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  • California Supreme Court blocks proposal to split state in 3 from November ballot

    07/18/2018 2:17:41 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 7 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 18, 2018 | Gregg Re
    The California Supreme Court on Wednesday blocked a proposal that would split the state into three from the November ballot. The court wrote that it took the step “because significant questions have been raised regarding the proposition’s validity and because we conclude that the potential harm in permitting the measure to remain on the ballot outweighs the potential harm in delaying the proposition to a future election.” Last week, an environmental group sued to have the measure removed from the ballot. To substantially alter the state's governance under the California constitution, the group argued, a constitutional convention would need to...
  • Remove three Californias plan from the ballot, Supreme Court says

    07/18/2018 2:17:17 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 10 replies
    fresno bee ^ | July 18, 2018 | BY TARYN LUNA (sacbee)
    The California Supreme Court ruled Wednesday in favor of opponents of a plan to divide California into three, saying the measure should not appear on the November ballot. The court instructed Secretary of State Alex Padilla to refrain from putting the measure before voters pending further review, “because significant questions have been raised regarding the proposition’s validity, and because we conclude that the potential harm in permitting the measure to remain on the ballot outweighs the potential harm in delaying the proposition to a future election...” The environmental nonprofit Planning and Conservation League and political attorneys alleged that breaking up...
  • For Those Insistent We Must Fight a Future Montenegro War: Not 2 Late Declare War on RUS for Ukraine

    07/18/2018 1:44:10 PM PDT · by MountainWalker · 12 replies
    Ace of Spades HQ ^ | 07/18/2018 | Ace of Spades
    If we're going to be serious about treaty commitments, then we have to be serious about all treaty commitments -- the commitments where there's an actual invasion going on that legally requires US action, now, and not just those more-fun-to-chat-about hypothetical future invasions. Which are safer to discuss politically, of course, because no US troops are currently demanded for the cause. In the meantime, the unchastened neocons choose to selectively forget that the United States made security guarantees to Ukraine, promising to protect it in case of Russian invasion, and we have chosen to ignore those obligations. And I don't...
  • House expresses support for ICE, denounces calls to abolish agency

    07/18/2018 1:36:10 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 16 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 18, 2018 | Seth McLaughlin
    The GOP-controlled House passed a resolution Wednesday putting the chamber on record in support for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which has become a whipping post for the left-wing of the Democratic Party. The non-binding resolution, authored by Rep. Clay Higgins, celebrated the work of an agency that still has the support of most Americans, but has recently come under heavy fire from Democrats over the role it plays in enforcing federal immigration laws. “For weeks now the abolish ICE movement has been growing in popularity on the left with many Democrats embracing this radical policy stance,” Mr. Higgins...
  • Dem's campaign manager quits after video shows candidate secretly backing gun ban

    07/18/2018 1:29:38 PM PDT · by Simon Green · 14 replies
    Fox News ^ | 07/18/18 | Lukas Mikelionis
    The campaign manager of a Democrat seeking a U.S. House seat in upstate New York quit the campaign Tuesday, after a video showed the candidate saying she wouldn't publicly endorse a ban on certain firearms -- for fear that she’d lose the election. Mike Szustak, who since April had run the campaign of candidate Tedra Cobb, told the Watertown Daily Times that he’s no longer part of Cobb's bid to unseat Republican incumbent Elise Stefanik in New York's 21st Congressional District. The departure follows revelations that Cobb won’t publicly state that she favors banning assault rifles. The video was first...
  • White House claims 'media hysteria' after redheaded staffer misidentified as Russian spy

    07/18/2018 1:22:08 PM PDT · by deplorableindc · 19 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | July 18, 2018
    White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders blasted what she called "massive media hysteria" after a redheaded White House staffer in an Oval Office photograph was misidentified as an alleged Russian spy. A reporter for the news outlet Mic tweeted Tuesday that Maria Butina, the women arrested Sunday on charges of conspiracy against the U.S., visited the Oval Office last year during a visit by Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov. "This is Maria Butina – arrested for being a Russian spy – in the Oval Office with Trump," the reporter tweeted, with a photo showing a red-haired young woman in the...
  • Crowdstrike Analyst Who Ran Forensics on DNC Server Used to Work For Mueller at FBI

    07/18/2018 1:20:22 PM PDT · by blueyon · 32 replies
    GatewayPundit.com ^ | 7/18/18 | Cristina Laila
    To this day, the DNC servers have not been forensically inspected by the FBI so we have no proof the servers were even hacked, and if hacked, by whom? Hillary’s fake Russia dossier and Crowdstrike’s report blaming Russia for hacking the DNC server is what the Special Counsel witch hunt hinges on. It’s all fake. The crime scene, the DNC servers, have yet to even be examined.
  • Bus company to leave Brussels migrant suburb after numerous violent incidents

