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  • Trump Administration Moves to Cancel MLB Deal with Cuba

    04/09/2019 5:27:53 AM PDT · by bryan999 · 24 replies
    The Trump administration has canceled an Obama-era deal with the Cuban government which would have allowed Cuban players to play in Major League Baseball without having to defect from their oppressive island nation. The deal with Cuban was tendered by the Obama Administration and solidified only last year. The agreement with Cuba’s Baseball Federation was part of the Obama administration’s attempt to thaw relations between the U.S. and Cuba. But now the deal is being canceled. One official told NBC News, “that agreement will not be able to proceed in its current form.” Another U.S. official added, “Major League Baseball...
  • Here's How Republicans Plan to Keep SCOTUS at Nine Seats

    03/20/2019 10:27:13 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 36 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 20, 2019 | Courtney O'Brien
    We've recently reported on the Democrats' intentions of trying to expand the Supreme Court in hopes of getting revenge on Mitch McConnell. The Senate Majority Leader blocked President Obama nominee Merrick Garland, who he intended to replace the late Antonin Scalia. McConnell kept the seat open for President Trump to appoint a more conservative individual. And then another after that. With the Court now clearly skewed to the right, progressives have begun to seriously consider upending the norm. "Given the Merrick Garland situation, the question of legitimacy is one that I think we should actually talk about," Holder said earlier this...
  • Rubio Announces He’ll Introduce Amendment To Keep SCOTUS Seats At 9

    03/19/2019 9:33:08 PM PDT · by ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas · 20 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 03/19/2019 | Mike Brest
    Republican Florida Sen. Marco Rubio announced Tuesday on Twitter his intention to introduce a constitutional amendment that would permanently keep the number of Supreme Court justices at nine. “We must prevent further destabilization of essential institutions,” Rubio tweeted. “Court packing is quickly becoming a litmus test for 2020 Democratic candidates. Therefore I will be introducing a constitutional amendment to keep the number of seats on #SCOTUS at 9.”
  • Rubio, Menendez request probe into administration's nuclear negotiations with Saudi Arabia

    03/16/2019 8:07:25 AM PDT · by conservative98 · 27 replies
    The Hill ^ | 03/15/19 | RACHEL FRAZIN -
    Sens. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) on Thursday called on the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to investigate the Trump administration's nuclear negotiations with Saudi Arabia amid reports that senior White House officials pushed for the sale of nuclear technology to Riyadh. "We request that GAO conduct an urgent review of [the Department of Energy's] interactions with Saudi Arabia regarding nuclear cooperation, how it has coordinated with or involved other relevant agencies, particularly the State Department, and the specific initiatives or proposals for nuclear cooperation that have been presented or discussed in those interactions," the senators wrote in a...
  • BREAKING: Senate rejects border declaration 59-41

    03/14/2019 11:55:30 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 379 replies
    twitter ^ | 03/14/2019 | Frank Thorp V
    Senate PASSES resolution to terminate President Trump's emergency declaration at the border, 59-41, sending it to Trump's desk for him to veto (as he has threatened to do). 12 GOP YES VOTES: Alexander Blunt Collins Lee Moran Murkowski Paul Portman Romney Rubio Toomey Wicker
  • Venezuela Blackout, in 2nd Day, Threatens Food Supplies and Patient Lives

    03/08/2019 3:41:39 PM PST · by catnipman · 39 replies
    NY Slimes ^ | 3/8/2019 | Anatoly Kurmanaev, Isayen Herrera and Clifford Krauss
    Venezuela ground to a halt Friday as a national power blackout entered its second day, stalling public transportation, decimating already scarce food supplies, crippling the vital oil industry and threatening the lives of thousands of chronic patients.
  • Democrats Urge U.S. Asylum for Venezuela’s Population

    03/08/2019 3:04:16 PM PST · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 48 replies
    BREITBART NEWS ^ | 08 MARCH 2019 | NEIL MUNRO
    Sen. Marco Rubio and 23 Democratic Senators are asking President Donald Trump to grant asylum to Venezuelans, even though the grant would minimize the Venezuelans’ incentives to overthrow their country’s Cuban-backed dictatorship. “We respectfully request that your Administration promptly designate Venezuela for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to ensure that Venezuelan nationals currently present in the United States are not forced to return … [because a return] is not in the best long-term interest of the United States or our partners in the region,” said the March 7 letter.
  • News Summary-Intelligence Report Saturday 3/9/2019 Newsdump Edition

