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  • Top Democratic lawmaker says NJ’s a mess: ‘I’m not raising taxes — I’m done’

    11/18/2018 6:41:11 PM PST · by Coleus · 3 replies
    nj1015.com ^ | 11.11.18 | David Matthau
    TRENTON — The state's top Democrat in the Legislature wants New Jersey voters and taxpayers to rise up and say: We're mad as hell and we're not gonna take it anymore!  State Senate President Steve Sweeney, D-Gloucester, who assembled a bipartisan economic and fiscal policy work group that issued recommendations this summer for pension and budget reforms, said that it’s become crystal clear that changes must be made because “our pension and health care system is not sustainable anymore, and raising taxes in this state is not the answer. This is a state that has a tax problem.”He said state...
  • My sister and I are nurses who are disabled by life-shortening diseases. Let us die our own way

    11/18/2018 6:08:25 PM PST · by Coleus · 40 replies
    The Star Ledger of Newark ^ | 11.13.18 | Laurie Wilcox
    My sister and I are nurses who are disabled by life-shortening diseases. As a result, we know from first-hand experience about both the limits of modern medicine at life's end and the challenges of living with disabling medical conditions. I'm 61 and have suffered from rheumatoid arthritis for 30 years. It has invaded my lung tissue and requires me to wear an oxygen tank most of the day to breathe. I've had 18 surgeries. I plan to fight my illness for as long as I can. I enjoy life. But at the end stage of my disease, I do not want...
  • The Most Important Supreme Court Case You Never Heard Of

    11/18/2018 4:35:18 PM PST · by Neil E. Wright · 11 replies
    Business Insider ^ | August 10, 2011 | Larry M. Elkin
    One Supreme Court case stands behind the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Controlled Substances Act, the Endangered Species Act and the Civil Rights Act. It's been cited in rulings involving hot-button issues such as health care reform and medical marijuana. But chances are you've never heard of it. Despite its wide-reaching influence, hardly anyone outside of legal circles is aware of the 1942 case, Wickard v. Filburn. One man, Gary Marbut of Missoula, Mont., hopes to change that. If Marbut succeeds, we'll also hear about another Supreme Court case: the one that overturns Wickard. ... snip ... The case was...
  • Sen. Mike Lee: A conservative case for criminal justice reform

    11/18/2018 3:43:50 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 9 replies
    FOX News ^ | November 13, 2018 | Senator Mike Lee
    “Government’s first duty,” President Reagan said in 1981 and President Trump recently tweeted, “is to protect the people, not run their lives.” The safety of law-abiding citizens has always been a core principle of conservatism. And it is why we need to take this opportunity to pass real criminal-justice reform now. Although violent crime rose during the final two years of President Obama’s time in office, it decreased during the first year of Trump’s presidency. We need to keep that momentum going. And criminal justice reform can help us do that in two ways. First, commonsense sentencing reform can increase...
  • PERSPECTIVES ON IMMIGRATION: Cut Legal Admissions by Two-Thirds (Harry Reid op-ed, 1994)

    11/18/2018 11:46:10 AM PST · by rintintin · 10 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | August 10, 1994 | U.S. Senator Harry Reid
    The federal government has been grossly irresponsible in its neglect of mounting immigration problems, even as these problems place unbearable burdens on states like California. It is regrettable that states have reached a point where the only avenue they have for justice is the courts. It is even more regrettable that this Administration and this Congress stand by and allow the federal courts to decide the nation's immigration policies. Taxpayers simply cannot continue to sustain new populations the size of San Diego or the state of Nevada every year. California is sending up the red flag tat Washington should heed.Unprecedented...
  • Trump: So funny to see little Adam Schitt talking that Matt Whitaker was not approved by the Senate

    11/18/2018 10:45:25 AM PST · by EdnaMode · 72 replies
    Twitter ^ | November 18, 2018 | Donald J. Trump
    So funny to see little Adam Schitt (D-CA) talking about the fact that Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker was not approved by the Senate, but not mentioning the fact that Bob Mueller (who is highly conflicted) was not approved by the Senate!
  • Video: Texas Poll Worker Admits 'Tons' of Non-Citizens Allowed to Vote [AUDIO]

