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  • Puerto Rico bankruptcy decision a Death Star for Wall Street

    01/18/2019 7:34:41 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/18/2019 | Chriss Street
    A U.S. Bankruptcy Court decision wiping out half of Puerto Rico's general obligation bonds represents a potential Death Star precedent against Wall Street buying municipal bonds from states without a balanced budget. The reason that high-tax rate and potentially insolvent states like California, Illinois, Connecticut, New Jersey, and Maryland have continued to have access to massive new borrowing is Wall Street's ability to sell general obligation municipal bonds to high-income individuals who can benefit from receiving federally tax exempt interest. Most muni investors also believe that the federal government will bail out any state financial crisis. Few Americans understand that...
  • Think Progress Is Furious That A Woman Defended Herself From Armed Robbery In Chicago

    01/15/2019 12:52:09 PM PST · by detective · 44 replies
    A 25-year-old woman in Chicago defended herself against an armed attacker with her own legally concealed weapon. But according to Think Progress’ LGBTQ Editor Zack Ford, “That’s not how justice works.”
  • Tantrums: Democrats Are Refusing to End the Shutdown by Boycotting Meetings at the White House

    01/15/2019 11:32:11 AM PST · by jazusamo · 44 replies ^ | January 15, 2019 | Katie Pavlich
    President Trump hosted a border security meeting at the White House Tuesday afternoon. In an effort to make progress on the government shutdown, Trump invited Republican and Democrat lawmakers to attend with ideas. Not a single Democrat showed up. Their leaders, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, were also missing. “As Senator Schumer and Speaker Pelosi refuse to negotiate, President Donald J. Trump and his team are working hard to find solutions to solve the humanitarian and national security crisis at the border and reopen the government. The President has a proposal on the table...
  • Top Republicans oppose emergency declaration as shutdown drags on

    01/13/2019 6:48:21 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    Japan Today ^ | January 13, 2019 | Saul Loeb, Agence France-Presse
    Top Republican lawmakers on Sunday warned against Donald Trump declaring a national emergency to secure funds for a border wall, signaling doubts within the president's party as a government shutdown was set to enter a fourth workweek. Senator Ron Johnson, chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, told CNN that he would "hate" to see Trump invoke emergency powers for a wall. "If we do that, it's going to go to court and the wall won't get built," he said. And Representative Steve Scalise, the No. 2 House Republican, told ABC, "We don't want it to come down to a national...
  • Anti-Gun Chicago Alderman Ed Burke Charged With Extortion, Had 23 Guns in His Office

    01/11/2019 5:19:49 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 23 replies
    The Truth About Guns ^ | 1/8/19 | Ted Seigel
    Ed Burke, Chicago’s longest-serving alderman and one if its most powerful, was charged with extortion in federal court on Thursday. The chairman of the city’s finance committee, who’s been in office for fifty years after succeeding his father, knows a thing or two about money. According to federal investigators, the former city cop used his power to tie up the business licensing process for a southwest Chicago Burger King restaurant to force the owners to steer their legal business to his firm. From the Sun Times: After the company struggled to have its permits approved, it agreed to steer business...
  • Fifth SEIU Official Ousted After Being Accused of Sexual Assault

    11/21/2017 4:49:28 AM PST · by MarvinStinson · 18 replies
    freebeacon ^ | November 20, 2017 | Alex Griswold
    Another official at the Service Employees International Union has been ousted following accusations of sexual assault. Pedro Malave was first fired from a local Boston-area SEIU chapter in 2014, only to be later rehired at two other local chapters in California, the labor website Payday Report reported last week. Politico‘s Morning Shift newsletter flagged the report on Monday and confirmed that the locals dismissed Malave after they learned of his past alleged conduct. In the summer of 2014, the Boston-area 32BJ SEIU Local 615 investigated Malave, then the assistant director, after a co-worker, Daria Alladio, accused him of sexual assault....
  • Democrats Crack on the Wall

    01/10/2019 6:35:04 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 52 replies
    Breitbart ^ | January 10,2019 | Matthew Boyle
    Congressional Democrats are ditching House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s ardent opposition to any barrier or wall along the U.S. border with Mexico, as the partial government shutdown continues and President Donald Trump takes his case directly to the border itself. ““If we have a partial wall, if we have fencing, if we have technology used to keep our border safe, all of that is fine,” Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-IL), the chairwoman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), said on CNN. Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) also backed a barrier along the U.S. border with Mexico....
  • Woman with concealed carry permit fatally shoots armed robber, police say

    01/08/2019 7:05:49 PM PST · by aimhigh · 51 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 01/18/2019 | Tribune staff
    A woman with a concealed carry permit shot and killed a teen who tried to rob her at gunpoint Tuesday morning on the Far South Side, according to Chicago police. The 25-year-old woman was standing on a corner when the teen approached around 5:40 a.m. . . . When the teen pulled out a gun, the woman grabbed her own and fired one shot, hitting the teen in the neck, police said. The teen ran off but was found a block away and taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he was pronounced dead.
  • HYPOCRISY: Staunch Chicago Ald. Gun Control Advocate Has To Surrender 23 Guns On Arrest.

