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  • Visa lottery winners feel cheated by Trump’s visa ban

    07/02/2020 3:23:14 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 21 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | July 2, 2020 | By SAMY MAGDY and JULIE WATSON
    CAIRO -- Noha, an Egyptian engineer, should feel lucky after winning a visa lottery that randomly selects people from a pool of more than 14 million applications for about 55,000 green cards that would let them live permanently in the United States. But the hopes she and her husband had of moving with their two children to New York vanished last week when President Donald Trump extended a ban on many green cards issued outside the United States to the end of the year, including the lottery’s “diversity visas,” which have been issued every year since 1990 to people from...
  • Schiff Learned Of Russian ‘Bounty’ Intelligence In February, Withheld Information From Congress, And Took No Action

    07/02/2020 3:13:32 PM PDT · by blueyon · 24 replies
    The Federlist ^ | July 02, 2020 | ean Davis and Mollie Hemingway
    """Schiff Learned Of Russian ‘Bounty’ Intelligence In February, Withheld Information From Congress, And Took No Action""" Top committee staff for Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), the chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, were briefed in February on intelligence about Russia offering the Taliban bounties in Afghanistan, but he took no action in response to the briefing, multiple intelligence sources familiar with the briefing told The Federalist. The intelligence was briefed to Schiff’s staff during a congressional delegation, or CODEL, trip to Afghanistan in February. Schiff, who has acknowledged President Donald Trump was never briefed on the so-called intelligence,...
  • Duckworth vows to block over 1,000 military confirmations until Pentagon proves Vindman will be promoted

    07/02/2020 3:12:38 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 5 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 2, 2020 | Louis Casiano
    Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., on Thursday announced her intention to block Senate confirmations for 1,123 senior U.S. Armed Forces promotions until Defense Secretary Mark Esper confirms he will not block the "expected and deserved" promotion of Army Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman. Vindman, an Iraq War veteran, served on the White House National Security Council and was thrust into the limelight last year when he testified about President Trump's July 2019 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky that became the heart of a Democratic-led impeachment inquiry. Vindman said he listened to the call and filed a whistleblower complaint over concerns...
  • Ghislaine Maxwell Arrested in Jeffrey Epstein Case - LIVE BREAKING NEWS COVERAGE

    07/02/2020 2:30:36 PM PDT · by Oscar in Batangas · 40 replies
    Agenda free TV ^ | today | Steve Lookner
    Breaking Live
  • Duckworth vows to block over 1,000 military confirmations until Pentagon proves Vindman will be promoted

    07/02/2020 2:26:16 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 69 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 2, 2020 | Louis Casiano
    Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., on Thursday announced her intention to block Senate confirmations for 1,123 senior U.S. Armed Forces promotions until Defense Secretary Mark Esper confirms he will not block the "expected and deserved" promotion of Army Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman. Vindman, an Iraq War veteran, served on the White House National Security Council and was thrust into the limelight last year when he testified about President Trump's July 2019 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky that became the heart of a Democratic-led impeachment inquiry. Vindman said he listened to the call and filed a whistleblower complaint over concerns...
  • Gov. Abbott issues statewide mask requirement for Texas

    07/02/2020 1:37:43 PM PDT · by sojc · 88 replies
    Gov. Abbott issues statewide mask requirement for Texas https://www.kltv.com/2020/07/02/gov-abbott-issues-statewide-mask-requirement/
  • Socialism and the Scandinavian Illusion

    07/02/2020 1:23:58 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 9 replies
    Newseek ^ | 07 02 2020 | Dinesh D'Souza
    Socialism has entered the mainstream of American politics, perhaps for the first time in our history. Socialists insist their model isn't the failed socialisms of the past; rather, they claim their model is the one place where socialism seems to work: Scandinavia. "I think that countries like Denmark and Sweden do very well," Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) says. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) has said her proposals "most closely resemble what we see...in Norway, in Finland, in Sweden." But what do we see in Norway, Sweden and other Nordic countries? Lars Lokke Rasmussen, former prime minister of Denmark, insists that those...
  • Pa. officials say travelers coming from these 15 states should quarantine for 14 days

    07/02/2020 1:03:40 PM PDT · by lightman · 22 replies
    Pennlive ^ | 2 July A.D. 2020 | Greg Pickel
    Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration is advising Pennsylvanians to stay home or stay safe if they do go out ahead of and during the July Fourth weekend. It’s also asking travelers coming from 15 states to quarantine for 14 days upon their arrival in the Keystone State. A news release from Wolf’s office on Thursday said anyone entering Pa. from Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Utah “will need to quarantine for 14 days”. It did not say, however, how that directive would be enforced. More: Kids should wear masks...
  • The 200 Foot Fetish

