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  • Pence Casts Tie-Breaking Vote After Outgoing Republican Tries to Block Trump Nominee

    12/12/2018 3:33:20 PM PST · by naeim.darzi · 54 replies
    The Epoch Times ^ | December 12, 2018 | ZACHARY STIEBER
    Vice President and former Senator Mike Pence cast a tie-breaking vote to confirm a federal judge after outgoing Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) broke rank and voted against the nominee. The Republicans hold a slim majority in the Senate, 51-49, until the New Year. After that, the margin will widen to 53-47 as the GOP won several seats during the November midterms. Flake’s vote made the total 50-50, forcing Pence to step in and cast the tie-breaking vote in his role as the ex officio President of the Senate to confirm the nomination of Harvard Law School graduate Jonathan Kobes, 44,...
  • Trump Forces Chuck and Nancy to Debate Him in Front of America, They Didn't Like It

    12/11/2018 11:32:46 AM PST · by Kaslin · 183 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 11, 2018 | Katie Pavlich
    For the first time since the 2018-midterm elections, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi met with President Trump at the White House Tuesday. Their meeting was originally supposed to be closed press, but that all changed when the White House press pool was invited into the Oval Office to broadcast their remarks. President Trump started the meeting by thanking Pelosi and Schumer for showing up and made his case for additional border security. "I am proud to shut down the government over border security," Trump said. "I will take the mantle." "They're pouring into our...
  • Arpaio sues CNN for defamation after network wrongly calls him a 'felon'

    12/11/2018 9:50:02 AM PST · by jazusamo · 8 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | december 11, 2018 | Stephen Dinan
    Former Arizona lawman Joe Arpaio sued CNN on Monday, arguing the cable outlet inaccurately labeled him a “felon” in a broadcast and has made no efforts to correct its mistake. Mr. Arpaio was found guilty of a misdemeanor contempt of court last year, not a felony — and was quickly pardoned by President Trump. He has asked the courts to expunge his original misdemeanor conviction, in a case that’s still pending. In his lawsuit, filed in federal district court in Washington, D.C., Mr. Arpaio also sued Huffington Post and Rolling Stone, which he says also made inaccurate statements about his...
  • Trump says military to build border wall if Democrats refuse

    12/11/2018 8:16:46 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 44 replies
    Associated Press ^ | December 11, 2018 | Matthew Daly
    President Donald Trump sought Tuesday to pressure Democratic congressional leaders into supporting his demand for billions of dollars to build his promised wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, threatening to have the military build it “if Democrats do not give us the votes to secure our Country.” Trump tweeted the threat hours before Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi were to meet with Trump at the White House in an effort to avert a partial government shutdown on Dec. 21, when funding for some agencies is scheduled to expire. In a series of tweets Tuesday, Trump...
  • Top Dem Says There Hasn't Been 'Adequate Justification' for Troops to Be at the Border

    Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.), the presumed incoming chairman for the House Armed Services Committee, voiced his extreme displeasure after the Department of Defense extended the deployment of active-duty service members on the U.S.-Mexico border. They will stay at the border until January 31.The Department of Homeland Security requested the extension due to the “ongoing threat” of large, and sometimes violent, migrant caravans.“I continue to strongly question the deployment of U.S. military service members at our southern border. Furthermore, the decision to extend this deployment to the end of January 2019 is not a responsible use of Department of Defense resources...
  • Sen. Ted Cruz, others announce bill to fund $25 billion border wall

    12/06/2018 11:25:55 AM PST · by BeauBo · 203 replies
    KXAN ^ | 6 Dec 2018 | Tulsi Kamath
    U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz with three other senators introduced a bill Wednesday that is aimed at fully funding a wall along the US-Mexico border... The WALL Act would fully fund the border wall by closing existing loopholes that provide illegal immigrants with federal benefits and tax credits, without affecting the benefits and tax credits used by Americans.
  • Nearly 60,000 Californians moved to Arizona last year

    12/06/2018 7:55:38 AM PST · by Red Badger · 42 replies
    kvoa.com ^ | December 5, 2018 | Aalia Shaheed
    TUCSON – New statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau show 262,000 moved to Arizona from other states last year. Of those thousands, nearly 59,233 came from the state of California. The second state with the most people flocking to Arizona was Washington, with more than 14,000 people trading in the cold for the desert sun. Coming in at No. 3 was Illinois, with more than 13,000 moving to the Grand Canyon state. The data also shows a large number of people coming to Arizona from outside the country, with about 45,000 people moving here after living abroad.
  • Why Did 101 Lawmakers Send Letters of Support to Israel-Bashing CAIR?

