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  • Criticizing Murderous MS-13 is Apparently Racist Now

    10/19/2017 12:21:40 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 19, 2017 | Katie Pavlich
    Republican Ed Gillespie, who is running for governor of Virginia against Democrat Ralph Northam, is being criticized for portraying MS-13 members as "heavily tattooed Latino men" who want to "KILL, RAPE, CONTROL." From Yahoo News : Ed Gillespie often insists that the gubernatorial election in Virginia should mainly be a dialogue about the deeply researched policy papers he’s put out on seemingly every topic under the sun. And while that may be true, the Republican’s campaign might be best known at this point for a series of TV ads in which photos of heavily tattooed Latino men are displayed...
  • 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 · 25 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...
  • Ex-CIA Director: ‘Implausible’ That Americans Did Not Help Russians Interfere In Election [VIDEO]

    10/19/2017 11:32:16 AM PDT · by ForYourChildren · 44 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 10/19/2017 | Chuck Ross
    Former CIA Director John Brennan said Wednesday that he finds it “implausible” that Americans did not help Russian operatives interfere, either “wittingly or unwittingly,” in the presidential campaign last year. During an event at Fordham University, Brennan was asked by NBC’s Andrea Mitchell whether he believed that Russians could have figured out how to target areas in swing states like Michigan and Wisconsin without the help of Americans, including in the Trump campaign. “Is it your theory of the case that there was some connection between the campaign and the Russian operations?” Mitchell asked. “It’s hard for me to believe...
  • Bernie Sanders Leads Joe Biden in 2020 New Hampshire Primary Polling (by almost 10 points)

    10/19/2017 11:26:45 AM PDT · by drewh · 11 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | by Joel Gehrke | Oct 19, 2017 GMT | by Joel Gehrke
    Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is leading former Vice President Joe Biden in a hypothetical matchup of the 2020 New Hampshire Democratic primary, according to a new survey. Sanders, who won New Hampshire in his unsuccessful bid to upset Hillary Clinton in the 2016 campaign, maintains stronger support in the state than any other presidential hopeful of his party. That includes party luminaries such as Biden and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, according to the University of New Hampshire's survey. the Granite State Poll found. "Democratic primary voters most recently mentioned Bernie Sanders (14 percent), Joe Biden (five percent), Hillary Clinton (five...
  • George W. Bush warns "bigotry seems emboldened" under Trump

    10/19/2017 11:11:19 AM PDT · by Rennes Templar · 85 replies
    CBS News ^ | October 19, 2017 | Rebecca Shabad
    President George W. Bush on Thursday issued a thinly veiled warning about the state of American democracy under the current president, arguing that "bigotry seems emboldened" and politics is "more vulnerable" to conspiracy theories. Speaking at the George W. Bush Institute's "The Spirit of Liberty: At Home, in the World," a national forum in New York City, the former president warned that the trend in Western countries of moving away from democratic confidence and global engagement is seeping into American culture. Parts of Europe, Bush said, have developed an "identity crisis" as a result of economic stagnation, youth unemployment and...
  • Democrat Congressman Didn’t Fire Top Staffer (Who Earned $170,000) After Tax Evasion Conviction

    10/19/2017 10:52:50 AM PDT · by Strac6 · 10 replies
    The chief of staff to Rep. Bennie Thompson spends his days in the halls of Congress and his weekends in jail for tax evasion, after the Mississippi Democrat violated his pledge to fire his wealthy chief if the aide was found guilty of stiffing the treasury of $150,000. Issac Lanier Avant made $170,000 a year in Congressional pay, yet the court found he didn’t pay any tax returns for seven years. Prosecutors said he was dishonest throughout their investigation, and when he did file tax returns, he lied about donating $50,000 to a religious group and tried to take a...
  • Rove slams Bannon’s ‘jihad' against incumbent Republicans

    10/19/2017 10:46:24 AM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 48 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 19, 2017 | Olivia Beavrs
    Karl Rove in a new op-ed slams the challengers former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon is assembling in an effort to unseat almost all the incumbent Republican senators who are up for reelection in 2018. "Steve Bannon, the failed presidential adviser and alt-right sympathizer, has declared war on incumbent Republicans, particularly Sen. Mitch McConnell Karl Rove in a new op-ed slams the challengers former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon is assembling in an effort to unseat almost all the incumbent Republican senators who are up for reelection in 2018.
  • New Senate poll gives Roy Moore biggest lead yet

