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  • Trump continues to open lead over Hillary

    08/31/2016 12:20:16 AM PDT · by Kozy · 18 replies
    Self | 08/31/2016 | Don Kovacs
    Trump has continued to widen his leads in the USC Dornsife/LA Times presidential poll. For the third consecutive day Trumps moves to the upside while Hillary stumbles downward. Since Sunday Trump has moves from 44% to 45.3% and Clinton has fallen from 43.6% to 41.9%. I believe the Clinton camp knew last week that the internals were moving aggressively downward. Her only hope to stop the decline was playing the race card in Reno. That like her total campaign is failing. Dear pass the popcorn.
  • De Blasio has somehow made the homeless problem worse

    08/30/2016 11:10:06 PM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 11 replies
    NY Post ^ | Michael Goodwin
    Early in de Blasio’s stint, the rise in public vagrancy was a flashpoint, with many residents and visitors complaining about being harassed and attacked. Asked why they slept in the streets or parks instead of going to shelters, street people usually answered that the shelters were crowded and dangerous. They were right, and so the mayor, after initially denying there was an increase in the street population or that the shelters were a mess, did an about-face and pledged a major fix. Naturally, he made everything worse. It turns out that de Blasio’s “fix” involved renting out thousands of pricey...
  • From Whitewater to Benghazi: A Clinton-Scandal Primer

    08/30/2016 11:00:23 PM PDT · by Art in Idaho · 13 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | August 30, 2016 | DAVID A. GRAHAM
    Is there more to the Benghazi story than it appears? It’s hard to believe that after multiple investigations spanning the nearly four years since the attack in Libya killed four Americans, there might be any new information to be found. But the State Department now says that the FBI has found 30 deleted emails from Hillary Clinton related to the incident. Clinton turned over some 55,000 emails to the State Department after leaving office, having sorted them into work and personal emails; she says the personal emails were deleted. But emails keep popping up—some from lawsuits brought my accountability groups...
  • Egyptian Strawberries 'Thought to be the Source' of Hepatitis Outbreak in USA

    08/30/2016 10:58:19 PM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 9 replies
    CNS News ^ | August 30, 2016 | Barbara Hollingsworth
    ( – Three years after the Obama administration allowed Egyptian strawberry producers access to U.S. markets, imported strawberries from Egypt are "thought to be the source" of an outbreak of hepatitis A that has sickened 44 people in Virginia, according to the Virginia Department of Health (VDH). “Frozen Egyptian strawberries used at Tropical Smoothie Café are thought to be the source of this outbreak,” VDH reported. The 44 people infected with the hepatitis A virus “reported consuming a smoothie at Tropical Smoothie Café prior to becoming ill.” “On August 12, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notified VDH that...
  • U.S. offers $3 million reward for man it gave anti-terror training

    08/30/2016 10:27:54 PM PDT · by Enchante · 15 replies
    Reuters ^ | August 30, 2016 | Arshad Mohammed
    The United States on Tuesday offered a reward of up to $3 million for information about a former Tajik special operations colonel whom it trained in counter-terrorism before he joined the Islamic State militant group. The U.S. State Department announced the reward for Gulmurod Khalimov in a statement that made no mention of his training, which included attending five U.S.-funded courses in the United States and Tajikistan between 2003 and 2014....
  • Franklin Graham Launches 50 State ‘Decision America 2016’ Tour ...

    08/30/2016 9:56:27 PM PDT · by Daffynition · 7 replies
    breitbart ^ | 5 Jan 2016 | Michael Patrick Leahy
    Christian evangelist Franklin Graham is off and running on his 50 state “Decision America 2016” tour. His first stop was the steps of the State Capitol in Des Moines, Iowa on Tuesday, less than a month before the state’s first-in-the-nation caucuses are held on February 1.
  • Army recon targets Apache helicopter cannon for Humvee replacement

