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  • ‘It’s Very Expensive:’ Most Teachers Say Immigration Has Harmful or Mixed Impact

    12/17/2017 6:58:19 PM PST · by x1stcav · 5 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12/17/17 | John Binder
    Most public school teachers say mass immigration has a “mixed” or a “negative” impact on American schoolkids. The Education Week Research Center survey reveals that 52 percent of public schoolteachers share mixed feelings about admitting more than one million legal immigrants a year into the U.S. — not including those who enter the country illegally every year — or said that immigration is generally “bad” for the education system. Only 38 percent said the impact was good. Ten percent declined to say. Concerning Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) illegals: “If I’m standing in line to get a cup of...
  • NYT Op-Ed: Franken Shouldn't Have Resigned

    12/16/2017 6:22:26 AM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 35 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | Dec 16, 2017 | Matt Vespa
    Activist Zephyr Teachout, who ran for governor in 2014 and Congress in 2016; she lost both times, is troubled by Sen. Al Franken’s (D-MN) resignation. Mind you, the Minnesota Democrat has not packed up his bags and left. He said he would resign in the near future. It was one of the most soporific and non-introspective resignation speeches—and it wasn’t just conservatives who noted this. Some journalists noted that Franken never apologized for his actions. True. He also called his accusers liars, which is also true. The man didn’t want to go, possibly because he thought his party affiliation could...
  • No evidence to prosecute officer in Justine Damond shooting

    12/15/2017 9:38:52 PM PST · by pawpawrick · 50 replies
    minneapolis star tribune ^ | 12/15/2017 | pawpawrick
    Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said Wednesday that he does not yet have enough evidence to file charges against a Minneapolis police officer in the shooting death of Justine Ruszczyk Damond, blaming investigators who “haven’t done their job.”
  • Freeman: I Can’t Charge MPD Officer Yet In Damond’s Shooting Death

    12/14/2017 5:25:11 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 35 replies
    WCCO.com ^ | 12/14/17 | WCCO staff
    Hennepin County’s attorney said he does not have enough evidence yet to file charges against the Minneapolis police officer who shot and killed an Australian woman last summer. Mike Freeman was attending the Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation holiday party Wednesday night when he was confronted by members of the group Twin Cities Coalition for Justice 4 Jamar. In a video recorded by one of the members, Freeman expresses frustration with the lack of cooperation from Minneapolis police in the investigation of Justine Damond’s killing on the night of July 15. “Let me just say it’s not my fault. So, if...
  • Pelosi On Calls For Trump To Resign: I Don’t Think He Should Have Been President

    12/14/2017 10:13:56 AM PST · by Cheerio · 50 replies
    Town Hall ^ | Dec 13, 2017 | Matt Vespa
    The drama between Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and President Donald Trump has reached absurd heights. First, there was that rather tweet from the president, which was not out of the ordinary. He accused Gillibrand of doing “anything” for campaign contributions. Gillibrand said this was a sexist smear, despite the president using that line on pretty much everyone. This all is part of the ongoing sexual harassment reckoning on the Hill and elsewhere. Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) is gone, and Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) has signaled his intention to leave…whenever that may be. Gillibrand has called on Trump to resign, as...
  • CNN Reporter: Before The Dam Broke On Franken, The Silence From Democrats Was 'Remarkable'

    12/10/2017 1:26:28 AM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 29 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | Dec 09, 2017 | Matt Vespa
    Well, the dam broke for Sen. Al Franken (D-MN). He’s going to leave. After eight women accused him of sexual misconduct, along with the resignation of Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) who also faced sexual harassment accusations, Democratic leadership decided it was time to clean house. It’s not a profile in courage. It’s not a come to Jesus moment. It’s all politics, which you already know. Franken is from a Democratic state with a Democratic governor. He was expendable and his exit allows Democrat to refocus their pressure on Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore. It still doesn’t erase the fact...
  • Dayton picks Lt. Gov. Tina Smith to replace Franken

    12/13/2017 11:16:15 AM PST · by PeteePie · 25 replies
    Minneapolis (Red) Star Tribune ^ | December 13, 2017 | Erin Golden
    ...“Though I never anticipated this moment, I am resolved to do everything I can to move Minnesota forward,” Smith said. “I will be a fierce advocate in the U.S. Senate for equity and fairness.”
  • Former Planned Parenthood VP Tina Smith Replaces Disgraced Pro-Abortion Senator Al Franken