    03/09/2019 4:01:49 AM PST · by Nextrush · 5 replies
    Nextrush Free ^ | 3/9/2019 | Nextrush/Self
    At the top of the newsdump. The Wikileaks source, Chelsea Manning, has been jailed for refusing to testify before a grand jury... In Venezuela the massive power outage affecting most of the country continued into its second day Friday afternoon with at least one death in Caracas attributed to it..... In Algeria Friday what are called the largest protests yet against President Abdelaziz Bouteflika.... When it comes to Brexit, British Prime Minister Theresa May is saying "lets get it done"..... Turkey's Defense Minister says Turkish troops are now patrolling in Idlib province in northern Syria..... The satellite images from North...
  • Rubio says Venezuelan crisis about to escalate ‘in a way we have not seen’

    03/08/2019 4:25:57 PM PST · by SleeperCatcher · 33 replies
    The National Sentinel ^ | 3/8/19 | Jon Dougherty
    The slow collapse of Venezuela, foreseen years ago by seasoned political scientists and analysts who have watched this story play out time and again whenever countries ditch capitalism for socialism, may finally be about to climax. Reports on Thursday claimed that the once-prosperous South American oil giant is now suffering widespread blackouts, which the conspiratorial and hapless president, Nicolas Maduro, is blaming on U.S. “sabotage.” Other reports said that food stocks in the country are so low that there’s only about a week’s worth left. “The suffering people of Venezuela are about to experience the most dramatic shortages they have...
  • Venezuela blames Rubio, iguanas for power outages

    03/08/2019 10:50:15 AM PST · by BlackAdderess · 32 replies
    Floridian Press ^ | March 8, 2019 | Javier Manjarres
    The situation in Venezuela continues to worsen, as more and more massive power outages or blackouts, are now a constant in that embattle Latin American Country. The Maduro regime-controlled National Electric Corporation (Corpoelec) said that the latest power outage that affected 11 states, including the capitol of Caracas, was an energy attack or sabotage against the state. Venezuela’s legitimate President Juan Guaido, spun it differently, saying that the situation in that country was nothing more than chaotic due to the power outage, adding the outages only prove the inefficiency of Nicolas Maduro’s leadership.
  • Senators propose bill to let thousands of Venezuelans remain in U.S.

    03/01/2019 10:10:12 PM PST · by blueplum · 24 replies
    Rueters ^ | 28 Feb 2019 | Patricia Zengerle; and Roberta Rampton
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican and Democratic U.S. senators proposed legislation on Thursday that would let an estimated 72,000 Venezuelans remain in the United States after fleeing chaos in their country. Republican Marco Rubio and Democrat Bob Menendez introduced the legislation along with Democrats Dick Durbin, Patrick Leahy and Cory Booker. It would immediately grant “Temporary Protected Status” to allow Venezuelans who passed security checks to remain in the United States for 18 months. There was no immediate indication of whether the Senate’s Republican leaders would allow the measure to come up for a vote.
  • Rubio tweets bloodied Gaddafi photo as he calls for Maduro to step down in Venezuela

    02/24/2019 8:11:13 PM PST · by blueplum · 57 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | 24 Feb 2019 | Jared Gilmour
    Republican Sen. Marco Rubio shared an image Sunday showing a bloodied Muammar Gaddafi, the former authoritarian leader of Libya, in the moments before he was killed — drawing criticism from some who read the Florida lawmaker’s message as one of support for United States-led regime change in Venezuela. Rubio’s tweet had no text. It simply contrasted one picture of the authoritarian Libyan leader smiling in a white jacket and sunglasses, alongside another image...
  • Venezuela's Critical Day Arrives With Border Closure Announcement, Attacks

    02/23/2019 12:02:09 AM PST · by Nextrush · 5 replies
    Nextrush Free ^ | 2/22/2019 | Nextrush/Self
    "First reports of attacks by Pro-Regime gangs this 23F. A bus carrying members of the National Assembly was attacked by a Maduro gang carrying assault rifles. Gang stole their personal belongings. Several unarmed civilians wounded" Marco Rubio Twitter 2/23/2019 (145 AM EASTERN US TIME) At around midnight word was tweeted out from the Vice-President of the Nicolas Maduro regime of closure of the border with Colombia......
  • ICE Busts Millionaire Obama Donors

