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  • Head Of D.C.'s Schools Resigns After Personal Scandal And Amid District Tumult

    02/21/2018 6:48:26 AM PST · by Altura Ct. · 9 replies
    NPR ^ | 2/20/2018
    D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Antwan Wilson resigned Tuesday following revelations that his daughter was improperly transferred from one of the district's top-performing public high schools to another — which had a waitlist of more than 600 students. The move violated a policy that Wilson himself established last summer restricting the ability of the chancellor to grant such transfers for the children of public officials. The policy came as a result of revelations that former Chancellor Kaya Henderson had placed the children of certain officials in popular and high-performing schools. "After listening to many community members and families and stakeholders, it...
  • Did Amazon employees just tip the company’s hand on HQ2?

    02/21/2018 6:35:38 AM PST · by Red Badger · 13 replies
    www.curbed.com ^ | Feb 20, 2018, 5:49pm EST | By Jeff Andrews
    Clicks on an Arlington, Virginia, website are originating from an internal Amazon site While the world waits with bated breath for Amazon to announce which of its 20 “finalist” cities will be awarded the pleasure of trading its tax base to Jeff Bezos in exchange for the company’s much-ballyhooed second headquarters, a small local news website may have found the answer in its Google Analytics data. ARLnow.com, which serves Arlington, Virginia, found an unusual amount of traffic to a December story about Arlington County winning an award for its environmentally friendly policies. After doing some digging, the site says the...
  • 'We Have to Do Something'

    02/21/2018 6:25:59 AM PST · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 21, 2018 | Ben Shapiro
    The gun control debate is complex. It pits rights against duties. It pits individualism against communitarianism. It pits gun owners against anti-gun activists, and law-abiding citizens against one another. Most of all, it pits "common sense" against evidence. The vast majority of gun control proponents keep talking about "common sense" gun control, as though Americans could simply blue-sky some ideas about curbing highly sporadic acts of violence and fix the problem immediately -- and as though Americans were suffering from lack of will, rather than disagreement about method. That's simply not the case. But there are things we can do....
  • Israel’s anti-athan bill allows police to storm mosques

    02/21/2018 6:16:37 AM PST · by Eddie01 · 11 replies
    Middle East Monitor ^ | Feb 21, 2018 | staff
    Israeli MKs and minister have been working to introduce a new copy of what is known as the “Muezzin Bill” to give power to police to break into mosques to silence the Muslim call to prayer, Quds Press reported yesterday. According to Israeli news website 0404, the new copy of the bill, which had preliminary Knesset approval in March 2017, is planned to be proposed to parliament soon. The website said that a committee consisting of Interior Minister Gilad Erdan, Environment Minister Zeev Elkin and other MKs, including Moti Yogev who initiated the bill, have already laid down the terms...
  • Billy Graham Passes Away at 99

    02/21/2018 6:13:34 AM PST · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 21, 2018 | Cortney O'Brien
    Prominent evangelical leader and pastor Billy Graham has died at the age of 99. He passed away from natural causes at his home in Montreat, N.C, Fox News confirmed Wednesday. BREAKING NEWS: Billy Graham has died at age 99. pic.twitter.com/oZbmCUwOU5— Fox News (@FoxNews) February 21, 2018 Graham, one of "the most admired men in the world," according to polls, held over 400 "Christian crusades," or evangelistic campaigns, between 1947 and 2005.His influence was vast. He preached to an estimated 250 million people and offered spiritual guidance to several U.S. presidents. During his life-long ministry, Reverend Billy Graham preached in person...
  • What Really Happened At The School Where Every Graduate Got Into College

