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  • White House Mulls Jim Webb, Ex-Democratic Senator, as Next Defense Secretary

    01/03/2019 1:02:10 PM PST · by springwater13 · 139 replies
    The Trump administration is considering Jim Webb, a former Democratic senator and Reagan-era secretary of the Navy, to be the next defense secretary, according to three officials, potentially bypassing more hawkish Republicans whose names have been floated to replace Jim Mattis. Mr. Webb, an outspoken opponent of the Iraq war, is being considered as President Trump seeks to carry out campaign promises to withdraw American troops from Syria and Afghanistan. Those two decisions prompted Mr. Mattis to resign late last month, putting the deputy defense secretary, Patrick M. Shanahan, a former Boeing executive, in the top role in an acting...
  • DREAMers tell of ballot-harvesting in California to flip the House blue

    01/02/2019 12:31:18 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 88 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 1-2-19 | Monical Showalter
    It was one of those heartstring-tugging, tear-jerking, carefully curated narratives about DREAMers we're supposed to read and then respond to with sympathy. But a story that ran in the Los Angeles Times yesterday accidentally did more to raise questions about the issue of ballot-harvesting in California than any raving right-wing warning tome could ever do. The Times describes how California's famed ballot-harvestors, who flipped places such as Orange County blue in the last midterm, aren't actually citizens. They did it by "helping" voters fill out, and turn in, and continue to turn in, ballots from otherwise uncommitted voters until they...
  • Breaking: Elizabeth Warren launches exploratory committee for 2020

    12/31/2018 5:50:51 AM PST · by Trump20162020 · 161 replies
    Reuters ^ | December 31, 2018 | Reuters
    BREAKING: Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren launches exploratory committee for 2020 presidential race
  • Outgoing White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly defends his rocky tenure

    12/30/2018 5:36:31 AM PST · by Eddie01 · 99 replies
    LA Times ^ | Dec. 30, 2018 | MOLLY O'TOOLE
    [snip] ...he presided over some of the Trump administration’s most controversial immigration and security policies. In the phone interview Friday, Kelly defended his rocky tenure, arguing that it is best measured by what the president did not do when Kelly was at his side. It was only after Kelly’s departure was confirmed Dec. 8, for example, that Trump abruptly announced the pullout of all U.S. troops from Syria and half the 14,000 troops from Afghanistan, two moves that Kelly had opposed. Kelly’s supporters say he stepped in to block or divert the president on dozens of matters large and small....
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 30 December 2018

    12/30/2018 5:39:09 AM PST · by Alas Babylon! · 203 replies
    Various driveby media television networks ^ | 30 December 2018 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows December 30th, 2018 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Kellyanne Conway, counselor to President Donald Trump; Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La. The panel will be Marc Thiessen of The Washington Post; Philippe Reines, former senior adviser to Hillary Clinton; Anne Gearan of The Washington Post; and Charles Hurt of The Washington Times. Sandra Smith anchors.MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg, D-N.Y.; Gov. Jerry Brown, D-Calif. The panel will be Craig Fugate, former (Obama) administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency; Kate Marvel, scientist at Columbia University...
  • Senator who authored California’s ‘sanctuary state’ bill sends condolences to family of slain...

    12/29/2018 7:18:28 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 75 replies
    Twitchy.com ^ | 5:10 pm on December 29, 2018 | Brett T.
    FULL TITLE: Senator who authored California’s ‘sanctuary state’ bill sends condolences to family of slain officer As Twitchy reported earlier, Cameron Gray posted a must-read thread about the number of House members from California who took to social media to demand answers about the deaths of two children in Border Patrol custody but never thought to tweet about Cpl. Ronil Singh, who was shot and killed by an illegal immigrant. Well, there was one tweet and another retweet at least. President pro tempore of the California State Senate Kevin de León, probably better known to out-of-staters as the Democrat who...
  • FACEBOOK CENSORSHIP RULEBOOK RELEASED

