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  • MCPS: Sanctuary or Safe Space?

    03/23/2017 7:10:16 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | March 23, 2017 | Spencer Irvine
    Maryland Governor Larry Hogan did not mince words when he discussed how he felt about the Rockville, Maryland rape case where a 14-year-old girl was raped by two classmates, one of whom is confirmed to be an illegal alien (i.e. illegal immigrant). The county school system in question, Montgomery County Public Schools, had issued a letter condemning the rape in which the school superintendent made a public statement on the tragedy. Nevertheless, Governor Hogan said that the school system is not cooperating fully with the governor's office and the state's education agency. Hogan said the following: "Why is an 18-year-old...
  • The Left Distorts Originalism to Attack Judge Gorsuch

    03/23/2017 6:59:51 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    National Review ^ | 03/23/2017 | David French
    Why can’t United States senators, law-school deans, and journalists bother to understand or fairly characterize the legal doctrines they so vigorously oppose? This morning, Senator Dianne Feinstein — fresh from lecturing Neil Gorsuch on the novel constitutional concept of “super precedent” — purported to attack Judge Gorsuch’s legal philosophy by reading a question from a law-school dean: You are a self-professed originalist in your approach to constitutional interpretation. For example, you wrote, and I quote, “Judges should instead strive, if humanly and so imperfectly to imply the law as it is, focusing backward, not forward, and looking to text,...
  • What Does My Health Care Really Cost?

    03/23/2017 6:57:08 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    National Review ^ | 03/23/2017 | By Dr. Marc Siegel
    The halls of Congress look nothing like the waiting and examination rooms of a doctor’s office. Lawmakers may talk about health-care costs, but they don’t work in the medical trenches, where my patients and I are shielded by insurance from knowing both the real price and the negotiated price of a given service. Not knowing and not paying directly leads to overuse (as long as deductibles have been met), as my patients come to see me when they don’t need to, for every upper-respiratory infection or sprained ankle or sleepless night. Doctors like me may then defensively overtest with an...
  • Donald Trump to TIME: ‘I Can’t Be Doing so Badly, Because I’m President, and You’re Not’

    03/23/2017 6:37:58 AM PDT · by kevcol · 13 replies
    Breitbart ^ | March 23, 2017 | Charlie Spiering
    Finally, Trump reminded Scherer that he won the election, despite the media disputing some of his statements. “I mean we have many, you can go up and down the ladder. But that’s the story,” he said. “Hey look, in the mean time, I guess, I can’t be doing so badly, because I’m president, and you’re not. You know. Say hello to everybody OK?”
  • SERIOUS CLAIM: FBI’S COMEY ‘FALSELY’ DENIED SURVEILLANCE

    03/23/2017 5:41:00 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 35 replies
    WND ^ | 03/23/17 | BOB UNRUH
    'Orwellian Big Brother' intrusion on Trump, other citizens in public and private sector. The lawyer who founded Judicial Watch and later Freedom Watch, Larry Klayman, has sent a letter to Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., chairman of the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, asking him to look at a whistleblower’s evidence of “systematic illegal surveillance on prominent Americans, again including the chief justice of the Supreme Court, other justices, 156 judges, prominent businessmen such as Donald Trump, and even yours truly.” That spying was done, Klayman’s letter contends, by the FBI. It’s become a major issue following President Trump’s assertion that...
  • Elijah Cummings: Investigate Devin Nunes for compromising investigation's independence (FAKE news)

    03/23/2017 5:38:05 AM PDT · by maggief · 45 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | March 23, 2017 | KYLE FELDSCHER
    A top House Democrat is calling for an investigation into House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes for telling the White House about new information that President Trump and his associates might have been caught up in government surveillance. Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., said on CNN Thursday that Nunes shouldn't have gone to the press and then briefed Trump about an investigation where Trump is a subject. Cummings said Nunes compromised the independence of his investigation into alleged collusion between Trump's campaign and Russia by doing so. "The intelligence committee is a very special committee, they are privy to information most...
  • FEC Dems again eye regulating Drudge, YouTube, Twitter, Facebook

