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  • With Friends Like Angela Merkel, Does Israel Need Enemies?

    12/12/2018 11:30:57 AM PST · by jazusamo
    PJ Media ^ | December 12, 2018 | P. David Hornik
    Last Saturday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union Party voted down a motion to freeze funding for the Palestinian Authority until it stops its “pay to slay” imbursements to terrorists and their families. The motion stated that “with the payments, the PA knowingly and willingly supports terror against Israel and makes this a worthy financial business.” But Merkel’s party wasn’t moved. One day later, a Palestinian terror attack seriously wounded a pregnant woman. The baby, who was delivered in an emergency procedure, held out for a few days and died on Wednesday. In October during a visit to...
  • Julian Castro moves closer to 2020 presidential run with exploratory committee

    12/12/2018 11:30:03 AM PST · by C19fan · 6 replies
    CNN ^ | December 12, 2018 | Caroline Kelly, Arlette Saenz and Dan Merica
    Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro on Wednesday launched a presidential exploratory committee, a significant step toward mounting a presidential bid in 2020. Castro said he would make an announcement about his plans on January 12 in Texas. Castro's decision to form an exploratory committee, which is often seen as a formality before starting a presidential campaign and allows him to start raising money, gives him a jumpstart in what's expected to be a crowded Democratic field, which already consists of two declared candidates -- Rep. John Delaney of Maryland and Richard Ojeda, a former congressional candidate in...
  • Sesame Street introduces homeless Muppet to raise awareness

    12/12/2018 11:27:33 AM PST · by SMGFan · 10 replies
    EW ^ | December 12, 2018
    As Sesame Street gives one of its Muppets a new story, the children’s show continues to confront important issues with viewers. Lily, a previously introduced character, has become the first homeless puppet on the program in an effort to raise awareness of childhood homelessness. In a heartbreaking moment from a series of online videos, her schoolmates make their way out, but Lily hesitates. “I miss our apartment and now we don’t have our own place to live,” she says. “And sometimes I wonder if we’ll ever have our own home again.” With help from her friends, she learns that “home...
  • Illegal Immigration Last Month Hit Highest Level in Over a Decade

    12/12/2018 11:23:47 AM PST · by dennisw · 4 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 10 Dec 2018 | John Binder
    Illegal immigration skyrocketed to the highest level in more than a decade for the month of November, as President Trump’s border wall remains unfunded by the Republican-controlled Congress. Last month, illegal immigration at the United States-Mexico border soared to levels that the country has not seen since Fiscal Year 2014, when more than 51,500 illegal aliens tried to cross the border in April 2015. In November 2018, there were close to 52,000 border crossings on the southern border, alone, marking the highest level of illegal immigration in the month of November since 2006. The continuing rise of illegal immigration at...
  • Vatican No. 3 Cardinal George Pell Convicted on Charges He Sexually Abused Choir Boys

    12/12/2018 11:14:07 AM PST · by Anti-Bubba182 · 12 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 12-11-18 | Lachlan Cartwright
    The Vatican’s third most powerful official has been convicted in Australia on all charges he sexually abused two choir boys there in the late '90s, according to two sources with knowledge of the case. A unanimous jury returned its verdict for Cardinal George Pell on Tuesday (Australian time) after more than three days of deliberations, the sources said, in a trial conducted under a gag order by the judge that prevented any details of the trial being made public.....
  • LGBTQ Elected Officials’ Letter to the 116th Congress (Gay Agenda for Congress)

    12/12/2018 10:56:38 AM PST · by yesthatjallen · 20 replies
    Victory Instittute ^ | 12/12/18 | Staff
    The following letter was drafted after a closed-door convening of LGBTQ elected officials at LGBTQ Victory Institute’s International LGBTQ Leaders Conference on Thursday, December 6, 2018. Dear Members of Congress: We are writing to you as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex (LGBTQI) elected officials. We serve our communities as Members of Congress, Governors, State Legislators, Mayors, City Councilmembers and School Board Members. We represent diverse communities throughout our great nation. We are writing to request that you move forward with four key initiatives to further advance the rights of LGBTQI Americans: 1. Passage of The Equality Act The...
  • New Jersey Assaults the First and Second Amendments

