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  • Russian Hackers Believed to Have Breached Clinton Foundation Computers

    06/22/2016 6:28:20 AM PDT · by maggief · 44 replies
    NBC News ^ | June 22, 2016 | PETE WILLIAMS and KEN DILANIAN
    Russian hackers are believed to have breached the computers of the Clinton Foundation — and appear to be the same cyber spies who swiped confidential files from the Democratic Party and Hillary Clinton campaigns, officials familiar with the investigation told NBC News. Three private security firms have concluded the hackers are Russian, and some security experts say Russian intelligence could be behind the attacks and want to interfere in the U.S. presidential election. So what could be the hackers' end game? The Democratic National Committee said the operation was part of a Russian disinformation campaign. But some U.S. officials believe...
  • Trump accuses Jeb Bush of mounting convention coup

    06/18/2016 1:22:24 PM PDT · by maggief · 140 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 18, 2016 | Jessie Hellmann
    Donald Trump on Saturday accused Jeb Bush of mounting a convention coup against him, after reports that Republican delegates who don't personally support Trump are looking for ways to avoid voting for him this summer. "By the way, Jeb is working on the movement, just so you understand," Trump said to supporters at a rally in Las Vegas. "Jeb is one of the people that's working — and the other one should be obvious," he said, though he didn't elaborate further. Earlier at the rally, however, Trump echoed the Republican National Committee and said the reports were a media hoax....
  • Priebus chooses Romney ally to chair convention rules committee

    06/18/2016 7:43:29 AM PDT · by maggief · 125 replies
    American Thinker ^ | June 18, 2016 | Rick Moran
    RNC Chairman Reince Priebus tapped former congressman Enid Mickelsen to chair the all-important rules committee during the convention. Just two weeks ago, Enid had this to say about the presidential race: Ryan Struyk @ryanstruyk Enid Mickelsen just named chair of GOP convention rules panel. Here's what she told Salt Lake Tribune two weeks ago. She has also spoken approvingly of the idea that the rules could be changed to allow delegates to vote for someone other than a candidate they are bound to by result of primary or caucus. It's unkown if Trump was consulted about the choice.
  • Paul Ryan Lies to O’Reilly: Says He Passed Bill to Pause Somali Refugee Program

    06/16/2016 6:33:00 PM PDT · by maggief · 35 replies
    Breitbart ^ | June 16, 2016 | Julia Hahn
    In a Wednesday interview with Fox News’s Bill O’Reilly, House Speaker Paul Ryan made a demonstrably false declaration about his efforts to pause the Somali refugee program. During the interview, O’Reilly criticized Ryan for failing to message on immigration controls and asked Ryan specifically about the Somali refugee crisis in Minnesota. O’Reilly: “We have a Somali problem up in Minneapolis-St. Paul. [We] have a problem there and those are refugees from Somalia. And if, God forbid, some refugee comes in and blows people up, it’s going to be grisly.” Ryan replied by explaining that he passed a bill to pause...
  • Gun Shop Reported ‘Suspicious’ Omar Mateen to Authorities

    06/16/2016 11:42:58 AM PDT · by maggief · 25 replies
    Breitbart ^ | June 16, 2016 | FRANCES MARTEL
    Robbie Abell, owner of a Florida gun shop, says he alerted authorities that a suspicious man had come in asking about body armor. Five weeks later, Omar Mateen – equipped with weapons he bought at a different shop after Abell’s employees refused to sell to him – killed 49 people and injured as many at Pulse night club in Orlando. The Wall Street Journal quotes Abell as telling them that his store, Lotus Gunworks of South Florida, “shut him down on all sales” after be began asking bizarre questions about body armor and bulk ammunition. “The questions he was asking...
  • Man Arrested For Making Terroristic Threats In Denton (TX)

    06/16/2016 8:08:40 AM PDT · by maggief · 18 replies
    CBS DFW ^ | June 16, 2016 | Joel Thomas
    DENTON (CBSDFW.COM) – Denton County deputies, police and security took an Iraqi man into custody at a Denton County courts building after a loud outburst and two run-ins with people previously that had police issuing a warrant for his arrest. Workers at a Denton IHOP restaurant say 28-year-old Peshwaz Waise came into their restaurant around 6:00 a.m. wearing what they called a turban, clutching a Koran and talking to customers about accepting its message. “So, I guess he approached the guy with the same message but the guy had on a Trump supporter shirt on,” said restaurant employee Darel Walker....
  • House GOP Leaders Set To Endorse Obama’s Failed Anti-JIhad Strategy