    12/29/2018 7:00:52 AM PST · by WellyP · 168 replies
    Fox News ^ | 28 Dec. 2018 | Christopher Carborne
    Facebook's massive, secret rulebook for policing speech reveals inconsistencies, gaps and biases... A Message from Yahoo Search What is psoriatic arthritis? Look for symptoms, causes & more What is psoriatic arthritis? Look for symptoms, causes & more The rulebook's details were revealed Thursday night thanks to a Facebook employee who leaked over 1,400 pages of the speech policing rulebook to the Times because he "feared that the company was exercising too much power, with too little oversight — and making too many mistakes."
  • Narrow majority backs Trump on Syria, Afghanistan troop reductions

    12/29/2018 3:18:07 AM PST · by 11th_VA · 55 replies
    The Hill ^ | Dec 29, 2018
    A narrow majority of U.S. voters support President Trump's decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria and reduce the country's military presence in Afghanistan, according to a new Harvard CAPS/Harris poll released exclusively to The Hill. Fifty-two percent of respondents said they back the moves in Syria and Afghanistan, which came as a surprise to the president's own national security advisers when it was announced last week. By contrast, 48 percent said they oppose the troop withdrawals and reductions, the poll found. Trump announced he would completely remove the approximately 2,000 troops in Syria battling ISIS, while he said he...
  • Dow turns positive, erases a 600-point drop

    12/27/2018 12:44:05 PM PST · by abb · 101 replies
    CNBC ^ | December 27, 2018 | Fred Imbert
    The Dow Jones Industrial Average traded higher on Thursday, erasing steep losses a day after posting a historic surge. The 30-stock index traded 31 points higher after plunging 611 points earlier in the day. The S&P 500 held just above the flatline after sliding more than 2 percent. The Nasdaq Composite traded 0.2 percent lower after dropping more than 3 percent. Earlier in the day, stocks fell amid renewed tensions between China and the United States.
  • President and First Lady make SECOND stop to visit U.S. troops in Germany ....

    12/26/2018 11:08:19 PM PST · by caww · 105 replies
    dailymail. ^ | 12/27/2018 | dailymail.
    President Trump and Melania made their second unannounced visit to US troops abroad around 8pm ET as they visited troops on the German base of Ramstein. The First Couple were on their way back from meeting troops in Iraq when Air Force One stopped to refuel and meet service members 'carrying MAGA hats' who had waited up until around 4am local time.
  • Dow rallies 1,000 points, logging its biggest single-day point gain ever

    12/26/2018 12:19:40 PM PST · by Candor7 · 164 replies
    CNBC ^ | 26 Dec. 2018 | Fred Imbert & Eustance Huang
    Stocks rose sharply in volatile trading on Wednesday as surges in retail and energy shares helped Wall Street regain the steep losses suffered in the previous session. The Dow Jones Industrial Average traded 657 points higher as of 3:05 p.m. ET, while the S&P 500 gained 3.05 percent. The Nasdaq Composite outperformed, rising 3.96 percent. Both the S&P 500 and Nasdaq were on track for their biggest one-day gains since Aug. 26, 2015 and erased Monday's losses. The Dow also recovered all of its losses from Monday.
  • Trump makes surprise visit to U.S. troops in Iraq, his first to a combat zone

    12/26/2018 11:27:49 AM PST · by bitt · 102 replies
    nbcnews.com ^ | 12/26/2018 | David K. Li
    President Donald Trump made a surprise visit to American troops in Iraq on Wednesday, his first journey to an active combat zone since he took office. The president landed on Wednesday. Trump visited wounded U.S. troops last Christmas season, on Dec. 21, 2017, at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Maryland. He also that month invited Coast Guard members to play golf at his course in West Palm Beach, Florida. But before Wednesday's trip to Iraq, Trump had taken some heat from critics for being the first president since 2002 not to make a Christmastime visit to troops in...
  • U.S. Holiday Retail Sales Are Strongest in Years, Early Data Show

    12/25/2018 5:11:34 PM PST · by springwater13 · 53 replies
    Shoppers delivered the strongest holiday sales increase for U.S. retailers in six years, according to early data. Total U.S. retail sales, excluding automobiles, rose 5.1% between Nov. 1 and Dec. 24 from a year earlier, according to Mastercard SpendingPulse, which tracks both online and in-store spending with all forms of payment. The figures suggest a stock-market swoon and partial government shutdown haven’t curbed consumer confidence and spending. “Wall Street is running around like a chicken with its head cut off, while Mr. and Mrs. Main Street are happy with their jobs, enjoying their best wage increases in a decade,” said...
  • Trump Authorizes 115-Mile Wall Construction in Texas

