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  • Oprah Winfrey Not Ruling Out Presidential Run

    03/01/2017 11:58:49 AM PST · by drewh · 45 replies
    New York Post ^ | March 1, 2017 | 8:51 | By Daniel Halper
    Legendary TV host Oprah Winfrey hinted that she’s considering a run for the White House while taking a shot at President Trump in a recent interview. Asked whether she considered running for president, Winfrey suggested in an episode of Bloomberg’s “The David Rubenstein Show: Peer-to-Peer Conversations” that it’s on her mind. “I actually never thought that was — I never considered the question, even a possibility, I just thought ‘Oh, oh,’” Winfrey said in the interview that aired Wednesday. Rubenstein responded, “Right, because it’s clear that you don’t need government experience to be elected president of the United States, right?”...
  • Dramatic new images show scale of damage to Oroville Dam spillway

    03/01/2017 11:10:02 AM PST · by Slicksadick · 37 replies
    SFGate ^ | 2-28-17 | Peter Fimrite
    Geologists attempted for the first time Tuesday to figure out what to do about the vast, yawning canyon dug out of the earth after a crater opened up in the Oroville Dam’s concrete spillway and diverted water at high speed into the adjacent hillside. They shut the water down this morning to view the damage. Video at Link.
  • VA’s New Chief Of Staff Instructed Employees To Stonewall Congressmen Looking Into Secret Wait Lists

    02/27/2017 6:44:21 PM PST · by george76 · 10 replies
    Daily Caller News ^ | 02/27/2017 | Jonah Bennett
    The new interim chief of staff for the Department of Veterans Affairs reportedly ordered employees in 2014 not to disclose information about secret wait lists to members of Congress. The VA released a statement Friday listing Vivieca Wright-Simpson as the interim chief of staff effective Sunday. ... Wright-Simpson was instrumental in blocking an investigation initiated by two Pennsylvanian congressmen, who wanted to know more about veterans waiting years for health care appointments at the Pittsburgh VA. According to a 2014 report by CNN, GOP Rep. Tim Murphy and Democratic Rep. Mike Doyle felt like the VA was running interference to...
  • Supreme Court renders split decision on Va. redistricting case

    03/01/2017 8:14:23 AM PST · by COBOL2Java · 3 replies
    WTOP News ^ | March 1, 2017 10:52 am | Max Smith | @amaxsmith
    WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court sent parts of a race-based challenge to Virginia’s state House districts back to a lower court for further review Wednesday, while upholding the lower court panel’s findings that one majority black district was legally drawn. In an 8-0 decision written by Justice Anthony Kennedy, the Supreme Court found a three-judge District Court panel followed an incorrect legal standard in its analysis of 11 of the 12 districts challenged in the case. The lower court had required those challenging the districts to show an actual conflict between the plan that was adopted following the 2010...
  • Van Jones has MAJOR epiphany after Trump’s speech: ‘He became POTUS in that moment. Period’

    03/01/2017 7:18:37 AM PST · by mandaladon · 19 replies
    BPR ^ | 1 Mar 2017 | Michael Dorstewitz
    In a word, there was a moment in President Donald Trump‘s address to a joint session of Congress Tuesday night when he was especially presidential, and that fact wasn’t lost on the left. That moment came when he honored slain U.S. Navy SEAL William “Ryan” Owens: and the chamber rose as one to give Carryn Owens, his widow, who was seated to the right of first daughter Ivanka Trump, a prolonged standing ovation. “He became President of the United States in that moment — period,” CNN political commentator Van Jones said after a clip was played.
  • Too late! Pathetic CNN tries to belittle Trump’s poll results

    03/01/2017 7:08:14 AM PST · by mandaladon · 25 replies
    BPR ^ | 1 Mar 2017 | Frieda Powers
    Too late! Pathetic CNN tries to belittle Trump’s poll results, but Conway and Spicer run with the numbers (Full title) President Donald Trump did so well in his first address to Congress that even CNN’s own poll could not hide the numbers. According to a CNN/ORC poll of viewers, the president had an overwhelmingly positive reaction to his speech Tuesday addressing a joint session of Congress.
  • BLM ranger testifies that he turned off body cam as Bunkerville standoff escalated

