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  • FISA court considering request to release hearings regarding Carter Page

    02/19/2018 1:08:56 PM PST · by Zuben Elgenubi · 16 replies
    The Jurist dot org ^ | February 19,2018 | Elizabeth Lowman
    [JURIST] The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) released two [Goodlatte, PDF] letters [Nunes, PDF] on Thursday stating that it would consider requests from two Congressional Representatives to release the hearing transcripts which caused former Trump advisor Carter Page to be put under surveillance. Representative Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) wrote to the FISC in January requesting the transcripts, and Representative Devin Nunes (R-CA) [official websites] sent a second letter at the beginning of February. Judge Rosemary Collyer wrote in her response that "the Court has never previously received a request from Congress for the contents of any specific FISA application or order,...
  • Well, It's Happened: The Trump Tax Bill Is Becoming More Popular And Democrats Are Scrambling

    02/19/2018 1:00:31 PM PST · by jazusamo · 26 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 19, 2018 | Matt Vespa
    It’s happened. We saw this coming. In fact, unlike Obamacare, it was almost guaranteed to happen: the GOP bill is becoming more popular . It’s now split 44/44 percent supporting and opposing the legislation. That’s a 21-point jump from December when it was signed into law by President Donald J. Trump. The polling was dismal on the bill then, but Republicans held firm and passed it via reconciliation. Not a single Democrat voted for the bill; a bill that provides middle and working class tax relief. It was even asked back then: what will Democrats do when his tax...
  • How an Alt-Right Bot Network Took Down Al Franken

    02/19/2018 12:56:40 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 42 replies
    Newsweak aka (DNC Blog) ^ | 2-19-2018 | Nina Burliegh
    White nationalist provocateurs, a pair of fake news sites, an army of Twitter bots and other cyber tricks helped derail Democratic Senator Al Franken last year, new research shows. While everyone has been focused on Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election to support Donald Trump, the Franken takedown originated in—and was propelled by—a strategic online campaign with digital tentacles reaching to, of all places, Japan. Analysts have now mapped out how Hooters pinup girl and lad-mag model Leeann Tweeden's initial accusation against Franken became effective propaganda after right-wing black ops master Roger Stone first hinted at the allegation.
  • Pennsylvania Supreme Court issues new election map

    02/19/2018 12:48:33 PM PST · by napscoordinator · 69 replies
    Fox News ^ | 19 February 2018 | AP
    HARRISBURG, Pa. – Pennsylvania's high court issued a new congressional district map for the state's 2018 elections on its self-imposed deadline Monday, all but ensuring that Democratic prospects will improve in several seats and that Republican lawmakers challenge it in federal court. The map of Pennsylvania's 18 congressional districts is to be in effect for the May 15 primary and substantially overhauls a congressional map widely viewed as among the nation's most gerrymandered. The map was approved in a 4-3 decision. Most significantly, the new map likely gives Democrats a better shot at winning seats in Philadelphia's heavily populated and...
  • Sen. John McCain, Ill With Brain Cancer, Tells Western Allies 'I Am Counting on You...

    02/19/2018 12:14:56 PM PST · by Eddie01 · 75 replies
    Time ^ | 9/19/2018 | Staff
    Sen. John McCain, Ill With Brain Cancer, Tells Western Allies 'I Am Counting on You... to Never Give Up' Cindy McCain accepted an award on behalf of her husband John McCain, who is ill with brain cancer, on Saturday night at the Munich Security Conference. She read a letter from her husband in which the Republican Senator and longtime foreign policy hawk urges America’s allies to stand by the values that won the Cold War. Letter: To my dear and cherished friends, and to my worthy adversaries: It breaks my heart that I cannot be with you. But as Cindy...
  • Mexican opposition candidates slam Trump wall ahead of campaign

    02/19/2018 12:13:32 PM PST · by EdnaMode · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | February 18, 2018 | Michael O'Boyle
    Two Mexican opposition candidates on Sunday vowed to take a tougher line against U.S. President Donald Trump’s border wall, at events where they were selected by their parties to seek the presidency in a July 1 election. Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, 64, of the leftist Morena party holds a double-digit lead in recent polls although right-left coalition leader Ricardo Anaya has recently gained traction. Former finance minister Jose Antonio Meade, 48, nominated on Sunday by the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), trails behind Lopez Obrador by as much as 20 points. Lopez Obrador told several hundred Morena supporters gathered at...
  • The Enemy is at the Gates. What Is The President Doing About It?

