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  • Blythe Danner Defends Daughter Gwyneth Paltrow for Working w/Harvey Weinstein After Harassment

    10/19/2017 1:35:20 PM PDT · by drewh
    Breitbart ^ | oct 19 2017 | Daniel Nussbaum
    New York Times columnist at large Maureen Dowd was seemingly critical of Paltrow in an column titled, “Harvey Weinstein, Hollywood’s Oldest Horror Story,” in which she wrote that the actress became “the first lady of Miramax” even after the time she alleged the Miramax co-founder had harassed her. “I cannot remain silent while Maureen Dowd disparages my daughter, Gwyneth Paltrow, for the manner in which she chose to handle Harvey Weinstein’s attempt at a sexual encounter when she was 22,” the 71-year-old actress wrote.Gwyneth did not ‘put aside her qualms to become ‘the first lady of Miramax’ ‘ back then,...
  • Dems need more than 'meh' in Virginia race

    10/19/2017 1:34:47 PM PDT · by leaymane
    Fox News ^ | 10/19/17 | Chris Stirewalt
    If Democrats can’t deliver a win in Virginia’s gubernatorial election 19 days hence, they should shut down and reopen as a haunted house. “See the spine-tinglingly campaign finance reports!!! Hear the bloodcurdling voicemails from Debbie Wasserman Schultz!!! Smell the horror of a goat cheese and red-pepper hummus sandwich one of the interns left downstairs!!!” Republicans have done well in recent cycles in gubernatorial races in Democrat-leaning states. Massachusetts, Maryland, Illinois, Maine, Michigan, Nevada, New Jersey and Wisconsin are all presently governed by Republicans. So it wouldn’t be all together shocking for a state that had a strong Republican lead until...
  • Kelly defends Trump’s call to Gold Star widow

    10/19/2017 1:26:20 PM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 3 replies
    NY POST ^ | October 19, 2017 | Bob Frederiks
    White House Chief of Staff John Kelly on Thursday gave a powerful defense of President Trump’s handling of a call to a Gold Star widow of a soldier who was killed in Niger — and ripped a Florida lawmaker for politicizing the issue. “There’s no perfect way to make that phone call,” he said in his first public comments on the controversy over the call, which slain Sgt. La David Johnson’s mother Cowanda Jones-Johnson and a Florida lawmaker who knew him called disrespectful. “If you’ve never worn the uniform, if you’ve never been in combat, you can’t even imagine how...
  • The 'governing wing' of the GOP is running for the hills

    10/19/2017 1:22:19 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 8 replies
    cnn ^ | October 19, 2017 | Chris Cillizza, CNN Editor-at-large
    The surprise resignation of Ohio Rep. Pat Tiberi on Thursday marks the latest example of GOP members affiliated with the so-called "governing wing" of the Republican Party calling it quits even as their side controls both chambers of Congress and the White House.Tiberi is the 18th House Republican to announce plans to leave Congress sometime between now and January 2019. More importantly, he joins a rapidly swelling list of House GOPers with influential committee assignments, close ties to the party leadership and pragmatic approaches to governing to walk away. In recent months, Reps. Ileana Ros Lehtinen (Florida), Dave Trott (Michigan),...
  • Hurricanes Aren't the Only Reason Gas Prices Are High

    10/19/2017 1:13:49 PM PDT · by TBP · 4 replies
    The Foundation for Economic Education (FEE) ^ | October 19, 2017 | Jacob R Borden
    Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Nate highlighted the exposure to life and property all along the Gulf Coast. Of the critical national assets that took a hit, the crux of the U.S. refining industry suffered dramatically. As a result of Harvey alone, twenty refineries in the 300 miles between Corpus Christi and Beaumont were forced to shut down or dramatically reduce rates. The spot price of ultra-low sulfur diesel (ULSD) promptly increased by 10%, while that for gasoline and jet fuel increased by 25%. All three prices remain about 10% higher than before the hurricanes, in part due to regulatory constraints...
  • National Anthem From Playing, But Then An Incredible Moment Happened

    10/19/2017 1:09:39 PM PDT · by · 11 replies
    On October 7, the Trinity College football team faced off against Hamilton College, but before the teams took the field in Hartford, Connecticut, an announcement was made: The national anthem would not be played. A technical difficulty with the sound system made it impossible to broadcast the song, and after hearing the news, there were shouts of "no" from both sidelines. For a short while, there was nothing but silence as players stood facing the flag with their hands over their hearts. Then, both teams started belting out "The Star-Spangled Banner" — a gesture that was greeted with applause from...
  • Court: Cross-shaped WWI memorial is unconstitutional