    03/23/2017 5:25:21 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 14 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 03/22/17 | PAUL BEDARD
    The campaign by Democrats on the Federal Election Commission to regulate the internet, from Twitter and Facebook to Drudge, is back after some liberal commissioners threw in the towel amid GOP opposition. Seizing on an exit report card of the agency by ex-Commissioner Ann Ravel, the left is complaining that the internet isn't being regulated for political content and spending, but should be.Using the "altFEC" twitter account, one of several "alt" sites set up by government workers in agencies resisting the new Trump administration, the proponents reference Ravel's critical report. "It means that the @FEC's disclosure rules have not been...
  • Leahy Botched Abortion Talking Point

    03/23/2017 4:26:47 AM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 9 replies
    freebeacon ^ | March 22, 2017 | Bill McMorris
    Pro-life leaders say his anecdote is about a Nazi-trained abortionist Sen. Patrick Leahy's attempt to defend Roe v. Wade won applause from pro-life activists on Wednesday, who said the anecdote he shared highlighted how safety laws would protect patients. Sen. Leahy (D., Vt.) recounted his experience prosecuting a Nazi-trained doctor who crossed the Canadian border to perform illegal abortions in Vermont to the Judiciary Committee during the third day of Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch's confirmation hearing. Leahy called the incident representative of the "dark days" before the Supreme Court struck down state laws against abortion in the landmark...
  • Paul Manafort’s Ties to Russian Oligarch Made Headlines 11 Months Ago – AP Breaks Same Story Today

    03/23/2017 4:12:22 AM PDT · by davikkm · 14 replies
    Back on April 26, 2016, liberal reporter Michael Isikoff reported on Trump’s chief campaign aide Paul Manafort connections to a billionaire Russian oligarch. This was a week after Donald Trump sealed the Republican nomination in the 2016 primary. Paul Manafort was questioned by officials in the Cayman Islands about his ties to billionaire Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska, a Russian aluminum magnate. Manafort was questioned by officials from the Cayman Islands in connection with a $26.2 million investment by Deripaska. Yahoo reported: A lawyer for Paul Manafort, Donald Trump’s chief campaign aide, acknowledged Tuesday evening that the longtime GOP operative has...
  • Why Are These Conservatives Waving The White Flag On ObamaCare?

    03/23/2017 4:05:02 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 31 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 3/22/2017 | John Merline
    If the Republican's ObamaCare replacement plan ends up looking an awful lot like ObamaCare, here's one reason why: Prominent conservatives have already conceded defeat. In his latest column, Charles Krauthammer declared that "For all its catastrophic flaws, ObamaCare changed expectations. Does any Republican propose returning to a time when you can be denied health insurance because of a pre-existing condition?" Another well-known conservative commentator, George Will, wrote almost exactly the same thing in his column that just posted. "It is unknowable whether Barack Obama produced an American consensus in favor of a government obligation to guarantee universal access to health...
  • Freedom Watch Notifies Congress of "Deep State" Whistleblower

    03/23/2017 4:02:07 AM PDT · by KyCats · 11 replies
    Conservative Tree House ^ | March 22, 2017 | sundance
    Freedom Watch notifies congress of a “Deep State” intelligence community whistle blower, Dennis Montgomery, with hundreds of millions of documents showing CIA and FBI and Intelligence Committees where spying on, and conducting surveillance on, American citizens for political purposes. Mr. Montgomery is trying to use a legal “whistle-blower” process and not follow the same approach as Edward Snowden.
  • Your Tax Dollars At Work: Subsidizing Elite Colleges That Produce Intolerant Bigots

    03/23/2017 3:59:53 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 5 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 4/22/2017 | Staff
    College Aid: Next time you hear about students attacking a conservative speaker, check the school's tuition costs. Odds are you'll find that they are attending an elite college that caters to the rich. Money can't buy love, but it can, apparently, teach intolerance. In early March, distinguished author and social scientist Charles Murray was scheduled to talk at Middlebury College, a Vermont school that charges $64,000 a year in tuition. Several students erupted in noisy demonstrations that ended up with the 74-year-old Murray being shoved and Middlebury political science professor Allison Singer in a neck brace. The attack was so...
  • Why President Trump's abysmal popularity rating won't hurt him

