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  • Afghanistan’s “Little Messi” forced to abandon home after death threats

    12/06/2018 1:11:14 PM PST · by neverevergiveup · 15 replies
    barcablaugranes ^ | Dec 6, 2018, 3:26pm EST | Luis Mazariegos
    Murtaza Ahmadi went viral in 2016 after pictures of him emerged wearing a makeshift Lionel Messi shirt fashioned out of a plastic bag. The Afghan boy’s humble tribute to his Barcelona idol touched the hearts of many, including, it seems, Messi himself. Murtaza would receive a package from the player via UNICEF, which included a real signed shirt, and he later even met his hero in a friendly played in Qatar. But those moments of joy have been replaced by dark times. The seven-year-old has been forced to flee his home after receiving death threats. His family say his fame...
  • Trump Plans Major Rollback of Sage Grouse Protections to Spur Oil Exploration

    12/06/2018 1:01:49 PM PST · by reaganaut1 · 34 replies
    New York Times ^ | December 6, 2018 | Coral Davenport
    WASHINGTON — The Trump administration on Thursday published documents detailing its plan to roll back Obama-era protections for the vast habitat of the greater sage grouse, a chickenlike bird that roams across nearly 11 million acres in 10 oil-rich Western states. The earlier proposal to protect the bird, whose waning numbers have brought it close to endangerment, was put forth under the Interior Department in 2015 and set out to ban or sharply reduce oil and gas drilling in 10.7 million acres of its habitat. The Trump plan, by contrast, would limit the grouse’s protected habitat to just 1.8 million...
  • Trump’s Energy Regulator Pick Wins Confirmation By Razor-Thin Margin

    12/06/2018 12:59:31 PM PST · by Jaysin · 13 replies
    The Political Insider ^ | 12-6-2018 | Jason Hopkins
    President Donald Trump’s nominee for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission survived his confirmation vote Thursday, returning a GOP majority to the powerful federal agency. Bernard McNamee — Trump’s pick to become a member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) — won confirmation by a 50-49 vote. The razor-thin margin fell along party lines, with Democrats sharply opposed to his nomination. The vote brings an end to what became a contentious candidacy for McNamee. Democrats on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee initially took umbrage with his past work in the Department of Energy, where he led an unsuccessful effort...
  • Fiat Chrysler plans to open new assembly factory in Detroit to build SUVs: Sources

    12/06/2018 12:54:02 PM PST · by rdl6989 · 18 replies
    cnbc ^ | December 6, 2018 | Robert Ferris | Phil LeBeau
    Fiat Chrysler plans to open a new assembly factory in Detroit to build sport utility vehicles, people familiar with the matter told CNBC. The move comes as all of Detroit's Big Three automakers abandon sedan lines in favor of more popular and profitable SUVs and cross-over vehicles. The industry is also under pressure from President Donald Trump to keep manufacturing jobs in the U.S.
  • US Becomes Net Oil Exporter for First Time in 75 Years

    12/06/2018 12:48:44 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 18 replies
    Transport Topics ^ | December 6, 2018 2:30 PM, EST | Matthew Busch
    America turned into a net oil exporter the week of Nov. 26, breaking 75 years of continued dependence on foreign oil and marking a pivotal — even if likely brief — moment toward what President Donald Trump has branded as “energy independence.” The shift to net exports is the dramatic result of an unprecedented boom in American oil production, with thousands of wells pumping from the Permian region of Texas and New Mexico to the Bakken in North Dakota to the Marcellus in Pennsylvania. U.S. crude shipments reached a record 3.2 million barrels the week of Nov. 26, government data...
  • Making President Trump’s Bed: A Housekeeper Without Papers

    12/06/2018 12:43:29 PM PST · by FewsOrange · 59 replies
    The New York Times ^ | Dec. 6, 2018 | Miriam Jordan
    During more than five years as a housekeeper at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J., Victorina Morales has made Donald J. Trump’s bed, cleaned his toilet and dusted his crystal golf trophies. When he visited as president, she was directed to wear a pin in the shape of the American flag adorned with a Secret Service logo. Because of the “outstanding” support she has provided during Mr. Trump’s visits, Ms. Morales in July was given a certificate from the White House Communications Agency inscribed with her name. Quite an achievement for an undocumented immigrant housekeeper. Ms. Morales’s journey...
  • How Much Blood Would Leftists Be Willing To Shed To Disarm Patriotic Americans?