    11/05/2018 5:44:15 AM PST · by SJackson · 34 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | 11-5-18 | Steven Emerson
    If the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) stuck to its stated mission statement and only did civil rights work protecting Muslim Americans from discrimination and bigotry, you likely would never see it mentioned on this site.But CAIR has a second, perhaps more paramount objective that it never directly acknowledges: To oppose Israel and promote Palestinian nationalism.CAIR’s mission statement makes no mention of Palestine. Instead, it says it aims to “enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.” It describes its lobbying arm as focusing “on issues related to Islam and Muslims. The department monitors legislation and government activities and responds...
  • Caught on camera: Small children dropped from border wall near Yuma

    12/05/2018 1:22:23 PM PST · by walford · 7 replies
    AZ Family dot-com ^ | Dec 3, 2018 | David Baker
    NEAR YUMA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) - U.S. Customs and Border Protection released video on Monday of what it said was a person from Mexico dropping at least two children over the border wall near Yuma.The group of six from Guatemala were going over the border wall near the San Luis Port of Entry early Monday morning. One person in Mexico was helping the adults over the wall and then dropped the two young children while the family members waited below, BP said. The person in Mexico then took off.The wall is 18 feet high. The group of six was a...
  • Waymo One, the first commercial robotaxi service, is now picking up passengers in Arizona

    12/05/2018 9:39:40 AM PST · by ProtectOurFreedom · 41 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 12/5/18 | Russ Mitchell
    Waymo on Wednesday launched a commercial robot ride-hailing service in Arizona called Waymo One. Like Uber or Lyft, customers will summon a ride with a smartphone app. But in this case, the car will be driving itself. Only “a few hundred customers” will have access to the app and participate in the early stages. Although the cars will drive themselves, a Waymo engineer will sit behind the wheel in case anything goes wrong. Waymo did not say when the cars will start arriving without a human minder or when the program will be expanded. Waymo’s cars, Chrysler Pacifica minivans bristling...
  • U.S. Supreme Court turns away challenge to Trump's border wall

    12/03/2018 7:26:55 AM PST · by mandaladon · 42 replies
    Reuters ^ | 3 Dec 2018 | Andrew Chung
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rebuffed a challenge by three conservation groups to the authority of President Donald Trump’s administration to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, a victory for Trump who has made the wall a centerpiece of his hardline immigration policies. The justices’ declined to hear the groups’ appeal of a ruling by a federal judge in California rejecting their claims that the administration had pursued border wall projects without complying with applicable environmental laws. The groups are the Center for Biological Diversity, the Animal Legal Defense Fund and Defenders of Wildlife. Their...
  • A preemptive step to avoid fines, possible jail time (city ordinance requires art for gay weddings)

    12/02/2018 6:17:41 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 22 replies
    One News Now ^ | Friday, November 30, 2018 | Chris Woodward
    Two Christian business owners in Phoenix are hoping their legal challenge to a local ordinance will usher in a happy new year for them. Artists Joanna Duka and Breanna Koski (pictured) believe in traditional, biblical marriage – a belief that brought them into conflict with a Phoenix ordinance as owners of Brush & Nib Studio in the capital city (see more details on this case). The Arizona Supreme Court will decide in January whether to rule in favor of Duka and Koski – or uphold a lower court's ruling that says the artists must comply with an ordinance that requires...
  • Editorial: MSNBC's Joy Reid - an opportunity for 2018

    04/27/2018 5:33:48 AM PDT · by calvincaspian · 23 replies
    The Boston Herald ^ | 04-27-18 | Herald Staff
    MSNBC’s Joy Reid is in trouble. The network’s rising star is trying to survive a controversy of her own doing that already has the Daily Beast suspending her column and threatens to do much larger damage to her career. The trouble began when old posts from Reid’s personal blog, “The Reid Report,” came to light earlier this year in which she took unseemly shots at then-Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, calling him “Miss Charlie” and further suggesting that he was gay and “ogling the male waiters” on his honeymoon. Another post read, “there are the concerns that adult gay men tend...
  • MSNBC Host Joy Reid Made Crass Anti-Gay Jokes on Her Now-Defunct Blog (Charlie Crist Bashing)

    12/03/2017 9:55:46 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 26 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | 12/3 | Florida
    Being a human in 2017 means that every single fact about you likely exists somewhere on the internet, and if you’ve ever done something tasteless or reprehensible that you’ve tried to hide, evidence of that offense could surface at any time. Joy Reid is currently reckoning with this truth, as a Twitter user dug up internet archives of the MSNBC host’s blog, unearthing crass homophobic jokes. Mediaite reports that the posts come from her now-defunct blog, the Reid Report, which she ran while simultaneously writing for the Miami Herald. According to Twitter user @Jamie_Maz, who accessed the blog using internet...
  • He’s Built an Empire, With Detained Migrant Children as the Bricks