    10/19/2017 10:28:43 AM PDT · by 11th_VA · 8 replies
    Al.com ^ | Oct 19, 2017 | Paul Gattis
    A Senate poll commissioned by Raycom News Network indicated that Republican candidate Roy Moore has a double-digit lead over Democrat Doug Jones. Moore's 11-point lead over Jones is his biggest yet in five polls conducted during the general election campaign and comes two days after a Fox News poll had the race tied. Moore had 51 percent support among those polled to Jones' 40 percent. Nine percent were undecided. The survey polled 3,000 likely voters on Monday and had a margin of error of 2-3 percent. "I think the challenge for the Jones campaign is bigger than what these numbers...
  • Richard Spencer, police and protesters descend on Univ. of Florida

    10/19/2017 10:06:15 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 42 replies
    CNN ^ | October 19, 2017 | Eric Levenson
    (CNN)The University of Florida in Gainesville is bracing for a day of protests Thursday when white supremacist Richard Spencer arrives on campus to deliver a speech on his racist views. The event, scheduled for Thursday afternoon, will be Spencer's first planned visit to a college campus since he and others participated in the "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August. University and local officials are concerned that Thursday's event could also become violent, and they have taken a number of steps to prevent that. On Monday, Florida Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency for Alachua County,...
  • Judge nominee opposed by Congressional Black Caucus heads toward confirmation

    10/19/2017 10:03:20 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 10 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 19, 2017 | Alex Swoyer
    Thomas Farr moved one step closer to being a U.S. District judge for the Eastern District of North Carolina on Thursday over protests from the Congressional Black Caucus and several progressive groups who say he has worked to defend discriminatory laws. The SenateJudiciary Committee voted down party lines, 11 to 9, to clear Mr. Farr for a confirmation vote with the full Senate. But before the committee’s vote on Thursday, the top ranking Democrat Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California voiced opposition to the North Carolina attorney, citing the Congressional Black Caucus’ letter to the committee alleging Mr. Farr has worked...
  • Still bruised from Clinton loss, left takes aim at Electoral College in court

    10/19/2017 9:57:17 AM PDT · by blueyon · 59 replies
    Foxnews.com ^ | 10/19/17 | By Fred Lucas, Fox News
    A liberal-led push to overhaul the Electoral College could be moving from the op-ed pages to the courtroom, as a Harvard professor who flirted with a dark-horse Democratic presidential bid last year vows litigation to change the system. Criticism of the Electoral College was resurgent in the wake of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 loss. Clinton recently said she wants the system "eliminated." The latest effort isn’t aimed at dismantling the structure entirely – but rather, the winner-take-all system used by 48 states in awarding electors, which ends up focusing presidential races on a handful of battlegrounds. “With a winner-take-all, most of...
  • Stephanie Miner will not run for Congress in 2018 (Syracuse Mayor, NY24)

    10/19/2017 9:50:43 AM PDT · by jalisco555 · 5 replies
    Syracuse.com ^ | 10/19/17 | Chris Baker
    SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner will not run for Congress in 2018. Miner has long been mentioned as a potential challenger to U.S. Rep. John Katko for Central New York's 24th Congressional District. Thursday morning, she ruled out a run. "After much thoughtful consideration and conversations with my family, I have decided I will not be a candidate for Congress in 2018," Miner said in a statement Thursday. "This was not an easy decision given magnitude of issues faced by our community, but I believe we are best served supporting other progressive leaders in this election both at...
  • What Did Mueller Know? New Documents Show Clinton-Russia Scandal Dwarfs Anything on Trump’s Side

    10/19/2017 9:45:36 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 10/19/2017 | Tyler O' Neil
    Contrary to the Left's favorite narrative, any Russia scandal has always been worse for Hillary Clinton than for Donald Trump. Recent revelations confirmed this Tuesday, and even implicated the special prosecutor at the center of the Trump-Russia investigation, former FBI director Robert Mueller. In 2010, the Obama administration approved a controversial deal giving Russian company Rosatom partial control of Canadian mining company Uranium One (and with it 20 percent of U.S. uranium), just as Russians paid former president Bill Clinton for speeches and Hillary Clinton was secretary of State. To make matters worse, the FBI had already gathered evidence of...
  • N.J. governor debate full of nasty exchanges between Murphy and Guadagno

