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  • California mulls text tax on mobile messages

    12/12/2018 3:45:39 PM PST · by NoLibZone · 7 replies
    CBS news ^ | 12/12/18 | Kate Gibson
    Californians may or may not type OMG at the news, but texting may soon come with an extra fee on their mobile phone bills. State regulators are weighing a tax on the popular communications tool to help fund a program that makes phone service available to low-income residents. A texting surcharge could help sustain the Public Purpose Program budget, which has risen to $998 million in 2017 from $670 million in 2011, according to a report from the California Public Utilities Commission. Revenue from the telecom industry that funds the program has declined to $11.3 billion last year from $16.5...
  • An Ethics Lesson for USA Today's 'Queer' Bullies

    12/12/2018 3:42:49 PM PST · by Kaslin · 1 replies ^ | December 12, 2018 | MIchelle Malkin
    This week, I did something that USA Today's executive leadership apparently hadn't done lately: I read the newspaper's "principles of ethical conduct for newsrooms." It's pretty highfalutin. The media manifesto of virtue, posted online, applies to all employees "working with any news platform, including newspapers, websites, mobile devices, video, social media channels and live story events." Whether writing online or covering breaking developments, USA Today's journalists are supposedly committed to: --Seeking and reporting the truth in a truthful way. --Serving the public interest. --Exercising fair play. --Acting with integrity. Now, let's compare the lofty rhetoric with low-blow reality. On Sunday,...
  • #NeverTrump GOP activist claims Biden-Romney third party bid in 2020 could WIN

    12/12/2018 3:35:27 PM PST · by SleeperCatcher · 24 replies
    The National Sentinel ^ | 12/12/18 | USA Features
    Third Way: As Democratic candidates line up to vie for their party’s 2020 presidential nomination, a #NeverTrump GOP activist and establishment lobbyist is courting the like-minded to form a coalition around former Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. Sen. Mitt Romey, RINO-Utah, who has lost two bids for the presidency. Juleanna Glover, during a day-long meeting of anti-Trumpers that getting to the “path to 270 [electoral votes] might not be that hard,” Breitbart News reports. Glover’s plot is for Biden to pick Romney as his running mate and for them to run on a one-term party unity ticket pledging to...
  • Pence Casts Tie-Breaking Vote After Outgoing Republican Tries to Block Trump Nominee

    12/12/2018 3:33:20 PM PST · by naeim.darzi · 23 replies
    The Epoch Times ^ | December 12, 2018 | ZACHARY STIEBER
    Vice President and former Senator Mike Pence cast a tie-breaking vote to confirm a federal judge after outgoing Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) broke rank and voted against the nominee. The Republicans hold a slim majority in the Senate, 51-49, until the New Year. After that, the margin will widen to 53-47 as the GOP won several seats during the November midterms. Flake’s vote made the total 50-50, forcing Pence to step in and cast the tie-breaking vote in his role as the ex officio President of the Senate to confirm the nomination of Harvard Law School graduate Jonathan Kobes, 44,...
  • 'Hi-tech robot' at Russia forum turns out to be man in suit

    12/12/2018 3:12:44 PM PST · by Krosan · 23 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Wed 12 December | Andrew Roth
    State television praised the ‘modern’ tech despite photos revealing actor in costume A “hi-tech robot” shown on Russian state television has turned out to be a man in a suit. Russia-24 praised the ersatz android during coverage of a youth forum dedicated to robotics, boasting that “Robot Boris has already learned to dance and he’s not that bad”. But sharp-eyed bloggers were dubious. The Russian website TJournal listed questions about the robot’s performance: Where were Boris’s external sensors? Why did the robot make so many “unnecessary movements” while dancing? And why did the robot look like a person would fit...
  • Al Green Hints He’ll Move to Impeach Trump for ‘Bigotry’

    12/12/2018 2:53:03 PM PST · by blueyon · 85 replies ^ | 12/12/18 | Tony Lee
    Rep. Al Green (D-TX) on Tuesday suggested that he will soon bring articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump for “bigotry.” While prominent Democrats have tiptoed around the question of whether Trump should be impeached before Special Counsel Robert Mueller finishes his investigation, Green said there are plenty of other reasons to impeach Trump, including Trump’s “bigotry.” “I am here to say without question, reservation, or hesitation that we should not allow ourselves to get back to bigotry as usual,” Green said on the House floor. “There seems to be a desire to avoid the question of bigotry, to avoid...
  • Hmm: Can't House Republicans Just Pass Trump's $5 Billion Wall Funding Request?

