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  • 'God, Trump is a loathsome human': FBI officials involved with Russia probe (tr)

    12/12/2017 11:06:59 PM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 1 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Dec 13, 2017 | HANNAH PARRY
    Two high ranking FBI officials involved in Robert Mueller's Russian probe exchanged text messages calling Donald Trump 'an idiot'. FBI agent Peter Strzok and senior FBI lawyer Lisa Page, who were having an affair, shared more than 10,000 texts in 2016 discussing the future president. During their exchanges, they described Trump as an 'idiot' and a 'loathsome human' and shared their hopes that Hillary Clinton should win the election, the Washington Post reported. Special Counsel Mueller removed Strzok from the investigation into collusion between Trump's administration and Russia during the 2016 election, after the messages revealing anti-Trump sentiment first emerged...
  • Record Number of Highway, Bridge Improvements Highlighted in Maryland

    12/12/2017 10:53:59 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 1 replies
    Construction Equipment Guide ^ | December 11, 2017 | CEG
    The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) completed its annual Consolidated Transportation Plan (CTP) tour of the state's 23 counties and Baltimore City to discuss transportation priorities. The Hogan Administration's investment of $14.7 billion in Maryland's transportation network was briefed to citizens, county leaders and local officials over the course of six weeks to ensure transparency and dialogue with the customers who are affected by MDOT SHA projects in their region. Maryland's transportation network consists of more than 31,000 mi. of roadway, more than 5,000 bridges and two tunnels providing safe, reliable and efficient movement of people...
  • House panel marks up education funding bill

    12/12/2017 10:53:51 PM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom
    Washington Examiner ^ | Dec 13, 2017 | Sean Higgins
    House Republican lawmakers marked up education legislation Tuesday that would reauthorize and rewrite the Higher Education Act, shifting its priorities away from higher education and instead toward apprenticeship programs and vocational training. Democrats opposed the bill, arguing that the changes favor for-profit colleges and would make it harder for students to afford a four-year college degree. The approved the legislation around midnight by a 23-17 party-line vote. Republicans argued that the changes were long-overdue reforms to an educational system that doesn't adequately serve the needs of students, employers or the economy. Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-N.C., chairwoman of the Education and...
  • Republican arrogance just made Doug Jones a senator

    12/12/2017 10:43:12 PM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 12 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Dec 13, 2017 | Washington Examiner Editorial
    “Republicans really have no way way to win tonight.” That was Brit Hume’s pithy way of describing yesterday’s special U.S. Senate election in Alabama. In the end, by a razor-thin margin, Republicans lost in the traditional way – at the ballot box. For the next three years, Democratic nominee Doug Jones will hold a U.S. Senate seat that Republicans had counted on to confirm President Trump’s judicial nominees and pass his agenda. Their margin is one seat smaller – and Democrats are already one seat closer to winning their own majority in 2018. Moore was sunk by credible allegations that...
  • Roy Moore unwilling to concede: ‘It’s not over’

    12/12/2017 9:47:41 PM PST · by conservative98 · 80 replies
    NY Post ^ | December 13, 2017 | 12:10am | David K. Li
    GOP Alabama Senate Candidate Roy Moore refused to concede on Tuesday night and insisted more votes could still swing the race and save him from a stunning defeat to an underdog Democrat. “When the vote is this close, that it’s not over,” he told supporters in Montgomery at his campaign rally shortly after Democrat Doug Jones already had been declared the winner by multiple news organizations and had given a televised victory speech. With all precincts reporting, Jones had 49.9 percent and Moore 48.4 percent. Moore quoted from scripture and told supporters to wait for all votes to come in...
  • The Latest: Moore not conceding Senate race to Jones

    12/12/2017 9:17:22 PM PST · by Az Joe · 58 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 12/12/2017 | AP
    The Associated Press December 12, 2017 08:51 PM BIRMINGHAM, Ala. The Latest on Alabama's U.S. Senate election (all times local): 10:40 p.m. Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore is not conceding to Democrat Doug Jones, telling campaign supporters "it's not over."
  • Alabama Results: Doug Jones Defeats Roy Moore In U.S. Senate Race [100% Precincts Reporting]

    12/12/2017 8:57:57 PM PST · by zeestephen · 79 replies
    New York Times ^ | 12 December 2017 | Nate Cohn
    Doug Jones (671,151) 49.9% - Roy Moore (650,436) 48.4% - Write-In (22,819) 1.7%
  • Trump: Congratulations to Doug Jones on a hard fought victory.