    03/22/2017 10:15:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The Week ^ | March 22, 2017 | Scott Galupo
    If you perked up at news this week that President Trump's approval rating had dipped to 37 percent, according to figures tracked by Gallup, you should un-perk. The truth is, whether Trump is in the 30s or 40s — or even 20s or 50s — simply doesn't matter much. For those of us between the ages of 25 and 100 years old, this is going to take some getting used to. We are accustomed to believing that a president needs to be popular to see his agenda become law. Presidents from Woodrow Wilson to George W. Bush used their political...
  • Philly soda tax: Pepsi tells grocery stores it won’t offer 2-liters or 12-packs

    03/22/2017 9:12:10 PM PDT · by Paul R. · 36 replies
    BillyPenn.com ^ | March 21, 2017 | Mark Dent
    Philadelphians will soon no longer be able to purchase 2-liters or 12-packs of Pepsi soda products at local stores, according to grocers. Managers of two independent Philly grocery stores confirmed they’d received letters from Pepsi saying the company would no longer distribute 2-liters or 12-packs to Philadelphia stores, as of March 20.
  • Twitter: Freedom Watch Claims Obama Spied on Trump, 156 Judges, and SCOTUS

    03/22/2017 8:50:59 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 52 replies
    CIA Whistleblower leaks 47 hard drives & 600 million documents, shows Obama spied on Trump, 156 judges, and SCOTUS. The full letter is here: http://www.freedomwatchusa.org/pdf/170321-Final%20Whistleblower%20Letter.pdf
  • Bidding has begun for Trump's border wall

    03/22/2017 8:23:54 PM PDT · by Innovative · 27 replies
    CBS News ^ | March 20, 2017 | AP
    The Trump administration wants to build a 30-foot-high border wall that looks good from the north side and is difficult to climb or cut through, according to a pair of contract notices posted to a government website further detailing President Donald Trump’s promise to build a “big, beautiful wall” at the Mexican border. The notices were made public late Friday by Customs and Border Protection, the Homeland Security Department agency that will oversee the project and eventually patrol and maintain the wall. The proposals are due to the government by March 29.
  • Trump, House leaders, conservatives working on health care deal

    03/22/2017 6:54:37 PM PDT · by Innovative · 50 replies
    CNN ^ | March 22, 2017 | MJ Lee, Deirdre Walsh, Phil Mattingly and Lauren Fox
    Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump is personally calling individual members of the influential conservative House Freedom Caucus Wednesday evening as House leaders work on a possible deal to secure the votes to pass the GOP health care bill.
  • BREAKING: House Considering Last-Minute, Regulation-Repealing Changes to AHCA?

    03/22/2017 6:10:56 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 50 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 22, 2017 | Guy Benson
    It's floor vote eve, and many creatures are stirring in the House. In a potentially dramatic eleventh-hour gambit, Republicans are considering pushing further than they initially thought possible to repeal additional Obamacare regulations within the American Health Care Act (AHCA). Remember, part of the reason that the current bill does not attempt to tackle certain issues is that under "reconciliation," all provisions must be germane to the budget. That's why buying insurance across state lines and tort reform aren't included, for example. For this same reason, unraveling some of Obamacare's "essential health benefit" regulatory mandates was seen as beyond...
  • Ann Coulter: We Have Now Hit Full-On Crazy

    03/22/2017 6:06:42 PM PDT · by davikkm · 28 replies
    breitbart ^ | ANN COULTER
    Liberals are ecstatic that a judge in Hawaii is writing immigration policy for the entire country, and that policy is: We have no right to tell anyone that he can’t live in America. (Unless they’re Christians — those guys we can keep out.) As subtly alluded to in the subtitle of Adios, America: The Left’s Plan to Turn Our Country into a Third World Hellhole, the goal of liberals is for the poor of the world to have a constitutional right to come here whenever they want. I can’t help but notice that the Third Worlders aren’t moving to liberals’...
  • Obama Admin Loyalists, Government Insiders Sabotage Trump White House

    03/22/2017 5:59:07 PM PDT · by markomalley · 24 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 3/22/17 | Adam Kredo
    The Obama administration worked in its final weeks in office to undermine the incoming Trump White and continues to do so, according to multiple sources both in and out of the White House.Behind the effort, these sources say, are senior government officials who previously worked under President Obama and remain loyal to his agenda. These individuals leak negative information about the Trump White House and its senior staff to a network of former Obama administration officials who then plant this information in key media outlets including the Washington Post and New York Times.Meanwhile, holdovers from the Obama administration are working to undermine the...
  • FBI's Comey: 'I have no information' to support Trump's wiretapping tweets

