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  • How Did NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo Make $783,000 In Royalties From A Book That Sold Only 3,200 Copies?

    04/23/2017 7:52:38 PM PDT · by Leaning Right · 31 replies
    IBT ^ | 04/19/17 | LYDIA O'NEAL
    Fox News Channel parent News Corporation may be wrapped up in the sexual harassment accusations surrounding host Bill O’Reilly, but the company is facing another long-running scandal involving what appear to be exuberant payments to a Democrat — payments that occurred even as News Corp. was lobbying the New York State executive branch, which Gov. Andrew Cuomo oversees.
  • Chancellery investigated in hunt for WikiLeaks sources: reports [Germany]

    04/23/2017 7:47:36 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 21 April 2017 11:04 CEST+02:00
    German media reported on Thursday that Angela Merkel’s Chancellery has been included in an ongoing investigation into a recent WikiLeaks release of confidential documents. Broadcaster NDR reported on Thursday that according to unnamed sources, public prosecutors in Berlin are investigating employees of the Chancellery in their search to find who sent confidential documents to WikiLeaks, but the sources stressed that the investigation does not necessarily mean that there is a concrete suspicion against any individual employee. Government sources also told Reuters that the Chancellery had agreed weeks ago to the investigation against “unknown” persons, but added that there are no...
  • Crime and Different Punishments (bring back firing squads and the pillory)

    04/23/2017 6:08:17 PM PDT · by NRx · 17 replies
    NY Times ^ | 04-23-2017 | Ross Douthat
    LAST week, the State of Arkansas, which had executed exactly nobody since 2005, put to death Ledell Lee for the crime of murdering Debra Reese in 1993. Why now — 11 years after the last execution, 24 years after the crime? Because the chemicals used for lethal injection were about to expire.Reasonable people can disagree on the death penalty, but everyone should recognize the dark absurdity of an execution timetable set by a drug’s expiration date. And that absurdity provides a useful segue to the latest in my ongoing series of implausible proposals: That our modern way of punishment should...
  • Video of Cop [fatally]Shooting Retired Librarian during “Shoot/Don’t Shoot” Training

    04/23/2017 5:46:19 PM PDT · by Ken H · 49 replies
    You Tube (WINK news) ^ | April 20, 2017 | n/a
    Happened last August. Video just released.Husband says he was not allowed to ride in ambulance with his wife, then directed to wrong hospital. The 73 year-old librarian died in the ambulance according to WINK.
  • AG Sessions: Improper Payments to ‘Mostly Mexicans’ Could Fund Border Wall

    04/23/2017 4:45:31 PM PDT · by davikkm · 34 replies
    On ABC’s “This Week” this Sunday, Attorney General, Jeff Sessions remarked that through the improperly paid tax credits to “mostly Mexicans”, the border wall could be funded. The following is a partial transcript: STEPHANOPOULOS: You sound quite confident right there. Do you have any evidence that Mexico is going to pay for it? SESSIONS: Well, we’re going to get paid for it one way or the other. I know there’s $4 billion a year in excess payments, according to the Department of the Treasury’s own inspector general several years ago that are going to payments to people — tax credits...
  • With no trials in sight, Twin Peaks expenses mounting for McLennan County

    04/23/2017 2:17:45 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 116 replies
    WacoTrib ^ | 4/22/2017 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    Although the Twin Peaks biker trials have been put on hold until after a federal case against Bandidos leaders concludes, McLennan County continues to rack up expenses related to one of the most complex legal proceedings in its history. The two-year anniversary of the May 17, 2015, Twin Peaks shootout is approaching, yet none of the 155 bikers indicted in the melee has gone to trial. Since the shootout, top national leaders of the Bandidos motorcycle group were indicted in federal court in San Antonio, which has further complicated matters in McLennan County. Federal prosecutors have informed McLennan County officials...
  • North Korea Threatens To Sink The USS Carl Vinson, Warns China.