    12/13/2017 11:17:15 AM PST · by Morgana · 36 replies
    LIFE NEWS ^ | Dec. 13, 2017 | Steven Ertelt
    With disgraced pro-abortion Senator Al Franken stepping down from his Senate seat after being exposed of multiple counts of sexual harassment, Minnesota is getting a new Senator. Unfortunately the state as merely replacing one abortion activists with another. Today, pro-abortion Gov, Mark Dayton replaced Franken with a former executive of the Planned Parenthood abortion company, Tina Smith. Leo LaLonde, President of Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life, was disappointed but not surprised by the news. “Gov. Mark Dayton’s appointment of Tina Smith to represent Minnesota in the U.S. Senate is overwhelmingly disappointing to the state’s pro-life majority. An abortion industry insider,...
  • My Experience With the ‘Good Ol’ Boy’ Culture, and What I’m Doing About It Now

    12/12/2017 10:21:28 PM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 29 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | Dec 13, 2017 | Congressman Diane Black
    America is having a reckoning and it’s long overdue. I’m talking about the movement to hold sexual harassers accountable for their actions. This important movement is now shaking the halls of power in Congress and state capitols and I am determined to help lead it. I remember my first year in the Tennessee House of Representatives. It was 1998, and having spent my career as a nurse and an educator, I had a lot to learn about the legislative process. I immediately figured out that the state House had a “good ol' boy” culture - and learned about the inappropriate...
  • Minnesota Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith to replace Franken

    12/13/2017 9:42:58 AM PST · by newgeezer · 99 replies
    Reuters ^ | December 13, 2017
    Dec 13 (Reuters) - Minnesota's Democratic Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith was appointed as U.S. senator on Wednesday to replace Al Franken, who resigned after being accused of sexual harassment, the state's governor said at a news conference. Governor Mark Dayton said that Smith will serve a one-year term in the Senate, concluding in January 2019. Smith, 59, will run in a special election for the seat next year. Smith became lieutenant governor in January 2015. The Star Tribune said she previously worked as Dayton's chief of staff and held positions at General Mills and Planned Parenthood. Last week Franken, 66,...
  • Al Franken Still Hasn’t Said When He’s Actually Resigning

    12/12/2017 1:38:05 PM PST · by ColdOne · 60 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 12/12/17 | Peter Hasson
    Democratic Minnesota Sen. Al Franken has yet to announce when he’s actually going to leave office. Franken announced last Thursday that he would be resigning “in the coming weeks” after eight different women accused him of groping or forcibly kissing them. “The timing of Franken’s resignation remains unclear, as is his motive in delaying it,” New York Magazine’s Ed Kilgore noted at the time. Franken has yet to offer any more specificity about when he’s going to follow through in resigning. Franken’s office did not return multiple requests for comment on the subject.
  • For once, the joke is on Al Franken

    12/09/2017 11:30:02 PM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 31 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Dec 10, 2017 | Salena Zito
    There is a strong argument to be made that Al Franken’s central reason for resigning from his Senate seat is that he knew he would be reduced to being shunned by his peers and the press if he had remained to represent Minnesota in the congressional upper chamber. In short, he would have become a joke, an afterthought, a pariah, a no one. For a man who was courted by everyone in the Democratic Party to headline their fundraisers — both for their re-elections as well as their state party’s coffers — fawned over for his Hollywood pedigree, and admired...
  • Mika Questions Honesty of Franken Accusers, Wonders ‘If It Happened’

    12/08/2017 7:16:03 PM PST · by Kaslin · 34 replies
    Newsbusters.org ^ | December 8, 2017 | Chris Reeves
    On Friday’s Morning Joe, the MSNBC show’s hosts and guests spent most of their broadcast mourning the announced resignation of Minnesota Senator Al Franken from Congress in the wake of over half a dozen allegations of sexual assault against him. In a stunning display of hypocrisy, MSNBC’s liberal morning pundits went to extraordinary lengths to cast doubt on the women who have accused Franken of sexual misconduct, violating the network’s own oft-repeated standards for Republican and conservative politicians.New York Times writer Bari Weiss was even brought on to complain about how “some innocent people are going to go down” as...
  • Accused leftist abusers of women: the list grows (again)