    08/30/2016 9:53:40 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 30, 2016 | James Rogers
    The JLTV (Oshkosh Defense) As the U.S. Army readies to bring its current crop of Humvees into the 21st century with a new vehicle, reconnaissance officials are also looking to replace the Humvee's pre-World War II .50-caliber machine gun with a version of the Apache helicopter’s cannon in 2019. The Army has embarked on a major project to replace the Humvee, officially known as the High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWVS). Last year the Army signed a $6.7 billion deal with Oshkosh Defense for 17,000 Joint Light Tactical Vehicles (JLTVs). Touted as offering more protection and greater off-road mobility, JLTVs...
  • Trump Announces He Will Visit Mexico In Advance of Historic Arizona Immigration Enforcement speech

    08/30/2016 9:36:35 PM PDT · by GilGil · 74 replies
    Conservative Treehouse ^ | 8/30/2016 | Sundance
    It is expected that Trump advisor and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus and Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, along with high-ranking Mexican officials, will attend the meeting. Officials expect the two leaders to make some statement following the meeting, but do not expect a full press conference. The trip is particularly historic for Trump in that no previous non-incumbent presidential nominee of a major party has ever travelled to Mexico as part of his campaign.
  • WH: Obama Wants to 'Ramp Up' Commitment to Admitting Syrian Refugees

    08/30/2016 9:35:20 PM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 24 replies
    CNS News ^ | August 30, 2016 | Susan Jones |
    ( - President Obama is "gratified" that his administration has succeeded in meeting its goal of admitting 10,000 Syrian refugees to the United States this fiscal year, and he "certainly would like to see the United States continue to ramp up our commitment," spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters on Monday. As reported on Monday, 10,126 Syrian refugees have been admitted to the United States for Fiscal 2016, of whom 52 -- or 0.51 percent -- are Christians; and 9,945 -- or 98.2 -- percent, are Sunni Muslims. "And the truth is that this administration did succeed in meeting this...
  • What Will Happen To China's Economy If Xi Jinping Continues To Lead

    08/30/2016 9:32:21 PM PDT · by jcon40 · 3 replies ^ | Aug, 30, 2016 | Douglas Bulloch
    For two decades or more, China was run by a committee; to be precise, the Standing Committee of the Politburo. There were influential power brokers lined up behind a central figure, but the understanding was always that collective decision-making predominated. Today, increasingly, the decisions and character of one man seem to make the running in China. What Xi wants, Xi gets. This transformation has a few symbolic moments but also perhaps a poorly remembered past, so accustomed have people become to the trajectory of post-Tiananmen China. The outward calm of the Jiang Zemin/Hu Jintao power transition has lulled people into...
  • Matsui calls on GAO to investigate Afghan refugee resettlement process

    08/30/2016 9:12:13 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 3 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | August 30, 2016 | Stephen Magagnini
    Rep. Doris Matsui, reacting to an investigation by The Sacramento Bee, has formally requested that the federal General Accountability Office evaluate how to improve the resettlement process for Afghan refugees arriving in the United States on Special Immigrant Visas.
  • A Candidate's Death Could Delay or Eliminate the Presidential Election

    08/30/2016 9:11:18 PM PDT · by BigEdLB · 43 replies
    US News & World Report ^ | 8/30/16 | Steven Nelson
    The presidential election could be delayed or scrapped altogether if conspiracy theories become predictive and a candidate dies or drops out before Nov. 8. The perhaps equally startling alternative, if there's enough time: Small groups of people hand-picking a replacement pursuant to obscure party rules. The scenarios have been seriously considered by few outside of the legal community and likely are too morbid for polite discussion in politically mixed company. But prominent law professors have pondered the effects and possible ways to address a late-date vacancy. "There's nothing in the Constitution which requires a popular election for the electors serving...
  • Fox News Alert: John McCain wins Arizona GOP primary

    08/30/2016 9:00:11 PM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 112 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 30, 2016 | Fox News
    CAMPAIGN 2016: Arizona Sen. McCain easily defeats Republican primary challengers
  • Transgender man denied hysterectomy at Mercy San Juan

    08/30/2016 8:29:48 PM PDT · by Mariner · 45 replies
    The Sacramento Bee ^ | August 30th, 2016 | By Sammy Caiola and Claudia Buck
    Tuesday was supposed to be a big day for Evan Michael Minton. The Fair Oaks resident packed his bags for the hospital, said a prayer and counted down the hours until he would undergo the hysterectomy that would take him one step further in his transition from female to male. Instead he spent the day on the phone with doctors and lawyers after Mercy San Juan hospital in Carmichael abruptly canceled the procedure on religious grounds. The surgery, part of Minton’s transition to a fully male body, had been scheduled for three weeks but was called off Monday as hospital...
  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz Wins Congressional Primary in Florida, According to A.P.