    06/16/2016 6:21:10 AM PDT · by maggief · 19 replies
    Breitbart ^ | June 16, 2016 | NEIL MUNRO
    House GOP leaders are set to endorse President Barack Obama’s failed domestic anti-jihad strategy, according to Texas GOP Rep. Louie Gohmert. The GOP’s Obama endorsement is hidden in a new bill, titled the ‘‘Countering Terrorist Radicalization Act.” The showpiece bill’s title and language is undermined by numerous exceptions that allow the president to continue his failed “Countering Violent Extremism” strategy, Gohmert said. The bill is a post-Orlando showpiece that actually entrenches Obama’s harmful policies, he said. “All this is doing is giving more and more credibility to this ridiculous term ‘CVE’ instead of describing the killers that were behind 9/11,...
  • London’s Muslim Mayor Hosts EU ‘Remain’ Rally With Hijab-Clad Women Forced To Stand At The Back

    06/16/2016 6:16:51 AM PDT · by maggief · 18 replies
    Breitbart ^ | June 16, 2016 | CHRIS TOMLINSON
    London Mayor Sadiq Khan gave a speech in Manchester on behalf of the EU ‘Remain’ campaign, with women noticeably absent from the front of the crowd. In an effort to bolster the ailing Remain campaign, newly elected London Mayor Sadiq Khan has gone on a road trip across the country to try and boost support for remaining in the European Union (EU). A photograph from one of Mr. Khan’s speeches in Manchester posted on the Guido Fawkes blog reveals that in at least one of his speeches, meant to galvanise Labour voters in the north of England, women were excluded...
  • CIA director warns ISIS terror capability not slowed despite battle losses

    06/16/2016 6:10:15 AM PDT · by maggief · 23 replies
    CNN ^ | June 16, 2016 | Barbara Starr
    ISIS has a "large cadre of Western fighters" who could attack in the West and is continuing to inspire sympathizers with no "direct links" to ISIS to attack on their own as it did in Orlando, the director of the CIA will warn this morning, according to excerpts of his statement to the Senate provided to CNN. "We judge that ISIL is training and attempting to deploy operatives for further attacks. ISIL has a large cadre of Western fighters who could potentially serve as operatives for attacks in the West. And the group is probably exploring a variety of means...
  • CNN: Obama's cerebral reaction to terror tested in Orlando (BARF!)

    06/16/2016 6:03:27 AM PDT · by maggief · 12 replies
    CNN ^ | June 16, 2016 | Stephen Collinson,
    (CNN)President Barack Obama lands Thursday at the scene of the largest terror attack on U.S. soil since 9/11 buffeted by criticism that he doesn't understand the threat posed by radical Islam and hasn't done enough to protect the homeland. When terrorists have struck during his presidency, Obama has typically reacted cerebrally and unemotionally, trying to ensure that reason triumphs over the fear and emotion of the moment even as critics such as Donald Trump assail it. It's an approach that will be tested once again in Orlando as he tries to console Americans reeling from the dawn of a new...
  • Rubio says he will reconsider running for reelection

    06/15/2016 2:42:41 PM PDT · by maggief · 68 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 15, 2016 | Harper Neidig
    Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) will reconsider his decision not to run for reelection, he told reporters Wednesday. Rubio reopened the door to running after speaking with Florida Lt. Gov. Carlos López-Cantera, a close friend of his who is running to replace him. Sunday's mass shooting at an Orlando nightclub that left 49 dead made him rethink his decision, Rubio said. “Obviously, I take very seriously everything that’s going on — not just Orlando, but in our country,” he said. “I enjoy my service here a lot. So I’ll go home later this week, and I’ll have some time with my...
  • Orlando gunman's alleged sexual confusion betrays ISIS loyalty

    06/14/2016 9:32:04 AM PDT · by maggief · 62 replies
    CBS/AP ^ | June 14, 2016
    ORLANDO - The gunman responsible for the deaths of 49 people inside a gay nightclub in Orlando pledged loyalty to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in his last moments, and the Mideast terrorist group quickly and happily took the credit. However, if the statements of several patrons of Orlando's gay scene are proven true, ISIS would probably prefer to take Omar Mateen and throw him off a tower. A U.S. official with knowledge of the situation tells CBS News that club-goers have told investigators that Mateen had been at Pulse numerous previously. Additionally, other media outlets have...
  • Trump knocks Obama, Clinton: 'It's an absolute war'

