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  • He had a scholarship, but was deported. Now the former soccer star must build a life in El Salvador.

    08/22/2017 1:40:54 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 17 replies
    Washington Post ^ | August 22, 2017 | By Maria Sacchetti
    Lizandro Claros Saravia was supposed to be at college in North Carolina by now. At soccer practice. At the library. Instead, the 19-year-old soccer star from Germantown is hundreds of miles away, in a sweltering Central American nation he barely recognizes and sometimes fears. U.S. immigration officials swiftly deported him and his older brother, Diego, on Aug. 2, days after Lizandro told them during a routine check-in that he had a scholarship to attend Louisburg College. Lizandro and Diego, now 22, used fraudulent visas and passports to come to the United States in 2009 and reunite with their family; some...
  • Valerie Plame Wilson fundraising to buy Twitter so she can delete Trump's account

    08/22/2017 1:17:30 PM PDT · by HokieMom · 33 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Aug 21, 2017, 9:56 PM | Naomi Lim |
    Valerie Plame Wilson is fundraising to buy a controlling share of Twitter so that she can ban President Trump from the social media platform. "From emboldening white supremacists to promoting violence against journalists, his tweets damage the country and put people in harm's way," Wilson wrote on her GoFundMe page. "But threatening actual nuclear war with North Korea takes it to a dangerous new level." Wilson, who was revealed to be a covert CIA operations officer in a 2003 leak, slammed Twitter executives for ignoring calls to enforce the company's own community standards and delete Trump's account. But Wilson's...
  • Sen. Richard Blumenthal denies facing same legal issue he's suing Trump over

    08/22/2017 1:01:08 PM PDT · by deplorableindc · 3 replies
    A Democratic senator leading a lawsuit against President Donald Trump denies that his family's investment in the Empire State Building puts him in a similar legal position. Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut — lead plaintiff in the Federal Emoluments Clause lawsuit Blumenthal v. Trump, filed in June — addressed the issue after it surfaced on legal blogs. The senator said through a spokesperson that investments listed on his financial disclosure forms are not owned "personally" by him, but rather by a family member, distinguishing himself from Trump.
  • Investigation: Navy shipyard wasted $21 million building off-the-books police force

    08/22/2017 12:55:56 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    Federal News Radio ^ | August 21, 2017 | Jared Serbu
    For the better part of a dozen years, a group of employees and managers at the Navy’s largest public shipyard operated what amounted to an unsanctioned, off-the-books police force, equipping it with illegally or improperly obtained weapons, vehicles and fuel, wasting an estimated $21 million in public funds in the process. Those are the findings of an internal command-directed investigation performed by the Naval Sea Systems Command’s inspector general, which undertook an in-depth review of the case after military criminal investigators and federal prosecutors declined to do so. The investigation, which was conducted in 2014, has not been previously disclosed....
  • Zuckerburg Vows to Remove Any ‘Post That Promotes or Celebrates Hate Crimes’ from Facebook

    08/22/2017 12:45:24 PM PDT · by davikkm · 40 replies
    breitbart ^ | LUCAS NOLAN
    Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg declared last week that the social media site was dedicated to removing any content “that promotes or celebrates hate crimes.” Mark Zuckerberg posted to Facebook recently condemning the recent events at Charlottesville which saw three deaths over the course of the weekend as far-left and far-right protesters clashed. The Facebook CEO stated that the company would be watching out for rallies in the future, stating, “With the potential for more rallies, we’re watching the situation closely.” “We won’t always be perfect, but you have my commitment that we’ll keep working to make Facebook a place where...
  • Dept of Homeland Security: Donald Trump Border Wall Prototypes Now Delayed Until Fall

    08/22/2017 12:36:59 PM PDT · by detective · 10 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 22 Aug 2017 | Charlie Spiering
    Americans will have to wait longer to see what President Donald Trump’s promised wall might look like. The Department of Homeland Security revealed to Breitbart News that the announcement for border wall prototypes scheduled for the summer has been delayed until October or November. David Lapan, the press secretary for the Department of Homeland Security, explained that although the bids were selected, one vendor protested the decision, which delayed the process. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection is awaiting a decision on the protest from the Government Accountability Office.
  • DNC hack theories considered extreme and fringe now entering mainstream

    08/22/2017 12:22:35 PM PDT · by detective · 14 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 21, 2017 | Dan Boylan
    The conventional wisdom that last year’s Democratic National Committee computer hack, which triggered WikiLeaks to release thousands of emails revealing Democratic Party favoritism of Hillary Clinton over Bernard Sanders, was conducted by Russian operatives is facing increasing scrutiny. Theories once considered fringe and extreme have begun entering the mainstream, with a prominent group of former NSA and CIA officials claiming the hack that rocked the 2016 presidential election was not actually a hack at all but rather a leak by an insider with physical access to the DNC computer network. Speculation around the claim by the group, the Veteran Intelligence...
  • OPINION | Bill O’Reilly: Trump’s real failure is not understanding the evils of Nazism