    08/30/2016 8:28:32 PM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 42 replies
    The New York Times ^ | August 30, 2016 | The New York Times
    Debbie Wasserman Schultz has won the Democratic primary for the 23rd Congressional District in Florida. Wasserman Schultz has 6,774 more votes than Tim Canova, with 99% reporting.
  • Ann Coulter hits back at Comedy Central after [she] became target during roast [for] Rob Lowe

    08/30/2016 8:17:45 PM PDT · by Rockitz · 47 replies ^ | 30 August 2016 | Regina F. Graham and Clemence Michallon
    Conservative pundit Ann Coulter hit back at Comedy Central after she was the target of a brutal roasting session intended for Rob Lowe. Eight designated comedians and retired quarterback Peyton Manning teased Rob Lowe for his 1988 sex tape and some of his failed projects - but saved their most ferocious jokes for Coulter. Comedian David Spade acted as roast master during Saturday's taping, assisted by Manning, English comedian Jimmy Carr, SNL star Pete Davidson, stand-up comedian Nikki Glaser, singer Jewel, Karate Kid actor Ralph Macchio, former Daily Show correspondent Rob Riggle and Comedy Central roasts alum Jeff Ross. In...
  • Black Lives Matter to Donald Trump

    08/30/2016 8:06:22 PM PDT · by Albion Wilde · 12 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Aug 29, 2016 | Heather MacDonald
    The Republican [nominee] says every child—in Chicago, Detroit, Baltimore—should be able to walk to school safely. For that, he’s called racist.... is Mr. Trump who has decried the loss of black life to violent crime—and has promptly been declared biased for doing so. Whether intentionally or not, Mr. Trump has exposed the hypocrisy of the Black Lives Matter movement and its allies... Why this frenzied effort to demonize Mr. Trump for addressing the heightened violence in inner cities? Because the Republican nominee has also correctly identified its cause: the false “narrative of cops as a racist force in our...
  • George Washington University hires Muslim convicted of soliciting jihad murder

    08/30/2016 8:04:52 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 6 replies
    Seamus Hughes, deputy director of the Program on Extremism at George Washington University’s Center for Cyber & Homeland Security, says: “I trust him. We did our due diligence.” How did they do that? It may be that Jesse Morton is as reformed and repentant as the day is long, but when George Washington University’s Center for Cyber & Homeland Security has a “Program on Extremism” and not a “Program on Jihad,” how diligent could they be in vetting Morton for adherence to an ideology they don’t even admit exists? What’s more, Morton was convicted of soliciting the jihad murder of...
  • Lock-Em-Up Prosecutor Goes Down in FL

    08/30/2016 7:50:22 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 17 replies
    As establishment candidates cruised to victory across Florida, one upset came in the Republican primary race in Florida’s 4th circuit, which encompasses Duval County and the city of Jacksonville. Running for her third term as a tough, law-and-order prosecutor, State Attorney Angela Corey — who the Nation this year called “the cruelest prosecutor in America”—found herself suddenly out of step with voters’ changing attitudes about crime and punishment.
  • Reuters: Donald Trump Closes 12-Point Gap with Hillary Clinton, Now Tied

    08/30/2016 7:48:16 PM PDT · by Rockitz · 29 replies ^ | 30 August 2016 | Breitbart News
    Donald Trump closed a 12-point polling gap with Hillary Clinton in five days, leaving them half a percent apart during the next two-day period, according to new polling data from Reuters. On August 22, Clinton led Trump by 12 points, 44.8 percent to 32.8 percent. By Aug. 27, the two candidates were neck and neck, according to Reuters.
  • In Syria, militias armed by the Pentagon fight those armed by the CIA

