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  • Zarif: Trump showing 'disrespect'

    04/21/2018 10:55:05 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 7 replies
    Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says the Trump administration is showing “disrespect” towards Tehran, AFP reported Saturday. He added that his country is open to prisoner swap negotiations with the U.S., but only if the Trump administration shows a "change of attitude." His comments were made in an interview with CBS, set to air in full on Sunday. Negotiations are a "possibility certainly from a humanitarian perspective, but it requires a change of attitude," Zarif said. Five Americans are held in Tehran, including 81-year-old Baquer Namazi, who is in failing health. Zarif blasted the U.S. administration for showing "disrespect"...
  • Turkey's Erdogan says U.S. should look at its own actions if it wants jailed pastor freed

    04/21/2018 9:05:14 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 13 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 21, 2018 / 2:35 PM / Updated 2 hours ago | Reuters Staff
    ISTANBUL (Reuters) - President Tayyip Erdogan said the United States should look at its own actions if it wants the return of an American Christian pastor who has been jailed in Turkey for suspected links to a 2016 failed coup. Erdogan made the comment in a live interview with broadcaster NTV. Andrew Brunson, who has lived in Turkey for more than two decades, was indicted on charges of helping the group that Ankara holds responsible for the failed coup against Erdogan. He faces up to 35 years in prison. Brunson denies the charges.
  • An open letter to the US Congress: don’t let Trump rip up the Iran deal

    04/21/2018 7:38:32 PM PDT · by Innovative · 32 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Apr. 21. 2018 | Richard Bacon, Omid Nouripour, Delphine O
    For more than a decade, we – Europeans, Americans, and the international community – have feared the imminent threat of a nuclear-armed Iran. To counter this threat and make the Middle East a safer place, the international community came together, using the might of diplomatic negotiations and the force of sanctions, agreed by most of the major economic powers. After 13 years of joint diplomatic effort, we reached a major breakthrough and signed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), an agreement between Iran, France, the UK, Germany, the US, China, and Russia, regarding Tehran‘s nuclear programme. With that, we...
  • Mitt Romney fails to secure Utah GOP nomination, will face primary

    04/21/2018 7:36:11 PM PDT · by EdnaMode · 91 replies
    CNN ^ | April 21, 2018 | Maeve Reston
    Mitt Romney did not win the Utah Republican Party's nomination on Saturday, meaning he must compete in a June primary election as he seeks to replace retiring US Sen. Orrin Hatch. After a wild and raucous day of voting at the Utah GOP convention, the former Massachusetts governor and 2012 Republican presidential nominee was unable to win the 60% that he needed to head to the November ballot unopposed. When none of the 12 candidates were able to cross that threshold, the party continued with successive rounds of caucus voting until one candidate reached 40%. On the second round of...
  • Hispanic Population in the United States - Census Maps

    04/21/2018 7:17:50 PM PDT · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 17 replies
    The Census Bureau ^ | 2010 | U.S. Department of the Census
    Here are two maps (scroll down after accessing website) which give some information on Hispanic population for the 2010 Census. Click here for 2010 Hispanic Population MapsHere's what I found years earlier for the 2000 Census. Far better: Click here for detailed reporting via maps of Hispanic population in the U.S.
  • Map reveals the largest ethnic and religious group 'in every US County'...................

    04/21/2018 6:39:44 PM PDT · by caww · 89 replies
    Dailymail ^ | 4/20/2018 | created by Reddit user delugetheory
    combines 2016 Census data on ethnicity with 2010 data on religion from the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. It does not include atheism or no religion, and only shows pluralities, meaning the group shown may not be an absolute majority in the county. The county-level data shows intriguing patterns across the US.
  • Insane: California gives $330M a year to Hollywood....

    04/21/2018 6:30:51 PM PDT · by caww · 36 replies
    Fellowship Of The mnds ^ | 4/17/2018 | Dr. Eowyn
    Matthew Blake reports for Los Angeles Business Journal that on April 17, 2018, a bill to extend California’s motion picture tax credit program sailed through a state Assembly committee without opposition. Do California’s taxpayers know that they’re 'subsidizing' America-hating, anti-Second Amendment, pro-abortion, corrupt and debauched Hollywood ....to the tune of $330 million a year?
  • McCabe: Leaking and Lying Obscure the Real Collusion

    04/21/2018 6:07:50 PM PDT · by Meet the New Boss · 50 replies
    National Review ^ | 21 Apr 2018 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    The Justice Department’s inspector general has referred Andrew McCabe to the U.S. attorney’s office in Washington, D.C., for a possible false-statements prosecution.... He lied about leaking a conversation in which the Obama Justice Department pressured the FBI to stand down on an investigation of the Clinton Foundation.... ...the then–deputy director was stung by a Wall Street Journal story that questioned his fitness to lead an investigation of Hillary Clinton, the Democrats’ nominee. McCabe’s wife had received $675,000 in donations.... ...Back in July, according to [WSJ reporter] Barrett’s sources, McCabe had instructed agents to refrain from making overt moves that could...
  • GOP faces rural rebellion over Trump trade agenda

    04/21/2018 5:58:56 PM PDT · by Angels27 · 39 replies
    NBC "News" ^ | 4-21-18 | Jonathan Allen and Leigh Ann Caldwell
    President Donald Trump's trade policies are confounding Republicans as rural voters — his strongest supporters — stand to get the short end of the stick just months away from the midterms. From his dairy farm in southeastern Nebraska, lifelong Republican Ben Steffen believed Donald Trump meant what he said on the campaign trail about ripping up U.S. trade agreements. So Steffen, who produces milk, beef, soybeans, corn and wheat, wasn't shocked when Trump pulled America out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership pact, began renegotiating NAFTA or announced his intent to impose aluminum and steel tariffs on China that have drawn the...
  • Barbara Bush honored as 'the first lady of the greatest generation'

    04/21/2018 4:38:37 PM PDT · by ethom · 13 replies
    CNN ^ | 2 hours ago
    More than 1,000 mourners gathered in Texas Saturday to attend the funeral of former first lady Barbara Bush, the matriarch of a Republican political dynasty, who was dubbed "the first lady of the greatest generation" during the service. The funeral was held in Houston at the Bushes' family church, St. Martin's Episcopal Church, and, per the former first lady's request, was a very simple service. Among the approximately 1,500 attendees were former Presidents George H.W. Bush, George Bush, Barack Obama and Bill Clinton. First lady Melania Trump and former first ladies Laura Bush, Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton were also...
  • Trump lashes out at New York Times reporter in latest attack on press

    04/21/2018 4:13:57 PM PDT · by bryan999 · 15 replies
    President Trump's first public comments from Palm Beach, Florida, on Saturday were to attack New York Times' White House correspondent Maggie Haberman, apparently over her coverage of a criminal investigation of Mr. Trump's personal lawyer. They were the latest in his sustained attacks on the press in general, specific media outlets, and even specific reporters, as well as their sources and methods. His remarks also served as an indication of how much the situation involving his lawyer Michael Cohen appears to be frustrating Mr. Trump. The president has dubbed recent raids on Cohen's office, home and hotel room a "disgrace"...
  • Judicial Watch Announces ‘Deep State Update’ Special Panel Presentation

    04/21/2018 4:03:06 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 5 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | April 21, 2018 | Cristina Laila
    Conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch announced it will be holding a ‘Deep State Update’ special panel presentation on Tuesday, April 24th at 11:45 AM EST.Panel Experts will include Freedom Caucus member Rep. Jim Jordan, The Daily Caller’s Vince Coglianese, Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer, and JW attorney, Michael Bekesha Via Judicial Watch press release:
  • Fearing Chaos, National Democrats Plunge Into Midterm Primary Fights

    04/21/2018 3:56:17 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 21 replies
    The New York Slimes ^ | April 21, 2018 | Alexander Burns
    FULLERTON, Calif. — The Democrats’ message to Mai Khanh Tran was polite but unsparing. With half a dozen Democrats running for Congress in her Orange County district, they showed her a discouraging poll and argued that she could not win — and risked fracturing the party in the June primary election.Ms. Tran pointedly replied that she was “the only qualified woman, the only immigrant and the only physician in the race.”“I said to them, frankly, let the voters decide,” recalled Ms. Tran, a pediatrician.The national Democratic Party was not chastened: On Wednesday, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee took sides in...
  • Rep. Scalise out of hospital after surgery tied to shooting

    04/21/2018 2:51:31 PM PDT · by COBOL2Java · 14 replies
    WTOP News [Washington DC] ^ | April 21, 2018 3:09 pm | AP
    <p>WASHINGTON (AP) — The No. 3 House Republican leader has been released from a hospital after follow-up surgery related to the wounds he received from a shooting at a GOP baseball practice 10 months ago.</p> <p>Rep. Steve Scalise (skuh-LEES’) of Louisiana is out of MedStar Washington Hospital Center after successful surgery Monday and is expected to recover at home for several days.</p>
  • Trump considering pardon for boxing legend Jack Johnson after call from Sylvester Stallone

    04/21/2018 2:11:32 PM PDT · by ethom · 92 replies
    The Hill ^ | 04/21/18 03:33 PM EDT | BY BRETT SAMUELS -
    <p>President Trump said Saturday he’s considering a posthumous pardon for boxer Jack Johnson at the urging of actor Sylvester Stallone.</p> <p>“Sylvester Stallone called me with the story of heavyweight boxing champion Jack Johnson. His trials and tribulations were great, his life complex and controversial,” Trump tweeted.</p>
  • Heavy gunfire in Riyadh was toy drone shot down near Saudi royal palace - despite claims of 'coup'

    04/21/2018 2:02:27 PM PDT · by Innovative · 28 replies
    The Mirror ^ | April 21, 2018 | Jamie Bullen
    Wildly conflicting social media reports tonight claim bullets were either fired as part of an attempted coup - or to shoot down a toy drone. A police spokesman said forces at a checkpoint in the Khozama district, where the palace is based, identified the drone and "dealt with it according to their orders", local media said. The explanation came after wildly conflicting reports on social media speculating on the cause of the shooting. Senior Saudi officials said King Salman was not in the palace at the time despite repeated Twitter reports he was moved to a military bunker in the...
  • Colin Kaepernick receives the Amnesty International Ambassador of Conscience Award and decries ...

    04/21/2018 2:01:45 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 26 replies
    (UK) Daily Mail ^ | April 21, 2018
    Complete Headline: Colin Kaepernick receives the Amnesty International Ambassador of Conscience Award and decries what he calls 'legal lynchings' Colin Kaepernick, former San Francisco 49ers, received an award from Amnesty International on Saturday His former San Francisco 49ers teammate Eric Reid presented Kaepernick with the award during a ceremony in Amsterdam In his acceptance speech he talked about 'lawful lynching of black and brown people by the police' Amnesty International gave former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick its Ambassador of Conscience Award on Saturday for his kneeling protest of racial injustice. [Snip] In his acceptance speech, the award-winner described police killings...
  • Bernie Sanders: ‘Trump Agenda Is Dead’ if Democrats Win Majority in 2018

    04/21/2018 1:53:10 PM PDT · by davikkm · 50 replies
    breitbart ^ | KATHERINE RODRIGUEZ
    Sen. Bernie Sander (I-VT) declared in a New York Times interview on Friday that President Trump’s agenda will be “dead” if Democrats win the majority in the House or Senate in 2018. “If Democrats control either the House or the Senate, Trump’s agenda is dead,” Sanders told the Times. Sanders aimed at Democrat Party fundraising organizations, such as the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), for not supporting progressive grassroots candidates. “The establishment Democrats are still, I think, looking toward candidates who can self-fund,” Sanders said. Sanders gained a foothold in the 2016 Democratic primary against Hillary Clinton by raising money...
  • LIVE UPDATES: Neo-Nazi Rally met by Counterprotesters, Police in Newnan

    04/21/2018 1:24:23 PM PDT · by Cecily · 30 replies
    HAPPENING NOW: Watch what’s happening with live video coverage from our reporting partner, Channel 2 Action News. Click or tap here for the breaking news. 4:10 P.M.: Newnan is the site of a massive police presence today. GBI Director Vernon Keenan is the city today, and he said a key concern is the large number of counterprotesters. Right now, law enforcement agencies are keeping them contained.
  • How 'Woke Comedy' Is Killing Laughter in Pop Culture

    04/21/2018 1:20:20 PM PDT · by ethom · 32 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | April 21, 2018 1:30 PM EDT | By Christian Toto |
    Sometimes a simple news item captures a problem so completely it makes your mouth go dry. Consider the following headline from Deadline.com: "As Molly Ringwald Turns On The Breakfast Club, Dare We Laugh At Amy Schumer’s I Feel Pretty? The op-ed is from the site’s executive editor, mind you, not a casual contributor. The column wonders if we’re allowed to laugh at the comedienne’s new film. The official description for “I Feel Pretty,” opening April 20, sent Social Justice Warriors and select reporters into a frenzy. Judge for yourself: In I FEEL PRETTY a woman who struggles with feelings of...