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  • Sessions told White House that Rosenstein’s firing could prompt his departure, too

    04/20/2018 4:12:28 PM PDT · by Magnatron · 271 replies
    Attorney General Jeff Sessions recently told the White House he might have to leave his job if President Trump fired his deputy, Rod J. Rosenstein, who oversees the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, according to people familiar with the exchange. Sessions made his position known in a phone call to White House counsel Donald McGahn last weekend, as Trump’s fury at Rosenstein peaked after the deputy attorney general approved the FBI’s raid April 9 on the president’s personal attorney Michael Cohen.
  • Why More Taxpayer Funding to Elon Musk’s Big F-ing Rocket Would Be a Big F-ing Mistake

    04/21/2018 9:13:50 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 60 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 21, 2018 | Beau Rothschild
    For years now, the Pentagon has been in the market for new heavy-lift launch vehicles – rockets that can lift between 44,000 to 110,000 pounds. Currently, the only market options available are either too costly or too reliant on Russian-made parts.To that end, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk announced that he will begin devoting most of his company’s efforts on developing the “BFR” – short for Big F-ing Rocket – which will allegedly be so huge and powerful that it will make the company’s previous rocket lines outdated in just a few short years. Musk stated at the South by Southwest...
  • 83-year-old executed in Alabama is oldest inmate put to death in modern US history

    04/19/2018 9:06:16 PM PDT · by Blue House Sue · 61 replies
    CNN ^ | 4/19/18 | Steve Almasy and Jamiel Lynch
    (CNN)Alabama has executed Walter Leroy Moody, 83, who had been convicted of murder for the mail bombing death of a federal judge in 1989. Moody is the oldest person put to death since the Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976, according to figures compiled by the Death Penalty Information Center. Earlier Thursday, the Supreme Court denied the appeals from Moody's attorney after temporarily delaying his death by lethal injection.
  • NFL player Don Jones takes teen to prom for special-needs students

    04/17/2018 9:03:37 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 20 replies
    CBS "News" ^ | April 17, 2018
    MOULTON, Ala. -- A special-needs student had a one-of-a-kind prom date when an NFL player returned to his home county in Alabama to take her to the dance. Don Jones is a 27-year-old defensive back for the San Francisco 49ers who is from Lawrence County. He told WBRC-TV it was a "blessing" to go to the prom Friday night with 18-year-old Lindsey Preston, who has Down syndrome. Jones is a family friend. His mother taught Preston in elementary school. Preston's mom, Kristi Martin, told The Associated Press that Jones danced with all the students and "made everybody feel special." Jones...
  • Boehner's bombshell weed reversal a big boost for marijuana

    04/11/2018 8:02:36 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 65 replies
    MSN ^ | 04/11/2018 | Kristine Owram
    The pot industry panicked when U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions ended the government’s hands-off policy on weed. Today, it can breathe a bit easier as former Republican House Speaker John Boehner joins the advisory board of U.S. cannabis producer Acreage Holdings. ~SNIP~ The announcement that Boehner and former Massachusetts Governor William Weld will advise Acreage, a private company, “should send shockwaves throughout the industry and act as a positive catalyst for the sector as a whole,” Ajamian said. Boehner’s move marks a fundamental shift for a man who said nine years ago he was “unalterably opposed” to legalization, and indicates...
  • Alabama football champs ‘honored’ to visit White House; no knees, protests.......

    04/10/2018 10:54:16 PM PDT · by caww · 36 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | April 10, 2018 | Paul Bedard
    The University of Alabama champion Crimson Tide football team showed up for their day at the White House on Tuesday, with several following Coach Nick Saban in saying it was an honor. “You know, not many people get invited to the White House, so not many people get invited to see the president and meet the president. So this is a special day for our team. A team that is being honored here because of their achievements in terms of winning the college football national championship, which makes me very proud,” said six-time championship winner Saban. “A special thanks to...
  • Jeff Bezos just donated $33 million in college scholarships for 'dreamers'

    01/12/2018 9:29:11 AM PST · by bitt · 77 replies
    cnbc.com ^ | 1/12/2018 | Sara Selinas
    Jeff Bezos just donated $33 million to 'dreamers' Jeff Bezos just donated $33 million to 'dreamers' 41 Mins Ago | 00:41 Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos donated $33 million in college scholarships for "dreamers" — childhood undocumented immigrants granted stay in the country under the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. TheDream.Us, a nonprofit working toward college access for undocumented immigrants, said the donation from Bezos and his wife MacKenzie is the largest in the organization's history and will fund 1,000 scholarships. "My dad came to the U.S. when he was 16 as part of Operation Pedro Pan," Bezos said...
  • An Alabama Sheriff, a Mystery Check and a Blogger Who Cried Foul (Uniformed Criminals)

