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  • Trump endorses Romney in run for U.S. Senate seat in Utah

    02/19/2018 11:31:53 PM PST · by Berlin_Freeper ^ | FEBRUARY 20, 2018 | David Shepardson
    President Donald Trump on Monday endorsed former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s run for a U.S. Senate seat in Utah, despite Romney often being critical of Trump.
  • CNN and MSNBC Promoted Russia Sponsored Anti-Trump Rally

    02/19/2018 10:20:16 PM PST · by Helicondelta · 11 replies ^ | February 16th, 2018
    One of the revelations in Friday’s indictment handed down by Special Counsel Robert Mueller was that alleged Russian attempts to sow disunity in 2016 included the organization of both pro- and anti-Trump rallies in New York City on the Saturday after Election Day. A check of their November 12 coverage showed both CNN and MSNBC gave enthusiastic coverage to the Russian-organized anti-Trump rally that day, with live reports every hour. Correspondents celebrated the idea that it was “a love rally,” and repeated the marchers’ anti-Trump mantras, such as: “We reject the President-elect.”
  • What Robert Mueller & the Russians He Indicted Share in Common

    02/19/2018 9:45:16 PM PST · by lowbuck · 14 replies
    The Spectator ^ | 20 February 2018 | Daniel J. Flynn
    The bigger question is why he didn’t also indict Hillary and her dossier Democrats. Robert Mueller’s indictment released on Friday charges the defendants with attempting to “hide the Russian origin of their activities and to avoid detection.” One could say something very similar about the whole catalyst of Mueller’s investigation. . . snip Why did not the Clinton campaign cut out the expensive middlemen and pay money directly to the compiler of the dirt? Because the Clinton’s team did not want the public to know that they paid for the dossier containing slanders and gossip seeking to derail Donald Trump’s...
  • Shep Smith: Trump Attacked Oprah But Not Putin — Has ‘Not Once’ Condemned Russia’s Meddling (tr)

    02/19/2018 7:53:41 PM PST · by EdnaMode · 48 replies
    Breitbart ^ | February 19, 2018 | Pam Key
    Monday on Fox News Channel’s “Shepard Smith Reporting,” host Shepard Smith noted President Donald Trump used tweets over the weekend to attack multiple people, including Oprah Winfrey. However, Smith also pointed out Trump did not go after Russian President Vladimir Putin or “express concerns that the Russians attacked the United States.” Smith said, “The president spent the weekend defending himself, misrepresenting the truth and attacking others from his phone in Florida. The president attacked the Justice Department, the FBI, and his National Security Adviser H. R. McMaster. He attacked Congressman Adam Schiff, Democrats and the DNC. He attacked Hillary Clinton,...
  • Trump Endorses Mitt Romney for Senate: has my full support and endorsement!

    02/19/2018 6:52:20 PM PST · by EdnaMode · 145 replies
    Twitter ^ | February 19, 2018 | Donald J. Trump
    @MittRomney has announced he is running for the Senate from the wonderful State of Utah. He will make a great Senator and worthy successor to @OrrinHatch, and has my full support and endorsement! 9:21 PM - 19 Feb 2018
  • If Your Voters were Persuaded by Bad Russian Ads, They Were Never Your Voters

    02/19/2018 6:37:36 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    National Review ^ | 02/19/2018 | Jim Geraghty
    Making the click-through worthwhile: RussiaÂ’s ham-fisted propaganda efforts, and what makes people gullible; the limits of the Assault Weapons Ban, then and now; a limited defense of FBI Director Christopher Wray; and a sign that Russian athletes cheat, even when it isnÂ’t necessary for victory.You CanÂ’t Legislate Away the Desire to Believe the LieThe New York Times looks at RussiaÂ’s propaganda efforts and offers an unflattering assessment of how easily Americans could be influenced by foreigners posing as out-of-town activists: Heart of Texas and Blacktivist were phony groups, part of a sweeping Russian disinformation campaign that was funded with millions...
  • Smucker's Announces $1000 Employee Bonuses, $20M Added to Employee Pensions

    02/19/2018 6:32:49 PM PST · by jazusamo · 41 replies
    PJ Media ^ | February 19, 2018 | Paula Bolyard
    (Image via J.M. Smucker Company) The J.R. Smucker company announced last week that 5000 employees will be receiving $1000 bonuses as a result of the Republican tax plan. They also plan to add $20 million to the employee pension program and donate an additional $1 million to charity. "We had a strong third quarter, with sales growth for key brands in every business and strong earnings per share growth fueled by the benefits of U.S. income tax reform and ongoing cost discipline," said Mark Smucker, chief executive officer, in a press release. "These results reflect our commitment to delivering...
  • Chris Matthews Snaps at Guest: “You Going to Keep Correcting Me?”

