • HuffPost Live: D'Souza Spars With Host Caroline Modarressy-Tehrani

    07/28/2016 10:30:19 AM PDT · by GilGil · 20 replies
    Huffpost Live ^ | 11/24/2015 | Caroline Modarressy-Tehrani
    "Hillary's America" IN THEATERS NOW! Get your tickets: http://www.hillarysamericathemovie.com! Dinesh D'Souza sits down with Caroline to share his thoughts on the 2016 elections, the national debt, border security, Obama's psyche, and to discuss his latest book, "Stealing America: What My Experience with Criminal Gangs Taught Me about Obama, Hillary and the Democratic Party."
  • Uniformed Alexandria officer denied service at Noodles & Company

    07/28/2016 9:07:24 AM PDT · by CreviceTool · 31 replies
    FOX 5 ^ | July 27, 2016 (updated) | FOX5 Staff
    ALEXANDRIA, VA A uniformed Virginia police officer was denied service at a Noodles & Company restaurant Monday evening. The Alexandria Police Department said one of the restaurant's cooks refused to serve her while she was wearing a uniform. As the officer was standing in line at the Noodles & Company location on Duke Street in Alexandria, the department says a female cook came out from the back and told the cashier, 'You better pull me off the line, because I'm not serving that,' gesturing at the officer. The department says the cashier and the cook started laughing, and the officer...
  • Freddie Gray officers suing prosecutor Marilyn Mosby

    07/28/2016 9:05:37 AM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 51 replies
    CNN Commie News ^ | July 28, 2016
    Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby is going from prosecutor to civil defendant in connection with the case of the death of Freddie Gray. On Wednesday, Mosby announced that charges against three officers still facing trial were being dropped. Mosby gave only a statement, but had to leave without taking questions because five of the officers in the case have filed lawsuits against her. Officers Garrett Miller, Edward Nero and William Porter as well as Sgt. Alicia White and Lt. Brian Rice are suing Mosby and Maj. Samuel Cogen of the Baltimore Sheriff's Office. Cogen was the law enforcement officer who...
  • Time to Say Thank You and Goodbye to Sen. McCain

    07/28/2016 8:46:48 AM PDT · by Cheerio · 55 replies
    Brietbart ^ | 27 Jul 2016 | Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX)
    John McCain was a pilot in Viet Nam and there is no question that he and his fellow POWs suffered immeasurably in the Hanoi Hilton. For that we owe them all a debt of gratitude. Yet that does not give any one person the right to do harm to our country from a legislative position nor to put others in peril around the world by ill-conceived policy. Since I have been in Congress, Senator John McCain has pushed an agenda ranging from blanket amnesty for illegal aliens to support for President Barrack Obama’s and then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s...
  • N. Korea: US has crossed red line, relations on war footing

    07/28/2016 8:43:14 AM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | July 28 2016 | By ERIC TALMADGE, Associated Press
    PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Korea's top diplomat for U.S. affairs told The Associated Press on Thursday that Washington "crossed the red line" and effectively declared war by putting leader Kim Jong Un on its list of sanctioned individuals, and said a vicious showdown could erupt if the U.S. and South Korea hold annual war games as planned next month. Han Song Ryol, director-general of the U.S. affairs department at the North's Foreign Ministry, said in an interview that recent U.S. actions have put the situation on the Korean Peninsula on a war footing. The United States and South...
  • Xi’s China: Smothering dissent

    07/28/2016 8:33:31 AM PDT · by drop 50 and fire for effect · 4 replies
    Financial Times: The Big Read ^ | 27 July 2016 | Tom Mitchell
    Subtitle: Critics fear the erosion of civic freedoms is denying space for grievances to be aired In one of his last interviews before he was detained by Chinese police, Meng Han appeared relaxed as he talked about his work as a labour activist. “Our most important work is to help factory workers organise themselves so they can defend their rights,” he told the Financial Times last year. “The government rarely helps the workers. But as long as the workers don’t go to extremes, it will stay neutral.” At the beginning of 2015, Mr Meng could feel reasonably confident that he...
  • Hillary: What Bill Left Out! Dick Morris TV: Lunch ALERT!

