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  • Madigan Fires Longtime Aide After Sexual Harassment Complaints

    02/13/2018 9:06:37 AM PST · by PBRCat · 18 replies
    The Chicago Sun-Times ^ | February 13, 2018 | Tina Sfondeles
    She sent Mike Madigan a letter last year warning the House speaker that a top political aide — and brother of Madigan’s own hand-picked alderman — had made “unwanted advances.” Repeated text messages asking the woman if she wanted to go out on a date or have drinks. A press release about the news conference calls the firing “pro-active but a cover up” — showing the woman is not pleased about how her allegations were treated. The woman, identified as Alaina Hampton, came forward “not once, but twice.” The firing came a day after Hampton filmed an interview. “I basically...
  • VA probe to allege Dr. David Shulkin improperly accepted Wimbledon tickets, airfare:[TR]

    02/13/2018 9:04:37 AM PST · by buckalfa · 10 replies
    Beckers Hospital Review ^ | February 13, 2018 | Morgan Haefner
    Investigators with the Department of Veterans Affairs will release a report accusing VA Secretary David Shulkin, MD, of wrongly accepting Wimbledon tickets and paying for his wife's airfare with taxpayer funds during a European trip last summer, USA Today reports. Here are five things to know about the allegations. 1. Dr. Shulkin's lawyers deemed the accusations, scheduled to be released this week, unfair and questionable. "The draft report ignores critical facts, presenting a one-sided version of events that casts aside evidence contradicting your chosen narrative," lawyers Justin Shur, Eric Nitz and Emily Damrau wrote in draft rebuttal obtained by USA...
  • Rush Limbaugh Show,M-F,12NOONPM-3PM,EST,WOR AM,February 13,2018

    02/13/2018 8:54:09 AM PST · by Biggirl · 16 replies
    The EIB Network ^ | February 13, 2018 | Rush Limbaugh
    Good Morning/Afternoon, MEGARushDoesEIBExcellenceOnShroveTuesdayDITTOS!
  • US universities urged to shut Confucius Institutes

    02/13/2018 8:38:28 AM PST · by ilovesarah2012 · 48 replies
    sigh er ^ | May 2, 2017 | Elizabeth Redden
    More than 100 American colleges and universities house Confucius Institutes, centres of Chinese language and cultural teaching funded and staffed in part with instructors screened by a Chinese government-affiliated entity known as Hanban. The Confucius Institutes may seem to many to be benign outposts offering cultural events programming and non-credit courses in introductory Chinese, calligraphy or Tai Chi, but for nearly as long as the Confucius Institutes have been around – more than 10 years now – they’ve been controversial.
  • Report: CNN to Lay Off up to 50 Employees After Missing Revenue Targets.....

    02/13/2018 8:33:47 AM PST · by caww · 46 replies
    I'm too lazy to simply type CNN ^ | Feb.12,2018 | BREITBART NEWS
    Joe Pompeo writes at Vanity Fair that CNN, led by its president Jeff Zucker, will soon lay off dozens of employees — mostly from “several high-profile digital initiatives” — after the left-wing news network failed to reach revenue targets.
  • ‘I’m Just More Afraid of Climate Change Than I Am of Prison’

    02/13/2018 8:19:57 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 73 replies
    The New York Times ^ | February 13, 2018 | By MICHELLE NIJHUIS
    On Oct. 11, 2016, Michael Foster and two companions rose before dawn, left their budget hotel in Grand Forks, N.D., and drove a white rental sedan toward the Canadian border, diligently minding the speed limit. As the driver, Sam Jessup, and a documentary filmmaker, Deia Schlosberg, recorded events from the back seat. For months, he’d imagined his next actions: He would snip the padlock that secured the gate and approach the blunt length of vertical pipe in the center of the enclosure — the stem of a shut-off valve for the 2,700-mile-long Keystone Pipeline. What neither the sheriff’s department nor...
  • TV Networks Did A Really Crap Job Reporting On Climate Change Last Year

    02/13/2018 8:12:49 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 23 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | February 13, 2018 | By Nick Visser
    Many of America’s leading television networks did a poor job of covering climate change last year, even as the newly minted Trump administration worked to unravel regulations meant to tackle the phenomenon and the U.S. was pummeled by a series of record-breaking natural disasters, according to a new report. The group Media Matters for America analyzed climate change coverage on major broadcasters’ nightly news programs and Sunday morning political shows - including those on ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox News and PBS - over the course of 2017. While a total of 260 minutes were devoted to climate change during the...
  • Sen. Rubio's Important Questions About China...Democrat Only Asks About Rob Porter...