    12/02/2018 10:56:36 AM PST · by Theoria · 26 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 02 Dec 2018 | Kim Barker, Nicholas Kulish and Rebecca R. Ruiz
    The founder of Southwest Key made millions from housing migrant children. His nonprofit has stockpiled taxpayer dollars and possibly engaged in self-dealing with top executives. Juan Sanchez grew up along the Mexican border in a two-bedroom house so crowded with children that he didn’t have a bed. But he fought his way to another life. He earned three degrees, including a doctorate in education from Harvard, before starting a nonprofit in his Texas hometown. Mr. Sanchez has built an empire on the back of a crisis. His organization, Southwest Key Programs, now houses more migrant children than any other in...
  • Jeff Flake: I Probably Wouldn’t Be Blocking These Judges If I Weren’t Retiring

    11/30/2018 6:45:17 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 56 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 2:01 pm on November 30, 2018 | ALLAHPUNDIT
    Says David Rutz, “I continue to not understand Flake’s closing argument in elected office of ‘I would normally be a spineless opportunist but now I’m not.'” It is strange. Flake made the same point during the Kavanaugh wars, when he was asked whether he would have paused the confirmation process for an FBI investigation if he had to face voters at the polls in November. “Not a chance,” said Flake. What he meant by that, I take it, is “There’s not a chance I could have done it and gotten reelected.” It’s a criticism of the ferocious partisanship that dominates...
  • Huckabee lets loose on Flake: ‘Selfish narcissist’ who should ‘go hide in an elevator’

    11/30/2018 9:28:22 AM PST · by SMGFan · 27 replies
    the hill ^ | November 29, 2018
    Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) on Thursday tweeted his outrage with Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) for vowing to oppose all of President Trump's judicial picks until there is a vote on legislation that would protect special counsel Robert Mueller. "Flake is a selfish narcissist who would stop one of the few things he actually could do for his country-confirm responsible judges," Huckabee wrote. "His hate of @realDonaldTrump exceeds his sense of duty. His proposal is unconstitutional anyway." "Good riddance!" Huckabee wrote of Flake, who is retiring in early January. "Go hide in an elevator!"
  • Sen. Jeff Flake's Nauseating Obstructionism Over Protect Mueller Bill

    11/29/2018 5:05:26 AM PST · by Kaslin · 43 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 29, 2018 | Matt Vespa
    Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MI) won her runoff election last night over Democrat Mike Espy in Mississippi, so Republicans have a solid 53-47 majority. No longer will we have to deal with the Murkowski-Collins question when it come sot tight votes of judicial and Supreme Court nominations. We can run the table on paper, but we have a Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) problem. Yeah, Mr. Flake, the perpetual pain in the rear end of the Senate GOP, isn’t budging from his position of blocking Trump’s judicial nominees until a vote on a bill to protect Special Counsel Robert Mueller and the...
  • Sen. Tim Scott announces opposition to judicial nominee Farr, effectively dooming confirmation

    11/29/2018 10:13:09 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 37 replies
    https://apple.news ^ | November 29, 2018 | Gregg Re
    South Carolina Republican Sen. Tim Scott announced Thursday he will oppose embattled judicial nominee Thomas Farr, in a reversal of his position a day earlier that seemingly ends the nominee's chances for now amid fierce criticism by civil rights groups. Democratic lawmakers and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) have long cited Farr's work on the campaigns of North Carolina Republican Sen. Jesse Helms in 1984 and 1990. Farr was first nominated to the federal court in the Eastern District of North Carolina by former President George W. Bush in 2006, but never received a confirmation...
  • Pence casts tie-breaking vote to advance controversial Trump judicial pick

    11/29/2018 3:52:27 AM PST · by SMGFan · 35 replies
    msn/ the hill ^ | November 28, 2018
    The Senate advanced a controversial judicial pick for President Trump on Wednesday after Vice President Pence cast a tie-breaking vote for the nomination. Senators were deadlocked 50-50 to end debate on Thomas Farr's nomination to be a district judge for the Eastern District of North Carolina. Pence, presiding over the chamber, then cast the tie-breaking vote. The fate of Farr's nomination was held in suspense even going into the start of the vote on Wednesday afternoon. Four Republicans were viewed as potential swing votes: Sens. Marco Rubio (Fla.), Tim Scott (S.C.), Susan Collins (Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (Alaska). But Collins...