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  • At Menendez Trial, Legal Wrestling Over Definition of ‘Constituent’

    09/20/2017 5:40:53 PM PDT · by Libloather · 8 replies
    NY Times ^ | 9/20/17 | NICK CORASANITI
    **SNIP** More broadly, it has inserted a level of rhetorical uncertainty into one of the core principles defining the responsibilities of members of Congress: whether they serve on behalf of the people from their home state, or whether, once elected, they represent much broader interests. The prosecution, citing Black’s Law Dictionary, argued in a brief filed on Tuesday that “the straightforward answer is that Senator Menendez’s constituents are the New Jerseyans that he was elected to represent in the United States Senate.” But the defense, in a brief that was also filed Tuesday, claimed that the term was significantly amorphous...
  • Obama: It’s Aggravating That People Are Trying To Repeal My Flawed Health Care Law

    09/20/2017 4:32:10 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies ^ | September 20, 2017 | Matt Vespa
    Former President Obama decided to voice his frustration at attempts by members of Congress to repeal his flawed health care law, noting that it’s “aggravating” to see our leaders try to inflict human pain on the population. He was speaking at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s Goalkeepers event. The purpose of Goalkeepers is to accelerate world progress and highlighting figures that are joining the movement to spur global change.While he didn’t specifically name the political party or persons involved with repealing his health care overhaul that he says saved lives and ensured that 90 percent of Americans have health...
  • Don't look now, but Donald Trump's strategy is beating ISIS in Syria

    09/20/2017 4:26:39 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 12 replies ^ | September 17,2017 | Paul Mulshine
    Trump won. And at the moment he's winning the war against ISIS, said one Mideast expert who cautioned against U.S. involvement in Syria from the beginning. When I called Pat Lang at his home inside the Beltway, he said that ISIS forces are being pummeled by the coalition of the Syrian Army, the Russians, Hezbollah and various Shiite Muslim militias. Soon, Lang predicted, ISIS "will cease to be an effective combat force and they will go underground." That of course would represent a major victory for the minority view expressed by Trump. That view - also supported as by two...
  • Trump boxed in the globalists in his UN speech

    09/20/2017 4:16:21 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 13 replies
    American Thinker ^ | September 20,2017 | Thomas Lifson
    It's safe to say that none of his many enemies among the global elites anticipated an intellectual challenge from Donald Trump. He doesn't look or talk or act the way they think an intellectual should. Yet somehow, he has placed them in a box. In his U.N. debut, he challenged the intellectual basis of the world order they are working toward. He personally addressed many of the political leaders in the audience when he said: …you, as the leaders of your countries will always, and should always, put your countries first. At this point, he received what sounded to me...
  • California suing Trump over border wall, escalating battle with White House

    09/20/2017 4:09:52 PM PDT · by Innovative · 30 replies
    Fox News ^ | Sept. 20, 2017 | Brooke Singman
    California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced Wednesday that the state will sue the Trump administration over one of President Trump’s paramount campaign promises—the border wall.  Becerra’s lawsuit, which targets planned projects in San Diego and Imperial counties, marks the latest shot in California's legal and legislative war against Trump.  The state essentially has emerged as the heart of the Trump "resistance," pumping out lawsuits against his immigration policies and even passing a resolution Friday in the Assembly censuring Trump for his comments on the violence stemming from white nationalist protests in Charlottesville, Va. 
  • Wisconsin Senate panel votes to allow concealed guns without permits

    09/20/2017 4:06:09 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 15 replies
    JSOnline ^ | September 19, 2017 | Patrick Marley
    MADISON - A state Senate committee on Tuesday approved a bill that would allow people to carry concealed guns without getting training or state permits and in some cases bring them onto school grounds. The Senate Judiciary and Public Safety Committee signed off on the bill 3-2, with all Republicans for it and all Democrats against it. The wide-ranging legislation would also allow people to carry Tasers without training or permits and would allow felons to carry muzzle loaders. Sen. Van Wanggaard (R-Racine), the chairman of the committee, said Senate Bill 169 would make the public safer and ensure Wisconsin's...
  • Wiretaps may prove Trump right — and that’s absolutely terrifying

    09/20/2017 4:01:44 PM PDT · by Oshkalaboomboom · 39 replies
    NY Post ^ | September 19, 2017 | Michael Goodwin
    Yet even as Trump spoke, a threat to his presidency gained new steam. Reports that special counsel Robert Mueller had wiretapped former Trump campaign boss Paul Manafort and plans to indict him sent Washington into a new tizzy of speculation. According to CNN, which first carried the wiretapping report, Manafort was surveilled under a FISA warrant, meaning the FBI suspected he was operating as a foreign agent. The network said it is possible G-men listened to the president talking to Manafort because the wiretap continued into this year and Trump and Manafort often talked in 2017. If so, that would...
  • Goernor Justice, now Republican, tells Republicans he supports Manchin’s Senate bid

