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  • 'No Conversation' On Replacing Speaker Paul Ryan: House Freedom Caucus Chair

    03/30/2017 7:31:07 AM PDT · by Helicondelta · 6 replies
    abcnews.com ^ | Mar 26, 2017
    The chairman of the conservative House Freedom Caucus said there is no talk of replacing House Speaker Paul Ryan after the Republicans' proposal to repeal and replace Obamacare was killed because it failed to garner enough GOP support. On Saturday -- hours after Donald Trump tweeted to his followers, “Watch @JudgeJeanine on @FoxNews tonight at 9:00 P.M.” – Jeanine Pirro opened her show with a call for House Speaker Paul Ryan to step down in the wake of the health care bill's failure. Along the same lines, the conservative website Breitbart raised the possibility that the head of the House...
  • Donald Trump declares war on Freedom Caucus

    03/30/2017 6:57:15 AM PDT · by Tea Party Terrorist · 177 replies
    Twitter ^ | March 30, 2017 | Donald Trump
    "The Freedom Caucus will hurt the entire Republican agenda if they don't get on the team, & fast. We must fight them, & Dems, in 2018!" - Donald Trump
  • Trump 'skinny budget' would starve Chicago transit, City of New Orleans train: officials

    03/30/2017 4:51:28 AM PDT · by SJackson · 43 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 3-29-17 | Mary Wisniewski
    The City of New Orleans, the train immortalized in the Steve Goodman song, could disappear under President Donald Trump's preliminary budget blueprint. So could the California Zephyr, the Empire Builder and other storied long-distance Amtrak runs, along with the federal funding that could replace Metra's out-of-date rolling stock, unclog Chicago freight traffic and extend the CTA's Red Line from 95th Street to 130th Street, according to transit advocates and officials. Trump's 2018 "skinny budget" proposes a 13 percent cut on federal funding for transportation, which is directed entirely against nonroad spending. Trump's 2018 spending plan will start getting more attention...
  • Immigration Enforcement

    03/30/2017 4:51:46 AM PDT · by PK1991 · 15 replies
    National Public Radio ^ | 3/29/17 | National Public Radio
    NPR reports: "They come from places like Vietnam, China, Mexico and Guatemala, lured by promises of better-paying jobs and legal immigration. Instead, they're smuggled into the U.S., forced to work around the clock as bussers, wait staff and cooks, and housed in cramped living quarters. For this, they must pay exorbitant fees that become an insurmountable debt, even as their pay is often withheld, stolen or unfairly docked."
  • Judge Andrew Napolitano Stands by British Surveillance Report in Return to Fox News

    03/29/2017 8:48:10 AM PDT · by xzins · 56 replies
    MediaIte ^ | March 29th, 2017 | Ken Meyer
    Judge Andrew Napolitano spoke on Fox News, Wednesday, making his first appearance on the network after pushing a controversial report in defense of President Trump‘s claims of wiretapping during the 2016 election. Anchors Bret Baier and Shepard Smith previously said that Fox could not independently confirm the accuracy of Napolitano’s claim that the British intelligence service GCHQ facilitated the wiretapping. During Napolitano’s spot on America’s Newsroom today, Bill Hemmer noted that “you’ve had a few quiet days.” ALSO ON MEDIAITEShep Smith: ‘Fox News Cannot Confirm Judge Napolitano’s Commentary’ Hemmer then asked the judge whether he was still confident in the...
  • Report: NSA Ready to Share Intel on Trump Wiretap With Congress, But DNI Blocking Efforts

    03/30/2017 2:10:03 AM PDT · by davikkm · 65 replies
    thegatewaypundit ^ | Cristina Laila
    It is being reported that the NSA is ready to share the intelligence they have on the surveillance of Trump and his team with Congress, but the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) is blocking efforts. According to the Daily Caller: The National Security Agency is ready to distribute intelligence documents related to intelligence intercepts of Trump transition team associates, but the Director of National Intelligence is blocking such an effort for now, Fox News reports. A spokesman for the Director of National Intelligence disputed this report calling it “not correct.”
  • Federal judge indefinitely extends restraining order against Trump travel ban