    08/30/2016 7:47:31 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 28 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 27 August 2016
    Syrian militias armed by different parts of the U.S. war machine have begun to fight each other on the plains between the besieged city of Aleppo and the Turkish border, highlighting how little control U.S. intelligence officers and military planners have over the groups they have financed and trained in the bitter five-year-old civil war. The fighting has intensified over the last two months, as CIA-armed units and Pentagon-armed ones have repeatedly shot at each other while maneuvering through contested territory on the northern outskirts of Aleppo, U.S. officials and rebel leaders have confirmed. In mid-February, a CIA-armed militia called...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Trump-Nieto Meeting Confirmed — It’s On (for tomorrow)

    08/30/2016 7:44:01 PM PDT · by GilGil · 161 replies
    Polizette ^ | 8/30/2016 | Jon Conradi
    LifeZette has confirmed that GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump will travel to Mexico on Wednesday to meet with Mexican President Peña Nieto. Sources, that include Mexican officials involved in the planning of the visit, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, stated the meeting would cover a broad variety of topics ranging from trade to security to immigration and the contentious issue of border enforcement.
  • Most environmental groups OPPOSE Washington state’s carbon tax initiative [hypocrisy alert!]

    08/30/2016 7:42:26 PM PDT · by grundle · 4 replies ^ | August 9, 2016 | H. Sterling Burnett
    Many environmental groups have come out against an initiative in Washington state that would impose the first carbon tax in the nation because it is revenue neutral.Environmental activists in Washington State running a campaign called “Carbon Washington“ successfully obtained the required number of signatures to get ballot initiative 732 (I-732) on the November ballot. I-732 would impose a carbon-dioxide tax of $25 per metric ton on fossil fuels consumed in Washington State. If the voters approve the initiative, Washington would become the first state in the nation to impose a tax on carbon-dioxide emissions from fossil fuels. The initiative aims...
  • A Leading French Intellectual Explains: There is Danger of War in Europe

    08/30/2016 7:40:07 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 18 replies
    Russia Insider ^ | 30 August 2016 | Guillame Faye
    Having failed to bait Russia in Eastern Ukraine and Crimea, NATO has now pivoted to the Baltics, where it is hell-bent on provoking a war with Russia. ___ There is a worrying risk of a military clash between NATO and Russia over the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad, jammed between the Baltic countries and Poland, which are all new members of the EU and NATO. Military pressure keeps increasing in the Baltic region. The situation is far more dangerous than it was during the crisis of Eastern Ukraine and Crimea, because Kaliningrad is a Russian enclave at the core of the...
  • Hillary Has Until September 29 To Respond - Under Oath - To These 25 Questions

    08/30/2016 7:39:20 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 27 replies
    ZeroHedge ^ | August 30, 2016
    Judicial Watch announced on its website today that it has submitted a list of 25 questions to Hillary Clinton regarding her email practices while serving as Secretary of State. Pursuant to a decision by U.S. District Court Judge Emmet G. Sullivan, Hillary has 30 days to respond, under oath, to the questions. Per federal law, Judicial Watch was limited to a total of 25 questions. All 25 questions are included in their entirety below (we've highlighted some of the particularly amusing ones): Describe the creation of the system, including who decided to create the system, the date it was...
  • Abolish the Senate. It’s the only way to rein in modern presidents.

    08/30/2016 7:37:02 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 95 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | August 30, 2016 | John Bicknell
    With the prospect of a President Donald Trump or a President Hillary Clinton on the horizon, the growing trend toward the executive acting without the consent of Congress is troubling to all political stripes. Both parties claim to worry about a strong presidency, at least if the other party is in the White House. That trend has been exacerbated by President Obama, but it certainly didn’t start with him. With the exception of Calvin Coolidge, every president of the 20th and 21st centuries contributed to the problem. Many proposals to address the imperial presidency have been floated over the decades....
  • Obama's War In Syria Is An Unmitigated Disaster - We Should Get Out

    08/30/2016 7:36:28 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 4 replies
    Russia Insider ^ | 29 August 2016
    "First, recognize that ISIS and the al-Nusra Front are our primary enemies in Syria, not Assad or Russia. Geostrategists may be appalled, but the Donald may have gotten it right. If the Russians are willing to fight to crush ISIS, to save Assad, be our guest." ___ Earlier in August, U.S. planes threatened to shoot down Syrian planes over Hasakeh, and our Iraq-Syria war commander, Lt. Gen. Stephen Townsend, issued a warning to Syria and Russia against any further air strikes around the city. Who authorized Gen. Townsend to threaten to shoot down Syrian or Russian planes — in Syria?...
  • Legislation would restrict H-1B visas