    01/07/2019 8:28:54 AM PST · by Para-Ord.45 · 28 replies ^ | January 04 2019 | By Megan Hickey
    CHICAGO (CBS) — He’s been a staunch supporter of gun control measures for decades, but in a surprising twist, federal prosecutors revealed Thursday that nearly two dozen firearms were discovered in Ald. Ed Burke’s offices during their raids in November. It’s still not known if the guns that were found in November were discovered at Burke’s ward office or at City Hall, but it’s hard to miss the irony of a staunch gun control advocate having to turn over 23 guns as a condition of his bond. From outlawing cell phone cases shaped like guns to bans on concealed weapons...
  • Top House Dem calls for “give and take” with Trump over wall standoff

    01/04/2019 8:05:10 PM PST · by 11th_VA · 48 replies
    No Paper News ^ | Jan 4, 2018
    .@RepCheri Bustos says the border wall has become “nothing more than a symbol,” but notes that “in the end, we might have to give or take a little bit. It’s just the way the world works. Who’s Cheri Bustos? An interesting character, if you’re unfamiliar. Fun facts about her: — She’s the new chair of the DCCC, the committee charged with helping to elect Democratic candidates to the House in 2020. The DCCC chair is also the fifth-highest-ranking member of the caucus. This isn’t some rando floating compromise with Trump on CNN. This is the leadership. — She’s a Pelosi...
  • (Alderman) Ed Burke Charged in Attempted Extortion Case

    01/03/2019 2:24:28 PM PST · by PBRCat · 17 replies
    Crain's Chicago Business ^ | January 3, 2018 | Claire Bushey
    The federal complaint says the fast-food company wanted to remodel a restaurant in Burke’s ward. When an executive called to ask why Burke’s office was holding up the permit to remodel, the alderman told him he needed to meet to discuss trucks that parked in the restaurant’s lot. Then he told a city employee to find out which lawyer did the company’s taxes. On June 11, 2017, Burke spoke by cellphone to an out-of-state public official who was meeting with the fast-food company executive, the complaint says. The official offered to “let him know how important you are.” “You’re good...
  • Dick Durbin: I'm running for reelection in 2020

    01/03/2019 7:06:22 AM PST · by SMGFan · 13 replies
    The Hill ^ | Janaury 3, 2019
    Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) on Thursday confirmed that he will seek a fifth term in the Senate. Asked on CNN’s “New Day” whether he would run for reelection in 2020, Durbin replied that he would, adding that his response shouldn’t be taken “as a formal announcement.” “What I’ve said is, I’m raising money and I’m trying to lose a few pounds, and that’s a good indicator that I’m looking forward to 2020,” Durbin told CNN’s John Berman. Durbin would almost certainly coast to an easy reelection in Democratic-leaning Illinois. The Cook Political Report, a nonpartisan election handicapper, currently...
  • New Illinois Political Ad

    01/02/2019 4:52:03 PM PST · by hanamizu · 16 replies
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    Saw a new political ad by "Friends of Mike J. Madigan" on TV a few minutes ago. Sad music, "They tried to take away healthcare" with a TV image of President Trump, "cut funding for breast-cancer screenings", again with image of Trump in background, "they even failed to act as our veterans died", but now a new day for Illinois, "to fight for affordable healthcare, equal pay for women...and for the wealthiest to pay their fair share" with a full screen pic of Trump's name on a skyscraper. It ends with Madigan (who apparently is the boss of Illinois) saying,...
  • By the numbers: Illinois receives ‘F’ grade on national ranking of states’ fiscal health