    03/22/2017 5:57:05 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 54 replies
    CNBC ^ | March 20, 2017 | Jacob Pramuk
    FBI Director James Comey on Monday publicly refuted President Donald Trump's claim that the Obama administration wiretapped Trump Tower before the 2016 election, saying neither he nor the Justice Department have evidence to back the president's explosive tweets. "With respect to the president's tweets about alleged wiretapping directed at him by the prior administration, I have no information that supports those tweets. And we have looked carefully inside the FBI. The Department of Justice has asked me to assure you that the answer is the same for the Department of Justice and all its components," Comey testified before the House...
  • [R-VA] Goodlatte: Obama's 'lax' immigration policies led to girl's rape by Central American boys

    03/22/2017 5:31:01 PM PDT · by markomalley · 10 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 3/22/17 | Anna Giaritelli
    House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte is blaming the Obama administration's "lax immigration policies" for the rape of a 14-year-old girl at a high school outside Washington last week. The Virginia Republican made the accusation in a letter to Homeland Security Sec. John Kelly on Wednesday. "Once again, we have an example of how the Obama administration's lax immigration enforcement policies resulted in a life being seriously harmed – in this case, the life of an innocent 14 year-old-girl who was simply attending school," Goodlatte wrote. "There is no doubt that such heinous crimes by illegal immigrants who were encountered by...
  • Murray,Cantwell Call for Reversal of Proposed EPA Cuts

    03/22/2017 5:27:56 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 18 replies
    U.S. Senator Patty Murray ^ | Mar 22 2017 | U.S. Senators Patty Murray (D-WA) and Maria Cantwell (D-WA)
    Murray,Cantwell Call for Reversal of Proposed EPA Cuts That Would Devastate Americans’ Clean Air and WaterSenators: Trump’s pledge for clean air and water is “meaningless” when followed by proposal for drastic cuts that would undercut EPA’s core missionPresident Trump’s budget eliminates funding for critical Puget Sound cleanupWASHINGTON,D.C. –Today,U.S. Senators Patty Murray (D-WA) and Maria Cantwell (D-WA) joined a group of 37 Senators in opposing President Trump’s proposal to inflict a more than 30 percent cut to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) budget.Expressing “extreme concern” over the cuts,the Senators wrote to leaders of the Senate Appropriations Committee, “During the President’s February 28,...
  • Chelsea Clinton Gets Lifetime Achievement Award for Doing Nothing

    03/22/2017 5:27:06 PM PDT · by Bon mots · 59 replies
    Heat St. ^ | March 21, 2017 | Emily Zanotti
    Next month, Variety magazine will host its annual “Women in Power” luncheon, where it will pass out honors and awards to several lucky ladies who have dedicated their lives to the service of others. The “Lifetime Impact Honorees” are all women whose work in 2016 and before have made the world a better place. This year, for no apparent reason, Chelsea Clinton, the daughter of former President Bill Clinton and former Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, will get a one of those awards for her service to…well, that part’s not quite clear. But she’ll be honored for her achievement anyway.Read More...
  • ‘Who is the real terrorist, Ocalan or Erdogan?’

    03/22/2017 5:23:29 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 11 replies
    KOM News ^ | 21 March 2017 | none stated
    Georg Restle Prominent German journalist, Georg Restle, on a programme aired on German state TV ARD compared imprisoned Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) leader Abdullah Ocalan and Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan asking, “Who is the real terrorist?”Commenting on a recent Kurdish demonstration in the German city Frankfurt on the Tagesthemen (topic of the day) programme Restle said:“The Turkish president [Erdogan] and his cronies are really angry that tens of thousands of Kurds living in Germany of which some carried posters of Abdullah Ocalan protested peacefully for their rights. The Federal German state is accusing these people of “supporting a terrorist organisation.”“One must ask this question”, Restle...
  • South Carolina Committee Passes Bill to Ban Dismemberment Abortions Tearing Babies Limb From Limb