    04/23/2017 2:10:05 PM PDT · by davikkm · 42 replies
    IWB ^ | Pamela Williams
    North Korea said on Sunday it is ready to sink the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier to demonstrate its military might, as two Japanese navy ships joined a U.S. carrier group for exercises in the western Pacific. The United States has not specified where the carrier strike group is as it approaches the area. U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said on Saturday it would arrive “within days” but gave no other details. There is speculation the United States may launch a preemptive on North Korea. In other words, North Korea will not be allowed to touch the nuclear trigger. The...
  • Far Left Antifa Thugs Riot in Paris After French Election Results Announced

    04/23/2017 2:02:56 PM PDT · by davikkm · 52 replies
    The far left was not happy with the results of today’s French election results. With 34 percent of the vote counted, France’s Interior Ministry says that far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen is leading with 24.6 percent of the vote followed by centrist Emmanuel Macron with 21.9 percent.
  • Security Council Diplomats to Have Lunch With Trump

    04/23/2017 1:21:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The New York Times ^ | April 23, 2017 | Somini Sengupta
    UNITED NATIONS — President Trump, who recently had Ted Nugent, Sarah Palin and Kid Rock over for a White House dinner, is planning to host 14 diplomats from around the world for lunch on Monday. The diplomats are members of the powerful United Nations Security Council, an eclectic mix of America’s friends and rivals, and plenty of skeptics. Their guide to the White House is Mr. Trump’s outspoken envoy, Nikki R. Haley. Halibut is on the menu, and a cheese soufflé, which one Council diplomat hoped would not be the most substantial part of the White House visit. As of...
  • With Supreme Court seat filled, GOP looks to lower courts

    04/23/2017 12:47:28 PM PDT · by COBOL2Java · 17 replies
    WTOP News (Washington DC) ^ | April 23, 2017 8:17 am | AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans have put President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee on the bench, and they’re now in a position to fill dozens more federal judgeships — and reshape some of the nation’s highest courts. Democrats have few ways to stop them. The Republicans’ opportunity comes with the GOP in control of Congress and the White House, about 120 vacancies in federal district and appeals courts to be filled and after years of partisan fights over judicial nominations. Frustrated by Republican obstruction in 2013, then-majority Democrats changed Senate rules so judicial nominations for those trial and appeals courts are...
  • Bill Clinton trolls Trump: 'We just learned that the Clinton Center has been bugged'

    04/23/2017 12:35:35 PM PDT · by kevcol · 73 replies
    The Daily Caller News Foundation ^ | April 23, 2017 | Caitlin Yilek
    Former President Bill Clinton trolled President Trump on Sunday, joking that the Clinton Presidential Center "has been bugged." "BREAKING: We just learned that the @ClintonCenter has been bugged," Clinton tweeted with a photo of himself standing next to a statue of a grasshopper.
  • [French] Presidential election could lead to rioting [truncated][calls Le Pen "National Socialist"!]

    04/23/2017 12:21:12 PM PDT · by matt1234 · 25 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 4/22/2017 | Rory Mulholland
    Riots could break out in cities across France after results are announced of the first round of the presidential election, intelligence services have warned, as the most unpredictable vote in decades goes ahead amid a heightened terror alert. Trouble is almost certain if the far-Right leader Marine Le Pen and her far-Left counterpart Jean-Luc-Mélenchon are the two candidates who make it through to the second and final round on May 7, according to a report issued by French intelligence services. The confidential document, leaked to Le Parisien newspaper, said that at the top of the list of potential security problems...
  • Trump's defense spending hike expected to be ignored by Congress next week

    04/23/2017 12:09:03 PM PDT · by huldah1776 · 13 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | April 23, 2017 | Travis J. Tritten
    President Trump's push for a big military buildup in legislation funding the government is likely to go unfulfilled next week, when Congress returns and quickly tries to agree on how to keep the government open after April 28. A $578 billion bill that funds the Pentagon through September and provides some modest increases has already been hammered out by lawmakers in both chambers and passed by the House. While there is talk of a week-long extension before the big bill is passed, the main bill is likely to be the basis of all defense spending for the rest of the...
  • Pelosi: ‘Of Course’ Democratic Party Has Room For Pro-Lifers