    02/19/2018 11:34:36 AM PST · by PBRCat · 53 replies
    The Chicago Sun-Times ^ | February 19, 2018 | Neil Steinberg
    The president (Trump), who has been dismissing this attack on our country as a “hoax” and “fake news” for over a year, leapt to defend, not the country, but himself. “Russia started their anti-US campaign in 2014, long before I announced that I would run for President,” he tweeted, dodging the point. (By 2013, Trump had already spent $1 million exploring a potential bid.) “The results of the election were not impacted. The Trump campaign did nothing wrong — no collusion!” Maybe yes. Maybe no. More indictments will come, and we’ll see who among Trump’s inner circle, or Trump himself,...
  • POTUS Tweet on Obama Cash to Iran scandal

    02/19/2018 10:58:25 AM PST · by narses · 65 replies
    Twitter ^ | 2/18/18 | Donald Trump
    Donald J. Trump‏Verified account @realDonaldTrump Never gotten over the fact that Obama was able to send $1.7 Billion Dollars in CASH to Iran and nobody in Congress, the FBI or Justice called for an investigation!
  • The California Paradox: if Immigration Creates Wealth, Why is California Poor?

    02/19/2018 10:41:32 AM PST · by LibertyFound · 75 replies
    National Economics Editorial ^ | February 12, 2018 | Spencer P Morrison
    How Immigration Turned California into America’s Poverty Capital California is a land of untold opulence and splendor. Hollywood’s glitter dazzles the gawking masses, while the world’s most profitable companies, Google, Apple, and Facebook, funnel cash into the Golden State from every corner of the earth. It is the apotheosis of decadence. And yet California is also desperately poor. One-in-five Californians live in poverty, the State’s income inequality is worse than Mexico’s, and untold thousands live on the streets. It is dystopia. How can so much wealth and poverty coexist? This is the California Paradox. It was not always this way....
  • State election officials across country returning to paper ballots

    02/19/2018 10:12:10 AM PST · by Red Badger · 39 replies
    www.bostonglobe.com ^ | February 19, 2018 | By Matt Viser
    WASHINGTON — Hoping to counter waves of Russian Twitter bots, fake social media accounts, and hacking attacks aimed at undermining American democracy, state election officials around the country are seizing on an old-school strategy: paper ballots. In Virginia, election officials have gone back to a paper ballot system, as a way to prevent any foreign interference. Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolfe this month ordered county officials to ensure new election equipment produces a paper record. Georgia lawmakers are considering legislation to replace a touch-screen voting system with paper. Top election officials around the country are growing increasingly alarmed about this fall’s...
  • San Francisco Welcomes Giant Inflatable Trump Chicken for President’s Day

    02/19/2018 10:07:04 AM PST · by davikkm · 19 replies
    breitbart ^ | JOEL B. POLLAK
    Anti-Trump protesters in San Francisco launched a giant rubber inflatable chicken with hair resembling that of President Donald Trump and wearing a mock prison uniform near Alcatraz Island on Saturday afternoon. The San Francisco Chronicle reports: A massive chicken that bears a striking resemblance to the 45th president of the United States set sail about the island Saturday afternoon. A large boat, generally used to transport fish not fowl, was chartered for the occasion – a protest of President Donald Trump on a weekend designated for celebrating presidents. … Trump Chicken’s shirt in this case is striped in black and...
  • Prominent Republican Donor: I Will Only Fund Pro-Gun Control GOP Candidates

    02/19/2018 9:58:52 AM PST · by Simon Green · 35 replies
    The Truth About Guns ^ | 02/19/18 | Luis Valdes
    Al Hoffman Jr. is a Palm Beach County Real Estate Developer and prominent (i.e., deep pocketed) GOP donor. Mr. Hoffman has issued a public ultimatum on the Florida Republican Party . . . “For how many years now have we been doing this — having these experiences of terrorism, mass killings — and how many years has it been that nothing’s been done?” “It’s the end of the road for me.” Mr. Hoffman, also a former ambassador to Portugal, has donated millions to GOP candidates like Jeb Bush and former President George W. Bush. He’s also opened his wallet...
  • How A Plea Reversal From Michael Flynn Could Uncover More Federal Corruption

    02/19/2018 9:52:19 AM PST · by MaxistheBest · 29 replies
    the Federalist ^ | 02/19/2018 | Margot Cleveland
    Did Robert Mueller’s office withhold other evidence in Michael Flynn’s prosecution, either from the FISA court or from Flynn’s attorneys? There is reason to believe so. -------------------------------------------------------- On Friday, Judge Emmet Sullivan issued an order in United States v. Flynn that, while widely unnoticed, reveals something fascinating: A motion by Michael Flynn to withdraw his guilty plea based on government misconduct is likely in the works. Just a week ago, and thus before Sullivan quietly directed Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team to provide Flynn’s attorneys “any exculpatory evidence,” Washington Examiner columnist Byron York detailed the oddities of Flynn’s case. The...
  • PODESTA RATTLED After Host Asks ‘How Did Russians Know to Focus on Wisconsin But Hillary Didn’t?’...

