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  • House Republicans to question former Attorney General Loretta Lynch, wrap up investigation

    12/19/2018 7:24:46 AM PST · by TangledUpInBlue
    Yahoo - ABC ^ | 12/19/18 | Ben Siegel
    Former Attorney General Loretta Lynch is expected to appear before members of the House Judiciary and Oversight committees Wednesday, as Republicans conclude their months-long investigation into the handling of the FBI’s investigation into former Secretary of State and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server and their separate probe into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Lynch, who served as attorney general under former President Barack Obama in 2016, was criticized during the presidential campaign for meeting with former President Bill Clinton at an airport as federal investigators reviewed his wife’s use of private email
  • Elon Musk's The Boring Company unveils its high-speed underground transportation system

    12/19/2018 7:08:00 AM PST · by ETL · 9 replies ^ | Dec 19, 2018 | Gary Gastelu | Fox News
    Elon Musk unveiled the workings of the prototype tunnel in Hawthorne, Calif., on Tuesday night, by giving rides to VIPs and a few reporters. The mile-long tube runs 30 feet below the surface from Space X headquarters into a residential neighborhood and has car elevators on either end. A vehicle is lowered into the single-lane tunnel, where it pulls onto raised, rail-like platforms. Horizontal guide wheels mounted near the front tires hold the car between the walls, similar to some roller coaster designs, as, ideally, an autonomous driving system propels it up to 150 mph. Musk envisions a network of...
  • Navy To Begin Arming Subs With Ship-Killer Missile

    12/19/2018 6:52:58 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    Breaking Defense ^ | December 18, 2018 | PAUL MCLEARY
    Sailors load a Harpoon anti-ship missile aboard the USS Olympia. WASHINGTON: With an eye on China, the Navy will begin arming its attack submarines with ship-killer missiles for the first time in decades. The weapon of choice: an updated model of the decades-old Harpoon. In a little-noticed announcement posted earlier this month on a government contracting site, the Navy said it was entering into negotiations with Boeing to refurbish and recertify Harpoon anti-ship missiles for Los Angeles-class subs. It’s a major shift after decades in which submarines focused on projecting power ashore — stealthily collecting intelligence or launching Tomahawk Land-Attack...
  • Federal Panel Of Judges Dismisses All 83 Ethics Complaints Against Brett Kavanaugh

    12/19/2018 6:38:39 AM PST · by blueyon · 17 replies
    NPR ^ | 12/18/18 | Nina Totenberg
    A specially appointed federal panel of judges has dismissed all 83 ethics complaints brought against Justice Brett Kavanaugh regarding his conduct at his confirmation hearings. The judges concluded that while the complaints "are serious," there is no existing authority that allows lower court judges to investigate or discipline Supreme Court justices. The complaints against Kavanaugh ranged from allegations that he had misled the Senate about some of his activities in the George W. Bush White House to his angry, partisan statements in denying charges of sexual assault in high school.
  • U.S. Military Preparing for a Full Withdrawal of Its Forces From Syria

    12/19/2018 6:33:59 AM PST · by Old Teufel Hunden · 7 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 12/19/2018 | Dion Nissenbaum and Nancy A. Youssef
    WASHINGTON—The U.S. military is preparing to withdraw its forces from Syria, people familiar with the matter said Wednesday, a move that marks an abrupt reversal of the American military strategy in the Middle East. U.S. officials began informing partners in northeastern Syria of their plans to begin an immediate pullout of American forces from the region where they have been trying to wrap up the campaign against Islamic State, the people said. “The Pentagon has an order to get to move troops out of Syria as quickly as possible, “ a U.S. official said.
  • U.S. Military Preparing for a Full Withdrawal of Its Forces From Syria

    12/19/2018 6:30:45 AM PST · by Mariner · 42 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | December 19thm 2018 | By Dion Nissenbaum and Nancy A. Youssef
    WASHINGTON—The U.S. military is preparing to withdraw its forces from Syria, people familiar with the matter said Wednesday, a move that marks an abrupt reversal of the American military strategy in the Middle East. U.S. officials began informing partners in northeastern Syria of their plans to begin an immediate pullout of American forces from the region where they have been trying to wrap up the campaign against Islamic State, the people said.
  • S. Korean aircraft maker unveils prototype of light armed helicopter