    03/01/2017 5:22:34 AM PST · by Nextrush · 30 replies
    Las Vegas Review-Journal ^ | 2/28/2017 | Jenny Wilson
    As the 2014 standoff in Bunkerville escalated and authorities started to fear a gunfight, Bureau of Land Management Ranger Patrick Apley turned off his body camera. "I was mad," Apley testified Tuesday in the trial against six men accused of conspiring with rancher Cliven Bundy to block federal authorities from seizing cattle. "I felt like we were going to be in a firefight and I really didn't want to record that."..... Defense attorney Jeff Marchese, who represents defendant Eric Parker, hammered the ranger for that decision. "What's the purpose of having a body camera?" Marchese asked. "The purpose of a...
  • Trump: No plans to fill 'unnecessary' appointed positions

    03/01/2017 4:18:26 AM PST · by Da Bilge Troll · 11 replies
    FOX News ^ | February 28, 2017 | Cody Derespina
    President Trump agrees the government glass is half empty. He just doesn’t necessarily mind it. Trump, in an exclusive interview Tuesday with “Fox & Friends,” suggested his lack of political appointees is less about a difficulty in finding eager candidates and more about a desire for a leaner government operation. “When I see a story about ‘Donald Trump didn’t fill hundreds and hundreds of jobs,’ it’s because, in many cases, we don’t want to fill those jobs,” Trump said. Prior to taking office, stories abounded about the more than 600 unfilled senior appointments that Trump had yet to make. But...
  • Local judge may have help illegal immigrant Viod ICE agents

    02/28/2017 10:05:09 PM PST · by 11th_VA · 12 replies
    katu ^ | Feb 27, 2017 | Keaton Thomas
    PORTLAND, Ore. — The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Portland says someone in a courtroom at the Multnomah County Justice Center helped an undocumented immigrant avoid capture by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents. Diddier Pacheco-Salazar was in a court hearing on Jan. 27 at the Justice Center for DUII and Reckless Driving, according to his defense attorney, John Schlosser. Schlosser said he was waiting for his client to get out of the courtroom, along with four ICE agents. Billy Williams, the U.S. Attorney in the District of Oregon, said those agents targeted Pacheco-Salazar for his criminal history. They had his...
  • Army Makes History by Putting Muslim in Charge of 14,000 US Soldiers’ Spiritual Needs

    02/28/2017 9:12:45 PM PST · by JeepersFreepers · 31 replies
    McClachy DC Bureau ^ | February 27, 2016 | Hannah Allam
    Lt. Col. Khallid Shabazz will become the first Muslim division-level chaplain in the history of the U.S. military – a Muslim spiritual leader for more than 14,000 mostly Christian soldiers [I am re-posting to include information on Shabbazz's connection to Ft. Hood terrorist Nidal Hasan. (Link and information in comment below).] Original Post
  • Mark Steyn Files Lawsuit Against Conservative Review TV [LEVIN TV]

    02/28/2017 8:18:03 PM PST · by conservative98 · 77 replies
    Queen of Liberty ^ | February 28, 2017 | queenofliberty
    By queenofliberty · Leave a Comment Mark Steyn was fired from CRTV. Steyn talked about it briefly on his site. Many customers have complained that they subscribed for a year expecting to see Steyn’s show which was cancelled after only one month and now apparently CRTV is unwilling to give these people a refund. Meanwhile, Mark Steyn Enterprises Inc. and Mark Steyn have filed a lawsuit against CRTV. We will have to see how this plays out. .@joelapp Er, because I didn't know until they fired me. — Mark Steyn (@MarkSteynOnline) February 28, 2017 .@sniffmyshorts @CRTV not true. Other side...
  • THE FREEPER CANTEEN - The Who Wore This Hat On TV Quiz - Wednesday, March 1, 2017

    02/28/2017 5:46:06 PM PST · by LUV W · 64 replies
    The greatest military and vets in the world...and their families, too! | Tuesday, February 28, 2017 | LUV W and the Canteen Support Crew
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  • Target shares dive on earnings outlook, price cut plans