    07/28/2016 8:25:45 AM PDT · by GilGil · 14 replies
    Lunch Alerts ^ | 7/27/2016 | Dick Morris
    Dick explains!
  • US Government Pays $475,000 For Illegally Searching Woman's Vagina

    07/28/2016 8:15:05 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 43 replies
    ZeroHedge.com ^ | July 28, 2016 | Tyler Durden
    Have you lost that loving feeling? If so, the United States federal government might just be able to help. Before you swipe right on Tinder or update that eHarmony account, consider instead taking a quick trip out of the country. Because on your way back home into the Land of the Free, US Customs and Border Protection will have agents standing by ready with heaps of government stimulus. It happened to a Jane Doe (the name has been withheld to protect what little remains of her dignity), a 54-year old US citizen who had recently been on a trip to...
  • This is what Bill Clinton wants to be called in the White House

    07/28/2016 7:54:06 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 34 replies
    If Hillary Clinton wins the presidency in November, America could get its first “first laddy!” Former first daughter Chelsea Clinton said her dad is sweet on the Irish-themed title should mom Hillary become the nation’s first female president, making hubby Bill Clinton the first male White House spouse. “He likes to harken back to his Irish roots so I think he’d love to be called `first laddy,’ ” Chelsea told NBC’s “Today” show in an interview aired Thursday morning, hours ahead of her big speech for Hillary in Philadelphia. She added: “We have talked about it partly because we’ve all...
  • USC Dornsife Poll No Longer Viewable?

    07/28/2016 7:42:24 AM PDT · by LRoggy · 37 replies
    USC Dornsife / LA Times ^ | 7/28/16 | LRoggy
    Funny, can't find the chart showing the 7.3% Trump lead! You Can't Handle The Truth!!!!!
  • Democrats’ Racist Roots

    07/28/2016 7:13:07 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 16 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | July 28, 2016 | Cliff Kincaid
    Carol Swain, a professor of political science and law at Vanderbilt University, is one of the stars of Dinesh D’Souza's new movie, :Hillary’s America," which examined in detail the historical racism of the Democratic Party. It's a story that hasn't been told by reporters from the liberal media who keep repeating the mantra that Democrats represent minorities, the poor, the downtrodden and the vulnerable. The movie highlights the fact that Democratic President Woodrow Wilson attended a screening of the pro-KKK film, "The Birth of a Nation," in the White House itself. If you don’t want to believe D’Souza's facts, consider...
  • Panetta says our troops know that Hillary "will always have their back."

    07/28/2016 6:48:20 AM PDT · by AJFavish · 72 replies
    C-SPAN ^ | July 27, 2016 | Leon Panetta
    https://www.c-span.org/video/?c4615726/former-defense-secretary-leon-panetta-responds-donald-trump-russia-hackingBegin watching at 2:00 into the video to hear Democrat former CIA Director and Secretary of Defense under Obama during Benghazi speak about Hillary Clinton and say: "We need a President who's strong, and smart, and courageous, who enters the Oval Office with the respect of the generals and admirals who lead our military, with the confidence of diplomats who represent America, and with the trust of our troops who know that she will always have their back." He did not discuss this: http://dailycaller.com/2016/06/28/state-dept-made-marines-wait-around-change-uniforms-4-times-during-benghazi-attack/
  • Draft NIJ Specifications for “Smart Gun” Released for Comments

    07/28/2016 6:48:06 AM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 20 July, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    In January of 2016, the office of the press secretary of the White House issued a memo directing the Department of Defense, the Department of Justice, and the Department of Homeland Security to promote research into “Smart Gun” technology. From the memo: The Department of Defense, the Department of Justice, and the Department of Homeland Security (departments) shall, to the extent practicable and permitted by law, conduct or sponsor research into gun safety technology that would reduce the frequency of accidental discharge or unauthorized use of firearms, and improve the tracing of lost or stolen guns. The memo resulted...
  • Police protest Black Lives Matter banner at city hall (Somerville MA)

    07/28/2016 6:36:53 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 28, 2016 12:44 AM EDT
    Police in Massachusetts are protesting a mayor’s refusal to remove a Black Lives Matter banner that’s hanging over city hall. Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone has declined repeated requests by the city police officers’ union to replace the banner with one that reads “All Lives Matter.” The banner has been up for nearly a year. …
  • Shattuck: All of a sudden DNC cares about cybersecurity

    07/28/2016 6:33:15 AM PDT · by calvincaspian · 6 replies
    The Boston Herald ^ | 07/28/16 | Tom Shattuck
    PHILADELPHIA — You would have thought it was a global cybersecurity convention this week instead of the Democratic National Convention here at the Wells Fargo Arena. It is certainly heartening that the multitudes of Democrats walking around have such deep knowledge of computer forensics and counterintelligence. What’s even more remarkable and fortunate is that their principled and learned grasp of the issues developed just in time for the WikiLeaks hack of the DNC
  • Property taxes jump, and jaws drop ( Chicago )