    06/13/2016 5:11:48 AM PDT · by maggief · 48 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 13, 2016 | Jesse Byrnes
    Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump early Monday lashed out at President Obama and Democratic rival Hillary Clinton in the wake of a mass shooting at an Orlando, Fla., gay nightclub. "There's never been anything to this extent," Trump said during a phone call on Fox News's "Fox and Friends." "There's no uniforms involved, but it's war, it's absolute war." "We better get smart or it's only going to get worse," continued Trump, who on Sunday said that Obama should step down as president and suggested that Clinton withdraw from the White House race. "This man has no clue," Trump...
  • Orlando shooter was angered by kissing men, gunman’s father says

    06/12/2016 7:59:58 AM PDT · by maggief · 119 replies
    BNO ^ | June 12, 2016
    Omar Mateen, the man who opened fire at a gay nightclub in Florida, killing at least 50 people and injuring dozens more, had become angered after seeing two men kissing in downtown Miami, his father has told NBC News. (more) The father, speaking to NBC News on late Sunday morning, apologized for his son's actions and said he was in shock. "We apologize to everyone. I am so sorry. I lost a son. They lost sons. All of these people are my family," he was quoted as saying. The father added that Mateen had become very angry after he saw...
  • Biden waiting on Clinton endorsement

    06/09/2016 4:43:03 PM PDT · by maggief · 8 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 9, 2016 | Jordan Fabian
    Vice President Biden offered high praise for Bernie Sanders after a meeting with the presidential candidate on Thursday and stopped short of endorsing his opponent, Hillary Clinton. Biden is expected to back Clinton, but he declined to offer her a quick endorsement like President Obama did. After an afternoon meeting at the Naval Observatory, the vice president congratulated Sanders for “energizing so many new voters and bringing them into the Democratic Party,” a spokesperson said. “They discussed the need for the national conversation to continue to focus on the defining fight of our time: retaining and expanding access to the...
  • (Illegal) Student who graduated top of her class causes outrage after bragging that she has a 4.5GPA

    06/08/2016 2:49:22 PM PDT · by maggief · 92 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | June 8, 2016 | CHRIS SUMMERS
    Mayte Lara tweeted after graduating from Crockett High School in Austin But the Texas teenager also mentioned that she was 'undocumented' Federal law does not prohibit states from providing in-state tuition to undocumented students High school graduation season is in full swing and Twitter and Facebook are jam-packed with pictures of jubilant teenagers but one girl's tweet has landed her in a whole lot of trouble. Mayte Lara, from Crockett High School in Austin, Texas, tweeted: 'Valedictorian, 4.5GPA, full tuition paid for at UT, 13 cords and medals, nice legs, oh and I'm undocumented.' (snip) The fact that Lara has...
  • Report: Reid wants Warren for VP

    06/08/2016 2:28:25 PM PDT · by maggief · 70 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 8, 2016 | Harper Neidig
    Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid wants Hillary Clinton to pick Sen. Elizabeth Warren as her running mate, the Huffington Post reported on Wednesday. The report, citing four unidentified Senate sources, says that Reid has grown confident that Democrats would be able to hold on to Warren’s seat if she vacates it to be vice president. The Boston Globe reported last week that Reid had tapped a lawyer in Washington, D.C., to review Massachusetts election law to weigh his options for how to keep her seat blue.
  • Green Party's Jill Stein to Sanders fans: 'There's a plan B here'

    06/08/2016 7:32:16 AM PDT · by maggief · 17 replies
    CNN ^ | June 8, 2016 | Eli Watkins
    (CNN)As the Democratic primary winds down to a close, Green Party likely nominee Dr. Jill Stein said she wanted Bernie Sanders supporters to "know that there's a plan B here to continue to fight that revolution." Sanders went from a long-shot candidate to the head of a national progressive movement in months, and Stein said she believed many of his supporters, turned off by presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton's record and a bruising primary season, might go Stein's way. Stein offered condolences to Sanders supporters and praised Sanders for running a "revolutionary" movement that spoke to the issues she also...
  • AP warns reporters to be safe after harassment from Sanders fans

