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  • Activist Gets Detained At Science March, Calls Entire Thing Racist

    04/24/2017 4:05:20 PM PDT · by kevcol · 2 replies
    Daily Caller News Foundation ^ | April 24, 2017 | Andrew Follett
    After being slammed into the food truck, five officers allegedly surrounded Yearwood then detained him. Once he was identified as a member of the clergy and a VIP at the march, the officers ran his identification for outstanding warrants and did not find anything. Yearwood was then allegedly released without being placed under arrest. . . . Yearwood claims that of an entire crowd of white people surrounding him, only one woman with dyed pink hair offered to help after he was released. He wrote that his experience was representative of how the environmental movement ignores the concerns of African-Americans....
  • MSNBC's 'Morning Joe' Floored That Only Two Percent of President Trump's Voters Regret Backing Him

    04/24/2017 1:29:31 PM PDT · by drewh · 26 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | April 24, 2017 | 12:51 PM EDT | Curtis Houck
    Just as the news media missed the boat in predicting the outcome of the 2016 election, their behavior in 2017 have shown they’ve learned absolutely nothing. On Monday’s Morning Joe, the MSNBC panel was flabbergasted that the new ABC News/Washington Post poll found only two percent of President Trump’s voters regret voting for him. Floored by the “remarkable number,” the liberals and pseudo-Republicans attempted to explain away the number and infer that it was much higher because Trump voters wouldn’t be forthcoming with pollsters. Co-host Joe Scarborough kicked things off, telling panelist Mark Halperin: But when I saw in the...
  • Transgender man addresses March for Science

    04/23/2017 1:30:12 PM PDT · by kevcol · 42 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 22, 2017 | Bradford Richardson
    Among the speakers at the March for Science on Saturday was a transgender man. Kellan Baker, a senior fellow with the LGBT research and communications project at American Progress, said it’s important for researchers to remember that the data they collect tell stories. “We all have a story. Mine is that I’m a public health geek and a policy wonk. I’m also a queer transgender man,” Mr. Baker said, drawing applause.
  • The Same People Who Organized Trump Inauguration Riots Are Helping With The Climate March

    04/21/2017 1:48:12 PM PDT · by detective · 23 replies
    Townhall ^ | Apr 21, 2017 | Katie Pavlich
    The same agitators behind the riots on the day of President Trump's inauguration are helping to organize the upcoming People's Climate March in Washington D.C.   Resist This, whose motto was "we disrupt" when dozens of its members were arrested for rioting in January on the streets of Washington D.C., is calling for volunteers. "April 29th marks the 100th day of the Trump administration, which makes it an extremely important moment to send the message that our resistance to his disastrous policies isn’t going anywhere. From Day 1 we have seen what people power can achieve: Trumpcare? Withdrawn. Muslim ban?...
  • MSNBC Host (Mika Brzezinski) Asks for President Obama 'to come back and save' Democrats

    04/20/2017 10:58:55 AM PDT · by drewh · 47 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | | Apr 20, 2017, 9:08 | by Eddie Scarry
    MSNBC host Mika Brzezinski used a portion of an interview with former White House adviser Valerie Jarrett to pine for the days that Barack Obama was the head of the Democratic Party. "Could you do a favor for me?" Brzezinski said at the end of her interview that aired Thursday morning. "Could you ask President Obama something for me? Could he come back and save the party and tell them what to do?" Jarrett laughed and said that Obama right now is working to find "the Barack Obama 2.0s" and a new generation of leaders to take his place. Jarrett...
  • Christian Bale talks importance of Armenian genocide film

    04/19/2017 8:11:13 PM PDT · by george76 · 43 replies
    NY Post ^ | April 19, 2017 | Mara Siegler
    the Armenian genocide, an event Turkey does not recognize. “One and a half million people were killed in the most brutal fashion, and I knew nothing about it, and that’s not uncommon ... The fact that this Armenian genocide happened and no one was ever held accountable may have provoked other genocides since.” At least 26 countries recognize the deaths as genocide, but in Turkey it is reportedly illegal to bring up the event.
  • Grassley: Another Supreme Court Vacancy Likely This Summer

    04/19/2017 3:14:42 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 73 replies
    The Hill ^ | 4/19
    Sen. Chuck Grassley is predicting that President Trump will get to nominate a second justice to the Supreme Court as early as this summer. The Iowa Republican, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said there is a "rumored" upcoming retirement but declined to say which justice he expects to step down. "I would expect a resignation this summer," Grassley said during a Q&A with the Muscatine Journal in Iowa. Grassley added that the president's next Supreme Court nominee would likely come off the list of roughly two dozen names Trump announced before taking over the White House. Trump could be...
  • Investigator: Putin 10 Man Killing Spree Included Hillary Clinton Campaign Aide (Seth Rich)