    12/06/2018 12:23:20 PM PST · by Kaslin · 135 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 6, 2018 | Kurt Schlichter
    My question for Congressjerk Eric Swalwell is pretty simple: “How many Americans would you murder to achieve your goal of disarming us?”It’s a fair question. Swalwell is the MSNBC stalwart who recently wrote an op-ed advocating that the government confiscate the guns that make people like him wet themselves and imprison those of us who decline to surrender them. Millions of Americans own these basic tools of freedom, which the ignorant call “assault weapons,” and these loyal citizens keep and bear them to protect themselves, their families, their communities and their Constitution. But Rep. Swalwell would make these citizens felons, though...
  • Eiffel Tower, Louvre among Paris tourism sites to close on Saturday

    12/06/2018 12:18:33 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | December 6, 2018 | by Staff
    PARIS - French authorities will close dozens of museums, tourism sites and shops on Saturday, including the Eiffel Tower and Louvre, fearing a recurrence of last week’s violence in Paris, officials said on Thursday. “We cannot take the risk when we know the threat,” Culture Minister Franck Riester told RTL radio, adding that far-right and far-left agitators were planning to hijack rallies by “yellow vest” protesters in Paris. He said the Louvre museum, Orsay museum, the two operas, and the Grand Palais were among the sites that would be closed a week after rioters looted and defaced the Arc de...
  • 2 more Death Row inmates die; San Quentin officials probe possible contraband drugs

    12/06/2018 12:13:21 PM PST · by KingofZion · 41 replies
    sfgate ^ | December 5, 2018 | Megan Cassidy
    <p>San Quentin prison officials called an emergency meeting Wednesday to discuss a possible connection between contraband lethal drugs and the unexplained deaths of two Death Row inmates on Monday and Tuesday, according to an internal prison document obtained by The Chronicle.</p>
  • We Voted for Trump to Save the Country the Bush Family Represents

    12/06/2018 12:09:01 PM PST · by SMGFan · 23 replies
    RushLimbaugh.com ^ | December 6, 2018 | Rush Limbagh
    RUSH: Here is Patrick in Brecksville, Ohio. Great to have you, sir. CALLER: Hi, Rush. How are you? Mega dittos, 1991 dittos. You know, with the Bush funeral, I’ve had a real hard time, you know, kind of feeling my normal grief or normal respect for him. I respect him. I think he was a fantastic man. But given how cynical I’ve become on so many things and sort of his lack of fighting back and what the Republicans have done over the last 40 years, I find it really hard now to have as much, you know, respect or...
  • Pelosi takes hard line on Trump’s wall ahead of meeting

    12/06/2018 12:04:16 PM PST · by Mariner · 27 replies
    AP ^ | December 6th, 2018 | By MATTHEW DALY
    WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi on Thursday rejected the idea of paying for President Donald Trump’s border wall in exchange for helping hundreds of thousands of young immigrants avoid deportation. Funding for the wall — a top Trump priority — and legal protections for so-called Dreamers, a key Democratic goal, should not be linked, Pelosi said. “They’re two different subjects,” she said. Her comments came as the House and Senate approved a stopgap bill Thursday to keep the government funded through Dec. 21. The measure, approved by voice votes in near-empty chambers, now goes to the White...
  • Sen. Ted Cruz, others announce bill to fund $25 billion border wall

    12/06/2018 11:25:55 AM PST · by BeauBo · 203 replies
    KXAN ^ | 6 Dec 2018 | Tulsi Kamath
    U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz with three other senators introduced a bill Wednesday that is aimed at fully funding a wall along the US-Mexico border... The WALL Act would fully fund the border wall by closing existing loopholes that provide illegal immigrants with federal benefits and tax credits, without affecting the benefits and tax credits used by Americans.
  • Donations to Clinton Foundation plunged after Hillary’s defeat

    12/06/2018 11:23:57 AM PST · by grundle · 20 replies
    New York Post ^ | November 24, 2018 | Isabel Vincent
    In the year after Hillary Clinton’s presidential defeat, donors seemed to abandon the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation, with contributions plummeting nearly 58 percent. The $36 million nosedive in donations has come to light as Republican legislators plan to hold hearings on the results of a federal corruption investigation into the non-profit next month. Federal authorities have long been probing the non-profit over allegations of “pay to play.” Specifically, the FBI investigation focused on whether any donations made to the foundation were linked to policy decisions made while Hillary Clinton was secretary of state from 2009 to 2013, according...
  • Ecuador's president: 'The road is clear' for Assange to leave embassy

