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  • MO School of Journalism Prof: NRA More Dangerous Than Islamic State

    04/21/2017 7:41:15 AM PDT · by kevcol · 23 replies
    Breitbart ^ | April 20, 2017 | AWR Hawkins
    Missouri School of Journalism professor emeritus George Kennedy suggests the National Rifle Association (NRA) is more dangerous than Islamic State. . . . Kennedy then claims the number of Americans killed by ISIS jihadists since 9/11 is nine. That is not a typo, he actually links to a Euronews source and claims only nine Americans have been killed by ISIS jihadists since the terror attacks on NYC in 2001.
  • Trump raises stakes on government shutdown, demands border wall funds in spending bill

    04/21/2017 7:39:04 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 80 replies ^ | 4/20/17 | Stephen Dinan
    The White House said Thursday that it wants to see money for President Trump’s border wall included in the spending bill Congress must pass next week — a demand Democrats said sours negotiations and makes a government shutdown more likely. The demands mark a reversal for the administration, which had been saying it found enough money to build prototypes this year and wouldn’t need a major infusion of cash until next year.
  • John McCain lauds FBI Director James Comey: 'His independence has never faltered'

    04/21/2017 7:38:39 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 44 replies
    Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., is praising FBI Director James Comey for his "independence" while investigating politicians on both sides of the political spectrum and for not kowtowing to political pressure during the 2016 presidential campaign. In a short piece published Thursday honoring him as part of the Time 100 Most Influential People list, the Arizona Republican referred to Comey's "integrity" and argued that it "never wavered" over the past year, despite the presidential campaign that made him a household name. "Integrity is a word that doesn't get used a lot in Washington anymore. But that is the quality that has...
  • Do Close Special Elections Mean Republicans Are in Trouble?

    04/21/2017 7:31:44 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 79 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/21/2017 | Michael Barone
    What to make of the results of the first two of this spring’s special House elections? Start off by putting them in perspective. They pose a challenge to both political parties, but especially to Republicans, who have been used to an unusually stable partisan alignment, an alignment that has become scrambled by Donald Trump. Those of us who can remember the 1964–84 years have seen much greater partisan churning. Almost half of the congressional districts that voted for Richard Nixon in 1972 elected Democratic congressmen. Some 191 districts split tickets. In 2012, that number was down to 26, the...
  • Hypocrisy in the Anti-O’Reilly Army

    04/21/2017 7:30:25 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 15 replies ^ | April 21, 2017 | Brent Bozell and Tim Graham
    Fox News took Bill O’Reilly off the air after a heavy campaign to fire him led by CNN’s media unit and The New York Times. If all the charges of sexual harassment are true, his case is indefensible. That said, it’s time for his media critics to stand down. They are guilty of rank hypocrisy. These same media outlets despised the idea that Donald Trump would drag Bill Clinton’s sexual harassment lawsuits into the presidential campaign. On Jan. 8, 2016, the Times editorial staff sneered: “It is also a tired subject that few Americans want to hear more about. If...
  • Vacation’s Over: Obama Returns to Public Life Next Week

    04/21/2017 7:28:34 AM PDT · by John W · 34 replies
    The New York Times ^ | April 21, 2017 | Michael D. Shear
    WASHINGTON — Barack Obama’s extended post-presidential vacation is about to end. After spending weeks in French Polynesia — including time on the yacht of the movie mogul David Geffen along with Bruce Springsteen, Tom Hanks and Oprah Winfrey — Mr. Obama will return to Chicago on Monday for his first public event as a former president. His self-imposed silence since Inauguration Day will end with a series of events over the next four weeks. A Monday town hall-style meeting with students at the University of Chicago will be followed by an awards ceremony in Boston; a series of public remarks...
  • Gabby Giffords’ Gun Control Group Urges Opposition to Repeal of Gun Ban for Military Vets

