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  • State Democratic Party calls on AG candidate facing strangulation charge to drop out of race

    04/17/2018 10:53:29 AM PDT · by NEMDF · 9 replies
    Omaha World Herald ^ | April 17, 2018 | Andrew J Nelson & 2 Additional
    The head of the Nebraska Democratic Party called Tuesday on the Democratic candidate for attorney general to drop out of the race after he was accused of an attack on his elderly father.
  • Six Questions Members of Congress Should Ask Zuckerberg

    04/11/2018 6:02:07 AM PDT · by davikkm · 5 replies
    breitbart ^ | ALLUM BOKHARI
    Mark Zuckerberg faced a mixture of tough and softball questions at yesterday’s Senate hearing. Many questions were left unanswered, and members of the House will have to pick up the slack today. The toughest questions in the Senate hearing came from Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-AK) and Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE), who grilled Zuckerberg on Facebook’s political bias, its possible status as the “largest publisher in the world”, and its definition of “hate speech.” Democrats, when they weren’t urging Zuckerberg to do more to censor so-called “hate speech,” focused on irrelevant panics like Russian propaganda and “fake...
  • Nebraska governor strips Planned Parenthood funding in new budget

    04/06/2018 9:30:27 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Life Site News ^ | 04/06/2018 | Becky Yeh
    Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts signed a budget Wednesday that will eliminate federal family-planning funding to Planned Parenthood of the Heartland. The $8.8 billion two-year budget would prohibit money to facilities that commit, promote, or refer clients for abortions. The budget also mandates health clinics in the state to legally, financially, and physically separate from abortion facilities. Ricketts, who is pro-life, approved the package after it was passed by the state legislature on a 38-6 vote. The Nebraska governor proposed the measure in his budget earlier this year. Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts signed a budget Wednesday that will eliminate federal family-planning...
  • Over a dozen states join Trump’s lawsuit against “Sanctuary State” California

    03/28/2018 7:41:52 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 18 replies
    LegalInsurrection.com ^ | 3-28-2018 | Leslie Eastman
    Earlier this month, we noted that California faced a lawsuit from the Department of Justice over its new status as a “Sanctuary State“. Several red and purple states have now boarded this particular “Trump Train”. Texas and more than a dozen other states led by Republican governors got behind the Trump administration on Monday in its lawsuit over California’s so-called sanctuary laws that protect people in the U.S. illegally. California’s laws are designed to interfere with or block federal immigration enforcement but the state does not have that authority, the other states said in a court filing in the U.S....
  • Exclusive: Inside the base that would oversee a US nuclear strike

    03/27/2018 1:04:02 PM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 65 replies
    CNN ^ | March 27, 2018 | CNN
    Offutt Airbase, Nebraska (CNN)If the unthinkable happens and a nuclear exchange between the US and North Korea or Russia happens, President Donald Trump will rely on a secure underground facility at a base in the middle of the United States to carry out his orders. And four-star Air Force Gen. John Hyten, the commander of US Strategic Command, would be at the center of it all. "Our strategic responses are always ready to respond and everybody should know that," Hyten told CNN in an interview inside the highly secured 'Battle Deck' where he would oversee a nuclear response if the...
  • Handgun found in Lincoln lake, police say

    03/15/2018 10:18:37 AM PDT · by posterchild · 46 replies
    Lincoln Journal Star ^ | March 14, 2018
    Crews draining Wedgewood Lake in east Lincoln found a handgun Tuesday, Lincoln police said. The handgun was rusting and covered in mud, Officer Angela Sands said Wednesday. The lake is south of O Street between 70th and 84th streets.
  • Nebraska Gov. Encourages NRA to Move Convention From Dallas to His State

    02/24/2018 10:21:03 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 38 replies
    NBC DFW ^ | Feb 23, 2018
    Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts is encouraging the National Rifle Association to hold its annual convention in his state after one of Dallas' top elected officials urged the group to find another location. Ricketts said in a tweet Friday "We want your convention in Nebraska. Nebraskans love our constitutional rights!"
  • Omaha bank ends business relationship with NRA