    04/07/2018 6:48:52 AM PDT · by NRx · 24 replies
    NY Times ^ | 04-06-2018 | WALT BOGDANICH and GRACE ASHFORD
    DECATUR, Ala. — One evening last fall, an informant for the Morgan County sheriff entered the office of a small construction business near this old river town and, he said, secretly installed spyware on a company computer. He had no warrant. The sheriff, Ana Franklin, wanted to know who was leaking information about her to a blogger known as the Morgan County Whistleblower. The blogger had been zeroing in on the sheriff’s finances, specifically $150,000 that by law should have gone toward feeding inmates in the county jail. Instead it had been invested in a now-bankrupt used-car dealership run by...
  • Over a dozen states join Trump’s lawsuit against “Sanctuary State” California

    03/28/2018 7:41:52 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 18 replies
    LegalInsurrection.com ^ | 3-28-2018 | Leslie Eastman
    Earlier this month, we noted that California faced a lawsuit from the Department of Justice over its new status as a “Sanctuary State“. Several red and purple states have now boarded this particular “Trump Train”. Texas and more than a dozen other states led by Republican governors got behind the Trump administration on Monday in its lawsuit over California’s so-called sanctuary laws that protect people in the U.S. illegally. California’s laws are designed to interfere with or block federal immigration enforcement but the state does not have that authority, the other states said in a court filing in the U.S....
  • Republican Reynolds Wins Special Election in Alabama

    03/27/2018 6:50:45 PM PDT · by T Ruth · 58 replies
    Twitter ^ | 3/27/18 | Scott Presler
    Just saw this on Twitter: #ThePersistence ‏ Verified account @ScottPresler 13m13 minutes ago VICTORY: Congratulations to Rex Reynolds on his win in Alabama's 21st House District! This is a district that Doug Jones won with 55% of the vote. Thank you to everyone who voted. #AL21 #HD21 21 replies 176 retweets 405 likes
  • 36 Hours: From Leading Anti-Gun Violence Rally to Capital Murder Charges

    03/26/2018 4:09:14 PM PDT · by boycott · 38 replies
    DOTHAN - "Man, that's a brand new car," Reverend Kenneth Sharpton Glasgow told a bystander as he was escorted over to a Dothan Police Department vehicle Sunday night. The car he was referencing was a 2018 Toyota Camry that was in the middle of a murder crime scene at the intersection of Lake Street and Allen Road. Glasgow indicated to the bystander that the Camry belonged to him, and the vehicle may have had damage from gunshots. Glasgow, 52, wasn't wearing handcuffs, but he did ride in the backseat of the DPD vehicle away from the scene. "We were ducked...
  • Evan McMullin’s Secret Silicon Valley Donors

    12/10/2017 7:21:13 AM PST · by x1stcav · 15 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 12/10/17 | Peter Hasson
    Evan McMullin doesn’t want you to know who his donors are. The failed Never Trump presidential candidate has stayed in the public eye as a sort of attack dog against President Trump and other Republicans, while keeping secret the names of the donors paying him to do so. McMullin’s recently founded non-profit organization, Stand Up Republic, jumped into the Alabama Senate race this week with a $500,000 ad buy against Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore. One of the ads features a man saying Roy Moore “makes Republicans and us Christians look bad.”
  • Doug Jones Calls for Gun Control, Attacks NRA in First Senate Floor Speech

    03/22/2018 3:40:32 AM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 121 replies
    freebeacon ^ | March 21, 2018 | Haris Alic
    Sen. Doug Jones (D.), Alabama's new addition to the halls of Congress, used his maiden speech on the floor of the U.S. Senate to call for unity in the gun control debate, even while he attacked the National Rifle Association's "extreme positions" and called for sweeping gun control measures. Jones, who won a special election in December to fill the seat vacated when Jeff Sessions accepted his post as attorney general, began the speech on Wednesday by denouncing the partisan atmosphere of Washington, D.C. Jones, having denounced how partisanship and gridlock have replaced compromise and consensus, then segued into addressing...
  • The Latest: Significant damage at Jacksonville State (Alabama tornado)

