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  • Columnist Pushes for Passage Gun Control Laws Regardless of Effectiveness

    02/20/2018 3:13:15 PM PST · by detective · 14 replies
    AIM ^ | February 20, 2018 | Brian McNicoll
    When shooting sprees occur, such as the events last week in Florida, it’s more important we just do something than it is that the response is timely or effective, according to columnist Jill Lawrence. “As both sides in the gun debate mobilize for a possible second act on Capitol Hill, could we please retire the argument that taking step X on guns wouldn’t have prevented tragedy Y?” Lawrence wrote in 2013 in an article reproduced this week to try to sway the new Florida-inspired debate on gun control.
  • Florida House Votes Down Motion to Ban AR-15s

    02/20/2018 3:08:01 PM PST · by Kaslin · 70 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 20, 2018 | Cortney O'Brien
    A busload of surviving students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School traveled to the Florida state capital Tuesday to lobby on behalf of gun control legislation. Despite their efforts, the Florida House has voted down a motion take up a ban on the AR-15, tabling the measure. The vote was 36-71.Seventeen people were killed and over a dozen injured when a former student opened fire on the school last week. The shooter, Nikolas Cruz, used an AR-15.Soon after the carnage, lawmakers renewed their calls for a ban on the rifle. It got support from even Republican governors like John Kasich,...
  • Wooden Sticks Instead Of Rifles? Civil War Reenactment Canceled Due To Elk Grove Gun Law [CA]

    02/20/2018 2:48:21 PM PST · by Red Badger · 25 replies
    sacramento.cbslocal.com ^ | February 19, 2018 at 10:46 pm | By Jennifer McGraw
    ELK GROVE (CBS13) – A war was lost before it ever could begin, according to local historians who were hoping to fire up a mock battle. The Elk Grove Historical Society planned a Revolutionary War reenactment for more than a year and has had similar events in the past, but it’s now forced to cancel the event because of local gun laws. The group had already printed up flyers to market the mock battle, hoping to draw in 3,000 people for the two-day event at a regional park. “We would have encampments and all kinds of entertainment for the kids...
  • Amazon Employees Are Very Interested in a Particular Article About Arlington(Virginia)

    02/20/2018 2:44:18 PM PST · by dynachrome · 13 replies
    ARLnow.com ^ | 2-20-18 | ARLnow
    So from where is all this newfound interest in Arlington County’s sustainability bonafides coming? From Amazon.com, it seems. The vast majority of the traffic to the page over the past week that can be tracked came from what appears to be an internal Amazon.com page devoted to its HQ2 search. Arlington, of course, is in the running as one of the potential landing spots for the company’s second headquarters.No other page on ARLnow.com has a similar level of traffic coming from Amazon. Last week a noted NYU professor who has written about the company opined that New York City and...
  • 'Camel Law' passes first reading in Knesset

    02/20/2018 2:24:53 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 15 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 20/2/18 | Mordechai Sones
    Two years ago, the Regavim movement for protecting Israel's resources and sovereignty uncovered Israeli police data showing that every year police respond to 1,000 complaints of camels roaming roads in the south (a total of 7151 cases from January 2008 until June 2015). Regavim publicized the issue, petitioned to have law enforcement intervene, and wrote letters and drafted legislation to kept the issue alive in the media and the Knesset. Yesterday their efforts paid off: The "Camel Law" passed the first legislative hurdle towards enactment. For nearly two years, Regavim, together with MK Bezalel Smotrich, has been working on formulating...
  • Is A Former Feinstein Staffer Running Fusion GPS’s Post-Election Steele Dossier Operation?

    02/20/2018 2:15:27 PM PST · by saywhatagain · 13 replies
    The Federalist ^ | FEBRUARY 20, 2018 | Sean Davis
    New evidence suggests that a former top staffer for Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) may be directing the post-election efforts of Fusion GPS, a Democrat-linked political opposition research firm, to vindicate a series of memos alleging illegal collusion between the Donald Trump campaign and Russian officials
  • Trump Announces He Signed Memo To Ban Bump Stocks

    02/20/2018 1:08:04 PM PST · by Pinkbell · 234 replies
    Ali Vitali ^ | February 20, 2018 | Ali Vitali
    New: Trump just said he signed a memo directing the Attorney General to propose a rule outlawing bump stocks, all devices "that turn legal weapons into machine guns." He expects those regulations to be finalized "very soon."
  • 76 Reoffend So Far After Louisiana Mass Prison Release