    (The Hill) First National Bank of Omaha said Thursday that it would end its business relationship with the National Rifle Association (NRA) after feedback from customers. In a post on its official Twitter account Thursday, the bank announced it would no longer renews its contract with the NRA. Customer feedback has caused us to review our relationship with the NRA,” the bank wrote. “As a result, First National Bank of Omaha will not renew its contract with the National Rifle Association to issue the NRA Visa Card.
  • First National Bank of Omaha bails on NRA-branded Visa card after customer outcry

    02/22/2018 2:12:06 PM PST · by Skywise · 30 replies
    CNBC ^ | 02/22/2018 | Thomas Franck
    The First National Bank of Omaha said Thursday it will not renew a contract with the National Rifle Association to issue its NRA-branded Visa credit card. "Customer feedback has caused us to review our relationship with the NRA," a spokesperson for the bank told CNBC. "As a result, First National Bank of Omaha will not renew its contract with the National Rifle Association to issue the NRA Visa Card." The website advertising the card disappeared on Wednesday, less than one day after ThinkProgress reported the bank's support of the pro-gun lobby. The bank was one of many companies used by...
  • Senate Republicans call on Trump to re-engage on TPP

    02/21/2018 2:55:42 PM PST · by seacapn · 22 replies
    The Hill ^ | 02/21/18 11:22 AM EST | Vicki Needham
    More than two dozen Senate Republicans are urging President Trump to re-engage in Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations. The 25 GOP lawmakers sent a letter to Trump on Friday saying they support his recent comments that he may consider U.S. participation if the 11-nation Asia-Pacific pact is improved.
  • All Roads Lead To Intersectionality at UN

    01/22/2018 1:45:07 PM PST · by Academiadotorg · 2 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | January 18, 2018 | Alex Nitzberg
    The other UN, the University of Nebraska, that is. The Midwest Bisexual Lesbian Gay Transgender Ally College Conference (MBLGTACC) will convene at the University of Nebraska Omaha in February 2018 and feature the theme "All Roads Lead To Intersectionality." The conference website states: "The mission of MBLGTACC 2018 All Roads Lead to Intersectionality is to educate queer and trans Midwest college students to empower and celebrate their identities, while enabling them to resist oppression and develop resiliency against personal and societal injustices." This will be the 26th iteration of the event first held in 1993 at Iowa State University—that first...
  • TransCanada: Keystone XL pipeline construction will start next year

    01/18/2018 12:47:50 PM PST · by jazusamo · 9 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 18, 2018 | Ben Wolfgang
    The Canadian energy giant TransCanada said Thursday it’s prepared to move ahead with the long-awaited Keystone XL oil pipeline and plans to start construction next year, laying to rest rumors that it would abandon the project in the wake of regulatory setbacks in Nebraska. In a statement, the company said it’s beginning to work with Nebraska landowners to secure necessary easements to allow the pipeline to go forward. “Over the past 12 months, the Keystone XL project has achieved several milestones that move us significantly closer to constructing this critical energy infrastructure for North America,” said Russ Girling, TransCanada’s president...
  • ISIS propaganda found in Central Nebraska

    01/16/2018 6:41:11 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    KHGI via WOLF ^ | Friday, January 12th 2018 | Lauren Kummer
    Suspected ISIS propaganda was found in Central Nebraska not far from the small town of Elm Creek. Somewhere along an Eastbound off-ramp on I-80 and Hwy 183, a computer disc was found along with literature that appeared to be ISIS propaganda. “There’s a lot of vehicle traffic in that location,” said Captain Bob Anderson with Buffalo County Sheriff’s Office. The disc was found by a man Thursday afternoon sometime between 3 p.m. and 4:18 p.m. […] According to the Buffalo County Sheriff’s Office, the disc was logged into evidence and forwarded to the FBI. …
  • Missouri man who carried out Amtrak attack faces terrorism charges, FBI say

    01/06/2018 7:26:53 AM PST · by Joe Dallas · 19 replies
    Fox News ^ | 1/5/18 | Kathleen Joyce
    A Missouri man whose bizarre antics on an Amtrak train in October landed him in jail now faces terrorism charges. Taylor Michael Wilson, 26, of St. Charles, Miss., allegedly forced his way into the train engineer’s cab while in southwest Nebraska and pulled the emergency brakes. He then made odd statements like, “I’m the conductor b----“ and “what are you going to do, shoot me?” NBC News reported. The FBI believes Wilson is a white supremacist who is a member of a neo-Nazi group, authorities said. Wilson, 26, was charged in December with “terrorism attacks and other violence against railroad...
  • Nebraska rejects motion to change Keystone pipeline route, project in doubt