    08/22/2017 12:08:55 PM PDT · by EdnaMode · 71 replies
    The Hill ^ | 8/21/17 | BillOreilly
    Lost in the intense debate over Charlottesville is a very important lesson that all Americans should learn. It has nothing to do with American politics or ideology. It has everything to do with history. I have written three books about World War II and am currently researching a fourth. I can tell you with certainty that most people on this planet have no clue as to how German Nazis went about their lethal business. And that includes President Trump and many other politicians both present and past. Exceptions are the Jewish people who directly experienced genocide at the hands of...
  • With Afghanistan Address, Trump Pleased Long-Time Rivals And Upset Allies

    08/22/2017 12:01:11 PM PDT · by TBP · 19 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 8/22/2017 | ALEX PFEIFFER
    President Donald Trump’s commitment to an indefinite war in Afghanistan Monday night received praise from rivals such as Republican South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, but left conservatives like Ann Coulter disappointed. Trump criticized the Afghanistan war before entering office. However, in his nation-wide address he said he will not give an end date for the conflict and wouldn’t talk about potential troop deployments. There are roughly 8,400 American service members in Afghanistan and it was widely reported Trump will deploy an additional 4,000 troops. Shortly after the speech, Sen. Graham said on Fox News, “I am very pleased with this...
  • China’s top climate change negotiator Xie Zhenhua to receive HK$20 million Hong Kong prize

    08/22/2017 11:48:34 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 7 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | August 22, 2017
    China’s top climate change negotiator will be given a HK$20 million Hong Kong prize for his contributions to global civilisation. Xie Zhenhua, China’s chief negotiator at the Paris Agreement, UN climate change conferences, and the former head of China’s State Environmental Protection Administration, will be presented one of the awards under the Lui Che Woo Prize for his efforts to tackle climate change. “We honour his achievements in preventing climate change and thus ensuring a sustainable future not only in China but also globally”, said prize recommendation committee chairman Professor Lawrence Lau Juen-yee. The prize, set up by property tycoon...
  • Steve Bannon believed in Trumpism. Donald Trump doesn’t.

    08/22/2017 11:44:35 AM PDT · by TBP · 23 replies
    Vox ^ | Aug 18, 2017, 2:30pm EDT | Ezra Klein@ezraklein
    As a presidential candidate, Donald Trump praised autocrats and exhibited strongman tendencies. But as president of the United States, Trump is proving to be one of the weakest, most disinterested executives in memory. He seems happy — even eager — to be both operationally and ideologically marginalized inside his own administration. This is, I think, the best way to understand the ouster of chief strategist Steve Bannon. White House staff, congressional Republicans, military leaders, and executive branch officials are increasingly confident simply ignoring President Trump. After Trump tweeted that he wanted the military to ban transgender service members from serving,...
  • West Wing Dems’ Plan to Keep DACA Will Increase Illegal Immigration Pull Factor

    08/22/2017 11:40:39 AM PDT · by sickoflibs · 18 replies
    breitbart ^ | 8/22/2017 | RAHEEM KASSAM
    A new McClatchy report has revealed that current White House staffers including John Kelly, Ivanka Trump, and Jared Kushner are pushing the President to continue with amnesty for illegal immigrants in exchange for border wall funding as well as curbs on illegal immigration and the online ‘E-Verify’ system. If the President accedes, this may be his ‘Merkel moment’ — reflective of the German chancellor who compromised on her nation’s borders and rule of law with her now infamous (and subsequently dropped) ‘We Can Do It’ call to let millions of migrants into Europe. She didn’t just let them in, her...
  • Eleanor Roosevelt purposely served crappy food to FDR

    08/22/2017 11:40:33 AM PDT · by sparklite2 · 85 replies
    New York Post ^ | August 22, 2017 | By Lauren Steussy
    This first lady was known for Depression-era frugality, and her meals reflected that. While her husband Franklin Delano Roosevelt was in office, she insisted on putrid White House dinners such as chicken liver, cold mutton, gelatin-heavy “salads” and something called Seafood Surprise.Many history buffs suspect the repulsive meals were less about scrimping and more about exacting revenge on FDR for having affairs. In any event, Mrs. Roosevelt refused to fire the chef who made them. The advice around Washington at the time: If you were invited to dine at the White House, eat before you went.After FDR died, Eleanor...
  • Agriculture a culprit in global warming, says U.S. research