    12/25/2018 10:13:37 AM PST · by Jim Robinson · 148 replies
    newsmax ^ | 24 December 2018 | By Eric Mack
    Working on Christmas Eve and through the government shutdown over border wall funding, President Donald Trump tweeted he had authorized the construction of a 115-mile stretch of border wall in Texas. "I am in the Oval Office & just gave out a 115 mile long contract for another large section of the Wall in Texas," President Trump tweeted Monday night. "We are already building and renovating many miles of Wall, some complete. "Democrats must end Shutdown and finish funding. Billions of Dollars, & lives, will be saved!" Working in the Oval Office after canceling his trip to Mar-a-Lago in Florida...
  • Norad Santa Tracker Live stream!

    12/24/2018 4:44:43 PM PST · by Morgana · 54 replies
    Norad Santa ^ | DECEMBER 24, 2018 | norad
    Norad Santa Tracker Live stream!
  • James Mattis to depart Pentagon by January 1; [Title shortened for length]

    12/23/2018 9:03:36 AM PST · by gwjack · 91 replies
    CNBC.com ^ | December 23, 2018 | Javier E. David
    President Donald Trump announced on Sunday that Defense Secretary James Mattis will depart the Pentagon by January 1, a date earlier than anticipated, and will appoint Patrick Shanahan as acting Secretary. The president’s announcement, made via Twitter, comes days after Mattis stunned Washington by announcing his resignation, prompted by what the former marine said were policy differences with Trump. Shanahan is the Pentagon’s number 2 official.
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 23 December 2018

    12/23/2018 4:13:27 AM PST · by Alas Babylon! · 216 replies
    Various driveby media television networks ^ | 23 December 2018 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows December 23rd, 2018 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Mick Mulvaney, incoming acting White House chief of staff and director of the Office of Management and Budget Gov. John Kasich, R-Ohio; former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta. The panel will be Katie Pavlich of Townhall, Gillian Turner of Fox News, Susan Page of USA Today and Mo Elleithee, executive director of Georgetown University's Institute of Politics and Public Service. MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill.; Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa.; Julián Castro, former Housing and Urban Development secretary....
  • Partial government shutdown assured after House adjourns without spending deal

    12/21/2018 4:10:16 PM PST · by janetjanet998 · 62 replies
    Breaking news: House lawmakers left the Capitol Friday night without passing a budget agreement, ensuring funding for several key government agencies will lapse at midnight. The partial shutdown comes amid an impasse between President Trump and Democrats over billions in federal funding for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. This story will be updated.
  • New Update (#8) from Brian Kolfage: We need HR 7207 lumped in with Gov Funding Bill!

    12/21/2018 1:56:28 PM PST · by Heartlander2 · 45 replies
    GoFundMe ^ | 12/21/2019 | Brian Kolfage
    WE CAN GIVE THE FUNDS TO THE GOVT!! we need HR 7207 lumped in with Gov Funding Bill! CONTACT YOUR REPS NOW INFORM EVERYONE I spoke to Rep Warren Davidson and the bill is ready but will only work if passed now with funding bill before Dems take control. https://www.congress.gov/member/warren-davidson/D000626
  • Supreme Court rejects Trump plea (5-4 Roberts joins the liberals) to enforce asylum ban

    12/21/2018 12:10:08 PM PST · by springwater13 · 230 replies
    he Supreme Court won’t let the Trump administration begin enforcing a ban on asylum for any immigrants who illegally cross the U.S.-Mexico border. New Justice Brett Kavanaugh and three other conservative justices sided with the administration. The court’s order Friday leaves in place lower court rulings that blocked President Donald Trump’s proclamation in November automatically denying asylum to people who enter the country from Mexico without going through official border crossings. Trump said he was acting in response to caravans of migrants making their way to the border. The administration had also complained that the nationwide order preventing the policy...