    01/01/2019 3:38:08 PM PST · by george76 · 53 replies
    Watchdog News ^ | Dec 31, 2018
    Illinois ranked No. 48 in an analysis of the state’s ability to pay all of its bills, including public employers’ pension benefits, according to a new ranking of the states’ fiscal health by Truth in Accounting (TIA). Illinois was found to be short $216.1 billion to pay its bills ... The amount of the state’s shortfall in funding to pay off its bills amounts to $50,800 per taxpayer
  • Roaming mob of 'urban youth' terrorized Chicago's 'Magnificent Mile' in below-freezing weather

    12/31/2018 10:09:18 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/31/2018 | Thomas Lifson
    Cold weather no longer is acting as a deterrent to the marauding mobs of teenagers (of no particular demographic characteristic, according to Chicago mainstream media) roaming through Chicago's showcase shopping district along Upper Michigan Avenue around the Water Tower.  News of the attack could not be ignored, because the famous Water Tower Place Mall had to be closed and because the mob sent an innocent bystander waiting on a subway platform to the hospital. CWB Chicago, the feisty neighborhood blog that does not shy away from facing Chicago's descent toward anarchy, reports: At least four people were injured and CTA Red Line traffic...
  • Roaming mob of 'urban youth' terrorized Chicago's 'Magnificent Mile' in below-freezing (T)

    12/31/2018 8:08:01 AM PST · by rktman · 80 replies ^ | 12/31/2018 | Thomas Lifson
    FULL HEADER: "Roaming mob of 'urban youth' terrorized Chicago's 'Magnificent Mile' in below-freezing weather, sent Asian bystander to the hospital." Cold weather no longer is acting as a deterrent to the marauding mobs of teenagers (of no particular demographic characteristic, according to Chicago mainstream media) roaming through Chicago's showcase shopping district along Upper Michigan Avenue around the Water Tower. News of the attack could not be ignored, because the famous Water Tower Place Mall had to be closed and because the mob sent an innocent bystander waiting on a subway platform to the hospital. CWB Chicago, the feisty neighborhood blog...
  • Lindsey Graham floats renewable legal status in exchange for wall funding

    12/30/2018 9:30:07 AM PST · by jazusamo · 64 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 30, 2018 | Tom Howell Jr.
    Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina on Sunday said a deal that combines $5 billion for President Trump’s border wall with an extension of legal status for “Dreamers” and people fleeing conflict or natural disasters back home could “save the day in the Senate” and reopen the government. “We need to start talking again,” the Republican told CNN’s State of the Union. “To my Democratic friends: There will never be a deal without wall funding.” He said in return, immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children should be eligible for legal status and authorization to work for three years...
  • Graham: Trump 'open-minded' to wedding border funding to DACA protections

    12/30/2018 1:58:15 PM PST · by yesthatjallen · 61 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/30/18 | Brett Samuels
    Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said Sunday that President Trump is "open-minded" but non-committal about a potential deal that would include border security funding and offer protections for young immigrants that he has floated to resolve the ongoing government shutdown. Graham said Trump remained adamant that any agreement must include money for the president's desired wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Graham told reporters outside the White House that he spoke with Trump about a possible arrangement that would include $5 billion for border security, renewable work permits for beneficiaries of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and visas for...
  • Big Jesse Jackson lie busted by scrappy Chicago neighborhood website

    12/30/2018 4:27:58 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 15 replies
    American Thinker ^ | December 30, 2018 | Thomas Lifson
    Jesse Jackson was getting away with a big lie so well that the Chicago Sun-Times even wrote an editorial based on his phony claim. As the old, wry journalism joke goes, Jackson’s lie was so agreeable to the prejudices of MSM-ers, that it was “too good to check.” Enter the brave and scrappy bloggers at CWB Chicago, a neighborhood blog that: …was created in 2013 by five residents of Wrigleyville and Boystown who had grown disheartened with inaccurate information that was being provided at local Community Policing (CAPS) meetings. We knew from city data that robberies in our neighborhood had been soaring...
  • 'Green New Deal' divides Democrats intent on addressing climate change

    12/28/2018 4:46:44 AM PST · by Libloather · 17 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 12/27/18 | Elise Viebeck, David Weigel
    **SNIP** Climate activists expressed disappointment. "Without a mandate to create a plan and a requirement that its members don't take fossil fuel money, we are deeply concerned that this committee will be just another of the many committees we've seen failing our generation our entire lives," said Varshini Prakash, the Sunrise Movement's spokeswoman. The push reflects the increasing power and visibility of liberals on Capitol Hill. Poised to be the largest of the values-based caucuses next year, the Congressional Progressive Caucus has already received a jolt of energy from members such as Ocasio-Cortez, whose political celebrity and regular posts to...