    02/20/2018 12:57:19 PM PST · by MarvinStinson · 15 replies
    I haven't figured out FR yet ^ | February 20, 2018 | Charles Fain Lehman
    After being released under Louisiana's criminal justice reforms, 76 former state incarcerees have been rearrested for crimes ranging from parole offenses and bank fraud to aggravated assault and armed robbery. Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards's office was quick to emphasize that these 76 constituted a small percentage of the 1,900 offenders who were released late last year, the Shreveport Times reported. A spokesperson told the Times that "the vast majority… [are] living up to the terms and conditions of their release." That release was a product of the Louisiana Justice Reinvestment Act (LJRA), a 10 bill package passed last November...
  • German War Planes Grounded By Eco-Gas

    02/20/2018 12:22:29 PM PST · by ProtectOurFreedom · 32 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 2/20/18 | Adam Kredo
    Germany's air fleet was grounded this week after "too much biodiesel" fuel found its ways into the gas tanks, according to German reports saying the Luftwaffe cannot safely fly with such a mixture. Germany's Tornado fleet of war planes was reportedly grounded after an unsafe mixture including too much biodiesel was used to fuel the planes, requiring the fleet to be grounded and their fuel tanks flushed. "The tolerance values are minimally exceeded," Colonel Kristof Conrath of the Tactical Air Force Squadron 51 was quoted as saying in media reports. "It's not that the aircraft would fall from the sky....
  • Billionaire Bill Gates Says He Should Pay 'Significantly higher' Taxes

    02/20/2018 12:10:00 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 126 replies
    CNN ^ | Sun February 18, 2018
    Microsoft founder and billionaire Bill Gates says he should pay more in taxes and that the government should require other superwealthy people like him to contribute "significantly higher" amounts. "I need to pay higher taxes," Gates, who is worth over $90 billion, said in an interview with CNN's Fareed Zakaria on Sunday. "I've paid more taxes, over $10 billion, than anyone else, but the government should require the people in my position to pay significantly higher taxes," he said. Gates, the second richest man in the world after Amazon's Jeff Bezos, didn't mince his words when it came to the...
  • Florida Student Activists Want to 'Dismantle' NRA; Trump Is 'Disgusting'; FBI Gets a Pass

    02/20/2018 10:10:58 AM PST · by libstripper · 116 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | Feb. 19, 2018 | Susan Jones
    (CNSNews.com) - The FBI failed to investigate warnings about the Florida school shooter, but never mind that. And the National Rifle Association has no control over school shootings, but never mind that, either. Two newly minted gun control activists from Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida are defending the FBI, while demanding that NRA "child murderers" dismantle and disband. And they have declined an invitation to discuss their concerns with President Donald Trump, whom they call "disgusting."
  • Fatal Bureau of Investigation

    02/20/2018 9:43:00 AM PST · by detective · 16 replies
    Front Page ^ | February 20, 2018 | Lloyd Billingsley
    After Nikolas Cruz gunned down 17 people at Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, FBI special agent Robert Lasky, head of the bureau’s Miami division, said he “truly regrets” the pain caused by the FBI’s failure to act on a tip about the shooter. The FBI said it had no way to trace the tip, then FBI boss Christopher Wray said the message was never passed on to the FBI’s Miami field office, as official protocol required. Relatives of the victims might have noted the passive verb construction. In typical style, Wray failed to name the person who never passed...
  • Byron York: An unusual turn in the Michael Flynn case?

    02/20/2018 9:32:09 AM PST · by Trump_vs_Evil_Witch · 38 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | February 15, 2018 | Byron York
    Observers are buzzing about a series of events in the last 60 days in the case of Michael Flynn, the Trump national security adviser who on Dec. 1 pleaded guilty to one count of lying to the FBI in the Trump-Russia investigation... ....On Dec. 12, after just a few days on the Flynn case, Sullivan, acting on his own, ordered the office of special counsel Robert Mueller "to produce to [Flynn] in a timely manner — including during plea negotiations — any evidence in its possession that is favorable to defendant and material either to defendant's guilt or punishment." Sullivan...
  • The Awful Republican Budget Is a Reminder That Federal Revenues Are Way Too High

