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  • Grassley pressures Fusion GPS to testify publicly about Trump dossier

    01/03/2018 12:39:21 PM PST · by mojito · 19 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/3/2018 | Olivia Beavers
    Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (Iowa-R) is pushing back on Fusion GPS, the opposition research firm that helped assemble the controversial "Steele dossier" about President Trump. The co-founders of Fusion GPS, Glenn Simpson and Peter Fritsch, wrote a blistering op-ed for The New York Times on Tuesday slamming the GOP's investigations into the dossier. They accused Republicans of selectively leaking details of their testimony to the press and demanded that full transcripts be released. But Grassley, whose panel interviewed Simpson in August, in a statement Wednesday said Simpson has already been invited to testify publicly about the dossier, adding that...
  • Manafort files lawsuit charging Mueller probe is illegal; says he was double-crossed

    01/03/2018 12:30:34 PM PST · by jazusamo · 153 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 3, 2018 | Rowan Scarborough
    Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort is directly challenging Special Counsel Robert Mueller, charging in a law suit filed on Wednesday that the prosecutor lacked the legal authority to investigate and indict him on pre-2016 money laundering charges. Calling the indictment “fanciful,” attorney Kevin Downing’s suit in U.S. District Court says Mr. Mueller was appointed in May with a mandate to investigate possible Russia-Trump campaign collusion in the hacking of Democrat Party computers.
  • Atlantic Magazine Editor Wants Trump's Brain Examined By Committee

    01/03/2018 12:25:23 PM PST · by PJ-Comix · 44 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | January 3, 2018 | P.J. Gladnick
    Because President Donald Trump has been spotted holding water bottles a few times with both hands, a committee should be formed to examine his brain in order to make recommendations about his removal from office via the 25th Amendment. Such is the fantasy of one James Hamblin, a senior editor at Atlantic magazine who, perhaps, should have his brain examined for proposing such a nutty idea.  Hamblin even analyzed Trump's speech patterns when he was interviewed years ago by Larry King and Oprah to make the determination for brain analysis by committee. This bizarre proposal comes as no real surprise since...
  • Judge Puts the Brakes on FedEx Suit Over 'Highjacked' Account

    01/03/2018 12:24:54 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 2 replies
    Daily Report ^ | Jan 03, 2018 | Greg Land
    U.S. District Judge Thomas Thrash dismissed a lawsuit claiming a man defrauded FedEx by accessing a corporate shipping account offering discounted rates, then charging third parties higher rates to ship items.A federal judge has dumped claims that FedEx Corp. was defrauded of more than $1.5 million by a man who “highjacked” a corporate account offering discounted shipping rates, then charged third parties inflated rates to pocket a profit. The ruling lets defendant Dimitar Petlechkov off the hook for FedEx’s claims for fraud, unjust enrichment and tortious interference with business relations, but he still faces criminal charges in Tennessee, where FedEx...
  • Specially timed signals ease tinnitus symptoms in first test aimed at condition's root cause

    01/03/2018 12:20:30 PM PST · by Red Badger · 41 replies ^ | January 3, 2018 | University of Michigan
    A closeup view of the skin-stimulating electrodes and earphones used to deliver the specially timed signals. Credit: University of Michigan ======================================================================================================================================================================= Millions of Americans hear ringing in their ears—a condition called tinnitus—but a new study shows an experimental device could help quiet the phantom sounds by targeting unruly nerve activity in the brain. In a new paper in Science Translational Medicine, a team from the University of Michigan reports the results of the first animal tests and clinical trial of the approach, including data from 20 human tinnitus patients. Based on years of scientific research into the root causes...
  • U.S. Envoy Calls for Emergency U.N. Session on Iran Protests

    01/03/2018 12:19:11 PM PST · by GonzoII · 18 replies
    AFP/Breitbart via Value Bit ^ | January 3, 2018 | By Breitbart
    (AFP) — UNITED NATIONS — The US Ambassador to the United Nations called on the international community to speak out on the unfolding protests in Iran, saying the US would seek emergency UN talks on the situation. “The people of Iran are crying out for freedom,” Nikki Haley said at a news conference. “All freedom-loving people must stand with their cause.” She said the United States would be seeking emergency sessions of the UN Security Council and the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Commission in the coming days. Haley rejected as “complete nonsense” charges by Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei...
  • Cath Cauc: Is the Dictator Pope about to launch an attack on the faithful Bishops of Kazakhstan