    06/08/2016 6:12:38 AM PDT · by maggief · 11 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 8, 2016 | Jessie Hellmann
    The Associated Press is warning its reporters to stay vigilant after several received harassing messages from Bernie Sanders supporters. Danny Spriggs, the AP's vice president for global security, said some reporters have received angry emails, social media messages and phone calls after the AP declared Hillary Clinton the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee. "We have not received any specific security threats," Spriggs said in an email to employees, according to Poynter. "It is always good to practice situational awareness around AP bureaus and offices." The AP on Monday declared Clinton the Democratic nominee, saying she had enough pledged delegates and superdelegate...
  • Trump: Judge comments 'misconstrued'

    06/07/2016 2:55:27 PM PDT · by maggief · 22 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 7, 2016 | Ben Kamisar
    Donald Trump said Tuesday his comments that a Indiana-born federal judge might be biased against him because of his Mexican heritage had been misconstrued by the media. The presumptive GOP presidential nominee made the assertion in a new statement Tuesday afternoon as he scrambles to contain blowback from Republicans. "It is unfortunate that my comments have been misconstrued as a categorical attack against people of Mexican heritage. I am friends with and employ thousands of people of Mexican and Hispanic descent," Trump said. "I do not feel that one’s heritage makes them incapable of being impartial, but, based on the...
  • Sanders camp: Clinton has not secured nomination yet

    06/06/2016 6:29:34 PM PDT · by maggief · 83 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 6, 2016 | Cyra Master
    Shortly after The Associated Press updated its delegate count and declared Hillary Clinton the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, a spokesman for Sen. Bernie Sanders slammed the media’s “rush to judgement.” “It is unfortunate that the media, in a rush to judgement, are ignoring the Democratic National Committee’s clear statement that it is wrong to count the votes of superdelegates before they actually vote at the convention this summer,” spokesman Michael Briggs said Monday night. “Secretary Clinton does not have and will not have the requisite number of pledged delegates to secure the nomination. She will be dependent on superdelegates who...
  • Bilderberg 2016: We can expect desperate lobbying against Brexit from Big Business

    06/06/2016 9:44:14 AM PDT · by maggief · 15 replies
    IBT ^ | June 6, 2016 | Charlie Skelton
    As the EU referendum looms, a great counsel of war is gathering. Henri de Castries, the Chairman of the influential Bilderberg Group, has made his way to the highest hill above Dresden, placed a mighty conch shell to his aristocratic French lips and blown. Responding to his call, 140 or so of the most powerful pro-European business leaders and politicians will be making their way to the five-star Hotel Taschenbergpalais to discuss the future of their beloved free trade zone. The annual three-day Bilderberg conference kicks off on Thursday, and you can be sure the mood in Dresden will be...
  • Benghazi chairman: Dems get to review, offer edits to report

    06/06/2016 7:26:23 AM PDT · by maggief · 20 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 6, 2016 | Julian Hattem
    Democrats on the House Select Committee on Benghazi will be able to review and offer edits to the committee’s closely watched report this month, despite their repeated opposition to the panel’s work, according to Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.). Gowdy on Sunday issued a blistering, 1,800-word attack on Democrats’ efforts to undermine the panel’s work through “abject obstruction” and “serial” leaks to the media. But the panel’s five members will nonetheless have access to the report before it is made final, Gowdy wrote in a letter to top Democrat Elijah Cummings (Md.). “Despite your efforts to undermine and obstruct our fact-centered...
  • Trump: Gingrich criticism of me 'inappropriate'

    06/06/2016 6:42:16 AM PDT · by maggief · 220 replies
    POLITICO ^ | June 6, 2016 | NICK GASS
    A day after former Newt Gingrich called Donald Trump's latest comments on Judge Gonzalo Curiel "inexcusable," the presumptive Republican nominee fired back at the former House speaker, who has largely been supportive of his candidacy. "As far as Newt is concerned, I saw Newt," Trump told "Fox & Friends" on Monday after the show played clips of Hillary Clinton and Gingrich denouncing his remarks speculating that Curiel's Mexican heritage represented a conflict of interest in the cases against Trump University over which he is presiding. "I was surprised at Newt. I thought it was inappropriate what he said."
  • Hillary Clinton Won’t Say if Right to Bear Arms Is Constitutional Right