    12/19/2017 10:34:14 AM PST · by jazusamo · 5 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 19, 2017 | Ben Wolfgang
    Despite setback, TransCanada says it is still committedNebraska regulators on Tuesday shot down a request from TransCanada to reconsider the proposed path of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, the latest in a series of setbacks for the $8 billion project and one that leaves its future very much in doubt. Nebraska’s Public Service Commission (PSC) last month green-lighted a route through its state, but the approved path wasn’t the one TransCanada prefers. The Canadian company, which has been trying to complete the Canada-to-Texas project for the past decade, said it would ask Nebraska officials to rethink their decision and amend...
  • The great rethink of ethanol

    12/19/2017 8:58:28 AM PST · by george76 · 90 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Dec 19, 2017 | Wayne Allard
    For the first time in years, there is an emerging consensus that the biggest racket in national politics deserves to end. Earlier this month, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and 10 other Republican senators held a luncheon summit at the White House with President Trump with the goal of drastically reforming the Renewable Fuel Standard, the federal mandate that annually funnels $13.5 billion from the wallets of American fuel and food consumers into the coffers of agribusiness giants. Before the national nightmare of Obamacare, there was the RFS, the most sweeping and intrusive federal intervention in the American economy undertaken in...
  • 13 states launch new legal challenge to California egg law

    12/04/2017 4:42:48 PM PST · by Mariner · 67 replies
    AP via KCRA (Sacramento) ^ | December 4th, 2017 | Unattributed
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — More than a dozen states banded together Monday to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to block a California law requiring any eggs sold there to come from hens that have space to stretch out in their cages. In a lawsuit filed directly to the high court, the states allege that California's law has cost consumers nationwide up to $350 million annually because of higher egg prices since it took effect in 2015. The lawsuit argues that California's requirements violate the U.S. Constitution's interstate commerce clause and are pre-empted by federal law. A federal appeals court...
  • Fischer faces Republican challenge from the right (Nebraska)

    11/22/2017 3:50:16 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 10 replies
    Journalstar.com ^ | 11/21/17 | Don Walton
    Lincoln businessman Todd Watson announced Tuesday he will mount a "conservative Constitutionalist" challenge to Sen. Deb Fischer in the 2018 Republican Senate primary election. "Our current U.S. Senate needs a makeover," Watson said in a news release before making his official announcement on Facebook. "Congressional winning from a camp that is corrupted, compromised and lacks conviction on the inside will not happen," he said. Watson was critical of Fischer's role as a member of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's leadership team, arguing that "health care, securing the border, spending cuts, defunding Planned Parenthood and reforming immigration were always impossible" because...
  • Lecturer accused of harassing conservative student will no longer work at UNL

    11/18/2017 9:12:59 AM PST · by Leaning Right · 17 replies
    Omaha World Herald ^ | November 18, 2017 | Rick Ruggles
    University of Nebraska officials announced Friday that new steps are being taken in relation to an incident involving a conservative student Aug. 25. NU President Hank Bounds said the graduate student-lecturer who called a conservative student a “neo-fascist” for recruiting for Turning Point USA would no longer teach at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
  • Illegal immigrant in ICE custody charged with 4 counts of child sexual assault

    11/08/2017 10:05:42 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 21 replies
    NBC - Omaha ^ | November 8, 2017
    OMAHA, Neb. - 6 News has learned an illegal immigrant set to be deported has now been accused of sexually assaulting Metro children. He's also accused of trying to intimidate his alleged victims from behind bars. Victor Garcia-Fuentes is already in custody at the Douglas County Jail on an Immigration and Customs Enforcement hold. Now he faces 4 counts of child sexual assault. Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine told 6 News: "3 of them are contact charges. 1 is a penetration charge. So these are very serious charges." Kleine said the children range in age from 5 to 12 years-old....