    12/06/2018 11:16:19 AM PST · by yesthatjallen · 20 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/06/18 | Emily Birnbaum
    Ecuadorian President Lenín Moreno on Thursday said "the road is clear" for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to leave country's embassy in London, saying he has been assured Assange would not face extradition to faces charges abroad. The U.K. and Ecuador have been quietly discussing Assange's eventual departure from the embassy for months. "The road is clear for Mr. Assange to take the decision to leave,” Moreno said during a radio show on Thursday, referencing a written assurance he had received from Britain, according to the AP. Moreno added that Ecuador does not plan to force Assange out of the embassy,...
  • William Barr, H.W. Bush-era attorney general, eyed as possible Sessions successor

    12/06/2018 11:14:08 AM PST · by libstripper · 71 replies
    Folx News ^ | Dec. 6, 2018 | John Roberts, Ales Pappas
    President Trump wants to nominate William Barr, the George H.W. Bush-era leader of the Justice Department, as his next attorney general, sources told Fox News.
  • Principal Bans Candy Canes Because ‘J’ Shape Stands For Jesus. That Was Only The Beginning.

    12/06/2018 11:08:40 AM PST · by Red Badger · 156 replies
    greatamericanpolitics.com ^ | December 6, 2018 | By Michael Stanley
    If jolly old Saint Nick were a real person who had a real naughty and nice list, Nebraska school principal Jennifer Sinclair would most definitely be getting nothing but coal in her stocking this year. Sinclair has went on an anti-Christmas rampage, banning candy canes because their “J” shape represents Jesus, the reason for the season. However, that was just the beginning. What kinds of items, you ask? Liberty Counsel provided a memo from principal Jennifer Sinclair that spelled out in detail all the verboten paraphernalia at Manchester Elementary School in Omaha: Santas or Christmas items (clip art) on worksheets...
  • Democrats: Campaign Finance Admission Should ‘Disqualify’ Incoming Congressman

    12/06/2018 11:00:36 AM PST · by SMGFan · 14 replies
    rollcall ^ | December 6, 2018
    Rep.-elect Ross Spano’s Republican primary opponents are outraged, too. Revelations that GOP Rep.-elect Ross Spano violated campaign finance law by taking out personal loans and directing approximately the same amount to his campaign should disqualify him from serving in Congress, Florida Democrats say. Spano “knew exactly what he was doing when he took personal loans and used them as campaign funds, which is against the law,” Florida Democratic Party Chairwoman Terrie Rizzo said in a statement earlier this week. “This matter needs to be fully investigated, and appropriate actions taken.” The freshman Republican acknowledged transgressing rules against straw donations in...
  • Pelosi: Dems ready to call for new election if North Carolina race deadlocks

    12/06/2018 10:49:44 AM PST · by yesthatjallen · 15 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/06/18 | Mike Lillis
    House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) said Thursday that Democrats are closely monitoring fraud allegations in North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District but said they would only call for a new election if it’s impossible to determine the winner. “The House Administration Committee will have full investigative authority to determine the winner of the election,” Pelosi said. “And … only if it’s impossible to determine who the winner is, would we take the extraordinary step of calling for a new election.” The midterm results in North Carolina’s 9th District have been embroiled in controversy since a number of voters have emerged...
  • Utah couple narrowly escape gang of machete-wielding bandits in Kenya

    12/06/2018 10:42:53 AM PST · by ETL · 60 replies
    FoxNews.om ^ | Dec 6, 2018
    Bryant Swenson and his wife Lauren, from Utah, were driving near Mai Mahiu on November 30 when three masked men attacked their car. The couple, who moved to Nairobi with their three children to open a CrossFit gym, spotted a white van which the gangsters are believed to have been trying to rob. Bryant said in a Facebook post about the attempted robbery, that one of the men was carrying a gun but “couldn't get it out of his waistbelt in time”. As the bandits rushed towards their Toyota Land Cruiser, Bryant had to reverse backwards to give himself time...
  • New York Democrat Gillibrand mocked for saying future is 'female' and 'intersectional'

    12/06/2018 10:42:13 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 17 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 6, 2018 | Lukas Mikelionis
    The future may be female, but critics say Kirsten Gillibrand's role may be limited. The Democratic U.S. senator from New York was widely mocked Wednesday after saying the future is “female” and “intersectional,” in a wink to the progressive wing of her party. “Our future is: Female, Intersectional, Powered by our belief in one another. And we’re just getting started,” Gillibrand wrote in a tweet. Critics claimed Gillibrand was trying to pander to progressives ahead of a likely run for president in 2020, looking to portray herself as a feminist firebrand. U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., for one, fired back...