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  • Turks Examine Their Muslim Devotion After Poll Says Faith Could Be Waning

    02/12/2019 9:38:51 AM PST · by Cronos · 10 replies
    NPR ^ | 12.Feb.2019 | Peter Kenyon
    Turkey has been governed for most of the past two decades by a party steeped in political Islam. So when a pollster recently surveyed personal beliefs, there was a finding that stood out: Levels of piety were flat, or even declining, compared with a decade ago. The apparent shift is not seismic, but it has Turks talking about where their country is headed. The survey, by the pollster Konda, is a follow-up to a similar poll in 2008, and the company broke down the results from each side by side to illustrate the comparison. While some see changes a decade...
  • Scarborough Warns 2020 Dems: Listen to Trump El Paso Speech and Realize You Have 'Uphill Battle'

    02/12/2019 9:33:24 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 64 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Don't get Joe Scarborough wrong: he detests Donald Trump as much as ever, and will surely do whatever he can to help defeat him in 2020. But in a triumph of realism over desire, on today's Morning Joe, Scarborough warned Democrats that beating Trump won't be easy. As evidence of the daunting task facing Dems hoping to take Trump down, Scarborough urged Dems to listen to the "strong" closing segment of President Trump's speech in El Paso last night. JOE SCARBOROUGH: There was a closing argument, and whoever wrote it, wrote a strong closing argument. And any Democrat that thinks...
  • Jussie Smollett Cops Reject Phone Records ... Please Submit Again

    02/12/2019 9:25:20 AM PST · by Red Badger · 99 replies
    TMZ ^ | 2/12/2019 7:52 AM PST | Staff
    Jussie Smollett's Phone Records Rejected by Cops, Proper Bill Requested ========================================================== Jussie Smollett's submitted critical phone records to Chicago police, but those records have been rejected because they're not the real deal. Law enforcement sources tell us ... what Jussie turned in 2 weeks after his alleged attack was a heavily redacted PDF file of his phone bill. Our sources say a PDF is subject to manipulation, meaning numbers can be added or deleted, although police are quick to point out there's no evidence they were in fact manipulated. The problem ... the only solid, irrefutable evidence is either the...
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  • Boys recite Pledge of Allegiance next to flag outside North Carolina fire department

    02/12/2019 9:17:16 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 31 replies
    CBS News ^ | February 11, 2019 | by CHRISTOPHER BRITO
    A photo of two young boys who stopped to recite the Pledge of Allegiance in front of a North Carolina firehouse has gone viral. Over the weekend, Roseboro Fire Department posted an image of the boys with their hands over their hearts as the flag was raised. The department said in a Facebook post on Friday that their chaplain spotted the two boys, now identified as Thomas, 7, and Derrick, 6, paying respect to the flag in Roseboro, a small town near Raleigh. "This afternoon as Chaplain Herring was raising the U.S. flag to full staff, he looked over to...
  • FBI scrambled to respond to Hillary lawyer amid Weiner laptop review, newly released emails show

    02/12/2019 8:58:01 AM PST · by Red Badger · 38 replies
    FOX News ^ | 02/12/2019 | By Gregg Re
    Newly released internal FBI emails showed the agency's highest-ranking officials scrambling to answer to Hillary Clinton's lawyer in the days prior to the 2016 presidential election, on the same day then-FBI Director James Comey sent a bombshell letter to Congress announcing a new review of hundreds of thousands of potentially classified emails found on former Rep. Anthony Weiner's laptop. The trove of documents turned over by the FBI, in response to a lawsuit by the transparency group Judicial Watch, also included discussions by former FBI lawyer Lisa Page concerning a potential quid pro quo between the State Department and the...
  • Labor unions fear Democrats’ Green New Deal poses job threat

    02/12/2019 8:57:17 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 18 replies
    Reuters ^ | February 12, 2019 | by Valerie Volcovici
    Labor unions say they are withholding support for a Green New Deal unveiled by Democrats last week to transition the American economy away from fossil fuels, arguing the loosely-defined plan could kill jobs if its architects aren’t careful. The cool response from unions underscores the challenge facing Democratic presidential hopefuls who support aggressive action on climate change but must also win back the blue-collar voters that swept President Donald Trump to victory in 2016. Democratic presidential hopeful Senators Kamala Harris, Kirsten Gillibrand, Cory Booker and Elizabeth Warren have already thrown their support behind it. The resolution’s backers say the plan...
  • Brazil’s new president to eliminate transgender, pro-gay ideology from schools: "Marxist Rubbish"

