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  • HUD Hits Facebook With Administrative Complaint, Alleging Housing Discrimination

    08/17/2018 7:28:26 PM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 6 replies
    NY Law Journal ^ | August 17, 2018 at 06:16 PM | By Ian Lopez |
    The Department of Housing and Urban Development hit Facebook Inc. with an administrative complaint alleging the social media company’s advertising tools enable those managing property to discriminate in housing. Filed on Aug. 14, HUD’s administrative complaint alleges that both the social media company’s ad targeting tools and user classification enable the limitation of ad audiences on characteristics “outright prohibited” by the Federal Housing Administration, said the government’s formal statement of interest. Among the grounds on which Facebook is alleged to have allowed discrimination are “sex, religion, familial status, and natural origin, and pretexts for protected characteristics.”
  • Mark Warner to Introduce Amendment to Block Trump From “Arbitrarily Revoking Security Clearances”

    08/17/2018 6:13:58 PM PDT · by Proud White Trump Supporter · 55 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | August 17, 2018 | Cristina Laila
    Original Title: Corrupt Democrat Senator Mark Warner to Introduce Amendment to Block Trump From “Arbitrarily Revoking Security Clearances” ....Snip.... The fake news media and Democrats said President Trump revoking Brennan’s security clearance is an effort to suppress freedom of speech–having a security clearance is a privilege, not a right, but that didn’t stop the left from spreading propaganda. On Friday, Vice Chair of the corrupt Senate Intel Committee, Mark Warner (D-VA) said he will be introducing an amendment next week to block Trump from “arbitrarily revoking security clearances,” reported FOX News Congress reporter Chad Pergram.
  • Mark Warner to reveal amendment to ‘block’ Trump from ‘arbitrarily revoking security clearances’

    08/17/2018 6:05:47 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 66 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 17, 2018 | Elizabeth Zwirz
    Virginia Democratic Sen. Mark Warner on Friday said he plans to present an amendment preventing President Trump from “arbitrarily revoking security clearances.” Warner’s announcement came after Trump earlier this week revoked the security clearance of former CIA Director John Brennan and hinted Friday that he would soon do the same for Department of Justice official Bruce Ohr. “I will be introducing an amendment next week to block the President from punishing and intimidating his critics by arbitrarily revoking security clearances,” Warner tweeted. “Stay tuned.”
  • US ends Syria stabilization funding, cites more allied cash

    08/17/2018 5:33:46 PM PDT · by bitt · 8 replies
    www.cnbc.com ^ | 8/17/2018 | ap
    <p>The Trump administration is ending funding for Syria stabilization projects as it moves to extricate itself from the conflict.</p> <p>The State Department said it had notified Congress on Friday that it would not spend some $230 million that had been planned for Syria programs and would instead shift that money to other areas.</p>
  • Judge denies motion to quash Twin Peaks indictment (Waco)

    08/17/2018 5:31:30 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 4 replies
    WacoTrib ^ | 8/17/2018 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    A McLennan County judge on Friday denied a motion from Twin Peaks defendant Marcus Pilkington to quash the May rioting indictment against him on procedural grounds. Judge Matt Johnson of Waco's 54th State District Court, who conducted a hearing July 27, issued his ruling in a brief order Friday, saying only that the motion is denied. Pilkington, 40, a Bandido from Mexia, was among 155 bikers initially indicted on engaging in organized criminal activity charges in the May 2015 shootout that left nine bikers dead and 20 injured. Prosecutors sought re-indictments May 9 against 24 bikers on new charges, including...
  • Exclusive: U.S. government seeks Facebook help to wiretap Messenger - sources

    08/17/2018 3:54:09 PM PDT · by Mariner · 17 replies
    Reuters ^ | August 17th, 2018 | Dan Levine, Joseph Menn
    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The U.S. government is trying to force Facebook Inc (FB.O) to break the encryption in its popular Messenger app so law enforcement may listen to a suspect’s voice conversations in a criminal probe, three people briefed on the case said, resurrecting the issue of whether companies can be compelled to alter their products to enable surveillance. The previously unreported case in a federal court in California is proceeding under seal, so no filings are publicly available, but the three people told Reuters that Facebook is contesting the U.S. Department of Justice’s demand. The judge in the...
  • Surprising Support for Trump Yanking Brennan's Security Clearance