    12/08/2017 8:47:56 AM PST · by Sopater · 19 replies
    American Thinker ^ | December 8, 2017 | Thomas Lifson
    More women are speaking out against boorishness and much worse that they claim to have experienced from prominent politically active men, encouraged by the courage of others, and by the contrition expected of their accused tormentors. A decision appears to have been made at the top levels of the Democratic Party that the sacrifice of the careers of their own pawns on the political chessboard is worthwhile in the quest to unseat a sitting POTUS. So, the longest-serving member of the House of Representatives, John Conyers, only partially functional owing to advanced age, is stepping down from his safe seat...
  • Democrats Forced Franken Out To Ramp Up Their Strategy To Bring Down Trump

    12/08/2017 6:22:11 AM PST · by blam · 59 replies
    Fox Nws ^ | 12-8-2017 | John Fund
    In the comedy movie “Anchorman,” comedian Will Farrell advises his TV audience to “stay classy.” On Thursday, former “Saturday Night Live” comedian Al Franken didn’t follow that advice and resigned from the U.S. Senate in a particularly classless way. Even after eight women told reporters that the Minnesota Democrat had groped or forcibly kissed them, Franken denied he had done anything wrong. Franken said from the Senate floor that “some of the allegations are simply not true” and that he remembered other accusations differently. He then tried to wrap himself in a feminist flag by vowing he had always been...
  • Dem Sen Durbin: Franken Leaving Should ‘Establish a National Standard’ For Roy Moore

    12/10/2017 3:15:21 PM PST · by Cheerio · 104 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 10 Dec 2017 | Pam Key
    Sunday on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) said Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) leaving the U.S. Senate should “establish a national standard” on how the Senate deals with Alabama GOP Senate hopeful Roy Moore if he wins. Partial transcript as follows: DICKERSON: Joining us now is Senate Democratic Whip Richard Durbin. He is in Springfield, Illinois. Welcome, senator. I want to pick up on something that Senator Collins said about the choice that senators may face if Roy Moore is elected in Alabama. And the question is: What business does the Senate have in overturning the will of...
  • U.S. deportation flight returns from Africa with all on board

    12/10/2017 4:01:04 PM PST · by vannrox · 37 replies
    ACJ ^ | 10:15 p.m Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017 | Jeremy Redmon
    The government’s efforts to deport 92 Somali nationals — including some who lived in Georgia and Minnesota — did not go as planned this week, when the flight encountered some snags in Senegal and returned to the U.S. with all on board. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement released statement Saturday, saying relief flight crew members were “unable to get sufficient rest due to issues with their hotel in Dakar.” “The aircraft, including the detainees and crew on board, remained parked at the airport to allow the relief crew time to rest,” ICE said in its statement. “During this time, the...
  • Prediction: Al Franken will NOT resign - here's why

    12/08/2017 11:46:17 AM PST · by Sopater · 98 replies
    OneNewsNow ^ | Friday, December 8, 2017 | Bryan Fischer
    <p>Contrary to popular perception, Al Franken did not resign yesterday.</p> <p>"[T]oday I am announcing that in the coming weeks I will be resigning as member of the United States Senate. I, of all people, am aware that there is some irony in the fact that I am leaving while a man who has bragged on tape about his history of...sexual assault sits in the Oval Office and a man who has repeatedly preyed on young girls campaigns for the Senate with the full support of his party."</p>
  • Minnesota Orchestra trumpeter storms off stage in protest of performer's anti-GOP comments

    12/08/2017 9:38:37 AM PST · by Sopater · 38 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | December 5, 2017 | Chris Riemenschneider
    Performing in a classier place than usual with a fleet of musicians behind him working on union time, Rufus Wainwright didn’t shoot his mouth off nearly as much as he usually does during his elegant and dramatic two-set performance Saturday night with the Minnesota Orchestra at Orchestra Hall. In the one instance when he did go on a brief political tangent, though, the 44-year-old piano-pop tunesmith was met with protest by one of the orchestra’s veteran members, principal trumpeter Manny Laureano, who stormed off stage. The awkward moment came midway through the second set, as Wainwright sat at the grand...
  • Sen. Al Franken says he'll resign from Senate 'in the coming weeks' amid sexual harassment..

    12/07/2017 4:36:18 PM PST · by SMGFan · 26 replies
    ABC News ^ | December 7. 2017
    Minnesota Sen. Al Franken will resign from the United States Senate "in the coming weeks" he announced Thursday, a day after a number of his Democratic colleagues called for him to step down amid mounting allegations of sexual misconduct against women. "Today I am announcing that in the coming weeks, I will be resigning as a member of the United States Senate," Franken said on the Senate floor. "It's become clear that I can't both pursue the Ethics Committee process and at the same time remain an effective senator for [the people of Minnesota]."