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  • HEARTBREAKING VIDEO CAPTURES FALLEN SOLDIER'S HOMECOMING

    02/17/2017 7:16:56 AM PST · by grayboots · 17 replies
    ABC13 ^ | 02/16/2017 | KTRK
    RALEIGH, N.C. (KTRK) -- They are the sniffles heard around the world. When Lisa Williams' plane arrived at Raleigh-Durham Airport, passengers were asked to wait to let someone off the plane first. When she looked out the window, there were several soldiers unloading a flag-draped coffin from the cargo hold. For minutes, the plane remained silent, aside from the sniffles coming from the passengers. A woman walked over and placed her hand on the casket to say her final goodbyes, and others -- presumably family members -- joined her. Then, seven Green Beret soldiers dressed in full uniform carried the...
  • Hundreds of Events Planned Nationwide for Friday’s ‘General Strike’

    02/17/2017 7:13:21 AM PST · by simpson96 · 51 replies
    NBC News ^ | 2/16/2017 | Mary Emily O'Hara
    Tens of thousands of people across the United States are expected to skip work and attend rallies and marches Friday as part of a "general strike" to "get our democracy back." Strike4Democracy, one of the groups organizing the nationwide event, which is called the "#F17 General Strike," said more than 100 public protests are expected. Event pages on Facebook indicate the potential for high participation: Nearly 20,000 people have responded to the page for a New York City march alone. It will be the second straight day of national protests, following Thursday's "Day Without Immigrants" campaign, which was aimed at...
  • Judge Orders Double Pay for Thousands of Federal Workers Affected By 2013 Shutdown

    02/17/2017 7:12:26 AM PST · by deplorableindc · 21 replies
    About 25,000 federal workers deemed essential during the 2013 partial government shutdown are entitled to be paid twice for work they performed during a five-day period, a federal judge found this week. The workers were not paid on time for work at the beginning of the 16-day shutdown, though they were given the back pay when the political crisis was resolved. The Fair Labor Standards Act, under which the workers sued, entitles government workers to the damages if they aren’t paid on time. Government attorneys unsuccessfully pointed to a different law, the Anti-Deficiency Act, which prohibits spending of money without...
  • Jill Stein Challenges Constitutionality Of Pennsylvania Recount

    02/17/2017 7:08:46 AM PST · by deplorableindc · 51 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | Feb. 16, 2017
    Former Green party presidential nominee Dr. Jill Stein has asked a federal judge in Pennsylvania to rule that the state’s recount procedure is unconstitutional. The complaint was lodged in connection with litigation staged after President Donald Trump’s victory in the November general election. Stein’s campaign raised over $7 million in order to finance recounts in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania. Lawyers representing former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton briefly participated in the effort, which did not uncover evidence of abnormalities. In an amended complaint filed this week, Stein argues Pennsylvania’s recount procedure violates the Fourteenth Amendment’s due process guarantee, because it...
  • Morning Spin: U.S. Rep. Kelly writes Trump letter on Chicago violence

    02/17/2017 7:08:36 AM PST · by csvset · 41 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 17 Feb 2017 | Katherine Skiba
    <p>Democratic U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly of Matteson has written a letter to President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence calling on them to do something about violence in Chicago, and included photos of the 38 children age 16 or younger whom her aides determined had been shot and killed in the city since February 2016.</p>
  • Black Trump Supporter Goes off on Sanctuary Cities at Town Hall, “Thank God for Trump! ...

    02/17/2017 7:08:09 AM PST · by markomalley · 22 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 2/17/17 | Jim Hoft
    THIS WAS AMAZING— A pro-Trump African-American woman went off during a town hall meeting in Cudahy, California recently over sanctuary cities and illegal immigration. “When my people do a crime, it’s three strikes you’re out. When you do it, you get amnesty!” Trump Supporter: “When my people do a crime, it’s three strikes you’re out. When you do it, you get amnesty!… Sanctuary cities are racist!… Again the black community has literally been destroyed by racist illegal immigration and we’re not going to have it. When my people do a crime they get three strikes. When your people do a...
  • FORD not scrapping plans to build Mexico factories: company exec