    07/28/2016 6:27:27 AM PDT · by george76 · 70 replies
    Crain's Chicago Business ^ | July 28, 2016 | Dennis Rodkin
    The property tax bill on Jeff and Roberta Price's Lincoln Park home was about $400 in 1977, the first year they lived there. It's been going up ever since but rarely with the jolt of this year's 63 percent increase. The increase, from $8,652 to $14,104, has the couple re-considering their plan to retire in the Kenmore Avenue home, where they raised their kids. They're looking at homes in Indiana "as a backup plan" for the time when Roberta retires in a few years, said Jeff, who is already retired. "We have lived in our home for almost 39 years...
  • Bernie threatened with loss of committee position if he didn’t endorse Hillary

    07/28/2016 6:26:19 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 32 replies
    Fellowship Of The Minds ^ | 7/27/2016 | Dr. Eowyn
    Watching Sen. Bernie Sanders hoarsely shouting his praises of Hillary Clinton at the Democratic National Convention — and knowing that the hacked emails of the corrupt Democratic National Committee (DNC) reveal its machinations to undermine Bernie’s campaign — did you wonder as I did why Bernie would be so servile? The Yiddish words schmuck and schlemiel come to mind. I thought that Hillary probably bought Bernie off with promises of some plum assignment in her administration. But I should know better because the Clintons are nasty pieces of work who wouldn’t use the carrot when the stick is so much...
  • Is U.S. Manufacturing Really in Decline?

    07/28/2016 5:37:52 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 101 replies
    Strategy+business ^ | July 26, 2016 | Daniel Gross
    Did you hear that U.S. manufacturing just had another big month? That output has risen about 20 percent in the past six years? That industrial capacity is actually expanding?Probably not. At most times, and especially in election season, the talk surrounding U.S. manufacturing is one of relentless decline: a loss of jobs, the shutting down of factories, increased competition from foreign countries, a global war in which the U.S. seems to be on the losing end.And of course, it’s true. At some level, manufacturing has declined dramatically — as a direct employer of American workers. According to the Bureau of...
  • Day 3 at the DNC Convention...top Democrats stretch the facts on budgets, energy and foreign policy.

    07/28/2016 5:35:33 AM PDT · by randita · 2 replies
    Factcheck.org ^ | 7/28/16 | Staff
    Summary PHILADELPHIA — The president headlined the night’s speeches, and a few of his boasts of his record headline our fact-checking report: President Barack Obama claimed that under his administration, “we finally began to wean ourselves off foreign oil,” but dependency on imported oil had begun to drop years before he took office. The president repeated a frequent boast that the U.S. “doubled our production of clean energy” during his tenure. Monthly renewable energy production has gone up 40 percent. Obama said deficits have “come down” under his administration. That’s true, but they are expected to rise again soon under...
  • At least 35 taken into custody in nighttime protests

    07/28/2016 5:29:52 AM PDT · by randita · 8 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 7/27/16 | Tricia L. Nadolny, Caitlin McCabe, and Michaelle Bond
    Hundreds of Sen. Bernie Sanders' most devoted followers vowed Wednesday to keep their political revolution alive, returning to the streets with renewed energy on the third day of the Democratic National Convention. For more than six hours at a plaza near City Hall, speakers including dozens of Sanders delegates yelled out to a crowd that swelled to more than 400 people. Despite pleas for unity, including one from Sanders himself, many said they would not fall in line. "This revolution will not end after the DNC!" shouted Gary Frazier, Philadelphia coordinator for the advocacy group Black Men for Bernie, which...
  • Hillary’s Single Legislative Success: Renaming a Building in NYC

    07/28/2016 4:27:49 AM PDT · by richardb72 · 17 replies
    National Review ^ | July 28, 2016 | Nicole Goeser and John Lott
    Democrats have been using their convention speeches this week to make Hillary Clinton look like a can-do politician. On Tuesday, Bill Clinton flatly declared, “She’s a natural leader, she’s a good organizer, and she’s the best darn change-maker I ever met in my entire life.” We heard speech after speech about how Hillary cares about the children, about her innovative ability to solve problems. But there is a reason the speeches lack specific examples. Hillary wasn’t much of a change-maker in the U.S. Senate. Sure, being president is different from being a senator, but both jobs require making deals. Both...
  • IRS looking into Clinton Foundation 'pay-to-play' claims

    07/28/2016 4:14:16 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 41 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | July 27, 2016
    The IRS confirmed in a letter it is looking into claims of “pay-to-play” practices at the Clinton Foundation, after dozens of Republican lawmakers requested a review of potential “criminal conduct” at the organization founded by the family at the center of this week’s Democratic National Convention. Commissioner John Koskinen wrote in a July 22 letter to Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn that the issue has been “forwarded” to the IRS “Exempt Organizations Examinations” program in Dallas. “This program considers all referrals and will send you a separate acknowledgement letter when it receives your information,” he wrote, in a letter first reported...