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  • Andrew Gillum May Retract Concession As Recount Looms In Florida Governor Race

    11/08/2018 5:42:56 PM PST · by rktman · 33 replies ^ | 11/8/2018 | Chuck Ross |
    Andrew Gillum may retract his concession in the Florida governor’s race. Gillum, the mayor of Tallahassee, conceded the race in a speech on Tuesday, after polls showed him down one percentage point to Republican Ron DeSantis, a former congressman who is close to President Donald Trump. But DeSantis’s vote margin dwindled on Wednesday as absentee and provisional ballots continued to be counted.
  • Hoyer Announces Bid for Majority Leader

    11/08/2018 5:40:33 PM PST · by mdittmar · 19 replies
    House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer ^ | November 7, 2018 | House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer
    WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today to announce his bid for Majority Leader: “I’ve spoken to many of my Democratic colleagues, and I appreciate the support I’ve received from every part of our Caucus for returning to my position as Majority Leader. In the next Congress, our Caucus must be united in our efforts to clean up government corruption, expand economic opportunity to all Americans, and bring down health care costs. We will need to listen to the ideas and views of all our Members. As Majority Leader, I will work...
  • 9th Circuit Blocks Trump’s Moves To End DACA

    11/08/2018 5:32:44 PM PST · by rktman · 27 replies ^ | 11/8/2018 | Kevin Daley
    A federal appeals court upheld a nationwide injunction against President Donald Trump’s termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program Thursday. A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit concluded DACA’s recension “is arbitrary, capricious, or otherwise not in accordance with law.” Supreme Court action could soon follow. The Trump administration asked the high court to intervene in the DACA cases Monday. The move was highly unusual, as three federal appeals courts, including the 9th Circuit, are separately reviewing orders requiring the government to continue administering DACA. The justices seldom review a case...
  • Grassley to make chairmanship decision after meeting with colleagues next week

    11/08/2018 5:31:43 PM PST · by bitt · 7 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/7/2018 | Naomi Jagota
    Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) plans to make a decision about which committee chairmanship he wants to hold next year after discussing the matter with his Senate colleagues next week, a spokesman for the senator said Wednesday. Grassley is currently the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. But with the retirement of Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), the Finance Committee chairmanship is open and Grassley has seniority on the panel. "Regarding Sen. Grassley’s chairmanship next Congress, Sen. Grassley will consult with his colleagues when the Senate returns next week and will then announce his decision," Grassley spokesman Michael Zona said. The Finance...
  • Pro-Abortion Professor Who Said Republican Men Should Be Castrated Calls Fox News “Terrorists”

    11/08/2018 5:31:20 PM PST · by Coleus · 30 replies
    Life News ^ | 11.07.18 | Micaiah Bilger
    A Georgetown University professor who wished for violence against white Republican men went after conservatives again last week on Twitter.C. Christine Fair, who is on administrative leave after the first violent tweet, called Fox News employees “terrorists” on Oct. 28, according to the Washington Free Beacon.“When your plane lands late, you and your colleagues are met on the tarmac, and ferried to the Presidential Palace for an intimate dinner with the president,” Fair wrote on Twitter. “Thanks Fox News Terrorists!” When your plane lands late, you and your colleagues are met on the tarmac, and ferried to the Presidential Palace...
  • Mueller Reportedly Wants Trump Tower Records Involving Roger Stone(Muledeer?)

    11/08/2018 5:27:23 PM PST · by rktman · 22 replies ^ | 11/8/2018 | Chuck Ross
    Special counsel Robert Mueller has reportedly asked President Donald Trump’s legal team for visitation and phone records from Trump Tower regarding Roger Stone, the longtime Trump confidant currently under scrutiny in the special counsel’s probe. But Stone, a political operative known for unorthodox tactics, says that investigators will not find anything of significance in their probe.
  • Teacher says she discovered ballot box left behind at Florida polling site(Broward County)