    06/05/2016 7:31:33 AM PDT · by maggief · 51 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | June 5, 2016 | David Rutz
    Hillary Clinton couldn’t definitively say Sunday that the Second Amendment of the Constitution guaranteed the right to bear arms during an interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos. (snip) “Do you believe that an individual’s right to bear arms is a constitutional right, that it’s not linked to service in a militia?” he asked. “I think that for most of our history, there was a nuanced reading of the Second Amendment until the decision by the late Justice Scalia, and there was no argument until then that localities and states and the federal government had a right, as we do with every...
  • McConnell pushes Trump to change

    06/05/2016 6:05:20 AM PDT · by maggief · 61 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 5, 2016 | Jordain Carney
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is growing increasingly critical of Donald Trump, warning him to lay off GOP officials and drop his penchant for “name calling.” McConnell, who endorsed Trump, has been granting a steady stream of interviews to create buzz for his new book “The Long Game.” In the process, he’s leveled some sharp criticism at his party’s presumptive nominee. Asked about Trump’s tendency to lash out at other Republicans, McConnell retorted, it “ought to stop.” "I don't like that,” he told a Baltimore radio station. “I don't think it adds any value whatsoever to the discourse. And...
  • Gingrich: Trump's attacks on judge 'unacceptable'

    06/04/2016 7:30:13 PM PDT · by maggief · 91 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 4, 2016 | Evelyn Rupert
    Donald Trump supporter and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich isn't on board with Trump's attacks on a federal judge. “I don’t know what Trump’s reasoning was, and I don’t care,” Gingrich said in an email to the Washington Post. “His description of the judge in terms of his parentage is completely unacceptable.” Trump has continually bashed U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel, who is overseeing lawsuits over Trump's real estate education program Trump University. Trump claims that because Curiel is of Mexican descent, he is inherently biased against him and should recuse himself. Curiel was born in Indiana to immigrant parents.
  • Sanders: There Will be a Contested Convention

    06/04/2016 6:10:39 PM PDT · by maggief · 106 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 4, 2016 | Harper Neidig
    Bernie Sanders on Saturday reiterated his vow to keep campaigning all the way to Democratic National Convention, regardless of how the rest of the primaries turn out. "Hillary Clinton will not have the requisite number of pledged delegates to win the Democratic nomination at the end of the nominating process on June 14,” Sanders told reporters in Los Angeles Saturday, according to CNN. “Won't happen. She will be dependent on super delegates." "The Democratic National Convention will be a contested convention," he said. Sanders criticized the media for accounting for superdelegates when talking about Clinton’s lead in the race, saying...
  • State Dept.: 'We have hit a dead end' on who ordered video edit

    06/02/2016 6:12:43 PM PDT · by maggief · 62 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 2, 2016 | Kristina Wong
    The State Department on Thursday said it has hit a "dead end" in determining who ordered the deletion of part of a December 2013 press briefing video that addressed the Iran nuclear deal. "We believe we've carried out the necessary investigation. We have hit a dead end in terms of finding out more information," said State Department spokesman Mark Toner. The answer was unacceptable to CNN news anchor Jake Tapper, who declared Thursday, "Just as the public has a right to know the truth, we have a right to know who lied to us. And why.” During the deleted portion,...
  • Feds try to quash Republicans' lawsuit over Clinton messages

    06/02/2016 6:43:47 AM PDT · by maggief · 17 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 2, 2016 | Julian Hattem
    The Obama administration is trying to kill a lawsuit from the Republican National Committee (RNC) seeking communications from Hillary Clinton and emails from her former top aides. Complying with the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request at the heart of the lawsuit would require going through 1.5 million pages of files, Justice Department lawyers argued in a filing late on Wednesday. The excessively broad nature of the demands, they added, should prompt a federal court to toss out the suit. “Compiling, reviewing, and redacting documents responsive to these requests would take the State Department decades,” the lawyers claimed. “This burden...
  • Trump decides he won't debate Bernie Sanders

    05/27/2016 1:40:02 PM PDT · by maggief · 91 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 27, 2016 | Jessie Hellmann
    Donald Trump on Friday said it would be “inappropriate” to hold a debate with Bernie Sanders, throwing cold water on an idea that had captivated the political world in recent days. "As much as I want to debate Bernie Sanders — and it would be an easy payday — I will wait to debate the first place finisher in the Democratic Party, probably Crooked Hillary Clinton, or whoever it may be," Trump said in a statement. The presumptive GOP presidential nominee added that it "seems inappropriate" to debate the "second place finisher."
  • Politico: How Hillary Loses

