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  • Split over Pelosi's 'immorality' comment on border wall reveals fissure in Democratic Party

    01/17/2019 8:57:35 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 22 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Jan 17, 2019 | By David Sherfinski and S.A. Miller
    Senate Democrats are refusing to embrace House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s rhetoric denouncing border walls as an “immorality,” but they are being careful to avoid undercutting her new role as the party’s leader in the shutdown standoff. Mrs. Pelosi has moved unsteadily since seizing the speaker’s gavel amid the partial government shutdown, including the “immorality” comment and her shifting explanations for why she told President Trump to postpone the State of the Union address. Still, she garners strong support from Democrats on both side of the Capitol for remaining steadfast in shutdown fight and refusing Mr. Trump’s demand for $5.7 billion...
  • Louis Colemann III faces Federal charge of kidnapping resulting in death of Jassy Correia

    03/03/2019 11:22:40 PM PST · by Texan4Life · 4 replies
    WCVB ^ | 3/3/2019
    Louis Coleman III (32) of Providence, RI abducted Jassy Correia (23) in Boston, Mass., and several days later was stopped in Delaware, with the victim's body in the trunk of the car he was driving. Now the great states of Mass., RI, and Delaware have all previously abolished the Death Penalty. But... the Federal Govt. has not, and Mr. Coleman, could very well receive a Federal Death Penalty, as he should.
  • Dems look to steer clear of impeachment talk after Cohen testimony

    03/01/2019 11:39:29 PM PST · by blueplum · 28 replies ^ | 28 Feb 2019 | Rebecca Shabad
    WASHINGTON — Leading congressional Democrats were still largely steering clear of impeachment chatter a day after President Donald Trump’s former attorney and fixer, Michael Cohen, alleged in public testimony that Trump had violated campaign finance laws and lied to the American public. “I’m not going into that, I’m not going into that,” Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif, said at her weekly news conference Thursday, quickly dismissing talk of impeachment...(snip) ... the chairman of the House Oversight Committee, Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., like Pelosi, downplayed the idea that his panel's seven-hour hearing had represented a significant leap forward on that front...(snip) The...
  • More states join push to elect president based on popular vote

    02/25/2019 1:13:19 PM PST · by bgill · 140 replies
    fox17 ^ | Feb. 25, 2019 | Adrian Mojica
    Colorado is the latest state to pass a bill which would change the way presidential candidates win office. The state joins 11 others after passing a bill to join the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact. Under the compact, the candidate who receives the most popular votes nationwide would be be awarded the electoral college votes from participating states, even if the candidate lost in that state. In order for the bills in states which have passed laws recognizing the agreement, a total of 270 electoral votes from participating states is needed. Colorado has joined California, Connecticut, D.C., Hawaii, Maine, Maryland,...
  • Senate reignites blue slip war over Trump court picks

    02/24/2019 3:55:43 PM PST · by jazusamo · 38 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 24, 2019 | Jordain Carney
    The Senate is set to escalate a long simmering fight over President Trump's judicial nominees. Republicans are poised to confirm a pick for the influential circuit courts next week without the support of either of the nominee's home-state senators—a first for the Trump era. Eric Miller is the first appeals judge to get a vote on the Senate floor this year, and the 31st of Trump’s presidency. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) set up an initial vote on his Ninth Circuit nomination for Monday evening. “The judicial train is running in the committee and it will soon hit the floor,”...
  • Sailor in iconic V-J Day Times Square kiss photo dies at 95

    02/18/2019 8:11:06 AM PST · by Borges · 37 replies
    WTOP - AP ^ | 2/18/2019
    The ecstatic sailor shown kissing a woman in Times Square celebrating the end of World War II has died. George Mendonsa was 95. Mendonsa’s daughter, Sharon Molleur, told The Providence Journal Mendonsa fell and had a seizure Sunday at the assisted living facility in Middletown, Rhode Island, where he lived with his wife of 70 years.
  • RI's George Mendonsa, kissing WWII sailor, dies

    02/18/2019 7:28:51 AM PST · by Morgana · 7 replies ^ | Feb. 18, 2019 | Nancy Krause
    MIDDLETOWN, R.I. (WPRI) — The Rhode Island man who claimed to be the sailor kissing a nurse in an iconic image at the end of World War II has died. The Providence Journal reports George Mendonsa, 95, died at an assisted living facility in Middletown Sunday. Mendonsa was never able to convince LIFE magazine he was the sailor in the famous photo. However, recent facial recognition technology verified his lifelong claim.
  • How the Democrats Went Nuts in Three Months (Will Pelosi lose the House - again?)