    03/29/2017 8:16:33 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 103 replies
    cnbc.com ^ | 3/29/17 | Everett Rosenfeld
    A U.S. federal judge in Hawaii has indefinitely extended a court order blocking the enforcement of President Donald Trump's revised travel ban. The decision, which was published Wednesday by Judge Derrick Watson officially converted a temporary restraining order to a "preliminary injunction." Here's the judge's description of what that means:
  • Texas church bus crash: 12 killed, 3 injured in collision with pickup truck

    03/29/2017 3:59:42 PM PDT · by rdl6989 · 119 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 29, 2017 | Travis Fedschun
    DEVELOPING: – At least 12 people were killed and three injured in a head-on crash Wednesday between a church bus and pick-up truck in southwest Texas, officials said. Uvalde County officials confirmed to KABB/WOAI-TV that "multiple people" were killed in the collision on U.S. Highway 83 near Garner State Park, about 75 miles west of San Antonio.
  • LIVE STREAM: President Donald Trump Dropping by the Women’s Empowerment Panel 3/29/2017 TRUMP LIVE

    03/29/2017 11:45:05 AM PDT · by Delta 21 · 32 replies
    The President is chewing the press up.
  • Rahm Emanuel, City Clerk Forge Ahead With Municipal ID

    03/29/2017 8:05:51 AM PDT · by PBRCat · 45 replies
    The Chicago Sun Times ^ | March 29, 2017 | Fran Spielman
    Mayor Rahm Emanuel and City Clerk Anna Valencia are expanding the reach of Chicago’s municipal identification program and taking steps to prevent that sensitive information from being used against undocumented immigrants. When Emanuel appointed Valencia to replace Susana Mendoza, his marching orders were to speed up the one-year timetable for implementing the municipal ID that will allow undocumented immigrants to access city services and expand the reach of that new ID. At a time when undocumented immigrants are living in fear of the mass deportations threatened by President-elect Donald Trump, Emanuel also wanted the new city clerk to ease concerns...
  • GOP Leaders May Drop Wall Funding to Win Democratic Approval for Other Priorities

    03/28/2017 7:11:55 PM PDT · by Helicondelta · 246 replies
    Breitbart ^ | March 28, 2017
    Amid Democratic opposition, Republican leaders are retreating from President Donald Trump’s very popular campaign promise to build a border fence to block illegal immigration, drug smugglers, and criminals. A top GOP leader, Sen. Roy Blunt, told reporters on Tuesday that GOP leaders do not want to include Trump’s spending for the border wall in the spring budget, which is due by April 28. “All of the committees, the leaderships of the House and Senate, are working together to try to finalize the rest of the FY17 [budget spending] bill,” he added. “My guess is that comes together better without the...
  • Border wall funding likely to be put on hold

    03/28/2017 3:31:59 PM PDT · by 198ml · 115 replies
    The Hill ^ | 3/28/17 | Alexander Bolton
    President Trump's funding request for a border wall will likely be put on hold, Senate Republican leaders signaled Tuesday. Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), a senior member of the Appropriations Committee, announced at a leadership press conference that Trump's supplemental funding request will wait until later in the year. He said the Senate and House leadership are very close to negotiating a bill to fund government for the rest of 2017. Adding a supplemental spending bill requested by Trump to pay for military activities and a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border would complicate the talks and should be dealt with at...
  • UPDATE: President Obama’s Own Defense Deputy Admits Obama White House Spied on Candidate/President..

    03/28/2017 4:49:18 PM PDT · by TheConservator · 167 replies
    Conservative Treehouse ^ | 03/28/2017 | Sundance
    This is stunningly interesting and hopefully will be picked up by MSM and congressional investigators. Sometimes when a person is deep inside an echo-chamber of like-minded ideologues, they might not realize what they’re saying is rather revealing to those on the outside. That’s the set up for former Obama administration official Evelyn Farkas (Deputy Asst. Secretary of Defense) appearing on MSNBC and admitting first hand knowledge the Obama administration spied on candidate and president-elect Donald Trump’s transition team to gather “intelligence” for political use. It would appear Ms. Farkas was so caught up in the discussion, she didn’t quite realize...
  • White House Restarts Talks With Freedom Caucus To Repeal Obamacare