    04/21/2017 7:25:01 AM PDT · by rktman · 30 replies ^ | AWR Hawkins
    Gabby Giffords’ gun control group Americans for Responsible Solutions (ARS) is urging opposition to a repeal of the gun ban for military veterans. On March 16 Breitbart News reported that the House voted to repeal the gun ban for military veterans and ARS is asking gun controllers to convince their Senators not to follow suit. ARS posted a link that helps gun controllers write a letter to their Senators. The text of the link says, “Write a letter to your Senators saying that you OPPOSE legislation that would prevent the Department of Veterans Affairs from submitting mental health records to...
  • University rated one of the worst for free speech to open $220,000-a-year social justice center

    04/21/2017 7:09:44 AM PDT · by C19fan · 5 replies
    College Fix ^ | April 21, 2017 | William Nardi
    Wesleyan University — rated one of the worst in the nation for free speech by a nonprofit watchdog group — is slated to roll out a new center dedicated to advancing social justice, an effort estimated to cost more than $200,000 annually to promote various “gender, queer, students of color” causes.
  • Howard Dean announces Ann Coulter’s ‘hate speech’ is not protected by the First Amendment

    04/21/2017 7:09:39 AM PDT · by rktman · 27 replies ^ | 4/21/2017 | Thomas Lifson
    Remember Howard Dean? He was once the head of the Democratic Party as Chairman of the Democratic National Committee, and Governor of the State of Vermont. He was considered a viable contender for the Democrats’ nomination for president in 2004 until he uttered the scream that will live on forever:
  • Woman imprisoned in Egypt for 3 years lands in U.S. after Trump intervention

    04/21/2017 7:06:41 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 7 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 4/20/2017 | Philip Rucker, Karen Deyoung
    An Egyptian American charity worker who was imprisoned in Cairo for three years and became the global face of Egypt's brutal crackdown on civil society returned home to the United States late Thursday after the Trump administration quietly negotiated her release. President Donald Trump and his aides worked for several weeks with Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sissi to secure the freedom of Aya Hijazi, 30, a U.S. citizen, as well as her husband, Mohamed Hassanein, who is Egyptian, and four other humanitarian workers. Trump dispatched a U.S. government aircraft to Cairo to bring Hijazi and her family to Washington. Hijazi,...
  • Hoax alert: Black guy hangs ‘No Black People Allowed’ sign at USC residence complex

    04/21/2017 7:06:03 AM PDT · by C19fan · 13 replies
    College Fix ^ | April 20, 2017 | Dave Huber
    Here we go. Again. University of Southern California’s Department of Public Safety has confirmed that the person who recently adhered a sign reading “No Black People Allowed” to the gate of a campus residence complex is … African-American.
  • McSally wants more defense spending

    04/21/2017 6:59:49 AM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Eric Petermann
    SIERRA VISTA — One rarely considers U.S. Rep. Martha McSally a rebellious conservative, standing with the Freedom Caucus and willing to shutdown the government instead of reaching a compromise. But that’s not the case when it comes to extending the Continuing Resolution, which Congress is expected to begin debating Monday morning in Washington, D.C.
  • Chinese bombers on high alert over North Korean situation

    04/21/2017 6:56:05 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 9 replies
    Irish Times ^ | Apr. 21, 2017 | Clifford Coonan
    Chinese bombers on high alert over North Korean situation US defence official tells CNN aircraft being brought full readiness Clifford Coonan in Beijing China’s air force has put its land-attack, cruise-missile-capable bombers “on high alert” in response to a potential situation in North Korea, a US defence official has been quoted as saying. The moves to bring an extraordinary number of Chinese military aircraft to full readiness were part of an effort to “reduce the time to react to a North Korea contingency,” the defence official told CNN. The remarks come amid ongoing tensions on the Korean peninsula. President Donald...
  • North Korea nukes SF in birthday party video

    04/21/2017 6:55:00 AM PDT · by kevcol · 20 replies
    SFGATE ^ | April 20, 2017 | Mike Moffitt
    Eventually the nukes found their target, San Francisco, and exploded in massive fiery eruptions, engulfing the city in flames. The audience appeared to applaud San Francisco's destruction, primitive CGI production values notwithstanding. . . . While the concert took over an hour to finish, San Francisco was wiped out in about 15 seconds.