    12/12/2018 2:49:41 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 30 replies
    Townhall ^ | Dec 12, 2018 2:30 PM | Guy Bension
    The answer to the question posed in my headline is 'yes' -- theoretically. The GOP still controls the House of Representatives for the next few weeks, so if (still) Speaker Ryan and company can get their caucus in line, they could simply pass a DHS appropriation that meets the president's full request on wall funding. That would not only fortify Trump's bargaining position and apply pressure to Senate Democrats, it would also embarrass incoming Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who just taunted her Republican colleagues for not having the votes. And the next House Republican leader is telling reporters that he's "100...
  • U.S. Subsidizes Soros Radical Leftist Agenda Worldwide, New Judicial Watch Special Report Shows

    12/12/2018 2:45:13 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 4 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | DECEMBER 06, 2018 | Judicial Watch
    The U.S. government subsidizes billionaire George Soros’ radical leftist agenda dedicating hundreds of millions of dollars to his deeply politicized Open Society Foundations (OSF) worldwide, records uncovered by Judicial Watch show. In a special investigative report Judicial Watch documents the financial link between U.S.-funded entities and OSF affiliates to further the Hungarian-born philanthropist’s agenda seeking to destabilize legitimate governments, erase national borders, target conservative politicians, finance civil unrest, subvert institutions of higher education, and orchestrate refugee crises for political gain. The special report also illustrates the financial and staffing nexus between OSF and the U.S. government. In 2018 OSF projected...
  • An open letter to Betsy DeVos and the Department of Education

    12/12/2018 2:44:58 PM PST · by mdittmar · 15 replies
    The National Education Association ^ | December 7, 2018 | Lily Eskelsen García President of the National Education Association
    The National Education Association stands firmly with the millions of people in the United States, including our students and educators, who identify as transgender, gender non-binary, gender expansive and/or intersex.We are alarmed by recent news reports that indicate that the Administration is contemplating policy to erase transgender protections through reinterpretation of existing laws and regulations. The NEA strongly opposes such damaging and dangerous policy efforts. We oppose any policy or regulation that violates the privacy rights of those that identify as transgender, gender non-binary, gender expansive/non-conforming or who are intersex. We oppose any attempts to eliminate federal recognition of the estimated 1.4 million...
  • Former FBI Official: Agents 'Infuriated' With Comey's Partisanship, Anti-Trump 'Vitriol'

    12/12/2018 2:40:02 PM PST · by detective · 21 replies
    Fox News ^ | 12/11/2018
    A former top FBI official blasted former FBI Director James Comey Tuesday for new "partisan" attacks on President Trump, revealing that many rank-and-file agents are "infuriated" by Comey's statements. Comey said Sunday he hopes Trump is not impeached, calling on American voters to rise up in 2020 and vote him out of office by a "landslide." Speaking to MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace at an event in New York City, Comey said Democrats "have to win" in 2020 and stop Trump's "lies." "We need a moment of inflection where we all get off the couch and say: 'that is not who...
  • Judge rules deputy had duty to protect Parkland students, refuses to toss lawsuit

    12/12/2018 2:37:15 PM PST · by jazusamo · 33 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 12, 2018 | Terry Spencer & Curt Anderson-AP
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — A judge has rejected a deputy’s claim that he had no duty to confront the gunman during the school shooting in Parkland, Florida. Refusing to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the parent of a victim, Broward Circuit Judge Patti Englander Henning found after a hearing Wednesday that ex-deputy Scot Peterson did have a duty to protect those inside the school where 17 people died and 17 were wounded on Feb. 14. Video and other evidence shows Peterson, the only armed officer at the school, remained outside while shots rang out. The negligence lawsuit was filed by...
  • Flashback: Obama campaign to pay $375,000 fine for omitting some donor’s names in 2008

    12/12/2018 2:29:04 PM PST · by NoLibZone · 10 replies
    DNC vetted then released by The Washington Post and Mr Bezos ^ | Jan 4 2013 Yes, 2013 For those in Rio Linda that's almost 5 years ago | T.W. Farnam
    President Obama’s campaign has agreed to pay a $375,000 fine to the Federal Election Commission, among the largest penalties in the agency’s history. The fine was imposed after an audit of the campaign’s books showed that it failed to report the identities of donors who gave large checks in the weeks before the 2008 election, according to a copy of the agreement between the FEC and the president’s campaign. The document shows that the Obama campaign failed to disclose the identities of donors responsible for $2 million in contributions in the weeks ahead of the election. The campaign also misreported...
  • Lieu: ‘I Would Love to Be Able to Regulate the Content of Speech’ but First Amendment Stops Me

    12/12/2018 2:14:40 PM PST · by Red Badger · 36 replies ^ | December 12, 2018 2:09 pm | BY: David Rutz
    Rep. Ted Lieu (D., Calif.) said he would "love to be able to regulate the content of speech" during an interview Wednesday, noting he was prevented from doing that by the First Amendment. Lieu got attention a day earlier when Google CEO Sundar Pichai testified at a House Judiciary Committee hearing, assailing conservative claims of the tech giant's bias against them by reading positive and negative stories about Republican Reps. Steve Scalise (La.) and Steve King (Iowa), the latter of whom has repeatedly courted controversy with racially charged remarks. After CNN host Brianna Keilar praised Lieu for the "clever" stunt,...
  • DOJ Prosecutors Wrongfully Accuse Trump of Campaign Finance Crimes