    11/08/2018 5:14:48 PM PST · by barmag25 · 77 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/8/18 | Ari's Folley
    A Florida teacher says she discovered a locked ballot box that was left behind at a polling site in Miramar. Teacher Lakeisha Sorey told The Sun-Sentinel she came across the box on Thursday afternoon and said it was located in the same area at Sunshine Elementary School where voting had been held earlier this week. Sorey said she was concerned the box, which was labelled "provisional ballots," might have contained uncounted ballots and decided not to meddle with it.
  • UCT vice-chancellor praises student for work signed off with ‘one settler‚ one bullet’

    11/08/2018 5:14:33 PM PST · by massmike · 3 replies ^ | 11/08/2018 | Nico Gous
    University of Cape Town (UCT) vice-chancellor Mamokgethi Phakeng has congratulated a student on his honours project in which he ended his acknowledgements with the phrase‚ “ONE SETTLER‚ ONE BULLET!!” Phakeng tweeted on Tuesday evening: “Congratulations dear son on completing this paper! I would like to study it at some stage. In the meantime‚ let me be kliye [sic]: I am proud of you! Way more than you can imagine! Welldone! [sic]” Congratulations dear son on completing this paper! I would like to study it at some stage. In the meantime, let me be kliye: i am proud of you! Way...
  • Florida teacher finds ‘provisional ballot box’ in storage area

    11/08/2018 5:12:41 PM PST · by DFG · 48 replies
    NY Post ^ | 11/08/2018 | Joe Tacopino
    A teacher in Florida found a container labeled “Provisional Ballot Box” in a storage area of her elementary school on Thursday. Lakeisha Williams, of Broward County, said she discovered the ballot box two days after Election Day at Miramar Elementary School — where it was apparently left behind by election workers. “I went into the area that we use for storage and saw it in there,” Williams told The Post. Williams said she did not touch or look inside the box. Instead, she told the school’s principal and they decided to contact a local state representative.
  • Larry King Slams CNN: They 'Stopped Doing News a Long Time Ago'

    11/08/2018 5:06:12 PM PST · by Kaslin · 22 replies ^ | November 8, 2018 | Leah Barkoukis
    Larry King criticized CNN, his former employer of 25 years, for not covering the news anymore, instead having a laser-like focus on President Trump. "CNN stopped doing news a long time ago," King said during an interview on RT with Rich Sanchez, his former colleague at the network. "They do Trump. Fox is Trump TV and MSNBC is anti-Trump all the time." "You don’t see a story — there was vicious winds and storms in the Northeast the other day — not covered on any of the three cable networks, not covered," King said. "So when CNN started covering Trump...
  • After stunning primary upset,newcomer Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez becomes youngest woman in Congress

    11/08/2018 5:04:21 PM PST · by mdittmar · 38 replies
    abc news ^ | Nov 7, 2018 | Meg Cunningham
    Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has undoubtedly been a star this election cycle. Now, she can officially start packing her bags for Washington. The 29-year-old ascended to national prominence -- with appearances on the likes of "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" -- with the assumption she would be headed to Congress in a reliably blue district. On Election Day, that proved true. She led 79 percent to 13 percent over Republican Anthony Pappas with 86 percent of locations reporting, and was projected by The Associated Press to win soon after polls closed. "This is what is possible when everyday people come together...
  • Mother of Thousand Oaks Shooting Victim: ‘I Want Gun Control’

    11/08/2018 4:44:49 PM PST · by BackRoads775 · 85 replies ^ | 08 November 2018 | unknown
    The mother of a man who survived the Las Vegas shooting but was killed in the Thousand Oaks shooting Wednesday night told local reporters that she wanted policy change over thoughts and prayers for her son's death. “My son was in Las Vegas with a lot of his friends and he came home. He didn’t come home last night, and I don’t want prayers. I don’t want thoughts,”
  • McSally Falls Behind

    11/08/2018 4:26:47 PM PST · by RedMonqey · 492 replies
    State of Arizona ^ | Secretary of State Arizona
    McSally tallies fall behind Sinema according to the official state source.
  • Video expert shares how the Acosta clip was doctored to make reporter look like the aggressor