    07/02/2020 1:01:34 PM PDT · by 2Dreamin · 12 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | July 26, 1989 | Michael Kilian
    Are you tormented by the question, ''Is this the summer I should have bought myself a 200-foot oceangoing motor yacht?'' I ask myself this question every time I sail out of the Belle Haven Marina here on the placid Potomac in my 19-foot rental Flying Scot and snag the centerboard in the muck of the ever-lengthening sand bar south of the Woodrow Wilson Bridge. But my answer, which is also invariably the answer of my bank, is always a resounding ''No!'' These enormous, opulent tubs are certainly impressive (a 200-foot coal barge, I might add, is also impressive, especially when...
  • Text of Ghislaine Maxwell's Indictment

    07/02/2020 12:59:19 PM PDT · by MrZippy2k · 21 replies
    https://www.scribd.com/document/467746700/Ghislaine-Maxwell-Indictment You know what is very conspicuous…Notice that the government did not accuse, nor did the Grand Jury find anything to do with Pedo Island. Now ask yourself, why???? My guess is, the big guys (Billy Boy, the Prince, maybe the Chief Justice, and who all knows who else) all played there and the government did not want any of that “in scope”. So, by reading the indictment, we see they have a very limited time frame (only a couple years in the late 90’s) and only four locations (NY, FL, NM and England) leaving out the Clinton years and...
  • Modelers Were ‘Astronomically Wrong’ in COVID-19 Predictions, Says Leading Epidemiologist—and the World Is Paying the Price [Stanford]

    07/02/2020 12:47:12 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 21 replies
    fee.org ^ | Thursday, July 2, 2020 | Jon Miltimore
    In a recent interview, Dr. John Ioannidis had a harsh assessment of modelers who predicted as many as 40 million people would die and the US healthcare system would be overrun because of COVID-19. =========================================================================== Dr. John Ioannidis became a world-leading scientist by exposing bad science. But the COVID-19 pandemic could prove to be his biggest challenge yet. Ioannidis, the C.F. Rehnborg Chair in Disease Prevention at Stanford University, has come under fire in recent months for his opposition to state-ordered lockdowns, which he says could cause social harms well beyond their presumed benefits. But he doesn’t appear to be...
  • Feds nix college degree requirement for merit based hiring

    07/02/2020 12:37:34 PM PDT · by spintreebob · 13 replies
    TechTarget ^ | 7-1-20 | Patrick Thibodeau
    President Trump signed an executive order making federal hiring "merit-based," which means skills and competency for a job will take precedence over a college degree for many types of jobs. In making this change, the White House believes it is playing catch-up to the private sector. "An over reliance on college degrees excludes capable candidates," Trump's order stated. It was signed June 26. But the change to merit-based hiring may become a monumental task for federal agencies. It might mean rewriting job ads that emphasize competencies over degrees, as well as adopting technology that can translate an applicant's experience into...
  • CBP taps Anduril for virtual border sentinel system

    07/02/2020 12:36:03 PM PDT · by BeauBo · 15 replies
    Federal Computer Week ^ | Jul 02, 2020 | Mark Rockwell
    Customs and Border Protection plans to deploy up to 200 autonomous surveillance towers as it expands its work with the portable, off-the-grid systems into a program of record. The towers, supplied by contractor Anduril, are designed as unmanned sentinels along the Southern border with Mexico that operate autonomously in remote areas where grid power is not available. The agency has been testing the technology for a couple of years. CBP tested four of the towers in the San Diego region in early 2018, and has bought 56 additional towers since, it said in its statement. Ultimately, CBP wants to procure...
  • USMCA touted as big win for American agriculture

    07/02/2020 12:28:58 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 3 replies
    RFD TV ^ | July 2, 2020 | RFD TV Staff
    The USMCA is now in full effect. It replaces the decades old North America Free Trade Agreement. According to the USDA, Canada and Mexico were our top two trading partners in 2019. They also say that the USMCA contains significant improvements to rules of origin, ag market access, and labor issues. The U.S. Treasury Department's Monica Crowley believes that those improvements will have a very positive impact on our farmers and ranchers. "President Trump promised that he would scrap NAFTA, which was a horrendous trade deal, particularly for our nation's farmers... He promised to scrap that and replace it with...
  • Heart conditions drove spike in deaths

