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  • First Woman to Join Marines as Infantry Officer

    09/21/2017 9:28:25 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    UPI ^ | Sept. 21, 2017 | Danielle Haynes
    For the first time in its 250-year history, a woman will be joining the ranks of the Marine Corps as an infantry officer, the U.S. military said Thursday. The lieutenant, whose name was not revealed, is expected to graduate from the grueling, 13-week infantry officer course Monday, the training center said in a statement released to The Washington Post. ABC News confirmed the historic first. Three dozen women have attempted to complete the course, and all but one have failed. About 25 percent of all trainees do not complete the course. The Pentagon opened up all ground combat roles in...
  • Roy Moore Slams ‘Rigged’ Prior Debate and Lobbyist Luther Strange (tr)

    09/21/2017 8:57:24 PM PDT · by be-baw · 12 replies
    Breitbart ^ | September 21, 2017 | Michelle Moons
    During Thursday night’s contentious Lincoln-Douglas-style debate for a seat in the U.S. Senate, Judge Roy Moore called out former lobbyist Luther Strange for “hypocrisy” and being a part of the D.C. swamp that helped kill thousands of United States jobs. Moore told the audience that Strange “has been a professional lobbyist for over 23 years.” He further clarified, “From 1980 to 2003, 2008 he earned 6.674 million dollars during the nine year period, from his lobbying disclosure form, from 1999 to 2008.” Moore said he pointed out that Strange, while working as a lobbyist for over two decades, kept a...
  • Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan proposes widening the Beltway and I-270 to include 4 toll lanes

    09/21/2017 8:13:26 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 16 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | September 21, 2017 | Robert McCartney, Faiz Siddiqui and Ovetta Wiggins
    Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) on Thursday proposed a $9 billion plan to widen three of the state’s most congested highways — the Capital Beltway, Interstate 270 and the Baltimore-Washington Parkway — in what he said would include the largest public-private partnership for highways in North America. The projects would add four toll lanes each to Maryland’s portion of the Capital Beltway (I-495) and to I-270 from the Beltway to Frederick. It would also widen the Baltimore-Washington Parkway (MD 295) by four toll lanes after taking over ownership from the federal government. Because of private-sector involvement, Hogan said, the plan would...
  • Sharyl Attkisson explains what we are up against : Intelligence Agencies Politically Weaponized

    09/21/2017 7:56:09 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 09/21/2017 | Thomas Lifson
      This is easily the read of the day.  Sharyl Attkisson is the bravest reporter of her generation, so much of a threat to people with access to the capabilities of our intel agencies that she was spied upon and worse.  Today she faces the ugly truth about what recent reports (if true) reveal: Nobody wants our intel agencies to be used like the Stasi in East Germany; the secret police spying on its own citizens for political purposes. The prospect of our own NSA, CIA and FBI becoming politically weaponized has been shrouded by untruths, accusations and justifications. She...
  • The Obamacare hot potato

    09/21/2017 7:00:21 PM PDT · by Kenny · 6 replies
    American Thinker ^ | September 21, 2017 | Peggy Ryan
    Most of us have played hot potato at some point in our childhood.  It's a game where players sit in a circle and toss a small object like a beanbag to each other while music plays.  When the music stops, the player holding the bag is eliminated. Our adult children, aka Congress, are playing a variation of this game.  Their beanbag is Obamacare and they're frantically tossing it around trying to stay in the game. Speaker Paul Ryan lost the first round.  Poor thing couldn't get the votes to pass the bill on to the Senate, so he was left...
  • UMWA boss Roberts criticizes Supreme Court for telling judge ‘how to rule’ in RTW case (WV)

    09/21/2017 6:18:24 PM PDT · by buckalfa · 8 replies
    West Virginia Metro News ^ | September 21, 2017 | Jeff Jenkins
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. — United Mine Workers Union President Cecil Roberts says the West Virginia Supreme Court stepped beyond its authority in its decision on the attempted overturning of the state’s right-to-work law. Y “They basically told her (Kanawha County Circuit Judge Jennifer Bailey) how to rule, which is not what they should have done. They, as they say, ‘got over their skis on this,'” Roberts said. UMWA President Cecil Roberts was a guest Thursday on 580 Live on 580 WCHS Radio in Charleston. Roberts gave his take on the case during an appearance Thursday on the talk show 580-Live on...
  • Confederate Statues and Capitalism