    12/19/2018 6:21:09 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    Yonhap News Agency ^ | December 18, 2018
    SEOUL, Dec. 18 (Yonhap) -- Korea Aerospace Industries Co. (KAI), the country's sole aircraft manufacturer, on Tuesday unveiled a prototype of a Korean-made light armed helicopter (LAH). KAI began to develop the 4.9-ton LAH in June 2015 and assembled the prototype helicopter last month. It aims to complete the development of the LAH, set to be used by the Army, by 2023, the company said in a statement. "The company will make a series of ground tests from January to see if the prototype plane's engine and other systems work properly before it makes a test flight in May (2019)...
  • Israeli radar means Tejas aircraft won't have world-class Meteor missile

    12/19/2018 6:03:22 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    Business Standard, India ^ | December 10, 2018 | Ajai Shukla
    Equipping the Tejas Mark 1A with Elta’s ELM-2052 radar will ensure the fighter never carries the world-beating Meteor ‘beyond visual range’ air-to-air missile. MBDA, the European consortium that builds the Meteor, has repeatedly told the IAF that it would only fit that missile onto a fighter with a European airborne radar, reports Ajai Shukla On October 26, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) and the Indian Air Force (IAF) watched from the sidelines as Hindustan Aeronautics (HAL) signed two contracts with Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), which will condemn the Tejas Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) to a marginal presence in the IAF’s...
  • DHS: Seven-Year-Old Migrant Girl Died Of Sepsis, Not Dehydration

    12/19/2018 5:56:16 AM PST · by blueyon · 23 replies
    JeffRainforthforliberty ^ | 12/1/18 | Jeff Rainforth
    The “abolish-ICE” left has been trying to pin the migrant girl’s death on the Border Patrol. Now more details are coming out and it looks like she had some type of infection. It was reported earlier that one-third of those in the migrant caravan are sick, many with serious diseases. The Daily Wire is reporting: “The seven-year-old Guatemalan girl who died after trekking hundreds of miles with her father before illegally entering the U.S. likely suffered from septic shock, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said
  • Did Violation of Massachusetts’ Gun Storage Law Save Man from Pit Bull Attack?

    12/19/2018 5:30:33 AM PST · by marktwain · 21 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 10 December, 2018 | Dean Weingarten
    On the 2nd of December, 2018, a 25-year-old man was at home with his girlfriend and a pit bull dog they were fostering. All of them were lying on a bed at about 6 p.m. The dog attacked the man. The man attempted to move the pit bull off of the bed. Instead, the dog bit the man on the left arm, and would not let go. From In a desperate attempt to end the attack, the man reached for a 9mm handgun he had in his nightstand and shot the dog, police said.“The single shot stopped the...
  • Christians 'Standing in the Way' of China's Xi Jinping's Totalitarian Rule

    12/19/2018 4:23:11 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 11 replies ^ | George Thomas
    [U]nlike Deng Xiaoping, who helped launch the country's reforms 40 years ago and wanted to reduce the power and influence of the Communist Party over civil society, China's current leader believes in the absolute power of the Party and wants his government to exert control over every aspect of Chinese life. Since coming to power in 2012, Xi has severely cracked down on human rights, religious freedom and freedom of expression. Christians are experiencing some of the worst persecution in decades. "Under President Xi, the government has further tightened control over Christianity in its broad efforts to "Sinicize" religion or...
  • Bill and Hillary Clinton keep trying to rewrite history. But will the show finally close in 2019?

    12/19/2018 2:55:56 AM PST · by knighthawk · 24 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 19 2018 | Lauren DeBellis Appell
    We all need a little Christmas, and the Clintons are the gifts that keep on giving – this time on the discount retail website Groupon. “An Evening with the Clintons,” their 13 city speaking tour, recently opened to a sea of empty seats prompting them to hawk their tickets on the site. Tickets to their Los Angeles event were priced as high as $325 on their official site, and sold for $35, $50 and $72 on Groupon. All but the $72 seats have sold out. There were also tickets to their events in New York, Detroit and Philadelphia – not...
  • Russian couple at center of FBI raid in court

    12/18/2018 10:40:03 PM PST · by Freedom'sWorthIt · 11 replies
    wraltv ^ | 12/18/18 | Amanda Lamb and Natalie Matthews
    Raleigh, N.C. — The couple at the center of an international money laundering and murder-for-hire case appeared in federal court again on Tuesday morning in Raleigh. Investigators say Tanya and Leonid Teyf profited off a $150 million kickback scheme involving a contract with the Russian military and used the proceeds to purchase their multimillion-dollar mansion. Since December 2010, the couple opened at least 70 financial accounts at four different banks, and wire transfers show money coming into the couple’s bank accounts from countries known to launder money, including Belize, the British Virgin Islands, Panama and Seychelles. Investigators said the Teyfs...
  • DC Just Passed the "Strongest Climate Legislation" in the Nation

