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  • Chuck Schumer livid over move to exclude Democrats from document viewing

    05/22/2018 6:35:39 PM PDT · by blueyon ^ | may 22, 2018 | Susan Ferrechio
    Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer fumed Tuesday over the Trump administration's "outrageous" decision to exclude Democrats from an upcoming meeting in which Justice Department officials will give House Republicans documents related to the FBI's investigation into potential collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. Republican lawmakers had been demanding DOJ release the classified documents for months. “The only thing more outrageous than this meeting occurring at all is the fact that it’s now partisan,” the New York Democrat said.
  • The Real Origination Story of the Trump-Russia Investigation

    05/22/2018 6:13:44 PM PDT · by bitt · 5 replies
    National Review ^ | 5/22/2018 | ANDREW C. MCCARTHY
    The Trump-Russia investigation did not originate with Carter Page or George Papadopoulos. It originated with the Obama administration. Exactly when is the “late Spring”? Of all the questions that have been asked about what we’ve called the “Origination Story” of the Trump-Russia investigation, that may be the most important one. It may be the one that tells us when the Obama administration first formed the Trump-Russia “collusion” narrative. See, it has always been suspicious that the anonymous current and former government officials who leak classified information to their media friends have been unable to coordinate their spin on the start...
  • Death of missing CDC worker ruled a suicide

    05/22/2018 6:12:37 PM PDT · by LucyT · 9 replies
    Fox News 5 Atlanta ^ | May 22, 2018 | staff
    ATLANTA (AP) - Authorities say the death of a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention employee whose body was found in a river in Atlanta has been ruled a suicide. Fulton County chief medical examiner Dr. Jan Gorniak said Tuesday that Timothy Cunningham's death was a suicide by drowning. Gorniak said there also was evidence that the 35-year-old epidemiologist had used marijuana but that that was not a contributing factor in his death. Cunningham worked at the Atlanta-based CDC. He disappeared Feb. 12.
  • Brennan - A History of Law Breaking and Serial Lying

    05/22/2018 6:09:38 PM PDT · by PK1991 · 2 replies
    Guardian - "Alt Right Publication" ^ | 31 July 2014 | Trevor Timm
    Private apologies are not enough for a defender of torture, the architect of America’s drone program and the most talented liar in Washington. The nation’s top spy needs to go Plus: CIA admits to spying on Senate staffers
  • Uninsured Rate Stays Flat at Nearly 30 Million

    05/22/2018 5:37:28 PM PDT · by spintreebob · 5 replies
    MedPage ^ | 5-22-2018 | Joyce Frieden
    A total of 29.3 million Americans (9.1%) were uninsured in 2017 -- not a big change from 2016, but down by 19.3 million from 2010, the year the Affordable Care Act (ACA) became law, a government survey found. Among ethnic groups, Hispanic adults made up the large percentage of the uninsured, at 27.2%, followed by black at 14.1%, non-Hispanic whites at 8.5%, and Asians at 7.6%. All four of these groups had significant drops in their uninsured populations from 2013 through 2017, the survey found. Of those adults under age 65 with private health insurance, 3.7% were covered by plans...
  • Dear Republicans: To end Senate Democrats' obstruction, make them talk,make them work,make them vote

    05/22/2018 4:28:32 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 4 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 22, 2018 | Jim DeMint, Adam Brandon
    Speaker Newt Gingrich was fond of saying “The Democrats are our adversaries. The Senate is our enemy.” The Senate has long been a frustration to the impatient warriors for change. Its rules and culture are intentionally designed to be slow and deliberative, in contrast to the quick-moving partisan House. Today, Republicans have control over all the levers of power. The White House, the House, the Senate, the Supreme Court, the state legislatures, and the governors -- they are all dominated by Republicans. The conservative grassroots is rightfully expecting big things after years of promises. And big things are happening. The...
  • Active Shooter Situation Unfolding In Panama City, Florida

    05/22/2018 3:34:43 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 28 replies
    FLORIDA — Police were responding to an active shooting in a Panama City neighborhood Tuesday afternoon. The scene is at an apartment complex in the 2300 block of Beck Avenue–residents are being urged to avoid the area. Witnesses say they heard 50-100 gunshots. Several police units and a SWAT Team were reported in the area. The suspected gunman, identified as 49-year-old Kevin Robert Holroyd, may have barricaded himself inside a bank. Holroyd According to the Walton County Sheriff, a ‘suspicious death’ on White Heron Drive in Santa Rosa Beach is connected to this incident. The victim in that homicide shooting...
  • VIDEO- Former Trump aide alleges second informant approached him ( SET-UP !!!)