    02/17/2019 11:26:18 AM PST · by Libloather · 51 replies
    National Review via Yahoo ^ | 2/15/19 | Michael Brendan Dougherty
    The Democrats swept to power in Congress by campaigning in a way that has been successful for Democrats for generations. “Republicans will take away your health care,” they said, after having focus-grouped it. Now we are preparing for a 2020 campaign in which Donald Trump and Republicans can as easily advertise to the public: “Democrats will take away cows, and your car.” What happened to Democrats? Back in November, it looked like Nancy Pelosi and the Democratic House caucus had found the perfect plan for their party in the era of Trump: Avoid talking about impeachment and stick to simple...
  • Democrats reject push to alert ICE when illegal immigrants fail firearm background checks

    02/17/2019 11:12:29 AM PST · by lowbridge · 23 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 17, 2019 | Gregg Re
    Democrats this week approved legislation to require background checks for essentially all sales and transfers of firearms -- but rejected GOP-led efforts to amend the legislation to alert law enforcement authorities when gun buyers, including illegal immigrants, fail those background checks. The House Judiciary Committee voted in favor of the bill 23-15, in a strict party-line vote, sending it to the House floor. If approved by the full House, the bill would be the most significant gun-control legislation approved by either chamber of Congress in at least a decade -- although it stands little chance of passage in the Senate, where Republicans command a...
  • Democrats Kill Greg Steube’s Proposal to Contact ICE When Illegal Immigrants Try to Buy Guns

    02/17/2019 5:12:03 AM PST · by Erik Latranyi · 17 replies
    Floriday Daily ^ | 14 February 2019 | Florida Daily
    U.S. Rep. Greg Steube, R-Fla., tried to amend a gun control bill from U.S. House Democrats to ensure law enforcement is notified when a potential gunbuyer–including illegal immigrants– fails a federal background check. Looking to amend the Democrats’ “Bipartisan Background Checks Act,” from his perch on the U.S. House Judiciary Committee, Steube used language from U.S. Rep. David Cicilline’s, D-RI, “Unlawful Gun Buyer Alert Act” which has the support of U.S. Rep. Jerry Nadler, D-NY, the chairman of the committee. But both Cicilline and Nadler voted against his amendment. “Clearly, the Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee don’t care about...
  • Rhode Island voters overwhelmingly oppose New York-style abortion law: Poll

    02/14/2019 1:26:09 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 02/14/2019 | Becket Adams
    An overwhelming majority of voters in Rhode Island oppose super-permissive abortion laws like the one passed recently in New York, according to a new survey. Seventy-three percent of respondents polled by the firm Cygna said they “oppose” legislation “allowing abortion until the moment of a live birth.” Of that number, 64.6 percent said they “strongly oppose.” Those are some impressive opposition numbers from a state that’s not known for being conservative. The last time the voters of Rhode Island supported a Republican presidential nominee over a Democrat was 35 years ago when former President Ronald Reagan went on to...
  • Whoo-hoo! Patriots win 13-3. IN YOUR FACE!!

    02/03/2019 7:08:36 PM PST · by Maceman · 114 replies
  • Udall, Heinrich, Introduce Bill to Prevent Emergency Declaration

    02/04/2019 4:17:17 PM PST · by girlangler · 75 replies
    News release U.S. Sen. Tom Udall's office ^ | February 4, 2019 | news release
    NEWS FROM THE UNITED STATES SENATE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 4, 2019 Udall, Heinrich, Senate Democrats Introduce Bill to Prevent President From Using Emergency Declaration to Raid Funds for Border Wall RAIDER Act of 2019 stops President Trump from bypassing Congress and raiding as much as $35 billion from military construction and disaster response funds for land acquisition or construction of his wall WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), along with U.S. Senators Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Dianne Feinstein...
  • Graham angers Dems by digging into Clinton, Obama controversies

    01/21/2019 3:07:27 PM PST · by yesthatjallen · 49 replies
    The Hill ^ | 01/21/19 | Jordain Carney
    New tensions are flaring on the Senate Judiciary Committee over plans by newly minted Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) to dig into Obama-era scandals. Graham, a close ally of President Trump’s, has outlined several areas he wants to probe now that he has the Judiciary Committee gavel. They include the FBI’s handling of its investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant applications targeting former Trump campaign aide Carter Page. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), asked about Graham’s plans, started laughing and compared them to the “thrilling days of yesteryear.” “This is going to be...
  • Rhode Island governor seeks to tax 'non-mission essential' hospital properties

