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  • GOP rep: 'Rand Paul is giving the president bad advice' on Afghanistan and Syria

    01/17/2019 8:23:18 AM PST · by RandFan · 66 replies
    The Hill ^ | BRETT SAMUELS
    Freshman Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) is criticizing Sen. Rand Paul, saying the Kentucky Republican gave President Trump "bad advice" when he suggested that the U.S. declare victory in Afghanistan and Syria. "There are those of us who have sacrificed for our nation, who know the importance of this terrorist threat and the need to stay vigilant," tweeted Crenshaw, a former Navy SEAL, on Wednesday. "We go there so that they don’t come here. It’s that simple." Crenshaw, who wears an eyepatch due to an injury sustained in combat, was responding to a tweet from Paul in which the senator said...
  • Rand Paul suggests holding State of the Union in Senate

    01/17/2019 7:40:45 AM PST · by RandFan · 45 replies
    The Hill ^ | EMILY BIRNBAUM
    Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) on Thursday suggested President Trump hold his State of the Union address in the Senate after Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) asked the president to postpone the Jan. 29 address amid the partial government shutdown. "I think that’s a real affront to the American people," Paul said on "Fox & Friends," referring to Pelosi's request. Pelosi made the surprise request on Wednesday, warning that staging the speech amid the partial shutdown — which has affected both the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Secret Service — creates security risks. Paul said denying the move would be the...
  • Rand Paul: Donald Trump Pledged to End U.S. Wars in Syria, Afghanistan

    01/17/2019 3:10:42 AM PST · by RandFan · 23 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Matthew Boyle
    Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), a leading ally of President Donald Trump, told reporters in a brief conference call after a meeting with the president on Wednesday that Trump is planning withdrawals of U.S. forces from Syria and Afghanistan and will instead reinvest U.S. resources wasted there in rebuilding the United States. In Syria, U.S. armed forces have been fighting the Islamic State or ISIS, a terrorist group that once controlled significant territory and resources, but the administration insists that ISIS has been defeated. As such, Trump is moving to withdraw all U.S. forces from Syria. In Afghanistan, U.S. troops have...
  • Rand Paul: Bring the troops home from Afghanistan!

    01/15/2019 7:50:09 PM PST · by RandFan · 45 replies
    Twitter ^ | Rand Paul
    @RandPaul I agree with @realDonaldTrump! It’s time to declare victory in Afghanistan and bring our troops home. We spend $46 BILLION a year in Afghanistan! How about we take that money and build roads and bridges and strengthen border security here in America? #AmericaFirst
  • Rand Paul Heading To Canada, Land Of Universal Health Care, For Surgery

    01/15/2019 9:52:39 AM PST · by TangledUpInBlue · 35 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 1/15 | Mary Huffenpuss
    Ardent foe of socialized medicine Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is planning to undergo hernia surgery this month in Canada, where medical care is publicly funded and universally provided. Paul, who is not covered by the Canadian health care system, will pay out of pocket for the operation, an aide told Politico. The surgery is set to take place at Shouldice Hernia Hospital in Ontario, a “world renowned hospital,” the senator’s spokeswoman Kelsey Cooper said. Information about the surgery, scheduled for Jan. 21, was revealed in court papers in Paul’s civil lawsuit against neighbor Rene Boucher, the Louisville Courier-Journal reported. According...
  • The 7 Republicans who voted against back pay for furloughed workers

    01/14/2019 8:39:57 PM PST · by RandFan · 32 replies
    The Hill ^ | NIV ELIS AND JULIEGRACE BRUFKE
    The House and Senate this week voted overwhelmingly to provide back pay to about 800,000 federal workers who are going without paychecks because of the partial government shutdown. But seven lawmakers — all House Republicans — opposed the measure. Those "no" votes came from Reps. Justin Amash (Mich.), Andy Biggs (Ariz.), Paul Gosar (Ariz.), Glen Grothman (Wis.), Thomas Massie (Ky.), Chip Roy (Texas) and Ted Yoho (Fla.). President Trump on Thursday indicated he would sign the bill, leading to its passage by unanimous consent in the Senate later that day. On Friday, the House cleared the measure in a 411-7...
  • Senate passes bill guaranteeing back pay for workers after shutdown ends