    03/22/2017 5:19:30 PM PDT · by Morgana · 4 replies
    life news ^ | march 22, 2017 | Holly Gatling
    South Carolina Citizens for Life President Lisa Van Riper praised the strongly bi-partisan vote Tuesday to advance the Unborn Child Protection Against Dismemberment Abortion Act H 3548. “South Carolina Citizens for Life commends the bi-partisan action of the S.C. House Judiciary Committee to advance the Unborn Child Protection Against Dismemberment Abortion Act,” Mrs. Van Riper said. “The gruesome abortion procedure used in many second trimester abortions which dismembers a living child in the womb should have no place in a civilized society.” By a vote of 18-4 on Tuesday, the South Carolina House Judiciary Committee advanced H3548, to the full...
  • Remember Zip Disks? These Election Departments Do

    03/22/2017 5:15:45 PM PDT · by spintreebob · 31 replies
    TechTarget - IT Knowledge Exchange ^ | 3-21-2017 | Sharon Fisher
    . . . In case you don’t remember, or are too young to remember, Zip disks and drives were developed by Iomega in 1994. They were a similar size to floppy disks – thicker – but held considerably more data; they started at 100 MB and eventually went up to 750 MB. (Which, in those days, was a lot.) Another interesting distinction about them is that they could be used for either PCs or Apple computers. Several of the major voting machines used back in the day, such as the ESS Model 650 Central Scanner, used Zip disks. And a...
  • Iowa House Committee Passes Bill Banning Late-Term Abortions After 20 Weeks

    03/22/2017 5:15:07 PM PDT · by Morgana · 1 replies
    life news ^ | march 22, 2017 | Micaiah Bilger
    An Iowa bill to protect unborn babies from painful, late-term abortions is one step closer to becoming law. The Des Moines Register reports a state House subcommittee approved the bill on Wednesday, moving it forward to a full committee for consideration. Iowa Senate File 471, which passed the state Senate earlier this month, would prohibit abortions after 20 weeks when strong scientific evidence indicates unborn babies can feel pain. It also would allow abortions up to 24 weeks on unborn babies diagnosed with an anomaly considered to be “incompatible with life,” according to the report. An individual who violates the...
  • Italy's populist 'mad man' extremely worrying for euro area stability: Euro zone economist

    03/22/2017 5:13:01 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 1 replies
    CNBC ^ | 21 March 2017 | Sam Meredith
    Italy's anti-establishment and anti-euro party Five Star Movement (5SM) represent the greatest threat to euro area stability, analysts told CNBC on Tuesday, as the populist party surged ahead of its political rivals in the latest opinion poll, putting it on course to be the biggest party if elections were called. 5SM leader Beppe Grillo has enjoyed a recent, and remarkable, uptick in support, buoyed in part by the divisions in the ruling Democratic Party (PD) as former Prime Minister Matteo Renzi attempts to regain support. Grillo, who has campaigned for Italy to hold a referendum on the single currency if...
  • Texas Senate Votes to Protect People From Having to Pay for Abortions in Their Health Insurance

    03/22/2017 5:11:47 PM PDT · by Morgana · 7 replies
    life news ^ | march 22, 2017 | Texas Right to Life
    Today, the Texas Senate passed Senate Bill 20, Pro-Life Health Insurance Reform, on second reading on a 19-10 vote. The bill is expected to move to a third reading and final vote on Monday. Senate Bill 20 by Senator Larry Taylor (R-Friendswood) and House Bill 1113 by Representative John Smithee (R-Amarillo) would protect Texans from paying for the abortions of others through their tax dollars and health insurance premiums. In the 2015 Legislative Session, Senator Taylor authored a similar insurance reform, SB 575, which passed in the Senate and died in the House. This session, Pro-Life Health Insurance Reform once...
  • Maryland moves to be 'sanctuary state’

    03/22/2017 5:11:39 PM PDT · by kevcol · 14 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | March 21, 2017 | Paul Bedard
    Maryland Democrats this week took a major step to becoming a "sanctuary state," drawing outrage from Republican Gov. Larry Hogan and concerns it would protect an 18-year-old illegal charged with raping a 14-year-old girl in a school bathroom last week. The Democratically-controlled House of Delegates voted 83-55 to OK the Maryland Law Enforcement and Trust Act. Generally, it would bar state and local law enforcement from helping federal immigration officials seeking illegals, including requests to detain inmates for deportation.
  • Tillerson: US to set up zones for refugees in fight against ISIS [more winning!!]

