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  • Obama warns his presidency may be reduced to a footnote in history.

    12/07/2017 10:09:40 AM PST · by Renkluaf · 162 replies
    Crain's Chicogo Buiness ^ | 12/6/17 | Greg Hinz
    American democracy is fragile, and unless care is taken it could follow the path of Nazi Germany in the 1930s. Mixed in with many softer comments, that was the somewhat jaw-dropping bottom line of Barack Obama last night as, in a Q&A session before the Economic Club of Chicago, the Chicagoan who used to be president dropped a bit of red meat to a hometown crowd that likely is a lot closer to him than the man whose name never was mentioned: President Donald Trump. Obama's comments came after a series of playful questions from moderator and Ariel Investments President...
  • The Navy Is Changing Its Plans for its Dumbed-Down Zumwalts and Their Ammoless Guns

    12/06/2017 7:30:02 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 77 replies
    The Drive ^ | DECEMBER 5, 2017 | JOSEPH TREVITHICK
    The future USS Michael Monsoor, set to become the U.S. Navy’s second stealthy Zumwalt-class destroyer, is underway for the first time for sea trials. The milestone comes as the service continues to reformulate the role of the ships, now saying they will be focused on attacking surface targets at sea, as well as on land, while the vessels' future seems as uncertain as ever in the face of continuing budget shortfalls and personnel problems. The second Zumwalt-class ship, also known as DDG-1001, sailed down the Kennebec River in Maine, on its way to the Altantic Ocean from Bath Iron Works...
  • Barack Obama: We need to elect more women because 'men are having problems'

    12/04/2017 4:16:24 AM PST · by TigerClaws · 63 replies
    Barack Obama has called for more women to be elected to office because "because men seem to be having some problems these days." AFP reported that the former President made these remarks while talking to a private event in Paris on Saturday, and was referring to the sexual misconduct allegations made against many high-profile men. He said: "Not to generalize but women seem to have a better capacity than men do, partly because of their socialisation." At the event, which was arranged by a network of communications professionals known as the Napoleons, Obama did not mention President Donald Trump. ––...
  • Senate GOP Campaign Arm Severs Financial Ties To Roy Moore

    11/10/2017 10:17:39 AM PST · by GIdget2004 · 97 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 11/10/2017 | Lachlan Markey and Gideon Resnick
    A day after explosive allegations of sexual assault surfaced against Alabama senate candidate Roy Moore, the Republican Party’s senate campaign arm has severed financial ties with the embattled former state supreme court justice. A joint fundraising committee benefitting Moore and a handful of Republican Party organs filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission on Friday removing the National Republican Senatorial Committee as one of its beneficiaries. Going forward, the committee’s fundraising will benefit Moore’s Senate campaign, the Alabama Republican Party, and the Republican National Committee but not the NRSC. The NRSC’s removal from the account is the most concrete step...
  • Strange encouraged to run write-in campaign after Moore allegations

    11/10/2017 6:45:03 AM PST · by C19fan · 66 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 9, 2017 | Brett Samuels
    Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) said Thursday she has talked to Sen. Luther Strange (R-Ala.) about running a write-in campaign in the wake of an explosive new report that Roy Moore, the GOP candidate for Senate in Alabama, had inappropriate encounters with teenage girls. Strange challenged and lost to Moore in the Republican primary for the open Alabama Senate seat. His office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
  • Six GOP Senators Send Up Warning Flares On House Tax-Reform Bill

    11/07/2017 7:56:57 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/07/2017 | Ed Morrissey
    I don’t want to say I told you so, but … you know. After taking a look at the House Republican version of tax reform, their counterparts in the Senate plan to basically ignore it and write their own version. Six Senate Republicans have expressed serious reservations about the direction and details of the plan, which prompts questions again about GOP preparation for another major agenda item.And gosh, it all sounds so familiar, The Hill notes: The House GOP tax-reform package has put Senate Republicans in a tough spot, much like the House-passed ObamaCare repeal bill did earlier this...
  • John McCain reportedly said that tax reform is ‘DOA in the Senate’

    11/07/2017 8:00:46 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 99 replies
    GOP Senator John McCain has done this country and the people innumerable services for which we unreservedly thank him. But the Arizona lawmaker’s anti-Trump stance and vocal opposition to the President’s practically every legislative proposal could jeopardize his reputation among the masses. We could perhaps forgive him for his unreserved efforts toward killing Mr. Trump’s long-planned and promised replacement of Obamacare, but that’s where the people draw the line. With Mr. Trump diligently working toward getting his tax reform passed, it may turn out that McCain could again play a decisive role in the bill’s future. As Zero Hedge has...
  • Bergdahl's Attorney Wants Him to Receive POW Medal