    02/28/2017 4:30:32 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 34 replies
    Reuters ^ | February 28, 2017 | By Nandita Bose and Richa Naidu
    Target Corp (TGT.N) said on Tuesday it will rely more on low prices to compete with rivals like Wal-Mart and Amazon, admitted many of its stores needed freshening up, and told Wall Street its sales and profit estimates for 2017 are too high. Shares of the retailer plunged to 2-1/2-year lows in heavy trading. Many of its rivals fell, too, including deep discount chains that will now face tougher competition on prices. For investors, the news was a shocking reminder that U.S. retailing remains a cutthroat business. Target vowed aggressive promotions at a meeting with analysts and investors, saying new...
  • Barack and Michelle Close to Signing Record-Breaking Deal Worth Over $60 MILLION For Memiors

    02/28/2017 4:10:04 PM PST · by drewh · 101 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 17:49 EST, 28 February 2017 | Chris Spargo
    Barack and Michelle Obama have whipped the literary world into a frenzy with the news that the former president and first lady are getting to work on new books, and looking for a publisher. Multiple people with knowledge of the joint publishing deal currently on the table for global rights to both memoirs tell the Financial Times that bidding has already surpassed $60million in what is described as the 'most hotly anticipated deal of the year.' And that amount could grow as there are no shortage of interested publishing houses, with Simon & Schuster, Macmillan, Harper Collins and Penguin Random...
  • WashPost: FBI Agreed to Pay Spy Who Authored Trump Russia Dossier

    02/28/2017 3:07:30 PM PST · by mandaladon · 42 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 28 Feb 2017 | Todd Beamon
    A former British spy who prepared a dossier on unsubstantiated allegations of President Donald Trump's Russian activities was to be paid by the FBI to continue his work while he was getting money from Hillary Clinton supporters to dig deeper into Trump's past, according to news reports on Tuesday. But the agency ultimately ended up not paying former MI6 agent Christopher Steele, The Washington Post reports, and the newspaper "was not able to determine how much the FBI intended to pay Steele had their relationship remained intact." The Post cited "several people familiar with the arrangement." The FBI was investigating...
  • HPD: Manhunt continues after 2 officers shot

    02/28/2017 2:18:27 PM PST · by Elderberry · 14 replies
    KHOU.com ^ | 2/28/2017
    HOUSTON - The lockdown has been lifted in a southwest Houston neighborhood where two police officers were shot earlier. A manhunt continues for one suspect believed to be armed and dangerous. Officers shot and killed another suspect around 11:30 a.m. Tuesday during a shootout in the 8700 block of Sterlingame. The officers were responding to a burglary in progress in the Glenshire subdivision near the Beltway and West Bellfort. Mayor Turner said one of the officers lives on Sterlingame and was apparently the first to respond. Turner said the suspects had several stolen guns and they opened fire on the...
  • Chris Cuomo Doubles Down on Controversial Gender Identity Tweet

    02/28/2017 12:23:38 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 26 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | February 28, 2017 | By Madeleine Weast
    CNN host Chris Cuomo doubled down Monday on his controversial tweet from last week in which he said parents whose daughters do not want to see transgender boys' male genitalia in the locker should "teach tolerance." Cuomo spoke with conservative commentator Ben Ferguson on CNN's "New Day" about a transgender wrestler in Texas, 17-year-old Mack Beggs, who was born female but identifies as a male and has been taking testosterone for over a year. The wrestler is still competing in the girl's division and won the Texas state championship over the weekend. Ferguson argued that it was unfair to the...
  • Facebook Apologizes for Shutting Down Page of Palestinian Fatah Movement

    02/28/2017 12:09:10 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | Tuesday, 28 February 2017
    Facebook shut down the page of Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas’s party Fatah, apparently over a picture of late leader Yasser Arafat with a weapon, the movement said on Monday. “We received a message that our page violated Facebook’s regulations,” Munir al-Jaghub, a media officer with Fatah and one of the page’s administrators, told AFP. The accounts of the 12 administrators of the page, which according to Jaghub had 70,000 followers, were also suspended for 30 days. A photo of Arafat holding a rifle that belonged to an Israeli soldier abducted in the 1980s by Palestinians in Beirut that had featured...
  • Army Makes History by Putting Muslim in Charge of 14,000 US Soldiers’ Spiritual Needs