    05/22/2018 3:23:34 PM PDT · by Para-Ord.45 · 6 replies ^ | May 22 2018 | N.CAVUTO/FOXNEWS
    M. Caputo alleges Govt. approached him, week of May 2016. CAPUTO, "…It happened in the first week of may 2016. Very far off the time line the mueller investigation and others are trying to hold to as to when the investigation into the trump campaign began. I was approached by an intermediary who had been talking to a government official, former government official, who told him that THEY HAD HILLARY CLINTON RELATED EMAILS AT THAT GOVERNMENT ORGANIZATION ,THAT THEY WANTED TO GET THEM TO THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN. This was May 6 2016, I was told by the intermediary May 9...
  • Michael Cohen’s Business Partner Agrees to Cooperate as Part of Plea Deal

    05/22/2018 2:40:10 PM PDT · by SpeedyInTexas · 24 replies
    NY Slimes via MSN ^ | 05/22/2018 | DANNY HAKIM, WILLIAM K. RASHBAUM and VIVIAN WANG
    A significant business partner of Michael D. Cohen, President Trump’s personal lawyer, has quietly agreed to cooperate with the government as a potential witness, a development that could be used as leverage to pressure Mr. Cohen to work with the special counsel examining Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Under the agreement, the partner, Evgeny A. Freidman, a Russian immigrant who is known as the Taxi King, will avoid jail time, and will assist government prosecutors in state or federal investigations, according to a person briefed on the matter.
  • FBI, DOJ to brief lawmakers on handling of Russia probe on Thursday

    05/22/2018 3:05:31 PM PDT · by freedomlover · 16 replies
    Fox News ^ | 2018-05-22 | Adam Shaw
    No Democrats, no Rosenstein (but I repeat myself)
  • Congress passes Dodd-Frank changes, but not the rewrite GOP wanted

    05/22/2018 3:03:00 PM PDT · by 50mm · 21 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 05/22/2018 | Joseph Lawler
    Congress passed legislation Tuesday to revise parts the Dodd-Frank financial reforms that were enacted in 2010. The bill headed to President Trump’s desk, however, is not the sweeping replacement that he and congressional Republicans sought. Instead, it’s a bipartisan, modest change of some of the rules, mostly benefiting regional and smaller banks. The lower chamber voted 258 to 159 to pass the bill, with 33 Democrats voting in favor. “This is a major step forward in freeing our economy from overregulation," said House Speaker Paul Ryan. The House vote, scheduled months after the Senate passed the bill with strong bipartisan...
  • Roger Stone on Jeff Sessions: Comatose Keebler Elf Must Be Removed And Sent Back To Alabama

    05/22/2018 2:37:42 PM PDT · by Proud White Trump Supporter · 75 replies
    Breitbart ^ | May 22, 2018 | Breitbart News
    “If we had a real attorney general,” Stone mused, as he discussed the explosive revelation that the FBI hired CIA-linked Cambridge professor Stefan Halper to surveil several members of the Trump campaign with Breitbart News Deputy Political Editor Amanda House. Stone then referred to Sessions as a “comatose Keebler Elf” and “a man who must be removed and sent back Alabama.” “He’s either compromised or doddering,” Stone told House. “I believe he’s compromised. I believe he discussed with Carter Page removing sanctions on the Russians and that is what is being held over his head.”
  • After Texas school shooting, Virginia Tech professor calls NRA ‘terrorist organization’

    05/22/2018 2:10:13 PM PDT · by Simon Green · 54 replies
    Fox News ^ | 05/22/18 | Caleb Parke
    A Medieval Studies professor called the National Rifle Association a “terrorist organization” hours after the Santa Fe, Texas school shooting that killed 10 people Friday. “The NRA is a terrorist organization,” tweeted Matthew Gabriele, a tenured professor at Virginia Tech University. Tracy Vosburgh, a Virginia Tech spokesperson, told Fox News the anti-NRA tweet doesn’t represent the university. “Mr. Gabriele’s views are his and his alone,” Vosburgh said. “Any comment on his statement should come from him.” Gabriele declined to comment when reached, but he described himself in a tweetstorm as “a white dude with tenure who doesn’t give a s***”...
  • Sinkhole Appears on Whitehouse Lawn

