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  • Why We Published the Name of a Covert C.I.A. Official

    07/23/2017 9:58:25 PM PDT · by ForYourChildren · 54 replies
    NYT ^ | 07/22/2017 | na
    .. At a security conference this week, the director of the C.I.A., Mike Pompeo, criticized The New York Times for a recent article about an officer who was tapped to run the agency’s Iran operations, a newsworthy promotion because it was an indication of the hard line against Iran that President Trump promised during his campaign. Mr. Pompeo said that the publication of the official’s name, Michael D’Andrea, was “unconscionable” and put his covert status in jeopardy. Mr. Pompeo’s comments led to a wider discussion about the publication of Mr. D’Andrea’s name, and some readers wrote to us to express...
  • Will Congress's Russian sanctions bill increase gasoline and energy prices in the US?

    07/23/2017 9:53:33 PM PDT · by WilliamIII · 9 replies
    July 23, 2017 | WilliamIII
    Just wondering. Our oil companies are against the bill. Also, why is the Republican Congress not able to pass any of the Trump agenda - health reform, tax cuts, infrastructure, and the Wall -- but they have time to punish non-communist Russia? Harry Truman talked about the "good for nothing do-nothing Republican Congress" in 1948. Actually, that was a good Congress. The current one is terrible.
  • Worst known governmental leak ever is slowly coming to light:

    07/23/2017 9:40:24 PM PDT · by Steve Van Doorn · 17 replies
    expressen | Jul 21, 2017 | Rick Falkvinge
    Sweden’s Transport Agency moved all of its data to “the cloud”, apparently unaware that there is no cloud, only somebody else’s computer. In doing so, it exposed and leaked every conceivable top secret database: fighter pilots, SEAL team operators, police suspects, people under witness relocation. Names, photos, and home addresses: the list is just getting started. The responsible director has been found guilty in criminal court of the whole affair, and sentenced to the harshest sentence ever seen in Swedish government: she was docked half a month’s paycheck Many governments have had partial leaks in terms of method (Snowden) or...
  • The Government Shouldn't Force Pro-Life Doctors To Promote Abortion, And A Federal Judge Agrees

    07/23/2017 8:43:37 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 1 replies
    Forbes ^ | July 23, 2017 | George Leef
    The Alliance Defending Freedom is a public interest law firm that fights to maintain religious liberty, free speech, and the right of people to freely live out their faith. The group was recently branded a “hate-group” by the Southern Poverty Law Center, which seems to think that disagreement with its ultra-left beliefs amounts to “hate.” One reason why ADF has earned the enmity of SPLC (and many others on the Left) is the success it has had in litigating against overreaching government policies that infringe upon Americans’ constitutional rights. Such a case is National Institute of Family and Life Advocates...
  • Iraq’s Blunder vs. Erdogan’s Turkey Today

    07/23/2017 7:04:51 PM PDT · by Randall_S · 1 replies
    USA Transnational Report ^ | July 23, 2017 | Wallace Bruschweiler & William Palumbo
    Is history going to repeat itself in the worst possible way? It took the election of Donald Trump to the Presidency to finally begin the process of systematically dismantling the stranglehold that the Islamic State (aka ISIS, aka ISIL) had on the ancient region around Mesopotamia. After murdering and torturing tens of thousands of innocents, razing countless world heritage sites, and destroying innumerable priceless artifacts, their reign of Islamic terror is finally coming to an end. At least we hope so. Given the developments in a certain Middle Eastern neighbor of Europe, which we will detail shortly, it will be...
  • New Study Finds ‘Nearly All’ Global Warming Data is Fabricated

    07/23/2017 5:56:38 PM PDT · by Carbonsteel · 31 replies
    Truth and Action ^ | 7/22/17 | Craig Bennett
    Few issues demonstrate the corrupting influence of politics as well as the debate over climate science. This should be a straightforward matter of engaging the scientific method to determine what we do know and what remains to be discovered. It is the science that should be complicated, not the goal of the project.
  • Germany Sees Sharp Rise in Infectious Diseases; Mirroring United States