    04/21/2017 6:42:54 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 13 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | April 21, 2017 | Deborah Lambert
    Here's a fun fact: Not surprisingly, after being trashed and trampled by the Left for several generations, there has been a downward spiral in the study of history on American campuses from 18 percent in 1971 to 9 percent today, according to historian Daniel Pipes. And, according to the American Historical Association, the reason appears to coincide with the percentage of historians who specialize in women and gender, which has risen from 1% to nearly 10%.during the past 40 years. Not surprisingly, the study of gender is the most important subfield in the academy, followed by cultural history and environmental...
  • FDA officially bans Texas' attempted import of execution drugs

    04/21/2017 6:39:23 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 49 replies
    Texas Tribune ^ | 04/20/2017 | Jolie McCullough
    Almost two years after Texas tried to import an execution drug from overseas, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration ruled Thursday that the drug can’t be admitted into the United States. In July 2015, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice tried to import 1,000 vials of sodium thiopental, an anesthetic that the state has previously used in executions, but the FDA seized the drugs at a Houston airport and has held them ever since. The federal agency has maintained that the import of the drug is illegal because it is not currently approved in the U.S. In a statement, the...
  • Senate leader investigating possible FBI deception about Texas terror attack

    04/21/2017 6:35:24 AM PDT · by TigerClaws · 21 replies
    A powerful U.S. senator has launched an investigation into whether the FBI knew about a planned attack by ISIS-inspired terrorists at an anti-Muslim cartoon show in the Dallas area and did nothing to stop it -- and also misled the lawmaker about circumstances of the 2015 attack. Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisc., chairman of the Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, said he learned from a recent national media report that the FBI was tailing the two terrorists, Elton Simpson, 31, and Nadir Soofi, 34, and an agent was just steps away when the pair jumped from their car and began...
  • "N. Korea Evacuates Residents near Punggye-ri" ... Attention to Possible Nuclear Test on 25th

    04/21/2017 6:29:21 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 13 replies
    KBS ^ | 2017.04.21
    /begin my translation "N. Korea Evacuates Residents near Punggye-ri" ... Attention to Possible Nuclear Test on 25th Uploaded 2017.04.21 (21:01) | Updated 2017.04.21 (21:18) N. Korea recently evacuated residents near Punggye-ri nuclear test site in North Hamkyung Province, and S. Korea/U.S. intelligence authorities are reportedly paying close attention to any related developments. Intelligence sources said on Apr. 21th (today,) “Residents living near the nuclear test site have been evacuated to shelters by N. Korean authorities. It is quite likely that it is related to a nuclear test, based on their past behaviors.” Additionally, they said, “More frequent flights to an...
  • Waters stands by calls for impeachment, refusal to work with Trump

    04/21/2017 6:26:39 AM PDT · by davikkm · 38 replies
    washingtontimes ^ | Sally Persons
    Rep. Maxine Waters stands by her refusal to work with President Trump on any issue. “I really think he’s dangerous,” the California Democrat told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Friday. Ms. Waters said her issue is that she cannot work with someone she doesn’t trust explaining, “I don’t know what this president means when he talks about any of these issues.”
  • Over 10,000 civilians escape Raqqa city, arrive in SDF-held areas

    04/21/2017 6:24:14 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil
    ARA News ^ | April 21, 2017 | Wladimir van Wilgenburg
    Members of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) seen in the northern countryside of Raqqa after launching a new anti-ISIS campaign to liberate Raqqa governorate. Photo: ARA News More than 10,000 civilians displaced from the ISIS-held Raqqa city arrived on Thursday to areas controlled by the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) after the SDF captured two more villages.“Over 10,000 civilians came from the city of Raqqa and Tabqa, after liberation of the village of Al-Abbara & Tel Jerbo,” said Jesper Söder, a Swedish volunteer with the Syrian Democratic Forces.In the meantime, the newly created Raqqa Civilian Council called for international aid.“The Council has set...