    02/12/2019 8:55:50 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Life Site News ^ | 02/12/2019 | Martin M. Barillas
    BRASILIA, Brazil, February 11, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) -- Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro announced plans last week to revise textbooks in public schools and eliminate references to homosexuality, same-sex “marriage,” and violence against women. There are also proposals to give the military control of some public schools. Once Bolsonaro took office, the Ministry of Education issued new guidelines for textbook publishers that erased references to gender ideology and sexism. The ministry also eliminated its diversity department. On the eve of his Jan. 1 inauguration, Bolsonaro tweeted his intentions. “One of the goals to get Brazil out of the worst positions in international...
  • The Constitution Rejects the Premise of Judicial Supremacy. So Should All Americans.

    02/12/2019 8:45:08 AM PST · by george76 · 28 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | February 12, 2019 | Carson Holloway
    Americans today are inclined to accept, without thinking much about it, the idea of judicial supremacy. We think that the federal courts—and especially the Supreme Court—have an extensive discretion to decide for us the big questions of public policy that come before the nation. After all, the Supreme Court has taken upon itself the authority to decide whether and to what extent abortion may be regulated, and, more recently, to decide the definition of marriage. Moreover, we think that that court’s decisions on such questions are final, that there is no way the people or their representatives can effectively assert...
  • Former Trump lawyer slams Mueller probe, maintains president will be cleared.

    02/12/2019 8:42:34 AM PST · by BurgessKoch · 37 replies
    ABC News ^ | February 12, 2019 | Kyra Phillips
    The veteran criminal defense attorney who headed President Donald Trump's legal team during a crucial stretch of the special counsel investigation believes the entire affair will end in silence from special counsel Robert Mueller, and called the massive two-year probe into Russian interference in the 2016 campaign “a terrible waste of time.” “I don't think there'll be a report,” John Dowd told ABC News in a wide-ranging interview for the premiere episode of "The Investigation," a new podcast focused on the probe led by special counsel Robert Mueller. “I will be shocked if anything regarding the president is made public,...
  • Climate change may destroy tiger's home

    02/12/2019 8:37:18 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 30 replies
    Science Daily ^ | February 11, 2019 | by James Cook University
    A James Cook University scientist says the last coastal stronghold of an iconic predator, the endangered Bengal tiger, could be destroyed by climate change and rising sea levels over the next 50 years. "Fewer than 4,000 Bengal tigers are alive today," said JCU's Professor Bill Laurance, a co-author of the study. "That's a really low number for the world's biggest cat, which used to be far more abundant but today is mainly confined to small areas of India and Bangladesh," he said. "Spanning more than 10,000 square kilometres, the Sundarbans region of Bangladesh and India is the biggest mangrove forest...
  • Ocasio-Cortez hits back after Trump laughs off her Green Deal: failed ‘HS term paper’ at Texas rally

    02/12/2019 8:33:55 AM PST · by Red Badger · 149 replies ^ | February 12, 2019 | Frieda Powers
    Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez could not handle President Donald Trump’s mockery of her controversial “Green New Deal” and ripped into him for his comments during a rally. The New York Democrat fired back at the president after he ridiculed the proposal during a rally in El Paso, Texas on Monday where he called it a “massive government takeover that would destroy the incredible economic gains” made in the nation. “It sounds like a high school term paper that got a low mark,” Trump said. “I really don’t like their policy of taking away your car or taking away your airplane flights....
  • Hannity To GOP: You’d Better Not Take This “Garbage Compromise” On Border Wall

    02/12/2019 8:33:32 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/12/2019 | Ed Morrissey
    The good news: Congressional negotiators reached a deal late last night to finish the FY2019 budget — and it includes some funding for the border wall. The bad news: Sean Hannity may veto it. The Fox News host called it a “garbage compromise” as he covered Donald Trump’s rally in El Paso last night, and warned that Republicans who support the deal will have to answer to him: “On this new, so-called compromise, I’m getting details,” said Fox News host Sean Hannity, referring to the tentative agreement reached by a bipartisan conference committee that would allocate roughly $1.375 billion...
  • Uh Oh: Gabby Giffords’ Husband To Take On McSally For McCain Seat In 2020