    05/22/2018 1:12:41 PM PDT · by Kriggerel · 22 replies
    CBS News ^ | May 22 2018 | Jacqueline Alemany
    ...The sinkhole, confirmed by groundskeepers, is just outside the office of White House deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley.
  • 12-year-old boy with autism arrested for brandishing imaginary rifle at Texas school

    (KUTV) — A 12-year-old autistic boy was placed in a Juvenile Detention Center on Monday after brandishing an imaginary rifle at his art teacher, FOX 26 reports. The 5th grade teacher reportedly felt threatened by the child, identified as David Sims, who was arrested by a school police officer. "She (the officer) just put handcuffs on me and told me I need to go with her," Sims said. "They just said, 'We don't tolerate that. We take it as a threat,'" said Amy Sims, the boy's mother. "A threat? He didn't threaten anyone. He didn't do anything but play." Amy...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Human Rights Activist Files RICO Suit Against Fusion GPS Founders

    05/22/2018 12:57:45 PM PDT · by detective · 8 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 5/22/2018 | Chuck Ross
    A prominent human rights activist is suing two of the founders of Fusion GPS and several Venezuelan businessmen under a statute usually associated with the Mafia. Thor Halvorssen, the president of the Human Rights Foundation, claims that Glenn Simpson and Peter Fritsch, two former Wall Street Journal reporters who founded Fusion, engaged in a conspiracy to retaliate against him for blowing the whistle on one of Fusion’s clients, a Venezuelan power plant company called Derwick Associates. The two Fusion founders were hired to produce a dossier and a media campaign “to depict Halvorrsen as a pedophile, heroin addict, and embezzler...
  • The Constitutional Crisis is here

    05/22/2018 12:49:03 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 69 replies
    Jeff Bezos Internet Blog, fka ^ | 5-22-2018 | Eugene Robinson
    Stop waiting for the constitutional crisis that President Trump is sure to provoke. It’s here. On Sunday, via Twitter, Trump demanded that the Justice Department concoct a transparently political investigation, with the aim of smearing veteran professionals at Justice and the FBI and also throwing mud at the previous administration. Trump’s only rational goal is casting doubt on the probe by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, which appears to be closing in. Trump’s power play is a gross misuse of his presidential authority and a dangerous departure from long-standing norms. Strongmen such as Russia’s Vladimir Putin use their justice...
  • Former EPA head Gina McCarthy knows why climate change activists aren’t getting their message across

    05/22/2018 12:48:16 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 39 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | May 22, 2018 | by Neil Swidey
    Now at Harvard, the Obama administration alum admits it’s been hard to watch the Trump administration take aim at the work she’s proudest of. But she hasn’t lost hope. GINA MCCARTHY STRIDES INTO the ocean-view ballroom at the Sea Crest Beach Hotel in Falmouth, plops down her green backpack, and glances out the window. The waves are angrily advancing on this last night in April, which feels as dreary as mid-January. “The water seems way closer than it was the last time I was here,” she says. Maybe that’s because of climate change, the threat that McCarthy led the charge...
  • Senate panel overwhelmingly approves amendment blocking Trump on ZTE

    05/22/2018 12:27:32 PM PDT · by Theoria · 21 replies
    The Hill ^ | 22 May 2018 | Harper Reidig
    A Senate panel on Tuesday rebuked President Trump's efforts to ease sanctions on the Chinese telecom firm ZTE, which the intelligence community and trade regulators have warned poses a national security risk for the U.S. The Senate Banking Committee approved an amendment in an overwhelming and bipartisan 23-2 vote that would block Trump from easing sanctions on ZTE without first certifying to Congress that the company is complying with U.S. law. The move comes the same day The Wall Street Journal reported that the Trump administration and China are closing in on a deal to ease off ZTE in exchange...
  • In Memoriam: With God and Richard Pipes

    05/22/2018 11:39:10 AM PDT · by GreyFriar · 12 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | May 22, 2018 | Paul Kengor
    America loses its greatest scholar of Russia and communism. The most respected academic authority on the Russian Revolution, 20thcentury communism, and the Cold War has died. He was Richard Pipes, longtime professor of Russian history at Harvard, and a remarkable man. Where to start with an adequate tribute to Professor Pipes? I’ll start with some biographical observations and then finish with personal reflections. Richard Pipes was born in Poland on July 11, 1923. As a 16-year-old Jew at the time of Hitler’s invasion, Pipes mercifully escaped, thanks to a clever and shrewd father. He credited not only his father but...