    02/21/2018 5:53:02 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 50 replies
    National Public Radio ^ | November 28, 2017 | KATE MCGEE
    Brian Butcher, a history teacher at Ballou High School, sat in the bleachers of the school's brand-new football field last June watching 164 seniors receive diplomas. It was a clear, warm night and he was surrounded by screaming family and friends snapping photos and cheering. It was a triumphant moment for the students: For the first time, every graduate had applied and been accepted to college. The school is located in one of Washington, D.C.'s poorest neighborhoods and has struggled academically for years with a low graduation rate. For months, the school received national media attention, including from NPR, celebrating...
  • Miami "News" Radio says Parkland is a "tipping point" RINO host says he is one issue voter: Guns

    02/21/2018 5:24:27 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 20 replies
    WIOD.com ^ | 2/21/18 | Jimmy Cefalo, Ted Deutsch
    Jimmy Cefalo, pretend conservative, just had a FAWNING interview with Demon Rat congressclown Ted Deutsch. Jim says he is now a ONE ISSUE VOTER AND THAT ISSUE IS GUNS.
  • EXCLUSIVE: Another Poll Shows Marsha Blackburn with Big Lead Over Bob Corker...

    02/21/2018 4:56:14 AM PST · by upchuck · 16 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Feb 20, 2018 | MICHAEL PATRICK LEAHY
    Full Title: EXCLUSIVE: Another Poll Shows Marsha Blackburn with Big Lead Over Bob Corker Among Tennessee GOP Primary Voters Another recent poll obtained by Breitbart News shows that Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN-07) has a big lead over Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) among Tennessee Republican primary voters. The poll, conducted by Ragnar Research Associates for American Future Fund Political Action, shows Blackburn has a commanding 19 point lead, 48 percent to 29 percent, over Corker in a potential head-to-head matchup for the August 2018 GOP U.S. Senate primary in Tennessee. The poll was conducted between February 14 and February 19 of...
  • 8 killed, 30 wounded in Presidents Day weekend shootings across Chicago [Gun Free Democrat City]

    02/21/2018 4:30:47 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 25 replies
    ABC CHICAGO ^ | 2/20/18
    Eight people were killed and at least 30 others have been wounded in Presidents Day weekend shootings across Chicago. The most recent fatal shooting...
  • More Americans Than Ever Support Stricter Gun Control Laws, Poll Finds

    02/21/2018 3:21:08 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 41 replies
    Time ^ | 2/20/18 | JAMIE DUCHARME
    ....support for stricter gun control laws is at an all-time high among American voters, according to a Quinnipiac University poll. Those in favor of stricter gun legislation outnumber those opposed by a measure of more than two-to-one, according to the poll.... ....among gun owners, with 50% in favor and 44% not, according to the poll....
  • CNN announces town hall with students... [Miami FOX Station will air CNN show LIVE]

    02/21/2018 2:53:06 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 49 replies
    WSVN-TV ^ | 2/20/18
    The school shooting in Parkland has sparked a renewed call for lawmakers to take action, and some of the loudest voices demanding change are not even old enough to vote.... ....“Stand Up: The Students of Stoneman Douglas Demand Action” will air live at 9 p.m., ET, on Wednesday, February 21 at the BB&T Center. 7News will then air a special hour-long news program at 11 p.m. So far, Florida Rep. Ted Deutch, Sen. Bill Nelson and Sen. Marco Rubio have accepted an invitation to participate in the town hall. Florida Gov. Rick Scott said he would be unable to attend...
  • How the MSM and Russian Trolls Are Destroying the Democratic Party

    02/21/2018 2:30:43 AM PST · by lowbuck · 12 replies
    PJMedia ^ | 20 February 2018 | Roger L. Simon
    In what feels like the 27th year of the Trump-Russia-Collusion Investigation, what we have most recently learned is that a lawyer no one ever heard of may have made a false statement to the FBI and even erased a few emails concerning events that happened years before the election and have something to do with the Ukraine. We have further learned that a group of Russians in St. Petersburg have been trolling us since at least 2014 (what took them so long?), playing both sides against the middle and even going so far as to organize a post-election demonstration in...
  • żEl adiós de Lindsey Vonn?