    05/27/2016 6:20:00 AM PDT · by maggief · 62 replies
    Politico ^ | May 27, 2016 | DAVID S. BERNSTEIN
    It’s a terrifying moment for Democrats: Hillary Clinton’s double-digit lead in national polls has evaporated and panic is beginning to set in. Polls now show Donald Trump ahead of Clinton, or at worst only a few points behind. During the insanity of the Republican primary, it was easy for them to believe that Trump could never be president—that in a general election, mainstream voters would regard him as an absurdity. But Clinton remains a shaky candidate with historically high negatives, an email scandal that keeps getting worse and a stubborn primary opponent whose supporters may yet become a midsummer nightmare...
  • Obama confident trade deal will pass Congress

    05/23/2016 6:04:47 AM PDT · by maggief · 26 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 23, 2016 | Jordan Fabian
    President Obama said Monday he’s confident that Congress will overcome election-year gridlock and approve the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement. Obama acknowledged during a news conference in Vietnam that passing trade deals is tough, especially during a political campaign when the issue is hotly debated. “Having said that, I remain confident we're going to get it done,” he told reporters. “It's good for the country. It's good for America. It's good for the region. It's good for the world.” Obama is looking to reassure Asian nations that the deal is still on track for passage, despite growing political opposition to...
  • Trump’s former girlfriend: New York Times 'spun' my comments

    05/16/2016 5:30:54 AM PDT · by maggief · 35 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 16, 2016 | Mark Hensch
    A woman who dated Donald Trump said early Monday that The New York Times "spun" her comments for an article about the presumptive presidential nominee's treatment of women, adding that he always treated her respectfully. “He never made me feel like I was being demeaned in any way,” Rowanne Brewer Lane said on Fox News’s “Fox & Friends.” “He never offended me in any way,” the former model added. "He was very gracious. I saw him around all types of people, all types of women. He was very kind, thoughtful, generous. I did not have a negative experience with Donald...
  • Justin Trudeau's 'overwhelmed' wife slammed for saying she needs a team of staff to help her 'serve

    05/14/2016 5:15:38 AM PDT · by maggief · 37 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | May 14, 2016 | OLLIE GILLMAN
    Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau, 41, said she needed more staff to help her out 'Overwhelmed' wife of Canadian prime minister cares for her three children Rival politicians accused Justin Trudeau and his wife of being out of touch Huge wildfire is tearing through Alberta, forcing 88,000 people to evacuate Justin Trudeau's wife has come under fire for asking for more staff to help her with the 'overwhelming' job of being First Lady of Canada. Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau, 41, said one aide was not enough to help her juggle her official duties and care for her three children. Mrs Gregoire-Trudeau's plea for help came...
  • Trump taps climate change skeptic, fracking advocate as key energy advisor

    05/13/2016 10:51:57 AM PDT · by maggief · 94 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 13, 2016 | VALERIE VOLCOVICI
    Republican presidential contender Donald Trump has asked one of America's most ardent drilling advocates and climate change skeptics to help him draft his energy policy. U.S. Republican Congressman Kevin Cramer of North Dakota - a major oil drilling state - is writing a white paper on energy policy for the New York billionaire, Cramer and sources familiar with the matter told Reuters. Cramer was also among a group of Trump advisers who recently met with lawmakers from western energy states, who hope Trump will open more federal land for drilling, a lawmaker who took part in the meeting said. Cramer...
  • 'Screw the next generation': Anonymous congressman writes tell-all and slams 'nation of naive..

    05/12/2016 8:52:37 AM PDT · by maggief · 60 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | May 12, 2016 | DAVID MARTOSKO
    My main job is to keep my job, to get reelected. It takes precedence over everything,' an anonymous member of Congress writes in a new book 'Voters are incredibly ignorant and know little about our form of government and how it works,' he writes 'It's far easier than you think to manipulate a nation of naive, self-absorbed sheep who crave instant gratification' One liberal news blogger claims the author is a Democrat 'The Confessions of Congressman X' will be released May 24 by a small Minnesota-based 'vanity press' publisher A new book threatens to blow the lid off of Congress...
  • Ted Cruz poised to challenge Trump in Texas