    10/19/2017 12:55:53 PM PDT · by detective · 21 replies
    MSN News ^ | 10/19/2017 | Hannah Lang
    A federal appeals court has ruled that a 40-foot cross-shaped Maryland monument honoring soldiers who died in World War I is unconstitutional, saying it violates the separation between church and state. The 4th US Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday that the 92-year-old structure was in violation of the First Amendment because it is on public land at a busy intersection in Prince George's County and is maintained with government funds. The court's decision does not address whether the monument should be removed or modified.
  • George W. Bush just laid a major smackdown on Trumpism

    10/19/2017 12:50:54 PM PDT · by EagleUSA · 85 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | 10/19/2017 | Chris Cillizza
    (CNN)George W. Bush doesn't talk much about politics in public. Which makes the speech he gave Thursday in New York City -- a point-by-point rejection of Trumpism -- all the more important and noteworthy. The 43rd president of the United States -- and the last Republican to hold the office before Donald Trump -- didn't mention the 45th president by name in his speech at the George W. Bush Institute. But Trump -- and his views -- were ever-present in the former President's address. Bush condemned "nationalism distorted into nativism." He derided "discourse degraded by casual cruelty." He acknowledged that...
  • The Trump Economy Is Heating Up and the Drive-Bys Can’t Understand It

    10/19/2017 12:43:29 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Rush ^ | October 19, 2017 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: So we have the Bloomberg story — Fewest Jobless Claims Since 1973 Show Firm U.S. Job Market — and here is a companion story: “NBC Amazed by Stock Surge Despite ‘Chaos in Washington.'” Hey, NBC, you’re not supposed to be “amazed” by it. You’re just supposed to report it. Ah, but they can’t do that, because they are invested in it because NBC is helping to create the chaos. NBC is part of the cabal trying to undermine any of the good that might come out of the Trump administration. NBC Amazed by Stock Surge Despite ‘Chaos in Washington’...
  • General Kelly: “I Was stunned” When a Member of Congress Listened in on Trump Phone Call to Widow

    10/19/2017 12:38:17 PM PDT · by davikkm · 44 replies
    WOW! General Kelly WENT OFF on Rep. Wilson on Thursday during the White House Press Briefing. Kelly said, “I was stunned… That this representative listened in on a phone call from a president to a widow.” General Kelly: I was stunned when I came to work tomorrow morning and broken-hearted at what I saw a member of Congress doing. A member of Congress who listened in on a phone call from the President of the United States.
  • ICE Director: Suspected Wine Country Arsonist Is Illegal Alien Mexican National

    10/19/2017 12:36:40 PM PDT · by ErikJohnsky · 23 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 10/19 | Michelle Moons
    U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Acting Director Tom Homan confirmed on Thursday that a man arrested in connection with setting a fire in Sonoma County Wine Country is an illegal alien from Mexico who has been twice returned to his “home country.” Homan also confirmed that ICE has issued detainer requests for Jesus Fabian Gonzalez five times now in the past year alone, including the one issued on October 16 in relation to his most recent arrest on suspicion of arson. All of the arrests were made “by Sonoma County on various felony and misdemeanor charges,” according to Homan.
  • U.S. Jobless Claims Fall to 44-Year Low After Hurricane Disruptions

    10/19/2017 12:29:28 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Fox Business ^ | 10/19/2017 | By Sharon Nunn and Josh Mitchell
    WASHINGTON – The number of Americans filing applications for new unemployment benefits fell to the lowest level in 44 years, reflecting power outages in storm-ravaged Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands that have disrupted the application process. Initial jobless claims, a proxy for layoffs across the U.S., fell by 22,000 to a seasonally adjusted 222,000 in the week ended Oct. 14, the Labor Department said Thursday. The sharp drop obscures underlying trends in the labor market. Many applying for unemployment benefits in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, which were recently devastated by Hurricanes Irma and Maria, must...
  • Police: Suspect in 6 shootings in Maryland, Delaware, caught

    10/19/2017 12:28:26 PM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 14 replies
    CNN ^ | October 19, 2017 | Darran Simon, Chris Boyette and Jason Hanna
    (CNN)A suspect in shootings in Maryland and Delaware on Wednesday that left three people dead and three others injured was caught in Delaware after a manhunt, authorities said. Radee Labeeb Prince, 37, is accused of killing three people and wounding two others at his job in Maryland on Wednesday morning. Police say he shot a sixth person about two hours later at a Wilmington, Delaware, car dealership. In the late afternoon, authorities zeroed in on the suspected gunman's vehicle -- a 2008 black GMC Acadia SUV -- about 15 miles from the scene of the second shooting. A tipster saw...
  • Dionne: Trump era is further degrading politicians

