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  • Portland ICE facility to remain closed on Thursday as protest continues

    06/20/2018 7:52:02 PM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 30 replies
    KWG8 ^ | June 20, 2018 | Staff
    PORTLAND, Ore. -- The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility in Southwest Portland will be closed again on Thursday, citing security concerns as protests outside the building continue. The office on Southwest Macadam Avenue was first closed on Wednesday. ICE spokeswoman Carissa Cutrell said appointments scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday have been canceled. Deportation officers will contact individuals to reschedule appointments. "Normal operations will resume once security concerns have been addressed," she said. On Wednesday, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler said he drove by the protests and commended participants on what he said was a peaceful demonstration against an agency "that...
  • Cattle producer says wolves cause breeding problems ( Washington )

    06/17/2018 8:42:02 AM PDT · by george76 · 17 replies
    Chewelah Independent) ^ | June 6, 2018 | Brandon Hansen
    A troubling trend has occurred for ranchers in NE Washington ... cattle are experiencing breeding issues since the migration of wolves to the area... the rate of female cows .. that didn’t become pregnant has increased from five percent to about 20 percent. A cow must raise a calf every summer for the rancher to recoup costs ... Diamond M also has a winter range to cut costs, but when wolves came into the area about a decade ago, they’ve seen their cattle attacked ... Texas A&M University agreed with the open cow side effect from wolves, and an Eastern...
  • Senate Judiciary panel advances 9th Circuit judge nominee despite Democratic home-state opposition

    06/07/2018 2:22:14 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 15 replies ^ | 6/7/18 | Karoun Demirjian
    The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday approved the nomination of Ryan Bounds to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, likely setting up the confirmation of the first federal judge to ascend to the bench over the objections of both home-state senators in over a century. The famously liberal 9th Circuit covers nine Western states from Hawaii to Arizona and is based in California. Bounds, now an assistant U.S. attorney in Oregon, was nominated for the seat that has traditionally gone to an Oregonian. While he was born in and spent much of his career in...
  • Obama-era license aimed to let Iran convert money in dollars

    06/06/2018 7:54:26 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 06, 2018 8:29 AM EDT | Josh Lederman and Matthew Lee
    The Obama administration secretly sought to give Iran access — albeit briefly — to the U.S. financial system by sidestepping sanctions kept in place after the 2015 nuclear deal, despite repeatedly telling Congress and the public it had no plans to do so. An investigation by Senate Republicans released Wednesday sheds light on the delicate balance the Obama administration sought to strike after the deal, as it worked to ensure Iran received its promised benefits without playing into the hands of the deal’s opponents. Amid a tense political climate, Iran hawks in the U.S., Israel and elsewhere argued that the...
  • OR Sen Merkley'spreading blatant lies'in failed attempt to enter immigrant detention center,WH says

    06/04/2018 11:05:03 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 14 replies
    Fox News ^ | 6/4/18
    A Democratic senator who recorded his dramatic, unsuccessful effort to enter a federal immigration facility in Texas on video over the weekend was "irresponsibly spreading blatant lies about routine immigration enforcement," the White House said Monday. And in a separate statement, the Department of Homeland Security seemingly contradicted Sen. Jeff Merkley's suggestion that he was being systematically barred from immigrant detention centers, saying federal officials took extra steps to grant him access to one on Sunday. In footage uploaded to Facebook late Sunday and seen by more than a million viewers, Merkley, D-Ore., approached the Office of Refugee Resettlement facility...
  • Democrat vows to block Trump's 'Treasury nominations' over Russia.....

    06/04/2018 3:40:51 PM PDT · by caww · 20 replies
    washingtonexaminer ^ | 6/4/2018 | by Joseph Lawler
    Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., pledged Monday to continue blocking President Trump's nominees to the Treasury Department in a bid to get documents related to Trump's dealings with Russia.....The Oregon Democrat and ranking member on the Finance Committee committed to holding up nominees.. On Monday, Wyden said he has placed a hold on Patelunas in order to gain documents from the Treasury relating to Trump's financial ties with Russia, and said conducting oversight is a "constitutional duty, not a resistance tactic." Since early in Trump's tenure, Wyden has sought to use nominations as leverage over Treasury to get the documents he...
  • Trump Supporter Arrested for Disorderly Conduct After Violent Antifa Mob ATTACKED HIM