    07/02/2020 12:24:47 PM PDT · by spintreebob · 4 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 7-2-20 | Reis Thebault, Lenny Bernstein, Andrew Ba Tran Youjin Shin
    ... 75,000 “excess deaths” during that period, 17,000 more than the number officially attributed to covid-19, the disease the virus causes. While several experts said some of the excess deaths in the analysis were almost certainly unrecognized fatalities from covid-19, the review suggests that many patients suffering from serious conditions died as a result of delaying or not seeking care as the outbreak progressed and swamped some hospitals. Normally, heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. But in the early months of the pandemic, some hospital departments were nearly devoid of the heart, cancer, stroke...
  • To Mask or Not to Mask

    07/02/2020 12:16:11 PM PDT · by lightman · 80 replies
    Pennsylvania House GOP ^ | 2 July A.D. 2020 | Rep. Mike Jones
    I am not opposed to an individual choosing to wear or not wear a mask (there are legitimate arguments and concerns on both sides of the issue) or a business choosing to require or not require them. I am opposed to overreaching “mandates” from unelected bureaucrats who think they should dictate to people and businesses how they live and operate. This is a democracy not a dictatorship. The government answers to you, not the other way around. As such, in these unprecedented times of government abuse of power, I encourage you to make the decisions you feel are appropriate for...
  • Senators Push For ‘Woke’ Paid Federal Holiday, After Removing Historic One

    07/02/2020 12:12:22 PM PDT · by yoe · 52 replies
    National Insiders ^ | July 1, 2020 | Brooke Singman
    The federal holiday swap would avoid putting US ‘further in debt,’ say amendment sponsors Republican Sens. Ron Johnson and James Lankford on Wednesday introduced an amendment proposing to replace Columbus Day with (GOP senators propose...) Juneteenth as a new federal holiday to avoid putting the U.S. “further in debt.”[snip] “In response to a bipartisan effort to give federal workers another day of paid leave by designating Juneteenth a federal holiday, we have offered a counterproposal that does not put us further in debt,” Johnson said Wednesday. “We support celebrating emancipation with a federal holiday, but believe we should eliminate a...
  • BREAKING: Trump Administration TAKES DOWN Secret Iranian TERROR Operation In The US

    07/02/2020 11:52:05 AM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 35 replies
    Daily Fodder ^ | July 02, 2020 | Daily Fodder Team
    A forfeiture complaint and warrant were filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia alleging that all petroleum-product cargo aboard the Bella with international maritime organization (IMO) number 9208124, the Bering with IMO number 9149225, the Pandi with IMO number 9105073, and the Luna with IMO number 9208100 are subject to forfeiture based on the terrorism forfeiture statute. John C. Demers, Assistant Attorney General, National Security Division; Michael R. Sherwin, Acting U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia; Steven W. Cagen, Special Agent in Charge, Denver, Colorado, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI); Rainer S. Drolshagen, Special Agent in...
  • Senate panel advances bill targeting online child sexual abuse

    07/02/2020 11:38:42 AM PDT · by bitt · 5 replies
    The Hill ^ | 7/2/2020 | CHRIS MILLS RODRIGO
    The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday unanimously advanced a bill tying legal protections for online platforms to efforts to combat child sexual abuse material. The Eliminating Abusive and Rampant Neglect of Interactive Technologies (EARN IT) Act would amend Section 230 of the 1996 Communications Decency Act to allow federal and state claims against online companies that host child exploitation content. Section 230, which has come under increased scrutiny since President Trump targeted it in an executive order in May, gives internet companies immunity from lawsuits for content posted on their sites by third parties and allows them to make "good...
  • Lebanon County’s Taste of Sicily has $10K in fines for keeping dining room open: ‘We ain’t paying crap'

    07/02/2020 11:38:18 AM PDT · by lightman · 26 replies
    Pennlive ^ | 2 July A.D. 2020 | Jenna Wise
    The Palmyra Italian eatery Taste of Sicily has now racked up $10,000 in fines for allowing customers to eat in their dining room before they moved to the “green” phase of the state’s reopening plan. The restaurant’s owners showed themselves getting served the latest citation in a video posted to their Facebook page. Two inspectors from the Department of Agriculture enter the Main Street establishment and leave the $4,000 citation behind, without saying a word. “Would you guys care to do an interview?” co-owner Christine Wartluft asks, while following the men to their car. “And you call yourselves an American,...