    03/22/2017 5:10:26 PM PDT · by markomalley · 5 replies
    The United States will increase pressure on ISIS and al-Qaeda and work to set up “interim zones of stability” to help refugees return home in the next phase of the battle to defeat the groups, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Wednesday. Addressing top officials from an international coalition of 68 nations battling ISIS in Iraq and Syria, Tillerson did not elaborate on where the United States planned to set up these safety zones. “The United States will increase our pressure on ISIS and al-Qaeda and will work to establish interim zones of stability, through ceasefires, to allow...
  • Army chaplain awarded Soldier's Medal for tackling machete-wielding soldier to end hostage situation

    03/22/2017 5:02:04 PM PDT · by Excuse_My_Bellicosity · 7 replies
    KRTV-TV, Great Falls, Montana ^ | 3/21/2017 | Ariana Lake
    MISSOULA - Captain (Chaplain) Matthew Christensen, a 1992 graduate of Flathead High School, was awarded the Soldier's Medal last week for his actions that resulted in saving the lives of two soldiers. When Christensen went to counsel a soldier who was having a hard time, he didn’t realize it would escalate into a dangerous hostage situation. Christensen spent much of the night counseling the soldier. Later, the soldier's roommate and another chaplain showed up at the barracks. Things got worse. The soldier called some family members, cursing them for abusive situations in the past. Christensen said, "And then he just...
  • [Fauxahontas] Warren Angered that Cabinet Nominee Considers President His Boss

    03/22/2017 4:56:26 PM PDT · by markomalley · 6 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 3/22/17 | Bill McMorris
    Sen. Elizabeth Warren attacked President Trump's labor secretary nominee Alexander Acosta after he declined to say whether he would overturn several Obama administration regulations during his first confirmation hearing Wednesday.Warren (D., Mass.), a member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, & Pensions, asked Acosta whether he would direct the Labor Department to defend new overtime regulations in federal court after an Obama-appointed judge blocked them from going into effect, as well as whether he supported Trump's executive orders affecting safety and financial regulations. The Massachusetts senator, a champion of the Democrat's liberal base, prodded Acosta to take a...
  • The Trump Intercepts

    03/22/2017 4:53:48 PM PDT · by Mariner · 10 replies
    Mark Levin Show ^ | March 22nd, 2017 | Mariner
    While driving home from work today I was listening to the Mark Levin Show. Rare event for me.He said CNN is reporting that the intel intercepts included information between and about Trump family members. And none of the transcripts that were disseminated were masked or redacted.
  • Lockheed CEO: Trump 'absolutely' contributed to F-35 savings

    03/22/2017 4:41:23 PM PDT · by markomalley · 12 replies
    The Hill ^ | 3/21/17 | Ellen Mitchell
    The head of defense giant Lockheed Martin on Tuesday said President Trump “absolutely did contribute” to the company’s speedy deal on the F-35. Lockheed chief executive Marillyn Hewson said Trump’s involvement in the February deal was "perfectly appropriate,” adding that the company has now set a goal to save more than $5 billion on the aircraft. “We were in discussions ... and he helped accelerate that along, and I think he put a sharper focus on price and how we would drive the price down,” Hewson told reporters at a Lockheed media event in Arlington, Va. “So he absolutely did...
  • BREAK: House leaders open to the AHCA after learning new info about EHBs/the reconciliation process

    03/22/2017 4:39:24 PM PDT · by MaxistheBest · 49 replies
    cnn ^ | 03/22/2017 | Phil Mattingly
    BREAK: House leadership now open to changes to the AHCA after learning new info about EHBs/the reconciliation process, per leadership aide
  • Nevada ratifies Equal Rights Amendment decades past deadline

    03/22/2017 4:33:19 PM PDT · by Repeal 16-17 · 17 replies
    Las Vegas Now ^ | March 22, 2017
    CARSON CITY, Nev. - Nevada lawmakers are ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment exactly 45 years after Congress first submitted it to the states. State senators gave final approval Wednesday for Nevada to sign on to the effort set in motion by women's suffragists. The move brings the nation two states shy -- but decades past deadline -- of amending the U.S. Constitution to plainly state women and men are equal under the law. Opponents argue it could disrupt family and military culture, and possibly lead to unfettered abortion access and funding. The amendment required approval from 38 states to take...
  • She Repeatedly Lied About Benghazi — Now Susan Rice Warns Administration How Bad It Is to...