    12/18/2018 10:33:43 PM PST · by zeestephen · 65 replies
    Earther ^ | 18 December 2018 | Brian Kahn
    The Trump administration isn’t about renewable energy, but thanks to the Washington, D.C., city council, it could soon be running on clean power. The council passed one of the most ambitious climate bills in the country on Tuesday requiring the District to get all of its energy from renewables by 2032...."This is only the beginning," Reverend Yearwood, the head of the Hip Hop Caucus, said at the press conference after the bill was passed.
  • US pledges $10.6B aid for Central America, southern Mexico

    12/18/2018 12:20:46 PM PST · by detective · 118 replies
    AP ^ | 12/18/2018 | MARK STEVENSON
    The United States pledged $5.8 billion in aid Tuesday for strengthening government and economic development in Central America, and another $4.8 billion in development aid for southern Mexico. The U.S aid aims to promote better security conditions and job opportunities as part of a regional plan to allow Central Americans and Mexicans to remain in their countries and not have to emigrate. The plan was announced in a joint U.S.-Mexican statement released by the State Department and read aloud by Mexican Foreign Relations Secretary Marcelo Ebrard in the Mexican capital. “In sum I think this is good news, very good...
  • South Africa: Black South Africans Unleash Campaign of Savagery and Predation on Local Whites

    12/18/2018 8:31:28 PM PST · by Trumpisourlastchance · 113 replies
    Vesti News ^ | 12/18/2018 | Vesti News
    South Africa: Black South Africans Unleash Campaign of Savagery and Predation on Local Whites Video at the link.
  • Facebook gave more user data access to tech firms than previously known

    12/18/2018 8:09:48 PM PST · by yesthatjallen · 13 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/18/18 | Brett Samuels
    Facebook granted major tech companies like Microsoft, Amazon and Netflix access to users' personal data in ways not previously disclosed, according to interviews and internal documents reported by The New York Times. The news outlet cited interviews and hundreds of documents from the social media platform that showed the company allowed Microsoft's Bing search engine to view the names of Facebook users' friends without consent; allowed Netflix and Spotify to read users' private messages; and allowed Amazon to obtain users' names and contact information. The agreements between Facebook and tech companies applied to more than 150 companies, most of which...
  • IHOP will no longer advertise on Tucker Carlson's Fox News show after he says immigrants are

    12/18/2018 6:01:47 PM PST · by lowbridge · 189 replies
    Business Insider ^ | December 18, 2018 | Kate Taylor
    IHOP is joining the mass of advertisers abandoning Fox News host Tucker Carlson's show after his controversial comments about immigration last week. "At our core, we stand for welcoming folks from all backgrounds and beliefs into our restaurants and continually evaluate advertising to ensure it aligns with our values," IHOP said in a statement to Business Insider. "In this case, we will no longer be advertising on this show." At least 12 advertisers have stopped advertising on the show since last week, according to The Hollywood Reporter, whichfirst reported the news that IHOP was cutting ties with Tucker Carlson's show. Last...
  • Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer .. Terror Attack in France Is a Fresh Reminder of Why We Need the Wall

    12/18/2018 10:00:34 AM PST · by george76 · 11 replies
    Minnesota Sun ^ | December 14, 2018 | Lt. Col Tony Shaffer
    The terrorist attack on a French Christmas market should serve as a wakeup call to America. The stakes are too high for Congress to keep playing political games with border security. We need to build the wall. Americans awoke Wednesday to yet another awful reminder that we still live in a world beset with radical Islamic terrorism. In the night, the crack of gunfire and the all-too-familiar cry of “Allahu Akbar” rang out in a French Christmas market. At least four people who came out to enjoy Strasbourg’s famous Advent traditions are dead. As President Trump so astutely noted in...
  • Judge 'inclined' to let Colorado's latest cake case against Christian baker proceed

    12/18/2018 5:21:48 PM PST · by jazusamo · 68 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 18, 2018 | Valerie Richardson
    DENVER — He won his six-year legal battle over his refusal to create a gay wedding cake, but Christian baker Jack Phillips is now facing what could be a lengthy courtroom sequel on the issue of transgender birthday cakes. Any hope of a speedy resolution was dashed Tuesday when a federal judge indicated he plans to reject the effort to dismiss the Colorado Civil Rights Commission’s latest complaint against Masterpiece Cakeshop involving a birthday cake for a gender transition. “I’m inclined to deny the motion to dismiss,” said senior U.S. District Court Judge Wiley Y. Daniel. He also advised Mr....