    05/11/2016 3:29:02 PM PDT · by maggief · 251 replies
    POLITICO ^ | May 11, 2016 | KYLE CHENEY
    Ted Cruz isn’t giving up. While Donald Trump dispatches three advisers to Texas’s convention in Dallas this week and makes a pitch for party unity, his team will be running up against a Cruz operation that is still maneuvering to stuff the state’s delegation with allies the senator could call on to snub the presumptive nominee. “We have a busy weekend planned,” said a source familiar with the Cruz campaign’s plans. Cruz is scheduled to deliver an address at the Texas convention after a week of hinting he could jump back into the presidential contest and urging activists to thwart...
  • Ted Cruz stalls on endorsing Trump (as he returned to Senate)

    05/10/2016 7:29:44 PM PDT · by maggief · 90 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 10, 2016 | Alexander Bolton
    Ted Cruz repeatedly declined to endorse Donald Trump for president on Tuesday as he returned to the Senate for the first time since dropping out of the presidential race. The Texas senator, who finished second to Trump in winning 565 delegates in the GOP primary, according to The New York Times’s delegate tracker, said there is plenty of time to make a decision on an endorsement. “There are two and a half months until the Republican convention, six months until the general election,” Cruz told reporters crowded outside his Russell Building office. “There will be plenty of time for voters...
  • Cruz slams media for ‘manipulating’ voters

    05/10/2016 10:17:35 AM PDT · by maggief · 73 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 10, 2016 | Ben Kamisar
    Ted Cruz on Tuesday accused the media of propping up its preferred candidates, saying the news industry helped fuel presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s rise. "This election will be studied for the role of the media, and in particular network executives," Cruz said on Glenn Beck's radio program, his first public interview since ending his presidential campaign last week. "That has a dramatic impact on the polls, when every network becomes the super-PAC for the candidate that they want to win." Cruz attacked media execs for “manipulating and trying to deceive the voters” and said Trump's rise was "heavily...
  • Hillary’s Emails Hacked by Russia – Kremlin Deciding Whether to Release 20,000 Stolen Emails

    05/10/2016 6:38:13 AM PDT · by maggief · 123 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | May 10, 2016 | Jim Hoft
    The Kremlin is debating whether to release the 20,000 emails they have hacked off of Hillary Clinton’s server. According to a report from four days ago, beginning in 2011, the Russians began monitoring Romanian computer hacker Marcel Lazăr Lehel (aka Guccifer) after he attempted, unsuccessfully, to break into the computer system of the Russian funded RT television network. After monitoring Guccifer, the Russians were reportedly able to record (both physically and electronically) his actions which allowed the Russian intelligence analysts, in 2013, to not only detect his breaking into the private computer of Secretary Clinton, but also break in and...
  • White House BRAGS about how it tricked reporters into cheerleading for Obama's Iran nuclear deal..

    05/06/2016 3:28:14 PM PDT · by maggief · 25 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | May 6, 2016 | DAVID MARTOSKO
    Deputy national security adviser for strategic communications Ben Rhodes orchestrated an 'echo chamber' of media support for Obama's Iran deal He spoke candidly about his tactics to a New York Times Magazine writer Tactics included planting talking points with compliant reporters Also helped arms-control experts land in influential positions where they could parrot the White House's line on the deal's virtues Even then-Defense Secretary Leon Panetta now says he's not sure the president's aims were what the White House said they were at the time White House routinely 'ventriloquizes' reporters, the Times story explains The Obama White House set up...
  • McCain on tape: Trump damages my reelection hopes

    05/05/2016 5:03:46 AM PDT · by maggief · 78 replies
    POLITICO ^ | May 5, 2016 | BURGESS EVERETT and SEUNG MIN KIM
    Publicly, John McCain insists Donald Trump will have a negligible effect on his campaign for reelection. But behind closed doors at a fundraiser in Arizona last month, the Republican senator and two-time presidential hopeful offered a far more dire assessment to his supporters. “If Donald Trump is at the top of the ticket, here in Arizona, with over 30 percent of the vote being the Hispanic vote, no doubt that this may be the race of my life,” McCain said, according to a recording of the event obtained by POLITICO. “If you listen or watch Hispanic media in the state...
  • Exclusive: President Fox Apologizes, Invites Trump to Mexico

    05/04/2016 3:30:21 PM PDT · by maggief · 12 replies
    Breitbart ^ | May 4, 2016 | ALEX SWOYER AND JOEL B. POLLA
    SANTA MONICA, California — During an exclusive interview with Breitbart News, former Mexican President Vicente Fox apologized Wednesday for the vulgar language he has used regarding GOP frontrunner Donald Trump’s proposal to build a wall along the southern border and invited the likely Republican nominee to Mexico to see the border from the other side. (snip) “I apologize. Forgiveness is one of the greatest qualities that human beings have, is the quality of a compassionate leader. You have to be humble. You have to be compassionate. You have to love thy neighbor,” Fox explained to Breitbart News while sitting in...
  • Mexico changes its tune on Trump