    03/28/2017 11:18:28 AM PDT · by drewh · 132 replies
    White House restarts talks with Freedom Caucus to repeal Obamacare, NYT reports
  • White House Denies Claims That Former Attorney-General Sally Yates’ Testimony Was Blocked

    03/28/2017 10:41:11 AM PDT · by CaptainK · 24 replies
    NBC News ^ | 3/28/2017 | Benjy Sarlin
    Several Democrats expressed outrage on Monday after letters surfaced that they said suggested the White House tried to prevent former acting Attorney General Sally Yates from testifying before a House Intelligence Committee in its probe of connections between the Trump campaign and Russian officials. "It sounds like an effort to try and muzzle persons who have information and the ability to shed light on this investigation," Rep. Jackie Speier, D-California, a member of the House Intelligence Committee, told MSNBC. [Dem Rep found out intel meetings cancelled through 'media reports'] White House officials and House Intelligence chairman Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Califonia...
  • Sources reporting that Secret Service within the White House have locked the WH pressroom, (tr)

    03/28/2017 7:37:05 AM PDT · by RummyChick · 102 replies
    twitter ^ | sigmasquawk
    Sources reporting that Secret Service within the White House have locked the WH pressroom, standard procedure for a suspicious package.
  • 13 states join brief in support of Trump’s temporary travel ban

    03/27/2017 9:20:52 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/27/2017 | John Sexton
    Representatives from 13 states including 12 state attorneys general and one governor filed a motion in support of President Trump’s temporary travel ban. From the Dallas Morning News: Attorney General Ken Paxton on Monday led a coalition of 13 states in filing a brief with the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals defending President Donald Trump’s revised immigration order.In the brief, Paxton and representatives from 12 other states argue that the Trump administration’s new order is legal and falls under the president’s power over foreign affairs and national security. Those joining the brief included Paxton plus AG’s in the...
  • Pres Trump asks why House Intel. Cmte not looking into Bill & Hillary Russian uranium deal

    03/27/2017 6:38:11 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 126 replies
    Donald J. Trump twitter ^ | March 27, 2017
    Why isn't the House Intelligence Committee looking into the Bill & Hillary deal that allowed big Uranium to go to Russia, Russian speech....
  • California Bill Forces Transgender Bathrooms Into Nursing Homes

    03/27/2017 5:35:12 PM PDT · by jonefab · 65 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 8:15 PM 03/27/2017 | PETER HASSON
    A new bill introduced in California’s state senate requires nursing homes and similar long-term care facilities to implement transgender bathroom policies. The bill makes it unlawful to require transgender residents to use the biologically correct bathroom, and prohibits nursing home employees from calling residents anything other than their chosen name and pronoun. Additionally, nursing homes that assign rooms based on gender will be prohibited from assigning rooms based on biological sex, if the bill passes.
  • Rep. Mo Brooks files bill to repeal Obamacare

    simple two-page document, an Alabama congressman has filed a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives to repeal Obamacare. Or, as it is stated in the bill, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Huntsville, introduced the bill Friday. "This Act may be cited as the 'Obamacare Repeal Act,'" the bill states. And the bill uses just one sentence to do it. "Effective as of Dec. 31, 2017, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is repealed, and the provisions of law amended or repealed by such Act are restored or revived as if such Act...
  • Repeal Obamacare and replace with freedom. Change House and Senate rules to do so if necessary!

    03/27/2017 12:52:30 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 147 replies
    "Prior to this year, the House voted to repeal Obamacare more than 50 times ---when it was clear that President Obama would veto the bill. The problem we are facing is that some of the people who voted for repeal 50 times will not vote for repeal when it counts, when it is "our moment in time," with Republicans in control of Congress and the presidency." --Rep Dave Brat "This has been my complaint since before Obamacare became law. Nothing I’ve seen addresses the problem of increased costs of medical care. All these bills just shift the rising costs from...
  • Kushner to be questioned about meeting with Russians