    01/03/2018 12:17:58 PM PST · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    Vox Cantoris ^ | January 3, 2018 | Vox Cantoris
    Is the Dictator Pope about to launch an attack on the faithful Bishops of Kazakhstan - an attack of "fake news" and a media smear campaign? From Fra Cristoforo at Anonimi Della Cruce. It is a computer translation on which I have done a little editing. The quiet before the storm. What Bergoglio is preparing for the three Bishops of the Official Correction "of Fra Cristoforo There was no imagining it; -- all this silence on the part of the Vatican media (and those closely related to them) on the subject of the Official Correction. In fact, Bergoglio prepares...
  • Sanctuary state policies come at a cost

    01/03/2018 12:16:32 PM PST · by Mark · 18 replies
    Los Angeles Daily News ^ | 1/3/2018 | Editorial
    Editorial Sanctuary state policies come at a cost Consistent with campaign promises, the first year of Trump’s presidency saw a noticeable uptick in immigration enforcement. Unfortunately, much of it was against noncriminal undocumented immigrants. According to data released by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency last month, both arrests and deportations of undocumented immigrants without a criminal conviction increased significantly from prior years. Of the 143,470 administrative arrests made in fiscal year 2017, more than one in four of those arrested did not have a criminal conviction, with 10.8 percent not having any criminal record at all. Notably, “at-large”...
  • Survivors of 1993 Waco siege describe

    01/03/2018 12:10:11 PM PST · by Aliska · 83 replies
    ABC News ^ | January 3, 2018 | Pearson Wilking Effron
    When the sun rose on April 19, 1993, it marked the 51st day of a standoff between dozens of federal agents and members of an apocalyptic religious sect called the Branch Davidians, who had barricaded themselves in their compound outside Waco, Texas.
  • Trump's ICE chief call to arrest mayors of 'sanctuary cities' seen as 'outrageous threat'

    01/03/2018 12:04:50 PM PST · by Mariner · 72 replies
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | January 3rd, 2018 | Todd J. Gillman James Barragán
    WASHINGTON - The head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement wants the Justice Department to prosecute mayors and other political leaders in so-called "sanctuary cities" that limit cooperation with federal immigration authorities. "We need to hold these politicians accountable for their actions," Thomas Homan told Fox News. "This isn't the America I grew up in. We got to take these sanctuary cities on. We got to take them to court. And we got to start charging some of these politicians with crimes." Such a policy would dramatically raise the stakes for immigrant-friendly cities and states that have clashed with the administration....
  • Punisher Actor Addresses Character's Place In Gun Rights Issues & The Alt-Right

    01/03/2018 12:00:35 PM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 29 replies
    Newsarama Films & TV ^ | 01/03/18 | By Chris Arrant, Editor
    The Punisher star Jon Bernthal has spoken out about the connection between the gun-toting Marvel character the current debate on gun violence in the United States, telling Esquire that he is for gun-rights - and owns one himself - but he believes there are unresolved issues in the United States' gun laws. “I’m a gun owner. I have a gun in my house to keep my family safe. I’m trained in that gun’s use. I know how to keep it away from my kids, and I know how to use it if I need to," Bernthal explained. ”Should there be...
  • Bannon said there's 'zero' chance Trump didn't know about Don Jr.'s Russia meeting: report

    01/03/2018 11:59:09 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 106 replies ^ | 01/03/18 | Max Greenwood
    Former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon said there was "zero" chance that President Trump was not aware of a controversial 2016 meeting at Trump Tower between one of his sons and a Russian lawyer, according to a new book. According to MSNBC, which tweeted an excerpt from Michael Wolff's upcoming book, "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House," Bannon said that it was likely Donald Trump Jr. took lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya and others up to his father's office during the meeting. “The chance that Don. Jr did not walk these Jumos up to his father’s office on the...
  • Unhinged Disney Visitors Scream at Robo-Trump in Hall of Presidents (video)

    01/03/2018 11:58:52 AM PST · by simpson96 · 30 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 12/29/2017 | Megan Fox
    I knew this would happen the minute I saw that the robo-Trump animatronic likeness was ready to join the Hall of Presidents at Walt Disney World. First, there were rumors that Disney actually made a Hillary-bot (expecting her to win) and then had to rig it to look like Trump. They failed. It doesn't. But I predicted that the next controversy to hit Disney World would be related to the Trump-bot (and I told several people to wait for it because it's coming). The Trump Derangement Syndrome (TDS) sufferers aren't going to let you and your tots have a nice...
  • Vanity: Why Journalism Might Not Be What It Used To Be

    01/03/2018 11:57:03 AM PST · by RinaseaofDs · 12 replies
    The Intercept ^ | January 3, 2018 | James Risen
    I believe this is one of the most important stories in the last 20 years. I think it corroborates what many of us believe here on FR, which is that both parties have it in for all of us. Set aside this reporter worked for the NYT. I think when you read this, you'll get a sense for what a funhouse mirror everything seems to be. I have no blog. Read this and it will change you, regardless of your political stripe.
  • Judges deny Dem. motion to reconsider tied Va. House race