    02/28/2017 11:19:33 AM PST · by JeepersFreepers · 63 replies
    McClatchy DC Bureau ^ | February 27, 2017 | Hannah Allam
    In January, Lt. Col. Khallid Shabazz received the call every Army chaplain dreams of, the call that validates years of intense study and hard work toward keeping the U.S. military in good spiritual health. He was offered the job of chaplain for an entire division, an honor for anyone in his field but a milestone in his case. After a ceremony this summer, Shabazz will become the first Muslim division-level chaplain in the history of the U.S. military – a Muslim spiritual leader for more than 14,000 mostly Christian soldiers. He’d like to think his transition will be as smooth...
  • Yes, some non-citizens were found to be voting in Ohio

    02/28/2017 10:02:27 AM PST · by mandaladon · 29 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 28 Feb 2017 | JAZZ SHAW
    Wouldn’t you want to know? That’s the question I’ve been asking since well before the last election took place. The President has made the claim that millions of non-citizens, either of the legal or illegal varieties, cast ballots in the 2016 race. (Presumably for Hillary Clinton for the most part.) That total number remains in dispute for good reason, but the fact that non-citizens have voter registration cards and in some cases are actually showing up to vote has never really been in dispute, despite what you regularly hear from Democrats and cable news personalities. Further proof of this reality...
  • Donald Trump Eats His Steak With Ketchup, And Twitter Isn’t Happy

    02/28/2017 8:15:16 AM PST · by COBOL2Java · 258 replies
    Huffing and Puffington Post ^ | 02/27/2017 10:56 am ET | Julie R. Thomson
    Most people who order a 28-day dry-aged steak that costs over $50 will relish it for the carefully prepared piece of meat that it is. But Donald Trump? He’s likely to order it well done and with a side of ketchup. According to the Independent Journal Review, that’s just what the president did when dining out at BLT Steak by David Burke in D.C. on Saturday night. We’ve long known that Trump likes his steak well done, which according to experts in the food world is simply the wrong way to order meat. But eating it with ketchup just adds...
  • Trump aide Conway draws ire for kneeling on White House sofa

    02/28/2017 7:55:37 AM PST · by Rennes Templar · 168 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | Feb. 28, 2017 | Maggy Donaldson
    Washington (AFP) - US President Donald Trump's senior adviser Kellyanne Conway has come under fire after a picture of her casually kneeling on a couch in the Oval Office was widely shared on social media. In an image captured by an AFP photographer, Conway appears on the couch with her shoes on as Trump poses for a photo with leaders of historically black colleges and universities. Wall Street Journal columnist Bret Stephens was among those taking aim at Conway, suggesting that aides under previous administrations would have elicited even greater outcry. "If Rice or Jarrett had sat like this in...
  • Former jewelry store workers claim sexual harassment

    02/28/2017 5:27:07 AM PST · by Rebelbase · 10 replies
    NY Post ^ | 2/27/17 | Danica Fears
    Scores of former workers at the company that owns popular jewelry stores such as Zales, Kay Jewelers and Jared’s Galleria, say managers promoted a culture of sexual harassment and discrimination, according to documents obtained by The Washington Post. About 250 women and men who worked for Sterling complained in sworn statements that female employees were groped and encouraged to have sex with their bosses to keep their jobs throughout the 1990s and 2000s, the newspaper reported.
  • Bush undercuts Trump a month into presidency after staying silent on Obama for 8 years

    02/28/2017 4:34:53 AM PST · by McGruff · 60 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 27, 2017 | Kelly Riddell
    For eight long years, George W. Bush refused to criticize Barack Obama. “I don’t think it’s good for the country to have a former president undermine a current president,” Mr. Bush explained to Fox News’s Sean Hannity in 2014, on why he refused to critique his successor’s policies. “I think it’s bad for the presidency, for that matter.” Yet one month into President Donald Trump’s presidency, Mr. Bush decided it was OK to offer a critique of the former real estate mogul.
  • Blaine Cooper becomes 1st cooperating witness to testify for government...(OREGON STANDOFF TRIAL)