    03/27/2017 6:47:22 AM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 77 replies
    NY POST ^ | March 27, 2017 | Mark Moore
    A Senate panel will question Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law and a top adviser, about a meeting he arranged with a Russian ambassador, according to a report on Monday. The Senate Intelligence Committee, which has been looking into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, wants to talk to Kushner about meetings with Kremlin envoy Sergey Kislyak, the New York Times reported, citing administration and congressional officials. The White House has confirmed that Kushner met Kislyak in early December at the Trump Tower, but the report said Kislyak requested another meeting that month. Kushner asked a deputy to attend that...
  • Trump taps Kushner to lead a SWAT team to fix government with business ideas

    03/26/2017 11:22:01 PM PDT · by Pinkbell · 150 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 27, 2017 | Ashley Parker, Philip Rucker
    President Trump plans to unveil a new White House office on Monday with sweeping authority to overhaul the federal bureaucracy and fulfill key campaign promises — such as reforming care for veterans and fighting opioid addiction — by harvesting ideas from the business world and, potentially, privatizing some government functions. The White House Office of American Innovation, to be led by Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and senior adviser, will operate as its own nimble power center within the West Wing and will report directly to Trump. Viewed internally as a SWAT team of strategic consultants, the office will be...
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 26 March 2017

    03/26/2017 4:47:07 AM PDT · by Alas Babylon! · 309 replies
    Various driveby media television networks ^ | 26 March 2017 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows Mar 26th, 2017 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi; Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio; White House chief of staff Reince Priebus.MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va.; Gov. Jerry Brown, D-Calif.FACE THE NATION (CBS): Reps. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., and Trey Gowdy, R-S.C.; Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ariz.; George Shultz, former secretary of state.THIS WEEK (ABC): Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.; Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C.; Scott Pruitt, head of the Environmental Protection Agency; Roger Stone, former Trump campaign adviser.STATE OF THE UNION (CNN): Sen. Bernie Sanders,...
  • Liverpool explosion: Reports of two buildings destroyed (United Kingdom)

    03/25/2017 3:27:55 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 116 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 26th March 2017
    BREAKING: A large explosion has shocked the British city of Liverpool awake, with reports of two buildings having collapsed. The explosion happened in the Wirral area of Merseyside, alongside the river Mersey. Initial reports from the scene report the streets littered with debris and bricks.
  • RUMORS: If RyanCare fails, Trey Gowdy may replace Paul Ryan as Speaker of the House

    03/24/2017 3:15:43 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 201 replies
    With the likely failure of RyanCare on the horizon, the landscape of the Republican party may drastically restructure itself. Ryans heathcare bill was supposed to be a full repeal and replacement of ObamaCare, but many conservatives have abandoned Ryan’s bill, citing it keeps many of President Obama’s policies intact. As a result, President Trump modestly went to Capitol Hill and urged congress and threatened their chances of reelection if they fail to launch. Paul Ryan barely received an endorsement from Donald Trump given Ryan’s stigma of being a Republican In Name Only. Enter Trey Gowdy, the man who publicly lambasted...
  • Discussion About GOP Replacement to Paul Ryan as Speaker Intensifies in White House, Congress

    03/24/2017 3:09:17 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 168 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 3/24/17 | Matthew Boyle
    Republican officials in Congress and the White House are now openly discussing finding a GOP replacement to Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) as Speaker of the House, after Ryan failed to pass the American Health Care Act out of the House and misled the public and President Donald Trump when he promised repeatedly the bill would pass. Ryan was caught on an audio file from October—obtained by Breitbart News and published a couple weeks ago—saying he is “not going to defend Donald Trump—not now, not in the future.” While the audio file does not make the comments clear, Ryan’s staff later...
  • House Republicans, short of votes, withdraw health care bill

    03/24/2017 12:45:04 PM PDT · by Mariner · 357 replies
    AP ^ | March 24th, 2017 | Unattributed
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- House Republicans, short of votes, withdraw health care bill. --End--
  • Trump delivers ultimatum to House GOP: Pass health-care measure on Friday or he’ll move on

    03/23/2017 6:26:26 PM PDT · by NRx · 332 replies
    WaPo ^ | 03-23-2017 | Mike DeBonis
    President Trump delivered an ultimatum to House Republicans on Thursday night: Vote to approve the measure to overhaul the nation’s health-care system on the House floor Friday, or reject it and the president will move on to his other legislative priorities. The president signaled that the time for negotiations was over with rank-and-file Republicans who were meeting late at night on Capitol Hill to try to find common ground on the embattled package crafted by House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.). The move was a high-risk gamble for the president and speaker, who have both invested significant political capital in...
  • Trump Administration Orders Tougher Screening of Visa Applicants