    08/30/2016 7:34:09 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 5 replies
    LA Times ^ | 08/30/2016 | Kate Morrissey
    Companies that depend on H-1B visas for a substantial part of their workforce may soon have a tougher time hiring: Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Vista) has introduced legislation to restrict loopholes in their application process. His proposal comes after Southern California Edison Co. laid off about 400 employees in early 2015 and brought in workers through consulting companies. --SNIP-- The H-1B visa program allows workers to come to the United States with a temporary, non-immigrant status. The visa lasts three years with the option to renew for another three. While in the U.S., H-1B visa holders can apply for green cards....
  • Report: Trump mulls visit with Mexican president before immigration speech

    08/30/2016 7:29:48 PM PDT · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 15 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 8/30/2016 | ANNA GIARITELLI
    Donald Trump is considering a last-minute trip to meet with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto on Wednesday, just hours before he is expected to announce his full immigration policy, the Washington Post reported late Tuesday. Those familiar with the possible meeting said security concerns and logistics of the impromptu visit are still being worked out by both parties. Pena Nieto had recently invited the billionaire businessman to visit him. Trump mulled over the invitation over the weekend and decided to go ahead with it after his new campaign chairman, Steve Bannon, told his boss the move could indicate to undecided...
  • Top Ten Lessons from Weinergate (revisited)

    08/30/2016 7:27:50 PM PDT · by Rockitz · 3 replies ^ | 6 June 2011 (reprint) | Rockitz and Other FReepers
    10. Tweet yourself the way you want to be tweeted by others. 9. Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man tell many lies. 8. The penis is mightier than the sword.... but not the weiner. 7. Cheaters never win and Weiners never cheat…..well almost never. 6. All men are phallable. 5. There are Weiners, there are losers, and sometimes they are one in the same. 4. Man that tweets his weiner will not survive another erection. 3. There are firm briefs that he had nothing to fear, but hitting reply to all. 2. Erections have consequences. 1. Always...
  • Donald Trump Rally, Everett Washington – 10:00pm Live Stream

    08/30/2016 6:58:57 PM PDT · by bobsunshine · 30 replies
    Conservative Treehouse ^ | August 30, 2016 | Sundance
    Candidate Donald Trump is on the West Coast today with a rally in Everett, Washington. The venue is the Xfinity Arena of Everett, and the event rally with Trump is scheduled to begin at 7:00pm PDT / 10:00pm EDT: Given the venue and the line-up of speakers the event will most likely begin early
  • Homeland eyes special declaration to take charge of elections

    08/30/2016 6:50:24 PM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 9 replies
    Even before the FBI identified new cyber attacks on two separate state election boards, the Department of Homeland Security began considering declaring the election a "critical infrastructure," giving it the same control over security it has over Wall Street and and the electric power grid. The latest admissions of attacks could speed up that effort possibly including the upcoming presidential election, according to officials. "We should carefully consider whether our election system, our election process, is critical infrastructure like the financial sector, like the power grid," Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said. "There's a vital national interest in our election...

    08/30/2016 6:45:31 PM PDT · by seenenuf · 2 replies
    Washtington Examiner ^ | 8/30/16 | Paul Bedard
    Homeland eyes special declaration
  • Grassley Opens Door to Lame Duck Action on SCOTUS Nominee

    08/30/2016 6:44:46 PM PDT · by Timpanagos1 · 44 replies
    Roll Call ^ | Bridget Bowman
    Senate Judiciary Chairman Charles E. Grassley signaled that he is open to possibly acting on President Barack Obama's Supreme Court nominee after the November elections. Republican leaders have pledged not to take up the nomination of Judge Merrick Garland, though a few senators have raised the possibility of a hearing or confirmation vote during a lame duck session between Election Day and when the new Congress is seated in January.
  • Why an emblematic American city has turned to Trump

