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  • Comey Friend: Not Sure President Trump 'Has a Soul'

    10/20/2017 10:52:15 AM PDT · by drewh · 44 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/20/17 11:03 AM EDT | By Max Greenwood -
    Benjamin Wittes, a friend of former FBI Director James Comey, said that he's unable to say how far President Trump is willing to push the legal bounds of the presidency because it would involve "looking into his soul" — and he's not quite sure Trump has one. Asked by former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara on his podcast "Stay Tuned with Preet" how far he thinks Trump is willing to stretch the constitutional constraints of his office, Wittes said he would need to look into Trump's soul to answer that question. "I'm hesitant to answer that question because it involves looking...
  • FBI Joins Niger Investigation

    10/20/2017 9:47:36 AM PDT · by drewh · 69 replies
    US News and World Report ^ | Oct 20 2017 | Alexa Lardieri
    As President Donald Trump and his administration face mounting questions about the incident, the FBI is working with authorities in Niger to investigate an ambush that left four U.S. soldiers dead in the country earlier this month, a law enforcement official told CNN. Investigators are providing technical assistance, helping to collect and analyze evidence related to the surprise attack, that killed Special Forces soldiers Bryan Black, Jeremiah Johnson, Dustin Wright and La David Johnson. Officials say the investigation is routine: The FBI usually looks into the killing of American citizens overseas, it often gives assistance investigating international terror investigations, and...
  • Paranoid Matt Lauer On NBC: Will Leaders ‘Tackle’ Trump, ‘Lock Him In a Room’ to Prevent War?

    10/19/2017 11:50:22 AM PDT · by drewh · 34 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | October 19, 2017 11:20 AM EDT | By Kyle Drennen |
    Interviewing former CIA Director John Brennan on Thursday’s NBC Today, co-host Matt Lauer seemed to suggest that military leaders would launch a coup d’etat against President Trump in order to prevent nuclear war with North Korea. In response, the Obama administration official didn’t discount the notion. “Over the summer, the President said that he would unleash ‘fire and fury’ on North Korea....is this a president who doesn’t understand the gravity and the seriousness of that issue?,” Lauer asked early in the exchange. Brennan warned: “I think his comments have been rather provocative, and it has served to increase tensions, not...
  • Reports of shooting at Howard University, DC police say

    10/17/2017 11:19:38 AM PDT · by markomalley · 24 replies
    WASHINGTON - There have been reports of a shooting at Howard University on Tuesday, according to officials. DC police said the shooting was reported at about 12:05 p.m. in the 2400 block of 6th Street, Northwest.
  • Person jumps White House barrier; police investigate suspicious package

    10/17/2017 8:08:14 AM PDT · by COBOL2Java · 7 replies
    WTOP News [Washington DC] ^ | October 17, 2017 10:24 am | Jack Moore
    WASHINGTON — A person is in custody after jumping over a concrete barrier near the White House, the Secret Service said Tuesday morning. D.C. police were then to investigate a suspicious package, the Secret Service tweeted. ALERT: UD Officers responding to an individual who jumped over the concrete barrier along E ST. @WhiteHouse south fence line closed. — U.S. Secret Service (@SecretService) October 17, 2017 The Secret Service said the person jumped over a concrete barrier along E Street near the Ellipse and the South Lawn of the White House. The incident led authorities to close the south fence line...
  • President Trump grabs dinner at his DC hotel

    10/16/2017 2:30:34 PM PDT · by mairdie · 101 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 16 October 2017 | Chris Spargo
    President Donald Trump enjoyed a night out with the family over the weekend, as he and the First Lady dined at his DC hotel property on Saturday. The Commander-in-Chief arrived at the Trump International Hotel shortly after 8pm where he met with Melania and their son Barron, who were waiting for him inside the establishment. It was a rare public outing for the three and the first time Barron, 11, has been photographed with his parents since August 27, when he was seen returning from a brief overnight trip to Camp David with the President and First Lady. The venue...
  • Sotomayor: Judging brings emotions, but keep them in check