    02/19/2018 9:43:46 AM PST · by EdnaMode · 44 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | February 18, 2018 | Cristina Laila
    On Sunday’s “Face the Nation,” Hillary Clinton’s former campaign chairman John Podesta was rattled after CBS host Nancy Cordes asked him how the Russians knew to focus on Michigan and Wisconsin and Hillary didn’t. BRUTAL. Nancy Cordes referenced Robert Mueller’s indictment which revealed the Russians targeted swing states such as Michigan and Wisconsin for their disinformation campaign. “But it does beg the question, how is it that these Russian operatives knew to focus on purple states like Michigan and Wisconsin and your campaign didn’t?” Nancy Cordes asked. Podesta was visibly flustered. Cordes quickly shot back and said, “Hillary Clinton herself...
  • Hungarian PM: European Leaders Have 'Opened the Way to the Decline of Christian Culture'

    02/19/2018 9:29:29 AM PST · by Michael van der Galien · 12 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 02-19-2018 | Michael van der Galien
    Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, during his 20th annual state of the nation speech on Sunday, said that "Christianity is Europe's last hope." He added that European leaders have "opened the way to to the decline of Christian culture and the advance of Islam." Orban also stated that Hungary will continue to oppose efforts by the European Union and (to a lesser degree) the United Nations to encourage mass migration from the Middle East and Africa. That's all controversial enough in today's climate, but Orban wasn't done yet. He also described Europe as being steadily conquered by migrants. "Born Germans,"...
  • New York Magazine - Impeach Clarence Thomas

    02/19/2018 9:26:08 AM PST · by cowpoke · 52 replies
    new york magazine ^ | 2/18/2018 | jill abramson
    the cover story in the current issue of New York magazine is by former NY Times editor Jill Abramson and presents their case for impeaching Thomas. A search didn't find anything on this here. Appears he is the next target.
  • California seeking to fine employers for complying with ICE

    02/19/2018 8:23:40 AM PST · by ptsal · 67 replies
    CalCoastNews ^ | 02-15-2018 | staff
    In the aftermath of the passage of legislation aimed at limiting Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids in California, the state has released rules employers must follow or risk fines of up to $10,000 per offense. The Immigrant Worker Protection Act prohibits employers from voluntarily granting ICE agents access to private areas of worksites or to employee records. If ICE agents have a judicial warrant or subpoena for the records, however, the state law allows employers to grant them access, according to guidelines released by California Attorney General Xavier Becerra. Under the new state law, employers must also notify employees...
  • ‘Obama Must Come Clean On His Connection To Clinton Funded Dossier’

    02/19/2018 8:10:39 AM PST · by a little elbow grease · 35 replies
    citizenfreepress.com ^ | 2/14/18 | Judicial Watch
    Short Tom Fitton interview with OAN News on the second dossier, and roles played by Cody Shearer, Sidney Blumenthal, John Brennan and ultimately Obama. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kwJLZjHMjDg&feature=youtu.be
  • Coming to terms with blood donations and men who sleep with men

    02/19/2018 7:21:24 AM PST · by fwdude · 66 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | July 12, 2016 | Kayla Simon
    As scores lay injured in Florida hospitals after the Orlando shooting, potential donors inundated blood banks, offering what they could. For some, however, the hourslong wait ended in disappointment. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has strict guidelines about who can donate blood; among those restricted are people who have had certain diseases, those who have traveled to certain countries and men who have slept with men, or as the FDA refers to them, MSM, within the past year.
  • Milwaukee native said enough is enough and turned his semi-automatic rife to Broward Co. Sheriff.

    02/19/2018 7:19:21 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 143 replies
    WISN ^ | 2/19/2018 | Ben Hutchinson
    Something needs to change,' says Milwaukee native who turned in rifle to authorities A Milwaukee native said enough is enough and turned his semi-automatic rifle into the Broward County Sheriff's Office. Ben Dickmann grew up in Milwaukee, but moved to south Florida years ago. He shared a Facebook post of a sheriff's deputy taking possession of his AR-FiveSeven, which is similar to the AR-15 that was used in the high school shooting in Parkland, Florida. Dickmann said only law enforcement should have guns that powerful. "Something needs to change, and it needs to change now," Dickmann said. "People have been...