    04/19/2017 2:49:21 PM PDT · by drewh · 30 replies
    National Enquirer ^ | Apr 19, 2017 @ 12:12PM | David Pecker/staff report
    A Hillary Clinton campaign aide was coldly assassinated just two days after joining her election team. That’s just one of the shocking secrets exposed in the new issue of ENQUIRER, as law enforcement sources reveal the bloody truth behind the most contentious election in American history. “Seth Rich’s murder is the missing piece,” top GOP operative Jack Burkman told The ENQUIRER — with reporters unearthing troubling evidence of how the promising young man’s bizarre murder was part of a lethal web spun by Kremlin kingpin Vladimir Putin! One former FBI special agent has said: “Follow the trail of dead Russians!”...
  • Report: Ivanka Trump & Jared Kushner Behind Push to Remove Bannon (but they buried the hatchet)

    04/19/2017 2:35:09 PM PDT · by drewh · 93 replies
    AOL News ^ | april 19 2017 ast
    Report: Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner behind push to remove Steve Bannon from White House The knives seem to be out for White House chief strategist Bannon after anonymous sources from the White House say the first daughter and her husband want him out. President Trump, in a series of high-profile interviews, has publicly dissed his chief strategist by saying he's "a guy who works for me" and who didn't get "involved in my campaign until very late." This was right after Bannon was removed from the National Security Council's principals committee. According to the New York Times, people close...
  • Rob Gronkowski makes cameo at White House press briefing

    04/19/2017 12:30:00 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 3 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 4/19/17 | Cody Derespina
    Rob Gronkowski – White House press secretary? That unlikely scenario nearly played out (sort of) during Wednesday’s White House press briefing when the New England Patriots star tight end made a cameo appearance offering aid to (the real) Press Secretary Sean Spicer. “Sean, need any help?” a mischievous-looking Gronkowski asked after emerging from a door behind the podium.
  • Georgetown Apologizes for 1838 Sale of 272 Slaves, Dedicates Buildings (Georgetown University)

    04/19/2017 10:17:10 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 45 replies
    Georgetown University ^ | April 18, 2017
    An apology from Georgetown and the Society of Jesus’ Maryland Province for their roles in the 1838 sale of 272 enslaved individuals for the university’s benefit took place today in the company of more than 100 descendants. “Today the Society of Jesus, who helped to establish Georgetown University and whose leaders enslaved and mercilessly sold your ancestors, stands before you to say that we have greatly sinned,” said Rev. Timothy Kesicki, S.J., president of the Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States, during a morning Liturgy of Remembrance, Contrition, and Hope. “We pray with you today because we have...
  • Prosecutors add charge (Unlawful Assmbly-Disordrly Conduct) to man accused of assaulting Betsy DeVos

    04/16/2017 1:11:41 PM PDT · by SSS Two · 18 replies
    On Friday, April 14, the prosecution added a fourth charge to Bilal Askaryar, the NPR contributor and refugee who was accused of assaulting Secretary of Education Betsy Devos. Based on the criminal information filed on Friday, the four charges are: 1. Assault on a police officer 2. Failure to obey officer 3. Simple Assault 4. Unlawful Assembly - Disorderly Conduct A Metropolitan DC police report indicates that count #3 relates to the assault of a cabinet member, presumably SecEd Betsy DeVos. Last month, Askaryar rejected a plea deal in this case. White House records indicate that Askaryar visited the Obama...
  • Mismanagement at DC VA Hospital is ‘Unconscionable’ Says VA Union

    04/13/2017 7:19:13 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 18 replies
    American Federation of Government Employees ^ | April 13, 2017 | American Federation of Government Employees National President J. David Cox Sr
    AFGE calls on the VA to address Inspector General’s report so veterans can ‘receive the quality care they deserve’WASHINGTON – In response to the preliminary report from the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Office of the Inspector General regarding the Washington, DC VA hospital, American Federation of Government Employees National President J. David Cox Sr. issued the following statement:“The mismanagement at the Washington, DC VA hospital exposed by the VA’s Inspector General is absolutely wrong.  It is unconscionable that basic management functions such as making sure the hospital has adequate medical supplies and a reliable inventory system have been neglected.“Some politicians...
  • Pruitt ends EPA gym memberships