    12/12/2018 2:13:43 PM PST · by Kaslin · 20 replies ^ | December 12, 2018 | Marina Medvin
    Federal lawyers prosecuting Michael Cohen in the Southern District of New York have dropped a bombshell in a memorandum they filed with the court this past Friday — accusing President Trump of campaign finance crimes.Cohen was Donald Trump’s personal lawyer. During Trump’s campaign, Cohen paid off two women to remain quiet about disgraceful stories of Donald Trump. Cohen acted to silence the two women by buying rights to their stories on behalf of his client, Cohen explained during his guilty plea. The purpose of the hush-buys, according to prosecutors referencing Cohen’s statements, was “to prevent the story from influencing...
  • Senate Passes 2018 Farm Bill Legalizing Hemp, Ditching SNAP Work Requirements

    12/12/2018 2:11:56 PM PST · by KC_Lion · 20 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 11 December 2018 | Kathrine Rodriguez
    The Senate passed the updated 2018 Farm Bill on Tuesday, which legalized hemp and did away with implementing work requirements to receive food stamps through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The Senate voted 87-13 to pass the legislation, which lawmakers unveiled Monday evening after months of back-and-forth negotiations and debate over whether work requirements should be included in the 2018 Farm Bill. Every single Senate Democrat voted for the revised bill, and eight Republicans opposed it.....“The 2018 Farm Bill is our opportunity to make the American food and agriculture systems work more efficiently. I’m pleased to say we...
  • London homicides now highest annual rate for a decade

    12/12/2018 2:08:25 PM PST · by NoLibZone · 17 replies ^ | 12/12/18 | Jamie Grierson
    2018 tally of 131 deaths includes 75 stabbings and comes as police await funding decision London’s homicide rate has reached its highest level in a decade as police chiefs brace themselves for a government announcement about whether they will get the extra funding they believe is vital to tackle rising violent crime. The Metropolitan police said they were called to the fatal stabbing of a teenager in south-east London on Tuesday night, taking the tally to 131 deaths, the highest level since 2008, with three weeks left of this calendar year. London’s total this year includes at least 75 stabbings...
  • With Friends Like Angela Merkel, Does Israel Need Enemies?

    12/12/2018 2:07:56 PM PST · by Rummyfan · 4 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 12 Dec 2018 | P David Hornik
    Last Saturday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union Party voted down a motion to freeze funding for the Palestinian Authority until it stops its “pay to slay” imbursements to terrorists and their families. The motion stated that “with the payments, the PA knowingly and willingly supports terror against Israel and makes this a worthy financial business.” But Merkel’s party wasn’t moved. One day later, a Palestinian terror attack seriously wounded a pregnant woman. The baby, who was delivered in an emergency procedure, held out for a few days and died on Wednesday. In October during a visit to Jerusalem’s...
  • Donald Trump may cheat and pay off women, but that won't get him impeached

    12/12/2018 2:05:31 PM PST · by TangledUpInBlue · 18 replies
    Yahoo Politics ^ | 12/12/18 | None
    Case in point: The FEC hit Barack Obama's 2008 campaign with, according to The Washington Post, "among the largest penalties in the agency’s history" when it levied a $375,000 fine for failing "to disclose the identities of donors responsible for $2 million in contributions" and misreporting "the dates of $85 million in other contributions." The Obama people "kept $1.3 million in contributions that were above the legal maximum allowed for a federal campaign, failing to return them within the 60 days required by law. The campaign kept almost $874,000 of those donations until the FEC discovered they were unlawful." Doing...
  • Strasbourg shooting: Suspect who was on terror watchlist 'may have crossed into Germany'

    12/12/2018 2:01:55 PM PST · by Rummyfan · 15 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 12 Dec 2018 | Henry Samuel
    The manhunt for a suspected terrorist who killed two and left a third victim with irreversible brain damage in Strasbourg, eastern France, spread to Germany on Wednesday as authorities confirmed he shouted “Allahu Akbar” before opening fire. Another 12 people were injured, with at least two in a critical condition from head injuries. The Strasbourg-born suspect has been named as 29-year-old Cherif Chekatt, who is believed to have gone on the" killing spree with a gun and long knife near the city’s famed Christmas market, visited by two million people every year. Speaking after the attack Emmanuel Macron, the French...
  • The 'International Community' Isn't a Community

    12/12/2018 1:54:17 PM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies ^ | December 12, 2018 | Ben Shapiro
    Very often these days, we hear about the wonderful richness of the international community. Americans are chastised for failing to go along with the international community on climate change; failing to follow the consensus of the international community on health care; failing to mirror the priorities of the international community in foreign policy. But here's the reality: There is no international community. There is merely a group of states motivated by self-interest. Sometimes those self-interests overlap. Other times they don't. But let's not pretend that the international community somehow maintains a sort of collective moral standing merely by dint of...