    11/18/2018 8:23:09 AM PST · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 57 replies
    Project Veritas ^ | 11-8-2018 | John Nolte
    James O'Keefe's Project Veritas released undercover video Tuesday of a Texas poll worker admitting that "tons" of non-citizens are being allowed to vote. In the video (embedded below), a woman tells two Travis County poll workers that her boyfriend, a DACA recipient, is in the car because he is nervous about not being able to vote. She let's both poll workers know that the boyfriend is not a citizen. "If he has his ID that's all he needs — if he's registered," the first election worker reassures the Project Veritas journalist. "It doesn't matter that he's not a citizen?" the...
  • Adam Schiff deems Matt Whitaker a 'flawed appointment'

    11/18/2018 8:17:39 AM PST · by jazusamo · 81 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 18, 2018 | Tom Howell Jr.
    Rep. Adam Schiff of California on Sunday said Democrats will be keeping a close eye on acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker, deeming him a “flawed appointment” who cannot be trusted to guide the Russia investigation. Mr. Schiff, who is poised to become chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said his panel will root out and expose any efforts Mr. Whitaker takes to curb special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into potential interference in the 2016 election. The acting attorney general has criticized the scope of the investigation in the past. Mr. Schiff also said Mr. Trump’s decision to tap Mr. Whitaker...
  • Broward Elections Supervisor Blames Racism For Recount Debacle

    11/18/2018 8:07:38 AM PST · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 16 replies
    thefederalistpapers.org ^ | November 18, 2018 | Carmine Sabia
    When on is attempting to get themselves out of a jam they often look for excuses or other things or people to blame things on. When one is a progressive they run to the racism, sexism or homophobia cards. That is what Broward County Elections Supervisor Brenda Snipes has done. Now that her incompetence has been discovered, and more than 2,000 ballots have been lost, she is blaming racism for it, The Guardian reported. A top elections official in Florida who endured national humiliation after missing a midterms recount deadline by two minutes has told the Guardian that racism is...
  • Trump gives Whitaker free rein over Mueller probe: 'It's going to be up to him'

    11/18/2018 8:02:40 AM PST · by jazusamo · 41 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 18, 2018 | S.A. Miller
    President Trump on Sunday said he is giving acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker free rein over special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe, including limiting or shutting down the investigation. “It’s going to be up to him,” Mr. Trump said in an interview aired on Fox News Sunday.” “I wouldn’t get involved.”
  • PG&E Faces Historic Financial Liability From California Wildfire

    11/18/2018 7:14:13 AM PST · by rktman · 36 replies
    wnd.com ^ | 11/16/2018 | Alan Neuhauser
    California’s electric utility is facing historic financial liability if it’s deemed responsible for a deadly wildfire ravaging Northern California, but a lifeline from the state Friday suggested that it just may be taxpayers who help foot the bill. Pacific Gas and Electric Co. this week disclosed that it had “experienced an outage” and damage to a transmission tower near the origin one of the largest of several fires burning in Northern and Southern California, the Camp Fire. The incident was apparently reported to the utility mere minutes before the blaze started. PG&E’s disclosure, contained in a regulatory filing, sent shockwaves...
  • 'Swamp Watch': Steve Hilton Takes on Maxine Waters' 'Conflict Donations'

    11/18/2018 5:26:23 AM PST · by Libloather · 4 replies
    Fox News ^ | 11/12/18
    **SNIP** He noted that Waters was the subject of a House Ethics Committee investigation in 2010 over a meeting she arranged between the Treasury Department and representatives of OneUnited bank, where her husband was a notable shareholder. OneUnited went on to obtain $12 million in federal bailout funding. The ethics charges against Waters were dropped in 2012. "By the time Maxine Waters scheduled the meeting with the Treasury secretary, her husband owned approximately $350,000 in OneUnited stock, all of which would have likely gone down the drain without the bailout money she helped secure," Hilton said. "How lovely for Maxine...
  • After a bumpy day of missing ballots, troubled Broward recount put on ice until the morning

    11/18/2018 5:12:00 AM PST · by Libloather · 21 replies
    Orlando Sentinal ^ | 11/17/18 | Anthony Man, Tonya Alanez
    Broward County’s ballot recount hit yet another snag Saturday with 2,040 ballots lost or misplaced. The county’s eternally beleaguered Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes said they either misplaced, misfiled or mixed in with another stack. One thing she said she was sure of: “The ballots are in this building.” “There would be nowhere else for them to be,” Snipes said. “The ballots are in the building. The ballots are in the building.” With a noon Sunday deadline looming, the three-person Canvassing Board was nonplussed and uncertain what to do.
  • Opinion: Who Are The Idiots Challenging Nancy Pelosi?