    07/18/2018 1:01:04 PM PDT · by snarkpup · 10 replies
    Voice of Europe ^ | July 18, 2018
    Bus drivers from the company FlixBus sounded the alarm about the several serious incidents each week in the northern part of Brussels. Incidents like robberies and knife threats in Brussel-Noord, Belgian newspaper HLN reports. “Several times a week I experience threatening situations”, one bus driver says. Most often gangs loiter at the bus stations waiting for the arrival of buses with plans to steal luggage and rob passengers. According to the driver incidents include intimidation, violence, knife attacks, thefts and fights.
  • Ex-White House stenographer: Trump is ‘lying to the American people’

    07/18/2018 12:36:14 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 166 replies
    The Hill ^ | 07/18/2018 | John Bowden
    A White House stenographer says she resigned over the Trump administration's lack of respect for her office after President Trump reduced the roles of the White House position. Beck Dorey-Stein, who worked as a stenographer for the White House during the second half of the Obama administration, told CNN's New Day on Wednesday that Trump's refusal to allow stenographers in the room for meetings and interviews with some journalists crossed a line. "I quit because I couldn't be proud of where I worked anymore," Dorey-Stein said. "I felt like President Trump was lying to the American people, and also ......
  • Can Congress Subpoena Trump’s Interpreter?

    07/18/2018 12:30:17 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 57 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/18/2018 | Jazz Shaw
    At first, it was mostly just Chuck Schumer calling for hearings over what happened at the Trump – Putin summit. As Allahpundit noted last night, unless there are a lot of Republicans willing to go along with the idea (including key committee leaders) that’s not likely to happen. But now some additional Democrats are jumping on the dogpile and getting more specific than simply calling for “hearings.” Joe Kennedy and Jeanne Shaheen want to know what was discussed during the private, two-hour conversation between Presidents Trump and Putin. But if neither of the leaders are choosing to divulge that...
  • Senate confirms a top Abbott adviser, Andrew Oldham, to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals

    07/18/2018 12:10:11 PM PDT · by Jaysin · 17 replies
    The Texas Tribune ^ | 7/18/2018 | EMMA PLATOFF
    Oldham is the third Texas nominee to be confirmed to the powerful, conservative-leaning appeals court since President Donald Trump took office. Andrew Oldham was confirmed to the federal bench Wednesday by a 50–49 vote, making him the the fourth alumnus of the Texas Attorney General’s Office to join the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals since President Donald Trump took office. That tally made his confirmation the narrowest of any Texas judicial nominee under Trump. Oldham currently serves as Republican Gov. Greg Abbott’s top legal adviser. Born in 1978, Oldham is decades younger than the average judge on the New...
  • Kite Terror: 'Kill every Hamas leader we can hit'

    07/18/2018 12:02:24 PM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 19 replies
    INN ^ | 7/18/18 | David Rosenberg
    Israel must launch a concerted effort to eliminate Hamas’ leadership to deter the terror group from continuing its use of airborne incendiary devices and rocket attacks against Israel, a senior Israeli lawmaker says, arguing that the current security situation along the Gaza border cannot be allowed to continue. Beginning on March 30th, tens of thousands of Gaza rioters attacked Israel’s border fence in a series of orchestrated attempts to breach the border. Dubbed the “March of Return”, the riots included attempts by armed terrorists to infiltrate into Israeli territory, and attacks by rioters on IDF soldiers deployed to protect the...
  • Rep. Joe Kennedy III calls for Trump's translator to testify before Congress!!

    07/18/2018 11:57:01 AM PDT · by RevelationDavid · 38 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 18 | Gabriella Muńoz
    The Democratic clown show goes on act after act....!! Entitled Elitist But Yet Powerless: Democrat Joe Kennedy Thinks He Can Subpoena President Trump’s Translator to Testify About Trump-Putin Meeting.... ""Democratic Rep. Joe Kennedy III called on the White House Wednesday to publicly recount what occurred in the private meeting between President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin. If the White House does not come forward, Congress should bring the president’s translator to testify, under subpoena if necessary, the Massachusetts congressman suggested during an interview on CNN’s “New Day.” Mr. Kennedy acknowledged that the proposal is complicated by potential legal issues...
  • Speaking Ill of the Ted