    09/20/2017 3:55:56 PM PDT · by buckalfa · 12 replies
    WV Metro News ^ | September 20, 2017 | Brad McElhinny
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Gov. Jim Justice, who switched parties to become a Republican in early August, told a crowd of Republican lawmakers this week that he supports Democratic Senator Joe Manchin’s re-election to the U.S. Senate. Manchin, a former governor who has served in the U.S. Senate since 2010, is in what most political observers consider to be a hotly-contested election in 2018. Congressman Evan Jenkins and state Attorney General Patrick Morrisey are running in the Republican primary. Governor Justice was speaking to Republicans on Monday evening at the state Culture Center. He addressed his desire to pass a multi-million...
  • Report: Fed Bureaucracies Commit Thousands Of Felonies Every Day [Hiring Thousands Illegally]

    09/20/2017 3:53:49 PM PDT · by AndyJackson · 21 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 09/20/2017 | TIM PEARCE
    Bureaucracies have successfully evaded congressional budget oversight for years by illegally hiring contract labor to take the place of employees, according to a Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) report released Tuesday. Bureaucracies commit thousands of felonies a day, misappropriating funds not approved by Congress and expanding agency influence at a time when government agencies should cut back. Bureaucracies freeze hiring new employees, ideally to stop expansion and cut costs, when under pressure to reform or adapt to budget cuts. Many agencies continue to grow despite budget cutbacks, however, by illegally hiring outside contract labor. “While contracting for these services is contrary...
  • Replacement for Gorsuch cruises through Senate Judiciary Committee hearing

    09/20/2017 3:53:38 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 11 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Sept 20, 2017 | Alex Swoyer
    President Trump’s pick to fill the appeals court seat left vacant when Justice Neil M. Gorsuch joined the Supreme Court cruised through her confirmation hearing Wednesday, with Democrats chiefly complaining about the timing rather than her judicial record. Colorado Supreme Court Justice Allison Eid faced some questions about her judicial record, but Democrats said their major objection was the speed Republicans were showing in trying to fill court vacancies — including Wednesday’s hearing, which was held even though the Senate wasn’t in session that day. “It’s extraordinary for a nominations hearing to be held when the Senate is not otherwise...
  • Is the Earth’s Climate History Largely a Fraud?

    09/20/2017 3:52:37 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 18 replies
    Powerline ^ | September 19,2017 | John Hinderaker
    Andrews concludes: The bottom lines that emerge from all this are: 1. The only published temperature time series that are not distorted by adjustments and which can therefore be considered reasonably reliable are the UAH TLT series and the SST series after about 1950. (The various radiosonde series, which go back to 1958, also appear to be generally reliable, and more use could be made of them.) 2. Climate models show too much air temperature warming at the surface and in the troposphere. They show probably about the right amount of sea surface warming after 1950 but probably too little...
  • Syrian/Hizballah may call up Russian air strikes as cooperation deepens

    09/20/2017 3:12:56 PM PDT · by drewh · 3 replies
    Debka ^ | Sept 19 ast
    Russian air crews in Syria are under new orders to respond directly and immediately to Iranian and Syrian demands for air bombardments, without confirmation from the high commands in Latakia or Moscow. This has enormously empowered Syrian and Hizballah officers on the ground for taking the war into their own hands. It led directly to Russian planes suddenly bombing a pro-US Syrian force in the Deir ez-Zour province of eastern Syria on Saturday, Sept. 16, and accounts for Moscow’s repudiation of the attack after its confirmation by the Pentagon. Before the new orders, requests for Russian air cover went through...
  • The Mueller Probe Continues the Hillary Cover-Up

    09/20/2017 3:06:57 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Rush ^ | September 20,2017 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: “Manafort Calls On DOJ To Release His Intercepted Communications With Foreigner — Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort is calling on the Justice Department to release transcripts of any intercepted communications he may have had with foreigners. ‘Mr. Manafort requests that the Department of Justice release any intercepts involving him and any non-Americans so interested parties can come to the same conclusion as the DOJ — there is nothing there.'” You know, this whole thing, the investigation of Flynn, the investigation into collusion with Russia, the special counsel now, as I mentioned earlier in the program, people that are...
  • 'I am not the decision maker' Ivanka Trump insists it is not her 'obligation to moderate' [tr]

