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  • Another Strange Endorsement

    05/19/2018 7:06:32 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 19, 2018 | Arthur Shaper
    A brief direct message on Twitter gave me the grave news I feared the most: President Trump endorsed John Cox, a Chicago-born businessman who carpet-bagged to California five years ago, for Governor of California.I am stunned, and it made me sick to my stomach. Full disclosure: I support Assemblyman Travis Allen for governor, the candidate who has been outspoken about his support for Trump and his agenda from the beginning.But the bigger issue comes to the following questions: Why would Trump support Cox instead of Allen?Who is giving advice to the President? Did he make this decision himself?How does...
  • Top Intel Dem slams Trump claim about FBI informant (Schiff )

    05/20/2018 8:48:43 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 15 replies
    The Hill ^ | 05/20/18 | Mallory Shelbourne
    The top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee slammed President Trump’s claim that there was an FBI informant spying on his presidential campaign. “The most I can tell you Chuck is that this claim by the president, the suggestion by Giuliani that there is a political spy embedded in the Trump campaign is nonsense,” Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) told NBC “Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd. Schiff is referring to Trump’s most recent claim that former President Barack Obama used “an embedded informant” to spy on his campaign. “Wow, word seems to be coming out that the Obama FBI ‘SPIED...
  • The FBI didn’t use an informant to go after Trump. They used one to protect him. [WasPo garbage]

    05/18/2018 10:27:06 PM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 96 replies
    But Trump and his backers are wrong about what it means that the FBI reportedly was using a confidential source to gather information early in its investigation of possible campaign ties to Russia. The investigation started out as a counterintelligence probe, not a criminal one. And relying on a covert source rather than a more intrusive method of gathering information suggests that the FBI may have been acting cautiously — perhaps too cautiously — to protect the campaign, not undermine it. As a former FBI counterintelligence agent, I know what Trump apparently does not: Counterintelligence investigations have a different purpose...
  • Oakland Mayor Schaaf Tells President Trump She is ‘Seeking’ Justice Not Obstructing It

    05/19/2018 5:12:19 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 37 replies
    KTLA ^ | 05/19/2018 | cnn wire
    On Wednesday, Trump urged his attorney general to investigate Schaaf for obstruction of justice. “You talk about obstruction of justice — I would recommend that you look at obstruction of justice for the mayor, Jeff,” Trump said to Attorney General Jeff Sessions during a White House meeting of California state officials and law enforcement officials about California’s so-called “sanctuary” policies on immigration enforcement. Trump administration officials have repeatedly attacked sanctuary jurisdictions and local officials as harboring dangerous criminals. In March, the administration filed a federal lawsuit against California and some of its top officials over state policies that limit some...
  • These are the California volcanoes most likely to erupt first

    05/19/2018 1:20:17 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 41 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | May 18, 2018 | Amy Graff
    It's not only a possibility in the Hawaiian Islands. A chain of about 40 volcanos runs along the West Coast between Canada and Mexico and all have the potential to become active. (The potential for each peak is outlined in the gallery above.) They've all erupted at least once in the past 10,000 years and they all have a supply of magma under them.
  • Trump endorses Republican businessman John Cox for California governor

    05/19/2018 3:19:34 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 25 replies
    Washingtom Examiner ^ | May 18, 2018 07:02 PM | Diana Stancy Correll
    President Trump endorsed GOP California gubernatorial candidate and businessman John Cox on Friday, days after Cox said he was remorseful he did not vote for Trump in the 2016 election because he wasn’t sure if Trump was a conservative. ...snip Cox and Orange County Assemblyman Travis Allen, both Republicans, are seeing to woo enough voters for the June 5 primary in order to gain one of two spots in the November general election. In the event Republicans fail to garner enough support, two Democrats could go head-to-head. Cox has already attracted the support of GOP leadership, including U.S. House Majority...
  • Top Intel Dem warns Republicans: Don't try to out FBI source

    05/18/2018 7:24:22 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 105 replies
    The Hill ^ | Max Greenwood - 05/18/18 | Max Greenwood - 05/18/18
    Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) warned Republican lawmakers on Friday not to expose the identity of top-secret FBI informant, saying that to do so would be "irresponsible" — and potentially illegal. "It would be at best irresponsible, and at worst potentially illegal, for members of Congress to use their positions to learn the identity of an FBI source for the purpose of undermining the ongoing investigation into Russian interference in our election," Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, said in a statement. "Anyone who is entrusted with our nation’s highest secrets should act with the gravity and seriousness...
  • Trump Tweet: California finally deserves a great Governor ...