    02/28/2017 4:01:34 AM PST · by Nextrush · 10 replies
    OregonLive ^ | 2/27/2017 | Maxine Bernstein
    Ammon Bundy called a clandestine meeting around the dining room of their host's home in Burns on Dec. 29, 2015, and directed the five other men attending to leave their cell phones and laptops behind... ...Bundy discussed for the first time his idea of taking over the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, testified occupier Blaine Cooper, called as a government witness... Cooper's testimony about a Dec. 29 dining-room sit down marked the first time any one has referenced in court a late December 2015 meeting in which there was talk between Bundy and five other men about seizing the federal wildlife...
  • North Korea sends delegation to claim Jong-nam’s body

    02/28/2017 1:36:53 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 15 replies
    Malay Mail Online ^ | February 28, 2017
    North Korea sends delegation to claim Jong-nam’s body KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 28 ― North Korea has sent a delegation of diplomats to Malaysia to retrieve Kim Jong-nam’s body and to seek the release of a North Korean arrested in the murder. The delegation includes Ri Tong-il, former North Korean deputy ambassador to the United Nations. Ri told reporters outside the North Korean embassy here that the delegation was here to discuss a “humanitarian issue” and three other questions. “Number one: the question of the return of the body of the deceased, a DPRK citizen who died in the Malaysian airport...
  • Fillon says France in 'climate of near civil war' as presidential election turns ugly

    02/28/2017 12:12:23 AM PST · by aquila48 · 39 replies
    The Local (France) ^ | 28 February 2017
    As attacks mount around the election, one presidential front runner said France is seeing "a climate near civil war". Journalists accused of bias. Judges said to be taking orders from the president. The country in a state of "near civil war." This isn't America's bitter presidential election campaign last year, but France's in 2017. The latest comments from conservative Francois Fillon, who has accused the Socialist government of failing to protect candidates, underline the increasingly ugly tone of France's campaign. Clashes in the western city of Nantes at the weekend during a demonstration against far-right leader Marine Le Pen and...
  • The Chinese are Already Worried Sbout Xi’s Handshake With Trump

    02/27/2017 11:54:14 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 22 replies
    New York Post ^ | 2/27 | Max Jaeger
    Here’s one way to get the upper hand on President Trump. Body language experts have some advice for Chinese President Xi Jinping before he shakes hands with Trump — known for forcefully and sometimes awkwardly gripping fellow world leaders — during the upcoming G20 summit in July. If Xi wants to avoid the awkwardness, he needs to use Trump’s move first.
  • The EU Is Profiting From Trump: Swedish EU Commissioner

    02/27/2017 11:36:43 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    The United States' new hostility to free trade deals under President Donald Trump is benefiting the European Union, the bloc's top trade official said Tuesday. After Trump's withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal in late January, "many countries are now turning to us, because they believe protectionism is not the right answer," Swedish European Commissioner Cecilia Malmström told German business newspaper Handelsblatt. "We are already negotiating with almost all of them, or preparing conversations" with the countries around the Pacific Rim that had signed up to the US-led treaty, she went on. Since Trump's election, the Commission has sped...
  • Test All Pregnant Women for Smoking, Say NHS Chiefs

    02/27/2017 11:04:53 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    Guardian ^ | Saturday 25 February 2017 | Denis Campbell
    The plan, which is supported by the Royal College of Midwives, is part of a wider drive to discourage cigarettes at hospitalsEngland’s public health chief is urging hospitals to give every pregnant woman a carbon monoxide test to see if they smoke, as part of an NHS-wide drive to persuade patients to kick the habit. Duncan Selbie wants midwives and nurses to routinely screen mothers-to-be when their pregnancy is first “booked”, monitor them at all their antenatal appointments and support those who want to quit. Hospitals would also ban smoking shelters used by staff and patients, hand out nicotine gum...
  • Did Democrats Just Begin an Electoral Comeback by Winning in Delaware?