    09/20/2017 2:57:26 PM PDT · by EdnaMode · 17 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | September 19, 2017 | ERICA TEMPESTA
    vanka Trump has revealed that she doesn't believed it is her 'obligation to moderate' her father, as she insists her critics misunderstand her role as a White House senior adviser. The 35-year-old first daughter filmed an interview on The Dr. Oz Show on Monday, and in a preview clip for Thursday's episode, she addresses the expectation that she should be a moderating force in President Trump's administration. 'I think my role and [the role of] anyone who works for the President of the United States, their role is to inform, advise and then ultimately execute,' she said. 'So I am...
  • Theresa May launches stinging attack on Donald Trump in United Nations speech

    09/20/2017 2:31:55 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 77 replies ^ | Updated21:44, 20 SEP 2017 | ByBen Glaze
    Addressing the United Nations General Assembly, Mrs May issued slap downs to Trump, Vladimir Putin and North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un Theresa May tonight launched a stinging attack on Donald Trump minutes before a face-to-face meeting with the US President. The Prime Minister railed against his decision to pull America out of the Paris climate change deal and blasted nations which erect trade barriers and pursue protectionism. Addressing the United Nations General Assembly in New York, Mrs May issued slap downs to Mr Trump, Russian president Vladimir Putin and North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un. Leaders who fail to respect international...
  • Lindsey Graham: Breitbart, Steve Bannon Critical to Passing Federalism-Focused Obamacare Repeal

    09/20/2017 2:05:35 PM PDT · by be-baw · 19 replies
    Breitbart ^ | September 19, 2017 | Sean Moran
    Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) told reporters on Air Force Two on Tuesday that Breitbart News and former White House Chief Strategist and present Breitbart News Executive Chairman Steve Bannon have been critical to passing a state-based Obamacare repeal bill. (snip) Breitbart News has been at the forefront of the new Obamacare repeal legislation. Breitbart News first broke the story in an exclusive interview with former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum.
  • Obama Warns of ‘Real Human Suffering’ if GOP Succeeds in Repealing Obamacare

    09/20/2017 1:57:08 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 34 replies
    NBC News ^ | September 20, 2017 | by ANDREW RAFFERTY
    Former President Barack Obama on Wednesday warned that Republican-backed efforts to undo the Affordable Care Act would cause “real human suffering” and said “people are alive today" because of his signature legislation. “So when I see people trying to undo that hard-won progress for the 50th or 60th time, with bills that would raise costs or reduce coverage or roll back protections for older Americans or people with pre-existing conditions, the expecting mom or the child with autism or asthma for whom coverage would once again be almost unattainable, it is aggravating,” Obama said at an event hosted by the...
  • Equifax sends breach victims to fake notification site

    09/20/2017 1:48:02 PM PDT · by JP1201 · 14 replies
    The official Equifax Twitter account encouraged people to visit a knock-off website that mocks the company's security practices instead of the site the company created to warn of a massive data breach. That recent breach exposed personal details for as many as 143 million US consumers. In a tweet on Tuesday afternoon, an Equifax representative using the name Tim wrote: "Hi! For more information about the product and enrollment, please visit:" The message came in response to a question about free credit monitoring Equifax is offering victims. The site is a knock-off of the official Equifax breach notification site,...
  • ‘Battle of Bunkerville’ BLM agent no longer works for the agency

    09/20/2017 12:55:08 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 12 replies ^ | 9/20/17 | Brian Seay
    Daniel Love, a former special agent for the Bureau of Land Management, gives a radio interview during Burning Man in 2015. (Photo: BLM Nevada/Flickr) A federal agent who had a key role in the armed 2014 ‘Battle of Bunkerville’ standoff no longer works for the Bureau of Land Management. Daniel Love had been serving as special agent in charge for BLM in Utah and Nevada in recent years, but is no longer with the agency, according to the Associated Press. Love still worked there on Aug. 24, when the feds released a report that said he’d handed out valuable rocks...
  • Can socialist ideals gain support in Pittsburgh?

    09/20/2017 12:45:04 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 22 replies
    Pittsburgh City Paper ^ | September 20, 2017 | By Ryan Deto
    On a recent September evening, 76 comrades of the Pittsburgh chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America joined together to discuss society’s travails, like the disproportionate harm natural disasters cause poor communities, public-education funding shortages, and access to health care. One answer prevailed throughout the evening as the cause for these problems: capitalism. And, if you ask DSA members, all of these problems have one solution: a new American form of socialism. “I joined because capitalism has basically ruined my life since I was born,” says DSA member and Shadyside resident Marlene Noble, who was born in Haiti, but moved...