    03/23/2017 5:50:45 PM PDT · by SpeedyInTexas · 43 replies
    NYTimes ^ | 03/23/2017 | MICHAEL D. SHEAR
    The Trump administration is making it tougher for millions of visitors to enter the United States by demanding new security checks before giving visas to tourists, business travelers and relatives of American residents. Diplomatic cables sent last week from Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson to all American embassies instructed consular officials to broadly increase scrutiny. It was the first evidence of the “extreme vetting” Mr. Trump promised during the presidential campaign.
  • Obama Takes Victory Lap On Obamacare; Says It’s ‘Stable,’ Challenges Trump To Keep It Going

    03/23/2017 4:33:32 PM PDT · by Helicondelta · 101 replies
    Former President Obama stepped into the Obamacare repeal fight Thursday, rejecting claims that his health law is in a “death spiral” and saying it can thrive — as long as President Trump properly administers it. “The reality is clear: America is stronger because of the Affordable Care Act,” Mr. Obama said in a statement Most critically, though, Mr. Obama said his law is not in the dreaded “death spiral” that Republicans and some health executives have said. Under the death spiral, young healthy customers are chased from the marketplace by rising costs, leaving an older, sicker population that then requires...
  • At Trump’s urging, House Republicans to vote on health-care bill Friday (trunc)

    03/23/2017 5:13:37 PM PDT · by Mariner · 88 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | March 23rd, 2017 | By Mike DeBonis and Juliet Eilperin
    BREAKING NEWS: After a marathon series of negotiations involving President Trump and his top aides Thursday, House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) will call a vote on the proposal at Trump’s behest, lawmakers said after a meeting on Thursday night. But lacking sufficient votes to pass it at this point, Republican leaders were still negotiating to see if they could convince enough conservatives to back the measure. “They’re going to bring it up, pass or fail,” said Rep. Mike Simpson (R-Idaho). This story is developing. It will be updated. *** House leaders postponed a vote Thursday on their plan to...
  • NSA To Provide "Smoking Gun" Proof Obama Spied On Trump

    03/23/2017 4:13:44 PM PDT · by Helicondelta · 169 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | March 23
    Yesterday, Republican Devin Nunez Nunes held an explosive press conference outside the White House in which he told reporters that communications from the Trump team were picked up and disseminated within the government during the 2016 campaign. Not surprisingly, the comments ruffled some liberal feathers and the mainstream media launched an immediate smear campaign calling for Nunes to resign his post immediately. Now, according to Fox News sources, congressional investigators expect that a potential “smoking gun” from the NSA establishing that the Obama administration spied on the Trump transition team, and possibly the president-elect himself, will be produced to the...
  • Health bill vote delayed in House in setback to Trump, Ryan

    03/23/2017 12:47:49 PM PDT · by NobleFree · 199 replies
    ABC News ^ | Mar 23, 2017 | erica werner and ricardo alonso-zaldivar
    GOP House leaders delayed their planned vote Thursday on a long-promised bill to repeal and replace "Obamacare," in a stinging setback for House Speaker Paul Ryan and President Donald Trump in their first major legislative test. The decision came after Trump, who ran as a master dealmaker, failed to reach agreement with a bloc of rebellious conservatives. Moderate-leaning Republican lawmakers were also bailing on the legislation, leaving it short of votes. [...]
  • AP: House GOP Leaders delay vote

    03/23/2017 12:36:31 PM PDT · by Dog · 100 replies
    AP | me
    Just breaking on Fox Business.....no vote.
  • Schumer: Democrats will filibuster Gorsuch nomination

    03/23/2017 8:11:43 AM PDT · by PghBaldy · 250 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 23 | Ed O'Keefe, Robert Barnes and Ann E. Marimow
    As the Senate Judiciary Committee was hearing from witnesses for and against Judge Neil Gorsuch, his Supreme Court nomination was delivered a critical blow: Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) said he would join with other Democrats in filibustering Gorsuch — a move that would require at least 60 senators to vote to end debate on the nomination.
  • Obama joins the debate to try to save his healthcare law