    10/16/2017 3:09:33 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 32 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 16, 2017 5:45 PM EDT
    U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor told college students in New York City that she sometimes feels “great turmoil” inside when she is hearing arguments on the bench, but works hard to keep her emotions and personal biases in check. […] “You can’t do human activity — and judging is a human activity — without having human emotions,” she told the crowd at the LeFrak Concert Hall. “The sense of how you deal with it is to acknowledge it. I look at it, examine it, try to figure out the effect it’s having, and then try to adjust my behavior...
  • AP-NORC Poll: Most don’t want young immigrants deported

    10/11/2017 7:01:21 AM PDT · by Puppage · 42 replies
    WTNH Television ^ | 10/11/2017 | AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Just 1 in 5 Americans want to deport young immigrants brought to the United States as children and now here illegally, the focus of a politically fraught debate between the White House and Congress
  • D.C. Will Not Appeal Loss on Carry Permits

    10/11/2017 5:27:34 AM PDT · by marktwain · 24 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 9 October, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    The government of the District of Columbia has decided not to appeal the Circuit court decision in Wrenn v. D.C. A week ago the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled that they would not rehear Wrenn v. D.C. en banc. That ended the D.C. Circuit level of appeals for the District of Columbia. The issue was whether D.C. law, that was used to arbitrarily deny concealed carry permits, was constitutional. D.C. lost. The question became, would they appeal to the Supreme Court. From foxnews.com: The city’s attorney general said the decision not to appeal the...
  • Environmental groups denounce Trump override of climate plan

    10/09/2017 6:24:05 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 51 replies
    Yahoo.com ^ | 9/10/17 | Michael Biesecker and Adam Beam
    HAZARD, Ky. (AP) — A coalition of left-leaning states and environmental groups are vowing to fight the Trump administration's move to kill an Obama-era effort to limit carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants. Speaking Monday in the coal-mining state of Kentucky, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt said he would be issuing a new set of rules overriding the Clean Power Plan, the centerpiece of President Barack Obama's drive to curb global climate change. "The war on coal is over," Pruitt declared, adding that no federal agency should ever use its authority to "declare war on any sector of our...
  • Israel, Trump admin reach understanding on construction

    10/09/2017 4:09:50 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 12 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 9/10/17 | David Rosenberg
    The Civil Administration Higher Planning Committee is slated to meet next week and give final approval to nearly 4,000 new housing units across Judea and Samaria, including the first new construction in the Jewish community in Hevron in some four decades. On Sunday night, Channel 2 reported that the Netanyahu government has okayed the move, following delays by the Higher Planning Committee, which had originally been scheduled to approve the projects in September. The new wave of construction, totaling 3,829 homes, includes building in communities outside of the so-called “major settlement blocs”, a significant shift from the limits imposed on...
  • Weekly Update: Big Mueller Lawsuit!

    10/07/2017 10:21:32 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 48 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | October 6, 2017 | Tom Fitton
    Obama Administration Used Confidential Taxpayer Information to Push Obamacare It’s Government Gone Wild Time In Washington, DC Judicial Watch Sues Justice Department for Mueller Russian Special Counsel Budget Obama Administration Used Confidential Taxpayer Information to Push Obamacare Your Judicial Watch uncovered yet another Obama IRS scandal – and one that includes the massive Health and Human Services (HHS) running Obamacare AND the Obama White House directly! We received two productions of documents, 77 pages and 108 pages , from the IRS revealing that the Obama IRS coordinated with the Department of Health and Human Services and the Obama White...
  • Big Second Amendment Win in D.C. Circuit Courts

    10/07/2017 8:33:39 AM PDT · by marktwain · 25 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 2 October, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    The U.S. District Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia has refused to grant a petition for an en banc hearing in the Wrenn v. D.C. Second Amendment case.The Court earlier ruled that the requirement for a “good cause” to issue a concealed carry permit was unconstitutional.In effect, this means in a week the District of Columbia will become a “shall issue” jurisdiction.  If a person meets the legal requirements for a concealed carry permit, the District of Columbia will be required to issue a permit.None of the 10 Circuit judges capable of requesting a vote for an...
  • DC stands down on strict gun law, easing path to get concealed-carry permits in capital