    08/17/2018 3:09:03 PM PDT · by onyx · 35 replies
    American Thinker ^ | August 17, 2018 | Thomas Lifson
    This may be a sign that the tide is turning and the cabal that conspired to fix the 2016 presidential election and then, when that failed, remove Trump from office is going to be exposed and ultimately held to account. As the Democrats and their media enablers bloviate about John Brennan's imaginary First Amendment right to a perpetual security clearance, a statement of support for the president came from an unexpected source yesterday. Lou Dobbs tweeted: @realDonaldTrump #AmericaFirst #Dobbs pic.twitter.com/YP7pYZPACa — Lou Dobbs (@LouDobbs) August 16, 2018
  • Ocasio-Cortez bans press from covering campaign event

    08/17/2018 2:59:54 PM PDT · by detective · 29 replies
    MSN News ^ | August 17, 2018 | Alex Pappas
    Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the Democratic socialist star running for New York's 14th congressional district, is facing criticism after her campaign banned journalists from covering a town hall meeting with voters this week. The Queens Chronicle, a local news outlet, reported that the campaign for the 28-year-old progressive prevented reporters from attending a campaign event in Corona on Sunday, even though it was open to the rest of the public. The campaign reportedly barred reporters from a prior event as well.
  • Omarosa acted dishonorably by recording confidential White House conversations – but here’s the...

    08/17/2018 2:13:16 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 60 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 17, 2018 | Hans A. von Spakovsky
    Full title: Omarosa acted dishonorably by recording confidential White House conversations – but here’s the bigger problem.Even if you strongly oppose President Trump and want to see him defeated in 2020 or impeached before then, you should hope his presidential campaign succeeds with its legal action against Omarosa Manigault Newman alleging she violated a nondisclosure agreement. And if she broke any laws you should want her prosecuted. Manigault Newman – a fired presidential aide and earlier a member of the Trump campaign staff – has set a dangerous precedent by her secret recording of conversations with President Trump and White...
  • Shadow Ban: PragerU Reveals Immediate 99.9999% Drop in Facebook Reach

    08/17/2018 2:11:12 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 57 replies
    www.breitbart.com ^ | 17 Aug 2018 | Lucas Nolan
    Conservative non-profit group PragerU appears to be facing Facebook censorship, as many recent posts from group are suffering from a 99.9999 percent drop in engagement based on Facebook’s own dashboard. The Social Media Masters of the Universe also pulled down two PragerU videos, which it labeled “hate speech.” Echoing the apparent page limitation of conservative commentating duo Diamond and Silk, the conservative non-profit group PragerU — which produces educational videos on conservative issues — appears to have found its Facebook page’s reach drastically limited. The group’s Facebook page boasts three million followers, but its most recent posts have been seen...
  • Cuomo reverses 'inartful' comments: 'Of course America has always been great'

    08/17/2018 2:08:31 PM PDT · by detective · 70 replies
    MSN News ^ | John Bowden
    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) reversed remarks he made earlier this week about American greatness, calling his language "inartful." Cuomo told reporters on a conference call Friday that he believes the country "has always been great," the Democrat and Chronicle reported. "The expression I used the other day was inartful, so I want to be very clear," Cuomo said Friday. "Of course America is great and of course America has always been great. No one questions that."
  • Pakistan election results: Voters reject religious extremists

    08/17/2018 2:08:07 PM PDT · by robowombat · 8 replies
    Gulf News ^ | 08:31 July 27, 2018 | Ashfaq Ahmed, Deputy UAE Editor
    Dubai: This election has been unique and surprises keep on coming as the polling results are announced. Apart from Imran Khan’s victory, another important factor that has surfaced quite significantly is the worst ever defeat faced by the extremists and religious factions in the country. Top religious party chiefs such as Maulana Fazalur Rehman and Sirajul Haq were summarily rejected by the voters. Similarly, candidates of Labaikh Tehreek lost miserably and none of the candidates fielded by the banned religious outfit headed by Hafiz Mohammad Saeed could secure a seat. It is a clear indication that Pakistani people are freeing...
  • Trump declines to rule out Paul Manafort pardon as jury considers verdict

    08/17/2018 12:38:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Irish Times ^ | August 17, 2018 | The Manchester Guardian
    US president Donald Trump defended Paul Manafort as “a good person” and declined to rule out a pardon as a jury spent Friday deliberating the fate of the former campaign chairman. “I think the whole Manafort trial is very sad,” Mr Trump told reporters on the South Lawn at the White House, before departing for a fundraiser on Long Island. “I think it’s a very sad day for our country. He happens to be a very good person, and I think it’s very sad what they’ve done to Paul Manafort.” Mr Manafort faces 18 counts of tax evasion and bank...
  • What’s Going On? New Mexico Authorities Move In to Destroy Jihadi Child Training Camp