    02/17/2017 7:00:18 AM PST · by Trump_vs_Evil_Witch · 24 replies
    Yahpooo ^ | 2-16-2017 | AFP
    Mexico City (AFP) - Ford is sticking with its plan to build two new factories in Mexico, despite an announcement last month that it had scrapped plans for a plant in the central state of San Luis Potosi. The US carmaker said a planned factory in the central state of Guanajuato will build engines and transmissions, while another in the northern city of Chihuahua will make car parts for use by Ford factories in the United States, South America and Asia.
  • Sorry, media — this press conference played very differently with Trump’s supporters

    02/17/2017 6:57:32 AM PST · by pabianice · 8 replies
    NY Post ^ | 2/17/17 | Goodwin
    Maybe it’s not a coincidence that Barnum & Bailey is folding its tents this year. After all, how could the circus possibly compete with Donald Trump? The president proved once again that he is the greatest show on Earth. Lions and tigers and elephants are kid stuff next to his high wire act. Next time, the White House ought to sell popcorn. Amid feverish reports of chaos on his team and with Democrats fantasizing that Russia-gate is another Watergate, Trump took center stage to declare that reports of his demise are just more fake news. Far from dead, he was...
  • Parents had week-old baby taken away by social services (Britain)

    02/17/2017 6:57:29 AM PST · by originalbuckeye · 9 replies
    LondonDailyTelegraph ^ | 2/16/17 | Patrick Foster
    A local council has been ordered to pay damages after taking a week-old baby into care because the father expressed “unorthodox” views about the need to sterilise feeding bottles. A family court judge awarded the couple and their son, who is now 15 months old, a total of £11,250 after ruling that Kirklees Council had breached their human rights and misled a judge in a bid to remove the child from their care. The case, which has cost the taxpayer around £120,000, centered on a couple in their mid-twenties, who cannot be identified. They both suffer from mild learning difficulties...
  • Syrian Kurdish politician: US proposed safe zones to be in YPG controlled areas

    02/17/2017 6:55:45 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 6 replies
    KOM News ^ | 16 February 2017 | Ilham Ehmed
    Ilham Ehmed, Co-chair of Syrian Democratic Council The Co-chair of the Syrian National Council, Ilham Ehmed, has said that the safe zones proposed by the new US administration will be formed in areas controlled by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG).Speaking to Firat News Agency (ANF), Ehmed said, “the most important decision taken by the new administration in Washington is planning for refugees to be placed in safe zones in the region.”According to the ANF, Ehmed was invited to the US for meetings with representatives in congress and federal commissions. “We met with...
  • Teen tells boyfriend their baby is a girl right after tossing her out window

    02/17/2017 6:54:23 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 27 replies
    New York Post ^ | February 16, 2017 | Jackie Salo
    A Nebraska teen who fatally threw her newborn out a second-floor window sent her boyfriend a series of disturbing texts about the murder. Antonia Lopez, 16, reportedly texted her boyfriend saying “It was a girl by the way” after killing the premature infant in September. The teen then later added, “Babe we can try again if you still want to be with me.”
  • Jake Leinenkugel tapped for White House job [another Deplorabeer to join Yuengling]

    02/17/2017 6:53:47 AM PST · by markomalley · 9 replies
    Chippewa Falls Herald ^ | 1/23/17 | Ross Evavold
    Jake Leinenkugel has gone to Washington. The Chippewa Falls native has signed on with the Trump administration, and has been appointed as a senior White House advisor to the Department of Veterans Affairs. He was sworn into the position Friday. Leinenkugel, who ran Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Co. for a quarter of a century before retiring two years ago, is looking forward to working on behalf of America’s veterans, said his brother, brewery President Dick Leinenkugel. “Jake is a veteran; two of his children are veterans. He certainly knows first hand the challenges and opportunities men and women who leave the...
  • Almost 500 migrants smash through border fence into Spanish enclave in Africa

    MADRID – Almost 500 migrants forced their way into Spanish territory in North Africa early Friday by breaking through gates in the 20-foot (6-meter) high fence that separates Morocco from Spain's Ceuta enclave. The Ceuta regional government gave the figures, with officials saying it was believed to be the biggest border invasion in recent years. Ceuta is separated from the rest of Spain by the Strait of Gibraltar.
  • That’s Entertainment! Trump’s 75-Minute Tour de Force