    01/10/2019 7:45:13 PM PST · by conservative98 · 22 replies
    NY Post ^ | January 10, 2019 7:09 PM | Laura Italiano
    The Senate had good news and bad news for the 800,000 federal employees who won’t get paychecks on Friday because of the partial government shutdown: Yes, they will be paid, but no, not until there’s a deal to restore funding. The mixed news came Thursday afternoon, when senators voted unanimously to authorize the eventual post-shutdown funding of back pay. Once the House passes its own bill, President Trump will sign it, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said in calling the measure to a voice vote. “I had an opportunity to talk to President Trump a few moments ago, and wanted...
  • McConnell blocks Democrat House bills to reopen govt (hoists Schumer on his own petard)

    01/10/2019 4:26:14 PM PST · by Liz · 23 replies
    thehill.com ^ | 1/10/19 | JORDAIN CARNEY
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Rep-Ky.) on Thursday blocked two House-passed funding bills that would reopen the federal government. Sens. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Ben Cardin (D-Md.), surrounded by roughly two dozen of their Senate Democratic colleagues, tried to get consent to bring up a bill that would fund the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) through Feb. 8, as well as a separate package that would fund the remaining agencies without current-year appropriations through Sept. 30. But McConnell objected, arguing they would be "show votes" and saying that he and Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) made an "explicit commitment"...
  • Democrats shut down the Senate

    01/10/2019 2:19:04 PM PST · by Liberty7732 · 39 replies
    Senate Democrats on Thursday began a “blockade” of all legislation after Senate Republicans refused to consider two House-passed bills that would fund partially shut down government agencies without money for a border wall. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., on Thursday morning blocked the two bills that were introduced by the two Democratic senators from Maryland, where thousands of federal government workers reside. Democrats made it clear afterward that they wouldn't agree to take up any bills other than those to reopen the government. “It’s my commitment to my federal workers and our country that the first order of business...
  • Democrats shut down the Senate

    01/10/2019 1:34:23 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 87 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | January 10, 2019 | by Susan Ferrechio
    Senate Democrats on Thursday began a “blockade” of all legislation after Senate Republicans refused to consider two House-passed bills that would fund partially shut down government agencies without money for a border wall. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., on Thursday morning blocked the two bills that were introduced by the two Democratic senators from Maryland, where thousands of federal government workers reside. Democrats made it clear afterward that they wouldn't agree to take up any bills other than those to reopen the government. “It’s my commitment to my federal workers and our country that the first order of business...
  • $60k reward offered for fugitive armored truck theft suspect

    01/09/2019 3:49:48 PM PST · by SMGFan · 5 replies
    WAVE ^ | January 9, 2019
    LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Louisville Metro Police have announced new details surrounding theft from an armored vehicle and the suspect, missing since the beginning of December. Police said GardaWorld employee Mark N. Espinosa, 29, went missing while performing his duties at Jefferson Mall on December 5, 2018. LMPD and the FBI have been conducting a joint investigation ever since. A federal arrest warrant was issued for Espinosa on December 10. Investigations have led police to rule out the possibility of this being a random act of violence, and instead believe Espinosa took steps to plan the theft and cover his...
  • Chuck Schumer moves to block pro-Israel bill to protest shutdown

    01/07/2019 6:07:00 PM PST · by SJackson · 41 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | January 07, 2019 | Susan Ferrechio
    The Senate late Tuesday will hold a procedural vote on a bill that supports Israel by allowing state and local governments to divest from entities that boycott, divest from, or sanction Israel because of its occupation of the West Bank. The provision is part of legislation numbered “S.1” that was to be the very first bill senators debate in the 116th Congress. In addition to the BDS language, it includes several Middle East security provisions such as new authorities for sanctioning Bashar Assad's regime in Syria and reauthorization of security assistance to Israel. But Schumer, D-N.Y., and Sen. Ben Cardin,...
  • No Kentucky county has 10 percent unemployment for the first time since 2000