    05/04/2016 2:15:59 PM PDT · by maggief · 32 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 4, 2016 | Rafael Bernal
    Mexican officials are focusing on the positives in the U.S.-Mexico relationship, avoiding direct references to the presidential campaign. In an interview with The Hill Monday, Secretary of the Economy Ildefonso Guajardo said "it's not very convenient for foreign officials" to comment on U.S. elections. He said they will instead focus on the massive economic potential of the U.S.-Mexico partnership. "The mere fact that Mexico has become an item in the debate should be an opportunity to reinforce the U.S-Mexico relationship. In a way, underlying that reality is the fact that whatever happens in Mexico has an impact in the U.S....
  • Trump: Cruz has become ‘unhinged’

    05/03/2016 10:42:52 AM PDT · by maggief · 83 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 3, 2016 | Elliot Smilowitz
    Donald Trump says Ted Cruz has “become more and more unhinged,” after Cruz went on the warpath against Trump as the two trade escalating insults. “Ted Cruz is a desperate candidate trying to save his failing campaign,” Trump said in a statement released by his campaign Tuesday. “It is no surprise he has resorted to his usual tactics of over-the-top rhetoric that nobody believes.” (snip) “Over the last week, I have watched Lyin’ Ted become more and more unhinged as he is unable to react under the pressure and stress of losing, in all cases by landslides, the last six...
  • Most say Fiorina VP pick won't sway vote

    05/03/2016 7:47:39 AM PDT · by maggief · 27 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 3, 2016 | Mark Hensch
    Ted Cruz’s selection of Carly Fiorina as his potential running mate has hardly registered with voters, according to a new poll. Sixty percent have no opinion on Fiorina’s addition to Cruz’s ticket or think it has “no impact” in a Morning Consult survey released early Tuesday. Twenty two percent say they are “less likely” to vote for Cruz because of the former Hewlett-Packard CEO. Only 18 percent, meanwhile, say Fiorina makes them “more likely” to cast ballots for the Texas senator. Pollsters also found that Fiorina is either disliked or unknown to many registered voters nationwide. Thirty six percent have...
  • Indiana Boasts Record Turnout for Early Voting in Presidential Primaries

    05/03/2016 7:19:36 AM PDT · by maggief · 8 replies
    Breitbart ^ | May 3, 2016
    Indiana steps into the national spotlight Tuesday with a primary election that could play a significant role in deciding Republican and Democratic presidential contests, as well as a spirited Senate GOP primary election and crowded races for Republican nominations in two U.S. House districts. Two state Senate Republican primaries also are drawing attention as Senate leaders try to fend off challenges. Voters cast a record number of early ballots and high turnout is expected, especially in some heavily Republican counties in suburban Indianapolis. (snip) HIGH TURNOUT Early voting turnout has hit record highs with more than 270,000 people casting ballots...
  • ‘Stop Trump’ to Cruz: Win Indiana, or else

    05/03/2016 6:44:49 AM PDT · by maggief · 34 replies
    Politico ^ | May 3, 2016 | SHANE GOLDMACHER
    Ted Cruz vowed Monday that he’s “in for the distance,” but if the Texas senator loses Indiana on Tuesday he risks big donors abandoning the Stop Trump effort that has spent millions supporting him in battleground states. More than a half-dozen Republicans involved in the pro-Cruz and anti-Trump push told POLITICO that Indiana is crucial for Cruz to keeping the cash flowing, as skittish donors have grown weary after a string of recent losses. “If he can’t be stopped in Indiana, you will have a lot of people who just throw up their arms and say, ‘Well, I guess he...
  • Just About Everyone is Uneasy Over This Video of Cruz and Fiorina Holding Hands

    05/02/2016 12:16:42 PM PDT · by maggief · 113 replies
    Mediaite ^ | May 2, 2016 | Lindsey Ellefson
    If you’ve been on Twitter today, you’ve probably seen the following super-awkward video of Ted Cruz and Carly Fiorina trying to grasp hands in some sort of victorious motion: (Video clip at link)