    03/22/2017 4:30:20 PM PDT · by markomalley · 9 replies
    Independent Journal Review ^ | 3/22/17 | Virginia Kruta
    Critics of former President Obama remember Susan Rice as the face of the false Benghazi narrative — the story that tied the attack on Americans to an anti-Muslim YouTube video and subsequent protests, rather than addressing it as an independent terrorist action. It was a narrative also embraced for a time by then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, but Rice (who was Ambassador to the UN at the time) was the one who made a series of television appearances and repeated that story several times. Rice later came under fire when, as National Security Advisor, she made a public statement about recovered prisoner...
  • Attorney for suspect in Maryland school rape case says client is wrongly accused

    03/22/2017 4:17:37 PM PDT · by markomalley · 44 replies
    Washington Compost ^ | 3/22/17 | Dan Morse
    Henry Sanchez Milian, one of two suspects charged in the rape of a 14-year-old girl in a bathroom at a Maryland high school did not do what he is accused of, his defense attorney said Wednesday.“Based on everything we know, we think he’s innocent,” said Andrew Jezic, who has been retained by Sanchez Milian’s family. “This appears to have been a consensual encounter.”Jezic said his 18-year-old client is confident he will be exonerated.An arrest warrant filed against Sanchez Milian and signed by a police detective — as well as a similar warrant against a co-defendant, Jose Montano, 17, who has...
  • Border Patrol Union Chief Says Rape Of Teenager Was Avoidable

    03/22/2017 4:10:03 PM PDT · by markomalley · 17 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 3/22/17 | Alex Pfeiffer
    The head of the national Border Patrol union said in Senate testimony Wednesday that the alleged rape last week of a teenage girl by two recent arrivals from Central America would not have happened if the Border Patrol had done their job.Henry Sanchez-Milian, 18, and Jose Montano, 17, were arrested last week for allegedly raping a 14-year old girl in the bathroom of a Maryland high school. Sanchez-Milian is in the country illegally, and ICE won’t release Montano’s immigration status because he is a minor. Sanchez-Milian is from Guatemala and Montano is from El Salvador.  Both arrived in the U.S. in...
  • Go Ahead... You Own It (AHCA)

    03/22/2017 3:41:04 PM PDT · by Wolfie · 15 replies
    Market-Ticker ^ | March 22, 2017 | Karl Denninger
    Go Ahead...You Own It I had an "interesting" debate on Twitter last night with someone who is involved in the health insurance game in some way and apparently has cancer patients as clients. He is a strong shill for (supporter of) the "Obamacare Repeal/Replace" process by his own admission. The debate was plenty fun and decent right up until I pointed out that on the math the Federal Government spent $1,417 billion last fiscal year on Medicare and Medicaid, up from $380 billion in 1998, which incidentally was 37% of all federal spending last year -- and it's accelerating at...
  • Muslims inside FBI describe culture of suspicion and fear: 'It is cancer'

    03/22/2017 3:53:51 PM PDT · by detective · 59 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 22 March 2017 | Spencer Ackerman
    Muslim special agents and intelligence analysts at the FBI are reporting a climate of fear inside the agency coinciding with the political ascendance of Donald Trump, the Guardian has learned. FBI officials from Muslim-majority countries, a minority in a predominantly white bureau, say they are subject to an organizational culture of suspicion and hostility that leadership has done little to reform. At least one decorated intelligence analyst has been fired this year after a long ordeal which began with a routine foreign visit to see his family. His case and others in which Muslim agents have reported a workplace culture...
  • Judge allows California high-speed rail funding to continue

    03/22/2017 3:33:09 PM PDT · by davikkm · 22 replies
    washingtontimes ^ | DON THOMPSON
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A judge is rejecting opponents’ latest attempt to stall California’s $64 billion high-speed rail project. But Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Raymond Cadei said Wednesday that he will consider their arguments before the state issues voter-approved bonds next month. He set a hearing for next month to consider their motion for a preliminary injunction.
  • Rep. Mark Meadows: The ‘Buffalo Buyout’ Won’t Save RyanCare