    01/06/2019 1:01:08 PM PST · by Republican Wildcat · 9 replies
    WKYT ^ | 1/3/2019 | WKYT News Staff
    FRANKFORT, Ky. (WKYT) - New state unemployment data shows none of Kentucky's 120 counties are reporting 10 percent. Magoffin County has the highest unemployment rate in the state, but its rate has dropped to 9.9 percent. This is the first time since October 2000 Kentucky has had single-digit percentage unemployment for all its counties. 107 counties reported a decrease in unemployment while nine counties reported an increase. Most of the counties with the highest unemployment rates are in eastern Kentucky. Woodford County has the lowest unemployment rate at 2.5 percent.
  • Gallup: Pelosi 38% Favorable, 48% Unfavorable

    01/03/2019 10:38:17 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 3, 2019 | 10:58 AM EST | Michael W. Chapman
    As the new 116th Congress is sworn in today, Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) — who likely will be elected Speaker of the House by her colleagues — is viewed favorably by 38% of Americans and unfavorably by 48% of Americans, according to a recent Gallup survey. For comparison, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is viewed favorably by 30% of Americans and unfavorably by 48% of Americans. Congress overall — House and Senate — has an approval rating of 18% and a disapproval rating of 75%, according to Gallup. In the survey, Gallup asked Americans’ views of U.S. congressional leaders....
  • Rand Paul slams Mitt Romney: 'a big government Republican'

    01/02/2019 11:14:28 AM PST · by RandFan · 57 replies
    Washington is already taking sides in the battle between President Trump and incoming Utah Sen. Mitt Romney, with Trump ally Sen. Rand Paul slamming the 2012 GOP presidential nominee. Paul tweeted that Romney is a “Big Government Republican” and a faux conservative, and a top Paul aide said that Trump is delivering on his promises.
  • Thousands of sausage products recalled [ZEIGLER]

    01/02/2019 10:18:28 AM PST · by Red Badger · 20 replies
    www.kcrg.com ^ | Updated: Tue 8:06 AM, Jan 01, 2019 | Staff
    SELMA, Ala. (CNN) - Thousands of pounds of sausage products may contain metal bits in them. Pixabay / MGN The U-S-D-A announced yesterday that R-L Zeigler Company has recalled nearly 12,000 pounds of its products. The recalled items include the 24-oz plastic packages of "Zeigler a Tradition of Great Taste Red Hots" and its "Extra Hot Zeigler a Tradition of Great Taste Red Hots" version. No word on how the metal pieces could have made it into the sausages and there are no reports of side effects to the products.
  • 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
  • The 10 Whitest States in America

    12/30/2018 1:07:20 PM PST · by EveningStar · 109 replies
    YouTube ^ | December 27, 2018 | Nick Johnson
    Where do the most white people live in America? We looked at the last 10 years of demographic data to find out the answer.
  • Goodlatte and Gowdy Send Letter Outlining Joint Investigation

    12/29/2018 7:17:46 PM PST · by bitt · 73 replies
    WASHINGTON, DC – House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-SC) sent a letter to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Inspector General Michael Horowitz, and Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker outlining the Committees’ joint investigation into decisions made by the Department of Justice in 2016 and 2017. The letter sent to Majority Leader McConnell, Mr. Horowitz, and Mr. Whitaker can be found HERE.
  • Liz Cheney Throws in Digs at Rand in Her Critique of Syria Withdrawal

    12/29/2018 11:30:13 AM PST · by rintintin · 71 replies
    Townhall ^ | Dec 27 2019 | Cortney O'Brien
    Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) added her name to the long list of lawmakers to publicly oppose President Trump's decision to pull U.S. troops out of Syria. She minced no words during her appearance on "Face the Nation" over the weekend. "I am deeply, deeply concerned, and I oppose strongly the president's decision apparently to withdraw troops from Syria, the apparent decision that we're now going to be looking to withdraw troops from Afghanistan," Cheney said. "I think the president has done a lot of very good things in terms of beginning to rebuild our military, getting out of the Iranian...