    02/18/2019 8:04:08 AM PST · by Cheerio · 16 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | February 18, 2019 | Daniel Greenfield
    Another scandal for the "scandal-free" Obama administration. Not all ICE targets work construction or smuggle drugs. Some are key figures in the Dem machine. But the era of Obama corruption is over. There's a new sheriff in town. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) this week arrested two millionaire fugitives from Ecuador whose family donated heavily to American political campaigns. Roberto and William Isaías, 74 and 75, were detained Wednesday in Miami and taken to a detention facility for undocumented immigrants awaiting deportation, The New York Times reported Friday. ICE told the Times that the brothers were “unlawfully present” in...
  • Florida student charged with misdemeanor after refusing to recite Pledge of Allegiance

    02/18/2019 7:25:55 AM PST · by artichokegrower · 33 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | February 17, 2019 | Kristine Phillips
    A Florida student is facing misdemeanor charges after a confrontation with a teacher that began with his refusal to recite the Pledge of Allegiance and escalated into what officials described as disruptive behavior.
  • Marco Rubio at Venezuela border warns Maduro's troops against "crime" of blocking aid

    02/18/2019 6:58:20 AM PST · by mac_truck · 33 replies
    CBS ^ | 2/18/2019 | Staff
    Cucuta, Colombia -- U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio visited a border staging point for U.S. aid to Venezuela on Sunday and warned soldiers loyal to socialist President Nicolas Maduro that it will be a "crime against humanity" if they block entry of the goods that are being channeled through Maduro's rivals. An enthusiastic throng of Venezuelan migrants, some chanting "Rubio! Liberty," met the Florida Republican as he visited Cucuta and held a news conference in sight of a border bridge that has been flooded in recent months by people fleeing the hardships of Venezuela's hyperinflation and severe shortages of food and...
  • Rubio’s Misguided Buyback Tax

    02/18/2019 5:10:38 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 9 replies
    National Review ^ | February 18, 2019 | Jon Hartley
    Senator Marco Rubio’s plan to tax stock buybacks in the hopes of spurring investment (based at least partially on a 1969 Yale Law Journal article) is heavily flawed for multiple reasons. Respectfully, the senator seems to be operating under the incorrect belief that buybacks are tax-advantaged, when in fact buybacks are already taxed in the form of capital-gains taxes. Since 2003, when the dividend-tax rate was lowered to remove the tax advantage then afforded buybacks, the tax rates on qualified dividends and long-term capital gains have been the same. In theory, buybacks are only tax-advantaged over dividends under today’s tax...
  • Sen. Rubio, Rep. Diaz-Balart visit Venezuela-Colombia border

    02/17/2019 5:27:40 PM PST · by conservative98 · 20 replies
    NY Post ^ | 2/17/19 | Mark Moore
    Sen. Marco Rubio and Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart arrived in Colombia on Sunday to visit the Venezuelan border to make sure humanitarian aid gets to people fleeing economic and political unrest in the crisis-worn country. “American, Colombian and Venezuelan officials stand ready to provide much needed humanitarian assistance to the people of Venezuela,” Rubio said, according to Florida Politics. “The narcoterrorist tyranny of Nicolas Maduro continues to block critical humanitarian relief for those who continue to suffer under his regime,” the Florida Republican said, adding that the US stands by the Venezuelan people in their fight for “democracy and freedom.” A...
  • McConnell and the Iron Triangle vs. Trump and the Voters

    02/03/2019 8:45:30 AM PST · by Hojczyk · 11 replies
    American Greatness ^ | February 2nd, 2019 | Joseph Duggan
    The struggle between Trump and the woefully large number of pre-Trump Republicans in the Senate is not really about the true constitutional separation of powers. McConnell and crew are not standing up for the rightful power of the legislative branch as the Framers intended; they are shilling for the Iron Triangle. Freshmen senators seem to find out early how to win the good graces of the liberal media and the permanent bureaucracy. Barely four weeks into their tenure, every new GOP senator—Marsha Blackburn (Tenn.), Mike Braun (Ind.), Kevin Cramer (N.D.), Josh Hawley (Mo.), Martha McSally (Ariz.), Rick Scott (Fla.), and...
  • Senate advances bill that allows states to penalize companies boycotting Israel

    01/28/2019 4:59:55 PM PST · by jazusamo · 14 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 28, 2018 | Alex Swoyer
    After weeks of a shutdown-inspired filibuster, some Senate Democrats relented Monday and joined Republicans to advance a bill to give state and local governments a green light to penalize companies that boycott Israel. The Senate voted 74-19 to head off an initial blockade and clear the path for the bill to reach the chamber floor later this week. The vote also signals that barring a major dust-up, the legislation likely has enough support to pass. Democrats had been filibustering for weeks, with some objecting to the bill on policy grounds and others arguing they didn’t want to deal with any...