    02/19/2018 5:37:24 PM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 53 replies
    FinkelBlog ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    In December, the Daily Caller reported on the “verbally abusive” environment that Chris Matthews has created on the Hardball set, adding that people “felt like they had to ‘walk on eggshells’ around their ‘abusive’ boss.” Matthews flashed that thin skin on this evening’s Hardball. When guest David Corn politely pointed out that the TV series in question was “Homeland,” not “Homefront” as Matthews had said, Matthews snapped: “You going to keep correcting me?” Get the rest of the story and view the video here.
  • Cramer Announcement Puts Race in Toss Up (ND SEN)

    02/19/2018 5:35:52 PM PST · by SMGFan · 11 replies
    Cook Political ^ | February 16, 2018
    appears that Republican At-Large U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer might have just been playing hard to get when he announced in January that he would not challenge Democratic U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp in November. Today, he has reversed himself, putting the race into the Toss Up column.
  • ‘NRA Is Not Okay’: Students Taking ‘Never Again’ Movement To Washington

    02/19/2018 5:14:28 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 84 replies
    See BS Fake News Miami ^ | 2/19/18 | Ted Scouten
    “NRA is not okay. NRA is not okay.” It’s a chant we’re hearing a lot since the deadly shooting that killed 17 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Students from around South Florida are joining the “Never Again Movement” started by Stoneman Douglas students. There have been various groups – one was from South Broward High. Another group was outside American Heritage. “I just want peace and I just want an end to violence. I don’t want anymore innocent kids dying,” said student Nia Jean.
  • A shortage of N.J. judges and no nominees by Trump. Why?

    02/19/2018 5:05:11 PM PST · by SMGFan · 10 replies
    NJ Advance Media for ^ | February 18, 2018
    Faith S. Hochberg, a former federal judge in New Jersey, retired from the bench in 2015. Three years later, she has yet to be replaced. U.S. District Judge William Martini that same year moved to senior status--a form of semi-retirement that allows a judge to continue working at a reduced case level--creating another court vacancy that also has not been filled. Both long-term openings are now considered judicial emergencies. Last year, former Chief Judge Jerome Simandle moved to senior status as well, with at least two other judges in the federal district announcing they will soon join him in the...
  • France is losing its most interesting politician

    02/19/2018 5:03:16 PM PST · by ameribbean expat · 2 replies
    "To me, one of the most fascinating — and important — questions of the coming decades is how this newly assertive Catholicism might play out politically. Will it invent new, transpartisan ways to engage politically? Will it become an analogue of the American Christian right? Will it end up boosting mainstream conservative parties, or will it feed into the French far right, becoming a kind of French Tea Party movement? Into this background, then, walked thousand-watt Marion, with the mix of charisma and savvy that enables gifted politicians to turn inchoate social change into cohesive, game-changing movements."
  • CNN posts All-time ranking of Presidents (57% Dems, 13% Reps)

    02/19/2018 4:47:15 PM PST · by thepatriot1 · 22 replies
    CNN ^ | 2/19/2018 | Andrew Dunn
    Former Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Ronald Reagan enjoyed upward bumps in their greatness rankings, while President Donald Trump was ranked historically low, according to a presidential "greatness" survey released Monday. The 2018 Presidents and Executive Politics Presidential Greatness Survey, released Monday, was based on 170 usable responses from current and former members of the American Political Science Association's presidents and executive politics section. The survey asked the presidential experts to use a 0-100 scale "for overall greatness," with zero being failure, 50 being average and 100 being great. Roughly 57% of the respondents were Democrats, 13% were...
  • Bob Franks in New Jersey (2001 NJ GOPE flashback)