    02/17/2017 6:44:39 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 58 replies
    american spectator ^ | Scott McKay
    Presidential press conferences will never be the same again. Donald Trump, giving press conferences as president, is like a cross between Fidel Castro’s long-windedness and machismo and Christopher Walken’s theatrical presence — and nobody else in the room can compete with that. This was on display Thursday, when after a week’s worth of his administration being buffeted by a hurricane of negative media coverage — some of it deserved, some much less so — the president turned himself loose in the East Room. An hour and 15 minutes later, he walked out of what could be described as a smoldering...
  • How full are Northern California reservoirs and rivers?(nice graphs)

    02/17/2017 6:41:08 AM PST · by rktman · 17 replies
    sacbee.com ^ | 2/16/2017 | Staff
    These three graphs show key California reservoir conditions and river stages for the upper and lower Sacramento Valley. The images are from the California Department of Water Resources’ Data Exchange Center and the National Weather Service. RESERVOIR CONDITIONS ENDING MIDNIGHT, FEBRUARY 15, 2017 This graph shows California reservoirs, with percentage capacity (the first number) and percentage of historical average (the second number). Updated graphs are available here, at “Selected Reservoirs Daily Graphs. Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/news/state/california/water-and-drought/article133224899.html#storylink=cpy
  • Trump approval ratings "pop" holds steady, as Opposition Party (MSM) faces its powerlessness

    02/17/2017 6:34:34 AM PST · by Sidebar Moderator · 35 replies
    Rasmussen reports ^ | February 17, 2017 | Staff
    The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Friday shows that 55% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Trump’s job performance. Forty-five percent (45%) disapprove. The latest figures include 39% who Strongly Approve of the way Trump is performing and 37% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of +2. (see trends).
  • Mika: Pence Won’t Give Trump Reality Check Because ‘He’s Waiting to be President’

    02/17/2017 6:32:16 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 66 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Morning Joe‘s coverage of President Trump’s press conference of yesterday was predictably apocalyptic. Joe Scarborough and Mike Barnicle asserted that Trump was detached from “reality.” But the most explosive moment came when Scarborough asked who within the White House will go to President Trump and tell him that he’s undercutting his credibility. When Mark Halperin proposed VP Pence for that job, Mika Brzezinski replied: “it’s not happening. He’s waiting to be President.” Was Mika implying that Pence has adopted a conscious strategy of letting President Trump implode so that he can assume the presidency when Trump is driven from office?...
  • Publishers are hiring 'sensitivity readers' to flag potentially offensive content [Newspeak]

    02/17/2017 6:31:40 AM PST · by markomalley · 8 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 2/15/17 | Everdeen Mason
    Before a book is published and released to the public, it's passed through the hands (and eyes) of many people: an author's friends and family, an agent and, of course, an editor. These days, though, a book may get an additional check from an unusual source: a sensitivity reader, a person who, for a nominal fee, will scan the book for racist, sexist or otherwise offensive content. These readers give feedback based on self-ascribed areas of expertise such as "dealing with terminal illness," "racial dynamics in Muslim communities within families" or "transgender issues." "The industry recognizes this is a real...
  • Column: Let's try extreme vetting for gun owners (barf alert)

    02/17/2017 6:21:00 AM PST · by rellimpank · 33 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 17 feb 2017 | Zorn
    What if — and it's a crazy thought, I know, but stay with me — what if it actually isn't a good idea to allow nearly everyone to buy all the guns they want with minimal to nonexistent background checks? What if it's not just poverty, joblessness, illegal drugs, wimpy judges and fractured families causing the sort of mayhem that recently saw three kids die of bullet wounds in just two days in Chicago? What if the glut of guns is a part of it?
  • The NBA, tourists, and Mardi Gras are here, so gunplay will not be tolerated in New Orleans

    02/17/2017 6:18:45 AM PST · by tekrat · 12 replies
    NOLA.com ^ | 2/17/2017 | Tim Morris
    New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu and Police Superintendent Michael Harrison have made the city -- or at least certain tourist-friendly parts and for a limited period of time -- safe again from ill-intentioned gunfire. How did they achieve this? They have declared "zero tolerance" for anyone bringing illegal firearms to Carnival parades, to the French Quarter, and to all activities connected to this weekend's NBA All-Star Game. "Do not bring firearms to the French Quarter or parades," Harrison said at a City Hall press conference Wednesday (Feb. 15). Not yet equipped with radiation scanning devices, NOPD will deploy plainclothes officers...