    The $64,000 question for Democrats seeking to fight back against Donald Trump and a Republican Congress between now and the 2020 elections is whether their recent problems in turning out their voters, especially in nonpresidential contests, can be changed by the energy of a burgeoning anti-Trump resistance. The first real answer to that question may have occurred this weekend in a special state-senate election in the “First State,” Delaware. And though it would be unwise to assume it to set a reliable pattern, in this one case Democrats passed the test. The contest was over a seat in a state-senate...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Road Trip: Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri ~ 28 FEB 2017

    02/27/2017 6:04:07 PM PST · by laurenmarlowe · 79 replies
    Serving The Best Troops And Veterans In The World!! | The Canteen Crew
        ~The FReeper Canteen Presents~ Road Trip: Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri  Fort Leonard Wood is a United States Army installation located in the Missouri Ozarks. The main gate is located on the southern boundary of St. Robert. The post was created in December 1940 and named in honor of General Leonard Wood (former Chief of Staff) in January 1941. Fort Leonard Wood is a thriving installation that has evolved from a small basic training post 70 years ago to a premier Army Center of Excellence that trains about 80,000 military and civilians each year.Home to the Maneuver Support...
  • Deputies: Man gives up robbing Henderson store, ends up paying for item

    02/27/2017 5:26:10 PM PST · by COBOL2Java · 4 replies
    KLFY News 10 ^ | February 27, 2017, 1:42 pm Updated: February 27, 2017, 1:46 pm | Nick Gremillion
    Homer John (Photo Courtesy: St. Martin Parish Sheriff's Office) HENDERSON, La. (KLFY) – A Breaux Bridge man is facing a list of charges after deputies say he tried to rob a store at gunpoint but then gave up and purchased an item from the store he was trying to rob. The bizarre incident happened just before 8 a.m. Sunday at a store in the 1100 block of Henderson Highway. Major Ginny Higgins, of the St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s Office, said, “When the clerk did not immediately comply with his request, the subject ended up purchasing an item and left the...
  • Agents detail 'daily' border fence battle, seek post-Obama 'restart'

    02/27/2017 4:13:58 PM PST · by COBOL2Java · 15 replies
    Fox News Politics ^ | February 27, 2017 | Tori Richards
    In the tiny Arizona city of Douglas, a Border Patrol surveillance camera is trained on a 10-foot-high fence with Mexico. After a few seconds, footage shows a figure appearing out of nowhere and the fence suddenly opens to allow a pickup truck through. A car follows, and they speed off into adjoining neighborhoods while the makeshift gate slams shut. The Wild West still has a foothold here, more than 100 years after gunslingers Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday called Douglas home. Only the outlaws are cartels and traffickers. And while President Trump is vowing to step up enforcement and seal...
  • Nasa to launch Solar Probe Plus mission to the surface of the SUN to protect Earth[tr]

    02/27/2017 3:55:23 PM PST · by COBOL2Java · 62 replies
    The Sun ^ | 27th February 2017, 12:10 pm | MARGI MURPHY
    Massive solar flares have the potential to shut down power grids on Earth and wreak havoc on navigation systems NASA is gearing up to send a robot to the Sun to help prepare for a “huge solar event” that could wreak havoc on Earth The Solar Plus Probe will come within four million miles of the sun’s surface, facing heat and radiation like no spacecraft has endured before.
  • Deputies to receive pay instead of time off during Twin Peaks trials

    02/27/2017 3:53:44 PM PST · by Elderberry · 8 replies
    kwxt.com ^ | 2/24/2017 | Rissa Shaw
    WACO, Texas (KWTX) McLennan County officials have agreed to pay overtime to Sheriff’s Office employees who provide extra security when the Twin Peaks shooting trials start in April. County commissioners made the decision this week knowing much of the costs could eventually be recovered by the state. Following the deadly May 17, 2015 shootout between rival biker gangs which left nine dead and more than 20 more injured, more than $268,000 in grants was provided by the state for associated costs. Currently, deputies, jailers, and other MCSO employees are given compensatory time in lieu of overtime pay, forcing them to...
  • House intel head: 'No evidence' of Trump campaign contact with Russia

    02/27/2017 3:47:34 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 32 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 27, 2017 | By Katie Bo Williamks
    The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee on Monday rejected reports that members of President Trump’s campaign team had regular contact with Russian officials. “There is no evidence that I’ve been presented [by the intelligence community] of regular contact with anybody in the Trump campaign,” Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) told reporters. “The way it sounds like to me is, it’s been looked into and there’s no evidence of anything there.” Nunes's committee is investigating Russian efforts to influence U.S. presidential election, including any links between campaign officials and Moscow. The scope of the review has been under fierce scrutiny following...
  • Trump Thinks Oscars Flub Was All Because of Him

    02/27/2017 3:46:41 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 44 replies
    New York Post ^ | Daniel Halper | Daniel Halper
    President Trump blamed the embarrassing mix-up at the end of the Oscars on the awards’ show focus on him. “I think they were focused so hard on politics that they didn’t get the act together at the end,” Trump told Breitbart in an interview Monday, the day after the show messed up and awarded the wrong movie with its most prestigious award, Best Picture. Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway named “La La Land” the winner, but then had to yank the award away and give it to the real winner, “Moonlight.”
  • Science can help you reach enlightenment — but will it mess with your head?