    08/22/2017 11:29:00 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 19 replies
    Reuters ^ | August 22, 2017 | Ellen Wulfhorst
    Agriculture has contributed nearly as much to climate change as deforestation by intensifying global warming, according to U.S. research that has quantified the amount of carbon taken from the soil by farming. Some 133 billion tons of carbon have been removed from the top two meters of the earth's soil over the last two centuries by agriculture at a rate that is increasing, said the study in PNAS, a journal published by the National Academy of Sciences. The 133 billion tons of carbon lost from soil compares to about 140 billion tons lost due to deforestation, he said, mostly since...
  • The U.S. Navy's Greatest Enemy Might Be Exhaustion

    08/22/2017 11:24:02 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 84 replies
    The National Interest ^ | August 21, 2017 | Dave Majumdar
    ith the USS John S. McCain (DDG-56) knocked out of commission after a collision on Aug. 21 in the Straits of Malacca, the United States Navy is down two ballistic missile defense-capable Aegis destroyers in the Pacific. With USS Fitzgerald (DDG-62) being also being knocked out of action after a June 17 collision off the Japanese coast, the loss of the two vessels from operational service could not come at a worse time for the Navy, which needs of all the ballistic missile defense assets it can get to deal with the North Korean threat. Nor does the Navy have...
  • State Dept Hosted CAIR and Hamas Front Group

    08/22/2017 11:16:29 AM PDT · by detective · 14 replies
    Front Page ^ | August 21, 2017 | Daniel Greenfield
    The swamp is overflowing. It's on the garden path. It's in the lawn. It's on the front stairs. It's in the foyer. It's certainly in Foggy Bottom. The State Department hosted this month leaders from the U.S. Council of Muslim Organizations, which represents a number of organizations including American Muslims for Palestine, or AMP, an organization that promotes "extreme anti-Israel views" and "anti-Zionist" propaganda, according to the Anti-Defamation League, which tracks anti-Israel hate groups.
  • Did FBI Cover Up Confederate Statue Bomb Plot by Dem Donor's Son?

    08/22/2017 11:09:50 AM PDT · by detective · 13 replies
    Front Page ^ | August 22, 2017 | Daniel Greenfield
    I wouldn't be terribly surprised if Richard Dowling's statue ended up saving a whole lot of lives. Here's what happened now. Andrew Cecil Schneck, 25, was charged with attempting to maliciously damage or destroy property receiving federal financial assistance, federal prosecutors announced. A park ranger doing a routine patrol of the area around Hermann Park on Saturday caught Schneck kneeling in the bushes near the statue of Richard Dowling, a commander in the Confederate army
  • 4 million people paid Obamacare penalties averaging $708 for 2016, IRS says

    08/22/2017 10:37:40 AM PDT · by george76 · 25 replies
    Lancaster ^ | August 22, 2017 | Heather Stauffer
    Four million people paid Affordable Care Act penalties averaging $708 for not having insurance in 2016, according to preliminary figures released by the Internal Revenue Service. The average is just over the base penalty of $695 imposed for a whole year without coverage; those with higher incomes paid more. Overall, that's about $2.8 billion. The agency noted that those numbers are subject to change as processing continues. The penalty started in 2014 with a base penalty of $95. The IRS reported that 7.9 million people paid an average of $210 that year, for a total of $1.6 billion. In 2015...
  • German state renames Justice Ministry to Ministry of Justice — at cost of €26,000

    08/22/2017 10:15:59 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 23 replies ^ | 22 August 2017 11:26 CEST+02:00 | DPA/The Local
    After the newly-elected state leader of North Rhine-Westphalia, Armin Laschet, renamed all 12 ministries under his administration, he publicly responded on Monday to inquires as to why. […] Laschet decided to alter the names of the ministries, for example turning the “Justizministerium” (Justice Ministry) and “Finanzministerium” (Finance Ministry) into “Ministerium der Justiz” (Ministry of Justice) and “Ministerium der Finanzen” (Ministry of Finance), respectively. Nothing else about the ministries has changed, but the renaming will cost taxpayers a total of €26,000. […] On the question of efficiency improvements in the state administration posed by Ziemkeit, Laschet replied: “We are not dealing...
  • Veterans Plaza statue destroyed at Teague Park in Longview

    08/22/2017 9:48:31 AM PDT · by TigerClaws · 27 replies
    A statue representing service members in Veterans Plaza at Teague Park in Longview has been destroyed. Air Force veteran David Applewhite of Gladewater, who is involved with the Veterans Recognition Foundation, posted a photo on his Facebook page of the overturned statue. FOLLOW UP: Group pays to replace vandalized Longview veterans plaza statue "One of the statues guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier monument has been pushed over by vandals at the Veterans Plaza in Longview," Applewhite wrote. "Was not young children who did this." Officials with the group who oversees the plaza later said the destroyed statue is...