    12/12/2017 8:19:35 PM PST · by EdnaMode · 219 replies
    Twitter ^ | December 12, 2017 | Donald J. Trump
    Donald J. Trump‏ Verified account @realDonaldTrump Congratulations to Doug Jones on a hard fought victory. The write-in votes played a very big factor, but a win is a win. The people of Alabama are great, and the Republicans will have another shot at this seat in a very short period of time. It never ends!
  • In Final-Hour Order, Court Rules That Alabama Can Destroy Digital Voting Records After All

    12/12/2017 8:11:01 PM PST · by Enlightened1 · 37 replies
    Gizmo ^ | 12/11/17 | Connor Sheets
    Alabama is allowed to destroy digital voting records created at the polls during today's U.S. Senate election after all. At 1:36 p.m. Monday, a Montgomery County Circuit Court judge issued an order directing Alabama election officials to preserve all digital ballot images created at polling places across the state today. But at 4:32 p.m. Monday, attorneys for Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill and Ed Packard, the state administrator of elections, filed an "emergency motion to stay" that order, which the state Supreme Court granted minutes after Merrill and Packard's motion was filed. By granting the stay, the court effectively...
  • OLD ARTICLE: Foreign Company Running U.S. Election Systems

    12/12/2017 7:35:47 PM PST · by Freedom of Speech Wins · 7 replies
    Whiteout Press ^ | 04/17/12 | Unstated
    April 17, 2012. Barcelona, Spain. Many Americans are shocked to find out that a foreign corporation from Spain is contracted to produce, manage and tabulate US elections. The company also recently purchased a US tech start-up to acquire an even larger presence in America. With that acquisition three months ago came the privilege and responsibility of facilitating American elections in 900 municipalities and 26 states. Electronic voting is here, and it’s not American. Check the included list to see if your state is one of them. Cities and states that currently use Spain-based Scytl's SOE Software for electronic voting. Image...
  • Doug Jones leads by 0.7 percentage with 88 percent of precincts fully reporting.

    12/12/2017 7:27:58 PM PST · by Robert DeLong · 15 replies
    New York Slimes ^ | 12/12/2017 | MATTHEW BLOCH, NATE COHN, JOSH KATZ and JASMINE LEE
    Doug Jones leads by 0.7 percentage points over Roy Moore with 88 percent of precincts fully reporting. Candidate Party Votes Pct. Doug Jones Democrat 569,114 49.6% Roy Moore Republican 560,804 48.8 Total Write-Ins — 18,190 1.6
  • Nunes secures deal for McCabe to testify December 19

    12/12/2017 7:07:27 PM PST · by SSS Two · 32 replies
    Fox News ^ | 12.12.17 | Samuel Chamberlain
    Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe is set to appear before the House Intelligence Committee later this month after his previously scheduled appearance was scrapped due to what Justice Department officials called a last-minute "scheduling error." Committee chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., told reporters that he was "extremely troubled" by the postponement of McCabe's testimony and called the Justice Department's "scheduling error" excuse "not really believable." Insight from Robert Driscoll, former Justice Department official who served as deputy assistant attorney general under President George W. Bush. Video Special counsel needed to probe DOJ-Fusion GPS? "We have a commitment, again, that McCabe is...
  • Mueller team done interviewing White House staff in Russia inquiry

    12/12/2017 6:40:19 PM PST · by caww · 15 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Dec 12, 2017, ...8:31 PM | Diana Stancy
    Special counsel Robert Mueller has concluded interviewing White House staff as part of the ongoing Russia probe, White House attorney Ty Cobb said, according to multiple media reports.
  • Fusion GPS Confirms Hiring DOJ Official’s Wife To Investigate Trump

    12/12/2017 6:35:21 PM PST · by SSS Two · 20 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 12.12.17 | Chuck Ross
    The co-founder of Trump dossier firm Fusion GPS confirmed in court filings on Tuesday that he met last year with Justice Department official Bruce Ohr and hired Ohr’s wife to help with the opposition research firm’s investigation of Donald Trump. Glenn Simpson said in a declaration filed in federal court in Washington, D.C. that he met “at [Ohr’s] request” weeks after the presidential election. Simpson stated that Ohr, who recently held the position of deputy assistant attorney general, sought the meeting “to discuss our findings regarding Russia and the election.” Simpson also disclosed that Fusion GPS hired Ohr’s wife, Nellie,...
  • Tillerson says no 'precondition' for North Korea talks