    09/21/2017 6:16:04 PM PDT · by MosesKnows · 5 replies
    Sept 21, 2017 | MosesKnows
    Confederate Statues and Capitalism Someone in a famous Paltalk political chat room I favor offered a link from a local morning radio show pair who borrowed the “A Place for Mom” theme. Finding a home for Confederate Statues. They titled their segment, “A Place for Bob”, with Bob for Robert E. Lee. It was entertaining but I found it thought provoking. The issue of Confederate Statues is simply whether the removal is legal. Assuming the majority of the removals is legally accomplished I wonder where they will go. This is where Capitalism enters the scene. I believe a display of...
  • Menendez (RAT-NJ) trial: Senator failed to disclose gifts from co-defendent

    09/21/2017 6:07:26 PM PDT · by Libloather · 9 replies
    North Jersey ^ | 8/20/17 | Nicholas Pugliese
    Jurors at U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez’s corruption trial heard Wednesday how the senator failed to list a series of gifts he received from his co-defendant between 2006 and 2010, including six round-trip flights, a $875 livery service and a $4,934 stay at a Paris hotel, on his annual financial disclosure forms. In painstaking detail, prosecutors pointed out that the gifts from Salomon Melgen, a wealthy Florida ophthalmologist and longtime friend, did not qualify for reporting exemptions and that Menendez had acknowledged with his signature that the reports were “true, complete and correct to the best of my knowledge and belief.”
  • Is it the Kremlin’s turn to get WikiLeaked?

    09/21/2017 6:02:17 PM PDT · by Jagermonster · 7 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | September 21, 2017 | Fred Weir
    MODES OF THOUGHT   The online activist group this week leaked documents from a company that provides ‘solutions’ for Russian telecom giants and state agencies. The dump could signal new scrutiny of Russia from the long-time US bugbear. MOSCOW—It’s been seven years since WikiLeaks chief Julian Assange threatened to drop an information bombshell on the Kremlin that would show Russians the inner workings of their government and business world. That threat never materialized, though a handful of fairly tame Russia-related documents were published. WikiLeaks went on to publish hundreds of thousands of secret US diplomatic cables and, more recently, a...
  • In the West, communities pioneer cooperative approach to fighting wildfires

    09/21/2017 5:43:36 PM PDT · by Jagermonster · 4 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | September 21, 2017 | Jessica Mendoza
    PATHS TO PROGRESS   Instead of having understaffed towns try to do their own research in the middle of an emergency, the FAC Network offers a cooperative model where communities can share best practices and get help quickly. LOS ANGELES—For Annie Schmidt it began in 2014, with a stranger on a bus. Ms. Schmidt was in Colorado Springs for a workshop held by the newly created Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network, or FAC Net. On the way to a field trip, she found herself sitting beside Justice Jones of the Austin Fire Department, discussing his extensive work on post-fire recovery....
  • Judge Rejects Couple's Argument for Refusing Gay Customers

    09/21/2017 5:24:04 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 39 replies ^ | 9/21/17 | AP
    A federal judge has dismissed a Minnesota couple's lawsuit challenging a state law for the right to refuse to shoot wedding videos for same-sex couples. Chief U.S. District Judge John Tunheim in Minneapolis dismissed Carl and Angel Larsen's case Wednesday. The St. Cloud couple, who own a videography company, Telescope Media Group, sued over a provision of the Minnesota Human Rights Act that bars discrimination by businesses.
  • Alabama Senate race: Luther Strange, Roy Moore

    09/21/2017 5:10:17 PM PDT · by upchuck · 10 replies ^ | Sep 21, 2017
    Roy Moore and Luther Strange stand face-to-face tonight in Montgomery for what could be the defining event of a bitter campaign for the U.S. Senate. With no moderator, the two men will take turns telling voters where they stand and why they are the right Republican to send to the U.S. Senate. It will be the only debate of the six-week runoff campaign, which ends with Tuesday’s election. The winner faces Democratic nominee Doug Jones on Dec. 12. Former state Supreme Court Chief Justice Moore led a nine-candidate Republican field during the Aug. 15 primary, capturing 39 percent of the...
  • I’m a T-Shirt Maker With Gay Customers and Gay Employees. I Still Was Sued.