    08/17/2018 12:27:32 PM PDT · by detective · 46 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | August 17, 2018 | Jim Hoft
    Muslim Siraj Ibn Wahhaj was arrested earlier this month at a terrorist compound in New Mexico. Wahhaj was training children to commit mass shootings at US schools. Siraj ibn Wahhaj is the son of a Brooklyn imam who was named as a possible co-conspirator in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. New Mexico police entered a dangerous Islamist terrorist camp in New Mexico this month after they grew tired of FBI stalling.
  • Jury signals it needs more time for Manafort verdict

    08/17/2018 12:26:39 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 59 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 17, 2018 | LYDIA WHEELER AND MORGAN CHALFANT
    The jury in the criminal tax and bank fraud trial against one-time Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort signaled in a note to the judge Friday afternoon they are unlikely to reach a verdict before the weekend. In a note to Judge T.S. Ellis III, the jury said they would like to finish at 5 p.m. because one of the jurors has an event they would like to attend. Ellis said he will bring the jury back in the courtroom at ten minutes to 5 p.m. to ask what time they would like to reconvene on Monday. The jury deliberations now...
  • Sheriff walks out of interview about New Mexico compound

    08/17/2018 12:24:05 PM PDT · by george76 · 59 replies
    KVIA - CNN ^ | August 13, 2018 | SCOTT MCLEAN
    TAOS COUNTY, New Mexico - Taos County Sheriff Jerry Hogrefe walked out of a CNN interview after defending his decision not to search a squalid New Mexico compound for a missing boy, despite having the property owners' permission to comb it. The sheriff has been criticized by the owners of the property where the compound sits illegally. Jason and Tanya Badger believe a missing child, 3-year old Abdul-Ghani Wahhaj, may have been alive on the compound when they say they alerted law enforcement months ago. The Badgers gave written consent for a search, but it was August 3 before authorities...
  • Crow Tribal spokesman RIPS Left-wing coastal states for using EPA regs to deny his people prosperity

    08/17/2018 12:23:55 PM PDT · by SleeperCatcher · 18 replies
    The National Sentinel ^ | 8/17/18 | USA Features
    Cruel: A spokesman for a prominent Native American tribe is blasting uber-Left-wing politicians in deep blue coastal states for using onerous EPA regulations to deny his people the opportunity to coal, gas, and other forms of energy. The Daily Caller reports that officials in a small number of coastal states led by Washington are essentially denying Crow Tribal members the opportunity to earn a much better living. CJ Stewart, a Crow Tribal member and co-founder of the National Tribe Energy Association, told the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works Thursday that his people are dependent on producing energy to...
  • Manafort’s Judge Is Under Federal Protection After Wave Of Threats

    08/17/2018 12:12:35 PM PDT · by detective · 56 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 08/17/2018 | Kevin Daley
    Judge T.S. Ellis III revealed in open court Friday that he has received death threats relating to his presiding over Paul Manafort’s trial for bank and tax fraud at a federal court in Alexandria, Virginia. The judge has since retained the protection of the U.S. Marshals Service. “I have the marshal’s protection,” Ellis said. “I don’t even go to the hotel alone. I won’t even reveal the name of the hotel.” “I had no idea this case excited this emotion in the public,” he added.
  • Judge Ellis Declines Motion by CNN, WaPo to Release Names of Manafort Jurors

    08/17/2018 12:05:04 PM PDT · by detective · 43 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | August 17, 2018 | Christina Laila
    Shortened title. Full title: Judge Ellis Declines Motion by CNN, WaPo to Release Names of Manafort Jurors – Reveals ‘I HAVE BEEN THREATENED’ CNN, Wapo and Buzzfeed are demanding the names and addresses of the Manafort jurors be released to the public. On Friday, Judge Ellis, a Reagan appointee, revealed he has received threats, however; he did not provide details.
  • Officials worry Trump may back Erik Prince plan to privatize war in Afghanistan

    08/17/2018 12:04:37 PM PDT · by Behind the Blue Wall · 29 replies
    NBC "News" ^ | Aug.17, 2018 | Carol E. Lee, Courtney Kube and Josh Lederman
    WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is increasingly venting frustration to his national security team about the U.S. strategy in Afghanistan and showing renewed interest in a proposal by Blackwater founder Erik Prince to privatize the war, current and former senior administration officials said. Prince's idea, which first surfaced last year during the president's Afghanistan strategy review, envisions replacing troops with private military contractors who would work for a special U.S. envoy for the war who would report directly to the president. It has raised ethical and security concerns among senior military officials, key lawmakers and members of Trump's national security...