    02/20/2018 10:26:08 PM PST · by 11th_VA · 24 replies
    Univision ^ | Feb 21, 2018
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  • L.A. County's homeless problem is worsening despite billions from tax measures

    02/19/2018 10:11:15 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 41 replies
    Los Angeles County's homeless population is increasing faster than the supply of new housing, even with the addition of thousands of beds in the last two years and millions of dollars beginning to flow in from two ballot measures targeting the crisis, according to a long-awaited report by the region's homelessness agency. The report showed that officials two years ago far underestimated how much new housing would be needed when they asked city and county voters to approve the tax measures. ... Peter Lynn, executive director of the homeless authority, said Friday that new cost figures had not been calculated,...
  • Outgoing Republicans Say GOP Has Changed [Flake, Dent, Royce, Ros-Lehtinen]

    02/20/2018 9:16:59 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 68 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | February 19, 2018 | 12:21 PM EST | Melanie Arter
    A group of Republicans who have decided not to run for re-election told CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Sunday that the Republican Party has changed, and not for the better. Reps. Ed Royce (R-Calif.), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), and Charlie Dent (R-Pa.) and Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) complained about the GOP’s narrowing focus and the perception that the Republicans must pledge loyalty to the president instead of to GOP principles. […] Royce said he always considered the Republican Party to be “a big tent party” with room “for a lot of different viewpoints.” He said part of the answer is for...
  • I Need to Tell You the Strangest Thing Doug Casey and I Learned in Ukraine

    02/20/2018 7:03:53 PM PST · by vannrox · 31 replies
    international man ^ | Posted 21FEB18 | Nick Giambruno, Senior Editor
    This is not fiction… It’s not a conspiracy theory… It’s a plausible explanation for a mysterious event that actually happened. On the evening of May 28, 1993, an enormous blast rocked the Australian Outback. It measured 3.9 on the Richter scale and sent shock waves out hundreds of miles. Truck drivers and gold prospectors in the area saw the dark sky light up with a bright flash. I only heard about the incident last year, when Doug Casey and I met a shadowy figure with deep connections to the US government in a café in Kiev, the capital of...
  • GOP lawmaker’s bill would revoke immigrant gang members’ citizenship

    02/20/2018 7:02:12 PM PST · by jazusamo · 23 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 20, 2018 | Victor Morton
    A Republican lawmaker wants to strip U.S. citizenship from foreign-born gang members, in response to escalating violence from MS-13 and other immigrant-based gangs. The bill by Rep. Lee Zeldin, New York Republican, is titled “Protecting our Communities from Gang Violence Act” and would revoke the naturalization of anyone who becomes involved in gang activity either 10 years before or 10 years after taking the U.S. citizenship oath.
  • The electric vehicle revolution has a cobalt problem

    02/20/2018 6:29:48 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 28 replies
    San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | February 19, 2018 | Rob Nikolewski
    The road to an imminent electric vehicle future has hit a speed bump — one made of cobalt. An essential ingredient in lithium-ion batteries that power millions of smartphones as well as plug-in electric cars, cobalt is in heavy demand.
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    02/20/2018 6:00:07 PM PST · by LUV W · 99 replies
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  • Supreme Court Won't Review 10-Day Waiting Period for Gun Purchases, Clarence Thomas Dissents

    02/20/2018 5:12:56 PM PST · by marktwain · 42 replies
    Reason ^ | 20 February, 2018 | Damon Root
    Today the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear a Second Amendment case challenging California's 10-day waiting period for firearms purchases. Writing in dissent, Justice Clarence Thomas faulted his colleagues for their "inaction" and for turning the Second Amendment into "a disfavored right in this Court." The case is Silvester v. Becerra. It arose when several lawful California gun owners, supported by the Calguns Foundation and the Second Amendment Foundation, filed a lawsuit claiming that the state's 10-day waiting period for firearms purchases is unconstitutional as applied to "those purchasers who already own a firearm or have a license to carry...