    10/19/2017 9:29:19 AM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 8 replies
    Newark Star-Ledger ^ | October 18, 2017 | Brent Johnson
    WAYNE -- The race to replace Chris Christie as New Jersey's governor isn't sleepy any more. That much was clear Wednesday night as Democratic nominee Phil Murphy and Republican nominee Kim Guadagno spent much of their second and final televised debate shooting verbal arrows at each other. The event was held at William Paterson University in Wayne just 20 days before a Nov. 7 election that has often inspired little more than apathy among the state's voters. But if the rivals' first debate was contentious, this one was downright nasty.
  • George W. Bush: 'Bigotry seems emboldened' in US

    10/19/2017 9:13:39 AM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 135 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 19, 2017 | Rebecca Savransky
    Former President George W. Bush said Thursday that "bigotry seems emboldened" in the modern U.S. He also warned that the U.S. needs to accept "globalization" and reject "white supremacy." He criticized the “governing class” without specifically mentioning President Trump. "Discontent deepened and sharpened partisan conflicts" in recent years, he observed during a speech for the George W. Bush Institute. "Bigotry seems emboldened. Our politics seem more vulnerable to conspiracy theories and outright fabrication."
  • George W. Bush comes out of retirement to throw shade at Trump as he denounces (tr)

    10/19/2017 9:12:38 AM PDT · by be-baw · 132 replies
    Daily Mail Online ^ | David Martosko
    George W. Bush hinted Thursday at his dissatisfaction with Donald Trump, complaining in a New York City speech that 'bullying and prejudice' has become a caustic norm in American public life. At an event hosted by the George W. Bush Institute, the 43rd U.S. president rattled off a thinly veiled litany of complaints about the current commander-in-chief, focusing on both his tone and his isolationist policy choices.
  • Hillary Clinton Just Told Five Blatant Lies About WikiLeaks

    10/19/2017 9:10:40 AM PDT · by doug from upland · 17 replies
    medium dot com ^ | Oct 2017 | Caitlin Johnstone
    NOTE: Video at link As part of her ongoing “Thank God You Didn’t Elect Me” tour, Hillary Clinton made her debut on Australian television last night in an interview with the ABC’s Sarah Ferguson. Though she didn’t repeat her infamous “17 intelligence agencies” lie, which she’d continued to regurgitate long after that claim had been conclusively debunked, there were still plenty of whoppers to be heard. From her ridiculous claim that the aggressively protested DNC convention was “very positive” to her completely baseless assertion that Bernie Sanders “couldn’t explain his programs” during the primaries, Clinton did a fine job of...
  • What to know about Frederica Wilson, Florida Democrat who criticized Trump

    10/19/2017 8:41:43 AM PDT · by ItsOnlyDaryl · 43 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10.19.17
    Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Fla., kicked off President Donald Trump’s public feud with a Gold Star family after she accused him of making an “insensitive” remark to the soldier’s widow.
  • Will Obama stay above the fray amid Trump's patriotism challenge?

    10/19/2017 8:37:46 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 16 replies
    ABC "News" ^ | October 19, 2017 | By RICK KLEIN MARYALICE PARKS
    It's quite a moment for a return to the spotlight – and it's not clear who's most eager to see him there. President Barack Obama's post-presidential political re-emergence, with events in both New Jersey and Virginia today, happens to coincide with a moment where his successor has chosen to compare patriotic chops. Now comes Obama, ready to break his relative political silence by helping in the two gubernatorial races at stake next month. It's a measure of how much Democrats have riding on the contests – particularly the closer one in the battleground state, in Virginia – that there's so...
  • Why I Support Trump’s Contraception Decision

    10/19/2017 8:35:59 AM PDT · by SJackson · 4 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | 10-16-17 | Jonathan S. Tobin
    President Donald Trump’s decision to throw out the Obamacare contraception mandate — and to largely exempt religious groups from non-discrimination statutes — has drawn withering criticism from many liberal Jewish organizations. The Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, the National Council of Jewish Women and a number of other groups are united in their dismay at the measures, which say that businesses and institutions are no longer compelled to pay for contraception demanded by their employees, including abortion-inducing drugs. In this, they probably speak for the majority of Jews who are politically liberal and deeply opposed to Trump’s decision. As...