    04/23/2017 11:22:58 AM PDT · by kevcol · 35 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | April 23, 2017 | Charles Fain Lehman
    There is "of course" a place for pro-life Democrats in the Democratic Party, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) told Chuck Todd on NBC's Meet The Press Sunday morning. . . . Pelosi's comments came the same morning that Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D., Ill.) said that he felt only people who support the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court ruling can be a part of the Democratic Party.
  • Carson: HUD-Funded Projects Will Grow Jobs For Low-Income Americans

    04/23/2017 11:22:50 AM PDT · by HarleyLady27 · 25 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | April 22, 2017 | Jack Davis
    Low-income Americans will no longer be passed over when the federal government pays the bill for construction projects, HUD Secretary Ben Carson said Thursday. Carson said using a rule that has been ignored for much of the past 50 years is part of his different approach to running the Department of Housing and Urban Development. “It’s not how many people we can get into public housing,” Carson said during an interview with Newsmax TV. “It’s how many people we can get out of it.”
  • Saudi king names son as US envoy as ties boosted with Trump

    04/23/2017 11:17:32 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    NanaimoNewsNOW ^ | April 23, 2017 | The Canadian Press
    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — Saudi Arabia's King Salman issued a decree late Saturday naming one of his sons, an air force pilot who has taken part in coalition strikes against the Islamic State group, as the kingdom's new ambassador to the U.S. The appointment of Prince Khaled bin Salman to Washington signals the kingdom's eagerness to strengthen bilateral ties under President Donald Trump. As the king's son, the prince has a direct line to the Saudi monarch. Saudi Arabia is the world's third largest defence spender. Prince Khaled's appointment positions him as an influential broker in deals with U.S. manufacturers....
  • Museveni: I love that man Trump (President of Uganda)

    04/23/2017 10:35:46 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    Media Max Network ^ | April 23, 2017 | People Daily
    Ethiopia, Sunday -- Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has urged African leaders to stop “ideological meandering”. Leaders, he said, should thoroughly discuss and distill positions which can help their people transform and develop using their natural resources. Museveni added that focus should be on home-based solutions and self-reliance. He said new US President Donald Trump’s “America First” policies will jolt Africans into the reality of their situation. “I love Trump. I love that man Trump because that man has told you that he is not your uncle. And I think it is good. For those Africans who feel orphaned, am sorry...
  • Trump to have dinner with Supreme Court justices

    04/23/2017 10:02:35 AM PDT · by kevcol · 31 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | April 23, 2017 | Caitlin Yilek
    President Trump will be having dinner with Supreme Court justices Thursday. Trump's newly confirmed Supreme Court pick Neil Gorsuch is expected to join. It's not clear if all of the other eight Supreme Court justices plan to attend.
  • Rubio: Shutdown would have 'catastrophic impact' on global affairs

    04/23/2017 8:25:52 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 32 replies
    thehill.com ^ | 4/23/17 | Mallory Shelbourne
    Sen. Marco Rubio Marco RubioRubio defends Trump: 'This whole flip flop thing is a political thing' Rubio: Shutdown would have 'catastrophic impact' on global affairs Sunday shows preview: Trump stares down 100-day mark MORE (R-Fla.) on Sunday said a shutdown of the United States government would have a “catastrophic impact” on global affairs. “The last thing we can afford is to send a message to the world that the United States government, by the way, is only partially functioning,” Rubio told CBS’s “Face the Nation.” “I mean, that would just have catastrophic impact, in my view, or certainly very destabilizing,...
  • Pelosi: President 'expressing a sign of weakness' with wall

    04/23/2017 8:22:39 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 47 replies
    thehill.com ^ | 4/23/17 | Rebecca Savransky
    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Sunday spoke out strongly against President Trump's proposed border wall, saying the Democrats do not support its construction. "The president talks about how tall it is, who's going to pay for it and all the rest of that, but you have to understand this part of the country. There's a community with the border going through it," she said during an interview on NBC's "Meet The Press." "The president, I think, talking about this wall, is expressing a sign of weakness. He's saying, 'I can't control our borders. I have to build a...