    01/21/2019 2:05:06 PM PST · by buckalfa · 17 replies
    Becker's Hospital Review ^ | January 18, 2019 | Kelly Gooch
    Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo wants to give cities and towns the ability to tax "non-mission essential" properties owned by nonprofit colleges and hospitals, according to a WPRI-TV report. The idea is part of the governor's proposed $9.9-billion budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1. The budget also reportedly lowers funding for the Payment in Lieu of Taxes program, which compensates municipalities for property tax revenue lost due to non-taxable properties. The proposed budget would cut $5 million from PILOT funding. State officials said allowing cities and towns to tax properties owned by nonprofit hospitals and colleges would...
  • Pickup drivers block Tesla chargers in widening trend

    01/02/2019 3:09:13 PM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 114 replies
    E&E News ^ | 01/02/2019 | Maxine Joselow
    Forget "rolling coal." A new trend called "ICE-ing," in which pickup truck owners purposefully block electric vehicle charging stations, appears to be gaining ground around the country. The practice, whose name is derived from "internal combustion engine," was observed over the holidays at a Sheetz gas station in Hickory, N.C. Reddit user Leicina shared a photo on Dec. 23, 2018, of three large pickups blocking access to Tesla Inc. charging stations. The drivers apparently chanted "----Tesla." "I've never had a supercharging experience like this one," wrote Leicina, who owns a Tesla Model 3. "These trucks blocked all the chargers, chanted...
  • Dem rep slams Facebook: It 'cannot be trusted to regulate itself'

    11/14/2018 8:07:19 PM PST · by yesthatjallen · 28 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/14/18 | John Bowden
    Rhode Island Rep. David Cicilline (D) sharply criticized tech giant Facebook on Twitter on Wednesday evening, arguing that the social media company can't be trusted any longer to regulate itself. In a series of tweets, the lawmaker ripped into Facebook executives over a New York Times report detailing how the company used a Republican opposition research firm to link public detractors of the company to billionaire Democratic donor George Soros amid criticism of Facebook for its use by Russian operatives to influence Americans during the 2016 election. The report was based mainly on anonymous, insider accounts. "We’ve known for some...
  • Democratic senators sue to block Matthew Whitaker’s appointment as acting attorney general

    11/19/2018 9:42:51 AM PST · by jazusamo · 103 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 19, 2018 | Alex Pappas
    Three Democratic senators on Monday filed a lawsuit in federal court challenging the constitutionality of President Trump’s appointment of Matthew Whitaker as acting attorney general. Whitaker was appointed by Trump to lead the Justice Department after Attorney General Jeff Sessions was forced out of the role earlier this month. Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal, Rhode Island Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse and Hawaii Sen. Mazie Hirono filed the complaint against Whitaker in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on Monday. All three issues fiery statements. “Installing Matthew Whitaker so flagrantly defies constitutional law that any viewer of School House Rock...
  • Asians for Allan Fung for RI Governor

    10/26/2018 12:03:46 AM PDT · by Doreener · 4 replies
    There are eleven days left until the general election. On September 12, 2018, incumbent Govenor Gina Raimondo and Cranston mayor and 2014 gubernatorial nominee Allan Fung won the Democratic and Republican primaries for governor of Rhode Island respectively. It is clear Governor Raimondo is happy to have Joe Trillo, a third-party candidate, in the Rhode Island Governor General Election who admitted his goal is to take votes away from Fung. Asian Republicans' support is important to Fung for Governor campaign. A vote for anyone else is a vote for four more years of Rhode Island's current incompetence. Governor Raimondo launched...
  • Rhode Island gubernatorial, attorney general candidates arrested with 48 pounds of marijuana: police

    10/05/2018 11:00:29 AM PDT · by ETL · 50 replies ^ | Oct 5, 2018 | Suarez Sang | Fox News
    -snip- A pair of Rhode Island political hopefuls, who aspired to be The Ocean State's governor and attorney general, was arrested Thursday after police allegedly uncovered 48 pounds of illegal marijuana in the duo's West Greenwich home. State police said they arrested Anne Armstrong, 58, and Alan Gordon, 48 -- the Compassion Party’s candidates for governor and attorney general, respectively -- after a search at the pair’s home uncovered nearly 50 pounds of marijuana. Officials said they searched the pair’s home after receiving a complaint of a “strong odor of marijuana emanating from marijuana plants being illegally grown outdoors.” -snip-...