    03/23/2017 7:43:11 AM PDT · by kevcol · 53 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | March 23, 2017 | Kyle Feldscher
    Obama added it's silly to just repeal his law. He also said it's not in a "death spiral" because most people haven't seen their premiums rise. Obama called on people who believed in the fight to pass the law to stand up and defend it against repeal attempts. "Americans who love their country still have the power to change it," he said.
  • ALERT: Man arrested trying to drive into crowd in Belgium’s Antwerp

    03/23/2017 7:26:50 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 54 replies
    breaking911.com ^ | 3/23/17 | breaking911.com
    A man has been arrested after trying to drive a car into a crowd on a busy street in Antwerp in Belgium. According to initial reports, the suspect is of North African origin and weapons were reportedly found in the car.
  • U.S. Jewish Center Bomb Threat Suspect Is Arrested in Israel

    03/23/2017 6:43:31 AM PDT · by NRx · 43 replies
    NY Times ^ | 03-23-2017 | ADAM GOLDMAN and ALAN BLINDER
    WASHINGTON — The Israeli police on Thursday arrested a man believed to be responsible for scores of bomb threats that were phoned in to Jewish community centers across the United States, American officials said. The F.B.I. confirmed in a statement that the bureau had worked with the Israeli national police to arrest the teenager, who, officials said, holds citizenship in both Israel and the United States. “Investigating hate crimes is a top priority for the F.B.I., and we will continue to work to make sure all races and religions feel safe in their communities and in their places of worship,”...
  • Nunes Says More Information Coming Out Friday (Surveillance Related to FISA Order)

    03/23/2017 2:19:06 AM PDT · by Helicondelta · 151 replies
    twitter.com ^ | 22 Mar 2017
  • London attack: Seven held after Westminster attack

    03/23/2017 1:36:13 AM PDT · by Enchante · 95 replies
    BBC ^ | March 23, 2017 | Staff
    Seven arrests have been made in raids following the Westminster attack that left four dead, police have said. Acting Deputy Commissioner and Head of Counter Terrorism Mark Rowley said hundreds of detectives have worked through the night, carrying out searches at six addresses.
  • Woodward: Surveillance Report Likely 'Highly Classified Gossip' About Trump

    03/22/2017 9:10:14 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 53 replies
    FOX News ^ | March 22, 2017 | The O'Reilly Factor
    Washington Post associate editor Bob Woodward said that allegations from a report that say President Trump's transition team was named in surveillance reports of foreign individuals would be "gross violations." A couple of diplomats who were legitimately wiretapped were talking about meeting Trump or his team, Woodward said on "The O'Reilly Factor." However, U.S. intelligence agencies are supposed to comply with "minimization" rules, which protect Americans' names from being published in reports or leaked in any way, he added. "The idea that there was intelligence value was really thin," Woodward said. "You've got this really serious problem potentially of people...
  • House GOP leaders emerge from late-night meeting without yet securing enough votes

    03/22/2017 8:54:03 PM PDT · by Alter Kaker · 91 replies
    CNN ^ | 3/22/2017 | MJ Lee, Deirdre Walsh, Phil Mattingly and Lauren Fox
    Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump and House Republicans are still scrambling to reach a deal on legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare ahead of what is expected to be a dramatic vote Thursday. House Speaker Paul Ryan held a long meeting Wednesday night in his office with moderate Republicans. Cameras from networks were set up for possible reactions and readouts, but it was clear leadership had no good news to share. With the exception of a few members who rushed away without speaking to press, all leaders, including Ryan, ducked out using side exits.
  • Trump team communications captured by intelligence community surveillance, Nunes says

    03/22/2017 10:47:24 AM PDT · by God luvs America · 208 replies
    Fox ^ | 03/22/2017 | Corey Derespina
    Members of the intelligence community collected ‘incidental’ communications of the Trump transition team during legal surveillance operations, producing ‘dozens’ of reports which eventually unmasked several individuals’ identities and which were ‘widely disseminated,’ a top lawmaker said Wednesday afternoon. House Intelligence Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., said none of the reports he had read mentioned Russia or Russians and he was unsure whether the surveillance occurred at Trump Tower. Nunes also was unsure if then President-elect Trump was captured by the surveillance, which occurred in November, December and January. “I recently confirmed on numerous occasions the intelligence community incidentally collected intelligence,”...
  • CNN: House Intel chairman: Trump's personal communications may have been collected