    12/12/2017 6:10:18 PM PST · by caww · 18 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Dec 12, 2017, 7:56 PM | Daniel Chaitin
    Tillerson told a D.C. crowd Tuesday: “We’re ready to have the first meeting without precondition." "Let's just meet," he continued. "We can talk about the weather if you want. We can talk about whether it's going to be a square table or a round table, if that's what you're excited about. But can we at least sit down and see each other face-to-face. And then we can begin to lay out a map, a roadmap, of what we might be willing to work towards."
  • Ex-Ranger’s wife claims Trump was ‘aggressive’ with her in MSG elevator

    12/12/2017 6:08:36 PM PST · by Labyrinthos · 163 replies
    New York POst ^ | December 12, 2017 | Joe Tacopino
    Stacia Robitaille — who’s married to hockey Hall of Famer Luc Robitaille — tweeted on Monday, “I was once on a elevator alone with @realDonaldTrump (& a man w/him) at Madison Square Gardens [sic]. He was aggressive & told me I was coming home with him. I laughed, stating I was married to a Ranger. He guaranteed me my husband didn’t make as much money as him.”
  • Undocumented Irish people living in Boston subjected to crackdown from ICE

    12/12/2017 5:59:57 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 40 replies
    Irish Central ^ | December 10, 2017 09:08 PM | Paul Farrell
    U.S. immigration and customs agents have increased arrests of undocumented Irish people by 30 percent in 2017. That’s according to statistics released by ICE in December. This comes after Donald Trump signed an executive order just days after his inauguration ordering an ICE crackdown on illegal immigration. Those figures indicate that 34 Irish citizens have been deported from America this year as compared with 26 in 2016. The Irish Times reports that the majority of Irish who have overstayed their visas were on vacation waivers. The executive director of the Irish International Immigrant Center in Boston, Ronnie Millar, told the...
  • The Latest: Moore supporters optimistic as polls close

    12/12/2017 5:41:09 PM PST · by mdittmar · 43 replies
    AP ^ | 12/12/2017 | AP
    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The Latest on Alabama’s U.S. Senate election (all times local):7:10 p.m.Republican Roy Moore’s supporters are expressing optimism as polls close in Alabama.Supporters filed into Moore’s election night party in Montgomery shortly before polls closed at 7 p.m.“Watch party? It’s a victory party,” Moore campaign manager Rich Hobson told the crowd.Becky Gerritson, the leader of a nearby tea party group, says sexual misconduct allegations against Moore have caused his supporters to rally around him harder.“We’re seeing his supporters digging in and they’re pumped up,” Gerritson said.Reporters at Moore’s election night party were kept behind a barricade in...
  • Phil Murphy to appoint nation's first Sikh attorney general

    12/12/2017 5:29:17 PM PST · by GuavaCheesePuff · 18 replies
    Newark Star-Ledger ^ | December 12, 2017 | Matt Arco
    Gov.-elect Phil Murphy will nominate Bergen County prosecutor Gurbir Grewal as the state's next attorney general, NJ Advance Media has learned. Grewal would be the nation's first Sikh attorney general. Murphy plans to announce his appointment at 11 a.m. in Trenton, according to three sources with knowledge of his decision. The sources were not authorized to publicly discuss the matter prior to the press conference and requested anonymity.
  • San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee dead at 65

    12/12/2017 4:50:04 PM PST · by SMGFan · 31 replies
    MSN/ SF Gate ^ | December 12. 2017
    Mayor Ed Lee, the city’s first Asian American mayor and the man who presided over San Francisco’s rise to the top of the tech world, died early Tuesday morning after suffering a heart attack. He was 65. Lee collapsed while shopping at the Safeway grocery store on Monterey Boulevard near his Glen Park home at about 10:30 p.m. Monday and was taken by ambulance to San Francisco General Hospital. He died at 1:11 a.m., surrounded by his friends and family. The mayor’s office released a brief statement early Tuesday morning confirming Lee’s death, stating in part: “Our thoughts and prayers...