    08/30/2016 6:35:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | August 30, 2016 | Timothy Aeppel
    White working-class men used to be a major political and economic force in Muncie, Indiana. After years of eroding prosperity and dwindling power, they think they’ve found their champion. MUNCIE, Indiana – One night a month, retired auto workers shuffle into a former elementary school classroom here to discuss their legal fight against the company that cancelled their health care benefits seven years ago. But the conversation often turns quickly to presidential politics. “It can get pretty heated,” says Gerald Poor, the group’s 77-year-old president, of their political discussions. “I call it to order if it gets out of hand.”...
  • The Latest: Turkey asks US to drop support for Syrian Kurds

    08/30/2016 6:04:59 PM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 14 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 30, 2016 | Associated Presstitutes
    The Latest on developments in the Syrian conflict, following Ankara's incursion into the war-torn state last week (all times local): 2:20 p.m. Turkey's presidential spokesman has called on the U.S. to "revise" its policy of supporting Kurdish forces battling Turkish troops in Syria after Ankara's incursion last week into the war-torn state. The comments by Ibrahim Kalin published on Tuesday by Sabah the pro-government Daily Sabah came a day after the U.S. urged Turkish troops and Kurdish forces in northern Syria to halt their fighting, saying it hinders efforts to defeat the Islamic State group. Kalin says that the "Americans...
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    08/30/2016 5:59:49 PM PDT · by LUV W · 133 replies
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  • Trump considers last-minute meeting in Mexico with the country’s president

    08/30/2016 5:58:20 PM PDT · by springwater13 · 139 replies
    Donald Trump is considering jetting to Mexico City on Wednesday for a meeting with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, just hours before he delivers a high-stakes speech in Arizona to clarify his views on immigration policy, according to people in the United States and Mexico familiar with the discussions. The possibility, which was hatched in recent days by Trump and his campaign advisers, comes after Trump has wavered for weeks on whether he would continue to hold his hard-line positions on the central and incendiary issue of his campaign, in particular his call to deport an estimated 11 million immigrants...
  • An Emotional Bill Clinton Eyes Possible Exit from Foundation

    08/30/2016 5:52:14 PM PDT · by Rockitz · 51 replies
    AP via ^ | 30 Aug 2016 | AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) — When Bill Clinton told the staff of his global charity he would have to step down if Hillary Clinton won the White House, he was vividly clear about how that felt: Worse than a root canal, he said.
  • Fight for Syria's Aleppo exposes limits of Russian air power

    08/30/2016 5:49:23 PM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 5 replies
    Rooters ^ | August 29, 2016 | Maria Tsvetkova and Christian Lowe
    Russia's politically-sensitive and ultimately fruitless decision to launch bombing missions on Syria from Iranian soil has exposed the limits to its air power, leaving Moscow in need of a new strategy to advance its aims. People familiar with Russia's military said Moscow opted for the sorties from Iran - and Tehran agreed to allow them - because they were struggling to achieve their aim of crushing rebels in the city of Aleppo. The gamble failed and rebels fighting their ally, Syrian President Bashar al-Aasad, remain ensconced in parts of Aleppo.
  • Homeland eyes special declaration to take charge of elections

    08/30/2016 5:44:51 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 24 replies ^ | 8/30/16 | Paul Bedard
    Even before the FBI identified new cyber attacks on two separate state election boards, the Department of Homeland Security began considering declaring the election a "critical infrastructure," giving it the same control over security it has over Wall Street and and the electric power grid. The latest admissions of attacks could speed up that effort possibly including the upcoming presidential election, according to officials. "We should carefully consider whether our election system, our election process, is critical infrastructure like the financial sector, like the power grid," Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said.
  • Trump Did Not Flip-Flop on Immigration

    08/30/2016 5:34:11 PM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 10 replies
    Taki mag ^ | August 29, 2016 | Gavin McInnes
    Remember last week when Trump tanked his campaign by flip-flopping on immigration? Few do. It was almost seven days ago and this campaign is about turning every glitch the GOP faces into a nuclear war, then quickly moving on to the next one. Nobody questions the press because by the time the truth comes out, they’re already onto something else. Well, just for fun, I’d like to single out this non-debacle as an example of the kind of fake controversies the media consistently tries to frame Donald Trump with. Last Wednesday, Daily Wire columnist Ben Shapiro put Ann Coulter on...