    02/13/2018 8:11:03 AM PST · by Stayfree · 27 replies
    Fox News | February 13, 2018 | Self
    Sen. Rubio asks FBI director and others about the path that China is taking to become the world's dominant super power including using our own academic superiority to educate their future scientists, but the stupid democrat that followed him only wanted to know what our intel people knew about the Rob Porter situation...what a bumbling old fool who shouldn't even be a crossing guard, much less a Senator.
  • 36 people (Democrat POTUS candidates) who could challenge Trump in 2020

    02/13/2018 8:08:43 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 38 replies
    The Hill ^ | 02/13/18 06:00 AM EST | LISA HAGEN
    The field of Democrats who could jockey for a White House bid in 2020 is growing by the day, as more and more potential candidates are eyed as possible challengers to President Trump. Many potential candidates have sought to stand out from the field through vocal opposition to the Trump agenda — voting against the bipartisan two-year budget deal or calling for the president’s resignation. Here are 36 potential candidates, from top contenders to long shots, who could run in 2020: Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) Sanders reportedly met with top advisers in late January to discuss a potential 2020 run....
  • Public broadcasting chief decries proposed Trump budget cuts

    02/13/2018 8:06:26 AM PST · by billorites · 57 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 12, 2018 | Rebecca Savransky
    The president and CEO of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) warned Monday of the negative effects that President Trump's proposed budget cuts could have on public broadcasting. Trump's budget proposes eliminating federal funding for the CPB over a two-year period. The budget has to be approved by Congress before it can take effect. In a statement released Monday, Patricia Harrison said that the "elimination of funding to CPB would at first devastate, and then ultimately destroy public media's ability to provide early childhood content, life-saving emergency alerts, and public affairs programs." "Public media benefits all Americans — whether they...
  • Sampling bias might be distorting view of upheaval due to global warming

    02/13/2018 8:06:08 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | February 13, 2018 | by Bob Yirka
    A small team of researchers from The University of Melbourne, the Georg Eckert Institute and Freie Universität has found problems with research related to assessing the propensity for war amid environmental changes due to global warming. In their paper published in the journal Nature Climate Change, the group argues that much of current research on the topic suffers from several bias flaws. Cullen Hendrix with the University of Denver outlines the arguments by the research team in the same journal issue and suggests future research efforts will have to be refocused if they are to be useful in predicting future...
  • If it’s a parade Trump wants, why not in North Korea?

    02/13/2018 8:02:51 AM PST · by luke1825 · 21 replies
    lowell sun ^ | 2/13 | peter lucas
    If President Donald Trump wants to hold a massive parade honoring the military, he should hold it in Pyongyang, not Washington. The boulevards there are well built, long and wide, perfect for a showy and orchestrated military parade, which is why North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un holds so many of them. Massive tanks, assault vehicles and rocket carriers do not tear up the pavement or knock down statues of him, his father or his grandfather, or adjoining buildings in downtown Pyongyang. The people are protected as well. In Kim Jong Un’s parades there are no spectators lined up...
  • Susan Rice Email: Obama Reportedly Met With FBI/DOJ About Steele Dossier

    02/13/2018 7:52:00 AM PST · by EdnaMode · 101 replies
    Townhall ^ | February 13, 2018 | Matt Vespa
    The Senate Judiciary Committee is giving former Obama National Security Adviser Susan Rice until February 22 to answer questions relating to an email she sent to herself prior to exiting from the Obama administration. It occurred during President Trump’s inauguration. The email contains classified information, so it’s a partial disclosure from the Judiciary Committee, but it seems to show that on January 5, 2017, then-President Obama, Vice President Biden, then-FBI Director James Comey, and then-Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates had a meeting in the Oval Office about the fallout from the Russian interference in the 2016 election. The letter was...
  • Russians killed in clash with U.S.-led forces in Syria, say associates

    02/13/2018 7:51:39 AM PST · by Navy Patriot · 24 replies
    Rooters ^ | February 12, 2018 | Maria Tsvetkova
    Russian fighters were among those killed when U.S.-led coalition forces clashed with pro-government forces in Syria this month, former associates of the dead said on Monday. A U.S. official has said more than 100 fighters aligned with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad died when coalition and local coalition-backed forces thwarted a large attack overnight on Feb. 7. Russia’s Defence Ministry, which supports Assad’s forces in the Syrian civil war, said at the time that pro-government militias involved in the incident had been carrying out reconnaissance and no Russian servicemen had been in the area.
  • Why such silence from the media that obsesses over alleged Russian interference in our elections?