    11/18/2018 4:50:36 AM PST · by Libloather · 19 replies
    Times of San Diego ^ | 11/17/18 | Colleen O'Connor
    What rewards do conquering heroes or heroines usually receive? Applause. Lots of money. Near boundless power. And, if enlightened, these leaders are allowed to lead. Think Revolutionary War General George Washington who went on to become the first President. And World War II General Dwight D. Eisenhower — another President. But, Nancy Pelosi, the first woman Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, the one who delivered some of the largest Democratic House wins in almost half a century, the one who turned the entire Northeast and reactionary Orange County blue — what does she get? A challenge by a...
  • Generative adversarial network produces a "universal fingerprint" that will unlock many smartphones

    11/18/2018 3:57:10 AM PST · by vannrox · 14 replies
    boingboing ^ | 18NOV18 | editorial staff
    Generative adversarial network produces a "universal fingerprint" that will unlock many smartphones Researchers at NYU and U Michigan have published a paper explaining how they used a pair of machine-learning systems to develop a "universal fingerprint" that can fool the lowest-security fingerprint sensors 76% of the time (it is less effective against higher-security sensors). The researchers used "generative adversarial networks" (GAN) to develop their attack: this technique uses a pair of machine learning systems, a "generator" which tries to fool a "discriminator," to produce a kind of dialectical back-and-forth in that creates fakes that are harder and harder to...
  • North Korea's new 'tactical' weapon test highlights military modernization

    11/18/2018 3:47:35 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Reuters ^ | November 18, 2018 | Hyonhee Shin
    North Korea’s claim last week that it had tested an unidentified “ultramodern tactical weapon” highlighted its desire to upgrade its conventional arms and reassure its military even as talks are under way to end its nuclear program, analysts said. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un witnessed the test of a newly developed tactical weapon that could serve as a “steel wall”, state media reported on Friday, without giving details of the weapon. It was Kim’s first observation of a weapons test this year and could complicate already stalled nuclear talks with the United States, although Washington and Seoul downplayed the...
  • Democrat Gil Cisneros Defeats Young Kim, Making O.C. All Blue in the U.S. House

    11/17/2018 9:24:27 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 30 replies
    https://ktla.com ^ | November 17, 2018 | Associated Press
    Democrat Gil Cisneros captured a Republican-held U.S. House seat in Southern California on Saturday, capping a Democratic rout in which the party picked up six congressional seats in the state. In what had been the last undecided House contest in California, Cisneros beat Republican Young Kim for the 39th District seat. The Cisneros victory cements a stunning political realignment that will leave a vast stretch of the Los Angeles metropolitan area under Democratic control in the House. With Kim’s defeat, four Republican-held House districts all or partly in Orange County, California, a one-time nationally known GOP stronghold southeast of Los...
  • Brenda Snipes Blames Racism for Widespread Backlash Against Her — Not Her Incompetence

    11/17/2018 9:05:58 PM PST · by Proud White Trump Supporter · 62 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | Nov 17, 2018 | Jim Hoft
    Broward County Elections Supervisor Brenda Snipes told reporters Saturday that “racism” was probably the reason she was receiving so much backlash.
  • Immigration: Middlesex, NJ case shows need for more enforcement

    11/17/2018 8:23:15 PM PST · by Coleus · 4 replies
    The Star Ledger of Newark ^ | 11.13.18 | Paul Mulshine
    Don Cresitello is not the kind of guy to say "I hate to say I told you so."  In fact he takes great pleasure in doing so. And the Democratic former mayor of Morristown told you long ago that we need better coordination between local and federal authorities when it comes to dealing with potentially violent undocumented immigrants.That was proven against last week when an undocumented Mexican immigrant murdered three people in Missouri after being released from the Middlesex County jail in December to await trial on charges of domestic violence.That incident brought memories of a 2007 incident in which...
  • REPORT: Florida Democrats Have ‘Lawyered Up’ In Possible Election Fraud Investigation

    11/17/2018 7:59:41 PM PST · by little jeremiah · 78 replies
    Big League Politics ^ | Nov 17, 2018 | Patrick Howley
    With the election Overtime period in the Deep South coming to an end — and Republicans protecting their victories in Georgia and Florida — the details of the vote-finding madness are still coming to light. At least one investigation might already be taking shape. Florida officials have referred swamp state Democrats to federal prosecutors to look into evidence of an incorrect mail-in form. If federal prosecutors accept the challenge, that would put the investigation of the Florida Democrats under the jurisdiction of acting attorney general Matthew Whitaker. The Florida Democratic Party, which nominated Andrew Gillum for governor, is now the...