    02/12/2019 8:31:24 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 55 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/12/2019 | Ed Morrissey
    Want to see two heroes do battle in 2020? Skip the presidential contest and turn your eyes to Arizona instead, where a former astronaut will take on an Air Force pilot for the final two years of John McCain’s term in the Senate. Democrats have drafted Mark Kelly, the husband of former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, to challenge Martha McSally, who got appointed to the seat after losing the state’s other seat to Kyrsten Sinema: Retired astronaut Mark Kelly, who rocketed to the national spotlight when his Congresswoman wife Gabrielle Giffords was shot in a failed assassination attempt, announced Tuesday...
  • De Blasio headed to New Hampshire amid 2020 speculation

    02/12/2019 8:30:52 AM PST · by RightGeek · 24 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/12/19 | John Bowden
    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) will visit New Hampshire this week and has reportedly begun seeking staff with national political campaign experience as he mulls a possible 2020 presidential bid. Politico reports that de Blasio will visit the state that holds the first 2020 primary and has been talking with staffers who worked for previous presidential campaigns about the future of the Democratic Party and its 2020 platform. “He wants to make sure ideas like pre-K for all, paid personal time and mental health are on the table as Democrats debate the party’s vision for the future,”...
  • CNN: Fact checking Trump's snowstorm tweet

    02/12/2019 8:26:50 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 42 replies
    CNN ^ | February 11, 2019 | by Holmes Lybrand (D-CNN)
    During Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar's 2020 announcement speech in the midst of a snowstorm in Minneapolis Sunday, President Donald Trump tweeted out a jab toward the senator's statements on global warming. "Well, it happened again," Trump tweeted, "Amy Klobuchar announced that she is running for President, talking proudly of fighting global warming while standing in a virtual blizzard of snow, ice and freezing temperatures. Bad timing. By the end of her speech she looked like a Snowman(woman)!" The President has used this sort of rhetoric many, many times during his time in office, suggesting that cold weather somehow disproves the...
  • Rush Limbaugh Show,M-F,12NOONPM-3PM,EST,WOR AM,February 12,2019

    02/12/2019 8:23:57 AM PST · by Biggirl · 24 replies
    The EIB Network ^ | February 12, 2019 | Rush Limbaugh
    Good Morning/Afternoon,MEGA GetReadyForSomeSnowNortheasternersTodayDITTOS! Good Morning/Afternoon,MEGASUPPORTBuildingTheSouthernBorderWallDITTOS! BONUS Greeting.
  • Schiff met with Fusion GPS co-founder last July

    02/12/2019 8:22:40 AM PST · by tired&retired · 25 replies
    Fox Business ^ | Feb 8, 2019 | Lou Dobbs
    John Solomon, opinion contributor for The Hill, discusses how House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) met with Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson at an Aspen security conference last July.
  • Ocasio-Cortez Attacks Senate GOP for Ignoring Bill That Hasn’t Passed House

    02/12/2019 8:17:33 AM PST · by DeathBeforeDishonor1 · 26 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 2/11/19
    Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D., N.Y.) attacked Senate Republicans Monday for sitting on a bill that in actuality has not passed the House of Representatives. Ocasio-Cortez received thousands of retweets for a tweet claiming that the "For the People Act" had passed the House with over two hundred cosponsors. "Now it’s at the Senate," she wrote. "GOP is calling getting money out of politics a ‘power grab.'" Democrats took a 1st step to fix the massive, foundational issue of voting reform & money in politics.#HR1 For the People Act by @RepSarbanes was cosponsored by 227 members&passed the House. Now it’s at...
  • ‘Weaker candidate than Hillary’: Democrats cast deep doubt on Biden’s 2020 value

    02/12/2019 8:13:31 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 49 replies
    McClatchy DC Bureau ^ | February 11, 2019 05:00 AM | Alex Roarty
    Joe Biden is everything a Democratic political consultant should love: He’s experienced, well-liked, and his poll numbers look great against Donald Trump. And yet many party strategists have a bleak assessment of his potential 2020 campaign: It’s a bad, bad idea. […] McClatchy interviewed 31 Democratic strategists — pollsters, opposition research experts, media consultants, ex-party officials, and communications specialists — from across the country about a potential Biden campaign. Nine agreed to speak on the record; all others quoted anonymously do not plan to be affiliated with any candidate running in the presidential primary. Strikingly, these conversations yielded a similar...