    02/20/2018 9:05:48 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Forbes ^ | 02/20/2018 | John Tamny
    Eager to meet its target of 80,000 new soldiers without compromising quality, last fall the U.S. Army expanded its signing-bonus pool by hundreds of millions. Time will tell if the Army succeeds in its endeavor, but that’s arguably not the point. The point of the story is to remind readers that governments don’t tax and borrow dollars in order to stare lovingly at the money. Just as we civilians seek “money” for what it can be exchanged for, so do governments. The money they spend is an explicit sign of how much control they have over the economy. The more...
  • House Republicans launch 'Phase 2' of Trump dossier probe

    02/20/2018 8:52:03 AM PST · by jazusamo · 19 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 20, 2018 | Catherine Herridge
    House Intelligence Committee Republicans have launched “Phase 2” of their probe into the origins of the unverified anti-Trump dossier, firing off an inquiry to a host of current and former officials -- including former FBI Director James Comey. In a letter obtained by Fox News, committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., posed a string of dossier-related questions to current and former intelligence, law enforcement and State Department officials. He specifically wants to know when they learned the document was funded by Democratic sources, and how it was used to obtain one or more surveillance warrants at the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance...
  • Fewer conservatives support assault weapons ban: poll

    02/20/2018 8:46:14 AM PST · by Simon Green · 34 replies
    The Hill ^ | 02/20/18 | Max Greenwood -
    Fewer Republicans now support a ban on assault weapons than they did nearly two decades ago, according to a Washington Post/ABC News poll released Tuesday. The number of independents who support such a ban has also dropped starkly since 1999, according to the survey. Only 29 percent of Republicans said that they would back a ban on assault weapons in the U.S., while 45 percent of independents said the same. That's down significantly from 1999, when more than 7 in 10 Republicans and independents supported the prohibition. A solid majority of Democrats – 71 percent – still supports such a...
  • National Space Defense Center Goes Operational --in Colorado

    02/20/2018 8:39:40 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 17 replies
    youtube ^ | Published on Feb 19, 2018 | The Still Report
    Synopsis: Deep within the massive Schriever Air Force Base near Colorado Springs, CO, The National Space Defense Center is finally gone operational. Their mission? To keep American military and spy satellites safe while in orbit. Vice President Mike Pence was photographed in the ultra-secret center which surveils space around planet Earth 24 hours a day with a staff of 230. The Center's Director, Col. Todd Brost, told a Colorado Springs newspaper, The Gazette: "This is not an Air Force unit. It's not really even a Department of Defense unit." However, he did not say exactly to whom or what the...
  • Former Skadden Associate Charged in Mueller Probe

    02/20/2018 8:20:55 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 16 replies
    law.com ^ | Feb 20, 2018 | Cogan Schneier
    Skadden partner Gregory Craig, the former White House counsel under President Barack Obama, also worked on the report, as did partners Cliff Stone and Margaret Krawiec. Associates who worked on the report included Alex Haskell, Paul Kerlin, Kara Roseen and Allon Kedem, who is now a lawyer in the solicitor general’s office. Manafort’s indictment claims he likely lobbied and paid at least in part for the report. Van der Zwaan’s case is assigned to U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson, who also oversees the case against Manafort and Gates. The charges are the latest from Mueller as his activity appears...
  • How Banks Could Control Gun Sales if Washington Won’t

    02/20/2018 7:40:39 AM PST · by The_Media_never_lie · 87 replies
    New York Slimes ^ | Feb. 19, 2018 | Andrew Ross Sorkin
    What if the finance industry — credit card companies like Visa, Mastercard and American Express; credit card processors like First Data; and banks like JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo — were to effectively set new rules for the sales of guns in America? Collectively, they have more leverage over the gun industry than any lawmaker. And it wouldn’t be hard for them to take a stand. PayPal, Square, Stripe and Apple Pay announced years ago that they would not allow their services to be used for the sale of firearms.
  • The Rise of the Jumbo Student Loan

    02/20/2018 7:02:15 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 57 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | February 16, 2018 | Josh Mitchell
    During the housing boom of the 2000s, jumbo mortgages with very large balances became a flashpoint for a brewing crisis. Now, researchers are zeroing in on a related crack but in the student debt market: very large student loans with balances exceeding $50,000. A study released Friday by the Brookings Institution finds that most borrowers who left school owing at least $50,000 in student loans in 2010 had failed to pay down any of their debt four years later. Instead, their balances had on average risen by 5% as interest accrued on their debt. As of 2014 there were about...