    03/19/2018 8:07:18 PM PDT · by rdl6989 · 6 replies
    abcnews.go.com ^ | Mar 19, 2018
    Significant damage has been reported at Jacksonville State University in Alabama. Athletic director Greg Seitz said in a tweet Monday evening, "I can confirm we have major roof damage at Pete Mathews Coliseum, but The Pete is not completely destroyed." He said there was extensive damage in Jacksonville.
  • Obscure law allowed Alabama sheriff to LEGALLY pocket at least $750,000 in taxpayer funds [tr]

    03/16/2018 8:07:09 AM PDT · by Beautiful_Gracious_Skies · 37 replies
    A P ^ | March 16, 2018
    Full Title: Obscure pre-WWII law allowed Alabama sheriff Todd Entrekin to LEGALLY pocket at least $750,000 in taxpayer funds GADSDEN, Ala. — An Alabama sheriff legally used more than $750,000 of funds meant to feed inmates to purchase a beach house. Etowah County Sheriff Todd Entrekin told The Birmingham News he follows a state law passed before World War II that allows sheriffs to keep “excess” inmate-feeding funds for themselves. Entrekin reported on state ethics forms that he made “more than $250,000” each of the past three years through the funds. The sheriff’s annual salary is more than $93,000. He...
  • Records show Sessions, Strange put donors' interest first

    03/11/2018 11:10:57 AM PDT · by Bodleian_Girl · 19 replies
    The Birmingham News / AL.com ^ | 3/10/18 | Kyle Whitmire
    When state Rep. Oliver Robinson used the mantle of his office to fight an environmental cleanup effort in north Birmingham, he did so because he was paid. He spoke out in public meetings. He copied and pasted letters written for him by alleged co-conspirators onto his official letterhead. He encouraged people who lived in those polluted neighborhoods to not get their soil tested for toxic substances. Again, he did all this because he was getting paid. He said so in his plea deal with federal prosecutors. But when those same folks -- the ones accused of paying Robinson -- needed...
  • George Wallace, Jerry Brown: Same States’ Rights Struggle!

    03/07/2018 6:14:51 PM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 19 replies
    FinkelBlog ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    “States rights” was a curse in the mouths of liberals when it came to condemning southern segregationists in the Jim Crow era. But for liberals today, the right of states like California to defy federal immigration law has suddenly become a hallowed principle. Take Joseph Alioto Veronese, candidate for San Francisco DA. On his Fox News show tonight, Tucker Carlson challenged Veronese: “it is now illegal for private citizens in California to assist federal law enforcement authorities [regarding illegal immigration] . . . how is that different from what happened in the South in the ’50s and ’60s?” Responded Veronese:...
  • Why did Auburn grad kill himself in front of the White House?

    03/07/2018 10:46:42 AM PST · by bitt · 67 replies
    al.com ^ | 3/6/2018 | al.com
    Cameron Ross Burgess, known as just Cam to many friends, was a normal college student at Auburn University who liked to travel to the beach, watch movies and play video games, a former college friend said. "We were good friends in college," said Chris Call, in an interview with AL.com. "He liked to joke around. He was kind, had an infectious laugh."
  • Maxine Waters promises ‘reparations’ in 2020 ‘stump speech,’ vows to ‘take care’ of Ben Carson

    03/06/2018 12:52:05 AM PST · by Altura Ct. · 60 replies
    BizPac Review ^ | 3/5/2018
    Maxine Waters just cranked the identity politics up to “max.” The Democratic California congresswoman delivered an emotional address in Selma, Ala. on Saturday, telling her audience that she will sponsor legislation to provide African Americans with “reparations” for slavery if Democrats take back the House in this year’s midterm elections. Waters also took aim at President Trump, criticizing his feud with Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un. “This business about who’s the biggest, who’s the baddest, who’s got the biggest gun,” Waters said. “This president keeps edging that on. You know, he’s a bully. He has a bully mentality.” The 79-year-old lawmaker...
  • Trump advisor Kellyanne Conway violated Hatch Act in TV interviews, federal investigators say

    03/06/2018 10:20:06 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 71 replies
    CNBC ^ | 03/06/2018 | by Dan Mangan | Christina Wilkie
    Kellyanne Conway, a top advisor to President Donald Trump, violated the federal law prohibiting some political activity by high-level officials with her comments in two television interviews about the special election for a Senate seat from Alabama, the U.S. Office of Special Counsel said Tuesday. That investigatory office said it has sent its report on Conway's actions to Trump for "appropriate disciplinary action." But the White House quickly disputed the report's findings on Conway's so-called Hatch Act violations. The report said that in her two TV interviews, "Conway appeared in her official capacity" and in one case "advocated against one...