    12/12/2018 10:55:48 AM PST · by lowbridge · 7 replies ^ | December 12, 2018 | Bob Barr
    You can still rant in New Jersey about Donald Trump, or call conservatives any manner of vile names.  But, if you try to communicate online about certain firearms matters, Bingo!  The “Garden State” authorities will come after you for daring to provide instructions for readers to learn how to print plans for a 3-D firearm. This is not about criminalizing the possession of such an instrument (New Jersey competes with its older brother in making it extremely difficult to legally own a firearm at all).  The new law makes it illegal to even communicate how to print one. Insidiously, New...
  • Manafort, Cohen were prosecuted for tax matters that could have been resolved by civil settlement

    12/12/2018 10:50:50 AM PST · by roses of sharon · 6 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 12/12/18 | Rowan Scarborough
    Paul Manafort thought he was in the clear in the summer of 2014 after meeting with federal prosecutors and FBI agents about his Ukrainian income, bank records and income tax returns. Michael Cohen was charged so quickly he never got a chance to meet with the Justice Department’s Tax Division to negotiate a non-criminal solution to his tax evasion, a court filing says. Today, both men stand convicted of tax cheating in indictments brought by special counsel Robert Mueller and the U.S. attorney’s office in Manhattan in 2017-2018. The two have other similarities. Manafort and Cohen worked closely with President...
  • Google Approves App For Muslims to Report People Who Commit Blasphemy, Insult Islam

    12/12/2018 10:42:16 AM PST · by bitt · 25 replies
    GATEWAY PUNDIT ^ | 12/10/2018 | Christina Laila
    Google approved a new Android app called “Smart Pakem,” which would help Muslims in Indonesia report their fellow countrymen if they dare commit blasphemy, or insult Mohammed or Islam While Google is busy silencing, deplatforming and punishing Christians and conservatives, they are happily advancing Sharia law across the world
  • Donald Trump: ‘The People Would Revolt’ If Democrats Tried To Impeach Me

    12/12/2018 10:15:38 AM PST · by blam · 83 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12-12-2018 | Charlie Spierling
    President Donald Trump dismissed the notion that Democrats would try to impeach him, asserting that his supporters would revolt. “I’m not concerned, no. I think that the people would revolt if that happened,” he said in an interview with Reuters on Tuesday when asked about the possibility of impeachment. Trump did not appear worried, despite the ongoing Russia investigation and criminal charges against his private lawyer Michael Cohen. Trump: People Would 'Revolt' If I'm Impeached “It’s hard to impeach somebody who hasn’t done anything wrong and who’s created the greatest economy in the history of our country,” Trump said. The...
  • South Texas Butterfly Sanctuary Threatened By Trump's Border Wall

    12/12/2018 10:07:41 AM PST · by dennisw · 68 replies
    NPR ^ | December 3, 20185:23 PM ET | Sam Gringlas
    President Trump is pushing for more money to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. The debate could come to a head as Congress nears a deadline to fund parts of the government. Some sections of the border already have a wall. And in many areas, building more wall means cutting through private property. In South Texas, NPR's Cristina Cala and Sam Gringlas visited a place where that conflict is already playing out. SAM GRINGLAS, BYLINE: We're just looking at dozens and dozens of these red and black butterflies. CHRISTINA CALA, BYLINE: Like a cloud of butterflies - just one...
  • Students walkout to protest firing of Christian teacher for opposing transgender pronoun use rules

    12/12/2018 10:02:17 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 12/12/2018 | By Leah MarieAnn Klett,
    Students at a public high school have demonstrated their support for a Christian teacher fired from his position because he refused to refer to a trans-identified student by their preferred pronoun. Less than 24 hours after the West Point, Virginia school board unanimously voted to terminate high school French instructor Peter Vlaming, a large group of students walked out of their classes to protest the decision. “He's an amazing man,” student Wyatt Pedersen told WWBT News. “I think he really was going with what he believed was right and it's really unfair that he’s being punished for that, especially in...
  • California Now Wants to Tax Your Text Messages. Here's Why

    12/12/2018 9:52:00 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 46 replies
    Fortune ^ | 12/12/2018 | Lucas Laursen
    Have you found yourself texting people instead of calling them? Sure. Have you stopped to debate whether texting is a form of “telecommunications” or an “information service?” Chances are the answer is “no”. California’s Public Utilities Commission (PUC) is betting you haven’t either — and the difference matters because the commission has jurisdiction over telecommunications, which includes telephone calls. What’s more, it wants to extend an existing tax on calls to include text messages, the Mercury News reports. Should it get its way, then Californians may soon be taxed on every text they send from their cell phones. Gather round,...
  • Migrant group demands Trump either let them in or pay them each $50G to turn around: report