    03/22/2017 3:31:10 PM PDT · by davikkm · 15 replies
    breitbart ^ | NEIL W. MCCABE
    The chairman of the House Freedom Caucus told reporters Tuesday that despite a phone call with President Donald J. Trump he is not voting for the American Health Care Act, crafted by Speaker Paul Ryan (R.-WI) as an alternative to the clean repeal of the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Obamacare. North Carolina Republican Rep. Mark Meadows, who took over the House Freedom Caucus at the beginning of this session of Congress, said that he and the president agree that the most important thing national health care policy can accomplish is to lower insurance premiums. “I know the...
  • Democrats Embrace Conservative Conspiracy Theorist to Lead Russia Hysteria [Louise Mensch]

    03/22/2017 3:19:21 PM PDT · by markomalley · 11 replies
    The Observer ^ | 3/22/17 | Michael Sainato
    Since her short-lived political career, Louise Mensch has developed a reputation among Clinton partisans as a constant purveyor of Russian election interference allegations and conspiracy theories. Like several Clinton partisans, her Twitter feed is completely focused on the anti-Russia narrative.On November 2016, the pro-Brexit former Conservative member of Parliament managed to transmogrify a tweet about the passing of Leonard Cohen—who is Canadian—into a pro-America, anti-Russia attack. In January 2017, she claimed without any evidence that a terrorist attack at a nightclub in Istanbul was a false-flag Russian operation. On March 20, Mensch retweeted a tweet claiming, “We are at war with Russia.” Mensch has previously called for all out war on Russia, with “precision bombing raids. Bank...
  • Transportation secretary's Twitter account deletes tweet telling Dem lawmaker to sue Trump

    03/22/2017 3:11:14 PM PDT · by markomalley · 81 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 3/22/17 | Caitlin Yilik
    The Twitter account of Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao briefly posted a peculiar tweet on Wednesday responding to Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters, who has told President Trump to prepare for impeachment. "SUE HIS VERY SOUL MAXINE!!!" Chao tweeted.Chao's tweet was deleted after about 15 minutes. "Get ready for impeachment," Waters tweeted Tuesday. "The tweet was posted by an employee with access to the account. The employee took action outside of his scope of work and duties and without any approvals. We are taking appropriate action," a Department of Transportation spokesperson said in a statement to the Washington Examiner.
  • Outraged parents sound off over Rockville school rape: ‘Safety Not Sanctuary!’

    03/22/2017 3:05:30 PM PDT · by markomalley · 63 replies
    EAG News ^ | 3/22/17 | Victor Skinner
    ROCKVILLE, Md. – Hundreds of outraged parents pressed Montgomery County, Maryland school officials for answers during a recent meeting at Rockville High School, where police allege two illegal immigrant students brutally raped a 14-year-old girl in a bathroom last week.Media was banned from the school property Tuesday evening as parents, grandparents and other community members packed the meeting to express outrage by the tragedy, which school officials characterized as an “event.”(video at link)Virtually everyone who streamed out of the meeting said school officials did little to alleviate their concerns about safety, and repeatedly dodged questions about the dangers of illegal...
  • Rich New Yorkers Ask State to Raise Their Taxes

    03/22/2017 2:59:02 PM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 26 replies
    NBC News ^ | March 21, 2017 | AP
    ALBANY, N.Y. — Some of the wealthiest New Yorkers are asking the state to raise their taxes. Eighty people including George Soros, Steven Rockefeller and Abigail Disney wrote to lawmakers and Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo saying they and other top earners should pay more to support schools, roads, bridges and programs to help poor and homeless residents of the state. "Now is the time to invest in the long-term economic viability of New York," the letter reads. "We need to invest in pathways out of poverty and up the economic ladder for all of our fellow citizens, including strong public...
  • Michael Moore: ‘The Democratic Party Needs to Declare a National Emergency’

    03/22/2017 2:58:32 PM PDT · by markomalley · 38 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 3/22/17 | Dana Eisenberg
    Michael Moore is calling on the Democratic leaders in the House and Senate to “bring a halt to all business being done” in the name of President Trump, and he’s encouraging the Democratic party to “declare a national emergency.” His plea comes following this week’s House Intelligence Committee hearing on Russian interference in last year’s presidential election, when FBI Director James Comey said that there is currently an investigation into any connection between the Trump campaign and and the Russian government.Moore took to Instagram today to call on Democrats to act:He writes, “The Democratic leadership in the House and Senate needs to bring...