    11/04/2017 12:18:44 PM PDT · by Godebert · 101 replies
    Military.com ^ | 11/3/17 | Richard Sisk
    The lead defense attorney for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl said he wants him to receive the Prisoner of War medal. His civilian lawyer, Eugene Fidell, on Friday said his client should be recognized for the five years he spent in Taliban captivity after deserting his post in Afghanistan, according to an article by USA Today. "We have long felt he was entitled to the POW medal," Fidell said, the newspaper reported. It wasn't immediately clear whether Bergdahl's defense team plans to push for the award as part of the process to appeal his dishonorable discharge.
  • Romney Asks Trump to Apologize

    08/18/2017 8:03:40 AM PDT · by rktman · 143 replies
    townhall.com ^ | 8/17/2017 | Cortnbey O'Brien
    Former presidential candidate Mitt Romney has asked President Trump to apologize for his handling of the deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, VA last weekend. JUST IN: Mitt Romney says President Trump should apologize for his statements on Charlottesville pic.twitter.com/sRVuDfJwuP — NBC Politics (@NBCPolitics) August 18, 2017 Other top Republicans share Romney's sentiments. House Speaker Paul Ryan tweeted his disappointment in Trump's "moral ambiguity," while Sens. Marco Rubio (FL) and Tim Scott (SC) said condemning the real culprits should have been a no brainer.
  • Military Joint Chiefs Denounce Charlottesville Racism

    08/16/2017 8:52:56 PM PDT · by Timpanagos1 · 94 replies
    NBC News ^ | 8/16/17 | PHIL MCCAUSLAND
    A group of military leaders broke with President Donald Trump and rebuked the "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville over the weekend — a near-historic development for U.S. civil-military relations. Since Sunday, five U.S. service chiefs — representing the Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines and National Guard — have tweeted their denunciation of the white nationalists whose rally led to the killing of a counter-protester on Saturday. Two police officers covering the rally also died when their helicopter crashed. The joint chiefs condemnation of racism and white supremacist groups is notable because it stands in stark contrast with Trump's statements...
  • Will the Navy Develop a New Role for the Stealthy Zumwalt?

    07/30/2017 7:29:46 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 26 replies
    The National Interest ^ | 07/30/2018 | Kyle Mizokami
    The three new Zumwalt-class destroyers are in trouble. Originally envisioned as a fleet of more nearly three dozen destroyers, and the weapons that justified them, the Zumwalts have faced delays, cuts and staggering cost increases. As the ships teeter on the verge of white elephant status, could they become relevant again by taking on a new role, that of a stealthy ship killer? The Zumwalt-class destroyers were originally envisioned as a fleet of thirty-two destroyers designed to attack targets far inland with precision-guided howitzer shells. Designed in part to support amphibious landings by the U.S. Marine Corps, the Zumwalts were...
  • The U.S. Navy's Stealthy Zumwalt Class Destoyer: America’s New 'Pocket' Battleships?

    07/30/2017 3:56:21 PM PDT · by Carbonsteel · 60 replies
    National Interest ^ | 7/30/17 | Kyle Mizokami
    The three new Zumwalt-class destroyers are in trouble. Originally envisioned as a fleet of more nearly three dozen destroyers, and the weapons that justified them, the Zumwalts have faced delays, cuts and staggering cost increases. As the ships teeter on the verge of white elephant status, could they become relevant again by taking on a new role, that of a stealthy ship killer? The Zumwalt-class destroyers were originally envisioned as a fleet of thirty-two destroyers designed to attack targets far inland with precision-guided howitzer shells. Designed in part to support amphibious landings by the U.S. Marine Corps, the Zumwalts were...
  • Biden lobbied McCain on healthcare vote: report

    07/29/2017 9:40:07 PM PDT · by libh8er · 30 replies
    The Hil ^ | 7.29.2017 | Brooke Seipel
    Former Vice President Joe Biden reportedly called Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) ahead of Friday's vote on Senate Republicans' healthcare bill, asking that he oppose the legislation. According to a report by The Washington Post, McCain was called by both Biden and former Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) ahead of the vote, both pleading with McCain to oppose the "skinny' repeal. Lieberman supported voting for ObamaCare while a senator, and reportedly explained that continued support to McCain during his call.
  • STATEMENT BY SENATOR JOHN McCAIN ON VOTING “NO” ON “SKINNY REPEAL”