    12/12/2018 9:37:57 AM PST · by conservative98 · 64 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 12, 2018 | Louis Casiano
    Two groups of Central American migrants marched to the U.S. Consulate in Tijuana on Tuesday with a list of demands, with one group delivering an ultimatum to the Trump administration: either let them in the U.S. or pay them $50,000 each to go home, a report said. Among other demands were that deportations be halted and that asylum seekers be processed faster and in greater numbers, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported. The first group of caravan members, which included about 100 migrants, arrived at the consulate around 11 a.m. Alfonso Guerreo Ulloa, an organizer from Honduras, said the $50,000 figure...
  • Senate set to vote on competing Saudi Arabia measures; McConnell urges restraint

    12/12/2018 9:27:59 AM PST · by jazusamo · 20 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 12, 2018 | Ben Wolfgang
    With the chamber set to take up two competing measures denouncing Saudi Arabia and its crown prince, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Wednesday morning urged his colleagues to show restraint and embrace a more modest bill that would condemn Riyadh for the killing of a U.S. journalist but wouldn’t formally cut off all backing for Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen. Speaking on the Senate floor, Mr. McConnell, Kentucky Republican, told fellow senators they should vote against a bipartisan bill that would end all U.S. support for Saudi Arabia’s war against Houthi rebels in Yemen. Instead, he said lawmakers should...
  • FactChecking the Trump-Pelosi-Schumer Scuffle

    12/12/2018 9:21:57 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies ^ | 12/12/2018 | By Robert Farley, Jessica McDonald, Eugene Kiely, Lori Robertson and D'Angelo Gore
    In a contentious Oval Office meeting, President Donald Trump and the Democratic congressional leaders — Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer — disagreed over funding for a border wall, mangling some facts in the process. The president claimed that “a lot of the wall is built,” and he cited statistics purporting to show “it’s very effective” at stopping illegal immigration. But his figures correspond to those in a Customs and Border Protection video on various border security strategies deployed before he took office, from 1992 to 2016. And in most sectors Trump cited as successful, there is very little fencing...
  • 6 days after Mueller recs. no Flynn jail time- NYSlimes twists it to Flynn "begging"

    12/12/2018 9:20:47 AM PST · by John S Mosby · 6 replies
    NY SLIMES ^ | Dec. 11, 2018 | Adam Goldman
    " Lawyers for Michael T. Flynn, President Trump’s first national security adviser, asked a federal judge late Tuesday to spare him prison time for misleading investigators, and they suggested that the F.B.I. agents who interviewed him last year at the White House had tricked him into lying......."
  • Michael Cohen Gets 3 Years....

    12/12/2018 9:20:13 AM PST · by Trump_the_Evil_Left · 50 replies
    NBC News ^ | 12/12/18 | By Tom Winter, Hannah Rappleye, Jonathan Dienst and Minyvonne Burke
    An emotional Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's former lawyer and fixer, was sentenced Wednesday to 3 years after pleading guilty to nine federal charges stemming from his failure to report millions of dollars in income making secret payments to women who claimed they had affairs with Trump. One of the charges Cohen pleaded guilty to included a separate charge, stemming from Robert Mueller's probe into Tump's potential collusion with Russia, that he lied to Congress about his dealings with a proposed Trump Tower in Moscow.
  • Spotify Gives Up San Francisco Headquarters (And Tax Breaks) Over Safety Concerns

    12/12/2018 9:13:40 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/12/2018 | John Sexton
    Spotify, the streaming music company, left its San Francisco headquarters in the Mid-Market area over concerns about the safety of its employees. The departure means the company will no longer be eligible for special tax breaks given to a number of tech companies who moved into the area including Twitter. From the San Francisco Chronicle: The Swedish tech company leased three floors of office space in a 1922 building at 988 Market St. that includes the Warfield theater concert venue. It was a “perfect fit” for the music-focused company, Spotify said at the time.But in the past month, the...
  • Trump's ex-lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen sentenced to 3 years in prison

    12/12/2018 9:12:55 AM PST · by conservative98 · 20 replies
    CNBC ^ | Published 3 Mins Ago | Dan Mangan Kevin Breuninger
    Michael Cohen, the former personal lawyer and fixer for President Donald Trump, was sentenced Wednesday to three years in prison.