    06/04/2018 3:27:40 PM PDT · by detective · 42 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | June 4, 2018 | Cassandra Fairbanks
    A Trump supporter who attended Sunday’s Patriot Prayer rally was arrested for disorderly conduct after he was attacked by a violent Antifa mob.
  • Portland rallies turn violent as Antifa members clash with Patriot Prayer rally, four arrested

    06/04/2018 1:20:47 PM PDT · by BBell · 12 replies ^ | 6/4/18 | Ryan Gaydos
    Four people were arrested Sunday after peaceful rallies in Oregon turned violent as Antifa protesters clashed with a Patriot Prayer rally, triggering bloody fights in the streets. Patriot Prayer, which describes itself as a peaceful First Amendment advocacy group, organized “Tiny’s Freedom March” in Portland as a going-away event for Tusitala “Tiny” Toese, who is close with group leader Joey Gibson. Meanwhile, Rose City Antifa scheduled a counter-protest “to show Patriot Prayer, just as we showed them last year, that their violence and hatred has no place in Portland.” Portland police started to warn the crowds at Terry Schrunk Plaza...
  • Dem senator shares video of him being barred entry to immigration detention center

    06/03/2018 8:52:55 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 33 replies
    The Hill ^ | 06/03/18 | Julia Manchester
    Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) on Sunday shared a video showing him being barred from entering an immigration detention facility in Texas. "I’m going to try to enter a facility in Brownsville, TX run by the Office of Refugee Resettlement. I am told that this former Walmart may currently be housing hundreds of refugee children who have been separated from their parents," Merkley said in a Facebook post. Merkley posted a video of his attempt to enter the facility, where he is seen asking for a tour of the facility that he said his team set up last week. "The reason...
  • Portland bakery fires employees for denying black woman service after closing (more fake racism)

    06/03/2018 10:43:12 AM PDT · by Cubs Fan · 46 replies
    PORTLAND, Ore. — Two employees of a bakery in Northeast Portland were fired earlier this month for denying a black woman service because the business had closed. "Back To Eden Bakery" released several public apologies and statements following the incident, before letting the employees go. In one Facebook post, the bakery's co-owner wrote, "We are doing business in a gentrified neighborhood in a racist city within a racist state of a racist country.” In one statement, "Back To Eden Bakery" says that according to its own surveillance video, a black woman named "Lillian", who is well known in the area...
  • House Democrats try to shoot down Trump’s low-yield nukes

    06/02/2018 10:01:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | June 3, 2018 | Travis J. Tritten
    A group of House Democrats will take another run this week at stopping President Trump and the Pentagon from developing low-yield nuclear weapons. The new warhead program would be defunded by $65 million in the coming year under an amendment to a Department of Energy appropriations bill proposed by Reps. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., John Garamendi, D-Calif., and Dan Kildee, D-Mich. The spending bill could hit the House floor late this week following Rules Committee meetings on Tuesday and Wednesday to decide if their amendment will get a vote. The proposal is the latest effort by Democrats on...

    06/02/2018 11:22:11 AM PDT · by dynachrome · 76 replies
    News-weak ^ | 6-1-18 | Brendan Cole
    state of emergency has been declared in parts of Salem, Oregon, after toxins were found in tap water. Oregon Governor Kate Brown issued the declaration for Marion and Polk Counties and the National Guard will deliver water via 2,000-gallon tankers to 10 water stations in the state capital. Other cities affected include Turner and Stayton. Small amounts of cyanotoxins were found in the Detroit Reservoir on Tuesday, deriving from algae bloom in Detroit Lake that have appeared in water sources throughout the Pacific Northwest. However some expressed anger at the delay in the state of emergency announcement. One unnamed pregnant...
  • Rogue cellphone-tracking devices detected in Washington, feds say

    04/03/2018 12:49:55 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 24 replies
    CBS "News" ^ | April 3, 2018
    For the first time, the U.S. government has publicly acknowledged the existence in Washington of what appear to be rogue devices that foreign spies and criminals could be using to track individual cellphones and intercept calls and messages. The use of what are known as cellphone-site simulators by foreign powers has long been a concern, but American intelligence and law enforcement agencies -- which use such eavesdropping equipment themselves -- have been silent on the issue until now. In a March 26 letter to Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) acknowledged that last year it identified...
  • Officials disclose potential cellphone surveillance activity near White House