    02/27/2017 3:05:48 PM PST · by TBP · 20 replies
    New York Post ^ | February 26, 2017 | Stefanie Cohen
    It’s a state achieved by many others throughout time. High-performance athletes are in ecstasis when they ski down huge mountains or surf giant waves. Monks attain it after years of meditation. Mystics feel it when they have visions. And the US government uses it to try to reset their most elite warriors after brutal battles abroad. This state of mind is called “flow” or an “altered” or “non-ordinary state of consciousness” where “action and awareness start to merge. Our sense of self vanishes. Our sense of time as well. And all aspects of performance, both mental and physical go through...
  • Merkel: Yeah, I guess we should spend that extra money on defense after all

    02/27/2017 2:56:41 PM PST · by mandaladon · 12 replies
    Hot Air ^ | JAZZ SHAW
    You may recall from the 2016 campaign trail that many of our media mavens lectured then candidate Donald Trump about his plans to bully our NATO allies into paying their fair share of defense costs. This was widely viewed in liberal circles as an unreasonable attitude, with some even suggesting that it could discount America’s place as a global leader. It turns out that, yet again, President Trump decided to make good on his promise when he sent his new Secretary of Defense across the pond to deliver precisely that message. (Washington Post) Defense Secretary Jim Mattis issued an ultimatum...
  • Muslim Terrorists Behead Kidnapped Sailor After Ransom Is Denied

    02/27/2017 2:03:43 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    New York Post ^ | February 27, 2017
    BAbu Sayyaf extremists in the Philippines released a video showing the beheading of a German hostage in the first sign the brutal Filipino militants carried out a threat to kill him after a ransom deadline lapsed over the weekend. President Rodrigo Duterte’s adviser dealing with Muslim rebel groups, Jesus Dureza, condemned the killing of Jurgen Gustav Kantner as barbaric, saying the Philippine military and other groups “exhausted all efforts to save his life” up to the final moment. “We grieve as we strongly condemn the barbaric beheading of yet another kidnap victim,” Dureza said in a statement. “We all tried...
  • Lobbyist:' Evidence' That Seth Rich Murdered When He Discovered Russian Operatives Hacked DNC

    02/27/2017 2:00:30 PM PST · by drewh · 65 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 16:14 EST, 27 February 2017 | EXCLUSIVE Louise Boyle
    A longtime GOP operative is asking Congress to investigate whether or not Russia is behind the murder of a young Democratic National Committee staffer. Seth Rich, 27, was fatally shot in the back while walking home alone in the Bloomingdale neighborhood of D.C. in the early hours of July 10 last year. At the time of his death, he was working as a data analyst for the DNC. Eight months on, there are no leads and no suspects in the homicide investigation. DC police have said nothing was stolen from Rich and that the murder was a botched robbery. Now,...
  • Volunteers Race to Rescue Dogs Left Behind by Dakota Access Pipeline Protesters

    02/27/2017 1:48:24 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 32 replies
    Heat Street ^ | February 27, 2017 | By Emily Zanotti
    By Emily Zanotti | 2:12 pm, February 27, 2017 The Dakota Access Pipeline protesters left more behind than just piles of trash when they were booted from their makeshift camp: they left several dogs and puppies to fend for themselves, abandoned with the rest of their unwanted belongings. Furry Friends Rockin Rescue, a local animal rescue near Bismark, North Dakota, says they’re working to catch all of the abandoned animals, and so far, they’ve managed to rescue two dogs and six puppies. They believe, however, that the dogs represent only a small fraction of the pets left behind at the...
  • Kay Zwerling, 1921-2017: KSCO’s Signature Voice Never Backed Away From Her Conservative Views