    02/19/2018 4:33:18 PM PST · by GuavaCheesePuff · 1 replies
    The New York Times ^ | June 22, 2001 | The New York Times
    Republicans in New Jersey face an unambiguous choice in next Tuesday's gubernatorial primary between a Republican moderate and a candidate with strident and untested views. Bob Franks is clearly the better qualified of the two. Mr. Franks has shown himself to be a pragmatist with the experience and temperament to carry the party's banner admirably in the November election. What was expected to be an easy victory for Mr. Franks has turned into a bitter, close race with name-calling that threatens to discourage voters from showing up. That would be a big mistake, especially for moderate Republicans. Mr. Franks, a...
  • Grassley, Dems step up battle over judicial nominees

    02/19/2018 4:16:21 PM PST · by SMGFan · 25 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 19, 2018
    The battle between Senate Democrats and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) over the “blue-slip rule” escalated this week, after another one of President Trump’s judicial nominees advanced without the approval of both of their home-state senators The blue-slip rule — which Democrats describe as a long-running Senate tradition Grassley has taken to ignore — has become a flashpoint for members on the Judiciary Committee. The committee has been tasked with considering the slew of nominees from the Trump administration, many of which have been controversial. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), the committee’s top Democrat, said that Grassley’s decision to...
  • Far-right AfD now the second most popular party in Germany: poll

    02/19/2018 4:12:44 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 25 replies ^ | 19 February 2018 17:10 CET+01:00
    A poll published on Monday by the newspaper Bild put the Alternative for Germany (AfD) at 16 percent, showing that they are currently more popular than the Social Democrats (SPD). The poll, conducted by INSA, put the AfD at 16 percent, just ahead of the SPD at 15.5 percent. The poll marks the lowest support ever achieved by the SPD, traditionally one of the two major parties of German politics. According to the poll, Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats are the most popular party in the country and would secure 32 percent of the vote were elections to be held tomorrow....
  • Missouri boy, 13, arrested after threat to shoot up school with AK-47

    02/19/2018 3:58:24 PM PST · by Eddie01 · 23 replies
    AP via KSHB ^ | Feb 19, 2018 | staff
    <p>REPUBLIC, Mo. (AP) — Police have arrested a 13-year-old Missouri boy accused of threatening to shoot up a school with an AK-47 in a video posted on social media.</p> <p>The Springfield News-Leader reports that the Republic Police Department said in a news release that the boy was taken to the Greene County Juvenile Detention Center early Sunday on suspicion of making a terrorist threat. The release says police seized guns and other evidence from the juvenile's residence, and an investigation is ongoing.</p>
  • Florida school shooting: Gun law changes attract renewed GOP interest

    02/19/2018 3:26:50 PM PST · by Sopater · 17 replies
    Fox News ^ | 2/19/2018
    The massacre at a Florida high school has revived an all-too-familiar national debate on gun control – but this time, public pressure combined with fresh presidential interest could spur at least some changes in the country's gun laws. Most recently, the White House said President Trump backs efforts to improve the country's background check system. His abrupt involvement could be the nudge for action in a Congress divided on virtually every issue. “We want to make sure that the background check process is fully staffed and that all information gets in,” White House spokesman Raj Shah said Monday on "Fox...
  • Schundler Wins Primary In New Jersey Governor's Race (2nd Amendment Warrior in NJ-Flashback)

    02/19/2018 3:09:26 PM PST · by GuavaCheesePuff · 6 replies
    The New York Times ^ | June 27, 2001 | David M. Halbfinger
    Bret D. Schundler, the crusading conservative mayor of Jersey City, soundly defeated former Representative Bob Franks in the Republican primary for governor today, setting up a sharply drawn November contest with James E. McGreevey, the Democrat. Mr. Schundler, an ardent opponent of abortion and a supporter of the rights of gun owners, who promised to lower taxes, cut government spending and take down the tollbooths on the Garden State Parkway, united both fiscal and social conservatives behind his campaign. His wide margin of victory, despite a Republican establishment united behind his opponent, gave the party's conservative wing the upper hand...
  • Teenagers stage 'lie-in' outside White House in support of Parkland shooting victims

    02/19/2018 2:54:42 PM PST · by C19fan · 48 replies
    Yahoo ^ | February 19, 2018 | Dylan Stableford
    A group of Washington, D.C., teenagers staged a “lie-in” outside the White House on Monday to show their support for the victims of last week’s mass shooting at a Florida high school — and to demand action from President Trump on gun control. The students, with Teens for Gun Reform, took turns lying down for three minutes to symbolize “how quickly” the organization says suspected shooter Nikolas Cruz could have legally purchased the gun he allegedly used to kill 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., on Feb. 14.