    10/19/2017 12:22:25 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 31 replies
    San Jose Mercury-News ^ | October 19, 2017 | by E.J. Dionne Jr.
    Permit me to confess: I am one of the very last people in the United States who does not consider the word “politician” to be an insult. On the contrary, the work politicians do is important because politics is a good and essential thing in a free society. It’s the degradation of politics in the Trump era we need to worry about, not politics itself. President Trump has always prided himself on being an anti-politician. This is supposed to be one of his greatest assets. But he has thrown our government into chaos and our country into tumult precisely because...
  • Criticizing Murderous MS-13 is Apparently Racist Now

    10/19/2017 12:21:40 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 5 replies ^ | October 19, 2017 | Katie Pavlich
    Republican Ed Gillespie, who is running for governor of Virginia against Democrat Ralph Northam, is being criticized for portraying MS-13 members as "heavily tattooed Latino men" who want to "KILL, RAPE, CONTROL." From Yahoo News : Ed Gillespie often insists that the gubernatorial election in Virginia should mainly be a dialogue about the deeply researched policy papers he’s put out on seemingly every topic under the sun. And while that may be true, the Republican’s campaign might be best known at this point for a series of TV ads in which photos of heavily tattooed Latino men are displayed...
  • A Pakistani Man Is Starving To Death In Guantanamo. We Have A Duty To Stop It.

    10/19/2017 12:19:12 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 10/19/2017 | Imran Khan
    In common with the people of Pakistan, Americans have a rich history of peaceful protest when their government strays from its proper purpose. We remember the civil rights movement, the Vietnam War demonstrations and the millions who turn out on the Mall in Washington for any important issue. Today, I am writing about another peaceful protest — that of a fellow Pakistani citizen who has had his rights stripped from him, Guantanamo Bay detainee Ahmed Rabbani. Ahmed’s family originally come from the persecuted Burmese Rohingya; he is a rather humble taxi driver from Karachi, Pakistan. In 2002, he was sold...
  • Big Bang Theory's Mayim Bialik Slammed For ‘Modesty’ Response To Harvey Weinstein Scandal

    10/19/2017 12:13:39 PM PDT · by drewh · 45 replies
    Forward ^ | oct 19 2917 ast
    Actress Mayim Bialik has responded to criticism after she wrote a New York Times essay over the Harvey Weinstein scandal. Bialik wrote of the pressure to appear attractive that she felt as a teen actress, affecting her self-esteem to this day. She added that when she returned to acting after earning a doctorate in neuroscience, she “experienced the upside of not being a ‘perfect 10.’… Those of us in Hollywood who don’t represent an impossible standard of beauty have the ‘luxury’ of being overlooked and, in many cases, ignored by men in power unless we can make them money.” Bialik,...
  • A Day Off Away from the News Allowed Me to See Clearly How the Trump Agenda’s Advancing,

    10/19/2017 11:54:29 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Rush ^ | October 19, 2017 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Once again coming to you, my friends, from the Left Coast, Rush Limbaugh, the EIB Network — and stand by a moment, folks. I need to raise the line audio. I cannot hear a thing of the… Keep it up. Keep it coming. Keep it coming. Ratchet it up. Ratchet it up! Keep going. There we go. It’s the old mix-minus problem. No matter… Now, take to down a little bit. No matter how it tests before the program… That’s good. No matter how it tests before the program, it never is the same on the air. We’ll be...
  • Why the ‘Fake Melania’ conspiracy theories won’t die

    10/19/2017 11:53:22 AM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 19 replies
    NY POST ^ | October 19, 2017 | Yaron Steinbuch
    Is this a case of a bogus FLOTUS? First lady Melania Trump has been caught up in a nutty internet frenzy that makes the intrigue over the Russian conspiracy theories seem tame by comparison. Bizarre speculation about a Melania body double has taken off faster than you can say “fake news” thanks to a tweet by @JoeVargas. “This is not Melania. To think they would go this far & try & make us think its her on TV is mind-blowing. Makes me wonder what else is a lie,” wrote Vargas of He posted a video of the alleged impostor...
  • Paranoid Matt Lauer On NBC: Will Leaders ‘Tackle’ Trump, ‘Lock Him In a Room’ to Prevent War?

    10/19/2017 11:50:22 AM PDT · by drewh · 31 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | October 19, 2017 11:20 AM EDT | By Kyle Drennen |
    Interviewing former CIA Director John Brennan on Thursday’s NBC Today, co-host Matt Lauer seemed to suggest that military leaders would launch a coup d’etat against President Trump in order to prevent nuclear war with North Korea. In response, the Obama administration official didn’t discount the notion. “Over the summer, the President said that he would unleash ‘fire and fury’ on North this a president who doesn’t understand the gravity and the seriousness of that issue?,” Lauer asked early in the exchange. Brennan warned: “I think his comments have been rather provocative, and it has served to increase tensions, not...