    02/27/2017 12:40:28 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    Santa Cruz Sentinel ^ | 02/26/1 | Wallace Baine
    Way back in 2011, the year of Charlie Sheen meltdowns and Occupy protests, the Donald Trump for President bandwagon was, to engage in severe understatement, sparsely populated — no more so than in the blue-state citadel of Santa Cruz County. But there was at least one voice on board. In a move that now looks downright visionary, Kay Zwerling pronounced from her perch at KSCO (1080 AM) that Trump was what the country needed in the White House. It’s a sad irony that Zwerling never got to see Trump inaugurated. The long-time signature voice of KSCO — known for her...
  • Conservative Forum Crosses Paths With Resistance Movement in Aptos

    02/27/2017 12:37:53 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 2 replies
    Santa Cruz Sentinel ^ | 02/25/17, | Michael Todd
    The screeching tires, honking horns and chanting opposition were audible in the Seascape Beach Resort’s ballroom during a political forum hosted Saturday by a grassroots conservative organization from Colorado that drew panelists from throughout the U.S. The inaugural Steamboat Institute forum assembled a collective of conservatives, journalists and farmers. Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Tulare, discussed national security. He is chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. He said he has concerns with al-Qaida, which he said likely is “plotting and planning a major attack on the west.” Nunes also raised question about Chinese efforts to choke shipping lanes and...
  • Officials to Stop Oroville Dam Outflow to Clear Debris

    02/27/2017 12:02:56 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    The reservoir's water level has been reduced nearly 60 feet since it reached capacity at 901 feet earlier this month, the department saidCalifornia water authorities will stop the outflow from the Oroville Dam's crippled spillway to allow workers to remove debris blocking a hydroelectric plant from working, officials said Sunday. The Department of Water Resources said it will start gradually reducing outflows from the Northern California dam beginning Monday morning and completely halt them by the afternoon. The outflow from behind the 770-foot-tall dam will be stopped for several days to allow workers to clear concrete, silt and other debris...
  • What Jewish prisoner of ISIS said during captivity

    02/27/2017 11:16:35 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 8 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 26/2/17
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  • George W. Bush won't agree with Trump's view of reporters as 'the enemy'...(TRUNC)

    02/27/2017 7:17:18 AM PST · by bkopto · 82 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | 2/27/2017 | David Martosko
    Former U.S. president George W. Bush said Monday that a free press was 'indispensable to democracy' during his two White House terms – hinting that he disagrees with President Donald Trump's assessment of some reporters as 'the enemy of the people.' 'We need an independent media to hold people like me to account,' Bush said on the 'Today' show. 'I think power can be very addictive, and it can be corrosive, and it's important for the media to call to account people who abuse their power, whether it be here or elsewhere.'
  • $100 million in annual toll fines put citizens on road to ‘toll bankruptcy’

    02/27/2017 5:19:00 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 39 replies
    The Maryland Reporter ^ | February 7, 2017 | Dan Menefee
    Excessive penalties and poor customer service at the E-ZPass electronic toll collection system have put some Marylanders on the path to “toll bankruptcy,” Sen. Roger Manno told the Senate Finance Committee last week.“Folks [are] exasperated because they’ve been caught in a system that is not working,” Manno said.Broad enforcement powers enacted in 2013 to address toll violations have led to wage attachments, financial hardship and non-renewal of vehicle registrations at MVA, witnesses testified. Sen. Roger Manno “The penalty structure that we set several years ago in the General Assembly was not intended to be punitive,” Manno said. “It was not...
  • US transportation secretaries have left a lasting legacy in D.C. region

    02/27/2017 5:51:05 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies
    The Dayton Daily News ^ | February 23, 2017 | Lori Aratani - The Washington Post
    U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao had been on the job only a few weeks when she took action on one of the region's most intractable problems and directed millions in federal transit dollars be withheld from the District, Maryland and Virginia until they create a safety agency to oversee D.C.'s subway, Metro. Chao was making good on a threat by her predecessor, Anthony Foxx, a move that surprised some local officials who had hoped that the jurisdictions had shown enough progress to stave off the action. It's too soon to say whether Chao's action is a sign she will continue...