    04/13/2017 4:28:45 PM PDT · by kevcol · 60 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | April 13, 2017 | John Siciliano
    Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt said Thursday that the days of gym memberships being paid for by the American taxpayer are over. . . . "Well, the gym memberships ended yesterday, it was quite something to hear about that," Pruitt said. He said the agency is investigating the matter, saying "it was the previous administration that granted those gym memberships," which "were rather expensive."
  • Good News: VA Now Tracking Wait Times, Firing Bad Employees

    04/13/2017 1:07:30 PM PDT · by george76 · 21 replies
    Townhall ^ | Apr 13, 2017 | Cortney O'Brien
    Veterans will now have the opportunity to check wait times at the 1,700 Veterans Affairs facilities across the country. ... The new website is a must for the VA. The unforgivably long wait times at too many VA centers has plagued the agency and placed veterans in danger. At a Phoenix facility, veterans had to wait for care an average of 115 days. The VA is also taking concrete steps of draining the swamp of bad employees. Under current law, some clinics' hands are tied over VA employees who engage in nefarious behavior. For instance, an employee in Houston who...
  • California attorney general requests documents on EPA chief

    04/07/2017 9:31:03 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 7, 2017 9:21 PM EDT | Sophia Bollag
    California’s attorney general announced Friday he is seeking documents that could show conflicts of interest and ethics violations by the man President Donald Trump appointed to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, the latest episode in the ongoing feud between Golden State officials and the Trump administration. Attorney General Xavier Becerra filed a Freedom of Information Act request asking the agency for documents related to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. Becerra’s office said Pruitt has conflicts of interest in his new role overseeing federal environmental regulations because he sued the agency multiple times while he was attorney general of Oklahoma. Pruitt sued...
  • Report: President Trump Considering Ousting Preibus, Bannon

    04/07/2017 11:52:11 AM PDT · by drewh · 78 replies
    The Hill ^ | Max Greenwood
    President Trump is considering ousting both White House chief of staff Reince Priebus and chief strategist Stephen Bannon, Axios reported on Friday. Aides and advisers to the president told Axios that, while Trump is considering a major shakeup in the West Wing, it's not clear when it would happen or if Trump will "pull that trigger." "Things are happening, but it's very unclear the president's willing to pull that trigger," one top aide said. Firing them both would be an enormous upheaval for the young presidency, which has yet to hit its 100-day mark. Axios did not say who could...
  • Armenian Genocide Library Opens in Washington

    04/07/2017 7:56:25 AM PDT · by george76 · 8 replies
    Massis Post ^ | April 6, 2017
    WASHINGTON, DC — Historians and researchers studying the Armenian Genocide will have a chance to use over 5000 publications in the Armenian Genocide library in Washington, DC Voice of America reported. The opening ceremony of the Armenian National Institute’s (ANI) Genocide library was held on April 5. The Armenian and English books presented here provide detailed information on the Armenian Genocide. ... Director of the Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute Hayk Demoyan also attended the library opening ceremony. He welcomed the creation of the library and the cooperation prospect with Armenia.
  • Devin Nunes Steps Aside; Ethics Committee Investigating for Spilling Secrets [!]

    04/06/2017 7:10:17 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 115 replies
    www.thedailybeast.com ^ | 04.06.17 8:23 AM ET | Tim Mak Tim Mak
    Rep. Devin Nunes said Thursday he is stepping aside as chairman of the House intelligence committee because he is under investigation by the House Ethics Committee for allegedly disclosing intelligence without proper authorization. "The charges are entirely false and politically motivated, and are being leveled just as the American people are beginning to learn the truth about the improper unmasking of the identities of U.S. citizens and other abuses of power," Nunes said in a statement, adding that the allegations against him are "baseless." Nunes said in a hastily-arranged press conference last month he had come into possession of classified...
  • Trump budget plan would deal blow to Washington region’s transit; Purple Line at risk

    04/06/2017 4:01:35 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 42 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | March 16, 2017 | Lori Aratani and Katherine Shaver
    Federal funding for Maryland’s Purple Line is in jeopardy, as are Metro’s hopes for a significant increase in money from the government under President Trump’s proposed 2018 budget released Thursday. Trump’s proposed spending plan, which slashes the federal transportation budget by 13 percent, also curbs long-distance Amtrak service out of Washington and cuts millions in federal grants that the region’s governments have relied on for new rapid bus lines, road work, bus stop improvements and bike paths. The cuts came as a shock to many, considering Trump’s campaign pledge to pump $1 trillion into the nation’s crumbling infrastructure. “I find...