    02/13/2018 7:46:21 AM PST · by ilovesarah2012 · 17 replies ^ | June 14, 2017 | Steve Baldwin
    While the media obsess over an alleged Russian conspiracy to collude with Donald Trump to affect America’s 2016 presidential election, what about Obama’s interference in the elections of other countries? Most Americans have no idea that President Obama meddled in elections all over the world. And apparently, the media decided there’s no reason for Americans to know about this illegal activity.
  • Obama's New Official Portrait Appears To Feature Sperm...

    02/13/2018 7:43:36 AM PST · by Pilgrim's Progress · 158 replies
    newsmediawatchdog ^ | 2-13-2018 | Unknown
    Users on an anonymous image board discovered there appears to be a sperm cell drawn onto Barack Obama's forehead in his official presidential portrait, which now hangs in the Smithsonian Institution's National Portrait Gallery. Some may simply discount it as a vein, but oddly enough the artist who painted this portrait, Kehinde Wiley, has a history of adding semen into his art: [See examples in the article]
  • Two trees, one root: the link between evolutionism and Eastern spirituality

    02/13/2018 7:40:06 AM PST · by fishtank · 4 replies
    Creation Ministries International ^ | Published: 13 February 2018 (GMT+10) | Tricia Wright
    Two trees, one root: the link between evolutionism and Eastern spirituality by Tricia Wright Published: 13 February 2018 (GMT+10) Looking at today’s once-Christian ‘Western’ society, one sees two non-Christian worldviews growing like long-established trees, stretching their branches into everything from education, to the media, to the church. One tree is materialism, the belief that matter is all there is, firmly based on and intertwined with Darwinian evolution. Its canopy bears the dark fruits which stem from morality without a Creator (and thus Lawgiver).1 Alongside it a second tree is thriving: Eastern spirituality. With its alluring blossoms promising enlightenment, health and...
  • Let's Make America a Mineral Superpower

    02/13/2018 7:38:56 AM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies ^ | February 13, 2018 | Stephen Moore
    Why is the United States reliant on China and Russia for strategic minerals when we have more of these valuable resources than both these nations combined? This has nothing to do with geological impediments. It is all politics. This is an underreported scandal that jeopardizes American security. As recently as 1990, the U.S. was No. 1 in the world in mining output. But according to the latest data from the U.S. Geological Survey, the U.S. is 100 percent import dependent for at least 20 critical and strategic minerals (not including each of the "rare earths"), and between 50 and 99...
  • Democrats' Biggest Liability Wears 4-Inch Heels

    02/13/2018 7:23:39 AM PST · by Kaslin · 34 replies ^ | February 13, 2018 | Salena Zito
    WASHINGTON -- When House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi made history last week for the longest speech delivered on the House floor, she deserved praise for two things: her stamina in the eight-hour talkfest and her ability to do it in 4-inch spike heels. But politically, she likely did little more than create another attack ad for Republicans to run against Democratic candidates around the country. Pelosi's speech, mostly stories about "Dreamers" -- the people who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children by their parents and are caught in a political firestorm between both parties -- was red meat...
  • A.N.C. Tells Jacob Zuma to Step Down as South Africa President

    02/13/2018 7:17:28 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    New York Times ^ | 02/13/2018 | Norimitsu Onishi
    JOHANNESBURG — Top leaders of South Africa’s governing party ordered President Jacob Zuma to step down on Tuesday, saying that his continued presence was eroding the “renewed hope” felt since the election of new party leaders in December. Ace Magashule, secretary general of the African National Congress, said that the party had not given Mr. Zuma a deadline to respond, but added that he was certain that the president would deliver a reply the next day. “Let’s leave it to President Jacob Zuma,” Mr. Magashule said at a news conference at party headquarters in Johannesburg. In a meeting with party...