    07/23/2017 5:54:40 PM PDT · by Carbonsteel · 12 replies
    Truth and Action ^ | 7/22/17 | Paul Hankinson
    As Germany has gotten overwhelmed by a flood of about two million migrants from the Middle East, Africa and Asia, a corresponding spike in infectious diseases has occurred. A new report from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), the German government’s central institution for monitoring and preventing diseases, confirms an across-the-board rise in disease since 2015. There remains some controversy about the extent of the increase and the nature of the diseases being reported since the immigrant flow increased dramatically.
  • New AF Light-Attack Plane May Soon See Combat

    07/23/2017 5:50:21 PM PDT · by Carbonsteel · 29 replies ^ | 7/16/17 | By Kris Osborn
    One of the aircraft now preparing for a live-fly experiment to be the Air Forces’ new Light Attack aircraft may soon be sent to perform missions in a live combat scenario as part of the evaluation process, senior service leaders said. The emerging OA-X Light Attack aircraft is envisioned as a low-cost, commercially-built, combat-capable plane able to perform a wide range of missions in a less challenging or more permissive environment where the US Air Force already has air supremacy.
  • Sean Spicer allegedly swiped a mini-fridge from an office of junior staffers in the dark

    07/23/2017 5:07:22 PM PDT · by ptsal · 61 replies
    Business Insider - Yahoo News ^ | July 22, 2017 | Sonam Sheth
    Former White House press secretary Sean Spicer was forced to take a mini-fridge from junior White House staffers' office early in his tenure, The Wall Street Journal reported on Friday. A few weeks into his new job, The Journal said, Spicer asked his aide to go to the executive office building located near the White House and tell junior staffers to send him their mini-fridge.Spicer was forced to wait until the evening, when the staffers had all left, and was "spotted by a fellow White House official lugging the icebox down the White House driveway after 8 p.m.
  • Popularity tumbles for France's Macron: poll

    07/23/2017 5:07:02 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies ^ | 23 July 2017 09:41 CEST+02:00 | AFP
    A poll out Sunday shows the popularity rating of France’s new President Emmanuel Macron has slumped 10 points to hit 54 percent over the past month. While Macron has made a strong start on the world stage and won a solid majority in parliament, his first three months in power have not been completely trouble-free. He was widely criticised by opponents and the press as heavy-handed after a row over budget cuts that ended with the resignation of a highly-regarded military chief. The 39-year-old leader has also backed a controversial bill to toughen France’s security laws that includes measures some...
  • 9 Die In Immigrant-Smuggling Attempt In Sweltering Truck

    07/23/2017 4:28:16 PM PDT · by ptsal · 19 replies
    CBS DFW CHANNEL 21 ^ | July 23, 2017 | CBS DFW
    At least nine people died after being crammed into a sweltering tractor-trailer found parked outside a Walmart in the midsummer Texas heat, authorities said Sunday in what they described as an immigrant-smuggling attempt gone wrong.Thirty-nine were inside when rescuers arrived, and the rest were believed to have escaped or hitched rides to their next destination, officials said. Some of the survivors told authorities they were from Mexico, Homan said.[SNIP]...investigators were still gathering evidence from the tractor-trailer, which had an Iowa license plate and was registered to Pyle Transportation Inc. of Schaller, Iowa.
  • National study puts timeline on impact of sea-level rise in Maryland and Virginia

    07/23/2017 4:25:25 PM PDT · by Libloather · 57 replies
    On Maryland’s Eastern Shore, rising seawater levels and chronic flooding threaten to disrupt daily life, damage homes and businesses, and swallow land in the relatively near future, according to a new study. For some parts of the Eastern Shore, there soon may be no more there there. That’s the takeaway from a report released Wednesday by the Union of Concerned Scientists. The study, “When Rising Seas Hit Home: Hard Choices Ahead for Hundreds of U.S. Coastal Communities,” looks at the impact rising sea levels caused by global warming will have on coastal regions across the country. Maryland, with 3,100 miles...
  • WOW! VIDEO EMERGES Of Hillary Clinton Admitting Foreign Leaders Contacted Her During Campaign,....