    07/18/2018 11:08:44 AM PDT · by Rummyfan · 41 replies
    Steyn Online ^ | 28 August 2009 | Mark Steyn
    We are enjoined not to speak ill of the dead. But, when an entire nation – or, at any rate, its "mainstream" media culture – declines to speak the truth about the dead, we are certainly entitled to speak ill of such false eulogists. In its coverage of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy's passing, America's TV networks are creepily reminiscent of those plays Sam Shepard used to write about some dysfunctional inbred hardscrabble Appalachian household where there's a baby buried in the backyard but everyone agreed years ago never to mention it. In this case, the unmentionable corpse is Mary Jo...
  • Turkish court rules to keep terror-linked US pastor in jail, next hearing set for October

    07/18/2018 11:02:28 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 8 replies
    Daily Sabah ^ | 7-18-2018 | none stated
    A Turkish court ordered on Wednesday U.S. pastor Andrew Brunson, who is being tried on terrorism and spying charges, to remain in detention, rejecting his lawyer's plea for release. The judge said the next hearing in the trial would be on October 12. Brunson, a Christian pastor from North Carolina who has lived in Turkey for more than two decades, was indicted on charges of helping the GĂĽlenist Terror Group (FETĂ–), which Ankara blames for the failed 2016 coup, as well as supporting the PKK terrorists organization. Speaking to reporters in western Izmir province after the ruling, U.S. Charge d'Affaires...
  • Caught in China’s cash crunch: Private companies are collapsing into a black hole of shadowy debt

    07/18/2018 10:55:29 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | 07/18/2018 | Sidney Leng
    High-profile businessman Zhou Jiancan was last seen at the five-star Shangyu International Hotel on January 30, where he had been countless times before to host conferences and entertain clients in the small city in eastern China. But on that afternoon, the 55-year-old head of private firm Zhejiang Jindun Holding Group was alone and climbed to a great enough height in the 30-storey building to leap to his death, according to a police report. Zhou was the embodiment of wealth and success in Shangyu and just days before had been in talks with people from Bangladesh about a multibillion-dollar project to...
  • Food Stamp Usage Drops Below 40 Million for First Time in 8 Years

    07/18/2018 10:43:12 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 46 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 07/11/2018 | Katherine Rodriguez
    Food stamp participation dropped below 40 million for the first time in eight years, according to the latest numbers on food stamp enrollment from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The most recent USDA data reveals that 39,604,428 people were enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)—the program that administers food stamps—as of April 2018. The last time enrollment dipped below 40 million was in February 2010, when 39,588,993 people received SNAP benefits. The latest data on enrollment shows that overall enrollment in the food stamp program has reached historic lows, reaching its lowest point in eight years. But...
  • Exposed: Peter Strzok Grew Up in Iran, Worked as Obama and Brennan's Envoy to Iranian Regime

    07/18/2018 10:39:21 AM PDT · by PBRCat · 38 replies
    Big League Politics ^ | July 17. 2018 | Tore Lindeman
    A former co-worker of Peter Strzok tells Big League Politics about Strzok’s extensive background in the intelligence community, including the fact that he grew up in Iran. A former co-worker of Peter Strzok tells Big League Politics about Strzok’s extensive background in the intelligence community, including the fact that he grew up in Iran. Many intelligence officers like Strzok are complete ghosts with questionable history and gaps in their life story. But now we have some insight. (RELATED: Strzok Worked For CIA And FBI At Same Time, According To Document). Peter Strzok was born in the late 1960’s – he...
  • Boeing Is Pitching the US a New F-15, Using Its Super Hornet Game Plan

    07/18/2018 10:20:24 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 42 replies
    Defense One ^ | JULY 18, 2018 | MARCUS WEISGERBER
    Boeing Is Pitching the US a New F-15, Using Its Super Hornet Game Plan The company convinced the Trump administration to buy advanced F/A-18 jets. Can it do the same with the the F-15? FARNBOROUGH, UK — Boeing is quietly pitching the U.S. Air Force a new F-15 fighter jet using the same business strategy that convinced the Trump administration to buy more Super Hornet warplanes for the Navy. Dubbed the F-15X, the new variant of the venerable jet offers more modern flight controls, cockpit displays, and radar, according to military and industry sources with knowledge of the plan. The...
  • Atlanta Fed Holds Second Quarter GDP Estimate at 4.5 Percent

    07/18/2018 10:16:28 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 25 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Wednesday, 18 July 2018 12:23 PM | By f mcguire
    The U.S. economy is growing at a 4.5 percent annualized rate in the second quarter following strong economic data, the Atlanta Federal Reserve’s GDPNow forecast model showed on Wednesday. The latest estimate on gross domestic product growth was the same as Monday but faster than the 3.9 percent pace estimated a week ago, the Atlanta Fed said. After the Federal Reserve Board of Governors' industrial production release on Wednesday, July 17, modest increases in the nowcasts of second-quarter real consumer spending growth and second-quarter real private fixed investment growth were offset by a decrease in the nowcast of second-quarter real...