    11/08/2018 4:18:47 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 66 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | November 8, 2018 | Mike Moffitt
    A video expert shared on Twitter how the the footage of CNN reporter Jim Acosta that White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders uploaded on the social media platform was doctored.
  • TV Alaina Housley, 18-Year-Old Niece of Tamera Mowry and Adam Housley, Dies in California Shooting

    11/08/2018 4:17:44 PM PST · by EdnaMode · 27 replies
    People ^ | November 8, 2018 | JODI GUGLIELMI
    Tamera Mowry-Housley and husband Adam Housley’s niece Alaina died in the shooting at a college bar in Thousand Oaks, California. She was 18. “Our hearts are broken. We just learned that our niece Alaina was one of the victims of last night’s shooting at Borderline bar in Thousand Oaks,” the Real host and former Fox News correspondent tell PEOPLE in a statement. “Alaina was an incredible young woman with so much life ahead of her and we are devastated that her life was cut short in this manner. We thank everyone for your prayers and ask for privacy at this...
  • Now President Trump is even more likely to get re-elected (barf alert)

    11/08/2018 4:14:41 PM PST · by Ennis85 · 14 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | November 7th 2018 | Justin Webb
    One clear message seems to have emerged from the mid-term elections in the United States: the under-estimation of the political powers of Donald Trump by his opponents is going to have to stop. The idea that he is little more than a racist; the notion that his supporters are Neanderthals; or that his economic boom is a mirage that makes little difference to ordinary people – all of this is blown apart by results that underline across America the political appeal of this President. Like it or not, he is here to stay. And assuming he chooses to run in...
  • ‘Hip Hop Nutcracker’ reinvents tradition at Oakland’s Paramount Theatre

    11/08/2018 4:12:01 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 21 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | November 6, 2018 | Claudia Bauer
    Once upon time, when Mike Fitelson was growing up in Oakland’s Montclair neighborhood, he saw “The Nutcracker.” He was bored out of his mind — except for the always exciting, high-jumping Russian dance. Over time, his ennui became the seed of a really cool idea: a new version that would be fun and engaging in a completely different way.
  • The Election's Over -- Now What?

    11/08/2018 4:08:38 PM PST · by Kaslin · 26 replies ^ | November 8, 2018 | Scott Rusmussen
    It was almost unsettling to wake up the morning after the election and realize it turned out pretty much as we expected. There were, of course, some individual surprises, but nothing on the seismic shock scale of 2016. For months, it had been expected that Democrats would win a modest House majority, and they did. The popular vote margin for the Democrats was just about right where the Generic Congressional Ballot projected it to be (and also about the same as the RealClearPolitics average of all election polls). In the Senate, it had long been recognized that the Republicans...
  • Ocasio-Cortez For House Speaker? ‘I Don’t Want to Bite Off More Than I Can Chew’

    11/08/2018 4:04:13 PM PST · by kevcol · 53 replies
    CNSNews ^ | November 8, 2018 | Patrick Goodenough
    Goodman had asked Ocasio-Cortez her stance on Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) returning as House speaker. “Who do you think needs to lead the House?,” she asked. “And would you consider the possibility of being the speaker … yourself?” “I mean, I don’t want to bite off more than I can chew,” Ocasio-Cortez laughed. “I just won my seat.” “But, you know, what I do think is that in terms of her leadership in context, we need to see what our options are,” she continued.
  • Pelosi Sends Letter to Members and Members-Elect Announcing Candidacy for Speaker

    11/08/2018 4:00:18 PM PST · by mdittmar · 10 replies
    Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi ^ | 11/08/18 | Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi
    Washington D.C. – Tonight, Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi sent personalized letters to returning Members and Members-elect to respectfully request their support for Speaker. Leader Pelosi wrote, “My vision for the next two years is to restore the House to the role it should have as a strong and independent voice for the American people, and maximize the ability and the creativity of our entire Caucus.  In that spirit, I am writing to respectfully request your support for Speaker, and do so with confidence and humility. Thank you for your consideration.”Full text of the letters can be found below: