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  • CAIR to Hold News Conference After Trump Signs 'Muslim Ban' Executive Orders

    01/24/2017 6:23:27 PM PST · by blackbetty59
    Yahoo News ^ | January 24, 2017 | PR Newswire
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 24, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On Wednesday, January 25, the Council on American-Islamic-Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, will hold a news conference at it Capitol Hill headquarters in Washington, D.C., to offer reaction to executive orders expected to be signed tomorrow by President Donald Trump restricting immigration from Syria and six other Middle Eastern and African countries.
  • BIG JOE Sums Up "Women's March" at L.A. March

    01/23/2017 3:05:50 PM PST · by God'sgrrl · 38 replies
    YouTube ^ | January 22, 2017 | The Daily Sh*t Show
    A passerby named "Big Joe" tells off a bunch of ignorant protestors...
  • Trump inauguration rabbi attacked with antisemitic hate speech [first Orthodox Rabbi since Reagan]

    01/24/2017 5:51:03 PM PST · by SJackson · 7 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 22 January 2017 | Tamara Zieve
    “Obviously a lot of people who don’t like Jews had a tough time seeing a Jew stand up proudly before the world." He continued: “Bless all of our allies around the world who share our beliefs, ‘By the rivers of Babylon, we wept as we remember Zion... If I forget you, O Jerusalem, may my right hand forget its skill.’” (Psalm 137) His participation in the ceremony was questioned and opposed in a petition posted by a Los Angeles businesswoman, Myra Stark. The petition read: “Hier is the head of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, named for the heroic Nazi-hunter,...
  • Senator Markey and Rep. Lieu Introduce the Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act

    01/24/2017 5:49:47 PM PST · by mdittmar · 25 replies
    Senator Edward J. Markey ^ | January 24, 2017 | Senator Edward J. Markey
    Washington (January 24, 2017) – Today, Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Congressman Ted W. Lieu (CA-33) and introduced the Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act of 2017. This legislation would prohibit the President from launching a nuclear first strike without a declaration of war by Congress. The crucial issue of nuclear “first use” is more urgent than ever now that President Donald Trump has the power to launch a nuclear war at a moment’s notice.
  • PBS/NPR In Panic: Trump Administration To Defund/Privatize

    01/24/2017 5:49:11 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 54 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | January 24,2017 | Lucian Wintrich
    Currently, a half-billion dollars in taxpayer money is given to National Public Radio (NPR) and Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) each year. Trump plans to do away with that. The Hill has reported: “The Trump Administration needs to reform and cut spending dramatically, and targeting waste like the National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities would be a good first step in showing that the Trump Administration is serious about radically reforming the federal budget,” said Brian Darling, a former aide to Paul and a former staffer at the Heritage Foundation. The Regan Administration attempted something similar...
  • Exclusive: Trump expected to sign executive orders on immigration (Wednesday)

    01/24/2017 4:06:19 PM PST · by springwater13 · 61 replies
    <p>President Donald Trump was expected to sign several executive orders restricting immigration on Wednesday, at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, according to several congressional aides and immigration experts briefed on the matter.</p> <p>Trump's orders were expected to involve restricting access to the United States for refugees and some visa holders from Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen, said the aides and experts, who asked not to be identified.</p>
  • ABC News Apologizes After Editing Former Bush Spox’s Praise of Sean Spicer to Sound Like Attack

    01/24/2017 4:38:41 PM PST · by pissant · 49 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 1.24.17 | Alex Griswold
    ABC News apologized Tuesday after the Monday night edition of Nightline edited a quote from former George W. Bush press secretary Ari Fleischer in a way that made it appear that he was more critical of current White House press secretary Sean Spicer than he actually was. “[Spicer’s] briefing made me uncomfortable. It was too truculent, too tough. It looks as if the ball was dropped on Saturday,” Nightline quoted Fleischer as saying. But Fleischer took to Twitter to complain that he had been taken out of context.
  • Official Palestinian News Agency Mourns Munich Olympics Terrorist

    01/24/2017 5:36:52 PM PST · by SJackson · 20 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | 1-24-17 | Elder of Ziyon
    The top story in the Palestinian Authority’s official news agency, Wafa, is that Sunday is a day of mourning for the anniversary of Israel’s assassination of one of the more heinous terrorists of the 1970s. Abu Hassan Salameh, leader of the Black September terror group that was part of Fatah, is mourned as a “beloved leader” and “martyr.” Black September was the group behind the Munich Olympics massacre. Wafa doesn’t mention Munich directly, it only praises him for being linked with many “quality operations.” Salameh, known as the “Red Prince” for his flaunting of his wealth, was not even a...
  • DNC Chair Candidate: My Job Is To Tell White People When To Shut Their Mouths

    01/24/2017 5:35:21 PM PST · by aquila48 · 38 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | January 24, 2017 | Tim Hains
    The DNC held a forum for candidates hoping to become chairman of the Democratic National Committee on Monday at George Washington University. One candidate, Sally Boynton Brown, the executive director of Idaho's Democratic Party, urged Democrats to provide "training" to teach people to be "sensitive" and "how to shut their mouths if they are white." "My job is to shut other white people down when they want to interrupt," Brown said. SALLY BOYNTON BROWN: I’m a white woman, I don’t get it... My job is to listen and be a voice and shut other white people down when they want...
  • Trump clamps down on federal agencies

    01/24/2017 5:32:05 PM PST · by jazusamo · 23 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 24, 2017 | Jordan Fabian
    The Trump administration is clamping down on public communications by agencies as it seeks to assert control over the federal bureaucracy. New restrictions on social media use and interaction with press and lawmakers at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the departments of Commerce, Health and Human Services, Agriculture and the Interior have sparked concerns of a President Trump-backed effort to silence dissenting views. The Trump administration’s newly imposed communications rules vary at different agencies. At the EPA, staffers were ordered to stop issuing press releases, blog updates and social media posts, according to a memo to employees. The Agriculture...
  • Trump Is Said to Keep James Comey as F.B.I. Director

    01/24/2017 5:28:29 PM PST · by Trump_vs_Evil_Witch · 27 replies
    New York Tomes ^ | January 23, 2017 | MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT and ADAM GOLDMAN
    WASHINGTON — The F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, told his top agents from around the country that he had been asked by President Trump to stay on the job running the federal government’s top law enforcement agency, according to people familiar with the matter.
  • Exclusive: Trump expected to sign executive orders on immigration

    01/24/2017 5:23:27 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 17 replies
    Reuters ^ | January 24,2017 | Julia Edwards Ainsley
    <p>U.S. President Donald Trump is expected to sign several executive orders on Wednesday restricting immigration from Syria and six other Middle Eastern or African countries, according to several congressional aides and immigration experts briefed on the matter.</p> <p>In addition to Syria, Trump's orders are expected to temporarily restrict access to the United States for most refugees. Another order will block visas from being issued to those from Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen, said the aides and experts, who asked not to be identified.</p>
  • Air pollution in London passes levels in Beijing...and wood burners are making problem worse

    01/24/2017 4:56:24 PM PST · by SMGFan · 37 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | January 24, 2017
    Air pollution in London passed levels in Beijing this week, figures have shown, with popular wood burning stoves blamed for exacerbating the problem. On Monday London mayor Sadiq Khan issued the highest air pollution alert in London for the first time, and said on Tuesday that the capital’s ‘filthy air’ is now a ‘health crisis.’ Readings at 3pm on Monday showed that air at locations in the capital were worse than in notoriously smoggy Beijing, hitting a peak 197 micrograms per cubic metre for particulate matter on the Air Quality Index. Pollution in the Chinese city only reached 190, which is...
  • Undocumented immigrant rights activist loses her battle to avoid being deported

    01/24/2017 4:43:25 PM PST · by 11th_VA · 94 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Jan 24, 2017 | Michael E. Miller
    An immigration rights activist whose own undocumented status was exposed by a drunken-driving arrest has lost her six-month legal battle to remain in the country. Wendy Uruchi Contreras, a Virginia organizer for the immigrant rights group CASA, is scheduled to be deported to Spain this week after last-ditch appeals were denied by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials, according to her husband, Giovani Jimenez. “We are devastated,” said Jimenez, who lives in Fredericksburg, Va., with their American-born children, Alex, 13, and Lucia, 7. “My children are crying, but we know there’s nothing more we can do.”
  • Trump To Sign Executive Order Restricting Immigration From Seven Muslim Countries

    01/24/2017 4:35:27 PM PST · by blam · 73 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 1-24-2017 | Tyler Durden
    Having taken on the Keystone pipeline and America's struggling manufacturing sector in a flurry of executive actions on Tuesday, moments ago Reuters reported, citing several congressional aides and immigration experts briefed on the matter, that on Wednesday at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Donald Trump will sign several executive orders restricting immigration. Trump's orders are said to involve restricting access to the United States for refugees and some visa holders from seven mostly Muslim nations including Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.(snip)
  • Long lines, protesters dampen Inauguration Day for Trump supporters

    01/24/2017 4:19:48 PM PST · by PHloon · 11 replies
    The Miami Hurricane ^ | 01/21/2017 | Marcus Lim
    Thousands of hopeful Donald Trump supporters without tickets to the inauguration ceremony lined up Friday, trying to gain access through general admission, hoping to celebrate a historic moment. Those hopes were crushed as long lines turned into waits longer than four hours and caused supporters to miss the live ceremony. Attendees started lining up at the checkpoint on Sixth Street – one of the only checkpoints open to the non-ticketed public – since 9 a.m., yet some were stuck in the chilly, rainy weather until 2 p.m., two hours after President Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of...
  • Henry McMaster assumes (South Carolina) governor's seat with Haley's appointment to UN

    01/24/2017 4:19:07 PM PST · by Resettozero · 14 replies
    FoxCarolina ^ | Jan 24, 2017 6:54 PM EST | Jeremy Turnage
    Lt. Gov. Henry McMaster became the 117th governor of South Carolina after Gov. Nikki Haley resigned following her confirmation as the next United States Ambassador to the United States. McMaster enters the Governor's Mansion after many say he played the game of politics perfectly. South Carolina's new governor has never masked his ambitions to take the state's highest office. The 69-year-old once sought the state's highest office in 2010, but was dispatched by Haley in the Republican Primary. Despite the loss, McMaster backed Haley throughout the remainder of the primary and into the fall campaign where she defeated Vincent Sheheen....
  • ‘Saturday Night Live’ Writer Smears Donald Trump’s 10-Year-Old Son

    01/24/2017 4:12:40 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 01/24/2017 | Derek Hunter
    Katie Rich, a “Saturday Night Live” writer since 2013 and actress with limited credits, decided to smear President Donald Trump’s 10-year-old son Barron in a tweet Friday. The NBC employee tweeted, “Barron will be this country’s first homeschool shooter.” Rich’s tweet was deleted and her tweets are now “protected,” which means she must approve people before they can see them. But the Internet is forever. The blowback was immediate. I wonder if @POTUS & @FLOTUS saw what @katiemaryrich from @nbc posted about their son and then deleted it?#Inauguration — Press 2 Start (@PressTwoStart) January 21, 2017 Yet another hate-filled...
  • Ken Blackwell: Donald Trump Won The 'Respect' Vote

    01/24/2017 4:00:12 PM PST · by drewh · 8 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 10:59 AM 01/24/2017 | Ken Blackwell Former Ohio Secretary of State
    Donald Trump isn’t the first Republican president denounced as “illegitimate.” The Left spent eight years refusing to get over George W. Bush’s victory in 2000. It was the same issue. He won the election by the rules, but Al Gore had more “popular” votes. That happened again on November 8. But nothing about the election was illegitimate. After all, the rules determine how you play the game. If what counted was the national vote total, both candidates would have run very different races. Who knows who would have accumulated more votes? Donald Trump didn’t worry about running up the score...
  • ANTIFASCHISTISCHE AKTION - in panic because their rioting may get them 10 years in jail

    01/24/2017 3:54:45 PM PST · by doug from upland · 122 replies
    Twitter ^ | 1-24-17 | some whacked out radical freak
    The link on Twitter has the full version. Here is the redacted one:
  • Reuters: Trump Expected to Sign Executive Orders on Immigration

    01/24/2017 3:51:58 PM PST · by hotsteppa · 22 replies
    President Donald Trump was expected to sign several executive orders restricting immigration on Wednesday, at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, according to several congressional aides and immigration experts briefed on the matter. Trump's orders were expected to involve restricting access to the United States for refugees and some visa holders from Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen, said the aides and experts, who asked not to be identified.
  • Exclusive: Trump expected to sign executive orders on immigration

    01/24/2017 3:51:41 PM PST · by COUNTrecount · 23 replies
    Reuters ^ | January 24, 2017 | Julia Edwards Ainsley
    President Donald Trump was expected to sign several executive orders restricting immigration on Wednesday, at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, according to several congressional aides and immigration experts briefed on the matter. Trump's orders were expected to involve restricting access to the United States for refugees and some visa holders from Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen, said the aides and experts, who asked not to be identified.
  • Days Into Trump Admin, Corrupt Employees Are Already Being Fired At The VA

    01/24/2017 3:46:11 PM PST · by Zakeet · 37 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | January 24, 2017 | Luke Rosiak
    Days into Donald Trump’s administration, heads are finally beginning to roll at the Department of Veterans Affairs. Two notoriously corrupt employees in Puerto Rico were fired this week, indicating that more may be on the way.
  • Senate confirms Nikki Haley as UN ambassador

    01/24/2017 3:43:42 PM PST · by TBP · 32 replies
    El Posto de Nueva York ^ | January 24, 2017 | REUTERS
    The U.S. Senate voted overwhelmingly on Tuesday to confirm South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley as Ambassador to the United Nations on Tuesday, as Republican President Donald Trump rounds out his national security team. Ninety-six senators backed Haley, and four opposed her. The only “no” votes came from three Democratic senators, Tom Udall, Chris Coons and Martin Heinrich, and Bernie Sanders, an independent who caucuses with Democrats.
  • Gov. Nikki Haley confirmed by Senate as next UN ambassador

    01/24/2017 3:43:30 PM PST · by aomagrat · 16 replies
    WIS TV ^ | 24 January 2017 | Jeremy Turnage
    COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley was overwhelmingly confirmed as the next United States ambassador to the United Nations in a Senate vote. In a final tally, Haley received a 96-4 vote to confirm her as the 29th US ambassador, taking over for Ambassador Samantha Power -- an Obama administration appointee.
  • Insider: BHillary Clinton '50-50' On Running for NYC Mayor

    01/24/2017 3:42:57 PM PST · by drewh · 46 replies
    NY Post ^ | January 24, 2017 | 2:10 | By Daniel Halper and Todd Venezia January 24, 2017 | 2:10am | Updated
    Hillary Clinton is seriously considering a run for New York mayor, according to a major city political insider, who claims she’s “50-50.” Supermarket magnate John Catsimatidis said he talked to the failed Democratic presidential nominee, and came away convinced she may try to resurrect her political career by challenging Mayor Bill de Blasio this year. “I spoke to her about it, but she didn’t indicate or signal to me [whether she would run]. She didn’t say never, she didn’t say no. In my personal opinion, it’s 50-50,” the billionaire owner of Gristedes Foods told The Real Deal real estate blog...
  • Dan Rather on Trump: 'These are not normal times' (newsers must stand up to Trump's lies alert)

    01/24/2017 3:32:01 PM PST · by Zakeet · 38 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 22, 2017 | Jennifer Calfas
    Dan Rather warned Americans about the Trump administration in a Facebook post on Sunday, saying these are not "normal times." The former CBS Evening news anchor targeted President Trump, adviser Kellyanne Conway and press secretary Sean Spicer for comments in the last 24 hours. "When you have a spokesperson for the president of the United States wrap up a lie in the Orwellian phrase 'alternative facts' ..." Rather wrote. "When you have a press secretary in his first appearance before the White House reporters threaten, bully, lie, and then walk out of the briefing room without the cajones to...
  • Trump Orders Media Blackout At Government Agencies: Bans Use Of Social Media, Bars New EPA Contracts

    01/24/2017 3:27:59 PM PST · by blam · 45 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 1-24-2017 | Tyler Durden
    It wasn't just the EPA. Earlier today, we reported that the Trump administration instituted a media blackout at the Environmental Protection Agency and barred staff from awarding any new contracts or grants. Emails sent to EPA staff since President Donald Trump's inauguration on Friday and reviewed by The Associated Press, detailed the specific prohibitions banning press releases, blog updates or posts to the agency's social media accounts. On Monday, the Huffington Post reported that EPA grants had been frozen, with agency employees barred from speaking of the matter. The memo ordering the social media blackout is shown below.(snip)
  • Libs float idea to stop interviewing Kellyanne Conway, altogether; she makes mincemeat of...

    01/24/2017 3:19:25 PM PST · by blueyon · 38 replies
    bizpacreview ^ | 1/24/17 | Samantha Chang
    """Libs float idea to stop interviewing Kellyanne Conway, altogether; she makes mincemeat of them every time""" A hallmark of fascism is to silence your critics. So it may come as no surprise that leftist “journalism professor” Jay Rosen wants to silence Kellyanne Conway, the senior adviser to President Trump, because he disagrees with her political views. kellyanne-conway red dress Leftists who claim to be pro-women often attack Kellyanne Conway’s appearance when they disagree with her views. (YouTube) Rosen said on a Recode Media podcast that the press should stop interviewing Conway because she confuses him (audio below): I don’t think...
  • How the Women's March's "genital-based" feminism isolated the transgender community

    01/24/2017 3:08:18 PM PST · by Zakeet · 19 replies
    Identities.Mic ^ | January 23, 2017 | Marie Solis
    In the weeks approaching the Women's March on Washington, a woman in Los Angeles accidentally created what became the most popular accessory among protesters: a pussy hat. "I wanted to do something more than just show up," Krista Suh told the Los Angeles Times. "How can I visually show someone what's going on? And I realized as a California girl, I would be really cold in D.C. - it's not tank-top weather year-round. So I thought maybe I could knit myself a hat." Suh made the knitting pattern freely available online, and soon women across the country were working quickly...
  • Thousands raised to identify alt-right founder’s assailant at Trump inauguration

    01/24/2017 2:53:29 PM PST · by Timpanagos1 · 20 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 1/24/17 | Andrew Blake
    An online effort to identify the masked person who punched alt-right founder Richard Spencer during President Donald Trump’s inauguration has amassed thousands of dollars in the days since the videotaped assault went viral.
  • TV Host Chelsea Handler Rips Melania Trump: ‘She Can Barely Speak English’

    01/24/2017 2:41:28 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 100 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 01/24/2017 | Kaitlan Collins
    Chelsea Handler refuses to interview Melania Trump because she “can barely speak English.” The comedian and TV host — who was wearing a pink hat that said “I Stand with Planned Parenthood” — gave a firm no when she was asked if she would hypothetically ever have the first lady on her Netflix series. “No,” Handler said during an interview with Variety. “Melania? To talk about what? She can barely speak English.” When Handler was asked what she thinks of Melania, she said, “Exactly what I think about him [Donald Trump] as the first man. Nothing. I don’t respect either...
  • Wow! Imam Curses Christians And Jews At Trump-Attended Interfaith Service In D.C. (VIDEO)

    01/24/2017 2:13:52 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 48 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 1-24-17 | Cristina Laila
    President Donald Trump attended an interfaith service at the Washington National Cathedral on January 21st. It was a beautiful service until an Imam read from the Quran, cursing Christians and Jews. Of course he recited this prayer in Arabic so the only people attending who were able to understand him were most likely Muslim.
  • Feds drop case against man accused of posting Facebook threats to Trump

    01/24/2017 1:49:50 PM PST · by SSS Two · 67 replies
    Sun-Sentinal ^ | January 19, 2017 | Paula McMahon
    A Broward man who was accused of posting Facebook threats to kill or harm President-elect Donald Trump was released from jail Thursday after federal prosecutors dropped the allegations, jail and court records show. Kevin Keith Krohn, 59, who was never formally charged, was released just one day before Trump's inauguration. He was arrested Dec. 21 at his Pembroke Pines home after law enforcement informed the U.S. Secret Service agents who protect Trump about the postings. Agents said that Krohn wrote, "I'm just glad Obama didn't take all our gunz! I see a good use for one now," above a picture...
  • Resurrection of Keystone and DAPL cements America's climate antagonism

    01/24/2017 1:36:04 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 35 replies
    The Guardian ^ | January 24, 2017 | by Oliver Milman
    If there were any lingering doubts over Donald Trump’s enthusiasm for shoving the US back into the smoggy embrace of fossil fuels, his decision to revive the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines banishes them utterly. Trump has thrown down the most provocative gauntlet possible to the environmental movement, which now sees its worst fears crystalizing within a few days of the inauguration. This will be an aggressively pro-oil and gas administration, even if that means boiling the planet. “Donald Trump has been in office for four days and he’s already proving to be the dangerous threat to our climate...
  • Hamas Procures North Korean Laser-Guided Missiles (from Libya)

    01/24/2017 1:30:53 PM PST · by drewh · 14 replies
    Debkafiles ^ | Exclusive Report January 24, 2017, 6:52 PM (IDT) | Gioria Shamis-former Mossad director and Diane Shalem
    Intelligence sources reveal that for the past three weeks, consignments of North Korean Bulsae-2- anti-tank missile have been flowing in from Libya through Sinai and the new tunnels into the hands of Hamas’ armed wing in the Gaza Strip. Bulsae-2 is North Korea’s reverse-engineered version of the old Soviet anti-tank missile called 9K111 Fagot, which uses a so-called wired semi-automatic command to line of sight system. The guidance box mounted on the launcher tracks the missile in flight via an infrared sensor and correct its trajectory by sending signals through a wire reeled out behind it. A laser-guided system used...
  • In Trump freeze, U.S. agencies delay rules affecting farm towns

    01/24/2017 1:28:05 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | January 24, 2017 | By Chris Prentice and Tom Polansek
    The Environmental Protection Agency will delay implementation of the Renewable Fuels Standard and the Agriculture Department will pause rules affecting livestock as part of a freeze on regulations imposed by President Donald Trump's administration, trade groups said on Tuesday. The Trump administration put a hold on new regulations immediately after he was sworn in last week, leading to the delayed implementation of 30 EPA rules that were finalized in the last weeks of Barack Obama's presidency. At the USDA, "they put a regulatory freeze on everything that is in the pipeline," said Dave Warner, spokesman for the National Pork Producers...
  • Ryan Invites Trump to Address Joint Session of Congress

    01/24/2017 1:24:20 PM PST · by SMGFan · 61 replies
    ABC News ^ | January 24, 2017
    Speaker of the House Paul Ryan has invited President Trump to address a joint session of Congress on Tuesday, Feb. 28. Ryan made the announcement during a GOP leadership press conference this morning. "With this unified Republican government, we have a unique opportunity to deliver results to the American people. And in the days and weeks, we look forward to laying out more of our agenda," said Ryan. "To that end, I am inviting President Trump to address a joint session of Congress on Feb. 28. This will be an opportunity for the people and their representatives to hear directly...
  • Do Illegal Votes Decide Elections?

    01/24/2017 1:20:06 PM PST · by 11th_VA · 45 replies ^ | Dec 15, 2016 | By Hans A. von Spakovsky and John Fund
    Donald Trump’s claim that illegal voting may have cost him a popular-vote majority has touched off outrage. Widespread voter fraud, the media consensus suggests, isn’t possible. But there is a real chance that significant numbers of noncitizens and others are indeed voting illegally, perhaps enough to make up the margin in some elections. There’s no way of knowing for sure. The voter-registration process in almost all states runs on the honor system. The Obama administration has done everything it can to keep the status quo in place. The Obama Justice Department has refused to file a single lawsuit to enforce...
  • White House doubles down on Trump's voter fraud claim

    01/24/2017 1:14:38 PM PST · by SMGFan · 40 replies
    MSN AP ^ | January 24, 2017
    The White House on Tuesday stuck firmly to President Donald Trump's claim that millions of people voted illegally in the November election, but provided no evidence to back up his assertion. Trump spokesman Sean Spicer said the president "does believe" that he lost the popular vote to Democrat Hillary Clinton only because of widespread illegal ballots. "He believes what he believes, based on the information he was provided," Spicer said. But he would not detail what information he was referring to, citing only a 2008 study that called for updating voter rolls but did not conclude there has been pervasive...
  • Trump’s latest hire alarms allies of Ryan — and bolsters Bannon

    01/24/2017 12:56:15 PM PST · by monkapotamus · 40 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | January 23, 2017 | Robert Costa
    When House Speaker Paul D. Ryan’s redbrick Georgian revival house in Janesville, Wis., was surrounded last July by women whose children were murdered by undocumented immigrants, conservative writer Julia Hahn published a scathing report and a blurry snapshot of Ryan’s departing SUV. The headline: “Paul Ryan flees grieving moms trying to show him photos of their children killed by his open borders agenda.” Three months later, Hahn wrote a 2,800-word story alleging that Ryan (R-Wis.) was the ringmaster for a “months-long campaign to elect Hillary Clinton.” It was just one of a torrent of posts over the past year that...
  • Trump's down to three in Supreme Court search

    01/24/2017 12:18:54 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 46 replies
    Politico ^ | 01/24/2017 | By ELIANA JOHNSON and SHANE GOLDMACHER
    President Donald Trump has narrowed his first Supreme Court nomination to three finalists, with 10th Circuit judge Neil Gorsuch and 3rd Circuit judge Thomas Hardiman emerging as front-runners while 11th Circuit Judge Bill Pryor remains in the running but fading, according to people familiar with the search process. Trump interviewed at least those three finalists in New York during the transition, according to a person familiar with the search. Trump himself said Tuesday he would make a selection for the court’s empty seat next week and summoned top Senate leaders to the White House to discuss his impending choice to...
  • Trump orders EPA media blackout

    01/24/2017 12:30:46 PM PST · by ColdOne · 99 replies ^ | 1/24/17 | Bob Fredericks/ap
    President Trump on Tuesday imposed a media blackout at the Environmental Protection Agency and barred staff from awarding new contracts or grants. Emails sent to EPA staff since his inauguration on Friday and reviewed by the Associated Press detailed the specific prohibitions banning press releases, blog updates or posts to the agency’s social media accounts.
  • Three sheepdog puppies found alive days after Italy avalanche

    01/24/2017 12:44:26 PM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 9 replies
    AP via Fox News ^ | 01/23/2017 | staff
    talian emergency crews pulled three wiggling, white sheepdog puppies out from under tons of snow and rubble at an avalanche-struck hotel on Monday, giving rescuers new hope of finding alive the 23 people still missing five days after the disaster. --SNIP-- The discovery of the three Abruzzo sheepdog puppies raised everyone's spirits. Rescuers hold three puppies that were found alive in the rubble of the avalanche-hit Hotel Rigopiano,
  • Trump signs five more orders on pipelines, steel and environment

    01/24/2017 12:32:48 PM PST · by DFG · 33 replies
    USA Today via WFAA ^ | 01/24/2017 | Gregory Korte
    President Trump signed five more executive actions Tuesday in a blitz of executive power meant to speed approvals of high-profile energy projects like the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines. In reversing the Obama administration policy to disapprove the Keystone pipeline, Trump emphasized that the construction isn't a done deal. "It's something that subject to a renegotiation of terms by us," he said. "We'll see if we can get the pipeline built. A lot of jobs, 28,000 jobs." Keystone XL is a proposed 1,179-mile cross-border pipeline from Alberta to Nebraska that became a lightning rod for Obama's energy policy, with...
  • California schools may face cuts amid skyrocketing pension costs

    01/24/2017 7:03:17 AM PST · by george76 · 53 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | January 23, 2017 | Jill Tucker
    Public schools around California are bracing for a crisis driven by skyrocketing worker pension costs that are expected to force districts to divert billions of dollars from classrooms into retirement accounts, education officials said. The depth of the funding gap became clear to district leaders when they returned from the holiday break: What they contribute to the California Public Employees’ Retirement System, known as CalPERS, will likely double within six years, according to state estimates. CalPERS, a public pension fund with $300 billion in assets that is the country’s largest, manages retirement benefits for 1.8 million current and former city,...
  • 'The President Does Believe That': Spicer Grilled on Trump's Claims of Illegal Votes

    01/24/2017 12:25:28 PM PST · by COUNTrecount · 66 replies
    Fox ^ | January 24, 2017
    <p>White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer was grilled this afternoon by multiple reporters on whether President Donald Trump believes that millions of votes were illegally cast in November's election.</p> <p>Spicer did not back off Trump's claim, which was reportedly made by the president in a meeting Monday with lawmakers.</p>
  • Lawmaker: Criminalizing Abortion Would Force Women to be ‘More Personally Responsible’

    01/24/2017 12:17:15 PM PST · by Timpanagos1 · 39 replies
    Texas Observer ^ | 1/23/17 | Lyanne A. Guarecuco
    The Republican lawmaker behind a controversial bill — which could make it legal to charge women and providers with murder for an abortion — defended the proposal by saying completely removing access to the procedure would “force” women to be “more personally responsible” with sex. State Representative Tony Tinderholt, of Arlington, said in an interview with the Observer that, if passed, the bill would reduce the number of pregnancies “when they know that there’s repercussions.”
  • Ford CEO Mark Fields ‘Excited’ for Donald Trump ‘Renaissance in American Manufacturing’

    01/24/2017 12:11:53 PM PST · by monkapotamus · 10 replies
    Breitbart ^ | January 24, 2017 | Charlie Spiering
    “I think as an industry, we’re excited about working together with the president and his administration on tax policies, on regulation, and on trade to really create a renaissance in American manufacturing,” Fields told reporters after the meeting, according to the Detroit News. Fields also praised Trump’s decision to kill former President Obama’s Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, pointing out that it failed to address currency manipulation.
  • Russia is targeting French, Dutch and German elections with fake news, EU task force warns

    01/24/2017 12:08:42 PM PST · by Navy Patriot · 44 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | January 24, 2017 | Justin Huggler, Roland Oliphant
    Russia is seeking to influence the outcome of several key elections in European countries this year with fake news, a special task force set up by the European Union has warned. The EU is reportedly allocating more funds to its East StratCom task force to counter the disinformation, amid fears Russia will target elections in France, Germany and the Netherlands “There is an enormous, far-reaching, at least partly organized, disinformation campaign against the EU, its politicians and its principles,” a source close to the task force told Germany’s Spiegel magazine.