    07/23/2017 4:24:47 PM PDT · by blueyon · 43 replies ^ | 7/23/17 | 100% FED Up
    """WOW! VIDEO EMERGES Of Hillary Clinton Admitting Foreign Leaders Contacted Her During Campaign, Discussed How They Could “Stop Donald Trump”""" Hey Robert Mueller! Do you care to find out which foreign leaders candidate Hillary Clinton spoke with during her campaign? Because according to Hillary, she received “messages” from foreign leaders asking her if they can endorse her to stop Donald Trump from becoming President. “I am already receiving messages from leaders. I’m having foreign leaders ask if they can endorse me to stop Donald Trump.” – Hillary Clinton, March, 2016
  • DOJ Lawyers Still Battling Christians Over Obamacare Contraception Mandate

    07/23/2017 3:55:45 PM PDT · by ItsOnlyDaryl · 15 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 7.23.17 | Peter Hasson
    Six months into President Trump’s administration, Department of Justice attorneys are still battling Christian organizations in court over Obamacare’s contraception mandate.
  • New Jersey becomes 3rd state to raise smoking age to 21

    07/23/2017 3:43:21 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 38 replies
    ABC NEWS ^ | 21 JULY 2017 | AP
    Republican Gov. Chris Christie signed a law Friday making New Jersey the third state to raise its smoking age to 21. Christie cited the strain on the health care system caused by tobacco-related illnesses. He also noted his mother died from the effects of smoking. "By raising the minimum age to purchase tobacco products to 21, we are giving young people more time to develop a maturity and better understanding of how dangerous smoking can be and that it is better to not start smoking in the first place," Christie wrote.
  • Christie OKs law to give schools transgender policy guidance

    07/23/2017 3:38:54 PM PDT · by ItsOnlyDaryl · 9 replies
    ABC ^ | 7.22.17
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie signed legislation Friday requiring the state to give guidance to public schools about policies for transgender students, including blocking the schools from forcing the students from using bathrooms that conflict with their gender identities.
  • Wisdom vs. compassion

    07/23/2017 3:28:33 PM PDT · by SJackson · 11 replies
    Jewish Journal ^ | Jul 19, 2017 | Dennis Prager
    Why is there no “Good Son” in the Passover haggadah? As most Jews know, there are “Four Sons” in the Passover liturgy: the Wise Son, the Bad Son, the Son Who Doesn’t Know How to Ask, and the Simple Son. But there is no Good Son. Why not? There would appear to be one likely answer: The rabbis considered the opposite of “bad” to be “wise.” And they were brilliant in doing so. Why? Because without wisdom, goodness is impossible. This may be the great unappreciated lesson of our time. Beginning with the baby boomers, America’s most arrogant and foolish...
  • Congress Reaches Deal on Russia Sanctions, Setting Up Tough Choice for Trump

    07/23/2017 3:14:58 PM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 17 replies
    New York Times ^ | 7/23/2017 | MATT FLEGENHEIMER and DAVID E. SANGER
    <p>WASHINGTON — Congressional leaders have reached an agreement on sweeping sanctions legislation to punish Russia for its election meddling and aggression toward its neighbors, they said Saturday, defying the White House’s argument that President Trump needs flexibility to adjust the sanctions to fit his diplomatic initiatives with Moscow.</p>
  • Trump On Republicans

    07/23/2017 2:44:56 PM PDT · by be-baw · 73 replies
    Twitter ^ | July 23, 2017 | Donald Trump
    Donald J. Trump‏Verified account @realDonaldTrump It's very sad that Republicans, even some that were carried over the line on my back, do very little to protect their President. 1:14 PM - 23 Jul 2017
  • Avik Roy: Why CBO Projections Of GOP Health Bills All Look About The Same

    07/23/2017 2:31:31 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    HotAir ^ | 07/23/2017 | John Sexton
    If you’ve been following the health care debate for the past several months you’ve seen the estimates put out by the Congressional Budget Office. All of those estimates have shown millions fewer people would have insurance in 2026 under the GOP plans. In fact, different approaches to the bill haven’t seemed to make much of a difference in the CBO’s projections. From National Review: Do you want to repeal every word of Obamacare and replace it with nothing? CBO says 22 million fewer people would have health insurance. Do you prefer replacing Obamacare with a system of flat tax...