    05/18/2018 5:36:37 PM PDT · by Dr. Sivana · 41 replies
    Trump Twitter ^ | 5/18/18 | President Trump
    California finally deserves a great Governor, one who understands borders, crime and lowering taxes. John Cox is the man - he’ll be the best Governor you’ve ever had. I fully endorse John Cox for Governor and look forward to working with him to Make California Great Again!
  • Farm bill fails in House, amid conservative uprising over immigration

    05/18/2018 11:04:02 AM PDT · by xzins · 53 replies
    Fox ^ | 18 May 18 | Chad Pergam
    GOP seeks farm bill support amid immigration debate House Freedom Caucus members are trying to flex some muscle on immigration in exchange for support on the farm bill; A sprawling and subsidy-packed farm bill that also would have tightened food stamp rules failed in the House on Friday, in a dramatic defeat for GOP leaders who faced an uprising from conservatives over inaction on immigration. The farm bill, which was voted down 213-198, had been hanging in the balance as the conservative House Freedom Caucus threatened to withhold support without an agreement on an immigration bill vote. The GOP leadership,...
  • California charges operators of arrest mugshot website in alleged pay-for-removal scheme

    05/18/2018 5:46:48 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 8 replies
    L A TImes ^ | May. 16, 2018, 12:49 p.m. | Patrick McGreevy
    California’s attorney general said Wednesday he has filed extortion and money laundering charges against owners of the website Mugshots.com, accusing them of posting mugshot photos and then charging those pictured money to remove the the photos from the internet. ... The site posted mugshots taken from law enforcement websites even if the people who were arrested never had charges filed against them or later had them dropped. The mugshots can make it harder for them to get jobs and housing, Becerra said. The site would not remove the mugshots until a fee was paid to a secondary website called Unpublisharrest.com,...
  • Leakers to NYT Confirm FBI Ran Spy Operation Against Trump Campaign

    05/17/2018 5:04:08 AM PDT · by Mount Athos · 72 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 16 May 2018 | Kristina Wong
    Leakers to the New York Times confirmed in a story published on Wednesday that the FBI had run a spy operation on the Trump campaign that involved government informants, secret subpoenas, and possible wiretaps. The story comes ahead of the release of the pending Department of Justice inspector general report on the FBI’s actions during the 2016 election, and likely is an attempt by the leakers to paint the FBI’s efforts in the most flattering light possible. But the story revealed that the FBI – which is supposed to be an apolitical agency – was spying on the Trump campaign...
  • Democrats Could Face Midterm ‘Catastrophe’ in California

    05/18/2018 8:07:33 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 30 replies
    brietbart ^ | 05/18/2018 | Joel B Pollak
    Democrats had been counting on victories in at least half a dozen California congressional districts to bring them closer to the 24 needed to take control of the U.S. House of Representatives. Republicans only hold 14 seats in the Golden State, and Hillary Clinton won many of those districts in the 2016 election. But a combination of factors — including an excess of Democratic contenders, and a surge in Republican enthusiasm — could thwart those plans. California has a unique primary system called the “top two” or “jungle” primary, under which every voter can vote for any candidates, and the...
  • Starbucks Accused of Racism After Latino Customer Receives Cup Labeled ‘Beaner’

    05/17/2018 7:17:29 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 62 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 5/17/18 | Katherine Rodriguez
    Starbucks has been accused of racism yet again after a Latino customer at a Los Angeles area store found a racial slur scribbled on his cup. The man, who would only be identified as Peter, told CBS Los Angeles he received a drink with the word “BEANER” on it at the Starbucks in La Cañada, California. “En español es ‘frijoleros,’ ‘beaner,’ you know, in English,” said the victim’s friend Miguel Acosta. “He went to Starbucks, and they asked for his name, and his name is ‘Peter,’ and they wrote this ‘beaner,’ And he’s saying that’s not fair.” Acosta added that...
  • League Urges CalPERS to Find Ways to Exceed 7% Return Projections