    10/05/2017 2:02:24 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 24 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 5, 2017
    District of Columbia officials announced Thursday they will not appeal a federal court ruling that struck down parts of the city’s restrictive gun laws, a move that paves the way for more gun owners to obtain concealed carry permits. In June, a federal appeals court ruled against a D.C. law that requires people to have a “good reason to fear injury” in order to carry a handgun, saying it infringes on residents' Second Amendment rights. Because of the stringent requirement, only about 120 people currently have a permit to carry a concealed handgun in the city.
  • Trump living up to anti-regulation rhetoric

    10/04/2017 12:37:58 PM PDT · by ptsal · 10 replies
    The Packer ^ | Oct 04, 2017 | Tom Karst
    In a blog post titled “Red Tape Rollback: Trump Least-Regulatory President Since Reagan,” author Clyde Wayne Crews outlines three main ways that Trump is cutting the red tape. First, Trump issued an executive order in January, requiring agencies to cut two rules for every new regulation adopted. He also said that net new regulatory costs were to be zero. Trump also issued a Reorganization Executive Order that requires the Office of Management and Budget to submit a plan aimed at reducing the size of federal agencies. By Sept. 30, the Federal Register tallied 45,678 pages, down 32% from a year...
  • 45-foot-tall statue of nude woman to stand on National Mall

    10/02/2017 7:39:11 AM PDT · by Sopater · 70 replies
    UPI ^ | Sept. 28, 2017 | Daniel Uria
    A massive statue of a nude woman is set to stand alongside the Washington Monument later this year. Organizers of Catharsis On The Mall event have launched a crowdfunding campaign seeking $90,000 to transport the 45-foot-tall statue, titled R-Evolution, to Washington D.C. "R-Evolution is Deja Solis, a woman standing in her strength and power...expressing her humanity; how she feels when she is safe, when she can just be," the group said. The National Park Service has granted permission for R-Evolution to stand on the National Mall from November to March as long as volunteers hold a constant vigil around the...
  • Google, Facebook may have to reveal deepest secrets

    10/02/2017 6:40:37 AM PDT · by ptsal · 14 replies
    BuzzJour ^ | Oct 01, 2017 | Lisa
    The investigations into Russia’s role in the 2016 election are threatening to pry the lid off tech companies’ most prized possessions: the secret inner workings of their online platforms. As the probes unfold into social media’s role in spreading misinformation, U.S. lawmakers are beginning to show an interest in the mechanics of everything from how Facebook weights news items to how Google ranks search results. The questions, which echo European regulators’ interventionist approach to technology, are a stark change for Silicon Valley companies accustomed to deference from U.S. officials on how they run their operations.
  • ESPN 'will not carry' national anthem before Redskins-Chiefs on 'Monday Night Football'

    10/01/2017 4:38:25 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 83 replies
    Sporting News ^ | 10/1 | Michael McCarthy
    ESPN will pass on showing live player protests during Week 4 of the NFL season. The Disney-owned network told Sporting News it won't air the playing of the national anthem before Redskins vs. Chiefs on "Monday Night Football." The NFL's TV partners normally do not show players before the unfurling of the American flag and singing/playing of the national anthem, except before the Super Bowl and other select games. But given viewer interest around players staging demonstrations last week, ESPN, Fox Sports, NBC Sports, CBS Sports, NFL Network and DirecTV all provided live anthem coverage during Week 3. SNIP NBC...
  • Shock Report:NFL's Oakland Raiders Threw the Game...

    09/29/2017 6:43:43 AM PDT · by Mrs.Z · 246 replies
    Inside sources say that the Oakland Raiders offensive line threw the game against the Redskins after QB Derek Carr refused to kneel for the National Anthem.
  • D.C. Circuit lets stand concealed-carry ruling, cheering gun-rights activists

    09/28/2017 4:00:32 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 13 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Andrea Noble
    Case could head to Supreme CourtIn a win for gun rights advocates, a federal appeals court on Thursday decided to let stand a ruling that found it is unconstitutional to require firearms owners prove a “good reason” in order to be permitted to carry a concealed handgun in the nation’s capital. The D.C. government had petitioned for the full D.C. Circuit to rehear the case en banc, but the court declined to revisit the 2-1 decision handed down earlier this year noting that none of the 10 judges who considered the matter requested a vote on it.