    03/22/2017 10:40:25 AM PDT · by 1Old Pro · 177 replies
    CNN Online ^ | 3/22/2017 | Tom LoBianco
    (CNN) — House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes said Wednesday that President Donald Trump's personal communications may have been picked up by investigators through "incidental collection." Nunes said at a news conference he discovered the potential surveillance of Trump himself while reviewing intelligence reports, but said it was not related to Russia.
  • Breaking: Shots fired, explosion outside UK Parliament

    03/22/2017 7:47:58 AM PDT · by UKrepublican · 429 replies
    REPORTS OF LOUD BANGS AND GUNFIRE OUTSIDE UK PARLIAMENT
  • Trump Warns House Republicans: Repeal Health Law or Lose Your Seats

    03/22/2017 7:32:10 AM PDT · by Alter Kaker · 79 replies
    New York Times ^ | 3/22/2017 | JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS, THOMAS KAPLAN and ROBERT PEAR
    WASHINGTON — President Trump on Tuesday turned up the pressure on recalcitrant Republicans to support a sweeping bill to overhaul the health care system, threatening wavering lawmakers in his party with political payback if they failed to get behind a measure that has become an early test of his negotiating power. In a series of meetings and phone calls at the White House and on Capitol Hill, Mr. Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and Republican congressional leaders haggled with holdouts over details as they struggled to assemble a majority to support a bill that would repeal and replace the Affordable...
  • Turkey still determined to play role in final Raqqa assault

    03/21/2017 9:06:14 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 15 replies
    Al Monitor ^ | March 21, 2017 | Fehim Taştekin
    It sounded dramatic: The leaders of 50 Syrian Arab tribes met in Sanliurfa, Turkey, and announced they would set up the Army of Al-Jazirah and Euphrates Tribes to end Russian and Iranian occupation of Syria and cleanse the Euphrates and Al Jazeera areas of the Islamic State (IS), the Kurdish nationalist Democratic Union Party/Kurdistan Workers Party (PYD/PKK), Hezbollah and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Sheikh Rafi al Raco Ukla represented the Shaitat tribe. In his opening speech at the March 14 meeting, he thanked Turkey, Qatar and Saudi Arabia for their assistance and added, “The US supports the PYD. The PYD...
  • Rand Paul: ‘Easily 35 No Votes’ Against Paul Ryan’s Obamacare 2.0, ‘I Would Predict They Pull Bill"

    03/21/2017 4:52:39 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 209 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 03/21/17 | MATTHEW BOYLE
    Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) told Breitbart News exclusively on Tuesday afternoon that he expects House Speaker Paul Ryan will be forced to pull the American Health Care Act (AHCA) before a scheduled Thursday vote because Ryan will not get the votes to pass the legislation. The AHCA has been dubbed “Obamacare Lite” by Paul — a leading conservative critic of the plan — and by other conservatives as “RyanCare,” “RINO-Care,” and “Obamacare 2.0,” since the bill does not actually fully repeal Obamacare and keeps many of the main structures that the now-former President Barack Obama installed in the healthcare system....
  • WHITE HOUSE FENCE JUMPER LINGERED, TIED SHOES, PEERED IN WINDOWS ... Unnoticed by Secret Service

    03/21/2017 3:07:38 PM PDT · by RummyChick · 76 replies
    tmz ^ | 3/21/17 | tmz
    The White House fence jumper who lingered on the ground unnoticed for 17 minutes was literally just hanging out in plain view with alarms blaring, and the Secret Service had no clue. Congressman Jason Chaffetz tells TMZ he met with the Director of Homeland Security and the Acting Director of the Secret Service for an hour and a half Tuesday, and his conclusion ... "It was even worse than I thought." Chaffetz says the surveillance video is shocking ... the intruder was not darting around. Rather, he was "lingering," "hanging out" on the grounds. At one point he took the...