    06/01/2018 8:41:44 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 25 replies
    The Hill ^ | 06/01/18 | Morgan Chalfant
    Officials with the Department of Homeland Security detected potential surveillance activity near “sensitive facilities” in Washington, including the White House, according to a study conducted last year.Officials disclosed the activity, associated with devices commonly known as “Stingrays,” in a letter to Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), which was first reported by The Washington Post this week. The revelation boosts long-held suspicions that foreign actors are using the technology to conduct spying in the nation’s capital. Christopher Krebs, the acting head of the National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD), Homeland Security’s cybersecurity unit, explained in the May 22 letter that the department...
  • Signs of sophisticated cell-phone spying found near White House

    06/01/2018 2:07:39 PM PDT · by Innovative · 40 replies
    Mercury News ^ | June 1, 2018 | Craig Timberg | Washington Post
    A federal study found signs that surveillance devices for intercepting cellphone calls and texts were operating near the White House and other sensitive locations in the Washington area last year. A Department of Homeland Security program discovered evidence of the surveillance devices, called IMSI catchers, as part of federal testing last year, according to a letter from DHS to Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Oregon, on May 22. The letter didn’t specify what entity operated the devices and left open the possibility that there could be alternative explanations for the suspicious cellular signals collected by the federal testing program last year. The...
  • Portland (Oregon) bakery fires employees for denying black woman service after closing

    06/01/2018 3:45:08 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 50 replies ^ | Friday, June 1st 2018 | ABC 30 News
    PORTLAND, Ore. — Two employees of a bakery in Portland, Oregon were fired earlier this month for denying a black woman service because the business had closed. "Back To Eden Bakery" released several public apologies and statements following the incident, before letting the employees go. In one Facebook post, the bakery's co-owner wrote, "We are doing business in a gentrified neighborhood in a racist city within a racist state of a racist country.” In one statement, "Back To Eden Bakery" says that according to its own surveillance video, a black woman named "Lillian", who is well known in the area...
  • Cryptic emergency alert panics Oregon city's residents

    05/30/2018 7:48:25 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 19 replies
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | 5/30/18 | TOM JAMES
    Oregon's emergency alert systems blasted a cryptic alert to cellphones around the capital city, panicking residents by telling them simply "Civil Emergency" and "Prepare for Action" and leaving off that the threat was toxic algae at a local water supply. Officials wanted to warn Salem-area residents Tuesday night that elevated levels of a natural toxin caused by the algae bloom had made area tap water unsafe for children and people with compromised immune systems. But that information got cut off, and a more ominous-sounding default message went out in its place, said Andrew Phelps, head of the state emergency management...
  • Can Olivia Katbi Smith Harness Portland’s Left To Make an Even Bigger Impact?

    05/30/2018 4:49:02 PM PDT · by nwrep · 64 replies
    Willamette Week ^ | May 19, 2018 | Elise Heron
    Olivia Katbi Smith went to Burgerville last month to celebrate. But she wasn't there to get a Tillamook cheeseburger basket. Or to buy anything. For two years, workers at the fast-food franchise at Southeast Powell Boulevard and 92nd Avenue had been agitating for a union. Katbi Smith, 26, had persuaded dozens of her fellow Portland socialists to picket outside the restaurant in a show of support for employees and the Industrial Workers of the World, the union organizing the campaign. Burgerville, the Vancouver, Wash.-based fast-food chain famed for its Walla Walla onion rings and marionberry milkshakes, agreed to recognize...
  • De Beers admits defeat over man-made diamonds

    05/29/2018 10:07:50 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 45 replies ^ | May 29, 2018 | Ivana Kottasová
    ... De Beers said it would invest $94 million over four years to build a new synthetic diamond production facility near Portland, Oregon.
  • Bakery Fires Employees And Admits It’s Racist After Refusing To Serve Black Woman After Hours

    05/29/2018 9:07:32 AM PDT · by rktman · 82 replies ^ | 5/29/2018 | Grace Garr
    Portland, Ore., bakery caved to a disgruntled customer’s allegations of racism and fired two employees after they wouldn’t serve a customer because the shop was closed. Back to Eden Bakery sent multiple apologies and public statements admitting it’s racist because it refused to serve a black woman who entered the shop after hours and asked to buy a pastry even though the shop had closed. The incident occurred in early May and is now circulating in the news, garnering a strong public response on Facebook and social media. A woman named only as “Lillian” entered the bakery at 9:06 p.m....