    01/03/2018 11:50:04 AM PST · by COBOL2Java · 16 replies
    WTOP News [Washington DC] ^ | January 3, 2018 12:39 pm | Max Smith | @amaxsmith
    The disputed ballot that ended the race in a tie. Democrat Shelly Simonds had asked the court to reverse course and declare her the winner. (Ballot in court documents) WASHINGTON — A recount court has denied Democrat Shelly Simonds’ request to reconsider its finding that Virginia’s 94th District House race ended in a tie at 11,608 votes. The ruling, issued Wednesday, means the random drawing scheduled to decide the outcome of the recount between Simonds and Republican Del. David Yancey is set to move forward as planned Thursday morning barring any snow-related delays. (The Department of Elections said no schedule...
  • France’s Macron Tells EU ‘Fellow Citizens’ to Resist ‘Nationalists’, Euroskeptics in 2018

    01/03/2018 11:49:09 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Breitbart London ^ | 03 Jan 2018 | Victoria Friedman
    Globalist French President Emmanuel Macron told citizens in European Union (EU) countries to resist “nationalists and skeptics” and support him as he pushes for greater integration of the bloc. Breaking from tradition by addressing “fellow citizens” in the EU rather than solely the citizens of the country he was elected to govern, President Macron told television viewers on Sunday evening: “2018 is a very special year, and I will need you this year.” “I need for us, together, not to give way on anything, neither to nationalists nor to the skeptics,” he said, in a thinly veiled attack on Central...
  • Head of Iran Guards declares 'end of the sedition'

    01/03/2018 11:48:26 AM PST · by Red Badger · 18 replies
    AFP ^ | 01/03/2017 | Staff
    Iran's Revolutionary Guards chief announced the "end of the sedition" Wednesday as tens of thousands rallied in a show of strength for the country's Islamic rulers after days of deadly unrest. General Mohammad Ali Jafari said the Guards only intervened "in a limited way" against fewer than 15,000 "trouble-makers" nationwide, adding that a large number had been arrested. The White House declared it would seek new sanctions against those involved in the crackdown. Protests over economic problems broke out in Iran's second city Mashhad last week and quickly spread across the country, turning against the regime as a whole. A...
  • AZ Army National Guard soldiers deploying to Guantanamo Bay in Cuba

    01/03/2018 11:47:44 AM PST · by Pollard · 16 replies
    fox 10 Phoenix ^ | Dec 29 2017
    An Arizona Army National Guard unit will begin the New Year in Cuba. They're deploying to Guantanamo Bay for approximately nine months. "There was some discussion some time back about actually shutting it down. Right now that's not what's going to happen so it's still very important for us service members to be prepared to go and continue that mission," said Arizona Army National Guard Command Sergeant Major Fidel Zamora. That's exactly what nearly 50 Arizona Army National Guard soldiers will soon be doing. These soldiers leaving for Guantanamo Bay in the coming days in support of Operation Enduring Freedom....
  • Student protester hit by car as she blocked freeway sues UC San Diego

    01/03/2018 11:47:13 AM PST · by simpson96 · 79 replies
    The College Fix ^ | 1/3/2018 | Mark McGreal
    The University of California-San Diego is now embroiled in a personal injury lawsuit after an election protest gone wrong. Mariana Flores, a sophomore at UCSD, was demonstrating against Donald Trump’s victory on a busy San Diego freeway when a vehicle hit her. The accident crushed her pelvis, fractured her leg, and caused other serious injuries, reported The Guardian campus newspaper. Flores, in her suit filed in late November, partly blames campus officials for her injury, arguing they should have stopped the protest before it got dangerous, according to news reports.(snip) In an interview with The Guardian, Gene Sullivan, Flores’s lawyer,...
  • Trump blasts Bannon, says former top aide 'lost his mind'

    01/03/2018 11:41:44 AM PST · by ItsOnlyDaryl · 39 replies
    Scope News ^ | 1.3.18 | Chris Agee
    Following the release of excerpts from a forthcoming book in which former White House strategist Steve Bannon unleashed on his former colleagues, President Donald Trump issued a scathing response Wednesday. According to NBC News, the new book, “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” was written by columnist Michael Wolff. Bannon is quoted as criticizing individuals close to the president, including Donald Trump Jr., calling his controversial meeting with a Russian lawyer during the 2016 campaign both “treasonous” and “unpatriotic.”