    08/30/2016 5:28:45 PM PDT · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 49 replies
    Trump is revealing some hidden facts about Hillary’s past! She was UNABLE to pass the bar exam as a lawyer, and was FORCED to move out to Arkansas with Bill! Awkward. Donald Trump has opened up a new line of attack on Hillary Clinton, writing Monday on Twitter that her intellect is ‘highly overrated’ and recalling, correctly, that she once failed the Washington, D.C. bar exam. ‘Does anyone know that Crooked Hillary, who tried so hard, was unable to pass the Bar Exams in Washington D.C. She was forced to go elsewhere,’ his tweet read. ‘Crooked Hillary’s brainpower is highly...
  • A party 10 blocks long awaits Trump in downtown Everett

    08/30/2016 5:18:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    The Everett Herald ^ | August 30, 2016 | Noah Haglund, Andrea Brown and Chris Winters
    EVERETT — Talk to the Donald Trump supporters lining up outside Xfinity Arena on Tuesday, and you’d hear a common refrain about the importance of the upcoming election: Everything. “Our way of life is at stake,” said Shelly Fine, a medical student from Everett. “For me, this is American history,” said Chris Wright, a 45-year-old Boeing worker from Gold Bar standing next to her in line. “This is going to be a piece of American history when this is all said and done.” They were among the first to arrive outside the downtown Everett venue where the real-estate-mogul-turned-politician was due...
  • Marco Rubio wins Florida GOP nomination to seek second Senate term

    08/30/2016 5:14:01 PM PDT · by Kevin C · 43 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 8/30/2016
    MIAMI — Senator Marco Rubio of Florida was nominated for a second term by Republican voters on Tuesday, five months after suspending his presidential campaign. He will face Representative Patrick Murphy, a two-term House Democrat, in one of the crucial races for control of the Senate. The primary results appeared to point to a preference among voters in Florida, a pivotal swing state, to eschew more extreme candidates on the right and the left in favor of establishment lawmakers favored by national party leaders. In another important primary race, Senator John McCain of Arizona, a Republican seeking a sixth term,...
  • SpaceX signs first customer for used Falcon rocket

    08/30/2016 5:06:34 PM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | August 30, 2016 | Irene Klotz
    Elon Musk's SpaceX has signed its first customer to use a previously flown rocket, with launch planned for later this year, the companies said on Tuesday. The launch for Luxembourg-based satellite operator SES SA SESFg.LU will mark the first commercial reuse of a Falcon 9 rocket, which is crucial to efforts by technology entrepreneur Musk's Space Exploration Technologies Corp to reduce the cost of space launches.
  • ATF Reclassifies Wetted Nitrocellulose as Explosive Materials Under Federal Laws

    08/30/2016 4:57:36 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 28 replies
    Washington, DC -( In an Explosives Industry Newsletter issued in June 2016, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (“ATF”) reclassified wetted nitrocellulose containing greater than 12.6 percent nitrogen as a high explosive under the federal explosives laws.
  • Expanded Central American 'Refugee' Program: Bring the Whole Family!

    08/30/2016 4:56:24 PM PDT · by Beowulf9 · 11 replies ^ | August 28, 2016 | Nayla Rush
    In a previous report, we highlighted the Obama administration's relentless efforts to welcome children (and adults) from Central America into the United States under the refugee umbrella, despite the lack of solid grounds for granting refugee status, even by United Nations standards. New measures were announced last month to further the administration's renewed commitment to "address Central American migration challenges" and admit more people from that region. Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson said "Today, we are expanding these resettlement opportunities to additional vulnerable individuals within the region [Central America]. This will increase the number of individuals to whom we...
  • Libby Found Guilty in CIA Leak Case

    08/30/2016 4:46:17 PM PDT · by jessduntno · 12 replies
    Network News ^ | Wednesday, March 7, 2007 | Carol D. Leonnig and Amy Goldstein
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  • IRS doesn’t tell 1 million taxpayers that illegal immigrants stole their Social Security numbers

    08/30/2016 4:42:58 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 28 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 30, 2016 | Stephen Dinan
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