    07/28/2017 4:31:31 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 133 replies
    McCain.senate.gov ^ | 7/28/17 | some staffer for McCain
    U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) released the following statement today on voting “no” on the so-called “skinny repeal” of Obamacare: “From the beginning, I have believed that Obamacare should be repealed and replaced with a solution that increases competition, lowers costs, and improves care for the American people. The so-called ‘skinny repeal’ amendment the Senate voted on today would not accomplish those goals. While the amendment would have repealed some of Obamacare’s most burdensome regulations, it offered no replacement to actually reform our health care system and deliver affordable, quality health care to our citizens. The Speaker's statement that the...
  • Teen blasted ‘[bleep] Tha Police’ during slain officer’s funeral

    07/12/2017 10:39:40 AM PDT · by rktman · 42 replies
    nypost.com ^ | 7/11/2017 | Shawn Cohen and Max Jaeger
    A Bronx teen defiantly blasted the NWA song “F— Tha Police” out his third-floor apartment window Tuesday as thousands of cops were gathered below to mourn slain cop Miosotis Familia — prompting a house call from about 20 officers. The young man, who identified himself as Julien Rodriguez, 16, said it was “satisfying” to play the song on repeat from his apartment on East 188th Street, claiming that his older brother and best friend were unjustifiably killed by cops. “Since they did not show respect for my brother and my friend, why should I show respect to them?” the teen...
  • John Kasich Opens Up On Trump's First 100 Days, Divides In American Politics - His Political Future

    04/30/2017 4:14:22 PM PDT · by blam · 36 replies
    BI ^ | 4-30-2017 | Allan Smith
    Gov. John Kasich of Ohio wants to bridge the divides in America. And that's exactly what Kasich, a Republican presidential contender in the 2016 election, spoke with Business Insider about this week while on tour promoting his new book, "Two Paths: America Divided or United." At times fiercely critical of President Donald Trump, both before and after the campaign, Kasich has positioned himself within the Republican Party as an outspoken voice on healthcare, the opioid crisis, immigration, and trade. And while he's not revealing his plans, there is certainly plenty of speculation about whether he will make another run at...
  • Masked jerks get a beating with an American flag after attacking female pro-Trumper (TR)

    03/26/2017 6:42:01 AM PDT · by Robert DeLong · 76 replies
    BizPacReview ^ | March 26, 2017 | Samantha Chang
    Complete Title: Masked jerks get a beating with an American flag after attacking female pro-Trumper on Huntington Beach We are starting to fight back now, a very good sign indeed.
  • Mobile-built Austal LCS stranded in Singapore (US Navy ship)

    03/16/2017 10:47:51 AM PDT · by pabianice · 40 replies
    al com ^ | 2/22/17 | Harress
    An Austal-built Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) and crew are stranded in Singapore because of a change in training standards propelled by a series of recent engineering breakdowns throughout the LCS fleet. The USS Coronado, built in Mobile nearly five years ago, deployed to the Pacific Rim in June last year to relieve the LCS Fort Worth. The Coronado and its crew were supposed to arrive back in the home port of San Diego by Thanksgiving but could now end up being abroad for an indefinite period as they wait for a relief crew to be trained to the new Naval...
  • Open Society Needs Defending(soros screed!)

    12/29/2016 8:13:05 AM PST · by rktman · 18 replies
    project-syndicate.org ^ | 12/28/2016 | gerorge soros
    George Soros brings his personal history to bear on the threat posed by today’s ascendant populists. Open societies are in crisis, and various forms of closed societies – from fascist dictatorships to mafia states – are on the rise. Because elected leaders failed to meet voters’ legitimate expectations and aspirations, electorates have become disenchanted with the prevailing versions of democracy and capitalism.
  • Why Obama should stick around after Jan. 20

    12/27/2016 5:11:32 AM PST · by rktman · 21 replies
    wnd.com ^ | 12/27/2016 | Mychall Massie
    I want Obama to linger around like the stain on American history he has been – so he can have his nose rubbed in the success of a true leader, the way some used to rub a dog’s nose in its feces to teach it the error of its ways when house-breaking it.