    05/17/2018 4:12:35 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 52 replies
    The legislative representative to the League of California Cities urged the CalPERS Investment Committee Monday to think “out of the box” in finding a way to exceed its 7% investment return projections, saying that cities won’t be able to pay their monthly contributions to the pension plan if returns are that low. Dane Hutchings cited a CalPERS September 2017 report, which showed that 180 of the 449 cities and towns that participate in CalPERS had an individual funding ratio of between 60% and 70%. Sounding a warning alarm, Hutchings said a significant number of those communities could fall between the...
  • Celebrities Freak After Trump Calls MS-13 Gangsters ‘Animals’: ‘Dehumanizing Bigot Monster’

    05/17/2018 7:38:58 AM PDT · by EdnaMode · 58 replies
    Breitbart ^ | May 17, 2018 | Ben Kew
    Several Hollywood celebrities freaked out over comments made by President Donald Trump on Wednesday, in which he referred to members of the MS-13 criminal gang as “animals.” During a roundtable discussion of California’s sanctuary state laws, Trump described members of MS-13 as “animals,” adding that immigration authorities were now “taking them out of the country at a level and rate that’s never happened before.” It is not the first time that Trump has used the phrase to describe the bloodthirsty organization, who have been classified by the FBI as the most violent and organized criminal network in the United States.
  • California Cities Are Free to Regulate Gun Stores Out of Existence

    05/17/2018 6:28:46 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 47 replies
    Reason ^ | May 15, 2018 | Declan McCullagh
    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday sent a clear message to millions of gun owners in California: You're living in a Second Amendment-free zone. In an order on Monday, without explanation or comment, the Court rejected a civil rights lawsuit brought by the Calguns Foundation and the Second Amendment Foundation. Those groups had hoped the justices would rule that the Second Amendment continues to apply even in the progressive enclaves of the left coast—and that law-abiding California residents possess the right to buy and sell firearms. Instead, the Supreme Court declined to hear the case, a decision that underscores its...
  • Trump to Sessions: Prosecute Oakland Mayor Schaaf for Obstruction

    05/16/2018 9:58:20 PM PDT · by Kevin in California · 49 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 05/16/2018 | Cathy Burke
    President Donald Trump on Wednesday asked Attorney General Jeff Sessions to consider prosecuting the Democratic mayor of Oakland, California, over her February heads-up to illegal immigrants about a federal enforcement raid.
  • Dear iPhone—It Was Just Physical, and Now It’s Over

    05/16/2018 4:44:46 PM PDT · by ptsal · 10 replies
    Nautilus ^ | 11-May-2018 | Katie Reid
    s a kid, I’d sometimes try to imagine what life would be like without a particular sense or part of my body, like with questions from the Would You Rather? game. Would you rather be deaf or blind? Would you rather have no legs or no arms? I’d try to erase the sound of my mom’s piano playing, the sight of the ground growing smaller as I soared on the tree swing in my backyard, or the feeling of playing basketball so hard my lungs might explode, but I just couldn’t. How could life go on without these sensations that...
  • Cambridge Analytica shared data with Russia: whistleblower

    05/16/2018 1:49:58 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 18 replies
    AFP ^ | 05/16/2018 | Staff
    Political consulting group Cambridge Analytica used Russian researchers and shared data with companies linked to Russian intelligence, a whistleblower told a congressional hearing on interference in the 2016 US election Wednesday. Christopher Wylie, who leaked information on the British-based firm's hijacking of data on millions of Facebook users, told a Senate panel he believes Russian intelligence services had access to data harvested by the consultancy. Wylie told the panel that Russian-American researcher Aleksandr Kogan, who created an application to harvest Facebook user profile data, was working at the same time on Russian-funded projects, including "behavioral research." "This means that in...
  • Report: John Brennan Worked ‘Pee Dossier’ into Obama’s Daily Briefing, (Tr)

    05/16/2018 10:27:54 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 73 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 16 May 2018 | Joshua Caplan
    Report: John Brennan Worked ‘Pee Dossier’ into Obama’s Daily Briefing, Called Steele ‘Credible Source’ (Full Title) A new report alleges that former CIA Director John Brennan included claims from the dubious Steele dossier into President Barack Obama’s Presidential Daily Brief — without disclosing the source of the allegations. “Brennan put some of the dossier material into the PDB [presidential daily briefing] for Obama and described it as coming from a ‘credible source,’ which is how they viewed Steele,” a source close to the House probe told Real Clear Investigations reporter Paul Sperry. “But they never corroborated his sources,” the source...