    09/21/2017 4:38:31 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | 09/19/2017 | Blaine Adamson
    In 2012, my promotional printing company, Hands on Originals, was approached by a customer to print a message that conflicted with my conscience. When I said no, they sued me. Hi, my name is Blaine Adamson. I got into the T-shirt printing business because I wanted to create Christian shirts that people would want to wear. Christian T-shirts at the time were so cheesy, they were so bad. For all the years that I’ve been running my business, Hands on Originals, I’ve happily served and employed people of all backgrounds, of all walks of life. That’s why it was hard...
  • Report: Samantha Power Made 260 Requests Last Year To “Unmask” Americans In Intel Reports

    09/21/2017 4:26:34 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/21/2017 | AllahPundit
    That’s … a lotta unmasking. The fact that Samantha Power is at the heart of the “unmasking” investigation in the House barely qualifies as news at this point, as her name has been floating around in connection with it for months. In fact, Trey Gowdy quizzed John Brennan about a mysterious ambassador and her strange unmasking requests at a House hearing all the way back on May 23. By mid-July the Free Beacon’s sources had identified her as a “central figure” in the probe. Note this quote from that piece: “Unmasking is not a regular occurrence—absolutely not a weekly...
  • ‘Women’s march’ leader was just BOOTED from America

    09/21/2017 4:23:40 PM PDT · by Syncro · 19 replies and AP ^ | Sept 20, 2017 | By Matt Palumbo/ teresa crawford
    Of all the leaders in the anti-Trump Women’s March earlier this year, Linda Sarsour’s name has stood out the most. After all, she’s been the subject of much media attention — most of it hardly positive, and for good reason. One need only go through her social media history to see that she supports Sharia Law, even calling for anti-Islam apologists Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Brigette Ganriel to have their vaginas taken out (Ali was the victim of female genital mutilation as a child), and praising cop killers. She’s also public about her friendship with Imam Siraj Wahhaj, whom she describes as her...
  • The Alaska purchase: Graham, Cassidy try to buy Murkowski’s health-care vote with extra goodies

    09/21/2017 4:19:06 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 7 replies
    Hot Air ^ | September 21,2017 | Allahpundit
    More Medicaid money *and* Alaskans continue to get some sugar back from the IRS to help pay for their insurance that the rest of the country, apart from Hawaii, would not. “In essence,” writes Peter Suderman, “they would be attempting to bribe Murkowski to vote to repeal Obamacare by letting her state keep Obamacare.” How’s that for PR for the GOP’s new bill? Their new system is such an improvement over the old that they couldn’t pass without guaranteeing Alaska that it could … keep the old one. Murkowski’s sure to go for it, right? Maybe not. This isn’t the...
  • Internal report excoriates border officials for creating their own security teams

    09/21/2017 4:07:36 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 5 replies
    An internal Homeland Security Department review has found immigration and border patrol executives diverted agents, money and government vehicles to create their own personal security details without any legislative authority or proof of safety risks. The department's internal watchdog, the inspector general, reported the "questionable" security details cost taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars a year and quoted field agents who said their bosses created them specifically for convenience and not to deter threats. "Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) - have created their own internal authorizations for executive protection details, staffed them, and funded...
  • Nat Turner, the leader of a violent Virginia slave uprising, will be honored

    09/21/2017 3:36:08 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 27 replies
    Full title: Nat Turner, the leader of a violent Virginia slave uprising, will be honored on a new emancipation statue in Richmond Link only.
  • Luther Strange Lobbied for Trade Deal That Drained Thousands of Alabama Jobs

    09/21/2017 3:13:44 PM PDT · by Trump_vs_Evil_Witch · 10 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Sept. 21, 2017 | Matthew Boyle
    In a strange twist of fate, one of the key figures who helped bring about this transfer of jobs out of Alabama is now campaigning for the Senate seat formerly occupied by Jeff Sessions. Even stranger still, his campaign ads promise that he will “Kill Unfair Trade Deals.” Lobbying for the Central American free trade pact was a very lucrative job for Luther Strange. But for thousands of Alabamians it was far more devastating than that 1902 fire that nearly destroyed Alex City. A senior adviser to the campaign of Judge Roy Moore, the conservative frontrunner for the U.S. Senate...
  • Where are Hillary Clinton's SuperPAC $$$ Going?

    09/21/2017 3:04:14 PM PDT · by detective · 9 replies
    Front Page ^ | September 20, 2017 | Daniel Greenfield
    I really don't want to touch this story with a ten foot pole. Like you, I have only the highest respect for the ethics and integrity of the Clintons. I know that they would never do anything financially shifty. It's as inconceivable as landing at an airport under sniper fire or Hillary being rejected from the NASA Marine Corps because she is a courageous woman.